By Krishna-lila Dasi for ISKCON News on 30 Oct 2011
On October 29th, 2011, Odyssey Networks has released the first three minute ISKCON-produced cell phone film The God Above The Quicksand featuring Radhanath Swami. It is available for the viewers on the Call on Faith app.
New Vrindaban — named after a holy town in India — was the largest Hare Krishna commune in America, and was opened to the public in 1979. It was led by Swami Bhaktipada, one of the movement’s earliest and most controversial American disciples, who died Monday. And it was less than two hours from the West Virginia town where I grew up.
By Krishna-lila Dasi for ISKCON News on 28 Oct 2011
Recently, ISKCON spiritual master Mukunda Goswami was featured in the documentary George Harrison: Living In The Material World, directed by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese. Mukunda Goswami talks about the filming and his relationship with the ex-Beatle.
The Krishna House in Gainesville, located just across the street from the University of Florida (UF), has seen sixty new devotees join over the past three years—an astonishing achievement at a time when few new Westerners are joining ISKCON.
At the Bhakti Center in New York City, two brahmacharis (celibate students) are developing a new book club that helps bridge the cultural gap between the ancient spiritual texts of India and a postmodern audience.
By Mukunda Goswami for Hindustan Times on 27 Oct 2011
Soren Kirkegaard said that people lead lives of 'quiet desperation'. This existential thinking indicates that happiness is only skin deep, and fun is but a passing frisson -- a glimmer, a shiver, an instant high, and that our real situation is one of ongoing anguish.
By Olessia Podtserob for ISKCON News on 27 Oct 2011
A village in a resort area on the shores of the Black Sea was chosen as a suitable place to realize the late Purnachandra Goswami’s vision. He wanted to see devotee families to be economically independent, while learning to spiritually depend on each other.
By Michael Gilmour for The Huffington Post on 26 Oct 2011
Do Christians have moral obligations to animate creation? Many say no, citing the mandate to "have dominion" over all living things (Genesis 1:28) as reason enough to dismiss notions of animal welfare as a religious obligation.
Beyond the “bamboo curtain” that separates what is sometimes taken for granted (the freedom to worship), are those who strive to cling on to a spiritual identity: Vaisnavas facing the daily challenge to complete their morning hours of sadhana. Recently the word went out that a big festival was in the planning. “It’s big, it’s exciting, and it’s out of the country”.
By Nrsimhananada dasa (GKG) for ISKCON News on 26 Oct 2011
The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is coming up. If the funding remains strong, by 2014 the Deities of Sri Pancatattva and Sri Sri Radha Madhava will have Their new home. What will visitors experience when they come and see this wonderous temple?
By ISKCON News Staff for ISKCON News on 24 Oct 2011
On Sunday, October 23, Kirtanananda Swami, a controversial former leader in the Hare Krishna society who was excommunicated by the parent organization for serious legal and moral transgressions, passed away in India.
ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC), during its international meetings this past week in Mumbai, selected personnel to fill four new and historically important positions as part of gradual unfolding of the GBC Strategic Development Plan.
From October 9th to 16th, sponsored by the European Union, the ISKCON associated Eco Valley Foundation of Hungary held a week long seminar called Pillars of Sustainability, at New Vraja Dhama, the Hare Krishna farm community in the South-Western part of the country.