The News Agency of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Articles tagged as Varnashrama-dharma

  • New Congo Community Grows Own Food, Saves Millions
    The Democratic Republic of Congo's new Varnashrama community appears to be going against the global trend of rapidly increasing food prices. As a UN aid official recently commented to global news agency AFP, "The Philippines may end up having to feed people to save them going hungry as the market price of rice soars out of reach of ordinary households."
  • Swami Holds Varnasrama Workshop at ISKCON New Talavana

    Bhakti Raghava Swami, a proponent of the simple-living, high-thinking lifestyle, visited the ISKCON New Talavana farm in Mississippi from September 12 – 14th to hold a weekend workshop. The seminar conveyed the urgency of implementing Srila Prabhupada’s vision of varnashram dharma. Varnashram is a traditional vedic social structure of natural vocations and life stages. It is often confused with the birth-based caste system, which Vaishnavas consider to be a missaplication of the original ancient system.

  • Swami Delivers Eco Message to New Orleans University
    Bhakti Raghava Swami, a proponent of spiritual eco-living, spoke at a meeting of Tulane University's Bhakti Yoga Club in New Orleans, this month. The club aims to raise an awareness of human life’s essential nature through Vedic spirituality, vegetarianism and eco-friendly living. Since its inception, the forum has won support from the university’s faculty and students.
  • ISKCON's Astottara-sata Dasa Wins TED Fellowship

    Astottara-sata Dasa (Alexander Petroff) is an American second generation devotee of Krishna who spent his childhood at the rural ISKCON farm community, Gita-nagari nestled in the beautiful countryside of Port Royal, Pennsylvania, USA.

    These days Astottara-sata, son of Hare Krsna Dasi, spends a lot of his time in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he is the founder and President of Working Villages International (WVI). Working Villages International is a non-profit organization dedicated to building self-sufficient, environmentally sustainable villages.

  • Varnashrama Seminar Held in Bali, Indonesia

    ISKCON of Bali, Indonesia hosted its first ever Varnashrama Global Mission seminar this August first and second. Varnashrama, a traditional Vedic social structure of natural vocations and life stages, is often confused with the birth-based caste system—which Vaishnavas consider to be a misapplication of the original ancient system.

  • Project for a New ISKCON Century
    An article recently appeared on Iskcon news entitled "Iskcon Leaders Grapple to Define "Who is a member?" I've been thinking about this for a while, especially as it relates to how I've tried to conduct my self and what my goals have been in my service of interacting with the people who are not members of Iskcon.
  • New Varnashrama College off to a Sacred Start
    This January 4th saw the official opening of ISKCON’s new Varnashrama College, based at Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra in Udupi, South India, near the national headquarters of the newly established ISKCON Daiva Varnashrama Ministry.
  • The Govind mas issue of "The Eight Petals" now available
  • The Global Leadership Crisis
    A few years ago, while pursuing my postgraduate studies at USM in Penang, I happened to glance over the front page of the local newspaper to read the following headline in large capital letters: WANTED: LEADERS.
  • The Visnu mas issue of "The Eight Petals" now available
    The newsletter covers varnasrama issues.
  • In God We Trust
    For Srila Prabhupada, trust and God were inseparable concepts that have a tangible expression in the character of man and his civilization.
  • Village Life: Our Philosophy, Our Education, Our Lifestyle
    The basis of “Simple Living and High Thinking”, the norm for civilized human beings, lies in the acceptance of village life centered on the performance of sacrifice, yajna, which is born of prescribed duties as delineated in the scientific system of varnas (social orders) and ashramas (spiritual orders).
  • Organic, Small Farmers Fret Over FDA Regulation
    Small farmers in California who have led a national movement away from industrial agriculture face a looming crackdown on food safety that they say is geared to big corporate farms and will make it harder for them to survive.
  • ‘The Eight Petals’ for Purushottam Mas Released
    The eighth issue of the Varnasrama Newsletter, THE EIGHT PETALS, for Purushottam Mas is now available at:
  • Census Question Over Caste Identity Divides India
    India's census, being held in stages over the next year or so, delves into the wealth, living conditions and other personal details of the country's 1.2 billion people. But still undecided is one question — "What is your caste?"
  • The Eight Petals: The New Issue of Varnasrama Newsletter Released

    The eighth issue of the Varnashrama Newsletter, THE EIGHT PETALS for Madhusudan Mas has been released.

  • New Training Center for Women in Alachua, USA
    Srila Prabhupada indicates in the Bhagavad Gita, that women, in particular, are the protectors of religion in Vedic society. If women are not properly trained and protected, then the moral fiber of the children and the entire family declines. Toward this end, ISKCON is establishing a training facility and ashrama for new devotees, specifically women in Alachua, Florida.
  • The New Issue of Varnashrama Newsletter Is Released

    The tenth issue of Varnasrama Newsletter, THE EIGHT PETALS for Trivikrama Mas has been released. The present issue of the newsletter revolves around ‘medicine’.

  • Is Money Really Sweeter Than Honey?
    “Money is sweeter than honey” is a common expression which has a special significance for most people living in today’s modern era of industrialization.
  • Varnashrama College 2011 In South India
    ISKCON Daiva Varnasrama Ministry (India), pioneering the Varnasrama mission announces the third term of Varnasrama College course, entitled "Land, Cows, and Krishna".
  • Grand Opening Of The Five Star Hilton For Krishna Cows
    Hailed as a blue-print for the future of farming, The Independent and the Daily Telegraph described the New Gokul project as being the “Hilton of farms”. The care received by the 44 cows and bulls is unparalleled. For example, relaxing music is played to the cows as they are hand-milked.
  • Udder Madness! Pampered Cattle Produce Britain's Most Expensive Pint Of Milk... At A Staggering £1.70
    Milked only by hand to the sound of sacred mantras, these garland-wearing cows could be the most pampered in the UK. But they are producing the most expensive milk in the land, costing £1.70 per pint - nearly four times more than usual.
  • Is Unemployment Equivalent to Murder?
    We live in the age of ‘utility theory’. Utility is the defining factor of what is a creature’s ‘validity’ to live. An object is respected as long as it is of economic use to other human beings.
  • Daiva Varnashrama Ministry to Inaugurate Mayapur Regional Office on January 20
    The first in a series of Daiva Varnashrama Ministry Regional Offices will officially be launched in Sri Dham Mayapur on January 20th, 2011. In an effort to increase the awareness about the on-going activities of the ISKCON Daiva Varnashrama Ministry and to give an opportunity for more individuals to get involved, the ministry plans to open a series of regional offices.
  • Redistribution of Wealth: Making Varnasrama Dharma Work
    The organization of society into four social orders for work and four religious orders for spiritual practice advocated by Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita , known as varnasrama dharma, provides both hope and frustration for those searching for alternatives to the failing social orders of modern societies.
  • The True Arya
    According to the Vedic teachings, civilized human beings are those who belong to the Aryan culture. The word `arya` does not refer to any specific nation or country, as many have been wrongly taught, rather the word is used to designate those who cultivate spiritual awareness.
  • New Mayapur Office Sets Prototype for Global Varnashrama Mission
    As well as Srila Prabhupada clearly stating that fifty per cent of his mission remained incomplete without Varnashrama, previous acharyas such as Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura also expressed that the easiest way one can advance as a Vaishnava is within the system of Varnashrama.
  • To Be Equally and Politically Incorrect
    If we look back into Vedic history we will probably find many incidents that contravene modern-day standards of human rights and discrimination. If say, a liberal human rights monitor group were to go back 5,000 years to observe human conduct as portrayed in the Mahabharata, they would likely report negatively to the UN Human Rights commission.
  • Vedic Literature Says Caste by Birth is Unjust
    When it comes to the sensitive topic of Varnashrama, or what many people call the caste system of India, we have seen so many talks over this issue. We all know that the Vedic system of Varnashrama has been mentioned in the Vedic literature in many places. But it seems that many people still don’t understand how it was meant to be implemented.
  • Varnasrama College Course Starts Vrindavan
    The upcoming "Panchagavya Medicines" course in Vrindavan will teach not only a range of 18 products such as toothpowder, gooark, massage oil, dhoop, etc., but Ox training, Goshala design and maintenance and treatment to cows will also be covered.
  • Unnecessary Necessities
    Contrary to popular belief, meeting one’s basic needs in life is no guarantee to happiness; nor is increasing one’s needs beyond the basic necessities of life automatically leading to increased happiness.
  • Varnashrama: How It Works and Why It Works?

    ISKCON is not a movement for book distribution and festivals, nor for big feasts, sugar overdoses and sore feet, nor even are we a movement for making devotees- we are a movement for Krishna consciousness. “Love and trust” was a dynamic model developed by Srila Prabhupada, creating all those smiles exploding with joy.

  • "Grow More Food!": The Guyana Mood
    Guyana’s present government has been pushing for agrarian reforms. One can see large boards on the highway saying `GROW MORE FOOD`! Some of the government policies directly support the aims and goals of an agrarian renaissance.
  • When the Husband Is Not a Devotee
    What if the wife is a devotee of Lord Krishna and her husband is a non- devotee? If one partner is a devotee and the other one is not, it is not a problem if the devotee wife knows what her duty is towards Krishna in this situation.
  • Cherry Pie, Raspberry Jam and Action Plan at Saranagati Eco Village
    Living in close proximity with nature and with devotees who are serious farmers gives a deeper insight in what is involved to grow food and to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
  • ISKCON`s Global Village Initiative Committee Meets In Mumbai
    ISKCON`s Global Village Initiative Committee (GVIC) met for the second time after it's inception last year. The committee was fored under the ausipices of GBC as part of strategic planning initiative.
  • Sahyadri Varnasrama College in South India Offers New Courses

    The Sahyadri Varnasrama College (SVC) located at Sahyadri Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra (SSKBK) in the district of Udupi, near the town of Hebri in South Karnataka, will once again be offering a series of courses during the year 2014 in three installments each covering a one month period.

  • We Must Accept High Cost of Cow Protection, Says New Minister

    We can have successful cow protection projects in ISKCON. But only if we’re willing to accept the high cost of violence-free milk, and of caring for cows and their handlers.That’s the message that Shyamasundara Das, the recently appointed Global Minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture, is bringing to communities around the world. 

  • Introducing Brazil's New Gokula Dham

    A video produced by Jaya Deva Das. 

  • Mississippi Kirtan Mela to Promote Cow Protection

    Seven hundred people including animal lovers, environmentalists, alternative medicine enthusiasts and ISKCON devotees are expected to turn out for this year’s Save The Cow Kirtan Mela at New Talavana, Mississippi from October 24th to 26th. The event will raise awareness for New Talavan’s cow protection program – one of the largest in the US – which has cared for a steady 100 cows or more since 1976.

  • Sahyadri Varnashrama College 2015

    The Sahyadri Varnasrama College (SVC) is now accepting applications for its one-month course to be given from January 1 to 31, 2015 on the campus of Sahyadri Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra (SSKBK) located near the small town of Hebri in the district of Udupi, South Karnataka, India

  • Varnashram Ministry Impressed by Nilachal Dham on Tour of Indian Farms

    Recently, Arjuna Krishna Das and Ram Lakshman Das took a month-long tour of seven farm communities across India to report on and unite them all. Both devotees represent ISKCON Daiva Varnashram Ministry, which promotes the development of spiritual eco-communities in India. Their travels took them first to ISKCON Juhu’s satellite farm project Nilachal Dham.

  • ISKCON Launches "Om Sri Surabhi" Cow Protection Campaign

    The ISKCON Daiva Varnasrama Ministry (IDVM-India) has announced its official launching of the OM Sri Surabhi Campaign, a 12 years initiative invoking “global auspiciousness” centered on the Surabhi Cow, the Universal Mother. The message they wish to convey is simple yet profound: the urgent need to give total and absolute care and protection to Mother Cow.

  • ISKCON School to Educate Tribal Children in Rural Assam, India

    Saraswati Vidya Niketan in Assam was founded in 2011 as an adult educational program where ISKCON devotees educated, local village youth who were previously working in nearby towns and cities as a labourers. Most of them were suffering from alcohol abuse, addiction to gambling, which severely affected their economy, ecology and cultural roots.

  • ISKCON Golden Jubilee - Proposed Global Go Puja on January 1

    ISKCON Daiva Varnashrama Ministry invites all ISKCON Temples and ISKCON Centers to perform a special Go-Puja to Mother Surabhi on January 1, 2016.

  • About Varnashrama College by Bhakti Raghava Swami

    Bhakti Raghava Swami talks bout the importance of the Varnashrama College. 

  • Celebrating the Glories of the Vanaprastha Ashram

    On the 7th of March the Institute for Spiritual Culture conducted their annual program in Mayapur. This year the overall theme was "The Glories of the Vanaprastha Ashram" - a topic which attracted attention since it is not so widely discussed. Around 400 devotees assembled, with many senior devotees, disciples of Srila Prabhupada.

  • Gita Nagari Retreat to Explore Varnashrama Dharma

    This year’s Gita Nagari Labor Day retreat, set to run from Friday September 2nd to Monday September 5th, will tackle an intriguing subject: Varnashrama Dharma. The topic was  very important to Srila Prabhupada, who in his later days stated that fifty per cent of his work remained unfinished because he had not implemented Varnashrama.

  • How to Live on a Farm in the 21st Century

    Srila Prabhupada once said, “Unless in the human society the Varnasrama system is introduced, no scheme or social order, health order or any order, political order, will be successful.”