You have arrived at the home page of the Bhakti Yoga Centre in Hamburg, Germany. We are part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Maybe you have arrived at this page because you are interested in Yoga or Hinduism. Besides Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga is the most well known path of self realization in Hinduism. Whereas Hatha Yoga
requires gymnastic exercises, Bhakti Yoga acts through pronouncing the names of God, the Hare Krishna mantra. The mantra can be murmured silently or sung.
For the philosophically inclined, too, the path of Bhakti has veritable treasures in store. Let us only mention the age old Bhagavad-gita, India‘s classic of
Sanskrit literature, from which we regularly hold classes during our Sunday feasts. There is also opportunity for a happy spiritual exchange of ideas. We cordially invite you.
your hosts at the Bhakti Yoga Centre, Hamburg, Germany
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
As conflict heightens in Ukraine, we understand that your hearts are filled with concern about our dear devotees in the region and offer you a brief report on their situation.
The devotees wake up to a changed reality -- tanks rolling through the streets in some places, explosions in their neighborhoods in others, and the sound of gunshots in the distance. While
the tendency for a living entity in such a situation is naturally to be overcome with fear, our devotees are finding that Srila Prabhupada has offered them an extraordinary alternative --
they are taking shelter of the Holy Names, of the association of the Vaisnavas, and of the most merciful Sri Sri Radha-Madhava who have appeared in Kyiv in their beautiful deity forms.
Many grhasthas have taken shelter in the temple and found that amongst the chaos, they are able to find security in joining together for kirtan, service, and hearing the message of eternal
truth given to us by our acaryas. The brahmacaris have lovingly welcomed the grhasthas and serve them with affection.
There is indeed danger, and for most, no opportunity to leave the situation, but the devotees are joining together to support and care for each other as much as possible. The temple has been
secured and discussions continue as to how the deities and devotees can best be protected.
At this stage, there is not much scope to offer assistance from outside the country, though our leaders in neighboring countries have already prepared to assist in any way possible, including
the organization of mass prasadam distribution for refugees.
No matter the material circumstance, we are each equipped to offer our support through the power of the Holy Names and sincere prayer to your Lordships. We request devotees worldwide to
please hold kirtans and daily offer their prayers for our wonderful Vaisnavas in Ukraine and for all those entrenched in the conflict. The strength of our prayers and our heartfelt concern
will certainly reach them if we can come together collectively in our communities to organize kirtans and prayers.
May we all find the supreme peace of realizing our eternal position at the lotus feet of the Lord.
Bhakti Caitanya Swami
Revati Raman Das,
GBC Executive Committee