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August 2010
Sponsor Needed for School Fees
by Dhanya Gouranga das
Posted August 29, 2010

My wife Mangala Malati prabhu and I, living in Sridham Mayapur, would like to request one or more devotees to help sponsor our six-year-old daughter Krishna Priya’s school fees. She is in grade 1, and school fees are 36,000 rupees a year.

We like this school very much. Associated with Cambridge University, the school has good teachers offering a good English-medium education, including instruction in shastra, music and dance, as well as training in good behavior. The school fees are high because of the Cambridge books and international teaching, and we can not afford them.

We had been doing full-time service for 12 years in the temple. Right now we do a little temple service but live outside. We have a small Xerox business and a photo studio from which we earn about 5,000 rupees in a month, but (Click here for the full article)

Vaishnava Debit Card Promoted As Retirement Fundraiser
by Yadunandana Pada das (ACBSP)
Posted August 27, 2010

Some of you know me from the Buddhi Yoga Society (www.BuddhiYoga.net) of five years ago. In 2003 we successfully funded and established the "Temporary Vrndavan Hospice" with the help of Chakra.org and dozens of monthly donors who sent their $12 to $54 monthly donations through PayPal. The facility was a humble apartment at the MVT, Vrndavan, where emergency injuries were mended and cared for, while at least two Srila Prabhupada disciples (Kusha Krata prabhu and Radha Kunda prabhu) spent their last days and left this world in the hospice caring loving hands of our dedicated nurse, caretaker and manager from Spain, Priya Shaki dasi prabhu, and the other selfless volunteers in Vrndavan and New Dvarka who chipped in always.

That project was "Temporary" because we were waiting for other facilities, managed under the caring hand of Giriraja Swami, to open. (Click here for the full article)

Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava Available as eBook
by Radhananda das
Posted August 24, 2010

After receiving a tremendous response for the print edition of Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava, we are pleased to present this composition as an electronic book, as requested by many devotees. The eBook includes all the three volumes, replete with all pictures from the print edition. All footnotes, endnotes, index entries and other references are hyperlinked to facilitate better navigation across all the three volumes.

The eBook is available in Kindle format and can be downloaded from the Amazon Kindle Store. The eBook will also be available by early September in ePub format on eBook portals like Apple iBooks, Sony and others that support the ePub format.

Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Vaibhava has been highly appreciated by senior leaders in ISKCON:

"I recently purchased a copy of your three-volume set (Click here for the full article)

Sunset Concert at the Palace of Gold
by New Vrindavan Communications
Posted August 20, 2010

On Saturday, August 21, New Vrindaban Community will host Devananda Pandit, formerly Denis Moreau, live in concert at Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold. The concert will begin at 7:45 pm. Devananda will be playing his own original contemporary folk songs, with which many of his fans are already familiar. He will also be including a new element to his repertoire – kirtan – a genre of music with a call and response format that is becoming trendy in the US and Europe.

Born in Quebec, Canada, in 1955, Devananda is a bi-lingual singer, songwriter, and recording artist. “I started playing the guitar and writing lyrics when I was 16. I started playing music full-time in 1994 while I was living in New York City,” said Devananda. In 2000, he released his first CD, Pearl Without a Price, which has sold 10,000 copies. His second CD, Borrowed Goods, was released in 2003. He is working on a third CD, Windows to the Other World.

“Playing at Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold is like playing at the Taj Mahal,” said Devananda with excitement. (Click here for the full article)

Memories Part 50
by Siddhanta das
Posted August 19, 2010

It is with pleasure that we announce that the “Memories of Srila Prabhupada” series has now made it to 50! This two hour DVD has incredible stories never before heard that give us insight into how to live our lives according to the example set by Srila Prabhupada and gives us glimpses into the glories of His Divine Grace. We hope you get some inspiration from the YouTube clip provided to purchase this DVD for your collection. Part 50 includes anecdotes from Ramesvara, Patita Pavana, Manmohini, Soma, Omkara, Kiba Jaya and Garindra Mohini Prabhus.

(Click here for the full article)

Service Opportunity: Divisional Directors to the GBC Executive Director
by Kaisori (dasi) (BBT)
Posted August 19, 2010

Srila Prabhupada established the GBC to provide leadership and governance for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In turn, the GBC develops global policies and strategies to ensure that ISKCON moves smoothly and sustainably into the future.

The times call for both dynamic, visionary planning as well as the effective execution of those plans. The GBC has concluded that to best serve ISKCON, it needs to strengthen its executive strategies by establishing an Executive Director, who will serve the GBC by ensuring that GBC members fulfill the fundamental assignments Srila Prabhupada gave them, implement the GBC’s resolutions, and make progress in activities related to strategic planning. Specifically, the Executive Director will establish priorities, objectives, and goals, and set up systems designed to encourage accomplishment of those goals.

Since this gives the Executive Director an extraordinary volume of service, he will be assisted by Divisional Directors, each assigned to a specific area. Ten Divisions have been identified, four of which are ready to be implemented.

The following services are now available for consideration by qualified candidates:

Divisional Director of Devotee Care

Service Summary:

(Click here for the full article)

Harvestfest & Balarama Full Moon Feast
by balaramfest.com
Posted August 17, 2010

Kirtan in the fields: four days of drums, dance & prasadam

Join us this year for Saranagati’s special festival of presentations, performing artists, teachers, authors and special guests. We are very excited to present the Balaram Full Moon Harvest Festival. Four days of drums, dance & delicious prasadam in the breath taking beauty of Venables Valley, British Columbia. Lord Balarama wields the plow and is the Avatar of agriculture. Balarama is also the personification of the sacred mridanga drum. The Balaram Full Moon Harvest Festival is inviting Sacred Drums of all traditions & nations to gather together in peace to drum, chant and dance for the glory of Lord Balaram.

August 21st – August 24th

  • Featuring: Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits, The Maypuris, Ghost Brothers, Give Peace A Chant, and more.
  • Special Book signing event: The Journey Home featuring Radhanath Swami

(Click here for the full article)

Book Donations Wanted
by Bhakta Blake
Posted August 12, 2010

I am newly getting into the wonderful service of book distribution in the Southeast US. I was wondering if anyone out there would be willing to donate cases of books or literature to our efforts. I'm working with Mayapura Dham Das in Alabama and can be contacted through (Click here for the full article)

Books for Sale
by Jalakara das
Posted August 9, 2010

Due to financial need, we have to offer the following for sale: a complete original BBT pre-1978 Srimad Bhagavatam set, complete original BBT pre-1978 Caitanya-Caritamrta set, one two-volume original hardbound BBT Krsna Book set, a complete original Singapore Srimad Bhagavatam set, a complete five-volume Srila Prabhupada Letters set and complete softbound Srila Prabhupada conversations book set, as well as Back to Godhead volumes 1974 to 1990.

Also, interestingly, we have a lot of blank ILMT unissued life membership passports, a giant painting of Srila Prabhupada by Pushkar das, and a pewter 2-ft high Krishna statue from India. (Click here for the full article)

A Very Blissful Kirtan for Your Ipod/Iphone
by Ekendra Dasa
Posted August 7, 2010

This past weekend here at ISKCON New Govardhana in Australia we had a 12-hour kirtana in honour of His Grace Aindra Prabhu. There were many wonderful kirtans, but here is one that I felt would be especially nice to share with the devotional community.

If you are on Facebook you can download or stream it here:


If you aren't on Facebook it is available here:


The download is a high quality mp3 compressed at 192kbps/44.1Khz.

Please give us your blessings that we can offer kirtan enthusiasts worldwide more spiritually potent kirtans such as this.

Swan Boat Festivals
by New Vrindavan Communications
Posted August 5, 2010

“The Swan Boat Festivals are pure elegance,” says Bhakta Gerald Yule from Elm Gove, WV. This year, Bhakta Gerald has the unique privilege of navigating the Swan Boat across New Vrindaban’s Swan Lake every Saturday night, from Mother’s Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. “The Swan Boat is one-of-a-kind. For a few years, the devotees used to enter the Swan Boat in parades and festivals in Wheeling, Charleston, Pittsburgh, and other places. The Swan Boat always won a prize.”

The 15-foot, 3,000 pound Swan Boat was created in 1987 by local artist Soma dasa of New Vrindaban. Swans are a common feature in Vedic art, which is based on the ancient Vedic scriptures of India. In the ancient Sanskrit language of the Vedas, a swan is called a “hamsa,” and a spiritually enlightened person is called a “paramahamsa.” The Vedas explain that swans have the ability to “separate milk from water.” Thus, if milk and water are mixed into a bowl, a swan will drink the milk and leave the water. Similarly, a self-realized soul has the ability to distinguish spirit from matter, and he accepts what is spiritual and rejects what is material. (Click here for the full article)

The Prophecy
by Prajyumna
Posted August 2, 2010

I believed that investing my heart in the eternal message of the sampradaya could not be a mistake. I believed that absolutely. I believed it without question. I ironed that belief unto my heart like a tattoo artist paints a picture. I believed it and branded myself to that belief like a sheep herder brands the furry skin of the sheep with his red irons. It was a part of me and I was a part of it.

It was in the context of that belief, that I transferred my attachments to Srila Prabhupada to another. As hindsight is 20:20, when I look back I can see that there were many hints that this relationship was not right even at that time. But my heart pulsated with the belief in the sampradaya and I told my doubts to shut up. I wont lie, there were very ecstatic times and I have great memories. Nevertheless, those who know the history of ISKCON, know the disappointment that followed. (Click here for the full article)

New Book: Japa Transformations
by H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (foreword by Krishna Ksetra das)
Posted August 1, 2010

Almost thirty years since the publication of his first book on japa, Japa Reform Notebook, SDG has produced yet another volume solely dedicated to the subject of the improving chanting of the holy names and is drawing from his experiences on the retreats in his bhajana-kutir in Delaware, when chanting extra number of rounds and rising early.

In his Foreword to the new book, Krishna Ksetra prabhu of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies recalls the impact of the Japa Reform Notebook: “The book was seen as quite radical or even inappropriate. How could a senior devotee, revered as a renunciant and as an adept spiritual teacher, so openly communicate his own personal challenges in the practice of chanting Hare Krishna? Yet others were enlivened to see that a frank discussion of the challenges to pure chanting was being aired... As in the previous book, Goswami locates himself as both a student and a teacher, as one who continues to learn from his own guru and who aims to help others benefit from what he learns. In this book he asks readers to spend time with him as he questions the extent and depth of his own successes and the meaning of occasional apparent setbacks in practice as he takes one through a sustained personal meditation on the eight verses of the Siksastakam, Sri Caitanya’s verses that encapsulate his teachings.”

(Click here for the full article)

21st Annual Los Angeles International Gurukuli Reunion
by Kuli Mela Association
Posted August 1, 2010

Vishnu & Garuda grace the 2010 t-shirt

Following last year’s amazing breakthrough event: KulimeLA 2009 – 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles International Gurukuli Reunion, we are proud to start a new tradition with our gatherings. Please join us on Saturday July 31st, the day before the Festival of the Chariots, to enjoy an afternoon of reconnecting with friends and enjoying the only 360° view of all metropolitan Los Angeles! This year, the reunion will be held at a new park called Blair Hills Park, with a back trail entrance into a hilltop area with a spectacular view known as the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Entrance located off Jefferson Blvd. several blocks east of the original Culver Park on Duquesne Ave.

We will have an informal gathering, picnic, sports, activities for children, Bhajans and Prasadam. Lunch will be provided at approximately 1:00 pm. The annual reunion photo will be at 3:00 pm at the Scenic Overlook, (Click here for the full article)

  Lyme Disease Awareness
by Sarva Rasa dasa
Posted August 29, 2010

I would like to urge everyone, and especially parents, to take a few minutes to familiarize themselves with the particulars concerning Lyme disease. This is caused by the bite of a tick, a very small, spider-like entity. Usually, a characteristic rash forms, which alerts one to seek treatment, but this sign may be missed. Later, a debilitating disease may develop. Sometimes the characteristic combination of arthritis and neurologic disorder points to a diagnosis of Lyme, which can be combatted with antibiotic therapy, but various symptoms may manifest and be misdiagnosed.

Although there are endemic areas where large numbers of infected ticks are known to exist, experts have also treated confirmed cases in most parts of North America. Typically, infected ticks live on deer or small rodents, but some tick varieties have been found on migratory birds in Toronto, Canada; thus it can be known that they travel widely, even on songbird carriers. (Click here for the full article)

VEB, not GBC, Advised Against Book
by Malati dasi
Posted August 27, 2010

In a statement by Krishna Chandra das posted on Chakra August 9, 2010, the following assertation was made:

"Just one week before Aindra das left his body in Vrindavan his long-awaited book was to have been published. I believe that the GBC had requested him not to release it, warning him that if he did so, he might have to leave ISKCON."

It is always a good idea to check facts before making any assertive statements. In this case, the statement is a conjecture. After carefully checking, I would like to present the following statement from GBC executive committee member Hrday Chaitanya das:

"Last year on Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day Aindra prabhu was interrupted in his speech because the leaders felt it was inappropriate. (Click here for the full article)

New Vrindaban Revives Agricultural Roots
by New Vrindaban Communications
Posted August 24, 2010

"When New Vrindaban was founded, we used oxcarts for transportation, just like people use in rural India. We grew our own food and had our own dairy herd. Later, however," said Malati Dasi, one of New Vrindaban's GBCs, "the focus of the community shifted away from agriculture.'

There is currently a new wave of interest in reviving the agricultural roots of New Vrindaban, a move which is supported by the community's local leadership as well as by the top leadership of the worldwide Hare Krishna movement. "The current petroleum-based economic system is viable for 50 years at the most. Someone needs to create an economic model to fill the impending vacuum," said Malati dasi. "A major part of New Vrindaban's mission is to create, by example, the next economic model."

The Hare Krishna movement around the world is making headway in the field of sustainable agriculture. (Click here for the full article)

Altar for Sale
by Sacisuta das
Posted August 20, 2010

Beautiful altar for sale, made of 100% wood stained in mahogany. Highly detailed craftsmanship.

Approx size: 30" tall x 21" wide. Price: $300 plus shipping. Please contact Sacisuta das (Dallas TX) at: (Click here for the full article)

Kulimela 2009: the DVD
by Kuli Mela Association
Posted August 19, 2010

KulimeLA 2009: The DVD is now available from the Kuli Mela Outlet @ Krishna.com!

Click Here to watch a preview of the video and to check out the growing Kuli Mela video and audio selections… In the ancient Sanskrit language, Kuli refers to a member of a community. Mela means a festive gathering. Combined, “Kuli Mela” transforms into “A Celebration of Community.

The year 2009 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Gurukuli Reunion, an annual gathering of second-generation Hare Krishnas, known informally as Gurukulis, or Kulis.

Throughout this five-day festival, (Click here for the full article)

Summer Retreat
by Premabhakti das
Posted August 19, 2010

Join an Electrifying Imperial Summer Retreat

at New Vrindaban!!

Summer spiritual retreat is the best vacation you could ever have!!!

Retreat includes:

-> Exciting discourses on God and living entities

-> Karma, Destiny, Reincarnation, Actions of Time, Origin of Life etc

-> Yoga for the modern age

-> Exciting visits to the Appalachian mountain ranges and discussion

-> Visiting beautiful rose gardens, lakes and discussion

-> Elegant peacocks, peahens and swans

-> Great devotional activities

-> Swan boat festival [special weekends]

-> Fireworks [special weekends]

-> It is a stress free program for now and forever

-> Experience happiness and ecstasy of spiritual life

-> Honor delicious meals and beverage prasadam

One Day Retreat                    Donation                $101.00

(Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Restoration of Kunds in Braj

by M L Kansal, South Asian Journal of Tourism and Heritage, submitted by Raghav Mittal
Posted August 17, 2010

You will be glad to know that we have published an article in the South Asian Journal of Tourism and Heritage with link

Restoration of the Traditional Small Water Bodies in Braj www.sajth.com/vol3/03%20A_Saha.pdf
A. Saha, M.L. Kansal, G.C. Mishra and R.P. Gupta

Thanks to Braj Foundation for their kind support. (Click here for the full article)

Stop to Smell the Roses at Prabhupada's Palace
by New Vrindaban Communications
Posted August 12, 2010

Public gardens are a national treasure, just like museums, libraries and opera houses. Even amongst public gardens, however, rose gardens hold a special preeminence. Roses have attracted more attention from painters, poets and romantics than any other flower. Is it any wonder that roses are the flower of choice for joyous occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and weddings?

The All-America Rose Selections (AARS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the vitality, strength and beauty of garden roses. The AARS runs the world's most challenging horticultural testing program, monitoring plant performance according to twelve different criteria including fragrance, novelty, disease resistance, and color throughout the bloom cycle. The AARS then identifies plants that will grow beyond expectations with little maintenance, ensuring the plants' suitability for home gardens. These exceptional roses then receive the AARS Seal of Approval, and are showcased in AARS-accredited gardens across North America. (Click here for the full article)

Ratha Yatra Cart Wheels for Sale
by Dharmaraj das
Posted August 7, 2010

For sale a new set of four ratha yatra cart wheels and brake system for sale. These are wooden Amish wagon wheels made to special order. These wheels are 66 inches in diameter and comes with matching hub brakes and stub axles with bearings. The weight capacity for these wheels are 800 pounds each or 3200 pounds total. I also installed a 6 inch wide removable steel with rubber band on each wheel to use on soft sand or on the beach.

After I ordered and installed these wheels on our new 5000 lbs cart, I got a call from the agent that the manufacturers miscalculated and build these for only 3200 lbs. (Click here for the full article)

Free Online Auctions
by Dhira Krsna dasa
Posted August 5, 2010

Come list your items for sale at our new online auction site, dedicated to serve devotees worldwide in selling their products or business. Your listings will be renewed until your items are sold. We are promoting our website on several social networking sites, offering many visitors who will see your listings. If you are interested in the networking part of our website, contact me. There are job opportunities for those who like to introduce new members, who will earn a commission for every new affiliate they introduce. If you own a website, please link back to us.


(Click here for the full article)

Lotus Feet
by Vaisnava das
Posted August 2, 2010

I have few sets of gold plated imprint of Lotus Feet from Sri Sri Radha Syamsundara or Sri Sri Gaura Nitai.

There is a small one which can be sticked in the car, in front (as is done in India) and the other bigger one can be hanged on a wall or placed in altar. One set (inlcuding a small one for the car and the bigger one) either from Sri Sri Radha Shyamsunder or Sri Sri Gaura Nitai costs 19.99 Euros.

If you buy both sets, it costs 37.99 Euros. This does not inclucde the postage cost.

Please contact (Click here for the full article)

To Godbrothers and Godsisters of the First Generation
by Karuna Mayee dasi
Posted August 1, 2010

Geez! Here I am -- yes, it's me -- Karuna -- feeling like I just gotta talk to you all about something that keeps buzzing in my bewildered old brain. (Pardon the casual English -- I get told all the time I'm too intellectual). But I've just got to speak up. Are you jivin' me about this 'children's karma'? Because if you're serious, I'm dumbfounded. I always thought that parents, educators and yeah, even government, were supposed to protect, guide and nurture the little folks. Beating, raping, embarrassing, demeaning, torturing them was bad -- really bad. That's why being a mommy seemed quite a big challenge. You had to get it right or you were the screwup.

But you all seem to have decided it goes the other way round -- it's on them, not us. Say what?! it's their karma, not ours? Are you telling me that all that falling down the wall, wanting to tear my face off, was just bull? (Click here for the full article)

Service Opportunity
by Ortrun Gates
Posted August 1, 2010

Gita Nagari Dhama - a farm community in rural Pennsylvania - is offering service positions in various areas of the farm. We have openings in our farm operations, which include taking care of our cows (miking, etc.) and the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) - harvesting, weeding, etc. We also have an opening for a pujari, as well as needing help in Sri Sri Radha Damodara's kitchen.

Experience would be great, but on the job training will be provided for most duties.

We welcome individuals, couples, or small families. Serious inquiries to (Click here for the full article)

  Cows in Need of New Home
by Manmohini dd
Posted August 29, 2010

A very nice lady from Amaji's group contacted me regarding two sweet cows and their two calves. They are not able to care for them and are hoping that someone in ISKCON might want them. The cows are three years old and are producing milk. Their calves are four months old. One is a steer named Nanda. He is a Jersey and the others are Holsteins. The cows and calves are currently about a half hour north of Fresno so the group is hoping to locate them somewhere around central California to avoid a lengthy and expensive transport. If interested please contact Anu. Her phone number is (Click here for the full article)

Proposal for Bhaktivedanta Retirement Communities
by H.H. Bhagavat Maharaj
Posted August 27, 2010

This story is actually about my godbrother Sridhar Maharaja. He was from Canada. He had Hepatitis C, which is practically incurable. He had tried everything conventional and alternative, and all had failed. So he resigned himself to leaving his body. He was on a last visit to Canada to see some devotees before he went back to Mayapur to leave his body. I called him and we reminisced about our brahmachary days in Bombay, India. Sridhar Maharaja was not a fancy or proud person. He was what you would call a workingman's Swami. He never fussed over being a Swami or a guru; he was just one of the guys. Never wanted any special treatment. He was very ordinary, which made him very special.

At one point he said to me: "You know what, Bhagavat, the devotees all over the world are treating me so nicely. They are giving me such comfortable places to stay and such nice care and attention in my last days. But I feel bad. (Click here for the full article)

Response to Krishna Chandra
by Malati dasi
Posted August 24, 2010

In a statement by Krishna Chandra Click Here, the following assertation was made:

"Just one week before Aindra das left his body in Vrindavan his long-awaited book was to have been published. I believe that the GBC had requested him not to release it, warning him that if he did so, he might have to leave ISKCON."

It is always a good idea to check facts before making any assertive statements. In this case, the statement is a conjecture. After carefully checking, I would like to present the following statement from the GBC EC member, Hrday Chaitanya das:

"Last year on Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day (Click here for the full article)

Most Sages Had Wives
A response to "Honest Householders, Not Pretend Brahmacaris"
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted August 20, 2010

The article "Honest Householders, Not Pretend Brahmacaris" addresses the problem of pretension in Iskcon. Unfortunately, the author ends the article with following statement - "It is true that scriptures recommend avoiding household life if possible,......."

Surprisingly the above statement is main cause of the problem described in the article. In scriptures written by Veda Vyas, you won't find support of above statement. Bhagavad Gita describes Krishna's teachings. There is no sloka which supports above statement.

If above statement is important, then it would have been emphasized in many places. The speaker of Gita (Krishna) is householder. The receiver of Gita Arjuna is householder. He had multiple wives.

Actually, most sages had wives. Even great sages like Veda Vyas, Vasistha, Atri, Bharadvaj etc were married. Anonymous author understands the problem in Iskcon but still, cannot question the incorrect statement that scriptures recommend avoiding household life if possible.

LA Ratha Yatra Video (ISKCON Television)
submitted by Nrsimhananda das
Posted August 19, 2010

Please watch Prananatha's new Video www.vimeo.com/13950805 on LA Rathayatra. Better than anything I could have done! Greatcellent! A must see for every Lord Jagannatha bhakta.

Houston Room to Rent
by Bhaktin Mary Nowak
Posted August 17, 2010

Nice room to rent in a comfortable house in Houston, Located in a convenient central location, 5 miles from the ISKCON Temple. The house has central air conditioning and heating, and many other convenient amenities. The room measures 11’ X 11’, has two windows (both currently have curtains) and has a closet with doors. Bathroom, kitchen and living room to be shared. There is a small yard. Ladies only please. I would prefer to share with a devotee who is a vegetarian according to Vaishnava principles. $300 per month, plus half of the utilities. If interested please send e-mail to (Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows August 2010
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted August 12, 2010

The August 2010 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 23 pages (1.7 MB) we present reports on:

1. Another victim of reckless driving that leads to amputation.

2. A tribute to the passing of Aindra Prabhu.

3. How cows and Neel Gais live in harmony.

4. The effects of the monsoon season at Care for Cows. (Click here for the full article)

Call to Publish Aindra's Book
by Krishna Chandra das
Posted August 9, 2010

Everyone loves Aindra prabhu. He was a sadhu, and sadhus are always unconventional. Having left his body, he is celebrated as a saint, and many GBC members wrote heartbreaking remembrances of him, yet I believe that he was banned from giving classes in ISKCON Vrindavan.

Just one week before Aindra das left his body in Vrindavan his long-awaited book was to have been published. I believe that the GBC had requested him not to release it, warning him that if he did so, he might have to leave ISKCON.

The maturity of a society is measured by how it deals with critics. To rule out criticism is a sign of fear or lack of faith. Truth does not need to be defended. It is sva-pramanya (self-luminous). (Click here for the full article)

Vedic Book Opens Doors in the Commercial Markets
by Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp)
Posted August 7, 2010

Jeffrey Armstrong is known to many of us older devotees as Jamadagni das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and the lyricist for many of the songs by Mangalananda dasa. He has been working in his own way for years to spread the teachings of Vedic Dharma and Krishna consciousness. He has been quite innovative and uses many of his ideas to interest others to understand the value and contributions of the Vedic wisdom and to take an interest in it. He has now produced a book that is opening many doors into the commercial market place to reach as many people as possible and draw them into the wisdom that the Vedic teachings have to offer in this topsy-turvy world. The book has already gone into a second printing before it has even reached book stores. It is also being published in Italian, German and Russian, and has presently risen to one of the best sellers on the Amazon.com sales list. (Click here for the full article)

New Book Release
by Kamlesh Patel
Posted August 5, 2010

"God Is One - The Bhagavad-Gita Explained with 114 Questions & Answers"

This new book includes 114 Practical Questions & Answers Based On The Bhagavad-Gita.

Here are some of the questions:

Who exactly is God?
Is 2012 the end of the world?
Why do good people suffer?
Why bad people don't suffer?
When is the Day of Judgment?
Are we all brothers and sisters?
Who are we? Is there life after death?
How do we move up or down in life?
Should we be kind and tolerant like a tree?
How brilliant does God look?
How does God witness all our actions?
What qualities does God have?
Does everything we have come from God?
How great is God? (Click here for the full article)

Latest Troll Movie
by Parasurama Das, FFA Kings Cross
Posted August 2, 2010

Hope you enjoy the latest troll movie, filmed on the Rathayatra tour of Scandinavia this year: 7 Rathayatras in 8 days. Click Here

A Little Encouragement Goes a Long Way...
by Chaitanya Mangala dasa
Posted August 1, 2010

In his article entitled, "Mini Skirts... Skirting the Issue", Kapila, one of the lead organizers of the Kuli Mela Association, eloquently and succinctly elaborates on the moods, mindsets and intentions behind the events. He also offers more details about the Gala Evening at the Ford Theater from KulimeLA 2009. Recently we released the Ford Theater video on the Internet and it seems an elaboration is needed to explain some of the deeper contexts of the Melas, and the 2009 Gala Evening in particular. There's a lot of history contained in that video and it might be a challenge for some to understand and appreciate it without more information.

From the related articles by Madhavananda, Radhika and Maheshwar prabhus, I'm glad to see that we can view these things with a little light-hearted humor and detachment. Thanks for that. It is much appreciated. (Click here for the full article)

Murari Sevaka's Wiring Upgrade Emergency
by Murari Sevaka devotees, Mulberry, Tennessee
Posted August 1, 2010

Help is needed now so that the electrical meter is not pulled at Murari. As you may be aware, we are completing the construction on the temple building. In the service of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra, we are working toward creating a Krsna conscious country oasis with a new pujari room, updated kitchen, guest rooms, meeting halls and restroom facilities, etc. to benefit our congregation and guests.

Your help is urgently needed. At the present we have an emergency need to bring the electrical service of the building up to 2008 standards. For the immediate situation, we currently have pledges of $11,000 and have an immediate need for another $10,000 to meet a state-designated deadline of Aug. 2. Immediate help is required.

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