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July 2004
Mula's memories on video
by Siddhanta das
Posted July 31, 2004

With great pleasure we present Mulaprakriti prabhu's Memories of Srila Prabhupada. Two weeks before she departed this world for the spiritual world, Mulaprakriti devi dasi sat down for an interview and shared her direct experiences with Srila Prabhupada, as well as remembrances she collected over the last few years from Prabhupada's associates before he came to the west. This video is extraordinary, as it not only sheds new light on the glories of Srila Prabhupada, but also shows the devotion Srimati Mulaprakriti has for her spiritual master and the advanced consciousness of one who is preparing to leave this world. Mulaprakriti's blissful nature and enthusiasm for spreading Krsna consciousness is exemplary and contagious as she shares her memories of His Divine Grace. (Click here for the full article)

A Case for Impersonalism
submitted by Vrndadevi dasi
Posted July 30, 2004

I am an impersonalist. I believe the message is more important than the messenger. Therefore the incident related below -- a recent exchange from one of the ISKCON electronic fora -- is stripped of any personal details. These people may all be GBCs. They may be new bhaktas. If you don't know, all the better. Exchanges of this type happen all the time. I find them so frustrating I want to scream. (Click here for the full article)

New York Ratha-Yatra 2004 report
Posted July 29, 2004

The 2004 New York Ratha Yatra and Sankirtan Festival was celebrated with great jubilation from June 9 to June 13, 2004. Hundreds of devotees converged from all over the world converged to Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir to take part in the kirtan and hari-katha programs to glorify the pastimes of Lord Chaitanya at the Ratha Yatra Festival. (Click here for the full article)

Kirtanananda is no longer a swami
by Srinitamba dasi
Posted July 27, 2004

Kirtanananda prabhu, in your open letter to VNN [See below], you wrote, "I have offended many Vaisnavas and have even broken the regulative principles". Not only did you break the principles -- you chose to sexually violate a young, innocent boy who will have to live with this fact for the rest of his life. That is more than simply breaking the principles -- a lot more. In addition to this, you were charged and convicted as having been having been responsible for murder. (Click here for the full article)

New web site for Custom made Deity paraphernalia
by Bhranti d.d.
Posted July 26, 2004

A new web site is now up and running, making all kinds of traditional mukuts (crowns and turban decorations) available to everyone. My name is Bhranti devi dasi, I live in Alachua and am a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. I have been working at this traditional craft for thirty years and I have collected many design books during my trips to India, and practiced many styles. This craft is passed down within a family, and their designs are carefully kept to themselves. One advantage that we have here in the states is the availability of crystals and rhinestones, making for a very sparkling and opulent result.

I love this work, and as Srila Prabhupada once said "When you decorate the Deity, you decorate your heart." Let's get to work! Anyone may order, either for temple Deities, home Deities, or for gifts to offer for special occasions.

Please visit: www.krishnasringar.com

Foundation for Vedic knowledge and Culture in Croatia
by Mahima-mayi d.d.
Posted July 25, 2004

My Guru Maharaja, H.G. Krsna-ksetra Prabhu has mercifully instructed me to establish a foundation for collecting scholarship for devotees who wish to receive education at the Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh (Belgium). (Click here for the full article)

Lord Jagannatha's Country Style Ratha Yatra
by Indrani d.d.
Posted July 24, 2004

Come to the 27th Annual Gita Nagari Farm Ratha Yatra. Saturday July 31st, 2004 11:00am to 8:00pm

With the rustic backdrop of Pennsylvania's green hills, devotees of Lord Krsna come from all over the East Coast to celebrate this special country style Lord Jagannatha's chariot festival. (Click here for the full article)

German devotees plan Vaishnava Mela
by Amaraprabhu das
Posted July 21, 2004

We would like to invite all devotees for our First Vaishnava Mela at Simhachalan. The program, from July 31 to August 15, 2004, features Kirtans, Bhajans and Prasadam (pizza, etc.), and includes lectures on the Bhagavad-gita, along with fire yajnas, candana yatra, harmonium and karatala lessons, as well as Ayurveda and cooking classes. (Click here for the full article)

Report on the Status of the ISKCON Child Protection Office
by Dhira Govinda das
Posted July 20, 2004


By the late 1980s there were widespread reports about extensive child maltreatment throughout ISKCON. In 1990 the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) passed resolution 119, which attempted to establish a system of investigating, reporting, and preventing incidents of child abuse. Though this resolution did not contain significant power of enforcement, it did provide some common-sense guidelines for child protection, and it sent the message that ISKCON recognizes that mistreatment of children in its communities is a serious issue. (Click here for the full article)

Moscow Temple Website Opening!
by Dina Sharana das
Posted July 18, 2004

The devotees in Moscow, Russia have opened a beautiful website today dedicated to the new $12,000,000 Cultural Center/Temple they are building. Srila Prabhupada was very keen on having a Moscow temple. Devotees are extremely excited by the startling success in having the land for the complex donated by the Russian Government. They have drawn up plans for a Vedic style temple complete with 2 restaurants, café, auditorium with stage, boutique, meeting rooms, and a huge temple room. This a grand step forward for Lord Chaitanya's preaching mission, a beautiful feather in Srila Prabhupada's "swami hat". (Click here for the full article)

Mulaprakrti's Passing
by Manjari dasi
Posted July 17, 2004

On July 12, 2004 at 8:26 a.m., at the MVT in Vrindavana, our dear godsister and friend, Mula Prakriti, gloriously departed from this world. Last September, during a stay in Vrindavana, Mula was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. After a courageous battle with the disease, she returned in order to leave her body to this spiritual home Srila Prabhupada has given us all. (Click here for the full article)

Srimati Mulaprakriti's passing in Vrindaban
by Smara Hari das
Posted July 15, 2004

When I was a boy in my parents' care I became exposed to books by authors like Orwell, Steinbeck, and Tolkien, who changed the way I saw the material world. On looking back I can list ten books that were most influential. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Event draws both faithful, curious

submitted by Caru das
by Caleb Warnock, Provo Daily Herald
Posted July 12, 2004

The world's oldest festival made its debut at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork on Saturday with a vegetarian food buffet, traditional dancers, two plays and a parade complete with rain dance and llamas. (Click here for the full article)

Detroit to stage 7th Rathayatra
by Rajeev Prasher
Posted July 11, 2004

On Sunday, July 25th, 2004, the 7th Annual Rathayatra (Festival of Chariots) will take place in Detroit, Michigan. The procession will start at 11:00 a.m. sharp, from the Scott Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle. The parade will proceed to the southeast end of the island (near the lighthouse area) where Festival of India celebrations -- dance, drama, kirtans, prasadam -- will take place until evening. (Click here for the full article)

2004 Toronto Rathayatra website
by Adi-kurma das
Posted July 8, 2004

One of a kind website dedicated to Sri Sri Jaganatha, Sri Sri Baladeva and Srimati Subhadra Devi. Check out every details of 2004 rathayatra in Toronto. Highlights of the festival, history of Rathyatra, Parade route, Info for media, press release and much more. Bookmark it! www.torontochariots.com

(Click here for the full article)

London Rathayatra
submitted by Parama Karuna das
Posted July 5, 2004

We recently held Rathayatra in London with three beautiful chariots! It was a very blissful occassion and there are photos on the UK Rathayatra website at http://www.iskcon.org.uk/

The 39th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in the West
by Daru Krsna das
Posted July 3, 2004

I would like to inform you of a 3 day festival being held September 24th, 25th & 26th in Boston, MA celebrating the 39th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in the West at Commonwealth pier in Boston. (Click here for the full article)

House for Rent at New Talavana in Mississippi
by Madhuryalilananda d.d.
Posted July 2, 2004

House for Rent or Sale in the New Talavan in Carriere, Mississippi. Cute 1250 sq. Ft. house on 2.2 acres in the New Talavan Community. Very secluded, but not isolated. 1.5 miles from the temple. Only 3 years old. 3 br., 2 ba. Built in altar, ceramic tile kitchen floor with stone counters, hard wood floors. Large wrap around porch with beautiful garden, fruit trees and room for a vegetable garden, lots of large trees. $500 per month to rent and deposit. References required. Contact Madhuryalilananda dd. Elizabeth Wilhoit (601)798-0594 or email e108wilhoit@hotmail.com

The Vedic Theory of Clinical Social Work
by Dhira Govinda dasa
(David B. Wolf, Ph.D.)
Posted July 31, 2004

The Indian Journal of Social Work (IJSW), vol. 64, issue 3 (July, 2003) has published an article authored by David Wolf (Dhira Govinda dasa) entitled The Vedic Theory of Clinical Social Work. This article, in addition to its specific contribution to the profession of social work, serves as a model for Vaisnava theorists and practitioners in diverse professions for the relevance of Vedic principles and practices in today's world. In practically every field of endeavor models and theories based on Vaisnava knowledge can and should be developed and implemented. This entails demonstrating not only the capacity for dovetailing the tenets and systems of a vocation with the process of Krsna consciousness, but also showing that that which is valid and useful in any sphere of activity finds its completion and fulfillment in the philosophy and practice of Vaisnavism... (Click here for the full article)

by Caru das
Posted July 30, 2004

These Mormon missionaries were photographed at the Llama Fest, July 17. They had worked all day to make the festival a success. They wear their complimentary Llama Fest t-shirts with their names badges pinned atop. From left to right are: Elder Caruso from Italy, Elder Sanders from Ohio, Elder Tochin from Minnesota, and Elder Bach from Germany. These four are assigned to the Spanish Fork mission for two years, and come every week to work with the llamas for three hours. At the Llama Fest, which drew 4,000 people, two Elders organized the parking and the other two helped with the judging of contest winners. All their decisions were enthusiastically acclaimed by the crowd which was 80 % Mormon.

New Publication in the Sacred Teachings Series
submitted by Harinama Press
Posted July 29, 2004

Due to the many requests the Harinama Press have been receiving concerning Reflections On Sacred Teachings, Volume IV: Sri Isopanishad, by HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami, we want to make an early announcement. This book Volume IV will be off the press in about two months time. Sacred Teachings Volume IV will be about 400 pages, soft cover and will be available for $14.95. However, as in the past, anyone who orders the book within these next two months, can receive it at the reduced price of only $10.00. Please place your early orders by sending your requests to Murari Gupta prabhu at egmurari@aol.com or Jishnu prabhu at jishnuandmalati@yahoo.com.

(Click here for the full article)

Festival of India - Denmark 2004
by Gaura Krishna das and Rupa Manjari das
Posted July 27, 2004

Festival of India will take place on 21 August, from noon to 7 p.m. in Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square), Copenhagen. You are invited to take part in this wonderful event. If you want to participate in the festival as a guest, do volunteer service, or help with donations, please check out www.festivalofindia.dk for more information and contact info. There are also some videos of past festival events around the world for your enjoyment. (Click here for the full article)

Volunteers needed for San Francisco Rathayatra
Posted July 26, 2004

The 38th annual San Francisco Rathayatra Festival will begin on Sunday, August 8th, 2004, at 11am on the corner of Transverse and JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. The "Festival of India" will be stationed at Sharon Meadows and festivities will begin at 1pm. (Click here for the full article)

Agnideva's Kirtana with guest Swami BV Tripurari
by Gopa-kumara das
Posted July 25, 2004

I would like to invite all San Francisco Bay area residents and visitors to Agnideva Das' Kirtana event held on July 31st and every last Saturday of the month at 6 PM. The program is held at Govinda's Restaurant in Santa Rosa, California just 40 miles north of San Francisco. The exact address is 1899 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa California. (Click here for the full article)

A reply to Akruranatha das:
Religious Organisations in the UK

by Ananta Sesa Naga das
Posted July 24, 2004

In the UK this may be different. Any religious group claiming charitable status has to by law allow all and any individual to attend religious services. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
A Swami, Paroled Into the Open Arms of His Temple

by Peter Duffy
The New York Times, July 11, 2004
Posted July 21, 2004

A disgraced religious leader has served his time in prison and has now returned to lead his New York City flock.

Kirtananda Swami Bhaktipada was once a major figure in the Hare Krishna movement. For the past several years, he has been in a federal prison in North Carolina after pleading guilty to racketeering charges. (Click here for the full article)

Devotee Restaurant in Queens
by Sunanda Das and Trishakti d.d.
Posted July 20, 2004

We take great pleasure in announcing the grand opening of our restaurant 'Krishna's Vegetarian Cuisine' in Queens, New York. (111-14, 101 Avenue, South Richmond Hill, Queens, New York -11419). The food is cooked by devotees with love and devotion. We have a wide selection of choices ranging from hot/cold sandwiches, veggie wraps, fresh salads, international entrees, a juice bar and new items being added regularly. Make sure you stop by and check our daily specials. (Click here for the full article)

Gauranga International School, Ghana
by Ila d.d.
Posted July 18, 2004

Ghana, West Africa, is a seaside country bordering on the Gulf of Guinea, between Côte d'Ivoire and Togo. In the vicinity of many rather war-torn countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone), it is a peaceful haven and has been labelled the most friendly country in Africa. In this third-world country, where a large part of the population is either hungry or uneducated or both, ISKCON is fulfilling both basic needs as well as spiritual ones through Temples, Food For Life programs, farm projects and schools. (Click here for the full article)

Srimati Mulaprakriti dasi remembered
by Vinod Rubins
Posted July 17, 2004

Here is a photo of Srimati Mulaprakriti dasi on May 30, 2004, in Los Angeles ISKCON, at the Srila Prabhupada Festival, surrounded by godsisters. She was delightful on that day and so upbeat, as always.

Sister searching for Braja dasi
by Donna Jackson
Reposted July 16, 2004

Could you tell me where I can reach my natural sister, a devotee named Braja Alamanzani (Barbara Grimmond)? I last spoke with her in 1997. She was living at ISKCON in Dallas, Tx, having just returned from Paris. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Iraq: The preaching has begun
by Jaya Govinda das
Posted July 12, 2004

Lord Caitanya's mercy has spread to Camp Anaconda, where fourteen soldiers gathered last night to chant the maha-mantra and take some prasadam (sent to me by the good devotees of New Vrndavana). (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Utah Largest Daily On Rathayatra

By Amy Choate, Deseret Morning News
submitted by Caru das
Posted July 11, 2004

SPANISH FORK - Dark clouds filled with rain weren't enough to stop Lord Jagannath from going on vacation Saturday night. (Click here for the full article)

New TKG videos released
submitted by Prananatha das
Posted July 7, 2004

"Transcendental Visions" presents six and a half hours of previously unreleased footage of HH Tamal Krishna Goswami filmed in Christchurch, New Zealand in June 1993. Available in sets of 4 discs on DVD as well as mp4 formats. (Click here for the full article)

From the Columbia University Press: A New Book About ISKCON
Posted July 5, 2004

"The Hare Krishna Movement. The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant", edited by Edwin Bryant and Maria Ekstrand, has come out in June 04... (Click here for the full article)

Sri Jagannath Rathayatra Singapore
by Devakinandan das
Posted July 3, 2004

The Rath Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladev and Subadra will be held on the 4th July 2004. We welcome all devotees to join us and give us their blessings for this most auspicious event, which will also be graced by H.H BVV Narasimha Maharaj (ISKCON Bangkok, Thailand). (Click here for the full article)

Prasadam Business Opportunity
by Jaya Govinda das
Posted July 2, 2004

ISKCON Vancouver is offering a golden opportunity to a qualified devotee(s) who would like to operate their own prasadam business.

We are offering the qualified individual our Govinda's 20 Seat restaurant facilities located on the beautiful temple compound in exchange for a monthly income for the rental of the premises. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Vraja Mandala Parikrama 2004
Posted July 31, 2004

Experience the transcendental walk of a lifetime!! The time has come to experience that spiritual bliss in the month of Kartik by walking, chanting, dancing and feasting through twelve forest of Vraj in the association of His devotees, where Lord Krishna's pastimes are going on eternally. Here on Parikrama, you can read, hear, and meditate on these pastimes while being physically present in the original transcendental pastime sites. (Click here for the full article)

Another Daughter, Gangamayi: She Flew Her Own Airplane
by Mahavegavati dasi
Posted July 30, 2004

I am submitting the following email to announce to the assembled Vaisnavas, the departure of Gangamayi Prabhu, a very serious and wonderful daughter of Srila Prabhupada who came from England. (Click here for the full article)

New York Prasadam Saves the World:
And We Need Your Help!

by Satyaraja das
Posted July 29, 2004

In addition to restaurants, devotees have always found unique ways to distribute prasadam, including catering services, such as Magic Lotus, Food For Life, cookbooks, such as Yamuna's and Kurma's, and prasadam carts. Most such carts are short-lived endeavors. But Jerry Abrams-with determined enthusiasm-has been dedicated to giving New Yorkers a taste of Krishna for some twenty years. "Dishes Make Merchant a Taste Treat on Broadway," reads the headline of Warren Woodberry Jr.'s front-page story in New York Newsday. "Dozens of people wait patiently in line to be served from the busiest food cart during lunch time." Woodberry describes Abrams as a phenomenon, and praises his work in superlatives. And that's just one of many major articles-the New York Times and New York magazine also ran feature stories, acknowledging this distinct cart's culinary specialness. "It's not just because it's vegetarian," says Abrams. "It's because it's prasadam." (Click here for the full article)

House for sale in Alachua
by Grahila das
Posted July 27, 2004

PROPERTY FOR SALE IN ALACHUA: 5 Acres + 3 BR/2 BA Modular Home. Four miles from temple. Peaceful devotee neighborhood. MH - 1995 Homes of Merit / Forest Manor. Washer / Dryer / Dishwasher / Gas stove. Upgrade carpet. 6 inch walls and double windows for energy efficiency. Heat pump / AC (overhead ducts). Some fruit trees. 3.5 acres cleared for farming, partially irrigated. $74,000.

Tel. 386-462-6142 / Grahila.acbsp@pamho.net

Fall Festivals in Alachua Florida
by ISKCON Alachua
Posted July 26, 2004

The fall festival season in New Raman Reti, Alachua Florida, will begin this year on Aug 28. Please be sure to attend Alachua's famous and elaborate festivals. Due to the large population of resident devotees, over 600, we have plenty of helping hands and association. We generally attract hundreds of devotees from all over the southeastern United States. His Holiness Lokanatha Maharaja will be giving a week long discourse on Srimad Bhagavatam, beginning with Krsna's pastimes in Vrndavana, up to the killing of Kamsa. The series will include devotional songs, and dramas, and will go from Aug. 28 through Sept. 4. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Chariot festival at Utah temple

by Monica Joshi
Posted July 25, 2004

When Lord Jagannatha left his abode to go out into the world after recuperating from a cold, bagpipers, Indian classical dancers, and a few hundred devotees and on lookers were on hand to greet him. (Click here for the full article)

A reply to Bhagavat Purana das
by Jaya Govinda das
Posted July 24, 2004

I remain strict in my diet because Srila Prabhupada insisted we do so, and I've taken a vow to do so. And, if you study up on what Prabhupada said about the duty of a ksatriya, he stated several times that sometimes we must apply violence. Check the index in the back of your Bhagavad-Gita... (Click here for the full article)

Memoirs of a Modern-Day Ksatriya: Part Four
by Jaya Govinda das
Posted July 21, 2004

The mortars

The first ones hit just after midnight. Ever since we got to Camp Anaconda, mortars had become a daily occurrence and didn't affect us all that much. We'd hear them hit, and sometimes we'd feel the impact slightly, but it wouldn't really phase us. We had gotten quite used to them after the second or third day. But when these ones hit just outside our motor pool, it was a little closer than we were used to. (Click here for the full article)

A Question for Devotee Soldiers in Iraq
by Bhagavata-Purana das
Posted July 20, 2004

Just a little comment on the Memories of a Modern-day Ksatriya Part Three: What sense does it make to put so much effort in maintaining a strict vegetarian diet to avoid violence towards animals, while having no objections towards firing at and killing other human beings?

Jahnavi out of the hospital
by Indupati das
Posted July 18, 2004

By the mercy of the Guru, Vaisnavas and Sri Krishna, Jahnavi is has now been transferred out of the hospital and is now in Shands Rehab. She is able to speak (slowly and with difficulty) and can move around a little. (Click here for the full article)

Tamohara assumes helm of Child Protection Office
Letter submitted by Tamohara das
Posted July 17, 2004

As of June 2004, I began service as the Director of the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection (also known as the Association for the Protection of Vaisnava Children). I joined ISKCON in 1972 and took initiation from Srila Prabhupada. My interest in serving the devotee children stems from my time as President of the Bhaktivedanta Gurukula in California in the 1980's. More recently, I returned to school, and received a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology. Over the last ten years, I have been a faculty member and school administrator, managing graduate programs in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. This service is exciting to me, as it provides an opportunity to use this experience and interest in service to the Vaisnavas. (Click here for the full article)

Soldier-devotee evokes curiosity about Krishna
by Partha Sarathi das
Posted July 15, 2004

As you have read from my godbrother, Jaya Govinda prabhu, the holy name of Krishna has made it to the war-ravaged land of Iraq. There is so much preaching to be done. (Click here for the full article)

Latest update on Jahnavi
by Indupati das
Posted July 12, 2004

Jahnavi has now been moved out of intensive care. She is off the ventilator (although being supplemented with oxygen, and she still cannot speak because of the tracheal tube). She is sitting up, and is on a liquid diet. She is making good progress. (Click here for the full article)

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami
by Swami Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha
Posted July 11, 2004

On the occasion of the disappearance day of Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami (7 July 2004), The following is an excerpt from the book "Sri Chaitanya: His Life and Associates" by Srila Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja... (Click here for the full article)

Jahnavi update
by Indupati das
Posted July 8, 2004

Jahnavi is now conscious and is able to communicate (although she cannot speak because of the tracheal tube; she is still breathing with the respirator). She is still battling pneumonia and sepsis, but she is improving over time. She is not out of the woods yet, but she is headed in the right direction. (Click here for the full article)

House for sale in North Carolina
by Mukunda das
Posted July 7, 2004

I have a beautiful country home for sale in Prabhupada Village, Sandy Ridge, North Carolina. Located on top of the highest hill in our little devotee village and only a four-minute walk from the temple currently under construction, the house overlooks the whole valley, with the Appalachian Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. (Click here for the full article)

Update on Jahnavi's condition
by Indupati das
Posted July 5, 2004

On Friday, July 2, Jahnavi went into surgery to have her abdomen closed up. The procedure went well according to the surgeon. She is still in stable condition in intensive care. She is continuing the sepsis treatment with a drug called Xigris. She is still on the breathing machine, although now she has now had a tracheostomy. (Click here for the full article)

July 3rd & 4th DC Ratha Yatra Festival
Posted July 3, 2004

The ISKCON DC temple would like to invite one and all to the Washington DC Ratha Yatra Festival of India. The Festival site will be on the National Mall in DC in front of the Capitol Building (3rd St. between Jefferson & Madison Avenues). The festivities will begin on Saturday, July 3rd from 11 am to 5 pm. The Ratha Yatra parade will be on Sunday, July 4th. Festivities will continue throughout Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm. (Please see parade instructions below if you wish to participate in the procession). (Click here for the full article)

Religious Organizations Can Control Who Enters Their Property
by Akruranatha das
Posted July 2, 2004

Prabhupada dasa Adhikari's article about ISKCON's prohibition of Kirtanananda Swami from visiting ISKCON temples ("Kirtananda Release") not only questions the wisdom of the prohibition, but also appears to question its legality. Prabhupada dasa writes... (Click here for the full article)

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