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By Vraja Vihari Das

Let’s not let the important restrictions due to Covid-19 get in the way of us having a wonderful Kartika! 

In the Nectar of Devotion, Srila Prabhupada writes: “One of the most important of these ceremonial functions is called Urja-vrata. Urja-vrata is observed in the month of Kartika; especially in Vṛindavana, there is a specific program for temple worship of the Lord in His Damodara form.” 

While most of us will miss out on being in Vrindavan and some of us won’t even be abl

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8086672886?profile=RESIZE_584x'Deity Worship at Home North America' will be the ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry’s first formally structured online training ever

For congregation members and families in ISKCON, deity worship at home has long been a major part of their spiritual practice, as well as a way to bond in service to the Lord.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, with people encouraged to stay at home, such worship has become even more central.

There has been a strong interest in ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry’s “Deity Wors

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8075203877?profile=RESIZE_584xBy Madhava Smullen 

Sometimes when we see a need, the solution is to step forward and fulfill it ourselves.

This is what Arjun Bhattacharyya, a young devotee known in ISKCON as a photographer and assistant to Deena Bandhu Das, realized when he decided to volunteer his own time to add the original Bengali script that had been missing from the digital version of Sri Caitanya-caritamrita.

The service meant a lot to Arjun personally.

“I am born and brought up in Kolkata,” he explains. “So Bengali is

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7864714497?profile=RESIZE_584xBy Madhava Smullen 

Since August 2015, the ISKCON Disciples Course has been mandatory for all new initiates in ISKCON, and recommended for all devotees. Developed under the direction of the Guru Services Committee, it is designed to deepen devotees’ understanding of guru tattva (the meaning of guru) and guru padasraya (taking shelter of the guru). The poster for the Argentine ISKCON Disciples Course

So far tens of thousands worldwide have completed the course, which has inspired a family toge

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ISKCON Communications Gets A New Facelift

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ISKCON Communications, the agency charged with interfacing with the public on behalf of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is undergoing a major makeover, including a new website at https://iskconcommunications.org/ with resources for the media and temple leaders, and a website redesign and rejuvenated social media presence for ISKCON News.The ISKCON Communications team in Italy in 2018

Creating A Sankirtan-Friendly World

ISKCON Communications’ mission i

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By Dimple Parmar 

The School of Bhakti at the Bhaktivedanta Manor UK, offers a variety of courses and workshops by qualified, respected teachers, to help "everyone come closer to Krishna".

Over 10 new online courses will be run from Sep to Dec 2020 and the school's purpose is to help everyone learn, understand and apply the wisdom based on the writings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.  These include:

The Mysterious Synergistic Relationship of Radha, Krishna & Aum and T

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Husband and wife Radhe Radhe Devi Dasi and Nandanandana Das, second generation devotees and disciples of Bir Krishna Goswami, are running a series of online kirtan festivals to bring devotees around the world together during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Born in South India, Nandanandana attended Vrindavan Gurukula; while Radhe Radhe was born and raised in Vrindavan and later relocated to Australia to establish the Bhakti Centre on the Gold Coast with her father Jamalarjuna Das.

Before COVID-19, t

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The Global Devotee Care Directorate is happy to share the inauguration of a weekly Devotee Care webinar series called ‘Vaishnava Seva’ – an effort to emphasize a culture of devotee care in ISKCON temples and communities.

We will be moderating conversations with senior ISKCON leaders, administrators, and caregivers etc.

We will interview HH Jayapataka Swami who is an ISKCON GBC and Co-Minister of the Congregational Development Ministry on the “Importance of Devotee Care for Preachers involved in

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Gita Warrior Online Course

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A quick overview of all the 18 Chapters of Bhagavad-gītā summarized in short videos by HG Gauranga Das. At the end of each video, answer 10 questions about the chapter and proceed sequentially for all 18 chapters, thereby earning you the certification of "Gita Warrior", presented by Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha Research Center, in affiliation with Mumbai University
 
In order to participate in the course please 

1. Visit online.brcmumbai.com and sign in 
 
2. Go to the Gita Warrior Course 
 
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Varnasrama College — ONLINE (www.varnasramacollege.com) will be officially inaugurated tomorrow, 15 May 2020 (Friday) with a global Go-Vrishabha Puja in conjunction with Vrishabha Sankranti. The main puja will be conducted at 7:30 AM India Standard Time at Nandi Sanctuary in Sridham Mayapur, West Bengal, India. 

Several groups of devotees around the world will also be participating in the global Go-Vrishabha Puja, including members of the Saranagati Village Community in Western Canada, GAURI at

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By Nityananda-kari Dasi 

ISKCON Communications Minister Anuttama Dasa, in collaboration with the Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh, adapted the 'ISKCON Communications' training he gives world-wide in the classroom to 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 m

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Kirtan Space, an online educational effort that started in 2016, has been revamped and will offer a free ten-week foundational kirtan course on Youtube starting May 25th. 

“During this time, when you may be not working and may be stuck at home, is a good opportunity to learn a new instrument,” says director Balaram Nityananda Das.  

Balaram has been steeped in sacred music, or kirtan, since childhood, studying it while in gurukula in Mayapur, West Bengal, and later spending time with the renow

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By Madhava Smullen

Devotees from the Five Truths Pancha Tattva Center in Omsk, Siberia organized a Srimad-Bhagavatam online marathon, in which the translations of all 18,000 verses were recited over ten days, from April 10th to 19th. 

The marathon, which aimed to inspire devotees and benefit the world during the current dark times under a global pandemic, was entitled Spiritual Victory in Seven Days. This time period was also set to be the original length of the event, based on how long it t

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By Madhava Smullen

Spanish-speaking devotees around the world attend the retreat virtually

With everyone in self-isolation and practicing social distancing due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, devotees are coming up with more and more creative ways to associate with each other and hold events virtually that would previously have taken place in person.

On April 18th, over 100 Spanish-speaking devotees from Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, the United States, Italy, Spain, Mexico

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On 1st March, Bhakti Learning offered their new online Krishna-conscious program for  to Srila Prabhupada at his puspa-samadhi in Sridhama Mayapur. Bhakti Learning has bundled four subjects into one course called the Bhakti Club. The four subjects are Story, Sloka, Sanskrit, and Pilgrimage. The Bhakti Club consists of three age levels – 5 & 6 year olds, 7 & 8year olds, and 9 &10 year olds.

ISKCON News talks to Prana dasa, the educational director of Bhakchildrenti Learning and a long time ISKC

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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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