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Hare KrishnaBy the Sastric Advisory Committee

One argument for a beardless deity of Advaita Acarya is that we should follow Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Certainly we should follow the previous acaryas. Sometimes, as in the case of Maharaja Priyavrata, the param-guru may override the decision of the guru. In this regard, Srila Prabhupada wrote, “The duty of a great devotee is to carry out the order of the spiritual master, or the spiritual master of the spiritual master in the parampara system. “ (SB 5.1.20 purport) Unfortunately, neither Srila Prabhupada nor his Guru Maharaja is physically present with us. Srila Prabhupada also wrote...

(0) November 16, 2014 -- 1,110 views
Hare KrishnaBy Devaki Devi Dasi

Radhadesh is one of the main communities in Europe. ISKCON owns a big old Castle here, where the Dracula movies were produced before we purchased the property. It is surrounded by beautiful nature - gentle hills covered with fields and forrests. The devotees also maintain gardens and cows. Many of the grhasthas are living outside the temple in the nearby village, and some have a simple flat within the temple compound. Every day there are tourists coming from a...

(0) November 11, 2014 -- 990 views
Hare KrishnaBy Brahmananda Dasa

Even before founding ISKCON in 1966, during Srila Prabhupada’s beginning times in New York City, he had recorded himself singing Kunti’s prayers. These prayers are the only section of verses Srila Prabhupada ever recorded from the Srimad-Bhagavatam. He was living alone in what was an office on West 72nd Street in New York during the winter of 1965–66, after having come to New York from Butler, Pennsylvania. These were difficult days. Not only was Srila ...

(2) November 11, 2014 -- 917 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sylvan Aubert

Motorcycles were fashionable amongst boys my age. One day I took a drive on Mirco's motorcycle. At one point I became so excited that I lost control and … bang! I lost my balance in a turn and crashed into a wall, face first. I broke my jawbone, one tooth broke into pieces, another fell out, and a piece of my lower lip was almost cut off. It was a wake-up call. The following year I had so many painful meetings with dentists that the situation became unbearable....

(1) November 11, 2014 -- 1,058 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ananda Tirtha Das

The Annual General Meeting of the ISKCON GBC Society will begin on February 6, 2015. 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, 2014. This will allow adequate time for the GBC Secretariat and Deputies to prepare the proposals for presentation at the meeting.

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(0) November 11, 2014 -- 938 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mark D. Vickers

(A retired British Army officer living in Taiwan) "I had made the trip with an open heart and mind, but never imagined quite how huge a transformation this journey would have on me." I started planning my pilgrimage to Vrindavan and Mayapur early last summer at my home in Taiwan. As my dates were becoming fixed, Sankirtana Dasa, my friend and mentor from the Taipei temple, told me he would also be visiting Vrindavan around the same time, and we synchronized our...

(0) November 10, 2014 -- 929 views
Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Saranga Thakura had vowed never to accept any disciples. But again and again he received messages from within encouraging him to make disciples. On one occasion, after reprimanding Devananda Pandita, Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was on His way home, accompanied by Srivasa Pandita. Lord came across Saranga Thakura. Lord Gauranga asked him why he had never initiated any disciples. Sri Saranga replied that he had not found any suitable person. Lord Gauranga bles...

(0) November 10, 2014 -- 699 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahabhagavata Dasa

When I first saw the monk from a distance, all sorts of thoughts raced through my mind. "What a loser," I thought, and wondered if he'd flunked out of school, or if he'd graduated from university but had such low marks that he couldn't get a job. I thought of myself as the epitome of what every young man should be, or if they were not, then at least they should aspire to be. I was very proud of my excellent marks in school and my prestigious job, for which I ...

(0) November 10, 2014 -- 2,014 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sadaputa Dasa

The inquisitive human mind naturally yearns to understand the universe and man's place within it. Today scientists rely on powerful telescopes and sophisticated computers to formulate cosmological theories. In former times, people got their information from traditional books of wisdom. Followers of the Vedic culture, for example, learned about the cosmos from scriptures like the Srimad-Bhagavatam, or Bhagavata Purana. But the Bhagavatam's descriptions of the univ...

(0) November 10, 2014 -- 948 views
Hare KrishnaBy Arjuna Krsna Das

As representatives of IDVM, Iskcon Daiva Varnasrama Ministry, when we were making our month long programme to visit the farm communities across India, we meticulously planned in such a way that we would be in a big city temple, especially during festivals, such as 'Janmastami', so that we don't miss out on the extravaganza, especially in terms of feasting. As there is a famous proverb in Sanskrit, 'Brahmanah Bhojana priya', we added our lingo to it, "Vaishnava...

(0) November 9, 2014 -- 737 views
Hare KrishnaBy Braj Vallabha Das

In the 5th Canto 11th Chapter Text 17 in conversations between Jada Bharata and Maharaj Rahugana the answer presents itself. “This uncontrolled mind is the greatest enemy of the living entity. If one neglects it or gives it a chance, it will grow more and more powerful and will become victorious. Although it is not factual, it is very strong. It covers the constitutional position of the soul. O King, please try to conquer this mind by the weapon of service ...

(0) November 9, 2014 -- 780 views
Hare KrishnaBy Avatari Chaitanya Dasa

This seems to be the season of gifting the Bhagavad Gita. Recently the honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi gifted the Bhagavad Gita to the Emperor of Japan and went on record to say that the world does not have anything higher to receive than this. It was very heartening to hear this. This is perfectly in line with what His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder and Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Co...

(1) November 9, 2014 -- 1,035 views
Hare KrishnaBy Gunacuda Dasi

Beginning in 1992, devotees from ISKCON Bhubaneswar, on the instruction of Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja, have organised an annual padayatra in different village areas of Odisha. This year's padayatra took place in Keonjhar district and lasted for 3 weeks with devotees from Odisha, Australia, England, France, Ireland and Russia taking part. They were joined by Acarya prabhu and devotees from Padayatra India who brought their bullock cart and the beautiful Deities ...

(0) November 9, 2014 -- 828 views
Hare KrishnaBy His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The qualified brahmanas are first-class men, the topmost class. The kshatriyas are the second-class men. And the third-class men are the vaishyas, the mercantile community. They simply think, "Where to get money?" They are third-class men, but at the present moment those who acquire money somehow or other are considered first-class men. It doesn't matter what their qualification is. If they have acquired some money some way...

(0) November 9, 2014 -- 795 views
Hare KrishnaBy Hari Sauri Dasa

Adapted from a paper delivered at a seminar on "Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Universal Brotherhood," hosted by the Gaudiya Mission and held on February 20–21, 2012, in Kolkata, India. The post-industrial world is international and multi-cultural. Thoughts can be shared at the speed of light, communication between individuals or groups anywhere on the surface of the globe happens instantaneously, and technology transcends what were once insurmountable ...

(1) November 8, 2014 -- 828 views
Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON Governing Body Commission

ISKCON in Hong Kong is a growing community of dedicated devotees. ISKCON Hong Kong conducts several unique outreach programs. ISKCON GBC Member Tirtharaj Dasa speaks more about it. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) 6/F Ocean View Court, 27 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong- Email Address : iskconhk@iskconhk.org Website : http:// www.iskconhk.org

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(0) November 8, 2014 -- 1,092 views
Hare KrishnaBy the GBC

There shall be an ISKCON Dispute Resolution Committee (IDRC) and an ISKCON Dispute Resolution Office to institute and conduct a system of formal dispute resolution in ISKCON. The members of the IDRC shall be the Minister of Justice, a Co-Director of ISKCONResolve, and the Director of the ISKCON Dispute Resolution Office. The IDRC shall promulgate policies for the operation of the IDRO within the scope of these mandates. A draft of a set of initial policies for the IDRO...

(0) November 7, 2014 -- 1,221 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

One devotee I know who has practiced Krishna consciousness for thirty plus years recently experienced a health crisis. Witnessing the bodily upheavals and depressing reactions to medication, the devotee admitted to being scared. Scared that the side effects of strong medication caused acute depression and that death could have arrived. Are we to say that such a steady devotee is in the mode of ignorance? We nay say that fear is a symptom of ignorance. We...

(0) November 7, 2014 -- 928 views
Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON Seattle Communications Office

The Seattle ISKCON temple is a happening place.  When someone enters on a Friday or Saturday, it feels like a Sunday feast.  The classrooms are filled with teachers presenting a successful seminar called Discover Yourself, a crash course on the Bhagavad Gita that wets their appetite to delve deeper into the ancient wisdom of Lord Krishna.  In the main temple hall there is a Bhagavad-gita class for curious visitors. Currently there are eig...

(1) November 7, 2014 -- 922 views
Hare KrishnaBy Navina Syama Dasa

"It's not about whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." In the United States, most children have heard this cliche at some point in their lives, most likely after losing an athletic competition. Parents may intend it as a reminder that following the rules and losing is preferable to breaking the rules and winning. Participants certainly have several options in how they approach any sport or game, often determined by their level of maturity. Let'...

(0) November 6, 2014 -- 735 views
Hare KrishnaBy Lakshmi Ramani

Devotees from the Iskcon Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir, Bangalore, have conducted a massive Damodara programme marathon this year by visiting over 15,000 houses and inviting the residents to offer a ghee lamp to Lord Damodara. This marathon has been a huge success with more than 39000 souls joyously offering a ghee lamp to the Lord. If even for a short time somebody burns a lamp in the temple of Lord Sri Hari, then whatever sins he has acquired for millions of k...

(0) November 6, 2014 -- 1,032 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktin Elle Mitchell

State houses, traditionally meeting places of United States' governors, legislators and decision makers, rarely host gatherings related to religious expression or discourse. However, for the third year in a row the Massachusetts State House, amidst the majesty of its Hall of Flags & Grand Staircase, hosted a Diwali opening ceremony. Festivities included short speeches and lighting of an elaborate diya (lamp) by ISKCON Boston Temple President Pyari Moh...

(0) November 6, 2014 -- 810 views
Hare KrishnaBy Chaitanya Charana Dasa

Srila Prabhupada has expressed his fond dream for BTG: “As I have told you several times, I am awaiting for the day when this paper will take the shape of Life magazine or similar other magazines in the matter of its popularity.” (Letter dated June 1968) The popularity of BTG depends on many factors: for example, the reach and appeal of our movement; the magnitude of the efforts to distribute BTG; the format, feel, and cost of the issues. But the mos...

(0) November 6, 2014 -- 1,051 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vishakha Devi Dasi

An appreciation of the extraordinarily devoted life of Srila Prabhupada’s beloved disciple Yamuna Devi Dasi (1942–2011). Joan: Little did I know what kind of wedding it would be. All I knew was that they had received the names Mukunda and Janaki from a swami. When I saw the Swami he was sitting beside the window in his front room, bathed in sunlight, distributing prasada to the devotees who were sitting around him. Mukunda introduced me, and Swamiji offe...

(0) November 5, 2014 -- 1,366 views
Hare KrishnaBy Gauri Dasa

The bittersweet aesthetic of “My Sweet Lord” touched the hearts of millions. Love in separation is one of many aesthetic qualities in Vaishnava theology, and some of these qualities are illustrated in George’s other lyrics. In making observations about George’s songs, I am not arguing that he attained the highest states of bhakti, nor do I want to pass judgment on anyone. George was seriously spiritual-minded. The Vaishnava journey to Krishna, in progressive ...

(0) November 5, 2014 -- 1,260 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radha McClellan

We’re finished renovating the smaller of our two buildings – it was the easiest one, and also the most urgent to move into because the Krishna.com web department needed the much-better internet connection offered at the site. The space also is home to several of our local Bhaktivedanta Book Trust staff. In the space we had to completely redo some very unsafe wiring and upgrade the plumbing (energy conserving water heater, new fixtures, etc.). We have refinis...

(0) November 5, 2014 -- 912 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sutapa das

Technology often increases quantity, but can potentially end up eroding quality. In ancient times, for example, sacred scriptures were few and far between, hand-copied, and in the possession of only the most fortunate. One saint’s manuscript of Srimad-Bhagavatam, the crest jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom, was blotted, smudged, and rendered practically unreadable due to the tears of love which were shed during his reading. Today, such priceless books are readil...

(0) November 4, 2014 -- 1,400 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mathuresha Dasa

A look at what the Srimad-Bhagavatam has to say about time, a concept that has challenged philosophers for centuries. Time is a little difficult to define. Philosophers and theologians have tried for at least twenty-five centuries. Albert Einstein remarked, in the midst of slightly more esoteric statements regarding physics, that time was what his wristwatch measured. St. Augustine said that he knew what time was as long as no one asked him to explain it. And so...

(0) November 4, 2014 -- 855 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahalakshmi dasi

This issue, a special 5th Anniversary Edition, includes many compelling developments including: -An acquisition of handwritten manuscripts entrusted to BRC by direct descendants of Sri Advaita Acharya Prabhu in Sri Vrindavan. -The BRC's good fortune to be invited by one of Kolkata's oldest aristocratic lines to digitize their rare and valuable manuscripts that relate to Vaishnavism -Major updates and Improvements at the BRC facility -BRC's creation of a transla...

(1) November 4, 2014 -- 1,087 views
Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Malaysia

The programme started with Go puja, worship of mother cow. Devotees enthusiastically fed the cows jaggery, fruits and sweet rice that they brought especially for the cows. It was nice to see that even the children were not scared to feed our cows. This was followed by a class given by His Grace Simhesvara prabhu, regional secretary for ISKCON Malaysia and also heading the farm project. H G Simhesvara prabhu narrated the Govarhdhana lila and importance of the fe...

(0) November 3, 2014 -- 1,179 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhajahari das

Sri Kama Devi leading the London Saturday Night Harinam Party through Leicester Square. Sri Kama first met Srila Prabhupada during the 70's in Geneva. Since then she has performed many important services within Iskcon. She is an artist and an actress and was a member of the popular Bhaktivedanta Players during 70's and 80's. These days she helps guide devotees in her role as a counsellor. Along with her husband Kishor prabhu, she hosts wonderful study groups at he...

(1) November 3, 2014 -- 818 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sandamini Devi

Anyone who has had the pleasure to know Urjasvat knows he's one of the sweetest devotees you'd ever meet. His big eyes, endearing smile and his firm conviction in the holy name of Krishna, made him dear to many. Urjasvat only recently came to Tucson, although he'd visited many times and expressed the desire to move here for the loving family atmosphere he felt at the temple. Only this past summer was I able to create a facility for him, a small private cottage,...

(2) November 2, 2014 -- 2,691 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara Dasa

A very popular half-truth promoted by the priests of the new age is the concept that: “We are all one.” “The manifest universe is the body of God ... all people are incarnations of the One Spirit.”. - Ernest Holmes. Many people appreciate that regardless of what body, nation, time or place we were born all of humanity shares common needs, emotions, and basic instincts. That is what gives the Oneness movement its credibility. Vegetarians in particular...

(0) November 2, 2014 -- 1,362 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radha Bhakti Devi Dasi

I looked around. “Wait, is this the hospital?” I thought to myself. “Why does everyone look so…happy?” I smelled incense and camphor. There was BBT art on all the walls. Everyone was wearing vaisnava attire and tilak. There was a book stall on the left. Srila Prabhupada’s chanting of the mahamantra was softly playing in the background. And, it was immaculate. For the next five weeks, I stayed at the hospital and spoke to a number of staff, pat...

(8) November 2, 2014 -- 2,213 views
Hare KrishnaBy Govardhana Seva dasa

Jue is scheduled to receive first initiation this month from HH Kadamba Kanana Swami. When asked what influenced her to become first a WWOOFer, then a devotee, she replied, "The first thing was the Sunday feasts; it was the best food ever, so I decided to stay on as a WWOOFer. The next was Prabhupada's books. He was answering all of my questions so perfectly. I just have to follow his instructions because everything he said makes so much sense! In addition...

(0) November 1, 2014 -- 1,236 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mandakini devi dasi

In 1981, Venu teamed up with Ramai Swami’s Travelling Bus Party, eventually taking over that service. The visits to Cairns were found to be lucrative for the preaching mission and Venu was encouraged to take up the role of Temple President there. In 1986 he returned to New Govardhana to manage Krishna’s cows. Inwardly he nurtured a desire to populate the herd with the very transcendental Gir cows. Venu works closely with Madreya dasa in the WWOOFer pro...

(0) November 1, 2014 -- 830 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mijal Zagier

Thesis for the 6 week documentary program in the New York Film Academy. Mijal Zagier, for her thesis at the New York Film Academy, did a film about Mathuraprana Krsna Das, one of the dedicated members of Harinama NYC.

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(0) November 1, 2014 -- 1,810 views
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