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  • Vermont Psychiatric Hospital Welcomes “Kirtan Therapy”
    Lugging along their varied collection of instruments, kirtan group the Hanumen followed their tour organizer Jennifer Canfield into the grim building, and down a long corridor lined with barred windows.
  • Germany Hosts the World’s First Four-Day Kirtana Mela
    Today, possibly more than ever before in ISKCON’s history, kirtana—the ancient call and response chanting of God’s names—has become a major focus. Devotees in Germany headed by Sachinandana Swami and local GBC Dina Sharana Dasi hope to take this focus to a new level: they have invited 1,000 devotees from all over the world for four days of uninterrupted kirtana.
  • When the Husband is Not a Devotee: The Grihasta Vision Team Responds

    An article entitled “When the Husband is Not a Devotee,” written by Sundari Radhika Dasi for The Eight Petals newsletter and published on ISKCON News recently, caused a firestorm of controversy.

  • Victory For The Vegetables
    An increasing number of accomplished chefs around the world are serving exciting meat-free menus. The vegetable has risen across the globe from a beige member of the chorus line to the ranks of a full-fledged restaurant star.
  • Serving Pilgrims In Switzerland
    Vanamali dasi is a mother of three, a dedicated devotee of Lord Jagannatha, and the manager of a Bed & Breakfast place in the picturesque resort place of Lungern in Switzerland, where she has been accommodating pilgrims walking the Saint Jakob`s trail for the last ten years.
  • Good News Is No News
    As George Orwell famously said in his novel ‘1984’, “Big Brother is watching you.” Well, not any more. Now we’re watching Big Brother. Over six million people in the UK alone tune in to the “reality” TV show to watch others eat, sleep and largely fight with each other. It seems we like to see others suffer.
  • Lose Weight And Improve Heart Health Naturally by Walking

    Many people these days think they have to follow the latest fad diet in order to lose a lot of weight in a hurry. Walking is one of the safest, most effective forms of exercise that will assist with successful weight loss and future weight, health and heart maintenance.

  • New Courses Offered by Mayapur Institute

    The Mayapur Institute has announced its new courses for the Fall and next Gaura Purnima.

  • Africa Ranks High on BBT Agenda
    Africa is the second-largest continent in the world. It has fifty-three countries, 2,000 languages, and a population of over 900 million. Yet with the South African BBT publishing books mainly in English, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has only touched the tip of Africa’s potential. Until now.
  • How Food Is Being Used As A Weapon
    When people begin to starve, instinctive primal triggers lead to a desire to do absolutely anything for food. Food could essentially be used as a weapon, thousands of times more powerful than money or most any other resource. But even in current times, food is used as a weapon by those in power through the use of government regulations and chemical additives that destroy both your health and your bank account.
  • Find Health With Natural Allergy Relief
    As the seasons start changing, many people become susceptible to allergy symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes, stuffy sinuses and sneezing. Instead of reaching for the pharmaceutical products (which often do more harm than good), why not consider these natural remedies instead?
  • Padayatra ‘Walk for Peace’ Braves London Riots
    London’s burning. Literally. But ISKCON devotees headed by Food For All charity director Parasurama Dasa are hoping to calm the blaze with the cooling spray of God’s Holy Names.
  • ISKCON Family Finds Real Wealth in Cows and the Land
    “I think that the agrarian lifestyle goes so much better with Krishna consciousness,” says Ruchira. “It slows you down to a more meditative pace, where you start observing nature more, and really seeing the cows as spirit souls. Our philosophy comes more alive in that environment.”
  • Gopinath's Kids' Camp in Toronto

    This year, the 5th Annual Gopinath's Kids Camp will be held on Saturday, August 20th from 8:30am-6:00pm, strictly for kids aged 5-12 years. The purpose of this one-day camp is to provide an opportunity to ignite the spiritual spark in children while doing fun and interactive activities that they enjoy.

  • Cultic Organizations See ISKCON in “New Light”: Barcelona Spain International Conference

    More than 300 religious practitioners and representatives of cultic study organizations, including academics and ex-members, took part in a three-day conference entitled the “2011 International Conference: Psychological Manipulation, Cultic Groups, Social Addictions and Harm”(ICSA) in Barcelona Spain, July 7-9.

  • Cinnamon May Hold The Key To Alzheimer`s Disease Prevention And Treatment

    Researchers from Tel Aviv University report in that the common spice cinnamon found in many kitchen pantries around the world may hold a crucial key to preventing Alzheimer`s disease. Alzheimer`s disease cases are growing at an exponential pace, currently affecting one in eight people over the age of 65.

  • US Religion Communicators Call For Civil Discourse About 9/11
    A religion communicators group is calling for responsible discussion of faith groups in news coverage of 9/11's 10th anniversary. The 17-member board called "for responsible discussion of religion and of all faith groups, seeking the understanding and acceptance of religious communities."
  • Rising Restrictions on Religion
    More than 2.2 billion people, nearly a third (32%) of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion, live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between mid-2006 and mid-2009.
  • Los Angeles Ratha Yatra and Lord Balarama's Mischief
    The procession was moving along smoothly for about an hour when Lord Balabhadra suddenly decided to show His transcendental lila. At about 11 a.m., the chariot on which Lord Balarama was travelling broke down.
  • Hare Krishna Devotees To Hold Peace March In Wake Of London Riots
    A group of Hare Krishna devotees from Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK, will march with a decorated peace chariot towards Ealing High Street, which was subject to mobs torching buildings and cars, looting shops and breaking into homes on Monday night.
  • Center of Attention
    As a traveling monk you have to keep your philosophical boxing gloves at the ready. Recently, someone quite bluntly told me they had serious issues with Krishna’s personality! There were some serious doubts here - the person had painted a picture of God as an attention-seeking ego-maniac! I was slightly taken aback, but tried to dig a little deeper.
  • In Time for Ramadan, Toll-free Hotline Seeks to Educate New Jersey Residents About Islam

    Like many Muslims, Asim Khan is tired of the prejudice against his religion. The president of the Islamic Circle of North America New Jersey chapter welcomes curiosity. But he wishes those with questions about Islam would ask him or other Muslims before jumping to conclusions.

  • New Illustrated Guide Promises Detailed Look at The Vedic Universe
    Two second generation ISKCON devotees—Rasikananda Fitch and Jagannath Cassidy—are following in the footsteps of their parents and engaging their friends to create brand new devotional art for a modern age.
  • ISKCON Hungary Stays Positive in the Face of Legislative Changes
    Depending on whether re-registration is accepted without a hitch or not, the new bill could simply be a passing inconvenience, or it could introduce sweeping changes that would be unfavorable to ISKCON.
  • Temple Profile: Lagos, Nigeria
    Krishna consciousness first came to Nigeria in 1979, brought by Brahmananda Dasa and the late ISKCON guru Bhakti Tirtha Swami, a charismatic and spiritually-empowered preacher.