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June 2012
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The first phase of the Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project was highly successful and digital copies of nearly 90 editions of Srila Vidyabhusana’s books were acquired, including as some important manuscripts. Their front pages can be seen here: www.vidyabhusanaproject.blogspot.com

For several months, I travelled around Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha, visiting many relevant places. The main acquisition was soft copies of two manuscripts so far unknown to the world: “Tattva-dipika” and “Brahma-sutra-karika-bhasya”. This last work is a concise commentary on the Vedanta-sutra written by Srila Vidyabhusana at the request of King Jai Singh. Important contacts were also made, among which is Sri Avadesh Acharya, the Mahanta of the Galta temple, the place where Srila Vidyabhusana wrote the Govinda-bhasya, and where they still have a manuscript library. Another great contact was Ram Kripalu Sharma who owns the largest manuscript collection in the world with around 125 thousand titles, most still unclassified. He enthusiastically promised to put at our disposal any of Srila Vidyabhusana’s work he might locate there. Also among the supporters of the project is Sri Krishna Gopalananda Goswami, the head pujari of the Sri Sri Radha-Syamasundara Temple the home of Srila Vidyabhusana in Vrndavana. He belongs to the Syamananda-parivara, the same as Srila Vidyabhusana, and has taken the initiative of mobilizing the members of his line to locate the lost manuscripts. (Click here for the full article)

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The Bhagavad-gita advises, or warns us: "Whatever leaders do, the common men follow, and whatever exemplary acts they perform, all the world pursues." Srila Prabhupada stressed the converse when he warned of "the blind, leading the blind, who all fall into a ditch."

Lord Kapiladeva in the Third Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam teaches us that if we discriminate at all on bodily differences, then all our strict worship of the Deity in the temple is as useless as pouring ghee into ashes. He is Krsna, so He is saying: "I will not accept your worship."

For the above reasons, it is alarming when we see our leaders deviating into bodily identification, for that disease can spread like wildfire in our ranks, extinguishing spiritual knowledge, realization, compassion and truth. When that happens, according to Lord Kapiladeva, we might as well forget about Deity worship; it will never bear fruit.

We don't want to be falsely alarmed, however. (Click here for the full article)

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We warmly invite you to the beautiful forest on the mountain Fruska Gora ( gorangacamp.com ). With a decade-long tradition and a service-oriented attitude, we are trying to give you an unforgettable devotional and friendly experience. To see some promotional photos and videos available.

This year Goranga Camp will be from 6th till 15th of July 2012. Guests include H.H. Sacinandana Maharaja, H.H. Jayapataka Maharaja H.H. Prahladananda Maharaja, H.H. Bir Krishna Maharaja, H.H. Kadamba Kanana Maharaja and H.H. Bhaktivaibhava Maharaja, as well as Krsna Ksetra prabhu. The whole camp will be in the mood of sweet Sri Vrindavana Dham. You can read more about it in the letter of Sacinandana Maharaja bellow.

Besides different seminars and classes, we will have a rich cultural program. That means: 12-hour kirtan, forest Ratha Yatra, nama yajna, initiations, theatre performances, forest walks… (Click here for the full article)

I have built a modest ashram near Sri Shyama Kunda in the service of ISKCON sannyasis and senior devotees who might sometimes like to recharge their batteries before going to the spiritual battlefield.

There are four rooms with the temple room, a terrace and a Tulasi garden. I am looking for couple in vanaprastha or two older brahmacharis to manage the ashram and worship our installed deities Radha-Damodara with Lalita-Vishaka there.

They should take care of any visiting senior devotees and do proper deity worship. I will take care of the deities' needs and will pay the light and water bills. I am giving a remuneration of Rs 3,700 per month.

The applicants should understand what Sri Radha Kunda is and should live there in proper consciousness. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Cinema presents its beautiful documentary film on the holy land of Vrindavan, the birthplace of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Vrindavan, about 90 miles from New Delhi, India, is where Krishna spent his childhood some 5,000 years ago. In Vrindavan the river Yamuna flows, the same river Yamuna that Krishna played in when he was a child. All the places of Krishna's pastimes are there in Vrindavan, and devotees come to Vrindavan from all over India and the rest of the world to remember these pastimes of Krishna. You can watch the film, Vrindavan: Land of Krishna at KrishnaTube or (in two segments) at YouTube: (Click here for the full article)

The Bhakti Vriksha Convention will be held in Mayapur in August. (Click here for the full article)

I have good typing speed in English with accuracy and I can spare two hours per week for this work. If anybody wishes to get the handwritten work related to only LORD KRISHNA, I offer my services. My email address is (Click here for the full article)

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The Bhaktivedanta Academy is seeking applicants for the position of After School Program Coordinator.

The Bhaktivedanta Academy is a Krishna-centered educational institution located in Alachua, Florida. We serve Pre-K thru 6th grade students via a spiritually based Montessori educational model, which focuses on the development of the whole child. We are seeking teachers who have a genuine love for working with children, who like working with a team, and who are committed to devotional life.

Under the direction of the Head of School, the After School Program Coordinator is responsible for the staffing and on-going operations of after care and studio programs conducted weekdays from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Bhaktivedanta Academy. This is an hourly part-time position that will begin in August.


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We are accepting applications for two positions available in the thriving devotee community and home of Radha Madan Mohan, Sita Ram and Gaura Nitai at Potomac, Maryland.

Facilities Manager

Applicant should be enthusiastic Sadhaka and team player. Responsibilities include facilities maintenance, organization and repair, festival set up and breakdown, general cleaning and waste management.

A generous living allowance, room and board and time off are provided to the qualified applicant.

Kitchen Assistant

Applicant should be enthusiastic Sadhaka and team player. (Click here for the full article)

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Srila Prabhupada was always eager to see Vaishnava literature published.

The Bhaktivedanta Library in Mumbai is a unique subject that inspired me to write. I have been to many ISKCON temples, along with many holy places all over India; but at ISKCON Mumbai (Shri Radha Rasa Bihari Ji) I discovered a unique and special library that has an extensive collection of books by various authors from all over the world.

The Bhaktivedanta library is a veritable treasure house of knowledge. What makes me write this article was a small advertisement pamphlet of The Bhaktivedanta Library which I got from the take-away box of the library.

This library invites the public to read wonderful books in an air-conditioned comfort zone free of charge (except for the small amount to be paid if you borrow a book from the library's lend-for-money facility to take out and read at home). The library also has a take-away box, allowing visitors to take away photos, pictures, CDs and pamphlets free of cost. (Click here for the full article)

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Alachua Temple's Jagannatha Swami, the Lord of the Universe, along with his brother Baladeva and sister Subhadra Devi, graced the residents of Jacksonville Beach, Florida with their seventh annual Ratha Yatra parade on Saturday, May 19. Well over 1,500 people were in attendance.

Many beachgoers danced, received booklets and prasadam, and then joined the celebration at the Festival of India site. About 600 plates of prasadam were distributed.

After Lord Jagannatha's parade through town and then the beach, everyone enjoyed a stage presentation of kirtan and dance. (Click here for the full article)

Krishna Culture (krishnaculture.com) is a well established online and retail store operating out of Houston, Texas. We are located about a mile away from the beautiful new ISKCON Houston temple. We have a full-time position available in our shipping department for a competent and physically strong individual.

Job description:

1) Pack orders for wholesale and retail customers.

2) Take special care to pack large orders in a safe and efficient manner.

3) Handle shipping and accounting records on computer.

4) Keep shipping supplies in stock.

5) Keep the warehouse organized.

6) Help unload imported shipping containers (Click here for the full article)

BIG opportunity coming soon! Be prepared!

The release of "Hey Krishna" ("Krishna Aur Kans" in India) worldwide on Aug 3rd. - as in "most major cities of the world." It's timed for Janmastami. It's India's first stereographic 3-D animated feature ever - and it's based entirely on Srila Prabhupada's "Krsna" book.

Let us not fail to take advantage of the international release of this movie in order to maximize the distribution of Prabhupada's "Krsna" book

We are the "go-to" people regarding Krishna; let's live up to the expectation! Otherwise, the public will get the books about Krishna from impersonalists/mayavadi's.

Srila Prabhupada in the Preface: "....by reading this one book, Krsna, love of Godhead will fructify." Of course, he also thanks George Harrison for funding the book. (Shyamsundar p. has a funny story about how George finally agreed; write me if you're interested.) (Click here for the full article)

I just want to send a little prayer request for New Brijbasi, Bhakta Adam, who recently took his own life. Bhakta Adam spent time, like I did, in New Vrindaban around 1994-1998. He was a very hard worker in the goshalas. With intelligence that made him fit only for the farm labor that New Vrindaban was famous for. He had problems; he was a little insane and could've used some professional psychiatric help. But he was a very sincere soul looking for help; like all of us were at one time. Looking for a cure to his insanity, he took shelter of Krishna at one time in his life, and Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Candra, and I hope that he got it. I sincerely pray that he received their grace: Click Here

We are a big broad family, and we need to pray for our own regardless of their sins, as we hope others will pray for us when it's all said and done. (Click here for the full article)

  In the News:
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“ISKCON recognizes that children, for their full and harmonious development, need to be raised in an atmosphere of love, support, guidance and understanding."

The Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has approved an updated version of ISKCON’s “Child Protection Policy and Operational Guidelines.” The Guidelines set standards for child protection within ISKCON, mandate how the ISKCON’s Central Office of Child Protection (CPO) and local Child Protection Teams should function, while clarifying how ISKCON leaders and members should respond to any allegations of abuse.

The Child Protection Guidelines open with a two-page statement declaring the “paramount” importance of child protection within ISKCON:

“The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is committed to the well being of all individuals involved with ISKCON, especially children and other more vulnerable participants." (Click here for the full article)

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We need a 2 bedroom apartment in Mayapur for 3 to 5 months, preferably close to or within the temple campus . We prefer the apartment to be furnished or at least have cooking facilities (cooking range etc.), water heater in bathroom and a refrigerator. Please contact us at (Click here for the full article)

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Sanatan and Rupa Goswamis surrender to Lord Chaitanya.

For a long time I have wanted to share some beautiful Krsna conscious artwork the inmates have made. Recently, Sanjay Goel prabhu has generously donated a wireless printer-scanner so I can scan the inmates' artwork. Then, our neighbor and friend, Mahakrti prabhu, very kindly came to the IPM office and installed a program to convert PDF files into JPEG. Thanks to these devotees' help, I am happy to announce that there's new artwork on the IPM website ( www.iskconprisonministry.org ) and that more will gradually be uploaded. Please take a few minutes to see these never-before-seen windows to the spiritual world.

At this moment, there is a golden opportunity to sponsor the mailing of 50 Back to Godhead magazines every month, which comes to $100 a month. Fifty BTGs are already being sponsored monthly by a generous devotee who wishes to remain anonymous, and you can make a huge difference in sponsoring the other 50. (Click here for the full article)

The return of Beach Blanket Kirtan !!

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Seabright Beach
@ foot of Mott St., Santa Cruz, CA
Between the boardwalk and harbor
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Jaya Sri Radhe and I will soon embark on our 17th annual adventure bus tour with youth all around the continent. We hope you can join us for this bus tour to Ratha-yatra festivals, temples, national parks, rivers, mountains, beaches and glaciers across North America. From June 28 through July 27, more than 50 devotees will travel in two buses on an adventure across the USA and Canada, participating in dhama seva, temple makeovers, Harinamas and japa workshops.

The tour is organized by volunteers for ISKCON Youth Ministry to inspire youth in Krishna consciousness. All ages are welcome to apply. H.H. Bhaktimarga Swami will be travelling on the tour and engaging aspiring actors in a rendition of the story of Dhruva Maharaja, to be performed at theatres across the continent. Anapayini devi dasi and her Bhakti Dance Academy will also travel with us. (Click here for the full article)

Gaura Yoga Retreat Center in Northern California is looking for a gardener who wants to live out of the city and in the country. We have a two acre pond on 10 acres of land in the middle of an Oak forest. A large raised-bed Vegetable garden, a small fruit Orchard with 20 trees, Flowers and landscaping on about 3 acres of the land.

You must be Ok with the following:

No (Click here for the full article)

Furnished, 3 bedroom and 2 full bath, mint apartment for rent in June.

Long Beach apartment is steps from Atlantic Ocean beach and boardwalk, and 50 minutes drive or train ride to Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Available for minimum of 2 days, or weekly or for the month.

Ideal for 4-6 devotees.

For serious inquiries, and for rates and photos, contact: (Click here for the full article)

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