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  • ISKCON Communications Gets A New Facelift

    ISKCON Communications, the agency charged with interfacing with the public on behalf of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is undergoing a major makeover, including a new website.

  • Coalition of the Aces: Touchstone Media & Torchlight Publishing Merge

    "We have joined forces to passionately strive to provide everyone with real matter for soul-nourishment and assist them to live spiritually balanced, healthy, compassionate and fulfilling lives,” the directors stated.

  • The Harmonist, Volume One Now Available in Ebook Format

    The original version of The Harmonist appeared as ‘Sri Sajjana Tosani’ in Bengali in the year 1879, published by the Vaisnava pioneer Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

  • The Digital Preacher: A New Online Course

    In this era dominated by technology and devices, there are very few devotees of Krishna who use technology or know how to use technology effectively to spread the message of Krishna-consciousness.

  • Pauranic Caritavali: Tales of the Legendary Heroes - A New Book

    Touchstone Media’s ‘Pauranic Caritavali’ celebrates the glories of the true legendary heroes from the Puranas.

  • Pave the way for the Lord of the Universe

    Touchstone Media has churned the ocean of nectar and come up with a marvellous masterpiece, ‘Sri Ksetra: Vaikuntha on Earth.’ Lord Jagannath is dear to every devotee. His Dham, Sri Ksetra is as glorious as Him.

  • Mainstream Media Across Four Continents Cover Incorporation Day Stories in a Big Way

    Major newspapers and TV channels across four continents covered the 50th anniversary of ISKCON’s incorporation on 13th July with positive stories that reached out to millions of people around the world. The BBC UK, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Chicago Tribune, the Times of India and India’s government-owned DD National TV gave extensive coverage to the history of ISKCON, the achievements of Srila Prabhupada and local events happening in their area.

  • The Long Arm of the Media

    The influence of the media cannot be underestimated in democracies and even in non-democratic regions. Whether we are killed or kissed, the media dominion will have its impact on our lives.

  • Another New E-book from the BBT: Sri Isopanisad in Albanian

    The 108 Upanisads are considered the essence of all the Vedas, and Sri Isopanisad is foremost among them. The readers can discover the distilled essence of all knowledge in these eighteen enlightening verses.

  • New Vrindaban’s 3rd Festival of Colors Draws Media and 5,000 People

    “As you can see, the Festival of Colors in Moundsville today was a complete success!”  This was the declaration made by Sarafina Brooks, a reporter from the local TV Channel, WTOV 9 who appeared on TV Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 ­­covered from head to toe in green powdered chalk. 

  • Searching For Vedic India Available as E-book

    An updated edition of  Searching For Vedic India by Devamrita Swami is now available as an e-book in all flavors at The sages of India’s lost past delighted in knowledge of the nonmaterial. But they testified that they also knew how to produce material benefits without industry. Dare we consider that the subcontinent of India, thousands of years ago, was the center of the greatest spiritual wisdom and mystical technology that Earth has seen?

  • Facebook, I Want My Friends Back!

    Facebook isn’t like marmite – I hate it and love it. I can’t stand it, but I can’t get off it. How many of you feel the same? It’s the first thing I check in the morning and the last thing I check at night. It seems to be devouring my entire life.

  • The Innovation of Loneliness

    What is the connection between social networks and being lonely? Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk - Connected, But Alone.

  • New Book Looks at Past, Present and Future of ISKCON
    Hare Krishna in the Modern World, which arrives in the wake of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s fortieth anniversary celebrations, offers an eye-opening look at how ISKCON has changed over the years since it was inaugurated nearly fifty years ago, as well as some insight into how it can remain relevant in the future.
  • Mythology, Media, and the Future of Hinduism
    In an age of terrorism, wars, and environmental degradation, the need for the tales of the gods is stronger than ever. The challenge for us is simply to tell them better.
  • Television Team Celebrates Success at ISKCON Mumbai

    MUMBAI: With Lord Krishna’s blessings, the entire team of Choti Bahu is reeling in the super success of the show which redefined the prime time slot. The cast and crew celebrated the successful completion of 200 episodes by conducting a Puja/Hawan at The Iskcon Temple, Mumbai, as a mark of gratitude to the almighty.

  • Children Exposed to Too Much Sex Too Young

    Adelaide clinical psychologist Rita Princi said girls and boys were being exposed to things such as sexy music videos, women's magazines and teenage concepts way too young. This included teen-themed movies and TV shows such as High School Musical and Hannah Montana, huge among 6 to 8-year-olds, and suggestive music videos shown on weekend mornings.

  • Judgment Eclipsed

    Judging others is always tricky. Much of what we do, say, or believe is based not on objective truths, but rather on the relative value we place on a particular activity, thought or behavior. Yet, judgment or discrimination is a necessary function in our lives. So, perhaps the best way to judge someone or something is to evaluate the person or the activity in terms of the values or standards they set for themselves.

  • TV Gameshow Offers Atheists 'Salvation'

    (CNN) -- A Turkish television show is offering contestants what it claims is the "biggest prize ever" -- the chance for atheists to convert to one of the world's major religions. The show, called "Tovbekarlar Yarisiyor," or "Penitents Compete," features a Muslim imam, a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi and a Buddhist monk attempting to persuade 10 atheists of the merits of their religion, according to CNN Turk.

  • Lord Krishna is Still a Favourite on TV
    Lord Krishna is portrayed in multiple images as the naughty child, divine lover and eternal philosopher. And television producers and filmmakers are cashing in on his aura to woo audiences. While TV shows like Jai Shri Krishna and the latest animated show Little Krishna have been entertaining viewers, the big screen has also been abuzz with animated movies like Bal Krishna and Krishna: Aayo Natkhat Nandlal in recent times.
  • “Avatar” Descending

    A number of Sanskrit words familiar to all Kṛṣṇa devotees have become incorporated into Standard English. “Karma,” “mantra,” “yoga,” “avatar”—all grace the pages of current dictionaries, and show up in contemporary writings innocent of any italics, the ID statutorily pinned on foreign words. These words belong.

    Among them, “avatar” shines most radiantly in the spotlights of popular attention. Just last week The New York Times took note: “Fan Fever is Rising for Debut of ‘Avatar.’”

  • To Boldly Go Where We’ve All Gone Before

    Star Trek, the franchise that never dies, has, like the vampire, returned among us, this time in a clever “prequel” to the original ’60s space opera TV series. In this, the eleventh of the series-spawned feature films, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the other starship Enterprise voyagers appear as “sexy young cadets,” as David Hajdu describes them in his illuminating op-ed piece on the “Star Trek” phenomenon in last Sunday’s Times.

  • Krishna: India’s First 3-D Animated TV Series
    Developed at Rs 50 crore, Little Krishna is a first in terms of the technical and creative quality it offers. The Indian animation industry, which has so far played the ‘low-cost talent’ as its trump card to bag execution of internationally-conceptualised projects, has reason to cheer. It’s first locally conceptualised and developed 3-D animated television series, Little Krishna, is scheduled to go on air from May 11 on Nick.
  • Hare Krishna Culture Comes to Satellite TV

    Devotees from the UK’s Bhaktivedanta Manor, headed by Ramanuja Dasa, have teamed up to produce a TV program called “Hare Krishna Culture,” for MATV, a free Sky satellite channel. The show features lectures by senior ISKCON devotees, kirtans from around the world, and archival footage of interviews with ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada.

  • Lessons from Slumdog Millionaire
    According to USA Today, "When Slumdog Millionaire swept the Oscars on Saturday night, its triumph provided as uplifting a story line as the movie itself. For such an unlikely film to win - independent, low budget, much of it in a foreign language - underscores an American strength that's sometimes forgotten: the ability, as a nation of immigrants, to embrace and assimilate people from different cultures."
  • Drutakarma Dasa Featured on The History Channel

    Los Angeles, CA – Ancient Aliens premieres on The History Channel this Sunday, March 8th at 8 pm EST, featuring Michael Cremo and a host of subject experts in the field of human origins, exterrestrials, and anomalous phenomena. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment, an Emmy award-winning production company from Los Angeles, this provocative documentary explores evidence of super-human influences on ancient man and embarks upon a global quest for answers. It’s an incredible investigation into theories some believe cannot be true, but many agree cannot be ignored.

  • Hindus Offer Forgiveness if "Love Guru" Visits Temple

    Sympathizing with Hollywood celebrity Mike Myers over his “Love Guru” being declared the “worst movie” of the year, protesting Hindus have offered forgiveness if he pays his obeisance in a Hindu temple. US-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who led the protests against “The Love Guru” for lampooning Hinduism starting March last, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that ksama (forgiveness) was one of the main virtues of Hindu ethics.

  • Catholic Church Praises Film on Reincarnation

    What a pleasant surprise. For those who like their films visually appealing and literate, intelligent and delightful, this will be a most satisfying entertainment. It is G-rated though it is not a children's film. The screenplay is an imaginative expansion by Alan Sharp (Rob Roy) of a small novel written in 1936. The book is principally conversations between the narrator of the novel and the Anglican dean who comes to dinner to discuss reincarnation.

  • ISKCON New York Gets Its Own TV Show

    The weekly Tuesday programs at ISKCON’s first ever center on New York’s 26 2nd Avenue have been opened up to a potential audience of up to three million people, via a public access TV station.

  • ISKCON Idaho: Reflecting the Light of God Through Service
    She says: "Who am I? We're not the body. The body is just the covering of the soul; it identifies us. I am Aruddha, born in India but really, we are spirit - part and parcel of the greater spirit. "And then the part serves the whole, just like the hand serves the body. The purpose of our tiny soul is to serve the greater soul, which is God. That's where our happiness is.
  • Hungarian Farm Photo Featured in London Paper

    This photo appeared on page 24 of The Times (of London) on the 10th of February 2009. The caption reads, "Krishna worshipers are seen through a window while eating together after a temple service in the Krishna Valley of Somogyvamos, 180 miles southwest of Budapest in Hungary. They live apart from the mainstream population on a 250-hectare estate, where they produce all their own food."

  • Two Hours Screen Time Enough for Kids
    Children and young teens should spend no more than two hours playing video games or watching TV a day, according to an Australian study which is sure to strain domestic relations. Dr Louise Hardy, of the University of Sydney, said her study sought to test the two-hour "small-screen time" guideline issued by the American Academy of Paediatrics in 2001.
  • Hindus Urge Hollywood Not to Reimagine Ramayana
    Hindus have urged the makers of newly announced Hollywood movie “Ramayan 3392 A.D.” to stay true to the story and the spirit of the timeless epic.
  • Jews Join Protest Over Futuristic 'Ramayana'

    Jews have come out in support of the Hindus who seem to be perturbed by the recent announcement of Hollywood movie “Ramayan 3392 A.D.”, which Hindus allege appears to pillage their sacred scripture Ramayan.

  • ISKCON to Provide Devotional Programs for Indian Network

    Time Broadband has entered into an understanding with ISKCON to provide spiritual discourses on their forthcoming IPTV platform. ISKCON would produce 400-500 hours of content per year, said founder of ISKCON's broadcast ITV Haridas Prabhu.

  • ISKCON Devotee to be Featured on Primetime Reality Show
    Detroit, Michigan (USA) - ISKCON devotee Saraswati Richardson will be one of three women featured on "The Secret Lives of Women," a reality television show on the Women's Entertainment cable network.  The episode with Saraswati, entitled "Extreme Beliefs," will air on  On August 19, 2008 at 10pm EST. 
  • ISKCON Statement on The Love Guru Make Waves

    Its official: Mike Myers’s raunchy take on Eastern spirituality, The Love Guru, has some seriously bad box-office karma. Although the film was accused of being anti-Hindu even before its release, the poor ticket sales seem to have more to do with the lowbrow jokes and tired bathroom humor than religious insensitivity.

  • ISKCON to Promote "Jai Sri Krishna" Show on New TV Station

    MUMBAI, INDIA (IT) — Colors to advertise new TV channel and "mythological" Jai Sri Krishna in both McDonalds and ISKCON temples. Colors, the new entrant in the Hindi general entertainment GEC) space, has a launch marketing and promotion budget of Rs 350-450 million, sources in the industry say. The plan includes a high profile coverage in top 90 cities and towns, spread across the Hindi speaking markets.

  • ISKCON Devotee Profiled on National Public Radio
    New York – National Public Radio (NPR), voted the most trusted news source in America in a 2005 Harris poll, featured Hare Krishna devotee Gadadhara Pandit Dasa as part of a year-long series profiling dynamic young religious leaders called “The Young and the Godly.”
  • Happy Krishna Consciousness World!
    The exhuberantly named "Happy Krishna Consciousness World" is a new television program presented by IT Media Concepts in collaboration with Gauranga Travels Youth Tour. The series will air on national TV in the Republic of Ghana, West Africa, and will feature news and interviews from ISKCON centers, festivals, and seminars across the globe.
  • Indian Media Focus on Religious Festivals
    As Mumbai celebrates Gokulashtami and human pyramids form and fall in the heart of Mumbai, the breathtaking acrobatics are beamed live across the nation from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.