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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

RESOLVED: That the ISKCON Disciple Course, as developed by the GBC Guru Services Committee, shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first or second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami, 2015. After that date, no guru may initiate a disciple who has not first completed the Disciple Course. This is in addition to current requirements of new initiates. 1. Devotees shall be advised and encouraged to complete the Disciple Course before selecting a diksa-guru. 2. Devotees shall have reasonable access to enroll in the Disciple Course. 3. A sufficient number of teachers shall be identified and facilitated to teach the Course. 4. No devotee shall be allowed to accept initiation before completing the Course

(0) June 2, 2014 -- 1,347 views

By Bhajahari das

We really hope that you will be able to come along. Below are most of the important details for your information. Would you kindly let us know if you will be attending by emailing us at address given at the end.

(0) June 7, 2014 -- 582 views

By Lavanya Sivakumar

During the last Memorial Day Weekend, a spiritual hurricane of international proportions washed Boone, North Carolina with transcendental waves of ecstasy, flooding its rooms and halls with spiritual sound and waterlogging its residents in pools of Vaishnava association. In its wake, this transcendental storm, left thousands of souls stranded in the material world, bereft and yearning for a repeat of those wonderful three days of flash flooding, straight from the spiritual sky.

(0) June 7, 2014 -- 649 views

By Chandan Yatra Das

Kolavecha Sridhara is an eternal playmate and associate of Lord Caitanya and is very dear to Him. He is known as Kolavecha Sridhara because he made his living by selling kola (banana) leaves, plants, stalks and plates. He was so poor that he lived in a broken down hut and did not even had proper utensils for cooking. Despite his impoverished condition, Sridhara faithfully spent fifty percent of his earnings to worship Mother Ganga. He was constantly engrossed in chanting Lord’s Holy Names

(0) June 7, 2014 -- 486 views

By Visakha Priya dasi

They go into LIMBO. The Latin word “limbus”, interestingly enough, means “border,” “boundary,” “edge.” It sounds a lot like the marginal position, does it not?
So the souls in Limbo have no chance of ever attaining Heaven, although according to some theologians, they can because Jesus goes there too. It is not my intention to dwell too much on the matter. But what strikes me is that the Christian theology stresses our potential relationship with God in the future. It does not teach that we have forgotten God because wee have never been with Him.

(3) June 4, 2014 -- 841 views

By Bhaktivikasa Swami

This is an indication of the relationship between husband and wife. A great personality like Cyavana Muni has the temperament of always wanting to be in a superior position. Such a person cannot submit to anyone. Therefore, Cyavana Muni had an irritable temperament. His wife, Sukanya, could understand his attitude, and under the circumstances she treated him accordingly. If any wife wants to be happy with her husband, she must try to understand her husband’s temperament and please him. This is victory for a woman.

(14) June 4, 2014 -- 2,489 views

By Raj Nambisan

“I used to think of Krishna is a part of Hindu myth and mythology. Imagine my surprise when I came across Dr Narhari Achar (a professor of physics at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, in the US) and his research in 2004 and 2005. He had done the dating of the Mahabharata war using astronomy. I immediately tried to corroborate all his research using the regular Planetarium software and I came to the same conclusions [as him],” Pandit says.

(2) June 3, 2014 -- 2,872 views

By Bhaktivedanta Manor staff

Srutidharma Das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple said: The Com.unity choir are a fantastic example of diversity in practice and a true testament of the power of music to unite people – it is very fitting that they have chosen to perform the music of George Harrison, which united the world through his messages of love and faith.

(0) June 3, 2014 -- 807 views

By Mahatma das

Like ourselves, spiritual practitioners of all traditions have high ideals, and this can cause us to be upset and hard on ourselves when we don’t live up to these standards, particularly when we do something (or have thoughts) that go against devotional principles. When we fail to maintain devotional standards in either thought or action, or even when we desire anything that is not helpful to our bhakti, we are usually trying to satisfy an habitual urge or need. Let’s look at this more deeply by understanding this phenomenon from the psychological perspective.

(2) June 3, 2014 -- 1,099 views

By Euro RGB

Whereas ISKCON Gurus and other leaders may control assets of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Whereas followers of ISKCON Gurus and leaders will naturally want to glorify those who inspire and/or initiate them in Krishna consciousness. Whereas it is important that upon the departure of the aforementioned personalities ISKCON assets remain under the control of the appropriate ISKCON organization. Whereas it is important that Srila Prabhupada’s pre-eminent position not be overshadowed by samadhis or other memorials for other personalities.

(0) June 3, 2014 -- 1,394 views

By Shrutadev Das

After I had read many of the books about Srila Prabhupada for a second or third time I found myself thinking, “Didn’t it say something about that pastime in another book?” And I would pull out a different book and read about the same event or time period from a different perspective. Or whereas in the Lilamrta it might say that Srila Prabhupada traveled to Australia and then back to Bombay but not give any details, in another book it would give the details of his trip. It was very enlivening, so I started to compile an outline of my readings. Gradually it developed into the Srila Prabhupada Lila Reading Guide.

(0) June 3, 2014 -- 1,012 views

By Mrtyuhara das

In Rome the rain started early in the morning, but at 16:50, as soon Lord Jagannatha took His place on the cart the rain stopped and during all the festival, from 17:00 to 20:30 there was no rain, the sky had a beautiful blue color and the sun came out. Thousands of devotees, friends and general people enjoyed the blissful atmosphere that for 3 hours inundated the center of Rome. I have never seen devotees so happy in my life!

(0) June 2, 2014 -- 1,243 views

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

RESOLVED: That the ISKCON Disciple Course, as developed by the GBC Guru Services Committee, shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first or second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami, 2015. After that date, no guru may initiate a disciple who has not first completed the Disciple Course. This is in addition to current requirements of new initiates. 1. Devotees shall be advised and encouraged to complete the Disciple Course before selecting a diksa-guru. 2. Devotees shall have reasonable access to enroll in the Disciple Course. 3. A sufficient number of teachers shall be identified and facilitated to teach the Course. 4. No devotee shall be allowed to accept initiation before completing the Course

(0) June 2, 2014 -- 1,347 views

By Priyavrata das

We are not a hunger relief organization, per se, but rather a network of projects aimed at addressing the root cause of hunger, and in fact, all social issues, by helping people from all ethnicities and religions to understand one common truth: That we are all souls having a human experience.

(0) June 2, 2014 -- 865 views

By Nitin Mahajan

The new BJP government has taken initial steps towards introducing the Hindu perspective in the education system. It is learnt that human resources development minister Smriti Irani has asked HRD officials to develop educational material that encapsulates the contribution of ancient Indians in different fields like science, mathematics, social sciences, philosophy, grammar and language.

(0) June 1, 2014 -- 1,394 views

By Jini Reddy, for CNN

Big draws include surf-friendly golden beaches, many temples and mosques (including the beautiful — and beautifully named — Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding, the uShaka Marine World theme park and the mammoth art deco-style Suncoast Casino, which doubles as a shopping mall and has its own private beach.

(0) June 1, 2014 -- 1,399 views

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

How can we practice Krishna consciousness properly if, each time we pick up a book to read, we nod off after a few minutes? How are we going to be freed from offences if we sleep during chanting of japa? How are we going to hear realised insights from speakers and learn if we perform artificial meditation (sleep) during class? Being amongst the devotees and wanting to please and impress with our selfless services, it will be a climb-down of sorts if we have to withdraw for some sleep. Yes, it is ignorance, but it is better than ignorant devotion. We need to be honest with ourselves.

(1) June 1, 2014 -- 1,135 views

By Gaura Sakti das Allin

The Fifth Annual Clearwater Beach Rathayatra took place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 and by the mercy of Lord Jagannatha and his faithful devotees, it turned out to be a festival that truly celebrated the Lord’s appearance in Clearwater Beach and the preaching of His glories. The forecast was for cloudy skies and rain until 12 noon, but when the bus full of devotees arrived at that time, the rain continued to drizzle and dishearten the devotees. Would there be Rathayatra? Would Lord Jagannatha make the sun appear right at 1 pm when the procession was to begin?

(0) May 31, 2014 -- 975 views

By Vraja Bihari Das

At this point in time, we’ve to turn to Krishna; beg Him to help us chant well. The more we endeavour sincerely, the more we’ll be exposed to our own poor chanting. At this point, we’d be humbled; as Bhurijana Prabhu says in his book ‘Japa’, humiliation would come before humility.

(0) May 31, 2014 -- 1,235 views

By Purushottam Kumar

During the churning of the ocean also in spite of facing all the hardships, demigods and demons continued working tirelessly for the nectar. And finally Dhanvantari appeared with the pot of nectar. Upon seeing the pot, the crooked demons snatched it immediately as they did not want the demigods to have even a drop of the nectar. But the demigods were under the protection of Lord Vishnu and those who take shelter of the Lord never ever get deprived of anything auspicious.

(0) May 31, 2014 -- 855 views

By Sadbhuja Das

Exciting news lands in Mayapur. A service whereby helicopters transport pilgrims and devotees from Kolkata to Mayapur is moving forward. Today marked the first time the journey was made and several people greeted the arrival with enthusiasm. The next step is negotiating the fee which will be charged to interested parties using this quick transportation.

(3) May 30, 2014 -- 1,791 views

By the Chairman for the GBCom

He was a true vaisnava and gentleman who was respected by all and while we will miss him tremendously, we would like to place on record all the wonderful things that he carried out during his brief but very effective tenure as the CFO. He joined the temple at a most crucial juncture when we were concerned about the lack of controls in several management areas and we can say with definite emphasis that he was instrumental in setting up several systems that today have given us a huge amount of confidence in the working of the Finance Department.

(0) May 29, 2014 -- 1,095 views

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

All ISKCON entities are encouraged to ensure that all essential medical and dental expenses of its resident and fully supported devotees are supplied. The authorities of those ISKCON entities are recommended to investigate options for local insurance plans, government plans, or other reliable options to ensure as far as possible that quality health care is provided. A person choosing to become a resident or fully supported devotee dependent on an ISKCON entity should be informed as to the extent of medical and dental insurance or coverage, or absence thereof, that will be supplied by the entity before they commit to dedicate themselves to the ISKCON entity.

(0) May 29, 2014 -- 1,559 views

By Basu Ghosh Das

Yesterday, Jasomatinandan Prabhu, myself, ISKCON Ahmedabad Vice President Vishnunam Prabhu, and ISKCON Baroda Vice President Nityananda Ram Das, paid a congratulatory visit to new Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, to wish her well on assuming the post of Chief Minister of Gujarat. Over the past 13 or so years, Anandiben has visited ISKCON Ahmedabad (she is from North Gujarat, as is India’s new Prime Minister, our former Chief Minister, Narendra Modi) at least 10 times!

(0) May 28, 2014 -- 1,740 views

By Radhanath Swami

The mystery of Radha, the female energy of God, had both fascinated and eluded me. After all I had experienced, after all I had read, after all the sadhus I had met, nothing had prepared me for the hidden truth of yoga’s greatest mystery: the mystery of bhakti, or devotion. And now I was learning that the keeper of this mystery was Radha. For the first time it began to dawn on me that these saints of Vrindavan had penetrated into the deepest, most confidential aspect of the spiritual journey.

(0) May 26, 2014 -- 1,347 views

By Sacinandana Swami

Devotess of Krishna meditate about things they can be grateful for. They avoid thinking about all those things that they do not have, nor all those arrangements that have not worked out. Instead they focus on what has been given to them – all the opportunities that arrive each day upon their doorsteps, all the relationships that have encouraged them and last but not least, the human form of life, which offers them a unique opportunity for self-realization. Thus, they cover themselves each new morning in the warming mantle of gratitude and feel empowered.

(2) May 26, 2014 -- 1,382 views

By Mahatma Das

Recently an unmarried female devotee told me that a man was interested in getting to know her, and in their discussions he mentioned that ‘the husband is the guru.’ She asked me for guidance on the subject. This Illumination is what I wrote to clarify for her (and him) what it means for a husband to be a guru – and what it doesn’t mean; for misunderstanding what this means will be the cause of an unhappy marriage. Even though Prabhupada writes that a failed marriage is usually the woman’s fault, if a woman has a good husband, she will stay loyal. As I often tell men, “Don’t make it difficult for your spouse to be a good wife.”

(13) May 26, 2014 -- 5,440 views

By Vijaya Dasa

In Durban, South Africa, a country permeated by crime, the devotees scored a huge increase. They had the highest percentage increase in the Large temple category, a 408% increase over their monthly average, with 1,637 book points. The last time I visited the Durban temple the devotees told me how dangerous this crime-ridden country is. I was shocked hearing the stories. All glories to these devotees, who regularly take risks to spread Krsna consciousness!

(0) May 25, 2014 -- 1,226 views

By the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

The Compliance Division is authorized to request and receive legal and financial documentation from all over the world and all managers must make every effort to provide any information the Division may request in regard to the National Councils, projects, centers, etc. under their management—subject to the discretion of the GBC Zonal Secretary/ies. Within their zones, the GBC Zonal Secretaries are responsible to ensure the gathering of the data and documents as required by the Compliance Division. To facilitate this task, they are encouraged to identify and establish, for each country in their zone, a Compliance contact person, who will contact project officers, board of directors’ members, etc. to obtain data and documents. The Compliance contact person shall upload information to the Compliance website and provide updates as needed, at least annually.

(0) May 24, 2014 -- 1,119 views

By Chaitanya Charan Das

The endearing thing about Krishna’s offer of participation is that it can begin right now. Even when we are not pure enough to participate in his pastimes in the spiritual world, Krishna offers us a role in his mission of compassion in this world. By devotionally serving him according to our inclinations and interests, we can assist him in sharing his message of love.

(0) May 23, 2014 -- 946 views

By Jawahar Malhotra

It was hard to imagine that this was the once the site of the one-story wooden Baptist Church and two adjoining wooden buildings on 1.2 acres when the leader of the then small group of devotees, Tamal Krishna Goswami purchased it in 1984 for the flock to move to from its facility on Rosalie street. At a Diwali celebration held in 1990, the site was overwhelmed by the nearly 3,000 people who attended, including then rookie Houston City Councilwoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

(0) May 23, 2014 -- 1,242 views

By Mrtyuhara Das

The route approved for the festival, Via del Corso, right in the prestigious center of the city, has never been assigned to any event , even famous mundane events! Lord Krishna surely used His powerful yoga-maya energy to all those who were to grant the various permissions, and finally it’s done!

(0) May 21, 2014 -- 1,784 views

By AnupamaBraroo

Accompanied by various dignitaries, senior devotees and guests, during the whole processions Lord Jagannath’s Chariot was pulled by ropes of devotional love and sweeping tracks whisk before it is considered a very confidential service to God. Simultaneously, the Chariot procession distributed simply wonderful sweets, fruit and flower garlands – whoever caught that is lucky in life. Also the procession proceeded by the singing of Vedic hymns and favorable mantra Hare Krishna prayer, as well as the sounds of sea shells, horns, cymbals, drums and not to forget transcendental dancing.

(0) May 21, 2014 -- 1,343 views

By Kumari Kunti

The ISKCON Youth Ministry is expanding its wings and flying away this summer back to the European shores of the warm, friendly Mediterranean countries of Spain, Italy, and Croatia for the second annual European Bus Tour. The tour starts in Villa Vrndavan’s Sravanam Kirtanam festival on July 10th, and finishes on Aug 11th after spending time at spiritual retreats, doing adventure activities, harinams, meeting senior devotees, having sports days, and service at temples.

(0) May 20, 2014 -- 1,700 views

By Samba das

The Sri Mayapur Masterplan Committee’s sub division, dealing with Exhibits and Museums is seeking help to envision and develop a series of Exhibits and Museums to be included in the development of the City of Mayapur. It is important to understand that we are not speaking of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium. Rather these facilities will be featured in the town that surrounds the ToVP.

(2) May 20, 2014 -- 1,476 views

By Chaitanya Charan das

When we practice bhakti-yoga sincerely, we express to Krishna our desire to love him, to install him on our heart’s altar, displacing the many things that the mind and senses have impelled us to place there in the past. Being pleased by our devotional intention, he reciprocates by manifesting his presence in our heart, thereby releasing within it electrifying currents of oceanic happiness – currents that increase in intensity and ecstasy as our devotion increases.

(0) May 20, 2014 -- 902 views

By Mina Sharma Dasi

Praghosa Dasa, GBC Head of UK and Ireland, who was attending the event said: “we are operating in a world where communication is king, and where anyone with a mobile phone can generate a news story – this is unprecedented in our history, which is why it has never been more important to know how to work with the media. Given the upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations, we want 2016 to be a standout year for ISKCON and one of the ways we can have the most impact is through effective communications. We want the UK and Ireland to be a leading light and make the next fifty years of ISKCON even better.”

(0) May 19, 2014 -- 1,129 views