1. Devotees perform Friday Harinama in Tel Aviv, Israel, to stop the war (Album 51 photos) — O Supreme Personality of Godhead, when someone desires to chant Your holy name, sins tremble in fear, the glory of material illusion faints unconscious, Yamaraja’s scribe Citragupta becomes happy and gazes at the chanter’s toenails with awe and reverence, and Lord Brahma prepares madhu-parka with which to worship him. O Lord, what more can we say than this?—author unknown (Padyavali 4) Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6130

  2. Ratha Yatra in Kherson, southern Ukraine (Album 30 photos) — “Chanting is the greatest act of piety and the supreme refuge. Even the words of the Vedas do not possess sufficient power to its magnitude. Chanting is the highest path to liberation, peace and eternal life. It is the pinnacle of devotion, the heart’s joyous proclivity and attraction and the best form of remembrance of the Supreme Lord. The holy name has appeared solely for the benefit of the living entities as their Lord and master, their supreme worshipable object and their spiritual guide and mentor. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6126

  3. Krisna-völgy/ New Vraja-dhama, Hungary: A truly self-sustaining community (Album 28 photos) — Vaishnavas do not accept anything until it has first been offered to the Deity. Before foodstuffs are offered to the Lord, they are referred to as bhoga (enjoyment). Once they have been offered with heartfelt prayer to the Lord, then they are understood to have been tasted by Him and are then known as prasadam or “mercy.” The food has become blessed or sanctified, and we can make spiritual progress by partaking of Lord Krishna’s remnants. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6123

  4. Sravanam Kirtanam 2014 in Villa Vrindavana, Florence, Italy (Album 36 photos) — a little sneak peack of the 4th Sravanam Kirtanam. it was a great success with over 300 devotees from all over the world that got togheter.. we sang, danced, ate yummy italian prashad and had great association!! Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6121

  5. Festival Hare Krishna in Poland (Album 65 photos) — Indradyumna Swami: We are halfway through our summer festival tour here in Poland. Last night we presented our new theater production, ‘Usa and Aniruddha.’ People loved it. Today we are packing up and moving our base 400 kilometers west to Kostrzyn Nad Odra to begin preparations for the great Woodstock Festival. This will be our 20th year of participating in the event and we have bigger plans than ever! One time Srila Prabhupada requested his disciples to, “Think big.” As his servants our lives are meant for fulfilling his desires. Jai Srila Prabhupada! Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6119

  6. ISKCON GBC Executive Committee’s Letter to Ukrainian Devotee Refugees — By the GBC Executive Committee
    On behalf of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON, please accept our prayers to Lord Krishna for your protection, as well as our deepest affection and concern for your well being. We are following the events in Ukraine in the media with heavy hearts. We have heard directly from Niranjana Maharaja about some of the great challenges, dangers and threats that you have undergone. By the Lord’s mercy many of you have survived close encounters with bomb blasts, militia attacks, and other terrible effects of living with war at your doorsteps. We know that the leaders of ISKCON in Ukraine are doing all that they can to assist you and to offer you spiritual guidance in this difficult time. Many of you have relocated, and have had to leave behind your homes, jobs and temple communities.
    Read more: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=12804

  7. Thirteenth Padyatra Winds through Slovenia — By Lomancita Dasa

    We just successfuly completed this year’s padayatra. It was our thirteenth. It lasted eighteen blissful days: chanting, dancing, feasting, and serving all the time. Full samadhi! We distributed the holy names, prasada cookies, and books. About thirty participated full time, and the highest peak of devotees was fifty-seven. People in general appreciated the padayatra very much.

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  8. Devotees perform Ratha-yatra in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine as an antidote for the war and conflict — The smell of herbs and chants. I do not know what you’re thinking, but we are talking about the Indian festival “Ratha Yatra”. This “festival of chariots” already visited most of Ukraine, and recently visited Dnepropetrovsk. Vaishnava bright costumes, these oriental beauties and the crowd escorted flowered chariot. Yes, the city plunged into authentic Indian feast! The embankment came not only Hare Krishnas and Hindus Dnepropetrovsk, but ordinary onlookers. Songs, dances and candy that throwing people with chariots, lifted the mood. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6111

  9. Life of Service – A Visit with Mother Nidra at ISKCON Denver — Every morning, seven days a week, she wakes the Deities and makes the mangala sweet offering. She says one of the reasons she likes to wake the Deities daily is because, “They wake us up.” Then she offers the mangala aratik. Every day since 1979 her service has been to bathe and dress Chota Radha Govinda. When she goes on pilgrimage or on the rare occasion is ill, it takes five devotees to cover her services. Every morning she is there for Greeting of the Deities and Gurupuja. She does the morning transfer and carefully puts the Lord’s remnants into little bags to distribute to guests & devotees. She always saves a plate and has someone take the plate around after class so each and every devotee gets some maha-prasadam. Seven days a week she is in Srimad-Bhagavatam class hearing very attentively. Right after class she goes on the streets distributing small books and prasadam lollipops. She waves to each driver on the street with a smile and a “Hare Krishna, Good Morning.” She then heads to the park and does the same. Most people are receptive to some extent to her purity and divinity. Although she doesn’t move her counter beads after 16 rounds, she estimates she chants about 25 rounds daily. Daily, Mother Nidra engages in 2-3 hours of correspondence. She is in touch with 12 prisoners and does all the mail outs for IPM (since the 1980’s). She also contributes to the Temple newsletter and stays in touch with devotees and congregational members. She somehow recognizes all the devotees’ birthdays with whom she in touch, and always sends a devotional card filled with her love and blessings. On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, she attends Gaura aratik and then gives the Bhagavad-Gita class. Every Wednesday night she joins the devotees in Boulder for Harinama to distribute books as well as at the downtown Denver Mall on Fridays. On Saturdays she distributes books door to door at apartment complexes in the greater Denver area. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6108

  10. Harinama at Broadbeach, Australia, 20 July 2014 (Album 34 photos) — The holy name of Lord Krishna is a reservoir of all transcendental happiness. It destroys the sins of the Kali-yuga. It is the most purifying of all purifying things. It is the saintly person’s food as he traverses the path to the spiritual world. It is the pleasure garden where the voices of the greatest saints, philosophers, and poets play. It is the life of the righteous and the seed of the tree of religion. May that holy name of Lord Krishna bring transcendental auspiciousness to you all.—author unknown (Padyavali 3) Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6106

  11. Michigan Colorfest 2014, Novi Civic Center (Album 120 photos) — O Supreme Personality of Godhead, when someone desires to chant Your holy name, sins tremble in fear, the glory of material illusion faints unconscious, Yamaraja’s scribe Citragupta becomes happy and gazes at the chanter’s toenails with awe and reverence, and Lord Brahma prepares madhu-parka with which to worship him. O Lord, what more can we say than this?—author unknown (Padyavali 4). Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6104

  12. Three day open festival, New Vraja-dhama, Hungary, 2014 (Bucsu festival) (Album 843 HR photos) — “One can understand Me as I am, as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of Me by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.” To possess bhakti or love for God means to have come in contact with a vaisnava— a lover of God. This comes about due to sukrti or past tendencies towards spiritual culture. If one holds ice near one’s body, he becomes cold. If one holds a flame near one’s body, he becomes hot. If one associates with a devotee— a vaisnava— he becomes devoted to God. Prahlada Maharaja was a great devotee who, when he was only a young boy, spoke of nine processes which, if executed with sincerity, are sure to reinstate one’s original position as an eternal servitor of the Lord. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6102

  13. The Mayor of Harrow officially opens the Summer Fayre at the Krishna Avanti School — The new Mayor of Harrow officially opened the Summer Fayre at the Krishna Avanti School on Camrose Avenue. The fair was all about raising funds for a new minibus for the school and a great time was had by all. (pictured) The children of Krishna Avanti school along with the Head of the Parents Association, Mr Shah, the Headteacher of the School, Usha Sahani and the Harrow Mayor’s chaplain, Srutidharma das of the Hare Krishna temple. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6100

  14. NASN June 2014 - North American Sankirtan Newsletter — By Mayapur Sasi dasa

    For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada this report contains the following North American results for the month of June

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  15. Ukrainian Vaisnava Refugee Fund: Updates, fotos and letters — I’d like to inform you that our family (_______ prabhu, myself and our daughter ______) had to to move to Krasnodar (Russia). Before the war started we had lived in the downtown of Lugansk and planned to stay at the downtown and perform service in the yatra of Alchevsk. When the military operations intensified, our home turned out to be on the front line but till the last moment I had hoped that the war would be over soon. With great disappointment I can tell you that I am still quite strongly attached to everyday material conditions of life. It was difficult for me to leave everything: my friends, yatra, job, career, relatives - and go to some unknown situation. We left the very day when Lugansk was attacked by mortars and the next street became the battlefield. My brother followed me and found himself under air bombardment. We failed to evacuate my father. By Krishna’s mercy all of us survived. I was really scared to cross the border, which was fired on by snipers. _______ turned on the Narasimha kirtan in the car and we thought that if we are shot we might hear the Holy Name at the last moment. For the month we had lived in the area of military operations we had prayed to the Lord for help many times but perhaps our material attachments were stronger than intelligence, which insisted on moving to some safe place. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6097