21 09, 2016

Vishwakarma Puja

Vishwakarma is the demigod of architecture. He is accredited for designing Dwarka. The Mahabharata describes him as “The lord of the arts, executor of a thousand handicrafts, the carpenter of the gods, the most eminent of artisans, the fashioner of all ornaments … and a great and immortal god.” He has four hands, wears a crown, loads of gold jewelry, and holds a water-pot, a book, a noose and craftsman’s tools in his hands”.
Ordinarily and as explained in the Bhagavad Gita, in ISKCON we do not engage in any form of demigod worship. However in West Bengal, India it is a popular cultural tradition among workers and engineers to hold a Vishwakarma Puja to obtain the blessings for good work. In our case, this puja was held and utilized in the service of Sri Sri Radha Madhava for building Their unique and new TOVP Temple.
On Saturday September 17, 2015 our TOVP Glass fiber Reinforced Concrete (GRC) Factory workers held a Vishwakarma Puja in the factory. The day before the workers had a “Gundica Marjanam” in the GRC factory. They cleansed the entire space from top to bottom. They also washed all the tools, machines, and factory vehicles.
Pictures of Sri Sri Radha Madhava, Lord Nrsimhadeva, and Srila Prabhupada were accompanied by a deity form of Vishwakarma. All of the factory’s tools were placed on the altar and were worshipped. The yajna was performed to remove all inauspiciousness and obstacles in our work. Also, we prayed for the good health and determination of the workers.
The yajna was followed by a sumptuous Krishna Prasadam feast. The workers and their families and other TOVP staff members attended the puja. It united an uplifted the spirits of everyone. It was a positive day and a grand opportunity to honor and celebrate all of the virtuous work that is being produced for the TOVP in our very own GRC Factory.

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21 09, 2016

CHANT4CHANGE 2016: Lincoln Memorial – Poem by Gaura Vani

Raise your voice in song to heal the soul of America with thousands from across the social, political and religious spectrum. Celebrate our diversity from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King spoke his dream aloud to the world more than 50 years ago.
The noise of this year’s presidential elections is loud and divisive. And the volume is increasing. If you love your neighbor without consideration of their religion, politics, race, sex, age, economic status, it may seem there is no place for your voice to be heard. Chant music has long powered revolutionary action from Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr.. Chant4Change is “conscious action” – an alternative to the negativity.
On 10/08, one month before Election Day, thousands will gather on the steps of the iconic Lincoln Memorial and raise their voices in unity, peace and harmony to celebrate and heal our nation. Featuring legendary musicians, thought leaders, social activists, spiritual and religious leaders, Chant4Change can harness the unprecedented attention from the media on Washington, DC and focus it on a universal message of healing, brotherhood and faith.

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19 09, 2016

Saturday Night Harinam London

In this wonderful short clip you will see a young lady whose job it is to stand at the door of the Angus Steak House in Leicester Square, greet customers and then show them to their seats. As soon as the Harinam Party reached outside the Steak House she deserted her post immediately asked me for the garland I was wearing – then just jumped into the Kirtan Party and while holding hands with one of our lady devotees – wholeheartedly danced and chanted for about 5 minutes. You can see she is holding an Angus Steak House menu in her hand all the while. When she finally decides to return to her post outside the restaurant you can see her respectfully bow her head to me while I film her.
Srila Prabhupada states in the Teachings of Queen Kunti:
“It is our duty to make all such unfortunate creatures fortunate. That is our mission. Therefore we go into the street and chant….. And if somehow or other we place some literature in someone’s hand, he becomes fortunate….. Our business is to bring everyone to this Krishna consciousness movement so that everyone may spiritually profit” Over 1,000 small booklets distributed along with 600 pieces of Krsna Prasadam.

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19 09, 2016

The Myth of Empirical Objectivity-Sadaputa prabhu

Sadaputa prabhu (Dr Thompson) discusses the faulty theories proposed by modern scientists talking from a Vedic perspective. The Vedas give detailed knowledge about the complexity of the actions and reactions in the material atmosphere.

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19 09, 2016

NYC Harinam Attracts All Kinds to Join In

Our New York City Harinam party attracts men, women, whites, blacks, Indians, adults, children, Hassidic Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and more to play instruments and dance in the glorification of the one Supreme Lord whose names are all holy.

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17 09, 2016

“Sri Ram Jai Ram ( Let the Shadow Be Undone )” with Gaura Vani and Vish

The Juggernauts at Rutgers University Sacred Sounds, April 28 2016. Gaura Vani Buchwald, Visvambhar Sheth, and Purusartha Dasa with special guests Vrinda Devi Sheth ( dance) and Andrea Brachfeld ( flute). "Sri Ram / Jai Ram Let the Shadow Be Undone" ; (words and music by Gaura Vani Buchwald and Marianne Sutin)

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17 09, 2016

Giriraja Swami – Radhastami 1 – 9-9-16

Source:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YkYD4qknb4

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17 09, 2016

Goshala Murales _ Villa Vrindavana

The creation of a 17m long x 4m tall murales, beautifully depicting Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama milking the cows.

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17 09, 2016

Tulsi Gabbard’s Speech at ISKCON 50th Anniversary Gala Event in Washington D.C.

Tulsi Gabbard’s Speech at ISKCON 50th Anniversary Gala Event in Washington D.C. (12 min video)
Many international religious and political leaders honored ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s achievements and contributions at a special ISKCON 50th Anniversary Gala Event in Washington D.C. on Tuesday September 13th, 2016. The keynote speaker was U.S. Congresswoman from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard.
Source:http://iskconnews.org/religious-and-political-leaders-appreciate-srila-prabhupada-at-iskcon-50-gala-dinner-in-washington-dc,5803/

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17 09, 2016

Niranjana Swami – Lecture 2 at Sadhu-sanga festival, Russia – 14-Sep-2016

Srila Prabhupada: The Hare Krishna chant is called the maha-mantra, the great, exalted mantra above all other Vedic mantras, because simply chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra brings so many beneficial effects. (Srimad Bhagavatam, 9.1.17 Purport).

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