• Award-Winning Vrindavan Film Inspires Reconnection
  • Plans Underway to Develop an ISKCON Yoga System
  • Mercy Filled Crescendos at the Moscow Kirtan Mela
  • Prabhupada's Journey: 50th Anniversary Logo
  • Good Humans at Glastonbury
  • Fatalism or Pragmatism?

Inside ISKCON
  • Award-Winning Vrindavan Film Inspires Reconnection
  • “People go to Vrindavan and their lives change… for the better,” says Shyam Gopal Das (Maksim Varfolomeev), who wrote and directed the 40-minute film Reconnection with his wife Vijaya Radhika Dasi (Olga Avramenko). The film has won an Award of Excellence from the Best Shorts Competition, whose previous winners have gone on to win Oscars and Emmys.

  • Logo for the 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's US Journey
  • With the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s departure from India onboard the Jaladuta ship, August 13, less than two weeks away, devotees in Kolkata are putting on a grand celebration of the event. While many exciting offerings, including a Guinness record-breaking harinama are being prepared for the celebration, an official logo has been created to celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s 36 days of maritime journey.  

  • Mercy Filled Crescendos at the Moscow Kirtan Mela
  • There were three days of unforgettable kirtans that lasted late into the night, hundreds of guests, participants and volunteers. BB Govinda Swami spoke about the importance of sharing the happiness that we experience, as “love should always be shared – such is its free nature. Love cannot be limited, we just need to become the instrument, through which love will flow further and further…”

  • Devotee Yoga Teachers Meet to Develop ISKCON-Wide System
  • ISKCON yoga teachers will gather at the Simhachalam farm in Germany August 13th to 17th to develop an ISKCON-wide system for presenting Mantra Yoga through their professional yoga studios. Fifteen teachers will attend the “Strategic Planning Meeting,” including Jiva-Maya Dasi and Ranga Devi from the UK; Matsya Avatar Das from Italy; and Krishna Kripa Das, who teaches yoga and meditation to prison inmates in Spain.

  • US Congressman and Mayor Among 10,000 Attendees for Detroit Rathyatra
  • Detroit ISKCON celebrated its 30th Annual Rathyatra on Sunday July 19th with its largest attendance ever – an estimated 10,000 visitors. There were many highlights of the day, including grand opening ceremonies, amazing kirtan by Gaura Mani, Gopal and others, five hours of captivating stage entertainment, jammed packed Kidz Zone featuring Vedic crafts, live cooking demos and so much more. 

  • New Book Vanity Karma Explores the Meaning of Life
  • In his new book Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the Search for the Meaning of Life, ISKCON guru and BBT trustee Jayadvaita Swami explores the works that set him on his spiritual path in the hopes that they may help others on theirs. “Both books deal with questions crucial to the life of an intelligent human being,” he says.

  • Ratha Yatra in Kisumu, Kenya
  • The Lake shore city of Kenya – Kisumu, celebrated its annual Rath Yatra on the 18th of July, coinciding with the Puri Rath Yatra, and "Idd-Ul-Ftr" (a local holiday). Taking advantage of the auspicious date, the Kisumu devotees organized the festival in less than a week.

    50th Anniversary News
  • Permanent Prabhupada Art Gallery to Open in Malaysia
  • A permanent art gallery entitled “Walking with Srila Prabhupada – The Path of Perfection” is set to open on August 30th in Malaysia.

  • Baroda Temple Forms Committee to Steer 50th Anniversary Celebrations
  • Basughosh Das, President of the Baroda temple said, “We want to encourage the congregation to take an increasing part in the 50th Anniversary celebrations. 

  • An Eternal Relationship: Prabhupada’s Fourth Visit to New Vrindaban
  • June 21st, 1976 was a normal day at the Pittsburgh International airport until a group of Krishna devotees from New Vrindaban  appeared.

  • ISKCON UK Launch 50th Anniversary Celebrations
  • A celebration to mark the launch of a year of events to commemorate 50 years of ISKCON was hosted on Saturday 20th June by ISKCON UK.

  • ISKCON 50th Anniversary Program at the Himalayas
  • On June 24th, a day-long celebration was held at the famous Sri Badarinath Temple, in Badarikashram, Uttarakhand, India. 

    World News
  • Amy's Kitchen Is Opening An All Vegetarian Drive-Thru
  • The restaurant will offer meat-free burgers, burritos, macaroni and cheese, pizza, salad, as well as milkshakes and vegan non-dairy shakes.

  • Top 10 Foods for Improving Blood Pressure
  • High blood pressure (HBP) infects the veins of society. It is defined as high pressure in the arteries, which are vessels that carry blood throughout the body.

  • Unravel
  • When people in the West throw their clothes away, their cast-offs often go on a journey east, across the oceans, to India’s industrial interior.

  • Why You Should Drink Water From a Copper Vessel
  • Modern science also supports this Ayurvedic claim that water stored in copper vessel is able to considerably reduce the presence of harmful bacteria.

  • Bay of Bengal Islanders Untouched by "Civilization"
  • North Sentinel Island, located in the Bay of Bengal, is home to an isolated tribe that has never been colonized or even made contact with.

    Opinion
  • Fatalism or Pragmatism?

    Indian thought is sometimes deemed fatalistic, as holding that everything is destined by past karma, thereby leaving little room for human initiative. The bhakti literature, however, offers a far more nuanced and empowering outlook to life.

  • A Hindu Reflection on Pope's Climate Change Encyclical

    As Pope Francis stated in his recent Encyclical on climate change, the reality of climate change "represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

  • Good Humans

    For many, the horrors of the world, the war, injustice, crime and suffering through centuries, can only signal the supreme triumph of atheism. After all, who could believe in God in the face of such horrifying acts of violence and brutality?

  • I Seek Pleasure, Don't You?

    Having found ourselves in the abyss of an ecological tragedy, the current inheritors of the earth are entitled to a moment of solemn reflection in which we wonder, “Am I really responsible?”

  • Durban Kirtan Festival Through the Eyes of a 15-year-old

    The walls of the temple in Durban, South Africa vibrated to the sounds of the holy name through a six-hour Kirtan Festival.

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