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February 2005
Beads for Pancha-tattva
by Padmalocana das
Posted February 26, 2005

For those who are coming to Mayapur soon to attend the Festivals - please if you could bring BEADS - glass, plastic or other kind. This is been requested by the Deity Department, in particular by Lila Vrindavana Devi Dasi, who is in charge of making jewelry for the Deities. (Click here for the full article)

Praying for Pope John Paul II
by Ananda das
Posted February 24, 2005

As reported by Daniel Williams in the Washington Post, Pope John Paul II has had to undergo immediate surgery to relieve extreme breathing difficulties related to advanced Parkinson's disease complicated by influenza. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement Approved
by Gupta das
Posted February 22, 2005

On February 11, 2005, ISKCON's Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement was formally approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The Disclosure Statement contains the legal, financial and organizational assumptions which are used to create the Reorganization Plan. (Click here for the full article)

Authentic Care and Discipline of Children
by Kalavati d.d.
Posted February 20, 2005

I would like to take this opportunity to offer some general information in regard to child care, discipline and abuse.

First of all, I would like to introduce the idea that non-corporal punishment is not synonymous with non-discipline. Non-corporal punishment is known as gentle or respectful discipline. Practicing gentle discipline with a child requires sobriety, self-discipline and thoughtfulness on the part of the parent, teacher or care giver. It involves talking out problems, describing and modeling appropriate and innappropriate behaviors, maintaining clear personal boundaries, and following through on consequences for unnacceptable behaviors. Adults who practice gentle discipline with children are not being lazy or short-sighted. They are endeavoring to keep their parenting on the level of human being and the mode of goodness as opposed to engaging in reactionary, brutish and violent interaction. (Click here for the full article)

Some gurukulas inflicted permanent harm
by Julie Gibbs
Posted February 18, 2005

I have read with interest this whole idea of child abuse vs. corporal punishment. I had a child in the gurukula that was run by Sri Rama das. My daughter and I both wish him the best on his Krsna conscious journey.

That stated, I would no longer put my child under Sri Rama's protection if I were given that choice again. Nava was in Lake Huntington between the ages of 7 and 10. During that time her ear was pulled so hard that she ended up in the hospital with a bleeding, perforated eardrum. It was damaged for life. (Click here for the full article)

Corporal punishment seldom warranted
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted February 16, 2005

I don't know why the author of the article "What constitutes actual child abuse?" has withheld his name. The evangelic Christian group "Focus on the Family" also suggests using spanking (albeit rarely) for disciplining children. (Click here for the full article)

Honoring prasadam
by Harer Nama das
Posted February 14, 2005

To offer food to Krishna, and to honor the remnants as prasadam, are spiritual activities. This is taught and practiced by the acaryas in the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya. Honoring prasad helps us to develop love of Krishna. It purifies the body, helps us to control the tongue, and protects against material contamination. (Click here for the full article)

The more we love...
by Hari mohan das
Posted February 13, 2005

Since the publishing of the exchange by Prithu das and Rambhoru dasi prabhus, I have noted with interest the many letters addressing the issue of compassion in the hearts of the devotees. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Learning the Recipe for Eternal Salvation--In Lerner

by Abe Handler
Columbia Daily Spectator
Posted February 12, 2005

Amid the peacoats and denim of Morningside Heights, it is hard not to notice Gadadhara Pandit. Bareheaded and clad in plain, traditional robes, Columbia's new Krishna chaplain stands out on campus. (Click here for the full article)

Ordering Mulaprakriti prabhu's book
by Bhakta Eric
Posted February 11, 2005

Hare Krishna! It's Eric from Sit Properly. I recently got the book Our Srila Prabhupada: a friend to all and it's amazing. You simply have to get a copy. I got it from www.loibazaar.com. Sadly, it's on back order, but there is a waiting list on which you can enter your email address to be notified when it is reprinted. They only printed 3,000 of them, so hopefully LoiBazaar.com will be able to get more. Hope this helps a little. (Click here for the full article)

Devotee Golf Tournament in Alachua, Florida at Gaura-Purnima weekend
Posted February 10, 2005

Devotee-Sportsmen and women,

The First Devotional Masters Golf Tournament will be held on March 26 and 27, 2005 in Alachua, Florida, on the weekend after Friday's holy Gaura Purnima. This event is sponsored and conducted by a PGA Professional, Arjuna das from Montreal--and participants will be able to practice, play and learn with him. Join your Godbrothers and Godsisters in two rounds at local courses. Devotees from around the USA are attending. Gaura-Purnima is an ecstatic festival in Alachua, and the weekend's exercise should be great fun. Awards and congregational chanting, reading and feasting will follow!

For more info, contact: bhaktagolf@aol.com

New Books by H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami
by Lila Katha d.d.
Posted February 9, 2005

Due to the many requests the Hari-Nama Press has been receiving concerning Spiritual Warrior II: Transforming Lust into Love, which has been out of print, we want to make an early announcement. The reprint of Spiritual Warrior II will be off the press in about two months time. This soft cover book will be approximately 250 pages and available for $14.95. However, as in the past, anyone who orders the book within these next two months can receive it at the reduced price of only $10.00. Please place your early orders by sending your requests to Murari Gupta dasa at egmurari@aol.com or Jayananda dasa at johnpapaz@yahoo.com.

(Click here for the full article)

Pedophiles should not be allowed into the temples
by Srimad Bhagavatam das
Posted February 8, 2005

I was just reading the Strategic Planning review and some of the problems in ISKCON including the $400 million lawsuit (Children of Krishna v ISKCON). My question is why we would allow another potential catastrophe by allowing known pedophiles to remain in ISKCON. Podophiles should not be allowed into ISKCON temples. (Click here for the full article)

New classes by HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami availble online
by Nanda Sunu das
Posted February 7, 2005

We are happy to announce that the weekly classes that are being given by HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami at IFAST Maryland, Washington D.C. are available for free download at www.btswami.com.

(Click here for the full article)

Srila Prabhupada could frighten with his temper
by Sugata das
Posted February 6, 2005

Although I am a very junior disciple, being born in 1956, and personally associating with Srila Prabhupada for no more than four months total, and as a teenager at that, I believe I can shed some light (however dim) on whether Prabhupada ever exhibited anger or disappointment.

(Click here for the full article)

Param Vijayate Sri Krishna Sankirtanam
by Devaki Nandana das
Posted February 5, 2005

I was concerned about a trend I've been noticing lately in certain moods from certain devotees writing about ISKCON's difficulties. There seems to be a conscious or unconscious idea that many of ISKCON's problems, especially in regard to family life were created because many devotees were too busy preaching and distributing books to take care of their family. This may be true to some extent, but don't forget that the people of the modern society have to work and one of the biggest complaints of these people is that they don't get enough time to spend with their family because they have to slave away just to survive. (Click here for the full article)

Home for Sale - Alachua, Florida
Narayan das
Posted February 2, 2005

If you are considering a move to Alachua, this is a must see - The love and beauty put into this home and property is breathtaking. (Click here for the full article)

B.T. Swami finds inspiration in Mulaprakriti's book
by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
Posted February 1, 2005

Last week a group of doctors who have been dealing with my illness met to discuss my case. One oncologist, somewhat representing the group, explained to me, after I probed him for quite a while, that basically they have very little (or anything) to offer me at this point. He explained that melanoma cancer has not been known to respond effectively to chemo and radiation and that the additional operation proposed for taking out all the lymph nodes in the thigh was not only dangerous and full of possible heavy side effects, but could not really guarantee any extended life. (Click here for the full article)

Delhi Devotee Guest House
by Hari das
Posted February 26, 2005

We have excellent accommodations available at New Delhi for those devotees passing through New Delhi to Sri Vrndavan Dham, Sri Mayapur Dham,Sri Pandarpur Dham (Sri Sri Vittala Rukmini)Sri Dwaraka Dham,Sri Jagganath Puri Dham Sri Keddarnath, Badrinath Dham and other many Holy places. (Click here for the full article)

Should Nitai Chand initiate disciples?
by the Chakra editorial team
Posted February 24, 2005

It has come to Chakra's attention that devotees in Montreal, Canada are currently petitioning the GBC to clear Nitai Chand das of all past allegations of child abuse and to allow him to become an initiating guru in ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)

A voice for the children
by Bhakta Jerry
Berkeley, California
Posted February 22, 2005

["Krishna's kids" - The Children of FFL's Sandipani Muni School ( Vrindavan).]

The article "What constitutes Child Abuse" by 'name withheld' is one of the most irresponsible and uncompassionate arguments I have read. I am wondering why Chakra would publish an article condoning violence towards children. I am shaking as I write this. The author's basic argument is: Corporal punishment will lead to well-behaved, shining Vaisnava children and the lack of such punishment is basically the root of children going astray these days. He even asks, "Is this pressure to no longer use corporal punishment the result of the demoniac influence of Kali Yuga?" (Click here for the full article)

Night of Shiva March 5th
by Caru das
Posted February 20, 2005

Shiva Ratri, the Night of Lord Shiva

Saturday March 5, 5 PM
Krishna Temple/ 8628 S, Main St./ Spanish Fork, Utah 84660

798-3559/787-1510/ www.utahkrishnas.com

(Click here for the full article)

Laguna Beach celebrates Nityananda's Appearance
by Molly Kiefer
Posted February 18, 2005

On Monday, February 21, please join us to celebrate Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day at Sri Panca Tattva Mandir in Laguna Beach, California. The festival begins at 6:00 p.m. with Bhajans, followed by class, Arati with ecstatic Kirtan, and a Maha Prasadam Feast. (Click here for the full article)

Be careful what you wish for...
Posted February 16, 2005

Editors' note: Recently Chakra posted a mention of the North American Spiritual Strategic Planning Initiative. We invited interested readers to propose some suggestions ("Send us your suggestions on how to improve ISKCON", Jan. 31), and declared that we would post a selection of the responses.

(Click here for the full article)

What Constitutes Actual Child Abuse?
Name withheld
Posted February 14, 2005

Most people, including most devotees, seem very confused about what constitutes actual child abuse. Failure to protect the children from sexual predators is the worst form of child abuse, but failure to train them properly is also child abuse. The Bible says, "Spare the rod; spoil the child.", and Srila Prabhupada also prescribed corporal punishment for ISKCON's children. If this instruction is not followed, then the children could suffer, and therefore, not administering corporal punishment could be the real child abuse, not the other way around! (Click here for the full article)

Octagon house in Saranagati Village
by Jnana-sakti das
Posted February 13, 2005

An Octagonal house with 5 acres of partially wooded land is for sale at Saranagati Village near Ashcroft, BC, Canada. Our Hare Krsna community is approx. 4 hours drive from ISKCON Vancouver. It has become a residential destination for many senior devotees who have found the environment favorable to their KC cultivation. There is also a rural public school surrounded by Vaishnava homesteads. (Click here for the full article)

Mother Bhumi
submitted by Madhava Gosh
Posted February 12, 2005

Once the world was overburdened by the unnecessary defense force of different kings, who were actually demons but were posing themselves as the royal order. At that time, the whole world became perturbed, and the predominating deity of this earth, known as Bhumi, went to see Lord Brahma to tell of her calamities due to the demoniac kings. Bhumi assumed the shape of a cow and presented herself before Lord Brahma with tears in her eyes. She was bereaved and was weeping just to invoke the lord's compassion. (Click here for the full article)

Annual Disappearance Festival Gour Govinda Swami
by Madhavananda das
Posted February 11, 2005

Gopal Jiu Publications and Saranagati, Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Seva Ashram are pleased to invite all Vaishnavas to attend the 9th annual disappearance festival of Srila Gour Govinda Swami. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Rath Yatra in Mumbai's newspapers:
Krishna faithful descend on Juhu from across globe

submitted by Amala Gaura das
Posted February 10, 2005

Mumbai, January 21: An IIT engineer. A Mumbai builder's family. A retired American sales officer from New Orleans. These were just some of the 10,000 people who converged at Juhu to find salvation in religion. (Click here for the full article)

Vaisnava moral theology and the homosexual issue
by Hrdayananda das Goswami
Posted February 9, 2005

Abstract: After recommending that ISKCON "ackowledge and appreciate" the choice of monogamy among sincere non-celibate gays, H.H. Hrdayananda das Goswami noted that his brief statement has "alarmed" some devotees. Accordingly, he has submitted a 9300-word essay to Chakra for publication. The Chakra staff have formatted the essay as an Adobe Acrobat PDF document so that any interested devotee may download it.

(Click here for the full article or here to download as a PDF)

Where to locate book?
Posted February 8, 2005

A devotee has written Chakra asking for information about the book by Mulaprakriti dasi, "Our Srila Prabhupada: a friend to all," to which H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami alluded in a recent article. Chakra has a reference on our website to a video interview with Mulaprakriti prabhu. Aside from this, we do not know of any source for this book. Can any of our readers suggest where this book can be purchased? -- Editors

Report on N.A. ISKCON Initiative Meeting in Dallas
by Gopala Bhatta das
Posted February 7, 2005

By Krishna's grace the ISKCON North American strategic planning meeting in Dallas Jan. 22 and 23 succeeded beyond our expectations. Drawn together by their devotion to Srila Prabhupada, 120 devotees -- gurukulis, congregational professionals, Temple Presidents and GBCs -- gathered, formed teams and addressed fourteen key Initiatives designed to uplift ISKCON in North America. A list of the teams and initiatives appear below. (Click here for the full article)

A Little Bit of History of Gurukula, Child Abuse, etc.
by Urmila d.d.
Posted February 6, 2005

It was painful and surprising to read the two texts posted here about Sri Rama Prabhu. I never visited the school in Lake Huntington, New York, and do not have any first-hand (and very little second-hand) knowledge of that school, nor of Sri Rama Prabhu's role there in terms of what is being posted. To get to the truth of his dealings there, one would need to interview a number of people, check documents, and so forth. (Click here for the full article)

Seek the honey, not the faults
by Bhakta Jerry
Berkeley, California
Posted February 5, 2005

The letter from Bhakta Mike is a very potent article, in terms that, no matter what one's position is in Krishna consciousness, it will invoke some strong emotions. I have mixed reactions. (Click here for the full article)

VTE Bhakti-shastri and Bhakti-vaibhava in Vrindavan
Posted February 2, 2005

Come and immerse yourself in the stream of truths of bhakti scriptures in Vrindavan, whose atmosphere is mercifully helping sadhakas to work on their inner growth. Enhance your preaching and spiritual practice with a better basis in acharyas' beautiful explanations. (Click here for the full article)

Prabhupada treated women with equality and respect
by Yadunandana Pada das
Posted February 1, 2005

During aratis, Srila Prabhupada established that the women would stand on one side, while the men stood on the other. Despite criticism from his own godbrothers, and apparently going against the scriptural mandates of varna-asrama-dharma, Srila Prabhupada carefully rewrote the rules of Vaisnava Dharma, lovingly tailoring it in order to be able to globalize Krsna consciousness across the planet as the main objective and highest priority. (Click here for the full article)

Face to face with death
by Partha-sarathi das
Posted February 26, 2005

Iraq is always an intense place with death around every corner. You never know when some car bomb will go off or you might be in the kill zone of an ambush. Soldiers die every day but is it really possible for me to be fixed on Krishna? I always wondered this. Little did I know that Krishna would give me a firsthand lesson in death. (Click here for the full article)

Our Srila Prabhupada
by Manjari dasi
Posted February 24, 2005

Respected Vaishnavas,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.

For those of you who are interested in purchasing Mulaprakriti's book, "Our Srila Prabhupada, A Friend to All, Early Contemporaries Remember Him," it is available at the following locations... (Click here for the full article)

Invitation to Jayananda e-group
by Vishoka das
Posted February 22, 2005

I am excited to inform you that you're invited to join the Jayananda Yahoo Egroup. We plan to remember Jayananda by posting Jayananda nectar as much as possible, we would enjoy your association in this group... (Click here for the full article)

Latest reports on Food for Life Tsunami relief
by Food for Life
Posted February 20, 2005

The latest reports on Food for Life tsunami relief efforts are being posted on the Food for Life Global website. Here is a sample... (Click here for the full article)

Sri Nityananda Jayanti Feb 21, 2005
by ISKCON New York
Posted February 18, 2005

You are all cordially invited to celebrate the Transcendental appearance day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir on Monday, February 21, 2005.

This year, their Lordships, Sri Sri Dayal-Nitai Vijay Gauranga, the deities of the Bhaktivedanta Ashram in New York City, will be making their first trip to Sri Sri Radha Govinda's Temple to accept the worship of all the devotees on this festival evening. (Click here for the full article)

Response to the "Initiative Committee"
by Niscala d.d.
Posted February 16, 2005

Personally I am well familiar with ISKCON bureacratic processes, and so naturally it came as no surprise to me that the initiative to reform ISKCON, to make the leaders accountable for their actions, and other similarly laudable resolves, is once again the appointed responsibility of an "initiative committee" and its various hand picked teams. I would like to ask that committee: Will the process of bureacracy itself come under scrutiny? After all Srila Prabhupada warned us very firmly to avoid it at all costs. (Click here for the full article)

Back To Godhead Collection for sale
by Scott Collingwood
Posted February 14, 2005

As an ISKCON-asram devotee of 9 years, I know many devotees will be happy to hear that I'm selling 100 near-mint condition Back To Godhead Magazines, from 1973 through to 1991. You can see tham at my eBay Store: stores.ebay.com.au/soul69sgeneralstore

Yours in the service of Lord Caitanya's Sankirtan Movement

Janaka was a willing participant in Ramayana movie
by Caruhasa das
Posted February 13, 2005

I would like to respond to the statements made by Janaka Stagnaro. With respect, I do not believe I had to twist his arm to get his help for the Ramayana movie project. Janaka prabhu left when we had nice offices at Sony Pictures and when Steven Seagal was going to play Rama. I feel betrayed by my lawyer and producers who did not believe in the project as I did; I left the studio before it all fell apart. (Click here for the full article)

A letter from Bhakti-tirtha Swami
submitted by Malati Manjari d.d.
Posted February 12, 2005

When one is leaving the body that person as well as others begin to look closer at the dying experience, in this spirit, several of the leaders have asked me to share some of the realizations I am presently experiencing. A few leaders and friends have asked some specific questions. I thought I would take some time to answer some of these questions. (Click here for the full article)

Spreading this Krishna consciousness movement
by Aniha das
Posted February 11, 2005

I am not qualified to understand Rocana prabhu's philosophical points concerning guru (Response to VNN Guru tattva article) but the article implied disrespect towards certain Vaisnavas which is deeply regretful. (Please forgive my conceit in writing, but it is very distressing to see Srila Prabhupada's godbrothers and their disciples criticized and this is a response to that rather than directly to Rocana prabhu's article. The following points are well known and I am just repeating them.) (Click here for the full article)

"Brutal Destruction of heritage hills in Braj - the Land of Lord Krishna" Petition
by Raghav Mittal
Posted February 10, 2005

Kindly take a look at the following petition:

The petition is to draw the attention of the Supreme Court of India towards the brutal destruction of heritage hills in the Braj region which spans across the districts of Mathura (UP), Bharatpur (Rajasthan) and Faridabad (Haryana). These hills have a historicity of more than 5000 years. Rampant mining is going on in Braj region violating the guidelines of the Rajasthan High Court. All this is causing havoc to the ecological balance of the region. A substantial part of the regional wildlife along with the flora and fauna has already been destroyed. This calls for an urgent intervention. (Click here for the full article)

Reply to Baladev das
by Kapiladeva das
Posted February 9, 2005

It appears that Baladev das, despite his professed good intentions has missed the main point - financial transparency when dealing with public funds. Baladev wants to know what a particular guru has done with his inheritance. In terms of the laws governing donations, what this guru does with money inherited from his father is his own personal business. That is not considered public money because his father has given the money due top their family connection, not because of this guru's connection with ISKCON. On the other hand, money that this guru receives from disciples and well wishers has been given because of his connection to ISKCON. If Prabhupada had never come to America, would these people be giving this person donations? Donations are considered "public money" because they are the property of the public in the sense that the public has the right to know how this money is being spent For example, if the United Way, Red Cross or such similar organizations collect money for tsunami relief, the public has the right to ask into the proper dispersal of funds - has the donation been used for the purpose intended? This is called "accountability". (Click here for the full article)

A letter of goodbye to everyone
by Dhanistha dasi
Posted February 8, 2005

Recently I read on Nikunja's Alachua website about some things concerning the Alachua women's efforts associated with the resolutions for women and the GBC 2000 women's panel meetings etc. There was a photo of the gathering of women at Nirmala's home this month. (Click here for the full article)

Coming Home to ISKCON
by Dasanudas Vanacari
Posted February 7, 2005

Those of you who know me, or have been reading my articles published on VNN and elsewhere, know that in the past I have been very critical of ISKCON. To you, this announcement may come as somewhat of a surprise. To others, it may seem trivial--what's the big deal? Well, it is a big deal when one wakes up to the realization that one has made an enormous mistake, and must immediately begin the process of correction. (Click here for the full article)

Defending myself from hate rhetoric
by former bhakta Mike
Posted February 6, 2005

First, I would like to thank Subhadra-mayi d.d. for her article. She really warmed my heart with that response and I deeply appreciate it. (Click here for the full article)

Correction to Chakra article
Posted February 5, 2005

On Feb. 1, Chakra posted an article by Yadunandana Pada das, entitled "Prabhupada treated women with equality and respect." Unfortunately, during editing at Chakra, a researcher incorrectly identified the priest at the installation of Rukmini and Dwarkadish Deities in Los Angeles. The presiding priest, as two alert readers have pointed out, was actually Her Grace Silavati devi dasi. Chakra regrets the error and apologizes to Silavati prabhu. -- The Editors

In the News:
Arizona Governor meets Hare Krishna devotees

by Prayag Narayan Misra
Chandler, Arizona
Posted February 2, 2005

[Governor Janet Napolitano with Radhapada das, Vice President, ISKCON Phoenix Temple.]

Devotees from ISKCON Phoenix met Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano during the Third InterFaith Breakfast on January 10, 2005 at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix.

It has become a tradition that the Governor hold a Prayer Meeting before opening of the budget session each year, to which she invites members from various religious groups. About 150 persons attended the meeting. (Click here for the full article)

Flabbergasted and confused
Name Withheld by request
Posted February 1, 2005

I just read Urmila prabhu's article on Shri Ram and I was flabbergasted to read such a totally contrasting description of the person I remember and experienced in a most disturbing way. (Click here for the full article)

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