Temple of Vedic Planetarium

By Sraddhadevi dasi February 14th, 2010 On February 14th, all members of ISKCON’s Governing Commission attending the Annual General Meeting in Mayapur, India assembled in the center of a construction zone. It was the construction zone of the long-awaited Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP), a massive and impressive temple dedicated to displaying the Vedic view […]

ISKCON Makes a Splash at Kumbha Mela

By Yudhistir Krishna Das on 19 Feb 2010Hundreds of ash-covered men marching into the river along with soulful chants of Vedic hymns. A multitude of people from varied backgrounds, jostling in and out of their tents. The sight of lamps and flowers being offered into the river in a spiritually-surcharged atmosphere. Such activity characterizes the […]

Bwog Interviews: Slow Down with Pandit

Contessa Gayles woke up very, very early to meditate and hang out with Columbia’s Bhakti Club. After a 7:00 AM mantra meditation session, she sat down to talk with Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, the current—and first ever— Hindu chaplain at Columbia. They spoke about a typical day in the life of a Hare Krishna monk, and […]

Communism

By Ravindra Svarupa Dasa on 23 Jan 2010 The communist philosophy as it is now practiced is vague, but it can become perfect if they accept the conclusion of the Bhagavad-Gita—that Krishna is the supreme proprietor.    My beginning association with Krishna devotees offered me an extended sequence of astonishments.  It amazed me, for example, […]

Kalachandji’s Restaurant Trounces Economic Crisis for Best Year Ever

By Madhava Smullen on 13 Feb 2010Spanish-style stucco walls, red tile floors, stained glass windows and rough cedar woodwork give Kalachandjis a unique ambiance.   With the economic crisis introduced in 2007 still reigning strong, most businesses continued to struggle in 2009. But if Kalachandji’s performance last year is anything to go by, the one thing […]

Historical Camp of ISKCON in Haridwar

BY: SRESTHA DAS Feb 10, HARIDWAR, INDIA (SUN) — We would like to invite all the devotees to participate the Kumbhamela and the 500th Years Celebration of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Sannyasa. This is first time in history we are getting this much big piece of land in Haridwar. ISKCON has 3.5 acres of land in a […]

Mayapur GBC Meetings: Day 1

By Sraddhadevi Dasi on 9 Feb 2010 The 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON commenced Saturday morning in Sri Mayapur Dham with Bhakti Caru Maharaja offering the traditional guru-puja ceremony to ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada, while Ekalavya Prabhu led an enthusiastic and inspirational kirtan. This year’s GBC Chairman, Romapada Maharaja, […]

The Complex Karma of Haiti

By Vineet Chander for Om Sweet Om on 10 Feb 2010 Haiti is just the latest example of mass suffering in the material world.It is natural, though never pleasant, to question the workings of the Divine when we see (and feel, and weep over) suffering on a grand scale.    In the West, philosophers like […]

Secondary Schools to Follow UK’s First Hindu State Primary

By Madhava Smullen on 29 Jan 2010The Independent The I-Foundation—the leading Hindu charity behind the UK’s first and so far only Hindu state school—has already announced plans to build at least one secondary school within the next six years, with sites earmarked in North London and Leicester. Although the Krishna Avanti School only officially opened […]

Juhu Rathayatra Festival 2010

BY: BASU GHOSH DAS Feb 03, BARODA, INDIA (WVPB) — On Friday, January 29, 2010, ISKCON Juhu, Bombay celebrated its 30th annual Jagannath Rathayatra festival. The Rathayatra festival was inaugurated by local MLA (“Member of the Maharashtra Assembly”, the legislative branch of the Government of Maharashtra) Ashokbhau Jadhav, and Sri Dilip Patel, the Chairman of […]