• ISKCON’s 50th and ISKCON-London’s 47th Anniversary
  • Bhaktivedanta Manor Bans Tallow Note Sparks Debate
  • Devotees Make Historic Voyage to Antarctica
  • 'Looking For My Life' Tells a Seeker’s Adventure
  • Kirtan at the Supreme Court of Justice of Chile
  • Film about Tribhuvanath Das Released
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  • ISKCON 50 Meditations: December 2, 2016
  • Srila Prabhupada’s Ecumenical Message

    Inside ISKCON
  • New Multi-Speciality Hospital to Open at Sri Mayapur
  • The city of Sri Mayapur is expanding with its number of residents and visitors increasing every passing year. Owing to this, a brand new multispecialty hospital project has been initiated to provide health care at Sri Mayapur.  On November 12th, a ground breaking ceremony for the hospital took place which was graced by Jayapataka Swami, Hridaya Chaitanya Das, Bhakti Purushottam Swami, Bhakti Nityananda Swami and other senior Vaishnavas.

  • Bhaktivedanta Manor Bans Tallow Note, Sparks Debate
  • Bhaktivedanta Manor, the largest ISKCON temple in the UK, has stopped accepting a new five pound note that contains traces of tallow, made with animal fat like mutton and beef. Many devotees support the move. Many others, however – while agreeing with the principle that there should not be meat fat in currency we all have to use – have issues with the practicality and even the philosophical grounding in actually banning it.

  • ISKCON’s 50th and ISKCON-London’s 47th Anniversary Celebrated at a Signature Event
  • ISKCON-London celebrated the 47th Anniversary of the installation of Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara on Sunday, 29th November. This special 50th Anniversary year of ISKCON, themed “The Joy of Devotion”, has been filled with many joyous celebrations both in London and worldwide. This particular event was one of the signature events this year, and was held at a big theatre-style venue in central London.

  • BBT Represented at the American Academy of Religion Conference
  • The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is the world’s largest association of scholars in the field of religious studies and related topics. It is a nonprofit association, serving as a professional and learned society for scholars involved in the academic study of religion. It has some 10,000 members worldwide, with the largest concentration being in the United States and Canada.

  • Tribhuvanatha Das: 15 Years of Remembrance
  • For the 15th anniversary of the disappearance from the this world of Tribhuvanatha Das, at the end of November 2016, devotees premiered at Bhaktivedanta Manor a special 30 minute movie featuring footage of historic and pioneering preaching activities around the world and especially in Africa, and audio remembrances of Tribhuvanatha and his preaching efforts. They also spoke and shared memories at the program.

  • UK Hindu Temples Ban New 'Animal Fat' £5 Note
  • British faith organisations, including ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Manor say the new £5 note 'ceases to be a simple medium of exchange but becomes a medium for communicating pain and suffering'. 

  • Historical Devotional Concert at the Supreme Court of Justice of Chile
  • For the first time in the history of Chile and its Courts of Justice, a concert was held in the Hall of Honor of the Supreme Court. Never before had there been a musical presentation in this space of great historical value for the country. The concert, consisting of an exhibition of classical and devotional music from India, was performed by Krishna Sambandha, a band composed of members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

  • Devotees Take Srila Prabhupada on Historic Trip to Antarctica
  • The intrepid explorers are Kesihanta Das, a Prabhupada disciple and co-director of ISKCON Alachua’s Save the Cow program, and Trivikrama Das, bass player for Vaishnava hardcore band 108. The two held the first kirtan in Antarctica and distributed Prabhupada’s books there for the first time, placing the Bhagavad-gita As It Is in several Antarctic research stations. What’s more, in bringing a murti of Srila Prabhupada himself with them, they have ensured that the ISKCON Founder-Acharya has now visited every continent in the world.

    50th Anniversary News
  • Religious and Political Leaders Appreciate Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON at 50th Anniversary Gala in Washington D.C.
  • Over 300 people attended the Gala event, seventy-five of them special VIP invitees including religious leaders, media, government representatives and political leaders. 

  • ISKCON Kharghar Celebrates Incorporation Day with a Week-long Program
  • “The festival saw devotees embarking on a voyage of memories that helped us remember the 50 glorious years of ISKCON." 

  • ISKCON Leicester to Reveal Working Temple for 50th Anniversary
  • Four years after acquisition, ISKCON Leicester will finally reveal major renovation to the City Centre building, allowing it to be finally used as a temple, this Saturday 30th July 2016. 

  • London Mayor Congratulates ISKCON on Turning 50
  • The meeting was part of the special outreach initiative to express gratitude to the city of London in which 5000 cupcakes were distributed in key locations in London during morning rush hour to say, “Thank You London!”.

  • 50th Anniversary Celebration at ISKCON Colombia
  • Colombia is joining the ISKCON 50 celebrations, which are taking place all around the world. Among many other events, devotees wil holdl a large-scale public festival and a kirtan workshop.

    World News
  • Indian Government Clears Comprehensive Visa to Boost Trade and Tourism
  • The long-term, multiple-entry visa will be given up to 10 years but under this category the visitor will not be allowed to work or stay permanently, a government official said.

  • Message for the Hindus for the Feast of Depavali
  •  Cardinal Tauran writes “As Christians and Hindus, may we join all people of good will in supporting marriage and family life, and inspiring families to be schools of hope."

  • Scientists Claim Saraswati Did Exist
  • The mythical Saraswati forms the Hindu holy triumvirate along with the Ganga and Yamuna, and the hypothetical confluence of these three rivers in Allahabad is the source of humanity’s biggest gathering every 12 years during the Kumbh Mela.

  • Archaeologists Dig Up An 800-Year-Old Native American Pot
  • In 2008, on a dig in the First Nation’s Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, archaeologists made a small but stunning discovery: a tiny clay pot.

  • Would You Hide a Jew From the Nazis?
  • “I remember being on a ship to New York and hearing that some Americans didn’t want to let us in because there were Nazi spies among us."

    Opinion
  • The Mindfulness Dilemma

    What’s this world coming to when we’re having a ‘mindful moment’ and we still feel miserable, not having found the happiness we think we deserve? What’s the value of meditation if it only makes us all the more aware of our mundane reality?  

  • Four Advantages of Being a 'Morning Person'

    Successful people have something in common in their routine – getting up early. They strongly claim that being a morning person is an important habit to stay ahead in the competition.

  • Street Spirituality

    High streets are intriguing places; a microcosm of modern life. It’s where people descend in their thousands, searching for something extra to enrich their existence. Enter the monks. This is where we spend many days and weeks; standing on street corners, speaking to random people, and showing them spiritual books.

  • Tuning into Sound in a Visual Age

    The sharp growth in online video consumption suggests the people of the world are becoming more enraptured by visual content than anything else. But for teachers of the ancient Vedic tradition, sound is seen as capable of having a much deeper transformational effect on a human being.

  • Election Day Blues and the Leadership Vacuum

    Many people had been angry by the failures or inaction of one side or other; angry with a do-nothing government which doesn't consider their needs; angry with the moral failures of leadership. And rightly so. But anger and frustration don’t provide a platform from which to make a sound decision. 

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