Back to Godhead September/October 2009

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September/October 2009

This issue contains several articles having to do with the lives of Hare Krishna devotees. To write her Ph.D. thesis, Padma Devi Dasi, from Australia, turned to the Bhagavad-gita. She examined Australian environmental scientists in the light of Krishna's teachings on the three modes of material nature. Her article "Global Environmental Management and the Vedic Triguna" reveals what she discovered.

Satyaraja Dasa has written about another Australian devotee in "Do or Die With Jaya Vijaya"—that's Jaya Vijaya Dasa. He runs a martial arts school where he mixes in basic lessons on Krishna consciousness.

In "A Vision from the Heart," Murari Gupta Dasa, from Back to Godhead's India office, reports on a blind devotee whose attraction to chanting Krishna's names is a source of inspiration for all those around him.

In "Krishna’s Perfect Timing: Revealing a Covered Devotee," Karnamrita Dasa writes that his early life gave no hint that he would become a Krishna devotee. But his transition makes sense, he says, when one considers Lord Krishna's teaching that even death cannot destroy one's spiritual progress.

Along with Srila Prabhupada's lecture and two Vedic Observer pieces, articles by Ravindra Svarupa Dasa, Urmila Devi Dasi, and Caitanya Carana Dasa round out the issue.

Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


The all-powerful creator of everything delights in loving, familiar exchanges with His intimate devotees.


Contrary to what we may be inclined to think, pleasure does not equal happiness.


A devotee finds that his martial arts training fits well with his practice of Krishna consciousness.


A devotee examines his own life in the light of Krishna's teachings about aspiring transcendentalists.


Blind from childhood, a man discovers devotional service to Krishna and a taste for chanting His holy names.


A Ph.D. candidate uses the concept of the three modes of material nature to investigate the quality of consciousness of environmental scientists.


Srila Prabhupada explains that for true success in life one requires the guidance of a genuine guru.


We can learn to appreciate Krishna's presence through His energies, including fire, which is always with us in one form or another.