• 50,000 Will Chant at Brazil’s Festival of Colors
  • 2014 Is Holy Name Week’s Biggest Success So Far
  • “Vedic Life in Rural Hungary" Art Exhibition Opens
  • US Lawmaker Gifts Gita to Modi
  • What Hinduism Says About Success
  • Construction of Ukrainian Refugee Shelter Begins
  • Good Words
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  • Princes’ Islands Offer Turkish Devotees the Bhakti Experience
  • Turkish devotees and newcomers gathered at the Ashaka Yoga Retreat Center on Büyükada, one of the beautiful Princes’ Islands off the coast of Istanbul for Bhakti Fest, from September 12th to 15th. 27 devotees including some visitors from Cyprus and Hungary stayed for the full duration of the event, while daily guests brought attendance to 45 by Sunday. Although that may have been a small group for many ISKCON communities, it was a crowd for Turkey, an Islamic country with very few devotees and no official ISKCON presence.

  • Devotees to Chant to 50,000 at Brazil’s Festival das Cores
  • Holi, or the Festival of Colors, which heralds spring and celebrates the pastimes of Lord Krishna and his eternal consort Srimati Radharani, was once an esoteric festival celebrated mainly in India. But today, thanks to festivals like the one at the Krishna temple in Utah, USA, it has become a phenomenon across the world. The latest country to host the event is Brazil, with last year’s hugely successful “Festival das Cores” in Sao Paulo.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Surrender Out of Love

    My friend cringed when he heard that the final instruction of the Bhagavad-gita is to surrender to Krishna wholeheartedly. "Am I a criminal that I should surrender to Him? Better worship a God who is more humble and down-to-earth!"

  • 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 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.

  • Miracle on Second Avenue