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Like a beautiful palace with a closed door the dhama also requires a key to grant us entrance. This is chanting the Name. According to Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura it is chanting the Holy Name with loving affection.

“Dham is Nam”. That is the very first manifestation for the sincere sadhaka.

You remember, Indra was very afraid. He offended Krsna to a very bad degree.

Krsna does not forget such an offense to a devotee – He waits till this person goes to that devotee and gets forgiveness, satisfies t

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From Back to Godhead

In many places in his books Srila Prabhupada describes the wonders of prasadam, food prepared with devotion and offered to Krishna. Prabhupada discusses such merits of prasadam as how it effectively immunizes one against the contamination of the material nature, how it frees one from becoming a ghost after death, and even how it is considered ecstatic nectar from the lips of Lord Krishna. In the Chaitanya-charitamrita (Madhya-lila, 4.93, purport) Srila Prabhupada writes:

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6200 students from 22 different schools of North Delhi, India participated in first Value Education Olympiad organized by ISKCON Punjabi Bagh.

Dr Suruchi Mittar, who has over 20 year experience in the field of education with various National Universities and a great concern for holistic education of the students led the organization of this Olympiad.

The purpose of this olympiad was to inspire students towards integrating and nurturing values like truthfulness, honesty, cleanliness, devotion,

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As the ground in Zagreb is still periodically trembling, after two major earthquakes which happened on the morning of March 22nd, when all inhabitants of Zagreb run out of their homes, we are glad to inform you that our beloved deities Sri Sri Gaura Nitai are regularly worshiped without disruption, the Nova Jaladuta temple building did not suffer any major damage, while nobody of the devotees from Zagreb was reported as seriously affected. As an immediate precaution measure the upper part of t

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Advisory on Government restrictions on public places:
In line with the restrictions imposed by the government regarding West Bengal lock down, Sri Sri Radha Madhav temple, Srila Prabhupada samadhi, Bhajan Kutir and Lord Jagannath Temple in Rajapur will remain closed for devotees and pilgrims starting today 4pm till 27th March 2020 .
Deity services will continue in all these places and ONLY DEVOTEES essential for deity services will be allowed inside these places.
Srimad Bhagavatam class will c

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Online Puja Offerings are Limited

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Dear Beloved Devotees of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava,

This is to inform that following the government advisory rules on COVID-19, ISKCON Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir is closed for both devotees and pilgrims till 27th March as of now. The deity services will go on as usual and the same can be watched online at Mayapur.TV.

The following online pujas are NOT available during this time:

  • Tulasi Archana
  • Bhoga Plate
  • Special Pujas

You may still offer One Day Pujas to Sri Narasimhadeva, Sri Radha Madhava,

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ISKCON Communications Minister Anuttama Dasa, in collaboration with Bhaktivedanta College, translated the 'ISKCON Communications' training he gives world-wide in the classroom into the online environment - dynamic, powerful and thought-provoking as it is when taught in person. The course is designed for members of ISKCON in order to help them communicate more effectively in their everyday services and especially for those involved in ISKCON Communications ministries.

Start date: April 6, 2020

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A newly-published booklet, entitled “ISKCON and Hinduism: Exploring the Hare Krishna Movement and its Broader Traditions,” will be used to help students and teachers in schools, as well as visitors to ISKCON temples, better understand ISKCON and how it relates to broader Hinduism. (During the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be available to order by mail)

The 26-page illustrated booklet is published by ISKCON Educational Services, (IES) which was established at Bhaktivedanta Manor over thirty years

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In May of 2006, a young man who had been born into a family of devotees, who had gone to and been abused at different ISKCON gurukulas in the 70’s and 80’s, committed suicide. A huge outpouring of emotion surged through the Vaishnava community, especially on the internet. On the Chakra website, in addressing abuse in ISKCON, someone wrote:

“How can somebody take disksha from Prabhupada, chant for many years, study the shastra for many years, and end up abusing their power like this? How can som

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"Srimad Bhagavatam  explains  that  the  material  world  is  a  place  of  constant  danger: padam  padam  yad  vipadam  na  tesam …  the  place  where  there  is  danger  at  every  step. We are  constantly  confronted  with  a  myriad  of  challenges  in  this  world  and  it  only  worsens  as  Kali-yuga  progresses.  The  devotee’s  only  shelter  is  the  lotus  feet  of  the  Lord.  The  more  we  take  shelter  of the  Lord’s  lotus  feet  the  more  we  become  freed  from  the  effec

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This article is a combination of a few thoughts I got from a class by Madhavananda Prabhu, and a few personal realizations.
 
Our movement has two sides: one side is the institution, a kind of impersonal entity, the other are the devotees. When we look from the institutional side, our movement is not so different from other organized religious groups. It is important since it's the vehicle created by Srila Prabhupada to spread Krsna Consciousness, but just as other organized religious groups, it i
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On March 12th, 2020, the Executive Committee of ISKCON's Governing Body Commission issued a statement about the suggested protocol for temples and individuals to follow during the corona virus pandemic:

Dear ISKCON Community Members,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Yesterday, we received the sad news of a beloved member of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Community in the UK passing from this world as a result of the coronavirus.

In light of the seriousness of th

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The Festival of Jagannath Mishra

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By Giriraj Swami

Today we continue our celebration of the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna who descended in the age of Kali in the role of a devotee. He appeared on what we now call Gaura-purnima, in the evening of the full moon day in the month of Phalguna. At the time, there was a lunar eclipse, and as was the tradition, as recommended in scripture, Hindus immersed themselves in the Ganges and chanted the holy names. Eclipses are considered inaus

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A new ISKCON temple is set to open in the historic town of Velletri in the Castelli Romani hills, Italy, about an hour south of Rome city center.

Devotees have been working hard to convert the recently purchased building into a temple, in part with the help of a grant from the BBT construction fund. A tentative opening date has been set for May 1st.

ISKCON has owned a small preaching center in the center of Rome for the past decade, but the new temple will serve the need for a larger residenti

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“ We shouldn’t leave Parikrama the same person we were when we started it.”

-HH Bhakti Dhira Damodara Maharaj

Are you with us? The nectar is starting to overflow!

The mystical transformations which happen within the consciousness of a pilgrim of Navadvipa are indeed extraordinary and worthy of mention. As these few days pass which in ordinary life would most probably make no difference in one’s life, have brought about deep cleansing to all of us.

The story of today was something like this…

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By Praghosa dasa

A big new phase for ISKCON Dublin was completed this Sunday with the reopening of the very popular Govindas restaurant on Abbey Street

With so many things happening over the last number of years our restaurant was a little neglected and as it was already a little jaded when we took it over 15 or more years ago, it really needed some tender loving care (and quite a chunk of laxmi!)

I think you can see from the pictures that it was a job well done and well worth the investment

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3973439420?profile=RESIZE_710xIt has come! It has come! After a whole year Sri Navadvipa Parikrama has come once again inviting all devotees to enter its prema filled islands.

Around 6 am, in the hazy morning of the 26th , vaishnavas and vaishnavis from all walks of life and of multifarious cultural and ethnical backgrounds gather at the Sri Yogapith.

The first of many kirtans to come began startling the hearts of all with vibrant earnestness, humility and courage. “Jiv jago Jiv Jago”

The procession of Gaura bhaktas headed

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Love is our innermost longing. Gita wisdom declares that our longing for love is best fulfilled when we learn to love Krishna. Let’s understand this central Gita teaching in five parts:

  1. Loving Krishna enables our love to break free from all limitations,
  2. Krishna is eminently lovable,
  3. Krishna loves all of us impartially,
  4. Krishna’s love for us is unconditional and
  5. Krishna engages his omnipotence to help us when we choose to love him.

1. Loving Krishna enables our love to break free from all limi

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According to the Bhagavad-gita, one’s activities can either be in goodness, passion, or ignorance. 
There is no being existing, either here or among the demigods in the higher planetary systems, which is freed from these three modes born of material nature. 
Bg. 18.40
Teachers will be affected by the modes of nature. Their style of teaching and discipline will, therefore, also be affected. In this chapter we analyze how the spectrum of discipline techniques are influenced by the three modes of

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Lord Caitanya then inquired: What is the most profitable thing in the world, the essence of all auspicious events? Ramananda Raya replied that there is nothing as profitable as the association of pure devotees.” (Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Page 341)

When did I meet Srila Prabhupada? The year Srila Prabhupada arrived in Butler, Pa. (Sept. 1965). Is it possible I was visiting my Grandparents in Butler? Did I happen to catch a glimpse of Srila Prabhupada? Or the following summer, at the age of 13

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