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December 2003
ITV Releases All Hare Krishna Videos on DVD
by Nrsimhananda dasa
Posted December 31, 2003

ITV has now transferred the entiere Hare Krishna video catalog to DVD. We now have more than 100 Krishna conscious DVD titles available at our website http://www.itvproductions.net

(Click here for the full article)

Please join us in prayers for the Moscow temple
by Madana-mohana das
Posted December 30, 2003

ISKCON Communication Moscow

Contact: Igor Anikanov, +7 (095) 255-66-63
Email: pr@veda.ru

Moscow Krishnas to Hold All-night Vigil
in Hope to Save Historical Temple

On Saturday, December 27, hundreds of lamps will light up in the only Krishna temple of Moscow, which is facing imminent demolition. The ancient Vedic nama-yajna ritual and joint prayers for protection is the last bid of the desperate Krishna devotees to preserve their temple for over 25,000 followers of Vaishnavism in the Russian capital. (Click here for the full article)

Guidelines for Chakra Events Submissions
by Chakra Editorial Staff
Posted December 28, 2003

Chakra tries to keep from exalting any one devotee over any others, as per our mission statement, as well as to provide a sober and reliable news-source. Therefore, when advertising speakers, such as visiting lecturers, musicians, &c., we would ask that the advertiser refrain from using excessive honorifics, making any claims of extraordinary spiritual powers on the part of the guest speaker, or guaranteeing spiritual advancement to attendees of the event. A brief, relevant resume of the speaker's qualifications, however, is acceptable. (Click here for the full article)

Response to Gaurav Mittal
by Shiva das
Posted December 26, 2003

Mr. Mittal has given a good insight into the gurukula situation, the tendency to see children as recruits to train rather then as people with emotional needs is something i have noticed and disagreed with in Iskcon. (Click here for the full article)

Remembering Candravali, Guyana ISKCON leader
by Paramatma das
Posted December 20, 2003

Candravali dasi prabhu, a prominent ISKCON leader from Guyana, South America, left this world in London on December 11, in the presence of her husband, Hari das prabhu, and other relatives. (Click here for the full article)

From the diary of a Padayatri
by Padayatra Office
Posted December 18, 2003

October 23 - 28, 2003 (from the diary of a Padayatri)

We cross the National Marion Forest and gradually the congestion begins. Moncks Corner and Summerville (a suburb of Charleston) which will be the biggest city we go through. As we traveled on Rt 17 A en route to Walterboro, literally thousands of people saw the Padayatra, and as always even on a busy road as these some came forward. (Click here for the full article)

Your Association and is Help Wanted
by ISKCON New Vrndavana
Posted December 17, 2003

New Vrindaban would welcome inquiries from devotees desiring to live and serve in the holy dhama. Specifically needed are construction workers with carpentry, construction, electricial skills to help maintain and rebuild the community. Many other opportunities for service are manifesting for cooks, pujaris, kirtan leaders, seamstresses, in fact, most every capacity including taking care of Radha Vrndavana Candra's cows. (Click here for the full article)

Mayapur Temple
by Jada Bharata das
Posted December 16, 2003

Mayapur Temple Project

Since I joined ISKCON in 1977 I heard about Srila Prabhupada's desire to build a huge temple in Mayapur. I know that over the last 25 years work has been done on this project, but no actual construction has taken place. I heard through the grapevine that millions of dollars has been spent on this project. Of course, no one really knows how much has been spent and most devotees have no idea really what has been done on this project. (Click here for the full article)

Mumbai cultural complex breaks ground
by Parijata dasi
Posted December 15, 2003

[Gopal Krishna Goswami, Srimati Rajshree Birla, Sridhar Swami and others attend the fire sacrifice at the 'Heaven on Earth' Inauguration in Juhu Beach.]

In 1972, Srila Prabhupada laid the foundation stone of Sri Sri Radha-Rasabihari temple at Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Mumbai (Bombay). Opened in 1978, the ISKCON temple at Juhu has become a 'must-visit' pilgrimage center with thousands of pilgrims streaming through daily. (Click here for the full article)

Padayatra America Update
by Padayatra Office
Posted December 14, 2003

By the mercy of Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundar, Lord Nishrimhadeva, Srila Prabhupada and vaisnavas headed by HH Lokanath Swami, HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami, and His Grace Srila Virabahu Prabhu, who have been very kind to give blessings to the program by their guidance, trust, patience and encouragement; Padayatra America has successfully completed its first trek of 1200 miles from Gita Nagari [PA] to New Raman Reti Dhama in [FL]. (Click here for the full article)

Devotee family job opportunity
by Hari dasa
Posted December 13, 2003

Groundskeeper & veggie snack shop manager required.

Calderon Acres Golf Course & Campground is taking applications for the position of groundskeeper and manager of small snack bar. (Click here for the full article)

Sri Viraha Astakam
by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
First published in 1959
Submitted to Chakra by Shambhu das
Posted December 12, 2003


The overflowing ocean of mercy Sri Nityananda Rama
Ordained that the flood of love of God bestowed by Him
be distributed throughout the world.
Unfortunately, those persons to whom the noble responsibility
was given to spread this divine God-consciousness
Were tragically stricken by the disease of caste-consciousness,
And in their hands
which were always busy performing formal ritualistic ceremonies,
the exalted title "Goswami"
became merely another family surname,
And the channel of divine current became blocked.

(Click here for the full article)

Srutakirti prabhu succumbs to diabetes complications
by Bhakti Caru Swami
Posted December 10, 2003

A very wonderful devotee from South Africa, Srutakirti das, left his body Sun., Dec. 7, 2003 at 2:40 p.m., South African time. He joined ISKCON in 1979 when he was still a university student, first initiated by Jaya Tirtha das and then by Bhagavan das. Despite the spiritual difficulties resulting from their falldowns, Srutakirti prabhu did not lose faith in Srila Prabhupada and his transcendental institution, ISKCON, and continued to serve with great determination and sincerity in many responsible positions in ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)

Subhag das passes away
by Amala Garuda das
Posted December 7, 2003

We wish to break the sad news that His Grace Subhag Das, disciple of His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj passed away early in the early morning of 7 December 2003. He passed away around 1:00 am in Hinduja hospital. He was having lung and heart cancer, but went very peacefully while surrounded by loving devotees and friends. Devotees brought his body to the temple around 4:45 am and then Kirtan went on until 8:30 am. He is the father of H.G. Devakinandan Das (Vice President of ISKCON Juhu, Mumbai and Co-President of ISKCON Vrindavan).

New York celebrates the Bhagavad-gita
submitted by New York ISKCON
Posted December 5, 2003

On Sunday, December 7, 2003, New York ISKCON will be celebrating the day when the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita to his dearest friend Arjuna, on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra, more than 5000 years ago. (Click here for the full article)

Don't count gain or loss in serving gurudeva
by Rasi Priya dasi
(Bali, Indonesia)
Posted December 31, 2003

The relationship between disciples and their guru is not a material relationship; it is a spiritual one. (Click here for the full article)

Korg Company wants all the world's karma
by Bhaktavatsala das
Posted December 30, 2003

This world is certainly a "weird abode" (as Thakur Bhaktivinode put it, when describing the material world). As an example, here's something really weird. (Click here for the full article)

Realist gurus should avoid superguru syndrome
by Subhadra-mayi dasi
Posted December 26, 2003

I'm surprised! I have not seen this sort of defence for a guru's unavailability ("Is your guru maharaja a superperson?") Sure, guru isn't superguru, and can't make us Krishna conscious for us; we have to do that. But one thing he or she can do is guide us, nudge us along. (Click here for the full article)

Turn It Over To Krishna
by Sankirtana Das
New Vrindavan
Posted December 23, 2003

It has been a over a week since I have been back from my visit to the hospital. I had tried to write something earlier but I found it too exhausting to sustain a train of thought for any amount of time. Besides, just thinking about my recent experience stirred up and accented the aches and pains of my lingering cardiac condition. (Click here for the full article)

Mayapura observes Gita Jayanti
by Vrindavan Lila dasi
Posted December 20, 2003

On December 4, devotees celebrated Gita Jayanti in Mayapura by gathering in the courtyard of the temple in the morning and chanting Sanskrit slokas of Bhagavad-gita together. After that a fire sacrifice was performed and prasad distributed. (Click here for the full article)

Vedic Theatre Company seeks actors for Mahabharata
by Bhakta Wallace
Posted December 18, 2003

Is proud to announce that the unique adaptation of the "Mahabharata" originally produced and performed in 1987 by Sankirtana das and the late Loca Mangala das in New York City is in the process of being revived with a bold new vision in Mumbai, India. Any male devotee actors who would like to audition and who will be at the Mumbai-Juhu Beach Temple from mid-January to February 1st may contact me personally. Visit our website at: http://playsthething.homestead.com/
or email Bhakta Wallace Dorian filmbiz108@yahoo.com

Sound preaching includes caring for children
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted December 17, 2003

The philosophy of the Hare Krishna movement, sometimes claimed as the panacea for all problems, has failed to prevent child abuse. A deeper look into the presentation of the philosophy may show that it actually encouraged abuse. Unless the philosophical emphasis is correct, the movement will not be able to take proper care of children. Overt child abuse may not happen in the future as it happened in the '70s and '80s, but neglect will continue. (Click here for the full article)

New Zealand devotees stage Ratha-yatra
by Dina Bandhu das
Posted December 16, 2003

Around five hundred devotees celebrated Ratha-yatra Festival in Auckland, New Zealand on December 6. Led by HH Vedavyasapriya Swami and Janananda das prabhu, they pulled the chariot through Auckland's main street, known as Queen Street. HH Mukunda Goswami also took part in the Ratha-yatra procession for some time. (Click here for the full article)

Gour Govinda Swami Puspa Samadhi Opening
by ISKCON Bhubaneswar
Posted December 15, 2003

ISKCON Bhubaneswar is pleased to announce the inauguration of the puspa samadhi of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja on the forthcoming anniversary of his disappearance the 11th of February, 2004. (Click here for the full article)

Jagannatha ratha highlights New Zealand Santa Parade
by Bhaktavatsala das
Posted December 14, 2003

Jaya Jagannatha, jaya Baladeva, jaya Subhadra Devi!

On Sunday, November 23, 2003, Lord Jagannatha (the Lord of the Universe) graced Chistchurch, New Zealand, known as the Garden City, with His divine darshan, to the sounds of the conch and enthusiastic kirtan by the devotees here. (Click here for the full article)

Sri Gita Jayanti Festival Rescheduled for Sunday December 14, 2003
submitted by ISKCON NY
Posted December 13, 2003

** Due To the Inclement Weather on December 7th, The Gita Jayanti Festival has been rescheduled for December 14th 2003 **

Dear Devotees and Friends,

On Sunday, December 14, 2003 New York ISKCON will be celebrating the day when the Bhagavad Gita was spoken by the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna to his dearest friend Arjuna, on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra more than 5000 years ago. In the Bhagavad Gita, the sincere reader will be able to gain access to the Supreme Science of Krishna Consciousness. This knowledge was made available exactly as Lord Krishna sopke, to the Western World by His Dvine Grace A.C. Bhaktvedanta Swami Prabhupada, when he published the Bhagavad Gita As It Is. (Click here for the full article)

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada's Final Instructions
Submitted by Hariprasad das
Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math
Posted December 12, 2003

The following excerpt from the book Sri Chaitanya: His Life and Associates, by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, is submitted in remembrance of the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur (December 13, 2003):

On December 27, 1936, several days prior to the setting of the blazing sun of the Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya, Om Vishnupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, he spoke to an gathering of his closest disciples, at which time he said the following words... (Click here for the full article)

Mandatory background checks would prevent some abuse
by Shiva das
Posted December 10, 2003

I am not familiar with the people on the GBC, except for Badarinarayana (is he GBC?), whom i know very, very well. I also know Gunagrahi (is he GBC?) I don't know who is and who isn't. (Click here for the full article)

First day of winter celebrated at Mayapura Jagannatha Mandir
by Vrindavan Lila dasi
Posted December 7, 2003

On Saturday, November 29, Mayapura devotees celebrated Audana Sastri, the the day when winter begins, in Jagannatha Mandir. This is also a day when Jagannatha-deva, Bala-deva and Subhadra-devi are having Their festival, enjoying wearing starched cloth offered by devotees. (Click here for the full article)

Correction for "Coming to Vrindavan?"
by Deena Bandhu das
Posted December 5, 2003


Dear Devotees

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Now that the Kartik festival is over and the Kartik month will soon come to an end, please note for future arrangements:

Help for Taxi arrangements from Delhi airport to Vrndavana: contact Rajiv Prabhu on email address: sarvabhauma@pamho.net

Help for accommodation arrangements in Vrndavana: contact Ganapati Prabhu on email address: ganapati.GKG@pamho.net OR MVT@pamho.net

Thank you. Hare Krishna.

Your servant
Brhat-mrdanga das

by Dvibhuja das
Posted December 31, 2003

While reading the discussion about Super Guru and how the Guru guides the disciple, I began to reflect some on how Srila Prabhupada guided so many devotees and in fact continues to do so today. After all there are still many of His disciples who require his love and guidance. I know I do. So how is it possible since he is physically gone. (Click here for the full article)

Our Puerto Rico Tropical Temple needs Pujaris and Gardener
by Nandini dd
Posted December 30, 2003

We have had a change in management here in ISKCON, New Govardan Hill, Puerto Rico; the past temple president, Vakreshvara Pandit prabhu, in no longer here. As such, we are in need of pujaris and a gardener. The Deities are most sublime, with center altar of Sri Krishna Balarama (as in Vrndavan), Sri Radha Syamasundar and Sri Gaura Nitai and Giri Govardan. (Click here for the full article)

Mayapura 2004 Festival schedule announced
Submitted by Bhakti Purusottama Swami
Posted December 28, 2003

The annual worldwide reunion of devotees is scheduled to run from February 19 through March 7, 2004 in Sridhama Mayapura, India. Highlights of this year's program include installation of new Pancha Tattva Deities and a celebration of the 108th birth anniversary of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of ISKCON. To include a series of abhisheks, awards ceremonies and a parikrama, the event promises to be a milestone for the movement. (Click here for detailed schedule)

December News and Events
Posted December 26, 2003

Dear Devotees and Friends,

Hare Krishna and Happy Holidays to you all from Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir! Despite the cold temperatures outside, it is always warm inside the halls of Sri Sri Radha Govinda's Mandir, because there is always the association of kind devotees, like yourselves. Our holiday wish is for you and your loved ones to be happy and healthy in Krishna Consciousness. (Click here for the full article)

Is your guru maharaja a superperson?
by Alice Ahola
Posted December 23, 2003

How do we think about the guru? Of course, the guru can enlighten others about Krishna consciousness, being empowered by Sri Krishna to fullfill his or her guru maharaja's mission. (Click here for the full article)

Utah stages spectacular Gita Yajna
by Caru das
Posted December 18, 2003

Devotees at the Spanish Forks, Utah ISKCON temple subtitled this year's Gita Fest "The Projector Fest," as a new projector was employed almost continuously for the duration of the three-hour festival. (Click here for the full article)

Listen to Bhagavad-gita Online at Gitamrta.org in Hindi/English
by Kamlesh Patel
Posted December 17, 2003

Gitamrta.org is the first and still the only site where the 700 verses of the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is can be heard with just one click in Hindi or English. (Click here for the full article)

New Book by Amala Bhakta Dasa
submitted by Amala Bhakta das
Posted December 16, 2003

A new book...
Discovering Lord Krishna
A Compelling Look at His Amazing Life

Krishna is known worldwide mainly for the timeless wisdom he spoke in India about 5,000 years ago in the famous spiritual classic Bhagavad Gita (The Song of God). This book has become so popular that there are now over one thousand English translations of it from the original Sanskrit, and over 800 million people around the world worship Krishna daily. And with the growing interest in yoga and meditation today, it's no wonder. Yet most readers of the Gita know very little about Krishna's astonishing personal life. (Click here for the full article)

Typing and translation services
Posted December 15, 2003

Typing and translation service (English/Italian/Spanish) available online or by mail by Irish and Spanish devotees living in Italy. If interested please contact this address: gurugauranga@yahoo.com

Actors wanted for Maypur Gaura Purnima
by Parividha das
Posted December 14, 2003

Dear prabhus, Please accept my obeisances. Jaya Srila Prabhupada.

For my performance of 'The test of Bhrigu Muni I need a few devotees (40+) to play sages. They all have no more then three lines. It is not a life performance, so you have to speak along with a soundtrack. Interested? Please reply in a private letter to Parividha.ACBSP@pamho.net.

(Click here for the full article)

World Enlightenment Day VIII:
Saturday December 13, 2003 (the second Saturday of December)

by Vaisesika dasa
Posted December 13, 2003

Dear Devotees,

Those who have tried it know for themselves that Krsna awards an unusually sweet taste to anyone who makes even a small effort to distribute Srila Prabhupada's books. Indeed, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wrote in His siksastakam prayers: pratipadam purnamrtasvadanam - "At every step, this Sankirtana process will give you a full taste of the nectar for which you are always anxious." (Click here for the full article)

Deity worship course for 2004 Semester in Mayapur
by Nrsimha Kavaca das
Posted December 12, 2003

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am taking this opportunity to invite you to attend the upcoming Nitya Seva 2 course which will be held in Mayapur for the Gaura Purnima 2004 semester. (Click here for the full article)

Bhakti Sastri & Bhakti Vaibhava 2004
Posted December 10, 2003

Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Founder Acarya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

VIHE 2004

(Click here for the full article)

26 2nd Avenue Brahmacari Ashram seeking cook
by Yajna Purusa das
Posted December 7, 2003

Are you ready for the challenge of New York City? Are you ready for the mercy? The Bhaktivedanta Ashram, the brahmacari ashram connected to 26 Second Avenue in Manhattan, is seeking a cook to help with the many preaching programs we are conducting at Second Avenue and at the Colleges in the city. Responsibilities presently include cooking a variety of world cuisines (Indian, Thai, ITALIAN, etc.) for 40-80 people 4 nights a week. Experience is helpful but not necessary if one is willing to be trained and can simply follow a recipie. If you are interested please contact Yajna Purusa dasa: yajna@aol.com.

Excellent accommodation available at New Delhi for devotees only
by Gaur Sundar das
Posted December 5, 2003

Dear Devotees,

Dandavat. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Excellent accommodation available at New Delhi for devotees only

  • 5min. walk from the ISKCON New Delhi Temple
  • 30min.to the Airport and New Delhi Railway Station
  • International standard double bedrooms with attached bathroom
  • Air Conditioning, 24 hours Hot/Cold Water, Fridge, Internet, Washing machine, Prasadam.
  • Car available for rent 24 hours for Delhi (Airport, Railway Stations dropping and picking, shopping ect.) and Delhi-Vrndavan, Delhi -Jaipur Trips
  • Privacy, Cleanliness, High standard, Well furnished
  • Also Independent apartment with two rooms, dinning/sitting hall balcony and Puja Room

(Click here for the full article)

Book distributors fan out from Mayapura
by Vrindavan Lila dasi
Posted December 1, 2003

[1. Grinning Mayapura book distributors pose for portrait.]

In the last week of November, travelling sankirtana parties left from Mayapura for a book distribution marathon. The devotees are distributing books in Assam, Sikkim, Orissa, Bengal and some central states of India. (Click here for the full article)

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