Plans for Increasing Book Distribution

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

While ISKCON, the GBC, and the BBT are independent entities and thus the GBC cannot instruct the BBT trustees, the GBC humbly appeals to the BBT trustees to kindly get involved in pushing this process forward and making sure that the development of these plans actually happens. The Indian BBT and Indian GBCs are exempted from this resolution as they are already doing such powerful book distribution. Of course, they are welcomed and encouraged to present a plan for the coming year if they wish.

Iskcon Alachua’s Festival of Colors 2014 a grand success!

By Mukhya Devi Dasi

The Festival of Colors 2014 was a grand success with more people than last year and many more attendees from outside the devotee community coming over to play Holi. Devotees invited colleagues and friends; we networked extensively on Facebook; advertised on Google, in local print publications, press releases all over Florida and on radio, too. We borrowed friend’s mailing lists, and the word went around. We shared our community, chanting the maha mantra, prasadam, and Krisha consciousness with hundreds of people who had never even known we were tucked away in Alachua.

New Temporary ISKCON Temple Opens in Moscow

By Olessia Podtserob

The Moscow Indian Cultural Center and Sri Sri Dayal-Nitai Sacisuta Temple has celebrated its opening and the Gaura Purnima festival on Sunday, March 16, 2014. 2,000 devotees from Moscow gathered for this joyful event. Gopal Krishna Goswami has cut a red ribbon. Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami also took part in the ceremony.

Avanti House Secondary School

By Bhaktivedanta Manor staff

Avanti Schools Trust are delighted to announce that Harrow Borough Council’s cabinet have approved plans for Avanti House Secondary School to be built on Whitchurch Playing Fields, Stanmore.

What is the difference between the past ages and the present age?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Lord Chaitanya, the Kali-yuga incarnation of Krishna, inaugurated this golden age and Srila Prabhupada expanded its golden influence all over the world by his tireless outreach efforts. Each one of us has the fortune to receive and share this divine legacy and thereby become models and messengers of integrity amidst this age of perversity.

Female Diksa Gurus

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The subject of Vaisnavis initiating in ISKCON is further tabled until additional discussion at the 2014 GBC Midterm Meeting. In the meantime the GBC Eexecutive Committee will work on the following process:
1. Creating a committee of devotees who have no pre-determined view on this topic who will gather documents from all sources on the subject of female diksa-gurus.
2. The committee will sort, summarize, and categorize all documentation. Categories could include Srila Prabhupada’s quotations, varnasrama-dharma, history within our sampradaya and other Vaisnava sampradayas, etc.

Toward Krishna Conscious Governance

By Indra Krishna Das

A clarion call for devotees and like-minded people to come together and, by Krishna conscious governance, save the world from its precarious condition - before it is too late.

Lenin would be proud of us!

By Ghanashyam das

On wednesday as part of our initiative to distribute prasadam at least once a week to the residents Navadwipa we set out to the village on the other side of the Jalangi river named Lenin colony. West Bengal for so many years was governed by the communist party hence the reference to one of its icons - Lenin. Not sure if he ever had piping hot kitchari for lunch but all the residents of the village named after him certainly relished it with great enthusiasm.

Letter of Appreciation to Ravindra Svarupa Das

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Dear Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. The entire Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to you for your many years of service to the GBC. You have served as a member of the GBC with the highest standard of integrity, loyalty and dedication. This is a great credit to both yourself and our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. For almost three decades, your thoughtful comments, academic and sastric insights, bold analysis and devotional perspectives have helped to inform and form GBC opinion and resolutions.

Patron Thanksgiving and Pre Janmastami Love Feast organised by SJMKL

By Sri Jagannatha Mandir Kuala Lumpur

Sri Jagannatha Mandir organized its monthly patron feast and pre Janmastami love feast on 6 April 2014. The programme was blessed by the presence of His Holiness Swami Bhakti Vghna Vinasa Narsimha Maharaja. There was also initiation ceremony. His Grace Siddhi Prabhu who is the chairman for Sri Krishna Janmastami showed a presentation on our grand Janmastami celebrations last year and appealed to everyone to make it grander this year.

Holi Happiness in DC

By Patrick Costello

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful event. The food was inexpensive and fabulous. The music was good. Best of all, as I have already said, people were kind.

Mandakini Dasi joins the London Harinam Explosion

By Parasuram das

Mandakini came over from France to visit the London Yatra for Gaura Purnima. She was one of the guests of honour, along with mothers Malati and Manjuali at the Connaught Rooms on Lord Chaitanya’s Appearance Day. Over one thousand devotees attended that festival.

From Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir! HH Jayapataka Swami

By Jayapataka Swami

Narada Muni was concerned how these souls would be delivered. So then Lord Caitanya asked for volunteers, those who would like to go with Him to the material world to spread the Harinam sankirtan and deliver the fallen souls. Radharani and some sakhis and gopis volunteered. The queens in Dwaraka volunteered-some. Then Lord Caitanya said, I will preach in India, Bharatavarsha and for those who skip and go to the western countries, I will send my senapati bhakta who will make many devotees, commanding devotee. He will spread the Harinam sankirtan all over the world.

Ratha Yatra in St. Augustine, Florida March 22, 2014

By Sukhada Dasi

Bhadra Prabhu introduced the mayor of St. Augustine, Joe Boles, who heartily welcomed the Hare Krishnas and announced that our parade was “the oldest parade in the world.” He encouraged us to continue our tradition yearly, and especially invited us to participate next year when the city marks its 450th anniversary as the oldest continually occupied European settlement in the United States (1565 to 2015).

Sri Sri Tota Gopinatha Temple And Sri Gadadhara Pandita

By Chandan Yatra Das

Sri Tota Gopinatha is exquisitely beautiful self-manifested Deity of Lord Sri Krishna. Sri Tota Gopinatha is also a most unique Deity because He is the only Krishna Deity in the world “sitting down” and playing His flute. Sri Tota Gopinatha has such a charismatic bewitching quality that draws one to His darshana over and over again. Srila Vrindavana Thakura extols His power: “Even an extreme atheist will be changed upon seeing the Deity of Gopinatha.”

The preaching has already begun in the Temple of Vedic Planetarium

By Sadbhuja Das

Stories of preaching the glories of the TOVP usually conjure images of sannyasis speaking to crowds of devotees, or Ambarisha prabhu addressing rooms full of eager donors. How often does the audience think of Bengali laborers? Interestingly, it is this section of the Mayapur community who are often overlooked. Beyond the glories of artistic creations, architectural marvels and engineering feats beat the hearts of a population of Indian workers who put together the pieces of this amazing puzzle.

The Iskcon Cow Protection Culture

By Dusyanta dasa

Because Iskcon is a spiritual holistic society it means Iskcon can demonstrate the alternative to capitalism. When defining the original and conclusive purposes of Iskcon Srila Prabhupada also included a lifestyle principle as well as many other spiritual practices. The 6th purpose of Iskcon is aimed and directed to all members of Iskcon towards their lifestyle so that the whole of Iskcon is single pointedly and united to gaining these goals of life.

Ratha Yatra in Tallahssee 2014

By Ananga Manjari Devi

Our colorful presentation was very well received by the audience of thousands who enthusiastically waved, danced and gave us many smiles and thumbs-up as we danced by. The float that pulled the Lords’ Chariot was covered in a beautiful bouquet of leaves and flowers and featured a huge 9 foot high Lord Chaitanya, all designed by Luz Marina. The whole Rathyatra presentation was awe inspiring for the participants as well as the observers.

The Qualification to Hear

By Madhavananda Das

In this age of instant communication, we expect immediate answers to our questions. From nearly anywhere in the world we can google from our cell phones and in seconds find out whatever facts we are interested in. Moreover, there are hundreds of translations of vaiṣṇava literatures available today, including descriptions of intimate and esoteric pastimes of Krishna and the gopīs.

The Iskcon non violence myth

By Dusyanta Dasa

The whole subject of violence within the dairy industry was the basis for spawning the alternate diet of vegans. Rather than embracing the positive instructions of cow protection by following the universal aspects of the definitions and goals of cow protection an alternative diet was sought. Bearing in mind the rather narrow criteria of considering violence in the dairy industry as an exclusive situation that is not applicable to any other type of farming, food production and horticultural enterprise the Iskcon conclusions are debated practically on a yearly basis.

These are the tests

By Srila Prabhupada

This is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. You don’t require to attempt for political reason and make Kṛṣṇa consciousness secondary. Therefore we say that if people, not all, if some percentage of the whole population of the world become Kṛṣṇa conscious, then all the problems of the world will be solved.

Visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia

By Basu Ghosh Das

A thousand years ago, the Hindu Raja (King) Jayavarman II, built numerous large elaborately decorated stone temples of Lord Vishnu, in the area that today is known internationally as Angkor Wat. Angkor is a dissimilation of the Samskrita word “nagar”, that is “city” in English. From nagar came “nakor” and then “Angkor” in modern Khmer, the language of Cambodia. Raja Jayavarman II constructed his capitol in this place a thousand years ago, and now the ruins of nearly 250 Hindu temples remain, in various stages of deterioration, after a millennium.

God Is Not Dead — The Testimony of a Fortunate Seeker

By Pusta Krishna Das

In 1971 I related to Srila Prabhupada my personal experience of revelation from Krishna. With eyebrows raised he immediately said: “So now you must tell them that God is not dead.” It has been a long time coming and finally by his grace I have published this book. In the history of western literature there has never been a factual description of God. We often hear that “no one has seen God and lived to tell about it.” However, if the Supreme Truth wishes to reveal Himself to whomever and whenever He so chooses, then the Infinite can be known to the infinitesimal.

Is the Ramayana relevant today?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Perhaps the most relevant example for us as spiritual seekers is that of Sita when separated from Lord Rama and held in captivity in Ravana’s Lanka. All of us are also separated from the Lord of our hearts and are held in captivity in material existence which is the arena of Ravana-reminiscent materialism.

Ocean of Mercy: Bhakti Benefits for Doomed Cows?

By Devamrita Swami

Myths and fantasies are an essential part of ordinary human culture. Through science fiction, legends, and fairy tales, the mundane imagination soars, unfettered by reality. But here’s one daydream Krishna’s devotees, in the real world of bhakti, can do without: we spiritually benefit the condemned cow by offering its milk to Krishna.

From Traffic Lights to Temple Bells

By Sri Krishna Purusottama das

Lord Chaitanya took great pleasure in hearing the activities of preaching by His devotees while He was in Nadia. At dusk, every team reported to Lord Chaitanya on what happened during the day. Devotees at ISV still follow the tradition reporting the Weekend book distribution activities for the pleasure of Lord Chaitanya and His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

Members of religious body offer prayer for MH370

By thestar.com

Some 80 members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Malaysia (Iskcon) Kuching Branch held a special prayer for the passengers and family members of MH370. The prayer session was led by its chairman Prabu Kripa Sindhu Krishna Das where they performed a kirtan prayer, chanting the maha mantra “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama,Rama Rama Hare Hare”.

 
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