By Anuttama dasa
August 1, 2016
Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Please share the following information with your local temple and community leaders around the globe.
We are just under a month away from Janmastami, the Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krishna. Janmastami this year offers a special opportunity-for many temples the best opportunity-to promote ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary and connect with the media, dignitaries, and other vips in your area.
To date many wonderful ISKCON 50 events have been celebrated around the world, inspiring devotees and informing larger audiences about the relevance and important contributions of Srila Prabhupada and his ISKCON society.
For temples and communities that have not yet capitalized on the opportunity that ISKCON 50 provides, I am writing to remind you that with Janmastami coming-NOW IS THE CHANCE!
For ISKCON communities Janmastami is our biggest and most important Holy Day. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the natural attention that Krishna’s Appearance Day draws.
Janmastami gives us a chance to tell your community’s story-ISKCON’s story, Srila Prabhupada’s story-widely. And, to gain favorable media exposure and build long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with your local government, religious, academic, neighborhood, and other leaders and vips.
And, with ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary celebration continuing through this Janmastami, its an even bigger opportunity. I pray you will take full advantage.
To help you in planning and executing of your ISKCON 50 Janmastami, please find attached a sample Janmastami 50th Anniversary Media Release to localize & send to your media. *You are welcome to use this as is–with local information inserted–**or create your own release based on this standard style.*
In closing, don’t forget these simple steps for the temple/community itself:
. Place ISKCON 50 banners and posters around your temple and grounds
. ISKCON 50-ize Janmastami by referencing ISKCON 50 in all flyers, announcements, decorations, invitations, etc.
. Plan talks on Janmastami Day focused on Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON achievements over 50 years
. Purchase “The Hare Krishnas Celebrating 50 Years” magazines and distribute to devotees and friends at Janmastami
. Show the “Fifty Years of Service and Joy” film to visitors on Janmastami Day and other special events
For more support or to answer any questions you may have please contact:
Your regional ISKCON 50 Coordinator, or your regional ISKCON Communications Director, or Romapada das Global ISKCON 50 Coordinator. Or, my office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anuttama dasa Minister ISKCON Communications
news.iskcon.org (For general news about ISKCON and ISKCON 50 Events)
communications.iskcon.org (For access to ISKCON Media Kit, Interfaith Statement, Communications Regional Directors)
iskcon50.org (See Resources for official logo, banners, posters, logo, etc)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44OoZ6GfmK0 (Link to 20 minute video “Fifty Years of Service and Joy”) For a HD version contact the director, Krishna lila dd at