While Battling Chronic Illness, Devotee Wins Prestigious Literary Prize

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Janavi Held holding her newly published book, Letters to My Oldest Friend Earlier this year it was announced that two of Janavi Held’s devotional poems were shortlisted for the prestigious Hamilton House International Poetry Prize. Awarded by the University Centre Grimsby, this annual competition receives thousands of entries from writers around the … Read More

Harrisburg Center Becomes Official ISKCON Temple

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Deena Bandhu Das visits the ISKCON Harrisburg temple On June 15th, the center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where a Namahatta group met for many years became an official ISKCON temple.  The following Sunday June 17th, new GBC Anuttama Das met with the congregation, officially announced the center as ISKCON of Harrisburg, and introduced … Read More

Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 1.1, Srila Prabhupada

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Māyāpur, March 25, 1975 Nitāi: Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. [devotees repeat] [leads chanting of verse, etc.] vande gurūn īśa-bhaktān īśam īśāvatārakān tat-prakāśāṁś ca tac-chaktīḥ kṛṣṇa-caitanya-saṁjñakam [Cc. Ādi 1.1] [break] [01:01] “I offer my respectful obeisance unto the sprititual masters, the devotees of the Lord, the Lord’s … Read More

Etiquette in Management

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  By Bhakti Caru Swami ISKCON is a spiritual organization personally established by Srila Prabhupada. We must take care that it doesn’t become material. Anything (husband-wife relationship, Deity worship, even prasadam) can turn material by one’s consciousness. In any Society, there must be some organization and management, otherwise there will be chaos. … Read More

A moment of truth

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, October 2014, Mayapur, India, Siksastakam Seminar: Verses 1&2, Part 1) The process of glorification of Krsna through his name is actually our means of purification. So we are preparing to chant and the first reason why we chant, is for purification, whether it is in kirtan or japa. Injapa, we are exposed because … Read More

Spiritual Fasting

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From Back to Godhead By Yamuna Devi Dasi With spiritual fasting, you may not make headlines, but you’ll make headway on the path back to Godhead. What do Mahatma Gandhi, Dick Gregory, Jane Fonda, Norman Mailer, Bolivian dissidents, British suffragettes, and Irish revolutionaries have in common? Well, for one thing, at one … Read More

A Book Marathon Message

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By Giriraj Swami krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam sangopangastra-parsadam yajnaih sankirtana-prayair yajanti hi su-medhasah “In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Krsna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krsna Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons, … Read More

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