In the week leading up to Janmastami 2014 and over its 2 day festivities, several politicians, from both local and state level, visited ISKCON‚Äôs Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir, Australia. The reason for these visits was to present our kitchen facilities in their need for upgrading and expansion, for which architectural plans have been approved and an application for a $750,000 government grant has been submitted.
Aug 30 2014 Gita Nagari Farm, Port Royal, PA in the News
The United States Department of Agriculture has listed ISKCON‚Äôs Gita- nagari Farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania as one of the most important success stories of preservation and sustainability in 2013.
We estimate that more than 7 lakh devotees visited the temple on Janmastami day. For security purposes nearly 700 police personnel from the Delhi police were stationed in and around the temple. Additionally, several notable citizens of the country visited the temple for the darshan of Their Lordships, a few of the names are mentioned below: Sri Harshavardhan (Union Minister of Health & Welfare), Sri Amar Singh (Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha), Sri Satish Upadhaya (President of BJP, Delhi State), Sri Manish (Deputy Director - CBI), Sri Saxsena and Sri Mishra (Chief Commissioners - Income Tax Dept of India), Smt. Jayaprada (Politician and former actress)
When God appears in this world, He does not do so because He is forced to. Rather, He appears in this world out of His divine love for all living beings and Mother Earth herself. God loves us and beckons to us to love Him. His very essence is divine love. Krishna is all-loving and all-lovable. And the more our love for Him grows, so does our love for others, regardless of their race, religion, or nationality. Such divine love is the essence of Krishna, the essence of Janmashtami, and the essence of real religion.
Aug 15 2014 The ToVP Moon is Ever Rising!
The world we experience often seems so insane and thus the desire for shelter, protection and love is present in all living entities. To perceive the world differently and avail of that protection and shelter, we simply need to accept our dependence on that supreme being who has most recently advented as Sri Krishna Caitanya. Please enjoy this video and allow your insecurities to simply slip away and dissolve into the bliss of loving meditation on our supreme lord.
The Boston center of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, established in 1968 and now known as New Gundica Dham, was one of the most prominent temples in the early years of the Hare Krishna movement. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada set a number of milestones in Boston, distinguishing the yatra's position as a significant center for the development of Lord Caitanya‚Äôs Sankirtana movement in the west. It was at Boston‚Äôs Commonwealth Pier in 1965 that Srila Prabhupada first set foot on Western soil, and where he composed his prayer "Markine Bhagavata-dharma", entreating Lord Krishna for the spiritual deliverance of the western countries. Boston was also where Srila Prabhupada performed the first Brahmanical initiations of western men and women, either in or outside of ISKCON.
By Lord Krishna's grace, the first phase of our refugee relief effort in Ukraine has been very successful in transporting, securing, and sheltering the lives of over two hundred of His devotees, including a large number of children. Ukrainian leaders managed to relocate and accommodate the refugees' families, provide adults with temporary or permanent employment and single mothers with adequate maintenance for them and their dependent children. Unfortunately, due to disrupted communications in areas of combat, we cannot provide an exact number.
I'm a qualified accountant, I work in Croydon at the Home Office, and people there call me Ash but at the Hare Krishna temple I'm Acyuta. I got involved with the Hare Krishna movement in my last year of uni about 10 years ago. A few monks came down, and gave a class on karma and why bad things happen to good people, and I found answers I had been looking for. I was initiated in 2007, and given a baptism name: Acyuta Charan Das.
Food for Life in the Northern Island of New Zealand received two glowing articles in the Whangarei Leader. One article featured volunteer Vanessa Hodgon who has served at the FFL kitchen for the last 18 months, while the other reported on the Corrections‚Äô Vegetable Garden that supplies the FFL kitchen and the Salvation Army food bank
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 book‚Äď‚ÄĚthe open Vyasa-puja book‚ÄĚ‚Äď 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 Ňörńęla PrabhupńĀda's Bhagavad-gńętńĀ As It Is in 58 languages and there are one or more of Ňörńęla PrabhupńĀda‚Äôs 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 translators‚Äô of Ňörńęla PrabhupńĀda'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 ‚Äď 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 Prabhupada‚Äôs 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 Council‚Äôs cabinet have approved plans for Avanti House Secondary School to be built on Whitchurch Playing Fields, Stanmore.
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs 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,‚ÄĚ
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 ‚Äúno one has seen God and lived to tell about it.‚ÄĚ 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!