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  • Review: Ambitious Opera Slow on Action and Enlightenment
    You know when people are drinking coffee at intermission that something is wrong. The audience that attended the April 19 presentation of "SatyaGraha" sincerely wanted to understand and be attentive to this opera but, like me, they found themselves fighting off sleep while desperately trying to follow along with few and poor tools to do so.
  • Editorial: In Reluctant Defense of the Love Guru
    Over the years, I’ve met more than a few ABCDs who have stories of how Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – full of monkey-brain-eating Hindus and a murderous Kali-worshiping villain changed their lives. The stories differ in details (some were teased at school for a while, others so mortified that they hid their religion from their friends for years), but are all eerily similar in how traumatically the film affected how we looked at our faith. We’ve considered starting a support group for Temple of Doom survivors.
  • Year in Review: Ten Stories that Shaped ISKCON in 2008

    As we welcome in 2009, ISKCON News Weekly takes a look back at ten stories that helped to shape the last twelve months. It was hard to narrow the list down to just ten, and we wanted to make sure that we tried to capture the diversity of people, places, and things that made headlines in 2008. From the inspiring to the informative, the tragic to the heart-warming – these are ten stories, listed chronologically, that changed ISKCON, and us, forever.

  • Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits Break Through With New Release
    It’s not very often that an ISKCON-produced album of kirtan, India’s ancient practice of call and response chanting, makes a real impact on the general public. ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada’s original 1966 LP did it, getting airplay on the hippy beat radio stations and drawing many to Krishna consciousness.
  • 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.

  • A Hare Krishna Swami Tells All

    Cambridge, MA. I recently wrote a remembrance of a very old swami, Swami Sarvagatananda of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society. This time, I write of a middle-aged swami, who is by all accounts still very active in his ministry.

    The occasion is that recently I was sent a copy of The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, and asked if I could review it for a journal.

  • ISKCON Swami’s Biography Appreciated

    Since it was released earlier this year, Journey Home, the autobiography of ISKCON leader and Vaishnava guru Radhanath Swami, has been a must-read for many Krishna devotees. In what is, perhaps, a sign of things to come, the book has begun to win fans outside of the devotee community, as well. BKS Iyengar, considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world wrote an enthusiastic endorsement for the book, as did celebrated yogini Shiva Rea and Ayurveda scholar David Frawley.

  • Avatar's Reversal of Fortune
    With the dazzling 3D-vortex of colours, actions and emotions, James Cameron's Avatar seems to have given everyone something to rave about.
  • Year in Review: Ten Stories that Shaped ISKCON in 2011
  • Year in Review: Fifteen Stories that Shaped ISKCON in 2013

    As we usher in 2014, ISKCON News takes a look back at 15 stories that helped to shape the last 12 months. In 2013, ISKCON made steps in child protection; cared for victims of natural disasters; re-focused on preserving Srila Prabhupada’s position; continued work on its Temple of the Vedic Planetarium; opened a brand new art gallery; and began plans for its 50th anniversary.

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