Gold from a ‘dirty’ place – the football field

Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa dasa

I recently read a letter which was eloquently penned by Bhakti Charu Maharaja which really struck me, so much so, I became inspired to write a few words about it. It struck me for a couple reasons, one the simple essence of Maharaja’s letter being the glorification of other devotees, which is always an inspirational meditation to see in action, one devotee glorifying other devotees. The other aspect that I found equally, if not more eye-catching, was an analogy that Maharaja used.

Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple, Durban honours Mandela Day

Hare KrishnaBy Krsangi Radhe dasi

As the world commemorated Mandela Day by honouring the former statesman on Friday, 18 July 2014, the devotees and maintenance staff at the Sri Sri Radha Radhanatha Temple in Durban, South Africa offered their contribution in the form of prayer, a conservation program and food distribution.

Celebrating Three Months of Attentive Hearing

Hare KrishnaBy Visnu Murti dasa

As of November 2012 the full Bible has been translated into 518 languages, and 2,798 languages have at least some portion of the Bible. The BBT has printed Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Bhagavad-gītā As It Is in 58 languages and there are one or more of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books in 86 languages. Our little effort of translating short videos clips into 64 languages can surely be expanded. In fact this is a perfect way to begin translating into a new language - preparing devotees to be translators’ of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books.

Ukrainian Vaisnava Refugee Fund - Updated Information

Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

On behalf of the devotees in Ukraine, I would like to express my deep gratitude for the outpouring of support already shown from our worldwide Vaisnava community within the last two days. The response has been overwhelming. The situation remains volatile and fluid. Each day more devotees are submitting requests for places to take refuge. Each day more facilities are opening up. Repairs on the retreat center have already begun. Most of those who have taken refuge there are providing all the labor required to upgrade the facilities to better accommodate the influx of refugees.

An Appeal from Niranjana Swami, co-GBC for Ukraine

Hare KrishnaBy Ukrainian Vaisnava Refugee Fund

Needless to say that the military operation badly affected our devotee communities in those cities as well. By Krsna’s grace, no devotee has been killed or injured in the conflict, although a few have had a very narrow escape. But while some of them continue risking their lives trying to maintain temple worship and programs, many find it necessary to relocate their families to safety, leaving their homes and possessions behind.

Advisory Notice from the Executive Committee of the Governing Body Commission

Hare KrishnaBy the Executive Committee of the Governing Body Commission

The tragic news of the deaths of several devotee pilgrims from Russia last month who died when their bus drove off the road and into the Bhagirathi River in the mountainous Himalayan region in India has brought us great sadness. The GBC EC, concerned with the safety of our fellow Vaishnavas, announce the following Advisory Notice.

SUDAMA PURI Temple - Birthplace and Residence of SUDAMA brahmana at Porbandar

Hare KrishnaBy Chandan Yatra Das

Sudamapuri is the birthplace and residence of Sudama brahmaṇa, the childhood friend of Lord Sri Krishna. Sudamapuri is in the town of Porbandar, 104 km (2 hours) from Sri Dwarka Dhama. Porbandar is a coastal harbour city situated on the western coast of Saurashtra, Gujarat, along the Arabian Sea. In the 10th century Porbandar was known as “Pauravelakul” and thereafter renamed as “Sudamapuri”.

Reconciling Seemingly Outrageous Figures

Hare KrishnaBy Madhavananda Das

One should not argue that such a large number of cows could not possibly fit into the thirty-two square mile area of Vrindavan, because the dhāma is unlimited by the inconceivable energy of the Lord. Even a small portion of the holy dhāma is sufficient to accommodate billions of universes each measuring fifty million miles in diameter. Krishna showed this to Brahma in a later chapter.

Prayag Raj: A Place for Vaishnavas

By Hrimati Devi Dasi

What was supposed to be a brief, casual trip to accept an invitation from an old friend turned out to be a wonderful, purifying, spiritual journey.

My Children in Mayapur!

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.

43rd Kolkata Rath Yatra draws lakhs of people (photos)

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.

GBC Budget

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

FINANCES: GBC Budget. The GBC budget for 2014-15 is (in INR).

Exceptional security measures by the police for the huge crowd expected for the Iskcon Rathayatra Sunday in Baroda

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. Also, our entire police force will be on guard on the day of Yatra,” city police commissioner Satish Sharma said.

Ecstatic outing with Sri Gaura Nitai

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.

Watch Hare Krishnas Take Over the Streets With Some Massive Chariots

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.

Incorporation Of ISKCON

Hare KrishnaBy Satswarup dasa Goswami

“We shall call our society ISKCON.” Prabhupada had laughed playfully when he first coined the acronym. A friend had suggested a title that would sound more familiar to Westerners, “International Society for God Consciousness,” but Prabhupada had insisted: “Krishna Consciousness.” “God” was a vague term, whereas “Krishna” was exact and scientific; “God consciousness” was spiritually weaker, less personal. And if Westerners didn’t know that Krishna was God, then the International Society for Krishna Consciousness would tell them, by spreading His glories “in every town and village.”

Krishna Consciousness in Iceland

Hare KrishnaBy Sarvabhauma Dasa

I live in hot and humid Houston, Texas, a world away from Iceland, the unique North Atlantic island nation born entirely from thousands of volcanic eruptions. Despite attempts by devotees to preach there over the years, Iceland is one of the last Krishna conscious frontiers in the Western world, with no established temple or preaching center. Earlier this year, however, I discovered that Iceland has not at all been forgotten by Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya.

Delicious Sins

Hare KrishnaBy Chirag Dangarwala

One such sin which every one of us commit in ignorance is related to eating food hence the name Delicious Sins. Although it sounds astonishing that how come eating food be sinful, since everyone tends to think that all the food in the world is meant for human consumption.

Ojai Ratha 2014 Hanuman Flag Broughaha

Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara Dasa

Thank you to all of the wonderful devotees who helped make the Ojai Rathayatra a wonderful event! Despite the searing heat of 96 degrees we had a great turnout and a wonderful response from the community for the free feast at Sarazottie Park at the end.

Persecuted by Soviets, Russia’s Hare Krishnas Still Fight for Acceptance

Hare KrishnaBy Alexey Eremenko

The Hare Krishna movement has been trying to build a temple in Russia since 1990. They still don’t have one. “They are just too bright and noticeable,” said Filatov, who works at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Zonal Configuration

Hare KrishnaBy the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

North America Area - Idaho is divided along the time zone line; the Northern part remains with the North West zone while the Southern part becomes part of the Pacific/West zone. Europe – instead of being divided into seven zones, Europe shall include the following thirty-seven zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – the Eastern part shall include nine zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – South India shall include nine zones. Indian Subcontinent Area – Maharashtra & Goa shall include five zones. Russian Sphere Area - Russia shall be a single zone. Sub-Saharan Africa Area and more

New NV Garden Manager Takes Step Closer to Sustainable Vision

By Madhava Smullen

Local food production was, of course, a major goal for New Vrindaban’s founder Srila Prabhupada, and was emphasized in the community from its inception in 1968 until 1979. But in the 1980s and ‘90s it began to taper off and then all but disappeared, until a smaller scale of farming was re-introduced in 1998 by the Small Farm Training Center.

A New Chapter for The African division of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

By Jayadvaita Swami

The African division of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has published its annual report for 2013, telling about our goals, programs, accomplishments, challenges, finances, and more.

ISKCON Baroda’s 33rd annual Jagannath Rathayatra festival 2014

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)

Gold Euphoria In Indonesia!

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 Gauranga, the last 20 notes we had. We exhausted all the ToVP Currency Notes we had.

My First Puri Rathayatra

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 around the entrance they were selling brooms and clay pots, but no baskets. But somehow he got a couple.

The Chorus Of One-siders

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.

Waves of Sankirtana

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, printed, and published volumes of sastras to propagate the mission of Lord Chaitanya throughout the world.

 
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