Back to Godhead July/August 2021

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July/August 2021

WELCOME  All devotees of Lord Krishna are familiar with the basic story of His appearance in this world, narrated most notably in the Tenth Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. There are subtle details in the story that don’t appear in the Bhagavatam but can be found elsewhere. To commemorate this year’s celebration of Lord Krishna’s appearance, our cover story in this issue – “The Unborn’s Birth” – provides some of those details from scriptures such as the Harivamsha Purana. The article is written, fittingly enough, by new BTG contributor Harivamsha Dasa.

Gauranga Darshana’s article “Is God Partial?” replies to this common doubt with a variety of examples from Lord Krishna’s life. Dr. Vinay Venugopal, a college professor and another first-time BTG author, shows how Lord Krishna revealed the reality that is “Beyond the Observable Universe.”

Perhaps the most important insight about God that we gain from the Vedic literature is the intimate nature of His love for His devotees and their love for Him. In the “Founder’s Lecture” that opens this issue, Srila Prabhupada speaks about Lord Krishna’s beloved gopis, the celebrated cowherd girls of Vrindavan who gave up everything out of their deep, spontaneous desire to engage in devotional service to Him.

Hare Krishna. ­– Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


As Krishna Himself tells us, He protects His devotees and destroys their enemies. Is that fair?


The monkeys helping Lord Rama in His search for Sita Devi provide a clear example of what cooperation can achieve.

Alice Goltrane

This famous musician, the wife of one of jazz’s all-time greats, discovered the Lord’s holy names and did much to introduce them to others.