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ISKCON 50: Meditations

by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
  • Why Another News Site?
    I would like to know who is the intended audience of this site. What is its focus or style?
    - Kaunteya Dasa
    ISKCON Congregational Development
    Mayapura, West Bengal, India
  • "One Love"
    I grew up in the United States in the 1960s and 70s. As with many other young Americans of my generation, my world view was significantly influenced by the music of Bob Marley. His songs about revolution, social change, world peace, and racial equality inspired me.
  • Book Release: Sri Krishna-lila-stava
    This month, the BBT released Sri Krishna-lila-stava. Of all Srila Sanatana Goswami’s (circa 1488–1558) books, it’s his shortest and simplest. An offering of praise in 432 verses, it gives a personal meditation on Krishna’s Vrindavana pastimes as told by Sukadeva in Srimad-Bhagavatam.
  • Lord Balarama's Appearance Day 2007
    The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama (Douji) is His second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna's transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.
  • Largest Janmastami Festival Outside India Goes Green
    The forthcoming Janmastami Festival [birth celebration of Lord Krishna] at the Bhaktivedanta Manor near Watford [UK] is the largest of its kind outside India and is set to not only be one of the most colourful but the primary colour this year is green.

    This year the organisers want to highlight to festival goers the need to be aware of their responsibility to mother earth.
  • New Vrindaban's Patron-Leader 'Weekend of Bhakti'
    Between June 22 to 24 at New Vrindaban ISKCON leaders and supporters gathered from around North America for a weekend of kirtan, association, prasadam, and festivities at the inaugural Patron-Leader 'Weekend of Bhakti'.
  • ISKCON Studies Institute Launches Conference

    The ISKCON Studies Institute held its first annual ISKCON Studies Conference at Prabhupadadesh, in northern Italy, on 27-30 July. The Conference, which brought together some of ISKCON's best thinkers, led to the ISKCON Studies Institute becoming one of the few initiatives to be recognised and approved by ISKCON's Ministry of Educational Development.

  • Book Review - God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
    God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens (published in the United Kingdom as God is Not Great: The Case Against Religion) is the latest in a rash of athiestic manifestos attempting to portray religion as a malignant force in the world. Currently the book has been on the New York Times best seller list for 14 weeks and has sold over 58,000 copies. This review by Stephen Prothero from The Washington Post casts an interesting light on the methods Hitchens uses to communicate his frustration with theistic thinking and the influence it has on society.
  • Fundamentalists Interrupt US Senate's First Hindu Opening Prayer
    U.S. Hindu organizations are urging presidential candidates to denounce the protesters who disrupted the Senate as the first-ever Hindu opening prayer was being delivered last month.

    The three protesters -- identified in the Christian media as a couple and their daughter -- were removed from the Senate floor and arrested by Capitol Police on July 12 after they began shouting, "This is an abomination," and asking for forgiveness from God.
  • Jagannath Temple in Puri has India's Biggest Kitchen
    Puri (Orissa): The famed Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa, boasts of having one of the biggest kitchens in the country.

    Around 500 cooks and 300 helping hands prepare 56 different offerings known as 'Mahaprasad' or 'Abhada' for Lord Jagannath, which are served to the deity six times a day.

    The kitchen has 32 rooms, 752 stoves and nine earthen pots.

    The meals include seven different types of rice, four types of pulses, nine types of vegetables and different items of sweet dishes.
  • Local Property Dispute Grows Into International Issue for Kazakhstan

    SELEKSIA, Kazakhstan -- The house where Maya Salakhutdinova lived is now a shell of ruined walls with broken cinder blocks and splintered wood spilling in a heap onto a narrow lane. Last month, her house and 11 others in this village, a secluded enclave about an hour from Almaty, Kazakhstan's commercial capital, were bulldozed by court order.

    All the destroyed homes belonged to members of a Hare Krishna community, which has a temple in a converted farmhouse here, as well as 116 acres of farmland. A bulldozing in November leveled 14 Hare Krishna homes.

  • Moscow City Gives Permission for New Temple
    ISKCON devotees in Moscow have permission to build a temple on the outskirts of the city. The traditional Indian temple will be constructed on land recently allocated by the Moscow mayor. The process for obtaining building permits in Moscow typically takes up to a year to complete. Approval for the temple came in just ten weeks.
  • Devotees and the Wheel of Time
  • ISKCON Studies Conference on "Interpretation"
  • Congregation Development Course at Bhaktivedanta College

    Many lessons have been learned during ISKCON's transformation from temple-based to congregation-based communities.

  • INSIDE ISKCON: Tasty Jail Food Tempts Prisoners to Stay
    Inmates at a prison in southern India are eating so well that many are reluctant to leave, while other convicted criminals are trying to move in, a newspaper said Thursday.

    ISKCON, commonly known as the Hare Krishna movement, started serving prasadam—pure vegetarian sanctified fare— in the jail on May 21 under contract from the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bangalore.

  • KAZAKHSTAN: Authorities Demolish 12 More Homes in Hare Krishna Community
    The demolition of the homes began simultaneously in different areas of the summer colony. While the earth excavators were demolishing houses in one part of the village, workers destroyed the houses with sledgehammers and crowbars in another part. The earth excavators completed the work by leveling the houses to the ground.
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Crisis in Kazakhstan

    Karasai district officials brought busloads of laborers and police officers with them, indiscriminately taking crowbars and sledgehammers to the homes. They threw personal possessions out into the street, even as the horrified devotees pleaded with them and begged for mercy. Mechanical diggers then moved in, literally “crushing the houses to dust.”

    His Holiness BB Govinda Swami and Anuttama Dasa are in Washington, DC this week to raise awareness about the crisis in Kazakhstan, meeting with high-ranking US officials and human rights advocates. Govinda Swami is also collecting funds for the newly displaced devotees.

  • Jagannath Temple Reforms Result in Income Increases, Sale of Land
    The Sri Jagannath temple in Puri, India, has seen an increase in revenue over the past two years due to recent administrative reforms, but the temple also intends to dispose of tens of thousands of acres of land that is currently in unauthorized use by others.
  • At 68, Grandfather Starts New Life as a Catholic Priest
    Buono, a retired therapist and public school principal, says he decided to become a priest because he wanted to exert his energy in a meaningful, spiritual way after his wife died. And while he liked dating, he did not want to remarry.
  • German Court Clears Way for Visit by Sun Myung Moon

    A German court has ruled that the country's constitution does not allow it to block visits from the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the head of the Unification Church. The ruling reflects a general softening of bans—if not public sympathies—toward religions seen as "fringe" in Germany. Berlin, for example, recently was required to grant official recognition to Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • Book Trust Intensive Seminar Focuses on Communication, Teamwork
    "BBT is a worldwide entity with offices in five countries," said Jayadvaita Swami, one of seven BBT International trustees. "We meet several times a year and are in constant touch on email, but we still felt the need for training to better respond to the needs of our constituents and help us be a more effective team."
  • BLOG: The Walking Monk—Bhaktimarga Swami's 2007 CanWalk
    I started part two of CanWalk Number Three noticing the pool of blood.This is what the highway is—a place of living and moving travel but it is also a place of standstill, of frozenness and death. I am so impactfully reminded of this on this first day.
  • Diocese Builds Crematory as Cremation Acceptance Grows

    "This is what's happening today. This is the reality. It is the wave of the future," said Bishop Paul Bootkoski of the Metuchen Diocese, which is building the crematory. "We're going along with what our Catholic population is looking for."

  • 'Walking Monk' Hits the Road for Third Cross-Canada Walk
    The walk begins each day at 4 or 5 a.m., and Swami spends about nine hours walking 45 kilometres per day. He carries with him a sack holding his meditation beads, and often chants and talks to the Creator along the way. The personable monk, who joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1973 and changed his name from John Vis, said he runs into a lot of cyclists and marathon runners, along with regular citizens curious about his exploits. “Walking in the summer, it‘s when people are out and about,” he said. “It‘s the real natural time to be there, and the really big part of this project is to meet people and get inspired . . . and to inspire.”