Back to Godhead May/June 2018

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May/June 2018

WELCOME  Srila Prabhupada occasionally used the term "Hindu" when referring to his Krishna consciousness movement, but he tended to avoid doing so. One reason is that most people associate Hinduism with polytheism, and Krishna consciousness, or Vaishnavism, is definitely not polytheistic. In "Many Gods or One?" Satyaraja Dasa addresses the topic of polytheism in relation to Vaishnavism.

Two articles in this issue deal with the challenge of answering questions about ultimate reality: "In Defense of the Vedic View," by Badrinarayan Swami, and "The Reliable Way to Gain Knowledge," the first Back to Godhead article by Giriraja Govinda Dasa, a scientist by profession.

Longtime contributor Vishakha Devi Dasi's "Joy of Devotion" and first-time author Osho Raman's "The Uniqueness of Transcendental Hunger" discuss the natural happiness of the soul's relationship with Krishna.

Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi's "From One Percent to a Hundred" presents Krishna conscious insights on death and danger, and Chaitanya Charana Dasa's "Intention in Tension?" points out the need to think before we speak.

Srila Prabhupada's lecture opens the issue with important lessons related to the subtle law of karma. And in "Bearer of Light for the West," Yogeshvara Dasa tells of Prabhupada's historic voyage to America.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


Srila Prabhupada explains why even what he terms "pious acts" are not ultimately beneficial.


A challenge to the presumption that all reality can be subordinated to our sense perception and intellect.


As one saying puts it, "Words hurt more than swords."


Of the two basic ways to find answers to life's deepest questions, the Vedic tradition promotes the top-down approach.


A devotee sees Krishna's hand as she witnesses danger and death among her circle of family and friends.


The science of Krishna consciousness awakens a hunger for an object capable of furnishing unlimited, unending pleasure.


By our constitutional nature as spiritual beings we're meant to be happy always.


After a lifetime of preparation, Srila Prabhupada embarked on what his friends could only consider an impossible mission.