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January 2006
Conflict -- Seek It, Avoid It Or Reconcile It? (pt. 2)
by Niscala dasi
Posted January 31, 2006

In his article In Response to Niscala, Visnurata prabhu seeks out conflict without apparently making any attempt to reconcile opposing quotations using the tools of guru, sastra and sadhu. Indeed he seems to ignore all opposing quotations (Click here for the full article)

Chakra Criticized for Anti-ritvik Stance
by Satyahit das
Posted January 29, 2006

It's clear that Chakra.org in regards the ritvik discussion is neither open minded, inclusive, or compassionate. Chakra posts phrases like "the darkness of the ritvik belief", but has abosolutely zero posted concerning the validity of the ritvik veiwpoints historically or otherwise. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
First Vaisnava Film/Video Festival Attracts 25+ Entries

by ITV
Posted January 28, 2006

DVD's are arriving from all over the world - South Africa, India, UK, Poland, US, etc.

"I'm astounded at the high quality and professionalism of the submissions," noted Nrsimhananda dasa, organizer of the festival. "Vaisnavas are on the cutting edge of digital technologies, and the subject matters are varied and profound. (Click here for the full article)

Detroit Superbowl Maha Harinam
by Katyayani devi dasi
Posted January 26, 2006

In conjunction with the upcoming Superbowl football game that is being held in Detroit on February 5, the devotees at Devasadan Mandir (Detroit ISKCON temple) are planning to hold a maha harinam on Saturday, February 4 at the Motown Winter Blast (Click here for the full article)

We Don't Allow Any Literature Which Is Not Given By Liberated Soul
by Mahesh Raja
Posted January 26, 2006

I was sad to hear they have made changes to Caitanya Caritamrta. It behooves us all to respect the acarya Srila Prabhupada by keeping His Divine Graces words as it is. The following compilation (Click here for the full article)

Devotee Loses Japa Mala In Panchgani
by Geetanjali (Joshi) Bothe dasi
Posted January 25, 2006

I have lost my chanting beads (Japa-mala) and the bag, which had Shri Krishna and Radharani on it, as well as some money, which I had saved to offer to Lord Krishna in Vrindavan Dham when I could get an opportunity to go there. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
One, Two, Three, Bull

by Ramesh Kallidai, Weekly Column: Screaming Hot Bhajiyas, Asian Voice (UK)
Posted January 23, 2006

The only cow-protection programme in the UK runs at ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple, Watford. They have over 35 cows, bulls and calves that graze sedatedly in the serene meadows surrounding the temple.

"We use the milk from the cows to make sweets for our Deities, Sri Sri Radha-Gokulananda," explained Gauri Dasa, President of the temple. (Click here for the full article)

Arizona Governor Greets Hare Krishna Devotees
by DR Prayag Narayan Das Misra, Director, Communications, BhaktiVedanta Cultural Center, ISKCON of Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Posted January 22, 2006

During the Fourth Interfaith Breakfast on January 9, Governor Janet Napolitano invited 400 community leaders from the Valley. She met Jaya Gaura Sundara AKA Dr. Jagadish Patel, President of the Hare Krishna Temple at Chandler, and accepted blessed garlands from Sri Sri Radha Madhava Hari gracefully. (Click here for the full article)

A Tribute To the Life Of Uganda's Vrinda Dasi
by Radha Mohan das, ISKCON UK Communications
Posted January 21, 2006

With great sadness we report the passing of Vrinda dasi. She left this world on the evening of Friday, January 6, 2006 after having been struck by a car in Kampala, Uganda.

Vrinda prabhu, an English disciple of Mahavishnu Swami, was a great example of humility, dedication and selflessness. (Click here for the full article)

Devotee Couple Looking for Child Care
by Bhakta Amit (North Arlington, NJ - USA)
Posted January 20, 2006

Devotee couple looking for a devotee woman to share our home, grow in devotion with us and help us take care of our son Nitai who is 11 months old. We live in North Arlington, NJ (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
CBS Films Kalachandji

by Pandava vijaya dasa, CBS 11 TV
Posted January 19, 2006

Click on this link and see the CBS news report about Kalachandji's restaurant in Dallas Texas.

A news crew from CBS 11 filmed Kalachandji's Restaurant in Dallas Texas - the restaurant is in the temple complex and was the idea of Tamal Krishna Goswami. (Click here for the full article)

Congregation Development Position Available
by ISKCON New Vrindavan
Posted January 18, 2006

One of our missions in New Vrindaban is to build goodwill throughout the Hindu community in North America. We want see Srila Prabhupada's vision of this segment of western society being our best allies in spreading Krishna Consciousness fully realized. (Click here for the full article)

The New Caitanya Caritamrta
by Kelilalita devi dasi
Posted January 18, 2006

I recently purchased the new 9 vol. compact set of CC's ($99) from Krsna.com krsna.com/. I received them yesterday and am unhappily returning them.

On looking at the first volume, after reading the Forward, there was a small footnote saying that this printing is revised from the original edition. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
'Gita Fest' Begins on January 16

by Vidyashree Amaresh, The Hindu
Posted January 16, 2006

ISKCON, Bangalore, will be organising `Gita Fest,' an inter-school competition based on the `Bhagavad Gita' from January 16.

It will offer schoolchildren from LKG to Standard X an opportunity to participate (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Govinda's Restaurant: Food for the Soul

by BusyBeeForEver.com
Posted January 16, 2006

Today, forget cooking at home. Take the family and head for Juhu, to Govinda's Restaurant at the Harerama Harekrishna Temple complex, for a 56 (repeat 56) course meal, pure vegetarian and blessed by Lord Krishna. (Click here for the full article)

New Article On Child Abandonment In ISKCON
by Marie Glasheen
Posted January 14, 2006

Jan 7, ALACHUA, FL - The Journal of Religion and Abuse, Vol. 7, No. 3, has published an article written by David B. Wolf, Ph D, entitled "Child Abandonment and Religious Organizations: A Case Study". The abstract reads:

"This paper describes the history and experience of child abandonment in the Hare Krishna movement. (Click here for the full article)

Daughter Remembers Sri Rama
by Sri Radha dasi (Weed, Calif.)
Posted January 12, 2006

Since I just attended the funeral and cremation service for my father Sri Rama, I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you. I have never been on this site before, either as a reader or a contributing writer, but as I browsed through some of the headlines, mostly the passing away of various devotees, I felt I needed to share. (Click here for the full article)

New Vrindaban Community New Website
by Shyam Pandey, Webmaster for newvrindaban.com
Posted January 9, 2006

For the pleasure of worldwide vaishnava congregation, New Vrindaban Community, Moundsville, WV - ISKCON'S NORTH AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE SITE has revamped their website at www.newvrindaban.com for the worldwide devotees. (Click here for the full article)

Supreme Court Of India Issues Notices In the Braj Mining Case
by Raghav Mittal
Posted January 9, 2006

On Wednesday, January 4, 2006, a major breakthrough came in the ongoing efforts of Braj Rakshak Dal to protect the heritage hills of Braj when the Supreme Court of India issued notices (Click here for the full article)

Dear Friends Of Kushakratha Prabhu
by Nityananda-priya d.d.
Posted January 7, 2006

With all my heart I want to thank all the devotees praising Kushakratha Prabhu and sending photos. I did not know him personally but read some of his books and used his 'Saranagati' (Click here for the full article)

Dear Friend Of the New Orleans ISKCON Temple
by H. H. Bir Krsna Maharaja
Posted January 3, 2006

I just came back from New Orleans and took a tour of the city. What I saw was mile after mile of devastation.

You will be pleased to know that the temple sustained minimal damage due to the hurricane. The waters came up to the door of the temple room but came no further. Lord Krishna was certainly protecting us. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
White, Slav And a Steadfast Hindu

by Rashmee Roshan Lall, Times of India
Posted January 2, 2006

A gathering campaign by British parliamentarians is set to tell an astonished world that Russia's Hindus - white, Slav and steadfast in their faith - are living symbols of state oppression in a country counted as one of the world's eight most advanced and industrialised economies. (Click here for the full article)

  BBT's Documentation Project Will Help Concerned Readers
by Kelilalita dasi
Posted January 29, 2006

Dear Pranada prabhu,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my concerns. After all is said and done, I disagree with you in principle in changing the books at all except for grammatical and spelling mistakes. (Click here for the full article)

Marketing Coordinator Position Available
by BBT Krishna.com/BBT
Posted January 28, 2006

Background for the Position

BBT International formed BBT Special Projects (SPD) to develop a marketing department that will develop strategies for BBT's new- and back-list into traditional and nontraditional trade markets.

Our strategy:

To provide people easy access to comprehensive knowledge of pure Bhakti yoga through books, music and other media. (Click here for the full article)

Video Of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Swami
by Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami
Posted January 26, 2006

The rarest video of our Parama Guru His Divine Grace Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada is now available due to our greatest good fortune. He is preaching about the glories of the most holy Vedic Scriptures (Click here for the full article)

In the Blog World:
Cabbie Blogs About Driving Taxi in NYC

by Richard Wyndham
Posted January 26, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) - Welcome to the world of Melissa Plaut, a taxi driver who chronicles her chaotic, adventurous job in a blog called "New York Hack." With words and digital photographs, Plaut offers a glimpse into the life of the New York cabbie, (Click here for the full article)

Vrindavan Apartment for Sale
by Lalita Sakhi
Posted January 25, 2006

We had a personal emergency and now have to sell our apartment in Vrndabin. It is located in Sevakunja on the bank of the Yamuna. It is brand newly constructed with redstone Rajasthani old Vrndabin architecture style. (Click here for the full article)

In Response To Niscala Dasi
by Visnurata das
Posted January 23, 2006

In her article Conflict - Seek It, Reconcile It Or Avoid It? (January 9), Niscala prabhu states:

"The ritviks spread the darkness of the belief that there can be no gurus after Srila Prabhupada and they advertise the accidental falldowns of our gurus as their proof. (Click here for the full article)

Mayapur Gaura Purnima Offerings Now Online
by Pancharatna das
Posted January 22, 2006

Click Here for GauraPurnima.com

Devotees around the world can now make offerings to Sri Gauranga in Mayapur on Gaura Purnima by visiting www.Gaurapurnima.com and joining the Gaura Purnima Offering of Service. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Hindus Fear Loss Of Only Temple

by Conor Humphries, Moscow Times
Posted January 21, 2006

The fate of a patch of land behind a supermarket in northern Moscow is raising the wrath of Hindus around the globe, following City Hall's withdrawal of permission for the city's Krishna community to build a temple on the site.

On Wednesday, the Defend Russian Hindus campaign is to be launched by 10 member of Britain's House of Commons (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Police Chief Flags Off Jagannath Rath Yatra

by The Hindu
Posted January 20, 2006

RE-ENACTING SCENES: Children dressed up as Krishna and Radha during the rath yatra held in the city on Friday. - Photo: S. Thanthoni

CHENNAI: Hundreds of devotees from across the city and other parts of the country participated in the 23rd Jagannath rath yatra held in the city on Friday on the lines of the Puri yatra. (Click here for the full article)

Katrina Loss
by Mahendranath das, Mohanasini dasi, Ramacandra das, and Bhaktin Christy
Posted January 19, 2006

Well, it's been a little over 4 months since Katrina changed our lives completely. We had just set up a Bhakta Vriksa house a block and a half from the marina in Biloxi, MS, where the Jai Nimai Nitai Floating Temple was docked. It seemed so perfect for starting our preaching program. The home is now a pile of toothpicks. (Click here for the full article)

Weekend Seminars At Radhadesh Temple
by Jatayu dasa (sdg)
Posted January 18, 2006

As a member of the Radhadesh congregational preaching team I would like to bring your attention to the dynamic spiritual atmosphere generated here by a variety of seminars and interactive workshops. (Click here for the full article)

Satvatove Foundational And Advanced Courses In Navadvipa Dhama, India
by Narahari das
Posted January 18, 2006

You are warmly invited to take part in these beautiful seminars conducted by Dhira Govinda Prabhu, Ph.D, Master of social work degree, B.Sc in Psychology. He is a sensitive and dynamic communicator and teacher.

This is a wonderful opportunity to go deeper in our own personal lives (Click here for the full article)

Special Benefit Concert with Krishna Das in NYC
by Diane Hatz
Posted January 16, 2006

Saturday January 28th, 2006
New York, NY
8:00 PM

Join Krishna Das in an evening of Kirtan with special guests Baird Hersey & Prana to benefit the programs of The Dalai Lama Foundation, whose mission is to support the development of our shared global capacity (Click here for the full article)

Child Protection Office Judge’s Training At Mayapur
by Tamohara das, Director, ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection
Posted January 16, 2006

I would like to inform the devotees that the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection, will be offering a 4 day CPO judge’s training in Mayapur on February 27, 28, March 1, and March 2. (Click here for the full article)

Help Making Saffron Dye
by Keshava das
Posted January 14, 2006

Please, does anyone know color combination to create the saffron color for dyeing sannyas cloth?

If you do please email me to


Sri Ram’s Antyesti Performed
by Paradhyeya das
Posted January 12, 2006

On the January 7, 2006 the antyesti (funeral ceremony) was performed for His Grace Sri Ram prabhu at Sacramento, California. (Click here for the full article)

Conflict - Seek It, Reconcile It Or Avoid It?
by Niscala dasi
Posted January 9, 2006

Gour Govinda's article "A Letter to Athum" was on track in regard to his emphasis on chanting, for it is true that nothing should eclipse or replace the practice of harinama. I want to thank him for that (Click here for the full article)

Srila Prabhupada And the Treatment Of Children
by Abhaya dasa (Florida, USA)
Posted January 9, 2006

I recently came across something which may help illuminates a dark issue that has been widely discussed and still receives coverage in the media. It is the issue of child abuse within Iskcon. (Click here for the full article)

The Passing Of Sri Rama Das
by Kirtiraja das
Posted January 7, 2006

It is with a sad heart that we hear of the passing of Sri Rama das, a longtime disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Sri Rama prabhu departed at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2005 (Click here for the full article)

Sri Rama Prabhu Leaves His Body
by Mahashakti dasa / ACBSP
Posted January 3, 2006

It is with great sadness that I must report the loss of our dear most godbrother Sri Rama prabhu, who left his body last night (Dec 31) at home while in his sleep. Sri Rama was convalescing from a long and difficult illness (Click here for the full article)

New Book Distribution Pictures And Videos On San Diego Book Distro Website
by Bhakta John C
Posted January 2, 2006

Please visit the San Diego Book Distro Web Site to see new book distribution marathon videos and pictures.


  Read Prabhupada's Books; Seek Nurturing Guru
by Madhava das, Isle of Guernsey, UK
Posted January 31, 2006

Niscala dasi's article was very insightful and inspiring article; it challenges us to see where we really stand on a number of issues within greater ISKCON. At the same time, it is important not to generalize or stereotype a whole set of different beliefs that fall within the sub-category called ritvik. (Click here for the full article)

London Rath-yatra
by The Ratha-Yatra Festival Committee
Posted January 29, 2006

With great pleasure we would like to announce the date for Sri Jagannatha Ratha-Yatra in London. Please make a note in your diary or calendar of these important event.

Sri Jagannatha Ratha-Yatra will take place on the Sunday 18th June 2006. (Click here for the full article)

No Darkness From the Ritviks
by Shyamasundara dasa (initiated Sydney 1981)
Posted January 28, 2006

I would like to add my voice to the article just posted by Visnurata das, "In Response To Niscala Dasi".

Visnurata das correctly quotes Niscala dasi as saying, "The ritviks spread the darkness of the belief that there can be no gurus after Srila Prabhupada and they advertise the accidental falldowns of our gurus as their proof."

I publicly challenge Niscala dasi to name a single ritvik devotee who spreads the belief that there can be no gurus after Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)

Response To Keli-lalita
by BBT Krishna.com/BBT
Posted January 26, 2006

Dear Keli-Lalita Prabhu,

Thank you for expressing your concerns about the second edition of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta.

Taking your point on board, we've already added to our ads online the information that this is a revised edition, and we'll do it in our print ads in the future. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Hare Krishna Monk Serves Up Indian Food, Religious Beliefs

by Charlotte Hsu, Daily Bruin
Posted January 26, 2006

At $4, the food is affordable, healthy and all-you-can-eat.

And according to Nama Kirtan das, who brings the tubs of rice, soup, vegetables and dessert to campus Mondays and Tuesdays, it also brings you closer to God.

Nama Kirtan das, 32, is a monk of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Click here for the full article)

The Deep Pain Of Separation
by Padmapani das
Posted January 25, 2006

Although Srila Prabhupada's health was not strong, he traveled to Allahabad in January of 1977 to preach at the Kumba Mela festival. Over ten million people were expected to attend the grand spiritual event. (Click here for the full article)

Caitanya Caritamrita, Original And Revised
by Pandu das
Posted January 23, 2006

In her article The New Caitanya Caritamrta, Kelilalita devi dasi lamented her accidental purchase of a revised Caitanya Caritamrita and mentioned that she didn't know of a place that reveals the changes that were made. Actually there is such a place at krishna.org Book Changes

In the News:
British Parliamentarians Seek Meeting With Foreign Secretary Over Harassment Of Russian Hindus

by Ramesh Kallidai, Hindu Forum Britain
Posted January 22, 2006

18 January 2006 - British Parliamentarians led by Lord Dholakia, Ashok Kumar MP and James Clappison MP will seek a meeting with the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to discuss the harassment of Russian Hindus and lead a delegation to meet the Russian Ambassador in the UK (Click here for the full article)

Update On Weekend Celebration Of Spiritual Warriorship
by Nava Kishore Das
Posted January 21, 2006

You are cordially invited to...

A Weekend Celebration of Spiritual Warriorship: The Life and Legacy of His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami

Saturday, January 21, 2006 10:00am - 6:00pm (Click here for the full article)

Vaisnavi.com Is Back Online
by Vaisnavi.com
Posted January 20, 2006

We are pleased to announce that www.vaisnavi.com has returned. Although the site never 'technically' went offline - it did go unattended for a long period (Click here for the full article)

Memories Of Srila Prabhupada
by Dhanistha dasi
Posted January 19, 2006

Dhanistha: The first time I saw Srila Prabhupada was in L.A. The most extraordinary thing to me the first time I saw him there was his effulgence, and this saffron light came through the door before he did. (Click here for the full article)

Fifth Anniversary Of Gaudiya Grantha Mandira
by Jan Brzezinski and Neal Delmonico, editors
Posted January 18, 2006

It is with some pride that the editors of the Gaudiya Grantha Mandir celebrate the fifth anniversary of the site's name being registered. In this time, we have a number of achievements that we can point to with pride: (Click here for the full article)

Srila Prabhupada Murti
by Bhakta Elijah
Posted January 18, 2006

I'm wondering if any devotees can help me get dhoti & kurta sets for my home 5" Srila Prabhupada Murti. I am in need of these, and any help is greatly appreciated. (Click here for the full article)

B. T. Swami Health Grants
by Murari Gupta Das
Posted January 16, 2006

The B. T. Swami Health Grants requires the following information to be submitted with a request for funds. Devotees who have submitted applications previously need not resubmit (Click here for the full article)

Looking for Roommates
by Ananta Govinda dasa
Posted January 16, 2006

I am a disciple of Radhanath Swami and just moved to Phoenix to start a business here. I am looking for devotees to share a brand new house in Phoenix, Arizona. Two rooms are available (Click here for the full article)

Temporary Mvt Apartment Rental Needed
by Yadu
Posted January 14, 2006

The apartment that was expected to become available on January 1 for the Temporary Vrndavan Hospice has gone up for sale and is no longer available for rental. We wish to implore anyone who has an empty flat, that they please consider renting their apartment to the Hospice mission. (Click here for the full article)

I Want To Buy Land In Alachua, Fl
by Lilananda (das) ACBSP (Long Island, NY - USA)
Posted January 12, 2006

I am looking to purchase two or three acres of land in Alachua within a three mile radius of the temple. Those interested in selling land should contact me at Lilananda.acbsp@pamho.net.

New Year 2006 Celebration At Ludhiana
by Krishna Kanti dasa
Posted January 9, 2006

New Year 2006 was celebrated in the Iskcon, Ludhiana temple with great enthusiasm. People offered gifts to Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baldeva and Subhadra. Devotees from Delhi and Vrindavan (Click here for the full article)

Lord Jagannath Establishes Himself On S. Africa's Inchanga Hills
by Rasaraja das, Chairperson, Jagannath Athletic Club
Posted January 9, 2006

His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has explained that devotees need to keep healthy bodies in order to be able to practice Krsna Consciousness.

Athletics and especially road running is a sport that enjoys some favour amongst some devotees in the South African Yatra (Click here for the full article)

The New 'Every Town & Village' Newsletter is Out
by Sanjeev Mistry
Posted January 7, 2006

The 2nd edition of 'Every Town & Village' has been released. The newsletter features amongst others an inventive 'Food for Life' prasadam distribution programme at the University and City Centre, the annual Krishna Camp, the new 'Matchless Gifts' Centre (Click here for the full article)

Request for Cheesecake Recipe
by Tapaswini devi dasi
Posted January 3, 2006

Could someone send me a recipe for cheesecake that does not use cream cheese? I believe the Govinda's restaurants in Vrindavan and in L.A. both make their cheesecake without cream cheese. (Click here for the full article)

Female Roommates / Ashram Mates Sought
by Sara
Posted January 2, 2006

Looking for enthusiastic, hard working, creative females to share a living space. It is a 2 bedroom apartment in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles area). (Click here for the full article)

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