ISKCON News:
  • South African Devotees Do 650 km Sankirtana Walk
  • The Creator’s Cruelty and the Saints’ Selflessness
  • The Many Colors of Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami
  • Days Two and Three of GBC, Sannyasi and Guru Sanga
  • Vegan Saudi Prince Invests in Solar Energy
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  • ISKCON 50 Meditations: December 31, 2016
  • Where Would We Be Without Swamiji?

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  • South African Devotees Walk 650 kms to Raise Funds for Sankirtana Bus
  • Two South African devotees – brahmachari Narottam Das and his friend Mukharavinda Das, both from ISKCON Sandton – have walked 654 kilometers from Johannesburg to Durban, to raise funds for a new sankirtana bus. Because they are humble, unknown brahmacharis without the pull to draw instant financial support, and their ashrama doesn’t have enough funds to pay for a bus, they decided to get creative to manifest what was important to them.

  • Ibadan Sankirtan Party Becomes West Africa Book Distribution Marathon Champion
  • The Nagara Sankirtana party of Ibadan, Nigeria became West Africa’s book distribution marathon champion for 2016. The sankirtan party led by Yadhunath Das has distributed 901 books in December. The Nagara Sankirtan project started off in 2015 with the purpose of reviving the Harinama Sankirtana spirit initially in West Africa, by providing special support and care for book distribution devotees, who are serving and traveling in groups.

  • Days Two and Three of ISKCON GBC, Sannyasi and Guru Sanga
  •  Problems. Complications. Difficulties. We all have them. Usually they occur 365 days a year. Being a leader means dealing with the added responsibility of societal and institutional issues and finding viable solutions as well.  But the first step in solving a problem is recognizing that there is one. On the second and third days of the GBC, sannyasi and guru sanga, the participants began to untie this Gordian knot.

  • New MOSA Exhibition Shows “The Many Colors of Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami”
  • A new solo exhibition opened at the Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA) in Radhadesh, Belgium on January 28th, during the Radhadesh Mellows kirtan festival, entitled “The Many Colors of Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami.” Satsvarupa Maharaja’s bright and colorful works filled MOSA’s two exhibition spaces during Radhadesh Mellows -- which was attended by about a thousand devotees -- and continue to be on display now.

  • Day One of the Sanga of ISKCON GBCs, Gurus and Sannyasis
  • Most religious organizations fail to survive past four generations. These generations are tasked with challenge of preserving the original teachings of their founder. How each generation successfully navigates issues that arise provide the foundation for the next generation. On February 12th, senior ISKCON leaders comprised of GBCs, sannyasis and gurus assembled in Mayapur to discuss the challenges the organization faces.

  • Pleasing Krishna Is Icing on the Cake for Devotee Baker
  • With mouth-watering flavors and gorgeously artistic and realistic scenes, Anuradha Dasi’s cakes – made for devotee life events and festivals at Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK – are astonishing, and have to be seen to be believed. Anuradha started learning her craft by helping out temple devotees when she joined the ashram at ISKCON’s Bhaktivedanta Manor, near London, in 1988. After getting married, she assisted her husband, Manor head pujari Gadadhara Das, who remains her baking partner.

  • Bas-relief Dedicated to Jayananda Thakur Unveiled
  • Last week the construction of the bas-relief dedicated to the first saint of ISKCON Jayananda Thakur has been completed. The artwork is situated near the samadhi of Jayananda, on wall of the Lord Jagannatha temple complex in Mayapur. Three sections of the bas-relief depict scenes from the life of Jayananda, glorifying his outstanding contribution to the development of the mission of Lord Caitanya, and his spiritual master Srila Prabhupada’s love and gratitude to him.

  • Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama 2017
  • According to the Bengali Vaishnava tradition walking in Sri Navadvipa Dhama is the greatest opportunity to connect with the Supreme. Parikrama Coordinator Bhaktipurushottama Swami says: “parikrama means to dive all the senses at once in full bhakti practice. It is a complete absorption. Thus the devotees experience full Krishna-consciousness and this sensation conquers the mind. That is the main reason why the acharyas emphasised the performance of Parikrama. It is very important.”

    50th Anniversary News
  • “The Joy of Devotion” Film Released, Shows Global Impact of Krishna Devotees
  • One of the final events of the ISKCON 50th anniversary year, the 85-minute film has been called “one of the best films ever produced about ISKCON” by the society’s Communications Minister Anuttama Das.

  • 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!”.

    World News
  • Pope Appears to Back Native Tribes in Dakota Pipeline Conflict
  • Thousands of tribe members, environmentalists and others set up camps last year on Army Corps land in the North Dakota plains as protests intensified.

  • Meet the Vegan Saudi Prince Who's Turning the Lights on in Jordan
  • “Climate change and the unjustified consumption of energy are two of the most serious issues we face today at the macro-level.”

  • India Just Banned All Forms of Disposable Plastic In Its Capital
  • India’s capital city Delhi has introduced a ban on disposable plastic. Cutlery, bags, cups and other forms of single-use plastic were prohibited by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

  • Russian Yoga Lecturer Escapes Penalty in Sign of Good Karma
  • Russia’s yoga lovers can sigh in relief today, following a judge’s decision in St. Petersburg to throw out the case against Dmitry Ugai, a man tied to a Krishna group charged with illegal missionary work.

  • Did God Choose Trump? What It Means to Believe in Divine Intervention
  • Since Donald Trump’s victory in last year’s election, many Christians became convinced he was chosen by God to be president even though he hardly fits their mold of a virtuous leader.

    Opinion
  • The Creator’s Cruelty and the Saints’ Selflessness

    Unlike the saintly, we are conditioned souls attached to worldly pleasures. Such pleasures, being temporary, become sources of misery. Despite experiencing such miseries repeatedly, we can’t give up our attachments. Why?

  • Look Back to Look Forward

    The sanskrit word for gratitude is “krta-jna” – literally meaning “to know what has been done for you.” Truly valuing the miracle of our present state, opens the doors to limitless and abundant potential. 

  • Whatever Doesn’t Challenge Us Doesn’t Change Us

    When we strive to grow by learning and living the Gita, we too will encounter challenges. If we balk and avoid the things that challenge us, we cut ourselves off from growth-inducing stimuli and stay stuck in the rut of worldly consciousness.

  • Walking Our Talk: The Role of Krishna Bhaktas in Current Events

    What would you do if the White House were to announce that President Trump added India to the list of nations whose citizens are temporarily banned from entering the United States? What if the president announced that banning entry to majority Hindu countries is a small price to pay for keeping America safe?

  • The Spirituality of Money

    The Biblical reminder of money and evil, still stands strong today. In the pursuance of profit, lawyers have destroyed justice, and the media has destroyed information. But clearly we need money – to buy groceries, to pay rent, to travel the world… and to do good.

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