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  • Happy Krishna Consciousness World!

    The exhuberantly named “Happy Krishna Consciousness World” is a new television program presented by IT Media Concepts in collaboration with Gauranga Travels Youth Tour. The series will air on national TV in the Republic of Ghana, West Africa, and will feature news and interviews from ISKCON centers, festivals, and seminars across the globe. Click to […]

  • Hare Krishna in a Chinese Classroom, by Oxford Don

    HONG KONG: By day, Kenneth Valpey dons his academic robes to elevate his students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to a higher orbit of understanding about Indian religions and cultures. But come evening, he assumes another avatar. He slips into something a little more comfortable — like a pristine white dhoti-kurta and a […]

  • BIHS Summer 2021 Newsletter

    The BIHS has just published its Summer 2021 newsletter featuring several interesting articles on topics including: Purpose of the BIHS, BIHS Acquires a Library, Legacy of Richard L. Thompson Preserved in RLT Archives, Ask A Nerd: What is Dark Energy?, The ISKCON Communications Journal Returns, The Atma Paradigm (Webinar Course), World Logic Day, BI Scholar […]

  • NYT: COVID and the Delta Variant

    The New York Times, in its June 14 The Morning email newsletter, ran an article summarized in the following points: The situation continues to look reassuring for anybody who is vaccinated — but has become more worrisome for anybody who is not, largely because of the Delta variant. 1. Cases are no longer falling, 2. […]

  • CDC Travel Guidelines

    Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19: Before you travel: Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. While you are traveling: Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required […]

  • Srimad-Bhagavatam: A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers Releases New Paperback Editions

    New paperback editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam: A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers Cantos 1, 2, and 3 are now available on Amazon.com, along with the just completed Canto 4. The first three cantos in the series, compiled by Aruddha Dasi, were originally each released in two parts starting in 2016. However the new editions, redesigned by […]

  • Deep Leap YouTube Series

    Deep Leap, a new Youtube series from Bhaktivedanta College of Radhadesh, Belgium, is responding to the “overwhelming need” amidst ISKCON devotees for applied philosophy, with authentic solutions to modern challenges. The series of short clips will deliver concise messages based on scripture and the examples of saintly persons, that viewers can apply practically in their […]

  • The importance of ISKCON Prison ministry —a firsthand account of how it changed my life

    Back in 2007, an inmate devotee [who wants to remain anonymous] slipped a Back to Godhead magazine underneath my cell door. That started my journey in Krishna consciousness. Saying ISKCON Prison Ministry (IPM) changed my life would be an understatement. IPM has transformed me, providing an understanding of life, Truth, and bliss I never thought possible. […]

  • Position Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination by Devotee Doctors

    [Reprinted from a message sent out via the GBC Strategic Planning Team email news.] Recommendations by medical devotee doctors affiliated with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada The undersigned medical doctors who are Krishna devotees affiliated with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recommend that […]

  • Krishna Kids Keeps Young Children Entertained and Learning

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrea Suarez has been offering a much-needed service for devotee families – her Krishna Kids Youtube videos and Instagram page provide Krishna conscious stories, songs, and arts and crafts lessons that will keep young children entertained and learning. Andrea, herself is an animated and extremely likable guide who is an expert […]

  • Krishna House Harinama at Depot Park

    Last Saturday, April 3, 2021, some of our ISKCON Alachua community youth and Sandipani Muni Krishna Dasa (of Harinama Ruci) joined the Gainesville Krishna House team for their first Harinama since the start of the pandemic. Weaving through Depot Park, devotees blissfully chanted the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra and danced past groups of fortunate college students, […]

  • Kirtan 125 – Keeping the Spirit Alive

    Srila Prabhupada is reported to have famously said “your love for me will be tested by how well you co-operate with each other after I am gone.”  Devotees from a small preaching centre in the UK, ISKCON South London, have taken the spirit of Srila Prabhupada’s words to heart. They have embarked on an ambitious […]

  • ISKCON at the UN Organizes Interfaith Panel on Women’s Empowerment

    The virtual poster for the interfaith panel discussion entitled “Shared Stories: Culture, Religion & Women’s Empowerment.” ISKCON at the UN and the ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry have organized an interfaith panel discussion entitled “Shared Stories: Culture, Religion & Women’s Empowerment” which will take place virtually on March 21st as part of the NGO Commission on the […]

  • The J&J Vaccine Moral Dilemma

    by Mukhya Devi Dasi Some devotees have expressed concerns over reports that the latest COVID vaccine by Johnson & Johnson may contain traces of human fetal tissue from so-called “293 cells,” and they ask if there is bad karma accrued from taking this vaccine to protect themselves from the virus. I reached out to the […]

  • Links to Recent Articles and Other Newsletters

    Krishna House Harinama at Depot Park (March 2021) The J&J Vaccine Moral Dilemma (by Mukhya D.D.) Why I decided that getting vaccinated .. was the right choice for me (by Indradyumna Swami) The GBC Urges Devotees to Take All Precautions Taking Care of Your Health (by Mukhya D.D.) ISKCON North America Health Policy Kirtan Ministry […]

  • Trouble Receiving This Newsletter?

    You probably have a friend or family member who’s been wondering why they haven’t been receiving these newsletter emails, even though they remember getting them years ago. Chances are it’s been filed into the Promotions tab of their Gmail account, or, worse, found its way into the Spam folder. Help us help your loved ones […]

  • Online Bhakti Shastri Course

    Join an online Bhakti Shastri course taught by Mayapur Institute, starting May 29, 2021, from 7 PM IST / 8:30 AM ET. Visit www.mayapurinstitute.org to register. Books: Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Sri Isopanishad, Nectar of Instruction & Nectar of Devotion. Language: English. Class Duration: 2 Hours per Session. Class Schedule: Every Saturday & Sundays (2 […]

  • Weekly Resilience Drop-in Group

    Feeling overwhelmed by challenges, problems, or adversities in your life? The Resilience group is a place that enables you to work through challenges and get back to life stronger and wiser. Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. via Zoom, facilitated by Rambhoru Dasi ACBSP, a certified Professional Chaplain and Crisis Counselor. Participation is confidential. For Zoom […]

  • Summary of Pandemic Protocols

    In recent months we have been seeing escalating numbers of COVID virus spread. It is the responsibility of every devotee to know the risks, to wear a mask and social distance even within your home if you are getting together with other families. Here are our guidelines for testing and quarantining, if you have come into contact […]

  • GBC Encourages Devotees to Take All Precautions

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted and caused the deaths of millions of people globally. As of February 2021 it shows no signs of slowing down. Many members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, including sannyasis, gurus, and other senior devotees — as well as some younger devotees — have passed away as a result […]

  • Taking Care of Your Health During the Pandemic

    By Mukhya Devi Dasi The coronavirus continues to spread. Please don’t neglect your healthcare during the pandemic. Here are some basic things we can do daily to keep our immune and respiratory systems strong as well as ayurvedic advice to build immunity and treat coronavirus. Daily Steam Inhalation Drinking herbal spice tea Exercise daily, including […]

  • ISKCON North America Health Policy

    Dear Temple Presidents and other NA Leaders,  Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.  The COVID crisis is far from over. The number of deaths and new cases remain alarmingly high, hospitals in some areas are at full capacity, and the roll out of the vaccine will take several more months in […]

  • Grihastha Vision Team Explores “Creating Meaningful Relationships” In Pre-Valentine’s Day Q &A

    Uttama Devi Dasi and Partha Das of the Grihastha Vision Team mentor Vaishnava couples The Grihastha Vision Team is offering an online Q & A on “Creating Meaningful Relationships” from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Saturday February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. The session will be broadcast live on the Grihasta Vision Team Facebook and […]

  • ISKCON receives the 7th IGBC Green Champion Award

    The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) stands appraised and recognized with one of the highest honors nationally- “IGBC Green Champion Award 2020” during the 18th edition of ‘Green Building Congress’ organized from 29th – 31st October 2020. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), was unanimously chosen as a winner of the 7th IGBC […]

  • The Big Bang and the Sages – A New Book on the Puranas and Science

    by Siddha Hari Dasa for ISKCON News Bibek Debroy, Chairman of India’s Prime Minister’s Economic Council, has launched Sidharth Chhabra (Siddha Hari Dasa) and Madhavendra Puri Dasa’ upcoming book on the Bhagavata Purana.  Srila Prabhupada frequently asserted that the Puranic accounts are historical facts, although labeled mythology by modern man. In their book, the authors use […]

  • ISKCON Leader Offers Prayer at Presidential Inauguration

    Anuttama Dasa, ISKCON’s Minister of Communications, joined with Christians, Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, Native Americans, and representatives of other faith traditions in a Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service in Washington DC that included prayers, readings, hymns and blessings.  “I am honored to be part of this Interfaith Inaugural Prayer Service on behalf of ISKCON and the broader […]

  • Ayurvedic Advice on COVID

    Transcript of a talk given by Dr. Vasant Lad Dear Friends,Wishing you health and wellness at this time.Take care and be well,Vasant Lad and the staff of The Ayurvedic Institute Here is a transcript of Vasant Lad’s talk. Good Day Dear Friends, As we are aware about the coronavirus; it is a worldwide epidemic. People […]

  • Proposed Ayurveda interventions in COVID-19 outbreak and their rationale

    Unexposed asymptomatic group: Common health keeping approaches of Ayurveda including healthy diet, healthy life-style, adequate sleep, physical activity, good conduct, care for retainable and non-retainable urges, and avoidance of disease causing factors (excessive cold and exposure to pollutants). In addition, Chyavanprasha, Brahma Rasayana, Amrit Bhallataka, Sanjeevani vati, Swarna prashan. 2. Exposed asymptomatic (Quarantined): Sanjeevani vati, Chitrakatdi vati, Chyavanprasha, Brahma Rasayana, […]

  • The Eco Teaching Farm

    Akuti Devi Dasi reporting We have been busy at the Eco Teaching Farm the last few years putting the foundational components in place. The cobb entrance, goshala/barn, solar water pump, biogas digester, Vrinda Devi “temple shrine” built using cob and natural techniques, planned gardens and the log cabin are complete. Now comes the daily maintenance […]

  • Book Distribution Marathon Report, Dec. 2020

    by Sri Vrindavana Devi Dasi The 2020 Prabhupada Book marathon has been unique. The collective goal for ISKCON worldwide was to distribute 2 million Bhagavad-gitas. Team ISKCON Alachua (TIA) set a more modest local goal of distributing 1,080 Gitas during the month of December. Despite COVID restrictions, over 100 devotees and their families (see list) participated in […]

  • Vaccine Info & COVID Reference Materials

    Here are documents prepared by devotee doctors, Dr Bakshi and Dr Verma, explaining how the Pfizer vaccine works, that it is does not contain mercury and is suitable for vegetarians, and outlining best practices to keep our families and temples safe during this pandemic. Pfizer Vaccine Ingredients COVID-19 Reference for Temples

  • Book Distribution Marathon Report

    by Sri Vrindavana Devi Dasi The 2020 Prabhupada Book marathon has been unique. The collective goal for ISKCON worldwide was to distribute 2 million Bhagavad-gitas. Team ISKCON Alachua (TIA) set a more modest local goal of distributing 1,080 Gitas during the month of December. Despite COVID restrictions, over 100 devotees and their families (see list […]

  • Introducing Our End-of-Life (EOL) Care Team

    The recent loss of devotees in our NRR community has inspired a few of us to revive the End-of-Life (EOL) Care Team under the auspices of Vaishnavas CARE Alachua. It is a service that will be needed more and more as members of our community age and develop terminal illnesses. Our team’s goals are to provide […]

  • How to manage your virus risk

    by David Leonhardt, The New York Times This is a three-step guide to COVID-19 risk minimization. It’s based on a New York Times survey of 700 epidemiologists and experts. 1. There is one behavior you should try to eliminate, without exception: Spending time in a confined space (outside your household) where anyone is unmasked. Don’t […]

  • Career Coaching for Young Professionals

    This year has brought unique challenges in many areas of life, including in particular, economic challenges for students and new professionals. With a rapidly changing work ecosystem, it’s understandable to find ourselves stuck when preparing to make the next step professionally. “How do I best showcase my talents for a professional setting?” or “Why does […]