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  • A Memoir: Escape to Paradise and Beyond

    Our groundskeeper Maitreya Dasa has written the memoir, Escape to Paradise and Beyond. It comes highly recommended. As a spiritual road book Satyaraja Prabhu has compared it to the writings of Mark Twain and Jack Kerouac. Srila Satsvarupa Maharaja has given the following review: I highly recommend Maitreya Das’s memoir Escape to Paradise and Beyond as a source […]

  • Karma, Grace, and Free Will – Perspectives for Integral Transformation 2022 Vaisnava Christian Dialogue

    With Christmas coming, I thought to share these thoughts about our recent Vaisnava Christian Dialogue that was held online last week with Catholic, Protestant, Sri Vaisnava and Gaudiya Vaisnava participants in India, the US and the UK. My husband, Anuttama dasa, and I have been hosting two such dialogues each year. Our dialogue in the […]

  • Archbishop Visits Prabhupada’s House- Argentina

    This past Sunday I had the opportunity to visit the ISKCON temple in Buenos Aires, needless to say, it was a very nice experience. I had read many books of His Divine Grace Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda “The man who built a house that everyone can live in”. Click to read full article on […]

  • New Free Book to Help Devotees Deal with Illness

    When Illness Takes Hold: Hopeful Words for Sadhakas explores the challenges and opportunities we face when dealing with illness (or losses and other obstacles) while practicing bhakti. The book has three essays exploring the authors’ personal experiences and the spiritual solutions they found; a question and answer section; and a collection of quotes from our […]

  • Exciting Puranic and Siddhantic Cosmology Conference

    ISKCON, Chowpatty, in academic collaboration with the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies in Gainesville, Florida (BIHS) and the Bhaktivedanta Research Center in Mumbai (BRC), will be hosting an international hybrid conference at the Govardhan EcoVillage (GEV) just north of Mumbai, November 4 – 6, 2022, entitled, “Puranic and Siddhantic Cosmology: Within an Experiential Mathematical Framework.” […]

  • Devotees in Ukraine Continue On Despite Fears, Instability

    Members of the Governing Body Commission (GBC) were given a report by leaders aware of the Ukrainian situation earlier today. What follows are selected highlights of that report, with additional information provided by other devotees familiar with the current circumstances. Thousands of devotees of Lord Krishna live in Ukraine, and they worship at approximately twenty […]

  • Bhadra Purnima Participants, 2022

    Sarad Bihari dd & Advaita Acarya d Abhay Singh & Family AJ Singh & Family Sarad Bihari dd & Advaita Acarya d Sarad Bihari dd & Advaita Acarya d Tamohar d & Mantrini dd Tamohar d & Mantrini dd Anand Kishori & Abhiram d Kapoor Anand Kishori & Abhiram d Kapoor Tejasvini dd & DhiraLalita […]

  • Showing Radharani’s Lotus Feet

    Position Paper by ISKCON Deity Worship MinistryVersion 1 – September 11, 2018 Position Statement:Srimati Radharani’s lotus feet should not be ever shown publicly at ISKCON temples, whether on a daily basis or particularly on festivals such as Radhastami and Gopastami. Supporting Information: Srila Prabhupada wrote a clear written response in a letter to the head […]

  • Report on the 2022 Global Bhaktivedanta Institute Seminar

    by Nartaka Gopala Dasi From July 30-31, 2022, the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies in Gainesville, Florida, hosted a two-day seminar titled “The Legacy of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Toward Fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s Vision.” When His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami first met Dr.Thoudam D. Singh in the early 70’s, he was so happy to see […]

  • ISKCON Relief Ukraine Report- Week 18

    This week’s report includes the visit of two generous donors who are supporting the ISKCON Relief Team Initiative. They visited Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland and were very nicely received by members of our ISKCON Relief Team as well as HH Sivarama Swami. Click to read full article on ISKCON News.

  • Mercy for Prisoners in Argentina

    Devotees from the town of Mendoza, Argentina came up with a plan to deliver Krishna Consciousness to state prisons. The budding program has become a success because of how much the inmates value Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, as well as the prasadam, and kirtan. Click to read full article on ISKCON News.

  • ISKCON Korea Performs Yajna for Samsung

    On June 30th, ISKCON Korea performed a special Narasimhadeva yajna, with special prayers seeking blessings for Reliance Industries Ltd for its new FPSO vessel named KG D6 RUBY. The vessel was built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd from South Korea. The ship will be used for transporting oil. Click to read full article on […]

  • About the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies

    In 1974, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada expressed his desire to “establish a Vaishnava Research Institute” to present the science of Krishna Consciousness for an intellectual audience. The following year, Prabhupada requested his disciple, Dr. Thoudam D. Singh (Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja), to establish an institute in the United States. On December 10, […]

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    Expanding Our Love

    Excerpted from a lecture by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, posted on  Dandavats.com, April 27, 2022 – .. “Everyone has affection. The cats and dogs also have affection. But our affection is wrongly placed. We are affectionate for the skin, for the body. This is wrong affection. Real affection is for the soul. […]

  • ISKCON Environmental Initiative

    ISKCON Launches Global Environmental Initiative

    by ISKCON News, April 22 – Aligned with the world celebration of Earth Day 2022, ISKCON is launching a global environmental initiative to assist local temples, communities, and families in better ‘walking our talk” by living more environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyles.  “Many devotees think that because we’re strict vegetarians, we’ve done all we need […]

  • ISKCON Relief for Ukraine

    ISKCON Relief for Ukraine

    By ISKCON Relief, Apr 25, 2022 — Devotees from Europe and also other parts of the world have tirelessly continued their sincere endeavors to help devotees and refugees from Ukraine to find shelter, care, and support. The following figures are for week 8 of this devotee care/relief effort. [Scroll down within the article to see […]

  • Eco Fest Earth Day

    Eco Fest Earth Day – April 23, 2022

    Join us for our 4th annual Eco Fest Earth Day on April 23, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, behind the ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple. Family friendly, with children’s activities, workshops including building with cobb, cheese making, paper making, incence and oil making demos, a herb walk, permaculture discussion, and veggie food booths. Entrance […]

  • BIHS Newsletter, Quarter 1, 2022

    — Click here to read the BIHS newsletter —  Dear Friends of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Hare Krishna. Please find attached our first edition of the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies newsletter for the year 2022. Thank you for your support and patience while we continue the work of renovating our BI Research Headquarters in Gainesville, […]

  • COVID Resources

    The latest CDC guidelines on Isolation versus Quarantining Dr. Divya Patel, UF Health, speaks candidly about the latest COVID surge in Alachua county Devotee ICU Nurse urges Gainesville residents to get the vaccine NYT: COVID and the Delta Variant Position statement on COVID vaccines by devotee doctors How the vaccine works, and best practices to […]

  • The Editorial Review Panel Shares Its “Editorial Principles”

    [Excerpted from the introduction to a longer document on this subject.] Over the years, devotees have expressed interest in knowing more about The Bhaktivedanta BookTrust’s book editing policies and practices, especially in making corrections to Srila Prabhupada’s booksafter his physical departure. To address the devotees’ concerns and to ensure the fidelity of Srila Prabhupada’s published […]

  • Preaching in Greece

        by Nartaka Gopal devi dasi We went to Athens, Greece, in September 2021 to visit our godbrother Dayanidhi Prabhu, temple President of ISKCON Athens. We met many wonderful devotees, went on a few harinamas, and Langa Ganesh Prabhu and I gave over ten lectures between the two of us. For thousands of years, Greece […]

  • Spring Festivals 2022 v2

    Spring Festivals in 2022

    Here are the dates and schedules for our upcoming spring festivals at the ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, including the appearance days of Lord Nityananda, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, Shiva Ratri and Gaura Purnima. Also includes information about upcoming Ratha-yatra festivals.

  • Flood Disaster Relief by ISKCON Malaysia Food for Life

    Over 10,000 plates of full meal Prasadam were distributed to flood victims in various places in Klang Valley (an urban conglomeration in Malaysia centered in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia.) Kuala Lumpur, over 18000 residents have been evacuated from their homes following continuous rain since Friday 17/12. It made several roads impassable with many stranded […]

  • Monks Make Film About Defeating Depression

    Depression is indeed a menace to society, affecting 264 million+ people every year and claiming many lives. Despite a variety of treatments available, people still look for a lifestyle by which they can come out of it. To help people rise above this problem, the monks at ISKCON Gurugram have come up with a highly […]

  • Gita Jayanti Zoom Recital

    Join us on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 4:00 PM for an online recital of Bhagavad-gita verses via Zoom, on the occasion of Gita Jayanti, commemorating the day Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita.  This will also be broadcast live via the ISKCON Alachua YouTube channel and Facebook page.  Here is the Zoom link:  Topic: Gita […]

  • Holiday Cookies and Fudge

    The temple will sell tins of Holiday Cookies and Fudge once again this year. Order soon! A two dozen assortment of Russian Teacakes and Pfeffernüsse Spice is $15. A tin of 18 pieces of chocolate fudge is $15. Pre-pay online via PayPal, or pay cash at the time of pickup on Saturday, Dec 10, Saturday, […]

  • 12th BBT Africa Conference Offers Inspiration, Strategies for Book Distribution

    Group photo at the 2019 BBT Africa Conference in Kenya About 170 book distributors, temple presidents, GBC members, Bhaktivedanta Book Trust staff and devotees in general viewed the 12th Annual BBT Africa Conference, held online and broadcast at https://www.youtube.com/c/BBTAfrica on Saturday November 6th. Speakers from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Mauritius participated in the three-hour conference, which is […]

  • Safety Protocols for Summer Festivals

      Face masks must be worn on temple property, including by children ages five and older. We will have prasad pre-packed in to-go boxes and request you take it home with you, so that masks can stay on at all times.  If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. On festival days, we encourage everyone to take part in the […]