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November/December 2020

WELCOME  In writing for Back to Godhead, authors often illustrate the philosophy or practice of Krishna consciousness with examples from the life or teachings of devotees whose stories appear in the Vedic literature, especially the Srimad-Bhagavatam. I’ve noticed during my years of editing BTG that one devotee seems to be referenced more than any other: Prahlada. He naturally comes to mind because his life and character exemplify what we devotees-in-training are trying to attain. Our cover story in this issue focuses on two essential qualities of spiritual life that Prahlada spoke about and exhibited.

Because of the extreme antagonism Prahlada faced, his example is especially appropriate for us as we encounter life’s inevitable difficulties. Two articles in this issue address the topic of devotional life in challenging times: Chaitanya Charana Dasa’s “Pandemic: Finding Meaning Amid Suffering” and Vishakha Devi Dasi’s “Practicing Spiritual Life in Difficult Times.”

Looking back from our current challenges, Satyaraja Dasa writes of the early days of ISKCON when Srila Prabhupada showered his love and blessings on the first child born in the movement, Saraswati.

Sarvabhauma Dasa writes about India’s contributions to the world, especially its best contributions in the form of its spiritual heritage as delivered by Srila Prabhupada.

Hare Krishna. – Nagaraja Dasa, Editor

Articles this month:

Practicing Spiritual Life in Difficult Times

Sincere devotional practice in easy times will reward us when the times get tough. By Vishakha Devi Dasi Krishna gives ...

The Krishna Conception: Little Saraswati and the Dawn of ISKCON

The first child born in ISKCON received much love and attention from the movement’s founder. By Satyaraja Dasa “Prabhupada says, ...

The Sun Never Sets on Srila Prabhupada’s and India’s Influence

India’s gifts to the world are numerous, and Prabhupada delivered the best of them. By Sarvabhauma Dasa Srila Prabhupada was ...

At Home in Jagannatha Puri Dhama

A devotee from America recalls her life and thoughts while living in one of India’s holiest cities. Samapriya Devi Dasi ...

Teachings of Queen Kunti: Srila Prabhupada’s Farsighted Commentary

The prayers of this exceptional queen are saturated with both profound philosophy and deep spiritual love. By Karuna Dharini Devi ...

Selfless and Seamless Devotion: Lessons from the Life and Character of Prahlada

A young devotee from ancient times taught and exemplified the essential qualities for spiritual success. By Gauranga Darshana Dasa Devotional ...

Pandemic: Finding Meaning Amid Suffering

Challenging times can inspire our most important thoughts about life. By Chaitanya Charana Dasa Crises such as pandemics can be ...

Knowledge and Renunciation in Relation to Bhakti

What does bhakti have to do with these two cornerstones of genuine spiritual life? By Bharata Dasa Some insights gained ...

Vedanta As It Is

Srila Prabhupada explains that the only way to get perfect knowledge is to hear from the perfect person. By His ...