“You should remember that you may die today—or tomorrow, or before you turn 66, or in twenty years. / It matters not, if you live the life of the soul."
In a sad and shocking turn of events, a Mayapur community devotee, Rashik Shekhar Das, was shot dead in his office in Gournagar, just adjacent to the ISKCON property in Mayapur, West Bengal.
This is not a time to hold back or to put off what so deeply pains the heart, for the extent that you have loved, it is to that extent that you will feel a kind of pain that perhaps you’ve never experienced before.
"Anger has been flaring, / Voices have been blaring, / To identify who's black, who's white, / And who happens to be right?"
Someone asked me if we should pray for the protection of our loved ones – of course we should! But it got me thinking.
Sometimes I wonder, do we forget we are going to die? What is the difference between dying from any other situation or dying from corona virus?
When I read the news this morning, I got scared. People all over the world are starting to brace themselves in fear of the coronavirus epidemic.
Sometimes, for convenience, we choose not to see what we don’t want to see.
"When we turn away from the sun, we face our shadow. When we turn away from God, our original Source, we see ourselves as separate, and fear arises."
Shaunaka Rishi Das spent many years caring for his wife Keshava, who had chronic fatigue syndrome. In her mid-50s and suffering from depression, Keshava took her own life, with questions over the medical response leading to a traumatic two-day inquest.
In this world too we are a traveler, we cannot live here permanently although we may wish.
Unless you turn prudent and wise / You are in for a nasty surprise / In a world of birth, old age,disease and death / No one could ever escape their wrath.
Not long ago, someone in our community passed along to me a magazine pitch she’d received in the mail. On the front of the oversize envelope, a headline announced—blue type on a bright green background—”Old Age Isn’t Natural.”
Death, need not be seen as an inconvenient truth, but rather the ultimate meditation to reinstate clarity and perspective into every aspect of our life.
A film by Aeyaz.
Before he could say anything more, the uninvited guests, who were the agents of death, grabbed him and took him away and his body dropped dead. He was not willing to go but he was hopelessly powerless, his dear family members wanted him to be with him but they were hopelessly helpless.
The three biggest fears in life: exams, public speaking and death. Of them, the final is probably the most acute. As that fateful hour approaches, everything we worked so hard for is snatched away, throwing our entire sense of identity and purpose into question.
It was certainly ghastly to imagine how my own body might look, lying dead on a dissection table.
We should take the spiritual opportunities we have in our life very, very seriously. One of the greatest enemies of a spiritualist is procrastination.
Rev. Peter Panagore's book trailer.
2060 cardiac patients were closely examined during the experiment for 4 years before the scientists published their research in journal Resuscitation.
Scientists have found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after clinical death which was previously thought impossible.
Another well-known title, Beyond Birth and Death, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is now in e-book form and available at bbtmedia.com. In this small yet profound book, Srila Prabhupada tells readers how the soul travels from one body to another and presents startling evidence of its incredible journey after death.
Normally because comedians make us laugh, we tend to think of them as happy people. Those who are sources of such joy would be themselves joyful, wouldn’t they?
In this spiritual movie that explores the concept of death and the afterlife, Williams' character, Chris Nielson, dies in a car accident four years after losing his two children. In the scene above, Neilson awakens to find himself in the afterlife, which is both beautiful and unexpected.
On August 5th, 2014, one of Srila Prabhupada's earliest disciples, Madhudvisa Das, passed away at the age of 67. He took his initiations in 1968; the first in San Francisco, and the second in Los Angeles. Srila Prabhupada once described him as the "Emperor of Kirtan." When Srila Prabhupada himself was departing this world he said, "bring my son Madhuvisa here."
International media spread the news that a bus carrying Russian tourists plunged into a river in northern India on Tuesday, killing at least two and injuring eight. According to ISKCON News sources in New Delhi, the victims are ISKCON devotees who were on a tour with several buses, one of which fell into the river. Updates will follow as details are revealed.
Indian court has been asked to rule on whether a revered Hindu guru is dead or alive – and whether it is a matter of religious faith or scientific fact.
After being told her newborn son was dead, mother Kate Ogg was able to cuddle and caress her baby's limp body back to life, astonishing doctors. TODAY's Amy Robach has this incredible story.
Radhanath Swami uses a humorous incident to impart a profound lesson.
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
It's a constant reminder that, restaurants, delis, and a variety of other businesses are opening or going out of business, but the one establishment that seems to remain constant and unaffected by the economy is that funeral home.
Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down?
We all fear death. Among all our possessions, life is most precious, because without it, we can’t enjoy any other possession. Naturally, we treasure life. Paradoxically though, we don’t treasure life consistently.
If we grasp the full scope of our existence, we can understand the significance of each event that we struggle through. Since most of us lack such vision, we need to develop faith that Lord Krishna arranges everything for our ultimate benefit, even if at present we cannot understand how.
In the late 1960s, when ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada personally negotiated his first book contracts with Japanese publisher Dai Nippon, he insisted on high grade paper and binding, considering the highest quality to be essential for books containing the highest knowledge.
A few dozen Ohioans will meet Wednesday evening in a community room at a Panera Bread outside of Columbus for tea, cake and conversation over an unusual shared curiosity. "The goal is to raise death awareness with the view of helping people make the most of their lives."
On the early morning of January 20th, a rare and special Vaishnava was taken from this world. Shyamdas, world-renowned scholar, author and translator, kirtan leader and dear devotee of Krishna was killed in a motorcycle accident while in Goa, India.
If there is nothing but physical machines and biological matter then who is to say what is right or wrong? Even more worrying, who would really care to follow what was right or wrong?
A new study published by Harvard researchers provides “clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat [such as bacon or hot dogs], contributes substantially to premature death.
Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005. In his speech Jobs also mentions and how much he appreciated the free prasadam he received from ISKCON devotees during his young years.
She was a wonderful, warm and beautifully eccentric woman. She was one of the key performers of the punk period and her powerful songs -perceptive poems about plastic society and consumerism still influence musicians. She was a member on ISKCON, who took initiation as Maharani Devi Dasi in 1983.
Radhika Raman Das (Paul Asanov) left this world on March 28, 2011, at about 12:00 Moscow time, in Vrindavan. The holy river Yamuna took him. Radhika Raman Das repeatedly became the best distributor of Srila Prabhupada's books in Russia, giving these great spiritual treasures to thousands of people
On behalf of ISKCON, its Governing Commission expresses its condolences on the departure of Sripada BV Narayana Maharaja.
His Holiness B.V. Narayana Maharaja, a prominent Vaishnava leader, passed away at 3:00am on the morning of December 29th in the holy city of Jagannath Puri, India.
It is With a heavy heart that we inform you that Svayambhu Swami, a disciple of Gaura Govinda Swami Maharaja, passed away from this world on the 11th of August 2010 at 4:15pm in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.
One bit of profound advice that Socrates gave to his disciples was to practice dying everyday. Although this may sound impractical, the undertone to this insight is very useful -- to cultivate awareness of and face our deep-rooted insecurities, the epitome of which is death itself.
Srila Prabhupada disciple Amekhala Dasi passed away peacefully at 6am on Friday April 23rd, after a five-month battle with cancer.
Devotees around the world are mourning Padma Lochan Dasa, a senior disciple of ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada, who passed away at 6:58am on March 27 in the sacred land of Mayapur, India, at the age of 57.
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaja, the President-Acharya of the international Gaudiya Vaishnava group Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, passed away at 4:30am on March 27th, 2010, at the age of 81.
ISKCON’s seniormost monk Mahavishnu Goswami has peacefully passed away at the society’s Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai, India, at 3pm Indian Standard Time on Monday January 25th. He was ninety-one years old.
Rasajna Dasi, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who inspired many through her creativity and devotion, passed away in Austin, Texas on December 28th. Her last days were spent in the company of her husband Greg Schroen and other loving family and friends, chanting Krishna’s name by her bedside.
Normally I’m a very careful driver and I obey all the rules. I always stop to let people cross the road, park only in the right places, and definitely stop at red lights. So why didn’t I stop at the lights this morning?
Three men have been arrested in connection with the killing of ISKCON youth Harish Roy, who received a fatal shot to the head when the Atlanta convenience store he was working at on March 22 was robbed.
Alleged gunman Yusef Cantrell, 27, and getaway driver Xstavius Shreve, 30, were arrested by Atlanta Police on March 27 and 31 respectively. According to Atlanta Police spokesman Eric Schwartz, the last suspect, 28-year-old Damian Glover, turned himself into authorities at the Fulton County Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
A slain store clerk was remembered by loved ones on Saturday. Friends and loved ones from the Atlanta Hare Krishna Temple gathered to say goodbye to Harish Roy. They came together inside a Stone Mountain funeral home Saturday afternoon to celebrate Roy's life.
ISKCON youth around the world are still in shock as they mourn the passing of their dear friend Hari Kirtan Dasa, an alumni of ISKCON’s Mayapur school and disciple of Bhakti Tirtha Swami. Hari Kirtan, known to his friends as Harish, was working at a store in Atlanta, USA on March 22 when at 8:01pm, the store was robbed and he was shot.
Two Mayapur residents, Jahnudvipa Dasa from Denmark, and his wife Brajasevaki Dasi from Australia, were badly injured in a car crash at Madhyamgram just near the Kolkata airport this morning. A full story will be published this Saturday.
At 9pm IST on March 3, 2009, Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami left this world at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, where he had been brought for medical treatment. He had just reached his 96th year two months before. Known as Puri Maharaja by devotees and followers, B.V. Puri Goswami was one of the most notable Gaudiya Vaishnava teachers of the 20th century.
Bhagavatananda says that assisting the dying is helping him “cash in on the blessings” he received from one of Srila Prabhupada’s departed disciples, Tribhuvanatha Dasa. Bhagavatananda met Tribhuvanatha near the end of Tribhuvanatha’s life, when he was emaciated and wheelchair-bound. “But his eyes were huge saucers of spirituality,” says Bhagavatananda.
With sadness we inform the members of ISKCON about the passing away of His Holiness Tatpar Swami, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. He was one among the first Bengali devotees to take initiation from Srila Prabhupada. Tatpar Maharaja joined ISKCON in 1970 and was first initiated in 1972. He accepted second initiation in 1973. Maharaja lived for many years in Mayapur, India where he preached the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
CHANDIGARH: Police are investigating a doctor couple for the death of their 11-year-old son, who died when they allegedly tried to transfuse his blood to his elder brother, Abhishek. The couple apparently wanted to make the elder brother better at studies and the mother had been advised to go for the transfusion by a guru in her dream.
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.
"This is what's happening today. This is the reality. It is the wave of the future," said Bishop Paul Bootkoski of the Metuchen Diocese, which is building the crematory. "We're going along with what our Catholic population is looking for."
R. Harish Kumar Aiyar, a 30-year-old mechanical engineer with a Delhi company, drowned in the Bhagirathi yesterday after pulling his sister to safety. He and his family were visiting the ISKCON temple in Nadia's Mayapur.
"Suhotraji never nibbled at life, he took huge bites that would choke a person with weaker digestion. Some people think he was eccentric, but I don't think he was. He would move in a particular direction, in a particular way . . ." Murari dasa, a resident of Mayapur, remembers his long-time friend.
His Holiness A.C. Bhaktivaibhava Swami Offers Homage to Suhotra Prabhu
Five members of a family and a driver were killed when their car collided with a mini-truck at Ranaghat area of Nadia district on March 3.
Professor Kuldip C. Gupta, a founding member and president of Hindu University of America in Orlando, died Feb. 7 of a heart attack while traveling in Bombay, India. He was 66 years old.