Second Day of GBC Meetings Explores Improved Means of Decision Making
ISKCON Governing Body Commission Opens Mid-Term Meetings
Members were presented with a 94-page document or “Meetings Manual,” and a second 23-page guide on “Decision Making.” Both texts were drawn from research conducted by the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT). In preparing the manuals the SPT underwent a detailed analysis of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings on management as well as a review 40 professional studies and books on meetings and decision-making.
New York State Court Renders Historic Decision in favor of Hare Krishna Movement
ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) began its “Mid-Term Meeting” this morning in Ujjain, India. Approximately thirty GBC members, and fifteen other leaders and guests will be meeting in this historic and holy city for nine days, until October 17.
Las Vegas Temple to Open Next Spring
The case began in 2004 in Freeport, New York, when persons from outside Long Island, through deception and subterfuge, took control of the Long Island ISKCON Temple board of trustees. Those persons opposed GBC authority and taught a philosophical system called ritvik, which the GBC declared a deviation from traditional Hare Krishna, or Vaishnava Hindu teachings.
Pending Brooklyn Temple Sale: New Developments
After a long journey, a full-fledged ISKCON temple is finally set to launch in Las Vegas, receiving its grand opening from April 26th to 28th, 2018, culminating on Nrsimha Chaturdasi.
Social Media: ISKCON UK Annual Communications Conference with Avelo Roy
According to a report received by the GBC Brooklyn Temple Sale Committee, it appears that the New York State Office of the Attorney General has declined to approve the pending sale of the Hare Krishna temple property in Brooklyn.
ISKCON Farm Conference Celebrates 10th Anniversary
A few years back a brand expert was asked about ISKCON UK’s presence on social media. His response was simple and to the point: ‘the good news is that you are not scary anymore, you are just confusing’. Though temples and devotees do have a solid presence on social media, the big question remains, how effective is that presence?
TOVP Announces A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chakra Abhisheka Seva Opportunity
The event showed how far ISKCON farms have come in networking and working together particularly over the last decade, with conferences now regularly organized in four continents by the GBC Ministry of Agriculture and Cow Protection. Because the ISKCON Farm Conference began in Europe in 2008, however, the 10th anniversary event focused on European farms.
Puerto Rico Temple “Almost Completely Destroyed” In Hurricane Maria
The TOVP fundraising team is offering devotees the unique seva to personally bathe the chakras that will be mounted on these two domes! 1008 sponsorships will be available for each chakra.
Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama Starts in 30 Days
Devotees in Puerto Rico are safe after Hurricane Maria. However, the U.S. territory’s only temple, in mountainous Gurabo, has been “almost completely destroyed.”
Ukraine’s Bhakti Sangam Festival Draws an Astonishing 8,000 Devotees
Kartik Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama offers devotees the opportunity to visit the nine islands of Navadvipa (West Bengal, India) in the association of sincere devotees and to hear the glories of the Lord in His pastime places from many senior Vaishnavas.
Dialogue With The Devil—ISKCON and The Anti-Cultists
An incredible eight thousand devotees flocked to a small village on the Black Sea Coast near Odessa, Ukraine for the mega Bhakti Sangam festival during the first week of September.
A Week of Bliss: Sri Dham Mayapur Celebrates World Holy Name Week
Cultic symptoms include isolation of members, lack of accountability of leaders, denial of appropriate care for members, unquestioned submission to leaders, excessive demands upon followers, and physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual abuse by leaders. Not particularly inspiring topics. So why go to a conference discussing them?
800 Devotees Immerse in Krishna at Lithuanian Summer Getaway
World Holy Name Day was established by the GBC in honor of Srila Prabhupada’s Centennial celebrations in 1996, to honor the anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in the West. World Holy Name Day has since expanded into World Holy Name Week, which every year inspires devotees to please Srila Prabhupada and to purify themselves and the world through the chanting of the holy names throughout the days.
Hare Krishna! to Show in Over 80 Regal Cinemas Across U.S.
800 devotees from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia got to immerse themselves in Krishna consciousness in one of the most gorgeous natural settings in the world this August. They were attending the 17th annual Vaishnava Summer Festival in Lithuania, which ran from August 4th to 11th.
ISKCON Hosts Interfaith Day of Prayer for Harvey Victims
Regal Cinemas will show the documentary film Hare Krishna!, about the life and teachings of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada, as a one-off event screening in over eighty cities across the United States. The screening will be held at 7pm in all time zones on Sept 21st, the International Day of Peace. It’s apt timing, considering Srila Prabhupada’s message: “When we understand that we are not these bodies but are spirit souls, then there will be peace.”
Avanti Foundation School to Open in New Vrajamandala, Spain
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented flooding and devastation, Texas Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed Sunday, Sept 3rd as a Day of Prayer in Texas—which happened to coincide with the birth anniversary of Bhaktivinoda Thakur, a 19th century Vaishnava Hindu saint and theologian who envisioned people from all nations coming together harmoniously through the blissful chanting of the holy names of God.
Houston Devotees Safe During Hurrican Harvey, Feeding Victims
New community president Yadunandana Swami, who formerly served as principal in Belgium’s Bhaktivedanta College, had seen many families leave Spain over the years due to lack of spiritual education for their children.
New Vrajadhama to Host 10th Anniversary of ISKCON Farm Conference
Hurricane Harvey has caused major destruction in Houston and throughout Texas in the last several days. 21 trillion gallons of rain fell on the Houston area, causing 51 inches of flooding in the worst hit places. Thirty to forty thousand homes were destroyed by floodwaters just in and around Houston; 39 people died, and 13 million were directly affected.
ISKCON Zagreb, Croatia, Holds 2nd Ratha Yatra
New Vraja Dhama is perfect for the main event – devotees on the 660-acre farm have had decades of experience and grow their own vegetables, fruits, and grains. They also care for cows and have their own waste water treatment system and solar panels that cover a large portion of their electricity needs.
Celebrating the Appearance Day of Lalita Devi
In mid-August, Lord Jaganatha accompanied with Baladheva and Subhadra at colorfully decorated chariot passed again through the streets of Zagreb, being followed by many of Their devotees. This was for the second time that the Ratha yatra took place in the capital of and the biggest city in Croatia.
Invitation to ISKCON Leadership Sanga
Lalita Devi is considered to be the guru of all gopis. This year, Lalita devi’s appearance day fell on August 27th. Just prior to the annual Gaura Purnima festival of 1986, the Deity of Srimati Lalita devi, along with three other principle sakhis, was installed in the Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir and joined Sri Sri Radha Madhava on the altar. She stands directly next to Sri Madhava.
3,000 Pound Golden Chakra Installed on TOVP Planetarium Dome
ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) is the foremost gathering of leaders and devotees from around the world. The ILS is eight wonderful days of seminars on leadership and related topics within the sacred atmosphere of Sri Dhama Mayapu
New Connecticut Temple Brings Devotees Together, Looks to the Future
On Thursday August 10th, a golden Sudarshan Chakra, weighing 1,400 kilograms (3,086 lbs), was installed on the Planetarium Wing dome of ISKCON’s under-construction Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, West Bengal.
Gita Courses at the Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur
Over 200 devotees and congregation packed excitedly into their new temple in Glastonbury, Connecticut on Sunday August 6th to celebrate its soft opening with the Balarama Jayanti festival.
The Bhaktivedanta Gita Academy started in 1994 under the direction and guidance of Bhakti Purusottama Swami, and is located north of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. It provides various courses on our Vedic literature, such as the Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Srimad Bhagavatam.