A Beautiful Vision: Thoughts at a Halloween Block Party

Hare KrishnaBy Giriraj Swami

Saturday night we performed hari-nama–sankirtana, chanting the holy names of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, at the Dallas Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party, attended by tens of thousands of people dressed in costumes of many lands, cultures, and eras. Almost everyone heard the transcendental sound vibration of the names of the Lord, and many joined in the singing and dancing. Being with the people on the street there, I thought of Srila Prabhupada’s experience of a somewhat similar scene, in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, 1967, as described by Mukunda Goswami in Miracle on Second Avenue Continue reading

Mongolian Krishna Mandir Receives Official Religious Status, New…

Mongolian Krishna Mandir Receives Official Religious Status, New Temple on the Way
The names of Krishna are truly being heard in every town and village. This month, after a long waiting period, devotees’ “Krishna Mandir” organization just outside the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, was given official religious status by the government.
According to leader Bhaktivaibhava Swami, that means a beautiful new temple is on the way.
Krishna consciousness first came to Mongolia in 1999 when Lakshmi Narayana, a senior devotee from East Siberia, began holding public programs there.

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ISKCON Organizes First Diwali at Rome City Hall Devotees headed…

ISKCON Organizes First Diwali at Rome City Hall
Devotees headed by ISKCON Communications director for Italy Parabhakti Das organized and participated in the Diwali celebrations at Rome’s City Hall on October 23rd, with positive results.
“If Brussels is the diplomatic capital of Europe, Rome is its capital from the religious and cultural point of view,” Parabhakti says. “So it is important that our movement is well represented and clearly visible in this world-famous city.”
While he has pondered this need at various national and international ISKCON meetings over the years, Parabhakti has found it difficult to plan events of major impact due to the small number of devotees in Rome.
“The recommendation of Srila Prabhupada to ‘focus on the big catch’ motivated me to think more broadly and out of the box,” he says.

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