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  • Is Hinduism taking over USA?

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    Hinduism is the second-largest practiced religion in Arizona, according to the U.S. Religious Congregations & Membership Study from 2010. The study only took a count of people who are members of a church or organized body within a faith, so some people who might consider themselves to be of a certain religion were not counted if they do not attend services regularly. Read more ›

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    500 devotees for the Ratha Yatra festival in New Vrindaban (Album 252 photos)

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    On the 19th July 2014, more than 500 devotees took part in the Jaganatha Ratha Yatra festival organized by New Vrindaban, USA.

    The Narada Purana (uttara kanda 52.12) describes the conversation between Lord Narayana and Lakshmi devi about Purushottama kshetra (Jagannath Puri),
    pratimam tatra tam drstva svayam devena nirmitam
    anayasena vai yanti bhavanam me tato narau
    “A person who sees the Deities there built by the Lord Himself will easily find the path to reach My abode.”
    Anyone who sees the Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra during their Ratha yatra procession will be quickly rid of his miseries and is bound to reach Vaikuntha-loka, the eternal, spiritual world where anxiety does not exist.
    Rathe ca vamanam drstva punar janma na vidyate.
    “Simply by seeing the Lord on the chariot, one makes advancement for stopping the repetition of birth and death.”
    “Similarly, Krishna and Balarama and Their sister Subhadra, They also came in royal fashion, with so many soldiers, and so many…, just like king. So these residents of Vrindavana, they met Krishna, and especially the gopis, they saw Krishna, and they lamented that “Krishna, You are here, we are also here, but the place is different. We are not in Vrindavana.” So there is a long story how they lamented and how Krishna pacified them. This is a feeling of separation, how the inhabitants of Vrindavana felt separation from Krishna. So this… When Krishna came on chariot, that is called Ratha-yatra. This is the history of Ratha-yatra. So any pastimes made by Krishna, that is observed in ceremonial form by the devotees. So that is Ratha-yatra.” (Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Seattle, October 18th 1968) Read more ›

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    Vaishnava Baltic Summer Festival 2014 (Album 260 photos)

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    My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom. SB 12.3.51

    krite yad dhyayato vishnum
    tretayam yajato makhaih
    dvapare paricaryayam
    kalau tad dhari-kirtanat

    Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Vishnu, in Treta-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dvapara-yuga by serving the Lord’s lotus feet can be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. SB 12.3.52 Read more ›

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    Harinama in Tel Aviv, Israel, despite the war (Album 58 photos)

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    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 ›

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    Preparing for one of the biggest preaching events in Poland (Album 21 photos)

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    Indradyumna Swami: Krsna’s devotees are preparing for one of ISKCON’s biggest yajna’s in it’s history: Krsna’s Village of Peace at the 20th annual Woodstock Festival in Poland. Over 700,000 people are expected. 700 devotees from 14 different countries are arriving and helping to set up Krsna’s Village. We plan endless kirtans, spiritual discourses, daily Ratha Yatras through the masses and a goal to distribute 130,000 full plates of prasadam. Big preaching at it’s best just days away! Read more ›

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    Budapest Rathayatra (Album 154 HR photos)

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    “One does not have to undergo initiation or execute the activities required before initiation. One simply has to vibrate the holy name with his lips. Thus even a man in the lowest class [candala] can be delivered.

    atah sri-krishna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
    sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah

    “With the material senses one cannot understand the transcendental holy name of the Lord or His form, activities and pastimes. But when one actually engages in devotional service, utilizing the tongue, the Lord is revealed.” Read more ›

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    Rising Yamuna cause of anxiety for a big segment of local population

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    “With the river rising, the water level of Yamuna at waterworks rose to 486.6 feet, which is around six feet higher than last week. The rise in the water level has provided us with ample stock of raw water needed to be supplied across the city for the whole of August,” said, Rajendra Kumar Arya, executive engineer water works, Agra.

    However, the rise in the river level has alarmed people living in various localities in Trans-Yamuna region, which might get flooded if the water flow increases. A population of about 5,000 is living in fear of their homes getting submerged if heavy rains occur. Read more ›

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    The Pandava Sena group visits New Vrajamandala Farm in Spain (Album 19 photos)

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    How many of you would say that you think deeply about life? So there are many people who are like that but have no forums, or means to share their thoughts in real life. For instance, we may think about life from different perspectives, but we don’t always think others are also thinking like that, so we may not bring anything up in conversation. This society is about you as an individual, your own answers and feelings, there’s no uniform.

    We’re giving you spiritual wisdom from an ancient body of literatures called the Vedas, though they were compiled some time ago, they still provide cutting-edge tools for modern day life. We know this because we know bankers, doctors, lawyers and social leaders from different backgrounds and all walks of life using these techniques to make their life successful and more importantly happy.

    Our main events include: PSummer, Jammins, KCSocs, Festivals, Mentorship, Sangas and Courses. We also do a lot of other activities like, creative media, all of which can be found at www.psena.com Read more ›

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    Harinama in New Zealand (Album 78 photos)

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    ‘The holy name of Krishna is transcendentally blissful. It bestows all spiritual benedictions, for it is Krishna Himself, the reservoir of all pleasure. Krishna’s name is complete, and it is the form of all transcendental mellows. It is not a material name under any condition, and it is no less powerful than Krishna Himself. Since Krishna’s name is not contaminated by the material qualities, there is no question of its being involved with maya. Krishna’s name is always liberated and spiritual; it is never conditioned by the laws of material nature. This is because the name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are identical.’ Padma Purana Read more ›

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