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WELCOME  This issue opens with a lecture by Srila Prabhupada given at the New Vrindaban farm community, the subject of a feature article in our next issue, honoring its fiftieth anniversary. In this current issue, Prabhupada speaks about expanding our love beyond our inner circle – to the whole world.

The pursuit of ideals like universal love implies the conviction that human life is meant for personal improvement. Back to Godhead aims to help and encourage its readers in the spiritual endeavor, and in this issue Satyaraja Dasa describes “Five Universal Stages” we can expect to go through when we choose to pursue a spiritual goal. Choice is the subject of Hari Parayana Dasa’s “Do We Have Free Will?” The obvious answer may seem to be “Of course!” But biologists have a different idea.

When we decide to do something, material or spiritual, where we do it can have a greater influence on the outcome than we might expect. Krishna Dhana Dasa, in “The Dynamics of Environment,” looks to Vedic history for examples of wise choices about “place.” In “What’s Wrong with Using a Crutch,” Navina Syama Dasa explains why it’s smart to get the help we need.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Summary of Srimad-Bhagavatam from the Narada Purana

Translation by Jan Mareš From Sri Brihan-naradiya Purana, Purva-bhaga (“fore part”), Brihad-upakhyana (“the larger episode”), Part 4, Chapter 96. [The Sanskrit verses and some of ...
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Krishna, Integrity, and Us

By Vishakha Devi Dasi Inner and outer integrity are essential to our individual practice of bhakti-yoga and to our devotional communities as ...
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What’s Wrong with Using a Crutch?

By Navina Shyama Dasa When atheists decry religion as a crutch, most believers bristle. Perhaps we should agree instead. While ...
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The Origin of Our Family Business

By Vaisheshika Dasa "Our family" refers to Lord Krishna's devotees, and our business is to inform as many people as ...
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Bhagavad-gita: Five Universal Stages, From Existential Agony to Love of God

By Satyaraja Dasa Lord Krishna guides Arjuna – and through him, all of us – in the quest to conquer ...
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Do We Have Free Will?

By Hari Parayana Dasa Modern biology suggests that free will is an illusion and that belief in it is similar ...
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Two Boys Who Found God

By Akshay Gupta Two histories among many from the Vedic literature that show the material and spiritual benefits of bhakti. The ...
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Unity – Within and Without

By Chaitanya Charana Dasa When disagreement threatens the unity of a party searching for Sita, help arrives in an unexpected ...
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The Dynamics of Environment: A Factor for Assuring Success

By Krishna Dhana Dasa Spiritual teachers in the Vedic tradition have often shown great care in selecting the site of ...
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Expanding Our Love

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Lecture given in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, on June 25, 1976 ...
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