Events

Radhadesh Summer Holi Festival 2017

The Radhadesh Summer Holi Festival: The Event of the Summer, filled with so much Colours and Joy that one will Never want it to stop. For the second time ever and after 31 annual & successful Summer Festivals here in Radhadesh, a new and lively dimension will be at the centre of our attention for this historically old event which has hosted over 50,000 festival-goers throughout the years.  Are you familiar with Holi? For those of you who are not familiar with this word/practice, you might know it better under the pseudonym of the Festival of Colours which has grown to immense popularity in all countries and cities around the world.

So prepare yourselves for something unique which will leave you gob-smacked by the incredible experience it simply is. In addition to our regular stage performances, free vegetarian food, castle visits, market place, yoga tent, kids parade, museums and so much more, we thus offer to you a colourful experience like no other with the creation of The Holi Arena wherein which you will see more colours than ever before, dance and sing a long to the music, and evidently simply have a great time!

Summer is a season full of colours joy and peace. Join us in our annual Summer Festival and as a tribute to the summer play Holi with us. Holi is a spiritual event originating in India which is generally held in early spring and signifies new life. Holi is a spiritual event originating in India which is generally held in early spring and signifies new life, growth and new beginnings. Holi, therefore, reminds us to colour our life with love, faith, and a generous spirit. It calls us to give and receive. And best of all, it’s just great fun!

We get lost in colour, forget about our usual identity, and experience life — and each other — from a whole new perspective. Although the festival is mainly held in Spring, we all live in Belgium and therefore what better thing to do than move it into the middle of Summer where the weather is more suitable, in this way combining it with our annual Summer Festival (since 1980’s) for even more fun. See you all then and lets make this the Finest Belgian Colour Party!!

Things to do
Entertainment
Free Food
Marketplace
The Holi Arena

Ticket
Adults: € 15.00 – € 22.00
Kids: € 7.00 – € 12.00

The Summer Holi Festival is a family-friendly event smoking, alcohol and drugs are not tolerated.

ISKCON Boston Radha Gopivallabha’s 46th Installation Anniversary

Join us for the 46th Installation Anniversary of Sri Sri Radha Gopivallabha. Detailed schedule to be announced later.

The Sanga Initiative Youth Summer Retreat 2017

This year, TSI is pleased to bring to you the excitement and anticipation of ISKCON’s newest temple along with the blissful best of each retreat past. Join us for 5 phenomenally, unforgettable days from July 20th to July 25th, in the heart of Baltimore, for the experience of a lifetime.

This summer, come live and learn with us. Get ready for a true taste of Baltimore, while also experiencing ecstatic kirtan, insightful speakers, fun-filled activities, deliciously mouth-watering prasadam, and so much more.

This year’s theme is  “Hidden in Plain Sight.” Each and every one of us has something unique and special inside us – and the root cause of those special gifts is Krishna Himself. Although He may be hidden to our material eyes, Krishna’s always present within our hearts, guiding and inspiring us in totally unique ways. He is, quite literally, “hidden in plain sight,” and He inspires within our hearts a one-of-a-kind gift that is exclusive to each one of us. Feel free to contact us at sangainitiative@gmail.com for any question.

Who:
ISKCON’s Next Generation (Ages 16-30)

Registration Deadline: May 1st
Late Registration Deadline: June 15th **$20 Late Fee**

**Opening Weekend Registration Option**
Based on demand from our weekend registration survey we have decided to open an option for attending only for the weekend (Friday evening to Sunday evening). This presents a number of challenges to the organization and financial management of the retreat so there are certain stipulations. The weekend registration is limited to 20 spots. After those 20 spots have been filled weekend registration will close. The cost for weekend registrations is $180. This offers a weekend attendee a discount for the days they cannot attend and allows us to cover the expense per attendee, the bulk of which happens during the weekend.

We highly recommend attending the full retreat to get the complete TSI experience. Attending from Thursday to Tuesday is by far the most valuable and fun. It also is the best way to immerse yourself in connecting with the next generation of ISKCON from all over North America and recharge spiritually during that week. Therefore the weekend option is recommended for those persons who are in no way able to take days off, or make up classes, etc. on those days. We still want to be able offer attendance to those people. If you are able to take days off/move around commitments to attend the full retreat we highly encourage it and assure you it is worth your while!

Register Now – Full Retreat
This option is for attending the full retreat from Thursday evening to Tuesday morning or the majority of days outside of the weekend (Friday evening to Sunday Evening).

Register Now – Weekend
This option is for those attending only for the weekend (Friday evening to Sunday evening). While the recommended option is to attend the full retreat this option is available for those who are not at all able to make it for the majority of the retreat. LIMITED SPOTS: Only 20 Spots available, after those spots have been filled this option will close.

Special Guests:
H.G.Yogesvara Prabhu
H.G. Mother Rukmini
H.G. Madhavacarya Prabhu and H.G. Mother Kunti

ISKCON Berkeley Snana Yatra 2017

Two weeks before the Ratha yatra ceremony, Sri Jagannath ji, Balabhadra ji and Subhadra ji are brought out of the altar and offered a grand bathing ceremony. The Skanda Purana mentions that King Indradyumna arranged this ceremony when the deities were first installed. After the bathing ceremony (snana-yatra), Lord Jagannatha apparently becomes sick. He is therefore moved to His private apartment, where no one can see Him until the Ratha Yatra. Lord Chaitanya used to participate in the Snana Yatra festival. Snana Yatra will be celebrated at ISKCON Berkeley (New Jagannatha Puri) on Sunday July 16, 2017 starting 4pm followed by a feast. Take the opportunity to bathe Lord Jagannatha.

VIHE Bhakti Sastri Course Hindi 2017

Study of Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction, Sri Isopanisad, Basic Deity Worship.

Duration:
4 months (July 2 – October 29, 2017)
Registration deadline: June 1, 2017

To register for VIHE Bhakti Sastri course Hindi 2017, please send email at Vihe.courses.admissions@pamho.net.

Requirements:
Good sadhana, brahminical tendencies, voluntary service, proficiency in English and a recommendation/character sketch from a senior devotee who knows you well and guru. Assessment criteria include attendance and personal conduct. According to the standards of ISKCON Board of Examination students should chant a minimum of 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and follow the 4 regulative principles in order to qualify for obtaining a Bhakti-sastri degree. A full recommendation (attesting the student’s character and service attitude) by a senior devotee in good standing is a must.

Assessment:
Essays, closed book exams. Contribution to running costs: Rs. 12,500. Listener only: Rs. 6,500. Lunch prasadam is served in the VIHE, sponsored by the alumni students and other well-wishers.

Classes:
Bhagavad-gita (all 18 chapters) – 17 weeks
Nectar of Devotion (first 19 chapters) – 6 weeks
Isopanisad – 3 weeks
Nectar of Instruction – 3 weeks
An introduction to Deity Worship – 10 hours

Teachers:
H.H. Radha Raman Swami, H.G. Ashit Das, H.G. Adi Purush Das, H.G. Praneshwar Das, H.G. Arun Charan Das and H.G. Prasanta Devi Dasi.

Registration Procedures and Deadlines
Fees are preferably paid in advance and will only be accepted once you have submitted your recommendation letter and have been approved for the course. Write to: vihe.courses.registrations@pamho.net

Contact information
ISKCON Krishna Balaram Mandir Goshala Land, Raman Reti, Vrindavan.
Phone: +91 812 610 0355 (Shakti Swapini Devi Dasi)
E-mail: vihe.courses.admissions@pamho.net.

Mayapur Institute Summer Camp for Youth 2017

If you are a congregational devotee aged between 18 and 25 years or are a keen parent of one, this summer camp will delight you. In today’s world, the biggest problem is that most of our congregational youth are bewildered when they go out into the material world to work and many of them drift away from the real core values of life.

This camp will inculcate the Vaiṣṇava heritage & Culture and anchor you firmly in the right values & ethos that will help you to lead a meaningful & purposeful life even while you are out in the material world working and living. It will help you achieve that fine balance to succeed in both the worlds! You will also learn practical, every day Kṛṣṇa-conscious skills under the guidance of expert teachers.

This year, we will conduct this camp only for the Indian (Male) youth (since your summer holidays begin in May). We plan to extend this to the youth of other countries soon (during your summer holidays). We will announce separate sessions for our congregation Female youth soon.

Course fee covers your accommodation, sumptuous Prasadam (3 times a day), course material, expert teaching with both theory and practical sessions, Parikrama to some important holy place, Vocal and instrumental Music classes every Saturday, etc.

Seats are limited and will be strictly on ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.