• 2014 Is Holy Name Week’s Biggest Success So Far
  • “Vedic Life in Rural Hungary" Art Exhibition Opens
  • Construction of Ukrainian Refugee Shelter Begins
  • India to Cut Red Tape and Issue Visas on Arrival
  • Why Eating with Your Hands is Healthier
  • “Long Lost” Hits the Film Festival Circuit
  • What Hinduism Says About Success
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  • 2014 Is World Holy Name Week’s Biggest Success So Far
  • World Holy Name Week (WHNW), first established in 2008, has seen its biggest success so far this year. In 2013, around forty-three different ISKCON centers celebrated the week in some capacity with events designed to share, spread and become absorbed in the Holy Name of God. This year, WHNW organizers have already received reports from over fifty ISKCON centers from every continent in the world.

  • Construction of New Ukrainian Devotee Refugee Shelter Has Begun
  • The shelter project for the devotees displaced in Ukraine has been going on smoothly over the past weeks. At this point, with the generous donations offered internationally, ISKCON Ukraine has raised enough to provide basic care and support for the devotees in need. Their focus right now is the development of buildings that will shelter devotees as the cold winter months quickly approach.

  • Prabhupada’s Books Sold at Bookstores and Stands in Nigeria
  • An enthusiastic team of devotees led by ISKCON Lagos temple president Kavi Karnapur Das is placing Srila Prabhupada’s books in bookstores and bookstands throughout the Nigerian city. They have a huge audience: the New York Times estimates the population of Lagos at an astronomical 21 million, which would make it the most populous city in Africa.

  • BBT Media Releases "Beyond Birth and Death" E-book
  • Another well-known title, Beyond Birth and Death, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is now in e-book form and available at bbtmedia.com. In this small yet profound book, Srila Prabhupada tells readers how the soul travels from one body to another and presents startling evidence of its incredible journey after death.

  • “Blossoming of Vedic Life in Rural Hungary”- Art Exhibition Opens in Budapest, Hungary
  • On September 18th a special art exhibition opened at the Cultural Center of the Indian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. The “Blossoming of Vedic Life in Rural Hungary” exhibition displays over 40 original drawings from ISKCON-guru and author Sivarama Swami’s new book the Nava Vraja Mahima, a monumental work in glorification of New Vraja Dhama (or Krishna-valley), a rural Vaishnava community in Hungary.

  • Spiritual Leadership Course in Mayapura
  • “Spiritual Leadership: Being a Guru in ISKCON” seminar wiill be offered once in 2015, at Mayapura from February 22-25. Per ISKCON Law this Seminar is mandatory for devotees who take up the service of diksha guru and for sannyasa candidates. The GBC also “highly recommends” it for siksa gurus, senior managers and other ISKCON leaders.

  • Spiritual Short “Long Lost” Hits the Film Festival Circuit
  •  “Long Lost,” a new 25-minute short film about a young man encountering Krishna consciousness as he searches for answers in life, is being well-received at film festivals and other events internationally. In August at the Russian film festival “I See God,” which features different film-makers’ interpretations of how they perceive the Almighty, Long Lost was chosen for third place out of 65 shorts by the audience themselves.

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  • World's Almond Supply Approaching Collapse Due to California Drought
  • Almond farmers in California's Central Valley, where about 80 percent of the world's supply of almonds is grown, are desperate for water.

  • Eating with Your Hands is Healthier
  • Ayurvedic wisdom teaches that our bodies can respond to this food-touch by producing the needed enzymes and digestive juices before the food even meets our lips.

  • India to Cut Red Tape and Issue Visas on Arrival in a Bid to Boost Tourism
  • The scheme is expected to be rolled out by October. It will allow holidaymakers to pick up a 30-day visa at the airport upon arrival.

  • Why Detoxification Is So Important
  • We pick up parasites from our food and our surroundings that take up residence in our bodies. Our bodies store mercury, lead, and other heavy metals.

  • Top Powerful Fall Foods for Your Health
  • Get ready for the autumn harvest everyone. Listed below are some delicious, mouth-watering superfoods that the mouth will crave long before that first bite.

  • Drug Free Pain Relief: Reducing Pain without Medication
  • Don’t want to use medication? You’re not alone. Many people are desperate not to take tablets regularly…but what are your alternatives?

  • Maradona Among Stars in Interfaith Peace Soccer Match in Rome
  • Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist players, including Israel's Tomer Hemed, take part in game endorsed by Pope.

  • Modi Gifts Gita to Japanese Emperor
  • "Today I went to the maharaja of Japan, I have given one to him, because I don't think that I have anything more to give and the world also does not have anything more to get than this."

  • Kirtan: A New Healing Tool for Veterans?
  • Some veterans are discovering that kirtan—a form of chanting from India—is helping them cope with conditions such as PTSD, as well as life back home.

  • New Jersey, USA, Welcomes BAPS Hindu Temple
  • The new Shri Swaminarayan Mandir covers 160 acres, and the primary mandir, or temple, on the premises measures 133 ft long and 87 ft wide.

  • Yoga Legend BKS Iyengar Passes Away
  • World-renowned yoga guru and founder of the Iyengar School of Yoga B K S Iyengar passed away in Pune on August 20th following illness.

  • Good Words

    One of my fellow monks is an extremely prayerful person. He has regular stories of the reciprocation and interaction that comes from conversing with God. Though inspired, I personally find it difficult to pray. 

  • We Are All Hare Krishnas Now, Meditation Goes Mainstream

    They are coming out the woodwork. And suddenly it seems that half the people I know are secretly meditating. They range from casual transcendental meditators to practically full-blown Buddhists or Hare Krishnas. 

  • What Hinduism Says About Success

    True success, according to Hinduism, is not in the achievements of the first half of life, but in the unraveling of a deeper mystery of our authentic identity and relationship with this transient world.

  • Timeless Meditation

    It’s refreshing to learn that science is finally catching up with the power of meditation, but I’m guessing it will be another decade until they ‘scientifically’ discover the revolutionary philosophy behind it.

  • A Spiritual Solution to Religious and Racial Violence

    In theory, the solution to the violence is very easy. However, the application is very difficult because it deals with shifting one's consciousness and learning to see beyond all the external designations of an individual.

  • Miracle on Second Avenue