BHAKTIVEDANTA RESEARCH CENTRE NEWSLETTER 14, May-July 2016

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Manuscript Mission Update
For the last three months, our roving BRC manuscript mission team has been visiting libraries in the Howrah District. Although located to the west of the Kolkata area, some of the locations require travel of more than three hours. It can be a challenge for our manuscript team as many library locations are so far off the beaten path, they have no shops or facility for meals.

The Swami Responds

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This article features select questions from correspondents of Srila Prabhupada and his graceful answers. The letters have all been published in the book Sri Sri Siksamrita and some excerpts from lucid questions by the general public are posted. The questions range from philosphical questions to enlightening ones about the science of devotional service.

The Appearance of Lord Krishna

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We read from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto Ten, Chapter Two: “Prayers by the Demigods for Lord Krsna in the Womb.”

TEXT 18

tato jagan-mangalam acyutamsam samahitam sura-sutena devi dadhara sarvatmakam atma-bhutam kastha yathananda-karam manastah

TRANSLATION

Thereafter, accompanied by plenary expansions, the fully opulent Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is all-auspicious for the entire universe, was transferred from the mind of Vasudeva to the mind of Devaki. Devaki, having thus been initiated by Vasudeva, became beautiful by carrying Lord Krsna, the original consciousness for everyone, the cause of all causes, within the core of her heart, just as the east becomes beautiful by carrying the rising moon.

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THE WHY OF THE GITA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Today's world is moving at an incredible pace. We are all bombarded by an incredible amount of information - emails, newspapers, magazines, news, TV channels, movies, cinemas. Not to speak of the content - violence, crime, accidents, wars, drug abuse, rape, suicide.
Today's adult is frustrated with his job, stressed with the responsibilities and ever increasing demands.
The child is not spared neither. Even a superficial analysis of the variety of exposures a child receives today, is enough to scare us about their future. The media and internet expose the child to violence, insanity, pornography and so much stimulations that it is difficult for the child not to succumb.
STOP & THINK

Renunciation In Royal Dress

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Perhaps you’ve heard a tale of some wealthy person who renounced this world for the service of God. The Fifth Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam relates another kind of story: that of an adept renunciant who becomes a king on the order of the Supreme Lord. Can he resist the pleasures of palace life? Can he spiritually survive? What can today’s man of the world learn from Priyavrata a royal renunciant at the dawn of civilization?

2nd European Yoga Congress

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ISKCON of Radhadesh, Belgium hosted the 2nd European Yoga Congress from May 27th to 29th, sharing insights and techniques with thirteen different yoga schools from twelve countries.

The seeds of the event were sewn in November 2014, when many different yoga organizations met at Yoga Vidya in Germany, Europe’s largest yoga ashram, to explore commonalities and possibilities for cooperation.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron Celebrates ISKCON's 50th

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Bhaktivedanta 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".

Retracing ISKCON’s Journey

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The Walking Monk is on the road again, celebrating ISKCON’s 50th anniversary in his own unique way.

From September 20th to November 10th in 2015, Bhaktimarga Swami walked from Boston’s Commonwealth Pier, where ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada first reached the U.S. in 1965, to Butler Pennsylvania, where he stayed with sponsors the Agarwal family, to New York City, where he registered ISKCON in 1966.

ISKCON's Largest Youth Festival

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Over 20000 students attended a mega youth festival organized by ISKCON Pune on 20th March to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ISKCON. The event, which was attended by principles of various colleges, political leaders from the youth community, the education commissioner of Pune and several other VIPs, was widely covered by several newspapers and broadcast on Indian’s national TV channel, Doordarshan. The theme of the event was ‘Drishti - Bharat leads the world’ and showcased India’s real spiritual wealth by means of which the country has the capacity to lead the entire world.

Environmental Leaders Training

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Three ISKCON devotees participated in a week of faith-based climate change leadership training in New Orleans last month, with a view to leading more environmentally-friendly efforts for Srila Prabhupada’s society.

First Among Kings

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Long ago, the normally peaceful wise men of a Vedic kingdom forcibly deposed an intolerably corrupt ruler. But instead of replacing him with another unprincipled politician (as has so often happened in the history of the world), they selected a perfect chief executive to command the state. The story of this ancient coup d’etat holds many lessons for the people of nations victimized by unworthy leaders.

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