Posts Tagged ‘srila prabhupada’

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. (
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

Manor’s Marathon Success

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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The annual Book Marathon is always a very special time, but last December was extraordinary! In celebration of the 50th Anniversary since the incorporation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the aim of the Manor devotees was to distribute 100,000 of Srila Prabhupada’s book in just one month!


After a tremendous effort by more than 350 devotees of all types, 131,340 books were distributed by Manor community devotees across the UK, the largest Marathon score outside of India, and the most successful in over 20 years! The top five positions went to huge ISKCON temples in India, including Delhi, Mayapur, Mumbai (Juhu) and Pune.


The incredible efforts of many devotees, the miraculous stories of books being distributed, and the feeling of being intimately under Srila Prabhupada’s direct shelter and care, remind us of the all-auspicious nature of distributing his books to the public. Record numbers were involved: over fifteen sanga teams, the Pandava Sena, Sivarama Swami’s team, Manor School alumni, travelling ashram teams and fulltime householders. This effort was a very much united community-wide achievement. The National Sankirtan festival was held at the Manor in early January, organised by Vishvambhara das the National Coordinator for Sankirtana. Special guests included Sivarama Swami, Praghosa das, Dayananda Swami and Dhananjaya das .

“Special gratitude must go to Sutapa das and Bhakta Nikhil, ” said Gauri das Managing Director of Bhaktivedanta Manor.

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Four of the top five individual street distributors were from the Manor. Second place nationally was Ananda Caitanya das, third was Bhakta Ganesh, fourth Janakinath das and fifth place and the top lady distributor was Guru Shakti dasi. The winners of the ‘Team contact’ category was once again the Manor’s Bhakti Vriksha group!

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Stories from the street- A few samples!

As a young university student walked past me, something inside told me to stop him. He was a pharmacy student from a wealthy Arab background. I explained how Prabhupada’s books explained how mantra meditation helps reduce the suffering and depressing conditions of modern life. He was eager to know more and told me how he been feeling suicidal because he didn’t see the meaning of anything he was doing; studies, work, and life in general. Then he questioned “What do these books talk about that I haven’t heard before?” I then explained the Krishna consciousness philosophy in some detail:

“Does that make sense?” I nervously asked. “It makes complete sense!” he exclaimed with confidence. He left taking a Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam 1st Canto and a VEDA book along with a Chant and be Happy!

Bhakta Nikhil


In Coventry I met two friends who took a VEDA and Gita from me. One of them had already read the Veda and bought it for his friend. He told his friend to read the Veda telling him it is a beautiful book as it is the most ancient teachings. He then bought a Gita for himself as he said he always wanted to read it. He also told me he knows the Mahabharata and Ramayana!

Guru Shakti dasi


As I approached a young man and said that we are Hare Krishna’s he started to dance! He explained that he met us before at the Woodstock festival, and from all the places there he loves the Hare

Krishna’s the most. He took books, gave a big donation and gave me big hug!

Bhakta Vlad




Community Newsletter

Monday, December 14th, 2015

You can view the latest edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter below. For higher quality photos, you can download it.

Main articles include:

“Meeting with Narendra Modi”

Community Cohesion in Letchmore Heath (Mitzvah Day)

“Local Gratitude”

Providing refuge to refugees near Calais

100K Book Distribution Marathon Effort

Diwali prayers at Number 10 Downing Street

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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!


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

ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary events in London

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

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ISKCON-London, based at the Soho Street Temple, are participating in a big way to mark  the ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary. Celebrating 50 years since Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in America, below are two exciting upcoming events on Saturday 19th September in the Capital:


ISKCON50 Bus Harinam - 19th Sept 2015



ISKCON 50 Srila Prabhupada in New York Festival - 19th Sept 2015

Srila Prabhupada Memories

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

In honour of the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s departure to the west, ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor would like to invite you to attend a series of special classes this July and join us in the celebration.


Special Classes in July:

5th July –  Dhananjaya Prabhu
12th July – Visvadevi Mataji
19th July – Sakshi Gopal Prabhu
26th July – Rupa Vilas Prabhu

“I have no devotion, nor do I have any knowledge, but I have strong faith in the holy name of Krsna. I have been designated as Bhaktivedanta, and now if You like You can fulfil the real purport of Bhaktivedanta.”
Markine Bhagavata Dharma, Verse 15
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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.

The Transcendental Transmission

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

with His Grace Bhuta Bhavana das

One must deliver himself with the help of his mind, and not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well.

Bhagavad-gita 6.5


How much are you taking advantage of the opportunities provided by Srila Prabhupada to transform your character and develop spiritual strength? Are you interested in excelling in your spiritual life and also experiencing these benefits in your external endeavours? Do you want to know the secret of how to strengthen, purify and focus the mind and intelligence?

Undoubtedly, the greatest underused resources for human kind are the Vedic teachings. They have been distilled and delivered by great spiritual teachers and leaders throughout history. Srila Prabhupada is one of the most outstanding of these teachers. But how much do we understand his contribution and avail of it?

In this seminar, you will learn:
– Various techniques that will allow you to transform your character, thinking and entire destiny for the better
– How transcendental wisdom can fundamentally change the nature of your mind and how it functions
– How to empower others with deeply positive and constructive thinking
– To destroy the lower modes of passion and ignorance that cause the mind to act in a sub-optimal way
– To develop a deeper connection with the Supersoul and the ability to more easily perceive the internal guidance and discrimination coming from Krsna
– To empower your spiritual life through the regular association of innumerable powerful great devotees by the regular reading of spiritual literature
– Why so many people are not getting the most out of Srila Prabhupada’s books; because they have not been taught the actual science of sacred reading

Date: Sunday 9th November 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email or call 07539 314457

Name(s) of Attendee(s)

About the speaker:
His Grace Bhuta Bhavana das is a graduate from the prestigious London School of Economics where he studied Politics and Philosophy. He then went on to  complete a Masters degree at the University of London at one of the UK’s leading Philosophy departments. Since then, Bhuta Bhavana das has been a Motivation and Leadership Consultant, whilst actively partaking in multiple Governmental, Educational and Charitable initiatives. He also regularly shares Krishna consciousness with a wide variety of audiences across the world, from university students to corporate leaders, speaking on topics such as leadership, lifestyle management and self-development. He is married and lives in London.

Srila Prabhupada Memorial Day

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Schedule for the day:
Programme at the temple:
4:30 am   Mangala Arati by Srila Prabhupada
7:00 am   Guru Puja
7:45 am   Morning lecture by HDG Srila Prabhupada
8:40 am   Words of welcome by HG Sruti Dharma Prabhu
8:45 am   Abhiseka and installation of Srila Prabhupada deity
9:40 am   Guru Puja
9:45 am   Breakfast
Programme at Queens School:
11:00 am Bhajan and Kirtan
11:10 am Srila Prabhupada the “Founder Acarya” – presentation by HG Praghosa Prabhu
12:00 pm Srila Prabhupada the “Founder Acarya” – presentation by HG Dhananjaya Prabhu
12:15 pm Memories and offerings by devotees
1:00 pm   108 Bhoga offerings (Devotees can bring an offering from home to offer it to Srila Prabhupada)
2:00 pm   Lunch feast
3:00 pm   Kirtan
3:10 pm   Srila Prabhupada the “Founder Acarya” by Manjuali and Mandakini Prabhus
3:40 pm   Memories and offerings by devotees
4:40 pm   Srila Prabhupada memories in DVD by HG Mohan Prabhu
5:30 pm   Memories and offerings by devotees
6:30 pm   Drama by Bhaktivedanta Players
7:00 pm   Arati to Srila Prabhupada
7:30 pm   Evening feast
Address for Queens School:
Aldenham Road, Bushey,
Hertfordshire WD23 2TY
Click to view invite card at its original size:
Prabhupada Memorial Festival invite

Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014



On this auspicious day devotees celebrate the appearance in this world of Krishna;s pure devote- – his Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. This day is known as Vyasa-Puja, meaning the appearance of the representative of Srila Vyasadev, or more simply the appearance day of the spiritual master. On Vyasa Puja, the disciples and followers of Srila Prabhupada recite heartfelt readings of their homage’s to him, and share fond memories of his association.