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June 2003
Further thoughts on "sentiments"
by Harinama dasa
Posted June 29, 2003

Regarding your article "Sentiment, is it so bad"... I'm sure you've heard Srila Prabhupada say that religion without philosophy is simply sentiment. He hoped for the K.C. movement to be more than just a religion. Institutionalized religions throughout history have distorted their founder's teachings and destroyed the lives of their followers by such sentimental following as you are advocating. Yes, he established the GBC but how does that make him right or wrong dependent upon what they do? He established gurukula which in many regards failed miserably because of sentimental following of his authority and the authority of those using his name. It does not make sense or honor Prabhupada by holding him to these conditions. (Click here for the entire article)

Gadadhara Pandita and Bhaktivinode Thakura
by Rama Kesava das
Posted June 29, 2003

Today is the tirobhava of both Gadadhara Pandita and Bhaktivinode Thakura. In Gaura-lila Srimati Radharani, the daughter of Vrsabhanu Raja, has descended as Gadadhara Pandita. This is confirmed in the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika. In Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi., 10.15), Gadadhara Pandita is described as the fourth branch of the Caitanya tree, the combination of Srimati Radharani and Lalita-sakhi. In the Pańca-tattva--the five-fold features of the Absolute--Gadadhara Pandita represents the internal pleasure potency of the Lord. Srila Sridhara Maharaja has described Gadadhara Pandita as representing this main potency of Gauranga, quoting Krsnadasa Kaviraja, "teho laksmi-rupa tara sama keha nai". Kaviraja further concludes gaura-prema-maya, Gadadhara Pandita is the embodiment of Mahaprabhu's love. It was the opinion of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura that his father and Gadadhara Pandita were one and the same: speaking of Svarupa Damodara Goswami and Gadadhara Pandita, "I find that those two have appeared on the surface as Srila Gaurakisora dasa Babaji and Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura"... (Click here for the entire article)

Gita needed for Columbus, Georgia
by Hari Naam Anand Das
Posted June 29, 2003

Since a long time I have been preaching online on the Internet and I have made one more friend who wants to have a Bhagavad Gita As it is book. I would like someone in USA who can help me send that book to this person. He lives in Columbus-Georgia. He is a rich person but does not know where to get that book from. I would like someone to contact me so that I can give the details and we can send that book to this person and spread the glories of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

Please reply me at PEACH565@aol.com

Gorgeous Property in Alachua
by Narada Muni
Posted June 28, 2003


Six acres adjacent to the New Raman Reti Temple and just minutes away from the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radhe Syamsundar; professionally landscaped and irrigated; two out-buildings for storage or workspace. 4 bedrooms/2 baths, double-wide mobile home with FULL construction upgrades throughout; perfectly maintained and in excellent condition; surrounded by majestic oaks and pines and is ideally situated in a nice devotee neighboorhood. Asking price $101,000 US. For more info contact Narada Muni at 386.462.7902 or email lennyrader@cs.com

Court rules Gurukuli claims are confidential
by Gupta das
Posted June 24, 2003

The U.S. District Court Judge presiding over the ISKCON Chapter 11 legal proceedings ruled today in California that all claim forms filed in those cases will be placed "under seal." This means that all of the information on the claim forms (including all attached documents and records) will be treated as confidential. Accordingly, public access to your claim will be severely restricted to those who can prove 'good cause' for legitimate purposes after noticed motion and approval of the court. The West Virginia Court ISKCON Chapter 11 cases are proceeding similarly. (Click here for the entire article)

Mayapur Festival 2004 - Important information
by Bhakti Purusottama Swami
Posted June 21, 2003

Detail Festival Schedule... (Click here for the entire article)

Having Seen the Sun
by Madhava Gosh das
Posted June 21, 2003

I have seen the sun, shining as the eye of God
Pouring glory into a pure azure sky
Brilliant energy generously beamed thru space

Then I dropped thickly into a whiteness
Lost sight of the sun in the oneness
Undifferentiated by eye from sameness

At once oneness opens underneath a ceiling of gray
Over a textured and variegatedness of green
Crisscrossed by streets and highways glistening black

A bump, taxiing, waiting, then walking out into the gloom
Waiting on the curb, smelling secondhand smoke
Complaints of fellow waiters fail against the chill of the mist

Looming deadlines unpaid bills unmade repairs waiting
Still more rain has the tiller in the shed waiting
Another day of rootbound tomatoes and zinnias waiting

Another suicide bomber fertilizes the griefs
Another harsh response sows sorrows
Another talking head with harvested laments

Weariness grayness willpower dissolving
Expectations unfulfilled unresolving
Endless renewing burden constantly revolving

Why go on?
Why try?
Why? Because

I have seen the sun, shining as the eye of God
Pouring glory into a pure azure sky
Brilliant energy generously beamed thru space

N.B. This was originally erroneously attributed to Dhyanakunda dd, who kindly submitted this to us.

New website for selected archived Chakra articles
by Umapati Swami
Posted June 20, 2003

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! I have been getting many requests for articles from the old Chakra.org website, so I have decided to repost these articles on a new site, The Old Chakra, http://www.oldchakra.com. It seemed fitting to start with the tributes to Tamal Krishna Goswami, as it was he who came up the idea for Chakra.org. You may find that this site looks a lot like Dipika.org, but then, Dipika.org looks a lot like the old Chakra.org. (Click here for the entire article)

Homophobic Pictures in BBT Publications
an open letter by Amara dasa
Posted June 20, 2003

Dear BBT Editors,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA-108) has received several complaints about discriminatory pictures found in some of your publications. In one of the pictures, a gay couple is depicted at the top center of an atomic-bomb explosion under the heading, "The demoniac, who are lost to themselves and who have no intelligence, engage in unbeneficial, horrible works meant to destroy the world." (Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Deluxe 1989 Edition, plate 27) In the second picture, a gay couple is depicted within a dark ocean, at the bottom left side, amidst drug addicts, butchers and abortionists. They are apparently excluded from the "boat" of Krsna conscious devotees. (Srimad Bhagavatam, Twelfth Canto, 1988 Edition, plate 3)

(Click here for the entire article)

One must approach a living 'Current link' to join the parampara
by Rama Kesava das
Posted June 18, 2003

Dandavats. I would like to reply to Deepak Vohra's recent article. I believe he has misunderstood the import of Srila Prabhupada's words in Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.7 purport: "one should approach the current link, or spiritual master, in the chain of disciplic succession." The words 'current link' clearly mean that we must approach a living guru, a sadhu, with meekness and submission (tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya), as outlined by Sri Bhagavan Krsna in Bhagavad-gita 4.34. Can Srila Prabhupada be that link, even though he has passed into the nitya-lila? (Click here for the entire article)

Radhadesh Convention, 2003
by Kancana-vali dd
Posted June 18, 2003

This is just a reminder about the Seminars in Radhadesh in July. If you are planning on coming please register as soon as possible so that we can make suitable arrangements. Below is all the information, inc. speakers, travel & prices. (Click here for the entire article)

Who is really 'man's best friend'?
by Hrimati dasi
Posted June 15, 2003

MAYAPURA, India -- While at the temple this morning, Vrindaban Lila asked me
to write something about our bullock cart. While she is talking to me, I am looking over to Balaram, patiently waiting for his daily treat. Balaram is our young ox, barely three years old. He pulls us every day with a bullock cart to the temple. (Click here for the entire article)

The Glories of Gangamata Gosvamini
by Rama Kesava das
Posted June 10, 2003

Yesterday was the avirbhava of Gangamata Gosvamini, a renowned spiritual master in the Gadadhara paribar. Tomorrow, Gaudiya Vaisnavas observe her disappearance. Gangamata Gosvamini was born as Saci, the daughter of Naresa Narayana, a king of Putiya what is now Bengal. In her youth she excelled at her studies, and became fascinated by the descriptions of Krsna Consciousness she found in the revealed scriptures. Although a beautiful girl, the apple of many a boy's eye, her mind was always fixed on Madana Gopala.

(Click here for the entire article)

Heterosexual & Homosexual Vaisnavas
Who Is Sinful? Who are we?

by Prabhupada dasa Adhikari
Posted June 10, 2003

BG 3/16: "My dear Arjuna, a man who does not follow this prescribed Vedic system of sacrifice certainly leads a life of sin, for a person delighting only in the senses lives in vain." (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Chapter 11 Claims Deadline
by Gupta dasa
Posted June 8, 2003

If you attended an ISKCON Gurukula and you were abused or otherwise injured you are eligible to make a claim for compensation in the Chapter 11 Reorganization case now pending in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The court forms and instructions are available on http://www.harekrishnaclaims.com.

(Click here for the entire article)

Nrishimha Caturdasi 2003 in Mayapur
by Tusti Mohan Krsna das
Posted June 5, 2003

Dear devotees

Dandavat Pranams

We had an extraordinary festival of Nrishimha Caturdasi in Sri Mayapur Candrodaya Mandir on May 15th 2003, Pictures from this transcendental event are on our website. Ugra Nrishimhadeva is a very active Deity in Mayapur and protects the Preaching of Krishna Consciousness and the devotees around the world, thousands of devotees come to Mayapur for this celebration. (Click here for the entire article)

Response to Dvibhuja Prabhu's Article
by Mahavegavati
Posted June 29, 2003

Dvibhuja prabhu asked, "Could someone please address this issue for the benefit of us all." I don't know if this is for the benefit of "us all," but I think it is useful for devotees to hear, (and I am not saying that I have a "greater mind" than Dvibhuja prabhu)... (Click here for the full article)

Prabhupada Village Co-operative Home School
With Experienced Teachers Available

by Maharha devi dasi
Posted June 29, 2003

Our goals:

  1. To provide a Krishna conscious, loving, healing, and secure learning environment for children, where creativity and individualism are encouraged.
  2. That our children will love school.

Our school is a positive alternative to public school teaching. We use the Oak Meadow curriculum, which is Waldorf based. Although all traditional subjects will be studied, they are approached with an imaginative spirit, which we feel is closer to the heart of a child, rather than a strictly intellectual approach. (Click here for the full article)

Response to Deepak Vohra
by Ramagopal Uppaluri
Posted June 28, 2003

Ramagopal disarms Vohra

In response to Ramagopal prabhu's rhetorical suggestion about arbitrarily choosing one's diksa-guru, a correspondence with Deepak Vohra ensued. (Click here for the full article)

GBC Encourages Youth to seek Compensation via Chapter 11
by Anuttama das
Posted June 24, 2003

Dear Devotees and Friends,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am writing on behalf of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC) regarding the child abuse lawsuit and Chapter 11 Reorganization proceedings underway in United States Federal Bankruptcy Court. Please share this information with anyone who could benefit from it. The opportunity currently exists for young people who were abused to get significant financial and other assistance from ISKCON through these court proceedings. The GBC urges any young person who may have been mistreated or abused at a gurukula (or temple) in the 1970s, 1980's, or 1990's to come forward and file an official claim to seek compensation, or assistance, through the current proceedings in the Federal Courts. (Click here for the full article)

New CD of Bhaktivinoda Thakur bhajans
by Ashok Krishna das and Syamabiharini dasi
Posted June 24, 2003

By the mercy of Guru, Gauranga and Radha Krishna, (after our first bhajan album Bhajanamrtam) we have managed to produce a new CD entitled "Bhaktivinoda", a collection of bhajans of Saccidananda Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and other Vaisnava acaryas in Orissi classical ragas. (Click here for the full article)

Travelling Kazakh devotees delight Mauritius
by Bhakta Indrasen
Posted June 21, 2003

As many as 600,000 television viewers recently saw a "Peace and Tolerance" concert organized by ISKCON Mauritius, in collaboration with various local artists. It was also an opportunity to introduce the Kazakhstan Silk Road Band of H.H. Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami to the people of Mauritius. (Click here for the full article)

Better than a thousand Hollow words
submitted by Madhava Gosh das
Posted June 21, 2003

Better than a thousand
Hollow words
Is one word that brings peace.
Better than a thousand
Hollow verses
Is one verse that brings peace.
Better than a hundred
Hollow lines
Is one line of the law,
Bringing peace.
It is better to
Conquer yourself
Than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.

- The Dhammapada

The Misconception of Bhagavata Parampara and Diksa Continues...
by Shambhu das
Posted June 20, 2003

After reading the editorial "Bhagavata Parampara and Diksa" by Brahma das prabhu I would like to comment as follows. As a disciple and follower of Srila Prabhupada the founder Acharya of ISKCON I have been following this discussion throughout the vaishnava community for sometime. It seems the misconceptions are continuing in regards to taking initiation from a "Living Guru". , as stated by Brahma das from Srila Prabhupada's writings (cc.Adi. 1.47 and 1.35) "There is no difference between the shelter giving Supreme Lord and the initiating (diksa) and instructing (siksa) spiritual masters. There is no limit, however to the number of instructing (siksa) spiritual masters one may accept." (Click here for the full article)

Karmic Speculation cannot build a Dharmic Nation
by Bhakti Ananda Goswami
Posted June 20, 2003

ABSTRACT: Bhakti Ananda Goswami repudiates the perverse theory espoused by abusers and apologists that physically, sexually and emotionally abused devotees were in some sense responsible for their misfortune. Srila Prabhupada considered the children on the level of demigods taking birth in the world for its benefit. That benefactors could have themselves committed heinous crimes in a previous existence, and therefore somehow "deserved" their fate, is a pernicious, unhelpful doctrine which serves only the interest of the proximate abusers. In an orderly Vaishnava society, brahmins and kshatriyas codify and enforce the law, and law cannot be ignored on the pretext that "the end justifies the means" or that the Lord will excuse adharma if perpetrators can "frame, blame and shame" their victims.

(Click here for the full article)

The Bhagavata Parampara And Diksa
by Brahma das
Posted June 18, 2003

There seems to be widespread misunderstanding of the Bhagavata Parampara conception of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura as well as a misconception that it supports the idea that one need not take initiation from a contemporary or "living guru". It has even been suggested that certain acaryas listed in the Bhagavata Parampara may not have accepted mantra diksa from one of their contemporaries but there is no information whatsoever to support this contention. (Click here for the full article)

In-house fighting...
by Bhakta Nalen Shah
Posted June 15, 2003

Please stop all of this major bickering with one another. It is very displeasing to Srila Prabhupada. It's displeasing to anyone with a sense of decency!
(Click here for the full article)

Planning for retirement
by Yadunandana Pada das (ACBSP)
Posted 10 June 2003

I am only your servant, and I offer this suggestion only in service to the Vaishnavas. This is most likely a reiteration of what has probably been already brought up many times in the past. This is also by no means an original idea for which I or any one else can, or should ever, take credit for. This is simply a fact of life that is being practiced in organizations the world over. Somehow, our Vaishnava world has not yet taken advantage of this resource. The problem at hand is that after years of service in our Vaishnava societies our members have not been able to pay into Social Security, pension plans, trust funds, life insurance, retirement plans, or even a savings account. (Click here for the full article)

Devotees Credit Chakra.org with Temple in Eastern Europe
by Tapasya das (SDG)
Posted June 10, 2003

The Story of Moldova's New Temple

Moldova - Former Republic of the U.S.S.R. Population - 6 million. Located between Romania and Ukraine very close to the coast of the black sea. Hardly any devotee could point the location out on a world map. Nor could the average citizen in the United States. I know that I couldn't find it at first, now I have been involved for over a year with helping the devotees in Moldova. It all started almost a year ago when I received an invitation to visit this small country from a friend at the Moldovan Embassy located in Washington D.C. I had done some research on Moldova and by fate or by the divine will of Krishna, I don't know which, I found myself standing at an airport in Kishinev, with 2 suitcases full of food (for my friends mother) and a phone number to call when I arrive. Before I left for this trip I had researched through ISKCON.com and Back to Godhead magazine for the emails of the temple president and/or a devotee run restaurant. I found neither. (Click here for the full article)

Missing picture
by ISKCON New Vrndavana
Reposted June 8, 2003

On Sunday afternoon May 11, the last day of the Festival of Inspiration, in New Vrindaban, a pencil on paper drawing , size about 24" X 30" went missing. It had been on the front display wall in the downstairs meeting hall in the lodge.

Anyone with any information please contact Kuladri at Ramaraja@aol.com or 304-843-1409.

[N.B. Picture now included in article.]

The Glories of Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana
by Rama Kesava das
Posted June 8, 2003

Today is the tirobhava of Baladeva Vidyabhusana, the founder of our school of Vedanta, acintya-bhedabheda vedanta. He is famous for his Govinda-bhasya commentary to Vedanta-sutra. Although Mahaprabhu considered Srimad-Bhagavatam, that superexcellent ripened fruit of Vedic wisdom to be the natural commentary to Vedanta-sutra, on Mahaprabhu's indirect order Sri Baladeva wrote the Govinda-bhasya in order to satisfy Sadacari Raja's assembly of brahmanas in Jaipur and to lend formal credibility to the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya. (Click here for the full article)

Alachua Home for Sale
by Dhruva Maharaja das
Posted June 8, 2003

ALACHUA HOME FOR SALE: I'd like to notify devotees who may be thinking of moving to Alachua that we're selling our home. It's a 3 bedroom, 2 bath Double-wide on 1.1 wooded acres. Devotee neighbors, quiet rural atmosphere, and only a 6 minute drive to the temple. We purchased the home in 1999, so it's in "like new" condition and immaculately clean. Reason for selling -- we're buying an MVT apartment in Vrndavana. Interested parties please contact DhruvaMaharaja@hotmail.com

Wanted: NY Ratha Yatra photos!
by Madhusudani Radha devi dasi
Posted June 2, 2003

We are looking for a photo of the NY Ratha Yatra, preferrably one showing the chariot(s) and singing/dancing devotees, framed by NY skyscrapers. The photo needs to be of good quality and suitable for the cover of an academic book about the Hare Krsna movement's transplantation onto Western soil. For more information, please send your inquiries to chakranews@earthlink.net.

Looking for Nitya Siddha dasa
by Prema Bhakti das
Posted June 10, 2003

I am looking for my Godbrother Nitya Siddha dasa, from Israel.

We met shortly during the Festival of Inspiration at New Vrindavana last May, but became seperated again before we could exchange contact information. (Click here for the full article)

Pariprasnena is the link
by Niscala dd
Posted June 29, 2003

Dear Brahma Prabhu,

Whether or not a link in our parampara can be found to have had diksa from a departed guru is not the point of contention in regard to the ritvik issue. The reason is that some of those links are eternally liberated souls. External guru is only necessary for the conditioned soul. Still, to set an example, one will find most if not all will have accepted a guru who is physically present. The reason why physical presence is necessary is, in your own words: "with whom he would stay from time to time in order to study scriptures" A living guru is absolutely necessary for this reason. (Click here for the full article)

Sri Sri Radha Gopaljiu Temple
by ISKCON Gadeigiri, Orissa
Posted June 29, 2003

Dear Devotees

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and his nectarean preaching all over the world.

I would like to bring to your kind notice that this temple is situated in a remote village of Orissa (India) and struggling hard for maintenance of the Temple. Please generously support this major ISKCON Mandir Project. Whoever will do this there shall certainly get the blessings of Sri Sri Radha Gopal jiu and Jaganath in the form Shanti , ananda and prema and their hearts shall be stolen by Sri Gopal jiu. (Click here for the full article)

Hundredfold hairsplitting cannot save Rtvik theory
by Ananda das
Posted June 28, 2003

ABSTRACT: Deepak Vohra declared that, absent proof, he would not approach an accessible, living guru, but attempt a theoretical relationship with a departed guru. Ananda das suggests that, even without specific words from Prabhupada requiring aspirants to approach a living guru, such is the clear intent of past practice, as well as of Prabhupada's books and numerous lectures. Potential gurus possess the 26 qualities of a devotee and are identified by aspirant disciples. Book-initiation is a meaningless pretense, he says; one must apprentice with a guru capable of administering correction. Even though Prabhupada can take no more disciples, one may still join the parampara.

(Click here for the full article)

Where Does Srila Prabhupada Say that "Current" Means "Living"?
by Deepak Vohra
Posted June 24, 2003

I feel I must reply to Rama Kesava Prabhu's recent response to my letter. In his posting titled "One must approach a living 'Current link' to join the parampara", he has stated:

"The words 'current link' clearly mean that we must approach a living guru, a sadhu, with meekness and submission (tad viddhi pranipatena pariprasnena sevaya), as outlined by Sri Bhagavan Krsna in Bhagavad-gita 4.34. Can Srila Prabhupada be that link, even though he has passed into the nitya-lila?"

(Click here for the full article)

Padayatra America Report
by Bhakta James
Posted June 21, 2003

My mother and I had just returned from a four hour drive to Virginia, where I had visited with my Father, step-mother and Aunt. The trip to Virginia was good. The visit with my Father and step-mother showed a definite increase in their God consciousness and lifestyle since my previous visit about fifteen months ago. During my previous visit they were both drinking heavily, smoking and in general not so inspired in life. Relationship problems, property problems and health problems, you know the usual nectar material life has to offer us. In my previous visit I had allowed my step-mother to prepare some apple sauce, which I then offered to pictures of Srila Prabhupada, Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sri Radha-Londonisvara. My Dad and his wife stood by and watch the offering, completely dumb struck. They asked a lot of questions afterwards and also tried the prasadam. (Click here for the full article)

Second Annual Mental Health Conference
By Ekabuddhi dasi
Posted June 21, 2003

ISKCON Washington, DC, Potomac Temple had the pleasure of hosting the 2nd annual Mental Health Conference -- Counseling, Therapy, and Social Care: Their Application in a Krishna Conscious Society. Saturday's topics included "Coping with Grief" presented by Bhakti Tirtha Swami, "Active Problem Solving" presented by husband and wife team, Chandramukhi dasi and Aghari dasa (both hold an MA in Counseling Psychology), "Psychological Testing and Ethics of Guru-Disciple Relationship" by Vishnugada (PsyD. Clinical Psychology), and "The Modes of Nature: Implications for Mental Health Care" by Jaya Sacisuta dasa. On Sunday the Presentation began with Cintamani dasi (Ph.D. Psychology) speaking on "Cultivating Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Resiliency in ISKCON Communities", and Ravindra Svarupa (Ph.D.) presenting a synopsis of Anto Boisen's theory "Laws of Spiritual Life" as they apply to pneumapathologies of ISKCON (pneuma = spirit + pathology = diseases). (Click here for the full article)

Friendly debate is not disrespectful
by Ananda das
Reposted June 20, 2003

Mr. Shah may have mistaken disagreement on small issues for fighting or hatred. While debates can become vigorous, they are always couched in terms of mutual Vaisnava respect. Srila Prabhupada did not want us to become unthinking robots, but to exercise our brains to develop a better, more realized understanding of our philosophy. (Click here for the full article)

Sentiment, is it so bad?
by Dvibhuja das
Posted June 18, 2003

In reference to the various articles concerning the SPL etc, and the rittvik contreversy in general there should be at some point the introduction of the principle of GBC authority. After all at the heart of such authors of Dhira Govinda and others there is an obstinate rebellion on some level in regards to accepting the GBC as the ultimate authority in ISKCON. I am not sure if this would change any minds but if there is someone listening I would be very interested in a serious dissertation on the reason Srila Prabhupada founded the GBC and how it can function in a practical way as the ultimate arbitrator if we carry the faith to allow it to be so. (Click here for the full article)

Invitation to Prague
by Priya-kirti das
Posted June 18, 2003

Hare Krisna!

Dear Vaisnavas,

please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

We would like to invite you visit our Czech yatra. You can join our ecstatic harinamas in the centre of Prague, visit our Govinda restaurant, farm, temple etc.

We can also offer you accomodation at our Harivarsa Guest House (10 min by car from our temple). The families are also welcome. The prices are very cheap. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Prison Ministry
by Syama Priya

Posted June 18, 2003

Thank you for your important service in keeping devotees connected. Attached is a letter from an inmate. Please put it on your website followed by our contact information: Anyone desiring to help with donations, or books, tapes, beads, etc, please contact us. (Click here for the full article)

Travelling Kazakh Devotees Delight Mauritius
by Bhakta Indrasen
Posted June 15, 2003

As many as 600,000 television viewers recently saw a "Peace and Tolerance" concert organized by ISKCON Mauritius, in collaboration with various local artists. It was also an opportunity to introduce the Kazakhstan Silk Road Band of H.H. Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami to the people of Mauritius.

(Click here for the full article)

Initiation is formality - Reply to Ramagopal Uppaluri
by Deepak Vohra
Posted June 10, 2003

Ramagopal Uppaluri Prabhu states in his posting of May 31:

"formal initiation through a Vaisnava guru is necessary. This basic rule of ISKCON shall remain as long as neophyte devotees come to take shelter of Krsna...Formal diksa initiation is necessary for neophytes to advance gradually to devotional service." ('Not accepting formal diksa should be rare exception', CHAKRA, May 31, 2003).
However, this is a misrepresentation of Srila Prabhupada's position: (Click here for the full article)

The Vital Living Link, Part II
by Niscala devi dasi
Posted June 10, 2003

While the SAC did not give any emphasis to the essential dynamic by which transcendental knowledge is received, which is the very reason why the guru must be a living link, on the other hand it needlessly emphasized other aspects of the guru disciple relationship, such as the level of worship that should be offered to the guru by the disciple. (Click here for the full article)

Padayatra America - Report
by Padayatra office
Posted June 8, 2003

(May 24, 2003) Over 200 devotees were present at Gita Nagari, Pennsylvania to participate in the Installation ceremony with abhishek of Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundar. H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami performed the installation ceremony; also present were H.H. Candramauli Swami and many senior vaishnavas. The deities were installed on the Padayatra wagon and than devotees did a parikrama around the temple and the farm with ecstatic kirtan. (Click here for the full article)

Mayapur apartment for sale!
by Jaya Kesava das
Posted June 8, 2003

Dear Devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

In Mayapur.
Next to Goshala, on second floor, above any flood level.
Living room, 2bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen, marble floors (500 sq ft or approximately 50 m2).
Price is negotiable.

Ys Jaya Kesava das

Click here for floor plan.

Art teacher required
by Ananda Vrindavana dd
Posted June 5, 2003

The Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School is looking for a creative & talented devotee art teacher for primary and secondary school students.

Appropriate qualifications are required. Previous teaching experience is preferred.

Next semester begins July 4th in Vrindavan, India.

Great facility. Great place. Great students.

Contact Anandav@pamho.net for details.

The Vital Living Link
by Niscala dd
Posted June 2, 2003

The response of the Sastric Advisory Committee (Sastric Advisory Committee refutes PL article) on the subject of why Srila Prabhupada cannot be accepted as one's diksa guru, did not I feel address the issue fully and their argument was fallacious. They attempt to refute Dhira Govinda's claim that the process of diksa is primarily transmission of transcendental knowledge, by citing the following verse from Bhakti Sandharba... (Click here for the full article)

Candan-yatra in New Talavan, MS (USA)
by Vijaya Radha devi dasi
Posted June 8, 2003

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to all Iskcon Gurus! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Here I'm sending some photos of our dear Sri Sri Radha Radha Kantha covered with Candan paste. Lord Sri Krsna was fully covered with Candan on the first and last day of Candan Yatra in our humble attemps to please Him. And Srimati Radharani and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai had Their beautiful foreheads covered with candan paste as well...

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