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  • Nadiya Mani and Bada Haridas Dedicate New Song to Bhakti Charu Swami

    The deeply moving, soul-stirring track presents the prayer Sri Gurvastakam by Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur in a unique style that combines elements of classical, New Age and meditation music. It has been described by Bada Haridas’ wife Kosarupa Dasi as “pure meditation.”

  • Chief Minister of West Bengal Arranged the Smooth Return of Bhakti Charu Swami's Vapu to Mayapur

    It was the Ministry of West Bengal led by the Honorable Chief Minister Sushri Mamata Bannerjee who facilitated the final journey of the vapu (body of ISKCON-guru Bhakti Charu Swami, who passed away on July 4th in Florida, back to Mayapur.

  • Spiritual Resilience

    How to become resilient and, despite the ups and downs, not give up on our spiritual journey, our search for the self?

  • Bhakti Charu Swami Last Rites Held As Offerings of Love Continue From Around the World

    Offerings of appreciation and love have continued to pour in from ISKCON leaders, senior devotees and disciples, as well as other religious and secular leaders. Even newspapers and TV stations in India and abroad have covered Bhakti Charu Swami’s passing, demonstrating his great impact on the world. 

  • Devotees Around The World Offer Their Appreciation and Affection for Bhakti Charu Swami

    "'My true disciple is a perfect gentleman,” Srila Prabhupada said. No one exemplified this quality more than you. Whomever spoke to you felt like the most important person in the world. Regardless of the problem or question they would bring to you, you would listen carefully and reply with wisdom, compassion and tact."

  • Beloved ISKCON Guru and GBC Member Bhakti Charu Swami Passes Away

    His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami, a beloved disciple of Srila Prabhupada, GBC member, ISKCON initiating spiritual master, and Gaudiya Vaishnava sannyasi, passed away the morning of July 4th due to complications related to COVID-19. He was 74 years old. 

  • The GBC Executive Committee Reflects on the Passing of Bhakti Charu Swami

    From his earliest days as a young devotee, Maharaja had the extraordinary privilege of serving as one of Srila Prabhupada's confidential, personal servants. And ever since, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Maharaja's life has been an offering of love at the lotus feet of his spiritual master.

  • New Album ‘A Surge of Bhakti to the Heart’ Delivers On Title’s Promise

    Evoking a deeply affecting mixture of regret and hope, Gopagana Dasa’s new album “A Surge of Bhakti to the Heart” might be the perfect soundtrack to these difficult times for humanity. 

  • Kirtan Fest Global for Bhakti Charu Swami

    As ISKCON GBC member Bhakti Charu Swami struggles in the USA with COVID-19, devotees around the world are deep in prayer for his rapid recovery. Kirtan Fest Global for Bhakti Charu Swami is an opportunity to pray together.

  • Bhakti Charu Swami Hospitalized for COVID-19

    ISKCON GBC member and initiating spiritual master Bhakti Charu Swami has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently on ventilator, in critical condition in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Florida, USA. 

  • Guru and GBC Bhakti Bhusana Swami Hospitalized With Encephalitis

    After suffering from increasing dizziness, weakness of memory, and loss of cognitive abilities, guru and GBC Bhakti Bhusana Swami was hospitalized on Sunday May 3rd in Germany. On Tuesday May 5th, doctors diagnosed him with a type of encephalitis, which causes inflammation of the brain. 

  • CBSN New York Covers Diwali at The Bhakti Center

    The second annual Diwali celebration at the Bhakti Center in New York City not only drew around 350 festivalgoers including 200 new guests, but was also covered by the CBS News New York television station.

  • Jagannath Temple Tent Brings Maha-Mantra to Bhakti Fest

    Jagai Nitai Das, an active member of the Laguna Beach temple, organized the Jagannath Temple Tent this year at Bhakti Fest, which ran from September 25th to 30th at Twenty-Nine Palms near Joshua Tree in California.

  • Bhakti Sharan Shanta Swami Passes Away

    Bhakti Sharan Shanta Swami departed from this world on March 26th in Lithuania. 

  • Bhakti Center Launches New Kirtan School

    “Kirtan is very popular in the culture right now and is continuing to grow, but a lot of people aren’t clear on the history,” Doyal Gauranga says. “We also want to let people know that there are a lot of different ways to do kirtan, and explain to them how we specifically do kirtan as Gaudiya Vaishnavas, why we do it in that way, and what mantras and bhajans we chant.”

  • Paramahamster: Bhakti

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • GBC EC Statement about Bhakti Visrambha Madhava Swami

    On September 1st, 2018, the Executive Committee of ISKCON’s Governing Commission has issued the following statement about Bhakti Visrambha Madhava Swami.

  • Divya’s Kitchen Voted in the Top 10 Restaurant in Manhattan

    What makes this achievement even more unique is that Divya’s Kitchen is the only vegetarian/vegan restaurant on the list. 

  • June Meeting to Set Collective Vision for North American Farms

    Over the past few years, the ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture (IMCPA) has been bringing ISKCON farms together for biannual continental conferences. Now, the Ministry is beginning strategic planning meetings every other year, to foster team building.

  • Yamuna Film “The Stolen River” Gets U.S. Premiere in Gainesville

    “The Stolen River,” which deals with an issue that has been of deep concern to devotees as well as environmentalists for years now, about the pollution of the Yamuna river, received its world premiere in India in October 2015. Since then, it has won Best Green Film at the LIFFT India Filmotsav, and was in the official selection at many other film festivals.

  • Sri Gaurachandra's Installation at New York's Bhakti Center

    On October 4th,  a divine form of Sri Caitanya was installed on the altar of the temple at New York's The Bhakti Center. Accompanied by a chorus of voices chanting Vedic mantras and jubilant kirtan, brahmins began the ceremony by establishing the intention in the minds of the community, honoring and seeking the blessings of the seniors present and commencing the rites with the traditional Vedic fire ceremony.

  • East Village

    According to many, what makes New York City exciting is the web of microcosms that are so different, still blending harmoniously together. Don't be surprised to find an Eastern monastery in the midst of a tattoo parlor, a funeral home and a gay bar. An observational short film featuring Bhakti Center priest Mike Ceragno, created by Kristina Danka and Violet Benny, produced at the New York Film Academy.

  • Celebrating 20 Years of Bhakti Vriksha

    The first 20 minutes of a BhakTV documentary by Vasudeva Das,, followed by added testimonials.

  • Question Time - Bhakti Rasamrita Swami

    Special Alumnight event on Question Time. An interactive Q & A with Bhakti Rasamrita Swami and Nanda Parkinson.

  • Bhakti Charu Swami in Panel Discussion on 'Healing Historic Divisions in Durban South Africa

     On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, the Department of Sport, Recreation and Culture of the city of Durban, South Africa, hosted a panel discussion at the prestigious Durban International Convention Centre entitled, "Healing Historic Divisions - towards racial harmony". Over 150 delegates, including city officials, political councillors and religious leaders accepted the Head's invitation to attend this important and ground-breaking event. 

  • From Frustrated Love to Bhakti - by Devamrita Swami
  • "Reflections on Wise-Love" - A Book Trailer

    In this  book trailer about Wise-Love, a new book written by Pranada dasi, we're invited to feel the hope of Wise-Love (Bhakti) and its transformational power. Wise-Love is an introductory handbook presenting Bhakti in new lights, attractive language, and a manner relatable to a Western audience. It comprehensively covers the core tenets of our philosophy true to siddhanta, yet its short, thematic chapters are easy to assimilate for an outside reader. This book is the author’s offering to Srila Prabhupada on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the starting of ISKCON. For more information please visit

  • Potential Spouse: The Real Knight in the Shining Armor

    Many women have perceived ideals of a perfect male romantic match. Having experienced them through the movies, fairy tales, such males often handsome and romantic, rescuing the "damsel in distress" from all her woes.

  • Launching of the Srimad Bhagavatam Gifting Chain Project in Mumbai

    “The Srimad Bhagavatam Gifting Chain Project” is a unique idea inspired from the purport by Srila Prabhupada to the first verse of the first chapter of the first canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, where Srila Prabhupada referring to the Matsya Purana, states that anyone who makes a gift of this great work on a full moon day attains to the highest perfection of life by returning to Godhead.

  • 'Only Krishna' Music Video

    Music by Inci Mutlu Milano and Mike Jones.

  • Bhakti Purusottama Swami Impresses Detroit with Three Day Radharani Katha

    Bhakti Purusottama Swami visited ISKCON Detroit for three days and flooded the congregation with very sweet narrations of divine appearance, supreme qualities and inconceivable pastimes of Srimati Radharani in anticipation of Radhastami. 

  • Govardhana, the Hill that Fulfills all Desires

    Touchstone Media has announced the release of the book Govardhana, the Hill that Fulfils all Desires written by ISKCON spiritual master Bhakti Caitanya Swami. The book is a virtual guide to this most holy place of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Krishna. This book is the first of its kind that vivd take us around Govardhana Hill even without being physically there.

  • Panel Discussion on “Spiritual Science and Modern Education” at Macquarie University, Sydney

    An interfaith panel discussion on the topic of “Spiritual Science and Modern Education” was held at the Macquarie University, Sydney on April 29, 2014. The panellists were Bhakti Rasamrita Swami who spoke on the topic from the perspective of Gaudiya Vaisnavasim and Mr. Kamal Saleh who spoke in the context of Islam.

  • A Theology with Heart: An Interview With Prof A. L. Basham

    "The Hare Krsna movement is historically very significant, for now for the first time since the days of the Roman Empire an Asian religion is being openly practiced by people of Western origin in the streets of Western cities."

  • Bhakti Life: A New Free E-Book
    We may read a lot of spiritual knowledge, but sometimes the practical application can be ambiguous and unclear. What practices should I perform on a daily basis? How can I change my lifestyle to support my spirituality?
  • Surrender: The Key to Eternal Life – A New Book by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
    Many readers familiar with the life of Bhakti Tirtha Swami may wonder how Hari-Nama Press has published a new book, considering that the author left this world on June 27, 2005. Printing an author’s book posthumously warrants an explanation.
  • Annual Bhakti Writers Competition
    Bhakti Writers Community is hosting their first annual writing competition, and will accept poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions.
  • Bhakti Tirtha Swami eBooks Have Arrived
    The vast majority of Hari-Nama Press books written by Bhakti Tirtha Swami are now available in eBook format for online purchase and instant download.
  • The Yogis of Devotion Bring Bhakti into the Mainstream
    An interesting new trend is the recent proliferation of ISKCON devotee yoga teachers. Knowing that Srila Prabhupada, who taught Bhakti-yoga, did not place any emphasis on physical yoga exercise, how did they end up as yoga teachers? Is it simply a way of earning a living for them, or is there more to it?
  • “Shravanam Kirtanam" Camp on the Banks of the Narmada
    Inspired by Bhakti Vikas Swami, more than four hundred devotees from twenty locales around Gujarat and beyond gathered near Bharuch, the largest town on the banks of the holy river Narmada, to hear and chant about Lord Krishna at a “shravanam kirtanam camp” from May 7-9.
  • Harinamapress.Org: New Website Launched For Books by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
    Hari-Nama Press, the non-profit book publishing company dedicated to printing and distributing the works of His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami, has just launched a new website!
  • Catholic Scholar to Research Bhakti Literature
    BRUSSELS: A senior professor of Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, has called for more researches into the Bhakti (devotion) movement that still inspires India.