Back to Godhead July/August 2010

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July/August 2010

In this issue, Mathuresa Dasa's "Time and Again" presents a detailed account of time and creation according to the Vedic scriptures. The Krishna conscious view of the world is highly personalized. Devotees of Lord Krishna recognize Him as the Supreme God who easily accomplishes everything He desires, including creating universes. Without diminishing Himself, Lord Krishna appears in various forms to attend to the task of creation while He enjoys with His devotees in His eternal spiritual abode.

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 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.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

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Through His energies and expansions, Lord Krishna conducts the cosmic cycle of creation, maintenance, and destruction.

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The Krishna conscious solution to social problems offers permanent benefits.

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A Hare Krishna sannyasi generates interest in Krishna consciousness with a six-day trek around the island of Fiji.

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Raised to worship many gods, when she wanted to call out to God she didn't know His name.

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A display of the supreme power and mercy of Lord Nityananda, the chief associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

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Despite concerns for Prabhupada's health and safety, an extraordinary woman responds to his urgent appeal and sponsors his journey to America.

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Srila Prabhupada explains that to receive the full spiritual rewards of chanting, we must avoid offenses to the holy name.