In Chapter Eleven of the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna puts on an astounding show by revealing His universal form to Arjuna. The display edifies Arjuna, frightens him, and serves as a warning to anyone claiming a status equal to Krishna’s, as Satyaraja Dasa discusses in “The Universal Form: Its Revelations and Implications.”
Krishna’s universal form is not very attractive to His devotees. One reason for this is that devotees know that the universal form is a subordinate feature of God because they’ve gained an intimate knowledge of God by hearing from authoritative sources. Ahladini Radharani Devi Dasi discusses the importance of hearing in “Ear: The Gateway to Liberation.” And hearing from the right sources is a cornerstone in the homeschooling philosophy that guided Aruddha Devi Dasi as she educated her two sons at home. In “Academics and Devotion” she shares her insights on how to raise academically qualified children who are happy in Krishna consciousness.
Practicing Krishna consciousness can be challenging because material desires impede our progress by attacking our concentration and sapping our energy. In “Parasites of the Mind” Caitanya Carana Dasa discusses how we can protect ourselves from three main invaders of our spiritual consciousness. Hare Krishna.
• 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.