Hindu Leaders Meet at European Parliament
Brussels, Belgium: ISKCON devotees and other Hindu leaders from all over Europe met on March 27–28 in Belgium for The European Hindu Leaders Meeting and other events organized by the Hindu Forum of Europe (HFE). Venues included ISKCON’s Belgian headquarters in Radhadesh and the European Parliament in Brussels. Established by ISKCON, the HFE is an umbrella organization for Hindu communities and organizations throughout Europe.
Vaishnava–Christian Dialogue Held in Washington, D.C
Washington, DC: Ten representatives of Vaishnavism, and ten of the Christian faith met in Potomac, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C., this April 13–14 for the fifteenth annual Vaisnava Christian Dialogue, on the topic of “The Hidden God.”
Krishna Consciousness in Kenya and Tanzania
Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania: A few devotees under the supervision of Narahari are preaching in every town and village in and around Nairobi, Kenya. “Everything is possible if we are determined and patient,” exclaimed Narahari Dasa. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu had forecast that in every town and village of the world the holy names of the Supreme Personality of Godhead will spread and will be chanted.
Queen Elizabeth II Visits Krishna Avanti School
London, UK: During a visit to the Krishna Avanti School on March 29, Queen Elizabeth II appreciated the school’s unique values and principles, based upon the teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. “As the first state-funded Hindu primary school, Krishna Avanti perfectly represents Harrow Council’s message of diversity and inclusion,” says the school’s governor Nitesh Gor, who is also chairman of the I-Foundation, the independent charity affiliated with ISKCON that is behind Krishna Avanti. “Also, the school building itself, with its unique eco-friendly construction, has received lots of awards for design and architecture, and is just right for an event like this.”
The centerpiece of the visit was a performance by thirty Year One Krishna Avanti School students, held in the school’s custom-made Indian-style temple of Krishna-Balarama. The Queen and Prince Philip sat before the Deities as the students sang “Sri Krishna Caitanya Prabhu,” a Vaishnava song written by Narottama Dasa Thakura, and then the Hare Krishna mantra.
ISKCON Dallas Visits Young Women’s Leadership School
Dallas, Texas: Fifteen devotees from the ISKCON temple in Dallas, Texas visited the Irma L. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in State Fair Park on March 9. Students visit the temple at least one hundred times throughout the year, and are given a tour of the beautiful house of worship and Kalachandji’s restaurant. They also get a summarized history of Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON, some basic philosophy tailored towards their specific class, and some delicious sanctified vegetarian food.
Interfaith Meeting in Argentina
Mendoza, Argentina: On March 22, an Interfaith Meeting was held by the members of the Interfaith Council of Mendoza, Argentina. ISKCON was represented by Krishna Kshetra Das and Baladeva Das. After a series of talks and discussions by the religious leaders, everyone was served a feast of sanctified vegetarian food.
Contributed by Madhava Smullens, Radha Sakha Dasi and Baladeva Dasa.