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Waves of Ecstasy in California

Waves of Ecstasy in California

Srila Prabhupada had planted the seed of Krsna consciousness in the fertile ground of New York's Lower East Side and seen it take root and flourish. But when he came…

Sankirtana — The Perfection of Glorifying God

Sankirtana — The Perfection of Glorifying God

Among all the practices of the Hare Krsna movement, the most prominent is the public chanting of God's names, ecstatic dancing, and playing of musical instruments—a spontaneous street liturgy common…

Changing Bodies

Changing Bodies

The soul transmigrates at every moment as our body changes from childhood, to youth, and then to old age. When the body disintegrates at death, the soul starts another round…

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 Role of the Disciple — Harvard Divinity School

The Role of the Disciple — Harvard Divinity School

You've been speaking at some length about the notion of the guru. According to your tradition, what is the role of the disciple? How does he deal with the guru?…

The Lord of the Universe Comes to Haight-Ashbury

The Lord of the Universe Comes to Haight-Ashbury

San Francisco, 1967. Prabhupada's temple had become an integral part of the youth scene in the Haight-Ashbury district. Now, unexpectedly, the Lord of the universe came to the temple through…

Reincarnation and the Holy Name

Is there life after death? If so, what is the nature of that life? These questions have always been with us, and the search for their answers is an intrinsic…

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…

ISKCON’s Anti-Drug Programs Win Worldwide Praise

"Krishna consciousness is close to 100% successful in stopping drug use among those who voluntarily enter the program"—Addictions Magazine, Washington, D.C, Area Council on Alchoholism & Drug Abuse, Inc.…

A Refuge For The Hippies — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

A Refuge For The Hippies — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada had come to San Francisco as the hippie movement was reaching its height. He found his small temple on Frederick Street, in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury district…

You Don’t Need a Guru—or Do You?

You Don’t Need a Guru—or Do You?

We'd rather be in the position of teacher than that of student. Submission to a teacher implies an admission that I need instruction and guidance. And this is humbling. Most…

Ticket to a World Without Death

Ticket to a World Without Death

If TWA were selling tickets for a flight to a newly discovered planet where no one grew old, no one suffered disease, and no one ever died, who wouldn't want…

Why You Should Become a Devotee of Krsna — Notes from the Editor

You should become a devotee of Krsna is that devotion to Krsna is your original nature. You and I—all of us—are eternal servants of God. But you have temporarily forgotten…

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 Mantra-Rock Dance — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The Mantra-Rock Dance — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Though some of the New York disciples had objected, Srila Prabhupada was still scheduled for the Mantra-Rock Dance at the Avalon Ballroom. It wasn't proper, they had said, for the…

Sailing in the Hawaiian Islands Back to Godhead

Sailing in the Hawaiian Islands Back to Godhead

Why did ISKCON need a boat? "The founders of this movement wanted to distribute love of God to every town and village," Narahari said. "In other areas our members go…

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…

Humility by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Humility by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Traveling from place to place, Proud of my education, I grew wealthy and maintained my family With undivided attention. O Lord Hari, O Krsna, I forgot You!…

Bhakti, Devotion—The Highest Yoga

Bhakti, Devotion—The Highest Yoga

Here it is clearly stated that out of all the different kinds of yogis-—the astanga-yogi, the hatha-yogi, the jnana-yogi, the karma-yogi, and the bhakti-yogi—the bhakti-yogi is on the highest platform…

The Departure 1967 — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The Departure 1967 — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The temple at 26 2nd Ave was thriving, but now it was time to break new ground. The most fertile field was San Francisco's Haight-Ashhurv, where the cultural revolution that…