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August 2006
Petition to the GBC (Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse in ISKCON)

Additional Swimming Safety Tips
by Bhakta Edwin
Posted August 31, 2006

Please accept my humble respects. I thank you for posting about the dangers of swimming in the Ganges, and especially for posting the tips on river safety. I wanted to add to it a few things I have learned also - mostly just some of that all-too-rare common sense. I would like to see someone go into detail about currents, whirlpools, etc., but I do not have the knowledge to properly talk about them.

The main thing I believe is to always, ALWAYS go swimming with a SMALL group of people. (Click here for the full article)



Drummer Wanted
by Bhakta Tony
Posted August 31, 2006

Professional drummer wanted who is preferably adept in both acoustic (trapset) and loop based beat programming for long term mantra rock dance project that will include recording albums and performing live shows. We are planning a world tour beginning in Japan 2007. Must be willing to relocate to Maui Hawaii for at least 4 to 6 months of recording, practice etc. Serious inquiries only please. Contact Bhakta Tony at soundchisel@hotmail.com



Let the Preachers Preach
by Atmarama das
Posted August 30, 2006

In response to "Simple, But Powerful Key to Success" by Vrsabha prabhu: I could be wrong, but didn't Srila Prabhupada want sannyasis (most of whom are now gurus) to only be preaching and to be avoiding management? If I remember correctly, he even said that they were not to be on the GBC at all.

I believe that would be the simplest way to fix this problem. Let the preachers preach, and let the managers manage. If the GBC were following Srila Prabhupada's order of management as established in the '60s and then updated in the '70s, we might not be entangled in this situation in the '00s. Just my two cents.



Go-shala Help
by Prof. Sankar Sastri, Manager, Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary Inc.
Posted August 29, 2006

A Go-shala (cow sanctuary) in Bangor, Pa located 70 miles west of NYC is looking for Help to take care of 11 cows. Free room and board and a small stipend of $400 per month in exchange of 20 hours of light farm work of milking, feeding, cleaning and brushing the cows. Kindly contact (Click here for the full article)



Invitation To First Ever Ratha Yatra In Orlando On 9th September 2006
by Ratha Yatra Association of Central Florida, Inc
Posted August 28, 2006


By the mercy of Sri Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra Devi and by the blessings of Srila Prabhupada, we are having the first ratha yatra in Orlando on the 9th of September 2006. The yatra starts at 4 pm in Downtown Orlando in front of Lake Eola Park. After the parade we'll have prasadam distribution and a Vedic cultural program - live music, dance, books, arts, etc. For details contact 407 574 1430 or Bhadra Das at 352 318 7326.



The Age of Kali Zine At Burning Man 2006
by Bhakta John C
Posted August 28, 2006

This year the ISKCON San Diego devotees are going to help with Burning Man at Black Rock, NV this year

I am collecting donations for the printing of The Age of Kali Zines to be distributed at the event which attracts 35,000 people.

This event attracts people who are disenfrachised with the materialistic ways of modern society and are looking for alternatives.

The Age of Kali Zine can help them, because that is what it is designed for. (Click here for the full article)



Srimati Radharani's Beautiful Mood
by Anantacarya dasa [ACBSP 1972]
Posted August 26, 2006

An early offering for Radhastami.

Srimati Radharani, the tenderhearted, feminine counterpart of Godhead, is that one person in all of existence who knows best how to express love for Krsna. She is the supreme container of love for Him, and, as such, She is known as the asraya category. Moreover, it is She who, like a mother, nurtures us in our devotional service.

Krsna, the object of Her love, comes once in a day of Brahma to display and enjoy His pastime mellows. Afterward, however, Krsna was left with three unfulfilled desires, and to fulfill those inner longings is the paramount reason for His return as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. (Click here for the full article)



Blessed Are They Who Always Think of Lord Sri Krishna
by Vishoka dasa
Posted August 25, 2006

I stood like a statue, thinking to myself, "I knew this would happen." My premonition bore true, as I gazed with fascination at this person who lay motionless on the bed.

Devotees entered and soon left, after looking at the man lying there. They didn't seem to notice me standing there by the headboard. They seemed to look right through me, as if I wasn't there, like I didn't exist. Some stood outside the door, looking sad, looking at the floor.

I remember when I was a kid, and the horrible realization finally hit me ... it suddenly crashed down on my head ... we all have to die, and there was no way out of it! (Click here for the full article)



Books for Sale
by Nila Madhava das
Posted August 24, 2006

I have several books I'm selling as I'm in need of funds:

  • Collected Lectures on SB by Srila Prabhupada (entire set)
  • Conversations with Srila Prabhupada (entire set)
  • The following books I'm selling as an entire lot:
    • Cc Madhya 1-7, 9, 9
    • SB (newest LARGE printing) 9th canto
    • SB original 2.1
    • SB Singapore original (little black ones)
      • 1.2
      • 2.1,2
      • 3.1-4
      • 4.2
      • 5.1
      • 6.1-3
      • 7.1-3
      • 8.1,2,2,3
      • 9.1-3
      • 10.1-3

Please contact me at 'nmdasa@yahoo.com' for more information.



Janmastami Darshan From Krsna Balaram Mandir
by ISKCON Vrindavan Deity Dept
Posted August 22, 2006


This Janmastami we offered 3 outfits to Their lordships. The darshan pics will be sent in 3 parts to make downloading easier.

Sri Sri Gaura Nitai ki Jai!!

Sri Sri Krsna Balaram ki Jai!!

Sri Sri Radha Shyamasunder Lalita Vishaka ki Jai!! (Click here for the full article)



Happy Janmastami And Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja
by Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir
Posted August 20, 2006


Greetings from Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir Sri Janmastami 2006

Darshan of Sri Sri Radha Madhava on Janmastami Day 2006

Click here to visit the Mayapur.com Gallery



New Website for Prabhupada's Tapes
by Causelessmercy.com
Posted August 19, 2006

For the first time, as of today, the glorious appearance day of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, Srila Prabhupada's tapes with synchronized text finally have a home of their own on the Internet:

causelessmercy.com/t/

So far, only 3 lectures have audio with synchronized text, but the transcriptions are there for all 3248 Vedabase lectures / conversations!

Hope this finds you in good health and blissful Krishna consciousness on this auspicious day.



Notre Dame Statue?
by Isa das
Posted August 19, 2006


This picture was used by the Dallas Temple many years ago in a preaching brochure. Recently I sent copies of that brochure to several Priests I am preaching to and they are questioning it's authenticity.

The brochure states that the statue is at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, I have written them and they say it is not there. Several devotees I have spoken with say they have seen it but have not sent me other photos and directions to it.

So I need your help. If you have any information that will help, please email me at wlg@aol.com



Changed Dates for Ludhiana Ratha Yatra
by Rajsuya dasa, ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted August 18, 2006

The date of Bhagawan Jagannath Ratha Yatra has been changed from October 7th to November 18th in Ludhiana. Hare Krishna Utsav will be observed on Sunday the 19th November. All vaishnavas, please note this new date. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information log on to www.iskconludhiana.com.



Temporary Vrindavan Hospice Is a Success
by Bhaktin Rebecca Das, Pria Sakhi dd
Posted August 18, 2006


We are happy to report that the Temporary Vrindavan Hospice continues serving devotees in Vrindavan, now with an official apartment facility. With the help of Mother Daivisakti Prabhu, we secured an apartment at the MVT building of the Krishna-Balarama Mandir and officially moved in on July first. We have an assortment of medical and first aid supplies from last year and have procured a blood pressure machine, painkillers, anti-nausea medicine, and adult diapers, among other things. We will soon be buying the ever needed hospital bed for which we have already gathered the needed funds by the grace of our 'Angel' monthly donors. (Click here for the full article)



Forgiveness Requires Rectification
by Nara Narayan das
Posted August 17, 2006

With regard to the article "I Beg Your Pardon" by Chaitanya Mangala prabhu, I believe that His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami's response to Nityananda Rama prabhu mixes several elements of sin and forgiveness. He does not clearly distinguish between sins committed before taking diksa and after taking diksa.

Discussions regarding "forgiveness" or "lack of forgiveness" of Dhanurdhara Swami by the Vaishnava community find Jayadvaita Swami conflating present sin with past forgiveness as he defends Dhanurdhara's elevation to the status of guru after a decade of post-diksa abuse of his young students, declaring: "Even one who performs abominable acts can be seen as saintly." This comment was singularly unpopular with Gurukulis assembled to receive "a formal apology" from the GBC. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Pandharpur Flood: Biggest In History

by Prabhupada.org
Posted August 16, 2006


www.Pandharpur.org/

Srila Prabhupada began his journey from India across the Atlantic ocean on this historic day 41 years ago. We are reminded of that Atlantic Ocean by the now oceanic Candrabhaga River as she floods her banks. We remember Srila Prabhupada's sacrifice and struggle. We pray for the inner strength and courage to follow in his footsteps.

As we gaze out the window this morning we see another ocean outside of ISKCON Pandharpur. Our land has become an ocean - a wet, wild, swirling, breezy, windy ocean. (Click here for the full article)



Sri Krishna Janmastami In New York
by New York ISKCON
Posted August 15, 2006


Wednesday August 16, 2006 is a very special and auspicious day in the year. It is the day of the divine appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. On this day the practicing vaishnavas observe fast (even from water) till 12 midnight.

At Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, this festival will be celebrated starting at 4:30 AM with Mangala Arati. At 7:15 AM Sri Sri Radha Govinda's darshan will be unveiled in a brand new stunning dress, handcrafted in Sri Vrindavana Dhama, coordinated with the finest fresh flowers - roses, jasmine, gardenia, orchids and more! The morning program will be followed by a special Srimad Bhagvatam Class discussing the topics of Lord Krishna's appearance. The darshans of Their Lordships will be open for the whole day until 4:30pm, accompanied with melodious kirtans & bhajans by the devotees. (Click here for the full article)



Yugadharma Das
by Yasoda Perry
Posted August 12, 2006


Last week while traveling in south India Yugadharma Carreras became gravely ill. Yugadharma is a Srila Prabhupada devotee. He has connections to many west coast and Indian temples. He resides in Three Rivers, CA and operates a small gift shop. He spends time preaching and traveling to Vrindavana. Yugadharma has been fighting liver disease for many years now. He had been successful at curbing the progression of the disease. He was hospitalized and remained in ICU for most of a week. He was diagnosed with internal bleeding and an accumulation of toxins. (Click here for the full article)



Transcendental Birthday Party
by Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork, Utah
Posted August 10, 2006


Where: The Krishna Temple, 8628 S. Main St., Spanish Fork, Utah
When: Saturday August 19, from 8 pm until Midnight
Contact: Charu or Vaibhavi: 798-3559/787-1510
www.utahkrishnas.com or Click Here for the article
carudas@earthlink.net

The Krishna Temple at 8628 S Main St. in Spanish Fork has planned a transcendental birthday party (Click here for the full article)



For Sale: Old Issues of BTG
by Mahi Bharata
Posted August 9, 2006

I have back to Godhead years 1970-1984: 137 issues found in 10 editions, and in good condition. I also have various loose editions that can be taken in sets of 10 or even one.

My name is Mahi Bharata and my number is: +1 (559) 337-2411.



Jhulan Yatra In Ludhiana
by Rajsuya Dasa
Posted August 9, 2006


ISKCON, Ludhiana is celebrating Jhulan-Yatra of Radha Govinda in the temple from 5th Aug. to 9th Aug. from 7.00 PM to 9.00 PM. Devotees swing Jhula front and then back and get special blessing of Radha Govinda.



Sri Balarama's Appearance Day - Wed 8/9/06
by NY ISKCON
Posted August 9, 2006

August 9, 2006 is another auspicious day. It is the day of the divine appearance of Sri Balaramji, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. On this day the practicing Vaishnavas observe fasting till noon (1200hrs).

At Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, this festival will be celebrated starting at 6:00pm. The program will include an Abhishek of Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balaram at 7:00pm, followed by a lecture on the pastimes & glories of Lord Balaram, concluding with dinner feast for all. (Click here for the full article)



2006 First Annual BBT Art Seminar
by BBT Special Projects
Posted August 8, 2006

Only 15 Seats available. All seats FREE to qualified applicants.

Seminar Dates: October 1, 2006 to October 21, 2006 (dates confirmed when you are chosen)

Seminar Location: Vrndavana-dhama, India

BBT Special Projects is establishing this exceptional annual event where you'll have the chance for association with fellow devotional artists, paint in the holy dhama and learn techniques and training Srila Prabhupada gave BBT artists. Dhriti dasi and Ramdasa Abhirama dasa, well known BBT artists, will be teaching this year's seminar. Don't miss this chance to cultivate your devotional art. (Click here for the full article)



Krishnafriends.com
by Krishna Kirtan das
Posted August 6, 2006

KrishnaFriends.com (beta) is the social networking site for devotees. Here you can meet devotees from all over the world and connect with them in a variety of ways.

  • Grow your Circle of Friends
  • Join Groups or Start one
  • Post and Participate in Events
  • Post Classifieds
  • Share Thoughts
  • Post in your Journal or Blog
  • Answer Quizes and Polls
  • Share & Browse Photos
  • Invite Friends to Join Your Network
  • and much more...

(Click here for the full article)



How To Do It All
by Anuttama das (ACBSP 1972, not on the GBC)
Posted August 5, 2006

I joined the Krsna Consciousness movement in 1971 and I was married in 1980. I have been living outside of a Temple since 1985. For the last 21 years I have been doing business and taking care of my family along with my Krsna Consciousness. Back in those days moving out of the Temple to live an independent family life was not encouraged, it was even concedered Maya. I have always maintained my vows to my Guru, Srila Prabhupada but some times there were adjustments. So for all of you who face the challenges of living in the world and still wanting to maintain your Transendance Srila Prabhupada gives some good advice. (Click here for the full article)



Sri Sri Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra Aug 5-9 2006
by New York ISKCON
Posted August 5, 2006

Tomorrow, August 5, 2006 is a auspicious day. This day is the start of one of the most awaited festivals among devotees of Lord Krishna. On this day the swing pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Krishna, the Jhulan Yatra, commences.

The swing pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Govinda are very elaborately celebrated across the various important temples of Vrindavan Dham and also the various temples of ISKCON, the world over. Here the small deities of Sri Sri Radha Krishna are brought out of the altar and onto a swing where all the devotees get a chance to personally swing the Lord. (Click here for the full article)



Diving for Treasure: a Review of Siksastakam of Sri Caitanya
by Babhru das
Posted August 3, 2006


Siksastakam of Sri Caitanya
by Swami B. V. Tripurari
Mandala Publishing, ISBN 1932771840
Hardcover, 168 pages, $14.95 US
Available from Amazon.com or from Audarya Bookstore


In Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s masterpiece, Jaiva Dharma, one of his characters, Raghunatha dasa Babaji, tells a student, “Although Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did not personally write any books, His followers have written volumes on His order. The Lord has personally given eight instructions, in verse form, known as the Siksastaka; the devotees cherish them as a necklace of priceless gems. (Click here for the full article)



Upcoming American Vedic Association Events
by Mayesvara dasa
Posted August 1, 2006

The Next Gathering of the American Vedic Association's Bhagavad Gita Discussion and Fellowship is Aug 1st, 2006 7:30PM (AVA Broadcast starts at 5pm Every Tuesday CH.10 Ojai)

Other upcoming events:
Saturday 6:30PM: Aug-12-2006 "Krishna Appearance Day" SPECIAL EVENT! American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship: "Krishna's Appearance Day!" - You may have missed some of our other programs... but DON'T miss this exotic event which is our biggest festival in the year. The program includes live music, genuine Sanskrit mantras, provocative discussion, entertaining video, and the best vegetarian love feast you could possibly imagine all held in a beautiful garden setting! (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnava Culture
by Bhakta Mario
Posted August 1, 2006

A critical analysis of true Vaisnava etiquette, shows that inflammatory statements, based on misinformation or lack of information, and trying to ridicule others and the like, are practices outside the actual gentle and authoritative ways of discussion in Vaisnava culture.

In Vaisnava culture, discussion must be gentle and authoritative based on guru sadhu and sastra. The exponent must be motivated by desire to please guru sadhus and Krishna. The exposition should not be in the mood to defeat and or bring down anyone, but to uplift all that are hearing or reading the discussion. (Click here for the full article)



  Causeless Mercy Needs Beta Testers
by Causelessmercy.com Webservant
Posted August 31, 2006

The website causelessmercy.com/ is finally completed: 29214 active links (scriptural references to Srila Prabhupada's books) have been added to 4650 web pages (all of Srila Prabhupada's books and tapes).

Become a Causelessmercy.com beta tester: Please let me know if you find any glitches: causelessmercy@gmail.com.



Vaishnavi Retreat
by Vaishnaviretreat.com
Posted August 31, 2006

Welcome to Vaishnavi Retreat 2006

Retreat Dates: Oct 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2006

Venue: ISKCON New Vrindaban, WV

"Inspired by teachings of Srila Prabhupada: For Women, By Women"

"Interactive Presentations"

Healthy Prasad Cuisine by Mukhya devi dasi

The Fourth Annual Vaishnavi Retreat in New Vrindaban takes place on Oct. 6-8th 2006 (Columbus Day Weekend) this year. It is a spiritually exciting event set in the Appalachian foothills during the delightful early fall season.... (Click here for the full article)



Cow Seva
by ISKCON Cow Protection
Posted August 30, 2006


Photo: Balaram, ISCOWP ox in training, was saved from slaughter

Read some realizations, observations, and appreciations while living close to the cows and land. There are stories from the cow's point of view too. "Life With the Cows and Land" is a new blog started by Balabhadra das, president of ISCOWP and the ISKCON Minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture. Check it out at www.iscowp.blogspot.com/. While you are in the mood for cow and land katha read the current ISCOWP newsletter on the front page of the web page www.iscowp.org/. (Click here for the full article)



House In Vrindavan for Rent Or for Sale
by Naval Kishor Shastri
Posted August 29, 2006

The house is situated in the peaceful and nice Madhuvan Colony, near the Krishna-Balaram temple. The location is quite and safe. It is far enough from the main road so that the traffic cannot be heard. It is only some 5 minutes walking distance from the Krishna Balarama temple. When you go along the parikrama path you have to turn left at the Krishna Balarama tree and go a few more meters. Many nice Indian and western devotees are living in this area. Also the "Pepsi-building" is just there. The house has a nice veranda where one can read, chant or do other activities with a view to the small garden of the house. (Click here for the full article)



Sacred Chants
by Amaraprabhu dasan
Posted August 28, 2006


A masterpiece of classical south Indian music! One of the best releases of Sri Vidyabhushana recorded at the very beginning of his career 20 years ago. Now re-mastered with songs of Sripad Madhvacarya and Sri Vadiraja Tirtha. Rare melodies of ancient India composed by Sri Madhvacarya himself, plus one very difficult raga played in the rhythm of a galloping horse ("asvagati") in praise of Lord Hayagriva (Vishnu's Horse Incarnation). It comes with a beautiful booklet containing background information on Vaishnava history, music and philosophy.



Janmastami Darsana From Vrindavan
by Adi Kesava Das
Posted August 28, 2006


Here are the photos from the 4:30pm Janmastami darshan at Krsna Balaram Mandir. (Click here for the full article)



Appeal for Assistance
by Jivanuga das
Posted August 26, 2006

By now the entire worldwide devotee community must have heard of the tragic events that took place in Manipur on Janmastami. The devotees of ISKCON Manipur wish to thank everyone for their continued prayers and blessings for all of the vaisnavas who were injured and for those who have left this world. We will continue to provide updates on the situation.

At this time, we would like to bring attention to the condition of Bhojadeva dasa and also make a humble appeal on his behalf for funds in order to help pay for his medical expenses. (Click here for the full article)



Maha Abisheka Sri Sri Radha Govinda Chandra ( Spain )
by Deva Shekhara Dasa
Posted August 25, 2006


We Invite all the devotees of the world yatra to come to our next MAHA ABISHEKA of their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Govinda Chandra, the first of September of this Year in New Vrajamandala !!!!

It will be a great opportunity, full of mercy for all the devotees. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Condemnation Over ISKCON Blast Unabated

by The Sangai Express
Posted August 24, 2006


Imphal, Aug 23: United NGOs Mission has strongly condemned the hand grenade attack at ISKCON complex at Imphal in which five people were killed and around 40 injured as well as the firing attack at a Church in Churachandpur district killing one person and causing injuries to five others.

Addressing a press conference at Manipur Press Club here today, secretary of the organisation Urikhinbam Nabakishore said killing innocent people by the security forces as well as by the underground activist is really unfortunate and there could be nothing more irresponsible than that. (Click here for the full article)



Janmastami At ISKCON Ludhiana
by Rajsuya dasa, General Manager, Iskcon Ludhiana India
Posted August 22, 2006


Sri Krishna Janamashtami festival was celebrated on 16th August 06 by Iskcon, Ludhiana with great devotions and dedication. Keeping in view the heavy crowd the festival was celebrated outside temple premises in a waterproof open ground. More that twenty thousand people visited on this holy festival. (Click here for the full article)



Janmastami Panama 2006
by Malla-Praharana Das Adhikari GPS
Posted August 20, 2006


Just writing to share with you some pictures from the celebration of Janmastami down here in Panama City at our ISKCON Panama Temple, please click on the following link: Click Here

Hoping you enjoy them !!!



Looking for Ratha Yatra Video Footage
by Hari-kirtana dasa
Posted August 19, 2006

Hare Krishna. I am a video editor and production systems instructor by profession. I have a couple of instructional DVDs to my credit (for Photoshop CS and Inscriber TitleMotion) and I am about to do another one, this time for Motion 2, the motion graphics software that ships with the current version of Apple's Final Cut Pro editing software.

This project requires me to come up with a few realistic scenarios to use as learning examples such as a promo for a fictional cable channel show. I was thinking that it would be great if I were to invent a show for the "Vaikuntha Channel" (Click here for the full article)



Indiana Roommates
by Viwon Gates
Posted August 19, 2006

I am looking for devotee with whom to share a house in Indiana. For more information, please call 219-477-4136.



Jhulan Yatra In Vrindavan
by Adi Kesava Das, Krishna Balaram Mandir
Posted August 18, 2006


August 8th is the last day of Jhulan Yatra for us here in Krsna Balaram Mandir, August 9th will be fully dedicated to Lord Balaram as it is His divine appearance day. August 8th the devotees decorated the jhulan beautifully and although it was raining they danced enthusiastically for the pleasure of Their Lorships in the evening kirtan... (Click here for the full article)



Lilamrita Wanted
by Rati Manjari dasi
Posted August 18, 2006

I'm looking to buy an original full set of the Prabhupada-lilamrita. If you have one for sale, please contact Rati Manjari dasi at ratimanjari@cs.com.



In the News:
Manipur Bombing

by Anuttama dasa ISKCON Communications Minister
Posted August 17, 2006

Manipur, India - A Krishna temple operated by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was the victim of a bomb blast at approximately 7:00 pm India time on Wednesday, August 16th. Over a thousand worshippers were celebrating Janmastami, the most sacred observance of the year for devotees of Krishna, at a temple in the state of Manipur, in the northeast region of India. Unknown assailants threw a hand grenade into a crowd of people sitting under a large tent outside of the temple, watching a religious dance performance depicting Lord Krishna's pastimes. (Click here for the full article)



San Francisco Rathayatra Photo Gallery
by Vasanta dasa, ACBSP
Posted August 16, 2006


By the Lord's mercy I was able to attend San Francisco Rathayatra in Golden Gate Park last Sunday.

Click here to hear more about this wonderful festival in a video broadcast.

See SF Rathayatra photos

(Click here for the full article)



Invitation To Sri Krishna Janmashtami Celebration of the Lord's B'day; Aug 16; 8-12 Midnight
by Prayag Narayan Misra, Director, Communications, BhaktiVedanta Cultural Center
Posted August 15, 2006


Please join us in celebrating the Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krishna on Wednesday, August 16 from 8:00 pm until midnight!

Governor Janet Napolitano's PROCLAMATION attached herewith.

Hare Krishna Temple
Place: 100 South Weber Drive
Chandler, AZ 85226-3216
Telephone: (480) 330-4646
(480) 705 4900

Dress: Casual
Singing, dancing and chanting of Holy Names!!
Prasadam- Blessed Dinner - pure vegetarian health food style. (Click here for the full article)



A Marketplace In Heaven: a Parable
by Niscala dasi
Posted August 12, 2006

Once upon a time long ago, there lived a family consisting of a father and his many children. Seeing his older sons somewhat idle and non-productive, the father decided to set up a family business on their behalf, as he himself in his youth had earned a business degree from a noteworthy institute .The children were to run the business but being uneducated, they relied totally on the father's advice, which certainly was freely forthcoming.

And so he asked his children to advertise the business widely, very much stressing the need for "getting the message out". (Click here for the full article)



Food for Life Site Webmaster
by Priyavrata das, Director, Food for Life Global
Posted August 10, 2006

Food for Life Global is in need of a fulltime webmaster. It is a great opportunity for a young devotee. We are primarily interested in volunteers at this stage. However, we expect this to become a paid position by next year.

The Food for Life web site is a very high profile web site, so it would certainly be a great site to add to one's resume.

If you are interested, please send examples of your work and a list of your relevant skills.

your servant,
Priyavrata das Director Food for Life Global Priyavrata.FFL@pamho.net



Choosing a Guru: Personal Perspective
by Krishnabhishek das
Posted August 9, 2006

It was a pleasureto read Hare Krsna dasi's article, How To Select a Spiritual Master, as she brings out solid philosophical and cultural points to uphold her argument. Spending my childhood years in a traditional Bengali Vaishnava family outside ISKCON, I was always given the idea that one needs to deepen one's understanding of the Shastras, take shelter of sadhus and Krishna naturally sends one a diksa guru when the time is ripe. Siksa was always more important than diksa. (Click here for the full article)



Jhulan Yatra Darshan
by Adi Kesava Das
Posted August 9, 2006

The heat is now over and the rains have come, Yamuna Devi is swolen with water and everything around is green and lush. This is the time when Sri Sri Radha Shyamasunder are performing their swing pastimes...

Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Ki Jai, Sri Sri Krsna Balaram Ki Jai, Sri Sri Radha Shyamasunder Lalita Vishaka Ki Jai!!!



Janmashtami Special at Matchless-Gifts.com
by Matchless-Gifts.com
Posted August 9, 2006

20% Off Everything at Matchless-Gifts.com for 7 Days

To celebrate Janmashtami (the birth of Lord Krishna) we will be offering 20% off all products at Matchless-Gifts.com for the next seven days. The special begins today and will last till August 12th (7 days). This is a one time offer and may not be repeated again, so it is a good opportunity to purchase any devotional items you may have been considering buying (audio CDs, incense, the Animated Ramayana DVD, videos, etc.). (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
La Festival of Chariots Celebrates 30th Anniversary

by Greg Heffernan, India Post News Service
Posted August 8, 2006

VENICE, CA: With everything from live theatrical dramas to booths offering curd steaks or books in Spanish about the Hare Krishna Movement, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of Southern California celebrated its 30th anniversary of revelry along one of the most famous beaches of the United States last Sunday, July 30.

Forty years ago in 1966 the founder and spiritual master of the Hare Krishna Movement, AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, had come to the US with less than five dollars (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Ratha Yatra Festival

by Navadvipa Chandra Das, Mayapur.com
Posted August 6, 2006

Visit Mayapur.com for the latest news.


Ratha Yatra in Mayapur is a very special event. This year was no different. It started the previous day with the Gundicha Marjanam, where the temple was thoroughly cleaned in preparation for Lord Jagannatha's arrival. Devotees of all ages eagerly participated in the event.

The next day devotees arrived at the Rajapur Jagannatha Mandir. The three rathas (chariots) were there ready to transport the Lord. The deities were then brought unto the rathas and the procession began. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Online Vyasa-puja Book
by Madhava dasa, BTG / Krishna.com
Posted August 5, 2006

This year everyone is again invited to write an offering to glorify His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in his online Vyasa-puja book, Krishna.com/vyasapuja/.

How has Srila Prabhupada impacted your spiritual journey? What would your life be like today if Srila Prabhupada had not taken on the many challenges to make Krishna consciousness known in the world? Encourage your spouse, children, and friends to think about the difference Srila Prabhupada has made in their lives and write an offering of appreciation. (Click here for the full article)



Artwork for Tattoo Needed
by Chirag Patel
Posted August 5, 2006

I am in need of some assitance....specifically, I am seeking devotees who are willing to draw some artwork for me. I want to get a tattoo, and I would like to give my ideas to some devotees who would draw some sketches that I could use.

I wasn't sure where to send this message, but I hope it finds its place. Thank you for your help.

cpatel19@uic.edu



In the Blog World:
Festival of the Chariots LA

by Mahamondo
Posted August 3, 2006


The Maha Mantra resonated through Main St. this morning (July 30) with bliss and bhakti ( devotion ) emanating from adherents , practitioners and tourists . ISKCON's 30th Annual Festival of Chariots had its origins in Puri, India thousands of years ago and is now a SaMo / Venice summer tradition.

The chariots are actually 3 towers with deities that are pulled by devotees down Main St. towards Venice Beach . What is amazing is the sight of the crowd dressed in traditional Indian garb and attendants tossing flowers and fanning the gods . Families with their kids chanting - the joy is contagious. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir
by Deena Bandhu dasa
Posted August 1, 2006

The first day our Sankirtan was a grand success. Many locals joined in the kirtan party, such as Bhuti Krishna Goswami from Radharaman, Anupam Goswami from Sringara Vat, and Dr. Surendra Kumar Sharma. Dr. Sharma was previously in charge of the RSS in the entire district, and in spite of being 79 years old, he joined our Sankirtan Party. He said that even if one is born in a foreign country, he must be accepted as a Vaisnava. We are all one family, Acyuta Gotra. He has instructed the entire brahmin community of Vrindavan to support us.

Everyone was very ecstatic to see our dancing Sankirtan Party and the local newspapers took pictures of these important personalities chanting with us. (Click here for the full article)



Save Srila Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir
by Deena Bandhu Das, Basu Ghosh Das, Padmnabha Goswami
Posted August 1, 2006

Nirmal Chand Goswami has had the ISKCON Devotees beaten and thrown out of Srila Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir in Radha Damodar Mandir. In the scuffle, the Goswami almost threw the murti of Srila Prabhupada on the ground as the devotees were trying to place him back in his sacred rooms at Radha Damodar.

For last few months ISKCON Vrindavan has spent more than RS.200,000 to renovate and restore Srila Prabhupada's rooms. Due to the renovation work, no devotee was staying there and the murti of Srila Prabhupada was removed and placed with the murtis of the Six Goswami's next to the altar of Radha Damodar Mandir. (Click here for the full article)



  Invitation for Participation in AISSQ-2006
by Bhaktivedanta Institute
Posted August 31, 2006


Introduction

Bhaktivedanta Institute www.binstitute.org/ is organizing a two-day conference on December 9 & 10, 2006 entitled "Second All India Students' Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest (AISSQ 2006)".

The conference will be held in Town Hall, Jagannath Puri, Orissa, India. Many scientists, students and faculties from well known universities, institutes and industrial organizations like University of Illinois, USA, Colorado State University, IITS (IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati), IISc Bangalore, Delhi College of Engineering, IT-BHU, BITS Pilani and Tata Technologies Ltd are in the organizing committee of this conference. Although this is an All India Students' conference, it is not limited to only students and scholars from India. Last year this conference is well attended by many scientists, students and faculties from various universities, institutes and industrial organizationsaround the world. (Click here for the full article)



New Vedic Courses
by Achyuta Krishna Das
Posted August 31, 2006

Center of BHAKTI Studies, PA, USA (Founder Acarya: Om Visnupad Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaj) is pleased to announce the following new Vedic courses:

  1. Vedic Mathematics: For school & college students, research students, teachers & professors.

    This online course (using phone conference call and possibly web cast) will teach students techniques taken from our ancient Vedic books to solve complex mathematics functions & calculations (like multiplying & dividing big numbers in a few seconds) without using calculators or computers.

(Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada Murti Wanted
by Vrindavaneshwari devi dasi
Posted August 30, 2006

I am looking for a life size murti of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. If anyone knows of or is interesting in selling such a murti please contact vrinda33@yahoo.com.



Free Book From the BBT
by Caitanya Dasi, Friends of the BBT
Posted August 29, 2006


The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust would like to give a free book to all devotees and congregation members in North America in honor of Srimati Radharaniís appearance day. The book, entitled This Is My Request, expresses, with beautiful photographs and inspirational quotes, that giving knowledge of Krishna to everyone is the highest philanthropic and spiritual offering to the world.

Take a look at the sneak preview at www.bbt.info and see why you should have this book! (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Official Decision On the Case of Bhavananda Dasa

by Sampradaya Sun Staff
Posted August 28, 2006

Aug 21, USA (SUN) - Official report of the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection on Bhavananda dasa.

This judgment, decided on July 1, 2000, was rendered in accordance with the guidelines for adjudicating cases of alleged child abuse established by the ISKCON Child Protection Task Force Report and ratified by the ISKCON Governing Body Commission. This judgment is the official decision of the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (ICOCP) on the child abuse case of Bhavananda dasa (legal name). (Click here for the full article)



Two Mayapur Problems for GBC Attention
by Payonidhi das
Posted August 28, 2006

Swimming safety

Almost every time I go to the Mayapura festival someone drowns in the Ganges or suffers a broken neck diving and sporting there. I just hope the GBC will recommend something to prevent such accidents from happening. This problem has been going on for too long a time, and it is not necessary. Common sense can prevent death or serious injury.

For example, in 1986 some devotees from South America tried to cross the Ganges, and two of them drowned on their way back. (Click here for the full article)



Simple, But Powerful Key To Success
by Vrsabha das
Posted August 26, 2006

I am offering here the leadership model that would tremendously improve performance of all ISKCON programmes and of course - relationships, on which everything else is based.

At present, we have so many seemingly insurmountable problems and crises within our society, to name but a few. Devotees are leaving the movement; ISKCON property is being mismanaged, squandered and stolen; our devotees are not properly taken care of, not trained and educated; some of them are even abused in various ways ... etc. Fortunately, there is a simple, yet powerful solution to many (if not all) of ISKCON's problems. (Click here for the full article)



Diwali Stamps
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted August 25, 2006

Diwali is an important Indian festival, and USPS - (US Postal Service) is considering issuing stamps on this occasion. USPS has stamps for other festivals too like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, and Chinese New Year. USPS needs 500,000 signatures to have the Diwali stamp released, and so far we have 317,000+ people who have signed the petition. Please register your voice by signing the petition at: www.petitiononline.com/diwali03.
Please encourage others to do the same!



House for Lease
by Nirguna das
Posted August 24, 2006

Very nice house, fully furnished, for rent in Prabhupada Village, Sandy Ridge, NC, USA, home to Bhaktivedanta Archives and Festival of India. 1500 sq. ft., marble floors, 9' 4'' ceilings, lots of windows and light, central radiant floor heat, + 750 sq. ft. unfinished 2nd level. Well insulated, quiet, surrounded by forest on one acre of land, with over half acre extra ideal growing plot adjacent to stream. $435 mo. + utilities. can do 6 or 12 mo. lease. Nirguna Das, 336-414-7934, dasnirguna@yahoo.com



Bhojadeva Severely Injured In Manipuri Blast
by Sacirani dasi (Imphal, Manipur, India)
Posted August 22, 2006

This is an earnest request for all the devotees to pray for safe recovery of His Grace Bhojadeva das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who was severely injured in the tragic terror attack during the Janmastami celebrations at ISKCON Manipur. A hand grenade was thrown into the middle of the Pandal (a temporary hall built for cultural performances during the festival) where the Manipur traditional Rasalila performance was being held. Near to the performance, Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja was seated along with important guests. Bhojadeva prabhu was sitting next to His Holiness. It appeared that the grenade was targeted to His Holiness (Click here for the full article)



Singing About Krishna
by Michael Cassidy
Posted August 20, 2006


Average Soul duo played to a full house at the WestSide Cafe in Frederick, Maryland on Sat., Aug 12th. (opening for folksinger Jan Smith). The set included the title cut from their upcoming CD "Singing 'bout Krishna" as well as a new version of "Nature's Secret." Video-clip of live performance: Click Here



Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Murti
by Jaya Gopala das
Posted August 19, 2006

My dear Vaisnavas, who are regularly visiting this wonderful website called chakra.org, I do beg any information with all of you on where I can buy a Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Murti sitting in a yogic posture about 18 inches in height and also, is there any rituals to be performed when replacing our old Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Murti to a new one? Please contact me to my email at jaigopaldas@myway.com for any information.

Thank you very much to all of you especially to chakra.org.



In the News:
Terror Strikes At ISKCON On Janmasthami

by Sangai Press
Posted August 19, 2006

Four killed, scores injured as gory blast rips apart Ras Lila rendition on Black Wednesday

Imphal, Aug 16: Terror struck the International Society of Krishna Consciousness today evening when terrorists lobbed an explosive inside its compound on the Airport road at about 6.45 pm killing 4 people including a minor boy of 8 and injuring at least 40. While one was killed on the spot, two succumbed to their injuries at RIMS and the other at Shija Hospitals.

The bomb attack came even as thousands of devotees were thronging the temple of ISKCON on the occasion of Krishna Janmasthami. (Click here for the full article)



Lord Balarama's Mysterious Appearance In Perth
by Carsani dasi (quoting Sri Radha Raman Prabhu)
Posted August 18, 2006


Like Vaisnava communities throughout the world, last week devotees in Perth, Australia celebrated the transcendental appearance day of Lord Balaram. Although, our presiding deities here are Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Sri Nitai Sacinandana, on Lord Balaram's appearance day beautiful deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram are also worshipped on the altar. The following photos show how gorgeous Their Lordships looked on this special day! (Click here for the full article)



Who Can Restring My Japa Mala?
by Bhakta Kevin
Posted August 18, 2006

I'm looking for someone who has the skills to restring japa-mala, and I'm willing to pay for your assistance in this endeavor. This particular strand is the very large type japa beads, larger than I have ever seen in my life. I only used them a few times, soaked them in linseed/mustard seed oil, and already they broke. If you know how to restring them stronger than they were, please contact me at KEVINcounterHQ@aol.com. I want to continue using this mala.



How I Became a Devotee - Jayananda, the Perfect Leader
by Jada Bharata Dasa
Posted August 17, 2006

The first experience I had with Krishna consciousness was when a friend of mine had got a small book, Perfection of Yoga, on the Atlantic City, New Jersey boardwalk. At that time I was going to college at Rutgers in New Jersey and was home for the summer. I was also doing Yoga exercise daily so I was immediately interested in reading the book. I picked it up and read 5 or 10 pages and then put it down thinking this is not Yoga. At that time I though that yoga was physical and breathing exercise. (Click here for the full article)



Read My Books
by Antaryami das
Posted August 16, 2006

Carefully noting the commotion in recent years regarding temples and other bhakti yoga societies, the Gurus, temples and temple heads, changes within ISKCON and in devotee relations etc., I wish to present what's in the books of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and in other books of bhakti yoga regarding these issues. I do understand that many devotees do not read the books for many reasons.

As for book reading here's my personal resume: I have read Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta five times, the five-volume set of the unedited letters of Srila Prabhupada three times, the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is 45 times, (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
A Taste of the Subcontinent

by Svetlana Graudt, The Moscow Times
Posted August 15, 2006

It is Krishna's 5,234th birthday next week, and the party is on, right here in Moscow. A festival called The Days of Indian Spiritual Culture is set to run from Sunday to Wednesday, encompassing religious ceremonies, a sari fashion show, lectures, musical and theater performances, a photo exhibition and film screenings, not to mention food tastings, yoga sessions and an Oriental bazaar.

The festival is jointly organized by the Moscow branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Click here for the full article)



Watching From the Shadows
by Anonymous, via Madhava Gosh
Posted August 12, 2006


You can't tell my name, my age, or the days of my birth and death. You won't know who my mother and father are, nor who or how many are my brothers and sisters. You can't tell if I lived most of my life on concrete or on dirt. My scars, if I have any, are unseen by you, and their origin will be unknown. I may have seen great sadhus, or abusers; have been herded by someone who cared, or someone who didn't. (Click here for the full article)



Garlands for Pavitraropana Ekadasi
by Vrindavan dasa (Victor Epand)
Posted August 10, 2006


Here I will describe my experience of making garlands on Pavitraropana Ekadasi from August 4th to August 6th, 2006.

Pavitraropana Ekadasi is the festival of offering Lord Krishna a garland made of threads. This festival occurs once per year on the Ekadasi during the waxing moon in July/August. The special significance of this festival is to generate purity, complete a year of worship, and atone for any incomplete worship. Here I will describe my experience.

I chose silk thread, although other types can be used. The thread should be 3 ply, with each ply made of exactly 3 filaments. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Human Chain of Thousands To Pray for War Victims At Midnight Krishna Festival

by HINCOM
Posted August 9, 2006

Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor, Off Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Watford, WD25 8EZ

Date & Time: Wednesday 16th August 2006 from Midday to Midnight, Sunday 20th August 2006 from Midday to 10.00 pm.

A human chain of thousands will hold hands at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday 16th August to pray for victims of war and chant a peace mantra at the largest Hindu gathering in Britain. The Annual Janmastami festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor ISKCON temple at Watford, which attracts 75,000 people over two days commemorates the 5000 year festival of the birth of Lord Krishna. (Click here for the full article)



In Memory of Prthu Maharaj Garrett
by Your Mata and Family
Posted August 9, 2006


Living without you is hard to bare
But knowing you are with Krsna makes it all fair
You left us here in this illusion
To unite with the divine and everlasting solution

In celebration of Prthuís Birthday, August 10/1986
We miss you, we love you Prthu.



New Center In Costa Rica
by Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP), Iskcon, Regional Secretary
Posted August 9, 2006

We are happy to announce the opening of the new preaching center in San Jose', Costa Rica. The inauguration will be after Janmastami.

It is in an extremely centric zone, few hundreds metres from one of the most important university in Central America. Thousands young man and woman walk by hundred metres from our place every day.

For more informations please contact me by email manonatha@isvara.org.

and/or visit our trilingual website www.isvara.org



In the News:
A Stop In Saskatoon for Cross Country Monk

by Sheri Ebert, CKOM Radio
Posted August 8, 2006

If you see a bald monk dressed in an orange robe walking along the highway-you're not asleep at the wheel.

A Hare Krishna monk named Bhaktimarga Swami is making his third trip on foot from coast to coast, and has made a stop in Saskatoon.

He cites his passion for the beauty of Canada and the hope to find inspiration from the people he meets, as reasons for embarking on the journey. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON New Jersey Events
by Sundar Ananda das
Posted August 6, 2006


1) Rath Yatra Parade along Oak Tree Road...

Rare event... don't miss it!

Fantastic parade with FREE glimpses of the opulent forms of Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra!!

Look out for our volunteers handing out FREE eatables and pamphlets!

Hare Krishna.

Where: India Day Parade, Oak Tree Rd, Edison, New Jersey

When: Aug 13 2006 3:00PM to Aug 13 2006 5:00PM (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows Newsletter
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted August 5, 2006

Our August Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted on our web site ( Click Here ). Please review it at your earliest convenience.

This month we present:

  1. An account of Gulabi's trauma - one of the most serious automobile accident victims we have treated thus far.

  2. A visit to CFC by well-know author H.H. Mahanidhi Swami

  3. An excerpt from Gau Seva Camatkar (Gita Press) which gives an insight into the actual status of those who encroach upon the pasturing grounds of the cows.

(Click here for the full article)



How To Select a Spiritual Master
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted August 5, 2006

I read the recent note by Patrice Waga, asking how to find a diksa guru. Click Here

Patrice states, "Here in my region we are not blessed by seeing so many Gurus." But, perhaps help is closer at hand than he realizes.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that the position of a Vaisnava guru is in the same position as an officially ordained priest, rabbi or minister. In fact, that is not the case.

One does not become guru by undergoing any formally structured training. One becomes guru because a person asks him or her to become their spiritual master. (Click here for the full article)



Deities From Puri
by Bhanu Pratap Maharana
Posted August 3, 2006


I am from Jagannath Dham (Puri), Orissa. I am writing to you because I make various types of Jagannath, Balaram and sister Subhadra Deities from 2 inches to 15 inches (5 to 38 cm). All are of better quality and made from neem wood. During the last five years many devotees have come to our shop to purchase these Deities for worship.

We also make various dresses for Lord Jagannath to wear, such as raja vesha, hati vesha (elephant costume), vaman vesha, etc. Besides these, I also paint patachitra (paintings on tasar cloth), (Click here for the full article)



Drutakarma on 'Coast-to-Coast'
by Pratyatosa Dasa
Posted August 1, 2006

According to Click Here Michael Cremo (Drutakarma Dasa) is scheduled to be on Coast-to-Coast AM again on Thursday, August 3, 2006.



Jalebi On Download.com
by MiraBai Devi Dasi, Yasodanandana Dasa, Ramananda Roy dasa
Posted August 1, 2006

We can hardly believe it ......but "Namaste Narashimya" a Jalebi song is number two in the Download.com Worldbeat genre classification! And our "Hare Krsna Mantra" is number four ! We beat out a lot of folks who have been there for months (even a few years!) as far as the total number of streams last week! This is incredible because we were a completely unknown group!! But now if you google "Jalebi music" all kinds of stuff pops up! Absolutely fantastic! See what the Lord can do when He decides to get the ball rolling!? (Click here for the full article)



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