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February 2010
Happy Gaura Purnima!
by Chakra staff
Posted February 28, 2010

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Bhaktivedanta Archives of the Future
by Pratyatosa das
Posted February 27, 2010

Concerning Ekanatha Prabhu's impressive article entitled "Setting the Record Straight On Prabhupada's Audio," without a doubt, the Bhaktivedanta Archives have performed a wonderful service for Srila Prabhupada. Even though they have made some mistakes, such as editing the audio versions of his lectures, I'll assume that it was done without knowing Srila Prabhupada's instructions on the matter, and that Srila Prabhupada is for the most part very much pleased with their sincere service.

However, in my opinion, the time has come for a change. I suggest that the Bhaktivedanta Archives (prabhupada.com/) devotees make a leap into the 21st century by making all digital media, especially Srila Prabhupada's priceless legacy (including the VedaBase), available without copy protection for free on the Internet. As an alternative to the Internet, CDs and DVDs containing the same digital material should be made available to devotees for 10 percent above cost, as I believe Srila Prabhupada has instructed. (Click here for the full article)

Now Online: "Gita Changes" for Chapter Three
by Kaisori dasi
Posted February 24, 2010

"The changes" for chapter three of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is are now online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

Perhaps the most notable feature of this chapter is that the revisions to the purports are so few. As in the rest of the book, when revisions are warranted they are made, and otherwise the text is left unchanged. In this chapter fewer revisions are needed, so fewer are made.

Still, there are several revisions worth seeing.

You'll see:

  • Four places where a typist has skipped from one occurrence of a word to the next--for example, from "teach" to "teach"--leaving out the text in between. The second edition restores the missing text.

(Click here for the full article)

Myth Creation Begun
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted February 23, 2010

Canonization (or canonisation) is the act by which a particular Christian church or group declares a deceased person to be a saint and is included in the canon, or list, of recognized saints. Originally, individuals were recognized as saints without any formal process.

Recent remarks in Mayapur by HH Bhakti Caru Swami at HH Tamal Krishna Goswami's memorial service seem to be the beginning of Iskcon's deification of some of Srila Prabhupada's disciples. BCS's speculation that Tamal Krishna Maharaj was an eternal associate sent by Krishna to help Srila Prabhupada expand his mission in a very powerful way is merely that: a speculation, an act of guesswork.

I don't pretend to know who is or who isn't a mahabhagavata in disguise as a lowly Western hippie destined to eventually be revealed as pure devotee performing his or her lila. Such evaluations are not possible by this or any other conditioned soul. Even if they were, such pronouncements cannot be verified by anyone other than a pure devotee. (Click here for the full article)

Devotee Cook Available
by Vitalnatha das
Posted February 20, 2010

I'm a Ukrainian devotee looking for a permanent service or a job with devotees as a cook. I have several years experience as a cook in the restaurants "Gopinath Garden" (Radhadesh) and "Dinner Club" in Antwerp, and also as a temple cook.

If you are interested or need more information, please contact me by e-mail at (Click here for the full article)

House for Sale in Prabhupada Village
by Jaya Gaurasundara dasa
Posted February 17, 2010

Vastu friendly, 3bd / 2.5ba home, located on a paved road within walking distance to the Temple.

For details, visit Click Here

Please contact me directly for a Special Devotee Price! (Click here for the full article)

Learning to Overcome Anarthas
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted February 15, 2010

"How to remove anarthas from our heart" was the topic of a four-session seminar conducted by Vidurpriya das at ISKCON Ludhiana.

Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakur has analyzed the variousanarthas present in our hearts in his book Madhurya Kadambini, and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur has mentioned in Sri Caitanya Siksamrta that hearing and reading about Krsna's killing of various demons in Vrindavana leads to removal ofanarthas, represented by those demons, from our heart. (Click here for the full article)

Beware of Scam E-Mail
Written by Laxmimoni dasi, submitted by Malati dasi
Posted February 13, 2010

Within the last month, e-mail accounts, especially Hotmail accounts, it seems, have been hacked and used to spam mailing lists with a false "Help" letter describing the person as stuck in London or some other place due to robbery and asking for money to purchase a ticket to get back home.

Akuti dasi and my daughter Nitai dasi have both been victims of this scam. In the case of Akuti prabhu, some devotee acutally sent money, via Western Union, to London, following the direction of the scammer, and that money was picked up at the Western Union office in London by someone falsely identifying himself as "Akuti dasi". Hence that money was lost to {anonymous} criminals.

The scary part is that it may be that these e-mail addresses are being monitored before the scam actually takes place. In the cases of both Nitai and Akuti, the scam took place when they were away from home. In Nitai's case she was in Alachua, so many of her family and friends knew immediately that it was a scam, as she was not in London and they knew it. Facebook was buzzing with: "Where are you? Are you okay? Should I send money?" Fortunately there was a post, almost immediately, that said: "Don't worry; I'm fine and in Alachua. My e-mail was hacked." (Click here for the full article)

German Family Needs Live-In Care Aide
by Hariballabha dasi
Posted February 8, 2010

I am looking for a woman to take care of my brother's wife Heike (44 years old) who suffers from multiple sclerosis. It will take her 6 hours (incl. some housework), except 3 days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) where she is out for day care from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends are relaxed. Free board and lodging, salary 800 Euros per month.

They are a lovely and warmhearted family with 2 children (Laura Virya, 15, and Mirco Arjuna, 14). All of them are vegetarian and friends of Krsna. They are living near Hamburg, Germany. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Natural Gas Royalties to Improve Hare Krishna Community

by Keri Brown, WVPubcast.org
Posted February 5, 2010

Marshall County residents review drilling leases at "lease signing party."

Click Here February 2, 2010 · On Sunday, dozens of people including members of the Hare Krishna community got together in Marshall County to sign over their natural gas rights. They see it as a way to invest in their community. More residents in the Northern Panhandle area are being approached by natural gas companies to drill on their properties because of rich Marcellus shale reserves in the Appalachian Basin.

More than 50 people gathered at the Limestone Fire Hall in MarshallCounty for a “lease signing party” to seal the deal with Ohio-based AB Resources. (Click here for the full article)

Romeo, Rama and the Rebellious Riff-Raff
by Niscala dasi
Posted February 4, 2010

In “The Cry for Myth”, Rollo May makes a powerful case for the need of myth in every society, and that societies and cultures can be seen as byproducts of their collective myths. In this essential service to society, it doesn’t matter at all if the myth is fiction or fact, for either way the myth acts on the collective subconscious of the society, which moulds its identity, values and attitudes around the myth. Even modern society has myths which have molded the character of its people- the courage and confidence of the first settlers as they pressed on westwards into unknown territory can now be seen in the many risk-taking adventures that Americans are famous (and more recently, infamous) for…

In the area of personal relationships, myth also plays a vital role, which may explain the stark contrast between how societies deal with, for example, romantic love- the differences can be traced back to different myths…

Romeo and the Riff-Raff

(Click here for the full article)

VIHE Audio Ministry
by Mahabhagavata das, VIHE
Posted February 2, 2010

The Audio Ministry of the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education is hosting on our web site, www.vihe.org, a variety of audio seminars recorded during the last 20 years.

This unique collection of well-researched and inspiring lectures, given by senior Vaisnavas, serves to infuse us with faith, conviction and shastric knowledge of devotional service, Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy, Krishna's holy name, His pastimes, His dhama and so on. Among them are the Bhaktivaibhava and Bhaktivedanta Courses, which have been hosted by the VIHE for the past ten years. They are a verse by verse study of Srila Prabhupada's Srimad Bhagavatam taught by Bhurijan Prabhu Narayani Mataji. The presentations also includes the commentaries of our previous acaryas.

Over the years our staff has worked hard to organize and record these classes. We would like to offer you this wonderful chance to enliven your devotional life by listening to these recordings and sharing your inspiration with others.

  Please Pray for Padmanabha Prabhu
by Chakra editorial staff
Posted February 27, 2010

Chakra has recently learned that American-born and long-term German resident and astrologer Padmanabha Prabhu, is gravely ill and hospitalized. What started out as bronchitis approximately two months ago, has developed into severely deteriorated cardiac functioning and subsequent kidney failure and Padmanabha is currently receiving dialysis, when his condition allows. He is conscious, but very weak. Please remember him, his wife Madanalasa, and their son Hanuman (19) in your prayers. Chakra will provide updates as soon as we receive them.

Recipes That Use Asafoetida (Hing)
by Achyuta Krishna Dasa
Posted February 24, 2010

Here are some of our popular recipes on Youtube that use Asafoetida spice.

Punjabi Chole (Chick Peas Curry):

Green Dhania (Coriander) Chutney: (Click here for the full article)

Pujari Service in Malaysia
by Gauranga das
Posted February 23, 2010

We now have a position open for a full time pujari at an ISKCON temple in Malaysia. The devotee will be paid a monthly honorarium, with free board and lodging. Please contact us at hkmmalaysia (at) gmail (dot) com

Alachua House for Sale
by Sri Thakur das
Posted February 20, 2010

Alachua home for sale. 1900s house, completely renovated, for rent or sale. 1350 sq ft on 1 acre, country setting. Spiral staircase, loft, new electric, new plumbing, devotee neighbors, 5 miles from temple, $140,000 or negotiable through short sale, or $800/month rent. Please call (Click here for the full article)

Ox Power Book and Movie
by Parasuram das
Posted February 17, 2010

Ox power hand book and movie on training oxen is available at Click Here

Everything you need to know about oxen, from basic commands to shoeing them. Lets be honest, it’s a resource book. If you’re not into oxen it will bore the pants off you. I wrote it twenty years ago so I am disguised in the movie as a young man. Training oxen is like teaching fish how to swim. Any oxen can be trained no matter how old, how aggressive, how big or small, and can be trained in a couple of days to do the basics – i.e. cart pulling. I have also included the instructions of Paramananda Prabhu. So don’t be shy of the oxen

“Yeeehaaa”, and make varnashram a reality.

कृष्ण कथा
by Achyuta Krishna das
Posted February 15, 2010

BhaktiStudies is glad to announce a new e-mail group for Krishna Katha in Hindi language. Please enroll at www.bhaktistudies.ning.com, and receive Krishna Katha in Hindi (Devanagari script), delivered to your e-mail inbox about once every week. For details email to (Click here for the full article)

Journey to Ecstasy Book Published
Submitted by the Author
Posted February 13, 2010

A new self-published non-fiction spiritual book, Journey to Ecstasy: Vaishnava Viewpoint, by Anandamaya das, a long-time practitioner of bhakti-yoga, is now out in soft-cover as well as an Amazon Kindle version. Written for both Krishna-consciousness novices as well as more experienced practitioners, the book comprises three sections: an overview of some basic tenets of bhakti-yoga, a commentary on current issues from one bhakti-yoga practitioner's perspective, and an autobiography with emphasis on the spiritual aspects of the author's life.

Commentaries cover belief systems, religious conversion, homosexuality, race issues, Buddhism, "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" and religion vs. spirituality, as well as pop culture and an overview of politics in general.

The autobiography depicts what happened after Anandamaya das became complacent, neglecting his sadhana after years of practice and getting involved in motorcycling. (Click here for the full article)

Books for Sale
by Pradeep Kumar
Posted February 11, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatam, Compact 47 Volume set by Srila Prabhupada. This edition includes Cantos 1 to 12 ,hardbound,first class printing, binding and color plates in a convenient 5"x7" size. The compact size makes this edition of Prabhupada's Srimad Bhagavatam so easy to read. A great idea for those with limited space or on a limited budget.

A brand new set at an attractive price.

Please write to (Click here for the full article)

Stuffed Dolls for Sale
by Shankaranand das
Posted February 8, 2010

Stuffed dolls available for $20 US each plus $2 handling (on each order) plus actual cost of shipping (USPS Priority). They sell for not less than $36 US online. We also take bulk orders. Please contact us at (Click here for the full article)

Food, Farming and Faith Conference
by Malati devi dasi
Posted February 6, 2010

Members and supporters of ISKCON agricultural communities are invited to participate in a 3 -1/2 Day conference in the first week of December, 2010 (exact dates to be determined after hearing back from interested persons). Already committed is Radha Krishna das from the Eco-Village ISKCON farm in Hungary. A partial goal of this conference is to introduce and study methods of practical sustainability in current day ISKCON agri projects or future projects and to define how our philosophy meets real life in practice. It is planned to facilitate a limited number of interested persons in order to maximized interactions, exchanges, learning and sharing of the same. We'd especially like to invite younger generation members to participate with the distinct hope of inspiring them towards a more simple fulfilling life-style in the near future. We also welcome those who might wish to offer a presentation or workshop to contact us (see below). (Click here for the full article)

Tulasi Bead Necklaces for Sale
by Johanna Kolsen
Posted February 5, 2010

Tulsi Bead Necklaces For Sale - Inspired by Srimati Radharani. They are handmade with blessed Tulsi, glass, and crystal beads. Each necklace measures approx 19 19.5" and hangs very beautifully around the neck. $25. with free shipping. All three for $65. Please contact (Click here for the full article)

In the Blog World:
New School in North London

by The Vaishnava Voice
Posted February 2, 2010

New school is centred on traditional spiritual culture

Click Here

A little more than ten minutes drive from Bhaktivedanta Manor you’ll find the new Krishna-Avanti school. I love the idea behind it, the architecture, and the boldness of its conception and execution in the heart of a north London suburb.

Its been under wraps for several months now, but today it threw open its doors to the press. I’m happy to share the following story, released to the national press this morning, with my readers.

The Krishna Avanti School opened its doors to the press for the first time on Friday 29th January. The School is the first Voluntary Aided Hindu faith school in Britain and is also the most eco-friendly. The School, in the London borough of Harrow also marks the country’s first vegetarian state school. (Click here for the full article)

  In the News:
Yamuna River Now Toxic, Unfit Even for Bathing

by Malvika Baru Sharma
The Pioneer (New Delhi)
Posted February 28, 2010

The River Yamuna, having been declared dead with its water all poisonous from 22 drains from all over Delhi feeding 800 million gallons of sewage into it per day, can kill a healthy human being. It's the rapid industrialisation that is helping the inevitable pollution to the river, pointed out Robert Oates, director, Thames Rivers Restoration Trust (TRRT) — and the industrial revolution of India is 10 times that of England when it took place.

"It is not just Government's but every citizen of Delhi's responsibility to make sure that the river's cleanliness is restored and its purity revived," he said. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH); South Asia Network for Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP); Toxics Link; and Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan (YJA) organised a lecture by Robert Oates of TRRT in the Indian capital on Tuesday. (Click here for the full article)

Gaura Purnima in Second Life
by Satya devi dasi
Posted February 27, 2010

Don’t have plans for Gaura Purnima, don’t live near a Temple, or just curious? Come visit Bhaktiville in Second Life and celebrate the opening of the new Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple. Second Life is an online, virtual reality community where many devotees have temples. (To find out more about Second Life: secondlife.com/whatis/) We’re at Archers 186, 229, 33, or search in Events for Krishna. Come visit Bhaktiville and join the celebration!

Our schedule for Gaura Purnima is as follows (all times are Pacific Standard Time):

10 am: Fireworks and official opening ceremonies, Arati and Deity Flower Shower

11 am: Fireworks and lecture and greetings from Bhaktiville’s residents: Bhakti Thor, Bhakti Mimulus, and Dasi Lane

12 am: Fireworks and Virtual Prasadam at the Greenhouse Cafe, followed by tour of the grounds.

Program will be repeated again at 3 pm (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Prison Ministry: From the Mouth of Inmates
by Bhakti-lata dasi
Posted February 24, 2010

Here is some more nectar I want to share with all of the devotees. Letter after letter arrive every day, bearing witness to Lord Caitanya's infinite mercy. The power of Prabhupada's books and of the holy name does change lives of countless souls, even in prison.

“Well I wanted to say thank you so very much for all of the books and magazines that you have sent to me. They were appreciated more than you can ever know. I also wanted to let you know that I’m going to keep following the path of Krsna Consciousness and do everything I can to spread the path of Krsna (once I get out on October 30th).

To tell you the truth I was wondering in what way I would be able to help out ISKCON or IPM once I am out.

Once I am out, I plan on finding a job asap and hopefully going back to school. After I’ve got my bearings back, I hope to find a good Krsna lady, and raise a family in Krsna Consciousness.

Charles Thornton

Leavenworth, Kansas (Click here for the full article)

Caru Das Offers Utah Senate Prayer
by Vaibhavi dasi
Posted February 23, 2010

Caru das laughs with Senator Madsen on the Senate stairs.

Utah State Senator Mark Madsen requested Caru das to deliver the opening prayer for the Utah Senate in the capitol building in Salt Lake City. Senator Madsen and his family have been to festivals at the temple on several occasions and enjoyed them all. For example, he accepted an invitation to say a few words at the upcoming Festival of Colors on March 27, and said, "I will also stay to enjoy the pandemonium of colors with my family afterwards."

Here is the text of Caru das's opening prayer on the 25th day of the current Senate session, Feb. 19, 2010.

"We’d like to offer this invocatory Sanskrit verse from the ancient Katha Upanishad:

"saha navavatu, saha nau bhunaktu.
saha viryam karavavahai.
tejasvi navadhitam astu.
ma vidvisavahai. om santih, santih, santih.

Let us together be protected and let us together be nourished by God’s blessings. Let us together join our mental forces (Click here for the full article)

In the Blog World:
Asafoetida History in ISKCON

by Malati dasi, Reposted from Vaisnava Blog Feeds
Posted February 20, 2010

Srila Prabhupada never suggested that we not use asafoetida/hing. In fact he shared with us a number of very nice recipes that included it. Here is a little "Hing History:"

Hing, asafoetida, first surfaced in the budding world of ISKCON, circa early 1967, introduced by Asha, wife of the Consul General of India in San Francisco and friend to the ragtag little group of ex-hippies who now considered ourselves devotees. She would invite the young women to her apartment for lunch, teaching us various dishes and cooking techniques as well. She showed us a little glump of resin, carefully chipping off a piece and pounding it with her stone mortar and pestle until it became a fine powder, which she added to the chaunk at the the last moment. We loved it.

I personally asked Srila Prabhupada if it was all right for us to use hing, and he agreed that it was all right. As his sometime cook, I definitely used hing in many preparations for him.

Asha also donated a (Click here for the full article)

Alachua Child Care Needed
by Sudevi Sundari dasi
Posted February 17, 2010

Child care provider needed in Alachua for 5 yr old girl & 3 yr old boy. Hours needed Mon-Fri 10-2pm for a salary of approx. $500/month If you can provide some local transportation for the kids this is a plus. Expenses for activities, food and gas will be covered.

Please contact Madhavi Glick (Click here for the full article)

Gold Aum Caps for Sale
by Johanna Kolsen
Posted February 15, 2010

Beautiful gold-embroidered Aum symbol caps for sale. White 6-panel cotton twill cap with velcro closure strap in back. Great-fitting hat (adjusts to all sizes), $17 each with free shipping. Please contact (Click here for the full article)

Fake Salagrams
by Mathura das
Posted February 13, 2010

Recently, I was given a Salagram Sila as a gift from a well-intended person. However, when I inspected the Salagram, it was clear that It had been cracked open (no doubt by a hammer) and then polished back down to resemble a natural appearance. This is done to reveal the inner charas, for which ill-motivated people will then ask a higher price when selling or to look for gold. I asked where the sila came from. Sadly, they did "make a donation" for it via the website www.shaligram.co.in

I ask that all devotees avoid buying silas under the guise of giving a donation. (Click here for the full article)

Setting the Record Straight On Prabhupada's Audio
by Ekanatha das
Posted February 8, 2010

My appreciation goes out to those who have brought issues about the Bhaktivedanta Archives audio collection to everyone's attention. I apologize for failing to properly communicate details on this all-important topic.

The Bhaktivedanta Archives is completely neutral, non-political, and free from hidden agendas — always has been and always will be. We do not censor any audio, nor withhold audio from the devotees because of content (internal or external political views, women, gays, skin colors, and philosophical issues, etc.). We do not engage in conspiracies of any kind. By Krishna's mercy we were given the charge to protect this invaluable collection of our dearmost spiritual master Srila Prabhupada, and make it available.

In some ways we do find ourselves between a rock and a hard place, however, and I'll try to make clear the reasons by touching on the history and current on-going work of the Srila Prabhupada audio project.

The short answer

(Click here for the full article)

Devotee Community in Puri
by Nanda Gopa das
Posted February 5, 2010

Our small family, originally from Europe, just spend 4 years in Sri Vrndavana Dhama.

In the beginning our plan was to find other Vaisnava families who were interested in living a few Km outside of Vrindavan town. We wanted to buy land together, so that each family can have their own land, where they can grow vegs, fruits, flowers and keep cows.

This way form a small community together.

But due to the risks involved living in the country side, outside Vrndavana and the extreme weather conditions we weren’t able to realize our plans.

We visited Puri few times and found that these problems do not exist here. I started looking for land, with the help of a god brother that lives here for the last 18 years and gradually discovered that Puri area is full of opportunities. (Click here for the full article)

HDG Bhaktisiddhanta's Birthday
by Madhavendra Puri dasa (Paris)
Posted February 4, 2010

Please accept this glorification of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Swami on the occasion of his birthday.

Online Soon: "Gita Changes" for Chapter Three
by Kaisori dasi
Posted February 2, 2010

The "changes" for chapter three of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is will soon be online at www.BBTedit.com/changes. The Preface, the Introduction, and the previous chapters are already there.

See for yourself what was done and why.

Also in the pipeline: "The changes" for The Nectar of Devotion.

Care for Cows February, 2010
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted February 2, 2010

The February 2010 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 22 pages (1.6 MB) we present reports on:

1. Naga Baba's rescue of more cows from the hands of butchers.

2. Who won the Calf Beauty Contest along with an interesting interview with the winner.

3. The four beautiful new calves born this month.

4. An encouraging update on our broken tibia patient.

Since many people have requested high resolution color prints of Care for Cows photographs we have added a feature to our web site that facilitates the ordering of prints. (Click here for the full article)

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