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January 2005
Send us your suggestions on how to improve ISKCON
Posted January 31, 2005

A few weeks ago, the Spiritual Strategic Planning Team for ISKCON North America has sent out to the devotees and wellwishers of ISKCON an e-mail message requesting them to send in ideas on how to revitalize and improve ISKCON. For details of the initiative, visit the SSPT homepage: http://www.spiritualstrategicplanningteam.com

(Click here for the full article)

The truth about Sri Rama
Name Withheld
Posted January 29, 2005

I was a student at the Lake Huntington gurukula when Sri Rama was the headmaster at the time. From what I remember, he was a mean man. He used to smack kids around all the time, including myself. If he wasn't doing the hitting, he was present when Anila and others were hitting and abusing kids. As a matter of fact, every time I was brought to Sri Rama I was smacked. I never felt any kindness from him the entire time I was there. In my opinion, Lake Huntington was a place where a lot of abuse happened specifically because of people like Sri Rama where brutality and harsh punishment was part of the culture. I never felt any other feeling for him but fear. (Click here for the full article)

The Passing of Brajendralal Das
submitted by Mukhya d.d.
Posted January 28, 2005

Brajendralal das , disciple of A.C. Bhaktivendanta Swami Prabhupada, left his body in the early morning hours of January 25, 2005 in Sarasota Florida after a short bout with cancer. (Click here for the full article)

News article about Ghana preaching
submitted by Amala Gaura das
Posted January 27, 2005

Hare Krishna Movement fetes 5,000 people in Accra

Accra, Jan. 9, GNA - The Hare Krishna Movement in Ghana on Saturday reached out to the ordinary people in society, when they feted and entertained about 5,000 people as part of their religious and social responsibility. (Click here for the full article)

Prthu passed away
by Visnu das
Posted January 26, 2005

Vaisnava Youth leaves his body

Prthu prabhu left his body at 12pm January 24th, due to complications from pneumonia. Prthu's family still needs your help both financially and spiritually. If you would like to contribute laksmi, please visit the website below for details. Funeral services for Prthu prabhu will be held on Wednesday. More details are forthcoming. (Click here for the full article)

A simple comment on the topic of Homosexuality in ISKCON
Posted January 25, 2005

I felt the need to relay a simple story I came to hear of during my stay at a temple in the UK.

A young man, coming to London to start a new life, happened to meet the devotees of Krishna. After sometime and with expert giudance from an elderly Prahupada disciple, he felt inspired to associate with the devotees and moved into the temple. His nature was warm and gentle, submissive and genuinely inquisitive. (Click here for the full article)

Gurukuli Prithu's webpage
submitted by Visnu das
Posted January 24, 2005

For updated information about Prthu Garrett's recovery and news please visit:


In the News:
A new kind of adherent dons the saffron robe

by Leila Navidi,
Portland Tribune
Posted January 23, 2005

[Hare Krishna devotees (from left) Nityanandaram, Bhakta Joe and Ananda Tirtha sing during Sunday service at the temple on Southeast Division Street. Bhakta Joe and Ananda Tirtha are two of the three monks who live at the temple, practicing their faith full time.]

Columbia Sportswear jackets and hoodies cover their saffron robes. Knit caps cover the trademark shikha haircut as they roam the streets on a wet Portland afternoon. (Click here for the full article)

Update on Tamil Nadu Relief Efforts
by Jahnava Nitai das
Posted January 22, 2005

We would just like to send a quick update regarding the relief efforts in Tamil Nadu. Our team of volunteers have been distributing free food throughout the affected areas for the last two weeks. Due to the hectic relief schedule it is sometimes difficult for our volunteers to provide the latest information and photos to you through our website. We apologize for this inconvenience. (Click here for the full article)

New Zealand devotees near top in book distribution
by Ekendra das
Posted January 21, 2005

In response to the recent posting by Bhaktavatsala prabhu entitled "Harinam . . . cancelled!", I spoke to the devotee who coordinates the harinam in question to find out more details. His response was that the Friday night harinam is composed of a few grhasthas who go out as circumstances permit. If it rains, they don't go out and the usual program is that, if any sannyasi is in town, they instead attend the temple programs -- hence, no harinam this past Christmas Eve. (Click here for the full article)

Free Vaisnava Calendar Email Reminder Service
by Caitanya Candra das
Posted January 20, 2005

Free Vaisnava Calendar Email Reminder Service
Website URL: http://www.vaisnavacalendar.info

New service just launched - a Free Vaisnava Calendar Email Reminder Service (BETA) where devotees can sign up and receive automated location sensitive reminders of ekadasi's, festivals, appearance and disappearance days via email. (Click here for the full article)

A devastating critique of neo-Hinduism
by Ananda das
Posted January 19, 2005

Frank Gaetano Morales has posted a thought-provoking essay, "A Philosophical Critique of Radical Universalism", on www.sulekha.com. (Click here for the full article)

B.T. Swami's open letter to Alachua
by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
Posted January 18, 2005

I have been informed about the program you had the other night at the Temple, where you were all so kind in sharing your thoughts, realizations and pastimes in relationship to myself. I cannot explain to you how humbled and appreciative I am for your compassion and Vaisnava etiquette. I have had the privilege of serving with so many of you. I can truly say that I benefited so much from your association. (Click here for the full article)

Brahmotsava - Anniversary of Sri Panca-Tattva Installation Maha Abhishek to Big Panca-Tattva
by Bhakti Purusottama Swami
ISKCON Mayapura
Posted January 17, 2005

13th March 2005

The historical festival in Mayapur will be again ! This is the mercy of Their Lordship Sri Panca-Tattva, who have manifested at Mayapur in Their magnificent 7ft deity form. By now everyone has heard and seen of these wondrous pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His eternal associates. Once more They are gathering devotees together so they can relish the pastimes of the Lord in the association of His dear devotees. (Click here for the full article)

Vaishnava youth accident victim
by Varnadi das
Posted January 16, 2005

I'd like to request the global vaishnava community to please pray for Prthu, a vaishnava youth from Alachua, Florida, who was in a car accident on the 12th.

As of the 13th morning Prthu was in a coma, which the doctors expect to last for 5 to 7 days. His brain is swollen and the chance for brain damage after the swelling has gone down is about 70%. (Click here for the full article)

Vyasa Puja offerings for Srila Prabhupada
by Dravida das
Posted January 15, 2005

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

This year, as in most years past, the deadline for submitting offerings for Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja book is April 15. What follows is our official announcement.

Your servant,
Dravida dasa

(Click here for the full article)

Gurukuli, Prthu, in serious accident
by Visnu das
Posted January 14, 2005

Our young second generation godbrother, Prithu Garrett, son of Padmalocana dasi, has been in a serious car accident on the morning of Wednesday, January 12th in the Alachua area. He is in critical condition in Shands hospital in Gainesville. He is suffering from severe head injury and is in a coma in the ICU. Initially many devotees went to visit him but the staff at the hospital has requested limited visitation at this time. Our thoughts and prayers can be most helpful at this time. Padmalocana is a nurse employed at Shands. We will keep you posted on Prithu's progress.

Last Available One Bedroom MVT flat for Sale
by Sri Radhe
Posted January 13, 2005

One of the nicest one-bedroom flats at MVT -- overlooking a lotus pond from the front balcony and the "cow-strolling" parikrama path from the bedroom -- is for sale (solely because funds are urgently required for another project). It is also the only one-bedroom MVT flat available for sale since all the others have sold. These are the most popular flats in the most popular and safe residential location in all of Vrndavana: the MVT. Serious buyers are requested to write for further details ASAP since this last available flat will surely be selling very soon. Write to sriradhe1111@yahoo.com

Memoirs of a Modern-Day Ksatriya, Part 8
by Govardhana das
Posted January 12, 2005

I had just picked up my mail for the day; two packages of cookies sent by a devotee in Philadelphia, when the mortars started falling. (Click here for the full article)

The passing of Hari Priya dasi
by Venudhara dasi
Posted January 11, 2005

Hari Priya prabhu, our much loved friend and godsister, left her body on December 22, and I offer the following personal reflections on this for her many friends around the world.

Hari Priya dasi was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur in 1972; she has served in Srila Prabhupada's temples in England, France, India and Australia. (Click here for the full article)

Philadelphia Ratha-yatra 2006 Survey
by Madan mohan das
Posted January 10, 2005

Hari! The devotees of Philadelphia are beginning to plan out the Philadelphia Ratha-yatra for 2006. Please take this survey and forward it on to any friends, e-mail lists you may have, etc. Your input is essential! (Click here for the full article)

A letter of apology
by Raktambara das
Posted January 9, 2005

A few years have passed now since I quit being the system operator (sysop) of first COM and later PAMHO.NET, and often I think back or am reminded about the many things I did wrong, and the many offenses I have committed towards various devotees. (Click here for the full article)

Wouldn’t this be nice?
by Baladeva das
Posted January 8, 2005

I am in total agreement with Jada Bharata das and J.B. Miller to have open financial statements from personal accounts of GBCs, sannyasis, temple presidents, etc. (Click here for the full article)

Discussing discussion: a Vaisnava approach to rhetoric
by Niscala dasi
Posted January 7, 2005

This discussion is about discussion. Since quite a few of us spend a significant proportion of our daily lives in various discussion groups, either online or in person, we should ask, "How to get the most out of it?" (Click here for the full article)

B.T. Swami prepares for imminent departure
by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
Posted January 5, 2005

Today, we received the latest report regarding the present status of my cancer situation. This report has come after five months of intense treatments, holistic as well as allopathic. (Click here for the full article)

Process of Krishna consciousness is practical and gradual
by Hrdayananda das Goswami
Posted January 3, 2005

Recently, I posted a text recommending a particular strategy for helping devotees whose bodies are homosexual. I realize that my remarks were brief and perhaps thus lend themselves to misinterepration. I apologize for that. (Click here for the full article)

Ways to contribute to ISKCON Relief Efforts in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu
by Chakra editorial staff
Posted January 2, 2005

Thanks to the generosity of devotees worldwide, Food For Life, www.ffl.org now reports that they have raised $7,000 in donations via their website in the past 4 days. This money is now being wired over to the temples in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Since no administrative costs are being deducted, this is a very efficient way to donate for devotees with credit cards. (Click here for the full article)

Marathon Gita distribution in Indian prison
by Rajsurya das
ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted January 1, 2005

On Saturday, December 11, we distributed copies of Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-gita As It Is to the prisoners in a penitentiary near Ludhiana. We also gave a lecture on Srimad Bhagavad-gita and led chanting of the Mahamantra. It was about two hours sankirtan there.

Prisoners are really taking much interest and many of them wish to follow the philosophy of the Gita. We usually visit the prison every Saturday to preach to the prisoners. Please see the attached pictures of the program. (Click here for the full article)

GHQ member tries to turn back the clock on women's rights
by the Chakra editorial team
Posted January 31, 2005

Editor's note: Basu Ghosh prabhu, a member of the neo-conservative GHQ faction, wants an end to legislated equality for women within ISKCON; he has asked the GBC to rescind the year-2000 resolution 501 on Women's Rights in ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)

Prabhupada Memories now on DVD and MP3
by Siddhanta das
Posted January 29, 2005

"The temple president took the money I had given for my life membership for his own personal use. I complained to Srila Prabhupada and he replied, 'Do not be upset with the instrument of your karma.' " These words of advice by Srila Prabhupada to one of his disciples, and hundreds more like it, are now contained in a compact 2-volume DVD set. (Click here for the full article)

Professor Rochford to receive surgery
by Urmila d.d.
Reposted January 28, 2005

Professor Burke Rochford, a sociologist who has published several studies of devotees and done much service for the movement, is due to have hip replacement surgery on Friday, February 25. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers for a safe and healthy outcome that will lead to many more years of service to Krishna and His devotees.

Please note the date of surgery has changed.

(Click here for the full article)

Share Your Memories of Tribhuvannatha
by Prema Bhakti das
Posted January 27, 2005

It has been more than 3 years since Sriman Tribhuvannatha dasa as left this world.

In his extraordinary life, Tribhuvannatha Prabhu performed heaps of devotional service to Srila Prabhupada by opening temples, distributing Srila Prabhupada's books in war-torn Middle East, conducting many festivals in the UK and Africa, and most of all inspiring hundreds if not thousands to take up the path of Krishna Consciousness with his infectious enthusiasm. (Click here for the full article)

In response to "Prabhupada was never furious or angry"
by Edwin Larsen
Posted January 25, 2005

Dear Vaishnavas and prabhus,

Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada. I wish to humbly submit further studies upon whether or not Srila Prabhupada could ever be considered angry at his disciples. There are a few parts of the article which i would like to respond to in particular; they are listed below. (Click here for the full article)

Buddhi Yoga Society seeking CEO
by Kishor Stein
Posted January 24, 2005

We are seeking an experienced, talented and caring individual to head up the maintenance and future development of a non-profit Cooperative infrastructure that has been designed and launched to help the Vaishnava society with retirement plans, health care, old age home resources, and hospice resources and facilities. This service opportunity is just that, service. Since we are in grassroots stages and seeking funding, there is no remuneration being offered at this time. However, we trust that with the right person at the helm such funding will come timely and as needed. This is a part time position promising to become a paid position by the supply and demand factor of the services needed by our God brothers and God sisters. We have incorporated as a public benefit corporation in order to become qualified for grants and other funding. (Click here for the full article)

Killed by prasadam?
by Elise Boyd
Posted January 23, 2005

I have visited various ISKCON temples over the years, sometimes just for the Sunday feast; other times I stayed for a couple of days. My first observation, however, was that devotees don't look healthy. I very soon discovered why. (Click here for the full article)

Alachua devotee Directory now available
by Nikunjavasini dasi
Posted January 22, 2005

The New North Florida Krishna Community Resource Directory 2005 is now available. North Florida and specifically New Raman Reti in Alachua, is the largest community of active Vaisnava devotees outside of India. The community has over 1000 active members, four schools, dozens of businesses, and many projects, departments, and social services. Included in it is everything you need to know about the Alachua Community of Devotees. (Click here for the full article)

The Ramayana movie project: a lesson
by Janaka Stagnaro
Posted January 21, 2005

It is with great reservation that I write this as I tend to stay out of the dirt; however, I am hoping that something that I see as very negative become positive by using it as an example from which all may learn. Out of curiosity, I plugged in a name from my past to see what tricks he might be up to and, for some reason, I was surprised that he was still at it (but then again, not too surprised). I noticed that he wrote a review about his project. I could only shake my head as I saw that he used his birth name as the "reporter", writing highly of himself using his Vedic name. Nothing seems to have changed. I do not write this out of malice for the human being, but out of disgust for the actions I witnessed when I was involved in this project. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
When Generation Y becomes Generation Why

by Ujjayini Das, Panigrahi
The Indian Express
Posted January 20, 2005

Mumbai, December 1: You're young. You've got the cameraphone, the sharp clothes, the latest CDs, and money to burn. You've got everything.

Or is something missing? Like, how's your soul?

(Click here for the full article)

Harinam... cancelled!
by Bhaktavatsala das
Posted January 19, 2005


All glories to Guru and Gauranga! Umm... weird thing happened on the way to Harinam here yesterday, on Christmas eve! We were informed that there was no Harinam! It was Friday evening, and there's always Harinam downtown on Friday evening... (especially should be Harinam on Christmas eve...). So, when queried as to why there was no Harinam, the reply was, "Because Devamrta Swami is here." Huh? What? No Harinam because Devamrta Swami is here? Sounds utterly weird! What's up? (Click here for the full article)

Memories of Hari Priya devi dasi
by Nitya Siddha das
United Kingdom
Posted January 18, 2005

It was with great sadness that I heard about the untimely passing of Hari Priya prabhu from this world on 22nd December 2004.

Hari Priya dasi, the dedicated and loving wife of Isvara das, was born in England and became a devotee of Krishna after hearing from Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)

Buddhi Yoga Society Co-operative
by Kishor Stein
Posted January 17, 2005

Dear Prabhus,

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

As some of you know, the Buddhi Yoga Society Cooperative is a nonsectarian Cooperative aimed at offering Retirement Plans, Health Care, and Hospice Facilities to the Vaishnava nations, indiscriminately. We launched our global awareness campaign and drive for Coop members on August 31, 2004 and have since signed up approximately 40 members including 8 in our board of directors. Our membership is FREE. These first wave of members are those who have joined only to render personal service to all individuals in the vaishnava nations by contributing 3 hours of their valuable time each week to help us run the Coop. We are growing at rate of 7-10 members per month. We are projecting that with newly introduced Coop incentives and discounts we may have a few hundred members by end of 2005 or middle of 2006, possible many more. (Click here for the full article)

To Iraq and back, a devotee's experience in a war-torn land
by Partha-sarathi das
Posted January 16, 2005

Just as things were going well for me and I was conducting weekly programs, the word came down that I would be moving to a new location in Iraq. So on a cold day I put my gear in the truck and prepared for another adventure, not knowing what Krishna had in store for me.

As we left the gate I prayed out loud, "My dear Lord, please protect us and if You decide I should leave my body today, please allow me to utter your name at the time of death." (Click here for the full article)

Bhaktin Sylvia Evans
by Jagadambika d.d.
Posted January 15, 2005

Bhaktin Sylvia Evans was born in England in 1932, and all of her life she had a great desire to know about God. After her two children were grown, Sylvia moved to London to further pursue her religious quest. She attended lectures on a variety of faiths, and was instantly attracted to the Hare Krsna's, when she learned that the Krsna's were strict vegetarians. Sylvia visited the Soho Street temple in London to meet the devotees. She loved them, the Krsna conscious philosophy and stayed. For many years in the early 1980's, Sylvia was the receptionist at the Soho Street temple. Then in the mid 1980's she decided to take a six weeks vacation to Los Angeles to visit friends at New Dvaraka. Once she arrived in LA, she decided to stay. Her services in New Dvaraka included being the hostess at the nightly guest program, and tending to Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Lady Subhadra's clothes and turbans in the Pujari room. She also did all of their Lordships laundry daily. Sylvia was married to Maha Vira Dasa, her estranged husband. They never divorced. (Click here for the full article)

Sri Rama Prabhu
by Urmila d.d.
Posted January 14, 2005

It is heartbreaking to read of Sri Rama Prabhu's illness. Sri Rama Prabhu selflessly served the children of ISKCON, although he never had a child of his own. He publicized home schooling, which started in ISKCON under his guidance. He helped push for high academic standards for ISKCON's schools at a time when academics were not so much of a concern. And, he bears primary responsibility for bringing child abuse to the attention of the GBC and devotees in general. He wrote a GBC resolution for preventing and dealing with child abuse, pushed until the GBC understood the seriousness of the situation and passed the resolution, and arranged for devotees, such as Sita Prabhu in the UK, to get the training necessary so that teachers, administrators, and parents would learn how to protect our children. His health has never been good, but he has a heart of gold. I remain in his debt.

Food for Life Global seeks Tsunami Relief Volunteers
by Priyavrata das
Posted January 13, 2005

Priyavrata das, director of Food for Life Global, requires devotees for relief work in areas affected by the recent Tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka. On January 14, Indradyumna Swami will arrive in the capitol, Colombo, to assist local devotees in setting up an infrastructure to distribute prasadam at refugee camps throughout the disaster areas. Presently, Mahakarta das, temple president for Colombo and local devotees are distributing 10,000 plates of prasadam daily in just one area affected by the disaster. But the scope for distribution is unlimited as hundreds of thousands of people remain without home or shelter along the coastal areas hit by the Tsunami. (Click here for the full article)

The inner voice of sanity
by Bhaktin Sarah
Posted January 12, 2005

I would like to share my opinion with all former, present or future Hare Krishnas. I myself am a lover of Srila Prabhupada's books and a chanter of the maha-mantra. (Click here for the full article)

Devotees request help for Sri Ram das
by Vaikunthanath das
Posted January 11, 2005

Thank you so much for posting the article regarding Sri Ram prabhu's illness. A number of devotees called him as a a result of this article. He told me that nothing has made him happier or warmed his heart more than hearing from his godbrothers and godsisters. He expressed much gratitude to you for posting the article. (Click here for the full article)

Tsunami Relief
by Caru das
Posted January 10, 2005

The Utah Krishna temple appeal has resulted thus far in $ 3500 having been wire transferred to Sri Lanka Monday AM. Glen Haugle, one of the most generous donors, has kindly set up the web page below with photos and update information to make it very easy to donate towards the next wire transfer from Utah at the end of the week. Bank One has waived all wire transfer fees, receipts have already been sent to all donors from the Utah temple and names and addresses forwarded to Sri Lanka. They will send their own receipts in due course. (Click here for the full article)

Bhagavad Gita Library Fund
by Dhamesvara Gaura das
Posted January 9, 2005

ACTION - In cooperation and patronage of BBT we started a Sastra - dana project,"Polish Gita Library Fund": to collect donations for printing 10 000 copies of Bhagavad Gita and distribute them free to all public libraries in Poland. (Click here for the full article)

New Website for Srila Prabhupada: The Prominent Link
by Bhaktin Miriam
Posted January 8, 2005

The second edition of Srila Prabhupada: The Prominent LInk is now available online.

The website address is: www.yedaveda.org

Vanaprastha: The uncharted asrama
Name withheld
Posted January 7, 2005

I am Kindly asking for your input on the subject of the vanaprastha asrama. I have been thinking and praying deeply about how to make advancement in devotional service, and have decided to look towards the Varnasram system once again. For those of you well situated in an asram this idea may not seem like much of an epiphany, but for a struggling (to find Krishna's pleasure) middle aged single male, who has gone through the first two stations in life, spiritual advancement in devotional service through the varnasrama system still seems to be the safest route in this Kaliyuga. Of course, this is true as long as the service (Krishna's pleasure) itself is put first, and one is honest in assessing one's position. (Click here for the full article)

Three Fazes of Breath
by Madhava Gosh das
Posted January 5, 2005

A poem. (Click here for the full article)

Urgent Humanitarian Relief required for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry Tsunami Victims
by Sadasivananda das
Posted January 3, 2005

The biggest earthquake in 40 years has killed thousands and left thousands more homeless and vulnerable.

We are all very saddened by the terrible devastation the tsunami waves (Killer waves) have caused to our dear brothers and sisters here in the costal areas of Chennai and Pondicherry. (Click here for the full article)

Sri Ram seriously ill
by Vaikunthanatha das
Posted January 2, 2005

Sri Ram prabhu, an early disciple of Prabhupada, has been hospitalized with pneumonia. After showing initial improvement, his condition took a turn for the worse when an air bubble entered his vein as his IV was removed. He is now in intensive care in a hospital in Sacramento, CA. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
The Shore Temple stands its ground

by T.S. Subramanian
Photo Courtesy: ASI, Chennai Circle
Posted January 1, 2005

[The Shore Temple, behind a haze, photographed a few minutes after the tsunami struck.]

CHENNAI, DEC. 29. Some structures and rocks, perhaps the components a of a complex of which the Shore Temple at Mamallapuram was originally a part, came into view when the sea initially receded from the shoreline before the waves hit back with brute force on December 26, according to accounts provided by eyewitnesses today. But these objects were promptly submerged when the waves came back. These could not be promptly photographed, although in the minutes that followed, staff members of the Archaeological Survey of India, under whose charge the monument remains, managed to capture a few misty and hazy images of the temple. This was caused by the onslaught of water. (Click here for the full article)

Prthu Garrett's website
by Kalavati d.d.
Posted January 31, 2005

Dear Prabhus, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I wanted to inform you that Prthu's new website is at: http://www.prthugarrett.com.

If anyone would like to add memories, please email kalavati.jps@pamho.net. Thank you.

Your servant,
Kalavati devi dasi

A link
by Rocanadeva
Posted January 29, 2005

My name is Rocanadeva and I was initiated in 1977 in Los Angeles. My freinds have been going to the temple and they say that they always wanted to hang out with Hare Krsna but their parents forbade it and I have been encouraged to delvelop this web page... (Click here for the full article)

Do Vedas teach "All religions are same"?
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted January 28, 2005

"All religions are same" should not be literally taken. Obviously, all religions have differences. What this teaches is that it is useless to attribute superiority or inferiority to the paths which bring us closer to God. It teaches us tolerance and also respect towards other paths even though they may be contradicting our beliefs. (Click here for the full article)

My deep Respect For Bhakti Tirtha Swami
by Devaki Nandana das
Posted January 27, 2005

I would like to thank Bhakti Tirtha Swami for doing such a wonderful job of uniting so many devotees worlwide. Whenever I meet one of his disciples I'm usually impressed with their high level of Krishna consciousness. I've been to probably a hundred ISKCON temples around the world and none of them have done such a good job as the one's such as Gita Nagari Dhama. I feel it's because of Bhakti Tirtha Swami's relentless,selfless service to Srila Prabhupada that makes it so. I remember the 2002 Gita Nagari Ratha Yatra. The devotees were so organized,friendly,caring,wonderful Vaisnava's. My wife and I were well taken care of. So much so that if we ever decide to build a place it'll be at Gita Nagari. Whether Maharaja stays with us for a short time longer or a long time longer(I hope a long time) one thing is certain that he has given the most valuable gift,love between vaisnava's. Srila Prabhupada said there would be no utopia in ISKCON, but I have to thank Bhakti Tirtha Swami and his disciples for making feel more close to that utopia than I ever have before. Hare Krishna. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and his dear devotees. Your Servant, Devaki Nandana Dasa

Is ISKCON indeed a magnet for the hard-hearted?

by Subhadra-mayi d.d.
Posted January 26, 2005

Thank you, Mike, for your article. You voice the same reasons why I left. Lectures and scriptures, general behavior etc. seem to attract those who hate, and they feel like this is the place for them. A place where they don't have to be embarrassed by their racism, sexism, and homophobia. On the contrary, it is seen as a state of elevation. As weird and twisted as it can be. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Thousands witness Udupi chariot festival

Posted January 25, 2005

Thousands witnessed the "three chariot festival", which is part of the "Sapthotsava" in the Car Street here on Friday. It was on "Makara Sankranti" that the founder of Dwaita philosophy, Madhwacharya, had installed the deity of Lord Krishna in Udupi 800 years ago. The "Sapthotsava" is celebrated to commemorate this. The celebrations began here on January 8. The "three chariot festival" is celebrated on "Makara Sankranthi". (Click here for the full article)

108.com for sale
by Visvambhara das
Posted January 24, 2005

This is a great domain name for a vaisnava portal, or other Krsna conscious site. Three letter or digit .com domains are rare, and tend to be kind of expensive. I would like to at least get fair market value. Obviously this domain is worth much more. Oportunities like this do not come often. In my opinion, this is the shortest, most concise, easy to remember Vaisnava domain name in existence. All offers will be considered. (Click here for the full article)

Preach And Distribute Books From Home: Live Help
by Krishna.com
Posted January 23, 2005

BBT Krishna.com, the website all about Krishna by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, is offering service opportunities to aspiring Sankirtana devotees who would like to preach on the Internet, from anywhere in the world. You can do so in your spare time, in the background while you tend to other work, as often or as little as you like, whenever you feel inspired, at any time of day or night. (Click here for the full article)

Accept gay devotees and their non-ISKCON marriages
by Vrsabha das
Posted January 22, 2005

This letter is my response to several articles posted on Chakra within the last 30 days by H.H. Hridayananda das Goswami (19th Dec. 2004 and 3rd Jan. 2005), Iccha-dhari dasi, Bhaktin Erica and Bhaktavatsala das. (Click here for the full article)

What can repression accomplish?
by Shiva das
Posted January 21, 2005

Bhaktavatsala prabhu has suggested that "in brahminical society there is no presence whatsoever of homosexuality . . . as it is a wholly spiritually-minded society". He may be holding up some pure standard written about in sastra, but here on Earth things are not so simple. In almost any brahminical sanga in the world one will discover that sex life is commonplace -- both homosexual and heterosexual. It's the same all over. (Click here for the full article)

Sanatana Gosvami and I
by Dhruva Maharaja das
Posted January 20, 2005

Clickity clack . . . Clickity clack . . . Clickity clack. . . .

Rhythmic sounds of a train in India during the late 1970s. I brought out my newly purchased version of Sanatana Gosvami's Brihad Bhagavatamrta and settled into my berth to give it a read. (Click here for the full article)

Satvatove Institute News
by Marie Glasheen
Posted January 19, 2005

January 12, 2005

Happy New Year

I'm happy to announce that Satvatove new website is up. Please visit www.satvatove.org. We welcome your comments.

I hope you are well.
Marie Glasheen

Accommodation for Gaura Purnima 2005
submitted by ISKCON Mayapura
Reposted January 18, 2005

Mayapura guest house booking for Gaura Purnima festival (March 8 through March 26, 2005) has started. Please contact Sivananda das for more information. (Click here for the full article)

Regarding homosexuality and Krishna consciousness
by former bhakta Mike
Posted January 17, 2005

I read the first article by Hrdayananda das Goswami and felt good. I felt like somehow the Krishna consciousness movement would learn to move beyond the discrimination and sexism that has plagued it for so long. But, unfortunately I read the later articles by him as well as the discussion on dipika.org and I am disgusted. (Click here for the full article)

Women's rights?
by Premanidhi das
Posted January 16, 2005

I would like to say something about the subject "women" and Krishna consciousness. Everyone knows about Krsna's explanation in Srimad Bhagavad-gita, that we are not the body (neither women nor men) but spiritual soul. Unfortunately this truth is quickly set aside and a gender behaviour is put in the first place. Emphasis is put above all on the right behaviour of "women". Long explanations on this subject can be found and for this purpose the scriptures and Srila Prabhupad are often quoted. (Click here for the full article)

Understanding Sexual Orientation
by Amara das
Posted January 15, 2005

Devotees often express startling misunderstandings about homosexual people and sexual orientation in general, but until we understand and define these topics correctly, how can we possibly expect to address them reasonably?

For someone like me, who has lived an entire lifetime with homosexual orientation and experienced it firsthand, it is especially frustrating to hear devotees expound misinformation about these topics. Homosexuality should be understood through appropriate Vedic references, modern evidence, and by conversing with the gay and lesbian people themselves--not by quoting verses out-of-context, adopting questionable Christian ideology, or maintaining an "I know everything" attitude. (Click here for the full article)

Gita Yagya at ISKCON Ludhiana
by Rajsuya das
Posted January 14, 2005

On the Eve of Gita Jayanti Mahotasav we had Gita Yagya in our temple in which devotees and other people of the city participated with great interest. Shalokas from the holy book SRIMAD BHAGWAT GITA were recited by His Grace Rajsuya Dasa prabhu and followed by other bhaktas by giving AHUTIES in the yagya kund.More than five hundred people from different section of society on this auspicious occasion. Later after aarti of Sri Sri Jagannatha,Baldeva and Subhadra Ekadasi prashadam was distributed. Please see the pictures attached of this festival. (Click here for the full article)

Hari Nama dress for Sri Panca Tattva
by Ramadevi d.d.
Reposted January 14, 2005

We are making a dress for Sri Panca Tattva here in Mayapur for Gaura Purnima which is to be decorated with the Holy Name in as many languages (scripts) as I can gather.

So far we have all of these - Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Malayalam, Bengali, Hindi, Hebrew, Tamil, Arabic and Korean. PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE, can anybody send me the mahamantra in any languages - scripts other than that used for English - other than the above.

[Editor's note: reposted to include Ramadevi d.d.'s e-mail address]
(Click here for the full article)

Transfers, Tribune, Donors, & Volunteers
by Caru das
Posted January 13, 2005

Funds Transferred, Thanks to donors

We received confirmation from Sri Lanka of receipt of the $ 3,000 wired last Monday, and another $ 1,500 will go out this coming Monday, making the total $ 5,000 as a result of the appeal. The names of our kind donors from far and wide are pasted below. Lastly, we pasted the address of Glenn Hagele's timely web site at the bottom. (Click here for the full article)

Thoughts After a Sunday Feast Lecture
Name Withheld
Posted January 10, 2005

I would like to share the following thoughts after attending the program and listening to the lecture last Sunday.

All the devotees' sincere efforts to continue to present the philosophy are highly appreciated. However, it is not always presented in an empathetic and tactful fashion, which is always more attractive rather than being coercive, critical, and sometimes disrespectful. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON should not accommodate gays
by Joshua Hawley
Posted January 9, 2005

His Holiness Hrdayananda das Goswami's qualified endorsement of monogamous gay relationships is, in my opinion, unjustified by Vaisnava scriptures. The Krishna consciousness movement or ISKCON was founded on the basis of establishing a brahminical society. To endorse gay marriage on the basis of some modern form of thought is not at all justified within the Vedic culture, which is independent of modern arguments and justifications. (Click here for the full article)

"Gay monogamy" overrated
by Bhaktavatsala das
Posted January 8, 2005

In response to the article by His Holiness Hrdayananda das Goswami, titled "Gay monogamy preferred to promiscuity," it is certainly a weird (and perverted) use of the word "gay" with reference to homosexual behaviour, as there is nothing jolly, happy, nor uplifting, about the subject, nor about such lusty activities. Only devotees/Vaishnavas can be truly said to be "gay" -- being situated in the joy of devotional service at the divine lotus feet of Guru and Gauranga/Govinda. (Click here for the full article)

New Krishna.com catalog
by krishna.com
Posted January 7, 2005

Hot off the press, the Krishna.com catalog is now available, 68 all-color pages showcasing the latest devotional products and gift ideas, with many exclusive new items you won't find anywhere else this holiday season.

"The most elegant catalog I've seen, chock full of products I had no idea existed, and all this put together by the same devotees who bring you Back to Godhead magazine."

(Click here for the full article)

MYOA (Mind your own anarthas)
by Bhaktin Erica
Posted January 5, 2005

I appreciate Hridayananda Maharaja's outspokenness on this sensitive issue of gay monogamy.

I am not gay, but I have had a gay best friend for 15 years and so have frequent interaction with the gay community. My best friend and I joined the Hare Krishna movement together. It is really the best thing that ever happened to us. (Click here for the full article)

Multi-faith tsunami relief at Bhaktivedanta Manor
by Radha Mohan das
Posted January 3, 2005

At a prayer meeting held at Bhaktivedanta Manor on 28th December 2004, the Hindu Forum of Britain and 50 major organisations launched the Disaster Relief Task Force to specifically address a unified strategy for aid organisations in the UK working with national calamities in the Indian subcontinent- - with a particular focus on the recent Tsunami tidal wave disaster. (Click here for the full article)

"Finding Fault" in Hypocrisy
by Niscala d.d.
Posted January 2, 2005

Many thanks along with deepest sympathy and best wishes to Rambhoru Prabhu who recently shared with us her tragic journey through ISKCON, for while it was shocking, it was timely and valuable food for thought, nevertheless. Needless to say, we should seriously consider how we can avoid this happening ever again, and to any degree whatsoever. Anything less would be hypocrisy. (Click here for the full article)

Tsunami information links
by Chakra editorial team
Posted January 1, 2005

If you want to find out more about the impact of the Tsunami disaster, the following links will take you to newspaper websites in the affected regions... (Click here for the full article)

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