Aug 19 2014 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.

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Aug 18 2014 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.

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Aug 9 2014 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.

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Aug 7 2014 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.

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Aug 6 2014 My dear Godbrother Madhu-dvisa Prabhu

Hare KrishnaBy Hridayananda das Goswami

One evening, the Berkeley devotees were on the third floor of our center, chanting in the temple room. Suddenly the house began to shake as if there was an earthquake. Our president asked me to go downstairs and see what was happening. I found the cause: Madhu-dvisa Prabhu and the all-brahmacari San Francisco temple had come to visit us and they were doing kirtana downstairs. Among these devotees was the famous Jayananda. The kirtana, led by Madhu-dvisa, was literally shaking a three story house.

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Aug 6 2014 His Grace Madhu-dvisa Prabhu ACBSP left his body

Hare KrishnaBy Ramesvara dasa

Stunned by the news and tel. call I just received that he just left his body- that greatest kirtan and book distribution general and beloved son of Srila Prabhupada has retuned to be with Srila Prabhupada. His attendant was chanting Hare Krsna to him as he passed from this world

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Jun 18 2014 Tamala…

By Deena Bandhu Das

No one imagined our beautiful stout tamala tree would leave us so soon, but one day he fell to the ground and was gone. No one could imagine that our Tamala would leave us so soon, but one day he left us in the Holy Dhama and was gone. Now we sit here and weep with only memories of our Tamalas to keep us alive.

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May 29 2014 Memorial for HG Advaita Hari Das

By the Chairman for the GBCom

He was a true vaisnava and gentleman who was respected by all and while we will miss him tremendously, we would like to place on record all the wonderful things that he carried out during his brief but very effective tenure as the CFO. He joined the temple at a most crucial juncture when we were concerned about the lack of controls in several management areas and we can say with definite emphasis that he was instrumental in setting up several systems that today have given us a huge amount of confidence in the working of the Finance Department.

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May 21 2014 Iskcon Mayapur Deputy director Advaita Hari Das passes away

By Sri Vallabha das

It is very sad news and a great loss to the Vaisnava community in Mayapur. He was a Deputy Director and was rendering tirelessly many very valuable services to ISKCON as a chartered accountant. Advaita Hari Prabhu was a good preacher. He had been serving in Middle east prior to his arrival to Mayapur. By his preaching, he has made many devotees in Middle east. He was also currently involved in Corporate preaching in nearby regions of Mayapur and Kolkata. He was the Chief Finance Officer and a Deputy Director of Mayapur.

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May 1 2014 Sridhar Swami and Mayapur

By Giriraj Swami

When I spoke with him that last time, he was having a good day, and we had one of the best talks I have ever had with anyone in my entire life. We spoke mainly about the Mayapur project and Srila Prabhupada’s mission. It’s really something that I’ll cherish for my whole life—the experience of it and the lessons it contained.

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Apr 23 2014 For him, Back to Godhead was both the means and the end

By Chaitanya Charan das

Lokanath Swami: Baladeva Das was not just a tireless BTG distributor; he was also a prominent supporter and fundraiser for the Prabhupada Ghat project in Pandharpur and an active preacher in the Alandi-Pandharpur Dindi yatra (an annual mass pilgrimage of tens of thousands that lasts for nearly a fortnight). By his exemplary devotion, I am sure that he returned back to godhead.

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Mar 9 2014 Live from Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir! HH Bhaktitirtha Swami

By Bhaktitirtha Swami

Sometimes I like to mention how our temples are like embassies in the material world. We travelled to come here, and many of us had to get a visa. And it's a feature of travelling, so many places you go with that passport or some type of travelling documents. So the embassy arranges for you to have authorized rights of passage. The embassy is not an ordinary building even though it's in a certain street. Those who work in the embassy have certain diplomatic immunity sometimes, autonomy. And so that little building can determine whether or not you can go to that huge country. Some people couldn't get a visa to come here, so that little building with a few attendents checks one from being able to experience this wonderful pilgrimage.

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Mar 2 2014 Reflections on the Older Brother

By Giriraj Swami

HH Tamal Krishna Goswami played the role of the older brother to so many godbrothers and godsisters in ISKCON, and he played it exceedingly well. He was loving, caring, expert, and resourceful in many, many ways. He could give expert advice and practical support on the physical plane—medical, architectural, financial; on the emotional plane—psychological, social, marital; and on the spiritual plane—chanting japa, singing bhajanas and kirtana, studying and teaching sastra, associating with devotees, worshiping deities, going on parikrama, preaching, distributing books, writing books, engaging different kinds of people, and so much more.

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Feb 16 2014 First Book Distributor

By Pandava vijaya dasa

Although Srila Prabhupada wanted his disciples to be as eager to distribute Krsna consciousness literature as he was, no one of them knew how to do it. Distributing a magazine and asking for small donation was one thing-but a big hardbound book? When the entire shipment of "Teaching of Lord Caitanya" had arrived in New York in April of 1967. The devotees had hired a truck, picked up the books at the dock, and unloaded them at 26 Second Avenue. They had then shipped them to ISKCON centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Montreal, and elsewhere. And there they remained, in the temples.

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Jan 25 2014 Shyamlal Prabhu’s Glorious Departure

By Bhakti Charu Swami

Although Shyamlal Prabhu's body was in the morgue for two days, when I saw him, there was a beautiful glow around him. As his body was being prepared for cremation and all the garlands and flowers were taken off, I noticed that Shyamlal Prabhu had his beadbag on his hand but that his hand was stretched to the lower part of his body.

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Jan 5 2014 Syamalal Prabhu has Departed

By Bhakti Caitanya Swami

His Grace Syamalal prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada from Navadvipa, but resident in South Africa, has just departed this world, this evening, January 5th, at around 5 or 6pm South African time

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Dec 13 2013 “The Very Best Day Of My Life”

By Indradyumna Swami

Memorial Address for Nelson Mandela. Delivered at Edison Power Group Memorial Function. Durban,South Africa. December 6, 2013

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Dec 12 2013 Nelson Mandela’s legacy will live on after he helped save Bhaktivedanta Manor, Aldenham temple

By Anna Slater

Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Hillfield Lane, Aldenham, was on the brink of shutting down in 1995 – but the South African leader vowed to do all in his power to ensure it stayed open

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Dec 7 2013 Iskcon Joins The World In Mourning The Death Of Nelson Mandela

By Champakalata Dasi

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the world in mourning and paying tribute to the foremost human rights icon of current times, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. We offer our condolences to the Mandela family and to the entire South African nation

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Dec 7 2013 The Gift of Dr. T.D. Singh to the Founding of the United Religions Initiative

By Jaganmohini Devi Dasi

On the occasion of H.H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Sripada Maharaj's 76th Vyasa Puja celebrations, Dec. 8th 2013, we are glad to share with you a heartfelt warm tribute by Rev. Charles Gibbs to Sripada Maharaj

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Dec 6 2013 A Few Words About Nelson Mandela (15 photos)

By Bhakti Caitanya Swami

On the whole he was very nice, but the most interesting thing was when we went into the temple room. We took him over to see Srila Prabhupada, and he offered obeisances. Then he and I sat down on the other side of the temple room and spoke a little. I was explaining about our movement and what Srila Prabhupada did to establish it – how he travelled single handed from India and got everything started.

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Nov 6 2013 Bhakti Caru Swami on Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance day (video)

By Bhakti Caru Swami

That night, Srila Prabhupada called me. I was attending Srila Prabhupada – actually one of us used to always be with Srila Prabhupada for two hours. My shift was 12am-2am. So it must have been around 1am. Srila Prabhupada called me, and told me: “The time has come for me to leave this planet, therefore you should make arrangement to take me to Vrindavan immediately.” He wanted to leave his body in Vrindavan. I was completely shocked, and immediately ran downstairs to wake up Tamal Krishna Maharaj.

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Nov 6 2013 Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day

By Giriraj Swami

When we were with His Divine Grace in Surat on his guru maharaja’s disappearance day, he remarked that on the absolute platform there is no difference between the appearance and disappearance of the spiritual master—just like the sunrise and sunset, both are beautiful

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Nov 6 2013 His Divine Grace Departs

By Mukunda Goswami

Some say that Srila Prabhupada came directly from the spiritual world. Others may disagree, but almost all of his followers regard him as being beyond just a saintly person. He singlehandedly took Krishna consciousness to the western world and with the help of enthusiastic young disciples, in a very short time grew his seedling movement into the worldwide, thriving International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

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Oct 23 2013 From Manchester to the Spiritual World!

By Srutakirti Dasa

This is a video of today's class of Srutakirti prabhu in Los Angeles about his personal experience wiith the amazing passing away of Srila Prabhupada's disciple and Srutakirti's wife Amekhala Mataji

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Jul 29 2013 Mother Vrajavadhu—The Embodiment of Prabhupada’s Love

By Giriraj Swami

Today was the memorial service for Mother Vrajavadhu, Srila Prabhupada’s wonderful ninty-nine-year-old disciple who passed away on July 20 in San Diego. Here is my remembrance of her.

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Jul 18 2013 Mother Vraja Vadhu has left her body

By Madhusudan das

Srila Prabhupada’s oldest living devotee, Vraja Vadhu devi dasi aged 99, is now in hospice and will be leaving us soon. We would like the world wide community of devotees to pray for her safe journey to the Lotus Feet of Sri Sri Radha Giridhari

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Jul 2 2013 To Gandharvika devi dasi ACBSP (Wendy Saddington)

By Krishnarupa Devi Dasi

Gandharvika has spent the past six weeks or so preparing herself by constantly hearing Srila Prabhupada chanting and devotees reading to her from his books

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Jun 17 2013 His Grace Ananta-santi Prabhu

By the GBC Executive Committee

A few days ago, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the departure of our dear godbrother, Ananta-santi Prabhu, a legend in the history of the Krsna consciousness movement

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Jun 10 2013 In His Own Words

By Indradyumna Swami

Anatoli Fedorovich Pinyayev (Ananta-santi dasa) was the first Soviet Hare Krsna devotee. Because of his active preaching throughout the USSR and because of the spiritual influence he had on many people, he was subjected to severe persecution for five and a half years at the hands of the staff at various Soviet psychiatric hospitals

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Jun 6 2013 Diary of a Traveling Monk, Volume 13, Chapter 11

By Indradyumna Swami

My dear godbrother, Ananta-santi, I have no doubt that upon leaving your body you were delivered straight to the spiritual world where Srila Prabhupada personally received you and engaged you in service

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Jun 3 2013 Sriman Ananta Santi das prabhu Departs

By several vaishnavas reporting

Prabhupada’s five days on Russian soil provided him ample opportunity to position himself well for the eventual checkmate his movement would play in Soviet Russia. But it was Ananta-santi who took Prabhupada’s message to heart, single-handedly, vigorously, sharing what he had learned with hundreds of Soviet people, many who became devotees

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May 31 2013 Memorial and Memories of Srimati Isa Devi Dasi

By Iskcon Boston

Recorded video if you would like to watch the Memorial festival for Mother Isa that took place in Iskcon's Boston temple, Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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May 26 2013 Famous Aussie artist Wendy Saddington aka Gandharvika devi dasi ACBSP left her body

By her friends

Everyone, I have to let you all know that our beloved Wendy aka Gandharvika Dasi is extremely ill and is preparing to leave her Earthly body. Gandharvika has late stage oesophageal cancer. She is at her Melbourne home with loved ones and is reasonably comfortable and is in excellent spirits. She has been surrounded by loving friends who are chanting with her. Gandharvika has accepted the fact that she is soon to be free of this body and make no mistake, she is leaving with joy

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May 21 2013 Jayananda Thakur

By Krishna Mangala das

The May 23 is Jayananda’s disappearance day. We compiled the film about Jayananda Thakur. Also we put his Bhagavad-Gita Class

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Apr 9 2013 Appreciations and Memories of Mother Isa devi dasi

By Syamarupa dasa

It is with sadness that I inform you all that our dear Mother Isa devi dasi has departed from this world. By the desire of Niranjana Swami and the devotees, we have begun the process of planning a wonderful festival honoring Srimati Isa devi dasi

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Apr 7 2013 Ρemembrances of Siddha Vidya das from about 40 devotees

By Nartaka Gopala dasi

I feel so blessed that we were able to have Siddha Vidya Prabhu’s association at ISKCON Miami for thirty years. Steady devotees are such a benediction and they are precious like jewels

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Mar 26 2013 Tribute to Siddhavidya prabhu

By Sankarsana das

As is apparent in other devotees recollections of Siddhavidya prabhu I am also very grateful that Lord Krishna steered my life into the friendship and association of such a unique empowered blessed soul

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Mar 25 2013 Kelly: Steve Sokolof, multimillionaire’s son, chose life of humility

By Michael Kelly

At the 2004 funeral of Phil Sokolof, son Steve — or Siddha Vidya Prabhu — got up to speak. The congregation at Temple Israel, where Steve had been bar mitzvahed in the Jewish faith at 13, sat in tense anticipation of what he might say...

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Mar 14 2013 Siddha Vidya prabhu: Transcendental Warrior for Lord Caitanya

Hare KrishnaBy Bhusaya dasa

After spending three days in jail with Siddha Vidya prabhu, he shaved me up and I moved into the small Houston Temple of 6 devotees with him. We had been thrown in jail when Guru Maharaji (boy Mayavadi guru) pressed "disturbing the peace" charges against the devotees

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