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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 Statem...

December 19, 2014 -- 4,053 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...

December 11, 2014 -- 1,109 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 ...

December 11, 2014 -- 985 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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December 7, 2014 -- 1,621 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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December 7, 2014 -- 720 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...

December 6, 2014 -- 945 views
By the GBC

The topic of “Lines of Authority” is a heritage or legacy issue. By “heritage” or “legacy” issues we mean those topics that are of core importance to the future of ISKCON. These are the issues that are going to be relevant for generations to come. How to address them in a way that reflects Srila Prabhupada’s intent and purpose will be expressed in papers like this one. This “Lines of Authority” paper is not the full and final statement on this topic. Rather, it is a goo...

November 24, 2014 -- 2,898 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Lord Krishna teaches that the individual living entity, though possessed of the attributes of God, is never equal to Him. What is the objective of this Krishna consciousness movement? It is a process for purification of consciousness. In the Bhagavad-gita (2.17) Lord Krishna says, avinashi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam: " That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible." There are two kinds...

November 19, 2014 -- 786 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

Has anyone ever attended a kirtana-fest and ended up trying to get to know new tunes and memorising them? Our kirtan and bhajana world is evolving and updating with new tunes more often than our computer anti-virus updates, or so it seems. We leave a kirtan-mela and on the way home we say, “So and so sang a nice tune, but I forget how it goes…” We sit there when a new maha-mantra tune is in progress. Some of those tunes are quite complex. We sing along i...

November 18, 2014 -- 879 views
Hare KrishnaBy the Sastric Advisory Committee

One argument for a beardless deity of Advaita Acarya is that we should follow Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Certainly we should follow the previous acaryas. Sometimes, as in the case of Maharaja Priyavrata, the param-guru may override the decision of the guru. In this regard, Srila Prabhupada wrote, “The duty of a great devotee is to carry out the order of the spiritual master, or the spiritual master of the spiritual master in the pa...

November 16, 2014 -- 1,321 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Ishopanishad teaches us that we should be very careful. We don't say that you shouldn't advance in material education. You can advance, but at the same time, become Krishna conscious. That is our propaganda. We don't say that you shouldn't manufacture cars or machines. But we say, "All right, you have manufactured this machine. Employ it in Krishna's service." That is our proposal. We don't say to stop it. We don't say that ...

November 15, 2014 -- 1,005 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

"My dear Lord," Prahlada says, "I am not very anxious for my own deliverance." Mayavadi, or impersonalist, philosophers are very careful that their personal salvation is not interrupted. They think, "If I go to preach in association with others, I may fall down, and my realization will be finished." Therefore they do not come. Only the Vaisnavas come-at the risk of fall down. But they do not fall down. They may even go to he...

November 12, 2014 -- 834 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The qualified brahmanas are first-class men, the topmost class. The kshatriyas are the second-class men. And the third-class men are the vaishyas, the mercantile community. They simply think, "Where to get money?" They are third-class men, but at the present moment those who acquire money somehow or other are considered first-class men. It doesn't matter what their qualification is. If they have acquired some money some way...

November 9, 2014 -- 836 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC

There shall be an ISKCON Dispute Resolution Committee (IDRC) and an ISKCON Dispute Resolution Office to institute and conduct a system of formal dispute resolution in ISKCON. The members of the IDRC shall be the Minister of Justice, a Co-Director of ISKCONResolve, and the Director of the ISKCON Dispute Resolution Office. The IDRC shall promulgate policies for the operation of the IDRO within the scope of these mandates. A draft of a set of initial policies for the IDRO...

November 7, 2014 -- 1,259 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

One devotee I know who has practiced Krishna consciousness for thirty plus years recently experienced a health crisis. Witnessing the bodily upheavals and depressing reactions to medication, the devotee admitted to being scared. Scared that the side effects of strong medication caused acute depression and that death could have arrived. Are we to say that such a steady devotee is in the mode of ignorance? We nay say that fear is a symptom of ignorance. We...

November 7, 2014 -- 970 views
Hare KrishnaBy Yudhistir Govinda Das

The international committee overseeing the celebrations of ISKCON’s 50th year of incorporation in 2016 presented its report. Pancaratna Dasa and Anuttama Dasa, committee members, informed the GBC about the various events being planned in major cities of the world such as New Delhi, Kolkatta, New York, London, etc. This included a seven day mega padayatra in 2015 from Mayapur to Kolkata dock where Srila Prabhuada boarded the Jaladuta ship and began his j...

October 23, 2014 -- 1,216 views
Hare KrishnaBy the ISKCON Communications Ministry

Tirupati, India—The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recently completed a special three-day session during which the GBC Body considered whether or not this worldwide Vaishnava community should endorse and implement the policy of having women serve as diksa-gurus, or initiating spiritual masters, within the ISKCON society. The special session was held from October 16-18 and was...

October 21, 2014 -- 1,866 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

Srila Prabhupada wanted the GBC to lead ISKCON through good governance and to establish global policies, and he wanted an expansive, thriving movement that served both the public and those who accepted its shelter. For the past eight years, the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) has been helping the GBC explore the ways in which ISKCON needs to grow into the vibrant movement Srila Prabhupada wanted it to be. Fr...

October 18, 2014 -- 1,597 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

In honoring ISKCONs diversity, the SGGS will help us to also awaken to what unifies us – to value those things and protect them through open, clear communications. The SGGS offers a forum for all participants to hear and be heard, resolve differences, and discuss the important issues that affect the movement. Ultimately, the Sanga also facilitates moving things from dialogue to an action plan. Devotional ser...

October 15, 2014 -- 1,222 views
Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Our team of 300 devotees was exhausted. We had already done 24 festivals along the Baltic Sea coast plus a "Krsna’s Village of Peace" festival at Woodstock, and now we were faced with the blissful but daunting prospect of doing 24 more over the second half of the summer. But everyone took courage, knowing that the results of our efforts would far outweigh any austerities we encountered. The devotees needed some pepping up, I thought, so I shared with them so...

October 12, 2014 -- 1,025 views
Hare KrishnaBy GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

To ensure that as ISKCON grows, its organizational systems and process remain relevant to a growing ISKCON, the Organizational Development Committee (or Org Dev, as we call it) was established and mandated to thoroughly review ISKCON's current leadership model. While remaining loyal to Srila Prabhupada's directions, Org Dev was tasked to study any necessary structural developments and enhancements in order to mee...

October 12, 2014 -- 1,724 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of September: North American Totals, Monthly Temples, Monthly Weekend Warriors etc., Monthly Top 100 Individuals, Monthly Top 5, Cumulative Countries, Cumulative Temples, Cumulative Top 100 Individuals, Cumulative Top 5

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October 11, 2014 -- 940 views
By Praghosa Dasa

This Krsna consciousness movement is the solution and we have been given the responsibility of organizing it in such a way that it becomes the solution. Specifically in relation to exploitation and modern slaves, there is nothing that worries the powers that be more than a system such as varnasrama. The varnasrama system by its very nature creates a society that is not only independent of ugra karma needs and their suppliers but it also creates independent thinkers with revolutiona...

October 9, 2014 -- 5,700 views
Hare KrishnaBy The GBC

[Guideline] Whereas Srila Prabhupada should be worshiped in ISKCON in a manner befitting his status as the founder Acarya of ISKCON. Our worship of His Divine Grace is an expression of our love and respect for him;Daily change Srila Prabhupada into clean clothes. Ensure the clothes are freshly washed and ironed, without holes, stains, and odor, or in disrepair. The clothes should fit properly. Pure silk or cotton are the best fabrics to use for Srila Prabhupada’s clo...

October 2, 2014 -- 8,639 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

Many devotees have extolled the formalisation of our Founder-acarya being given his rightful place within ISKCON. Others say there is still more to come to this effect. This is a recent development. What if this solemnisation had been in place after the physical departure of Srila Prabhupada and during the numerous times of ISKCON difficulty, when this could have prevented hundreds, thousands or perhaps even tens of thousands of devotees from leaving ISKCO...

October 1, 2014 -- 1,331 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vijaya Dasa

Kiev, Ukraine, where even during a war the devotees are determined to distribute books. Figuratively speaking, they're the real soldiers, fighting maya, as Srila Prabhupada said, "by dropping hundreds and thousands of books into the laps of the conditioned souls, just as during war time the bombs are dropping from the sky." This is a special war though. Generally a war causes the deaths and suffering of soldiers, but in this war against maya, Lord Caitanya's soldie...

September 28, 2014 -- 1,211 views
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

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September 12, 2014 -- 1,245 views
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.

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September 1, 2014 -- 1,274 views
Hare KrishnaBy Romapada Swami

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

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August 29, 2014 -- 2,430 views
Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama dasa and Nityananda das

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

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August 28, 2014 -- 5,348 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vihari dasa and Tamohara dasa

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

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August 28, 2014 -- 2,811 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaisesika dasa and Nityananda Pran das

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

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August 28, 2014 -- 4,033 views
Hare KrishnaBy Malati Devi Dasi

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

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August 27, 2014 -- 3,637 views
Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama dasa & Tamohara dasa

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

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August 27, 2014 -- 1,389 views
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.

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August 27, 2014 -- 3,261 views
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 t...

August 19, 2014 -- 5,432 views
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 etern...

August 19, 2014 -- 2,426 views
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 distr...

August 18, 2014 -- 3,162 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

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

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August 16, 2014 -- 1,326 views
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