Gopal Krishna Goswami Tests Positive for COVID-19: Health Stable, Prayers Requested
GBC SPT Strategic Planning Support Unit Releases Safe Re-opening Guidelines for Temples Amid COVID-19
Update: Gopal Krishna Goswami's temperature is now normal, as is his blood pressure and pluse rate, while oxygen saturation is at 97%. "This is very encouraging," says Dr. Krishna Priya Das. "However, we need to continue to closely track Maharaja's progress."
Virtual Bhakti Retreat for Spanish Speakers Celebrates Tenth Installment
The Safe Re-opening Guidelines contain safe practices for ISKCON leaders and devotees to use while visiting or doing devotional service at the temple, as well as while doing day-to-day activities such as going to work or the grocery store.
ISKCON Mayapur to Provide Virtual Reality Radhastami Experience
Husband and wife team Prema Rupa Madhava Das and Prema Rupini Madhavi Dasi, who previously organized Bhakti Vriksha programs and “Harinama Party Buses” in their hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina, launched the retreat when the pandemic halted those activities.
New Book: The Nectar of Lockdown by Niranjana Swami
An innovative new project promises to bring Mayapur to you – straight into your living room – via an immersive 360 degree Virtual Reality film on Radhastami, August 26th.
Ujjain Devotees Express Their Gratitude for the Vaishnavas' Support
In his daily talks in April 2020, Niranjana Swami gives invaluable instructions on keeping Krishna’s holy names prominent in our daily lives and the proper consciousness to develop—not only during the coronavirus lockdown, but also during our continued lockdown in this material world.
11 Stay-At-Home Krishna Conscious Activities To Do With Your Kids
ISKCON Ujjain devotees express their gratitude to the worldwide Vaishnava community for the support they have been receiving to help cope with the passing of their beloved spiritual master Bhakti Charu Swami.
Looking Back on the Pandemic Kirtan That Reached 1.2 Million and Inspired a Flood of Virtual Kirtan Events
The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for parents and kids, as they try to find engagement while staying at home. Here are eleven tried-and-true Krishna conscious activities, as shared by devotee parents themselves!
Happy Janmastami! - Resources to Celebrate At Home
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most popular virtual events, drawing at least 1.2 million viewers, engaging multiple generations of devotees and inspiring many others to hold their own major online kirtan events to this day, was the Global Pandemic Kirtan.
New Vrindaban Provides Summer Weekend Retreats in Safe Environment
The GBC's Strategic Planning Team have compiled a celebrate-at-home Janmastami portfolio, which consists of resources to make devotees' Janmastami experience delightful and filled with personal loving service to the Lord.
ISKCON Berlin, London, Radhadesh and Zurich Hold Joint Virtual Ratha Yatra Festival
Only a maximum of five to ten guests attend each retreat. Guests stay in their own separate rooms with attached bathrooms in the Palace Lodge, which receive deep cleaning and disinfection after every stay.
5 Minute Meditations Podcast Presents Practical Gita Philosophy for Public
From July 1st to 12th, ISKCON Toronto, Canada held a 12-day series of online events. More recently, on Saturday July 18th, ISKCON of Berlin, London, Radhadesh (Belgium) and Zurich jointly hosted a unique first-time European virtual collaboration festival, “Spirit of Ratha Yatra.”
Devotee Children Spread Kindness Through Their Art During Pandemic
The podcast boom has accelerated in the first half of 2020, perhaps partly due to the appetite for more streaming content while people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. ISKCON devotees have also embraced the medium.
ISKCON Toronto Holds Epic 12-Day Virtual Rathayatra Festival
While the coronavirus is spreading throughout the world, so is kindness. Even though they are physically restricted in their movement, people find ways to reach out, express appreciation to and care for one another.
Chief Minister of West Bengal Arranged the Smooth Return of Bhakti Charu Swami's Vapu to Mayapur
“Every year, there’s some new challenge that comes up while organizing Toronto Rathayatra, and we joke that Lord Jagannath always throws us a curveball,” says Rukmini Dasi, co-chair of the Rathayatra Committee. Little did they know, however, that 2020 would bring the ultimate curveball – a global pandemic that required people to social distance from each other and saw all gatherings and public festivities banned.
European Yatras Organize 'Spirit of Ratha Yatra' Virtual Festival on July 18th
It was the Ministry of West Bengal led by the Honorable Chief Minister Sushri Mamata Bannerjee who facilitated the final journey of the vapu (body of ISKCON-guru Bhakti Charu Swami, who passed away on July 4th in Florida, back to Mayapur.
Sublime Symposium: 7 Day Festival Reaffirming The 7 Purposes Of ISKCON
ISKCON Berlin, London, Radhadesh and Zurich are organizing the Spirit of Ratha Yatra, a unique first-time European virtual collaboration festival jointly hosted on Saturday 18th July, 11:00 - 17:00 CEST / 10:00 - 16:00 BST.
Food For Life Wales Receives Award From UK Prime Minister
The hallmarks of ISKCON, its seven purposes were reaffirmed through a series of interviews and dialogues by the exemplary leaders of ISKCON who personify these seven purposes in their own exquisite ways. This symposium was the brainchild of a brilliant disciple of Bhakti Charu Swami who embodied Srila Prabhupada’s instructions and worked towards uniting everyone.
Bhakti Charu Swami Last Rites Held As Offerings of Love Continue From Around the World
Food For Life Wales Director Tarakanatha Das has received a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister’s office. The prasadam distribution organization has distributed over 40,000 meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Second Gen Couple Organizes Online Kirtans to Bring Devotees Together
Offerings of appreciation and love have continued to pour in from ISKCON leaders, senior devotees and disciples, as well as other religious and secular leaders. Even newspapers and TV stations in India and abroad have covered Bhakti Charu Swami’s passing, demonstrating his great impact on the world.
Sydney Devotees Construct Detailed Jagannath Puri Replica
Husband and wife Radhe Radhe Devi Dasi and Nandanandana Das, second generation devotees and disciples of Bir Krishna Goswami, are running a series of online kirtan festivals to bring devotees around the world together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Devotees Around The World Offer Their Appreciation and Affection for Bhakti Charu Swami
When devotees at the ISKCON temple in Sydney, Australia, couldn’t organize their regular full-fledged outdoor Rathayatra festival due to COVID-19 restrictions, they decided to bring the whole city of Puri and a new custom-built chariot into their temple room for a small indoor Rathayatra.
Beloved ISKCON Guru and GBC Member Bhakti Charu Swami Passes Away
"'My true disciple is a perfect gentleman,” Srila Prabhupada said. No one exemplified this quality more than you. Whomever spoke to you felt like the most important person in the world. Regardless of the problem or question they would bring to you, you would listen carefully and reply with wisdom, compassion and tact."
The GBC Executive Committee Reflects on the Passing of Bhakti Charu Swami
His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, a beloved disciple of Srila Prabhupada, GBC member, ISKCON initiating spiritual master, and Gaudiya Vaishnava sannyasi, passed away the morning of July 4th due to complications related to COVID-19. He was 74 years old.
ISKCON Mayapur to Open Its Gates for Visitors
From his earliest days as a young devotee, Maharaja had the extraordinary privilege of serving as one of Srila Prabhupada's confidential, personal servants. And ever since, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Maharaja's life has been an offering of love at the lotus feet of his spiritual master.
The ISKCON Chandradoya temple, Mayapur, will be opened for devotees, pilgrims and visitors from Sunday, 5th July onwards. However, to implement precautionary measures some restrictions have been imposed.