By Krishna-lila Dasi for ISKCON News on 31 Dec 2011
On the 30th of December, the Hungarian Parliament passed the new religious law that is in lieu of the one cancelled by the Constitutional Court earlier in December. The next two months will still remain crucial in defining ISKCON Hungary`s future for decades.
After a whole year of active protesting and lobbying by sadhus, devotees, and environmentalists, it looks like the fight for the Yamuna River is finally reaching its peak, with the issue snowballing its way into Indian Parliament on December 18th.
By Sutapa Das for sutapamonk.blogspot.com on 30 Dec 2011
A famous Christian leader once reminisced about his desire to change the entire world. After years of hard work he gave up, and instead shifted his focus to changing his country. Even that proved difficult, so he reverted to changing his town. When that failed, he thought he would at least try to change his family. Surprise surprise, they weren't having any of it! In his old age he realised his fatal mistake.
A Russian court decided Wednesday not to ban a religious text central to the global Hare Krishna movement, rejecting claims that the text is "extremist" and ending a case that has angered Hindus around the world. A compilation of articles from the worldwide media.
Around 1,000 local devotees as well as visitors from Atlanta, Miami, New York, and California gathered in Alachua, Florida on November 25th and 26th this year for the second annual Festival of the Holy Name—a uniquely immersive kirtan experience.
With great sadness, the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of ISKCON, deeply mourn the departure of Her Grace Yamuna Devi. She dedicated the last 45 years of her life to the worship of Krishna and Srila Prabhupada. She was a mentor, guide, and friend to many and a beloved member and hero of ISKCON.
By Krishna-lila Dasi for ISKCON News on 23 Dec 2011
There was a window of hope for Hungarian Krishna-believers and many other religious organizations when on the 19th of December, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Hungary struck down the restrictive religious law. However, it all evaporated less than two days later.
The Bhagwat Purana instructs that `Both by rising and by setting, the sun decreases the duration of life of everyone`, and that this holds true for all, except for those who utilise their time meditating and discussing topics of God.
By Contributor for indianexpress.com on 23 Dec 2011
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the government of India to consider representing the country before the court in Russia to defend the Bhagwad Gita, the holy Hindu scripture which is facing a ban there.