Jehovah's Witnesses Settle Sexual Abuse Cases
Demolition of Kazakh Krishna Homes Halted, Cause Unknown
"For once, we have the church stepping up to the plate and having to settle with these victims," said William H. Bowen, founder of SilentLambs.org, a support group that focuses on victims who claim to have been molested by Jehovah's Witnesses. "To me, it's a vindication for the abuse survivors."
Lyudmila Danilenko, an officer of the Religious Committee, said on behalf of the chairman of the Committee Yeraly Tugzhanov that the issue of the community is indeed under negotiation. Also she said that the Committee is interested to know who initiated the demolition, since there is an agreement that no force can be used until the conflict remains unresolved.
Krishna Community Demolition Halted, Cause Unknown
Krishna Lunch Program Extends Hiatus During Measles Outbreak
Demolition of 13 houses in the Hare Krishna community of the Karasai district, Almaty province, appointed for May 4, 2007, was stopped.
The Hare Krishna Student Center, best known for running the University of Florida’s popular “Krishna Lunch" program for the past 36 years, is working with university officials and the Alachua County Health Department to contain an outbreak of measles in the area, home to the largest community of Hare Krishna devotees in the West.
When Obedience is Next to Godliness
For nearly 40 years, an order of Eastern Orthodox monks at the New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, N.Y., have funded their monastic lives by training the most stubborn of misbehaving dogs for thousands of frustrated families.
New Look at the Quran Ignites Debate on Wife-Beating
Hawaii Govinda's Cooks with Devotion to Freshness
A new rendition of the Quran, which has a gentler take on marital relations than usually seen in English translations, has hit a nerve among Muslims. The controversy is over both a single verse and the qualifications of the Muslim woman who translated the new version, "The Sublime Quran," which hit bookstores in April.
RNS Weekly Digest—4 May 2007
Hawaii Business praises the "clean and simple" ambience—and food—at Govinda's Restaurant
Attending Krishna's Image
Week of May 4: A student who was sent home for having hair that was "too long," is allowed back after revealing he is a Sikh, and Islamica magazine features Muslim "visionaries" who are making America "a better place."
There is a steady and growing scholarly, as well as popular interest in Hindu religion – especially devotional (bhakti) traditions as forms of spiritual practice and expressions of divine embodiment. Associated with this is the attention to sacred images and their worship.
The Chaitanya Vaishnava Vedanta of Jiva Gosvami: When Knowledge Meets Devotion
Hare Krishna B&B rejuvenates
The Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition is famous for its depth of devotion to Krishna. Chaitanya Vaishnavas are known for having refined the practice and aesthetics of devotion into a sophisticated science.
The Interfaith League Guesthouse offers a tourist refuge from heatwave, swarms of screaming kids, and the commercialism and indifference of New York City. Report by Anita Roberts/News.com.au
Chant and Be Happy
As a Uniting Church clergyman, you might think I would welcome a call to teach 'Intelligent Design' theory in schools, since it presupposes a guiding hand in the creation of the universe. We clergy certainly need all the help we can get! But Intelligent Design (I.D.) is both bad theology and bad science. Let me explain.
Morialta, the Black Boys,and Berry Cheesecake
Many people consider the Hare Krishna movement or ISKCON to be part of the wide religious category of Hinduism. However, the Hare Krishnas themselves prefer to be described as belonging to the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
KAZAKHSTAN: Hare Krishna Demolitions Held Off—For Now
World-famous Hare Krishna cook, Kurma dasa, is on the road again, teaching, cooking, and eating. The latest report comes from Adelaide, Australia.
The latest demolition threat repeated an official warning given yesterday. The morning, the electricity supply to the commune's homes was cut off – but was then restored after 30 minutes. The only official who spoke to Forum 18, in the Justice Ministry's Religious Affairs Committee, refused to give his name and insisted that the dispute is economic and not religious discrimination.
When What We Don't Know About Religion Hurts Us All
What Americans don't know about religion is sometimes funny. For instance, when Jay Leno interviewed people on the street recently, someone told him that God made Eve out of an apple. Our ignorance also makes for some astonishing statistics. Twenty percent of evangelical Christians say they believe in reincarnation. Why, then, would we expect Americans to know the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims?
In his new book, "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- and Doesn't," Stephen Prothero, head of the religion department at Boston University, points out what Americans don't know and how it can hurt us.
Spring Is Here and Faith Is on the Air
Three upcoming documentaries about topics ranging from Jehovah's Witnesses to Mormons to atheism will air nationwide this spring on PBS. Although made independently, each film argues for the relevance of its subject in the United States, both historically and today.
Scholarship and Devotion: Can They Co-Exist?
Charles Brooks wrote The Hare Krishnas in India, an important study of the Hare Krishna movement in India, focusing particularly on their presence in Vrindavan. Thus he is perhaps more qualified than most to comment on the legitimacy of ISKCON, of which he is convinced. However, like many devotees, Dr. Brooks would like ISKCON to address issues that, even after thirty years, seem to have been neglected.
Pilgrimage to Travel Through Devon
Can a scholar be a true believer? Can a believer be a good scholar? Two parts of a problem that has exercised many in the West since at least the Enlightenment. Prof. Keith Ward, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Oxford, takes a fresh look at the conundrum by examining some of the main problems and outlining a few principles that may help modern-day devotee-scholars.
Hare Krishna devotees will be taking to the road and walking from town to town on a Pilgrimage for Peace (or padayatra) this springtime.
May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other's welfare. Therefore, let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him.
Visitor to Mayapur Drowns in Bhagirathi After Saving Sister
'Black Lotus' Celebrates Life of African-American Guru
R. Harish Kumar Aiyar, a 30-year-old mechanical engineer with a Delhi company, drowned in the Bhagirathi yesterday after pulling his sister to safety. He and his family were visiting the ISKCON temple in Nadia's Mayapur.
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.