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Hare KrishnaBy the ISKCON Communications Ministry

Tirupati, India—The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recently completed a special three-day session during which the GBC Body considered whether or not this worldwide Vaishnava community should endorse and implement the policy of having women serve as diksa-gurus, or initiating spiritual masters, within the ISKCON society. The special session was held from October 16-18 and was part of the GBC’s Annual Midterm Meeting. During this first of its kind conference, almost three-dozen GBC Members and Ministers spent three full days exclus...

(0) October 21, 2014 -- 1,514 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nitya Krishna Das

On September 21st, Detroit ISKCON celebrated its 2nd Annual Pushpa Abhishek Flower Festival. The ecstatic bliss devotees and new guests enjoyed in the shower of seemingly unlimited flower petals was truly a unique experience. One first time visitor to the Temple who was a lifelong Jehovah’s Witness said it was the most amazing experience of his life. Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari were showered with 25 large baskets of flower petals for over o...

(2) September 29, 2014 -- 847 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktivedana Manor staff

Patanjali Muni das and Prayojana das have recently been on a preaching tour of South Korea, which included classes held in Kyounghee and Gacheon University’s, in the Shanti Yoga Center, at temples in Pocheon and Itawon, plus house programs with Indian families. Afterwards, Professor Jung was so moved that she expressed her gratitude by inviting the devotees back, not only to her University but also to her own home.

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(0) September 29, 2014 -- 1,015 views
Hare KrishnaBy Brendan O'Connor

Gradually they are coming out the woodwork. And suddenly it seems that half the people I know are secretly meditating. They range from casual transcendental meditators to practically full-blown Buddhists or Hare Krishnas. And the strange thing is that these are not hippies or crusties or drop-outs or people living alternative lifestyles on an ashram-inspired commune near Sligo. Just regular blokes, a few of them quite senior in what they do. There are thrustin...

(2) September 29, 2014 -- 1,422 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vijaya Dasa

Kiev, Ukraine, where even during a war the devotees are determined to distribute books. Figuratively speaking, they're the real soldiers, fighting maya, as Srila Prabhupada said, "by dropping hundreds and thousands of books into the laps of the conditioned souls, just as during war time the bombs are dropping from the sky." This is a special war though. Generally a war causes the deaths and suffering of soldiers, but in this war against maya, Lord Caitanya's soldie...

(0) September 28, 2014 -- 1,144 views
Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Sri Murari Gupta was a very intimate associate whose pastimes with Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were steeped in the loving bond of their eternal relationship. As an incarnation of Hanuman, Murari Gupta is as dear to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as Hanuman is to Lord Ramacandra.

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(0) September 27, 2014 -- 902 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Gokulananda Das

She then told us that she took the Maha Mantra back to her village in Brazil and gave it to all there. She also narrated a story about this one snake that came into their house where they lived and in the morning when they woke up, the snake was all coiled around a picture of Srila Prabhupada she had. Only the face of Srila Prabhupada was exposed in the picture. The snake was never seen again since. So we can say that this mataji could have been one of th...

(1) September 26, 2014 -- 937 views
Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

Our focus right now is the development of buildings that will shelter devotees as the cold winter months quickly approach, while providing emergency funding to devotees not being able to buy the basic necessities of food and warmth. We have started construction on a 10 room building with a communal kitchen (see pictures below). This will house families most in need of shelter immediately on its completion. The papers for an adjacent property are also being gathe...

(0) September 26, 2014 -- 1,357 views
Hare KrishnaBy Baladev das

Like other places all over the world, World Holy Name Week was also celebrated very enthusiastically by devotees of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir ,ISKCON Chowpatty. Following events were conducted in Temple premises, at Congregation homes and in our Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) Farm

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(0) September 25, 2014 -- 867 views
Hare KrishnaBy IANS

New Delhi/Washington: Among the host of high profile personalities to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his New York visit will be a US politician of especial interest - Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu American in the US Congress and a strong supporter of Modi.

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(0) September 25, 2014 -- 1,256 views
Hare KrishnaBy Jaganmohini Devi Dasi

During the time, when inter-religious and intra-religious war is intimidating mankind across the globe and with several nations joining hands for civil and nuclear wars to curb religious violence; at realistic level, a humanistic approach through inter-faith dialogue appears to be a ray of hope to minimise any religiously motivated violence. In this regard, for nearly two decades, the dedicated international Inter-faith organization, United Religions Init...

(0) September 25, 2014 -- 837 views
Hare KrishnaBy Patita Pavana das

When Robins Williams died of apparent suicide on 11 August 2014, many of the devotee community were shaken. It was as though a fellow member of the Vaishnava community had passed away. Usually the death of a celebrity or politician or other famous person is greeted with a crescendo of indifference from the devotees, since as philosophers we understand that ultimate death is merely a natural consequence of living here in this martya-loka.

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(1) September 25, 2014 -- 1,501 views
Hare KrishnaBy Divyanam Das

This year ISKCON celebrated Holy Names globally for World Holy Name Week, which took place from the 5th to15th of September. This year we have seen fairly increased participation, many more Holy Name events and much more enthusiasm and excitement in devotees all over the world for WHNW. So far we have received reports from more than 50 ISKCON centers, covering every single continent of the world. We are receiving reports every day. We are very sure that many more ...

(0) September 25, 2014 -- 770 views
Hare KrishnaBy Abeer Saha

After an arrival lecture, in Gainsville (FL, USA), on July 29, 1971, Srila Prabhupada was asked by a reporter in the audience, “It seems that most of the devotees are young people, persons under thirty, under twenty-five. Why is this so? …” Srila Prabhupada responded, “Why, in the university, you'll find all the students are young boys and girls? Why?” “That's the age of education,” she said, as the realization of her own words sunk in. “That's the a...

(0) September 24, 2014 -- 843 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mina Sharma

One of the UK's best known sustainable and ethical farms has celebrated bringing together local people from different walks of life to care for its cows and bulls, including organic farmers, veterinary students, and even ex-offenders taking part in community payback projects. New Gokula Farm at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple has a mixed herd of almost 60 animals, some of whom give milk, some who are working oxen, and some who are retired or in their childho...

(0) September 20, 2014 -- 749 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sunanda das

The TOVP team is providing an opportunity to offer a lamp in your name to Sri Sri Radha Madhava in Mayapur for the entire month of Kartika. All devotees who donate a minimum of one Golden Brick for the TOVP project will have a Kartika lamp offered in their name in Sri Dhama Mayapur. Please take advantage of this extra seva opportunity during Kartika and come forward to help develop Srila Prabhupada’s most ambitious project and the world headquarters of ISKCON. Dev...

(0) September 20, 2014 -- 1,064 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Bihari Das

At modern times we have some very powerful distractions that take us away from the association of devotees. Earlier we could sit for long hours with devotees and talk to them about Krishna Consciousness but nowadays we have so many electronic gadgets, and in the name of ‘utility is the principle’ or also called as ‘yuktavairagya’, we are trapped by the gadgets and go far away from Krishna and His loving devotees.

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(0) September 19, 2014 -- 1,189 views
Hare KrishnaBy Nimai Devi Dasi

The cream of mostly British kirtan leaders including Amala Harinama Das, Nadiya Mani Devi Dasi, Nama Rasa Das and Tulasi Sutaria, Radha Londonisvara Dasa, Kavi, Nimai Gadhvi and many others lead participants in chanting Hare Krishna at Leicester’s newly acquired property. The highlight of the weekend was a maha street harinama on the Saturday night, where the devotees practically danced out of the temple and around the City Centre. A local Police Sergeant eve...

(0) September 16, 2014 -- 654 views
Hare KrishnaBy James Connell

A TOUCH of the exotic brought a rainbow of colours to a country house during a vibrant Hare Krishna festival. Croome was overflowing with vivid colours at the weekend (Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14) as the Hare Krishnas celebrated their time at the National Trust mansion house and parkland as these photographs by Tracey Blackwell show.

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(0) September 16, 2014 -- 854 views
Hare KrishnaBy Devaki Devi Dasi

Spiritual culture has to become the very content and substance of Devotee Care - otherwise it could very easily remain hollow and simply an organisational structure with so many bureaucratic systems

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(8) September 14, 2014 -- 1,322 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

If there is one food that represents the fullness of the mode of goodness, the Earth, the Moon and our mother cow it has to be Ghee or mother Ghee. Many of us who experience ghee just do so by opening a tin of ghee purchased at the market store. But how many of us really think about this product and how it came to be in this tin in this form. For devotees who are aspiring to live the “simple” lifestyle influenced as much as possible by the mode of goodness t...

(0) September 14, 2014 -- 1,072 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the results of book distribution in North American for the month of August

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(0) September 12, 2014 -- 1,191 views
Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON Pune

More than the previous year, this year we have the target of chanting 1.18billion Holy names in 10days!! This time we will be collecting the cards through counselors and counselors scoring maximum in Japathon will receive a TROPHY…. Individual highest scorers also will receive prizes from the lotus hands of HH Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj and HH Loknath Swami Maharaj.

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(0) September 12, 2014 -- 840 views
Hare KrishnaBy Lalita Manjari devi dasi

The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has recently increased its focus on succession; on the need to identify and develop new leaders. As a result the GBC has asked three of its committees​ to focus on ways to speed up the selection and development process without compromising the quality of the training. These three committees are the GBC Succession Committee, the GBC Organizational Development Co...

(0) September 12, 2014 -- 1,038 views
Hare KrishnaBy Advaita Chandra das

Our modern lives and the decisions we take on a daily basis are typically driven by three major forces - DATA (D), MONEY (M) and RIGHTS (R) - which influence and move us sometimes in very subtle ways. We search for happiness by manipulating these forces to get material sense enjoyment. Unfortunately, the happiness we experience is fleeting and disappointingly unsubstantial. Consequently, many are frustrated and angry with the status quo. And, well-being, at...

(1) September 12, 2014 -- 718 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

Since we are all human, we can be expected to display human social and emotional traits. On a devotee managerial and leadership level, somehow we all expect superhuman Vaisnava traits to emerge, whatever that means, and it will probably never happen. Vaisnavas are very human, but their ways and mannerism reflect a selfless nature. Devotee leadership is best undertaken by selfless devotees who exhibit selfless traits of empathy, compassion and understanding...

(2) September 12, 2014 -- 1,264 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti Vikas Swami

"Regarding astrology, you should not listen to any of these so-called astrologers—strictly avoid. Don’t even see them. What is the use of seeing them? Astrology is meant for the materialist, but a spiritualist does not care for the future. Everything is dependent upon Krishna. So where is the necessity of astrology? "

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(2) September 11, 2014 -- 823 views
Hare KrishnaBy Divyanam Das

I’m glad to inform you that World Holy Name Week (WHNW), September 5 – 15, is in full swing!! This year we are seeing increased awareness, participation and excitement for WHNW. We are getting reports from all over the world – New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, USA, Brazil, Canada, UK, Japan, Indonesia, South Africa, Mauritius, Middle East and of course from India. Attached are few of the reports we have received so far.

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(0) September 10, 2014 -- 1,034 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ekalavya das

As World Holy Name Week 2014 progresses from day 4 to day 5, I contemplate the supreme sacrifice made by Srila Prabhupada to take sannyasa. Sannyasa means to give up all activities not favorable to Krishna consciousness. One of the inner truths of World Holy Name Week is to put aside all activities not related to Krishna consciousness. This is an opportunity to increase our chanting and hearing. Cultivate those items favorable for the outreach effort of Krishna...

(0) September 8, 2014 -- 934 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ekalavya Das

This year, World Holy Name Week, which began in 1996 as a one day celebration as part of ISKCON’s Centennial Celebration of Srila Prabhupada’s birth, is bigger and better then ever before. Social media and internet have allowed us to access a large portion of the world of ISKCON. Never before has there been this capacity to spread a message to the world in such a short amount of time.

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(0) September 8, 2014 -- 799 views
Hare KrishnaBy Patita Pavana das

“If there were no one to control, there would be no meaning to the conception of the supreme controller (isvara), just as there is no meaning to a king without his subjects. If all the subjects became king, there would be no distinction between the king and an ordinary citizen.. Someone may argue, “Why is there a need to create the spiritual sparks?” The answer can be given in this way: Since the Absolute Personality of Godhead is omnipotent, He has both...

(5) September 7, 2014 -- 745 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vilasa dasa

On August 27th, for the occasion of Srila Gour Govinda Swami’s 2014 Vyasa Puja celebrations, the King of Puri, Gajapati Maharaja, King Dibyasingha Deb, attended the two day festival at ISKCON Bhubaneswar. The king took darsan of the deities Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Krsna Balarama, and Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra, and then spoke for 40 minutes in the Srila Gour Govinda Swami Memorial glorifying the contributions of both Srila Gour Govinda Swami a...

(0) September 7, 2014 -- 793 views
Hare KrishnaBy Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

No matter whenever and wherever I happen to take birth, let my loving affection and attachment remain unshaken throughout each and every lifetime for the following things: for my divine spiritual master, for Sri Gauranga, for the detailed topics of pure devotional service (and the methods of its execution) as personally instructed by Him, for the holy places of pilgrimage such as Sri Navadvipa, Sri Kshetra, Sri Vrndavana, etc. , which are all bloomin...

(0) September 7, 2014 -- 1,285 views
Hare KrishnaBy Deva Madhava Das

After trying our luck a few times in different spots within the limits of the 35th annual Detroit Jazz festival, we were finally forced by security (read 'lead by the benevolent will of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) to sit just outside the festival, at the corner of Woodward and Jefferson Ave. (Read 'The busiest intersection in the whole city.') The sun was beating down on the spot so direct the word 'hot' might have been applicable. The cold hardy Detroit devotees...

(1) September 3, 2014 -- 962 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

If a case of illicit sex between a man and an unmarried woman were brought before Prabhupada, he never blamed the woman. He said it is the man's fault because the man is supposed to be strong and intelligent, and that a woman naturally and innocently follows a man. A man’s role is to protect and provide. Protection and exploitation are opposites. So if a woman went along with a man's sexual aggression, Prabhupada wouldn't blame her. Why? Because the man is suppos...

(44) September 3, 2014 -- 4,972 views
Hare KrishnaBy Akruranatha dasa

Srila Prabhupada wanted us to set up ISKCON as an almost self-contained, devotional society, with our own schools, farms, economy, and social system. So far we have not completely realized that ambition, though there are some very good schools and options for those who want to live a life of 'full-time' engagement in ISKCON. But we also have large 'outside congregations' of devotee (like myself) who have our own jobs, careers, and community engagements. Now the...

(13) September 3, 2014 -- 991 views
Hare KrishnaBy Iksvaku das

On the auspicious day of Radhastami, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, co-minister of the Congregational Development in ISKCON, congratulated the Namahatta devotees from Sridhama Mayapur for having reached out to a record number of 15 million people in their last 35 years of preaching Krishna Consciousness. This is the result of continuous preaching initiatives aimed at encouraging congregations in their spiritual advancement. From innumerable home programs to large p...

(0) September 3, 2014 -- 749 views
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