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January 2010
Santa Cruz Joins Global Kirtan for Yamuna
by Priyanana dasi
Posted January 31, 2010


Come join us for a night of Kirtan, Puja and Prayer with Prema Mayi, Jacob Duran, and Living Devotion on January 30 at Yoga Center Santa Cruz, 428 Front Street, Santa Cruz, California. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Ceremony is from 7-11 p.m.

This is in conjunction with the Global Kirtan being synchronized with Kumbha Mela in Vrindavan, India. Proceeds will go to preservation of Yamuna Devi, Keshi Ghat and Vraja Dham. Yamuna Devi ki jai! Vrindavan Dham ki jai!



INDICLAD in ISKCON Manipur
by Ajit das
Posted January 26, 2010

You may be pleased to know that we will be conducting the first International Indian Classical Dance Festival (INDICLAD) 2010 bringing together the five major dance forms in India on the same stage. This festival will be held from 18th to 21st February 2010 and will feature foreign and local artistes of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kathakali and Manipuri talent. The renowned Ramli Ibrahim from Malaysia and his dance troupe will be performing and this has been supported by Indian Council for Cultural Relations. and also Tamanna Rahaman from Bangladesh, She belongs to Islam community but she is a good Manipuri classical dancer, and several foreign artiste from Europe and United states. Miss Indian univers Ekta Choudhary is coming as messanger of peace. And Miss Guadalajara Mahima Sandoval will be performing Bharatnatyam. There will be 250 traditional sankirtana devotee chanting Harinama maha mantra during the Mega opening for love, harmony & peace. live telicast through web will be there.

The main purpose of this festival, is to rejuvenate the traditional devotional performing arts among the youth in Manipur, (Click here for the full article)



Residential Plots in Vrindavan
by Shri Bankey Bihari Vihar Vrindavan
Posted January 25, 2010


Near ISKCON temple in City Of Thakur Shri Bankey Bihari Ji Maharaj

Salient Features:

*Grand gated entry

*Sweet water

*Park for children

*24hrs Electricity supply

*24hrs water supply

*24hrs Security

*Proper sewage disposal

*Provision of Temple

*Provision of jogging track

*Society of colony for future maintenance

*Highly developed surroundings

For More details, please call us at (Click here for the full article)



Alachua House for Sale
by Akuti dasi
Posted January 25, 2010


The property is in a rural setting, nicely landscaped, and located only 4 miles (6.5 km) from downtown Alachua. It is 1.5 miles (2.5 km) off County Road 235 on County Road 239. The property has over 400 feet (120m) of road frontage on CR 239; however, the house is set back away from the road, and has a private driveway from a blacktopped side road.

The facilities include a cement-block, 2,700 sq. ft. (250 m2) main house with a shingled roof. It has 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 1 large main room and another "conference room". There is a commercial-type kitchen, pantry and large utility room. It has central air conditioning and also an all-house fan unit. There is an attached office. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Radio Mirchi’s Annual Cow Fashion Show at ISKCON

by Nishal Lama, mybangalore.com
Posted January 24, 2010


participating cow with a complete makeover

How many would have really thought that there could be a fashion show with models being the cows. The Kombu Mela celebration that was held at ISKCON in the city on January 14 showed exactly that: cows replacing the model, where the designers where replaced by the make over artists who were none other than the students from various city colleges.

As an initiative by ISKCON to celebrate the yearly Kombu Mela, the authorities, this time, decided to organize this, one of its kind, event where cows were to replace the usual models for the fashion show. Dressed in the best attire (all thanks to the students’ efforts), the cows were sure to look different for the show. With balloons, ribbons, garlands and flowers, it was almost a no-stone-unturned thing for the students who were involved to give the make over. The students, however, had their share of fun participating in the event. Shweta, a student from Vogue Institute, said, “This is the first time ever that I have come so close to a cow, let alone dressing it up. I was pretty apprehensive when I got into this, but that was short lived. Once here, I lost all my apprehensions. I have enjoyed doing the makeover; it was so much fun.” (Click here for the full article)



Books for Sale
by C. Johnson
Posted January 21, 2010

Listed below are books for sale. Please write to kumudavana@aol.com with any questions and offers. Can ship either book rate or priority mail. Shipping costs will be in addition to your offer for the books. Please write for more detailed description of the books you desire to purchase.

Srimad Bhagavatam - All have dust jackets. Most have typical yellowing of pages and chips and/or tears on dust jackets. Will sell these separately. Please make offers.

First Canto - part one - 1972
Part two - 1976
Part thee - 1976

Second Canto - part one - 1972

Third Canto - part one - 1972
Part two - 1974
Part three - 1974
Part four - 1974 (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnava Alphabet
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted January 18, 2010


My daughter Maharani (the artist) and I have formatted the text to my Vaishnava Alphabet and laid it out into a book. Her drawing of Lord Nrsimhadeva and Pralad graces the cover, but all the inside pages are blank so that children (or inspired adults) can draw their own pictures to illustrate verses for the different letters of the alphabet. We’re publishing this with our tiny little Ox Cart Press here in Topsham, Maine, but the book is free to all. Just print out the PDF and complete it with your drawings. Or use it as a scrap book and paste in pictures from old BBT calendars, etc.

The focus is on personalities from the Bhagavatam and the Chaitanya Charitamrta, so we decided to have more than one page for some letters. That way we could include verses for all ten Avatars of Krishna (Click here for the full article)



All Glories to Rasajna Devi
by Nandini devi dasi
Posted January 17, 2010


"O Lord of Madhu, as the Ganges forever flows to the sea without hindrance, let my attraction be constantly drawn unto You." (Prayers of Queen Kunti, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.42)

My dearest Rasajna,

You have spent this lifetime is the service of Srila Prabhupada, and because of your love for him you have dedicated your life as a servant of the servant to so many.

You have always given your magnanimous heart filled with such love and warmth to everyone — godsisters and godbrothers, Prabhupada's grand-disciples, strangers. You've touched countless souls with your loving Krishna conscious spirit. You have always been a lover of Krishna and your spiritual master (who knows for how many lifetimes) and this manifested itself in so many practical ways, with your acting, your home programs, your desire to help heal others both physically and spiritually, your sweet, sweet singing, the loving encouragement and wise counsel that you gave to so many. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Winners of the ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards 2009

by dandavats.com
Posted January 16, 2010

We are pleased to introduce you to fourteen devotees receiving the first ISKCON Europe Excellence Awards (IEEA). To encourage exemplary devotees, IEEA will be announced annually. Winners will be chosen after nominations are considered at a European Leaders Meeting. This year the winners (in alphabetical order) are:

Bhava Bhakti Devi Dasi
Bhakta Eshwar Kesso
Jai Nitai Dasa
Jiva Pati Dasa
Krishna Viddhi Dasa
Lalita Govinda Dasa
Mangalananda Dasa
Murli Manohara Dasa
Parasuram Dasa
Parivadi Dasa
Rupa Manjari Devi Dasi
Sridhama Dasa
Titiksu Dasa
Vimala Devi Dasi (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Calif. High Court Justices Push Past Krishnas' Airport Appeal

by Mike McKee, The Recorder, January 08, 2010
Posted January 14, 2010

David Liberman had a simple answer Wednesday when California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George asked why it was important that Hare Krishnas be allowed to solicit money at Los Angeles International Airport.

Hare Krishna's a "small, minority, controversial religion," the Los Angeles lawyer said, so face-to-face interaction is "critical" to its mission.

But when Liberman added later that the Krishnas' solicitation rights could extend beyond the airport's metal detectors to the departure gates and even onto the planes themselves -- if the individual Krishnas had tickets -- George and Justice Ming Chin seemed flabbergasted.

"And the airlines would have nothing to say about it?" Chin spat out.

Liberman was clearly on the losing end Wednesday during oral arguments in the California Supreme Court over a 13-year-old Los Angeles policy that lets members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness distribute literature and speak to travelers in LAX's pre-screening open areas, but not solicit money.

At least five of the seven justices weren't buying his arguments. Justices Kathryn Mickle Werdegar and Carlos Moreno were hard to read. (Click here for the full article)



24 Hour Kirtana
by Radhika dd
Posted January 11, 2010

We cordially invite everyone to attend a festive and exciting 24 hour Kirtana in New Goloka! Come one come all, everyone is welcome!

The kirtana begins January 30th, 2010 at 8 a.m.

Location:

New Goloka Temple

1032 Dimmocks Mill Rd

Hillsborough, NC 27278

Information is also available at NewGoloka.com

We still need devotees to fill several one hour kirtana slots. We are also hoping for one or two expert kirtana leaders to be featured at the event. Please feel free to sign up by contacting Radhika dd, (Click here for the full article)



One Moon Better Than Many Stars
by Ananda das
Posted January 6, 2010

Regarding Vaiyasaki prabhu's article Large Grhastha Families Needed (Chakra, Dec. 25), I can give only qualified approval to his message. While his ideas about mutual Vaishnava love are fine, there seem to be some serious flaws to another part of his proposal, in my opinion.

His suggested resolution involves Vaishnava families having many children to increase our numbers, just as the Catholics of Quebec did 100 years ago and as the Orthodox Jews of Israel do today. In a time of expected worldwide devastation resulting from massive climate change, overpopulation, rising sea levels, declining food stocks, species extinctions and declining natural resources with an already growing and long-pent-up demand for higher living standards from the developing world, this proposal seems nothing less than irresponsible from a global perspective.

From a human perspective, it also seems like terrible advice, since ISKCON has done little or nothing to encourage individuals towards helping to establish independent businesses or to promote devotees in self-sustaining jobs, the vast majority of which would require higher education. (Click here for the full article)



In the Blog World:
Stop the Yamuna Bridge

by Jagadananda das, jagadanandadas.blogspot.com
Posted January 4, 2010


On Dec. 25, a few hundred persons, mostly from Vrindavan’s religious community, including many foreigners from several maths and ashrams, gathered at Vrindavan’s Keshi Ghat to protest the building of a bridge.

This bridge, which loops around the ancient redstone ghat, will permit car traffic to make the full tour of Vrindavan, turning the Parikrama Marg into a Ring Road.

Even ten years ago, the Parikrama Marg was still mostly a sandy trail that circled the hallowed central portion of Vrindavan, the site of so many temples—Banke Bihari, Radha Vallabh, Radha Damodar, Govindaji.

Hundreds of barefoot pilgrims from dawn to dusk quietly followed the 14 kilometer trail, reciting their japa or singing God’s names, or simply walking in meditative silence. Some even covered the length lying prostrate on the ground.

But the success of many Vaishnava preachers, Bhagavata pathaks and bhajan singers has drawn a steadily increasing flow of the faithful from around the world and, more to the point, from Delhi, to the sacred home of Krishna’s play with Radha. (Click here for the full article)



Healthy Milk Cows for Sale
by Lakshmi Kary
Posted January 2, 2010


After taking care of my cows almost singlehandedly for the past 22 years (in declining health after numerous surgeries, and with two more surgeries to follow), I want to relocate my standard-size cows and stick with a smaller-size animal, the mini-Jersey, which will be easier for me to handle and maintain.

I will keep my three mini-Jerseys; my Brown Swiss, Usha (22 years); my Holstein, Vrnda (19 years); and my milking shorthorn, Rohini (5 years). My milking shorthorn, Chandra (9 years), died from eye cancer this summer.

I prefer to place cows with people who have at least some experience with cows, or have access locally to someone who can guide them. Cows are easy to care for if you know what to do and how and what to feed them. Cows are also costly, however, and whoever takes a cow needs to realize it is like having another child; it requires a big financial commitment, along with physical and emotional care. (Click here for the full article)



Hoping for Honest Abe
by Akruranatha Das
Posted January 1, 2010


I was very happy to see Niscala dasi's comments (Srila Prabhupada is Our Martin Luther, Dec. 29) to Hare Krishna dasi's article (Waiting for Iskcon's Martin Luther, Chakra, Dec. 25).

I was sorry to see the frustration and disillusionment with the whole ISKCON project that Hare Krishna dasi seemed to be expressing. Even though I've never met Hare Krishna prabhu face to face, my first reaction upon reading her article was to want to go visit her wherever she lives and try to reassure her and listen sympathetically to her complaints. Surely her frustration must be due to a whole series of bad experiences and not only from one suggestion about "membership" raised by H.H. Sivarama Swami at a European GBC meeting, which seems to have been not very well received by many major ISKCON constituencies and probably is not likely to be adopted or enforced. Hopefully Sivarama Swami's proposal will spark some constructive dialogue, as it already seems to be doing.

The whole topic of "membership" — what it means to "belong" to ISKCON and who can legitimately feel they have a stake in ISKCON and a say in making it a success — is something very important for us to discuss and understand thoroughly. (Click here for the full article)



  Alachua Apartment for Rent
by Anuradha devi dasi
Posted January 31, 2010


We have a great little energy-efficient downstairs apartment for rent from February 1st. It’s 1,000 sq. ft. (93 m2, two bedrooms, one bathroom, with a screened-in porch off the master bedroom. Wood and tile floors. Kitchen has fridge, range and microwave. Washer and dryer, free satellite TV and free wireless internet. Neat, clean and attractive. Free well water, sewer and garbage collection; you only pay electricity (ca. $90 to $140 per month). Rent is $800 per month, and there is an $800 security deposit.

Constructed in 2007, only devotees have lived here. Presently a devotee family live here, but next week they are shifting to a larger property we own nearby. Conveniently located two miles (3 km) from ISKCON New Raman Reti temple and one mile (1.6 km) from Bhaktivedanta Gaudiya Institute in Alachua; two miles from Harvest Health and Whole Foods and other shops and banks, etc. Apartment is located on acreage surrounded by granddaddy oak trees. Very quiet and safe, healthy for kids. There is daily car pooling to the Alachua Learning Center. (Click here for the full article)



Lakshman's Appearance Day
by Venu- Madhuri devi dasi
Posted January 26, 2010

This question has been on my mind for quite some time. I was wondering why ISKCON temples don't celebrate Lakshman's appearance day?

We celebrate lord Ramachandra's and Sita devi's days because they are non-different from Lord Krishna and Srimati Radharani.

Lakshman is ananta sesh aka Lord Balarama aka Lord Nityananda, so why don't we celebrate the appearance day of one of Ramayan's most powerful and glorious character? I hope someone can answer this [editor's note: please submit your response to Chakra]



Saving Yamuna: an Update
by Jagadananda Das
Posted January 25, 2010


This news that a temporary injunction against the construction of the bridge over the Yamuna is most welcome (see judgment at the Allahabad High Court below).

We can rejoice and thank the devotees from around the world. Their massive sigh of despair has no doubt influenced the way that the karmic wheel is turning.

More and more people have become conscious of the issue and have been deeply affected emotionally at the thought of the wanton desecration and destruction of our beloved Vrindavan Dham.

But we are far from winning this war. It is only lull, a break, a little bit of time to mobilize our forces for the even greater obstacles that need to be overcome.

This war will not be won by mind vibrations only, nor even by Harinam alone. It will require convincing people on a massive scale in India and around the world. (Click here for the full article)



Artist Sought
by Martin Gluckman
Posted January 25, 2010

We are looking for a talented vaishnava artist to paint a few small offerings for our online Vedic work with Ayurveda and Vedic Sciences. Anyone interested can kindly contact us via www.vedicsociety.org



A Prayer for Yamuna Devi
by Padmapani das
Posted January 24, 2010


By now, most of you have heard the recent story out of Vrindavan about the construction of the unsightly flyover bridge across the holy Yamuna River at Kesi Ghat. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here is where we stand today (see above photo). Obviously, this is a very distressing development on many levels for us all, especially spiritually.

For the past while, devotees have been courageously signing petitions, writing letters, organizing meetings and satsangs to help stop this horrendous development, which we here at The Prabhupada Connection have fully supported all the way. The more pressure we can bear upon the authorities, the better chances we'll have of success in halting this unnecessary eyesore in the holy dhama, which will undoubtedly cause an entire host of problems too numerous to mention here -- but which needless to say, will not be good now or in the future for our beloved Vrindavan.

Aside from the above, I'd like to briefly mention something from the past, authorized by Srila Prabhupada himself under slightly different circumstances, but which still upheld the principle and power of prayer to effect change in seemingly difficult or impossible circumstances. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for an Old Friend
by Jason Pearson
Posted January 18, 2010

My name is Jason Pearson and I'm a 34 year old married devotee currently living in Oakland, CA. I've actually been all over the country since I first met the devotees at a punk rock concert in D.C. in 1993, but I'm interested in reconnecting with a friend whom I only knew briefly in 1995 in San Francisco. I have reason to believe this devotee may be living, or has lived in the past, in the New Vrindavan community. There is no dire reason for me to reach her, I just want her to know that I remember her, and think of her fondly as one of the earliest devotees I knew. I have reconnected with a few of our mutual friends from the past and would love to find her too!

I had just graduated from high school in Ohio and moved out to San Francisco and was living with a bunch of friends in an apartment in the Lower Haight neighborhood at 510 Page Street (between Fillmore and Webster). One of our roommates, was a girl named "Divina" (spelling?) and she was a punk rock girl who had recently been introduced to Krishna Consciousness and was a frequent visitor of the Berkeley ISKCON temple. (Click here for the full article)



Now Online: "Gita Changes" for Chapter Two
by Kaisori devi dasi (BBT)
Posted January 17, 2010

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

See the meaning Srila Prabhupada actually intended where the first edition said:

  • working with the fruitive being situated in the fixed conception of the real self (text 1, purport)
  • Neither Vedic knowledge nor modern science denies the existence of the spirit soul (text 17, purport)
  • People will call you a coward even before your flight (text 34, purport)
  • Restrictions are good only if one actually has a taste for Krsna consciousness (text 59, purport)

See: (Click here for the full article)



Home Health Care Services
by Balabhadra das
Posted January 16, 2010

My wife and I are professional home health care providers for the last 10 years. It has been many years now since so many of us first came to Iskcon when we were only in our teens and 20's, and the need for home health care is only now starting to be realized for devotees, and will only increase as time goes on and we get older. If you, or your loved one, or anyone else you know is in need of home health care assistance, please contact us, and see if we can be of assistance. We are willing to come to you, stay as live in home health care providers, or we can provide assistance from our own home here in Boise. We have a steady sadhana of complete morning program, and an attractive altar with Gaura Nitai, Radha Krishna, Lord Nrsnghadeva, and Srila Prabhupada. We have a nice private area consisting of bedroom, lounge room and bathroom, that is available for anyone who should choose to come to our home for assistance. We can be reached at (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Prison Ministry, Overview of the Year 2009
by Bhakti-lata Dasi
Posted January 14, 2010

Another year has passed, during which the prison ministry consistently nurtured the devotion of hundreds of inmates. New inmates were introduced to Krsna consciousness, taking to the chanting of the holy name seriously, while more established inmate bhaktas deepened their commitment by chanting and studying more seriously, and by giving Krsna consciousness to other inmates.

Candramauli Swami has compiled a book about ISKCON Prison Ministry. This book, entitled, Holy Jail, is due to come out for Nityananda’s appearance day. Stay tuned!

NEW ADDITION! We now have a small fund-raising website for IPM at: ipm.bbnow.org/

This small website will gives you basic information about our program and makes it very easy for you to donate, either through PayPal or credit card. Please take the time to visit this link and to share it with your family and friends. We are planning to set up a more extensive IPM website in the year 2010. (Click here for the full article)



A Prayer for the Yamuna
by Krsna Devata devi dasi
Posted January 11, 2010

There is a cry
Coming from the Water
Goddess Yamuna!

It is her pujaris
Her worshippers
That cry out…

Those who remember she is a Goddess
Worshipable in sanctity

Not drilled into
Not cemented
Not trashed upon
And dumped on

Please hear her call!

For she is the soft waters that embraced Our Lord

Our beloved Cowerherd Boy
Who danced & played in her waters

The children do not play & swim there…
Without threat…
Of traffic, garbage, crowds

Where is the Braj Raj? (Click here for the full article)



Rasajna's Dedication Remembered
by Datta das
Posted January 6, 2010

Dear Rasajna prabhu,

Thank you for all the service you have rendered to Srila Prabhupada, his movement, and his devotees. Thank you for enlightening others through your service in Krishna conscious theater, and by your example of what a dedicated devotee looks like, talks like and acts like.

Thank you for all the service you offered at our farm in Spain; it wouldn't have been nearly the same without you. Thank you for taking on the Spanish Theater program as director, not as an actor, because you weren't interested in the limelight; you were interested in the highest service, as always.

Thank you for your sense of humor, your warmth and your deep respect for others. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows Newsletter January 2010
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted January 2, 2010

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

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 24 pages (2 MB) we present reports on:

1. The rescue of an injured cow from a garbage alley.

2. How our calves are competing for attention and affection.

3. How Vrindavan cows are becoming more prominent in the family of Madhava Dasa.

4. The five new arrivals we accepted this month.

5. Cows in the News. (Click here for the full article)



Sacred Cows or Sacred Cars?
by Bala Krsna das
Posted January 1, 2010

A field trip

I would like to take you on a journey, and am asking you to please fasten your seat belts. We are going to time-travel a few years into the future, to a small village, to take a little tour.

As we arrive in the village we are struck by its serenity and cleanliness, and the vitality of its residents, including the children, the women, the elders, and the cows. Oxen pull carts, cows graze within the village, and other oxen pull farm implements in the nearby small fields. We discover that the village is inhabited almost entirely by devotees of Krsna. As we make inquiries we learn that this village was started by disciples of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and that there are even a few of those pioneers still living in the village.

In the centre of the village is a temple, and we are invited to go there first to see Radha and Krsna. After seeing the Deities in the temple, we are offered mahaprasad sweets made of milk from cows that live in the community. Continuing our tour, we are taken next to the community school, where we see happy children in the playground.

A little further down the road we are shown an anaerobic composting digester that transforms biomass, including human and animal manure, into high grade compost, methane, and CO2. (Click here for the full article)



  In the News:
Hare Krishna Volunteers to Cook for Haitian Earthquake Survivors

Submitted by Richard Wyndham, by Hannah Crown, Borehamwood Times
Posted January 31, 2010

4:20pm Tuesday 26th January 2010


Hare Krishna volunteers to cook for Haitian earthquake survivors

TWO members of a Hertfordshire temple are travelling to Haiti tomorrow to cook for survivors of the earthquake.

Vaikuntha Krishna, 39, and Robin Laing 46, belong to Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Aldenham, Hertfordshire, which was donated by Beatle George Harrison for supporters of the Hare Krishna movement.

They will fly to a base in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, where they will set up a vegan food camp with about 30 other volunteers from America, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, the UK and the Dominican Republic.

The movement is part of a programme run by Food For Life Global, a not-for-profit organisation run by the Hare Krishna movement to bring food to survivors of disasters across the world. (Click here for the full article)



The Passing of Mahavisnu Swami
by Kavicandra Swami
Posted January 27, 2010

At about 3 p.m. on January 25, HH Mahavisnu Swami (91 years) peacefully passed away at the Bhaktivedanta Swami Hospital, Mumbai. Many devotees were present and having kirtan. Maharaja's eyes became clear as he looked around at everyone. He mouthed the Holy Name and left his body. It was the end of a glorious lifetime of blissful preaching.

His body will stay here for two days while disciples come from afar, and it will then go to Nasika for his samadhi.


Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, recalling the departure of his guru Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, once said: (Click here for the full article)



Gaura Purnima Specials
by Shop Vrindavan
Posted January 25, 2010

Please check our special offer for the upcoming festivals.

Most of the temples worldwide celebrate the festivals like Nityananda Trayodasi, Gaura Purnima, Balaram Purnima, Sri Krsna Janmastami, Radhastami, or Govardhan Puja by offering new outfits to the Deities in their temple.

We have special offer for all temples – if you are capable of ordering 5 outfits throughout the year, you will get 6th outfit free!

We are cooperating with the best Deity tailor in Vrindavan who has been supplying outfits for Krsna Balaram Temple in Vrindavan. Hundreds of designs and thousands of colors to choose from! Deity jewelry also available! All that you need to worship your Deities in a very reasonable price. (Click here for the full article)



Yamuna Bridge Construction Halted By Court
by Vaisnavacharya Chandan Goswami
Posted January 25, 2010

We have got the first hearing in High court, UP on 23rd February for Yamuna Bridge, until that time court has ordered to the government to stop the Yamuna bridge construction. Now we have one month only to collect petitions. Come along and work as a team to collect the petitions.

Click here to support us:- bvhalliance.org/guestbook/gbook.php

Click the below link to read the case:-Click Here

HIGH COURT ORDER- "List for further hearing on 23.2.2010. Until further order of the Court, the respondents are directed to stop further constructions over the bridge which is being constructed along side river Yamuna and other illegal constructions on the land which falls between the ghats and river Yamuna on both the sides and to stop dumping of garbage in river Yamuna or its bank. Respondents are further directed to ensure that no constructions are raised in the aforesaid area by any person.

Order Date :- 21.1.2010
PNS"



Wearable Dhoti Pockets
by Wearable Dhoti Pockets
Posted January 24, 2010


"Ever-Hip Hip Sacks," designed for men who wear dhotis, are perfect to carry keys, wallet, cell phone, day planner and any other small item you might want to carry around. Resting on the hips, they won't poke your back while sitting or rub against a mrdanga while playing. They are conveniently positioned for easy access to belongings, simultaneously sitting discreetly over your dhoti and under your kurta.

They range in size from a 30-inch (76 cm) to a snug 40" (102 cm) buckled waist and come in three colours — jet black, forest green and royal blue — in a durable cotton/canvas blend. They have durable zipper pockets as well as velcro. Made in Bali, Indonesia by a reputable tailor (no child labour), they can be sent to you for $30 CAD plus shipping. (Click here for the full article)



Global Kirtan for the Yamuna River
by Kuli Mela Association
Posted January 21, 2010


Global Kirtan for the Yamuna River (Click here for the full article)



Memories Part 50
by Siddhanta das
Posted January 18, 2010


After 18 years of production, Illumination Television is proud to announce the completion of Memories of Srila Prabhupada Part 50! This milestone of oral histories is highlighted by all new and inspiring stories of His Divine Grace by Patita Pavana das, Ramesvara das, Manmohini dasi, Soma das, Omkara dasi, Girindra Mohini dasi and Kiba Jaya das. In this 2 hr. DVD you will learn among other things what is more important than sankirtan according to Srila Prabhupada; what Srila Prabhupada’s instruction was to the first widow in Iskcon; Srila Prabhupada’s prediction for the World Trade Center and unemployment; how Srila Prabhupada relieved the anxiety of a 4 year old devotee; Srila Prabhupada’s instruction how to treat his female disciples; and delve into Srila Prabhupada’s personal rasa with Sri Krishna during a bhajan only one disciple witnessed. (Click here for the full article)



FFL Appeal
by Priyavrata das, International Director, Food for Life
Posted January 17, 2010

[note from Chakra: The Chakra editorial board is greatly saddened by the recent earthquake in Haiti and applaud all those devotees who want to help. However, we also want to note that disaster relief should be undertaken only by those who are trained to provide it. Untrained individuals, however well intentioned, can add to the confusion, cause additional problems on the ground and may put themselves and others at risk. Untrained individuals can be of greater help by contributing financially to an aid group of their choice]

I need to know if there are devotees in or nearby Haiti that are able to do prasadam distribution for survivors of the recent earthquake. Food for Life Global would like to financially support these efforts and our many donors are now asking us to do that. If you know of any prasadam distribution going on currently in Haiti, please contact our office. Or if you are reading this and know of competent people that can conduct prasadam distribution in Haiti, please contact our office with names, numbers of those people as well as the contact details of an official ISKCON GBC representative that can help to oversee a donation from Food for Life Global. (Click here for the full article)



House for Rent
by Kamra devi dasi
Posted January 16, 2010

Eco-friendly 3/2 less than 3 miles to New Goloka Dhama (Hillsborough, NC), one block from an apartment complex that houses many devotees. Bright and airy 950 square feet, bamboo floors in main room and hall, natural wool carpet in bedrooms. Large back deck, many hardwood trees. Whole-house carbon filter on water supply. All-electric. Washer/dryer included. Within Hillsborough city limits. Zoned for home business. Large outdoor storage shed. Very easy access to I-85 and I-40, close to Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham. No indoor pets. Tenant responsible for yard work. Available March 1st. $850 per month. Kamra devi dasi Email: karen at consciousbeingwellness.com



Sri Mayapur HQ Coordinator Sought for Congregational Dev Ministry
by Phanisvara das
Posted January 15, 2010


Would you like to live and operate in Sridham Mayapur and simultaneously serve all ISKCON communities in the world?

Type of Service: Full-time
Location: Sridham Mayapur, India
Remuneration: As required
Direct line of report: The Ministry's Operation Team

Summary Service Description:

  • Coordinating communication with the Ministry's contacts, receiving and processing reports;
  • Producing interviews and articles;
  • Coordinating educational campaigns;
  • Coordinating the production and circulation of books, magazines, and audiovisuals;
  • Organizing presentations and seminars in Mayapur, with local educational institutes and visiting groups;
  • Supervising resident staff and volunteers;

(Click here for the full article)



Global Kirtan for the Yamuna - Vrindavan Kumbha Mela
by Krishna Devata devi dasi
Posted January 14, 2010

Thousands of Sadhus, Babas, Yogis & Pilgrims are gathering for the VRINDAVAN KUMBHA MELA. On the Full Moon of Saturday, January 30 there will be ceremonial bathing at Keshi Ghat at Yamuna River.

Let us join our voices together, around the world, to PRAYER FOR THE YAMUNA to create a GLOBAL KIRTAN synchronized with the 24 HOUR KIRTAN & PUJA in Vrindavan.

On this spiritually potent day, that only happens EVERY 12 YEARS, let us join the pujaris & worshipers of the Yamuna with intention to SAVE THE FUTURE of this sacred place. Please participate by hosting, performing, or singing your heart out at the Yamuna Global Kirtan in your town or village. Already many sangas around the world are hearing the urgent call to gather in a living room, yoga studio or temple to join in this prayer.

Yamuna Devi, the Water Goddess, has flowed through Vrindavan for thousands of years and is the LIVING HEART of the Bhakti tradition rooted there. Keshi Ghat, has been a sacred place of worship, ceremony & Divinity for 5000 years. (Click here for the full article)



Farm for Rent or Sale Outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina
by Udayananda dasa
Posted January 11, 2010

The following is a property that we have had since 1993. It is 14 miles west of Chapel Hill North Carolina. The Climate in North Carolina is great for farming. It has an 8 month growing season and has ample rainfall. Our property is situated on beautiful gently rolling hills partially cleared and partially wooded. Very private, we are the last property at the end of a county road. It is a great place for college preaching having the following colleges and universities within a 60 mile radius:

-University of North Carolina

-Duke University

-North Carolina State University

-Wake Forest University (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
State Supreme Court to Hear Krishna LAX Free Speech Case

by Denise Nix Staff Writer
Posted January 7, 2010


Jeff Solomon is a representative of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California and works daily at LAX spreading his faith and collecting donations. Solomon makes his pitch outside of the Bradley International terminal. The Krishna group faces a key State Supreme Court hearing to settle the group's freedom of speech at LAX. (Robert Casillas/Staff Photographer)

With his navy peacoat and rolling canvas bag, Jeff Solomon looks like any other traveler on the departure deck outside LAX's Bradley International Terminal.

But the only place the 59-year-old Hare Krishna is going is from person to person, offering a friendly handshake, some small talk and a colorfully illustrated Bhagavad Gita.

"A very important part of our faith is to try to share it with other people," said Solomon, who has worked at the busy airport for more than 36 years.

"It's a fabulous venue," the soft-spoken Solomon said. "We have access to many people from all over the world, all here in one place."

That is why the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California has fought so hard (Click here for the full article)



Sign Petition to Save Vrindavana
by Jagadananda Prabhu
Posted January 4, 2010

The following was written by Jagadananda Prabhu concerning the Indian Governments latest idea to spoil the landscape of Vrindavana by building a flyover at Keshi Ghat:

So here is the sum and substance: All this preaching has increased the attraction of Vrindavan to people from every corner of the planet. But this has not just had the positive effect of making more Vaishnavas, it has also resulted in so much pressure on Vrindavan's infrastructure that it has made this project necessary in the eyes of the government.

Since we have all helped contribute to the problem, we must now participate in finding solutions. That begins with stopping the bridge, by making the government officials aware that any solution must be based on an awareness of the sacred character of Braj.

So all Vaishnava leaders: Put your weight behind this effort, please. Rally the troops: Have petition signing marathons, letter-writing parties. Have people coming to the temples sign the petition and send emails. Print out the emails and snail mail addresses with a sample letter and give them to everyone. (Click here for the full article)



In Honor and Remembrance of Rasaja Devi Dasi
by Prahladpriya das
Posted January 2, 2010

My name is Prahladpriya das (ACBSP) I was informed of the passing of my friend and God-sister Rasaja Devi on Dec 28th. It was my wife’s birthday, needless to say I will never forget the day of her passing.

I met Rasaja when I was 19 years old. The Radha Damodar party had docked at the 55th street temple in New York. I admit that I was enamored by her beauty, but more enamored by her humility, her friendly nature, her deep concern for others and most of all, her devotion to Srila Prabhupad. We worked together the following year at Candle Fashions, a temple business that was set up to bring in raise funds for the temple. We traveled together back and forth to the mall and I got to know her very well. We quickly became friends. At her behest I reluctantly took on various roles in the theater company allowing me the opportunity to witness first hand her deep love and affection for our Spiritual Master Srila Prabhupad.

We then became connected in the strangest of ways. On September 28th, 1977 in the evening my then wife who was pregnant began to go into labor. I ran from the temple to get the car to bring her to the birthing clinic. (Click here for the full article)



Rasa Sittler's Memorial Service
by Greg Schroen
Posted January 1, 2010

After an all too short, four-month battle against cancer, Rasa passed quietly on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 3 pm. She had the comfort of being in her home surrounded by loved ones, and was in the presence of the Lord's name as she took her final breath.

As Rasa lived in two worlds, the first being her German Lutheran upbringing, the second her spiritual initiation to the Gaudîya Vaishnavism of the Brahma-Madhva sampradaya in humble service to His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, there will be two memorial services held in her home on Friday, New Year's Day, January 1, 2010. This may surprise some people, but there are memorials and remembrances occurring all over the world for Rasa. However, in our home we have limited space for those who may wish to attend, so having two services is necessary in an attempt to accommodate those in this immediate vicinity.

The first service will be at (Click here for the full article)



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