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 âBest Practicesâ relating to the promotion and application of the principles connected with âSimple Living and High Thinkingâ, 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
âHow did you come to Krishna consciousness?â This is one of the most stimulating questions in devotee-circles. The feature âHow I came (HIC)â in Back to Godhead, ISKCONâs 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 Prabhupadaâs 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
âA prayerful attempt to bring higher consciousness to the lifestyles in India, by living in spiritual and material harmony,â will debut at the Kamini Auditorium in Delhi on 5 November 2013.
Oct 26 2013 Acharya â The Movie, Seeking Interviewees
The producers are looking for people to interview for the film. One category is persons who met Srila Prabhupada, especially in the early days in the U.S., and also in India. Another is influential and important people worldwide who were positively influenced in some way by Srila Prabhupada's spiritual power and teachings. (They may or may not have met Srila Prabhupada.)
Oct 26 2013 ISKCON Mayapur Statement
The Management of ISKCON Mayapur hereby expresses our strong condemnation of the recent, vicious physical attack on His Grace Sadhu das. We pray that Sadhu prabhu will make a full recovery and that those responsible for this reprehensible act will face punishment to the fullest extent of the law
Srila Prabhupada requested all of us to innovate and collaborate to distribute Bhagavad-Gita. He equally stressed the importance of reading this divine literature. Srila Prabhupada explicates , âWhen you study very carefully all of the literatures which are available, especially Bhagavad-gita As It Is, you will have in your grasp answers to all questions that may be put to you"
Oct 12 2013 Another Vaishnava Film Festival?
I am floating this trial balloon to get a more accurate picture of what has been produced in the past seven years. Please inform me about what has been done if you are the producer
In pursuance of the GBCâs recent recommendation that the ISKCON Disciples Course be taught to all of the Society's aspiring initiates, Namhatta leaders and preachers recently attended the course in Sri Dham Mayapur, with the aim of making it available to more than 2000 Namhatta centers throughout West Bengal, Assam, and Odisha
Sep 29 2013 Goloka Chart available
Goloka Chart- a depiction of the spiritual world, based on Brahma samhita, Laghu Bhagavatamrta, Brhad Bhagavatamrta, Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrta has been printed
Kartika is glorified in the Puranas as very special for making spiritual advancement and the best place to be in Kartika is Sri Braja Dham. In fact this month is known as Damodar, since in the middle of this month, the Lord performed His very enchanting Damodar Lila. Kartika month also represents Radharani, and devotees perform special austerities to gain Her favor
Sep 12 2013 Krishna Consciousness in Bali, Indonesia
We are just one of the little tiny islands of the Indonesian archipelago with 17, 560 islands. Since more than 11,000 of them are inhabited, if you were to visit one island per day, you would go back home in thirty years, one month and seven days (or soâŠ)
Sep 12 2013 World Holy Name Week 2013
The sole purpose of WHNW is to celebrate the Holy Names globally and share this treasure with others. This can be done in many ways, although some suggestions and ideas by World Holy Name Week committee are given
The festivals have begun as of yesterday here at Krishna Balaram Mandir, ISKCON Vrindavan. During the month of Shravan Vrindavan is flourishing with greenery due to the rains and is also buzzing with pilgrims
In this chapter, the revisions made are extensive. In fact, so much of what Srila Prabhupada originally wrote has been restored â and this so enriches the chapter â that lovers of Srila Prabhupadaâs words may well ask themselves, âHow could we not want this in?â
Due to the sudden unavailability of the devotees (because of family problems) who were scheduled to come to the Sri Mayapur International School we are making this request
Jul 26 2013 The Bhakti-yoga Handbook
Years ago, many of our Iskcon temples would have a Bhakta Handbook, mostly with the songs that outline our morning program and a few other explanations about how we do things and why. But these were mostly for those who joined the ashrama and would then be trained by the Bhakta Leader or senior devotees in everything else
The ISKCON GBC is searching for a capable and enthusiastic candidate to serve as the Minister of Agriculture and Cow Protection. This is an essential service for our society and of the utmost importance in carrying out the Srila Prabhupada's desire for our communities