Back to Godhead September/October 2014

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Readers outside India may never have heard of Noida, where an impressive ISKCON temple opened in February. It's a planned township across the Yamuna River from New Delhi. Started in the 1970s, it has grown steadily, and since 1998 ISKCON's presence has grown along with it. By focusing on spiritual education, Govind Dham, as the temple is known, is sure to benefit many people in the greater Delhi area.

Skeptics sometimes challenged Srila Prabhupada on whether ISKCON was helping people in any practical way. He would often reply that ISKCON's contribution was education – giving people the highest spiritual knowledge, to their eternal benefit. An example of the refined spiritual information that ISKCON, in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, presents to the world appears in Satyaraja Dasa's article in this issue, "Sehnsucht: When Vocabulary Encourages Yearning for Krishna." Another example of the practical value of ISKCON's message appears in "Death and Dying in the Vedic Tradition," an excerpt from a new book by Giriraja Swami. What could be more relevant than learning how to face one's death?

"Finding Shelter," by Navina Syama Dasa, also gives practical knowledge. Faced with the unrelenting challenges of life, where can we turn for sure relief?

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor


A former classmate wonders why God didn't protect a devotee friend from a painful injury.


In a talk to hospice workers, Giriraja Swami highlights the goal of fixing one's consciousness on God at the time of death.


With a population of 800,000 and rising, this important New Delhi satellite city was ready for a major ISKCON temple.