Rathayatra Birmingham 2014 (Album 142 photos)

Oh, how glorious are they whose tongues are chanting Your holy name! Even if born in the families of dog-eaters, such persons are worshipable. Persons who chant the holy name of Your Lordship must have executed all kinds of austerities and fire sacrifices and achieved all the good manners of the Aryans. To be chanting the holy name of Your Lordship, they must have bathed at holy places of pilgrimage, studied the Vedas and fulfilled everything required. SB 3.33.7 Read more ›

Harinama in Munich, Germany (Album 47 photos)

O King, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, and also those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge. SB 2.1.11 Read more ›

VIHE opening course in Vrindavana (Album 8 photos)

The VIHE in Vrindavan was established to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s desire for an educational institute in Vrindavana. The VIHE in the holy Dhama provides an ideal facility and atmosphere for you to improve your sadhana, develop your devotional qualities, engage in serious study, associate with senior devotees, and receive training in practical skills relevant to management and preaching.

The VIHE also aims to preserve and disseminate standards Srila Prabhupada set for acting in Krishna consciousness and to deepen devotee’s understanding, realization and appreciation of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and movement. Thus, the Krishna conscious culture and values that Srila Prabhupada gave us can be passed on to successive generations. All courses are well researched and taught by senior devotees who have a deep understanding of the subject. Read more ›

Thousands get the mercy in Poland’s Woodstock festival (Album 62 photos)

Indradyumna Swami: Two days before Woodstock officially opened 20 thousand young people had already arrived and set up their tents. We took full advantage and went on harinam with 500 devotees and invitations to Krsna’s Village of Peace. Though we ourselves were still putting the finishing touches to our village we managed to have kirtan in our Mantra Yoga tent for 8 hours and distribute 6,000 plates of delicious prasadam. It’s only the beginning …. Read more ›

Report from the third Annual Educational Conference at the Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh

Hare KrishnaBy Anasuya Dasi

Jewels in our Backyard by Urmila Devi Dasi, How the Jesuits Expanded Their Mission through Education and Higher Values by Yadunandana Swami, Teaching Sastra so as to be Relevant to Individual Students’ Lives by Krishna Kshetra Dasa, Creating New Learning Environments by Using Innovative Methods of Teaching by Raghupati Dasa, Making E-Learning Work: Case Study Based on Bhaktivedanta College by Dinadayal Dasa and more Continue reading

Police in Vrindavana removes illegal roadside kiosks, benches in front of teashops, hoardings and billboards and more

The holy town of Vrindavan’s narrow streets are made even narrower by the makeshift businesses encroaching on the pavement and using this space for their shops. Since this is having a negative impact on traffic flows, the municipal government last week launched a campaign to remove them, starting on Monday.

Under the direction of the Executive Officer of the Palika Parishad, Rajneesh Sharma, and junior engineer Suresh Chandra Lawania began the campaign to remove roadside encroachments, primarily motivated by the expectation of an influx of pilgrims over the next two months, when Vrindavan is invaded by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. Read more ›

A visit to ISKCON Karuna Bhavan temple, Lesmahagow, Scotland

There was something that Maharaja did and said that held great importance to me. Firstly, he sang the famous Hare Krishna maha mantra tune that which Srila Prabhupada immortalized at No 26, Second Avenue and at Tompkins Square Park. Even today when we look at the red tinted videos of those recordings our hair stands on its ends surcharged with its spiritual potency.

Srila Prabhupada had a unique gravity in his chanting and in his kirtans. His kirtans assumed musical quality not for the sake of music but for the sake of the holy name itself. Similarly Danavir Maharaja sang the same tune for almost 45 minutes with identical solemnity. He sang only the aarohan (upscale) version and sustained it for so long without slightest variation in his enthusiasm towards singing harinama. Read more ›