Thank you for sending the May/June '93 issue of BTG. We thoroughly enjoyed the magazine. Thank you for doing such a good job on BTG. The whole magazine is well-rounded with its many varied articles.
Lalita Priya Devi Dasi
Efland, North CarolinA
Mysterious Power of BTG
I am amazed at the influence your magazine has on me. I have been in contact with the local Hare Krsna temple for about two years now. I am what one would term "fringy." I know this, but I do truly love Lord Krsna and call on His name every day.
Twice in the past two years I have completely dropped out of the Hare Krsna movement cut all ties with devotees. Do you know what brought me back both times? The Back to Godhead magazine. I simply pick it up and thumb through the pages and look at the pictures and find my spirit jump for joy, and Lord Krsna's name returns to my tongue. I do not under-stand this mysterious power BTG has over me, but I thank you for it. Hare Krsna.
"It Pays to Advertise"
I just wanted you to know that the small blurb in BTG about the retreats in Gita Nagari proved very successful. Several people from distant places have contacted me regarding the retreats. One of them is an architect and has volunteered his service free of charge for any temple needing it. This is just one example of the fruit of posting BTG information on the retreats. Some high school kids also came and were greatly relieved to be in the company of devotees. They drove six hours just to reach the retreat.
Brooklyn, New York
Tulasi Devi and Yogamaya: A Clarification
In Govinda Dasi's article about Srimati Tulasi Devi published in the January/February 1993 issue, Govinda Dasi states, "Vrnda Devi may be likened to a grand director or choreographer of the Vrndavana lila, and her parrots are her communication service."
The only correct thing about this statement is that Tulasi engages her parrots for communicating messages. Srila Rupa Gosvami writes in Sri Radha-Krsna-ganoddesa-dipika, "Full of all transcendental opulences, Paurnamasi Devi is the incarnation of the Lord's Yogamaya potency. She makes the arrangements for Lord Krsna's pastimes to be properly performed." Paurnamasi's service is to make arrangements for all the Vrndavana lilas. Tulasi Devi's service is more specifically connected with the madhurya-rasa (conjugal relationship) in making arrangements for the meeting of Radha and Krsna.
Therefore, if anyone is to be compared to the grand director and choreographer of the many varieties of Vrndavana lila with all rasas, then that person is Paurnamasi Devi (Yogamaya).
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