Role of Devotees under Ritvik System
Please note that the function of the Ritvik Representative is one of check and balance - to approve or not approve President’s recommendation – and thus Ritviks are given very limited role whereas Temple President has more responsibility to make decision/judgment to recommend devotees for first and second initiation.Also note that Only TPs and Ritviks are given role in the process of initiations and GBCs, Sannyasis, and other Senior Devotees (who are not TPs or Ritviks) are not given any role.
The Untold Story of Nelson Mandela & the Bhagavad Gita
I thought you might like to know a little bit of the untold side of Nelson Mandela. He came several times to ISKCON's Ratha Yatra in South Africa while he was president of the nation. The first time Bhakti Tirtha Swami met him, in the course of their conversation, Maharaja quoted a Gita verse. Half-way thru the verse, Mandela quoted the rest of it. Bhakti Tirtha Swami was surprised. He asked "You know the Gita?" Mandela said "Try me." Every Gita verse Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja knew, Nelson knew as well.
Controversial "Made snana" begins amid protests
Devotees perform "Made Snana" in their belief that doing so would cure them of various ailments, especially those related to skin and help overcome miseries.
Why Lord Perumal sleeps on His left hand side
Bhujanga-sayana Perumal, who was very fond of Thirumazhisai-alwar, said, “I do not dwell in the places where my devotees are not respected,” and decided to follow Thirumazhisai-alwar, shedding His deity form. It is said that the Lord accompanied Thirumazhisai-alwar and Kanni-kannan along with His serpent, Anantha.
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
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