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.

The GBC’s Strategic Plan

Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Strategic Planning Team

A Comprehensive Summary, Our Service, A Growing Need, The Strategic Initiatives, The Iskcon Constitution, Srila Prabhupada’s Position, Parallel Lines Of Authority And Economy, Iskcon Culture, Building Capacity For Leadership, Team building, Succession, Gbc Organizational Development, Organizational And Environmental Scanning, Regional Leadership, Expanding Outreach, Devotee Care, Special Initiatives, Service Organizations And Affiliates, Conflicts Of Interest, Bringing The Plan Into The World Of Action, Ministries And Offices, Developing An Executive Strategy For The Gbc, Executive Director, Divisional Directors, Gbc Committees, Conclusion

Madhudvisa Prabhu: A Letter in Separation

Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

All the circumstances surrounding your departure were auspicious. As was your desire, you lived through Ratha-yatra in Los Angeles and sang before all three carts. Then, just two days later, while your caregiver chanted Hare Krishna by your side, you departed—with a smile on your face. You were a great pioneer and champion of Ratha-yatra. During last year’s procession we discussed the importance of following Srila Prabhupada’s instructions in regard to Ratha-yatras, and in our last meeting in your room at New Dvaraka, six weeks ago, you told me how Srila Prabhupada sent you from Juhu to Australia and you introduced Ratha-yatra there.

His Grace Madhu-dvisa Prabhu ACBSP left his body

Hare KrishnaBy Ramesvara dasa

Stunned by the news and tel. call I just received that he just left his body- that greatest kirtan and book distribution general and beloved son of Srila Prabhupada has retuned to be with Srila Prabhupada. His attendant was chanting Hare Krsna to him as he passed from this world

Alone but not lonely

Hare KrishnaBy Vraja Bihari Das

As a preacher/counsellor, I meet many who are disappointed in life and desperately need emotional healing. Most emotional problems in life originate in feeling a lack of deep, fulfilling relationship and a desperate want for a loving companion. Even in our temple which is over flooded with thousands of devotees, it’s possible to feel lonely; I know a few devotees who have felt lonely at some point of time in life. Besides, I myself when I stay at Borivalli for a few days in a week to write my articles, or when I travel for my preaching services, I feel lonely and am desperate to come back to temple.

Food for Life in New Zealand making positive changes in the community

Hare KrishnaBy Priyavrata Das

Food for Life in the Northern Island of New Zealand received two glowing articles in the Whangarei Leader. One article featured volunteer Vanessa Hodgon who has served at the FFL kitchen for the last 18 months, while the other reported on the Corrections’ Vegetable Garden that supplies the FFL kitchen and the Salvation Army food bank

The King of Jogyakarta meets Lord Jagannatha: Ratha Yatra in Ramadan (125 photos)

Hare KrishnaBy Hari Narayana Das

Since Lord Jagannatha was very merciful toward all living entities, accompanied by His elder brother Balarama and His Beautiful sister Subhadra Devi, They overflooded Bantul’s citizens with the waves of transcendental bliss on the city’s 183rd anniversary on a cultures parade. Lord Jagannatha on ratha (chariot) went around Bantul city started from Trirenggo field to Bantul government building square on the 20th July 2014.

Prosperity of the Earth Culture

Hare KrishnaBy Varsana Swami

Cow protection, as set forth by Srila Prabhupada was not merely that the cow and the bull lead a full and natural life, but that they also be jolly, as a member of a family would feel. Cows and bulls are happy to be fed and brushed. While cows like to be milked, the main source of pleasure for the ox has been obscured by the tractor. An ox is a bull who has surrendered his procreative potential, transforming that energy into a submissive and manageable temperament capable of being trained and utilized for agricultural and transportation services. As a father figure he loves to provide for his family of humans by pursuing his occupation in the field which assures a source of income and prosperity to mankind.

Tomatoes from Heaven

Hare KrishnaBy Nityananda Ram Das

ISKCON farms have some great successes, and some great failures too, but with the money ISKCON now has, and the large congregation of young devotees, it has tremendous opportunity for self-sufficient farms. The idea that the modern age has changed the opportunity for simple living and high thinking on farms is not true. Self-sufficiency as it was on 1950’s farms could be easily replicated today by any young and very hard working devotee couple.

NASN June 2014 - North American Sankirtan Newsletter

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the following North American results for the month of June

Hundreds of school children attend ISKCON program in Mayapur

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur.com

Nearly 6500 students from 115 schools participated in the 1st round in their respective schools. Students from each school were divided into 2 groups, class 7th to 9th, and class 10th to 12th. In each group the three best students were selected. These students along with their parents were invited to stay in Mayapur and receive the golden opportunity to have darshan of their Lordships Sri Sri RadhaMadhava, Lord Sri Narasimhadeva, Sri Pancha-tattva, and Srila Prabhupada.

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.

GBC strategic planning help needed

Hare KrishnaBy Kaisori Dasi

I’m writing to you about the GBC strategic planning work and how you can help. Strategic planning is about looking toward the future, and that’s a service that requires help from many devotees with all kinds of skills. The GBC began its strategic planning work to help ISKCON grow into a healthy, sustainable, world-class organization. If you wish to see ISKCON as a global community with high standards of excellence in every area of its endeavors, please read on.

Krishna Lunch Forever Strengthens Ties with University of Florida

Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktin Amy

As most devotees can attest to, not every town receives its local Hare Krishna community with arms wide open. But through Srila Prabhupada’s plan, Gainesville has proven itself to be incredibly favorable. A quiet college town, Gainesville welcomed the University of Florida (and its 102 students) in 1906. Today, UF is known as one of the nation’s top universities, enrolling 50,000 students, many of which have heard the Holy Name, associated with devotees, and taken prasadam on the UF campus since 1971. Krishna Lunch is an integral part of the student experience at UF with students being introduced to Krishna Lunch during official campus tours and alumni reminded of Krishna Lunch in alumni magazine.

Waves of Sankirtana, India Sankirtana Newsletter

Hare KrishnaBy Krsnamitra Nitai das

Highlights: Scores and recent stories of book distribution from around India. Video on “How to distribute a full set of Srila Prabhupada’s Books” Srila Prabhupada on distributing sets of Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamirta FAQ’s on Book Distribution

Reject the high cost of milk in Cow protection

Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

The differences between milk produced in a modern conventional setting and a cow protection project are diametric opposites. They could not be further away from each other even if they tried. And the idea of paying money in a cow protection herd for milk that they produce is one of the reasons that cow protection does not work. If we try to mix up the way modern day dairy herds operate by making money and turning milk production into a type of business then we have misunderstood the holistic principles of cow protection.

Report from the third Annual Educational Conference at the Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh

Hare KrishnaBy Anasuya Dasi

Jewels in our Backyard by Urmila Devi Dasi, How the Jesuits Expanded Their Mission through Education and Higher Values by Yadunandana Swami, Teaching Sastra so as to be Relevant to Individual Students’ Lives by Krishna Kshetra Dasa, Creating New Learning Environments by Using Innovative Methods of Teaching by Raghupati Dasa, Making E-Learning Work: Case Study Based on Bhaktivedanta College by Dinadayal Dasa and more

Zambia’s President HE Dr Kenneth Kaunda gets Srila Prabhupada’s books and Bhagavad Gita

Hare KrishnaBy Jayagovind das

I wish to report our recent efforts in Zambia when we met the first President HE Dr Kenneth Kaunda and presented Srila Prabhupad books and Bhagawad Gita As It Is to him by HH Rama Govind Swami during his preaching visit to Lusaka with the undersigned

WSN June 2014 - World Sankirtan Newsletter

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the results of worldwide book distribution for the month of June 2014

ISKCON GBC Executive Committee’s Letter to Ukrainian Devotee Refugees

Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Executive Committee

On behalf of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, please accept our prayers to Lord Krishna for your protection, as well as our deepest affection and concern for your well being. We are following the events in Ukraine in the media with heavy hearts. We have heard directly from Niranjana Maharaja about some of the great challenges, dangers and threats that you have undergone. By the Lord’s mercy many of you have survived close encounters with bomb blasts, militia attacks, and other terrible effects of living with war at your doorsteps. We know that the leaders of ISKCON in Ukraine are doing all that they can to assist you and to offer you spiritual guidance in this difficult time. Many of you have relocated, and have had to leave behind your homes, jobs and temple communities.

News from the Bhakti Yoga Club at Washington University in St. Louis

Hare KrishnaBy Jaya Subhadra Devi Dasi

For the first few years the average attendance was less than 5 students, generally just 1 or 2 students would participate in the weekly events. In recent years, however, the attendance has grown significantly to where 10 or more students participate on average. Weekly yoga sessions were added that helped to bring in more students to the core program of hearing, chanting and honoring of Krishna Prasadam. The St. Louis temple is soon to close on a purchase of a property a block away from the University to serve as a ‘Krishna House’

Hare Krishna devotee Buddhi Wilcox has been nominated in the Pride of New Zealand Awards

Hare KrishnaBy the Northern Advocate

Hare Krishna devotee Buddhi Wilcox has taken it upon himself to feed as many hungry mouths as possible. Mr Wilcox spends his days in the kitchen - with other volunteers - chopping vegetables and cooking meals before going out to a number of schools to distribute them.

Detroit Ratha Yatra 2014

Hare KrishnaBy Lauren Abdel-Razzaq

On Saturday, the roads near Novi’s civic center and public library became a 2½-mile parade route for the divinities Lord Jagannath (Krishna), his brother Lord Balabhadra and his sister Devi Subhadra. The celebration in Novi is a scaled-down version of what took place in India at the end of June. Three chariots, each four times as high as the one in Novi, are pulled through the streets with close to a million attendees watching. Each deity gets its own chariot.

Free ebooks from bbtmedia.com now closing

Hare KrishnaBy Kaisori Dasi

A whopping 150,000 downloads later, we feel this program was a success! Now that we have Srila Prabhupada’s English language books converted, we’re working diligently on all the languages the North European BBT publishes. And we’re beginning to upload other material to the site - audio books (the first volume of the Brhad-Bhagavatamrta is up, narrated by Kesava Bharati Maharaja along with a number of recordings of Srila Prabhupada’s books), podcasts, and BBT art images.

MayapurTV Update

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur.tv staff

By 2014, along with numerous sannyasis and leading devotees, over 100 ISKCON Institutions broadcast with MayapurTV. Through Mayapur.tv, over 10,000 registered devotees as well as casual viewers have immediate access to live ISKCON activities worldwide. Mayapur.tv regularly facilitates broadcasters who brings the society together for big events – Rathayatras, International Kirtan Melas, the annual Sri Mayapur Festival.

 
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