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April 2011
New Dwarika Dham, ISKCON Nyali Temple Opening
by Sri Gauranga Das
Posted April 30, 2011


On 12th of April 2011, Mombasa, Kenya celebrated a very special Ram Navami festival as a beautiful new ISKCON temple was opened and Their Lordships Sri Sri Sita Rama Laksman Hanuman were installed and welcomed to reside in Nyali to give Their blessings to all the residents of Mombasa.

The festivities of the grand opening of New Dwarikadham Temple in Nyali, Mombasa were spread over five days beginning with Nagar sankirtana in the Nyali area on Saturday 9th April 2011.

On Sunday 10th April 2011 devotees and well wishers arose very early in the morning to attend the last mangala arati offered to Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarikadish (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Yamuna Rally

by Radha Jivan Poddar
Posted April 28, 2011


A group of farmers led by Bhanu Pratap Singh, head of the Kisan Union ( Farmers Union ) of Mathura and devotees from different areas of Braj are demonstrating at the Jantar Mantar Grounds in New Delhi since April 15th.

Please see Click Here (for updated coverage of this rally).

Among those present are Radha Jivan das of ISKCON Alachua, who has helped in organizing and funding this rally at the behest of Sri Ramesh Baba of Barsana.

This group of dedicated devotees is sleeping on the Delhi sidewalks without any toilet and other facilities for shelter from the sun and rain since April 15th.

72 people have been on a hunger strike since the 16th of April.

About 40 devotees of ISKCON Delhi also attended and did kirtan at the site in a show of support.

An open letter of appeal has been sent to the President of India and Prime Minister of India demanding they immediately issue public notices stating the actual condition of the Yamuna beyond Delhi. (Click here for the full article)



Mini Camp for Children at Gita Nagari Farm
by Ortrun Gates
Posted April 25, 2011

There is still time to register for this year's first Children's Mini Camp at Gita Nagari Farm. The camp will be held from June 17th through the 19th and is open to boys and girls ages 9 to 13. Drop off is on the 17th at 3 pm and pick-up on teh 19th at 5 pm.

Recently the question came up if parents could join their children during this time since it is a short camp (only 3 days) and it would make it hard for some parents to travel quite far to drop off their children and then come again to pick them up. The management team has come up with the following solution: If you - parents - would like to stay at the farm during the three day weekend you are most welcome to do so. The children can have their camp unemcumbered and we can certainly use some folks who can do some service. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
New Life Sprouts in Old East Dallas Neighborhood

by Jessica L. Huseman, Staff Writer, Dallas Morning News
Posted April 22, 2011


The smell of cinnamon wafts through the intersection of Gurley and Graham avenues in East Dallas. It's not the only thing emanating from Kalachandji's Indian restaurant and its adjoining Hare Krishna temple, whose pristine grounds stand in stark contrast to the aging homes around it.

Things are starting to change in the Mount Auburn neighborhood — mostly at the hands of the Kalachandji's community. "The whole neighborhood was built by the Ford Company in the '30s for their workers," said Danny Thomas, manager of the restaurant. "They were cheap houses back then that were built without foundations. They sink into the ground." Members of the temple have begun moving into the surrounding houses, remodelling them and becoming active in neighborhood groups.

Dallas's only Hare Krishna temple was founded in 1971 in a building that once housed Mount Auburn Christian Church. The restaurant opened a few years later, with the goal of sharing a unique brand of vegetarianism with the Dallas community. (Click here for the full article)



Protestors Oppose Soup-Run Ban
by Parasuram das, Food For All Kingscross, England
Posted April 21, 2011


Westminster, England's city council has proposed a law that would criminalise people who distribute free food. It would also criminalise people who are homeless if they are caught sleeping on the street. Such a law would certainly affect Food For Life, which is based in the Soho Street temple, and Food For All, which is based at Matchless Gifts in Kingscross.

Protestors have vowed that they will clog up the courts if Westminster council proceeds with its proposed ban on rough sleeping and soup runs in parts of the borough. Hundreds of protestors turned out recently for a street protest to oppose the ban, which the local authority wants to introduce through a new bylaw. Protestors included volunteers, church representatives, homelessness charities and rough sleepers.

Alastair Murray, deputy director with the homelessness charity Housing Justice, said the new law would "effectively criminalize compassion." (Click here for the full article)



Response to the GBC Strategic Planning Committee for Temple Development
by Niscala dasi
Posted April 16, 2011

It is encouraging to know that our GBC are interested in finding the best way for making our temples successful, by surveying all the temples and finding out what works. If it is an impersonal survey, for the purpose of gathering statistics, leading to the passing of numerous resolutions for people they have never met, never spoken to, much less having gotten to know, then it will do more for the cause of depersonalization than for temple development and reform, and devotees will feel more than ever, reduced to numbers. When we are driving dangerously we are warned “you may become just another statistic!”, an idea that makes the skin crawl with horror, yet it is where we are at, if the only importance our leadership can assign us is numerical- how many books we have given out, how much money collected, etc…

Yet there is another way to do a survey… asking the devotees personally, their needs, problems, observations. Or if that is not possible to do in person, then much can be learnt from the various devotee forums, maybe even coming down to their level and taking part in the discussions, to find out what they find lacking in the temples. (Click here for the full article)



BBT Communications Officer Sought
by Kaisori-devi dasi
Posted April 10, 2011

The BBT is seeking a Communications Officer. We're looking for an articulate, dynamic devotee--someone with fresh ideas, who can work on a team, and who has a love for Srila Prabhupada's BBT and his books. Good English skills a must. An ability to express yourself in writing a serious plus. Communications experience also a plus, but if you have the right spirit and a willingness to learn, it's not essential.

Responsibilities include working with the BBT Trustees and Directors and a small team of devotees to create and execute a Communications strategy to promote the BBT, its books, and its services.

For more information, please write me privately and include something about your devotional background and service experience. Looking forward to hearing from you. email: (Click here for the full article)



A Lord Caitanya Miracle
by Parasuram das
Posted April 10, 2011

For many years we would have wonderful processions for Gaura Purnima and Narasimhadev appearance day through the centre of London. but then the police informed us that they were not insured to police the events. We would have to get a professional security company to steward the event - the costs were going into thousands and thousands of pounds.

This year I phoned the head of police again - just in case, to try my luck. Again he spoke of 6 months of planing and huge fees. But some how Lord Caitanya sitting in his heart gave him a push and he told me to go ahead as there was a loophole in the law - which he explained to me. That was it - lets have Rathayatra with Lord Caitanya and Jaganath down the busiest street in London on a Saturday afternoon.

Srila Prabhupad murti from Radha Krishna Temple in Soho left his Vyasasana and came out on a palanquin. (Click here for the full article)



New Book On Vraja Dhama
by Sahadeva Dasa
Posted April 10, 2011


As a service to devotees, holy dham and acharyas, we have released the book ‘Wondrous Glories of Vraja’. The book can be accessed and downloaded at the following addresss

Click Here

This is the first book in the series of Vaisnava acharyas' works that we are planning to print and put up online. The idea is to make a comprehensive repository of Vaisnava acharya’s works which confirm to good standards. Many available works have been done for commercial reasons (Loi bazar editions) and many others are simply not available. To make the matters worse, many of the brilliant works rendered by devotees like Kusakrtha Prabhu have gone out of circulation. In today’s situation, a seeker would end up running from pillar to post if he were to look for an authentic edition of a book which is somewhat complete with original verses, transliteration etc. Of course there are many devotees who are producing excellent books in this field. (Click here for the full article)



Report From the GBC's Strategic Planning Temple Development Committee
by Kaisori dasi
Posted April 7, 2011

This is part three of a series of reports informing you about the work of the GBC's Strategic Planning committees. If you missed the discussion about the Succession Committee or the Education Committee, you can find them here, respectively: www.dandavats.com/?p=9337 and www.dandavats.com/?p=9385

A devotee friend asked me recently about the rationale behind creating a strategic plan for a spiritual organization. He understood the need for strategic planning in the corporate world where you have to anticipate market changes and consumer interests, but he suspected its relevance to our confederation of devotees who, after all, are ultimately interested in transcendence. Doesn't it go against the spontaneous nature of performing devotional service and spoil the devotees' spirit a little if everything has to be so mapped out?

But it's clear to me that Srila Prabhupada intended ISKCON to be more than a loose confederation of devotees. (Click here for the full article)



Sankirtan Magic in Washington, DC
by Nimai Charan Agarwal
Posted April 4, 2011


Magic… a word that has many contexts, meanings, and connotations. In America’s early childhood, it was used in the same line as darkness, evil, the Devil’s newfangled shiny red horn, the dark arcane arts that brought the practitioners to the stake. Over time, the meaning changed, but the core sense of mystery remained...until every storyteller found the treasure in the word and its essence was ground to Tartarus. The word magic remains today, to be one of the most used, or let me say “misused” words. Therefore I spent my time unsuccessfully trying to deviate my writing from the use of the word “Magic.” Finally, not being able to desist from that word any longer, I have come to truce with my mind to try and find the magic in the word so I can continue to use it in peace, free from the ill plaguing of my mind. Therefore, my search for real magic, not the phony baloney of flashy wizardry, (Click here for the full article)



The Best Kept Secret in Las Vegas
by Krishna-Mayi Devi Dasi
Posted April 2, 2011

Mar 12, 2011 — LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA (DNA) —


Even in the present economic time of recession in the U.S.A., Las Vegas still boasts a visitation of 37 million tourists annually, down just 3 million before it was hit by the hard financial times. Millionaires and billionaires from around the world are attracted to maya's great playground here, and because of the development of theme park resorts over the last few decades, the city has become a destination vacation for families also.

Despite the huge flow of visitors mesmerized by the visual and sensual delights, there is a more placid side of life in Las Vegas. There are about two million people living in the metropolis, and most of them have nothing to do with "the Strip", the casinos, and all the other emphasis placed on "Sin City". They just go on with ordinary lives like you would expect to see anywhere else in the world. And the best kept secret in this secluded desert city is - *ISKCON of Las Vegas*. (Click here for the full article)



  ISKCON Goshala Land for Krsna's Cows
by Krsnacandra das
Posted April 30, 2011

For so many years the bulk of over 11 acres (4.5 hectares) of land meant for ISKCON Vrindaban's cows has lain fallow or has been used as playing fields for students, while the cows have been jammed into a quarter of their rightful space because the GBC of Vrndavan has earmarked that land for either the Gurukula or the Temple to develop at the expense of the cows.

Following is indisputable proof that the land being called the Goshala Land was purchased by ISKCON for the sole use of the cows. The cows have been squeezed into three acres of the 11-acre-plus plot, a management decision which contravenes not only the cows' rights and the original purpose of the land but also goes against Srila Prabhupada's desire to have Lord Krsna and Lord Balaram's cows living in Sri Vrindavan Dham and not in some goshala-cum-property-development land outside of Vrndavan.

Opening up the full 11 acres for the cows' use is way overdue. The Temple/Gurukula, or any individual who covets the cow's land, must desist in their attempts to develop it for other purposes. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Aravinda Das
by Shyamasundar das (1967 ACBSP)
Posted April 28, 2011

I am trying to track down an early devotee and personal servant of Srila Prabhupada named "ARAVINDA DAS" for my memoirs. His input would be extremely valuable as he witnessed first-hand many of Prabhupada's greatest triumphs (Moscow, etc.) Aravinda's legal name is "ARTHUR J. FRIEDMAN" and his service is associated with Boston, Detroit and Los Angeles, though he could be anywhere by now. Anyone having any lead at all to finding Aravinda, kindly email me at (Click here for the full article)



Alachua Building Lot for Sale
by Lalita Sakhi dasi
Posted April 25, 2011


We're selling one of the last beautiful properties left in Alachua, Florida. It's a nice rectangular lot measuring 100 x 138 ft. (Total = 13,800 sq. ft. (1,280 sq. m.) or 1/3 acre; composed of two lots: one is 100 x 100 and the other is 100 x 38) 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 neighborhood, with some devotees living nearby too. Walking distance to Santa Fe High School, 4-1/2 miles (7.25 km) to ISKCON Raman Reti temple, and 2 miles (3.2 km) to downtown Alachua. Close to Interstate Highway I-75 and very convenient to Santa Fe Community College/University of Florida. (Click here for the full article)



Custom Saranagati Home for Sale
by Karunamayi dasi
Posted April 22, 2011


If you appreciate quality, value and craftsmanship, consider this piece of paradise called Bhakti Kutir, lovingly built and developed by Yamuna devi and Dinatarini devi. Live in an exceptional home atop a gentle hill with a sweeping 360-degree view of pristine mountains, forests and lakes, all part of the 1600-acre Saranagati Dham. This community of mature Vaishnavas in beautiful British Columbia features unequalled natural serenity, an excellent devotee school and numerous organic gardens. Productive organic raised-bed garden plots and many established flowers, fruit trees, and herb and berry bushes are among the many features of this beloved home. Here are more:

The house/ashram is 100% eco- and vastu- architect designed from inception. The plot is 5 acres (2 hectares), sloping to a creek on the east and rising in the west — a vastu orientation designed to invoke spiritual prosperity and success. The square 1,600 sq. ft. (150 sq. m.) (Click here for the full article)



Bhakti Life Ecourse
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa
Posted April 21, 2011


Krishna.com & BhaktiLife present: Bhagavad-gita eCourse

May 2 - Sept. 4, 2011

Hare Krsna Everyone! For the fifth time Dhruva Maharaja dasa and Samapriya devi dasi will be presenting their online Bhagavad-gita eCourse, which is now held only once a year. We invite you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to study the deep truths of the Gita in the association of sincere devotees.

Many devotees both old and new find themselves living too far away from a temple for regular visits, or without association of devotees from whom to derive encouragement and enthusiasm. Some people have busy schedules or just want to include in their lives a regular program for reading and studying Srila Prabhupada’s books. The concept of Sastra eCourses was created to reach out to such sincere inquirers who want to learn the real purpose of human life. Many have joined these eCourses from India, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Africa, China, Europe and other places around the world, in whom Krsna has awakened the desire to hear transcendental knowledge.

The instructors are initiated disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Click here for the full article)



Original 1972 Edition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, Available Soon From BBT
by Ryan Depue
Posted April 16, 2011

Back by popular demand, His holiness Jayadvaita Swami and the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International trustees have recently decided to reprint Srila Prabhupada’s original 1972 Macmillan edition of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. The ’72 edition is being printed in English and will be available for mass distribution. Inside sources say that the printing is being done in India and all regional divisions of the Bhaktivadanta Book Trust will be stocking the books. The important meeting when the landmark decision was made took place at the beginning of 2011. The new, or should we say “old books”, should be available to devotees in all parts of the world sometime in mid-to-late 2011. So far, there has been no word on prices. For more information, please contact the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust regional division office on your continent.

Response by Jayadvaita Swami, ISKCON BBT

"For well over a decade, the BBT has followed the approach of keeping both editions of Bhagavad-gita As It Is in print. (Click here for the full article)



Please Pray for Lavanga Radhika Dasi
by Jaya Madhava das, Moscow, Russia
Posted April 10, 2011

I humbly request devotees worldwide to pray for the safe recovery of my sincere devotee wife, Lavanga Radhika prabhu. After suffering an unexpected stroke, she fell into a coma. On April 8, doctors operated on her in a Moscow hospital to try to stop her brain from haemorrhaging.

My wife is a dedicated preacher and has for years unselfishly cared for the Russian devotees with her whole heart and energy. She has been conducting Nama-hatta Bhakta-vriksha programs at our home every Saturday.

As her husband I humbly ask all concerned devotees to pray for her recovery from this traumatic event. She could recover, Krishna willing, and I submit my humble request to all well-wishers. (Click here for the full article)



Krishna Kids in India’s IT Hub
by Sahadeva Dasa
Posted April 4, 2011


Last year ISKCON Secunderabad started a namahatta center in Kukatpally area which is a part of the city’s IT neighborhood. The center has grown by leaps and bounds. A grand Ratha-yatra in the area was held within two months of the center's opening.

The area is inhabited by large number of DINK couples (double income no kids) but of course there are others who have kids.

When the center started the children programs, many parents approached the center and expressed their inability to attend due to work pressure but at the same time wanted their kids to attend the programs.(Of course, over a hundred adults still show up every Sunday) (Click here for the full article)



Vedic Literature Says Caste By Birth is Unjust
by Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa)
Posted April 2, 2011

When it comes to the sensitive topic of Varnashrama, or what many people call the caste system of India, we have seen so many talks over this issue, both pro and con, back and forth, this way and that. We all know that the Vedic system of Varnashrama has been mentioned in the Vedic literature in many places. But it seems that many people still don’t understand how it was meant to be implemented. It is not because of Varnashrama, but because of this misunderstanding of what it really is that has caused so many of India’s social problems. This article contains many quotes from Vedic shastra to clarify what the Varnashrama or caste system is actually supposed to be.

This article is for those more familiar with the topic, but for those who are not we can explain briefly that there are four basic social divisions, namely the Brahmanas (those who are priests, or interested in the study, teaching and practice of spiritual knowledge and intellectual pursuits), Kshatriyas (those who are soldiers, in the military, or police, politicians, managers, etc.), Vaishyas (merchants, businessmen, bankers, farmers, tradesmen, etc.), and Shudras (those who would rather engage in simple labor or employment, or technicians, artists, poets, writers, musicians, etc.). (Click here for the full article)



  New Vrindaban Guest Cabins Receive a Major Upgrade
by New Vrindaban Communications
Posted April 30, 2011


New Vrindaban is spending over $60,000 to upgrade 11 guest cabins available for rent from Easter through Thanksgiving. The upgrade includes new floors throughout all cabins, as well as new sinks, showers, etc. in the bathrooms. In addition, most cabins are receiving new countertops and stoves in the kitchenette, as well as a new boiler for heating. Many cabins will also have expanded lofts for more comfortable sleeping space. Finally, the cabins are being furnished with new furniture, bedding and kitchenware.

"The cabins are the preferred accommodation for visitors," said Damodar das, New Vrindaban's vice-president for guest services. "Now, with the cabins being upgraded, they will be even more popular. Therefore, I urge anyone interested in reserving a cabin to call the guest lodge early and book in advance."

This is the first comprehensive upgrade of the cabins since they were built in the early 1980s. The cabin upgrade is the first in a series of projects aimed at community development and capital improvement. (Click here for the full article)



16th Issue of the Eight Petals
by Vrndavanlila dd, Editor- The Eight Petals
Posted April 28, 2011

Please receive THE EIGHT PETALS for Keshava Mas (16th issue) (.pdf format, 1.6Mb). The focus for this issue is "Basic Need".

You can feel free to circulate the newsletter to your friends and others. You can also suggest contacts (who would like to receive the newsletter) to the editor.

I welcome comments for improvement, articles, opinion etc for the coming issue within 15days of the release of the newsletter.

The focus for the next issue is "Varnasrama". (Click here for the full article)



Inviting Youth to Travel On the North American Festival Tour
by Manu Dasa
Posted April 25, 2011


ISKCON Youth Ministry is inviting youth from around the world to travel on the 2011 Summer festival tour bus across North America. Three tours: girls 11-15, boys 12-16, and older youth 16-25.

See North America while traveling on a converted tour bus to Ratha-yatra festivals, temples, national parks, camping, hiking, swimming, and making friends with devotee youth from around the world. The ultimate road trip experience. The tours are organized by volunteers for ISKCON Youth Ministry and focus on providing an inspiring Krishna conscious summer camp-on-wheels for teens and young adults, engaging them in devotional service to their full potential.

Kishori Yatra for Girls ages 11-15, June 7-28 (Click here for the full article)



A Mystery in Need of a Solution
by Parasurama das
Posted April 22, 2011


Where on Planet Earth is this scene? Is it, perhaps, the Arctic circle?

Answer: This is the toxic river Yamuna in Noida Delhi. There is no river in the world as polluted as the most sacred river in the world. It is a long way from the crystal-clear Yamuna river in the Himalayas, with the cool delicious water that can purify anyone of all sins and give pure bhakti.

On the 26 March a team of seven international devotees followed the course of the Yamuna river by raft from 50km south of Yamunotri and ending in Vrindavan. We held press conferences in Yamuna Nagar and Delhi resulting in dozens of newspaper articles and TV coverage. It is very important to raise awareness of the plight of the most sacred river in the world, and to bring about a change in consciousness to those who live near the Yamuna or who visit her. (Click here for the full article)



Country Home for Sale
by Sita-Rama dd
Posted April 21, 2011


This lovely devotee-owned country home is nestled on 2.84 acres of beautiful land, and only 2.1 miles from New Raman Reti, Alachua, FL. The property has been very well cared for, and the house has been recently renovated.

Specifics:
-2 Bedrooms
-1 Bathroom
-860sq. feet
-Working fireplace
-Wrap around veranda
-Covered car park
-Plenty of shade trees

This investment would be great for a primary residence or rental property. It also has the zoning to build an additional home.

Address: (Click here for the full article)



A Cautionary Note
by Name Withheld
Posted April 16, 2011

I have heard from reliable sources that in pursuit of a business project to finance ISKCON activities, His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami has incurred a large debt to banks, well-wishers and disciples. The business project went bankrupt and now there is a significant debt which BCS is attempting to pay down since he was involved in the endeavor. I recommend that the GBC caution ISKCON leaders about fund raising for business projects even for the purpose of devotional service. The position of guru is powerful and disciples or well-wishers may feel obliged to donate. I urge the well-wishers of Bhakti Caru Swami to be certain of the precise purpose of any donations. (Click here for the full article)



Departure of Sadanandi Dasi
by H.H. Sacinandana Swami
Posted April 10, 2011


At the hospital bed of Sadanandi dasi I reflect on the life of my dying secretary, while trying to assist in her final journey.

Oh eternal soul
Trapped in a dying body;
Now it's time for you to go.

Cut the rope of your remaining attachments
By the sword of devotion
And go; please go.
Don't fear.
Yes, there were many tests on the way, but you passed them all.
Radha and Krsna are by your side. They are already waiting.

That is about as far I came in my little address to Sadanandi. I had just entered the emergency ward and stood before her bed. It was obvious: she was in her last stage of fighting with death. Then, overwhelmed by a hurricane of emotions and in the midst of tears, I broke down. Even in her state of coma, Sadanandi prabhu looked like an angel. She was breathing heavily, apparently not noticing her surroundings. But I could sense that she was still there. The soul was awake, even in her finished body. (Click here for the full article)



Silk Set for Sale
by Deva das
Posted April 10, 2011


I have a nice silk set of Dhoti, Chadar and Kurta. I paid around 200 dollars for it. I'm selling it for 100 dollars. I've only wore it a few times. It is in excellent condition. This is a good deal.

Please call Deva at (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows Newsletter April 2011
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted April 7, 2011

The April 2011 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 24 pages (1.6 MB) we present reports on:

1. A few of the innumerable benefits of cow protection. This includes a photo essay of many happy go-sevaks and information pertaining the habits and character of cows taken from peta.org.

2. A personal account regarding how the cow of the house protected her protectors.

3. Our three calves born this month. (Click here for the full article)



Saving Yamuna
by Maan Mandir Seva Sansthan Trust
Posted April 3, 2011


Jai ShriKrishna - Jai ShriYamunaji
VRAJ(PMVS), USA
A Partner of www.MaanMandir.org in Save Yamuna Endeavor (Click here for the full article)



Ratha Yatra, St. Augustine, Florida
by Nartaka Gopala dasi
Posted April 2, 2011

Here is a great article about the recent Ratha Yatra in St Augustine, Florida: Click Here



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