GBC Approves Vaishnavi Diksa Gurus in ISKCON
New Vaishnavi Regional Ministers Appointed
ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC) has released a resolution approving that "a mature, qualified, female devotee may accept the role of an initiating spiritual master."
Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK, Announces New President
ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry has recently announced the appointment of several new regional co-ministers.
Sri Visakha Devi – Srimati Radhika’s Dearmost Friend
During the interview process, leaders were asked to express what it is that they look for in a temple president. Consistently, their responses were, ‘Someone to care personally for the devotees ... a spiritual presence ... a person who keeps us aligned to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada’.
Srikala Album “Beautiful Dark Moon” Not Afraid to Show Vulnerable Side
Visakha, being born on the same day, she is exactly the same age as Srimati Radharani, being eternally 14 years, 2 months and 15 days old.
Men to Explore Confidence, Friendship and Values at MAN-tra Retreat
The third album proper from Srikala – once known as Srikalogy – is a major evolution musically, lyrically and personally for the artist. Released on July 16th, “Beautiful Dark Moon” is an entrancing blend of R&B, hip-hop and world music.
Gurukula Student Overcomes Brain Tumor, Enters Third Year of University at 17
Over 135 men from the UK, Canada and the United States are expected to to attend this second annual retreat, which will continue to explore the theme of “being a K.C. guy in the 21stcentury.” Ages will range from 18 up and include multiple generations – last year, grandfathers, fathers, and sons were all present.
Śrīla Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī – Disappearance
Vraja Kishor Schomaker has been awarded a Comet transfer scholarship, and is entering his third year of college with over seventy-five credits. All this despite a terrifying battle with a brain tumor in 2017 that left him temporarily unable to read.
Yoga Magazine Publishes Ten-Page Feature on Srila Prabhupada’s Life and Legacy
Śrīla Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī is known to be one of the six Gosvāmīs of Vṛndāvana. But where did he come from? Why did he reside in Vṛndāvana? To know that we have to go to a holy place called Śrī Raṅgam.
Gadai-Gauranga - the Lord Gauranga of Gadadhara Pandita
Yoga Magazine says it is “the number one yoga, health and fitness brand in the UK and USA.” The publication is aimed at upscale cosmopolitan women aged between 25 and 45, who desire to improve their health and wellbeing.
Second Generation Kirtan Leaders Commit to Initiation Vows
Gadadhara was the most intimate companion of Mahaprabhu and was very dear to Him. Whenever Mahaprabhu became too overcome by his ecstasies, Gadadhara would calm him.
Major British Newspaper Features Women Gurus Controversy
Initiates hailed from Houston, Washington D.C., New York, and London, and included prominent kirtaniyas such as Gaura Vani, Jahnavi, Tulasi, Ananta Govinda, and Janaki Priya. All others in the group are also dedicated to regular ISKCON service in their areas.
Sailing Temple Makes Epic Voyage From Mississippi to Mayapur
"Opinions are evenly split between the east and west, with disciples in India representing the conservative arm of ISKCON and those in the western temples having a liberal bent."
Remembering Help in Freeing Soviet Hare Krishnas Rendered by Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
A lifetime dream is finally being fulfilled as Prabhupada disciple Mahendranath Das captains his Sailing Temple, “The Jai Nimai Nitai,” 16,000 nautical miles from Mississippi, USA to Mayapur, India.
ISKCON Leader Offers Prayers at National Memorial Service for Sri Lanka Terrorist Attacks
News of the peaceful death of former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke on May 16that the age of 89, has evoked praise of the charismatic leader. Dominating Australian politics in the 1980s, he is credited with introducing universal healthcare, modernising the economy. A lesser known achievement is his 1987 intervention to help free the Hare Krishna devotees from state persecution in the USSR.
Srila Prabhupada’s Personal Cooks to Share Stories and Demos at L.A. Prabhupada Festival
Over 1,000 attended the service in Washington, DC,, including religious dignitaries representing Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Christian faiths, members of Congress, U.S. government representatives, Ambassadors, members of the diplomatic corps, and Sri Lankan community members.
ISKCON Child Protection Director Appointed as UK Magistrate
1,500 to 2,000 people are expected at the festival over the two days, when the largely devotee-owned Watseka Ave alongside the temple will be turned into a sort of block party, with colorful tents and stalls, and lanterns strung everywhere.
Savitri Dasi Passes Away
Kamlesh Krishna Das will be serving within the Magistrate Court, which handles 95% of all legal cases in the UK. He was officially appointed and sworn in on Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is on April 1st, and will be based primarily in Hertfordshire.
Interfaith Vaishnava and Muslim Couple Featured in Essence Magazine
On Sunday, April 21, 2019, Savitri devi dasi, a beloved member of our ISKCON Philadelphia Temple peacefully passed away.
ISKCON North America Releases Statement on Domestic Abuse
Essence magazine, a lifestyle monthly for African American women, has featured husband and wife Krsnanandini Devi Dasi, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, and her husband Tariq Saleem Ziyad, an Orthodox Muslim, in their April 2019 issue. The magazine has a circulation of 1.6 million readers.
ISKCON Statement on Domestic Abuse--Appendices
“Sadly, our ISKCON society is not immune to domestic abuse. Sometimes devotees believe that domestic abuse is tolerated within our society. Thus, the NA GBC determined it necessary to make a clear, strong statement that domestic abuse is never acceptable.”
ISKCON Statement on Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is defined as a pattern of emotional, mental, or physical abuse that is used by one person in a relationship/marriage to control an intimate partner.
Beloved Cook of ISKCON Chicago, Visvakarma Das, Departs
Domestic abuse (sometimes referred to as domestic violence) is a serious global problem within society-at-large. Most domestic abuse (about 85%) is perpetrated by men against women, in the role of a husband or intimate partner. In America, 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic abuse in their lives.
Bhakti Sharan Shanta Swami Passes Away
A beloved friend and guide to many, Visvakarma Das dedicated his entire life to the service of Lord Krsna. The past 22 years he spent devotedly cooking for the ISKCON Chicago community, amazing devotees with his qualities of compassion, care, and expertise in service.
ISKCON Communications Devotee Meets Prime Minister of India at Prayagraj 2019 Kumbha Mela Global Participation
Bhakti Sharan Shanta Swami departed from this world on March 26th in Lithuania.
Under the organization of Ministry of External Affairs Government of India and Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Prayagraj hosted at least one person from every country at the occasion of the sacred Kumbh festival.