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Former P.M. David Cameron

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The former British Prime Minister David Cameron celebrates ISKCON’s 50th anniversary

prime minister haveli openingBhaktivedanta Manor marked the start of a new chapter in its history on Friday 10th June, as the groundbreaking ceremony for the long awaited Haveli building was led by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The ceremony formed part of the Manor’s offerings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ISKCON, upon which Mr Cameron heartily congratulated ISKCON on by praising Srila Prabhupada on his creation of a “global mission”.

A reception of over 300 people, including Parliamentary Secretary Under State Shailesh Vara, devotees and patrons, was held in a marquee over the spot where the new Shree Krishna Haveli will be built. HH Bhakti Charu Swami, HH Radhanath Swami, HH Sivarama Swami, HH Indradyumna Swami and HG Praghosa Das GBC were also in attendance.

After being shown the Temple Room and deities of Shree Shree Radha Gokulananda, the Prime Minister went on to garland the deity of Srila Prabhupada, stating “if only he had lived to see what the Manor has become; a mock Tudor country house donated by a Beatle, serving as a hub of worship, celebration and selflessness.”

The Prime Minister also congratulated ISKCON on its 50th anniversary, joking that he too will celebrate his 50th birthday this year. He went on to say: “I look at what you have done in the past fifty years and I think how much you can achieve in the next fifty. In fact, the next half century begins right now as we begin building the new Krishna Haveli, and I’m delighted to be putting the first tool in the ground.”

Shailesh Vara MP praised the Prime Minister for pioneering the term ‘British Indian’ and for forging better trade links with India. He said “the Prime Minister visited India more times than any other country, and took the largest trade delegation there… this Prime Minister cares about an inclusive modern Britain.”

Srutidharma Das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor thanked the Prime Minister for attending, and spoke of the important role of the Haveli and the need to “promote the spiritual values of tolerance, kindness… we at Bhaktivedanta Manor aim to embody these principles at large.”

Speaking about the Haveli, Managing Director of Bhaktivedanta Manor Gauri Das said: “This is a historic time for the Manor. The Haveli fulfils the needs of the Temple, respects the concerns of the local village and received full support from Hertsmere Council. It is a profound honour that the Prime Minister has put the first spade in the ground.”

Offering an E card

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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As you all are aware that in July 2016, ISKCON will complete 50 years of its existence. Being a golden Jubilee year, devotees from all across the globe will come together to present “Golden Jubilee Card” to His Divine Grace Shri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Yes, there is an e-card designed where devotees can submit their offering to Srila Prabhupada on the occasion of Golden Jubilee. Offering submission is available till 31st May 2016. Once you submit the offerings, an email will be sent to you for verification. Devotees are requested to kindly verify their email. It’s only after verification that your offerings will be finally submitted to Srila Prabhupada and will be counted.

Your offering will be confidential. Our technical team is also instructed not to read the offering column. Your personal details will be confidential and will not be displayed.

By submitting our offering to Srila Prabhupada for Golden Jubilee we will not only send our heartfelt message to him but we will also break the World Record in the category of “highest number of devotees submitting e-card offering”.

Devotees are requested to submit their offerings only once. Double entry by a devotee will not be accepted, it will be counted as violating rules.

So let’s get started. Kindly go to the exclusive website http://www.offeringstosp.com and submit your offering immediately.

This website can be accessed from your Computer / Laptop and even Smart Phone.

Let’s get going

The 100k Effort

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Prabhupada Marathon 2015!

Every December the entire ISKCON world focuses all attention on distribution of transcendental literature, something we all know was so close to Srila Prabhupada’s heart. He was incredibly eager to hear the figures of how many books were being distributed. Indeed, he said it gave him life. When a new book was printed, Prabhupada felt as though he had conquered an empire. He told one disciple – “the best of me is in my books.”

At this special time in ISKCON’s history, Bhaktivedanta Manor would like to make an epic offering to His Divine Grace – no less than 100,000 books distributed this Christmas! Last year we distributed 51,000 books, and that was the most successful marathon for 18 years! So this year’s “100k Effort” is a huge operation that requires everyone’s support! It was Srila Prabhupada who told us to “think big” and aim to “double it”. We hope, pray and sincerely request every single devotee to make a contribution to this momentous effort – be part of history in the making!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The100kEffort

Whattsapp: Text number to 07530 779 288

Please contact me if you have any ideas, and I’ll do my very best to assist. You can also get involved in the following initiatives:

1) Sacred Street Party – go out on Saturdays with a team of devotees from the Manor! Contact Bh Nikhil (07530 779 288)
2) Door-to-Door – go out in the evenings / weekends and visit homes! Contact Bh Nitin (07977 092 240)
3) Street distribution – visit the bustling town centres during the week! Contact Sutapa (07957 636 283) / Jagat Priya devi dasi (07776 060 697)
4) Gita Jayanti / Sponsorship – Sponsor books which will be placed in Schools, Universities, Hopitals, and Jails! Contact Saurabh das (07907 809 006)
5) Book Packs – Collect your Special Book Pack (contains 7 books) and vow to distribute them in December! Contact Candra Caitanya das (07957 417 147)

Thanks for reading! Let’s keep this sacred mission of book distribution, the heart of Srila Prabhupada and the “family business” of ISKCON, healthy and alive. Let’s make it a marathon to remember!

For any other information please contact myself (07957 636 283).

Your servant
Sutapa das

Srila Prabhupada Festival

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

You a are warmly invited to the Annual Srila Prabhupada Festival. This year we will be celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s departure from India to the west to spread Krishna Consciousness.

Date: Saturday 20th June 2015

Time: 9am – 3pm followed by prasadam

Cost: free

Venue: Queens School: Aldenham Road, Bushey, WD23 2TY

Schedule for the day

9:00 am Breakfast
9:40 am Bhaktivedanta Manor video
10:00 am Words of welcome by HG Sruti Dharma Prabhu
10:20 am Presentation by HG Praghosa Prabhu
10:40 am Presentation by His Holiness Sivarama Swami
12:10 am Presentation by HG Kripamoya Prabhu
12:30 pm Bhajan by Chakrini Devi Dasi
12:50 pm Video Presentation by Ravi Talsania
1:10 pm Memories and offerings by Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and senior devotees
1:40 pm 50th anniversary presentation by HG Devaki Dasi
1:45 pm Abhishek
2:30 pm Pushpanjali & Guru-Puja
3:00 pm Lunch feast

We look forward to having your association.