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  • Taiwan Finds Krishna Through Yoga at New Bhakti Yoga Lounge
    A stunning new ISKCON center in Taichung, the third-largest city in Taiwan, is beginning to attract local people to Krishna consciousness through the relatable medium of yoga, and through its beautiful facilities.
  • India's 'Green and Clean' Village
    A small village in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya has become the envy of its neighbors. Large crowds of visitors have been thronging to the village curious to find out why Mawlynnong has earned the reputation for being arguably the cleanest and best educated in India - all its residents can read and write and each house has a toilet.
  • ISKCON Produces Videos for Odyssey Networks’ iPhone App
    With smartphone applications currently one of the hottest and most dynamically developing ways of distributing content, ISKCON is getting on board. And within a few weeks, people will be able to watch the first Krishna conscious videos on their iPhones at home, during a break from work or school, or while commuting on the bus or train.
  • George Harrison: Quiet Beatle, Vocal Guru
    With Martin Scorsese's documentary about the quiet Beatle running on HBO now, it is time to appreciate Harrison as a teacher and a transmitter. The most conscientiously spiritual of the Beatles, Harrison learned from a number of well-known gurus, living and dead, including ISKCON-founder Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  • ISKCON's Biggest Festival: The Inside Story
    During the Middle Ages, the territory of Ukraine was a mighty center of Slavic culture before the Mongols poured in and eradicated the population. Then came wars with the neighboring nation, and then Stalin, who made the Mongol hordes look like sugar babies. Now, however, the same perennially mauled territory is a chakra of eternal bhakti culture.
  • New Study: Whole Food Vegetarian Diets Reverse Many Serious Illnesses
    A new study found that plant based diets are a fundamental solution to our public health crisis. The physicians at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute found that the frequency and the cost of many illnesses, including obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, can be considerably reduced just by switching to a plant-based diet that does not include meat and dairy.
  • Poor Vitamin B-12 Status Leads To Reduced Brain Volume
    Many people are aware that vitamin B12 status declines during aging, as millions of seniors fall prey to a decline in this critical nutrient. Vitamin B12 circulating in the blood declines in the elderly due to absorption problems in the digestive tract leading to poor uptake by body tissues, especially the brain.
  • Hare Krishna: The Rise in Krishna Consciousness
    The arrival of the Toronto International Film Festival neatly heralds the end of the summer festival season in the city and Canada as a whole. However glamorous the parade of celebrities on the red carpet may seem, nothing quite compares to the peculiar sight of the Ratha Yatra in Toronto and across the country.
  • Back To Godhead, or Back To Serve?

    If a devotee were to ask, “Please bless me so that I’ll never take birth again in this horrible material world,” would this be asking for some kind of liberation? Hundreds of times, Srila Prabhupada encouraged us to “Go Back home, back to Godhead.” Would it be a form of boldness or naiveté to desire to come back to this world and serve by preaching?

  • URI's "Intolerance Ends with Me" Campaign Extended

    On September 1, 2011, URI (United Religions Initiative) invited people around the world to sign a pledge to take action against intolerance in their communities. With responses still coming in from more than 50 countries, URI is extending the campaign until November 16, the International Day for Tolerance.

  • Hari-Vilasa Dasa: Srila Prabhupada’s Medicine Man
    “I had heard that Srila Prabhupada, who of course had run his own Prayag Pharmacy business from 1918 to 1950, had developed his own natural ‘tooth powder’ recipe,” Hari-Vilasa says. “So I began to do some research in his books, letters, and conversations.”
  • Devotee Brothers Use Sports to Build Community and Keep Youth Fit
    In Alachua, Florida—home to North America’s biggest ISKCON community—two second generation devotee brothers have found that sports can be a healthy part of a balanced Krishna conscious lifestyle.
  • Temple Profile: Hong Kong
    In the fearless spirit exhibited by many of Srila Prabhupada’s early disciples, it was Bhurijana Dasa and his wife Jagattarini Dasi who left the US on their spiritual master’s order to bring Krishna consciousness to Hong Kong in the early 1970s. The two were completely alone.
  • 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 Lila.
  • Gopiparanadhana's Samadhi Ceremony
    On Sunday September 25th the ashes of Gopiparandhana Das were placed in Samadhi by his son Gaura Mohan at the foot of Govardhana Hill just in front of the Bhaktivedanta Ashram.
  • India Files Biopiracy Lawsuit Against Monsanto
    Representing one of the most agriculturally bio-diverse nations in the world, India has become a primary target for biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Cargill to spread their genetically-modified crops into new markets.
  • The Health Benefits of Mustard

    Mustard seeds have been part of human civilization for hundreds of years. The Bible mentions mustard seeds, as do ancient Sanskrit texts. The ancient Greeks used them for cooking, as did the ancient Romans, who appear to have invented an early form of the condiment used today. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, used them medicinally.

  • India School Lunch Program
    Anywhere from a third to 40 percent of the world’s undernourished children live in India today, and about half of all children here have stunted growth. The statistics are all the more telling given India’s strong growth rate and its booming economy in recent years.
  • Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption
    The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.
  • Walking Monk Crossing Canada to Meditate, Meet People
    Bhaktimarga Swami – dubbed the Walking Monk – is in the Pictou County area this weekend as part of his walk across Canada as a “friend” raiser. Bhaktimarga Swami has been a member of the Hare Krishna since 1973.
  • Christians Outraged as BBC Drops B.C./A.D. Dating Method

    British Christians are incensed after the state-funded BBC decided to jettison the terms B.C. and A.D. in favor of B.C.E. and C.E. in historical date references.

  • Alexander the Great and the Thief
    Alexander came upon an Indian thief whom he got arrested and brought before him. A conversation ensued in which the recidivist reminded Alexander, a former pupil of Aristotle, that the renowned chieftain was himself a thief.
  • The Beast Rises
    In the aftermath of last month’s riots opinions were divided as to their cause. “Existing criminals on the rampage,” pronounced Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, while, in a display of party disunity, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan-Smith declared the problem to be “selfish bankers and MP’s ignoring the plight of the poor.”
  • New Vrindaban Vaishnavi Retreat Celebrates 10th Anniversary
    This year, ladies from the West Coast of America, the Midwest, Canada, Florida, Houston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia will gather to attend a fascinating selection of seminars by senior devotees and experts in their fields.
  • Russia’s First Ever Radha-Krishna Deities Installed in Omsk
    On Radhastami—September 5th—around seven hundred devotees gathered in Omsk, Western Siberia for the installation ceremony of Sri-Sri Radha-Govinda, the first ever Radha-Krishna Deities to be installed in Russia.