Back to Godhead (BTG) was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1944, as an English-language magazine meant to offer spiritual solutions to complex problems facing humanity at large. In the beginning, before he came to the U.S.A., Prabhupada was often BTG's sole writer, editor, and publisher. After 1966, he handed over the responsibility to his disciples and followers, who continue to publish the magazine today.

Prabhupada listed six purposes of Back to Godhead Magazine:

1. To help all people discern reality from illusion, spirit from matter, the eternal from the temporary.
2. To expose the faults of materialism.
3. To offer guidance in the Vedic techniques of spiritual life.
4. To preserve and spread the Vedic culture.
5. To celebrate the chanting of the holy names of God as taught by Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
6. To help every living being remember and serve Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Prabhupada at Radha Damodar Mandir

After a hugely successful program in Delhi, Srila Prabhupada introduces his young Western disciples to the spiritual...

Technological development should be balanced with a healthy spirit of service to God and respect for His creation....


Hanuman’s burning of Lanka was just one of his many exploits during his reconnaissance mission there.


We’re tiny creatures rotating on the wheel of time, but we can bring the miserable ride to an end.

Radha's hand giving blessings

Through an allegory, a section of the Padma Purana traces the spread of devotion to Krishna in India during...

Srimad-Bhagavatam volumes

While packing for a trip to America, an Indian couple must reluctantly leave their beloved Bhagavatam...

While packing for a trip to America, an Indian couple must reluctantly leave their beloved Bhagavatam...

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, on hotel bed

Travelers in North America and elsewhere are discovering Bhagavad-gita As It Is in their hotel-room...

Prabhupada reading from his original Bhagavatam

An appreciation of Srila Prabhupada’s opening words in his presentation of Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Maharaja Bharata

The history of three lifetimes of one soul – as an exemplary king, an enlightened deer, and an incognito saint...

Lord Krishna

Srimad-Bhagavatam and other scriptures reveal the unsurpassed beauty of Krishna’s form and character...

Lord Rama

Ravana, the main villain of the Ramayana, represents the selfish, harmful desires that plague our hearts....