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Historic Times Square Kirtan Brings Holy Name to the Masses

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 9:51am

The historic Harinama Sankirtana event drew some 200 devotees, and was used to promote New York Rathayatra and the accompanying Hare Krishna Festival from June 7th to 9th.

Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Leads Kirtan at New York Rathayatra

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 9:50am

Tulsi Gabbard took time out of her busy schedule of events in New York to visit the main kirtan tent at the Rathayatra’s post-parade festival in Washington Square Park.

Digital Preacher Course Teaches Devotees How to Increase Social Media Outreach

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 9:17am

With his Bangalore-based agency, Shabdahari Das has run social media campaigns for world-famous personal development gurus like Tony Robbins, T. Harv Ecker, and Bryan Tracy. He’s also trained over 20,000 entrepreneurs in how to use social media to grow their businesses.

Second Generation Kirtan Leaders Commit to Initiation Vows

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 9:08am

Initiates hailed from Houston, Washington D.C., New York, and London, and included prominent kirtaniyas such as Gaura Vani, Jahnavi, Tulasi, Ananta Govinda, and Janaki Priya. All others in the group are also dedicated to regular ISKCON service in their areas.   

First Latin American CPO Director Works Hard to Keep ISKCON Children Safe

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 8:48am

Baladeva Das was appointed CPO Director in October 2018 by ISKCON’s Latin Regional Governing Body (RGB). Since joining ISKCON in 1991 in Argentina, he has done preaching, communications and educational services, lead the Nava Gundica Dhama temple, and helped edit and translate the Spanish edition of Caitanya-Caritamrita.

Transparent Solar Panels Turn Windows Into Green Energy Collectors

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:26am

Imagine a city that’s actually a vast solar energy harvesting system. A team of Michigan State University researchers has developed a technology that can turn transparent surfaces, from building windows to cell phones, into solar collecting surfaces – without obstructing the view.

New Book: The 7 Maxims of Soul Happiness

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:10am

New book by Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata Das) teaches readers how to unleash their inner bliss.

The Boat of Transcendental Knowledge

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 9:12am

Life in this material world is just like an ocean of ignorance. We are in the midst of this terrible ocean, which has been tossing us in the repeated cycle of birth and death from time immemorial.

Panihati: The Festival of Punishment

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:59am

Once upon a time, this place was the centre of worship of the Buddhist Tantrics and the Kapalikas. But later, in the sixteenth century, when Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared to propagate the Sankirtana Movement, Panihati became a major centre of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas

ISKCON-London Organizes First International Community Retreat to India

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:39am

The first ever ISKCON-London India Retreat was organised by Champakalata Priya devi dasi and Bhaktin Aartee who led around 12 devotees on this beautiful journey in March 2019. 

ISCOWP's Safe, Happy Ox - 2 Years Later

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:12am

Dhruva Laddhu and his friend Kalyan Tamal were a few months old living in little hutches separate from their mothers and each other, fed by a mechanical milk drip before they were brought to ISCOWP from the dairy. Now 2 ½ years later, Dhruva and Kalyan are enjoying life as protected oxen at the ISCOWP sanctuary in Florida. Dhruva has a loving relationship with Balaji (9), who was a member of the ISCOWP staff who went to the dairy to bring him home. He enjoys Balaji's attention, especially when he shoos away the flies on his back. Dhruva reciprocates with some wet facial licks. Among the young cows and oxen, Dhruva is the most enthusiastic about treats. He absolutely cannot get enough of them. After changing pastures, he runs and kicks his heels up in joy. Dhruva is enjoying his youth far from the slaughterhouse.

Indian High Court Declares Animals Legal Persons Entitled to Justice

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 8:06am

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana has ordered that animals are now to be considered legal persons in the Indian state of Haryana. This means that animals in the state may no longer be treated as “objects” or “property” and are “entitled to justice.”

New Book Brings Cow Care Into Serious Discussion in Academia and Beyond

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 1:11pm

Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics, a new book by ISKCON guru and scholar Krishna Kshetra Swami, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2020.  The work is set to make caring for cows, in the spirit of devotion, a serious topic of discussion in academia worldwide. 

Australia’s Gold Coast: A Goldmine of Hare Krishna Restaurants

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 5:38pm

“There are many vegan and vegetarian places on the Gold Coast – but the most successful ones are the Hare Krishnas,” says Nitai Chandra.

The Inner Child

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 5:07pm

I’m getting old. I admit it – the hair is disappearing, the back is failing and the glasses are coming. Materially speaking, it’s a downhill story. Spiritually, however, the passing of time should deliver a range of invaluable gifts.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabard & Jenifer Rajkumar Director of immigration at New York ISKCON Rath Yatra

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 4:56pm

Congresswomen Tulsi Gabard & Ms.Jenifer Rajkumar, representative Governor New York state & Director Immigration New York attends ISKCON at New York Rath Yatra 2019. 8th June.

Major British Newspaper Features Women Guru Controversy

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 4:49pm

"Opinions are evenly split between the east and west, with disciples in India representing the conservative arm of ISKCON and those in the western temples having a liberal bent."

Sadhu Sanga Retreat 2019

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 4:25pm

The 8th annual Sadhu Sanga Retreat in Boone, North Carolina, USA attracted over 2,000 devotees from all over America and beyond. The main focus was, as always, kirtan. With some of ISKCON’s best chanters it was a most relishable experience. The lectures, kirtans and prasadam were all of the highest standard and the famous Blue Ridge Mountains provided the perfect backdrop. A video by Ananta Vrindavan.

ISKCON Australia’s First Community Services Conference

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 4:14pm

Presenters at the conference were devotees who are developing Vaishnava community welfare services including mentoring, counseling, mental health support, youth support, widows support, palliative care and caring for the sick, women’s support, social justice and more. The conference was attended by just under 100 devotees.

Multi Award-Winning Govinda’s London Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 3:48pm

As ISKCON UK anniversaries come thick and fast, Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian Restaurant in London is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, snapping up a steady flow of awards and celebrity endorsements and changing more than a few lives along the way.