Back to Godhead September/October 2011

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September/October 2011


This issue presents an excerpt from the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust's new edition of the Ramayana, India's cherished epic about the activities of Lord Ramachandra, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. This new book showcases the unique art of Italian artist Parama Dasa. Artists have been painting scenes from the Ramayana for centuries, but it's safe to say there have never been Ramayana paintings quite like these, produced with state-of-the-art computer programs.

Besides extraordinary art, this issue also contains an article that's mostly poetry. Kalakantha Dasa's "The Cowherd Men Confused" is a poetic rendition of Lord Krishna's pastime of lifting Govardhan Hill, which Krishna's devotees will commemorate in late October.

This issue also touches on a musical theme: the use of music in spiritual pursuits. While attending a Bach concert with his brother, Satyaraja Dasa pondered the spiritual connections of both Western and Vaishnava music. His article "Bach to Godhead: Music and the Vaishnava Tradition" discusses the importance of music in the practice of Krishna consciousness.

Added to the mix of art, poetry, and music is an excursion into the paranormal, as Chaitanya Charana Dasa explains how near-death experiences point to the existence of the soul.

Hare Krishna.-Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


The new edition of the Ramayana from the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust comes with fifty new illustrations produced with the latest computer software.


Srila Prabhupada explains how the Vedic scriptures guide the seemingly material aspects of our lives for our spiritual benefit.


Material success and an intransigent father challenge a young man's desire for a committed spiritual life.