Viplava Youth Festival 2021
ISKCON South African National Council Makes Sweeping Changes
ISKCON Youth Forum [IYF] Delhi celebrated its annual Youth Festival, ‘VIPLAVA- A Revolution in Consciousness’, from October 22nd to 24th 2021, at Fogla Ashrama, Bhaktivedanta Marga, Srī Vrndāvana Dhāma, for 2000+ youth from across the nation.
230,000 Schoolchildren Learn Environmental Values From Bhagavad-gita
The South African National Council (SANC), which has served as the overarching management structure for ISKCON in South Africa since the late 1980s, is undergoing sweeping changes in its structure and approach.
MAN-tra Retreat for Devotee Men Explores The Hero’s Journey
With the recent COP26 climate conference in Glasgow a current hot topic of discussion, ISKCON will be holding the Felication Ceremony for its biggest Value Education Olympiad yet on November 22nd. There it will recognize hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren from across India and the world who studied environmental values based on the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita.
Utthana Ekadasi and Fasting
This year’s MAN-tra Retreat, held from November 12th to 14th, explored “The Hero’s Journey,” a common story template that involves a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a crisis, and comes home transformed. The retreat applied the template to the life of devotees, who often see a similar awakening or call to adventure, followed by trials and transformation.
Help Russian Devotees Distribute a Million Books
Today we observe Utthana Ekadashi. This Ekadasi has four names: Utthana, Haribodhini, Prabodhini, & Devotthani. Herein you will find suggestions for observing Ekadashi fast, Ekadashi time calculators, and inspiring pastimes and scripture.
12th BBT Africa Conference Offers Inspiration, Strategies for Book Distribution
In time for the Prabhupada Marathon 2021, four new vehicles are to be purchased for the Moscow sankirtana ashrama. A fundraising campaign is underway to raise $29,000 to help reach the goal: One million books should be distributed in Russia by the end of 2021. Help sankirtana devotees in Russia stay safe and make a difference in a million lives!
Speakers from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Mauritius participated in the three-hour conference, which is a platform for an exchange of ideas and strategies on all matters of book distribution, publication, and innovation.
Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day
"The eighth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kārttika is known by authorities as Gopāṣṭamī. From that day, Lord Vāsudeva served as a cowherd, whereas previously He had tended the calves."
Hadai Pandit Institute Aims to Reach Academic Audience with Congress on Logic
The disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada is observed by his followers by offering prayers to him and feeling his separation. Simultaneously, heartfelt gratitude is also expressed to please his divine grace and seek his blessings.
Happy Govardhan Puja
Over 30 scholarly speakers are set to discuss Logic in Society, and the sub-theme of order versus chaos in nature, at the Hadai Pandit International Institute’s second online Congress from November 8th to 12th.
ISKCON Leicester Safeguard Their Historic Landmark
The tenth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam relates many of Krishna’s pastimes. Of these, “The Lifting of Govardhan Hill” is one of our most important. It tells the story of how Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill in Vrindavan for seven days and seven nights, balancing it on the tip of his small finger and thus providing a huge umbrella under which all the residents and animals of Vrindavan could find shelter from the devastating rainstorm sent by Lord Indra (god of rain and king of heaven) upon their village. When Lord Indra realized that only the Supreme Lord could defeat him in such a mystical way, he surrendered to Krishna. Traditionally in Vrindavan, this festival is celebrated by cooking very large amounts of food offerings which are then arranged in the form of Govardhan Hill.
First Ever Rathayatra Parade Held in El Paso, Texas
ISKCON Leicester has secured a £750,000 grant to carry out urgent work to save the roof of its stunning Grade II* listed building in Leicester city centre.
Glories of Rama Ekadashi
Devotees in El Paso, Texas held their first Rathayatra parade on October 2nd, to an enthusiastic response. El Paso is home to a small Hare Krishna congregation, with weekly programs held at the El Paso Preaching Center by president Krishna Charan Das.
Srila Prabhupada’s College Celebrates his 125th Birth Anniversary
Yudhisthira Maharaj said, “O Janardana, O protector of all beings, what is the name of the Ekadashi that comes during the dark fortnight (Krishna paksha) of the month of Kartika (October November)? Please impart this sacred knowledge to me.”
Global Kirtan Protest for Bangladesh - Recap
On the auspicious commemoration of Srila Prabhupada's 125th birth anniversary, the Scottish Church College, which recognizes Srila Prabhupada as one of their eminent Alumni, is organizing an online essay competition. The topic chosen is ‘Spirituality in the Modern World’ which clearly indicates the institution’s acknowledgment of Srila Prabhupada’s contribution in to spirituality in contemporary times.
Bangladesh Global Kirtan Protest
Yesterday, Saturday, October 23rd, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) members around the world along with the wider community came together to raise awareness and to demand protection and justice from the Bangladesh government for the religious minorities that are suffering atrocities and violence including attacks on temples, homes, property, and people.
The Glorious Month Of Kartik
In an effort to bring international awareness and pressure on the Bangladesh government to take serious steps to protect religious minorities, ISKCON is teaming up with other Hindu groups across the globe to do kirtan protests.
ISKCON Appeals for Protection of Minorities in Bangladesh Attacks on Hindu Temples and Communities Must Be Stopped
The Kartik month starts on the 20th of October (in the west) and 21st of October (in the east) ) 2021 and continues for four weeks till the 18th/19th of November 2021, please check your local calendars for exact dates. In Chapter 12 of Nectar of Devotion, Srila Prabhupada mentions, “It is said that just as Lord Dāmodara is very dear to His devotees, so the month known as Dāmodara or Kārttika is also very dear to them.”
ISKCON Official Report on Bangladesh Attacks
The worldwide International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) community is shocked and saddened by the recent series of violent events directed against the Hindu minority in Bangladesh, including our own ISKCON temples and members.
Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir Kartika Parikrama Schedule
On 13th October 2021, radical extremists began strategic, coordinated attacks on Hindu minorities in Bangladesh. The attacks continued until October 15th, 2021, with innumerable homes, shops, puja pandals, and temples being looted, burned, and destroyed. There are currently 6 to 10 fatalities reported in various media outlets, while many more people have sustained injuries or been hospitalized.
Major Decision in ISKCON’s Favor in Long Island Legal Case
Kartika is glorified in the Puranas as very special for making spiritual advancement and the best place to be in Kartika is Sri Braja Dham. In fact, this month is known as Damodar since, in the middle of this month, the Lord performed His very enchanting Damodar Lila. Kartika month also represents Radharani and devotees perform special austerities to gain Her favor.
His Grace Partha Das, Killed at ISKCON Bangladesh
Statement from the ISKCON North America Council
October 16, 2021
Breaking News: ISKCON Noakhali Bangladesh Temple Attacked
It is with great sadness that we report to you the death of His Grace Partha das.
Update on the Health Status of GBC Chair Bhakti Caitanya Swami
Today in the Noakhali District of Bangladesh, an ISKCON temple was attacked. We are currently awaiting an official statement from ISKCON Bangladesh regarding the incident. Preliminary reports state 18 people were injured in the attack, and at least one person is in serious condition in the hospital.
Below is a direct report from Bhakti Caitanya Swami on his current health situation.