ISKCON GBC Executive Committee’s Letter to Ukrainian Devotee Refugees

Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Executive Committee

On behalf of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, please accept our prayers to Lord Krishna for your protection, as well as our deepest affection and concern for your well being. We are following the events in Ukraine in the media with heavy hearts. We have heard directly from Niranjana Maharaja about some of the great challenges, dangers and threats that you have undergone. By the Lord’s mercy many of you have survived close encounters with bomb blasts, militia attacks, and other terrible effects of living with war at your doorsteps. We know that the leaders of ISKCON in Ukraine are doing all that they can to assist you and to offer you spiritual guidance in this difficult time. Many of you have relocated, and have had to leave behind your homes, jobs and temple communities.

Prayers requested for devotee volunteer who goes missing in the war-zone of East Ukraine

Hare KrishnaBy Adi-purusha das

Your prayers are most eagerly requested for Abhindanda Prabhu - a devotee who has volunteered to coordinate evacuation of devotees out of the warzone in East Ukraine to the peaceful parts of Ukraine, Russia, India etc. He kept staying in Donetsk, the main city of the militants, and today he disappeared, with his empty car found in an odd place.

Report from the third Annual Educational Conference at the Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh

Hare KrishnaBy Anasuya Dasi

Jewels in our Backyard by Urmila Devi Dasi, How the Jesuits Expanded Their Mission through Education and Higher Values by Yadunandana Swami, Teaching Sastra so as to be Relevant to Individual Students’ Lives by Krishna Kshetra Dasa, Creating New Learning Environments by Using Innovative Methods of Teaching by Raghupati Dasa, Making E-Learning Work: Case Study Based on Bhaktivedanta College by Dinadayal Dasa and more

Zambia’s President HE Dr Kenneth Kaunda gets Srila Prabhupada’s books and Bhagavad Gita

Hare KrishnaBy Jayagovind das

I wish to report our recent efforts in Zambia when we met the first President HE Dr Kenneth Kaunda and presented Srila Prabhupad books and Bhagawad Gita As It Is to him by HH Rama Govind Swami during his preaching visit to Lusaka with the undersigned

WSN June 2014 - World Sankirtan Newsletter

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the results of worldwide book distribution for the month of June 2014

Thirteenth Padyatra Winds through Slovenia

Hare KrishnaBy Lomancita Dasa

We just successfuly completed this year’s padayatra. It was our thirteenth. It lasted eighteen blissful days: chanting, dancing, feasting, and serving all the time. Full samadhi! We distributed the holy names, prasada cookies, and books. About thirty participated full time, and the highest peak of devotees was fifty-seven. People in general appreciated the padayatra very much.

Open Vyasa-puja book 2014: pdf now online

By Jayadvaita Swami

The 2014 Srila Prabhupada Tributes book–”the open Vyasa-puja book”– is now available as a pdf file from www.sptributes.com. The book should be available later this week in epub format. Physical books are on schedule for delivery soon, well in advance of Vyasa-puja.

Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple, Durban honours Mandela Day

Hare KrishnaBy Krsangi Radhe dasi

As the world commemorated Mandela Day by honouring the former statesman on Friday, 18 July 2014, the devotees and maintenance staff at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple in Durban, South Africa offered their contribution in the form of prayer, a conservation program and food distribution.

Celebrating Three Months of Attentive Hearing

Hare KrishnaBy Visnu Murti dasa

As of November 2012 the full Bible has been translated into 518 languages, and 2,798 languages have at least some portion of the Bible. The BBT has printed Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Bhagavad-gītā As It Is in 58 languages and there are one or more of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books in 86 languages. Our little effort of translating short videos clips into 64 languages can surely be expanded. In fact this is a perfect way to begin translating into a new language - preparing devotees to be translators’ of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books.

Ukrainian Vaisnava Refugee Fund - Updated Information

Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

On behalf of the devotees in Ukraine, I would like to express my deep gratitude for the outpouring of support already shown from our worldwide Vaisnava community within the last two days. The response has been overwhelming. The situation remains volatile and fluid. Each day more devotees are submitting requests for places to take refuge. Each day more facilities are opening up. Repairs on the retreat center have already begun. Most of those who have taken refuge there are providing all the labor required to upgrade the facilities to better accommodate the influx of refugees.

An Appeal from Niranjana Swami, co-GBC for Ukraine

Hare KrishnaBy Ukrainian Vaisnava Refugee Fund

Needless to say that the military operation badly affected our devotee communities in those cities as well. By Krsna’s grace, no devotee has been killed or injured in the conflict, although a few have had a very narrow escape. But while some of them continue risking their lives trying to maintain temple worship and programs, many find it necessary to relocate their families to safety, leaving their homes and possessions behind.

Advisory Notice from the Executive Committee of the Governing Body Commission

Hare KrishnaBy the Executive Committee of the Governing Body Commission

The tragic news of the deaths of several devotee pilgrims from Russia last month who died when their bus drove off the road and into the Bhagirathi River in the mountainous Himalayan region in India has brought us great sadness. The GBC EC, concerned with the safety of our fellow Vaishnavas, announce the following Advisory Notice.

SUDAMA PURI Temple - Birthplace and Residence of SUDAMA brahmana at Porbandar

Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Sudamapuri is the birthplace and residence of Sudama brahmaṇa, the childhood friend of Lord Sri Krishna. Sudamapuri is in the town of Porbandar, 104 km (2 hours) from Sri Dwarka Dhama. Porbandar is a coastal harbour city situated on the western coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat, along the Arabian Sea. In the 10th century Porbandar was known as “Pauravelakul” and thereafter renamed as “Sudamapuri”.

Reconciling Seemingly Outrageous Figures

Hare KrishnaBy Madhavananda Das

One should not argue that such a large number of cows could not possibly fit into the thirty-two square mile area of Vrindavan, because the dhāma is unlimited by the inconceivable energy of the Lord. Even a small portion of the holy dhāma is sufficient to accommodate billions of universes each measuring fifty million miles in diameter. Krishna showed this to Brahma in a later chapter.

Montly Sankirtana Festival (MSF) of Get Sets & GO @ ISV

Hare KrishnaBy Balimardana Dasa

It is not by working hard or by accumulating wealth that one may find satisfaction in this life or the next. Rather, it is one’s purity of purpose and diligence in repeating the transcendental mantra received from the bona fide spiritual master that fulfills all of one’s desires. “O Brahma, do thou practice spiritual association by means of this mantra; then all your desires will be fulfilled.” Sri Brahma-samhita 5.25

An Appointment with Mr. Death

Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vihari Dasa

As the evening arati started and the deities were greeted amidst loud chanting and the blowing of conch shells, indicating auspiciousness, Rohini Tanaya cast his last loving glance at the devotees and, while prayerfully looking upon the deities, departed from his body. Devotees cried and rejoiced simultaneously, for this was an extraordinary, inspirational departure. Devotees had witnessed that Krishna consciousness is not simply a theory but a practical science. Rohini Tanaya had just shown by his example how a devotee fixed in Krishna consciousness receives Mr. Death cheerfully

Black Holes And Gaping Mouths

Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

The famed Time Machine is now a serious inevitability, according to many. One scientist says that he wants to go back to the past to see his deceased father and possibly help him with present-day medicine.If Krishna says that He is Time and is the destroyer of all things, including our karma, then what type of power or technology can oppose this? Going back into the past means to undo karma and to undo history.

ISKCON Boston Hosts Interfaith “Field Trip”

Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktin Elle Mitchell

Dr. Catherine Cornille, Chair of the Department of Theology and Professor of Comparative Theology in Boston College, and author of numerous books on inter-religious dialogue, phoned ISKCON Boston with a request: Could she bring a large group of theologians to the temple on a site visit to experience a non-Western religious tradition? The answer was a strong “Yes!” The devotees were also thrilled to know that Prof. Diana L. Eck, a long-time friend of ISKCON and co-director of the conference, would be among the visiting scholars. Dr. Eck is a leading scholar specializing in religious diversity and inter-faith relations, serves as Professor of Comparative Religions at Harvard University, and is author of several texts exploring India and its bhakti traditions.

NASN June 2014 - North American Sankirtan Newsletter

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the following North American results for the month of June

Hundreds of school children attend ISKCON program in Mayapur

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur.com

Nearly 6500 students from 115 schools participated in the 1st round in their respective schools. Students from each school were divided into 2 groups, class 7th to 9th, and class 10th to 12th. In each group the three best students were selected. These students along with their parents were invited to stay in Mayapur and receive the golden opportunity to have darshan of their Lordships Sri Sri RadhaMadhava, Lord Sri Narasimhadeva, Sri Pancha-tattva, and Srila Prabhupada.

Incorporation Of ISKCON

Hare KrishnaBy Satswarup dasa Goswami

“We shall call our society ISKCON.” Prabhupada had laughed playfully when he first coined the acronym. A friend had suggested a title that would sound more familiar to Westerners, “International Society for God Consciousness,” but Prabhupada had insisted: “Krishna Consciousness.” “God” was a vague term, whereas “Krishna” was exact and scientific; “God consciousness” was spiritually weaker, less personal. And if Westerners didn’t know that Krishna was God, then the International Society for Krishna Consciousness would tell them, by spreading His glories “in every town and village.”

Krishna Consciousness in Iceland

Hare KrishnaBy Sarvabhauma Dasa

I live in hot and humid Houston, Texas, a world away from Iceland, the unique North Atlantic island nation born entirely from thousands of volcanic eruptions. Despite attempts by devotees to preach there over the years, Iceland is one of the last Krishna conscious frontiers in the Western world, with no established temple or preaching center. Earlier this year, however, I discovered that Iceland has not at all been forgotten by Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya.

Delicious Sins

Hare KrishnaBy Chirag Dangarwala

One such sin which every one of us commit in ignorance is related to eating food hence the name Delicious Sins. Although it sounds astonishing that how come eating food be sinful, since everyone tends to think that all the food in the world is meant for human consumption.

Ojai Ratha 2014 Hanuman Flag Broughaha

Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara Dasa

Thank you to all of the wonderful devotees who helped make the Ojai Rathayatra a wonderful event! Despite the searing heat of 96 degrees we had a great turnout and a wonderful response from the community for the free feast at Sarazottie Park at the end.

Persecuted by Soviets, Russia’s Hare Krishnas Still Fight for Acceptance

Hare KrishnaBy Alexey Eremenko

The Hare Krishna movement has been trying to build a temple in Russia since 1990. They still don’t have one. “They are just too bright and noticeable,” said Filatov, who works at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Zonal Configuration

Hare KrishnaBy the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

North America Area - Idaho is divided along the time zone line; the Northern part remains with the North West zone while the Southern part becomes part of the Pacific/West zone. Europe – instead of being divided into seven zones, Europe shall include the following thirty-seven zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – the Eastern part shall include nine zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – South India shall include nine zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – Maharashtra & Goa shall include five zones. Russian Sphere Area - Russia shall be a single zone. Sub-Saharan Africa Area and more

New NV Garden Manager Takes Step Closer to Sustainable Vision

By Madhava Smullen

Local food production was, of course, a major goal for New Vrindaban’s founder Srila Prabhupada, and was emphasized in the community from its inception in 1968 until 1979. But in the 1980s and ‘90s it began to taper off and then all but disappeared, until a smaller scale of farming was re-introduced in 1998 by the Small Farm Training Center.

 
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