Medical professionals from across the nation gathered at the serene Veda Foundation in DeLand, Florida, February 2nd-4th, for the 6th Annual Conference of the Bhaktivedanta Medical Association US. Inspired by the divine instruction and desire of Bhakti Charu Swami, this transformative retreat, organized by BMA Secretary Dr. Prasanna Tadi and Prasannatma Das, in collaboration with the Veda Foundation, provided a sanctuary for attendees to rejuvenate and realign their focus on holistic well-being.
17 January 2024- At their annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released a "Faith in Action" report to world leaders gathered at the iconic event. According to the WEP press release, the report "offers examples of businesses partnering with faith-based groups to support vulnerable populations and address the world’s interconnected crises." Among the eight case studies highlighted is a new partnership between the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and the Haribol food company. The recognition of ISKCON-Haribol as a case study inspired by Vedic values illustrates the promise of meaningful partnerships between faith communities and the private sector to address complex global challenges.
The Mayapur Community Hospital is a testament to physical well-being and a beacon of holistic healing, transcending the conventional realms of medical care. Here are some of the updates on the phenomenal developments in the hospital including new staff, state-of-the art equipment, website, digital records, donation options, construction updates, and more.
Krishna Lunch So Cal is a new creative outreach in southern California aimed at providing low-cost on-campus meals and meaningful connections as food insecurity sharply rises among college-age students.
In a recent study of 22 sets of twins published in the Journals of the American Medical Association (JAMA Network), researchers found that “a healthy plant-based diet offers a significant protective cardiometabolic advantage compared with a healthy omnivorous diet.”
In the sacred land of Mayapur, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a new milestone has been achieved with the establishment of the Soul to Soul Guesthouse. This unique venture, born from the vision of Gopinath Das, reflects not just a physical space for devotees but a holistic approach to Krishna consciousness. In an ISKCON News interview, Gopinath shares the inspiring journey that led to the creation of this spiritual haven and the valuable lessons learned along the way.Gopinath, a devoted soul rooted in Mayapur, embarked on a journey fueled by a desire to contribute meaningfully to Srila Prabhupada's mission. The Soul to Soul Guest House is not merely a physical structure; it symbolizes a spiritual journey, navigating through challenges, hopeful expectations, and the essence of ISKCON's global community.
The Bhaktivedanta Medical Association (BMA), a global healthcare committee with more than 220 devotee doctors dedicated to providing comprehensive care to devotees on a virtual platform free of cost, successfully launched its first-ever health camp on November 25, 2023, at the ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Manor. There were about 700 registrations, with 350 devotees attending the three-hour-long event.
Many theistic persons and sometimes others turn to God for hope during desperate times. Devotees from Singapore provide spiritual care for patients for whom there is no other hope. At the instruction of His Holiness B.V.V. Narasimha Maharaj, ISKCON devotee Padma Locan Das has launched a hospice outreach at the Gita Reading Society, the local ISKCON congregation. Padma Locan Das, his wife, Renuka Devi Dasi, Vraja Lila Devi Dasi, Karuna Devi Dasi, Subhanana Devi Dasi, and Sewa Kund Devi Dasi are part of a team that routinely visits and cares for patients at a day hospice in Singapore.
Alachua, Florida - The Bhakti Recovery Group (BRG) Convention, held recently in Alachua, Florida, has emerged as a beacon of hope for individuals navigating the challenging path of addiction recovery within the devotee community. The convention, spearheaded by Jiva Gaurangi Dasi, "Jiva G," the founder of BRG, and co-organized by Namamrita Das, brought together devotees from diverse backgrounds to explore the powerful fusion of Bhakti spirituality and the 12-step recovery program.