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April 2004
In the News:
Hare Krishnas enjoy worshipping in Utah

by Lindsay Ercanbrack, BYU NewsNet
submitted by Caru das
Posted April 30, 2004

Being located in Utah County, it might seem like the Hare Krishnas have a hard time fitting in with the LDS community. But just the opposite is true.


[Hare Krishnas host 12 festivities a year, including the popular Llama Fest in July at the temple grounds in Spanish Fork.]

With their lengthy religious names and India-style temple in the middle of Spanish Fork, the Hare Krishnas live peacefully in a community that is predominantly full of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'. Interestingly enough, these religions share more than just their neighborhood. (Click here for the full article)



Berlin Ratha-Yatra 2004
by Baladeva das
Posted April 29, 2004

All are heartily invited to join the annual Ratha Yatra Festival in Berlin!

A huge cart-procession through the city of Berlin in the association of many wonderful Vaisnavas from all over the world.

There will be a week long Festival with ecstatic kirtanas, hari-katha, bhajanas and prasadam. (Click here for the full article)



Clean and Unclean Products list
by tattva
submitted by Nirguna dasi
Reposted April 27, 2004

Hari-bol,

Pamho. Agtsp.

Though their Jewish idea of clean and unclean is different then ours of course this list still will offer some surprises in relationship to whether or not there are animal products in some of the common foods some thought were vegetarian... (Click here for the full article)



PR campaign in Moscow
by Bhakti Vijnana Goswami
Posted April 26, 2004

Dear devotees, Maharajas, matajis and prabhus,

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

I am appealing for your help.

Perhaps all of you know that ISKCON receive 2.5 acres of land in a very central location in Moscow, on the road to the International Airport, only a few minutes drive from the center of the city. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Russian rabbi protests against Krishna temple in Moscow

by Vinay Shukla (Press Trust of India)
Hindustan Times, April 3
Posted April 25, 2004

One of the leaders of Russia's Jewish community, rabbi Adolf Shayevich has joined the Orthodox Christians in protesting against building of a huge Hindu temple in Moscow by the local chapter of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Last week more than one thousand Orthodox Christians protested against building of the temple of Lord Krishna and a Vedic Centre in Moscow. (Click here for the full article)



Bus drivers needed for festival tour
by Manu das
Posted April 24, 2004

We're looking for experienced bus (or truck) drivers for the summer festival of India tour to the Ratha-yatras and festivals in North America. (Click here for the full article)



Boston Mediation Training
by Premananda das
Posted April 22, 2004

April 28 - May 2, 2004

Would you like to resolve conflict at home, with the children or spouse; at work; mend broken relationships; solve problems between friends, relatives, workmates, or fellow devotees? (Click here for the full article)



What's Wrong with this Picture?
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted April 21, 2004

I was quite surprised to hear a male devotee state that he wishes he could be taken care of as well as Mother Cow takes care of its animals. By now, I would hope that most devotees would recognize a flawed cow protection program when they see it. (Click here for the full article)



Apartment in Mayapura for sale
by Gaura Jagannatha das
Posted April 20, 2004

Apartment for sale in Sri Mayapura Dhama. This apartment is on the ground floor and is the first building on the left hand side as you enter the grhasta complex. The views from the apartment look towards Srila Prabhupada's Puspa Samadhi and also the samadhis of Tamal Krishna Goswami, Sridhar Maharaja and Gour Govinda Swami. The unit consist's of 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a kitchen, a large living room and a sun room. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Hare Krishna practitioner Sankirtana Das will speak on the movement at Shepherd College this week

by Crystal Schell
(Martinsburg Journal, 03/28/04)
Posted April 18, 2004

MOUNDSVILLE - Sankirtana Das, 56, doesn't hang out at airports peddling flowers and he doesn't live in a commune with other practitioners of the Vaisnava tradition, commonly known as the Hare Krishna movement. That, he says, was common of American devotees during the '70s and '80s. But as times have changed, so has the practice of its followers. "Devotees of Krishna come from all walks of life," Das says. "They don't have to live in a commune. They own homes and property, have jobs or professions and pay taxes like everybody else." (Click here for the full article)



Hare Krishna Mantra Hits Hollywood
by Bhakta Jim Seymour
Posted April 17, 2004

On Thursday March 11th and Friday March 12th in Oakland CA, about 40 Krishna devotees from the Bay Area were invited to take part in a new feature film starring Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Max Minghella and Kate Bosworth. The group of devotees were featured in a scene involving a rousing kirtan held at a Krishna Temple, with a few select devotees also being used in other scenes for the movie. The production will be in theatres by next winter. (Click here for the full article)



Sanskrit Diacritics
with no Special Font Required

by Pratyatosa das
Posted April 16, 2004

Dear Prabhus, please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Due to the pioneering work of Bhakta Sean O'Neil Prabhu (http://www.vedabase.net/), we are now able to create Web sites containing the special Sanskrit diacritic characters with no need to install a special font! This means that the diacritics will display correctly even on the computers at your local public library! (Click here for the full article)



Why Salary?
by Shyamasundara das
Posted April 15, 2004

With regard to the posting by Anuttama and Badrinarayan Prabhus, I ask please can they reconcile their offer of a salary for a CPO Officer with this statement from Srila Prabhupada....

"Why salary? Krishna's servant. We are eternal servant. That is the beauty of our institution. We have no hired men." (Room conversation, Paris, August 3, 1976)

Shyamasundara dasa



Life at Kumbha Mela
by Panca-pandava das
Posted April 14, 2004

Life at the ISKCON Kumbha Mela camp is going on steadily, Mangala Arati first thing followed by a full morning program. Prasadam follows this, and then devotees go about their different services, the sankirtan devotees from Vrindavan are going out to different parts of Ujjain, and a few stay at the camp to man the book table, which has a very good range of books and devotional items. (Click here for the full article)



Pictures of Radha Govinda, Denver
by Jayasacisuta dasa
Posted April 13, 2004

For the pleasure of the Vaisnavas attached are a few photos of Sri Sri Radha Govinda in Denver, CO. (Click here for the full article)



Website URL Change
by Dina Sharana das
Posted April 12, 2004

A highly informative website about the worship and care of Srimati Tulasi Devi has now moved to: http://vedicilluminations.com/vrnda

This is an official website of ISKCON's Sri Vrnda-site Tirtha in Vrndavana.

Thank you,
Dina Sharana dasa



Symposium on Indian Influences on Contemporary Western Culture
by Dr. Frank Gaetano Morales
Posted April 11, 2004

WORLD ASSOCIATION OF VEDIC STUDIES

Conference on India's Intellectual Traditions in the Contemporary Global Context

July 9 - 11, 2004

University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus (Rockville, MD)
Washington, D.C., USA

(Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada sweater offered
by Koumadaki dasi
Posted April 10, 2004

As seen in this 1976 Vyas Puja. This sweater was knitted by a devotee and given to Murali-vadana dasa by Sruta Kirti in Los Angeles. This sweater has never been washed, and is now offered for sale. (Click here for the full article)



Puerto Rico New Govardana Hill Needs a Pujari & Cook
(bilingual Spanish/English a plus)

by Nandini dasi
Posted April 9, 2004

Our temple is the transcendental home of Sri Krsna Balaram, Sri Radha Syamasundar and Sri Gaura Nita. These beautiful deities have been worshiped with devotion by the devotees here for 25 years. Currently we are in need of more pujaris and cooks for Their Lordships. Intersted exeprienced devotees can contact Nandini at 787.712-1213 or email to nandini108@aol.com

Gracias & Hare Krishna!



Unleashing the power of Story: A unique workshop with Sankirtana das
Posted April 8, 2004

Before high-tech there was storytelling. Stories help us retain ideas, focus the mind, learn new things, and help bring the listener to a stage of submissive aural reception. (Click here for the full article)



Gainesville gets life skills transformation seminars
by Malini dasi
Satvatove Institute
Posted April 7, 2004

Another opportunity to participate in the Foundational Life Skills Personal Transformation seminar is coming May 7 to 9 in Gainesville, Florida. You can be part of the journey and spend an unforgettable weekend working on your communication skills and personal development. This course provides an opportunity to improve your interpersonal skills in a structured and safe environment. Many find that after taking the course they feel rejuvenated both emotionally and spiritually. I am aware that many of you are already planning to take the course. For the upcoming seminar, we are offering a 25 percent discount if you register before April 21. (Click here for the full article)



H.H Sridhara Swami
by Mahakratu das
Posted April 6, 2004

I remember first meeting Sridhara Swami in the mid seventies in Mumbai India. We were working together under Gargamuni, on a life membership program, enrolling life members. In those days we were a bit tough, had to be due to the circumstances of living on a building site (the Temple), having very little money or resources, but faithfully going out everyday to visit Mumbai businessmen and persuade them to give us some rupees to become members of the then fledgling Iskcon. When I first started working with S. Swami, he was quite used to the hot climate and the culture, whereas I wasn't, so sometimes after a long morning program we would head out in our car....when we had an appointment I sometimes would be overcome by sleepiness and would feel a sudden bump or nip on the back, it was Sridhar waking me up. He would have a big smile and pretend nothing had happened. Sometimes we got into good cop, bad cop routines, where one of us would be the nice preacher saint and the other the tough salesman ready to close the deal. We made quite few life members and then parted company for a while. (Click here for the full article)



Auction
by Dhanistha d.d.
Posted April 5, 2004

START YOUR OWN PRABHUPADA MUSEUM

Auctioning 4 invaluable authentic letters hand signed by Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Proceeds go totally to the self sufficient support of a women's pioneer Radha Krishna temple and Prabhupada Museum in the midwest. (Click here for the full article)



ITV seeks subtitle translators for Prabhupada video library
by Nrsimhananda das
ISKCON TV
Posted April 4, 2004

We sold out! Yes, we've completely exhausted the first replication of 1000 sets of the Srila Prabhupada DVD Library. Demand has been outstripping supply. We are ecstatic. Except we are out of sets. However, we are temporarily remedying that problem by having another 500 sets produced from the original glass masters. So you can still put in your order with no problem. But our next replication is aimed at a wider audience. (Click here for the full article)



Harinam in Times Square on April 3, 2004
by New York ISKCON
Posted April 3, 2004

Here is an invitation to a special event taking place in the heart of New York City... (Click here for the full article)



Devotee bus for sale
by Manu das
Posted April 2, 2004

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

PAMHO. AGTSP!

We're upgrading one of our buses -- Garuda 3 -- to a bigger bus for our youth summer festival of India preaching tour in North America.

We are looking to sell a school bus in great condition, which we acquired last summer, for US $6,000. As Madhuha Prabhu said, "it's a prasadam bus" that has done excellent service transporting devotees to the Ratha-yatras last summer, and on our tour of Mexico's temples last winter. Everything is solid about this bus. Not a single drop of oil under the engine. Strong, diesel, automatic. (Click here for the full article)



Krita Karma prabhu leaves his body
by Advaita Prabhu das
Posted April 30, 2004

Krita Karma was much loved by all the devotees passing through Vrindavan in the late seventies and eighties, where he worked night and day to serve the Vaishnavas visiting the dham. He was renowned and admired for his humility and tireless service attitude. Dozens of devotees from all over the world -- Italy, France, UK, America, Germany, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Spain, Australia, South America and and numerous other countries including even the Middle East -- joined ISKCON in Vrindavan under his guidance while he was bhakta leader, a phenomenon that has never reoccurred on that scale since he left the dham. In this Krita Karma fulfilled Srila Prabupada's vision of Vrindavan as a place where people from all over the world could come and take up the process of Krishna Consciousness. His departure from this world will be lamented by all those who remember his enthusiastic and indefatigable service, especially by those whom he made devotees, such as myself, by dint of his inspiration and example. Krita Karma especially loved the Jagannatha deities in Berkeley, whom he served while on Visnujan's Sankirtana party, and returned to Berkeley after he left the dham. We pray that Lord Jagannatha may remember only his devotional service and overlook any failings he may have had.



Mother Cow Report Card
by Hare Krsna d.d.
Posted April 29, 2004

A recent article objects to criticism of the Mother Cow program, pointing out how clean the cows' facilities are. Yet in assessing any cow protection program - not just the Mother Cow program - it's important to measure performance by a comprehensive set of objective standards. (Click here for the full article)



Swagatam Krishna changes many hearts
by Sacidevi dasi
Reposted April 27, 2004

Last year I formed my music company URJA MUSIC meant solely for preaching through music. I am very grateful that with the blessings of the Vaisnavas, my music has reached far and wide and the feedback I have received on my albums is very inspiring. (Click here for the full article)



New Vaisnava Youth Summer Camp Facility
from Camp Govardhana
Posted April 26, 2004

Welcome to the inaugural year for Camp Govardhana. A summer camp facility for vaisnava youth of all ages to enjoy a fun, spiritual and exciting adventure.

Camp Govardhana is nestled in the beautiful valley known as Saranagati, located about 4 hours Northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia. Saranagati hosts a community of about 25 families, who live peacefully in the solitude of the mountains, forests, and lakes. Camp Govardhana is designed to share with people of all ages this relaxing, enjoyable and wholesome lifestyle. It is operated by the youth of Saranagati, who invite you to experience the thrills and comforts of natural living. (Click here for the full article)



Auckland temple Opening
by Prananatha das
Posted April 25, 2004

Dear Devotees,

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

In January this year a most wonderful three day celebration took place in our ISKCON society. It was the Grand Opening of the Sri Sri Radha Giridhari Temple in Auckland, New Zealand. This project, started in 1987 with the ground breaking ceremony, attended by NZs Prime Minister David Lange, has been a labour of love for the Auckland community. Countless hours of hard work by a small army of devotees over a period of 17 years has culminated in this beautiful Temple and community centre. (Click here for the full article)



Mother Cow Under Attack
by Taradevi dasi
Posted April 24, 2004

When I showed Mommy the photos of the Mother Cow website on the internet (http://www.mothercow.org) we were both so impressed and happy to see that in India, where the cows roam the streets and can be seen eating from the rubbish pits on almost every corner, especially here in Kolkata, that at least someone in India was making an attempt to give us a better example and take care of the cows and bulls to the very best of their ability. We thought that this was a very noble project and although we are personally unable to help the Mother Cow project financially or otherwise we felt that we are with them in spirit. (Click here for the full article)



Five New Small Temples in Siliguri
by Tusti Krsna Mohan das
Posted April 22, 2004

Dear Devotees:

Dandavat Pranams

On behalf of the ISKCON Siliguri Temple we would like to inform you that next April 22nd, 2004, on Akshaya Tritiya tithi, we will have the very auspicious inauguration of five (5) small Temples and one yajna shala in our ISKCON Siliguri temple (The Main temple was inaugurated 2 years ago). These temples are built around the main Temple of Sri Sri Radha Madhavasundara & Sri Panca Tattva Bhagavan. (Click here for the full article)



GOVINDA'S of Vrindavan : A Restaurant with a Philosophy
by Subodh Dalal
Posted April 21, 2004

Are you looking for fresh pure vegetarian food with a difference? Looking for higher taste in tranquil surroundings? Looking for an ambience with a spiritual touch?

GOVINDA'S multicuisine restaurant ,located inside the ISKCON temple complex,Raman Reti ,Vrindavan,Distt.Mathura - is the place.

(Click here for the full article)



...Good news for Cows
by Kanva das
Posted April 20, 2004

Please visit http://www.vnn.org/publication/PB0404/PB14-8594.html.

It is just too bad that we couldn't have farm projects like this one. I probably would not have ever left Iskcon, if the farm mangers and leaders of Iskcon could take of me and others as this devotee takes care of his cows...



Ujjain Mela - An Exciting Experience
by Srivas das,
Ghana, West Africa
Posted April 17, 2004

After arriving in the holy city of Ujjain from Ahmadabad with Abinandan Prabhu, it took us eight good hours of driving around in an auto rickshaw to locate the ISKCON camp.

The camping site, which is said to cover an area of thirty square kilometres, is dotted with uncountable colourful tents of different spiritual groups and asrams, ranging from impersonalists to personalists, and from Saivites to Vaisnavas. (Click here for the full article)



The Chalk Charade
by Mohini Rupa dasi
Posted April 16, 2004

As a non-sectarian devotee aspirant, I sometimes visit the various local gaudiya vaisnava temples. There is one prominent group who advertise their guru as being a "maha bhagavat" and use this label as a way to canvas for converts. Though they have been successful in their goal to increase numerically, this type of conversion is against the spirit and practice of gaudiya vaisnavaism, and smacks strongly of the odor of the lower modes. It is born of the desire to control and manipulate, which deceptively appears to be faith in the guru, but is as different as chalk to cheese... (Click here for the full article)



Utah DVDs available for PR, fund raising
by Caru das and Vaibhavi dasi
Posted April 15, 2004


[Lord Siva sits in contemplation by the peaceful pool adjacent to the Spanish Fork temple in Utah.]

In Utah, USA, we've created three DVDs of interest to the devotees. These can be helpful in festival organization, general or specific fund raising, producing dramas, media relations, promoting tours to your temple through teachers, all-round inspiration and helping to create good public relations. Some of this footage favorably influenced the city council and mayor of one American city to give a building permit for a new temple after a hard-fought battle. (Click here for the full article)



Jivatma Express on world tour
by Sravana dasi,
Tadiya Espress
Posted April 14, 2004

Grammy Nominated Producer
Mixes Jivatma Express

A new double cd, Jivatma Express, featuring devotional world music, has just been released from Holland. Mixing the album was Attie Bauw, an internationally acclaimed producer who has been nominated for two Grammies. "This is a timeless album," Attie said, "and I'm happy to be involved with it." (Click here for the full article)



The Nectar of the Association of the Devotees
by Abinandan Das
Posted April 13, 2004

I came from Amhedabad with Srivasa Prabhu, a senior devotee from Ghana, West Africa. After a night in the train we reached Ujjain in the early hours of the Brahma Muhurta. The telephone numbers we had been given were not working. Some scouts tried to help us and they located an ISKCON camp. (Click here for the full article)



Baltimore to hold its second Chariot Festival
by Sampradaya das
Posted April 12, 2004

The Hare Krishna Temple of Baltimore will be celebrating the 2nd annual Festival of India and Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra on Saturday, May 22, 2004 in downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor area. The Ratha Yatra parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Pratt and Eutaw Streets in front of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and will continue down Pratt Street to the Festival of India at McKeldon Square, located at the corner of Pratt and Light Streets, across from the Inner Harbor. (Click here for the full article)



Royal Bathing at Kumbha Mela
by Panca-pandava das
Posted April 11, 2004

Tomorrow, 5th April will be the first of three Royal Bath dates. There will be a great procession of the different Akharas to the bathing ghat. Akharas are in three different sects being Saivites, Vaisnavas and Udasins. An Akhara is the ksatriya force that protects the Sampradaya, ISKCON comes under the Vallabhadra Akhara, which is a sub group of the Niravani Akhara.

(Click here for the full article)



Bhaktivedanta Manor installs Vrinda Devi deity
by Radha Mohan das
Posted April 10, 2004

Here are three photos relating to a recent installment of a Deity of Vrinda Devi in the new Tulasi greenhouses here at Bhaktivedanta Manor, UK, on Monday, March 5, 2004.

(Click here for the full article)



Nitai Gaurasundar Arrive at the ISKCON Camp
by Panca-pandava das
Posted April 9, 2004

Yesterday, Friday 2nd April, I arrived in Ujjain, I was travelling with four other devotees on the train from Mathura, we were collected from the station and taken to the ISKCON camp by jeep. The camp is only about eight kilometres away from the station and only took about ten minutes. (Click here for the full article)



Search for CPO director
by Anuttama das &
Badrinarayan das
Posted April 8, 2004

Mature, learns quickly, has good people skills, well organized, can delegate assignments, a good office manager, spiritually strong. Must have at least a bachelor's degree in the social science or mental health fields. Minimum of four years professional experience in the child protection/ mental health counseling field. Must be fluent in English. (Click here for the full article)



"I am a Prabhupada man. I just don't trust him."
by Gopakumar das
Posted April 7, 2004

"What Prabhupada has told me to do I do not think is best for me. I think his judgment in this regard was flawed. I have decided to neglect this order. I have also institutionalized my distrust of Pradhupada's judgment in this matter, and created a campaign to disseminate my distrust. In fact, anyone who does follow Prabhupada's instruction in this regard shall be excommunicated from ISKCON and isolated and criticized. If you want to be loyal to Prabhupada you have to follow what ISKCON deems proper. In this case this means neglect this instruction Prabhupada gave."

This is an apt paraphrase, in my opinion, of the GBC conclusions and behavior regarding Srila Prabhupada's desire at the end of his manifest lila... (Click here for the full article)



The need to create Asramas for aging devotees
by Jaya Lalita d.d.
Posted April 6, 2004

Hare Krsna Prabhus,

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

Some of you know me. Most of you do not. I tend to be a very quiet and very opinionated person. I have one of those opinions now that I want to put forth and try to stir up general concern for this topic. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for murti of Prabhupada
by Rasaraja das
Posted April 5, 2004

Dear Devotees,

Dandavats. All glories to the Vaisnavas and Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

H.H. Srila Satsvarupa dasa Goswami is looking for a murti of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada for his personal worship. We wishes to find a murti by Locana dasa that is approximately 12 inches in height or larger. If anyone is interesting in selling such a murti please contact Rasarajadasa@hotamil.com.

Aspiring to serve the Vaisnavas,
Rasaraja dasa



Goloka Prabhu
by Sacidevi dasi
Posted April 4, 2004

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

I am most grieved to hear this sad news of the passing away of the most glorious pujari I had ever met HG Goloka Prabhu. It is indeed a shock and also a deep pain in my heart. (Click here for the full article)



Opening the GBC Museum?
by Niscala devi dasi
Posted April 3, 2004

Malati prabhu wrote: "She amplifies her statement with metaphorical arm-waving based on old grievances, rather than current examples." These "old grievances" to which she refers are serious issues, currently affecting ISKCON and antithetical to the philosophy and practice of Krishna consciousness. I will expand on them... (Click here for the full article)



A Case of Mistaken Identity
by Satyaraja das
Posted April 2, 2004

It has come to my attention recently that a semi-scholarly individual is putting hurtful and blasphemous statements about our sampradaya on the internet. Now, this is nothing new. Many people have inappropriate things to say about our beloved tradition. The problem in this case is quite pointed, and it points at me: This particular commentator has my name. (Click here for the full article)



Rama-Navami darshan at Sri Sri Krsna Balarama Mandir
by Deenanath das
Posted April 1, 2004

Pranams.

Please go to http://www.vrindavan.com/darshan for darshan at Krsna Balarama Mandir on Ramnavami.

If you would like to receive an automatic notice whenever new festival darshan pictures are posted, please join our darshan mailing list via the www.vrindavan.com website.

Your servant,
Deenanath dasa
Food for Life Vrindavan.



Varnashrama and the exodus from ISKCON
Part One

by Shiva das
Posted April 30, 2004

Why have most people who join Iskcon leave ? When I first joined it was an average of 3 years before a person left and that was over 25 years ago I don't know what the average is today.

Money is often times the major consideration especially for those who desire to get married or who are married, also the 4 regulative principles become another major reason for people leaving, then there are the politics or personal problems within the community between individuals for an assorted variety of reasons. (Click here for the full article)



Dangers of traveling in India
by Manjari d.d.
Posted April 29, 2004

PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!

Dawn Gibbs arrived at Delhi international airport and got a pre-paid taxi to take her to the Brahmakumari ashrama there. She never made it - the taxi driver murdered her in an attempt to rob her. He then paid someone Rs.10 to clean the car of the blood, returned to the pre-paid taxi stand and then returned home to sleep, where the Police caught him. India, despite the superficial coverings of what is considered civilization, remains a very dangerous and cruel place as Dawn Gibbs found out. The dangers of a Westerner traveling alone in India cannot be underestimated - especially for women. (Click here for the full article)



Plots for sale in Vrindavan
by Venu Krsna das
Reposted April 27, 2004

Plots measuring 200 Sq.mts each near Radha Krishna near in the parikrama marg for sale. Very peaceful locality.

Land measuring 200 sq.mt each costing between Rs.1300/- and Rs.1500/-( depending on the proximity to the main road) is for sale near the Radha Krishna tree - Off Parikrama marg. The owner is having 25 acre land and he is going to provide basis infrastructure in the land like road, drainage street lights etc. The land has sweet water not available in most of Vrindavan. This will like a town ship in future and would have a Bhagavatam hall, gardens etc.. and would be called Radhika Vihar. For further details and to see the property contact Venu Krishna das at Venu_Krishnadas@rediffmail.com

Dasanudas,
Venu Krishna das



Bhaktivedanta Archives Websites Get New Facelift and Shopping Cart
by Ekanatha das
Posted April 26, 2004

www.Prabhupada.com & www.VedaBase.com have been overhauled to better serve the Vaisnava community with the latest updates and news on the preservation work of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The shopping cart received a much needed update as well. Please check on this months special offerings.





San Diego's "Govinda's" Restaurant and more
by Padmavati dasi
Posted April 25, 2004

"Govinda's"
1030 Grand Avenue
Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 92109
(858)483-2500
(Best time to call is between 6PM-8PM)

(Click here for the full article)



ISKCON and Conscientious Objector Status
by Madhava Gosh
Posted April 24, 2004

As the possibility of a resumption of a military draft is now being openly discussed in the US, I was wondering if anyone has any info on how all that played out in the Viet Nam era with ISKCON devotees. I have heard they were granted Conscientious Objector status. Does anyone have any paper work or references that would verify this? Is there some registration with the Selective Service that is on file? While some devotees may be of such spirit that they want to enlist, there are many who may find forced military service inconsistent with their spiritual path.



North American Convention:
"Festival of Inspiration"

by Chitralekha dasi
Reposted with updates, April 23, 2004

Where: New Vrindaban Community, West Virginia
When: North American GBC/Temple Presidents Meeting -
Wed, May 5 - Thurs., May 6, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Convention - Friday, May 7, 10 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.,
Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m.- 6:15 p.m., &
Sunday, May 9, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

(Click here for the full article)



2004 Gita Nagari Samskara Festival
by Indrani dasi
Posted April 22, 2004

2004 Gita Nagari Samskara Festival Weekend

Friday evening May 28, 2004 - Monday May 31, 2004

Includes:
Initiations, weddings, entertainment, workshops, and delicious prasadam. (Click here for the full article)



Devotee Restaurant reviews
by Bhakta Joe in Philly
Posted April 20, 2004

Devotee restaurant reviews on Chakra?

I thought that if you have the space on chakra.org. wouldn't it be cool for the Devotee restaurants to post their menus, write about how Prasadam is prepared, Reviews, etc. (Click here for the full article)



An Other Opportunity
by Malini d.d.
Posted April 17, 2004

Vaisnava Life Skills

Personal Transformation Courses

An opportunity to participate in the Life Skills Personal Transformation seminar is coming May 7th to 9th. You can be part of the journey and spend an unforgettable weekend working on your communication skills and personal development. This course provides an opportunity to improve your interpersonal skills in a structured and safe environment. Many find that after taking the course they feel rejuvenated both emotionally and spiritually. I am aware that many of you are already planning to take the course. For the upcoming seminar, we are offering a 25% discount if you register by the 21th of April. (Click here for the full article)



Sridhar Swami
by Cosmo Guarriello
jobseeker_96@hotmail.com
Posted April 16, 2004

Hare Krsna,
Do you sell Sridhar Swami Ministry CDs? (MP3s, DVDs, CDs, etc.). I am also interested in his books as well. Buying all of his life's works will please me dearly. Respond with a price quote or info on how I can purchase this devotee's work.



In the News:
India rally stampede 'kills 21'

from BBC News World Edition
Posted April 15, 2004

Twenty-one women have died in a stampede at a birthday celebration rally for an Indian politician in the city of Lucknow, local officials say. (Click here for the full article)



Memories of Sridhar Swami
by Yasoda d.d.
Posted April 14, 2004

As a first lady disciple of Sridhar Swami, I would like to contribute few words about the memories I have, serving Maharaja from the December 1992, until January 1997.

Joining Krishna consciousness movement in November 1992, I was serving in Govindas restaurant in Stockholm under the guidance of HG Manidhara prabhu - waiting for the spiritual master, praying to Srila Prabhupada. And you came a month later - marching like a general into the battle, pleasant to devotees like a mother, strict like a thunder. I approached you - "please take me to Srila Prabhupada's lotus feet". And six months later in Denmark, you have decided to accept me and see what would happen. (Click here for the full article)



Varuna Forums:
Forum with a difference

by Lorenzo Rubbo-Ferraro
Posted April 13, 2004

My name is Bhakta Lorenzo Rubbo-Ferraro and I have been a devotee for ten years now. While scouring the net I was dismayed at the lack of quality forums for people interested in the Hare Krishna movement. In many of these forums I was lucky to get a reply at all, and in others I received many replies but none of them relevant to my post! I would like to change all this and offer devotees and especially non-devotees a decent forum where any serious question will be sensibly answered within a week. (Click here for the full article)



The First Royal Bath of Ujjain Kumbha Mela 2004
by Panca-pandava das
Posted April 12, 2004

We left our camp this morning (April 5th) just before 6.00am to join up with the Niravani Akhara in the procession of Akharas. There were many different Akharas with their respective Mahants sitting on top of jeeps and Sumos, etc. There were a few on elephants and a few on tractors, but the preferred vehicles seemed to be Qualis' and Sumos. (Click here for the full article)



TAWS/TAA/BVA Animal Traction Welfare - April 15, 2004
by Paul Starkey
Animal Traction Network
Posted April 11, 2004

Chakra, can you please post this announcement? It will be of interest to all devotees who are involved in cow protection, especially ox power programs. TAWS is a world leader in the cause of promoting the welfare of working animals, especially oxen. I'm sorry this is such short notice, but I believe that summaries of the TAWS workshop will appear on their website soon after the workshop. Your servant, Hare Krsna dasi.

(Click here for the full article)



Memories of Sridhar Swami
by Giriraja Swami & Lokanath Swami
Posted April 9, 2004

We have gathered on a most auspicious day. Srivasa Thakura is one of the members of the Panca-tattva. He lived in Navadvipa-dhama in Mayapur, near the residence of Jagannatha Misra and Saci-devi, where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared. Later, when Lord Caitanya began the sankirtana movement in Navadvipa-dhama, He and His other most confidential associates would meet at the home of Srivasa Thakura, Srivasangana, and have kirtana throughout the night. The kirtanas at Srivasangana were most ecstatic, and only the most intimate devotees of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu were allowed to enter. In fact, the nocturnal kirtanas at Srivasangana in Gaura-lila are compared to the rasa dance in Krsna-lila. (Click here for the full article)



Opportunity Available
by ISKCON Cow Protection (ISCOWP)
Posted April 8, 2004

Caretaker-assistant-apprentice. Opportunity to learn how to work with oxen, operate a small non-profit cow sanctuary, preserve foods from large organic garden, etc. Room, board and stipend. Please inquire at: 304-843-1658 or iscowp@earthlink.net

Visit us at: www.iscowp.org



Kumbha Mela Ujjain
by Deena Bandhu das
Posted April 7, 2004

My dear Prabhujis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

For anyone wishing to attend Kumbha Mela in Ujjain, the address of our camp is:

Mangalanatha Area
Vallabha Nagar Road
Opposite MPEB Substation

(Click here for the full article)



In the News:
"The Unorthodox Struggle for Religious Freedom in Russia"

by Anastasiya Lebedev ("MosNews," March 31, 2004)
submitted by Hariballabha d.d.
Posted April 6, 2004

A week ago, a crowd of Russian Orthodox believers filled a downtown Moscow square to protest the construction of a Hare Krishna temple on the outskirts of the capital. Last Friday, a Moscow district court ruled to ban a Jehovah's Witnesses community. In its International Religious Freedom Report for 2003, the U.S. State Department acknowledged that religious intolerance in Russia is slowly being curbed, at least on the state level. It's still questionable, however, as to how many steps forward this process has gone and how many backwards. With Russian Orthodox Christianity as the historically predominant faith, religion has overlapped into national identity for many Russians. Russian citizens that worship differently, along with foreign missionaries, often have to struggle against ignorance, prejudice, administrative pressure and media harassment. Fortunately, their faith itself is a source of hope. (Click here for the full article)



Upcoming Kumbha Mela
by Panca-pandava das
Posted April 5, 2004

Mahaman Prabhu asked me if I would like to help in some way to publicise and promote the ISKCON camp at Ujjain for the Kumbha Mela. I quickly agreed to help in whatever way I can and hence I am writing this article. (Click here for the full article)



Kumbha Mela
by Panca-pandava das
Posted April 4, 2004

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

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

There is now a website for Ujjain Kumbha Mela, the site address is: www.virtualtemple.net/kumbhamela

(Click here for the full article)



Nrsinghadeva Maha Mala: Get the Mercy Today!
Posted April 3, 2004

We have a large variety of maha garlands from Sri Nrsinghadeva in Mayapur. These are beautiful hand woven silk mala in rich, luxurious colors and intricate designs. Each one is unique and full of mercy. This prasadam makes a wonderful gift for Vyasa Puja, birthdays, house guests or simply to show one's appreciation for another devotee. We have 2 different sizes, both are substantial and oppulent. We can ship anywhere in the world! For more information, please e-mail me at Jayaomvisnu@aol.com



Mayapura das
by Vraja-kumara das
Posted April 2, 2004

Dear Prabhus,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Amidst all the nectarean glorification of HH Sridhara Maharaja, one other name is constantly featuring; that of his personal servant Mayapur Prabhu. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a little more this great devotee. Although personally unqualified, we feel that if we can glorify HG Mayapur then maybe we also can steal a little of the mercy available at this time. Gopi-bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa-dasanudasah. (Click here for the full article)



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