Back to Godhead November/December 2019

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WELCOME  Most of the articles in this issue directly involve Vaishnava scriptures, or books within ancient India’s vast body of literature that focus on Lord Krishna, His expansions, His incarnations, His devotees, and numerous topics related to Him. Satyaraja Dasa’s “Bhagavata Mahatmya: The Journey and Rejuvenation of Bhakti Devi” draws on a noteworthy section of the fifty-five-thousand-verse Padma Purana. In “Lust Bites the Dust,” Chaitanya Charana Dasa continues his series highlighting lessons from the Ramayana relevant to our material and spiritual lives.

In “A Small but Profound Preface,” Giriraja Govinda Dasa looks closely at Srila Prabhupada’s preface to his commentated translation of Srimad-Bhagavatam, a book Prabhupada knew could spiritualize the world. “MotelGita: Solace for the Traveling Soul” informs us of a flourishing program that’s placing Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is in numerous hotel rooms.

Gauranga Darshana Dasa relies mainly on Srimad-Bhagavatam to show how Krishna is “The Reservoir of All Beauties.” “Bharata, Son of Rishabhadeva,” the book excerpt in this issue, also relies on the Srimad-Bhagavatam to the tell the story of King Bharata and his two subsequent births.

Finally, Ratnakara Gauranga Dasa describes an episode in his life to show that Srimad-Bhagavatam is “The Book that Responds to Your Desire.”

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Lord Krishna

Srila Prabhupada explains that understanding God begins by recognizing that someone’s in control of nature and us.

Lord Rama

Ravana, the main villain of the Ramayana, represents the selfish, harmful desires that plague our hearts.

Lord Krishna

Srimad-Bhagavatam and other scriptures reveal the unsurpassed beauty of Krishna’s form and character.

Maharaja Bharata

The history of three lifetimes of one soul – as an exemplary king, an enlightened deer, and an incognito saint.

Prabhupada reading from his original Bhagavatam

An appreciation of Srila Prabhupada’s opening words in his presentation of Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, on hotel bed

Travelers in North America and elsewhere are discovering Bhagavad-gita As It Is in their hotel-room nightstands.

Srimad-Bhagavatam volumes

While packing for a trip to America, an Indian couple must reluctantly leave their beloved Bhagavatam volumes behind.

Radha's hand giving blessings

Through an allegory, a section of the Padma Purana traces the spread of devotion to Krishna in India during the current age.


We’re tiny creatures rotating on the wheel of time, but we can bring the miserable ride to an end.