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April 2003
Looking for freelance web programmers
By Jitakrodha das
Posted April 30, 2003

I am starting a web design/development company in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I will be handling web and flash design as well as html and dhtml development in house. (Click here for the entire article)

Cleveland Ratha Yatra 2003
by Dayal-Nitai das
Posted April 30, 2003

Hare Krsna!

Cleveland, Ohio ISKCON will be holding our first Ratha Yatra in over 30 years along with The Festival of India. The event is on Saturday May 31st. The parade starts at Lincoln Park at 11:00am on the corner of W. 14th and Kenilworth with the festival to follow. We're urging devotees to get there early to glorify Their Lordships Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Lady Subadra. The Festival is being held in Lincoln Park: 2409 W 14th Cleveland, OH 44109. There will be a free vegetarian feast, vendors distributing Indian artifacts and live entertainment featuring Vaiyasaki dasa singing bhajans, Hasu Patel playing Classical Sitar and other great entertainment. Please try to fit this event into your schedule. Jaya Jagannatha, Jaya Baladeve, Jaya Subadra! Jaya Prabhupada!

For more info contact:

Dayal-Nitai das (216)228-4777

Gay Vaisnavas: Don't Ask--Don't Tell
by Brahma das
Posted April 28, 2003

Vaisnavism refers to a culture of spirituality beyond bodily designations, and the worship of Visnu is aprakrta (beyond all material qualities). This stage of bhakti, however, is sudurlabha (rarely attained) and, according to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, takes place on the plane of advaya jnana tattva (non-dual consciousness). (See Madhya 20.152)

(Click here for the entire article)

Nitya-siddha & the Vox Populi
by Brahma Das
Posted April 26, 2003

A reply to Jalakara dasa's article.

First I must acknowledge the errors in my previous article. Although the majority of the sannyasa disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta were from brahmana families it does appear there were a few exceptions. It is likely that those exceptions were from the kayastha community and although the kayastha is a mixed community Srila Prabhupada writes that in Bengal the kayastha community is honored almost as much as the brahmana community (Antya 6:23). Also I was informed from a number of sources that Audolomi Maharaja was as well a sannyasa disciple of Bhaktisiddanta. That his name was not on the official list has given rise to the speculation that it may have been removed (truncated) due to his later connection with the discredited Ananta Vasudeva. In any case I apologize for the errors in my article entitled "The Eighteen Sannyasa Disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta".

(Click here for the entire article)

by Bhakta Lorenzo Rubbo
Posted April 26, 2003

"This book, assigned and approved by the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is the first in a series of manuals called Pancaratra Pradipa ("Illumination of Pancaratra") for the members of the Society. A second volume will deal with naimittika-seva, or occasional worship, including festivals, Deity installation, and other related subjects."

- VedaBase, PP, Preface

(Click here for the entire article)

Hotel Prabhupada -- Non-Veg
by Taradevi dasi
Posted April 26, 2003

After the wonderful Gour Purnima utsava at Shri Gaudiya Math in Shri Mayapur Dham we went to Shri Kshetra, Jagannatha Puri to take darshan of the Lord of the Universe and of the holy places associated with Shri Chaitanyadev and His Nitya-parshads. One evening after leaving the Shri Samadhi Mandir of Nam Acharya Haridas Thakura mother and I took a pleasant walk along the sea shore. After a distance or so we saw a group of hotels facing the sea and in the middle was a sign that read "Hotel Prabhupada." As we approach the large building I said to mother that it must be an ISKCON guesthouse or hotel because no follower of Shri Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta would name a hotel after our founder-acharya. (Click here for the entire article)

Judge orders LAX, Krishna lawyers to meet LAWSUIT
by Matt Krasnowski
Posted April 26, 2003

(COPLEY NEWS SERVICE -- Wednesday, April 09, 2003) A federal judge Monday ordered lawyers for Los Angeles International Airport and the state Hare Krishna organization to meet this week and try to settle a legal fight over new restrictions on solicitors in the terminals. (Click here for the entire article)

North American Meeetings and Convention - UPDATED SCHEDULE
by Chitra
Posted April 21, 2003

Second Annual
North American Convention
"Festival of Inspiration"

New Vrndavan Temple, West Virginia
Wed, May 7 - Thurs., May 8, 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.

Friday, May 9, 10 A.M. - 6:15 P.M.
Saturday, May 10, 10 A.M.- 6:15 P.M.
Sunday, May 11, 10 A.M.- 2 P.M.

(Click here for the entire article, with schedule)

Inter-Vaishnava Harinama
by Kevala Bhakti das
Posted April 21, 2003

Dear Devotees of Krsna residing in New York,

The Interfaith League of Devotees wants to sponsor Harinam Sankirtan parties in which all the different Vaisnava groups located in the greater New York area participate together. The Interfaith League of Devotees would like to cordially invite each and every one of you to participate in regular Harinam (public glorification of Krsna's Holy Names). (Click here for the entire article)

Bhaktivedanta International Charities Monthly Report
Posted April 16, 2003

Dear friends and devotees,

Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble pranams.

We would like to thank all of the donors who have helped sponsor the food relief activities in March. Previously in January we had also conducted distribution of blankets and clothes to all the children of the village. At present we are conducting food distribution programs in this village four times a month. (Click here for the entire article)

Loyal opposition and the Vaishnava right to dissent
By Ananda das
Posted April 12, 2003

After the Almviks Gard Temple arranged for Dhira Govinda prabhu to teach some practical seminars for devotees this spring, Danavir das Goswami sent a peremptory email to various Swedish and British devotees.

"I have heard that there is a plan to host Dhira Govinda & company at your center for presenting 'Life Skills Seminars' and 'Personal Transformation Seminars'," wrote Danavir Maharaj.(Click here for the entire article)

Srila Prabhupada's siksa guru, ISKCON faith, and Sister societies of ISKCON.
By Gopakumar das
Posted April 7, 2003

Reply to http://www.chakra.org/

The main point of my article was that those devotees who followed Srila Prabhupada's mandate to see Srila Sridhara Maharaja for questions on philosophy were later excommunicated. They were asked to leave the mission or abandon their faith in Srila Sridhara Maharaja. This was not much of a choice for a sincere and loyal siksa disciple, some of which had been seeing him for many years, and as a result they have been living outside of Srila Prabhupada's institution for twenty years or so in order to ensure their loyalty to both these saints. I only wish that GBC members and leaders of the mission would validate these devotee's sincerity to preach and promote Srila Prabhupada's teachings while recognizing the influence Srila Sridhara Maharaja had on them. The spiritual world is big and we tend to want to make it very small by our mental function. I ask the GBC to call for the return of such devotees in the spirit of cooperation. (Click here for the full article)

Introducing Pamho.com
The Hare Krishna Network
Posted April 6, 2003

In a world where email has taken such an important place in people's daily lives we naturally expect to find an environment for this form of communication that is friendly and safe for ourselves and our children. With Pamho.com this has finally become a reality.

Pamho.com offers you the opportunity to become part of the online Vaishnava community. As a service for devotees who want to enjoy a safe internet mailing service based on devotion to Krishna, Pamho.com is virtually free of mass advertising, spam, and so many of the other obnoxious "features" that plague the regular web-based email systems. It combines all the features expected of a professional, highly configurable web-based email system to guarantee your satisfaction and leave you no regrets when switching over from your old system. Read and write mail, plan meetings and events with your personal calendar, participate in conferences, and much more. Become an active part of this world wide source of communication. (Click here for the full article)

Jagannatha Misra left while hearing Prabhupada sing
by Satsanga das
Posted April 30, 2003

On April 8th, 2003 in the Jalisco State of Mexico, among devotees of Guadalajara, Jagannatha Misra prabhu left his body while listening to Prabhupada. He had honored Caranamrita and Tulsi leaves which had been offered to Krsna. The devotees of Guadalajara had a wonderful kirtan in his memory and will greatly miss his association. (Click here for the full article)

New email for Chakra correspondence
by the Chakra editorial board
Posted April 26, 2003

Chakra's host server is having some problems this week. Although we have been assured that these problems are temporary, we have added a third contact email address to make sure that you can continue to send us your articles without interruption. Until further notice, please send your news, ads, opinion pieces and letters to: chakranews@earthlink.net

We look forward to hearing from you again!

Your servants on the Chakra editorial board

Meaning of the Maha-Mantra
by Bhakta Lorenzo Rubbo
Posted April 26, 2003

Correct me if I am wrong please dear Prabhu's, but is my understanding of the meaning of the maha-mantra correct? Srila Prabhupada said the literal meaning of the maha-mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare is "Please, dear Krishna, engage me in your service." Srila Prabhupada also defined each name individually. Krishna, Rama and Hare. These names can have various meanings. (Click here for the full article)

New Rishikesh
by Hamsavatar das
Posted April 26, 2003

Nestled in a lush valley of the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico, USA, protected by mountains all around and situated directly on the pristine Pecos river lies New Rishikesh. New Rishikesh is in a region of great natural beauty offering varieties of recreational opportunities including hiking and horseback riding. (Click here for the full article)

MVT apartment for sale
by Gangamayee dasi
Posted April 21, 2003

For Sale: An east facing, 1 Bedroom flat at M.V.T. Vrndavan. This is a second floor,corner flat. 2 sinks in kitchen with hot and cold water. Contact: gangamayee@hotmail.com

Thank you very much.

Water Filters
by Bhaktin Erica Wolski
Posted April 21, 2003

Dear Devotees,

I work for the California Department of Health Services Drinking Water Program and graduated from college with a degree in civil engineering, specializing in water quality and treatment. I am writing in response to Pandava Sakha prabhu's article posted on dipika.org on April 11th. Many people are in the business of selling water filters these days and use scare tactics to sell their filters. Please do not be fooled by them. It is perfectly acceptable to use a filter to improve the taste and odor of your drinking water, even I do that. (Click here for the full article)

Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. Newsletter (April, 2003)
Posted April 16, 2003

Hospice Seminar Presented in Mayapur

Congratulations to all of the Vaisnavas who participated in our five day hospice seminar, "Hospice Care for Departing Vaisnavas," presented in Mayapur, India as part of the Mayapur Institute for Higher Education (MIHE). The aim of the seminar was to offer a basic, introductory course for those interested in assisting a terminally ill devotee and his or her family members when the need arises. The first two days of the course included the following subjects:

  • The History of Hospice and How it relates to Krsna consciousness
  • The Dying Devotees Bill of Rights
  • The meaning of holistic care for the dying
  • Practical matters to consider when someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness
  • A summary study of the teachings of Dr. Kubler-Ross and the stages of dying
  • How to communicate with someone who is facing imminent death
  • Pain assessment and relief
  • Signs and symptoms of one who is approaching death

The third day of the course was presented by Jusaniya dasi who discussed many of the complementary therapies that can be used to comfort a patient. (Click here for the full article)

Are They Really Lesbians?
Posted April 10, 2003
by Mahavegavati devi dasi

Dear Readers,

Hare Krsna. Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Jayatah. My pranams
to you.

I have been just made aware of one letter sent by a
devotee to Brahma das prabhu. Reading
this letter sent in to Brahma das prabhu I felt
compelled to make comment, both philosophically and
personally. In particular I wanted to address and make
comment on the author's last paragraph:(Click here for the entire article)

ISKCON Discussion forum requests new members.
Posted April 10, 2003

We request you to join an Iskcon friendly discussion forum called hrhk100@yahoogroups.com . There are 43 members in this family(group) and we are seeking help from new members to discuss Iskcon freindly Philosophical discussions especially about Bhagavad Gita As It Is.

To join please send an email to hrhk100-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Note: You may sometimes receive more than 5 email messages a day so please join with an email Id that can handle this.

Your Servants

Members of the group.(Click here for the full article)

Is Your Temple "Gay-friendly"?
By Amara dasa
Posted April 8, 2003

Is your local temple or preaching center truly inclusive and friendly towards everyone, including gays, or is it the type that only tolerates gays if they "pretend" to be straight, jokes about them behind their backs, "demonizes" them, and makes up reasons why they can't join or become devotees? Help us find out!(Click here for the full article)

Saintliness: Shared or Solitude
by Mukunda Goswami
Posted April 8, 2003

War in Iraq - population 23 million - could mean
millions of civilian deaths both there and maybe worldwide. No matter how
you slice it, war is hell. Is there a solution? Maybe.

The lives of acknowledged saints like Vyas Muni, Ramanuja and
Madhvacharya indicate a concern for suffering humanity. Interestingly, the
English affix 'muni' stems from the Latin 'munus', meaning gift, as well as
duty, while the term 'munificent' derives from 'munificus', meaning
bountiful. The six goswamis of Vrindavan, apparent retirees and renunciants,
wrote voluminously in isolation. But they did so with the express aim of
relieving 'the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir
to' -- in the early sixteenth century and what they foresaw beyond.(Click here for the article alone)

Vishnujana Swami Website!
from Vishnujana.com
Posted April 7, 2003

Pleased to announce a new website dedicated to Vishnujana Swami located at Vishnujana.com. Now, once again Vishnujana Swami is preaching and singing the glories of Lord Krishna, and his transcendental potency and charm will undoubtedly make new devotees by attracting their heart.

This Vishnujana Swami website is overflowing with vintage audio nectar and pictures, and is designed to be a progressive-website, in that it is ever expanding in external size and internal consciousness. The potent drops of transcendental nectar that Vishnujana Swami has sprinkled are enough to swim in forever. Also, it is progressive in that the pastimes are arranged to occur in order of time, so this first edition only goes so far. As time goes on, the more pastimes will be added. This website has more vintage audio nectar which will be uploaded to the gallery soon, as with the transcriptions, photos, and memories. (Click here for the article alone)

Iskcon Nepal
Laxman Bhandari (Vijaya Gouranga)
Posted April 03, 2003

Hare Krishna Prabhus.

Please accept the blessings of their Lordship Sri Sri Radha Madhava Hari, Sri Nath Gopal, Goura Nitain and Srila Prabhupada.

Here is the Web site for Iskcon Nepal Please click on the following address and give your feed back:


This is temporary address.

The address will be:

iskconnepal.org, once it's completed.

Yours in the service of Krishna,
Laxman Bhandari (Vijaya Gouranga)(Click here for the full article)

Board Members sought for Sattva Alliance
Posted April 2, 2003

Also see Health Feb 2, 2003.

The newly formed Sattva Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD) is looking for a few committed individuals to serve on its Board of Directors.

Last January, a group of devotees in India who have established NGOs (Non Government Organizations), working for sustainable development in villages, formally launched the "Sattva Alliance for Sustainable Development." This new organization is based in the U.S.A. and will foster mutual support, professional development, exchange of ideas, funding and joint programs amongst partner NGOs that share a dedication to sustainable development with spiritual growth.(Click here for the full article)

Mayapur flat for sale
by Nandirupaka dasa
Posted April 30, 2003

The flat was built by a Swiss devotee (Dina Caitanya dasa) 3 years ago and it is situated along the Tarampura Road in the area of the planned temple of vedic planetarium (just outside of the ISKCON area). It has 4 big rooms, marble floors, two balconies, all about 110 sq metres, and it is located on the top of the building (flood secure!). It is of a unique construction quality (swiss made...) for Mayapura, has it's own water well and electricity, garden piece and a guard. (Click here for the full article)

What Would Jayananda Do?
by Vishoka das
Posted April 30, 2003

Respect listen stop the abuse

This post is in pursuance of the early article, "Deconstruction of Barriers" where we were pointing out that offenses made to devotees cause reactions, no matter what the reason. Krishna is adamant in His displeasure when any of His devotees are offended, and He punishes those who do. We are trying to prevent the devotees from falling into this tangled quagmire of offense and counter offense, like in the Daksa and Siva pastime. When devotees get caught up a scenario like the Daksa and Siva pastime of cursing and counter cursing, then we find whole sections of devotees rejecting and kicking away of whole other sections of devotees. This is almost like the pastime of Ravana kicking out his brother, Vibhisana, over what Ravana considered to be a deviation, which in reality was the kicking away of a saintly devotee of God. (Click here for the full article)

Nrsimha Caturdasi festival in Germany
by Vedanta-krit das
Posted April 28, 2003

Devotees at Sri Narasimha Ksetra (Jandelsbrunn, Bavaria) cordially invite all Vaishnavas to the Sri Nrsimha Caturdasi Maha Mahotsava, to be held from May 15 through May 18, 2003. The celebration will include special homas and pujas performed for the Lord's pleasure and also much Hari Katha. (Click here for the full article)

by the Chakra editorial board
Posted April 23, 2003

Did you know that Chakra receives twice as many articles as it can publish? Did you know that we have lots more interesting news that we'd like to tell you -- but we just can't do it because we don't have time to post it all? Shocking but it's true. Many articles which are approved by Chakra's editorial board (a bunch of devotees who do not know how to set up a web page) never make it to our website, for the simple reason that our two hard-working webmasters simply can't keep up with all the work. You see, the fact is that all of us are volunteers. We don't get paid for running Chakra (and we don't want to get paid). But that means we must have other jobs to earn our living, and sometimes that doesn't leave enough time to do web work.

Would you like to help Chakra -- more important, would you like to serve the devotees by sharing more devotee news with them? If you are familiar with managing web pages, and you would like to help out in this way, why not write to webmaster@chakra.org and we'll see if we can add you to our team. Together we can serve the devotees better!

Inspirational Book about book distribution
by Sadasiva das
Posted April 26, 2003

Dear Devotees,
Please accept my most humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

The BBT will publish a inspirational book with quotes by Srila Prabhupada about book distribution. (Click here for the full article)

Rainbow gathering
by Garuda das
Posted April 26, 2003

To all devotees, who are oceans of mercy, please accept my humble obeisances, Jaya Prabhupada! Every year now for the last 13 years, I've been steadily preaching in the center of the "rainbow" gatherings. For those of you who don't know, the national rainbow gathering is a free counter culture gathering that gets up to 30,000 "hippie" people gathering in the woods once a year. The big gathering is in mid-summer, for two weeks, culminating on the fourth of July. (Click here for the full article)

Pamho.com is not PAMHO.NET
by Ramakanta das
Posted April 23, 2003

Please note that Pamho.com (www.pamho.com) is not PAMHO.NET (www.pamho.net).

Pamho.com is not affiliated with PAMHO.NET except that they probably run the mail server on the computer that belongs to me and which they use without having to pay anything to me, and that for some time they collected PAMHO.NET fees (which they did not yet send to me). (Click here for the full article)

Govinda's Restaurant Listing
by Jada Bharata das
Posted April 23, 2003

I had a nice conversation with Hariyasva Prabhu who manages Govinda's Restaurant in Philadelphia. He delightfully told me that several people had told him that they had come to Govinda's because they had read my review of his restaurant on my vegetarian restaurants web site Vegetarian-Restaurants.net (Click here for the full article)

"Meet your Meat" offer
by Chalissa
Posted April 23, 2003

I am an environmentalist, an animal activist & a vegetarian.

I have converted the "Meet your Meat" video into a CD rom & will send a copy of it for free to anyone with a CD burner & a pledge to make at least 4 copies to give to their meat eating friends.

I sent out a total of over 750 CD's in 2001 to 60 different countries. My goal in 2002 was to double that number. I sent out 1588 . This year 2003 my goal is to double again to over 3000!

I would appreciate if you would forward this message on.

Anyone willing to participate, please forward your mailing address to Chalissa1@aol.com.

Chakra Editorial Guidelines with Example Articles
Posted April 21, 2003

Do you have news, suggestions, ads or opinion pieces you'd like the community of Vaishnavas to know about? Please submit your article to chakraletters@gmail.com. We cannot be responsible for submissions sent to any address other than chakraletters@gmail.com To improve the odds of having your article published, please follow our simple checklist (Click here for the full article)

Improving Transport Animal Welfare April 24 Conference
by Paul Starkey
Reposted April 12, 2003

[Editors note: While TAWS is not an ISKCON organization, it addresses a topic vital to the practice of cow protection: the welfare of working animals. If you want a lunch, be sure to specify vegetarian or vegan.]

Please see this announcement about a workshop being held in UK by the World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies (TAWS) and the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA).(Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Prison Ministry-Lord Caitanya picks up the most fallen
by Shyama Priya devi dasi
Posted April 6, 2003

Lord Caitanya came to save the most fallen in every town and village. Prisons are like villages and their populations are growing. Prisons are generally accepted as places where the most fallen reside, but there are many sincere man and women who are reaching out and asking us for help in learning more about Krsna consciousness. Through the mercy of Lord Caitanya, they are being connected to the sankirtana movement.(Click here for the full article)

Leadership & Management Course I
Alakananda Dasi

Sunday 18 - Friday 23 May, 2003
Facilitators: Anuttama Dasa & Hanuman Dasa
Cost: 45 Euro + accommodation*

A hands-on, interactive six-day course designed for GBC members, temple
presidents, department heads and other devotees who supervise people or
projects. The course examines the essential principles of leadership and
management and enhances skills in both personal and professional capacities.(Click here for the full article)

Thoughts on War and Peace
Shaunaka Rsi Das
Posted April 3, 2003

Some 20 years ago, on my first visit to India, I happened to find myself in Vrindavan - a village unchanged since medieval times which is the centre of Krishna worship - for the festival of Holi, which Hindus in Britain will celebrate in the coming days. Traditionally this festival takes place just after the crops have been harvested and the rural community becomes ecstatically jolly. But the festival was unknown to the party of Irish Hare Krishnas to which I belonged as we toured on pilgrimage to places associated with Krishna's birth and life.(Click here for the full article)

India cow report
by Balabhadra das
Posted April 2, 2003

Kurma Rupa prabhu started a few years ago protecting a few cows who were
roaming the street outside the ISKCON Vrndavana temple. He is now using land
that is owned by the Vrndavana Food for Life and has under his care 56 animals.
All of these animals have been hurt or abandoned. (Photo 2) His program has an
excellent reputation and support in the local area. His sincere and attentive
concern for the animals under his care was evident upon our first visit to his
facility.(Click here for the full article)

Satsang in Rochester, NY
by Srinivasa Batchu dasa
Posted April 6, 2003

We started satsang program in Rochester, NY with a small group of people. We
are working to get space at local Hindu Temple of Rochester so that we can
accommodate more people and have kirtan before the beautiful dieties of
Their Lordships. Yugal Kishore Dasa, a disciple of H.H.Radhanadha Swami
Maharaj is helping us to get this program up and running. I beg at the lotus
feet of devotees who can lend us a helping hand in sharing their knowledge
about Krsna consciousness, inspire the group to chant the holy names and
glories of Supreme Lord to contact me. Hari Bol.

Your servant,
Srinivasa Batchu
(585)872-4244 (Home)
(585)820-5028 (M)

(Click here for the article alone)

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