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Today’s world is moving at an incredible pace. We are all bombarded by an incredible amount of information - emails, newspapers, magazines, news, TV channels, movies, cinemas. Not to speak of the content – violence, crime, accidents, wars, drug abuse, rape, suicide.
In Mauritius, December is hot and sunny and in the south of the island, at Mahebourg, is a beautiful esplanade by the sea where a cool breeze blows. A perfect place and a perfect time of year for a festival! Sundara Lala Prabhu, co-Temple President of the Sri Sri Radha Golokananda temple and coordinator of a two-day annual festival on the Mahebourg waterfront explains, “ December is a month of enjoyment. Everyone is attracted to the festivities of Christmas and New Year, so this festival gives a spiritual alternative: hearing, chanting, dancing and feasting for Krishna! The devotees and guests, especially the youth, who attend this festival, become fully satisfied by the spiritual enjoyment they experience that they are no longer attracted to the mundane end of year fever.
According to the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita in 3137 B.C. However, the knowledge contained within its seven hundred transcendental verses was actually spoken long before that. In Verse 4.1 of the Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna says that he “instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvan, and Vivasvan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Iksvaku”.
The observance of Ganga Snaan, on Sunday the 17th of November 2013, marked the end of Kartik. Since Mother Ganga flows into the Indian Ocean the Hindu Mauritians have a tradition to celebrate Ganga Snaan by going to the sea side to offer oblations into the water. Crowds fill the beaches throughout the day and the devotees distribute thousands of bhajias (fried savouries) and juice to everyone.
You may read the October 2013 edition of Asraya, the magazine of the Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir here
You may read the latest issue of the Harinam Newsletter,offered to Srila Prabhupada on his disappearance day, here
Imagine three hundred devotees dancing and chanting loudly in unison under a star-lit sky; beautiful deities of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, on Their decorated cart, leading the way; along the pavement of the winding village roads, people standing in front of their homes, holding plates of fruit and incense to offer to The Lord; torches lighting the way, villagers buying Srila Prabhupada's books presented to them by enthusiastic book distributors; many joining in the procession, not able to resist the magic of the holy names.
Bhakta Tim, a former inmate, was recently released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Rochester, Minnesota -- but not before planting over thirty Tulasis and establishing worship of the sacred plant there.
Devotees and ISKCON supporters and members worldwide are hearing more and more about the progress of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, and in great anticipation await its completion. This historic landmark project is the fulfillment of the vision of Srila Prabhupada, our acharyas and Lord Nityananda Himself, and will certainly be ISKCON’s foremost preaching project for spreading the sublime teachings of Gaudiya Vaishnavism throughout the world.
The President of Mauritius H.E Mr. Kailash Purryag along with his wife Mrs. Aneetah Purryag, Dr. Arye Kumar Jagessur (Mauritian ambassador to India) and the officials from the embassy visited ISKCON Delhi yesterday evening. A brief report recounting their visit is presented below.
ISKCON’s Food For Life continues to feed victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on November 7th with winds of 195 mph.
One of the strongest tropical cyclones in recorded history, Haiyan has claimed nearly 6,000 lives in the Philippines, and thousands more are missing. Around 4 million have been displaced from their homes.
ISKCON’s Food For Life is one of the many aid organizations doing what it can to help in the wake of the disaster.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), popularly know as the Hare Krishna Movement joined South Africa in honoring the official day of prayer and reflection for former President Nelson Mandela. The Hare Krishna’s gathered outside Nelson Mandela’s home in Houghton, Johannesburg and in true South African style, indeed Madiba style chanted, danced and distributed free vegetarian food to the throngs who had come to celebrate Mr. Mandela.
The American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest gathering of religion scholars. Held in combination with the Society of Biblical Literature, this year’s convention in Baltimore, Maryland on November 23-26th drew an estimated 12,000 scholars from all over the world.
Visakha Dasi (ACBSP) has just released a new short video A Bumpy Journey Toward Harmony with the Bhagavad-gita. It is a 24-minute DVD with music, sound effects, provocative wisdom and over 250 stunning photographs.
The video is based on Visakha's book Bhagavad-gita: A Photographic Essay, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award in 2011 in the USA.
The autobiographical film is about a young American, disillusioned by the pressures and mindlessness of Western education and consumerism, journeys to the East looking for fun and adventure. In India she unexpectedly finds truth and knowledge beyond the intellect, beauty and hope beyond the mundane.
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Some people ask: “Why does Krishna insist repeatedly in the Bhagavad-gita readers that he is God? Why does he need to prove his position?”
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In "Serving the Supreme Scientist", Aja Govinda Das recounts the impact of Krishna consciousness in his life and how he hopes to utilize his education in Krishna's service.