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February 2004
New Vrindavan to hold Festival of Inspiration 2004
by Malati dasi
Reposted February 29, 2004

New Vrindavan is hosting North America's third annual "Festival of Inspiration", scheduled Friday, May 7 , Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, 2004. This year's theme is "Spiritual Strength and Leadership."

The three-day festival features special morning programs and simultaneous "break-out sessions," in which devotees can choose the particular session of greatest personal interest. Those devotees who attend will also be able to enjoy ecstatic kirtans and what the kitchen crew promises will be "incredibly healthy" prasadam. (Click here for the full article)



Festival of India DVD
by Festival of India
Posted February 28, 2004

Now Available -- New -- FREE -- DVD: Festival Of India Is Here. Promotional 15 minute DVD of Festival Of India takes you on the 2003 festival tour. If you want to see what Festival Of India is all about, or if you're promoting a festival in your city, this is a must. Free DVD, please send your name and address along with $5 to cover shipping and handling to Festival Of India-DVD; P.O. Box 108; Sandy Ridge, N.C. 27046.



Festival organizers thank volunteers
by Tusti Mohan Krsna das
Posted February 25, 2004


[1. Sri Panca-Tattva Pratistha Mahotsava, February 23, 2004 -- Sri Mayapura Dhama]

February 24 is the first day of the Sri Navadwipa Mandal parikram; thousands of devotees are now in this transcendental tour for the holy places of the pastimes of Sri Panca Tattva and, at night, we will have the Boat Festival at Srila Prabhupada Pushpa Samadhi. Most of the local newspapers posted pictures about the Sri Panca Tattva Pratistha Mahotsava in Mayapur. (Click here for the full article)



Bhaktivedanta College Vaishnava Studies programme gains accreditation
by Yadunandana das
Bhaktivedanta College Principal
Posted February 24, 2004


[1. Bhaktivedanta College Students discuss a Srimad-Bhagavatam verse.]

Bhaktivedanta College has formed a partnership with University of Wales Lampeter (UWL), an acknowledged center for Theology and Religious Studies in the UK.

Lampeter is one of the oldest universities in England and Wales, outside of Oxford and Cambridge. Their Department of Theology and Religious Studies has therefore been able to build on a long tradition of Christian theology, while at the same time pioneering new developments in religious studies. Lampeter accredits a number of Christian theological seminaries in the UK through their Open Learning Theology and Religious Studies Programme. (Click here for the full article)



Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
by Tusta Mohan Krsna das
Posted February 23, 2004

On February 11, 2004 we celebrate the most auspicious 131st Sri Vyasapuja of His Divine Grace Om Visnupada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya Astottara-sata Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja, the transcendental messenger of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the Spiritual Master of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). (Click here for the full article)



The infantilization of ISKCON
by Harinama das
Posted February 22, 2004

Hare Krsna dasi's article, while suggesting a valid point, demonstrates quite clearly that ISKCON is not becoming Hinduized; it remains ever rigid. She points out the "valuable" rigidity of the GBC in other circumstances and, when they are not on the ball to condemn this lapse into Hindudom, she readily takes up the task herself. (Click here for the full article)



GBC Meetings update
by Lilasuka das
Posted February 19, 2004

The GBC meetings on the 12th and 13th were filled with sub-committee meetings discussing the following topics:

  1. Unity in Diversity--Srila Prabhupada instructed the GBC to discuss this topic every year in Mayapura.
  2. Parallel lines of authority--Srila Prabhupada set up the hierarchy of the GBC body, individual GBC members, and then temple presidents. But where do the spiritual masters fit into this? In Srila Prabhupada's time it was clear, but now what?
  3. How to keep devotees satisfied serving within ISKCON?
  4. Sannyasa Candidates committee: This year there is a large number of applications for sannyasa: 10. There are also 10 other sannyasa candidates going through the (generally) 5 year waiting period.
  5. France--There are difficult situations both in Paris and New Mayapura.
  6. BBT/GBC Relations--This is a standing committee that meets every year to try to ensure good communications and cooperation throughout the coming year.
  7. A number of regional meetings for GBCs in Russia, North America, Australasia, India and Europe. These are helpful for regional leaders to touch base with one another, and develop plans for the year.

(Click here for the full article)



La Biblioteca de la Vida Espiritual
by Hanuman das
BBT, Spain
Posted February 16, 2004

Dear Devotees,

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

We have the great honor to announce that the Spanish division of the BBT in conjunction with the Bhaktivedanta Archives has just completed the printing of

La Biblioteca de la Vida Espiritual

(Click here for the full article)



Mayapurlive conference
by Ananda Tirtha das
Posted February 15, 2004

Dear Devotees,

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

On behalf of your servants in Mayapur, we are happy to announce the creation of the 'Mayapurlive' conference mayapurlive@pamho.net.

(Click here for the full article)



The Irony of the age of kali
by Visnupriya d.d.
Posted February 12, 2004

Dear Readers,

I was taken back by the irony of the news that the Child Protection office is closing due to a lack of financial support and reading the news that the new Spiritual warrior book is now available at a bargain price if you get in before Gaura Purnima. Maharaja points out in his article that "These books are especially good for leaders who are counseling devotees who are confronted with mental crisis's, such as depression, phobias, attacks by the six enemies of the mind as well as those who have lost faith in the power of the process of bhakti." Maybe the solution to solve the financial crisis of the Child Protection Office is to offer the profits from all the spiritual warrior books to the Child Protection Office so it too can help those in mental crisis with the attrocities faced whilst being abused under the shelter of Iskcon during their attempts of practising bhakti.

Visnupriya dd



New Delhi Accomodation for pilgrims to Sri Mayapura dhama
by Haridas
Posted February 9, 2004

Excellent accommodation available at New Delhi for devotees only

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

(Click here for the full article)



Child Protection Office Closing!
by Dhira Govinda das
and Krsna Kesava das
Posted February 5, 2004

We are writing to inform you that the ISKCON Child Protection Office (CPO) has no funding to continue its operation. Thus, the activities of the office, including investigating cases of alleged child abuse connected with ISKCON, coordinating a grant program for youth who were maltreated when they were children under the care of ISKCON, serving as a resource and guidance center for all varieties of child protection concerns, and facilitating temples and schools to establish child protection educational programs, effective screening systems and child protection teams, are being suspended, or at least substantially reduced. We are aware that there are tens of thousands of dollars in unfulfilled pledges to the CPO from 2003. The ISKCON Communications Office is working to realize these pledges for the CPO. The CPO will retain its office space and phone lines for at least a few more weeks, in the hopes that some or all of these pledges will be received, thus allowing the CPO to continue functioning. Also, we understand that additional pledges and donations for the CPO may be made at the upcoming GBC meetings.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. Hare Krsna.

Your servants,

Dhira Govinda dasa
CPO- Director

Krsna Kesava dasa
CPO- Administrative Assistant



Harinaam Press Book Offer
by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
Posted February 4, 2004

The Harinaam Press has a special offer for Gaura Purnima!

Spiritual Warrior 4, Conquering over the Enemies of the Mind and Spiritual Warrior 5, Making the Mind Your Best Friend, will be off the press and ready for distribution in a couple of weeks. Those who order in advance, before Gaura Purnima, can receive the books for only $10.00 each. (Click here for the full article)



Shiva Ratri, the Night of Lord Shiva
by Caru das, ISKCON Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork
Posted February 1, 2004

(Click here for the full article)



Please help the Child Protection Office
by Jiva Goswami dasa
Posted February 29, 2004

I am dismayed at the news of the Child Protection Office closing.

It is NOT because their work is done or is now unimportant. Followers of Srila Prabhupada worldwide need to donate money immediately to keep the office going. Beyond this temporary measure, please contact your local GBC officer and local temple administration, and emphasize to them the importance of keeping their financial obligations to the CPO to provide for its existence into the future. The CPO is out of money not because of the lack of pledges from our society's leadership, but because of the lack meeting those promises. If promises and good intentions were money, they'd be well funded.

(Click here for the full article)



Devotees leave Mayapura on first day of Navadvipa-parikram
by Tusti Mohan Krsna das
Posted February 28, 2004

Today (24th) at 5:45 am, thousands of devotees form the world over left Sri Mayapura Dham for a spiritual tour on the holy Nine Islands of the pastimes of Their Lordships Sir Panca Tattva Bhagavan. (Navadwipa Mandal Parikram 2004) (Click here for the full article)



A Rush To Judgment?
by Sankirtana das
Posted February 26, 2004

Krishna explains that "every endeavor is covered by some sort of fault" (Gita 18:48). Prabhupada understood this. Often, when devotees came to him criticizing the efforts of others he challenged them to go out and make a better effort than the devotees they were criticizing. Thus I am compelled to respond to Hari Krsna dasi's criticisms in The Hinduization of ISKCON? Actually, what she is perceiving as a fault in Caru's efforts may not even be a fault at all. (Click here for the full article)



Jubilant devotees greet new Mayapur Deities
by Tusti Mohan Krsna das
Posted February 25, 2004

Here are pictures from the Adivas ceremony of the Deities of Sri Panca Tattva Bhagavan in Mayapur.


[1. First darsan of Sri Sri Panca Tattva Deities.]

(Click here for the full article)



Devotees install Gour Govinda Swami's samadhi
by Tusti Mohan Krsna das
Posted February 24, 2004


[1. Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami leads kirtan.]

February 11 marked not only the Vyasapuja of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur, but also the disappearance day of H.H. Gaur Govinda Swami, a disciple of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. To commemorate the occasion, devotees built a Pushpa Samadhi in Mayapur near Srila Prabhupada's Pushpa Samadhi and beside the Samadhi of H.H. Tamal Krsna Goswami. (Click here for the full article)



Week Long Gaura-Purnima Festival
by ISKCON Alachua
Posted February 23, 2004

Week Long Festival at New Raman Reti
in Alachua, Florida in Celebration of
The Auspicious Appearance Day of
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu -- Gaura Purnima

(Click here for the full article)



Second Annual GAURA PURNIMA FESTIVAL of Michiana
by Prema-bhakti das
Posted February 22, 2004

You are invited to celebrate the appearance of
Shri Krishna-Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
The Golden Avatar

Saturday 3/6/2004 at 3PM EST

Location

First Unitarian Church
101 E. North Shore Dr
South Bend, Indiana

(Click here for the full article)



How Vaishnavas worship Lord Shiva
by Nirguna dasi
Reposted Feburary 16, 2004

February 16th, 2004 is Shivaratri. Vaishnavas and Vrajavasis celebrate by seeking Lord Shiva's blessings and worship him in his form as a gopi at the ancient temple of Gopishwara in Vrindavan. (Click here for the full article)



Movie Nights at Mayapura
by Phani
Posted February 15, 2004

The ITV programs in the Samadhi auditorium combine both vintage shows and newly released material. Look for "PUBLIC PREMIERE" on the schedule to see the new nectar. Also, learn how YOU can write, produce, and direct your own Krsna conscious ITV-productions. We will help! Details will be explained during the showings. Copying of this message is strictly PERMITTED!!! (Click here for the full article)



Last Call - Global Excellence Award 2004 nominations
by Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami
Posted Feburary 13, 2004

Global Excellence Award is meant to recognize the sincere souls who are sincerely serving to advance the mission of Srila Prabhupada around the world and encourage and support them in their valuable service. We would like to invite nominations for the Global Excellence Award - 2004 for the following categories of services (but not limited to)... (Click here for the full article)



The Hinduization of ISKCON?
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted February 12, 2004

I was somewhat surprised to see the February 1 posting of an article publicizing a forthcoming Shiva Ratri festival at ISKCON's temple in Spanish Fork, Utah. The article advertises "a sacred bathing ceremony of Lord Shiva, a power point presentation projected onto a huge screen, the chanting of Lord Shiva's 108 names, music, dance, and feasting." (Click here for the full article)



Internet radio from KHQN
by Caru das
Posted February 9, 2004

Thanks to the technical expertise of Balarama Das. formerly of Alachua, there is a new internet radio station on the air. As you can imagine,14 years of broadcasting Krishna Consciousness from our own AM radio station in Utah occasioned thousands of hours of transcendental programming. Now all those shows are available worldwide through the audio link on our web site http://www.utahkrishnas.com

(Click here for the full article)



Youth Festival of India Tour 2004 - Behind the Scenes
by Manu Dasa
Posted February 4, 2004

Summer is just around the corner and we're mentally preparing for the next big two-month Hare Krishna Youth Festival of India Tour across North America. Over 40 youth from around the world will help set up and take down and perform kirtanas and dramas at Ratha-yatra festivals, including New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Vancouver. We'll be visiting some 20 temples such as Gita Nagari, New Vrindavan, Dallas, Laguna Beach, San Diego, Sharanagati Farm... You've read the BTG article by now. 13,500 miles across a continent, over 40 youth from all parts of the world, traveling in a tour bus that says "Hare Krishna Youth Ministry" in large red letters along both sides of the bus - a spiritual adventure summer camp-on-wheels, Krishna conscious memories of a lifetime for those youth who are able to attend.

(Click here for the full article)



PANCA-TATTVA HAS MOVED...
submitted by Bhagavatamrta das
Posted February 3, 2004

ATTENTION DEVOTEES OF THE LORD! PANCATATTVA HAS MOVED... I REPEAT PANCATATTVA HAS MOVED!!!

KUMBAKONAM, SWAMIMALAI: Today January 31, appearance of Sri Ramanuja Acharya, Panca-tattva has left Kumbakonan, destination: Sridham Mayapur! (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnava Connection
by Antardwip das
Posted February 2, 2004

Vaishnava Connection now online:

The "Vaishnava Connection", a magazine especially for the ISKCON community in the UK and Ireland, is now available on the web. It is at http://www.vconline.biz and is out monthly. This month contains rememberances of Dhruvanatha prabhu who passed away last month.

ys
Antardwip das



Sri Nityananda Jayanti:
Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu

by ISKCON New York
Posted February 1, 2004

vande shri-krishna-chaitanya-
nityanandau sahoditau
gaudodaye pushpavantau
chitra shandau tamo-nudau

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Krishna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all." (Cc. Adi. 1.2.)

(Click here for the full article)



Computers for Vrindavan
by Braja Bihari das
Posted February 1, 2004

Coming to India soon?

If you or anyone you know has some used notebook computers that are collecting dust, not being used now, such computers could be put to great use in various projects in Vrindavan (the VIHE, the Bhaktivedanta Gurukula, and ISKCON's dispute resolution service, "ISKCON Resolve"). (Click here for the full article)



Phoenix temple stages Shivaratri play
Posted February 29, 2004

Here are photos from the Maha Shivaratri feast at ISKCON Phoenix, Arizona temple.


[Laxman in the role of Lord Shiva.]

(Click here for the full article)



Shiva Ratri Wrap Up
by Caru das
Posted February 28, 2004

Sunday evening's Shiva Ratri celebrations were attended by an enthusiastic crowd of 300-400 people, divided evenly between Indians and Westerners. We have posted a number of photos in the gallery section. While guests were arriving, from 5-5:30 pm, we showed on the big screen a video called "Healthy, Wealthy & Wise", extolling benefits of a vegetarian diet. At 5:30 pm Caru das gave a 35 minute power point presentation on Lord Shiva. The presentation included 40 of the most beautiful, classic graphics of Lord Shiva and his associates. Caru Das narrated the many stories attached to Lord Shiva, explained the meaning of his paraphernalia, like the trident, the ashes on his body, the snakes, tiger skin etc., and quoted many verses (Bhagavat Purana, Padma Purana) of Lord Shiva about his devotion to Vishnu, or Krishna. The crowd indicated satisfaction at the presentation with applause at the end. (Click here for the full article)



Bhagavatam On Credit
by Bhakta Lorenzo
Posted February 26, 2004

Not sure whether this has been done before but I was wondering about people receiving the Srimad Bhagavatam (and other writings of Srila Prabhupada) on credit. It seems these days just about everyone is purchasing on credit. "Own it now, pay for it later" seems to appeal to many people. (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Deity Installation
All photos by Tusti Mohan Krsna das
Posted February 25, 2004

(Click here for the full article)



Nityananda's Appearance Day in Lenasia, S.A.
Posted February 24, 2004

[ISKCON Lenasia, in Johannesburg, South Africa joined devotees around the world in celebrating the appearance day of Lord Nityananda. Gorgeously arrayed for the occasion are Their Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Gaurahari . . . more cooling than millions of moons. Photo submitted to Chakra by Naresh das.]



Exchange of Views
by Caru das
Posted February 23, 2004

A devotee has taken a great deal of time and trouble to write a critical article called "The Hinduization of ISKCON" citing the Spanish Fork temple's observance of Shiva Ratri. Anticipating the inevitable criticism, we already wrote a reply. This is not point for point to the article in question, but does generally cover the issues. (Click here for the full article)



A Warming Up
(Mayapura Update)

by Bhaktisiddhanta Swami
Posted February 22, 2004

Today (02/19/04), while peeking into the Panca Tattva altar, more finishing touches are being made. The air is heavily paint scented, Srivasa's head is now a satin grey before the black final coat. Bamboo structures surround the Lords, where the craftsmen stand, polishing and painting. Bhima, who is supervising the deity preparations, offers advice as the sweaty labourers work quickly. (Click here for the full article)



Annual GBC meetings begin
by Tusti Mohan Krsna das
Posted February 17, 2004

The 2004 GBC annual meeting started on February 11 and will last for 10 days. Most of the Members are attending the meetings and activities that we have programmed during the auspicious Mayapura festival. (Click here for the full article)



Reflections on a seminar with Dhira Govinda
by Govinda das
Posted February 16, 2004

How did the Life Skills/Personal Transformation Seminar affect me?

Well, I came out feeling lighter, as if a load that I had been carrying was finally lifted off my shoulders. It gave me a deep insight of how, till now, I have been living my life not to my fullest capability because of my way of dealing with situations, because of emotional patterns that have not been effective. The feedback exercises were very valuable for me. I've understood that instead of reacting to someone's expressions to and about me, I can take it constructively. I'm free to consider the comment, and accept it or not. I don't need to take it personally. In these seminars I learned a humbler approach to criticism, wherein I consider the person as a well-wisher, not an enemy. (Click here for the full article)



Start of the Annual GBC Meetings 2004
by Lilasuka das
Posted February 15, 2004

The Annual General Meeting of ISKCON Governing Body Commission began on Wednesday the 11th Feb 2004 at Sridam Mayapur with an ecstatic Guru Puja offered to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. HH Niranjana Swami lead the Kirtan and HH Bhakti Chaitanya Swami offered the puja. (Click here for the full article)



Misra Misconceptions
by Niscala d.d.
Posted February 12, 2004

Srila Prabhupada once expressed concern that our devotees don't read books- they only distribute them. In his purport to CC Adi lila 7.102, we see that philosophy is not to be not only read by the vaisnava student, but scrutinizingly studied under the tutelage of his guru, and that the student must be "seriously inquisitive"- seriously question his understanding of it. This thirst for detailed and precise knowledge about the Absolute Truth immensely pleases the genuine guru. How is it then that in our movement, detailed questioning of the guru is degraded as "wasting his time"? (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnavi Website and project
by Vaisnavi Asraya Inc.
Posted February 9, 2004

Vaisnavi Asraya Inc. (Australia) is a project for the daughters, grand-daughters and great grand-daughters of Srila Prabhupada. The purpose of the project is to provide a medium for the Vaisnavis to associate together in Krishna consciousness and thereby encourage and support each other in their spiritual lives. (Click here for the full article)



A Call for Cow Protection
by Gopal das
Reposted February 5, 2004

Fulfillment: A Call for Cow Protection and the Establishment of Brahminical Culture

A funny thing occurred recently when the "Last Call for Global Excellence Award 2004 Nominations" notice appeared in the Cow Conference. We all discovered that there was no mention of cow protection as one of the categories. (Click here for the full article)



Giant Gathering of Book Distributors to be held in Mayapura
by Vaisesika dasa
Posted February 4, 2004

This year, at the Mayapura festival, book distributors will come together from all over the world to learn how to perfect the art of transcendental book distribution. These gatherings will be held March 2-5 and will be conducted by senior book distributors from several different countries. Veteran and famous book distributor Manidhara das is coming from Europe and Book Distribution Minister Vijay das will be there too. Make plans now to attend. Everyone is welcome. (Click here for the full article)



Re: Diary of a New Mayapur Vasi
by Vrajananda das
Posted February 3, 2004

It is significant of the atmosphere in NM when we read such an article where the writer cannot put his name. This is actually why new Mayapur cannot get out of so many years of trouble. (Click here for the full article)



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