1. Radhanath Swami Speaks at Kirtan London

    On 18th March 2017, Radhanath Swami spoke to the metropolitan crowd of 140 people at the breath-taking Kirtan London day retreat at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Started five years ago by a small team and launched with Russell Brand and Radhanath Swami himself, Kirtan London has grown into an attractive movement to spread mantra, music and meditation. Jahnavi Harrison, one of the founders of the project, said “the aim of the initiative is to take kirtan to everyone! We want to take kirtan to people who typically wouldn’t come across it.” Since...
  2. Installation Ceremony of Sri Caitanya Deity at Govardhan Eco Village

    On November 14th, 2016 Radhanath Swami visited Govardhan Eco Village outside of Mumbai, India, for the welcoming ceremony, (prana pratista) of the form of Sri Chaitanya, to the Eco Village’s temple. Govardhan Eco Village is a model farm community and retreat center, inspired by Radhanath Swami in the service of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s vision, highlighting the need to live in harmony with ourselves, nature and the sacred. Sri Chaitanya now accompanies Sri Sri Radha Vrindavanbihari on the main altar. The ceremony was held on the auspicious day of Kartik Purnima – the day Sri Chaitanya, the...
  3. Chant 4 Change at Historic Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

    The article below, by Madhava Smullen, was originally published on the ISKCON News website. http://iskconnews.org/rain-cant-dampen-spirits-at-dcs-historic-chant-4-change,5859/ Political pundits last weekend were calling the second presidential debate “the darkest and nastiest in modern history,” full of scandals, personal attacks and insults. And the ongoing drama may be what’s taking over the news lately. But not everyone, even in Washington, is being dragged down by it. On Saturday October 8th, thousands of people from different faiths and backgrounds gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a “Chant 4 Change,” trying to...
  4. Radhanath Swami’s Vrindavan Yatra Featured in National Geographic Channel Documentary

    “When we work together and we harmonize our hearts in that way, then God performs miracles, even through us.” – Radhanath Swami   The devotees of Radhanath Swami’s annual Vrindavan Yatra (pilgrimage) were recently featured in a National Geographic Channel documentary called India’s Mega Kitchens. An entire episode was dedicated to the yatra devotees as part of a series of shows which focus on the scale, volume, technology and process of large kitchens. The episode was written by Purnima Rao and directed by Rajendra Kondapalli.    During the auspicious Kartik Maas, a month dedicated...
  5. Ground Breaking Ceremony with UK Prime Minister David Cameron

    On Friday, June 10th, 2016 Radhanath Swami was in England to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bhaktivedanta Manor’s long awaited Haveli building. The event was attended by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who was hosted by Radhanath Swami along with Sivarama Swami, Indradyumna Swami, Bhakti Caru Swami, Pragosh Das and other ISKCON leaders from the Manor. The ceremony formed part of the Manor’s offerings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ISKCON. Mr. Cameron congratulated ISKCON on by praising Srila Prabhupada for his creation of a “global mission”. A reception...
  6. Living Your Calling in an Age of Confusion

    On the evening of Friday, May 6th, New York’s Bhakti Center partnered with Upbuild to hold a dinner event featuring a talk by Radhanath Swami on the topic “Living Your Calling in an Age of Confusion”. Upbuild is an educational social enterprise created by Rasanath Das and Hari Prasad, who both used to live and serve at The Bhakti Center as monks. Upon graduation from the monastic order they went on to launch Upbuild which aims at maximizing the human potential by creating environments that inspire genuine purpose and authentic...
  7. Radhanath Swami Speaks at United Nations Interfaith Climate Change Ceremony

    On April 22nd, 2016 Radhanath Swami joined faith leaders from around the world at Church Center of The United Nations in New York City to encourage world leaders to sign the Paris agreement on climate change. The event (The Interfaith Climate Change Statement To World Leaders Handover Program) was mainly organized by GreenFaith, in partnership with a number of faith based organizations. Although a climate change agreement was made in Paris, each individual country that signed on still needs to approve it through their respective parliaments and legislative bodies. The...
  8. Launching Bengali Translation of The Journey Home

    On the evening of February 19th, 2016 Grihe Pratyabartan, the Bengali translation of The Journey Home, was launched in G. D. Birla Auditorium, Kolkata, India. Addressing a gathering of 700 guests, Radhanath Swami said, “Never have I felt in any book release so humbled, so grateful, and so happy, as I am feeling tonight. Of all the religions, spiritual and yogic paths that I studied, and of all the teachers that I met – and there were many – in Srila Prabhupada I found the essence of everything I was looking...
  9. Udupi: Paryaya Festival

    On the 17th and 18th of January 2016 Radhanath Swami visited the holy town of Udupi in South India to attend the biennial Paryaya Festival. He was personally invited by His Holiness Vishwesh Teertha Swami, the senior most pontiff of the Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. There are eight pontiffs, each a life long swami, at Sri Krishna Temple, and they conduct worship on a rotating basis: each takes charge for two years, then passes the privilege to another pontiff, and awaits his next term that will come after 14 years. The festival marking the beginning of...
  10. Radhanath Swami Gives Keynote Address at Event for Helping Vulnerable Women

      “I wish I knew about Sharan when I first left home” were the words of Shaheen, a sixteen year old girl living in the UK who was being beaten, abused and disowned by her family. Shaheen used to live with her three sisters and parents until one day she was accused of speaking with a boy from her college by a male member of her family. Fearing that their family name would be dishonored, her parents stopped her from leaving her house, took away her phone and laptop as...