donderdag 5 maart 2015

ISKCON Timeline


ISKCON Timeline
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1965 - Srila Prabhupada sails to America to establish ISKCON, Aug. 27 to October 1.

1966 - ISKCON corporation founded Aug. 5. First centers open in New York and Height Ashbury.

1967 - Mantra-rock dance and first U.S. Ratha-yatra festival held in San Francisco, July 26.

1968 - Disciples establish ISKCON in England with the help of the Beatles.

1969 - Disciples open dozens of new temples, including New Vrindaban, Toronto, and Los Angeles.

1970 - Srila Prabhupada establishes the GBC, Governing Body Commission, with the Direction of Management, July 28. | Evidence that child abuse taking place in ISKCON, see document | Bhavananda (later one of the eleven gurus) begins abusing ISKCON devotees' children in New York.

1971 - First gurukula established in Dallas.

1972 - According to Prabhupada's letters, by this time he was aware of temple presidents beating their wives and child abuse in gurukula (Rochford, 1998, p. 49 ).

1973 - ISKCON increasingly depends on panhandling to raise money. | After only a few years, ISKCON-arranged marriages are ending in divorce (Rochford, 1998, p. 49). | Motorcycle gang attacks New Vrindaban, June 5.

1974 - By this time, the gurukula basically functions as childcare so mothers can go on sankirtan (Rochford, 1998, pp. 51-53, 61). | Prabhupada refuses to sanction any further marriages (Rochford, 1998, p. 49). | Hamsadutta convicted of weapons possession charges in Germany (three years later he will become one of the eleven gurus). | ISKCON-wide standards set for gurukula behavior modification program. (Proposed List of Standards for, public relations files, circa 1974)

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dinsdag 3 maart 2015

Meditation makes you more creative

Meditation makes you more creative

Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking. This is the outcome of a study by cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato and her fellow researchers at Leiden University, published 19 April in the open access journalist  'Frontiers in Cognition'.

This study is a clear indication that the advantages of particular types of meditation extend much further than simply relaxation. The findings support the belief that meditation can have a long-lasting influence on human cognition, including how we think and how we experience events.