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Fifty Years of Hare Krishna in the UK: London, Where It All Began

What started with three intrepid devotee couples continues to grow year after year.

This December marks fifty years since the opening of ISKCON's first temple in London and the installation of Sri Sri Radha-Londonishvara. London plays an important part in ISKCON’s incredible history.

A Case of Muslim-to-Hindu Reincarnation

Research into past-life memories provides evidence for the transmigration of the soul.

Thousands of cases of past-life memories have been documented by pioneering researcher Dr. Ian Stevenson and others. When skeptics fail to explain away such cases, they generally resort to the fraud hypothesis.

The Test of Intelligence

Nityananda Prabhu and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Srila Prabhupada explains that understanding spiritual life does not depend upon "material brain substance."

sa vai pumsam paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhokshaje
ahaituky apratihata
yayatma suprasidati

"The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self." – Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6

Bhagavan: God the Person

Of God's three aspects, His personal feature is the original and the only one with which we can have intimate exchanges.

For hundreds of years, philosophers and theologians have debated whether God is ultimately personal or impersonal. After all, the nature of God plays a major role in our fate. If God is a person, then we have the potential for a loving, eternal relationship with Him. But if God isn't a person and is instead impersonal, like a light we merge into, then we miss out on the opportunity for such a relationship.

Food: Grow Local, Be Spiritual

The current calls for sustainable agriculture align with principles Srila Prabhupada put forward five decades ago.

Food has a special place in our lives. It is one of the basic necessities. Across the world there are different cultures of food, and it has biological and social significance for us. Before the eighteenth century, the world was primarily an agrarian civilization. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the industrial revolution flourished in Europe, and through colonization, the industrial civilization spread across the world. Modern civilization is primarily a fossil-fuel–based industrial civilization, the resulting psyche determining our approach to food production.

The Modern World's Pervasive Bane: Boredom

Despite an endless array of gadgets to occupy their time, people are bored – and the result is trouble.

On the day after Christmas, 2016, an article with this headline went coast to coast in the United States: "After 15 Big Mall Fights, Police See a Culprit: Teenage Boredom." According to a police officer quoted in the article, the cause of the fighting was that "teenagers have too much time on their hands."

Real Education, from the Very Beginning

Encouraged by their parents, two young girls systematically study Prabhupada's books alongside adults.

"These children are given to us by Krishna," Srila Prabhupada wrote in a 1972 letter to a disciple. "They are Vaisnavas, and we must be very careful to protect them. These are not ordinary children. They are Vaikuntha children, and we are very fortunate we can give them the chance to advance further in Krishna consciousness."

Bovinely Inspired: New Vrindaban's Care for Cows

A look at fifty years of cow protection at ISKCON first farm community.

namo brahmanya-devaya
go-brahmana-hitaya cha
jagad-dhitaya krishnaya
govindaya namo namah

"I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Absolute Truth, Krishna, who is the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas as well as the living entities in general. I offer my repeated obeisances to Govinda, who is the pleasure reservoir for all the senses." (Vishnu Purana 1.19.65)

Draupadi: Dishonored Yet Honorable

A lesson from the life of one of the great heroines of the Vedic tradition.

Draupadi's admirable character is revealed in the most humiliating incident of her life – her attempted disrobing by the wicked Duhshasana. Though victimized in body, she refuses to be victimized in heart. Her exceptional character transforms the lowest point in her life into the highest point. From the incident in which she is the most dishonored, she emerges as the most honorable.

"BACK TO GODHEAD"

In the opening article of the first issue of Back to Godhead, Śrīla Prabhupāda explains the purpose of his magazine.

To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Back to Godhead, we present Srila Prabhupada's opening article of his first issue of the magazine, which he launched on the appearance day of his spiritual master in 1944. The world was at war, and Srila Prabhupada discusses that harsh reality in light of the purpose of the magazine.

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