Bangalore Splinter Group Wins Court Case



BANGALORE, INDIA – In the latest development in the longstanding feud between the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and a breakaway group of devotees who took over the prominent ISKCON temple here, a City Civil Court issued a ruling in favor of the splinter group on Friday, April 17. The decision seems to be a blow to ISKCON and its leadership in India, although sources close to ISKCON leadership in India indicate that the organization plans to appeal the decision. Continue reading

Organised Religion: Devil’s Work or Divine Necessity?


The Devil always likes to help saints ‘organise’ religion, and organised religion can be problematic. But without human structures, the saint’s messages and good public works may not endure over the next three generations.

For thousands of years, whenever saintly people have searched for a good spot to live, they’ve chosen places of tranquillity, far removed from the noise and clamour of the town. In a quiet place, undisturbed by distraction or temptation, surrounded by the beauty of nature, they’ve said their prayers, studied their scriptures, and engaged in meditation. Continue reading

ISKCON Leadership Education And Development System (ISKCON LEADS)



JUHU, INDIA – Under the direction and inspiration of the GBC Succession Committee, Indian Regional Governing Body Members and Zonal Secretaries met with top ISKCON educators in India on numerous occasions since November 2008. This resulted in the birth of the ISKCON LEADS training program. ISKCON LEADS is an acronym for ISKCON Leadership Education And Development System.

ISKCON LEADS gives current leaders an excellent opportunity to identify potential leaders within their temples, regions and zones. Selected candidates enter a comprehensive training program of seventeen courses of four or five days each. This totals 89 days to be completed within a period of three years. The program covers Inter-Personal Spiritual Development, Missionary & Family Spirit Development and ISKCON Institutional Development. Please see attached document for details of the ISKCON LEADS program. Continue reading

Sankirtan news from the Pacific Rim



December Malaysia – Rathayatra season. 3 a week. We attend 5 or 6 of them. Many of these festivals have been going on annually for 20-25 years. Penang is especially interesting as we get a lot of foreign tourists and Chinese taking part. There were several families of Iraqis pulling the cart – they were really wonderful people.

An interesting Rathayatra Hall programme in Malaysia

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Russians are the White Bengalis

MAYAPUR, INDIA – Once Prabhupada said,”Russians are the white Bengalis”. If he was speaking about their natural tendencies towards arts, that´s a fact, no doubt. During Mayapur Festival, this year again, Russians were the ones who delighted us every night on stage with their dynamics dramas and dancings. Some Indians or Australians actors helped them, and gurukulis and Americans played their own dramas, but, like during all the festivals, Russians faces were the most seen, even on stage. Continue reading