Back to Godhead July/August 2014

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July/August 2014

WELCOME     Since the 1990s, Hrimati Devi Dasi, the author of the cover story for this issue, has lived at the expansive Hare Krishna temple-complex in Mayapur, West Bengal. As a follower of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, she knows Mayapur to be the holiest of holy places, as revealed in confidential parts of the Vedic scriptures. In "Prayag Raj: A Place for Vaishnavas," she tells of the unexpected spiritual inspiration she received while visiting a city not always on the Vaishnava pilgrim's tour list.

When devotees of Lord Krishna think of holy places, the Lower East Side of New York City probably doesn't come quickly to mind either. But as the Vedic scriptures tell us, devotees who carry Krishna within their hearts sanctify ordinary places by their presence. So when His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada arrived in the Lower East Side in the mid-sixties, a counterculture paper called The East Village Other couldn't help but notice. Satyaraja Dasa recounts the times in "Srila Prabhupada’s Transcendental ‘Otherness.’” His article includes reminiscences by the author of the paper's cover story on Prabhupada, who graciously granted an interview for the story and left endearing impressions in the minds of the reporter and his accompanying stenographer.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa‚ Editor


Despite the prominent influence of Islamic culture, this Kumbha Mela city has much to offer the Vaishnava pilgrim, including followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.


In language reflective of the era, a hip Lower East Side newspaper's 1966 cover story introduced the children of the counterculture to the Swami in their midst.