Mar 31 2012 13th Annual Birmingham 24 Hour Kirtan Festival 2012

Mayapur Madhava Das: This hugely successful event will host over 2000 people during the course weekend and we will be serving vegetarian meals to all guests on both days. The kirtan festival is held in the beautiful surroundings of the traditional South Indian Balaji Mandir

Mar 30 2012 An awesome review of the Palace of Gold


Hidden in West Virginia’s hills is one of the state’s most magnificent treasures—a monument that rivals the majestic palaces of India. Tucked among the hills of the rural northern panhandle at the end of a crumbling, unlined paved road, you would have a hard time stumbling across this hidden treasure


Mar 30 2012 Royals visit Krishna Avanti School - video

By Radha Mohan das

Inside the main hall which contains the deities of Krishna Balaram, Krishna Avanti School children sang Sri Krishna Caitanya, a Vaishnava song written by Narottam Das Thakur, followed by the Hare Krishna mantra. The Queen particularly appreciated the devotional music


Mar 30 2012 ISKCON Mayapur Book Distribution Marathon 2011-12

By Lakshman das

Mayapur temple was second in the whole world in terms of books distributed in year 2011-2012 and Delhi was in the first position. HH Gopal Krishna Maharaj glorified Mayapur Sankirtan devotees and marked them the real number one. Mayapur book distribution goes on throughout the year, some time door to door, where as Delhi devotees do it mostly in Book Marathon times


Mar 29 2012 Report on 2012 International Vaishnavi Retreat, Govardhana

By Gitanjali devi dasi

As a combined initiative of the GBC Vaisnavi Care Sub-Committee and the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE), the International Vaisnavi Retreat aims at promoting sadhu sanga among the devotee women of ISKCON. Committed to nurture the devotees’ service attitude and focus on hearing and chanting, the retreat is fast becoming an annual feature devotees across the world look forward to


Mar 29 2012 Annual GBC Report to Sri Radha-Madhava and Sri Pancha-tattva, Sridham Mayapur, February-March 2012


On behalf of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium team, Ambarisa dasa was pleased to announce that in 2016, Sri Panca-tattva and Sri Radha-Madhava and the Asta-Sakhis will be able to move into their new home in the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. In addition to a massive kirtan hall, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium will contain an altar 130 feet in diameter where Sri Panca-tattva will reside in the middle, Sri Radha Madhava and the Asta-sakhis on the right, and our entire parampara on the left


Mar 29 2012 Sex and Spirituality

Abhaya Mudra Dasi: Sex is so common yet so mysterious. What is the origin of sex? Some claim that it can be called a yoga process. Can it be so? Some so-called “tantrics” even claim that through sex they can practice yoga. If sex is yoga, then why is it restricted and its restraint included as one of the regulative principles in Vaishnava tradition?

Mar 28 2012 GBC Chairman’s Message


Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja, the ISKCON GBC Chairman for 2012, addresses the community from Sridham Mayapur, March 2012


Mar 28 2012 GBC resolutions 2012

By Iskcon Governing Body Comission

Whereas there is a continued need to educate new devotees in ISKCON about the pre-eminent position of Srila Prabhupada as (a) Our Founder-Acarya and (b) The primary siksa-guru for all ISKCON members; Whereas it will benefit both individual devotees and the ISKCON society at large to improve the standards of discipleship within our movement; And whereas there is a lack of formal training regarding what it means to be a disciple within ISKCON and how to properly execute the duties of a disciple towards one’s diksa- and siksa-gurus as well as the mission of Srila Prabhupada: RESOLVED: 1. That the Governing Body Commission recommends that all prospective disciples and aspiring initiates attend the ISKCON Disciple Course prior to their initiation, preferably before choosing an initiating spiritual master. Other members of ISKCON are also encouraged to take the course


Mar 28 2012 With Gratitude to Russian Yatra

By the GBC EC

We are writing on behalf of the GBC Body and the worldwide community of ISKCON devotees to congratulate you on your recent victory in the Appeal Court on the Tomsk Case against the Bhagavad-gita. We would like to especially congratulate you, Maharaja, as well as Sadhu Priya Prabhu and the other devotees who worked so hard for many months to counter the attack against us


Mar 28 2012 Estonia Hosts the First Three-Day Kirtana Mela of the Baltic States

By Kirtana Mela 2012 Tallinn team

The main goal of the first Kirtana Mela in Estonia is to provide a deep congregational chanting experience for the Estonia’s devotee community, with visitors from other neighboring countries like Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Russia being very much anticipated to join as well. It can become an international event – everyone from everywhere can attend


Mar 27 2012 “I’ve Got The Fever!”

By Bhaktin Priya Naidoo

Last night I attended the Sunday Feast at the SSRR temple-it also happened to be Snana Yatra so the devotees had more energy and enthusiasm than usual. What was more striking however, was a fun, creative and seemingly spontaneous presentation from The Blue Mountain Children's tent team and the Youth Lounge, two dynamic preaching events at the Durban Festival of Chariots this year during the Easter weekend


Mar 27 2012 “Your badge, show him your BADGE…….. ! !”

Madhava Gosh: A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas , and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher said, “Okay , but don’t go in that field over there…..”, as he pointed out the location...

Mar 27 2012 Sankirtana Fire still burning strong in London

By Hare Krishna Festivals Team UK

The Harinama Sankirtana fire is still burning strong in London. London is a city very well populated, and there is never a dull moment while chanting on the streets. Very rare is the day when the devotees are treated unfavourably, whether it is the police, students, local londoners, tourists, drunks or businessmen, the reception is always favourable


Mar 26 2012 On CNN, Fox 13 TV News on Holi and KSL TV Channel 5

By Caru Das

“The colors come from the emergence of spring after the stark bleakness of winter. Everything bursts forth in colors and fragrance and so that’s emulated through the festival,” said Charu Das, the founder of the Lotus Temple


Mar 25 2012 Rev. Matugama Mahanama Thero of Sri Lanka Receives Bhagavad-gita As It Is

By Vasudeva Datta dasa

In the Buddhist monastery, where we spent the previous night we started with bhajans and people were surprised to hear melodious sounds in their temple. Nevertheless, no one could say anything because their chief monk who invited us was standing behind us. Younger monks were all excited and were taking many photos of us


Mar 24 2012 Books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Dulal Chandra dasa: Book Sets - Original Letters Books (5 books), Perfect Condition - $500 minimum (or highest offer) Srila Prabhupada Siksamrita Set (3 books), Perfect Condition - $108 or best offer Collected Teachings Set (7 books), Perfect Condition - $199 or best offer

Mar 24 2012 To Have New Mayapura classified as a Tirtha by the GBC

Padmanetra das: I am hoping to collect all information about Srila Prabhupada's visits to New Mayapur (France) in 1974, 1975 and 1976. To prepare a complete list, I am looking for Srila Prabhupada's disciples who were in New Mayapura in 1974, 1975 and also August 1976

Mar 23 2012 Please pray for Mother Murari

Navanita Taskara devi dasi: Dear devotees – please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! For those who may not know Mother Murari, she is one of the oldest disciple of Satsvarupa Maharaj from Puerto Rico. She is in the hospital and doctor informed she will not get better. She is unconscious, but when she is conscious, she chants the Hare Krsna mantra constantly

Mar 23 2012 The Glory Of Hanumanji

Gautam Saha: He was born from the womb of the monkey devotee Anjani The son of Vayu, the god of winds, he is no other than Hanumanji The greatest devotee of Lord Rama, in this and every other yuga Very learned in the scriptures, head bowed in devotion to Lord Rama

Mar 22 2012 Self-Identity, Conflict and Commonwealth within ISKCON

By Krishna Kirti Das

As regards to giving devotees who are inclined to disagree more distance from each other, that is a Vaishnava solution. Lord Balarama and Shri Vidura went on pilgrimage instead of staying to face the heat of dissent. Lord Shiva left the sacrificial arena when his followers and the followers of Daksha began to quarrel. We should be willing to encourage more separation at times. Indeed, sometimes permanent separation is required. And we should be more open to encouraging that too


Mar 21 2012 Bhakti Vriksha

Manjulali Manjari Sevini dd: The following attachment contains information about Bhakti Vrksa, the benefits of Bhakti Vrksa programs and also displays books which can help one to organize such programs

Mar 21 2012 This is a booklet for you rperusal

Tattva Vichar: Guru Tattva Booklet Available Now for Free Distribution! Anyone who is willing to help with the distribution please contact Tattva Vicara Publications

Mar 21 2012 Russian court dismisses plea seeking ban on Gita

By many media sources

A Russian court today dismissed a petition seeking a ban on a translated version of Bhagvad Gita for being "extremist", bringing cheers to followers across the world. "The court in the Siberian city of Tomsk has dismissed the plea," Sadhu Priya Das of Moscow ISKCON said soon after the verdict was announced


Mar 20 2012 Chilean devotees inspire 300 prisoners

By Giriraj Gopal das

Twenty eight devotees from the Santiago Yatra along with 250 books of Srila Prabhupada, made their way to one of the most famous prisons in Chile called "Santiago 1"


Mar 20 2012 The Scientific Worldview-Truth or Consequences?

By Dhanesvara Das

In a relative world, such as the one we live in, how does one find truth? That quest is undertaken by many young adults as they try to make sense of the world, and I was one such seeker in my youth. My experiences in college played an important role in guiding my search, providing a proving ground on which to test different concepts as I came across them


Mar 20 2012 Deity Pastimes in the ISKCON era

By Amogha das

Manifest Deity pastimes in the ISKCON era remind us that Lord Caitanya's pastimes are still going on. Two very fantastic Deity pastimes are presented below


Mar 20 2012 Hare Krishna’s at St. Patricks Parade - London 2012

By Sandipani Muni Dasa

For three years in a row, the Hare Krishna devotees from around London have been participating in the St. Patricks Day parade. Although it may not neccesarily be a Vaishnava festival, it is a great opportunity to share the Holy Name with the thousands of people who participate or watch the parade. Many people shared appreciation of the Hare Krishna's at the parade. As exemplified in the video (link below) there were hundreds and thousands of people in awe at the energetic Harinama Sankirtan party


Mar 20 2012 Bhakta Chris Leaves His Body In Mayapur Dham

Parasuram das: Bhakta Chris from the UK left his body in Mayapur Dham last week. He was a very likeable character, definetly a character. He never missed a festival and he will be greatly missed. He loved Vraj Mandala Parikram, always involved in prasad distribution and done a lot of service in Varanasi

Mar 19 2012 ISKCON Malaysia has just acquired a 400-acre orchard

By Goloka Candra dasa

The orchard, located 108km from Kuala Lumpur city, currently has a variety of tropical fruit trees, mainly jackfruit, and also starfruit, roseapple, guava, lime etc. We plan to maintain the existing fruit trees and further cultivate coconuts and grass extensively on the land to support free grazing by cows


Mar 19 2012 The Bhagavad Gita trial restarts tomorrow (20th of March)

By Kasisvar das

A group of renowned Russian scientists representing leading Russian research organisations and universities has addressed an open letter to President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in connection with the ongoing trial of "Bhagavad Gita As It Is", a revered Hindu scripture, in the Russian city of Tomsk


Mar 19 2012 First Sannyasa Candidates Convention

By Lilasuka das

From February 6-8 2012, at the Vaishnava Academy in Mayapura, The ISKCON Ministry for Sannyasa organized a training seminars for sannyasa candidates. Eighteen sannyasa candidates attended the seminars. The candidates expressed appreciation for the seminars presented by experienced sannyasis and preachers such as H.H. Prahladananda Swami, H.H. Candramauli Swami, H.H. Bhaktirasamrita Swami, H.H. Yadunandana Swami, and H.G. Navina Nirada Das


Mar 19 2012 Action plan 2012-2013 to Bring river Yamuna back to Braj-Vrindavan

By Brajraj Sharan

As you know that with the inspiration and blessings of Shri Ramesh Baba Ji Maharaaj of Maan Mandir, Barsana, the 'Bring Yamuna River Back to Braj-Vrindavan-Gokul-Mathura CAMPAIGN' is growing by leaps and bounds, we would like to share some of the action items as a part of our strategy to handle this issue


Mar 19 2012 ISKCON Newcastle is seeking a Head Priest

Prema Sankirtan das: To officiate in leading the regular and festive worship of the temples altar deities 'Their Lordships Shree Shree Panca Tattva' according to the procedures and standards established by ISKCON's governing body commission and upheld and disseminated by the ISKCON deity worship ministry. The successful applicant will be a certified graduate of the deity worship course conducted in the ISKCON deity worship academy at Mayapura, West Bengal, India

Mar 19 2012 Release of “Village Life - Our Philosophy, Our Life, Our Education”

Bharat Chandra Dasa: "Our philosophy is that you produce your food anywhere you stay, and keep cows, take milk, produce vegetables, food grains, and chant Hare Krsna. That's all. This is our philosophy. Make your life successful. By becoming Krsna conscious, you become free from al these troubles of material condition...

Mar 18 2012 Daughter of the Sun God

By Indradyumna Swami

It was my last week in Sri Vrindavan Dhama. I wanted to take advantage of my final precious days in the holy dhama, so I took a small group of devotees to Radha Kunda for parikrama. During our circumambulation of the sacred lake, a Vrajavasi man invited us into his home for fresh, hot chapattis which his wife and daughter served us with yogurt


Mar 18 2012 “Chant loudly from your heart” Mayapur Kirtan Mela- 2012

By Lakshman das

On the most auspicious occasion of Gaur Purnima festivals at Sridham Mayapur. Lord Krishna Himself appeared as Lord Caitanya to inundate the whole world with Krishna Prema. ISKCON leaders organized various festivals in Mayapur for one month. One of them was Four days "Kirtan Mela", organized by H.H Sacinandana Swami was the most ecstatic and heart touching


Mar 18 2012 Special GAURA PURNIMA Mercy

By Lilasuka dasi

Any activity that you begin on Gaura Purnima day becomes very auspicious. There is a special, true story in this regard. On the afternoon of Gaura Purnima, March 8, a few of us were chanting bhajans in the temple room for the pleasure of their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. As we were doing so, a large group of about twenty-five students came in and Gauranatraj das began to give them a tour of the temple room


Mar 18 2012 Iskcon Hollow Challenge? (pronounced “holler”)

By Gadi das

Way back in the deep hills of Tenn. there is a valley…. with a narrow dirt road threw it that connects to 2 paved roads , named Preston Ridge rd and Dry Prong rd. The narrow dirt road is approx one mile long….the legal name of that road is Murari Lane… now your starting to get the picture….


Mar 18 2012 Congregational Development Ministry - Article on award winners

Manjulali Manjari Sevini dd: We would like to congratulate all the winners who received an award for their exceptional contribution to the development ISKCON's congregations around the world
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