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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 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.

In Honour of Tribhuvanatha Prabhu

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Bhajahari das

Due to Tribhuvanatha’s prabhu disappearance day falling on Thursday the 16th Oct. last week, the turn out for Harinam was exceptional.
You will see from the following 3 short video clips that the devotees were in blissful mood.I treasure the opportunities I get for taking these amateur video recordings of the Vaisnavas performing SAMKIRTAN. One day when I can no longer make it out onto the streets of London’s Wild West End I will be able to relive these special special evenings.

Nilachal Dham Rural Project

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 by

Hare KrishnaBy Arjuna Krsna das

Both Rama Laksman prabhu, Director for IDVM Secretariat located in Sri Mayapur along with Arjuna Krsna prabhu, Co-Director for IDVM Department of Education undertook an extensive tour to various ISKCON rural projects in India. Their travels took them to Nilachal Dham, a new project under ISKCON Juhu temple close to Mumbai in Maharashtra, Nandagram Farm in Gujarat, Pathmeda on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat, Panchavati in Tamil Nadu, close to Salem, Venu Madhuri in Maharashtra, Govardhan Eco Village in Maharashtra, a project run under the ISKCON Chowpatty temple and last to Gokul Dham near Belgaum in Northern Karnataka.

Hare KrishnaBy Nanda Kishor das

ISKCON’s Bhakti Yoga Society (BYS) operates on campuses at some of the most prestigious universities in South Africa and is program dovetailed for university students. This year the society was awarded the accolade for the Most Outstanding Student Society for 2014 at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), one of Africa’s leading universities at a sepcial event earlier this month. The award was handed over to the BYS Chairperson – Jyotika Heerabhai by the University’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Adam Habib alongside prominent public figure Advocate Thuli Madonsela who holds the office of Public Protector in South Africa. She was gifted a Bhagavad Gita As It Is.

Hare KrishnaBy radhanathswami.com

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.

GBC Strategic Planning Network

Saturday, 18 October 2014 by

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 progressive change in ISKCON and who have various types of experience and expertise to help expand on the key areas of the GBC’s strategic plan.

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.

Hare KrishnaBy radhanathswami.com

“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.

Kartik-Offering

Thursday, 16 October 2014 by

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.

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