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