Plans for Increasing Book Distribution

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

While ISKCON, the GBC, and the BBT are independent entities and thus the GBC cannot instruct the BBT trustees, the GBC humbly appeals to the BBT trustees to kindly get involved in pushing this process forward and making sure that the development of these plans actually happens. The Indian BBT and Indian GBCs are exempted from this resolution as they are already doing such powerful book distribution. Of course, they are welcomed and encouraged to present a plan for the coming year if they wish.

“Back to Godhead” means Back to Godhead

By Sita Rama dasa

The original home of the living entity and the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the spiritual world. In the spiritual world both the Lord and the living entities live together very peacefully. Since the living entity remains engaged in the service of the Lord, they both share a blissful life in the spiritual world. However, when the living entity, misusing his tiny independence, wants to enjoy himself, he falls down into the material world

Understanding the difference between science and scientism

By Chaitanya Charan das

Consider the experience of seeing a beautiful sunset. We can directly experience the beauty of the sunset. But can any scientific experiment measure that beauty? Science could perhaps measure some parameters like the intensity of the sunlight, but such measurements would do little to convey or explain the actual experience of the beauty.

Sri Sri Tota Gopinatha Temple And Sri Gadadhara Pandita

By Chandan Yatra Das

Sri Tota Gopinatha is exquisitely beautiful self-manifested Deity of Lord Sri Krishna. Sri Tota Gopinatha is also a most unique Deity because He is the only Krishna Deity in the world “sitting down” and playing His flute. Sri Tota Gopinatha has such a charismatic bewitching quality that draws one to His darshana over and over again. Srila Vrindavana Thakura extols His power: “Even an extreme atheist will be changed upon seeing the Deity of Gopinatha.”

The preaching has already begun in the Temple of Vedic Planetarium

By Sadbhuja Das

Stories of preaching the glories of the TOVP usually conjure images of sannyasis speaking to crowds of devotees, or Ambarisha prabhu addressing rooms full of eager donors. How often does the audience think of Bengali laborers? Interestingly, it is this section of the Mayapur community who are often overlooked. Beyond the glories of artistic creations, architectural marvels and engineering feats beat the hearts of a population of Indian workers who put together the pieces of this amazing puzzle.

The Iskcon Cow Protection Culture

By Dusyanta dasa

Because Iskcon is a spiritual holistic society it means Iskcon can demonstrate the alternative to capitalism. When defining the original and conclusive purposes of Iskcon Srila Prabhupada also included a lifestyle principle as well as many other spiritual practices. The 6th purpose of Iskcon is aimed and directed to all members of Iskcon towards their lifestyle so that the whole of Iskcon is single pointedly and united to gaining these goals of life.

Ratha Yatra in Tallahssee 2014

By Ananga Manjari Devi

Our colorful presentation was very well received by the audience of thousands who enthusiastically waved, danced and gave us many smiles and thumbs-up as we danced by. The float that pulled the Lords’ Chariot was covered in a beautiful bouquet of leaves and flowers and featured a huge 9 foot high Lord Chaitanya, all designed by Luz Marina. The whole Rathyatra presentation was awe inspiring for the participants as well as the observers.

The Qualification to Hear

By Madhavananda Das

In this age of instant communication, we expect immediate answers to our questions. From nearly anywhere in the world we can google from our cell phones and in seconds find out whatever facts we are interested in. Moreover, there are hundreds of translations of vaiṣṇava literatures available today, including descriptions of intimate and esoteric pastimes of Krishna and the gopīs.

The Iskcon non violence myth

By Dusyanta Dasa

The whole subject of violence within the dairy industry was the basis for spawning the alternate diet of vegans. Rather than embracing the positive instructions of cow protection by following the universal aspects of the definitions and goals of cow protection an alternative diet was sought. Bearing in mind the rather narrow criteria of considering violence in the dairy industry as an exclusive situation that is not applicable to any other type of farming, food production and horticultural enterprise the Iskcon conclusions are debated practically on a yearly basis.

These are the tests

By Srila Prabhupada

This is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. You don’t require to attempt for political reason and make Kṛṣṇa consciousness secondary. Therefore we say that if people, not all, if some percentage of the whole population of the world become Kṛṣṇa conscious, then all the problems of the world will be solved.

Visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia

By Basu Ghosh Das

A thousand years ago, the Hindu Raja (King) Jayavarman II, built numerous large elaborately decorated stone temples of Lord Vishnu, in the area that today is known internationally as Angkor Wat. Angkor is a dissimilation of the Samskrita word “nagar”, that is “city” in English. From nagar came “nakor” and then “Angkor” in modern Khmer, the language of Cambodia. Raja Jayavarman II constructed his capitol in this place a thousand years ago, and now the ruins of nearly 250 Hindu temples remain, in various stages of deterioration, after a millennium.

God Is Not Dead — The Testimony of a Fortunate Seeker

By Pusta Krishna Das

In 1971 I related to Srila Prabhupada my personal experience of revelation from Krishna. With eyebrows raised he immediately said: “So now you must tell them that God is not dead.” It has been a long time coming and finally by his grace I have published this book. In the history of western literature there has never been a factual description of God. We often hear that “no one has seen God and lived to tell about it.” However, if the Supreme Truth wishes to reveal Himself to whomever and whenever He so chooses, then the Infinite can be known to the infinitesimal.

Is the Ramayana relevant today?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Perhaps the most relevant example for us as spiritual seekers is that of Sita when separated from Lord Rama and held in captivity in Ravana’s Lanka. All of us are also separated from the Lord of our hearts and are held in captivity in material existence which is the arena of Ravana-reminiscent materialism.

Ocean of Mercy: Bhakti Benefits for Doomed Cows?

By Devamrita Swami

Myths and fantasies are an essential part of ordinary human culture. Through science fiction, legends, and fairy tales, the mundane imagination soars, unfettered by reality. But here’s one daydream Krishna’s devotees, in the real world of bhakti, can do without: we spiritually benefit the condemned cow by offering its milk to Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada’s Audio to Text Fidelity Project

By Visnu Murti dasa

Vanipedia happily announces to everyone that the *Srila Prabhupada’s Audio to Text Fidelity Project *created to proofread all the lectures & conversations of Srila Prabhupada is *now launched.* Already there are three devotees (Rishab, Uma and Surya) involved, and now we are ready to engage more proofreaders.

Finding Brahminical Candidates to Teach Four Legs of Dharma

By Mayesvara Dasa

At the present moment, society is in a chaotic condition, and everyone has given up the cultivation of spiritual life, which is especially meant for the brāhmaṇas. Because spiritual culture has been stopped all over the world, there is now an emergency, and therefore it is now time to train those who are considered lower and condemned, so that they may become brāhmaṇas and take up the work of spiritual progress. The spiritual progress of human society has been stopped, and this should be considered an emergency.

Anti Racism Demo Trafalgar Square London

By Parasuram Das

The dictionary informs us that racism “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”

Surrender

By Srila Prabhupada

If I am thinking, “I am suffering,” it is also Krsna’s grace. We should take like that. Even in my consideration, I am in a position which is apparently suffering, we must accept as Krsna’s grace: “All right, I have surrendered to Krsna. If Krsna is giving me suffering, that’s all right.” That is surrender. “Oh, I have surrendered to Krsna, and now Krsna is giving me suffering? Oh, leave Krsna consciousness.” That is not surrender. Surrender means in any condition you’ll remain surrendered.

Real Self or Iskcon Self

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

For instance, a ‘strict’ brahmacari gets into managerial positions and manages for the betterment of ISKCON, but in doing so also polarises a number of devotees and congregation members with his ‘take-it-or-leave-it approach. Later, the brahmacari is awarded the sannyasa order. At his sannyasa ceremony, he apologises for any hurt he might have caused. Would that apology be an institutional apology or a self-apology? It is an institutional apology. Are we to expect that this type of apology will absolve him of all offences committed on a personal self-level? In the meantime he might feel safe knowing he is ‘exonerated’, but Vaisnava realisations teach us that the offences will remain until they are forgiven on a person-to-person self-level.

20th Anniversary celebration of Pandava Sena at Bhaktivedanta Manor

By Ravi Talsania

The 20th Anniversary celebration took place on the 12th April at Bhaktivedanta Manor from 5pm onwards. It was an evening of historic pastimes from the original members of Pandava Sena, the stalwarts that headed up the campaign to ‘Save the Manor’, and many other special people who had incredible memories of Pandava Sena in its early days.

Chant Hare Krishna—–No Loss

By Srila Prabhupada

So Narayana is so kind that consciously or unconsciously, if you chant the holy name of the Lord, it goes to your credit. Just like sometimes when you walk in the street, people say “Hare Krsna!” So this is also going to their credit. When they offer their respect to a Vaisnava, that goes to their credit. When one comes in this temple, offers his obeisances, it goes to their credit.

Lord Jagannath Goes to Give His Mercy on The Second Ratha-Yatra Festival in Jember, East Java, Indonesia

By Hari Narayana Das

The Ratha yatra started at 10.00 am local time with Homa yagya. The chariot of the Lord Jagannath was decorated beautifully by devotees the day before. They put so many fruits on the chariot. After the homa, a class about Rathaytra was given by H.H. Subhag Swami Mahraja through teleconference lively from Bangladesh. The devotees was enthusiastically listening the class and their spirit to do the ratha yatra was fire up after heard the class.

Minutes Of The Annual General Meeting Sri Mayapur Dham, February 19 – March 2, 2014

By the Governing Body Commission

2014 Zonal Assignments, GBC Officers and Members, Sannyasa Waiting List, Reaffirmation of Ministries and Standing Committees, ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary, Plans for Increasing Book Distribution, Adding New GBCs, Devotee Healthcare Guidelines, Should Women be Called “Prabhu”, “Mataji”, or “Devi”?, Sound Systems Guideline, The Hare Krsna Maha-mantra Should be the Primary Mantra in all ISKCON Kirtans, Chanting of the Holy Names of Srimati Radharani, Gender Kirtan, ISKCON Disciple Course Mandate, Regulations for Commencing the Service of Diksa-guru in ISKCON , Female Diksa Gurus and more

New Vrindaban Grows through Care and Communication

By Madhava Smullen

“I think it’s making more people aware that working together cooperatively, caring for each other and communicating properly with each other is the key to helping New Vrindaban grow,”

Massive Prasad Distribution in Brussels

By Parasuram Dasa

I was talking to one very respectable lady from Emerates, she was busy chopping vegetables for my subji. It was her first time to Europe, she was to attend some diplomat meetings and had only two days before returning home. She told me that she was loving the chopping service and this was a much more important way to spend her time. I could understand from this that the living entities are by nature servants of the Supreme, and real happiness can come from a simple thing like chopping veg.

Govindas at college campus

By Premanjana Das

Govindas offers a rich menu for a fair price. Available is a variety of the traditional South Indian cuisine, such as dosas, vada, idli, samosas, vada-pao, different kinds of rice dishes, sandwiches, mixed in with some Chinese preparations. To complement the meals a nice selection of juices and milk-shakes are served. Govindas obtains their milk from the ‘Nareshwadi cow farm’ which is located in Palghar. Not to forget, Lord Jagannath likes His sweets to complete a satisfying meal. A full fledged combo will only cost you a whooping Rs. 45!

The Sannyasa Ministry would like your feedback!

By Lilasuka das

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. On this page is the personal data and the devotional history of the present sannyasa candidates. If you know any of these candidates and would like to express something positive or negative pertaining to their candidacy to the Sannyasa Committee, please send us your comments via the comments page of the website

 
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