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  • Dow Jones Indexes and Dharma Investments to Launch New Faith-based Indexes

    MUMBAI, India, Jan. 15, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Dow Jones Indexes, a leading global index provider, and Dharma Investments, a leading private investment firm pioneering the development of faith-based investment, today announced the launch of the Dow Jones Dharma Indexes. The new indexes measure the performance of companies selected according to the value systems and principles of Dharmic religions, especially Hinduism and Buddhism.

  • Hare Krishna Cuisine in Gourmet Magazine’s Top 100
    The folks at Saveur, an award-winning international dining magazine, pack their most zealous and fervent recommendations into their popular Saveur 100 issue – an annual list of “favorite restaurants, food, drink, people, places and things.” This year that list included the cuisine of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) – under the heading “A Faith that Nourishes,” the magazine deemed Hare Krishna temple dining halls “one of the best restaurant chains in the world.”
  • Kazakhstan's President Calls Foreign Missionaries a Threat

    ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev criticized foreign missionaries on Thursday as a threat to national stability and urged lawmakers to curb their activities. The mainly Muslim country has positioned itself as an area of stability in the potentially volatile Central Asian region. But some rights groups have criticized its treatment of small groups such as Hare Krishna.

  • US Approves Animal Clones as Food
    The US government has given the green light to the production and marketing of foods derived from cloned animals. After six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that meat and milk from cloned pigs, cattle and goats and their offspring is safe.
  • Jagadish Pandit Remembered
    I realized this when I noticed that January 19th heralded the birth of Jagadish Pandit sometime in the sixteenth century. I know my Hare Krishna festivals well, but I’d never heard of Jagadish Pandit. Why were we celebrating his birthday?
  • Natural Disaster Strikes New Govardhana Festival
    At the beginning of every year a gathering takes place at the ISKCON New Govardhana Community in Australia. Devotees come from all around the world to hear thoughtful classes, dance in the blissful kirtans and honor the sumptuous feasts offered to the Supreme Lord with love and devotion. This year’s schedule ended up a lot different from previous years as unexpected flash flooding was a prominent theme.
  • Spiritual Russian Embassy Established in Mayapur
    In March of last year, the GBC authorized The Spiritual Embassy of ISKCON CIS Countries, commonly known as the Russian Center, in Sridham Mayapur. December 2007 saw the birth of the Center and a bright future for the Russian ISKCON community.
  • ISKCON New Talavan's Cow Mela 2007

    Mississippi, USA – ISKCON’s New Talavan farm recently mourned the loss of one of their oldest friends, the bull Bala. Srila Prabhupada visited the 1300 acre farm once in 1975, inspiring the devotees there to take up cow protection. Since then, the community has acquired over 100 cattle, and its always hard to see one of them go.

  • Noelle McCarthy: Spiritual Life in a Secular World
    Spirituality is the new black. Not my words. Those of Richard Egan, PhD student at Dunedin School of Medicine. Richard is studying the effects of spirituality on end-of-life cancer care and had the misfortune to be midway through a radio interview with me yesterday when the news broke of Sir Edmund Hillary's passing. Not an interview either of us will be forgetting in a hurry I'm sure.
  • Madonna Visits Nathdwara, Eklingji Temples
    JAIPUR: On the last leg of her holiday in Rajasthan, pop queen Madonna chose to refresh herself on a long boat ride on the picturesque Pichhola lake of Udaipur. She visited the City Palace and crystal gallery which has one of world's biggest collection of crystal objects.
  • ITV Releases Instructive Salagram Worship Video

    ISKCON Television’s latest release is a guide to deity worship, an inspiring meditation, and an exclusive with one of the Hare Krishna Movement’s most renowned exponents all in one. Here World traveler Indradyumna Swami gives ITV unrestricted access to personal worship of his Salagrama Sila deity at the Odessa Festival in Ukraine. Salagrama Silas are sacred stones that hold the most rare of mystical properties.

  • ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection Announces New Assistant Director
    The ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mahavishnupriya Devi Dasi as Assistant Director. Her main services to the CPO will be investigating cases of child abuse, and managing the adjudication process of CPO cases.
  • US Hotels to get Bhagavad-gitas

    NEW YORK: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will try to place copies of Bhagavad-gita in hotels and motels owned by Indian-Americans and in libraries in the US. The governing council of VHP's America unit passed a resolution to this effect at a recent meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Caring for Cows in Vrindavan
    Cow protection has become a personal love affair to millions of people around the world. In Vrindavan India, Kurma-rupa Dasa has become increasingly involved in protecting defenceless and abandoned cows, traditionally considered a symbol of religion.
  • Travelling Spiritual Performers Bring Rain To Australia
    For the last six years Australians have suffered the worst drought in a thousand years, say leading agriculturalists. Is it just coincidence that one of the longest uninterrupted streaks of wet weather broke at the same time Indradyumna Swami and his traveling spiritual festival team arrived on Australian shores?
  • Lord Rama: Fact or Fiction
    As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Lord Rama exists or not has been called into question, by no less than some of the politicians in India. So it is a wonder how such persons can be accepted as leaders of the people of India who should be concerned with preserving and protecting the culture of the country.
  • Preaching in Pakistan
    ISKCON devotee, Sarvabhauma Prabhu, just returned from a very successful preaching tour of Pakistan. Usually little is reported about this type of outreach, but due to the nature of this tour, it was highly publicized in the secular media and closely monitored by the authorities in Pakistan.
  • Archaeologists Uncover 2500-year-old Civilization in Russia
    Moscow, Dec 28 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2500-year-old advanced civilization at the bottom of Lake Issyk Kul in the Kyrgyz mountains in Russia. The expedition resulted in sensational finds, including the discovery of major settlements, presently buried underwater.
  • Lord Caitanya and Devotees on List of Veggie VIPs
    Cyber Space -- Imagine a dinner party where ISKCON founder-acarya Srila Prabhupada, Jesus Christ, Leonardo Da Vinci, and pop sensation Justin Timberlake break bread together. While we're not certain what the dinner-table conversations would be like, one thing we can be reasonably sure of: the menu, would be 100% vegetarian.
  • Krishna Devotee Has Breakfast with New York City Mayor

    New York City -- "A rabbi, a Hare Krishna devotee, and the mayor of the most influential city in the world sit down to share a meal together..." No, it is not the set-up to a politically-incorrect joke; it is the true story of a chance breakfast chat that ISKCON devotee Radhavallabha Dasa recently shared with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

  • Vanipedia Prabhupada Research Program to Go Online

    Vanipedia, a new program  being developed by the Prabhupada Vani Research Academy based in Radhadesh, Belgium, represents a seismic change in the way we can approach Srila Prabhupada's teachings. Why? Because for the first time it enables lSKCON devotees web access to reference whatever they do with Srila Prabhupada's instructions by providing a means of easily sifting through the vast mountain of literature and teachings left by Srila Prabhupada.

  • ISKCON Considered Threat to Bengali Communists

    Kolkata: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) has lived up to its image of a true iconoclast. After questioning the existence of Lord Ram, the party has now trained its guns on the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), describing it as a "major threat" to Communists.

  • Paramatma: God as the Source of Inspiration and Insight

    According to Vedanta [summative Vedic techings], the Supreme Lord expands and accompanies each and every living entity in order to guide his/her activities. This is seen in the form of inspiration or a sudden flash of insight experienced by scientists at the time of discovery, and by poets and artists in different circumstances.

  • Study: Meat Definitely Linked to Cancer

    People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, US researchers say. The work is the first big study to show a link between meat and lung cancer. It also shows that people who eat a lot of meat have a higher risk of liver and esophageal cancer and that men raise their risk of pancreatic cancer by eating red meat.

  • "Man marries Dog" and Other Strange Tales from India

    Serious news organizations often run stories that have no impact on world affairs but merely showcase some of the zany things happening in far-flung corners of the earth. It’s fun to read about the man who was forced to marry a goat in Sudan — a somewhat tragic story since his goat-wife apparently died soon after when she choked on a piece of plastic — but when a Western media organization reports on the odd happenings in parts of the developing world, is there an implicit moral judgment?