Festival of the Holy Name in Alachua, USA (Album with photos)…
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Festival of the Holy Name in Alachua, USA (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: Those who are advanced and highly qualified and are interested in the essence of life know the good qualities of Kali-yuga. Such people worship the age of Kali because in this age, simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can advance in spiritual knowledge and thus attain life’s goal. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 11.5.36)
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ISKCON Calgary 25th Anniversary Celebration. ISKCON Calgary is…
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ISKCON Calgary 25th Anniversary Celebration.
ISKCON Calgary is very happy to announce the Celebration of 25th Anniversary of our Beloved Sri Sri Radha Madhava & Srinathji Deities. MAHA ABHISHEK of the Big Deities will be performed with 12 Hour Kirtan throughout the Program…
10:00 AM TO 10:00PM – 12 HOUR KIRTAN
4:00PM – 5:30PM MAHA ABHISHEK
5:30PM – 6:00PM BHOGA OFFERING
6:00PM – 6:30PM SANDHYA AARTI
6:30PM – 7:30PM DRAMA & PLAY
7:30PM – 8:30PM LECTURE
8:30PM – 10:00PM PRASHADAM WILL BE SERVED WITH ESTATIC KIRTAN GOING ON…
We would be very happy to have you all come with all the Friends and Family members to Celebrate with us the big momentum on the Christmas Day December 25th 2015 Friday.
We hope to see you all @ ISKCON Calgary
Radha Madhava Cultural Association (RMCA)
313 4th ST, NE
T2E 3S3 AL – CAN
For further details please contact +1(403) 265 3302

2015 Krsna Kidz Camp & Youth Retreat (Album with photos)…
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2015 Krsna Kidz Camp & Youth Retreat (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: All glories to the chanting of Hare Krishna mantra or Krishna sankirtana movement. All glories. All victory. How it is victory, all victory? If you chant this Hare Krishna mantra, then the dirty things which have accumulated in your heart due to material contamination will be cleared off. (Purport to Siksastakam)
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UK devotees try to double their book distribution results during…
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UK devotees try to double their book distribution results during the December “Marathon”. Last year the British yatra distributed a little more than 50.000 pieces of Krishna conscious literature. This year they try to reach 100.000! As Sankirtan leader Sutapa Prabhu writes: “Sharing Krishna Consciousness and pushing beyond the comfort zone to reach out to others, qualifies one to see the miracles of Mahaprabhu.”
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TKG Academy: Wish Fulfilling. In his Upadesamrta, Srila Rupa…
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TKG Academy: Wish Fulfilling.
In his Upadesamrta, Srila Rupa Goswami describes the six loving exchanges between devotees, two of which are offering and accepting gifts. As the holiday season is coming upon us, when we exchange gifts with our loved ones, we ask that you consider extending your gifts to our students as well.
“Kalpavrksa” is a wish-fulfilling tree, and the devotees are also known to be fulfilling desires. We are hoping for our wishes to come true, with your help. Big or small, every gift counts.
Thank you very much!

December 1. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations. Srila…
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December 1. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations.
Srila Prabhupada taught of the importance of the spiritual master. No one can understand Krishna except through the spiritual master. However, he never said, “I am that pure devotee. I am the spiritual master.” If somebody asked him bluntly, he replied, “That you can judge for yourself.” Yet he preached that we must surrender to the spiritual master. When some met Prabhupada, they resisted, suspecting that he was just an exchange of material false egos. They thought, “Oh, he’s trying to sell himself as the guru. He wants me to submit to him,” so they resisted. However, some who wanted a guru did not resist and accepted him. We wanted a loving exchange with Krishna. “Why are they after me?” Prabhupada asked later, “I am just an Indian, I have no money. I never bribed them.”
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ISKCON 50 Plans Ramp Up in the UK, Worldwide. In the UK, an…
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ISKCON 50 Plans Ramp Up in the UK, Worldwide.
In the UK, an avalanche of major, inspirational events for ISKCON’s 50th anniversary are being planned throughout the year 2016, including some that will be tied into international efforts by all ISKCON temples. ISKCON 50 reps at the 13 temples across the UK and Ireland have already held several events in 2015 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in the US on the steamship Jaladuta. They included a “Departing India” festival in which a book of Srila Prabhupada’s Markine Bhagavata Dharma poem written abord the Jaladuta was released; a Bhaktivedanta Players production about Prabhupada’s journey; and a kirtan tour of London’s most famous landmarks on open air double-decker buses with hundreds of devotees.
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The book “Free To Preach” Is finally out! Thanks to…
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The book “Free To Preach” Is finally out!
Thanks to all the donations and contributions from many devotees who have so graciously assisted us in our service, “Free to Preach” is finally off the printing press and ready to be delivered to your homes.
This book, by Prema Padmini devi dasi, is a touching and personal account of a grihastha couple spreading Krishna consciousness in a Muslim country in the Middle East. It is destined to both fascinate minds and touch the hearts of hundreds.
“If all can lend their might to fulll Lord Caitanya’s desires, the world will rapidly change and countless souls will get His causeless mercy. That everyone has the potential to become a preacher is such a dynamic idea that it dees my ability to glorify it enough. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura stated, prana ache yara sei hetu pracara, “Whoever has spiritual life and enthusiasm preaches.” How actively devotees preach the message of Lord Caitanya constitutes the practical index of their enthusiasm and life. May Free to Preach serve as an inspiration and practical guide for existing and potential preachers everywhere.”
H.H. Jayapataka Swami (Foreword, Free to Preach)
To purchase this book, please visit our website at http://www.iskconcongregation.com/product/free-to-preach/
For more information, please write to us at cdm@pamho.net

Vrinda Devi’s Sacred Kunda (7 min video) Indradyumna…
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Vrinda Devi’s Sacred Kunda (7 min video)
Indradyumna Swami: Our parikrama party spent almost an entire day at the famous lake of Vrinda Devi, who helps Purnamasi plan Radha and Krsna’s pastimes in Vrindavan each day. ISKCON has developed the area in a very tasteful way, keeping the rural setting and spiritual ambience intact. Hearing and chanting the glories of Vrinda Devi helped us to all become spiritually enriched.
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November 30. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations. God…
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November 30. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations.
God consciousness is the goal of human life. If a person is born of a mother or father who can give the child love, as well as a God-conscious education, then he or she is very blessed. According to Bhagavad-gita, if one is born into a family of transcendentalists, that is the result of good karma. “It is certainly very fortunate to take birth in such families. Fortunately, both our spiritual master, Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, and our humble self had the opportunity to take birth in such families, by the grace of the Lord, and both of us were trained in the devotional service of the Lord from the very beginning of our lives. Later on, we met by the order of the transcendental system.” (Bhagavad-gita 6.42 Purport) In gratitude to the father who raised him, Srila Prabhupada dedicated the Krishna Book to his father, Gour Mohan De. Prabhupada described him as, “A pure devotee who raised me as a Krishna conscious child from the beginning of my life. In my boyhood ages, he instructed me how to play the mrdanga. He gave me Radha-Krishna Vigraha to worship, and he gave me Jagannatha-Ratha to duly observe the festival as my childhood play. He was kind to me, and I imbibed from him the ideas later on solidified by my spiritual master, the eternal father.”
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The One Stop Solution for Bad Karma (5 min video) How do you…
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The One Stop Solution for Bad Karma (5 min video)
How do you make up for wrong when you know you’ve done it and you feel bad for that?
Speaking from the wisdom of the yoga texts, that which is right is that which furthers your spiritual development and that which is wrong is that which interferes with your spiritual development. Who decides what is right and what is wrong? In terms of rectifying those wrongs we’ve done, it’s practically impossible to deal with all our ‘bad karma’ piece by piece. Rather the conclusion of Bhagavad Gita (the timeless yoga text) tells us that we can make a one stop solution to all the bad karma. Such methodology is the essence of the Bhagavad Gita as it is.
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Life Beyond Borders – Highlights | Veda London (3 min video) We…
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Life Beyond Borders – Highlights | Veda London (3 min video)
We were honoured to host our keynote speaker Radhanath Swami, who explained that “there can be no darkness in the presence of light”, and “our true success is in how we sustain our values.”
We are grateful to Shyam and Krishna Dattani for their wonderful classical dance performance, and Ananda Monet for taking us on a journey with her incredible vocals.
Watch it here: https://goo.gl/EosIAo

TOVP UK Tour. Final House Programme – highest Pledge! Our stars…
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TOVP UK Tour.
Final House Programme – highest Pledge!
Our stars in the highest pledged category for home programmes pledging a total of £60,000 by the assembled devotees tonight. Our final house programme with the highest score! Majority of the devotees are silver patron pledgers pledging £7000 each! The TOVP team would like to thank the hosts Bhavesh Prabhu and Kundalata mataji for a very successful evening and a grande finale of the house programmes.

Tribhuvanatha Prabhu Appearance Day Harinam in London (28/11/15)…
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Tribhuvanatha Prabhu Appearance Day Harinam in London (28/11/15) (Album with photos)
In Memory of Tribhuvanatha Prabhu over 200 devotees turned out to chant Hare Krishna through the streets of London! We were extremely blessed to have with us Malati Devi Dasi, Gurudas and Shyamsundar – three of the original six pioneers who came to the UK on the instruction of Srila Prabhupada in 1968 to open the first ISKCON temple in London.
47 years later…. They made a special return!
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ISKCON Puri – Bhoomi Pujan Festival (Album with photos) In the…
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ISKCON Puri – Bhoomi Pujan Festival (Album with photos)
In the divine presence of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj, His Holiness Lokannath Swami Maharaj, His Holiness Subhag Swami Maharaj, His Holiness Bhakti Purusottama Swami Maharaj, His Holiness Gaura Narayana Swami Maharaj, His Holiness Gauranga Prema Swami Maharaj, His Holiness Bhaktim Priyam Gadadhara Goswami Maharaj, Vasu Ghosh Prabhu, Devakinandan Prabhu, Braja Hari Prabhu and with auspicious vedic mantras recitation from Bhaktivedanta Vidyapita Gurukula students from Mayapur, with presence of more than 6000 devotees today bhoomi pujan – foundation stone laid by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj and His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaj in our ISKCON Land in Sri Jagannath Puri Dham. And all the devotees fed with Lord Jagannatha’s prasadam. [Photos by: Tulasi Prema Krishna Dasa]
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November 29. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily…
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November 29. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations.
Prabhupada knew the value of his own books. He said they were spoken by Krishna, not by himself. If someone reads one page, his life could become perfect. Prabhupada also said that history would prove that his books had saved the world from barbarism. Without receiving the message of Krishna, people are degraded to less than animals – eating, mating, sleeping and defending. Prabhupada’s books make the difference. Prabhupada understood by personal experience that his books were needed. Although he knew that the Bhagavatam described humanity devoid of Krishna consciousness as a species of “two-legged animals,” Prabhupada had personal experience with this. He saw the neon signs for topless and bottomless dancing. He would see the cover of Time magazine: “Crime. Why and what to do?” He personally saw the degraded students and hippies living in the parks, so fallen that they wouldn’t even respectfully listen to Prabhupada when he began to speak in public. He rode in cars and saw the traffic jams on the highways. All these experiences impelled him more and more to give Krishna’s message to the people. He was convinced it would uplift them.
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November 28. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations. He…
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November 28. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations.
He walked up on the stage and introduced himself to the people and tried to get them to come forward. He said, “Come forward, come forward.” A few of them came up to the front. There were mixed couples, many Indians, male and female, mostly middle-aged and some college aged, a lot of professor-types and ladies were there. Then he began his speech. He dove right into it. He just started exclaiming, proclaiming, the greatness of the Creator and that the most important thing is to remember the Creator and remember God. He began to expand on God consciousness, what God consciousness is and how God is everywhere and how it behooves us all to remember God – no matter what we call Him, what names we call Him by, but that we should call Him. He gave a demonstration which was very moving. He chanted Hare Kr.s.n.a, Hare Ra-ma and spoke about the power and saving grace in the mantra. He took a little break about halfway through and had some water.
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Warming up for the December marathon of book distribution! Srila…
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Warming up for the December marathon of book distribution!
Srila Prabhupada Letter to Balavanta, 23rd November 1976 “I am very glad to hear how the book distribution is increasing more and more. This is our greatest weapon. The more the books are distributed, the more the ignorance of the age of Kali will be smashed. The world is feeling the weight of this Hare Krsna movement, especially in your country. We have to increase this book distribution work more and more to firmly establish this movement, which is the only hope for the suffering living entities.”

November 27. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations. We…
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November 27. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations.
We didn’t know where Swamiji came from. He was asked, “Where did you come from? Who sent you?” Bit by bit, he told of his Guru Maharaj and the tradition he represented. Nowadays we speak with confidence about Prabhupada’s background and his intentions to spread Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement. But in the earliest days, no one knew anything about these things. We only knew Swamiji. First came Swamiji; everything else came later. He just started singing; he explained later. You walked into the park and saw the Indian swami singing, then you waited because he would explain everything later. That was his preaching spirit, his greatness. Vaisnavas who live in India may take their enormous cultural facility for granted. Their culture accepts Hinduism, being Indian, following the Vedas, the Gods, sadhus. To be a Vaisnava in India is similar to being a Catholic priest in the West.
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The …Mridangam Purana! (9 min video) Hare Krishna Halder…
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The …Mridangam Purana! (9 min video)
Hare Krishna Halder shares curious anecdotes about the origin of the folk music instrument Shree Khol from different Hindu texts. He traces the journey of Mridangam through the ages, to its present form. He emphasizes on the role of Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in popularizing the instrument.
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A visit to Sri Mayapur International School (Album with photos)…
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A visit to Sri Mayapur International School (Album with photos)
Sri Jahnavi dd: Last Wednesday Jayapataka Maharaj came to our school, he gave a very sweet and inspiring class. He said ‘I have faced many obstacles to come here today, but I really wanted to come to SMIS’ referring to a problem with the lift of his building.
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November 26. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations. Another…
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November 26. ISKCON 50 – S.Prabhupada Daily Meditations.
Another example of Prabhupada’s mix of worldliness and otherworldliness is his emphasis on book distribution. Prabhupada was not content to write his books on a palm leaf and just let them sit. He used book printing technology, although he said he was simply “blindly” following the order and example of his spiritual master. It took both spiritual acumen to write the books and down-to-earth practicality to transfer the spiritual message into type and then bind it. The book distribution was not a worldly activity, it required practical intelligence and hard work to accomplish. The difference between Srila Prabhupada and ourselves (there is a huge difference) is that we belong to this world and he was in another world. He always had Krishna on his mind. He could withdraw into himself and become so grave that he wouldn’t be present with us any more.
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How I Came to Writing and Srila Prabhupada’s Encouragement…
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How I Came to Writing and Srila Prabhupada’s Encouragement for That Service – HG Visakha Dasi (4 min video)
HG Visakha Dasi has been a prolific author with her essays and books being widely appreciated by the Bhakti community and the Secular community as well. Her presentation of the timeless teachings of her Guru Srila Prabhupada in the Bhakti Tradition has been steady and deeply touching for many hearts. How did she start this service of writing? What keeps her inspired? What encouragement did she receive from Srila Prabhupada for this service?
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Harinama Sankirtana in Moscow, Russia (Album with photos) Srila…
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Harinama Sankirtana in Moscow, Russia (Album with photos)
Srila Prabhupada: Lord Krishna stresses the importance of remembering Him. One‘s memory of Krishna is revived by chanting the maha-mantra, Hare Krishna. By this practice of chanting and hearing the sound vibration of the Supreme Lord, one’s ear, tongue and mind are engaged. This mystic meditation is very easy to practice, and it helps one attain the Supreme Lord. (Bhagavad-Gita 8.8 Purport)
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