1. Rathayatra Birmingham 2014 (Album 142 photos) — Oh, how glorious are they whose tongues are chanting Your holy name! Even if born in the families of dog-eaters, such persons are worshipable. Persons who chant the holy name of Your Lordship must have executed all kinds of austerities and fire sacrifices and achieved all the good manners of the Aryans. To be chanting the holy name of Your Lordship, they must have bathed at holy places of pilgrimage, studied the Vedas and fulfilled everything required. SB 3.33.7 Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6254

     
  2. Harinama in Munich, Germany (Album 47 photos) — O King, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, and also those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge. SB 2.1.11 Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6229

     
  3. VIHE opening course in Vrindavana (Album 8 photos) — The VIHE in Vrindavan was established to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s desire for an educational institute in Vrindavana. The VIHE in the holy Dhama provides an ideal facility and atmosphere for you to improve your sadhana, develop your devotional qualities, engage in serious study, associate with senior devotees, and receive training in practical skills relevant to management and preaching. The VIHE also aims to preserve and disseminate standards Srila Prabhupada set for acting in Krishna consciousness and to deepen devotee’s understanding, realization and appreciation of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and movement. Thus, the Krishna conscious culture and values that Srila Prabhupada gave us can be passed on to successive generations. All courses are well researched and taught by senior devotees who have a deep understanding of the subject. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6227

     
  4. Report from the third Annual Educational Conference at the Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh — By Anasuya Dasi

    Jewels in our Backyard by Urmila Devi Dasi, How the Jesuits Expanded Their Mission through Education and Higher Values by Yadunandana Swami, Teaching Sastra so as to be Relevant to Individual Students’ Lives by Krishna Kshetra Dasa, Creating New Learning Environments by Using Innovative Methods of Teaching by Raghupati Dasa, Making E-Learning Work: Case Study Based on Bhaktivedanta College by Dinadayal Dasa and more

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  5. Thousands get the mercy in Poland’s Woodstock festival (Album 62 photos) — Indradyumna Swami: Two days before Woodstock officially opened 20 thousand young people had already arrived and set up their tents. We took full advantage and went on harinam with 500 devotees and invitations to Krsna’s Village of Peace. Though we ourselves were still putting the finishing touches to our village we managed to have kirtan in our Mantra Yoga tent for 8 hours and distribute 6,000 plates of delicious prasadam. It’s only the beginning …. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6225

     
  6. Police in Vrindavana removes illegal roadside kiosks, benches in front of teashops, hoardings and billboards and more — The holy town of Vrindavan’s narrow streets are made even narrower by the makeshift businesses encroaching on the pavement and using this space for their shops. Since this is having a negative impact on traffic flows, the municipal government last week launched a campaign to remove them, starting on Monday. Under the direction of the Executive Officer of the Palika Parishad, Rajneesh Sharma, and junior engineer Suresh Chandra Lawania began the campaign to remove roadside encroachments, primarily motivated by the expectation of an influx of pilgrims over the next two months, when Vrindavan is invaded by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6223

     
  7. A visit to ISKCON Karuna Bhavan temple, Lesmahagow, Scotland — There was something that Maharaja did and said that held great importance to me. Firstly, he sang the famous Hare Krishna maha mantra tune that which Srila Prabhupada immortalized at No 26, Second Avenue and at Tompkins Square Park. Even today when we look at the red tinted videos of those recordings our hair stands on its ends surcharged with its spiritual potency. Srila Prabhupada had a unique gravity in his chanting and in his kirtans. His kirtans assumed musical quality not for the sake of music but for the sake of the holy name itself. Similarly Danavir Maharaja sang the same tune for almost 45 minutes with identical solemnity. He sang only the aarohan (upscale) version and sustained it for so long without slightest variation in his enthusiasm towards singing harinama. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6220

     
  8. Devotees start prasadam distribution along with Harinama in New York’s Tompkins Square Park (Album 28 photos) — The Krsna consciousness movement is based on this principle: chant the Hare Krsna mantra at every moment, as much as possible, both inside and outside of the temples, and, as far as possible, distribute prasada. This process can be accelerated with the cooperation of state administrators and those who are producing the country’s wealth. Simply by liberal distribution of prasada and sankirtana, the whole world can become peaceful and prosperous. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6218

     
  9. Gita Nagari Retreat & Vyasa Puja (Album 80 photos) — “I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Lotus Feet of my Spiritual Master and unto the feet of all Vaishnavas. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Lotus Feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami along with his elder brother Sanatana Gosvami, as well as Raghunatha Dasa and Raghunatha Bhatta, Gopala Bhatta, and Srila Jiva Gosvami. I offer my respectful obeisances to Lord Krishna Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda along with Advaita Acharya, Gadadhara, Srivasa, and other associates. I offer my respectful obeisances to Srimati Radharani and Sri Krishna along with Their associates Sri Lalita and Vishakha.” Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6215

     
  10. Gita Nagari Retreat & Vyasa Puja (Album 80 photos) — “I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Lotus Feet of my Spiritual Master and unto the feet of all Vaishnavas. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Lotus Feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami along with his elder brother Sanatana Gosvami, as well as Raghunatha Dasa and Raghunatha Bhatta, Gopala Bhatta, and Srila Jiva Gosvami. I offer my respectful obeisances to Lord Krishna Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda along with Advaita Acharya, Gadadhara, Srivasa, and other associates. I offer my respectful obeisances to Srimati Radharani and Sri Krishna along with Their associates Sri Lalita and Vishakha.” Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6215

     
  11. An Appointment with Mr. Death — By Vraja Vihari Dasa

    As the evening arati started and the deities were greeted amidst loud chanting and the blowing of conch shells, indicating auspiciousness, Rohini Tanaya cast his last loving glance at the devotees and, while prayerfully looking upon the deities, departed from his body. Devotees cried and rejoiced simultaneously, for this was an extraordinary, inspirational departure. Devotees had witnessed that Krishna consciousness is not simply a theory but a practical science. Rohini Tanaya had just shown by his example how a devotee fixed in Krishna consciousness receives Mr. Death cheerfully

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  12. Kirtan Course with a virtual pilgrimage to the samadhi tomb of Bhaktivinoda Thakur (Album 60 photos) — This week the Kirtan course students are over half way through their course and they had a special visiting teacher in the form of Jahnavi Harrison who took the students through reading and singing the Saranagati prayers of Bhaktivinoda Thakura. The students discovered songs from the 6 sections of the Saranagati: 1) Humility 2) Surrender 3) Accepting the Lord as one’s maintainer 4) Considering the Lord to be one’s protector in all circumstances 5) Accepting those things that are favourable for devotional service 6) Rejecting those things that are unfavourable to devotional service The week’s objectives were to: 1) Connect with the author by reading extracts from The Seventh Goswami by Rupa Vilasa dasa 2) Connect with the songs 3) Feel comfortable reading in Bengali 4) Discover how the songs enhance the maha mantra To conclude the week they took a virtual pilgrimage to the samadhi tomb of Bhaktivinoda Thakur, via film footage, and wrote individual prayers of gratitude to offer to him. Each student received a packet with some small chips of his samadhi stone (after renovations), some dust from the floor of his chanting room, and twigs from the birthplace of Lord Caitanya. Towards the end of the week, the students were given a short class by HH Lokanatha Maharaja who extolled the importance of proper sanskrit pronunciation when singing. Then, the weekend brought the Radhadesh summer festival where the sun shone brightly and students were very much involved in the festivities - from throwing themselves into the Holi arena and being showered in colour to stepping onto stage with HH Lokanatha Swami and HH Kadamba Kanana Swami to presenting on stage what they’d been learning so far… Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6212

     
  13. Gita Nagari Ratha Yatra 2014 (Album 39 photos) — As a fire burns dry grass to ashes, so the holy name of the Lord, whether chanted knowingly or unknowingly, burns to ashes, without fail, all the reactions of one’s sinful activities. SB 6.2.18 Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6210

     
  14. $45.27 Million spent for the maintainance of Central Park, NY. For Radha Kunda, Shyama Kunda and Govardhan Hill ?? — The area of Radha Kunda, Shyama Kunda and Govardhan Hill is the topmost holy place in the universe. It has been recorded that about 10 million people visit Govardhana on Guru Purnima day alone. Education and trash cans are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what it will take to keep this holy place clean. To match the cleanliness and beauty standards of New York City’s Central Park, we will need a small army of sanitation workers, tree care experts, gardeners, drivers, park rangers, and more, all taking care of Govardhana. Right now we have about 30 local brajavasi’s (mostly widows) working to keep a few areas in Radha Kunda clean. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see 2,500 people working to keep all of Govardhana area clean, beautiful, and organized in many different departments, including relief for the poor and elderly? We don’t need to control the government. We just need to organize the care of Govardhana. Are we His servants, or is He ours? Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6206

     
  15. Birmingham Rathayatra 2014 (Album 64 photos) — Living beings who are entangled in the complicated meshes of birth and death can be freed immediately by even unconsciously chanting the holy name of Krishna, which is feared by fear personified. SB 1.1.14 Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6204
    (These devotees below seem they try to test if they can be freed by “unconsciously” chanting the holy name of Krishna :-) )