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Live broadcast today: 2nd annual Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture


bsl-title-2014_webToday the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Africa will broadcast the second annual Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture, to be given at WITS University, Johannesburg, by His Holiness Devamrita Swami.

The event will go live at 6:25 pm in Johannesburg. That’s 5:25 in Belgium, 4:25 in London, 12:25 in New York.

Other worldwide timings here:
Link to live stream: BSL_poster_2014

You can also see the video made in advance to promote the event.

The Bhaktivedanta Swami lecture highlights the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and their relevance for Africa and the world today.

The lecture is now on YouTube.

“BBT Only” Day: March 14

BBTonly_letter_March_14_1974A letter from the BBT chairman:

In cooperation with the ISKCON GBC, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is marking March 14 as the first annual “BBT Only” Day.

This is a day to remember the following important instructions from Srila Prabhupada:

  • He formed the BBT to serve as his exclusive publisher.
  • He wanted all his books purchased exclusively from the BBT.

His Divine Grace gave those instructions in a letter addressed to all ISKCON temples. The letter was dated March 14, 1974.

March 14 this year will be the fortieth anniversary of that letter.

Every devotee and congregational member of ISKCON should become familiar with that letter and have its importance clear in mind. Continue reading…

Digital reincarnation


This site has been revamped, with a new look and new functionality. Now it works well on tablets and phones. (And on my side, it’s also easier to use.) My thanks to my grand-disciple Uddhava Dasa (assisted by Ragalekha Devi Dasi) for all  the work involved. Hare Krishna.

For disciples of Srila Prabhupada: Invitation to the Open Vyasa-puja book, 2014

A letter from the production manager

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Dear Srila Prabhupada disciple,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

On behalf of the Tributes team, I’d like to invite you to submit your offering for Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa-puja Tributes book 2014.

The book accepts offerings from everyone directly initiated by Srila Prabhupada, regardless of their personal history, present circumstances, personal views, or institutional affiliation.

Last year we received 280 offerings and our hope this year is that we can increase that number. Every disciple who submits an offering will receive a free copy of the book courtesy of the sponsorships the book receives. Last year we received an anonymous contribution from Africa. For this years sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website for details.

The deadline for submitting an offering is 15th April 2014. To find out more  – and, especially, for details on submitting your offering — please see

We look forward to receiving your offering! And please spread the word!

Thank you.

Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!

Your servant,
Pradyumna Dasa
Production Manager

“Simply supplying food is nonsense”

Srila Prabhupada wanted to distribute prasadam (spiritual food) along with spiritual education. He wrote:

“If we open a branch in Madras, actually there are so many poor children there. Spiritual education and food, that is proper. Simply supplying food is nonsense.” (letter to Gurudasa, 13 May 1972)

Hare Krishna.

Change 4,528

According to what I hear, the second edition of Bhagavad-gita As It Is has five thousand changes. Here’s one that came up in a Gita class a few nights ago:

17.28 (first edition)

asraddhaya hutam dattam
tapas taptam krtam ca yat
asad ity ucyate partha
na ca tat pretya no iha

asraddhaya — without faith; hutam — performed; dattam — given; tapah — penance; taptam — executed; krtam — performed; ca — also; yat — that which; asatfalls; iti — thus; ucyate — is said to be; partha — O son of Prtha; na — never; ca — also; tat — that; pretya — after death; no — nor; iha — in this life.

But sacrifices, austerities and charities performed without faith in the Supreme are nonpermanent, O son of Partha, regardless of whatever rites are performed. They are called asat and are useless both in this life and the next.

Asat, of course, means “impermanent,” “temporary,” or false. The second edition has it right.