• Mongolian Devotees Receive Religious Status
  • Award-Winning Flutist Infuses Lessons with Krishna
  • ISKCON Organizes First Diwali at Rome City Hall
  • 1800 Attend ISKCON Youth Festival in Patna
  • Head Space
  • Humility in Leadership
  • Construction to Begin on New Bangalore Temple
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  • Award-Winning Flutist Infuses Lessons with Krishna
  • On September 8th, award-winning flutist Luis De La Calle opened his own music academy in Geneva, Switzerland, where students aged four through seventy-five can learn the transverse flute, recorder, pan flute, and Japanese, Bansuri, and Peruvian bamboo flutes. But his lessons come with added spiritual nutrition. Because Luis, also known as Bhadra Rupa Das, is an ISKCON devotee.

  • ISKCON Organizes First Diwali at Rome City Hall
  • Devotees headed by ISKCON Communications director for Italy Parabhakti Das organized and participated in the Diwali celebrations at Rome’s City Hall on October 23rd, with positive results. “If Brussels is the diplomatic capital of Europe, Rome is its capital from the religious and cultural point of view,” Parabhakti says. “So it is important that our movement is well represented and clearly visible in this world-famous city.”

  • More than 10,000 attend Diwali 2014 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple
  • Communications secretary for the temple, Radha Mohan Das, said: "The day was a really big success, everyone had a lot of fun. There was a great atmosphere, particularly in the lead up to the fireworks." The day also saw two drama perfomances, which told parts of the story behind Diwali. Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, which is told in the ancient Indian text, Ramayana.

  • 1800 Students Attend Biggest Ever Youth Festival by ISKCON in Patna
  • The festival was greatly anticipated, as students in Patna have lesser opportunities to attend youth events, compared to youth of metro cities of India. The event was aimed at providing Krishna-conscious philosophy to youngsters as an alternative solution to practical problems faced by contemporary society.

  • Sahyadri Varnashrama College 2015
  • The Sahyadri Varnasrama College (SVC) is now accepting applications for its one-month course to be given from January 1 to 31, 2015 on the campus of Sahyadri Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra (SSKBK) located near the small town of Hebri in the district of Udupi, South Karnataka, India

  • Representatives of the Global Village Initiative Committee Meet in Tirupati
  • Representatives of the Global Village Initiative Committee (GVIC) from three continents (Asia, Europe and North America) met at the ISKCON Tirupati temple along with members of various global committees from October 14th to 18th to share insights and prepare strategies to further the purpose of the initiative committee.

  • Construction to Begin on “Opulent” New Bangalore Temple
  • Construction is set to begin within a few weeks on an opulent new ISKCON temple in Bangalore, South India, one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities in the country. The temple will be set on a half-acre of landscaped gardens, with the words “ISKCON” and “Founder Acharya: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada” embedded in a waterfall at the entrance that will light up at night.

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  • Mongolian Krishna Mandir Receives Official Religious Status, New Temple on the Way
  • Devotees used to hold programs in a traditional yurt, often packing it up and moving locations in true nomadic style.

  • You Can Drink Yamuna Water and Also Swim in the River by 2017: JICA Representative
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), expressed hope that the Yamuna would be clean by year 2017. 

  • How the World Loved the Swastika - Until Hitler Stole It
  • Archaeological finds have long demonstrated that the swastika is a very old symbol, but ancient examples are by no means limited to India.

  • Catholic Church Sends Message of Goodwill on Divali
  • "We, Christians and Hindus, may we join together with followers of other religions to foster a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society."

  • Will the Bible Museum Give Guests an Eden Experience?
  • PETA is urging the Bible Museum’s chair to serve exclusively “Eden food”—vegan food, that is—in the museum’s restaurant.

  • First Hint of 'Life After Death' In Biggest Ever Scientific Study
  • Scientists have found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after clinical death which was previously thought impossible.

  • 16 Million People in the US are Now Vegan or Vegetarian!
  • In 2009, a tiny one percent of the US population reported eating vegetarian or vegan. The rates have skyrocketed over the last five years.  

  • The World's First Vegetarian City
  • After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone. But the city's Muslims are not happy.

  • Museum of the Bible Aims for Timeless Name, Imagery
  • The high-tech museum is four blocks from the U.S. Capitol and three blocks from a global tourism mecca, the Air and Space Museum.

  • Is Yoga Really About Exercise?
  • Yoga practitioners are fighting a new sales tax by insisting the activity isn't primarily about fitness. Around the world, its definition can often be rather more flexible, writes Jon Kelly.

  • Holy Cow! You Won’t Believe What Herbie the Bull Can Do With a Football
  • His name is Herbie and he has plenty of reasons to be kicking his hoofs in joy — and not just because he can bend it like Beckham.

  • Head Space

    Luxuries have become necessities, without which, we just can’t function. Modern-day spiritualists, it seems, are faced with a unique challenge: the art of living is not how big we can make it, rather how small we can keep it!

  • Humility in Leadership

    Generally, when we hear the term "humility," we imagine an individual who lacks confidence, is weak and unsure of themselves and in general is a pushover.

  • Short Change

    When we see success in someone else, it’s easy to forget the years of sacrifice, austerity and perseverance that got them to that stage. This lapse of memory can often lead us believe that there is a ‘quick-fix’ solution to reach such a level.

  • A Diwali Reflection: The Exchange of Lamps

    "We are speaking of a graceful exchange of lamps--one lit by us in welcoming the Divine, and the other lit by the Divine lovingly revealing himself to us." 

  • My Experience With Cyclone Hudhud

    A little later the kitchen roof flew away, along with some bowls and plates. When I saw the sheets on our temple hall flying away tears went rolling down my cheeks. We all prayed very sincerely: “oh, Kishna, please protect yourself.”

  • Miracle on Second Avenue