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.

Recent activities at ISKCON Bangalore - Jagannath Mandir

By ISKCON Sri Jagannath Mandir Webteam

More than 1100 of us arrived here by buses, cars and vans to join Sri Gaura Nitai on an ecstatic picnic. Young and old joined in the Panihatti Festival celebrations. There was a grand abhisekam of the deities and nonstop kirtan.

” Is Self Compassion Bonafide”

By Mahatma das

The Nectar of Devotion asks us to be patient, or dhairyat (verse 3). And Prabhupada talks much about the necessity of patience to be successful. Who must we be patient with? This verse is referring to being patient with ourselves. Why? Because we often fail, and if we give up, we lose. Prabhupada said that if we lose enthusiasm, everything is finished. So self-hate can cause one to lose patience with oneself and thus feel like giving up. We need to patience with ourselves to remain encouraged to go on enthusiastically with our bhakti. Sometimes devotees lack enough self-forgiveness to have the patience needed to progress well in devotional service.

Snana Yatra Festival at Sri Jagannatha Mandir, Kuala Lumpur

By Sri Jagannath Mandir

Snana yatra is a special bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannatha which takes place on the day of the full moon during the Jyestha month, normally coinciding with the month of June. It commemorates the appearance day of Lord Jagannatha. It is recorded in the Skanda Purana that when King Indradyumna installed Lord Jagannatha, he commissioned this bathing ceremony. The Snana Yathra bathing ceremony was celebrated with great enthusiasm at ISKCON Malaysia ‘s headquarters, Sri Jagannatha Mandir, Taman Yarl, Kuala Lumpur on 13 June 2014

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, receives Srila Prabhupada’s deluxe edition of Bhagavad gita As It Is

By Ali Krsna Dasi

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, receives Srila Prabhupada’s deluxe edition of Bhagavad gita produced by the Italian BBT. Surely Srila Prabhupada is pleased!

Six Students Graduate from Sri Mayapur International School (with photos)

By Prabhupada Priya Devi Dasi

The ceremony was enhanced by a few stunning presentations including a slide show of their high school years in pictures; an amazing debut solo performance by Nandarani Dasi on the sitar; and a multi-media presentation consisting of a song composed and sung by Gourangi Gandharvika, Ananga Gopi and Shevaanni, accompanied by Shevaanni on guitar. All this was perfectly synchronised with their own custom-made video which left everyone with tears in their eyes.

Sadhu Sanga Retreat of 2014 - A Report

By Lavanya Sivakumar

During the last Memorial Day Weekend, a spiritual hurricane of international proportions washed Boone, North Carolina with transcendental waves of ecstasy, flooding its rooms and halls with spiritual sound and waterlogging its residents in pools of Vaishnava association. In its wake, this transcendental storm, left thousands of souls stranded in the material world, bereft and yearning for a repeat of those wonderful three days of flash flooding, straight from the spiritual sky.

Husband As Guru – How About Srila Prabhupada As Guru?

By Bhaktivikasa Swami

This is an indication of the relationship between husband and wife. A great personality like Cyavana Muni has the temperament of always wanting to be in a superior position. Such a person cannot submit to anyone. Therefore, Cyavana Muni had an irritable temperament. His wife, Sukanya, could understand his attitude, and under the circumstances she treated him accordingly. If any wife wants to be happy with her husband, she must try to understand her husband’s temperament and please him. This is victory for a woman.

Self Compassion

By Mahatma das

Like ourselves, spiritual practitioners of all traditions have high ideals, and this can cause us to be upset and hard on ourselves when we don’t live up to these standards, particularly when we do something (or have thoughts) that go against devotional principles. When we fail to maintain devotional standards in either thought or action, or even when we desire anything that is not helpful to our bhakti, we are usually trying to satisfy an habitual urge or need. Let’s look at this more deeply by understanding this phenomenon from the psychological perspective.

The first Ratha Yatra in Rome: An incredible success! (video)

By Mrtyuhara das

In Rome the rain started early in the morning, but at 16:50, as soon Lord Jagannatha took His place on the cart the rain stopped and during all the festival, from 17:00 to 20:30 there was no rain, the sky had a beautiful blue color and the sun came out. Thousands of devotees, friends and general people enjoyed the blissful atmosphere that for 3 hours inundated the center of Rome. I have never seen devotees so happy in my life!

HRD Minisiter Smriti Irani wants ancient texts in education

By Nitin Mahajan

The new BJP government has taken initial steps towards introducing the Hindu perspective in the education system. It is learnt that human resources development minister Smriti Irani has asked HRD officials to develop educational material that encapsulates the contribution of ancient Indians in different fields like science, mathematics, social sciences, philosophy, grammar and language.

2014 Clearwater Beach Rathayatra

By Gaura Sakti das Allin

The Fifth Annual Clearwater Beach Rathayatra took place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 and by the mercy of Lord Jagannatha and his faithful devotees, it turned out to be a festival that truly celebrated the Lord’s appearance in Clearwater Beach and the preaching of His glories. The forecast was for cloudy skies and rain until 12 noon, but when the bus full of devotees arrived at that time, the rain continued to drizzle and dishearten the devotees. Would there be Rathayatra? Would Lord Jagannatha make the sun appear right at 1 pm when the procession was to begin?

Helicopter Service soon in Iskcon Mayapur!

By Sadbhuja Das

Exciting news lands in Mayapur. A service whereby helicopters transport pilgrims and devotees from Kolkata to Mayapur is moving forward. Today marked the first time the journey was made and several people greeted the arrival with enthusiasm. The next step is negotiating the fee which will be charged to interested parties using this quick transportation.

Meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel @ Gandhinagar

By Basu Ghosh Das

Yesterday, Jasomatinandan Prabhu, myself, ISKCON Ahmedabad Vice President Vishnunam Prabhu, and ISKCON Baroda Vice President Nityananda Ram Das, paid a congratulatory visit to new Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, to wish her well on assuming the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat. Over the past 13 or so years, Anandiben has visited ISKCON Ahmedabad (she is from North Gujarat, as is India’s new Prime Minister, our former Chief Minister, Narendra Modi) at least 10 times!

Husband as Guru

By Mahatma Das

Recently an unmarried female devotee told me that a man was interested in getting to know her, and in their discussions he mentioned that ‘the husband is the guru.’ She asked me for guidance on the subject. This Illumination is what I wrote to clarify for her (and him) what it means for a husband to be a guru - and what it doesn’t mean; for misunderstanding what this means will be the cause of an unhappy marriage. Even though Prabhupada writes that a failed marriage is usually the woman’s fault, if a woman has a good husband, she will stay loyal. As I often tell men, “Don’t make it difficult for your spouse to be a good wife.”

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

Durban’s Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding featured in CNN International

By Jini Reddy, for CNN

Big draws include surf-friendly golden beaches, many temples and mosques (including the beautiful — and beautifully named — Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding, the uShaka Marine World theme park and the mammoth art deco-style Suncoast Casino, which doubles as a shopping mall and has its own private beach.

When our ‘failure’ is a success

By Vraja Bihari Das

At this point in time, we’ve to turn to Krishna; beg Him to help us chant well. The more we endeavour sincerely, the more we’ll be exposed to our own poor chanting. At this point, we’d be humbled; as Bhurijana Prabhu says in his book ‘Japa’, humiliation would come before humility.

Memorial for HG Advaita Hari Das

By the Chairman for the GBCom

He was a true vaisnava and gentleman who was respected by all and while we will miss him tremendously, we would like to place on record all the wonderful things that he carried out during his brief but very effective tenure as the CFO. He joined the temple at a most crucial juncture when we were concerned about the lack of controls in several management areas and we can say with definite emphasis that he was instrumental in setting up several systems that today have given us a huge amount of confidence in the working of the Finance Department.

The mystery of Radha, the female energy of God

By Radhanath Swami

The mystery of Radha, the female energy of God, had both fascinated and eluded me. After all I had experienced, after all I had read, after all the sadhus I had met, nothing had prepared me for the hidden truth of yoga’s greatest mystery: the mystery of bhakti, or devotion. And now I was learning that the keeper of this mystery was Radha. For the first time it began to dawn on me that these saints of Vrindavan had penetrated into the deepest, most confidential aspect of the spiritual journey.

 
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