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New Zealand massacre ISKCON response

By Bhakta dasa

The horrific massacre that unfolded in Christchurch New Zealand on Friday 15th March, in which to date 50 human beings have lost their lives, is truly a very dark moment in history, not only for Muslims but for all who treasure the gift of life.

On behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Hare Krishna Movement, I…

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Awakening From a Nightmare

By Sesa Dasa

In medicine, a coma, or comatose, (from the Greek “koma”, meaning deep sleep) is a profound state of unconsciousness.

Talk about living a nightmare. There was a report on the news that a Belgian man “though to be in a coma for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time.” Alex Watts of Sky News Online writes, “For…

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Sri Laddu-Gopal comes in Viraha Bhavan

By HH Satsvarupa Das Goswami

Amith, an Indian devotee who lives in Albany, recently came back from a pilgrimage to Kumbha-mela in India. In the ISKCON tent he saw a murti of Laddu-Gopal, and he was very attracted to it. He thought of buying it and giving it to me as a gift. When the devotee-sellers heard that it was coming to me as a gift, they donated two sets of…

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On the Rooftop by Bhaktimarga Swami

 


On the rooftop of the house, "Radha," local birds fly about—doves, cookoos, and more.  Some land on the shrubs and any other object which would be perfect perches.  Mahasrngha, a very amiable type of person from Poland, is the…
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Lifestyle by Bhaktimarga Swami

Many of our crew members are quite ill with fever, but like real troopers they’re carrying on with the show.  A number of them wouldn't mind participating in the walking events, called parikrama,but they see the need to reserve time for…
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Qualitative upgradation through forgiveness

By Shubha Vilas Das

When it comes to making relations work for a lifetime, probably the most powerful and handy tool available is forgiveness. Every relationship goes through a patch where it begins to ferment from love to hate. The search is for a process that stops the fermentation from taking place.

When one embraces hate one forgets.…

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Yukta vairagya or using everything in Krishna’s service

By Haripada Dasa

In the Srimad Bhagavatam 7 canto it is said: The Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotee know how to use properly lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride and envy.

In the Bhagavad Gita 3.37, Srila Prabhupada says: “…Therefore the origin of lust is also in the Supreme. If,…

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ABC of sattva-guna

By Muniraja dasa

Many of us struggling sadhakas know that overcoming laya, sleepiness, during chanting, hearing and meditating is not always an easy thing. Some devotees struggle year after year, regularly wandering in a realms of tamo-guna and sleep while Srimad Bhagavatam-class, japa and gayatri.

Surrendering to Krsna and guru…

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Parabhakti Das Discusses Authentic Yoga at European Academy of Religion

Events
 
By Madhava Smullen

Parabhakti Das, President of ISKCON’s Villa Vrindavana community near Florence, Italy, presented at a panel discussion on preserving authenticity in yoga during the European Academy of Religion’s annual conference…

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Deity Worship and Cow Protection: GBC Discusses How to Improve Standards in March 10th Meeting

Events

March 10, Mayapur, India, 5:30 PM – The 2019 GBC Annual General Meetings continued with a report from the Deity Worship Ministry. The Deity Worship Ministry provides education, resources, and guidance to facilitate and encourage the maintenance and development of Deity worship in ISKCON, in accordance with the standards and mood established by Srila Prabhupada. …

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An Aspiration by Giriraj Swami

While chanting japa this morning, I thought of Srila Rupa Gosvami’s verse about the holy name:

tunde tandavini ratim vitanute tundavali-labdhaye

  karna-kroda-kadambini ghatayate karnarbudebhyah sprham

cetah-prangana-sangini vijayate sarvendriyanam krtim

  no jane janita kiyadbhir amrtaih krsneti varna-dvayi

“I do not know how much nectar the two syllables…

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Female Inclusiveness by Bhaktimarga Swami

 
Our topic was "guru."  I will paraphrase what I said—in regard to women being empowered as gurus—to the assembly of senior men and women.  All others who commented on the topic are to be confidentially honoured.…
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Iskcon devotees invited in important social event meet with popular stars

H.H.Radhanath Swami and HG Gauranga prabhu, during an important social event of the wedding of the son of Indian magnate Mukesh Ambani met with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Super star Rajnikanth.

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Food For All Opens ‘Pay As You Can’ Café in Watford, UK

Activism

Food For All, a prasadam distribution charity run by Parasurama Das, held a grand “re-opening” for a unique café in Watford, England near Bhaktivedanta Manor on February 25th. 

The café was previously known as Gokula and was run by the late Bhaja Hari Das, who passed away from a heart attack.

Food For…

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Lord Chaitanya Visits Vrindavan

From Back to Godhead

By Lokanath Swami

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was always absorbed in thoughts of Sri Vrindavan, often enquiring in a deep devotional mood, “Where is Vrindavan?” On several occasions, His devotees, fearing separation from Him, diverted, discouraged, or dissuaded Him from visiting Vrindavan.…

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Our Progress in Life is Gauged by Our Chanting

Lecture by HH Nirañjana Swami

Moscow, May 1, 2001

The following is a partially-edited transcription of a lecture given on May 01, 2001 in Moscow – Our Progress in Life is Gauged by Our Chanting

I am very happy to be back in Moscow after six months. It’s hard to believe it’s…

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Sri Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama 2019: Day 6

Gauranga! Nityananda!

On the 6th day of Parikrama, we are wondering in the island of Rudradvipa where Nidaya Gat (border) is situated.

Early morning all the pilgrims left Pratapnagar by boat.. it is always a great time crossing the merciful waters of Mother Ganga with so many devotees, such an unique experience!

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu…

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Speech by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ISKCON Delhi

ISKCON Chairman, Honorable Gopal Krishna maharaj ji, my cabinet colleague Mr. Mahesh Sharma, my associate in the Parliament Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi, other important members of ISKCON, and ladies and gentlemen present here.

I was told that people from many countries including America, UK, Russia, and Hungary have arrived to attend this program. My warm greetings to all of you.…

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Every Year by Bhaktimarga Swami

 
Every year we arrange a lunch for the Canadian pilgrims. This year, Gauranga's Garden became our venue for bhakti-yogis from the Great White North to assemble.  Monks/swamis well known like Sivarama, BB Govinda, Gopal Krishna and Bhanu…
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