Regulations for Commencing the Service of Diksa-guru in ISKCON

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

“Any person who is seriously desirous of achieving real happiness must seek out a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of a spiritual master is that he must have realized the conclusion of the scriptures by deliberation and arguments and thus be able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities, who have taken complete shelter of the Supreme Godhead, leaving aside all material considerations, are to be understood as bona fide spiritual masters.” (SB 11.3.21 quoted in SB 4.29.55 purport)

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!

Huge press coverage for the huge festival of colors (Holi) in Utah!

By Krishna Dasa

Beginning from Google’s News, US Edition, which had it on its main page, hundreds of international, national and local newspapers, mainly in US, are reporting about this Krishna conscious event! See the list and join the fun!

Reality, Poetry, Consciousness, Enlightenment, Metaphor and Srimad-Bhagavatam

By Akruranatha Dasa

In Srimad-Bhagavatam culture, there is not such a breakdown between prosaic reality and poetic metaphor. Actual reality is far more enchanted and magical and strange than our modern scientific, mechanistic, deracinated conception. Things that we think of as concepts — like fear, love, intelligence, decay and so on — are actually living beings who can interact with other, similar beings. The universe is full of demons, demigods, ghosts, goblins, sages, yogis, siddhas, gandharvas, caranas, apsaras, humans, animals, plants, and all kinds of mystical beings.

From Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir! HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami

By Bhakti Purusottama Swami

Lord Krishna is known as Rasraja Krishna. Rasaraja Krishna means He is made up of mellows. The ingredients used to create Krishna’s body is made up of sweetness. This is Rasaraja Krishna. And Srimati Radharani is mahabhava svarupini, is made up of Krishna prema. Krishna is made up of sweetness mellows and Radharani is made up of Krishna prema.

Isn’t it better to be spiritual instead of being religious?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Religion without philosophy is sometimes fanaticism: Just as people can be healed by different treatments, people can become lovers of God by practicing different religions: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, for example. The decisive test for a religion is whether it enables its followers to become spiritually healthy, to become lovers of God. In this light, religious fanatics are like narrow-minded proponents of a particular medical therapy who are ready to destroy the books and the infrastructure associated with other therapies.

Governor of Siem Reap receives Bhagavad-gita

By Bhakti Raghava Swami

Today, March 21, 2014, was a special day in that we were able to get a personal audience with the Governor of Siem Reap Province, the Honorable H.E. KHIM BUNSONG. Our good friend and Khmer supporter, Mr. Keo Sophat, who is the Director of a local NGO called the Voice and Development of Children and Youths (VDCY) was kind enough to arrange this meeting. The Governor greeted us very cordially at his personal complex, the Bornei Angkor Resort and Spa.

Reflections on Navadwip Mandal Parikrama

By mayapur.com

We finished our most amazing and blissful Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama Silver Jubilee Celebration on 11th March in a great union of the parties inside ISKCON Mayapur! Our dear 10 thousand participants- of 6 different parties-, after 7 days of complete surrender to the holy name and the holy dhama, got each other’s association. All the leaders of the Parikrama parties and organizers gathered together and all of us got the association of the great souls of this Parikrama

Iskcon temple to be inaugurated in Guntur on March 21

By thehindu.com

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) will perform Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Srimandira Srivigraha Pratisthotsavam, and inaugurate the Vedic Cultural Centre in the city from March 21 to 23, said the temple president Sriman Sri Satya Gopinath Swamiji.

Mayapur Institute Foundation Laying Press Release

By Jagannatha dasa

Please find attached an announcement of our recent foundation stone laying celebration for the upcoming Mayapur Institute campus, attended by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami.

Ezine version of BTG (Telugu) - Release

By Revati Raman Das

On the occasion of 70 Years (1944 – 2014) completion of Back To Godhead (BTG) we are pleased to inform about the release of ezine version of Telugu (one of the South Indian languages) BTG, namely ‘Bhagavaddarshan’. This transcendental move is aimed at reaching the message of BTG to all Telugu speaking people.

Please help this project for the Health and Welfare Ministry

By Prahladananda Swami

I am writing to seek help with a project for the Health and Welfare Ministry. Over a year ago I wrote a book that contains two parts. The first part is a complication of all the instructions that I could find about Srila Prabhupada’s instructions on health for ISKCON devotees. The second part is comprised of different articles I have written about health. I have not been able to find a devotee who would be able to layout the book and therefore it has not yet been published.

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.

In seclusion at Ekachakra Dham

By Devaki Devi Dasi

Going in seclusion, leaving behind all usual responsibilities and distractions and attending a Holy Name Retreat is a wonderful tool to deepen our relationship with the holy name. And Ekachakra Dham is the perfect place to embark on such internal journey.

Souvenir Magazine Publication Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Campaign to Save Bhaktivedanta Manor

By Radha Mohan Das

It is 20 years since the famous march of 36,000 who united against the decision by Hertsmere Council to close Bhaktivedanta Manor to the public. (The matter was happily resolved in May 1996). Below is the Free E-edition of the special magazine “Turning Point”, which brings the inspirational story alive for all readers!

Prasad Distribution in the “Land of saints and scholars”

By Parasuram das

Last week we took on the challenge of cooking subji and popperdoms for 5,000 people in Cork city. Our team consisted of Dharmatma Prabhu, Sanaka Prabhu, and Achintya Rupa Prabhu. Srila Prabhupada says in the Srimad Bhagavatam: “The Krishna consciousness movement is based on this principle: chant the Hare Krishna mantra every moment,as much as possible, both inside and outside of the temple, and, as far as possible, distribute prasad. This process can be accelerated with the cooperation of state administrators and those who are producing the country’s wealth. Simply by liberal distribution of prasad and sankirtana, the whole world can become peaceful and prosperous.”

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 05 14 02: HG Pragosh Prabhu in ISKCON Mayapur

By ISKCON Desire Tree

Video of a recent (2014-03-21) SB class in Sri Mayapur Dham

Unparalleled Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur!

By Mayapur.com

In the evening time everybody gathered in the large field near the temple to behold the Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Appearance Abhishek ceremony. There were three different Abhishek pandals erected to accommodate those who wanted to perform the abhishek themselves. the entire function was very beautiful, followed by amazing harinam San-Kirtan in the temple room. If you were not present this year or even able to watch online at all then you can see some of the pictures so that you may become inspired to visit Sri Mayapur Dham the following year for our annual Gaura Purnima Festival.

New Vrindaban Greets Sally Aggarwal

By Lilasuka Dasi

One elderly American lady and two younger ladies wandered into the lobby of Sri Sri Radha Vrindabanchandra temple the afternoon of Thurs. March 13, 2014. Parampara prabhu inquired: “Good afternoon, ladies. May I help you?” One of the younger women replied, smiling, referring to the elderly American lady, “You know, this lady is very special to your Hare Krsna movement!”

Hare Krishna community celebrates Holi festival

By Watford Observer

Spokesman Radha Mohan Das said: “It was a phenomenal day. What a difference a year makes. Last year there was snow, and this year we had the highest attendance with around 10,000 people there. We have received a lot of positive feedback.”

From Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir! HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami

By Bhakti Caitanya Swami

Prabhupada said that. Prabhupada said at the end of one class, to go back to Godhead you have to be 100% pure, all the devotees were like - me, 100% pure, don’t know about that! And Prabhupada noticed and said, at least 90%. And devotees were still - leaves me out. Prabhupada said at least 80%. Still it was the same. And Prabhupada said just take hold of my dhoti and I will take you back, I have the key to the back door. (haribol)

Why I will never leave ISKCON

By Narayani Devi Dasi

Narayani Mataji is a devotee of Lord Krishna since 40 years. Her guru is Srila Prabhupada. She speaks on how she continued to stay in ISKCON inspite of so many problems. She talks about women in ISKCON and about the devotees in ISKCON. She talks about the organisation and about the devotees. She talks about splinter groups and controversies in ISKCON. Srila Prabhupada said that ISKCON is my body. She also tells us what to do if we see something in ISKCON that is not appearing right.

 
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