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After Death — Notes from the Editor

Many people haven't given much thought to the question of whether there is life after death, and many even prefer to ignore death. Still, we all must die. Like a…

In Praise of the Spiritual Master

In darkness have I traveled, In nescience was I born. For eons had I journeyed In existence forlorn, My knowledge had been covered, Forgetful. and blind, In different planes I'd…

The Yoga Dictionary

The Sanskrit language is rich in words to communicate ideas about spiritual life, yoga, and God realization. This dictionary, appearing by installments in BACK TO GODHEAD, will focus upon the…

The Nectar of the Holy Name of Krishna

The Nectar of the Holy Name of Krishna

I do not know how much nectar the two syllables 'Krs-na' have produced. When the holy name of Krsna, is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then…

The East Village — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The East Village — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Since he started the public chanting of Hare Krsna in Washington Square Park, in the heart of Greenwich Village, Srila Prabhupada had been sending out small "parades" of devotees, chanting…

Srila Prabhupada Breaking the American Silence

Srila Prabhupada Breaking the American Silence

During the two months spent at 26 Second Avenue, Srila Prabhupada had achieved what had formerly been only a dream. He now had a temple, a duly registered society, full…

Radio Krishna in Sweden

Radio Krishna in Sweden

Our lines are jammed from midnight to 6 A.M. An important reason for the show's success is that we touch on real issues and give practical solutions. We go into…

Chanting Hare Krsna is for Saints and Sinners — Notes from the Editor

Chanting Hare Krsna is for Saints and Sinners — Notes from the Editor

The Vedic literature explains the power of chanting God's name in the story of Ajamila, a great sinner who at the time of his death called out the name of…

The Sanskrit Yoga Dictionary

The Sanskrit language is rich in words to communicate ideas about spiritual life, yoga, and God realization. This dictionary will focus upon the most important of these (and, occasionally, upon…

The Wedding: The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The Wedding: The Biography of a Pure Devotee

Shortly after founding the first Krsna conscious temple in the West, Srila Prabhupada organized the first Vedic marriage ceremony, replete with fire sacrifice, garlands, exotic foods, and an intimation of…

People — Anne Schaufuss becomes Hare Krishna

People — Anne Schaufuss becomes Hare Krishna

A million dollars and three dozen magazine covers later, Anne had wealth, fame, and apartments in most European capital cities. Anne Schaufuss had everything. Except, maybe, happiness. …

Jnana Dasa — How I Came To Krsna Consciousness

Jnana Dasa — How I Came To Krsna Consciousness

I finished the school year, bade farewell to my family, girlfriend, and other intimates, and set off for Japan to practice Zen in earnest.…

The First Initiation — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The First Initiation — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

Prabhupada announced that he would soon hold an initiation. "What's initiation, Swamiji?" one of the boys asked, and Prabhupada replied, "I will tell you later."…

Hare Krsna and the Jesus Prayer — Notes from the Editor

While telling about Lord Caitanya's universal sankirtana movement of chanting God's holy names, Srila Prabhupada would explain that Christians could also take part by chanting the name of Jesus Christ.…

The Peace Vigil — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The Peace Vigil — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The '60s proved a fertile field for Prabhupada's planting the seeds of Krsna consciousness in the West. Now the intensifying war in Vietnam, bringing forth a widespread clamor for peace,…

Indradyumna Swami Journeys to a Lost City

Indradyumna Swami Journeys to a Lost City

The temple cave of Varaha-Nrsimha juts out from the mountain leading to Ahovalam. Local priests say the Deities in these solid-stone temples were installed thousands of years ago.…

A Day in Vrndavana the Land of Krsna — Notes from the Editor

Walking in the early morning, I see the tower of the Madana-mohana temple in my path. The village of Vrndavana is still dark. I enter the Yamuna's waters, and downriver…

The Biography of a Pure Devotee — The Excursion

The Biography of a Pure Devotee — The Excursion

The small storefront temple at 26 Second Avenue had begun to thrive. Srila Prabhupada, by his chanting, his strong preaching, his delicious meals of prasadam, but most of all by…

Artisans of a Spiritual Order

Artisans of a Spiritual Order

1980-09-03Real craftsmanship is, above all else, a spiritual exercise." A mass of spinning clay turns between his fingers. The clay gradually grows into a slender urn that curves and tapers…

Srila Prabhupada’s Perpetual Gifts

Srila Prabhupada’s Perpetual Gifts

There were predictions that after his disappearance the movement and teachings he had established would soon fall apart. Now it is three years later, and Srila Prabhupada's unique contributions are…

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