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Ratha Yatra And Janamastami 2006- ISKCON Vancouver, August 12-16, 2006
by ISKCON Vancouver
Posted July 30, 2006



“Vancouver’s Rathya Yatra is rivaled only by Los Angeles” –Jaya Adwaita Swami
http://www.festival.iskcon.ca

Taking place in the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, this year’s Ratha Yatra and Janamastami in Vancouver provide an exciting and enjoyable experience for the entire family.

Ratha Yatra

Set against the breathtaking beaches of Stanley Park in Vancouver, Lord Jagannatha descends on the streets, bestowing his mercy to the people of Vancouver. Taking place on August 12th and 13th the Vancouver Rathya Yatra is the tenth stop on the Festival of India Tour. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
The Bhajan Kuti Case - Disturbed Krishna Bhaktas Start Sankirtan Yatra

by Translated from Dainik Jagran (Hindi daily - Mathura edition), Submitted by Basu Ghosh das, Baroda
Posted July 29, 2006

Krishna devotees, disturbed that the Bhajan Kuti of Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada Maharaj at the Radha Damodar Mandir, situated in Seva Kunj, has been sealed, on Monday began a program of harinam nagar sankirtan. Devotees from ISKCON said that until the locks of the sealed bhajan kuti were opened for the faithful, they would continue with their sankirtan yatra.

It must be noted that the dispute over the old bhajan kuti of Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, where worship was being conducted by the management of the ISKCON Krishna Balaram Mandir, (Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada's Siddhanta Tournament
by Atmavan das
Posted July 27, 2006

As a disciple of Srila Prabhupada dedicating my life to Prabhupada's mission, I have thought of one thing we could all do as a gesture of loyalty to our jagad-guru. Why not organize a grand debate to give new inspiration to the movement that we all participate in as our life's mission?

The purpose of this letter is to begin a discussion about the uncertain predicament for devotees facing apparently contradictory and ambiguous instructions from Srila Prabhupada. Among the multifarious and vast expanse of Prabhupada's instructions, which are the most essential? (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Chapter 11 Case - July 22, 2006
by Gupta das
Posted July 26, 2006

Q. Have compensation payments been sent out?

A. Yes, many checks have been sent and received, and others are in process of being mailed out. If do not receive your check by mid-August send an email to request@oxfordlaw.com - and be sure to include your legal name, Krishna name, mailing address and current telephone number.

Q. Why didn't I get my check yet?

A. To receive your check you must have an Address Confirmation form as well as a signed Release on file. (Click here for the full article)



On Sufficient Guidance
by Ananda das
Posted July 25, 2006

"On sufficient guidance" is a lengthy, well-argued treatise by Kailasa Chandra das that covers a range of topics of great interest to devotees. Kailasa Chandra prabhu, a pioneer debunker of both the now-repudiated "Zonal Acharya" concoction of 1978 and the discredited so-called rittvik movement of the mid-1980s, has written a thoroughgoing essay in which he promises to detail "the qualifications of the bona fide madhyama devotee, the rittvik concoction, and a discussion of the causes underlying the acceptance of an unqualified 'spiritual master'." His magnum opus largely succeeds. (Click here for the full article)



My Condolence To Ananda's Family
by Nandanandana Das ACBSP
Posted July 24, 2006

"It is the duty of the guardians of children to revive the divine consciousness dormant in them."-Bg. 7.15. Purport.

My condolence to Ananda's family. It was very painful news, I knew them from LA, they used to be a cheerful and simple family dedicated to serving Srila Prabhupada, like most of the families of the time. This should never happen in any Vaisnava family, as matter of fact to any family.

People like Bhavananda and Dhanurdhara are not swamis what to speak gurus. Where is a definition that would portray them as gurus? If some time they believed in Krishna consciousness it seems they lost that long time ago. How could Dhanurdhara possibly heal the gurukula victims? (Click here for the full article)



Festival of the Chariots
by ISKCON San Francisco
Posted July 22, 2006


We're celebrating the 40th Annual Festival of the Chariots in San Francisco on August 6, 2006! Its going to be lots of fun. Please come and invite your friends. We need volunteers too.

For more information:
Website: www.sfkrishna.com
Gabriel Foley, phone: 510-593-4741
email: festivalofthechariots@yahoo.com



Chakras?
by Ankush Singal
Posted July 20, 2006

Can somebody can tell me about chakras? It will be good if somebody can show me some references from Prabhupada's books on this subject.
Ankush Singal tellankush@gmail.com



In the News:
Hare Krishna At 40

by Michael Kress, Beliefnet.com
Posted July 19, 2006

Article in Beliefnet.com
Once reviled as a cult, they've abandoned airport proselytizing for life as a mainstream American denomination.
By Michael Kress
A version of this article ran in Newsweek.

If you think that Hare Krishnas disappeared when the Age of Aquarius ended, look in the next cubicle– they may be working in your office, wearing a suit, with a full head of hair. This week the Hare Krishnas celebrate their 40th anniversary, and they've joined the American mainstream.

Whereas devotees formerly were discouraged from maintaining ties with the outside world, (Click here for the full article)



Sanskrit Course
by Achyuta Krishna Das, igvt.hbg@gmail.com
Posted July 18, 2006

Shri Ranganatha Gaudiya Matha in Bangalore (India) is offering a 40 days (1 hr/day) course in Sanskrit language. This course will be based on Hari-namamrta Vyakarana, by Srila Jiva Gosvami. The course will be offered by audio conference call (possibly direct web cast also) every Sat 9am - 10:15a ET/New York time starting August 19. You can enroll for the course at www.bhaktiuniversity.com.

Course instructors will be: Sripad B V Dandi Maharaj, Sripad Vishnu Daivata Maharaj and Sripad Radhe Shyam Prabhu

About Hari-namamrta Vyakarana: Srila Jiva Gosvami, in order to please the Lord Caitanya composed a grammar in Sanskrit, in which all the rules of grammar were explained with examples that used the holy names of the Lord. (Click here for the full article)



Jalebi - New Devotee Band
by MiraBai dd (Shirley Marie Bradby)
Posted July 17, 2006

Yasodananda Das, Ramananda Roy Das and Shirley Marie Bradby (MiraBai Devi Dasi) are three enthusiastic devotees who have cooked up a fresh batch of devotional music filled with various tasty ingredients like traditional Indian music, a bit of soul and funk, a pinch of pop technology...... and offered it all to Sri Krsna! Now it is ready to be served to everyone around the world....... hot and sweet just like the famous Indian sweet snack called * jalebi* after which the band is named! Hmm...absolutely scrumptious! Sri Krsna Prasadam ki Jaya!

Jalebi music and songs are ready to be tried and tasted at www.download.com/jalebi

(Click here for the full article)



Job Opportunity
by Chaitanya Chandra das
Posted July 16, 2006

I'm looking for a devotee for the following job.

  • Place: Ireland
  • Job: Framing and General Building Maintenance and Improvement.
  • Skills needed: Should be good with your hands. Carpentry experience and general building experience a must.
  • Period: Negotiable, from August 2006
  • Payment: Negotiable. You will get free board and lodging, and will be able to save most of what you earn.

Contact.
Chaitanya Chandra das
cspelman@indigo.ie



Childhood's End Comes Suddenly for Some
by Ananda das, Victoria, B.C.
Posted July 15, 2006


Photo: Ghulam Haider, 11, had to give up her dream of becoming a teacher and was instead forced to marry 40-year-old Faiz Mohammed. (Photo by Stephanie Sinclair, from New York Times)

A harrowing article in the New York TImes relates how Afghani families, driven by severe poverty, have forced girl children to marry at ages as young as 13 or even 11. The article, accompanied by haunting photographs, describes how an 11-year-old has been forced into polygamous marriage to a 55-year-old man who already has several children older than his pre-pubescent "bride." (Click here for the full article)



Devotees In Stark County Ohio?
by Josh Godasa
Posted July 14, 2006

Thanks to Chakra.org for this venue with great potential to develop bhakti by associating online with devotees near and far.

I am living in Massillon, Ohio. Fortuately I am only a few hours from the Columbus Krishna House, and the wonderful devotees in that congregation; however, it would still be delightful if I could meet any more devotees in the Stark County area. I have already been blessed with the chance of meeting one devotee prabhu living in Canton, and he knows two others invloved in Krishna Consciousness in the vicinity. If you or someone you know is a devotee of Lord Sri Krishna in Stark County please send me an email if it pleases you at the following address: jbruner.1@go.ccad.edu.



Harmony In Diversity
by Sukhada dasa
Posted July 13, 2006

"Faithfully distributing that which another has drawn down from the infinite should in time bear the fruit of enabling such a distributor in time to draw down something himself. This is the fruit of the seed that Sri Guru plants in the heart of the disciple." (Swami B. V. Tripurari)

In a recent article, Udayananda prabhu attempts to establish that Swami B.V. Tripurari is displeasing his Guru, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and that his deviations from the guru-parampara make him not only unfit to be a spiritual master but dangerous to the society of devotees. This article will show how the various quotes Udayananda prabhu uses to establish his points are misapplied and how his allegations are false. It will establish that Swami B. V. Tripurari is a faithful and dedicated follower of Srila Prabhupada and the guru-parampara. (Click here for the full article)



Bird's Eye View Darshan Possible!
by kamalasan das
Posted July 12, 2006

Anyone feeling the pangs of separation from Sri Vrindaban Dhaam?

Maby you've never been there...and would like to see Sri Govardhan Hill for the first time?

Thanks to "Google" anyone with a computer and a good internet connection can do it.

Google offers free software named "Google Earth" enabling you to access a hudge data base of satellite photos that stream seamlessly into a bird's eye like pan-view of Earth's surface... including many (not all) high deffinition views of towns, cities, etc...

The free software is available for down-load at: earth.google.com

At that web-site... you click-on: *Get Google Earth* (free version) (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Interim Decision From the GBC Executive Commitee Concerning Dhanurdhara Swami

by Dandavats.com, July 8, 2006
Posted July 11, 2006

Article at Dandavats.com

The GBC Executive Committee has made an interim decision that Dhanurdhara Swami will not give initiation (harinama or gayatri) in ISKCON. They have sent this proposal to the full GBC for a vote on permanent ratification.

Furthermore, the GBC Executive Committee directs Dhanurdhara Swami to spend 50% of his time in working to heal the victims of ISKCON Gurukulas. (Click here for the full article)



Deadbeats In ISKCON
by Varnadi das
Posted July 10, 2006

The topic of child abuse goes straight to the heart. It involves the most vulnerable members of society and, as such, deserves all the public exposure it can get -- if not as a deterrent, then at least to raise awareness. By now most devotees are aware of the sexual, physical and emotional abuse that has taken place in ISKCON, but I'd like to draw attention to a much-neglected and underestimated extension of this problem. Although it is not categorized on the same level as sexual or physical abuse, I think neglect and abandonment of a child falls under the umbrella of abuse, too. (Click here for the full article)



Independence Day With Prabhupada
by Jayo das
Posted July 9, 2006

On this celebration of USA's Independence I want to share a glorious moment in time with you. On July 4th, 1976, we drove Srila Prabhupada to the Virginia side of the Tidal Basin -across from Washington D,C. -to watch the grand firework display for the country's two hundredth birthday. They were truly spectacular and Srila Prabupada remarked, "This is a big Agni Hotra!" (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Best Charity Float Was With Hare Krishna Runners-up for the Cup At the City Carnival!

by Richard Wyndham
Posted July 7, 2006


WITH its football theme - and what else in World Cup year - it was fitting that two local soccer sides should scoop the top honours at the year's Milton Keynes Carnival.

Now in its 18th year the event was larger than ever and attracted even more crowds along the city centre route on Sunday. (Click here for the full article)



Tripurari Swami
by Udayananda dasa ACBSP
Posted July 6, 2006

I have been asked to address an unpleasant situation that has recently come to a disturbing head. Over the years I have been made privy to information which is less than pleasant and may be disturbing to the minds of loving followers, disciples and grand-disciples, of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupada. I am specifically speaking about one of our Godbrother who left Srila Prabhupada's movement many years ago to start his own movement. I am referring to Tripurari Swami who recently performed an initiation ceremony in North Carolina, which took people, being cultivated by Iskcon devotees to his own society known as the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society.

I have known Tripurari Maharaja for many years, and was pleased to have distributed Srila Prabhupada's books with him on occasion at the Chicago O'Hare airport back in 1974. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Rathayatra Celebrated By ISKCON Chicago

by Girish Parikh, India Post
Posted July 5, 2006


CHICAGO: The annual Rathayatra (the Chariot Festival) of ISKCON Chicago Hare Krishna Temple was celebrated last week here. Rathayatra started at 1:30 pm at the crossing of Ridge and Devon and proceeded to Warren Park where there was a festival of India.

The murtis of Lord Balaram, Subhadra Ji (sister of Sri Krishna), Lord Jagannath; and Srila Prabhupada were carried in the 40-feet chariot. Jagannath means Lord of the Universe. Indeed, Sri Krishna is Jagannath. The deeper meaning of Rathayatra is: Bring Sri Krishna to the Vrindavan of your heart in the chariot of your body. (Click here for the full article)



Petition for the Supreme Court To Enforce the Elections of GBC Every 3 Years
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa
Posted July 3, 2006

(Anonymity available)
Please Click here to sign the
Petition for GBC Elections

This is a Petition for the Supreme Court of NY and for the International Courts to Enforce Srila Prabhupada's Direction of Management (D.O.M.) Documents and the Elections of all GBC Therein.

Today I read a letter from Dhanurdhara, where he states that he is leaving because of all the opposition to his personal past as a child abuser. What does it mean for Dhanurdhara to leave ISKCON? Nothing. In a few months, he will be giving classes and sitting on a vyasasana of some kind, at our temples. (Click here for the full article)



The Direction of Management (DOM)
by Mahesh Raja
Posted July 2, 2006

With respect to Shakuntala devi dasi's proposal to implement the Direction of Management in ISKCON is perfectly reasonable and sensible case. Srila Prabhupada himself refered to it on occasions.

The two positive points in this are:

  1. Temple president can not be removed whimsically by the GBC. It necceitates for the Temple members to decide that.
  2. The commissioners(GBC) will serve for a period of 3 years, and they may be re-elected at the end of this period.

Srila Prabhupada left a thorough management structure of governance in ISKCON. Not only that he himself applied it as the following letters show: (Click here for the full article)



The Passing of Sahadeva Sakha Dasa
by Rhonda Benoit
Posted July 1, 2006

Just a few words in regard to Sahadeva Sakha dasa (Steve Podlewski) who recently (June 15) left his body.

I was fortunate to have met Steve almost two years ago. We grew quite close. I saw him throughout his radiation and chemo treatments. I drove him to the hospital back in January and was there with him when he was told that he had cancer. We walked out of the hospital, both stunned and holding hands, both lost in our own thoughts about what was going to happen next. Even though he had just been dealt a blow, his face lit up as we were leaving the hospital as we walked behind someone holding a baby. Steve loved little babies! To me that said so much. (Click here for the full article)



  Satsvarupa Speaks
by Siddhanta das (ACBSP)
Posted July 30, 2006


Illumination Television brings you another “Memories of Srila Prabhupada” DVD Part 46 featuring Satsvarupa das Goswami. Upon the urging of Giriraj Swami, Satsvarupa das Goswami sat down and recollected his early days with Srila Prabhupada. There are many life lessons to be learned from this DVD and we urge all devotees to make this a part of their video collection. Below is one story from the DVD:

Satsvarupa das Goswami: I had a thing that I wanted to get special attention and I wouldn’t go forward unless I was given it. So I knew that Prabhupada had Sunday morning feasts and I also knew that he had morning classes (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Best Disciples
by Madhavananda das ACBSP 1970
Posted July 29, 2006

With the advent of streaming video on the web (for those who have the luxury of a high speed connection), it is most wonderful to re-visit with Srila Prabhupada's best SanKirtan preachers. Srila Prabhupada was taught by our ParamaGurudeva Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura that nothing is to be rejected, but all is to be Utilized in Sri Sri Radha and Krishnas' Seva. This 'Yukta Vairagya' includes the Internet.

Acknowledgement goes to www.secretjeevas.com for establishing www.vishnujana.com and searching for and finding rare audio and video (Click here for the full article)



Please Be Aware...
by Jusaniya devi dasi Board of Directors
Posted July 27, 2006

For those who are not yet aware of our project, Vaisnavas C.A.R.E., Inc. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally ill and Their Families), we are a non-profit organization formed by disciples of Srila Prabhupada in 2001 to assist devotees with end-of-life, hospice needs. We have a network of devotees worldwide who volunteer in many capacities. Among other services, we provide basic, hospice training seminars to meet the growing needs in our ISKCON society. Our website is: www.vaisnavascare.com

(Click here for the full article)



Burning Man Festival
by Nitai dasa
Posted July 26, 2006


Later this summer devotees will be setting up a Krishna Camp at the annual Burning Man Festival. Burning Man is a week-long festival with international draw, held annually. This years festival dates are August 28 to September 4th. Its current location is on the playa of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, 90 miles (150 km) north-northeast of Reno. The temporary city (housing 36,500 residents in 2005) is put forth as an experiment in community, radical self expression, and radical self reliance. The culmination of the event is the burcning of a large wooden sculpture of a man on Saturday night, the sixth night of the event. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Love for His Disciples
by Sailendriya devi dasi (ACBSP 1973)
Posted July 25, 2006

Thank you Anumatta Prabhu for such a nice reminder. I have also been reading Srila Prabhupada's correspondence on the Vedabase recently and it is very humbling. It is impossible to understand the depth of Srila Prabhupada's compassion for all living entities, otherwise why would he trouble himself at such an advanced age to come to the west to deliver us. Prabhupada was always trying to engage us in Krsna's service in spite of our protests. He would even tolerate us doing what we wanted just to protect us from the offense of disobedience to him. (Click here for the full article)



Installation of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram, Sunday, August 13th 2006 Queens, New York
by SKC Mandir, Queens, NY
Posted July 24, 2006

The Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mandir ( ISKCON Devotees ) of Queens, New York City cordially invites everyone to the archa installation of their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balaram. The installation takes place on Sunday 13th August 2006, 6:00 p.m., at the SKC Mandir, 111-14 101 Avenue, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419; the Deities of Their Lordships are life size, and are same size as the deities at the Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir, Vrndavana, India.

The installation will include a Mahaabhishek with sacred ShyamaKund and RadhaKund water, circum ambulation of Their Lordships, and the offering of 108 preparations. (Click here for the full article)



Hare Krishna Devotee Guest House In New Delhi for Devotees
by Hari das
Posted July 22, 2006

HARE KRISHNA DEVOTEE GUEST HOUSE FOR DEVOTEES PASSING THROUGH SRI MAYAPUR DHAM SRI, JAGGANATH PURI DHAM, SRI VRINDAVAN DHAM


. We have excellent accomodations available at New Delhi for those devotees passing through New Delhi to "SRI JAGGANATH PURI DHAM Sri Vrindavan Dham, Sri Mayapur Dham,Sri Pandarpur Dham (Sri Sri Vittala Rukmini) Sri Dwaraka Dham,Sri Keddarnath, Badrinath Dham and other many Holy places. (Click here for the full article)



New Vrindaban Ratha Yatra Report
by Hari dasa
Posted July 20, 2006


Bringing the Lord Home-New Vrindaban Ratha Yatra 2006
www.dandavats.com/?p=461

Why does it happen ever year without fail? Lord Jagannatha on His birthday gets one hell of a feast as well as a birthday abhiseka, but he ALWAYS gets sick and has to rest along with His Brother Baladeva and His Sister Subhadra. This year, after His bath, The Lord was taken to a cabin and was looked after by his nurse Kunjabiharini dd until He got well again to resume His royal duties such as His yearly Ratha Yatra parade. (Click here for the full article)



Scholarships To Bhaktivedanta College
by Romapada Swami and Chaitanya Mangala das
Posted July 19, 2006

Since our meeting in Alachua this May, several devotees have been working on a succession-of-leadership initiative. One of the fruits of that discussion was to provide scholarships for formal leadership and management training, which is the first nine months' focus for the Bhaktivedanta College three-year degree. Mentorship with successful leaders is another key area that we have been discussing.

Regarding the scholarship program, we have an Acrobat PDF flyer available for download which we would like you to post publicly and to announce in whatever fashion you feel is best. (Click here for the full article)



FFL Brooklyn
by Bhakta Cosmo
Posted July 18, 2006

Srila Prabhupada once said that no one should be hungry within a ten mile radius of a temple. So a few devotees from Radha Govinda Mandir's Congragation have started a Food For Life Program. We go out every saturday. We mainly give out fruits that have been offered to Radha Govindaji. We sometimes also give out cooked Prasadam and Lemonade. We are in want of a few items to expand or reach a portable DVD player with atleast a six hour battery life, a digital camera 3megapixles or higher, and a docking station for the camera. If you are willing to contribute please send donations to Cosmo Jr 941 Pacific Street Brooklyn New York 11238. I can also be reached by telephone (646)675-8342.



I Beg Your Pardon....
by Chaitanya Mangala dasa
Posted July 17, 2006

Jaya Advaita Swami has been posting on his website a series titled, "Can One Who Has Sinned Be a Saint?" In this series he highlights verses and purports that focus on how people who perform sinful acts can redeem themselves by chanting the Holy Names. The premise is that sincere prayer to the Lord will burn up all negative reactions. These quotes accurately convey what to do if one becomes polluted by sinful activities and wants to become freed from them.

There is ample philosophical support that if in the course of doing their duties Vaishnavas transgress material laws the mercy of the Lord may mitigate their reactions. (Click here for the full article)



It Is Time for the Truth – It Is Time To Clean House!
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa
Posted July 16, 2006

This is collection of facts, which I plan to expand on and publish, and which will prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that we have allowed and encouraged the leaders to build a socially reinforced insanity. This will show all of you the dire need for elections of the GBC that Srila Prabhupada ordered officially with his own hand, on more than one occasion, as his absolute instruction that the GBC be re-elected every three years. (www.iskcontoday.org)

A year ago, myself and a group of devotees from various camps negotiated leaving all other agendas behind to pursue the Direction of Management (D.O.M.) document and the order for GBC elections therein by Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)



Free Cd-rom Drive
by Dayananda dasa
Posted July 15, 2006

I Would Like to Donate an External CD-Rom Drive & 64M memory. The CD-Rom drive is external, read-only; case is 10" x 6.5" x 2", sturdy. USB only with cable included. Powered externally (not by computer), and with power adapter included.

The memory is IBM *33L3072* 64MB Pc133 SDRAM 168-Pin Dimm Standard Non-ECC.

Shipping free. First come, first served, except that priority will be given in this order to

  1. Gurukuli
  2. Use for book distribution
  3. Use for preaching
  4. Devotional service-general

Contact dayananda@msn.com



In the News:
Multi-faith Memorial Service for the Victims of the Mumbai Explosions

by HINDU FORUM OF BRITAIN
Posted July 14, 2006

13 July 2006 - The Hindu Forum of Britain is to hold a multi-faith memorial service to remember the victims of the Mumbai bombings on Friday 14 July at 7.30 pm at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in Watford. Spiritual leaders from different faith communities in the UK will chant prayers in, Sanskrit, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Punjabi, Tibetan and Prakrit.

The event will be hosted by ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple, at Bhaktivedanta Manor, Dharam Marg, Off Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Watford, WD25 8EZ (Click here for the full article)



A Broader Social Movement
by Vasu Murty
Posted July 13, 2006

When Srila Prabhupada established the ISKCON Life Membership program, he made it clear that there is a place within ISKCON for devotees unprepared to lead a life of full-time religious service. Srila Prabhupada was very loving and kind. He wanted everyone--saints and sinners alike--to receive the Lord's mercy in the form of books, prasadam, the holy name and devotional service:

"...if you want to be a family man--if you cannot dedicate twenty-four hours daily--then earn money and use it to spread Krishna consciousness... if you cannot earn money, then use your intelligence. There is so much intellectual work to do--publication, research, and so on. If you cannot do that, then utilize your words to tell people about Krishna...So where is the scarcity of opportunities? You can serve Krishna in any capacity, provided you want to serve." (Chicago, July 1975) (Click here for the full article)



Oil Paintings Wholesale
by Madhavi devi dasi
Posted July 12, 2006

I am one of a congregation in Hong Kong and I would like to offer this service to devotees worldwide, especially householders. I can help to bring them to China to source oil paintings and all items. Pls. contact me at the following emails: brianyoga@yahoo.com.hk minnachiu@hgcbroadband.com



Krishna Music At Averagesoul.net
by Michael Cassidy
Posted July 11, 2006


Mangalananda and Yamini offer digital downloads, webcasts, and performance dates on their new website: AverageSoul.net. The site includes "Krishna Pastimes" (for children) by Yamini, songs by Gayatri dasa (Murari Band), songs by Average Soul, and all CDs by Mangalananda. DDs from 25cents.



Celebrate ISKCON's 40th Anniversary!
by ISKCON New York
Posted July 10, 2006

This year, 2006, marks the 40th anniversary of the Incorporation of the ISKCON movement. To celebrate, ISKCON of New York, Brooklyn and ISKCON 26 2 nd Ave are combining forces to put together a terrific celebration on July 15-16, 18 2006. We eagerly invite all devotees to take part in this transcendental celebration. We will be hearing from Srila Prabhupada's disciples, many senior devotees, and from the writings and memoirs of the devotees who were present during the early days of the Hare Krishna Movement. If you would like to volunteer for, or contribute towards any of these events, please contact the following numbers: (Click here for the full article)



Banish Sidesteppers
by Bhagavati dasi
Posted July 9, 2006

My prayers are with all of the young adults who were children of ISKCON. May they find the peace of mind and inner strength to overcome the past and build successful lives.My hopes and prayers as a mother are that all of our sons and daughters may find success and spiritual happiness in this life.

As for those who think that they are still Gurus, let them reconsider their position in light of our great teacher's words, "Guru means teacher.A teacher is one who teaches by example, not by precept." (Srila Prabhupada, Los Angeles Temple, 1973) (Click here for the full article)



Best of Memories
by Siddhanta das, www.prabhupada.tv
Posted July 7, 2006


Now the “Memories of Srila Prabhupada” video series presents the “Best of Memories” with 50 devotees presenting their personal anecdotes of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami in a 90 minute presentation on DVD! Although it was hard to cull out what might be considered the best out of over 70 hours of nectar, this DVD is jam packed with memories that will bring laughter and tears to any viewer and is especially good for anyone not familiar with Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental qualities or any devotee not familiar with the “Memory” series.

Those devotees featured are:

(Click here for the full article)



Misidentification
by Visakha dasi
Posted July 6, 2006

Kindly clarify to your readers that the Visakha dasi who wrote:

"I read several articles about Dhanurdhara Swami. I am wondering if there is any doubt in this person's mind that ..." (Posted June 8, 2006.)

is not me, the Visakha dasi who is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, but another Visakha dasi.



In the Blog World:
The Play's the Thing

by Bhakta Wallace
Posted July 5, 2006


In William Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," in order to avenge the death of his father, Hamlet decides to stage a play before the new king, his father's brother, by which Hamlet shows how his father was poisoned by his envious brother thus setting up a prelude to the play's final bloody climax.

Stage plays can be very powerful tools and an ideal way to present the points of view of the writer enabling the masses to imbibe messages in an emotional and kinetic manner be they didactic, political, propagandistic or religious.

Over the years within ISKCON there have been many wonderful attempts at performing plays from the Vedic literatures and they have been very well received. (Click here for the full article)



Positive Articles
by Ekabuddhi das
Posted July 3, 2006

I am writing to implore everyone to read the posting from Jayadvaita Swami "Scapegoat" It is the best posting to date I have read by a leader in Iskcon. I had been intending to write an article agreeing with Dhanadhuras statement that he felt himself a victim of the gbc. I am sure he was....this does not however excuse his separate behavior towards students......and I also implore every single devotee in the world, leaders and simple disciples to read with an open mind the thoughts expressed by the students of the gurukulas.

For the sake of our individual souls and for the sake of our group consciousness and karma, full, complete, compassionate attention must finally be given to this blight on our institution. (Click here for the full article)



Special DVD Available Online
by Sri Vrindavan (Das.BTS)
Posted July 2, 2006


Now available for purchase online at www.btswami.com/?id=253.

We are very pleased to announce the DVD release of

"H.H. B.T. Swami's final lesson as told by H.H. Radhanath Swami"

This also includes "Spiritual Warrior Tribute" bonus footage that captures the mood of HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami.

By popular demand, this highly devotional offering to HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami is available for the benefit of all to see, hear, and relish. Special footage of Maharaja that truly captures his very unique transcendental mood has now been included in the same DVD. We are requesting a donation of $20.00 ($2.50 postage extra). Your contribution will be entirely applied to the Gita Nagari Pushpa Samadhi Fund. (Click here for the full article)



Editing the Unchangeable Truth
by Jayadvaita Swami
Posted July 1, 2006

Editing the Unchangeable Truth, an article by Jayadvaita Swami, gives an overview of the editorial history of the books of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The article first appeared in ISKCON Communications Journal.

The article offers considerable historical information, much of it not generally known. You may also download or print the entire article if you wish.



  Arcana-paddhati Wanted
by Jagat Karta das
Posted July 30, 2006

I am looking for a copy of Arcana-paddhati that was published in the late seventies. If anyone has an extra copy to sell, please email me. Thank you, dandavat pranams to all the Vaisnavas. jagatkarta@yahoo.com



Looking for a Guru
by Patrice Waga
Posted July 29, 2006

Thank you so much for reading this article. My plea is on how and where to find a diksa guru as I feel a bit lost and confused. Here in my region we are not blessed to be seeing so many Gurus. So my humble request is to get contacts of the Gurus and other devotees who are in the same dilemma through Chakra. Haribol.



Hon. Chris Carter, Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Unveils '1 Million Dollar' Painting At Auckland Hare Krishna Temple
by Ketan Patel and Lakshmi Patel
Posted July 27, 2006

The Auckland Hare Krishna Temple is approaching Krishna devotees and well wishers in New Zealand and across the world in order to raise NZD 1 million within the next month to make the new Radha Giridhari Temple, Auckland, mortgage - free.

The Hon. Chris Carter, Minister for Ethnic Affairs, visited the Hare Krishna Temple on July 23, 2006 and unveiled a smaller version of the "1 million dollar Krishna painting" by renowned Ukrainian artist Dina Bandhu Das. The painting will be auctioned during the "Janmashtami" celebrations, Lord Krishna's birthday on August 16, 2006. The same painting will be reproduced on a wall measuring 4.17 metres x 2.82 metres in the temple's main worship hall. The temple is calling for sponsors to donate upto $1 million towards this painting. (See www.iskconnz.com/1million for details.) (Click here for the full article)



Nama Yajna
by Ananda Vrindavana, Principal, Bhaktivedanta Gurukula & International School
Posted July 26, 2006

The High School students of Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School in Vrindavan, along with some visiting alumin, held a nama yajna in memory of Anand McClure on Saturday night, July 22nd.

The students gathered on the central lawn of the Gurukula, where Anand attended in the 1980's. After a small talk by Gurukula Director Ananda Vrindavaneswari devi dasi, Brajaraja das opened the yajna with the bhajan, Saparshada-bhagavad-viraha-janita-vilapa. Brajaraj, a former student who is now one of the High School asram teachers, is well known for his melodious and devotional singing. This beautiful prayer led us into the Maha Mantra with students surrounding the lead singer Caitanya, Grade 12. (Click here for the full article)



The Circle of Care
by Satyavati devi dasi Bornholz, RN, Triple Springs, North Carolina
Posted July 25, 2006

Given the importance of focusing one's mind on Krsna during the last moments of life, it's no surprise that the hospice movement carries great importance in Vaisnava society. However, before we leave our bodies, we have a lot of living to do in them, and as those bodies get older, they require more care.

There does not seem to be much of an interest in long-term, convalescent, skilled nursing or custodial care in our society. Perhaps because it is just now that we're seeing the reality of aging and disease, or perhaps because just no one's thought of it; but a great and urgent need is going to exist very shortly, if not immediately, for this kind of facility for devotees. (Click here for the full article)



Spiritual Journeys In India
by Jay Govinda Dasa
Posted July 24, 2006

I'm a devotee living in Vrindaban. Recently I opened a Website about making spiritual journeys in India. It's meant for devotees or spiritual minded people, who want to visit sacred temples, tirthas, Dhamas and other wonderful places of our beloved India in peace, with good company of other likeminded people. There's volunteer yoga sessions included and more.

I worked for a European travel agency for about six years, as a tour leader and travel guide for making ordinary mundane journeys in India, but I got so disheartened with it and therefore decided to begin something closer to my heart and soul. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Love
by Anuttama das (ACBSP 1972, not on the GBC)
Posted July 22, 2006

Many of you never met Srila Prabhupada and those of us who where his students didn't have much exchange with him except for public classes or morning walks. Prabhupada never told me directly that he loved me but I know he did. Sirla Prabhupada had 5000 diciples/children so it difficult to express yourself with each one as closely as he would of like to. This morning I was reading Srila Prabhupada's early letters to his disciples and I came accross one I wanted to share with you. (Click here for the full article)



In the Blog World:
Seeking Sponsors

by Bhakta Wallace
Posted July 20, 2006


The Vedic Theatre Company seeks funding to develop it's current roster of plays of which two have never been seen in ISKCON before. One of the plays, originally performed in 1987, is being revived with a new vision. Ideally, we are seeking interested producers and sponsors and they may visit the following site for more info:
vedic108.blogspot.com

This will take you to the links that will preview the plays. At the same time we are developing a very ambitious play about the life of Lord Caitanya entitled, "Moon of Navadvipa" for the Summer of 2007.



Tulasi Plants Available
by Prema Devi Dasi
Posted July 19, 2006

We have many new born Tulasi plants, who are looking for a new place to grow in. Her Holiness, Tulasi Devi, is very dear to Lord Krishna, and we would love to give Her freely to willing devotees.

Bhaktivedanta Vedic Church
96 Ave B, New York, NY 10009
646-436-7010
Attn: Prema devi dasi



Prabhupada´s Toothpaste
by Stefan Lundblad
Posted July 18, 2006

Prabhupada´s toothpaste is now available in the EU.
Please visit www.allveggie.se for more information.



The Protection of Innocents - a Response To Ameyatma
by Niscala dasi
Posted July 17, 2006

There has recently been some internet preaching initiated by Ameyatma Dasa, in support of the arranged marriage of girls at a very young age. The argument he gives is that it is what Manu Samhita as well as Srila Prabhupada have recommended. This needs to be addressed, as there are certain important considerations to be taken into account in this regard.

The purpose of the recommendation given in Manu Samhita to marry girls at a very young age is to guarantee their protection in a physical, emotional and spiritual sense. Few sections of even our current western society would think this a bad thing. (Click here for the full article)



Website Development
by Chaitanya Chandra das
Posted July 16, 2006

Wanted: Website developer.
Can be in any country.
Please contact Chaitanya Chandra das at cspelman@indigo.ie for more information.



Land for Sale In Spain
by Krsna-Prema Dasa
Posted July 15, 2006

2500m2 of land for sale in beautiful location in south Spain overlooking the Tropical Coast of Granada. The land is located near other devotees properties. The sea is just 12km away. The land has olive trees, fruit trees, vineyards and irrigation water throughout the year. The land has a small cottage that needs to be repaired or it can be built a new one.

The area of Lanjaron is famous for its many sources of natural spring water.

Price: 73000 euros

For more info and pictures please email Krsna-Prema Dasa at krsnaprema108@hotmail.com



Respect
by Priya McManus
Posted July 14, 2006

Hello, I am writing in response to the numerous articles posted on this website about my brother's death. I think it is very interesting how instead of reading of memories of a brother I sadly barely knew, I am reading everyone else's story. I saw one headline about how "we let him down", and guess what? You are right, you did. Most of his friends knew that my brother Ron and I existed, but even after his death no effort was made to contact us, and while he was alive, no effort was made to help him. My brother had a lot of issues, and he would flit in and out of my life, cause problems and leave. As much as this hurt, I would try to find him and no one would know where he was. Even though I tried every few years, all of his old "gurukula friends" had no idea how to locate him, but would be quick to tell me what a loser my brother was. (Click here for the full article)



Re: 'Questioning the Guru System'
by Raghunatha Puri das
Posted July 13, 2006

Other than showing that frustrations with the current system can lead to impersonalism, what is the value of publishing in a devotee forum an article whose main point is that no guru should be worshipped?

Not only is "former Bhakta Mike's" tone completely cynical, but practically all the views expressed are completely at variance with Srila Prabhupada's teachings.

I appreciate the importance of thoughtful, insightful articles (Click here for the full article)



Open Letter To Dhanurdhara Disciple
by Marcus Laurence
Posted July 12, 2006

Dear Caitanya Bhagavat;

I was very taken aback by your recent posting in defense of your gurudeva. Although you make some very good points in relation to how the greater-society should view the case/situation, I could`nt help but feel that the entire thing was self-motivated.

For example, in the beginning you state, "How could message boards change my life so drastically?" Perhaps you felt it was a ploy to deny you something you feel you are entitled to?

Next you say that the case is closed as far as "Maharaja" is concerned. Do you feel that true remorse and humility is something that you can turn on and off like a tap? (Click here for the full article)



Watch 'Hare Krishna Bus Tour - New York Ratha Yatra, 5th Ave Parade' on Google Video
by RasaFilms.com
Posted July 11, 2006

The beginning of the Bus Tour, watch as the NYC Brooklyn temple gears up for one of the most amazing festivals of the year. Hare Krishna teens travel on an adventure tour around North America every summer, helping to set up festivals, camp at ... all » National Parks, hike up mountains, swim wild rivers, surf oceans and have exhilarating fun. They take two buses on this ultimate road trip across the USA, Canada and Mexico, covering 14,000 miles in two months. In this episode we see them at Atlanta Ratha-yatra (Festival of Chariots). For all episodes in this series, visit www.Krishna.com/festivals/

If you're having trouble watching the video, try copying the following URL into your browser: Click Here



2006 Panihati Festival Photos
by Sikhi Mahiti das
Posted July 10, 2006


Please visit www.e-vedas.com/panihati/index.html to read the highlights and see photos & video from the 30th annual Panihati Festival at New Panihati dham, ISKCON Atlanta, GA, USA.



In Defense of Tripurari Swami
by Madan Gopal das
Posted July 9, 2006

I would like to respond to the charges that Udayananda das has levelled against Tripurari Swami in his recent article. First, I would like to thank him for the opportunity to do some research in our rich Gaudiya tradition and for the invaluable exercise of intelligence in discriminating good philosophy from sentiment. I recommend it to one and all. Additionally, I am grateful for the opportunity to defend a Vaishnava against unwarranted criticism.

The alleged 1995 Krsna Balarama Swami tape that Udayananda prabhu extensively quotes from is not in Swami B.V. Tripurari's tape ministry, so I was not able to verify the accuracy, the context or even the existence of such a tape. (Click here for the full article)



Vaisisekha's Book Seminar DVD
by Nrsimhananda dasa
Posted July 7, 2006

Book Distribution Seminars


The purpose of this DVD is to help devotees everywhere in their quest to learn and/or perfect the art of book distribution. And for those who cannot directly distribute books, but who like to assist others, it is meant as an inspiration. Besides asking that his books be widely and profusely distributed, Srila Prabhupada often encouraged his followers to become expert in presenting his books. In the following except from a letter Srila Prabhupada wrote to Bali Mardan in 12/31/72 he describes book distribution as a "great art": (Click here for the full article)



House And Land In Alachua
by Ganga devi dasi
Posted July 6, 2006

For Sale: Large 5 bdrm, 4 1/2 bath 2-story 25 year-old house in Alachua, Florida with wood floors and big rooms. On 20 acres nice quiet hilltop land, very near New Raman Reti temple and devotees. Please contact Ganga at 1-(386)-462-7960 or 352-745-0840 if you are interested.



The Chakra Survival Guide
by Niscala dasi
Posted July 5, 2006

Chaitanya Bhagavat writes that in relation to his guru Dhanurdhara Swami, nothing has changed since 2000, with one exception:

"the only thing that has happened since then is that certain people who are clearly unfamiliar with the actual case file have begun to post on message boards, demanding Dhanurdhara Swami leave ISKCON."

How could he have so totally overlooked the fact that since that time, one of Dhanurdhara's victims has just put a gun to his head???

How could this not result in "charged emotion" except in those who are bereft of any humanity? (Click here for the full article)



Oil Painting Wholesale
by Prema Manjari d.d.
Posted July 3, 2006

I have recently established myself in the oil painting wholesale business and would like to offer oil paintings at a very good price to the devotees who are dealing in this field. Many overseas devotees take so much trouble to come to HK to buy oil paintings. I am good at bargaining and Chinese is my mother tongue. Therefore I can get cheaper prices for the paintings and resell them to devotees at a competitive price. That will save them a great deal of energy in negotiating with wholesalers and instead allow them to focus on their sale. Please kindly contact me at premamanjaridd@yahoo.com.hk



Srila Prabhupada To the Rescue
by Shyamasundara dasa
Posted July 2, 2006

In her recent Chakra Posting "'Never Leave ISKCON', They Say" Bhaktin Sara says, "There must be some practical way we can have a voice in taking down from leadership an unqualified leader."

I am pleased to be able to inform Bhaktin Sara that such a mechanism was put firmly in place by Srila Prabhupada on July 28th 1970, but it was shelved by the GBC. It is called the Direction of Management and it is a voting system. Democracy is only "demon-crazy" when the voters are unqualified. But if the voters are practicing devotees, then Srila Prabhupada endorsed democracy.

Srila Prabhupada's original signed Direction of Management document can be viewed on the internet by clicking here. (Click here for the full article)



34th Annual Toronto Ratha Yatra
by Adikurma Das
Posted July 1, 2006


What could be more festive than a colorful Parade with the Lord of the Universe, free feast, a ferry ride, free concerts and meeting your devotee friends? Yes! It is a total spiritual package of glorifying Lord Jagannatha and association of devotees for two consecutive days in the heart of Toronto. Welcome to 34th Annual Toronto Ratha-Yatra. It is a real experience. If you haven’t tasted it yet, this is your chance to experience the largest Ratha Yatra in North America with over 35,000 attendees every year.

Venue dates: July 15-16, 2006 (Click here for the full article)



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