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.

Thousands visit ISKCON Leicester for Kirtan Fest and Heritage Open Days

Hare KrishnaBy Nimai Devi Dasi

The cream of mostly British kirtan leaders including Amala Harinama Das, Nadiya Mani Devi Dasi, Nama Rasa Das and Tulasi Sutaria, Radha Londonisvara Dasa, Kavi, Nimai Gadhvi and many others lead participants in chanting Hare Krishna at Leicester’s newly acquired property. The highlight of the weekend was a maha street harinama on the Saturday night, where the devotees practically danced out of the temple and around the City Centre. A local Police Sergeant even joined in the dancing and commented that he wished they could be on harinama all night.

Ghee (mother)

Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

If there is one food that represents the fullness of the mode of goodness, the Earth, the Moon and our mother cow it has to be Ghee or mother Ghee. Many of us who experience ghee just do so by opening a tin of ghee purchased at the market store. But how many of us really think about this product and how it came to be in this tin in this form. For devotees who are aspiring to live the “simple” lifestyle influenced as much as possible by the mode of goodness then our food becomes of prime importance to healthy living. And the way it is grown and manufactured or processed even more important.

GBC Leadership Project Looking for Curriculum Developers & Teachers

Hare KrishnaBy Lalita Manjari devi dasi

The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has recently increased its focus on succession; on the need to identify and develop new leaders. As a result the GBC has asked three of its committees​ to focus on ways to speed up the selection and development process without compromising the quality of the training. These three committees are the GBC Succession Committee, the GBC Organizational Development Committee, and the GBC Appointments Committee.

World Holy Name Week in Full Swing!

Hare KrishnaBy Divyanam Das

I’m glad to inform you that World Holy Name Week (WHNW), September 5 – 15, is in full swing!! This year we are seeing increased awareness, participation and excitement for WHNW. We are getting reports from all over the world – New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, USA, Brazil, Canada, UK, Japan, Indonesia, South Africa, Mauritius, Middle East and of course from India. Attached are few of the reports we have received so far.

Theodicy on Fallen

Hare KrishnaBy Patita Pavana das

“If there were no one to control, there would be no meaning to the conception of the supreme controller (isvara), just as there is no meaning to a king without his subjects. If all the subjects became king, there would be no distinction between the king and an ordinary citizen.. Someone may argue, “Why is there a need to create the spiritual sparks?” The answer can be given in this way: Since the Absolute Personality of Godhead is omnipotent, He has both unlimited and limited potencies. This is the meaning of omnipotent. To be omnipotent, He must have not only unlimited potencies but limited potencies also. Thus to exhibit His omnipotency He displays both. The living entities are endowed with limited potency although they are part of the Lord.. If the Personality of Godhead did not possess both limited and unlimited energies, He could not be called omnipotent.

Detroit 3 Day Harinama at Jazz Fest 2014

Hare KrishnaBy Deva Madhava Das

After trying our luck a few times in different spots within the limits of the 35th annual Detroit Jazz festival, we were finally forced by security (read ‘lead by the benevolent will of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) to sit just outside the festival, at the corner of Woodward and Jefferson Ave. (Read ‘The busiest intersection in the whole city.’) The sun was beating down on the spot so direct the word ‘hot’ might have been applicable. The cold hardy Detroit devotees were a little apprehensive, but once they were reminded that in 2 months we’d all be begging Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari to send even a few moments of such sun…. we all settled down and began the yajna.

ISKCON Namahatta in Mayapur reaches 15 Million

Hare KrishnaBy Iksvaku das

On the auspicious day of Radhastami, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, co-minister of the Congregational Development in ISKCON, congratulated the Namahatta devotees from Sridhama Mayapur for having reached out to a record number of 15 million people in their last 35 years of preaching Krishna Consciousness. This is the result of continuous preaching initiatives aimed at encouraging congregations in their spiritual advancement. From innumerable home programs to large pandals, these preachers have successfully been able to attract this large number of souls to the process of Bhakti by following the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu: “talk about Krishna, worship Krishna and teach others about Krishna.”

Srimati Radharani’s Appearance

Hare KrishnaBy Srila Prabhupada

Audio file and transcription of a lecture Srila Prabhupada gave on September 18, 1969 in London, on the occasion of the appearance anniversary of Srimati Radharani.

Some No-No’s For ISKCON Management

Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

When unwanted types of management are perpetuated, no matter how qualified ISKCON managers might be with people skills and other necessary qualities, their attempts at trying to undo these will be difficult. There are reasons for this. We have seen the ISKCON Strategic forum enthusiastically asking for assistance from able devotees, but this needed assistance will be frustrated if these perpetuations persist.

Ukraine Update

Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

We have good news and bad news from Ukraine. The good news is that practically all devotees from the Lugansk region have been safely accommodated elsewhere. Meanwhile, the bad news is that as of today, August 29, 2014, it appears that the conflict could very soon be moving into Mariupol, a seaport of 500,000 and home to a very large devotee community. We must be prepared to assist these devotees should the battlegrounds extend into Mariupol and therefore different options for them are already being considered.

“Conservative and liberal positions in and around ISKCON” - video

Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vihari dasa and Tamohara dasa

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

Evolution of ISKCON requires further evolution of education in diverse forms and venues for the future - video

Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama dasa & Tamohara dasa

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

LK Advani, one of India’s senior most politician speaks on Srila Prabhupada

Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Delhi

I believe that me and my family, who are being represented here by my daughter Pratibha, are very fortunate to have the darshan of Swami Prabhupada and offer our respect on to his feet on this day of Janmastami. We also offer our respects on to the feet of all the devotees present here. I consider myself fortunate and believe that Krishna’s message would reach every house in the world and by Krishna’s message I mean Bhagavad Gita’s message.

Minister and VIP’s visit ISKCON Delhi on Janmasthami

Hare KrishnaBy Yudhistir Govinda Das

We estimate that more than 7 lakh devotees visited the temple on Janmastami day. For security purposes nearly 700 police personnel from the Delhi police were stationed in and around the temple. Additionally, several notable citizens of the country visited the temple for the darshan of Their Lordships, a few of the names are mentioned below: Sri Harshavardhan (Union Minister of Health & Welfare), Sri Amar Singh (Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha), Sri Satish Upadhaya (President of BJP, Delhi State), Sri Manish (Deputy Director - CBI), Sri Saxsena and Sri Mishra (Chief Commissioners - Income Tax Dept of India), Smt. Jayaprada (Politician and former actress)

Hare Krishna Festival brings colour to Croome, Pershore, UK (160 photos)

Hare KrishnaBy James Connell

A TOUCH of the exotic brought a rainbow of colours to a country house during a vibrant Hare Krishna festival. Croome was overflowing with vivid colours at the weekend (Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14) as the Hare Krishnas celebrated their time at the National Trust mansion house and parkland as these photographs by Tracey Blackwell show.

NASN August 2014 - North American Sankirtan Newsletter

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

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

An Alternative to Forces that Drive Our Lives

Hare KrishnaBy Advaita Chandra das

Our modern lives and the decisions we take on a daily basis are typically driven by three major forces - DATA (D), MONEY (M) and RIGHTS (R) - which influence and move us sometimes in very subtle ways. We search for happiness by manipulating these forces to get material sense enjoyment. Unfortunately, the happiness we experience is fleeting and disappointingly unsubstantial. Consequently, many are frustrated and angry with the status quo. And, well-being, at both individual and collective levels, has been severely compromised. What’s amiss? Where did we go wrong?

Srila Prabhupada took Sannyasa to Bring Us World Holy Name Week

Hare KrishnaBy Ekalavya das

As World Holy Name Week 2014 progresses from day 4 to day 5, I contemplate the supreme sacrifice made by Srila Prabhupada to take sannyasa. Sannyasa means to give up all activities not favorable to Krishna consciousness. One of the inner truths of World Holy Name Week is to put aside all activities not related to Krishna consciousness. This is an opportunity to increase our chanting and hearing. Cultivate those items favorable for the outreach effort of Krishna consciousness. And also cultivate those items favourable for the inreach effort of Krishna consciouses.

King of Puri Visits ISKCON Bhubaneswar

Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vilasa dasa

On August 27th, for the occasion of Srila Gour Govinda Swami’s 2014 Vyasa Puja celebrations, the King of Puri, Gajapati Maharaja, King Dibyasingha Deb, attended the two day festival at ISKCON Bhubaneswar. The king took darsan of the deities Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Krsna Balarama, and Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra, and then spoke for 40 minutes in the Srila Gour Govinda Swami Memorial glorifying the contributions of both Srila Gour Govinda Swami and Srila Prabhupada.

A Happy Wife Has a Good Husband

Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

If a case of illicit sex between a man and an unmarried woman were brought before Prabhupada, he never blamed the woman. He said it is the man’s fault because the man is supposed to be strong and intelligent, and that a woman naturally and innocently follows a man. A man’s role is to protect and provide. Protection and exploitation are opposites. So if a woman went along with a man’s sexual aggression, Prabhupada wouldn’t blame her. Why? Because the man is supposed to guide her, take care of her, and look out for her. He provides material, emotional and spiritual security to the woman.

Who went West - Srila Prabhupada or the Holy Name?

Hare KrishnaBy Antardwip das

Some people hold that, having been prophesied by scripture, by Lord Chaitanya and by the previous acharyas, if Srila Prabhupada had not spread Krishna Consciousness, some other devotee, or some group of devotees, would have been empowered to do so in Srila Prabhupada’s place. In other words, the prophecy to spread Krishna Consciousness around the world relied on empowerment, rather than an empowered individual, for its fulfillment. It is similar to saying that if we were empowered like Hanuman, we could also jump to Lanka. But is empowerment all that is needed? Can anyone by empowerment do any prophesied task as well as anyone else?

Sri Radha—the Feminine Divine

Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Radha and Krishna are one, yet They have assumed two separate forms to enjoy loving pastimes. Numerous theological texts explain how this is so, but most thorough are the writings of Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami and Rupa Gosvami, great masters in the Vaishnava tradition whose books have been translated and commented upon by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. To understand Sri Radha, then, English readers would do well to turn to Srila Prabhupada’s books.

State Premier and Other Politicians Visit Melbourne ISKCON Temple

Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti devi dasi

In the week leading up to Janmastami 2014 and over its 2 day festivities, several politicians, from both local and state level, visited ISKCON’s Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir, Australia. The reason for these visits was to present our kitchen facilities in their need for upgrading and expansion, for which architectural plans have been approved and an application for a $750,000 government grant has been submitted.

“Who or what delivers the soul, from the position of conditioned to liberated?” - video

Hare KrishnaBy Romapada Swami

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 28, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

“Unity in Diversity” - video

Hare KrishnaBy Vaisesika dasa and Nityananda Pran das

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

HH Badrinarayan Swami: Harmonizing Lines of Authority; Some Questions and Some Practical Challenges - video

Hare KrishnaBy Badrinarayan Swami

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 25, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago. Two prominent lines of authority. Guru is authorized by GBC to give shelter to devotees. Management is authorized by GBC to give shelter to devotees.

Bali’s Ratha-yatra

Hare KrishnaBy Ravinjay

The festival lasted two days. The first day was dedicated to ISKCON’s founder-acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His Holiness Kavicandra Swami and His Holiness Subhag Swami publicly glorified their spiritual master and encouraged the Indonesian devotees to follow his instructions. “We need to encourage a united celebration for Srila Prabhupada”, His Holiness Kavicandra Swami, GBC for Indonesia, comments. On the second day, Sunday the 24th of August 2014, the park was filled with people who were fed by the Hare Krishna Food For Life team. Over 1,500 plates of hot porridge were freely distributed.

 
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