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ISKCON 50: Meditations

by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
  • From Kohelet to Krishna

    This is a story about the big questions, among them: “What profit hath man of all his labour wherein he laboureth under the sun? That’s from the beginning book of Ecclesiastes — Kohelet in Hebrew — read in synagogues this Shabbat of Sukkot. a Jayadvaita Swami's book, “Vanity Karma,”  looks at Kohelet through the lens of Hindu teachings.

  • New Alachua Initiative to Help Second Gen and Facilitate Succession

    Although the words “second generation” often refer to those born into the Hare Krishna Movement, the new initiative aims to help all 25 to 45-year-olds  who attend Alachua’s New Raman Reti temple, regardless of how they came to Krishna consciousness, to find balance and inspiration in their lives. It also aims to facilitate succession.

  • Temple of the Vedic Planetarium United Kingdom Tour

    ISKCON's flagship project the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium's International team will be touring the UK ‪from the 18th to the 30th‬ of November 2015. Jananivasa Das, Ambarisa Das and other senior devotees are touring the world sharing the opportunity to support this signature building of ISKCON. 


  • The First Ever ISKCON Youth Leadership Sanga

    ISKCON Youth Ministry and ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry will hold their first ISKCON Youth Leadership Sanga next Spring in Mayapur. Their vision is to have youth leaders from around the world spend quality time together, brainstorm, share best practices, network, and give presentations to ISKCON leaders about the benefits of having youth programs at their temples.

  • Local VIPs Praise New Villa Vrindavana Museum at Opening

    The Indian Ambassador to Italy, as well as the mayor of local municipality San Casciano,  both praised the new Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA) at Italy’s Villa Vrindavana during its opening late last month. The museum – MOSA’s second branch after the original in Radhadesh, Belgium – is located near Florence, in Villa Vrindavana’s historic 16th century wing.

  • ISKCON Organizes First International Summit on Environment and Ethics

    ISKCON recently organized the International Summit on Environment and Economy (SEE-2015) in the port city of Kochi, India, in an attempt to bring together various stakeholders to discuss and deliberate to unearth the deeper aspects of the environmental and business ethics problems so as to arrive at well-rounded and holistic solutions.

  • New Vrindaban’s Autumn 24-Hour Kirtan to Give Devotees the Vrindavan Kartik Experience

    New Vrindaban’s autumn 24-Hour Kirtan – to be held from October 31st to November 1st this year during the sacred month of Kartik -- is rapidly catching up to its summer cousin in popularity.

  • Butler Event with Sally Agarwal to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Prabhupada’s Arrival in America

     On October 24th, devotees from all over North America will gather to glorify Srila Prabhupada's activities in Butler, PA.

  • Mississippi Kirtan Mela Promotes Cow Protection

    This year’s Save the Cow Kirtan Mela at ISKCON’s New Talavana farm in Mississippi drew around one thousand locals and devotees for a family-oriented festival centered around cow care.

  • European Prasadam Distributors Feed Refugees, Parliament, Youth

    Members of the ISKCON devotee-run charity Food For All UK partnered with local devotees in Paris and Brussels to feed sanctified vegetarian meals to Syrian refugees, parliament members, and thousands of young people across three events in late September.

  • The Walking Monk Retraces Prabhupada’s Journey

    The Swami’s current walk, may mean the most to him on a personal level.

  • Ethan Hawke Film Shot at Bhakti Center Released on Blu-Ray

    The independent film 10,000 Saints, which includes scenes shot in the Manhattan Hare Krishna Temple “The Bhakti Center” and features ISKCON devotees, was released on Blu-Ray, DVD and streaming services on October 6th. Based on the novel by Eleanor Henderson, it is directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini of the Oscar-nominated American Splendor.

  • Lord Jagannath Showers His Mercy Upon Kanpur

    On the bright afternoon of 3rd October 2015, the chariot of Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra rolled down the roads of Old Kanpur, India, with hundreds of devotees dancing. People enthusiastically participated in the chariot pulling fiesta. Simultaneously young students of different colleges of Kanpur earnestly distributed books on the roads and the marketplace.

  • Sivarama Swami Addresses World Peace Forum

    The World Peace Forum is a worldwide platform that brings together a large number of professionals of all backgrounds and from all corners of the Earth. Their recent meeting was held on October 2-3, 2015 in the European Parliament in Luxembourg and Germany, where ISKCON devotees were also invited.

  • “Spirit Matters”: The Importance of Outreach Videos

    Spirit Matters a new YouTube channel developed by ISKCON devotees in New Zealand aims to give people insights into a more conscious way of living. The idea is to make it easy for people to learn about aspects of bhakti-yoga, mantra meditation and Krishna conscious living, and become inspired to enquire further about the knowledge they contain.

  • Canada Rugby World Cup Team Visit ISKCON Leicester

    The Canada Rugby World Cup Team attended the ISKCON Leicester Kirtan Fest this Sunday 27th September. The Canadian Team, who are in the UK for the World Cup tournament, were walking through Leicester’s City Centre, when they heard the sound of kirtan coming from the magnificent temple. Ananda Monet was leading a beautiful kirtan.

  • Bhagavata Subodhini: A New Study Book on the Bhagavatam

    It is believed that a classic is a book that doesn't need to be written again yet it inspires numerous other books to be composed. Srimad Bhagavatam is such a timeless classic that it has inspired numerous intellectuals to write commentaries since ages; commentary of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami being the most well known in late century.

  • November Puri Parikrama Still Accepts Registration

    This year's Jagannath Puri parikrama will be from the 27th to the 30th November. The parikrama usually consists of a majority of Hindi and Bengali speaking devotees, so this year the organizers have decided to have an even bigger international group specifically for English speaking devotees.

  • Extended World Holy Name Week Celebrates Prabhupada’s U.S. Arrival

    World Holy Name Week (WHNW), first established in 2008, is increasing in popularity with forty-three ISKCON Centers worldwide.

  • Renowned Audiobook Narrator Amala-bhakta Das Takes Sannyasa at 83

    Born in New York City, Amala-bhakta Swami worked in motion pictures in California before beginning a search for the true purpose of life. Moving back to New York in 1957, he studied and then began teaching ashtanga yoga, establishing his own yoga center and amassing a following of 400 disciples. In 1976 he moved to Los Angeles to join the ISKCON temple there and receive initiation from Srila Prabhupada.

  • Medical Practitioners Meet and Retreat At Gita Nagari Yoga Farm

    More than 50 ISKCON medical practitioners—doctors, nurses, medical technicians, Ayurveda experts and other healthcare professionals—gathered at the Gita Nagari Yoga Farm in rural Pennsylvania on September 25-27 for a three-day event, the “North American ISKCON Medical Professionals Retreat.”

  • Sivarama Swami on the European Migrant Crisis

    With the European public completely divided over how to treat refugees poring in from war-torn countries, whether Europeans should welcome them or be afraid of them, likewise, being at the epicenter of the crisis, Hungarian devotees have also expressed their concerns about the issue. Sivarama Swami addresses some of these concerns.

  • Boston Celebrates 50 Years Since Prabhupada’s Arrival

    On September 19th, nearly 500 of his disciples and grand-disciples from six countries gathered at Commonwealth Pier.

  • Indradyumna Swami Tours Mongolia

    Dubbed “The Land of the Eternal Blue Sky,” Mongolia is a large and rather wild country divided between deserts, steppes, and mountains. About fifty-three per cent of the population are Buddhist, and about forty per cent continue to live the traditional nomadic lifestyle.ISKCON devotees first came to Mongolia in the 1990s.

  • Sarasota Krishna House Provides Spiritual Oasis

    A Sarasota, Florida family have opened up their home to provide a Krishna conscious oasis for devotees and newcomers in their city, which is three hours’ drive from the nearest ISKCON temples in Alachua and Miami. “People can make the drive on festival days,” says mother of four Rachel Ward. “But we wanted to give them the temple experience on a weekly basis.”