The Western Educationalists’ Perspective on the Vedic Tradition
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by ISKCON Desire Tree
6h ago
Rasamandala dasa has offered us this article to help clarify some of the concerns and reservations that many of us may have with educational approaches to Vedanta and Hinduism. He reassures us with his positive treatment of the subject and with his obvious experience in the field of teaching Hinduism and Vaishnavism in British schools. He has systematised our objectives very well and marries this to the difficulty in interpretation experienced between members of the tradition and those non-practitioners who attempt to teach the tradition to others. This article is essential for those in our ..read more
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Highlights Report from May 15th GBC Meeting Released
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GBC MEETING HIGHLIGHTS REPORT – 15 May 2024 We are pleased to present the 15 May 2024 GBC Meeting Highlights Report. This report aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the online GBC meeting highlighting the key topic discussed. The meeting commenced with a reading by Bhakti Caitanya Swami of Srila Prabhupada’s letter of 5 November 1972 to Satsvarupa Das Goswami, emphasizing the need for leaders to be committed to their service. The GBC commended Gopal Krishna Goswami’s Will as an ideal example of this commitment and dedication. The GBC continued its discussion on the urgent actions req ..read more
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ISKCON Naperville to Host 10-Day Deity Worship Training in October 2024
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The ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry Team is gearing up to facilitate a 10-day in-person Temple Deity Worship Training at ISKCON Naperville in Illinois, from Oct 11th-20th, 2024.  “This immersive course is a unique opportunity for devotees to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and values for worshiping temple deities,” shared Rasa Devi Dasi, ISKCON Deity Worship Minister for North America, “Moreover, it offers the invaluable chance to connect with devotees who have dedicated their lives to learning and teaching about deity worship.” Some of the team members who will be co-facilitatin ..read more
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A Perfect Day by Bhaktimarga Swami
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by ISKCON Desire Tree
6h ago
Huntsville was hopping. I mentioned to one of the dignitaries that showed up for the ribbon cutting grand opening of the Krishna Cultural Centre. "I heard that Huntsville swells on the Victoria Day weekend, I see it is true." Scott is with city council. He laughed, I was referring to the influx of people who come on the long weekend when cottage owners and vacationers come to town to honour the warmed up weather in spring, go boating, hiking and all that good stuff. And then on top of that, a great wave of Vaishnavas, bhakti yoga practitioners descended on the town. Our new complex, includi ..read more
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GBC Meeting Highlights Report for 15 May 2024
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by ISKCON Desire Tree
2d ago
  We are pleased to present the GBC Meeting Report for 15 May 2024, providing a comprehensive overview of the online GBC meeting. The meeting commenced with a reading by Bhakti Caitanya Swami of Srila Prabhupada’s letter of 5 November 1972 to Satsvarupa Das Goswami, emphasizing the need for leaders to be committed to their service. The GBC commended Gopal Krishna Goswami’s Will as an ideal example of this commitment and dedication.   The GBC continued its discussion on the urgent actions required in light of the departure of Gopal Krishna Goswami. In the preceding week, the GBC ..read more
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ISKCON Mayapur Releases New App on Nrsimha Chaturdasi
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by ISKCON Desire Tree
2d ago
By Nandan Dasa On the auspicious occasion of Nrsimha Chaturdasi 2024, ISKCON Mayapur would like to offer the “Mayapur’ App for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Sri Sri Panca-Tattva, Sri Sri Prahlad Nrsimhadeva, and Srila Prabhupada. Vision for Mayapur App Srila Prabhupada said, “My idea is to attract people of the whole world to Mayapur.” The ‘Mayapur’ app is an initiative to help fulfill this vision by connecting visitors with the spiritual essence of Sri Mayapur Dham, the crown jewel of all holy places. The app offers a comprehensive pilgrimage experience, providing information on ma ..read more
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ISKCON Leader Addresses the Global Dialogue Forum in Portugal
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by ISKCON Desire Tree
2d ago
The International Dialogue Centre – KAICIID opened its inaugural Global Dialogue Forum last week in Lisbon, Portugal. The event (May 14-16) explored the transformative power of dialogue in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The Forum welcomed 150 high-level religious leaders, like the Former Prime Minister of Italy, the Patriarch of Constantinople, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, and the Imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, current and former heads of state, officials from the United Nations and European Union along with civil and non-profit leaders from around the world. Among ..read more
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Russian speaking Yatra report of activities throughout the month of April
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by ISKCON Desire Tree
2d ago
We are writing to provide you with an overview of the achievements and activities of the ISKCON Russian-Speaking Yatra throughout the month of April. 1. Sunday Programs: We hosted our two Sunday programs this month, one of which featured a lecture by HG Gaura Sundara Prabhu. During the other program, we dedicated our efforts to cleaning our premises and setting up a new kitchen, improving our facilities for future events. 2. Rama Navami Celebration: In honour of Sri Rama Navami, we prepared a drama performance of Lord Ram’s pastimes for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara, based on HH ..read more
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Another Memory Lane by Bhaktimarga Swami
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by ISKCON Desire Tree
3d ago
My brother, Jerry, and I used to do those farm chores together in the summer holidays. That entailed some physical work such as collecting firewood and dumping it through the basement's window, pitching manure and hauling it into the manure spreader and more often uprooting those pesky thistle plants in the pasture. Our loving Dad (and I'm not being sarcastic here) wanted to keep us engaged, not waste time, be useful and not get lazy. These pastimes we reminisced on over the phone with other siblings as it was his birthday. We make these zoom calls every time one of us have, what we used ..read more
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Friendship Group by Radha Mohan
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by ISKCON Desire Tree
3d ago
The Friendship Group is a weekly gathering aimed at devotees who are at least 50 years old. It is an opportunity for participants to socialise and keep active within a devotional environment. Members learn from each other and make new friends. The activities, such as Chair Yoga is a practical way to keep fit, and activities such as puzzles, games and quizzes can be great fun. Upon arrival, simple refreshments are available, and there are kirtans, bhajans and other devotional activities. They then attend the 12.30pm arati in the Temple room and relax together over lunch. The Friends ..read more
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