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April 2008
Looking for a Dakshinavarti Shankh
by Deva das
Posted April 30, 2008

I am interested getting for a Dakshinavarti Shankh for the bathing ritual of my deities. It opens to the left and you can hold it with your left hand fingers inserted into the opening. According to the Vedic scriptures, the Shankha is one of the most auspicious objects that emerged from the sea during the Ksheera Sagara samudra manthan.

If you happen to have one that you are willing to give it to me free of charge, please e-mail me at Luxshan_A@hotmail.com.

In the News:
Inside ISKCON Battlefield Bhajans

by Partha Sarathi Dasa, news.iskcon.com
Posted April 27, 2008

US Military Base, Iraq, April 17, 2008 - It's my fifth year on active duty as a sergeant here in Iraq, and I'm back doing missions, which means long days. But I still rise early, worship my salagram sila deities of the Lord, and chant Hare Krishna as if I can die at any moment - which, here, is a reality. Twenty-two soldiers now come for the mangal arati service I hold in the dorms, and we hold other Krishna conscious programs too.

During one of these, the incoming alert system suddenly blasted into our ears. A second later, a rocket impacted one hundred feet from our "ashram." I directed everyone to run to the bunker, grabbing my salagram silas and mrdanga drum as I dashed after them. (Click here for the full article)

Halava the Great
by Kurma
Posted April 26, 2008

Some of the most frequent enquiries I receive concern *halava* - the buttery, warm semolina pudding served at all Hare Krishna restaurants and festivals worldwide. It is a magical, wonderful, edible version of the All-Attractive Supreme Person.

Here's the latest:

Lanee from Melbourne writes:

"Hello Kurma, could you kindly help with the recipe for: Apple & Pineapple Halava I had at Gopal's .

Also the custard they serve with it isn't the same as mine? (Custard Powder, sugar, milk). This is the best dessert ever. Cheers Lanee." (Click here for the full article)

Open Letter: Engaging Devotee 'Offenders'
by Padmanabha das, Passau, Bavaria, Germany
Posted April 23, 2008

Dear Ravindra Svarupa prabhu,

It has been (to my recollection) about three months since I wrote a previous open letter to you. I was thinking that this would have been enough time to answer a simple philosophical question. To refresh your memory: "What philosophical understanding stood behind your public statement that older devotees who avoid the temple are 'offenders'?"

There are probably different possiblities for such a delay, but my own suspicions are leading me to uncomfortable conclusions.

1. Could it be that the statement actually has no philosophical support and that an honest answer is too difficult? (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
ISKCON Sydney Holds 'Earth Hour' Candlelit Kirtana

by Antony Brennan
Posted April 22, 2008

Devotees and Deities at Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha temple in Sydney, Australia, joined an estimated 50 million people worldwide in making a statement on climate change and energy consumption.

On Saturday, March 29th people across the world acted together to switch off their electric lights for an hour. The event is intended to be a symbolic gesture to empower political leaders to act against climate change and to encourage people to seek ways to use energy more appropriately.

At the temple in Sydney, Australia a special kirtana was organized with acclaimed kirtana singer Carmella Baynie. (Click here for the full article)

Yoga Teacher Needed in Jacksonville FL
by Kishore Krsna Das
Posted April 20, 2008

I am interested in opening a Yoga center which will also include massage and health care facility in the future in Jacksonville, Florida. So if you are looking for a carrier in Yoga, massage or any health oriented services then please email me at Kisore@aol.com. I have a business and property in jacksonville florida which will initially support this project but I am hoping down the road it will support itself and generate a good income for such devotees.

In the News:
ISKCON Communications Minister Elected VP of Religion Communicators Council

by Vyenkata Bhatta Dasa
Posted April 18, 2008

Anuttama Dasa, ISKCON's Minister of Communications and a senior editorial advisor for ISKCON News, was elected the Vice President of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), an interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing and in public relations, at that organization's annual convention in Washington D.C. on April 3-5.

Founded in 1929, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is one of the oldest and most respected interfaith organizations of its kind. The group's mission, found on it's website, (Click here for the full article)

Praying to Salagram Sila
by Sanat Kumara Dasa
Posted April 16, 2008

I have had a strong desire to worship Salagram Sila and several months back Lord manifested to me with His causeless mercy and I am very happy. However, the Salagram Sila that manifested to me is too small to decorate or dress Him.

Does anyone have a larger Salagram Sila that can be decorated, ornate and dressed to heart's content and if he/she is no longer able to worship and could give away? Then I would humbly accept the Lord to try to offer my sincerest service to Him. Of course, Lord will manifest on His own accord. email: santanusaha@hotmail.com.

Vaisnava Qualities Retreat
by Govinda Gopal das
Posted April 15, 2008

Please join us at the Northwest Vaisnava Qualities Retreat Aug 27th - Aug 30th, 2008. Our special guest is HH Bir Krsna Goswami. He will be presenting a series of interactive workshops on "Compassionate Communication". This is a wonderful opportunity to further develop our Vaisnava quality of compassion. Maharaja has presented these workshops in Europe and the US with great response. Attendees find the workshops have an immediate impact on their devotional lives by improving the quality of their exchanges with devotees and their understanding of themselves.

    The workshops will cover:
  • Tranforming judgements into observations, needs and feelings

(Click here for the full article)

Corrections Re. Janakinatha's Obituary
by Varnadi das
Posted April 12, 2008

Please excuse any inconsistencies in the previous obituary. As I'm sure you understand, this is a stressful time for all involved. If Janakinath was 19 when he joined, it must have been in 1970, instead of 1973, as he was born in 1950 and passed away several days short of his 58th birthday. If he was initiated a year after joining, in 1974, he must have been 23 when he joined (this is likely the correct scenario). Also, he joined in the old Miami temple, not in Coconut Grove. I should have checked this at the time, but there was just too much going on. His widow, Vrndavan dd, is still doing her best to cope with the loss.

Russian Devotee Drowns in Ganges
by Vrindavan Lila Dasi
Posted April 11, 2008

5 y/o in the Moscow Bhaktivedanta Gurukula

The day before Gaura Purnima this year we lost a very talented and prominent gurukuli boy, Krsna Das (Krsital Valery). He was born in Moscow to Bal Krsna das and Savitri dasi. He was a very open and friendly character, a talented movie-maker and an enthusiast of keeping the gurukuli family united.

Several boys had been playing in a boat on the Ganges, diving and swimming. Krsna das's friends prompted him to jump off the boat also. Although he was a good swimmer, he badly misjudged the speed of the water where the boat had moved to. When he did jump in the water for the last time, he was swept away by the powerful current of the Ganges. (Click here for the full article)

Seeking Russian "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is"
by Elle Mitchell
Posted April 10, 2008

Any devotee having a Russian translation of "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is" that you are willing to sell, or who can point me to a direct source of Russian language editions of Srila Prabhupada's books, please contact me at lmitchell108 (at) yahoo.com.

Restaurant for Sale
by Lilananda das
Posted April 9, 2008

State of the Art Restaurant for Sale in Nova Gokula, Brazil. Magnificently constructed with red brick walls and high quality timber structure. It is located in Nova Gokula, the Hare Krsna eco-farm in a valley of the Mantiqueira Mountain Range, district of Pindamonhangaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The farm and surrounding area are situated within an government environment protected area and tourist spot.

Built only three years ago the building has excellent finishing and surplus space. There is a large saloon of 100m2 which has been paved with top quality Lebri floor tiles. (Click here for the full article)

"Love of Krishna: Volunteer Week-End's" a New Vrindaban Celebration
by ISKCON New Vrindaban
Posted April 6, 2008

New Vrindaban offers a magnificent opportunity for unlimited Bhakti and Radha Vrindaban Chandra are the ever present with Their unlimited mercy. NV is situated off the grid in a serene atmosphere, surrounded by forests and streams, lakes, and wild life. Peacocks and swans greet guests with their own charm and beauty. Krishna's cows give love-milk and gently "moo" their satisfaction at being protected for life from a slaughter-house death. Children frolic in the playground, free of all cares. It's incredible here!

In preparation for Festival of Inspiration '08 and the 2008 Pilgrimage Season, New Vrindaban Community needs to "Get Ready Now" and we "Need Help" to do it! (Click here for the full article)

Remembrance Site for Vaishnavas
by Amala Gaura dasa
Posted April 2, 2008


In order for the devotee community to have a place to remember devotees, we have setup www.vaishnavas.net. It is a site where devotees can post remembrances and have a place to collect memories for posterity. Pages can be locked from edits, or limited to certain users by whoever creates the page. You may post photos or link to Flickr or other photo hosting sites.

The site is meant for the benefit of the devotee community and I hope devotees take advantage of it. (Click here for the full article)

  Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of ISKCON's GBC - Mayapur 2008
Posted April 30, 2008




101. GBC Officers, Members, and Candidates


1. Ramai Swami is elected GBC Chairman.

2. Romapada Swami is elected First Vice-Chairman.

3. Madhu Sevita Das is elected Second Vice-Chairman.

4. Bhakti Purusottama Swami is elected GBC Secretary. (Click here for the full article)

Follow Up Re: Russian Bhagavad Gita
by Elle Mitchell
Posted April 27, 2008

Krishna has blessed me with assistance to my original post of April 10, 2008 from Dhanistha devi dasi, Krsnananda das, Atul-Krishna das, and Donatas Sidaravicius. The devotees I sought the Bhagavad-Gita for will receive it, along with other Russian BBT texts, shortly. I have also been given addresses of Russian-language Krishna-conscious websites they can use. The response exceeded my material expectations but is well in line with my Vaishnava expectations.

Ramabhadra Prabhu (1957-2008)
by Tirtharaj Das
Posted April 26, 2008

Rambhadra Das was born in Western Australia on the 5th October 1957 to a family of country people. Raised in a rural environment he developed the easy going, happy go lucky traits that endeared him to others throughout his life.

He was one of the early devotees to settle on New Govardhana where he spent several years working the fields and helping to establish the fledgling community. Hard working and passionate, yet friendly and open to others he developed a deep attachment to Sri Sri Radha Govardhanadhari the presiding Deities. (Click here for the full article)

One Nation Under Love "In Love We Trust"
by Sudevi Sundari
Posted April 23, 2008

One Nation Under Love Festival

Free One Day Festival on Saturday, April 26th, 2008 1pm - 9pm

Location: Gainesville Downtown Plaza, next to the Main Public Library on University Avenue & NE 1st Avenue.

Love is the most powerful force in all existence! Love rests at the root of every movement, culture and religious tradition that aims to nourish humanity. Love is the common thread that weaves together our world's nations. Love is a global language we've all been intrinsically designed to speak fluently in.

Like the language of love, no other language is as widely understood as the universal language of music. (Click here for the full article)

Neat Tie -The Clown That Cares
by Festival of Inspiration
Posted April 22, 2008

This is Sadhvi devi dasi, one of Srila Prabhupada's loving daughters. She'll be at the Festival of Inspiration! She will make you and your children laugh with happiness with her sweet funny routines and fantastic on the spot balloon sculptures. Check her web site: webgiftstore.com/start.htm.

Catskill Mountain Retreat
by Kanva das
Posted April 20, 2008

Some time ago, Chakra posted an article about a devotee run Bed and Breakfast type of lodge, which is located near in the Catskill Mountains on Lake Huntington, in up state New York, which is located not too far from Port Jervis.

Does anybody know anything about this retreat, which is meant for a spiritual retreat? If so, please write me at kanvadas@gmail.com. (Click here for the full article)

Looking for "Gourange"
by Balarama das
Posted April 16, 2008

I'm trying to find a copy of Bradaraj Prabhu's "Gourange" recording with Golden Avatar from many years ago. If anyone knows where I can obtain a copy in any format, please let me know. I can be reached at sbalarama@aol.com

Gatherings in Ithaca, NY?
by Yamuna dd
Posted April 15, 2008

A nice devotee family would like to know whether there are any gatherings in or near Ithaca, NY - the home of Cornell University. If you know of any devotees in that area who would like to get together, or of any traveling devotees who would like to visit there, please send an email to Yamuna dd at: yamunav108@yahoo.com

Resources for Kids About Lord Ramacandra's Appearance Day
by Urmila devi dasi
Posted April 13, 2008

Plenty of activities & resources about Lord Ramacandra for adults to use with children ages 2-18. Posters take material from the book and make it easy to see all activities at a glance!

Cross Curriculum Links (.pdf 66kB)
Ramacandra Resources For Kids (.pdf 1MB)
Posters From Book (.pdf 0.5MB)

    Useful for:
  • Parents with children in non-devotee school
  • Homeschooling parents
  • Teachers at weekly schools (Sunday School)
  • Krishna clubs
  • Full academic schools
  • and more!

(Click here for the full article)

Tulsi Devi
by Draupadi Singh
Posted April 11, 2008

Some of the dear devotees were not successful in contacting me at my cell phone number. Sorry for that.. For those who don't know, I am offering Tulsi manjari, seeds, leaves and wood. The goddess of devotion Tulsi ma-ji will always flourish in your hearts if you tend her, offer the leaves and manjaris to Krishna, and smell the fragrance which is more intoxicating than the best incense.

The wood can be used for rituals invoking Vishnu. A scrap of Tulsi wood in a cremation pyre propels the soul towards Krishna at a very rapid pace. This is my email direction - drupatisingh@aol.com. If you send your requests and your information I will reply as swift as an arrow.

Departure of Krsna Das
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted April 10, 2008

Click Here

Krsna das, son of Bal Krsna das and Savitri dd, of Moscow, left his body in the Ganges the day before Gaura Purnima 2008. He was a bright light that lite up any darkness around him, and he was a promising, talented gurukuli video artist whose programs were both professional and devotional. But mostly, he was an incredible person with an easy smile, deep appreciation of Krsna consciousness, and charismatic personality. (Click here for the full article)

Friends of the BBT Newsletter - April 08
by Madhava Smullen, Friends of the BBT Newsletter
Posted April 8, 2008

Click Here for the newsletter.
Click Here for the website.

Spotlight: Prabhupada's Books:
The Ultimate Prison Escape Plan
by Madhava Smullen

ISKCON's Prison Ministry traces its roots all the way back to 1962, when Srila Prabhupada visited Tihar Prison in New Delhi. "If you give me the chance to speak to all the members of the Jail," he wrote to superintendent Sri Puri, "It is quite possible for me to turn them into ideal characters."

Yet it wasn't until 1988 that Candrasekhara Dasa established the official ISKCON Prison Ministry in the USA, as an outlet for householders to preach without having to leave their homes; all they had to do was write letters. (Click here for the full article)

Festival of Inspiration Update
by Malati Dasi
Posted April 5, 2008

Sri Web site is now working with a slightly different address (www.festivalofinspiration.org) but here is a glimpse of what you can expect to happen during North America's most popular Krishna family get-together during the Appalachian Spring in New Vrindaban, 2008 and you can be sure that more is on the way!

Dates: May 9, 10, 11, 2008
Venue: New Vrindaban, (Moundsville, WV)

Current list of confirmed Presenters include:

  • Radhanath Swami
  • Sachinandana Swami
  • Romapada Swami
  • Bhakti Marg Swami

(Click here for the full article)

The Japa Room
by Rasa Rasika dasa
Posted April 2, 2008

The Japa Room is a friendly and constructive way to improve the qualtiy of your Japa using an audio/visual chatroom. We are about to begin another round of the 10 stages and also due to popular demand we are implementing a new Level 2 session for those interested in deeper discussion on a particular aspect of each week's Level 1 session.

If you are interested please visit www.japaroom.com for further information.

The weekly times for the Japa Room are as follows: (Click here for the full article)

  Land for Sale in Vrindavan
by Radhika Priya dasi
Posted April 30, 2008

400 sq yard land, situated on the main road of Madhuvan Colony and surrounded by devotees is available for sale. The area is seven minutes walking distance to Krishna Balaram Temple. Interested persons may write to Radhika Priya Devi Dasi at radhikapdd@hotmail.com.

Nanny Needed in Mumbai India
by Sonal Bansal
Posted April 27, 2008

We urgently need a live-in Nanny to care for my 3 year old son. The location is Mumbai, India. My wife is not well and is not in a position to care for him fully.

  • Should be neat and clean
  • Should be following 4 regulative principles and chanting
  • Should be able and willing to do normal household chores
  • Indian national or anybody residing in India with valid visa

Languages: Hindi or English (Click here for the full article)

Au Pair Needed in Berlin
by Gadadhar das, Kalakantha-devi dasi and Radhika
Posted April 26, 2008

A small vaishnava family (Gadadhar das and Kalakantha-devi dasi) is looking for an au pair girl for taking care of their two children; 2 and half years old Radhika and a baby to come in August 2008. We live in Berlin and are working with a group of devotees in the Vedic Academy which is teaching vedic arts and sciences. Probably within the next months, this group of around 10 devotees (+ children) will move to a castle close to Berlin.

We offer a common au pair conditions in a devotee enviroment with the opportunity to take part in the spiritual and academic field of the Vedic Academy. Berlin is an interesting city with lot of devotees, spiritual programs and culture, with active Hare Krishna temples. (Click here for the full article)

Salagram Sila
by Sanat Kumara Dasa
Posted April 26, 2008

Does any devotee have a larger Salagram Sila that can be decorated, ornate and dressed to heart's content and if the devotee is no longer able to worship and could give away? I would humbly accept the Lord's service and I would try my best to offer sincerest service to Him. I will make the shipping arrangement and make a donation if necessary. (Click here for the full article)

Tulsi Seeds Available
by Drupadi
Posted April 23, 2008

Tulsi leaves, seeds, wood and manjaris will arrive for your service if you just wish it and write to this address drupatisingh@aol.com. Right now I'm in a rare mood to serve the bhaktas. I want to keep it going.

Set Leadership Standards, Uproot Delusion's Spread
by Author's name withheld by request
Posted April 22, 2008

What to do when you are asked about a leading, senior devotee who is not preaching according to sastra?

I am a devotee in charge of over 100 youths. When one youth explained to me how a discple of a Sannyasi GBC member had told him that his Guru was not any ordinary Guru but actually a direct associate of Krishna and an incarnation of Lord Hanuman, what was I to say to that?

Do I dare say that it's not true, and then follow up with an explanation of why this person is still allowed to be a Guru and GBC within ISKCON? Or do I just say that it's a possibilty? (Click here for the full article)

Puri Apartment for Sale
by Achyutananda Das
Posted April 20, 2008

I want to sell one independent portion of my apartment in puri to devotee males. This apartment is beautifully located 125 meters from the beach and 2.5 kms from the main Jagannath temple. The window provides a beautiful view of temple sikhara and another window peeps at ocean. The portion available for sale includes one big room, kitchenette and modern toilet. Flooring is the best quality vitrified tiles. It's a green and peaceful locality, right behind all the posh hotels. I am selling it only to ease my finances and this offer of $9100 is just about half the market price. Place is available for inspection. Only serious devotees need apply. Contact me at achdas@gmail.com.

Festival of Inspiration 2008: Children's Workshops
by Mudakari dasi
Posted April 18, 2008

These workshops are FREE to FOI-registered children of FOI-registered adults.

This is a tentative schedule. This is an idea so that you can begin registering your children at the Festival of Inspiration website.

Children will be signed in and out and have adult supervision for the entire time that they are signed in to the workshop(s). The Nature Journal Workshop is dependent upon good weather. If Friday is going to be clear and rain is forecast for Saturday, this workshop may be switched to Friday. I will update online before the festival.

Friday, May 9 (supervised by Mudakari dasi) (Click here for the full article)

Help Needed for Portable Bhagavad-Gita
by editors iskcontech.com
Posted April 15, 2008

As you may probably know by now, we are a group of devotees that are helping other devotees to modernize the vaishnava websites and at the same time we have created our own, please see: www.iskcontech.com

We are currently working on a portable Bhagavad gita, one self contained downloadable html file fully searchable and compatible with any browser.

The next action we are doing is to put "tags" in all the verses of BG, so that is fully and easily searched by themes and keywords (tags)

See the current work in progress here: www.iskcontech.com/portablegita

(Click here for the full article)

New Home for Calf?
by Lakshmi dd
Posted April 12, 2008

We have a new heifer calf named Cintamani. I'd like to sell her to a responsible devotee, or better yet a group of devotees. Accepting a cow is like adopting a child for the next 25 years. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to care for them, regardless of your situation. She will be ready to leave for a new home this summer. Daily she goes for a walk and knows how to be tied and lead etc.

Her mother was a Milking Shorthorn and her father was a Jersey. From her pic you can see she is very beautiful with white legs in red body, with a tail that looks like it was dipped in milk. I already care for 5 other cows, (Usha 22years, Vrinda 19yrs, Chandra 7yrs, Rohini 3yrs, Kamadhenu 3 yrs), so if possible I would like this pretty girl to get a good home. (Click here for the full article)

Book Offer
by Aprakrita dasa
Posted April 11, 2008

We are always working to find good prices for the devotees and friends of Lord Krishna. Sometimes we receive a donation and thus want to share a part of this donation with you. Sometimes we buy a large quantity of items, in this way we can offer a better price. Anyway we are working to be able and help devotees from around the world to obtain items (books, database etc) of Srila Prabhupada, at a very reasonable price.

Take advantage of this very generous offer right now.

This time we are able to offer these books at a very good price.

Complete Journal Set Click Here
Collected Lectures on Bhagavad-Gita As It Is... (Click here for the full article)

Revised Bhaktistudies Website
by Achyuta Krishna Dasa
Posted April 10, 2008

We are glad to announce the re-constructed www.bhaktistudies.com. Please visit us.

Searching for Radha Caran
by Julia Shyama Mader
Posted April 9, 2008

Seeking the whereabouts of Radha Caran, born Patsy Whitten, originally from Memphis, Tennessee. Tall, thin, Vata, around 60 years. Used to be a RN in Florida and stayed at the Alachua center. Please contact email address rasayana@cyberstreet.som.

Sharing Tulsi
by Draupadi
Posted April 6, 2008

Anyone who wants Tulsi seeds, manjaris, leaves, wood can contact me on my (US) cell phone (787) 205 1975. I have more than I need and I want to do the service of propagating them.

Badger 2008 Festival Accommodations
by Rifka Several
Posted April 4, 2008

There are several rooms and a separate cabin available for the 2008 Festival in Badger at Seven Circles Retreat.

One room has four twin beds. The cabin has two twin beds, a queen bed futon, and furnished kitchenette. All rooms have full bathrooms, and all linens are provided. Devotees may also reserve a floor futon in our round yurt, with the shower and bathroom facilities in a separate building. (Click here for the full article)

2008 North America Youth Bus Tour
by Manu dasa
Posted April 2, 2008

From June 21 till August 25, youth from around the world will travel across the USA and Canada for nine weeks on the ultimate road trip adventure, the Krishna Culture Festival Tour 2008. We'll perform dance, drama, and kirtana, distribute books and prasadam, in theaters, at university auditoriums, and at Ratha-yatras, plus we'll camp, hike, swim, climb, raft whitewater, see many of the most scenic places of North America, visit many temples and beautiful Deities, and make new friends. The purpose of the tour is to inspire, train, engage and empower each other in Krishna consciousness. The festival tour is organized jointly by volunteers of ISKCON Youth Ministry and Festival of India.

Take a look at an online video of last year's tour:


(Click here for the full article)

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