ISKCON News: Inside ISKCON (Page 113 of 114)


  • ISKCON Gaura Purnima 2007









  • Six Killed En Route To Mayapur

    Five members of a family and a driver were killed when their car collided with a mini-truck at Ranaghat area of Nadia district on March 3.

  • Summer pudding

    This is a traditional English recipe, but one that is timeless in its appeal. The summer fruit pudding is cool and refreshing on those hot summer days. Rasperry is good alone but blackberrys, red currants, black currants and all berry fruits can be combined according to preference.

  • BOOK EXCERPT: 'My Revered Spiritual Master'

    I was born in Orissa in a Vaishnava family. From childhood, we knew hare krsna-kirtana, Bhagavata, and Radha-Krishna deities. We knew many Vaishnavas, even disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, in Orissa. Now many have passed away, but there are still a few that are very old. I know them. At the time of my leaving home I had everything - family, wife, seven children, property, and a job. I was a government high school teacher earning a thousand rupees per month. But I gave up everything in search of a real spiritual master.

  • Delicious Sundal Recipe

    Sundal is a quick and nutritious addition to the dietary repertoire. Whether served warm or cold, it is equally delicious alone or with a crisp salad on hot days. The measurements given are approximations; feel free to vary the amounts according to your own taste.

  • ISKCON: Serbia 'Stalls' Granting Legal Status to ISKCON, Other Religions

    Only three religious communities - the Seventh-day Adventist and United Methodist churches and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) - appear to have been given legal status under Serbia's controversial Religion Law, Forum 18 News Service has found.

  • Anti-Conversion Law comes into force in Himachal

    SHIMLA: An Anti-Conversion Law has come into force in Himachal Pradesh with Governor V S Kokje giving his assent to it.


    It has become the first Congress-ruled state to adopt legislation banning illegal religious conversions. The Governor signed the legislation passed by the state assembly in its winter session in December, Raj Bhawan sources said today.
    During the session at Dharamsala, the BJP had obtained a commitment from Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for a law to stop conversions in the state.

  • Companies See Increased Interest in Spiritual Tours

    They plan to take a lot of photos and record the experience when they go on a faith-based trip to Italy and Bosnia in May. The Grand Rapids couple will visit the Vatican, as well as religious sites in Monte Ste. Angelo, Loreto and Lanciano. In Bosnia, the city of Medjugorje holds a place where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to children every day since 1981.

  • Catholic Priests Move Against Child Marriages in India

    By Achal Narayanan

    CHENNAI, India (RNS) Roman Catholic priests in some districts of West Bengal, India, have punished Christians who were found to be forcing minors into marriage.


    Catholics who allowed children to be married have even been excommunicated, according to a BBC News report from Kolkata. Their children have been denied baptism and the "guilty" families have been barred from attending church functions.

  • Deaths : K.C. Gupta, Leader of Hindu University of America

    Professor Kuldip C. Gupta, a founding member and president of Hindu University of America in Orlando, died Feb. 7 of a heart attack while traveling in Bombay, India. He was 66 years old.

  • A Man, An Ox, Caught Up in An 'Evil System'

    A 20-year-old ox on the farm, named Bala, was nearing the end of his natural life span and had become incapacitated. The usual procedure in such situations, which happen regularly on ISKCON farms all over the world, is to make the animal as comfortable as possible by supplying food, water, shelter, and pain medication when necessary, until death occurs of its own accord. IKSCON community members, including children and others who are well-known to the cow or ox, attend to the dying creature, chanting and praying and stroking it lovingly, until it draws its last breath. This practice is rooted in their theology, which honors the sanctity of all life, even that of an individual ox.

  • Man and Ox, Caught Up in An 'Evil System'

    "My job is not an easy one" said the veterinarian regretfully. His unwilling witness, Smita Krishna Swami, leader of Sweden's  ISKCON Almvik farm, was forced to take part in an act that, for him, was unthinkable. 

    The vet had just given a fatal injection to  a 20-year-old _______ox who was nearing the end of his natural life span and had become incapacitated. Such euthanizing of animals is forbidden in Vaishnavism   

  • Leading Questions

    Last week police questioned British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the second time in relation to the "cash for honours" allegations surrounding the government. He has already seen two of his close aides arrested in this connection and bookmaker William Hill shortened the odds of the same fate befalling him to just 7-1.

  • Recipe: Green Split-Pea Dal with Spinach and Coconut Milk

    Fresh spinach enhances and enriches the texture of this hearty soup. Serve with Lemon Rice for a delightful combination of taste and color. Soak the dal well in advance.

  • USA: Scientists Flex Political Muscle

    By Randy Dotinga/Wired News

    The biggest general science conference in the world is shaping up to be unusually political this year, with an emphasis on global warming and sustainability. There's even a workshop on how scientists can fight anti-evolutionists on local school boards.

  • Assignment: Analysis: Choosing Religious Identity

    Read the article on religious identity and write an article based on its themes (plus others that may be relevant to ISKCON), that approaches the subject from a devotee perspective and reflective of devotee concerns. 

    Some (of many possible )points to consider and  develop: 

    Devotee-born teens exploring other faiths, or adopting them. What are the benefits, pitfalls, conflicts that may generate? 

    When a spouse chooses to distance him/herself from ISKCON.

  • Rajamundry
  • Thoughts on 'Back To Prabhupada'

    Not so long ago, I read a magazine that arrived in my letterbox. I had an hour to spare during my daughter's Indian dance class and wanted to study its pages so that I could properly reply to the sender. Back to Prabhupada was sent to me by someone who espouses the ritvik doctrine, the conclusion that since Srila Prabhupada is the spiritual master of every ISKCON member, that consequently there should be no other initiations or gurus.

  • For Many Americans, Religious Identity Is No Longer a Given

    When Aurora Turk was growing up in Mexico City, being Catholic was a given. "It was taught to me by the nuns at school and my mother at home," she recalled. "My whole world was Catholic.

    But Turk's adult life has been marked by religious exploration. Married to a Brooklyn-born Jew, the 38-year-old mother now follows the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian spiritual teacher; she and her husband plan to raise their infant son in the Self-Realization Fellowship, a group founded by Yogananda, at their home in Springfield, Va.

  • From the Head to the Heart

    Have you ever read or heard some transcendental knowledge, particularly something you are familiar with, and thought to yourself, "I already know that," and turned your mind off to it?

  • ISKCON Members Bracing for Next Round of Attacks

    Kazakhstan continues aggression against minorities, ignores international outcry

  • NIGERIA: Devotee Martial-Arts Experts Create Stir At Lagos Party

    By Akatu Ajonye

    LAGOS, NIGERIA: Not a little stir was caused recently when a team of Karate experts was ushered in to entertain guests at a party in Lagos. Venue was the prestigious Q-Club on Allen Avenue, in Ikeja, Lagos. The event, tagged 'Start- of-the-Year Party,' was organised by the Gauranga Foundation, a non-governmental organisation with interest in the development of music in Nigeria.

  • INDIA: CII seeks revision in National Youth Policy

    Young Indians (Yi), an arm of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has organised the 3rd Young India National Summit 2007 on February 2 and 3, 2007 which aims to be the voice of young Indians globally and provide them a platform to realise the dream of a developed India. The four-year-old movement is made up of 14 chapters across the country, with 750 members aged 25-40.

  • ISKCON Inaugurates New Temple at Tirupati

    The grandeur of the three-storeyed temple is arresting. According to Revathi Ramana Das, director of the temple, Rs 25 crore was spent on building the temple, largest ISKCON temple in the country.

  • Yoga causes controversy in American public schools

    Some parents say it violates the separation of church and state

    Dave Hunt, who has traveled to India to study yoga's roots and interview gurus, called the practice "a vital part of the largest missionary program in the world" for Hinduism. The Bend, Ore., author of "Yoga and the Body of Christ: What Position Should Christians Hold?" said that, like other religions, the practice has no place in public schools.