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April 2009
University of Florida Krishna Lunch Goes National
by Sunanda das (ACBSP)
Posted April 30, 2009

For the last 38 years devotees from the Gainesville ISKCON temple have been distributing prasadam on the campus of the University of Florida, one of the largest Universities in North America. The humble beginnings of this program are credited to Gargamuni das and later to Amarendra das who legalized the distribution of prasadam after a lengthy legal battle in 1977. Later, Hrdayananda das Goswami joined him and became Gainesville's first temple president. Over the years that followed prasadam distribution continued unabated under the auspices of devotees such as Rtadvaja Swami, Daru Brahman das, and Savyasaci das. Life changing prasadam stories fill the pages of old copies of the Gainesville Nectar News Newsletter revealing the fact that prasadam has untold benefits, material and spiritual, and also goes a long way in simply making friends, what to speak of devotees. (Click here for the full article)



Something Special Here
by Apakrita das
Posted April 29, 2009


Srila Prabhupada MP3 Audio Library
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase 2003.1

Take advantage of this very generous offer right now.

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.

The regular price for both is $495.-.

We decided to offer you the incredible low price of $219.95,

(Click here for the full article)



Celebrate Nrsimha Caturdasi With Us in Maine
by Maharani dasi
Posted April 25, 2009


The tiny but enthusiastic group of Hare Krsnas in Midcoast Maine is gearing up to hold our annual Nrsimha Caturdasi feast, and would like to invite other Maine/New England devotees (or even folks who are Krsna-curious) to celebrate Lord Nrsimhadeva's Appearance Day with us on Thursday, May 7th. We will have readings from Srimad Bhagavatam, kirtan, and arati for Sri-Sri Prahlad-Nrsimhadeva leading up to the twilight feast -- last year we offered Their Lordships more than 20 delicious vegetarian preparations! For more information, contact Maharani dasi at mainebhakti@gmail.com or look for us on Facebook at: Click Here.



Nanny Wanted
by Nisha
Posted April 24, 2009

Looking for live-in or live out nanny from now until mid June 2009. This job can continue next school year. Good pay. I live in Woodbridge, VA, 35 miles away from Potomac, MD temple. Some help in household chores is needed. Child is 11 year old sweet vaishnavi. We leave home at 8:30AM. She comes back from school at 3:30PM. I come back home at 6:30PM. Hopefully these logistics work for you. Contact nisha.rns@pamho.net or 208-866-2489.



In the Blog World:
ISKCON Bangalore Wins the Court Battle

by NIMAI PANDIT DAS, belle-indifference.blogspot.com
Posted April 23, 2009

Apr 16, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (SUN) - In breaking news on April 17th 2009, in the Trial Court of Bangalore the Judge finally passed an order in the matter of ISKCON Bangalore vs. ISKCON Mumbai. He ruled in favor of ISKCON Bangalore Society, giving it ownership to the Hare Krishna Hill and the famous temple atop it. He thereby once and for all put to rest all allegations of wrong doing or corrupt family dealings among the leadership of ISKCON Bangalore.

This ruling again reiterated the fact that ISKCON Bangalore, under the leadership of Sriman Madhu Pandit das, is on the path shown by Krishna, separate from the corrupt ISKCON Mumbai Society and its GBC leadership. (Click here for the full article)



Gaura Purnima Festival Video
by Parasuram das, matchlessgifts.org.uk
Posted April 20, 2009

The latest movie on this year's Gaura Purnima festival has been uploaded and can be seen at: Click Here



Storm in a Tea-Cup
by Tulasi devi dasi
Posted April 18, 2009

This is a sincere appeal to all devotees who are passionate about protecting Srila Prabhupada's house. Can we please adopt a balanced, rational and compassionate perspective regarding the recent homosexual union in Los Angeles blessed by Hridayananda Maharaja? This is my humble request. Please hear me out, and then make up your own minds.

First of all, according to Sarvatma prabhu, who officiated at the ceremony, both Bhakta Josh and Bhakta Stan are devotees, and thus deserve the utmost respect. One of the first principles of devotional service is that we should honour all devotees, no matter at what stage of devotional service they may find themselves. As Srila Rupa Gosvamipada writes in Sri Upadeshamrta, verse 5:

"krsneti yasya giri tam manasadriyeta"
One should mentally honour the devotee who chants the name of Lord Krishna.

(Click here for the full article)



Book Distribution DVD
by Kaisori dasi
Posted April 17, 2009

The North European BBT has produced a DVD to enliven book distribution and to explain the editing of Srila Prabhupada's books.

Along with clips of Srila Prabhupada discussing book distribution, this DVD contains segments of live distribution in Europe as well as interviews with BBT editors, Sanskrit scholars, and others discussing the hows and whys of the editing changes in Srila Prabhupada's books.

Many devotees have already received a copy of this DVD during the Prabhupada marathon. If you live in Europe and would like your own free copy, please write to puskarini@pamho.net with your name and mailing address.



Krishna Culture Festival Tour North America 2009
by Manu dasa & Jaya Radhe devi dasi, volunteers for ISKCON Youth Ministry
Posted April 16, 2009


Travel 18,000 miles across the USA and Canada for two months of Krishna conscious festivals, chanting, dancing, feasting. From 24-hour Kirtans in New Vrindavan to Los Angeles Kulimela, Ratha-yatras in Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver ... and Krishna Culture Festivals at university auditoriums and theatres in New Jersey, Boston, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Calgary, Winnipeg... a youth Japa Retreat in Sharanagati, plus camping, swimming, hiking, canyoneering, rafting, visiting National Parks, in the association of 50 devotee youth from around the world. (Click here for the full article)



Devotee Home for Sale in Alachua, Florida - Greatly Reduced Price
by Radha Vallabha
Posted April 14, 2009

We have dropped the price almost $70,000 from our original $211,000 to now only $142,000. We are moving to Europe.

It is a beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath devotee home in Alachua, Florida. Home of the largest devotee community in the U.S. Five minute drive from the Hare Krsna Temple and the New Raman Reti (Montessori style) Gurukula. Cozy Victorian style house. Built in 1947. 1360 square feet. Original wood high ceilings. Central electric heat and cool. Ceiling fans in all the rooms. Wooden floors. Newly added full insulation. Two beautiful original fireplaces. (Click here for the full article)



Wanted: Copy of the Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta
by Abhaya Devi
Posted April 13, 2009

recently while asking HH Indradyumna swami if I may aspire for initiation I received the kind instruction that I must read the Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta this year. I am very eager to read it and noticed that these books (a set of 3 large books), are readily available from Krishna.com. I am eager to know if there is a anyone out there who has these books who would be willing to either let me borrow them or purchase the books at a lower rate.

Here is the books I need:

Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta (set of 3 books)
by Sanatana Goswami
Translated by Gopiparanadhana Das (Click here for the full article)



Jagannatha Express "Infomercial", Opportunities in Canada
by Vijeta dasa adhikary
Posted April 3, 2009


We are looking for devotees who would like to help take our prasadam and preaching program to the next level. We are just beginning our third year running Jagannatha Express Vegetarian Bistro and Organic Juice Bar in Nelson B. C. Canada.

We are a family run business consisting of myself, Vijeta dasa and Arya Devi dasi, both initiated by Srila Prabhupada at the opening of the Krsna Balaram Temple in Vrndavan in 1975. We are assisted by our 2nd adult son Paramahamsa and our 2nd adult daughter Gita Govinda.

During the past 2 years we have been getting comments like this, written in our 'comments' book. (Click here for the full article)



  Looking for Vedavyasa
by Isvara das
Posted April 30, 2009

Could any Prabhu send me an email address for Vedavyasa Das a Canadian devotee- from the Quebec area I think? If you have any information, please contact Isvara das at: idl1000@hotmail.com.



Log Cabin for Rent in North Carolina
by Mayapur das
Posted April 29, 2009

Beautiful 1 bedroom log cabin for rent in Hillsborough, North Carolina; a 2 min drive/10 min walk to New Goloka temple, 5 min from downtown Hillsborough, and 5 min from major highways 85 and 40. In a wooded area with creek near Eno River.

Hardwood floors, paved driveway, and screened in porch. Includes loft and closet storage. Central heat/AC.

Appliances include: washer/dryer, glass top electric stove, and refrigerator. Available now for $675 per month.

Contact: Mayapur 808-782-9101, mayapur@radharani.com



Tribute to a Dear Friend
by Padmapani das
Posted April 27, 2009


Tribuvanatha was my best friend. I consider myself very fortunate to have had a lot of personal association with him in the 70's and 80's. I love him dearly and miss him a lot. Every so often I like to post some fond memories of Tribhuvanatha so that the world won't forget his infectious enthusiasm to please Srila Prabhupada and to spread the chanting of the holy names of Krishna far and wide. Please join with me as we honor this most remarkable soul on the pages of The Prabhupada Connection:

Tribute to a Dear Friend

(Click here for the full article)



Ganga Prabhu's Departure
by Parasurama das
Posted April 25, 2009


Ganga Prabhu left his body today Friday 24 April 2009, in Belfast hospital surrounded by chanting devotees.

Ganga joined the Dublin temple in 1983. Ganga was older than us - at 45 he was more than double our ages as we were still teenagers or in our early twenties with practically no worldly talents and Ganga gave us kids a bit more stability. Although older and "German", Ganga adopted well to Krishna consciousness. It was hard to find a photograph of him as he was always in the background doing administration or fixing machines that us kids would break. (Click here for the full article)



Roommate Wanted
by Sudevi Sundari
Posted April 24, 2009

Private Room for rent in Clean Family Home with Friendly Roommates

$381/month for 1 Person

Shared bathroom with 1 person, Shared kitchen, Wi-fi Internet & Unlimited Long Distance Calls from Home Phone included in Rent

Rent also includes: Water, Electric & All Utilities

Option of Including Meals at an additional weekly rate

Vegetarian Female Only (Click here for the full article)



Hindu Takeover of Phoenix Temple
by Dasarath das
Posted April 23, 2009

Sadly, I write of the second hindu takeover of the Phoenix ISKCON temple. While the North American GBC watches in approval, Deity standards are lowered (only bhoga cooked in oil, not ghee), the three temple devotees left, who have been faithfully serving their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Madhava Hari, are just waiting to make their exits being dissatisfied with the karmis that are now running the temple. Besides the person calling all the shots in the temple under the non-suspecting supervision of the new "shotgun" GBC, Hari Vilas, an Indian lady who owns a liquor lounge, is telling devotees who can go on the altar. She has just put another man, who owns a chain of Subway restaurants (that's "beef") in charge of signing all the temple checks. Maybe that's with the local GBC approval, I don't know.

Some time ago, this Indian lady illegally removed the temple vice-president's name from State corporation documents. (Click here for the full article)



A Message From the 2009 Kulimela Organizers
by Chaitanya Mangala dasa
Posted April 20, 2009


We would like to update you on the progress we have made towards the 2009 KulimeLA Event.

Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Dates: Wednesday, July 29th through Sunday, August 2nd, 2009. Schedule

Wednesday we will begin to welcome guests, and volunteers.

Thursday will be a full day of seminars, sports, meetings, kirtans and entertainment.

Friday and Saturday will be similar to Thursday, but on a much grander scale, (Click here for the full article)



Another Stalwart Devotee Passes Away
by Bhakta David, ISKCON Prison Ministries (IPM)
Posted April 18, 2009

As many of you may already know, Mother Shyama Priya left her body April 16, 2009 at 9:27pm in Gainesville, Florida. She was a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and was well known for her extensive service with ISKCON Prison Ministries (IPM). Devotees within the San Diego, Tucson, and Alachua communities, in particular, as well as countless inmates, are familiar with her selfless service attitude. She had been struggling with pancreatic cancer for many months. She spent her last few days surrounded by loving devotees, including her son, daughters and daughter-in-law. Many devotees from around the world, hearing of her imminent death, sent affectionate messages. She departed in an atmosphere saturated with auspicious articles and spiritual sound vibrations. (Click here for the full article)



3 Acre Lot for Sale in Saranagati
by Karunamayi Cox
Posted April 16, 2009


A very sweet devotee here in Vancouver, BC, Mayapura-Lila devi, is placing her land in Saranagati, BC, up for sale. Known as the "desert of BC", this area has a wonderfully expression of the 4 seasons. So I am forwarding along the specs on the land and house in hopes to assist her in finding the perfect new-found owner.

  • 1300sq foot house in south end of valley
  • 4 bedrooms (one very large rec room, perhaps?) and a loft
  • *VERY* bright house, lots of windows

(Click here for the full article)



Beautiful Hair Available for Their Lordships
by Karunamayi dasi
Posted April 14, 2009


In my quest to find the perfect hair for our Sri Sri Gaura Nitai deities, I found that making them provides the most beautiful looking hair. These wigs are suited for Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Krishna Balarama and Sri Sri Radha and Krishna with ease. In the attached pic, Their Lordships are 19" tall and I had to cut an inch from Their hair so They wouldn't look like hippies!

It is possible to gently curl them with small curlers, slightly warmed and you can trim them to your own Lord's specifications, as you like. The hair is synthetic and very silky looking. Holds up very nicely to regular oiling for Their pleasure.

The set of wigs are 10$ incl shipping (Click here for the full article)



Book Distributors Wanted for Vancouver OS
by Karunamayi devi dasi
Posted April 13, 2009


Vancouver Yatra, under the inspiration of Srila Prabhupada, has secured a Preaching Center in the ever active, culturally dynamic, bohemian flavoured, yoga friendly, veggie eating, green living, community centerd, bycicle riding district known as Commercial Drive.

Presided over by Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, this ashrama will be 100% dedicated to sadhana bhakti and book distribution. It will be used as a training center for new book distributing enthusiasts and head quarters for seasoned distributors alike. (Click here for the full article)



Remembering Harish
by Drdha Vrata das
Posted April 3, 2009


I would like to share with you all a picture, which I think represents some of Harish's most memorable qualities; his fun smile, humility, tolerance and physical power.

Taken in the midst of flood season, late 1999, it shows a young Harish, 15 or 16 years old at the time, pushing a boat through the flooded scenery of Mayapur.

What you don't see in the picture is the boat full of 10 to 15 gurukula devotees, including myself (taking the picture).

Since the gurukula kitchen was not functioning at the time, all the gurukula devotees would have to eat at the Gada Building which, anyone who has stayed in Mayapur would know, is pretty far from the gurukula. (Click here for the full article)



  Festival of Chariots At Jacksonville Beach
by Candrabhaga dasi, secretary to Bhadra Prabhu
Posted April 30, 2009

We are pleased to announce this year's date of the 5th annual Ratha Yatra in Jacksonville, Florida for May 30th. Procession begins at 12:30pm from 8th Ave N to 5th Ave S and ends at Latham Plaza behind City Hall. This year we have access to the city's own band shell and following the parade there will be cultural festivities and prasadam feast beginning around 4pm. All devotees are invited to come and participate in the activities including sea bathing. For more information please contact either:

  • Braja Vilasa Dasa @ 682-521-6848
  • Govinda Syer @ 352-214-3142
  • Dharmaraja Prabhu @ 352-538-0292
  • Kishore 904-589-8783




Housing Available in Boise
by Balabhadra das
Posted April 29, 2009

We have a beautiful 1420 sq ft home in Boise, with 3 bedroom, 2 bath, a spacious living room and huge back yard. In order to minimize livelihood expenses we are looking to share our home with someone who is looking for a nice living arrangement. We are open to a couple, single parent, or male or female roommate. You would have use of the whole house for living situation, plus your own bedroom and bathroom. There is also another room adjacent to the bedroom which you could use for your own personal relaxation. Both rooms have a bird's eye view of (Click here for the full article)



18th Annual Prabhupada Festival - May 23rd & 24th
by Prabhupada Festival Committee
Posted April 25, 2009


The Prabhupada Festival was founded as a venue for all followers, newcomers, and interested persons to come together to learn about and glorify Srila Prabhupada and His accomplishments.

The Los Angeles temple, designated as ISKCON World Headquarters by His Divine Grace, is the location; and this festival has emerged as one of the largest festivals held there. The festival includes special talks and remembrances from senior disciples, glorious kirtans, magnificent feasts, a mini Ratha yatra, maha harinam, original artistic performances, representatives from diverse preaching projects, and a variety of Vaishnava vendors. (Click here for the full article)



Hridayananda's Letter to the GBC
by Naradamuni das
Posted April 24, 2009

I would like to comment on the criticism that Hridayananda das Goswami's received re. his view on homosexual relationships as stated in his open letter (printed below):

Hridayananda das Goswami wrote:

(Open letter, December 11, 2004)

"A truly spiritual society must constantly seek a balance between the strict codes of varnasrama, and the practical needs of sincere devotees. There can be no doubt that a significant number of souls, whose external sexual orientation is homosexual, sincerely strive to be Krishna conscious. It is entirely natural and predictable that a majority of these devotees, as with most heterosexual devotees, will not be suited for lifelong celibacy"My view of this issue is as follows:As a general rule, we should appreciate devotees in terms of the sincerity and diligence of their spiritual attempts, given the psychophysical circumstances of their life. (Click here for the full article)



Grand Fire Sacrifice for Sri Narasimha
by Murari Sevaka Farm
Posted April 23, 2009


Please come to the Sri Narasimha Festival on May 16th



GBC Resolutions 2009
by ISKCON GOVERNING BODY COMMISSION SOCIETY
Posted April 20, 2009

ISKCON GOVERNING BODY COMMISSION SOCIETY

Registration Number S/74662 under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961

P.O. Shree Mayapur Dham, Dist. Nadia, West Bengal 741313

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

SRI MAYAPUR DHAM, FEBRUARY 12 - 23, 2009

Go to 2009 Zonal Assignments

Section 100: APPOINTMENTS

101. GBC Officers and Members (Click here for the full article)



Service in Separation - From Blatant Hypocrisy
by Niscala dasi
Posted April 18, 2009

How terrible it is that we shut our doors to anyone, we should be ashamed of ourselves. Lord Chaitanya embraced murderers and rapists, transforming them in the process, and we cannot even embrace innocent and spiritually inclined men-in-women's bodies, and women-in-men's bodies. ISKCON is well and truly in the league of cheating religion, for we preach one thing- that we are not the body, that everyone is nitya-krsna-das, and that therefore, bhakti is for everyone- and act contrary to it. We are definitely not followers of Lord Chaitanya, or how could we even conceive of such petty hatreds?

As far as I am concerned, either I will join an ISKCON society that is not party to such ignorance, or I will not join it, (Click here for the full article)



Course of Vedic Astrology By Internet
by Ambujaksa (das) GPS (Vedic Astrologer) (Monterrey - MX)
Posted April 17, 2009

I invite to all who wants to learn Vedic Astrology internet via.

Course of Vedic Astrology (Hindu) in its Basic level.

Directed To: All those people who wish to learn this sacred millenarian knowledge, have or non experience in some level of Astrology, of any age.

Objective: Learning of Astrology Vedic of form intense, constant and mainly in a serious way, since in addition the lineage will be learned of the traditional form but mainly that is required, will be able yet in this basic level to learn the basic characteristics to be able to interpret a horoscope by itself.

Course by Ambujaksa Das ( Antonio Espinosa) (Click here for the full article)



GBC Questions HDG's Gay-Inclusive Preaching
by Amara dasa
Posted April 16, 2009

At this years ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) Meeting in Mayapura, the following statement was issued: "The GBC has carefully reviewed the recent action (giving blessings) and the public statements of Hridayananda Maharaja concerning homosexuality. These remain controversial and divisive in ISKCON, and the GBC does not endorse or support them. Teaching obligations have kept Hridayananda Maharaja from attending the GBC meetings this year, so the GBC has not been able to discuss this issue with him. A GBC delegation will soon meet personally with him to discuss this issue and attempt to reach a common understanding."
(GBC Resolution 317)

It will be interesting to see what comes out of this meeting and hopefully some common understanding will be reached. (Click here for the full article)



Ratha Yatra in Poland
by ISKCON Poland
Posted April 14, 2009


Wroclaw temple along with Nama Hatta devotees since a few months have been preparing a special Festival in the history of our Vaisnava community, namely first Polish Ratha Yatra- Festival of Lord Jaganatha. As you know, this Festival has a very ancient tradition in India. It comes from Puri in Orissa where the temple of Lord Jaganatha - known all around the world - is situated.

The legend says that the statues of Jaganatha were made by a mythical sculptor of gods - Visvakarma on the request of king of Orissa - Indradyumna. However he made a condition that no one can see the statues until they are entirely ready. An impatient king broke the condition and entered Visvakarma's workshop. (Click here for the full article)



KulimeLA 2009
by Kuli Mela Organizers
Posted April 13, 2009



Click Here for a larger image.





Temple President / Manager
by Malati dasi
Posted April 3, 2009

Looking for temple president/manager

Resident Temple President / Manager for large established North American rural project. Must be Brahmin initiated, following principles and willing to commit to visible sadhana, able to inspire and convince others about KC-devotional service as well as manage in challenging circumstances on occasion. Must be fluent in English (able to read, write and fully communicate). Must provide verifiable references. A sense of adventure would be helpful.

Interested persons can contact one of the following for further information and application: (Click here for the full article)



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