Back to Godhead September/October 2007

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September/October 2007

When Srila Prabhupada opened temples around the world, the Krishna deities he installed were almost always accompanied by Srimati Radharani, Krishna’s eternal consort who resides with Him in a rural village. In Los Angeles, however, Prabhupada named the deities Rukmini-Dvarakadhisha: Krishna “the Lord of Dvaraka,” along with His queen Rukmini (a form of Radha). In this issue, Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi, a resident of New Dwarka, the Los Angeles temple community, writes about Krishna’s endearing reign in His transcendental city.

Dvaraka (Dwarka) sits on the west coast of India. Another article in this issue takes us to the east-coast town of Jagannatha Puri, where Lord Krishna in His form as Jagannatha has been worshiped for centuries. Narada Rishi Dasa, born and raised near Puri, explains why Lord Jagannatha is Krishna absorbed in His most intimate exchanges with His devotees.

The topic of tattoos may seem far removed from the culture of Dvaraka or Puri, but is it? BTG staff writer Madhava Smullen discusses Krishna-related tattooing and its historical precedents. And, speaking of history, wouldn’t it be nice to go back in time and see how things were done in a more cultured age? As Sadaputa Dasa explains in “Time Travel and Consciousness,” it might just be possible to do so.

Hare Krishna—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

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