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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 -- 1,079 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 -- 1,535 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 -- 1,264 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 -- 1,161 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 -- 961 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 -- 1,606 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 -- 829 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 -- 5,193 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 -- 8,442 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 -- 1,296 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 -- 1,144 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 -- 1,191 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 -- 1,248 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 -- 2,407 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 -- 5,161 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 -- 2,795 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 -- 4,007 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 -- 3,483 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 -- 1,315 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 -- 3,232 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 -- 5,162 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 -- 2,360 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 -- 3,136 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 -- 1,306 views
Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON GBC Executive Committee

On behalf of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission and the entire International Society for Krishna Consciousness we, the Executive Committee of the GBC, join the chorus of tributes from around the world to honor His Grace Madhudvisa Prabhu, who departed from this world on August 5, 2014. Madhudvisa Prabhu was one of the earliest disciples of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and immediately applied his enthusiastic nature to the Sankirtana Moveme...

August 11, 2014 -- 4,243 views
Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

"Last year," the young man continued, "I went to Woodstock and met you people there. I went to the Questions and Answers tent and listened attentively. Suddenly I had all the answers to the questions of life that I had been asking. It was as if a light had been turned on. Seriously. I wanted to buy the book that the speaker was quoting from, the Bhagavad Gita, but I had no money. I have been waiting all year to buy the Bhagavad Gita. I was so surprised to fin...

August 8, 2014 -- 2,172 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

The famed Time Machine is now a serious inevitability, according to many. One scientist says that he wants to go back to the past to see his deceased father and possibly help him with present-day medicine.If Krishna says that He is Time and is the destroyer of all things, including our karma, then what type of power or technology can oppose this? Going back into the past means to undo karma and to undo history.

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July 28, 2014 -- 2,801 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the results of worldwide book distribution for the month of June 2014

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July 26, 2014 -- 2,348 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Executive Committee

On behalf of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, please accept our prayers to Lord Krishna for your protection, as well as our deepest affection and concern for your well being. We are following the events in Ukraine in the media with heavy hearts. We have heard directly from Niranjana Maharaja about some of the great challenges, dangers and threats that you have undergone. By the Lord's mercy many of you have survived close encounters with bomb...

July 23, 2014 -- 2,846 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the following North American results for the month of June

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July 22, 2014 -- 1,983 views
Hare KrishnaBy the Executive Committee of the Governing Body Commission

The tragic news of the deaths of several devotee pilgrims from Russia last month who died when their bus drove off the road and into the Bhagirathi River in the mountainous Himalayan region in India has brought us great sadness. The GBC EC, concerned with the safety of our fellow Vaishnavas, announce the following Advisory Notice.

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July 15, 2014 -- 4,033 views
Hare KrishnaBy the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

North America Area - Idaho is divided along the time zone line; the Northern part remains with the North West zone while the Southern part becomes part of the Pacific/West zone. Europe – instead of being divided into seven zones, Europe shall include the following thirty-seven zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – the Eastern part shall include nine zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – South I...

July 12, 2014 -- 3,586 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Reaffirmation of Ministries and Standing Committees. Ministry of Communications: Minister – Anuttama Das. Ministry of Health and Welfare: Minister – Prahladananda Swami - Other member – Bir Krishna Das Goswami. Congregational Development Ministry: Co-Ministers – Jayapataka Swami, Kaunteya Das. Vaisnavi Ministry: Co-Ministers – Malati Dasi, Dina Sharana Dasi, Prasanta Dasi, Laxmimoni Dasi. ISKCON Youth ...

July 6, 2014 -- 3,080 views
By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

FINANCES: GBC Budget. The GBC budget for 2014-15 is (in INR).

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June 30, 2014 -- 3,053 views
By Deena Bandhu dasa

The next day was Gundicha Marjana. Many times I have cleaned the temple from top to bottom in whatever temple I was in. But today we all went to do Gundicha Marjana at the very site where Lord Chaitanya had personally done it five hundred years before. We were all very excited. Unfortunately, they don't allow foreigners inside. So I told Bhadra Charu Prabhu, a very nice devotee who was in charge, to get me a couple of baskets so we could at least clean the front entrance. All ...

June 29, 2014 -- 1,282 views
By Kesava Krsna Dasa

It is known that Srila Prabhupada was not fond of ambiguities like “maybe, perhaps, could be…” and so on, and we often follow suit to express ourselves in absolutist terms, convinced of our infallible statements. The problem with this is that in the face of Srila Prabhupada’s varied and nuanced teachings our utmost one-sided certainties can expose us as certain and total fools who actually expose our political and biased natures.

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June 28, 2014 -- 2,105 views
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