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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 good first step. The GBC fully expects that the paper will be updated, made more comprehensive, and improved in the course of time. Of special importance is the se...

(0) November 24, 2014 -- 2,542 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 -- 821 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 -- 1,055 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 -- 1,371 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 -- 1,267 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 -- 917 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 -- 1,407 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 -- 865 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 -- 1,093 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 -- 1,183 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 -- 824 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 -- 2,702 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 -- 1,367 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 -- 2,222 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 -- 1,242 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 -- 836 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 -- 1,821 views
Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

Saturday night we performed hari-nama–sankirtana, chanting the holy names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, at the Dallas Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party, attended by tens of thousands of people dressed in costumes of many lands, cultures, and eras. Almost everyone heard the transcendental sound vibration of the names of the Lord, and many joined in the singing and dancing. Being with the people on the street there, I thought of Srila Prabhupada’s experience of ...

(1) October 31, 2014 -- 906 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nitya-priya Devi Dasi

Srila Prabhupada envisioned a grand display of devotional service and Vedic science to attract the whole world to the Krsna Consciousness movement. While in Mayapur for the annual Gaura Purnima festival in 1976, he stated, “We shall show the Vedic conception of planetary system within this material world and above the material world. We are going to exhibit the Vedic culture throughout the whole world, and they'll come here.” In accordance with these s...

(1) October 31, 2014 -- 1,269 views
Hare KrishnaBy E. Bondar

The way we answer this question will determine the purpose and meaning of our lives. Although it seems the answer is simple, the problem of modern humans is that they do not fully realize what humans constitute. We’ll try to answer this fundamental question of existence, based on the ancient wisdom of the Vedas. The ancient scriptures on earth – the Vedas say, that the human is composed of three main structures: the physical body, subtle body, or the mind, and the...

(0) October 31, 2014 -- 919 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vrajendra Kumar Das

This one hour long extraordinary video introduces the Krishna conscious view about the world we live in. No scientific methods can directly prove or disprove the divine or accidental origin of the laws of nature. One can only result in logical arguments in favour of one or the other approach. However, it is better to analyse these concepts one by one and look at the prospects for human evolution to which these two different models of origin of the world and ...

(1) October 31, 2014 -- 2,134 views
Hare KrishnaBy thehindu.com

Sinya Ejima, chief representative of JICA informed that current commitment of JICA’s assistance in urban sector including water and transport is of the order of Rs.2, 40, 000 crore. With focus on cleaning of the Yamuna and its bed, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is associated with 16 sewerage and water supply projects in India, on Wednesday expressed hope that the Yamuna would be clean by year 2017 and its water fit for consumption and swimm...

(0) October 30, 2014 -- 1,128 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bernard Wilchusky

"Chanting clears the mind; it's a way of attracting God to us," said Trivikrama Swami, the temple's elder acolyte. "People falsely believe they are at the center of the universe, so Krishna created the physical world to fulfill that belief. Chanting reminds us that we are not the center of the world, that there are things greater than us in the cosmos." Trivikrama Swami has been an initiated member of ISKCON since 1966. Since his initiation, when he swore to r...

(1) October 30, 2014 -- 1,300 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sukhada dasi

On August 23rd, 2014, when the time arrived for the 10th Annual Rath Yatra Festival of Chariots at Jacksonville Beach, Florida, weather predictions were ominous. But Lord Jagannatha had everything under control. Although hot and humid, the Lord’s servants assembled in full force, and Jacksonville Beach will never be the same as a result. The Dalchand family decorated the cart with colorful festoons, flowers, and lots of love, City Council member Ms. Christine Hof...

(1) October 29, 2014 -- 679 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dandadhrk Das

We were twenty participants assembling at Goloka Dham in Germany on the first weekend of October, embarking on a three-day spiritual adventure. Some of us had been practicing Krsna consciousness for many years, and some of us were young bhaktas. Nevertheless, for all of us it was a highly transformational experience, if not to say a true paradigm shift. The schedule was tight - no time to space out. After the standard morning program in the presence of Sri Sri Ra...

(0) October 29, 2014 -- 798 views
Hare KrishnaBy Madhava Das

Shri Manoj Tiwari famous singer, Actor and Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha New Delhi, Mohamd Iqbal Mulla secretary Jamaate-Ishlami-Hind and Shri Manoj Sinha Railway Minister of State, Government of India received Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavada-gita As It Is.

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(0) October 29, 2014 -- 747 views
Hare KrishnaBy Radhanatha Swami

Love is not to want peace but service. To want service is a selfless motivation. Our nature is to love and serve eternally. The need of the soul is love not peace. Peace is a neutral state where there are no problems. It is not positive. Just like when two countries are fighting and they want peace. Peace means they are just not fighting anymore. But the soul is dynamic and part of Krishna. The soul’s nature is to love. Nitya siddha krishna prema…So when t...

(0) October 29, 2014 -- 863 views
Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

My name is Omvati Devi Dasi, I am from Donetsk. During all the time of the military operations I have been staying in Donetsk and making endeavors to render my modest service by helping devotees, who remained in the temple. From the bottom of my heart I thank you and devotees for the material support. At present all salaries and pensions are no more paid in the city. And therefore your financial support turned to become very much helpful. In this difficult tim...

(0) October 29, 2014 -- 850 views
Hare KrishnaBy Harideva Dasa

“So at the time of death… Of course, those who are devotees, their position is different. People may say, “The devotee is also dying, and the nondevotee, sinful man, is also dying. What is the difference?” So there is much difference. The example is given: just like a cat catching a rat in his mouth and at the same time carrying his cubs in the mouth. Superficially, we can see that the same mouth is being used, but one is feeling comfortable being carried...

(0) October 27, 2014 -- 1,160 views
Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Nairobi

The University Program in Nairobi, Kenya, is running for the last 4 years and has shown good results. This year we had over 60 students who have been attending the program and studing Srila Prabhupada's books for over 8 months. As an offering to Srila Prabhupada for his tirobhava festival we held a graduation. May the vaishnavas shower their mercy upon us so that we can remain sincere in our service to Srila Prabhupada.

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(0) October 27, 2014 -- 769 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaishnavangri Sevaka Das

"Oh! Fiftieth ISKCON incorporation day is fast approaching. I should do something special that can be long lasting" said my intelligence enthusiastically. "Come on. Don't be crazy. Still there is more than one and half year to go for that golden jubilee celebration of ISKCON incorporation day. There is no need to waste time now" said loudly my mind. "Stop your useless talk. Do you think it is an ordinary occasion? It is a great occasion for ISKCON, whi...

(2) October 27, 2014 -- 1,014 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sukhi Bhakta Dasa

A devotee in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, especially one who takes up the brahmacari asrama, is almost certain to hear an oft stated, yet philosophically unsound, assumption about the will of Krishna and the guidance He gives the living entity from within the heart. The concept is this: that the first place one begins one’s devotional service at, generally the first temple or preaching center one steps foot in, is automatically one’...

(0) October 27, 2014 -- 796 views
Hare KrishnaBy Jagattarini Dasi

Situated near Whiteman Park in the Swan Valley, The Sacred India Gallery brings to life the sights and sounds of spiritual India. Guests are taken on a “journey” to three ancient pilgrimage sites and they also view an exhibition of miniature dioramas by resident artist Jagattarini dasi. The gallery is suitable for all ages. Free guided tours are conducted on weekends and public holidays. To visit the gallery all you need to do is book your place on one of ...

(0) October 26, 2014 -- 883 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ravi Nagahawatte

Chanting the mantra ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna…’ brings a sense of calmness to even the most disturbed atmosphere. The holy mantra helps Lord Krishna devotees to tune their senses in order to understand God. Devotional songs, in the name of Lord Krishna, were sung in high-pitched voices in Colombo on October 12 (Sunday) at the Sarasvathi Hall in Bambalapitiya during a singing session, better known as Bhajan. A team of Hare Krishna devotees from Mayapoor...

(0) October 26, 2014 -- 704 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vyasmuni Das

Today on 25th October 2014 at 5:00 pm Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel had taken a Pleasure Visit at Sri Sri Radha Govind Dham, ISKCON Ahmedabad. Honorable Chief Minister was welcomed by Temple President H G Jasomatinandan Prabhu. Honorable Chief Minister was Accompanied with Ahmedabad Mayor Smt Minaxiben Patel, BJP General Secratary (Ahmedabad City) Shri Bhupendra Shah and Ahmedabad Municiple Corporation Ex-Standing Committee Chairmen Shri Bhupendra Pate...

(0) October 25, 2014 -- 784 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vijaya dasa

September proved to be a great month for Gainesville, Florida, which did a whooping 5,001 book points, a 103% increase. Look out RVC! Gainseville is coming up close. The credit, of course, goes to sincere book distributors who are going out and doing the yajna, but Srila Prabhupada once said, "The temple is as good as the temple president." The Gainesville temple president is one of the kindest and friendliest devotees you'll ever meet, and he is into book distribu...

(0) October 25, 2014 -- 807 views
Hare KrishnaBy indiatimes.com

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron has hosted the annual Diwali party at his official residence here extending greetings to over 8,00,000 Hindus living in the UK and thanking them for their contribution to the country. "This festival of lights is an important time to celebrate our shared history and thank you all for all that you do for our country," said Cameron, as he made his way to a mini temple stacked with deities and Indian sweets below a portra...

(0) October 25, 2014 -- 1,269 views
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