ISKCON South Africa Annual Report - 2014 | Page 2

2 1 “That is our mission. We want to see everyone happy.” ISKCON Founder Acarya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Hare Krishna International Society for Krishna Consciousness It is a great pleasure to present to you the ISKCON South Africa Annual report for 2014. The theme for the 2014 report is #ISKCONinAction. We pray it reflects the love, dedication, inspiration and compassion that the many members of ISKCON represent in their every day actions along with ISKCON’s many great friends and well-wishers. You will hear from His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Swami, the Co-Governing Body Commissioner for South Africa who along with the National Secretaries reflects on the great strides ISKCON continues to make and the build-up too much awaited significant events in 2015 and 2016. We are excited to present to you special features on some of the lesser known gems in ISKCON South Africa, like the grass-roots activities in ISKCON Stellenbosch as well as the success, growth and meaningful impact in the surrounding communities that ISKCON Midrand and ISKCON Sandton continue to experience. We showcase Cape Town Govinda’s to bring you a flavor of how Krishna cuisine is making its mark in the Mother City. We put the spotlight on ISKCON Durban’s plans for the 30th anniversary of the flagship Sri Sri Radha Radhanath temple and share some of the exciting developments that will see ISKCON Durban leading the go-to green charge in ISKCON South Africa. Food for Life, almost unnoticed has reached staggering new heights with over three million meals of sanctified food which is prepared, offered and distributed with love as an offering to Lord Krishna address the needs of so many across our country. We report on ISKCON’s dynamic youth who are taking Krishna Consciousness so seriously and really making Kirtan part of their core. The success in university outreach is reflected by another award winning year for the Bhakti Yoga Society. Book Distribution, an activity so close to the heart of our beloved Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada has had a bumper year with a 20% increase in books distributed in December 2014 alone. We conclude with a snapshot of some images and stories from ISKCON globally. We hope you find as much inspiration in these pages as we did in compiling this for you. In 2016 we will bring you a special edition themed #JoyofDevotion where we will focus on the heart of ISKCON – the devotees and friends who make what you read in this report possible. Your servant Nanda Kishor das ISKCON South Africa Communications For ISKCON South Africa National Council