The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has recently increased its focus on succession; on the need to identify and develop new leaders. As a result the GBC has asked three of its committeesâ€‹ to focus on ways to speed up the selection and development process without compromising the quality of the training. These three committees are the GBC Succession Committee, the GBC Organizational Development Committee, and the GBC Appointments Committee.
Aug 20 2014 World Holy Name Week 2014 - Sept 5 â€“ 15
World Holy Name Week is coming up in just two weeks! Please visit our new website for more information, posters, banners, etc.
Aug 15 2014 2014 Vyasa-puja book download now available
Each year, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust publishes a limited number of copies of a Vyasa-puja bookâ€”a collection of homages to Srila Prabhupada from devotees and temples all over the world. Srila Prabhupada's unique position as the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is significant in numerous ways. Essentially, he is the instructing spiritual master for everyone within ISKCON.
Aug 8 2014 GBC strategic planning help needed
I'm writing to you about the GBC strategic planning work and how you can help. Strategic planning is about looking toward the future, and that's a service that requires help from many devotees with all kinds of skills. The GBC began its strategic planning work to help ISKCON grow into a healthy, sustainable, world-class organization. If you wish to see ISKCON as a global community with high standards of excellence in every area of its endeavors, please read on.
Jul 18 2014 Free ebooks from bbtmedia.com now closing
A whopping 150,000 downloads later, we feel this program was a success! Now that we have Srila Prabhupada's English language books converted, we're working diligently on all the languages the North European BBT publishes. And we're beginning to upload other material to the site - audio books (the first volume of the Brhad-Bhagavatamrta is up, narrated by Kesava Bharati Maharaja along with a number of recordings of Srila Prabhupada's books), podcasts, and BBT art images.
The African division of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has published its annual report for 2013, telling about our goals, programs, accomplishments, challenges, finances, and more.
Jun 17 2014 TOVP Canada Team To Promote TOVP In Canada
Officially formed under the banner of the Toronto, Ontario temple with the guidance and inspiration of His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami, the TOVP Canada Team has begun moving forward, spreading the glories of the TOVP and helping to raise funds for its completion by 2022.
We really hope that you will be able to come along. Below are most of the important details for your information. Would you kindly let us know if you will be attending by emailing us at address given at the end. We decided to move the annual gathering this year to Rathayatra time. If it works as well as we are expecting, then our plan is to make it a permanent fixture on the calendar for this time of the year. Already 50 direct disciples of His Divine Grace have confirmed that they will be attending this first re-scheduled annual reunion.
The route approved for the festival, Via del Corso, right in the prestigious center of the city, has never been assigned to any event , even famous mundane events! Lord Krishna surely used His powerful yoga-maya energy to all those who were to grant the various permissions, and finally it's done!
May 20 2014 Spiritual Summer Holiday Youth Euro Bus Tour
The ISKCON Youth Ministry is expanding its wings and flying away this summer back to the European shores of the warm, friendly Mediterranean countries of Spain, Italy, and Croatia for the second annual European Bus Tour. The tour starts in Villa Vrndavanâ€™s Sravanam Kirtanam festival on July 10th, and finishes on Aug 11th after spending time at spiritual retreats, doing adventure activities, harinams, meeting senior devotees, having sports days, and service at temples.
On May 13th, Nrsimha-caturdasi, the Bhaktivedanta Archives offers two new releases: the VedaBaseÂ® 2014 update and the original audio of Srila Prabhupada for 1975
The Conference Is open to those who have an interest in or are actually practiced in rural development, agriculture, handicrafts, horticulture, protected dairying, ox draft and other similar topics.
The first annual Festival of Inspiration, held in 2001, quickly lived up to its name. It put New Vrindaban, which had recently rejoined ISKCON, back on the map as an important place of pilgrimage for North American devotees. And it introduced a new breed of festival â€“ the Krishna conscious vacation â€“ now hugely popular in ISKCON. This was the first time that devotees from all over could come to hear dozens of senior teachers speak on a wide variety of spiritual, social and academic topics, from japa, interfaith outreach, and cow protection, to child-rearing, healthy marriages, art, and music.
Vanipedia happily announces to everyone that the *Srila Prabhupada's Audio to Text Fidelity Project *created to proofread all the lectures & conversations of Srila Prabhupada is *now launched.* Already there are three devotees (Rishab, Uma and Surya) involved, and now we are ready to engage more proofreaders.
To expand ISKCON's preaching mission Srila Prabhupada created sannyasis. Thus the Ministry for Sannyasa Service has established a website to provide information about potential sannyasis to the ISKCON community and to get feedback in order to help in the candidate's training. On this page is the personal data and the devotional history of the present sannyasa candidates. If you know any of these candidates and would like to express something positive or negative pertaining to their candidacy to the Sannyasa Committee, please send us your comments via the comments page of the website
It is 20 years since the famous march of 36,000 who united against the decision by Hertsmere Council to close Bhaktivedanta Manor to the public. (The matter was happily resolved in May 1996). Below is the Free E-edition of the special magazine "Turning Point", which brings the inspirational story alive for all readers!
Please find attached an announcement of our recent foundation stone laying celebration for the upcoming Mayapur Institute campus, attended by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami.
Jan 30 2014 Vrinda Kunda Fest Parikrama Schedule
The Vrindavan Festival after Gaura Purnima is usually quite hot so better to come to Vrindavan before! One year, a devotee told me that he never knew there was so nice weather in Vrindavan. So come to Vrindavan first, and then go on to Mayapur Festival and leave after Gaura Purnima when it starts to get hot! And our festival ends with plenty of time to reach for Mayapur Festival!
It is with great joy that I would like to invite devotees from all over the world to attend the grand inauguration of the Sri Sri Radha Govind Dev temple and Bhaktivedanta Academy, as well as the installations of Sri Sri Radha Govind Dev, Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai, on the most auspicious occasion of Nityananda Trayodasi, 12 February 2014
Jan 27 2014 TOVP e-Newsletter to Roll Out
Devotees and ISKCON supporters and members worldwide are hearing more and more about the progress of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, and in great anticipation await its completion. With the aim of regularly inspiring and informing all interested parties, the TOVP Team will be producing a regular e-newsletter.
Kindly submit your homage to Srila Prabhupada for his Vyasa-puja book by April 15. In addition, if you're a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada, please check out www.sptributes.com to learn about a Vyasa-puja book open to all his disciples.
Jan 21 2014 BBT Important Position to Fill
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, Srila Prabhupada's prized institution for distributing spiritual literature for the betterment of society, has had an impact on the world in a tremendous way, the full measure of which we will likely not know for quite some time. Most devotees who have joined the movement owe their commitment and beliefs to reading one of his transcendental publications. Many even joined solely from a book that was given to them by a friend or that sat on someone's shelf for years before being read.
Jan 18 2014 Have the same problem as Bhakta John?
The ISKCON Ministry of Communications has come out with a new video: "Have the same problem as Bhakta John?" Watch it and find out how did he solve it!
Jan 5 2014 Response to Cow Protection article
AFFCAP is NOT part of ISKCON. We are an independent trust formed in Jaipur, India and perform Ahimsa certifications to goshalas throughout India. Yet, we are proud to declare that our philosophical underpinnings are solely focused on the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.
Jan 2 2014 Vrindavan.tv
We are very pleased to announce January 14th, 2014 as the launching date for the latest updated version of Vrindavan.tv - This will be the official live website of ISKCON Vrindavan and is its latest version in our four years of operation . This new site will be more technologically advanced and user-friendly. We are confident you will find the layout of this new edition to be not only very beautifully done but also a great opportunity for you to share in the seva and devotional activities in Vrindavan from anywhere in the world.
The website will feature a global weekly outreach report on kirtan, book distribution, prasadam distribution, festivals and more, hosted by H.G. Guru Das Prabhu, one of the first disciples of Srila Prabhupada
We are heartily inviting all the serious students to the transformational VIHE Bhakti-sastri course. The Bhakti-sastri course is a systematic study of Srila Prabhupada's books. Srila Prabhupada wanted all of us to deeply study his books, so that we could be better preachers, teachers and, very importantly, achieve a clear understanding and application of the beautiful science of devotional service
Dec 21 2013 Invitation to the Open Vyasa-puja Book
The book accepts offerings from everyone directly initiated by Srila Prabhupada, regardless of their personal history, present circumstances, personal views, or institutional affiliation
The Guru Seminar is highly interactive and provides opportunities to share realizations with fellow senior Vaishnavas. It was organized by the GBC Guru Services Committee with the direct input of senior leaders including Bhakti Charu Swami, Jayapataka Swami, Radhanatha Swami, Ravindra Svarupa prabhu and other senior devotees and educators
IMPORTANT NOTICE: We would like to bring to your kind attention that at the recent meeting of the ISKCON India Advisory Council (IIAC) it was decided that all ISKCON centers having any number of cows, bulls or calves must register their centre and each individual animal with the Ahimsa Foundation for Cattle Protection (AFFCAP)
Dec 13 2013 ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards in 2013
The Euro RGB is pleased to introduce you to thirteen devotees receiving the fourth ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards (IEEA) for the year 2013
Dec 12 2013 Indradyumna Swami’s health - updated
Indradyumna Maharaja's health has improved much better and he's not in serious condition anymore and could be discharged tomorrow
Dec 11 2013 Best practices
In the upcoming Iskcon Leadership Sangha (ILS) Convention planned between February 16-23, 2014 in Sri Dham Mayapur, the Global Village Initiative Committee (GVIC) plans to present a seminar on â€śBest Practicesâ€ť relating to the promotion and application of the principles connected with â€śSimple Living and High Thinkingâ€ť, namely self-sufficiency, sustainability,eco-friendly practices and practicality in different farm projects and temples across the globe
Nov 19 2013 Mahabharata - One Step Closer
Without being didactic, my recently published Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest, offers an authentic Vaisnava perspective in the understanding of who Krishna is, of dharma, of real leadership qualities, and of the foreboding nature of our age, the Kali-yuga. All this as the story moves steadily forward, and as the tension builds, and all in under 280 pages (a comfortable read for a college or even high school course)
Nov 18 2013 SHARE your story
â€śHow did you come to Krishna consciousness?â€ť This is one of the most stimulating questions in devotee-circles. The feature â€śHow I came (HIC)â€ť in Back to Godhead, ISKCONâ€™s official magazine, is one of its most popular features. Being one of the editors for BTG, I strive and pray to make BTG more attractive. So I look forward especially to HIC stories among the articles submitted to us for review
According to the Vedas, the most befitting diet for mankind to follow is vegetarian. It includes nice food-stuffs like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, sugar, honey and milk as well as all of its wonderful by-products such as butter, yogurt, curd, ice cream and ghee etc.
Dear devotees, Vanipedia is happy to present to you all the latest news of the multi-language subtitle project which is uniting Srila Prabhupadaâ€™s multi-lingual family
Over the past year, after much thought and discussion, Bhaktivedanta Manor Initiation Committee has made significant changes to the standards and procedures for initiation. We hope you will find the new Initiation Procedures & Standards Policy more informative and fairer. The standards have been revised and separated into two categories; essential and desirable, making them more realistically achievable.
Oct 30 2013 GBC Proposals - Annual General Meeting 2014
The Annual General Meeting of the ISKCON GBC Society will begin on February 20, 2014. Following the ISKCON GBC Society's Rules of Order, the GBC Secretariat requests proposals, duly sponsored by a GBC member, to be submitted by December 31, 2013. This will allow adequate time for the GBC Secretariat and Deputies to prepare the proposals for presentation at the meeting
â€śA prayerful attempt to bring higher consciousness to the lifestyles in India, by living in spiritual and material harmony,â€ť will debut at the Kamini Auditorium in Delhi on 5 November 2013.