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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

Articles this month:

The Gopis’ Example of the Purest Love

As the great devotee Bhishma prepares to leave this world, he remembers Lord Krishna’s greatest devotees. By His Divine Grace ...
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Culture Crossing: Krishna Kids in the Material World

What can devotee parents do to help their children meet the challenges of the dual world they live in? By ...
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A Temple for Lord Krishna in the Land of the Buddha

The story of how ISKCON Phuket came to be. By B.V.V. Narasimha Swami Tsunami relief brought devotees to Phuket, and ...
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Self-Acceptance, Team Spirit, and Success

The monkeys helping Lord Rama in His search for Sita Devi provide a clear example of what cooperation can achieve ...
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Why Does God Seem Partial?

As Krishna Himself tells us, He protects His devotees and destroys their enemies. Is that fair? By Gauranga Darshana Dasa ...
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Take the Mind to Vrindavana

A meditation while chanting the holy names in Hungary. By Shivarama Swami Afternoon: Meditation during japa, Hungarian Pada-yatra, 2007 Excerpted ...
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The Unborn’s Birth

References from various Vedic sources provide details about Lord Krishna’s mysterious appearance in this world. By Harivamsha Dasa The story ...
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Highest Song of Bliss: Alice Coltrane and the Maha-Mantra

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