Radhanatha Swami’s book shown on the Nasdaq Tower which is…

Radhanatha Swami’s book shown on the Nasdaq Tower which is an icon of New York City’s Times Square and the largest stationary video screen in the world, standing seven stories tall.
It is approximately 10,000 square feet and consists of nearly 19 million light emitting diodes. An estimated 1.5 million consumers view the site on a daily basis. Generally, it’s space is rented by Nasdaq-listed companies as a unique and unprecedented platform for promotion. On May 8th, 2017 The Nasdaq Tower featured Radhanath Swami’s New York Times Bestselling book, The Journey Within.
The promotion accompanied by Radhanath Swami’s appearance on Nasdaq Reads an ongoing book series featuring talks with the authors of books about innovation, entrepreneurialism. The Interview was conducted by motivational and lifestyle vlogger Jay Shetty. The live feed of the interview was viewed by 184,00 people on Facebook. You can see the interview here: https://goo.gl/z7Nsnm

250 devotees, yogis, seekers and kirtan enthusiasts in New…

250 devotees, yogis, seekers and kirtan enthusiasts in New York’s Bhakti Center (video)
On May 4th, 2017 Radhanath Swami joined a group of over 250 devotees, yogis, seekers and kirtan enthusiasts for an evening of devotional song, leading the group as part of The Bhakti Center’s regular Thursday Night Kirtan in New York City. Word’s fail to capture the essence of the evenings joy, but you can watch the video below to get a better idea.
Watch it here: https://goo.gl/n8Zg6i

Does My Spiritual Master Care For Me?

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

The worldwide preaching mission of Iskcon is still a novelty in historical vaisnava terms. This is the first successful attempt, and still very much work in progress. Often we hear that other religious organisations have old-age homes, hospices, hospitals, schools and the rest, and they have been around for many centuries. We have a few of these amenities already, after just 40 odd years, so we’re not doing too badly so far. For a preaching mission that supposedly has little regard for “Home comforts,” it is doing even better. We again often hear the comparison that our worldwide expanse fares poorly with the traditional localised system of guru/disciple relationships. Is this true? The majority of traditional gurus were grhasthas, who for family reasons stayed local. The renounced sannyasa gurus usually wandered like mendicants and so their disciples would expect long periods of separation. It so happens that the majority of our initiating gurus are sannyasis who travel the world preaching. Even the relatively few grhastha gurus also travel and are not always localised. This difference in comparison is not a poor one. Why did Srila Prabhupada set this standard himself? There were times when communities of his disciples waited for long periods before his return from preaching duties elsewhere in the world. Continue reading

The Ultimate benefit – Sreya

By Chirag Dangarwala

In many of Srila Prabhupada’s lectures he exclusively explains about the two topics sreya and preya. He explains that sreya means the ultimate benefit and preya means immediate profit. Just like children want to play all day long that is preya, but the parents know that they must go to school and learn in order to become educated, which in the long run will be beneficial for them, so that is sreya. In Bhagavad Gita Lord Sri Krsna talks about sreya and preya in terms of happiness, he says according to the modes of material nature acquired by a living entity there are different kinds of happiness by which sometimes he comes to the end of all miseries Continue reading

New Vrindaban Celebrates 10th Anniversary of 24 Hour Kirtan!…

New Vrindaban Celebrates 10th Anniversary of 24 Hour Kirtan!
Vrindavan das: The 10th annual 24-Hour Kirtan at New Vrindaban, West Virginia, USA, will be held on June 17thand 18th, 2017, featuring an amazing group of kirtaneers from all over the world. The organizers cordially invite all devotees to join in the continuous congregational chanting of Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra, which is a unique opportunity to become absorbed in the holy name.
Every year, several hundred devotees from all over North America come together to chant the holy names of the Lord in the divine serenity of New Vrindaban Dham, which is “non-different from Vrindavan”. The presence of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra inspires an atmosphere of pure devotion instilling contentment and spiritual awakening in the hearts of all. This Harinama sankirtan, chanting and dancing in the association of devotees, joyfully brings us closer to Krishna and each other.
The festival will begin on Friday evening (June 16th) with kirtan for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada at his Palace from 7pm to 9pm. On Saturday morning, there will be a special Bhagavatam class on the glories of chanting the holy names. The official 24 hour kirtan will start on Saturday at 11am and continue until Sunday 11am.
Some of ISKCON’s most renowned kirtaneers will be leading Kirtan throughout the weekend. Varsana Swami’s heart-touching meditative kirtan will certainly help participants to delve deep into the eternal yearning of the heart for loving connection. Agnidev’s mesmerizing, sweet Bengali melodies will immediately connect people with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Ajamil’s traditional “folk style” kirtan has always energized the crowd into a dancing frenzy. Amala Kirtan’s devotional melodies create an aura of transcendental bliss. Other kirtaneers — Gaur Mani, Srivani, along with the youth from New Vrindaban and Gita Nagari will also be singing their hearts out.
This year, a special addition to the festival incorporates free adult yoga sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am to 7:15am at the new Yoga Shala, on the banks of the beautiful Swan Lake. Festival attendees will have opportunity to learn and practice yoga asanas and mudras from New Vrindaban’s expert yoga teacher to refresh their mind, body and soul. Three yoga sessions for kids will be held at 9am, 11am and 1pm on Saturday.
Sumptuous prasadam will be served on Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with surprise snacks throughout the night as well as Sunday breakfast, and an early Sunday Feast at 12:30 pm.
“We look forward to offering you an amazing weekend filled with uplifting association in a transcendental atmosphere. Our children’s program is designed to keep your kids safe and happily engaged. Please take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity to chant Hare Krishna in the Holy Dham in the association of devotees” — says Jaya Krsna das, Temple President of ISKCON New Vrindaban.

To book accommodation, please visit at www.palacelodge.com, or you call at 304-843-1600 ext. 111. For more information, please visit at www.24hourkirtan.net.

Invitation for Festival of Fiji 2017. We would like to invite…

Invitation for Festival of Fiji 2017.
We would like to invite everyone for the upcoming Festival of Fiji 2017 from 30/09 to 08/10.
HH Tamal Krishna Goswami Maharaja started this back in the 80’s and 90’s when he brought international devotees from various temples around the world to Fiji and did a wonderful Harinam Sankirtan Festival inspiring locals and international devotees. Later on, his disciples decided to continue this service, of preaching in Fiji for the pleasure of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga. It will be an enjoyable experience if you are able to attend this festival and be a part of this Harinam Sankirtan preaching event. Since 2008 this festival has been carried out on an immensely large scale and has continued to do so every two years. Many devotees have been very supportive of this event and have made sure to attend every time it occurs.

The highlights for the festival this year include, two Sannyasi’s coming, international kirtan teams from Aus and NZ, Harinam in every town and village, bus tours with devotees around the Fiji Island, camping, wonderful prasadam and an extra special event for this year includes a hired day in a Island, only for our devotees for kirtan and Fiji style picnic and prasadam.

We request devotees to please register through our website www.festivaloffiji.com.

So far confirmed numbers are as follows:
20+ from New Zealand
20+ from Australia
Still awaiting numbers from USA.
Usually we have 60-80 international devotees and 300-600 local devotees attending.

This is ISKCON’s biggest international Harinam festival happening in South Pacific so please don’t miss it !!!!

Bhaja Govinda dasa
on behalf of Festival of Fiji 2017 team