The ISKCON Environmental Initiative (IEI) Gobal Green Team is offering an online workshop Friday November 18 to discuss and promote environmental practices which can be implemented in temples, communities and private households. Attendence is free and open to all ISKCON devotees, leaders, friends and supporters. Topics will include: - Meet the Global Green Team - Share Insights on Environmental Sustainability - Plan Green Strategies - Greening Your Local Community
The Child Protection Office has an excellent service that you can engage in whether you live in, near, or far from a temple community. This much-needed Seva is one that you can do on your own or with others, such as your family or a reading group. Together we will compile a repository of all quotes and references from the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada related to the protection of children. The quotes may directly reference children or the duty to protect others. Reference may be contextual such as the pastime of Lord Nrsimhadeva - the original child protector, or Putana who appeared to be a trustworthy person but had ill intentions to harm the child. You may also include references about Vaisnava aparadha. Here’s how you can help with this easy and inspiring service: 1. Choose one of Srila Prabhupada’s books that you commit to reading for references. It can be a chapter, a canto, or the whole book. 2. Sign up for your chosen book/section, by either: * Commenting or private messaging Pages for Protection; * Commenting on the line that corresponds to your chosen reading on this spreadsheet https://tinyurl.com/mr25crjt; * Emailing - PagesForProtection@gmail.com. 3. When you have found something relevant, submit excerpts from your chosen book/section, by either: Emailing - PagesForProtection@gmail.com or Private messaging Pages for Protection The results of this project will help devotees understand the value of protecting children in Krishna conscious culture. This repository of references will support discussions on the subject matter and guide future decisions. Having easy-to-access selections will enable devotees to speak confidently on the topic of child protection. Our goal is to have references from Srila Prabhupada’s books collected by the end of 2022. So go ahead, pick a selection and let us know what you find.
Being sick is a serious ordeal these days. If it is a serious illness, it is double trouble. Willpower and wallet are put to test. Gauranga Dasa, a devotee from Odessa, found himself in such a difficult situation. In March 2022, after an emergency operation for peritonitis, Gauranga Prabhu heard a terrible diagnosis – cancer. There was a difficult operation where some of his intestines were taken out and his stomach was put in place, followed by an exhausting 5 cycles of chemotherapy. By the Lord’s mercy, Gauranga Dasa lived through all of this, but it almost took away his strength. There arose problems related to the kidneys, liver, and skin. Unfortunately, these were not all the trials that befell the devotee. Because of the intense stress, his wife fell ill as well and has had to be hospitalized and received operations herself. At the end of September, Gauranga Dasa went through the 6th chemotherapy cycle, after which another difficult operation to restore the intestines will follow. Thanks to constant serious spiritual practice, and the support of devotees and family, Gauranga Dasa has retained his inner strength and is determined to persevere. For that to be achieved, it is crucial to have good nutrition, and support for internal organs – the liver and the kidneys. Such operations are not cheap. and the family has almost no money left. Damayuta Dasa, the leader of the Odesa Yatra says: “Gauranga Dasa met devotees in the early 90s in Chisinau. His spiritual master is Partha Sarathi Dasa Goswami who initiated him in 1999. In 2007, he married and lived in Chernomorsk, he was engaged in service in the Odesa community. He was a member of the community council, was the chair of the department of education. In 2011 he received a second initiation. Together with his wife, they preached through clubs such as Goodness, and Psychology 3000. He traveled a lot, was engaged in service in the Vienna community, and helped to arrange the first Ratha-Yatra. All devotees note that he is warm-hearted and gentle. Of course, he has a great sense of humor and at the same time deep knowledge of philosophy. He is an excellent counselor and always provides appropriate support and care. When he was teaching, all his students spoke of him with great love and gratitude. Our yatra is still hoping that he could start teaching again.” We humbly ask caring and sympathetic people for help! Your donations will help a wonderful devotee recover so that he can teach his students again Donations can be made at the shareyour.care link here
Our global team continues to distribute unprecedented numbers of Srimad Bhagavatam sets through the Bhadra Campaign. This year, 250+ communities from 50+ countries distributed 45,800 sets of Srimad Bhagavatam, smashing the worldwide goal of 43,000 sets. The long-term goal is to reach 100,000 sets by 2026. This Bhadra Campaign was launched in 2017 by the BBT MCI Team (Marketing, Communications, and Innovation) under the leadership of HG Vaisesika Prabhu. By uniting a global team around this common goal, Bhagavatam distribution has skyrocketed from 7,007 sets in 2018 to 45,880 this year. The campaign runs annually from Gaura Purnima to Bhadra Purnima. Vaisesika Prabhu commented, “Congratulations teammates, we smashed it together. The globe will never be the same. How did it happen? Because Lord Chaitanya wanted it to happen. We're just cooperating; we're just instruments. The more we advocate for this, the more we assume it can be done and do our part methodically, the more this will increase and bring pleasure to Srila Prabhupada.”
This past Sunday I had the opportunity to visit the ISKCON temple in Buenos Aires, needless to say, it was a very nice experience. I had read many books of His Divine Grace Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda “The man who built a house that everyone can live in”. I must say that it is very true. Although we were few visitors, we were received with all the love and appreciation from the community. His Grace Baladeva das, with whom I share interreligious dialogues, had invited us. He was coming from Mendoza to visit the devotees in Buenos Aires and we took advantage of this opportunity to see each other. When I passed through the gate of the temple I was transported to mystical India, the colors and the smell of incense bathed the place, there were devotees of Krishna consciousness at the entrance who received us with great joy... they spread peace. Songs and many voices were heard in the air, I could also appreciate the books that they had at the entrance with many teachings, their covers invited us to open them.
Krishna Bhava Das, from ISKCON Punjabi Bagh community in Delhi, is 68 years old, strongly built, having a sharp gaze of determination yet having an air of humility around him. He is the eldest in his family of 30 members, untouched by modern flare, who prefers to keep to his village roots and culture. He is strong businessman and has also been one of the most enthusiastic devotees when it comes to book distribution. Over the last ten years, he has distributed lakhs (hundred thousand) of Srila Prabhupada's books and contributed to various projects of ISKCON. He was introduced to devotees by one of his relatives approx 14 years ago and his life took a different turn at that point. He was initiated in 2010 and heard through devotees how much Srila Prabhupada and his spiritual master, H.H Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja, love book distribution. Taking inspiration and gathering courage he started going door to door with his study class for three years during the December book marathons and they would distribute a total of 250 Bhagavad-gitas as a group.
Washing Post recently wrote an article about an issue that environmentalists and vegetarians have been aware of for decades, the link between the cattle ranching industry and the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. In looking back at the history of Washington Post articles on this subject, they have been regularly covering the subject from varying angles as far back as 2014. This is quite significant considering the reach and influence of the Washington Post.
ISKCON Disciple Course is a training program that deepens devotees’ understanding of guru tattva within the multiple guru environment of ISKCON. Designed for new devotees preparing to take initiation, the course is also recommended for leaders, preachers, and educators in ISKCON.
According to a new Bhumi Global survey, Hindus around the world see global environmental issues as an urgent concern. The poll, which was conducted last year and analyzed over the past few months, is the first such global survey conducted among Hindus. Participants of the survey represented the gamut of the Hindu population, including India, the United States, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Mauritius.