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August 2011
Louisville Centre Keeps It Simple
by Vakreshvara das
Posted August 25, 2011


Our fledgling sankirtan centre in Louisville, Kentucky is now performing public programs of outreach and harinama sankirtan. Our first harinama happened this August in the alternative district of town, with some singing of the Holy Names, distributing Srila Prabhupada's books, and passing out fresh sliced watermelon prasadam. It was challenging doing it "all by my lonesome," but I managed.

A big success happened when in late July I spoke with the manager of a local yoga/healing arts studio and inquired about doing kirtan programs. She was very enthusiastic, and happily accepted the offer for a weekly, Sunday program. The Shine Studio is an excellent space, very bright and airy, spacious and quiet, not being next to any major roads — a very conducive space for this kind of thing. (Click here for the full article)



House for Sale in Alachua
by Indrapramada das
Posted August 22, 2011

We are selling a 2300 Sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath house; a recent construction on one acre. It's one mile from the temple and one mile to Alachua and has upgraded appliances, granite countertops, and a separate two-car garage. It's a great buy at US$ 190 thousand.

(Possible rental in the right situation - call to inquire). (Click here for the full article)



Handmade Tapestries and Shirts Sale
by Leslie Howard
Posted August 18, 2011

We are presenting a special ebay sale of my original Jagannatha tie dye tapestries and t-shirts. Click Here Revealing Lord Jagannatha's form in this modern medium was a dream of mine and I am so happy the Lord seemed so willing to appear. We have tapestries in silk and rayon and organic and cotton T-shirts for adults and children.

This is a fundraiser for our homeschooling of our five children. Please also visit our online store, Govinda's Peace Farm at: www.etsy.com/shop/GPF108 featuring Krishna dolls, gemstone tulasi necklaces, peace fleece rovings, and handmade herbal remedies made by our family.



Jhulan Utsava at Bangalore
by Madhu Pandit das, ISKCON Bangalore
Posted August 17, 2011


On the auspicious day of Pavitra Ekadashi of the Shravana masa (monsoon), the grand and colourful festival of Jhulan Utsava began at the ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna-chandra Mandir, Bangalore.

For Their pleasure, the Lordships are adorned in brilliance and seated on a jhulan (swing) decorated magnificently with a variety of beautiful flowers. The festival, commemorating the pastimes of Sri Krishna and Srimati Radharani on a swing, is celebrated to reflect the manner in which devotional service should be rendered to Their Lordships. Hundreds of devotees thronged the main temple hall, which was decked up gloriously for the festival.

The five-day Jhulan Utsava celebrations began with a special arati offered to Their Lordships, while the sweetness of kirtans sung by devotees filled the atmosphere with devotional spirit. (Click here for the full article)



Bucolic Gita-Nagari Stages Successful Rathayatra
by Ortrun Gates
Posted August 16, 2011


The 2011 Rathayatra was marked by enthusiastic kirtans.

From the weather to the parade to the entertainment to the food to the vendors — in short, everything was perfect for this year's Country Ratha Yatra. We welcomed not only devotees but also folks from the surrounding area, many of whom had never been at the Gita-Nagari Farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania before.

While it was hot, it was not humid, and a breeze blew all afternoon to cool off everyone. We welcomed three new vendors from the neighborhood in the spirit of sharing. Uncle John, a local Mennonite, came with his wife; they offered fresh vegetables and various handmade bags and aprons. Veronica, also a young local Mennonite woman, offered soy-based candles for sale, and Sam, a local Amish farmer, had information about growing organic vegetables. He was so popular, in fact, that a number of guests who were staying over for the weekend made a date to come and tour his farm during their visit. (Click here for the full article)



1st Annual Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade, Clearwater Beach, FL Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011
by ISKCON Alachua
Posted August 12, 2011


WHAT: An Indian multi-cultural parade and festival will be celebrated with entertainment for the whole family. There will be live music, singing, classical dance, books, bazaar, and lots of free delicious vegetarian food. The Ratha Yatra Parade is the oldest known parade in the world.

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2011. There is a cultural program at the Pier 60 Pavilion from noon to 5 PM. The Parade begins at 11 AM.at the Pier 60 Pavilion, and returns there by 1 PM at which time the free feast begins. The festival continues till 5 PM

WHERE: The Pier 60 Pavilion at 1 Causeway Blvd..on the beach, Clearwater Beach.

WHO: All are welcome. Free admission. Wholesome fun for the entire family.

SPECIAL: VERY VISUAL event with colorful traditional costumes and flower decorations. Photography is permitted. (Click here for the full article)



New Childrens Book Released
by Syam Priya dasi
Posted August 10, 2011

Nitai the Avaduta Avatara is a colouring and reading book written and illustrated by Syam Priya dd. Available for $5 only. Engage your children in reading transcendental and educational literature. Other titles available also. (Click here for the full article)



  Request for Prayers
by Vaisnava das
Posted August 26, 2011

I am begging for all the Brijabasis of New Vrindaban, and Vaisnavas all over the world to put aside any material considerations, criticisms, or judgments, one may have toward Kirtanananda Swami. Please just remember all the service he has rendered to Srila Prabhupada, and to Sri-Sri Radha-Vrindavan Chandra in his lifetime.

Although some may hold to the beliefs that he hasn't felt deep remorse for his failings and offenses, I know for a fact that he has. He has never stopped serving the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, and though some may disagree, he felt that he was reconciled in his heart, and especially since moving to India, was trying to stay true to Prabhupada's instructions to him, and to serve him in the best way possible.

In any case, he now probably has only a short time left on the planet. He is drifting in and out (Click here for the full article)



House for Sale in Alachua
by Indrapramada das
Posted August 25, 2011


We are selling a 2300 Sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath house; a recent construction on one acre. It's one mile from the temple and one mile to Alachua and has upgraded appliances, granite countertops, and a separate two-car garage. It's a great buy at US$ 190 thousand.

(Possible rental in the right situation - call to inquire). (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Apartment for Sale
by Govinda das
Posted August 22, 2011


A great opportunity to serve Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Sree dham Mayapur the capital of spiritual head quarter. Near ISKCON Temple in South side of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Birthplace. We are providing project with some flat two huge building : Acharya loka & Krishna Balaram apartment under 3rd floor casting going on. (KBA has lift). The layout of the Plot follows principles of Vastu as far as possible. It will take 12 month to finish. Especially this building we offer to the devotees.

1) Its 5 min. walk from East side of Vedic Planetarium (ISKCON temple) at Gournagar.

2) 2 min. walking from Yogapitha( Birth Place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ).

3) 10 Min walk to the Bamonpukur Market.

4) Government Hospital near by .

5) Government High School and Play Ground Near by. (Click here for the full article)



Ludhiana Marks Swing Festival
by Bhakta Kaplish, ISKCON Ludhiana, India
Posted August 18, 2011


The Jhulan Yatra or Swing Festival started in the Sri Sri Jagannath Temple of ISKCON Ludhiana on August 9. This festival is observed in the lunar month of Shravana beginning on Pavitropana Ekadasi; it continues for five days.

In the temple Their Lordships Radha and Govinda are decorated beautifully and seated on a swing decorated with flowers and beads. Devotees swing Their Lordships with an attached rope and chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

Here are some pictures of the beginning of the festival. (Click here for the full article)



Krsna - Vrndavana Pastimes
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa, Sadhusanga.com
Posted August 17, 2011


Tenth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam: The first forty chapters describe with Lord Krsna's appearance and Vrndavana pastimes. Chapters 41 through 51 tell of Krsna's pastimes in Mathura, and Chapters 52 through 90 relate Krsna's pastimes in Dvaraka.

Sadhusanga is offering a new audiobook: Krsna - Vrndavana Pastimes (Chapters 1-40). Listening to audiobooks is an easy way to always think of Krsna, even while performing all kinds of tasks. This new digital recording includes dramatic voices and soft background music. The title is available for download here: sadhusanga.com/node/420



Detroit Holds 2011 Rathayatra
by Bob Roberts
Posted August 16, 2011


Detroit Hare Krishna Temple's 26th annual Rathayatra was held July 23, in Novi, Michigan. We had about 4500 guests, the largest crowd ever, with many first-time visitors and including over 1,000 non-Indian guests. The parade route was about two miles long. Here are a few pictures of the events for Chakra readers. (Click here for the full article)



E-Copy of Hindi Bhakti Vriksha Manual
by Sandeep Kumar
Posted August 16, 2011

Our team requires an electronic copy of the Bhakti Vriksha Manual in Hindi. We would highly appreciate any help you can provide. Please contact Sandeep Kumar (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnavi Retreat Coming Up
by Malati Devi
Posted August 12, 2011

Remember put the dates for this year's Retreat on your calendar!

Friday, Sept. 30th, Sat, Oct. 1st & Sunday, Oct. 2nd!

New Vrindaban (West Virginia)

Contact: (Click here for the full article)



New Preaching Center Needs Assistance
by Vakreshvara Das
Posted August 10, 2011

I am humbly requesting for assistance in my efforts to establish a simple ISKCON preaching center here in Louisville, Kentucky that will spread the glories and divine knowledge of Mahaprabhu's Sankirtan movement to the very needy. The house for the center is already secured, programs are developing, and things are in motion. Now I need some assistance to get things in full motion.

I have no qualification but by the outpouring of blessings I've received as of late by the senior devotees of ISKCON, I feel very blessed and inspired. We will need everything a typical preaching center would need, namely:

-Books by the case (Vaishnava books, scriptures, and especially Srila Prabhupada's works for distribution)

-Mrdangas, harmoniums, kartals, etc

-Japa beads, bags, incense, devotional clothes

-Decorations, devotional paintings, pictures, photos, frames

-Audio equipment, speakers, blank cds (Click here for the full article)



  24 Hour Crock Pot Recipes for Krishna
by Victor Vrindavan dasa
Posted August 26, 2011

Ingredients (serves 1-4 people):
2 cups white navy beans
1 cup red kidney beans
1/4 cup corn kernels
1/4 cup whole grain red or brown rice
1/4 cup peanuts without shell
1/4 cup soybeans
4-5 quart slow cooker

Directions:
For this recipe, you will need a slow cooker with Low/High or Low/High/Auto settings. First, place all of the above ingredients together in a pail of water and let it soak for 8-12 hours. Then pour it all in a strainer and rinse it off. Now pour all of the ingredients into a 4-5 quart or larger slow cooker and completely fill the slow cooker with water. Place your slow cooker on the HIGH setting only and leave it for 24 hours. Do NOT use the LOW setting for this recipe, as there have been stories of red kidney bean poisoning that resulted from slow cookers that were operating on Low at about 80 degrees C which increases the poison in red kidney beans. It is safe, however, at 100 degrees C. You can test the water temperature with a thermometer to make sure it is 100 degrees C. Leave the slow cooker on High (100 degrees C) for 24 hours and chant your japa. (Click here for the full article)



World Holy Name Festival 2011
by Janananda Gosvami
Posted August 25, 2011

The annual World Holy Name festival is fast approaching Sept.10th -20th.

Please put these dates on the calendar and as much as possible organize or participate in increased performance of sankirtan and japa during these 11 days. More devotees going to more places, to hold more sankirtan festivals on the streets, in halls, in homes, in temples – any way you can. Increased Japa, It is a golden opportunity to focus more on the yuga dharma – Harinama sankirtan.

“If the surface of the globe is over-flooded with the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra, the people of the world will be very, very happy.

(Purport to SB 4.24.11)

Let us work cooperatively together to spread the sankirtan, purify ourselves, please Srila Prabhupada, (Click here for the full article)



New Nitai Priya Apartments
by Narsimha vapu das
Posted August 23, 2011


Please share with anyone you know who is interested in getting an apartment in Mayapur. In Prime Location of Sri Dham Mayapur just a 7 min walk from the temple. Booking is limited please contact as soon as possible. In one floor two flats. Each flat is of 500 square feet. If anybody want 1000 square feet, it's possible (just to remove the partition wall). Materials used are best . Rods-Tata –tiscon. Cement-ultratect. Electrical-Havells. Pipes, taps- Jaguar. Price is reasonable. Ground floor is 6 feet above the road level, so it is beyond the flood level even.

Please see the plan. (Click here for the full article)



Home for Rent in Alachua
by Nisha dasi
Posted August 18, 2011

Recently built 4 bedroom 2000 square foot home on beautifully landscaped five acres.

*furnished

*6 minutes from temple

*devotee neighbors, safe neighborhood

*detached office

*hardwood floors throughout

*bright and open floor plan

*outdoor shed for extra storage

*Comfortable high quality furniture

*Nice Vaastu (Click here for the full article)



Vedic Texts Debunk Gay "Reparative" Therapies
by Amara das
Posted August 17, 2011

Vaishnavas, Hindus and other followers of Vedic knowledge needn't have any doubts regarding the fallacy behind claims that homosexual orientation can be "cured."

Although highly discredited by every major psychological and psychiatric association, religious-oriented clinics have sprung up in recent years touting what has become known as gay "reparative" or "pray away the gay" therapy. Believers assert that homosexuality is unnatural, harmful and acquired through childhood trauma, whereas opponents (including a growing number of victimized outpatients) counter that homosexual orientation is a natural human variation, inborn and essentially benign.

The basis of gay "reparative" therapy is rooted in this "nurture vs. nature" debate: is homosexual orientation an acquired vice that can affect everyone (like smoking, stealing, drinking alcohol, etc.) and is reversible through abstinence and prayer, or is it a pre-wired biological trait of a limited minority (like left-handedness) that cannot be changed but instead must be somehow accommodated? For gay people themselves this is not a question, (Click here for the full article)



Dham Seva and Radha Gopinath Mandir
by Jamuna dasi
Posted August 16, 2011


Nestled in a wooded hilltop overlooking the Palace of Gold and encircled by the New Vrindaban community is a project inspired and developed by H.H. Varsana Swami. A conservancy under the care of Dham Seva, this beautiful location is home to many varieties of beautiful trees such as apple, sugar maple, walnut, chestnut, pear, persimmon and sitaphal. It is also frequented by all kinds of natural wildlife.

The centerpiece of the property is a beautiful lake known as Radha Kunda. To the south of Radha Kunda a newly constructed octagonal gazebo is home to the Six Goswamis of Vrindaban. The presiding Deity of Radha Gopinath, accompanied by Vrinda Devi and the Asta Sakhis, watches over the land.

In an attempt to glorify the Lord and please Srila Prabhupada, Varsana Swami and the Dham Seva team have initiated the process of design and development for a new temple. Situated directly in line with Radha Kunda, the new temple will be 16 feet deep by 16 feet wide (24 sq.m.) and approximately 27 feet (8.25 m) tall. The temple will house the current presiding deities and will be called Radha Gopinath Mandir. (Click here for the full article)



Kentucky Center Needs Assistance
by Vakreshvara das, Louisville, Kentucky
Posted August 12, 2011

I am humbly requesting assistance in my efforts to establish a simple ISKCON preaching center here in Louisville, Kentucky, which will spread the glories and divine knowledge of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Sankirtan movement to the very needy. The house for the center is already secured and programs are developing. Now I need some assistance to get things in full motion.

I have no qualification, but by the outpouring of blessings I've received as of late from the senior devotees of ISKCON, I feel very blessed and inspired. We will need everything a typical preaching center would need, namely:

  • Books by the case (Vaishnava books, scriptures, and especially Srila Prabhupada's works for distribution)
  • Mrdangas, harmoniums, kartals, etc.
  • Japa beads, bags, incense, devotional clothes
  • Decorations, devotional paintings, pictures, photos, frames
  • Audio equipment, speakers, blank CDs
  • Full sets of Scriptures for the center's library
  • Suchi metal plates, cups, bowls

(Click here for the full article)



Maui Suite for Rent, Vrindavan Condo for Sale
by Chandrika dasi
Posted August 10, 2011


One-bedroom rental in a devotee house in Wailea/Maui Meadows near the best beaches on Maui is available after October 1; we can e-mail pictures upon request. We have been renting it for $995/month. (Including utilities, it comes to $1,040.)

It has its own entrance, full kitchen and bath, a 400-square-foot (37 sq.m.) deck with partial ocean view and areca palm and ficus trees with many birds. The ‘ohana (apartment) unit has its own washer-dryer, off-street parking and ample storage. The fridge and stove have been meat-free since they were purchased recently. We have at least monthly kirtan here in the house, and there are two weekly kirtans within 24 minutes' drive. Pictures are availabe upon request.

I may also have another room and bath available on Maui for a lower rent.


I would also like to sell my double-sized condominium in Anana Krishna Van near Krishna Balarama Mandir in Vrindavana (seven-minute walk). It is in the main building.

If you are interested. please contact me, Chandrika dasi, at (Click here for the full article)



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