Second Initiation, June 17, Laguna Beach
Giriraj Swami

At the Sunday program at Laguna Beach, Indradyumna Swami initiated Madhav Gharmalkar, son of Sri Vallabha dasa and Ananda Vrindavan dasi, and gave him the name Nilamadhava dasa, and Giriraj Swami gave Jivan-mukta dasa second initiation.

Second-initiation talk (Right click to download)

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Harinama with thousands gathered at Britain’s ancient Stonehenge site for summer solstice
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Harinama with thousands gathered at Britain’s ancient Stonehenge site for summer solstice (2 min video)

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Harinama in Moscow, Russia (Album with photos) Srila Prabhupada:…
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Harinama in Moscow, Russia (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: Chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is the easiest process of...

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ISKCON’s views about equal human rights for women, gays and black people
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ISKCON’s views about equal human rights for women, gays and black people. Answers by HH Sivarama Swami (audio).

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A selection of pictures from June
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Harinama in London (Album with photos) Srila Prabhupada:…
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Harinama in London (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: Chanting is the medicine, and prasada is the diet. (Srimad-Bhagavatam...

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50th ISKCON London Ratha Yatra festival
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Hare Krishna This Sunday 24th June marks the 50th ISKCON London Ratha Yatra festival. The procession will leave South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park at exactly 12 noon and arrive at Trafalgar Square by 2pm. Festivities will continue until 5pm. "The first London Rathayatra was held in 1969,” said London Ratha Yatra coordinator Titiksu das, “Six pioneering American devotees came to London to establish a temple to bring others to Krishna by the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.

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Today is International Yoga Day – it could be International Kirtana Day
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Bhakti Gauramani Swami’s class on 30 qualities of a human
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My Favourite Pastime…Jayapataka Swami
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My Favourite Pastime…
Jayapataka Swami: That’s the island of Simantadvipa. And Simantadvipa is named because Pārvatī took the dust of Lord Caitanya’s lotus feet and put it on her forehead, on her simanta. The part of the hair of the ladies where they put their sindoor. Most ladies have a parting in the middle. Some part on the side. The one in the middle is called the śimanta. The place of Lakṣmī.

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Harinam Sankirtan in Union Square park Wednesday, June 20th…
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Harinam Sankirtan in Union Square park Wednesday, June 20th (Album of photos)
Srila Prabhupada: If one chants once only, it i...

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Panihati Cida-dadhi Festival, June 16, Laguna Beach
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Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

Indradyumna Swami’s and my talks at the Panihati Cida-dadhi Festival in Laguna Beach on June 16 “Lord Nityananda was by nature very merciful and funny. Being merciful, He spoke to Raghunatha dasa as follows. ‘You are just like a thief, for instead of coming near, you stay away at a distant place. Now that I have captured you, I shall punish you. Make a festival and feed all My associates yogurt and chipped rice.’ Hearing this, Raghunatha dasa was greatly pleased.” —Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Antya 6.49–51 Read the rest of this entry »

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A Small Special School – Bhaktivedanta Manor Gurukula
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Hare KrishnaBy Bhaktivedanta Manor School

A quick glimpse into the Bhaktivedanta Manor Gurukula, the new temporary location on the Hilton property site in Watford. See how free and happy the children are and where they develop their connection with Krishna and Srila Prabhupada's movement. Why parents put their children into Bhaktivedanta Manor Gurukula: Some of the parents of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Gurukula give their opinions of why they feel the Gurukula is the natural and perfect choice for their children and what makes it so special. I don't want any child to say to their parents 'why did you put me in a Hare Krishna School.' Mother Gunacuda talks passionately about why being a teacher at Bhaktivedanta Manor Gurukula is such an important service and how giving students the best academics alongside love and care will ensure that these beautiful children will remain part of Lord Chaitanya's movement. Read the rest of this entry »

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The GBC College and Iskcon’s Sankirtan
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Hare KrishnaBy Hanumatpresaka Swami

Like the six blind men approaching the elephant I can only see things from my perspective, either in my siddha-svarupa or currently embodied intelligence. With sincere attachment to my perspective on the elephant (maybe from the tail) I should be able to have a practical appreciation of the viewpoint of others, but a really practical view of the beast can only result from a dialog with other blind men attached to its other aspects: legs, sides, ears, tusks, trunk. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gita 17.28 Having no faith in anything higher makes performance of religious activities unfruitful
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Bhagavatam study 76 1.15.7-12 Devotees see their achievements as Krishna’s mercy
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If our weaknesses make us lose perspective, what can we do?
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How do the soul, mind, intelligence and false ego interact with each other?
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Iskcon devotees in Alachua, Florida prepare for hurricane…
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Iskcon devotees in Alachua, Florida prepare for hurricane season, which officially kicked off on June 1.
There will be a meeti...

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New Vrajamandala community in Spain on the news
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New Vrajamandala community in Spain on the news (5 min video)
The Spanish Television channel, with a large viewership, showed ...

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ANNUAL NORTH-AMERICAN Ministry of Education CONFERENCE
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Hare Krishna The ISKCON Ministry of Education's annual education conference will be held in New Raman Reti Dhama – Alachua, Florida, June 21 through June 24, 2018

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The story of Nila Madhava: Conference with Russian speakers
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(English/Russian)

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Kanai Krsna Dasa, questions ISKCON’s “political views” against equal human rights for women, gays and black people
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Srimad Bhagavatam Class by HG Bhuvaneshwara Prabhu on 19th June…
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Srimad Bhagavatam Class by HG Bhuvaneshwara Prabhu on 19th June 2018 at ISKCON Vrindavan (video)
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Don’t hold back!
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Don’t hold back!
BB Govinda Swami: Krishna never forgets anything what we have done. But Krishna is not a foolish person. He sees that we’re offering, but we’re holding so much back. Consequently, He wants us to give everything. Therefore we should question ourselves what are we giving and what are we holding back and why are we holding back.

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Preaching program in Lithuania with HH Niranjana Swami (Album…
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Preaching program in Lithuania with HH Niranjana Swami (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: If one chants once only, it is to...

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Saturday, June 16th, 2018
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Edmonton, Alberta

Connor

I was on the Whitemud Trail with Bala and Rati when I received a call from Rajasuya in Brampton.  “We are being eaten alive by mosquitos,” I told him.

Rajasuya, who used to live in Texas said, “You should see them in Texas.  They are like elephants in size.” 

I wanted to say to Rajasuya that his remark made me feel better.  In some ways it did, but they continued to be voracious with their appetite.  Bala was getting the worst of it.

“Bala, your blood is to their liking.  Do you eat a lot of sweets—sugar, perhaps?”

It was somewhat of a confession time for him.

Regarding food, Connor, who’s eighteen, had just a little too much prasadamwhen we lunched back at the Krishna temple. Connor has really impressed me with his devotion.  It takes him two hours to get there and two hours to get back home.  That’s devotion!  He is becoming quite devotional—and renounced.  On my second walking installment for the day, Connor and Jaga Jivan joined me as we made our way toward the Yoga studio for a “Tales from Trails” presentation.  It was while on our journey that Connor renounced his meal.  I could see something might be coming on with his pale look.

It was an unpleasant experience; his donation to the sidewalk.  He quickly recovered.

Finally, we made it to the studio and it was just wonderful—the attendance, the mood, the questions.  I want to thank Jaga Jivan for arranging the program as well as Candice for having us use the facility, “Spirit Path” on 124thStreet.

May the Source be with you!
4 km

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Friday, June 15th, 2018
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Edmonton, Alberta

Outing in Edmonton

For years I’ve been conducting satsangs or home programs which feature kirtan, talks and Prasadand often walking to the place of action.  Ananda is an excellent tabla player who accompanied me on 34thStreet in Edmonton.  The sky was a grey-blue, the hue that let us know it’s not going to stay.  A partial rainbow, meaning not fully-arched to our vision, made an appearance in that sky.

Generally these satsangs occur in the evening and are culminated with a meal.  However, upon arriving from our walk at the home of Yogendra, and settling down, I grumbled to our host about late-night eating not being good for you.  Yogendra concurred and so in the most jolly way we ate and chatted.  Then the kirtanwas begun by expert singer Nitai, followed by my talk on the personality, Akrura.  He was a personality not liked by the residents of Vrindavan—Krishna’s village—for taking Krishna away to the city.

I also did a reading ofThe Gopis Attracted by the Flute of Krishna.  The children who came with their moms and dads assembled in front of me. Unbelievably, they were most attentive.

The food was great and we ended with kombucha.  Yogendra insisted everyone dance during the kirtanso we all were inspired in a mix of Chaitanya spirit and “Grease.”  It was most enjoyable, thanks to the Edmonton team.

May the Source be with you!
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Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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Brampton, Ontario

Red Wings

After a dental visit, Nanda took me to a park, Chinguacousy, and I sat to write  by the pond. To the surprise of both of us, this red-winged black bird came darting at us.  “Oh Krishna!”  It must have been its nesting area, but in our minds this was our resting area, or at least relaxing zone before the Bramalea Mall opened.

But it got more serious.  Our feathered friend came right at our heads, flapping its wings.  No beak penetration occurred, like in the scenes from Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

Nanda got defensive and picked up a convenient branch, fallen from the trees of yesterday’s storm.  It was somewhat effective.  The bird was persistent, however, and we were humbled by his territorialism.

A terrorist?  I wouldn’t demonize the fellow that much.  It was just a case of taking care of dharma—duty—in the form of protection.

I do like the sound of this red-winged creature.  The shrill sound throws me back to childhood.  In southwestern Ontario there are lowlands, former swamps, the space they like the most.

God made every creature in a certain way; most of them get cranky like this guy.  I thank him for reminding me of Garuda, a super hero in the eagle category.

After the episode of attack, Nanda and I took care of phone business and then enjoyed the succulent parathas he had made.

May the Source be with you!
4 km

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Bhakti Gauravani Swami’s Tuesday Bhagavatam class
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An Unforgettable Experience
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Hare KrishnaBy Radha Dasi

Hare Krishna, dear devotees! My name is Radha, I’m 19 years old and I am a student in my final year at Sri Mayapur International School. I want to share with you my incredible experience of book distribution in London this summer. I hope that it will please the senior devotees and reassure them that book distribution is still alive and well. And I hope it will encourage all the devotees of my age to give it a try. Here is how it started: for a long time I had wanted to feel myself like a real, active preaching brahmacarini from Srila Prabhupada’s time. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Evening with Sivarama Swami (2 min video)
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An Evening with Sivarama Swami (2 min video)
Recently Sivarama Swami spoke to an audience of 120 wonderful people about Compassionate Living, in downtown London. After the engaging talk, Ananda Monet led an unforgettable session of Mantra Meditation which got many people up on there feet, swaying & dancing! The evening finished off with a tasty meal provided by our friends at OmNom! The next London event will be later this year in September & more information will follow soon!

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Step inside the Perth gallery dedicated to Indian-inspired art
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Hare KrishnaBy Pallavi Jain

The Sacred India Gallery in Perth displays the artistic works of resident artist Jagattarini. Jagattarini is an Australian artist but lived in India for over a decade. The artwork at the gallery includes traditional Indian carvings, a maze of intricate displays, walk-in installations and Jagattarini's 1/72 scale miniature dioramas based on stories of Lord Krishna from Vrindavan. These displays are an attempt to capture the "sights, sounds, and mystical atmosphere of spiritual India." Read the rest of this entry »

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Blessings of the vaishnavas
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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 December 2017, Gold Coast, Australia, Bhagavad-gita 8.20)

At the end of our lives, there will be a weighing scale to see if we have enough to go back to Godhead. We will first put on the scale all our devotional service that we may have accumulated in our lifetimes, and there may not be much movement in the scale at that point. We will then add Prabhupada’s mercy onto our scale, and it will start to show some real movement then. But the real difference comes in when we place the blessings of all the vaishnavas.

Vaishnavas have the power to bless. So we must acknowledge that all vaishnavas across the world carry blessings with them, and our goal is to get all of those blessings. Not just some mercy, but all the mercy is required to enter Godhead. We must pray that somehow or rather, our actions will improve and that every vaishnava will think favourably of us. This is not so easy, as we have the tendency to step on some toes here and there, even inadvertently. We may make mistakes, but regardless we must still endeavour to attain the mercy of all the vaishnavas. If all the vaishnavas think good about us, then that will put great weight in our scale.

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Opposition leader visits Iskcon Victoria, Australia
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Hare KrishnaBy Sukadeva Das

On June 16, 2018, it was our privilege and honour to receive very distinguished guests Hon Matthew Guy, Leader of the Opposition from Victorian State Parliament, Andrew Bond – local candidate from Albert Park and Katie Allan – candidate from Prahran and other prominent members from Indian community at the Melbourne Hare Krishna Temple. They were received by our Temple President HG Aniruddha Prabhu. The guests were briefed on our future building upgrades such as conversion of current theatre into dining hall, upgrading paraphernalia room and converting current dining hall into multipurpose educational/cultural hall. Read the rest of this entry »

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Budapest Bhakta-sanga
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How do we know if we are doing a service for our ego or for Krishna?
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We plan to do many services during vacations, but end up in doing nothing – what to do?
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Gita 17.27 Sat is not just a word for recitation – it is a conviction to cultivated and infused into action
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Bhagavatam study 75 1.15.1-6 When we lose everything, we gain the Lord of everything
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