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June 2006
Petition to the GBC (Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse in ISKCON)

Disciple Defends Dhanurdhara
by Caitanya Bhagavat das
Posted June 30, 2006

Déjà vu. Nothing has changed since 2000 when I was by initiated by Dhanurdhara Swami under GBC approval. I have read the case file and was asked to sign a paper saying so, as an ISKCON member in good standing and in faith. This was a bona fide contract then. I've been in ISKCON since 1993, when the investigations into gurukula abuse began to gain serious momentum.

There has been no new case, no new findings and no formal accusation since. Neither appeal to the final decision or sentence nor amendment to the existing case has been made. No formal committees have been formed to revisit Maharaja's case and no further investigations have gone on. (Click here for the full article)



Announcing Palace Retreats: Atma Yoga Beginners Weekend Workshop
by Hari dasa
Posted June 29, 2006

New Vrindaban community is pleased to announce a new direction in catering for the needs of the public and devotees- PALACE RETREATS, a series of weekend specialist workshops in our unique facility starting off with Atma Yoga on September 22-24th 2006. Your instructor Atmananda dasa (www.yogamandir.com) is a very successful yoga instructor who adds bhakti to pranayama and asana. He holds regular Atma yoga retreats in Radhadesh and sometimes teacher training seminars. He will be conducting a beginners workshop at New Vrindaban with a capacity for up to 50 students.

The cost is $365 for the workshop, (Click here for the full article)



Dhanurdhar Swami, Please Stay In ISKCON
by Author's name withheld
Posted June 28, 2006

I have been following with interest the bringing to light of the 'old boys club' dynamic i.e. Dhanudhara Swami being protected by his 'well-wishers.'

There is an incident I am aware of that illustrates another side of this dynamic. In 2003 (2004?) Pancha-pandava das, a white-bodied elderly brahmacari in-charge of Vrndavana gurukula was removed from his position for questionable dealings with the local boys. He had no supporters in the upper echelon of ISKCON and was removed immediately. I doubt most of ISKCON even knew of the incident. A great contrast from the Dhanurdar Swami case. (Click here for the full article)



Soccer Fan Mentality
by Murali Mohan das (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Posted June 27, 2006

I read Namananda prabhu's recent article, "No Need for Siksa Other Than Srila Prabhupada's" with interest. He wrote: "...accept the obvious -- Prabhupada always was and always will be number one and everyone else comes a not very close second."

The underlying mentality expressed in the article is reminiscent of a soccer fan: "My team is best; my team will beat your team; anyone who doesn't acknowledge that my team is the greatest is defective." One could read it as a slap in the face of the entire Gaudiya Vaishnava Guru Varga, which includes Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. In my opinion, it reflects a misunderstanding of the nature of Guru and a lack of faith in Srila Prabhupada himself. (Click here for the full article)



In the Blog World:
New Blog Site At Your Service

by IskconVoice Webmaster Team
Posted June 26, 2006

Please take a minute to express your opinion about how to improve ISKCON at www.iskconvoice.com. This blogsite is dedicated solely to the subject of Healing ISKCON in its variegated ramifications. There are plenty of places on the net dedicated to Krishna consciousness, but none at the moment focusing in this important subject.

The Site Operation is as follows:

Phase I - Gathering Ideas (current)
Phase II - Polling to find Priorities
Phase III - Coordinate Actions

(Click here for the full article)



Queens Ratha Yatra July 2nd
by Garga Rishi Das and Jamuna Das
Posted June 26, 2006



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(Click here for the full article)



Cookie Recipe?
by Yalu
Posted June 25, 2006

I would like to get a recipe for the Carob/Chocolate chip cookies. Please send to annalulu@lilly.humboldt.net. Thanks [Editor's note: Please send a copy to chakra too and we'll post for everyone's enjoyment]



A Second Generation Martyr
by Urvashi Patel
Posted June 24, 2006

First of all I would like to express my deepest sympathy for all those who knew Ananda or were close to him, in fact to the whole second generation of Vaishnavas who are all so dear to us. I want to thank Mark for his recent article which has highlighted the wider issues and their potential explosiveness. I also want to thank Rocana Prabhu for his contribution, which also highlights the wider issues. Moreover, I want to express my gratitude to the writers of the previous articles for their courage.

I want to especially thank Harivilasa Prabhu and Hare Krishna dasi for joining the debate. (Click here for the full article)



Want To Help Start a Preaching Center?
by Gadadhar Dasa
Posted June 23, 2006

I am looking for followers of Srila Prabhupada who are interested in starting a preaching center in Dallas, Texas. I have done some research and I feel confident that if 5 devotees come together then this project is very easily possible. Plus, I am willing to provide substantial financial support for the project.

The main purpose of this preaching center is to bring devotees together for enlivening association and help each other in our spiritual lives. Second objective is to distribute Prasadam, Harinama, and Books.

Let us move in a positive and constructive way. Please contact me at gordhan_goyani@yahoo.com for details.



Enough Is Enough: a Call for Courageous Action
by Bala das
Posted June 22, 2006

Implied in what I just wrote is that we need to do what we can about those who seek to hide his glory due to their own need for aggrandizement in his name. Enough is enough. I will simply repeat what I have read and what you may easily confirm.

The website Dandavats.com declares: "While endeavouring to be ISKCON- and GBC-friendly, Dandavats.com does not officially speak for ISKCON or the GBC, but considers its independence to be of prime importance."

This statement comes from Praghosa dasa, the administrator of the Dandavats site, whose title is "ISKCON CCO."

What exactly is the nature of being the ISKCON CCO? (Click here for the full article)



Tears / Enviousness for Sahadeva Shaka Dasa
by Visvamrta dasa
Posted June 21, 2006

I have to say reading the news of Shadeva Shaka dasa's auspicious departure brought tears to my eyes and a bit of enviousness from my heart.

The tears are for our dearly departed Godbrother whom we will not have in our association here in this physical world. I have had the pleasure of knowing Shadeva Shaka for the past 20 years. He is a true blue disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada He always kept true blue Krishna and Srila Prabhupada in the for front of his life. The enviousness I feel is for circumstances in which he departed this physical world.[see Sahadeva Sakha Das' Auspicious Departure] (Click here for the full article)



Who Is Who?
by Lalita Madhava dasi (Alachua)
Posted June 20, 2006

My obeisances and gratitude to everyone who has organized and signed the empowering petition. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and all glories to the hope of restoring the sanctity of his ISKCON institution.

Prithu prabhu, on Signature 278 of the petition, stated that there has been a "consistent call for zero tolerance from a section of the GBC ... but that this section has been marginalized and drowned out by a powerful group of cronies." He further stated that in addition to these two factions there has also been a "large majority of passive bystanders, too intimidated by powerful opinion leaders to speak up." (Click here for the full article)



'Never Leave ISKCON', They Say
by Bhaktin Sara
Posted June 19, 2006

Srila Prabhupada had to leave the Gaudiya Matha in order to accomplish his spiritual master's mission. Gaudiya Math was the society started by his spiritual master, but they were not following his instruction to cooperate and preach purely. Similarly, ISKCON leaders may preach to us, "Never leave ISKCON," but does this refer to the ISKCON of today — a society that gives power to a child abuser and to those who support him?

We may make a show of chanting Jaya Prabhupada every morning in guru puja, but if not following the teachings of Srila Prabhupada — even a most basic commonsense thing like "don't let a child abuser be a guru" — then what is the point of this Jaya Prabhupada chanting? (Click here for the full article)



The Age of Kali Zine At the Rainbow Gathering
by Bhakta John C.
Posted June 19, 2006

This year the ISKCON San Diego devotees are going to help with Krishna Camp at the National Rainbow Gathering in Colorado.

I am collecting donations for the printing of The Age of Kali Zines to be distributed at the events which attracts 40,000 spiritual seekrs. This event attracts people who are disenfrachised with the materialistic ways of modern society and are looking for spiritual alternatives.

The Age of Kali Zine can help them, because that is what is designed for.

So anyone who would like to contribute a donation (Click here for the full article)



'The Divine Shelter' - A New Book of Inspiring, Krishna Conscious Poetry
by Ratna Radhika devi dasi
Posted June 18, 2006


This new book, containing over fifty-one Krishna Conscious poems is unique in its simple and charming style. Each poem brings forth the essential teachings from Srila Prabhupada's books in a clear and heart-touching manner. The steady rhyme and meter of the verses make the poems easy to read. And because the message of each poem is deep and thought-provoking, one can relish re-reading the poems over and over again to gain further insight.

"The Divine Shelter" was written by Krishnapriya devi dasi, a disciple of H.H. Lokanatha Maharaja. She was born in Jaipur and has been serving in ISKCON for fifteen years. Recently Krishnapriya underwent a serious brain surgery, (Click here for the full article)



In the Blog World:
The Vedic Theatre Company Seeks Feedback

by The Vedic Theatre Company
Posted June 18, 2006

We would like to hear from prospective devotees about forming a new theatre company. For more info kindly visit: vedic108.blogspot.com



Ludhiana Ratha Yatra
by Rajsuya dasa
Posted June 17, 2006


It gives us great pleasure to announce the date for Sri Sri Jagannath Ratha-Yatra in Ludhiana. It will take place on Saturday the 7th Oct.2006 and Hare Krsna Mahotsav on Sunday the 8th Oct.2006. Place and time of this festival will be notified later. Please make a note in your dairy of this important event. (Click here for the full article)



Kuli Mela 2006- a Festival of Love And Healing
by Hari Dasa
Posted June 17, 2006

Here in New Vrindavan we have 500 plus Gurukulis from all over the world gathered for an unprecended event. It started wednesday 14th June and will finish on sunday 18th. A wide variety of programmes from Mrndanga workshops with Bhima Karna, Dance with Sri Keshava, Writing with Madhava Smullen and many seminars on finding the right career, healing trauma to many workshops on spiritual development are taking place as well as the focal point- KIRTAN! There is a kirtan Kutir central to the whole programme led and attended by many devotional and skilled kirtaneers from the Kuli crowd. Kulis love kirtan more than anyone I have ever seen.

In the evenings at the Palace of Gold grounds there are first class entertainments (Click here for the full article)



Cleaning House And Cleaning Hearts - Phase 2
by Chakra readers
Posted June 15, 2006

The following petition can be found at Click Here. It was developed by a group of readers and Chakra has agreed to facilitate the submission of signatures to the GBC. If you agree with its request, please either sign the online version, or print and circulate a hard copy in your local community. Hard copies can be scanned and emailed to chakraletters@gmail.com. If this is not possible, please contact Chakra to discuss other ways of getting it to us. We also recommend that you make hard copies for your own records.

Zero tolerance for child abuse in ISKCON (The Hare Krishnas)

Whereas there has been a history of child abuse in ISKCON schools - (Click here for the full article)



Report On the Status of the ISKCON Child Protection Office [June, 2004]
by Dhira Govinda dasa (David B. Wolf, Ph.D.)
Posted June 15, 2006

History

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.

Increasing numbers of Vaisnava youth voiced themselves, in forums such as newsletters and reunions, and their stories of abuse and neglect were increasingly publicized. (Click here for the full article)



Losing Faith
by Lalita Madhava devi dasi, Alachua
Posted June 14, 2006

Many heartfelt letters have been written about the whole disgraceful Dhanurdhara situation. While all have been moving and insightful, I feel that a crucial point made by Batu Gopala Prabhu bears repeating and can not be emphasized enough.

In his letter he wrote: "How many devotees and friends of ISKCON are now asking themselves how they can, in good conscience, continue to participate in IKSCON or have faith in ISKCON with Dhanurdara Swami in his position? How much harm is he continuing to do to countless devotees and to ISKCON?"

To me, these two questions articulate the very essence of the issue. (Click here for the full article)



Dhanurdhara & His Supporters
by Lilesvara dasa
Posted June 13, 2006

Dhanurdhara, I cannot imagine the amount false ego that you and rest of your "brothers" possess. All of you are acting like little kids or maybe I should say Ostriches. When an Ostrich is scared, it sticks its head in the sand, thinking, I am safe. The Ostrich doesn't realize that rest of the body is sticking out. In the same way when a topic comes up which you and your "brothers" don't want to talk about, you keep silent. You think that by not talking about it, rest of the devotees will forget about it. How stupid do you think we are? The only language all of you understand is lawsuit. (Click here for the full article)



Help In a Time of Need
by Sacisuta das
Posted June 12, 2006

You may or may not know who JayaSacinandana das is. He was initiated by Prithu das. He is 35 and was diagnosed with leukemia. He suffered from the illness for years while living a simple life as a bramachari and doing a lot of selfless service in India, USA, South America and Serbia. He never had the time and money to research his disease until he returned to Belgrade (Serbia).

There, he went to the hospital and received an extensive check-up of his condition. Unfortunately, the diagnosis was chronic leukemia. (Click here for the full article)



To Disrespect Sadhus Is a Mistake
by Suresh das
Posted June 11, 2006

In responding to "Spiritual Integrity at Any Price" by Dhirasanta dasa, I agree in principle, and he has many good ideas and sentiments. Unfortunately, ISKCON leaders and temple management have repeatedly turned away sincere efforts and support for devotees and our society over the years from such sadhus as Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Srila Narayan Maharaj and Srila B.V. Puri Maharaj, just to name a few examples.

Our leaders have always maintained a very arrogant and puffed-up attitude towards other Vaishnava societies, (Click here for the full article)



In the Blog World:
New Virtual Japa Group Launched

by Rasa dasa
Posted June 10, 2006

This is an open invitation for all devotees from around the world to join a unique virtual Japa Group just launched on the internet.

I have been given very positive encouragement from senior Sannyasi disciples of Srila Prabhupada as well as other senior devotees - so I humbly offer this service to you all. We are eager to hear your realisations on the subject of Japa - your struggles and success, advice and inspirational stories. The site is strictly only dealing with the subject of chanting. (Click here for the full article)



Tulasi Seeds Wanted
by Jagat Karta das
Posted June 10, 2006

If any kind soul has some extra Tulasi seeds to share, I will be happy to reimburse expenses in this connection. Thank you, Hare Krsna! jagatkarta@yahoo.com



London Ratha-yatra
by Sriman Pandit das
Posted June 10, 2006

It gives us great pleasure to announce the date for Sri Jagannatha Ratha-Yatra in London. Please make a note in your diary or calendar of thisimportant event.

Ratha-Yatra will take place on the Sunday 18th June 2006. The procession will begin at 12pm at Hyde Park Corner in London.

We have been informed that many senior disciples of Srila Prabhupada will be attending London Rath-Yatra, including (Click here for the full article)



Dhanurdhara Swami Must Step Down Now
by Pavan Kumar das
Posted June 9, 2006

I think it is clear, with the ongoing revelations concerning Dhanurdhara Swami, that he must step down immediately. It is an untenable situation where abusers are still in positions of influence within Srila Prabhupada's movement. Does he have no remorse for what he has done?. Actions speak louder than words. By stepping down he will be sending out a genuine signal of remorse. It is astonishing that he still holds the position of a Guru. Even in the 'demoncrazy' world of politics an individual in public life would have had the common decency to relinquish their position of influence in these circumstances. (Click here for the full article)



An Appeal
by Radhika Priya Devi Dasi
Posted June 8, 2006

My name is Radhika Priya devi dasi. I am a disciple of His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami. For over twenty years I have been fortunate to have lived and served in India and Sri Vrindavana Dhama. Now, I feel that I should go to other countries to perform devotional service.

I am originally from Iran, from an Armenian family. I came to India in 1985 and married Sri Raganuga Bhakti das, who was also an Armenian from Iran. Soon after arriving, Raganuga Bhakti and I and another couple started a preaching center in Haridwar. Our son, Sudama, was born there. When Sudama was eight months old, my husband died from a snakebite. His passing away was glorious since Raganuga Bhakti was chanting the Holy Name and preaching strongly. (Click here for the full article)



Vacation On Island Losinj
by Ananta-Vasudeva d. and Labangalatika d.d .
Posted June 8, 2006

We are a family of ISKCON devotees from Mali Losinj, Island Losinj, Croatia (Adriatic coast). Island Losinj is a popular spot for tourists offering beautiful clean beaches, unspoilt nature, sport facilities and friendly local people. In addition, our family can offer pleasant Krishna conscious association.

We rent a room with bathroom exclusively to devotees. The room has separate entrance.

It is available from 2nd of June till 5th of July and then again in September.

Price: euro 25 per day for 2 persons. (Click here for the full article)



Service Opportunities At Bhaktivedanta Manor
by Bhagadatta dasa
Posted June 8, 2006


We are inviting devotees from around the world who would like to live and serve in our community.

Bhaktivedanta Manor is situated in Letchmore Heath, a picturesque Hertfordshire village of some one hundred and fifty houses. Located in the parish of Aldenham near Watford of Northwest Greater London, the temple is surrounded by beautiful greenery, farmland and villages. The Manor was donated to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by the late Beatle, George Harrison, in 1973. (Click here for the full article)



Home Available In Alachua, Florida
by Kishore Krsna Das
Posted June 7, 2006

Newly renovated Mobile home, 2.9 miles from the famous New Raman Reti temple in Alachua, Florida, set up on five acre private property. Central heat and air, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, large living room, plenty of land for your own garden. Ideal home to live while you build your new home. Short term lease availabe as well. The home is currently rented, available July 1st. For more info please call 386 462 9517 or email Yogafru@aol.com



Book Recommendation for Gurukulis: 'Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing up Among Worlds'
by Baladev
Posted June 7, 2006

Even though this book focuses on the sons and daughters of foreign diplomats, missionaries and executives, it seems especially relevant to those of us who spent time in the ashrams at home or abroad.

Here's a link for more info: Click Here

I hope it helps anyone who's feeling especially alienated at this time.



When Leaving ISKCON Was Best
by Mitravinda Dasi
Posted June 6, 2006

Hundreds of miles from any ISKCON temple I had gone home to visit my family in a small all-American village that looks like a photo on a jigsaw puzzle. It was Radhastami 1996, and I was just leaving the grocery with items to prepare and offer to Srimati Radharani. My 90-year-old grandma just loves prasadam. As i was leaving the store, a woman stopped me and asked if I knew about Tulsi. She noticed my tulsi necklace and wondered if I was a Hare Krsna devotee or just a straightedge kid who wore Tulsi. (Click here for the full article)



Stop Blaming the Victim
by SriMukunda dasa
Posted June 6, 2006

Namacarya das should be ashamed of himself to write such a letter about the Gurukulis at this time of Ananda's suicide. I offer my condolences to Ananda's family and friends and to all the Gurukulis who have been abused and have suffered at the hands of ISKCON. Chakra should be ashamed to have posted such a letter. As a parent, I know it is common in ISKCON to "Blame the Victim." Obviously Chakra also feels the need to reinforce the "blame the victim" philosophy to their readers.



Spiritual Integrity At Any Price
by Dhirasanta dasa
Posted June 5, 2006

When former child abusers and pedophiles remain in positions of power, influence and even guruship with ISKCON, is this because they have undone all the harm that they have done, neutralised so much pain and suffering and bad karma? Regrettably in almost all cases no.

ISKCON desperately needs senior and wise men and women devotees who understand the application of compassion, honesty and truthfulness in their lives and the lives of others and who place spiritual integrity above any other consideration. We the community of devotees need wise preceptors who can help us live and apply values of spiritual wholeness and integrity in our own homes. (Click here for the full article)



House In Vrindavan for Sale
by Naval Kishor Shastri
Posted June 5, 2006

The house is situated in the peaceful and nice Madhuvan Colony, near the Krishna-Balaram temple. It is far enough from the main road so that the traffic cannot be heard. It is only some 7 minutes walking distance away from the temple. When you go along the parikrama path you have to turn left at the Krishna Balaram tree and go a few more meters. Many nice Indian and western devotees are living in this area. Also the "Pepsi-building" is just there. (Click here for the full article)



Food for Thought
by Govinda dasa
Posted June 4, 2006

I've just received my matrix sheet from the court case. It came as quite a surprise because I was a late subscriber to the case and I hadn't received any response. I figured what the hell, I won't pursue it any further. Then just as the suicide of Ananda hit the headlines on Chakra, surprise, surprise an envelope from the lawyers. 69 points - 22something thousand dollars with the condition that I never take any Iskcon entity to court. If I don't sign the release I'll only get 6something thousand dollars. I must admit that since I have this uncomfortable feeling. Four years of sexual abuse by Devaratta (ACBSP) who is still hanging out in temples in Spain. (Click here for the full article)



Still Seeking Peace
by Arjuna das
Posted June 4, 2006

I was abused for years in an ISKCON gurukul, and to this day I can't come to terms with what happened. I tried telling my parents about it but they would not listen. I tried telling others, including prominent authorities, but, again, no one wanted to listen. Often I was told that reporting the abuse was the worst kind of offense. Friends deserted me in droves. Today I'm married to a very supportive wife. But between the ages of 16 and 25 ( I am now 34), I tried suicide, got arrested, married, got divorced, moved about ten times, all to try to find peace, and I still seek it.

How utterly sinister the letter of the quack guru Dhanurdhara (Click here for the full article)



Stop Supporting Abusers
by Author's name withheld
Posted June 3, 2006

Goura Hari says that he knows how a person looks like after the abuse is done, that he was close to victims. However, he will never really know how this pain feels and how it hunts one for life. One thing is to witness pain and another to feel it.

There were probably (I didn't know Ananda myself) other reasons that triggered Ananda's pain and suicide. The point still remains that Ananda was a victim of abuse from ISKCON's leaders when he was a child. Gour Hari's response is therefore somewhat misleading. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Sudarananda Das
by Raju Suratwala
Posted June 3, 2006

Does anyone know where I can locate a devotee named Sudarananda Das, a Brazilian devotee (originally from Sao Paulo) who used to live in Birmingham, England a few years ago but then, as far as I know, emmigrated to another country, presumably, back to Brazil?

Please e-mail me at suratwalaraj@yahoo.com if anyone knows his whereabouts.



Media Management And Lack of Contrition
by Japa Yajna Dasa
Posted June 2, 2006

I agree with Dhanudhara Swami that it would have been better if Sakuntala Devi Dasi had written to him directly. I believe that is the correct etiquette according to Nectar of Instruction.

But then perhaps this point also applies to HH DS. He should have answered any accusations by himself sending a private letter.

You see to me, Maharaj's letter struck as an exercise in media management and an attempt to put positive spin on an otherwise appalling general impression of his situation. Understandable in his position, however, not to most perfect example of contrition I have seen. (Click here for the full article)



We All Failed Ananda
by Madi
Posted June 2, 2006

Sadly, another gurukuli has passed away and this time I would like to say something on the subject. Though I knew Ananda for many years, we were never close. A lot has been said about his abuse in gurukul at the hands of Dhanurdhar and I agree that anyone who abuses children must be made accountable.

Having said that I would like to bring something up that has been on my mind every time a gurukuli commits suicide. I believe when something tragic happens like this in our society everyone immediately looks for someone to blame. (Click here for the full article)



Child Abuse In ISKCON, Disciplic Sucession, Etc
by Bhakta Donald McClelland
Posted June 1, 2006

I must admit that now is the time for ISKCON to do more than just give monetary amounts and ask for forgiveness from the devotees they have offended in the gurukulas. Yes it was a great offense to hurt these devotee children of Krsna whether it be emotional, physical, sexually, etc. I too am like the devotee who never took initiation in ISKCON. I still accept Srila Prabhupada as my spiritual master. I first came to ISKCON Potomac around 78 right after Srila Prabhupada had left his body. The zonal acarya system was in place and had taken its full effect yet. (Click here for the full article)



My Story
by Sridama dasa
Posted June 1, 2006

My name is Sridama dasa and I was a Friend to Ananda and I am deeply aggrieved at his untimely death. I went to the DALLAS , LOS ANGELES, VRINDAVAN, GITANAGARI, NEW VRNDAVAN, MOUNT KAILASH GURUKULAS. Those are the main ashrams I went to as a child from 1974 to 1984. The Vrindavan Gurukula was horrible because of Dhanurdhara "swami". Not only did he allow the teachers under his responsibility to beat and sexually abuse the kids, he took an active role in some of these activities himself. I remember one such situation in particular; I had been beaten very badly by Ragunath "swami". (Click here for the full article)



  GBC Let Sentiments Outweigh Common Sense
by Prithu das
Posted June 30, 2006

Lalita Madhava prabhu slightly misquoted me as stating recently that there had been a "consistent call for zero tolerance from a section of the GBC" but that "this section has been marginalized and drowned out by a powerful group of cronies."

That's not exactly what I said. What I did say was: "This section has been marginalized and at times drowned out by a powerful group of friends (an element on the GBC aptly described by Dhira Govinda prabhu recently as 'cronyism')". To name the personalities involved, as she requests, would not be good practice. It would make no difference anyway, except for my own peace of mind. (Click here for the full article)



Readings From Jaiva Dharma, Part One
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa
Posted June 29, 2006


In 2004 my wife and I embarked on a project to record the books of various Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas. We completed five titles that year, four in 2005, and recently completed our first this year, "Readings from Jaiva Dharma, Part One."

Jaiva Dharma, an epic written in the form of a novel by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, discusses the entire range of Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy. Through characters in the book, Bhaktivinoda brings out a wide variety of concepts, not only Gauidya Vaisnavism, but material science, Islam, and Sociology, among other topics. (Click here for the full article)



Carob Cookie Recipe
by Bhakta Curt
Posted June 28, 2006

Here's a carob cookie recipe that many have said is quite tasty:

Ingredients:

  • two sticks (1/2 lb / 1cup) unsalted butter
  • two cups flour
  • 1 package carob chips
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

(Click here for the full article)



Who Is the Real Guru In ISKCON? a Reply To Former Bhakta Mike
by Pavamana dasa, ACBSP
Posted June 27, 2006

There are many faults in ISKCON today, as Bhakta Mike has pointed out. No ordinary man (or woman) deserves to be worshipped. Unfortunately, he has thrown the baby out with the bath water. The key here is: no ORDINARY man deserves worship. However, we should be careful to remember that the GURU isn't an ordinary man. He's not a "man" at all, but representative of Lord Krishna. As such, he is to be respected "as good as God". If someone is a bona fide Guru, he can accept worship ON BEHALF OF LORD KRISHNA, NOT FOR HIMSELF. (Click here for the full article)



Stepping Out Or Stepping Down?
by Name withheld
Posted June 26, 2006

It's with great pleasure that I read the formal letter of Dhanurdhara Swami's decision to step down from his "role" in ISKCON and now operate outside the political confines of ISKCON. I consider ISKCON no longer "Prabhupada's body" but more like a sinking ship, which for some reason many are clinging to as if it were the be-all and end-all when it comes to spreading Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy. I truly hope that people can see beyond this. If ever there was a time to support Maharaja and assist him in this new chapter of his life of preaching, it is now. (Click here for the full article)



Denver ISKCON Seeking Devotees
by Naikatma das (ACBSP), ISKCON Denver Colorado
Posted June 26, 2006

Positions Available:

  1. Temple commander/Bhakta leader
  2. Govinda's Restaurant head cook
  3. Pujaris with cooking abilities
  4. Book distributors
  5. College preachers

With a wonderful transcendental history,along with the current preaching potential,and a vision for a great things to come, the Denver Temple management is seeking full-time devotees with diverse talents and backgrounds who possess a pioneering spirit to assist us increasing the service to the supreme Lord in Denver. (Click here for the full article)



A Call To Action
by Shakuntala devi dasi
Posted June 25, 2006

After my experience at the Kuli Mela in New Vrndavana, I had the realization that ISKCON is not out of touch with the rest of society. It is not stuck in the dark ages. It is full of successful talented men and women. It is full of youth, brimming with ideas on innovative preaching. Full of householders and talented professionals ready to contribute. It is full of devotees that are compassionate, balanced and ethical. The only problem is that those are not the people governing our institution.

The average GBC member is between 55 and 65 years old. A far cry from the revolutionary 20 year olds we hear about from "the good old days." (Click here for the full article)



Questioning the Guru System
by Former Bhakta Mike
Posted June 24, 2006

I am writing today as an outsider. My moniker will seem familiar to some. For two years I was a Hare Krishna. I left because of the rampant sexism, racism, homophobia, etc. that I saw. For a movement that claims to have a surefire path to enlightenment, it has degenerated to something much less enlightened than the western society it exists within and mocks on a regular basis.

However, I feel what I have to say today is of utmost relevance to the current situation at hand. There is a much larger issue than ISKCON covering up a former abuser and allowing him to remain as someone to be worshiped. (Click here for the full article)



Flute Making And Repair
by Jean and Bhairavesh
Posted June 23, 2006

We own a flute repair/manufacturing business and are looking to expand. We will be relocating to the Asheville, North Carolina area in a few months and will be apprenticing a few qualified people. It takes about 6 months to a year to learn the job. Training is free, and we will provide prasadam and accommodation. There is no school for this, so this is the only way to learn the craft. Once trained, we will pay a piece rate per instrument overhauled or whatever other service is done. For example, the rate for overhauling a student flute is $125 and it could be done in one day. Overhauling a professional silver flute (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Letter of Dhanurdhara Swami To the Devotees

by Reprinted from 'www.dandavats.com'
Posted June 22, 2006

The recent suicide of Ananda, and Shakuntala's letter, has brought renewed attention and scrutiny to my past mistakes. I deeply regret these mistakes and the harm they have caused. Though I can't say I realize all the pain I have inflicted, I have witnessed the strong emotions of those I have harmed and know their wounds are deep. I'd like to reiterate my pledge to continue to meet gurukula alumni, beg for their forgiveness, and to offer whatever help I can.

But despite my efforts to accept responsibility for my mistakes and the periodic reciprocation I receive from the victims, this controversy continues to brew and I now believe that only a radical solution will resolve the issue. (Click here for the full article)



Ratha-yatra & Janmastami Posters
by Jaya Govinda Das
Posted June 21, 2006


NEED A POSTER FOR RATHA-YATRA? JANMASTAMI?

I have posters for temples who need posters for their festivals but don't have the facilities or time to design their own.

The posters are simple, colourful with clear information in design.

They are 11" X 17" (tabloid size) and A3 size (European equivalent)

The poster for Ratha-Yatra and Janmastami is ready to be emailed to you with your own festival information on it. (Click here for the full article)



Help In a Time of Need Update
by Sacisuta das Dallas TX
Posted June 20, 2006

I would like to update you regarding the article "Help In a Time of Need". Jayasacinandana das is in Vrindavan now and therefore please send your financial support through Western Union to:

Name: Sasa Petrovic
Country: India
City: Vrindavan



Rooms Available Near L.A.
by Mahatma dasa
Posted June 19, 2006

There are 4 rooms available for Vaisnavas to rent in a new 3550 Sq ft new house. The prices range from $350.00 to $600.00 per a room per a month.

This is one hour Northeast of Los Angeles California, in an area with over 300 days of sun per a year and relaxed, friendly people. The house has a 17 by 25 feet kitchen. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for a Deity of Naga-devi And Buddha-deity
by Mohini Dasi
Posted June 19, 2006

I am born in a vaishnava family and worshipping Radha Krishna since my childhood.

Since a long time I have a desire in me to havea Deity of the wives of Kaliya and a Deity of Lord Buddha. This means a Deity of a Naga-Devi and since Lord Buddha is an avatar of Krsna.

Regulary I chant harinama meditating on the prayers of the Naga-Patnis and I would so much like such a Deity. I like also Buddha, (Click here for the full article)



Purity Is the Force
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted June 18, 2006

If purity is the force, is it possible that ISKCON is losing its preaching potency by maintaining criminals and their enablers as worshipable leaders in ISKCON? Unlike others, I do not believe that the long-term answer is simply to have Dhanurdhara gracefully step down from his position. As you may see by the Child Protection report on Bhakti Vidya Purna, for example, there are other Swamis who are still considered worshipable, who have committed acts which would have them still sitting in jail in the "less spiritually advanced" western countries. And in the future, there will doubtless be others of high position who commit other grave offenses. (Click here for the full article)



What Exactly Is the Real ISKCON?
by Bhakta Tim
Posted June 18, 2006

I really feel Lalita Madhava dasi prabhu hit it on the nail with her letter. There is no excuse whatsoever for anyone who has done these things to remain in any position, whether they have rehabilitated themselves or not, because it hurts the victims of the abuse and it turns away newly interested people. However, Dhanurdhara can't be the only one held responsible for this sad sequence of events and mismanagement. One who aids and abets a killer or other criminal is also considered liable and is punished.

It is extremely disheartening for people like myself -- and, I am sure, for other devotees -- who have recommended this nice Chakra website that newly aspiring devotees coming here to see something wonderful are met with such a situation. (Click here for the full article)



Stop the Suicide
by Nori J. Muster
Posted June 17, 2006

Suicide does not solve problems, but only causes long lasting grief for those you leave behind. I appeal to all gurukula abuse survivors to speak out and reach out for help. If you are depressed please get someone to listen to your story. You can contact me, or someone you trust from your own circles. You can always find me through my website, Surrealist.org.

Here are nine myths about suicide, based on a 1992 Ann Landers column:

  1. They'd be better off without me. This is a mistake. Suicide is permanent, while problems are temporary. Those who love you want you around, problems and all.

(Click here for the full article)



Statement on Behalf of the GBC Body About Dhanurdhara Swami
by Praghosa dasa, ISKCON CCO
Posted June 15, 2006

"There has been much discussion recently about Dhanurdhara Swami, a statement on behalf of the GBC body is available on the website Dandavats.com" www.dandavats.com/?p=105

[Chakra editorial note: www.dandavats.com is a new website, established by the GBC. Their mision statement is published at www.dandavats.com/?page_id=39. Editor: Praghosa Das, Webmaster: Citraka Das, Assistant Editor: Janmastami Das]



No Need for Siksa Other Than Srila Prabhupada's
by Namananda das
Posted June 14, 2006

Over the internet we can see a wide variety of articles wherein swamis and gurus and their followers are trying to justify why it is okay to take siksa from them. That is okay, but for iskcon devotees it is really about hearing from Srila Prabhupada as a primary function.

It is a fact that all devotees who joined from the western countries owe their alligiance to Srila Prabhupada and this is done not just by serving him but also from hearing from him.

Prabhupada fullfilled the prophecy, everyone elses siksa is of a lesser calibre and is less potent, otherwise why could others not accomplish what he did? (Click here for the full article)



1999 Official Decision Regarding Dhanurdhara Swami
by ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection
Posted June 13, 2006

[Editorial note: Given the many letters regarding Dhanurdhara's abuse history and the judgment against him, we would like to make available the October 1999 Official Decision by the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection. It can be viewed here. Readers interested in the enforcement of this decision may also want to read the article "Dhanurdhara Maharaja should have followed the ICOCP's mandates", by Bhaktin Miriam, written in 2000.]



Free Internet Lessons
by Subuddhi Krishna das
Posted June 12, 2006

I have started giving free internet lessons on basics of Vedic Scriptures like Vedas, Puranas, Upanisads, Sutras, Agamas, Itihasa, Darsnas etc.

These lessons are sent by email every week. The basics will help all those who want to know about these scriptures and those who are preaching.

In a small period of about 8 weeks more than 1000 university students and teachers have joined my mailing list. (Click here for the full article)



Latest Update for Hare Krishna Web Page From South America
by Chaitanya Lila das a./ sachimata dd
Posted June 11, 2006

Latest update for hare krishna web page from South America

Recetas Vegetarianas en español



When Will Something Be Done?
by Nara Narayan das
Posted June 10, 2006

ANANDA IS STILL DEAD!

Many amazing and wonderful letters have been written to Chakra, exposing the sadistic torture that Dhanurdhara S inflicted on dozens and dozens of helpless young Brahmin students while he was consistently protected by the ISKCON leadership. Their parents did not know that the money that they begged on Sankirtan to pay the hundreds of dollars per month for the Gurukula tuition that they believed was being used to bring their precious children to a platform of Pure Unalloyed Love of God. (Click here for the full article)



My Therapy
by Name withheld
Posted June 8, 2006

In the past couple of weeks I have had visions of Ananda in Dallas, covered in sores, scratching uncontrollably. How did I block him from my memory? I remember him being set away from the rest of the children to eat. He was considered blasphemous because he was scratching his sores while eating prasadam. They put him in the trash can - the same trash can another child was later put in with a dirty sock stuffed in his mouth, duct-taped around his head. Why did they put us in trash cans?

How many memories are going to creep up and haunt us throughout the rest of our lives? Why didn't I remember Ananda until I hear of his death and then I see his misery so clearly? It is haunting me now and I am finding myself desperate to remember others....where are they now? How many have taken their own lives? Could I have done something? Why didn't I? Why didn't you? Why is there STILL no one standing up and doing anything? (Click here for the full article)



Ratha-yatra 2006 (montreal)
by Sanjay Patel
Posted June 8, 2006



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Helping Lord Caitanya's Movement
by Visakha devi dasi
Posted June 8, 2006

I read several articles about Dhanurdhara Swami. I am wondering if there is any doubt in this person's mind that he should step down. If he really wants to do service to Srila Prabhupad then he would do anything to save this movement and for starters, he needs to understand the legacy of Srila Prabhupad is to help the movement of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu go forward and not worry about what position he holds. "Sarva Upadhi Vinirmuktam"



By Reading This One Book
by Kshamabuddhi das
Posted June 7, 2006

We often hear debate and discussion about whether or not reading books alone will be sufficient for attaining to the platform of love of God. The debate has raged on since the passing away of the founder-acharya of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada.

It's curious to note that Srila Prabhupada actually dedicated his KRISHNA BOOK to his father, Gaura Mohan De, and not unto his diksha guru, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja.

"To My Father, Gaura Mohan De (1849-1930)
A pure devotee of Krsna, who raised me as a Krsna conscious child from the beginning of my life. (Click here for the full article)



Vaishnavi Retreat 2006
by Malati Devi dasi
Posted June 7, 2006

Dear Vaishnavis: The Fourth Annual Vaishnavi Retreat in New Vrindaban takes place on Oct. 6t, 7th, and 8 th (Columbus Day Weekend) this year. It is a spiritually exciting event set in the Appalachian foothills during the delightful early fall season....the climate is lovely and the scenery is spectacular. The association is fantastic and the seminars and workshops inspire ladies of all ages.

We are looking for presenters, those generous souls who would like to share their knowledge and experience with others along the path. (Click here for the full article)



Free BBT Art Seminar
by BBT Krishna.com/BBT Special Projects
Posted June 6, 2006

2006 First Annual BBT Art Seminar

Only 15 Seats available

All seats FREE to qualified applicants

Seminar Dates: October 1, 2006 to October 21, 2006 (dates confirmed when you are chosen)

BBT Special Projects is establishing this exceptional annual event where you’ll have the chance for association with fellow devotional artists, paint in the holy dhama and learn techniques and training Srila Prabhupada gave BBT artists. Dhriti dasi and Ramdasa Abhirama dasa, well known BBT artists, will be teaching this year’s seminar. Don’t miss this chance to cultivate your devotional art. (Click here for the full article)



The Vision of Srila Prabhupada
by bhakta Sevak
Posted June 6, 2006

I believe if there is something great out there, it would always stand out & be recognized by anyone despite the culture one may follow. I know a lady who is a close family friend she is a evangelistic healer in a church & she even receives many people to her home coming for healing sessions, people who are sick , possessed by ghosts, you could think of her as a psychic or a spiritual faith healer. On many occasions, whenever I used to meet her, she used to try to explain & preach & convince to convert me to become a Christian by various philosophic gospel message of Jesus Christ. (Click here for the full article)



Veggie Alert Newsletter
by Jada Bharata Dasa
Posted June 5, 2006

I just send out my first Alert Newsletter and plan to send out steady updates once or twice a month. The newsletter contains warnings about animal ingredients that may be in many of the products that we use. A link to the first two newsletters are

Newsletter 1 Click Here

Newsletter 2 Click Here

From these newsletter oages you can add your email address if you would like to have future newsletters sent to you when they come out. (Click here for the full article)



Please Move To ISKCON Punjab
by Ramanuja das
Posted June 5, 2006

Our Temple is In Jalandhar Punjab. India. We are Looking for nice devotees who are interested in spending long term quality time in our temple. We currently have 10 full time devotees and a really big congragations. Lots Of Youths as well as seniors. We are currently looking for but not restricted to the following:

  • Pujaris
  • Kirtan Oriented (Not just singing but Mridanga and Kartalas as well)
  • Cooking for the deities (Our Sunday feast is Cooked by initiated Congragational devotees)
  • Membership and House Programs

(Click here for the full article)



You Are Not Alone
by Webmaster VSARG.ORG
Posted June 4, 2006

We would like to announce the upcoming opening of the Vaisnava Abuse Recovery Groups (VSARG.ORG), an on-line service providing secure discussion forums for devotees who suffered from sexual, emotional, or physical abuse, either within ISKCON or outside of it.

On VSARG you can reveal your heart and find understanding, support, strength and hope for your emotional and spiritual recovery.

As part of the ISKCON Counseling Initiative, this project will provide information on the destructive influences of abuse and the obstacles abuse poses for spiritual life. (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnava Abuse Recovery Group
by Mahavisnupriya dasi, MSW
Posted June 4, 2006

Hare Krsna! Like a lot of others, I too was stunned and mortified by the tragic death of Ananda das. I feel sorry that he had to endure so much pain and suffering. I pray that his family and friends can find some peace and healing from this, eventually, in time.

While I did not know Ananda prabhu, I do know a lot of others like him, victims of child abuse. For the past 20 years, I have worked as a licensed, clinical social worker with victims of sexual abuse and family violence. I applaud Shakuntala dasi for her courage to speak out against injustice and to call for the ISKCON GBC to stop protecting the perpetrators of these crimes against children. (Click here for the full article)



Kulimela Update
by Kulimela Organizers
Posted June 3, 2006

Less than 1 month to go!! Kulimela's contagious energy continues to attract many talented and wonderful people from around the world ready to entertain and inspire you.

During the day time we have a full complement of confirmed professionals and successful business people who will be in attendance including doctors, psychologists, lawyers, MBA graduates, spiritual and community leaders, teachers, technology professionals, business owners, etc. who will be leading a variety of seminars and conferences. Whatever your interest or area of expertise you will be able to broaden your contact base and explore new opportunities. (Click here for the full article)



Shared Responsibility
by Caitanya das
Posted June 3, 2006

I wanted to put a slightly different perspective to the question of responsibility and victims of corporal punishment. What type of parent is he who sents his young child, often 4-5 years of age, to a country where he cannot be contacted by telephone and is out of reach otherwise. To the country where corporal punishment is widespread and was completely legal until only 5 years ago in each and every school.

Let us be honest and publish the list of the parents who sent their children "away" and list of all teachers and parents who used corporal punishment in ISKCON schools disregarding Prabhupadas instructions on that. (Click here for the full article)



New York Ratha-yatra Rooms
by Brooklyn ISKCON Management
Posted June 2, 2006

Brooklyn ISKCON has no available accommodation in the temple ashram for next weeks June 10 Ratha-yatra festival. We have limited space and it is reserved for Ratha-yatra workers and a small group of Old devotees. All ashram space is filled to the maximum and persons showing up at the temple with no accomodation agreement will not be allowed to stay overnight or use the ashram facilities. We advise if you are thinking of just showing up in the temple lobby with your luggage to please don't do that (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur's Sweet Mercy (from Mayapur Education)
by Janmastami dasa
Posted June 2, 2006


Perhaps you are meditating on how to optimize your spiritual development and your contribution to Srila Prabhupada’s movement, or perhaps you feel the need to revitalize your spiritual life. If you are in either of these situations, then please consider the opportunities to study Srila Prabhupada’s books in the association of advanced devotees in Sridhama Mayapur at the Mayapur Institute for Higher Education and Training (MIHET). (Click here for the full article)



Sri Jagannath Ratha Yatra 2006
by ISKCON New York
Posted June 1, 2006

The 31th Annual Jagannath Ratha Yatra Parade & Festival of India will be celebrated on Saturday, June 10, 2006 , from 11:00 AM onwards. Please mark this date on your calendars.

Here at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, we are working fervently to make this festival one of the best ever celebrated here in New York City. The Bhaktivedanta Players have confirmed their participation in this year's festival. Senior ISKCON leaders, such as H.H. Lokanath Swami, H.H. Bhakti-caru Swami, and others have confirmed their attendance for this year's festival. Many Hare Krishna youth from all over the world will be making their way to New York, to celebrate this Ratha Yatra festival. (Click here for the full article)



Some Words for My Childhood Friend Ananda
by Brajadevi
Posted June 1, 2006

First of all I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Ananda. I grew up with him in Gurukula in Dallas and I can remember his face quite vividly. It so unbearable to lose yet another of the original gurukula children. I am always so surprised to read the letters of ISKCON devotees defending the people who were cruel to us.

I was born in the movement and named by Srila Prabhupada. In fact I was the second child to be born into the movement. I have witnessed many incidences of Devotees being kicked out of the temple for something as small as disagreeing with a temple president. (Click here for the full article)



  Famous L.A. Govinda's Restaurant Cheesecake Recipe Circa 1980's
by Mantrini devi dasi
Posted June 30, 2006

It's time to share this delicious recipe with the devotee community!

Crust:

Mix:
1/4 c. melted butter
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (Click here for the full article)



The Pink Paperback Book
by Mitravinda dasi
Posted June 29, 2006

Sitting in English 101, back to school after 20 years, My professor assigns us the project of writing about our appreciation of literature. So what will I write? something different. something nobody else would write about. My Professor does not know much about Vedic culture, will she understand? How do I write something so wonderful so that a regular all American non-devotee would know? After this paper was graded with an "A", my professor asked where she could get a copy of the Pink Paperback Book. All glories to Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur. Writing outside the limits of Vaishnavism, so that other will become interested.

The Pink Paperback Book

(Click here for the full article)



Thoughtful Liberty
by Niscala dasi
Posted June 28, 2006

I would like to thank the author of "Stop Empire-building; Do What Is Right" for his/her courageous honesty in expressing what so often devotees try to cover up, i.e. doubts. Srila Prabhupada wrote that doubt is an indication of intelligence. He also indicated in various letters and discussions that Krsna Consciousness should be given to all, but particularly to the most intelligent class, or in other words, the most doubting class. The reason for this is that faith that has not stood the test of scrutinizing doubt must necessarily be blind and based on sentiment or fanaticism, but not truth. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Tasmania Seeks Devotees
by Dhirasanta das, ISKCON Hobart Tasmania
Posted June 27, 2006

Srila Prabhupada always hated temple closure, but in 1984, Hobart's temple was closed, leaving the nearest temple in Melbourne 450 miles away across 150 miles of ocean. Hobart is a temperate city of 200, 000, with a populace that is warm and relatively open to positive, engaged preaching. It is my hope to start an ISKCON preaching centre that is a low cost prasadam café, offering a Sunday feast venue and a place for evening bhakti yoga classes. It is an ideal place for families, with low cost housing and a clean environment. Devotees interested in joining a caring, family focused congregation and establishing a permanent home for Krsna can contact me at: devahotra@hotmail.com



In the Blog World:
The Vedic Theatre Company

by Bhakta Wallace Dorian
Posted June 26, 2006


We would like to hear from prospective devotees who desire to see a new revolution in presenting Vedic dramas to the masses. We would also like to hear from those devotees and/or organizations that would like to legally appropriate money for such ventures in a professional manner that will reap spiritual and financial benefits. Kindly visit: vedic108.blogspot.com



The Power of the Dharma, An Introduction To Hinduism And Vedic Culture
by Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa)
Posted June 26, 2006


This has been especially written for those who want an easy reference and introduction to the Vedic Hindu philosophy and tradition. This provides a concise overview and quick guide of the major principles found within Vedic culture, and answers the most common questions people have about Vedic customs and its Dharmic teachings. It also offers a good grasp of the essential values and ideology of the Vedic path while keeping it simple to understand. It provides many insights into the depth and value of the timeless wisdom of Vedic spirituality and reveals why the Dharmic path has survived for thousands of years. (Click here for the full article)



Cult Dynamics In ISKCON?
by Mahavidya das ACBSP
Posted June 25, 2006

Don' t lump us in ! That was the cry we always used whenever the media included ISKCON in the basket along with other minority groups. We' re not a cult, we are authorised. We' re simply misunderstood or misrepresented. If you don' t believe us, well its because you' re just plain demoniac. We are vaisnavas, we can do anything for Krishna. How dare you question what i say or do ,i am in the disciplic succession coming from God himself. If you dare criticise me , you are committing vaisnava aparada,you will suffer horribly, you are destined to rot in hell. (Click here for the full article)



'Making a Scapegoat': A Letter to Prithu Prabhu
by Jayadvaita Swami
Posted June 24, 2006

[This letter from Jayadvaita Swami was sent to Prithu in 1997]

Dear Prthu Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. You have sent me a message you have written about Dhanurdhara Swami, and you write: "I would be glad to hear what you have to say."

I'm not very familiar with the exchanges concerning Dhanurdhara Swami on the "GBC Discussions." In March I suspended my membership in that conference, and I've kept it suspended ever since. (Click here for the full article)



Court Approves Distribution In ISKCON Chapter 11 Case
by Gupta Das
Posted June 23, 2006

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in both California and West Virginia today granted ISKCON's motion to estimate claims for the purpose of distribution. Approval by the court provides the disbursement Trustee with legal authority to begin making compensation payments this month to well over 600 tort claimants.

Today's proceedings cap two years of federal court litigation and four years of reorganization proceedings in which ISKCON institutionally acknowledged abuse and agreed to compensate hundreds of children who attended Krishna schools worldwide. Rather than litigate over statutes of limitation from decades past which would likely have legally barred litigants from any financial recovery, ISKCON instead invited every abused former student to timely take part in a $9.5 million dollar compensation fund. (Click here for the full article)



Ratha Yatra And Janamastami 2006- ISKCON Vancouver, August 12-16, 2006
by ISKCON Vancouver
Posted June 22, 2006

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. There will be live, boisterous kirtans, ecstatic dramas and of course sumptuous full course feast. The highlight of the Event though is the three chariots that are pulled through the streets carrying their lordships.



“Vancouver’s Rathya Yatra is rivaled only by Los Angeles” –Jaya Adwaita Swami

(Click here for the full article)



Stop Empire-buiding; Do What Is Right
by Author's name withheld by request
Posted June 21, 2006

I have been following the recent controversy over yet another swami abusing children. I'd like to explore a point of view which I don't think anybody has voiced yet.

What happened at New Vrndavana and elsewhere -- the extreme abuse of power and trust -- forces me to ask questions I don't really want to ask:

How can somebody take disksha from Prabhupada, chant for many years, study the shastra for many years, and end up abusing their power like this? (Click here for the full article)



Sacrificial Lambs
by Rocana dasa
Posted June 20, 2006

A Response to "Statement on Behalf of the GBC Body About Dhanurdhara Swami" by Praghosa dasa, ISKCON CCO.

Praghosa dasa's statement June 15th, 2006 concerning Dhanurdhara Swami follows a long series of articles on the subject, which re-emerged upon news of the untimely death of Ananda McClure. I've been wanting to make a contribution to the discussion from my perspective, and this GBC statement warrants such a response.

At the time when the whole circumstance with Dhanurdhara Swami was transpiring, while he was in charge at the Vrindavan gurukula, I was a senior administrator in ISKCON at the local level. I had previously been the Temple President of Seattle and a headmaster of the gurukula there, and I was a close personal friend of Jagadisa Swami, who was the Minister of Education. (Click here for the full article)



Letter To Prison Ministry
by Shyama Priya devi dasi
Posted June 19, 2006

If anyone can contact John and help him in his Krsna consciousness, this would be greatly appreciated. If you want more information please contact Shyama Priya at the address below.

Dear Shyama Priya (ISKCON Prison Ministry),

I hope that everything is going well for you. I have been chanting my rounds on the japa beads that I made. I have received my parole, my out date is August 3. I'm going through a reentry program. The prison system just started doing this in an effort it stop recidivism.

(Click here for the full article)



Our Beautiful ISKCON
by Manoharini devi dasi
Posted June 19, 2006

All glories to "Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON". I would first like to start by saying that my heart goes out to all the devotees that were tortured by people who were put in a position of trust and power. These innocent devotee children were supposed to be loved and nourished with the seed of devotion. I have read many of the postings about Dhanudhara and I feel SICK to my stomach!! Sick to my stomach that the GBC, once trusted by Srila Prabhupada, has not taken this person out of his position of initiating spiritual master and the title "swami". He does not deserve the title even on these chakra articles.

It is up to us (the servants of the servants) to take this title away from him now! (Click here for the full article)



Sahadeva Sakha Das' Auspicious Departure
by Vaikunthadeva das, Kanka devi dasi
Posted June 17, 2006


Today, just after 12:00 noon, Sahadeva Sakha Prabhu, a dear and humble disciple of Srila Prabhupada, left his body in the company of his beloved family, and a few close devotee friends. The air was filled with the transcendental sounds of the devotees chanting the Holy Names along with one his favorite kirtan leaders, Visnujana Swami, while Srila Prabhupada recited the "Jaya Om" prayers. At the time of his departure he wore around his neck a beautiful red garland of carnations from Srila Prabhupada's murti. He also had a Tulasi leaf on his tongue, while Vrindavan dust, a Tulasi leaf, water from Mother Ganga, (Click here for the full article)



Gaudiya Kutir Wiki
by Madhavananda Das
Posted June 17, 2006


Gaudiya Kutir is pleased to announce the opening of Gaudiya Kutir Wiki (gkWiki) - an online Gaudiya Vaisnava encyclopedia.
wiki.gaudiyakutir.com

The project
The project is built as a community endeavor, block by block, and is steadily growing into a deep treasure-mine of information on all facets of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. The work is currently in its initial stages. The structure is being organized, the required entries are being charted and placeholders and disorganized content are being put in their places, the first complete entries are being written. (Click here for the full article)



Flood of Volunteers
by Caru Das
Posted June 16, 2006


Every one, if not more, of the promised 150 volunteers showed up at the temple by 9:30 am Saturday morning. The vast majority were teenagers, with about 20 adult mentors. From what I understand they were all from an LDS stake which is adjacent to the Provo Temple.

The organizer, Warner Woodworth, was immediately recognizable to me, as he has been to the temple many times, including to the Ground Breaking ceremony in 1996. Warner is the Founder of Unitus, an organization in India which gives micro loans to empower people in small businesses. He mentioned they hope within a year or two to have reached a goal of having given loans to 2,000,000 people. (Click here for the full article)



Uncompromising Reform/Nonetheless Corrupt
by Mark Laurence
Posted June 16, 2006

In response to the many wonderful articles of compassion, determination, and sheer outcry about the events concerning the untimely leaving of Ananda prabhu may I humbly add a couple words. I can`t help but feel that Ananda prabhu lived and fought a very full-life.

Our fight for freedom in this material world can and will injure us from time to time,and it is not un-common for us to want to give up. In many ways I am courting maya everyday, but in the many articles I have read about Ananda prabhu, this does not seem the case for him, but rather that he fought from strength to strength. (Click here for the full article)



Reflections On Murky Waters
by Ramachandra das
Posted June 15, 2006

First of all, I would like to compliment Chakra.org for mantaining an open minded attitude, allowing many wonderful Vaisnavas to express their feelings and opinions on critical issues, such as the one regarding the stepping down of Dhanurdara Swami.

I have been reading all the letters in relation to the tragic death of Ananda Prabhu and I'm very sad to find out that his action to commit suicide was predominately caused by the traumatic abuses he suffered --as an innocent child-at the hands of Danudhara Swami and other teachers. Also, I have been reflecting deeply on how this has been affecting my own feelings and understanding of our philosophy and, as a result of this, how I now view the leadership of ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)



A Note of Thanks
by Jagatkarta das
Posted June 15, 2006

Thank you to all devotees who have written, offering to send me Tulasi seeds. I am very grateful and overwhelmed by your generosity. All glories to your service! Tulasi-devi ki jaya!



Benefits of Book Distribution
by Suresh das
Posted June 14, 2006

First I want to thank Chakra for being a very open website. I am grateful that you are allowing devotees, at this time, to express their differing viewpoints of their Krishna Conscious experiences. I believe by airing our grievances, misunderstandings might possibly be rectified, and we might find harmony again, since we are all working for a common cause. Some issues of course are very deep, and may never be resolved, in spite of endless discussions, arguments, and debates. I have found many irresolvable issues have been healed in the past simply by chanting the Holy Name in Kirtan with all the devotees - at least it has always worked for me, (Click here for the full article)



Sri Panihati Mahotsav In Laguna Beach
by Bhaktin Molly, ISKCON Laguna Beach
Posted June 13, 2006


When: June 25, 2006 at 4:00pm
Where: At ISKCON Laguna Beach

You are cordially invited to Sri Panihati Mahotsav in beautiful Laguna Beach at Sri Panca Tattva Mandir on June 25, 2006 at 4:00pm. We have a very special guest speaker coming!

The schedule is as follows:

  • 4:00pm Bhajans
  • 4:45pm Lecture- Special Guest speaker
  • 6:00pm Kirtan
  • 6:30pm Feast

(Click here for the full article)



Abusers And Those Who Support Them
by Dhritarastra das
Posted June 12, 2006

In ISKCON scriptures are quoted that the guru is to be worshipped "as good as God." The GBC is sending a cowardly message to everyone in and around ISKCON and to its enemies as well, by letting persons who abused children physically or sexually hold the highest positions in the institution. It makes everyone very sad. When will the GBC show real concern and give protection and justice to its citizens both good and bad?

Many devotees prefer that abusers be kicked out of ISKCON, but at least they should not hold a position. (Click here for the full article)



Clarification About the Prominent Link Model
by Dhira Govinda dasa
Posted June 11, 2006

In "As Srila Prabhupada Said: 'Physician Heal Thyself'", Kaunteya Prabhu encourages me to examine my knowledge filters and biases. Certainly it is fair to ask me to turn the mirror on myself, *atmavan manyate jagat*, since in my article, The Weightiest Argument, I called attention to what I perceive to be a paradigm of *a priori* assumptions influencing decisions regarding the content of Srila Prabhupada's books. Also, I acknowledge that in The Weightiest Argument I neglected to mention that the recent revision to the first page of Sri-Caitanya-caritamrta demonstrates a humble willingness from the BBT to recognize mistakes and a dedication to the principle of editorial neutrality. (Click here for the full article)



Please Write a Letter To Caitanya Rupini In Turkmenistan
by Hari-kirtana dasa
Posted June 10, 2006

As I hope you are aware, Her Grace Caitanya Rupini devi dasi of Turkmenistan (legal name: Cheper Annaniyazova) was convicted by a Turkmen court of crimes both specified (crossing the border illegally) and unspecified and sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment in a labor camp in Northern Turkmenistan. The courts refusal to acknowledge obviously exculpatory evidence or reveal the nature of some of the charges against her support the generally held belief that her prosecution and conviction were politically motivated; the Turkmen government is not noted for it's tolerance of religious diversity. (Click here for the full article)



Book Review: Inside the Hare Krishna Movement
by Vasu Murti das
Posted June 10, 2006

Inside the Hare Krishna Movement: An Ancient Eastern Religious Tradition Comes of Age in the Western World

Author: Mukunda Goswami

Torchlight Publishing
279 pages
$19.95

In his book Inside the Hare Krishna Movement, Mukunda Goswami expertly discusses the relevance of Krishna Consciousness to modern life. Devotees are depicted not as ascetics renouncing the material world, but as active participants in the world's affairs. Devotees are shown associating with and distributing books, (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Moscow May Allocate New Plot for Krishna Temple

by PTI (Press Trust of India)
Posted June 10, 2006

Moscow may allocate a new plot for the construction of a Krishna temple despite opposition from the powerful Christian Orthodox Church and Muslim clergy.

The earlier allotment of plot to the Moscow chapter of ISKCON for building the Krishna temple was revoked by the prosecutor's office due to alleged "irregularities".

The Christian Orthodox Church and Muslim clergy were also opposed to the allotment of plot for the purpose. (Click here for the full article)



BBT International Executive Secretary, Long-term, Full-time Position
by BBT Krishna.com/BBT Special Projects
Posted June 9, 2006

BBT International has an opening for an executive secretary. We are looking for someone ready to make a long term commitment. In keeping with our self-assessed mandate to train and facilitate our youth, we encourage second generation youth to apply for this position. We’ll start with a one-year commitment and three-month probation period, but we are looking for someone to take this on as their project.

Job Responsibilities
Interface with ISKCON and non-ISKCON public around the world about the use of BBT copyrighted materials. Process permission’s applications; issue and document licenses, contracts and other necessary legal documents; follow up with licensees on proper use of licenses. (Click here for the full article)



For Protection, You Also Need Weapons
by Vrindavan dasa (Victor Epand)
Posted June 8, 2006

For suicide, you need a gun. To fight in Iraq, you need a gun. But conversely, for protection, you also need weapons. For protection, you need the conch, club, disk, lotus, sword, and bow of Sri Vishnu. What use is a gun without the fire branded weapon marks of Lord Vishnu? "Whose bodies are devoid of the mark of Sri Krsna's disk - like crematoriums are those men or women."

Here are some quotes from Hari Bhakti Vilasa in reference to the fire branded weapon marks:

"Who carries the branded disk on his body gets the strength of the gods, of immortal Visnu. Shaking off sin, he proceeds to heaven, where the ascetics with subdued passions enter." (Click here for the full article)



The Very Conception of Guru Is Diminished
by Nikunjavasini dasi -Alachua, FL
Posted June 8, 2006

I want to thank Chakra for creating a forum that allows devotees to freely speak their minds and reveal their hearts on crucial issues. There really is no other forum out there to do so and it is a valuable healing tool, as painful and difficult as some of these subjects are to tackle.

Whenever this issue about Dhanurdhara comes back into the spot light, it brings up for me severe pain from the past. I am a parent who entrusted the spiritual and physical welfare of my young (11 year old) son into the care of this demonic person who contributed to the most traumatic experience of my son's life as well as so many other young boys. (Click here for the full article)



The Need for Diversity
by Urvashi Patel
Posted June 8, 2006

In response to Agni Elen Moe's letter (Wrong To Portray Manor School As Just a Hindu Establishment) and the previous article from Mahavidya ACBSP (Racism In ISKCON) I would like to make the following points.

It is undoubtedly a worrying trend in the UK and elsewhere to jump on the Hindu bandwagon. Yes, the movement has reached stability by this move. However, this trend has also negative ramifications. There have been numerous articles of concern about the Hindufication of ISKCON. Raising such concerns I can already hear shouts of racism coming from those who have established their comfortable management positions and salaries with the help of the Hindu money. (Click here for the full article)



Leaders Still Hidden Among the Ranks
by Garuda das jr. (2nd generation)
Posted June 7, 2006

How do child abusers become elevated to swami and guru status in Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON? In Native American lore there's a telling that is for our time. It specifically mentions the qualities needed in the re-establishment of good leaders after so much decay. It says: "The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way -- by those whose actions spoke the loudest, who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage and who showed that they could and did work for the good of all would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs." (Click here for the full article)



Heart Felt Thank You And Prannams From ISKCON Baltimore
by ISKCON Baltimore Rathayatra Committee
Posted June 7, 2006


With well over 2,000 plates of prasadam served and even a greater number of people walking through the Festival of India, Baltimore’s Fourth Annual Jagannatha Rathayatra and Festival of India was a huge success!!!

The ISKCON Baltimore Rathayatra Committee would like to offer its humble obeisances and appreciation to all the devotees who helped make the festival possible. Your service personally, financially, or by just attending was much appreciated. Special thanks goes out to devotees who came all the way from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, West Virginia, and even Florida, to be a part of this blissful event, in service to our divine spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, and Lord Jagannatha. (Click here for the full article)



Krishna European Youth
by Deva-Shekhara Das
Posted June 6, 2006

The purpose of the following news is to INFORM YOU and all those interested about this summer's youth activities and initiatives at New Vrajamandala, Spain.

1.) Bala Gopal Summer Camp will continue this year!!

The camps, organised by Dharma Raja and many more devotees, every summer, are very important for the unity of our boys and girls and their experience of a devotional environment in Krishna Consciousness.

At the following address key.brahma.es/cn.pdf you can find information about the Bala Gopal Summer Camp which will run from the 7th of August till the 15th of August.

2.) From the 20th till the 30th of August (After Janmastami, on the 16th) we will be celebrating a great event! This event is the European Youth Festival for Young Devotees. We have christened this event the 'KEY' - Krishna European Youth. 'Key' makes a reference to the importance of our youth in the future of the movement for Krishna Consciousness. (Click here for the full article)



As Srila Prabhupada Said: 'Physician Heal Thyself.'
by Kaunteya Das
Posted June 6, 2006

The BBT editors changed their minds on an editing choice; will Dhira Govinda also change his mind on his policy of omission?

I read with great interest “The Weightiest Argument” by my friend Dhira Govinda Dasa, on the dynamics and implications of accepting and rejecting Srila Prabhupada’s words due to psychological processes. I agree on various points of principle he makes, such as the importance of carefully removing knowledge filters when we approach Srila Prabhupada’s words. And here the expression “physician heal thyself” becomes pertinent: (Click here for the full article)



Rasa Lila -not Yet
by Visnupriya
Posted June 5, 2006

I read with interest the excerpt from Srila Narayana Maharaja's lecture which has been entitled "who will say not to hear?" Firstly, the warnings that the various acaryas have given us against prematurely hearing rasa lila are not psychological tricks intended to encourage us to actually go ahead and hear rasa lila, but are indeed factual warnings. They cannot be compared to Rupa Goswami's warning against worship of Govinda, which he clearly directs towards materialists who want to "keep their mundane attachments to this world", thereby encouraging all those not in this category. (Click here for the full article)



Let ISKCON Be a Society of Mutual Care
by Purusa-sukta das
Posted June 5, 2006

I think that this discussion about the tragedy of Ananda Prabhu's sucide is important, for it is raising awareness of the need to care for devotees, and to create a culture of care in the devotional community, in ISKCON. It is so unfortunate that it takes extremes like this to remind us of the importance to care for each devotee, whether they be activeor not in ISKCON or in sadhana.

Recently I read an article by one of Ananda Prabhu's non-devotee/miltary friends, Eric Passchier, originally posted at blog.myspace.com, and it sheds light on the the recent past and turmoil that Ananda prabhu was undergoing, especially stemming from his terribly traumatic experiences in Iraq. (Click here for the full article)



Job Vacancies
by Hindu Forum of Britain
Posted June 4, 2006

1. Project Officer (Development Education) - Hindu Aid

Salary - £20,970, rising to £23450

2. Project and Communications Officer - Hindu Forum of Britain

Salary - £24,500

3. Executive PA - Hindu Aid

Salary - around £20,000 (Click here for the full article)



Special Dvd Now Available
by Sri Vrindavan dasa
Posted June 4, 2006


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. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Festival Transcends Into Expectations

by Laura DiGiulio, The Lantern
Posted June 3, 2006

With free East Indian vegetarian cuisine, live music, mantra-chanting and information on spirituality, the 2006 Festival of Transcendence attempted to fine-tune students' minds on the South Oval Wednesday and Thursday.

Carl Clemens, a member of Yoga Circle, the student group that hosted the festival, said they organized the event in order to inform students on the different philosophies of the Hare Krishna religion and the benefits of creating harmony between one's mind, body and soul. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Nepal On the Web
by Laxman das
Posted June 3, 2006

I am happy to announce that iskcon nepal has finally obtained its own domain name: www.iskconnepal.org

Please take a moment to look at it and send us your feedback to : laxman das at svgd108@gmail.com / laxmansastri@gmail.com

sponsors are always welcome



In Response to 'No Tolerance for Child Abuse in ISKCON'
by Vrndavanalila dasi, Kennewick, WA
Posted June 2, 2006

I really liked your letter. You are absolutely right! I have worked in psychiatric hospitals and prisons. I know in prisons, that even inmates have standards-They have zero tolerance for child abusers period. But here in the "anything goes" ISKCON movement it is OK, it was just a "mistake".

When are we ever going to raise our standards? My mother is 84 years old and has Alzheimer's disease. (Click here for the full article)



Wrong To Portray Manor S School As Just a Hindu Establishment
by Agni Elen Moe
Posted June 2, 2006

I am writing to you regarding an article in the Independent newspaper about the new Hindu school to be built in Harrow,which included a discription of Bhaktivedanta Manor primary school in Hertsfordshire, also known as the Hare Krishna school.

I can understand and very much support,a founded Hindu School in Harrow. Bhaktivedanta Manor primary school,however, is one of many Gurukulas being run by the Hare Krishnas all over the world. Many of these ISKCON ( International Society for Krisna Conciousness ) schools in the western world have white teachers, as well as white pupils. (Click here for the full article)



Highest Knowledge On the Planet
by Nikunjavasini dasi - Alachua, FL
Posted June 1, 2006

Today I received an email from a devotee named Devadeva dasi whom I do not know. She offered some opportunity to read Dhanurdara's letter of apology along with an attached 50 page Child Protection Office report on the case findings and judgment on Dhanudhara. This was part of my response to her,

"It is good that Dhanurdhara has tried to offer apologies to his victims. They may even think he is sincere if he did not pursue a position of leadership in ISKCON but because of that there is no way to assume that his apologies are sincere. Abusive, power seekers will do anything to gain power over others. There is really nothing I could read that would convince me that Dhanurdhara should be allowed to "pose" as an initiating guru.

(Click here for the full article)



Atma-yoga Teacher Training In Croatia
by Dhira Nitai das, CVS Zagreb
Posted June 1, 2006


We are happy to announce first Atma-yoga teacher training in Zagreb, Croatia. The training will start on July 25 (after Croatian Summer Camp) and end on September 01. Click the images for details. (Click here for the full article)



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