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  • Gita Nagari Retreat to Explore Varnashrama Dharma

    This year’s Gita Nagari Labor Day retreat, set to run from Friday September 2nd to Monday September 5th, will tackle an intriguing subject: Varnashrama Dharma. The topic was  very important to Srila Prabhupada, who in his later days stated that fifty per cent of his work remained unfinished because he had not implemented Varnashrama.

  • ISKCON 50 Releases Three More ‘Inspiration Series’ Videos

    ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary Committee released three more video clips in continuation of the two that had been released earlier on 13th July, as part of the Inspiration Series. The new clips feature talks by Gopal Krishna Goswami, Bhaktivijnana Swami and Dina Sharana Devi Dasi, who discuss the importance of the 50th anniversary and encourage the worldwide community of devotees to participate enthusiastically in the celebrations around the globe.

  • Do We Care? - Australia’s First Home for Cow Protection

    In the 21st century more and more emphasis is being placed on the protection of animals, the reduction of violence towards animals, changes in the consumption of animals as food for humanity and the understanding that animals are sentient beings possessing feelings and emotions. In fact the rights of our animal brothers and sisters are being discussed and debated within society as never before. A new booklet is an offering written by Mukunda Goswami and Mandira Mani Dasi and an important contribution to this worldwide change of consciousness toward animals.

  • Mainstream Media Across Four Continents Cover Incorporation Day Stories in a Big Way

    Major newspapers and TV channels across four continents covered the 50th anniversary of ISKCON’s incorporation on 13th July with positive stories that reached out to millions of people around the world. The BBC UK, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Chicago Tribune, the Times of India and India’s government-owned DD National TV gave extensive coverage to the history of ISKCON, the achievements of Srila Prabhupada and local events happening in their area.

  • Short Film About ISKCON’s Global Contribution Reaches 100,000 People

    The documentary short “Hare Krishna: 50 Years of Service and Joy,” showcasing the society’s many impressive contributions, released back in February for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary, by now has reached over a hundred thousand people all over the world. The film had over forty thousand viewers on YouTube, and was screened in 28 countries and 51 cities during large public festivals, temple programs, VIP-, interfaith-or educational events attended by various audiences.

  • Salted Bread: The Book about ISKCON's Early Days in the USSR Is Back

    The book is an account of painful experiences of the first attempt to spread Krishna consciousness in the USSR, which was Srila Prabhupada’s desire; stories of devotees’ trials in jails and psychiatric hospitals, their encounters with the KGB, but the author Sarvabhavana Das doesn’t lack in humor when he recalls, as he puts it,  “his painful but blissful past”.

  • ISKCON Delhi Was Target of Failed 2015 Terrorist Plot

     In the winter of 2015, when Indian agencies were busy tracking down alQaida modules, two Jaish-eMuhammed terrorists had quietly sneaked into the capital. Intelligence sources said the duo rented a room in Lajpat Nagar, assembled six improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and recced at least four places for a strike, including the Taj Mahal and two city spots -Iskcon temple and the Select Citywalk mall in Saket. 

  • Kuli Mela in New Vrindaban to Put Family and Community First

    The words “Kuli Mela” literally mean “celebrate community!” in Sanskrit. And the tenth anniversary of the very first Kuli Mela – coming back to New Vrindaban from June 15th to 19th --will do exactly that. 

  • Devotees Chant, Serve Prasad at UK Anti-Nuclear Rally

    Around fifteen ISKCON devotees brought the sound of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and the taste of sanctified vegetarian food to a huge anti-nuclear march in London on February 27thThousands of campaigners gathered from all over the world to protest the renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons program. The money, they said, should be spent on education and the National Health Service instead.

  • Russian ISKCON 50 Focuses on Prabhupada Connection

    Russian devotees began their 2016 with the second annual “Our Prabhupada” festival. The first, in December 2014, saw Suresvara Das speaking about Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya. At this year’s festival from January 15th to 20th hundreds of devotees learned about Srila Prabhupada as a person from Hari Sauri Das, who personally served him for sixteen months.

  • European Leaders Discuss Milk: To Drink or Not to Drink?

    At the annual European Leaders’ Meetings from October 5th to 6th this autumn, ISKCON leaders from all over Europe had a fascinating discussion on a very current and often controversial topic: whether or not to drink milk.

  • State and Former Owner Fight Over Kazakh Krishna's Farm

    A court in Kazakhstan decided on 23 October to hand a confiscated Hare Krishna farm near the commercial capital Almaty from the regional authority's ownership into the hands of the man who originally sold it in 1999. But since the court decision, Forum 18 News Service has learnt, a battle has emerged between the state and the new "owner".

  • Kazakhstani ISKCON Members Forced to Leave Homes

    On November 4, 2007, the practitioners of the Society for Krishna Consciousness were informed by Mr. Ermek Abdykalykov, previous owner of the property, that they have one week to vacate their farm.

  • British Government Asked to Intervene in Kazakh Crisis

    The British government is being urged to speak to the Kazakhstan President to stop the harassment and human rights abuse against minority Hindu communities in that country. British MP's this week said they would pressure the Foreign Secretary to act after attending an event organized by the Hindu Forum of Europe at the House of Commons.

  • ISKCON to Distribute Prasadam at India's Airmen Recruitment Rally

    Airmen recruitment rally from today Friday January 12 2007 10:41 IST MANGALORE: The pandal is set in Football Pavilion near Nehru Maidan and a set of officers from Indian Air Force (IAF) descended on Wednesday to ensure that country’s first massive Airmen recruitment rally in 2007 works in a clockwork manner.

  • First ISKCON Pandharpur Youth Festival A Grand Success

    Here at ISKCON Pandharpur, we just had our first Youth Festival. More than two hundred youths attended from district towns and villages across Maharashtra including Pandharpur, Jaisingpur, Solapur, Amravati, Pune, Jalgoan, Vita, Satara, Sangli, Aravade, Alibhag, and Bid.