• GBC: Special Session on Vaishnavi Diksa Gurus
  • GBC Meetings Conclude With Inspiring Reports
  • New Book “Swamiji” Fills in ISKCON’s Early History
  • 19 ISKCON Devotees Injured as Bus Hits Tree
  • Mississippi Kirtan Mela to Promote Cow Protection
  • Cyclone Hudhud Hits ISKCON Visakhapatnam
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  • New Book “Swamiji” Fills in ISKCON’s Early History
  • “Swamiji,” a new book that recounts Brahmananda Dasa’s memories of his guru Srila Prabhupada, has been called “a long overdue addition to the early history of ISKCON [that] fills in many details only an insider would know” by scholar Thomas J. Hopkins. Author Satyaraja Das (Steven Rosen), whose previous books include biographies of Bhakti Tirtha Swami and Sridhara Swami, interviewed Brahmananda for two weeks, yielding some twenty 90-minute tapes.

  • ISKCON GBC Meetings Conclude With Inspiring Reports
  • ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) concluded its annual midterm meeting with a daylong plenary session October 19th in Tirupati, India. The plenary session which had in attendance the GBC members along with Ministers and other guests saw several encouraging reports from different parts of the world detailing the growth and development in outreach efforts of ISKCON.

  • GBC Completes Three-Day Special Session on Vaishnavi Diksa Gurus
  • The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recently completed a special three-day session during which the GBC Body considered whether or not this worldwide Vaishnava community should endorse and implement the policy of having women serve as diksa-gurus, or initiating spiritual masters, within the ISKCON society. 

  • 19 ISKCON Devotees Injured as Bus Hits Tree
  • Nineteen ISKCON devotees were injured when a Vrindavan bound bus rammed against a tree after one of its tyres punctured near Maghera village falling under Vrindavan police station today  "While eleven devotees were rushed to district hospital, eight were taken to Paras Mani Hospital. Nobody is in critical position," Dy SP Anil Yadav said. 

  • Mississippi Kirtan Mela to Promote Cow Protection
  • Seven hundred people including animal lovers, environmentalists, alternative medicine enthusiasts and ISKCON devotees are expected to turn out for this year’s Save The Cow Kirtan Mela at New Talavana, Mississippi from October 24th to 26th. The event will raise awareness for New Talavan’s cow protection program – one of the largest in the US – which has cared for a steady 100 cows or more since 1976.

  • ISKCON’s Governing Body Meetings Continue in Tirupati
  • The local ISKCON temple, Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, a picturesque project shaped in the form a temple on top of a lotus is the host for this year’s meetings. More than seventy ISKCON devotees from different parts of the world were greeted upon arrival with flower garlands and rapturous kirtan by the resident devotees. The GBC Strategic Planning Network (SPN) meetings continue upto October 18th.

  • Developing ECO-Vrindaban Project On The Lookout For General Manager
  • ECO-Vrindaban (ECOV), the self-sufficiency wing of ISKCON’s New Vrindaban community in West Virginia, USA, is on the lookout for a general manager to oversee its steadily expanding operations. Today ECOV has a herd of 48 cows, oxen, and calves, in contrast to the 300 it started with at its inception. This may at first seem like a step back, but it’s actually an intentional move towards a far more sustainable model.

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  • Will the Bible Museum Give Guests an Eden Experience?
  • PETA is urging the Bible Museum’s chair to serve exclusively “Eden food”—vegan food, that is—in the museum’s restaurant.

  • First Hint of 'Life After Death' In Biggest Ever Scientific Study
  • Scientists have found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after clinical death which was previously thought impossible.

  • 16 Million People in the US are Now Vegan or Vegetarian!
  • In 2009, a tiny one percent of the US population reported eating vegetarian or vegan. The rates have skyrocketed over the last five years.  

  • The World's First Vegetarian City
  • After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone. But the city's Muslims are not happy.

  • Museum of the Bible Aims for Timeless Name, Imagery
  • The high-tech museum is four blocks from the U.S. Capitol and three blocks from a global tourism mecca, the Air and Space Museum.

  • Is Yoga Really About Exercise?
  • Yoga practitioners are fighting a new sales tax by insisting the activity isn't primarily about fitness. Around the world, its definition can often be rather more flexible, writes Jon Kelly.

  • Holy Cow! You Won’t Believe What Herbie the Bull Can Do With a Football
  • His name is Herbie and he has plenty of reasons to be kicking his hoofs in joy — and not just because he can bend it like Beckham.

  • US Lawmaker Gifts Gita to Modi
  • Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu member of the US Congress, gifted her personal copy saying it was a gesture to express her love for India. 

  • 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.

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  • A Diwali Reflection: The Exchange of Lamps

    "We are speaking of a graceful exchange of lamps--one lit by us in welcoming the Divine, and the other lit by the Divine lovingly revealing himself to us." 

  • My Experience With Cyclone Hudhud

    A little later the kitchen roof flew away, along with some bowls and plates. When I saw the sheets on our temple hall flying away tears went rolling down my cheeks. We all prayed very sincerely: “oh, Kishna, please protect yourself.”

  • Medical Study Confirms Vedic Viewpoint - Life Exists After Death

    2060 cardiac patients were closely examined during the experiment for 4 years before the scientists published their research in journal Resuscitation.

  • Expect Meditation to Be Challenging Before It Becomes Conforting

    Seekers often ask, “Meditation is supposed to be rejuvenating, but I sometimes find it boring, even tiring. Why is that?”

  • Martial Mystics

    The aged and wise are special – irreplaceable constituents of any family or society, what to speak of a spiritual movement. While many may have knowledge, the seasoned spiritualists bring something special to the table.

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