Back to Godhead July/August 2017

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July/August 2017

WELCOME  Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the annual celebration of Lord Krishna's appearance on earth some five thousand years ago. Millions of people take part in this event, especially in India, but increasingly, all over the world.

Krishna is more than just a cultural icon whose birthday means a day of festivities. He's the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His devotees cherish Janmashtami as an opportunity to increase their devotion to Him.

Several articles in this issue touch on the theme of the quest to awaken our love for Krishna. Akshay Gupta, in "Bhakti-yoga: Fulfilling Our Need to Love," tells us why pure love for Krishna is the most worthy of all goals. Krishnanandini Devi Dasi says that we must "Surrender to the Idea of Surrendering" to Lord Krishna.

The transition from material consciousness to Krishna consciousness takes effort, as Satyaraja Dasa explains in "Yoga, Bhakti, and the Battlefield of Life." And Krishna Dhana Dasa writes that to ensure that we're "Marching Swiftly Towards Sri Krishna," we need to overcome two persistent obstacles.

In "The Art of Living: Master the Art of Dying," Sri Chaitanya Chandra Dasa explains how being mindful of death can help us become more mindful of Krishna.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


With India's ambassador to the UK in attendance, Srila Prabhupada speaks on the importance of learning about Krishna.


A personal reflection on a common challenge to our spiritual life.


In 1971, a young American photojournalist overcame negative first impressions and found true beauty in Krishna's land.


Here's some help in overcoming our resistance to Lord Krishna's offer of shelter.


An overview of two key teachings of the Bhagavad-gita.


In the struggle to conquer the lower self, bhakti-yogis benefit greatly from the help of others.


Two main obstacles thwart our determination on the spiritual path.


We all have the inclination to love, but why does the reciprocation we seek seem to evade us?


To live a fruitful life, it helps to face the reality of what's coming at the end.