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February 2009
Gita Nagari Gaura Purnima
by Ortrun Gates
Posted February 28, 2009

Please come and celebrate Gaura Purnima in the wonderful country setting of Gita Nagari.

Please see the schedule below and: www.gitanagari.org/

Gaura-Purnima schedule

4:30am Mangala-arati

7:45am Guru-puja

8:00am Greeting of the Deities

8:15am Class

10:30am Harinama in State College

4:00pm Abhisek of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai

5:00pm Class

6:00pm Arati and Kirtana

6:30pm Krishna Charades

7:00pm Feast



Altars And Deity Outfits Wanted
by Tulso Bhai
Posted February 26, 2009

Does anyone know if there is a book of different altars from across the globe from the ISCKON Centers? I am in search of a huge silver altar that was made in Mumbai by the wood carver in Mdhav Bhaug. If any one knows of a big silver Singh Assan altar from one of the ISCKON temple, I would like to know which one.

I am also in search of some to make outfits for my Deties, Sri Krishna Vrindavanbhari lal and Sri Radha Radheshwari, Sri Sita Ram Lakshman and my beloved Hanuman. I am looking for both festive outfits and daily changing outfits. (Click here for the full article)



Where Angels Fear to Tread
by Rupanuga das
Posted February 25, 2009

The editors of the 1983 revised Gita did not believe that they actually interpolated philosophy or style.* Their idea was to improve both translations and purports by transposing and clarifying portions of old manuscripts, etc. existing prior to the one finally submitted to Macmillan in 1972. Truly, many of the grammatical, spelling, format and historical inaccuracies corrected in the revision would have been approved by Srila Prabhupada himself had he been consulted.

Be that as it may, Srila Prabhupada never instructed anyone to use a procedure of re-visiting and researching old manuscripts or dictations to revise future printings of his first editions. (Click here for the full article)



GBC Meetings, Day 1
by Ananda Tirtha das, GBC Corresponding Secretary
Posted February 23, 2009

The 2009 Annual General Meeting of ISKCON's Governing Body Commission commenced with arati and guru-puja kirtana to Srila Prabhupada, who is present in murti form in the meeting hall. Apart from the large murti, this year there is a small murti of Srila Prabhupada fixed on a beautiful altar near the Chairman's seat. After the reading of Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.16, Ramai Swami, Chairman, began the proceedings by explaining the absence of several members, mostly due to health issues. He also gave a brief summary of the Executive Committee's work during the year.

After this, as is now the tradition, the BBT, headed by Madhu Sevita Prabhu and Brahma Muhurta Prabhu, made the opening presentation on the achievements of the BBT, book distribution results and trends across the world, and translating and printing highlights, such as: (Click here for the full article)



Peace Proposal
by Members of ISKCON Bangalore, submitted by Madhu Pandit, ISKCON Bangalore
Posted February 22, 2009

Please find below a proposal from the members of the governing body of iskcon Bangalore group in pursuance of peaceful co existence under a single GBC.


Dear Bhakticaru Maharaj,

Thanks for calling Madhu Pandit Prabhu several times in your efforts to bring in some settlement of the dispute after your meeting with Sravanananda Prabhu in the USA. Besides your efforts, Yasomatinandan Prabhu and recently Shankabrit Prabhu and Amiya Vilas swami have been desiring that we sit and talk. Also Jagatchandra Prabhu from Cochin whom you know well and one Muralidhar Prabhu from Hubli has been trying to build bridges between the parties at the ground. Two days back Shankdari Prabhu from Madurai also sought a sitting with a few of our governing body members to move in the direction of some settlement.

Madhu Pandit Prabhu had sent you a proposal by email after speaking to you in Bombay for which so far we have not received any response. That proposal did not envisage handing over all the properties under us to the control and ownership of the GBC but was a 'live and let live' proposal. (Click here for the full article)



Working Farms Don't Have Castles
by Malati devi dasi
Posted February 18, 2009

Bhagavata-Purana das ended his article "On Selling ISKCON Farms" with these words, which in and of themselves, are correct: "Maybe it is not easy; not enough stress has been given to develop rural communities, but Srila Prabhupada's instruction is there. We have done something; we have obtained the farms. Now is the time to develop them."

I think this needs to be discussed in terms of practical application. The problem I see is that many of our farms were former estates with big castles and chateaus that require hugh amounts of maintenance and funds just to keep them up and running.

Most "real" farms are not thusly encumbered. (Click here for the full article)



Friends of the BBT Newsletter - Feb 2009
by Madhava Smullen, submitted by Dina Sharana dasa
Posted February 15, 2009

Complete Newsletter at Click Here

Luca Pistolese didn't have an easy start to life. Born premature, he was placed in an incubator to care for his frail body. But a malfunction caused too much oxygen to be released into the chamber, burning his eyes. Luca would be blind for life.

The darkness was complete, enveloping him both physically and spiritually. As a young man, he tried to dispel it by studying different books on spirituality, but they only left him unsatisfied and confused. (Click here for the full article)



Alachua Rental Wanted
by Ananga-manjari dasi
Posted February 12, 2009

Wanted, 3BR, 2bath house to rent in Alachua, FL. We are a nice responsible devotee family, who are looking to move in July 2009. Rent less than $700/ month. Please contact Bhagavan or Ananga-manjari if you can help Phone: 856-524-2495 or Email: anangamanjari@gmail.com



Rukmini Dvarakanatha's 40th Anniversary
by Svavasa dasa (Temple President, ISKCON LA)
Posted February 9, 2009

40 years ago this June, Srila Prabhupada personally installed the beautiful deities of Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakanatha with his own hands. He would often teach his disciples the process of Deity worship, by lovingly worshiping these small Radha Krishna deities himself.

They were installed on La Cienaga Ave in Los Angeles, California in 1969. The "La Cienaga" temple was the first temple in Southern California and Rukmini Dwarakanatha were the first Radha Krishna deities installed as the Krishna Consciousness movement expanded from New York to the rest of the world. (Click here for the full article)



On Selling ISKCON Farms
by Bhagavata-Purana das
Posted February 8, 2009

Moved by the efforts of Costa Rica devotees in defending the existence of their rural farm, and especially by the impelling necessity of protecting the Nueva Vrajamandala project in Spain, I'll try to write something on a farm-selling pattern in present-day ISKCON. My purpose is to understand what's happening, get some feedback from others and generate some public and societal consciousness of the problem. I am writing this article without much theoretical, academic, social or psychological context. I may stretch a point or two, but the general mood is rather easy.

The cases of Nueva Goloka in Costa Rica, of Sri Bhakti-lata Puri in Argentina and of Nueva Vrajamandala in Spain are similar. Devotees acquired the properties through donations and book distribution, (Click here for the full article)



Homages for Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja Book
by Dravida Dasa
Posted February 7, 2009

This year, as always, we request you to submit your homages to Srila Prabhupada for his Vyasa Puja book by April 15. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF E-MAIL ADDRESS. The standards for submitting an offering are as follows:


Absolutely no offerings will be accepted after April 15, 2009.

Offerings must be in English.

Please restrict the length to a maximum of 3,000 words or 15k of ASCII text.

Please omit all diacritics on words that can be found in the VedaBase. It's easier for us to put them in. If you quote a verse from outside the VedaBase or compose original Sanskrit, please include diacritics. (Click here for the full article)



Open Letter to Srila Prabhupada's Daughters
by Malati devi dasi, Visakha devi dasi, Kaisori devi dasi
Posted February 6, 2009

As you may know, Malati Prabhu has inspired us to compile some of the memories of Srila Prabhupada's women disciples. We hope this compilation will preserve for posterity Srila Prabhupada's legacy of exchanges with his women disciples and will illumine still more facets of his glories - how his reciprocation with them endeared his women disciples to him and gave them life-long inspiration and guidance.

We humbly request all women disciples of Srila Prabhupada who had personal experiences with him to provide material for this book. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows Feb. 2009
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted February 3, 2009

Our February 2009 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 16 pages (1.2 MB) we present reports on:

1. Our Neel Gais defy international statistics.

2. An abandoned bull gets special surgery.

3. Some interesting facts about cows and milk.

4. New admissions. (Click here for the full article)



Celebrate Yugadharma
by Srisa Dasi
Posted February 1, 2009

Event: Celebrate Yugadharma "Let us get together to chant and feast."

What: Reunion

Host: Srisa Dasi Carreras

Start Time: Sunday, February 22 at 12:00pm

End Time: Sunday, February 22 at 6:00pm

Where: Carreras Home

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: Click Here



  A Beautiful Flat Can be Yours
by Ananta
Posted February 28, 2009


2 single bed-room common bath room

1 Double bed-room with attached bath room

Big living room

Deity room

3 balconies

2nd Floor

1600 Sft. Approx

There are more flats available 400, 1000, 1850 Sft.

At Gour Nagar, 7 minutes walking distance

Sri Dham Mayapur ISKCON Temple.

For more information please contact: (Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada Murtis
by Bhima das
Posted February 26, 2009


We are offering beautiful life-size murtis of Srila Prabhupada at very low cost, made by a devotee in Malaysia, just to promote the worship of Srila Prabhupada as widely as possible. This means that devotees who are opening small centers or conducting programs in their own homes can afford to install the murti of Srila Prabhupada.

The deity is made from fiberglass. Height: 32in; Width 26in; Depth: 24in. Cost: USD$999 (Click here for the full article)



February 2009 Issue of B.T. Swami Reflections
by Tamal Krsna dasa
Posted February 25, 2009


Please see the link below for the February 2009 issue of B.T. Swami Reflections.

IN THIS ISSUE:

"The Most Sinful Activity" by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

"Humility with Determination" by His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja

"Devotee Spotlight" by His Grace Giri-govardhana dasa

"Envy: The Original Sin" by His Grace Rupa-vilasa dasa (Click here for the full article)



GBC Meetings, Days 2 And 3
by Ananda Tirtha das, GBC Corresponding Secretary
Posted February 23, 2009

The second day of the GBC meetings opened with a presentation by the Law Book Committee. Aniruddha Prabhu presented the progress of the committee in revising the current law book which contains constitutional principles, action orders, rules of order, administrative guidelines and governing law. The committee is working to classify and update the new law book for ease of use. A major highlight of their work has been the creation of a searchable wiki with the last ten years of GBC Resolutions and previous version of the Law Book.

Following the presentation and subsequent discussion, the GBC Body voted for a few GBC members to review the proposed updated Law Book. Kavicandra Swami, Sesa Das, and Malati Devi Dasi volunteered to take up this service. (Click here for the full article)



Vancouver Winter Olympics
by Akrura das
Posted February 22, 2009


I am writing this to you as we count down 365 days to the "Winter Olympics" in Vancouver. This is a big International Event that the 'City of Vancouver' is hosting. We are very proud that the whole world will be looking at Vancouver. As tiny little instruments in the mission of Srila Prabhupad, we want to take full advantage of all this global attention. The first phase of close to 2 Million available tickets sold out within hours. www.vancouver2010.com/en

We'd like to invite the Book Distributors, Harinam devotees, Cooks and back up devotees to plan to come to Vancouver and help distribute the Holy name, Srila Prabhupad's Transcendental Books and Prasadam to hundreds of thousands coming to Vancouver for this great historic event. The "Official" facts about the numbers (of conditioned souls) expected and dates are below. (Click here for the full article)



Virtual - 2009 Navadvipa Dhama Parikrama
by Achyuta Krishna dasa
Posted February 18, 2009


Unable to go to 2009 Navadvipa Dhama Parikrama? Feeling separation from the holy dhama? Attend Virtual - Navadvipa Dhama Parikrama per details below:

Where: www.bhaktistudies.ning.com
When: Feb 18 - Mar 4, 2009
What: We will visit the various holy places in the dhama per a day by day schedule using photos, audio, movies and text description
Help wanted: If you have photos and movies to share from your prior visits pls email to igvt.hbg@gmail.com to share with the devotees



Vrindavan Flat for Sale
by Vasanti Patel
Posted February 15, 2009


I have a new flat for sale in Vrindavan. This is a corner flat on the first floor, well ventilated, with natural light. It is off Parikrama Marg, 5 minutes from the ISKCON temple. The flat is fully furnished, including a refrigerator, washing machine, gas cooker and television, diwans, double bed, tables and chairs. It includes a western-style toilet and shower with hot water and has marble flooring and screen doors.

I have been an ISKCON devotee for 20 years. I bought this for myself to live in but now need to sell. The asking price is Indian Rs 22 lakhs (about 35,000 euros or $45,400 US), which includes lifetime maintenance. Please contact me at 0044 208 909 3172 or on my mobile, 0044 7745 620 623.



Room for Rent, Maui, HI
by Lalita Devi dasi
Posted February 11, 2009

Beautiful devotional room for rent; a true sanctuary in a luxury home.

INCLUDES:

* BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE GARDEN ESTATE

* MARBLE COUNTER TOPS

* SECLUDED TROPICAL GARDENS

* ELEGANT BATH

* YOGA DECKS

* HERB GARDENS

Furnished Room feels spacious with high ceilings, large window with part ocean views and sweeping views of Mt. Haleakala. (Click here for the full article)



Inspiration Can Sometimes be Agitating
by Niscala dasi
Posted February 9, 2009

I appreciate very much that Hridayananda Maharaja was prepared to stick his neck out on the issue of how gay people should be treated. His courage, compassion and spiritual vision are very inspiring. I hope and pray that ISKCON will take the guidance, rid itself of small-minded petty hatreds and prejudices, and progress in spiritual vision.

But I don't think we can always expect that good words will not agitate anyone, and it may be a greater austerity of speech to speak what is not appreciated — such as Jesus Christ (Click here for the full article)



Aravade Temple Opening Festival
by Radhaprema dasi
Posted February 8, 2009


The official opening of the temple in Aravade is set to turn this usually quiet, bucolic village into a buzzing, spiritual wonderland, with thousands of devotees, including H.H. Subhag Swami and H.H. Chandramauli Swami, arriving for the festival, inarguably a first for this pastoral land.

The centre began in March 1996 as a two-room brick and mud-daub temple roofed with tin sheets, situated on land donated by H.H. Lokanath Swami's brother. In spite of the rudimentary facilities, 25 to 30 devotees would attend evening arati with diligence and enthusiasm. Harinama would be held every Saturday, and then prasadam would be served. (Click here for the full article)



Radhika's Maha in Florida
by Radhika dasi & Sudevi dasi
Posted February 7, 2009

Serving fresh, healthy, wholesome, natural prasadam. We are still working on opening "Radhika's Cafe" on 441 and we know many of you are eagerly waiting so...by popular demand we have made some of our culinary specialties available to our friends & devotee family members from our home kitchen.

Updates - our dining room @ Radhika & Sudevi's now open with seating available for adults & children.

Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner

Delivery available

Address:
14614 NW 137 Terrace (2 blocks east on 146 Avenue from Spencer Montessori)
Alachua, FL 32615 (Click here for the full article)



Letter From Hridayananda Maharaja
by Hridayananda das Goswami
Posted February 6, 2009

A letter of blessings that I sent to a gay couple has caused an extraordinary amount of controversy, and so I am writing here to clarify my understanding of this issue, and the intention of my letter.

In the Bhagavad-gita 17.15, Lord Krishna states that "Austerity of speech consists in speaking words that are truthful, pleasing, beneficial, and not agitating to others..."

I have clearly failed to some extent in this duty as prescribed by Lord Krishna, given the bitter and insulting nature of some responses. I sincerely apologize to the devotees for this evident failure. (Click here for the full article)



House for Sale At Radhakund
by Madhavi dasi
Posted February 3, 2009


I am selling the house in Vraj, at Radhakund, inside of Giriraj Govardhan Parikrama. In the most sacred place for Gaudiya Vaishnavas. The property is located in the Vaishnava Colony, where you will find a peaceful atmosphere, surrounded with many trees, birds, peacocks, etc.. The ideal place for doing nice worship for and meditation on the Divine Couple - Radha-Krsna.

It is within five minutes walking distance to the beautiful and sacred Radhakund and Syamakund. To Govardhana you walk within 30 minutes. The distance to Vrndavana is 22 km. (Click here for the full article)



Hridayananda Das Goswami Blesses Gay Male Couple
by Stan Harris
Posted February 1, 2009


On November 8, 2008, Joshua Einhorn and Stanley Harris committed to a loving relationship at a Blessing Ceremony in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles. One hundred family members, friends and ISKCON devotees celebrated.

Santa Barbara ISKCON temple president Sarvatma das officiated. Govinda's of Los Angeles served prasad. H.H. Hridayananda das Goswami conferred this blessing, via e-mail:

"Our love for each other is a reflection of God's love for us. Thus, the perfection of every relationship is to see God in each other. (Click here for the full article)



  SOS! Urgent Assistance Required
by Malati Devi Dasi
Posted February 28, 2009

I require a female assistant beginning immediately (due to an unforeseen last minute situation, the person who was going to take on this service is not able to do so).

  • Must be able to relocate to New Vrindaban for the duration of the service (3 to 9 months, depending upon availability) and be willing to travel in the duration.

  • Must be fluent in English, able to read, write and communicate.

  • Must be at least moderately computer literate and willing to learn more if need be.

  • Must be following Krishna Conscious principles, chanting japa regularly and be willing to attend morning services in Temple.

  • Ability to drive would be helpful.

(Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Mayapur Online
by the Mayapur.tv team
Posted February 27, 2009


This is just to let the wonderful readership of "Chakra" know that the Sree Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir is now live for the Gaura Purnima Festival 2009. The schedule is not quite ready, but live video and sound are there - you can sign up to Twitter (on our site) to get the latest updates. There is also an amazing library of beautifully filmed and edited videos to watch, including the latest, the return of HH Jayapataka Swami after his stroke to Sree Dham Mayapur. The site is at www.mayapur.tv - please go and enjoy,



Mrdunga Wanted
by Zev
Posted February 26, 2009

I am looking to buy a fiberglass mrdunga. I'm happy to pay shipping and such, using paypal, cash or whatever works. Feel free to call me at +1-510-647-8182 Please leave a message if I don't answer.



GBC Meetings: Days 4 & 5
by Ananda Tirtha das
Posted February 25, 2009

For the last several years, strategic planning has been a major theme of the GBC meetings. Several days of the Annual General Meeting, as well as the second GBC meeting later in the year, is exclusively focused on this important theme. This year was no exception. Days four through six saw all regular work shelved and the entire Body, plus many other devotees, come together to proactively discuss the best way for the GBC and ISKCON to prepare for the future.

Gopal Bhatta Das has been the chief spearhead for this initiative and was the chair for this part of the meetings. He began by asking everyone to take a few minutes to individually meditate on Srila Prabhupada's vision for ISKCON, and to then analyze how far we have been able to fulfill that. (Click here for the full article)



Bhaktivedanta Academy Newsletter - February 2009
by Bhaktivedanta Academy
Posted February 23, 2009


New Raman Reti School Newsletter

The latest issue of the Bhaktivedanta Academy newsletter is now online. Click Here to view it.

The Bhaktivedanta Academy (formerly New Raman Reti School), a Krishna-centered educational institution located in Alachua, Florida, currently serves 50 Pre-K thru 6th grade students, making it the largest devotional school in North America.



In the News:
Akshaya Patra Award

by ISKCON, Bangalore
Posted February 22, 2009


The CNBC India Business Leader Awards were conferred in Mumbai on January 22nd, 2009 and ISKCON-Bangalore's Akshaya Patra received the award under the Social Enterprise of the Year category. The awards were instituted by CNBC TV 18, a premier TV channel which focuses on India's corporate business news.

The awards were adjudged by a jury of Indian corporate luminaries consisting of Mr. Mukesh Ambani (Reliance), Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla (Birlas), Mr. Deepak Parekh (HDFC), Mr. R. Seshasayee (Ashok Leyland), Mr. Jagdish Khattar (Maruthi) and Mr. Raghav Bahl (CNBC).

CNBC Jury noted that Akshaya Patra was awarded considering the scale of feeding nearly 1 million children everyday in 17 locations in 7 states of the country. (Click here for the full article)



NewRamanretiHub.com
by Yamuna dd
Posted February 18, 2009

I'm excited to announce a new website, launched on Lord Nityananda's appearance day. This site was born of the growing need for networking in the largest devotee community in North America (New Ramanreti, in Alachua, Florida), put together by my husband Varnadi.

I thought it would be useful to the greater devotee world as well, as it offers a glimpse into the workings of the New Ramanreti community. You can find out about seminars, devotee businesses, accommodation, events, services, and lots more.

Our temple president is very happy with the concept of this new website, which is a very effective extension of the small bulletin board at the temple itself. (Click here for the full article)



Bhagavad-Gita Study in Allentown PA
by Anil
Posted February 15, 2009

An Introductory Bhagvad Gita Study Session with introduction to Bhakti Yoga Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 11:00AM

Our next meetup is to discuss the nature of soul and super-soul. During our last meetup, it was pointed out that we need to strive for something which is permanent and cannot be taken away in any circumstance. That is also a true measure of happiness. How could we be happy if we are not peaceful or contented?

Please join us for an interactive session and vigorous discussion.

Anil

See the full event details at Click Here.



Relaunching Radhadesh's Website
by Kancana-valli devi dasi
Posted February 9, 2009

On Lord Nityananda' Appearance Day 2009 the new website for Radhadesh was finally launched.

Several devotees have been working on a new website for Radhadesh temple to better serve the needs of the many different kinds of visitors to the site. The layout of the new site is designed to make it easier for visitors to stay in touch with what is happening at the temple and to plan their visits. It is still something of a work in progress, so if anyone sees a mistake here or there - or has some feedback for improvement - please let the temple know! For any feedback you can use the contact form at:

Click Here

Radhadesh Community

(Click here for the full article)



Born Gay
by Amara das
Posted February 8, 2009

I appreciate all of the positive discourse currently going on within ISKCON regarding the inclusion and fair treatment of gay and other "gender-different" people in our society. While we may not always agree on everything, open and respectful dialogue is always important for progress on any controversial topic.

Giridhari das is correct to state in his recent article that modern science strongly supports the idea that gays are born homosexual, (Click here for the full article)



House for Rent
by Radha Vinode das
Posted February 7, 2009


House for rent across from Dallas Temple (5426 Parry ave Dallas 75223)

3 bedrooms, one bath, central air, wood floors, surrounded by devotees, 1500sq ft, with a very large back yard

Current renter pays $800 month,

Please call Radha Vinode/Adrian at 214-762-9999



Homosexuality Raises Ethical And Practical Questions - Part I
by Giridhari das (Brasilia, Brazil)
Posted February 6, 2009

During my touring of Brazil I came across the following administrative situation: an initiated devotee who had graduated from our nine-month Bhakti-Shastri Seminary had been giving classes at the temple, and also teaching a bhakti-shastri course to the other devotees. She had been doing that for some time, to the satisfaction of the leaders and congregation. Then she decided to move in with her girlfriend, and they signed some paperwork between themselves, making it as close to a legal marriage as they could. The other girl also became a devotee by her influence. (Click here for the full article)



"Re-Living Srila Prabhupada" - a Film Festival
by Achyuta Krishna dasa
Posted February 1, 2009

Bhaktistudies invites you to a very special film festival on our very dear Srila Prabhupada per details below:

Where - www.bhaktistudies.ning.com

When- 2/1/2009 thru 2/15/2009

Your Offerings - Please use the Comment section on the film festival page to log your offerings to Srila Prabhupada. Or email us and we will post them on the film festival page.

Share - If you have a video(s) of Srila Prabhupada speaking (with reasonably clear audio and video) and would like to share with the devotees - please email us the link and we will try to play it during the film festival.

Thanks - To all the web sites from where we have borrowed the videos

Contact Email - igvt.hbg@gmail.com



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