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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 -- 848 views
By Vishaka Susevini Devi Dasi

More than six hundred people from local communities and sixty visitors from other states in Malaysia and other countries such as England and India joined this festival to be fully absorbed in devotion for the sweet Lord. After the official declaration ceremony, the program for the evening featured variety of performances including 1 Malaysia dance performance by Ministry of Social Development and special performances on the Past Times of Lord Krishna by ISKCON childre...

(0) July 2, 2014 -- 1,019 views
By Jai Sita Rani Devi Dasi

I never expected my children to take up Krishna Consciousness so seriously. All I wanted was for them to get a holistic education both spiritually and academically. However, on their own they started chanting 16 rounds and aspiring for their guru. And as an icing on the cake, my 16 year old son got initiated there as well!! It was just amazing.

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(0) July 2, 2014 -- 2,813 views
By Basu Ghosh Das

The crowd gathered at the beginning of the procession continues to be quite large and impressive. There was a group of thousands that accompanied the Rath from the Railway station, through Sayajiganj, in front of the Maharaja Sayajirao University campus, to the Kala Ghoda ("black horse") Circle, near the Sayaji Bagh (public garden, named after locally famous Maharaja (King) Sayaji Rao Gaekwad III - who lived from 1863-1939)

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(0) July 2, 2014 -- 1,084 views
By Abhiram Das

Ramaraya Prabhu has been valiantly singing the Holy Names of Krishna in Union Square Park for the last 2 and half years and has built up a team of steady team of devotees to help, so that we regularly have Hari Nam parties of 25 or more, every single day, without fail on the streets of New York City. When he began this yajna, things were not so easy; already in his mid-fifties, he started this with only a few devotees and had no financial support or even a place to stay. Today they ...

(1) July 1, 2014 -- 1,086 views
By Purushottam Kumar

The grand yatra was about half a kilometre long and had many varieties –musical bands, special group of mridanga players artistically playing devotional songs, children in Vrindavan attire riding on horse and bullock carts, depiction of Lord’s different incarnations, dozens of ladies carrying lamps, kirtan party in front of each chariots and devotees happily swaying to the tune of Hare Krishna mantra.

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(0) July 1, 2014 -- 1,303 views
By Bhakti Raghava Swami

One devotee from Bali became so inspired that he committed for 16 Golden Bricks on the spot and paid the full US $ 26,930 the next day. This inspired others to also come forward to make their pledges and payments. As we went from temple to temple in Bali, we also distributed the Rs. 1,000 ToVP Currency Notes. Our first temple program in Klung Kung scored 18 notes, in Gianyar, 9, in Singaraja 28, in Radha Gopinath an astounding 124, in Radha Raseavara, 23, in Jagannath Gaura...

(0) June 30, 2014 -- 1,020 views
By Krishna.ru

When people see a healthy community Vaishnava with deep spiritual and social ties, pure culture and tradition, they are naturally attracted Krishna consciousness. Therefore healthy Vaishnava community - is of paramount importance. I will try to inspire the Vaishnava cooperation and joint construction of the Vaishnava community and, of course, I will try to participate in preaching projects.

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(0) June 30, 2014 -- 3,257 views
By Deena Bandhu dasa

The next day was Gundicha Marjana. Many times I have cleaned the temple from top to bottom in whatever temple I was in. But today we all went to do Gundicha Marjana at the very site where Lord Chaitanya had personally done it five hundred years before. We were all very excited. Unfortunately, they don't allow foreigners inside. So I told Bhadra Charu Prabhu, a very nice devotee who was in charge, to get me a couple of baskets so we could at least clean the front entrance. All ...

(0) June 29, 2014 -- 1,229 views
By Jagannath Das

When Srila Prabhupada was five years old, he desired to hold a Ratha Yatra festival like the one held annually in Jagannatha Puri, attended by millions. When he heard his father could not afford a new wooden ratha, he began to cry. This attracted the attention of a passing Bengali women who kindly let him buy her old ratha. Srila Prabhupada enlisted the help of the neighbourhood children and their mothers in an elaborate eight-day spiritual festival that he continued annually duri...

(0) June 29, 2014 -- 1,258 views
By The Times of India

The Yatra organized by ISKCON temple is celebrated with fervour in Vadodara as thousands of Barodians turn up on city roads to offer prayers to the lord. Thousands of kilograms of 'prasad' are distributed to devotees en route apart from saplings and fruits. Considering the huge crowd that the Yatra attracts, the city police take additional security measures. "We have already deployed companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the city. Al...

(0) June 28, 2014 -- 1,882 views
By Kesava Krsna Dasa

It is known that Srila Prabhupada was not fond of ambiguities like “maybe, perhaps, could be…” and so on, and we often follow suit to express ourselves in absolutist terms, convinced of our infallible statements. The problem with this is that in the face of Srila Prabhupada’s varied and nuanced teachings our utmost one-sided certainties can expose us as certain and total fools who actually expose our political and biased natures.

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(8) June 28, 2014 -- 2,083 views
By Gadi das

We have been fortunate at Murari ‘s Kirtan Valley to have the opportunity, through kirtan, to make friendship with many spiritually oriented people from the Nashville area. This unique event, the idea to appeal to our western born countrymen, was, even for our first of many bonfire kirtans, a great success. We were visited by no less than 40 guests throughout the day.

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(0) June 28, 2014 -- 1,016 views
By Sugopi Sakhi Devi Dasi

The 400 plus devotees bore an incredulous look on their faces when the deities of were taken into the holy waters of Cauvery, wondering if the deities were really enjoying all the splashing around. But the devotees, once they entered the waters, certainly had a swell time like young enthusiastic kids gone wild.

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(0) June 28, 2014 -- 1,026 views
By Sri Ramadasa

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, The Seventh Goswami, pioneered the spread of Lord Chaitanya's teachings in the West, sending copies of his works to Ralph Waldo Emerson in the USA and to Reinhold Rost in Europe in 1880. He is the first acarya in our sampradaya to propagate the waves of the nectarean ocean of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s unparalleled divine mission to places outside India. Following in his lead, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada had translated, prin...

(0) June 28, 2014 -- 1,030 views
By Hari Narayana Das

Jakarnaval themed Miracle Mask archipelago in commemoration of the 487th anniversary of Jakarta City was done on 22 June 2014. The carnival was followed by many departments under Jakarta’s government with their flower decorated car participated in the carnival. The committee also gave chance to the groups of culture to join the carnival. This great chance was taken by the devotees in Jakarta and surrounding to implement the mission of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu in speading th...

(0) June 27, 2014 -- 897 views
By John Cathcart

Not since the Festival of Colors have we seen anything quite this, well, colorful: on Saturday, the 39th annual Parade of Chariots brought thousands of Hare Krishna devotees — and three giant chariots — into the streets of Fifth Avenue for a parade that ended with a jamboree in Washington Square Park.

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(0) June 26, 2014 -- 962 views
By Bhaktivedanta Manor staff

For the second time in three years Srutidharma das has been selected as the Chaplain to the Mayor of Harrow. On 12th June Cllr Ajay Maru, a member of Bhaktivedanta Manor's congregation, was voted in as the new Mayor of Harrow Council and he chose Srutidharma das to be the spiritual representative at the Council's events throughout the coming year.

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(0) June 26, 2014 -- 1,200 views
By Muralidhara-priya Das

On the glorious and auspicious hundredth anniversary of the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, this brand new video about the TOVP project, which was so dear to Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur has been released. Many of our prominent leaders in ISKCON have spoken very well to encourage participation from all members of ISKCON society. This video was produced by a young devotee, resident of Sridham Mayapur, as a seva for the new Sri Mayapur Chandradoya Mandir. Congratul...

(0) June 26, 2014 -- 3,192 views
By Vijaya Dasa

While I was giving a book distribution seminar recently in Santiago, Chili, a devotee described an interesting incident that happened many years ago. A devotee was distributing books, and the books were going out much faster than usual. He usually would take a certain amount of books, and they would last a reasonable amount of time. Then he would go back to the temple. But this one day they were going out so quickly that he ran out much earlier than he expected.

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(0) June 25, 2014 -- 1,883 views
By Navadwipa Isvari devi dasi

The Vedic India program, which is the name we have given our school preaching here in Melbourne, Australia is really starting to take off. We have gone into about 14 different schools in the last couple of years, and have even been offered to participate in school fetes and local community art initiatives. The school programs usually consists of about 7 or 8 workshops, where we introduce the children to such things as festivals & culture of India, Vegetarian cooking...

(0) June 25, 2014 -- 1,262 views
By Mahatma das

I happily and enthusiastically welcome the holy names every japa session. I easily chant my prescribed number of rounds with focus and attention. When I chant, I chant. I get to chant, I want to chant, and I love to chant. I treat the maha-mantra as Radha and Krsna, fully present in sound. I receive and feel Krsna's presence, mercy and love in His holy names. I chant in full awareness that the holy name is my greatest treasure.

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(7) June 25, 2014 -- 3,236 views
By Patitapavana dasa

Back to Godhead means back to the Head God, Krishna. So says His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada savior of the whole world in a lecture on SB 1.5.29 in Vrindavana (10-8-74) Here is the context: “So we are atma, and Krishna is also atma. But He is Paramatma. We are isvara. Krishna is also isvara. But He's Paramesvara. Therefore we have named "Godhead" purposefully, not "God." We don't say "Back to God." We say, "Back to Godhead.""Head" means the chief. Everyone can claim that "...

(2) June 25, 2014 -- 1,297 views
By Parasuram das

Once on a morning walk in St James' Park in London (1972/3) after passing a hippy sleeping on a park bench, Srila Prabhupada said "By good fortune they can all come to Krsna Consciousness" Wishing to understand further what His Divine Grace meant by 'good fortune' I said: "Srila Prabhupada, we understand from your books and teachings that nothing happens by chance, can you please explain what you mean by 'good fortune' After walking on for about a minute, all of a sudden Srila Pra...

(0) June 24, 2014 -- 1,242 views
By Basu Ghosh Das

Navsari, one of the oldest cities of Gujarat, has an inspiring history of over 2000 years. According to the Greek historical writings, a celebrated Egyptian astronomer and geographer named Ptolemy mentioned Navsari's port in his book written about 150 A.D. The geographic location he showed as Narispa, is in fact the Navsari of today.

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(0) June 23, 2014 -- 1,274 views
By Jaya dasa

Today, for the whole day of June 23, Wikipedia is commemorating Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's 100th disappearance anniversary by a clickable reference to his article, complete with his photograph, on its Main page

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(0) June 23, 2014 -- 3,266 views
By Mina Sharma

On Sunday 15 June, London's most famous landmarks were brought to life in a dazzling display of sound, music and colour, as thousands of devotees from across the country came to the streets of London's West End to celebrate the 46th annual Rathayatra festival. Three beautifully decorated Rathayatra chariots carrying Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra, deities from ISKCON London's Soho Street temple, began their journey in Hyde Park and were pulled by hand to greet a hu...

(0) June 20, 2014 -- 2,193 views
By Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the North American results of book distribution for the month of May 2014

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(0) June 19, 2014 -- 1,257 views
By Deena Bandhu Das

No one imagined our beautiful stout tamala tree would leave us so soon, but one day he fell to the ground and was gone. No one could imagine that our Tamala would leave us so soon, but one day he left us in the Holy Dhama and was gone. Now we sit here and weep with only memories of our Tamalas to keep us alive.

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(0) June 18, 2014 -- 941 views
By Sunanda das

Officially formed under the banner of the Toronto, Ontario temple with the guidance and inspiration of His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami, the TOVP Canada Team has begun moving forward, spreading the glories of the TOVP and helping to raise funds for its completion by 2022.

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(0) June 17, 2014 -- 1,109 views
By ISKCON Sri Jagannath Mandir Webteam

More than 1100 of us arrived here by buses, cars and vans to join Sri Gaura Nitai on an ecstatic picnic. Young and old joined in the Panihatti Festival celebrations. There was a grand abhisekam of the deities and nonstop kirtan.

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(0) June 17, 2014 -- 1,192 views
By Sri Nandanandana dasa

Besides being the classic Eastern text that it is, and the summary of most Upanishadic information, it is the core of the deepest levels of spiritual knowledge. It is also like a handbook for life. Just as when you purchase an appliance of some kind, like a refrigerator, television or computer, you get a manual that teaches you how to use it. So in the same way, if God created this world and put us here, doesn’t it seem that He should also tell us what is the purpose of t...

(0) June 17, 2014 -- 1,066 views
By Mahatma das

Prabhupada says that generally divorce is the woman's fault. Chastity is one of a woman's most important virtues, so husband and wife should not divorce. The premise of my article ‘Husband as Guru’ was that men are rarely entirely innocent. Some said this contradicts Prabhupada. I still stand by my statement. Yet, I do not agree I have contradicted Prabhupada, for by saying "generally," Prabhupada doesn't deny that men can have their share of responsibility in a divorce.

(2) June 17, 2014 -- 3,340 views
By Mahatma das

The Nectar of Devotion asks us to be patient, or dhairyat (verse 3). And Prabhupada talks much about the necessity of patience to be successful. Who must we be patient with? This verse is referring to being patient with ourselves. Why? Because we often fail, and if we give up, we lose. Prabhupada said that if we lose enthusiasm, everything is finished. So self-hate can cause one to lose patience with oneself and thus feel like giving up. We need to patience with ourselves to remain ...

(1) June 17, 2014 -- 2,088 views
By Mahatma das

I welcome the opposition and the opportunity to discuss issues of male/female relationships because in Iskcon, our marriage tract record is not good and if our discussion can help improve our marriages, then such discussion is welcome. So I am glad to have raised a few eyebrows and that I thus received the opportunity to address, in depth, the roles of men and women and their effects on marriage.

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(3) June 17, 2014 -- 3,267 views
By Bhaktin Jessica

When the idea of going to the NY Ratha Yatra was brought up in an email by a devotee from my local temple it was met with the realization that I really had no expectation of ever being able to attend it. It appeared to be a logistically impossible endeavor as all sorts of various factors seemed to get in the way of going. Just getting to the temple in the morning to catch the bus was a problem considering the fact that my husband and I have only one working car at the moment.

(0) June 17, 2014 -- 1,226 views
By Sri Jagannath Mandir

Snana yatra is a special bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannatha which takes place on the day of the full moon during the Jyestha month, normally coinciding with the month of June. It commemorates the appearance day of Lord Jagannatha. It is recorded in the Skanda Purana that when King Indradyumna installed Lord Jagannatha, he commissioned this bathing ceremony. The Snana Yathra bathing ceremony was celebrated with great enthusiasm at ISKCON Malaysia ‘s headquarters, Sri...

(0) June 16, 2014 -- 1,053 views
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