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Articles tagged as Death

  • Poem: Last Night The Grim Reaper Came For Me

    “You should remember that you may die today—or tomorrow, or before you turn 66, or in twenty years. / It matters not, if you live the life of the soul."

  • Mayapur Community Member Shot Dead

    In a sad and shocking turn of events, a Mayapur community devotee, Rashik Shekhar Das, was shot dead in his office in Gournagar, just adjacent to the ISKCON property in Mayapur, West Bengal.

  • On Grieving a Beloved Vaishnava

    This is not a time to hold back or to put off what so deeply pains the heart, for the extent that you have loved, it is to that extent that you will feel a kind of pain that perhaps you’ve never experienced before.

  • Poem: NOW WHAT (After George Floyd's Death)

    "Anger has been flaring, / Voices have been blaring, / To identify who's black, who's white, / And who happens to be right?"

  • Contradictions

    Someone asked me if we should pray for the protection of our loved ones – of course we should! But it got me thinking.

  • The Coronavirus Mercy

    Sometimes I wonder, do we forget we are going to die? What is the difference between dying from any other situation or dying from corona virus?

  • Fear, Coronavirus and Detachment

    When I read the news this morning, I got scared. People all over the world are starting to brace themselves in fear of the coronavirus epidemic.

  • Stating the Obvious

    Sometimes, for convenience,  we choose not to see what we don’t want to see.

  • We Light A Candle

    "When we turn away from the sun, we face our shadow. When we turn away from God, our original Source, we see ourselves as separate, and fear arises."

  • A Loan From God - Losing Someone to Suicide

    Shaunaka Rishi Das spent many years caring for his wife Keshava, who had chronic fatigue syndrome. In her mid-50s and suffering from depression, Keshava took her own life, with questions over the medical response leading to a traumatic two-day inquest.

  • We May Have to Leave at Any Moment

    In this world too we are a traveler, we cannot live here permanently although we may wish.

  • Wake Up To Death

    Unless you turn prudent and wise / You are in for a nasty surprise / In a world of birth, old age,disease and death / No one could ever escape their wrath.

  • The Myth of Old Age

    Not long ago, someone in our community passed along to me a magazine pitch she’d received in the mail. On the front of the oversize envelope, a headline announced—blue type on a bright green background—”Old Age Isn’t Natural.”

  • As Sure As Death

    Death, need not be seen as an inconvenient truth, but rather the ultimate meditation to reinstate clarity and perspective into every aspect of our life.

  • Varanasi / Beyond Life

    A film by Aeyaz.

  • The Uninvited Visitors

    Before he could say anything more, the uninvited guests, who were the agents of death, grabbed him and took him away and his body dropped dead. He was not willing to go but he was hopelessly powerless, his dear family members wanted him to be with him but they were hopelessly helpless. 

  • Ego Death

    The three biggest fears in life: exams, public speaking and death. Of them, the final is probably the most acute. As that fateful hour approaches, everything we worked so hard for is snatched away, throwing our entire sense of identity and purpose into question.

  • Finding the Essence

    It was certainly ghastly to imagine how my own body might look, lying dead on a dissection table.

  • Lessons from a Hawk

     We should take the spiritual opportunities we have in our life very, very seriously. One of the greatest enemies of a spiritualist is procrastination.

  • Heaven is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me that Death is Just the Beginning

    Rev. Peter Panagore's book trailer.

  • Medical Study Confirms Vedic Viewpoint - Life Exists After Death

    2060 cardiac patients were closely examined during the experiment for 4 years before the scientists published their research in journal Resuscitation.

  • First Hint of 'Life After Death' In Biggest Ever Scientific Study

    Scientists have found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after clinical death which was previously thought impossible.

  • BBT Media Releases "Beyond Birth and Death" E-book

    Another well-known title, Beyond Birth and Death, by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is now in e-book form and available at In this small yet profound book, Srila Prabhupada tells readers how the soul travels from one body to another and presents startling evidence of its incredible journey after death.

  • After the Laughter? (Reflections on Robin Williams’ Suicide)

    Normally because comedians make us laugh, we tend to think of them as happy people. Those who are sources of such joy would be themselves joyful, wouldn’t they?

  • Robin Williams' Most Spiritual Role: 'What Dreams May Come' Offers A Glimpse Into The Afterlife

    In this spiritual movie that explores the concept of death and the afterlife, Williams' character, Chris Nielson, dies in a car accident four years after losing his two children. In the scene above, Neilson awakens to find himself in the afterlife, which is both beautiful and unexpected. 


  • Prabhupada Disciple Madhudvisa Das Passes Away

    On August 5th, 2014, one of Srila Prabhupada's earliest disciples, Madhudvisa Das, passed away at the age of 67. He took his initiations in 1968; the first in San Francisco, and the second in Los Angeles. Srila Prabhupada once described him as the "Emperor of Kirtan." When Srila Prabhupada himself was departing this world he said, "bring my son Madhuvisa here."

  • 2 Russian Pilgrims Dead, 8 Injured in India Bus Crash

    International media spread the news that a bus carrying Russian tourists plunged into a river in northern India on Tuesday, killing at least two and injuring eight. According to ISKCON News sources in New Delhi, the victims are ISKCON devotees who were on a tour with several buses, one of which fell into the river. Updates will follow as details are revealed.

  • Indian Court Asked to Rule on Whether Hindu Guru Dead or Meditating

    Indian court has been asked to rule on whether a revered Hindu guru is dead or alive – and whether it is a matter of religious faith or scientific fact.

  • Clinically Dead Baby Revived by Mother's Touch

    After being told her newborn son was dead, mother Kate Ogg was able to cuddle and caress her baby's limp body back to life, astonishing doctors. TODAY's Amy Robach has this incredible story.

  • How to Overcome Fear of Death

    Radhanath Swami uses a humorous incident to impart a profound lesson.

  • Heaven Is For Real

    Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

  • Death: The Elephant in the Room

    It's a constant reminder that, restaurants, delis, and a variety of other businesses are opening or going out of business, but the one establishment that seems to remain constant and unaffected by the economy is that funeral home.

  • Ric Elias: 3 Things I Learned While my Plane Crashed

    Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down?

  • Fear Not That Life May End - Fear That Life May Never Begin

    We all fear death. Among all our possessions, life is most precious, because without it, we can’t enjoy any other possession. Naturally, we treasure life. Paradoxically though, we don’t treasure life consistently.

  • Tragedy Calls... Am I Next?

    If we grasp the full scope of our existence, we can understand the significance of each event that we struggle through. Since most of us lack such vision, we need to develop faith that Lord Krishna arranges everything for our ultimate benefit, even if at present we cannot understand how.

  • Mandala Turns a New Page in Devotional Publishing

    In the late 1960s, when ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada personally negotiated his first book contracts with Japanese publisher Dai Nippon, he insisted on high grade paper and binding, considering the highest quality to be essential for books containing the highest knowledge.

  • Death Cafes Grow As Places To Discuss, Learn About End Of Life

    A few dozen Ohioans will meet Wednesday evening in a community room at a Panera Bread outside of Columbus for tea, cake and conversation over an unusual shared curiosity. "The goal is to raise death awareness with the view of helping people make the most of their lives."

  • Shyamdas (1953–2013) - In Memory

    On the early morning of January 20th, a rare and special Vaishnava was taken from this world. Shyamdas, world-renowned scholar, author and translator, kirtan leader and dear devotee of Krishna was killed in a motorcycle accident while in Goa, India.

  • If Everything Is Matter Nothing Really Matters!

    If there is nothing but physical machines and biological matter then who is to say what is right or wrong? Even more worrying, who would really care to follow what was right or wrong?

  • Belief In God Grows As Mortality Nears, Survey Says
    Summarizing data from surveys performed in 1991, 1998 and 2008 in 30 countries from Chile to Japan, the Chicago university's National Opinion Research Center found that, on average, 43 percent of those aged 68 and older were certain that God exists.
  • Don’t Pass the Bacon

    A new study published by Harvard researchers provides “clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat [such as bacon or hot dogs], contributes substantially to premature death.

  • ISKCON Mourns Three Young Devotees Lost in Tragic Car Accident
    The ISKCON community is shaken and saddened after three young devotees—Nitai Dasa of New Vrindaban, West Virigina, Yadupati Dasa of Alachua, Florida, and Tim "Gopinath" Carter of Gainesville—passed away in a tragic car accident.
  • The Art Of Dying Is Knowing How To Live
    Soren Kirkegaard said that people lead lives of 'quiet desperation'. This existential thinking indicates that happiness is only skin deep, and fun is but a passing frisson -- a glimmer, a shiver, an instant high, and that our real situation is one of ongoing anguish.
  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs Passes Away

    Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005. In his speech Jobs also mentions and how much he appreciated the free prasadam he received from ISKCON devotees during his young years.

  • American's Last Rites Stopped At Swargadwar
    After Jagannath temple, the Swargadwar crematorium in Puri is mired in controversy when an American devotee, who died on Wednesday, was denied cremation on Thursday.
  • Twin Friars, 92, Die Within Hours of Each Other
    A pair of 92-year-old identical twins in the US have died only hours apart. The brothers died of heart failure last Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital, in St. Petersburg, Florida, AP reported. "It really is almost a poetic ending to the remarkable story of their lives," Tom Missel, a spokesman from St. Bonaventure University.
  • The Passing of Poly Styrene a.k.a. Maharani Dasi

    She was a wonderful, warm and beautifully eccentric woman. She was one of the key performers of the punk period and her powerful songs -perceptive poems about plastic society and consumerism still influence musicians. She was a member on ISKCON, who took initiation as Maharani Devi Dasi in 1983.

  • The Passing of Radhika Raman Das

    Radhika Raman Das (Paul Asanov) left this world on March 28, 2011, at about 12:00 Moscow time, in Vrindavan. The holy river Yamuna took him. Radhika Raman Das repeatedly became the best distributor of Srila Prabhupada's books in Russia, giving these great spiritual treasures to thousands of people

  • Bhakti Yoga From Beyond the Grave
    Is this a ghost story? It could be if we consider how many of us are nitya-baddha wandering spirits searching for a permanently settled situation. But now we have human occupancy we still like to be scared and awed by graveyard tales.
  • Condolences on the Departure of Sripada BV Narayana Maharaja

    On behalf of ISKCON, its Governing Commission expresses its condolences on the departure of Sripada BV Narayana Maharaja.

  • B.V. Narayana Maharaja Passes Away

    His Holiness B.V. Narayana Maharaja, a prominent Vaishnava leader, passed away at 3:00am on the morning of December 29th in the holy city of Jagannath Puri, India.

  • The Passing of Prahlad Nrsimha Das (Paul Ignozza)
    Sriman Prahlad Nrsimha das passed away on Saturday, December11, 2010 at about 2:10 PM in Port Charlotte, FL. He was a disciple of Hanumatpresaka Swami, and most of his devotional life was spent at the Miami Temple.
  • The Passing of Dadhiharta Das
    Dadhiharta Das left his body at the Sharanagati Farm near Vancouver, Canada. Devotees who met him knew him as someone who had firm faith in Srila Prabhupada`s instructions, and excellent devotee and a great friend
  • The Passing Away of Devaki Mayi Dasi
    Devaki Mayi Dasi left her body during the auspicious month of Damodar at 8pm in Guayaquil - Equador on the 5th of November. She was only 20 years old, but her simple, beautiful and kind personality united in prayers devotees from every corner of the world.
  • Tragic Suicide at ISKCON New Mayapur
    In a profoundly sad development, the death of a devotee in ISKCON's New Mayapur community in France has been deemed a suicide. According to temple authorities, on July 23 Citra devi Dasi, a devotee for more then twenty years, committed suicide by setting her body on fire.
  • Passing of Svayambhu Swami

    It is With a heavy heart that we inform you that Svayambhu Swami, a disciple of Gaura Govinda Swami Maharaja, passed away from this world on the 11th of August 2010 at 4:15pm in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.

  • Death, Fear, and the Law of Karma
    Among the primary reasons for this fear of death are: death is unknown territory, few know what to expect; and doubt about being held accountable for how you lived your life. When considering the various types of human responses, it seems quite reasonable to assume that religious belief would provide some sort of comforting response to the fear of death.
  • Religious Wisdom For Facing Death

    One bit of profound advice that Socrates gave to his disciples was to practice dying everyday. Although this may sound impractical, the undertone to this insight is very useful -- to cultivate awareness of and face our deep-rooted insecurities, the epitome of which is death itself.

  • Amekhala Dasi Passes Away

    Srila Prabhupada disciple Amekhala Dasi passed away peacefully at 6am on Friday April 23rd, after a five-month battle with cancer.

  • Padmalochana Lived and Passes On In The Land of the Lord

    Devotees around the world are mourning Padma Lochan Dasa, a senior disciple of ISKCON founder Srila Prabhupada, who passed away at 6:58am on March 27 in the sacred land of Mayapur, India, at the age of 57.

  • Srila B.S. Govinda Maharaja Passes Away After Long Life of Service

    Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaja, the President-Acharya of the international Gaudiya Vaishnava group Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, passed away at 4:30am on March 27th, 2010, at the age of 81.

  • Mahavishnu Goswami Passes on Peacefully at 91

    ISKCON’s seniormost monk Mahavishnu Goswami has peacefully passed away at the society’s Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai, India, at 3pm Indian Standard Time on Monday January 25th. He was ninety-one years old.

  • ISKCON Theater Star Rasajna Dasi Passes Away

    Rasajna Dasi, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who inspired many through her creativity and devotion, passed away in Austin, Texas on December 28th. Her last days were spent in the company of her husband Greg Schroen and other loving family and friends, chanting Krishna’s name by her bedside.

  • Lessons From a Stop Light

    Normally I’m a very careful driver and I obey all the rules. I always stop to let people cross the road, park only in the right places, and definitely stop at red lights. So why didn’t I stop at the lights this morning?

  • Sisters Face Death With Dignity and Reverence
    PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Gravely ill with heart disease, tethered to an oxygen tank, her feet swollen and her appetite gone, Sister Dorothy Quinn, 87, readied herself to die in the nursing wing of the Sisters of St. Joseph convent where she has been a member since she was a teenager. She was surrounded by friends and colleagues of nearly seven decades. Some had been with her in college, others fellow teachers in Alabama at the time of the Selma march, more from her years as a home health aide and spiritual counselor to elderly shut-ins.
  • Three Suspects Arrested as Devotees Mourn Harish Roy

    Three men have been arrested in connection with the killing of ISKCON youth Harish Roy, who received a fatal shot to the head when the Atlanta convenience store he was working at on March 22 was robbed.

    Alleged gunman Yusef Cantrell, 27, and getaway driver Xstavius Shreve, 30, were arrested by Atlanta Police on March 27 and 31 respectively. According to Atlanta Police spokesman Eric Schwartz, the last suspect, 28-year-old Damian Glover, turned himself into authorities at the Fulton County Jail after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

  • Atlanta's ISKCON Community Says Goodbye to Slain Member

    A slain store clerk was remembered by loved ones on Saturday. Friends and loved ones from the Atlanta Hare Krishna Temple gathered to say goodbye to Harish Roy. They came together inside a Stone Mountain funeral home Saturday afternoon to celebrate Roy's life.

  • ISKCON Mayapur School Alumni Shot Dead in Atlanta Robbery

    ISKCON youth around the world are still in shock as they mourn the passing of their dear friend Hari Kirtan Dasa, an alumni of ISKCON’s Mayapur school and disciple of Bhakti Tirtha Swami. Hari Kirtan, known to his friends as Harish, was working at a store in Atlanta, USA on March 22 when at 8:01pm, the store was robbed and he was shot.

  • Mayapur Residents Severely Injured in Car Crash

    Two Mayapur residents, Jahnudvipa Dasa from Denmark, and his wife Brajasevaki Dasi from Australia, were badly injured in a car crash at Madhyamgram just near the Kolkata airport this morning. A full story will be published this Saturday.

  • Srila B.V. Puri Maharaja Passes Away at 96

    At 9pm IST on March 3, 2009, Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami left this world at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, where he had been brought for medical treatment. He had just reached his 96th year two months before. Known as Puri Maharaja by devotees and followers, B.V. Puri Goswami was one of the most notable Gaudiya Vaishnava teachers of the 20th century.

  • Vaishnava Passing: Living Bhagavatam Stories

    Bhagavatananda says that assisting the dying is helping him “cash in on the blessings” he received from one of Srila Prabhupada’s departed disciples, Tribhuvanatha Dasa.  Bhagavatananda met Tribhuvanatha near the end of Tribhuvanatha’s life, when he was emaciated and wheelchair-bound.  “But his eyes were huge saucers of spirituality,” says Bhagavatananda.

  • A Successful Death: Hospice Nurse Shares Faith Experience
    In Krishna consciousness, life is a preparation for one moment -- the moment of death. Devotees of Lord Krishna believe that whatever a person thinks about at that crucial moment determines the next destination of the soul. Therefore, they hope to think about Lord Krishna at the moment of death and thereby return to His home in the spiritual world.
  • Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. in Every Town and Village
    In 2001, two long-time friends and Godsisters, Sangita Devi Dasi and Jusaniya Devi Dasi, co-founded Vaisnavas C.A.R.E., Inc. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally-ill and Their Families). Their vision was that in every town or village, when devotees are in the process of dying, there will be trained volunteers to assist with their end-of-life needs.
  • Memorium: Krishna Kripa Dasi
    My wife, Srimati Krishna Kripa Dasi, disappeared on November 30, 2008. A staunch disciple of Srila Prabhupada, she was always enthusiastic and attentive in her service. She loved to read and distribute Srila Prabhupada's books, and was always thinking and planning about the welfare of others.
  • Tatpar Swami is Placed in Mayapur Samadhi

    With sadness we inform the members of ISKCON about the passing away of His Holiness Tatpar Swami, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. He was one among the first Bengali devotees to take initiation from Srila Prabhupada. Tatpar Maharaja joined ISKCON in 1970 and was first initiated in 1972. He accepted second initiation in 1973. Maharaja lived for many years in Mayapur, India where he preached the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

  • ISKCON Youth Passes Away During Mayapur Festival
    Krishna Dasa, an ISKCON youth from Moscow, died on March 20, in Mayapur, India. He was twenty years old. The day before the Gaura Purnima festival, Krishna Dasa and his friends had taken a boat out into the Ganga, and were playing, swimming and diving from it. Krishna Dasa is reported to have been dragged under by the current, although details are sketchy at present.
  • Smart Blood?

    CHANDIGARH: Police are investigating a doctor couple for the death of their 11-year-old son, who died when they allegedly tried to transfuse his blood to his elder brother, Abhishek. The couple apparently wanted to make the elder brother better at studies and the mother had been advised to go for the transfusion by a guru in her dream.

  • When Death Comes Calling, So Does Oscar the Cat

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.

  • Devotees and the Wheel of Time
  • Diocese Builds Crematory as Cremation Acceptance Grows

    "This is what's happening today. This is the reality. It is the wave of the future," said Bishop Paul Bootkoski of the Metuchen Diocese, which is building the crematory. "We're going along with what our Catholic population is looking for."

  • Visitor to Mayapur Drowns in Bhagirathi After Saving Sister

    R. Harish Kumar Aiyar, a 30-year-old mechanical engineer with a Delhi company, drowned in the Bhagirathi yesterday after pulling his sister to safety. He and his family were visiting the ISKCON temple in Nadia's Mayapur.

  • Memories of Suhotra Prabhu

    "Suhotraji never nibbled at life, he took huge bites that would choke a person with weaker digestion. Some people think he was eccentric, but I don't think he was. He would move in a particular direction, in a particular way . . ." Murari dasa, a resident of Mayapur, remembers his long-time friend.

  • Remembrance of Suhotra Prabhu

    His Holiness A.C. Bhaktivaibhava Swami Offers Homage to Suhotra Prabhu

  • Six Killed En Route To Mayapur

    Five members of a family and a driver were killed when their car collided with a mini-truck at Ranaghat area of Nadia district on March 3.

  • Deaths : K.C. Gupta, Leader of Hindu University of America

    Professor Kuldip C. Gupta, a founding member and president of Hindu University of America in Orlando, died Feb. 7 of a heart attack while traveling in Bombay, India. He was 66 years old.