Saturday, April 30, 2016

News - Visit of Budapest Accredited Diplomats to Krishna Valley, Hungary

Visit of Budapest Accredited Diplomats to Krishna Valley, Hungary On the 50th anniversary of ISKCON, the Hungarian devotees celebrated special event "the first grazing of the cows" to spread awareness of the importance of cows and their well-being for a peaceful and prosperous society The festival, held on 16 April 2016 was organised by Mrs. Kavita Chhabra, wife of the Indian ambassador in Budapest. Apart from the Indian ambassador and his wife, who were co-hosting the program, ambassador from countries like Belarus: Brasil: Ecuador: Lithuania: Malaysia: Pakistan: Switzerland were also present with their famdilies The guests were first greeted by Radha Krsna das, zonal supervisor. They were introduced to Eco-valley Foundation, which is a research centre and educational institution to spread knowledge pertaining to sustainable economy and lifestyle. From there they walked to the nearby hill of Nandagram, which offers an excellent view of the Goshala and the pastures. The illustrious group viewed the first grazing of the cows with amazement as the cows behaved like schoolchildren, being eager to go to the fresh green pastures after a long winter in the barn. They were running, jumping, rolling in the fresh grass. From there the group went to the organic garden to get an explanation of sustainable farming, then went on to the temple to have darshan of Sri Sri Radhe Syama. It is remarkable that, although the group was from various religious backgrounds, everyone appreciated the beautiful setting, the beauty of the Deities and the wonderful decoration of the altar. A lunch followed at the newly opened Radhe Resort, an aspiring 4 star hotel. It was a funny sight to look at the row of big cruiser cars with special diplomatic number plates on them. After the delicious lunch, the guests left with ecstatic thanks for the wonderful experience. #laxmi

Friday, April 29, 2016

Academic Conference at Bath Spa University, UK

Academic Conference at Bath Spa University, UK As a part of ISKCON’s 50th year celebrations, devotees from Bhaktivedanta Manor, academics from around the country and students from Bath Spa University gathered at the picturesque and quaint university on 23rd April to talk about their shared interest in the Hare Krishna movement. The day, organised in collaboration with Religions, Philosophies and Ethics at the University, was dedicated to talks, presentations and a panel discussion on the history of ISKCON including its greatest achievements and challenges, its position within the larger British Hindu community and its future and the potential challenges it may experience going forward into the next fifty years. The academics included Dr Dermott Killingley who used to be of Newcastle University and Professor Kim Knott of Lancaster University, both of whom have extensively studied the Holy Scriptures such as the Bhagavat Gita, and the theology and practice of Srila Prabhupada’s movement. Professor Kim Knott conducted her PhD on ISKCON, which enabled her to spend a week at the temple and experience and enjoy the practical aspects of Krishna conscious life such as garland making and the 4am aarti. She spoke openly and positively about ISKCON’s development within the UK Dr Killingley, one of the country’s most advanced Sanskrit speakers and a senior associate researcher at University of Oxford’s Centre for Hindu Studies, spoke at length about the history of ISKCON within the Vaishnava tradition as a whole. Rasamandala Prabhu gave a presentation on the education ISKCON provides and the aims of this education, including further propagation of Krishna Consciousness in the future. Conference goers were also treated to a demonstration of aarti with its meaning and spiritual purpose, a short skit by the Bhaktivedanta Players, a traditional Bharatnatyam dance and a rousing musical rendition of the mahamantra. #laxmi

Academic Conference at Harvard Highlights ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary

Academic Conference at Harvard Highlights ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary Over the weekend of April 22nd to 24th, more than thirty scholars met at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions to talk about the growth, impact, and challenges of ISKCON since its inception in July 1966. Participants included some scholars such as retired professors Thomas J. Hopkins and Larry Shinn, as well as the retired head of the British Council of Churches’ Committee on Interfaith, Kenneth Cracknell. Ravi M. Gupta, William Deadwyler, and Edith Best. The three-day event was entitled “The Worldwide Krishna Movement: Half a Century of Growth, Impact, and Challenge,” and commemorated ISKCON’s 50th anniversary. Graham M. Schweig Schweig, who is a Professor of Religion at Christopher Newport University, served as host and welcomed everyone on Friday evening at Harvard Divinity School’s Sperry Room, where ISKCON Founder-acharya Srila Prabhupada himself spoke back in 1968. After Professor Francis X. Clooney, Director of Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions, extended his welcome and shared some opening remarks, Schweig continued with his keynote, in which he spoke about the long history of interactions between Harvard University and ISKCON. Next, Muslim scholar Sanaullah Kirmani, who had attended Prabhupada’s talk at the Sperry Room nearly fifty years ago while a young student at Harvard, recalled his experience. He spoke very movingly about how Prabhupada’s talk had affected him, both as a young scholar and as a spiritually-minded person, throughout the rest of his life. Finally, Franklin & Marshall Emeritus, Professor Thomas J. Hopkins shared memories of visiting ISKCON’s first center, 26 2nd Avenue, in its earliest days. The conference continued over the next two days, with five panels held on the history, sociology, theology, global movement, and challenges of ISKCON at The Center for the Study of World Religions, just across the street from the Sperry Room. The papers’ subjects ranged from an overview of Caitanya Theology, women education ,sociological and theological issues. The only academic in Russia Dr. Sergey Ivanenko has written a book about ISKCON. Other scholars presenting papers hailed from the U.K. and other European countries, as well as of course the U.S. In his closing remarks on Sunday, Thomas Hopkins expressed his amazement at how far and wide the Hare Krishna Movement has grown in the last fifty years. At the conclusion of the conference, senior organizer Graham M. Schweig offered appreciation to the event’s sponsors, which included the ISKCON Dallas and ISKCON Houston communities. #laxmi

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hindi News - Ooty Main Rath Yatra

इस्कॉन की ५०वीं वर्षगाँठ के उपलक्ष्य में, कोयम्बटूर के निकट ऊटी नामक पर्यटन स्थल पर शनिवार २३ अप्रैल २०१६ को श्री जगन्नाथ रथयात्रा उत्सव का आयोजन किया गया। For More News : http://ift.tt/1oQp8th

Krishna conscious presentation at United Nations Interfaith Climate Change Ceremony

Krishna conscious presentation at United Nations Interfaith Climate Change Ceremony On April 22nd, 2016 Radhanath Swami joined faith leaders from around the world at Church Center of The United Nations in New York City to encourage world leaders to sign the Paris agreement on climate change. The event was mainly organized by GreenFaith, in partnership with a number of faith based organizations. The ceremony included short talks by faith leaders and representatives of the UN. It concluded with the presentation of The Interfaith Climate Change Statement to H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the UN General Assembly and was followed by a press conference. Radhanath Swami shared the following message with the assembly. “From a spiritual prospective the condition of todays environment is to a large extent due to a crisis of the human spirit. The ecology of the world is a reflection of the ecology of the human heart.” “The universal principle of religion or dharma, is to learn the science of harmonizing the body, the mind and the true self to live in harmony with God, each other and with nature. To transform greed into the joy of giving, arrogance into humility and gratitude, indifference into compassion, and prejudice into love.“ That the Supreme Divine source of everything, or God, is the proprietor of all that exists –the mother, father and the most intimate friend of all living beings. And true peace is possible when we learn to recognize that we are not proprietors, but that rather we are caretakers of sacred property and caretakers of each other.” “The Hindu Declaration on Climate Change states that all life is divine and interconnected. This current crisis is a real opportunity to put aside our differences and unite with one heart and one voice to appeals to world leaders and genuinely put forth policies and action to honor the sacredness of life itself.” #laxmi

News - TOVP Updates

TOVP updates Titanium Nitride Ribbons on the Chatris Another ‘historical event’ for the TOVP, gold ribbons in Titanium nitride are going up on the Chatris. These will catch the sunlight and create a beautiful golden glow, as seen in the pictures. State-of-the-Art Machinery This 5-AXIS, CNC router worktable measures 2m x 4m, with a rotary indexing head at one end that will do 900mm x 1.2mm designs. It will be used mainly for pattern making for GRC, as well as for the decorative ceilings, and woodcarving for the doors and frames. It has been specifically made for us. With this State-of-the-Art machine, we’ve replaced the Chinese stepper motors with Italian ones. We’ve also replaced the Chinese cutter head with a superior Italian one, which makes it better in all respects. It is a major purchase for the finishing work! #laxmi

Friendship Of Servitude To Krishna Is To Uplift Our Conciousness-Dayanidhi Pr ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.80.43 2016 04 28 SB 10 80 43 45 Friendship Of Servitude To Krishna Is To Uplift Our Conciousness -Dayanidhi prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty itthaṁ-vidhāny anekāni  vasatāṁ guru-veśmani guror anugraheṇaiva  pumān pūrṇaḥ praśāntaye Word for word: ittham-vidhāni — like this; anekāni — many things; vasatām — by us who were living; guru — of our spiritual master; veśmani — in the home; guroḥ — of the spiritual master; anugraheṇa — by the mercy; eva — simply; pumān — a person; pūrṇaḥ — fulfilled; praśāntaye — for attaining total peace. Translation: [Lord Kṛṣṇa continued:] We had many similar experiences while living in our spiritual master’s home. Simply by the grace of the spiritual master a person can fulfill life’s purpose and attain eternal peace.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ooty Rath Yatra

Ooty Rath Yatra Ooty Rath Yatra On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of ISKCON, the glorious event of “Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival took place on Saturday, 23rd of April 2016 in a famous Hill Station in OOty near Coimbatore. HH BhaktiVinod Swami Maharaj highlighted Thousands of tourists from all around the world flock to this place each year. But this time Lord Jaganath has come to see Ooty This Jagannath Rath Yatra Festival was blessed by HH. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj and took place under the leadership HH.BhaktiVinod Swami Maharaj, Zonal Secretary, Western Tamil Nadu & Kerala & Temple president of Coimbatore ISKCON. Sri Arjunan, Member of Parliament , Sri. Chowdary, Head of Cordite Factory, Aravangadu presided over the opening ceremony of the Rath Yatra. "We are immensely blessed and feel very fortunate to have Sri Jagannath at Ooty. Thanks to ISKCON" said Honorable Guest Sri.Chowdry (Head of Cordite Factory Aravangadu) "I am privileged to be part of this historic event at Ooty.My prayers to Lord Jagannatha" commented Chief Guest ,Sri.Arjunan,Member of Parliament,. Jaganath Rath Yatra started from the “Mariamman Temple” Main Bazar Street and passsed through the busy and main streets of OOty including the bazaar and markets. Thousands of locals and public participated enthusiastically pulling the Rath and singing the holy name. and received books of Srila Prabhupada and Jaganath Prasad. Hundreds of outstation devotees from Kumbakonam, Thuraiyur(Near Trichy), Hosur, Dharmapuri, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Mangalore and Mumbai were present for the celebration. The festival was broadcast in local TV channels. Newspapers published articles with pictures of their Lordships in Rath. This is indeed a wonderful offering to Srila Prabhupada on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON by ISKCON Coimbatore

An Ideal Frindship Between Krishna And Sudama -Vrishbhanu Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty

An Ideal Frindship Between Krishna And Sudama -Vrishbhanu Prabhu 2016 04 27 SB 10 80 42 ISKCON Chowpatty SB 10.80.42 tuṣṭo ’haṁ bho dvija-śreṣṭhāḥ  satyāḥ santu manorathāḥ chandāṁsy ayāta-yāmāni  bhavantv iha paratra ca Word for word: tuṣṭaḥ — satisfied; aham — I am; bho — my dear ones; dvija — of brāhmaṇas; śreṣṭhāḥ — O best; satyāḥ — fulfilled; santu — may they be; manaḥ-rathāḥ — your desires; chandāṁsi — Vedic mantras; ayāta-yāmāni — never growing old; bhavantu — may they be; iha — in this world; paratra — in the next world; ca — and. Translation: You boys are first-class brāhmaṇas, and I am satisfied with you. May all your desires be fulfilled, and may the Vedic mantras you have learned never lose their meaning for you, in this world or the next. Purport: Cooked food left sitting for three hours is called yāta-yāma, indicating that it has lost its taste, and similarly if a devotee does not remain fixed in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, the transcendental knowledge that once inspired him on the spiritual path will lose its “taste,” or meaning, for him. Thus Sāndīpani Muni blesses his disciples that the Vedic mantras, which reveal the Absolute Truth, will never lose their meaning for them but will remain ever fresh in their minds.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What Distinguishes Genuine Disciple-Jayadvait Swami Maharaj 2016 04 26 SB 10 80 39 41ISKCON C

SB 10.80.39 etad viditvā udite  ravau sāndīpanir guruḥ anveṣamāṇo naḥ śiṣyān  ācāryo ’paśyad āturān Word for word: etat — this; viditvā — knowing; udite — when it rose; ravau — the sun; sāndīpaniḥ — Sāndīpani; guruḥ — our spiritual master; anveṣamāṇaḥ — searching; naḥ — for us; śiṣyān — his disciples; ācāryaḥ — our teacher; apaśyat — saw; āturān — who were distressed. Translation: Our guru, Sāndīpani, understanding our predicament, set out after sunrise to search for us, his disciples, and found us in distress.

Monday, April 25, 2016

News - Mayapur Institute – Graduation Ceremony 2015 16

Mayapur Institute – Graduation Ceremony 2015-1 Swam6 5th March 2016 was an important milestone in the history of Mayapur Institute. The institute celebrated its 15th graduation ceremony at the Pancatatva extension hall. The Director, Padmanayana das, informed that the Mayapur Institute started in the year 2000 with just 3 Bhakti Sastri students and today after 15 years of operation, 157 students from 30 different countries are receiving graduation certificates. To date, 2500 students have graduated from Mayapur Institute. Mayapur Institute is fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s vision sincerely over the last 15 years. At the ceremony, certificates were awarded to all students. From last 2 decades, we have been continuously endeavouring to provide a conducive environment that helps our students to deepen their understanding of Krishna consciousness. Students get to understand the principles and practices of Krishna consciousness philosophy from a wide range of perspectives by developing thoughtfulness and introspection. The convocation was graced by many prominent ISKCON leaders and educators like HH Bhakti Vighna Vinasa Narasimha Swami, HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami, HH Subhag Swami, HH Bhakti Rasamrita Swami, HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavatai, HH Bhakti Dhira Damodar Swami and HG Laxmimoni Mataji, who shared the words of wisdom and extended blessings to the students.

Three Ratha Yatras in different parts of Indonesia

Three Ratha Yatras in different parts of Indonesia The ogoh-ogoh festival was a great opportunity for the devotees in Indonesia to spread the mission of Gauranga Mahaprabhu Devotees celebrated Ratha Yatras in different parts of Indonesia Lombok Ratha Yatra: 200 Participants came to see the ogoh-ogoh festival and indirectly they got mercy by seeing the Lord on the chariot. Devotees sung Hare Krishna Mahamantra loudly in front of the chariot.At 16.00 pm the parade started. Every participants performed their attraction in front of the the stage. The matajis performed gopi dance in front of the chariot for the pleasing of the Lords. The chariot was pulled by the devotees while singing Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Everybody was happy and felt blissful. A ton Indonesian fruits, Rambutan fruits that were donated by Dina Darini mataji, were distributed along the way and srila Prabhupada’s Book were distributed to the audience. Mean while in Tolai, Central Sulawesi, was the Fifth Ratha yatara. On the day of the festival the devotees gathered in front of the chariot to participate in the homa yajnya to invoke auspiciousness. Then the Lord put on the chariot and headed to the place of the festial. At 15.30 PM, the festival started and the Lord Chariot attracted more than 4000 people who enthusiastically saw the festival. The devotees with their melodious Hare Krishna mahamantra tune steal the audience attention. The dancer with their grace movement enchanted the audience. Packed rice, cookies, and fruits that already offer to the Lord were distributed to the mass of people. The final place of the Rata yatra was Jember. The devotees pulled the Lord's Chariot at 07.00 pm. The melodious kirtan brought people from all directions. Very soon the route became full of people, and the chariot with the Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra stood magnificiently. Everyone was eagerly gazing at Gaura Nitai on the palanquin and Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra on the chariot. Everyone present came forward and pulled the chariot to the main road. The devotees distributed the prasadam to the people along the route. Devotees also did book distribution and everyone happily honored mahaprasad. #laxmi

Catholic nuns learn about the glories of the cow

Catholic nuns learn about the glories of the cow Six Nuns from Santikari Catholic Dormitory visited ISKCON’s Youth Ashram, Narayana Smrti Ashram in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They would learn about Bhakti Yoga and Hare Krishna movement. At night, they read Bhagavad Gita and discussed about Bhakti Yoga. They followed all daily programs at ashram nicely. After they decided to stay in the ashram for one night, they continued to ask about Bhakti Yoga and Hare Krishna movement. Subhananda prabhu and Surya Locana prabhu, who are the authorities of the ashram gave them nice explanations about those topics. The nuns were very curious to learn about glories of cow. One of the nuns asked about that in the morning program, Srimad Bhagavatam Class. Subhananda prabhu and Surya Locana prabhu gave Veda based explanations. She was happy to accept those explanations. The nuns were presented with a book, Sacred Cow. They were introduced to Om Sri Surabhi Campaign. #laxmi

আমাদের সবকিছু ঈশ্বরেকে সেভার জন্য নিভেদান করার চিন্তাভাবনা কি তীক? ভক্তি পেম স্বামী মহারাজ

আমাদের সবকিছু ঈশ্বরেকে সেভার জন্য নিভেদান করার চিন্তাভাবনা কি তীক? ভক্তি পেম স্বামী মহারাজ

Param Pujya Jay Advyat Swani ki Pustak ko Benjamin Franklin purashkar

इस्कॉन के वरिष्ठ गुरु एवं सन्यासी प पु जय अद्वैत स्वामी द्वारा रचित नई पुस्तक "वैनिटी कर्म" को एक स्वतंत्र पुस्तक प्रकाशन संगठन द्वारा २०१६ बेंजामिन फ्रेंक्लिन पुरस्कार प्रदान किया गया। For More News : http://ift.tt/1oQp8th

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