• Italy Launches ISKCON 50 Celebrations in Rome
  • Devotees Feast Eyes on New Prabhupad & Gita Books
  • ISKCON Pune Plans Ambitious “50th-ized” Year
  • Bhakti Without Borders Producers to Attend Grammys
  • Enemies of Growth
by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
  • ISKCON 50 Meditations: February 7, 2016
  • Prabhupada’s Legacy is One of Disturbing the Sleeping Dogs

    Inside ISKCON
  • Devotees Feast Eyes on New Prabhupad and Gita Books
  • The Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA) in Radhadesh, Belgium, has just published two lusciously illustrated books for devotees to feast their eyes on: “Illuminations from the Bhagavad-gita” and “Prabhupada Meditations.” The Gita-book is the fourth edition of the classic 1980 work by artist Kim Waters and Chris Murray, after the original by Harper and Row, and two in the 1990s and 2000s by Mandala.

  • Bhakti Without Borders Producers to Attend Grammys
  • Four people are set to represent Bhakti Without Borders, only the third kirtan album ever to be nominated for a Grammy, at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on February 15th. Main artist Madi Das – who duets on the album with eleven Vaishnavi co-vocalists – and producer Dave Stringer will attend as the Grammy nominees. 

  • Italy Launches ISKCON 50 Celebrations in Rome
  • Italy’s ISKCON 50th anniversary celebrations commenced on November 25th, 2015 with the planting of a sacred Banyan tree in the historical garden of Piazza Vittorio in Rome. The Bhaktivedanta Cultural and Educational Library donated the tree to the city of Rome on the occasion, which was auspicious as it was also the 500th anniversary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s arrival in Vrindavana.

  • ISKCON Pune Plans Ambitious “50th-ized” Year
  • Can you imagine one city holding 500 Harinamas or distributing 500,000 of Srila Prabhupada’s books in one year? That’s exactly what ISKCON of Pune in Maharashtra, India is doing as they ambitiously set out to 50th-ize the year 2016. And much, much more besides: the plan is to set higher-than-usual goals for all of Pune’s outreach efforts in multiples of five or fifty.

  • Radha Krishna Camp in Brazil: More Than a Retreat
  • The second Radha Krishna Camp took place in Nova Gokula, Pindamonhangaba, Brazil between the 5th to the 12th of January, and was attended by over 40 devotees between 12 and 16 years of age looking for new friends, fun and experience of an ideal spiritual life.

  • American ISKCON Devotee's Death in Goa Sparks Facebook Campaign
  • Friends of Caitanya Lila Holt, 30-year-old US national, who died after allegedly choking on mud in a paddy field last week, have started an online campaign on the social media seeking justice for the former US soldier. The #JusticeforCaitanya campaign started on Facebook, alleges that Caitanya, a member of the ISKCON was "murdered by a lynch mob and the police in Goa."

  • TOVP Domes Completed, Finishing Work Underway
  • The superstructures of all three domes of ISKCON’s upcoming flagship temple – the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal – have been completed, and finishing work is now underway. At its highest point, the temple will stand 113 meters (370 feet) tall, higher than the Taj Mahal and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

  • New Website on Natural Healing: “Cures That Work”
  • With the blessings of Prahladananda Swami, ISKCON’s Minister of Health, at the end of January a new website will be launched, consisting of personal testimonials from devotees who have been successful in treating their illnesses or others’ effectively with natural remedies.

    50th Anniversary News
  • Teens Inspire on Australian Youth Bus Tour
  • Fifteen teenaged youth, aged 13 to 18 and hailing from Australia, New Zealand and Bali, were inspired in Krishna consciousness as they traveled across Australia during their summer holidays this January. But they also deeply moved and inspired other devotees with their devotion everywhere they went. The tour, which ran from January 9th to 27th – summer in Australia – was chaperoned by second generation devotees. 

  • Ahmedabad Holds 5-Day Padayatra for ISKCON’s 50th
  • Between March 2014 and the end of 2016 – ISKCON’s 50th anniversary year – the Padayatra Worldwide Ministry is aiming to hold 50 padayatras. 

  • Official 50th Anniversary Posters Released
  • “We have one general poster about the 50th, and seven other posters – one for each of the seven purposes of ISKCON,” said Anuttama Dasa.

  • “Best Ever” Leaders Meetings Highlight ISKCON 50
  • Many of the more than sixty temple presidents and GBCs attending this year’s ISKCON North American Leaders Meetings called the event “the best ever.” 

  • 12,500 Gitas Distributed at 50th Anniversary Gala Event in Ahmedabad
  • Supporters and well-wishers of ISKCON who attended a 50th Anniversary gala event in Ahmedabad sponsored over 12,500 Bhagavad-gitas.

    World News
  • Official 'Well-Being' Statistics Show Religious People Are Happier Than Atheists
  • Of all the faiths in the UK, Hindus are the happiest, scoring well above the UK national average.

  • The First Russian in Vrindavan Was Tsar Nicholas, 125 years ago
  • In 1891, Hindus who were bathing in the sacred river Yamuna witnessed an amazing scene. A ship with a name in an unknown language was approaching.

  • Lord Hanuman Figurine Is US President Obama’s Lucky Charm
  • A statuette of Lord Hanuman is among few items that US President Barack Obama always carries in his pocket and seeks inspiration.

  • India Has Its First Fully Organic State
  • As of late last month, the farms of Sikkim in northwest India have been certified 100 percent free of synthetic fertilizer and pesticides, making it the country's first fully organic state.

  • A Simple Celery Juice Recipe to Get Rid of Inflammation
  • James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds.

    Opinion
  • Enemies of Growth

    Observing my own life, it seems there are key enemies which stagnate our growth and development. We slide into mediocrity and averageness when we are too busy, too arrogant or too comfortable to really invest in our life.

  • Gopala Bhatta Goswami’s Gifts to the Vaishnava Community

    Today we’re marking the life of a great saint in our tradition who lived 500 years ago. He was the son of a Sri Vaishnava brahmana, Venkata Bhatta, and was born in a village near the famous temple town of Sri Rangam.

  • Courage

    Courage means standing up for what we believe to be right. Intoxication, on the other hand, tends to make us blur the boundary between right and wrong.

  • Work to Live – Avoid Work That Eats You Alive

    Work is essential for survival, as the Gita acknowledges. When work becomes the sole definer of our self-identity and self-worth, it degenerates to an indulgence, even an addictive indulgence.

  • Yogi Blues: The Bhagavad Gita & The Yoga of Despair

    Popular wisdom, from doctors and moms alike, is that yoga and happiness go hand in hand. But are "real" yogis immune to despair? Is despondency somehow antithetical to yoga?

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