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By the GBC

The topic of “Lines of Authority” is a heritage or legacy issue. By “heritage” or “legacy” issues we mean those topics that are of core importance to the future of ISKCON. These are the issues that are going to be relevant for generations to come. How to address them in a way that reflects Srila Prabhupada’s intent and purpose will be expressed in papers like this one. This “Lines of Authority” paper is not the full and final statement on this topic. Rather, it is a good first step. The GBC fully expects that the paper will be updated, made more comprehensive, and improved in the course of time. Of special importance is the se...

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 2,511 views
Hare KrishnaBy Lalitanatha dasa

To this day, almost forty years after the passing of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prab- hupada, confusion still reigns among some devotees about his desires and instructions regarding how he wanted his main legacy, his transcendental books, taken care of. Thus some devotees continue to express doubts regarding the posthumous editing and correcting that have been done on Srila Prabhupada’s books by his publishing company, The Bhaktivedan...

(0) November 27, 2014 -- 423 views
Hare KrishnaBy Gunacuda Dasi

In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1, Srila Prabhupada writes that ' In all the schools, colleges and universities, and at home all children and youths should be taught to hear about the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In other words, they should be taught to hear the instructions of Bhagavad-Gita, to put them into practice in their lives, and thus to become strong in devotional service, free from fear of being degraded to animal life.' The students of Sri ...

(0) November 27, 2014 -- 385 views
Hare KrishnaBy Jaganmohini Devi Dasi

On Nov. 28th, 2014, disciples, students, scholars and well-wishers of H.H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami will be celebrating 77th Vyasa-puja of maharaj. They will be remembering Srila Sripada maharaj as a multifaceted saintly personality and thus glorify him for his unique contribution as a scientist, as a saint, as an educationist, as a writer, as a singer, as a poet, as an instrumentalist and a cultural & peace ambassador.

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(0) November 26, 2014 -- 521 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radha Jivan Das

An initiated devotee of ISKCON, who wishes to remain anonymous, approached his Guru Maharaj, His Holiness Devamrita Swami, that he wished to donate 1 million dollars to some project in ISKCON. Devamrita Swami maharaj immediately motivated his disciple to donate this money to the TOVP project, which is at the present the most important project of ISKCON, building the headquarters that Srila Prabhupada had been wanting for so long. When asked, Maharaj explained t...

(0) November 26, 2014 -- 1,631 views
Hare KrishnaBy Tribhuvanatha Dasa

During the Ratha yatra festival in Ghana, this year, June 2014. Election was conducted by the GBC representative, under the notion of solidifying Srila Prabhupada’s mission in West Africa. Among the participants where the GBC West Africa oversee HH. Kavicandra Swami Maharaj. HH. Bhakti dhira damodara swami (who was re-agent by HG, Srivas Dasa Prabhu), HG. Malati Mathaji Devi Dasi, Prabhu, Temple presidents, senior and new dynamic devotees were all present. ...

(0) November 26, 2014 -- 631 views
Hare KrishnaBy Urmila Devi Dasi

"No Krsna rituals," my cousin the doctor admonished me. Although not her attending physician, being a doctor he had more or less taken charges of things."Your mother was not a Hare Krsna. Let her die as she lived." "But," I argued, "these last weeks I've been chanting to her, reading stories to her from our scriptures, singing devotional songs. She often asked me to , and really loved it.Why should I do something different today?" I was hopeful, yet nervous...

(0) November 25, 2014 -- 755 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaishanvanghri Sevaka Das

“In the above chart aquatics are occupying 11%, plant kingdom is occupying 24%, reptiles are occupying 13%, birds are occupying 12%, beasts are occupying 35% and humans are occupying mere 5%. When we analyze this point there is a possibility of understanding the gravity of the situation. This implies that obtaining human form of life is very rare” I started explaining with patience. “Yes, I indeed agree. Anybody who looks at this chart surely ge...

(3) November 25, 2014 -- 1,081 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vijaya Dasa

WSN October 2014 - World Sankirtan Newsletter, I think this is a first for Vrindavan: In October they were the No. 1 temple in the world! How did the devotees do this? Vrindavan is not a big city. But it's a unlimitedly huge place, spiritually speaking. So I think the devotees experienced in a special way the spiritual energy of Vrndavana during the month of Karttika. They accumulated 33,589 book points. Srila Prabhupada must feel extremely satisfied with the devote...

(1) November 24, 2014 -- 1,267 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhajahari das

Earlier in the day there was a gathering at Parasurama prabhu's Matchless Gifts centre in Kings Cross to share prasad and memories of Tribhuvanatha prabhu Then in the evening TWO HUNDRED Vaisnavas came together to perform ecstatic Samkirtan. Just like a tsunami, they flooded the West End with the joyful sound of the Holy Names. Cambridge Circus, China Town and Leicester Square were all inundated in the flood. Hundreds were drawn into the chanting and dancing....

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 566 views
Hare KrishnaBy Navasi Dasi

As devotees, we talk a lot about getting free from the material energy, free from the influence of maya, free from our attachments to material sense pleasures and their objects. Why do we want to do that? What would be the reason? Sometimes it can be confusing. It may seem like we're taking all this too seriously, when really it's all Krishna's creation and life in this world can have so many pleasures to offer us. Here is an example that perhaps will illustrate ...

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 536 views
Hare KrishnaBy Krsangi Radhe dasi

The exciting new features include : Parenting forum - you will find interesting articles based on Vedic literature with respect to the role of parenting and effective ways to raise God Conscious children; News tab - Newsletters and current events; Resources - A wealth of downloadable resources for your conveniences. This includes a Handbook for CPT members. Who We Are - An introduction to the CPO team Screening Procedures - Downloadable forms to assis...

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 557 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vilasa dasa

Maharaja explained to the prisoners how one can only control one's mind and senses by engaging it in Krsna's service, otherwise one will be forced to commit criminal, or sinful, activities. He particularly stressed the necessity of always hearing Krsna katha, which will engage and purify the mind and help one to always think of Krsna. This will ensure that 'the idle mind does not become the Devil's workshop;' the uncontrolled mind being the reason for all ou...

(1) November 23, 2014 -- 702 views
Hare KrishnaBy Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Learned sages have described the meaning of auspiciousness as love for the entire creation, caring affection for all living entities, saintly character, happiness, and other such qualities. The person in whom bhakti has arisen bestows affection to the whole world and becomes the object of attachment for everyone in the world. He effortlessly becomes the recipient of all saintly qualities and attains all types of pure happiness and auspiciousness. Lea...

(0) November 23, 2014 -- 652 views
Hare KrishnaBy Janakinatha Dasa

Every December, the book marathon promises to be an exciting event. While travelling from door to door, village to village, through remote parts of India, we invariably meet someone who has been miraculously touched by Krishna’s mercy. One such person was Chandu, whom we met in Srirampur, Maharashtra. His tall posture and heavy built contrasted with his soft, humble demeanor. Curious to know his background, I requested him to narrate his story of choosing th...

(1) November 23, 2014 -- 955 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nagaraja Dasa

The maya of the material world has two main functions: It lures us away from our natural position of service to Krishna, and it deludes us into full forgetfulness of that position. But that maya, often referred to as maha-maya, has a spiritual counterpart its source, yoga-maya. Because yoga-maya is also an energy of Krishna’s, it too can overpower us. But yoga-maya connects us with Krishna. Another meaning of maya is “mercy.” By devotional service to Krishn...

(1) November 23, 2014 -- 605 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radhanath Swami

“My heart aches for love,” she said. “We all do,” I said. “Our need to love and be loved originates in our innate love for God.” I quoted words Mother Theresa had spoken to me years before. “The greatest problem in this world is not the hunger of the stomach but the hunger of the heart. All over the world both rich and poor suffer. They are lonely, starving for love. Only God’s love can satisfy the hunger of the heart.” “Bhakti, the means t...

(0) November 22, 2014 -- 977 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vikram Patil

A devotee from a remote village finds an innovative way to share Srila Prabhupada’s message with everyone. "I own a cell phone shop in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. While commuting between my village, Kotoli, and downtown Kolhapur, I used to observe how most passengers spent their travel time sleeping. What a waste! I thought. Somehow I must give them transcendental knowledge of the divine pastimes of Lord Krishna. I used to take a great deal of interest in marketing, ...

(0) November 22, 2014 -- 1,314 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti-lata Dasi

I had fallen away from chanting the Maha Mantra over the years, after losing the good association of bhakta Jason, and had eventually passed on all the books I had on Krishna Consciousness to other interested bhaktas at the various prisons in which I’ve sojourned. I feel like the prodigal son spoken of in the Holy Bible, as I’ve been wandering to and fro, lost in the world of Maya. Yet, by Krishna’s boundless mercy, I am once again on the same yard (pris...

(0) November 22, 2014 -- 858 views
Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Our tale goes back to one of the first Indian benefactors of the Hare Krishna movement in America, Sajjan Singh Sarna (1897–1978), who is more or less unknown to most devotees. He ran a major Indian handicraft/importing business called “Bells of Sarna.” Its first warehouse was founded in New York, just as a fledgling ISKCON was gaining steam. Sarna, originally from Rawalpindi, a city in the Pothohar region of Pakistan, was a Sikh from the Punjab who had co...

(0) November 22, 2014 -- 855 views
Hare KrishnaBy Damodar Prasad das

This meditation is concluded by the realisation that the contemplation of beauty by the soul, or by a conditioned soul, teaches the soul to discover a corresponding beauty within itself (Cooper, 2015). The real artist is one who views and pursues beauty as a means of self-contemplation and self-discovery, and so true art has a vital use for conditioned living beings. True art inspires the viewer with a sense of his own beauty as a spiritual spark which is tru...

(0) November 21, 2014 -- 1,293 views
Hare KrishnaBy Gauravani dasa

Of the late, mantra meditation has sparked an interest in the lives of many, regardless of whether their background might origin from an Indian or Asian background, or of an ethnic or aboriginal group. However, meditation does not appeal to the majority of today’s world. Have you ever tried to sit down, close your eyes, and meditate for 10 hours straight? Me neither. Sit with an upright back, and folded legs in the lotus yoga position, control your breathing u...

(0) November 21, 2014 -- 768 views
Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Yesterday, upon my return to India, I had the good fortune to visit a somewhat unknown, but historically significant, place of worship for followers of Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON. Tucked away in a small corner of Chandni Chowk, the oldest and busiest market in New Delhi, is the temple of Radha Vallabha, where Srila Prabhupada lived off and on from 1959 to 1965. During those years Srila Prabhupada was preparing for his mission in the west. Because the temple i...

(0) November 21, 2014 -- 1,097 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaishnava Dasa

"Regarding the Christmas Day meal with your family, I do not think you should partake of the food prepared by non-devotees. Better you should prepare your own foodstuffs and offer to Krishna and then, if you like, you may offer these remnants to Lord Jesus. I think that Lord Jesus will also appreciate this. Of course you may sit down with your family and take fruits and milk which they offer but rather than taking the foods which they have prepared, you may prep...

(0) November 21, 2014 -- 747 views
Hare KrishnaBy Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi

The highest reason to keep a promise is to please the Supreme Lord. Truthfulness is a divine virtue, possessed by those rare godly souls, and by being truthful one pleases the Absolute Truth and moves closer to Him. One who is serious about spiritual life therefore makes a commitment to a bona fide discipline and sincerely follows its attendant principles. At the time of initiation, ISKCON devotees vow to their spiritual master that they will follow th...

(0) November 20, 2014 -- 866 views
Hare KrishnaBy Drutakarma Das

Cremo states that the book has "over 900 pages of well-documented evidence suggesting that modern man did not evolve from ape man, but instead has co-existed with apes for millions of years!", and that the scientific establishment has suppressed the fossil evidence of extreme human antiquity. Cremo identifies as a "Vedic archeologist", since he believes his findings support the story of humanity described in the Vedas. Cremo's work has garnered interest from Hin...

(0) November 20, 2014 -- 882 views
Hare KrishnaBy Muralidhara-priya Das

2016 marks the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada’s great movement to spread Krishna consciousness throughout the world and bring the teachings of Lord Caitanya and the yuga dharma, chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, to all the conditioned souls on this planet (and perhaps beyond). We are extremely fortunate to be living at this most auspicious time in the history of this universe when the Lord appears on Earth to freely dist...

(0) November 20, 2014 -- 905 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mukundamala Dasa

One morning when going through an Indian daily, I came across the obituary section and a list of deceased people being fondly remembered by their close relatives and friends. Each departed soul was given the title svargavasi, "a resident of heaven." Although modern secular education teaches nothing about life on other planets—and knows nothing about it—I was surprised to see that people still believe their departed relative attained heaven. Has this person...

(0) November 19, 2014 -- 771 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lord Krishna teaches that the individual living entity, though possessed of the attributes of God, is never equal to Him. What is the objective of this Krishna consciousness movement? It is a process for purification of consciousness. In the Bhagavad-gita (2.17) Lord Krishna says, avinashi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam: " That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible." There are two kinds...

(0) November 19, 2014 -- 736 views
Hare KrishnaBy Len Cohen

"Merciful music and Krishna’s transformative power saved me from a life of impersonalism." What was I, a nice Jewish fellow, doing in front of the Radha-Krishna temple? I didn’t fit in there with the Indian culture. I couldn’t relate to the women in saris. I wasn’t wearing a dhoti. I wasn’t wearing tilaka. I didn’t belong there. Maybe I should have gone back to my local synagogue and looked for God there. That’s where I belonged. But I didn’t go there...

(0) November 19, 2014 -- 1,079 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhakta Kaplish

Keeping in view the large number of people to join Rath Yatra the District Administration has to divert traffic to different routes. Among others who participated in the parade were His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj GBC and BBT Trustee, HH Pravodha Nand Maharaj (Vrindavan),HH Navyogendra Maharaj(Udhampur), HH Janardhan Swami (Vrindavan) HG Mahaman das (ACBSP), Zonal Secretary, HG Mahamantra Das (ACBSP), HG Sakshi Gopal Das TP ISKCON Kurukshetra,HG Mo...

(0) November 18, 2014 -- 738 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

Has anyone ever attended a kirtana-fest and ended up trying to get to know new tunes and memorising them? Our kirtan and bhajana world is evolving and updating with new tunes more often than our computer anti-virus updates, or so it seems. We leave a kirtan-mela and on the way home we say, “So and so sang a nice tune, but I forget how it goes…” We sit there when a new maha-mantra tune is in progress. Some of those tunes are quite complex. We sing along i...

(2) November 18, 2014 -- 808 views
Hare KrishnaBy Lilasuka dasi

The academic school in New Vrindaban has gone through many changes throughout the years. From “Nandagram School” back in the 80’s, to the “New Vrindavan School” in the 90’s, to the current “Gopal’s Garden Home School Co-op”, all ages of kids and teachers have come and gone. Many of the graduates have expressed fond memories of their time spent in those Nandagram classrooms. These days, a new wave of enthusiasm is hitting New Vrindaban in the form...

(0) November 18, 2014 -- 745 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nimai Devi Dasi

Leicester Cathedral, a Mosque, a Gurudwara, a Jain Centre, and ISKCON Leicester were selected places of worship for the City's annual Interfaith Trail. Over 600 scouts, led by parents and Scout leaders visited the ISKCON Centre on Saturday 15th November. The aim of the trail was for the Scouts to learn about different faiths and practices. Various interactive presentations were made by the devotees, offering an experience of a Krishna Conscious lifestyle - Lord...

(0) November 18, 2014 -- 624 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara Dasa

But what was even more disturbing was that according to the Bible accepted by the priests as the “Word Of God”, it was recorded that God had specifically told Moses it was impossible for humans to see his face! How then could Michelangelo have the audacity to splash a Technicolor rendition of what he though God must look like across the front of their new church! Michelangelo convinced the priests to allow the paintings to stay by reasoning that God had also ...

(0) November 16, 2014 -- 811 views
Hare KrishnaBy the Sastric Advisory Committee

One argument for a beardless deity of Advaita Acarya is that we should follow Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Certainly we should follow the previous acaryas. Sometimes, as in the case of Maharaja Priyavrata, the param-guru may override the decision of the guru. In this regard, Srila Prabhupada wrote, “The duty of a great devotee is to carry out the order of the spiritual master, or the spiritual master of the spiritual master in the pa...

(0) November 16, 2014 -- 1,215 views
Hare KrishnaBy Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi

My name is False Prestige, and I call myself an Extra Plant (which sounds more flattering than Weed). I never wanted to be extra, or unwanted. How could I, False Prestige, not deserve the space I took in the garden? My roots dug down to grip the earth that bore my weight. Each root I sent into the soil contended with many others. Still I retained my big red bloom. There was always good drink. From the moment I sprouted I had all of the fine, rich thing...

(0) November 15, 2014 -- 800 views
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