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June 2011
Mahaprabhu's Mercy Flows at Bonnaroo
by Vakreshvara das, Louisville, Kentucky ISKCON
Posted June 30, 2011

Perhaps the largest summer festival in the entire United States, a music festival known as Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, ended a few weeks ago. Dozens of popular bands and musicians performed at the five-day festival, which had an estimated attendance of over 100,000 people, mainly youth from North America but some from all over the world.


It was an intense scene: blazing Tennessee sun, constant dust from the gravel roads coating everything, widespread intoxication, meat-eating, nearly nude young people everywhere and a heavy mood of youthful enjoyment. How could we hope to be successful in such a scene? Nonetheless, Mahaprabhu's mercy was flowing like golden lava, unstoppable, penetrating everyone and everything. (Click here for the full article)



Toronto Ratha Yatra
by Madhavi Mangu
Posted June 28, 2011


New Remuna Dhama, ISKCON Toronto, would like to extend a warm invitation to devotees around the world to experience our 39th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) on July 16-17, 2011! Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra has the unique distinction of being accredited by Madhuha das, the organizer of the traveling Festival of India tour, as being the largest Ratha-Yatra in North America with nearly 40,000 people in annual attendance and a plethora of Srila Prabhupada’s books distributed each year!

Pre-Ratha-Yatra Kirtan Festival!

The 39th Annual Festival of India is thrilled to announce that celebrations will once again feature an exclusive pre-festival kirtan celebration. Landing in Toronto from Switzerland, just days before the main events, renowned global kirtan superstar Madhava das will once again headline a list of kirtaneers who will blow the roof off New Remuna Dhama during a 12-hour kirtan marathon from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm on Friday, July 15th! Madhava das will lead kirtan with a distinguished heart-melting and soul-strumming vibe that must be felt to be believed! Stay tuned for a full line-up of kirtan leaders! (Click here for the full article)



Accommodation Wanted
by Navin Runjit Singh
Posted June 27, 2011

I am going to be doing some research at Oxford Brookes University starting 7th July. I would like to rent a room for a month, preferably from a vegetarian family. To respond, please email me at (Click here for the full article)



Jayapataka Swami Disciple Meeting
by Ortrun Gates
Posted June 26, 2011

We are both excited and honoured to host and receive disciples (diksa and siksa) and wellwishers of HH Jayapataka Maharaj on 24, 25, 26 June here in Gita Nagari for their First Annual North American Disciple Gathering! HH Bhakti Purusottama Maharaj will be here! If you would like to register to participate, please contact Sukhada das on (Click here for the full article)



New Community Members
by New Vrindaban Communications
Posted June 24, 2011


Baby swans are called cygnets, and on May 13, four cygnets emerged from their eggs on the shore of New Vrindaban’s lake. “I brought the parents to New Vrindaban from Ohio four years,” said Malati devi dasi. “They have been laying eggs every year since then.”

The proud parents took their babies onto the water the very next day after their hatching. The cygnets swam alongside the adults like experts.

‘These swans are not ordinary birds,” said Malati with excitement. “Srila Prabhupada told us many times that the residents of Vrindaban in India are advanced souls. Otherwise, how could they have taken birth in the Holy Dhama of Lord Krishna’s pastimes? New Vrindaban is non-different from Vrindaban, so any soul who takes birth here is special!”

In Sanskrit, a swan is called a hamsa. The ancient Vedic scriptures describe that if a hamsa is offered a bowl of milk mixed with water, the hamsa will separate the two substances and drink only the nutritious milk. Similarly, a paramahamsa is (Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada's Palace Rose Garden in Full Bloom
by New Vrindaban Communications
Posted June 20, 2011


Right now is the perfect time to visit the Palace Rose Garden, whether you are a home gardener or simply a lover of roses. The garden is in its first bloom until the end of June.

While most rose gardens have only one or two blooms each year, this year the Palace Rose Garden will have four blooms. This is a testament to both the exceptional quality of the rose varieties and to the expertise of Betty Hickey, the Palace rosarian since 1985.

This current first bloom will last until the end of June. The second bloom will be from mid-July until the end of July. The third bloom will be from mid-August until mid-September. The fourth bloom will be from mid-October until the first frost.

The Palace Rose Garden boasts over 100 different varieties of roses and over 850 plants. The Palace of Gold Rose Garden has been accredited by the All-America Rose Selections (AARS) since 1987. (Click here for the full article)



Book Wanted
by Sri Radha Vallabha dasa
Posted June 19, 2011

WANTED: the book "Sree Chaitanya" by Tridandi Swami B.H. Bon, published in 1940 by Popular Book Depot. Want to sell it and make me very happy? Contact Sri Radha Vallabha dasa at: (Click here for the full article)



Greece Rental Available
by Gokulananda das
Posted June 17, 2011


Beaches of Pileo Greece

House or room in a beautiful part of Greece for rent for half price to devotees. 2 bedroom house with living room ,bathroom and all facilities(including internet) in picturesque and pristine part of Greece available for devotees for half price(Euro 175 a week for the whole house- or even less for a room). Close to beautiful beaches, mountains and rivers. Ideal for honeymoons,relaxing rehabilitation or a great holiday away from it all.Book now for this season or enquiries by emailing (Click here for the full article)



And Devotional Service Begins…
by Bhakti-lata Dasi, ISKCON Prison Ministry
Posted June 15, 2011


Almost every week I receive letters from inmates who just came in contact with Krsna through Prabhupada’s books. Some of these letters are brief, others more extensive, but all reflect a genuine desire to know the truth; all are from inmates who are reaching out, excited, curious, hopeful. Eric’s letter (below) is a good example:

“To whom it may concern,

A friend let me borrow a CD and book of Swami Prabhupada, and reading it, I became very interested and wanted to learn more. Shortly thereafter I saw the address for ISKCON in a resource guide I had and wrote them. Also I read a BTG magazine not too long ago and I wrote the people there too. I was curious as to if it would be possible to have books and/or magazines sent to me for further study.

Words can’t express my appreciation; what I have heard/read so far really speaks to me. Krsna consciousness feels like a deep truth I have always known about in some part of my mind, but have never fully realized or seen clearly. It’s hard to put into words my feelings about it, (Click here for the full article)



Outreach Inward
by Niscala dasi
Posted June 9, 2011

The GBC have used the Christian term “outreach” to describe the activities of preaching, book distribution and festivals, which can attract people to join the movement, as some people join a church. Once “converted”, they practice their beliefs at home while working at normal occupations, coming to the church or temple on Sundays as a congregational member. The hopeful idea behind this is that they turn their occupational duty into devotional service by a change in consciousness. The problem with it is that ISKCON may become just a change of consciousness on Sunday, and the rest of the week spent in forgetfulness of Krishna, absorbed in the economic and psychological challenges of work and family. It could become “churchianity” as warned about by Srila Prabhupada. Some of the obstacles in achieving that desired change in consciousness, that turns ordinary work into Krsna consciousness, will be discussed herein.

In various parts of the books that we distribute, the importance of association is stressed as vital to spiritual advancement- one must give up asat sanga and take only the association of devotees. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Message Bollywood Style
by Parasuram das, Food For All Kingscross, England
Posted June 6, 2011

Just for fun. Filmed at Bhaktivedanta Manor Goshala

Music production: Diwakadish Prabhu

Lyrics by: Mahamantra and Parasuram

Sung by: Srikama

Acted out by: Moksa Laxmi

Click Here



News From Camp Garuda
by Cyavana Swami
Posted June 4, 2011


WATERMELON FESTIVAL - Camp Garuda will sponsor Srila Prabhupada's book table and Kirtan at the yearly Watermelon Festival in Cheifland next Saturday, June 4th. Follow SR 24 and US 27 to downtown area, Park Street. 8am to 4pm. Please join us. Over 6000 people expected at this event.

SUMMER PROGRAMS - Camp will be open all summer. Use of the facility is free for most small groups. 352-528-5496

SUNDAY FEAST - Every Sunday at 12 noon. Bring a covered dish if you like. Guest speakers welcome.

COUNTY FAIR - (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows Newsletter June 2011
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted June 1, 2011

The June 2011 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 17 pages (1.6 MB) we present reports on:

1. The recuperation shed in progress at our Kiki Nagla facility.

2. Further evidence that commercial Mrdangas made in Mayapur and Vrindavan use cow leather from the slaughterhouse.

3. A sponsor of two cows that has been imprisoned and laments that his go seva has been interrupted. (Click here for the full article)



Shoot for the Rhinoceros
by Bhakta Jason
Posted June 1, 2011

One of Prabhupada's most famous instructions is to shoot for the rhinoceros. That way, if you are unsuccessful, people will just say: "Oh well, you didn't have much of a chance anyway; after all, it was a rhinoceros."

In many ways devotees all over the world are doing so many amazing things; so many projects are "shooting for the rhinoceros" and have had success. I just wanted to share with the devotees what I think is a great opportunity for the movement to take a leading role in shaping the future of the world and manifesting the symptoms of Satya-yuga.

Here in southeastern Pennsylvania the solar industry is booming. People all over the world are starving for a conversion to less invasive food and energy solutions. They are tired of their lives being suffocated by food and energy policies that are buried in the lower modes of nature.

It is a ripe opportunity for devotees to strike while the iron is hot. (Click here for the full article)



  ISKCON Swami Meets World Leaders
by Ananda das
Posted June 30, 2011


Meeting with President Obama

On June 13, 2011 His Holiness Radhanath Swami met with United States President Barack Obama at an event in Miami, Florida. Radhanath Swami was grateful to accept the invitation on behalf of his beloved guru, Srila Prabhupada, and he dedicated the meeting to his beloved godbrother, H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami. The President and the Swami had what he described as "a beautiful, heartfelt talk" for several minutes.

In the previous year Radhanath Swami had also met with the President of India, Ms. Pratibha Patil. Maharaj suggested that the two meetings signalled "an auspicious spiritual connection" between the USA and India.

In addition to meeting the world leaders of the present, Radhanath Maharaj is also committed to meeting leaders and managers of the future, hoping to imbue them with a keen sense of values and ethics. On June 20, for example, he gave a talk to a group of students, professionals and entrepreneurs at Harvard University. (Click here for the full article)



Child Protection Seminar
by Yadunandana Swami
Posted June 28, 2011

Offered at Almviks Gard Sweden and Bhaktivedanta College Radhadesh Belgium


This seminar is supported by the Euro RGB

Invitation letter by Yadunandana Swami:

During our last ELM conference a presentation was made on Child Protection in regard to the book “My Karma, My Fault” published by an european ex- gurukuli, who was physically, psychological, and sexually abused in ISKCON schools and communities.

During this discussion, it was emphasized the importance of creating awareness and educating leaders, teachers, community members, parents, and children on this matter, in order to prevent to the best of our ability future cases of abuse. As the saying it goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

In order to facilitate this training, Campakalata Devi Dasi, the Director of ISKCON Child Protection Office, is scheduled to provide training in Sweden (25 to 28 June) and at Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh (30 June to 2 of July). Please take the opportunity to send as many concerned representatives of your yatras as possible to one of these training seminars. Particularly, child protection team members, children and parents educators, community leaders, and some leading parents should be encouraged to attend, in order to get the most of Campakalata DD´s visit. (Click here for the full article)



Roommate Wanted
by Kyra Arena
Posted June 27, 2011

I'm looking for vegetarian roomate to share rent in beautiful brand new apartment in detached home on 8 acres, private road, in Alachua, 1mile from main street. Apartment features: two bedrooms, new wood floors, tiled kitchen and HUGE bathroom, washer, dryer, dishwasher, screened in patio, windows throughout, ceiling fans in every room, central air and heat, french doors opening to grassy freedom! Tire swings in yard! Beautiful window treatments, large roomy closets, screened in patio perfect for warm mornings, four entrances and great energy!

Please respond only if serious, I will respond promptly. Free wifi and direct tv. Available July 1st.

Come engage in the service of SriSri Radhe Shyamsundara, SriSri Gaura Nitai, & beautiful Krsna Balarama

Contact Kyra: (Click here for the full article)



Now Online: "Gita Changes" for Chapter Six
by Kaisori dasi, BBT
Posted June 26, 2011

Why so few revisions for this chapter? And why the change for the title?

See for yourself in the annotated scans for chapter six, now online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

You'll see all the revisions done for the purports, along with explanatory notes. And for nearly all the changes you'll see images from the earliest manuscripts in the BBT's files.

Whether you're for "the changes," against them, or neutral, here's another opportunity to see what the changes actually are.

The changes for the Preface, the Introduction, and the previous chapters are already online. See them all at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

(Click here for the full article)



Harinam is for Everyone
by Parasuram das
Posted June 24, 2011

Is there any living entity in the universe that could not engage in devotional service? Here is a story of how one unlikely suspect gains liberation.

Studio arrangements by: Dwakadish prabhu
Filmed by: Taruna prabhu
Sitar, etc by: Parasuram das
Location: Bhaktivenda Manor fields

Click Here



Boise, Idaho Rental
by Balabhadra das
Posted June 20, 2011

My wife and I are an older middle aged devotee couple living in a beautiful home with a gorgeous back yard on nearly 1/4 acre of land here in Boise. We are conveniently located near shopping areas plus downtown, and we are only 5 minutes from the temple. We want to rent out the back part of our home to devotees, male or female; Renting out to non devotees in the past has turned out to be disappointing.

Our rental is ideal for someone who is a student (as we are close to BSU), or a devotee who is simply in transition, and wants to minimize the cost of living until something different or better comes along. A single parent with one child is OK, but rent may have to be renegotiated: Sorry no pets. We are asking $350.00 a month for the rent plus a security deposit, the rent includes all utilities and high speed internet. You would have your own space: A private bathroom, and a bedroom and small lounge room, which are partly furnished with couch, lighting and tables, (Click here for the full article)



Gita Nagari News Update
by Ortrun Gates
Posted June 19, 2011

Gita Nagari News has been updated. Please visit the website: www.gitanagari.org/node/267 and see what has been happening at the farm!



Gauranga Camp in Serbia
by Madhva Muni das
Posted June 17, 2011

Our sweet and sacred Gauranga camp will again gather all those who seek after something. In the linden grove temporarily inhabited by wonderful seekers, one may find what is long forgotten, what is recently dreamt of, or what was not at all planed. There will be many temptations and the strong ones will be tested severely. Those who seek the sweet taste of the Absolute, could easily be tricked by the sweet taste that come from our forest kitchen, for example. Fresh air, scented meadows, and linden shades can also bring another kind of sweetness that is only indirectly connected to His Divine form.

Seekers of satvic and joyful vacation, or of the company of dear ones, and of excitement of new friendships, they are not spared as well. Unannounced and unpredicted another taste may come to them. Never seen before, that taste can easily overshadowed all those small innocent plans for happy sinless camping. It may change the course of those of weak faith will. So be careful not to lose what you are seeking and be open for the precious discoveries that will find you there. (Click here for the full article)



Nairobi Mayor Hosts Devotees
by Govinda Prema das, ISKCON Nairobi
Posted June 15, 2011


George Aladwa entered with raised hands, joyfully chanting Hare Krishna. For us, meeting the acting Nairobi mayor was a great realization; the upcoming Rathayatra Festival had given us an opportunity to meet him.

The meeting had been arranged by another city councillor. As we arrived at His Worship's chamber it seemed as if we were in a different world; the office was well decorated with flowers and a posh carpet. After we had waited for almost an hour, he stormed in the door with his hands high in the air and chanting Hare Krishna. He introduced himself and was very welcoming. Our temple president, Umapati prabhu, garlanded Mr. Aladwa and exchanged a few friendly words.

The acting mayor was very happy, having met the devotees after such a long time. He told us: "When I was young in the '80s I would always eat food from the Hare Krishna temple, and every Saturday I would wait eagerly to see the harinama party pass and enliven everybody in the town." (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
ISKCON Farmers Leave European Conference With New Ideas

submitted by Richard Wyndham, by eurogbc.com
Posted June 9, 2011

Thirty devotees from ISKCON farms all over Europe attended the fourth annual ISKCON European Farm Conference from May 10th through 12th this year, hoping to gain inspiration as well as practical advice for their various rural projects.

Devotees hailed from farms in England, Sweden, Czech, Slovakia, New Mayapur in France, and Hungary. Some wanted to establish ox programs, some were developing businesses based on selling vegetables and other natural products, and some simply wanted to learn more about the principles of agriculture and sustainable living.

While previous farm conferences were held in Prabhupadadesa, Northeast Italy, and New Vraja Dhama, Hungary, this year’s was hosted by Bhaktivedanta Manor, England.

“The Manor has probably the second most active farm in ISKCON, after New Vraja Dhama,” says conference organizer Shyamasundara Dasa, who also serves as ISKCON’s European Minister for Cow Protection and Agriculture, and has overseen cow protection at the Manor since 1992. (Click here for the full article)



Jacksonville Beach Ratha Yatra
by Nartaka Gopala dasi
Posted June 6, 2011


If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting colorful, exotic India, we have a treat for you. Get a taste of India without leaving Florida.. Saturday, June 18, 2011. The 7th Annual Festival of the Chariots & Ratha Yatra Parade, an Indian multi-cultural extravaganza, will take place at Jacksonville Beach from I PM to 5 PM.

There will be lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment: live music, classical Indian dance, books. But the big draw is the delicious vegetarian food. There will be a sumptuous feast served free of charge to all.

The procession route is about a mile long and can be easily walked by all age groups. It begins at 1PM at 8th Avenue North and goes to 5th Avenue South. The parade will move in a leisurely fashion, stopping here and there along the route, giving way to song and dance. The procession’s unique feature is a huge chariot with a blue, red and yellow canopy decorated with swans, lotus flowers, flags, Hanuman and a brass chakra on top. This chariot has two very thick ropes attached to it that are over one hundred feet long. These ropes are pulled by the parade-goers, (Click here for the full article)



New Date for the Harrisburg Ratha Yatra
by Pariksit Dasa
Posted June 4, 2011


Due to the date change of the Washington DC Ratha Yatra, the Harrisburg Ratha Yatra has been moved up one day to July 2nd, 2011, in order to allow devotees and vendors to attend both festivals. Please see the attached flyer for details.



Narasimhadev Appearance Day London
by Parasuram das
Posted June 1, 2011


By divine arrangement a lope hole in the law appeared this year giving us the go ahead to have a small Rathayatra down Oxford Street - one of the busiest streets in the world. The police actually told me about the loop hole, thus a parade that would normally cost over £8,000 and 6 months notice - become manifest so thousands of people could get darshan of the Lord and hear the Holy name. Just to make sure they heard it clear enough I set up a massive sound system on a rickshaw. Singers on the day were Jayadev prabhu, Bhakta Will, Radha Londonisvara prabhu, Tribhangananda prabhu, and Hari Kirtan prabhu.

Just to make it very clear, 99% of our Hari nams are without a drum kit. The drummers in our video are Jayadev from the Rubettes and Matty prabhu. On the topic of drummers, here is a photo of Paul Cook, the drummer of the Sex Pistols and myself at Maharani's funeral last week. Can the Sex Pistols be engaged in devotional service? Watch out.

www.vimeo.com/24109780

(Click here for the full article)



Croatian Summer Camp Festival 2011
by Vrsabha das
Posted June 1, 2011

We are glad to inform you that the Croatian Summer Festival will take place in camp Klenovica near the town Novi Vindolski (6 km to the East) at the Adriatic coast during the period from 25th June to 3rd July 2011.

We sincerely hope that after receiving this information you will have enough time to adjust your plans for coming summer, apply for vacations or organize your preaching activities so that we gather all together for this promising event.

At this moment we can announce that the following dear guests have already confirmed their participation of HH Prahladananda swami, HH Bir Krsna Goswami, HH Candramauli Swami, HG Krsna ksetra das and HG Dhirasantha das

We are still waiting for a few preachers to confirm their arrival in Klenovica, some of them to attend Croatian festival for the very first time. (Click here for the full article)



  Spiritual Puzzles for Devotees
by Jagadvira das, ISKCON Japan
Posted June 30, 2011


Welcome to the wonderful world of Krishna's Crosswords, where every crossword is full of transcendental clues and answers.

Most of the words are from the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Caitanya-Caritamrita, Krishna Book and other books, as well as letters and diaries by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. A few of the words are from other books by different devotees.

No matter what your age or position, we are sure that you will find these transcendental crosswords spiritually rewarding and we hope that they will help you get free from birth, death, old age and disease. Please chant Hare Krishna and be happy.

A new crossword is now available (No. 8, "Chant") (Click here for the full article)



Avoid Misunderstanding of Bhakti
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted June 28, 2011

Re: "Criminals in Vaisnava Dress Deserve No Respect," by Niscala dasi, Chakra, June 19, 2011.

Child abuse is a symptom of bigger philosophical problem in ISKCON. It is difficult to comprehend how a society could allow such cruelty. There are some philosophical misunderstandings which have resulted in child abuse in the past. If these understandings are not fixed, then the abuse will likely continue in some other form, and ISKCON will not be able to become a society of true devotees. Here are some examples of these philosophical issues.

I don't believe that the majority of ISKCON members are able to see the presence of Krishna in everyone. Sometimes they don't even philosophically accept it. Devotees sing these prayers every day: ito nrsimha parato narsimha.... These prayers mean: "Nrsimha is here and there. Wherever I see and go, Nrsimha is present. He is outside, and He is inside me. I take shelter of Lord Nrsimha." Lord Kapila also describes a person who cannot see the presence of Krishna in everyone as a failure in bhakti. In my opinion, at least some ISKCON devotees are at the level where their attempts in bhakti have failed. (Click here for the full article)



Festival Announcement
by Yogamaya dasi, ISKCON Boston
Posted June 27, 2011

Please visit Sri Sri Radha Gopivallabha's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion on July 29 and 30, 2011. ISKCON Boston is one of a small fraternity of temples that boasts Deities installed by Srila Prabhupada himself! We consider ourselves both fortunate and privileged to have this honor. With the 40th Anniversary of Their installation this year we feel a keen sense of responsibility to make this both a wonderful event for Sri Sri Radha Gopivallabha and an inspiration for Their devotees.

As part of our preparations we will organize a reunion of Boston temple devotees from the 70's. Hearing from devotees who have served Their Lordships in the early years will give us new inspiration to serve in as dedicated a fashion.

Join us for:

  • Stories of Radha Krsna
  • 24 hour Kirtan
  • Association with and stories from the devotees of the "original" Boston temple of the 70's.

(Click here for the full article)



Vishnujana Swami Website
by Adi Purusa das
Posted June 26, 2011

We are pleased to announce a new website dedicated to Vishnujana Swami... www.vishnujanaswami.com

The Vishnujana Swami Website is overflowing with nectar, including pastimes, kirtans/bhajans, photos and memories. Once again, the radiance of this transcendental personality blissfully shines; as Vishnujana Swami forever enchants and inspires the hearts of the devotees.

Also, Radha-Damodara Vilasa Volume II, the biographical of Vishnujana Swami, has just been released by Vaiyasaki das, and is now available...



A Day Serving Krishna’s Cows in Vraja
by Parsada dasi
Posted June 24, 2011


Some of the beautiful calves and cows of Vrindavan.

Padma dasi, a very dear friend of mine and a sincere devotee for many years, visited Sri Vrindavan Dham during Kartik last year. She arrived a day after the much-celebrated Gopastami festival.

As we made our way to the ISKCON goshala that afternoon, I described to her our Gopastami festival, where our Srimati Radharani is dressed as the cowherd boy Subal, and how at this time Her devotees relish the sweet darshan of Her lotus feet — the only time in the year except at Radhastami.

On this wonderful day, also, Their Lordships Krsna and Balaram visit Their cows at the goshala, riding on a palanquin, led by the vibrant chanting and dancing of the devotees. You can't help noticing Their appreciative smiles as They examine Their calves, bulls and cows. The whole day devotees are plunged into an ecstasy of dramas, lectures, exotic prasadam and go-seva. (Click here for the full article)



Mrdanga Drum for Sale
by Balabhadra dasa
Posted June 20, 2011


I have one small Balarama Mrdanga drum: 20" tall x 37" diameter, 3" small head x 7" large head. The drum is in very good condition: very small scratches, but no gouges, and the strap is also in excellent shape. It is overall in near new condition, blue color. I am asking for $100 plus shipping cost. See attached photos. If interested, please contact me at (Click here for the full article)



Criminals in Vaisnava Dress Deserve No Respect
by Niscala dasi
Posted June 19, 2011

Re: "CPO Credibility Requires Ouster of Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami," by Sanaka Rsi das, Chakra, June 15, 2011.

In a Chaitanya Caritamrita purport (Madhya 2.218), Srila Prabhupada warned against associating with envious materialists in Vaisnava dress, and just in case we think they are elsewhere, he stated that they are "in this Krsna consciousness movement". He advised us to not mistake them for "actual Vaisnavas" and serve them, but to realize who they are and neglect them.

Similarly, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, in Bhaktyaloka, coined the term dharma-dhvaji (one who carries only the flag or the symbol of dharma; i.e., a religious hypocrite or imposter), and advised that it was safer for the aspiring devotee to associate with an outright materialist, uninterested in the devotional service of the Lord, than with "the hypocritically devout." (Click here for the full article)



All Glories to the Bhagavad Gita As It Is
by Premanjana das (Pranjal Joshi)
Posted June 17, 2011

The meaning is commonly given in dictionaries: Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism) the sacred "song of God" composed about 200 BCE and incorporated into the Mahabharata (a Sanskrit epic); contains a discussion between Krishna and the Indian hero Arjuna on human nature and the purpose of life. Also known more simply known as Gita, it is a Sanatana Dharma or Hindu scripture produced from the colloquy given by Shri Krishna to Arjuna during the Kurukshetra War. Its philosophies and insights are intended to reach beyond the scope of religion and to humanity as a whole.

TheBhagavad-gita, however, should not be taken just as a holy book of the Hindus, as a gem in Eastern philosophy or an an Indian ideology. This great scripture is the manual for every living entity and does not promote a sectarian outlook.

As Wikipedia points out, Charles Wilkins completed the first English translation of the Bhagavad-gita in 1785. (Click here for the full article)



CPO Credibility Requires Ouster of Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami
by Sanaka Rsi das, ISKCON Italy
Posted June 15, 2011

A recent posting on Dandavats.com attracted my attention; it is a class given by Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami on March 6 in Sridham Mayapur. More specifically, it is the speaker that attracted my attention. For a number of years I have been following with keen interest Maharaj's adventures in Mayapur. I have been meaning to write my thoughts on the matter for a while; now I have finally gotten around to it.

After long and careful deliberation where I tried to assess the weight of what is at stake and ponder the possible repercussions of my actions and/or inaction, I decided to express my views. Some will no doubt disagree with my understandings and conclusions; however, I feel compelled to share my thoughts by the importance of the topic.

Maharaj is an eloquent speaker. In the class he gave an articulate presentation of transcendental and noble truths. It is not my intention to misquote Maharaj. Rather, I marvel at how time and again I witness the gross incongruence between some of our leaders' impressive ability during class to deliver lengthy presentations on intricate and exalted philosophical concepts, versus their seeming inability or unwillingness (Click here for the full article)



The Strength of Our Combined Force
by Vaisesika Dasa, ISKCON Silicon Valley
Posted June 9, 2011


We are very happy about everyone who is a part of this blissful team of book distributors. Membership is growing by the minute as people from all over the world are joining! This is an historical event meant to do the highest good for all the people of the world. see Click Here

The Gopis, in their famous prayers called, “Songs of Separation,” say the following:

“The nectar of Your words and the descriptions of Your activities are the life and soul of those suffering in this material world. These narrations, transmitted by learned sages, eradicate one's sinful reactions and bestow good fortune upon whoever hears them. These narrations are broadcast all over the world and are filled with spiritual power. Certainly those who spread the message of Godhead are most munificent.” (SB 10.31.9)

Predicting the spread of Lord Caitanya’s movement and teachings all over the world, Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote the following in the Sajjana-tosani: (Click here for the full article)



Issue 17 of the Eight Petals
by Vrndavanlila devi dasi, Editor
Posted June 6, 2011

You can feel free to circulate the newsletter to your friends and others. You can also suggest contacts (who would like to receive the newsletter) to the editor. I welcome comments for improvement, articles, opinion etc for the coming issue within 15days of the release of the newsletter. The focus for the next issue is "Women". Please receive The Eight Petals for Narayana Mas (17th issue). The focus for this issue is "Varnasrama". Click Here



Help Needed for Nigeria Preaching
by Yadhunath das
Posted June 4, 2011

For about two years I have been involved in a college and youth preaching program in Nigeria. A few of the larger Nigerian cities, including Lagos, the capital, have ISKCON temples, and in 2009 HH Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami and HH Kavicandra Swami sent me to Pune, India, to be trained in college preaching at the ISKCON centre there.

There are not less than a hundred colleges and universities in this country. Roughly half of the Nigerian population is Muslim; most of the rest is Christian. I believe it is important that systematic and dynamic preaching be done here to infuse interested people with Krishna consciousness.

I have a proposal for improving the college preaching program in Nigeria with some modern facilities. (Click here for the full article)



Atlanta Panihati Festival Update
by The Mayapuris
Posted June 1, 2011


Gauravani and the Mayapuris are in the House!

Rathayatra Season has begun!

The wait is over

Come on over and dance with them!

Panihati Festival – Atlanta, GA

June 3rd - 5th

Watch their Official Video




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