'Black Lotus' Celebrates Life of African-American Guru
The biography of His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami was released at a book signing at New York City's East-West Books on 28 February. Subtitled, "The Spiritual Journey of an Urban Mystic," the book traces His Holiness' path as a young man named John Favors from Princeton University, to the Civil Rights movement, to discipleship under His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and ultimately to his final role as a prominent spiritual leader of the worldwide Hare Krishna movement.
Memories of Suhotra Prabhu
Remembrance of Suhotra Prabhu
"Suhotraji never nibbled at life, he took huge bites that would choke a person with weaker digestion. Some people think he was eccentric, but I don't think he was. He would move in a particular direction, in a particular way . . ." Murari dasa, a resident of Mayapur, remembers his long-time friend.
ISKCON Takes Part in Puri Congress of Peace and Harmony
His Holiness A.C. Bhaktivaibhava Swami Offers Homage to Suhotra Prabhu
ISKCON devotees from around the world won the hearts of Puri residents at the 'Congress for Peace and Harmony.' Mahadevi Dasi reports.
Films, Book Explore Mormons' Darkest Hour
One hundred fifty years ago, a glorious September morning in the Utah mountains morphed into Mormonism's darkest hour when a skittish militia opened fire on a wagon train, leaving more than 120 men, women and children dead in a flowery field.
An Offer the CDM Couldn't Refuse
WEDDING: Drdhavrata Gorrick and Gandharvika Wilmes
When ISKCON's Congregational Development Ministry made their case at the Indian Continental Committee meetings, they got more than they bargained for. By Kaunteya Dasa
Gandharvika Wilmes and Drdhavrata Gorrick wed on 2 January 2007, at Sai Vishram Resort on the Arabian Sea at Baindoor, in Karnataka, South India.
Krishna Camp 'Burning Man' DVD Released
PASSAGES: Mukta Kesa dasa, 1947-2007
The devotees of Krishna Camp at the Burning Man event in Black Rock create a thirty-foot-tall replica of the ancient temple of Lord Jagannatha at Puri, India, and conduct a unique Burning Man-style Rathayatra chariot procession in this new DVD release.
Gradually the space between Mukta's breaths became longer and longer and it seemed he was going to leave soon. At around 9:35 or 9:36, he took his last breath. There was no more movement in his chest. We waited and waited for the next breath. Nothing. No more movement.Two small silver tears appear in the corners of Mukta's eyes. The kirtan softened. Mukta was unmoving. Gauranga Kishore was leading the chanting when Mukta departed.
BOOKS: BBT to Release Translation of Sri Krishna-Lila-Stava
SM Seeks SF for Long Walks and Lots of Leafy Greens
Srila Sanatana Goswami evokes remembrance of these pastimes by summarizing Sukadeva's narration in simple verses, a meditation he punctuates with 108 acts of respectfully bowing down. His verses give us a taste of Krishna's Vrindavan pastimes, one after another, thus immersing us in the nectar of the Bhagavatam.
Creation-ism: A Search for the Divine in Tucson's Religious Art
It's not easy being green. Just ask Eric Brent. A strict vegetarian, Brent, 40, founder of the vegetarian Web site happycow.net, said he "did a lot of online dating" trying to find the perfect mate. And for him, that perfect mate had to be a vegetarian.
Hop on Interstate 19, drive for about 15 minutes and you'll end up at one of the biggest cultural monoliths this side of the U.S. The San Xavier del Bac Mission, a solitary white monument starkly contrasting the surrounding desert of the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, is one of the finest representations of classic Spanish Catholic art outside of Mexico. It combines Byzantine, Moorish and late Mexican renaissance art to make worship not just a beautiful act of spirituality, but a beautiful act of creation as well.
New Book Brings Together 10 Years of Thoughts on Faith, Meaning
Jews Revive the Sanhedrin With Plans for a Passover Sacrifice
A new book based on interviews from the PBS program "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly" finds a spiritual hunger beneath the secular veneer of modern culture, with many searching for something beyond the material world.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Loving Us Into Extinction
As Easter eclipses the last days of Passover this year, Christians will focus again on the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. The Sanhedrin, meanwhile, will literally attempt to resurrect the Passover sacrifice of old.
Jewish Ritual Baths Attracting New Interest
(RNS) I have fond memories of growing up in my Southern Baptist church in Lexington, Ky. My father was a deacon, my mother taught Sunday school for 14 years, and - like all good Southern Baptists - we attended services on Wednesday nights and twice on Sunday. Several of our church leaders graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in nearby Louisville.
Supreme Court Hears`Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Case
LIVINGSTON, N.J. - They used to be everywhere there were Jews. Mikvahs, ritual purification pools used by observant Jewish women, have been considered so important to Jewish communities that even a sacred Torah could be sold to build one.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday (March 19) in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case, a free speech conflict that has caught the attention of religious litigators nationwide.
Morse v. Frederick is the high court's first student speech case in nearly 20 years, and comes at a time when school administrators and students regularly battle over religious activities in public schools.
Romney Finds Deep Pockets in Heart of Mormon Country
Thousands Gather for Utah Krishnas Annual Holi Festival
One out of every six dollars raised last year by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came from the predominantly Mormon state of Utah, highlighting the relationship between the former Massachusetts governor and the Mormon church.
SCIENCE: Stem Cell Scientist Denies Faking Research
Three thousand people descended on rural Spanish Fork on Saturday afternoon for belly dancing, a vegetarian buffet, bonfire and ritual witch burning capped with a colored powder fight, chanting, singing and moshing.
SCIENCE: Debate on Interspecies Cloning Reignites
AP WIRE STORY: MUST BE REWRITTEN
Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Disgraced Scientist: I Didn't Fake Stem Cell Research
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
SEOUL, South Korea -- Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk testified Tuesday that he did not order the falsification of stem cell research, and one of his former collaborators said he also had been unaware of the fake data.
Can You Be An Environmentalist and Still Eat Meat?
By PAUL ELIAS
SAN FRANCISCO - It was nearly a decade ago that Jose Cibelli plugged his own DNA into a cow's egg in a novel cloning attempt that was condemned as unethical by President Clinton and landed the Michigan State University researcher in a mess of controversy.
Even though Cibelli and his colleagues patented the so-called interspecies cloning technique, they soon abandoned the research as a failure and the uproar subsided. Now the tempest is brewing all over again.
ISKCON: Mangalore Celebrates Ratha Yatra Festival
There has never been a better time for environmentalists to become vegetarians. Evidence of the environmental impacts of a meat-based diet is piling up at the same time its health effects are becoming better known. Meanwhile, full-scale industrialized factory farming-which allows diseases to spread quickly as animals are raised in close confinement-has given rise to recent, highly publicized epidemics of meat-borne illnesses. At presstime, the first discovery of mad cow disease in a Tokyo suburb caused beef prices to plummet in Japan and many people to stop eating meat.
By Team Mangalorean/Mangalorean.com
Photographs by RK Bhat
MANGALORE: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) held its fourth annual Jagannatha Rathayatra in Mangalore on March 23.