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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 -- 1,013 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 -- 716 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 -- 1,260 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 -- 795 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 -- 1,030 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 -- 930 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 -- 797 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 -- 741 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 -- 790 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 -- 1,280 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 -- 935 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 -- 4,962 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 -- 988 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 -- 748 views
Hare KrishnaBy Antardwip das

Some people hold that, having been prophesied by scripture, by Lord Chaitanya and by the previous acharyas, if Srila Prabhupada had not spread Krishna Consciousness, some other devotee, or some group of devotees, would have been empowered to do so in Srila Prabhupada's place. In other words, the prophecy to spread Krishna Consciousness around the world relied on empowerment, rather than an empowered individual, for its fulfillment. It is similar to saying that if...

(11) September 2, 2014 -- 929 views
Hare KrishnaBy Mahatma das

In this original five-and-a-half minute song, Mahatma dasa combines his experience as a recording artist with his appreciation of the unique qualities of Srimati Radharani that qualify Her as the greatest devotee of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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(1) September 2, 2014 -- 966 views
Hare KrishnaBy Srila Prabhupada

Audio file and transcription of a lecture Srila Prabhupada gave on September 18, 1969 in London, on the occasion of the appearance anniversary of Srimati Radharani.

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(0) September 2, 2014 -- 1,017 views
Hare KrishnaBy Satyaraja Dasa

Radha and Krishna are one, yet They have assumed two separate forms to enjoy loving pastimes. Numerous theological texts explain how this is so, but most thorough are the writings of Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami and Rupa Gosvami, great masters in the Vaishnava tradition whose books have been translated and commented upon by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. To understand Sri Radha, then, English readers would do well to turn to Srila Prabhup...

(0) September 2, 2014 -- 998 views
Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

If this were a boxing contest in a fight between the two opponents “margarine” and “butter” it would not be a fair contest. It’s like trying to compare a little girl or boy fighting against Muhammad Ali. In this example “butter” is Muhammad Ali because butter is a natural food product. Not only is butter a natural food product but more importantly the body recognises butter when butter is ingested. Because margarine spreads are not natural, when it ...

(6) September 1, 2014 -- 1,048 views
Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

When unwanted types of management are perpetuated, no matter how qualified ISKCON managers might be with people skills and other necessary qualities, their attempts at trying to undo these will be difficult. There are reasons for this. We have seen the ISKCON Strategic forum enthusiastically asking for assistance from able devotees, but this needed assistance will be frustrated if these perpetuations persist.

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(2) September 1, 2014 -- 1,243 views
Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti devi dasi

In the week leading up to Janmastami 2014 and over its 2 day festivities, several politicians, from both local and state level, visited ISKCON’s Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir, Australia. The reason for these visits was to present our kitchen facilities in their need for upgrading and expansion, for which architectural plans have been approved and an application for a $750,000 government grant has been submitted.

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(0) September 1, 2014 -- 969 views
Hare KrishnaBy Melissa Erdman

The United States Department of Agriculture has listed ISKCON’s Gita- nagari Farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania as one of the most important success stories of preservation and sustainability in 2013.

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(0) August 30, 2014 -- 783 views
Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

We have good news and bad news from Ukraine. The good news is that practically all devotees from the Lugansk region have been safely accommodated elsewhere. Meanwhile, the bad news is that as of today, August 29, 2014, it appears that the conflict could very soon be moving into Mariupol, a seaport of 500,000 and home to a very large devotee community. We must be prepared to assist these devotees should the battlegrounds extend into Mariupol and therefore differe...

(0) August 30, 2014 -- 2,010 views
Hare KrishnaBy Romapada Swami

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 28, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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(0) August 29, 2014 -- 2,403 views
Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama dasa and Nityananda das

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 28, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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(23) August 28, 2014 -- 5,136 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Vihari dasa and Tamohara dasa

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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(3) August 28, 2014 -- 2,793 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vaisesika dasa and Nityananda Pran das

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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(0) August 28, 2014 -- 4,003 views
Hare KrishnaBy Malati Devi Dasi

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 26, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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(0) August 27, 2014 -- 3,462 views
Hare KrishnaBy Anuttama dasa & Tamohara dasa

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 27, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago.

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(0) August 27, 2014 -- 1,304 views
Hare KrishnaBy Badrinarayan Swami

Streamed and recorded live on Aug 25, 2014 during the NA GBC meetings in Chicago. Two prominent lines of authority. Guru is authorized by GBC to give shelter to devotees. Management is authorized by GBC to give shelter to devotees.

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(1) August 27, 2014 -- 3,230 views
Hare KrishnaBy Priya-kirti Dasa

"Hare Krishna Hare Rama little nice souls, welcome to the camp for little vaishnavas." With this traditional camp anthem began already the 13th year of the Hare Krishna Children Camp at the German Simhachalam farm. This year record-breaking 80 Czech, Slovak, German and Irish children and their parents have attended.

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(0) August 25, 2014 -- 1,002 views
Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Delhi

I believe that me and my family, who are being represented here by my daughter Pratibha, are very fortunate to have the darshan of Swami Prabhupada and offer our respect on to his feet on this day of Janmastami. We also offer our respects on to the feet of all the devotees present here. I consider myself fortunate and believe that Krishna's message would reach every house in the world and by Krishna's message I mean Bhagavad Gita's message.

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(0) August 25, 2014 -- 1,239 views
Hare KrishnaBy Ravinjay

The festival lasted two days. The first day was dedicated to ISKCON’s founder-acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His Holiness Kavicandra Swami and His Holiness Subhag Swami publicly glorified their spiritual master and encouraged the Indonesian devotees to follow his instructions. “We need to encourage a united celebration for Srila Prabhupada”, His Holiness Kavicandra Swami, GBC for Indonesia, comments. On the second day, Sunday the 2...

(0) August 25, 2014 -- 977 views
Hare KrishnaBy Sugopi Sakhi Devi Dasi

Visitors had a glimpse of the enthralling spiritual world this Janmashtami at ISKCON Convention Centre, Bangalore. Walking in through the main gates of the temple, one had a wonderful sight of an awesome towering deity of Krishna. Close by was an equally tall deity of Vishnu resplendent with Anantasesha. The waters of the fountain at His lotus feet reminded everyone of the causal ocean, though it was a miniature version with gently flowing waters.

(0) August 24, 2014 -- 769 views
Hare KrishnaBy Yudhistir Govinda Das

We estimate that more than 7 lakh devotees visited the temple on Janmastami day. For security purposes nearly 700 police personnel from the Delhi police were stationed in and around the temple. Additionally, several notable citizens of the country visited the temple for the darshan of Their Lordships, a few of the names are mentioned below: Sri Harshavardhan (Union Minister of Health & Welfare), Sri Amar Singh (Member of Parliament - Rajya Sabha), Sri Sat...

(0) August 24, 2014 -- 887 views
Hare KrishnaBy Vijaya Dasa

July was a great month for book distribution in many temples worldwide. INDIA: The very steady Tirupati temple was No. 2 in the world with 18,262 book points and a 22% increase. Pune was No. 4 in the world with 15,583 book points and a 59% increase. Radhe Shyama Prabhu, the president, keeps everyone focused on the mission. When a temple is continually doing big and still increasing, that's special. USA: RVC was No. 1 in America with 13,975 book points and that was w...

(0) August 23, 2014 -- 1,888 views
Hare KrishnaBy Hari Narayana Das

The State Polytechnic Institute (Politeknik Negeri Bali) and Hindu University (Institut Hindu Dharma Negeri) of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, in collaboration with the Indonesia Bhaktivedanta Institute, hosted two international seminars on Bhagavad-gita As It Is separately on their respective campuses on the 16th and 20th of August 2014 respectively. “I think we shall get help from the Government and many foundations, if they understand that we are actually tr...

(0) August 23, 2014 -- 909 views
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