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By Ravindra Svarupa Dasa

The GBC Prabhupada Position Committee has released an enlightening and detailed book explaining the pre-eminent position of Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON as its Founder-Acarya. The Prabhupada Position Committee, consisting of sixteen senior devotees including Bhakti Charu Swami, Gopal Krishna Goswami, Hari Sauri Das and Ravindra Svarupa Das is one of the many initiatives created by the GBC Strategic Planning Team, which aims to secure the future of ISKCON. “This GBC Statement on Prabhupada’s Preeminent Position is part of an ongoing effort to better educate ISKCON devotees about Srila Prabhupada’s unique stature and contribut...

(0) December 19, 2014 -- 4,085 views
Hare KrishnaBy Janardan Jitendriya Das

On Dec. 14th a grand celebration was held in the premises of the ISKCON Jaipur Sri SriGiridhariDauji temple. The festival marked the opening of the Bhaktivedanta Bhawan, a fully mechanized kitchen, prasadam hall, library and teaching facility with 3 seminar Halls and two guest preaching offices. The Bhaktivedanta Bhawan was made possible by the generosity of Mr. Suresh Kumar Podddar of Mayur Unicoters. Mr. Poddar was inspired by the opportunity to estab...

(0) December 20, 2014 -- 503 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mukundanghri dasa

The South African Constitution enshrines the principle of equality as one of its core values. Addressing the injustices of inequality has been, arguably, this young democracy’s primary focus in its first 20 years. Jayadvaita Swami, however, explained how inequality cannot be denied when it is explicitly manifest before us. Some of us are strong and others weak. Some are endowed with certain qualities and others not. Inequality is, however, only superficial,...

(0) December 20, 2014 -- 480 views
Hare KrishnaBy Chaitanya Charan das

It’s by English scientist Alfred Wallace, the co-founder of evolution. In his book My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions, he eloquently wrote how he outgrew the narrow-mindedness that rejected naturalism. “The facts did not fit into my then existing fabric of thought. All my preconceptions, all my knowledge, all my belief in the supremacy of science and of natural law were against the possibility of such phenomena. Every other possible solution was ...

(0) December 20, 2014 -- 473 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

The contentious discussion on human placements resurfaced recently, though it is ongoing. The involvement of devotee doctors serving at Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai has added extra range to it. Suddenly it seems, we are confronted with samples of varnashrama-dharma being practiced ‘outside’ of our ISKCON world. Some devotees are opposed to this because they say it does not conform to Srila Prabhupada’s ideal of ISKCON being a preaching movement. ...

(0) December 19, 2014 -- 526 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa das

Last October the GBC body spent 3 full days delving deep into this issue with the aim of moving closer to a decision that would be in the best interests of ISKCON and in line with guru, sastra and sadhu. That process will continue in Mayapur next February. Prior to the October meeting, the GBC engaged a team of devotees based in Chowpatty to research the topic and compile relevant information from Srila Prabhupada's books and other teachings, other acaryas, as we...

(0) December 19, 2014 -- 842 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nagaraja Dasa

Controlling one’s mind is the purpose of yoga, and Krishna consciousness is the yoga of bhakti, or service to Krishna with love. As with any type of yoga, practicing bhakti-yoga in an atmosphere where we’re deluged with information can be tough. The digital age seems to control us, as yesterday’s inventions become today’s necessities. When I compare my childhood to that of kids today, I wonder how they can concentrate on anything, their minds so easily dis...

(0) December 19, 2014 -- 644 views
Hare KrishnaBy Laxmimoni Devi Dasi

If Srila Prabhupada visited you, Maybe just for a day or two, and came by unexpectedly, I wonder what you'd do. Oh, I know you'd give your nicest room, To such an honored guest, And all the food you'd offer, Would be the very best. And you would keep assuring him, You're glad to have him there, That serving him within your home, Is a joy beyond compare. BUT If you saw him coming, Would you meet him at the door, With arms outstretch...

(1) December 16, 2014 -- 1,159 views
Hare KrishnaBy Rasanand Das

As conditioned souls within this material world, people who are averse to God, lament and aggrieved when they suffer but devotees of the Lord worships him with full faith and devotion and take these sufferings as gifts of the Lord and they understand that these sufferings are temporary and external. Sufferings are gifts of the Lord for a devotee, which apparently seems bitter but in reality its blessings of the Lord. Queen Kunti prays to the Lord in Srimad Bhagava...

(0) December 16, 2014 -- 764 views
Hare KrishnaBy Deva Darshan Das

Sharing wisdom and ideas on a forum are great but going on site and making things happen is even better. My point is, I believe successful congregational leaders should make themselves more accessible to Leaders from struggling countries. We cannot only unite during the Mayapur festival or when we need to sign petitions to avoid temples closing down. I am not saying create a mess. Of course, there should be discipline and everything has to be done under the Lo...

(0) December 16, 2014 -- 833 views
Hare KrishnaBy Arjuna Krishna dasa

Both Rama Laksman prabhu, Director for IDVM Secretariat located in Sri Mayapur along with Arjuna Krsna prabhu, Co-Director for IDVM Department of Education undertook an extensive tour to various ISKCON rural projects in India. Their travels took them to Nilachal Dham, a new project under ISKCON Juhu temple close to Mumbai in Maharashtra, Nandagram Farm in Gujarat, Pathmeda on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Panchavati in Tamil Nadu, close to Salem, Ve...

(0) December 15, 2014 -- 920 views
Hare KrishnaBy Indresh Das

Bhaktimarga Swami was trying to keep up with the hugs and coin giveaway, and the all of us were just astounded with the outpouring of support and love for Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON’s TOVP project. The conchshell blew for Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha’s arati and in this way the inaugural TOVP fundraising drive in ISKCON Canada came to an end.

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(0) December 14, 2014 -- 977 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sri Jagannath Mandir

The event was even more blissful when the children of Gokul Garden recited Bhagavad Gita slokas with translation that they had memorised. The kids were divided into three groups (based on their classes); Gopal, Domodara and Madhav, and each group recited their slokas. Once they were done, the kids of Gokul Garden were dressed up so wonderfully and they performed a small sketch of the Mahabharatha war. They managed to bring all the devotees back to the time...

(0) December 14, 2014 -- 680 views
Hare KrishnaBy Diksha Devi Dasi

During this particular month, thanks to the Book Marathon, most of us would be engaged in bringing new souls to Krishna Consciousness everyday. It is hard, agreed! But it is truly worth it. With each temple congregation battling to make it to the top of the highest distributors list, we Damodardesh (Dubai) vasis are bereft physiologically of the opportunity to distribute books. As per law, we are not allowed to distribute any books on streets or anywhere public...

(0) December 14, 2014 -- 788 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ajit Krishna Dasa

Response to the author of “No More Cattle Raising on the Planet of the Trees” "Your suggestion that in the future any mistakes which are found can be reported to Satsvarupa Maharaja, Jayadvaita Prabhu, Radha Ballabha Prabhu, or yourself, and after sufficient investigation and confirmation these mistakes can be rectified is accepted. As we are working on this Fifth Canto planetary system, whatever corrections are required to be made, we will get approved by...

(3) December 13, 2014 -- 1,385 views
Hare KrishnaBy Murari Gupta Dasa

I first heard about Bilvamangala Thakura Dasa, who is blind, when I arrived at the ISKCON temple in Belgaum, Karnataka, where he lives. When I saw him at the early-morning mangala-arati, he was dancing and singing joyfully, and shouting “Gauranga!” and “Jaya Srila Prabhupada!” Later he sat down to chant his japa and after a short break joined in Guru-puja and the Bhagavatam class. His day begins before 3:00 A.M. He chants all the prayers sung during m...

(0) December 11, 2014 -- 1,154 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ravindra Svarupa dasa

The Sanskrit word bhoga (with the long “a” of the plural) means “pleasures” or “enjoyments.” What kinds? The pleasures born (ja) from samsparsa, “the bringing into contact” implicitly, the contact of the senses with their appropriate objects. This is what we mean by “sense gratification”: enjoying the pleasures that arise when the eyes, nose, or tongue, the hands, skin, or genitals, come together with their particular objects. Krishna...

(0) December 11, 2014 -- 1,119 views
Hare KrishnaBy Urmila Devi Dasi

The children’s science video began with a view of the vast night sky blazing with stars. A scientist described as a famous evolutionist appeared in a corner of the screen. “When we examine the origin of the universe and the life that is in it,” he said, “we find our source to be a cold, impersonal machine.” I could almost feel a chill sweep into the room, and I shuddered. I thought of the opposite way in which the Bhagavad-gita describes the origin ...

(0) December 11, 2014 -- 993 views
Hare KrishnaBy Srila Sarasvati Thakura

He said that previously the upavita was not used, only the dhoti and upper cloth, but later it became acceptable for brahmanas to wear an upavita instead of an upper cloth. When the Bengali devotees expressed surprise that South Indian brahmanis wore their saris with a kaccha, Srila Sarasvati Thakura stated that this was the correct Vedic method.

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(0) December 10, 2014 -- 1,185 views
Hare KrishnaBy Charu Sudan Kasturi

India will demand that Russia offer permanent land for a temple in Moscow after the city's sole Hindu shrine was demolished last December despite a deal between Putin and Modi's predecessor Manmohan Singh to save it, senior officials confirmed to The Telegraph. The agreement, reached after Singh's Moscow visit last October, involved India clearing the construction of a Russian Orthodox church in the heart of Lutyens Delhi in exchange for Moscow allowing th...

(0) December 10, 2014 -- 1,491 views
Hare KrishnaBy Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna is the only enjoyer. Everyone and everything else is the object of his enjoyment. Where there is discussion about Hari, that is a place of pilgrimage. Become united with one purpose and serve Hari. Preaching without practicing is nothing but a ritual of karma-kanda. We will not stay in this world for a long time. Only if this body falls singing of the glory of Lord Sri Hari will our birth in...

(0) December 10, 2014 -- 1,455 views
Hare KrishnaBy Yamuna Sundari devi dasi

The Srimad-Bhagavatam describes in detail how the cows are most dear to Lord Krishna. The Lord takes the cows and calves every morning to graze on the pastures of Govardhana Hill. There are hundreds of thousands of cows at the palace of Nanda Maharaja (Lord Krishna’s father), an each cow has her own name. Whenever Lord Krishna plays His flute and calls the cows by name, the cows, intelligent and affectionate, come running toward Him.

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(0) December 9, 2014 -- 914 views
Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

To distribute Krsna consciousness, we must have Krsna consciousness. These verses are about Prahlada Maharaja, and in a way they are also about Srila Prabhupada, who in his purport expressed his own mood—and about us, how Srila Prabhupada wants us to execute Krsna consciousness. Prahlada Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada were on a very high level of Krsna consciousness, but even on our own level we can experience something of what they experienced, that wherever we ...

(0) December 9, 2014 -- 896 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ajita Nimai Dasa

Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport that this knowledge has been extant in human society for at least two million years. The sacred system of parampara (disciplic succession) keeps the knowledge flowing from one generation to the next. But this current of spirituality must not be taken for granted. Its carriers at any time in history are always up against the opposing undercurrent of materialism that characterizes the material world. Time and again this unti...

(0) December 8, 2014 -- 1,074 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaishnavanghri Sevaka Das

First, desire for an achievement develops in mind. But, to convert that desire into a goal one has to use his intelligence. For that purpose an action plan has to be devised. Time frame for the activity, identification and acquiring resources, review of the progress, etc. become the important points. When all these are nicely arranged, then the desire gets converted to goal. When the goal is achieved it results in great enthusiasm in the performer, who...

(0) December 8, 2014 -- 1,002 views
Hare KrishnaBy Patita Pavana das

We love to read the biographies of the Founder-Acharya scribed by the devotees of the Krishna Consciousness Movement. Such writings are proof that there is an ever-present divine energy we know as the disciplic succession, an eternal current that has flowed down to us like the waterfalls along the rivulets of nectar on Chandra-loka. Shrila Prabhupada said, “Whenever someone comes into one of our temples, it means that Lord Krishna has brought that person by...

(0) December 7, 2014 -- 958 views
Hare KrishnaBy eurorgb.com

Italy Yatra. 50th ISKCON and Save Yamuna. Spanish Yatra 2014. German Yatra 2014. New Raman Reti - Poland 2014. Bhaktivedanta College Kirtan Course 2014. MOSA Belgium - Inaugurating the 2014 art exhibits at MOSA. Radhadesh - Chateau de Petite Somme. Radhika Ramana on Bhaktivedanta College Radhadesh. ISKCON Sweden - Stockholm 2014. Radhadesh 2014. MOSA - Museum of Sacred Art

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(0) December 7, 2014 -- 1,022 views
Hare KrishnaBy Urmila Devi Dasi

From the European Leaders Meetings 2014 – presentations. This is both a topical and sensitive subject and our goal is to discuss it in a measured and productive way. So how to understand and explain some of the more controversial references from Srila Prabhupada on women and the role of women? How do they affect our own Vaishnavis and how can they can be seen in a positive light by the general public and the media?

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(1) December 7, 2014 -- 1,625 views
Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Dasa

From The Auropean Leaders Meetings 2014 - presentations. Five Key Steps taken by Srila Prabhupada in Shaping his ISKCON. The founding of the institution under the name of ISKCON. The recognition of that founder with the title Prabhupada. The further recognition of Prabhupada with the title Founder Acarya.

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(0) December 7, 2014 -- 721 views
Hare KrishnaBy Srila Prabhupada

Brahmasayujya and Krsna lila-both may be possible, but when you are coming down from brahmasayujya or when you are coming down from Krsna lila, that remains a mystery. But at the present moment we are in Maya's clutches, so at present our only hope is to become Krsna conscious and go back to home, back to Godhead. The real position is servant of Krsna, and servant of Krsna means in Krsna lila. Directly or indirectly, always we are serving Krsna's lila. Even in...

(0) December 6, 2014 -- 948 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dina Dayala Dasa

The Euro RGB is thrilled to introduce you to thirteen exemplary Vaishnavas who received the sixth annual ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards for the year 2014. Outstanding pujari seva, ISKCON Festivals, Caring for devotees, Overall ISKCON interest/Overall preaching, Education, Overall ISKCON contribution and more.

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(0) December 6, 2014 -- 1,027 views
Hare KrishnaBy Tribhuvanatha das

Yesterday 4th, December, 2014. A Cordial friend, and a very influential Chief. Chief., Dr,. Eromosele S.A. In Bini kingdom. Invites Iskcon Members to preach in his, Tradomedical Herb Healing Home. On this note, Bhakivinoda Thakura, a 19th Century Vaisnava Saint, observed that interfaith involvement strengthens one's faith in one's own tradition, while helping develop a greater sense of respect for the sanctity of other faith. He said, when we have occasion to ...

(0) December 6, 2014 -- 1,032 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur.com

Odana Sashti is a festival that marks the beginning of winter. During the Odana-sasthi festival the devotees dress Lord Jagannatha and Balarama with starched cloth. This ceremony indicates that from that day forward, a winter covering should be given to the Lord. That covering is directly purchased from a weaver, and freshly purchased cloth is usually starched to preserve it. According to the archana-marga, a cloth should first be washed to remove all the starch, an...

(0) December 5, 2014 -- 1,064 views
Hare KrishnaBy Muralidhara-priya Das

Just as Srila Prabhupada had folded his hands with tears in his eyes and thanked his disciples in Mayapur for helping build the Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir, Sriman Ambarish Das and his wife Swaha Mataji this kartik month toured Vrindavan, Dubai, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries to raise awareness about the TOVP temple. Their humble and sincere appeal to the Hare Krishna congregation raised over 3 million dollars in pledges.

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(0) December 4, 2014 -- 1,099 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vamsi Vihari Dasa

But as a true well-wisher, Krishna is concerned not about being blamed but about ending our material existence as soon as possible. of course, during difficulties He also provides the strength we need to endure. Like a doctor intent on healing a patient, Krishna works hard to purify us. Accepting His ways without complaint and blame encourages Him to continue His treatment, whereas an uncooperative attitude may encourage Him to stop. Therefore, we should b...

(0) December 4, 2014 -- 826 views
Hare KrishnaBy Giriraja Swami

UPON THE invitation of the Gita Bhavan ("Gita Center"), in December 1970 Srila Prabhupada and a party of disciples traveled to Indore, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, to take part in the week-long celebration of the anniversary of the day on which Lord Krsna spoke the Bhagavad-gita. Most of the other speakers were Mayavadi impersonalists, who did not preach Bhagavad-gita as it is or present Krsna as He is.

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(0) December 4, 2014 -- 981 views
Hare KrishnaBy Baldev das

This year, as part of warm up strategy, Temple had organized many seminars and talks all over Mumbai in various counsellors group and preaching programs. In each of these programs, temple devotees presented few anecdotes of book distribution which happened within the chowpatty congregation in previous years. At the end of each program, assembled congregation and youth also shared their experiences of book distribution in previous marathons. A similar get together wi...

(0) December 4, 2014 -- 885 views
Hare KrishnaBy Prana Das

On this auspicious day of Gita Jayanthi, we are pleased to release our second issue of the eMagazine - "Sanatani" - Culture of Eternity. I hope you all would have enjoyed the first issue of the magazine that was launched on the auspicious day of Govardhan Puja. We have got an overwhelming response for the first issue and we sincerely thank you all for the appreciation, blessings and feedback given. As mentioned earlier, through this magazine we would like to reach to ...

(0) December 3, 2014 -- 903 views
Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON South Africa Communications

Rajiv Rampal and Gaurachandra Ramkussan who pioneered this campaign explain that it's not a question of whether you can distribute books, but more the question of do you want to. "If you want to, you will. We are making an appeal to each of you to please commit to distribute at least 10 books. Just 10 books, just 10 minutes of your lives to speak to 10 people. You can sell the books or give them away as gifts, as long it goes out, Srila Prabh...

(0) December 3, 2014 -- 875 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mukundamala Dasa

Divya Simha Dasa (Devidas Vaidya), 70, from Mumbai is a person who does not believe in retirement — in fact he feels real work begins now. After working with Pfizer India for over 33 years and entering into its Hall of Fame for community and social service, Divya Simha wanted to do something more. Village development, women’s empowerment, health and education were some activities in his agenda. But before starting to work on these goals, he wanted to la...

(0) December 2, 2014 -- 880 views

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