ISKCON Prison Ministry Gives Inmates the Key to Freedom

By Madhava Smullen, Photos by Manjari Smullen on 29 Jan 2011Bhakti-lata Dasi is typing away busily at her laptop, absorbed in composing one of the 15 to 40 letters she writes to inmates at prisons across the US every month. But she looks up, smiling, happy to talk to ISKCON News about the service she’s […]

Secret Sacred Street Art in London`s East End

By Madhusudana Das for Creation on 20 Jan 2011After recently discovering on Facebook a photo of a beautiful bas-relief sculpture of Jagannatha, I just had to find out more. It wasn’t just the artistry that drew me in, but more than anything, the location of the piece – by a railway bridge on Brick Lane. […]

Four Take Sannyas

Four dedicated devotees took the vow of sannyasa—renounced, traveling celibate monks—in 2010, bringing the number of ISKCON sannyasis up to eighty-four. Four dedicated devotees took the vow of sannyasa—renounced, traveling celibate monks—in 2010, bringing the number of ISKCON sannyasis up to eighty-four.Devamrita Dasa, Makhanlal Dasa, and Siddharta Dasa, all based in India, became Bhakti Rasamrita […]

The Urge to Speak

By Sesha DasPolitical trash talking is not becoming of us. It never has been. It never will be. Therefore, I am greatly relieved by the sudden reemergence of civility in American public debate. Hopeful this trend will last. As a concerned and interested citizen I feel compelled to do my part, not only help the […]

Blog on ISKCON Chowpatty: Jewels of Mumbai

My sister-in-law Chandra had come to stay with us on January 1. She had plans of visiting the ISKCON Temple at Chowpatty the next day morning. Chandra goes to the temple every Sunday. I was keen to go with her on this Sunday and luckily for me, I could make it. Read more…

The Yogis of Devotion Bring Bhakti into the Mainstream

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 14 Jan 2010Perhaps the most interesting new trend for ISKCON devotees to note, however, is the recent proliferation of devotee yoga teachers. So how did they end up as yoga teachers, and is it simply a way of earning a living for them, or is there more to […]

Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Prabhupada and Spiritual Equality

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 14 Jan 2010What is lesser known about him is that his campaign for equality took him to India, where he gained inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent methods of social change. The visit was a powerful experience for King, a Baptist Minister and deeply spiritual man. This week, on […]

ISKCON Brisbane Escapes Flood

BY: BHAKTIN JANEJan 13, 2011 — BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA (SUN) — Despite major flooding throughout the city of Brisbane, ISKCON Brisbane has escaped without harm. Despite major flooding throughout the city of Brisbane, ISKCON Brisbane has escaped without harm. Sri Sri Gaura Nitai’s riverside abode was fortunately above flood level when fast-flowing waters in the Brisbane […]

Reunion – 40 years of Krishna Consciousness – Sydney May 20-22, 2011

By Kurma dasaMay 2011 marks a milestone in the history of the Australian Krishna Consciousness Movement that began back in 1971, when we were all in the prime of our youth Note; Caru was the temple President of Sydney in those youthful days, both of ourselves and of the Hare Krishna movement. He and Vaibhavi […]

Devotees at ISV distributed 31,099 books

By Raxit JariwallaThis annual 2010 books marathon turned out to be a major historic event, with ISV devotees distributing thousands of Srila Prabhupada’s books throughout the Bay area and at distant spots, including other parts of the US, Europe and India. Our annual books marathon referred to as ‘The MSF of 25,000 Books, an Occasion […]