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New Short Film: Avelo Roy - A Spiritual Millionaire's Journey from Victim to Victor

ISKCON News - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 5:10pm

Avelo (Ajita Das), a shy, often bullied, introvert boy from Kolkata, India, moves to Chicago, USA, at age 19, and convinces major corporate CEOs to invest in his startup. He makes his first million dollar at 22, and now, ten plus years later is heading six businesses in three countries, including East India's biggest incubators, while through his public speeches and social media channels inspires thousands of people to use their skills and passion to find their purpose in life. What's the secret of his success? A shot film directed by Krisztina Danka, Ph.D. (Krishna Lila Dasi), produced by Karuna Productions in collaboration with the New York Film Academy.

From Victim to Victor: A New Inspirational Short Film About a Spiritual Entrepreneur

ISKCON News - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 4:55pm

A new short film by Karuna Productions, released on July 1st, depicts the journey of Avelo Roy (Ajita Das), a shy, often bullied, introvert boy from Kolkata, who moves to Chicago at the age of 19, and convinces major corporate CEOs to invest in his startup. He makes his first million dollars at 22, and now, ten plus years later heads six businesses, while inspiring thousands to use their skills and passion to find their purpose in life.

50 Million Meals Distributed by ISKCON Food-Relief in India and Worldwide

ISKCON News - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 2:30pm

Since the beginning of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has been doing its part to help, worldwide. The major donor of this food has been ISKCON in India, that has served more than 50 million meals and dry good boxes through its 75+ kitchens across 22 states.

Women of Bhakti: A Documentary

ISKCON News - Sat, 06/27/2020 - 12:42pm

“Women of Bhakti is a tribute to the unsung heroines of Bhakti.” Producer Jahnava Hausner and award-winning filmmaker Hilary Tapper take viewers on an extraordinary journey into the lives of historical and modern devotees of bhakti yoga in this groundbreaking film. Women of Bhakti, shot in India and America, is an artistic and entertaining film that gives viewers an enlightening understanding of the bhakti, or devotional, tradition and its relation to modern yoga practice.

Color - A Poem

ISKCON News - Sat, 06/27/2020 - 12:40pm

"I look in the mirror /  And I see this body / With this color / That I am supposed / To give up identifying with / But somehow, / I can’t seem to see / Beyond the brown."

21 African Countries Are Joining Together to Build a 4,750-mile Wall of Trees

ISKCON News - Sat, 06/27/2020 - 12:24pm

Nearly two dozen African nations are now committed to build and maintain the “Great Green Wall,” a chain of forests and woodlands spreading across the entire continent.

BBT Revisions Review Panel to Examine Changes In Prabhupada's Books

ISKCON News - Sat, 06/27/2020 - 12:16pm

The aim of the RRP is to examine all proposed and previously accepted text changes to Srila Prabhupada’s books in the English language—a painstaking service being approached by panel members with commitment, time, and critical analysis. However, the emphasis will be on reviewing any posthumous editing or particularly controversial edits.

North American Teams See Book Distribution Increase During COVID-19 Marathon

ISKCON News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 7:46pm

“When the lockdown started, nobody thought we could distribute books, and everybody was worried about what would happen,” says Shyama Mohini Dasi, co-sankirtan leader at ISKCON Toronto, Canada. “But Vaisesika Prabhu encouraged us to think differently, and innovate.”

Rituals Vs Spiritual | Principles of Life Hacks Given By Our Creator

ISKCON News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:35am

A video by Avelo Roy (Ajita Das).

'Vande Krishna - Sweetheart of the Gopis' by Jahnavi Harrison MantraFest Live

ISKCON News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:33am

Over 1,000 people attended Mantra Fest in Moscow, Russia on September 1st, 2019 at the Green Concert Club.

New Album ‘A Surge of Bhakti to the Heart’ Delivers On Title’s Promise

ISKCON News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:55am

Evoking a deeply affecting mixture of regret and hope, Gopagana Dasa’s new album “A Surge of Bhakti to the Heart” might be the perfect soundtrack to these difficult times for humanity. 

If The Pandemic Was A College What Could It Possibly Teach Us?

ISKCON News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 10:35am

How about some humility? How about admitting that we are not the supreme controllers, at least as of now? How about admitting that we don’t yet fully understand the mysteries of the universe. 

The Bhagavad Gita and the Path to Justice

ISKCON News - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 9:52am

 In the news, some of the talking heads are saying it’s “a few bad apples” and others warn of a more systemic problem. Is it individuals on the police force or the institution itself? Will new laws, like no “chokeholds” etc, mean anything at all?

New Rules of Visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor from June 29th 2020

ISKCON News - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:18pm

The video has been made to energise, enthuse and share important information through the medium of comedy and entertainment, you might see the uncanny resemblance to a British Airways safety video. All characters are fictitious and no offence is intended. 

What the Gita Says About Anger

ISKCON News - Sun, 06/21/2020 - 12:52pm

Should we join the protests? Should we speak out against a government that oppresses black men and women and attacks those wishing to publicly object to such racism? As devotees, should we protest at all? Is meddling in politics the business of Vaishnavas? Yet if we decline, are we not part of the apathy that perpetuates such injustice?

Gita Life Online Course Taught by Sutapa Das, UK

ISKCON News - Sun, 06/21/2020 - 12:27pm

Over 10 thought-provoking and interactive sessions, the Gita Life online course will be taught by Sutapa Das who will provide a chapter-by-chapter summary, giving very relatable themes and life lessons from the Bhagavad-gita.

10,800 People Attend 'Gita Made Easy' 18-Day Online Course

ISKCON News - Sun, 06/21/2020 - 12:10pm

“Gita Made Easy”, an 18-day online course designed and facilitated by Amarendra Gaura Das and Sukirti Madhavi Dasi from ISKCON Chennai started off as a course aimed at an audience of 300, ended up with 10,800 people signing up.

Atma Paradigm Webinar Series with Akhandadhi Das

ISKCON News - Sat, 06/20/2020 - 1:16pm

Starting on Thursday 18th June 2020, Akhandadhi das ACBSP has been presenting live on Facebook and YouTube, ‘The Atma Paradigm.’ This ground-breaking webinar series shines the light of Srimad Bhagavatam philosophy onto modern scientific findings.

Kirtan Fest Global for Bhakti Charu Swami

ISKCON News - Sat, 06/20/2020 - 12:59pm

As ISKCON GBC member Bhakti Charu Swami struggles in the USA with COVID-19, devotees around the world are deep in prayer for his rapid recovery. Kirtan Fest Global for Bhakti Charu Swami is an opportunity to pray together.