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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.

A young devotee from ancient times taught and exemplified the essential qualities for spiritual success.

Challenging times can inspire our most important thoughts about life.

Vyasadeva

Srila Prabhupada explains that the only way to get perfect knowledge is to hear from the perfect person.

Spiritual practices and a healthy planet go well together.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Although the Advaitins may want to coopt this famous phrase, Vaishnavas have something to say about that.

Lord Vishnu

Before Lord Brahma plays his role in the cosmic creation, Krishna’s expansions set the stage.

If anyone eager for devotional service utters the holy name even partially or improperly, the holy name exhibits its...

Like Dhritarashtra, all who are blinded by their attachments invite misfortune upon themselves.

Srila Prabhupada explains that only the foolish person doesn’t know that we are all on the threshold of death...

This Krishna-centered village in India’s Sahyadri mountains arose from the desire to fulfill one of Srila...

A close look at the three yoga processes of shravana, manana, and nididhyasana reveals...

Walther Eidlitz

An Austrian truth-seeker in India discovers Gaudiya Vaishnavism at a WWII internment camp.