Gold from a ‘dirty’ place – the football field

Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa dasa

I recently read a letter which was eloquently penned by Bhakti Charu Maharaja which really struck me, so much so, I became inspired to write a few words about it. It struck me for a couple reasons, one the simple essence of Maharaja’s letter being the glorification of other devotees, which is always an inspirational meditation to see in action, one devotee glorifying other devotees. The other aspect that I found equally, if not more eye-catching, was an analogy that Maharaja used.

Srila Prabhupada’s 118th Vyasa Puja celebration at Iskcon Kolkata

Hare KrishnaBy Purushottam Kumar

Srila Prabhupada has a special place in every devotee’s heart. Since Kolkata is his birthplace so the city of joy is very dear to all Iskcon members worldwide. And in Kolkata, devotees always try to celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja in a grand way. This year too an elaborate arrangement was made to commemorate Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day and his unparalleled contribution to the world.

World Holy Name Week 2014 - Sept 5 – 15

Hare KrishnaBy Ekalavya Das

World Holy Name Week is coming up in just two weeks! Please visit our new website for more information, posters, banners, etc.

Sri Krishna Janmastami festival at ISKCON Baroda 2014

Hare KrishnaBy Basu Ghosh Das

On Sunday, August 17, 2014, ISKCON Baroda organized a grand observance of the annual festival of Sri Krishna Janmastami. On this day Lord Krishna advented himself five thousand years ago at Mathura, in North India. Estimates of the huge numbers of local residents who came to have “darshan” — to see - the Deities of Sri Sri Radhashyamsundar, Sri Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadradevi, and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai in the temple here range from one hundred thousand (one lakh) to two hundred thousand (two lakhs).

70,000 people attend Europe’s biggest Janmashtami celebration at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple

Hare KrishnaBy indiatimes.com

Bhaktivedanta Manor’s serene and peaceful grounds were transformed into a magnificent festival, brought to life with the sound of music, dancing, stage shows, face paintings, stalls selling books, fresh organic produce, jewellery, musical instruments, and CDs. One of the major highlights of the festival held yesterday at Watford, northwest of central London, was the recreation of the beautiful forests of Vrindavan in India where Lord Krishna played when he was growing up.

U.S. Congesswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s 2014 Janmasthami Message

Hare KrishnaBy Tulsi Gabbard

When God appears in this world, He does not do so because He is forced to. Rather, He appears in this world out of His divine love for all living beings and Mother Earth herself. God loves us and beckons to us to love Him. His very essence is divine love. Krishna is all-loving and all-lovable. And the more our love for Him grows, so does our love for others, regardless of their race, religion, or nationality. Such divine love is the essence of Krishna, the essence of Janmashtami, and the essence of real religion.

You too can Broadcast on MayapurTV!

Hare KrishnaBy Antardwip Das

Over one hundred ISKCON temples and individuals already use this free platform, and provide a much appreciated service to their congregations and devotees world-wide. The service is very reliable with extra server capacity provided for festivals like Janmasthami. The software is constantly getting updated and there are lots of viewers online eager to view some inspiring live broadcast. Join in a great team of people exploring the potential of this opportunity to reach as many people as possible with the Message of Lord Chaitanya.

Spiritual Torchlight

Hare KrishnaBy Yogesh Jhanwar And Naman Kashyap

Books are Basis- The same holds true for these students too. Nadia Nath Nimai prabhu is determined to help these devotees to have access to the books of Srila Prabhupada in a language they can read- Braille. However, since BBT doesn’t have any Hindi publication in Braille, this seems to be a long haul. Nevertheless, Nadia Nath Nimai prabhu is unfazed and has even acquired a Braille printer recently as donation. Therefore we humbly appeal to the BBT to help these devotees by proving Hindi pdf copies of books of Srila Prabhupada.

Boston’s Mayor Issues “Sri Krishna Janmastami Day” Proclamation

Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktin Elle Mitchell

The Boston center of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, established in 1968 and now known as New Gundica Dham, was one of the most prominent temples in the early years of the Hare Krishna movement. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada set a number of milestones in Boston, distinguishing the yatra’s position as a significant center for the development of Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtana movement in the west. It was at Boston’s Commonwealth Pier in 1965 that Srila Prabhupada first set foot on Western soil, and where he composed his prayer “Markine Bhagavata-dharma”, entreating Lord Krishna for the spiritual deliverance of the western countries. Boston was also where Srila Prabhupada performed the first Brahmanical initiations of western men and women, either in or outside of ISKCON.

TOVP e-Newsletter #3

Hare KrishnaBy TOVP staff

The Mayapur city, Prabhupada said, would be the fulfillment of the desires of the previous acaryas. The city would grow to a population of fifty thousand and would become the spiritual capital of the world. With its gigantic temple in the center and separate quarters for brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas, and sudras, the city would be a model for all other cities. The day would come when the world’s cities would be ruined, and humanity would take refuge in cities modeled after Mayapur. The development of Mayapur would mark the beginning of a Krsna conscious world. Thus the influence of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would increase, and His prediction would manifest: “In every town and village My name will be chanted.”

Czech Padayatra 2014

Hare KrishnaBy Nrsimha Caitanya das

Then, a historical moment occurred - after 10 years, our Czech Padayatra was visited by His Holiness Lokanath Swami, the minister for Padayatra! His holy presence was so transcendental and sweet, that we were immediately transferred directly to the spiritual world! He also participated in two evening programs for public, where he addressed people with a talk and he lead lively kirtan. Altogether, we held 121st Czech Padayatra completed! Again it was such a blissful and unforgettable event!

His Grace Madhudvisa das

Hare KrishnaBy Pusta Krishna das

He was honest and admitted how little he knew of Krishna consciousness at the time, but he served in his own infectiously happy mood. He and I spoke rather honestly and openly about our own frailties in life. He never tried to portray himself as a “big, big” self-important person. Rather, he was a salt of the earth kind of person. Very simple hearted. His place in the history of sankirtan is very well established by his own peculiar style of sankirtan chanting of the Holy Names. He was the first to chant the Holy Names very rapidly in a style that became more common throughout the world with the passage of time. I witnessed in Melbourne when I accompanied Srila Prabhupad there that during 1976 that some of those kirtans, Srila Prabhupad would smile gently and pleasingly.

The GBC’s Strategic Plan

Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Strategic Planning Team

A Comprehensive Summary, Our Service, A Growing Need, The Strategic Initiatives, The Iskcon Constitution, Srila Prabhupada’s Position, Parallel Lines Of Authority And Economy, Iskcon Culture, Building Capacity For Leadership, Team building, Succession, Gbc Organizational Development, Organizational And Environmental Scanning, Regional Leadership, Expanding Outreach, Devotee Care, Special Initiatives, Service Organizations And Affiliates, Conflicts Of Interest, Bringing The Plan Into The World Of Action, Ministries And Offices, Developing An Executive Strategy For The Gbc, Executive Director, Divisional Directors, Gbc Committees, Conclusion

Madhudvisa Prabhu: A Letter in Separation

Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

All the circumstances surrounding your departure were auspicious. As was your desire, you lived through Ratha-yatra in Los Angeles and sang before all three carts. Then, just two days later, while your caregiver chanted Hare Krishna by your side, you departed—with a smile on your face. You were a great pioneer and champion of Ratha-yatra. During last year’s procession we discussed the importance of following Srila Prabhupada’s instructions in regard to Ratha-yatras, and in our last meeting in your room at New Dvaraka, six weeks ago, you told me how Srila Prabhupada sent you from Juhu to Australia and you introduced Ratha-yatra there.

New Vrindaban’s 44th Janmastami (2014)- A Mood of Teamwork

Hare KrishnaBy Lilasuka dasi

Doing service together in co-operation with other devotees and friends towards a common goal is truly the key to surcharging both the atmosphere and our own souls with spiritual bliss. That was the scene on the days before Janmastami 2014. As people worked together, the air was surcharged with inspiration and creativity for the Lord.

Srila Prabhupada—Vani and Vapuh

Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

After Srila Prabhupada left us on November 14, 1977, I came across a section in Srimad-Bhagavatam—Canto 4, Chapter 28—in which he explicitly discusses the disappearance of the spiritual master and how the disciple is to serve him—even in separation. The following paragraph summarizes the essence of his instructions

The Meaning of Vyasa Puja

Hare KrishnaBy Kripamoya Das

Every year the disciples and followers of Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of ISKCON, compose written tributes in celebration of the day of his birth. This year I was asked to write ‘The Meaning of Vyasa Puja’ for the international book. Here is what I wrote

Honoring Srila Prabhupada

Hare KrishnaBy Radhanatha Swami

When Srila Prabhupada began his book distribution he was the only distributor. He would take his magazines and just go from tea shop to store at his old age trying to convince people to accept the message of Krishna in the form of Back To Godhead Magazine. And in a few years he created the largest publisher in Indian literature in the history of the world. Hundreds, of millions of books have been distributed. Sometimes tens and thousands of Bhagavad-Gita distributed in one day, by those who are touched by his spirit of compassion. We can speak on this subject for many many hours, days, weeks, months, years and life times. What was Srila Prabhupada’s motivation? Selfless, unconditional love for Krishna.

How to Celebrate Janmashtami

Hare KrishnaBy Krishna das

Where Vaishnava temples exist, festivities begin before dawn and extend all day until midnight, the exact moment of the anniversary of Krishna’s appearance. Events include kirtan, singing the Lord’s name along with other devotees; and japa, private, more intimate prayer. Some devotees cook a feast of over one hundred dishes, while others perform drama and dance. Some clothe and decorate the deity of Krishna while others string enormous flower garlands and other decorations for the temple. Incense burns, scriptures are read, and all but the young and the infirm fast all day. The deities are also bathed with a variety of auspicious liquids in a kind of ablution ceremony called abhisheka. Sometimes taking over two hours, this is performed with great pomp.

NASN July 2014 - North American Sankirtan Newsletter

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the North American results from the book distribution for the month of July

After the laughter? Reflections on Robbin Williams’ suicide

Hare KrishnaBy Chaitanya Charan das

The Srimad Bhagavatam describes its own genesis through the narrative of Vyasadeva, the sage who authored a phenomenal canon of scriptural works. He was a literary super-star. Despite his ability and productivity, he felt inexplicably incomplete. To gain relief, what did he do? He turned inward and upward: inward to introspect, and upward to consult his spiritual master, the celestial sage Narada. Both introspection and instruction led him to the same conclusion: he hadn’t used his talents for their ultimate purpose – glorifying the Supreme. He rectified that anomaly by profusely and purely glorifying the Lord in what became his magnum opus, the Srimad Bhagavatam

A Multicultural Ratha Yatra welcomes Lord Jagannatha first time to Binjai City

Hare KrishnaBy Gadhadara das

Devotees along with Lord Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra arrived from Hare Krishna Centre, Medan, a day ahead of the festival at Binjai to make the necessary arrangements. The festival was arranged at the Mariaman (Mother Durga) Temple, one of the oldest Hindu temples at the heart of Binjai City. The stage had been prepared; the chariot was going through final adjustments; the devotees, around fifteen to twenty, were eagerly making arrangements for prasadam, bhoga offerings and decorations. So many fruits were placed on the chariot for decoration as well as for distribution.

Bhumi puja at ISKCON Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Hare KrishnaBy Basu Ghosh Das

Indore, the economic capitol and largest city in Madhya Pradesh, is going to become the home of a major ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Govinda temple. On the auspicious day of Baladev Purnima, the full moon day in the Hindu month of Shraavan, observed by Gaudiya Vaishnavas as the appearance day of Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna, a “bhumi puja” - “worship of the earth” ceremony was performed to initiate the construction activity there.

Ukraine refugee relief effort: The focus moves to Russia

Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

By Lord Krishna’s grace, the first phase of our refugee relief effort in Ukraine has been very successful in transporting, securing, and sheltering the lives of over two hundred of His devotees, including a large number of children. Ukrainian leaders managed to relocate and accommodate the refugees’ families, provide adults with temporary or permanent employment and single mothers with adequate maintenance for them and their dependent children. Unfortunately, due to disrupted communications in areas of combat, we cannot provide an exact number.

Civil servant Asish Soni serves kitchari – food for stomach and soul – to hungry Londoners from the Hare Krishna Food For Life van

Hare KrishnaBy The Guardian

I’m a qualified accountant, I work in Croydon at the Home Office, and people there call me Ash but at the Hare Krishna temple I’m Acyuta. I got involved with the Hare Krishna movement in my last year of uni about 10 years ago. A few monks came down, and gave a class on karma and why bad things happen to good people, and I found answers I had been looking for. I was initiated in 2007, and given a baptism name: Acyuta Charan Das.

GBC strategic planning help needed

Hare KrishnaBy Kaisori Dasi

I’m writing to you about the GBC strategic planning work and how you can help. Strategic planning is about looking toward the future, and that’s a service that requires help from many devotees with all kinds of skills. The GBC began its strategic planning work to help ISKCON grow into a healthy, sustainable, world-class organization. If you wish to see ISKCON as a global community with high standards of excellence in every area of its endeavors, please read on.

Krishna Lunch Forever Strengthens Ties with University of Florida

Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktin Amy

As most devotees can attest to, not every town receives its local Hare Krishna community with arms wide open. But through Srila Prabhupada’s plan, Gainesville has proven itself to be incredibly favorable. A quiet college town, Gainesville welcomed the University of Florida (and its 102 students) in 1906. Today, UF is known as one of the nation’s top universities, enrolling 50,000 students, many of which have heard the Holy Name, associated with devotees, and taken prasadam on the UF campus since 1971. Krishna Lunch is an integral part of the student experience at UF with students being introduced to Krishna Lunch during official campus tours and alumni reminded of Krishna Lunch in alumni magazine.

 
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