President Obama’s Diwali Message 2014

Hare KrishnaBy Prasar Bharti

Contemplation and prayer remind us that that people of all faiths have an obligation to perform seva, or service to others. And the flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds us that light will ultimately triumph over darkness. Here in the United States, Diwali also reminds us that our nation is home to many faiths and traditions, and that our diversity makes us stronger, which is why I’m proud that this year Democrats and Republicans in Congress joined together for the first-ever celebration of Diwali on Capitol Hill. Over the last five years, Michelle and I have been honored to have the chance to observe this ancient holiday, both at the White House and in India, and we wish all those celebrating this weekend a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak. Continue reading

19 ISKCON devotees injured as bus hits tree

Hare KrishnaBy Indian Media

Nineteen ISKCON devotees were injured when a Vrindavan bound bus rammed against a tree after one of its tyres punctured near Maghera village falling under Vrindavan police station today. “While eleven devotees were rushed to district hospital, eight were taken to Paras Mani Hospital. Nobody is in critical position,” Dy SP Anil Yadav said. The accident occurred this afternoon when a tyre punctured and the bus, carrying 50 pilgrims, hit a tree. The pilgrims are on Kartik parikrama, and were proceeding to ISKCON Vrindavan via Goverdhan from Badrinath temple falling under Chaurasi Kos Parikrama.
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Fifty Padayatras for Iskcon’s Fiftieth Birthday

Hare KrishnaBy Gaurangi Devi Dasi

The Padayatra Ministry is still very much active, and padayatras are happening in different parts of the world. Less talks definitely does not mean less walks. The immediate goal of the Ministry, from March 2014 till the end of 2016, is to celebrate ISKCON’s 50th birthday with 50 padayatras. We are inviting you to participate in this glorification of ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada. This goal of 50 padayatras is very feasible, as Padayatra is basically a low-cost project of variable duration that can be carried out in many different styles – a one man venture like Bhaktimarga Swami; a weekend padayatra as an outing for the congregation around your city or your farm; a summer padayatra ; an annual walk or a continental or trans-continental walk. Continue reading

The effect of good news

Hare KrishnaBy Vrndavana Vinodini Devi Dasi

Hearing good news about others affects people in different ways. Personally, the feelings it evokes within me serves as a barometer of how emotionally healthy I am and my relationship with the individual. Feelings of joy and “they totally deserve it” are what I aim for. However, in instances where it dredges up not so pleasant emotions, I realize I have internal work to do. As an aspiring practitioner of bhakti this is what I too long to be: the happy well-wisher to others, especially in their time of success and joy. Continue reading

Cow care management

Hare KrishnaBy Ramlakshman Das

20 devotees registered for the course, out of which, more than 15 devotees were regular. After brief introductions, H.H.Bhakti Rasamrita Maharaj suggested to Dr. Sreekumar Prabhu that one presentation should be made using quotes ,conversations and purports from Srila Prabhupada’s books on cow protection. I prepared a presentation with the help of Sreekumar Prabhu and we presented it to the participants. During the noon session they requested me to present my experience with the yathra that I had embarked on couple of weeks ago and exclusively my observations at different goshalas. I prepared a power point presentation on the same. It was motivating to see that almost all the devotees who were present, felt that so many activities are taking place and not many know about them. This highlights the need for better communication from us. Continue reading