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  • Keeping Good Men Good
    The lesson from history is that men become corrupt when in close contact with power, money, women and followers. Our little ISKCON blind spot is a vague, if not articulated antinomianism - the belief that when men achieve the grace of God they rise above the laws of God - and somehow the laws of nature.
  • How do You Become an ISKCON Sannyasi?
    Vaisnava culture emphasises renunciation therefore ISKCON has many people who have accepted a role as a sannyasa, or traveling monk. However, in the past many aspirants have had difficulty maintaining their vows which created controversy and scandal. ISKCON responded to the issue by developing a system by which we can better ensure the maturity and qualification of candidates. ISKCON News approached Prahladananda Swami, GBC minister of sannyasa, to help clarify the system by which an ISKCON member can take sannyasa.
  • First Black South African Awarded Sanyasa
    Earlier this year, fourty-eight year old ISKCON member Jagat Guru Dasa was initiated as Bhakti Narasimha Swami. Despite his relatively young age, the ISKCON swami has taken vows to renounce material pursuits to concentrate on passing on the teachings of the movement's founder, AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  • Bhaktivedanta College Principal Accepts Renounced Order

    At its recent annual general meetings in Mayapur, India, ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission approved Yadunandana Dasa as a candidate for sannyasa, the renounced order of life. Yadunandana is the principal of Bhaktivedanta College, a Vaishnava school accredited by the University of Wales, Lampeter, and located in the rural Ardennes region of Belgium.

  • Interview: Yadunandana Swami Discusses Sannyasa

    Recently the principal of ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh, Belgium was approved to enter the renounced order of life known as sannyasa in the Vedic tradition. Below is an interview conducted by Dina Dayala Dasa that highlights the reasoning behind his making such a committment.

  • Brihat Mridanga Dasa is Awarded Order of Renunciation
    Brihat Mridanga Dasa, a long-serving ISKCON educator and travelling preacher, was awarded the renounced order of sannyasa by ISKCON guru Giriraja Swami recently.
  • Lord Chaitanya’s 500th Year of Sannyasa Celebrated
    ISKCON devotees are embarking on an epic walk accompanied by chanting—known as Sankirtan Yatra—from January 14th to February 4th to celebrate the 500th year of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s taking Sannyasa, the renounced order of life.
  • Devamrita Dasa Becomes Bhakti Rasamrita Swami
    Former ISKCON Vrindavana temple president Devamrita Dasa was initiated into Sannyasa, the renounced order of life, this March 24th and given the new name Bhakti Rasamrita Swami by his guru Radhanath Swami.
  • ISKCON Russia`s Second Sannyasi
    On the 3rd of July, almost two thousand devotees gathered for a festival celebrating the 17th anniversary of the installation of the Deities at Moscow`s Leningradskiy Prospect temple. They also became witnesses to the rare event of a sannyasa initiation – that of the second Russian devotee accepting the renounced order of life.
  • Four New ISKCON Sannyasis Bring Total to Eighty-Four in 2011
    Four dedicated devotees took the vow of sannyasa—renounced, traveling celibate monks—in 2010, bringing the number of ISKCON sannyasis up to eighty-four. Sannyasa Minister Prahladananda Swami, who has been a sannyasi for twenty-eight years, says that each of the new sannyasis were especially qualified candidates.
  • Sannyasa Initiation in Moscow
    A well-known ISKCON preacher from Moscow Carudesna Das has been initiated to highest spiritual rank in hinduism, the renounced sannyasa order. The new Russian sannyasi Bhaktivedanta Sadhu Swami (nee Enver Izmailov) was born in Grozny (Chechnya), July 1, 1967 into the family of Soviet intelligentsia. He is the third sannyasi among the Russian Hare Krishna followers.
  • GBC Statement Regarding Prabhavishnu Dasa's Resignation

    The GBC wishes to acknowledge the pain this causes those who been serving with and under Prabhavisnu Prabhu while at the same time acknowledging, as we feel Srila Prabhupada would, the extensive service Prabhavisnu Prabhu has rendered in some of the most challenging parts of the world.

  • Sannyasa Ministry Holds First Ever Retreat for New Candidates
    The retreat, which includes a number of training seminars, is another step in a series of efforts by the ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry to ensure the maturity and qualification of those accepting the renounced order of life.
  • ISKCON's Sannyasa Ministry Asking for Feedback

    To expand ISKCON’s preaching mission Srila Prabhupada created sannyasis. Thus the Ministry for Sannyasa Service has established a website to provide information about potential sannyasis to the ISKCON community and to get feedback in order to help in the candidate's training.

  • ISKCON's Sannyasa Ministry Would Like Feedback

    To expand ISKCON’s preaching mission Srila Prabhupada created sannyasis. Thus the Ministry for Sannyasa Service has established a website to provide information about potential sannyasis to the ISKCON community and to get feedback in order to help in the candidate's training.

  • Official Statement and Resolution Regarding Mahanidhi Swami

    At its recent meetings in Mumbai, India, the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON passed a resolution regarding Mahanidhi Swami.

  • ISKCON's Sannyasa Ministry Would Like Devotees' Feedback

    To expand ISKCON’s preaching mission Srila Prabhupada created sannyasis. Thus the Ministry for Sannyasa Service has established a website to provide information about potential sannyasis to the ISKCON community and to get feedback in order to help in the candidate's training.

  • Spiritual Leadership Course in Mayapura

    “Spiritual Leadership: Being a Guru in ISKCON” seminar wiill be offered once in 2015, at Mayapura from February 22-25. Per ISKCON Law this Seminar is mandatory for devotees who take up the service of diksha guru and for sannyasa candidates. The GBC also “highly recommends” it for siksa gurus, senior managers and other ISKCON leaders.

  • Mayapur Sanga of ISKCON Sannyasis, Gurus and GBCs - Day One

    Today saw the start of the much-anticipated Sanga of Sannyasis, Gurus and GBCs, (SGGS). Over eighty of ISKCON’s most senior leaders and preachers from across the globe gathered in Sri Dhama Mayapur for three days of association, contemplation, and in-depth discussion in response to Srila Prabhupada’s directive to find unity in diversity.

  • Sanga of ISKCON Gurus and Sannyasis - Day Three

    On this third and last day, participants took on the task of looking seventy years into the future, when all of Srila Prabhupadas disciples – and even most of the devotees who took initiation not long after Srila Prabhupadas departure – will certainly have left the planet. The participants were asked to envision what kind of ISKCON they would like to see – what a highly successful ISKCON would look like.

  • GBC Discusses Youth Engagement in ISKCON, Visits TOVP and SMIS School

    On the third day of the ISKCON GBC’s Annual General Meetings there were presentations about a mega kirtan festival, entitled as “Chant for Change”, about the work of ISKCON Deity Worship and Youth Ministries. The GBC members also visited the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium and the Sri Mayapur International School.

  • Sannyas Initiation of Krishna Kshetra Swami (trailer)

    A video by Inci Mutlu Milano.

  • Sannyas initiation of Krishna Kshetra Swami

    Produced by Inci Milano.

  • ISKCON’s Sannyasa Ministry Requests Feedback

    To expand ISKCON’s outreach mission Srila Prabhupada offered sannyasi (renounced monk) initiation.
Thus ISKCON’s Ministry for Sannyasa Service has established a website to provide
information about potential sannyasis to the ISKCON community and to get
feedback in order to help in the candidate's training.

  • Sannyasa: The Final Vow
  • Renowned Audiobook Narrator Amala-bhakta Das Takes Sannyasa at 83

    Born in New York City, Amala-bhakta Swami worked in motion pictures in California before beginning a search for the true purpose of life. Moving back to New York in 1957, he studied and then began teaching ashtanga yoga, establishing his own yoga center and amassing a following of 400 disciples. In 1976 he moved to Los Angeles to join the ISKCON temple there and receive initiation from Srila Prabhupada.

  • ISKCON-sannyasi Gaur Krishna Das Goswami Passes Away

    ISKCON-sannyasi Gaur Krishna Das Goswami has left his body on 17th of November 2015 in Vrindavan. Born on 22nd January, 1964 in Bihar, India, Gaur Krishna Das Goswami had recently got sanyyasa (renounced monk) initiation on May 14th, 2015 at Haridwar on the banks of holy river Ganga from Radha Govinda Swami.

  • Sannyasa: The Final Vow (Documentary)

    A short documentary about the significance of taking Sannyas Vow in Vaishnava Tradition explained by the prominent spiritual leaders of ISKCON. The documentary focuses on the inner journey of HH Krishna Kshetra Swami when he decides to take Sannyasa Initiation which will be his final vow. The movie is dedicated to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada the Founder-acarya of ISKCON. Copyrights reserved. 2015

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Several days ago, in Sridham Mayapura, Indradyumna Swami gave sannyasa to his disciple, Uttama Sloka dasa. He became Bhakti Rasayana Sagara Maharaja. Ananta Vrindavan dasa followed the ceremony from start to finish and produced this video.

  • ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry Requesting Feedback on New Candidates

    To expand ISKCON’s preaching mission Srila Prabhupada created sannyasis (monks). Thus the Ministry for Sannyasa Service has established a website to provide information about potential sannyasis to the ISKCON community and to get feedback in order to help in the candidate’s training. 

  • Days Two and Three of ISKCON GBC, Sannyasi and Guru Sanga

     Problems. Complications. Difficulties. We all have them. Usually they occur 365 days a year. Being a leader means dealing with the added responsibility of societal and institutional issues and finding viable solutions as well.  But the first step in solving a problem is recognizing that there is one. On the second and third days of the GBC, sannyasi and guru sanga, the participants began to untie this Gordian knot.

  • 2nd Sannyasa Candidate Training Seminar Held in Mayapur

    The number of sannyasis grows from year to year in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, to well over 100; and those who take the vows of this final ashram of renunciation are, since recently, receiving formal training over and above what they receive individually in the course of their devotional lives and through the guidance of their sannyasa mentors. In pursuit of this aim of formal training, on February 18 – 22 we held a Sannyasa Candidate Training Seminar in Sridham Mayapur.

  • New Book Tackles Challenges of ISKCON Sannyasis

    The sannyasa ashram, or renounced order, is extremely influential in ISKCON. A high percentage of the society’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) members are sannyasis; while the majority of ISKCON’s initiating gurus are too. Yet a large proportion have fallen by the wayside over the years, struggling to maintain their monastic vows. In his new book Yadunandana Swami takes an uprecedently honest look at these challenges.

  • ISKCON Sannyasis, Gurus, GBCs, and BBT Leaders Meet in India

    Nearly eighty top ISKCON leaders from around the world met at the society’s global headquarters in West Bengal for three full days, March 4-6, to discuss opportunities and challenges in expanding the ISKCON movement.