Posts Tagged ‘ISKCON’

UK Premier: “The Joy of Devotion”

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

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There will be a UK Premiere screening of “The Joy of Devotion” documentary on the evening of Thursday 5th January, from 6pm, at the Camden Centre in London. The film was produced in honour of ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary.

 Organisers are honoured to confirm that HH Sivaram Swami will be the guest of honour, together with various other Prabhupada disciples.

This event is a collaboration between ISKCON-London and Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am Saturday 24th December at:

www.iskcon.london/iskcon50/joyofdevotion

Only £10 (includes snacks and gifts)

Book now to avoid disappointment!

 

Fifty Years of Service & Joy

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

In 1965, a 69 year-old spiritual teacher from India arrives in the West and settles among the hippies of New York’s Lower East Side. From a tiny storefront, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami starts a revolution of consciousness influencing tens of thousands in the US and worldwide. But what happens to his spiritual movement , the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), after their charismatic leader’s passing? Will it survive? Will it change? Can an ancient Eastern religious tradition be relevant in the modern 21st century?

A documentary by Karuna Productions. (www.karunaproductions.com)
Executive producers: Anuttama Dasa, Bhakti Charu Swami, Pancaratna Das
Producer/writer/director: Krisztina Danka, Ph.D.
Principal photography: Filip Cargonja, Maxim Varfolomeyev, Krishna Sanchez, Hladini Zakheim, Zac Lowett
Sound: Olga Avramenko, Stike Kristic, Kuva Zakheim, Brendan Van Don
Editing: Szabolcs Guth

Fulfilling Prabhupada’s wish

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

 

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On Tuesday the 13th of August 2013 a seemingly rather unspectacular but most noteworthy event took place at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

The signing of an affiliation and Licence agreement between the original
ISKCON charity of 1969 and the new ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor charity.
This brings us one step closer, after many years of painstaking preparation,
for ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor to become an independent separate charity.

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This is significant is that Srila Prabhupada instructed that all legal entities outside of India should be registered separately wherever possible. There were different reasons for this, one reason being that local devotees would become familiar and competent in all the necessary requirements of running an incorporated charity. Another reason was to not have all our centres legally connected in case one of them ran into difficulty and other centres might then be negatively effected.

For one reason or another and without going into the details  the UK yatra did not have the chance to fulfill this instruction of Srila Prabhupada, hence all UK centres were part of the one legal entity. Some years ago the UK yatra decided to rectify this and  it proved to be quite a long and involved journey.

However last Tuesday the second of the ISKCON UK centres,  Bhaktivedanta
Manor, (Soho Street was the first) took one of the final steps to
becoming a separate charity. In due course of time all the other 10 or so
current ISKCON UK centres will do the same.

ISKCON Redbridge celebrates

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The ISKCON Redbridge centre, which is located in east London, opened with the aim of bringing together local devotees and to give others the opportunity to learn about and practice the process of Krsna consciousness. Now it is much than a venue – it serves as the focal point of the local devotee community.

Celebrations last month started with a harinam in Ilford town centre led by Kripamoya das, who plays an advisory role for the community. The programme included a Servant of the Servant awards ceremony, which followed the theme of the Olympics with gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded. Four graduates from the Bhakti Sastri course were awarded certificates for passing the course that was at the centre as well.

Vishal Merai, chairman of the community’s leadership committee, commented “Our anniversary event allowed us to celebrate our progress to date and show our gratitude to the many people that have helped make ISKCON Redbridge a success over the last 12 months. Going forward, we will look to continue to endeavour to achieve our aim of developing ISKCON Redbridge into a community of care that empowers those that show an interest in the movement and to continually experiment so that we can remain vibrant in the ways in which we present Vedic teachings and culture in the context of modern, British society.”

ISKCON Redbridge runs various weekly activities that include a Sunday Feast class, Krishna Club for children, Bhakti Vriksha sessions, hatha yoga as well as  Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit and harmonium classes. The community has celebrated several festivals over the last 12 months, such as Govardhan Puja, Gaura Purinma and Janmastami. The Janmastami festival attracted 170 people and the programme consisted of a talk, Krishna bhajans and a harmonium performance.

The ISKCON Redbridge community will be supported by Avanti Court Primary School, one of the latest I-Foundation schools, which is due to open its doors in September 2012 and will have almost 900 children attending when it runs at full capacity.

 

Krishna Eco Farm opens in Scotland

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Lesmahagow, a quiet village founded by monks in the 12th Century is now home to monks of a different order. In 1987 ISKCON devotees moved into a humble property in Lesmahagow not all that far from Glasgow. With the motto ‘simple living, high thinking’, they began to develop an ambitious program and turned the site into a state-of-the-art Eco
Farm.

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow MP, Michael McCann, opened the Farm’ this week. Michael was guest of honour at the event, which was also attended by Margaret Morton and Susan Haughey, Deputy Lord
Lieutenants of Lanarkshire, local councillors Alec McInnes and George Greenshields and many local and national guests.

Environmentalists along with devotees from Bhaktivedanta Manor and Hindus community representatives also attended the event and saw demonstrations of various sustainable technologies including Solar Thermal Panels, Air source Heat Pumps, Wind Turbines, and Biomass Energy Centre.  The site also includes a walled garden where the monks
grow vegetables and fruits, as well as greenhouses for cultivating ceremonial flowers and a play garden for children.

The site has received a loan of £100,000 for the two turbines, funded by Energy Saving Trust Scotland, and a Scottish Government Community and Renewable Energy Scheme grant of nearly £87,000. The eco developments provide around 40% of the small community’s energy requirements.

Scots born, head of the centre Prabhupada Prana das said “In our temple we try to live simply and in harmony with nature. The technology can be used to reduce your carbon footprint, and that’s part of our philosophy. We are committed to helping people find peace, through meditation and taking care of the earth—and it’s all here at the Eco Farm”.

“It has been a rewarding day, “ added Prabhupada Prana about the official opening ceremony, “We had traditional Indian dance and cuisine blended with Scots bagpipes and banter. The level of interest in our environmental technologies and the presence of the various dignitaries has been inspiring.”

“I was extremely proud to be the guest of honour at the opening of the Krishna Eco-Farm,” said Michael McCann MP.  “The devotees live in the Lesmahagow community in the heart of my constituency in peace and harmony not only with nature but with the local community.

“The work that they have done on this Eco-Farm has many lessons for us not least of which is that with proper planning, renewable energy sources can make a valuable contribution to our communities.

“Most importantly, as a member of the International Development Select Committee the Krishna Eco-Farm project demonstrates how local communities in the developing world could benefit from this type of project.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. It certainly won’t be my last because after the trials and tribulations of my work in the House of Commons and the constituency office visiting the Eco-Farm and meeting the wonderful people there was a great opportunity to stop, take a breath and enjoy an alternative style of life,” Michael concluded.