Roots of Kirtan Festival Introduces Newcomers to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
Festival of Joy to Share India’s Spiritual Culture with City of Dallas
On Saturday March 16th, just a few days before Gaura Purnima (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Appearance Day), around 250 people visited Manhattan’s Bhakti Center for the Roots of Kirtan festival – described as “dynamic, creative and overflowing with devotion.”
ISKCON Communications Devotee Meets Prime Minister of India at Prayagraj 2019 Kumbha Mela Global Participation
Previously, Rathayatra in Dallas was a small scale affair, with ISKCON Dallas devotees pulling Lord Jagannath’s chariot through their local neighborhood. But last Spring saw them partner with the Dallas Arts District to put on “Festival of Joy,” a major cultural event for the entire Dallas area.
Four Devotees Accept Sannyasa on Gaura Purnima
Under the organization of Ministry of External Affairs Government of India and Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Prayagraj hosted at least one person from every country at the occasion of the sacred Kumbh festival.
March 11th GBC Meeting Features Report on Bhaktivedanta Research Centre
Sannyasa is the renounced order of life accepted by many followers of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself accepted sannyasa in order to further the spread of the sankirtana movement.
50 Years of Hare Krishna in the UK: Feature Article in the Latest Edition of Back to Godhead Magazine
Throughout the year, ISKCON members are able to submit proposals to the GBC. These proposals go through a review process and are vetted and voted on by GBC Deputies and committees. The final proposals are then submitted to the GBC body for majority voting.
ISKCON Community’s Response to the Massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand
In 1944, on the auspicious appearance day of his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila Prabhupada started the English magazine, Back to Godhead.
Parabhakti Das Discusses Authentic Yoga at European Academy of Religion
The horrific massacre that unfolded in Christchurch New Zealand on Friday 15th March, in which to date 50 human beings have lost their lives, is truly a very dark moment in history, not only for Muslims but for all who treasure the gift of life.
Devotees from 60+ Countries Chant Together in the Birthplace of Sankirtana
Parabhakti Das, President of ISKCON’s Villa Vrindavana community near Florence, Italy, presented at a panel discussion on preserving authenticity in yoga during the European Academy of Religion’s annual conference this spring.
Deity Worship and Cow Protection: GBC Discusses How to Improve Standards in March 10th Meeting
Kirtan is now available for all. But it wasn’t always like this. Before the 15thcentury, the chanting of God’s own holy names was a sacred activity reserved for the highest of ecclesiastic society in the inner sanctums of temples.
Speech by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ISKCON Delhi
People who appreciate proper standards of Deity worship tend to look to ISKCON as an example. Over the years, ISKCON has established a reputation of having high standards of Deity worship. However, the Deity Worship Ministry warned the GBC that if proper care is not taken to maintain and improve standards of worship, this reputation could slip.
New York Brooklyn and Bhaktivedanta Institute Reports Headline March 7th Afternoon GBC Session
Full speech by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ISKCON Delhi on February 26, 2019, at the occassion of unveiling the largest Bhagavad-gita in the world.
TOVP Slated to Open “Around Gaura Purnima 2022"
The first topic up for discussion in the afternoon March 7th, was ISKCON’s Radha-Govinda Temple in Brooklyn, NY. The last few years have seen conflict over the managerial authority of the temple, prompted by an earlier proposed sale of the property.
New Govardhana to Open-State-of-the-Art Goshala for Cow Protection
Construction on the 520,000-square-foot temple is now in the final phase after decades of development and nearly ten years of work onsite.
GBC Discusses the “Solid Ground” of ISKCON’s Preaching
Cow protection has been going on at Australia's thousand-acre farm in some form since its establishment in 1977.
GBC Meetings Open with Discussion of TOVP
Vaisesika Dasa made the presentation on behalf of the BBT’s new Marketing Communications Innovation department. This relatively new area of the BBT focuses on ascertaining how to assist and inspire ISKCON members around the world to distribute books.
ISKCON Sannyasis, Gurus, GBCs, and BBT Leaders Meet in India
Ambarish Dasa, the ToVP Chairman, and other members of the ToVP team presented an hour-and-a-half report on the progress made in the past year and described the plans and projections that will see the ToVP to its grand opening in 2022.
Jaladuta Launching 60 Years Ago
Nearly eighty top ISKCON leaders from around the world met at the society’s global headquarters in West Bengal for three full days, March 4-6, to discuss opportunities and challenges in expanding the ISKCON movement.
Ox Training Seminar in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary
It is 60 years ago, on 10th of March 1959, that the MS Jaladuta was launched at its shipbuilding yard in Lubeck Germany. It is this vessel that brought A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada from Calcutta, via Boston, to New York on a journey that started on August 13th 1965, in what did become an astonishing journey and the start of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
ISKCON Educators Meet in Mayapur for a Symposium
While recognizing cow protection as an important branch of our Krishna Conscious society, training and working with the oxen remains to many an ideal yet to be achieved. The upcoming Ox Training Seminar to be held in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary between April 17thand 24th, will shed more light on this important, yet less practiced side of cow protection.
Deity Worship Ministry Steps Up Training With Nine-Day North American Course
The ministry presented their new web platform, which was created with the intention to connect all the educators working in ISKCON and make the information about the different courses taught available to a wider audience.
Elegant Jagannatha Ratha-yatra Graces Amravati
Between fifteen and thirty devotees are expected to take the course, which will run from May 29th to June 6th this year. Participants will hail from the US, Canada and Mexico and will comprise of current and aspiring ISKCON temple pujaris who have at least first initiation and are recommended by their temple authorities.
ISKCON Desire Tree Celebrates 17 Years of Serving the Vaishnavas
On February 11th, a Ratha-yatra festival was held in Amravati, the second largest and most populous city in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region in India. The roads were decorated with rangoli by the Pune devotees, flowers were showered on the chariot from a bridge above, and the ISKCON Girls’ Forum distributed books along the route.
ISKCON Ahmedabad Offers Tribute for the Martyred Soldiers of Jammu and Kashmir
On Nityananda Trayodasi in 2002, when Internet in India was still very poor and it took three to five minutes to download a 10MB file, Vaishnava Seva started his first website, iskcondesiretree.com.
Sri Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Centre Planned in Mayapur
On February 17th, more than 70 devotees of ISKCON Ahmedabad performed a special harinam sankirtan on street of Ahmedabad in the morning for the soldiers who laid their lives in a horrible terrorist attack.
Renowned industrialists Sajjan Jindal Chairman of JSW group of companies, B. K. Goenka Chairman of Welspun group and Ashok Goel Chairman of Essel Group visited the ISKCON world headquartes in Mayapur, India, regarding the proposed plan of ISKCON to set up a Sri Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Centre.