Back to Godhead July/August 2019

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July/August 2019

WELCOME  The Vedic scriptures say that being in the company of a pure devotee of the Lord even for a moment can lead to spiritual perfection. Though Srila Prabhupada traveled continually, and many thousands of people heard him speak Lord Krishna’s teachings, few people had the opportunity to spend extended time with him. Still he inspired acts of spiritual devotion that sometimes bore fruit many years later.

One story in this issue relates to one such episode. When a young Indian couple heard Srila Prabhupada speak in Melbourne in 1975, they were inspired to donate land for a temple in their hometown in India. Last year, that temple finally became a reality.

Touching on a related topic, Satyaraja Dasa in this issue writes about ajñata-sukriti, unknown acts of devotional service to the Lord that engender further spiritual opportunities.

One of the places where Srila Prabhupada spent much time was Los Angeles, where many devotees heard him speak daily for sometimes several months. From his headquarters there, he set many of the spiritual standards that have sustained the lives of Hare Krishna devotees for fifty years. This year, ISKCON Los Angeles – New Dwaraka – celebrates fifty years of Prabhupada’s installation of their Radha-Krishna deities.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Rukmini Dvarakanatha Installation

Srila Prabhupada explains that authorized worship of the deity in the temple is grounded in the Vedic scriptures.


Some lessons we can learn from Hanuman’s fixity of purpose in his service to Lord Ramachandra.

Gita Nagari Cow

A proposal for dealing with the challenge of being pro-dairy but anti-cruelty.

Rukmini Dvarakadhisha

Srila Prabhupada spent much time in his “Western world headquarters,” overseeing his worldwide mission.

Lord Jagannatha

The story of how Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra made their way to the home of a family in the UK.


A donation of land offered in the 1970s culminates in an impressive new temple outside New Delhi.


How Lord Krishna allows us to take our first spiritual steps often without our knowledge.


Until we realize our spiritual identity, we’re essentially asleep.