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The goal for this year's Live to Give campaign, also known as the Prabhupada Marathon, is to distribute 2.2 million copies of Bhagavad Gita globally, from September 21st to January 7th.
With Immense pleasure, we cordially invite you, your family, and friends for the Grand Inauguration of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir in Khargone, Madya Pradesh (Central India) February 19-20th, 2022.
Dear Friends, Yesterday, after more than four months of absence, I finally returned to Sridham Mayapur. Burning with impatience this morning I went to the construction site of the TOVP, accompanied by our Construction Manager, His Grace Premavatar Gauranga prabhu, who showed me the various directions in which work is now underway.
The Hare Krishna devotees in Russia are growing in numbers every year and chanting the names of Lord Krishna for the spiritual benefit of everyone. However, on November 23, 2021, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France took a decision based on an appeal from the Centre of Societies for Krishna Consciousness in Russia and its Head of Law Department Maha-Balarama das. The reason for the appeal to the ECHR was the negative assessment of the Hare Krishna organization by the state authorities of the Ulyanovsk region of the Russian Federation and the refusal to approve a harinama, i.e. singing and chanting God’s names in public, in Moscow. The events took place in 2010 as well as 2013 respectively, and it took all these years for the court to carry out the decision. In the appeal, Maha-Balarama das complained about the inability of the Russian authorities to protect the Hare Krishnas from defamation. In particular, it was about the project "Beware of Sects!" organized by the authorities of the Ulyanovsk region in 2008 and the brochure "Be careful: Sects!" distributed within the framework of this project. According to Maha-Balarama das, the word “sect” carries a negative connotation in the Russian media. The second complaint concerned the Moscow authorities' ban on conducting a harinama.
In the past three to four years, ISKCON in Tampa, Florida has seen considerable growth in both the devotee congregation and in efforts to reach out to the local community, although the city – the third most populated in Florida – does not yet have its own temple.
One of the biggest book distributors in East Africa, Dwarka Vasini Devi Dasi, along with her teams Vaishnavi Sanga and Krsna Kids Sena, distributes about eighty percent of ISKCON Nairobi’s total during the December Prabhupada marathon every year.
I don't know how long it will take for one of us to be selected to champion the course of preaching in the grand style that Bali Prabhu did. It's not just about having the financial resources but more about being empowered to do it on such a scale. Please kindly stay with me as I walk you through my memory lane of this great soul, philanthropist, musician, businessman, and the greatest Preacher in Africa who majored in Harinam Sankirtan and Book distribution like no one else.
Godhead is a new Los Angeles-based Krishnacore band. Krishnacore is a subgenre of hardcore punk that draws inspiration from the Bhakta Yoga traditions. Although some hardcore punk bands had already made references to Krishna Consciousness in the 1980s punk and hardcore scene, this subgenre was established in the early 1990s by bands like Shelter and 108. Godhead recently released their first EP and just had their first show on November 21st at Programme Skate & Sound in Fullerton, California.
A group of engineers, who somehow got the blessings of Srila Prabhupada, got inspired to build an online platform for teaching Sankirtan music. The efforts started a year ago and they have come up with a platform called Narottam, named after our Acarya, Srila Narottama Das Thakura, the original propagator of the Sankirtan music of Sri Gauranga. The platform is available to use by devotees all around the world in the form of an Android application free of cost.
Most of us discover at a fairly young age that the world is not a bed of roses. The carefree joys of childhood were brutally interrupted for me when I was just seven and I lost my mother. Navigating my way through an uncertain world after that, I encountered much more pain in the shape of a less-than-loving stepmother.