Foundation Stone Laid for a New ISKCON Temple
Ludhiana, Punjab: The foundation stone for a new ISKCON temple in Ludhiana was laid on April 24, 2012, the day of Akshaya Tritya, by His Holiness Gopala Krishna Goswami. The new temple will house the Deities of Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha. The temple construction will take about three years.
New Iskcon Temple In Chennai
Chennai, TN: The new ISKCON Chennai temple is the largest Radha-Krishna temple in Tamil Nadu. It was formally inaugurated on April 26, 2012. Spread over an area of 1.5 acres, the temple is constructed on five levels. There is a 7,000-sq-ft temple hall on the first floor, an auditorium for cultural and spiritual programs on the ground floor and a prasada hall in the basement.
Linking Mental and Spiritual Health
Pittsburg, USA: ISKCON scholar Ravindra-svarupa Dasa spoke on the connection between mental and spiritual health at the annual conference of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy on March 25. The conference, held at the Doubletree hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, was a major event for clinical pastoral educators those who train and certify chaplains in preparation for serving at mental institutions, hospitals, hospices, and prisons.
ISKCON Devotees Inspire Jail Inmates
Santiago, Chile: Devotees from ISKCON Santiago went to Santiago 1, one of the well known prisons in Chile. They gave a brief talk on the philosophy of Krishna consciousness and chanted the Hare Krishna maha-mantra with all the inmates of the prison.
Thai Buddhists Explore Their Vedic Link
Bangkok, Thailand: Several prominent Buddhist groups in Thailand invited Dr. Sahadeva Dasa for a series of countrywide programs and visit to their communities. They hosted a series of TV shows with him. His talks covered a wide range of topics from Lord Buddha and promulgation of Buddhism to fate of modern civilization, ancient solutions to modern problems, absolute morality and ethics, comparative theology, etc.
Spiritual Activism Doc to Screen at Seattle Film Festival
New York City: “Today We Have the Power,” a new documentary film about spiritual activism directed by Radha Vallabha Dasa a brahmacari monk at New York’s Bhaktivedanta Ashram has just been released on DVD. The documentary has been accepted into the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) and will be screened at this year’s event.
Contributed by Madhava Smullens and Kurmasetra Dasa.