So if we want to go to the spiritual world definitely we have to use the scripture and if we are using the scripture then we have to see which scripture gives the best result. The highest result is given through the Srimad Bhagavatam and what is that? Worship of Krishna! Then we have all the different rasas culminating in worship of Radha and Krishna in Vrindavan.
Feb 28 2011 Interview with Kalakantha Das
As construction of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is now moving rapidly, fundraising has become a top priority. Campaign Chairman Ambarish Das has asked his Godbrother Kalakantha Das from Gainesville, Florida, who has worked and taught in the fundraising field, to help design the campaign. Here he answers some of my questions
Feb 28 2011 GBC Meeting Report 2
After concluding four days of strategic planning, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness‚Äô (ISKCON) Governing Body Commission (GBC) resumed their regular Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mayapur, West Bengal. Friday, February 25th was entirely dedicated to reviewing proposals submitted to the GBC by various ISKCON members and committees. Proposal topics have a wide range- from adjusting temple standards, to refining the role of particular committees, to establishing new offices and services in ISKCON
The Strategic Planning portion of the GBC's 2011 Annual General Meeting has just ended. The four-day meeting was well attended by the full GBC, many GBC deputies, and about forty devotees from around the world. During my own attendance as a member of the Strategic Planning Team facilitating the meeting, I moved between the various committees, initiatives, and breakout sessions and was left with an overwhelming impression of synergy. The dictionary defines synergy as "a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct elements or participants
Feb 27 2011 Ghee Lamps in a Bag and the Lord in My Hands
"Out of His causeless mercy, the Supreme Personality of Godhead presents Himself before us so that we can see Him. Since we have no transcendental vision, we cannot see the spiritual sac-cid-ananda-vigraha ... We can only see material things like stone and wood, and therefore He accepts a form of stone and wood and thus accepts our service in the temple..."
Feb 27 2011 Appartment for sale in Mayapur Dham
Srila Prabhupada has assured the devotees again and again that yes if you practice diligently, attentively, follow the process then you also can come to that stage of going back to Godhead just as so many other great devotees have done in the past. So thank you very much
Feb 26 2011 Japa Chant everyday Mornings
Feb 26 2011 The Holy Name
The poor, bewildered, living entities in Kaliyuga can be benedicted by hearing and chanting the Holy Names of Lord Krishna. H. G. Parividha Prabhu, H. G. Govinda Prabhu, and H. G. Gaurahari Prabhu teach the Mahamantra on the cold streets of London
So whether we are a GBC member or guru, a sannyasi, a temple president, a sankirtana leader, a brahmacari, a grhasta, a teacher, a student, a mother, a father, pot washer - whatever our situation is we are actually one in our identity. These things are all externals
In recent weeks you have probably noticed more social unrest and rioting around the world. This is being directly caused by increased slaughter of animals
On the auspicious appearance day of Srila Narottam Das Thakur (February 18th) the students and teachers of Sri Mayapur International School held their second annual 24 hour kirtan
Feb 25 2011 No. 1 blockbuster Movie
The following is a short movie. I see it as a preaching resource useful to introduce people to our philosophy of the soul, vegetarianism, prasad, and the Holy name - presented in a palatable way. Feel free to send it around your email contact list so it can go viral!
He took first, second and sannyasa initiation within eight months of joining Iskcon and meeting Srila Prabhupada. There were complaints. People complained to Prabhupada that, "This new man, he has so much responsibilities, he is a sannyasi."
Feb 24 2011 Tapping into Sridhama Mayapur’s Potency
In just a few days the Mayapur Institute's Gaura Purnima Courses and the Mayapur Festival will begin. Devotees from around the world will be entering Sridham Mayapur, as Srila Prabhupada desired, to access the mercy, spiritual strength and inspiration to continue and expand their services
Feb 24 2011 There is a flower in my cosmos
Having chanted a few rounds and feeling somewhat wise, sometimes we worry that the alien religion (Krishna Consciousness) and its sacred texts that we have adopted is not ‚Äėsecular‚Äô enough for today‚Äôs twenty-first century sensibilities
An in-depth interview with the Christchurch pujari:" ‚ÄúAt first, it seemed just like any other day,‚ÄĚ says Sevananda Dasa, a priest at the Christchurch ISKCON temple. ‚ÄúI was up on the altar, offering the chamara whisk to the Deities....
An audio recording about one topic of the GBC agenda, what Srila Prabhupada meant when he said ‚ÄúThe GBC is the ultimate managing authority.‚ÄĚ
How can a sick person enjoy? One who is sick, you have a severe headache and if you see food it is very irritating. Isn't it? A sick person cannot enjoy. Therefore the conditioned soul is not an enjoyer. Enjoyment is for the greater souls. Enjoyment is for pure devotees
Feb 24 2011 Welcome to Mathura
Memories of an Indian Holy Town by Hayagriva Swami about his 1972 Kartik pilgrimage. Hayagriva was known as Prof. Howard Wheeler when he joined Shrila Prabhupada in 1966 as one of the original devotees. He was Shrila Prabhupada‚Äôs first book editor, and the early issues of BTG carry many of insightful articles and poems of this talented writer
This paper aims to present the contribution of Bhaktivinoda Thakur to the establishment and development of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It regards his personal life as the role model for the practitioners of Vaisnavism, and it considers his input in expanding preaching techniques, both innovative and traditional ones
Feb 24 2011 Please mark your calendar - March 20, 2011
Naturally such a personality as Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakura plays a very important role and a very important place within our Sampradaya, within our Iskcon Society in particular being the inspiration and spiritual master of the founder acarya of our society, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada
At that time Arjuna spoke the following words: Oh infallible sankirtana leader Krishna please park up my sankirtana van so that I can look on the street to see where it is best to distribute books, let me see who has come out today to do their shopping. When Arjuna saw all the stressed faces of the shoppers he spoke the following words....
Feb 23 2011 GBC AGM Report- February 20th, 2011
The 2011 Governing Body Commission (GBC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) commenced on February 20th in the Society‚Äôs world headquarters, Mayapur, West Bengal. Madhusevita dasa, this year‚Äôs GBC chairman, welcomed the GBC body, appreciating that thirty-one out of thirty-three voting GBC members were present at this session
Feb 22 2011 Invitation to Tirobhava Mahotsava
Feb 22 2011 Mayapur Currency Exchange Information
Feb 22 2011 New Zealand earthquake: 65 dead in Christchurch
Editor's note:Our ISKCON temple was severely damaged and the Deities were broken, also some devotees received injuries but we don't know how serious those are at the moment
Feb 22 2011 My Spiritual Grandfather, Our Devotional Line
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Srila Prabhupada's spiritual master, is my grand spiritual master, but I feel that I never really knew him so well until I read his biography Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava by my godbrother Bhakti Vikasa Swami. Many of the quotes and references below come from that work, which has helped bring me closer to my spiritual grandfather
Feb 21 2011 Reporting on the first day of the GBC meeting
Audio report about the first day of the GBC meeting including India‚Äôs phenomenal book distribution results, Pastoral Abuse, Vedic Planetarium, cow protection and more...
In Indonesia we had President Suharto who was eighty or ninety years old. He had to be dragged down. Amassed millions of dollars, overseas accounts we saw with Ferdinand Marcos and recently with Hosni Mubarak in Egypt - eighty two or eighty three years old and clinging to power to the very end
That a devotee who subhasubha-parityagi, that a devotee renounces both auspicious and inauspicious things. A devotee's position is very, very elevated. It is actually not so easy to be subhasubha-parityagi. Bhaktiman yah sa me priyah - then one becomes very dear to Krishna as soon as we renounce both auspicious and inauspicious activities
Feb 20 2011 ISV celebrates “Bringing back old friends”
The first Monthly Sankirtana Festival of 2011 entitled "Bringing back old friends" was concluded yesterday and the final results offered to Lord Nityananda at a celebration honoring His divine appearance day held at the ISV temple in San Jose, CA
Feb 20 2011 Bhaktivedanta Manor looks to the Future
Over the past year Bhaktivedanta Manor has conducted a Review of all of its activities by speaking to a breadth of devotees across its key community groups ‚Äď the review, headed up independently has been a project that has unfolded into a wide ranging review of the practices at the temple and feelings of devotees who visit, work and serve around the temple
Feb 20 2011 Newly opened in Sri Mayapur Dham…..
Feb 20 2011 Reporter reviews Dallas’s Kalachandji restaurant
In those prayers it is said that he is a king there. He wasn't in the sadhana stage, he was in that perfectional stage. In the discussion of Ramananda Raya were Lord Caitanya is asking him to identify the sadhya sadhana, the goal of life and the means to achieve it. When Caitanya Mahaprabhu hears some of our most famous verse, our favorite verse of Bhagavad-gita, He says external
They asked me to speak on the philosophy of Lord Nityananda. We heard the pastimes first. Maharaj like to give the sweet words but of course everything about Lord Nityananda is ecstatic and very blissful
On 18 February 2011, the day after Sri Nityananda Prabhu¬īs appearance day the long awaited decision pertaining the appointment of land for a new temple in The Hague, The Netherlands, was made by the local Dutch governing authorities in favour of ISKCON and other religious organizations
We have to have intelligence to understand and discuss Krishna Consciousness in both a non-dogmatic and uncompromising way. Intelligence implies abstract thinking. As children we begin to think abstractly but this is limited to concrete operations. If a child has two blocks of equal size it can conclude that a pile of two will be twice as high as one, every time
Bhadra Priya joined ISKCON in 1972 in Montreal, Canada. Shortly thereafter she moved to the temple in Toronto where she was initiated by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in 1973
Feb 18 2011 Kanpur Rathayatra and Bhumi Puja
Rathayatra , Paatotsav, Bhumi Puja and Ananta Shesh installation at Kanpur. Kanpur is India's tenth largest city, and the largest city in Uttar Pradesh with a population of approximately fifty lakhs (five million). Kanpur is famous as an Industrial and business center. Kanpur is located on the bank of the holy Ganga nadi (Ganges River), some three hundred and fifty kilometers Southeast of Vrindavan
There was also a series of Hari Katha given by HH Radha Govinda Maharaja on ‚ÄúAkrur Manorath‚ÄĚ for the last five days at our newly renovated Balaram Hall. HG Bhurijan Prabhu is still continuing to read from the Krishna book for the last one month at Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs quarters every night
Feb 18 2011 Update to VedaBase 2011.1 Available Now
We just completed a VedaBase update. Added in 2011.1. This is an update to the contents, not an upgrade to the software. You can download this free update on the Internet, from one of these links: [Download Links] (378Mb zipped). Installation instructions are provided in the download
Strategic planning has been on the minds of GBC members for some years now. What was clear then is even clearer today: there is unlimited work to be done to nurture ISKCON toward a future that serves Srila Prabhupada's vision for a vibrant, spiritually dynamic movement
Feb 18 2011 Can you see yourself in the picture?
Feb 18 2011 Ad from Karuna Bhavan, Scotland
I am very grateful for this opportunity to be with all of you in the holy dham Sri Mayapur on the holy day of the appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. It appears that there is no verse selected so with your permission I will just talk in what time is allotted
He saw there the all-powerful Personality of Godhead in His boar incarnation, bearing the earth upward on the ends of His tusks and robbing him of his splendor with His reddish eyes. The demon laughed: Oh, an amphibious beast!