Srila Prabhupada’s Books Officially Presented in Cuba for the First Time
VIHE Announces 2018 Bhakti-shastri and Bhakti-vaibhava Courses
In Cuba, street distribution of Prabhupada’s books is forbidden, and devotees have been searching for legal ways to present them there for many years. This year, at last, saw a breakthrough opportunity: the Havana International Book Fair.
Three Rathayatras in Trinidad Bring Island Community Together
This year the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE) has scheduled its English Bhakti-sastri course for the period starting July 5 and ending November 6, 2018, in Vrindavan, India.
Philadelphia’s Mantra Lounge: A Center Built on Books
Trinidad’s first ever Rathayatra was celebrated in Chaguanas in 1991 with a flatbed truck used as the chariot. In 1994, devotees put on the first Rathayatra in Port of Spain, building a float onto a truck chassis. But it wasn’t until 2006 that organizer Baladeva Das built the first proper Rathayatra cart with the help of a friend.
The Bhaktivedanta National School in Mayapur
An ISKCON center full of new, young American devotees, completely self-sustained through book distribution, in 2018? To some, this may sound like a pipe dream. But Philadelphia’s Mantra Lounge is proving that Srila Prabhupada’s model for ISKCON’s family business still works today – and it works very, very well.
ISKCON Representatives Promote Religious Freedom and Dialogue in South Asia
Children from any cultural background or religion may join the school, and Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and ISKCON children learn and grow in harmony, having equal respect for each others’ religion and background.
Celebrating the Spirit of Togetherness - The 30thDurban Festival of Chariots
Around fifty spiritual leaders, lawyers, civil society leaders, government officials and scholars attended the meeting.
Zero Waste Mayapur
Prince Mangusutho Buthelezi (leader of the Inkhata Freedom Party and Prime Minister of the Zulu Nation) visited the festival on Saturday, 31 March. Prince Buthelezi who will turn 90 years old in August this year is currently the most senior statesman in the government cabinet.
ISKCON Dallas Partners with Arts District for ‘Festival of Joy’
The managers of the spiritual city of Mayapur are doing their best to keep the ISKCON premises clean from garbage waste.
Vaiyasaki Kirtan Course to Pack A Year’s Knowledge Into One Week
As an official Dallas Arts District event, Festival of Joy will be advertised on all Arts District websites, email lists, newsletters and Facebook pages. The Festival is also partnering with Fun Asia radio, which reaches 200,000 people, as well as with a number of local yoga centers and businesses.
World Water Day: Award-winning Film About the Yamuna Released for Public Screening
Nueva Vrajamandala’s Instituto de Estudios Bhaktivedanta, which is hosting the course, wanted present and future generations of devotees to learn the proper standards of kirtan.
Educational Series Teaches Kids About Krishna Through the Joy of Festivals
On this occasion, the production team of ‘The Stolen River’, a 40-minute documentary about the sacred Yamuna, has made the film available for public screening for communities, temples, educational- and other organizations.
“Krishna Lunch Lane” Sign at University of Florida Commemorates Prasadam Legacy
A series of PDF activity books by Urmila Dasi, now available online, teaches children about Krishna consciousness through the joyful celebration of Vaishnava festivals. Extremely popular with parents and teachers, the series is set for a more elaborately produced print version soon, and may become part of a new official ISKCON Sunday School curriculum.
200 VIPs Attend Hare Krishna! Film Premiere in Mauritius
A recent remodel of the Plaza of the Americas, the leafy main crossroads of the University of Florida (UF) campus, includes a sign reading “Krishna Lunch Lane” to commemorate the prasadam distribution program that has served students there for the past forty-five years.
Sivarama Swami “Vlogs” on Current Issues Rack Up 20 Million Views
Among the audience members were the former President of the country, His Excellency Kailash Purryag; MP the Honorable Santaram Baboo; former Minister of Social Integration Suren Dayal; and former Ambassador to the United Nations Milan Meetarban.
New Christchurch Temple Celebrates 1st Anniversary
A series of video blogs, or “vlogs,” featuring ISKCON guru Sivarama Swami giving a Krishna conscious perspective on current issues, have racked up over 20 million views on Facebook. Devotees behind the project see it as a way forward for outreach in the Hare Krishna Movement.
20 Years On, Bhaktivedanta Hospital is Still Changing Lives With Spiritual Care
Back in February 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake had completely destroyed the temple they had called home since 1986, the 130-year-old Bealy Manor. Even more heartbreakingly, during the quake the devotees’ beloved Deities, Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra had fallen and shattered to pieces.
In Celebration of Sri Gaura-Purnima: A New Book Details A Day-in-the-life of Lord Chaitanya
“It is truly an honor to be here this evening,” says spiritual leader Radhanath Swami, his voice echoing out over the Mumbai crowd. “Twenty years ago today, we came together to inaugurate Bhaktivedanta Hospital, not knowing where this journey would lead us.”
“Hare Krishna Explosion” in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Gives Rise to $10 Million Temple
Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura's Sri Gauranga-Lilamrita is a full day in the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu prior to His accepting the sannyasa order. A very sweet and rare manuscript.
‘Get Set Go’ - Students' Handbook Launched
A Hare Krishna Explosion is happening in Columbus, Ohio. That’s according to ISKCON Columbus temple council member Prem Vilas Das (Dr. Piyush Gupta), who says that many new families are joining, there are six bhakti vriksha groups in the city, and more full-time devotees are moving into the temple.
Media Shows Interest in the First Swami from the Balkans
Krishna Dhan Das, a mechanical engineer and President of ISKCON Nasik temple, has written a book "Get Set Go – Students’ Success Handbook" for the overall development of students. The book is published by Vishwakarma Publishers from Pune.
Untold Florida: SanctuaryAlachua Opens As Place of Empowerment for Women, Children
Bhakti Ananda Tirtha Swami visited Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 13th to 21st of February and made several, very successful appearances in the local and the natiional media.
Epic ISKCON 50 London Mellows Album In Production
SanctuaryAlachua is owned and managed by people from the Krishna community, however the house, services and classes are open to everyone in the Alachua community.
India Kirtan Adventure Steeps Participants in Bhakti Culture
The Radha Krishna Temple at ISKCON of Soho Street, London inaugurated London Mellows, an annual 24-hour kirtan weekend, in 2016 as an offering to Srila Prabhupada on ISKCON’s 50th anniversary.
Top Academic Scholars Appreciate ISKCON in New Short Film
The group comprised of twenty-six aspiring devotees and newcomers to Krishna consciousness from the U.S. and Australia. It included yoga studio owners, teachers, artists and even a state coroner from Pennsylvania.
A short film about a recent conference at Harvard University, in which academic scholars appreciate ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada, while also encouraging devotees to self-reflect, brought an audience at the Mayapur festival to tears.