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August 2004
Gandaki Yatra
by Sameer Desai
Posted August 27, 2004

Hari Om. My name is sameer desai. I am from the south Indian state of Karnataka. I am a devout Hindu brahmin and a devotee of Lord Narayana. I have a dream to visit the holy river Gandaki and the Damodara Kunda, the home of the holy Shaligrama shilas. (Click here for the full article)

Preaching in Iraq
by Raghunatha Puri das
Posted August 26, 2004

Go to hell! - and preach! ... That's what a Vaishnava is willing to do to please the Lord and help suffering conditioned souls. Lord Krishna originally voiced the transcendental message of Bhagavad-gita in a war setting, and the current hellish type of combat in Iraq also affords an excellent field for preaching. The heightened sense of impending death and overwhelming misery makes ignorant/innocent participants much more receptive to transcendental mercy distributed by empowered devotee preachers. They (Jaya Govinda das and all the prabhus in Iraq and other war-zones) should be given much respect and practical support for their extremely rough - but ultimately rewarding - service.

Raghunatha Puri das
(aka Ron Jermakian)

Life Skills and Transformation Seminar in Ireland
(Sept. 25th - Oct. 4th 2004)

by Panca-tattva das
Posted August 24, 2004

Dear vaishnavas

Most of you have probably heard of great impact that Dhira Govinda's courses have on lives of the devotees that take part in them.Inspired by the transformation that I have witnessed and value that it brought in my life I am glad to announce that combined courses in Ireland will start on September 25th-October 4th.We are fast approaching our quota for this event so I encourage you to book your place soon. (Click here for the full article)

GBC restricts Brahmananda & Gargamuni
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted August 23, 2004

Due to the continued flagrant violation of international law, GBC law, custom-tailored GBC resolutions on the specific issue, Brahmananda and Gargamuni are not allowed to give any keynote address, sit on the Vyasasana, MC any Iskcon events, or be given any public stamp of approval until they are found to be in compliance with the GBC brokered agreement that they entered into in 2002. Moreover, no Iskcon organizations or devotees are permitted to purchase illegitimate or legitimate goods from them. In effect, Iskcon members are to boycott the brothers business altogether. Recently, the brothers have pirated HH Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja's new videos, Karnamrita's new CD, ITV's SP DVD Library, Bhaktivedanta Archives Folio, the installation video of the Panca Tattva, and countless other works. The BBT is concerned that they will pirate the new Darshan dvd that accompanies the book showing deities all over the world. Krsna Prema and Nitya Tripta have quit doing digital media due to the brothers' bootlegging which commands a significant business being in the crossroads of Vaisnavisim -- Vrndabana. (Click here for the full article)

New Jersey holds Rathayatra on Sept. 12
submitted by ISKCON of New Jersey
Posted August 22, 2004

ISKCON of New Jersey invites everyone to join the Lord Jagannatha Rathayatra festival on Sunday, September 12, 2004, at Liberty State Park, New Jersey. The Rathayatra will go through Liberty State Park and culminate at the CRRNJ Terminal, which will be the festival site. The festival will include a free feast, delicious snacks, cultural programs, dramas, ecstatic kirtan, etc. (Click here for the full article)

Life Skills and Transformation Seminar in Ireland
by Panca-tattva das
Posted August 16, 2004

Most of you have probably heard of great impact that Dhira Govinda's courses have on lives of the devotees that take part in them.Inspired by the transformation that I have witnessed and value that it brought in my life I am glad to announce that combined courses in Ireland will start on September 25th-October 4th.We are fast approaching our quota for this event so I encourage you to book your place soon. (Click here for the full article)

Memoirs of a Modern-Day Ksatriya - Part Six
by Jaya Govinda das
Posted August 15, 2004

Devil's Corner

Once again, we found ourselves on a convoy. This time it was to Camp Victory, one of Sadaam's palaces in the middle of Baghdad. We were to pass through a stretch of land commonly referred to as Devil's Corner, which was notorious for deadly ambushes, and which had yielded several attacks daily during the previous weeks.(Click here for the full article)

Reply to Mathuradesh
by Srinitamba dd
Posted August 12, 2004

Thank you for your response, and I thank you for caring enough about me to be honest. I have carefully considered what you have written.

From your letter I can sense that you have deep faith in Krishna and His message. Also, I appreciate how you seem to want to stand up for the one very dear to you. You want to hold on to the inner qualities of a Vaisnava, namely forgiveness and always seeking to see the good in others. That is very wonderful. I am also happy for you that you seem to have a fulfilling and spiritually inspiring relationship with your guru. You personally seem to be able to forgive a person guilty of such things as childabuse and other past activities, living according to what you feel is important in your spiritual life - to forgive and not judge, no matter what. (Click here for the full article)

Seattle holds tenth annual Festival of India
by Nanda Suta das
Posted August 10, 2004

We are holding our annual Rathayatra and Festival of India on August 27, 28 and 29. This is a very special year for ISKCON Seattle, as we are celebrating the tenth grand year. Please come along with your family and friends for a large, free, vegetarian feast. Enjoy the devotional music, plays and dances. There will be book tables, exhibits and dioramas exhibiting Srila Prabhupada's teachings. Our festival is organized at the waterfront park in downtown Seattle, a very prominent location where thousands of people pass by and our Lord Jagannatha's festival attracts many, many people. For more information, email us at info@IskconSeattle.com (Click here for the stand-alone article)

Urgent Devotee Search
by Jagadambika Devi Dasi
Posted August 8, 2004

I am looking for the whereabouts of a devotee by the name of Mahavira (Mahavirya) Dasa (black body devotee initiated originally by Srila Prabhupada). He was once married long ago to a British lady by the name of Sylvia. She lived in Los Angeles, California and left her body this morning at Cedars Sinai Hospital, in an auspicious way. We urgently need Mahavira Dasa in order to speed up the cremation of this devotee. If you can help in locating Mahavira Dasa, please contact me at the Iskcon Los Angeles Temple, ASAP. Thank you. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!(Click here for the stand-alone article)

Banning Kirtanananda: a case of "spiritual racism"
by Didzis Melbiksis
Posted August 4, 2004

With due respect to ISKCON's right to regulate who is and who is not admissible to its temples worldwide, several questions must be raised concerning such policies. What is the aim of such exclusions? How compatible is it with Krishna conscious philosophy in general? How much is it compatible with commonly accepted values? How does it affect the public view of ISKCON?(Click here for the full article)

Out of print vintage video
by Jayapatni gopi dasi
Posted August 2, 2004

I am looking for a copy of the out of print itv video entitled, "Answers to the Vedic Version, Part 4, Bhavananda in Hollywood." Anyone able to supply me with a vhs or dvd copy of this video, I am willing to pay.

Thank you. Jayapatni gopi dasi

ISCOWP Harvest Workshop
by Chayadevi dasi
Posted August 1, 2004

WHEN: Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 4 (Labor Day and Janmastami Weekend)
WHERE: ISCOWP Farm in Moundsville, West Virginia (Click here for the full article)

Mayapur festival
by Bhakti Purusottama Swami
Posted August 27, 2004

This historical festival in Mayapur will bring thousands of devotees from around the world to take association from hundreds of Srila Prabhupada's own disciples, and to relish the sweet pastimes of Srila Prabhupada at this time of celebration of so many glorious events. (Click here for the full article)

Book Review: "Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism & Animal Rights"
by Vasu Murti
Posted August 24, 2004

In his book, "Holy Cow," author Steven Rosen (Satyaraja dasa) does an expert job of explaining the philosophy and history of the sankirtana movement to nondevotees. He begins by quoting Srila Prabhupada as saying, "Real philosophy is nothing more than this: ‘friendliness to all living entities.'" Rosen explains that devotees do not artificially renounce the material world, but rather engage it in Lord Krishna's service. Offering one's food to Krishna is a standard Vaishnava practice, which Rosen compares to the Eucharist in Christianity--sacramental food. This is an appropriate analogy. Madhavendra Puri dasa (Steve Bernath) of the Bhaktivedanta Institute reports that in 1986, when devotees in San Diego, CA held a Jewish-Vaishnava interfaith conference, none of the rabbis present would take prasadam--because it was food offered to idols. On the other hand, Catholic clergy have defended devotees against charges of idolatry from Christian fundamentalists, and some of them have even compared prasadam favorably to the Eucharist. (Click here for the full article)

Health Update
by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
Posted August 23, 2004

Yesterday after a team of doctors reviewed all of my test results, the spokesperson informed me of the need for immediate amputation, chemotherapy, radiation, etc. He also stated that there is a need for another biopsy operation to take out some of the lymph nodes which seem to be also diseased by cancer. They could give no guarantees of the results of the treatment. (Click here for the full article)

Cleaning house
by Subhadra-mayi d.d.
Posted August 22, 2004

Since I wrote a letter on chakra regarding Satsvarupa maharaja, I had quite some comments about it. Mostly people just had the impression I was defending him. I had no attempts at all actually, doing so or not. To me, I just showed the importance of exploration into one's own heart. The whole incident and reactions upon it proved to me once again that Iskcon is not a place where you can search your inner being. Titles, roles and other's expectations are in the way for such. I know that in the years I lived in temples I didn't move one inch forwards in spiritual life. The reason being that I couldn't explore what was inside me for fear of condemnation from others. But isn't this discovery and dealing with it the exact and only thing to do if we want to clean our heart? But you can't because devotees have this and that quality. You can't show your dirt and clean it up. You have to suppress it and maybe it will go away. (Click here for the full article)

8th Annual Hilo Rathayatra
by Jagaddhatri
Posted August 17, 2004


By the mercy of Guru and Gauranga, the Big Island devotees once again took part in Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra's Rathaytra Festival. Every year we wonder how it will be possible; the answer, of course is that it is the Lord's doing, to allow us this service so people in general can receive Their mercy. (Click here for the full article)

New Vrindavan to Hold Retreat for Vaishnava Women
by Malati dasi
Posted August 16, 2004

Experience autumn at its best in the Appalachian foothills -- please attend our second annual Vaishnavi Retreat, from October 8 - 10, 2004 in New Vrindavan, West Virginia.

Inspired by the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, the retreat offers an intimate atmosphere for Vaishnavi Sanga, including interactive presentations and healthy prasadam. (Click here for the full article)

Don't Miss This Opportunity
by Parvati d.d.
Posted August 15, 2004

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. This month is Purushottama Adhika Mas which is considered very, very auspicious. The benefits gained by individuals doing different seva in this month is thousands of times greater than done even in Kartika. Donations given to brahmanas--especially pure devotees like Srila Prabhupada--are multiplied millions of times. (Click here for the full article)

My Husband in Iraq
by Silpa karini
Posted August 15, 2004

Dear Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis,
You might have read the articles from my godbrother Jaya Govinda Prabhu, but there is also another devotee out there in Iraq, my husband Partha Sarathi.

I just wanted to humbly ask the devotees to help and encourage him. I try my best, but it would be very nice if you could send him things like prasadam or other things to show your support too. If you want to communicate with him, his e-mail adress is krsnadevi@gmx.de. (Click here for the full article)

Akhilananda das has a Heart Attack
by Mrgaksi dasi
Posted August 12, 2004

I'm writing to request the prayers of the devotees for Akhilananda Prabhu who suffered a heart attack on Thursday and underwent quadruple bypass surgery today. He is expected to recover nicely but will need much rest and inspiration from his Vaisnava friends. If you want to send a card, his address is 995 Jennings, Salem OH 44460.

Akhilananda dasa has served Srila Prabhupada for over thirty years and was the mold maker for the F.A.T.E. project. He is a wonderful devotee father and enthusiastically plays his trumpet in kirtans. He is a friend to everyone he meets. Please remember him in your hearts.

Thank you!

Your servant,
Mrgaksi dasi(Click here for the stand-alone article)

What racism?
by Prema Bhakti dasa
Posted August 10, 2004

I will confess I have never heard of Kenan Malik or his book Meaning of Race. Further, I did not see an actual reference to a passage or a theme in this book or a connection being made in Mr. Melbiksis' letter as it relates to Kirtanananda, prior to Mr. Melbiksis accusing ISKCON of following "exactly this pattern of particularism." Of course I am ill suited to discuss advanced spiritual matters, but I do take issue with a person stating that it is not their business to criticise ISKCON but then going ahead, while proclaiming humility, to do exactly that. (Click here for the full article)

Sunday School Children of ISKCON Vizag (Andhra Pradesh) organize Ratha-Yatra
Submitted by Samba das and Nitai Sevini devi dasi
Posted August 8, 2004

Rathyatra preparations were going on in the city of Vizag. Since our center is small and we don't have Ratham for Lord Jagannath, there was not much activity taking place. On that quiet Sunday (June 13th) afternoon I was describing to the Sunday School kids how Rathyatra is celebrated in other ISKCON centres. They were very disappointed, asking why we didn't have one at our centre. As the discussion progressed they came up with an idea. "Mataji, why can't we have our own small Rathayatra, just like Srila Prabhupad had his own in the colony".(Click here for the full article)

Memoirs of a Modern-Day Ksatriya: Part Five
by Jaya Govinda das
Posted August 4, 2004


Four months in

Our routine was solid, but ever-changing. Each mortar attack brought forth new implications and strategies, and every day brought forth new challenges.

Convoys were being attacked left and right, and four thousand of the civilian workers who were contracted to transport food and supplies ran home, hardly to blame. After weeks had gone by without any deliveries making their way through, the post was forced to ration out what remained. The DFAC (dining facility) reverted back to the old menu of meat and potatoes, supplies like fuel and oil were nearing extinction, and mail was limited to one delivery per week.(Click here for the full article)

An answer from devotee veteran of first Gulf War
by Bhakta Patrick Galbraith
Posted August 2, 2004

I saw this question Bhagavat Purana Das asked, and it really wasn't a question, but is something that's often refered to as 'bomb throwing' in political speak, which is really a cloaked statement of opinion that's rather insulting. (Click here for the full article)

Utah Krishnas hold August "Good Karma Fest"
by Caru das and Vaibhavi dasi
Posted August 1, 2004

Everybody could use some extra "good karma" and there will be lots of it available on Saturday August 7, when Utah's "Good Karma Fest" starts at 6 p.m. The event is at the Krishna Temple one mile south of Spanish Fork (8628 Main St.) (Click here for the full article)

Appreciation of Srimate Shyama dasi
by Radhanath Swami
Posted August 27, 2004

The departure of Srimate Shyama Dasi is certainly a sad loss for the world. She was one of those very special intimate associates of Srila Prabhupada, who showered extraordinary affection upon her. In the early years of ISKCON she assisted her husband Hayagriva Prabhu in editing Srila Prabhupads books. She was an affectionate mother to us in New Vrindaban. She nurtured our hearts with faith as she expressed her love for Srila Prabhupada. With a most sweet enthusiasm she loved to speak of Srila Prabhupadas merciful qualities. Her selfless service as a mother and disciple was a source of great inspiration. Her natural devotional qualities were foundational in the beginning years of Lord Chaitanyas movement in the west. As an offering of love to Srila Prabhupada she and Hayagriva Prabhu gave birth to two wonderful sons, Samba and Hari Prasad.

On the day of San Francisco Ratha Yatra she eagerly anticipated attending. While in this state of enthusiasm to serve and see Lord Jagannath, she was taken by the Lord and her merciful Guru Maharaja.

I gratefully worship the remembrance of this of this special soul.

A Vyasa-puja Offering for Srila Prabhupada
submitted by Krishna.com
Posted August 26, 2004

Beginning this year every devotee--all devotees around the world--has an opportunity to write a Vyasa-puja offering for His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and have it published online. Write in English or your own language, but speak to Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)

Joe Millionaire Gains Wealth in Iraq
by Jaya Govinda das
Posted August 24, 2004

The star of the popular reality T.V. show, 'Joe Millionaire', paid a visit to Camp Anaconda today, accompanied by the Miller Lite Girls, as part of a month-long "morale boosting" tour of Iraq. (Click here for the full article)

Niscala's "Struggling Guru" Fallacy
by Mohinder Agarwal
Posted August 23, 2004

Niscala Mataji has made some statements on initiating gurus which are nowhere supported in Srila Prabhupada's writings.

She states: "The guru is careful always to rid his heart of subtle anarthas which cloud his vision. That is his constant battle. Until he is situated thoroughly on the transcendental plane, there is always chance of accidental falldown "due to past bad habits". Still, as Krsna tells us, this is not to be taken seriously. To do so in regard to a sincere and advanced devotee is extremely offensive." (Click here for the full article)

Great Souls Sometimes Re-appear
by Vishoka das
Posted August 22, 2004

Can devotees appear, disappear and then re-appear? Well, in a way, all souls are re-appearing again and again by the process of reincarnation. This report is very different from that, it's about the re-appearance of great saints who once walked this earth, and who are not obliged or forced to reincarnate into a material body again, but sometimes re-appear in their devotee form. It's about life after the disappearance of the soul from a material body, and the difference between great acharyas and ordinary souls in this regard. It is about how and why great acharyas appear, and after disappearance, they sometimes they give special re-appearances, and are always giving mercy to the conditioned souls. Evidence is taken from the VedaBase. (Click here for the full article)

Bhakti-tirtha Swami has advanced melanoma cancer
Posted August 17, 2004

The following is a letter sent out by Bhakti Caru Swami to concerned devotees over the internet. It has been posted on several e-forums and read at disciple gatherings:

Yesterday afternoon, after learning about Bhakti Tirtha Maharaj's diagnosis, I phoned him at the phone number that Romapada Maharaj very kindly provided. Although I was feeling very emotional, Maharaj greeted me in such a hearty way that the heaviness of my heart was immediately dissipated. I had an extremely enlivening and uplifting discussion with Maharaj for about half an hour. (Click here for the full article)

Will ISKCON ever get the lead out?
by Nori Muster
Posted August 16, 2004

Hare Krishna. Do you remember back in the mid-1990s when everybody was repeating slogans about how much ISKCON had changed? I wrote a song about it called, "Things are so much better now!" It was a silly song, because I saw absolutely no evidence that anything had changed. The attitudes, leaders, policies, and practices were still the same as the day I left.(Click here for the full article)

Child Abuse - Keep up the Effort
by Ila devi dasi
Posted August 15, 2004

:Reply to Bhaktin Mirriam

Thank you for your frank analysis. Please continue the wonderful work you are doing and do not feel intimidated by anyone. From the mood in which you write I can see you really wish to help ISKCON to reform, and you are not merely a fault-finder. I can believe many of the things you say may be true, shocking as they may be, simply from my own experiences. We run a school in Ghana, and thank Krishna we have not had any child-abuse problems in the school (thanks to the wonderful compilation of documents we received from the Child Protection Office we have been extra vigilant), but there have been severe cases in the adjacent temple, which are constantly a cause for concern for me. And just as you said - devotees and leaders cover up their friends. (Click here for the full article)

Preparing to go Home
by Pitambara dasa
Posted August 12, 2004

I am submitting the following article in the hope that you will see fit to publish it for the edification of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His servants. I am not a good preacher in the "sit-in-a-class" sense, but maybe this illness I am going through, is allowing me to preach in a different way.....putting the philosophy into action in my own small way. I have been asked by a godsister to keep a diary of my experiences and insights, in the hope that it may be of benefit to others. I will begin here by "setting the scene". (Click here for the full article)

Guru-tattva fallacy in ISKCON
by Niscala dasi
Posted August 10, 2004

Many devotees are aware that ISKCON needs something. It has been at the very least stagnating, and at the most, rapidly declining since the guru falldowns of the '80s. Considering this, some devotees have concluded that guru falldown is the root issue of our dilemma, and apparently it is so. Thus, in the name of reform, there have been some wonderful and ludicrous postulations just to prevent such falldowns occurring, such as the posthumous-ritvik-initiation-by-Srila-Prabhupada fallacy (for eternity or at least the next 10,000 years), or the "must-be-a-mahabhagavat" fallacy (read: Indian born, Vaisnava family descendent, lifelong-celibacy-success-story, male, saffron clad, sweet and charismatic knower of many many lilas, and last, but definitely not least, proclaimed by the masses to be a mahabhagavat!). Since this article is primarily for ISKCON devotees, who are not allowed by GBC law to think either of these fallacies may be true, I will not address these issues further here.(Click here for the full article)

Child Protection Office clarifies status of Kirtanananda das
by Tamohara das
Posted August 8, 2004

As there have been letters written about the status of Kirtanananda das, in addition to personal inquiries I have received, I wish to clarify his status with the Child Protection Office. The following represents the decision of a panel of judges appointed by the CPO regarding allegations of child abuse (all judges' decisions are followed by ISKCON and the GBC). This is independent of any other rulings by the GBC, and does not address other issues. The CPO decisions are for the sole purpose of addressing charges of child maltreatment, protecting the children of ISKCON, and ensuring justice to those abused.(Click here for the full article)

Mahaprabhu's quiet contributions instrumental to festival success
by Nama Sankirtan das
Posted August 4, 2004

I really liked the article about the New York rathayatra festival of 2004. The pictures were awesome; the devotee who wrote the article did a wonderful job, giving credit to many of the devotees who helped make the festival possible.(Click here for the full article)

The Persistent Child Abuse Problem in the Hare Krishna Movement:
Part II

by bhaktin Miriam
Posted August 2, 2004

The leaders of ISKCON and the GBC are most responsible for what has happened to our children because they have the authority and power to do something about it. Yet, for decades, they looked the other way and child abuse persisted despite their knowledge. To date, these leaders still have not been held accountable for what has happened. (Click here for the full article)

The Persistent Child Abuse Problem in the Hare Krishna Movement:
Part I

by bhaktin Miriam
Posted August 1, 2004

Someone has to speak up concerning the persistent child abuse problem in ISKCON. This is not a thing of the past; it is happening right now. Seeking help from ISKCON's upper management and leaders has not helped because they are aggravating the problem by deliberately covering up for and protecting child abuse perpetrators whom they favor. It is our moral responsibility to stop this practice now in order to restore the integrity of our commitment to the child abuse victims. ISKCON is making a mockery out of this very serious issue by having the victims and the world believe that it is committed to doing everything in its power to deal with the child abuse problem; the facts prove that this is not necessarily the case. (Click here for the full article)

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