Plans for Increasing Book Distribution

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

While ISKCON, the GBC, and the BBT are independent entities and thus the GBC cannot instruct the BBT trustees, the GBC humbly appeals to the BBT trustees to kindly get involved in pushing this process forward and making sure that the development of these plans actually happens. The Indian BBT and Indian GBCs are exempted from this resolution as they are already doing such powerful book distribution. Of course, they are welcomed and encouraged to present a plan for the coming year if they wish.

Anti Racism Demo Trafalgar Square London

By Parasuram Das

The dictionary informs us that racism “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”

Surrender

By Srila Prabhupada

If I am thinking, “I am suffering,” it is also Krsna’s grace. We should take like that. Even in my consideration, I am in a position which is apparently suffering, we must accept as Krsna’s grace: “All right, I have surrendered to Krsna. If Krsna is giving me suffering, that’s all right.” That is surrender. “Oh, I have surrendered to Krsna, and now Krsna is giving me suffering? Oh, leave Krsna consciousness.” That is not surrender. Surrender means in any condition you’ll remain surrendered.

Real Self or Iskcon Self

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

For instance, a ‘strict’ brahmacari gets into managerial positions and manages for the betterment of ISKCON, but in doing so also polarises a number of devotees and congregation members with his ‘take-it-or-leave-it approach. Later, the brahmacari is awarded the sannyasa order. At his sannyasa ceremony, he apologises for any hurt he might have caused. Would that apology be an institutional apology or a self-apology? It is an institutional apology. Are we to expect that this type of apology will absolve him of all offences committed on a personal self-level? In the meantime he might feel safe knowing he is ‘exonerated’, but Vaisnava realisations teach us that the offences will remain until they are forgiven on a person-to-person self-level.

20th Anniversary celebration of Pandava Sena at Bhaktivedanta Manor

By Ravi Talsania

The 20th Anniversary celebration took place on the 12th April at Bhaktivedanta Manor from 5pm onwards. It was an evening of historic pastimes from the original members of Pandava Sena, the stalwarts that headed up the campaign to ‘Save the Manor’, and many other special people who had incredible memories of Pandava Sena in its early days.

Chant Hare Krishna—–No Loss

By Srila Prabhupada

So Narayana is so kind that consciously or unconsciously, if you chant the holy name of the Lord, it goes to your credit. Just like sometimes when you walk in the street, people say “Hare Krsna!” So this is also going to their credit. When they offer their respect to a Vaisnava, that goes to their credit. When one comes in this temple, offers his obeisances, it goes to their credit.

Lord Jagannath Goes to Give His Mercy on The Second Ratha-Yatra Festival in Jember, East Java, Indonesia

By Hari Narayana Das

The Ratha yatra started at 10.00 am local time with Homa yagya. The chariot of the Lord Jagannath was decorated beautifully by devotees the day before. They put so many fruits on the chariot. After the homa, a class about Rathaytra was given by H.H. Subhag Swami Mahraja through teleconference lively from Bangladesh. The devotees was enthusiastically listening the class and their spirit to do the ratha yatra was fire up after heard the class.

Minutes Of The Annual General Meeting Sri Mayapur Dham, February 19 – March 2, 2014

By the Governing Body Commission

2014 Zonal Assignments, GBC Officers and Members, Sannyasa Waiting List, Reaffirmation of Ministries and Standing Committees, ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary, Plans for Increasing Book Distribution, Adding New GBCs, Devotee Healthcare Guidelines, Should Women be Called “Prabhu”, “Mataji”, or “Devi”?, Sound Systems Guideline, The Hare Krsna Maha-mantra Should be the Primary Mantra in all ISKCON Kirtans, Chanting of the Holy Names of Srimati Radharani, Gender Kirtan, ISKCON Disciple Course Mandate, Regulations for Commencing the Service of Diksa-guru in ISKCON , Female Diksa Gurus and more

New Vrindaban Grows through Care and Communication

By Madhava Smullen

“I think it’s making more people aware that working together cooperatively, caring for each other and communicating properly with each other is the key to helping New Vrindaban grow,”

Massive Prasad Distribution in Brussels

By Parasuram Dasa

I was talking to one very respectable lady from Emerates, she was busy chopping vegetables for my subji. It was her first time to Europe, she was to attend some diplomat meetings and had only two days before returning home. She told me that she was loving the chopping service and this was a much more important way to spend her time. I could understand from this that the living entities are by nature servants of the Supreme, and real happiness can come from a simple thing like chopping veg.

Govindas at college campus

By Premanjana Das

Govindas offers a rich menu for a fair price. Available is a variety of the traditional South Indian cuisine, such as dosas, vada, idli, samosas, vada-pao, different kinds of rice dishes, sandwiches, mixed in with some Chinese preparations. To complement the meals a nice selection of juices and milk-shakes are served. Govindas obtains their milk from the ‘Nareshwadi cow farm’ which is located in Palghar. Not to forget, Lord Jagannath likes His sweets to complete a satisfying meal. A full fledged combo will only cost you a whooping Rs. 45!

The Sannyasa Ministry would like your feedback!

By Lilasuka das

To expand ISKCON’s preaching mission Srila Prabhupada created sannyasis. Thus the Ministry for Sannyasa Service has established a website to provide information about potential sannyasis to the ISKCON community and to get feedback in order to help in the candidate’s training. On this page is the personal data and the devotional history of the present sannyasa candidates. If you know any of these candidates and would like to express something positive or negative pertaining to their candidacy to the Sannyasa Committee, please send us your comments via the comments page of the website

Trained up to think of Kṛṣṇa twenty-four hours

By Srila Prabhupada

Generally, we work for our sense gratification. “I have got this money. I must use for my sense gratification or for my relative’s sense gratification or for my country’s sense gratification, for my society’s sense gratification.” So this is materialism. But when the same thing is turned for Kṛṣṇa’s sense gratification, that is spiritual. That is the difference between prema and kāma.

Unlimited Prasadam Seva! (Updated with photos)

By Praghosa das

Last Sunday here in Mayapur a small team of devotees set out to distribute a little prasadam. I say a little, in truth we left Mayapur equipped with 700 litres of piping hot fresh kitchari, which also had some juicy chunks of paneer throughout!

New Temporary ISKCON Temple Opens in Moscow

By Olessia Podtserob

The Moscow Indian Cultural Center and Sri Sri Dayal-Nitai Sacisuta Temple has celebrated its opening and the Gaura Purnima festival on Sunday, March 16, 2014. 2,000 devotees from Moscow gathered for this joyful event. Gopal Krishna Goswami has cut a red ribbon. Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami also took part in the ceremony.

Avanti House Secondary School

By Bhaktivedanta Manor staff

Avanti Schools Trust are delighted to announce that Harrow Borough Council’s cabinet have approved plans for Avanti House Secondary School to be built on Whitchurch Playing Fields, Stanmore.

What is the difference between the past ages and the present age?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Lord Chaitanya, the Kali-yuga incarnation of Krishna, inaugurated this golden age and Srila Prabhupada expanded its golden influence all over the world by his tireless outreach efforts. Each one of us has the fortune to receive and share this divine legacy and thereby become models and messengers of integrity amidst this age of perversity.

Female Diksa Gurus

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The subject of Vaisnavis initiating in ISKCON is further tabled until additional discussion at the 2014 GBC Midterm Meeting. In the meantime the GBC Eexecutive Committee will work on the following process:
1. Creating a committee of devotees who have no pre-determined view on this topic who will gather documents from all sources on the subject of female diksa-gurus.
2. The committee will sort, summarize, and categorize all documentation. Categories could include Srila Prabhupada’s quotations, varnasrama-dharma, history within our sampradaya and other Vaisnava sampradayas, etc.

Toward Krishna Conscious Governance

By Indra Krishna Das

A clarion call for devotees and like-minded people to come together and, by Krishna conscious governance, save the world from its precarious condition - before it is too late.

Lenin would be proud of us!

By Ghanashyam das

On wednesday as part of our initiative to distribute prasadam at least once a week to the residents Navadwipa we set out to the village on the other side of the Jalangi river named Lenin colony. West Bengal for so many years was governed by the communist party hence the reference to one of its icons - Lenin. Not sure if he ever had piping hot kitchari for lunch but all the residents of the village named after him certainly relished it with great enthusiasm.

Letter of Appreciation to Ravindra Svarupa Das

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Dear Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. The entire Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to you for your many years of service to the GBC. You have served as a member of the GBC with the highest standard of integrity, loyalty and dedication. This is a great credit to both yourself and our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. For almost three decades, your thoughtful comments, academic and sastric insights, bold analysis and devotional perspectives have helped to inform and form GBC opinion and resolutions.

Patron Thanksgiving and Pre Janmastami Love Feast organised by SJMKL

By Sri Jagannatha Mandir Kuala Lumpur

Sri Jagannatha Mandir organized its monthly patron feast and pre Janmastami love feast on 6 April 2014. The programme was blessed by the presence of His Holiness Swami Bhakti Vghna Vinasa Narsimha Maharaja. There was also initiation ceremony. His Grace Siddhi Prabhu who is the chairman for Sri Krishna Janmastami showed a presentation on our grand Janmastami celebrations last year and appealed to everyone to make it grander this year.

Holi Happiness in DC

By Patrick Costello

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful event. The food was inexpensive and fabulous. The music was good. Best of all, as I have already said, people were kind.

Mandakini Dasi joins the London Harinam Explosion

By Parasuram das

Mandakini came over from France to visit the London Yatra for Gaura Purnima. She was one of the guests of honour, along with mothers Malati and Manjuali at the Connaught Rooms on Lord Chaitanya’s Appearance Day. Over one thousand devotees attended that festival.

From Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir! HH Jayapataka Swami

By Jayapataka Swami

Narada Muni was concerned how these souls would be delivered. So then Lord Caitanya asked for volunteers, those who would like to go with Him to the material world to spread the Harinam sankirtan and deliver the fallen souls. Radharani and some sakhis and gopis volunteered. The queens in Dwaraka volunteered-some. Then Lord Caitanya said, I will preach in India, Bharatavarsha and for those who skip and go to the western countries, I will send my senapati bhakta who will make many devotees, commanding devotee. He will spread the Harinam sankirtan all over the world.

Ratha Yatra in St. Augustine, Florida March 22, 2014

By Sukhada Dasi

Bhadra Prabhu introduced the mayor of St. Augustine, Joe Boles, who heartily welcomed the Hare Krishnas and announced that our parade was “the oldest parade in the world.” He encouraged us to continue our tradition yearly, and especially invited us to participate next year when the city marks its 450th anniversary as the oldest continually occupied European settlement in the United States (1565 to 2015).

Devotees Discover Prabhupada’s Belongings at Delhi Residence after they unlocked it for the first time in 25 years!

By Madhava Smullen

Devotees overseeing the restoration of the Delhi temple where Srila Prabhupada stayed in the early 1960s before leaving for the US have discovered a treasure of his personal belongings. Breaking open the locks on a door that had not been opened for 25 years, they were amazed to find the items still in his room at the Chippiwada Sri Sri Radha-Vallabha Mandir in Delhi’s busiest market, Chandni Chowk, after so long.

 
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