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Does Surrender Mean to Become Dependent or Independent, Or …?

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 4:01pm

We are instructed to “surrender”; and at the same time, Srila Prabhupada encourages us to achieve apparently impossible tasks, like “Krishna-izing” the whole world, becoming pure devotees, and unalloyed, fully qualified spiritual masters in our own right. Are these ideas contradictory?

Having the Eyes to See

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:13pm

A lone eagle soars high in the sky above the craggy foothills of the Himalayas, wheeling and gliding on the thermal currents. Her golden-brown wings, extending to a gloriously feathered span of five feet, catch every breeze.

Don't Just Stand, Take A Stand

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:42am

We live amidst a culture of violence and indifference. Some people resort to violence at even the slightest provocation and others often just stand by, watching indifferently the victimization of another living human being.. This prevailing culture of violence and indifference can make us apathetic, unless we ourselves are targeted.

Calves Happily Reunited

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:26am

A calf just saved from being dehorned and branded is in the trailer entering the International Society for Cow Protection (also known as ISCOWP) Florida farm. Her name is Draupadi Amba. Another calf saved from the same fate and from the same breeder is already at the ISCOWP farm. Her name is Sri Vasanti and Draupadi is about to be reunited with her. A video by Chaya Devi of ISCOWP.

Pokémon Go Blogger Found Guilty of Inciting Religious Hatred

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:59am

A Russian blogger has been convicted of inciting religious hatred for playing “Pokemon Go” in a church, and given a suspended sentence.

Invitation to Ratha Yatra In Lisbon, Portugal

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:32pm

The Ratha Yatra procession starts at 4pm on 9 th of July in Largo do Intendente towards the final destination in Ribeira das Naus, where starting at 7 pm a festival will conclude in a form of various activities, music, dance and in distribution of delicious vegetarian food.

Reflections on the Festival of Chariots at Clearwater Beach, Florida

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:19am

Ratha Yatras are always amazing and wonderful events, but I was trying to pinpoint why this venue felt more auspicious than usual to me. I did not realize the answer until the next day when Shranti devi informed me that Their Lordships Radha Damodar had presided at the exact same venue, Pier 60, when Vishnujana Swami and the traveling party brought Then there over forty years ago!

Congregational Outreach

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:05am

Over the past two decades, ISKCON has grown rapidly into an organization with well established temples and large congregations in the south of India. This short video shows some of the festivals that took place early this year when devotees from all over the world visited ISKCON temples and many holy places in that area. A video by ISKCON Congregational Ministry.  (

Varanasi / Beyond Life

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 9:44am

A film by Aeyaz.

ISKCON Munich Evicted From Temple

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 5:04pm

Devotees at the only ISKCON center in Munich have been given six months to leave. They have been renting the center for twenty-one years since 1996. But now the landlord plans to demolish the building and turn it into new flats, and has given them until October 30th to get out.

ISKCON Reaches Out to Muslim Community

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 5:24pm

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that Muslims in the United States currently face the most discrimination of any group, with unlawful profiling, exclusionary immigration policies and hate crimes on the rise. In this environment some ISKCON members are reaching out to their brothers and sisters in the Muslim community.

Visakha Dasi’s Memoir Is Indie Award Finalist

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 1:00pm

“Five Years, Eleven Months,” a memoir by senior Srila Prabhupada disciple Visakha Dasi, has been named a finalist in the spirituality category at the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA). The book has been praised for its refreshing honesty and introspection.

Indradyumna Swami Visits Moscow

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:07am

Despite bone chilling weather, Indradyumna Swami and his team's visit to Moscow was blissful due to the warm hearted nature of the devotees who love to chant the holy names and dance in ecstasy. Srila Prabhupada’s visit to Moscow in 1971 planted the seeds of Krsna consciousness which continue to grow in great proportions.

Sex – ISKCON’s Hot Potato Issue

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:21pm

Recently ISKCON’s Grihastha Vision Team informally surveyed scores of couples and individuals in ISKCON to ascertain some of the greatest challenges in their marriages. Two top challenges emerged: 1. Lack of emotional and or physical intimacy; Absence of  closeness, including loving exchanges and struggles with sexual intimacy. 2. Incompatibility and lack of premarital education and/or marriage counseling.

Washington ISKCON50 Gala Video Released

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 3:10pm

A 10-minute video has been released about the prestigious ISKCON50 Gala event that took place in September 2016 at the Hilton Presidential Ballroom, in Washington, D.C. Over 300 people attended the event, seventy-five of them special invitees including religious leaders, religious liberty experts, members of the media, and political leaders. The video presents the highlights of the Gala, including some of the speeches and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's leading kirtan. 

ToVP Launches Virtual-reality Panorama Site

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:57am

The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (ToVP) team has announced the launch of a new website,, which offers a virtual tour through the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, in Mayapur, India, one of the largest temples in the world. The virtual-reality panoramas in this site will show every nook and corner of the magnificent temple. From 24 different places, people can see all around and look both above and below to get a feel of this sacred space.

Barack Obama Says Fighting Climate Change Means Reforming Food—And Cutting Back on Steak

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:46am

“I think people naturally understand that big smokestacks have pollution in them and they understand air pollution, so they can easily make the connection between energy production and the idea of greenhouse gases,” Obama said.

What Success Really Looks Like

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:10am

A video by Jay Ghanashyam Shetty. 

ISKCON Communications Conference to Discuss Politics, Gaudiya Math and Religious Freedom

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 8:56am

Forty communications staff will meet in Villa Vrindavana, Italy from May 13th to 16th for the European ISKCON Communications Conference. The conference will tackle several issues that are very relevant to ISKCON today. These include ISKCON and Politics, ISKCON and the Gaudiya Math, and Media and Religious Freedom.