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August 2009
Sri Damodara
by Rocanadeva dasa
Posted August 28, 2009


My name is Rocanadeva and I finished this piece of Lord Sri Krsna Sri Damodar in Denver CO. in 1995 which I had begun in San Diego While I was serving at Back to Godhead magazine in 1990.

Sri Damodara is done in Colored Pencils, I tried as much as possible to keep the original intent intact of the traditonal Indian style of the artwork I worked from and it seems to have the mood and feeling of early ISKON art. When I mention this to by freinds they say "Purity is the force prabhu".

I really like the way I did the yogurt pots with the detail. I used silver ink on Sri Damodara's peacock feather. (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Harinam News and Free Posters
by Mayapur Nagar Sankirtan Team
Posted August 27, 2009


Get full details on the program for the 10-day World Holy Name week as it will take place in the headquarters of the Holy Name, Lord Caitanya Mahaprahu's own Holy Dhama, Sri Dhama Mayapur...In addition we have designed some eye-catching posters to advertise Harinam, incorporating quotes from the scriptures and attractive graphics... which anyone may copy from the internet and use, no copyright charges!!! You can also tune in to live Harinam broadcasts... Visit our website: www.mayapurharinam.com to get all this and more. We'll be posting updates too as the Holy Name week unfolds.

Your servants
Mayapur Nagar Sankirtan Team
Further Enquiries: Shastra.BTS@pamho.net



The Other Side of the Phoenix Temple History
by Harivilasa dasa
Posted August 26, 2009

In the article "Romapada Swami Discovered Behind GBC Change-up in Phoenix", multiple misrepresentations unjustly malign a devotee. I feel compelled to set the record straight with what I perceive to be the true version of the Phoenix temple history from its inception until the GBC transfer of February 2009. In doing so, I want to set out the facts so that interested readers can understand the actual situation concerning the Phoenix temple. My purpose is not to malign Dasarath das or anyone else, but to counterpoint the myriad misrepresentations he is repeating to the public.

Dasarath dasa and Sandamini dasi inaugurated the Phoenix ISKCON temple in 1996. They were able to inspire a good number of Hindu families to support the temple's programs. Had Dasarath dasa refrained from engagement in scandalous sexual affairs, sexual harassment, (Click here for the full article)



RV for Sale
by Devaki Nandana das
Posted August 25, 2009


I have a 1980 Toyota Sunrader RV for sale. It has a great running Toyota engine. It get's between 15 and 20 miles per gallon. It only has 47,000 miles on it. It is fully rigged for devotee use, it's clean, has a gas electric fridge, Air conditioning, 3 burner stove with oven. Toilet, Shower. Storage space. It's has manual transmission. It's only 17 feet long so it's easy to park and drive. I paid 7000$ for it 3 years ago. I put in around 3,000 dollars into it for new tires, brakes, engine work, painting inside, and renovations. I'm asking 4,000$ or best offer. If interested please contact Devaki Nandana. 1-773-808-1970 or devakinandanadasa@gmail.com



Historic First Harinam in Montenegro
by Mohan das, President, ISKCON Karlovac, Croatia
Posted August 24, 2009


Greetings from the island of Brač, Croatia. For the last six years we have held harinam tours all along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, which have culminated in the big traveling "Festival of India". Last year our audience was around a half million people; this year's attendance may be even larger. Many devotes suggested me that we should inform ISKCON devotees worldwide about our festival, so this is my humble attempt to show you our small efforts in spreading Srila Prabhupada's movement..

We are on this island of Brach for the first time, and we have had really nice experiences with local people. Actually, this whole tour is really beautiful, and we had nice new adventures. In some places people from the city government have told us that we must come next year also. (Click here for the full article)



Back to My Oasis
by Jayakesava das, photos by James F. Palka
Posted August 20, 2009


Fire Spinners dazzle the crowd

We arrived in Tucson Arizona around 9 am after an all night drive from the Festival of the Chariots in LA. After making necessary arrangements to stay cool in the forecast of 107 degrees, (buying a box of fresh young coconuts and mangoes), we were back at the Caitanya Cultural Center. An oasis indeed, especially with the many trees on the property, waterfall, a good size koi pond, and an aviary with peacocks, parrots, macaws, polish roosters, and turtle doves, and those love-birds I've been trying to make friends with since I last visited in April.

Devotees buzzed around like bees setting up stages, hanging lights, receiving guests etc, all in preparation for Janmasthami and Srila Prabupada's Vyasa Puja. (Click here for the full article)



New Website
by ISKCON Suriname
Posted August 19, 2009

We're pleased to announce our new website for ISKCON Suriname:

www.iskconsuriname.com

(Click here for the full article)



Job Opportunity in Mayapur Dham
by Mathura Lila dd
Posted August 18, 2009

I am looking for a nice responsible couple who would like to take care of my two daughters ages 11 and 16 in Mayapur dham.

My two daughters are both interested to go to Gurukula in Mayapur, but because there is no full time Ashram for girls I will need to find a place where they can stay and be taken care of. They will go to the International School full time.

If you are interested, but do not have a place or do not live in Mayapur, I own a one bedroom apartment that you can all share. A single mature Vaisnavi will also do, provided the school approved of the arrangement. If you are interested please contact me right away as the school will be starting soon.

Salary and maintenance can be discussed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email or call me ASAP. Phone no. 778-564-1080



Digital Images Required
by Jagattarini dasi
Posted August 17, 2009

We are currently working on a project called Sacred India Gallery. The gallery consists of a series of permanent walk-through installations depicting the culture and spiritual significance of the 3 holy dhams of India-Mayapura, Jagannatha Puri and Vrindavana.

Right now we are searching for good quality digital photographic images of Jagannath Puri, specifically the main temple and the annual Ratha Yatra festival. If anyone can assist us by providing images, please contact us

Jagattarini dasi

jaggi108@hotmail.com

Ph 61 8 9274 7075



Fiberglass Mrdangas for Sale
by Jai Gopal das
Posted August 16, 2009


Only $180, excluding shipping! It's the latest price of our product to help devotees have a mrdanga at home.

Now with different pitch for the small head to choose from: High pitch, Medium pitch and Low pitch

Also, with five colors to choose from Blue (Nityananda), Yellow (Gauranga), Red (Varaha), Black (Syamasundara) and White (Balarama).

This sturdy fiberglass "Tilaka" brand mrdanga is made in the Philippines in the traditional style, (Click here for the full article)



Time to Celebrate
by Nanda Kumar das
Posted August 14, 2009

Visakha Prabhu has set the standard here with her wonderful posting of Srila Prabhupad's teachings about the use of the title Prabhu, and even more importantly, our attitude and understanding of who we are in relationship to Krishna and everyone else.

She quotes Guru and Sastra, and avoids struggle, defensiveness and taking sides. Perfect example.

We are all servants. Period. Krishna is Purusha and we are all Prakriti. Therefore, Krishna is the only male, and we are all his Prakriti, and the servants of all our relations, whether in male or female bodies.

Visakha Prabhu has always been one of the finest examples of a realized Vaishnavi I have ever met. I have known her and her husband Yadubara Prabhu since the very early days with Srila Prabhupad, and everything they have ever said or done has been with a great degree of spiritual understanding. (Click here for the full article)



Scriptures and the Environment
by Syamala Sakhi dd
Posted August 11, 2009

I would like to get in touch with any devotees who are in the field of environmental law. If you have any information regarding scripture's (especially the Manu Samhita's) position on the environment, then please email me on ssukdev@hotmail.com. And if other devotees have good, Krishna Conscious ideas about how to deal with the environmental crisis, please write to me also.



Mantra Poster for Sale
by Devakinandana dasa
Posted August 10, 2009


I have for sale an original 1967 Mantra Rock Dance Poster with Srila Prabhupada on it. It is in Mint Condition. I'm asking 600 dollars for it. I saw it for sale for $700 in some places. After distributing books for 20 years, going through a divorce now, my health being weak from stress, changing careers and moving all at the same time, I need some laxmi to help me get set up in my new life. If anyone is interested, I need help so you can contact me at devakinandanadasa@gmail.com or 773-808-1970



Lord Balarama's Appearance Day
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted August 9, 2009


Lord Balram Jayanti (Appearance Day of Lord Balaram) festival was celebrated at Sri Jagananth Temple run by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) at Ludhiana with great enthusiasm. The festival starts at 11AM with abhishek (Bathing ceremony) of Lord Balaram. Special Lecture by His grace Rajasuya das prabhu,Temple President on the topic of Lord Balaram's pastime made this event a true remembrance. Speaking on this occasion His Grace said that this will be great day to contemplate His Glories. Among others who were present in kirtana were HG Narhari dasa, HG Narad Prabhu HG Rakshanath das. (Click here for the full article)



Food, Faith, & Farming Symposium: New Vrindaban Takes the Lead
Reported by Bhakta Chris Fici
Posted August 8, 2009

To the delight of many devotees living in rural ISKCON communities, the GBC (ISKCON's administrative authority) recently set guidelines instructing all GBC members to spend 10% of their time boosting farm projects.

Do any GBCs really spend 10% of their time promoting rural projects? Are the guidelines making any measurable change?

The answer is yes -- at least in New Vrindaban, Srila Prabhupada's first farm community. New Vrindaban is building bridges with neighbors over issues such as locally grown food and an ethical approach to ecology. "We're finding common ground to express shared spiritual values," says Bhaktin Rita Gupta.

With the help of Malati dasi, New Vrindaban's resident GBC, Bhaktin Rita organized the community's first Food, Faith & Farming symposium. The organization strategy was simple: invite a panel of experts, contact the local news media, provide nice prasadam, and leave plenty of time for socializing and touring New Vrindaban Dhama. (Click here for the full article)



What Happened to ISKCON Bangladesh?
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted August 6, 2009

After hearing about the attacks on ISKCON Bangladesh that occurred on May 14,2009 (www.chakra.org/news2/newsMay27_09.html), I wonder if the Temple has closed as a result? Is there still an ISKCON Bangladesh? And if so, how do they intend to protect themselves?

I would encourage people who know about the situation to write directly to Chakra.org, so that the update can be shared with other readers.



In the News:
Plan to Seek ISKCON Aid for School Meal

by SANTOSH K. KIRO, The Telegraph India
Posted August 4, 2009


Ranchi, July 29: Controversies surrounding the midday meal scheme have prompted the state to consider handing over the job of preparing and distributing food among schoolchildren to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) and NGOs.

Iskcon is already in charge of midday meal in Bangalore, Karnataka, on behalf of the state government there.

"We will form a committee to examine the possibility of handing over the job of midday meal preparation and distribution to NGOs later. However, as this is a policy decision, the governor has to approve it," state HRD secretary Mridula Sinha said. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
ISKCON Rebuts MLA's Allegations

submitted by ISKCON Bangalore
Posted August 3, 2009

BANGALORE: Iskcon president Madhu Pandit Das and vice-president Chanchalapathi Das on Tuesday stoutly denied Congress MLA D K Shivakumar's allegations against the organization's mid-day meal scheme.

Shivakumar alleged that Iskcon was raising foreign funds for its mid-day meal (Akshaya Patra), though the state government was providing rice and cash subsidies for the same. He had also accused it of investing in crores in property development.

In his point-to-point rebuttal, Das argued that the national average cost per meal is Rs 4.68 of which the government subsidy received in cash and grains is Rs 2.64. The Akshaya Patra Foundation makes up for the deficit of Rs 2.04. In South India, it costs Rs 4.71, the government subsidy is Rs 2.57 and the deficit is Rs 2.14. (Click here for the full article)



Alachua Housing Wanted
by Prahladnath das
Posted August 2, 2009

We are a devotee family (both initiated) of four living in Europe and we wish to move to Alachua so that our two small kids can get devotional education. We are interested in renting flat/house or part of the house in Alachua.

All suggestions are welcomed. We would like to move to Alachua early next year. Please contact devapayu@gmail.com with details.



  Photo of Srila Prabhupada As a Youth?
by Avril Heffernan
Posted August 27, 2009

I work in a mental health facility which cares for troubled teens. I am designing a mural for the boys there which will read "Every boy is a great man in the making." It will feature painted portraits of prominent male figures in various fields with a corresponding portrait of those figures when they were young boys/teens. The purpose of this piece is to inspire our residents to overcome the obstacles in their lives, and to let them know that the world's great men were once young boys like them. I would like to prominently feature Srila Prabhupada. I believe that even though our facility is a secular one, our staff and residents will definitely benefit from there being a picture of Srila Prabhupada on our unit. There are many photos of him once he began his important ministry, but I have been unable to locate one of him in his younger years. Does anyone have access to such a photo that they could email me avrilheffernan@comcast.net? It would be so appreciated. Thank you.



Vaishnavi Retreat
by Vrindavan Priya, Asst. Co ordinator, vaishnaviretreat.org
Posted August 26, 2009


October 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2009 in New Vrindavan
For women by women in Krishna's Service

Nourish your Bhakti with vibrant association in New Vrindaban's serene atmosphere filled with autumn's golden beauty. All presentations are based on the teachings and mood of His Divine Grace, A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by his daughters, grand-daughters, friends and well wishers. This is for new-comers and old-timers alike.

  • Discourses, Seminars, Workshops, Interactive presentations, Panel discussions
  • Courses of Vedic Shastra, Yoga, Massage, Health, Healing, Handcraft and other topics
  • Healthy organic based prasad prepared with love
  • Evenings with campfire and sweet bhajans
  • Intimate Sunday morning with Srila Prabhupada and his daughters in His Palace

(Click here for the full article)



Sri Vraja-Mandala Parikrama 2009
by Jadurani dasi
Posted August 25, 2009

This Kartika, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja is personally inviting you all to attend Sri Vraja-mandala Parikrama in the holy land of Sri Vrndavana-dhama.

This year, the festival will be inaugurated on October 4th, with the devotees observing sankalpa, or a vow to ensure the success of their parikrama, at Kesi-ghata, Vrndavana.

Parikrama

On October 5th we will begin our 28 day Sri Vraja-mandala Parikrama, a pilgrimage to all the incomparably beautiful places in Vraja. As we wind our way through these transcendental places, by foot, and sometimes by bus, we will chant surcharged and compelling kirtanas that we will cherish forever, reverentially touch our head to the dust of the numerous places related to Sri Sri Radha Krsna's pastimes, and hear such hari-katha that will change our lives and strengthen our commitment to the path of pure bhakti. Our pilgrimage will be completed on November 2nd. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Arrival Festival
by Daru Krishna das, ISKCON Boston
Posted August 23, 2009

It was at Boston's Commonwealth Pier where Srila Prabhupada first set foot in the Western world and where he wrote "Markine Bhagavata Dharma" (Teaching Krsna Consciousness in America). A poem where he prays to Lord Krsna for the deliverance of the American people. "I wish that you may deliver them. Therefore, if You so desire their deliverance, only then will they be able to understand Your message." Commonwealth Pier is where it all starts, this is where Srila Prabhupada asks Lord Krsna for the ability to spread the Krsna Consciouness Movement. This is a place of pilgrimage all ISKCON devotees should visit at least once in their life.

Srila Prabhupada stepped ashore on September 17, 1965. After a thirty-five-day sea journey on board the cargo ship, Jaladuta, from Calcutta, India. His mission was to fulfil the order of his spiritual master, to preach Krsna Consciousness in the West. (Click here for the full article)



Urgent: Please Save Bhima the Ox!
by Cidanandas, Mauritius
Posted August 19, 2009


Bhima is a trained and gentle ox,who has,in past years participated in national Ratha Yatra in Mauritius. His usual job is to carry, during harvest time, loads of sugar cane for his owner, Mr. R...,but he rents Bhima for the festival for Rs.3000, and people are marveled at his look and conduct: he obeys all commands!

However, after a lifetime of service to his master, we found out two days ago, that he sold the ox to a cattle farmer and his near future is horrific slaughter for a Muslim festival. [within 10 days?]

We are begging anyone to help us finance his purchase-[Rs.50,000] so as to use him for harinam and Ratha Yatras for future, and end up his life honorably and peacefully. (Click here for the full article)



Temple President Wanted
by Vatsal das
Posted August 18, 2009

Temple President Wanted for Prabhupada Village, an ISKCON affiliate, which is a well established country community in North Carolina of about 20 families. We are looking for someone who has few material needs or maybe self sustaining. Although there is potential for someone to be supported by the congregation of devotees, it would take some time and relationship building to realize. We are looking for someone who is at least supportive of self-sufficiency and may be even wanting to establish it as a way of life. Again there is much potential for this although it may take some time and sincere desire to establish. There is more, but let's talk about it. If you are interested please give me a call-(336)871-9249 or email me at: vatsal@hughes.net.



Janmastami in Ludhiana
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted August 17, 2009


Sri Krishna Janmashtmi festival was celebrated on 14th August 09 at ISKCON, Ludhiana. Every devotee who visited got an opportunity to perform Abhishek. A long queue of people were seen for Darshan and Abhishek. Three stages were set up; one for Abhishek, second for Altar of Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra and third for Kirtana. Altars of Their Lordship were beautifully decorated with flowers. School children performed drama and dance focusing on pastimes of Lord Krishna. Vaisnavis from ISKCON MUMBAI were invited to perform dance and nritya on the devotional songs played in background. A melodious kirtana was recited by devotees of Ludhiana and Delhi. A huge pandal for Japa of Hare Krishna Mahamantra on beads was also organized by the congregation devotees. At midnight there was Maha Abhishek (the great bathing ceremony) of Krishna by temple devotees. (Click here for the full article)



Our Pain, Our Anguish
by Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON-Bangalore
Posted August 16, 2009

on 28th July, 2009 during the Press Conference at ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Mandir Bangalore (slightly edited for clarity)

Welcome to all of you. Thank you very much for coming here.

On this occasion, I would like to dwell on the allegations about diversion of funds from Akshaya Patra to Real Estate activities.

It is actually a totally baseless allegation. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an independent trust. ISKCON is a separate society which is running this temple. Apart from these, there are various other trusts in connection with various specific activities of this temple.

So the point that we are engaged in property development - this was raised in some sections of the media and also in the Assembly by a Honourable Member of the House. We boldly say, "Yes, and what's wrong with it?" (Click here for the full article)



Observing Janmāṣṭamī
by Madhavananda das
Posted August 14, 2009


Image couresy of srimadbhagavatam.org

Texts 247 to 542 of the 15th section of Hari-bhakti-vilāsa describe the glories of Janmāṣṭamī and how to observe it. The introduction to this section describes three reasons for observing the Lord’s appearance day:

nityatvaṁ ca paraṁ tasya bhagavat-prīṇanān matam
vidhi-vākya-viśeṣāc cākāraṇe pratyavāyataḥ

The observance of Janmāṣṭamī is accepted as a regulative principle in three ways: 1) the Supreme Lord becomes pleased when one observes it; 2) there are special śāstric injunctions requiring its observance; and 3) it is a fault to not observe it. (Hbv. 15.266)

For Krishna’s Pleasure

(Click here for the full article)



Srila Vyasadeva's Day 2009
by Madhavendra Puri dasa (ACBSP)
Posted August 11, 2009

PART I

In the midst of Kali Yuga,
In the ancient Kali Kata,
As a Shakti-Avatara,
You descended from Goloka.

Under the rule of Victoria,
On the day called Nandotsava,
Appearing through Rajarani,
Your mother tongue was Bengali.

For your mother and Gour Mohan
You were to be "Abhay Caran".
Both were coming from high lineage
Their ancestor being a sage.

Your dear father, a cloth merchant,
Was of the Lord a pure servant.
Strangely the road where you lived on
Was, by the way, called Harrison.

When performing his arati,
Your father would pray the Rani,
For you to be servant of Her;
Your mother saw you as lawyer.

Banging your head against the floor, (Click here for the full article)



Sri Krishna Kathamrita Bindu
by Madhvavananda das
Posted August 10, 2009

We are pleased to announce that issue #207 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita Bindu magazine has been posted. You can read or download it here:

Click Here

CONTENTS OF ISSUE 207:

* "Begging for Love" -- His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada speaks about how Krishna is not interested in our money.

* "Observing Janmastami - Notes from Hari-bhakti-vilasa" -- A look at the importance of observing this festival and some considerations of how it is to be observed.

We pray that this issue may bring some happiness and inspiration to the devotees of the beloved son of the king of Vraja. (Click here for the full article)



Vrindavan Jhulan Yatra Bliss for Gurukula Students
by Parsada devi dasi, BGIS (Bhaktivedanta Gurukula)
Posted August 9, 2009


The high school students of Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School in Vrindavan were in ecstasy when the Krishna Balarama Temple management asked them to decorate the swing for the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radheshyamasundar on the first day of Jhulan Yatra. The four day swing festival culminated on Balarama Purnima, Lord Balarama's Appearance Day.

Rajavidya Das, the Ashram Director and coordinator of the event said, "It was a very exciting day for the teachers and boys. We were on tender hooks about the specific design for the flower bower. After much debating, the problem was resolved with us choosing a Jaipuri design with thousands of sweet smelling red roses and white jasmine, original Braj flowers, as the finishing touch. The students relished every moment of this wonderful service and are praying to Sri Sri Raheshyamsundar that they can do it every year. We would like to thank the Vrindavan temple management for giving us the opportunity to render this very exalted service to the Divine Couple." (Click here for the full article)



San Francisco Ratha Yatra
by Atmavana dasi
Posted August 8, 2009



Click Here for a larger image.

San Francisco/Berkeley held their Ratha Yatra this last Saturday, July 25th and it was their longest (time wise) by far. The only one to rival it, was the 30th year celebration Ratha Yatra when the procession went in the opposite direction and had to stop at the bridge to let down the towers on the carts. The San Francisco Ratha Yatra is set amid the beautiful trees and gardens of Golden Gate Park and is amongst the most picturesque. Towering Monterey pines, rose gardens, imported giant fern trees, with expansive grassy knolls. One feels the park belongs especially to Lord Jaganatha on this day. Hundreds gather before their Lordships' carts to sing their glories and dance in ecstasy while devotees pull the heavily laden carts through the tree lined road echoing the Holy Name between the trees and buildings. This year's event being held on Saturday presented a new dilemma, for the last quarter stretch of the procession. Traffic is usually closed on Sundays in the park but not on Saturday, so as a result we shared the road with oncoming traffic (ah, the glorious mercy of the Lord, again capturing lost souls as they drove by becoming engulfed in the kirtan surrounding them). It caused the whole procession to slow way down (Click here for the full article)



Raw Mung Bean Milk
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted August 6, 2009

1) Soak green mung beans at room temperature in water for 1 hour.

2) Pour the mung beans into a strainer and discard the water. Then add new, fresh water and again soak for 1 hour.

3) Again, pour the mung beans into a strainer and discard the water. Now add new, fresh water and soak for 1 more hour.

4) Finally, after a total of 3 hours of soaking with the water changed once per hour, pour the mung beans into a strainer and discard the water.

5) Place the mung beans in a grinder or blender, and add none or only just enough fresh water to blend.

6) Pour the blended mung bean mix through a cheese cloth to filter out the fibers, and keep the juice. Squeeze the cheese cloth to extract any additional juice from the beans.

7) Offer the juice to Sri Krishna and serve! (Click here for the full article)



Sri Krishna Janmastami Festival
by Murari Sevaka Farm, ISKCON Mandir
Posted August 4, 2009


The appearance day of Lord Krishna
At
Murari Sevaka farm-iskcon mandir
Saturday August 22nd, 2009

Schedule

5:00am Homa Fire sacrifice Ahuti; 108 names of Lord Krishna

3:00pm bhajans- Devotional songs Featuring Bengali Kirtan

4:00pm Abhiseka Bathing ceremony

4:30pm Krishna katha lecture

5:30pm jhulan yatra Swing festival and Bengali Bhajans

Everyone is welcome to Swing Lord Krishna! (Click here for the full article)



Alachua Trailer for Rent
by Sudevi Sundari dasi
Posted August 3, 2009

$550 / 2br - Trailer for rent in Alachua (5 minutes from I75 exit 399). Nice clean large home available August. Please call Madhavi for details 352-283-0175 or email: madhvidasi@yahoo.com

Home is on Large lot, Has large front porch, Private and easily accessible. Vegetarian Home



In the News:
Akshaya Patra Under Political Attack: is It Justified?

Reposted from the Deccan Herald
Posted August 2, 2009



Click Here for a larger image.

(Click here for the full article)




  Old Age Asrama in a Self-Sufficient Farm
by Lakshmi dd
Posted August 28, 2009

ISKCON Namahatta and Congregational devotees were inspired by Srila Prabhupada to painstakingly develop a Beautiful eco-friendly Farm and Farming Community (varnashrama) Project in South India with self sufficiency of organically produced Fruits, Vegetables and Food grains. It is a good opportunity for those who want to live in an ashram, find shelter and create self-sustaining life while inspiring the people to live better lives in Krishna Consciousness, maintaining the balance between social mission and spiritual goals.

We also offer beautiful eco-friendly Farmhouses & Plots for sale in a well developed Devotee-Community Spiritual Resort with Mango grooves, Temple, Meditation Hall, Restaurant, Swimming pool, Goshala, Gurukula School etc.

For more details please call +91 9948051980 / 9440528946 or visit: www.harekrishnaresorts.com



Vraja Mandala Parikrama 2009
by Premanjana das
Posted August 27, 2009

ISKCON's 23rd Vraja Mandala Parikrama will be held this year from Sunday 4th October till Monday 2nd November.

The schedule of the whole Parikrama has been attached to this email as an Excel file and also pasted at the end of this mail.

Registration will start from Friday 25th September at our ISKCON temple in Vrindavan. The registration fees are as follows:

Full time ISKCON/Namahatta devotees Rs. 2500
Other devotees Rs. 4500

Full time ISKCON/Namahatta devotees should bring a recommendation letter from their temple authority in which it should be mentioned that:

- one is a full time devotee. (Click here for the full article)



Philadelphia Ratha Yatra & Festival of India 2009
by Ramacharan Dasa
Posted August 25, 2009


WEB: WWW.PHILLYRATHAYATRA.COM

EMAIL: PhillyRathaYatra@GMAIL.COM

Date: September 12th, 2009 (11 AM - 7 PM)

Ratha Yatra Location: Love Park, Philadelphia PA

Festival of India Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Festival Highlights:

FREE VEGAN & VEGETARIAN FEAST

Devotional Bhajans & Kirtan by HG Badahari Prabhu

Yoga of Comedy by HG Yadunatha Prabhu

Indian Classical Bharatnatyam Dance by Gopika and Anjali

Indian Classical Odissi Dance by Shibani Patnaik

Multi-Media Presentation - Movie - Changing Bodies / Journey of the Soul

Spiritual music for Children by Kaleidescope

Workshops in the workshop tents (Click here for the full article)



Celebrating Vaishnava Unity in Diversity
by B.V. Bhagavat Goswami
Posted August 24, 2009

During a recent world tour from Florida, Texas, California, Hong Kong, Malaysia and India to Italy, England and France, I have been able to participate in festivals, kirtans and classes with various Gaudiya Vaishnava associations, including ISKCON.

In Malaysia disciples of Srila B.V. Narayan Maharaj in Johur Baru carried Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra on a cart for the Sobha Yatra festival. Devotees from the nearby ISKCON center brought a full-size Srila Prabhupada murti on another cart, together with a portrait of Srila Narayan Maharaja. We went all around the neighborhood with the colorful and exciting carts, accompanied by a Chinese Dragon team (it was close to the day of the Chinese New Year). Malaysians of all cultures came out and greeted us, gave gifts, performed aratik, and in general had a wonderful time in spite of the rain. Both Vaishnava parties were completely happy, and we celebrated our unity in diversity as two branches of the same Gaudiya Vaishnava family. (Click here for the full article)



Are You Planning a Pilgrimage to India?
by Caitanya Dasi
Posted August 20, 2009


I would like to share my experience with any devotee who may be planning a trip or pilgrimage to India. I have traveled to India many times, and know how difficult it can be to find safe and clean accommodations.

A few years ago, I found a great place to stay in Delhi, called The Hare Krishna Devotee Guest House. My experiences were so wonderful, that I now use their accommodations every time I visit.

The service is fantastic, and I have always been promptly picked up at the airport by a competent driver. This guest house facility is within a 5 minute walking distance from the Delhi ISKCON Hare Krishna temple. (Click here for the full article)



Romapada Swami Discovered Behind GBC "Change Up" in Phoenix
by Dasarath das
Posted August 19, 2009

I have been questioned by some North American temple leaders and several sannyasis, what ever happened to my appeals to the International GBC vice- chairmans, concerning the GBC change up in the Phoenix temple? So I am including here my last response, to their official notice of dropping my case. I have not heard any reply from them so far, surprising or not, but you can perhaps sympathize with the points and contentions I raised. I did have a brief talk with Anuttama, whom I practically made a devotee, during the LA Rathayatra. He advised me that I shouldn't be "upset with the results of my karma". The GBC has a license, I guess, to employ any tactic as "they" see fit.

I did recently discover surprisingly, with a little help from my friends, that it was Romapada Swami indeed, who was the mastermind and behind the whole deceptive GBC take over of our Phoenix temple, (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Kyrgyzstan: "Don't Meet for Worship"

by Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service
Posted August 18, 2009

Unregistered communities of Protestant Christians, Hare Krishna devotees and Ahamdiya Muslims in many parts of Kyrgyzstan have been ordered by the authorities to stop meeting for worship, Forum 18 News Service has found. In some cases, communities have been told that state registration in the capital Bishkek does not allow religious activity elsewhere. One Protestant church in the north-west told Forum 18 that they had been unsuccessfully trying for two years to register, but that they "would not be registered unless they had 200 signatures. How can we collect 200 signatures if we are not allowed to function normally?" Asked what would happen to religious communities who have less than 200 members, and so cannot be registered, an official of the State Agency for Religious Affairs told Forum 18 that "there is a Law, and we will deal with them accordingly." An employee of the State Agency recently told a person known to Forum 18, who wished to remain unnamed for fear of state reprisals, that after the July presidential elections there would be "a massive campaign against religious groups meeting illegally." (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
ISKCON Explores Peace Prospects

by The Imphal Free Press
Posted August 17, 2009

Imphal, Aug 14: A seminar entitled "Science, Spirituality and the Quest for Peace in Manipur" organised by University of Bhagavata Culture was held today at ISKCON Complex, Airport Road, Imphal.

The inaugural programme started with Conch blowing (Moibung) and lamp lighting followed by chanting of mantras for peace and harmony by HH Bhakti Vyasa T Swami and also a Souvenir was also released jointly by professor IS Khaidem, former VC MU and HH Bhakti Vyasa T Swami.

Mathew James Zakekheim who came also through the way from United States of America to participate at the seminar express that peace will only come when we human beings started thinking that god is the owner and we are his care takers, we are here just for a single period of time to see the miracle. At this period of time we shouldn't fight and create disaster but love one another, then peace will prevail. (Click here for the full article)



Live-In Help Needed
by Hladini Shakti das
Posted August 16, 2009

Devotee couple (two professionals with toddler) are seeking a practicing devotee in good standing for housekeeping, cooking, and minimal childcare in our home in Wichita, Kansas. Probably 25 hours/week, so it is perfect for a devotee who wants quiet time for reading and listening. Airfare, room and board, and a monthly stipend provided. Ideal start date is Sept. 1 (but will consider later). Range of service: Sept. 1 through Dec. 31 (but will extend longer if it is a working arrangement for all). Please send inquiries or resume with three references to Hladini Shakti das at davidcarter2315@sbcglobal.net. Background check required.



Sri Krishna Janmastami at Murari Sevaka
by Murari Sevaka
Posted August 14, 2009


Saturday, August 22nd 2009 from 3:00 to 6:30pm

For the first time at Murari world famous Bengali Brothers
"Uttam Bhakta Das and Damodar Das"

Come have an evening of melodious bhajans and kirtans like never before for the pleasure of Lord Krishna and His devotees.
DON'T MISS IT!!!

For more information call Rama or Murli at 931-759-6888 or e mail us at murari_sevaka@yahoo.com



Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Installation
by Sudama Das
Posted August 12, 2009


Sri Sri Gaura Nitai Installation was installed at Acyuta Das`s home in Labasa Fiji Islands on 8th of August 2009.

About 30 devotees took part in this wonderful installation ceremony. Devotees sang and dance in ecstasy on the holy name of Lord Gauranga. (Click here for the full article)



"Everyone is My Prabhu"
Originally compiled in September 1998, by Visakha dasi
Posted August 10, 2009

Srila Prabhupada on the use of the address "Prabhu"

1. Even the Spiritual Master sees his disciples as "prabhu"

We are teaching our disciples to address amongst themselves "prabhu." This is not a new thing; this is very old. Now Narada is addressing Vyasadeva as "prabhu," his disciple. His disciple he's addressing as prabhu. So we should give respect. Just like we address, "Kirtanananda Maharaja." Although he's my disciple, the respect should be given. Here, see, Narada is addressing Vyasadeva: "Prabhu." "My dear prabhu." (lecture, SB 1.5.1-4, May 22, 1969)

A spiritual master takes his disciples as his spiritual master. That is the position. He thinks, "Krishna has sent me so many spiritual masters." He does not think himself as spiritual master. He thinks himself their servant, because they have to be trained; (Click here for the full article)



Gender Crisis Among Prabhus
by Dharini devi dasi, Portland, OR
Posted August 9, 2009

How fascinating that one single word can spark such contention. The lecture Calling Women 'Prabhu' (link) seems to have flared up a new manifestation of the old gender issues within ISKCON. A later article entitled Prabhu Issue Will Not Go Away even promises a long-term quarrel. Italy had its Capulet-Montague, the USA had its Hatfield-McCoy, and ISKCON apparently has its own never-ending feud. I trust that it is not the case here, but could it be that some male devotees cannot bring themselves to address women as "prabhus" due to bodily-based prejudice?

The original lecture focused on the men's perspective, namely what ISKCON men should call women and men, while the question of how women are to address everyone is ignored. Overlooking roughly half of the audience is a disconcerting omission. (Click here for the full article)



"Care for Cows" August 2009
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted August 8, 2009

Our August 2009 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 28 pages (2 MB) we present reports on:

1. The departure of our dear Mother Jatila, the eldest of the herd and one of the initial members of Care for Cows.

2. A spectacular view of Care for Cows by professional photographer Filip Cargonja. Twelve pages of impressive photos.

3. The delivery of Sura Dasi's fifth calf.

4. Our six new admissions this month.

Thanks for your participation and support. I hope this finds you experiencing the happiness and inner satisfaction that accompanies cow protection.



Pavitraropana Ekadasi 2009
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted August 4, 2009


This year, Brijendra Kumar Suta dasa (Brahman pujari) and myself (Vrindavan dasa, first initiated) decided that there may be some risk in using silk thread for the garlands, since we have discovered that there are different varieties of silk depending on how they are made. One is called "vegetarian silk" where they allow the silkworm moth to live during the process of unwinding the cocoon, and the other kind is regular silk, where they boil the cocoon with the moth inside it which dies during the process of unwinding. It is not certain when referring to scriptures, whether they actually intended "vegetarian silk" or "regular silk", so we just thought we had better not risk it. After all, there are warnings in the text like, "...an impure thread will produce in impure result..." So clearly we should not take any risks. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Radha Krsna Deities
by Kishore Krsna Das
Posted August 3, 2009

I am a twice Initiated Devotee in good standing. I am looking for someone to donate their Radha Krsna Deities to worship and for preachng purposes. If for some reason you are unable to worship your deities or care for them then please email me at Yogafru@aol.com.



Fiberglass Mrdunga for Sale
by Jai Gopala das
Posted August 2, 2009


This sturdy fiberglass "Thilaka" brand mrdanga is made in the Philippines in the traditional style, but of modern elements constructed to withstand even the most exuberant playing. Heads can be tightened with hex screws (hex wrench included and attached with a pocket on the strap). Comes complete with durable strap, heads, and rubber bumper rings. Measures approximately 25 inches wide; small head is 3 inches and large head is 7 inches. $300 USD, free shipping. (Click here for the full article)



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