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August 2005
Hurricane Katrina Hits New Talavan & New Orleans
by ISKCON New Talavan Community
Posted August 31, 2005

Dear Devotees,

Yesterday New Talavan and New Orleans were hit by Hurricane Katrina, a devastating Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 MPH. The eye of the storm came ashore near Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, and passed within 10 miles of New Talavan. (Click here for the full article)

by Madhava Gosh
Posted August 29, 2005


"I am surrounded by the radiance,
glory and richness of the Creator"
Sankara 1946-1985
(Click here for the full article)

Artists for Radha Krishna Paintings
by Sanjay Chaturvedi
Posted August 26, 2005

Dear Friends,

We need artists for Radha-Krishna and Krishna paintings for the temple project coming up in the Vraj-dham. Good dedicated artists are requested to kindly contact and mail us with the recent work commissioned and the location and the availability soon.

Hari bol, v devi dasi Contact Sanjay Chaturvedi fastkeymoney@yahoo.co.in

Hare Krishna News
by Kurma Dasa
Posted August 25, 2005

Big Brother is Watching You http://www.iskcon.net.au/kurma/2005/08/19#a504

I returned back from Margaret River just in time to get to the Hare Krishna Temple in Bayswater, Perth, for a wonderful festival. Today was Baladeva Purnima, the day celebrating the Birthday of Lord Balarama, Krishna's elder Brother (by eight days). This is Krishna and his Big Brother Balarama relaxing just before their ceremonial bathing with 108 auspicious liquids.

(Click here for the full article)

Janamashtmi & Appearance Day of Srila Prabhupada- An Invitation
by Iskcon Ludhiana
Posted August 24, 2005

Dear Maharajas, Prabhus, Matajis,

Sri Krishna Janmashtami festival will be celebrated with great devotion and dedication in ISKCON Ludhiana on 27th August 05. Keeping in mind the heavy crowed this year the festival is being organized in open ground situated near the temple so that people can worship Their Lordship comfortably. We have specially arranged famous DANDIA DANCE for the pleasure of Their Lordship. The whole festival will be covered and telecast by National level TV channel MH 1. Prior to this festival there will be thirteen days long Morning Street Chanting (Prabhat Pheri) from 14th August to 26th August to give invitation to the people at their door step. We welcome your participation on the occasion of this maha festival as per the following schedule: (Click here for the full article)

The Service of the Servants
by Kalindi devi dasi
Posted August 23, 2005

I was deeply shocked and disappointed to read Dananjaya's article. There are so many devotees who have given their money, words and life energy to this movement and we are now refusing to offer them support when they need it most. Krsna does not consider those who serve Him as His devotees, but rather those who serve His devotees. This places the need to care for terminally ill vaisnavas above the need to care for the Dieties in the temple. Would Dananjaya allow that service to stop? (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Krishna Temple News

Provo Daily Herald, by Michael Rigert
Posted August 21, 2005

In a Utah County version of "Let me worship with the Governor," Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. was a special guest at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork on Sunday evening. (Click here for the full article)

Photos and Sri Krishna Janmastami Announcement
by Dr Prayag Narayan Misra
Posted August 19, 2005

For the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Madhava Hari, please click on the link below, and enjoy the photos:-

Click here for the photos...

Share the joy with your friends and family members!

Join us on Friday Aug 26- Sri Krishna Janmastami - Appearance Day of Krishna!

A Request for Help
by Hridayananda das Goswami
Posted August 18, 2005

By now you must have heard the shocking news of a terrible accident involving a young devotee, the daughter of Srimati Mahadevi, a faithful disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Mahadevi, Goura Prema, and her older sister, Caitanya all went to India where Goura, a very accomplished dancer, was going to study classical Indian dance. On the streets of New Delhi, in the heroic act of saving her sister's life from an onrushing car, she was herself run over and her legs were severly injured. Unfortunately in this critical situation, Goura, who has undergone unimaginable pain, will not recieve proper medical treatment without payment and her family is virtually penniless. If she does not recieve proper medical care, the consequences will be tragic and lifelong. (Click here for the full article)

Serve The Vaisnavas In Need
by Devaki Nandana das
Posted August 16, 2005

My Heart goes out to the devotees from New Orleans involved in the car crash. Now more than ever they should be given full care and attention. I'm writing this because I know what they are going through because I was in a similar situation two years ago. If you can donate time or money to them and any other form of help both spiritually and materially i'm sure it would be very greatly appreciated and needed by them very much. When I saw this article it brought chills to my spine, because you can't forget such an experience. (Click here for the full article)

Paintings from India by European artists
by Shiva das
Posted August 16, 2005

Have you ever wondered what India and the various Holy places looked like before the age of Industry? While many Indian artists have left a large number of paintings of pre-industry India, few are painted realistically. They don't show what India really looked like. (Click here for the full article)

Maha Reunion in Radhadesh
submitted by Indrani dasi
Posted August 14, 2005

We are very happy and thrilled at inviting all the devotees who served in the Benelux Yatra since its begining in 1970 for a Maha Reunion in Radhadesh on the 29th and 30th of August.

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary we would like to take the opportunity to thank and remember all the devotees who have helped to make Radhadesh a wonderful project in Srila Prabhupada's Iskcon and all those devotees who performed wonderful services throughout the Benelux since 1970. (Click here for the full article)

Humble request for assistance:
Sankirtana dasi's mobile home lost in fire

by Candrabhanu das
Posted August 12, 2005

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

I'm writing on behalf of my dear godsister, M. Sankirtana devi dasi, a dedicated, 28-year disciple of Srila Prabhupada who just lost her (uninsured) mobile home last weekend in a fire here at New Talavan, MS. M. Sankirtana, as her name suggests, is known to many around the world as both an early pioneer of book distribution and as a beloved, longstanding gurukula teacher, a ready, willing and able soldier who always did the needful with unique good humor, cheerful enthusiasm, any nary a complaint for many a year. And like so many unsung heroes of Lord Caitanya's movement she has never asked for any rewards or accolades. She has lived very humbly for her entire career in ISKCON, raising three children on a meager sustenance, the last few years of which have been primarily on her own. Even now she refuses to come forth and ask for anyone's charity, but it's obvious that she needs our help ASAP. We have set up a fund to get her back on her feet and will very gratefully accept your mercy in any form or amount as the spirit moves you. Please make any inquiries to me at jonnk@bellsouth.net and/or send your donations directly to The Sandra Pennington Fund c/o Sterling Art, 501 S. Main St., Picayune, MS. 39466.

Thanking you in advance,
Your servant,
Candrabhanu dasa

TV Documentary: Time Change
by Ila d.d.
Posted August 10, 2005

Please note that we have just been informed of a change in schedule - the article we sent that was posted on Chakra on 1 August, "TV Documentary - My Hare Krishna Family" stated that the film will be screened on the 18th of August, but we have just been informed it will be shown this Thursday, 11 August, at 9 pm on SABC 2. Since many devotees in South Africa have written to us regarding the film we thought it important to post this.

Thank you

Your servant
Ila devi dasi

SMU Bhakti Yoga Club organizes Spiritual Retreat
by Sriram
Posted August 8, 2005

The SMU Bhakti Yoga Club (a registered student organization at Southern Methodist University, Dallas) will be organizing a Weekend Retreat from Aug. 12-14 2005 at SMU campus. The theme for the retreat is: "Open the doors to the spiritual world". The retreat features lectures, workshops, multimedia presentations and a contest too! On behalf of the Bhakti Yoga Club, I would like to invite you for the retreat along with your family and experience a blissful weekend. Given below is a brief synopsis of the programs to be conducted during the weekend. (Click here for the full article)

Seeking F.A.T.E. Artists
by Donald McClelland
Posted August 8, 2005

I am a friend of ISKCON for many years now. I am trying to locate some of the artists that anyone may know about that contributed to FATE in Los Angeles. Please email me at blue92@hotmail.com.

by Malati dasi
Posted August 6, 2005

Dear Readers and Viveswan: I am very sorry to hear of the disappearance of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai from Tampa. This also happened once in Columbus, OH. The police were notified and they took the disappearance very seriously. During Their absence, myself as the TP and the temple devotees undertook strong personal vows and actions to atone for our negligence that surely caused Them to leave. We did a Maha-Gundica Temple cleansing from top to bottom. Eventually, They were recovered, by the sweet will of the Lord... (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Hare Krishna festival lifts Londoners' spirits

Hindustan Times, UK Bureau
Posted August 4, 2005

Over 25,000 people participated in the 37th London "Ratha-yatra Carnival of Chariots" last Sunday, despite the terror fear that has made many shun buses and Tube trains since 7/7. It is London's version of Jagannath Puri yatra and devotees have always flocked at the event. (Click here for the full article)

Vaishnavi Retreat Poster
submitted by Malati dasi
Posted August 4, 2005

3rd Annual Vaishnavi Retreat
October 7th, 8th & 9th, 2005
New Vrndavana, WV

"An Eclectic Autumn Experience in the Appalachian Foothills"

Please note this posted is 529k to download.
(Click here to download)

Upcoming Transcendental Festivals in Alachua, Florida
(New Raman Reti Dham)

by Nandini Zaldivar
Posted August 3, 2005

The Vaishnava festival season is fast approaching and the 1000 plus devotee community of ISKCON Alachua are organizing the four following major celebrations... (Click here for the full article)

TV Documentary: My Hare Krsna Family
by Ila d.d.
Posted August 1, 2005

The television documentary, "My Hare Krishna Family," is due to be screened on the 18th of August 2005, on the channel SABC 2 in South Africa. The documentary was made by non-devotees, and may prove quite interesting as it features the famous South African actor Frank Opperman, who is related to a devotee, as well as interviews with HH Mahavishnu Swami, and film clips of several temples in South Africa and Ghana. The idea for the film originated entirely from a non-devotee friend of Frank Opperman, a famous South African Documentary producer, Denise Slabbert. Frank Opperman has won the South African Film Award for "Best Actor of the Year" twice, and is especially popular amongst the Afrikaner community there. He is also a famous singer and in this film we will hear him singing his own "Hare Krishna" tune... (Click here for the full article)

The Passing Of Aniruddha Prabhu
by Shanti Parayana dasa
Posted August 31, 2005

The devotees of New Navadvipa Dhama - in Honolulu, Hawaii regret to inform the Vaisnava community of the passing of Anirruddha Prabhu.

We would greatly appreciate anyone who would be willing to share a memory of Anirrudha Prabhu with us. Please contact myself by e-mailing botte001@hawaii.rr.com or leave a message at 808.533.3771.

Your servant,
Shanti Parayana dasa (Click here for the full article)

Answer to Young Aspiring Devotees, August 12
by Havi das
Posted August 29, 2005

Hare Krishna Yasodaji.

What a nice name you have.

I was pleasantly surprised by the letter you sent to Chakra and by the honest way you expressed yourself.

My initiated name given by our beloved Srila Prabhupada is Havi das. I was initiated in New Dwaraka in 1973. I am 53 years old and I have two daughter. One is 18 and the other is 24 years old. When I read your letter I felt motivated to respond to you, just as I would lovingly do at any moment to my daughters. (Click here for the full article)

One Volume Srimad Bhagavatam Wanted
by Lila dasi
Posted August 26, 2005

Does anyone have the one volume Srimad Bhagavatam they'd like to sell? As it's now out of print, I'm interested in purchasing a copy in pristine condition.

Please contact Lila dasi at onevolumebhagavatam@hotmail.com if you're interested.

Thank you.

In the News:
300 Volunteers Meet Every Day to Prepare for Largest Hindu Gathering Outside India

by Radha Mohan (das) BCS (UK Communications)
Posted August 25, 2005

Media Release, 14 August 2005

About 200 to 300 volunteers are meeting every evening for a month to paint, cook, create exhibits, design costumes, practice plays, film videos, construct stages and scores of marquees to prepare for the largest and most colourful Hindu gathering that takes place outside India every year. (Click here for the full article)

Good Karma Wrap Up
by Caru das
Posted August 24, 2005

The Good Karma Fest was flawlessly executed from beginning to end. I had cooked matar paneer, some rice pillao, and spiced potatoes. Vai made raspberry hallava, and we used the huge homemade papadams from Nirmala Patel. There was a full salad bar open, all for $ 5.00. Allen, Sandra, Bill & Liz served out along with boys from 'Journey.' (Click here for the full article)

Vakresvara Pandit das Decision Clarification
by ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection
Posted August 23, 2005

Note of clarification in the sentencing of the Appeals Judges' Official Decision of Vakresvara Pandit das
August 16, 2005

The Appeals Judges' decision in the case of Vakresvara Pandit das upheld the previous CPO panel finding that he was responsible for sexual abuse of a minor. The judicial panel decided to amend the original sentence such that he need only follow the restriction for three years. The three year period would have ended on July 26, 2005. The decision was based upon the statement that "Vakresvara Pandit has already lived with this decision for three years." (Click here for the full article)

Cook Wanted
by Govinda's Restaurant
Posted August 21, 2005

Govinda's Restaurant in downtown Philadelphia, PA is expanding its operation and now conducting interviews for an experienced, full-time cook. The restaurant caters to the large vegan community in Philadelphia and serves both vegan and vegetarian prasadam. Applicants should have extensive experience preparing Indian and American dishes. Training will be provided. Serious applicants should send a resume and salary requirements to govindasvegetarian@gmail.com.

In the News:
More Hare Krishna News

submitted by REUTERS/Stephen Hird
Posted August 19, 2005

Hands of Hare Krishna devotees pull a decorative chariot in Hyde Park, London, at the start of the Ratha-Yatra Carnival of Chariots July 17, 2005. Pilgrims and devotees pulled three 40 feet high wooden chariots through London, accompanied by Hare Krishna singers and dancers. REUTERS/Stephen Hird (Click here for the full article)

Vancovuer Ratha-Yatra
by ISKCON Vancouver
Posted August 18, 2005

On behalf of ISKCON Vancouver & Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe, we would like to invite you to celebrate Vancouver's 31st annual Ratha-Yatra. (Chariot Festival) on Sunday August 21st. festival.iskcon.ca (Click here for the full article)

Vancouver Island Rainbow Gathering
by ISKCON Krsna Camp
Posted August 16, 2005

Located this summer on Vancouver Island, the Pacific Northwest Rainbow Gathering is a great event that the ISKCON Krishna Camp will be flooding with prasadam, books, and Krishna kirtan. (Click here for the full article)

The Nature of Acintya
by bhakta Wallace Dorian
Posted August 14, 2005

Many years ago I was waiting to use the bathroom at the Los Angeles Hare Krishna temple. It was a crowded Sunday feast and there was a gentleman standing in front of me who apparently claimed to have lived in the temple a short time and somehow or other the subject of Srimad-Bhagavatam came up. I said something about how great the Bhagavatam was and he looked me directly in the eye and said, "You don't really believe everything you read in the Bhagavatam, do you?" At the time I was somewhat innocent and shocked that a supposed devotee would say that because, yes, I took everything in the Srimad-Bhagavatam to be absolutely perfect knowledge, and still do. After all, it is regarded as "superhuman." Later, I began to start thinking about the nature of "acintya" or that which is inconceivable. (Click here for the full article)

Young aspiring devotees faced with the pressures of the world
by Yasoda
Posted August 12, 2005

My name is Yasoda and I am 19, I was born into Iskcon(Trinidad) and i was wondering if there was any special websites to answer the questions of young aspiring devotees faced with the pressures of the world we live in. Anything that can help me deal with the everyday conflicting issues that I am faced with especially considering that I am young and love to have fun but the "Hare Krsna" in me is always there.I often wonder if there's a practical way to balance both I mean, I know the kathas, I've read some books, I don't want to hear the usual I would just like someone who's had similar experiences to give me some advice on how to balance my career goals, my relationship with my friends and my boyfriend with Hare Krsna. Our temple here doesn't do that we just have lectures or "class" but no discussions on how to survive in this material world... (Click here for the full article)

Urgent News
by Bir Krsna das Goswami
Posted August 10, 2005

Seven devotees from the New Orleans temple were driving back from the Los Angeles Rathayatra, when they had an accident around El Paso, Texas. One devotee (Manibandha das) has passed away and the others are in the intensive care unit in two hospitals in the El Paso area. (Click here for the full article)

Good Karma Fest
by Caru das
Posted August 8, 2005

What: The Good Karma Fest
When: Saturday August 13th, 6 pm
Where: Krishna Temple, 8628 S. Main St., Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
Contacts: Caru and Vai 798-3559/787-1510

(Click here for the full article)

Women in Vedic Culture
by Stephen Knapp
(Sri Nandanandana dasa)
Posted August 6, 2005

There are many civilizations in the world where respect for women and their role in society are prominent, and others where regard for them and their status should be improved. Yet the level of civility along with moral and spiritual standards in a society can often be perceived by the respect and regard it gives for its women. Not that it glorifies them for their sexuality and then gives them all the freedom men want so they can be exploited and taken advantage of, but that they are regarded in a way that allows them to live in honor for their importance in society with respect and protection, and given the opportunity to reach their real potential in life. (Click here for the full article)

We Still Need Your Help...
by Radha Stegich
Posted August 6, 2005

We recently lost our precious Baby Sachi Devi...

As devastating as it has been to our family and community of Alachua (FL), only the kind words and support of the devotees has helped us through this painful loss... (Click here for the full article)

Programming Help Needed for Vrindavana Website
by Dina Sharana das
Posted August 4, 2005

For the last few months a comprehensive website dedicated to providing pilgrimage information has been in development. We need some help with a user account programming plan. If you can help out, or know of someone, please let our team know. This is a nice service opportunity to Vraja dham and all our Acharyas.

Contact us at: dgreenberg8@alltel.net Thank you prabhus!

Your servant,
Dina Sharana dasa

International Vaisnava Film/Video Festival - Mayapura 2006
submitted by Nrsimhananda das,
Posted August 3, 2005

A panel of judges will select the best videos devotees have produced in the last three years, and the Film Festival organizers will show these videos during the festival for all the assembled Vaisnavas. Prizes will be awarded in both artistic and technical categories. The winners will receive the "Nityananda" awards and prizes at the end of the Film Festival. No entry fees. Send a DVD of your masterpiece to ITV, PO Box 556, Topanga, CA 90290 along with your contact information. The overall winner will receive the prestigious "Gauranga" award. Email itv@charter.net with any questions.

Photos and Sri Krishna Janmastami Announcement
by Prayag Narayan das Misra
Posted August 3, 2005

Hare Krishna!

For the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Madhava Hari, please click on the link below, and enjoy the photos:- Yahoo photos: Radha Madhava Hari.

Share the joy with your friends and family members!

Join us on Friday Aug 26- Sri Krishna Janmastami - Appearance Day of Krishna!

How we develop our faith
by Vikas Attry
Posted August 1, 2005

Where should our faith be, on human or Krsna? Is is very important for a new devotee in the movement to know where his faith should,on his immediate guru or the lord himself.It is widely known that if we trust a human being and if that human being goes wrong what of the faith of the people on him?If guru goes wrong like it is widely seen in case of gurukula scandal than how can it be expected that the faith of devotees should remain intact.Faith takes a while to become strong and till it reaches that level what should be done not to get carried away by the criticism of the faith.There are things and acts which takes the believer away from his or her faith.How should we develop our faith so that it remains unaffected by anything? Please help.


First Recording at Tomkins Square Park
by Rajendara Trivedi
Posted August 1, 2005

Do you know where we can hear the first Recorded chanting in USA of Srila Prabhupada in Tomkins Square Park?

Rajendara Trivedi,M.D.

In the News:
108 Reforms After Hellfest Replacement Shows

by Richard Wyndham
Posted August 29, 2005

108 reforms after Hellfest replacement shows Contributed by an Anonymous Source, Posted by aubin on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 9:31:35 AM (EDT)

108 has announced plans to continue performing and writing new material. The band, who called it quits over a decade ago, was scheduled to perform at the cancelled Hellfest with "the original and essential members" Vic DiCara on Guitar and backing vocals, Robert Fish (Rasaraja) on Vocals, Trivikrama dasa on Bass and Chris Daly on Drums. (Click here for the full article)

New Vaisnava Dharma Group List
by Dr. Frank Gaetano Morales (Pranakrsna Dasa)
Posted August 26, 2005

We've just started a new e-mail list dedicated to understanding the ancient path of Vaisnava Dharma.

This e-mail list is free, easy, and you can un-subscribe any time. To subscribe, just click on the below web address, and sign in. Please join today!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/drmoraleslist/ (Click here for the full article)

House for Sale
by Elizabeth Wilhoit, Madhuryalilananda dd
Posted August 25, 2005

House and land at the New Talavana Community in Carriere, MS. See photos on my website, go to:


Appraised at $78,000. make an offer. Contact: Elizabeth Wilhoit, Madhuryalilananda dd 386-418-3671 e108wilhoit@hotmail.com (Click here for the full article)

Radhadesh Reunion Festival
by Hrdaya Caitanya dasa and Mahaprabhu dasa
Posted August 24, 2005

Dear devotees,

We are very happy and thrilled at inviting all the devotees who served in the Benelux Yatra since its begining in 1970 for a Maha Reunion in Radhadesh on the 29th and 30th of August. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Street Parade to Honour Krishna

BBC News
Posted August 23, 2005

A colourful 40ft-high chariot was pulled through the streets of Cardiff on Saturday, in what is thought to be the world's oldest street festival.

Hundreds of devotees from the Krishna Consciousness movement were celebrating the "Ratha Yatra" festival of chariots.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/4169450.stm (Click here for the full article)

Maha Janmastami and Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja in Laguna Beach
by Bhaktin Molly
Posted August 22, 2005

Please join us in Laguna Beach for our Janmastami festival!

Friday August 26, 2005 9:00PM
Schedule will be as follows:
9:00pm- Bhajans
9:30pm- Abhishek and Jhulan Yatra
10:30pm- Dance Performances
11:00pm- Lecture
12:00am- Midnight Arati
12:30am- Delicious Prasadam Feast

The following day, Saturday August 27th, please come for Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja celebration beginning at 11:00am.

House For Sale
by Uddhava dasa
Posted August 19, 2005

Log house for sale in Prabhupada Village, Sandy Ridge, NC. House is 1,600 sq. ft. and includes a porch and two decks. On 12 acres of land. Not quite finished yet. $65,000 to $70,000 invested so far. Call me at 366-871-2973 or e-mail uddhava2@yahoo.com.

Thank you,
Uddhava dasa

Hare Krishna Youth Retreat Empowers Second Generation
by Vyenkata Bhatta dasa
Posted August 18, 2005

Washington, D.C. - As the first hints of Back to School sales appear at local malls, some young people will have little more than mosquito bites and sunburn to show for their time off. Sixty high-school and college students, however, may soon find themselves filling their "How I spent my summer vacation" essays with tales of empowerment, inspiration, and even spiritual fulfillment. For four activity-packed days - July 21st to July 25th - these members of generation-Y participated in "Empower," a retreat held in the Washington D.C. area, and organized by Pandava Sena, a youth corps affiliated with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). (Click here for the full article)

Thank you, George
by Padmapani das
Posted August 16, 2005

Srila Prabhupada once remarked that George Harrison was "more" than his disciple. During his final earthly pastimes in Vrindavan, 1977, Prabhupada took off his gold ring and requested that it be given to George. Due to his sincere and influential devotional service, George Harrison had pleased Lord Krsna's pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)

Seven New Orleans Devotees in Fatal Van Crash (Update)
by Dasanudas Vanacari
Posted August 14, 2005

Hare Krsna. Sorry for the confusion. Here is the clarification:

Donations can go throught the "Adopt-a-cow" program for now, a the New Talavan Website. (Click here for the full article)

New Orleans Devotees Released from Hospital
by ISKCON Talavan
Posted August 14, 2005

Hare Krsna! Here's an update on the condition of the devotees from New Orleans temple who were involved in Monday's tragic accident... (Click here for the full article)

Graphic Designer Available
by Tamal Krsna das
Posted August 12, 2005

Hare Krishna Vaisnavas,

I would like to advertise my services as a graphic designer. I specialize in print work but work with web projects also. No project is too big or too small and my fees are very reasonable. My website will be out soon so you can view my work. If interested, please contact me at tone005@yahoo.com.

your servant,
Tamal Krsna dasa

Devotee roomate in L.A.
by bhakta Jason
Posted August 12, 2005

I have a really cool devotee friend, who is considering relocating to the L.A. area and is interested in the possibility of finding a devotee roomate. She is an initiated disciple of Satsvarupa Maharaja, a Psychology student at Loyola University, and very dedicated to her sadhana. She's considering L.A. primarily to have the association of the devotee community there, to be further engaged in devotional service, and to look into the possibility of finishing school in the L.A. area. (Click here for the full article)

Seven New Orleans Devotees in Van Crash
by ISKCON New Talavan
Posted August 10, 2005

Hare Krsna! With great regret, it is our duty to inform you about a serious car accident affecting seven devotees from New Orleans yatra. They were returning from the LA Rathayatra Festival when the accident occurred near El Paso, Texas. Here is a link to a local newspaper report describing the accident. (Click here for the full article)

HG Sacisuta's mother's passing
by Sarvabhavana das
Posted August 8, 2005

Couple of days back expired mother of a very famous devotee, Sachisuta Prabhu from Armenia due to illness and I have come to know about it some hours ago.

He was a great soul who dedicated everything including his own body for Krishna's service and passed away in Russian prison camp in 1988. As a result of his sacrifice and devotees demonstration ISKCON was registered officially in former USSR. (Click here for the full article)

Avoiding offenses
Author's name withheld by request
Posted August 6, 2005

Dear Vyenkata Bhatta:

I think that your point about using gurukuli in the proper context is valid. However, I believe that you have come to the wrong conclusion. I think it is ok for us to call ourselves gurukulis, but improper for others to use the term in reference to gurukula alumni. This is synonymous with African Americans and the use of the N-word. They use this word amongst themselves and it causes no offense. But I could not use that word without offending them. I realize that to some second generation, using gurukuli, causes no offense. But with many others, myself included, it does. I don't believe anybody is offended by gurukula alumni. You are the Associate Director of North American Communications. So to avoid committing offenses and creating controversy, I ask that you refrain from referring to second generation adults as gurukulis.

Hare Krishna

Cheers to the Volunteers
by Caru das
Posted August 4, 2005

While Vaibhavi and I are always biting off more than we can chew, we have been fortunate in eliciting pity from friends and well wishers in different quarters. We could never do most of our festivals, and especially the two big ones, Llama Fest and India Fest, without lots of volunteer help, some of it from far and wide. From Reno, Cindy flew in Thursday night, Herb drove up from Las Vegas, Beth came all the way from Wisconsin, & Lori the judge from St. George, Utah. All worked like people possessed over weekend. I dropped Cindy at the Salt Lake City airport this morning at 7 am. She was going to get off the plane in Nevada and go right to work. Friday morning a fellow from Chicago, working in the area, had all his money stolen by his wife, who absconded. He went to the ATM and couldn't get a dime. Albert came asking for a place to stay and offering to work. Albert seemed a good sort of fellow in a tough spot, so we let him sleep in the motor home. Over the course of the weekend he gave us an incredible amount of hard, selfless work, which made us very glad for our decision. (Click here for the full article)

Religions grapple with LGBT issues
by Amara das
Posted August 3, 2005

The Human Rights Campaign has recently compiled an interesting and comprehensive list of U.S. religious groups and how each is grappling with gay and transgender issues. Whether extremely conservative and condemning, such as Islam and the Southern Baptist Convention, or more liberal and accommodating, such as the United Church of Christ and Reform Judaism, it is interesting to see how each religious group is handling LGBT issues in this modern age of information and human equality. A section on Hinduism was also recently added.

Human Rights Campaign > Family > Religion

In the News:
Hare Krsna Participation in National Parade highlights diversity on America's Birthday

by Vyenkata Bhatta das
Posted August 1, 2005

Washington, D.C. - With the Fourth of July in full swing, over three hundred thousand spectators lined historic Constitution Avenue to cheer on the National Independence Day Parade. Marching bands, military veterans, and patriotic floats formed the bulk of the procession, but what caught the attention of many onlookers was the inclusion of an authentic Indian chariot, bearing carved images of Lord Krishna and accompanied by devotees dressed in traditional dhotis and saris. The chariot, along with exhibitions and food stalls set up at the Mall, were part of the Ratha Yatra and Hare Krishna Festival of India presented by the Washington D.C. Chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). (Click here for the full article)

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