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April 2010
Apartment Available
by Jalakara das
Posted April 29, 2010

Charming 1000 sq ft upstairs apartment in Alachua rural oak tree setting just 2 miles from Hare Krishna Temple, 1 mile from Bhaktivedanta Gaudiya Institute, 1 mile from Radhika's Vegetarian Cafe, 2 miles from Harvest Health & Whole Foods, 3 miles from I-75, 16 miles from University of Florida. 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / washer-dryer, dishwasher, hood microwave, great screened-in porch. Play area. Built 2008. Free broadband wireless internet. Free satellite TV. Free water, garbage, etc - you only pay electricity and rent. $800 deposit. $800 month rent. Credit and background check $35.00 Available last week May 2010. If interested, please email jalakara at yahoo.com

Photos at: krishnaalachuaapt.blogspot.com/

The Krishna Culture Festival Tour North America 2010
by Shantipur dasi
Posted April 28, 2010

We are now accepting applications for the 2010 Krishna Culture Festival Bus Tour, North America, from ISKCON youth ages 16 to 25!

Join us this summer, from June 23rd to August 23rd, on our 15,000 mile journey across the United States and Canada. Along the way we will celebrate dozens of festivals and Ratha-yatras, explore beautiful national parks, and fill our days with chanting, dancing, camping, swimming, rafting, and feasting with Krishna conscious youth from around the world.

Our mission is to train, engage, inspire and empower participants in Krishna consciousness to their fullest potential; we endeavor to make all people eternally happy, both those who attend the tour and those who attend the festivals. (Click here for the full article)

Village Life: Our Philosophy, Our Education, Our Lifestyle
by HH Bhakti Raghava Swami
Posted April 26, 2010

Click here for the article in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Balaram font required.

Click here to download the Balaram font if it is not installed on your computer already (the Balaram font is required for reading this article).

Departure of Amekhala Devi Dasi
by Parasuram das
Posted April 25, 2010

Its with great sadness to inform you that Amekhala devi dasi has left her body today, Friday 23rd April - 6am. Amekhala prabhu is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and was famous for her community work amongst the devotees here in England. She will be sadly missed. (Click here for the full article)

Religious Teachers Needed in Indian Army
by Rajat Choudhary
Posted April 24, 2010

Applications are invited from candidates for recruitment of Religious Teachers in the Army as Junior Commissioned Officer.

Religious Teachers preach religious scriptures to troops and conduct various rituals at Regimental/Unit religious institutions. Their duties also include attending funerals, ministering to the sick in hospitals, reading prayers with the convalescents, visiting soldiers undergoing sentence, giving special religious instructions to the children and enlisted boys besides attending generally to the religious instruction and welfare of the Officers, Soldiers and their families.

Application Form (.pdf, 26kB)

தமிழ் - Bhaktistudies
by Achyuta Krishna dasa
Posted April 20, 2010

BhaktiStudies is glad to announce several தமிழ் (Tamil) language translation of Vaishnava books of our acharyas.

The following PDFs and audio renderings can be downloaded from: www.gokulbhajan.com. Click on 'Books and Narrations' on the left side menu.

  1. Butter Thief
  2. Essence of Bhagavad Gita
  3. Secret Truths of Undiscovered Self
  4. Updesamrta
  5. The Fearless Prince
  6. Guru Devatatma
  7. Siva Tattva

More books to follow. (Click here for the full article)

Reiki Training Retreat
by Mohini-Murti dasi
Posted April 18, 2010

First Degree Reiki Training and Healing Retreat in beautiful Mendocino County, California from May 7 to 9, 2010. Give yourself the gift of learning a sacred touch that heals in a peaceful spiritual environment.

The first-degree class includes the method for treating yourself and others, the story of Reiki, precepts of Reiki and plenty of hands-on practice. (Second- and third-degree levels of Reiki are also available to those who want to go further. Levels of teaching priced accordingly.)

The fee is $350 U.S., which covers on-site lodging (bring your own bedding), wholesome prasadam meals, Reiki training and first-degree reiki attunements. (Click here for the full article)

Mumbai Prasad Delivery Service
by Sanjay Sabnis
Posted April 18, 2010

Forget your lunch prasadam worries! We deliver lunch prasadam meals all over Mumbai. Simply call us at 99307 01235 or write to us via (Click here for the full article)

Two Summer Trips for Young Teens
by Jaya Radhe dasi
PRIYA organizer
Posted April 12, 2010

Programs & Resources for ISKCON Youth of America (PRIYA) has established two gender-segregated summer devotional programs for devotee youth, both of which are now accepting applications.

Kishori Yatra 2010, the third annual summer trip for girls ages 11 to 15, is scheduled for June 10 through July 1 (three weeks), while a tour for boys ages 12 to 15 will run from July 7 through August 15 (six weeks)

Kishori Yatra is an all-inclusive, spiritual adventure tour. Visiting various temples and devotee communities in the United States, the tour concentrates on developing Vaisnava qualities, visiting holy places, building friendships and providing a framework for performing loving devotional service. (Click here for the full article)

Alachua, Florida Building Lot for Sale
by Lalita Sakhi dasi
Posted April 12, 2010

We're selling one of the last beautiful lots left in Alachua. It's a nice rectangular,100 x 138 ft. Vastu-suitable building lot facing east. At the end of a paved cul-de-sac, the lot has seven large, beautiful trees and no houses — only forest views at the rear.

No site work will be needed; the lot is ready to build. There are mostly new homes built down the street. It's a very safe neighbourhood, with some devotees living nearby too. Walking distance to Santa Fe High School, 4 1/2 miles to ISKCON Raman Reti temple and 2 miles to downtown Alachua. Close to Interstate Highway I-75 and very convenient to Santa Fe Community College/University of Florida.

This lot is at the highest elevation in Alachua City (Click here for the full article)

Yoga Teaching Certification and Sadhana Retreat
by Gopimata Dasi, Bhaktivanayoga.com
Posted April 9, 2010

Learn to teach Bhakti-Infused Hatha Yoga

We would like to offer a month-long intensive training for devotees who are interested in learning to teach hatha yoga as a segue to bhakti practices. The course will be taught primarily by Gopimata Sandal, who is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level as an “Experienced Yoga Teacher – ERYT.” She is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who has been teaching hatha yoga for 20 years. The classes will incorporate Iyengar-style as well as other eclectic styles of hatha yoga. Philosophy classes will be taught by senior Vaishnavas. This will take place at the Bhaktivana farm in Kansas through the month of August. There will be simple accommodation, nice prasadam, daily morning sadhana, and plenty of kirtan. We will strive to keep costs down and spirits high.

In regards to the question of utilizing hatha yoga in this way, Dhananjaya das (Click here for the full article)

Rental Wanted in Alachua or New Vrindavan
by Jaya Krishna Das
Posted April 8, 2010

I am looking to rent a nice home in either in Alachua, Florida or New Vrndavan, West Virginia. I have sold my homes and business in Miami and want to live in a devotee community. I plan to spend 6 months in the states and 6 months in India and of course I will pay rent year round. Currently living out of the country, experiencing the world. I am financially sound and secure, have good references within GBC and devotees in both communities. Seeking a very nice home, hopefully furnished and near the temple. Will provide references and full deposits. My devotee name is Jaya Krishna Das have been a devotee 30+ years. Contact me at (Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows Newsletter April 2010
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted April 6, 2010

The April 2010 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 24 pages (1.8 MB) we present reports on:

1. The success of our battle with FMD (Foot and Mouth Disease).

2. How Care for Cows won the priveledge to supply milk to the Sri Sri Krsna Balarama Mandir.

3. A true story about an independent and heroic village bull.

4. New admissions.

5. How greed takes its toll on Vrindavan calves.

6. More calves born. (Click here for the full article)

Used Vocal Tanpura Needed
by Kamalasundri devi dasi
Posted April 3, 2010

We are looking to start a bhajan group for students of LSU and were looking for a female vocal tanpura for someone to donate. We can contribute towards shipping but not much past that. Please contact (Click here for the full article)

  A Homage to Amekhala Devi Dasi
by Vidurpriya das GKG
Posted April 29, 2010

I have a short memory of Amekhala Mataji I would like to share. In 2007, when she and her husband Srutakirti prabhu visited Delhi, I had some interaction with Srutakirti prabhu and Amekhala mataji. Afterwards during Kartik, I went to Vrnadavana for some time.

On the 30th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day, I happened to be in Vrndavana. It was my long cherished desire to attend the program that evening in Srila Prabhupada's quarters. After all it was very special, 30 years. So I went there around 6.00 pm, and was chanting in the room where Srila Prabhupada's medicines are kept in the cupboards. Along with me were some gurukulis.

At around 6.45 pm, an announcement was made that only Srila Prabhupada's disciples (Click here for the full article)

Florida Preaching
by Kishore Krsna Das
Posted April 28, 2010

I am writing to reach out to the wider devotee community in US and Florida for devotees who have inclination towards preaching activities through Yoga, meditation, Cooking classes etc here in Florida esp Jacksonville and Orlando.

I am in the process of starting some public programs here in jacksonville to enhance the preaching mission of Srila Prabhupada. I also have a business here in jacksonville to support devotees financially for those looking for some income. But this opportunity is there only for devotees who are serious about preaching Krsna consciousness. I have also been doing cooking classes at ISKCON orlando for the last 8 months every week for Young university students. We have had substantial success so far as two students are coming regularly to the temple, chanting and appreciating Krsna consciousness more seriously. While there are others who come every week to honor prasadam, dance and chant in the kirtan with H.H. Trivikrama Maharaj and myself. Its very enlivening to see so many students coming to the temple and appreciating Krsna consciousness. (Click here for the full article)

Homage to Amekhala Devi Dasi
by Urmila devi dasi
Posted April 26, 2010

I first met Amekhala devi dasi about eight years ago, when she married Srutakirti, Prabhupada's servant, and father of my son-in-law. Amekhala delighted in telling stories of how she cleaned Prabhupada's rooms in London and she was dedicated to keeping or restoring Prabhupada's standards, such as cooking with ghee rather than oil. Amekhala often traveled with Srutakirti as he told audiences throughout the world of Prabhupada's lila. She even traveled for a year while in great pain and with much disability. Unknown to her during that time, cancer was ravaging her body.

When she learned in December that she had cancer, she took the advised chemotherapy, but one treatment left her at the brink of death. After some months of battling the disease with various alternative treatments, she left her body peacefully Friday morning, surrounded by many loving devotees in kirtana. We miss Amekhala and pray that she continues to serve Prabhupada with her fierce dedication and untiring energy.

Institute for Vaishnava Studies
by Institute for Vaishnava Studies
Posted April 24, 2010

Are you looking to live and study in a Vaishnava ashrama while serving Srila Prabhupada in a dynamic and expansive college outreach program? The Institute for Vaishnava Studies at the Krishna House of Gainesville offers young men and women an opportunity to study the Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Nectar of Instruction, Nectar of Devotion and Sri Isopanisad while serving at the largest prasadam (spiritual food) distribution program in America! The IVS welcomes young people looking for a full-time ashrama study / service experience, as well as part-time participants who are currently completing their college education (typically either at UF or Sante Fe College). (Click here for the full article)

Kulimela Issues Second Bhajan Kutir CD
by Chaitanya Mangala das, Kuli Mela Association
Posted April 20, 2010

The KulimeLA 2009 Bhajan Kutir – Volume 2 CD is now available from the Kuli Mela Outlet at Krishna.com, featuring heartfelt kirtans with Kalindi dasi, Arjuna das, Abhay Clayton, Visvambhar Sheth, Gaura Vani and more.

You can hear previews of the tracks at the Krishna.com website and also check out the growing Kuli Mela video and audio selections.

In ancient Sanskrit, Kirtan is the sacred, joyful, and spontaneous congregational singing and dancing for the glorification of God. "Kuli" refers to a member of a community, whilst "Mela" means a festive gathering. Combined, "Kuli Mela" tranforms into a Celebration of Community. A "Bhajan Kutir" is a special place dedicated to Kirtans. These Kirtans were recorded live in the KulimeLA 2009 Bhajan Kutir at the New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles, California. (Click here for the full article)

New Vrindaban Hosts Global Leadership Center Students
by Bhaktin Rita Gupta
Posted April 18, 2010

This past weekend, New Vrindaban Community hosted 36 students from the Global Leadership Center (GLC) at Ohio University it Athens, OH. Dr. Greg Emery, the GLC’s Director, is an affiliate of Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, which studies religious diversity in the United States, focusing on communities and religious traditions from Asia and the Middle East. The Pluralism Project is funded by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations.

Dr. Emery first encountered the Hare Krishna tradition as an undergraduate student in 1980 when he met Radhanath Swami, who was then a member of New Vrindaban Community. Dr. Emery continues to visit New Vrindaban regularly as part of his on-going research on the community.

The GLC offers a two-year undergraduate certificate that prepares students to be internationally-minded professions. “Studying the Hare Krishna tradition (Click here for the full article)

Brazil Holds 24-Hr. Kirtan
by Amrita Gopala dasi, Photos by Ricardo Alexandre
Posted April 18, 2010

The devotees based in Brazil are taking literally Lord Krsna's instruction to always chant His name. This weekend marked the second 24-hour kirtan festival hosted by the Nova Gokula farm community. Cradled by lush mountains capped with rain-filled clouds, Nova Gokula is a wonderful place to chant and dance any time of the year. But for the 250 devotees in attendance, the constant beat of khol and karatals drowned out the competing sounds of the ferocious thunder accompanying monsoon showers.

This is the second year that the festival’s planner, Vaikuntha Murti das, a saintly disciple of HH Indradyumna Swami, has organized 24-hour kirtana. Vaikuntha Murti prabhu is no stranger to the hard but exhilarating work required to hold a large-scale Hare Krsna festival. In spite of being the person in charge of overseeing everything from arranging the facility to wiping the sweaty brows of the kirtaniyas, Vaikuntha Murti is never without a real smile and a kind word. (Click here for the full article)

One Large Room Available for Free to a Swami or Devotee Couple in India
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted April 12, 2010

I am willing to offer the third bedroom in this apartment for FREE to a swami, married couple, or elderly devotee lady. There will be no rent charged to you. I only ask that you chant japa and sing daily, plus observe fast on Ekadasi day and stay awake during Ekadasi evening. You must be healthy, vegetarian (no fish or eggs), no smoking, and no alcohol. This apartment is within walking distance of the Bhaktivedanta Institute in Kolkata, and very nearby to the Kolkata airport, so I hope that someone can make use of it.

The Gaura Nitai deities in this apartment were installed by the head pujari at ISKCON Mayapur, Jananivasa dasa, (Click here for the full article)

Alachua Temple Krsna Balaram Installation
by New Raman Reti, Alachua, Florida
Posted April 12, 2010

Save the Date!

We are pleased to invite you to the auspicious Pran Prathishta Ceremony of

Sri Sri Krishna-Balaram

at New Raman Reti in Alachua, Florida.

There will be festivities and ceremonies beginning Saturday May 29 leading up to the grand installation on Sunday May 30, 2010.

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Feasting, entertainment and personal service to Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna-Balaram for one and all.

For information on lodging, directions, and transportation from an airport, log on to www.newramanreti.com/festival. (Click here for the full article)

Attracting Westerners Through Festivals
by Sandamini devi dasi (Tucson, Arizona)
Photographs © 2010 by James F. Palka
Posted April 9, 2010

Happy guests watching the stage performances

East Indians are our natural allies. They visit our temples and participate in all the functions, grateful to experience a small piece of their own culture. They are generous and devotional, and lend validity to our temples. In short, they make ideal congregational members.

But did Srila Prabhupada want us to stop there? I think the answer is clearly no. We need to do more to reach out to westerners. We should not become complacent, content in merely meeting our overhead each month. Tapo-divyam ("divine austerities") means going out and preaching Krishna consciousness to those who did not grow up with this culture and who are not conversant with the Vedic literatures. We need to push ourselves out the doors of the temples to find local people to bring back for an experience they will not have out in the material world. (Click here for the full article)

Eight Petals for Vishnu Mas Released
by Vrndavanlila dd (Dr Vrinda Baxi)
Posted April 8, 2010

With the blessings of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga, seventh issue of Varnasrama Newsletter: THE EIGHT PETALS for Vishnu Mas is available at: www.varnasrama.org/files/Vishnu_Mas.pdf

The issue in consideration focuses on ‘Village’.

The next issue will focus on 'Family System'. Everybody is welcome to give their suggestions, share important information or just voice out their opinion on the newsletter in the form of an article, mail, report etc. or even in the form of a prayer for a tiny person who ambitiously aspires to serve Srila Prabhupada! (Click here for the full article)

Get the Kuli Mela 2007 Moscow DVD
by Kuli Mela Association
Posted April 6, 2010

The Kuli Mela 2007 Moscow DVD is now available at the newly launched Kuli Mela Outlet @ Krishna.com! Click HERE to check out the growing Kuli Mela video and audio selections… In the ancient Sanskrit language, Kuli refers to a member of a community. Mela is a festive gathering. Combined, Kuli Mela transforms into a celebration of community.

The second-generation Hare Krishnas (known informally as Gurukulis, or just Kulis) from throughout Russia gathered to explore who they are and what they can accomplish. Despite difficult conditions for a festival, including no running water and no electricity, the Gurukulis worked together to celebrate and connect. This short film offers a glimpse into the events of the festival and the hard work it took to pull it off.

New BBT Project - Call to Authors
by Kaisori dasi & Brahma Muhurta Das
Posted April 3, 2010

The BBT would like to showcase some of the best short story (fiction), creative nonfiction, and poetry writing in ISKCON. Devotees are invited to submit their work for consideration.

The proposed book will be similar in size and binding to the Hidden Glory of India, published by the BBT. Because the book will be just under 200 pages, naturally we will be forced to be quite selective. Because we expect to get a lot of good material, we plan to publish the overflow of quality material on the BBT's new Vaishnava Writers' Community website (just now coming).

This book is not intended as an internal publication for ISKCON devotees but as a creative and cultural outreach to those interested in spirituality but who have not committed, particularly, to the Krishna conscious path. We are looking for real and honest expressions of Krishna consciousness - our spirituality, lifestyle, culture, values, or topics of general interest - that will resonate with readers and demand an emotional response from them. We are seeking to stimulate readers' interest into looking at their spiritual lives more deeply and particularly at the path of bhakti. Pieces should offer readers a new look at the world in which they live; they should be engaging, thought-provoking, immediate, and deep. Well-done humor works too. We are not looking for “propaganda” pieces or philosophical essays for this book.

What to submit: (Click here for the full article)

  Faith, Varnashrama and Airborne Children
by Niscala dasi
Posted April 29, 2010

Varnashrama is often equated with self-sufficiency, yet it is much more than that, providing a paradigm wherein many of our current problems — plaguing us since our inception — find their solution.

Currently being discussed on the Internet is the problem of brahmacaris neglecting their future careers and thereby entering the grhastha ashrama unprepared. Coincidentally, this is being discussed in two different forums — hence emphasizing the seriousness of the situation. It was observed that when brahmacaris neglect their careers, they often cannot afford child support when the marriage splits — which often happens because we also do not teach that love is so important in the family. Because they cannot afford child-support payments due to not having a decent career, the issue often ends up in the courts — which is really bad for our reputation, what to speak of not pleasing Srila Prabhupada.

The varnashrama paradigm is very different to our current situation. During brahmacarya, the student is observed very carefully, and his desires, talents and propensities are considered, and then he is advised to get training accordingly, in one of the four varnas.

Brahmana Varna
ISKCON (Click here for the full article)

Bhagavad-Gita Ecourse Summer Semester
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa
Posted April 28, 2010

May 10 - September 13
by www.Krishna.com

For those interested in studying Bhagavad-gita online this summer: www.Krishna.com's Sastra eCourses lead participants step-by-step through Srila Prabhupada's books from the comfort of their own homes on their own computers, according to their own time schedules. Following our easy-to-perform formula day by day, week after week, conversing and sharing realizations with others in the classes via email Forums and Interactive Chapter Summaries, participants systematically learn Vedic philosophy according to Srila Prabhupada's teachings and purports. (Click here for the full article)

Dallas House for Sale
by Adrian/Radhavinode
Posted April 26, 2010

Across from Dallas/Kalachandji Temple

5430 Parry Ave 75223

3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 1300 sq. feet, wood floors, Central air/heat (Ruud Energy Efficient). Recently fully remodeled and re-wired, includes crown moldings, granite countertops, stainless appliances.

Big back yard includes air-conditioned storage/workshop/office. Lot size 50x100

Price reduced. $ (Click here for the full article)

The Saving Grace of Krsna Consciousness
by Bhakti-lata Dasi, ISKCON Prison Ministry
Posted April 24, 2010

Every day, as I read inmates letters, I want to share with all of you the miracles Lord Caitanya works in the heart of the inmates, through Srila Prabhupada’s books and the chanting of the holy name. Each book and BTG that is sent to one inmate is passed along to many others, potentially to be read by dozens of inmates, shining the light of knowledge in the darkest of places.

Below are some nectar quotes from recent letters testifying to the purifying power of Krsna consciousness.

“What a privilege to obtain these BTGs. I pour over the words avidly and I now put some of the illustrations on my wall. I am adorning a corner for an altar. Thank you.”
Peterborough, England (Click here for the full article)

A Pre-Conference Workshop
by Sankirtana Das (ACBSP)
Posted April 20, 2010

If you're coming to the Festival of Inspiration you might consider arriving a day earlier for my workshop. Whether you’re in theater or interested in storytelling or are a workshop presenter or want to enhance your preaching, this workshop has something for you.

The Dramatic Edge
A workshop for those interested in utilizing the dramatic arts

In this one day intensive participants will explore the essentials of the dramatic arts - voice, gesture, movement. You will walk away with some solid techniques for learning and improving your performance or presentations, making your points by strengthening the voice and pronunciation, engaging the imagination of the audience, and understanding the power of the age old art of storytelling. We’ll also discuss promoting yourself and your work. Five hours of personal and professional growth. (Click here for the full article)

A Vegetarian Live-In Care-Giver is Needed in Connecticut
by Cheryl Peck
Posted April 18, 2010

I need an experienced live-in care-giver. Must be a US citizen or have a current Work Visa or Green Card. The patient is a 90 year old, very pleasant, vegetarian man. He walks with assisstants and suffers slight demencia and incontinents. You would be in charge of all his personal needs including laundry and also be responsible for cleaning his bedroom and bathroom and some cooking. You would have a private bedroom and all food included. I am his Power of Attorney and was appointed to live with him also. (Click here for the full article)

New Film: Within Ten Miles of Mayapur
by Vasudeva das
Posted April 18, 2010

Today in the rural area between Navadwip and the town of Krishnanagar, 60 percent of the children drop out of school before the age of 12, and more than half of the women are illiterate. Some 70,000 villagers in the region drink arsenic-contaminated water, 23,000 of them showing skin infections and lesions as a result.

Within Ten Miles of Mayapur follows the work of Sri Mayapur Vikas Sangha (SMVS), a non-profit organization based in ISKCON Mayapur. Its mission is to fulfil Srila Prabhupada's desire that no one should go hungry within a ten-mile (16-km) radius of the ISKCON temple.

For the last ten years, SMVS has worked to end the economic and social causes of poverty in the region. The West Bengal NGO has received grants from funding agencies worldwide, including the United Nations. (Click here for the full article)

Ahimsa Shri-Khol
by Laksmipati Dasa
Posted April 15, 2010

The Ahimsa Shri-Khol project was started by a group of second-generation ISKCON devotees, as an attempt to raise awareness of the need for, and to some extent funds for the initiation of, cow protection projects.

We are offering an opportunity for devotees to avoid unnecessarily (and unconsciously) supporting the slaughter of cows.

We are dedicated to giving devotees all over the world high-quality mrdangas that do not support cow killing. Skin is collected solely from cows that have left their bodies due to natural death. Careful measures are taken to ensure that no leather comes from slaughtered cows. This skin is then processed naturally – without chemicals or salt. The leather is given to our craftsman, who chooses the best parts of the skin and makes mrdangas with high-quality sound production. (Click here for the full article)

Camp Garuda
by Cyavana Swami
Posted April 12, 2010

Welcome to Camp Garuda as we begin our third Spring/Summer season. Located just south of Gainesville, Florida, the camp is open to all Krishna Bhaktas and newcomers as well. We invite everyone to visit our Sunday Service held every week at 12:00 noon, with Bhagavad Gita class, Arati, and lunch.

The Summer Youth Camp, Japa Retreat, and All Devotee Camping Festival will be held again this year. Anyone interested in these or other programs, guest facilities, cookouts, weddings or birthdays, please contact camp host Cyavana das at 352-528-5496, or outreach coordinator Bhakta Floyd at 352-504-1018.

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. Visit campgaruda.tripod.com, or email (Click here for the full article)

St. Patrick's Day London Parade
by Parasuram das
Posted April 12, 2010

This was the first year the devotees got involved in the London St.Patrick's Day parade, held 17 March. It was a major success, and we plan to bring the Rathayatra cart for next year — with a green canopy.

We have more pictures of the event at www.matchlessgifts.org, plus a video at the Vimeo site. Unfortunately, our movie is not the best, as it does not give credit to the first-class sound of the kirtan.

We had bass and drums, two accordions, and one leprechaun on ukulele. Markandaya is a gurukuli who works as a stuntman, performing acrobatics dressed in his inflated leprechaun suit. (Click here for the full article)

Elementary Teacher Wanted
by Bhaktivedanta Academy, Alachua, Florida
Posted April 9, 2010

The Bhaktivedanta Academy (formerly New Raman Reti School), a Krishna-centered Pre-K thru 6th grade school, located in the Alachua, Florida devotee community, is seeking applicants for the position of Lead Teacher for our upper elementary class (Grades 4 - 6).

The school has been part of the devotee community in Alachua since 1990 and is presently serving 50 students in grades pre-K - 6th, making it one of ISKCON's largest elementary schools in North America. The Bhaktivedanta Academy is committed to providing both a strong Krishna Conscious program, as well as academic excellence.

Under the supervision of the Director, the Lead Teacher guides students' activities academically, spiritually, emotionally, and physically in a prepared Montessori environment - challenging each child to reach his/her fullest potential in these developmental areas in a manner appropriate for their age group and in accordance with the school's mission, vision, and policies. (Click here for the full article)

“I Could Live Here!”
by Bhaktin Rita Gupta
Posted April 8, 2010

For me, it is easy to forget how impressive New Vrindaban is. Seeing it through the eyes of our guests, however, helps me appreciate the opulence Krishna has provided.

On Wednesday, a group of twelve full-time employees from Grand Vue Park (Moundsville, WV) visited New Vrindaban. They toured all of the main guest facilities – Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold, Small Farm Training Center, goshalla, temple room, and the twin lakes. In addition, they looked inside one of the temple guest rooms and inside one of the cabins.

The park employees were awestruck by many of the things that I take for granted. For example, a few people were actually envious of the lakes. They kept saying, “Don’t you wish we had a lake like that at the park? We could have swans and ducks too!” (Click here for the full article)

Panama Plans April 10 Ratha Yatra
by Malla-Praharana das
Posted April 6, 2010

ISKCON Panama's Festival of India committee is very pleased to announce its upcoming Grand Rathayatra Festival. This year the festival will be marking its sixth annual parade, and we would like to invite everyone, along with their friends and families, to join us on this most auspicious occasion, to receive unlimited blessings from the Lord and fulfil desires.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Plaza Edisson, Tumba Muerto,

the richly decorated "temple on wheels" will be passing through the streets of El Dorado, accompanied by devotional music and chanting. The parade ends at the Hindu Temple.

Later that evening we will have cultural programmes consisting of spectacular presentations — Bharatanatyam dances and musical shows presented by the Mayapuris, all the way from Alachua, Florida, drama and sweet bhajans. (Click here for the full article)

Dance Camp
by Gaurangi Priya
Posted April 3, 2010

Prema Natya Vidyalaya
presents a Bharat-natyam Dance Camp

For girls ages 4-7 years old: June 28th-July 2nd 2010

For girls ages 9-13 years old: July 5th-9th 2010


1819 Dimmocks Mill Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Come spend a summer week learning Classical Indian dance, hand gestures, and expressive face movements. There will also be story telling from the scriptures, crafts, face painting, Sanskrit songs, jewelry making, and much fun. Location is one mile from the New Goloka temple, in a beautiful area. (Click here for the full article)

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