October 27, 2023 - "Krishnas: Gurus. Karma. Murder." was released by Peacock via streaming service in the United States on October 24. The documentary, a 3-part, 3-hour mini-series, is an in-depth study of the gradual descent into acts of abuse, violence, and crimes committed by Keith Ham, formerly known as Kirtanananda Swami and his associates. It also carefully showcases, via heart-wrenching interviews with some victims, the culture of secrecy and exploitation that he created at New Vrindavan, the movement's first farm community located in rural West Virginia.
At ISKCON Nairobi, the Bhaktivedanta Nritya Academy, under the guidance of Gitanjali Parida and Sandhya Iyer, recently showcased an enthralling dance drama inspired by the epic saga, "Ramayana," on the 7th of October, 2023. The play also served as a fundraiser for Mwingi School in Kenya, which helps in improving educational opportunities for underprivileged children in the community.
Chaitanya Chandra Dasa has unveiled his latest offering, an e-book titled "Traps in our Path Back to Godhead." Drawing inspiration from a publication by Suhotra Swami during the 1990s, this e-book sets a philosophical foundation to illuminate the common pitfalls in one's spiritual evolution, empowering one with the wisdom required to navigate and transcend these impediments.
Located in the wealthiest mile of Africa, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Sandton - South Africa has embarked on an endeavor to share the wisdom of Bhakti yoga with a global audience. Their new podcast, "Unveiling the Spirit," hosted by Temple President Vibhu Chaitanya Das, aims to bridge the gap between ancient spiritual wisdom and contemporary living. Through interviews and discussions, the podcast explores the spiritual journeys of devotees, with a particular focus on the ISKCON Sandton and broader South African devotee community, as well as the Krishna Balaram Youth Group. ISKCON News spoke with Vibhu Chaitanya about the podcast's inspiration and potential impact.
Many devotees have contacted the Communications Ministry in the last day or two with concerns regarding the Peacock Studio's film that will be released on October 24, 2023. It is named: Krishnas -- Gurus. Karma. Murder. The film is a 3-hour, 3-part production that Peacock has been working on for well over a year. We were told that all three parts will be released at once, via a streaming service. Peacock likely spent millions of dollars making this film, so they will promote it widely.
Gauranga Darshan Das, an educator, TEDx speaker, and spiritual author of over 32 books, has recently published "Dhruva: Relationship & Success Sutras from the Story of a Celebrated Prince" under the Penguin Ananda banner from Penguin Random House. The book has received immense appreciation from authors and motivational speakers. It explores the intricacies of dealing with relationship problems with wisdom and knowledge.