I wish to report our recent efforts in Zambia when we met the first President HE Dr Kenneth Kaunda and presented Srila Prabhupad books and Bhagawad Gita As It Is to him by HH Rama Govind Swami during his preaching visit to Lusaka with the undersigned
For the first few years the average attendance was less than 5 students, generally just 1 or 2 students would participate in the weekly events. In recent years, however, the attendance has grown significantly to where 10 or more students participate on average. Weekly yoga sessions were added that helped to bring in more students to the core program of hearing, chanting and honoring of Krishna Prasadam. The St. Louis temple is soon to close on a purchase of a property a block away from the University to serve as a 'Krishna House'
Jul 22 2014 Open Vyasa-puja book 2014: pdf now online
The 2014 Srila Prabhupada Tributes bookââthe open Vyasa-puja bookââ is now available as a pdf file from www.sptributes.com. The book should be available later this week in epub format. Physical books are on schedule for delivery soon, well in advance of Vyasa-puja.
Hare Krishna devotee Buddhi Wilcox has taken it upon himself to feed as many hungry mouths as possible. Mr Wilcox spends his days in the kitchen - with other volunteers - chopping vegetables and cooking meals before going out to a number of schools to distribute them.
Jul 19 2014 Celebrating Three Months of Attentive Hearing
As of November 2012 the full Bible has been translated into 518 languages, and 2,798 languages have at least some portion of the Bible. The BBT has printed ÅrÄ«la PrabhupÄda's Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ As It Is in 58 languages and there are one or more of ÅrÄ«la PrabhupÄdaâs books in 86 languages. Our little effort of translating short videos clips into 64 languages can surely be expanded. In fact this is a perfect way to begin translating into a new language - preparing devotees to be translatorsâ of ÅrÄ«la PrabhupÄda's books.
On behalf of the devotees in Ukraine, I would like to express my deep gratitude for the outpouring of support already shown from our worldwide Vaisnava community within the last two days. The response has been overwhelming. The situation remains volatile and fluid. Each day more devotees are submitting requests for places to take refuge. Each day more facilities are opening up. Repairs on the retreat center have already begun. Most of those who have taken refuge there are providing all the labor required to upgrade the facilities to better accommodate the influx of refugees.
Jul 15 2014 MayapurTV Update
By 2014, along with numerous sannyasis and leading devotees, over 100 ISKCON Institutions broadcast with MayapurTV. Through Mayapur.tv, over 10,000 registered devotees as well as casual viewers have immediate access to live ISKCON activities worldwide. Mayapur.tv regularly facilitates broadcasters who brings the society together for big events â Rathayatras, International Kirtan Melas, the annual Sri Mayapur Festival.
The Hare Krishna movement has been trying to build a temple in Russia since 1990. They still don't have one. "They are just too bright and noticeable," said Filatov, who works at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford encourages everyone to chant Hare Krishna during the local Ratha Yatra festival
Jun 30 2014 Gold Euphoria In Indonesia!
One devotee from Bali became so inspired that he committed for 16 Golden Bricks on the spot and paid the full US $ 26,930 the next day. This inspired others to also come forward to make their pledges and payments. As we went from temple to temple in Bali, we also distributed the Rs. 1,000 ToVP Currency Notes. Our first temple program in Klung Kung scored 18 notes, in Gianyar, 9, in Singaraja 28, in Radha Gopinath an astounding 124, in Radha Raseavara, 23, in Jagannath Gauranga, the last 20 notes we had. We exhausted all the ToVP Currency Notes we had.
When people see a healthy community Vaishnava with deep spiritual and social ties, pure culture and tradition, they are naturally attracted Krishna consciousness. Therefore healthy Vaishnava community - is of paramount importance. I will try to inspire the Vaishnava cooperation and joint construction of the Vaishnava community and, of course, I will try to participate in preaching projects.
The Yatra organized by ISKCON temple is celebrated with fervour in Vadodara as thousands of Barodians turn up on city roads to offer prayers to the lord. Thousands of kilograms of 'prasad' are distributed to devotees en route apart from saplings and fruits. Considering the huge crowd that the Yatra attracts, the city police take additional security measures. "We have already deployed companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the city. Also, our entire police force will be on guard on the day of Yatra," city police commissioner Satish Sharma said.
For the second time in three years Srutidharma das has been selected as the Chaplain to the Mayor of Harrow. On 12th June Cllr Ajay Maru, a member of Bhaktivedanta Manor's congregation, was voted in as the new Mayor of Harrow Council and he chose Srutidharma das to be the spiritual representative at the Council's events throughout the coming year.
Jun 25 2014 Bringing Vedic India into schools
The Vedic India program, which is the name we have given our school preaching here in Melbourne, Australia is really starting to take off. We have gone into about 14 different schools in the last couple of years, and have even been offered to participate in school fetes and local community art initiatives. The school programs usually consists of about 7 or 8 workshops, where we introduce the children to such things as festivals & culture of India, Vegetarian cooking, Yoga & meditation, Vedic Music & Dance, as well as Henna art, traditional Vedic dress, Krishna past times, badge and garland making.
Today, for the whole day of June 23, Wikipedia is commemorating Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's 100th disappearance anniversary by a clickable reference to his article, complete with his photograph, on its Main page
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, receives Srila Prabhupada's deluxe edition of Bhagavad gita produced by the Italian BBT. Surely Srila Prabhupada is pleased!
According to the preliminary information we have received from our embassy in India, two Russians died and one is missing, supposedly also a citizen of Russia. Other 12 people were injured. They were taken to a hospital. They are being identified," In the evening of Wednesday, June 11th it got confirmed that it was indeed a group of Russian ISKCON devotees whose bus crushed into the river Ganges in the Himalayas on Tuesday..
"I used to think of Krishna is a part of Hindu myth and mythology. Imagine my surprise when I came across Dr Narhari Achar (a professor of physics at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, in the US) and his research in 2004 and 2005. He had done the dating of the Mahabharata war using astronomy. I immediately tried to corroborate all his research using the regular Planetarium software and I came to the same conclusions [as him]," Pandit says.
Jun 3 2014 The last will for ISKCON gurus
Whereas ISKCON Gurus and other leaders may control assets of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Whereas followers of ISKCON Gurus and leaders will naturally want to glorify those who inspire and/or initiate them in Krishna consciousness. Whereas it is important that upon the departure of the aforementioned personalities ISKCON assets remain under the control of the appropriate ISKCON organization. Whereas it is important that Srila Prabhupadaâs pre-eminent position not be overshadowed by samadhis or other memorials for other personalities.
The new BJP government has taken initial steps towards introducing the Hindu perspective in the education system. It is learnt that human resources development minister Smriti Irani has asked HRD officials to develop educational material that encapsulates the contribution of ancient Indians in different fields like science, mathematics, social sciences, philosophy, grammar and language.
Big draws include surf-friendly golden beaches, many temples and mosques (including the beautiful -- and beautifully named -- Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding, the uShaka Marine World theme park and the mammoth art deco-style Suncoast Casino, which doubles as a shopping mall and has its own private beach.
May 30 2014 Helicopter Service soon in Iskcon Mayapur!
Exciting news lands in Mayapur. A service whereby helicopters transport pilgrims and devotees from Kolkata to Mayapur is moving forward. Today marked the first time the journey was made and several people greeted the arrival with enthusiasm. The next step is negotiating the fee which will be charged to interested parties using this quick transportation.
Ten years in the making, the temple will open this weekend amid public festivities featuring chanting, dancing, music, educational displays and a vegetarian repast. At midweek, carpenters, painters and groundskeepers busily worked to prepare the temple and its four-acre grounds for the grand opening. More than 10,000 visitors are expected during the three-day event.
Srila Prabhupada was a true visionary. He always had very big ideas for the spreading of Krishna consciousness and the ideal Vedic culture. One of Srila Prabhupada's many gifts to his followers, and the entire world, was his detailed vision for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.
The office is located above the life membership office and its Grand Opening was celebrated by their presence with a Guru puja to Srila Prabhupada and enthusiastic kirtan of hundreds of resident devotees. This auspicious celebration commenced on sunday morning 27th of April 2014. We thank the leaders of Mumbai yatra for their devotion to the TOVP project and hope to accomplish many fundraising events in the near future in Mumbai.
Apr 17 2014 New Temporary ISKCON Temple Opens in Moscow
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.
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.
Apr 16 2014 Avanti House Secondary School
Avanti Schools Trust are delighted to announce that Harrow Borough Councilâs cabinet have approved plans for Avanti House Secondary School to be built on Whitchurch Playing Fields, Stanmore.
âI think itâs making more people aware that working together cooperatively, caring for each other and communicating properly with each other is the key to helping New Vrindaban grow,â
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 âno one has seen God and lived to tell about it.â 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.
Apr 4 2014 Govindas at college campus
Govindas offers a rich menu for a fair price. Available is a variety of the traditional South Indian cuisine, such as dosas, vada, idli, samosas, vada-pao, different kinds of rice dishes, sandwiches, mixed in with some Chinese preparations. To complement the meals a nice selection of juices and milk-shakes are served. Govindas obtains their milk from the 'Nareshwadi cow farm' which is located in Palghar. Not to forget, Lord Jagannath likes His sweets to complete a satisfying meal. A full fledged combo will only cost you a whooping Rs. 45!
Mar 30 2014 Members of religious body offer prayer for MH370
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 âHare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama,Rama Rama Hare Hareâ.
Mar 30 2014 Unlimited Prasadam Seva! (Updated with photos)
Last Sunday here in Mayapur a small team of devotees set out to distribute a little prasadam. I say a little, in truth we left Mayapur equipped with 700 litres of piping hot fresh kitchari, which also had some juicy chunks of paneer throughout!
Devotees overseeing the restoration of the Delhi temple where Srila Prabhupada stayed in the early 1960s before leaving for the US have discovered a treasure of his personal belongings. Breaking open the locks on a door that had not been opened for 25 years, they were amazed to find the items still in his room at the Chippiwada Sri Sri Radha-Vallabha Mandir in Delhiâs busiest market, Chandni Chowk, after so long.
Beginning from Google's News, US Edition, which had it on its main page, hundreds of international, national and local newspapers, mainly in US, are reporting about this Krishna conscious event! See the list and join the fun!
(watfordobserver.co.uk) The 20 year anniversary of the campaign to save Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham has been celebrated in Parliament.
Mar 20 2014 New Vrindaban Greets Sally Aggarwal
One elderly American lady and two younger ladies wandered into the lobby of Sri Sri Radha Vrindabanchandra temple the afternoon of Thurs. March 13, 2014. Parampara prabhu inquired: âGood afternoon, ladies. May I help you?â One of the younger women replied, smiling, referring to the elderly American lady, âYou know, this lady is very special to your Hare Krsna movement!â
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) will perform Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Srimandira Srivigraha Pratisthotsavam, and inaugurate the Vedic Cultural Centre in the city from March 21 to 23, said the temple president Sriman Sri Satya Gopinath Swamiji.
âIn Utah, if you go anywhere and mention the Festival of Colors to anybody, theyâll know exactly what youâre talking about and their face will light up,â said Caru Das, priest at Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, and the main organizer of the townâs Holi celebration, known as the Festival of Colors, which will be celebrated this year on March 29 and 30.
Mar 19 2014 Ezine version of BTG (Telugu) - Release
On the occasion of 70 Years (1944 â 2014) completion of Back To Godhead (BTG) we are pleased to inform about the release of ezine version of Telugu (one of the South Indian languages) BTG, namely âBhagavaddarshanâ. This transcendental move is aimed at reaching the message of BTG to all Telugu speaking people.