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February 2008
Vendors Invited to Festival of Inspiration
by Malati devi dasi
Posted February 28, 2008

There is limited opportunity for vendors of quality items at Festival of Inspiration, May 9th, 10th, 11th in New Vrindaban. We especially are looking for Prasadam Vendors. If you have something good, healthy, and quick to go, I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

Please contact: Servingkrishna@aol.com for further information. One thing to note is that while there is limited shared facility for vendors, all on site accommodation has been fully booked at this time. If you plan on bringing friends and family, you will need to bring a camper, a van, a tent, or book a hotel room. (see our web site for list of nearby hotel/motels)

festivalofinspiration.net



Serving Krishna "Like That"
by Niscala dasi
Posted February 27, 2008

In the recent article by Tungbidya, there are some interesting references, such as:

In other words, if upon hearing of the sweet dealings between Sri Krishna and His parikaras (associates) in Braj, a person wishes to one day serve Krishna like that also, and with that inspiration and aim they begin their sadhana bhakti, they are a raganuga sadhaka. However, if upon hearing from scripture that one will suffer miseries or go to Hell if they do not worship Krishna, and on account of fear of Hell or a desire to end suffering and achieve bliss, that person commences their sadhana-bhakti, then they can be called a "vaidhi-bhakti-sadhaka". (Click here for the full article)



Response to "Natural Bhakti"
by Syamarani dasi
Posted February 26, 2008

An article called "Natural Bhakti" was recently published on www.chakra.org.

"Natural Bhakti" raises some important issues. All the established philosophical conclusions (siddhanta) may not be expressed perfectly, but there are some good issues discussed that are not really about siddhanta but about the way the Hare Krsna devotees are perceived by others. The discussion is healthy.

The main point in "Natural Bhakti" is that it is not our right to judge others, to act 'holier than thou', or to call out, "hell, fire, and brimstone"; and thus discourage others in their attempt to enter the true path of bhakti. It is only the right of God and Guru, who are full with love and mercy.

The paper's other main point is that aspiring devotees should not leave their own attempt to enter the true path of bhakti due to guilt or fear or hopelessness. (Click here for the full article)



Satsanga MP3
by Purushottama Jagannatha Das & Sushen Das
Posted February 25, 2008

We have uploaded last week's 'Satsanga MP3' and to download please click Satsanga: 17 February 2008 Click Here. In the Satsanga HH Bhakti Madhava Puri Swami explained devotees about "Cultivation of mood of humility to engage oneself in loving devotional services." Some of the divine teachings of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura are also discussed in the Satsanga by HH Bhakti Madhava Puri Swami.

You may visit my.podcast.com/Satsang to know the details about joining process for the online 'Weekly Satsangas'. All past Satsanga MP3s month wise can be found below: (Click here for the full article)



Martial Arts for Women in Braja
by Choti
Posted February 24, 2008

Regarding the current awareness and consciousness raising amongst western Vaishnavas regarding the epidemic problem of sexual harrassment faced by tourists, pilgrims and local women in the greater Braj area, I would like to know if there are any martial arts experts amongst Vaishnavas out there who would be willing to teach us ladies some "nitamba kicking" skills?

Regardless of our particular sectarian orientation and despite coming from diverging Vaishnava groups, all of us female vaishnavas who have ever travelled or resided in Braj have the same thing in common - most, if not all, of us have been sexually harrassed there. (Click here for the full article)



Annual Disappearance Festival, Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami
by Madhavananda das
Posted February 22, 2008


Gopal Jiu Publications is pleased to invite all Vaishnavas to attend the 9th annual disappearance festival of Srila Gour Govinda Swami.

The festival will take place from the 23rd to the 27th of February 2008 at ISKCON Sridham Mayapur. Everyone is welcome.

SCHEDULE

23 - 25 FEB Seminar on:

    Srila Gour Govinda Swami's teachings in the book Mathura Meets Vrindavan chapter four (Bound by Love)
    Focusing on the pastimes of Krishna's butter stealing
    Conducted by Madhavananda Das
    4 to 6 PM at the MIHET classrooms

(Click here for the full article)



Raganuga Bhakti is Sadhana Bhakti
by Tungbidya dasi
Posted February 21, 2008

It is essential that we know our subject. What is raga, what is ragatmika, and what is raganuga? The three are different yet related. The misunderstanding and conflation of one with another stems from an editorial mistake in the very first paragraph of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja's (affectionately known as "Srila Prabhupada" by his disciples) Nectar of Devotion Ch. 15, entitled "Spontaneous Devotional Service".

There it is written, "The examples of spontaneous devotional service can be easily seen in Krishna's direct associates in Vrindavan. The spontaneous dealings of the residents of Vrindavan in relationship with Krishna are called raganuga."

The word there should be "ragatmika", not raganuga. (Click here for the full article)



The Day the First Book Distributor Left
from Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta, volume 6, Uniting Two Worlds submitted by Pandava das
Posted February 20, 2008


Although Srila Prabhupada wanted his disciples to be as eager to distribute Krsna consciousness literature as we was, no one of them knew how to do it. Distributing a magazine and asking for small donation was one thing-but a big hardbound book? When the entire shipment of "Teaching of Lord Caitanya" had arrived in New York in April of 1967. The devotees had hired a truck, picked up the books at the dock, and unloaded them at 26 Second Avenue. They had then shipped them to ISKCON centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Montreal, and elsewhere. And there they remained, in the temples. (Click here for the full article)



Official Statement Regarding the German Farm
by Dina Sharana dasi
Posted February 16, 2008

We are indeed very sorry that after 3 years of intense endeavour to try to solve "the farm's problems" to everybodies best interest, the situation took this outcome. This is not what we hoped for or expected.

Nobody of a sound mind wants to loose dedicated devotees, especially devotees who served Lord Nrsimhadev (!!) for 25 years and certainly no matajis and very specially no older mataji. What to speak of mother Nara HariDD!

After three years of discussions, Istagoshties, private talks, personal care, meetings with the personal guru (Click here for the full article)



Open Letter About the German Farm
by Kula-pavana dasa
Posted February 13, 2008

I have been asked to write an open letter regarding the recent treatment of two long time servants of Lord Narasimhadeva in Germany (Simhachalam - formerly: Nava Jiyada Nrsimha Ksetra) by the local ISKCON authorities. These devotees feel like they have no other recourse but to appeal to the conscience of all ISKCON Vaishnavas, and they asked me to write this open letter on their behalf.

Narahari mataji was serving in that temple for 27 years, she was recently told by the local authorities (GBC for Germany) to leave Simhacalam (Click here for the full article)



Accident
by Suvyakta Narasimha Dasa
Posted February 12, 2008

I looked at my watch as I stepped out of the show room in Agra. It was 9.30in the night. I winced. It would take us more than an hour to reach Vrindavan. We had to get up for mangala arati again the next morning.

We had come to Agra to pick up some things for the upcoming project in Vrindavan, since they were not available there. Things were going on at a frenetic pace and devotees were working over time. We were compelled to come to Agra even though it was late. But I had not expected it to become so late in returning. (Click here for the full article)



Mitravinda Critically Ill
by Varnadi das and Yamuna dasi
Posted February 10, 2008


Mitravinda dd (Maria Zaldivar), a beloved pillar of the Alachua community, is currently in the ICU of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Our community was shocked and deeply saddened when she was recently diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer, which had already metastasized significantly. Her doctors have told her that chemotherapy is no longer an option at this point. While so many of us were just beginning to digest this news and the prognosis that Mother Mitravinda may have only four to six months more to live, she faced another predicament: an emergency surgery to remove blockages in her upper and lower intestines. (Click here for the full article)



Open Letter
by Subhangi-devi dasi
Posted February 9, 2008

Please all devotees do not cry for our sweet Ananda Lila, who never truly belonged in this world. She is with her beloved Radha-Shyamasundara and can never suffer again any of the pains and miseries of this world. Krishna has taken her away in a flash, with no prolonged pain.

She was always blessed and so spoilt. She never suffered or was in want of anything in the 17 years (7 +1=8, lucky) of her life. The only thing that ever, from her birth, had any meaning for her was Sri Vrindavan Dhama and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara, Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Radha-Raman and mostly her faith in Srila Prabhupada. Her devotion to Prabhupada was unwavering. He was her absolute hero (along with her Dad). Now she has attained all of the above and will deliver her Dad as well as whoever loved, protected and served her unconditionally.

We are so sad to not have her personal association any more, (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Slideshow of Lila's Last Rites

by Sydney Morning Herald
Posted February 8, 2008

The following link is to a slideshow on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald, that shows Lila's last rites with commentary. We are posting it as a service to the community of Vaisnavas who wanted to, but who were not able to be present at this event. However, please be aware that it is explicit and may be hard to watch: Click Here



Looking for Jiva Carana
by Mahapunya Das
Posted February 8, 2008

I'm looking for my old friend Jiva Carana. He used to make wonderful vegetarian sausages from gluten in Los Angeles. I called the temple in Utah because I know he lived there at one point and I was told to write to chakra.org. I would really appreciate it if someone can help me contact him. (Click here for the full article)



Sweet Ananda Lila
by Dukhahantri and family
Posted February 7, 2008

We will miss the way you dance

the way you move your eyes.

Your sweet voice.

You always entertained, even though you were shy.

You will always be remembered

Sweet Ananda Lila.

I am shattered to hear of your tragic news, the suffering you endured.

My prayers and best wishes are always with you.



Lila Was a Very Special Girl
by Radha Sakhi dasi
Posted February 6, 2008

I first met Lila when I lived in Vrindavan more than 10 years ago.

My most vivid memories are of her she was about 6 or 7 and very confident, enthusiastic, funny and very well spoken for her age. In the afternoon she would go to Prabhupada's house and preach to the Indians that would come and visit. They loved her she would tell them about Prabhupada and tell them to buy a Bhagavad Gita.

I remember thinking that she was a very special devotee.

I want to send my love and my heart felt condolences to the family.



Announcement
by unknown
Posted February 5, 2008

Her Grace Lila dasi passed away February 5th at 2am, Vrindavan time. There was a wonderful kirtan going on at that time. We will post more details as they become available.



Care for Cows News
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted February 4, 2008

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

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 33 pages (4MB) we present:

  1. A tribute to Krsna, the Padayatra ox who departed on Makara Sankranti.

  2. An account of some Western Gopis adventures in a Vraja village.

(Click here for the full article)



New KC Art Web Site
by Dina Bandhu dasa
Posted February 1, 2008


Welcome to Dina Bandhu's Art web page! To appreciate art, one must think in multiple dimensions. Art uses paint and canvas - that's one dimension - to appreciate the craftsmanship. But it also contains an image, a scene being depicted. In sacred art, which is what I paint, I want the viewer to find that image's place in spiritual reality and appreciate it. The third necessary dimension is harder to see, because it is where the artist's prayer and meditation channel (Click here for the full article)



  Milk Consumption And Karmic Offsetting
by Madhava Gosh
Posted February 29, 2008

IMHO, a sincere vegan is morally superior to a devotee who gluts on milk, justifying it with all sorts of thin rationalizations, yet does not contribute directly through work or indirectly through donations to cow protection.

By "gluts", I mean more than one glass of milk a day, and that includes all forms of milk including yogurt, ghee, cheese, ice cream, or whatever. For example, a 3/4 ounce slice of Kraft American cheese or equivalent is the same as 3/4 cup of milk. Two standardized slices or one thicker slice of cheese is over quota.

(Click here for the full article)



Vedabase Offer
by Aprakrita dasa
Posted February 28, 2008


A few weeks ago, I informed you that we received a substantial cash donation and that we wanted to share a part of this donation to help devotees from around the world to obtain the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase at a very reasonable price. This special offer was for only $195.-. The regular price is $395.-.

Only a few of you took advantage of this offer. We truly want to extend this rare opportunity to more individuals to receive this transcendental database of Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)



Kheturi Gram
by Ashokamrita Das
Posted February 27, 2008

Can anyone of you do me a great favor by letting me know the exact location of Kheturi Gram. This is the place where Srila Narotthama Das Thakur conducted the first Gour Poornima also known as the great Kheturi Festival.

In this festival it is accepted that Lord Chaitanya made an appearance along with HIS associates after HIS disappearance. I would like to know as much details as possible particularly how to get there and what type of accommodations to be expected, etc.

Any good advice will be much gratefully appreciated. You may also e-mail me directly at samtuscaloosa@aol.com.



Pujaris Needed for ISKCON New Talavan
by Hari das
Posted February 26, 2008

We have a service opportunity for devotees already residing and firmly situated in North America. Here at Iskcon New Talavan we have the beautiful worshipable deities of Sri Sri Radha Radha Kanta and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai (visit our website to see pictures of the land and deities - www.newtalavana.org).

Our Lordships need committed individuals to joing our small but dedicated team of pujaris.

Sucessful applicants will be given their own private accomodation, prasad and a small allowance to cover personal expenses (to be negotiated according to their reasonable requirements) and must have strong references and commit to at least one year of service. (Click here for the full article)



Life And Spiritual Evolution
by Achyuta Keshav Das
Posted February 25, 2008


We are happy to inform you that by the mercy of Guru Maharaja H. H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami and His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Hindi translation book of "Life and Spiritual Evolution" has just been published. This is the first book from Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata in the National Language of India. This small book may be easy to distribute among students and scholars in India and abroad where Hindi speaking audience is large in number (almost 500 million people in India and more than 10 million in other parts of the world). (Click here for the full article)



Writer Admires Vegans' Austerity
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted February 24, 2008

In regard to Mayesvara das's article Questions on Milk and Mothers: in the Vedic age, cows were properly taken care of, and calves were also properly fed milk; the rest of the milk was used by humans. Cows were like pets, and there was a relationship between the owner and the cows.

These days cows are seen as a source of both meat and milk, and the purpose is to exploit them for monetary gains. They are mentally traumatized, or at least they are not happy. Milk is homogenized, but rarely boiled before consumption, so the milk referred to in Vedic texts may be different from the milk we get in stores. (Click here for the full article)



Love And Its Reflection
by Nandagopal Jivan das
Posted February 22, 2008

A tree is reflected in the water as upside down. Similarly, this material world is a perverted reflection of the spiritual world. In the spiritual world there is love between Radha and Krishna. Krishna is always young (nava-yauvana), and Radharani is always young, because She is Krishna's pleasure potency. We worship not Krishna alone but Krishna with His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani. There is eternal love between Radharani and Krishna. Therefore the Vedanta-sutra says, janmady asya yatah:

The Absolute Truth is that from which everything emanates. (Click here for the full article)



Let's Kick Out The 'Kick-out Culture'
by Urvashi Patel
Posted February 21, 2008

I have been reading about the plight of Narahari and Nandimukhi Matajis at Simhacalam in Germany and I am aware of the various postings on this issue. Thank you Kula-Pavana Prabhu for bringing this to our attention (Click Here, Click Here). I am not alone asking myself the question what heinous crime those two Matajis have performed to deserve such a treatment. Did they murder a Brahmin? Perhaps they killed a cow?

We hear from Vaishnava Dasa phrases such as their 'service attitude and behaviour towards the authorities' and their 'reluctance to accept any authority above them'. After 27 and 18 years of service to Lord Narasimhadeva these two devotees get nothing more than 'of course (Click here for the full article)



Questions On Milk And Mothers
by Mayesvara das (Ojai, Calif.)
Posted February 20, 2008

Can anyone provide information that supports the scientific benefits of milk consumption? As many of you probably already know, there is a huge Vegan movement in the West, and they are trying to discourage the use of milk and its byproducts based on that the idea that we should not ever consume any cow's milk.

My understanding is that as a rule of thumb Srila Prabhupada advised we take no more than one cup of milk a day, and that children in particular need to get cow's milk to grow. (Some say adults also need it to develop their brain cells.) Is there any research that confirms this Vedic standard? (Click here for the full article)



Memorial for Ananda Lila
by Shyama rasa devi dasi
Posted February 16, 2008

Last night, Monday 11th February, the New Govardhana community held a very beautiful memorial service for Lila. Many friends and well wishers were present, and family members, including Lila's older sister Cintamani, her neice Veda, and her aunty Robyn.

Family and friends shared memories of Lila, including some humorous stories, but mostly remembering Lila's sweet, unpretentious nature. Lila's dedication to Srila Prabhupada, and her love for her family were two shining attributes that we are all overwhelmed and inspired by, and all those she met were touched by these characteristics. (Click here for the full article)



A Shocking Pattern
by Lalita Madhava dasi
Posted February 14, 2008

The history of ISKCON in this regard is shocking and disgraceful. While I was living on the New Raman Reti Farm in Alachua in the mid-1980's, the temple president, V.V. Prabhu, was a 10 or 15-year brahmacari. Though a nice devotee in all other regards and now married, he was at that time in the throes of a particularly dramatic and erratic attraction/aversion pendulum swing in which he would first become attracted to a woman and then flip out and throw her out of the temple. This happened not once, not twice, but FIVE TIMES IN A ROW! (Click here for the full article)



Pujari Help Needed
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted February 13, 2008


Full or part-time pujari needed for Gaura Nitai deities in my apartment in Mayapur. Must be at least second initiated by an ISKCON Guru. I can provide a 1 bedroom apartment on the floor above mine, with kitchen, bathroom, and view overlooking the Ganga, as well as Rs8000 monthly. Short walking distance to ISKCON Mayapur. Reply to pujari@krishnadesign.com.



The Reality of Eve Teasing
by Choti Tungi
Posted February 12, 2008

With sadness I have read the articles here dealing with Lila dasi and her tragic death. Upon first reading this particular sentence, "Unfortunately, everything changed a few days ago when a stalker, who was obsessed with Lila, made his way into their house and shot her before turning the gun on himself," I thought to myself, "nothing has changed."

Having spent several years residing in Sri Braj Dham myself, the ever-present issue of India's problem with "eve teasing", (their concealed way of saying "sexual harrasment") is a constant reality for us women there, whether Indian citizens, tourists, or foreign vaishnavis on pilgrimage. I think every woman reading this who has been to India knows what I'm talking about. (Click here for the full article)



Thank You
by Jamal Arjuna das, Father of Ananda Lila
Posted February 10, 2008

I would like to thank all the ISKCON devotees for their love and support at this difficult time.

We especially would like to thank Bhurijana Prabhu, Jaganatarini Mataji, Brajbihari Prabhu, and Aindra Prabhu.

We would also like to thank the G.B.C, particularly Bhanu Swami for his kind support and the management of Krishna Balaram Mandir and M.V.T. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Work Starts On Hindu Cow Centre

by BBC News
Posted February 8, 2008

Building work is to start on a cow and working oxen protection centre at a Hertfordshire (England) Hindu temple. The unit at the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple near Watford will be dedicated to Gangotri, a 13-year-old cow put down by lethal injection by RSPCA officers. This act sparked outrage and a campaign to change the UK law on animal cruelty.

A temple spokesman said Hindus regard cows as sacred and should be exempted from cruelty laws, but the RSPCA challenges the campaign for change. The RSPCA said the cow had been sick and was suffering.

Protecting cattle

(Click here for the full article)



From Mulatto Pride to Krishna Consciousness
by Charles Michael Byrd (Charukrishna)
Posted February 7, 2008

Namaste! I am pleased to announce that my new book "The Bhagavad-gita in Black and White: From Mulatto Pride to Krishna Consciousness" Click Here (Backintyme Publishing) is now available for purchase on Amazon.com!

Click Here The primary lesson of the Bhagavad-gita (the essence of India's Vedic wisdom, and one of the great spiritual and philosophical classics of the world) is that we are not our bodies; rather we are the eternal sparks of consciousness, the spirit-souls, animating our fleshy forms. The practical application, particularly as it relates to the race notion is simple. You are not your body; (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
With Songs And Tears, Lila's Hare Krishna Kindred Send Her to the Next Life

by theage.com.au
Posted February 6, 2008


Lila's mother Susan Manning, sister Marie and brother Bhisma mourn as her body is prepared for cremation.
Photo: Matt Wade

ANANDALILA "Lila" Salter died surrounded by the sound of sacred songs, the smell of incense and with her wounded head ringed with garlands.

The Australian teenager's three-day fight for life after being shot at close range by a stalker in the north Indian town of Vrindavan ended early yesterday.

Lila's mother Susan Manning, father Ian Salter and brothers and sisters were with her when she died, along with many supporters from the Hare Krishna movement she was a part of. (Click here for the full article)



Dearest Mother Lila, Eternal Servant of Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundar
by Padmapani das
Posted February 5, 2008


Although I never met you personally, I read the loving words of your dear Mother Subhangi, and my heart was moved and touched to no end. You are obviously a very sweet devotee of Their Lorships Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundar, Who were personally installed by Srila Prabhupada himself in the holy land of Sri Vrindavan Dhama, your worshipable residence and home. Therefore it goes without saying that you are an eternal resident of the holy dhama, and that you are very very dear to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundar. Please kindly accept my humble dandavats at your lotus feet. Your glories are unlimited and we all worship and honor you with all our hearts. (Click here for the full article)



Memories of Lila
by Jahnavi (UK)
Posted February 5, 2008

Like everyone else that heard about the tragic events leading to Lila's current situation Click Here, I was simultaneously shocked, horrified, and filled with sadness. It's hard enough to imagine that such a thing can happen, let alone happen in Vrindavan. So far away from India, and not knowing Lila very well, I feel cushioned against the immense grief and pain that her family and close friends must be feeling. I have never known such pain, and I feel unable to offer adequate words of comfort. All I can offer, is my sincere prayer that Lord Krishna, who is known as Kripamoya, the most merciful, will take Lila by the hand and be with her eternally in her continuing journey. (Click here for the full article)



Photo of Lila
photo of Lila
Posted February 4, 2008


This is a photo of Lila to go with the article: Lila's Story below.



Lila's Story
as told to Chakra by Subhangi dasi
Posted February 4, 2008

Seventeen year-old Lila lived most of her life in Vrindavan, where her life revolved around Radha-Syamasundar. Even as a toddler, she used to run into the temple and dance in front of the Deities. Her mother Subhangi describes her daughter as a "home-body" and a "natural devotee", who enjoyed going to the temple, chanting and parikrama. Subhangi switches between talking about her daughter in present and past tense, knowing that although her daughter is technically still alive, her doctors have described her as "brain-dead", due to the three bullets that are lodged in her brain. (Click here for the full article)



Barsana Eye Camp Helps Cataract Patients
by Antony Brennan
Posted February 1, 2008


Barsana Eye Camp is the free annual cataract surgery camp run by the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Barsana, Mathura District in India. The camp serves people residing in Barsana and the surrounding 120 villages, who due to extreme poverty and lack of medical facilities often lead a life of blindness caused by cataracts which are otherwise easily treated.

Bhaktivedanta Hospital operates from Mumbai in Maharashtra state, India. The hospital provides surgeons and support services to make the eye camp in Barsana possible. This January, the 16th annual eye camp will provide new lives for thousands of people currently affected by cataracts. (Click here for the full article)



  Milk And Cruelty
by Niscala dasi
Posted February 28, 2008

Vegans are our best allies in helping us be more pleasing to the Lord, who in His eternal pastimes, protects cows with as much love as one gives to family members. Not only the Lord engages in giving pleasure to mother cow, but all His dear associates do as well. How can we hope to one day be among them, when in this life we have engaged in giving pain to her, by supporting places where she is ruthlessly exploited?

The question of drinking milk is best answered not in an anaesthetic forum, but on a visit to the slaughterhouse (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Bhakti Pushpa
by Bill
Posted February 27, 2008

I had a correspondence a few years ago with a devotee in Nizhny-Novgorod named Flora Galina, devotee name Bhakti Pushpa. She met a French devotee and they married, and then she moved to France. I have been unable to locate her and her new husband (whose name I don't know), but am curious and would like to re-establish contact. You can contact me at billrobinsonmusic@yahoo.com.



Free Ramananda Raya Audiobook
by Sadhusanga.com
Posted February 26, 2008

Tuesday, February 26 is Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's appearance day as well as His Holiness Gaur Govinda Swami's disappearance day, so we're offering a free download in honor of those sadhus.

While recently recording Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila Chapter 8, "Talks Between the Lord and Ramananda Raya," we listened to a reading from Gaur Govinda Swami's Embankment of Separation called "The Fainting of Ramananda Raya," and found it so sweet we want to share it on his disappearance day.

The pastime of "The Fainting of Ramananda Raya" is available for free download at www.sadhusanga.com. Note: Offer ends Wednesday, February 27.


Nectar Coming Soon (March 17th - Amalaki Ekadasi): CC Madhya-lila 8 - Talks Between Lord Caitanya & Ramananda Raya



The Hing
by Bhakta Eric
Posted February 25, 2008


So much news goes unreported in ISKCON. Dandavats, Sampradaya Sun and Chakra just can't cover it all! So here is where The Hing steps in.

The Hing, ISKCON's finest news source, promises to bring you the most in depth reports ripped straight off the headlines. We'll deliver compelling accounts of the issues important to you the exact moment you need them most. Fridays!

Each Friday (and more often if folks chip in), we'll dish out the news you've grown to expect since you started reading this announcement, not two minutes ago. (Click here for the full article)



Gita Moves On
by Chayadevi
Posted February 24, 2008


Gita left early today on Lord Nityananda's Appearance day, February 18, 2008. Last night strong winds were carrying warm air while they moved billowy clouds swiftly across the sky. As I walked to and from the barns, it felt like someone was turning on and off a floodlight until I realized it was the clouds passing over the white bright moon. The stars were very bright in the sky, often covered by the clouds. There was a presence in the night: the wind personified to bring Gita away as he thrust his head into the air and opened his mouth. (Click here for the full article)



Reply To Euro GBC Statement
by Kula-pavana dasa
Posted February 22, 2008

I would like to thank you for providing us with a clear and unambiguous GBC position on Mother Narahari's case. Since Sunil Zaveri prabhu addressed all the issues covered in your letter I will be brief.

We are all very glad that thanks to the public discussion of Mother Narahari's case both sides are now moving closer to a mutually acceptable solution. Thank you very much for understanding our concerns and willingness to address them.

I especially applaud your efforts to recover 150 euros of Lord Nrsimhadeva's money from a young bhakta who recently married Narahari mataji's niece. (Click here for the full article)



Peace Summit 2007
by Sushen Das
Posted February 21, 2008

We are happy to inform you that four papers which are presented in International Conference on Science and Spirituality for World Peace Click Here (held at the RIMS Jubilee Hall in Imphal on November 23-24, 2007), appeared online on "Kangla Online" in the Religion Section Click Here. These four articles are as below:

(1) Vedantic Conception of the Origin of Life Click Here -- by: Dr. Michael Marchetti (Bhakti Madhava Puri Swami), Serving Director, Bhaktivedanta Institute. (Click here for the full article)



Another View On the Situation in Germany
by name withheld
Posted February 20, 2008

It is very clear to me that from the perspective of the articles on the plight of devotees in Germany that they have been written till now for Smt. Narahari Dasi Mataji and Smt. Nandimukhi Matji. The picture appears that the "local authorities" have used their Power to throw them out of the temple, leaving them with literally nothing. As a regular visitor to the Temple, I can say that neither of the accusations are fully correct and do also great injustice to the Temple authoritys which tried log to come to a reasonable agreement with them.

As for the fact that they have been asked to leave the Temple, I can say that the local Temple authorities (Click here for the full article)



Ananda-Lila Goes Back to Godhead
by Yasomatinandana das
Posted February 16, 2008

On behalf of Jamalarjuna and Subhangi and our entire family, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all devotees who kindly offered prayers for Lila's recovery and condolences now that she has passed from our vision. Her untimely passing has naturally left all of us heartbroken, but the sheer number and diversity of people who have offered their support has given us strength.

Subhangi prabhu asked through the popular press that people pray for Lila no matter what their religion. A Muslim man told me that he and his family were praying for Lila, and Christian people have also said the same. (Click here for the full article)



Crew Members Wanted
by Madhuha dasa
Posted February 13, 2008


Now accepting applications for the 2008 spring, summer and fall tour. Festival Of India is looking for a few young men that would like to participate in major festivals all over North America. Please visit www.festivalofindia.org to see our 2008 Tour schedule.

Some Services Available

  • Setting up festival sites--tents; exhibits; stages and sound systems.

  • Setting up and operating Sound systems.

  • Overnight security at some of the festival sites.

  • Driving small vehicles; tour buses; and Tractor trailers.

(Click here for the full article)



Jaiva Dharma Disclaimer
by BV Vaikhanas
Posted February 12, 2008

Bangalore, India: February 8, 2008

A Kannada language edition of Jaiva Dharma Part 1 was published recently in Bangalore under the GVP logo. GVP (Gaudiya Vedanta Publications) is the name of the publishing house of the books of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. Although published with this logo, and attributed to Srila Narayana Maharaja, this translation does not concur with the Hindi and English translations of Jaiva Dharma done by Srila Narayana Maharaja. There are many serious siddhantic errors and places where the translator added his own commentaries and separate translations. These errors and additions are in opposition to the siddhanta revealed by the original author Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, (Click here for the full article)



Festival of Inspiration Update
by festivalofinspiration.org
Posted February 10, 2008

Sri Web site is "just now coming" with a slightly different address (www.festivalofinspiration.org) but here is a glimpse of what you can expect to happen during North America's most popular Krishna family get-together during the Appalachian Spring in New Vrindaban, 2008 and you can be sure that more is on the way!

Dates: May 9, 10, 11, 2008 Venue: New Vrindaban, (Moundsville, WV) Current list of invited Presenters include:

    1. Radhanath Swami
    2. Romapada Swami
    3. Bhakti Marg Swami
    4. Sachinandana Swami
    5. Candramauli Swami
    6. Varsana Swami
    7. Anuttama das

(Click here for the full article)



In the News:
ISKCON Berkeley Polling Station

by Yahoo! News Photos
Posted February 9, 2008


Rajahamsa Das passes a voter at a Berkeley, Calif., polling place located in a temple for Hare Krishna devotees on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, during the presidential primary.

Super Tuesday - Yahoo! News Photos Click Here



Microsoft Segoe Font Does Diacritics
by Pratyatosa das
Posted February 8, 2008

According to Wikipedia, the font Segoe UI comes with recent versions of Microsoft software. It's the first "off-the-shelf" font I've seen that displays all of the 31 standard ISKCON diacritic characters correctly, including lowercase l-chandrabindu.

If you have either the Vista operating system or the newest version of Microsoft Word (Word 2007 for Windows or Word 2008 for Macintosh) you may already have it on your computer. The font is not otherwise available for free downloading. (Click here for the full article)



Apartments in Vrindavan for Sale
by Madana-mohana dasa
Posted February 7, 2008

The three level house is situated in the peaceful and nice Madhuvan Colony, near the Krishna-Balaram temple. The location is quite and safe. It is far enough from the main road so that the traffic cannot be heard. It is only some 5 minutes walking distance from the Krishna Balarama temple. When you go along the parikrama path you have to turn left at the Krishna Balarama tree and go a few more meters. Many nice Indian and western devotees are living in this area. All the apartments have a nice veranda where one can read, chant or do other activities with a view to the small garden of the house. (Click here for the full article)



Friends of the BBT Newsletter - February 08
by Madhava Smullen
Posted February 6, 2008

South American BBT

Spanish is the second most widely-spoken language in the Western World. And while many of the people of South America are poor, their piety and respect for religion is such that they will part with their last pennies in exchange for a spiritual book. On top of that, even staunch Catholics show a warm receptivity to yoga and Indian philosophy.

Yet rather than triumph, history only reveals a dark struggle for the Spanish BBT. Book distribution in Spain diminished in the late eighties and early nineties after the ISKCON leader there abandoned ship. The * Chaitanya-charitamrita*, (Click here for the full article)



For Subhangi
by Lila Vilasini dasi, Italy
Posted February 5, 2008

I am praying for Your daughter as from today - everyday to Our shalagram Shila that the desires you have for her will come to pass and that she will leave quickly and not stay in this situation for long..Praying also that Sri Krsna will give you the strength to support the pain that you must be feeling at this moment. I am very very sorry to hear such shocking news as this.

I have also placed your letter on to the prayers page of www.Vaisnavascare.com/ so that others will start to pray for your daughter and your family. May Sri Krsna grant the boon that you are asking.



Poem for Lila, Subhangi And Family
by Sarva
Posted February 5, 2008

I have only met Lila a few times
I can only pray for her eternal well-being
and for that of all the young people I know
as that is what comes up for me
as well as just hoping I can do something
to support her family when they come back to Oz

Even though I don't know you well, Lila
like many others, you were on our mind all night
the waves of sorrow reverberate around the world
as your friends put out their grief and shock (Click here for the full article)



Projector Bulb Needed
by Parvati dasi
Posted February 4, 2008

Here is a nice opportunity to do some seva for Prabhupada's Samadhi in Vrndavana. We have a very nice BEN Q projector and are showing Srila Prabhupada larger than life in the Museum. The life of the 2000 lumen bulb has finally expired and we need some back up. They are very expensive in India, and not cheap anywhere else, though a little less expensive. If you can donate the bulb, fine. If you need to get re-imbursed, that's okay too. (Click here for the full article)



Gurus Chanting Japa
by Vishrambhara Dasa
Posted February 1, 2008

Does anyone have recordings of the different ISKCON gurus chanting japa (MP3 preferred). A weblink would be fine too. Right now I already have Swaruupa Maharaj, Jayapataka Maharj, Kadamba Kanana Maharaj, Bhakti Swarupa Damodara Maharaj and Srila Prabhupada Japa on MP3. Please contact me at webmaster@bhaktibox.com

Webmaster of www.bhaktibox.com (A Link website in Chinese-GB)



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