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By Sri Krishna Chaitanya Swami 

On November 22, 2023, a historic moment unfolded with the Bhumi Puja and Ananta Sesa Sthapana for a new temple project in Sri Dhama Pandharpur, dedicated to Sri Sri Radha Pandharinatha, Sri Sri Sita Rama Laksman Hanuman, and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai.

The ISKCON Bhu Vaikuntha Project marks a significant step in establishing a dynamic center in Sri Pandharpur Dham, the spiritual hub of Maharashtra. This endeavor aims to cater to the needs of the hundreds of thous

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By Radhapriya

This past weekend of November 24th to 26th saw ISKCON leaders from across Zone 1 temples in North America descend upon Toronto for the annual leadership conference. Zone 1 encompasses ISKCON centers primarily across Canada but also includes one temple in Minnesota and some very northern states, as well as Alaska. The Zone 1 temple contingent has grown in recent years, now consisting of 25 centers from coast to coast.

Under the inspiration and title coined by HH Bhaktimarga Swami,

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By Kulavati Krishnapriya Devi Dasi

Mandakini Dasi released her latest book, Panchatattva: Five Heroes Of The Golden Age, on November 16, 2023, in Puri. The series consists of five books, each dedicated to one of the Panchatattvas, and they are available as a colorful box set that is very appealing to parents and children alike.

The launch of the book took place at the inauguration of HH Radhanath Swami’s Puri Yatra. Mandakini revealed, “The decision to launch in Puri Yatra was driven by the int

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By Bradley Malkovsky
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Received: 3 August 2017 / Accepted: 30 August 2017 / Published: 1 September 2017

Abstract :

Mainstream Christianity has always rejected reincarnation teaching in all its varieties, e.g., Greco-Roman, Albigensian, Hindu, Buddhist, New Age, etc. as being incompatible with the biblical understanding of the uniqueness, dignity, and value of the human person, a teaching that is ultimately roote
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Discipleship by Varsana Swami


The efforts, austerities, and practices involved with the acceptance as a disciple do not end with initiation.  Rather they begin, in a formal sense, at that point. Whatever outer challenges or inner demons we have, will be overcome by Krishna’s grace for those who persevere in their vows.  It is only those who quit who will suffer defeat.

Even as the connection and dependency between the words “disciple” and “discipline” are obvious, some devotees tend to be more attentive to the fruits than t

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Leadership is an art, a responsibility, and a journey of continuous growth and learning. The timeless wisdom of Vedic texts like the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Chaitanya Charitamrita offers profound insights into the essence of true leadership. These ancient scriptures, filled with stories of great leaders, provide timeless lessons that are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.

1. Vision and Conviction: Lord Rama (Ramayana)
One of the most celebrated leaders in Vedic literature

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By Dr Malav Bhimpuria

On a crisp autumnal day in late November, visitors to the Manor were blessed by the warm glow of the inaugural BMA medical camp, part of the Devotee Care Festival. The beaming smiles and joyous faces of the devotees was testament to the resounding success of this inspirational event, held in association with Devotee Care UK, Karuna Care, Alzheimer’s UK, Dental Smile and Hertfordshire Health Improvement Service (HHIS).
The BMA’s aim is to deliver holistic care to the ISKCO

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12305675869?profile=RESIZE_584xA beautiful documentary has been produced, giving viewers a compelling glimpse into the life and service of Krsna devotees in Singapore. Featuring interviews with pioneering devotees who witnessed the history and growth of the devotional community in the cosmopolitan city, the video shares their unique challenges and opportunities for outreach.

Singapore, strategically situated as a vibrant city-state at the crossroads of Southeast Asia, is renowned for its impressive skyline, cutting-edge infra

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By Atma Tattva Das

In a remarkable fusion of spirituality and adaptability, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is setting a new milestone with the Tŷ Krishna Cymru project in the heart of Cardiff Bay, redefining the landscape of Wales by transforming an older building into a vibrant temple and wellness center. This ambitious venture transcends the conventional, breathing new life into a structure with historical significance, navigating the delicate balance between pre

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King Charles III of the United Kingdom recently met with over 30 faith leaders and community representatives at the historic Lambeth Palace Library in central London. The event was part of the annual “Inter Faith Week,” which aims to promote tolerance and greater understanding between different faiths and communities. Among the select guests joining the King was Visakha Dasi, President of ISKCON’s Bhaktivedanta Manor.

King Charles was welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Just

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The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has taken a significant step forward with the launch of the Transcend app by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. It features over 8,000 hours of audio recordings, 600+ eBooks, the ability to listen or read in 11 languages so far, and is accessible on multiple devices. This groundbreaking app, introduced by Sri Ananda Tirtha Dasa, marks the world’s first integrated platform offering both audio and e-books, revolutionizing the way our spiritu

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12305183272?profile=RESIZE_584xISKCON Tucson’s award-winning restaurant, Govinda’s, has served guests gourmet vegetarian cuisine since 1992. The Temple’s newest resident, a white turkey named Sufi, was on hand to greet guests, share hugs, and take a lot of selfies at their annual Thanksgiving Day feast. “We named him Sufi because in Hindi “safed” means white, and Sufis are famously from Turkey,” noted Tucson’s Temple President Sandamani Devi Dasi with a smile. A 5th-grade classroom raised Sufi, and he later lived on a small f

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By Kulavati Krishnapriya Devi Dasi

His Holiness Giriraj Swami has unveiled his latest book, Dancing White Elephants: Traveling with Srila Prabhupada in India, August 1970–March 1972, published by BBT Australia and launched in Vrindavan on November 14 during the auspicious Govardhana-puja celebrations. 

Based in Carpinteria, California, Giriraj Swami is one of the most senior sannyasis in ISKCON—and a dear disciple of Srila Prabhupada, who, having read an article by him in Back to Godhead in Gor

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In the first verse of the Bhagavad-gita, the low-minded king Dhrtarastra asks his secretary, “O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra, desiring to fight, what did they do?” Kim akurvata: “What did they do?” Srila Prabhupada says that this is a foolish question. The two armies had gathered to fight, so what is the question of what they did? Srila Prabhupada gives the example that if someone sits down before a plate of food, intending to e

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As an institution representative of Krsna and the parampara, we have the duty and obligation to be an example of responsibility and caring concern for everyone. Thus, in the present context of the coronavirus pandemic, we must strictly take all recommended precautions and strictly follow all official indications.

Krsna must see that we are doing everything that we can and not that we are irresponsibly leaving everything to Him. «God helps those who help themselves.» While endeavoring thus, we

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Katyayani Vrata by Ramai Swami



All the unmarried gopīs in Vṛndāvana used to daily worship goddess Kātyāyanī early in the morning after taking a bath in the river Yamunā. Kātyāyanī is another name for goddess Durgā. 

The goddess is worshiped by preparing a doll made of sand from the bank of the Yamunā. 

The gopīs used to prepare the deity of goddess Durgā and worship it with candana pulp, garlands, incense, lamps and all kinds of presentations—fruits, grain and twigs of plants.  

The unmarried girls used to pray with great

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The ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry’s “16 Days of Activism for Safer Families” campaign, running from November 25 to December 10, focuses on cultivating healthy family systems and community cohesion by bringing together ISKCON’s top devotee experts to address a wide range of family-related issues. 

“The campaign’s goal is to spark change, nurture empathy, and create a future where every family feels secure and supported. Strong family values are pivotal for resilient communities,” said Radha Dasi, on

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By Kulavati Krishnapriya Devi Dasi

ISKCON New Vrindaban hosted a three-day Women’s Retreat on October 12-15 with the theme “Trust Your Intuition.” The event aimed to infuse joy, rejuvenation, and relaxation into the weekend, featuring an array of workshops, guided meditations, daily yoga sessions, self-care activities, and engaging experiences such as a scavenger hunt, dance lessons, and a distinctive food and drink encounter.

Welcoming over 50 women from across the US and Canada, the diverse a

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The Marathon 2023 by Vijaya Dasa


Srila Prabhupada was on a marathon practically from the time he took to the vanaprastha order of life and even sometimes before. He was writing BTG articles, getting the magazine printed, and distributing copies. By the early 1960s, an acquaintance had said to him, “You should write books. People throw away magazines, but books they keep.” He took that as a message from Krsna, which was related to His spiritual master’s instruction to print books. Then he started his translation and commentary

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A friend recently wrote to me looking for a solution to a dilemma he found himself in. One of his spiritual mentors was heavily pushing him that he should start chanting 64 rounds a day. Our friend obediently started doing that, but very quickly found that if he did so it was not possible for him to both chant so much and help take care of his wife and children. Below is an edited version of my reply to him:

My pranams Prabhuji. You may take instructions and inspiration from many people. There

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