• Disciples Course Required for Initiation
  • Earthquake In Nepal – ISKCON Also Affected
  • Holi D.C. – Not Just Another Color Festival
  • ISKCON and its Branches
  • Suicide in the Spur of the Moment
  • Really? Think It Through

Inside ISKCON
  • ISKCON Katmandu Distributes Food to the Earthquake Victims
  • On April 25th, a massive earthquake hit Nepal, which is now reported to have killed some 2,500 people. The ISKCON community has also been affected, with many devotees injured and having their houses lost. Some of their relatives got buried under the collapsed buildings and died. ISKCON Katmandu is trying its best to help devotees and people in need by providing shelter, medical help and organizing prasadam distribution.

  • Massive Earthquake Strikes Nepal – ISKCON Also Affected
  • A massive earthquake struck central Nepal on Saturday, April 25, affecting Kathmandu and he city of Pokhara. The tremors could also be felt in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. According to international new agencies hundreds of people had been killed across Nepal. Rescuers are digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu trying to reach survivors. A number of historic buildings have been destroyed.

  • Disciples Course Required for Initiation by September 5th
  • From the holy day of Janmastami – September 5th -- this year, devotees wishing to take initiation from an ISKCON guru will be required to first pass the ISKCON Disciples Course. The course grew from the ISKCON Guru Seminar, created by the GBC Guru Services Committee in 2008 to educate those taking up the service of guru in how to be effective in caring for their disciples.

  • ISKCON’s Sannyasa Ministry Requests Feedback

  • To expand ISKCON’s outreach mission Srila Prabhupada offered sannyasi (renounced monk) initiation.
Thus ISKCON’s Ministry for Sannyasa Service has established a website to provide
information about potential sannyasis to the ISKCON community and to get
feedback in order to help in the candidate's training.

  • Jayapataka Swami to Visit New Vrindaban’s Festival of Inspiration, May 8th – 10th, 2015
  • New Vrindaban's Festival of Inspiration is only two weeks away, and it's a big one -- the 15th anniversary! There will be exciting and inspiring presentations by ISKCON’s best speakers; top-quality entertainment from dramas to stand-up comedy; rip-roaring kirtans; and mouth-watering prasadam, and much more!

  • Holi D.C. – Not Just Another Color Festival
  • With a profusion of secular “color runs” and “color festivals” everywhere these days, it’s hard to find one that stands out. But Holi D.C., beginning with its conspicuous moniker – it purposely retains the festival’s original spiritual name rather than calling itself “Festival of Colors” – is decidedly unique.

  • New Coordinator to Speed Up Child Protection Response
  • With National Child Abuse Prevention Month inspiring child protection efforts from both secular and religious organizations across North America this April, ISKCON North America’s Child Protection Office (NACPO) is welcoming a new member to its team.

    50th Anniversary News
  • Strengthening The Vision: Prabhupada’s Third Visit to New Vrindaban
  • As ISKCON approaches its 50th anniversary in 2016, ISKCON News is increasing its coverage of both the latest plans for the 2016 celebrations, as well as looking back on the early years of ISKCON and how Srila Prabhupada's worldwide society developed. This article is part of a series connecting New Vrindaban, ISKCON's first farm community, to the grand visions by Srila Prabhupada.

  • Vanipedia to Translate Prabhupada’s Gita Introduction into 108 Languages
  • The dynamic online encyclopedia of Prabhupada’s words are planning to making Prabhupada audios available on Youtube with subtitles in 108 languages.

  • Safe Temple Awards to Show ISKCON’s Unified Commitment to Child Protection
  • As part of its ongoing efforts for child safety, ISKCON’s North American Child Protection Office will kick off 2016 with its first annual “Safe Temple” awards.

  • 2015 Communications Seminar To Be Held in Radhadesh, Belgium
  • This year, ISKCON Communications Europe invites devotees from outside of Europe as well to discuss important international strategies and issues.

  • New Coordinator Talks Exciting Plans for ISKCON’s 50th
  • After a worldwide search, the Executive Committee for ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations has appointed Romapada Das as its International Coordinator.

    World News
  • ISKCON Extends Its Support to Ban on Slaughter of Cows
  • ISKCON's Govardhan Ecovillage is saying that rearing these animals would add much more to the economy rather than killing them.

  • Bolivia Closes All Its McDonald's Restaurants and the Reason Why Is Amazing
  •  Bolivians feel for a meal to be a good meal that it must be prepared "with love, dedication and proper cook time."

  • His Name Is Khan, He Wants a Ban on Cow Slaughter Across India
  • He is a kathavachak (narrator of religious lore) with a difference. A devout Muslim by birth, Faiz Khan is a firm believer in the need to protect cows. 

  • Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Real
  • “When we read about Creation, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.

    Opinion
  • Suicide in the Spur of the Moment

    A desire to live life on one’s own terms, expecting people around to accept their way of living, never compromising attitude and carrying tonnes of emotions on the sleeves are some of the attributes which characterise people today.

  • The Universal Family

    One no longer has an excuse to be ignorant on the topic of animal rights. Simply by browsing the Internet we can directly see the dealings between humans and animals, and animals and animals, even between different species.

  • What Is the Relationship of the Small Group of Devotees to ISKCON?

    Does the small group in ISKCON serve the local temple, or does the temple serve the small group? Who serves whom?

  • Judging Without Understanding – The Recipe for Ruining Relationships

    When we see others behave in an inappropriate way, we tend to attribute that behavior to their internal character flaws, not their external extenuating circumstances.

  • Green, Righteous and Dead?

    Thirty years ago no one gave a damn. You could gum up a river with factory sludge, chop down rain forests wholesale, spray fluorocarbons into the air like a kid sprinkling confetti , and non one would say boo. No longer. 

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