ISKCON devotees shall instruct new members to take shelter of Srila Prabhupada and to receive guidance, training and assistance from those who are practically and directly instructing them in Krishna consciousness. ISKCON members shall choose when and from whom they wish to request initiation. They must focus their attention on Srila Prabhupada as the Founder-Acarya and as their preeminent siksa guru. After having established a solid relationship with His Divine Grace’s vani, and after a minimum of six months of strict sadhana, they may accept an authorized ISKCON devotee as a prospective diksa guru, and after a subsequent minimum of six months, accept vaisnava diksa from him or her. It should be understood that the purpose of siksa and diksa within ISKCON is to strengthen the devotee’s relationship with Srila Prabhupada in terms of fidelity, attachment, and affection…..CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
BY RATNAVALLI DD
MUMBAI, INDIA –Today HH Jayapataka Maharaja was on his way to Juhu ISKCON temple and during his vehicle ride dictated the following report about himself through a phone call. Shiromani mataji was repeating Guru Maharaja’s words as I took the notes.
“My right side of the body is not fully paralysed but temporarily paralysed and weak. Initially my right hand no feeling and now there is a little feeling as a result of acupuncture, massage and occupational therapies.
My left side of the face is paralysed. Now little bit is working due to facial theraphy. My right eyebrow and right side of the face is working little but left side is very, very little.
Previously I had a sensation of burning on my right leg. Now it is improving. It is not fully recovered. Still some pain and heat is there.
Right hip is num and therefore I don’t have balance. As I was on the bed for 2 months in Hindhuja Hospital I don’t know how to walk. During physiotheraphy I am learning how to walk. The physiotherapists are holding me and sometimes they ask me to walk on my own. So I was able to do 15 steps on my own. Continue reading
BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
KLANG, MALAYSIA – It was Gaura Purnima Smaran celebrated with a difference. We were literally dictated by their Lordships to do what They desired. ISKCON Klang had planned to get both Sri Sri Gaura Nitai for the usual padayatra procession around the neighbouring areas before performing the abhishek. But it didn’t quite turn out that way. Continue reading
Following this year’s Gaura Purnima celebrations, two serious road accidents took place, directly involving seven ISKCON devotees and many more indirectly: their family members and friends. In addition, these devotees have been working with ISKCON’s Congregational Development Ministry, as community preachers (Mathuradesh) and editorial staff (Mayapur).
Both accidents took place the day after Gaura Purnima, 12 March 2009. Continue reading
HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj remembers a time when Srila Prabhupada imparted to him the importance of counting his rounds.
BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
SUBANG JAYA, MALAYSIA – My children were so very excited to return after their maiden sojourn trip to Mayapur this year. Not that Mayapur was boring….far from it. They had an amazing time. It was like living in Srila Prabhupada’s books that we had painstakingly preached to the children all these years. They even missed their monthly exams to see the Maha Abhishek for the Pancatattva. Their friends told them, “Your parents are really cool!” Continue reading
BY ANANDA TIRTHA DAS
MAYAPUR, INDIA – February 17 was the final day of the strategic planning portion of the AGM. After the opening kirtan, Srimad-Bhagavatam reading and quorum check, the subcommittees met and then reported back to the meeting hall at 12:30 pm. There are nine strategic planning subcommittees, seven of which made presentations:
1. Succession and Leadership Training
2. Srila Prabhupada’s Position
4. Preaching (formerly Core Strategies/Book Distribution)
5. Parallel Lines of Authority
6. Devotee Care
7. Organizational Development
8. Global Development
9. Team Building Continue reading
BY ANANDA TIRTHA DAS
MAYAPUR, INDIA – For the last several years, strategic planning has been a major theme of the GBC meetings. Several days of the Annual General Meeting, as well as the second GBC meeting later in the year, is exclusively focused on this important theme. This year was no exception. Days four through six saw all regular work shelved and the entire Body, plus many other devotees, come together to proactively discuss the best way for the GBC and ISKCON to prepare for the future. Continue reading