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Hare KrishnaBy the ISKCON Communications Ministry

Tirupati, India—The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recently completed a special three-day session during which the GBC Body considered whether or not this worldwide Vaishnava community should endorse and implement the policy of having women serve as diksa-gurus, or initiating spiritual masters, within the ISKCON society. The special session was held from October 16-18 and was part of the GBC’s Annual Midterm Meeting. During this first of its kind conference, almost three-dozen GBC Members and Ministers spent three full days exclus...

(0) October 21, 2014 -- 770 views
Hare KrishnaBy Indian Media

Nineteen ISKCON devotees were injured when a Vrindavan bound bus rammed against a tree after one of its tyres punctured near Maghera village falling under Vrindavan police station today. "While eleven devotees were rushed to district hospital, eight were taken to Paras Mani Hospital. Nobody is in critical position," Dy SP Anil Yadav said. The accident occurred this afternoon when a tyre punctured and the bus, carrying 50 pilgrims, hit a tree. The pilgrims are on K...

(0) October 22, 2014 -- 326 views
Hare KrishnaBy Gaurangi Devi Dasi

The Padayatra Ministry is still very much active, and padayatras are happening in different parts of the world. Less talks definitely does not mean less walks. The immediate goal of the Ministry, from March 2014 till the end of 2016, is to celebrate ISKCON’s 50th birthday with 50 padayatras. We are inviting you to participate in this glorification of ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada. This goal of 50 padayatras is very feasible, as Padayatra is bas...

(0) October 22, 2014 -- 433 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vrndavana Vinodini Devi Dasi

Hearing good news about others affects people in different ways. Personally, the feelings it evokes within me serves as a barometer of how emotionally healthy I am and my relationship with the individual. Feelings of joy and "they totally deserve it" are what I aim for. However, in instances where it dredges up not so pleasant emotions, I realize I have internal work to do. As an aspiring practitioner of bhakti this is what I too long to be: the ha...

(0) October 22, 2014 -- 468 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ramlakshman Das

20 devotees registered for the course, out of which, more than 15 devotees were regular. After brief introductions, H.H.Bhakti Rasamrita Maharaj suggested to Dr. Sreekumar Prabhu that one presentation should be made using quotes ,conversations and purports from Srila Prabhupada’s books on cow protection. I prepared a presentation with the help of Sreekumar Prabhu and we presented it to the participants. During the noon session they requested me to present my...

(0) October 22, 2014 -- 469 views
Hare KrishnaBy Madhavananda Das

Everyday, ISKCON devotees around the world sing the song, “Jaya Radha-Madhava” before the Srimad Bhagavatam class. It is also sung in most Gaudiya Math temples -- generally during the time of the Raj-bhog-arati. His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Prabhupada was especially fond of this song, which expresses the sweet mood of worship of Vrindavan. Yet how many people know about the Radha-Madhava Deities for whom Srila BhaktivinodeThakur wr...

(0) October 21, 2014 -- 610 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhajahari das

Due to Tribhuvanatha's prabhu disappearance day falling on Thursday the 16th Oct. last week, the turn out for Harinam was exceptional. You will see from the following 3 short video clips that the devotees were in blissful mood.I treasure the opportunities I get for taking these amateur video recordings of the Vaisnavas performing SAMKIRTAN. One day when I can no longer make it out onto the streets of London's Wild West End I will be able to relive these specia...

(0) October 21, 2014 -- 608 views
Hare KrishnaBy Arjuna Krsna das

Both Rama Laksman prabhu, Director for IDVM Secretariat located in Sri Mayapur along with Arjuna Krsna prabhu, Co-Director for IDVM Department of Education undertook an extensive tour to various ISKCON rural projects in India. Their travels took them to Nilachal Dham, a new project under ISKCON Juhu temple close to Mumbai in Maharashtra, Nandagram Farm in Gujarat, Pathmeda on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Panchavati in Tamil Nadu, close to Salem, Venu M...

(0) October 21, 2014 -- 490 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nanda Kishor das

ISKCON’s Bhakti Yoga Society (BYS) operates on campuses at some of the most prestigious universities in South Africa and is program dovetailed for university students. This year the society was awarded the accolade for the Most Outstanding Student Society for 2014 at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), one of Africa’s leading universities at a sepcial event earlier this month. The award was handed over to the BYS Chairperson – Jyotika Heerabhai by the...

(0) October 21, 2014 -- 585 views
Hare KrishnaBy radhanathswami.com

On the 8th of October, Radhanath Swami attended the annual Sharad Purnima festival at the Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple, Mumbai. Sharad Purnima is the first day of the holy month of Kartik, the full moon night when Krishna danced with His beloved devotees the gopis in the forest of Vrindavan. Every year on the night of Sharad Purnima, the devotees at the Mumbai temple come together to decorate the altar, giving it a look of the lush forest of Vrindavan. Amid...

(0) October 20, 2014 -- 741 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara Dasa

Many people who seek pleasure predominantly from mundane sense gratification eventually discover towards the end of their life that it just doesn’t satisfy the soul. We see the results of this when we observe the elderly. Many have lost their zest for life. They have been to see Santa Clause, the beach, amusement parks, ballgames, fairgrounds, political conventions, group protests, pumpkin hay rides, prominent site seeing and all the other pleasures of life eno...

(1) October 20, 2014 -- 634 views
Hare KrishnaBy Madhava Smullen

A brand new Devotee Relations Department was officially established in March 2014 at the ISKCON New Vrindaban community. The new department is headed up by Sukhavaha Dasi, who joined ISKCON in New Vrindaban back in 1974 and has lived and served there for many years. Sukhavaha holds a degree in social welfare from Penn State University, and has taken courses on leadership, leadership training, and compassionate communication. She’s also the author of the book,...

(0) October 20, 2014 -- 622 views
Hare KrishnaBy Devaki Devi Dasi

As we all know, in these modern days there has been an increase of violence and aggression towards women. We can understand this to be the direct result of the fact that women don't receive protection any longer. And of course, ladies can only be protected if they desire to receive protection. It also includes that we have to give up our independance - the price to be payed in order to receive protection. The whole idea of equality of men and women makes this ...

(12) October 18, 2014 -- 1,707 views
Hare KrishnaBy Stephen Lacey

Tony Kaye (Pratapana Das), 67, and his wife Janet (Jayasri Dasi), 55, joined the Hare Krishna movement in the 1970s. They run a restaurant and art house-cinema in Sydney's Darlinghurst. The couple have two adult children, Srirama and Vraja. Tony was asked to run the temple in Sydney, and to marry me. The leaders asked if I would be interested, especially considering there's an 11-year age difference between us. I said I would, because I knew who they were talking ...

(0) October 18, 2014 -- 992 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktisiddhanta Swami

After bathing in Radha Kund, Krishna declared that henceforth, anyone who with firm faith took their bath on this day would achieve the same ecstatic love that Radharani had for Him. Radharani and Her girlfriends then took bath in Shyama Kund and Radhika declared that anyone who takes bath in Shyama Kund, will achieve the same ecstatic love that Krishna has for her. This pastime occurred at 11:45 p.m. on the eighth day of the waning moon in the auspicious...

(0) October 18, 2014 -- 731 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

Srila Prabhupada wanted the GBC to lead ISKCON through good governance and to establish global policies, and he wanted an expansive, thriving movement that served both the public and those who accepted its shelter. For the past eight years, the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) has been helping the GBC explore the ways in which ISKCON needs to grow into the vibrant movement Srila Prabhupada wanted it to be. Fr...

(0) October 18, 2014 -- 1,013 views
Hare KrishnaBy Shyam Sunder Priya Das

It was like any other day, I was on my way for Life Membership preaching. Nothing was different except for little gossips here and there, people making fun of those tv commentators talking blah blah about the so called cyclone, same thing had happened a couple of months back, people went gungho about the cyclone and at the last moment it changed its direction and nothing happened. The boy at the petrol pump interrupted my thoughts, he asked me teasi...

(1) October 17, 2014 -- 965 views
Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Vizag

Due to hud hud cyclone our temple hall, Mechanised Kitchen, book godown, Rice godown, homeo Clinic, whole big shed with doors windows, goshalla, North side boundary wall, Guest house reception, guest house glass windows, water tanks, Main gate, few vehicles, airconditions, all elctrical system have been extensively damaged.No devotee was injured by the mercy of the Lord. We request you to pass on this message to your relatives, friends and colleagues and support us...

(1) October 17, 2014 -- 842 views
Hare KrishnaBy radhanathswami.com

“When we do things on a superficial level, disturbances will always affect us. But if we find deep, inner fulfilment, external troubles can’t change us. Only a house built on shifting sand would be affected by storms.” This was the message Radhanath Swami shared with over hundred CEO’s and HR heads of various companies at the Chief Learning Officer’s (CLO) summit at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai, on 10th October’ 2014.

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(0) October 17, 2014 -- 795 views
Hare KrishnaBy Zachary Feder and Khatera Sahibzada

In an age where authoritarian power is being questioned from the classroom to the boardroom, the emerging research is conclusive -- Humility is a dramatically more powerful and effective way of leading. Scientific inquiry into the power and effectiveness of humility in the workplace has shown that it offers a significant “competitive advantage” to leaders.

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(0) October 17, 2014 -- 649 views
Hare KrishnaBy Krsnabaladev Das

Urgent action is needed to improve access to hospice and palliative care: It is time to start dispelling the myths. World hospice and palliative care day is a day of celebration for the progress that has been made in reducing pain and suffering.. Bhaktivedanta Hospice celebrated Hospice & Palliative Care Day yesterday, October 14, 2014, in the town of Vrindavan, India and used the opportunity to dispel unhelpful myths and promote hospice and palliative care ...

(0) October 17, 2014 -- 617 views
Hare KrishnaBy Muralidhara-priya Das

Devotees explain that by offering lamps to the Lord, this means that we offer our eager desire for devotional service, which is the only thing that can conquer Krishna. So we offered lamps on behalf of our Golden donors first to Sri Sri Radha-Damodar, then to Sri Sri Radha-Mahhava and Ashta-sakhis, Lord Nrisimhadev, Sri Pancha-tattva, Tulasi Devi and finally to Srila Prabhupada. We have a sincere hope that all of Them will give us a rope of love, by which...

(0) October 16, 2014 -- 845 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhajahari das

SATURDAY NIGHT HARINAM London: This week the Harinam was literally 'Out of this World'. The Party was joined by Jaya Krsna prabhu and his nice son Eka Chakra Patel. They brought with them the same dynamic energy that they put into their Krsna Conscious theatre performances. Many other younger devotees were also present and the mood was so lifted due to their inspired enthusiasm that many scores of on lookers were pulled into the purifying fire of Lord Chaitanya's...

(0) October 16, 2014 -- 904 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

In honoring ISKCONs diversity, the SGGS will help us to also awaken to what unifies us – to value those things and protect them through open, clear communications. The SGGS offers a forum for all participants to hear and be heard, resolve differences, and discuss the important issues that affect the movement. Ultimately, the Sanga also facilitates moving things from dialogue to an action plan. Devotional ser...

(0) October 15, 2014 -- 1,118 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kadamba Kanana Swami

Wherever in this world there were great manifestations of love between Radha and Krsna, not only was it an extraordinary experience for those who were present there, but actually that entire place also became transformed. Various places in Vrindavan, where Radha and Krsna had great exchanges of love, are very potent with powerful mercy that becomes available to us as well. The appearance of Radha-kund, the lake of Srimati Radharani, is a most special occasi...

(0) October 15, 2014 -- 783 views
Hare KrishnaBy Govinda-kanta Devi Dasi

H.H. Bhakti Ananta Krishna Maharaj announced that he was going to buy a Golden Brick in his name as the ticket which we can give to the Vishnudutas for carrying us to the spiritual world. After this, 12 more Golden Bricks were pledged. The next day there was a program at another Moscow temple where 10 more Golden Bricks were pledged.

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(2) October 12, 2014 -- 780 views
Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Our team of 300 devotees was exhausted. We had already done 24 festivals along the Baltic Sea coast plus a "Krsna’s Village of Peace" festival at Woodstock, and now we were faced with the blissful but daunting prospect of doing 24 more over the second half of the summer. But everyone took courage, knowing that the results of our efforts would far outweigh any austerities we encountered. The devotees needed some pepping up, I thought, so I shared with them so...

(0) October 12, 2014 -- 916 views
Hare KrishnaBy GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

To ensure that as ISKCON grows, its organizational systems and process remain relevant to a growing ISKCON, the Organizational Development Committee (or Org Dev, as we call it) was established and mandated to thoroughly review ISKCON's current leadership model. While remaining loyal to Srila Prabhupada's directions, Org Dev was tasked to study any necessary structural developments and enhancements in order to mee...

(0) October 12, 2014 -- 1,490 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of September: North American Totals, Monthly Temples, Monthly Weekend Warriors etc., Monthly Top 100 Individuals, Monthly Top 5, Cumulative Countries, Cumulative Temples, Cumulative Top 100 Individuals, Cumulative Top 5

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(0) October 11, 2014 -- 778 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kripamoya Das

For the last decade in Britain there has been intense discussion about our membership of something called the European Union or ‘EU.’ Are we part of something much bigger than our borders, and if so, what are the terms of our membership? While the political wrangling continues, for the past 13 years we in the Hare Krishna movement have been creating a web of connections between all our temples in the EU and sharing resources and expertise. The annual meetings ...

(0) October 11, 2014 -- 1,496 views
Hare KrishnaBy ndtv.com

In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent announcement, the Home Ministry has issued a notification that a "Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card" shall be valid for a lifetime. On Sunday, PM Modi, while addressing 18,000 Indian Americans and NRIs at New York's Madison Square Garden venue, declared that those with PIO cards would have lifetime visas and would no longer need to report periodically to a police station while in India. The announcement was met with ...

(0) October 10, 2014 -- 1,216 views
Hare KrishnaBy Anne P. Mitchell

Gita Nigari Farm, also known as “the yoga farm”, is a farm based on the tenets of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. As such, they are imbued with the philosophy of Ahimsa, as well as the Hindu reverence for cows. As they say, front and center on their sites, they are the first slaughter free dairy in the USA – no cows or bulls are either killed or exploited to produce their dairy products, and “our cows and bulls are protected for ...

(4) October 10, 2014 -- 1,051 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sri Ramadasa

"Maya is runninga year-long marathon! Why should we have our marathon for one month every year?" said HH Gopala Krishna Goswami during the recent two-day conference of book distributors at ISKCON New Delhi (Radha Parthasarathy temple) on 6 and 7 October 2014. The conference was attended by more than 60 devotees of the New Delhi and NCR regions, and was hosted by the India Sankirtana Leaders Team (ISLT), a collaboration of volunteer devotees working under the aegis...

(0) October 9, 2014 -- 1,222 views
Hare KrishnaBy Hari Narayana das

Malioboro is the most famous street in Yogyakarta. Located in the heart of Yogyakarta, this is the city’s main street, and was once the ceremonial avenue for the Sultan to pass through on his way to and from the Keraton, the royal palace. On commemorating International Tourism Day on September 28, 2014, the government of Yogyakarta did “Becak and Andong” parade. “Becak” is a local tricycle public carrier and “Andong” refers to the horse drawn c...

(0) October 9, 2014 -- 847 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Das

Mapping of the events and creation of the plan of action (by the end of 2014) Save Yamuna Campaign: “Yamuna River is DEAD” – Govt Of India! What flows in Yamuna is nothing but dirty untreated sewage water of Delhi. Maan Mandir has actually picked up speed and volume since it has parted ways with Yamuna Rakshak Dal. True brajwasis have expressed relief and strengthen the campaign. Many more brajwasi leaders have now joined in.

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(0) October 7, 2014 -- 1,087 views
Hare KrishnaBy Basu Ghosh Das

On the auspicious day of Sri Rama Vijaya Dashami, aka "Dassera", October 3, 2104, ISKCON inaugurated a grand new temple for Sri Sri Radha Madhava, on the outskirts of Kanpur city, the largest city in India's largest and most populous state, Uttar Pradesh.

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(0) October 6, 2014 -- 1,880 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

Our farm projects are an extremely important part of our movement. We must become self-sufficient by growing our own grains and producing our own milk, and then there will be no question of poverty. So develop these farm communities as far as possible. They should be developed as an ideal society depending on natural products not industry. Industry has simply created godlessness, because they think they can manufacture everything that they need.

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(0) October 6, 2014 -- 839 views
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