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Bhaktimarga Swami Praises St. Francis at Interfaith Event
This unprecedented environment has also created an unprecedented state of affairs for ISKCON, with all events cancelled, and temples across North America closed to the public, as well as to devotees except temple residents.
Bhaktimarga Swami Completes 3,550-Mile Walk Across U.S. for ISKCON 50
The event took place at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, a Catholic Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Held on October 4th– the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi – it honored the saint with the theme “Instruments of Peace,” a phrase from his famous prayer.
Four Days with the Walking Monk
On Friday September 15th, Bhaktimarga Swami, “The Walking Monk,” crossed the finish-line for his 3,550-mile walk across the USA in San Francisco, beneath shining blue skies and rolling white clouds. It had been two years since he set off.
Walking Monk Retraces ISKCON’s Journey for 50th
“Hey do you guys want a ride?” So asked a friendly driver as he pulled to the side of the road along the rolling hills 50 miles east of San Francisco. He’d spotted the Walking Monk in his saffron robes strolling down the pavement towards him. He was curious and inclined to help.
Butler Event with Sally Agarwal to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Prabhupada’s Arrival in America
From September 20th to November 10th in 2015, Bhaktimarga Swami walked from Boston’s Commonwealth Pier, where ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada first reached the U.S. in 1965, to Butler Pennsylvania, where he stayed with sponsors the Agarwal family, to New York City, where he registered ISKCON in 1966. In New York, Bhaktimarga concluded his 907-mile walk by chanting under the famous “Hare Krishna tree” in Tompkins Square Park, where Prabhupada led some of the first public kirtans in the Western World.
The Walking Monk Retraces Prabhupada’s Journey
On October 24th, devotees from all over North America will gather to glorify Srila Prabhupada's activities in Butler, PA.
Swami Plans Walk to Key Areas of ISKCON’s History for Society’s 50th
The Swami’s current walk, may mean the most to him on a personal level.
"I Wanted to Go for a Walk"
Intrepid ISKCON Guru and GBC Bhaktimarga Swami, known colloquially as “The Walking Monk,” is planning his next big adventure. The Swami has already trekked across his native Canada three times, and has walked in Ireland, Israel, Guyana, Trinidad, Fiji and Mauritius, promoting spiritual thought and healthy living.
Walking Monk Exemplifies the Simple Life
Visiting Buenos Aires, The "Walking Monk" reveals how trekking can guide to divinity. Interview with Bhakti Marga Swami in a prestigious Argentine newspaper Clarín Buena Vida.
Bhaktimarga Swami: A Life Dramatic
In a changing world where buying stuff and watching screens has become more important than human interaction or feeling the sun and air on your skin, walking Hare Krishna monk Bhaktimarga Swami is demonstrating how wonderful the simple life can be.
To ISKCON devotees everywhere, the name Bhaktimarga Swami conjures up images of powerful, out-of-the-box stage productions; and of energetic kirtans, full of stomping dance moves and jubilant smiles.
Monk Finds Walking Therapeutic and "Addictive"
“It’s a great way to clear the cobwebs in my mind,” Bhaktimarg Swami says. “Walking really helps create clarity of thought. When I think about what it does to improve me psychologically, physically and spiritually, I think people should reconsider the idea of walking.”
The Walking Monk visits Woodstock
Also known as ‘The Walking Monk’, Bhaktimarga is currently in the process of walking across Canada for the fourth time. He’s on a mission to promote the concept of pilgrimage and walking for inner development.
Walking Monk Crossing Canada to Meditate, Meet People
Bhaktimarga Swami – dubbed the Walking Monk – is in the Pictou County area this weekend as part of his walk across Canada as a “friend” raiser. Bhaktimarga Swami has been a member of the Hare Krishna since 1973.
Where did the Hare Krishnas go?
So, whatever happened to the Hare Krishna movement? Back in the 1970s, robed members of the sect were frequently seen on street corners, chanting the “Hare Krishna” mantra, with their hair shorn. Krishna devotees haven’t gone into hiding, but they have toned down the missionary zeal from those crazy days of counterculture movements.
Kelso-Beach, Canada: Hare Krishna Devotees Hold Public Event
Kelso-Beach, Canada. Devotees from around Grey-Bruce welcomed their Hare Krishna movement's spiritual leader in Canada to a public vegetarian feast and celebration Saturday. Owen Sound organizer Rajesh Kalavadia said the first-time event at Kelso Beach featured three elements: vegetarian food, spiritual activities like chanting and meditation, and entertainment including music, freestyle dance and a secular drama about loneliness.
Putting Krishna on the Map In Brrrrr-land
ISKCON guru and leader Bhaktimarga Swami recounts his adventures as he and other devotees spread Krishna consciousness to the coldest, most remote parts of Canada.
European Bicycle Tour
Bhaktimarga Swami Reflects On Trans-Canada Trek
This is Mark from Saranagati Farm in B.C. Canada. Visakha Devi-dasi and myself are organizing a tour of Europe by bicycle from Sweden to Spain in the fall of 2010. We will visit several Hare Krsna farms and temples along the way. A fee $1,000.00 will cover support vehicle and prasadam. You bring bike, sleeping arangement, helmet, etc.
BLOG: The Walking Monk—Bhaktimarga Swami's 2007 CanWalk
Somehow, by God’s grace, I was able to complete a third walk across one of the largest land masses on earth, my home country, Canada. This third trek brings the total distance covered to 20,000 Kilometres, or, 12,427 miles. Figures might be important but more relevant is the number of people I met.
I started part two of CanWalk Number Three noticing the pool of blood.This is what the highway is—a place of living and moving travel but it is also a place of standstill, of frozenness and death. I am so impactfully reminded of this on this first day.
'Walking Monk' Hits the Road for Third Cross-Canada Walk
The walk begins each day at 4 or 5 a.m., and Swami spends about nine hours walking 45 kilometres per day. He carries with him a sack holding his meditation beads, and often chants and talks to the Creator along the way.
The personable monk, who joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1973 and changed his name from John Vis, said he runs into a lot of cyclists and marathon runners, along with regular citizens curious about his exploits.
“Walking in the summer, it‘s when people are out and about,” he said.
“It‘s the real natural time to be there, and the really big part of this project is to meet people and get inspired . . . and to inspire.”