Back to Godhead July/August 2016

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July/August 2016

WELCOME  When Hare Krishna devotees bought an old Italian villa in the 1980s, they created a temple, offices, living quarters, storage places, and so on. But Villa Vrindavan, as it’s called, is a big place, and some spacious rooms were long left unused or underused. In this issue, Tattvavit Dasa tells us what’s been done with them –stunning results that grew from a great idea.

Followers of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and the founder of this magazine, have been honoring 2016 as the fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of his Society in July 1966. For this July/August issue, we’re presenting a summary of Srila Prabhupada’s legacy, written by Chaitanya Charana Dasa. Sureshvara Dasa’s series “Srila Prabhupada: Our Founder-Acharya” continues with part seven. And Dr. A. D. Srirangapriya Ramanujadasan, a disciple in the line of the great spiritual master Sri Ramanujacharya, praises Srila Prabhupada by pointing out many similarities between the lives and teachings of these two exemplary devotees.

This issue also coincides with Janmashtami, the celebration of Lord Krishna’s appearance in this world. Satyaraja Dasa presents what for many is sure to be a new perspective on this divine event.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


A look at the history and current status of some of Prabhupada's initiatives for spreading Krishna consciousness.


If Krishna never leaves Vrindavan, as spiritual authorities tell us, how could He be born in Mathura?


Srila Prabhupada speaks on a verse by Sri Yamunacharya, a prominent tenth-century guru and predecessor of Sri Ramanujacharya.


A young man makes a tough decision, with results he could never have imagined.


Some remarkable correlations between the lives and philosophies of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Ramanujacharya.


By absorbing ourselves in Prabhupada’s life, teachings, and mood, each of us can learn how we can best serve Lord Krishna.


In the hills outside Florence, Italy – a country famous for its Renaissance art – Lord Krishna's devotees are sprucing up His temple with their own devotional artistry.