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November/December 2016

WELCOME  Srila Prabhupada encouraged his disciples to write articles for Back to Godhead. He gave these basic guidelines: They should read the books he was translating, and write their realizations in their own words.

Because his books are an encyclopedia of spiritual knowledge, they provide an endless variety of topics. In this issue, we find a sample of that variety.

First Srila Prabhupada gives us the key to “Successful Life,” and then Nikunja Vilasini Dasi’s “Worlds of Magic, Worlds of Truth” puts a spiritual perspective on our fascination with fantasy in books, art, and film. Karuna Dharini Dasi expands on lessons Prabhupada drew from a story of miners and their newspapers, Chaitanya Charana Dasa continues drawing life lessons from India’s epics, and Sureshvara Dasa provides serious thoughts about “Fictional Prabhupadas.”

Longtime contributor Vishakha Dasi deals with the tricky problem of free will, Urmila Dasi insightfully discusses sexuality in relation to spiritual life, and Satyaraja Dasa introduces the maha-mantra to a yoga group. Finally, rounding out the last issue of ISKCON’s Fiftieth Anniversary year, Braja Sevaki Dasi encourages us to hold on to our mood of appreciation as we head into a new year.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Unfathomable!

By Braja Sevaki Devi Dasi Even after this year's celebrations of ISKCON's Fiftieth Anniversary are over, we should always remember ...

Yoga and the Great Mantra for Deliverance

By Satyaraja Dasa A talk given at a yoga center in Rockland County, New York, explains why yoga and chanting ...

Austerity and Pleasure: Managing Our Sexuality While Waiting for Transcendence

By Urmila Devi Dasi Because sexual desire has a spiritual origin, the practices of bhakti-yoga can recover its pure eternal purpose ...

Are We Bound or Free?

Vishakha Devi Dasi A discussion on the options for the soul under the influence of Krishna's material energy. A controversy ...

Fictional Prabhupadas

By Sureshvara Dasa While developing a personal relationship with Srila Prabhupada, it is important to dispel impersonal and sentimental misconceptions ...

Devastation by Disinformation

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa We can learn valuable lessons from the actions of Kaikeyi, who was drawn into her maidservant's ...

No Newspapers! The Miners’ Mentality

By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi How to protect our spiritual lives from the constant allure of mundane topics. Srila Prabhupada ...

Worlds of Magic, Worlds of Truth

By Nikunja Vilasini Devi Dasi The Vedic literature reveals a real world beyond our experience and beyond our imagination. Extra-terrestrial ...

Successful Life

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Lecture given in ...