• ISKCON 50 Mantra Fest in Argentina Draws Newcomers
  • Walking Monk Retraces ISKCON’s Journey for 50th
  • Kulimela Blends Service, Fun, Family and Community
  • “Make Me Dance”
  • Faith Leaders Shows Hope Amid Post-Brexit Racism
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  • ISKCON 50 Meditations: July 2, 2016
  • Satsvarupa Brahmacari Caitanya-caritamrta, Morning Lecture Notes 1966

    Inside ISKCON
  • Walking Monk Retraces ISKCON’s Journey for 50th
  • From September 20th to November 10th in 2015, Bhaktimarga Swami walked from Boston’s Commonwealth Pier, where ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada first reached the U.S. in 1965, to Butler Pennsylvania, where he stayed with sponsors the Agarwal family, to New York City, where he registered ISKCON in 1966. In New York, Bhaktimarga concluded his 907-mile walk by chanting under the famous “Hare Krishna tree” in Tompkins Square Park, where Prabhupada led some of the first public kirtans in the Western World.

  • ISKCON 50 Mantra Fest in Argentina Draws Newcomers
  • On June 18th, nearly one hundred and sixty yoga teachers attended a Mantra Festival in Buenos Aires in honor of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary. The free cultural event was held at the Valle Tierra yoga center in Palermo, a hip alternative neighborhood of Buenos Aires that is particularly receptive to vegetarianism, yoga and kirtan. The venue was decorated with an ISKCON 50 banner featuring Srila Prabhupada.

  • Kulimela Blends Service, Fun, Family and Community
  • The first Kulimela, held in New Vrindaban, West Virginia in 2006, was an effort by ISKCON’s second generation to move away from party-style gurukuli reunions and explore their identity and what they could accomplish both materially and spiritually. The 10th anniversary of that Mela, which also took place in New Vrindaban from June 15th to 19th this year, took those themes further and showed new levels of maturity and stability amongst the Kuli community, while still being full of joy and celebration.

  • Burglars Steal Tools from Dallas ISKCON Temple
  • Dallas police are looking for two men who broke into a Hare Krishna temple the night of June 13 and stole thousands of dollars in property. The burglars picked a lock or rattled a gate in the parking lot of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness temple in Old East Dallas, property manager Mike Meyer said. The temple also houses Kalachandji's, a vegetarian restaurant that was founded a few years after the temple in the 1970s.

  • Four-Continent Conference to Launch Support Network for ISKCON Farms
  • This summer and fall, for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary, the GBC Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture will run conferences on simple living in four continents. It hopes that the conferences will also launch a support network for ISKCON farms around the world. The Ministry was first established in 1998 by Balabhadra Das of the International Society for Cow Protection (ISCOWP), who emphasized working with oxen and encouraged devotees to take up cow protection as a key part of their mission.

  • Service Opportunity: North American Child Protection Office Director
  • The North American Executive Committee (NAEC) of the North American GBC and Temple Presidents Association is looking for a new Director of the Child Protection Office. This Office has been active for over five years, and is now expanding its staff and programs. 

  • Sadhu Sanga ISKCON 50 Special Reaches New Heights
  • This year saw the Sadhu Sanga Retreat, the biggest ISKCON kirtan event in North America, continue its remarkable growth while offering up something special for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary.  It immerses participants in the Holy Name from morning till night, with an ever-expanding list of senior Vaishnavas guiding them in developing a deeper taste. From an attendance of just 400 when it launched in 2011, this year’s event drew an incredible 1,800.

  • "ISKCON's 50th Anniversary Celebration Ki Jaya!"
  • In celebration of ISKCON's 50th Anniversary, the Executive Commitee of ISKCON's Governing Commission reccommends all ISKCON centers all over the world to include 'ISKCON's 50th Anniversary Celebration ki jaya!' in their daily prayers.

    50th Anniversary News
  • Visit of Budapest Accredited Diplomats to Krishna Valley, Hungary
  • To spread awareness of the importance of cows for a peaceful society, the devotees at New Vraja Dham organise a special festival every spring to celebrate the first grazing of the cows after a cold winter. 

  • Academic Conference at Bath Spa University, UK
  • The day, organised in collaboration with Religions, Philosophies and Ethics at the University, was dedicated to talks, presentations and a panel discussion on the history of ISKCON including its greatest achievements and challenges.

  • Academic Conference at Harvard Highlights ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary
  • Over the weekend of April 22nd to 24th, more than thirty scholars met at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions to talk about the growth, impact, and challenges of ISKCON since its inception in July 1966. 

  • 20,000 Students at Largest Youth Festival in the History of ISKCON
  • Over 20000 students attended a mega youth festival organized by ISKCON Pune on 20th March to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ISKCON. 

  • ISKCON 50th Anniversary Festival at 26 Second Avenue
  • Most devotees know that 26 Second Avenue was the first Hare Krishna temple outside India, the place from 1966-68 where Srila Prabhupada performed the first initiations, the place where ISKCON’s first generation of leaders were trained.

    World News
  • China's Plan to Cut Meat Consumption by 50% Cheered by Climate Campaigners
  • The Chinese government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, in a move that climate campaigners hope will provide major heft in the effort to avoid runaway global warming.

  • Maharashtra State in India Grants Jews Minority Status
  • "Our loyalty also lies with India, this being the country that accepted us almost 2,500 years ago, and one of the only countries in the world which never persecuted the Jews in all these years,” Mr. Samuel said.

  • American Muslims Send A Powerful Message Of Solidarity To Orlando Victims
  • Muslim organizations and activists across the US have spoken out against the shooting, explicitly calling it a hate crime.

  • Six Lesser-known Spiritual Songs of George Harrison, the Hindu Beatle
  • George Harrison embraced Hinduism in 1969 after a meeting with Swami Prabhupada.. He recalled that the impact of the meeting was similar to a door opening in his sub-conscious.

  • “Make Me Dance”

    In the world’s great wisdom-traditions, prayers are often acknowledged as means for accessing divine power. The prayers by saints often reveal the profound depths of their selfless devotion to God.

  • Inside Job

    The ungrateful, inappropriate and irrational ways in which people act can infuriate us to no end. We deal with our anger by letting it loose (passionate and vengeful outbursts) or locking it up (emotionally disconnecting). Both expressions, however, are indicative of our own shortcomings.

  • Divine Intervention

    A seeming lack of reciprocation and intervention can discourage even the most devout spiritualist. Where is God when you need Him?!

  • Timeless Possessions

     Whether its shoes, gadgets, clothes or cars, most things I buy seem to break down, play up or fall apart, costing me a small fortune in the process! One acquisition, however, that has stood the test of time, is the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita.

  • The Dual Dimensions of Artha

    "Artha" refers to not just wealth but also meaning. To pursue artha means to pursue both wealth and meaning, that is, to pursue wealth in a meaningful way that creates value.

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