Back to Godhead November/December 2016

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November/December 2016

WELCOME  Srila Prabhupada encouraged his disciples to write articles for Back to Godhead. He gave these basic guidelines: They should read the books he was translating, and write their realizations in their own words.

Because his books are an encyclopedia of spiritual knowledge, they provide an endless variety of topics. In this issue, we find a sample of that variety.

First Srila Prabhupada gives us the key to "Successful Life," and then Nikunja Vilasini Dasi's "Worlds of Magic, Worlds of Truth" puts a spiritual perspective on our fascination with fantasy in books, art, and film. Karuna Dharini Dasi expands on lessons Prabhupada drew from a story of miners and their newspapers, Chaitanya Charana Dasa continues drawing life lessons from India's epics, and Sureshvara Dasa provides serious thoughts about "Fictional Prabhupadas."

Longtime contributor Vishakha Dasi deals with the tricky problem of free will, Urmila Dasi insightfully discusses sexuality in relation to spiritual life, and Satyaraja Dasa introduces the maha-mantra to a yoga group. Finally, rounding out the last issue of ISKCON's Fiftieth Anniversary year, Braja Sevaki Dasi encourages us to hold on to our mood of appreciation as we head into a new year.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


Srila Prabhupada explains that true success requires something more than material knowledge, which ends when this body ends.


Might our fascination with the fantastic creations of writers, artists, and filmmakers suggest something about reality?


Some thoughts on Srila Prabhupada's disparaging remarks about newspapers.


The story of Kaikeyi in the Ramayana shows how even good people can get misled into doing terrible things.


Srila Prabhupada's followers must take care to see him as he is and not create imaginary versions of him.


A multifaceted look at the question of our free will.


The traditional ashrama system provides support for the aspiring bhakti-yogi.


Although yoga is more popular than ever, for most practitioners something essential is missing.


Let's carry beyond this celebratory year our appreciation for Prabhupada's momentous voyage.