(Vyasa Puja issue, 1986)
The Vaisnava Journal was created to help devotees work through our differences in a respectful and co-operative manner with the aim of preserving the loving mood in our spiritual family after the physical departure of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Although only five issues were printed and distributed over the next two-and-a-half years, the magazine was popular and well received by many leaders, members and friends of ISKCON.
Over the years, I’ve been approached by numerous devotees requesting copies of The Vaisnava Journal. Since I have only one set available, I was unable to comply until now. Please have a look at our humble attempt to serve Srila Prabhupada and his great mission during a time of change in our movement’s history.
In particular, I’d like to draw your attention to the Vaisnava Forum (letters section) which was launched to help facilitate a healthy dialogue among all participants. The mood was friendly and hopeful to which the devotees responded in kind. Writers and contributors read like a who’s who list of ISKCON members at the time. If anything, the journal proved that devotees of all persuasions can relate to one another with respect and godbrotherly love. That was Srila Prabhupada’s instruction and desire for us all.
"Perhaps you may know that there are many political parties in a country but when the country’s total responsibility has to be executed, they become combined. To have some little disagreements among yourselves is not very unnatural because we are all individual beings. But as we are working on behalf of Krishna, we should always forget our personal interests and see to the prime cause."
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, January 21, 1969)
Since posting The Vaisnava Journal online, I've received some feedback from our readers expressing their inability to read all the issues due to lack of time and they've asked me to simplify the process for them. So here is an overview of each issue:
Articles by Srila Prabhupada (A Varnasrama Society, Part 1), Jagadisa Goswami, Suhotra Swami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Bhurijana dasa, Patraka das, Sarva drk dasa
Letters (the Vaiṣṇava Forum) from Atreya Rsi dasa, Suhotra Swami, Sukavak das
Drawings by Vishnudas
Articles by Srila Prabhupada (A Varnasrama Society, Part 2), Kirtanananda Swami, Jai Gurudeva dasa, Suhotra Swami, Karnamrta dasa, Nrsimha dasa, Bhurijana dasa, Padmapani das
Letters by Kirtanananda Swami, Iswara Swami, Atreya Rsi dasa, Stambha dasa, Vyapaka dasa, Mahatma dasa, Locanananda dasa, Prabhupada dasa (CA), Nayanabhiram dasa, Jnanagamya dasa, Prabhupada dasa (Puerto Rico), Padmanabha dasa, Gopaswami dasa, Nand Maharaj dasa, Kesihanta dasa, Nrsimha dasa, Ajitananda dasa, Agni dasa, Gopinatha dasa, Nrsimha Caitanya dasa, Lala Gopala devi dasi, Mayapraiya devi dasi
Articles by Srila Prabhupada (A Varnasrama Society, Part 3, His Final Instructions, With All the Humility at My Command), Jayadvaita Swami, Kurma Rupa dasa, Srila dasa, Prahladananda Swami, Rupa Vilasa dasa, Satyaraja dasa, Sukavak dasa, Prabhupada dasa, Ajitananda dasa, Locanananda dasa, Rohininandana dasa, Srila dasa
Letters by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, Mukunda Goswami, Jayadvaita Swami, Sridhar Swami, Bhaktibusana Swami, Yadubara dasa and Visakha dasi, Satyaraja dasa, Rohininandana dasa, Srila dasa, Sarva drk dasa, Narasingha Guru dasa, Rupa Vilas dasa, Gosta bihari dasa, Varuthapa dasa, Maharudra dasa, Radhanatha dasa, Krsnamayi devi dasi
Articles by Srila Prabhupada (Prospectus, The League of Devotees), Harikesa Swami, Jagadisa Goswami, Gour Govinda Swami, Rupanuga dasa, Kundali dasa, Karnamrita dasa, Rupa Vilasa dasa, Nrsimha das
Letters by Harikesa Swami, Hrdayananda das Goswami, Jagadisa Goswami, Sridhar Swami, Hanumat-presaka Swami, Smita Krishna Swami, Rupanuga dasa, Brahmananda dasa, Turiya dasa, Nrsimha dasa, Ajitananda dasa, Maharudra dasa, Partha dasa, Upananda dasa, Drupada dasa, Mathura dasa, Pavanesana dasa, Vasanta dasa, Srila dasa, Karnamrita dasa, Rasananda dasa, Krsna Kirtan dasa, Nandini devi dasi, Dharini devi dasi, Kelilalita devi dasi
Articles by Srila Prabhupada (Must All Devotees Live in the Temple?), Ajitananda dasa, Bhaktisiddhanta dasa, Sukavak dasa, Nrsimha dasa, Ranjit dasa, Pranada devi dasi, Vaisnava dasa, Varuthapa dasa, Urmila dasi
Letters by Jayadvaita Swami, Ilapati dasa, Gauridasa Pandita dasa, Mahatma dasa, Upananda dasa, Janananda dasa, Ranjit dasa, Patraka dasa, Vaisnava dasa, Mandapa dasa, Ratnabha dasa, Anandamaya dasa, Rasananda dasa
You can also access all five issues on the following page (with cover photos):
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.