Some Thoughts on Disciples in ISKCON
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Some years ago, the GBC commissioned their Sastric Advisory Council (SAC) to produce a paper on ISKCON’s responsibility to protect its members from choosing unqualified gurus, versus the disciples’ responsibility to undergo due diligence in testing their prospective guides. This is from the GBC’s request to the SAC: “Srila Prabhupada states that it is the […]

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GBC SPT New Ekadashi Series
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Starting in January 2022, to enrich your every Ekadashi, GBC SPT brings to you the enchanting anecdotes of a perfect gentleman who perfectly exhibited the 26 qualities of a Vaishnava as seen through the eyes of his disciples. Here we share the most recent installment. In our third episode, Siddhanta Das will highlight a few […]

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Ramanujacharya: The Statue of Equality
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On February 5th, 2022 the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated the ‘Statue of Equality of Sri Ramanujacarya as part of the 12-day ongoing 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of the saint. The 216-foot tall statue is among the tallest metallic sitting statues in the world. It is located in a 45-acre complex on the outskirts […]

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The Passing of Lata Mangeshkar
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The legendary singer and most recorded artist in the world (Guinness World Records) passed away on February 6, 2022 at the age of 92. I had the good fortune of meeting her in 1976 and spending several hours one on one with her over a three-day period. In the summer of 1976, I received a […]

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The Appearance of Lord Varaha
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The Lila (pastime) of Lord Varaha From ISKCON Bangalore In ancient times there were two brothers named Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha. They were demons born to sage Kashyapa Muni. They flaunted uncommon bodily features and had steel-like frames which grew just like mountains. Their bodies became so tall they seemed to kiss the sky with the […]

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Srila Prabhupada Arrives in South Korea
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Patanjali Muni das is head of the kitchen at Bhaktivedanta Manor, and he also oversees the preaching activities in ISKCON South Korea. Recently he ceremoniously received the life-size murti (sacred image) of Srila Prabhupada in the temple of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra, which is situated on the border of South Korea near to the Demilitarized […]

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Indian Tribal Care Trust Mobile Medical Unit
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India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) is a US-based non-profit charity. They aim to support the poverty-stricken people of India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Their focus is to empower poor people through means of education and skill development, thereby making them capable of living a sustainable life. They serve beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, […]

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Live to Give ’21
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This last Live to Give campaign from the BBT ran from September 21st, 2021 through January 7th, 2022. Informally known as the December Marathon, communities across the globe come together to share and distribute the Bhagavad Gita in a collective effort. Each year, a global goal is created to enthuse, inspire and measure our successes […]

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Sri Advaita Acarya
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Today is the day when we honor that personality who has brought the descent of Lord Caitanya into this world Sri Advaita Acarya. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He is Mahavishnu, He is the personality who created this entire cosmic manifestation and knowing the purpose of the cosmic manifestations to send everyone back […]

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ISKCON Mourns the Passing of Lata Mangeshkar
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The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the world in mourning and remembering the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, The Nightingale of India. Acclaimed singer Lata Mangeshkar took her last breath at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai on Sunday, February 6th, 2022, she was 92. The singer was cremated at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park with full state […]

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Live to Give ’21
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This last Live to Give campaign from the BBT ran from September 21st, 2021 through January 7th, 2022. Several devotees around the world participated. Many full-time sankirtan devotees, traveling sankirtan parties, participated as well as families, children, and congregations members participated part-time and weekends for this occasion. This year’s campaign tried many new approaches to […]

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Devotee Care:Tribute to Those We Lost During Pandemic
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Each and every one of us wants two things in life: to love and to be loved. Devotee Care is one such initiative by ISKCON that takes care of the devotees and embeds the culture of care using different platforms. Their vision and mission is to provide contentment to the devotees both spiritually and materially […]

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Holocaust Memorial Day
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Visakha dasi and Radha Mohan das represented Bhaktivedanta Manor at the Holocaust Memorial Day event organized by Hertsmere Borough Council. The event began with a candlelit parade through Bushey High Street, followed by a ceremony at The Bushey Arena. Holocaust Memorial Day is observed internationally to remember the millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust, […]

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Join the Bhakti Center Team
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If you or someone you know have the requirements for the jobs listed below and would like to be a part of the Bhakti Center Team, please reach out to Brajarani at brajarani@bhakticenter.org Program Manager – works with the Program Director to ensure smooth functioning of all aspects of Programming, specifically in relation to planning, […]

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Nectar Talks with Saranagati Dasi
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Nectar Talks EPISODE 19 with Saranagati Dasi “A Second-Generation Devotee Joins Krishna Consciousness” Sharanagati Dasi was born and raised in Krishna consciousness. She left the Alachua community to pursue a career in modeling. Hear about her successful career and her battle with addiction. Learn how Sharanagati’s journey led her to eventually “join” the Hare Krishna […]

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The Economics of Cow Protection
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Many speak about the importance of cow protection. Srila Prabhupada explains how cows are important for a progressive society, helping human beings to ascend to the mode of goodness. Once in Mayapur Srila Prabhupada commented how just having a few cows and letting them roam around in the property would bring auspiciousness. Cows are very […]

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The Completed TOVP Garuda Murti
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We are glad to inform you that the TOVP Garuda Murti is completely finished and ready for installation. As the greatest devotee and very intimate servant of the Supreme Lord, Garuda, the carrier of Vishnu, is always ready to perform devotional service and execute any orders of the Lord. Therefore, he is always near Him. […]

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Launch of the Many Moons Podcast
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A new podcast entitled “Many Moons” is set to be released across all podcast platforms on February 7th, 2022. Presented by Sadhvi Sanga and Bodhaka, the podcast is a series of interviews featuring inspiring voices of the pioneer women of ISKCON. The invited guests will speak about their relationships with Srila Prabhupada, their personal experiences […]

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The Passing of Caitanya Jivan Das
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From ISKCON Philadelphia Dear Devotees, Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. We regret to inform you that our dear friend and longtime congregational member, His Grace Caitanya Jivan Prabhu, a disciple of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, has departed from this world on January 30, 2022. He leaves behind his wife, […]

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In Memoriam: His Grace Jnana Sukriti Das
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His Grace Jnana Sukriti Prabhu (ACBSP) from Caracas left his body on the auspicious day of Sat-tila ekadasi. He was present during the visit of His Divine Grace in Venezuela in February 1975 and had the opportunity to serve him, to attend his classes and receive initiation on that occasion. He was a very scholarly […]

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Mayapur Clean & Green
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The area outside ISKCON Mayapur campus is underdeveloped and has no waste management system. Owing to this, Murari Mohini Devi Dasi has taken up this initiative and started Mayapur- Clean And Green. She supervises groups that clean the streets of Mayapur, collect the garbage, and transport it to the waste and recycling areas.   Born […]

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Host a Screening of Hare Krishna! to Celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s 50th Arrival Anniversary
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Celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s 50th Anniversary of his arrival in your city or country with a screening of HARE KRISHNA! Srila Prabhupada blessed this lands-now tirthas-with his presence. The 50th anniversary of his arrival is an ideal opportunity to inform leaders of the relevance of his life and message. Celebrate by having a red-carpet screening of […]

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ISKCON Communications Global Conference 1/22/2022
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ISKCON Communications Global Conference: January 22nd, 2022. Keynote talk on how to reconcile different perspectives on Srila Prabhupada’s statements by Radhika Ramana Das/ Dr. Ravi Gupta Other presentations include: ISKCON Communications by Anuttama Das (USA) Identifying Bias in News by Madana Gopala (USA) ISKCON News by Kamala Radha Devi Dasi (USA) Bangladesh Protests by Bhakta […]

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The Kachori Story (includes recipes)
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Every morning at Hare Krsna temples around the world, devotees gather to sing Sri Sri Gurvastaka, eight Sanskrit verses praising the spiritual master. These verses describe the characteristics of a genuine spiritual master. The fourth verse says that a genuine spiritual master encourages the distribution of prasadam [food offered to Lord Krsna.] to the public. As Srila Prabhupada explains, […]

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The Impact of Religious Fasting on the Body
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Most of the world’s world religions perform some form of religious fasting. In ISKCON we have Ekadashi fasting twice a month. For us, Ekadashi fasting is all about purifying your soul and preparing yourself for attaining Moksha (salvation). This practice helps us get rid of planetary influences and attain a peaceful mind. While most Hindus […]

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50th Anniversary of Prabhupada Placing Ananta Sesha in Foundation Pit
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Prabhupada Placing Ananta Sesha in the TOVP Foundation Pit, 1972 1972 was a year in Sridhama Mayapur filled with many beginnings. The Radha Madhava Golden Jubilee Festival from March 2 – 5 commemorates four of them. These include: 50th Anniversary of Chota Radha Madhava’s Installation/Arrival 50th Anniversary of the ISKCON Mayapur Gaur Purnima Festival 50th […]

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Sat-tila Ekadashi
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These are the six (sat) ways in which sesame seeds (tila) are utilized for spiritual purification on this Ekadashi. Therefore it is called Sat-tila Ekadashi: (1) bathe in the water mixed with sesame seeds, (2) rub sesame seed paste on his body, (3) offer sesame seeds into the fire in sacrifice, (4) eat sesame seeds, […]

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Students Map Out a Sustainable, Eco-friendly Future
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Alachua Students Map Out a Sustainable, Eco-friendly Future for their School From January 3rd to January 14th, 2022, students at the Bhaktivedanta Academy North America (BANA) in Alachua, FL participated in an interdisciplinary project based on building a sustainable school. The project was executed by the middle school and high school student cohorts and their […]

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When Krishna Talks Back
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Let’s get to know Lord Krishna, the supreme personality of Godhead. Can you see God? Yes, eventually. But first learn to experience God. Krishna is our source, Krishna is our best friend, Krishna is our maintainer and sustainer. Let’s reignite our relationship with Lord Krishna. You can join my virtual Gita study sessions on zoom […]

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ISKCON Gurugram Ox-cart Padyatra
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The monks of ISKCON Gurugram decided to take the traditional way this time and went for sankirtan (congregational chanting) and book distribution on a Bullock cart. The cart had an altar with Sri Radha Krishna giving darshan (opportunity of seeing a holy image or deity) for the benefit of all. The devotees distributed about 250 […]

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Japa Affirmations Part 1
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Based on the book Japa Affirmations by His Grace Mahatma Dasa Ancient Vedic texts address the notion that no amount of material accomplishments can deeply satisfy us. Our consciousness has been affected by the material atmosphere, and as we try to exploit resources, we are in fact getting more and more entangled in mundane complexities. […]

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Expanding the Circle of Compassion
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After reading “GBC Amends and Affirms Law Allowing Vaisnavis To Initiate,” I thought to myself that you can always get to the same place from a different direction. The debate in ISKCON for the last few years has been about women gurus. But this article will show the reader that Srila Prabhupada did not approach […]

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TOVP Celebrates the Prabhupada Paschatya Desha Tarine Centennial, 1922-2022
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The TOVP Celebrates the Prabhupada Paschatya Desha Tarine Centennial, 1922-2022: Receiving the Order to Preach Many devotees may not be aware that this year commemorates the 100th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada receiving the order to preach in the West from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati (see the story below). This highly important and significant event and its […]

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Recap of ISKCON Communications Global Conference
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Understanding Different Perspectives of Srila Prabhupada’s Statements Recap of ISKCON Communications Global Conference More than 100 leaders and devotees doing communications services from around the globe including India, the US, the UK, South Africa, and Europe joined the online conference on Saturday, January 22nd. The headline event for the conference, “Reconciling Different Perspectives on Srila […]

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Tribute to Her Grace Kripamayi Devi Dasi
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Kripamayi Devi Dasi  was one of the first Hare Krishna devotees in Thailand. As a young girl, she would pray to Lord Buddha for guidance. Her Buddhist guru one day handed her a piece of paper with the maha-mantra written on it. From then on, she started chanting the maha-mantra. By Krsna’s arrangement, she met […]

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News Brief: Remembering Kashmir on “Holocaust Day”
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January 19 is not just another date on the calendar. It is observed globally as the ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day‘ by the Kashmiri Pandits. Jammu, Jan 19 (PTI) Displaced Kashmiri Pandits on Wednesday observed January 19 as the ‘Holocaust Day’ to mark the exodus of their community members from the Valley in 1990.   Contemporary History: The state of Jammu and […]

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North American Leadership Conference Wrap Up
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Empowering Leaders Across USA and Canada  ISKCON North America Leadership Annual Conference   More than 140 leaders from across the US and Canada attended the weekend conference held last weekend January 14-16th to network, share resources and empower leaders to serve their respective communities. The first day of the conference the mood was one of […]

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