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.

Patron Thanksgiving and Pre Janmastami Love Feast organised by SJMKL

By Sri Jagannatha Mandir Kuala Lumpur

Sri Jagannatha Mandir organized its monthly patron feast and pre Janmastami love feast on 6 April 2014. The programme was blessed by the presence of His Holiness Swami Bhakti Vghna Vinasa Narsimha Maharaja. There was also initiation ceremony. His Grace Siddhi Prabhu who is the chairman for Sri Krishna Janmastami showed a presentation on our grand Janmastami celebrations last year and appealed to everyone to make it grander this year.

Holi Happiness in DC

By Patrick Costello

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful event. The food was inexpensive and fabulous. The music was good. Best of all, as I have already said, people were kind.

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)

God Is Not Dead — The Testimony of a Fortunate Seeker

By Pusta Krishna Das

In 1971 I related to Srila Prabhupada my personal experience of revelation from Krishna. With eyebrows raised he immediately said: “So now you must tell them that God is not dead.” It has been a long time coming and finally by his grace I have published this book. In the history of western literature there has never been a factual description of God. We often hear that “no one has seen God and lived to tell about it.” However, if the Supreme Truth wishes to reveal Himself to whomever and whenever He so chooses, then the Infinite can be known to the infinitesimal.

Is the Ramayana relevant today?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Perhaps the most relevant example for us as spiritual seekers is that of Sita when separated from Lord Rama and held in captivity in Ravana’s Lanka. All of us are also separated from the Lord of our hearts and are held in captivity in material existence which is the arena of Ravana-reminiscent materialism.

Ocean of Mercy: Bhakti Benefits for Doomed Cows?

By Devamrita Swami

Myths and fantasies are an essential part of ordinary human culture. Through science fiction, legends, and fairy tales, the mundane imagination soars, unfettered by reality. But here’s one daydream Krishna’s devotees, in the real world of bhakti, can do without: we spiritually benefit the condemned cow by offering its milk to Krishna.

From Traffic Lights to Temple Bells

By Sri Krishna Purusottama das

Lord Chaitanya took great pleasure in hearing the activities of preaching by His devotees while He was in Nadia. At dusk, every team reported to Lord Chaitanya on what happened during the day. Devotees at ISV still follow the tradition reporting the Weekend book distribution activities for the pleasure of Lord Chaitanya and His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.

Members of religious body offer prayer for MH370

By thestar.com

Some 80 members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Malaysia (Iskcon) Kuching Branch held a special prayer for the passengers and family members of MH370. The prayer session was led by its chairman Prabu Kripa Sindhu Krishna Das where they performed a kirtan prayer, chanting the maha mantra “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama,Rama Rama Hare Hare”.

The Psychological Stages Of Spiritual Advancement

By Dulal Chandra Dasa

This seventh verse from the 2nd cloudbank of Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti’s Madhurya Kadambini delineates two kinds of devotional service, the unsteady practice [anistha] of one just beginning and the steady practice [nistha] of one who has attained eligibility to easily tread the path of sadhana bhakti by prolonged and steadfast practice.

Conversion to What: Intolerance or Transcendence?

By Chaitanya Charan das

This article is a compilation of several conversations between Hindu intellectuals (HI) and ISKCON scholars (IS) on various occasions. To cover the various issues in a systematic way, all these conversations are presented here as one, continuous conversation between two individuals.

House of Commons celebrates anniversary of Bhaktivedanta Manor planning victory

By Frazer Ansell

(watfordobserver.co.uk) The 20 year anniversary of the campaign to save Bhaktivedanta Manor in Aldenham has been celebrated in Parliament.

WSN February 2014 - World Sankirtan Newsletter

By Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this page contains the following results for the month of February 2014

Zee TV shows about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Shri Mayapur Dham on 18th March for 26 minutes! (Video)

By Vrajendra Nanadan Das

India’s famous Zee News tv channel (with a reach of more than 169 countries and access to more than 670 million viewers globally) telecasted about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Shri Mayapur Dham on 18th March for 26 minutes

NASN February 2014 - North American Sankirtan Newsletter

By Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results of book distribution for the month of February

A day of music with the Krishnas

By alligator.org

A few seconds into the event and I already feel right at home. The Krishna family have done it again; made a journey of self-discovery the most entertaining highlight of your week. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) are colloquially known as the Krishnas. The presence of the Krishnas on campus is more than welcome; the Krishnas are pleasant and friendly, the constant chanting’s lyrics are calming, and their vegetarian dishes are renowned for being especially delicious, even to regular meat-loving omnivores. However, the 12-Hour Kirtan Music Festival lunch and dinner feast was truly a sight to behold, a wonder to taste, and, as for the music, phenomenal to hear.

Mormons Celebrate Holi Festival In Utah, Hindu Tradition Offers Perfect Drug-Free Holiday

By huffingtonpost.com

“In Utah, if you go anywhere and mention the Festival of Colors to anybody, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about and their face will light up,” said Caru Das, priest at Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, and the main organizer of the town’s Holi celebration, known as the Festival of Colors, which will be celebrated this year on March 29 and 30.

 
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