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Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

Srila Prabhupada wanted the GBC to lead ISKCON through good governance and to establish global policies, and he wanted an expansive, thriving movement that served both the public and those who accepted its shelter. For the past eight years, the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) has been helping the GBC explore the ways in which ISKCON needs to grow into the vibrant movement Srila Prabhupada wanted it to be. From these deliberations came The Strategic Planning Network, a group of devotees including all GBC members, who are dedicated to creating positive and progressiv...

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On the 8th of October, Radhanath Swami attended the annual Sharad Purnima festival at the Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple, Mumbai. Sharad Purnima is the first day of the holy month of Kartik, the full moon night when Krishna danced with His beloved devotees the gopis in the forest of Vrindavan. Every year on the night of Sharad Purnima, the devotees at the Mumbai temple come together to decorate the altar, giving it a look of the lush forest of Vrindavan. Amidst melodious chanting of kirtans, more than 2,500 devotees were treated with a visual and spiritual treat. Radhanath Swami spoke on the occasion and below are some excerpts of what he shared.

Hare KrishnaBy Mayesvara Dasa

Many people who seek pleasure predominantly from mundane sense gratification eventually discover towards the end of their life that it just doesn’t satisfy the soul. We see the results of this when we observe the elderly. Many have lost their zest for life. They have been to see Santa Clause, the beach, amusement parks, ballgames, fairgrounds, political conventions, group protests, pumpkin hay rides, prominent site seeing and all the other pleasures of life enough already. Their interest in all the phantasmagoria of this world has dwindled to null and they have finally come to implicitly understand the process of chewing the chewed (punah punas carvita-carvananam [SB 7.5.30])

Hare KrishnaBy Madhava Smullen

A brand new Devotee Relations Department was officially established in March 2014 at the ISKCON New Vrindaban community. The new department is headed up by Sukhavaha Dasi, who joined ISKCON in New Vrindaban back in 1974 and has lived and served there for many years. Sukhavaha holds a degree in social welfare from Penn State University, and has taken courses on leadership, leadership training, and compassionate communication. She’s also the author of the book, Revealing the Heart: The Practice of Compassion.

The Lower Birth of Women

Saturday, 18 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Devaki Devi Dasi

As we all know, in these modern days there has been an increase of violence and aggression towards women. We can understand this to be the direct result of the fact that women don’t receive protection any longer. And of course, ladies can only be protected if they desire to receive protection. It also includes that we have to give up our independance – the price to be payed in order to receive protection. The whole idea of equality of men and women makes this difficult, if not to say impossible….

Two Of Us

Saturday, 18 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Stephen Lacey

Tony Kaye (Pratapana Das), 67, and his wife Janet (Jayasri Dasi), 55, joined the Hare Krishna movement in the 1970s. They run a restaurant and art house-cinema in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. The couple have two adult children, Srirama and Vraja. Tony was asked to run the temple in Sydney, and to marry me. The leaders asked if I would be interested, especially considering there’s an 11-year age difference between us. I said I would, because I knew who they were talking about and I felt under Krishna’s protection. And so we got married along with three other couples. When it comes to sex, it’s recommended that we meditate for many hours beforehand to purify the consciousness. The first time we did that, it took so long that we lost interest. We see sex as a service to Krishna to raise a pure soul. It must have worked, because our two children are both devotees.

Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktisiddhanta Swami

After bathing in Radha Kund, Krishna declared that henceforth, anyone who with firm faith took their bath on this day would achieve the same ecstatic love that Radharani had for Him. Radharani and Her girlfriends then took bath in Shyama Kund and Radhika declared that anyone who takes bath in Shyama Kund, will achieve the same ecstatic love that Krishna has for her. This pastime occurred at 11:45 p.m. on the eighth day of the waning moon in the auspicious month of kartika. Last night thousands delighted in the dīpa-dāna and midnight bathing. A beautiful floating deity of Radharani presided, decorated in changing colored lights. A full arati with triple level dīpa lamps was performed from the steps by five pujaris amidst the resounding chanting of Radha’s name.

My day with Cyclone Hudhud

Friday, 17 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Shyam Sunder Priya Das

It was like any other day, I was on my way for Life Membership preaching. Nothing was different except for little gossips here and there, people making fun of those tv commentators talking blah blah about the so called cyclone, same thing had happened a couple of months back, people went gungho about the cyclone and at the last moment it changed its direction and nothing happened. The boy at the petrol pump interrupted my thoughts, he asked me teasingly shall I make it full tank swamiji, You know the cyclone is coming. I laughed back at his joke. At around 7 pm, I was back in the temple, I took bath and went for arati, after the damodarshtakam, I gave my days report to Temple president and went to take rest….

Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Vizag

Due to hud hud cyclone our temple hall, Mechanised Kitchen, book godown, Rice godown, homeo Clinic, whole big shed with doors windows, goshalla, North side boundary wall, Guest house reception, guest house glass windows, water tanks, Main gate, few vehicles, airconditions, all elctrical system have been extensively damaged.No devotee was injured by the mercy of the Lord. We request you to pass on this message to your relatives, friends and colleagues and support us to renovate the damaged structures.

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“When we do things on a superficial level, disturbances will always affect us. But if we find deep, inner fulfilment, external troubles can’t change us. Only a house built on shifting sand would be affected by storms.” This was the message Radhanath Swami shared with over hundred CEO’s and HR heads of various companies at the Chief Learning Officer’s (CLO) summit at the Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai, on 10th October’ 2014.

Hare KrishnaBy Zachary Feder and Khatera Sahibzada

In an age where authoritarian power is being questioned from the classroom to the boardroom, the emerging research is conclusive — Humility is a dramatically more powerful and effective way of leading. Scientific inquiry into the power and effectiveness of humility in the workplace has shown that it offers a significant “competitive advantage” to leaders.

Hare KrishnaBy Krsnabaladev Das

Urgent action is needed to improve access to hospice and palliative care: It is time to start dispelling the myths. World hospice and palliative care day is a day of celebration for the progress that has been made in reducing pain and suffering.. Bhaktivedanta Hospice celebrated Hospice & Palliative Care Day yesterday, October 14, 2014, in the town of Vrindavan, India and used the opportunity to dispel unhelpful myths and promote hospice and palliative care facts in the common man.


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Hare KrishnaBy Muralidhara-priya Das

Devotees explain that by offering lamps to the Lord, this means that we offer our eager desire for devotional service, which is the only thing that can conquer Krishna. So we offered lamps on behalf of our Golden donors first to Sri Sri Radha-Damodar, then to Sri Sri Radha-Mahhava and Ashta-sakhis, Lord Nrisimhadev, Sri Pancha-tattva, Tulasi Devi and finally to Srila Prabhupada. We have a sincere hope that all of Them will give us a rope of love, by which we tie Krishna in our hearts.

Hare KrishnaBy Bhajahari das

SATURDAY NIGHT HARINAM London: This week the Harinam was literally ‘Out of this World’. The Party was joined by Jaya Krsna prabhu and his nice son Eka Chakra Patel. They brought with them the same dynamic energy that they put into their Krsna Conscious theatre performances. Many other younger devotees were also present and the mood was so lifted due to their inspired enthusiasm that many scores of on lookers were pulled into the purifying fire of Lord Chaitanya’s Samkirtan.

Hare KrishnaBy the GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

In honoring ISKCONs diversity, the SGGS will help us to also awaken to what unifies us – to value those things and protect them through open, clear communications. The SGGS offers a forum for all participants to hear and be heard, resolve differences, and discuss the important issues that affect the movement. Ultimately, the Sanga also facilitates moving things from dialogue to an action plan. Devotional service is infinitely more effective, joyful and attractive when performed in the association of devotees where loving, trusting relationships are valued. The upcoming SGGS will hopefully prove to be a time of sweet, intimate association where the delicate seedling of unity in diversity will be watered and the resulting creepers will traverse the globe as far and wide as the Gurus, GBCs and Sannyasis who carry its message by their preaching and example.

The appearance of Radha-kund

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Kadamba Kanana Swami

Wherever in this world there were great manifestations of love between Radha and Krsna, not only was it an extraordinary experience for those who were present there, but actually that entire place also became transformed. Various places in Vrindavan, where Radha and Krsna had great exchanges of love, are very potent with powerful mercy that becomes available to us as well. The appearance of Radha-kund, the lake of Srimati Radharani, is a most special occasion, as it is said that Radha kund is the most sacred space in the entire universe – because it is made of liquid prema, pure love of Radha and Krsna who perform many pastimes on the banks of those sacred waters.

Hare KrishnaBy Govinda-kanta Devi Dasi

H.H. Bhakti Ananta Krishna Maharaj announced that he was going to buy a Golden Brick in his name as the ticket which we can give to the Vishnudutas for carrying us to the spiritual world. After this, 12 more Golden Bricks were pledged. The next day there was a program at another Moscow temple where 10 more Golden Bricks were pledged.

Inspiring the Inspired

Sunday, 12 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Our team of 300 devotees was exhausted. We had already done 24 festivals along the Baltic Sea coast plus a “Krsna’s Village of Peace” festival at Woodstock, and now we were faced with the blissful but daunting prospect of doing 24 more over the second half of the summer. But everyone took courage, knowing that the results of our efforts would far outweigh any austerities we encountered. The devotees needed some pepping up, I thought, so I shared with them something that has been one of my favorite sources of inspiration over the years.

Hare KrishnaBy GBC Community Relations Office of the Strategic Planning Network

To ensure that as ISKCON grows, its organizational systems and process remain relevant to a growing ISKCON, the Organizational Development Committee (or Org Dev, as we call it) was established and mandated to thoroughly review ISKCON’s current leadership model. While remaining loyal to Srila Prabhupada’s directions, Org Dev was tasked to study any necessary structural developments and enhancements in order to meet the needs of our expanding movement. The goal of these systems and processes is to address ISKCON’s current and future needs, providing support and the creation of an organization that encourages growth (outreach) and facilitates better care of the devotees. Org Dev is a committee that works both in ISKCON and on ISKCON, to ensure what needs to remain aligned to the original spirit and culture remain so and to establish the necessary adjustments to take ISKCON into the future.

Hare KrishnaBy Mayapur Sasi dasa

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this file contains the following North American results for the month of September: North American Totals, Monthly Temples, Monthly Weekend Warriors etc., Monthly Top 100 Individuals, Monthly Top 5, Cumulative Countries, Cumulative Temples, Cumulative Top 100 Individuals, Cumulative Top 5

Hare KrishnaBy Kripamoya Das

For the last decade in Britain there has been intense discussion about our membership of something called the European Union or ‘EU.’ Are we part of something much bigger than our borders, and if so, what are the terms of our membership? While the political wrangling continues, for the past 13 years we in the Hare Krishna movement have been creating a web of connections between all our temples in the EU and sharing resources and expertise. The annual meetings of European devotees of Krishna have taken place in Spain, Italy, Belgium and Germany and come in two forms: the European Leaders Meeting and the Regional Governing Body Meeting.

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In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent announcement, the Home Ministry has issued a notification that a “Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card” shall be valid for a lifetime. On Sunday, PM Modi, while addressing 18,000 Indian Americans and NRIs at New York’s Madison Square Garden venue, declared that those with PIO cards would have lifetime visas and would no longer need to report periodically to a police station while in India. The announcement was met with cheers and applause.

Hare KrishnaBy Anne P. Mitchell

Gita Nigari Farm, also known as “the yoga farm”, is a farm based on the tenets of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. As such, they are imbued with the philosophy of Ahimsa, as well as the Hindu reverence for cows. As they say, front and center on their sites, they are the first slaughter free dairy in the USA – no cows or bulls are either killed or exploited to produce their dairy products, and “our cows and bulls are protected for their entire lives!”

Hare KrishnaBy Sri Ramadasa

“Maya is runninga year-long marathon! Why should we have our marathon for one month every year?” said HH Gopala Krishna Goswami during the recent two-day conference of book distributors at ISKCON New Delhi (Radha Parthasarathy temple) on 6 and 7 October 2014. The conference was attended by more than 60 devotees of the New Delhi and NCR regions, and was hosted by the India Sankirtana Leaders Team (ISLT), a collaboration of volunteer devotees working under the aegis of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT), India.

Hare KrishnaBy Hari Narayana das

Malioboro is the most famous street in Yogyakarta. Located in the heart of Yogyakarta, this is the city’s main street, and was once the ceremonial avenue for the Sultan to pass through on his way to and from the Keraton, the royal palace. On commemorating International Tourism Day on September 28, 2014, the government of Yogyakarta did “Becak and Andong” parade. “Becak” is a local tricycle public carrier and “Andong” refers to the horse drawn cart.

Hare KrishnaBy Praghosa Das

Mapping of the events and creation of the plan of action (by the end of 2014) Save Yamuna Campaign: “Yamuna River is DEAD” – Govt Of India! What flows in Yamuna is nothing but dirty untreated sewage water of Delhi. Maan Mandir has actually picked up speed and volume since it has parted ways with Yamuna Rakshak Dal. True brajwasis have expressed relief and strengthen the campaign. Many more brajwasi leaders have now joined in.

Hare KrishnaBy Basu Ghosh Das

On the auspicious day of Sri Rama Vijaya Dashami, aka “Dassera”, October 3, 2104, ISKCON inaugurated a grand new temple for Sri Sri Radha Madhava, on the outskirts of Kanpur city, the largest city in India’s largest and most populous state, Uttar Pradesh.

Hare KrishnaBy Dusyanta dasa

Our farm projects are an extremely important part of our movement. We must become self-sufficient by growing our own grains and producing our own milk, and then there will be no question of poverty. So develop these farm communities as far as possible. They should be developed as an ideal society depending on natural products not industry. Industry has simply created godlessness, because they think they can manufacture everything that they need.

Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

The temperature is now peaking around 57° F (14° Celsius) with lows around freezing at nights. We are working as quickly as possible to get the new building made to provide us much needed shelter. The pictures show how much we have done so far. One of our devotees wanted to share a letter of gratitude to all of you for the support and love that has been extended through the relief fund. It has been translated to English from Ukrainian.

Gearing up for Marathon Dec-2014

Thursday, 02 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy SriRamaDasa

“The results show that there is no limit to our book distribution. Our books are qualified to be distributed unlimitedly. We are not fiction writers. It is a fact that no expert book salesmen can compete with our men. The librarian has noted the difference between our men and other publisher’s men. We are working for heart and soul, not for money.”

Hare KrishnaBy Suja Nambiar

Going the conventional way, Stainless Steel with a gold finish, was the material of choice for the Kalash, Chakra and a few other elements on the temple exterior. The key requirements for the coating included a longevity of at least 500 years and low maintenance. After intensive research by Bhaskara Das and Parvata Muni Das, Titanium Nitride was picked as the material for coating the stainless steel

Hare KrishnaBy Syamasundara Dasa

The mayor adorned with a garland from Lord Narasimhadeva greeted the conference with Hare Krishna and said that he feels part of the community and is friends with them because they are in the same area. He is happy to participate in the conference. His father is an agriculturalist and this type of activity is close to his heart. He appreciated the wide European participation. If there was any way he can be of assistance he offered his help. The mayor also remembered that when he was ten years old that the farm used a bullock cart to transport some invited guests to a venue. The Mayor stayed for an hour sitting through one of the presentation sessions and then departed.

From Zonal-Acarya To Buffer-Zone

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Kesava Krsna Dasa

Many devotees have extolled the formalisation of our Founder-acarya being given his rightful place within ISKCON. Others say there is still more to come to this effect. This is a recent development. What if this solemnisation had been in place after the physical departure of Srila Prabhupada and during the numerous times of ISKCON difficulty, when this could have prevented hundreds, thousands or perhaps even tens of thousands of devotees from leaving ISKCON? Is this wishful thinking?

Hare KrishnaBy Nitya Krishna Das

On September 21st, Detroit ISKCON celebrated its 2nd Annual Pushpa Abhishek Flower Festival. The ecstatic bliss devotees and new guests enjoyed in the shower of seemingly unlimited flower petals was truly a unique experience. One first time visitor to the Temple who was a lifelong Jehovah’s Witness said it was the most amazing experience of his life. Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari were showered with 25 large baskets of flower petals for over one hour continuously, creating a cascading avalanche of flowers from Their Lotus Feet’s onto the alter and spilling over into the Temple room. And what happened next?

Preaching in South Korea

Monday, 29 September 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktivedana Manor staff

Patanjali Muni das and Prayojana das have recently been on a preaching tour of South Korea, which included classes held in Kyounghee and Gacheon University’s, in the Shanti Yoga Center, at temples in Pocheon and Itawon, plus house programs with Indian families. Afterwards, Professor Jung was so moved that she expressed her gratitude by inviting the devotees back, not only to her University but also to her own home.

Hare KrishnaBy Brendan O’Connor

Gradually they are coming out the woodwork. And suddenly it seems that half the people I know are secretly meditating. They range from casual transcendental meditators to practically full-blown Buddhists or Hare Krishnas. And the strange thing is that these are not hippies or crusties or drop-outs or people living alternative lifestyles on an ashram-inspired commune near Sligo. Just regular blokes, a few of them quite senior in what they do. There are thrusting business types and entrepreneurs and generally pretty serious people. These are not people who go for reiki or acupuncture or any of the other usual trappings of the “I’m not religious but I am a very spiritual person” lifestyle. They are fairly practical people. And meditation is just one of their tools, a technology for modern living.

Hare KrishnaBy Vijaya Dasa

Kiev, Ukraine, where even during a war the devotees are determined to distribute books. Figuratively speaking, they’re the real soldiers, fighting maya, as Srila Prabhupada said, “by dropping hundreds and thousands of books into the laps of the conditioned souls, just as during war time the bombs are dropping from the sky.” This is a special war though. Generally a war causes the deaths and suffering of soldiers, but in this war against maya, Lord Caitanya’s soldiers experience the highest bliss. So it’s called “the nectar of book distribution.” Kiev did 1940.50 book points, a 97% increase. All glories to their determination!