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WELCOME  As we learn from the Srimad-Bhagavatam and elsewhere, Lord Krishna is the origin of everything, including all incarnations of God, some of them terrifying to the demonically disposed. In this issue we celebrate the appearance of Lord Narasimha, the half-man, half-lion incarnation. Premananda Gaura Dasa, writing his first Back to Godhead article, relates the story of Lord’s Narasimha’s dramatic advent as documented in India’s ancient Puranas. This awesome, intriguing avatar is also the hero of the first graphic novel by Sunanda Productions, whose writer Charuchandra Dasa explains what they hope to achieve by introducing Krishna-related themes to the comic-book genre. And we get a look inside their first publication.

Lord Narasimha descended to protect His devotee Prahlada from Hiranyakashipu, his cruel, atheistic father. In Misotheism and the Devotion of God’s Adversaries, Satyaraja Dasa describes the modern New Atheists, who share Hiranyakashipu’s attitude but are unlikely to share his blessed destination.

Yudhishthira Dasa, writing from Norway, contemplates another appearance of the Lord that instills fear in the demoniac: Krishna’s display of His universal form on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra. On seeing this form, “the demons are afraid,” Arjuna says, “and they flee here and there.”

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Misotheism and the Devotion of God’s Adversaries

By Satyaraja Dasa Today's New Atheists, who decry the very idea of God, are unlikely to get the same results ...

Through Pain to Joy

By Urmila Devi Dasi A lesson in Krishna consciousness learned in labor and childbirth. Thousands of years ago at Kurukshetra, ...

Krishna in the Comic-Book Industry

Since my youth I have been interested in the concept of expressing ideas and stories through visual arts. Often it ...

Celebrating Sri Narasimha’s Amazing Appearance

While the Vedas declare in their every breath the presence of the creator in every blade of creation, the Puranas ...

A Succession Conflict Caused by Selflessness

When a wealthy patriarch dies, leaving behind a huge inheritance, frequently succession conflicts break out. While each conflict may have ...

Seeking Change for Eternal Benefit

I was born in 1970 in upstate New York and had more or less a typical American childhood - that ...

What Is Real Renunciation?

By Akshay Gupta Yogis used to retreat to the Himalayas (some still do), but there's a better way to pursue ...

An Everyday Life Mystery: Reflections on the Universal Form

By Yudhisthira Dasa Looking for relevance in the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad-gita. The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, is the ...

The Spiritual Power of Hearing

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in New Delhi, India, on September 22, 1974 Despite ...