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Every year Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Temple Council selects applicants to receive grants towards a variety of worthy projects.

This year the Manor supported the following exciting projects:

ISKCON Youth Euro Bus Tour 2024

ISKCON Youth Bus Tours have been run since 1995 and has been vital in inspiring many members of the next generation. About fifty youth travel for one month visiting 12 ISKCON temples across 9 European countries.  They participate in harinam sankirtan (public chanting) in the local

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On the afternoon of Monday, May 13th, His Grace Rajasekhara Dasa Brahmachari, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, left his body surrounded by devotees in Sri Mayapur Dham. His sudden departure followed a short stay in the hospital, where he was admitted with heart and breathing problems. Appreciations and prayers have flooded social media, remembering this faithful disciple of Srila Prabhupada. 

Godbrother Deena Bandhu Das related what devotees visiting Rajasekhara said, “He was smiling and talking

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By Chirag Bhatt

ISKCON of Houston is preparing to celebrate a decade of joy, spirituality, devotion, and community spirit with a 10th-anniversary celebration of the installation of Sri Sri Radha Giridhari and the opening of our temple in 2014. We are thrilled to extend a heartfelt invitation to you all to join us for this festival on June 8 and 9, 2024. 


The History of ISKCON of Houston

The first community, led by Hridayananda Goswami and HH Vishnujana Swami, began in 1971 in a Montrose area h

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How True It Is by Bhaktimarga Swami



The very successful reunion of Krishna house/ Bhakti Academy initiatives in new Vrindaban was now behind us. We had the good fortune to take part in Cleveland's Sunday Sanga, which was nice, and then for now a flight to Newark Airport that took me to New Jersey and to my hosts Haripada and Sindhamini and the hills where bears do roam. 

Everything here is fairly much in full green height, including the garlic – mustard and aromatic honey suckle. The deck of their home near Towaco, is expansive

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A. Introduction

1. What is vanaprastha?

The word vanaprastha is composed of the words vana, meaning “forest” and prastha, meaning “to go,” so a vanaprastha is “One has gone to the forest.” Vanaprastha is an asrama in the Vedic varnasrama system. An asrama can be both a physical and mental place and refers to “a place where one cultivates spiritual life, where culture of the spiritual is foremost.”
The vanaprastha order is complete retirement from householder life, a time when one prepares ones

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(From an old letter)


I am a devotee of Krishna and have been one for the past seven years. I am also of Indian origin, and my story is a typical one.

I have been living in North America since I was nine years old. My parents came here to complete their higher education, and upon completion of their doctorates, they decided to settle down in this, their adopted country. As the family grew, came careers, households, mortgages, etc. Along with this material, success ca

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“A person is not considered a great sage unless he disagrees with another sage”.

This adage suitably describes the career of La Mettrie, whose contentious writings during the eighteenth century were almost universally reviled by his contemporaries during the age of the Enlightenment. Even Frederick the Great, who afforded him protection and patronage following his banishment from France and Holland, declared that one could attain peace of mind by not reading La Mettrie’s works. Notwithstanding

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A devotee sees all as God’s dear children and wants to relieve their misery.

As eternal parts of Krishna, we naturally possess some of His quality of being concerned for the welfare of all living beings.

Krishna, the seed-giving father of all living beings (Gita 14.4), is also the well-wisher of all living beings (Gita 5.29). As a father wants the best for his children, Krishna wants the best for every one of us. And as a father provides for his children, so Krishna provides for all of us – eko

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Misers hold on to whatever wealth they have and do not want to share, and the result is they are being deprived. So here we are in Europe, we brought wealth from all over the world. We got it by hook or Captain Cook, somehow or other, we brought it in. Here it is and now we are sitting on it. But gradually, it is running out. London is still going strong but if you go a bit North, people are poor! It is like, England is sinking in poverty. I am sorry to bring it up so early in the morning but i

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When hungry a child not only cries but tries to put anything and everything in his tiny little mouth. Once fed, he becomes quiet and either peacefully plays or simply sleeps. Our hungry heart also always creates tantrum like a child. A mother is aware of her child’s wants but we are unaware about our heart’s needs. Being constantly starved our heart soon makes our life miserable. And we anxiously search for the elixir to calm the angry heart. But none of our attempts completely succeeds. Our so

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Last week, Gurukula – The Hare Krishna Primary School in Watford, UK hosted the Rt. Hon. Oliver Dowden, UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, for a visit to their creative campus. During the visit, school leaders shared their unique approach to education and personalized learning within a dynamic spiritual atmosphere. 

To learn more about the visit, see the Bhaktivedanta Manor’s blog and visit the Gurukula’s inspiring Facebook page or website to learn more about their events and initiatives and how you m

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From Morality to Spirituality


Until people gain the spiritual inspiration that underlies truly good behavior, attempts to legislate morality will inevitably fail.

Daily news reports of things like corruption, nepotism, favoritism, and infidelity have us fed up. Politicians say, “Education in ethics and values is the solution. ” But don’t most people already know right from wrong? I think so. They just feel they’ll fare better in life without following moral codes. And exhortation by moralists o

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By Atma Tattva Das

Situated near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating South Korea from the North, the Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple serves as a center of spiritual enlightenment and community in the cosmopolitan city of Seoul, steadily growing, offering spiritual guidance, and cultural enrichment to the people of this dynamic nation.

Patanjali Muni Das, a devoted disciple of Bhakti Tirtha Swami, serves as the regional secretary of ISKCON in South Korea and as the temple president of Sr

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Haripada took me to Montclair, situated on the cliffs of the Watchung Mountains. There is a university and is a cultural hub for the area. There is this posh neighbourhood on Bloomfield Avenue and at Church Street Plaza, a unique juncture, with shade, where devotes sometimes go for Kirtan.

I first got the impression that people here are snooty and bigheaded, but on the contrary, we found folks are fairly fine  and thoughtful. At first, I had to remind that with just the two of us, not to come

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HareKrishna Devotees

Made an attempt to collate all the information about Brahmastra from the Vedabase portal and created this blog post. 

This post covers what is brahmastra, its features, how to invoke and who has done that under which situation, who else have made attempt to use the power of it.

Hope this will be useful to everyone...Thanks for the opportunity.



What is Brahmastra ?


  • Brahma + Astra = Brahmastra
    • Brahma à the Lord for creation
    • Astra à a
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The Vedas recommend that women must always be protected. In her youth, a young woman is protected by responsible parents; in her adult life by the husband and in her old age by elderly children. The protection offered is not in the current sense of exploitation and control , but rather in the provision of an encouraging and suitable environment for the proper material and spiritual well being of the woman . Thus, without being worried about the difficulties that could come from the external env

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Shrimati Sita Devi is the daughter of the Earth goddess, Bhumi Devi, and central figure of the Ramayana. InMaharishi Valmiki’s own words, Ramayana is known as the noble story of Sita “Sita-ayah Charitam Mahat”.

Her glories are sun by the poet-saint Thyagaraja in his “Shri Janakatayane”

Oh daughter of Janaka, the blessed refuge of souls! Oh Consort of Shri Raghu Rama, bedecked with shining gem-ornaments! Pray, protect me always! You are the wind that destroys the clouds of demons like the hu

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One of the Saptadevalyas (seven ancient temples) of Vrindavan, Shri Gopinath Mandir was founded by Madhu Pandit whose glories are sung in the Bhakti Ratnakar. His Samadhi is found near the temple courtyard.

Madhu Pandit was the disciple of Shri Gadadhar Goswami who came from Nabadwip to Vrindavan in search of Krishna. Here he started living under the tutelage of Shri Paramananda Bhattacharya.

Vrajanabha, Lord Krishna’s great-grandson, installed the original Gopinatha Deity in Vrindavana over fi

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From Back to Godhead

In the face of extreme hardship, Lord Ramachandra’s queen reveals her extraordinary character, founded on her pure devotion to the Lord.
The epic Ramayana, written by the sage Valmiki, tells the story of Lord Ramachandra, Krishna’s incarnation as the perfect king. Lord Rama’s wife, queen, and eternal consort is Sita Devi. She is also the ideal devotee.

Sita Devi’s example shows that one who acts according to God’s desire is peaceful and has harmonious relationships, regardl

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Jahnava Mata by Sri Nandanandana dasa


Today we celebrate the appearance of Sri Jahnava devi, the wife of Lord Nityananda.
Shri Suryadasa Sarakhela lived in Shaligrama. He had five brothers: Damodara, Jagannatha, Gauridasa, Krishna dasa, and Nrishinga Chaitanya. His fathers name was Shri Kamsari Mishra and his mother’s name was Shri Kamala Devi. Surya dasa used to be the King’s treasurer, and it was in this connection that he was given the title “Sarakhela.”

Shri Suryadasa Sarakhela had two daughters. The older of the two was named

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