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

New Hypnosis E-Group
by Amala Gaura Dasa
Posted February 27, 2007

As an aspiring devotee who has just become exposed to the world of hypnosis & hypnotherapy, I want to explore this world further from a devotee perspective.

I have created the egroup Vaishnavas & Hypnotherapy for interested devotees to discuss & learn about these subjects.

Devotees interested to learn more are invited. Click Here

I took an 8 day course in hypnotherapy and learned basics, but other members are not required to have done so. You can join if you want to learn about hypnosis, hypnotherapy and even past life regression therapies. (Click here for the full article)



My Brothers Hare Krishna Wedding
by Devala das
Posted February 27, 2007


In the midst of taking my final exams in college, the thought of traveling to India to witness the first marriage of the family lingered within my mind. I anticipated the reunion of our whole family and was looking forward to getting away from school and having a little R&R.

After a long and painful flight I arrived in Delhi to be greeted by my eldest brother Dhruva. I spent over week visiting the holy temples in Vrindavan, and ended my evenings with Aindra's roaring bhajans. Although I needed a little spiritual relaxing, I remembered the main reason for my trip was to assist my brother Drdha and his bride Gandharvika in their marriage preparations. Realizing this, I changed my plans and headed down early to South India. (Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada's Picture On Ebay
by David McDaniels
Posted February 25, 2007

Description: Informal picture of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada with devotees, taken in New Vrndavana in 1971. There is some yellowing and some spotting on the photo. Nevertheless it is s valuable record of the moment to those pictured with Srila Prabhupada and to those who honor him. It could easily be restored to its previous glory. A copy of the picture accompanies the eBay ad.

Available at eBay: Click Here



Serving Vrindavana: a Very Successful Program
by Urmila devi dasi
Posted February 24, 2007

If you want to improve the situation for Vrindavana's ecology, cows, bulls, and local residents, there is a fantastic program you can support or join. It is so simple it has no official name other than "Bullock Cart Preaching." The heart of the program is a traveling bullock cart with a handful of devotees who give out prasadam and books to the residents of the Vrindavana area, along with showing nightly puppet shows and movies. The books include a Brijbasi language explanation of how to treat the environment and cows. The movies include documentaries on cow protection. The cart has solar panels that allow the devotees to charge batteries without petrol. What results are they having? (Click here for the full article)



35th Anniversary of Sri Sri Radha Govinda
by ISKCON New York
Posted February 23, 2007

Please join us on March 3rd and 4th, 2007 in a celebration of love and devotion commemerating the 35th Anniversary of the arrival of Sri Sri Radha Govindadeva in New York City.

Sri Sri Radha Govindadeva were donated to His Divinve Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by Gayatri devi the Queen of Jaipur in January 1972, and presided over Srila Prabhupada's lecture festival in that city. Immediately afterwards, They were sent to New York City and were established in the New York Temple on Gaura Purnima Day in 1972.

Sri Sri Radha Govinda are a source of great mercy and love for Their devotees -- please come on March 3rd and 4th 2007, for Their darshan and receive Their blessings.

Your servants,

NY ISKCON
www.radhagovinda.net



Devotees in the NY Chinese New Year's Parade
by Locanananda dasa
Posted February 21, 2007

The New York City Times Square Harinam Sankirtana Party has been invited to take part in the Chinese New Year Parade of Lions and Dragons on Sunday, February 25th, 2007. This is the first time the Chinese community in New York City, which numbers more than one million, will hear the chanting of the Holy Name as part of their New Year celebration.

Our group will assemble on Mott Street between Broome and Delancey at 12:00 noon. All devotees are invited to join us. If you plan on coming, please contact me by email at lfelda@aol.com so I can inform the parade organizers in advance of the size of our kirtana party. All glories to Sri Krishna Sankirtana! Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!



Carpooling Request
by Brad and Dena
Posted February 20, 2007

My wife and I will be at the New Vrindavan Festival of Inspiration on May, 11th -13th. We live in Oregon and will be visiting family in New England after the Festival. We are looking for a ride from West Virginia to New England. If any devotees from the Boston or Conneticut area plan to attend the Festival and would be willing to carpool, please contact us at Forevajah@aol.com. We can help with gas!



Seeking Live-In Nanny / Aupair
by Nadia dasi
Posted February 19, 2007

I am seeking a live-in nanny/aupair who is enthusiastic about caring for children and devotional service in helping us set up local programs/bhajans here in SW Florida (Naples/Lehigh Acres/Ft. Myers area). There are 3 Children total ages 11, 3, 2; with the younger two reqiring full time care. The ideal person would be a single woman or single mom with maybe an older child or two sisters or something similar, to help out with the kids/household duties and to be roommate to single mom. A devotee who is active about service and interested in having a devotional co-household would be awesome.



Day Eight of the G.B.C. Meetings
reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 17, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Conch Building now has an elevator (but no elevator music), which makes it easy to ascend to the roof, where the GBC Conference Room is located. It stops on the landing halfway between the fourth floor and the roof. On the way down the other day, I saw graffiti on the nameplate of the elevator company, ICON Elevators. Someone wrote "SK" above the "IC" in ICON and put a caret underneath the "IC", which, combined, served as a reminder of ISKCON. Not only that, but during a meeting, Praghosa Prabhu said that "ISKCON" stands for the International Society for Kindess and CONsideration. That fits the theme of the soon-to-start Gaura-purnima Festival this year: The Festival of Loving Exchange. (Click here for the full article)



Day Seven of the G.B.C. Meetings
reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 16, 2007

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Today the GBC members went on all-day spiritual retreat at the Jagannatha Mandir. Although your reporter did not go along, he gathered the following report from several participants.

The retreat began in front of Srila Prabhupada in his puspa-samadhi, after the GBC members and several dozen senior devotees ate breakfast on the samadhi veranda.

While the GBC members stood before Srila Prabhupada in the samadhi, each received a colorful pavitra, and together they recited a statement of intent of service to Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)



Day Six of the G.B.C. Meetings
reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 15, 2007

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Today's agenda: morning presentations about Kazakhstan, the Child Protection Office (CPO), and Mayapur; in the afternoon, subcommittee meetings.

Kazakhstan

Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami presented the history, which began in 1999 with the purchase of 116 acres of beautiful land outside Almaty. In 2002 the Society for Krishna consciousness was registered. Then the president of the country changed the land laws and allowed individual Kazakh citizens to own land, so the devotees attempted to privatize their land in 2004. But they were not allowed to privatize, and the district governor instigated an effort to confiscate their land and homes. (Click here for the full article)



Day Four of the G.B.C. Meetings
reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 13, 2007

Thursday, February 8, 2007

The GBC members and some deputies spent the day planning ISKCON's future.

Divided into six groups, they continued to work on six core initiatives, or strategic plans, originated at the GBC meetings in Italy last autumn:

  1. Srila Prabhupada's position (Bhaktivaibhava Swami, Bhakti Caru Swami, Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, Madhu Sevita Prabhu, Malati Prabhu, Ravindra Swarupa Prabhu, Virabahu Prabhu)

  2. Parallel lines of authority and guru issues (Badrinarayana Prabhu, Prahladananda Swami, Sivarama Swami, Prabhavisnu Swami, Guru Prasad Swami, Bhanu Swami, Ramai Swami, Radhanath Swami)

  3. Succession and leadership training (Anuttama Prabhu, Bhakti Vijnana Dasa Goswami, Tamohara Prabhu, Pancaratna Prabhu, Janmastami Prabhu, Braja Bihari Prabhu)

(Click here for the full article)



Holi Festival in Queens, NY
by Michael Ramsaroop
Posted February 12, 2007

To glorify Sri Prahlad Narasimha, the Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mandir in Queens, New York is collaborating with 20 Hindu temples to celebrate Holi Sammelan on Saturday, March 3, 2007, from 1 till 8 p.m. at the Maha Latchmi Mandir (121-15 101 Avenue, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419).

The planned program will include Indian classical dancing, an illusionist show, mehndi painting, a devotional play directed by Bhima das (Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, Brooklyn), and the burning of an effigy of the demoness Holika. Vaisnava books will be distributed, along with free prasadam for all and sundry. (Click here for the full article)



Cook Needed in Venice, CA
by Avadhoot Maharaj
Posted February 11, 2007

There is a very beautiful Temple of Radha and Govinda in Venice CA, two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The Temple has a downstairs restaurant which has been operational for over a year. If anyone has some experience in cooking and would like a fairly descent salary he or she should apply by calling the Temple President Bhagavat Das at 310-401-0326 or Avadhoot Maharaj at 310-401-0418.



In Honor of Sulocana Prabhu
by Padmapani das
Posted February 9, 2007


I've been following the discussions about Sulocana Prabhu's murder online, and I have to admit that it's caused me a lot of pain. Back in 1980/'81, I was traveling through London from the Middle East and met Sulocana Prabhu in the brahmacari room at the Soho St. temple. He seemed like a nice enough fellow. I remember seeing the famous photo in BTG where he is on the L.A. altar, offering arotika to his beloved Deities Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisa. He told me that he had been Their pujari for a number of years. Sulocana also showed me a collection of his Srila Prabhupada, Lord Caitanya and Radha-Krishna pendants that he designed and sold to devotees throughout the movement. We hit it off and Tribhuvannatha Prabhu liked him too. I met him in London a few times and even lent him 50 pounds, although I never really expected or wanted it back. (Click here for the full article)



Registration Requirements for Gaura Purnima 2007
by Mayapur Child Protection Team
Posted February 8, 2007

Please note that this year we intend again to very strictly guard against any illegal or illicit activity in the Dham, including intoxication and child abuse. Unfortunately, in the past a few reckless persons have thus endangered themselves and others, as well as the whole standing of ISKCON in India. Therefore, on the registration forms again this year, we have a section that is intended to help us keep the festival free of these unwanted and serious disturbances. All festival-goers must carefully read this section, especially regarding the serious consequences of being caught engaging in any illegal or illicit activity. (Click here for the full article)



Bhaktins Wanted in Tucson
by Saranagati devi dasi
Posted February 5, 2007

The Tucson Temple in Arizona is welcoming already dedicated and/or aspiring to be Krishna conscious Bhaktins. The temple here is truly an oasis in the desert! We have the best vegetarian restaurant in town, a nice way to deliver prasad to community. This temple is not a large one, so the Vaishnava living here, totaling around 20, acts as a family. This Temple is a great place to start your studies in Krishna Consciousness. The temple president, Sandamini prabhu is very knowledgeable, sweet, and merciful. She is also very regulated and dedicated, yet balanced in her devotional life. There is always nice service to do here. Plus, she and her husband Dasarath prabhu are open to devotees creating services for themselves that capture individual interest and aptitudes. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Kazakhstan: Do-It-Yourself Demolition for Embattled Hare Krishna Commune?

by Igor Rotar, Forum 18 News Service
Posted February 4, 2007

This article was published by F18News on: 31 January 2007

As official pressure on the Hare Krishna commune near the commercial capital Almaty mounts, three more home owners have been served demolition notices, Hare Krishna sources told Forum 18 News Service. If they fail to demolish their own homes by 2 February, the authorities will do so and charge them for the cost. Thirteen Hare Krishna-owned homes were bulldozed last November, though other homes in the village owned by non-Hare Krishna residents have not been touched. Other court cases are pending. The Kazakh authorities have failed to respond to a November 2006 offer to help from the OSCE Advisory Council on Freedom of Religion, but Gauhar Beyeseyeva of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry claimed to the head of the Hare Krishna commune: "We were denied the OSCE chairmanship specifically because of you people." (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Tirupati Inauguration
by Jayapataka Swami
Posted February 3, 2007


30th, Jan, 2007 - Inauguration of ISKCON - Tirupati, Second Day:

Inviting the Lord to His Temple:

Today is the day that the Lord is formally invited to come and live in His temple. The marble Deities of Sri Sri Radha Govinda and Asta-sakhi are already on the closed altar with Their eyes covered. Their otsab murtis (Festival Deities) of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Tirupati Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Laksmi Narasimhadeva are being brought from the elaborate Puja Mandapam next to the temple to Their permanent home.

Different Senior vaisnavas were carrying the metal Deities and were greeted by the Doorway. (Click here for the full article)



Krishna Game And DVD
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted February 2, 2007


ITV has obtained 300 sets of the new Krishna 3-D Animation DVD and the Krishna game-packed CD, etc. The package contains:

  1. FILM DVD
  2. CD ROM GAME
  3. FRIENDSHIP-BELT
  4. DESK STANDEE
  5. NIGHT GLOW TATTOO
  6. FEATHER (BOOK-MARK)
  7. EXCLUSIVE STICKERS

KRISHNA

Get set for a unique event in Hindi Cinema history, the 1st 3D animated Hindi Feature Film on "Krishna" (Duration approx. 105 mins.).

KRISHNA', a richly animated, musical feature film tells the story of Lord Krishna's birth, his childhood spent in Vrindavan and his slaying of Kamsa, the evil ruler of Mathura. (Click here for the full article)



Festival Dates
by Ananda Mohini devi dasi
Posted February 1, 2007

Does anyone know the exact dates of the New York Ratha Yatra 2007 and the Woodstock in Poland this year? Please contact me at srikrsnamurari@yahoo.com.



  Our New Blogs
by Padmalochan Das & Vrindavan Lila Dasi
Posted February 27, 2007

This is to announce that we have started two new blogs, since we are no longer posting our photos to Mayapur.com. This change may be temporary and is due to managerial changes. Until further notice, please visit:

Photoblog, where I hope to post photos regurlary (as our slow line permits). to see the new Photoblog please go here: www.photoblog.com/user/Mayapur you simply click the different dates on the calendar there to see different postings.

Also Mayapur Katha magazine is in different web-format now, you can find it here: www.mayapurkatha.blogspot.com/

Both blogs will be updated regurlary. They have been started from this February.

Welcome to our new sites.



Free Audio Download for Spring
by Dhruva Maharaja das
Posted February 27, 2007


Here in Jagannatha Puri tiny cashew and mango buds are beginning to blossom, their fragrance filling the atmosphere, migrating birds have returned after a brief winter, and offshore breezes carry the sound of waves rhythmically washing onto the beach.

This atmosphere inspires the Lord to perform various lilas: Dola-yatra (swing festival), Holi (throwing colors), and of course the full moon day is Gaura Purnima. Srila Rupa Gosvami's Vidagdha-madhava 1.10 describes: "Springtime had arrived, and the full moon of that season inspired the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is complete in everything, with new attraction to meet the beautiful Srimati Radharani at night to increase the beauty of Their pastimes." (Click here for the full article)



Please Pray for Cancer Remission
by Geoffrey Giuliano
Posted February 25, 2007

My wife Vrnda Devi is struggling against recurring skin cancer at our home in Tampa, Florida, and is considering a move to either Vrndavana or Mayapur. She wants to deal with her cancer in a dispassionate, realistic and devotional way, seeing this as an opportunity to grow and touch others around her. She is strong and brave beyond words, and is without doubt the finest person I have ever met.

Vrnda devi raised two children and is now a grandmother. She met Srila Prabhupada in London in 1971 after having followed Krsna consciousness for about two years. She is the co-author of several books about musicians, and wrote the vegetarian cookbook Compassionate Cuisine. Over the past five years our family, home and business have been in upheaval; throughout, my wife has remained a beacon and the real leader of our family. You may write to her at: vrnda@att.net.



Gaura Purnima in Laguna Beach
by Bhaktin Molly
Posted February 24, 2007


NOTE: The date of the Regional Festival in Laguna Beach will be on Saturday March 10th, beginning at 10:00.

Please come celebrate Gaura Purnima with Sri Sri Panca Tattva in Laguna Beach on Saturday March 3, 2007, at 6:00 pm. The schedule is as follows: Bhajans, 6:00 p.m.; Lecture, 6:45 p.m.; Kirtan, 7:30 p.m.; and Feast, 8:00 p.m.

The following week will be the Regional Gaura Purnima Festival. Devotees from all over the west coast of U.S.A. (and beyond) come together to celebrate the Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Indradyumna Maharaja will be among our honored guests. There will be bhajans, kirtan, a lecture, Harinama through the streets of Laguna Beach, more kirtan, and a delicious maha-prasadam feast for all! (Click here for the full article)



The Dhanurdara Scandal: What Decisive Actions Were Taken?
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted February 23, 2007

I was mystified to read the following paragraph in the minutes to Day Ten of the 2007 GBC meetings:

"The GBC body spent the rest of the morning discussing and voting on a resolution concerning the situation of Dhanudhara Swami. This discussion began yesterday in a closed plenary session, but today the GBC deputies were invited to take part. Ravindra Swarupa Prabhu chaired this session, because he was on the subcommittee working on this resolution, as were Hridayananda Maharaja, Sivarama Swami, Radhanatha Swami, Badrinarayana Prabhu, Anuttama Prabhu, and Tamohara Prabhu. The discussion continued a long time, and the GBC dealt decisively with this issue."
Click Here

In this era of extreme spin and deception (also called Kali Yuga), I'm surprised that such a vague statement would be issued. Obviously, to those who are worried about the fact that such a blatent child abuser, offender of the Vaisnavas and destroyer of Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON so long maintained a position of honor in ISKCON, what matters is not that the "GBC dealt decisively with the issue," but rather exactly what kind of decisive action did they take? (Click here for the full article)



Day Eleven of the G.B.C. Meetings
reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 21, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Today's agenda: Election of Executive Committee officers, voting, a presentation on Moscow, a report by the arbitration committee, and closing statements.

Elections

Bhanu Swami was elected the GBC Chairman, Ramai Swami the First Vice-Chairman, Bhaktivaibhava Swami the Second Vice-Chairman, Bhakti Purusottama Swami the GBC Secretary, and Kavicandra Swami the Special Duty Officer.

Voting

The GBC body resolved that any members not submitting a personal annual financial report will lose voting rights at the annual general meeting and that any sannyasi or guru not submitting such a report will be named by the secretary at the annual general meeting. (Click here for the full article)



Day Ten of the G.B.C. Meetings
reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 20, 2007

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Today's agenda: Children's visit, Executive Committee election, voting.

The GBC members received a copy of the new small Indian paperback edition of Peter Burwash's "The Key to Great Leadership" from the director of Torchlight Publishing.

Children's visit

Thirty-five well-behaved, uniformed students (aged 5 to 10) from the student body of 250 students at Bhaktivedanta National School on Bhaktisiddhanta Road came to the GBC Conference Room.

As they entered, these little visitors were immediately invited by the GBC members to sit on their own chairs around the meeting table. Sita (Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir Re-Opened
by Shyamakrishna Das
Posted February 19, 2007

Devotees from around the world are hereby informed that in pursuance to an interim order passed by the Hon'ble High Court at Allahabad on 12th February, 2007, Srila Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir is now re-opened.

Srila Prabhupada's deity and his other belongings were moved inside the room in a small function organised at Radha Damodar Mandir today morning. H.G.Srestha Prabhu, Co-Temple President, ISKCON, Krishna Balaram Mandir and Nirmal Chandra Goswami, Sevayat Radha Damodar Mandir led the event. ISKCON devotees have resumed their seva puja to the deity of Srila Prabhupada.

The bhajan Kutir shall remain open for offering homage to Srila Prabhupada during the Temple opening hours.

Millions of thanks to all the devotees who responded to our appeal and prayed for us. We invite all of you to visit Vrindavan and give us an opportunity to serve you.



ISKCON Responds to Property Demolitions
Media Release - ISKCON Communications
Posted February 17, 2007

Contact: Vineet Chander - (201) 925-4973; vineet@iskcon.com

Almaty - Impervious to international outcry, government officials in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan have intensified their attacks against members of the Hare Krishna religion, a Vaishnava Hindu tradition. A local court ordered more homes belonging to the Krishna devotees to be demolished, the Associated Press reported, threatening to leave more families homeless in freezing temperatures at any moment.

The latest court ruling, sanctioning the government to confiscate the Krishna land without compensation, came as a shock to members of the community. (Click here for the full article)



Rajamundry Ki Jaya
by Caru das
Posted February 16, 2007


The train to Vijayawada arrived at 4 am. By 6 we had checked our bags at the cloak room and taken number 20 bus to Mangalagiri. This is the town with the famous Pana Narasingha deity installed on a hill approached by 400 steps. There is a large fierce, toothsome face of Lord Narasingha Dev painted on one of the retaining walls, quite dramatic. Half way up the hill side there is a kutir with the footprints of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who visited here 500 years ago. The footprints were installed by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati in 1930.

In this temple visitors purchase a ticket for a pot of jaggery, sweet water with cardamon and pepper, to be offered through a brass mask of Narasingha placed over a hole in the mountain. (Click here for the full article)



Kirtan in America
by Mangalananda Das
Posted February 15, 2007

The new American Kirtan movement is alive and growing. If you don't believe me, just google "kirtan;" I did and got 598,000 hits in .07 seconds. For me this is exciting. It would be even more exciting if the chanters were Personalists.

I started participating in the Hare Krishna Kirtan movement in the early 1970s. The chanting profoundly changed my life and I've been an advocate of the benefits of kirtan ever since. As a songwriter born in the U.S. I naturally write about my unique American experience which includes kirtan. For the last three years, my wife, Yamini, and I toured all over the U.S. as the musical duo AverageSoul. We took the opportunity to drop in on many of the Hare Krishna Temples along the way. I was sad to find that despite America's growing interest in kirtan, I saw no wave of new faces coming to chant. (Click here for the full article)



Day Five of the G.B.C. Meetings
reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 13, 2007

Friday, February 9, 2007

Gopala Bhatta Prabhu began facilitating the third and final day of strategic planning by asking the GBC members how they were feeling about the two previous days of planning and whether they wanted to continue the process.

Bhakti Caru Swami said that it is just a beginning, but the signs are very positive; the GBC is being proactive and dealing with issues that are stifling the movement. Anuttama Prabhu said it is an essential process; the GBC's constituents want to see something new and positive.

Lokanath Swami described a lion, which looks behind him, thinks, proceeds a bit, stops to look behind again, thinks more, and then proceeds. (Click here for the full article)



Gita As It Is in Marathi
by Viju Karnik
Posted February 12, 2007

How can I get Gita As It Is in Marathi language, as soon as possible, in the USA?


Editor's Note: The Bhagavad-gita As It Is, with Srila Prabhupada's translation and exhaustive commentary, is available in several Indic languages from the Indian branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT). In addition to the Marathi language, to date they have published versions in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. To order Bhagavad-gita or other books in Indic languages, we suggest you call or write the BBT, in care of Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Mumbai 400 049, India. Their e-mail address in BBT.in@Krishna.com and their telephone number is +91-9224-325-687.



Day Two of the G.B.C. Meetings
by GBC, Reporting: Tattvavit Dasa
Posted February 11, 2007

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The day's agenda: Straw voting and a BBT presentation about the editing of Srila Prabhupada's books.

The GBC Conference Room is decorated with artwork made by the school children in Mayapur: papier-mache faces of Lord Nrsimhadeva and colored drawings of Lord Jagannatha performing various imaginary activities (e.g., riding on the back of a dolphin, flying a private jet, and driving a convertible sports car into Puri).

Bhaktivaibhava Swami (GBC chairman) began the meeting by advising the GBC members that they need to direct their comments and discussions more carefully in order to be more effective as a body. Offering an example, he said that during a discussion of a proposal, if a member withholds criticism until the last minute before a vote, this undermines the GBC's ability to build on constructive criticism or can obstruct progress. (Click here for the full article)



University Preaching Advice?
by David Jorm
Posted February 9, 2007

I would like any advice on running a successful university program. Here in Melbourne, Australia, we do not have a presence at any of the universities and the word from the devotees is they have been 'hard to crack'.

Orientation week for the new students arriving is in a few weeks and, as I am a part time student and can get a free stall from the student union, I would like to use the oppurtunity to run some kind of program.

Many Christian, Buddhist and Islamic groups run stalls at orientation week, usually distributing literature and making contact to the faithful who arrive new to the city. The approach for ISKCON to take (Click here for the full article)



Madana Gopala Das
by Lilavilasini dd
Posted February 8, 2007

Would like to request all devotees to please pray for this devotee HG Madana Gopala Das who is on the last stages of fighting cancer of the stomach and head which showed up only 2 months ago .. Last week Friday and Saturday the doctors gave him only a few hours to live as He was in coma and didnt even reconize anyone around him, His breathing was difficult then devotees from around Rome area went and chanted for hours. Then he started to make some signs of recovery. He has become very serious in KC and has changed into another person: the Real Madana Gopala. (Click here for the full article)



Beautiful Cottage in Vrindavan for Devotees
by Giriraj Agrawal
Posted February 5, 2007

The very beautiful cottage available in Vrindavan just near the ISKCON in Hare Krishna orchid. The total area of the cottage is 180 sq. yards. The cottage is fully furnished in interational level. It has two bedroom with wooden flooring, living room, study room, one pooja room, verandah. Inside the Hare Krishna orchid you will also get a lot of facilities like mangala aarti of ISKCON with security guards, private lockers, security through guards and through close circuit cameras, fruit garden ,total village style, waterfall fountain, car parking etc.

for more information please contact R.c goyal 09811032286



Vrndavana Gaura Purnima Festival 2007
by Janardana dasa
Posted February 4, 2007


www.dandavats.com/?p=2811

On behalf of Sri Krsna Balrama Mandir, we cordially invite one and all to our Vrndavana annual Gaura Purnima festival this year.

We will have a series of lectures on various topics regarding the most magnanimous Lord, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from 28th of February to 3rd of March by the movement's leading Senior devotees.

Also, this year we have a scheduled parikrama to be guided by HH Mahanidhi Swami, HH Radha Raman Maharaja, HG Deena Bandhu Prabhu and other Senior devotees for all the visiting devotees from 7th - 13th of March except on the 10th, on which we will be celebrating the world famous transcendental boat festival for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar. (Click here for the full article)



My Revered Spiritual Master
by Madhavananda das
Posted February 2, 2007


His Holiness Gour Govinda Swami delves into the pastimes and mission of Srila Prabhupada.

Topics include:

* Srila Prabhupada's visit to Bhubaneswar

* Srila Prabhupada's Special Position

* The Purpose of ISKCON

* How Srila Prabhupada is Always Present

* Prabhupada's Ideal Society

* Meditations on Srila Prabhupada (Click here for the full article)



'Sriji' = Sri Galima
by Names Withheld
Posted February 1, 2007

Please note that your latest advertisement titled "Wanted: Devotees to Sell Krishna Art" from Sriji Das is actually from Sri Galima Das, notorious child molester from New Vrindavan. Sri Galima (Gary Gardner) recently changed his name to Sriji and has a church (temple) registered in Austin, Texas.

I would request you to please remove his advertisement until you can verify the history of Sri Galima in New Vrindavan.

[Editor's note: Thanks to the many readers who brought this to our attention. Chakra receives numerous ads and we have no way of confirming the identities of the authors. Therefore we rely on feedback from readers. We have removed the ad in question]



Child Protection Seminar Offered At Mayapur
by Tamohara das
Posted February 1, 2007

The ISKCON Child Protection Office will be offering a one day seminar at Mayapur, India, on February 16, 2007. The seminar is free of charge, and conveniently scheduled preceding the Gaura Purnima festival. This training is appropriate for all interested devotees, including child protection team members, teachers, temple managers, and parents. This is an excellent opportunity for devotees from all over the world to receive training in child protection. This is one of the "sat sanga" seminars sponsored by the MIHET at Mayapur (www.mihet.org).

Topics covered:

(Click here for the full article)



  Guide to Self Realization
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted February 27, 2007


Only $1.65 each: 2.5 hrs. Acarya 1,2,3,4,5 re-mastered from digital transfers resulting in startling picture and sound quality - 20 subtitled languages including Russian, French, and Italian voiceovers (list of languages below). The best introduction to Srila Prabhupada and the principles of Krishna consiousness! Perfect for street distribution, gifts for contributors, etc. These are professionally replicated disks - compatible with DVD players worldwide -shrinkwrapped with ISBN bar code in order for them to be placed in bookstores, shops, libraries, etc. ITV replicated thousands of these DVD's (3000 already sold) in order to give it to everyone at the least possible price. (Click here for the full article)



Juicy Discussions On Day Ten
by Niscala Dasi
Posted February 27, 2007

Hare Krsna Dasi's article "The Dhanurdhara Scandal- What Decisive Actions were Taken?" reflects the frustration of us all with the lack of communications from the GBC on topics that are vitally important, in this case how we deal with perpetrators of child abuse. Our movement will never have the integrity it needs to have and to hold on to people with higher virtues, when truth, transparency, human decency and compassion are constantly compromised within the leadership.

That is why the question raised on Day 9 of the meetings is so imperative- whether the GBC authority is spiritual or managerial? This essential question of whether the GBC is following Srila Prabhupada's direction to introduce varnasrama, thus separating the managerial from the spiritual authority, is the pivot on whether other issues will *ever* be taken seriously. (Click here for the full article)



Vaishnavanam Yatha Sambhu
by Caru Das
Posted February 25, 2007


Shiva Ratri is always a well attended event and this year was no exception. I estimate 600 people came and went during the three hour festivities. There was an mix of 30 per cent Indians and 70 per cent Westerners. I noticed not only Western college age kids, but maybe ten per cent of the audience older grandparents age, many of whom stayed the whole time.

Attendance was aided by a Saturday morning article in the Salt Lake Tribune, printed under "News Articles" on our web site.

Jai Krishna, Pragna and her friends did a great job on the chanting which varied between "Om Namo Shivaya" and "Hare Krishna." (Click here for the full article)



New Vrindavana Prison Preaching
by Larry Burstein
Posted February 24, 2007


Photo: Mukta prabhu in his book distribution and prison preaching office.

The New Vrndavana prison ministry program is successful and dynamic. Headed by Mukta Kesa das, a Prabhupada disciple, this ministry mails out 500 of Srila Prabhupada's books every month to various prison inmates. There are over 1,600 interested prisoners in the ministry's database. It guides and encourages hundreds of inmates with personal letters. Inmates eagerly study their choice of 12 different sastra courses and respond in essay form, taking weekly quizzes on several of Srila Prabhupada's books.

Prison is a dungeon of concrete and steel for those who are convicted of misdeeds. (Click here for the full article)



NY Gaura Purnima Invitation
by ISKCON NY
Posted February 23, 2007

Please join us on Saturday March 3, 2007 for an all day celebration of Gaura Purnima - Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu!

Starting with Mangala Arati at 4:30 am, take part in all of the different daily ceremonies, activities of the day, temple services, hearing and chanting the glories and pastimes of Lord Caitanya, and of course culminating with the evening celebration which begins at 5:00pm.

Those devotees who are eager to attend the celebration will have access to limited accommodations in the Temple ashram, and are available with advance notice for Friday and Saturday nights. Please contact the temple @ (718) 875-6127 or email us @ ny_iskcon@yahoo.com for information on accommodations. (Click here for the full article)



Boy Scout Troop 411
by Narayana Walters
Posted February 22, 2007


Photo 1: Winning the District flag.

I'm 11 years old and belong to Boy Scout Troop 411, also known as the Hare Krishna Boy Scout Troop. Our troop is located in Prabhupada Village, North Carolina. There are ten scouts in our troop: Ramananada, Narada, Murari, Vrindavana, Janardan, Abhay, Vishvambhara, Gopal, Govinda and me.

Some of the skills our troop learns are first aid, citizenship, how to plan and organize a camp-out, how to set up a campsite and how to cook prasadam. Scouts must learn some of these things and more to get the rank position of an Eagle scout or to earn recognition such as bronze, gold and silver palm awards. (Click here for the full article)



Bus Drivers Needed
by Manu dasa
Posted February 21, 2007

The youth Krishna Culture Festival Tour, organized in cooperation with ISKCON Youth Ministry and Festival of India, traveling throughout North America this summer, is seeking experienced bus drivers. See our website for details about the tour:

www.krishna.com/bustour/

Every year we take two buses filled with devotee youth traveling to temples and festivals in the USA and Canada. We have recently started organizing mini festivals in halls and university auditoriums along the way, en-route to Ratha-yatra festivals in the major cities across the continent. (Click here for the full article)



Samskaras
by Rachel Espinosa
Posted February 20, 2007

I was reading in the Grihastha Manual, that Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami considered 10 samskaras to be most important. I have been trying to find them on the Internet, but I can´t seem to find, or recognise, the ten. Does anyone know what they are? Please respond c/o Chakra.



Day Nine of the G.B.C. Meetings
reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 19, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Today's Agenda: Open Forum, Sannyasa Ministry, Voting, and a closed discussion.

Open Forum

Praghosa Prabhu explained that during the Open Forum the GBC hears from devotees invited to present their concerns. That they can directly address the GBC body on any variety of concerns that are on their mind is the main consideration. The GBC does not necessarily respond to each presentation.

Bhanu Swami chaired the Open Forum and began with a letter from Jiva Tattva Prabhu (Spain), who asked why ISKCON does not have a varnasrama social system and whether the GBC's role is spiritual or managerial. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Mangalore: Annual 'Sri Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra' on Feb 17

by mangalorean.com
Posted February 17, 2007

Mangalore Feb 14:* Mangalore Branch of ISKCON has organized their 4th annual ¡(r)Sri Krishna Balarama Ratha Yatra¡¯ festival on Saturday the February 17th at PVS Circle, Mangalore.

Addressing newspersons on Wednesday Shree Karunya Sagara Dasa said that the ¡(r)Rathayatra¡¯ is aimed at spreading peace, prosperity and tranquility in the society and the citizens have an opportunity to participate and seek blessings of Lord Krishna Balarama, he said.

District In-charge Minister B Nagaraj Shetty will be the chief guest and DC M Maheshwar Rao, Mayor Vijaya Arun will be the guests of honour in the inaugural function. Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON Temple, Bangalore will preside over the function. This Rathayatra festival will give people a live experience full of peace and joyful life. (Click here for the full article)



Wheat Flour Traces in Buckwheat Flour
by Preeti dasi
Posted February 16, 2007

This information is for those devotees living in Europe and USA who buy buckwheat flour from health food stores for ekadasi day.

We recently found out that for grinding buckwheat they use the same grinding machines as for other grains like wheat, dinkel (spelt) or rye, etc. When we talked to store owners regarding it they said that they do not intentionally mix anything while grinding buckwheat but it still may contain traces from other grains. That means buckwheat flour purchased from these supermarkets is not, in my opinion, fit for consumption on the day of ekadasi.

What can be done is to purchase whole buckwheat and grind it yourself at your home. Kindly take this into consideration.



Urgent Appeal for Seva Funding Participation
by Bhakti Purusottama Swami, Festival Co-ordinator
Posted February 15, 2007

As of today, 13 February 2007, GBC & Sannyasi prasad seva and events sponsorship are no longer available except for the Viswashanti Maha Yajna, Cultural Program seva and Sat-Sanga Seminars.

Also, please note that, there are a few opportunities remaining for sponsorship of devotee prasad. Your generous contribution will ensure that the Gaura Purnima tradition of providing FREE FESTIVAL PRASAD (during 15 day Festival period) for the devotees remains intact.

The available dates are FEBRUARY 24-28. Five full days are yet to be funded! This means that you still have a wonderful opportunity to serve Srila Prabhupada and all the Vaisnavas with your loving devotion. (Click here for the full article)



Ratha Cart Pictures Wanted
by Jiva Goswami das
Posted February 13, 2007

The Alachua Temple is building a new Ratha Yatra cart. If you have any pictures and descriptions of Jaganath Puri's carts, and of Iskcon's carts around the world, please email them to AlachuaCart@GMail.com. Local residents can speak to Dharmaraj or Jiva Goswami.

We intend it to be ~40 ft tall (including canopy, chakra and flags), ~22 ft long and ~12 wide. The basic structure will be metal with wooden wheels and an electric powered, telescoping canopy. A primary goal is make the cart such that it can be collapsed and rolled into a large box truck or a custom trailer by one or two people in an hour or two. (Click here for the full article)



Day Three of the G.B.C. Meetings
Reporting: Tattvavit (das) ACBSP (BBT)
Posted February 12, 2007

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The main agenda item for the next three days is planning ISKCON's future. If you have a vague idea of what strategic planning is, you will better understand it after reading this report. At the morning session today, the GBC discussed strategic planning for two and a half hours. Gopala Bhatta Prabhu enthusiastically facilitated the discussion and helped the GBC members open their hearts and focus on the issues.

Here is a short summary: The GBC members discussed the meaning of strategic planning for the GBC and ISKCON; they discussed two strategic plans formerly endorsed by the GBC: the Srila Prabhupada Centennial and the GBC "ksetra" committees; (Click here for the full article)



An Urgent Appeal
by Shyam Krishna Das, on behalf of the ISKCON Legal Team
Posted February 11, 2007

Devotees from around the world are aware that a dispute between ISKCON, Vrindavan and the Goswamis of Radha Damodar Temple, in respect of Srila Prabhupada's rooms in Radha Damodar Temple, Vrindavan, is presently being heard in the Hon'ble High Court of Allahabad, India. The local court at Mathura has passed an interim order in favour of ISKCON, against which the Goswamis have preferred an appeal in the Hon'ble High Court. The final hearing on this appeal is going to be held on 12th February at Allahabad.

Our legal team is doing its best to produce all the legal evidences before the Hon'ble High Court. However, we would like to humbly beg and make an appeal to all the communities of devotees from around the world to offer your sincere and intense prayers to Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balaram (Click here for the full article)



GBC Meetings Day - 1
by GBC, Reporting: Tattvavit Dasa
Posted February 9, 2007

Day One of the G.B.C. Meetings.
Monday, February 5, 2007

Devotees assembled as Bhanu Swami offered an arati to Srila Prabhupada and Vijaya Prabhu led a kirtan.

The GBC chairman, Bhaktivaibhava Swami, opened the well-attended meeting. Only a few members were absent this year, some because of illness. The day's agenda: a summary of the autumn GBC meetings in Italy and a discussion of book distribution.

2006: An Overview

The chairman first presented an overview of the GBC's work in 2006. (Click here for the full article)



Images of Srila Prabhupada Wanted
by Karalapati dasi (ACBSP)
Posted February 8, 2007

I am appealing on behalf of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Publications (GVP) for images you may have in your care of Srila Prabhupada, A.C. Bhaktivedenta Swami. I have agreed to help with this project because I believe in the importance of the undertaking. The GVP is especially looking for negatives and photographs not printed or copyright protected by the Bhaktivedenta Book Trust. We are thinking that there must be amazing images in the private archives of individuals, gathering dust, forgotten, and not appreciated. Years down the road these images will be priceless. They are in fact already priceless and they need to be digitized and preserved for posterity before they degrade over time. It would be a wonderful service to make them available for others to view and to appreciate the many relationships and moods of our Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)



Hanuman Deity Wanted
by Dhananjaya Das
Posted February 5, 2007

I'm looking for a deity of Sri Hanuman to worship. It needs to be brass or bronze (natural material). If anyone knows where I can get a good quality deity of Sri Hanuman or of Sita Ram Laxman Hanuman, I would appreciate it, if they could kindly point me in the right direction. Thank you in advance. dhananjaya1008@hotmail.co.uk



Looking for Lord Narasimhadeva
by Bhaktavatsala das
Posted February 4, 2007

Please could you kindly help me. I am looking for a picture of LAXMI NARASINGHADEVA for my worship on my home altar. So far I have looked on the internet without much luck. The picture can be of a painting, artwork, photograph or deity.

Please help me in my search, as I need the Lord on my altar! The address to send your pictures to:

bhaktavatsala_das_108@yahoo.com



The Simple Temple: Chowpatty
by Rasikananda Das
Posted February 2, 2007


Avatar Studios are glad to make available our documentary "The Simple Temple: Chowpatty" now viewable online at:

Watch The Simple Temple on Google Video!

The Simple Temple - Chowpatty paints an intimate portrait of daily life in a community founded on the sacred principles of love and devotional service taught by Srila Prabhupada. This hour-long documentary masterfully crafts rich color and exotic imagery into a story of two seekers who find their common truth within this timeless spiritual culture. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows February Newsletter
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted February 1, 2007

Our February 2007 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(Click Here).

This month we present:

  1. A brief report regarding our expansion in Belvan. CFC is now providing for 180 residents.

  2. Another report on Sudevi dasi's inspiring go seva in Radha Kund.

(Click here for the full article)



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