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  • Her Grace Krsnanandini Dasi: Life & Legacy Documentary

    The film project’s purpose is to pay tribute to Krsnanandini Dasi by presenting her inspiring life and the impact she made on her family, spiritual community, and society at large.

  • South Africa’s Vaishnavi Ministry Reaches Out to Help Vaishnavis During Women’s Month

    The Vaishnavi Ministry of South Africa has been reaching out to honor and serve the Vaishnavi community during Women’s Month, by providing counseling, spiritual support, and care packs during difficult times.

  • A Bond of Love Interview Series Connects Viewers With Srila Prabhupada

    A Bond of Love, a series of online interviews, sees Vaishnavi disciples of Srila Prabhupada sharing their memories and realizations about their spiritual master twice a month, and thus connecting multiple generations with ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya.

  • ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry: Healthy Families, Strong Communities

    In a lecture on March 8, 1966, Srila Prabhupada instructed that if we want to do something good for our families we should try to make them Krishna Conscious, then our lives will be successful. Communities are the sum of the individuals who make up those communities. If our family units are strong then the communities that we collectively represent will be strong as well.

  • New Vrindaban to Offer Nourishing and Inspiring Mother’s Day Retreat in Safe Environment

    ISKCON New Vrindaban is set to offer a Covid-safe Mother’s Day Wellness Retreat for Vaishnavis and their families with an aim to provide nourishment, relaxation and inspiration for women during difficult times.

  • Remembering Pishima: An Exalted Vaishnavi

    Bhavatarini Devi Dasi, or Pishima as she was commonly known to ISKCON devotees, was the younger sister of Srila Prabhupada. On April 7, 2021, ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry will honor Pishima’s disappearance day with Srutirupa Devi Dasi (ACBSP) and Ananga Manjari Devi Dasi (ACBSP) who were privileged to have Pishma’s personal association.

  • Vrinda Sheth Talks About The Final Book of Her Ramayana Trilogy Focusing on Sita’s Perspective

    Destroyer of Sorrow, the epic conclusion to Vrinda Sheth’s Sita’s Fire trilogy based on the Ramayana, is set to be released by Mandala Publishing on April 20th. Hardbound and 336 pages long, the book features over ninety illustrations by Vrinda’s mother Anna Johansson (Annapurna Dasi) and is the culmination of a decade of work on the trilogy by the mother and daughter team. 

  • ISKCON at the UN Organizes Interfaith Panel on Women’s Empowerment

    ISKCON at the UN and the ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry have organized an interfaith panel discussion entitled “Shared Stories: Culture, Religion & Women’s Empowerment” which will take place virtually on March 21st as part of the NGO Commission on the Status of Women Forum.

  • Women Welcome Transformation at Urban Devi Autumn Retreat

    Around forty-five women from Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, Chile, and across the U.S. and Canada attended the fourth annual Urban Devi Retreat on October 17th, entitled “Welcoming Transformation” and held virtually on Zoom.

  • The Bhakti Body

    Foundations for Optimal Health Presented By Vaishnavi Ministry North America

  • New Vaishnavi Regional Ministers Appointed

    Regional ministers serve as the liaisons for the Vaishnavi Ministry and develop programs for the care of Vaishnavis in their areas. 

  • A Letter To Our Future Selves

    We are members of an institution meant for giving compassion to others, but are we each individually acting with compassion in our personal dealings?

  • New Book “The Emergence of Women’s Voices in ISKCON” to Launch with Online Event

    A historic new anthology entitled “The Emergence of Women’s Voices in ISKCON: A Collection of Letters, Articles, Papers, and Conference Reports from 1988 to 2020” is set to be released with a special online book launch event on August 22nd and 23rd

  • New Book: A Bond of Love - Srila Prabhupada’s Daughters

    In a new book A Bond of Love published by Bookwrights Press Srila Prabhupada’s daughters remember their time with their spiritual master.

  • Senior GBC / Gurus Support Vaishnavi Diksa-Gurus in New Video

    In a video released today featuring Gopal Krishna Goswami, Bhakti Charu Swami, and Jayapataka Swami, these three initiating gurus and senior members of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) explain why they support the GBC resolution empowering women to serve as initiating spiritual masters in ISKCON. 

  • Second Annual Vaishnavi Padayatra Addresses Violence to Women

    The matajis of ISKCON Amravati walked for 8km and participated in dramas, sankirtana and other activities along the way.

  • ISKCON International Vaishnavi Ministry’s Statement on Vaishnavi Dikhsa Gurus

     ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) recently ended a lengthy, detailed consideration of the Vaishnavi diksa guru question that has been under consideration since 2003. The Vaishnavi Ministry welcomes the new resolution, which upholds important spiritual principles and Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition while accommodating concerns about local communities having different cultural standards.

  • New Vaishnavi Regional Ministers Appointed

    ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry has recently announced the appointment of several new regional co-ministers. 

  • Amravati Witnesses First ISKCON Vaishnavi Padayatra

    On March 10, International Women’s Day, the Amravati, Maharashtra, ISKCON Girls’ Forum (IGF) successfully completed the movement’s inaugural Vaishnavi one-day padayatra.

  • “The Power of Women’s Voices – How They Have Changed the Spiritual Landscape”, Part 2 of 2
  • New Booklet Addresses Women’s Services in ISKCON

    “What’s a Woman to Do?” a new 32-page booklet written by Srila Prabhupada disciple and author Visakha Dasi, and released on Gita Jayanti day, reflects on women’s services in Srila Prabhupada’s Hare Krishna Movement.

  • Devotee Women Empower and Support Each Other at Vaishnavi Retreat

    Seventy-two women, ranging in age all the way from 12 to 76, attended the Vaishnavi Retreat in Lake County, California from October 5thto 7th. Amongst them were 23 Srila Prabhupada disciples, and many second generation devotees and new bhaktins.

  • 2018 International Vaisnavi Retreat: The Art of Deity Worship

    The yearly International Vaisnavi Retreat was established in 2011 to give the ladies of ISKCON special educational opportunities and to strengthen networking connections between junior and senior vaisnavis.

  • New Book Celebrates Today’s Women in the Bhakti Tradition

    A new book is being released this summer featuring the individual voices of 108 women in the Bhakti tradition. Over the last three years, Krishna Kanta Dasi—founder of the Vaishnavi Voices Poetry Project—has been collecting the poetry of vaishnavis, or female practitioners of bhakti, from all over the world to produce Bhakti Blossoms: A Collection of Contemporary Vaishnavi Poetry.

  • VIHE Holds International Vaishnavi Retreat at Govardhan

    The 7thannual VIHE International Vaishnavi Retreat at Govardhana (India) concluded on March 26. The 6-day program, dedicated to celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s mercy upon womankind, had as its special theme “Windows to the Spiritual World”.   The Bal Krsna Bhawan hall in the village of Jatipura, home of the original Gopala Temple of Srila Madhavendra Puri, was duly transformed to host an exhibition of over 60 reproductions of paintings and drawings by various vaishnavi artists from the world over, ranging from well-known BBT artists to young devotees from the St. Petersburg Art University.

  • Women in ISKCON in Prabhupada's Time: Part Four

    Many of the wrongs done to women for so many years have now been corrected and ISKCON women have recovered some of their rights. Unfortunately, they have been rehabilitated only to higher or lesser degrees according to the different leaders in different places. Much is still to be done for men to fully recognize women’s dignity.

  • International Vaishnavi Teenage Girls' Mela at Rajapur

    Devaki Dasi in conjunction with the Institute for Spiritual Culture organized an International Girls' Mela at the Jagannath Temple in Rajapur, just outside of Mayapur, at the end of February. The event was for girls between 13 and 20 years of age, coming from different parts of the world, many of them living permanently in Sri Dham Mayapur. Devaki conducted a seminar entitled "Fascinating Womanhood In Spiritual Culture".

  • Women in ISKCON in Prabhupada’s Times - Part Three

    Often pushed by his male disciples to minimize ISKCON women’s spiritual position, Srila Prabhupada reacted, for example, in the following way: Srila Prabhupada: ‘”You dance, she dances. You sing, she sings, you cook, she cooks, there is no difference. You are the same in Krishna’s eyes.”

  • Women in ISKCON in Prabhupada’s Times - Part Two

    After the first six years of the movement, at the beginning of the 1970’s, a first change took place, which of course was not contested by anyone. As those new decisions were adopted, and instead of the simple separation between men and women that Prabhupada wanted, a real segregation was taking place.

  • Gurudevis and Grandmothers

    Undoubtedly, several senior women devotees in our movement are as learned, dedicated, and in other ways spiritually qualified as many of their godbrothers. Why then should there be any hesitation to induct them as diksa-gurus?

  • Vaishnavi Mother of 5 Kids - Her Life Style, Diet, Exercise, Japa, Husband;

    Radhika Dasi - a Gopi skirts maker is also a mother of 5 wonderful kids. She explains about her life, how she got married, who were her parents, how she manages her home and 5 kids, what she eats to remain beautiful and fit.

  • She Can Become Guru - Vaishnavi Gurus in ISKCON

    The role of diksha guru is an important one in Vaishnava culture and in ISKCON. Over the last several years there has been much discussion whether women can serve in this role in our society. It has been discussed formally, and in depth at the GBC level and among devotees in different venues. 

     A video was produced by "Vaishnavi Gurus" recently and forwarded to ISKCON News. We do not endorse the conclusion or opinion of this video. We post it because ISKCON News is a venue for news, information, and opinions about our society, and we believe our ISKCON community is  strengthened by a thoughtful and balanced exchange of ideas. 

  • A Project Dedicated to Honoring the Voices of Vaishnavis

    A new book is being produced that calls for the participation of women poets in the Bhakti tradition. The Vaishnavi Voices Poetry Project is drawing in women devotees from all over the world, who are uniting together to represent and offer a tribute to the spiritual sentiments of contemporary vaishnavis, or women practitioners of bhakti yoga.

  • My Mother Made Us Feel Valued and Included- Gopisvari Dasi

    Gopisvari Dasi shares how her mother raised her and her siblings in the most beautiful way. She made each one of them feel included and valued. Because she was always happy even with very little to call her own and also in adverse situations they learned how to do the same! Watch as she shares wonderful nuggets of wisdom from how her own mother and other mothers from the movement included her and nurtured her in her life in Krishna Consciousness. Gopisvari Dasi grew up in the Hare Krishna movement and is currently a Pujari/Priest at the ISKCON of Washington DC temple

  • Introductory Course for Women at Bhaktivedanta Manor

    Students will be awarded with a certificate by successfully completing the course. Attendees can experience devotional lifestyle at Bhaktivedanta Manor amongst devotees and likeminded students. They learn to build up a regular sadhana (devotional practice), attending daily morning and evening program at the temple.

  • Bhaktivedanta Manor Introductory Course for Women - Bhaktin Course

    Attendees can experience devotional lifestyle at Bhaktivedanta Manor amongst devotees and likeminded students. They learn to built up a regular sadhana (devotional practise) by attending the daily morning and evening program in the temple room.

  • GBC Completes Three-Day Special Session on Vaishnavi Diksa Gurus

    The Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recently completed a special three-day session during which the GBC Body considered whether or not this worldwide Vaishnava community should endorse and implement the policy of having women serve as diksa-gurus, or initiating spiritual masters, within the ISKCON society. 

  • Kishori Yatra Tour Helps Young Girls Realize Their Potential

    Twenty-five young girls aged eleven to sixteen embarked on the Kishori Yatra bus tour from June 6th to 29th this summer, taking a life-changing road trip in America that was a major positive influence at an extremely formative period in their lives. With them were a group of positive role models and experienced youth leaders, dubbed “counselors,” all of them second generation ISKCON devotees themselves.

  • US West Coast Vaishnavi Retreat

    The 2014 West Coast Vaisnava Women's Retreat will be held April 25-27, 2014, at Radha’s Garden in the San Diego area. 

  • USA West Coast Vaishnavi Retreat

    The 2013 US West Coast Vaisnava Women's Retreat will be held March 22 – 24 at Radha’s Garden in the San Diego area.

  • 2013 Vaishnavi Retreat at Govardhana
    The Vrindavana Institute for Higher Education heartily invites Vaishnavi ladies to take part in the upcoming third International Vaishnavi Retreat, to be held at the foothill of Sri Giriraja Govardhana from March 30 to April 3, 2013.
  • International Vaishnavi Retreat 2012
    Eighty devotees from 15 different countries attended the international Vaishnavi retreat at Govardhana Hill this year. With their luggage the participants also packed the resolution to come back for more sadhvi-sanga next year, and the determination to strive harder in their spiritual life.
  • Second International Vaisnavi Retreat at Govardhana
    Every devotee needs peer association and intimate relationships on the spiritual platform. Many a times it is difficult for ISKCON female devotees to have such association in their daily lives.
  • A Spiritual Retreat for Women in Brighton, Ontario, Canada
    Many women in the Hare Krishna community, if not all, undoubtedly have incredible amounts of responsibilities and duties to manage in every day life. Whether it's being a wife, a mother, a university student, an employee or a even head of a company, being able to manage personal lives with spiritual endeavours can be a difficult task to manage.
  • International Vaishnavi Retreat in Govardhana
    Fostering a spirit of love and care between vaishnavis and generating peer support between female devotees dedicated to Srila Prabhupada's mission, the International Vaisnavi Retreat was held at the foothills of Giriraj Govardhan, Jatipura, India on March 6-9.
  • International Vaishnavi Retreat in Govardhana
    Fostering a spirit of love and care between devotees is on the agenda for the up-coming International Vaishnavi Retreat. This special event is aimed at generating peer support between female devotees dedicated to Srila Prabhupada’s mission.
  • New Vrindaban To Host Ninth Annual Vaishnavi Retreat
    ISKCON’s rural community in New Vrindaban, West Virginia is set to host its Ninth Annual Vaishnavi Retreat from October 1st to 3rd. The retreat is an opportunity for devotee women to nourish their bodies, minds, and souls in a safe, non-judgmental environment.