Back to Godhead November/December 2020

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November/December 2020

WELCOME  In writing for Back to Godhead, authors often illustrate the philosophy or practice of Krishna consciousness with examples from the life or teachings of devotees whose stories appear in the Vedic literature, especially the Srimad-Bhagavatam. I’ve noticed during my years of editing BTG that one devotee seems to be referenced more than any other: Prahlada. He naturally comes to mind because his life and character exemplify what we devotees-in-training are trying to attain. Our cover story in this issue focuses on two essential qualities of spiritual life that Prahlada spoke about and exhibited.

Because of the extreme antagonism Prahlada faced, his example is especially appropriate for us as we encounter life’s inevitable difficulties. Two articles in this issue address the topic of devotional life in challenging times: Chaitanya Charana Dasa’s “Pandemic: Finding Meaning Amid Suffering” and Vishakha Devi Dasi’s “Practicing Spiritual Life in Difficult Times.”

Looking back from our current challenges, Satyaraja Dasa writes of the early days of ISKCON when Srila Prabhupada showered his love and blessings on the first child born in the movement, Saraswati.

Sarvabhauma Dasa writes about India’s contributions to the world, especially its best contributions in the form of its spiritual heritage as delivered by Srila Prabhupada.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


Srila Prabhupada explains that the only way to get perfect knowledge is to hear from the perfect person.

Srila Prabhupada

What does bhakti have to do with these two cornerstones of genuine spiritual life?


Challenging times can inspire our most important thoughts about life.


A young devotee from ancient times taught and exemplified the essential qualities for spiritual success.


The prayers of this exceptional queen are saturated with both profound philosophy and deep spiritual love.


A devotee from America recalls her life and thoughts while living in one of India’s holiest cities.


India’s gifts to the world are numerous, and Prabhupada delivered the best of them.


The first child born in ISKCON received much love and attention from the movement’s founder.


Sincere devotional practice in easy times will reward us when the times get tough.