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Hare KrishnaBy the ISKCON Communications Ministry

Tirupati, India—The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recently completed a special three-day session during which the GBC Body considered whether or not this worldwide Vaishnava community should endorse and implement the policy of having women serve as diksa-gurus, or initiating spiritual masters, within the ISKCON society. The special session was held from October 16-18 and was part of the GBC’s Annual Midterm Meeting. During this first of its kind conference, almost three-dozen GBC Members and Ministers spent three full days exclus...

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Hare KrishnaBy Nitya-priya Devi Dasi

Srila Prabhupada envisioned a grand display of devotional service and Vedic science to attract the whole world to the Krsna Consciousness movement. While in Mayapur for the annual Gaura Purnima festival in 1976, he stated, “We shall show the Vedic conception of planetary system within this material world and above the material world. We are going to exhibit the Vedic culture throughout the whole world, and they’ll come here.” In accordance with these stated desires, the planetary display for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium has been designed. The devotees involved with this project have maintained strict faithfulness to Srila Prabhupada’s instructions

Who are you, Human? (video)

Friday, 31 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy E. Bondar

The way we answer this question will determine the purpose and meaning of our lives. Although it seems the answer is simple, the problem of modern humans is that they do not fully realize what humans constitute. We’ll try to answer this fundamental question of existence, based on the ancient wisdom of the Vedas. The ancient scriptures on earth – the Vedas say, that the human is composed of three main structures: the physical body, subtle body, or the mind, and the soul, which is the source of consciousness….

Hare KrishnaBy Vrajendra Kumar Das

This one hour long extraordinary video introduces the Krishna conscious view about the world we live in. No scientific methods can directly prove or disprove the divine or accidental origin of the laws of nature. One can only result in logical arguments in favour of one or the other approach. However, it is better to analyse these concepts one by one and look at the prospects for human evolution to which these two different models of origin of the world and laws lead…..

Hare KrishnaBy thehindu.com

Sinya Ejima, chief representative of JICA informed that current commitment of JICA’s assistance in urban sector including water and transport is of the order of Rs.2, 40, 000 crore. With focus on cleaning of the Yamuna and its bed, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is associated with 16 sewerage and water supply projects in India, on Wednesday expressed hope that the Yamuna would be clean by year 2017 and its water fit for consumption and swimming too.

Inside the world of a Hare Krishna

Thursday, 30 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Bernard Wilchusky

“Chanting clears the mind; it’s a way of attracting God to us,” said Trivikrama Swami, the temple’s elder acolyte. “People falsely believe they are at the center of the universe, so Krishna created the physical world to fulfill that belief. Chanting reminds us that we are not the center of the world, that there are things greater than us in the cosmos.” Trivikrama Swami has been an initiated member of ISKCON since 1966. Since his initiation, when he swore to remain celibate and devote his life in service to God, he has traveled the world — Japan, Korea, Poland, England and more — before placing his roots at the ISKCON Temple here in Orlando.

Hare KrishnaBy Sukhada dasi

On August 23rd, 2014, when the time arrived for the 10th Annual Rath Yatra Festival of Chariots at Jacksonville Beach, Florida, weather predictions were ominous. But Lord Jagannatha had everything under control. Although hot and humid, the Lord’s servants assembled in full force, and Jacksonville Beach will never be the same as a result. The Dalchand family decorated the cart with colorful festoons, flowers, and lots of love, City Council member Ms. Christine Hoffman and former mayor, Fland Sharp, were in attendance, glorifying the devotees for bringing the “Festival of the Chariots” to their town.

Hare KrishnaBy Dandadhrk Das

We were twenty participants assembling at Goloka Dham in Germany on the first weekend of October, embarking on a three-day spiritual adventure. Some of us had been practicing Krsna consciousness for many years, and some of us were young bhaktas. Nevertheless, for all of us it was a highly transformational experience, if not to say a true paradigm shift. The schedule was tight – no time to space out. After the standard morning program in the presence of Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohan we met in our bhajan kutir for three hours during the morning, and two and half hours in the afternoon.

Hare KrishnaBy Madhava Das

Shri Manoj Tiwari famous singer, Actor and Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha New Delhi, Mohamd Iqbal Mulla secretary Jamaate-Ishlami-Hind and Shri Manoj Sinha Railway Minister of State, Government of India received Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavada-gita As It Is.

Hare KrishnaBy Radhanatha Swami

Love is not to want peace but service. To want service is a selfless motivation. Our nature is to love and serve eternally. The need of the soul is love not peace. Peace is a neutral state where there are no problems. It is not positive. Just like when two countries are fighting and they want peace. Peace means they are just not fighting anymore. But the soul is dynamic and part of Krishna. The soul’s nature is to love. Nitya siddha krishna prema…So when they say om shanti shanti shanti they want peace but a devotee understands the real peace is love. That is dynamic.

Hare KrishnaBy Niranjana Swami

My name is Omvati Devi Dasi, I am from Donetsk. During all the time of the military operations I have been staying in Donetsk and making endeavors to render my modest service by helping devotees, who remained in the temple. From the bottom of my heart I thank you and devotees for the material support. At present all salaries and pensions are no more paid in the city. And therefore your financial support turned to become very much helpful. In this difficult time of trials it is especially pleasant to experience your mercy, care and support of devotees. Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Hare KrishnaBy Harideva Dasa

“So at the time of death… Of course, those who are devotees, their position is different. People may say, “The devotee is also dying, and the nondevotee, sinful man, is also dying. What is the difference?” So there is much difference. The example is given: just like a cat catching a rat in his mouth and at the same time carrying his cubs in the mouth. Superficially, we can see that the same mouth is being used, but one is feeling comfortable being carried by the mother, and another is feeling the death knell. Similarly, at the time of death, the devotee’s feeling that they are being transferred to Vaikuntha, whereas the ordinary sinful man is feeling that the Yamaraja, the dutas, the constables of Yamaraja are dragging him to the hellish condition of life.

Hare KrishnaBy Iskcon Nairobi

The University Program in Nairobi, Kenya, is running for the last 4 years and has shown good results. This year we had over 60 students who have been attending the program and studing Srila Prabhupada’s books for over 8 months. As an offering to Srila Prabhupada for his tirobhava festival we held a graduation. May the vaishnavas shower their mercy upon us so that we can remain sincere in our service to Srila Prabhupada.

Hare KrishnaBy Vaishnavangri Sevaka Das

“Oh! Fiftieth ISKCON incorporation day is fast approaching. I should do something special that can be long lasting” said my intelligence enthusiastically. “Come on. Don’t be crazy. Still there is more than one and half year to go for that golden jubilee celebration of ISKCON incorporation day. There is no need to waste time now” said loudly my mind. “Stop your useless talk. Do you think it is an ordinary occasion? It is a great occasion for ISKCON, which was started by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada for protecting the entire mankind from the miseries and sending them to Goloka Brindavan. We should conduct this important festival with full of meaning and for that purpose we have to make many plans.

Hare KrishnaBy Sukhi Bhakta Dasa

A devotee in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, especially one who takes up the brahmacari asrama, is almost certain to hear an oft stated, yet philosophically unsound, assumption about the will of Krishna and the guidance He gives the living entity from within the heart. The concept is this: that the first place one begins one’s devotional service at, generally the first temple or preaching center one steps foot in, is automatically one’s “prabhu-datta desa”. In other words, the place in which one first begins to practice devotional service has been inspired by Krishna directly from within the heart, and that place is where Krishna wants the involved living entity to continue to serve for the rest of his or her life.

Hare KrishnaBy Jagattarini Dasi

Situated near Whiteman Park in the Swan Valley, The Sacred India Gallery brings to life the sights and sounds of spiritual India. Guests are taken on a “journey” to three ancient pilgrimage sites and they also view an exhibition of miniature dioramas by resident artist Jagattarini dasi. The gallery is suitable for all ages. Free guided tours are conducted on weekends and public holidays. To visit the gallery all you need to do is book your place on one of these tours.

Hare KrishnaBy Ravi Nagahawatte

Chanting the mantra ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna…’ brings a sense of calmness to even the most disturbed atmosphere. The holy mantra helps Lord Krishna devotees to tune their senses in order to understand God. Devotional songs, in the name of Lord Krishna, were sung in high-pitched voices in Colombo on October 12 (Sunday) at the Sarasvathi Hall in Bambalapitiya during a singing session, better known as Bhajan. A team of Hare Krishna devotees from Mayapoor, India led the Bhajans. They gave every indication that they were skilled musicians, and the crowd responded with equal enthusiasm. But it must be mentioned here that Lord Krishna showers blessings equally on the skilled musician and the not so-skilled devotees, who joins in the singing. What counts is that the devotion they show for God, through their singing, is genuine.

Hare KrishnaBy Vyasmuni Das

Today on 25th October 2014 at 5:00 pm Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel had taken a Pleasure Visit at Sri Sri Radha Govind Dham, ISKCON Ahmedabad. Honorable Chief Minister was welcomed by Temple President H G Jasomatinandan Prabhu. Honorable Chief Minister was Accompanied with Ahmedabad Mayor Smt Minaxiben Patel, BJP General Secratary (Ahmedabad City) Shri Bhupendra Shah and Ahmedabad Municiple Corporation Ex-Standing Committee Chairmen Shri Bhupendra Patel. Honorable Chief Minister has offered Garland and Aarti to Sri Sri RadhaGovind ji and Srinathji. H G Jasomatinandan Prabhu has offered Srila Prabhupada Books and Photo frame of Sri Sri Radha Govindji to Honorable Cheif Minister Smt Anandiben Patel and Mayor Smt Minaxiben Patel

Hare KrishnaBy Vijaya dasa

September proved to be a great month for Gainesville, Florida, which did a whooping 5,001 book points, a 103% increase. Look out RVC! Gainseville is coming up close. The credit, of course, goes to sincere book distributors who are going out and doing the yajna, but Srila Prabhupada once said, “The temple is as good as the temple president.” The Gainesville temple president is one of the kindest and friendliest devotees you’ll ever meet, and he is into book distribution, which he used to do in the 1970s: Kalakanta Prabhu. He initiates disciples, manages the temple, and oversees prasada distribution at the University of Florida, which has been going on since 1971.

Hare KrishnaBy indiatimes.com

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron has hosted the annual Diwali party at his official residence here extending greetings to over 8,00,000 Hindus living in the UK and thanking them for their contribution to the country. “This festival of lights is an important time to celebrate our shared history and thank you all for all that you do for our country,” said Cameron, as he made his way to a mini temple stacked with deities and Indian sweets below a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, yesterday. “It is a good thing my kids are not here because they would have decimated those sweets right away,” he added on a lighter note.

Hare KrishnaBy Hari Narayana Das

(With 271 photos) Commemorating the anniversary of Bandung city, October 18, 2014, the Government of Bandung organized a parade titled “Bandung Caang Festival”, in brief, ‘Bandung Flower Festival’. Caang means rays of light. The festival was followed up by many departments under Bandung government bringing their floats of light decorated cars to participate in the festival. The organisers also gave chance to cultural groups to join the festival. The devotees in Bandung and surrounding places were quick to seize this opportunity to glorify Srila Prabhupada by joining the parade with ratha yatra as a cultural performance. As Srila Prabhupada wrote in his letter “I am so much satisfied with your successful performance of Ratha-yatra festival and I am awaiting to see similar festivals in all our other centers….” SPL to Gurudasa, 16th July, 1968. This was the first Ratha Yatra in Bandung.

A Life Of Unalloyed Devotion

Saturday, 25 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

Today, October 25, ISKCON devotees in Vrindavan will officially launch a new book entitled, “Yamuna Devi – A Life of Unalloyed Devotion.” The two-volume set, authored by Yamuna devi’s dearmost friend Dinatarini dasi, describes Yamuna’s devi’s life as a devotee of Krsna and most notably as a disciple of her spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. Yesterday evening, along with several godbrothers and godsisters, we had the honor to first offer the books to Srila Prabhupada at his samadhi mandir. We also showed the books to the deities on the alter of the Krishna Balarama Mandir.Then a small group of us went to Srila Prabhupada’s house and showed the books to him there.

Dipavali at Radha Kunda

Friday, 24 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktisiddhanta Swami

The meanings of Dipavali, its symbols and rituals, and the reasons for celebration are innumerable. Dipavali celebrates Lord Rama’s glorious and long-awaited return to His Kingdom of Ayodhya after his fourteen long years of exile in the forests. It commemorates Lord Krsna’s victory over the demon Narakasura who had kidnapped and terrorized the gopis of Vrndavana. Before the evil Naraka was finally killed by Bhagavan Krsna in the presence of Satyabhama, he begged pitifully for mercy; thus, upon his entreaties, it was declared that this day of his death would be celebrated with great joy and festivity. It is also celebrated as the day Bhagavan Visnu married Maha Laksmi.

Hare KrishnaBy Tribhuvavatha das

Tumultuous preaching by Iskcon Lagos devotees. Yesterday, Nigeria police copra, Ibrahim took 3, copies of Bhagavad-gita as it is and other medium /small books to distributes in the barrack by himself. The copra who claimed to have read the Gita/Science of self realization. Hold that, the books, according to him, had has a tremendous transformation on his thinking and away of Life. The devotee who approach him ask,how he gets to know the two books he mentioned? The police Copra affirmed that, in the year 2002,he was among the Nigerian police men who were sent to Germany for some police course.

Hare KrishnaBy Lindy Laird

Food for Life is one of four groups to receive a share of the $20,000 the PHO set aside. “The idea of that fund is to support ground roots community efforts in making a difference for children in need,” Ms Rae said. The trust was recently given a van by a man who read about its need for a vehicle suitable for transporting food to the schools. He was going to sell the van until he read about Food for Life’s plight in the Northern Advocate.

Hare KrishnaBy Aniruddha Das

Yesterday we had the great pleasure of hosting the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship the Honorable Matthew Guy. Matthew presented the temple with a 500,000 dollars grant for our kitchen upgrade. Very exciting news for our temple!!! Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Hare KrishnaBy Tulsi Gabbard

Diwali Message from Tulsi Gabbard: (First Krishna conscious US Congresswoman) On Diwali friends come over for the whole day and relatives come and go. Everyone has a wonderful time celebrating the return of Sita and Rama. Thus Diwali has become a day when all the sad things of the past are forgotten and happy times are remembered.

Hare KrishnaBy Yudhistir Govinda Das

The international committee overseeing the celebrations of ISKCON’s 50th year of incorporation in 2016 presented its report. Pancaratna Dasa and Anuttama Dasa, committee members, informed the GBC about the various events being planned in major cities of the world such as New Delhi, Kolkatta, New York, London, etc. This included a seven day mega padayatra in 2015 from Mayapur to Kolkata dock where Srila Prabhuada boarded the Jaladuta ship and began his journey to the west.

Hare KrishnaBy Srila Prabhupada

(Letter from Srila Prabhupada to Hamsadutta dasa written from Seattle). Diwali ceremony can be observed in the temple by illuminating 100s of candles, indifferent parts of the temple, and offering a special Prasad to the Deity. This ceremony was observed by the inhabitants of Ayodhya, the Kingdom of Lord Ramachandra, while Lord Ramachandra was out of His Kingdom due to His 14 years banishment by the order of His father. His younger step-brother Bharat, took charge of the Kingdom and the day on which Lord Ramachandra took back the charge again from His brother, and seated on the throne, this is observed as Diwali, and Deepabali.

Hare KrishnaBy Giriraja Swami

The day after Diwali is called Annakuta, or Govardhana Puja. On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) used to hold a festival to honor King Indra, the demigod responsible for providing the rains essential for a successful harvest. In Sarasvata Kalpa, i.e. the end of the Dvapara Yuga, Bhagavan Sri Krishna stopped the worship of Indra and started the Govardhana Puja by doing Himself. It was a wonderful sight. Being worshipped by Sri Krishna, Giriraja himself became like Sri Krishna. It was like He (Sri Krishna) worshipping Himself. Since then all the six seasons resided permanently on Giriraja.

Hare KrishnaBy Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran

(Vatican) As Hindus worldwide celebrate Deepavali or Diwali, the festival of lights, the Vatican has called on Hindus, Christians, followers ‎of other religions and people of good to foster together a culture of inclusion for ‎a just and peaceful society.‎ In a message released on Monday, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue wished Hindus worldwide for this year’s Diwali on Oct. 23.

Hare KrishnaBy Prasar Bharti

Contemplation and prayer remind us that that people of all faiths have an obligation to perform seva, or service to others. And the flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds us that light will ultimately triumph over darkness. Here in the United States, Diwali also reminds us that our nation is home to many faiths and traditions, and that our diversity makes us stronger, which is why I’m proud that this year Democrats and Republicans in Congress joined together for the first-ever celebration of Diwali on Capitol Hill. Over the last five years, Michelle and I have been honored to have the chance to observe this ancient holiday, both at the White House and in India, and we wish all those celebrating this weekend a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.

Hare KrishnaBy Indian Media

Nineteen ISKCON devotees were injured when a Vrindavan bound bus rammed against a tree after one of its tyres punctured near Maghera village falling under Vrindavan police station today. “While eleven devotees were rushed to district hospital, eight were taken to Paras Mani Hospital. Nobody is in critical position,” Dy SP Anil Yadav said. The accident occurred this afternoon when a tyre punctured and the bus, carrying 50 pilgrims, hit a tree. The pilgrims are on Kartik parikrama, and were proceeding to ISKCON Vrindavan via Goverdhan from Badrinath temple falling under Chaurasi Kos Parikrama.

Hare KrishnaBy Gaurangi Devi Dasi

The Padayatra Ministry is still very much active, and padayatras are happening in different parts of the world. Less talks definitely does not mean less walks. The immediate goal of the Ministry, from March 2014 till the end of 2016, is to celebrate ISKCON’s 50th birthday with 50 padayatras. We are inviting you to participate in this glorification of ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada. This goal of 50 padayatras is very feasible, as Padayatra is basically a low-cost project of variable duration that can be carried out in many different styles – a one man venture like Bhaktimarga Swami; a weekend padayatra as an outing for the congregation around your city or your farm; a summer padayatra ; an annual walk or a continental or trans-continental walk.

The effect of good news

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Vrndavana Vinodini Devi Dasi

Hearing good news about others affects people in different ways. Personally, the feelings it evokes within me serves as a barometer of how emotionally healthy I am and my relationship with the individual. Feelings of joy and “they totally deserve it” are what I aim for. However, in instances where it dredges up not so pleasant emotions, I realize I have internal work to do. As an aspiring practitioner of bhakti this is what I too long to be: the happy well-wisher to others, especially in their time of success and joy.

Cow care management

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Ramlakshman Das

20 devotees registered for the course, out of which, more than 15 devotees were regular. After brief introductions, H.H.Bhakti Rasamrita Maharaj suggested to Dr. Sreekumar Prabhu that one presentation should be made using quotes ,conversations and purports from Srila Prabhupada’s books on cow protection. I prepared a presentation with the help of Sreekumar Prabhu and we presented it to the participants. During the noon session they requested me to present my experience with the yathra that I had embarked on couple of weeks ago and exclusively my observations at different goshalas. I prepared a power point presentation on the same. It was motivating to see that almost all the devotees who were present, felt that so many activities are taking place and not many know about them. This highlights the need for better communication from us.

Hare KrishnaBy Madhavananda Das

Everyday, ISKCON devotees around the world sing the song, “Jaya Radha-Madhava” before the Srimad Bhagavatam class. It is also sung in most Gaudiya Math temples — generally during the time of the Raj-bhog-arati. His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Prabhupada was especially fond of this song, which expresses the sweet mood of worship of Vrindavan. Yet how many people know about the Radha-Madhava Deities for whom Srila BhaktivinodeThakur wrote this wonderful song?For the last 14 years Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, the original family deities of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur have been residing for the month of Kartika on the altar of Radha-Syamasundara in the Vrindavan ISKCON Krishna-Balaram temple. Present there again this year; hundreds of eager devotees are daily crowding up near the altar to offer flower-garlands and to be able to get a closer darshan of Their Lordships.

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