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

Prison Ministry
by Shyamapriya dasi
Posted December 31, 2006

Many prisons are contacting us with requests for Srila Prabhupada's books, japa beads, CD's and tapes. If you would like to help, please contact Shyama Priya dasi. We need books and donations.

Quotes from inmates:

I had been suffering out of ignorance and due to leading a sinful life. I want to be rescued from this ignorance. I'm trying very hard and as long as I continue to read and chant everyday, I'm beginning to see things clearly-Billy Jones, Amarillo, TX (Click here for the full article)



Special Guest Facility Available At Sri Mayapur Dham
by Vaishnava Academy Mayapur
Posted December 30, 2006


Vaishnava Academy Mayapur offers it's services to the worldwide devotee community. It was built as a retreat center for spiritual training. A wide variety of seminars and workshops offer rejuvenation and inspiration for body, mind and soul. We cater to individuals and groups who desire a one stop full service facility which includes airport pickup, lodging, dining, internet, childrens playground, seminar hall, special tours and a lot of personal care.

The twenty double deluxe rooms all have an attached bathroom with hot water and a veranda to witness the sun setting behind the kadamba trees and the whispering rice fields. (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnava Childrens' Newsletter
by Lokadhyaksa dasa & Vidarbhasuta devi dasi, Washington, DC
Posted December 27, 2006

We're publishing a newsletter for and by the vaisnava children (3-13). The goal is to encourage our children to write, draw, paint and engage in the process of Brhad-mrdanga from an early age. So far we have published 8 issues. They can be viewed and downloaded (in pdf) from (www.box.net/public/s3rjd3s8u7)

We invite all vaisnava children to send us their articles, drawing/paintings, poems, quizzes, crosswords or any other interesting work for publication in this newsletter.



Please Take a Few Moments to Help Us Improve This Festival
by Madhuha dasa
Posted December 25, 2006


As one of Festival Of India's valued supporters I know you appreciate the importance of what we are trying to do at Festivals of India all over North America.

That's why I'm hoping you'll take a few moments to help us improve this festival by completing a short online survey at: www.festivalsurvey.org

Through this survey, devotees throughout North America will be giving their feedback on their experiences with the festival as well as input on some of the ideas that are being discussed for new exhibits and other features. (Click here for the full article)



Japa-retreat in the Swiss Alps With Tridandi Maharaja
by Krishna candra das
Posted December 24, 2006

We would like to invite you for a real spiritual experience.

Many of us are already practising spiritual life for many years, and we all heard in many lectures and have also read in many books that the Holy Name of our Lords is the essence of our life.

But have we already dedicated one week completely to the Holy Name? We do so many activities in this world, but why have we so little time for the essence of all existence?

If you want a real spiritual adventure then come to our japa-retreat in our Alp Ashram in the swiss mountains. ( www.sanatan-dharma.ch ). In a completely peaceful area - no noise and disturbances!

From 14.-21. January 2007 (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows Special Edition
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted December 22, 2006

Jaya Sri Gopal! A Special Edition Newsletter has been posted on our site. You can view or download it by pasting this url in your browser:

(Click Here)

The Special Edition 2006 At a Glance records a brief overview of our activities during 2006 with a gallery of photos of all the cows who allowed us to serve them.

Our January Newsletter will be posted on the first day of the new year.

I hope this finds you experiencing the happiness and inner satisfaction that accompanies cow protection.

Your friend and servant,
Kurma Rupa dasa
careforcows.org


May cows stay in front of me; may cows stay behind me; may cows stay on both sides of me. May I always reside in the midst of cows.
Hari Bhakti-vilas 16.252





Alachua Home for Rent
by Akuti dasi
Posted December 21, 2006

Location: 1 and 1/2 miles from the New Raman Reti temple in Alachua temple. Devotee neighbors!

Block House: situated on 5 acres, in-ground POOL available for use, solar hot water heater, outside STORAGE space.

6 bedrooms, 3 baths, big kitchen, great utility room with washer/dryer, large living/temple room.

Willing to rent the ENTIRE PLACE for only $1100/month plus utilities (Click here for the full article)



Not Really a Suggestion, But . . .
by Bhakta Raj Prabhu das
Posted December 19, 2006

Please accept my humble obeisances and well-wishes. I'm a 63-year old devotee/part aging-hippy, and I guess some of the "60ish" things are still ingrained in my delivery! The only "suggestion" I might have is to just "keep on keeping on" with this wonderful website; devotees absolutely are in need of a forum where ideas may be exchanged without fear of "being misunderstood" (translation: offending another devotee).

Krishna! That's been one of the issues that's plagued our movement almost from its inception . . . everybody was afraid to offend everybody! And, of course, the higher up the food-chain one went - the more we vaishnavas who dilligently applied ourselves to whatever task we performed at whatever level we performed it had to be "on our P's 'n Q's" lest we commit some unintended "offense". (Click here for the full article)



Please Stop the Destruction
by Radha McAlpine
Posted December 16, 2006

Please sign this petition to stop the brutal destruction of heritage hills in Braj region (Mathura, Bharatpur and Faridabad districts) - every signature counts!!

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Barsana/petition.html Click Here

Text of the petition:

To: The Supreme Court of India

To
The Hon'ble Chief Justice
Supreme Court of India
New Delhi

Subject: Brutal destruction of heritage hills in Braj region (Mathura, Bharatpur and Faridabad districts) (Click here for the full article)



Giving Gifts This Season?
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa
Posted December 15, 2006


Transcendental sounds are the best gifts for the Holidays. For the entire month of December all our downloadable Vaisnava Acarya AudioBooks at www.Sadhusanga.com are on sale for only $2.49 each!

After downloading an AudioBook, burn as many CDs as you like for loved ones, plus keep one for yourself. Listen to Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, Visvanatha Chakravarti, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, many with Srila Prabhupada's purports. Don't forget to join our mailing list for updates when new recordings are produced.

Click here now: www.Sadhusanga.com to take advantage of this offer. Happy Holidays!



In the News:
U.S. Embassy Urges Kazakh Authorities to End Harassment of Hare Krishna

by International Herald Tribune
Posted December 15, 2006

Click Here for the article in IHT.com
ALMATY, Kazakhstan

The United States on Thursday urged Kazakhstan's authorities to end what it called an "aggressive" campaign against the country's tiny Hare Krishna community.

The U.S. Embassy said it had "several concerns" regarding the legal basis for the demolition last month of Hare Krishna's 13 summer houses outside the Kazakh commercial capital, Almaty.

In April, Kazakh courts found the Hare Krishna members guilty of illegally acquiring land and ordered that the houses be destroyed and the land confiscated. (Click here for the full article)



Festival Tent for Sale
by Madhuha dasa
Posted December 12, 2006

Size: 40' x 60'
Height: the tent has 8' legs on the perimeter, and peaks up to about 17' in the middle
Price: $3,000

Includes:

  1. The complete aluminum tent frame with all steel corners, hardware, pins, and crowns
  2. three piece tent top, which laces together
  3. instructions how to set it up

For more information, please visit: FestivalOfIndia.org

Delivery available to some east coast locations.

Email to: madhuha@festivalofindia.org



Hiring Computer Technicians in Alachua, Florida
by Lilananda dasa
Posted December 11, 2006


ComputerDoctor of Alachua is hiring technicians with experience in PC/Laptop hardware and software repair. Send resumes with three references to joe.santos@cdoctor.com (AKA Lilananda dasa)



Handpainted Krishna Silk Art for Sale
by Leslie Howard
Posted December 7, 2006


Hare Krishna! I want the devotees to know about a special sale of my hand-painted Krishna conscious silk creations. I have several goods up for auction on ebay including ties, purses, a painting of Krishna's Lotus feet, and some altar handkerchiefs. Please take a look! search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZlittlebird108 The auctions end Friday. We also make herbal tinctures, salve, and have raw wool and mohair from our protected-for-life sheep and goats.

Jaya Radhe!

Leslie Howard
Guruchiter@pamho.net
Gita Nagari area, PA USA



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

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

(Click Here).

This month we present:

  1. Rescuing Cows in Radha Kund

  2. Patient Updates

  3. Concerned Go Sevaks visit CFC

  4. The fourth of a series of photo essays illustrating the habitual behavior of cows.

  5. Surprise arrivals

  6. And many more interesting tid bits.

I hope this finds you experiencng the happiness and inner satisfaction that accompaines cow protection. Jaya Gopal!

Your friend and servant,
Kurma Rupa dasa
www.careforcows.org


May cows stay in front of me; may cows stay behind me; may cows stay on both sides of me. May I always reside in the midst of cows.
Hari Bhakti-vilas 16.252





Fully Renovated Brick House for Sale in Alachua
by Ramya Dasi
Posted December 4, 2006


In a nice upper scale middle class safe residential area.

  • 5 miles from New Raman Reti temple, 1 mile from I75 and 1 miles from downtown Alachua.
  • Large living/dinning room with Spanish tiles.
  • 3 bedrooms with wooden floors, 2 baths fully renovated with Italian tiles.
  • Large new kitchen with gas stove and refrigerator.
  • Bar closet outside the kitchen for personal dishes.
  • Indoor laundry closet with washer and dryer.
  • 1620 sq feet living area in 100 by 100 square feet
  • Plus new addition for office or storage.

Price $173,000

Call Ramya 386-462-4664 or email me at vrsniserres@hotmail.com



Gita Jayanti Festivities At Bhaktivedanta Gurukula, Vrindavan
by Ananda Vrindavanesvari-devi dasi
Posted December 2, 2006


Sometimes good ideas come but don't go anywhere. But this idea of having all 130 students in the primary school section of Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School hand write the complete Bhagavad-gita stayed and worked.


The project began three days before Dec 1st, Gita Jayanti and the children worked diligently write each sloka in both Sanskrit and English. They took special care to write neatly and add a decorative boarder to each card. The cards were then hung and displayed as the backdrop for the evening Gita recitation. (Click here for the full article)



Child Protection Moving Forward
by Lilasuka dasi
Posted December 2, 2006

The First North American Child Protection Conference was a successful beginning. A group of dedicated devotees interested in increasing child protection met for 2 days for seminars and discussion at a retreat center in the woods of North Carolina.

Here is what some people had to say after attending the first North American Child Protection Conference-

  • "It really came across that devotees care for children and they are open to discuss how to better protect them."

  • "very interesting"

  • "The part I liked best was the personal contacts I made, diversity and volume of information and everyone's participation."

(Click here for the full article)



  Welcome to Grand International Opening of ISKCON Tirupati New Lotus Complex
by Revati Ramana dasa
Posted December 31, 2006

Welcome to Grand international opening of ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Govinda Asta Sakhi Giriraja Lotus temple complex on 31 January 2007, Nityananda's appearance day !

We are happy to bring you the news about the opcoming opening festival of Sri Sri Radha Govinda Asta Sakhi Giriraja Lotus temple complex which will begin on 29 January and end at the 1 Febr in the presence of most GBC members and many Yatra's worldwide. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Hatha Yoga School in South India
by Bhakta Shane
Posted December 30, 2006

Just wanted to find out if anyone knows of any good Hatha Yoga Schools or hospitals etc in South India. Preferably with Yoga Teacher or Ayurvedic Dr who has abilities to do Ayurvedic pulse readings as well as Yoga and thus able to precribe certain appropriate yoga asanas according to certain health conditions.

Also preferably some place which doesnt expound to much in the way of Mayavada philosophy or doesn't incorporate heavy mayavada teachings there as part of the overall course structure. Looking for place that runs 1 mth or 3 mth courses in Yoga discipline rather than philosohy.

Would appreciate if anyone has some info in this regard thanks. Please send replies c/o chakraletters@gmail.com.



Letter to the Prison Ministry
by Janardana dasa
Posted December 27, 2006

I met you at the mangalartika in Chicago earlier this week and I was very excited about your involvement in this Prison ministry.

I was a self-styled outlaw as a youth and youthful adult, and spent a total of 8 years in prisons across the US. I was exposed to this Krishna consciousness movement as a 16 year old back when the Chicago temple was in Evanston, IL, but rather than surrender I chose a life of anger, material-manias, and ultimately crime.

During my years of crime, I always knew I should chant Hare Krsna, and often would visit temples, even staying in some for a week here or there, but could not surrender... (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada Murti
by Bhakta LaVon
Posted December 25, 2006

Does anyone have a small brass murti of Srla Prahbhupada that they no longer worship? I am looking for a brass murti approx 3 inches to worship. Please e-mail hardisonl@hotmail.com.



Dome Tat Sat
by Caru das
Posted December 25, 2006

A project that intimidated us since 2001, was conceptualized by Vaibhavi in 2005, physically begun in May of 2006, was just this day (Dec. 22) completed.

The main dome of the temple room was built back in 1999 by a company from Idaho Falls, called "Dome Technologies". They claimed to have vast experience building dome structures in the Middle East. I think the domes came in quite handy as well in Idaho for storing potatoes.

Two fellows came down from Idaho, spent a couple of days fixing pylons into the ground, arranged skirting, double compression doors, and then with a compressor blew up the shape of the 27 foot wide 18 foot high dome from a vinyl air form. (Click here for the full article)



Bhakti Sastri Course in Sri New Vrindaban
by Radha Sundari devi dasi
Posted December 24, 2006

For the very first time, a world-class Bhakti Sastri Course will be offered in Sri New Vrindaban Dhama, USA. From June 11 to July 20, 2007, an unrivaled team of instructors will join together to present a six week, in-depth study of Bhagavad-gita. The following summer (2008), six weeks will be dedicated to the study of Sri Isopanisad, Nectar of Devotion, and Nectar of Instruction.

This year, our instructors will be:

  • HH Bhakti Charu Swami
  • HH Jayadvaita Swami
  • HH Radhanath Swami (Special Guest Speaker)
  • HG Siddhi-lalasa devi dasi

(Click here for the full article)



Radha Govinda Still #1
by MiraBai Devi Dasi
Posted December 22, 2006

We just wanted to thank everyone again for continuing to vote for our JALEBI Music songs at www.betarecords.com/jalebi! Our JALEBI Music song "Radha Govinda Kirtan" is still number one after EIGHT weeks and we also still have six songs in the top eight on the World Chart at BETA Records! Everyone has been absolutely fantastic!

Yes, thanks to your generous support "Radha Govinda Kirtan" is still Number One and we still have six songs in the Top Eight positions on the BETA Records World Chart and we would like to carry this winning streak over into the New Year 2007....but of course it can be done only if you all continue to support us by voting for our songs. (Click here for the full article)



CA High Desert Devotees?
by Bhn. Erica
Posted December 21, 2006

Haribol, I was wondering if there are any devotees living in the high desert and/or eastern Sierra area of California: Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Victorville, Inyo County, etc. (Hopefully less than 2 hours or so from Ridgecrest!) My family and I will be moving to Ridgecrest in February. You can contact me at elwolski2000@yahoo.com. Thanks.



Bhagavad-Gita As It Is On DVDs
by Kamlesh Patel
Posted December 19, 2006


Only $30 plus shipping

The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is DVDs have translations followed by explanations in English. Presented by His Grace Nirantara Das, a disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prahbupada. The running time is approximately 14 hours 42 minutes on 4 DVDs. The first 13 hours and 42 minutes covers the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad-Gita with the subject matter of five basic truths:

  1. Isvara (the supreme controller, Lord Krishna)
  2. Jivas (the living entities)
  3. Prakrti (material nature)
  4. Kala (time)
  5. Karma (the law of action and reaction)

(Click here for the full article)



Listen Up, New Charity Album
by bhaktiprojects.org
Posted December 16, 2006

SCHOOL of BRAJA is a remarkable and exciting new charity album. A 64-page booklet and music CD in one, making a charming & affordable gift. Classical bhajans, kirtan, and Braj folk songs meld into a kaleidoscope of instruments, colors and sounds, as students from our very own Badger school perform alongside musicians like Kula Shaker, Chrissie Hynde, and DJ producer Mark Pritchard. Whilst the album is a celebration of youth and devotional culture, the accompanying booklet is a work of art unto itself. Featuring many beautiful color pictures and an easy to read introduction to Sacred Sound, the booklet has all lyrics translations and purports to songs by Srila B.V Narayana Goswami Maharaja himself, as well as a beautiful short essay by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura. (Click here for the full article)



New Website Sells Devotional Items
by Naga-natana das
Posted December 15, 2006

My name is Naga-natana das, initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1976. My wife, Bhaktin Setsuko and I have just opened up our Homepage. Our aim is to sell devotional items, especially beads necklaces for Deities, and present Krsna Conscious philosophy here in Japan. Because we have just started this site, we do not have much presentation for preaching and selling, but we will expand them gradually. Out site is: www2.plala.or.jp/shringara/

your servant,
Naga-natana das



Surviving And Preaching in a Post-oil World
by Jagatkarta das
Posted December 15, 2006

The recent events in Kazakhstan are a wake up call for devotees everywhere. I live in the US, which has a history of religious tolerance and respect for human rights, but in recent years, since 9/11/01 to be specific, there has been a systematic attempt by this federal government to dismantle basic civil rights even here. When you examine the contents of the Patriot Acts, the Military Commissions Act and several other similar laws that have been passed since 9/11/01, it becomes evident that the complete legal framework now exists to support a state of martial law. The discretion to declare martial law rests entirely in the hands of one man, the president. The Supreme Court or Congress cannot intervene or review the situation for at least 6 months. (Click here for the full article)



Drama Night @ Brooklyn Hare Krishna Temple
by NY ISKCON
Posted December 12, 2006

This Sunday December 10, 2006, The New Vaikuntha Players (ISKCON NY's drama ensemble) will be presenting 3 short plays based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, Brooklyn NY. We cordially invite you, your family, and friends, to take part in this presentation, scheduled to begin at 7:00pm, after the Evening arati which takes place at 6:00pm.

Your servants,

NY ISKCON
www.radhagovinda.net



Hare Krishna Cinema
by Aprakrtita das
Posted December 11, 2006

Srila Prabhupada has recommended that we refrain from going to the movies.

However, I invite you here to a completely different cinema, one that's purely spiritual and where you don't even have to leave your house.

After much research, here is the Hare Krishna cinema on Internet. Don't waste another second, discover what it's all about! www.gitagita.com



Krishna Can Maintain Everyone
by Anandamaya das
Posted December 7, 2006

In response to Ananda das's article, Some Home Truths About Birth Control, I agree with much of what he says, but I would like to put forth a few additional ideas. A half-feral cat showed up at our door 8-1/2 years ago, apparently abandoned, and we began feeding him.Now that he is older and has mellowed out a bit through the aging process and the hearing of Harinam in our house, he wants to stay inside more and more, especially in winter, but he refuses to use the cat box, so we put him out to go to toilet. He also gets some food and occasional shelter from at least one other householder in the neighborhood. I strive to keep him as a pet without getting overly attached. Cats in general set the example of a miser perfectly, and he is no exception, but he is gradually responding to our overtures of kindness. (Click here for the full article)



Krsna Carols
by Brajananda das
Posted December 5, 2006

(sung to the tune Jingle bells)

Krsna bells Krsna bells, Krsna all the way
Ho, what fun it is to chant Hare Krsna every day, Hey!
Dashing thru the snow to go on sankirtan
For the people we go to give them Bhagavatams
Chanting Hari Bol will make your spirits bright and pleasing Srila
Prabhupada is every prabhus delight
(repeat)



ISKCON NY Book Distribution
by Dayananda dasa
Posted December 4, 2006

Please Join us for World Enlightenment Day!

Traditionally, one day a year, devotees all over the world, set aside whatever else they are doing to go out on Sankirtana. This year, that special day called, "World Enlightenment Day" is December Saturday, 16th.

Details:

Dec 15 - Hari Nama, 26 Second Ave to Union Sq Park, 6 pm - 8 pm

Dec 16th & 17th - Massive book distribution

Team goals:

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada & Lord Caitanya . . .

At least 50 devotees from the New York / New Jersey / Connecticut go out on book distribution.

Hope to see you there.

www.sankirtana-yajna.com



Event Photographer in Mayapur
by Padmalochan das
Posted December 2, 2006

I am a photographer living in Mayapur and as means of our support and service mantenance I offer my photography when devotees need to cover personal events - weddings, birthday parties, first grain giving cremony, privet parikramas, etc, etc...

I can be contacted via e-mail: vrindavanlila@photo.net

postal address is: (Click here for the full article)



Master Bedroom for Rent in Kula, Hawaii
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted December 2, 2006

Master Bedroom in 2 bedroom cottage available for rent to devotees in Kula, Hawaii (Maui island) for $500 per month plus utilities (I am staying in the second bedroom). Couples OK. Discounted or free stay available to visiting Vaisnavas or Swamis. Located at 3000ft elevation on Mt. Haleakala with beautiful garden. No loud noise or music. Shared use of bathroom, living room, kitchen and porch. Short drive to Makawao, Haiku, and Kahului. Email Vrindavan dasa at victorepand@hotmail.com.



  Sublet in New York City
by Cosmo
Posted December 31, 2006

A beautiful fully furnished 3 floor house with fully furnished 4 BR, including tv, stereo, dishes, lamps, futon. Kitchen is complete with dishwasher, microwave, stove/oven, refrigerator, freezer. There is a laundry room in the building with the washer machine and dryer. Located conveniently near to Hare Krishna temple. (5min away)

This house has it's own garden. $2000 plus utilities per month. Contact: Cosmo 917-653-2592



Contact Information Needed
by Dayananda dasa
Posted December 30, 2006

I'm doing research on the Kovida Certificate, so I need to contact Harikesh, Hari Sauri, Rohini Suta, and Brahmananda Prabhus. Kindly send me any of their addresses, or an address of someone who might be able to contact one of them. My email is dayananda@sankirtana-yajna.com.

Your servant, Dayananda dasa

www.sankirtana-yajna.com



In the News:
10m State Cash for First Hindu School

by Jamie Doward, home affairs editor
Posted December 27, 2006

Hare Krishna movement to offer guidance to 240 primary pupils in Harrow

Sunday December 24, 2006

Britain's first state-funded school for Hindus, which will receive guidance from the Hare Krishna movement, is to get the go ahead, backed by almost 10m of taxpayers' money. The news is seen as a major cultural breakthrough by Britain's 600,000-strong Hindu community which has long campaigned for state-funded schools for its followers. But it has also attracted criticism from secular groups who claim that religion and education do not mix. The Krishna-Avanti school, which will be advised by Iskcon - the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, better known as the Hare Krishna movement - will be based in Harrow, north-west London. A planning application will be submitted to the local council next month and the school is expected to open in September 2008.

Click Here



Governor's Holiday Reception
by Caru das
Posted December 25, 2006

From the Governor's mansion we received an invitation to attend a Holiday Reception on Thursday Dec. 14th from 6 - 8 pm. Because of the 100 mile round trip from Spanish Fork, I was not planning to attend: however, it so happened one devotee (Ram Ranjan) was flying in from New Vrndavan and I had to pick him up at the airport at 8:30 pm.

Vaibhavi could not come as she is on a marathon to finish the decorations of the interior dome of the temple room. Recently, she has been spending about 10 hours a day on 30 foot high scaffolding.

When I arrived at the Governor's mansion around 7:30 pm there was a long line of people out the door. (Click here for the full article)



Krishna-conscious Parenting Site
by Rachel Espinosa
Posted December 24, 2006

yasoda.wetpaint.com is a new website focusing on Krishna-conscious parenting. It is a place where devotees can go to find support on parenting as well as to share experiences and to provide information and advice. The site is very much in its early days, and needs a lot of work. It uses wiki technology, which allows anyone to make improvements. We would very much like to invite devotees to take a look at this site, to join the community and to add what they feel is needed or may be helpful for others.



International Counselors Directory
by Kancana-valli Devi Dasi
Posted December 22, 2006

We would like to inform you about the developing Vaishnava Support and Abuse Resource Group (VSARG) website, which aims to create an online resource for devotees who suffered traumatic events or sexual, emotional, or physical abuse inside or outside ISKCON.

On VSARG, survivors of trauma and abuse can reveal their hearts and find empathy, support, strength, and hope for their emotional and spiritual recovery.

Presently VSARG includes: (Click here for the full article)



Cabin for Rent
by Maharha dasi
Posted December 21, 2006

Cabin for rent in North Carolina. $200 per month + utilities. 16x32 feet of insulated living space, with full bath and kitchen. Lots of windowns in the South to let in winter sun. Open North windows in summer to hear the creek nearby.

In Prabhupada Village North Carolina. 35 miles North of Winston Salem. Active devotional community with about 25 familys. Temple program everyday, Sunday Feast at 4:00. See our website (which badly needs updating) www.prabhupadavillage.com. The "BUDGET KUTIR" is a 12 minute walk from the temple. Call Mitra or Maharha at 336-871-9606 or 336-682-1155

Mary Walters
maharha@earthlink.net



New Year's Eve in Detroit
by Samvit Dasi
Posted December 19, 2006

You are invited to attend the New Year's Eve Program at ISKCON Detroit. After the Sunday feast, we will begin the program with bhajans, followed by 9 PM arati and kirtan, class by Jambavan Prabhu, more bhajans, and prasadam at midnight. Call Samvit dasi at 313-387-3137 for details, directions, or help with accomodations.

www.dandavats.com/?p=2471

beam.to/harekrishnablogtrends



In the News:
Kazakhstan: USCIRF Denounces Demolition of Hare Krishna Property and Moves Against Religious Freedom; Calls on the U.S. Government to Reject Kazakhstan's Bid to Become OSCE Chair in 2009

by U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Posted December 16, 2006

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan, independent federal agency, is concerned about actions taken by authorities in Kazakhstan that fail to live up to international standards of religious freedom. "Recent steps against the Hare Krishnas and members of other religious communities indicate that the government of Kazakhstan, regrettably, is moving in the wrong direction with regard to respecting the universal right to freedom of religion or belief," said Felice D. Gaer, Chair of the Commission. (Click here for the full article)



Get It While It Lasts
by Dhanistha dasi
Posted December 15, 2006

In the course of pulling out the last of my stock from storage, I have found the following books I want to let go for low prices or for free if the buyer will just pay for shipping. Payment is best by postal money order or bank draft. email your responses amd inquiries to: dhanistha108@yahoo.com

  1. 12 small black soft Gitas original with sanskrit version of Prabhupada's Gita As It Is(Hansadutta's Phillipines printing) $5/ea. (plus $4.00 shipping in USA)

  2. 138 vol. brown softback replica Delhi Bhagwatams. $6/ea. for individual copies ($3 shipping) $5/ea. by the case. I have 3 unopened cases of 36 per case =$180/case ($20/case shipping in USA)

(Click here for the full article)



Designer Deity Dresses for Sale
by Vamsidhari Gopinath dasa
Posted December 15, 2006

I am a designer by profession and I would love to design dresses for your deities at reasonable cost. Just mail me, call me, write me or meet me for any business queries. If you have your own designs ideas then let me know. I can even design according to that. All dresses are made by expert team of fashion designers with superior quality of fabrics. Special dresses for Giriraj and Saligrams are also available.

Thanks,
Varun B (aka. Vamsidhari Gopinath dasa )
new delhi , india.
+91-9873432542
e-mail:

vdgn_jps@yahoo.co.uk
or
varun_var@hotmail.com



In the News:
U.S. Urges Kazakhs To Stop Harassing Hare Krishna

by Kazakhstan Today, AP
Posted December 12, 2006

December 7, 2006 -- The United States has urged Kazakh authorities to end what it describes as an "aggressive" campaign against Hare Krishna followers.

The call is contained in a statement released today by the U.S. Embassy in Astana.

The statement questions the legal basis of a Kazakh court ruling ordering the destruction of the Sri Vrindavan Dham, a sprawling farming commune near Almaty.

Sri Vrindavan Dham is the only Hare Krishna commune in the CIS.

Kazakh police on November 21 began to bulldoze the residential buildings and other property of Hare Krishna followers. (Click here for the full article)



Bringing Krsna to Work
by Atmavana dasi, Santa Cruz, CA
Posted December 11, 2006

Recently, after hearing during a recent class from the LA Temple, that one shouldn't think he could bring Krsna Consciousness to the work place and expect people there not to influence the devotee, it got me thinking so I am writing this today. I understand the speakers' intention was to not fool oneself into thinking one can expect oneself to remain strong in one's sadhana while associating with people outside the temple. For those who feel strongly in this regard, your point can not truly be disputed. As devotees we all know there's no place like Vaikuntha here on earth, in other words, the temple. We would all love to be in the most fortunate of circumstances, yet for some of us that can not always be possible. (Click here for the full article)



Please Sign This Petition
by Kumar Thakur
Posted December 8, 2006

Please spend 2 minutes of your valuable time in reading the little message at the link below . If you feel the cause is worthy, kindly sign the petition which is aimed at helping our fellow brothers & sisters who, like all of us, just want to live a peaceful life along with their families. Thank you very much.

Click Here to sign the petition.



Update On the Temporary Vrndavan Hospice
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa
Posted December 7, 2006

Upon our request, we have received a number of offers to take over the temporary hospice fund and we are in the process of interviewing some known fair minded, pro active and honest individuals. The Temporary Hospice will remain a branch of VRNDA (the Vaishnavi Retirement and Development Association www.vrnda.org). The last update from the Permanent hospice in Vrndavan founded by Giriraja Maharaja is that construction has begun and will be completed within a year. We continue to thank those of you who have been giving every month for the last year and a half, as you have helped so many devotees in need, in Vrndavan (and elsewhere). (Click here for the full article)



Spaying And Neutering Animals
by Name withheld
Posted December 5, 2006

In Response to Kylie Dicks request for input concerning Spaying and Neutering Animals, I offer this staggering statistic. In the metro nine county area where I live with less than 300,000 human population, the local shelters publish their intake/adoption/euthanized statistics each month in a periodical filled with photos of adoptable animals. Their monthly average of the animals euthanized in over 72 per cent of the animals brought to them for possible adoptions. Over 72%! Personally, I am a soul on my journey through the material world at this point in Kali Yuga who has rescued cat- and dog-bodied souls, and is steward to two rescue cat-souls who live indoors only. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Kazakhstan Government Showcases Religious Harmony

submitted by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted December 4, 2006


(Devotees who have been shocked and outraged by recent accounts that the Kazakhstan government destroyed 13 houses of Hare Krsna devotees in Almaty may note with irony that the Kazakhstan government considers itself a leader in the matter of world religious harmony. One can only wonder where it believes the followers of Lord Krsna and the Bhagavad-gita should fit into its lofty visions of interfaith harmony? The Kazakhstan government paid for a half-page advertisement in the New York Times (Mon, Nov 27, p. A9) entitled "Kazakhstan: Global Dialogue for Humanity." Readers should send any comments to the editor of the New York Times letters@nytimes.com OSCE info@osce.org and the Kazakhstan Ministry of Culture and Information pr@mininfo.ktelco.kz as well as Chakra. ) (Click here for the full article)



Dome Story
by Caru Das
Posted December 2, 2006

At the beginning of 2006 Vaibhavi vowed the interior decoration of the 33 thousand pound dome over the temple room would be completed by year's end. Though the temple opened more than five years ago, June 23, 2001, she put off this project until there was a clear conception of how to do it.

The dome of the original building, Kusum Sarovar in Braja Bhumi, after which our temple was modeled, still shows the results of intricate hand painting 500 years ago. Would Vaibhavi have to lie on her back on a high scaffold for years, like Michaelangelo, painting by hand the vast surface? (Click here for the full article)



Moscow Krishna Temple Emergency, Urgent Help
by Kirtiraja dasa, ISKCON Moscow
Posted December 2, 2006

In the last 15 years devotees all over Russia have begun actively building their congregations and a Krishna conscious environment for their children. But now their hopes are threatened and they need our help. Please listen to their story.

In 1993, several years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Hare Krishna movement was bursting at the seams. Looking for a place to begin developing a community, one of the stalwart devotees from the communist era, Vidura prabhu, found a former summer camp called "Cosmos", which was available for rent. The place was given a new name "Sukharevo" after the nearest village, and the first Krishna conscious community in Russia was born. (Click here for the full article)



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