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Srimati Gangamata Goswami Appearance by Sivarama Swami

From her childhood Princess Sachi devi, the daughter of King Naresh Narayana of Bengal, showed unalloyed devotion to Lord Sri Krishna. She even refused to marry on account of her genuine attachment to Krishna. After her father’s demise she ruled the kingdom. But she soon renounced it to find a bona fide spiritual master. Princess Sachi devi met Shri Haridasa Pandit, a leading guru in Vrindavana, and began performing devout bhajana to Govindaji.…

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Disappearance Day of Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana

Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana (Sri Govinda Dasa) appeared in the 1600’s near Remuna, Orissa. In his youth, he mastered Sanskrit grammar, poetry, and logic. After carefully studying the commentaries of Sankara and Madhva he took initiation in the Tattva-Vadi disciplic succession of Sripad Madhvacarya. Baladeva Vidyabhusana became a dig Vijaya Pandit (conqueror of all opponents) and began visiting the holy places. Wherever…

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Second Initiation, Laguna Beach on 17 June 2018

By Damodar das 

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.

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50th ISKCON London Ratha Yatra festival

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…

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The Force and the Source by Bhaktimarga Swami

Have you ever looked out the window to see, before your very eyes, a storm, not brewing, but suddenly hammer its way through?  I did.  It was on this very day.  I would say there was no physical warning.  It just came, turbulently.


I was in the chair looking at the trees from our second storey. Suddenly those trees swayed in such a way that I didn’t know they could bend like that.…
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Vedabase.com: The BBT On-line

By Prahlada-Nrsmha Das

What is the goal?

To present Srila Prabhupada’s books nicely and to provide powerful research tool for their study.

Brief history

Before the Online Vedabase project came there already had been attempts…

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Varnasrama Education In The Modern World

By Mathuresa Das

Many initiatives to promote Sastric education in different countries of Latin America have been formed. The desire of responsible and capable members of our communities to help devotees to excel in the knowledge of the scriptures in a systematic and scientific way is very praiseworthy and worthy of being supported.…

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Sastric Education Online In Latin America

By Parampadam Dasa

How in tune are we with educational changes in the last 20 years? Can Sastric education online provide comprehensive Vaishnava training? What are the most important challenges and weaknesses in education and online? How to achieve a common goal with both modalities?

In this article we explain the experience of…

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Annual North American Ministry of Education Conference

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. Alachua is home to two devotee run schools serving a combined 250 children from Pre-K through High School.

The purpose of this year’s conference is to facilitate connections between fellow educators; learn best practices from peers…

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Blessings of the vaishnavas by Kadamba Kanana Swami

(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…

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Opportunities

By Bhaktimarga Swami
 
Three of us, Keshav, Vijay and I, went for some fund-raising in Brampton.  There is a need to receive kindness from donors for the up-and-coming Chariot Fest in Toronto.  The target for collection is $20,000 (Canadian).  People were reciprocating.  One dentist and…
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A Small Special School – Bhaktivedanta Manor Gurukula

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.…

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The GBC College and Iskcon’s Sankirtan

By Hanumatpresaka Swami

We have been asked by several agencies to write a report on the recent GBC-College in Brazil. This would include its broader implications for ISKCON’s global Sankirtan (playing the big mṛdanga).

First, it is a very big and powerful topic, so we will write this article as a preface to later dialogs. We write it with the audience of…

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Matthew Guy, Andrew Bond and Katie Allan visited ISKCON Victoria, Australia

By 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…

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Step inside the Perth gallery dedicated to Indian-inspired art

By 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…

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Seeing the Prime Cause By Padmapani Das

On July 29, 1971, Srila Prabhupada was interviewed on television at the University of Gainesville in Florida (which His Divine Grace described as “a remote corner of the world, thousands of miles from the birthplace of Lord Caitanya”). At one point, Srila Prabhupada was asked the following…

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The Miracle of Forgiveness and The Miracle of a Smile and Happiness

By Karnamrita Das

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THE MIRACLE OF FORGIVENESS:

Much has been written in spiritually themed literature, Vedic scriptures and Prabhupada's translations, and personal growth/self-help books about forgiveness. As a young person and devotee I had no idea how important…

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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.

Why are we holding on to the concept that there will be happiness…

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Illusory beauty by Kadamba Kanana Swami

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 08 March 2015, Stockholm, Sweden, Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.4)

After years of chanting, we may stop and say, “Why am I doing this? I don’t feel like it anymore. I don’t know. I cannot get myself to chant anymore.” What happened? What happened to your knowledge? Is it all gone? Don’t you know that there is no alternative? Don’t you know that the material…

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Panihati Cida-dadhi Festival in Laguna Beach on 16 June, 2018

By Damodar das

“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…
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