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Current and Future ISKCON Managers Learn Prabhupada’s Principles of Servant Leadership

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By Madhava Smullen 

Twenty-six current and future leaders recently took the ISKCON Leadership and Management Course in New Jersey, which focused on sixteen principles of servant leadership espoused by Srila Prabhupada.…

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At the Dawn of a Birthday by Bhaktimarga Swami

 
I had had a good night's rest at Surinder's home, with the window wide open, and at a comfortable 16 degrees Celsius, or thereabout.  The twelve kilometre walk on the Great Trail, and the dance lessons with demonstrations at the Kirtan…
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Governor of Jakarta Attends Rathayatra in Indonesian Capital

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By Madhava Smullen 

Now held in nearly 200 countries around the world, Rathayatra has also reached the island nation of Indonesia. This year, on June 30th, ISKCON devotees celebrated the Lord of the Universe in the capital city,…

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Tranquility Amidst Turbulence - The Formula To Transcend This World by Achyut Gopal Das

 
"One cannot solve a problem on the very level of understanding with which it was created." - Albert Einstein



We live in a constantly changing world. The external situations,…
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ISKCON Prison Ministry – The Hare Krishna class

By Sarnga Thakur Dasa

We go through three sliding doors (vertical bars) and two locked gates to enter the reception area. When we get to the classroom building, we have to ask the guard in the control room to announce the Hare Krishna Class so that all the different areas can get notified. There are often new guards there and it can take a few times before they…

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Lord Nrsimhadev’s Mercy

Once, Lord Nrsimhadev’s worship was going on as usual when the pujari noticed that one flower fell from Nrsimhadev’s garland. The pujari asked the visitors if anyone was offering any special prayers to Lord Nrsimhadev.

The visitors in front did not say anything, but from the back one lady came forward with tears in her eyes. She…

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Loosing our chanting beads

Hare Krishna dear devotees,

Since last few months I have come across devotees who have lost their chanting beads. If this in itself was not bad enough, then what was even more painful for them was that in all the cases, save one, their spiritual master declined to chant again on new chanting beads.

For the devotees the most precious and dear most treasure are their chanting beads- on which their…

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How to Live in a World Plagued by Selfishness? by Radhanath Swami

Question: Namaste Swamiji. It is said that we should always associate with selfless people, and that’s very critical. Then, how should we interact with the people who are selfish? As you say, we should also love them as they are also part of God. So, if we are surrounded by such people, how should we act?

Radhanath Swami: By being a good example. Of course, if those people open their minds and hearts for us to…

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An Extra Long Stroll by Bhaktimarga Swami

It was a distinct and utterly surprised tone of a male voice that projected out from this three-storey residential building.  As audible as could be were the words: "What the hell!"
 
I was certain that these three words of shock were in reference to myself, as they were delivered just minutes after I began a short trek on "The Great Trail," which actually spans across the whole of…
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ISKCON Farms Make Progress as New Vrindaban Hosts 2019 Conference

Events

By Madhava Smullen

Since 2016, the ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture (IMCPA) has been organizing multiple farm conferences every year in four continents. The result has been ISKCON farm staff in each region coming…

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Great visionaries by Kadamba Kanana Swami

The Pandavas were not ordinary people in two ways; not ordinary in the sense that they were devotees from birth and not ordinary because they had taken birth in a royal family. It was not just something like the modern royal families. Even in the modern royal families, there is some culture, there is tradition and there are certain standards. People grow up with a certain awareness, “I am supposed to behave in a noble way … where nobility…

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Sweet Walk by Bhaktimarga Swami



William Wordsworth was one of those poets with a skill, who also liked to walk. One day, at noon, he ambled along a narrow lane thinking of his past.  I came upon his poem some hours after I took a five kilometre walk with Godbrother Gaura.  It's called, "Sweet Was the…
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Fortune Beyond Imagination & Qualification by Achyut Gopal Das

As devotees, we don't realise the great fortune of being able to wear the attire of a Vaishnava, apply Tilak on our forehead, wear Tulsi beads on our neck, chant the Holynames of Krishna, associate with His wonderful devotees, engage in His service, honour His…

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First-Ever Krishna Homeschool Convention To Be Held in Chicago

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By Sri Radhika Dasi 

Sri Sri Kisore Kisori Mandir will host grahasthas who are currently homeschooling their children, or considering it as an option for the future, for a first of it's kind "Krishna Homeschool Convention" to be held on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July…

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Expert at everything. That was Prabhupada! by Shyamasundar



 

Once we were in Mayapur. We had an old—I think it was a 1948 Hudson or some old, big car. And I was driving. We had left the main road. If you have been on the main road you know how bad it is. You can imagine how bad this secondary road was like. We were going to visit Lalit Prasad, who was Bhaktisiddhanta’s living brother, who was a very old man then. We didn’t know the road, and we didn’t know the way very well. We knew that it was up…

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People Coming And Sitting by Bhaktimarga Swami



A couple from Saudi Arabia and their baby in a stroller sat down next to us in the park. One of our chanting party members handed them a card promoting the soon-to-arrive "Chariot Fest" which is also called "Festival of India" and this compelled them to join us. They have…
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ISKCON Officially Registered in Albania for the First Time Ever

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By Madhava Smullen

After decades of communism, civil war, and bans on all religion in Albania, ISKCON was finally officially registered in the Southeast European country on May 31st, 2019 for the first time.…

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The State of West Bengal Promotes ISKCON Mayapur as a Tourist Hub

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The State of West Bengal in India has joined hands with ISKCON, and produced a video to promote ISKCON Mayapur as a tourism hub. 

The video focuses mainly on Gaura Purnima or the day of the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This is the biggest festival at Mayapur and brings devotees from across the globe to this Nadia town.…

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Madana Mohana Mohini Dasi: One Year

My dear Guru Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances at the dust of your divine lotus feet. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Srila Gurudeva!

It has been one year since you initiated me. I am amazed that one year has passed! There is so much that I can say about that day, always. But today as I am writing this email, I am unable…

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Last Exit by Bhaktimarga Swami

 
One member of our local community who comes regularly for priestly tasks drove Jai and I to his residential area at Pape and Danforth.  It was at my request.  "From your place the two of us will walk back to the ashram, a distance of…
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