• Kurma Rupa: A Life of Service
  • BBT Africa Reports Exciting Year
  • Prabhupada’s Fourth Visit to New Vrindaban
  • Atheism: What's In That Punch?
  • Accepted and Resented Restrictions
  • Why Dialogue with "Cult-Critics"

  • Belarus ISKCON Devotees Detained for Offering Religious Literature
  • Three Hare Krishna devotees, Aleksandr Grankin, Aleksei Vlasyuk and Pavel Ivanov, were detained in the streets of Vitebsk on 17 June for sharing their religious views and offering religious literature to passers-by, they complained to Forum 18. The three were detained by Sergei Fadeenkov, the Chief Specialist of Vitebsk Regional Executive Committee Department of Religious Affairs and Nationalities.

  • 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, dressed in an odd combination of dhotis or saris with large rubber farm boots, appeared. Commuters stared open-mouthed as the fifty-strong crew exploded into a cacophonous burst of chanting, mridanga drums, and gongs in front of the arrival gate.

  • Kurma Rupa: A Life of Service to Krishna’s Cows and Devotees
  • Kurma Rupa was born to Mexican parents and grew up in New York. At 21, he was drafted for the Vietnam War. “While I was in the army, I prayed for the first time in my life,” he recalls in the recent short film ‘My Part of the Bargain.’ “I prayed very intensely that, ‘My dear God, if you save me from having to go to war, then I will figure out how to serve you.’”

  • BBT Africa Reports Exciting Year of Increased Outreach
  • While it may be turning up a little late, the BBT Africa’s recently released 2014 report shows encouraging growth in outreach – especially for a branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust established just five years ago to better deliver Prabhupada’s books to the African Continent. “The continent has recorded amongst its best book distribution scores ever in 2014,” says managing trustee Govardhana Das.

  • 'Protector of Cows' Kurma Rupa Das Passes Away
  • On June 28th, 2015, at 8.45 AM on the auspicious Padmini ekadasi in the greatly auspicious month of Purushottoma, amongst the sacred cows in the holy land of Vrindavan, Mathura, Kurma-rupa Das left his body surrounded by devotees, Vrajavasis, and uplifting Hare Krishna kirtan, with sacred tulasi on his tongue and head and his salagram-sila on his chest. 

  • Grand New Temple to be a Center of Education and Learning in Baltimore
  • For at least the past two decades, ISKCON Baltimore has been a small center, and the congregation remains at only around 150 people today. But it has been growing, with more young Indians and Westerners becoming regular visitors due to several innovative outreach programs.

  • 450 Delhi Youth Taste Bhakti Yoga Bliss on 'International Yoga Day'
  • The worldwide increase of popularity of yoga inspired the United Nations to recognize 21st June as ‘International Yoga Day’. On this occasion, ISKCON’s Youth Forum (IYF) shared the bliss of bhakti yoga with Delhi youngsters through its bi-monthly youth festival called ‘Umanga’. 

    50th Anniversary News
  • ISKCON UK Launch 50th Anniversary Celebrations
  • Bhaktivedanta Manor, the UK headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement, hosted the celebrations which featured presentations by Sivarama Swami, Praghosa Das, Kripamoya Das and Devaki Devi Dasi, kirtan by Chakrini Devi Dasi and shared memories and offerings by Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and senior devotees.

  • 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. he purpose of celebrations was to commemorate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of ISKCON’s establishment and to educate people of Uttarakhand about the teachings of Sri Caitanya.

  • 50th Anniversary Briefing Pack Launched to Help Local Temples Plan Celebrations
  • The briefing pack provides a list of potential events and ideas so that local temples will find it easy to customise.

  • Hindu Catholic Relations Promoted at Washington, D.C. Event
  • Most significantly for ISKCON members, Vatican Council II redefined how the Catholic Church sees and engages with the non-Catholic religious traditions. 

  • 50th Anniversary Website Launched
  • The website will be the hub for all communications, resources and news about the 50th anniversary which will be celebrated in 75 countries from August 2015 to December 2016. 

    World News
  • Polystyrene Foam Ban to Take Effect in New York City on July 1st
  • The ban stems from a decision by the city’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) that determined polystyrene foam cannot be recycled.

  • 400 Million Fewer Animals Were Killed for Food Last Year Because People Are Eating Less Meat
  • Where there’s less consensus, however, is how to affect change.

  • Yamuna Restoration
  • The National Green Tribunal has directed a principal committee to hold a meeting to determine the environmental flow of Yamuna from Hatnikhund barrage in Haryana up to Agra in Uttar Pradesh. 

  • Airline Now Requires New Pilots And Crew To Practice Yoga
  • This year, new employee training begins with a daily 6:30 a.m. yoga class, The Economic Times reports. 

  • India’s Biggest Clean Up Effort
  • Chennai is raising an army to fight the war against plastic.

  • Why Dialogue with "Cult-Critics"

    I'd like to point out an important aspect of ISKCON's interaction with anti-cult organizations, or cult-watching organizations. The goal of such dialogue is not to ascertain whether ISKCON is, or is not, a "cult."

  • Accepted and Resented Restrictions

    Some people ask, “Scripture requires us to restrict worldly enjoyment. Why should we restrict our enjoyment like this? Why can’t we enjoy without any restriction?”

  • What's In That Punch?

    Philosophers and scientists, dedicated to spreading the Word of Atheism, find no greater sport than to ponder upon the deficiencies of the universe. Congratulating one another for having transcended the magic spell, they make grand plans to enlighten the gullible ones.

  • Private Eye

    Where do your thoughts and actions gravitate towards when you are alone? What is your natural level of spiritual absorption behind closed doors? Good questions to assess our spiritual whereabouts, since our weaknesses are often exposed when nobody else is watching.

  • World Yoga Day – Let’s Go Beyond Political and Physical Posturing

    While yoga is devalued by political posturing in India, in the West it is devalued by physical posturing–it is reduced to an exercise for treating and shaping the body. 

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