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 Ramananda Raya and Rajahmundry Yatra

By Chandan Yatra Das

‘Srila Ramananda Raya was an incarnation of the gopi Visakha. Since Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was Lord Krishna Himself, there was naturally an awakening of love between Visakha and Krishna. Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the combination of Srimati Radharani and Krishna, and the gopi Visakha is a principal gopi assisting Srimati Radharani. Thus the natural love between Ramananda Raya and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu awakened and they embraced.’

Bhaktivinoda Thakura 100 Years! Mass Distribution Of Sets!

By Vaisesika Dasa

His Holiness Romapada Swami recently wrote: “In the course of my travels in North America since our January North American Leadership Sanga meeting, I hear everywhere an excitement to increase book distribution for 2014 above the efforts performed in 2013 in almost one singular voice: ‘Sell sets of Srimad-Bhagavatam and Sri Caitanya-caritamrita!’

Temple of the Vedic Planetarium e-Newsletter #2

By Temple of the Vedic Planetarium staff

Srila Prabhupada was a true visionary. He always had very big ideas for the spreading of Krishna consciousness and the ideal Vedic culture. One of Srila Prabhupada’s many gifts to his followers, and the entire world, was his detailed vision for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium.

Resting The Jiva-Fall / No-Fall Case

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

Is this a daring and overconfident claim? It seems to be an assertion of finality on the fall / no-fall issue. Does this risk jumping over Srila Prabhupada and our previous acaryas? The discussions on this matter continue to produce no outright winners of the debate. Such finality may ‘bore’ the philosopher within us, but we cannot deny its profoundness. Who does not want to know their true origin? Ancestry firms help people trace their family lineage and possible place of origin through birth-given names. By providing one’s DNA sample one might learn of more interesting information involving genetic links to ancestors going back thousands of years. We can be forgiven if this natural curiosity spills over onto the spiritual frontier.

Festival of Kirtana at Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir

By Bhakta Bharath

On April 27, 2014 devotees from all over Bangalore assembled at Sri Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir (ISKCON Bangalore) for the celebration of a massive “Festival of Kirtana”. The Festival was dedicated to Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura and Sri Gadadhara Pandita. Festival of Kirtana features singing, dancing and honouring prasadam. The process of chanting, dancing and feasting on prasadam was introduced by Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu almost 500 ago as the authorized process of God realization for the present fallen age of Kali.

Huge Harinam party for King’s Day in Amsterdam April 26th 2014 (full video)

By Parasuram dasa

We are presently standing in the middle of a massive Harinam party in Amsterdam, for the King’s Day celebrations. About 150 devotees, many are young boys and girls which gives us hope that the movement is moving . Fired up dancing brahmacaris in saffron robes, and the energy is contagious, the general public can’t control themselves, they are caught up in the dancing frenzy.

WSN March 2014 - World Sankirtan Newsletter

By Vijaya dasa

Here’s some big news from the world of book distribution. For the first time Cuba has reported a book distribution score! I have been hearing about devotees from Miami going there to hold programs with favorable people and even going out on book distribution. Now they have reported scores. This is very auspicious. People of Spanish decent are generally quite pious, as Srila Prabhupada noted when he visited Mexico and Venezuela. Cubans are no exception. Some very nice devotees in Miami are Cuban.

The Importance of Vaishnava Seva

By Madhavananda Das

Obtaining the mercy of a pure devotee is an absolute necessity for those who aspire for the service and association of the Supreme Lord in the spiritual world. Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami writes in madhya-līlā 22.51. One may doubt whether the servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead will attain perfection, but there is absolutely no doubt that those who are attached to serving his devotees will attain perfection.

Why I am not vegan

By Priyavrata Das

Consuming dairy from a loved, respected and protected cow is perfectly in line with the essential ideology of veganism — non-violence. But if you’re a fanatical vegan, you won’t bring yourself to accept such a possibility. So it is best to avoid trying to press that ideal into a new form of the ideology, but rather accept the fact that veganism in the strictest sense of the term is flawed.

For him, Back to Godhead was both the means and the end

By Chaitanya Charan das

Lokanath Swami: Baladeva Das was not just a tireless BTG distributor; he was also a prominent supporter and fundraiser for the Prabhupada Ghat project in Pandharpur and an active preacher in the Alandi-Pandharpur Dindi yatra (an annual mass pilgrimage of tens of thousands that lasts for nearly a fortnight). By his exemplary devotion, I am sure that he returned back to godhead.

Krishna Sees the Beauty in Every Living Being

By Radhanath Swami

Srimad Bhagavatam class (10.44.04) at ISKCON Chowpatty, 2014-04-19

Srila Prabhupada’s Audio to Text Fidelity Project

By Visnu Murti dasa

Vanipedia happily announces to everyone that the *Srila Prabhupada’s Audio to Text Fidelity Project *created to proofread all the lectures & conversations of Srila Prabhupada is *now launched.* Already there are three devotees (Rishab, Uma and Surya) involved, and now we are ready to engage more proofreaders.

Finding Brahminical Candidates to Teach Four Legs of Dharma

By Mayesvara Dasa

At the present moment, society is in a chaotic condition, and everyone has given up the cultivation of spiritual life, which is especially meant for the brāhmaṇas. Because spiritual culture has been stopped all over the world, there is now an emergency, and therefore it is now time to train those who are considered lower and condemned, so that they may become brāhmaṇas and take up the work of spiritual progress. The spiritual progress of human society has been stopped, and this should be considered an emergency.

Plans for Increasing Book Distribution

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

While ISKCON, the GBC, and the BBT are independent entities and thus the GBC cannot instruct the BBT trustees, the GBC humbly appeals to the BBT trustees to kindly get involved in pushing this process forward and making sure that the development of these plans actually happens. The Indian BBT and Indian GBCs are exempted from this resolution as they are already doing such powerful book distribution. Of course, they are welcomed and encouraged to present a plan for the coming year if they wish.

The Importance Of Compassion In Leaders

By Mark Ficken

(Sean Su/The Daily Northwestern) Radhanath Swami, a world-renowned speaker and social activist, discusses how his experiences affected his views on the roles of leaders within society Tuesday. The event, called “The Power to Lead,” drew about 150 individuals to Harris Hall.

Srila Prabhupada Slokas - Tracing the Unknown

By Hari Parshad Das

Most of us have seen the book named ‘Śrīla Prabhupāda Ślokas’, compiled by The Bhaktivedanta Archives. Many devotees carry this book as a reference for quoting verses that Srila Prabhupada would often like to cite. The sources for most of the quotes in the book have been specified. At the end of the book, however, is a section named ‘Quotes from Unknown Sources’. Here is a small attempt to trace most of those quotes to their original sources:

The Son of the Sun

By Chaitanya Charan das

The Mahabharata is a fascinating book with many of its characters not clearly black or clearly white, but multiple shades of grey. Karna is an intriguing character – virtuous, yet choosing the side of the vicious Kauravas; born as a warrior, but treated lifelong as charioteer’s son; great archer, but defeated and killed in a fight with another great archer. Let’s see where he falls on the spectrum of black to white through a series of question-answers.

Who is “The mother of all padayatras?

By Lokanatha Swami

Padayatra India is often affectionately referred to as “the mother of all padayatras.”This is because it has provided inspiration for devotees and leaders alike since its inception in 1976, and more especially since the phenomenal 1984 walk from Dwaraka to Mayapur. Padayatra India has nurtured and encouraged many devotees to organize walks in their own countries or to eagerly participate in them, making padayatra a worldwide phenomenon. The use of bullock carts has also served as a motivation, particularly in Western countries, where the idea was initially thought to be impractical and impossible.

The opening of a new ToVP office in Mumbai Juhu

By Braj Vilas Das

The office is located above the life membership office and its Grand Opening was celebrated by their presence with a Guru puja to Srila Prabhupada and enthusiastic kirtan of hundreds of resident devotees. This auspicious celebration commenced on sunday morning 27th of April 2014. We thank the leaders of Mumbai yatra for their devotion to the TOVP project and hope to accomplish many fundraising events in the near future in Mumbai.

First time ever Jagannath Rathayatra at Bhavnagar

By Basu Ghosh Das

Bhavnagar is one of the large cities of Gujarat, located in the Southeastern side of the Saurashtra peninsula. Named after it’s founder, Raja (King) Bhavsinhji Gohil, it was founded in 1724.1. Presently Bhavnagar is the sixth largest city in Gujarat, after Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda (Vadodara), Rajkot and Jamnagar.2 The population of Bhavnagar is six lakhs (6,00,000)3, but unofficially it is probably more.

A Little Background to Guideline 315: Chanting of the Holy Names of Srimati Radharani

By Praghosa dasa

“So our request is. Everyone who is present here. Today is Radhastami. So pray to Radharani. And She is hare, hara. This hare, this word, is Radharani. Hara, Radharani. Radha or hara the same thing. So Hare Krsna. So we are praying to Radharani, “My Mother, Radharani, and Krsna.” Hare Krsna. “O Krsna, O the Lord.” Hare Krsna Hare Krsna, the same thing, repetition. “O Radharani, O Krsna.” “O Radha-Krsna.” “Radhe-Krsna” or “Hare Krsna,” the same thing. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare. Again addressing, “O Krsna, O Krsna, O Radharani.” Hare Rama. The same thing, again. Hare Rama. Rama is also Krsna. Rama is Rama, Rama is Balarama. They are all Krsna. Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. So this repetition of addressing Radha and Krsna or Hare Krsna is to pray, “My dear Lord, the, and the energy, the spiritual energy of the Lord, kindly engage me in Your service.” That’s all. “I am now embarrassed with this material service. Please engage me in Your service.”

Iskcon Devotees Pray For MH370

By ISKCON Kuching

ISKCON has been existing in Malaysia for the past 32 years. The government of Malaysia have been very supportive towards ISKCON in the past years. Despite having a Muslim majority, devotees are allowed to have public Ratha Yatras in this country. Malaysia probably has the most number of Ratha Yatras compared to any other country in the world. More than 30 each year. Devotees from ISKCON Kuching, headed by HG Kripa Sindhu Krishna das joined the bandwagon to pray for MH370 on 18 April 2014. They organised a harinam in Kuching City Center.

Launching the Institute for Spiritual Culture

By Kanupriya Devi Dasi

Devaki Mataji concluded the discussion explaining how materialistic culture promotes envy and competition, whereas spiritual culture promotes care and selfless service to one another. A beautiful plaque for the Institute for Spiritual Culture was unveiled, which was later mounted near the entrance of the Goshala Building, where the Institute is located.

More London Harinam

By Parasuram das

Dhaneswara prabhu (acbsp) author of ‘Spiritual Economics’ joins the Saturday Night Harinam in London. The Harinam started at 1pm and continued till 10pm, with a prasad break at 6pm. Everybody who came on that Harinam felt surcharged, walking on air.

Regulations for Commencing the Service of Diksa-guru in ISKCON

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

“Any person who is seriously desirous of achieving real happiness must seek out a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of a spiritual master is that he must have realized the conclusion of the scriptures by deliberation and arguments and thus be able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities, who have taken complete shelter of the Supreme Godhead, leaving aside all material considerations, are to be understood as bona fide spiritual masters.” (SB 11.3.21 quoted in SB 4.29.55 purport)

Maintaining Steady Devotion during Unsteady Practice

By Dulal Chandra dasa

George Harrison’s lyrics to My Sweet Lord drew many to the path of Krsna Consciousness and also provide insight regarding states of mind conducive to steady advancement - patience and confidence. The advancing bhakta [sadhaka] must remain equipoised when confronted with the realization that meaningful spiritual advancement “takes so long” on the one hand, and fully confident that mercy is forthcoming through Krsna’s pure devotees, “it wont take long” on the other.

Iskcon Alachua’s Festival of Colors 2014 a grand success!

By Mukhya Devi Dasi

The Festival of Colors 2014 was a grand success with more people than last year and many more attendees from outside the devotee community coming over to play Holi. Devotees invited colleagues and friends; we networked extensively on Facebook; advertised on Google, in local print publications, press releases all over Florida and on radio, too. We borrowed friend’s mailing lists, and the word went around. We shared our community, chanting the maha mantra, prasadam, and Krisha consciousness with hundreds of people who had never even known we were tucked away in Alachua.

 
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