BY ACHYUTANANDA DAS
Today as of 31st July 2010, Saturday at 12noon IST Jayapataka Maharaj is in Kolkata, admitted in Belle View Hospital and he is recovering well. This time we had to admit him due to the severity of urine infection which was not responding to oral antibiotics and was getting worse during our stay in Mayapur. Continue reading
BY BHAKTI PURUSHOTTAMA SWAMI
One of Srila Prabhupada’s repeated instructions to his followers was to read his books. And we can see practically that the more our devotees study Srila Prabhupada’s books while practicing the process of Krishna consciousness, the more they develop enthusiasm to preach Krishna consciousness. Most of our devotees study Srila Prabhupada’s books nicely when they are helped through some study program or course. Continue reading
BY ONDREJ HLADEK
Many know him as King of Kirtans but very few know he had immense love for deity worship. The reason why he could put deep impressions in everyone’s heart was because of his eternal loving service to his silas and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsunder…
Undoubtedly all the gopis, cowherd boys, cows and everyone else who served Krishna in Vrindavana with love and affection were liberated from the miserable condition of material existence.
— Krishna Book
If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called Arcana Siddhi. Arcana Siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead, immediately after this life.
— Srila Prabhupada, Letter, 18 March, 1969
BY SHYAM GOPAL DAS AND VIJAY RADHIKA DASI
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Filming the documentary project of BB Govinda Swami about Vrindavan we’ve became witness of Aindra Prabhu’s passing away. Please take also your last darshan of this great personality..
Last darshan of the great chanter of the holy names, Srila Aindra Prabhu.
July 17, 2010. Vrindavan
BY RADHANATH SWAMI DISCIPLES NETWORK
VRINDAVAN, INDIA – We just got sad news from Vrindavan that His Grace Aindra prabhu suddenly left his body in Vrindavan few hours back. There was an accidental gas leak in his room in Vrindavan. He was found by devotees looking for him to be paying his obeisances to his Deity and Salagramas. He was in samadhi in that position. He was scheduled to do his regular dressing today morning of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar, Vrindavan.
Devotees would very much miss this great devotee & kirtan singer. His appearance day was celebrated this year on Papamocani Ekadasi, 12th of March 2010. He spend his last 25 years in Vrindavan inspiring millions. Continue reading
BY BHAKTI SIDDHANTA SWAMI
MAYAPUR – This year another abhishek of Lord Nrsimha took place over a two day period, oils on one day and milk products and sweet fruit juice liquids on the next. Buckets of offerings were poured onto the Lord, marking another year of protection for the work in Mayapur, what to speak of the Iskcon collective. One can not help but appreciate the satisfaction that Lord has had as the best of milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, and fruit juice happened to fall into His mouth and splash or ooze out the other side on such a hot humid day. A melodious kirtan filled the temple room honoring a Best Friend and Protector of the devotees. Sri Nrsimhadeva Bhagavan Ki Jaya!
BY GAUR NATRAJ DAS
On November 10th, The IRGB passed a resolution establishing the national ministry for varnasrama development in India.
This is good news for devotees who are trying to push the Varnasrama development movement in ISKCON. With the world everyday slipping into Recession and stock market crashes, the days are not far when people will have to simplify their lifestyle, rather adopt the village or rural model for a happy living. Continue reading
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On Gopastami day, Nanda Maharaja performed a ceremony for the cows and Krishna (and His friends) in Vrindavan, as He reached the pauganda age. This was the day Nanda Maharaja sent his children Krishna and Balarama to herd the cows for the first time. On this day they became qualified cowherds. Before this day, they were keepers of the calves.
“Thus Sri Krishna, along with His elder brother Balarama, passed the childhood age known as kaumara and stepped into the age of pauganda, from the sixth year up to the tenth. At that time, all the cowherd men conferred and agreed to give those boys who had passed their fifth year charge of the cows in the pasturing ground. Given charge of the cows, Krishna and Balarama traversed Vrindavana, purifying the land with Their lotus footprints.” — From The Killing of Dhenukasura
It was a celebration meant only for men and boys. As Srimati Radharani and Her friends wanted to enjoy the fun, and because of Her resemblance to Subala-sakha, She put on his dhoti and garments and joined Krishna. The other gopis joined in too. Continue reading
BY SYAMAGOPIKA DD
Concerning this festival, Srila Prabhupada said, ‘Decorate a little boy, give him a special raised seat, offer him the best prasada. Everyone should offer their respects by touching his feet.’ In Mayapur, a boy is selected to be Vamanadeva and bhoga, pushpanjali and arotika is offered. Little Nitai was looking so cute as Lord Vamanadeva with deer skin and was offered Kusa asana.
BY HIS DIVINE GRACE A. C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA
My advice to you under the circumstances is that at least for one hour you must all go to have sankirtana outside on the streets or in the park. That is your life and soul, first business. The next business is completing the chanting of 16 rounds every day. The next business is your editing. And if you find extra time then you can attend the temple ceremonies. Otherwise you can stop these activities. But outdoor kirtana, your editing work, and chanting of 16 rounds must be done. Outdoor kirtana must be done, even at the cost of suspending all editorial work. That is your first and foremost business. Temple worship is not so important. If need be, the whole temple can be locked. But the outdoor kirtana cannot be stopped.
(Letter to Rayarama, 17 May 1969) Continue reading
BY ISKCON NEWS SERVICE
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
HH Jayapataka Swami Vyasa Puja in Mayapur.
BY PANDAVANATH DAS
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
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