• Second Largest ISKCON Temple to Open in Kanpur
  • GBC Leader Hosts Prestigious Wilbur Awards
  • Pandava Sena Youth Group Celebrates 20 Years
  • Why Is the Bhagavad-gita So "Pessimistic"?
  • China Bans Reincarnation Without Gov't Permission
  • Unconscious Competence
  • Megadams: Battle on the Brahmaputra
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  • Second Largest ISKCON Temple in the World to Open in Kanpur
  • The second-largest ISKCON temple in the World, after ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, is set to open in Kanpur on October 3rd, 2014. The festival is expected to draw over 100,000 people. Construction on the temple began in October 2011 and will conclude this August. Set on a fifteen-acre site, the elaborate 100,000 square-foot temple, with its majestic towers, will include an open-sky courtyard and large temple hall.

  • Pandava Sena Youth Group Celebrates 20 Years
  • Upon its birth in 1994 out of necessity to protect Bhaktivedanta Manor from closure, the UK’s Pandava Sena youth group was a powerful force. And its 20th anniversary, celebrated on April 12th, prove that it is an incredibly stable one too. Around 250 current members and alumni, ranging in age from 14 to 38, packed into Bhaktivedanta Manor’s temple room. They were joined by several senior devotees who had been long-time well-wishers.

  • GBC Leader Hosts Prestigious Wilbur Awards
  • Most people have heard of the Oscar, the Tony and the Emmy Awards. But, who has ever heard of a Wilbur? The Wilbur Award is a highly sought after annual prize awarded to members of the secular media in North America. This year for the first time ever the event was hosted by an RCC member from outside the Christian or Jewish faiths, ISKCON’s own Governing Body Commission Chairman, Anuttama Dasa.

  • ISKCON Houston Deities Move Into Their Grand New Home
  • On April 4th, the presiding Deities of ISKCON Houston, Texas, were moved into Their beautiful new home. Construction began on the 24,000 square-foot Orissan-style temple, with its ninety-foot-high central gold-tipped dome, in 2004. The official opening festival, on May 17th and 18th, will draw an estimated 15,000 people and mark the culmination of many years of hard work by devotees.

  • Former Radhadesh President Joins Mayapur Co-Directors
  • Hrdaya Caitanya Das, who served as president of ISKCON’s Radhadesh community in the Belgian Ardennes for twenty-seven years, is grateful to be taking on the service of co-director at ISKCON’s headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal. He and fellow newcomer Gauranga-Simha Das from South Africa will bring the board of co-directors to six.

  • New Hip-Hop Album to Promote Vedic Wisdom
  • Young poet and hip-hop musician Mikey Jay describes himself as “a wandering soul learning the lessons of life” as he “traverses its diverse path.” For Rama Navami, April 8th,  2014, he came out with a new music album the “Sri Isopanisad”, consisting of 19 songs; an Invocation and 18 songs based on the 18 Mantras of the ancient scripture the Sri Isopanisad. 

  • Swami Plans Walk to Key Areas of ISKCON’s History for Society’s 50th
  • Intrepid ISKCON Guru and GBC Bhaktimarga Swami, known colloquially as “The Walking Monk,” is planning his next big adventure. The Swami has already trekked across his native Canada three times, and has walked in Ireland, Israel, Guyana, Trinidad, Fiji and Mauritius, promoting spiritual thought and healthy living.

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  • Swiss Apartment Village for 'Hypersensitives' - No Perfume, Mobile phones or Wi-Fi Allowed
  • Europe's first entirely chemical-free housing complex was recently built in the outskirts of Zurich.

  • Megadams: Battle on the Brahmaputra
  • China and India have their eye on the energy potential of the vast Brahmaputra river. Will a new wave of "megadams" bring power to the people - or put millions at risk?

  • China Bans Reincarnation Without Government Permission
  • By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama.

  • France's Policy Against "Sects" Disavowed by the Council of Europe
  • The Resolution expresses concern about abuses against minors, but also recommends respecting the families' rights to freedom of religion. 

  • New Scholarly Book to Explore A Hindu-Catholic Approach to Divine Absence
  • Francis X. Clooney, S.J. is a Professor of Comparative Theology at the Harvard Divinity School, where he also directs the Center for the Study of World Religions.

  • This Iconic Self-Help Book Proves That Spirituality Has A Place In The Business World
  • An iconic book highlights personal renewal and spiritual connection as essential to achieving one's greatest potential.

  • Eat More Tomatoes and Slash Cancer Risk
  • Studies have shown a positive correlation between those people with a diet high in tomatoes, and having a lower risk of some forms of cancer.

  • Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say
  • Skepticism about the tiny scrap of papyrus has been fierce because it contained a phrase never before seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife...’ 

  • Top Three Benefits of Lavender
  • The numerous benefits of lavender contain its capability to get rid of mental tension, alleviate painful sensations, disinfect skin, treat respiratory troubles, and so much more.

  • April Fool’s Isn’t a Religious Holiday, but There Are Some Religious Roots
  • The day began in 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII decreed the adoption of the “Gregorian calendar”, which moved New Year’s Day from the end of March to Jan. 1.

  • The Festival of Colors in Washington DC
  • Anuttama Dasa, the communications director at ISKCON, went on the ABC7 TV show to talk about Holi DC, happening on Saturday, April 5th.

    Opinion
  • It Rained Nectar at Mayapur Kirtan Mela

    Golden Gauranga and his dear associates glanced at thousands of devotees with eyes full of compassion. There was love in the air and it seemed like thousands of honey bees had finally found the treasure house of nectar.

  • Unconscious Competence

    Sometimes it seems so hard to change. The ‘lower nature’ returns to haunt us, we easily slip back into bad habits, and annoying desires (which we thought were dead and buried) somehow re-appear.

  • Why Is the Bhagavad-gita So "Pessimistic"?

    People with cursory knowledge of the Gita’s philosophy sometimes ask: “When the world offers both pleasures and pains, why does the Bhagavad-gita call the world a place of misery?”

  • Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi: The Liberating Power of Non-violence

    Both Martin Luther King and Gandhi were people who gained tremendous inspiration from their faith traditions and were able to perform tremendous feats of courage through the implementation of non-violence.

  • Flying Solo

    It’s a brave and bold step to strive for purity in a world of degradation, to embrace simplicity amongst rampant materialism, and to cultivate selflessness in an atmosphere surcharged with exploitation.

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