Many people consider the Hare Krishna movement or ISKCON to be part of the wide religious category of Hinduism. However, the Hare Krishnas themselves prefer to be described as belonging to the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Taking a break from his international lecturing series, Vaishnava swami and International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) spiritual leader Jayadvaita Swami, or Jay Swami, came to Barry Lakes to visit an old friend and former classmate recently. Joining the small group for a simple lunch were Monsignor Robert Carroll, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Highland Lakes, and the Rev. Robert F. Solon, Jr. Vicar of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Vernon.
Morning Meditation is a song off the Rishis' CD album, "The Beginning Is Near". This as well as the rest of their musical productions, and eight other music videos, can all be heard by going on their website:http://Redrockrishis.com.
If you have ever thought sincerely about the phrase: “you are what you eat”, well we have a new one for you –“you are what you listen to”. With that in mind why not make a conscious effort to decide: what is the soundtrack to my spiritual life? Radha Krishna Records, ISKCON London’s own record company has released it 10th album: “Mantra Lounge” on May 28th, 2014.
UNNESCO lists the Vedic chanting as one of the important representatives of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A video by the UNESCO.
A unique offering may be presented to the sacred hill Giri Govardhana upon the October 24th festival of Govardhana Puja this year. Renowned UK musician and singer Jayadeva Das (John Richardson) will put together a virtual version of his Mantra Choir project in which over 108 – and possibly as many as 300 or 400 – singers will harmonize through their webcams on a mantra in praise of Govardhana.
To celebrate his108th Mantra Choir Jayadev with the help of music producer Gareth Rhys Jones has put together this wonderful VIRTUAL Mantra Choir with vocal and instrumental offerings from people from all around the globe, many of whom have no previous musical experience. The video includes special guest appearances from Boy George, Tim Wheater, Gaurangi Dasi (Pia Richarson) and Mark Haley performing "Giri Govardhan" a mantra piece written especially for this project by Jayadev John Richardson. Stay tuned, a new mantra choir project is coming up soon. Read the ISKCON News report about the topic: http://iskconnews.org/virtual-mantra-choir-to-feature-hundreds-of-webcam-singers,4590/
ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor has just made a meditation app available on iTunes and Playstore. It has been designed for an unfamiliar audience and features Sandipani Muni, Ghanashyam Priya and Jahnavi. It's an honest and free app. After beginning with guided generic meditations it introduces our unique contribution in the section named heart.
We industriously hold on to the worrisome problem, thinking that we are tackling it, but actually we are being tackled by it – tackled to the ground and even below it.
The morning hours are the most conducive for spiritual practice since the mind can peacefully flow toward the spiritual goal. However, just as early morning road works slowed down my car, mental agitation can similarly inhibit the strength of one’s spiritual connection.
Mantra — Sounds into Silence is a feature-length documentary in production that, through the eyes – and ears – of its’ protagonists, explores the new music and social phenomenon of chanting.
A video by Leigha Speirs-Hutton. http://www.enoughmagazine.org/
A nice relaxation music by Jayadev Richardson. Footage of cloudy midsummer twilight Lake Saimaa.
This is from a new outreach channel called Spirit Matters that aims to give insights into a conscious way of living, ultimately encouraging people to explore Krishna consciousness further. www.spiritmatters.me
Music video by Mikey Jay filmed in Sridham Mayapur. Get the full album at http://mikeyjay108.bandcamp.com/
The Juggernauts at Rutgers University Sacred Sounds, April 28 2016. Gaura Vani Buchwald, Visvambhar Sheth, and Purusartha Dasa with special guests Vrinda Devi Sheth ( dance) and Andrea Brachfeld ( flute). "Sri Ram / Jai Ram Let the Shadow Be Undone" ; (words and music by Gaura Vani Buchwald and Marianne Sutin)
The sharp growth in online video consumption suggests the people of the world are becoming more enraptured by visual content than anything else. But for teachers of the ancient Vedic tradition, sound is seen as capable of having a much deeper transformational effect on a human being.
Legendary kirtaniya Agnideva Dasa’s first new album in many years, to be released in January 2017, will be entitled “Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna.” It will sound like “an intimate kirtan with friends,” producers say. Named after one of its tracks – a bhajan Srila Prabhupada wrote aboard the Jaladuta on his way to America – it will be a heartfelt offering to the ISKCON Founder at the end of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary year.
Chanting (mantra) is an ancient technology that, as modern science reveals, connects us in a very real way to the farthest reaches of the universe.
An ISKCON center full of new, young American devotees, completely self-sustained through book distribution, in 2018? To some, this may sound like a pipe dream. But Philadelphia’s Mantra Lounge is proving that Srila Prabhupada’s model for ISKCON’s family business still works today – and it works very, very well.
The five powerful practices in The Living Name, a new book by Sacinandana Swami, can enliven the chanting of the Holy Name and turn it into a dynamic and transformative experience.
Over 1,000 people new to mantra culture are expected to attend Mantra Fest in Moscow, Russia on September 1st at the Green Concert Club.