Madhudvisa Prabhu

Today ISKCON lost Madhudvisa prabhu, an iconic figure in the pioneering history of spreading Krsna consciousness around the world. Srila Prabhupada once described him as the, “Emperor of Kirtan.” When Srila Prabhupada himself was departing this world he said, “bring my son Madhudvisa here.” He was a powerful general in Lord Caitanya’s samkirtan movement, while […]

Preparing the Yajna

Krsna’s devotees are preparing for one of ISKCON’s biggest yajna’s in it’s history: Krsna’s Village of Peace at the 20th annual Woodstock Festival in Poland. Over 700,000 people are expected. 700 devotees from 14 different countries are arriving and helping to set up Krsna’s Village. We plan endless kirtans, spiritual discourses, daily Ratha Yatras through […]

Prayer for the Eastern Ukraine Devotees

A prayer for ISKCON’s devotees in the troubled region of eastern Ukraine: “O Lord Nrsimha, who are omnipresent, may your nails protect me and others at all times. Just as a lion attacks powerful elephant groups and splits apart their heads with it’s nails and the Vajrayudha (Indra’s defense weapon) splits the highest mountains, in […]

Removing the Darkness of Kali Yuga

Every day we chant the holy names of the Lord for hours along the beaches of the Baltic Sea coast. Each evening thousands of people attend our festivals and many chant along with us. We are happy and satisfied serving the mission of our glorious spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. “When people properly glorify the Supreme […]

Troubled Times

Today’s newspapers reported a terrible plane crash, crimes, scandals, murders and ongoing fighting in wars around the world. We live in troubled times. The only hope is Krsna consciousness, which quickly brings relief from the miseries of material life. That antidote is delivered in the form of blissful chanting and dancing to the holy names […]

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Глава 2   На неделе, следующей после майского ретрита «Садху-санга» в Северной Каролине, я дожидался в лос-анджелесском аэропорту рейса на Лондон, а потом в Варшаву. Ко мне подошел пожилой джентльмен и, глядя на мои одежды санньяси, заговорил с сильным польским акцентом: – Вы, должно быть, из Харе Кришна. – Ну да, – ответил я. – […]

Kirtan In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Twenty-five thousand people attended the Arkaim Festival in Urals, Russia on the occasion of the summer solstice. ISKCON devotees held a late evening Ratha Yatra parade through the festival grounds with the sun still blazing high in the sky. By midnight we were back in our “Krsna village” chanting and dancing with the people as […]

The Swastika City

After traveling for 4 days and over 2,500 kilometers we finally arrived yesterday in Arkaim, a remote archaeological site situated in the southern Urals steppe of Russia. Discovered in 1987 by a team of Russian scientists the dwellings are described as an ancient capitol of the Aryan, or Vedic culture. Dubbed the “Swastika City” because […]

Twenty-Two Years To The Day

Yesterday devotees in Moscow celebrated the installation of their Gaura Nitai deities exactly twenty-two years ago. I was thinking how pleased Srila Prabhupada must be with them for maintaining a consistent and high standard for over two decades. Because of various factors the devotees have had to move their temple numerous times – but the […]

Sadhu Sanga Retreat – Part Three

Another talented photographer, Damodar-rati dasa, provides us with more beautiful photos of last weeks Sadhu Sanga Retreat. The festival has become the ‘talk of the town.’ The association was stellar, the chanting of the holy names out of this world and the prasadam something to remember. [ All photos from Dennis Sher Photography ]