Krishna consciousness and the youth
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Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON’s Congregational Development Ministry

Youth Engagement- Interview with Daru Brahman Das (Social Worker, Care and Assistance, Mayapur) The thing about young people teenagers, in my experience, they won’t go anywhere they don’t feel wanted so we have to somehow convey that we really want and value young people. And has to be real because they can suss. You know, they are going through so many changes in their bodies, in their minds, relationships, their roles, their thinking, they need a place where they can just be and be real and be accepted. We really need to convey that to them, we really need to find the good qualities in the youth we have and really need to build on those, we need to be in a mood of appreciating people and we need to have respect for the Youth. The other thing is that we live in a community with very high ideals and most of us know or some of us know that we can’t reach those ideals immediately and the youth need to be accepted. So it’s the kind of double-edge situation, is difficult for people to live here knowing they don’t reach those ideals unless they feel accepted with their faults. We don’t need to focus on them but we need to give a place for members coming to you who can’t reach those high ideals, who are on the way to them, are interested in getting to them. We have to appreciate, especially in the youth, the fact that they choose to be here, they want to be part of Iskcon, they want to search Srila Prabhupada, they will have something in them that brings them here, whether is the history with their family or something they discovered, some realization etc.

Playlist of All Videos Recorded of Sriman Srinathji Prabhu
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Hare KrishnaBy the Iskcondesiretree team

Srinathji Prabhu has been a prominent all-India industry leader and was the past President of ELCOMA (Electrical Lamp and Component Manufacturers Association), AMPS (Association of Manufacturers of Petroleum Specialties) and many other associations. Dr. Desai was the Chairman of DGTD ( Govt. of India) Panel for Light Electrical Industry and was a member of the Managing Committee of Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA). He had twice been the Secretary General of International Interfaith Conferences, which were attended by Nobel Laureates such as Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, etc. to promote world peace, human welfare and religious understanding. In May 2011, he was invited by Milken Institute, Los Angeles, USA, to speak in a Global Conference on “India: The Tiger Economy is Roaring”.

Videos, August 2016
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Please find below videos of Kadamba Kanana Swami captured in Slovenia during the month of August. Janmastami and Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja, 2016 Read about these wonderful festivals. KKS_26 August 2016_Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja_Kirtan. Watch YouTube video here. KKS_26 August 2016_Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja_Guru Vandana. Watch YouTube video here. KKS_26 August 2016_Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja_Address. […]

Videos: July 2016
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Please find below videos of Kadamba Kanana Swami captured during the month of July. Italy – Sravanam Kirtanam Retreat Read about Maharaj’s visit to Italy. Audio recordings are available here. KKS_Italy_VillaVrindavan_13July2016_Lecture_SB_7.6.11-13 KKS_Italy_VillaVrindavan_10July2016_Kirtan  KKS_Italy_VillaVrindavan_09July2016_Lecture_Intro to Kirtan KKS_Italy_VillaVrindavan_09July2016_Kirtan KKS_Italy_VillaVrindavan_09July2016_Lecture_SB_12.3.51 KKS_Italy_VillaVrindavan_08July2016_Spontaneous Kirtan KKS_Germany_Berlin_04July2016_Kirtan KKS_Germany_Berlin_04July2016_Lecture Czech – Summer Camp Read about Kadamba Kanana Swami at the Czech Summer Camp. Audio recordings are […]

Huge celebration for Janmashtami 2016 at Bhaktivedanta Manor (video)
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Hare KrishnaBy Filmwork Studios

Bhaktivedanta Manor’s spectacular Janmashtami festival attracts over 70,000 pilgrims to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna on earth 5000 years ago. The festival demonstrates the spiritual variety of India’s ancient Vedic culture in all its glory. On arrival, visitors walk through the newly completed ‘New Gokul’ complex, Europe’s largest cow protection project, as they make their way to the colourful festival site. At the site, the main marquee stages cultural dances and musical extravaganzas. Over 50,000 pilgrims also eagerly queue in anticipation to greet Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, the temple Deities, in the Manor’s exquisitely decorated shrine. Even the queue itself is a spiritual experience, as it makes its way along a flowered walk-way around the Manor’s lake, with pilgrims admiring the illuminated displays of Krishna’s pastimes. Throughout the day, kitchen staff is working solidly, preparing no less than 50,000 plates of prasadam (sacred vegetarian food) that is distributed freely to all pilgrims. A dedicated children’s area features a mini ‘main marquee’ where children perform carefully prepared shows and dances. An array of stalls and exhibits display spiritual art and literature, while there are also themed marquees providing lifestyle tips, such as a cruelty-free diet and a reduced environmental footprint.

National Geographic Channel highlights ISKCON Kitchen
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Hare KrishnaBy Kripamoya das

Just last month our teams prepared hot meals for 17,000 in Trafalgar Square. In Glastonbury the Hare Krishna tent fed 15,000 hungry mouths over the festival, and the same team prepare 900 meals daily for the homeless and hungry students. Besides singing and dancing in public places, or distributing books, giving out blessed food or prasadam is the activity for which ISKCON is known. Today, 50 years after it started, that essential activity of cooking in large quantities has been raised to a fine art. It takes some feat of organisation to prepare food for thousands of people but it seems to be one thing that ISKCON does well. Here’s how the National Geographic Channel picked up on one such ‘mega-kitchen’ this week.

Inspiration Series: three more videos released by ISKCON 50
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Hare KrishnaBy Romapada das

“Temple managers should make sure that for this Janmashtami season, they have splashed the ISKCON 50 posters, banners and the exhibition panels from the ISKCON 50 Expo prominently in your premises,” said Anuttama Dasa, GBC Minister for Communications, and a member of the International Executive Committee for ISKCON 50. “The Inspiration Series videos will hopefully bring home the importance of why we should all lead the way in educating the world about Srila Prabhupada, his achievements, how ISKCON has grown in the last 50 years and highlight our achievements.”

Mahaprabhu: ISKCON 50th Anniversary offering by Jayadeva das
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Hare KrishnaBy Mahaprabhu das

Mantra Choir performance of Mahaprabhu. Involving over 400 musicians, singers and dancers from all around the World. Early 70’s pop star John Richardson aka Jayadeva Prabhu released today on Gaura Purnima day (23 March), his ISKCON 50th Anniversary offering–the virtual mantra choir. Having gathered the voices of devotees from more than 25 countries, Jayadeva conducts the Mantra Choir in singing the name of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

2016 TOVP update video
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Hare KrishnaBy Prananatha Das

After months of intense work, for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada, we present the 2016 TOVP update video. Please watch in HD. The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP), being built at ISKCON’s World Headquarters in Mayapur, West Bengal, India, is ISKCON’s flagship project and most ambitious undertaking to spread the teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatar. Mission The fulfillment of the desire of visionary spiritual leaders, saints and incarnations, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is a unique and ambitious project to make the vast culture and philosophy of the timeless Vedic tradition accessible to everyone, under the direction of ISKCON Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Rising from the plains of the holy land of Sri Mayapur, on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium will be a shining beacon to all aspiring spiritualists who are searching for answers to the questions of life. The temple is being designed according to the sacred architecture that has facilitated union with the divine for millions of people throughout the ages. Simply seeing the outside of the temple will evoke an appreciation for the divine, and awaken the dormant devotion for God in every sincere seeker.

New Film release: For Tomorrow
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Hare KrishnaBy Jagannath Kirtan Das

Dear devotees, today, on the disappearance of Srila Madhavendra Puri, the celebration of Sri Advaitacarya’s Shantipur festival, just three days shy of Gaura Purnima, after months of work, it is with deep gratitude and joy that we present to the devotee community our latest film entitled For Tomorrow. Our politicians pay lip service to it. Our technology is indifferent to it. Our commerce despises it. Nonetheless, it is the weightiest and most important thing to think about. Spirit. The living force. The soul. Srila Prabhupada wrote that society’s most vexing and painful problems could be redressed by simply realizing who we are: individual, eternal loving beings. Today, this type of knowledge is rarely found; those who practice this knowledge, rarer still. Can a coherent, stable, unified culture be created out of people of diverse traditions, languages, and religions? Can human beings go beyond their superficial differences and work together in a spirit of cooperation?

How to find a spiritual connection – TEDxSquareMile
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Hare KrishnaBy Radhanath Swami

In a world shrunken by digital connections are we still nourishing the right connections in our lives and in society? How can we get better connected spiritually ,with ourselves and with each other? Spiritual leader Radhanath Swami addresses these questions in this insightful talk. Radhanath Swami is a world renowned author, philanthropist and community builder. He has been a Bhakti Yoga practitioner and spiritual teacher for more than 40 years. He is the inspiration behind a free mid-day meal for 1.2 million school kids across India and he has been instrumental in founding the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai. He has keynoted at Apple, Starbucks, Google and House of Lords. His work has led to meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

An Evening “Chasing Rhinos” with HG Shyamasundara Prabhu
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Hare KrishnaBy Ravi Talsania

Incredibly inspirational talk by Shyamasundara Prabhu (ACBSP) about taking risks for Krishna. This was as a Pandava Sena event in London. Srila Prabhupada: So far I am concerned I always take risk for Krishna. I came here in your country risking my life. And still although I am physically unfit, I am trying to execute the orders of my Guru Maharaja as far as possible. Now, the sadhu’s qualification is he’s merciful, friendly… So the sadhus, they take the risk of becoming friendly and merciful to the fallen, conditioned souls, and they preach the message of Godhead. Therefore their mercy is required. They are merciful, by nature. By nature, they are merciful.

Into The Mouth Of The Dragon
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Hare KrishnaBy Indradyumna Swami

As part of ISKCON’s 50th year celebrations we are working with devotees in China to bring our festival tour there sometime this year.These are 3 short promotional videos we are showing in China to generate interest in our culture, the festival and the personalities involved. We have already received positive feedback from various groups in the Land of the Red Dragon. May Srila Prabhupada be glorified throughout the 3 worlds!

ISKCON Outreach – interviews with Iskcon leaders
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Hare KrishnaBy ISKCON Desire Tree

ISKCON Outreach is an initiative of GBC Strategic Planning Team. It is resource for all ISKCON leaders and members to learn the successful techniques of outreach adapted by different centers and members all around the world. In these video-interviews Iskcon leaders and devotees are sharing their outreach programs and realizations about how to present the science of Krishna consciousness in today’s society.

Make the people fortunate!
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Hare KrishnaBy Shaktyavesha Avatara dasa

Amara ajnaya guru hana. Caitanya Mahaprabhu said… Because Caitanya Mahaprabhu is maha-vadanyavatara, most munificent incarnation to reclaim all the fallen souls. Ei rupe brahmanda bhramite kono bhagyavan jiva [Cc. Madhya 19.151]. So the guru’s business is to make everyone a bhagyavan, fortunate. That is guru’s business. The guru’s business is… They are so much sympathetic that one can get Krsna consciousness if he is fortunate. So guru’s labor, guru’s activity, is how to make people fortunate. That is wanted. Because without being fortunate one cannot understand Krsna. And without Krsna consciousness he cannot be relieved from this avidya-karma-samjna-sakti, material nature. Therefore it is the business of guru to make everyone fortunate. So how he can make everyone fortunate? That is… Caitanya Mahaprabhu advises that amara ajnaya guru hana. You follow the principles of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s instruction first of all. Sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityananda, sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda. You just take their mercy. Then you become guru. And then what is your business? His business is yare dekha tare kaha krsna upadesa [Cc. Madhya 7.128]. So guru-krsna. Guru makes the people fortunate, and then the people become Krsna conscious, and then he becomes fortunate. This is the process of Krsna consciousness movement. Everyone is advised to become guru.

Harinam Samkirtan “Our Very Life & Soul”
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Hare KrishnaBy Govinda das

Three Out Of The Six Of Our London Yatra’s Legendary Devotees Return To Lead Our Saturday Night Harinam Party. London (28-11-2015) What Follows Is A Short Video Of Three Of The Six Original Devotees Sent To London By Srila Prabhupada In 1968. Shyamsundar Prabhu, Gurudas Prabhu, And Malati Prabhu. All Three Of Them Took Part In The Joyful Evening Of Street Chanting. Each One Of Them Took Turns To Lead The Kirtana. Over One Hundred And Fifty Devotees Were Inspired And Enlivened By Their Presence…

Glorifying Brahmananda Prabhu (video)
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By Indradyumna Swami

Much has been and will be said about Brahmananda Prabhu’s extraordinary love for and service to Srila Prabhupada. His attachment to Srila Prabhupada was so great that any association with him, whether by vani or vapuh, markedly increased my loving feelings for Srila Prabhupada. Brahmananda Prabhu is with Srila Prabhupada, engaged in his service, and that’s all I—or any of us—could ask for. And knowing that Brahmananda Prabhu is with Srila Prabhupada is an added impetus and incentive—an added attraction. Brahmananda Prabhu, may your example of dedication to your spiritual master and kindness to others inspire us in our service to Srila Prabhupada and his devotees.

Vyasa Puja 2015: Videos
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For your viewing pleasure, we present to you video recordings from the Vyasa Puja Festival. The video of the reading of offerings from the Vyasa Puja ceremony is available on our downloads page. The audio version of these have been published already (click here). We are very grateful to Bhaktin Klara, our camera(wo)man, and to Antardwip Prabhu […]