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By Ravindra Svarupa Dasa

The GBC Prabhupada Position Committee has released an enlightening and detailed book explaining the pre-eminent position of Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON as its Founder-Acarya. The Prabhupada Position Committee, consisting of sixteen senior devotees including Bhakti Charu Swami, Gopal Krishna Goswami, Hari Sauri Das and Ravindra Svarupa Das is one of the many initiatives created by the GBC Strategic Planning Team, which aims to secure the future of ISKCON. “This GBC Statement on Prabhupada’s Preeminent Position is part of an ongoing effort to better educate ISKCON devotees about Srila Prabhupada’s unique stature and contribut...

(0) December 19, 2014 -- 4,171 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur.com

Odana Sashti is a festival that marks the beginning of winter. During the Odana-sasthi festival the devotees dress Lord Jagannatha and Balarama with starched cloth. This ceremony indicates that from that day forward, a winter covering should be given to the Lord. That covering is directly purchased from a weaver, and freshly purchased cloth is usually starched to preserve it. According to the archana-marga, a cloth should first be washed to remove all the starch, an...

(0) December 5, 2014 -- 1,072 views
Hare KrishnaBy Muralidhara-priya Das

Just as Srila Prabhupada had folded his hands with tears in his eyes and thanked his disciples in Mayapur for helping build the Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir, Sriman Ambarish Das and his wife Swaha Mataji this kartik month toured Vrindavan, Dubai, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries to raise awareness about the TOVP temple. Their humble and sincere appeal to the Hare Krishna congregation raised over 3 million dollars in pledges.

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(0) December 4, 2014 -- 1,111 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vamsi Vihari Dasa

But as a true well-wisher, Krishna is concerned not about being blamed but about ending our material existence as soon as possible. of course, during difficulties He also provides the strength we need to endure. Like a doctor intent on healing a patient, Krishna works hard to purify us. Accepting His ways without complaint and blame encourages Him to continue His treatment, whereas an uncooperative attitude may encourage Him to stop. Therefore, we should b...

(0) December 4, 2014 -- 832 views
Hare KrishnaBy Giriraja Swami

UPON THE invitation of the Gita Bhavan ("Gita Center"), in December 1970 Srila Prabhupada and a party of disciples traveled to Indore, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, to take part in the week-long celebration of the anniversary of the day on which Lord Krsna spoke the Bhagavad-gita. Most of the other speakers were Mayavadi impersonalists, who did not preach Bhagavad-gita as it is or present Krsna as He is.

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(0) December 4, 2014 -- 987 views
Hare KrishnaBy Baldev das

This year, as part of warm up strategy, Temple had organized many seminars and talks all over Mumbai in various counsellors group and preaching programs. In each of these programs, temple devotees presented few anecdotes of book distribution which happened within the chowpatty congregation in previous years. At the end of each program, assembled congregation and youth also shared their experiences of book distribution in previous marathons. A similar get together wi...

(0) December 4, 2014 -- 895 views
Hare KrishnaBy Prana Das

On this auspicious day of Gita Jayanthi, we are pleased to release our second issue of the eMagazine - "Sanatani" - Culture of Eternity. I hope you all would have enjoyed the first issue of the magazine that was launched on the auspicious day of Govardhan Puja. We have got an overwhelming response for the first issue and we sincerely thank you all for the appreciation, blessings and feedback given. As mentioned earlier, through this magazine we would like to reach to ...

(0) December 3, 2014 -- 909 views
Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON South Africa Communications

Rajiv Rampal and Gaurachandra Ramkussan who pioneered this campaign explain that it's not a question of whether you can distribute books, but more the question of do you want to. "If you want to, you will. We are making an appeal to each of you to please commit to distribute at least 10 books. Just 10 books, just 10 minutes of your lives to speak to 10 people. You can sell the books or give them away as gifts, as long it goes out, Srila Prabh...

(0) December 3, 2014 -- 877 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mukundamala Dasa

Divya Simha Dasa (Devidas Vaidya), 70, from Mumbai is a person who does not believe in retirement — in fact he feels real work begins now. After working with Pfizer India for over 33 years and entering into its Hall of Fame for community and social service, Divya Simha wanted to do something more. Village development, women’s empowerment, health and education were some activities in his agenda. But before starting to work on these goals, he wanted to la...

(0) December 2, 2014 -- 885 views
Hare KrishnaBy Parasuram das

On the 8th of October 2014 we left the Krishna Balaram Temple for the road to Mathura. 1,300 devotees walking on the Vraj Mandala Parikrama ( a one month pilgrimage of the twelve forests of the Vrindavan area), and ourselves the "magnificent seven" , a small international Padayatra team consisting of Dharmatma Prabhu USA, Loka Saranga Prabhu Czech, Madhu Pandit Czech, Vikuntha Prabhu Russia, Arjuna Prabhu UK, Krishna Mayi dd Estonia and myself Ireland. This was ou...

(0) December 2, 2014 -- 779 views
Hare KrishnaBy Jai Sita Rani Devi Dasi

No words can describe the mood that captivated the hearts of all who attended the Kirtan Mela Malaysia in Sri Jagannatha Mandir, Kuala Lumpur. It was simply stupendous to say the least. Taking us to new heights never experienced before, everyone was just soaked in Krishna's mercy flowing through every vein in their blood. It was a blast like never before in Kuala Lumpur. No words can describe the ecstasy that every single one was feeling in Sri Jagannath...

(0) December 1, 2014 -- 1,007 views
Hare KrishnaBy Jamal Arjuna Salter

More than 100,000 people lined the streets to witness the 2014 Carnival of Flowers Parade and there, right in the middle of it, was Lord Jagganatha, Baladeva and Subhadra righting the iconic rate cart covered in flowers pulled by the devotees. The deities and the dancing, chanting devotees were welcomed by the cheers and waves of thousands upon thousands of people lining the streets to celebrate the culture and history of Toowoomba all listening to the sou...

(2) November 30, 2014 -- 916 views
Hare KrishnaBy Subh Abhilash Dasa

Recently, students at University of Cincinnati had chance to hear from His Holiness Bhakti Raghava Swami about how the modern society can only live sustainably if they protect cows. Maharaja also alluded to TED talk given by Allan Savory where he proposes that “Only livestock can save us”. Through reversing desertification, he claims that rangeland soil has the ability to sequester vast amount of carbon dioxide. Allan Savory claims, few if not all, are...

(1) November 30, 2014 -- 1,806 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kishan Paun

From the start of this academic year, Krishna has allowed us to have 30 Krishna Consciousness Societies (KC Socs) across the country, the largest number to date! KC Socs up and down the country run with the same formula: Philosophy, Kirtan and Prashadam. KC Socs aim to make Krishna Consciousness relevant to the youth of the UK by having stimulating sessions based on topics such as: "What would you do if you had 24 hours to life?", "Why do bad things happen to good ...

(0) November 29, 2014 -- 1,225 views
Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was among the West's many philosophers who wrote about duty. He called his system of thought "deontology," which literally means "the study of duty." One of the most important implications of deontology is that a person's behavior can be wrong even if it results in a positive outcome, and an act can be virtuous even if it results in a negative outcome. In contrast to consequentialism, a philosophy claiming “the ends justify the means...

(0) November 29, 2014 -- 1,205 views
Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Sri Navadvipa-Mayapur Dhama is beautifully situated on the banks of the Ganges. Every island is separated a tributary of Ganges river. On each of these islands Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates performed Their transcendental pastimes. Later Vaishnava Acaryas - Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Gaura Kisora Babaji, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Jagannatha Das Babaji, Vasudeva Dutta and others spent several years of their lives here discussing the pastim...

(0) November 29, 2014 -- 901 views
Hare KrishnaBy Madhava Smullen

Prabhupada envisioned New Vrindaban as a “self-governing village” that would set an example for the world and contain all the basic necessities residents needed: in one letter he explained how they could grow vegetables, fruit, wheat and other cereals, hand-weave cloth, and use an ox-powered mill to grind seeds into oil. Working to create this self-sufficiency, meanwhile, would keep devotees busy in the service of the Lord and ensure that they didn’t have...

(0) November 28, 2014 -- 982 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ravindra Svarupa Dasa

In the Philadelphia airport, I had occasion at one time to observe a pair of free-lance peripatetic sellers of watches working the crowds. They drew you aside and offered you a rare deal: a gleaming Rolex watch for a few hundred dollars, a tenth of the retail price. It was imperative to sell them quickly. Naturally you wondered how they were able to sell such expensive timepieces so cheaply, but by their haste, furtiveness, and weighty silences you were le...

(1) November 28, 2014 -- 1,391 views
Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

In 1974, almost exactly forty years ago, George came to visit Srila Prabhupada at Hare Krishna Land, in Juhu. I took him around the construction site, and he expressed his appreciation for the work and encouraged us in our efforts. When at twelve-thirty we heard the conch shell blow for raja-bhoga arati, we proceeded to the small temple shed, where George chose a pair of karatalas and sang with the other devotees. Puri dasa, originally from Scotland, was doing the...

(1) November 28, 2014 -- 1,521 views
Hare KrishnaBy Lalitanatha dasa

To this day, almost forty years after the passing of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, confusion still reigns among some devotees about his desires and instructions regarding how he wanted his main legacy, his transcendental books, taken care of. Thus some devotees continue to express doubts regarding the posthumous editing and correcting that have been done on Srila Prabhupada’s books by his publishing company, The Bhaktivedanta B...

(2) November 27, 2014 -- 1,670 views
Hare KrishnaBy Gunacuda Dasi

In his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.1, Srila Prabhupada writes that ' In all the schools, colleges and universities, and at home all children and youths should be taught to hear about the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In other words, they should be taught to hear the instructions of Bhagavad-Gita, to put them into practice in their lives, and thus to become strong in devotional service, free from fear of being degraded to animal life.' The students of Sri ...

(0) November 27, 2014 -- 1,669 views
Hare KrishnaBy Jaganmohini Devi Dasi

On Nov. 28th, 2014, disciples, students, scholars and well-wishers of H.H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami will be celebrating 77th Vyasa-puja of maharaj. They will be remembering Srila Sripada maharaj as a multifaceted saintly personality and thus glorify him for his unique contribution as a scientist, as a saint, as an educationist, as a writer, as a singer, as a poet, as an instrumentalist and a cultural & peace ambassador.

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(0) November 26, 2014 -- 994 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radha Jivan Das

An initiated devotee of ISKCON, who wishes to remain anonymous, approached his Guru Maharaj, His Holiness Devamrita Swami, that he wished to donate 1 million dollars to some project in ISKCON. Devamrita Swami maharaj immediately motivated his disciple to donate this money to the TOVP project, which is at the present the most important project of ISKCON, building the headquarters that Srila Prabhupada had been wanting for so long. When asked, Maharaj explained t...

(1) November 26, 2014 -- 3,391 views
Hare KrishnaBy Tribhuvanatha Dasa

During the Ratha yatra festival in Ghana, this year, June 2014. Election was conducted by the GBC representative, under the notion of solidifying Srila Prabhupada’s mission in West Africa. Among the participants where the GBC West Africa oversee HH. Kavicandra Swami Maharaj. HH. Bhakti dhira damodara swami (who was re-agent by HG, Srivas Dasa Prabhu), HG. Malati Mathaji Devi Dasi, Prabhu, Temple presidents, senior and new dynamic devotees were all present. ...

(0) November 26, 2014 -- 1,236 views
Hare KrishnaBy Urmila Devi Dasi

"No Krsna rituals," my cousin the doctor admonished me. Although not her attending physician, being a doctor he had more or less taken charges of things."Your mother was not a Hare Krsna. Let her die as she lived." "But," I argued, "these last weeks I've been chanting to her, reading stories to her from our scriptures, singing devotional songs. She often asked me to , and really loved it.Why should I do something different today?" I was hopeful, yet nervous...

(0) November 25, 2014 -- 1,221 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaishanvanghri Sevaka Das

“In the above chart aquatics are occupying 11%, plant kingdom is occupying 24%, reptiles are occupying 13%, birds are occupying 12%, beasts are occupying 35% and humans are occupying mere 5%. When we analyze this point there is a possibility of understanding the gravity of the situation. This implies that obtaining human form of life is very rare” I started explaining with patience. “Yes, I indeed agree. Anybody who looks at this chart surely ge...

(4) November 25, 2014 -- 1,643 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vijaya Dasa

WSN October 2014 - World Sankirtan Newsletter, I think this is a first for Vrindavan: In October they were the No. 1 temple in the world! How did the devotees do this? Vrindavan is not a big city. But it's a unlimitedly huge place, spiritually speaking. So I think the devotees experienced in a special way the spiritual energy of Vrndavana during the month of Karttika. They accumulated 33,589 book points. Srila Prabhupada must feel extremely satisfied with the devote...

(1) November 24, 2014 -- 1,850 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhajahari das

Earlier in the day there was a gathering at Parasurama prabhu's Matchless Gifts centre in Kings Cross to share prasad and memories of Tribhuvanatha prabhu Then in the evening TWO HUNDRED Vaisnavas came together to perform ecstatic Samkirtan. Just like a tsunami, they flooded the West End with the joyful sound of the Holy Names. Cambridge Circus, China Town and Leicester Square were all inundated in the flood. Hundreds were drawn into the chanting and dancing....

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 774 views
Hare KrishnaBy Navasi Dasi

As devotees, we talk a lot about getting free from the material energy, free from the influence of maya, free from our attachments to material sense pleasures and their objects. Why do we want to do that? What would be the reason? Sometimes it can be confusing. It may seem like we're taking all this too seriously, when really it's all Krishna's creation and life in this world can have so many pleasures to offer us. Here is an example that perhaps will illustrate ...

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 716 views
By the GBC

The topic of “Lines of Authority” is a heritage or legacy issue. By “heritage” or “legacy” issues we mean those topics that are of core importance to the future of ISKCON. These are the issues that are going to be relevant for generations to come. How to address them in a way that reflects Srila Prabhupada’s intent and purpose will be expressed in papers like this one. This “Lines of Authority” paper is not the full and final statement on this topic. Rather, it is a goo...

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 2,907 views
Hare KrishnaBy Krsangi Radhe dasi

The exciting new features include : Parenting forum - you will find interesting articles based on Vedic literature with respect to the role of parenting and effective ways to raise God Conscious children; News tab - Newsletters and current events; Resources - A wealth of downloadable resources for your conveniences. This includes a Handbook for CPT members. Who We Are - An introduction to the CPO team Screening Procedures - Downloadable forms to assis...

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 687 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vilasa dasa

Maharaja explained to the prisoners how one can only control one's mind and senses by engaging it in Krsna's service, otherwise one will be forced to commit criminal, or sinful, activities. He particularly stressed the necessity of always hearing Krsna katha, which will engage and purify the mind and help one to always think of Krsna. This will ensure that 'the idle mind does not become the Devil's workshop;' the uncontrolled mind being the reason for all ou...

(1) November 23, 2014 -- 862 views
Hare KrishnaBy Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Learned sages have described the meaning of auspiciousness as love for the entire creation, caring affection for all living entities, saintly character, happiness, and other such qualities. The person in whom bhakti has arisen bestows affection to the whole world and becomes the object of attachment for everyone in the world. He effortlessly becomes the recipient of all saintly qualities and attains all types of pure happiness and auspiciousness. Lea...

(0) November 23, 2014 -- 804 views
Hare KrishnaBy Janakinatha Dasa

Every December, the book marathon promises to be an exciting event. While travelling from door to door, village to village, through remote parts of India, we invariably meet someone who has been miraculously touched by Krishna’s mercy. One such person was Chandu, whom we met in Srirampur, Maharashtra. His tall posture and heavy built contrasted with his soft, humble demeanor. Curious to know his background, I requested him to narrate his story of choosing th...

(1) November 23, 2014 -- 1,364 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nagaraja Dasa

The maya of the material world has two main functions: It lures us away from our natural position of service to Krishna, and it deludes us into full forgetfulness of that position. But that maya, often referred to as maha-maya, has a spiritual counterpart its source, yoga-maya. Because yoga-maya is also an energy of Krishna’s, it too can overpower us. But yoga-maya connects us with Krishna. Another meaning of maya is “mercy.” By devotional service to Krishn...

(1) November 23, 2014 -- 786 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radhanath Swami

“My heart aches for love,” she said. “We all do,” I said. “Our need to love and be loved originates in our innate love for God.” I quoted words Mother Theresa had spoken to me years before. “The greatest problem in this world is not the hunger of the stomach but the hunger of the heart. All over the world both rich and poor suffer. They are lonely, starving for love. Only God’s love can satisfy the hunger of the heart.” “Bhakti, the means t...

(0) November 22, 2014 -- 1,248 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vikram Patil

A devotee from a remote village finds an innovative way to share Srila Prabhupada’s message with everyone. "I own a cell phone shop in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. While commuting between my village, Kotoli, and downtown Kolhapur, I used to observe how most passengers spent their travel time sleeping. What a waste! I thought. Somehow I must give them transcendental knowledge of the divine pastimes of Lord Krishna. I used to take a great deal of interest in marketing, ...

(0) November 22, 2014 -- 1,635 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti-lata Dasi

I had fallen away from chanting the Maha Mantra over the years, after losing the good association of bhakta Jason, and had eventually passed on all the books I had on Krishna Consciousness to other interested bhaktas at the various prisons in which I’ve sojourned. I feel like the prodigal son spoken of in the Holy Bible, as I’ve been wandering to and fro, lost in the world of Maya. Yet, by Krishna’s boundless mercy, I am once again on the same yard (pris...

(0) November 22, 2014 -- 992 views
Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Our tale goes back to one of the first Indian benefactors of the Hare Krishna movement in America, Sajjan Singh Sarna (1897–1978), who is more or less unknown to most devotees. He ran a major Indian handicraft/importing business called “Bells of Sarna.” Its first warehouse was founded in New York, just as a fledgling ISKCON was gaining steam. Sarna, originally from Rawalpindi, a city in the Pothohar region of Pakistan, was a Sikh from the Punjab who had co...

(0) November 22, 2014 -- 1,048 views
Hare KrishnaBy Damodar Prasad das

This meditation is concluded by the realisation that the contemplation of beauty by the soul, or by a conditioned soul, teaches the soul to discover a corresponding beauty within itself (Cooper, 2015). The real artist is one who views and pursues beauty as a means of self-contemplation and self-discovery, and so true art has a vital use for conditioned living beings. True art inspires the viewer with a sense of his own beauty as a spiritual spark which is tru...

(0) November 21, 2014 -- 1,448 views

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