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December 2008
Japathon On New Years Day
by Nisha devi dasi
Posted December 31, 2008

You are cordially invited for Japathon on New Year (1/1/2009), A day to make resolution!

What is Japathon, you may ask? Devotees come together and chant maximum rounds they can chant a day. Once one chants extra rounds, be it 1 or 50 extra rounds, chanting everyday becomes breeze. We find many newcomers take to chanting and many veterans chant 64 rounds on Japathon. (See Japa scores! www.boisetemple.org/Japathon2005.html)

I witnessed this effect of Chanting on demons within my heart. de.youtube.com/watch?v=xO0DtbaIeAM (1 minute video) (Click here for the full article)



JPS Update
by Ratnavali devi dasi
Posted December 26, 2008

Dec. 20, 2008

The day we had all waited for has arrived! Guru Maharaja leaving the Hindhuja hospital after 2 months of his admission.

Braja Hari prabhu and Rajasuya prabhu went to the hospital to bring Guru Maharaja. Bhadra Balarama prabhu and Vaikunthapati prabhu were already in the hospital for the night shift. Ekanath Gaura prabhu, Acintya Nitai prabhu, Maha Varaha prabhu and Isvara Puri prabhu went in the morning to assist in this process.

Guru Maharaja was given a shower in the morning, dressed in saffron attire, pavitram on his neck and decorated with auspicious tilak on his forehead. He was fed some fruits before leaving the hospital. (Click here for the full article)



108 Names in Sanskrit?
by Bhakta Michael
Posted December 22, 2008

Thank you to Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya Prabhu for the "108 Names of Lord Chaitanya". Is it possible to also get the Sanskrit for 108 Names of Lord Chaitanya? mike108@fastmail.fm



Looking for Nirmal Kumar Das
by Isvara das
Posted December 19, 2008

I'm trying to find a contact for a devotee named Nirmal Kumar das. He compiled a song book called "Vaisnava Song Book for Guitar." If you can help, please contact me at: idl1000@hotmail.com



Devotee Cook Looking for Service
by Punya Tirtha dasa
Posted December 18, 2008

I am currently staying at ISKCON Denver and am looking to serve in temples in US that need a cook for their restaurant or catering services. My US visa has expired but the visa extension petition from St. Louis is pending and the application was submitted before the visa expired. So I am looking for a temple to sponsor my R-1 status now.

I served as a cook for Govinda's in St. Louis, US for the last 3 years. I know how to make all kinds of Indian savories and snacks like samosas, pakodas, kachoris, dosas, idlis, upma and associated items like chutney, sambhar etc. Also I know how to make things like palak paneer, chana masala, mutter paneer, (Click here for the full article)



Rose Bowl Hari Nama
by Govinda Datta dasa
Posted December 16, 2008

Please join us for a very ecstatic Harinam Sankirtan at the Rose Bowl Parade. Approximately one million people will be in attendance. The Rose Bowl Parade is also televised worldwide to approximately 50 million people. Please invite all your friends and neighbors to help us make this event even more ecstatic. Volunteers are welcomed to help make cookie prasadam. We leave the temple at 5 am Jan. 1, 2009 We return approximately 9 am. Please bring your mrdanga and karatals. For further information please contact Govinda Datta Dasa at (310)559-5742 or email govdatta@hotmail.com

(Click here for the full article)



Prince Rama of Ayodhya's Threshold Dances
by Adideva das
Posted December 15, 2008

Announcing the European release of Prince Rama of Ayodhya's first CD, "Threshold Dances." Taraka Larson, Nimai Larson (second genners) and (Bhakta) Michael Collins make up Prince Rama of Ayodhya, a band home grown here in Alachua and Gainesville, Florida. Their music is comprised of original songs with an eclectic flavor and definite devotional bent. Their UK tour this summer found them playing such large venues as the Greenman Festival and they were interviewed on the BBC, where everyone was treated to their live performance of "Gita Nagari", one of the cuts from their newly released album. Find them on www.myspace.com/princeramaofayodhya. We humbly ask your blessings for their continued success on their journey to infuse the world with higher consciousness.



Advice for Holiday House Guests
by Jaihari devi dasi
Posted December 12, 2008

To Serve, Not to Be Served: from the Abhyagata-dharma section of the Susilata-sabhyacara-samhita

Many devotees are going to friends' and relatives' homes for holiday visits. As a houseguest, bring honour to Krsna and exercise courtesy and thoughtfulness.

Don't feel that householders "owe" you lodging or that your mere presence is payment enough. It may be true that you are a blessing, but not if that is your attitude. If you are a sannyasi or vanaprastha, that was your choice. It should not mean that you want the same lifestyle you had before but now want someone else to support it. Someone who invites you to stay does so for Krsna's sake. Accept what they give; do not ask for or take more. Vaisnavas always reciprocate; never take advantage of your host.

Following these suggestions can make one welcome anywhere.

(Click here for the full article)



Help Fulfill BT Swami's Desire for Africa
by Varaha das
Posted December 11, 2008

ISKCON missionary activities has been slow in taking off in Franco-phone African countries for the obvious reasons that preaching has become more and more difficult in France since in the 80's when the society's image suffered from being black-listed as amongst undesirable sects.

Up till the year 2002, there was just only one center, in the whole of French speaking West African countries. As usual, when Gurudeva was about winding up his tour of the continent, he asked his senior disciples who were with him how they would continue their Guru's mission whilst he was away. I was the first to speak, I told him I would like to develop the preaching in the French-speaking countries. He nodded approvingly and he commented that he was particularly happy that I have taken up this task and more so to see that in such a short time I have already started communicating in French. (Click here for the full article)



Lead Simpler Life in Old Age
by Isvara das
Posted December 9, 2008

Maybe I've got it wrong. After over 35 years as a householder, I'm thinking: now's the time to consider leading a simpler lifestyle. After reading the list of demands published in this article, however, maybe I should reconsider my future and plan for a more complex lifestyle instead.

Joking aside, whatever happened to simple living? As a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, my understanding is that in the latter part of one's life one should become more renounced and try to find happiness in the simple things.

"Simple living, high thinking." Srila Prabhupada said on so many occasions (Click here for the full article)



Unlimited Hospitality of the Jariwala Family
by Nanda Kumar das (Big Island, Hawaii)
Posted December 9, 2008

I read the recent articles regarding the requirements for a preacher traveling in Europe, and have a story to share, inspired by Kamlesh Patel's great response.

While travelling with Srila Prabhupad in the early days in India, we were often guests in the homes of Indian devotees and supporters. One one occasion, Srila Prabhupad was in Surat, Gujarat for several weeks, and the entire city honored him with big parades and wonderful, enthusiastic and respectful gatherings. Srila Prabhupad mentioned at one point, "This is a city of devotees!"

We were guests, all 20 or 25 of us, in the home of a retired banker, Sri Bhagubhai Jariwala, (Click here for the full article)



Beware of False Renunciates
by Shyam Gopal
Posted December 9, 2008

Many times, I have seen how women are superior to men in many ways. Why then are women vilified as the Unholy Personification of Maya? Has anybody else had the experience of these stiff-necked brahmacaris completely avoid even looking at you (because you happen to be a woman)? How repulsive. Many of these brahmacaris treat women like dirt. Maybe they should just wear their kaupin tighter? Beware of nasty false renunciates. And misogynist websites are simply adding to the already overflowing spill of general misogyny in ISKCON. How repulsive.



In Response to 'Arrival of a Demigod'
by Kamlesh Patel
Posted December 6, 2008

I very much agree with this author. Unfortunately many Gurus/Sanyasis have very high requirements. If you visit India, even today. The Sanyasis you come across literally beg from door to door for they daily needs and they don't make any requests. They literally take what they are given without asking who cooked it and what was used and so on. These are the real Sanyasis and not the ones who have a long list of conditions and requests.

The word Swami means controller of the senses and thus if a so-called Swami has very strict requirements with various conditions, as he thinks he may fall down otherwise. Then this proves that he is not a controller of the senses. Thus not fit to be called a Swami. (Click here for the full article)



Vraja Parikram By Oxcart
by Kulasekhara das
Posted December 3, 2008

This Kartika I found myself in Vrndavana and met up with Parasurama das for his oxcart parikrama around Vraja. In an effort to serve the Brij-Basis while performing parikrama he has constructed a cart which can be filled with prasadam and books. On top of the cart are Nitai-Gaurasundara and Nrsimhadeva deities. It is a straightforward program — during the day we walk and chant, while some devotees distribute prasadam and books from the cart. In the evening we pull into a village and show Krsna-conscious movies to the Brij-Basis. The movies are shown on a back-projection screen by a digital projector powered by a 12-volt battery, charged by solar panels on the roof.

Parasurama takes advantage of his experience as a padayatra devotee and his natural love of chaos and insanity to create an adventurous preaching program, which greatly benefits all those who take part. (You can see a video of the parikrama preaching program at Matchless Gifts.) (Click here for the full article)



In the Blog World:
Gita Course & Online Streaming a Success

Posted by Keshav at 10:45 PM, iskcontoronto.blogspot.com
Posted December 2, 2008


Last week, HG Uttama Sloka das visited ISKCON Toronto and conducted a one-week Bhagavad Gita course focused on real-life applications of the teachings of the Gita. Covering topics like releasing negativity, fighting anger, developing self-esteem and cooperation, the course was an amazing experience for the attending devotees as we learned about how verses in the Gita directly speak about these very important themes!

The course was also successfully streamed online throughout last week! Over the course of the week, we had over 500 people log on to view the live video stream and about 10-15 people consistently attended each two and a half hour classes every evening. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
ISKCON Honors Vrindavana's Saints With Annual Feast

by ISKCON News Weekly Staff
Posted December 1, 2008


For many years, ISKCON's Krishna Balarama temple in Vrindavana has invited all the holy town's Vaishnava Mahants (Ashrama heads) to enjoy a feast during Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day festival. This year marks the first that ISKCON invited the Mahants to eat at their own Krishna Balarama property, rather than at the usual Fogla Ashrama location.

"At first we were overwhelmed by the huge number of devotees attending Srila Prabhupada's disappearance this year and didn't serve the feast at all," says long-time Vrindavana resident Dina Bandhu das. "But I insisted that we still do it as soon as we could, so as not to disappoint the Mahants and sever our relationship with them."

Sure enough, the Ashram heads were disappointed at not having been invited. (Click here for the full article)



  Mayapur Flat Wanted
by Purujit das
Posted December 31, 2008

Looking to rent or purchase large flat in mayapur

I am looking to rent (preferred) or purchase a nice, large flat (min 3 bed, 1000-1500 sq.foot) in Mayapur.

can be outside ISKCON but within easy reach of our temple.(by foot or bicycle)

I am looking to rent long term (min. 1-2 years).

I do not need the place before festival time. right after would be fine.

E-mail peterhannen@msn.com

Phone 360-369-6394, 425-765-0602



Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. in Every Town And Village
by Rita Gupta
Posted December 28, 2008

In 2001, two long-time friends and Godsisters, Sangita devi dasi and Jusaniya devi dasi, co-founded Vaisnavas C.A.R.E., Inc. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally-ill and Their Families). Their vision is that in every town or village, when devotees are in the process of dying, there will be trained volunteers to assist with their end-of-life needs. Assistance may include light housekeeping, writing letters, or chanting and reading to a patient. It may also include being present at the moment of death, and helping a devotee to remember Lord Krishna at that crucial moment.

Sangita and Jusaniya are both registered nurses. In addition, both are Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses (CHPN). (Click here for the full article)



Salagram Sila Wanted
by Kubera Das
Posted December 22, 2008

For the past year or so, I've been looking into worshiping Salagram Sila with his Divine consort, Sri Tulasi Devi. If anyone has a Salagrama Sila that he or she could give away or knows someone who is no longer able worship Him, could you please contact me at Kuberadas@live.com.



The Exemplary Life And Glorious Passing of Krsna Krpa Dasi
by Rupanuga das
Posted December 18, 2008


My wife, Srimati Krsna Krpa dasi, disappeared on November 30, 2008. A staunch disciple of Srila Prabhupada, she was always enthusiastic and attentive in her service. She loved to read and distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books, and was always thinking and planning about the welfare of others.

Krsna Krpa prabhu was endowed with a high intelligence, a superior analytic capacity and an extraordinary memory. During our marriage she earned two master’s degrees and a fellowship, with the intention of introducing Krsna-conscious concepts into her International Baccalaureate and community college classes in world history and American history. (Click here for the full article)



Recorded Vyasa Puja Offerings?
by Dina Sharana dasa
Posted December 15, 2008

I'm looking for recordings of Vyasa Puja offerings to Srila Prabhupada, from any temple, doesn't matter, especially from his immediate disciples, from special gatherings at particular temples. Commemoration days, etc.

Please contact me at office@friendsofthebbt.org



Mayapur School Needs a New Principal
by Premala devi dasi, school board secretary
Posted December 12, 2008

Sri Mayapur International School Is still on the lookout for a new Principal. Please see Click Here for more information. All interested devotees please contact us before the 31st of December, 2008.



Prabhupada Maha for Sale
by Jaya Gauranga das
Posted December 11, 2008

I have the original table on which Srila Prabhupada wrote the Krsna book. This table used to be Srila Prabhupada's desk for a number of years. There is a very nice full blown two-page color photograph in the 2008 Vyasa Puja book, where you can see Srila Prabhupada sitting at this table when he had it at his desk; in that photograph Srila Prabhupada is looking at one of the volumes of the fifth canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Any way, due to some emergency, I'm being forced to sell this table to whomever approaches me first. My name is Jaya Gouranga das and my telephone numbers are: (310) 945-8848 - my cell- phone, and (310) 204-2523 - my home.



Devotees Gave Up Everything for Krishna
by a once-upon-a-time temple devotee
Posted December 9, 2008

I read Kamlesh Patel's article about the treatment he received while visiting an ISKCON temple. I was impressed with the correctness of what he stated. Yes, it is Vedic culture to offer the guest excellent treatment. It is also stated that one should think of a guest as being as good as Vishnu. Can you imagine that? As good as Vishnu — truly a difficult and razor's-edge endeavor. One small slip, and you can make an offense.

On the other hand, I also was thinking about how the devotees were eating off a metal plate and guests were eating off leaf plates. Personally, I don't think a metal plate, which is washed again and again and used by many different devotees, is better. A leaf plate is used once and discarded. That is a cleaner and much higher standard, in my opinion. (Click here for the full article)



Preserve Paramapara By Education, Culture And Devotion - Part 1
by Nimai Pandit das
Posted December 9, 2008

There is a need to find various means to ensure that Srila Prabhupada's books are never changed again for the next 10,000 years. BBT, due to the limitation of number of years it can enforce the copyrights, can only ensure to do so for probably maximum 100 years more, maybe less, if the expected legal extensions on how long successors of authors can hold the copyrights after an author has passed away, comes to be. If the copyright ownership is not extended by the US govt, then they will be in public domain in 60 years or so. Most probably within 100 years the books will pass into public domain, likely to be published by anyone, like Bible, Koran, Torah, Guru Grantha Sahib for want of better examples. Then it can be restricted on how they are printed only by the opinion for or against it by the members of the public who will be their main readers. (Click here for the full article)



Reacting to "A Demigod's Arrival?"
by Laksmivan das
Posted December 6, 2008

Thank you for publishing such a silly and at the same time serious state of consciousnes of "I need" person. Being around some decade in Germany, Swiss, Czech.. I see this is the posthumous child of the previous mentality. Sentiment toward the certain behaviour and habits is still there in our leaders' blood. I wish that person more simple mind than detailed demands.

Please be real sannyasi and live now, not in the future.



Preparing for a Demigod's Arrival?
by unknown
Posted December 4, 2008

Preparing for a Demigod's Arrival?
No, it's a Travelling Preacher.

Sent to temples in Germany and Switzerland

In the Bhagavad-gita Sri Krishna says that his devotee is the same in happiness and distress. He always tolerates all situations, he is not hankering for gain, he is equipoised even in the worst circumstances and is not dependent on the ordinary course of happenings in this world. These ideals should surely be lived by a preacher of our movement. The world has enough people who speak; we need persons who preach by example. (Click here for the full article)



Street Harinama in Leeds, U.K.
by Haridas Thakur das
Posted December 3, 2008


When I joined the Hare Krishna movement in the mid-'70s there were two main activities that we concentrated on: book distribution and harinama sankirtana (street chanting of Hare Krishna). Of course other activities took place, and I don't wish to minimise them, but these were what most of us felt were what most pleased Srila Prabhupada. For those of us who are direct disciples, Prabhupada is as much with us now as he was then and the more we please him the more we feel his personal presence. Grand-disciples can also have an appreciation of him even if they joined after Prabhupada left our external vision. This relationship is cemented by service to his instructions, and it is as simple as that. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows Newsletter Dec. 2008
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted December 2, 2008

Our December 2008 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 16 pages (1.4 MB) we present reports on:

1. Another Bull Scholarship student graduates.

2. Sabjiwalla - a successful rehabilitation attempt.

3. The unexpected birth of a new bull.

4. The successful rescue of an injured bull.

5. New arrivals. (Click here for the full article)



  Message From H. H. Lokanath Swami
by Gaura Krishna das (LOK)
Posted December 31, 2008

This is an invitation to all of you to come to our new ISKCON Temple in my birthplace (Aravade, Maharashtra, India), on the auspicious occasion of Sri Nityananda Trayodasi, to welcome Their Lordships Sri-Sri Radha-Gopal on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of February 2009.

The inspiration for this project is a statement Srila Prabhupada made to me in a letter dated July 30, 1977. After I gave a report to him about the Second Annual Hare Krishna Utsav at Aravade. Srila Prabhupada wrote: "You should train one farmer from your native village so that he can actually become an ISKCON representative there."

The Hare Krishna Utsav has been celebrated yearly for the last 31 years in Aravade, with more than 20,000 villagers attending it. (Click here for the full article)



House for Sale Near Mayapur
by Amritananda Das
Posted December 28, 2008


2 storied (ground floor not done) building, 65 feet by 20 feet, 3960 sq ft (5.5 Cottha) of land in Swarupganj across the Jalangi River from Mayapur Ghat. Second floor has 2 bedrooms, kitchen, temple room, living/dining room. Big backyard with lot dog fruits, flowers and hardwood trees. No flood water during flood season. This property is very close to the Shrine of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakura and Shuravi Kunj, 2 Kilometers (KM) from Mayapur, 1 KM from Sri Dham Nabadwip. (Click here for the full article)



Chant 4 Change: Inaugural Kirtan Festival
by Neil Chakrabarti
Posted December 24, 2008


Washington, DC - Jan 19th, 2009, 6:30pm - 11:30pm (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Celebrate the Inauguration of Barack Obama on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with sacred activist Shiva Rea, world-renowned kirtan/chant artists Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits and 400 other conscious revolutionaries. Join us for a full night of chant, dance, expression and teaching within sight of the White House and the Washington Monument. This is the place to be on the night before the Inauguration. (Click here for the full article)



The 2009 Vaisnava Calendars Are Now Available At Bhaktistore.Com
by BhaktiStore.com
Posted December 19, 2008

Click Here to get yours TODAY!

1 - $15.00

5 - $35.00

60- $370.00



Radharani Festival
by Iskcon Berkeley
Posted December 18, 2008


Come welcome Srimati Radharani to the Iskcon Berkeley Temple

Friday to Sunday, February 6th, 7th, and 8th of 2009

We are observing Lord Varahadeva's Appearance Day with Kirtan, readings and feast on Friday, February 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We are celebrating Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day with Kirtan, readings and feast on Saturday, February 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please help us create a peaceful, wonderful, and spiritual atmosphere for the welcoming of Srimati Radharani on Sunday, February 8th from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Click here for the full article)



Hawaii Ratha Yatra
by Vishaka devi dasi
Posted December 16, 2008

On behalf of New Navadwip community, we'd like to invite everyone to our annual Rathayatra on January 19, 2009. Lord Jaganatha's Rath will be part of the Martin Luther King JR's day parade, and Their Lordships will be giving Their blessings to people from all over the world who come to Waikiki. The parade starts at the Magic Island (where Srila Prabhupada took his walks) and then we proceed to Kapiolani park through Waikiki where we will have booths, kirtan and prasadam.

This year will be the first year for our brand new cart, made by devotees and thru their donations. The cart will be traditionally hand pulled by devotees. (Click here for the full article)



Have You Witnessed a Prasadam Miracle?
by Sunanda das (ACBSP)
Posted December 15, 2008

Have you seen an encounter with prasadam transform someone's life - - including your own?

For the past 35 years I've been cooking prasadam in ISKCON kitchens, including the well-known Kalachandji's Restaurant in Dallas, Texas started in 1982, and now in Gainesville, Florida, home of the huge daily Krishna Lunch program at the University of Florida serving 5,000 plates a week. After seeing prasadam touch so many lives, I have resolved to compile a book entitled The Glories of Krishna Prasadam to disseminate such prasadam pastimes along with other important related topics, including:

The importance of prasadam distribution (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabupada Murtis for Sale
by Aprakrita dasa
Posted December 13, 2008

This is an invaluable offer!

The most spiritual Christmas gift you can think of.

This is a very special offer valid until Christmas or until all the murtis are sold out!

There are 60 murtis available at this very low price.

We have three different murtis:
Srila Prabhupada giving a lecture
Srila Prabhupada chanting japa
Srila Prabhupada playing karatalas

Don't miss this incredible offer at such a very low price! (Click here for the full article)



Houses And Apartments for Sale in 'Villaggio Hare Krishna' - Italy
by Sri Lalita dasi
Posted December 12, 2008


Are there any Hare Krishna families who wish to live and raise their children in an Italian Vaishnava comunity? The 'Hare Krishna Village' ( or 'Villaggio Hare Krishna') is a village with about 80 different houses and apartments built mostly by devotees in the same compound as Sri Sri Radha Raman and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai temple in North Italy. This is an ISKCON temple established about 20 years ago with a full 6 arati per day program, morning (sometimes also evening) lectures, Sunday feasts and vaisnava festivals with a growing Indian community. (Click here for the full article)



108 Names of Lord Chaitanya
by Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya
Posted December 11, 2008

He sustains the universe

He is victorious over the influence of mundane anger

He assumes the illusory form of a human

He is bereft of fraudulent behavior

He is the foremost of (transcendental) cheaters

He appears in the best of lands

He is the ultimate brahmana

He is the dearest son of Jagannatha Mishra

He is the devotee of His father

He has great mental power (Click here for the full article)



Sannyasa is for Simplicity
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted December 9, 2008

A lot of the requests in this article show a healthy lifestyle. Many of us should follow them.

But if due to disease we need special help, then we don't need to take sannyasa. Sannyasa is for a simple lifestyle. A sannyasi leads a life which is not dependent on others but is dependent on Krishna. This person, however, cannot even get water for neti. He expects most things to be done for him.

It is not surprising, when the position of sannyasi comes with the perk of free servants.



What We Wish for Ourselves, We Desire for All
by Jagad Bharat das (Brazil)
Posted December 9, 2008

The "minimal facilities" this future sannyasi is demanding should be given to all devotees living in ISKCON ashrams — or would you be happy eating the same very spiced kichri every day with some potatoes and a cup of water, living in a dirty place, no cleanliness, no care for your health? I donĀ“t think so.

He is not demanding ghee, sweets, silk dhotis, servants, etc. He is just requesting, or suggesting, that which is necessary for a vaishnava life. Vaishnavas should be clean, healthy, in good state of mind, etc. Good food is basic for a simple life. A clean place to live is basic for a human life. So what is the problem?



Friends of the BBT December Newsletter
by Dina Sharana dasa
Posted December 9, 2008

Full Version: Click Here

"All the Book Distributors Will Go Back to Godhead"

The Story of the Prabhupada Marathon

by Madhava Smullen

It may surprise you to learn that with over 464 million copies sold since 1965, Srila Prabhupada's books have reached more souls than those of bestselling author Stephen King, who began his career at roughly the same time. To date, they've even sold more copies than the record-breakingly successful Harry Potter series-an amazing achievement for books on a spiritual philosophy relatively new to the western world. How? This Christmas, remember that the Prabhupada Marathon, held every December, has been a major contributing factor. (Click here for the full article)



A Response to "Preparing for a Demigods Arrival"
by Mahashakti das
Posted December 6, 2008

If you think that a request for cleanliness and dietary preferences are unreasonable or unattainable in your sanga, then simply not invite His Holiness to stay with you. His requirements do not at all strike me as those of a Demigod or rock diva. A Hare Krsna traveling rock star preacher would be asking for silk sheets, lots of sweets, lots of curd and ghee, a giant soft bed and golden faucets in the bathroom (s). This sannyasi has allergies, severe allergies, both food and chemical. Granted, he has "special" needs but not all special needs should be ignorantly categorized as excessive and non-Vaishnava like. What if our traveling preacher were in a wheel chair and required an assistant from the local sanga to lift him into and out of bed? (Click here for the full article)



Don't Miss Out
by Siddhanta das
Posted December 4, 2008


Illumination Television is proud to announce its END OF THE YEAR BLOWOUT SALE on the entire "Memories of Prabhupada" DVD set. (Volume 1-3). That's right.

48 DVDs, each one up to 2 hours of nectar, all for only $99!!! That's $2/DVD which is far below even the wholesale price. Don't wait as this is the only time of the year to get this opportunity to own your own "Memory" DVD set. The shipping is FREE for the first set for all orders in the U.S. Additional sets sent via Media Mail to save you money. This offer ends December 31, 2008. (Click here for the full article)



"Reflections" November 2008
by Tamal Krsna dasa
Posted December 3, 2008

Please see the link below for the November 2008 issue of Reflections.

IN THIS ISSUE:

"The Most Sinful Activity" by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

"Faultfinding: The Destroyer of Bhakti" by His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja

"Devotee Spotlight: His Grace Nityananda Candra dasa"

"Devotees and Anger" by His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja

Click Here

(Click here for the full article)



Padayatra Orissa 2008.
by Padayatra Orissa
Posted December 2, 2008


The annual Sankirtan Padayatra ,started by Srila Gour Govinda Swami in 1992, this year began on the holy disappearance day of His Divine Grace Srila A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

Sri Sri Gaura Nitai sat inside a beautifully decorated chariot which was pulled by bullocks. Their Lordships were joyfully accompanied by devotees from France, Ireland, Belgium, England, Estonia, Siberia and Russia as well as local devotees from ISKCON Bhubaneswar.

The 3 week padayatra traveled through the Ganjam district of Orissa, stopping in the afternoons for school programmes and then in a different village each night for kirtan, arati, bhajans, (Click here for the full article)



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