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December 2010
Srila BV Narayana Maharaja Enters Samadhi
by Chakra
Posted December 29, 2010

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Teaching Opportunity FFL, Vrindavan
by Deena das
Posted December 29, 2010

Help the poorest children in Vrindavana to learn about Krishna and get a good education. With a good education they can serve the dhama better as adults and help restore the spiritual culture of Vrindavana.

Depending on your visa type, Food for Life Vrindavana can provide either room and board or a modest salary. We need people who can speak reasonably good English and who live in Vrindavana. It is best if you have teaching experience and training is given for those without experience.

For further details please contact Rupa-raghunatha at (Click here for the full article)



Wishing You a Merry Krishnas
by Niscala dasi
Posted December 24, 2010

It struck me the other day the astonishing similarity between the words Christmas and Krishna- Prabhupada once pointed out the similarity between the words Christ and Krishna, but when “mas” is added, and the “i” is shortened, the similarity becomes much stronger- one could even say to someone “krsnas tu bhagavan swayam” and they might respond “What was that about Christmas?”

We all know the magic and enchantment that the word “Christmas” had over us when we were young, as we knew that from this word, everything of our hearts’ desire would be manifest, and as we chanted the word, we would long for Christmas to come. It is not all that different when we chant the name of Krishna- from Him alone, all the gifts in the world are given. Like the personality of Christmas, Santa Claus, there is the personality of Krishna, who through mystic potency or magic, makes gifts for all the children of the world (such as rain, sunshine, fresh air, potent seed grains, (Click here for the full article)



Paul Ignozza (Prahlad Nrsimha) Departs
by Sankarsana das
Posted December 23, 2010


Paul Ignozza (recently initiated as Prahlad Nrsimha das by Hanumat Presaka Swami) passed away from this world at the age of 61 on December 11 shortly after 1 pm in a hospice in Port Charlotte, Florida. He suffered a long debilitating illness of squamous skin cancer which was very painful the last year of his life. He was an active member of the Miami temple for many years and served at other Florida temples as well. On December 9 and 10 Siddhavidya prabhu and me visited Prahlad Nrsimha. He was lying motionless on a recliner bed in a spacious room in the hospice. His body and face were emaciated and he appeared to be in an almost comatose condition. Half of his head was wrapped with a bandage to contain open sores and his exposed eye was shut tight. When we entered his room we announced ourselves and told him we brought him a garland from Radha-Vrajabihari and caranamrta from the Miami temple. (Click here for the full article)



Training Sought
by Baladeva Das
Posted December 22, 2010

Moving to the Alachua, Gainesville community, looking for mentorship in photoshop and multimedia prodution for creative preaching purposes. Please contact Baladeva Das, (Click here for the full article)



Funny Video
by Aprakrita dasa, Cinema Hare Krishna
Posted December 18, 2010

A new video is now available at Cinema Hare Krishna, the online devotee theater. Entitled: “At every step.” (Funny video)

New videos are available at the Cinema twice weekly.

You can add your name to the email announcement list for instant notification.

CINEMA HARE KRISHNA

Click Here



Vishnujana Swami YouTube Channel
by Chicago Devotees
Posted December 15, 2010

We are pleased to announce the “Vishnujana Swami youtube channel” - featuring audio bhajans, talks, photo-collection, and further nectar - www.youtube.com/user/vishnujanaswami

From the founding days in San Francisco, through the glorious years of Srila Prabhupada’s Hare Krishna Movement, Vishnujana Swami has attracted and inspired the devotees. Once more, his wonderful light shines to all through the internet, ether and into our hearts…

This transcendental channel will be an ever-increasing fountain of bliss – check in for new material…



Needs for New AZ Center
by Bhakta Alex and Bhakta Tyler
Posted December 12, 2010

A heartfelt thank you to all the devotees who gave such nice donations! We now have all the instruments we need to have some rip roaring kirtans and some sweet melodious bhajans for Krsna and Radharani's supreme pleasure! We are almost finished setting up our new center here in Flagstaff, AZ. Things are looking really transcendental. Will have some pictures available this weekend! We have received nice donations including an altar, small deities, a beautiful harmonium, decorations, and many other nice items.

If you would like to help out in any way shape or form, here is a list of our final needs to open our doors and run the type of programs that would greatly resonate with the university students, all of these things are greatly appreciated in a used state or new if you are so willing. Listed in order of importance: (Click here for the full article)



Facilitating the Voice of Softer Conscience
by Niscala dasi
Posted December 11, 2010

I would like to thank and applaud Sri Nandanandana prabhu for his vital and relevant message in regard to our lack of facility for women. Maybe part of that reluctance to provide facility is due to seeing women as sense objects to be avoided, ignoring the fact that they are inherently an important and irreplaceable part of ISKCON. They provide the motherly aspect, the softer, caring side that is so necessary for devotees to remain loyal and committed in the long-term. Archetypically at least, they are forgiving, as exemplified by Draupadi, who pardoned the murderer of her own children… in contradiction to Bhima, who only wanted to enact justice. In that pastime, Krsna indicated to Arjuna to do something to satisfy both the feminine tendency to forgive, and the masculine tendency to enact unforgiving justice. (Click here for the full article)



Searching for Caitanya Lila
by Ortrun Gates
Posted December 9, 2010

I would like to get in touch with Caitanya lila (Chris Herrick) who used to take care of Adopt a Cow at Gita Nagari, Port Royal, PA. I am looking for a key that you might have in your possession or you may know where it can be located. If you read this or if anyone out there knows him, please get in touch with me at: (Click here for the full article)



Kulimela 2009: Main Video Released On YouTube
by Kuli Mela Association
Posted December 7, 2010


Click Here to watch the much anticipated internet release of the main video from the KulimeLA 2009 festival.

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

The main theme for KulimeLA 2009 was to “Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present & Envision the Future.”

Throughout this five-day festival, over one thousand Vaishnavas from around the world came together to share an amazing cultural experience – called KulimeLA – to share, reflect, and appreciate what the Gurukulis have accomplished over the past 20 years.

This 40 minute film offers an overview of the entire festival, including highlights from the performances at the Gala Evening at the Ford Theater, (Click here for the full article)



Where Are the Women's Ashramas?
by Sri Nandanandana das
Posted December 5, 2010

Sometimes there is talk on how the women devotees in ISKCON should be treated, and even the possibility of promoting them into leadership positions in the movement. But that would seem to be a rarity when ISKCON hardly provides any facility for women anyway.

Why? Look around and tell me how many temples even offer a place for women. There are so many temples across America, and especially in India, that offer no place for women, no ashramas, little if any facilities, and in some places, little if any service. And women are supposed to be comfortable in joining such an organization? Maybe they can participate from a distance, like from their homes if they are married, but we hardly ever find any brahmacarinis like there used to be in the past.

Let's face a few facts: (Click here for the full article)



Faith - Part 1
by Niscala dasi
Posted December 3, 2010

The case of demonic possession

We say that Krsna consciousness is a science, but it is certainly a faith as well, as is what we call science… Scientists believe that the atom is composed of neutrons, protons and electrons, not because they have seen it, but because that model supports the data and allows for a predictable interpretation of it. If they did not have that faith, and always doubted that the data could be interpreted by using another model, then they would be always at square one, instead of finding ways that the science can be used in the service of humanity, as many scientists do now. Considering this, it appears that both scientists and believers are counted in the ranks of the faithful. What we call religion and science is not about faith or lack of it, but how one directs one’s faith according to one’s desire- either to disprove God, Spirits, and Angels, or to prove them… or neither. (Click here for the full article)



  Abhimanyu Needs School Sponsor
by Mangala Malati dasi
Posted December 29, 2010


My husband Dhanya Gouranga das and I are parents of Abhimanyu das, age 13 years, living in Sri Dham Mayapur, West Bengal, India.

We request all of you to please sponsor his education fees. He joined Sri Mayapur International School in the year 2002; from beginning (Nursery) through grade 8 his school fees are 52,000 rupees a year, with books and lunch included. His sponsorship, however, finished in December 2010. I need a sponsorship for four more years, so he can finish his high school with your blessings.

We have been serving in Sri Dham Mayapur for the last 15 years. (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Teaching Vacancies
by Gunacuda dasi
Posted December 24, 2010

Positions Vacant for Grade 6 Primary School Teacher (Start by March 2011) High School English teacher (to start January/February 2011)

High School English Teacher. Proven experience of teaching High school level English is essential. SMIS is a Cambridge International Examinations Centre so the successful candidate should be willing to be trained in the IGCSE,AS and A level syllabus of Cambridge International Examination Board.

Grade 6 teacher (10 and 11 year old children)

The successful applicant will have either a recognised teaching qualification, and/or a proven track record of successfully teaching in schools, and have the ability to plan, deliver, assess and report student outcomes according to the U.K. curriculum.

Both positions would be on an ongoing basis (Click here for the full article)



Please Help FFL Vrindavan
by Rupa Raghunath dasa
Posted December 23, 2010

It is again the festive season and a time for reflection, for giving, and for gratitude for what we have. This is the time when FFLV starts our marathon preparation for the New Year Gift Festival. This Gift Festival is in its 14th year! Since the beginning, thousands of very poor children have been receiving gifts of items on the first of January. These presents come in a gift bag and are things that most of these children would otherwise never have a chance to have and enjoy. Last year we distributed 4,000 gift packs, and that was despite the fact that it was a very difficult year financially for everyone. This year, with the help of you and your friends, we hope we can do a bit better.

Please visit our power point slide show that shows the wonderful process and results of this annual giving. www.fflvrindavan.org/NYGF2011 Please share this with your friends and relatives. Let’s try to give these poor Vrindavan children smiles of hope and joy this holiday season (Click here for the full article)



Position at Mayapur International School
by Gunacuda Dasi
Posted December 22, 2010

Position Vacant for Grade 6 Primary School Teacher, with a start date of February 2011. The successful applicant will have either a recognised teaching qualification, and/or a proven track record of successfully teaching in schools, and have the ability to plan, deliver, assess and report student outcomes according to the U.K. curriculum.

The position would be on an ongoing basis after a trial period of 3 months.

The remuneration includes:

monthly maintenance wage commensurate with experience

teacher's apartment provided (subject to availability) or assistance with accommodation (Click here for the full article)



Mexico City Housing Available
by Mahattama Rahla
Posted December 18, 2010

A nice two bedroom house available for a devotee family. Home is located about two hours from Mexico city, and it is surrounded by nice preaching areas, it has a facility for a store front and access to open a restaurant, also good for a Kids Summer Program, it is located in a small town, near lakes, ruins, and caves, devotees are nearby in other small towns in the area...excellent for a Preaching Center. Monthly house expenses amount to less than $250.00 per month. At this time the home will be available for anyone wanting to use it for preaching purposes. Please, email me at (Click here for the full article)



Beautiful Spiritual Om Hats
by Johanna Kolsen
Posted December 15, 2010

Beautiful OM hats for sale at www.omhats.com - stay warm this winter with the OM beanie. It makes a great gift for someone in your life.



New Year's Eve at ISKCON Berkeley
by Miko Armon
Posted December 12, 2010


The Devotees of the Berkeley Krishna Temple are inviting you to a 24-hr. Kirtan Festival New Year's Eve. The Jagannatha Deities are the first Deities in ISKCON and are a beautiful sight to see. We would love your presence. Sing, dance and celebrate! Please see the attached flyer for more information. (Click here for the full article)



Countdown to Kulimela Australia
by Kuli Mela Association
Posted December 11, 2010


Countdown to Kulimela Australia (Click here for the full article)



Women's Ashramas
by Radhesyam dd
Posted December 9, 2010

I read with great interest your article about womens ashramas. I have been a long time advocate of places for our women to take shelter. Having grown up in ISKCON and later looking outside to find a place which was conducive to female bodies.

One part of your article stood out to me:

The lady from Kolkata who wanted to join and serve full time for the rest of her life.

I wanted to write and let you know that you can send her a reply I have an answer for you.

the Vrinda mission under Swami BA Paramadvaiti Swami (ACBSP) has a temple with womens ashrama - Sarasvati Kunja- in Sri Dham Mayapur. I just spent 6 months living there with my two very young children. (Click here for the full article)



New Vrindavan Community Leadership Service Opportunity
by Gopisa dasa, New Vrindhavan Board of Directors, Chairperson
Posted December 7, 2010

Iskcon New Vrindavan has begun a search for candidates interested in applying for leadership positions in the United States. New Vrindavan, ISKCON’s old community and largest pilgrimage site in North America, is entering a new phase in operations and has opportunities for career services.

Due to the sheer size, diverse projects and responsibilities required, NV has executive level leadership positions available. The positions require solid sadhana and administration skills. In addition to being a highly recognized Krishna temple and cow sanctuary, the community resembles a village. Strong spiritual leaders are required as well as chief administrators who can handle the governmental/corporate flavor of community management.

Temple president and CEO services

While the community progresses in this transitional period, the board of directors have created an initial outline of service, responsibilities and structure. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for a Tape Recording
by Indupati dasa
Posted December 5, 2010

I am looking for a tape name, "Vaiyasaki Dasa, Live in Mahaprabhu Accra".

I believe it was recorded in Bangladesh around 1979 or 1980.

I look forward to hearing from anyone with a copy. (Click here for the full article)



Devotee Apartment in Alachua
by Anuradha devi dasi
Posted December 3, 2010


We have a great little energy-efficient downstairs apartment for rent from February 1st. It’s 1,000 sq. ft. (93 m2), two bedrooms, one bathroom, with a screened-in porch off the master bedroom. Wood and tile floors. Kitchen has fridge, range and microwave. Washer and dryer, free satellite TV and free wireless internet. Neat, clean and attractive. Free well water, sewer and garbage collection; you only pay electricity (typically $80 to $150 per month). Rent is $750 per month, and there is an $800 security deposit.

Constructed in 2007 it is conveniently located two miles (3 km) from the ISKCON Hare Krishna New Raman Reti temple and one mile (1.6 km) from Bhaktivedanta Gaudiya Institute in Alachua; (Click here for the full article)



  Kulimela 2009: Bhajan Kutir
by Kuli Mela Association
Posted December 29, 2010


In anticipation of the upcoming Kulimela Australia festival, the KM09: Bhajan Kutir CDs - Volumes 1, 2 & 3 are now available for complimentary listening and downloading.

CLICK HERE to listen and download free MP3 digital copies. Add them to your playlist today!

This selection of heartfelt kirtans was recorded live in the KM09 Bhajan Kutir at the ISKCON New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles CA, USA.

These volumes are lovingly presented by the following kirtaniyas:

Volume 1: (Click here for the full article)



Sublet Near ISKCON Los Angeles
by Bhaktin Sara
Posted December 24, 2010

Would you like to have a vacation/spiritual retreat in Los Angeles/New Dwaraka? I am going out of town for close to two weeks around New Years time, and am interested in renting out/subletting my apartment during any or all of that time.

Large 1 bdr/1 bth apt. with large private patio. Clean and Simple - not much furniture but there is a futon to sleep on. Full kitchen but no dishwahser. Guest closet can be made available. Around the corner 5 min walk to New Dwaraka ISKCON temple in Los Angeles. (Click here for the full article)



Krishna's Mercy From Santa's Street Cart
by Food For All UK
Posted December 23, 2010


On Friday, December 17, British students braved the snows to get their presents from the Santa Clauses of Matchless Gifts.

To the question, "What is the best present that Santa Claus could ever give?" I answer: "Krishna in the form of His Holy Name, books and prasad."

Over 700 students get a full plate of Krishna prasad daily at two London universities. More photos are available at Matchless Gifts on-line. (Click here for the full article)



A Hare Krsna From the Hindu Tribe
by ISKCON Prison Ministry
Posted December 22, 2010


The brhat mrdanga continues to resound very loudly in all the jails and prisons through IPM (ISKCON Prison Ministry) and many hear and respond to Lord Caitanya's call, as the quotes below illustrate.

Before proceeding, here are two service opportunities you may want to take up:

1) We are looking for devotees to visit bhakta inmates in various prisons around USA. For example, a bhakta just wrote from Coyote Ridge Correction Center in Connell, Washington, asking for a volunteer to give KC presentations. We need volunteers in every state!

2) IPM desperately need a legal department to help bhaktas with their vegetarian diets or their right to practice KC. Some prisons are grossly violating inmates' rights to practice their religion and until we have the support of attorneys, IPM can't help in this regard. If you are an attorney and find it in your heart to give some of your time, please contact IPM. Thank you!

“I got a little nervous when everyone went around and introduced themselves by name and tribe [at a sweat lodge]. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Three Russian Book Distributor Devotees Die in a Car Crash

by Olessia Podtserob
Posted December 18, 2010

On November 29, three Vaishnavas from Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia died in a car accident. The devotees - Ananga Mohan Das, Adhi Yagya Das and Bhakta Lev Khramilov - were in a hurry to Izhevsk, taking part with enthusiasm in the traditional Srila Prabhupada book distribution marathon.

According to the traffic police, the tragedy took place at the 63rd kilometer of the Elabuga–Perm highway at 6 p.m. Suddenly, the BMW-316 driven by Adhi Yagya Das went to the wrong side and crashed into a truck, which was moving in the opposite direction. As a result, Adhi Yagya, Ananga Mohan and Lev Khramilov received fatal injuries.

The cause of the horrible accident is not yet known. Adhi Yagya had 15 years of driving experience. Ananga Mohan was 42, Adhi Yagya was 36, Lev Khramilov was just 23 years old. (Click here for the full article)



Pujari Wanted in Belfast
by Krsna Sundari dasi
Posted December 15, 2010


A great opportunity to make a difference

Come and experience the sweetness of Sri Sri Radha Madhava and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai

There is a peaceful atmosphere at our temple in Northern Ireland. In exchange for 35 hours service a week we offer Maintenance and your own room complete with Wi-Fi. 1 acre of cultivated gardens. (Click here for the full article)



Ride Share to Delhi
by Kishore
Posted December 12, 2010

I am arriving in delhi by AA on the 2nd of January at 9.45pm, and will be driving to Vrindavan the same night, anyone flying into delhi the same night and would like to car pool then please write to me at (Click here for the full article)



Announcement for Expanded Ombudsman Service
by the ISKCON Resolve Team
Posted December 9, 2010

Helping Resolve Problems in ISKCON
ISKCON Resolve Increases its Service to Devotees

ISKCONResolve, formed in 2002, has just expanded its scope adding a number of ombudsmen to its ranks.

This service provides confidential, impartial, informal assistance to devotees who have concerns, conflicts, complaints, or disputes arising from or affecting their participation in ISKCON.

How Can an Ombudsman Help You? We can:

• Help clarify issues and resolve conflicts.

• Help you develop and evaluate your options or courses of action, and assist you in pursuing them.

• Help managers consider how to best deal with difficult situations. (Click here for the full article)



New Kirtan CD
by Arundhati devi, disciple of Srila Prabhupada
Posted December 7, 2010

This is an announcement to let you know I have just released a beautiful kirtan cd called RADHA-KRISHNA JOURNEY OF LOVE. Decades back in the 70s, I was fortunate to be able to lead kirtan for a number of years in Vrndavana at the start of the 24 hour kirtan there. A blissful recording from that time went around, but the quality was not too good. Over the years, many devotees have asked me when I would make an album, and I am happy to say that this endeavor has now been realized, by the grace of guru and Krsna. I am eager to continue to take part in Lord Caitanya’s movement and spread the Holy Names around, in temples, yoga studios and wherever the opportunity arises. I believe having this CD will help to accomplish that. The CD is dedicated to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. May you feel his presence and be inspired and uplifted through these chants. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows December 2010
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted December 5, 2010

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

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 20 pages (1.2 MB) we present reports on:

1. Our annual Govardhana Puja and Gopastami festivals.

2. Madhu Mangal's departure -- one of the first residents at Care for Cows.

3. An astonishing testimonial about how a cow appeared in a dream and inspired a life change.

4. Our two new residents. (Click here for the full article)



Job Offer: Teacher's Assistant
by Visvambhara das
Posted December 3, 2010

The Bhaktivedanta Academy, a Krishna-centered Pre-K thru 6th grade school located in the Alachua, Florida devotee community, is seeking applicants for the position of Teacher's Assistant.

The school has been part of the devotee community in Alachua since 1990 and is presently serving 50 students in grades pre-K - 6th, making it one of ISKCON's largest elementary schools in North America. The Bhaktivedanta Academy is committed to providing both a strong Krishna Conscious program, as well as academic excellence. We are seeking teachers who have a genuine love for working with children, who like working with a team, and who are committed to devotional life.

Under the direction of the Lead Teacher, the Teacher's Assistant works cooperatively with the other members of the educational (Click here for the full article)



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