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The Gita Group

by Rasa Rasika dasa
Posted June 29, 2008


Following the success of the Japa Group, we are happy to announce the launch of a new and exciting blog called "The Gita Group". Here we will be discussing on a daily basis different aspects of the Bhagavad Gita....something we have read and would like to share with the world - something that has struck a chord in our spiritual lives.

Please visit the site www.thegitagroup.blogspot.com where you will be able to subscribe via email. (Click here for the full article)



IPM Freedom Newsletter
by Bhakta Jerry
Posted June 28, 2008

IPM Freedom Newsletter for July, August, September 2008 (newsletter format is a 1.47MB .pdf file. You must have Adobe Acrobat installed to view the file)

You can download previous issues and get the latest in prison preaching at www.iskconpm.org.



Flat for Rent in Jagannatha Puri
by Anuradha Sircar
Posted June 27, 2008

I have a 1 Bedroom Apartment for rent in Jagannatha Puri on the Beach in a brand new development. It is located near the CT Road end of Puri with beautiful views of the Ocean and the Jagannatha Temple right from the balcony. The apartment is on the 3rd floor in a very quiet and peaceful neighbourhood with access to internet cafes, food stores and the train station very close by. (Click here for the full article)



Deity Dresses
by Bharati Thakkar dasi
Posted June 25, 2008

We make deity dress for household Deities of Laddu Gopal, Nimai Nitai, Jagannath, Baldev , Subhadra.

Devotees of India and other countries, please contact us for your Deity dress needs and any other spiritual material from India.

Contact: prabhupada21@yahoo.com.



Paris Temple
by Srinath dasa
Posted June 24, 2008

From India to Ireland, Scotland to South Africa, America to Australia, Moscow to Mauritius, ISKCON (popularly known as the Hare Krishna Movement) is accepted as a bona fide religious organization around the world and is recognized among learned academics (e.g. University of Cambridge, England). In France however, the influential anti-cult bureau (funded by the French government) has successfully introduced laws and policies constricting the activities of minority religious organizations and in 1989, has unfairly and unlawfully branded the Hare Krishna movement a dangerous cult, thereby creating unfounded fears in the public against us and curtailing our efforts to serve French society.

But there are winds of change

(Click here for the full article)



Kirtanananda Swami Has Cancer
by Patita Pavana das
Posted June 22, 2008

We have just received a letter that Kirtananada Swami has lung cancer and will begin chemotherapy.

Whenever we hear the name "Kirtanananda" there are multifarious caveats dealing with his involvement with all the allegations made in Hubner's "classic expose" Monley On A Stick about the New Vrindavana legal (and illegal!) cases, ...and caveats aplenty are seen even the letter requesting prayers for K just received. K Swami is a hot potato, but a Vaishnava sent me a letter and it deserves a Vaishnava response for which I am happy to oblige. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Devotee
by Murlidar das
Posted June 19, 2008

I am looking for a devotee named Caitanya Chandra das . His old adress was 921 graham Avenue in Dallas. If anybody has a clue where he is, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you at murlidar@live.co.uk. Thanks for your attention.



Seeing Spiritual India, a Guide to Temples, Holy Sites, Festivals And Traditions
by Stephen Knapp
Posted June 18, 2008


This is written especially for anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of the spiritual traditions of India and learn what is the importance and history of the many holy sites that you can visit while traveling within this country. It is written for both those who are new to India and those who are experienced.

India has one of the most ancient cultures on the planet that is still a living and dynamic tradition. Many of the customs and rituals that we can see today have existed for thousands of years. This is what makes this country so interesting and draws so many people to it. It is the culture of yoga, meditation, gurus, spiritual philosophy, ancient festivals, holy men and women, sacred mountains and rivers, and the potential for becoming more aware of who we are and the purpose of life. (Click here for the full article)



Strolling of the Heifers Parade
by Lalita Madhava dasi
Posted June 17, 2008


This past weekend Brattleboro, Vermont celebrated the "Strolling of the Heifers" parade and festival. Named tongue-in-cheek after the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, the festival honors the significance of the dairy industry in Southern Vermont's agricultural economy. Dovetailing our own Vaishnava tradition of cow protection, Vermont devotees distributed opulent Krishna prasadam, expertly prepared by Sundarakara Prabhu and friends, at Govinda's Prasadam Booth. (Click here for the full article)



Things Change; Avoid Silly Controversy
by Ramachandra Goswami
Posted June 15, 2008

Times have changed. Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami was born and grew up in an age in Bengal which could almost have been a different planet than today's modern India. When I was first in India 30 years ago, to see an Indian girl in western dress was unusual. Unmarried girls wore salwar kurta, and married women wore saris, unless they were Muslims or were from the northern states. The ladies of Prabhupada's era wore the Bengali style of sari, which is very modest.

I remember that in Vrindavan 30 years ago brahmin women would wrap a white shawl over their saris if they went out -- even in summer. (Click here for the full article)



Friends of BBT June Newsletter
by friendsofthebbt.org
Posted June 13, 2008


As a young man in Lille, France, Anandamaya Dasa probably never expected to live most of his adult life in India. But in 1971, he took an epic journey that would change his life, driving thousands of miles from his home to the mystical Eastern country, where he planned to spend a year travelling.

On his way home, however, he happened to stop in Bihar, where several of Srila Prabhu-pada's disciples from ISKCON Calcutta were attending a mela. Anandamaya spoke to Tamal Krishna Goswami, and Achyutananda and Guru-kripa Prabhus, and was so fascinated with their philosophy that he followed them to Calcutta. "I joined ISKCON there in 1972, and have lived in India ever since," he says. (Click here for the full article)



Book Details Devotee Women's Glorious Departures
by Manjari dasi
Posted June 11, 2008

I have noted the devotees' response and concern over the misogynistic messages on women being propagated in the name of Srila Prabhupada and Krsna consciousness. Whether it is in the extreme (as here) or the more common 'moderate' form of denigration (women are this, women are that...), it still diminishes enthusiasm and faith in Krsna consciousness and in being able to attain the goal of spiritual life. I directly experienced this myself and moreso through the confusion and pain of many other devotee women.

It was with this concern that I spoke with HH Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja on how to help the large numbers of devotee women whose sincere endeavors in spiritual life are adversely affected by having to bear the demeaning attitudes stemming from spiritually immature male egos. (Click here for the full article)



Book Review
by Dasi, B. Radha-Govinda
Posted June 9, 2008

A wonderful book "Man Woman Dilemna: Relationship Truth for Troubled Times," written by Srila Prabhupada's disciple, Yogamaya Dasi (Faith) and her husband Justice Collier, takes the dilemmna out of the male/female relationship and gives formulas for living in an enlivening, successful and wonderful marital relationship with your spouse.

Inspired by the Divine realm, the authors themselves attributing this - I believe Srila Prabhupada has had a huge part in contributing - this book presents in a conversational format, so many facts to enlighten in this regard. (Click here for the full article)



A Devotee By Bicycle
by Aprakrita dasa
Posted June 7, 2008


Here is a rather special project. There are various ways to spread Krishna Consciousness, but you will find here one nothing but ordinary.

Indeed, from June 15, I am planning to travel by bike in order to preach this philosophy through the province of Quebec, specially in a very touristic region called "Les Laurentides". I will go alone for a bike ride of about 350 kilometers, and of course another 350 kilometers for the way back. But I will do the way back in part by bicycle and in part by bus. (Click here for the full article)



Mixed Melodies At Mangal Aroti
by Parama seva das
Posted June 6, 2008

One morning in 1991 after mangal aroti at the Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn, my initiating spiritual master, HH Vipramukhya Swami, called over the kirtan leader and informed him: "You're mixing melodies." Then Maharaja launched into an interesting explanation which I will now attempt to briefly summarize.

The Gurv-astaka prayers by Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur which are sung every morning in all ISKCON temples are traditionally sung in two distinct melodies: one for the morning and one for the evening. For those unaware, the morning melody is the one which is always used at the beginning of all mangal arotis. It is similar to the tune in which many "morning" songs are sung: Arodaya-kirtan, Jiv Jago and Vibhavari Sesa being some examples. (Click here for the full article)



Preaching Program in Allentown
by Anil das
Posted June 5, 2008

Inviting Allentown (PA) people to start/join a Bhakti Yoga club. We are planning to meet fortnightly and will discuss from the purports of Srila Prabhupad (a pioneer of Bhakti Yoga in West). Meetings will last for 1 hr and will include free 15 minute session on Breathing exercises and Yoga Postures. Free Vegetarian Meal will be included. Only genuinely interested people need to apply. There is no fee to this program although donations are accepted for reading materials and yoga paraphernalia. contact: Anil at anil108@gmail.com. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows, June
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted June 4, 2008

Jai Govinda! Our web site has suffered major problems and is being rebuilt. We should be back to normal soon. Please bear with us. Our June 2008 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

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

1. An invitation to meet Vanamali who we have served for seven years.

2. A testimonial by Rohinisuta and Gaurangapriya Prabhus from Switzerland. They travel extensively in Russia and are spreading the glories of cow protection.

3. A brief report on the six new arrivals.

4. An update on Sunita whose leg was as good a gone.

5. And more... (Click here for the full article)



Altars for Sale
by Upendra das
Posted June 2, 2008


Handmade wooden altars different sizes, call for prices. Location, Alachua, Florida, shipping can be arranged, call Upendra Das at 352-283-4603.



Festival Report From Simhachalam
by Antaryami Krishna Dasa (BCS)
Posted June 1, 2008

I want to share with all of You which I think was one of the best Festivals i´ve ever attended for Years. On the slopes of the Bavarian mountains in the middle of the Bavarian Forest in this beautiful serene surrounding the 25th Sri Narasimha Chaturdasi Festival in Germany took place. Devotees from far and near came to take part in this wonderful Celebration.

More than 540 Devotees from all over Europe came to the place known as Simhachalam, also many spiritual Leaders in ISKCON came such as H.H Sacinandana Swami, H.H. Krishna Ksetra Prabhu, H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami, H.G. Tattvavit Prabhu, H.G. Dina Sharana Mataji and many other Disciples of H.D.G. Srila Prabhupada among them after 20 Years, H.G. Kripa Moya Prabhu who was very impressed by the devotion and love the European Devotees have for their Lordships Sri Sri Prahlad Laxmi Narasimhadeva. (Click here for the full article)



  Unity in Diversity
by Abhay Caran Dasa, North American Secretary WVA-VVRS
Posted June 28, 2008

This morning I was thinking about some of the envisions by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, one in particular was that there be Judges with tilak consulting the Vedas to give truth? There are many steps that have to be taken amongst us in unity before that will ever happen, 1st and foremost who would respect Vaisnavas quarreling in courts over the properties given by the Lord for preaching without our personal interests ? Or abuse of ones power, quarreling or rhetoric on the internet or in papers and literature from some who attempt to minimize others, with their tikas demonstrate that (Click here for the full article)



Toronto Ratha Yatra 2008
by ISKCON Toronto
Posted June 27, 2008

ISKCON Toronto would like to invite all devotees around the world to experience the bliss of unadulterated kirtan as their Lordships Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra adorn the streets of Toronto for the 36th year on July 19th and 20th!

Highlights of Toronto's 36th Annual Festival of India - Ratha Yatra include:

  • Fantastic line up of distinguished VIPs like HH Bhaktimarga Swami, HH Purnacandra Gosvami, HH Gopal Krishna Maharaja, HH Jayapataka Swami, HH Rtadvja Swami, HG Dravida Prabhu, HG Malati Prabhu, HG Krsna Nandini Prabhu, HG Brhat-Mrdanga Prabhu, and HG Mahatma Prabhu.

(Click here for the full article)



Gita Nagari Ratha Yatra
by Tamal Krsna dasa
Posted June 25, 2008


You are all invited take part in this year's Gita Nagari Ratha Yatra. Please join us as we dance with Lord Jagannatha through the hills of Pennsylvania. There will be lots of entertainment, kirtans, a shopping bazaar, and of course, prasadam. For more information, please call 717.527.4101 or 717.320.2926.



Mother-Law-In, Father-Law-In
by Niscala dasi
Posted June 24, 2008

The guidelines of our transcendental father are given to us in sastra and in the other worlds scriptures, summarily, to be kind, loving, compassionate and thoughtful, and to this end to strive to be self-controlled, disciplined, responsible, and in general to think in terms of what is beyond oneself, to think and to work for the good of all. What of the laws of the mother, then? These are of course, the laws of nature, and they work in harmony with the laws of the father, but whereas fatherlaw only applies to humankind, motherlaw applies to all species. They are ingested with her milk, that is, to live and to die in order to feed and benefit others. This is most apparent in vegetation simply because we are animals and from our viewpoint, plants are indispensible. Yet from the point of view of the humble herb, without the exhaled breath of animal life, the atmosphere would soon be starved of CO2 emissions and all plant life would die. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Devotees Celebrate 12th Annual Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra in Queens, Ny, July 6, 2008
by Mithuna Das
Posted June 22, 2008

The June 13th 2008 New York City Ratha Yatra, was a transcendental sight to behold ; some 5000 Vaisnavas serenaded Their colorful Lordships Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra down 5th Avenue, with unparalleled gaiety and abandon. Caring neither for common public opinion nor tomorrow, the devotees danced and danced; moving in effortless unison, their bodies formed complex geometries that would make ardent string theorists sit up, and pay attention. Little did we know that in a few hours, another wave of ecstasy was coming. On Sunday June 14th a Maha Maha Harinam was held at the Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir. Some 1500 devotees spent an evening of super ecstatic dancing to rich melodies of sweet kirtan; even temple floor under the feet of the dancing devotees oscillated as if it was being struck by the shear wave front of a crust shattering earthquake. (Click here for the full article)



House for Rent (Gita Nagari)
by Devadeva dasi
Posted June 19, 2008

Our house is available to rent beginning August 1. It is 4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, approx. 3,000 square feet on 2 acres filled with gardens. The house is 1.1 miles from the Gita Nagari farm road. For more info about the house, visit academiahouse.blogspot.com.

Terms of rental agreement: 1 year lease, $1,300 security deposit. All applicants subject to background and credit check.

For more info, please contact Devadeva dasi: devamirel@gmail.com or call 717-527-9973.



Beware of Canvassing Devotee
by Sandamini devi dasi (Temple President - Tucson, Arizona)
Posted June 18, 2008

While my husband and I were off preaching in Northern Arizona for a few days, I got a call from one of our temple devotees that a devotee who used to live at New Vrindavan named Jaya Rishi das, was mingling with our temple new devotees and guests, trying to convince them to go with him to Badger, California to see Narayan Maharaj. At first he didn't expose his agenda. and as he said that he himself was a Prabhupada disciple on his way to Los Angeles (he made it sound like he was on his way to the L.A. Iskcon temple), our temple devotees allowed him to stay over night and even invited him to give Bhagavatam class the next morning. (Click here for the full article)



Alachua House for Rent
by Sudevi Sundari
Posted June 17, 2008

Spend July in Alachua visiting the temple, the springs, your friends... 3 bedroom/1 bath House for Rent from June 20 - July 29 in Alachua. Includes DishNetwork w/DVR in all 3 bedrooms, Wireless Internet, Central AC, 5 beds (1 queen, 4 twins) total plus living room futon, Full Use of Kitchen & Yard (w/kiddie pool and sprinkler), Home phone with unlimited long distance, quiet private culdesac street.

7 Minute Drive to New Raman Reti Temple at the feet of Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundar
20 Minute Drive to the Springs
15 Minute Walk to Downtown Alachua Shops (Click here for the full article)



Taiping Ratha Yatra
by Yaduraj Krishna Dasa
Posted June 15, 2008


Please be invited to attend Taiping, Malaysia 11th Annual Ratha Yatra Chariot Festival on 19th July 2008 which promised to be filled with wonderful and spiritual atmosphere.The Chariot processions of Their Lordships Sri Sri Jaganath,Baladeva and Subhadra and the flower Float of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness,ISKCON shall start at 5.30pm from TNC Sri Thandayuthabani Murugan Temple and shall end at Taiping Town Hall by 7.30pm. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
ISKCON Remembers R. K. Shitaljit

by the Imphal (Manipur) Free Press
Posted June 13, 2008

ISKCON devotees have offered condolences on the departure of noted scholar and teacher Raj Kumar Shitaljit Singh. Born on August 18, 1913, he died at 95 at his residence at Keishampat Top Leirak on June 8, 2008.

Shitaljit had received many awards including the President's Medal for teaching (1967), the Thoibi Devi Award for literature (from Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, 1999) and the Writer of the Year award (from Naharol Sahitya Premi Samiti, 2000). He received the Manipur Journalist Award in 1995 and was offered a fellowship by Manipur State Kala Akademi in the same year. Among the books he translated from Bengali are the Gita Govinda and Padavali gi Shayan Shaikhan. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada Incense Special
by houseofmohan.net
Posted June 11, 2008

25 packs of all one fragrance,

Any fragrance sale priced at $20 US plus $ 4 S&H

Famous "House of Mohan" incense

10 sticks per pack

visit our website at www.houseofmohan.net


additional flavors also available:

  • african violet
  • cashmir
  • coconut

(Click here for the full article)



A New Preaching Milestone in Arizona
by Iskcon Phoenix
Posted June 9, 2008


The Iskcon Phoenix temple (in Arizona, USA) is planning to open a Govinda's Restaurant in the temple itself, by the end of summer '08 and we are looking for an exceptional cook with experience who may be either single or with family. This will make the second Govinda's in the state of Arizona. Tucson has had a successful Govinda's open for over 16 years. The Phoenix temple management is freshly being reorganized by our new temple president, Bhava dasa (a Srila Prabhupada disciple) and we have a large mostly Indian congregation.. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the U.S. and has a year round weather climate similar to India. (Click here for the full article)



Atma Yoga Teacher Training
by Wesley S. Camp
Posted June 9, 2008


Devotees all over the word have been using Atma Yoga as a tool for Bhakti outreach. If you have thought about taking the training and becoming a certified teacher now is an excellent time. Atma Yoga teacher training is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered training taking place in Los Angeles July 11 - August 9. Details are available at www.atmayoga.net. Our comprehensive approach includes anatomy, personal practice, multiple styles of yoga, yoga history and philosophy. We also take you into the mind-opening world of yoga psychology. You will especially appreciate our unique science of presentation skills. When you finish this powerful four week training you will be more confident and charismatic, and you will be ready to teach a yoga class.

wesley@wesleycamp.org
www.wesleycamp.org
(404) 273-7538



The Dogs May BARK...
by Amara dasa
Posted June 7, 2008

I appreciated my Godsister Jadurani's rebuttal to the foolish video posted on YouTube.com. I suppose one of the unfortunate side effects of the Internet is that anyone can post anything at all, even if it is completely untrue, adulterated or disrespectful. One of my favorite quotes from Srila Prabhupada has always been, "The dogs may bark, but the caravan passes" and in this regard it is appropriate that the author of the offensive video goes under the name "Barking Dog." (Click here for the full article)



Devotee Gathering in Rochester, NY
by Srinivasa Acharya Das
Posted June 6, 2008

I am looking for devotees living in and close-by to Rochester, NY to start regular devotee gathering there. If anyone is interested please call me at (585) 820-5028.



Unfortunate BBT Book Surprise
by Suresh das
Posted June 5, 2008

I recently bought 10 copies of "Sri Isopanisad" from the free Sastra Dana bookrack at ISKCON Laguna Beach Temple. What I do is take a stack, whenever I go to the temple, make a donation in the box on the rack, and then distribute the books at my local yoga studio.

Unfortunately, when I opened one of the "Sri Isopanisad", it had the word "Bullshit!" stamped in big red block letters on many of the pages throughout the entire book. (Click here for the full article)



7th Annual Himalayan Fest
by Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork, Utah
Posted June 4, 2008


Saturday June 7, 6:00 pm
Schedule of Events

The 7th Annual Himalayan Performing Arts Festival will be held Saturday June 7th. at the Krishna Temple one mile south of Spanish Fork on Main St. Performing artists will take the stage, and present a menu of folk dance, classical Indian dance, drama, music and songs, according to the following stage schedule.

  • 6:00 pm: Indoors: Movie: Himalayan Pilgrimage
  • 6:00 pm: Outdoor stage: Chants of the Himalayas, Shatakshi Goyal, Bharat Natyam Dance Drama: Genie and the Lamp

(Click here for the full article)



A Critique on BarkingDog18's Video
by Jadurani dasi
Posted June 2, 2008

A video is currentlyposted on www.Google.com, which is called "Narayana Maharaja Blasphemes Prabhupada." The article is playingon "youtube". As soon as an innocent person types "Narayana Maharaja videos" on the Google search bar, this video comes up as #2 on the list.

The name of the person who posted this video is unknown to us, but he identifies himself onYoutube as Barkingdog18. In order to try to establish his conception, Barkingdog18 has cut and edited out various parts of the lecture. (Click here for the full article)



No Consequences for Misogynists?
by Name withheld
Posted June 1, 2008

It has now been nearly two weeks (or a month if one counts Dandavats' publication of the minutes of the Mayapura meetings and comments on Resolution 311) since the matter of his disciple's repugnant "Hare Krishna Diary" was brought to Bhakti Vikasa Swami's attention. Plenty of time, one would think, for a contemplative assessment of the incredible damage this blog has done in ways too numerous to even count. But has the worldwide Society of devotees heard one single word of contrition from Maharaja, what to speak of any sort of apology? No. Not a single word. And the "Hare Krishna Diary" goes on and on, taking Srila Prabhupada's statements out of context as an excuse to vilify and oppress women and to insult and alienate numerous other Vaisnavas who strive to serve the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya. (Click here for the full article)



  Toronto Ratha Yatra 2008
by ISKCON Toronto
Posted June 29, 2008


Click Here For The Article



The Passing of a Vaisnava Family Member
by Chaitanya Mangala dasa
Posted June 27, 2008

It is with much sadness that I inform you of the passing of Gokulananda dasa (Kevin Michael Simmons), a member of the Gurukuli Community.

On Friday, June 20th 2008 Gokulananda died by suicide in Marina Del Rey, CA USA.

The news of his departure was conveyed to his family and Gurukuli peers by his long-time girlfriend, Michelle LeMay. (Click here for the full article)



Alachua Lots for Sale
by Kalakantha das
Posted June 27, 2008

The last two lots in the all-devotee owned Talavan Woods subdivision near Alachua are now available for sale.

These adjoining 1/2 acre lots are partially wooded and easy to maintain. Each is on a paved road, an easy 5-minute drive from ISKCON Alachua.

The lots are zoned for building a new house or installing a late-model double wide mobile home. (Click here for the full article)



Drummer Needed
by Acuyta Krishna Das
Posted June 25, 2008

Working Mantra Rock Project needs drummer for recording and live performances.

Visit www.violetorange.org

We are based in Venice Beach, CA. This summer we are touring Europe and recording a new CD. We have independent support as well as record label support. We have been searching for a devotee drummer for a while with no luck. So we are praying to Krishna to manifest an awesome devotee drummer who can play music as an occupation.

gopidust@gmail.com or 808.269.6641



In the News:
Krishna Carnival Lights Up London

by bbc.co.uk
Posted June 24, 2008


The chariots were pulled by rope through the streets of central London

The Londoners are used to seeing juggernaughts rumbling through their streets, but this was a very different kind of heavy traffic.

It was a riot of colour in the heart of the capital - three 40-foot-high wooden chariots pulled from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, accompanied by a colourful crowd singing, chanting and dancing their way along the route.

Britain's Hare Krishnas were holding their 40th annual Rathayatra Carnival of Chariots, a street festival which brings together a mixture of devotees and bemused onlookers. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON North America's Official Statement On the Love Guru
by Anuttama das, ISKCON Minister of Communication
Posted June 22, 2008

On June 20, 2008, Paramount Pictures releases The Love Guru nationwide. The film tells the story of Guru Pitka (Mike Myers), a westerner raised at an Indian ashram, who grows up to be a high-profile and eccentric holy man come west.

While the level of humor contained in the film is crass, the comedy has drawn significant attention even before its official opening - both pro and con - and from Hindu-Americans concerned that it violates appropriate boundaries in dealing with a religious subject. (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnavi.org Is Back
by Radhe Syam dasi and Abhay Caran Dasa
Posted June 18, 2008

With much happiness we are happy to announce that our website www.vaisnavi.org is available again to visit for all.



Devotee in Kenya Needs Help
by Krsna devi dasi
Posted June 17, 2008

I was born and brought up in a very poor family, where even obtaining food was a problem. One by one all of my family members died of some unpredictable diseases. After I was left alone and could not support myself since I was only eight years old at that time. So I ended up being a street boy in one of the Kenya's big towns, Kisumu. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Kazakh Parliament Plans Draconian Anti-Religion Law

by Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service
Posted June 15, 2008

Despite recent tweaking of the draft Religion Law due to be presented to parliament on June 11 by its lower-house Working Group, the text contains many violations of international human rights commitments. "They put many distracting points in the draft to take away our attention from the real pitfalls," Aleksandr Klyushev of the Association of Religious Organisations complained to Forum 18 News Service. "We need to do everything in our power to stop this law from being adopted."

Penalties for unregistered religious activity will be stepped up, (Click here for the full article)



The 2nd Annual 24 Hour Kirtan Festival
by Ananda Tirtha
Posted June 13, 2008

Come to New Vrindaban, USA, June 21-22, 2008

Join a worldwide sanga of devotees and spend a weekend immersed in the nectar of the holy name. Featuring many of the best kirtaniyas in the US and abroad, and with a host of senior devotees expected such as Sivarama Swami, Radhanath Swami, Niranjana Swami, Candramauli Swami, Amiyavilasa Swami, Varsana Swami, Bada Hari Das, Madhava Das, and more.

No Seminars. No Festival Fee. No Playing Around. Only Chanting. (Click here for the full article)



New Blog for Women
by Vraja Bhumi dasi
Posted June 11, 2008

There is a new blog specifically meant for the empowerment of women and minorities who have been affected by the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and other gaudiya vaisnava teachers. You can see it at:

harekrishnawomen.wordpress.com/



Devotee Home for Sale in Alachua, FL
by Radha Vallabha dasi
Posted June 9, 2008

Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath devotee home for sale in Alachua, Florida. Home of the largest devotee community in the U.S. Five minute drive from the Hare Krsna Temple and the New Raman Reti (Montessori style) Gurukula. Cozy Victorian style house. Built in 1947. 1360 square feet. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Mangalore: MRPL, ISKCON Launch Mid-Day Meal Programme

by Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (SMK/MSP)
Posted June 9, 2008


Mangalore May 31: With the intention of serving school-going children hot and healthy lunch, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) and International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), in association with Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat, have initiated the mid-day meal programme for the children studying in schools surrounding Katipalla and Chelairu villages.

Inaugurating the programme at the zilla panchayat higher primary school Katipalla on Saturday May 31, MRPL managing director R Rajamani said, that about 5000 students in the region will be benefited from this programme (Click here for the full article)



Alachua House for Rent
by Rama dasi
Posted June 7, 2008

House for rent in the beautiful town of Alachua, Florida- located in a very peaceful neighborhood perfect for devotees; five minute drive to the temple; school bus transportation very near; half block from the Recreational Center (includes basketball court, spray pool, soccer field and more); walking distance to the post office, supermarket, public library and Alachua downtown area with restaurants and shopping stores; concrete house with four bedroom, new construction, (Click here for the full article)



Detroit Ratha Yatra
by Srinandan das
Posted June 6, 2008

ISKCON Detroit is having its Rathayatra festival on Saturday, June 28 at Belle Isle.

We had 2500 people attend last year and we plan to have 5000 this year for a bigger and better celebration. Last year everyone said it had been the best one yet. So please plan on attending for plenty of kirtan, and a two-and-a-half hour parade through Belle Isle for the pleasure of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra. There will be free bottled water along the way, and at the festival area there will be free entertainment, fascinating exhibits, (Click here for the full article)



From the Sidelines
by Theist
Posted June 5, 2008

Just a quick thought from the sidelines on this continuing contentious subject that becomes prominent in devotee circles every couple of years or so. I have always thought it strange that today's devotee men have the audacity to demand that devotee women be made to live according to some vedic ideal of what a woman should be, when they themselves are usually anything but the shining example of vedic manhood.

Brothers, have you ever considered that you are not worthy of the respect and devotion that you demand from your mates? Perhaps if you all concentrated more on becoming a true devotee man, (Click here for the full article)



Alachua House for Rent
by Rama dasi
Posted June 4, 2008

House for rent in the beautiful town of Alachua, Florida- located in a very peaceful neighborhood perfect for devotees; five minute drive to the temple; school bus transportation very near; half block from the Recreational Center (includes basketball court, spray pool, soccer field and more); walking distance to the post office, supermarket, public library and Alachua downtown area with restaurants and shopping stores; concrete house with four bedroom, new construction,has a back porch, nice backyard, central heating and A/C, washer & dryer, DSL, cable & satilite available, (Click here for the full article)



Announcement And Invitation to the Cologne Ratha Yatra
by Keshava Dasa
Posted June 1, 2008


Please see attached the invitation and announcement to our annual Ratha Yatra in Cologne/Germany. (Click here for the full article)



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