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We are accepting applications for Chakra's webmaster position. Like all Chakra positions, this is a volunteer job. At minimum, it will involve posting new articles, ads and announcements at least 4-5 times/week. We are also open to discussing additional tasks, including membership on the editorial board, and suggestions for innovations to Chakra's format. If interested, please write a letter to, telling us a little about your qualifications and why you are interested in this service.

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

    Sumptuous prasadam by world famous cook, Bhumi devi
    VIP Guest Speaker Malati prabhu
    VIP Guest Speaker Sandamini prabhu
    Srila Prabhupada Memories panel by Prabhupada disciples
    Prasadam picnic with the cows at the Escondido Farm project
And much more!

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The “Fort Knox” door while living up to its name in state of the art security and function also symbolizes to us all the decades of making safe the Bhaktivedanta Archives collection. It is very satisfying to stand back and look at such an iconic name and know it is now associated with the vani of Srila Prabhupada.

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On the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, devotees at ISKCON Juhu distributed more than 1,08,000 plates of hot meals to visitors at the temple and the underprivileged in Mumbai on 14 and 15 January 2013.

A team of 100 volunteers and ISKCON devotees prepared and cooked the prasada (sanctified vegetarian food) while another 200 devotees and congregation members coordinated the prasada distribution at various locations in Mumbai. More than 70 vans were dispatched from the temple since early morning to reach their designated location before noon to facilitate families to have hot lunch meals. Several members of the temple management including Gopal Krishna Goswami, GBC & Trustee; Devakinandan Das, Zonal Secretary and Braja Hari Das, Temple President visited some of the locations to distribute the prasada. The hot meal, which was served on environment friendly leaf plates, consisted of rice, dal, subji, pickle and halava.

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Quality Mrdanga drum for sale. Played for several hours then stored for some time. Perfect condition, blue clay body, very tight heads and in tune, ready to play. Approximately 26 inches long by 12 inch wide head. Comes with cloth covering and strap. Originally purchased at an ISKCON temple. Asking $150.00 plus shipping cost. Sorry but cannot donate the drum, needing the money. Serious inquiries only please. Thanks! If interested, please contact

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I want to draw your attention to a very regrettable event in our ISKCON Temple in Vrindavana Dhama. This event took place in the ‘Balarama Hall’ and was organised by the Russian Community of Vrindavana.

The questions I am asking are how come the ISKCON authorities allow such event to take place in the Vrindavana Temple? Is this the standard now set in the holy Dhama where all karmi pastimes for children will be celebrated in ISKCON Vrindavan? Maybe Easter Bunny will be celebrated in ISKCON Vrindavan?

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ISKCON Governing Body Commission: Keep the resolution permitting female devotees to serve as diksa guru

If you agree, please consider signing the following petition: We, the undersigned, petition the GBC to keep the resolution permitting female devotees to serve ISKCON members as both siksa and diksa gurus. We further petition the GBC to approve diksa guru candidates solely on the basis of spiritual qualification without any bodily consideration, including gender.


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The NA GBC and Temple President Annual Meetings began at the Houston Hare Krishna Temple with two inspiring topics: A Key Note address on "Srila Prabhupada's Position" by Ravindra Svarupa Das, ISKCON scholar and GBC member, and a Book Distribution Report by Vaisesika dasa, North American Book Distribution Minister.

Ravindra Svarupa explained the significance of the term, "Founder-Acarya", in reference to Srila Prabhupada, and its roots of usage within the Gaudiya Matha. He also presented an overview of the significance of ISKCON's international headquarters in Mayapura, and its special role in Prabhupada's plan. (Click here for the full article)

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Dear friends - through our tears we have to tell you that our most beloved and dearest friend Shyamdas disappeared into Krishna today. He was in a road accident in his beloved Mother India.

We are in shock and immense sadness - and yet, we will celebrate for his union, at last, with Sri Krishna.

Just a few days ago he wrote these words to us:

"Hari lila unfolds in so many directions, we can only bow to the quarters and this is something that we all have to deal with, the pains and joys of wearing the outfits of life that change from moment to moment all according to the whim of Hari. Such a lila it is, full of abundance what else could I want in life." (Click here for the full article)

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"The yogi who is progressive is therefore on the true path of eternal good fortune." …..Purport: 18:47

My friend Mahayogi Dasa was a great yogi.

My friend Mahayogi Dasa was better than a great yogi.

My friend Mahayogi Dasa was a great devotee of Krishna.

Some devotees reading this already know who Mahayogi Dasa was.

Other readers do not.

Still other readers will finally get an opportunity to put a face on the person whom up till now might only have been a voice at the other end of a telephone call. (Click here for the full article)

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Dear Prabhu's and Mataji's:

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Attached you will find the information for the next Bhakti-vriksha convention to be held in Sri Mayapur Dham.

Please mark your calendar and book your rooms quickly. Since the convention will be right after Gourapurnima, we encourage you to make your arrangements as soon as possible. Please note that due to the Gourapurnima festival, you may not be able to book rooms before the convention. But rooms will be available as of the 29th of March 2013 (The first date of the convention which starts on the evening). Please write to for room bookings. (Click here for the full article)

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Rosette Sullivan moved into the San Diego, California ISKCON temple in 1972. She was 50 years old, and she so urgently felt the need to heed Krishna's call in Bhagavad-gita to abandon all else and surrender exclusively to him that, when her husband, Ron, hesitated to move into the temple, she told him, "Well, when you want to see me, you know where to find me." He followed shortly after that. She was from a cultured, pious, professional-class family in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her family included physicians, attorneys, teachers, Roman Catholic priests, nuns, and bishops.

The strength of her faith in devotional service as taught by Srila Prabhupada kept the couple in the temple community. When they got their own apartment some time later, they volunteered it to serve as Srila Prabhupada's quarters when he visited San Diego. I met them shortly after I married in 1973. My wife counted Rose, as she was known, as her best friend. At that time Rose and Ron were living in El Cajon, which was pretty rural at the time. Whenever I spoke with her, Rose would ask, "Please tell me, prabhu: What colors are the Deities wearing today?" At the time I had the service of doing the noon worship of Sri Sri Radha-Giridhari, so she assumed that I would notice—and remember—what Their Lordships were wearing as I served them. I was often embarrassed to have been caught short, despite knowing that she would ask me, and her prompting helped me improve at taking note of how the Deities were dressed each day. She thought always of the Lord and his devotees. (Click here for the full article)

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Why all this talk of becoming vegan in ISKCON? Didn't Srila Prabhupada say not to add anything to his formula? I feel very strongly that ISKCON needs to put more money into go-raksya. Buy more land where there are rural temples or land near temples and set up ethical dairies and goshalas in accordance with varnsasrama. In the UK we now have the Ahimsa milk production which is a good is a good start and eventually we could have these dairies and goshalas set up all over the country. After the Deities have been nicely served with the milk products and the ashram devotrees have had their not milk of an evening then in accordance with Srila Prabhupada`s wishes, if there is any produce left over then people can come and buy the milk, ghee, butter, cream, yoghurt etc and then we can teach them also about varnasrama and of course naturally common people will come to volunteer and help.

We seem to be lacking in devotees who want to get trained up and dedicate themselves to go-raksya. Bhaktivedanta manor for example is so successful because we have cows there as was Srila Prabhupada`s desire and that is the main reason for its success! Instead of concentrating so much on making life members we should also be aware of the impoirtance that Srila Prabhupada stressed about protecting the cows. We need more goshalas in the UK, and in ISKCON around the world and that is the bottom line, and they dont have to cost a lot of money either. (Click here for the full article)

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I have a large collection of Vaishnava and other Vedic books that I am looking to divest myself of. I have some books by Srila Prabhupada, but mostly they are books from other Vaishnava traditions. I would be willing to sell them on a donation basis. I live in Los Angeles. I will be happy to provide a list of titles available, upon request. Thank you.

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Serving young devotees and aspiring devotees - an exciting new preaching opportunity at Bhakti Centre in NW London, UK. Benefits include ample prasadam, lots of love and care! Senior devotees' association. 2 vacancies have been created for this post. For more information contact:
Radhakanta das, Mobile 07515 484917. Email

£500.00 per month.
Dormitory Charges: £338.00 per month includes prasadam.
Refundable Deposit: £468.00 (Click here for the full article)

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Kindly allow me to introduce myself. My name is Guhya Das, and I am an initiated disciple of HH Gopal Krishna Maharaj. Now I am 48 years old and have been serving in ISKCON for the past 28 years.

Over the past few years, I have served in several temples as pujari, cook, kirtaneer and preacher. Some of the temples that I served in abroad are Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya, Toronto and Calgary, Canada, Miami USA, and Panama (Central America).

Here in India I have served at ISKCON Vrindaban, ISKCON Chandighadh, ISKCON Mira Road, ISKCON Juhu, ISKCON Vallabh Vidyanagar, ISKCON Baroda and ISKCON Ahmedabad. (Click here for the full article)

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It was another beautiful fall day in Tucson, Arizona. The preparations started days before, to prepare for the biggest single event all year at Govinda's, the celebrated American holiday – Thanksgiving Day! "We bake the pumpkin pies and do all the prep work the previous day to assure we can keep up with the crowds", says Tusli devi . She and her husband Manohar das have been the main cooks at Govinda's for the past 11 years.

We served 350 plates of delicious prasad, including all the traditional fare, to the grateful patrons, who mostly sat outside in our beautiful resort-like patio and listened to a concert of melodious harp music played by a congregational devotee. Our rescued turkey 'Mukti', who was the special guest of honor, roamed about the compound getting his photo taken with both the kids and adults alike. (Click here for the full article)

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The Congregational Development Ministry and His Holiness Jayapataka Swami are proud to present our new campaign to inspire all the members of International Society for Krishna Consciousness.


Maharaj inspired us to create and promote this campaign to remind us to be happy in Krishna consciousness. We hope you will be happy to help us to promote this campaign and message!!! (Click here for the full article)

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On December 4, 2012 at 12:23 a.m. our dear godbrother and longtime friend Mahahari das left his body after a one-and-a-half-year bout with blood cancer. It is always sad when a loved one leaves our company, and this too is the case with Mahahari prabhu. However, the passing of this particular person was no ordinary death, as he surrendered to the process of Krishna consciousness and began his journey on the path back to home, back to Godhead.

Mahahari prabhu had the good fortune of having been a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and an aspiring devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As such, his passing is glorious and his future very bright. As Lord Sri Krishna Himself assures all of us: "In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear." (Bg 2.40) In his purport to this verse Srila Prabhupada goes on to say: "Material activities and their results end with the body. But work in Krishna consciousness carries the person again to Krishna consciousness, even after the loss of the body. At least one is sure to have a chance in the next life of being born again as a human being, either in the family of a great cultured brāhmaṇa or in a rich aristocratic family that will give one a further chance for elevation. That is the unique quality of work done in Krishna consciousness". (Click here for the full article)

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The house has a new roof and electricity (electronic meter). Furniture is available with the purchase of the house. It is a peaceful place near the temple New Mayapur in France.

If interested, contact (Click here for the full article)

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We need female devotee caregivers for a senior Prabhupada disciple at New Gokula Dham, Vancouver, Canada. This is a night-shift position, from 9pm until 8am. Client is usually up 2-3 times in the night. Currently this is a two weeks on, two weeks off, situation but this could be changed if necessary. $56/day and meals offered.. Own room in clients apartment. Restroom away from the apartment, is available if necessary. We are wanting for this senior devotee to be able to stay in her own home, which is her desire.

For more information, please email to

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This is an opportunity for devotees interested in community-building and self-sufficiency/organic farming. We are looking for sincere, loyal, forward-thinking devotees of Srila Prabhupada to help us use our 200 acres of prime farmland for spreading the Hare Krishna movement in Guyana. (Click here for the full article)

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In just one month sensational new Youth Kirtan band Shyamananda Kirtan Mandali have sold-out of two pressings of their self-titled debut album CD's and they have now gone on to feature as best-selling artists in the World category on the notorious internet music site Bandcamp.

Shyamananda Kirtan Mandali recently had the good fortune of accompanying His Grace Madhava Prabhu to various locations around Australia on his 'Kirtan Forever' tour. As a consequence their kirtans managed to capture the hearts of many listeners, including His Grace Sri Prahlada. (Click here for the full article)

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I have found several different versions of the same divine song, written by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur — "Ami Yamuna Puline." The songs are sung by ISKCON's Hare Krishna devotees all over the world. Please click on one or more of the video links at the bottom of this article to see and listen, in order to become wise, peaceful, happy, prosperous and liberated. Hare Krishna. Hari Om Tat Sat. (Click here for the full article)

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Dear Friends,

Jaya Sri Gopa! Jai Sri Govinda!

Those of you who live in Vraja please join us to celebrate Govardhana Puja (Nov. 14) and Gopastami (Nov. 21) at our facility in Kiki Nagla. Kirtana will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by go-puja, feeding the herd laddhus and then a feast.

Those of you who live too far away, please join us in spirit in remembering Sri Gopal and His wonderful cows. (Click here for the full article)

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I would like to announce the debut album of LIFELINE entitled "Civil Disobedience" out now on Fast Break Records. This is a Vaisnava Punk Rock project consisting of former members of Run Devil Run and Boy Sets Fire. All songs are based on the science of self-realization and encourage the world to think on a higher platform. Bhakta Robert Ehrenbrand and myself (Dayal-Nitai das) have compiled a 10 song Cd and would love to spread the good word through the underground! Please help us spread Lord Chaitanya's movement where many are afraid to go! HARE KRSNA!!!!!

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Let me first introduce you to a vaishnava— His Grace Radha Madhava Prabhu (formerly Richard Mende) who is now 77 years old and has just completed writing two books which will be published soon. He graduated from Stanford University and has worked in New York in the film producing industry while he was absorbed in worldly ways of life.

His Grace Guru das Prabhu writes about His Grace Radha Madhav Prabhu: "Richard Mende's The Book of Constant Chanting is an important book. He has culled many of the most sublime, meaningful, poetic and life changing verses and slokas from many, many sources. He has painstakingly devoted many hours of research and practice in this intelligent anthology, he wrote for our benefit. I first met Richard Mende in Radha Kund, a small village in India. Although previously experiencing wealth and material success, he has now chosen a life of renunciation, devotion and love of God via the practice of Bhakti yoga and chanting the Holy Names Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. (Click here for the full article)

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Everything is moving along nicely here at Murari and we are getting ready for one of our favorite festivals... Govardhana Puja! This day is just like every day at Murari... it's all about the cows! But this will be a special celebration in which everyone is invited to join... kirtan starts at 12 followed by gopuja, pushpanjali for Govardhana Hill (home of Sri Sri Krsna Balarama), aratik and more kirtan, and a sumptuous feast made from the organic milk, yogurt, paneer, and ghee generously given by Murari's cows.

Please join us on this wonderful day, Sunday November 18 We look forward to celebrating with you and your friends and family. The flyer is attached. (Click here for the full article)

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We are selling one of the last beautiful building lots left in the Alachua, Florida area. This lot is rectangular, measuring 100 x 138 ft. [Total = 13,800 sq. ft. (1,280 sq. m.) or 1/3 acre]; it is also vastu and faces the east. It sits at the end of a paved cul-de-sac (which is great for kids!) and also has sidewalks. The lot has forest views at the rear and side with seven large, beautiful shade trees limiting the heat effect of the late afternoon sun. There are several nice spots for a small, medium, or moderately large sized garden on the left or southern side.

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The apartments are 100m2 and 35m2 in a new house. Located near Parikram Marg and Madan Mohan Mandir. High ceilings, thick walls, large aluminum windows. The balcony is also trimmed grille. With air-conditioning, fans, inverters. Water from their wells - very tasty. It is very quiet and peaceful place with good energy.

For complete information, write to or call +91 904 681 64 10

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I would humbly like to inform all of you about Nanda Gokulam Gurukula. This Gurukula is located in Nanda Gokulam Farm Community (of about 70 acres) around 75 Kms from Secundrabad Station. Eight families are presently residing in the farm. The Farm Community is located in a scenic village adjoining a Hill and a Lake. Just 10 kms away from the farm is a Lord Nrsimha Ksetra named yadgirigutta.

The Nanda Gokulam Gurukula offers Vedic education as enunciated by Srila Prabhupada. We endeavor to provide a thorough Krishna Conscious academic program with the help of enthusiastic teachers. The objective of the Gurukula is to develop young boys into civilized human beings. Here, the students imbibe in their hearts an intrinsic devotion to Lord Krishna based on the teachings of the Bhagvad-Gita As It is and Shrimad Bhagvatam. (Click here for the full article)

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On 4th June, Ananta Shanti - the first and only initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada left his body either from stroke or heart-attack (reports aren't clear), in Moscow.

He was the first one in Russia to meet and receive direct training from Srila Prabhupada personally. Srila Prabhupada was in Moscow only few days, he really focused on Anatoliy, who shortly became Ananta Shanti,

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The day 26.04.2013 at 20:30 Radhasarana Dasa Prabhu (previously known as Risabhadeva dasa Prabhu), reinitiated by Lokanath Swami, has left the body in Vrindavana at Sandhipani Muni Hospital.

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Please join us this Saturday, May 4th at 3764 Watseka Ave, Los Angeles at 1 pm to celebrate the life of our beloved Kesava (aka Kerry Smith). The fire sacrifice begins at 1 pm and then the memorial and feast will take place inside the temple.

Our dearly beloved Kesava peacefully left his body on April 30th at 11:55 a.m. with Kirtan, Rashabdeva, Bhutatma and Partrkananda present. Srila Prabhupada was singing Hari Haraye Namah Krsna Yadavaya Namah, Yadavaya Madhavaya Kesavaya Namah. Kesava Prabhu was being anointed with Deity water lovingly massaged on his heart and head by his nephew as he passed away. Tulasidevi was placed in his mouth, and Caranamrta was smeared on his lips. His noble visage shined beatifically.

(Click here for the full article)

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Chakra is planning to migrate to a Wordpress format and is looking for individuals who can help us with this process. If you have the required skills and are interested in helping, please write a letter to, telling us a little about your qualifications and why you are interested in this service. This could be done by the same person who takes over the webmaster position (see ad in the left column) or a one-time service opportunity for a different person who has more limited time. If you're interested, we are also open to discussing additional tasks, including membership on the editorial board, and suggestions for innovations to Chakra's format. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Mother Laxmimoni, has offered many VTE accredited classes in Radhadesh, Mayapur, Vrindavan and more. For the past 2 years she has also offered Bhakti Sastri, Teacher Training classes, new devotee training, and more in Alachua, Florida. I humbly request you to please post the attached flier on the notice board at your temple or post it on your website or please share it with friends who may benefit.

For more information on classes and testimonials, vist
Thank You Very Much, Your Servant, Nandini Kishori devi dasi (Nisha)

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Red Rock Rishis have put together another music video, using their song "Of Seasons I Am Spring", off their album, The Beginning Is Near. It is meant to embody the verse from the Bhagavad-gita, wherein Lord Krishna says, "Of seasons, I am flower bearing spring". Pictures of colorful manifolds of flowers and beautiful paintings of Sri Krishna performing His divine lilas, make this video a spiritually soothing and blossoming blissful experience. Watch it now.

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Closing a year of ecstatic preaching and opening a new one is very exciting. More opportunities to serve the sweet lotus feet of Prabhupada and Krsna! This year I am hoping for more volunteers to correspond with the many inmates reaching out for support and guidance. Below is some more nectar from the inmates as well as an overview of the activities of IPM in 2012.

New Inmate Letter Excerpts

How I came to Krsna
by Bhakta Ben

Allow me to share with you how I came to become a bhakta. I am sitting in a cell on the close custody level of the Fourth Avenue jail that is in Maricopa County, AZ. I am currently awaiting trial for a capital death penalty case. And in all honesty, I may very well spend the rest of my life on Death Row. But that does not hold the anxiety for me that it once did. Allow me to share with you what changed in my thinking. To read the rest of Ben's story, please go to:

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Sampradaya Sun website has posted article by Bhakti Vikas Swami titled "Feminist rhetoric in Dandavats". ( ). Bhakti Vikas Swami accepts that the views expressed in article may seems like Talibanist. Following views are expressed by him in this article and he has tried to justify them using quotes from Prabhupada.

1. Women don't need to go to school. They can get education from home. They should not purse any form of college education. Prabhupada: Yes. They should be taught how to sweep, how to stitch, clean, cook, to be faithful to the husband Tamala Krsna: They don't require a big school. Tamala Krsna: Yeah. That they can get at home also.

2. Girl should not attend any co-ed school. Girls who attend such schools are called prostitutes. Prabhupada: Girls. Boys and girls. That is dangerous. Girls should be completely separated from the very beginning. They are very dangerous. Prabhupada: They should be stopped, this practice of prostitution. This is a very bad system in Europe and America. The boys and girls, they are educated, coeducation. (Click here for the full article)

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One bedroom flat available to rent in Sri Vrindavan Dham, 10 minutes walk from ISCKON Temple. Furnished, cooking facility, hot water, uninterrupted electricity and lift. Rent for three months or onwards. Please write vraja.bandhu at gmail dot com

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After a groundswell of support from ISKCON devotees and leaders, a Samadhi (mausoleum) is being constructed in the sacred land of Vrindavana, India for Srila Prabhupada's famous early disciple Yamuna Devi.

Yamuna is well-known for singing the Govindam song played at ISKCON temples around the world every morning, for writing the award-winning cookbook Lord Krishna's Cuisine, and for being an ISKCON pioneer in the UK. She passed away on December 20th, 2011 at the age of 69 due to heart complications.

Her Samadhi is being built at the ISKCON Goshala in Vrindavana, with Parvati Dasi—caretaker of Prabhupada's Samadhi Mandir—heading up the project. (Click here for the full article)

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I am delighted to publicly announce the discovery of two manuscripts handwritten by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana himself: one called "Sabda-sudha", dated 1801 Samvat (1744 A.D.), and the other called "Laghu-siddhanta-kaustubha", undated. Until now, these treatises were unknown and there is no mention of them in any of the main Gaudiya catalogues. Otherwise, we may infer that they are actually the texts referred to as "Pada-kaustubha" and "Vyakarana-kaumudi" in the lists we often see. An important peculiarity of the Sabdha-sudha manuscript is that Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana mentions the name of his father: Gangadhara Manikya. This evidence will resolve more than a hundred years of controversy regarding Vidyabhusana's parentage. Some claim that he was born in a vaisya family; some claim he was born in a ksatriya family; and others claim he was born in a brahmana family. Only accurate historical information based on documented evidence can prevent this kind of speculation, for definitely a man cannot be born in three different families at the same time. Manikya seems to be a common ksatriya title, but only after a detailed research about the Manikyas in Orissa we will be able to come to a conclusion. (Click here for the full article)

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I took this interview of Sriman Abdul Rashid– the 63-year-old designer who is the man behind the beautiful clothes and decorations of the deities of Lord Krishna and His beloved Srimati Radha at the ISKCON temple in Juhu, on the afternoon of 5th December 2012 in his room no. 162 on the first floor of Mumbai ISKCON temple (Shri Radha Ras Bihari ji). I read about him in a local newspaper and was so surprised to know that he would do such wonderful devotional service in spite of being from such a different faith and background.

My idea behind writing this article is to motivate devotees to take up this loving service of dress-making for the deities and not just buy 'readymade' deity dresses from market made by professionals and businessman. Also, this will motivate people from other religions to take up devotional service. (Click here for the full article)

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15 original signed letters by Srila Prabhupada. All in good condition as shown in photos.

Selling as a lot for $1500 firm. I will not take lower offers. (Click here for the full article)

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"It's so accessible, this is the first time I have ever thought I could teach my daughter Sanskrit. Thank you so much. It's beautiful. I can't wait for the next book to come out!" (Mother from Boston)

"Wow! This is so cool… I never thought you could say these things in Sanskrit … like 'I like mango' or 'The boy goes to school.' I'm going to buy this. (Teacher from International School) These are some of the comments I heard whilst I was flicking through the pages of this amazing resource.

The purpose of the Picture Dictionary is to demonstrate this very point, Sanskrit is not only a language of ritual and scriptures but it is very much a language of communication and can be taught as a second language in the contemporary classroom. (Click here for the full article)

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There has recently been a debate on the internet* about whether or not women can become diksa gurus, some statements of Srila Prabhupada supporting the idea, and others contradicting it. Whenever there is a contradiction in statements of the guru, it is wrong to focus on the statements that support one's foregone conclusion, and neglect the others that contradict the same. This is called "guru avajna" and constitutes an offense to hari-nama, being, as it is, an offense against truth, being a half-truth only.

The guru always preaches according to time, place and circumstance, and this must be taken into account when analysing his instructions. For example, he told Harikesa "Eat meat" at one point, but the circumstance surrounding the incident was indeed favourable to cow protection, the sacred and compassionate principle behind "Don't eat meat". The circumstance was that Harikesa was capable of turning the Russian people towards vaishnavism and used the argument for not going there "But there is only meat to eat there!" So that was Srila Prabhupada's response: "Eat meat, then!"... In light of the circumstantial evidence, both statements are in complete resonance. (Click here for the full article)

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Very, very rare letter by Srila Prabhupada from 1967 written in Srila Prabhupada's own hand. If you are interested contact me at 541-543-3667. Thanks! Hare Krishna! (Click here for the full article)

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By the mercy of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra and with special blessings of Srila Prabhupada and His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami maharaj, we feel great pleasure to inform all vaishnavas worldwide that this year Ludhiana Ratha Yatra (Festival of Chariot) will be held on 16th December 2012 (Sunday) which will start from Sri Durga Mata Mandir, near Jagraon Bridge at 2PM and after passing through Fountain chowk, Ghumar mandi, Aarti chowk will rest at Nav Durga Mandir, Sarabha Nagar around midnight. Next day on 17th December, 2012 there will be Hare Krsna Utsav. Please make note of this important event.

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On Friday, 23rd of November 2012, Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa, Ph.D., was awarded the Sahitya Sammana for his extraordinary contribution to the spreading of Vedic culture through literature on a national and international level. The president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, personally presented the award, a trophy and a certificate of honor. Also see (Click here for the full article)

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I make colorful personalised backdrops for your home altars by painting or handcraft on fabric. If you are interested in more details or want to see more pictures please go to my facebook page: Syama's Altar backdrops. Price is according to size. (Click here for the full article)

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1484 sq ft house for rent just 1/2 mile from New Goloka Temple in Hillsborough, NC 3 bed/2ba , gas stove, gas log fireplace, front & back deck, thriving devotee community clean and available now

$800 month for rent or $79,000 purchase. Please contact Bankim Raya 919-399-0776 or Karuna 919-360-2926

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The November 2012 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 20 pages (1.3 MB) we present reports on:

1. Ananda Gopal Maharaja's remarkable accomplishment of setting up a facility to host 1,000 cows in just six months. (Click here for the full article)

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Hare Krsna dear devotees,

On August 24, 2012, long time IPM volunteer, Bhakta Jerry, left his body in Chicago. IPM is nothing without his volunteers and supporters, and Bhakta Jerry was very attached to this service, despite his personal challenges. For many years he was putting together and mailing the monthly Freedom Newsletter for the inmates. He was also corresponding with and sending books to many inmates. Below is an article that Bhakta Jerry wrote about how he came to Krsna consciousness. Following his article, you can follow a link to read about his passing away and the positive impact he had in his short life.

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We have a need for devotee caregivers to give a little of their time for association/assistance for a senior Prabhupada disciple at Vancouver temple, Canada. We are doing everything we can to allow her to stay in her own apartment, in the community that has been her home for many years and with the devotees she loves. (Click here for the full article)

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I am receiving some emails in regards to the above subject. Some vaishnavas feel strongly that Srila Prabhupada discouraged women to take disciples, some seem to be gender biased, some are not sure about the correct sidhanta, some feel it is not vaishnav sidhanta for women to be gurus, some are trying to justify their own opinions and understanding about this issue. Following is the verse from Sri Caitanya Caritamrta and the readers decide for themselves what really Srila Prabhupada wanted. From the teachings of Lord Caitanya any one who knows the science of Krsna consciousness and is following the instructions of his bonafide vaishnav Guru can be qualified to be a Guru irrespective of gender, caste, race, or varna. (Click here for the full article)

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This is a video on "Establishing Culture in Our Communities" It is a seminar by HG Kaunteya prabhu. We hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends.

Here is the link:

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The holy Ganga is a poison river today. It's so full of killer pollutants that those living along its banks in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal are more prone to cancer than anywhere else in the country, says a recent study.

Conducted by the National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) under the Indian Council of Medical Research, the national study throws up shocking findings. The river is thick with heavy metals and lethal chemicals that cause cancer, it says.

"We know that the incidence of cancer was highest in the country in areas drained by the Ganga. We also know why. Now, we are going deeper into the problem. Hopefully, we'll be able to present a report to the Union health ministry in a month or two," NCRP head A Nandkumar said. (Click here for the full article)

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Back in February I let the devotees know about a preaching center here in Eugene Oregon that has been started. I have some Back to Godheads, Caitanya Caritamrtas, and early (mostly first printings) of Srila Prabhupada's books for sale. The center is going good and to support it i would like to sell these to help get a prasadam distribution business going. My plan is to do some catering/retail/perhaps food cart segwaying into a restraurant. The first set of Back to Godheads are 242 in total and date from 1966 to 2008. The set is pretty complete from late 1969 onward. These are able to be seen here on this photobucket page: to Godhead Set/#!cpZZ9QQtppZZ28

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At the ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry, we promote several programs which assist in the development of congregations. The Damodara program is one of them.

During this Damodara month, if one manages to capture Krishna with the ropes of pure devotion, he will be released from the bondage of repeated birth and death. - Srila Prabhupada, October, 1972

(Click here for the full article)

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To respected ISKCON GBC members and members of the bureau,

Dear Maharaja and prabhus, please be informed that on DayaramPrabhu's request, RadhaJivan prabhu and I met with MadhuPandit Prabhu and Chanchala Pati Prabhu, in my hotel in Bom bay on the 3rd of March 2013. (Click here for the full article)

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Applications are invited from devotees all over the world to set up Namahattas (Preaching centers). Funds are available to help jump-start and finance the new Namahattas only. The following requirements need to be met:

    1) Must be affiliated with ISKCON
    2) At least 50 kilometers away from the nearest ISKCON temple
    3) Known and verified logistical and financial limitations
    4) Able to cooperate with the local GBC and the temple authorities
    5) Strict Sadhana
    6) Amenable to the regular oversight by the temple and the financiers
    7) Unlimited enthusiasm to preach the glories of Harinam and Lord Gaurhari!

Please email your mission statement and proposed budget. One of us will travel to assist you setup the preaching center and help you run the preaching mission of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on an ongoing basis. We will meet with the local temple president who must be willing to supervise the mission and provide an oversight. Fund disbursement will strictly be via the temple treasurer. Three devotee references will be required in all cases without any exceptions!

Please come and bring the Holy Name of Sri Sri Radha Raman to every town and village. Nitai Gaur Hari Bol! If interested, please respond

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Due to a large increase in student numbers Sri Mayapur International School has the following service opportunities beginning August 2013:

High school Chemistry teacher. Proven experience of teaching high school level Chemistry is essential. SMIS is a Cambridge International Examinations Centre so the successful candidate should be willing to be trained in the IGCSE, AS and A level syllabus of Cambridge International Examination Board and be responsible for carrying out practical activities in the school laboratory.

(Click here for the full article)

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Doughnut Plant has an opportunity for a Bakery Production Manager to join our Lower East Side headquarters team in New York City for our next phase of development. We want to work with devotees who will contribute to our prashad distribution of doughnuts.

The ideal candidate is passionate about quality and organization; is looking for a challenging opportunity to improve systems and create their own; and is a reliable, strongly self-motivated individual who possesses strong results-oriented, organizational and technical skills. Our ideal candidate should have previous successful supervisory skills and production experience, and/or spectacular recommendations. Proficiency in Spanish is helpful.

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The NA GBC/TP meeting in Houston began its second day of meetings with a presentation on the Strategic Planning Initiative of the international Governing Body Commission (GBC).

Romapada Swami led the session and explained that the Strategic Planning (SPT) effort began in 2006 when Bhakti Vaibhava Swami, then Chair of the GBC, called for a special session of the GBC in Italy. That four day meeting focused on the question whether ISKCON, while growing in many ways, was attaining its most important goals, as given by our Founder-Acarya Srila Prabhupada. Out of that meeting grew a detailed and well-structured international strategic planning effort.

Romapada Swami gave an overview of the key areas of SPT efforts. They include Succession Planning, Organizational Development, Expanding Outreach, Zonal Configuration, Communications, Education, and Devotee Care.

(Click here for the full article)

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As we approach the first anniversary of Yamuna-devi's departure—and the immersion of her ashes in the Yamuna and the dedication of her samadhi in Vrindavan—I thought to share some recollections and reflections on her glorious service, based on my talk at her memorial program in Vrindavan on December 23, 2011.

There is so much to be said about Srimati Yamuna-devi dasi.

In October of 1970 I was one of a group of Srila Prabhupada's disciples from America going to join him in India. On the way, we stopped in Brussels, and it was there, in an apartment, that I first met Yamuna-devi—and Malati and Syamasundara (I had met Gurudas before that, in Boston). Upon entering, I could immediately feel their intense, extraordinary devotion to Srila Prabhupada—it was so palpable, so tangible; the room was just suffused with their devotion—and we spent the next several hours there together. As enthusiastic as I was to go to India to be with Srila Prabhupada, I felt like I could stay there forever; I never wanted to leave the association of these amazing devotees who were so attached to Srila Prabhupada and so capable of serving him in such different ways. (Click here for the full article)

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I wanted to call this article "Femininity-Rosewater, Submission-Syrup and the Guru-Gulabjamun: Favorable and Flavorable", but I thought it might be too long. Those who prefer delectable titles may prefer it, however...

In response to "Can Women Be Diksa Gurus?", the fully expected arguments about the need for women to be submissive, ensued, despite the fact, pointed out in the essay, that humility, a service attitude, and submission that is not blind, is desirable conduct for a diksa guru. It is clear from this reaction that we still have a stereotyped conception of what a diksa guru is. Then a prabhu kindly posted some direct verses from Srimad Bhagavatam, which helped us out. Here they are, and herein is a second attempt to reconcile sastra with Srila Prabhupada's order to have female diksa gurus in ISKCON:

SB 7.11.25: To render service to the husband, to be always favorably disposed toward the husband, to be equally well disposed toward the husband's relatives and friends, and to follow the vows of the husband — these are the four principles to be followed by women described as chaste. (Click here for the full article)

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Srila Prabhupada's books are the basis of the Hare Krsna Movement. They contain philosophy, stories, and topics that inspire hundreds and thousands of people around the world to progress in their lives of devotion to Lord Krsna.

As the root of the Ramanjua sampradaya is Ramanuja acarya's commentaries on the Vedas, and as the Madhvacarya sampradaya follows Madhva's commentaries, all members of ISKCON follow Srila Prabhupada's commentaries. He is the Founder Acarya; thus it doesn't matter what language one speaks or what country one is from, whether male or female, or who one's initiating guru is -- the teachings in Srila Prabhupada's books are foundation of our society.

The shakti (power) displayed by Srila Prabhupada in awakening conditioned souls from maya has not been displayed by any previous acarya, any saktyvesa-avatara, or even any incarnation of God Himself in the known history of mankind! He fulfilled Lord Caitanya's desire that the Hare Krsna mantra be chanted in every town and village on earth and his books are the basis of this phenomena. "The influence of the pure devotees in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is such that it can awaken others to become immediately Kṛṣṇa conscious and engage themselves in the transcendental loving service of Kṛṣṇa." (CC Madhya 11.102 purport) (Click here for the full article)

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Over a decade of dedicated research! Over a year of writing and editing! With the blessings and guidance of a swāmī, a babajī, and a Sanskrit scholar, Vic DiCara presents you the world's first accurate, simple and completely awesome explanation of the mythology and meaning within the 27 stars of ancient Indian astrology!

If you are an astrologer or a fan of astrology, you will be transformed by Vic's radically clear and straightforward explanations of Sanskrit, Vedic mythology, and mastery of intuitive symbolism.

If you are a lover of India and her culture, you will delight in these deep revelations and rare expositions of familiar gods like Viṣṇu, not-so-familiar gods like Varuṇa, and nearly forgotten gods like Ajaikapāt. (Click here for the full article)

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Soul Melodies is presenting 4 albums as a service to devotee community. The albums are available for streaming and download for a limited period at :

That takes the tally to 14 albums in total.

Here is the description of the albums: 1) Peace Peace Peace - Hare Krishna Mantra with Islamic/Arabic, Buddhist/Tibetan, Christian/Gothic, Hindu/Vedic arrangements. 2) Vrindavana Ramya Sthana : Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna Jaya Vrindavana, Radha Krishna Yugala Milana, Vrindavana Ramya Sthana, Gauranga Tumi More 3) Golden Moon : Gaya Gaura song and Hare Krishna Mantras 4) Morning Mist - It has Mahamantra in four morning ragas. (Click here for the full article)

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We have an unexpected vacancy for a middle school English teacher due to the sudden resignation of the previous post holder due to family reasons. This service involves teaching small classes (under 12 students) of bright, eager to learn children aged 11 to 14 years old. There are separate classes for girls and boys. The candidate needs excellent spoken and written English and experience of working in a classroom environment with children of mixed ability.

Should you be interested in this service or know any devotee who might be, please email Remuneration will be based on experience and qualifications but includes a rent free apartment, prasad and free tuition for one child.

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270 sq ft one room kitchen fully furnished, bed, inverter, gas, fridge, geyser, etc. adjoining MVT on 2nd floor pls call Anju mataji for price phone no 09920290165 or email hare krishna

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As year 2012 is coming to a close, I am reflecting on all the service rendered to Lord Krsna by the prison ministry, and I feel very grateful to all who have been involved in pleasing the Lord in this way.

In preparing more excerpts from inmates' letters to share with the devotee community, I had to go over the ones that haven't been published yet. Although a majority of them are from letters I have received in the course of the year, reading them again was as refreshing and inspiring to read as the first time around. I felt the same eagerness to drink this very unique nectar. (Click here for the full article)

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One ex-Iskcon follower made following comments on internet –

>> What I do believe is that we should never lose sight of what is really important which is to love God and love all living beings as we are all part of God. We shouldn't get too bogged down in the rest. Whilst sometimes it is necessary to discuss practical matters as we still have to deal with the material world, it shouldn't become too much of a diversion or a burden. Always try to keep this love in your heart and mind, it is love that brings unity, liberation and peace…where our soul belongs. (Click here for the full article)

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The Bhakti Writers first annual writing competition deadline has been extended to December 27, 2012. We are accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions. There will be prizes for the top two submissions in each category and a grand-prize winner, who will be published in the Bhakti Writers Anthology. Submission fee is $10 per entry. For more information on prizes and online submission guidelines, visit

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My humble request to Vaishnava, I need Srimad Bhagawatam Audio Clips in Sanskrit Language. If you have any available, please reply to so I access or download them in bulk.

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"Where is your tilak?" Candramauli Swami asked us as we gathered in front of Karlovac vege restaurant club, managed by local devotees, preparing to go for a preaching progam in a nearby prison. Quickly running to refresh my already invisible vaisnava marking, I overheard Maharaja quoting Prabhupada on the importance of wearing tilak and vaisnava clothes and remembered Sridhar Maharaja's instruction, "If you are unable to preach by explaining philosophy, just dress as a Vaisnava and go out. You will be a walking advertisment for Krsna consciousness."

Happy to be engaged once again in the service of translation, I hurried up to join other devotees already on their way to the prison. Raghunath was easiest to catch since he was carring harmonium. He is peaceful and smiling as always,looking a little weary from numerous KC engagements but obviously very satisfied for having just transformed his home into a temple for big Nitai Gaura Candra Deities and Their servants. Beside him in our team today there are also Mohan, Dasaratha – who has just left his cooking tools in the restaurant to join us - and Mahasimha, pioneer,and after this program appointed leader of Prison Preaching Program in Croatia. (Click here for the full article)

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After forty years of managing temples or Mandirs in many different ways, as well as traveling all over India and seeing how others utilize successful plans, Stephen Knapp has put together a book that explains the most important programs that any temple can use for more effectively protecting and perpetuating the Vedic traditions. In a non-sectarian way, he lists and describes how the Dharmic temples of all kinds can increase their congregations as well as engage their members in service to help in maintaining the temples and traditions, and expanding their influence. Some of what is included are:

* The primary mission of the temple.
* Services the guests can easily offer in seva to the temple or deity.
* Giving Vedic culture to the next generation.
* Temple classes, the Sunday program and children's schools and youth camps.
* Vedic temples as centers of sacred knowledge.
* The power of adult study groups, cultural and outreach programs, and festivals.
* Utilizing temple restaurants, gift shops, exhibits, and support groups.
* Ways of reaching more people, both in India and the USA.
* The need and ways for promotion, and radio, television, and newspapers.
* An action plan on how to cultivate Vedic culture and Krishna consciousness in America.
* Attracting and welcoming non-Indians and Western seekers for more support.
* Starting a spiritual revolution in India and elsewhere.
* Working with priests, rituals, and teaching the culture and traditions.
* Unifying and organizing the Vedic/devotee community. (Click here for the full article)

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Dear Maharajas, Prabhus and Matajis,

Please accept our humble obeisances, All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Jaya Jagannath!!

New Orleans ISKCON, cordially invites all devotees to celebrate the fourth annual "New" New Orleans Ratha Yatra on Saturday Dec 1 & Sunday December 2, 2012.

This year we will celebrate our Rathyatra in grand style in the city that knows how to come out for a parade. We hope you'll join us for the parade Saturday December 1st at Noon starting at Canal Street in the world-famous French Quarter with Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra. December 2nd Sunday, we celebrate "Festival of India" with world famous playback singer, Smt Kavita Krishna Murty, performing live bhajans at Dixon Hall in Tulane University from 5:15 pm to 8:30 pm. (Click here for the full article)

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Since we are attempting to revive Vedic culture, or at least a community that is based on Vedic principles, and since child abuse is such a problem in our own society, the question naturally arises "How did Vedic society protect these most vulnerable of citizens?"

In the Topmost Yoga System and elsewhere, Srila Prabhupada explains that sex desire may be so strong that one may force oneself on family members, including even one's daughter. Therefore, at no time was a man allowed in a room alone with any member of the opposite sex, apart from his wife. Certainly, if sexual abuse of boys were a problem at that time, this stricture would have covered them as well. (Click here for the full article)

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I was asked to look into this a few years ago by someone who knew of my research abilities. But I have not been able to until now because of other priorities. But this topic has come up before, that actually there were two different Buddhas that played the part to establish Buddhism and its principles of ahimsa and nonviolence and its monist philosophy.

In the following material, we will look at the evidence that seems to indicate that there was first the Avatara Buddha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who appeared near 1800 BCE, and then there was another person who became known as Gautama called Buddha, born around 560 BCE. (Click here for the full article)

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At the end of October 2012, Bill and Lou, the hard-working team of oxen for Green Mountain College's Cerridwen Farm are scheduled to be slaughtered.

Bill and Lou have worked as draft animals on the school's farm for over ten years. They have provided many services for the college and are mascots & friends to many students, past and present. Since Lou sustained a recurring injury to his left rear hock, he no longer has "value" to GMC, so they decided to purchase a new team and send both of these oxen to the slaughterhouse to be "processed" (euphemism for killed) for their meat.

Please encourage Green Mountain College to allow Bill & Lou to be adopted by the VINE Sanctuary in Vermont where they can live out the remainder of their lives. They've worked so hard for the college for 10 years and deserve a better fate than ending up on someone's plate!

Sign the petition here:

(Click here for the full article)

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Up to now I have been having an interesting correspondence with a devotee who had once stood up against child abuse, was himself abused, and is now not considering himself a devotee, wanting nothing whatsoever to do with Krsna consciousness. Having made this conclusion, he finds evidence against the existence of free will and of God.

Thoughts on this discussion are very welcome by writing to:, or through Facebook comments if they are available at the end of the article. But there is more than the possibility of interesting discussions that is prompting me to make this discussion as widely read as possible. It shows up the excellent and caring character of this devotee, and how we are pushing away those who are of the best and most vaisnava characters, and keeping the blind, faceless and heartless conformers. (Click here for the full article)

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