ISKCON News The official news agency of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness Sun, 29 Jan 2023 18:49:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 Prime Minister Remarks on Bhaktivedanta Manor’s 50th Anniversary https://iskconnews.org/prime-minister-remarks-on-bhaktivedanta-manors-50th-anniversary/ Sun, 29 Jan 2023 15:49:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24625 You can read the British Prime Minister, Mr. Rishi Sunak’s message in honor of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s 50th anniversary. (1973 – 2023) PM-message-Bhaktivedanta-Manor-50

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Coming of Age https://iskconnews.org/coming-of-age/ Sat, 28 Jan 2023 21:20:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24564 Reflections on the relevancy of ISKCON in this world If there was a predominant message that Srila Prabhupada left all his followers at the end of his life, it would arguably be, “You will show your love for me by how much you cooperate together.” Our Founder-Acharya (teacher by example) issued this simple yet profound […]

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News Brief – Indian BJP President Visits ISKCON Mayapur https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-indian-bjp-president-visits-iskcon-mayapur/ Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:37:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24590 Indian BJP President JP Nadda offered prayers at the start of his tour of the state of West Bengal. He visited the temple complex on January 19th, 2023 along with other senior BJP party leaders. In a comment book at the temple, he wrote “Today I am blessed to pay my respect at Chandroday Mayapur […]

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Third Temple Vandalized in Australia https://iskconnews.org/third-temple-vandalized-in-australia/ Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:29:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24587 video source: The Australia Today   In the span of fifteen days, graffiti and vandalism have been daubed on three Hindu temples in Melbourne, Australia.  The attacks have taken place at BAPS, Shri Shiva Vishnu, and ISKCON temples. The Hindu community feels devasted by such vandalism and frustrated with the authorities. The Australia Today’s Editor-in-chief Jitarth Jai Bharadwaj reporting live from ISKCON Temple in Melbourne.

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ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) 2023 at the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-leadership-sanga-ils-2023-at-the-tovp/ Tue, 24 Jan 2023 00:12:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24584 The TOVP management is pleased to announce that from February 12-16, 2023 the ISKCON Leadership Sanga (ILS) will have their annual seminars in the TOVP. Braja Vilasa, TOVP Co-Chairman and ILS Committee Member stresses the importance of these meetings for ISKCON leaders, and invites all devotees with leadership positions to attend this important sanga and […]

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Richard L. Thompson Lecture Series Inaugural Event https://iskconnews.org/richard-l-thompson-lecture-series-inaugural-event/ Sun, 22 Jan 2023 16:05:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24631 “The process of bhakti-yoga is regulated by a theory of knowledge that strictly rules out unjustifiable speculation and extrapolation, and in this respect bhakti-yoga is methodologically superior to modern science and goes beyond modern science by providing the individual with practical methods of developing higher cognitive powers that lie dormant in the conscious self.” (Mechanistic […]

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Hare Krishna’s Home https://iskconnews.org/hare-krishnas-home/ Sat, 21 Jan 2023 21:01:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24613 from the magazine of La Repubblica (Venerdì). Image Source TOVP Jay and Vijay archive For five centuries, St. Peter’s Basilica was the largest religious building in the world. A primacy that will soon lose, at least on the surface. To overcome it, the new temple of the Hare Krishna religion which stands out in Mayapur, […]

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Aruna Miller Sworn Into Office on Prabhupada’s Bhagavad Gita https://iskconnews.org/aruna-miller-sworn-into-office-on-prabhupadas-bhagavad-gita/ Sat, 21 Jan 2023 20:22:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24605 The lieutenant governor of Maryland, Aruna Miller, swore her oath to serve as the lieutenant governor by placing her hand on Srila Prabhupada‘s Bhagavad-gita as it is -Likely the first lieutenant governor to do so. Aruna Miller took the oath of office with Chief Justice Matthew Fader of the Supreme Court of Maryland, placing her […]

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ISKCON Ayodhya Serve Prasadam to Over a Hundred Thousand https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-ayodhya-serve-prasadam-to-over-a-hundred-thousand/ Sat, 21 Jan 2023 20:06:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24593 (photo credit: Ashwani Diwedi) Selfless service by devotees at ISKCON Ayodhya   ISKCON Ayodhya distributes prasadam to over a hundred thousand people. Vinay Bhushan Chaitanya Das, the director of ‘Food for Life,’ cited Srila Prabhupada’s words that no one within 10 miles of an ISKCON Temple must sleep hungry. The distribution happened in over 11 […]

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News Brief: Ukraine Winter Appeal https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-ukraine-winter-appeal/ Sat, 21 Jan 2023 15:25:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24620 A clip from the video explains how their children need electricity to do online school.   The ISKCON Ukraine devotees would like to thank ISKCON North America for organizing and collecting over $100,000 to help them, who are now in the middle of winter, have power and heat. The NAC Support Office led the fundraising […]

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Prabhupada’s Daughters Speak Out on VDG https://iskconnews.org/prabhupadas-daughters-speak-out-on-vdg/ Sat, 14 Jan 2023 23:48:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24511 An Open Letter to The Present And Future ISKCON Devotees January 14th, 2023 Dear Esteemed Vaishnavas and Vaishnavis, Our most respectful obeisances to you all. All glories to our beloved Founder-Acharya, Srila Prabhupada. We are a group of women disciples of Srila Prabhupada who have been sincerely serving his ISKCON for fifty-some years. We’ve been […]

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In Social Attitudes Towards Misconduct and Accountability, Theology Can Help or Hurt https://iskconnews.org/in-social-attitudes-towards-misconduct-and-accountability-theology-can-help-or-hurt/ Mon, 09 Jan 2023 23:09:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24485 Image Source: Wylly Suhendra I want to share some reflections on the role of scripture (śāstra) and theology in the context of ISKCON’s ongoing efforts towards accountability and justice related to sexual misconduct. The last few years have brought a new wave of attention to sexual misconduct and accountability in ISKCON. While this has been […]

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SABHA’s Open Letter to the GBC on Child Abuse https://iskconnews.org/sabhas-open-letter-to-the-gbc-on-child-abuse/ Fri, 06 Jan 2023 23:57:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24498 Dear respected GBC Members, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! In light of the recent shocking report by the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (ICOCP), the SABHA would like to share our thoughts. As we now know from the report, Anirdesya Vapu dasa (AVD), formerly Bhaktividya Purna Swami, for many […]

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Condolences on the Passing of Pope Benedict https://iskconnews.org/condolences-on-the-passing-of-pope-benedict/ Tue, 03 Jan 2023 15:16:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24443 Image Source: Wikipedia, By Marek.69 talk – Marek Kośniowski, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5544448 To His Holiness Pope Francis Members of the Roman Catholic Church January 1, 2023 The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) extends our heartfelt condolences to all of our friends and colleagues in the Roman Catholic Church, who are feeling great loss […]

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Food For Life Hungary- Christmas Love Feast https://iskconnews.org/food-for-life-hungary-christmas-love-feast/ Sun, 01 Jan 2023 15:32:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24434 Christmas Love Feast – Thousands of families rely on help in the present times of crisis. Food for Life Hungary, the humanitarian aid arm of ISKCON Hungary has organised food distribution events all over the country on a daily basis for the last thirty years. Although the present difficult economic situation affects the content of […]

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FIFA and The Gita https://iskconnews.org/fifa-and-the-gita/ Sat, 31 Dec 2022 19:55:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24431 Photo image source: Daniel Norin   A Ball for All . . . . No Game. I know, I know, of the cup that cheers but doesn’t inebriate; But the world cup sure gives no cheer for some close affiliate For those that know and see, and get conditioned to the game Its misery and […]

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Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura’s Saligrama Sila, at ISKCON Mayapur https://iskconnews.org/srila-visvanatha-cakravarti-thakuras-salagrama-sila-at-iskcon-mayapur/ Sat, 31 Dec 2022 19:41:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24421 On the 22nd of December 2022, the Sri Narasimha Saligrama Sila, worshipped by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur, was officially installed on the Narasimhadeva’s altar in ISKCON Mayapur. In 2018, per the direction of Jayapataka Swami, to restore and establish worship in various Sripats in Gaura Mandala, a team of devotees traveled throughout West Bengal and […]

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Niranjana Swami’s Letter to North American Leaders and Congregation https://iskconnews.org/niranjana-swamis-letter-to-north-american-leaders-and-congregation/ Thu, 29 Dec 2022 20:57:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24411 Date: December 13, 2022 To: North American Leaders and Congregation From: Niranjana Swami   Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I visited Ukraine twice this year, in August and October. My first visit was for Janmastami and Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja. Since I was the first to visit Ukraine since the […]

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GBC Establishes Formal Inquiry to Investigate Lapses in Child Protection in Mayapur and Vrindavana https://iskconnews.org/gbc-establishes-formal-inquiry-to-investigate-lapses-in-child-protection-in-mayapur-and-vrindavana/ Wed, 28 Dec 2022 23:51:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24404 This GBC resolution has yet to be reviewed by the SABHA. However, the GBC felt this resolution is of such importance that at least the administrative processes outlined below should begin as soon as possible, and can be modified pending the review of the SABHA.   On December 28, 2022, in response to recent revelations […]

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ISKCON Manila’s Holiday Harinam https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-manilas-holiday-harinam/ Tue, 27 Dec 2022 23:48:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24490 December 23, 2022 Devotees took to the streets of Manila on Christmas day to perform harinam, a traditional form of devotional chanting and singing. This event, which is organized by ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Madhava Mandir- Manila Philippines, drew a large crowd of both participants and spectators, as devotees sang and danced their way through […]

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Karma, Grace, and Free Will – Perspectives for Integral Transformation 2022 Vaisnava Christian Dialogue https://iskconnews.org/karma-grace-and-free-will-perspectives-for-integral-transformation-2022-vaisnava-christian-dialogue/ Sun, 25 Dec 2022 04:41:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24398 With Christmas coming, I thought to share these thoughts about our recent Vaisnava Christian Dialogue that was held online last week with Catholic, Protestant, Sri Vaisnava and Gaudiya Vaisnava participants in India, the US and the UK. My husband, Anuttama dasa, and I have been hosting two such dialogues each year. Our dialogue in the […]

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GBC Pauses Vaishnavi Diksa Gurus, Again https://iskconnews.org/gbc-pauses-vaishnavi-diksa-gurus-again/ Fri, 23 Dec 2022 20:03:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24396 At its November 2, 2022 meeting, the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON resolved to again put a moratorium on women devotees accepting disciples in ISKCON. (The resolution can be found at the end of this article.) The topic has been debated and discussed in various forums in ISKCON for twenty years and has evoked […]

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GBC Further Restricts Anirdesya Vapu das https://iskconnews.org/gbc-further-restricts-anirdesya-vapu-das/ Mon, 19 Dec 2022 17:47:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24376 ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) today released a resolution regarding Anirdesya Vapu das (formerly known as Bhaktividya Purna Swami). The decision, while overlapping with the Child Protection Office’s (CPO) earlier decision (see article here), sets restrictions on Anirdesya Vapu das that are self-standing. The resolution also clarifies the status of the former guru’s disciples. Like […]

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ISKCON Vimgarh (West Bengal, India) Up in Flames – Arson Suspected https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-vimgarh-west-bengal-india-up-in-flames-arson-suspected/ Mon, 19 Dec 2022 00:39:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24366 A preaching center of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) burned down in West Bengal’s Birbhum district on Saturday, December 17, ISKCON officials reported. No casualty was reported by ISKCON officials. The center called the ‘Bhaktivedanta Vocational Training Centre’, opened around five months ago.   According to a Times of India article from December […]

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ISKCON Japan Photos Featured in New York Times Article https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-japan-photos-featured-in-new-york-times-article/ Sat, 17 Dec 2022 15:52:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24356 Photo credit: The New York Times. A photo of a program at the ISKCON temple in Tokyo, Japan.   In a December 12th, 2022 New York Times business article entitled “Japan Indian Tech Workers. But Do They Need Japan?” ISKCON Japan’s New Gaya temple was featured with two photos taken at the Tokyo-based center. The […]

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16 Days of Activism to 365 Days of Action https://iskconnews.org/16-days-of-activism-to-365-days-of-action/ Sat, 17 Dec 2022 15:35:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24348 Manu-Samhita states, “The gods are very happy with those families where women are respected. And where women are not respected, there all kinds of sacrifices/charities are futile.” Yet the abuse of women and children is the most pervasive human rights violation in the world, what to speak of spiritual violation? ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace […]

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TOVP December New Year’s Message https://iskconnews.org/tovp-december-new-years-message/ Sat, 17 Dec 2022 15:20:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24345 Dear Devotees and Friends of the TOVP, Hare Krishna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! The year 2022 comes to a close, opening the door to the beginnings of another year of service and surrender, and opportunities to bring Krishna into the lives of the conditioned souls. Underlying all our intense efforts to finance and build […]

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ISKCON Members Represent Faith Community at UN Biodiversity Conference in Canada https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-members-represent-faith-community-at-un-biodiversity-conference-in-canada/ Mon, 12 Dec 2022 04:31:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24337 Last week members of ISKCON, took part in the conference on Biological Diversity (COP15) to the United Nations (UN), being held in Montreal, Canada, December 7-19th. The conference’s goals are to discuss protection planning of the natural world by international governments and interested parties for the next decade. ISKCON members presenting at the conference were: […]

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New Vrindaban Leads Beach Retreat https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-leads-beach-retreat/ Sat, 10 Dec 2022 15:41:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24324 Tropically settled on the southern coast of the Sunshine State, Delray Beach is a welcome home to many- especially those looking to catch some waves or connect body, mind, and spirit! A month before the Bhakti Lifestyle Retreat, five New Vrindaban devotees had scoped out the area during a short fall vacation earlier. At the […]

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Bhakta Dasa Again Elected as Chairperson for FCCV https://iskconnews.org/bhakta-dasa-again-elected-as-chairperson-for-fccv/ Sat, 10 Dec 2022 15:28:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24320 As the representative for the Hare Krishna Movement and the Vaisnava Hindu Community in Victoria, Bhakta Dasa was again voted in as the Chairperson for the third year of the Faith Community Council of Victoria (FCCV) in Australia. Established in 2010, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria is Victoria’s umbrella multifaith body. FCCV was created […]

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Youth Interfaith Walk https://iskconnews.org/youth-interfaith-walk/ Sat, 10 Dec 2022 15:16:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24307 The Youth Interfaith Walk was a three-day hybrid event to bring together individuals of different religious orientations and cultures. With the objective of enhancing social cohesion and interactions among youths of different religious communities, Ms. Fatima Jiwani decided to launch this initiative as part of her fellowship with the ‘King Abdullah International Center for Interfaith […]

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TOVP Nrsimhadeva Wing Update https://iskconnews.org/tovp-nrsimhadeva-wing-update/ Sat, 10 Dec 2022 14:57:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24304 This new Nrsimhadeva Wing update video from Sriman Braja Vilasa Das, TOVP Co-chairman and Director of Development, will not only inform you but will fill your heart and soul with inspiration and tears of joy to see the work going on in this magnificent and historic project, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. Scheduled for […]

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Highest Ever Attendance of George Harrison Tribute Evening https://iskconnews.org/highest-ever-attendance-of-george-harrison-tribute-evening/ Sat, 03 Dec 2022 14:26:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24292 Bhaktivedanta Manor’s annual George Harrison tribute evening at the end of November received the highest ever attendance, many being first-time visitors to the Temple. Having been treated to a generous helping of delicious prasadam, the assembled crowd’s expectation levels were set high. The evening opened smoothly with sacred mantras delivered in silken melody form by […]

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Professor Kenneth Cracknell, Friend of ISKCON and Champion of Religious Pluralism, Passes Away https://iskconnews.org/professor-kenneth-cracknell-friend-of-iskcon-and-champion-of-religious-pluralism-passes-away/ Wed, 30 Nov 2022 13:39:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24280 Professor Kenneth Cracknell speaks at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions during the 2016 conference, “The Worldwide Krishna Movement: Half a Century of Growth, Impact, and Challenge.” It is with great sadness that we report that Reverend Dr. Kenneth R. Cracknell, a Methodist Christian scholar, theologian, professor, and friend of ISKCON passed […]

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The Oldest Song, A Poem https://iskconnews.org/the-oldest-song-poem/ Sun, 27 Nov 2022 20:42:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24267 THE OLDEST SONG (An excerpt from The Saffron Path)   ARJUNA: Seeing those before me causes me to shiver. To lift my bow is as though I had never. Hairs stand on end, mind is reeling. I’m confused; it’s new, this kind of feeling. Sri Krishna, I just cannot fight. There’s something here that is […]

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ISKCON Gurugram Inauguration https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-gurugram-inauguration/ Sun, 27 Nov 2022 20:27:05 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24256 ISKCON Gurugram Temple near Badshahpur, on Sohna Road, hosted their inauguration this weekend. The grand ceremony took place from 26th to 27th November. Haryana Governor, Sri Bandaru Dattatreya, was present as the Chief Guest at the event. As well as many ISKCON GBC leaders such as Gopal Krishna Goswami, and Bhakti Bringa Govinda Swami. This […]

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Official GBC Statement on Former BVP, Anirdesya Vapu Dasa https://iskconnews.org/official-gbc-statement-on-former-bvp-anirdesya-vapu-dasa/ Sun, 27 Nov 2022 12:31:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24239 ISKCON Governing Body Commission Society Under the Societies Registration Act, West Bengal Registration Number: S/74662 Regd. Office: Sri Mayapur Dist. Nadia, West Bengal, INDIA 741313 EC@pamho.net Official Statement of the Governing Body Commission Regarding Abuse in Mayapur and the CPO Decision Against (the former) Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami, aka Anirdesya Vapu dasa November 24, 2022 […]

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‘Live To Give’ Campaign Aims to Distribute 3 Million Bhagavad-gitas https://iskconnews.org/live-to-give-campaign-aims-to-distribute-3-million-bhagavad-gitas/ Sat, 26 Nov 2022 19:37:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24251 The Prabhupada Marathon has inspired book distribution throughout ISKCON since 1972. Now it is being celebrated as the Live to Give campaign.  This year our global team has set an unprecedented goal to distribute at least three million Bhagavad-gitas between September 11th and January 7th, 2023. Last year we distributed 2,805,444, smashing the goal of […]

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CPO NA Restrictions on BVP https://iskconnews.org/cpo-na-restrictions-on-bvp/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:04:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24229 The ISKCON North American Council (NAC), headed by five members of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) with geographical responsibility in the United States and Canada, fully endorses and will comply with the 28th October 2022 ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (ICOCP) restrictions on ISKCON’s relationship with Alan Ross Wexler, also known as Bhaktividya Purna, […]

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India’s Top Businessmen Visit ISKCON Juhu’s Nilachal Vedic Village https://iskconnews.org/indias-top-businessmen-visit-iskcon-juhus-nilachal-vedic-village/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:49:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24218 (Photo names left to right) H.G. Radharchana Mataji (MC), H.G. Surangi Mataji (wife of DN Pr.), Ms. Manju Gupta (Chairman of Lupin group of companies), H.H. Guruprasad Swami Maharaj (Vice chairman of GBC), Sri Balkrishna Goenka (Chairman of Welspun group), Sri Ashok Goel (Chairman of Essel group), H.G. Devakinandan Das (GBC minister for Fundraising & […]

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Harinama Sankirtana Bus https://iskconnews.org/harinama-sankirtana-bus/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 17:14:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24212 In the Baltic States, devotees have been using a bus for the last several years to travel in large numbers around Europe. This program has been very successful so much so that it has become somewhat of a spiritual legend for 11 years in 23 countries! However, the bus is now 27 years old and […]

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Ratha Yatra Makes History in Sao Paulo, Brazil https://iskconnews.org/ratha-yatra-makes-history-in-sao-paulo-brazil/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 16:49:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24206 photos by Bhakta Ronaldo Canale and Lourieni Corrêa.   On November 6, 2022, Iskcon Cidade São Paulo held another Ratha Yatra, which took Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra to Avenida Paulista, where thousands of people watched and followed the parade of the Deities. Despite the unpredictability of the weather, roadblocks that could have prevented […]

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Standing Against Gender-Based Violence https://iskconnews.org/standing-against-gender-based-violence/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 16:29:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24197 November 25, 2022, marks the UN’s International Day to End Violence Against Women.  This year, ISKCON’s Vaishnavi  Ministry will join the UN’s global 16 days of activism against gender-based violence As Vaishnavas, we are mandated by our scriptures and tradition to protect the vulnerable and those placed in our love and care, including “the brāhmaṇas, […]

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ISKCON Imposes Ban on Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami for Sexual Abuse of Minor and Leadership Abuse  https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-imposes-ban-on-bhakti-vidya-purna-swami-for-sexual-abuse-of-minor-and-leadership-abuse/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 21:02:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24185 ISKCON Imposes Ban on Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami for Sexual Abuse of Minor and Leadership Abuse  Report by ISKCON Communications   On October 28, 2022, the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (ICOCP), also referred to as the Child Protection Office (CPO), released its official decision regarding Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami (BVPS aka Alan Ross […]

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The Living Hill, A Poem https://iskconnews.org/the-living-hill-a-poem/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 20:54:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24271 Image Source: Govardhan Hill painting by Dominique Amendola,June 21st, 2016, available for sale on FineArtAmerica   The god of rain, Indra, became extremely irate Pride is often the big part of his game With thunder, clouds, and lightening so great He exerts this power to maintain his fame What incited him so was a talkative […]

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Cosmology Conference, Govardhan Ecovillage, November 4-6, 2022 https://iskconnews.org/cosmology-conference-govardhan-ecovillage-november-4-6-2022/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 15:43:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24179 ISKCON, Chowpatty, in academic collaboration with the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies in Gainesville, Florida (BIHS) and the Bhaktivedanta Research Center in Mumbai (BRC), will be hosting an international hybrid cosmology conference at the Govardhan EcoVillage (GEV) just north of Mumbai, November 4–6, 2022, titled “Puranic and Siddhantic Cosmology: Within an Experiential Mathematical Framework.” For […]

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ISKCON Official Speaks at PaRD Annual Conference in Indonesia https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-official-speaks-at-pard-annual-conference-in-indonesia/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 15:33:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24171 Participants at the PaRD conference 2022 in Bali, Indonesia. All photos credit: PaRD/GIZ   ISKCON India’s Director of Communications Yudhistir Govinda Das spoke at the recently concluded annual conference of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD), a Germany-based organization whose members include 123 Faith-based Organizations (FBOs) and 15 government and multilateral entities, […]

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UPDATED: Ukraine Update with Niranjana Swami 2022-11-05 https://iskconnews.org/ukraine-update-with-nrs/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 11:43:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24146 On November 5th, 2022 a one-hour special conversation with Niranjana Swami, ISKCON Governing Body Commissioner, took place to learn about the current status of Hare Krishna devotees in Ukraine, the challenges they face, and how we can help. Maharaj shared many of the stories and the plight of the Ukrainian devotees. The situation in Ukraine […]

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New Vrindaban Board Discusses Many Positive Projects and Challenges Ahead https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-board-discusses-many-positive-projects-and-challenges-ahead/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 19:30:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24159 Board members and residents visit Vrindaville, a new development of 1-4 acre land plots that devotees can purchase for building homes.   The semi-annual joint board meetings with ECO-Vrindaban, ISKCON New Vrindaban, and the Village Council took place on October 21-23rd. Members met in multiple sessions to discuss the achievements of 2022 and speak about […]

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ISKCON Communications Conference on Unity in Diversity https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-communications-conference-on-unity-in-diversity/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 19:23:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24154 The Third ISKCON Communications Global Online Conference was held on Saturday November 5th 2022 on the topic of Unity In Diversity. Her Grace Vishakha Devis Dasi, president of the Bhaktivedanta Manor and renowned author/film-maker, highlighted the various approaches Srila Prabhupada used in resolving differences amongst his disciples as he navigated the unprecedented growth of ISKCON […]

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Unity in Diversity https://iskconnews.org/unity-in-diversity/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 19:48:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24165 Image: ISKCON Dallas, 2019 (ISKCON News Archives)   We would especially like to hear from you about Unity in Diversity in terms of your experiences and understanding of Srila Prabhupada. Perhaps how you heard him talk about this, or how he put it into practice.    Srila Prabhupada Evokes Unity in Diversity When dissimilar individuals […]

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Prema Kirtan: The Stand-Out Kirtan https://iskconnews.org/prema-kirtan-the-stand-out-kirtan/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:21:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24140 Anyone who has participated in a maha-mantra kirtan – and knows the meaning and goal of the mantra – has experienced that there is no other sacred music or sacred sound that compares to it. Maha-mantra kirtan rivals all and Pranada dasi wants to shout it out to the broader community. She’s releasing the third […]

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Global Workshop on Environmental Practices for ISKCON https://iskconnews.org/global-workshop-on-environmental-practices-for-iskcon/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:09:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24137 The ISKCON Environmental Initiative (IEI) Global Green Team is offering an online workshop Friday November 18 to discuss and promote environmental practices which can be implemented in temples, communities and private households. Attendance is free and open to all ISKCON devotees, leaders, friends and supporters. Topics will include: – Meet the Global Green Team – […]

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Prabhupada House Darshan https://iskconnews.org/prabhupada-house-darshan/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 14:59:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24131 Prabhupada House Darshan on his Disappearance Day 2022 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.   CC Madhya 8.248, Translation and Purport The spiritual hankering and lamentation […]

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H.G. Ambarisa Das Message for Srila Prabhupada’s Divine Disappearance Day https://iskconnews.org/h-g-ambarisa-das-message-for-srila-prabhupadas-divine-disappearance-day/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 14:26:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24121 Dear Devotees, Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I am writing this message to you during a solemn yet joyful time when we recall the disappearance of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON. It is solemn because of the very heart-wrenching reality that Srila Prabhupada left our […]

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The Mission of Rupa Goswami https://iskconnews.org/the-mission-of-rupa-goswami/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 14:17:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24114 The driving force behind Rūpa Gosvāmī’s acts, including his vast literary repertoire, was Caitanya Mahāprabhu, renowned as the initiator of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava lineage in sixteenth-century India. In the eyes of his followers, Śrī Caitanya descended to earth to enact a specific redemptive mission. Indeed, his bhakti movement changed the hearts and faith of countless […]

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ISKCON Philadelphia & Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. 1st Annual Holistic Health Fair https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-philadelphia-vaishnavas-c-a-r-e-1st-annual-holistic-health-fair/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 00:53:05 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24104 On Saturday, October 8, 2022, ISKCON Philadelphia and our Philadelphia Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. Team presented our 1st Annual Holistic Health Fair in order to welcome our neighbors to the temple for an afternoon of friendship, educational activities, healthcare assessments, and an introduction to Krsna consciousness. After days of stormy rain and cold winds from Hurricane Ian, […]

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Ukrainian New Mayapur Needs Our Help https://iskconnews.org/ukrainian-new-mayapura-needs-our-help/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 00:39:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24101 New Mayapur ISKCON Education Center has provided shelter for devotees who have been displaced in Ukraine. The main task for New Mayapur currently is to increase its energy self-sufficiency as the vital infrastructure of Ukraine is being destroyed including power plants and electricity distribution networks. Now there are around a hundred Vaishnava refugees relocated to […]

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Crisis in Ukraine: Urgent food relief for the people of Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/crisis-in-ukraine-urgent-food-relief-for-the-people-of-ukraine/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 14:39:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24124 Mariupol is one of the biggest сities in East Ukraine. There used to be more than 500,000 people before the war broke out. However, now the сity is mostly destroyed. But those that could not leave remain to survive day by day. The city has no gas, electric power, or water. Many people are living […]

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CPO Kartika Seva https://iskconnews.org/24088-2/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 01:20:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24088 The Child Protection Office has an excellent service that you can engage in whether you live in, near, or far from a temple community. This much-needed Seva is one that you can do on your own or with others, such as your family or a reading group. Together we will compile a repository of all […]

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The Srila Prabhupada International Heritage Museum in the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/the-srila-prabhupada-international-heritage-museum-in-the-tovp/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 01:09:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24084 H.G. Ambarisa Prabhu Launches Srila Prabhupada International Heritage Museum Project in the TOVP TOVP Chairman, His Grace Ambarisa Prabhu, is pleased to announce to the worldwide ISKCON community the future opening of a beautiful, inspiring, and permanent Prabhupada Museum in the TOVP, to preserve and display various artifacts related to ISKCON Founder/Acharya, His Divine Grace […]

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Exciting Puranic and Siddhantic Cosmology Conference https://iskconnews.org/cosmology-conference/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 00:57:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24078 ISKCON, Chowpatty, in academic collaboration with the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies in Gainesville, Florida (BIHS) and the Bhaktivedanta Research Center in Mumbai (BRC), will be hosting an international hybrid conference at the Govardhan EcoVillage (GEV) just north of Mumbai, November 4 – 6, 2022, entitled, “Puranic and Siddhantic Cosmology: Within an Experiential Mathematical Framework.” […]

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Ukrainian Devotee with Cancer Needs Our Help https://iskconnews.org/24075-2/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 00:50:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24075 Being sick is a serious ordeal these days. If it is a serious illness, it is double trouble. Willpower and wallet are put to test. Gauranga Dasa, a devotee from Odessa, found himself in such a difficult situation. In March 2022, after an emergency operation for peritonitis, Gauranga Prabhu heard a terrible diagnosis – cancer. […]

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New Free Book to Help Devotees Deal with Illness https://iskconnews.org/new-free-book-to-help-devotees-deal-with-illness/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 00:31:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24072 When Illness Takes Hold: Hopeful Words for Sadhakas explores the challenges and opportunities we face when dealing with illness (or losses and other obstacles) while practicing bhakti. The book has three essays exploring the authors’ personal experiences and the spiritual solutions they found; a question and answer section; and a collection of quotes from our […]

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Sir Keir Starmer Visits Bhaktivedanta Manor https://iskconnews.org/sir-keir-starmer-visits-bhaktivedanta-manor/ Sun, 16 Oct 2022 01:53:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24065 Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, visited Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire to mark the start of the Hindu holy month of Kartik. On arrival, the Labour leader was greeted and garlanded as part of a traditional ceremony to welcome guests, and met with the Temple President, Her Grace Visakha Dasi. Sir Keir spoke […]

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“Save Earth Now!” Bhadra Campaign Smashes Goal https://iskconnews.org/save-earth-now-bhadra-campaign-smashes-goal/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 21:45:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23997 Our global team continues to distribute unprecedented numbers of Srimad Bhagavatam sets through the Bhadra Campaign. This year, 250+ communities from 50+ countries distributed 45,800 sets of Srimad Bhagavatam, smashing the worldwide goal of 43,000 sets. The long-term goal is to reach 100,000 sets by 2026. This Bhadra Campaign was launched in 2017 by the […]

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Iskcon Orlando Flooded and Needs Our Help https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-orlando-flooded/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 19:33:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24017 We Need Your Help! Our Temple received flood waters from the aftermath of hurricane Ian. After spending the whole day on Thursday moving all of the temple’s belongings to a higher level, we came back home this morning at 2:00 am. The swamp at the back of the temple filled up and pushed its waters […]

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TOVP in The Times of India https://iskconnews.org/tovp-in-the-times-of-india-2/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 19:31:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24031 The Times of India has published another article about the TOVP. Below is our short article with the direct link to the Times of India. The article about the TOVP in the TIMESNOW section is entitled, ‘World’s Largest Religious Monument to Open in India’. READ ARTICLE: https://www.timesnownews.com/viral/worlds-largest-religious-monument-to-open-in-india-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-iconic-building-article-93847270

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Value Education Olympiad (VEO)-2022: Bigger and Better https://iskconnews.org/value-education-olympiad-veo-2022-bigger-and-better/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 19:19:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24026 ISKCON’S venture with UNEP and the Government of India to address climate change through Value Education for school students. 2,30,000 students from 15 countries participated in the Value Education Olympiad (VEO) organized by ISKCON in collaboration with the UN Environment Program in the year 2021. Along with live sessions, and practical workshops, 200000 trees were […]

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First Ever Ratha Yatra in California’s Capital https://iskconnews.org/first-ever-sri-ratha-yatra-in-californias-capital/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 18:12:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24009 First ever Sri Jagannath Rathayatra in Sacramento, Capital City of California.   ISKCON Sacramento celebrated its first Ratha Yatra in front of the California State Capitol Building, which serves as a museum and the State’s working seat of government, on Sept 18, 2022. More than seven hundred devotees from all over California participated in the […]

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Vrindavan Food For Life Awarded Top 20 NGO https://iskconnews.org/vrindavan-food-for-life-awarded-top-20-ngo/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 00:47:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23999 The Indian Corporate Social Responsibility Awards ceremony was organized on 27th August 2022 in Gurugram, India to acknowledge all those organizations who have brought prestige and honor to the nation through their contribution to humanity and nation-building. We are thrilled to share that Food For Life Vrindavan Society was nominated as one of the ‘Top […]

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ISKCON Puerto Rico Safe Amidst Hurricane Fiona https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-puerto-rico-safe-amidst-hurricane-fiona/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 15:04:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23983 Image: Ananda Loka Das with plantains after Hurricane Fiona   Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico hard on September 19th and many Puerto Ricans are still recovering from the destruction. As reported by NPR The category 1 storm devastated most of Puerto Rico’s plantain crops– a staple food. Puerto Rico has been severely impacted by Fiona, […]

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Archbishop Visits Prabhupada’s House- Argentina https://iskconnews.org/archbishop-visits-prabhupadas-house-argentina/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 14:11:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23976 Archbishop Eric Escala with garland   The voice of the Shepherd, Archbishop visits Prabhupada’s House.    This past Sunday I had the opportunity to visit the ISKCON temple in Buenos Aires, needless to say, it was a very nice experience. I had read many books of His Divine Grace Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda “The […]

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The Spread Of The Lumpy Skin Disease In Cows https://iskconnews.org/the-spread-of-the-lumpy-skin-disease-in-cows/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 23:07:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23971 Image Source: Sri Mayapur Goshala   The viral infection has killed nearly 75,000 cattle in India and spread to more than 10 States and UTs, hitting Rajasthan the worst The lumpy skin disease outbreak continues to affect dairy farmers, especially small cultivators in India and South Asia. The infection, caused by the capripoxvirus, is spread […]

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Lord Jagannatha on University of Florida Campus https://iskconnews.org/lord-jagannatha-on-university-of-florida-campus/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 22:52:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23968 The 8th annual Orlando Rathayatra was held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at the unique location on the campus of the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida. The Rathayatra took over the beautiful UCF campus and despite it being a weekday, a good number of devotees were present as well as many UCF […]

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TOVP Publishes ‘Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur’ https://iskconnews.org/tovp-publishes-srila-prabhupada-in-mayapur/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 22:45:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23965 Recently the TOVP Communications Department released a new online flipbook, ‘The TOVP Story, 1971-2022’ for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and the Vaishnavas. We are happy to announce the publication of yet another flipbook, ‘Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur’. This flipbook is a compilation of most of the known quotes from Srila Prabhupada related to the […]

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Locals Embrace the Return of the Festival of Colors to West Virginia https://iskconnews.org/locals-embrace-the-return-of-the-festival-of-colors-to-west-virginia/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 22:35:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23962 After a three-year COVID-related hiatus, the hills of West Virginia were covered in colorful clouds again as locals returned to Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold for the 2022 Festival of Colors. Guests enjoyed the musical stylings of Devananda Prabhu, NamRock, Ananda Groove, and Malini devi dasi, who also led participants in dance and yoga. Local Sarah […]

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Resolving Contentious Issues https://iskconnews.org/resolving-contentious-issues/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:52:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23959 When instructing Yudhisthira, Narada said that in any endeavour, one must start with the end in mind. In our case, it is always the same, to please our Founder Acharya Srila Prabhupada. I am sure all parties in any ISKCON conflict share this aim and are convinced that their desired outcome would be most pleasing […]

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ADOPT A YATRA – NEW Ukraine Patronage Campaign https://iskconnews.org/adopt-a-yatra-new-ukraine-patronage-campaign/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 17:56:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23950 Share Your Care started a new patronage program where we appeal to yatras and individuals who want to support Ukrainian Yatra in these difficult times to focus their attention on one particular yatra, family, or individual. In this section of our website, you can find eligible candidates for your ongoing support. Share Your Care team […]

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News Brief – Summary of GBC Decision on Lokanath Swami https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-summary-of-gbc-decision-on-lokanath-swami/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 17:32:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23947 On September 7th, the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC), released its final decision regarding the 30-year case on the status of Lokanatha Swami in ISKCON. Their final decision is: that his status as initiating guru continues. The decision, however, is three-fold: firstly, the panel created in 2021 to decide on the proper handling of the […]

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The TOVP Publishes ‘The TOVP Story, 1971-2022’ https://iskconnews.org/the-tovp-publishes-the-tovp-story-1971-2022/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 17:04:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23942 The TOVP Communications Department is pleased to announce the release of the new online publication, ‘The TOVP Story, 1971-2022’. This new virtual flipbook covers the history of the TOVP from its earliest dates of inception by Srila Prabhupada to its current status in beautiful photos, videos, and detailed descriptions that will educate and inspire the […]

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Iskcon Dallas Holds First Ever Public Janmastami Festival in Frisco, Texas https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-dallas-holds-first-ever-public-janmastami-festival-in-frisco-texas/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 16:56:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23930 Image: Temple President HG Nityananda Dasa giving keynote talk.  ISKCON Dallas celebrates first ever public Krishna Janmastami Festival in North Dallas (Frisco), TX   Sri Radha Kalachandji Temple (ISKCON Dallas) celebrated the first-ever Krishna Janmastami Festival in Frisco, North Dallas area on Aug 27, 2022. The event was celebrated at the Collin College Conference Center […]

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A Bhakti Convocation at ISKCON Coimbatore https://iskconnews.org/a-bhakti-convocation-at-iskcon-coimbatore/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 15:47:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23883   Have you ever heard of a Bhakti Convocation? Or heard of a graduation ceremony where the students met their teachers face to face for the first time since their teacher-student relationship? It so happened at ISKCON Coimbatore, on the 24th of June 2022,  the Bhaktivedanta Academy awarded 125 Bhakti Shastri certificates to students who […]

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GBC Releases Decision on Lokanath Swami https://iskconnews.org/gbc-releases-decision-on-lokanath-swami/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 11:18:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23915 From the ISKCON Communications Ministry September 7, 2022   Dear Devotees, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. The ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) today released its decision regarding the status of Lokanatha Swami. That resolution is attached below along with other relevant documents. The GBC also released two other documents. One […]

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Evacuation of Oleg Prabhu and His Family From Melitopol https://iskconnews.org/evacuation-of-oleg-prabhu-and-his-family-from-melitopol/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 11:33:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23924 Oleg Prabhu is a vaishnava from Melitopol. The city has been occupied by the Russian army since March. He needs our help to evacuate his family. Oleg Prabhu tells us: “Since the war broke out, the city has been occupied, there are a lot of military men on the streets and right in front of […]

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The Passing of Her Grace Kalindi Devi Dasi https://iskconnews.org/the-passing-of-her-grace-kalindi-devi-dasi/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 16:30:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23895 It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Her Grace Kalindi Devi Dasi. In her absence, our heart is burning by the constant raining fire. Her loyalty; her dedication was as firm as the stars and faith in Guru and Krishna was as firm as the mountains. Words fail to describe her […]

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Release of the Chaitanya Charitamrita In Malayalam https://iskconnews.org/release-of-the-chaitanya-charitamrita-in-malayalam/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 16:15:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23890 His Holiness Jayapataka Swami (second from left), first copy in the hands of the Tantri (Center), Mr V Muraleedharan (second from right), His Holiness Bhakti Vinoda Swami (extreme right)   Srila Prabhupada had said that he feels like an “emperor” every time one of his books gets published in a new language. Crowning him once […]

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Save Earth Now – Join the Bhadra Purnima Campaign https://iskconnews.org/save-earth-now-join-the-bhadra-purnima-campaign/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 16:03:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23893 The Srimad-Bhagavatam at 12.13.13 states, “If on the full moon day of the month of Bhadra one places Srimad-Bhagavatam on a golden throne and gives it as a gift, he will attain the supreme transcendental destination.” We are only a few days away from Bhadra Purnima, which falls this year on Sep 9/10 in different parts […]

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ISKCON Vancouver Holds First Sage of the Earth Event https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-vancouver-holds-first-sage-of-the-earth-event/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 15:53:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23870   ISKCON Vancouver hosted the inaugural Sage the Earth (not a typo!) event on June 25, 2022. The five simultaneous fire sacrifices, complete with kirtan yajna of the holy names and prescribed mantras, were offered to reverse global incongruities: climate disturbances, wars, and racial violence.      The presence of sages such as Bhaktimarga Swami, […]

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ISKCON Relief Ukraine Financial Report https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-relief-ukraine-report/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 14:03:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23876 Devotees from Europe and other parts of the world have tirelessly continued their sincere endeavor to help devotees from Ukraine find shelter, care, and support. The following figures are for week 16 of this devotee care/relief effort. Please find attached a report on the service of the ISKCON Europe Relief Team, established by the Euro […]

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TOVP in the Times of India https://iskconnews.org/tovp-in-the-times-of-india/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 01:06:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23867 On August 31, 2022, the Times of India travel section, TravelTimes, published information about the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. Although the Grand Opening dates are incorrect (the actual opening is scheduled for December 2024), it will certainly help get the word out and increase awareness about this historic ISKCON project.   You can read […]

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Radhastami, Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani https://iskconnews.org/radhastami-appearance-day-of-srimati-radharani/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 13:33:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23873 ISKCON News and Rukmini Walker from Urban Devi wish you a Happy Radhastami   From a lecture spoken by Srila Prabhupada ************************************ Radhastami, Srimati Radharani’s Appearance Day. Montreal, August 30, 1968 Radharani is the pleasure potency of Krishna. Krishna is the Supreme Brahman. Just try to understand. Krishna is the Supreme Brahman. Param brahma param […]

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ISKCON News In a Minute: Aug 26th, 2022 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-in-a-minute-aug-26th-2022/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 14:08:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23864 Last week Janmastami & Prabhupada Vyasa Puja was celebrated all over the world. At Bhaktivedanta Manor, it was extra special with British Politician Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy joining the celebrations. In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a written message to ISKCON on the occasion of Janmastami, quoting Bhagavad Gita & glorifying […]

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Ram the Ox Goes to School https://iskconnews.org/ram-the-ox-goes-to-school/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 16:10:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23855 Three-year-old Ram the ox was proudly led into his pre-made enclosure in the playground of the Manor School. He was ready to say hello to all the children!       The students were treated to a range of activities themed around the Manor’s New Gokul farm and had the opportunity to ask lots of […]

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ISKCON of Central NJ Ratha Yatra https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-of-central-nj-ratha-yatra-news-brief/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 15:45:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23845 ISKCON of Central NJ (ICNJ), Plainfield, NJ celebrated Sri-Jagannath Rath Yatra at Oak Tree Road, Edison as part of the India Independence Day Parade.   On Sunday 8/14/2022 Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra was celebrated at Oak Tree Road, in Edison, New Jersey as part of the India Independence Day Parade. Every 2nd Sunday of August, […]

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International Book Launch- Being Srila Prabhupada-anugas https://iskconnews.org/international-book-launch-being-srila-prabhupada-anugas/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 15:11:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23832   The GBC College for Leadership Development and Tulsi Books Publications are elated to announce the book launch of the book ‘Being Srila Prabhupada-anugas’ on the occasion of the conclusion of Srila Prabhupada’s 125th birth year celebrations. This book by Rasikraman Das is a compilation of Srila Prabhupada’s quotes on 51 themes of Leadership. It […]

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ISKCON’s New Justice Minister https://iskconnews.org/iskcons-new-justice-minister/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 14:42:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23834 The Justice Ministry works to resolve disputes between ISKCON members and establish an integrated dispute resolution system. Future plans for the Ministry include developing additional processes for adjudication and dispute resolution, developing standards and training for investigators and judicial officers, and providing guidance on these and other justice-related issues to ISKCON leaders. All of the […]

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The TOVP 2024 Marathon https://iskconnews.org/the-tovp-2024-marathon/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 14:17:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23829 This urgent and exciting message from His Grace Braja Vilasa das, Co-Chairman and Director of Development of the TOVP, expresses the importance of opening the temple on time in 2024 for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and our acharyas. Please watch and take advantage of this historic opportunity by sponsoring one of the new TOVP […]

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Narayani Devi Dasi Initiates Her First Diksa Disciple https://iskconnews.org/narayani-devi-dasi-initiates-her-first-diksa-disciple/ Tue, 23 Aug 2022 00:04:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23817 Narayani Devi Dasi (right) initiates Nila Madhava (left), now Nilambari Dasi, a second-generation ISKCON devotee on Janmastami 2022 at New Raman Reti Temple in Alachua, Florida. (Photo credit: ISKCON Alachua)   On August 19, Janmastami Day, Narayani devi dasi became the first Vaishnavi (female devotee) in ISKCON to serve as a diksa guru, or initiating […]

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MAN-tra 2022: Together Again https://iskconnews.org/man-tra-2022-together-again/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 13:25:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23801 After two years of separation, MAN-tra is back in New Vrindaban, Sept. 9-11th, 2022. While technology allowed the annual men’s retreat to go virtual over the past couple of years, and carry on with exciting seminars, performances, and discussions, and to have the association of Vaishnava men from around the world, nothing can replace the […]

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ISKCON’s Code of Ethical Behavior https://iskconnews.org/iskcons-code-of-ethical-behavior/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 14:29:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23810 One year ago this month, the GBC ratified and voted into law the attached ISKCON Code of Ethical Behavior. Here is a brief description of accomplishments this first year.   ADOPTED BY ISKCON AGENCIES This first year, the Code was made an active part of proceedings in many ISKCON initiatives including the International Child Protection […]

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Prabhupada’s Palace Restoration With New Roof and Domes https://iskconnews.org/prabhupadas-palace-restoration-with-new-roof-and-domes/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 14:18:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23787 Situated at New Vrindaban, West Virginia is Srila Prabhupada’s smriti shrine or memorial shrine – Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold. The beautiful palace that was constructed by the disciples of Srila Prabhupada in 1973 as an offering of love to their spiritual master. Over time, large parts of the concrete domes, outer wall, balustrade railing, and […]

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Evacuation of Vraja-Govinda Prabhu and His Family From Kherson City https://iskconnews.org/evacuation-of-vraja-govinda-prabhu-and-his-family-from-kherson-city/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 14:16:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23804 Donations Needed Vraja-Govinda prabhu, his wife and two children have to leave Kherson, a city in the frontline. This city is in the south of Ukraine. Now it is one of the two toughest flashpoints of this horrendous war. Vraja-Govinda prabhu is a wonderful Vaishnava from the Kherson ISKCON community. He is, without a shadow […]

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Rishi Sunak Visits Bhaktivedanta Manor https://iskconnews.org/rishi-sunak-visits-bhaktivedanta-manor/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 13:59:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23794 Rishi Sunak and his wife celebrated the festival of Janmashtami at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire, near London. Mr. Sunak and his family have made visits to the temple in the past. Today, Mr. and Mrs. Sunak were welcomed with the customary tradition of the blowing of a conch shell, and they were garlanded before they […]

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Nepal ISKCON Devotees Meet with Prime Minister of Nepal and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-nepal-iskcon-devotees-meet-with-prime-minister-of-nepal-and-chief-minister-of-uttar-pradesh-india/ Sat, 20 Aug 2022 13:50:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23789 ISKCON Nepal devotees (left) including Patri Das with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Sri Yogi Adityanath Maharaj (center) and staff (far right)   This month the ISKCON Nepal devotees have met two important dignitaries through their outreach efforts: the Prime Minister of Nepal and the Chief Minister of UP.  On August 7th, Patri das, the […]

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ISKCON NYC’s Janmastami Inaugurates ISKCON Day https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-nycs-janmastami-inaugurates-iskcon-day/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 17:56:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=24004 Image:2. ISKCON NYC Devotees with Hansarupa Dasa, Assemblywoman Rajkumar, NYC Dep. Commissioner Dilip Chauhan while he presents ISKCON Day Proclamation.   Brooklyn, New York—Krishna Janmashtami, the appearance day or birthday of Lord Krishna, was celebrated at the New York Hare Krishna Temple on Friday, August 19th, from 4 pm until midnight with over 2500 guests […]

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The Passing of His Holiness Bhakti Nityananda Swami https://iskconnews.org/23776-2/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 17:19:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23776 At 8:33 am on August 11th in Sri Mayapur, the beloved disciple of His Holiness Jayapataka Maharaja and servant of Srila Prabhupada, His Holiness Bhakti Nityananda Swami, left his body. It is with great sadness that we announce this news, as he has been very dear and important to all of us in our Mayapur […]

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ISKCON News In a Minute: 8/8/2022 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-in-a-minute-8-8-2022/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 23:14:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23771 Praghosa Dasa, a Governing Body Commission member of ISKCON, recently resigned from the GBC. He served as a GBC member for the UK and many regions of Europe including Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. He also served twice as the Chairman of the GBC. Praghosa Dasa explains his resignation is due to his disagreement […]

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Update on Anadi Prabhu’s Health Condition in Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/update-on-anadi-prabhus-health-condition/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 15:52:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23766 On July 16, 2022, we reported on Anadi Das is Ukraine, a senior devotee of the Kherson Yatra in Ukraine, and his desperate need to support due to his health. On August 6th, 2002 Share Your Care reported: We express our special gratitude to the compassion you show to the Vaishnavas, who under such extremely […]

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Fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s Vision https://iskconnews.org/the-legacy-of-the-bhaktivedanta-institute-toward-fulfilling-srila-prabhupadas-vision/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 15:30:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23761 The Legacy of the Bhaktivedanta Institute: Toward Fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s Vision In 1974, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada expressed his desire to “establish a Vaisnava Research Institute” to present the science of Krishna Consciousness for an intellectual audience. The following year, Prabhupada requested his disciple, Dr. Thoudam D. Singh (Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja), […]

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Words of Gratitude From a Ukrainian Refugee https://iskconnews.org/words-of-gratitude-from-a-ukrainian-refugee/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 15:20:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23757 My name is Yuliia Mudrak, I am 25 years old, and I am from Ukraine. Before the war, I lived in Kyiv and worked as a certified preschool teacher. Unfortunately, many devotees had to leave their normal life in Ukraine due to the war. But at the same time, we’ve been able to see wonderful […]

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Krishna Bhava Das, the Devotee Who Distributed 50,000 BG and More https://iskconnews.org/krishna-bhava-das-the-devotee-who-distributed-50000-bg-and-more/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 14:29:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23749 Meet the devotee who distributed 50,000 Bhagavad-gitas and 108 Chaitanya Charitamrita sets.   The beginning of book distribution Krishna Bhava Das, from ISKCON Punjabi Bagh community in Delhi, is 68 years old, strongly built, having a sharp gaze of determination yet having an air of humility around him. He is the eldest in his family […]

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Pragosha Dasa, GBC Member, Resigns https://iskconnews.org/pragosha-das-gbc-member-resigns/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 21:46:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23737 On July 20th, Praghosa Dasa, a Governing Body Commission (GBC) member of ISKCON since 2001, resigned from the GBC. He made his resignation public in a video entitled “An Honor and a Privilege” on his personal YouTube page: In the video, Praghosa Dasa explains his resignation is due to his disagreement with a GBC decision […]

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ISKCON Hosts Tribal Ministry Program https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-hosts-tribal-ministry-program/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 14:56:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23727 Gauranga Das speaking for the Ministry of Tribal Affairs   We are happy to inform you that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India came up with the concept of ‘Manthan Shivir’, an informal gathering of the national and state tribal department Ministers and officers to share best practices. Thanks to some of our […]

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The Matrix (Maya-Tricks!) https://iskconnews.org/the-matrix-maya-tricks/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 14:40:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23724 The Manor’s resident drama group, the Bhaktivedanta Players, put on a rather profound new play in the recently refurbished Victorian-style theatre auditorium. It was essentially a spoof of the Hollywood 1999 blockbuster ‘The Matrix’, delivering a Krishna conscious angle on points explored in conversations between the main character and the mystical teacher ‘Morphus’. “The play […]

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Kartik Navadvipa Parikrama 2022 https://iskconnews.org/kartik-navadvipa-parikrama-2022/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 14:31:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23721 Registration is open now It is our great pleasure to announce ISKCON MAYAPUR’s 10th annual six-day Kartik Navadwip Mandal Parikrama during the most auspicious month of Kartik (organized by the Mayapur Chandra’s). The Parikrama dates are the 27th, 28th, 30th, 31st of October, 2nd, and 3rd of November 2022. There will be two days break, […]

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ISKCON News In a Minute https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-in-a-minute-2/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 14:21:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23718 Two Ukrainian devotees whose lives were dedicated to serving prasadam to 1000s of devotees at Donbass lost their lives by a missile strike. Krsna-tattva Prabhu & Madana-gopal Prabhu had just returned from prasadam distribution to the Food For Life base when a missile attack destroyed the building, and they were buried under the rubble. Another […]

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Loneliness in Monastery https://iskconnews.org/loneliness-in-monastery/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 14:08:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23713 image courtesy of Premanjana Das A monastery is a place where the monks who are dedicated to cultivating spiritual life live as renunciants. Living in the association of like-minded persons who are similarly aspiring and dedicated to spiritual goals empowers a person to pursue this path which is considered challenging and glorious in our scriptures. […]

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4-Day Devotee Sanga Retret With Mahatma Prabhu https://iskconnews.org/4-day-devotee-sanga-retret-with-mahatma-prabhu/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 13:56:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23710 Please join us for 4 blissful days in the association of Mahatma Das ACBSP. We will retreat at the beautiful Gita Nagari Eco Farm and Sanctuary, which has very comfortable accommodations for families, couples, and singles. Situated in the farmland of Pennsylvania, we will spend time with nature and the cows, come together for the […]

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TOVP Bas Relief Panels Update: Rasa Lila and Ratha Yatra Panels https://iskconnews.org/tovp-bas-relief-panels-update-rasa-lila-and-ratha-yatra-panels/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 13:47:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23707 We have just installed the two remaining bas relief panels on the walls of the ventilation shafts of the Temple Room. These are large 16ft./5m. panels made of fiberglass and reinforced with metal inserts. The weight of each panel is more than 550lb./250kg. One panel shows the Rasa Lila dance of Lord Sri Krishna and […]

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Memorial Service Held for Devotee Victims of Missile Attack https://iskconnews.org/memorial-service-held-for-devotee-victims-of-missile-attack/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 21:11:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23697 Madana Gopal das (left) and Krishna Tattva das, who both perished when the Food for Life kitchen building collapsed, were close friends On July 22nd, a Memorial Service for Krishna Tattva das and Madana Gopal das took place. The devotees died as a result of a missile attack in Alchevsk, Donbass region. According to a […]

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Join the Bhakti Center Team! https://iskconnews.org/join-the-bhakti-center-team/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 14:02:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23681 The Bhakti Center is a spiritual-cultural center in New York City’s Lower East Side with a talented staff devoted to sharing the experience of self-transformation through the timeless culture and practices of Bhakti-yoga. If you or someone you know has the required skill sets for the jobs provided below and would like to be a […]

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Gita Nagari hosts 44th country style Ratha Yatra https://iskconnews.org/gita-nagari-hosts-44th-country-style-ratha-yatra/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 17:35:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23664 ISKCON Gita Nagari to host 44th country style Ratha Yatra after two-year hiatus. After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, ISKCON Gita Nagari is gearing up to celebrate its 44th Annual Ratha Yatra on Saturday, July 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gita Nagari Eco Farm, Port Royal, Pennsylvania. “This […]

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ISKCON Relief Ukraine Report- Week 19 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-relief-ukraine-report-week-19/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 17:07:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23650 July 22, 2022, Week 19 (Month 5)   Figures We are now in the fifth month of this terrible war in Ukraine, with devotees from Europe, as well as other parts of the world, remaining resolute and continuing their sincere endeavours to help the devotees from Ukraine to find shelter, care, and support. What a […]

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Eternal Gratitude for Peter Burwash (1946 – 2022) https://iskconnews.org/eternal-gratitude-for-peter-burwash-1946-2022/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 14:31:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23684 Srila Prabhupada and devotees, 1975 airport trip   My Story In 1971 when I was studying at SUNY Buffalo (and playing on the college tennis team), many of the now famous shaved-up orange-robed ISKCON devotees were a regular part of the landscape on campus. At that time, I had little contact but would stand around […]

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A Tribute to Urvasi devi dasi – “Prabhupada’s Girl” https://iskconnews.org/a-tribute-to-urvasi-devi-dasi-prabhupadas-girl/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 13:34:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23669 Photo credit: Revati devi dasi   Urvasi devi dasi passed away last week in Ojai California and will be cremated. She was a beloved member of the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) movement, worldwide. Below is a compilation of memories and tributes to Urvasi devi dasi. In her honor, a Vanipedia page was created […]

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URVASI Devi Dasi – IN MEMORIAM https://iskconnews.org/urvasi-devi-dasi-in-memoriam/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 01:37:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23639 Urvasi Devi Dasi was a pioneer of ISKCON in Toronto, serving as pujari and book distributor, and spending endless months selling paraphernalia on the streets to collect the Lakshmi to buy the temple at 243 Avenue Road. Urvasi has lived in Ojai, California for many years, where she has organized significant monthly events with special […]

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Two FFL Devotees Killed in Donbass Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/two-ffl-killed-in-donbass-ukraine/ Sun, 17 Jul 2022 12:26:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23622 Krishna-tattva Das (right) and Madana-gopal Das (left) killed in missile attack in Donbass  On July 16, two Food For Life devotees in Alchevsk (Donbass) — Krsna-tattva Prabhu, director of the program, and Madana-gopal Prabhu — were killed in a missile strike that hit the Food For Life kitchen. They had just returned from prasadam distribution […]

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(Ukraine) Anadi Prabhu Really Needs Our Help https://iskconnews.org/ukraine-anadi-prabhu-really-needs-our-help/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 16:27:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23608 Anadi Prabhu really needs our help! He is one of the senior Vaishnavas of the Kherson Yatra in Ukraine. He is very dear to devotees far beyond his yatra. He is always very attentive and caring when dealing with others, now he needs our support. His city is on the frontline; because of it, Anadi […]

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Former NYC Mayor Visits The Bhakti Center https://iskconnews.org/former-nyc-mayor-visits-the-bhakti-center/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 16:27:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23572 Former New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, made a recent visit to the Bhakti Center located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Mr. de Blasio was invited to the Bhakti Center by Raj Goyle, a GOPIO member, former state assemblyman, and prominent member of the Indian community in New York City. Mr. de […]

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Mercy for Prisoners in Argentina https://iskconnews.org/mercy-for-prisoners-in-argentina/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 16:26:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23601 Devotees from the town of Mendoza, Argentina came up with a plan to deliver Krishna Consciousness to state prisons. The budding program has become a success because of how much the inmates value Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, as well as the prasadam, and kirtan. Mahavidya Lakshmi a coordinator of the program stated, “We started this service […]

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The Manor’s (UK) Summer Festival of Colours https://iskconnews.org/the-manors-uk-summer-festival-of-colours/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 15:07:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23603 On Saturday 9th July, Bhaktivedanta Manor near London staged a new and exciting summer festival on its lavish grounds. The event included market stalls, prasad, a kirtan stage, and most notably a Festival of Colours. Four thousand guests enjoyed their visit on that particularly warm and sunny day. Celebrated since ancient times, Holi traditionally welcomes […]

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ISKCON Korea Performs Yajna for Samsung https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-korea-yajna/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 14:45:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23592 On June 30th, ISKCON Korea performed a special Narasimhadeva yajna, with special prayers seeking blessings for Reliance Industries Ltd for its new FPSO vessel named KG D6 RUBY. The vessel was built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd from South Korea. The ship will be used for transporting oil. Executive Director of Reliance Industries Ltd […]

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ISKCON Philadelphia Sponsors Feast in Navadvipa https://iskconnews.org/23584-2/ Sat, 16 Jul 2022 14:27:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23584 image source: Mayapur.com, 2014 In order to celebrate the disappearance anniversary of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, and to seek his favor, the devotees of ISKCON of Philadelphia enthusiastically prepared all the items included in his Bhoga arati song and offered them to Sri Sri Radha Saradbhari and Lord Jagannatha. Sri Sri Radha Saradbhari […]

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ISKCON Relief Ukraine Report- Week 18 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-relief-ukraine-report-week-18/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 13:31:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23559 Week 18 This week’s report includes the visit of two generous donors who are supporting the ISKCON Relief Team Initiative. They visited Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland and were very nicely received by members of our ISKCON Relief Team as well as HH Sivarama Swami. Figures Country  Refugees being Hosted Britain (excluding  Northern Ireland) […]

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International Arcana Diploma Course 2022-23 https://iskconnews.org/international-arcana-diploma-course-2022-23/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 17:22:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23539 It is with great delight that we formally announce the opening of the registration for the International Arcana Diploma Course 2022-23 offered by the Mayapur Academy. The Orientation class will be held on September 30 and will end on Nityananda Trayodasi 2023, culminating in a 16-week full on-site course.   The Diploma Course presents a […]

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The Seven Purposes of ISKCON https://iskconnews.org/the-seven-purposes-of-iskcon/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 17:14:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23536 (Adapted from classes by His Grace Vijaya Das and His Grace Chaitanya Charan Das) In August 1965, Srila Prabhupada, under the instruction of his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, traveled with a mission to share the timeless wisdom of Krishna consciousness with the Western world. Srila Prabhupada sailed from Calcutta, India to New York […]

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Toronto’s Biggest Kirtan Day – A Spiritual Experience https://iskconnews.org/torontos-biggest-kirtan-day-a-spiritual-experience/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 17:02:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23531 ISKCON Toronto will once again be holding Toronto’s biggest annual kirtan to commence its Ratha Yatra festivities. Being held at the ISKCON Toronto temple on Friday, July 15th, kirtan leaders from around the world will be descending upon the city to chant for 12 continuous hours. As part of ISKCON Toronto’s 50th annual Ratha Yatra […]

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ISKCON News in a Minute, Robbery in North America Temples | ISKCON Rathayatra Worldwide https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-in-a-minute-robbery-in-north-america-temples-iskcon-rathayatra-worldwide/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 16:44:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23524 ISKCON Baltimore reported to North American officials that four to five people attacked an Arkansas Hindu temple, a Buddhist temple, a local Kali temple, and a few others. It was also reported the ISKCON Potomac temple had an attempted robbery.ISKCON Denver temple also had an attempted robbery. Several attempts were made to break into the […]

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Beautiful Marble Railings Being Installed in the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/beautiful-marble-railings-being-installed-in-the-tovp/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 16:38:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23515 Please take a look at these elegant marble railings that will be placed on all three levels of the museum floors of the main temple room. These wonderful railings, with exquisite peacock reliefs, are made of the highest quality marble and brought to us here directly from Makrana (Rajasthan), the only place in India where […]

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Ask a Nerd: What About Organ Donation? https://iskconnews.org/ask-a-nerd-what-about-organ-donation/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 16:25:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23512 Q: What about becoming an organ or blood donor, or receiving blood transfusions? I myself am supposed to get bone grafting from “cadavers” for my teeth. How should we tackle this complicated subject? A: The good news is that you are not that body, and neither is the cadaver! From a broad Vedic perspective, our […]

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Peter Burwash, Tennis Star, Entrepreneur, and Friend of Iskcon, Passes On https://iskconnews.org/peter-burwash-tennis-star-entrepreneur-and-friend-of-iskcon-passes-on/ Sat, 09 Jul 2022 14:51:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23507 Peter Burwash and his daughter Kimberly in Vrindavan in 2000 c/o Food for Life Vrindavan (FFLV)   Peter Burwash, a Canadian-born, world-renowned tennis champion, business entrepreneur, leadership consultant, and affectionate friend of ISKCON passed away on Thursday, July 7 at the age of 77, in California, his longtime home. Peter was a man of remarkable […]

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Sweden’s Indian Ambassador Visits ISKCON Almik https://iskconnews.org/swedens-indian-ambassador-visits-iskcon-almik/ Fri, 08 Jul 2022 20:26:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23473 On June 22nd, 2022 at the Vedic wedding ceremony of Jayesh Dasa and Elsa Thunander, ISKCON Almik Farm community had the honor of receiving the Indian Ambassador to Sweden and Lativa, H. E. Mr. Tanmaya Lal and his wife, Mrs. Sumita Lal.     The ambassador and his wife congratulated the newly married couple and […]

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TOVP Bas Relief Panels Update https://iskconnews.org/tovp-bas-relief-panels-update/ Sun, 03 Jul 2022 18:35:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23499 The first painted TOVP bas-relief by Ambhoda devi dasi of ‘Krishna Balarama and the Cowherd Boys’ is now finished. View the beautiful artistry and sublime colors painted onto the bas-relief panel made by local Mayapur artists. This is the first of four bas-reliefs to adorn the four corners of the TOVP.

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Bhadra Purnima Video https://iskconnews.org/bhadra-purnima-video/ Sat, 02 Jul 2022 21:08:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23437 In these dire times, the world is looking for solutions but in the wrong places. The Srimad Bhagavatam provides answers and strength to transform ourselves and create a revolution. It is the panacea. The cure we all need. Bhadra Purnima is on September 10th this year. It is the most opportune day to share the […]

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Iskcon Harrisburg Hosts Its Annual Ratha Yatra https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-harrisburg-hosts-its-annual-ratha-yatra/ Sat, 02 Jul 2022 21:02:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23492 After a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of Harrisburg (ISKCON of Harrisburg) is gearing up to celebrate the 12th Annual Hare Krishna Festival of India on Saturday, July 9, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Island in Harrisburg. The devotees of ISKCON of Harrisburg […]

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Agri-ecology Experience Transforms Lives https://iskconnews.org/agri-ecology-experience-transforms-lives/ Sat, 02 Jul 2022 20:54:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23489 SPECIAL 2-DAYS CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP  Today there is an increasing awareness of environmental and ethical dealings with the planet and the food production chain, there is a call to reintegrate with Mother Earth and bring spirituality to the heart of this understanding. The introduction of positivism into science and technology has led to the widespread […]

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ISKCON Relief Week 17 Report https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-relief-week-17-report/ Sat, 02 Jul 2022 20:47:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23478 Figures Devotees from Europe and other parts of the world have tirelessly continued their sincere endeavour to help devotees from Ukraine find shelter, care, and support. The following figures are for week 17 of this devotee care/relief effort. Country Refugees being Hosted Britain (excluding Northern Ireland) 44 Bulgaria 37 (incl. 18 children) Czech Republic 77 […]

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New Sannyasa, a Glorious Step for a Dear Monk https://iskconnews.org/new-sannyasa-a-glorious-step-for-a-dear-monk/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 15:40:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23443 Bhaktivedanta Manor is a pivotal force for disseminating Krishna-conscious culture, and knowledge and building spiritual relationships in the community. The key to its success in these areas has been the quality and exemplary character of devotees that have spearheaded the community’s development. One such personality is Sutapa Das, a local lad born in Wembley west […]

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ISKCON News In a Minute, ISKCON Ratha Seshadripuram | Watford Rathayatra | https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-in-a-minute-iskcon-ratha-seshadripuram-watford-rathayatra/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 17:17:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23432 The newly constructed temples of ISKCON Seshadripuram in Bangalore were inaugurated by the Honorable Governor of Karnataka, India, Sri Thavar Chand Gehlot. This temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath, Baladev & Subhadra Devi, HH Jayapataka Swami, HH Bhaktivinod Swami & local ISKCON Leaders from Bangalore were present at this auspicious inauguration. History was made this […]

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ISKCON Toronto: The Transformation and The New Faces https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-toronto-the-transformation-and-the-new-faces/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 16:56:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23404 A 50th installation offering to Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha   In 2019, the Building Improvement Committee (BIC) at ISKCON Toronto embarked on a monumental task of revolutionizing the facilities and spaces within the temple to accommodate the growing community and to ensure that the building is efficiently serving the needs of the devotees. Thus, […]

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UK Youth Group Welcome Refugees https://iskconnews.org/uk-youth-group-welcome-refugees/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 16:31:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23411 Trauma, if not treated early can result in dysfunctional behavior patterns. After any tragedy one’s life can be restored with the right company and guided direction. There is no better association for the youth than our very own Pandava Sena Youth Group for this very purpose of supporting our young devotees escaping the war zone. […]

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Attempted Robberies at North American Temples https://iskconnews.org/attempted-robberies-and-break-ins-at-iskcon-north-america/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 15:38:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23406 ISKCON Baltimore reported to North American officials that four to five people attacked an Arkansas Hindu temple, a Buddhist temple, a local Kali temple, and a few others. This group was also believed to be traveling to the Baltimore/ D.C. area. It was also reported the Potomac temple had an attempted robbery but the alert […]

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ISKCON Relief Ukraine Update- Week 16 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-relief-ukraine-update-week-16/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 15:09:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23401 Week 16, June 21st, 2o22 ISKCON Relief – Figures   Devotees from Europe, as well as other parts of the world, have tirelessly continued their sincere endeavor to help devotees from Ukraine to find shelter, care, and support. The following figures are for week 16 of this devotee care/relief effort. ISKCON Relief –  Food Distribution, […]

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Food for All Supports World Refugee Day https://iskconnews.org/food-for-all-is-supporting-world-refugee-day/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:52:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23369 June 20th is World Refugee Day and it is Refugee Week up until the 24th of June. Food For All’s great friend Jennie Matthias has released a new single in support of World Refugee Day 2022. All proceeds will go towards supporting refugees in London, by offering them food, work, and rehabilitation. You can help […]

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New York City Ratha Yatra Procession (video) https://iskconnews.org/new-york-city-ratha-yatra-procession-video/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 18:26:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23366 Every summer, on the Second Saturday of June, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) presents their jubilant annual Ratha Yatra (Festival of the Chariots) Parade down Fifth Avenue. The procession of colorful chariots begins promptly at 12:00 PM from the corner of 45th Street and 5th Avenue and proceeds down Fifth Avenue, to Washington […]

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Devotee Care Expanding to a Temple Near You https://iskconnews.org/devotee-care-expanding-to-a-temple-near-you/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 18:08:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23363 The Devotee Care initiative has been expanding worldwide since 2015.  Many hundreds of devotees have taken the Devotee Care course.  Find it and everything else devotee caring at devoteecare.org/ This course can be a great boon to your temple, devotees, and congregations and you can host it at your temple. The Devotee Care committee can supply […]

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First-ever Ratha Yatra at Watford’s Cassiobury Park-UK https://iskconnews.org/first-ever-ratha-yatra-at-watfords-cassiobury-park-uk/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:53:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23355 History was made in Watford’s famous Cassiobury Park on Saturday 11th June. After local devotees gathered en masse along Watford’s bustling high street for hari nama chanting, for the first time they made their way to the park’s entrance to greet the cart carrying Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra. After a joyous Ratha Yatra procession around the […]

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Refugees Sing Holy Name in Barcelona https://iskconnews.org/refugees-sing-holy-name-is-barcelona/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:41:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23348 CHURCH OF BETHLEHEM – May 19, 2022 The Barcelona Temple has been receiving Ukrainian devotee refugees, one of the devotees is Nirmala Prema, who has been participating in our programs for several weeks with her inspiring voice. One day Nirmala passed by the Church of Bethlehem and listened to the children sing. She decided to […]

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TOVP June 2022 Construction Update with Pictures https://iskconnews.org/tovp-june-2022-construction-update-with-pictures/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:12:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23328 This month’s construction photo update includes photos of work being done in the Nrsimha Wing on the corridor doors, domes, and ceilings, production in the GRC (glass-reinforced concrete), and GRG (glass reinforced gypsum) workshop, the entranceway elephants, and the bas relief panels. Construction is full steam ahead as we race to the completion and opening […]

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ISKCON Relief Ukraine Update- Week 15 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-relief-ukraine-update-week-15/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 17:28:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23340 Week 15 June 15th, 2022 ISKCON Relief – Figures   Devotees from Europe, as well as other parts of the world, have tirelessly continued their sincere endeavour to help devotees from Ukraine to find shelter, care, and support. The following figures are for week 15 of this devotee care/relief effort.   ISKCON Relief –  Food […]

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The Passing of Govinda Madhava Das https://iskconnews.org/the-passing-of-govinda-madhava-das/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:27:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23323 Govinda Madhava Prabhu left this world on June 9th at his London residence where he had been living since 2005 with his wife Uma Dutt. The news saddens us all the more as he has always been a very devoted Vaishnava to the mission of Srila Prabhupada. Born in Brazil 44 years ago, Anderson Malta […]

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Ahimsa Vs. Veganism https://iskconnews.org/ahimsa-vs-veganism/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 16:32:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23316 There is a lot of tension in our devotee community between ahimsa dairy lovers and vegan devotees. Let us explore what each community believes, the similarities, and the differences. Ahimsa means non-violent. Ahimsa dairies do not confine their herd to a building where they never see the sun and they are allowed natural behaviors such […]

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BBT Addresses the use of “Blessed Lord” https://iskconnews.org/bbt-addresses-the-use-of-blessed-lord/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 15:29:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23306 Use of “Blessed Lord” Constituted Editorial Overreach Says the ERP In October of 2019, the BBT and GBC appointed an Editorial Review Panel (ERP) to address concerns about the editing of Srila Prabhupada’s books. This article is the first in an ongoing series of contributions to ISKCON News sharing the findings and observations of the […]

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Hare Krishna Radio Is Growing New Affiliates https://iskconnews.org/hare-krishna-radio-is-growing-new-affiliates/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 15:23:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23298 New Affiliates for Hare Krishna Community Radio Hare Krishna Community Radio is now expanding its airwaves   South Africa Devotees from South Africa have joined Hare Krishna Community Radio. Broadcasting from Durban is two new weekly shows, “The Kalpa Vrksha Show,” and “Jiv Jago.” This new affiliate is headed by Dangati das, also known as […]

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Help For Ukraine – ISKCON Poland Yatra https://iskconnews.org/help-for-ukraine-iskcon-poland-yatra/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 15:02:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23295 Help for Ukraine – Devotees fleeing to Poland gives you a brief insight into the dedication, service mood and attitude of devotees serving in the Poland Yatra. The devotees help provide temporary accommodation , food , basic necessities and help the refugees find financial assistance. If you like this video and would like to assist […]

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Leading Questions https://iskconnews.org/leading-questions-2/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 13:33:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23309 After a series of minor scandals, Britain’s dauntless Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just survived a vote of confidence among his colleagues in Parliament. While he has hardly emerged unscathed, with around 40% of MP’s declaring their lack of confidence in his leadership, with his integrity still being questioned in many quarters, he will at […]

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Celebrate Panihati with Bhakti Kids https://iskconnews.org/celebrate-panihati-with-bhakti-kids/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 15:54:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23312 In this video, you will hear about how Raghunath das celebrated the Panihati festival by the order of Lord Nityananda. Did you know that a very special guest appeared on this festive occasion? Watch the video to find out!   We would also like to share with you a delicious recipe to prepare for this […]

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ISKCON Relief for Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-relief-for-ukraine/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 02:14:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22691 Week 14, June 8th, 2022 ISKCON Relief – Figures Devotees from Europe, as well as other parts of the world, have tirelessly continued their sincere endeavour to help devotees from Ukraine to find shelter, care, and support. The following figures are for week 14 of this devotee care/relief effort. ISKCON Relief –  Food Distribution, Week […]

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What You Can Do on World Environment Day https://iskconnews.org/what-you-can-do-on-world-environment-day/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 17:16:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23269 On June 5, people from all over the world are expected to come together to celebrate World Environment Day, cleaning up beaches, planting trees, and marching in an effort to save a planet that experts fear is on the verge of extinction. Two days after the Stockholm+50 international gathering, the event will be remembered both […]

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Sadhu Sanga 2022 Kirtans https://iskconnews.org/sadhu-sanga-2022-kirtans/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 16:06:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23240 From: Lotus Eyes Films   Sadhu Sanga Retreat was celebrated after a two-year break due to the pandemic. The festival took place in Spanish Fork, Utah on the gorgeous property of the Sri Sri Radha Krsna temple built by Charu Dās and Vaibhavi Dasi. Thousands of devotees were in attendance. Many world-famous Kirtaniyas performed. The […]

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ISKCON Gurugram Invited to Speak at Delhi University https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-gurugram-invited-to-speak-at-delhi-university/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 15:54:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23263 Rambhadra Das, President of ISKCON Gurugram was invited to speak at the “Faculty Development Program” at Ambedkar University Delhi. The University, though only in the 15th year of its establishment, is already one of the top-ranked in India. Making in the top 150 ranked Universities in such a short span. It is renowned for its […]

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Easter Festival Graces New Zealand’s Garden City https://iskconnews.org/easter-festival-graces-new-zealands-garden-city/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 15:20:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23243 For a number of years, ISKCON Christchurch in Te Waipounamu (New Zealand’s South Island) has held a combined padayatra (a walking journey) and boat festival. There are two small rivers running through the city, the Avon and Heathcote, that pass by beautiful forested gardens as well as the prominent urban centre, which is always an […]

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ISKCON News Now Accepting Interns https://iskconnews.org/summer-internships-available-at-iskcon-news/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 16:52:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23155 Join ISKCON News as a summer intern! We are now accepting applications for our summer intern program from June to August. Gain the real-world experience needed to develop and apply your knowledge and skills in the workplace. Apply to become an intern with us this summer to develop your writing and journalistic skills, to help […]

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Mayapur Prabhupada Ghat Construction Set to Begin https://iskconnews.org/mayapur-prabhupada-ghat-construction-set-to-begin/ Wed, 01 Jun 2022 15:31:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23167 Prabhupada Ghat Rendering   The Government of India through its National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) would soon begin the construction of ‘Prabhupada Ghat’ in the sacred pilgrimage town of Mayapur (India). The Bhumi Puja (ground-breaking ceremony) of the ghat took place on 13th May (Friday) at the existing Prabhupada Ghat site opposite ISKCON temple. […]

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The Never-Ending Tragedy of Mass Shootings https://iskconnews.org/the-never-ending-tragedy-of-mass-shootings/ Tue, 31 May 2022 21:06:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23216 Photo source: Time Magazine ‘Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.’ This is the worn-out phrase used by politicians who can’t offer solutions to curtail the level of violence in this country. When mass school shootings started, the politicians were probably hoping that it was just a fluke and that the problem would go away […]

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Governor of Kerala Visits ISKCON Pune https://iskconnews.org/governor-of-kerala-visits-iskcon-pune/ Sat, 28 May 2022 17:53:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23196 Report – Dr. Arif Mohammad Khan (Governor of Kerala) visits ISKCON Pune, India. May 4th, 2022 was a very special day at Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari Mandir, ISKCON Pune Camp temple as Dr. Arif Mohammed Khan, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala, visited the temple and participated in ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupad’s […]

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Ukrainian Devotees Flee from Kyiv to Chernivtsi https://iskconnews.org/ukrainian-devotees-flee-from-kyiv-to-chernivtsi/ Sat, 28 May 2022 17:24:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23193 Adi Govinda Das and fiancee Maria tell their story of how they fled Kyiv to Chernivtsi and express their deepest gratitude to the worldwide ISKCON community for helping them escape. In this video, they explain how much your financial donations helped them survive. Shareyour.care project is dedicated to supporting the devotees who have been affected […]

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Deities Installed at ISKCON Newtown, India https://iskconnews.org/deities-installed-at-iskcon-newtown-india/ Sat, 28 May 2022 17:05:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23180 Jayapatka Swami at ISKCON Newtown Diety Installation   ISKCON Newtown located in Kolkata, West Bengal India hosted a 4 Day Grand Deity Installation Ceremony from May 19th-22nd.  The Deities installed were given the name, Sri Sri Gaur Nitai by Jayapataka Swami. There was a huge assembly of devotees which Maharaj addressed by saying, “So you […]

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Guest Star Hema Malini Supports ISKCON Naperville https://iskconnews.org/guest-star-hema-malini-supports-iskcon-naperville/ Sat, 28 May 2022 15:57:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23176 Guest Star Hema Malini Leads ISKCON Naperville Event, photos by  May 15th, 2022 marked an important time in history for ISKCON Naperville (Illinois, USA); a special fundraising dinner for the construction of the new Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar Temple, with Member of Parliament and Bollywood star Hema Malini headlining the program. The fundraising event was […]

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TOVP Updates Us On Nrsimhadeva Wing https://iskconnews.org/nrsimhadeva-wing/ Sat, 28 May 2022 15:44:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23173 In this video, Braja Vilasa Das, TOVP Director of Development and Co-Chairman, gives us a detailed update on the Nrsimhadeva Wing progress and shows us various aspects of the construction, now going in full swing for the Grand Opening of the Wing in the Fall of 2023. This scheduled opening of the completed Nrsimhadeva Wing […]

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Personhood of Animals https://iskconnews.org/personhood-of-animals/ Sat, 28 May 2022 14:48:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23162 Are animals persons? And what does it mean to define an animal as a person? Personhood is a legal concept expanding far beyond biological humans. It is broad enough to not only pertain to humans, it also includes natural monuments and corporations. Under the law, animals are considered things, and property, and are provided little […]

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Sustainability-Spirituality-Simplicity Conference June 4 & 5 https://iskconnews.org/23258-2/ Thu, 26 May 2022 15:37:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23258 Sustainability-Spirituality-Simplicity (3S) conference will be jointly hosted by the Institute of Science and Spirituality (ISS), New Delhi, and ISKCON, New Delhi with support from several other entities. The conference dates are 4th-5th June 2022 with a Saturday-Sunday schedule. Our overall theme can be stated as: “Sustainability, spirituality, and simplicity is inclusive of the full breadth […]

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Hon. Governor of Kerala Inaugurates New Srila Prabhupada Book https://iskconnews.org/hon-governor-of-kerala-inaugurates-new-srila-prabhupada-book/ Sun, 22 May 2022 14:19:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23144 The Governor of Kerala state of India, honorable Shri. Arif Mohammad Khan officially inaugurated the brief biography of Srila Prabhupada titled ‘The Captain’ written by Toshan Nimai Das from ISKCON Pune on 4th May 2022. Written and presented on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the appearance of Srila Prabhupada, this book is based […]

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Sri Mayapura International School Welcomes You https://iskconnews.org/sri-mayapura-international-school-welcomes-you/ Sun, 22 May 2022 13:58:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23139 Here you will see everything you need to know about Sri Mayapur International School in one video. Set in ISKCON’s International headquarters in West Bengal, India, the city of Sri Dham Mayapur is rapidly developing according to Srila Prabhupada’s vision. Today it is a diverse spiritual community; one with growing needs for families including quality […]

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Sadhu Sanga Finally Returns https://iskconnews.org/sadhu-sanga-finally-returns/ Sun, 22 May 2022 13:41:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23136 After a two-year hiatus from the annual Sadhu Sanga Kirtan retreat, it is back! The Sadhu Sanga retreat is the offering of His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, one of Srila Prabhupada’s most distinguished disciples. This year’s event is a weekend of enthusiastic kirtan, world-class prasadam, and devotional classes which will take place Memorial Day weekend (May […]

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Save Earth Now! New Bhadra Purnima Campaign https://iskconnews.org/save-earth-now-new-bhadra-purnima-campaign/ Sat, 21 May 2022 16:35:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23124 Today’s world is in disarray. Even the so-called educated class of society has no idea how to be happy, or how to do good for the world. Fortunately for us, the sages at Naimiṣāraṇya entertained this idea thousands of years ago. As a result of their thousand-year sacrifice, the enlightened sage, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, spoke Śrīmad […]

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Boy George Performs at Bhaktivedanta Manor https://iskconnews.org/boy-george-performs-at-bhaktivedanta-manor/ Sat, 21 May 2022 14:51:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23110 Famous singer Boy George, veteran pop group The Rubettes, devotees, and others performed their best hits at the Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Haveli to raise money for the ISKCON’s Inisrath Temple in Northern Ireland.     When Boy George was asked if he would take part in Bhaktivedanta Manor’s charity show in support of Inisrath Hare Krishna […]

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1,700 Ukrainian Devotees Saved from Catastrophic Danger https://iskconnews.org/1700-ukrainian-devotees-saved-from-catastrophic-danger/ Tue, 17 May 2022 13:55:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23089 Acuyta Priya das, regional secretary for ISKCON Ukraine and Moldovia gives thanks to our international society for helping  1700 Ukrainian devotees flee Ukraine.   Our team is very grateful for the overwhelming response of the devotee community throughout the world, by joining in prayers and extending financial support for Ukrainian devotees during these critical times. […]

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A Look at Mayapur Nrsimhadeva’s TOVP Temple https://iskconnews.org/a-look-at-mayapur-nrsimhadevas-tovp-temple/ Sun, 15 May 2022 15:56:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23083 Mayapur Nrsimhadeva’s TOVP Temple is scheduled for completion and opening in 2023. While Lord Nrsimha will not be relocated into His new home at this time, this milestone event will herald the Grand Opening of the TOVP in 2024. The video displays computer-generated images of the completed altar as well as the finished Nrsimha Temple […]

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Visvambhar and Gaura Vani Release Armor of Nrsimha Song https://iskconnews.org/gaura-vani-releases-armor-of-nrsimha-song/ Sat, 14 May 2022 18:45:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23067 Today on Sri Nrsimha-caturdasi, Visvambhar and Gaura Vani released a new single, Armor of Nrsimha   In celebration of this, Visvambhar and Gaura Vani told the story of the half-man, half-lion form of Krishna and His child devotee Prahlad on Facebook today. This epic story from the Srimad Bhagavatam (arguably the greatest collected work on […]

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ISKCON San Diego’s Offers Bhakta Training https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-of-san-diegos-new-bhakta-program/ Tue, 10 May 2022 02:50:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23027 The San Diego temple is now ready to offer a service to other temples in North America. If you don’t have the facility locally, and you have a bhakta or someone serious about experiencing ashram life, we are now offering either six months or a one-year seminar/retreat. Serious candidates only, please. We promise to send […]

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An Ocean In The Midwest https://iskconnews.org/an-ocean-in-the-midwest/ Tue, 10 May 2022 02:50:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23031 ISKCON Naperville welcomes new Srila Prabhupada murti –Photos by Tarin Butterfield   A new ocean appeared in a Chicago suburb, and many came to see its unveiling. That ocean is, of course, an ocean of mercy brought upon ISKCON Naperville by the presence of the new Srila Prabhupada murti. An estimated 600 people visited the […]

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Food For All mission Ukraine Bucha, Irpen, Harkiv and Lviv https://iskconnews.org/food-for-all-mission-ukraine-bucha-irpen-harkiv-and-lviv/ Tue, 10 May 2022 02:49:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23039 Our London-based Food For All team has established a field kitchen for Ukrainian refugees and have since been providing 2500 hot meals per day. In this video, you will see Food For All travel to Bucha, Irpen, Harkiv, and Lviv, and witness the devastation left behind. After an incredibly successful first impact, we are now […]

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New and Improved Share Your Care Website https://iskconnews.org/new-and-improved-share-your-care/ Mon, 09 May 2022 21:51:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23020 Share Your Care is proud to announce the launch of its new website. This site will allow our community to better understand how Ukrainian devotees are being affected and the best ways to help them. The new website combines a comprehensive list of families within Ukraine and how they are being helped and communities supporting […]

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Vishvajit Dasa from Chernihiv, Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/vishvajit-dasa-from-chernihiv-ukraine/ Thu, 05 May 2022 17:10:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23016 We appreciate your prayers and financial support for Ukrainian devotees during these critical times. All donations will be used to support the devotees suffering from the conflict in Ukraine. * Donations will be used for the following: * Helping devotees and their families relocate from conflict zones * Help support devotees who are unable to […]

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Can There Ever Be Free Speech? https://iskconnews.org/can-there-ever-be-free-speech/ Thu, 05 May 2022 16:46:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23009 “It is by the goodness of God that we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them,” wrote Mark Twain. Wise words from the esteemed author, although some of us may well doubt their wisdom, among them Mr. Elon Musk, who just […]

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WAPO: The Amazon, Undone Devouring The Rainforest https://iskconnews.org/wapo-the-amazon-undone-devouring-the-rainforest/ Thu, 05 May 2022 16:32:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23004 Picture c/o CNBC Washing Post recently wrote an article about an issue that environmentalists and vegetarians have been aware of for decades, the link between the cattle ranching industry and the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. In looking back at the history of Washington Post articles on this subject, they have been regularly covering the […]

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The Saffron Path – A New Book by Bhaktimarga Swami https://iskconnews.org/the-saffron-path-a-new-book-by-bhaktimarga-swami/ Thu, 05 May 2022 16:25:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=23001 THE LAND… THE PEOPLE… THE WILDLIFE… THE INSPIRATION… THE SAFFRON PATH Trekking the Globe with The Walking Monk From being stalked by a grizzly bear to being mistaken for an escaped prison inmate, swami and marathon walker, The Walking Monk, braves the elements and adventure across the globe to bring you the tales only trails […]

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Akshaya Tritiya TOVP #GivingToNrsimha 12 Day Matching Fundraiser Begins https://iskconnews.org/akshaya-tritiya-tovp-givingtonrsimha-12-day-matching-fundraiser-begins/ Tue, 03 May 2022 11:40:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22984 This year’s Akshaya Tritiya begins the #GivingToNrsimha 12 Day Matching Fundraiser until Nrsimha Caturdasi, May 15 (India time), to raise funds for the completion and opening of Lord Nrsimha’s temple wing in the TOVP in 2023, and to honor Pankajanghri das. Ambarisa has doubled his matching donation to the fundraiser this year by committing $250,000. […]

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Angelina Jolie Chants Hare Krishna and Takes Prasadam https://iskconnews.org/angelina-jolie-chants-hare-krishna-and-takes-prasadam/ Sun, 01 May 2022 16:12:23 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22933 As reported by Sankhya-Avatar-Das: “Today Angelina Jolie was spotted in Lviv, Ukraine, where devotees were distributing prasadam (sanctified food). She tasted prasadam, offered to her by devotees and they also taught Angelina Jolie how to chant Hare Krishna Maha-mantra.”

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ISKCON News: In a Minute // April 28th, 2022 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-in-a-minute/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 22:24:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22901     ISKCON News: In a Minute April 28th, 2022

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The New Vaishnava Arts Event at the Festival of Inspiration https://iskconnews.org/the-new-vaishnava-arts-event/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 22:16:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22898 Launch of the First-ever Vaishnava Arts Event at the Festival of Inspiration If you are feeling stagnant, want to learn a new skill, or just want to have a great time, then this Mother’s Day New Vrindaban has something very special for you! Announcing the first-ever VAISHNAVA ARTS FESTIVAL (at the Festival of Inspiration) from […]

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Welcome to United Kingdom – Information for ISKCON Devotee Refugees https://iskconnews.org/welcome-to-united-kingdom-information-for-iskcon-devotee-refugees/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 22:02:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22894   Bhaktin Inna shares information for ISKCON devotee refugees to help relocate to the United Kingdom. For more information please visit eurorgb.org  

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Join ISKCON Disciple Course https://iskconnews.org/join-iskcon-disciple-course/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 21:52:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22891 ISKCON Disciple Course is a training program that deepens devotees’ understanding of guru tattva (truth) within the multiple guru environment of ISKCON. Designed for new devotees preparing to take initiation, the course is also recommended for leaders, preachers, and educators in ISKCON. Course Summary ISKCON Disciple Course was developed under the direction of the Guru […]

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Ask a Nerd: Nasa’s Solar Probe and Surya https://iskconnews.org/ask-a-nerd-nasas-solar-probe-and-surya/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 21:43:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22887 Q: Having seen that the solar probe has reached the sun, how does this compare with the Vedic view of Surya and the sun being the chariot of the sun god? Is it the case that as human beings we are perceiving only  on a certain platform of reality? A: That sounds like a reasonable way […]

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UPDATED: Verified Donations for Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/verified-donations-for-ukraine/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 20:30:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21650 Where to Send Donations to Help Ukrainians Members and friends of ISKCON have asked how to send money to help devotees in Ukraine and to support relief programs for Ukrainian refugees in the region. Below are authorized sites that ISKCON News has confirmed to date. Bank details for each follow the list of charities/ not-for-profits. […]

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Krishna Island Showcased on BBC https://iskconnews.org/krishna-island-showcased-on-bbc/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 14:25:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22810 On April 24th, 2022, BBC shared the following video. Video journalist: Niall McCracken ISKCON News staff spoke to Nagesh Siddegowda over the weekend. “I’m a resident in Belfast, despite my interest to visit Krishna Island for the last 6 years, I finally made it on 1st Jan 2022. With so many of my other friends […]

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ISKCON Toronto Launches Canada’s First Bhakti Academy https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-toronto-launches-canadas-first-bhakti-academy/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 14:46:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22797 In 2008, devotees founded the Bhakti Academy in Gainesville, Florida. This live-in space facilitates students to learn and practice bhakti-yoga while in many cases continuing their university studies. Since its inception, over 250 students have attended the Academy and many have made a formal commitment to Krishna consciousness and are actively involved in ISKCON full-time […]

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Global Puja for Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/global-puja-for-ukraine-2/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 13:18:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22723 On April 3rd, 2022 an international event took place for a worldwide puja invoking the blessings from Lord Narasimha’s divine protection towards the devastating conflict happening in Ukraine. This conflict has affected the lives of thousands of Ukrainians and the number is growing every day. The conflict not only impacts Ukrainians but is impacting all […]

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Mega Youth Event by ISKCON Varanasi and Prayagraj https://iskconnews.org/mega-youth-event-by-iskcon-varanasi-and-prayagraj/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 13:10:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22805 Source: Hare Krsna TV   Mega youth event by ISKCON Varanasi and Prayagraj | 23rd April 2022 | HKTV NEWS #Shorts

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New Book Launch – From Milwaukee To Mayapur https://iskconnews.org/new-book-launch-from-milwaukee-to-mayapur/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 12:34:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22785 This is the extraordinary journey of Gordon “Jay” Erdman, a brilliant young American student who became Jayapataka Swami, a global spiritual leader. Beautifully written by Steven J Rosen (Satyaraja Das), this is the untold story of a person who has circled the globe over the last 5 decades, faced numerous challenges, and is a shining […]

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Vrindavan Garden in Mayapur https://iskconnews.org/vrindavan-garden-in-mayapur/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 12:15:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22775 Vrindavan Garden in Mayapur is a project where we hope to offer visitors, and residents an opportunity to experience Vrindavan Dham within Mayapur Dham; revealing Krsna’s pastimes; its connection to Mahaprabhu, the 6 Goswamis, and Srila Prabhupada. To deepen visitors’ understanding of Krsna’s childhood pastimes, and to present Krsna Lila in a fun, educational way […]

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Bhumi Global: First-ever Hindu Environmental Survey https://iskconnews.org/bhumi-global-first-ever-hindu-environmental-survey/ Sat, 23 Apr 2022 08:07:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22744 Bhumi Global Conducts First-ever International Hindu Environmental Survey   According to a new Bhumi Global survey, Hindus around the world see global environmental issues as an urgent concern. The poll, which was conducted last year and analyzed over the past few months, is the first such global survey conducted among Hindus. Participants of the survey […]

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ISKCON Launches Global Environmental Initiative https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-launches-global-environmental-initiative/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 16:30:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22756 April 22—Aligned with the world celebration of Earth Day 2022, ISKCON is launching a global environmental initiative to assist local temples, communities, and families in better ‘walking our talk” by living more environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyles. “Many devotees think that because we’re strict vegetarians, we’ve done all we need to do for the environment,” […]

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Share Your Care: Helping Ukrainian Devotees https://iskconnews.org/share-your-care-helping-ukrainian-devotees/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 13:35:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22790 Under the guidance of Niranjana Swami, Share Your Care has become your window into what is happening to Ukrainian devotees during the crisis. Share Your Care is able to provide us with the latest updated information on Ukrainian devotee families inside and outside Ukraine. They are also able to report figures to you on who […]

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Celebrate Earth Day by Promoting Vegetarianism https://iskconnews.org/celebrate-earth-day-with-vegetarianism/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 10:22:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22750 images by: The International Society for Cow Protection – ISCOWP   The Best and Most Impactful Way to Celebrate Earth Day is by Going Vegetarian. We’ve been commemorating Earth Day for 52 years every April 22nd to show our support for environmental protection. This month, approximately 1 billion people will celebrate Earth Day, and today […]

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20th Anniversary of Burnt Ladhu https://iskconnews.org/20th-anniversary-of-burnt-ladhu/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 09:07:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22794 If you’ve never seen it, now’s the time. It’s the 20th anniversary of Burnt Ladhu, a production by Vaisnava youth creatively and courageously sharing their experiences growing up in ISKCON. On behalf of thousands of devotees, the cast explores coming to terms with life after gurukula; how devotees can behave in harmful ways; attitudes toward […]

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Bhakti Educators Sanga https://iskconnews.org/bhakti-educators-sanga/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 17:19:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22739 Dear ISKCON Educators of North America, We at the Ministry of Education NA know firsthand the amazing hard work you have been undertaking, serving the most delicate and most important members of our ISKCON society – the children and youth. Join 99 other registered participants for our first-ever online Bhakti Educators conference. We are eager […]

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#GivingToNrsimha 12 Day Fundraiser, May 3-15: https://iskconnews.org/givingtonrsimha-12-day-fundraiser-may-3-15/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 02:28:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22688 The #GivingToNrsimha 12 Day Matching Fundraiser is scheduled for May 3 (Akshaya Tritiya) – May 15 (Nrsimha Caturdasi – India time). This is an opportunity to help complete Lord Nrsimhadeva’s TOVP wing so we can open it in 2023 as part of the TOVP 2024 Marathon. Ambarisa Prabhu is generously matching a total of $250,000, […]

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Ukrainian Devotee Refugees at Villa Vrindavan – ISKCON Italy https://iskconnews.org/ukrainian-devotee-refugees-at-villa-vrindavan-iskcon-italy/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 01:42:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22696 Taking care of Srila Prabhupada’s devotees from Ukraine at Villa Vrindavan – ISKCON Italy

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Heaven X, Former No 1 Book Distributor Becomes Hip Hop Artist https://iskconnews.org/heaven-x-former-no-1-book-distributor-becomes-hip-hop-artist/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 01:27:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22663 Jaya Chaitanya Das with BBT books   Jaya Chaitanya Das, the former number one book distributor in North America is back on the scene after two years, this time with his new hip hop album.  His first single is set to release on April 29, 2022, and an exciting trailer has just been released.   […]

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Prabhupada Mayapur Quotes https://iskconnews.org/prabhupada-mayapur-quotes/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 01:08:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22713 The TOVP Communications Department has collected a large number of Srila Prabhupada’s known quotes relating to the Mayapur project and the TOVP taken from lectures, conversations, morning walks, his books, and other books. It covers a wide range of topics and illustrates how important and dear ISKCON Mayapur, the World Headquarters of the Hare Krishna […]

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The Festival of Colors Spanish Fork, Utah https://iskconnews.org/the-festival-of-colors-spanish-fork-utah/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 14:38:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22700 Spring is upon us and that means it’s time for the Festival of Colors. The Festival of Colors is an annual celebration of the Holi Festival. Holi Festival is an ancient Hindu festival that commemorates Radha Krishna’s love as well as the triumph of virtue over evil. The Holi Festival began in India and has […]

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In Memory of His Grace Payonidhi Das https://iskconnews.org/in-memory-of-his-grace-payonidhi-das/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 12:34:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22649 On Ram Navami,  at ISKCON Juhu, His Grace Payonidhi Das suffered a tragic accident and left this world. Originally from Orissa, he was a loving servant of Lord Jagannath, and he was a full-time resident living as a Brahmachari (monk). He was currently serving in ISKCON Kharghar but had traveled to attend the temple’s Ram […]

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ISKCON Temple Attacker Convicted Of Bias Crime https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-temple-attacker-convicted-of-bias-crime/ Sun, 10 Apr 2022 14:52:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22637 Portland Local News ISKCON Temple Attacker Convicted Of Bias Crime Apr 1, 2022 On March 30, 2022, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Brandon Thompson found Sean Lawrence Michel-White guilty of two counts of first-degree bias crime, second-degree bias crime, two counts of fourth-degree assault, and harassment in a bench trial. He was then sentenced to […]

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“Book Changes Controversy” Coming to a Close https://iskconnews.org/book-changes-controversy-coming-to-a-close/ Sun, 10 Apr 2022 14:40:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22634 On October 17, 2019, the BBT and GBC cooperatively appointed an Editorial Review Panel (ERP) to address devotees’ concerns about making changes to Srila Prabhupada’s books after his physical departure. Formed with the mandate to review all proposed and previously published edits to Srila Prabhupada’s books in the English language, the ERP has now been […]

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New Vrindaban Winter Retreat Re-cap https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-winter-retreat-re-cap/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 22:15:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22620 The winter retreats offered by the sacred village of New Vrindaban, West Virginia were a wonderful endeavor. The four-night mini-retreats ran every week from Thursday through Sunday, starting on January 5th until the end of March. It opened many avenues for newcomers and experienced devotees alike. For new devotees, there were Japa meditation classes, lessons […]

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month https://iskconnews.org/april-is-child-abuse-prevention-month/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 21:39:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22616 Leading up to the appearance of the original child protector – Lord Nrsimhadeva, this is the perfect time of the year to focus on the Lord as the protector and ourselves as His instruments. This month ISKCON’s Child Protection Office is sharing child abuse prevention and response resources via newsletters and daily Facebook postings. This […]

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Ram Navami – A Reflection https://iskconnews.org/ram-navami-a-reflection/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 13:52:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22597 The auspicious festival of Ram Navami (the divine appearance of Lord Ram on this earth) is celebrated on 10th April 2022. I personally don’t recall celebrating this festival as a child or teenager. The fondness and memory of any particular festival would be based on if it is ‘powerful’ enough to award a school holiday […]

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A Well-being Sanctuary for All https://iskconnews.org/a-well-being-sanctuary-for-all/ Sat, 09 Apr 2022 13:07:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22594   This video showcases the planned development to address the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being needs in the local and wider community. It also reflects the dedication of the community and sets the example for yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and wellbeing facilities. Our aim is to provide accessible services to help you make positive lifestyle choices […]

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UPDATED: Ukrainian Stories From the Front Lines https://iskconnews.org/ukrainian-stories-from-the-frontlines/ Thu, 07 Apr 2022 07:43:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22245 The following reports have been sent to ISKCON News by the Share Your Care Team April 3rd, Update on Vamshi Madhava das and his Shooting Injury Vamshi Madhava das, his wife Vimala devi dasi, and their three children, Vrinda (15 years old), Radha Raman (9 years old), and Haridas (7 years old), live in Oleshki […]

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ISKCON HEARTS https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-hearts/ Sat, 02 Apr 2022 13:57:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22552 Mark your calendars for the upcoming ISKCON HEARTS workshops listed below provided you by the esteemed members of the Holistic Emotional Awareness Relational Training & Support [HEARTS] Collaborative whose mission is to provide bhakti practitioners education, training & support that nourishes and sustains them on their journey back home to their eternal life with Krishna. […]

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Laguna Kirtan Mela 2022 https://iskconnews.org/laguna-kirtan-mela-2022/ Sat, 02 Apr 2022 13:38:05 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22546 Hare Krishna Kirtan Part II by Rakta Prabhu at Laguna Kirtan Mela Day 3 Ecstatic Hare Krishna Kirtan was captured during the ISKCON Laguna Beach Kirtan Mela in March 2022. The event featured performances from Indradyumna Swami, Vaisesika Prabhu, and Agnideva Prabhu along with many other local talents.   See more at Lotus Eyes Films- […]

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Food For All UK in Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/food-for-all-uk-in-ukraine/ Sat, 02 Apr 2022 13:14:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22538 The London-based Food For All team has established a field kitchen for Ukrainian refugees and has since been providing 2500 hot meals per day. After an incredibly successful first impact, they are now looking to set up additional kitchens, so they can offer support to refugees in Lviv and the Czech & Polish borders. A […]

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Hare Krsna TV News: New ISKCON temple in Bihar https://iskconnews.org/hare-krsna-tv-news-new-iskcon-temple-in-bihar-1st-april-2022/ Sat, 02 Apr 2022 12:46:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22532 The post Hare Krsna TV News: New ISKCON temple in Bihar appeared first on ISKCON News.

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TOVP Prabhupada Murti Nitya Seva Campaign Launched https://iskconnews.org/tovp-prabhupada-murti-nitya-seva-campaign-launched/ Sat, 02 Apr 2022 12:07:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22526 The presence of Srila Prabhupada in the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in his murti form offers another wonderful opportunity to serve His Divine Grace and simultaneously help finance TOVP construction. The TOVP Fundraising Team is very pleased to announce the new Prabhupada Murti Nitya Seva campaign to our ever-growing list of Seva Opportunities. Through […]

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The Prostitute https://iskconnews.org/the-prostitute/ Sat, 02 Apr 2022 11:30:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22518 In the city of Videha lived a very beautiful woman Whose profession involved a regular change of linen For almost every day there was a new man No long-term relationships ever began Attention to makeup, hairstyle, attractive dress Were all externals that spelled much success Her routine was to stand in front of her home […]

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My Sweet Govinda https://iskconnews.org/my-sweet-govinda/ Sat, 02 Apr 2022 08:25:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22529 Radha Krishna Records has released a new song called “My Sweet Govinda”. It’s an uplifting track and a heartfelt callout to Govinda! A funky fusion, grooving along to the Mantra Govinda. The song is dedicated to Vinod Shivprasad Trivedi who met Srila Prabhupada at Bhaktivedanta Manor in the early 1970s. Prabhupada signed a book for […]

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Niranjana Swami’s Ukrainian Report to the GBC https://iskconnews.org/niranjana-swamis-ukrainian-report-to-the-gbc/ Wed, 30 Mar 2022 11:28:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22438 March 29–As the conflict in Ukraine enters its second month, Niranjana Swami, GBC representative for Ukraine, addressed the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON with a report on Ukraine, the devotees affected, and future planning. The following information is drawn from that report. For the purpose of this report, Niranjana Swami explained that due to […]

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Prabhupada Ghat Approved for Mayapur https://iskconnews.org/prabhupada-ghat-approved-for-mayapur/ Tue, 29 Mar 2022 18:47:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22429 ISKCON Mayapur is happy to inform you that the Government of India, through its National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) program, has approved the construction of Prabhupada Bathing Ghat in Mayapur, for which they have sanctioned nearly Rs 15.5 crores (USD 2 million). The project would be built by Engineering Projects India Limited, one of […]

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Holi & Mini Ratha Yatra Festival in Melbourne, Australia https://iskconnews.org/holi-mini-ratha-yatra-festival-in-melbourne-australia/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 16:41:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22375 The Melbourne ISKCON devotees living in the western suburbs of Melbourne Australia have for years participated in the annual local Hindu Holi festival in which they have incorporated a mini Ratha Yatra parade. Many hundreds of people from the culturally diverse community attended the festival and the devotees engaged them all in the festivities. With […]

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In One Month: Ukraine Ranked One of the World’s Worst Refugee Crises https://iskconnews.org/one-month-ukraine-ranked-one-of-the-worlds-worst-refugee-crises/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 15:56:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22355 Ukrainian Refugees in Tiszabecs-Tas Balogh, Hungary   We are now one month into the Russian Ukrainian conflict and more than 3.7 million Ukrainians have had to leave their home country. There are now almost as many Ukrainian refugees as there were Afghan refugees fleeing the (first) Taliban regime in 2001, according to figures compiled by […]

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Japa Affirmations // Part 2 https://iskconnews.org/japa-affirmations-part-2/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 14:16:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22370 Based on the book Japa Affirmations by His Grace Mahatma Dasa Sound has the ability to affect our consciousness in a very profound way. The quality of sound vibration that goes into our ears determines the quality of our consciousness. The Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare […]

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Illustrations & Illuminations: An Artistic Glorification of Srila Prabhupada https://iskconnews.org/illustrations-illuminations-an-artistic-glorification-of-srila-prabhupada/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 13:59:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22334 ISKCON devotee, monk, and artist Haridas Thakur Das displayed a collection of astounding artwork of painting of His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada at one of India’s most prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery from 15 – 22 March 2022. The inauguration of the art exhibition was followed by a grand launch of the book “Illustrations […]

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Global Puja for Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/global-puja-for-ukraine/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 13:40:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22359 A POWERFUL NARASIMHA PUJA to invoke blessings of the Divine Protector Join us on April 3, 2022 for 3 Pujas: Puja 1: Ahobhilam (India) 6:30pm IST Puja 2: Simhachalam (Germany) 8pm CET Puja 3: New Vrindaban (USA) 8pm EDT Pray for Ukraine and the world invoke auspiciousness receive blessings Hosts: @sacinandanaswamiofficial and @thegodofyoga Esteemed Guests: […]

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ISKCON Law Department – Calling All Law Professionals https://iskconnews.org/iskconlawdepartment/ Sat, 26 Mar 2022 12:05:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22345 ISKCON Law Department – Calling all law professionals If you are a budding lawyer, seasoned attorney, solicitor, barrister, or paralegal we invite you to join our community of devotee attorneys. The ISKCON Law Department has over 100 devotee attorneys around the world. We hold a sangha every fortnight (two weeks) to introduce international legal talents […]

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Prayers for Ukraine Kirtan & Fundraiser https://iskconnews.org/prayers-for-ukraine-kirtan-fundraiser/ Fri, 25 Mar 2022 12:57:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22338 We are deeply saddened to see the suffering faced by people who are victims of the escalating conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people are in need of our sincere prayers. While we are staying warm and comfortable in our homes with our families, in Ukraine it is getting harder and harder for […]

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Ukrainian Farm receives 130 refugees overnight https://iskconnews.org/ukrainian-farm-receives-130-refugees-overnight/ Mon, 21 Mar 2022 14:31:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22330 From MINISTRY OF COW PROTECTION AND AGRICULTURE, 130 refugees are now living in New Mayapura, Dnipro, Ukraine. For more information please visit: www.mcpa.iskcon.org www.gofundcows.org

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Exclusive Interview with Ukrainian Devotees in Hungary https://iskconnews.org/interview-with-ukrainian-devotees-in-hungary/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 13:53:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22313 More and more devotees are fleeing Ukraine every day and taking shelter in safer neighboring countries, like Hungary. All the devotees have their own stories and experience – these two young ladies were ready to share theirs with the community of devotees all around the world. Listen to how Nikunja-devi Devi Dasi and Ekantarani Devi […]

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UK Devotees Volunteering on Ukraine’s Border https://iskconnews.org/uk-devotees-front-line-on-ukraines-border/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 12:58:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22256 Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Manager Premaniketana das, security man Lila Jagannath das, and now Congregational Care officer Kanhaiya das have traveled to Hungary to help the devotee community there to distribute vegetarian food (prasadam) as well as practical supplies to the needy. The same team is now active on the Polish and Romanian borders. As a result […]

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Making Room https://iskconnews.org/making-room/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 12:35:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22306 So there I was, driving on a five lane highway, a good speed mind you, when a car moseyed up behind me. The driver wasn’t putting a lot of pressure on me to get out of his way, but still I thought, let me move over and make room. So I did and it felt […]

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William Hurt the Oscar Winning Actor Temple Visit https://iskconnews.org/william-hurt-the-oscar-winning-actor-temple-visit/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 12:30:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22309 It has been in the news that Oscar winning actor, William Hurt, passed away Sunday, March 13th from cancer. What was not reported is that he spent one week in the guest house of our ISKCON Atlanta temple in 2010. Mr Hurt was acting in a film being made in Atlanta. During the filming, he […]

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The TOVP Presents: 2004 Pancha-Tattva Installation Documentary https://iskconnews.org/the-tovp-presents-2004-pancha-tattva-installation-documentary/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 11:47:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22303 For Gaura Purnima, 2022 the TOVP Communications Department is pleased to present to the worldwide ISKCON community the original documentary video of the installation of the Pancha Tattva in 2004. Produced by the Veda Foundation under the direction of His Holiness Bhakti Charu Maharaja, this video documents the arrival and installation of Pancha Tattva in […]

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Forcible Land Grab Thwarted in Bangladesh https://iskconnews.org/forcible-land-grab-thwarted-in-bangladesh/ Fri, 18 Mar 2022 14:41:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22294 On March 17, around 8 PM, 150 men tried to forcibly occupy a parcel of land owned by ISKCON Bangladesh. The property is a ten-minute walk from ISKCON’s main temple in Dhaka, the Swamibag Temple, and is adjacent to a smaller ISKCON temple on nearby Lalmohan Saha Street. “We were using the land for storage […]

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Pray, Play, Walk, Laugh – The Journey of Bhaktimarga Swami https://iskconnews.org/pray-play-walk-laugh-the-journey-of-bhaktimarga-swami/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 00:46:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22323 ISKCON News Presents: Pray, Play, Walk, Laugh-The Journey of Bhaktimarga Swami. By Karuna Productions Premiering Now on our YouTube page

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Kirtan Mela 2022 https://iskconnews.org/kirtan-mela-2022/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 11:45:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22239 In the light of the severe humanitarian crisis that is being brought about by the current war in Ukraine we want to dedicate Kirtan Mela 2022 to pray to our merciful Lords Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Sri Panca Tattwa, and Lord Nrisimhadev for the protection of their devotees affected by this war, for protecting their […]

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Hungarian Relief During Ukraine Conflict Report https://iskconnews.org/hungarian-relief-during-ukraine-conflict-report/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 13:19:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22223   ACCOMMODATING REFUGEES in Hungary As far as accommodation is concerned, to date, 90 Ukrainian devotees have come to Hungary, including 32 children. Some devotees were in transit and just stayed overnight, others are staying longer term to rest and weigh up their options. Presently there are 60 Ukrainian devotees (18 children) in Hungary, some […]

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The Departure of HG Srivas Pandit Das https://iskconnews.org/the-departure-of-hg-srivas-pandit-das/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 12:39:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22220 His Grace Srivasa Pandit Das, departed at 3:49 in the early morning of March 13, 2022,  in the holy land of Vrindavan with devotees performing Kirtan around him. His departure has shocked many whom he trained and nurtured. He was the person who started Krishna Consciousness in Myanmar and planted the seed there under difficult […]

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Ukraine Conflict Updates https://iskconnews.org/ukraineupdates/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 08:30:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22060 This article will be regularly updated to keep you informed on the ever-changing situation in Ukraine. 1: Mariupol Evactuation Notice The following announcement has been sent to us from the European Crisis Team and reported by Sukanti Radha devi dasi. It was received on March 14th. We have no further information and are posting what […]

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Bhaktivedanta Medical Association Launch https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-medical-association-launch/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 18:15:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22066 Bhaktivedanta Medical Association will launch on March 13th, 2022 with the mission to provide a digital resource that provides healthcare information from a holistic perspective. It shall offer advice in areas of healthcare and wellbeing. Devotees and doctors at BMA strive to serve the devotees by delivering holistic healthcare to the ISKCON community at large. […]

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Share Your Care: A New Website to Help Ukraine Directly https://iskconnews.org/share-your-care-a-new-website-to-help-ukraine-directly/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 16:50:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22014 Under the guidance of Niranjana Swami, a new website has been launched so that the worldwide devotee community can help Ukraine. Shareyour.care will be a direct way for you to help Ukraine. Not only will you be able to financially donate, but you will be able to sign up to volunteer as well. Share Your […]

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VIHE Returning to Onsite Courses, June 2022 https://iskconnews.org/vihe-returning-to-onsite-courses-june-2022/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 16:47:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22056 We are pleased to share that the VIHE will be resuming onsite courses in Vrndavana in June 2022. We would like to welcome you to join the Bhakti-sadacara (a pre-bhakti sastri course) or the Bhakti-sastri course. Along with enhancing the knowledge of the students, this kind of structured study also enables them to preach better, […]

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St. Augustine Announces Their Ratha Yatra https://iskconnews.org/st-augustine-announces-their-ratha-yatra/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 16:28:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22052 WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2022. The Parade begins at 10:30 AM at the Plaza and returns there by 12 PM. At 1 PM there will be a two-hour procession down St. George Street without the Chariot. Then at 3 PM, the cultural dance & music program begins. The free food will be served out all […]

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TOVP Construction Update https://iskconnews.org/tovp-construction-update/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 16:02:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=22045 TOVP Construction Update, March 2022: Staircase Sandstone Jali Panels (Stone Ornamental Screen) Please take a look at the wonderful Jali panel on the Nrisimhadev Staircase Tower! Carved from famous Jaipur sandstone, with its natural pink color and graceful design, it wonderfully complements the architectural beauty of the Temple. The same Jali will be installed on […]

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ISKCON Europe Pleads to Shelter Refugees https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-europe-plead-to-shelter-refugees/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 18:52:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21989 March 9, 2022 Dear Devotees; My obeisances. Srila Prabhupada ki jai Due to the urgent, horrendous and tragic situation unfolding in Ukraine, I would like to make an appeal that has both the suppo11 of the local GBC for Ukraine, HH Niranjana Swami, as well as the entire GBC body The appeal is a simple […]

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Kyiv Temple Fills Again; Food Distribution in Ukrainian Cities; & More https://iskconnews.org/kyiv-temple-fills-again-food-distribution-in-ukrainian-cities-more/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:36:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21929 Food distribution in Lviv, Ukraine ISKCON News Report Anuttama dasa 6 PM EST March 7, 2022 Events in Ukraine are changing daily, if not by the hour. Here are updates that ISKCON News has confirmed. Kyiv Temple Refills With Devotees It was previously reported that many devotee families and temple residents in Kyiv left the […]

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Russian Devotee Volunteers Distribute Food to Refugees https://iskconnews.org/russian-devotee-volunteers-distribute-food-to-refugees/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:31:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21949 Russia volunteers distributed fruit to 7,500 Refugees from Donetsk and Luhansk regions. There are close to a hundred temporary accommodation centers for refugees in the Rostov region of Russia. In the last few days, Food for Life volunteers drove through some of those centers and distributed over 3 tons of fruit to 7,500 refugees. About […]

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Chant for Peace Global Initiative https://iskconnews.org/chant-for-peace-global-initiative/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:03:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21934 Chant for Peace, Mayapur, India The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a worldwide religious community and confederation of over 800 temples and cultural centers, conducted Chant for Peace events during the weekend of Saturday, March 5th, 2022 around the globe to pray for all people affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and surrounding […]

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Devotees Among Those Cut Off in Mariupol https://iskconnews.org/devotees-among-those-cut-off-in-mariupol/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 22:34:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21921 ISKCON Mariupol, 2019 ISKCON News Report Anuttama dasa 6 PM EST March 7, 2022 Events in Ukraine are changing daily, if not by the hour. Here are updates that ISKCON News has confirmed. Devotees Among Those Cut Off in Mariupol The direst situation faced by Ukrainian Krishna devotees may be in the city of Mariupol […]

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BIHS Third Cosmology Workshop https://iskconnews.org/bihs-third-cosmology-workshop/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 19:02:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21901 The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies Sponsors its Third Cosmology Workshop In 2019, the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies (BIHS) sponsored its initial cosmology workshop, “Taking the 5th… Canto!” This gathering explored the study of Puranic cosmography within ISKCON as an outgrowth of interest raised by the development of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium […]

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“Give Peace A Chance” & “Hare Krishna” https://iskconnews.org/give-peace-a-chance-hare-krishna/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 18:20:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21893 “Give Peace A Chance” and “Hare Krishna” go viral on European radio once again. John Lennon’s pacifist anthem again this Friday sounded throughout Europe on the airways. At the request of Berlin Public Radio, around 160 public radio stations from 28 European countries simultaneously played “Give Peace a Chance”, the song Lennon composed in 1969 […]

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Be a Gardener Campaign https://iskconnews.org/be-a-gardener-campaign/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 14:47:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21881 As we come closer to Gaura Purnima, the most auspicious appearance day of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, we celebrate the ‘Be a Gardener Campaign’, as we sow and water the seeds of Bhakti. Now, we have an opportunity to do good for others, to nurture them as Lord Chaitanya tells us in Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita—by becoming […]

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The Art of Haridas Thakur Das https://iskconnews.org/the-art-of-haridas-thakur-das/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 14:30:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21520 In his stunning paintings, Haridas Thakur das is able to capture life in his subjects in such a vivid way, they almost come across as photography. He captures realism in his paintings so true to life, one feels that they are in the presence of Srila Prabhupada himself. Haridas Thakur das is a monk, artist, […]

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Exclusive: Interview with Devotee Refugees https://iskconnews.org/exclusive-interview-with-devotees-refugees/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 20:35:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21858 Hungarian devotees interviewed Saurabh-priya dasa and Ananga Manjari devi dasi on their journey out of Ukraine. Here they share with us their harrowing story.

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War and Peace https://iskconnews.org/war-and-peace/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 20:32:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21805 “War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.” So sang Edwin Starr in his famous 70’s anthem, ‘War’. Few would argue with that stark assessment as we watch the scenes of yet another conflict with horror. Heartbreaking images of anguished people and their shattered lives in Ukraine flash across our screens, and we pray to […]

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Australian Flooding & Relief Efforts https://iskconnews.org/australian-flooding-relief-efforts/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 16:03:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21829 MELBOURNE, Australia –Approximately a dozen people have been reported dead from the flash flooding that battered northeastern Australia this week, with the wild weather forcing residents to evacuate and schools to close, while thousands of homes have been left immersed in water. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate as the southeast coast of Australia experienced […]

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Wisdom of the Sages: Bhakti in Ukraine – An Interview with Niranjana Swami https://iskconnews.org/wisdom-of-the-sages-bhakti-in-ukraine-an-interview-with-niranjana-swami/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 15:37:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21844 About this Episode: It may be news to many, but there is a large-scale, vibrant community of Krishna Bhakti in Ukraine. Niranjana Swami is ISKCON’s Governing Body Commissioner for Ukraine, and in this interview, Raghunath and Kaustubha ask him about the history of Bhakti in the former Soviet Union, and what it was like serving […]

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Art For Peace Initiative to Help Ukrainian Refugee Children Cope https://iskconnews.org/art-for-peace-initiative-to-help-ukrainian-refugee-children-cope/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 14:49:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21807 – Sample ‘Art for Peace’ collage Over the past week, more than a million Ukrainian refugees crossed the borders to the neighboring countries, fleeing war. Most of them are women and children, like their husbands, fathers, and sons, —all men between the ages of 18-60 — had to stay back to defend their country, not […]

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Some Devotees Leaving Kyiv: Funds Still Requested https://iskconnews.org/updates-on-devotees-in-ukraine/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 13:01:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21770 As of this morning, March 3rd, 2022, 8:30 AM EST it has been reported that some of the Kyiv devotees are traveling to ISKCON Farm(s), other cities, and other areas of the country for their safety. Some devotees are still staying at the temple, others are remaining in their homes near the temple in Kyiv. […]

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Global Chant for Peace https://iskconnews.org/global-chant-for-peace/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 14:30:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21753   Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 6 2022 The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a worldwide religious community and confederation of over 500 temples and cultural centers, will conduct Chant for Peace events during the weekend of Saturday, March 5th, 2022 around the globe to pray for all people affected by the ongoing […]

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PRAYERS FOR UKRAINE (Poem) https://iskconnews.org/prayers-for-ukraine-poem/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 22:22:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21726 Photo c/o:Abel Marquez   A poem for the people of Ukraine by Bhaktimarga Swami To the staunch devotees in Ukraine Great bearers of surprise and pain We offer humble prayers to you May the hardship you now go through Be short-lived and strengthen Your conviction while serving to lengthen The need to bond in Krishna’s […]

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News Brief UPDATE: Ukrainian Devotee Shot is Recovering Well https://iskconnews.org/breaking-news-ukrainian-devotee-shot/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 21:24:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21577 Vamshi Madhava Das and his family UPDATE: March 2nd, 2022 7:30 AM EST This Report has been confirmed by Anuttama Das through Ukrainian devotees who are involved.  Vamsi Madhava das, who was shot on February 26th, is ok and is recovering fine. He was able to be taken to the hospital the next day and […]

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Hungarian Refugee Relief Continues https://iskconnews.org/hungarian-krishna-devotees-doing-their-best-to-reach-refugees/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 15:21:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21691 The last few days have been intense in the Food for Life kitchen in Budapest, Hungary, a small country in the middle of Europe. The devotees now cook more than on an average peaceful day, when they usually take hundreds of plates of food to homeless shelters, in-need families, and the elderly all over the […]

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New Gayatri Course https://iskconnews.org/new-gayatri-course/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 22:02:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21722 Mayapur Academy under the ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry presents THE GAYATRI COURSE I for the devotee community of ISKCON. The Course offers a program designed to help improve the quality of Brahmanas within ISKCON in order to promote the long-term wellbeing of Srila Prabhupäda’s Society and its members. The program is based on the teachings […]

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Addressing Incorrect Information on ISKCON Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/addressing-incorrect-on-ukraine-iskcon-open-doors-food-relief/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 20:43:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21617 Correcting False Reports Re: ISKCON Ukraine Food Relief and Sheltering Misinformation has been circulating on social media and other media outlets (not ISKCON News) that fifty-plus ISKCON temples and centers in Ukraine are providing food relief and shelter for the public. ISKCON News has confirmed that this information is false. According to ISKCON authorities on […]

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GBC EC Expresses Concern for Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/gbc-ec-expresses-concern-for-ukraine/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 18:19:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21614 February 26,2022  Dear Devotees, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. As conflict heightens in Ukraine, we understand that your hearts are filled with concern about our dear devotees in the region and offer you a brief report on their situation. The devotees wake up to a changed reality — tanks rolling […]

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Food For Life- Hungary Food Relief https://iskconnews.org/food-for-life-hungary-food-relief/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 14:29:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21604 Food For Life – Hungarian Krishna devotees distributing food for Indians rescued from Ukraine How You Can Help: ISKCON Hungary currently has a capacity of distributing 600 plates of prasadam on weekdays and 1200 plates on the weekend. Any donations to help the refugees are most welcome. Donations may be given by bank transfer to […]

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Hungary Food Relief for Refugees https://iskconnews.org/hungary-food-relief-for-refugees/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 13:25:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21591 Devotees have started to provide food for those displaced by the conflict ISKCON Hungary is actively participating in helping those displaced by the Ukrainian-Russian conflict. In addition to keeping up the everyday distribution of food, the Hare Krishna Food For Life program is always ready to help feed the masses who arrive from disaster areas. […]

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Official Ukraine Report from Niranjana Swami https://iskconnews.org/official-report-from-niranjana-swami/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 20:55:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21573 Sri Sri Radha-Madhava ISKCON Kyiv   February 26, 2022 Sri Mayapura Dhama 11:30 AM EST Dear devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I’m receiving communications from devotees all overexpressing their concerns about our devotees in Ukraine. My gratitude knows no bounds, just for your well-wishing thoughts for the Ukraine devotees’ […]

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Official ISKCON Communications Statement on Ukraine https://iskconnews.org/official-iskcon-communications-statement-on-ukraine/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 22:19:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21569 Statement of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness on Ukraine ISKCON Ministry of Communications February 25, 2022 As members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), we offer our prayers for all persons who are victims of the evolving situation in Ukraine. We earnestly pray that no more innocent people may suffer and that […]

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Devotees in Ukraine Continue On Despite Fears, Instability https://iskconnews.org/devotees-in-ukraine-continue-on-despite-fears-instability/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 21:57:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21554 Special Report: Devotees in Ukraine Continue On Despite Fears, Instability February 25, 2022  3 PM EST Members of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) were given a report by leaders aware of the Ukrainian situation earlier today. What follows are selected highlights of that report, with additional information provided by other devotees familiar with the current […]

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ISKCON Holds 2nd Online Guru Conference https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-holds-2nd-online-guru-conference/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 19:45:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21852 On the 24th of February, the Guru Services Committee hosted its second online conference for ISKCON diksa (initiating) gurus. The topic was ‘Helping Disciples To Face Challenges.’ The first conference was held on the 5th of June, 2021, and was entitled ‘Challenges of Being a Guru in ISKCON.’ The Guru Services Committee (GSC), a standing […]

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New Devotional Kids Book: Nimai’s Adventures https://iskconnews.org/new-devotional-kids-book-nimais-adventures/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 21:40:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21533 A new devotee children’s book, ‘Nimai’s Adventures’ based on the childhood pastimes of Lord Caitanya, written by Mandakini Devi Dasi is set to be released in March 2022. The 200-page book with more than 70 beautifully illustrated pictures is based upon the scriptures, Chaitanya Bhagavat and Chaitanya Charitamrita. It is written in a narrative style […]

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Srila Prabhupada’s Mayapur Bhajan Kutir: A Brief History https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-mayapur-bhajan-kutir-a-brief-history/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 18:37:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21522 What is known as the ‘bhajan kutir’ in ISKCON Mayapur is the first structure built on the property. It was also the original ‘temple’, functioning as chota Radha Madhava’s first place of worship when They arrived in Mayapur in 1972. An entire day is dedicated to this ‘temple’ during the Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival […]

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A Revolution is Born https://iskconnews.org/a-revolution-is-born/ Sat, 19 Feb 2022 14:30:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21517 Take part in this historic inauguration of the reborn Bhaktivinode Asana at #1 Ultadanga Road in Kolkata. 100 years ago this year, on the roof of the building, the seed of ISKCON was planted in the heart of Srila Prabhupada by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. ISKCON Kolkata acquired this historic property and has completely restored […]

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The Appearance Day of Narottama Dasa Thakura https://iskconnews.org/21510-2/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 22:46:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21510 Narottama Dasa Thakura was a leading acharya in the Gaudiya Vaisnava line. He was the only disciple of Srila Lokanatha Gosvami. Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura helped bring the books of the Goswami’s from Vrndavana to Bengal and Orissa. Appearing as the son of a king, Sri Narottama Dasa Thakura (Shri Thakura Mahasaya) showed all the […]

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The Residents of New Vrindaban: Divyangi Devi Dasi https://iskconnews.org/the-residents-of-new-vrindaban-divyangi-devi-dasi/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 22:23:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21505 ISKCON News is proud to announce a new and inspiring interview series, a new look into the world of living the Bhakti Yoga life. In this interview series, we talk to the devotees of New Vrindaban, West Virginia to ask them how they feel living fully immersed in devotional life. Today we introduce you to […]

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Nityananda Trayodasi – Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda https://iskconnews.org/nityananda-trayodasi-appearance-day-of-lord-nityananda/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 15:55:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21474 Lord Nityananda was born in Ekachakra, a small village in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, around the year 1474. He was born to Hadai Ojha and his mother Padmavati. Nityananda Prabhu was born on the auspicious thirteenth day of the bright fortnight of Magha month. As a child, Nitai would love to enact the […]

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Bhakti Kids Sangha Podcast https://iskconnews.org/bhakti-kids-sangha-podcast/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 15:52:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21472 Bhakti Kids Sanga had started out with having devotional activities for families, resources for parents, and even yoga classes for children, but they heard a need in their community. There has seemed to be an influx of Hare Krishna podcasts popping up, but nothing geared towards children and family. “I’ve even noticed parents on Facebook […]

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BEST AVATAR https://iskconnews.org/best-avatar/ Sun, 13 Feb 2022 13:28:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21469 a poem by Bhaktimarga Swami He is indeed by far The mercy avatar For he bore the blood During the love flood As companion to Gaur Life was less is more Distributing a wealth For everyone’s health Committed to the name And establishing its fame He went door to door In the effort to explore […]

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Some Thoughts on Disciples in ISKCON https://iskconnews.org/some-thoughts-on-disciples-in-iskcon/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 23:28:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21466 Some years ago, the GBC commissioned their Sastric Advisory Council (SAC) to produce a paper on ISKCON’s responsibility to protect its members from choosing unqualified gurus, versus the disciples’ responsibility to undergo due diligence in testing their prospective guides. This is from the GBC’s request to the SAC: “Srila Prabhupada states that it is the […]

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GBC SPT New Ekadashi Series https://iskconnews.org/gbc-spt-new-ekadashi-series/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 20:55:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21459 Starting in January 2022, to enrich your every Ekadashi, GBC SPT brings to you the enchanting anecdotes of a perfect gentleman who perfectly exhibited the 26 qualities of a Vaishnava as seen through the eyes of his disciples. Here we share the most recent instalment. In our third episode, Siddhanta Das will highlight a few […]

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Ramanujacharya: The Statue of Equality https://iskconnews.org/ramanujacharya-the-statue-of-equality/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 20:41:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21429 On February 5th, 2022 the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated the ‘Statue of Equality of Sri Ramanujacarya as part of the 12-day ongoing 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of the saint. The 216-foot tall statue is among the tallest metallic sitting statues in the world. It is located in a 45-acre complex on the outskirts […]

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The Passing of Lata Mangeshkar https://iskconnews.org/the-passing-of-lata-mangeshkar/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 18:28:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21453 The legendary singer and most recorded artist in the world (Guinness World Records) passed away on February 6, 2022 at the age of 92. I had the good fortune of meeting her in 1976 and spending several hours one on one with her over a three-day period. In the summer of 1976, I received a […]

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The Appearance of Lord Varaha https://iskconnews.org/the-appearance-of-lord-varaha/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 18:02:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21449 The Lila (pastime) of Lord Varaha From ISKCON Bangalore In ancient times there were two brothers named Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha. They were demons born to sage Kashyapa Muni. They flaunted uncommon bodily features and had steel-like frames which grew just like mountains. Their bodies became so tall they seemed to kiss the sky with the […]

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Srila Prabhupada Arrives in South Korea https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-arrives-in-south-korea/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 16:17:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21442 Patanjali Muni das bathing the murti of Srila Prabhupada Patanjali Muni das is head of the kitchen at Bhaktivedanta Manor, and he also oversees the preaching activities in ISKCON South Korea. Recently he ceremoniously received the life-size murti (sacred image) of Srila Prabhupada in the temple of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra, which is situated on […]

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Indian Tribal Care Trust Mobile Medical Unit https://iskconnews.org/idrf-mobile-medic/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 14:33:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21230 India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) is a US-based non-profit charity. They aim to support the poverty-stricken people of India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Their focus is to empower poor people through means of education and skill development, thereby making them capable of living a sustainable life. They serve beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, […]

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Ekadashi Ladoo https://iskconnews.org/ekadashi-ladoo/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 23:10:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21463 ISKCON News Presents Bhakti Foodie Ekadashi Ladoo: Dried Fruit Ladoo by Suvilasini Madhavi Devi Dasi Follow ISKCON News for more recipes  

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Live to Give ’21 https://iskconnews.org/live-to-give-recap-2/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 15:55:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21405 This last Live to Give campaign from the BBT ran from September 21st, 2021 through January 7th, 2022. Informally known as the December Marathon, communities across the globe come together to share and distribute the Bhagavad Gita in a collective effort. Each year, a global goal is created to enthuse, inspire and measure our successes […]

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Sri Advaita Acarya https://iskconnews.org/sri-advaita-acarya/ Mon, 07 Feb 2022 14:42:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21392 Today is the day when we honor that personality who has brought the descent of Lord Caitanya into this world Sri Advaita Acarya. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He is Mahavishnu, He is the personality who created this entire cosmic manifestation and knowing the purpose of the cosmic manifestations to send everyone back […]

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ISKCON Mourns the Passing of Lata Mangeshkar https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-mourns-the-passing-of-lata-mangeshkar/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 14:46:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21365 The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the world in mourning and remembering the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, The Nightingale of India. Acclaimed singer Lata Mangeshkar took her last breath at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai on Sunday, February 6th, 2022, she was 92. The singer was cremated at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park with full state […]

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Launch of the Many Moons Podcast https://iskconnews.org/launch-of-the-many-moons-podcast/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 22:38:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21320 A new podcast entitled “Many Moons” is set to be released across all podcast platforms on February 7th, 2022. Presented by Sadhvi Sanga and Bodhaka, the podcast is a series of interviews featuring inspiring voices of the pioneer women of ISKCON. The invited guests will speak about their relationships with Srila Prabhupada, their personal experiences […]

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Devotee Care: Tribute to Those We Lost During Pandemic https://iskconnews.org/devotee-caretribute-to-those-we-lost-during-pandemic/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 21:54:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21329 Each and every one of us wants two things in life: to love and to be loved. Devotee Care is one such initiative by ISKCON that takes care of the devotees and embeds the culture of care using different platforms. Their vision and mission is to provide contentment to the devotees both spiritually and materially […]

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Holocaust Memorial Day https://iskconnews.org/holocaust-memorial-day-at-the-manor/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 15:15:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21347 Visakha dasi and Radha Mohan das represented Bhaktivedanta Manor at the Holocaust Memorial Day event organized by Hertsmere Borough Council. The event began with a candlelit parade through Bushey High Street, followed by a ceremony at The Bushey Arena. Holocaust Memorial Day is observed internationally to remember the millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust, […]

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Join the Bhakti Center Team https://iskconnews.org/21343-2/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 15:05:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21343 If you or someone you know have the requirements for the jobs listed below and would like to be a part of the Bhakti Center Team, please reach out to Brajarani at brajarani@bhakticenter.org Program Manager – works with the Program Director to ensure smooth functioning of all aspects of Programming, specifically in relation to planning, […]

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Nectar Talks with Saranagati Dasi https://iskconnews.org/nectar-talks-with-saranagati-dasi/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 14:52:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21340 Nectar Talks EPISODE 19 with Saranagati Dasi “A Second-Generation Devotee Joins Krishna Consciousness” Sharanagati Dasi was born and raised in Krishna consciousness. She left the Alachua community to pursue a career in modeling. Hear about her successful career and her battle with addiction. Learn how Sharanagati’s journey led her to eventually “join” the Hare Krishna […]

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The Economics of Cow Protection https://iskconnews.org/the-economics-of-cow-protection/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 14:36:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21334 Many speak about the importance of cow protection. Srila Prabhupada explains how cows are important for a progressive society, helping human beings to ascend to the mode of goodness. Once in Mayapur Srila Prabhupada commented how just having a few cows and letting them roam around in the property would bring auspiciousness. Cows are very […]

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The Completed TOVP Garuda Murti https://iskconnews.org/the-completed-tovp-garuda-murti/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 13:47:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21324 We are glad to inform you that the TOVP Garuda Murti is completely finished and ready for installation. As the greatest devotee and very intimate servant of the Supreme Lord, Garuda, the carrier of Vishnu, is always ready to perform devotional service and execute any orders of the Lord. Therefore, he is always near Him. […]

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The Passing of Caitanya Jivan Das https://iskconnews.org/the-passing-of-caitanya-jivan-das/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 16:10:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21281 From ISKCON Philadelphia Dear Devotees, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. We regret to inform you that our dear friend and longtime congregational member, His Grace Caitanya Jivan Prabhu, a disciple of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, has departed from this world on January 30, 2022. He leaves behind his wife, […]

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In Memoriam: His Grace Jnana Sukriti Das https://iskconnews.org/in-memoriam-his-grace-jnana-sukriti-das/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 16:20:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21307 His Grace Jnana Sukriti Prabhu (ACBSP) from Caracas left his body on the auspicious day of Sat-tila ekadasi. He was present during the visit of His Divine Grace in Venezuela in February 1975 and had the opportunity to serve him, to attend his classes and receive initiation on that occasion. He was a very scholarly […]

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Host a Screening of Hare Krishna! https://iskconnews.org/host-a-screen-of-hare-krishna/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 17:00:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21261 Srila Prabhupada blessed these lands-now tirthas-with his presence. The 50th anniversary of his arrival is an ideal opportunity to inform leaders of the relevance of his life and message. Celebrate by having a red-carpet screening of HARE KRISHNA! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all and invite political, educational, scientific and […]

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ISKCON Communications Global Conference 1/22/2022 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-communications-global-conference-1-22-2022/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 16:17:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21252 ISKCON Communications Global Conference: January 22nd, 2022. Keynote talk on how to reconcile different perspectives on Srila Prabhupada’s statements by Radhika Ramana Das/ Dr. Ravi Gupta Other presentations include: ISKCON Communications by Anuttama Das (USA) Identifying Bias in News by Madana Gopala (USA) ISKCON News by Kamala Radha Devi Dasi (USA) Bangladesh Protests by Bhakta […]

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The Kachori Story (includes recipes) https://iskconnews.org/the-kachori-story-includes-recipes/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 07:13:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21237 Every morning at Hare Krsna temples around the world, devotees gather to sing Sri Sri Gurvastaka, eight Sanskrit verses praising the spiritual master. These verses describe the characteristics of a genuine spiritual master. The fourth verse says that a genuine spiritual master encourages the distribution of prasadam [food offered to Lord Krsna.] to the public. As Srila Prabhupada explains, […]

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The Impact of Religious Fasting on the Body https://iskconnews.org/the-impact-of-religious-fasting-has-on-the-body/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 20:13:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21223 Most of the world’s world religions perform some form of religious fasting. In ISKCON we have Ekadashi fasting twice a month. For us, Ekadashi fasting is all about purifying your soul and preparing yourself for attaining Moksha (salvation). This practice helps us get rid of planetary influences and attain a peaceful mind. While most Hindus […]

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BDC Announces New Bhakti Vriksha for the Deaf (sign language only) https://iskconnews.org/bdc-announces-new-bhakti-vriksha-for-the-deaf-sign-language-only/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 17:49:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21218 This video is in sign language only Visit the Bhaktivedanta Deaf Community Facebook for more information.

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50th Anniversary of Prabhupada Placing Ananta Sesha in Foundation Pit https://iskconnews.org/50th-anniversary-of-prabhupada-placing-ananta-sesha-in-foundation-pit/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 17:21:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21210 Prabhupada Placing Ananta Sesha in the TOVP Foundation Pit, 1972 1972 was a year in Sridhama Mayapur filled with many beginnings. The Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival from March 2 – 5 commemorates four of them. These include: 50th Anniversary of Chota Radha Madhava’s Installation/Arrival 50th Anniversary of the ISKCON Mayapur Gaur Purnima Festival 50th […]

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Sat-tila Ekadashi https://iskconnews.org/sat-tila-ekadashi/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 16:15:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21202 These are the six (sat) ways in which sesame seeds (tila) are utilized for spiritual purification on this Ekadashi. Therefore it is called Sat-tila Ekadashi: (1) bathe in the water mixed with sesame seeds, (2) rub sesame seed paste on his body, (3) offer sesame seeds into the fire in sacrifice, (4) eat sesame seeds, […]

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Students Map Out a Sustainable, Eco-friendly Future https://iskconnews.org/alachua-students-map-out-a-sustainable-eco-friendly-future-for-their-school/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 16:54:23 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21134 Alachua Students Map Out a Sustainable, Eco-friendly Future for their School From January 3rd to January 14th, 2022, students at the Bhaktivedanta Academy North America (BANA) in Alachua, FL participated in an interdisciplinary project based on building a sustainable school. The project was executed by the middle school and high school student cohorts and their […]

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DEAR MIND- A Poem https://iskconnews.org/dear-mind-a-poem/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 23:32:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21130 Poem and Narration – The Walking Monk – Bhaktimarga Swami Music – Pradyumna Das Visuals – Naradi Devi Dasi

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When Krishna Talks Back https://iskconnews.org/when-krishna-talks-back/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 20:56:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21149 Let’s get to know Lord Krishna, the supreme personality of Godhead. Can you see God? Yes, eventually. But first learn to experience God. Krishna is our source, Krishna is our best friend, Krishna is our maintainer and sustainer. Let’s reignite our relationship with Lord Krishna. You can join my virtual Gita study sessions on zoom […]

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Recap of ISKCON Communications Global Conference https://iskconnews.org/recap-of-iskcon-communications-global-conference/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 18:26:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21094 Understanding Different Perspectives of Srila Prabhupada’s Statements Recap of ISKCON Communications Global Conference More than 100 leaders and devotees doing communications services from around the globe including India, the US, the UK, South Africa, and Europe joined the online conference on Saturday, January 22nd. The headline event for the conference, “Reconciling Different Perspectives on Srila […]

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ISKCON Gurugram Ox-cart Padyatra https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-gurugram-ox-cart-padyatra/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 18:08:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21123 The monks of ISKCON Gurugram decided to take the traditional way this time and went for sankirtan (congregational chanting) and book distribution on a Bullock cart. The cart had an altar with Sri Radha Krishna giving darshan (opportunity of seeing a holy image or deity) for the benefit of all. The devotees distributed about 250 […]

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Japa Affirmations // Part 1 https://iskconnews.org/japa-affirmations-part-1/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 17:19:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21111 Based on the book Japa Affirmations by Mahatma Dasa Ancient Vedic texts address the notion that no amount of material accomplishments can deeply satisfy us. Our consciousness has been affected by the material atmosphere, and as we try to exploit resources, we are in fact getting more and more entangled in mundane complexities. Vedic wisdom […]

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Expanding the Circle of Compassion https://iskconnews.org/expanding-the-circle-of-compassion/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 16:57:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21105 After reading “GBC Amends and Affirms Law Allowing Vaisnavis To Initiate,” I thought to myself that you can always get to the same place from a different direction. The debate in ISKCON for the last few years has been about women gurus. But this article will show the reader that Srila Prabhupada did not approach […]

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TOVP Celebrates the Prabhupada Paschatya Desha Tarine Centennial, 1922-2022 https://iskconnews.org/tovp-celebrates-the-prabhupada-paschatya-desha-tarine-centennial-1922-2022/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 16:42:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21102 The TOVP Celebrates the Prabhupada Paschatya Desha Tarine Centennial, 1922-2022: Receiving the Order to Preach Many devotees may not be aware that this year commemorates the 100th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada receiving the order to preach in the West from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati (see the story below). This highly important and significant event and its […]

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Tribute to Her Grace Kripamayi Devi Dasi https://iskconnews.org/tribute-to-her-grace-kripamayi-devi-dasi/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 21:26:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21064 Kripamayi Devi Dasi was one of the first Hare Krishna devotees in Thailand. As a young girl, she would pray to Lord Buddha for guidance. Her Buddhist guru one day handed her a piece of paper with the maha-mantra written on it. From then on, she started chanting the maha-mantra. By Krsna’s arrangement, she met […]

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News Brief: Remembering Kashmir on “Holocaust Day” https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-remembering-kashmir-on-holocaust-day/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 20:12:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21055 January 19 is not just another date on the calendar. It is observed globally as the ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day‘ by the Kashmiri Pandits. Jammu, Jan 19 (PTI) Displaced Kashmiri Pandits on Wednesday observed January 19 as the ‘Holocaust Day’ to mark the exodus of their community members from the Valley in 1990.   Contemporary History: The state of Jammu and […]

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North American Leadership Conference Wrap Up https://iskconnews.org/north-american-leadership-conference-wrap-up/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 15:51:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21029 Empowering Leaders Across USA and Canada  ISKCON North America Leadership Annual Conference More than 140 leaders from across the US and Canada attended the weekend conference held last weekend January 14-16th to network, share resources, and empower leaders to serve their respective communities. On the first day of the conference, the mood was one of […]

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ISKCON Communications Global Conference https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-communications-global-conference/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 15:57:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20938 ISKCON Communications Global Conference This is an exciting program with a keynote talk on how to reconcile different perspectives on Srila Prabhupada’s statements by Radhika Ramana Das. The zoom link is included below for your reference. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85876441523?pwd=ZWVka1dSTFAxd0hXYWxORkV5bWJkZz09 Meeting ID: 858 7644 1523 Passcode: ICGOC108 If you have not yet registered, please do […]

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UPDATE: Jayapataka Swami’s Health https://iskconnews.org/jayapataka-swami-health/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 15:39:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20998 Official Health Update on H.H. Jayapataka Maharaja,18th January, 10 pm (IST) Chennai. Dear God-family, disciples and well-wishers of H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaja, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. By the grace of Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada, Guru Maharaja has been extubated at 5 pm. The doctors are keeping a close […]

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News Brief: Shyamasundar Das on Sirius Xm Beatles Radio https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-shyamasundar-das-on-sirius-xm-beatles-radio/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 23:28:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21024 On January 12, 2020, Shyamasundar das was a guest on The Beatles Channel of Sirius XM for one of their Fab Forum interviews. The broadcast is exclusive to Sirius XM subscribers, but ISKCON News has been provided a recording from  Shyamasundar das that can be heard here. A transcript of the interview can be viewed […]

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Trailer for Bhakti Shakti: Goddess of Divine Love https://iskconnews.org/trailer-for-bhakti-shakti-goddess-of-divine-love/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 22:40:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=21021 Join the book launch of Bhakti Shakti: Goddess of Divine Love, Sri Radha by award-winning author Pranada Comtois releases on 17 January on FaceBook/PranadaComtois at 11:00 am EST. Zoom Login: #882 2874 6166 Passcode: 16108 EVENT DETAILS: 11:00 am EST Welcome & Introduction to Kirtan 11:05 Kirtan by Shyamala Kishori 11:30 Introduction to Bhakti Shakti […]

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Eating Meat Proven to Cause Cancer https://iskconnews.org/eating-meat-proven-to-cause-cancer/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:16:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20977 An international committee advisory committee advocated that processed and red meat as high priorities for assessment by the IARC Monographs Programme. The endorsement was suggested due to epidemiological studies alluding to the possible risks of cancers associated with the ingestion of both red and processed meats.  According to the Global Burden of Disease Project, an […]

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Maya: The World as Virtual Reality https://iskconnews.org/maya-the-world-as-virtual-reality/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:09:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20975 Maya: The World as Virtual Reality By Sadaputa Dasa (Dr. Richard L. Thompson) In the world of modern science, consciousness is reduced to a fading epiphenomenon, leftover after the brain has been physically explained. It seems to arise when matter is suitably organized, but scientists and philosophers have been unable to explain why complex organization […]

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Movies for Devotees: The Game Changers https://iskconnews.org/movies-for-devotees-the-game-changers/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:57:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20985 Overwhelmingly, Srila Prabhupada preached that vegetarian or non-vegetarian was not the issue.*  He nearly always took the opportunity to preach Krishna bhakti no matter what food a person chose to eat.  At the same time, he indicated that eating foods in the mode of goodness helps one become wiser. The effect of developing the mode […]

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A Return to Kindness https://iskconnews.org/a-return-to-kindness/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:37:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20982 2020-21 It’s been a rough time. Brutal for some. Revelatory for others, especially that the leaders in the Kali-yuga (this age of quarrel, greed, and hypocrisy) are pretend leaders. There is no proper training on how to be a leader. This pretending has been going on for quite some time, and in recent years it […]

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North American Leadership Conference January 14th-16th https://iskconnews.org/north-american-leadership-conference-january-14th-16th/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:20:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20947 The North American Leadership Conference will be held on the 14th, 15th 16th of January. During this online event, we will gather again as GBC, Temple Presidents, Senior Devotees, and Next Generation Leaders – all members of Srila Prabhupada’s Family, to collaborate and co-create the future of ISKCON in North America. REGISTRATION LINK: https://forms.gle/ZdQ57vvAmidsqbpz8 January 14-16th, 2022 Friday 7-8PM ET Networking Event: […]

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Hare Krsna TV News (Hindi Only) https://iskconnews.org/hare-krishna-tv-news-hindi-only/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:18:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20957 In the midst of the 3rd wave, ISKCON has once again launched a sacred initiative to deliver meals Prasadam. In this segment, you can watch the latest news happening in ISKCON Community and more updates on ISKCON Worldwide.

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ISKCON Communications Course Online, starts January 24th https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-communications-course-online-starts-january-24th/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 16:15:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20944 ISKCON Communications Course, now available online through the Bhaktivedanta College, starts its new semester on January 24! This five-week course helps devotees communicate better in their personal and professional lives, as well as when representing ISKCON. The course is online, self-paced, and designed for those in need of a flexible schedule. The Communications Course has […]

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First ISKCON Vaishnava Acharyas Sampradaya Samelan (Summit) https://iskconnews.org/first-iskcon-vaishnava-acharyas-sampradaya-samelan-summit/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 16:06:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20941 On the most auspicious occasion of the Welcome Ceremony of Srila Prabhupada’s new murti to the TOVP on October 13 and 14, 2021, the first ISKCON organized Vaishnava Acharyas Sampradaya Samelan (Summit) took place online, inspired by TOVP Director of Development His Grace Braja Vilasa das, and organized by His Grace Gauranga das. Acharyas and […]

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Omicron Variant of Corona Virus Hits ISKCON Temples https://iskconnews.org/omicron-variant-of-corona-virus-hits-iskcon-temples/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 21:55:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20868 Temples around the world have recently been hit hard by the new wave of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus – as has the rest of the world. Many devotees have been infected, including many ISKCON gurus such as Indradyumna Swami, as well as Hrdaya Caitanya, a member of the GBC and co-director of ISKCON […]

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The Persecuted Saints You’ve Never Heard Of https://iskconnews.org/the-persecuted-saints-youve-never-heard-of/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 21:54:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20912 From Theology Unleashed The Horrific Story of the Russian Orthodox Holy Name Controversy. In 1913, prior to the Soviet revolution, hundreds of Russian Orthodox monks were violently persecuted for their focus on chanting God’s holy names. The debate over the accusations of heresy on this topic has largely been ignored, and the horrific events which […]

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Bhakti Shakti: New Book by Pranada Comtois https://iskconnews.org/bhakti-shakti-new-book-by-pranada-comtois/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 21:03:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20836 Ornamented with pearls of wisdom, Bhakti Shakti serves as a guiding light to claim your spiritual identity, experience the joyous state of your pure spiritual self, and progress toward deeper intimacy with the Divine.   Live Event and Giveaway January 17th Enter for a chance to win Bhakti Shakti by clicking here You’re Invited to […]

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World Gita Day Wrap Up https://iskconnews.org/world-gita-day-wrap-up/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 20:17:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20843 This year the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, organized their second annual  World Gita Day celebration on the 18th and 19th of December. The goal of World Gita Day was to make the knowledge of the Gita more accessible, to bring in people from all over the world who appreciate the Bhagavad Gita together. World Gita Day […]

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Wealth or Poverty? https://iskconnews.org/wealth-or-poverty/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 19:57:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20846 When we think of wealth and poverty so much seems to hinge on whether we live in a mentality of scarcity; or a consciousness of abundance, that there is enough in the world for everyone. Gandhi once said that the world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed. It seems so […]

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Prayers for Kazakhstan https://iskconnews.org/prayers-for-kazakhstan/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 19:11:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20871 As many are aware, Kazakhstan is currently in turmoil and regional army troops have been sent to quell the social unrest in the region. Russian devotees that we spoke to relayed to us that they have not heard from the Kazakstan devotees in approximately two days because cellular service and internet are currently turned off […]

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First Western Women Disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta https://iskconnews.org/20857-2/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:30:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20857 Western Vaishnavas are nothing new whatsoever. Here you can see some of the first female disciples of  Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura. Vishnuprya Dasi on the left and Vinodvani Dasi, whose name was Daisy Cecilia Bowtel, continued in bhajan her whole life.   Miss Daisy Cocilia Bowtwel, a young lady of a rich honourable family, was […]

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Take a look inside TOVP: The World ‘s Largest Vedic Temple https://iskconnews.org/take-a-look-inside-tovp-the-world-s-largest-vedic-temple/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:14:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20851 Take a look inside the world’s largest Vedic temple, The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur.

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London Boat Harinam New Year’s 2022 https://iskconnews.org/london-boat-harinam-new-years-2022/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 19:36:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20825 Source: DJAchintya New Year’s Eve on the Thames with London Harinam

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Krishna Dharma’s Latest Book, Divine Protection, Available Now https://iskconnews.org/krishna-dharmas-latest-book-divine-protection-available-now/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:04:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20742 Krishna Dharma’s latest book, Brilliant as the Sun, A retelling of the Srimad Bhagavatam: Canto 6, Divine Protection, has been released and is now available on Amazon and all platforms. Krishna Dharma, along with his wife Chintamani Dhama Dasi, put their combined expertise into retelling Vedic scriptures into a succinct format that gives it a […]

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Flood Disaster Relief by ISKCON Malaysia Food for Life https://iskconnews.org/flood-disaster-relief-by-iskcon-malaysia-food-for-life/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 16:50:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20700 Over 10,000 plates of full meal Prasadam were distributed to flood victims in various places in Klang Valley (an urban conglomeration in Malaysia centered in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia.) Kuala Lumpur, over 18000 residents have been evacuated from their homes following continuous rain since Friday 17/12. It made several roads impassable with many stranded […]

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Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Hare Krishna Community Radio Station (HKCRS) https://iskconnews.org/celebrating-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-hare-krishna-community-radio-station-hkcrs/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 16:35:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20765 This Christmas marks the one-year anniversary of the Hare Krishna Community Radio Station (HKCRS). We sat down with the visionary behind this initiative, Her Grace Sudharma devi dasi (ACBSP), to chat about this milestone, the journey thus far, and the road ahead.  What inspired you to start the radio project?  Sudharma devi dasi: The concept […]

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Ratha Yatra Returns to Ludhiana, Punjab https://iskconnews.org/ratha-yatra-returns-to-ludhiana-punjab/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 16:22:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20694 Last Sunday marked the return of the annual Krishna Balarama chariot festival (Rath Yatra) in Ludhiana – a thriving business city 250 km from India’s capital -New Delhi. One of the biggest Ratha Yatra festivals in the ISKCON world, the event attracted hundreds of thousands of devotees as they pulled the chariots amidst the prayerful […]

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Employment Opportunities at TKG Academy https://iskconnews.org/employment-opportunities-at-tkg-academy/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 16:10:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20745 TKG Academy is growing, with many interested families and students for the upcoming school year. We are looking far and wide for qualified teachers. Are you interested in empowering students, becoming a role model, and making an impact? TKG Academy, a spiritually-based, Pre-K thru 12th-grade school in Dallas, TX, is now seeking qualified candidates to join […]

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Vrindavan Web Series | Govardhan Parikrama | Episode 3 https://iskconnews.org/vrindavan-web-series-govardhan-parikrama-episode-3/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 16:06:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20718 Welcome to the 3rd day of the Parikrama. Today we will visit the most celebrated hill of Govardhana, which Krishna lifted atop his finger for 7 days. Shaped like a peacock, the Govardhana provided Lord Krishna and the cows with fresh grass and sweet water from its streams. We will also visit Radha Kunda, the […]

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ISKCON and the Vaisnava Paradox https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-and-the-vaisnava-paradox/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 15:59:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20692 The Hindus who visit our Krishna temples perceive ISKCON as an orthodox movement, appreciating the traditional temple service and how beautifully the altars are maintained. Many of our western friends might appreciate the Krishna movement differently: as a modern and relevant movement that advocates vegetarianism, honors the Earth, and offers meditation through joyous singing and […]

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The TOVP Announces – Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival, March 2 – 5, 2022 https://iskconnews.org/the-tovp-announces-radha-madhava-golden-jubilee-festival-march-2-5-2022/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 15:49:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20688 Celebrating 5 Anniversaries in 1 Festival The TOVP Team is pleased to announce the upcoming, all-auspicious Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival from March 2 – 5, 2022. This will be a festival to beat all festivals, commemorating the anniversary of five important years in the history of ISKCON. 50th Anniversary of Chota Radha Madhava’s Installation […]

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ISKCON Mourns the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-joins-the-world-in-mourning-the-passing-of-archbishop-desmond-mpilo-tutu/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 16:40:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20668 photo source: The Financial Times   The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the world in mourning and paying tribute to a prolific religious leader and human rights icon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We offer our condolences to the Tutu family and to the entire South African nation. In the year 1986 Archbishop Desmond Tutu […]

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GBC Amends and Affirms Law Allowing Vaisnavis To Initiate https://iskconnews.org/gbc-amends-and-affirms-law-allowing-vaisnavis-to-initiate/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 18:48:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20639 Per GBC policy the resolution described below can not go into effect until reviewed by the SABHA. December 22, 2021—The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON today passed a resolution amending a 2019 law affirming that qualified Vaisnavis, or women devotees, may under certain conditions, initiate disciples (give diksa) within the International Society for Krishna […]

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Disappearance Day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur https://iskconnews.org/disappearance-day-of-srila-bhaktisiddhanta-saraswati-thakur/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 09:06:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20496   His Early Life Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was born February 6th, 1874, in Jagannath Puri and the name he was given was Bimala Pradas. His father, Bhaktivinode Thakur knew how important it was to keep the movement of Nama-sankirtana (the congregational chanting of the holy names of God) going, he prayed to Lord Caitanya to […]

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Devotee Children Find Fun Ways to Distribute Books to Soldiers and Senior Citizens https://iskconnews.org/devotee-children-find-fun-way-to-distribute-thousands-of-books-to-soldiers-and-senior-citizens/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 08:54:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20486 In the summer of 2021, two cousins Kana (age 8) and Meera (age 14), got Vaisesika Prabhu’s inspiring book Our Family Business. Meera says, “Reading Our Family Business made me and my cousin Kana filled with excitement to distribute books.”  Kana said that after reading the book it made him realize that life isn’t just about maintaining our […]

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A Hare Krishna Christmas https://iskconnews.org/a-hare-krishna-christmas/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 08:03:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20493 I was pleasantly surprised to see a  recent article on ISKCON News: “Christmas Drama Has Audience Enthralled.” I understood immediately that the Bhaktivedanta Players wanted to bring the sacred elements from the East and the West together in their performance from the East The Bhagavad Gita,and A Christmas Carol from the West. I understood because […]

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Ask a Nerd: Does the Bhagavatam Really Say That the Earth is Flat? https://iskconnews.org/ask-a-nerd-does-the-bhagavatam-really-say-that-the-earth-is-flat/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 06:04:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20309 Question: Does the Bhagavatam really say that the earth is flat? Answer: This is a question I hear often from people who have read or have heard about the 5th Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam . The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies will soon be publishing a book that deals with this issue in scholarly detail, […]

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Prabhupada’s Palace Tops Off Restoration With New Roof and Domes https://iskconnews.org/prabhupadas-palace-tops-off-restoration-with-new-roof-and-domes-2/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 19:20:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20502 Prabhupada’s Palace at New Vrindaban, West Virginia – Srila Prabhupada’s preeminent smriti samadhi, or memorial shrine, in the West – is getting a brand new roof and beautiful new domes as part of its ongoing restoration. Devotees began building the Palace themselves back in 1973 as a residence for Srila Prabhupada, when he expressed a […]

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Monks Make Film About Defeating Depression https://iskconnews.org/monks-make-film-about-defeating-depression/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 18:29:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20473 Depression is indeed a menace to society, affecting 264 million+ people every year and claiming many lives. Despite a variety of treatments available, people still look for a lifestyle by which they can come out of it. To help people rise above this problem, the monks at ISKCON Gurugram have come up with a highly […]

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Gita Wisdom- A Poem https://iskconnews.org/gita-wisdom-a-poem/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 08:10:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20500 The post Gita Wisdom- A Poem appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Merry Krishnas Bring Holy Name to St. Augustine Christmas Parade https://iskconnews.org/merry-krishnas-bring-holy-name-to-st-augustine-christmas-parade/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 06:51:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20353                      Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra Devi at St Augustine Christmas Parade with Surabhi Dasi With this holiday season upon us, devotees from Alachua as well as from Gainesville’s Krishna House, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine participated in the St. Augustine Christmas Parade in Florida on […]

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Mayapur Kids Go On Book Distribution!! https://iskconnews.org/mayapur-kids-go-on-book-distribution/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 05:28:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20563 This video shows the kids of Mayapur Dham participating in the book marathon this year. Their book scores were very inspiring! 65 small books 18 Bhagavad Gita’s 5 medium books 4 big books

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Remembering Yamuna Devi Dasi https://iskconnews.org/remembering-yamuna-devi-dasi/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 04:58:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20278 Yamuna Devi Dasi was a pioneer and a true inspiration in ISKCON. Dedicating 45 years of her life in the service of Guru, Krishna,  and Vaishnavas. She was known for a number of services such as leading kirtanas in India in front of thousands and publishing vegetarian Indian cookbooks, which won many awards. Born Joan […]

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Attractive and Easy Idea for the Christmas Marathon https://iskconnews.org/attractive-and-easy-idea-for-the-christmas-marathon/ Sun, 19 Dec 2021 05:28:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20289 Here is a great and easy idea for the Christmas Marathon. One of the brahmacaryas here in San Diego, Govardhana prabhu, came up with it. He puts together three soft-bound books (Gita, Science of Self-realization, and Chant and Be Happy), and puts a Christmas bow around them. He slips a temple invitation card underneath the ribbon. He then […]

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New Crossways Hare Krishna Restaurant Opens in the Heart of Melbourne https://iskconnews.org/new-crossways-hare-krishna-restaurant-opens-in-the-heart-of-melbourne/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 06:33:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20336                                                  Manager Ramesh Das in the new Crossways restaurant on opening day A brand new Crossways Hare Krishna Restaurant has opened in the heart of the busiest part of Melbourne, Australia, serving […]

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Staff Writer Madhava Smullen Moves On From ISKCON News After 14 Years of Service https://iskconnews.org/staff-writer-madhava-smullen-moves-on-from-iskcon-news-after-14-years-of-service/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 06:20:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20328 Photo Credits: Madhava Smullen’s Facebook page                                                                Madhava Smullen with his family in Alachua, Florida. Madhava Smullen is synonymous with ISKCON News. For the last […]

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Mahotsaha Das Breaks Book Distributing Record https://iskconnews.org/mahotsaha-das-breaks-book-distributing-record/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 06:12:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20318 Mahotsaha Das distributing books “I want that you all my students shall very vigorously try for this book distribution.” Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Kirtiraja — Vrindaban 27 November 1971 Mahotsaha Das has proven that the words of our founder Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are still living strong in the hearts of […]

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What Technically Happens During Initiation? https://iskconnews.org/what-technically-happens-during-initiation/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 05:48:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20300   In his purport to Caitanya Caritamrta (Madhya 24.256), he writes, “This is the process of initiation. The disciple must vow that he will no longer commit sinful activity — namely illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling, and intoxication. He promises to execute the order of the spiritual master. Then the spiritual master takes care of him […]

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ISKCON India Youth Girls Camp https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-india-youth-girls-camp/ Thu, 16 Dec 2021 18:46:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20482 The first-ever online youth girls camp for unmarried girls of India will be held on December  18th- 16th, 2021. This virtual event was originally to take place earlier in 2020 when the pandemic hit the world.  This event is an excellent opportunity for youth girls struggling with peer pressure and the inability to balance both […]

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Christmas Drama Has Audience Enthralled https://iskconnews.org/christmas-drama-has-audience-enthralled/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 07:27:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20386                                                        The Bhaktivedanta Players performing A Christmas Carol During this holiday season, the Bhaktivedanta Players performed their first pantomime drama in Bhaktivedanta Manor’s new Shree Krishna Haveli. Based on […]

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#WorldGitaDay 2021 is Here https://iskconnews.org/worldgitaday-2021-is-here/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 07:21:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20379 Live to Give 2021 and World Gita Day Official Press Release Information World Gita Day is a new initiative that aims to unite our communities worldwide and celebrate the knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita. In its second year in 2021, World Gita Day will be celebrated on December 18-19 with a global program featuring regions from Fiji […]

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Gita Jayanti https://iskconnews.org/gita-jayanti/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 07:17:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20376 It was 5000 years ago that Lord Krishna revealed the most confidential and topmost knowledge of devotional service in the form of the Bhagavad-gita to His dear most devotee Arjuna, and to humanity at large so that everyone can realize that the ultimate goal of life is to surrender unto the lotus feet of the […]

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Jijnasa-2021 International Conference on Matter, Mind and Consciousness https://iskconnews.org/jijnasa-2021-international-conference-on-matter-mind-and-consciousness/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 07:12:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20373 What is this conference all about? Consciousness has been the most elusive object in all scientific explorations of reality. With gradual advances in modern science, it is increasingly receiving the singular focus simply because all our perception of reality is rooted in it. Despite incredible success in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience as well as […]

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Moksada Ekadasi, Gita Jayanti, Radha Madhava and the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/moksada-ekadasi-gita-jayanti-radha-madhava-and-the-tovp/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 06:59:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20359 Moksada Ekadasi, observed on the 11th day of Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of the moon) during the lunar month of Margashirsha, is a very special Ekadasi in two regards: it is the all-auspicious day on which Lord Sri Krishna spoke the Srimad Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra at the place […]

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Gita Jayanti Mahotsava 2021 https://iskconnews.org/gita-jayanti-mahotsava-2021/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 05:17:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20560 ?⚡? Gita Jayanti Mahotsava Seva 2021 ?⚡? It was Srila Prabhupada’s deep desire to build a marvellous Krishna – Arjuna Temple in Kurukshetra to teach Gita and showcase its practicality to the world. ???⭐ Let’s come together to support the dear project of Srila Prabhupada and complete his unfulfilled dream.?? On Gita Jayanti, we are […]

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ISKCON NEWS – NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-new-website-launch/ Mon, 13 Dec 2021 05:10:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20557 So many new and exciting things are coming to ISKCON News and we are happy to share them with you. Starting with our new website launch, Dec 15th, 2021.

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Russian Hare Krishnas Win Case in European Court of Human Rights https://iskconnews.org/russian-hare-krishnas-win-case-in-european-court-of-human-rights/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 07:59:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20431                                                                                Devotees dancing in the streets of Russia The Hare Krishna devotees in Russia are growing in […]

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ISKCON Thrives in Tampa, Florida’s Third-Most Populous City https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-thrives-in-tampa-floridas-third-most-populous-city/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 07:50:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20422                                                    ISKCON Tampa’s first Rathayatra organized by the congregation In the past three to four years, ISKCON in Tampa, Florida has seen considerable growth in both the devotee congregation and in […]

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Dwarka Vasini Devi Dasi: Called to Serve https://iskconnews.org/dwarka-vasini-devi-dasi-called-to-serve/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 07:45:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20414                      Dwarka Vasini Devi Dasi delivers Prabhupada’s books to Kamiti maximum security prison, Nairobi, 2014 One of the biggest book distributors in East Africa, Dwarka Vasini Devi Dasi, along with her teams Vaishnavi Sanga and Krsna Kids Sena, distributes about eighty percent of ISKCON Nairobi’s total […]

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My Return to the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/my-return-to-the-tovp/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 07:41:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20407 Dear Friends, Yesterday, after more than four months of absence, I finally returned to Sridham Mayapur. Burning with impatience this morning I went to the construction site of the TOVP, accompanied by our Construction Manager, His Grace Premavatar Gauranga prabhu, who showed me the various directions in which work is now underway. We bowed to […]

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Khargone Temple Inauguration https://iskconnews.org/khargone-temple-inauguration/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 07:32:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20393 With Immense pleasure, we cordially invite you, your family, and friends for the Grand Inauguration of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir in Khargone, Madya Pradesh (Central India) February 19-20th, 2022. By the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, we are celebrating the Pran Pratishtha for Sri Sri Radha Gopinathji, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and Srila Prabhupada. The schedule […]

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#WorldGitaDay Hugh Jackman on Bhagavad Gita https://iskconnews.org/worldgitaday-hugh-jackman-on-bhagavad-gita/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 05:04:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20554 Listen to Hugh Jackman reflect on the moment of death as described in the Bhagavad Gita.

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Vrindavan web series | Raval- Episode 2 https://iskconnews.org/vrindavan-web-series-raval-episode-2/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 05:01:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20551 In Episode 2 of the Parikrama, we will visit the birthplace of Srimati #Radharani.

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Walking the Memory Lane of Bali Maharaja Dasa https://iskconnews.org/walking-the-memory-lane-of-bali-maharaja-dasa/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:03:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20437                                                                                            Bali Maharaja Dasa, (1965-2021) I don’t know how long it […]

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George Harrison 20th Anniversary held at Bhaktivedanta Manor https://iskconnews.org/george-harrison-20th-anniversary-held-at-bhaktivedanta-manor/ Sun, 05 Dec 2021 05:26:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20284 “Everybody is looking for Krishna. Some don`t realize that they are, but they are. Krishna is GOD, the Source of all that exists, the Cause of all that is, was or ever will be. As God is unlimited, He has many names, Allah, Buddha, Jehovah, Rama: all are Krishna, all are ONE.” – George Harrison […]

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Tolerance with Jay Ram Dasa https://iskconnews.org/tolerance-with-jay-ram-dasa/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 18:36:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20480 The post Tolerance with Jay Ram Dasa appeared first on ISKCON News.

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AI for Teaching Kirtan Music https://iskconnews.org/ai-for-teaching-kirtan-music/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:52:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20301 “Ma, I wish I could learn Kirtan on harmonium”, little Jahnava spontaneously expressed to her mother during the 24-hour Kirtan festival in the UK. The mother could only echo with her desire but finding an expert devotee teacher in her town seems too big an ask. “I wish I could teach this wonderful service to […]

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Godhead: New Krishnacore Band Debuts First Record https://iskconnews.org/godhead-new-krishnacore-band-debuts-first-record/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 05:27:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20288 Godhead is a new Los Angeles-based Krishnacore band. Krishnacore is a subgenre of hardcore punk that draws inspiration from the Bhakta Yoga traditions. Although some hardcore punk bands had already made references to Krishna Consciousness in the 1980s punk scene, this subgenre was established in the early 1990s by bands like Shelter and 108. Godhead […]

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Growing Through Grief https://iskconnews.org/growing-through-grief/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 04:59:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20306 Most of us discover at a fairly young age that the world is not a bed of roses. The carefree joys of childhood were brutally interrupted for me when I was just seven and I lost my mother. Navigating my way through an uncertain world after that, I encountered much more pain in the shape […]

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The ‘North’ Holds Their Annual Leadership Retreat https://iskconnews.org/the-north-holds-their-annual-leadership-retreat/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 03:57:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20354 On Saturday, November 27th, over 50 leaders from across Canada got together for the annual Canadian leadership conference to present, strategize, and generate ideas for the future. Centers from the West Coast such as Sarangati to the East Coast such as Halifax were represented. The all-day conference, organized by Vrnda Dasi, Canadian Zonal Supervisor, was […]

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Jananivas Das Has Been Hospitalized https://iskconnews.org/jananivas-das-has-been-hospitalized/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 03:10:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20314 Dear Devotees, Hare Krishna, Our dear head pujari, HG Jananivas Prabhu was admitted to a hospital in Kolkata, last night. On CT scan a small tumor(1.8cm) was found on his urinary bladder. The doctor’s advice was to have it operated on and sent for a biopsy. The surgery is scheduled for Monday. Today morning, Prabhu […]

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In Memory of Srimati Madhavi Bhattacharya https://iskconnews.org/in-memory-of-srimati-madhavi-bhattacharya/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 03:06:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20326 We would like to announce the passing of one of ISKCON Mayapura’s most loyal and devoted supporters, Srimati Madhavi Bhattacharya, wife of Sri Dr. Bhattacharya. She left her body on the auspicious day of Krishna Rasa Purnima, November 18, in her home in Kolkata. She and her husband have been the biggest supporters of the […]

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Manu Murti Now Completed at TOVP https://iskconnews.org/manu-murti-now-completed-at-tovp/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 03:05:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20332 As everyone knows, the Nrsimhadeva Deity will be installed on a separate altar in the East Wing of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. The temple room of Nrsimhadeva will be smaller than the central hall, but nevertheless, it will be beautifully decorated and very majestic. The Grand Opening of this wing is scheduled for […]

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New Film Is A Window Into Bhagavad-gita’s Timeless Wisdom https://iskconnews.org/new-film-is-a-window-into-bhagavad-gitas-timeless-wisdom/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 03:04:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20343 Light of the Bhagavata, a new 25-minute film by ISKCON guru and GBC Bhaktivaibhava Swami, brings to life the timeless wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita, teaching the viewer about the nature of the soul and taking them on a meditative and enlightening journey from planet earth, through galaxies, to the eternal, blissful world of freedom from […]

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New Vrindaban’s Winter Retreats to Refresh and Rejuvenate https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindabans-winter-retreats-to-refresh-and-rejuvenate/ Sat, 04 Dec 2021 02:59:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20360 In response to the success of its summertime Sunday Brunches at Prabhupada’s Palace Rose Garden, ISKCON New Vrindaban is set to offer a series of winter retreats that will give newcomers as well as devotees a chance to refresh and recharge in a spiritual setting. The four-night mini-retreats will run every week from Thursday through […]

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Srila Prabhupada Disciple and Stalwart Preacher, Sura Dasa, Passes https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-disciple-and-stalwart-preacher-sura-dasa-passes/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 07:04:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20365   The Passing Away of Sura Dasa Today, December 2nd, at about 5:30 am California time, during the auspicious Brahma Muhurta time, His Grace Sura Prabhu (disciple of Srila Prabhupada and a long-time servant of the BBT) left his body in Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized since November 26th, after being diagnosed with Covid-19. […]

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New Study and Teach Program Makes Getting Your Sastric Degree Easier https://iskconnews.org/new-study-and-teach-program-makes-getting-your-sastric-degree-easier/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 07:59:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20427 The Study and Teach Program makes getting a sastric degree on Srila Prabhupada’s books easier and more accessible. Up till now, one of the main methods of getting your Bhakti Sastri Degree in ISKCON involved taking six months off from your job or service to study in person in Mayapur or Vrindavan. This made it […]

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PM Modi Honors Jagattarini Dasi on Radio Broadcast https://iskconnews.org/pm-modi-honors-jagattarini-dasi-on-radio-broadcast/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 07:27:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20382 On November 27th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about Jagattarini Dasi, who now runs an art gallery in the Swan Valley of Perth, on the 83rd edition of his monthly radio show, Mann Ki Baat. PM Modi said Jagattarini Dasi spent more than 13 years in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, before returning to Australia. “She says […]

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Books are the Basis https://iskconnews.org/books-are-the-basis/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:05:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20440 Books Are the Basis They come in many cases And go to different places Contents evoke happy faces Leaving many holy traces Purity Is the Force Taking us to the Great Source It is something to endorse Can’t learn it from any course Lose it and you will remorse Preaching Is the Essence Reaching young, […]

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Govardhana Eco Village Creates Green Guest Buildings Using Mud Block System https://iskconnews.org/govardhana-eco-village-creates-green-guest-buildings-using-mud-block-system/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:03:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20432 Govardhan Eco Village (GEV), ISKCON’s 100-acre farm in the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range in Maharashtra, recently completed the final fourteen rooms for its 42-room Mahavan guest building using energy-efficient mud block building technologies. The same techniques are also currently being used to build the 9,000 square foot Bhajan Ashram, a retreat facility for […]

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Utpanna Ekadasi, The TOVP and Giving Tuesday https://iskconnews.org/utpanna-ekadasi-the-tovp-and-giving-tuesday/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:47:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20418 The 11th day of the waning phase of the Moon (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Margashirsha (November–December) is observed as Utpanna Ekadasi. It is believed that fasting on this Ekadasi relieves one from the reactions to sins of past and present lives. This day is also known as Uttpatti Ekadasi. The narration below of […]

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Online Book Launch of the ‘Handbook of Hinduism in Europe’ https://iskconnews.org/online-book-launch-of-the-handbook-of-hinduism-in-europe/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:47:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20415 The ’Handbook of Hinduism in Europe’ is the first encyclopedia to this extent that explains the development of Hinduism in Europe, its various traditions, the philosophy as well as describes Hindu-rooted movements such as ISKCON. The encyclopedia consists of two volumes with 65 chapters in total, written by 60 researchers from all over Europe. The […]

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Viplava Youth Festival 2021 https://iskconnews.org/viplava-youth-festival-2021/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:41:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20409 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. IYF is the youth wing of ISKCON Delhi and has for the last decade been engaged in organizing seminars, […]

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Back to Vrndavana: Srila Prabhupada’s Final Lila is Now Available https://iskconnews.org/back-to-vrndavana-srila-prabhupadas-final-lila-is-now-available/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:35:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20398 In October a very special event happened at the TOVP, the arrival of Srila Prabhupada, the installation of the Srila Prabhupada Murti. On the same date, Hari Sauri Das made the official announcement of the arrival of his latest book – Back to Vrndavana: Srila Prabhupada’s Final Lila – and it is now available for […]

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A Community Divided https://iskconnews.org/a-community-divided/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:32:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20388   A Small Church’s Example of Compassion Last year, members of the Calvary Christian Reformed Church attempted to do something that has proven difficult in America: establish common ground in a time when so many are divided politically. It’s a familiar complaint in America: political polarization has grown toxic, and houses of worship have not […]

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Perfect Questions Perfect Answers – Srila Prabhupada – Philadelphia, 1975 https://iskconnews.org/perfect-questions-perfect-answers-srila-prabhupada-philadelphia-1975/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 04:19:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20534 Reporters from the Philadelphia Enquirer Ann Jones and Sandy Nixon compiled a list of questions for Srila Prabhupada. Sandy Nixon planned to write a book and a New York Times magazine article on the spiritual masters who were influencing Americans at the time. Her idea for the book was to let people know what Krishna […]

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Vrindavan Web Series: Mathura – Gokul | Braj Mandal Parikrama https://iskconnews.org/vrindavan-web-series-mathura-gokul-braj-mandal-parikrama/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 04:09:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20529 Welcome to Braj Mandal Parikarama! The scriptures declare the land of Braj to be the holiest of places in the universe, as the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, performed His pastimes in this sacred land, 5000 years ago. Here is the list of places we will be visiting on the first day of the Parikrama: 1) […]

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Yoga May Be As Beneficial To The Brain As Aerobic Exercise https://iskconnews.org/yoga-may-be-as-beneficial-to-the-brain-as-aerobic-exercise/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 21:40:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/yoga-may-be-as-beneficial-to-the-brain-as-aerobic-exercise/ Faculty in the News: Neha Gothe, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health   CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — There’s no shortage of scientific evidence that aerobic exercise is good for the brain. Imaging studies have shown that getting the heart pumping from a strong jog or bike ride strengthens connections in many brain networks and helps […]

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George Harrison Chants Hare Krishna at ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor https://iskconnews.org/george-harrison-chants-hare-krishna-at-iskcon-bhaktivedanta-manor/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 18:49:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/george-harrison-chants-hare-krishna-at-iskcon-bhaktivedanta-manor/ Source: Krishna Tube    George Harrison had a long relationship with Srila Prabhupada and the Hare Krishna movement. Very early George became a devotee and used his money for Krishna by, for example, paying the full cost of printing Srila Prabhupada’s, Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, and by purchasing Bhaktivedanta Manor.  In the 1990’s […]

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ISKCON Philadelphia Welcomes Srimati Vrinda-devi https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-philadelphia-welcomes-srimati-vrinda-devi/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 20:07:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-philadelphia-welcomes-srimati-vrinda-devi/ Sunday, November 21, join us in welcoming Srimati Vrinda-devi as well as Srimati Tulsi-devi into her new room.  When Srimati Vrinda Devi entered into the material world she manifested herself as the sacred Tulsi plant.  Being very dear to Lord Krishna, her leaves are an essential part of Krishna’s worship.  She is extremely merciful and, by […]

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Alien Identities-The Hieronimus Show https://iskconnews.org/alien-identities-the-hieronimus-show/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 19:14:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/alien-identities-the-hieronimus-show/ Source: Vedic Science Channel – Dr. Richard L. Thompson Talk show host Bob Hieronimus discusses with Sadaputa Dasa (Dr. Richard L. Thompson) his recently published “Alien Identities.” The book created an immediate sensation amongst ufologists because of its sweeping survey of UFO phenomena and its exceptionally honest analysis. “Bizarre is a culturally conditioned term,” Thompson explains. […]

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ISKCON South African National Council Makes Sweeping Changes https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-south-african-national-council-makes-sweeping-changes/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 17:24:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-south-african-national-council-makes-sweeping-changes/ 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. The aim of the transformation is to “more fully realize Srila Prabhupada’s vision for Krishna Consciousness in South Africa and to present Krishna […]

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230,000 Schoolchildren Learn Environmental Values From Bhagavad-gita https://iskconnews.org/230000-schoolchildren-learn-environmental-values-from-bhagavad-gita/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 17:23:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/230000-schoolchildren-learn-environmental-values-from-bhagavad-gita/ 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 […]

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New Zealand Devotees Feed Thousands During Auckland Lockdown https://iskconnews.org/new-zealand-devotees-feed-thousands-during-auckland-lockdown/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 17:21:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-zealand-devotees-feed-thousands-during-auckland-lockdown/ After being virtually free of Covid-19 for most of the pandemic, New Zealand instituted a lockdown in August after discovering its first case in six months. Auckland, the epicenter of the outbreak, has remained in lockdown for over 90 days now, while most of the rest of the country has been living with minimal restrictions. […]

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MAN-tra Retreat for Devotee Men Explores The Hero’s Journey https://iskconnews.org/man-tra-retreat-for-devotee-men-explores-the-heros-journey/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 17:20:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/man-tra-retreat-for-devotee-men-explores-the-heros-journey/ 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 […]

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Live to Give 2021 – Official Anthem of Prabhupada Marathon https://iskconnews.org/live-to-give-2021-official-anthem-of-prabhupada-marathon/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 22:42:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/live-to-give-2021-official-anthem-of-prabhupada-marathon/ Source: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Writing and Rap: Anupama Dasa Vocals: Mani Manjari Devi Dasi Music and Mixing: Gaura Klein Video Editing: Amanda-vikrama Dasa

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THE 12th ANNUAL BBT AFRICA CONFERENCE 2021 https://iskconnews.org/the-12th-annual-bbt-africa-conference-2021/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 22:39:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-12th-annual-bbt-africa-conference-2021/ Source: BBT Africa Join Aghari Krishna Dasa and panelists Dwarka Vasini Devi Dasi (East Africa), Prema Vilas Dasa (Mauritius), and Vibhu Caitanya Das (South Africa) as they discuss Africa’s key opportunities for outreach and what are the innovations taking place in countries across Africa to seize these opportunities in preaching Srila Prabhupada’s mission.

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What Defines a Person’s Importance, Birthplace or Activities? https://iskconnews.org/what-defines-a-persons-importance-birthplace-or-activities/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 22:34:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/what-defines-a-persons-importance-birthplace-or-activities/ Below is a narration of a conversation between His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and Bhavananda prabhu in Mayapur, 1977: In 1977 I was on the roof of the Lotus Building with Srila Prabhupada. He was walking the perimeter and chanting japa. At one point he stopped on the North side and was looking across the […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Online Dating https://iskconnews.org/the-ultimate-guide-to-online-dating/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 16:02:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/?p=20663 The app Hornet, which caters to the gay male community, has seen a 30-percent increase in social feed engagement since social distancing measures began in mid-March, according to CEO Christof Wittig. And the dating app Tinder reported that it saw more engagement on March 29 than on any other day in its history, with more […]

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Bhisma Pancaka- The Passing Away of Bhismadeva https://iskconnews.org/bhisma-pancaka-the-passing-away-of-bhismadeva/ Sun, 14 Nov 2021 19:26:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhisma-pancaka-the-passing-away-of-bhismadeva/ Bhisma-panchaka is five days dedicated to Bhismadev, The son of mother Ganga, and his father King Shantanu-Bhismah santanavo birah. He is the Grandfather of Pandavas, descendant of Great king Bharata in the Kuru dynasty. The period falls in the last 5 days of the month Kartik, the resounding 5 days of chaturmasya. It is said […]

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Bhisma Pancaka- The Passing Away of Bhismadeva https://iskconnews.org/bhisma-pancaka-the-passing-away-of-bhismadeva-2/ Sun, 14 Nov 2021 19:26:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhisma-pancaka-the-passing-away-of-bhismadeva-2/ Bhisma-panchaka is five days dedicated to Bhismadev, The son of mother Ganga, and his father King Shantanu-Bhismah santanavo birah. He is the Grandfather of Pandavas, descendant of Great king Bharata in the Kuru dynasty. The period falls in the last 5 days of the month Kartik, the resounding 5 days of chaturmasya. It is said […]

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Be Careful What You Hear https://iskconnews.org/be-careful-what-you-hear/ Sun, 14 Nov 2021 19:03:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/be-careful-what-you-hear/ A recent study at Stanford University revealed the potent combination of science and sound. Abazz app can detect the disease a mosquito might be carrying by detecting its buzzing sound. Another discovery from the lab showed the effect of sound on one of the most compact cells in the human body, the heart cells. The idea sprung […]

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Utthana Ekadasi and Fasting https://iskconnews.org/utthana-ekadasi-and-fasting/ Sun, 14 Nov 2021 15:03:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/utthana-ekadasi-and-fasting/ Today we observe Utthana Ekadashi. Herein you will find suggestions for observing Ekadashi fast, Ekadashi time calculators, and inspiring pastimes and scripture.    NOTE: Utthana Ekadashi is observed on Sunday, November 14 in the US and Monday, November 15 in India and other parts of the world. Please refer to your local calendar through Gaurabda Calendar/Gcal and also […]

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ISKCON Mayapur Presents First Virtual Sri Kshetra Puri Parikrama https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-mayapur-presents-first-virtual-sri-kshetra-puri-parikrama/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 18:11:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-mayapur-presents-first-virtual-sri-kshetra-puri-parikrama/   ISKCON Mayapur will be conducting a Virtual Puri Parikrama for three days, from 14th to 16th November.  This is a zoom-based program of one hour every day from 8 pm to 9 pm. IST. Bhakti Purusottama Swami and many more senior devotees will be our guides to various holy places in Puri dhama.    […]

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Help Russian Devotees Distribute a Million Books https://iskconnews.org/help-russian-devotees-distribute-a-million-books/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 17:35:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/help-russian-devotees-distribute-a-million-books/ 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!   There […]

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Utthana Ekadasi and the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/utthana-ekadasi-and-the-tovp/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 15:56:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/utthana-ekadasi-and-the-tovp/ This Ekadasi has four names: Utthana – Haribodhini – Prabodhini – Devotthani, and it is the second Ekadasi (Kartik Shukla, light fortnight) in the month of Kartik. It is said that Lord Vishnu goes to rest for four months during the period known as Chaturmasya. Starting from Sayana Ekadasi, which is the first Ekadasi that […]

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12th BBT Africa Conference Offers Inspiration, Strategies for Book Distribution https://iskconnews.org/12th-bbt-africa-conference-offers-inspiration-strategies-for-book-distribution/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 14:48:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/12th-bbt-africa-conference-offers-inspiration-strategies-for-book-distribution/ About 170 book distributors, temple presidents, GBC members, Bhaktivedanta Book Trust staff and devotees in general viewed the 12th Annual BBT Africa Conference, held online and broadcast at https://www.youtube.com/c/BBTAfrica on Saturday November 6th. Speakers from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Mauritius participated in the three-hour conference, which is a platform for an exchange of ideas […]

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New Vrindaban’s Devotee Care Team Provides Assistance and Association https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindabans-devotee-care-team-provides-assistance-and-association/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 14:44:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindabans-devotee-care-team-provides-assistance-and-association/ The new Devotee Care Team started in New Vrindaban, West Virginia in April 2021, is providing resources, assistance and association for residents of the large rural community. The team is run by Lilasuka Dasi, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who first moved to New Vrindaban in 1980 and has served there as a day school […]

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Srila Prabhupada’s Flower Boy Sanka Das Passes Away: “He Had a Huge Heart” https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-flower-boy-sanka-das-passes-away-he-had-a-huge-heart/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 14:43:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-flower-boy-sanka-das-passes-away-he-had-a-huge-heart/ Sanka Das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada known for his compassionate and giving nature, his cooking and gardening, his smile, and his “huge heart,” passed away peacefully on the auspicious day of Govardhana Puja, November 5th, in Alachua, Florida. He was 73. Sanka left during the Brahmamuhurta hour of 2:50am while looking at a picture […]

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Nature’s Newsroom: Global Commons Alliance https://iskconnews.org/natures-newsroom-global-commons-alliance/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 20:00:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/natures-newsroom-global-commons-alliance/ Source: Global Commons Alliance Interview with Gopal Patel (Bhumi Global), Henrik Grape (World Council of Churches), Sister Jayanti (Brahma Kumaris) from the Nature’s Newsroom at COP26, Glasgow. Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities […]

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Children Who Remember Their Past Lives: The Link with the Bhagavat Philosophy https://iskconnews.org/children-who-remember-their-past-lives-the-link-with-the-bhagavat-philosophy/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 19:52:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/children-who-remember-their-past-lives-the-link-with-the-bhagavat-philosophy/ Source: Devotion Yoga  I’m Cyril Wohrer, also known as Chandra. I’m from Los Angeles and Paris. I have a Masters’s in the Study of Religion from the University of Oxford. I have accumulated fifty thousand hours of mantra meditation, and I teach and am the Director of Studies at the (online) Audarya Center for Bhagavat […]

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New and Improved Upgraded Holy Pilgrimages Website https://iskconnews.org/new-and-improved-upgraded-holy-pilgrimages-website/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 19:38:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-and-improved-upgraded-holy-pilgrimages-website/ The Holy Pilgrimages website is now upgraded. Encompassing easy navigation features to browse online the various holy places around India! The new additions include rare videos of various holy places (Vraja Mandala, Navadvipa Dhama, etc.) and unique documentaries on Vaishnava Acaryas like Srila Haridas Thakura, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati Thakura, and on the life of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The […]

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Why Does Srimati Radharani Give Us Darshan Of Her Divine Lotus Feet On Gopastami? https://iskconnews.org/why-does-srimati-radharani-give-us-darshan-of-her-divine-lotus-feet-on-gopastami/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 18:43:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/why-does-srimati-radharani-give-us-darshan-of-her-divine-lotus-feet-on-gopastami/ Today Special Gopastami Darshan of Radharani’s Lotus Feet! WHY DOES SRIMATI RADHARANI GIVE US DARSAN OF HER DIVINE LOTUS FEET ON GOPASTAMI? image source: Urban Devi    On this day, many temples in Vrindavana, and now throughout the world, show the Deity form of Srimati Radharani with her lotus feet visible. On all other days […]

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Gopāṣṭamī https://iskconnews.org/gopa%e1%b9%a3%e1%b9%adami/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 18:20:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gopa%e1%b9%a3%e1%b9%adami/ Gopastami is the festival when Lord Krishna together with His cowherd boyfriends officially took up the task of tending cows as cowherds. It is stated in the Kārttika-māhātmya section of the Padma Purāṇa: śuklāṣṭamī kārttike tu smṛtā gopāṣṭamī budhaiḥ tad-dinād vāsudevo ‘bhūd gopaḥ pūrvaṁ tu vatsapaḥ   “The eighth lunar day of the bright fortnight […]

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Rajendranandana Das (ACBSP) Leaves this World https://iskconnews.org/rajendranandana-das-acbsp-leaves-this-world/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 16:59:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/rajendranandana-das-acbsp-leaves-this-world/ Hare Krishna. Rajendranandana prabhu (Sam Rogers) a disciple of SrilaPrabhupada and beloved by many devotees around the world, left his bodyyesterday (Tuesday, November 10th) at approximately 1:15pm local time in SanDiego, California. He was at home and being lovingly cared for by his wife,son, and fellow devotees. Rajendranandana prabhu’s health had been failing for some […]

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Towards Varnashrama Dharma: A Constitution for ISKCON https://iskconnews.org/towards-varnashrama-dharma-a-constitution-for-iskcon/ Wed, 10 Nov 2021 19:01:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/towards-varnashrama-dharma-a-constitution-for-iskcon/ One rather awkward problem of today’s times is that of societal organization. There have been considerable difficulties and dissatisfaction in pretty much all societies, whether capitalist, socialist, communist, autocracies, democracies, theocracies or whatever. Nothing seems to be working too well. I think the term that might best describe most of them is ‘muddling along’, but […]

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Diwali at the Manor – Special visit by the Home Secretary https://iskconnews.org/diwali-at-the-manor-special-visit-by-the-home-secretary/ Tue, 09 Nov 2021 15:41:23 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/diwali-at-the-manor-special-visit-by-the-home-secretary/ The Home Secretary Rt Hon Ms Priti Patel joined thousands to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple near Watford on Sunday 7th November. Highlights of the festival included colourful dances, plays from ancient Indian history, devotional music and thousands of free vegetarian meals were served to the guests throughout […]

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The Origin of MAN-tra https://iskconnews.org/the-origin-of-man-tra/ Tue, 09 Nov 2021 15:25:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-origin-of-man-tra/   In celebration of this weekend’s MAN-tra retreat, Bhaktimarga Swami has written the following poem to help inspire and set the mood.   It was somewhere near Oakland in CaliforniaWhere people drive everything from Harleys to a Porsche-a Anuttama and I were ambling on our humble feetAs traffic whizzed by like a roaring missile fleet […]

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Meet Alfred Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford and a Gainesville resident https://iskconnews.org/meet-alfred-ford-the-great-grandson-of-henry-ford-and-a-gainesville-resident/ Sun, 07 Nov 2021 21:07:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/meet-alfred-ford-the-great-grandson-of-henry-ford-and-a-gainesville-resident/ The article below appeared in NPR: News and Public Media for North Central Florida from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Meet Alfred Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford and a Gainesville resident When most people hear the name “Ford,” they think of cars. But one heir to the company wanted to change that in his […]

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Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-disappearance-day/ Sun, 07 Nov 2021 18:26:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-disappearance-day/   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.   CC Madhya 8.248, Translation and Purport The spiritual hankering and lamentation become manifested in the form of the […]

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Govardhan Puja Annakut 2021 | ISKCON Chowpatty https://iskconnews.org/govardhan-puja-annakut-2021-iskcon-chowpatty/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 18:18:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/govardhan-puja-annakut-2021-iskcon-chowpatty/ Highlights of Govardhan Puja celebrated on 5 Nov 2021 at ISKCON Chowpatty

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Persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh: with HG Amogha Lila Das https://iskconnews.org/persecution-of-hindus-in-bangladesh-with-hg-amogha-lila-das/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 18:15:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/persecution-of-hindus-in-bangladesh-with-hg-amogha-lila-das/ Persecution of Hindus in Bangladesh: with HG Amogha Lila Das! * What’s the reality for Hindus in Bangladesh? Is there hope for communal peace or is it just a mirage for Bangladesh? * As vaisnavas, how do we respond to such violence? * ISKCON trains people to become Brahmanas. Don’t we also need Kshatriyas? * […]

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Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day and the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-disappearance-day-and-the-tovp/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 17:51:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-disappearance-day-and-the-tovp/ Forty-four years ago this year, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada left this world for the divine abode of Sri Krishna and His pastimes. During his empowered life as a preacher of Krishna consciousness from 1965-1977, he accomplished more than practically any acharya in history, bringing the opportunity for the highest attainment of Goloka […]

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”Om” Giardino in Natura at Villa Vrindavana ISKCON – Italy https://iskconnews.org/om-giardino-in-natura-at-villa-vrindavana-iskcon-italy/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 16:39:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/om-giardino-in-natura-at-villa-vrindavana-iskcon-italy/ In the splendid Tuscan settings of Villa Vrindavana ISKCON (where the  ” Goshala Balarama ” Cow Protection Sanctuary is located), an initiative dedicated to children aged between 3 and 9 was started. ”Om” Giardino in Natura is a family-oriented project of devotees designed to help children to grow in harmony with themselves and with the […]

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Nityananda Pran Das: On a Mission to Improve Marriages and Parenting in ISKCON https://iskconnews.org/nityananda-pran-das-on-a-mission-to-improve-marriages-and-parenting-in-iskcon/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 16:12:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/nityananda-pran-das-on-a-mission-to-improve-marriages-and-parenting-in-iskcon/ It is said that acceptance of uncertainties in life leads to adventure. On top of being a devotee leader par excellence, Nityananda Pran Das (Nachi Lolla) is certainly an adventurous man. At the peak of his professional career as a marketing executive at a fortune 500 company making a 6-figure salary, he quit and became […]

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Ben & Esther’s, Portland’s Only Vegan Jewish Deli https://iskconnews.org/ben-esthers-portlands-only-vegan-jewish-deli/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 15:29:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/ben-esthers-portlands-only-vegan-jewish-deli/ Portland’s only vegan Jewish deli and bakery is open for business and is devotee run and operated. Ben and Esther’s is modeled after a traditional New York-style Jewish deli but is completely plant-based. You’ll find their menu filled with classic New York deli staples like lox, matzo ball soup, rugelach, knishes, and kugel.  ISKCON News […]

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Sanskrit Sense: Free Online Sanskrit Course https://iskconnews.org/sanskrit-sense-free-online-sanskrit-course/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 15:14:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sanskrit-sense-free-online-sanskrit-course/   Learn the correct way of pronouncing and singing the standard prayers and chants for ISKCON. Brought to you by Sanskrit Sense School, the best online courses for Sanskrit.  Broken down into 4 simple lessons plus bonus material. Hosted and taught by Nityananada Dasa, whose service has been Sanskrit translation for more than 15 years and […]

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Hadai Pandit Institute Aims to Reach Academic Audience with Congress on Logic https://iskconnews.org/hadai-pandit-institute-aims-to-reach-academic-audience-with-congress-on-logic/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 14:36:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/hadai-pandit-institute-aims-to-reach-academic-audience-with-congress-on-logic/ 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. Viewers can sign up at https://hadaipandit.org/ to log in and watch live on Zoom, or watch at https://www.facebook.com/institutohadaipandit. The Institute, based in Argentina, […]

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Award-Winning Introduction to Bhakti “Wise Love” Released in Spanish https://iskconnews.org/award-winning-introduction-to-bhakti-wise-love-released-in-spanish/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 14:35:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/award-winning-introduction-to-bhakti-wise-love-released-in-spanish/ Wise Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness, an innovative introductory book to the path of Bhakti for a modern Western audience, has been translated into Spanish as Amor Sabio, and is now available in paperback and Kindle editions. Author Pranada Dasi, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, first released Wise Love in […]

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Book Distribution Keeps Team ISKCON Alachua Connected https://iskconnews.org/book-distribution-keeps-team-iskcon-alachua-connected/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 14:35:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/book-distribution-keeps-team-iskcon-alachua-connected/ As the year nears its conclusion, Team ISKCON Alachua, the book distribution effort of the biggest Hare Krishna community in the Western world, is already in the midst of its final marathon of 2021, the Live to Give Campaign. Running from September until the end of the year, Live to Give is an international book […]

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Radha Krishna Records Releases Mantra Lounge Volume 4 https://iskconnews.org/radha-krishna-records-releases-mantra-lounge-volume-4/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 14:35:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/radha-krishna-records-releases-mantra-lounge-volume-4/ The London Radha Krishna Temple’s own non-profit label, Radha Krishna Records – founded in 2009 and dedicated to spiritual mantra music – has released Volume 4 in its popular Mantra Lounge series.  The nine-track album features an incredible lineup of international mantra artists, singing heartfelt and meditative chants for the Lord against a layered soundscape […]

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Happy Govardhan Puja https://iskconnews.org/happy-govardhan-puja/ Thu, 04 Nov 2021 23:43:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/happy-govardhan-puja/   What is Govardhan Puja? 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 […]

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ISKCON Leicester Safeguard Their Historic Landmark https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-leicester-safeguard-their-historic-landmark/ Thu, 04 Nov 2021 17:19:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-leicester-safeguard-their-historic-landmark/ 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. The ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Leicester building is the former headquarters of the Leicestershire Banking Corporation and one of the most iconic Victorian masterpieces of architect […]

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First Ever Rathayatra Parade Held in El Paso, Texas https://iskconnews.org/first-ever-rathayatra-parade-held-in-el-paso-texas/ Mon, 01 Nov 2021 16:49:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/first-ever-rathayatra-parade-held-in-el-paso-texas/ Devotees in El Paso, Texas held their first Rathayatra parade on October 2nd, to an enthusiastic response. The city, which stands on the Rio Grande across the Mexico–United States border from Ciudad Juárez, has an 81% Hispanic population. It is home to a small Hare Krishna congregation, with weekly programs held at the El Paso Preaching Center by president Krishna […]

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Global Kirtan Protest: Mayapur https://iskconnews.org/global-kirtan-protest-mayapur/ Sat, 30 Oct 2021 19:20:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/global-kirtan-protest-mayapur/ Source: Mayapur TV #globalkirtanprotest ISKCON Mayapur Dham holds a rally for the murdered ISKCON devotees and minorities in Bangladesh.

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An Unusual Kartika Vow https://iskconnews.org/an-unusual-kartika-vow/ Sat, 30 Oct 2021 19:10:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/an-unusual-kartika-vow/ It’s that time of year again when we get a chance to be intentional about nurturing our relationship with Krishna by considering a vow (vrata in Sanskrit) for the month of Kartika. Many Bhakti practitioners give things up as a gesture of love (sweets for example) and others add more powerful spiritual activities (more reading […]

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Glories of Rama Ekadashi https://iskconnews.org/glories-of-rama-ekadashi/ Sat, 30 Oct 2021 18:52:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/glories-of-rama-ekadashi/ 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.” The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna then spoke as follows, “O lion among kings, please listen as […]

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Srila Prabhupada’s College Celebrates his 125th Birth Anniversary https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-college-celebrates-his-125th-birth-anniversary/ Sat, 30 Oct 2021 18:20:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-college-celebrates-his-125th-birth-anniversary/ 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.  […]

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Rama-Ekadasi at the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/rama-ekadasi-at-the-tovp/ Sat, 30 Oct 2021 17:52:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/rama-ekadasi-at-the-tovp/ The 11th day of Krishna Paksha (Moon’s waning phase) in the month of Kartik (October – November) is celebrated as Rama Ekadasi, named after Lord Vishnu’s consort, Goddess Rama. The day is also known as Rambha Ekadasi or Kartik Krishna Ekadasi. It’s recommended to fast, chant extra rounds and stay up all night chanting and […]

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Rajendranandana Das Prepares to Leave this World https://iskconnews.org/rajendranandana-das-prepares-to-leave-this-world/ Sat, 30 Oct 2021 17:40:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/rajendranandana-das-prepares-to-leave-this-world/ Rajendranandana Das (ACBSP) prepares to leave this world   As some of you may know, HG Rajendranandana Prabhu (ACBSP) has stage four cancer.    He is bedridden at home in the US with his wife Catura Devi Dasi and his son Aja.    He had some lower back problem about two and a half months […]

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Madi Das and Dave Stringer to Release New “Country and Eastern” Album https://iskconnews.org/madi-das-and-dave-stringer-to-release-new-country-and-eastern-album/ Sat, 30 Oct 2021 17:12:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/madi-das-and-dave-stringer-to-release-new-country-and-eastern-album/ Lead singer Madi Das and producer Dave Stringer of the 2014 kirtan album Bhakti Without Borders have launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new “Country and Eastern” kirtan record. Bhakti Without Borders featured Madi in duets with 11 female artists from around the world, and 100% of its profits went to the Sandipani Muni School […]

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Radha Sivyer Featured on Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker https://iskconnews.org/radha-sivyer-featured-on-handmade-britains-best-woodworker/ Sat, 30 Oct 2021 17:11:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/radha-sivyer-featured-on-handmade-britains-best-woodworker/ Radha Sivyer, a second-generation devotee and member of the Bhaktivedanta Manor community in the UK, is currently demonstrating his impressive woodworking skills as a contestant on Channel 4’s Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker. Also known as Radha Vinode Das, Radha was born and raised in Wales, and moved with his family to the Watford area near […]

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Choice – Vaijayanti Devi Dasi https://iskconnews.org/choice-vaijayanti-devi-dasi/ Tue, 26 Oct 2021 18:58:23 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/choice-vaijayanti-devi-dasi/ Source: Bhaktivedanta College

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The Disappearance Day of Srila Narottama Das Thakur https://iskconnews.org/the-disappearance-day-of-srila-narottama-das-thakur/ Tue, 26 Oct 2021 00:12:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-disappearance-day-of-srila-narottama-das-thakur/ Today is the disappearance day of a great saint, Srila Narottama Das Thakur!  Appearing as the son of a king, Shri Narottama Dasa Thakura (Shri Thakura Mahasaya) showed all the bodily symptoms of a mahapurusha (an exalted divine person). He had long arms, a deep navel, golden-complexion, beautiful eyes shaped like the lotus petals. In […]

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Britain’s Best Woodworker https://iskconnews.org/britains-best-woodworker/ Mon, 25 Oct 2021 20:01:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/britains-best-woodworker/ Radha Sivyer, a prominent member of the Bhaktivedanta Players drama group, is appearing regularly as a talented contestant on Channel 4’s  Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker. Nine of the country’s most talented craftspeople are battling it out in Channel 4’s new competition, Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker. Hosted by former Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc, and judged […]

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Global Kirtan Protest for Bangladesh – Recap https://iskconnews.org/global-kirtan-protest-for-bangladesh-recap/ Sun, 24 Oct 2021 19:05:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/global-kirtan-protest-for-bangladesh-recap/ 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. #globalkirtanprotest, Times […]

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Appreciating Bangladesh Heritage & Culture with Gauranga Das https://iskconnews.org/appreciating-bangladesh-heritage-culture-with-gauranga-das/ Sat, 23 Oct 2021 15:06:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/appreciating-bangladesh-heritage-culture-with-gauranga-das/ Source: GBC SPT     The heritage of Bangladesh is an integral part of Gaudiya Vaishnava culture. The culture of Bangladesh is appreciated for its diversity. Several associates of Lord Caitanya appeared in Bangladesh, the land of sacred books, rivers, and so much more.

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Damodarastakam | Vishaka Devi Dasi | https://iskconnews.org/damodarastakam-vishaka-devi-dasi/ Sat, 23 Oct 2021 06:18:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/damodarastakam-vishaka-devi-dasi/ Source: Vishaka Devi Dasi This song describes Krishna’s early childhood pastime of running from His mother when she tried to chastise Him for stealing butter. During the month of Kartika, devotees around the world sing this prayer every day while offering ghee lamps to Krishna. Each verse describes various qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, […]

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New Introductory Course by Karuna Care Education https://iskconnews.org/new-introductory-course-by-karuna-care-education/ Sat, 23 Oct 2021 06:09:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-introductory-course-by-karuna-care-education/ Many of us feel compassion for others’ suffering and would like to help but don’t know-how. Karuna Care Education is now offering three Introductory Courses to answer this need:   – Impact of Grief on Spiritual Growth: As Krishna Bhaktas we may think that, if we just chant more, the pain of grief will go away. This will […]

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PRABHUPADA IS HERE! The Grand Prabhupada Welcome Ceremony a Grand Success https://iskconnews.org/prabhupada-is-here-the-grand-prabhupada-welcome-ceremony-a-grand-success/ Sat, 23 Oct 2021 06:00:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/prabhupada-is-here-the-grand-prabhupada-welcome-ceremony-a-grand-success/ Source: Temple of the Vedic Planetarium TOVP On October 14 and 15, ISKCON worldwide celebrated the Grand Welcome Ceremony of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP). Through Mayapur TV, the two-day event was broadcast live on YouTube and multiple ISKCON-related Facebook Pages, and viewed by hundreds […]

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Tallahassee Krishna House Resurrected After Nearly Closing Its Doors https://iskconnews.org/tallahassee-krishna-house-resurrected-after-nearly-closing-its-doors/ Sat, 23 Oct 2021 05:53:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/tallahassee-krishna-house-resurrected-after-nearly-closing-its-doors/ Faced with challenges such as a seriously deteriorating building and a pandemic, the Krishna House in Tallahassee, Florida recently came close to closing its doors for good. But the efforts of dedicated devotees brought it back from the brink, and the project is now steadily reaching out to students at Florida State University (FSU) with […]

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“Chasing Rhinos” Volume 3 Captures Srila Prabhupada’s Adventurous Spirit https://iskconnews.org/chasing-rhinos-volume-3-captures-srila-prabhupadas-adventurous-spirit/ Sat, 23 Oct 2021 05:53:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/chasing-rhinos-volume-3-captures-srila-prabhupadas-adventurous-spirit/ The final volume in ISKCON pioneer Shyamasundar Das’s epic Srila Prabhupada trilogy “Chasing Rhinos with the Swami” is available now for pre-order. Nearly three years in the making, the book runs to 460 pages, with 290 photos, many never seen before. It’s a thrilling firsthand account of the ISKCON Founder-Acharya’s unbending energy, uncanny intelligence, sidesplitting […]

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ISKCON Dominican Republic Starts Campaign for New Gaura Nitai Temple https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-dominican-republic-starts-campaign-for-new-gaura-nitai-temple/ Sat, 23 Oct 2021 05:52:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-dominican-republic-starts-campaign-for-new-gaura-nitai-temple/ Devotees in Santo Domingo, the capital of Caribbean island nation the Dominican Republic, have launched a fundraising campaign to build a new temple for Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. ISKCON was established in the Dominican Republic nearly 50 years ago, and Gaura Nitai have been the presiding Deities in Santo Domingo ever since. But the current […]

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Violence is Not Golden https://iskconnews.org/violence-is-not-golden/ Fri, 22 Oct 2021 03:42:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/violence-is-not-golden/ Violence is not Golden   By: Bhaktimarga Swami  Violence is not golden But action with intelligence stolen The insecurities that a person may feel Arise from that which is not real A mistaken notion that the body is me When I am its engine, a soul identity If someone has a belief of a different […]

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Bangladesh Global Kirtan Protest https://iskconnews.org/bangladesh-global-kirtan-protest/ Wed, 20 Oct 2021 14:53:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bangladesh-global-kirtan-protest/ Bangladesh Global Kirtan Protest Resources and Information on ISKCON’s Bangladesh Global Kirtan Protest Event  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.  The global event will take […]

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The Glorious Month Of Kartik https://iskconnews.org/the-glorious-month-of-kartik/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 23:21:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-glorious-month-of-kartik/ 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 […]

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Bhaktivedanta Manor Appeals to Protection in Bangladesh https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-manor-appeals-to-protection-in-bangladesh/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 11:46:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-manor-appeals-to-protection-in-bangladesh/ ISKCON Appeals for Protection of Minorities in Bangladesh Attacks on Hindu Temples and Communities Must Be Stopped On 13th October 2021, radical extremists began strategic, coordinated attacks on Hindu minorities in Bangladesh. The attacks continued until October 15th with innumerable homes, shops, puja pandals, and temples being looted, burned, and destroyed. Around 10 fatalities have […]

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ISKCON Kolkata Candlelight Protest for Bangladesh https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-kolkata-candlelight-protest-for-bangladesh/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 21:13:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-kolkata-candlelight-protest-for-bangladesh/ On October 17th, 2021, ISKCON Kolkata organized a candlelight protest in response to the ongoing atrocities in Bangladesh and the destruction of the ISKCON Noakhali Bangladesh temple. ISKCON will be organizing official peaceful protests very soon so please stay connected to ISKCON News for the latest.    More pictures from this event can be seen on ISKCON News […]

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ISKCON Appeals for Protection of Minorities in Bangladesh Attacks on Hindu Temples and Communities Must Be Stopped https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-appeals-for-protection-of-minorities-in-bangladesh-attacks-on-hindu-temples-and-communities-must-be-stopped/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 04:01:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-appeals-for-protection-of-minorities-in-bangladesh-attacks-on-hindu-temples-and-communities-must-be-stopped/ ISKCON Statement  ISKCON Appeals for Protection of Minorities in Bangladesh Attacks on Hindu Temples and Communities Must Be Stopped   October 17, 2021 Anuttama Dasa, Minister of Communications   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 […]

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ISKCON Official Report on Bangladesh Attacks https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-official-report-on-bangladesh-attacks/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 03:36:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-official-report-on-bangladesh-attacks/   Report on Bangladesh Attacks Jagatguru Gauranga das and Naru Gopal das October 17, 2021 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 […]

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Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir Kartika Parikrama Schedule https://iskconnews.org/sri-sri-krishna-balaram-mandir-kartika-parikrama-schedule-3/ Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:41:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sri-sri-krishna-balaram-mandir-kartika-parikrama-schedule-3/ Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir Kartika Parikrama Schedule 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 […]

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The glories of Pasankusa Ekadasi https://iskconnews.org/the-glories-of-pasankusa-ekadasi/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 21:09:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-glories-of-pasankusa-ekadasi/ The glories of Pasankusa Ekadasi which occurs during the waxing moon in the month of September/October is described in Brahmavaivartha Purana in the conversation between Lord Krishna and Maharaj Yudhisthira. Maharaj Yudhisthira said O Madhusudan what is the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the waxing moon in the month of September/October. Please be kind […]

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How We Can Experience Krishna Through Forgiveness by Ghanashyam Das https://iskconnews.org/how-we-can-experience-krishna-through-forgiveness-by-ghanashyam-das/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 20:48:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/how-we-can-experience-krishna-through-forgiveness-by-ghanashyam-das/ Source: End of Life Care Alachua FL Ghanashyam Das, Certified Professional Chaplain presentation on Forgiveness. Resentment impacts not only how we view relationships but also how we navigate the world around us. Unresolved resentment often gets in between us and Krishna, affecting both the quality and depth of our love for Him. If we want to […]

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Grand Welcoming Ceremony of Srila Prabhupada to the TOVP https://iskconnews.org/grand-welcoming-ceremony-of-srila-prabhupada-to-the-tovp/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 20:42:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/grand-welcoming-ceremony-of-srila-prabhupada-to-the-tovp/   Source: Mayapur TV Grand Welcoming Ceremony of Srila Prabhupada to the TOVP – Day 1 Day 2 celebrations can be seen here Day 3 celebrations can be seen here     

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GBC SPT Host ‘Celebrating Kartik 2021’ Online Festival https://iskconnews.org/gbc-spt-host-celebrating-kartik-2021-online-festival/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 20:29:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gbc-spt-host-celebrating-kartik-2021-online-festival/ The GBC SPT invites you to join us for:   “Celebrating Kartika 2021 – Enrich Your Krishna Consciousness” with daily broadcasts from 20th October to 20th November.  Sign up now at https://gbcspt.com/kartika to receive email notifications for all of our programs that will help you celebrate Kartika and take advantage of this glorious month. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/gbcspt and follow […]

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Major Decision in ISKCON’s Favor in Long Island Legal Case https://iskconnews.org/major-decision-in-iskcons-favor-in-long-island-legal-case/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 18:59:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/major-decision-in-iskcons-favor-in-long-island-legal-case/ Statement from the ISKCON North America Council October 16, 2021   A North American legal case that has lasted almost two decades took a decisive turn in favor of ISKCON this past week. This long-running case, known in ISKCON as the Long Island Court Case,  began in 2004 in Freeport, New York. At that time, […]

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Stirring New Song “When Will I See You Again” Blends Bhajan and Spoken Word https://iskconnews.org/stirring-new-song-when-will-i-see-you-again-blends-bhajan-and-spoken-word/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 07:24:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/stirring-new-song-when-will-i-see-you-again-blends-bhajan-and-spoken-word/ A soulful new single by gurukuli Hari Kirtan Kaufmann, featuring Lilashakti Sesanti and Vrindavan Favors, blends Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami’s Bengali bhajan “Sri Vraja Dhama Mahimamrta” with English spoken word poetry to deeply moving effect. The epic 9-minute track, with its strikingly artistic music video featuring performances from international devotee artists, captures the feeling of hankering […]

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Bhadra Campaign Smashes Goal, Distributes 35,000 Bhagavatam Sets https://iskconnews.org/bhadra-campaign-smashes-goal-distributes-35000-bhagavatam-sets/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 07:23:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhadra-campaign-smashes-goal-distributes-35000-bhagavatam-sets/ The Bhadra Campaign is a snowball that just keeps gathering size and momentum. Also known as “Go to Goloka,” the campaign was launched in 2017 by the BBT Marketing, Communications, and Innovations team headed by Vaisesika Das. It’s inspired by the Srimad-Bhagavatam’s statement that “If on the full moon day of the month of Bhadra […]

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ISKCON UK Delegation to Attend COP26 Climate Change Conference https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-uk-delegation-to-attend-cop26-climate-change-conference/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 07:21:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-uk-delegation-to-attend-cop26-climate-change-conference/ An ISKCON UK delegation is set to attend COP26, also known as the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will run from October 31st to November 12th in Glasgow, Scotland. The conference will bring world leaders together to discuss how to limit the increase in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, […]

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His Grace Partha Das, Killed at ISKCON Bangladesh https://iskconnews.org/his-grace-partha-das-killed-at-iskcon-bangladesh/ Sat, 16 Oct 2021 06:31:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/his-grace-partha-das-killed-at-iskcon-bangladesh/ It is with great sadness that we report to you the death of His Grace Partha das, age 25.   On 15th October 2021 around 3:30 PM IST, a mob of approximately 200 attacked the Choumoni temple in Noakhali district, Bangladesh.   Partha Das’s dead body was found in a pond right next to the […]

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Breaking News: ISKCON Noakhali Bangladesh Temple Attacked https://iskconnews.org/breaking-news-iskcon-noakhali-bangladesh-temple-attacked/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 16:59:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/breaking-news-iskcon-noakhali-bangladesh-temple-attacked/ 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.  Broken mridanga amidst the rubble We are sharing some of […]

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Update on the Health Status of GBC Chair Bhakti Caitanya Swami https://iskconnews.org/update-on-the-health-status-of-gbc-chair-bhakti-caitanya-swami/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 20:01:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/update-on-the-health-status-of-gbc-chair-bhakti-caitanya-swami/ Below is a direct report from Bhakti Caitanya Swami on his current health situation.  Dear Devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Just a short update regarding my health situation. First of all, thank you very much indeed for the messages of concern and support many of you have sent. They are […]

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Health update of H.H.Bhakti Chaitanya Swami https://iskconnews.org/health-update-of-h-h-bhakti-chaitanya-swami/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 20:50:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/health-update-of-h-h-bhakti-chaitanya-swami/ Hare Krishna dear devotees, Please accept our humble obeisances.All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Re: Health update of H.H.Bhakti Chaitanya Swami Maharaj Maharaj had a Doppler ultrasound today which showed that he has Deep Vein Thrombosis(DVT) of his left lower limb (blood clots in the veins of the lower limbs). There are various contributing factors. The […]

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Hridayananda das Goswami: Science and Culture of Krishna Consciousness https://iskconnews.org/hridayananda-das-goswami-science-and-culture-of-krishna-consciousness/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 18:45:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/hridayananda-das-goswami-science-and-culture-of-krishna-consciousness/ Source: ISKCON in Vladivostok and Worldwide Lecture: Russia, Vladivostok at 1 Oct 2021 (USA) /  2 Oct 2021 (RUS).  

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The 4th Annual MAN-tra Retreat – The Hero’s Journey https://iskconnews.org/the-4th-annual-man-tra-retreat-the-heros-journey/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 18:24:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-4th-annual-man-tra-retreat-the-heros-journey/   ISKCON’s annual “MAN-tra Retreat” is coming to your computer screen in mid-November. The theme of this year’s virtual event is The Hero’s Journey! Men, 18 years of age and older, are invited to transform their lives by participating in this unique event. You are the hero and your journey is distinct and extraordinary. The […]

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Setting a Standard for Ethical Behavior in ISKCON https://iskconnews.org/setting-a-standard-for-ethical-behavior-in-iskcon/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 18:06:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/setting-a-standard-for-ethical-behavior-in-iskcon/ A new code defines expectations for all devotees.   After two years of research, writing, and debate, the GBC recently ratified and voted into ISKCON law a Code of Ethical Behavior. We spoke with the Code’s author, Yogesvara dasa, about the background to the Code and what changes he hopes to see in Srila Prabhupada’s movement […]

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Spiritual Funk Rock Band Supersoul Releases New EP “Rukmini’s Ecstasy” https://iskconnews.org/spiritual-funk-rock-band-supersoul-releases-new-ep-rukminis-ecstasy/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 18:06:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/spiritual-funk-rock-band-supersoul-releases-new-ep-rukminis-ecstasy/ It’s not always easy to find rock music that tackles spiritual themes, much less Krishna conscious ones. But Australian alternative funk rock band Supersoul does just that, wrapping deep philosophical concepts in funky rhythm sections, soaring harmonies and ripping guitar solos. Hailing from ISKCON New Govardhana in Murwillumbah, the band consists of four devotees, all […]

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New Book Explores Yamuna Devi’s Study of Seva Puja https://iskconnews.org/new-book-explores-yamuna-devis-study-of-seva-puja/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 18:05:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-book-explores-yamuna-devis-study-of-seva-puja/ The long-awaited new book, “Yamuna Devi: The Study of Seva-Puja,” is here. The work presents and expands upon the original “Deity Book,” a parchment-paged binder about deity worship and dress which Yamuna Devi, a much-loved ISKCON pioneer, and early Prabhupada disciple, created and brought with her to each ashram she resided in. Guests frequently asked […]

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Choice – A Musing https://iskconnews.org/choice-a-musing/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 18:05:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/choice-a-musing/ “The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny.”  -Heraclitus Every moment I make […]

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Self-Inquiry – with Veda Sara Dasa https://iskconnews.org/self-inquiry-with-veda-sara-dasa/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 17:36:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/self-inquiry-with-veda-sara-dasa/ Source: Bhaktivedanta College For more information please visit: bhaktivedantacollege.com

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Choice – A Musing by Rukmini Walker https://iskconnews.org/choice-a-musing-by-rukmini-walker/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 17:24:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/choice-a-musing-by-rukmini-walker/ Source: Rukmini Walker   Please visit Urban Devi for more

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New Series “Sound Journey” at Mosa (Villa Vrindavana) https://iskconnews.org/new-series-sound-journey-at-mosa-villa-vrindavana/ Sun, 03 Oct 2021 15:37:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-series-sound-journey-at-mosa-villa-vrindavana/ The museum of sacred arts (MOSA) of the ISKCON Villa Vrindavana temple has created a  new initiative within the range of their general activities.  Earlier this year we had published an article in which we showcased the new acquisition of sound sculptures and gongs in the museum. These instruments have been built and designed by […]

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Importance of Ekadashi: What to eat & What not to eat on Ekadashi? | HG Karunya Sagar Das https://iskconnews.org/importance-of-ekadashi-what-to-eat-what-not-to-eat-on-ekadashi-hg-karunya-sagar-das/ Sat, 02 Oct 2021 15:28:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/importance-of-ekadashi-what-to-eat-what-not-to-eat-on-ekadashi-hg-karunya-sagar-das/ Source: ISKCON Mangalore Reference on Ekadashi from scriptures:The purpose of ekādaśī-vrata is that today we should not eat much usual food, grains. The actual prescription is fasting. Nirjala-ekādaśī. Nirjala means there are many devotees who does not take even water. Water, drinking water, according to śāstra, it is taking food. It is drinking of food or no food. We can take […]

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“SOUND JOURNEY” at Museum of Sacred Arts https://iskconnews.org/sound-journey-at-museum-of-sacred-arts/ Sat, 02 Oct 2021 15:12:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sound-journey-at-museum-of-sacred-arts/ Source: Tarak Mantra Music A video of our “Sound Journey” events at the museum of sacred arts (MOSA) in Villa Vrindavana, Italy. These recordings are a compilation of the monthly events we held at the museum during the summer of 2021.

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TOVP:Jaya and Vijaya Moved to Their Permanent Location https://iskconnews.org/tovpjaya-and-vijaya-moved-to-their-permanent-location/ Sat, 02 Oct 2021 14:36:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/tovpjaya-and-vijaya-moved-to-their-permanent-location/ The transfer of the murtis of Jaya and Vijaya, the two divine gatekeepers of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, to their permanent place at the main entrance to the temple is complete.  These murtis were completed, painted, and varnished a few months ago and have now been moved to their permanent location. Work will […]

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Temple of the Vedic Planetarium to Welcome New Srila Prabhupada Murti https://iskconnews.org/temple-of-the-vedic-planetarium-to-welcome-new-srila-prabhupada-murti/ Sat, 02 Oct 2021 14:12:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/temple-of-the-vedic-planetarium-to-welcome-new-srila-prabhupada-murti/ A Grand Welcome Ceremony will be held from October 14th to 15th to welcome Srila Prabhupada’s murti form to the under-construction Temple of the Vedic Planetarium in Mayapur, during Prabhupada’s 125th appearance anniversary year. The TOVP, ISKCON’s flagship temple, was set to receive its grand opening during the last quarter of 2022, and construction was […]

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Devotee Engineer Distributes Bhagavad-gita and Celebrates Janmastami in Antarctica https://iskconnews.org/devotee-engineer-distributes-bhagavad-gita-and-celebrates-janmastami-in-antarctica/ Sat, 02 Oct 2021 14:11:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/devotee-engineer-distributes-bhagavad-gita-and-celebrates-janmastami-in-antarctica/ Surendra Singh, an engineer and ISKCON devotee, has distributed Bhagavad-gita As It Is, celebrated Janmastami (Lord Krishna’s appearance day), and practiced Krishna consciousness with fellow scientific expedition team members at the Indian Antarctic research station “Maitri.” Antarctica, the Earth’s southernmost continent, is home to the the South Pole. It is the world’s coldest, driest and windiest continent, […]

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Kenya’s Hare Krishna Training Centre Gives Students Ashram Experience https://iskconnews.org/kenyas-hare-krishna-training-centre-gives-students-ashram-experience/ Sat, 02 Oct 2021 14:10:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/kenyas-hare-krishna-training-centre-gives-students-ashram-experience/ In a model similar to that of Gainesville’s Krishna House, thirty-five students from local universities are currently living and developing their spiritual lives at the Hare Krishna Training Centre (HKTC) in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Meanwhile 10 to 15 each are staying at satellite centers in nearby Eldoret and Juja, while many more […]

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Indira Ekadasi and the TOVP 2021 https://iskconnews.org/indira-ekadasi-and-the-tovp-2021/ Sat, 02 Oct 2021 14:10:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/indira-ekadasi-and-the-tovp-2021/ Ekadasi is the 11th day of the lunar phase of the Moon. Indira Ekadasi is celebrated in the Krishna Paksha (waning Moon phase) in the month of Ashwin (September–October). Since this Ekadasi falls on the Pitru Paksha (15 days in the month of Ashwin dedicated to ancestors), it is also known as ‘Ekadasi Shraddh.’ This […]

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North American Panel – Books Are The Basis https://iskconnews.org/north-american-panel-books-are-the-basis/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 19:28:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/north-american-panel-books-are-the-basis/ Source: ISKCON Ministry of Education   Books Are The Basis Purpose: To enhance the culture of reading Srila Prabhupada’s in your temple and congregation. Mission: Significantly increase the regular readership of Srila Prabhupada’s books amongst ISKCON devotees. Vision: Srila Prabhupada’s Books are the most widely read Spiritual Books in the World. Resources for the project […]

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The Making of the TOVP Prabhupada Murti https://iskconnews.org/the-making-of-the-tovp-prabhupada-murti/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:12:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-making-of-the-tovp-prabhupada-murti/ Source: Temple of the Vedic Planetarium TOVP  

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Books Are The Basis Week: Starts September 22nd, 2021 https://iskconnews.org/books-are-the-basis-week-starts-september-22nd-2021/ Tue, 21 Sep 2021 16:52:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/books-are-the-basis-week-starts-september-22nd-2021/ Books Are the Basis Week Mark your calendars. Books Are the Basis festival is being celebrated on September 22nd-28th, 2021, immediately after Bhadra Purnima on September 21st, 2021.     Invocation Let us invoke auspiciousness by hearing from our beloved Srila Prabhupada:  “I am laboring so hard for you, but you don’t take advantage.” Description Vision Srila […]

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ISKCON Kolkata Rebuilds After April Fire https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-kolkata-rebuilds-after-april-fire/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:43:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-kolkata-rebuilds-after-april-fire/ The ISKCON Kolkata temple has rebuilt damaged areas after an April 26th fire which burned the Deities’ dress room with all 300 outfits in it. Jewelry, furniture, doors, windows, and the air-conditioning system were completely destroyed, while there was also some burn damage to the paint on the wall of the adjoining altar room. The […]

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Her Grace Krsnanandini Dasi: Life & Legacy Documentary https://iskconnews.org/her-grace-krsnanandini-dasi-life-legacy-documentary/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 15:15:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/her-grace-krsnanandini-dasi-life-legacy-documentary/ Vaishnavi Ministry NA is organizing a gofundme fundraiser to benefit The Dasi-Ziyad Family Institute and help fund the production of this film.  Documentary Film Project Proposal The film project’s purpose is to pay tribute to Krsnanandini Dasi by presenting her inspiring life and the impact she made on her family, spiritual community, and society at large. Your […]

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HG Krsnanandini Dasi: Life & Legacy: A Documentary Trailer https://iskconnews.org/hg-krsnanandini-dasi-life-legacy-a-documentary-trailer/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 15:04:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/hg-krsnanandini-dasi-life-legacy-a-documentary-trailer/ Source: Vaishnavi Ministry NA   Find more information at: https://gofund.me/486fb345

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Discovering Krisna’s Will During Czech Padayatra 2021 https://iskconnews.org/discovering-krisnas-will-during-czech-padayatra-2021/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:54:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/discovering-krisnas-will-during-czech-padayatra-2021/ While the world was still gripped by the Covid madness, the 29th Czech Padayātrā took place in the second half of July, and according to its participants, it was one of the best padayātrās they have ever been to. For the second year in a row, we were able to find a sweet spot during […]

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Seed Banks Protect Biodiversity https://iskconnews.org/seed-banks-protect-biodiversity/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:54:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/seed-banks-protect-biodiversity/ Seed banks are instrumental for collecting, saving, and exchanging indigenous seed varieties that would otherwise be lost. According to Biodiversity International, plant diversity is part of the solution for helping farmers cope with global warming and extreme weather outcomes.  ISKCON News published a fascinating external article on an Indian seed bank in 2013. This issue is now […]

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Sunshine of Lord Jagannatha Dispels the Clouds of Covid in Twin European Cities: London and Paris https://iskconnews.org/sunshine-of-lord-jagannatha-dispels-the-clouds-of-covid-in-twin-european-cities-london-and-paris/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:51:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sunshine-of-lord-jagannatha-dispels-the-clouds-of-covid-in-twin-european-cities-london-and-paris/ London and Paris have much in common as far as Krishna Consciousness is concerned. Srila Prabhupada visited both cities many times. He installed Radha Krishna Deities in both places and gave Them similar names…Radha-London Isvara (London) Radha-Paris Isvara (Paris). He also installed Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra, and Gaura Nitai in both cities. London Rathayatra 2021 Rathayatras in both […]

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Lord Mayor of the City of London Presents Queen’s Award to Food For All https://iskconnews.org/lord-mayor-of-the-city-of-london-presents-queens-award-to-food-for-all/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:51:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lord-mayor-of-the-city-of-london-presents-queens-award-to-food-for-all/ On September 9th, team members of the Food For All charity were invited to meet with the Lord Mayor of the City of London William Russell, at his official residence the Mansion House, to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Equivalent to an MBE, the QAVS is the highest award given to local voluntary […]

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Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Elaborate Cakes are the Sweetest Offering This Radhastami https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-manors-elaborate-cakes-are-the-sweetest-offering-this-radhastami/ Sat, 18 Sep 2021 14:49:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-manors-elaborate-cakes-are-the-sweetest-offering-this-radhastami/ Last week on Radhastami devotees around the world offered worship and service to Srimati Radharani – Lord Krishna’s eternal consort and the feminine aspect of the Absolute Truth – in different ways, hoping to receive Her mercy. One creative offering, presented to Sri-Sri Radha Gokulananda at the UK’s Bhaktivedanta Manor by a team of dedicated […]

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ISKCON News Online Food Competition: Open Now! https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-online-food-competition-open-now/ Fri, 17 Sep 2021 16:44:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-online-food-competition-open-now/ We, at ISKCON NEWS, are all set to launch the food section of our website and for this purpose, we are organizing an online international recipes competition. The title of the online event is the “Bhakti Foodie” competition, and it will continue for the whole month of September and end on September 30th, 2021. All […]

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Seeking Shelter: The Life & Legacy of Bhakti Charu Swami https://iskconnews.org/seeking-shelter-the-life-legacy-of-bhakti-charu-swami/ Tue, 14 Sep 2021 16:25:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/seeking-shelter-the-life-legacy-of-bhakti-charu-swami/ Source: Karuna Productions The pandemic has claimed millions of lives — ordinary humans, celebrities and saintly people alike — leaving loved ones grappling with the tragic loss and burning existential questions such as “why do bad things happen to good people?”, “where do we find shelter from the tragedies of human life?” Among the lost […]

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Happy Radhastami from ISKCON News https://iskconnews.org/happy-radhastami-from-iskcon-news/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 04:05:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/happy-radhastami-from-iskcon-news/ What is Radhastami Radhastami is the day we celebrate the appearance of Srimati Radharani, Lord Krishna’s eternal consort. Radharani’s appearance occurred on the eighth day of the bright moon in the month of Bhadra. Although generally not full on that day, the moon appeared full to celebrate Radharani’s appearance in this world, because of this […]

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How To Treat Your Beloved | Bhakti Principles | By Avelo Roy https://iskconnews.org/how-to-treat-your-beloved-bhakti-principles-by-avelo-roy/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 17:15:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/how-to-treat-your-beloved-bhakti-principles-by-avelo-roy/ Source: Avelo Roy It can be tricky to know what drives your relationship, love or lust. Vedic wisdom makes it really easy to identify that and help us structure our behavior based on the mood of service. So rather than competing we co-operate and collaborate in a relationship. It really works!   Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aveloroy/ Facebook: […]

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Srila Prabhupada Lecture: Radhastami, Montreal, August 30, 1968 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-lecture-radhastami-montreal-august-30-1968/ Sun, 12 Sep 2021 17:07:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-lecture-radhastami-montreal-august-30-1968/ Srila Prabhupada Lecture: Radhastami, Montreal, August 30, 1968 Radharani is the pleasure potency of Krishna. Krishna is the Supreme Brahman. Just try to understand. Krishna is the Supreme Brahman. Param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam bhavan [Bg. 10.12]. So when param brahma wants to enjoy… That enjoying spirit is there in the param brahma. Otherwise we cannot […]

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Urban Devi Sanga – Meditations on Sri Radha: The Original Sacred Feminine https://iskconnews.org/urban-devi-sanga-meditations-on-sri-radha-the-original-sacred-feminine/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 18:19:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/urban-devi-sanga-meditations-on-sri-radha-the-original-sacred-feminine/ Urban Devi Sanga Urban Devi Sanga explores meditations on Srimati Radharani, the original sacred feminine.  To watch this sanga please click here. During this sanga, Rukmini Devi references a special recipe said to a favorite of Sri Radhika, she shares it with us below: Dear Friends, This afternoon, we had our monthly Urban Devi Sanga online. I […]

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Srila Prabhupada Daya Dashakam – 10 Verses Glorifying The Mercy Of Srila Prabhupada https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-daya-dashakam-10-verses-glorifying-the-mercy-of-srila-prabhupada/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 18:18:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-daya-dashakam-10-verses-glorifying-the-mercy-of-srila-prabhupada/ A musical composition in honor of Srila Prabhupada’s 125th Vyas Puja entitled “Śrīla Prabhupāda Dayā Daśakaṁ:10 verses glorifying the mercy of Srila Prabhupada” has been composed by Gopa Vrndesa Dasa, a brahmacari at ISKCON Melbourne, Australia.    While the composition was written as a private offering, by the will of providence when Bhurijana Das came to know about it, he not […]

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Urban Devi Sanga – Meditations on Sri Radha: The Divine Feminine https://iskconnews.org/urban-devi-sanga-meditations-on-sri-radha-the-divine-feminine/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 18:17:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/urban-devi-sanga-meditations-on-sri-radha-the-divine-feminine/ Source: Urban Devi  Rukmini Walker shares Meditations on Sri Radha: The Divine Feminine        

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Baltimore’s “Hunger-Free Zone” Ensures No One in Ten-Mile Radius Goes Hungry https://iskconnews.org/baltimores-hunger-free-zone-ensures-no-one-in-ten-mile-radius-goes-hungry/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 17:18:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/baltimores-hunger-free-zone-ensures-no-one-in-ten-mile-radius-goes-hungry/ “We have to see that nobody goes hungry within a 10-mile radius,” Srila Prabhupada said during the Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur in 1973. Inspired by this statement, volunteers for the non-profit organization Hunger-Free Zone are ensuring that no one within ten miles of their kitchen in Baltimore goes hungry. It’s a much-needed service, as […]

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Seeking Prayers for the Passing of His Grace Yajna Hotra https://iskconnews.org/seeking-prayers-for-the-passing-of-his-grace-yajna-hotra/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 17:18:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/seeking-prayers-for-the-passing-of-his-grace-yajna-hotra/ The following prayer request comes directly from Bhaktimarga Swami   Please accept my humble obeisance.  All glories to Srila Prabhuapda. Seeking prayers for Yajna Hotra who passed away on Sunday, September 5th, 2021 from heart failure.  He was born on May 26th, 1950 in Winnipeg.  He became an initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada in 1976.  […]

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Guyana’s President Dr. Irfaan Ali Honors Srila Prabhupada with a Visit to Hare Krishna Study Centre in Cummings Lodge https://iskconnews.org/guyanas-president-dr-irfaan-ali-honors-srila-prabhupada-with-a-visit-to-hare-krishna-study-centre-in-cummings-lodge/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 17:17:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/guyanas-president-dr-irfaan-ali-honors-srila-prabhupada-with-a-visit-to-hare-krishna-study-centre-in-cummings-lodge/ The celebrations that marked the 125th birth anniversary of AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada were attended by many guests of honor. Srila Prabhupada, who passed away in 1977, founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also in Guyana knows as the Hare Krishna Movement. The festival spanned five days – from 27 to 31 […]

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Lakeland Bhakti Cottage to Facilitate Creative Sanga and Retreats https://iskconnews.org/lakeland-bhakti-cottage-to-facilitate-creative-sanga-and-retreats/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 17:17:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lakeland-bhakti-cottage-to-facilitate-creative-sanga-and-retreats/ Balaram Nityananda Das, a gurukuli who has been organizing retreats for several years, is looking to establish his house in the UK’s Lake District National Park as a “Bhakti Cottage” where people can stay and learn about Bhakti Yoga, Kirtan and conscious creativity amidst beautiful natural surroundings.   After attending Mayapur Gurukula for nine years, […]

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Karuna Care to Host Virtual Radhastami Festival https://iskconnews.org/karuna-care-to-host-virtual-radhastami-festival/ Fri, 10 Sep 2021 18:10:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/karuna-care-to-host-virtual-radhastami-festival/ About: Karuna Care Education invites you to participate in a virtual Radhastami celebration in three international time zones. Please join us and bring a quote, story, song, picture, or anything that has inspired you about the glories of Srimati Radharani! When:  Monday, September 13th, 2021. There will be three sessions throughout the day: (1) 7 […]

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Argentina’s Hadai Pandit Institute Holds Congress on Conscious Sustainable Development https://iskconnews.org/argentinas-hadai-pandit-institute-holds-congress-on-conscious-sustainable-development/ Thu, 09 Sep 2021 16:54:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/argentinas-hadai-pandit-institute-holds-congress-on-conscious-sustainable-development/ Over 30 speakers are explaining sustainable development from a Krishna conscious point of view at the Congress on Conscious Sustainable Development, which is running from September 6th to 10th and is entirely in Spanish. Viewers from all over South America are signing up at https://hadaipandit.org/ and watching at https://www.facebook.com/congresodssc. The online event is the first […]

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50th Anniversary of George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord https://iskconnews.org/50th-anniversary-of-george-harrisons-my-sweet-lord/ Mon, 06 Sep 2021 21:38:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/50th-anniversary-of-george-harrisons-my-sweet-lord/ It is now 50 years since George Harrison’s most successful solo single, My Sweet Lord, was released in the United Kingdom. The hit was essential in popularizing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra into the mainstream. BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Programme host, Vishva Samani, spoke to Shyamasundar Das, the devotee who first introduced the Beatles to their […]

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GBC History: The Birth of Systematic Child Protection with Anuttama Das https://iskconnews.org/gbc-history-the-birth-of-systematic-child-protection-with-anuttama-das/ Sun, 05 Sep 2021 17:13:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gbc-history-the-birth-of-systematic-child-protection-with-anuttama-das/ Source: GBC SPT GBC History: Episode 11: The Birth of Systematic Child Protection with Anuttama Das GBC SPT welcomes you to join the eleventh episode of GBC History series. This series is to encourage devotees to ask any questions pertaining to the GBC body, its conception to inception to execution. This week we have the […]

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50th Anniversary of Śrī Śrī Rukmiṇī-Dvārakādhīśa https://iskconnews.org/50th-anniversary-of-sri-sri-rukmi%e1%b9%87i-dvarakadhisa/ Sun, 05 Sep 2021 17:12:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/50th-anniversary-of-sri-sri-rukmi%e1%b9%87i-dvarakadhisa/ Source: ISKCON Los Angeles On August 28th and 29th, 2021, ISKCON Los Angeles celebrated the 50th Anniversary of  Śrī Śrī Rukmiṇī-Dvārakādhīśa. Day 2 video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/TRBq3UsbDlg

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Job Announcement: Careers Opportunities at New Vrindaban https://iskconnews.org/job-announcement-careers-opportunities-at-new-vrindaban/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 20:53:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/job-announcement-careers-opportunities-at-new-vrindaban/ Career Opportunities:  ISKCON New Vrindaban (INV) is currently recruiting a Temple Presidentand a Vice President. As New Vrindaban is a very large ISKCONproject, these two positions will be responsible for handling essentialoperations. They will work together as a team and share theresponsibility and will work under the supervision of the INV Board ofDirectors which includes the local […]

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FFLV Reopens to Students https://iskconnews.org/fflv-reopens-to-students/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 20:22:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/fflv-reopens-to-students/ September 1, 2021 Annoucement: After months of uncertainty and anticipation, we are relieved and pleased to announce that the gates of our school are open again to give our students a warm welcome. We are trying our best to comply with Covid-19 rules and regulations to ensure the safety of our students. Only if the […]

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Sri Vyasa-Puja 2021 Available Online for Free https://iskconnews.org/sri-vyasa-puja-2021-available-online-for-free/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 19:20:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sri-vyasa-puja-2021-available-online-for-free/   Sri Vyasa-Puja is Now Available Online for Free: You can obtain the complete Sri Vyasa-Puja 2021 book, published by the BBT, for FREE from this link: http://files.krishna.com/en/pdf/vyasapuja/2021/Vyasa-puja-Book-2021.pdf From the Introduction: In this 53rd annual Vyäsa-püjä book, some of the prominent themes include honoring the 125th anniversary of Srila Prabhupäda’s appearance, the challenges and triumphs […]

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Over 150 Children Participate in New Vrindaban Kids’ Festival Competition https://iskconnews.org/over-150-children-participate-in-new-vrindaban-kids-festival-competition/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 17:37:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/over-150-children-participate-in-new-vrindaban-kids-festival-competition/ Nearly 160 children sent in submissions for the New Vrindaban Kids’ Festival Competition, which focused on the three major Vaishnava festivals in August – Balarama Jayanti, Sri Krishna Janmastami, and Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance Day. The results were impressive and deeply inspiring. Submissions were open from August 10th to 27th. Families of children aged 4 to […]

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South Africa’s Vaishnavi Ministry Reaches Out to Help Vaishnavis During Women’s Month https://iskconnews.org/south-africas-vaishnavi-ministry-reaches-out-to-help-vaishnavis-during-womens-month/ Sat, 04 Sep 2021 17:37:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/south-africas-vaishnavi-ministry-reaches-out-to-help-vaishnavis-during-womens-month/ The Vaishnavi Ministry of South Africa has been reaching out to honor and serve the Vaishnavi community during Women’s Month, by providing counseling, spiritual support, and care packs during difficult times. Every August, the country of South Africa marks Women’s Month, during which tribute is paid to the more than 20,000 women who marched to […]

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Prime Minister Modi Releases a Special Coin to Commemorate the Life and Teachings of Srila Prabhupada https://iskconnews.org/prime-minister-modi-releases-a-special-coin-to-commemorate-the-life-and-teachings-of-srila-prabhupada/ Thu, 02 Sep 2021 17:10:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/prime-minister-modi-releases-a-special-coin-to-commemorate-the-life-and-teachings-of-srila-prabhupada/ Prime Minister Modi releases a special coin to commemorate the life and teachings of Srila Prabhupada Devotees and temples from 60 countries participate September 1, 2021, New Delhi: The Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 125th Birth Anniversary of ISKCON’s Founder Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and released a Rs […]

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Releases Commemorative Coin on 125th Birth Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada https://iskconnews.org/prime-minister-narendra-modi-releases-commemorative-coin-on-125th-birth-anniversary-of-srila-prabhupada/ Thu, 02 Sep 2021 16:52:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/prime-minister-narendra-modi-releases-commemorative-coin-on-125th-birth-anniversary-of-srila-prabhupada/ Source: Narendra Modi YouTube This video is in Hindi with English translation English Transcription by Madanagopala Dasa Hare Krishna On this auspicious occasion, we are joined by our country’s Minister of Culture Sriman Jaikrishan Reddy, ISKCON Bureau President Sri Gopal Krishna Gosvamiji, and from countries form all over the world, our friends the devotees of […]

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Devotees, Deities Safe at ISKCON New Orleans and New Talavana After Hurricane Ida Hits https://iskconnews.org/devotees-deities-safe-at-iskcon-new-orleans-and-new-talavana-after-hurricane-ida-hits/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 15:39:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/devotees-deities-safe-at-iskcon-new-orleans-and-new-talavana-after-hurricane-ida-hits/ After Hurricane Ida hit the US State of Louisiana on Sunday August 29th, the devotees, deities and cows at ISKCON New Orleans and the New Talavana Farm in neighboring Mississippi have been reported safe and unharmed. The temples’ public Janmastami festivals, however, had to be canceled or delayed to next weekend. Hurricane Ida made landfall […]

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Prayer to Srila Prabhupada, Abhaya Caranavrinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada https://iskconnews.org/prayer-to-srila-prabhupada-abhaya-caranavrinda-bhaktivedanta-swami-prabhupada/ Tue, 31 Aug 2021 17:26:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/prayer-to-srila-prabhupada-abhaya-caranavrinda-bhaktivedanta-swami-prabhupada/ I pray to Srila Prabhupada who is Abhaya, fearless in preaching Krishna Consciousness to help me become fixed and fearless in my own path of Krishna Consciousness   I pray to Srila Prabhupada who is Caranavrinda, always fixed at the lotus feet of Krishna to help me find shelter at and to remain fixed at Krishna’s lotus feet. […]

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Srila Prabhupada’s Birthplace Inaugurated on His Appearance Day https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-birthplace-inaugurated-on-his-appearance-day/ Tue, 31 Aug 2021 16:48:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-birthplace-inaugurated-on-his-appearance-day/ Srila Prabhupada’s birthplace at Tollygunge, Kolkata has been acquired by ISKCON after many years of effort by Kolkata devotees, and was offered to him today, on his 125th appearance day. The historic two-day inauguration event began streaming online at the ISKCON Kolkata Youtube channel from 3pm IST on August 31st. Broadcast directly from Prabhupada’s birthplace, […]

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Breaking Ground at Prabhupada’s Birthplace Footage https://iskconnews.org/breaking-ground-at-prabhupadas-birthplace-footage/ Tue, 31 Aug 2021 16:07:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/breaking-ground-at-prabhupadas-birthplace-footage/ Source: ISKCON News YouTube

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ISKCON News Wishes You a Happy Janmashtami https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-wishes-you-a-happy-janmashtami/ Mon, 30 Aug 2021 00:01:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-wishes-you-a-happy-janmashtami/ We here at ISKCON News, wish you a very healthy and happy Janmashtami. May the Lord shower you with His blessings.  What is Janmashtami? Source: ISKCON Desire Tree Janmashtami is the day we celebrate the appearance of Krishna on earth. It is one of the biggest religious festivals in the world. It is celebrated by nine hundred and […]

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Sep. 1st, Live, Prime Minister of India Inauguration of 125th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s Birth Celebrations https://iskconnews.org/sep-1st-live-prime-minister-of-india-inauguration-of-125th-anniversary-of-srila-prabhupadas-birth-celebrations/ Sun, 29 Aug 2021 18:45:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sep-1st-live-prime-minister-of-india-inauguration-of-125th-anniversary-of-srila-prabhupadas-birth-celebrations/ Official Press Release The Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi would be inaugurating the year-long 125th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Srila Prabhupada (Founder-Acharya of ISKCON) and release a Commemorative Silver Coin of Rs 125 in his honor on 1st September 2021. Keeping in mind the Covid protocol, the program would be organized virtually […]

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ISKCON SALEM Construction Update https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-salem-construction-update/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 16:21:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-salem-construction-update/ Source: ISKCON SALEM  

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Five years of Ratha Yatra in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate. https://iskconnews.org/five-years-of-ratha-yatra-in-berlin-at-the-brandenburg-gate/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 16:15:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/five-years-of-ratha-yatra-in-berlin-at-the-brandenburg-gate/ Since 2016, the Berlin ISKCON Jagannatha Temple has been celebrating the traditional Ratha Yatra at the Brandenburg Gate in the middle of the government district of the German capital. The decision to hold the traditional chariot festival at the most famous symbol of German history was a strategic consideration. In a time in which more […]

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Three Generations Share Their Favorite Janmastami Memory https://iskconnews.org/three-generations-share-their-favorite-janmastami-memory/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:39:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/three-generations-share-their-favorite-janmastami-memory/ Janmastami, the sacred occasion of Lord Krishna’s appearance, (celebrated on August 30th this year) is a special day that is extremely powerful and inspirational for bhakti practitioners. Devotees often remember their early Janmastami festivals as a foundational experience. Here, three generations of devotees recall some of their favorite Janmastami memories: Ksamesvari Dasi, 25, USA: One […]

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ISKCON of D.C. Performs Bhumi Puja for New 22,000 Square-Foot Temple https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-of-d-c-performs-bhumi-puja-for-new-22000-square-foot-temple/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:39:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-of-d-c-performs-bhumi-puja-for-new-22000-square-foot-temple/ ISKCON of Washington D.C. held a three-day Bhumi Puja (ground-breaking) event from August 20th to 22nd, preceding a new 22,000 square-foot temple for Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan, Sita Rama Lakshman Hanuman, and Gaura Nitai. The event took place at the current D.C. temple property, which is situated on eleven acres of rolling wooded terrain […]

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Krishna Fest Offers Immersive Janmastami Experience Online https://iskconnews.org/krishna-fest-offers-immersive-janmastami-experience-online/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:39:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/krishna-fest-offers-immersive-janmastami-experience-online/ “This year, Janmastami Goes Digital,” reads the massive billboard that can now be seen all over Mumbai. The billboards are advertising “Krishna Fest,” presented by ISKCON Chowpatty and Govardhan Eco-Village from August 22nd to 31st. The ten-day event is an ingenious way of celebrating a massive Janmastami festival with thousands of people during the pandemic […]

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You Changed the Way We Think https://iskconnews.org/you-changed-the-way-we-think/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:38:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/you-changed-the-way-we-think/ Sequestered by millions of miles, Yet closer to the heart lies. Instructions that mold our lives, On them, our devotional creeper thrives.   Never have our eyes met, To read my mind and interpret. But the knowledge that penetrated, Changed the way, my thoughts crowded.   Had we not met you ever, Only would increase […]

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Bhaktivedanta Manor 3-Day Ticketed Janmastami: More than 35,000 People to Attend https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-manor-3-day-ticketed-janmastami-more-than-35000-people-to-attend/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:37:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-manor-3-day-ticketed-janmastami-more-than-35000-people-to-attend/ Over the Bank holiday weekend Saturday 28th through to Monday 30th August Bhaktivedanta Manor will be holding its annual Janmashtami festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. The Temple management has been working closely with local Health Authorities and Hertsmere Council to deliver a safe event, given that Coronavirus cases are not going down.  The festival will be […]

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Abhary Charan: Video Series of Srila Prabhupada’s Life by Bhakti Charu Swami – Released on Pendrive https://iskconnews.org/abhary-charan-video-series-of-srila-prabhupadas-life-by-bhakti-charu-swami-released-on-pendrive/ Sat, 28 Aug 2021 15:36:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/abhary-charan-video-series-of-srila-prabhupadas-life-by-bhakti-charu-swami-released-on-pendrive/ One of the most important contributions of Bhakti Charu Swami is in the form of Abhay Charan, the 45-part series, which he offered on the 100th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada in 1996. He worked for 10 years to produce this video epic to glorify his spiritual master. On the 125th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada, the […]

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Breaking News: Facebook Reveals Gaur Gopal Das as Most Viewed Content in the US! https://iskconnews.org/breaking-news-facebook-reveals-gaur-gopal-das-as-most-viewed-content-in-the-us/ Tue, 24 Aug 2021 15:10:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/breaking-news-facebook-reveals-gaur-gopal-das-as-most-viewed-content-in-the-us/ A Facebook report from August 18th states that the most viewed post by American users was not political or misinformation, but a post from ISKCON Mumbai’s own Gaur Gopal Das.  Gaur Gopal Das’s Viral Post Gaur Gopal Das has more than 7 million people following him on Facebook due to his motivational approach to social […]

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Gaur Gopal Das — The tech-savvy Indian monk whose Facebook post is the most-viewed in US https://iskconnews.org/gaur-gopal-das-the-tech-savvy-indian-monk-whose-facebook-post-is-the-most-viewed-in-us/ Tue, 24 Aug 2021 15:03:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gaur-gopal-das-the-tech-savvy-indian-monk-whose-facebook-post-is-the-most-viewed-in-us/ Source: The Print A Facebook report from 18 August says the most viewed post by American users was not hate speech or misinformation, but a post from a Mumbai-based ISKCON monk Gaur Gopal Das. Regina Mihindukulasuriya takes a look at what the viral post said, and who Gaur Gopal Das is.

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Swing Festival in Full Swing! https://iskconnews.org/swing-festival-in-full-swing/ Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:55:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/swing-festival-in-full-swing/ Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra Mahaotsava takes place in the month of Sravana from Ekadashi till Baralama Purnima. Radha Govinda are deities of abideya or the process of devotional service. The festival is a special opportunity for the devotees to render some personal service to Them. Service is the medium to express our love for the Lord. This […]

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Lord Balaram’s Pot Breaking Contest during Sri Sri Radha Madhava’s Jhulan Yatra Festival https://iskconnews.org/lord-balarams-pot-breaking-contest-during-sri-sri-radha-madhavas-jhulan-yatra-festival/ Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:19:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lord-balarams-pot-breaking-contest-during-sri-sri-radha-madhavas-jhulan-yatra-festival/ Source: NIMAINITAI Lord Balaram’s Pot Breaking Contest during Sri Sri Radha Madhava’s Jhulan Yatra Festival Video editing, rendering by Shyamsundar dasa.

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Srila Prabhupada departs for the USA, 1965 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-departs-for-the-usa-1965-2/ Mon, 23 Aug 2021 04:29:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-departs-for-the-usa-1965-2/ On this date in 1965, at the age of sixty-nine, Srila Prabhupada left India on a steamship bound for the United States, with the intention of bringing the teachings of Krishna and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to the English-speaking world. With him was a trunk full of his translations and commentary on the First Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, and about forty rupees in cash. […]

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Lord Balaram Appearance Day | Bhakti Charu Swami https://iskconnews.org/lord-balaram-appearance-day-bhakti-charu-swami/ Sun, 22 Aug 2021 17:13:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lord-balaram-appearance-day-bhakti-charu-swami/ Source: HH Bhakti Charu Swami Balaram Appearance Day | HH #BhaktiCharuSwami | 20-08-2013

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The Appearance Day of Lord Balaram https://iskconnews.org/the-appearance-day-of-lord-balaram/ Sun, 22 Aug 2021 15:19:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-appearance-day-of-lord-balaram/ August 22nd is the appearance day of Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna, and is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravana (August), also known as Balaram Jayanti and Balaram Purnima. Lord Balaram appeared as the son of Rohini and Vasudeva. He is also known as Baladeva and Sankarshana. He gives us […]

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Lord Jagannatha, Lord of the Universe https://iskconnews.org/lord-jagannatha-lord-of-the-universe-2/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 18:50:05 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lord-jagannatha-lord-of-the-universe-2/ I felt today would be a good day to talk about how I came to worship a deity of Lord Jagannatha, which is a question I get asked a lot. Lord Jagannatha translates to “Lord of the Universe”, who is a form of Krishna. I will say it is a fun story, that I will tell […]

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Srila Prabhupada’s 3 Dishes https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-3-dishes/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:16:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-3-dishes/ Source: Krishna’s Food & Travel Today I will show you how to use the steam cooker to prepare 3 dishes following Srila Prabhupad. Put a pot of water with mung dal. For one part of dal we take 12 parts of water. We put the first section on top of the pot and place a […]

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DeepLeap – Emotions in Krishna Consciousness – part 2 https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-emotions-in-krishna-consciousness-part-2/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:15:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-emotions-in-krishna-consciousness-part-2/ Source: Bhaktivedanta College 

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50th Anniversary of ISKCON LA Festival https://iskconnews.org/50th-anniversary-of-iskcon-la-festival/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:15:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/50th-anniversary-of-iskcon-la-festival/ To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the installation of Sri-Sri Rukmini-Dwarakadisa, as well as the inception of Their beautiful worship, a commemorative festival will be held. Special guest speakers from the time of those glorious beginnings will speak, and a variety of special Krishna Janmastami worship and kirtan will be performed throughout the two-day festival. […]

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ISKCON Represents Hinduism at Global Interfaith Event https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-represents-hinduism-at-global-interfaith-event/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:15:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-represents-hinduism-at-global-interfaith-event/ A Global interfaith convention was held in the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, on August 5th, 2021. Frontmen and thinkers of various religions across the globe were part of it.  Esteemed individuals like Bhikku Gyanlok from Buddhism, Harpal Singh from Sikhism, Shailendra Jain from Jainism, H.G. Madhusmita Das, an ISKCON devotee, represented Hinduism in […]

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ISKCON Malaysia Releases Srila Prabhupada Stamps in Honour of Visit 50 Years Prior https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-malaysia-releases-srila-prabhupada-stamps-in-honour-of-visit-50-years-prior/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:14:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-malaysia-releases-srila-prabhupada-stamps-in-honour-of-visit-50-years-prior/ On July 18th, ISKCON Malaysia released stamps to commemorate the arrival of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada in Malaysia fifty years back in 1971 from the 3rd to the 8th of May. A private stamp was released, under the Setemku service by Post Malaysia. It is not an official stamp released by […]

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Srila Prabhupada Featured in an Indian Secondary School Textbook https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-featured-in-an-indian-secondary-school-textbook/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:13:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-featured-in-an-indian-secondary-school-textbook/ Srila Prabhupada is featured in the “Saints of India” chapter by one Indian high school textbook published in the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) this year. This chapter describes different sages of India and begins with Srila Prabhupada.  Saints of India is the chapter Srila Prabhupada is featured in. At this time we have […]

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Lessons From the Mahabharata: Arjuna https://iskconnews.org/lessons-from-the-mahabharata-arjuna-2/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:13:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lessons-from-the-mahabharata-arjuna-2/ Probably one of the most famous characters in this great epic, Arjuna has taught us many lessons throughout the Mahabharata. Being the third eldest Pandava, Arjuna was a vital part of their success in the battle of Kurukshetra. He is truly a person to admire.  One of his greatest strengths is his dedication as a […]

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Honoring Prasadam: Four of Srila Prabhupada’s Favorite Recipes https://iskconnews.org/honoring-prasadam-four-of-srila-prabhupadas-favorite-recipes/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:13:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/honoring-prasadam-four-of-srila-prabhupadas-favorite-recipes/ This year, ISKCON is celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of its Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, born in 1896 in Calcutta. Among his many contributions, Srila Prabhupada taught his disciples how to prepare food with love for Krishna, or God, and how to offer it to the Lord and accept the sanctified food […]

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Gita Nagari Farm Launches Bhakti Immersion Experience https://iskconnews.org/gita-nagari-farm-launches-bhakti-immersion-experience/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:13:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gita-nagari-farm-launches-bhakti-immersion-experience/ The Gita Nagari farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania has launched the Bhakti Immersion Experience, a Krishna conscious residency for new and experienced bhakti practitioners aged 18 to 28 with three, six or nine-month options. The program is tailored towards both second generation devotees looking to get some formalized ashram training and experience in full-time temple/farm […]

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ISKCON’s First Rathayatra Returns to San Francisco https://iskconnews.org/iskcons-first-rathayatra-returns-to-san-francisco/ Sat, 21 Aug 2021 17:13:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcons-first-rathayatra-returns-to-san-francisco/ The San Francisco Rathayatra, ISKCON’s first, returned on August 14th after missing the year 2020 due to the pandemic, with a bright and colorful celebration for the Lord of the Universe at Golden Gate Park. With the exception of last year, San Francisco Rathayatra has been held annually since 1967, when Srila Prabhupada sketched a […]

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Breaking News: Temples Gear Up for Covid-19 Delta Safety https://iskconnews.org/breaking-news-temples-gear-up-for-covid-19-delta-safety-2/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 20:16:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/breaking-news-temples-gear-up-for-covid-19-delta-safety-2/ Temples in many parts of the world are gearing up their safety and visiting policies in response to the widespread growth and upsurge of covid-19 variants.  On Wednesday, August 18th, New Vrindavana, ISKCON’s Temple and pilgrimage site in West Virginia, USA, has reopened after shutting its doors out of concern to maintain Covid-safety. A campus-wide mask […]

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Nrsingha Chaitanya Das passes away https://iskconnews.org/nrsingha-chaitanya-das-passes-away/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 19:56:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/nrsingha-chaitanya-das-passes-away/ His Grace Nrsingha Chaitanya Das(ACBSP) has passed away in Vrindavan, where he lived for many years at the MVT. He was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1971 at New Dwarka, Los Angeles. On the auspicious occasion of Hariyali Teej, on August 11th, he departed from this world due to cardiac arrest. Devotees found him his […]

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Federal Minister Julia Kloeckner visits Goloka Dhama, Germany https://iskconnews.org/federal-minister-julia-kloeckner-visits-goloka-dhama-germany/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 19:28:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/federal-minister-julia-kloeckner-visits-goloka-dhama-germany/ On August 10, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Kloeckner chose the ISKCON Bhakti Retreat Center Goloka Dhama in southern Germany as the start of a tour with e-bikes in her ongoing election campaign. The minister is running for the federal elections on September 26, 2021, and Goloka Dhama in the small village of […]

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Newly Restored Footage with AI: Philadelphia Ratha Yatra 1975 https://iskconnews.org/newly-restored-footage-with-ai-philadelphia-ratha-yatra-1975/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 17:55:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/newly-restored-footage-with-ai-philadelphia-ratha-yatra-1975/ Source: Krishna Tube  The entire 1975 Philadelphia Ratha-Yatra festival from beginning to end. A unique combination of color film and videotape is now for the first time in HD 1080p. Stunningly restored with state-of-the-art AI technology. Philadelphia Ratha Yatra festival with Srila Prabhupada. Video shows the whole festival including Srila Prabhupada’s arrival at the airport, […]

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Srila Prabhupada’s Birthplace Land Acquired by ISKCON: New Temple Being Built https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-birthplace-land-acquired-by-iskcon-new-temple-being-built/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 17:45:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-birthplace-land-acquired-by-iskcon-new-temple-being-built/ The birthplace of Srila Prabhupada at Tollygunge, Kolkata, is now under the ownership of ISKCON. After toiling for several decades, the devotees of ISKCON Kolkata have achieved something commendable to make as an offering to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada on his 125th birth anniversary: August 31st, 2021. A live-streamed festival will take place on […]

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ISKCON SA Blanket Drive Initiative: Warming Hearts to ISKCON, One Blanket at a Time https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-sa-blanket-drive-initiative-warming-hearts-to-iskcon-one-blanket-at-a-time-2/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 17:44:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-sa-blanket-drive-initiative-warming-hearts-to-iskcon-one-blanket-at-a-time-2/ “For most of us, the idea of winter means cozy nights, warm blankets & a cup of hot chocolate near the fire, but for those on the streets the drop in temperature becomes a fight for survival,” said Svetadvip Das, the main representative of ISKCON Port Elizabeth’s Food for Life project.  The ISKCON Port Elizabeth, South Africa, […]

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Understanding the Raksha Bandan Festival https://iskconnews.org/understanding-the-raksha-bandan-festival/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 17:43:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/understanding-the-raksha-bandan-festival/ The rituals of Raksha Bandhan are simple. On this day, sisters apply tika on the forehead of their brothers and tie the Rakhi while brothers give love, money, gifts, and good wishes to their sisters.  The history of Raksha Bandhan is timeless. One day, thousands of years ago in time, in the ancient yet futuristic […]

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Just Pick Up Where You Leave Off https://iskconnews.org/just-pick-up-where-you-leave-off/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 17:43:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/just-pick-up-where-you-leave-off/ All of us must have come across this dialogue box if we wanted to continue writing, or filling in a form, from you left off before. This made me think about how it aligns with the teachings from the Bhagavad Gita. Bhagavad Gita tells us, whatever state of being one remembers while leaving the body, […]

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Lessons From the Mahabharata: Draupadi https://iskconnews.org/lessons-from-the-mahabharata-draupadi/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 17:42:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lessons-from-the-mahabharata-draupadi/ Draupadi, the famous wife of all five Pandava brothers, is such an important personality in the Mahabharata. We can learn so much from her. She is a strong female character who continues to inspire people all over the world. Through the suffering she endured, she exemplified the qualities of a true queen. Three lessons we […]

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ISKCON and GEV Get UN Environment Programme Support to Teach Eco-Friendly Values Using Bhagavad-gita https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-and-gev-get-un-environment-programme-support-to-teach-eco-friendly-values-using-bhagavad-gita/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 17:26:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-and-gev-get-un-environment-programme-support-to-teach-eco-friendly-values-using-bhagavad-gita/ ISKCON temples all over the world are being invited to reach out to their local private and public schools to ask them to register students for the Value Education Olympiad 2021. This year, the popular Olympiad, started by ISKCON in India, will be held online and will focus on environmental themes due to the current […]

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Food For Life New Jagannath Puri, South Africa Cooks 108 Pots of Prasadam on Women’s Day https://iskconnews.org/food-for-life-new-jagannath-puri-south-africa-cooks-108-pots-of-prasadam-on-womens-day-3/ Sat, 14 Aug 2021 17:25:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/food-for-life-new-jagannath-puri-south-africa-cooks-108-pots-of-prasadam-on-womens-day-3/ The Food For Life branch in New Jagannath Puri at ISKCON of Phoenix, South Africa – a suburb of Durban – relaunched on August 9th by preparing 108 pots of Biryani, a rice dish with vegetables. As the sun rose in the early morning, the impressive operation saw devotees cooking outside over multiple rows of […]

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DeepLeap – Emotions in Krishna Consciousness – part 1 https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-emotions-in-krishna-consciousness-part-1/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:36:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-emotions-in-krishna-consciousness-part-1/ Source: Bhaktivedanta College Emotions in Krishna Consciousness- part 1 with Devasri Radhika Devi Dasi 

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A Day Out with the Mayapur Youth Sanga https://iskconnews.org/a-day-out-with-the-mayapur-youth-sanga/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:35:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/a-day-out-with-the-mayapur-youth-sanga/ Source:  This is the Mayapur Youth Sanga, a group of international young devotees in Mayapur who come together for a Krishna Conscious experience. If you wish to sponsor a sanga please donate to the following bank account or to this UPI: mayuripillai@icici Bank Name- ICICI Bank Acc Name- Mayuri Pillai Acc Number- 402401000761 Acc Type- […]

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Parsippany, New Jersey, New Developments: First Rathayatra Festival and New Temple Construction https://iskconnews.org/parsippany-new-jersey-new-developments-first-rathayatra-festival-and-new-temple-construction/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:35:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/parsippany-new-jersey-new-developments-first-rathayatra-festival-and-new-temple-construction/ The first Annual Parsippany, New Jersey, Rathayatra festival was held this summer on July 11th, 2021. The bright-faced, colorfully dressed devotees, numbering over 1500, sang, danced, and joyfully pulled the beautifully decorated chariot of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra Devi starting at the Vrajdham temple and ending at the construction site of the brand new […]

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Lessons from the Mahabharata: Vidura https://iskconnews.org/lessons-from-the-mahabharata-vidura/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:35:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lessons-from-the-mahabharata-vidura/ Vidura is famously known as the counselor and brother to Dhritarashtra, the uncle of the Pandavas, and a great devotee. There are so many things to learn from him. His tolerance, his mission to serve, and his service attitude are just some of his vast array of good qualities.  Tolerance is defined as the ability […]

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Behind The Scenes of the Film: Monks on Mission https://iskconnews.org/behind-the-scenes-of-the-film-monks-on-mission/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:34:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/behind-the-scenes-of-the-film-monks-on-mission/ A short film, Monks on Mission made by seven monks at ISKCON Gurugram under the guidance of temple president Rambhadra Das, has won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 24th monthly season of Tagore International Film Festival (TIFF) in early July.  Monks on Mission is a reality-based film on why and how monks delivered food in deadly […]

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From Kitchen to Heart https://iskconnews.org/from-kitchen-to-heart/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:34:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/from-kitchen-to-heart/ This morning when my sister and I asked my mom to make vegetable rolls to be cooked for the breakfast, despite disagreeing initially, our mom finally cooked them. I was so happy and felt grateful that she did exactly what we wanted. It is so easy to love someone for something they do which pleases […]

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Devotees in Gainesville, Florida, Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s Visit https://iskconnews.org/devotees-in-gainesville-florida-celebrate-50th-anniversary-of-srila-prabhupadas-visit/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:34:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/devotees-in-gainesville-florida-celebrate-50th-anniversary-of-srila-prabhupadas-visit/ Last weekend devotees celebrated the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s 1971 vist to Gainesville, Florida, as well as his 125th birth anniversary with a three-day festival. The event, which ran from July 29th to 31st, included speeches from pioneer devotees as well as appreciative words from the Mayor of Gainesville and the President of the […]

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Senior Devotees Share Prabhupada Memories With Youth for 125th Anniversary Zoom Series https://iskconnews.org/senior-devotees-share-prabhupada-memories-with-youth-for-125th-anniversary-zoom-series/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:34:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/senior-devotees-share-prabhupada-memories-with-youth-for-125th-anniversary-zoom-series/ In honor of Srila Prabhupada’s 125th birth anniversary, a special Zoom series for teens and youth will run this August, in which Prabhupada disciples will share memories of serving the ISKCON Founder-Acharya during their own youth.  Sitalila Dasi of ISKCON Sydney, Australia, a mentor and certified counselor who helps run Sunday Schools and youth camps, […]

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New Free Online Course on Sankirtan Leadership https://iskconnews.org/new-free-online-course-on-sankirtan-leadership/ Sat, 07 Aug 2021 17:33:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-free-online-course-on-sankirtan-leadership/ The “Course on Sankirtan Leadership” is available now as a free online course for the first time. 1.5 hours of videos, a comprehensive student handbook, and other resource materials bring this course to life on your home screen. In the current times, online courses and becoming a leader in the sankirtan movement are especially relevant […]

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Bond of Love Interview Series: Nirmala Devi and Rangavati Devi https://iskconnews.org/bond-of-love-interview-series-nirmala-devi-and-rangavati-devi/ Sat, 31 Jul 2021 17:19:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bond-of-love-interview-series-nirmala-devi-and-rangavati-devi/ Source: Vaishnavi Ministry NA Bond of Love Interview Series: Nirmala Devi and Rangavati Devi These Interviews are simultaneously broadcast on: Youtube and Facebook. 

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ISKCON Works with University in India to “Revolutionize Agriculture” in Maharashtra https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-works-with-university-in-india-to-revolutionize-agriculture-in-maharashtra/ Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:57:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-works-with-university-in-india-to-revolutionize-agriculture-in-maharashtra/ The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Kokan Krishi Vidhyapeeth University (DBSKKV) have joined to bring about agricultural reforms and change patterns of farming in the Palghar district of Maharashtra, considered to be undeveloped and in need of help in its Adivasi farmers of the region. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was […]

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The Last Drop https://iskconnews.org/the-last-drop/ Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:56:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-last-drop/ A tasty drink tastes even more when you are finishing it. It is the last drop that gives the feeling of being relished, enjoyed, along with the trace of sadness of it being over too soon. The urge to taste and enjoy is the game we get entangled in. Similar was the situation I got […]

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ISKCON Punjabi Bagh Congregation Sets Goals for Srila Prabhupada’s 125th Anniversary https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-punjabi-bagh-congregation-sets-goals-for-srila-prabhupadas-125th-anniversary/ Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:56:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-punjabi-bagh-congregation-sets-goals-for-srila-prabhupadas-125th-anniversary/ The year 2021 marks the 125th anniversary of the appearance of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). ISKCON Punjabi Bagh (Delhi, India) has planned year-long celebrations to mark the momentous event. Starting June 2021, all members of the congregation are being encouraged to […]

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Rathayatra Festivals Continue to Expand in Atlantic Canada https://iskconnews.org/rathayatra-festivals-continue-to-expand-in-atlantic-canada-2/ Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:56:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/rathayatra-festivals-continue-to-expand-in-atlantic-canada-2/ Devotees who live in less populated areas of Eastern Canada hold weekly in-home programs where they gather to chant the holy names, listen to lectures, and honor prasadam. In this area of Canada, they call themselves ISKCON Maritimes, which comprise of centers in Fredericton, Saint John, and Moncton, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  On […]

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New Zealand Devotees Plan Harinama in Auckland Suburbs for Prabhupada’s 125th Anniversary https://iskconnews.org/new-zealand-devotees-plan-harinama-in-auckland-suburbs-for-prabhupadas-125th-anniversary/ Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:56:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-zealand-devotees-plan-harinama-in-auckland-suburbs-for-prabhupadas-125th-anniversary/ This year, ISKCON is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the appearance of its Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – born in 1896 in Calcutta – with various efforts to honor him throughout the year. On Saturday August 21st, ten days before Srila Prabhupada’s August 31st appearance day, devotees from the ISKCON Auckland congregation […]

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New Vrindaban to Hold Quiz Tournament on Prabhupada’s Life and Teachings https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-to-hold-quiz-tournament-on-prabhupadas-life-and-teachings/ Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:55:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-to-hold-quiz-tournament-on-prabhupadas-life-and-teachings/ To celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of ISKCON Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupada, ISKCON New Vrindaban in West Virginia is set to hold the Prabhupada 125 Tournament from Friday September 24th to Sunday September 26th. The tournament, which will take place at New Vrindaban a month after Prabhupada’s August 31st Appearance Day, will be open to all […]

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Online Devotee Care Course Aims to Embed Care in Krishna Conscious Communities https://iskconnews.org/online-devotee-care-course-aims-to-embed-care-in-krishna-conscious-communities/ Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:55:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/online-devotee-care-course-aims-to-embed-care-in-krishna-conscious-communities/ Following a global edition in April/May, the 18-hour Online Devotee Care Course, subtitled “Embedding Care in Krishna Conscious Communities,” will be offered specifically for devotees in North American timezones starting September 18th. The ISKCON GBC Devotee Care Committee, an initiative of the GBC Strategic Planning Team, was officially mandated in 2017 and supported by GBC […]

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Two Volume Songbook from the 1850s in the GORA Collection https://iskconnews.org/two-volume-songbook-from-the-1850s-in-the-gora-collection/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 22:39:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/two-volume-songbook-from-the-1850s-in-the-gora-collection/ Source: GORA Research  GORA গোରା Gaudiya Odiya Research  GORA is Madhavananda Das’ offering to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja who was a lover of rare Gaudiya Odiya literature and wanted to begin a Vaishnava university in Odisha. This project is also due to the inspiration and blessings from the learned professor […]

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Sufi Muslims Chanting the Brahma Samhita https://iskconnews.org/sufi-muslims-chanting-the-brahma-samhita/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 22:32:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sufi-muslims-chanting-the-brahma-samhita/ Source: Fanna-Fi-Allah The fourth purpose of ISKCON: “To teach and encourage the Samkirtan movementcongregational chanting of the holy name of God as revealed in theteachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.”

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UN Environment Programme – Value Education Olympiad 2021 https://iskconnews.org/un-environment-programme-value-education-olympiad-2021/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 22:24:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/un-environment-programme-value-education-olympiad-2021/ We are excited to announce that United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Faith for Earth Council, Govardhan Eco Village, and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) are collaborating for the launch of its Value Education Olympiad for the year 2021. This is a certification program, where each student will get a certificate which will have the […]

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Lives of Service: The Kalasamvara Das Interview https://iskconnews.org/lives-of-service-the-kalasamvara-das-interview/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:06:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lives-of-service-the-kalasamvara-das-interview/ Lives of Service is an ISKCON News interview series that recreates the feel of sitting down for a chat at the Sunday Feast with an old friend or a devotee you’d like to get to know. Told in their own words, it’s an insightful, inspiring, lighthearted, and at times humorous look at their stories and […]

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A Bond of Love Interview Series Connects Viewers With Srila Prabhupada https://iskconnews.org/a-bond-of-love-interview-series-connects-viewers-with-srila-prabhupada/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 20:48:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/a-bond-of-love-interview-series-connects-viewers-with-srila-prabhupada/ A Bond of Love, a series of online interviews that began as a promotional strategy for the book of the same name, sees Vaishnavi disciples of Srila Prabhupada sharing their memories and realizations about their spiritual master twice a month, and thus connecting multiple generations with ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya. The series is livestreamed every alternate Saturday […]

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Srila Prabhupada’s 125th Birth Anniversary Commemorative Coin https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-125th-birth-anniversary-commemorative-coin/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:07:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupadas-125th-birth-anniversary-commemorative-coin/ Source: Krishna Bhakti Song Link: here

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125th Anniversary Coin of Srila Prabhupada from the Government of India https://iskconnews.org/125th-anniversary-coin-of-srila-prabhupada-from-the-government-of-india/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:06:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/125th-anniversary-coin-of-srila-prabhupada-from-the-government-of-india/ Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness,  A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada shall be honored by the Government of India through a special issue of a 125 Indian Rupees commemorative coin on the grand occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada.  This historic initiative by the Government of India would not […]

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His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja’s Samadhi in Mayapur https://iskconnews.org/his-holiness-bhakti-charu-swami-maharajas-samadhi-in-mayapur/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:06:15 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/his-holiness-bhakti-charu-swami-maharajas-samadhi-in-mayapur/ “To He whose Heart is made of Gold, “We offer this Song sung in Stone”  SONG IN STONE[1]  yas tuṣṭātmā sphutam anupaṭhec chraddhayā śuddhayāntar medhyaḥ padyāṣṭakam acaṭulaḥ suṣṭhu govardhanasya sāndraṁ govardhana-dhara-pada-dvandva-śoṇāravindaṁ vindan premotkaram iha karoty adri-rāje sa vāsam   May a person who with faith, attention, and a pure and cheerful heart, reads these eight […]

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GBC Announces Panel to Examine Lokanath Swami Issue and its Own Past Decision Making https://iskconnews.org/gbc-announces-panel-to-examine-lokanath-swami-issue-and-its-own-past-decision-making/ Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:52:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gbc-announces-panel-to-examine-lokanath-swami-issue-and-its-own-past-decision-making/ Today, the GBC Executive Committee released a statement regarding a recent GBC decision on how to proceed with the controversy regarding Lokanath Swami.  From the GBC Executive Committee July 21, 2021 Dear ISKCON Devotees and Friends, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. We write to inform the global ISKCON society regarding […]

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BBT Releases Updated Policies on Book Editing https://iskconnews.org/bbt-releases-updated-policies-on-book-editing/ Sun, 18 Jul 2021 22:55:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bbt-releases-updated-policies-on-book-editing/ Over the years, devotees have expressed interest in knowing more about The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust’s book editing policies and practices, especially in making corrections to Srila Prabhupada’s books after his physical departure. To address the devotees’ concerns and to ensure the fidelity of Srila Prabhupada’s published works, on October 17, 2019, the BBT and the […]

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Srila Prabhupada: The Greatest Communicator https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-the-greatest-communicator/ Sun, 18 Jul 2021 15:17:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-the-greatest-communicator/ This year, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the appearance of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, born in 1896 in Calcutta. Leading up to his Appearance Day or Vyasa-Puja on August 31st, ISKCON News is commemorating the occasion with a series of articles glorifying his achievements, contributions, and qualities.   Srila […]

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DeepLeap – Shyamananda Dasa – Determination Part 2 https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-shyamananda-dasa-determination-part-2/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 14:21:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-shyamananda-dasa-determination-part-2/ The post DeepLeap – Shyamananda Dasa – Determination Part 2 appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Remembering Bhakti Charu Swami: Triobhava Mahotsava | Zoom | July 18-24th, 2021 https://iskconnews.org/remembering-bhakti-charu-swami-triobhava-mahotsava-zoom-july-18-24th-2021/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 14:07:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/remembering-bhakti-charu-swami-triobhava-mahotsava-zoom-july-18-24th-2021/ Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Charu Swāmī Triobhava Mahotsava  “He lives forever by his divine instructions and the follower lives with him.” A 4-day event July 18-24, 2021 Attend:  On Zoom  ID: 961 5660 3663 Passcode: 123456 Watch Live on: www.mayapurtv.com https://www.facebook.com/gbcspt  https://www.facebook.com/bhakticharuswami   Full Schedule   

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The Formula for Peace https://iskconnews.org/the-formula-for-peace/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 13:57:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-formula-for-peace/ The primary reason for a failure in world peace is a lack of knowledge of the formula for peace. As Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed”.  In this regard, Srila Prabhupada, in his book “Krishna Consciousness: The Topmost Yoga System” remarks that once he had […]

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Florida’s Season of Rathayatras: Upcoming Clearwater Beach September 18th https://iskconnews.org/floridas-season-of-rathayatras-upcoming-clearwater-beach-september-18th/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 13:56:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/floridas-season-of-rathayatras-upcoming-clearwater-beach-september-18th/ Florida is (pre-Covid) a season of Rathayatra festival parades that take over the crowded beaches or towns, typically with eight events across the state: at the Gasparilla festival in Tampa, Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Clearwater Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Tampa Bay, and Orlando.  This year, fewer events are scheduled with the Daytona Beach parade […]

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ISKCON Pakistan is Growing https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-pakistan-is-growing/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 13:56:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-pakistan-is-growing/ For the month of May through June this year, a preaching tour occurred across the region of Baluchistan; a rural mountainous southwest area of Pakistan.  The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Pakistan has three temples, including in Karachi, Larkana, Sindh, and in Hyderabad, Sindh as well as and five centers: in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Thari […]

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ISKCON Toronto to Hold Ratha-Yatra Drive-Thru Darshan https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-toronto-to-hold-ratha-yatra-drive-thru-darshan/ Sat, 17 Jul 2021 13:56:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-toronto-to-hold-ratha-yatra-drive-thru-darshan/ Toronto Ratha-Yatra team members are being creative amid ongoing Covid restrictions on outdoor gatherings in their area, and are holding a Drive-Thru Darshan of Lord Jagannatha and a virtual online celebration for the second year in a row this weekend. In years past Toronto Ratha-Yatra has been known for being one of the biggest Ratha-Yatras […]

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Riots in South Africa: Deities and Residents Moved from Durban Temple https://iskconnews.org/riots-in-south-africa-deities-and-residents-moved-from-durban-temple/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 04:17:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/riots-in-south-africa-deities-and-residents-moved-from-durban-temple/ There has been continued political and social unrest in the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa, known for its largest city of Durban, where ISKCON has three large temples with installed Deities.  As of July 13th evening, the senior devotees, ladies, and other Temple residents have taken shelter at the house of various devotees in safer areas. The […]

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Monks on Mission: “Best Short Film” Award Winner at Tagore Int’l Film Fest https://iskconnews.org/monks-on-mission-best-short-film-award-winner-at-tagore-intl-film-fest/ Sat, 10 Jul 2021 22:21:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/monks-on-mission-best-short-film-award-winner-at-tagore-intl-film-fest/ Source: ISKCON Gurugram Credits; Neither this initiative nor this film could ever have materialized without the vision of HG Rambhadra Prabhu, Temple President – ISKCON Gurugram and our respected mentor. He inspired and guided us in this cause and the film, in every aspect from conception to creation. Also, we are grateful to our hero and […]

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When in the Dark https://iskconnews.org/when-in-the-dark/ Sat, 10 Jul 2021 18:18:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/when-in-the-dark/ One day I will no longer fear the dark, Because I will find You there. I will take in those deep breaths not out of shock, but out of need. Out of a deep yearning for You. Deprived of my “sight” the fragrance of You will be all that I will have. I will breathe […]

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Devotee and Activist Sana Mittar, 19, Receives Prestigious Diana Award https://iskconnews.org/devotee-and-activist-sana-mittar-19-receives-prestigious-diana-award/ Sat, 10 Jul 2021 17:59:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/devotee-and-activist-sana-mittar-19-receives-prestigious-diana-award/ Sana Mittar, a young devotee who attends the ISKCON Punjabi Bagh temple in Delhi with her family, has been honored with the Diana Award. Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, it is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9 to 25 years can receive for their social action or humanitarian work. […]

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ISKCON India Supporter for UN’s Ending Single-Plastic Challenge https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-india-supporter-for-uns-ending-single-plastic-challenge/ Sat, 10 Jul 2021 17:59:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-india-supporter-for-uns-ending-single-plastic-challenge/ As is seen globally, even holy places are littered with plastic bottles, polybags, wrappers, etc. Cows, one of our seven mothers, get choked up and die due to the same plastic waste. ISKCON and the Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV) have been combatting the plastic pandemic by supporting United Nations Environment Program’s Plastic Tide Turners Challenge (PTTC) […]

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Bees Matter https://iskconnews.org/bees-matter/ Sat, 10 Jul 2021 17:58:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bees-matter/ Insignificant as they may appear, the bee is an important part of our ecosystem. Environmental concerns about our planet have been growing and the bee community has been discovered to hold a major role in maintaining a balance in our ecosystem. Needless to say, the bee community is important to the survival of the human […]

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Mayapur TV Español Provides Devotional Content for Spanish Speakers https://iskconnews.org/mayapur-tv-espanol-provides-devotional-content-for-spanish-speakers/ Sat, 10 Jul 2021 17:58:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/mayapur-tv-espanol-provides-devotional-content-for-spanish-speakers/ Started in the mid-2000s, MayapurTV now hosts broadcasts by over 150 ISKCON centers, sannyasis and leading devotees, with 314,000 subscribers on YouTube. The channel inspires viewers and provides free access to ISKCON programs worldwide, all in one place. The next step for MayapurTV Manager Antardwip Das is to establish different branches of MayapurTV for different […]

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DeepLeap: Tough Love https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-tough-love/ Sat, 03 Jul 2021 19:54:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-tough-love/ Source: Bhaktivedanta College

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Jai Jagannath Camp | Online | July 12th – 16th 4:00pm-5:30pm IST https://iskconnews.org/jai-jagannath-camp-online-july-12th-16th-400pm-530pm-ist/ Sat, 03 Jul 2021 19:50:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/jai-jagannath-camp-online-july-12th-16th-400pm-530pm-ist/ Virtual parikramas, story dramas, kirtan, games, quizzes, crafts, and much more! July 12th – 16th 4:00pm-5:30pm IST. Register here: https://iskconchildren.com/2021/07/01/jai-jagannath-camp/

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Is Happiness Really All Relative? https://iskconnews.org/is-happiness-really-all-relative/ Sat, 03 Jul 2021 19:48:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/is-happiness-really-all-relative/ Happiness…. The most sought-after experience that human society is striving to achieve, is still an underestimated and untapped experience beyond the reach of the majority.  Many believe they have reached that state of happiness, but have they? It was a nice sunny tropical afternoon. On my daily commute back home, I was looking out through […]

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TKG Academy Holds Triumphant Graduation Ceremony After Successful Pandemic School Year https://iskconnews.org/tkg-academy-holds-triumphant-graduation-ceremony-after-successful-pandemic-school-year/ Sat, 03 Jul 2021 19:47:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/tkg-academy-holds-triumphant-graduation-ceremony-after-successful-pandemic-school-year/ After a successful school year of keeping all students safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, the TKG Academy in Dallas, Texas held a graduation ceremony on May 27th that felt “triumphant,” according to Vice Principal Gopi Gita Dasi. During the event, three students who had attended TKG Academy since preschool graduated from Twelfth Grade, while the […]

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Lord Jagannath Sravana Festival Leads up to Central New Jersey Ratha Yatra https://iskconnews.org/lord-jagannath-sravana-festival-leads-up-to-central-new-jersey-ratha-yatra/ Sat, 03 Jul 2021 19:47:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lord-jagannath-sravana-festival-leads-up-to-central-new-jersey-ratha-yatra/ An online “Sravana Festival,” with a series of Zoom talks by illustrious guests about the pastimes of Lord Jagannath and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, is setting the mood for the upcoming Ratha Yatra celebrations at the ISKCON temple in Plainfield, New Jersey and on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The nectarean spiritual talks, which are taking place every […]

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ISKCON Global Event for Devotees in Mayapur and Bangladesh https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-global-event-for-devotees-in-mayapur-and-bangladesh/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 18:02:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-global-event-for-devotees-in-mayapur-and-bangladesh/ ISKCON united together to send love, prayers, and support to the devotee communities in Mayapur and Bangladesh. This special event includes guests such as HH Jayapataka Swami, HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami, HH Radhanath Swami, HG Vaisesika Das, and more. A special Nrsimha Yagna was performed from New Vrindaban, West Virginia and many kirtaniyas including Gaura […]

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Surrender to Krishna and Be Happy Forever https://iskconnews.org/surrender-to-krishna-and-be-happy-forever/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 17:53:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/surrender-to-krishna-and-be-happy-forever/ If we surrender to Krishna, then all our miseries will immediately end. This is confirmed by Krishna himself in Bhagavad Gita 18.66, “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.” In spite of Krishna’s assurance, we refuse to completely surrender to Krishna. […]

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Online | Summer Japa Retreats Hosted by Mahatma Das and Amogh Lila Das https://iskconnews.org/online-summer-japa-retreats-hosted-by-mahatma-das-and-amogh-lila-das/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 17:53:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/online-summer-japa-retreats-hosted-by-mahatma-das-and-amogh-lila-das/ Japa retreats starting June 26 and running through July 18th, online, hosted by Mahatma Das and Amogh Lila Das.  Register here: http://bit.ly.3pStMZ4 HG Mahatma Prabhu (ACBSP), from Alachua, USA, has been conducting workshops on various topics of importance to devotees like improving japa, forgiveness, compassion, etc. These workshops have immensely benefited the participants to improve their sadhana. […]

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Updates From Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies https://iskconnews.org/updates-from-bhaktivedanta-institute-for-higher-studies/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 17:52:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/updates-from-bhaktivedanta-institute-for-higher-studies/ Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies We are still remodeling our recently acquired BIHS headquarters, the former home of the president of the University of Florida. Through the generosity of Dr. Howard J. Resnick (Hridayananda das Goswami), we have a permanent headquarters with a Vaishnava archivist and a significant library donated by retired professors. This place […]

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ISKCON Ministry of Education 2nd Annual Virtual Global Symposium of Education https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-ministry-of-education-2nd-annual-virtual-global-symposium-of-education/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 17:51:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-ministry-of-education-2nd-annual-virtual-global-symposium-of-education/ Viplavah 2021 Global Education Symposium, hosted by the ISKCON Ministry of Education  Dates: July 29th – Aug 1st 2021 Registration: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vcuCtrjkoH9AT4P7zTX-56DQN-5l998OG Location: Zoom –  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vcuCtrjkoH9AT4P7zTX-56DQN-5l998OG FaceBook Event:  https://fb.me/e/7a2FdM4JK Event Type: Ted-talk style presentations for 15 mins followed by 10 minutes Q&A with each speaker, interactive engagement Agenda: The detailed agenda and list of final speakers shall be circulated around the end of June […]

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First Ever Online Diksa Guru Conference: The Challenges of Being a Guru in ISKCON https://iskconnews.org/first-ever-online-diksa-guru-conference-the-challenges-of-being-a-guru-in-iskcon/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 17:51:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/first-ever-online-diksa-guru-conference-the-challenges-of-being-a-guru-in-iskcon/ What is the most difficult service in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)? Most probably, it’s to serve as a diksa guru, or initiating spiritual master.  On Saturday, 5th of June, the GSC hosted a three-hour online conference for ISKCON diksa gurus. This was the first of its kind as a virtual event. The […]

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20th Anniversary Celebration of Spanish Fork Radha Krishna Temple https://iskconnews.org/20th-anniversary-celebration-of-spanish-fork-radha-krishna-temple/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 17:51:06 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/20th-anniversary-celebration-of-spanish-fork-radha-krishna-temple/ More than 1,000 local residents and devotees gathered at the Spanish Fork temple on June 20th to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Radha Krishna Temple joining the religious landscape of the predominantly Morman state of Utah.  Local guests at the event watching the outside entertainment Temple President Charu Das and the team arranged the festivities […]

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Book Distribution Campaign Celebrates Genius of Bhaktivinod Thakur https://iskconnews.org/book-distribution-campaign-celebrates-genius-of-bhaktivinod-thakur-2/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 17:50:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/book-distribution-campaign-celebrates-genius-of-bhaktivinod-thakur-2/ Historically in ISKCON, the only book distribution marathon was held in December, leaving the rest of the year rather quiet on the book distribution front in many parts of the world. Recently, however, Global Duty Officer for book distribution Vaisesika Dasa and the BBT Marketing, Communications and Innovations team have been introducing new campaigns throughout the […]

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Alachua’s Bhaktivedanta Academy Seeks Teaching Interns https://iskconnews.org/alachuas-bhaktivedanta-academy-seeks-teaching-interns/ Sat, 26 Jun 2021 17:50:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/alachuas-bhaktivedanta-academy-seeks-teaching-interns/ The Bhaktivedanta Academy in Alachua, Florida, a thriving spiritually-centered Pre-K through 10th grade Montessori and International Baccalaureate school, is seeking applicants for its new internship program for Pre-K and Elementary teachers. An informal internship program has already been running for some time; however, with the school now looking to double its capacity over the next […]

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Ramai Swami Undergoes Heart Attack https://iskconnews.org/ramai-swami-undergoes-heart-attack/ Sun, 20 Jun 2021 18:27:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/ramai-swami-undergoes-heart-attack/   Former GBC Chairman Ramai Swami has suffered a heart attack and was briefly hospitalized. According to current GBC Chairman, Bhakti Caitanya Swami, Ramai Swami underwent a surgical procedure to have a stent placed in his heart, and “He should be out of the hospital tomorrow or the day after.” Ramai Swami, who is based in […]

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3 Lessons from Cicadas https://iskconnews.org/3-lessons-from-cicadas/ Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:51:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/3-lessons-from-cicadas/   Those of us who live on the east coast of the US are nearing the end of the cicada season. They are curious creatures who teach us a few helpful things for our spiritual  1. Life is Short: although cicadas keep themselves underground for 17 years, when they emerge it’s just a month or […]

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World Book of Record honours ISKCON Gurugram with Certificate of Commitment https://iskconnews.org/world-book-of-record-honours-iskcon-gurugram-with-certificate-of-commitment/ Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:51:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/world-book-of-record-honours-iskcon-gurugram-with-certificate-of-commitment/ ISKCON Gurugram was awarded a Certificate of Commitment by the World Book of Records (WBR) to recognize the exceptional services offered by the devotees at ISKCON Gurugram in serving the needy during the Covid pandemic. The award was received by Rambhadra Das, President – ISKCON Gurugram. Rambhadra Das stated that “I dedicate this award to […]

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Fifth Prabhupada Memories Book Packed With Inspirational and Educational Anecdotes https://iskconnews.org/fifth-prabhupada-memories-book-packed-with-inspirational-and-educational-anecdotes/ Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:51:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/fifth-prabhupada-memories-book-packed-with-inspirational-and-educational-anecdotes/ This year, as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s appearance in 1896, an excellent way to become absorbed in the pastimes and teachings of the ISKCON Founder-Acharya is the latest, fifth volume of Memories: Anecdotes of a Modern Day Saint. The series all began back in 1991 when Siddhanta Das, the devotee behind the […]

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Award-Winning Bhakti Charu Swami Documentary to Premiere on July 24th https://iskconnews.org/award-winning-bhakti-charu-swami-documentary-to-premiere-on-july-24th/ Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:50:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/award-winning-bhakti-charu-swami-documentary-to-premiere-on-july-24th/ A new 37-minute documentary entitled “Seeking Shelter: The Life & Legacy of Bhakti Charu Swami” is set to premiere on ISKCON News and Youtube on July 24th, as part of the global celebration on the beloved ISKCON guru’s disappearance day. “The pandemic has claimed millions of lives — ordinary humans, celebrities and saintly people alike […]

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Pure Bliss Organics Expands, Looks to Hire More Devotee Staff https://iskconnews.org/pure-bliss-organics-expands-looks-to-hire-more-devotee-staff/ Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:50:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/pure-bliss-organics-expands-looks-to-hire-more-devotee-staff/ Healthy snack company Pure Bliss Organics, run by owners and co-founders Jaya Govardhana Das and Haridas Thakur Das since 2005, had been selling its granola, energy bars and gourmet nut mixes to hundreds of stores all over the U.S., both as packaged products and as bulk foods. When Covid hit in early 2020, however, many […]

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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Given to Food For All Charity in the UK https://iskconnews.org/queens-award-for-voluntary-service-given-to-food-for-all-charity-in-the-uk/ Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:50:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/queens-award-for-voluntary-service-given-to-food-for-all-charity-in-the-uk/ The prasadam distribution team, Food For All (with bases around the UK) just received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the greatest award possible for a charity in the U.K.  For the next 5 years, the Queen’s Logo will appear on their websites, letterheads, vans, and centres. They will receive trophies from the Queen’s Lord […]

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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service | Food For All Charity Video https://iskconnews.org/queens-award-for-voluntary-service-food-for-all-charity-video/ Sun, 13 Jun 2021 23:31:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/queens-award-for-voluntary-service-food-for-all-charity-video/ Food for All, UK prasadam distribution charity, has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Learn more about Food for All: https://foodforalluk.com/news/

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Chief Justice of India Seeks Blessings of Sri Sri Radha Govinda at Tirupati https://iskconnews.org/chief-justice-of-india-seeks-blessings-of-sri-sri-radha-govinda-at-tirupati/ Sun, 13 Jun 2021 22:44:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/chief-justice-of-india-seeks-blessings-of-sri-sri-radha-govinda-at-tirupati/ On June 11th, 2021 the Honorable Chief Justice of India, Shri NV Ramana, sought the blessings of Sri Sri Radha Govinda at ISKCON Tirupati along with the presence of His Grace Roopeshwara Chaitanya Das, Vice President of ISKCON Tirupati. NV Ramana had talks with HG Roopeshwar Chaitanya Das in regards to the temple development and welfare activities. Their Lordships […]

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Gita Made Easy Course 2021 https://iskconnews.org/gita-made-easy-course-2021/ Sun, 13 Jun 2021 21:45:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gita-made-easy-course-2021/ Study Gita-Chennai is launching Gita Made Easy Course 2021. This course is free of cost and T is available in both English and Tamil 18 Days 18 Session Certification Course. Gita explained in Easy and Simple language Powerful Life Lessons to practically live Bhagavad Gita Daily 60 Minutes Live session    For more information  registration, please […]

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Why is education important for devotees? https://iskconnews.org/why-is-education-important-for-devotees/ Sat, 12 Jun 2021 16:51:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/why-is-education-important-for-devotees/ The post Why is education important for devotees? appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Devotees Open Their Hearts for Mayapur and Bangladesh https://iskconnews.org/devotees-open-their-hearts-for-mayapur-and-bangladesh/ Sat, 12 Jun 2021 16:39:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/devotees-open-their-hearts-for-mayapur-and-bangladesh/ On Saturday, June 5th, ISKCON North America came together to raise awareness and unify devotees and temples as a demonstration of cooperation and love for Srila Prabhupada and our devotees in the affected regions in India.   In Mayapur and Bangladesh, over 7,000 devotee families are suffering due to a lack of resources. There is an […]

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Srimad-Bhagavatam: A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers Releases New Paperback Editions https://iskconnews.org/srimad-bhagavatam-a-comprehensive-guide-for-young-readers-releases-new-paperback-editions/ Sat, 12 Jun 2021 16:32:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srimad-bhagavatam-a-comprehensive-guide-for-young-readers-releases-new-paperback-editions/ New paperback editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam: A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers Cantos 1, 2, and 3 are now available on Amazon.com, along with the just completed Canto 4. The first three cantos in the series, compiled by Aruddha Dasi, were originally each released in two parts starting in 2016. However the new editions, redesigned by […]

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New Vrindaban Launches Festival Season as Restrictions Lift in West Virginia https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-launches-festival-season-as-restrictions-lift-in-west-virginia/ Sat, 12 Jun 2021 16:32:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-launches-festival-season-as-restrictions-lift-in-west-virginia/ ISKCON New Vrindaban has started its festival season, which runs from May to September, and draws pilgrims, gives inspiration and association to visiting devotees, helps to maintain the temple, and provides engagement and financial support for devotee staff. During the pandemic, New Vrindaban, with its 2,200 acres, spacious temple room and strict following of Covid […]

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New York Ratha Yatra Returns https://iskconnews.org/new-york-ratha-yatra-returns/ Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:11:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-york-ratha-yatra-returns/ Lord Jagannatha is coming. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 was the first year without a New York Ratha Yatra parade in 45 years – instead, Lord Jagannatha was driven down Fifth Avenue in a minivan, along with a virtual online celebration. This summer, things are beginning to look different. The number of new coronavirus […]

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Tribute to Devotees We Lost During Pandemic https://iskconnews.org/tribute-to-devotees-we-lost-during-pandemic/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:35:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/tribute-to-devotees-we-lost-during-pandemic/ The Devotee Care Directorate, together with GBC SPT is endeavoring to extend tribute to all the devotees in ISKCON who have unfortunately departed in the current pandemic due to Covid as well as non-Covid related death during this period (over the last year). As part of this initiative, the Devotee Care team is compiling a […]

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Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love https://iskconnews.org/five-years-eleven-months-and-a-lifetime-of-unexpected-love/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:35:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/five-years-eleven-months-and-a-lifetime-of-unexpected-love/ Through her sharp camera lens and elegant prose, Visakha Dasi takes us on a roller coaster ride through the near six years, of her life from 1971 to 1977.  Something extraordinary happened to this self-confessed proud atheist, a Darwinian, which was as she points out the intellectually held position of the day.  She traveled to […]

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Tulsa, 1921: Learning From History https://iskconnews.org/tulsa-1921-learning-from-history/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:35:05 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/tulsa-1921-learning-from-history/ May 31st  commemorates the 100th year anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, avoided in most school courses and books on American history. The neighborhood in which it occurred was called Greenwood. This attack could certainly be deemed the 911 for the Black community in America.  During two days about 300 Black people were randomly and ruthlessly […]

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Singapore Devotees Deliver Much Needed Prasadam Meals to COVID-19 Affected Migrant Worker Dormitories https://iskconnews.org/singapore-devotees-deliver-much-needed-prasadam-meals-to-covid-19-affected-migrant-worker-dormitories/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:34:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/singapore-devotees-deliver-much-needed-prasadam-meals-to-covid-19-affected-migrant-worker-dormitories/ Imagine this – you are a devotee of Krishna trying to follow Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and you are one of the over 300,000 Indian, Bangladeshi, or Chinese migrants in Singapore. You are on a meager salary and on a work visa which does not allow you to bring your family or kids into the country […]

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ISKCON Sydney Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha’s Installation https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-sydney-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-sri-sri-radha-gopinathas-installation/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 14:42:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-sydney-celebrates-50th-anniversary-of-sri-sri-radha-gopinathas-installation/ In a five-day festival from May 22nd to 26th, ISKCON of Sydney, Australia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the installation of their presiding Deities Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, Who were installed by Srila Prabhupada on May 10th, 1971. Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha – A Unique History The first Deities in Australia, the beautiful Sri-Sri Radha […]

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Northern Ireland’s Krishna Island Temple to Undergo Major Renovations https://iskconnews.org/northern-irelands-krishna-island-temple-to-undergo-major-renovations/ Mon, 07 Jun 2021 14:40:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/northern-irelands-krishna-island-temple-to-undergo-major-renovations/ Ireland’s main temple, on the Hare Krishna island of Inis Rath – also known as Govindadwipa and located on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland – is set to undergo major renovations. These will include new deity worship facilities for the presiding deities of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda and new cottages for resident pujaris. Bedrooms […]

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HG Mahaprabhu Das Passes Away https://iskconnews.org/hg-mahaprabhu-das-passes-away/ Sun, 30 May 2021 02:31:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/hg-mahaprabhu-das-passes-away/ Dear Devotees,   With a very heavy heart we would like to inform you that on May 27, 2021 (Pratipat & Appearance tithi of Sri Narada Muni), H. G. Mahaprabhu das left his body. He was in very good health and spirits till his last breath and finally left due to a cardiac arrest, at […]

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DeepLeap – Shyamananda Dasa – Determination https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-shyamananda-dasa-determination/ Sat, 29 May 2021 16:13:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/deepleap-shyamananda-dasa-determination/ Source: Bhaktivedanta College

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Community Activism on the Bayou for Mother Earth https://iskconnews.org/community-activism-on-the-bayou-for-mother-earth/ Sat, 29 May 2021 16:06:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/community-activism-on-the-bayou-for-mother-earth/ On a most auspicious day in the Hindu calendar, known as “Akshaya Tritiya” pronounced as “Uck-sha-ya Tri-tee-yaa” Dr. Lakshmi, hereinafter referred to as “I” decided to do a chanting activity on the Bayou for bringing about peace and healing to Mother Earth. This was May 14th, 2021. With brass cymbals in hand, I was singing […]

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Alachua’s Bhaktivedanta Academy Successfully Keeps Students Safe Throughout Pandemic School Year https://iskconnews.org/alachuas-bhaktivedanta-academy-successfully-keeps-students-safe-throughout-pandemic-school-year/ Sat, 29 May 2021 16:06:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/alachuas-bhaktivedanta-academy-successfully-keeps-students-safe-throughout-pandemic-school-year/ On June 4th, Bhaktivedanta Academy – a Montessori school serving the New Raman Reti community in Alachua, Florida – will reach a successful end to its most challenging school year so far. The heroic effort from teachers and staff has provided primary to high school age students with a safe environment in which their education […]

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5 Tips For A Happy Krishna Conscious Marriage https://iskconnews.org/5-tips-for-a-happy-krishna-conscious-marriage/ Sat, 29 May 2021 16:06:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/5-tips-for-a-happy-krishna-conscious-marriage/ According to the Grihastha Vision Team, “The quality of our relationships determine the quality of our lives.” And according to Srila Prabhupada in a July 10th, 1969 letter, “To marry and to become an exemplary householder is the ideal life of Krishna consciousness.” So how do we have a happy, Krishna conscious marriage? To find […]

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ISKCON North America Unites for Devotees in Mayapur and Bangladesh https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-north-america-unites-for-devotees-in-mayapur-and-bangladesh/ Fri, 28 May 2021 01:31:18 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-north-america-unites-for-devotees-in-mayapur-and-bangladesh/ The pandemic is heavily affecting ISKCON devotee communities around the world as there is a lack of resources and access to medical equipment and facilities especially for those in rural devotee communities such as Mayapur and Bangladesh. Over 7000 devotee families in Mayapur and Bangladesh are struggling to feed and take care of their families […]

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Inaugural ISKCON Communications Global Conference | Online | June 19, 2021 https://iskconnews.org/inaugural-iskcon-communications-global-conference-online-june-19-2021/ Thu, 27 May 2021 15:23:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/inaugural-iskcon-communications-global-conference-online-june-19-2021/ Effective communication is vital in any organization, and this is especially true in ISKCON which carries the sacred mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada.  For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and the Vaishnavas in this, His Divine Grace’s 125th birth anniversary year we humbly request your valuable participation in the Inaugural ISKCON Communications Global Conference.  This […]

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ISKCON News’ Summer Internship Program |June – August 2021 | Registration Open https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-summer-internship-program-june-august-2021-registration-open/ Thu, 27 May 2021 14:56:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-summer-internship-program-june-august-2021-registration-open/ Are you looking for a summer internship? ISKCON News is holding its first-ever internship program this June – August 2021. This is a great way to get some work experience on your CV/resume and do some seva with a group of other youth – FULLY ONLINE – about 5-10 hours a week with three meet-ups […]

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Narasimha Chaturdasi is COMING https://iskconnews.org/narasimha-chaturdasi-is-coming/ Sat, 22 May 2021 18:07:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/narasimha-chaturdasi-is-coming/ The post Narasimha Chaturdasi is COMING appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Nrsimha-caturdasi https://iskconnews.org/nrsimha-caturdasi/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:55:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/nrsimha-caturdasi/  Nrsimha-caturdasi, the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. The appearance and activities of the Lord in the world are a great mystery. Therefore in the Bhagavad-gita (4.9) Lord Krishna says: janma karma ca me divyam   evam yo vetti tattvatahtyaktva deham punar janma  naiti mam eti so ’rjuna “One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities […]

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Cows Run, Jump to Spring Grass After a Long Winter https://iskconnews.org/cows-run-jump-to-spring-grass-after-a-long-winter/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:39:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/cows-run-jump-to-spring-grass-after-a-long-winter/ From Chayadevi, ISCOWP Co-Managing Director: “We called the cows to the fresh spring grass of the back pasture. Happy cows ran, jumped, and mooed their joy! Once they reached the spring grass, they munched to their heart’s content. All winter they have been eating hay with an occasional mouthful of grass from under the trees or […]

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A Play: Paramahamsa Thakur, Created by the Disciples of Kadamba Kanana Swami https://iskconnews.org/a-play-paramahamsa-thakur-created-by-the-disciples-of-kadamba-kanana-swami/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:39:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/a-play-paramahamsa-thakur-created-by-the-disciples-of-kadamba-kanana-swami/ Paramahamsa Thakur is a play written by HH Tamal Krishna Goswami in glorification of HDG A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and produced by the disciples of HH Kadamba Kanana Swami. It was created with the help of over 30 devotees with illustrators, video editors, a director, subtitles creator, translators, music composer and many voice actors.

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Compassionate Communication by Ghanashyam Das, Professional Chaplain https://iskconnews.org/compassionate-communication-by-ghanashyam-das-professional-chaplain/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:39:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/compassionate-communication-by-ghanashyam-das-professional-chaplain/ Communication is a basic human need. Our words can have deep lasting impressions on people. We can encourage or cut with our razor-sharp words. Compassion in the three modes of nature and spiritual compassion will be discussed. Srila Prabhupada’s compassion spurred a worldwide movement. Is compassionate communication a by-product of Krsna Consciousness? Tune in to find […]

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ISKCON of Naperville Continues New Temple Construction – Local TV News Coverage https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-of-naperville-continues-new-temple-construction-local-tv-news-coverage/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:38:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-of-naperville-continues-new-temple-construction-local-tv-news-coverage/ ISKCON of Naperville, New Jersey is continuing its new temple construction and this has been reported in the local news channel, the Naperville Community Television (NCTV17). This next phase of construction was celebrated by an event onsite. This current phase is building the temple and community center while the next phase of the project will be […]

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“Deep Leap” Youtube Series Dives Into Practical Application of Philosophy https://iskconnews.org/deep-leap-youtube-series-dives-into-practical-application-of-philosophy/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:36:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/deep-leap-youtube-series-dives-into-practical-application-of-philosophy/ Deep Leap, a new Youtube series from Bhaktivedanta College of Radhadesh, Belgium, is responding to the “overwhelming need” amidst ISKCON devotees for applied philosophy, with authentic solutions to modern challenges. The series of short clips will deliver concise messages based on scripture and the examples of saintly persons, that viewers can apply practically in their […]

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Devotees From All Over Brazil Take Online Vaishnava Care Seminar https://iskconnews.org/devotees-from-all-over-brazil-take-online-vaishnava-care-seminar/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:36:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/devotees-from-all-over-brazil-take-online-vaishnava-care-seminar/ On May 1st, 2nd and 8th, devotees from all over Brazil and beyond attended the “Art of Caring for Vaishnavas” Zoom webinar by Vaishnavas CARE co-founder Sangita Devi Dasi, which offered training in how to lovingly serve devotees, especially those experiencing terminal illnesses. Altogether 80 people registered for the course including participants from the North […]

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Your Ever Well-Wisher: Stories of Srila Prabhupada’s Care for All https://iskconnews.org/your-ever-well-wisher-stories-of-srila-prabhupadas-care-for-all/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:36:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/your-ever-well-wisher-stories-of-srila-prabhupadas-care-for-all/ This year, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the appearance of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, born in 1896 in Calcutta. Leading up to his Appearance Day or Vyasa-Puja on August 31st, ISKCON News is commemorating the occasion with a series of articles glorifying his achievements, contributions and qualities. […]

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The Way of the Vaishnavas https://iskconnews.org/the-way-of-the-vaishnavas/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:35:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-way-of-the-vaishnavas/ Wikipedia defines Vaisnavism as “one of the major Hindu denominations.” This definition is misleading.  To be a Vaisnava transcends any religious, social, or ethnic designation. A Vaisnava can come from any caste or any racial or ethnic group. Bhaktivinoda Thakura referred to this as “the principle of natural brotherhood.”  This depicts a state when people […]

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Bhaktivedanta Manor’s charity wing The Lotus Trust raises £140,000 to help Covid victims in India https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-manors-charity-wing-the-lotus-trust-raises-140000-to-help-covid-victims-in-india/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:35:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhaktivedanta-manors-charity-wing-the-lotus-trust-raises-140000-to-help-covid-victims-in-india/ The Lotus Trust, the welfare arm of Bhaktivedanta Manor in the UK is working with the ISKCON Temple in Delhi. This help has come at the most vital time for India. Sundaranand das (Dr Sanjiv Agarwal) a consultant Urologist at Imperial College and Director of the Lotus Trust said “to achieve this enormous help at this scale and […]

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Humble 93-Year-Old Man Inspires Singapore Congregation By His Example https://iskconnews.org/humble-93-year-old-man-inspires-singapore-congregation-by-his-example/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:35:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/humble-93-year-old-man-inspires-singapore-congregation-by-his-example/ Kandarpa Koti Krishna Das is not a Ph.D. holder in Vaishnava studies, neither is he a famous millionaire businessman, nor will you find a famous youtube or Facebook channel in his name, nor is he the GBC or the temple president of his local ISKCON temple. Yet, if you have the good fortune of attending […]

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ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry: Healthy Families, Strong Communities https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-vaishnavi-ministry-healthy-families-strong-communities/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:33:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-vaishnavi-ministry-healthy-families-strong-communities/ Event: Healthy Families, Strong Communities Date: 29 May 2021 Time: 12:00-13:30 PDT/ 15:00-16:30 UK/ 05:00-06:30 AEDT Venue: Facebook Live – ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry Contact: ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry Panellist: Radha dasi, ISKCON Vaisnavi Minister, Krishnarupa devi dasi (ACBSP), Vaisnavi Minister – Australia, Madhavi Vaisnavi Ministry – UK, Bhaktin Poonam, Head of the ISKCON Domestic Abuse Coalition. In a […]

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Right Use of Power Course https://iskconnews.org/right-use-of-power-course/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:21:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/right-use-of-power-course/ Karuna Care Education – Right Use of Power – Course Online | Paid | June 12 – July 3, 2021 People seeking help are in a position in which they must trust in the knowledge and guidance of their caregiver or guide. This results in a greater-than-ordinary vulnerability. Consequently, people are unusually susceptible to harm […]

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Join Our Team: Bhakti Center in New York City https://iskconnews.org/join-our-team-bhakti-center-in-new-york-city/ Sat, 22 May 2021 17:08:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/join-our-team-bhakti-center-in-new-york-city/ Who we are… The Bhakti Center is a spiritual cultural center on New York City’s Lower East Side with a talented staff devoted to sharing the experience of self-transformation through the timeless culture and practices of Bhakti yoga. We exist to develop an inspired, nourished and engaged community of practitioners of bhakti yoga that people […]

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International Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Spirituality | May 22-23 2021 https://iskconnews.org/international-conference-on-environmental-sustainability-and-spirituality-may-22-23-2021/ Tue, 18 May 2021 20:06:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/international-conference-on-environmental-sustainability-and-spirituality-may-22-23-2021/ The international conference: “Sustainability, Spirituality, and Simplicity (3S): Environmental sustainability redefined through simple life practices and integrated spirituality” will be on 22nd-23rd May 2021 held virtually with morning and evening sessions. World-renowned experts in eco-theology, environmental sustainability, and scriptural knowledge from the United States, Australia, and India will participate as keynote speakers. The conference will have a […]

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“Krishna’s People” Gives Voice to Italian Devotees Practicing Krishna Consciousness In Their Everyday Lives https://iskconnews.org/krishnas-people-gives-voice-to-italian-devotees-practicing-krishna-consciousness-in-their-everyday-lives/ Mon, 17 May 2021 13:53:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/krishnas-people-gives-voice-to-italian-devotees-practicing-krishna-consciousness-in-their-everyday-lives/ Krishna’s People (Gente di Krishna), a new online talk show in Italian, gives voice to the devotee majority in Italy – those who live regular lives working, studying and taking care of their families, while incorporating Krishna consciousness. The program, hosted by Villa Vrindavana temple president and Italian Communications Director Parabhakti Das, takes place live […]

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Seva-Yoga Program at New Vrindaban Builds Relationships with Krishna Through Service https://iskconnews.org/seva-yoga-program-at-new-vrindaban-builds-relationships-with-krishna-through-service/ Mon, 17 May 2021 13:52:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/seva-yoga-program-at-new-vrindaban-builds-relationships-with-krishna-through-service/ A new program at New Vrindaban in West Virginia, dubbed “Seva-Yoga,” has been launched to help guests build a relationship with Krishna through service. “It evolved naturally from an experience we had over the weekend of Gaura Purnima,” says New Vrindaban Lodge Manager Sarah. “We were short-staffed for various different services, so a team of […]

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“I am the silence of secrets” (BG 10.38) https://iskconnews.org/i-am-the-silence-of-secrets-bg-10-38/ Sat, 15 May 2021 18:55:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/i-am-the-silence-of-secrets-bg-10-38/ Every secret rests on a foundation or a frame of silence. In order for secretiveness to exist, there must be the larger context of silence. Just as a picture relies on a frame to declare it to be art, to declare its separateness from all else, so a secret must be surrounded by silence in […]

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Don’t Let Prabhupada’s Difficult Statements Become Difficulties https://iskconnews.org/dont-let-prabhupadas-difficult-statements-become-difficulties/ Sat, 15 May 2021 18:43:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/dont-let-prabhupadas-difficult-statements-become-difficulties/ The post Don’t Let Prabhupada’s Difficult Statements Become Difficulties appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Free Online Workshop: Ayurveda + Emotions https://iskconnews.org/free-online-workshop-ayurveda-emotions/ Sat, 15 May 2021 18:31:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/free-online-workshop-ayurveda-emotions/ Imagine that in every situation in life you are more grounded, centered, present and free to respond in the most conscious and empowering way. Imagine in each moment of your life, no matter how challenging the experience may be, you feel yourself being led into an even deeper connection with yourself and all those around […]

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ISKCON Law Department 2nd Annual Conference – “Building the Law Department” https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-law-department-2nd-annual-conference-building-the-law-department/ Sat, 15 May 2021 18:31:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-law-department-2nd-annual-conference-building-the-law-department/ The second annual International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Law Department conference was conducted May 1st and 2nd, 2021, in a meeting attended by more than 50 devotees, with good representation from six continents. Following formal recognition of the Law Department by the GBC in 2018, the first conference of the Law Department was held […]

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The Secrets of Spiritual Time Management https://iskconnews.org/the-secrets-of-spiritual-time-management/ Sat, 15 May 2021 18:31:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-secrets-of-spiritual-time-management/ Is there such a thing as spiritual time management? Can we organize our schedule based on spiritual principles? At the biweekly student sangha of the Bhaktivedanta College in Budapest, Hungary, professor Syamasundara Dasa explored whether the Vedic scriptures have relevant answers to these questions in the 21st century. Spoiler alert: there is no such thing […]

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News Brief – ISKCON Vrindavan Devotee Care Department Needs Donations https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-iskcon-vrindavan-devotee-care-department-needs-donations/ Sat, 15 May 2021 18:31:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-iskcon-vrindavan-devotee-care-department-needs-donations/ Like so many parts of India, the holiest city of Vrindavan is suffering from the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.  Due to the ongoing outbreak of the Corona Virus, ISKCON Vrindavan reports that it has recently lost five wonderful devotees who were a part of the community. Throughout the pandemic, if a Devotee of ISKCON Vrindavan contracts […]

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Sending Love from Canada – Live Covid-Relief Event https://iskconnews.org/sending-love-from-canada-live-covid-relief-event/ Sat, 15 May 2021 04:21:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sending-love-from-canada-live-covid-relief-event/ As most of you are aware, the pandemic continues to rage on and is now engulfing India. The situation is extremely dire and getting worse by the day as the second wave of the pandemic has hit India even harder than the first wave. This predicament is also heavily affecting ISKCON devotee communities in India […]

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Urgent Appeal for Mayapur and Bangladesh Covid-Relief Donations https://iskconnews.org/urgent-appeal-for-mayapur-and-bangladesh-covid-relief-donations/ Sat, 15 May 2021 04:08:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/urgent-appeal-for-mayapur-and-bangladesh-covid-relief-donations/ The Covid crisis continues to affect India and Bangladesh and the ISKCON communities there in a terrible way. We have lost many members of our extended ISKCON family, and people in the surrounding regions of our communities are struggling with the Covid disease and its impact on food supplies, financial security, and more.   ISKCON is […]

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Mayapur & Bangladesh Emergency Covid-Relief Appeal https://iskconnews.org/mayapur-bangladesh-emergency-covid-relief-appeal/ Sat, 15 May 2021 03:48:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/mayapur-bangladesh-emergency-covid-relief-appeal/ Here is how to DONATE NOW to the Mayapur & Bangladesh Covid-Relief Appeal: For Mayapur:    o To contribute via Payment Gateway (Razorpay) visit https://servemayapur.com/   o Contribute via PayPal by using the id supportmayapur@mvtrust.org      [Taxable for US citizens as a 501(c)3] For Bangladesh:  o Contribute via PayPal by using the id covidbangladesh@iskcononline.com       [Taxable […]

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GBC Mandates for Improved Covid Health Protocols at Mayapur https://iskconnews.org/gbc-mandates-for-improved-covid-health-protocols-at-mayapur/ Wed, 12 May 2021 00:44:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gbc-mandates-for-improved-covid-health-protocols-at-mayapur/ At its meeting on Wednesday, May 5th, the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) discussed the urgent need for stricter implementation of health safety protocols at its international headquarters in Mayapur, India. At the meeting, GBC members expressed their exasperation and worry that videos and other reports from Mayapur […]

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HG Vaikuntheshwari Laxmi Devi Dasi Passes Away https://iskconnews.org/hg-vaikuntheshwari-laxmi-devi-dasi-passes-away/ Sat, 08 May 2021 17:35:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/hg-vaikuntheshwari-laxmi-devi-dasi-passes-away/ Hare KrishnaDandavat Pranaam With profound grief, we inform you of the passing of HG Vaikuntheshwari Laxmi Devi Dasi, who was admitted to the hospital for 18 days ago. She has left her body as of 30-Apr @ 8:30 PM IST due to Covid19. She was a great Vaishnavi, a loving mother, an honest disciple of […]

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In Loving Memory of HG Pankajanghri Das https://iskconnews.org/in-loving-memory-of-hg-pankajanghri-das/ Sat, 08 May 2021 16:31:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/in-loving-memory-of-hg-pankajanghri-das/ Source: Mayapur Melodies  Song and music video by Sukanthi Radha dasi made when Pankajanghri prabhu was still physically with us, praying that he may recover. The song was adapted slightly after he left his body.

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Happy Mothers Day: Celebrating Gratitude https://iskconnews.org/happy-mothers-day-celebrating-gratitude/ Sat, 08 May 2021 15:58:19 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/happy-mothers-day-celebrating-gratitude/ “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” On this beautiful day, let’s celebrate our gratitude towards all the mothers & mother-like angles in our lives.

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Happy Mother’s Day (The Seven Mothers) https://iskconnews.org/happy-mothers-day-the-seven-mothers/ Sat, 08 May 2021 15:52:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/happy-mothers-day-the-seven-mothers/ Do you know we have Seven Mothers? Yes, we have Seven Mother According to Vedic Scriptures Let us see who they are:  ātma-mātā guroḥ patnībrāhmaṇī rāja-patnikādhenur dhātrī tathā pṛthvīsaptaitā mātaraḥ smṛtāḥ SYNONYMSātma-mātā—one’s own mother; guroḥ-patnī—the wife of the guru; brāhmaṇi—the wife of a brāhmaṇa; rāja-patnikā—the wife of a king; dhenuḥ—the cow; dhātrī—the nurse; tathā—thus; pṛthvī—the […]

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Special Mother’s Day Class with Rukmini Devi Dasi https://iskconnews.org/special-mothers-day-class-with-rukmini-devi-dasi/ Sat, 08 May 2021 15:45:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/special-mothers-day-class-with-rukmini-devi-dasi/ Sunday 5:00pm (Virtual Only) Join this special Mother’s Day class with Her Grace Rukmini Devi Dasi. Mother Rukmini is one of the earlier disciples of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, receiving initiation in 1968 at the age of 16. Since then she has been traversing the path of Bhakti for most of […]

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Sri Prahlada Gives Life Lessons From the Srimad-Bhagavatam https://iskconnews.org/sri-prahlada-gives-life-lessons-from-the-srimad-bhagavatam/ Sat, 08 May 2021 15:38:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sri-prahlada-gives-life-lessons-from-the-srimad-bhagavatam/ Sri Prahlada Das, who is known for traveling with Indradyumna Swami for 18 years as his assistant, performing in the band Village of Peace, and bringing kirtan and bhakti wisdom to yoga schools, has been offering life lessons from the Srimad-Bhagavatam online during the pandemic. “At the beginning of lockdown, I thought, ‘In this situation, […]

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Food For Life in Turin, Italy, Distributes Thousands of Meals to Homeless https://iskconnews.org/food-for-life-in-turin-italy-distributes-thousands-of-meals-to-homeless/ Sat, 08 May 2021 15:38:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/food-for-life-in-turin-italy-distributes-thousands-of-meals-to-homeless/ Volunteers for the Food For Life Program in Turin, one of Italy’s largest cities, distributed 15,000 meals to homeless people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, and plan to increase to 20,000 meals in 2021. The project was launched by Prabhu Das, who moved from Milan in 2015 to start a new temple […]

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Letter from the GBC: HG Pankajanghri Prabhu Has Departed https://iskconnews.org/letter-from-the-gbc-hg-pankajanghri-prabhu-has-departed/ Tue, 04 May 2021 14:40:51 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/letter-from-the-gbc-hg-pankajanghri-prabhu-has-departed/ Dear Devotees,Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. HG Pankajanghri Prabhu, ISKCON’s most beloved Nrsimhadeva pujari, has departed from this world in Sri Dham Mayapur. Having joined ISKCON in the footsteps of his twin brother, HG Jananivasa Prabhu, in 1973, the two brothers dedicated their lives to serving the Lordships of ISKCON’s International Headquarters in […]

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GBC Launches Covid Relief Campaign–Appeals for Help for Mayapur and Bangladesh https://iskconnews.org/gbc-launches-covid-relief-campaign-appeals-for-help-for-mayapur-and-bangladesh/ Sun, 02 May 2021 20:28:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gbc-launches-covid-relief-campaign-appeals-for-help-for-mayapur-and-bangladesh/ The Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, in conjunction with ISKCON leaders in South Asia, has launched a Covid Relief Appeal to provide funds to aid devotees and others in need in the Mayapur region and Bangladesh. Below is an appeal letter from the GBC, as well as PDF and PPT files with more specific information about […]

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‘Spiritual Solutions’ with Krishna Dharma https://iskconnews.org/spiritual-solutions-with-krishna-dharma/ Sat, 01 May 2021 16:50:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/spiritual-solutions-with-krishna-dharma/ Source: Kishori Jani Krishna Dharma Das is the acclaimed author of a number of English versions of Ancient Indian classics including Mahabharata, Ramayana and Panchatantra. He is also a broadcaster, appearing regularly on the BBC’s ‘Pause For Thought’, and has written many articles giving the Vedic spiritual perspective on current events. He is a student […]

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What It’s Like To Work At A Crematorium In India As The Death Toll Mounts https://iskconnews.org/what-its-like-to-work-at-a-crematorium-in-india-as-the-death-toll-mounts/ Sat, 01 May 2021 16:47:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/what-its-like-to-work-at-a-crematorium-in-india-as-the-death-toll-mounts/ Source: Insider News How One Man Is Honoring The Dead As India’s COVID-19 Death Toll Climbs India had 360,960 new COVID-19 cases in one day this week, marking the world’s largest single-day total. The country has nearly 18 million infections and more than 200,000 people have already died. One man is doing what he can […]

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The Truth about Loneliness https://iskconnews.org/the-truth-about-loneliness/ Sat, 01 May 2021 16:43:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-truth-about-loneliness/ We all know that diabetes can cause death. And that cigarettes can reduce our life expectancy. But what most of us do not know, is that loneliness can have a similar affect on our health. On Valentine’s Day last year, the BBC launched the largest ever Loneliness Experiment with 55,000 people from around the world. […]

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Beirut Food Relief Efforts – Providing Meals to Those in Need, Crisis After Crisis in Lebanon https://iskconnews.org/beirut-food-relief-efforts-providing-meals-to-those-in-need-crisis-after-crisis-in-lebanon/ Sat, 01 May 2021 16:09:25 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/beirut-food-relief-efforts-providing-meals-to-those-in-need-crisis-after-crisis-in-lebanon/ On August 4th, 2020, Prema Dhan was sitting alone in his office on a phone call, catching up with some work. Suddenly his desk started shaking and he almost fell off his chair. It felt like an earthquake. “I’ll call you back,” he said. As he went outside to investigate, he saw many other people […]

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Second Covid Wave Hits India Hard, ISKCON Steps Up to Help https://iskconnews.org/second-covid-wave-hits-india-hard-iskcon-steps-up-to-help/ Sat, 01 May 2021 16:08:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/second-covid-wave-hits-india-hard-iskcon-steps-up-to-help/ A second Covid wave has struck India hard, with deaths passing 200,000, although according to the BBC “the real number of fatalities is thought to be far greater, with many not being officially recorded.” There have been at least 300,000 new infections every day in the past week, with over 17.9 million cases registered altogether. […]

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ISKCON Environmental Initiative Guides Temples in Implementing Environmental Practices https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-environmental-initiative-guides-temples-in-implementing-environmental-practices/ Sat, 01 May 2021 16:08:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-environmental-initiative-guides-temples-in-implementing-environmental-practices/ On Earth Day (April 22nd, 2021), ISKCON’s North American Council passed a resolution endorsing the work of the ISKCON Environmental Initiative (IEI), and encouraging “adoption of the environmentally sustainable practices promoted by the IEI by all ISKCON temples and communities.” The IEI, which has developed guidelines for these practices over the past year, is an […]

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Online India Relief Events this weekend https://iskconnews.org/online-india-relief-events-this-weekend/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 23:46:29 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/online-india-relief-events-this-weekend/     Saturday, May 1st through Sunday, May 2nd: GBC SPT hosts “Kirtan Prayers Global” for all devotees worldwide afflicted by Covid-19: https://gbcstrategicplanningteam.com/kirtanprayers/   Saturday, May 1st from 4 pm – 6 pm ET / 1-3 pm PT: Jay Shetty, HH Radhanath Swami and so many powerful voices from the diaspora for this two-hour virtual event. Indiaspora […]

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Moods of Kirtan, New Song Released by Gauravani Das https://iskconnews.org/moods-of-kirtan-new-song-released-by-gauravani-das/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 23:30:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/moods-of-kirtan-new-song-released-by-gauravani-das/ Moods of Kirtan (feat. Yaitza “Jaya Sita” Lopez) Full poem with translation. Voice. Cello. Guitar. Beautiful. Simple. Epic.

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News Brief: Covid-19 Appeal to Help ISKCON Delhi, Provide Beds and Oxygen to the Most Vulnerable https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-covid-19-appeal-to-help-iskcon-delhi-provide-beds-and-oxygen-to-the-most-vulnerable/ Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:55:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-covid-19-appeal-to-help-iskcon-delhi-provide-beds-and-oxygen-to-the-most-vulnerable/ Patients are dying without oxygen amid Delhi surge with 1 death every 5 minutes (Source Global News). Join us to help ISKCON Dwarka, Delhi during this crucial time of need and make a difference. India has an unwelcomed record of Covid-19 cases with over 350,000 cases being reported on Monday, a new global high. Deaths […]

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News Brief: Critical Health of Head Pujari of Mayapur, Pankajanghri Prabhu, Prayers Requested https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-critical-health-of-head-pujari-of-mayapur-pankajanghri-prabhu-prayers-requested/ Tue, 27 Apr 2021 15:44:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-critical-health-of-head-pujari-of-mayapur-pankajanghri-prabhu-prayers-requested/ Updated: April 29th, 2021 Arrangements are being made to bring HG Pankajanghri prabhu to Mayapur, today. Pankajanghri prabhu had expressed his desire to be brought back here and continue the treatment here. After discussing with HG Jananivas Prabhu, HH Jayapataka Maharaj, the Co-Directors and the Health Team, it was decided to bring him as soon as possible. Since Pankajanghri […]

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News Brief: Fire in Kolkata ISKCON Temple, Deities are Safe https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-fire-in-kolkata-iskcon-temple-deities-are-safe/ Tue, 27 Apr 2021 15:43:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-fire-in-kolkata-iskcon-temple-deities-are-safe/ Yesterday, Monday, April 26th, at around 6 pm, devotees heard a blast then found smoke in the Albert Road, ISKCON Kolkata Temple. It was seen that the dress room of Sri Sri Radha Govindaji was on fire. Devotees immediately rushed to put out the fire. They started throwing water but the fire was too big. In a short time of […]

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The Hare Krishna Community of North America Condemns the Indianapolis Shooting – A Statement https://iskconnews.org/the-hare-krishna-community-of-north-america-condemns-the-indianapolis-shooting-a-statement/ Sat, 24 Apr 2021 23:32:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-hare-krishna-community-of-north-america-condemns-the-indianapolis-shooting-a-statement/ The Hare Krishna Community (also known as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness) joins hands with other religious and civic leaders in condemning the gun killings of eight FedEx employees in Indianapolis on April 15th. Our prayers go out for the victims as well as their families.  Four out of the eight victims were of […]

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Rick From the Band Goose: An Interview and My Reflections https://iskconnews.org/rick-from-the-band-goose-an-interview-and-my-reflections/ Sat, 24 Apr 2021 23:32:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/rick-from-the-band-goose-an-interview-and-my-reflections/ avināśi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idaṃ tatam   vināśam avyayasyāsya na kaścit kartum arhati That which pervades the entire body, know it to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.  – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 Verse 17   The elegant Sanskrit words above lifted directly from the pages of one of India’s most […]

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ISKCON 3.0 Summit on Leadership North America – Open For Registration https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-3-0-summit-on-leadership-north-america-open-for-registration/ Sat, 24 Apr 2021 23:32:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-3-0-summit-on-leadership-north-america-open-for-registration/ The Leadership Summit, ISKCON 3.0, will be held on May 15th-16th, just under a month from now. During this virtual event, we will gather as GBC, Temple Presidents, Senior Devotees, and Next Generation Leaders – all members of Srila Prabhupada’s Family, to collaborate and co-create the future of ISKCON in North America. REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.iskconleadership.com/events The $31 registration fee supports […]

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Taking Suicide out of the Closet https://iskconnews.org/taking-suicide-out-of-the-closet/ Sat, 24 Apr 2021 23:31:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/taking-suicide-out-of-the-closet/ Taking Suicide out of the Closet Rambhoru Dasi, ACBSP, Certified Professional Chaplain, Crisis Counselor, and Spiritual Director discusses this important topic. Suicide is a dirty word mired in judgment, shame, and taboo. It is often whispered, denied, or avoided altogether. Given the staggering statistics, isn’t it time we take suicide out of the closet and bring it […]

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GBC SPT Some Lessons I’ve learned dealing with Covid-19 with Gopal Bhatta das https://iskconnews.org/gbc-spt-some-lessons-ive-learned-dealing-with-covid-19-with-gopal-bhatta-das/ Sat, 24 Apr 2021 16:41:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gbc-spt-some-lessons-ive-learned-dealing-with-covid-19-with-gopal-bhatta-das/ Some Lessons I’ve learned dealing with Covid-19, Q&A with GBC SPT chair Please join us to hear from Gopal Bhatta das as he shares the essential lessons he has learned in chairing the SPT through a most difficult year of Covid-19 along with personally helping over 100 devotees, friends and colleagues who have gotten sick […]

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Ways to Cope https://iskconnews.org/ways-to-cope-2/ Sat, 24 Apr 2021 16:27:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/ways-to-cope-2/ This morning I overheard a conversation and in response to the usual question of ‘How are you?’ the person answered, “Well, I’m having a ‘keep the kirtan going all day kind of day’.” In other words, I’m not great and I’m going to need some kirtan shelter. Not only was he able to express that […]

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Environmental Organization Bhumi Global Launched on Earth Day https://iskconnews.org/environmental-organization-bhumi-global-launched-on-earth-day/ Sat, 24 Apr 2021 16:07:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/environmental-organization-bhumi-global-launched-on-earth-day/ On Earth Day (April 22nd), as US President Joe Biden hosted a virtual summit of world leaders to address the global climate crisis, Bhumi Global, a new non-profit environmental organization based on Hindu principles of environmental care, was launched. Bhumi Global builds on the work of the Bhumi Project. Launched in 2009 and housed at […]

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New Vrindaban to Offer Nourishing and Inspiring Mother’s Day Retreat in Safe Environment https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-to-offer-nourishing-and-inspiring-mothers-day-retreat-in-safe-environment/ Sat, 24 Apr 2021 16:07:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-vrindaban-to-offer-nourishing-and-inspiring-mothers-day-retreat-in-safe-environment/ ISKCON New Vrindaban is set to offer a Covid-safe Mother’s Day Wellness Retreat for Vaishnavis and their families with an aim to provide nourishment, relaxation and inspiration for women during difficult times. “During the pandemic, people have sacrificed their sanga, and in some ways their mental health through isolation,” says Palace Lodge Manager Sarah. “So […]

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Transcendental Throwback: ISKCON Memories Part 1 https://iskconnews.org/transcendental-throwback-iskcon-memories-part-1/ Fri, 23 Apr 2021 20:17:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/transcendental-throwback-iskcon-memories-part-1/ In our Trancendental Throwback, a spin on “Throwback Thursday,” devotees from around the world submit a photo from earlier in their devotional life to ISKCON News. Along with it, they share their memories of the moment shown in the photo and what it means to them. The result? A fun and inspirational look back at […]

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Report from Russia: Authorities Drop Charges Against Chanting Parties in Moscow https://iskconnews.org/report-from-russia-authorities-drop-charges-against-chanting-parties-in-moscow/ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 15:09:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/report-from-russia-authorities-drop-charges-against-chanting-parties-in-moscow/ On April 3, 2021, three Harinam groups were stopped and detained in Moscow by the local police. Forty-six cases of administrative offenses were initiated against twenty-five devotees. Chanting of the Holy names of Krishna in the streets of Moscow is a tradition that has been continuing for more than 30 years. Harinamas add to the […]

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Gita Nagari Eco Farm & Sanctuary https://iskconnews.org/gita-nagari-eco-farm-sanctuary/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 22:11:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gita-nagari-eco-farm-sanctuary/ New video-project filmed for Gita Nagari Farm. Oriented for students from colleges and universities around the East Coast. Gita Nagari EcoFarm and Sanctuary provides a safe platform for team build among the students during alternative breaks. High fives to Rana Mohamed Kate Sweeney & Helen Mendenhall from Penn State for sharing their experience for this […]

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Loving the Body of God https://iskconnews.org/loving-the-body-of-god/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 19:07:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/loving-the-body-of-god/ The Srimad Bhagavatam depicts the universe as the body of God. “This vast universe is distinctly the body of the Supreme: all matter; all energy; all phenomena of past, present, and future.”[1] Outer space constitutes His eye sockets, these scriptures say. The power of sight constitutes His eyes. The mountains are the stacks of His […]

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Krishna Conscious Agriculture https://iskconnews.org/krishna-conscious-agriculture/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:58:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/krishna-conscious-agriculture/ Source: Nava Vraja-dhama Krishna Valley is the largest and most well organized ecological community in Hungary, and of Central-Europe.  It has been established since 1993.  In our farm communities like Krishna Valley we offer an alternative toward a more sustainable, carefree, happy and peaceful future.   Krishna Valley’s 110 acres, which used to be pasture land for […]

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The Real Mother Earth https://iskconnews.org/the-real-mother-earth/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:57:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-real-mother-earth/ In honor of Earth Day, we would like to give respect and reverence to Mother Earth, Goddess Bhumi Devi. The following is an article written by HG Hare Krsna devi dasi for Back to Godhead.  From the Srimad-Bhagavatam we learn that the earth is controlled by the goddess Bhumi Devi, who sometimes takes on the form of […]

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Why I Decided that Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Was the Right Choice for Me https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me-5/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:57:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me-5/ Last month I received my second vaccination against Covid-19. Many advanced devotees have gotten vaccinated. Among others, Indradyumna Swami and B.B. Govinda Swami eloquently explained their decision to be vaccinated. You can read their personal statements here: https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me,7713/ https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-was-the-right-choice-for-me,7728/ My conviction is the same as theirs. The preponderance of medical evidence favors vaccination. My body […]

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Krishna Kids Keeps Young Children Entertained and Learning https://iskconnews.org/krishna-kids-keeps-young-children-entertained-and-learning/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:56:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/krishna-kids-keeps-young-children-entertained-and-learning/ Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrea Suarez has been offering a much-needed service for devotee families – her Krishna Kids Youtube videos and Instagram page provide Krishna conscious stories, songs, and arts and crafts lessons that will keep young children entertained and learning. Andrea tells the story of Lord Nrismhadeva during her time teaching Sunday School […]

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Bhadra Campaign Aims to Distribute 25,000 Bhagavatam Sets This Year https://iskconnews.org/bhadra-campaign-aims-to-distribute-25000-bhagavatam-sets-this-year/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:56:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhadra-campaign-aims-to-distribute-25000-bhagavatam-sets-this-year/ The Bhadra Campaign, flooding the world with spiritual wisdom in the form of full sets of Srimad-Bhagavatam, keeps going from strength to strength. Launched in 2017, the campaign is inspired by the Srimad-Bhagavatam verse 12.13.13, which states, “If on the full moon day of the month of Bhadra one places Srimad-Bhagavatam on a golden throne […]

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Srila Prabhupada Murti Installation Ceremony Planned for TOVP in October https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-murti-installation-ceremony-planned-for-tovp-in-october/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:56:14 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-murti-installation-ceremony-planned-for-tovp-in-october/ In honor of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 125th appearance anniversary year, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) plans to install in October, a one of kind worship-pose murti of Srila Prabhupada, thereby fulfilling his wishes to be personally present to see to it that the temple is built smoothly under his watchful […]

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News Brief: River Recognized as Legal Person https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-river-recognized-as-legal-person/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:55:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-river-recognized-as-legal-person/ For the first time, a river in the Canadian province of Quebec has been granted the designation of a “legal person” by the city council.  This initiative is part of a global movement – particularly active in New Zealand, the United States, and Ecuador – to recognize the rights of Nature. The Magpie River, (Muteshekau-shipu in the Innu language) […]

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How Vaishnavis Can Flourish in Krishna’s Service – Event https://iskconnews.org/how-vaishnavis-can-flourish-in-krishnas-service-event/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:55:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/how-vaishnavis-can-flourish-in-krishnas-service-event/ Sunday, April 18th at 7am PDT a panel discussion on Fb live on the Vaishnavi Ministry FB page. 

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ISKCON Latin America and Caribbean – Joint Kirtan Event – May 22nd https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-latin-america-and-caribbean-joint-kirtan-event-may-22nd/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:29:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-latin-america-and-caribbean-joint-kirtan-event-may-22nd/ ISKCON Latin America and the Caribbean would like to invite you to join them in a first-ever online kirtan event: “Nama Sankirtan.” The online event will take place all day on May 22nd.  In a dynamic effort to join together to glorify Srila Prabhupada and Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the devotees from Colombia, Peru, Panama, Mexico, Guyana, […]

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Earth Day, 2021: Virtual Events & Environmental Films https://iskconnews.org/earth-day-2021-virtual-events-environmental-films/ Sat, 17 Apr 2021 17:28:35 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/earth-day-2021-virtual-events-environmental-films/ Earth Day, 2021: Virtual Events & Environmental Films Earth Day is an annual worldwide event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. This year, the […]

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Jahnavi Harrison Maha Mantra [OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO] https://iskconnews.org/jahnavi-harrison-maha-mantra-official-lyric-video/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:54:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/jahnavi-harrison-maha-mantra-official-lyric-video/ The Maha Mantra is composed of Divine names: ‘Hare’ – the divine feminine; ‘Krishna’ – the all-attractive; ‘Rama’ – the reservoir of all pleasure. These divine names clean the mirror of the heart, removing the dust and grime of misconception and false identity; allowing us to see our true reflection. The divine names are compared […]

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Off the Altar Podcast with Dhanya https://iskconnews.org/off-the-altar-podcast-with-dhanya/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:54:44 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/off-the-altar-podcast-with-dhanya/ Welcome to Episode Two of Off The Altar Podcast, with our very special guest Dhanya Rico. Dhanya Rico is a 2nd generation practitioner of Krsna Consciousness. She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Dhanya holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education and holds a Specialist’s degree in Couples and Family therapy. She is passionate […]

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Bhagavat Seva Sunday School Uses Course Fees to Distribute Bhagavatam Sets https://iskconnews.org/bhagavat-seva-sunday-school-uses-course-fees-to-distribute-bhagavatam-sets/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:54:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhagavat-seva-sunday-school-uses-course-fees-to-distribute-bhagavatam-sets/ Bhagavat Seva, an ISKCON Silicon Valley project with the motto “Distributing Ancient Wisdom Through Education” is offering online Sunday School, and using the course fees to distribute full Srimad-Bhagavatam sets. Coordinators also hope that the program can be replicated by devotees in their local areas first nationwide, and eventually internationally. Sukhesvari Dasi, who runs the […]

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Largest Group Yet Passes Bhakti Sastri Online Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns https://iskconnews.org/largest-group-yet-passes-bhakti-sastri-online-amid-covid-19-lockdowns/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:54:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/largest-group-yet-passes-bhakti-sastri-online-amid-covid-19-lockdowns/ Bhakti Sastri – the systematic in-depth study of Srila Prabhupada’s books Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Sri Isopanisad, Nectar of Devotion and Nectar of Instruction – is designed for serious practitioners of Krishna consciousness. The program is intended to help students not only to understand the contents of Prabhupada’s books, but also to digest the philosophy […]

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A Letter of Condolence from ISKCON UK on the Passing of Prince Philip https://iskconnews.org/a-letter-of-condolence-from-iskcon-uk-on-the-passing-of-prince-philip/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:53:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/a-letter-of-condolence-from-iskcon-uk-on-the-passing-of-prince-philip/ On the morning of 9th April, Buckingham Palace in London announced that Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99. A statement issued by the Palace spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip (also known as the Duke of Edinburgh) was the longest-serving royal consort in British […]

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Krishna’s Home – A New Adult Care Center in Tucson https://iskconnews.org/krishnas-home-a-new-adult-care-center-in-tucson/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:53:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/krishnas-home-a-new-adult-care-center-in-tucson/ On March 7th, 2021 a puja was held at the site of the new Krishna’s Home, a devotee-centered Adult Care / Assisted Living Haven for ISKCON Devotees. Krishna’s Home ACT is being constructed into a ten-bed assisted living facility. It was designed with Vastu Vedic alignment in mind, with one area of the large house […]

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Jahnavi Harrison Unveils Captivating New Single “Divine Maha-mantra” https://iskconnews.org/jahnavi-harrison-unveils-captivating-new-single-divine-maha-mantra/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:53:13 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/jahnavi-harrison-unveils-captivating-new-single-divine-maha-mantra/ Jahnavi Harrison released her latest single, “Divine Maha-mantra” on March 28th (Gaura Purnima). This latest offering will be the artist’s 4th single release since her 2015 album Like a River to the Sea. Jahnavi Harrison was raised in a family of Bhakti-yoga practitioners at Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of England’s most important spiritual landmarks. As a […]

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Justin Davis – The First Novel By H.D. Goswami https://iskconnews.org/justin-davis-the-first-novel-by-h-d-goswami/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:52:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/justin-davis-the-first-novel-by-h-d-goswami/ Renowned ISKCON author, Hridayananda Das Goswami, aka Howard Resnick, presents a spellbinding novel that scales literary heights while delivering a powerful Krishna conscious message. What if an ancient Sanskrit text holds the answers to today’s deepest problems? What if the past—the ancient past—can help us unlock both our present and our future?  That’s the dilemma facing Justin Davis, […]

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Musings of an Amateur Gardener https://iskconnews.org/musings-of-an-amateur-gardener/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:52:39 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/musings-of-an-amateur-gardener/ Gardening has always been an important part of my family, especially for my father who took great pride in our well-maintained garden. As a child, and to a large extent, even as an adult, I have enjoyed the benefits of having a beautiful garden without having to put in any effort. In more recent years […]

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Why I Decided that Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Was the Right Choice for Me https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me-4/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:52:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me-4/ Many devotees who are very dear to me have physically departed from this world due to the Covid-19 virus. This breaks my heart. Srila Prabhupada desired that we do the needful to take care of our health. Our health belongs to Srila Prabhupada. Sincere devotees who are specialist doctors of Allopathy, Ayurveda, and Homeopathy have […]

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News Brief: ISKCON Baroda Vaccine Clinic https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-iskcon-baroda-vaccine-clinic/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:52:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-iskcon-baroda-vaccine-clinic/ In Gujrat, India ISKCON Vadodara aka Baroda has hosted the first ISKCON organized COVID-19 vaccine clinic on April 6th, 2021. The clinic was hosted at the temple’s basement hall, with the first dose of vaccination completed for 160 people during the clinic’s 11 am-5 pm hours. Another clinic is planned for the 11th.  The clinic […]

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News Brief: ISKCON Mayapur Offers ‘Free’ Covid Relief Prasadam to Devotees https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-iskcon-mayapur-offers-free-covid-relief-prasadam-to-devotees/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:51:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-iskcon-mayapur-offers-free-covid-relief-prasadam-to-devotees/ According to the Telegraphindia there has been a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 infections in Bengal over recent days; with Thursday 8th April seeing approximately 2,783 new infections. In response to this situation, ISKCON Mayapur has initiated the launch of Free Covid Relief Prasadam service for all the devotees infected by Covid and their family […]

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Grihastha Course to Teach Skills for a Happy and Meaningful Marriage https://iskconnews.org/grihastha-course-to-teach-skills-for-a-happy-and-meaningful-marriage/ Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:51:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/grihastha-course-to-teach-skills-for-a-happy-and-meaningful-marriage/ ‘Strengthening the Bonds that Free Us,’ a Grihastha Course that will teach devotees how to develop the insights and skills for a more meaningful, happy, and inspiring marriage will be offered online via Bhaktivedanta College from April 12th to May 16th. The course is facilitated by husband and wife Partha Das and Uttama Dasi, who […]

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First Virtual Child Protection Office Conference in North America https://iskconnews.org/first-virtual-child-protection-office-conference-in-north-america/ Sun, 04 Apr 2021 01:19:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/first-virtual-child-protection-office-conference-in-north-america/ On Saturday, March 13, 2021, the first virtual Child Protection Office (CPO) North America conference was held on Zoom. This was a long-cherished dream of the North American CPO regional director, Lila Suka Dasi, who has wanted to provide ongoing support for the teams that have been created to prevent child abuse in the International Society for […]

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Thank you, Vaishnavas https://iskconnews.org/thank-you-vaishnavas-2/ Sat, 03 Apr 2021 16:11:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/thank-you-vaishnavas-2/   This video is a tribute to the senior devotees who fought valiantly in the Soviet Union, risking their lives to get Srila Prabhupada Books distributed. Credits: film by Vanipriya and Paulius Dragunas.  Source: Vanipriya  

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Road to Vrindavan – Film Premiere – Online – Free https://iskconnews.org/road-to-vrindavan-film-premiere-online-free/ Sat, 03 Apr 2021 16:11:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/road-to-vrindavan-film-premiere-online-free/ Road to Vrindavan – online film premiere is available to stream March 30th, 8 PM – April 5th, 6 PM EDT  https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/roadtovrindavan  Road to Vrindavan examines the importance of education for girls in India and the insight needed for tradition to be applied in ways that uplift rather than oppress its future.  – Online Premiere Information –  Dates: Available to […]

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Remembering Pishima: An Exalted Vaishnavi https://iskconnews.org/remembering-pishima-an-exalted-vaishnavi/ Sat, 03 Apr 2021 16:11:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/remembering-pishima-an-exalted-vaishnavi/ Bhavatarini Devi Dasi, or Pishima as she was commonly known to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) devotees, was the younger sister of Srila Prabhupada. Pishima departed from this world on March 13, 1980. On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, ISKCON’s Vaishnavi Ministry will honor Pishima’s disappearance day with two guest speakers: Srutirupa Devi Dasi […]

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Road to Vrindavan – Film Premiere – Online – Free https://iskconnews.org/road-to-vrindavan-film-premiere-online-free-2/ Sat, 03 Apr 2021 16:10:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/road-to-vrindavan-film-premiere-online-free-2/ Road to Vrindavan is a new film that examines the importance of education for girls in India and the insight needed for tradition to be applied in ways that uplift rather than oppress its future.  – Online Premiere Information –  Dates: Available to stream March 30th, 8 PM –  April 12th, 6 PM (*extended on April 5th, 2021) Website: https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/roadtovrindavan  […]

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New Assisted Living Residence For Devotees to Open in Vrindavan https://iskconnews.org/new-assisted-living-residence-for-devotees-to-open-in-vrindavan/ Sat, 03 Apr 2021 16:10:23 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-assisted-living-residence-for-devotees-to-open-in-vrindavan/ A new assisted living residence for devotees who cannot live independently is set to open within six months’ time in Vrindavan, India, the holy place of Lord Krishna’s pastimes. The fourteen-room facility will prioritize the first generation of ISKCON devotees who are now beginning to retire; as well as the next generation and then the […]

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Thoughts About Uncertainty and Surrender https://iskconnews.org/thoughts-about-uncertainty-and-surrender/ Sat, 03 Apr 2021 16:10:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/thoughts-about-uncertainty-and-surrender/ What I remember most was how quickly I was able to accept what was happening. An eastward swing down Porter Street, a long residential mediary between two busy thoroughfares, offers an easy and enjoyable tree-lined descent to cyclists with a modicum of common sense. But am I a sensible cyclist? Nope. I was coasting down a curve after leaving […]

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News Brief: Jada Pinkett Smith Promotes Bhakti Tirtha Swami on Social Media https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-jada-pinkett-smith-promotes-bhakti-tirtha-swami-on-social-media/ Sat, 03 Apr 2021 16:10:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-jada-pinkett-smith-promotes-bhakti-tirtha-swami-on-social-media/ On Monday, March 29th, actress/producer/talk show host Jada Pinkett Smith made a post on her Instagram about HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami and specifically his book, Spiritual Warrior. Source: @jadapinkettsmiith  Pinkett Smith says that she regards Bhakti Tirtha Swami as one of her teachers and she states, “This book got me all the way together” in […]

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Dominican Republic, Success in Prestigious Libraries Book Distribution https://iskconnews.org/dominican-republic-success-in-prestigious-libraries-book-distribution/ Sun, 28 Mar 2021 00:54:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/dominican-republic-success-in-prestigious-libraries-book-distribution/ In a country of 10.5 million people and 40 universities, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Dominican Republic has surely been making its mark, getting the spiritual wisdom and teachings of Krishna-bhakti into the top libraries in the country.  ISKCON Dominican Republic has begun a library book distribution group called: “The Study Circle”, this […]

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Rise in Anti-Asian Racism in America – A Statement https://iskconnews.org/rise-in-anti-asian-racism-in-america-a-statement/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 18:43:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/rise-in-anti-asian-racism-in-america-a-statement/ We, as Co-Directors of Communications of North America, like much of America, are greatly disturbed by the increase in violence and attacks against the Asian American community and other minorities, and we condemn such acts. As members of minority religious community ourselves, we are aware of the pain and fear that is felt when individuals […]

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The Psychology of Devotion with Cristina Casanova https://iskconnews.org/the-psychology-of-devotion-with-cristina-casanova/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:29:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-psychology-of-devotion-with-cristina-casanova/ Joshua M. Greene (Yogesvara Das) interviews Cristina Casanova (Krishna Lila Dasi) about the confluence of Bhakti teachings and contemporary family and personal therapy. Topics include: The pathologies that accompany a life of devotion Translating terms of devotion into modern clinical language Risks and rewards on the journey to selfhood More information: https://gitawisdom.org  [Instagram] [Facebook Page] [Facebook […]

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INDIA’S BOOK OF WISDOM: The Bhagavata Purana | Full Documentary https://iskconnews.org/indias-book-of-wisdom-the-bhagavata-purana-full-documentary/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:29:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/indias-book-of-wisdom-the-bhagavata-purana-full-documentary/  “India’s Book of Wisdom—The Bhagavata Purana”. See more from Bhagavata Purana Research Project here. 

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Ekalavya Das Sannyasa Celebration on Gaura Purnima https://iskconnews.org/ekalavya-das-sannyasa-celebration-on-gaura-purnima/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:28:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/ekalavya-das-sannyasa-celebration-on-gaura-purnima/ Ekalavya Das is a disciple of His Holiness Lokanath Swami and is scheduled to receive Sannyasa (the renounced order of life) on Gaura Purnima, March 28, 2021, in Sri Pandharpur Dham, India. Ekalavya Das was born in New York City in 1965, the same year that Srila Prabhupada came to New York to start the […]

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News Brief: India’s Covid-19 Records Spike & Many Variants Detected https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-indias-covid-19-records-spike-many-variants-detected/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:28:21 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-indias-covid-19-records-spike-many-variants-detected/ According to a senior government official, India has discovered a “double mutant version” of the novel coronavirus in 206 samples from the worst-affected western state of Maharashtra. The new variant was also found in nine samples in the capital, New Delhi, according to Sujeet Kumar Singh, director of the National Center for Disease Control. A […]

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The Holy Appearance Day of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu https://iskconnews.org/the-holy-appearance-day-of-lord-sri-caitanya-mahaprabhu/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:28:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-holy-appearance-day-of-lord-sri-caitanya-mahaprabhu/ To see and read more from Rukmini devi dasi, please visit Urban Devi    ~by Narahari Cakravarthi, Narottam Vilasa, 18th Century~ One day Krsna sat beside Radhika in the forest of Vrndavan. Taking one of her hands in His, He pleaded: “Please give me something special today.” Inwardly, Sri Radha’s heart melted at His request, but […]

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Feature Documentary on “India’s Book of Wisdom—The Bhagavata Purana” Released https://iskconnews.org/feature-documentary-on-indias-book-of-wisdom-the-bhagavata-purana-released/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:27:58 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/feature-documentary-on-indias-book-of-wisdom-the-bhagavata-purana-released/ A new 60-minute feature documentary on the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “India’s Book of Wisdom—The Bhagavata Purana” has been released to watch for free at the Bhagavata Purana Research Project. Hosted by Dr. Kenneth Valpey (Krishna Kshetra Swami), co-director (with Prof. Ravi M. Gupta) of the Bhagavata Purana Research Project at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, […]

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Why I Decided that Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Was the Right Choice for Me https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me-3/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:27:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me-3/ At the age of 73 years, I am in the so-called “high-risk category” for COVID-19 so I decided to get vaccinated. My vaccination story, however, begins in the 1950s when I was a child and another virus was overtaking America and the world. As a small boy, I saw scary magazine photos of young children […]

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Job Openings Available at TKG Academy https://iskconnews.org/job-openings-available-at-tkg-academy/ Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:25:01 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/job-openings-available-at-tkg-academy/ Are you interested in empowering students, becoming a role model, and making an impact?   TKG Academy, a spiritually-based, Pre-K thru 12th grade school in Dallas, TX, is now seeking qualified candidates to join our enthusiastic, collaborative team of teachers.     If you are passionate about inspiring children in their learning to fulfill their highest potential, […]

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Scotland’s Karuna Bhavan Receives CCAF Grant to Support Green Recovery https://iskconnews.org/scotlands-karuna-bhavan-receives-ccaf-grant-to-support-green-recovery/ Sun, 21 Mar 2021 02:25:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/scotlands-karuna-bhavan-receives-ccaf-grant-to-support-green-recovery/ The Keep Scotland Beautiful initiative, on behalf of the Scottish Government, has granted ISKCON Karuna Bhavan (also known as Krishna Eco Farm) almost £9,000 from the Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF). The fund aims to support green recovery in Scotland’s communities, in order to tackle climate change and help Scotland cut greenhouse gas emissions to […]

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Vrinda Sheth Talks About The Final Book of Her Ramayana Trilogy Focusing on Sita’s Perspective https://iskconnews.org/vrinda-sheth-talks-about-the-final-book-of-her-ramayana-trilogy-focusing-on-sitas-perspective/ Sun, 21 Mar 2021 02:16:52 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/vrinda-sheth-talks-about-the-final-book-of-her-ramayana-trilogy-focusing-on-sitas-perspective/ Destroyer of Sorrow, the epic conclusion to Vrinda Sheth’s Sita’s Fire trilogy based on the Ramayana, is set to be released by Mandala Publishing on April 20th. Hardbound and 336 pages long, the book features over ninety illustrations by Vrinda’s mother Anna Johansson (Annapurna Dasi) and is the culmination of a decade of work on […]

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Why I Decided That Getting Vaccinated Was the Right Choice for Me https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-was-the-right-choice-for-me/ Sun, 21 Mar 2021 02:05:10 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-was-the-right-choice-for-me/ Many times in life we have heard the saying, “A single twig will break, but the bundle of twigs is strong.” For practicing devotees the connotation was that we always live, practice, and teach in the society of like-minded Vaisnavas. Then we will maintain spiritual strength. Yet, this past year has given us a new […]

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News Brief: UK PM Congratulates ISKCON Food Relief https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-uk-pm-congratulates-iskcon-food-relief/ Sun, 21 Mar 2021 02:04:22 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/news-brief-uk-pm-congratulates-iskcon-food-relief/ The post News Brief: UK PM Congratulates ISKCON Food Relief appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Bhagavata Life – Online Course https://iskconnews.org/bhagavata-life-online-course/ Sun, 21 Mar 2021 01:49:49 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhagavata-life-online-course/ School of Bhakti – Bhagavata Life – Course Online | Free | April 4-May 23rd, 2021 Srimad Bhagavatam Cantos 7-12 The translation of Srimad Bhagavatam is perhaps Srila Prabhupada’s greatest gift to the world. As we browse through the pages, we’ll find a relevant story, an inspiring personality, a striking situation, a philosophical exchange or […]

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Ultimate social work-sharing KC as enunciated by Lord Gauranga with Kripamoya Das https://iskconnews.org/ultimate-social-work-sharing-kc-as-enunciated-by-lord-gauranga-with-kripamoya-das/ Sun, 21 Mar 2021 01:20:27 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/ultimate-social-work-sharing-kc-as-enunciated-by-lord-gauranga-with-kripamoya-das/ The post Ultimate social work-sharing KC as enunciated by Lord Gauranga with Kripamoya Das appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Finding Your Dharma https://iskconnews.org/finding-your-dharma/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 21:37:54 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/finding-your-dharma/   In recent times, a common theme keeps surfacing in our spiritual circles: the need to find yourself, your purpose, nature, contribution and calling. Here’s an exercise: grab a piece of paper, pick up a pen, and quickly scribble down your name using your non-writing hand. Unless you’re ambidextrous, the experience is pretty much universal […]

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ISKCON at the UN Organizes Interfaith Panel on Women’s Empowerment https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-at-the-un-organizes-interfaith-panel-on-womens-empowerment/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 20:56:30 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-at-the-un-organizes-interfaith-panel-on-womens-empowerment/ ISKCON at the UN and the ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry have organized an interfaith panel discussion entitled “Shared Stories: Culture, Religion & Women’s Empowerment” which will take place virtually on March 21st as part of the NGO Commission on the Status of Women Forum. The panel, which will take place from 12:30pm to 2:00pm EDT, is […]

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Kirtan 125 – Keeping the Spirit Alive https://iskconnews.org/kirtan-125-keeping-the-spirit-alive/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 20:28:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/kirtan-125-keeping-the-spirit-alive/  Srila Prabhupada is reported to have famously said “your love for me will be tested by how well you co-operate with each other after I am gone.”  Devotees from a small preaching centre in the UK, ISKCON South London, have taken the spirit of Srila Prabhupada’s words to heart. They have embarked on an ambitious […]

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ECO-Vrindaban Prepares For Another Plentiful Growing Season https://iskconnews.org/eco-vrindaban-prepares-for-another-plentiful-growing-season/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 20:03:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/eco-vrindaban-prepares-for-another-plentiful-growing-season/ Non-profity entity ECO-Vrindaban, which works closely with ISKCON New Vrindaban in West Virginia on ISKCON’s first farm, is preparing for another growing season. Its mission statement? To “promote cow protection, local agriculture, and above all, loving Krishna, as envisioned by Srila Prabhupada.” Typically, the season for outdoor gardening in the area begins around mid-May, after […]

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ISKCON Mayapur Launches Virtual Sri Gaura Purnima Festival https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-mayapur-launches-virtual-sri-gaura-purnima-festival/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 19:05:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-mayapur-launches-virtual-sri-gaura-purnima-festival/ For the worldwide community of devotees who can not attend Shri Gaura Purnima Festival this year due to various reasons, ISKCON Mayapur is pleased to announce the launch of Virtual Shri Gaura Purnima Festival 2021. Starting on 12th March, they will bring to the community a condensed version of the key events of the festival […]

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ISKCON News Managing Editor Position Opening https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-managing-editor-position-opening/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 18:49:05 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-managing-editor-position-opening/ ISKCON News has an exciting opening: the Managing Editor position in its team for a seasoned editor, manager, or budding professional looking for experience! The position is now accepting applications for a flexible start in April/May 2021. This position is looking for a 1-year minimum commitment, at around 15 hours per week including a weekly […]

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Why I Decided that Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Was the Right Choice for Me https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me-2/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 18:35:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me-2/ (The articles in this section do not necessarily express the position of ISKCON News, they are the personal opinion of the authors.)   While getting vaccinated against COVID-19, I remembered these words from Ayurveda-sashtra: aushadhi cintayet visnum. When taking medicine, one must remember Vishnu because ultimately He is the active ingredient that makes any medicine […]

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ISKCON News – New Promo Video! https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-new-promo-video/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 17:15:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-news-new-promo-video/ For relevant, timely and reliable information about the global ISKCON-community please visit www.iskconnews.org, or find ISKCON News on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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Purpose Of Being A Monk | Jay Shetty’s Discussion Radhanath Swami https://iskconnews.org/purpose-of-being-a-monk-jay-shettys-discussion-radhanath-swami/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 16:53:55 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/purpose-of-being-a-monk-jay-shettys-discussion-radhanath-swami/ The post Purpose Of Being A Monk | Jay Shetty’s Discussion Radhanath Swami appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Answering Questions About my Coronavirus Illness | Sivarama Swami https://iskconnews.org/answering-questions-about-my-coronavirus-illness-sivarama-swami/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 16:38:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/answering-questions-about-my-coronavirus-illness-sivarama-swami/ Although he took various cautionary measures to avoid it, Sivarama Swami recently had coronavirus. In this interview, Sivarama Swami shares his experiences.

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Understanding Vaishnava Relationships Through the Life of Vaishnavis in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta https://iskconnews.org/understanding-vaishnava-relationships-through-the-life-of-vaishnavis-in-sri-caitanya-caritamrta/ Fri, 12 Mar 2021 16:35:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/understanding-vaishnava-relationships-through-the-life-of-vaishnavis-in-sri-caitanya-caritamrta/ A discussion with Vaishnavi Minister Radha Dasi. A video by the GBC SPT.

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Longtime ISKCON News Editor Krishna-lila Dasi Moves on to New Role After A Decade of Service https://iskconnews.org/longtime-iskcon-news-editor-krishna-lila-dasi-moves-on-to-new-role-after-a-decade-of-service/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:40:03 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/longtime-iskcon-news-editor-krishna-lila-dasi-moves-on-to-new-role-after-a-decade-of-service/ After over a decade of dedicated service, Krishna-lila Dasi is moving on from her position as managing editor of ISKCON News. An award-winnning professional filmmaker, she will continue to work with ISKCON News as a freelance contributor of short films, an exciting new development for the website. A scholar, teacher, filmmaker, and activist, Krishna-lila holds […]

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ISKCON Rolls Out Strategies Against Domestic Abuse https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-rolls-out-strategies-against-domestic-abuse/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:24:37 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-rolls-out-strategies-against-domestic-abuse/ For over twenty years Vaishnavi Ministers, currently led by Global Minister Radha Dasi, have been working to support devotee women’s voices and rights, including efforts to address domestic abuse (also known as domestic violence) within ISKCON. A major milestone in preventing such abuse came in February 2020, when ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission adopted a global […]

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Seeking Forgiveness from God for All the Sins https://iskconnews.org/seeking-forgiveness-from-god-for-all-the-sins/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 19:37:48 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/seeking-forgiveness-from-god-for-all-the-sins/   You and I have committed so many sins in this life and in many previous lives. Because of those sins we suffer in this world. We may blame other people or situations or circumstances for our sufferings, but the Vedic scriptures tell us that we suffer because of our own karma. What we did in the […]

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Mahaprabhu As a Philosopher:The Dialogues with Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya and Prakasananda Saraswati https://iskconnews.org/mahaprabhu-as-a-philosopherthe-dialogues-with-sarvabhauma-bhattacarya-and-prakasananda-saraswati/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:58:57 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/mahaprabhu-as-a-philosopherthe-dialogues-with-sarvabhauma-bhattacarya-and-prakasananda-saraswati/ Govinda Priya Dasi discusses spiriual topics with Radhika Ramana Das. Radhika Ramana Das, also known as Dr. Ravi M. Gupta, is a notable Vaishnava scholar. Presently, he is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a member of the faculty at Bhaktivedanta College. He received his doctorate […]

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The Joy of Devotion – Full Documentary https://iskconnews.org/the-joy-of-devotion-full-documentary-3/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:50:43 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-joy-of-devotion-full-documentary-3/ Fifty years ago, a 70-year-old spiritual teacher from India arrives in the West and settles among the hippies of New York’s Lower East Side. From a tiny storefront, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami starts a revolution of consciousness influencing tens of thousands in the U.S. and worldwide. But what happens to his movement after their charismatic leader’s […]

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Poem: The Dark Light https://iskconnews.org/poem-the-dark-light/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:40:26 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/poem-the-dark-light/ Can it be a good thing, this darkness? A kind of light that shows me things I like to hide from in broad daylight A kind of cover that lets me bring Such things up that otherwise Might be all too much to see? The night has it’s treasures, the dark pain Cuts through the […]

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New Documentary about Punk-Rock Legend Poly Styrene (Maharani Dasi) https://iskconnews.org/new-documentary-about-punk-rock-legend-poly-styrene-maharani-dasi/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:25:50 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-documentary-about-punk-rock-legend-poly-styrene-maharani-dasi/ A new documentary POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHE (12A) directed by Paul Sng and Celeste Bell is released across the UK and Ireland on March 5th.  Poly Styrene was the first woman of color in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using […]

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Why I Decided That Getting Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Was the Right Choice for Me https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:06:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/why-i-decided-that-getting-vaccinated-against-covid-19-was-the-right-choice-for-me/   (The articles in this section do not necessarily express the position of ISKCON News, they are the personal opinion of the authors.)   In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the development of COVID-19 vaccines, many of my students have inquired whether they should get vaccinated or not.   As a result, […]

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The Most Important Department of Science – Self Realization https://iskconnews.org/the-most-important-department-of-science-self-realization/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:50:53 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-most-important-department-of-science-self-realization/ A video by ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor – Hare Krishna Temple Watford.

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Lord Nityananda’s Appearance Day Drama by UK’s Bhaktivedanta Players https://iskconnews.org/lord-nityanandas-appearance-day-drama-by-uks-bhaktivedanta-players/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:48:31 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/lord-nityanandas-appearance-day-drama-by-uks-bhaktivedanta-players/ A video by Bhaktivedanta Manor Live.

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Living in Goodness by Sivarama Swami https://iskconnews.org/living-in-goodness-by-sivarama-swami/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:40:46 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/living-in-goodness-by-sivarama-swami/ A video by Sivarama Swami.

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ISKCON South Africa’s Leaders Begin Inclusion and Belonging Training https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-south-africas-leaders-begin-inclusion-and-belonging-training/ Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:36:20 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-south-africas-leaders-begin-inclusion-and-belonging-training/   South Africa’s diverse ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds offers unique opportunities to demonstrate the genuine efficacy and universal relevance of Krishna consciousness.   Due to our conditioned nature and influenced by our different racial, cultural, socio-economic backgrounds and genders, we sometimes fall short in our expression of Krishna consciousness, especially in our dealings with […]

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When Helping Others Is Compassion and When It Isn’t … https://iskconnews.org/when-helping-others-is-compassion-and-when-it-isnt/ Sat, 27 Feb 2021 11:08:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/when-helping-others-is-compassion-and-when-it-isnt/ Suppose someone is starving. We may help them by giving some money. If they are starving because a recession has left them jobless, they will gratefully use that money to feed themselves. But if they are starving because they are alcoholics who waste all their money on drinks, they will probably do the same with […]

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ISKCON Communications Journal Returns to Cover Important Issues After 15-Year Hiatus https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-communications-journal-returns-to-cover-important-issues-after-15-year-hiatus/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 20:51:12 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-communications-journal-returns-to-cover-important-issues-after-15-year-hiatus/ In mid-March, the ISKCON Communications Journal (ICJ) is set to publish its first issue after a fifteen-year hiatus, under the guidance of Mahaprabhu Dasa, Director of ISKCON Communications Europe. The Journal is edited by Tattvavit Dasa and Rupa Sanatana Dasa.  ICJ was known for addressing many important topics and issues, including challenges and crises that […]

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Accreditation of ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification https://iskconnews.org/accreditation-of-iskcon-govardhan-ecovillage-to-united-nations-convention-to-combat-desertification/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 18:38:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/accreditation-of-iskcon-govardhan-ecovillage-to-united-nations-convention-to-combat-desertification/ The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) granted special consultative status to the ISKCON Govardhan Ecovillage. Consultative status is an accreditation framework that benefits both the United Nations and the NGOs. Consultative arrangements with UNCCD will enable the UNCCD to secure expert information or advice from organizations having special competence in the subjects for […]

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ISKCON Desire Tree Launches New Satellite TV Channel https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-desire-tree-launches-new-satellite-tv-channel/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 18:13:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-desire-tree-launches-new-satellite-tv-channel/ Started in  2002 on Nityananda Trayodashi, ISKCON Desire Tree has been serving the Vaishnava community with various offerings: launching and maintaining 50+ websites, creating 100+ mobile applications  hosting an audio website with 250,000+ audio files  attracting 10,000+ visitors every day Hare Krsna TV’s YouTube Channel has more than 28,000 videos and around 1.4 million subscribers, […]

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The Source of Happiness – A Short Film by Russian Harinama Devotees https://iskconnews.org/the-source-of-happiness-a-short-film-by-russian-harinama-devotees/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:48:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-source-of-happiness-a-short-film-by-russian-harinama-devotees/ Created by the Vaishnavas of the Moscow traveling Harinama group.

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Parama Karuna — Feat. Agnidev Das and Mayuri Dasi https://iskconnews.org/parama-karuna-feat-agnidev-das-and-mayuri-dasi/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:42:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/parama-karuna-feat-agnidev-das-and-mayuri-dasi/ Parama Karuna is a beautiful traditional Gaudiya Vaishnav bhajan, written by Locana Das Thakur. A video by Veena Mayuri.

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The Greatest Wealth of This World – True Devotee Association https://iskconnews.org/the-greatest-wealth-of-this-world-true-devotee-association/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:40:11 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/the-greatest-wealth-of-this-world-true-devotee-association/ One who takes shelter of Krishna’s true devotees, and sincerely worships Krishna, is never forsaken. We do not find any source of happiness from getting entangled in the ropes of karma in this world. A video by ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor – Hare Krishna Temple Watford.

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GBC EC Issues Official Statement on the COVID Vaccine https://iskconnews.org/gbc-ec-issues-official-statement-on-the-covid-vaccine/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:17:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gbc-ec-issues-official-statement-on-the-covid-vaccine/ A statement by the Executive Committee of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission on February 26, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted and caused the deaths of millions of people globally. As of February 2021 it shows no signs of slowing down. Many members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, including sannyasis, gurus, and other senior […]

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Live to Give Campaign Smashes Goal, Distributes Over 2 Million Gitas https://iskconnews.org/live-to-give-campaign-smashes-goal-distributes-over-2-million-gitas/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:57:36 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/live-to-give-campaign-smashes-goal-distributes-over-2-million-gitas/ The Live to Give Campaign, run by the BBT Marketing, Communications and Innovations team, has smashed its 2 million Gita goal, distributing 2,172,456 copies of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is around the world.  Over 250 ISKCON communities in more than 55 countries participated, between September 17th 2020 and January 7th 2021. The campaign also […]

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Sri Nityananda’s Appearance day https://iskconnews.org/sri-nityanandas-appearance-day/ Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:39:32 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sri-nityanandas-appearance-day/ The post Sri Nityananda’s Appearance day appeared first on ISKCON News.

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Centennial Celebration Marked for Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja https://iskconnews.org/centennial-celebration-marked-for-bhaktivedanta-narayana-maharaja/ Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:26:23 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/centennial-celebration-marked-for-bhaktivedanta-narayana-maharaja/ The year 2021 marks the centennial celebration, the 100th appearance anniversary, of  Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. A disciple of Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Maharaja—himself one of the foremost disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur—Narayana Maharaja served the Gaudiya Vaishnava community as a sannyasi for fifty-eight years. From 1996 to 2010 when Narayana Maharaja left this world, he circled […]

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Professor Thomas J. Hopkins, Scholar and Friend of ISKCON Passes Away https://iskconnews.org/professor-thomas-j-hopkins-scholar-and-friend-of-iskcon-passes-away/ Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:58:07 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/professor-thomas-j-hopkins-scholar-and-friend-of-iskcon-passes-away/ One of ISKCON’s best friends and scholarly supporters, Professor Thomas J. Hopkins, passed away the morning of Saturday, February 20, 2021, at the age of ninety-one. Dr. Hopkins was Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College, USA, and an expert in the study of Caitanya Vaishnavism. Professor Hopkins met Srila Prabhupada and […]

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Sharing the Love: ISKCON 3.0 Leadership Conference Series https://iskconnews.org/sharing-the-love-iskcon-3-0-leadership-conference-series/ Sun, 21 Feb 2021 20:55:02 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sharing-the-love-iskcon-3-0-leadership-conference-series/ There is only one word to describe the Next Generation Leadership conference – excitement. There was a buzz felt throughout the two-day virtual conference, by youth and youth leaders that lingered on after in group chats and social media. Over Valentine’s holiday weekend, February 13-14th, 2021, just under 100 devotee youth leaders and youth workers […]

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Bhakti Center Offers Yoga Teacher Training Grounded in Vaishnava Tradition https://iskconnews.org/bhakti-center-offers-yoga-teacher-training-grounded-in-vaishnava-tradition/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:30:41 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/bhakti-center-offers-yoga-teacher-training-grounded-in-vaishnava-tradition/ Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bhakti Center in New York City has been offering a new selection of virtual yoga teacher training and meditation teacher training programs, as well as training in Ayurveda and kirtan. Taking advantage of the online format, the classes are held at times that also accommodate a global […]

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What We Get When We Take Shelter of Lord Rama? https://iskconnews.org/what-we-get-when-we-take-shelter-of-lord-rama/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:36:47 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/what-we-get-when-we-take-shelter-of-lord-rama/ Lord Rama could have hated his stepmother Kaikeyi forever. And no one would have blamed him. Kaikeyi was so callous that the tears of her husband, Dasrath, did not melt her heart. She saw him dying but she did not care. She just wanted to satiate her false ego.  Her feelings, her emotions, her desires, […]

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ISKCON Receives Prestigious ‘Green’ Award in India https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-receives-prestigious-green-award-in-india/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:16:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-receives-prestigious-green-award-in-india/ International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) stands appraised and recognized with one of the highest honors in India – the “IGBC Green Champion Award 2020” during the 18th edition of ‘Green Building Congress’ organized from 29th – 31st October, 2020. ISKCON was unanimously chosen as a winner of the 7th IGBC Green Champion Awards under the category of […]

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Radha-Krishna Deity Installation in Metpally, Telangana https://iskconnews.org/radha-krishna-deity-installation-in-metpally-telangana/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:53:40 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/radha-krishna-deity-installation-in-metpally-telangana/ “Metpally . . . Radha-Krishna installation . . . festival . . .” The ashram at ISKCON Chowpatty was buzzing with this discussion last week. Many brahmacharis were excited about visiting this small town in Telangana, around 800 kms from Mumbai. The temple managers were busy arranging for all the essential services that had to […]

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New Book Recounts History of Building Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi https://iskconnews.org/new-book-recounts-history-of-building-srila-prabhupadas-samadhi/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:28:59 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/new-book-recounts-history-of-building-srila-prabhupadas-samadhi/ “The Rising Sun: Vrindaban Samadhi Diary” by Alfred Valerio (Bhaktisiddhanta Das), now available on Amazon Kindle, recounts the story of how the Vrindaban samadhi, or mausoleum, for ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupada was built.  Author Bhaktisiddhanta Das, a seasoned professional in bronze casting, fiber-glass and mixed media sculpture, assisted in the design and construction of both […]

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Sri Advaita Acarya’s Calling for the Lord – A Discussion with Radhanath Swami https://iskconnews.org/sri-advaita-acaryas-calling-for-the-lord-a-discussion-with-radhanath-swami/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:19:33 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/sri-advaita-acaryas-calling-for-the-lord-a-discussion-with-radhanath-swami/ A video by ISKCON GBC Strategic Planning Team.

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Celebrating Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita with the GBC Strategic Planning Team https://iskconnews.org/celebrating-sri-caitanya-caritamrita-with-the-gbc-strategic-planning-team/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:17:16 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/celebrating-sri-caitanya-caritamrita-with-the-gbc-strategic-planning-team/ As part of GBC Strategic Planning Team’s (SPT) efforts to serve devotees worldwide they are extending an invitation to every ISKCON devotee to participate in their 5-week online festival “Celebrating Sri Caitanya Caritamrita”  They wish to stimulate great enthusiasm for Srila Krishna das Kaviraj Goswami’s masterpiece, Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, and Srila Prabhupada’s wonderful commentary on […]

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Srila Prabhupada-Our Preeminent Siksha Guru with Badrinarayan Swami https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-our-preeminent-siksha-guru-with-badrinarayan-swami/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:51:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/srila-prabhupada-our-preeminent-siksha-guru-with-badrinarayan-swami/ A video by the ISKCON GBC Strategic Planning Team.

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Hare Krishna Kirtan by Sri Prahlad Das https://iskconnews.org/hare-krishna-kirtan-by-sri-prahlad-das/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:39:45 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/hare-krishna-kirtan-by-sri-prahlad-das/ A video by Hare Krishna TV.

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Gaudiya-vaisnavism, a Tradition of Innovation https://iskconnews.org/gaudiya-vaisnavism-a-tradition-of-innovation/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:19:08 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/gaudiya-vaisnavism-a-tradition-of-innovation/   What’s tradition? It’s simply an idea or practice that has managed to be passed on for some time. Google defines tradition as: “the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.” Merriam-Webster offers other angles, defining it as “an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (such as a religious […]

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Poem: Last Night The Grim Reaper Came For Me https://iskconnews.org/poem-last-night-the-grim-reaper-came-for-me/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:55:34 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/poem-last-night-the-grim-reaper-came-for-me/ On February 9th, Prabhupada-disciple, beloved Grihastha Vision Team member and premarital counselor Karnamrita Dasa passed away after a long battle with cancer.  I saw the grim reaper in my dream, feeling no fear, I was curious to see him.Coming near, he pointed his bony, pale hand toward me.His other palm raised in blessing pose where it […]

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Thank You, Vaishnavas https://iskconnews.org/thank-you-vaishnavas/ Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:34:28 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/thank-you-vaishnavas/ Young devotess in Vilnius, Lithuania, a former Soviet country, made this video as a tribute to senior devotees who were fighting for them in Soviet Union, risking their lifes to get Srila Prabhupada Books.

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Grihastha Vision Team Explores “Creating Meaningful Relationships” In Pre-Valentine’s Day Q &A https://iskconnews.org/grihastha-vision-team-explores-creating-meaningful-relationships-in-pre-valentines-day-q-a/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 23:16:00 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/grihastha-vision-team-explores-creating-meaningful-relationships-in-pre-valentines-day-q-a/ The Grihastha Vision Team is offering an online Q & A on “Creating Meaningful Relationships” from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Saturday February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. The session will be broadcast live on the Grihasta Vision Team Facebook and Youtube, and via Zoom. The GVT, established in 2004, is a group of Vaishnava […]

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What Devotees Need To Know About the COVID-19 Vaccinations? https://iskconnews.org/what-devotees-need-to-know-about-the-covid-19-vaccinations-2/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 18:44:17 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/what-devotees-need-to-know-about-the-covid-19-vaccinations-2/ Is COVID-19 real? How do the vaccines work? Are the vaccines safe and effective? Are there sinister motives behind the vaccination? Can the vaccine change our DNA and cause a genetic disorder? Does the vaccine contain immoral components from fetuses/human cells? Did the rapidly changing virus render the vaccines ineffective and obsolete? As devotees, are they to depend on medical science, or […]

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Seek More to Connect Than to Correct https://iskconnews.org/seek-more-to-connect-than-to-correct/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 18:27:42 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/seek-more-to-connect-than-to-correct/ On the brink of the Mahabharata war, Arjuna was overwhelmed by misdirected compassion and was about to abandon his duty. Krishna could simply have corrected him and ordered him to fight. Yet Krishna spoke the entire Bhagavad-gita to help him understand the philosophical and devotional rationale for doing his duty.  We can follow Krishna’s example […]

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Nityananda Trayodasi, The Official Commencement of Srila Prabhupada’s 125th Appearance Anniversary Year Celebration https://iskconnews.org/nityananda-trayodasi-the-official-commencement-of-srila-prabhupadas-125th-appearance-anniversary-year-celebration/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 17:51:24 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/nityananda-trayodasi-the-official-commencement-of-srila-prabhupadas-125th-appearance-anniversary-year-celebration/ 2021 marks the 125th Appearance Anniversary Year of ISKCON Founder/Acharya His Divine A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Ambarisa Das and the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) management in Mayapur, India, have decided to officially begin celebrating this occasion on Nityananda Trayodasi, February 25th (24th in the U.S.), and simultaneously launch major promotion for the PRABHUPADA […]

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Being Human by Sivarama Swami https://iskconnews.org/being-human-by-sivarama-swami/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 16:50:05 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/being-human-by-sivarama-swami/ In the name of education, we have been systematically degraded to the stature of animals. What does it really mean to be human? A video by Sivarama Swami Media. 

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Aerospace Entrepreneur Offers Up to $500,000 For Best Evidence of Afterlife https://iskconnews.org/aerospace-entrepreneur-offers-up-to-500000-for-best-evidence-of-afterlife/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 16:29:56 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/aerospace-entrepreneur-offers-up-to-500000-for-best-evidence-of-afterlife/   The Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies, founded by American businessman Robert T. Bigelow, is currently running an essay competition on “Best Evidence for Afterlife.” Bigelow is the owner of hotel chain Budget Suites of America and the founder of Bigelow Aerospace. According to http://www.bigelowinstitute.org/, “The goal of the essay contest is to award contestants for writing papers […]

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Ways to Cope https://iskconnews.org/ways-to-cope/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 16:13:38 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/ways-to-cope/ This morning I overheard a conversation and in response to the usual question of ‘How are you?’ the person answered, “Well, I’m having a ‘keep the kirtan going all day kind of day’.” In other words, I’m not great and I’m going to need some kirtan shelter.  Not only was he able to express that […]

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Padayatra Nepal Gets Under Way https://iskconnews.org/padayatra-nepal-gets-under-way/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:53:04 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/padayatra-nepal-gets-under-way/ In a recent ISKCON Leadership Sangha (ILS-2020) Lokanath Swami requested ISKCON Nepal regional secretary Patri dasa to organize a padayatra (pilgrimage) in Nepal. Patri took Maharaja’s words to heart and discussed the idea with the Nepali devotees. A friend of Patri, Brahmacari Sahastranam dasa from Ukraine, who has been serving in Nepal for twelve years […]

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Be Happy by Following the Process of Krishna Consciousness https://iskconnews.org/be-happy-by-following-the-process-of-krishna-consciousness/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:41:09 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/be-happy-by-following-the-process-of-krishna-consciousness/ Initiated ISKCON devotees make life-long vows to abstain from eating meat, gambling, intoxication and illicit sex. In addition they chant 16 ’rounds’ of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day. One doesn’t have to live as a renunciate, rather, one can get married and take responsibilities for one’s family and society as a whole. This […]

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Prabhupada Memories by Karnamrita Das https://iskconnews.org/prabhupada-memories-by-karnamrita-das/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:36:23 +0000 https://iskconnews.org/prabhupada-memories-by-karnamrita-das/ A video by Prabhupada Memories.

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Karnamrita Dasa Tribute https://iskconnews.org/karnamrita-dasa-tribute/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 1