GBC Meetings Open with Discussion of TOVP
ISKCON Sannyasis, Gurus, GBCs, and BBT Leaders Meet in India
Ambarish Dasa, the ToVP Chairman, and other members of the ToVP team presented an hour-and-a-half report on the progress made in the past year and described the plans and projections that will see the ToVP to its grand opening in 2022.
Jaladuta Launching 60 Years Ago
Nearly eighty top ISKCON leaders from around the world met at the society’s global headquarters in West Bengal for three full days, March 4-6, to discuss opportunities and challenges in expanding the ISKCON movement.
Ox Training Seminar in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary
It is 60 years ago, on 10th of March 1959, that the MS Jaladuta was launched at its shipbuilding yard in Lubeck Germany. It is this vessel that brought A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada from Calcutta, via Boston, to New York on a journey that started on August 13th 1965, in what did become an astonishing journey and the start of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
ISKCON Educators Meet in Mayapur for a Symposium
While recognizing cow protection as an important branch of our Krishna Conscious society, training and working with the oxen remains to many an ideal yet to be achieved. The upcoming Ox Training Seminar to be held in New Vraja Dhama, Hungary between April 17thand 24th, will shed more light on this important, yet less practiced side of cow protection.
Deity Worship Ministry Steps Up Training With Nine-Day North American Course
The ministry presented their new web platform, which was created with the intention to connect all the educators working in ISKCON and make the information about the different courses taught available to a wider audience.
Elegant Jagannatha Ratha-yatra Graces Amravati
Between fifteen and thirty devotees are expected to take the course, which will run from May 29th to June 6th this year. Participants will hail from the US, Canada and Mexico and will comprise of current and aspiring ISKCON temple pujaris who have at least first initiation and are recommended by their temple authorities.
ISKCON Desire Tree Celebrates 17 Years of Serving the Vaishnavas
On February 11th, a Ratha-yatra festival was held in Amravati, the second largest and most populous city in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region in India. The roads were decorated with rangoli by the Pune devotees, flowers were showered on the chariot from a bridge above, and the ISKCON Girls’ Forum distributed books along the route.
ISKCON Ahmedabad Offers Tribute for the Martyred Soldiers of Jammu and Kashmir
On Nityananda Trayodasi in 2002, when Internet in India was still very poor and it took three to five minutes to download a 10MB file, Vaishnava Seva started his first website, iskcondesiretree.com.
Sri Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Centre Planned in Mayapur
On February 17th, more than 70 devotees of ISKCON Ahmedabad performed a special harinam sankirtan on street of Ahmedabad in the morning for the soldiers who laid their lives in a horrible terrorist attack.
ISKCON Camp at Kumbha Mela Distributes Thousands of Books and Prasadam Meals
Renowned industrialists Sajjan Jindal Chairman of JSW group of companies, B. K. Goenka Chairman of Welspun group and Ashok Goel Chairman of Essel Group visited the ISKCON world headquartes in Mayapur, India, regarding the proposed plan of ISKCON to set up a Sri Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Centre.
More Merciful than the Most Merciful
Kumbha Mela is the largest public gathering and collective act of faith in the world, and drew about 120 million pilgrims – nearly double the population of the UK or France – this year.
Devotee Care Course in Mayapur from 5th – 8th March 2019
Lord Caitanya is the most merciful incarnation of the Lord – yet there is someone who is even more merciful than Him.
Sankirtan Fields Bloom Brightly in Ahmedabad This Vasanta Panchami
Global Devotee Care Directorate (GDCD) is organizing a Devotee Care Course in Mayapur this Gaura Purnima. The dates are 5th - 8th March 2019. The course invites caring leaders, direct care-givers and all devotees interested in the systematic implementation of Devotee Care throughout ISKCON.
Gainesville Krishna House Devotees Share With Other Faiths at “Progressive Dinner”
On Saturday, 9th February, Vaisesika Das gave a presentation on the philosophical significance as well as practical techniques of book distribution to the entire team at ISKCON Ahmedabad, then the entire team got onto buses heading out to Bhadrakali – a busy shopping spot in the city for the practical session!
Krishna Holi and Food Festival Attract 16,000 to Auckland Farm
Participating were about seventy congregation members – many of them young students – as well as pastors from the Catholic, Quaker, LDS and Wesley United Methodist churches, the Jewish campus organization Hillel, and of course Krishna House.
Mayapur Devotees Hold Special Kirtan for the Victims of the Jammu & Kashmir Terrorist Attack
Process Driven Temple Presidents’ Meeting Builds Friendships and Connections
The Food Festival, a brand new event capitalizing on people’s love for Hare Krishna Food, came on Saturday February 9th. A beautiful blue summer’s day in New Zealand, it saw blue and white tents, a stage and colorful flags dotted around the farm.
ISKCON India Communications Teams Learn From Experts at Annual Conference
The attendees concentrated on how they wanted to work together, what resources they needed to better serve their temples and where to find them, and how they wanted the relationship between temple presidents and GBCs to look and feel.
Lithuanian Winter Festival Keeps Hearts Warm
Thirty-five devotees participated, including communications directors from various states and cities, temple presidents, and volunteers from the “Midday Meal” school food relief program.
ISKCON France Participates in the 100th Commemorative Ceremonies of the Armistice After World War I
Around 550 devotees from all over Eastern Europe and beyond gathered for the Vaishnava Winter Festival in Lithuania this year, warming their hearts with a steady diet of nectarean seminars, ecstatic kirtans and delicious prasadam.
North American Temple Presidents Prioritize Integrating Next Generation
November 11th 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the 1918 armistice of World War I. On this occasion, France was very busy receiving 72 heads of state and hundreds of diplomatic missions who had come for a collective rememberance of the terrible war during a grand celebration inmemory of the millions of soldiers who gave their life.
ISKCON Youth Introduce 300,000 to Maha Mantra at Tampa Pirate Parade
At the ISKCON North American Temple Presidents’ Meeting this January, one of the major points of focus was Integrating the Next Generation Youth, with practical steps taken to involve the next generation in ISKCON temples at all levels.
The Consciousness In Science Conference Was A Great Success
This was devotees’ second year participating in the parade, which is part of the massive Gasparilla Pirate Festival with a host of events themed around the legend of mythical Spanish Pirate José Gaspar.
A Bhakti Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast
In preparing for the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies’ Consciousness in Science 2019 conference opening ceremony at the University of Florida’s Harn Museum on Friday 18th January, so much interest arose that it was necessary for the organisers to curtail advertising efforts.
Surfers Paradise, a suburb of the city of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A vivid blue sky reflects in glass skyscrapers rising behind a beach of golden sand. Sparkling turquoise waves crash as cool young people ride the crest on their surfboards.