Everything Krishna does, including creating this word, is called lila, or pastime. His devotees find special satisfaction in recalling the lilas He enacts when He comes to this world. In “Lord Nityananda Delivers the Thieves,” Mohini Radha Devi Dasi recounts a lila of Lord Nityananda, a form of Balarama, who is Krishna’s first expansion, equal in power to Him.
Like Krishna Himself, His pure devotees are also transcendental to this world, and their activities are also considered lila. Though many Back to Godhead readers are familiar with the lila of Srila Prabhupada’s voyage to the West, in “Passage from India” Satyaraja Dasa tells us more about the woman who no doubt reaped great spiritual benefit for helping Prabhupada begin his momentous journey.
• To help all people discern reality from illusion, spirit from matter, the eternal from the temporary.
• To expose the faults of materialism.
• To offer guidance in the Vedic techniques of spiritual life.
• To preserve and spread the Vedic culture.
• To celebrate the chanting of the holy names of God as taught by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
• To help every living being remember and serve Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead.