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.

Margarine Spreads vs. Butter

Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

If this were a boxing contest in a fight between the two opponents “margarine” and “butter” it would not be a fair contest. It’s like trying to compare a little girl or boy fighting against Muhammad Ali. In this example “butter” is Muhammad Ali because butter is a natural food product. Not only is butter a natural food product but more importantly the body recognises butter when butter is ingested. Because margarine spreads are not natural, when it is ingested into the body it is not recognised as a natural product by the body.

Gita Nagari Farm, Port Royal, PA in the News

Hare KrishnaBy Melissa Erdman

The United States Department of Agriculture has listed ISKCON’s Gita- nagari Farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania as one of the most important success stories of preservation and sustainability in 2013.

A life of spiritual transition in ISKCON. Varnasrama, ISKCON, and the GBC - video

Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama dasa and Nityananda das

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

Srila Prabhupada Storie, Footprints in the sand – stories on Srila Prabhupada and his journey - video

Hare KrishnaBy Malati Devi Dasi

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 26, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

The Hare Krishna Children Camp 2014 at Simhachalam (Germany)

Hare KrishnaBy Priya-kirti Dasa

“Hare Krishna Hare Rama little nice souls, welcome to the camp for little vaishnavas.” With this traditional camp anthem began already the 13th year of the Hare Krishna Children Camp at the German Simhachalam farm. This year record-breaking 80 Czech, Slovak, German and Irish children and their parents have attended.

Glimpse of Goloka at ISKCON Convention Centre, Bangalore

Hare KrishnaBy Sugopi Sakhi Devi Dasi

Visitors had a glimpse of the enthralling spiritual world this Janmashtami at ISKCON Convention Centre, Bangalore. Walking in through the main gates of the temple, one had a wonderful sight of an awesome towering deity of Krishna. Close by was an equally tall deity of Vishnu resplendent with Anantasesha. The waters of the fountain at His lotus feet reminded everyone of the causal ocean, though it was a miniature version with gently flowing waters.

Campus seminars on Bhagavad-gita inspires students of Bali, Indonesia

Hare KrishnaBy Hari Narayana Das

The State Polytechnic Institute (Politeknik Negeri Bali) and Hindu University (Institut Hindu Dharma Negeri) of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesia Bhaktivedanta Institute, hosted two international seminars on Bhagavad-gita As It Is separately on their respective campuses on the 16th and 20th of August 2014 respectively. “I think we shall get help from the Government and many foundations, if they understand that we are actually training people for building up character and health along with imparting education.” (SPL to Hayagréva, 7th October, 1968).

New TOVP Janmastami Appeal Video

Hare KrishnaBy Muralidhara-priya Das

Please watch the latest fundraising appeal by HG Radha-Jivan Prabhu for Janmastami time

Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja at Sri Mayapur International School

Hare KrishnaBy Gunacuda Dasi

Every student from Year 1 to Year 12 wrote a Vyasa puja offering and selected children read their heartfelt homages to Srila Prabhupada, some of these were in the form of poems and songs. There were bhajans, songs and a dance by different students as well as rememberances of Srila Prabhupada by his disciples. This was followed by an abhisek organised by the ashram boys and a large feast which the students helped prepare.

Forever Your Servant

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Srila Prabhupada, I’ve never known your words to be untrue. It is one of the reasons that I have full faith in you and that my desire to assist your mission in this world becomes stronger day by day. You once wrote to me that you felt your spiritual master was always “watching over and protecting you.” Please also watch over and protect me as I assist you with your service in this world. Then at a suitable time, when you see fit, please grant me eternal service to you in the transcendental abode.

People pray to God; the Vrajavasis pray for God — Meditation on Nandotsava

Hare KrishnaBy Chaitanya Charan das

“Let others, fearing material existence, worship the Vedas, the Vedic supplementary Puranas and the Mahabharata, but I shall worship Nanda Maharaja, in whose courtyard the Supreme Brahman is crawling.”

The Descent of God

Hare KrishnaBy Ravindra-svarupa Dasa

All over the world we find the kind of literature we call scripture. These works tell us a particular kind of tale. They report those extraordinary occasions on which the divine penetrated into our world, and our tiny space and time housed for a while the eternal and infinite. Witnesses to these incursions, utterly changed by what they had seen, found themselves compelled to pour into the world’s indifferent and disbelieving ear their strange and powerful tales. And just because these witnesses were so changed, others listened, and they were changed in turn.

Planting Trees at Giri Govardhana: Dhama Seva: A Genuine Govermental Concern

Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktisiddhanta Swami

During Independence day, on behalf of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Iskcon devotees from Rādhā Kunda assisted in a long-range plan of tree replantation around Giri Govardana. Perhaps a feather within the worldwide mission, is the care for the Holy Dhāma through dhāma seva; a tribute to a place where the founder ācārya desired to circumambulate in his final physical days.

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)

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.

 
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