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ISKCON Ekachakra Temple Opening - February 14

Ekachakra Dham is Lord Nityananda's birthplace. ISKCON's new temple innauguration on the 14th of February, 2016 is an offering to Srila Prabhupada on ISKCON's 50th Anniversary.

Devotees Feast Eyes on New Prabhupad and Gita Books

The Museum of Sacred Art (MOSA) in Radhadesh, Belgium, has just published two lusciously illustrated books for devotees to feast their eyes on: “Illuminations from the Bhagavad-gita” and “Prabhupada Meditations.” The Gita-book is the fourth edition of the classic 1980 work by artist Kim Waters and Chris Murray, after the original by Harper and Row, and two in the 1990s and 2000s by Mandala.

Official 'Well-Being' Statistics Show Religious People Are Happier Than Atheists

Of all the faiths in the UK, Hindus are the happiest, scoring well above the UK national average.

Pope Claims All Religions Worship Same God

Michael Snyder reports, A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”.

C.C. White: "Soul Kirtan!" The Maha Mantra (Reggae Style)

C.C. White - This IS Soul Kirtan!: The Maha Mantra (Reggae Style), and It's About Love* (Live) in Joshua Tree, at Bhakti Fest 2012.

Bhakti Without Borders Producers to Attend Grammys

Four people are set to represent Bhakti Without Borders, only the third kirtan album ever to be nominated for a Grammy, at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on February 15th. Main artist Madi Das – who duets on the album with eleven Vaishnavi co-vocalists – and producer Dave Stringer will attend as the Grammy nominees. 

Italy Launches ISKCON 50 Celebrations in Rome

Italy’s ISKCON 50th anniversary celebrations commenced on November 25th, 2015 with the planting of a sacred Banyan tree in the historical garden of Piazza Vittorio in Rome. The Bhaktivedanta Cultural and Educational Library donated the tree to the city of Rome on the occasion, which was auspicious as it was also the 500th anniversary of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s arrival in Vrindavana.

Envy not…

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 March 2009, Stockholm, Sweden, Lecture)

We encounter so much envy in the world. Envy is a major driving force which we really cannot ignore. We see different aspects of envy. There is the normal envy – the jealousy of a neighbour who wants what you have. But we also see a different kind of envy, like the example of a wolf and a lamb. It is not that the wolf wants anything that the lamb has. It is not like that! He is not envious of the possessions of the lamb at all, he simply does not want allow the lamb any existence because of his own feeling of dissatisfaction. The wolf takes it out on the weaker entity. The wolf has a feeling of hatred which comes from his own frustration, and he takes it out on someone else. People get married for similar reasons. Not all marriages are based on LOVE! Some marriages are simply there to take relieve frustration. Like that, envy exists in so many ways and in all kinds of relationships.

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Video: Piano Hare Krishna Melody by Bada Hari das

We came across this incredibly sweet and mellow video by Bada Hari das, capturing a moment as he chants an amazing Hare Krishna melody while playing the piano!  Here is the description he posted for the video on his YouTube channel:

While visiting my family's home in Monterey, [California] a couple of years ago, I got a chance to have some alone time with their old grand piano and some bhajans. I don't often get this chance and it's a nice meditation for me. This Mahamantra tune is a favorite I learned from Madhava Prabhu. The piano accompaniment is simple and spontaneous. My better half captured this, so here it is.

A Spontaneous Trip Down Memory Lane

With the unusually warm (but awesome) weather that we had in Toronto yesterday, Bhaktimarga Swami decided to head out for a spontaneous walk in the afternoon with his two visiting godbrothers: Drupada das and Garuda Vahan das - devotees who were two of the many early pioneers of our Toronto Hare Krishna community.

The walk was a "trip down memory lane" of sorts as the chosen route was through the trendy Yorkville neighbourhood.  While Yorkville is now known for being a swanky, upscale neighbourhood with expensive boutiques, restaurants and shops, it was a very different mood in the 1960s.

As explained by the three senior devotees on their walk, "Yorkville was the hippy enclave of Toronto and probably even the hippy capital of Canada in the 1960s!".  As each street was explored, Bhaktimarga Swami, Drupada das and Garuda Vahan das, would often pause at various buildings and talk about the incredible history of the neighbourhood and how devotees would often do sankirtan there!

The trip ended with a visit to one of the buildings just south of the temple, on Avenue Road, which used to house the Govinda's restaurant!  Drupada prabhu remarked, "You could get a full vegetarian thali for $2 or $3!".

Back at the temple, everyone was most appreciative of the short but certainly memorable walk down memory lane!  Check out pictures below (downloadable pictures available here):
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Bhagavata Subodhini - Canto 3

The Vedic Encyclopedia, Srimad Bhagavatam, like an ocean, is expansive with its nominal and phenomenal subject matters and deep in its spiritual and philosophical insights, making it a text for both research and relish by many. On 21st September 2015, Radhastami, Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha at Govardhan Ecovillage, launched the first volume of the Bhagavata Subodhini, an inspirational study guide to the Srimad Bhagavatam. This book published by the Tulsi books featured verse-by-verse overviews of Cantos One and Two. It also contained a variety of thematic compilations and resource material suited for educator. For ordering a copy, please visit

Enemies of Growth

Observing my own life, it seems there are key enemies which stagnate our growth and development. We slide into mediocrity and averageness when we are too busy, too arrogant or too comfortable to really invest in our life.

ISKCON Pune Plans Ambitious “50th-ized” Year

Can you imagine one city holding 500 Harinamas or distributing 500,000 of Srila Prabhupada’s books in one year? That’s exactly what ISKCON of Pune in Maharashtra, India is doing as they ambitiously set out to 50th-ize the year 2016. And much, much more besides: the plan is to set higher-than-usual goals for all of Pune’s outreach efforts in multiples of five or fifty.

"Soka-nihata-prarthana" by Guna-grahi & Kirtan for the Soul

A video by Blaiseus. Music by Gunagrahi Das and the Kirtan for the Soul group (Hungary).

Strictness with kindness

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, May 2010, Simhachalam, Germany, Nrshima Caturdasi)

Our movement did well in the beginning with strictness but sometimes lacked in human kindness. Now, in the Iskcon of the new millennium, we have more kindness but have lost our strictness. Before, because of a lack of kindness there was fanaticism but now, we are missing the strictness that will keep us away from maya and keep us making progress. So we need to come to a situation of strictness with kindness.


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Where Natural Enemies Are Friends

Traveling Monk - Wed, 2016-02-03 16:06
The other day we drove many hours through a jungle area to vist Sringeri, the site of the first matha established by Sankaracarya, who propagated Mayavada ( impersonalist ) philosophy in the 8th century. Sringeri is located on the banks of the Tunga river and has an historical temple that is over 1200 years old. [...]
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