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.

Bhaktivedanta Manor president Srutidharma das selected as the Chaplain to the Mayor of Harrow

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.

Bringing Vedic India into schools

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, Yoga & meditation, Vedic Music & Dance, as well as Henna art, traditional Vedic dress, Krishna past times, badge and garland making.

We Are Their Good Fortune!

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 Prabhupada stopped, turned and looked me directly in the face, and stated firmly: “We are their good fortune”

London’s Most Famous Landmarks Awash With Sound an Color for the 46th Ratha Yatra Festival

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 huge gathering of devotees, visitors and tourists in the city’s iconic Trafalgar Square.

Tamala…

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.

Importance of Bhagavad-gita in This Day and Age

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 this life and how to use it accordingly?

My Initial Response to the Concerns of HH Bhakti Vikash Swami

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.

Daytona Ratha-yatra: 2014

By Abhimanyu das

The 6th annual Daytona Beach Ratha-yatra festival on May 24, 2014 began with an opening ceremony at the Holiday Inn. Dedicated devotees led a kirtan for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and Their Lordships Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra Devi. The kirtan was followed by speeches from Tammohara Prabhu, the GBC for Alachua, Florida, as well as the Vice-mayor of Daytona Beach, Patrick Henry, in appreciation of the significance of the Ratha-yatra festival and the devotees who take part in it.

Extension of the Sastric Advisory Council’s Number of Members

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

Whereas both the SAC and some GBC members feel that the SAC service can benefit from adding a few more members; Whereas there should ideally be an odd number of SAC members to avoid split votes; RESOLVED: GBC Resolution 604 of 2002 is hereby amended as follows: Procedure for Selecting and Endorsing SAC Members: a. There will be an odd number of SAC core members between seven and fifteen. b. The SAC core members should be mutually acceptable to both the GBC Body and SAC. [unchanged]

General Membership of Iskcon

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

Whereas there is a need to recognize as general members those who wish to identify with the spiritual family of ISKCON, Whereas such recognition should include some basic parameters, Whereas such recognition should not involve any legal rights for the general members, RESOLVED: Whoever, regardless of gender, race, nationality, religion, etc., subscribes to the following statement, shall be considered a general member of ISKCON: “I wish to be counted as part of the spiritual family of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and I will practically support its mission. I accept the teachings of Lord Krishna as presented by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of ISKCON.

Sridhara Aangan - Sri Kolavecha Sridhara’s place

By Chandan Yatra Das

Kolavecha Sridhara is an eternal playmate and associate of Lord Caitanya and is very dear to Him. He is known as Kolavecha Sridhara because he made his living by selling kola (banana) leaves, plants, stalks and plates. He was so poor that he lived in a broken down hut and did not even had proper utensils for cooking. Despite his impoverished condition, Sridhara faithfully spent fifty percent of his earnings to worship Mother Ganga. He was constantly engrossed in chanting Lord’s Holy Names

A physician from the UK produces a film documentary of evidence for the historical existence of Krishna

By Raj Nambisan

“I used to think of Krishna is a part of Hindu myth and mythology. Imagine my surprise when I came across Dr Narhari Achar (a professor of physics at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, in the US) and his research in 2004 and 2005. He had done the dating of the Mahabharata war using astronomy. I immediately tried to corroborate all his research using the regular Planetarium software and I came to the same conclusions [as him],” Pandit says.

The last will for ISKCON gurus

By Euro RGB

Whereas ISKCON Gurus and other leaders may control assets of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Whereas followers of ISKCON Gurus and leaders will naturally want to glorify those who inspire and/or initiate them in Krishna consciousness. Whereas it is important that upon the departure of the aforementioned personalities ISKCON assets remain under the control of the appropriate ISKCON organization. Whereas it is important that Srila Prabhupada’s pre-eminent position not be overshadowed by samadhis or other memorials for other personalities.

ISKCON Disciple Course Mandate

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

RESOLVED: That the ISKCON Disciple Course, as developed by the GBC Guru Services Committee, shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first or second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami, 2015. After that date, no guru may initiate a disciple who has not first completed the Disciple Course. This is in addition to current requirements of new initiates. 1. Devotees shall be advised and encouraged to complete the Disciple Course before selecting a diksa-guru. 2. Devotees shall have reasonable access to enroll in the Disciple Course. 3. A sufficient number of teachers shall be identified and facilitated to teach the Course. 4. No devotee shall be allowed to accept initiation before completing the Course

Temple of the Vedic Planetarium: Rising Moon

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. Congratulations to all the devotees who have dedicated themselves to this glorious project, that will for sure establish Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as the Yuga Avatar for delivering people in Kali Yuga.

Japa Affirmations

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.

First ever Jagannath Rathayatra at Navsari, South Gujarat

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.

Zonal Assignments 2014

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

Zonal Assignments for GBC Members. Zonal Assignments for Special Committees. Zonal Assignments for Non-GBC Members, Zonal Secretaries, Co-Zonal Secretaries, North American Executive Committee, Puri Development Committee, Vrindavan Executive Board Members and more.

TOVP Canada Team To Promote TOVP In Canada

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.

‘Whose Fault is Divorce?’: Mahatma Prabhu’s Response to Bhakti Vikasa Swami, Part 2

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.

I am going to get run over by Lord Jagannath!

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.

Thousands turn out to see Festival of Chariots procession in west London

By Nina Massey

Thousands of people lined the streets of the West End to attend London’s “Festival of Chariots”. The vibrant procession featured three huge, brightly coloured wooden carts being pulled by hand along the route from Hyde Park Corner to Trafalgar Square.

Two Iskcon devotees leave their bodies, one is missing and five others in heavy condition after bus crash in India

By itar-tass.com

According to the preliminary information we have received from our embassy in India, two Russians died and one is missing, supposedly also a citizen of Russia. Other 12 people were injured. They were taken to a hospital. They are being identified,” In the evening of Wednesday, June 11th it got confirmed that it was indeed a group of Russian ISKCON devotees whose bus crushed into the river Ganges in the Himalayas on Tuesday..

To All First Generation Disciples of Srila Prabhupada: Auspicious Vaishnava gathering in UK

By Bhajahari das

We really hope that you will be able to come along. Below are most of the important details for your information. Would you kindly let us know if you will be attending by emailing us at address given at the end. We decided to move the annual gathering this year to Rathayatra time. If it works as well as we are expecting, then our plan is to make it a permanent fixture on the calendar for this time of the year. Already 50 direct disciples of His Divine Grace have confirmed that they will be attending this first re-scheduled annual reunion.

Limbo

By Visakha Priya dasi

They go into LIMBO. The Latin word “limbus”, interestingly enough, means “border,” “boundary,” “edge.” It sounds a lot like the marginal position, does it not?
So the souls in Limbo have no chance of ever attaining Heaven, although according to some theologians, they can because Jesus goes there too. It is not my intention to dwell too much on the matter. But what strikes me is that the Christian theology stresses our potential relationship with God in the future. It does not teach that we have forgotten God because wee have never been with Him.

Celebrating Diversity With An Enchanting Evening Of Music

By Bhaktivedanta Manor staff

Srutidharma Das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple said: The Com.unity choir are a fantastic example of diversity in practice and a true testament of the power of music to unite people - it is very fitting that they have chosen to perform the music of George Harrison, which united the world through his messages of love and faith.

Srila Prabhupada Lila Reading Guide

By Shrutadev Das

After I had read many of the books about Srila Prabhupada for a second or third time I found myself thinking, “Didn’t it say something about that pastime in another book?” And I would pull out a different book and read about the same event or time period from a different perspective. Or whereas in the Lilamrta it might say that Srila Prabhupada traveled to Australia and then back to Bombay but not give any details, in another book it would give the details of his trip. It was very enlivening, so I started to compile an outline of my readings. Gradually it developed into the Srila Prabhupada Lila Reading Guide.

 
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