Importance of the ISKCON Strategic Planning Meetings: Anuttama Dasa
Anuttama Dasa has been a member of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) since 2000 and is also the Minister for ISKCON Communications. His vision for the future of ISKCON is that it will mature and grow to be a respected and influential culture and religion around the world. A valuable member of the Strategic Planning Initiatives, he is involved in both the Communications and Succession Committees
Nelson Mandela's First Address to the USA July 2nd, 1990
Nelson Mandela gives an historic address at Riverside Church in New York City as part of an interfaith "Service of Thanksgiving for Nelson Mandela" on July 2nd, 1990. Odyssey Networks (VISN at the time) recorded his remarks that were broadcast across major networks at the time.
Nelson Mandela's Legacy Will Live On After He Helped Save Bhaktivedanta Manor, Aldenham Temple
He might have lived thousands of miles away – but Nelson Mandela’s legacy will live on in Aldenham, UK, where he helped save a Hindu temple from closure. Bhaktivedanta Manor was on the brink of shutting down in 1995 – but the South African leader vowed to do all in his power to ensure it stayed open.
Prasadam Brings Smiles to Thousands in Philippines
ISKCON’s Food For Life continues to feed victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 7th with winds of 195 mph. ISKCON’s Food For Life is one of the many aid organizations doing what it can to help in the wake of the disaster. A a total of 15,130 plates were served over the thirteen days from November 18th to 30th.
Book Distribution Set For Another 20% Increase in 2013!
By Madhava Smullen
The distribution of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupadaās spiritual books has seen a major resurgence in North America in recent years. Inspired by the positive signs of increase he saw in 2010 and 2011, veteran book distributor and āSankirtan Strategistā Vaisesika Das attended the January 2012 Temple Presidentsā meeting in Dallas, Texas with a mission: he suggested that ISKCON North America distribute books as one team with one common goal
For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear
The undeniable tragic truth is that sexual abuse, even if under-reported, is widespread in our society. But as long as such abuses happen in remote villages, mainstream India tends to ascribe it to the backwardness of those people.
Book Distribution Set For Another 20% Increase in 2013
The distribution of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s books has seen a major resurgence in North America in recent years. Inspired by the positive signs of increase he saw in 2010 and 2011, veteran book distributor and “Sankirtan Strategist” Vaisesika Das attended the Temple Presidents’ meeting in Dallas, Texas with a mission: he suggested that ISKCON North America distribute books as one team with one common goal.
Brahman effulgence: there is no question of falling down from a fallen condition
By HDG ACBS Srila Prabhupada
The next question, about the living entities falling down in this material world are not from the impersonal brahman. Existence in the impersonal brahma is also within the category of non-Krsna consciousness. Those who are in the brahman effulgence they are also in the fallen condition, so there is no question of falling down from a fallen condition. When fall takes place, it means falling down from the non-fallen condition
In the upcoming Iskcon Leadership Sangha (ILS) Convention planned between February 16-23, 2014 in Sri Dham Mayapur, the Global Village Initiative Committee (GVIC) plans to present a seminar on āBest Practicesā relating to the promotion and application of the principles connected with āSimple Living and High Thinkingā, namely self-sufficiency, sustainability,eco-friendly practices and practicality in different farm projects and temples across the globe
It is our humble request to all of you to sincerely offer your prayers at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Panca Tattva to keep Madhuripu Prabhu (disciple of Indradyumna Swami) in the shelter of Guru and Gauranga, where he has been over the past 10 years, if this is their desire
The stage was beautifully decorated and transformed into the likes of a palace courtyard in Vrndavan. The colorful yet subdued lights, customized backdrops and opulent dais added much glamour, beauty and ambience to the whole event
How can we understand that we are different from our mind?
By Chaitanya Charan das
The mind, like our physical body, is material. So it is non-living and unconscious. When the mind appears to be conscious, it is simply prompting us towards actions that we have repeatedly done in the past
Often the initiator is the main instructor but this is not always so. Another guru who is an instructing spiritual master may become more important to the disciple for a number of reasons. An initiator may very well direct the disciple to instruction from a more advanced devotee than himself, and so the disciple may become more attached to the instructor than the initiator
Contribution of Ranganiketan in promoting Manipurās sankirtana to UNESCOās Cultural Heritage list
By Jaganmohini Devi Dasi
On Dec. 6th there was a news in International section of TOI, mentioning Manipur's Sankirtan, the famous tradition of ritual singing, drumming and dancing have made it to Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage list
South Africa Chants, Dances and Feasts With the Hare Krishnas In Prayer for Nelson Mandela
ISKCON joined South Africa in honoring the official day of prayer and reflection for former President Nelson Mandela. The Hare Krishna’s gathered outside Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg and in true South African style, indeed Madiba style chanted, danced and distributed free vegetarian food to the throngs who had come to celebrate Mr. Mandela.
Devotees might be wondering why ISKCON, particularly in South Africa is going to great lengths to acknowledge Madiba. Did he not appeal to many other people of religion besides us? Was he an ally of our cause?
Hare Krishna Festival Dedicated to Nelson Mandela Draws Thousands
On Decembexr 7th, 2013, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), hosted a magnificent festival for thousands just South of Johannesburg, South Africa in celebration of the life and legacy of South Africa’s most famous son, Nelson Mandela. Condolences, prayer and celebration in tribute to Nelson Mandela were the themes echoed throughout the daylong event.
The Inner Life of a Devotee: Energizing the Best Thoughts, Feelings, and Intentions
this blog is recorded on the full page: quick time player is needed; works best with Firefox or Explorer; if you are using Google Chrome it will automatically play, so to not listen, mute your speakers.) All there is in existence is Krishna, which includes His unlimited expansions and energies. I have experienced how seeing everything externally and internally as different types of energy can be helpful in life and service. I am speaking about developing sensitivity to what we are taking in, or being affected by, and what we are giving out, focusing on, or contributingā¦I will explain. The soul is one type of energy, matter another. Let me direct you to two Gita verses which show the broadest divisions of matter and the soul which animates them, [Bg 7.4-5]: āEarth, water, ļ¬re, air, ether, [and the components of the subtle body of] mind, intelligence and false ego ā all together these eight constitute My separated material energies. / Besides theseā¦there is another, superior energy of Mine, which comprises the living entities[the souls]who are exploiting the resources of this material, inferior nature.ā
All living physical bodies are a particular combination of material elements (energies) revolving around the mind, uniquely combining together to facilitate the desires and destiny (karma) of the soul. Of more importance for this blog is that not only is the body energy, but it is an energy generator and receiver. We have to be careful of what we allow to influence us as we endeavor to be absorbed in spiritual consciousness. Here I am going to emphasize the importance of what we focus our mind on even when we may be externally engaged in devotional activities or visiting a temple or holy place.
Our intentions, or reasons for acting, are all important, as is what we are thinking about, or are focused on while chanting the holy name or engaging in any of the nine main limbs of bhakti (hearing, chanting, remembering Krishna, etc.) This mental culture of bhakti is sometimes assumed to be in place, yet neglected, especially if we are very busy or rushed for time, donāt have a good spiritual foundation, donāt regularly study and hear the philosophy of bhakti, or have developed bad internal habits. I am speaking from personal experience.