Sunday Times Celebrates ISKCON UK’s 50th Anniversary

By Nicholas Hellen

With the release of The White Album, the Beatles were at the peak of their fame, and, as Gurudas puts it, “were being submerged by self-proclaimed Messiahs”. When he and six other devotees attempted to make contact, their gifts, including a wind-up toy apple that played the Hare Krishna mantra, were binned by the band’s gatekeepers. Their luck changed when the American rock band the Grateful Dead came to meet the Beatles in London and their manager invited one of the devotees, Shyamasundar Das, to accompany them. However, two members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang were also part of the Californian rockers’ entourage. Gurudas said that as they all waited at the Beatles’ headquarters, the Hell’s Angels threatened to attack all four members of the band they had come to meet. Continue reading

Harinama at Burleigh Heads – 30 June 2019 (5 min. video)

Harinama at Burleigh Heads – 30 June 2019 (5 min. video)
Srila Prabhupada: “If one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of Lord Caitanya and Nityananda, then very quickly he is cleansed of all offences. Thus as soon as he chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, he feels the ecstasy of love for God.” (Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, 8.31)

Blissful Harinama in Turin, Italy (1 min. video) Srila…

Blissful Harinama in Turin, Italy (1 min. video)
Srila Prabhupada: “As a result of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one makes such great advancement in spiritual life that simultaneously his material existence terminates and he receives love of Godhead. The holy name of Krishna is so powerful that by chanting even one name, one very easily achieves these transcendental riches.” (Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, 8.28)
Watch it here: http://bit.ly/2JdYJSJ

Summer marathon of book distribution in Birmingham, UK, with 60 devotees

Summer marathon of book distribution in Birmingham, UK, with 60 devotees (Album of photos)
Geeta Bhandari: Day 2 of the Summer Marathon. Our Monthly Sankirtan Festival in Birmingham was pretty far out to say the least with approximately 60 devotees participating. We initially had a one and a half hour seminar presented by His Grace Vaisesika Prabhu at Birmingham temple. We then all split into groups and went out Door to Door as well as Street distribution in Birmingham City Centre.

Sri Jaganmohini Keshava Swamy Temple at Ryali

“Ryali” in local Telugu language means falling. According to the Srimad-Bhagavatam when the Demigods and Rakshas were quarreling over sharing of holy divine nectar, seeing this, Lord Krishna came in the guise of Mohini-Murti avatar to the rescue of demigods and convinced both the rivalry groups promising to distribute the divine nectar in equal share to Demigods and Rakshas.