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Custom Deity Outfits
by Bhaktin Praveen
Posted March 29, 2007


On the inspiration and support of many devotees I have decided to sell custom made Deity outfits. My home Deities, Sri-Sri Radha Madana-Mohana, are 10 inches tall and for outfits like the one shown here I charge $18 (not including shipping and handling). However, prices can vary due to Deity, cost of materials, etc. I can also work with any designs you may have or any special modifications that need to be made to the dress. If you are interested please email me at pjamunar@hotmail.com.



Urgent: Gaurachandra in Denver, Please Call Your Dad
by Manjari devi dasi
Posted March 28, 2007

Srila Prabhupada's dear disciple, Radha Kund das, who has lived and preached in India the last ten years, is dying of liver cancer in Vrindavana and most likely only has days left to live. He has a desire to speak with his son, Gaurachandra (Wadlow), who is about 28 and lives in Denver, Colorado.

If anyone knows Gaurachandra, please ask him to call Vaisnava dasa: +919897903111 at the Krishna Balaram Temple ASAP.



Looking for Children's Musicals
by Dhanistha Devi Dasi (BKG)
Posted March 25, 2007

I am looking for a series of children's devotional musicals on CD that were published in England in the 90's. I currently have "Sudhama Brahmana - the Musical" and am searching for similiar titles, such as "Govardhana - the Musical". My son really enjoys this music style. If any devotees know a current distributor, please contact me at dhanisthabkg@hotmail.com



In the News:
Kazakhstan: Stalled Hare Krishna Demolitions to Take Place "In Next Five Days"

submitted by Richard Wyndham, by Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service
Posted March 24, 2007

Members of Kazakhstan's embattled Hare Krishna commune, where court executors are about to demolish a further five Hare Krishna-owned homes, have told Forum 18 News Service that they vehemently reject court denials that the decision was taken in secret. "The five devotees only found out about the court-ordered demolition yesterday [19 March] although the court says the decision was taken back on 18 January," Maksim Varfolomeyev complained to Forum 18, adding the comment that "the actions of the Karasai District Administration defy due legal process." The demolitions were stopped at the last minute today by a mysterious man in a black Mercedes car, but the Hare Krishna community has heard they will go ahead "in the next five days". "We don't know who the man was or where he came from," Varfomoleyev explained, "but when he told the men to halt the demolition they did so, making us think he must have been an official." Legal cases have also begun over six more Hare Krishna-owned homes. Officials have refused to discuss the Commune's problems with Forum 18. (Click here for the full article)



A Poem of Love for Krsna
by Bhaktin Kathe
Posted March 21, 2007

I AM LIKE A CHILD
STANDING WOBBLY ON THE FLOOR,
REACHING OUT TO FATHER
'PICK ME UP ONCE MORE'

I AM LIKE A LOVER
WAITING BY HIS SIDE,
KNOWING WHEN HE HOLDS ME
ALL MY FEARS SUBSIDE.

HE IS LIKE MY CLOSEST FRIEND,
WHO FREELY GIVES TRUE CARE
AND WHEN I CALL UPON MY LORD,
HE IS ALWAYS THERE. (Click here for the full article)



Devotees Respond to Climate Change
by Niscala dasi
Posted March 20, 2007

Since the debut of Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth the urgency of the state of the environment has moved up in collective public consciousness. The prospect of the world's major cities becoming the future ocean bed, and of severe natural disasters becoming a regular occurrence --along with unanimous consensus among the scientific community that this is certainty, not merely a probability -- altogether have made the issue vital when we consider the future of our kids.

"Okay," I hear you say, "there are numerous forums about the environment. Go post your article there. This one is about Krsna consciousness."

Actually, the two are inextricable. (Click here for the full article)



Overlook Misgivings
by Ranchor Prime
Posted March 18, 2007

In response to Jivalamukhi and Bhaktin Olivia's uplifting 'Request for Quotes' to support beautiful Vaishnava relationships, posted on 7th March 2007, here is one I recently came across, addressed to Brahmananda prabhu:

"It is very nice to learn that both you and Satsvarupa have highly praised Tamala Krishna. Similarly, Tamala Krishna has also highly praised you and Satsvarupa. This attitude should be maintained amongst your Godbrothers. That will elevate us more and more to the top of devotional service. This is called Vaikuntha attitude. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada Spoke to Me in a Dream
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa
Posted March 14, 2007

As you all know, around 3 months ago I published an article requesting that someone take over administering the already established fundraising and fund distribution of the MVT Vrndavan Hospice & Infirmary. This is a very small task that requires only a few hours per month for one to three people each month. I have been grappling with 'how' to pass this on because of personal issues and have not been able to come up with a solid plan on my own for the same personal reasons. After some prayer and introspection on the matter, I had a dream where Srila Prabhupada suggested to me that the answer had been in front of me all along. "This Seva," he said," rightfully belongs to those who care. The right heirs of this project," he continued," should be the Vaisnavas Care group and my Giriraja Swami and his disciples." (Click here for the full article)



Beware of the 3 Modes
by Sridhar Raman
Posted March 13, 2007

Dvarakadhisa das (Click Here) and Anonymous prabhu (Click Here) have raised a very important point in their postings. I want to re-emphasize that point - how our mind adulterates Krishna consciousness (the process), and Krishna conception (the supreme Object). When we think that God is going to put us in a pigeon's body for holding sexual desires notwithstanding all our honest attempts at making spiritual progress we are building a totally distorted concept of God and Bhakti in our minds that would most certainly destroy our spiritual growth. The bottom-line is this - all knowledge we assimilate, including those pertaining to bhakti, is filtered and tainted by the modes of material nature. The modes of nature we have acquired are a result of millions of years of conditioning over several lifetimes. (Click here for the full article)



Spiritual Health Requires Honesty
by Dvarakadhisa das
Posted March 12, 2007

Why is God presented in such poor way?

Sometimes certain sights, or smells, or sounds will bring you back to a previous time in your life in very vivid detail.

Today, I woke up with a very pleasant breeze blowing through my bedroom. As I opened my eyes, I saw my favorite picture of Krishna playing his flute near a stream in the forest of Vrindavan. This breeze, along with the beautiful painting of Krishna, and my consciousness still flirting with the world of dreams, triggered my memory of when I first began to absorb myself in Srila Prabhupada's books. This morning, in contrast to the depression, dull-headedness, empty hearted hopelessness and fatigue that I've been passing my time in, I was feeling great joy and contentment. I felt as though Krishna was in my house with me. (Click here for the full article)



Time to Get Real
by name withheld by request
Posted March 11, 2007

The Guru system is totally outdated and probably only worked well when life was simpler and people did not get proper care in general in life, so they could be taken care of by their Guru at least to that previous old time sub-standard of living they maintained while diving wholeheartedly into their Bhakti Yoga practice. This is not longer a valid situation as modern society has uncovered so many human needs that simply went unfulfilled in the past.

I know of no ISKCON Guru that is truly looking out for their disciples up to the modern standard. There is not even a universal health care program for aging devotees, many of whom are suffering from the years of all cooked, fries and sugar diet as well as Guru's neglect of the bodily and psychological health of their disciples. (Click here for the full article)



DVDs of Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami
by Prananatha das (BSDS) NZ
Posted March 10, 2007


Many of you may have seen the wonderful article in the recent copy of the BTG magazine (March/April 2007) which pays tribute to the exemplary life of Srila Prabhupada's dearly beloved disciple, HH Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami. His sudden and unexpected departure in October 2006 has left an enormous void in the lives of thousands of disciples, friends and well-wishers. He was a rare soul who walked amongst us. I miss him greatly.

I wish to notify the worldwide devotee community that professionally produced DVDs (PAL and NTSC) are available of two of his major scientific conferences, (Click here for the full article)



BTG Wants Your Words
by Madhava Smullen
Posted March 8, 2007

Back to Godhead Magazine continues to progress in leaps and bounds, introducing new features and authors, using more dynamic graphics, and upgrading to full, vivid color on every page. If you haven't picked a copy up in some time, do it now. You'll be surprised.

Our latest exciting new department "In Your Own Words" is created by you, the reader. Each issue, we ask you a unique question. And each issue, we publish the most inspiring, entertaining and well-written replies.

This gives everyone the chance to share their Krishna conscious realizations and get published in BTG. It also gives us a chance to interact with our readers and would-be writers.

To take part, go to Krishna.com/inyourownwords

(Click here for the full article)



Small Scale Farming
by Amala Gaura dasa
Posted March 7, 2007

In the rolling foothills of Southeast Ohio exists a movement of small-scale farmers who cultivate without chemicals or major mechanical input. For these visionary men and women of the earth, pesticides are an unnecessary hazard, while one's own sweat and toil proves more efficient than fossil-fueled machines. Farming for the Future escapes from the grocery store to tromp through the fields with a diverse group of forward-thinking yeomen, illuminating the subtler and oft-forgotten aspects of the vital commodity we call food.

Click Here



The Daanurdhara Scandal
by Syama das
Posted March 5, 2007

In response the posting by Hare Krsna dasi entitled, The Danurdhara Scandal: "What Decisive Actions Were Taken?" the answer is that no action was taken and none is likely to be taken.

The Svami pretends that he has resigned from ISKCON in order to avoid the heat of scrutiny. But ask the devotees in Tel-Aviv, Israel and they will be shocked to hear this. The wife of the temple president there and other fanatic disciples regularly invite Dhanurdara Svami and organize preaching programs for him. On his last visit he gave daily lectures and for the Sabbath Festival (Sunday Feast) the temple was closed and everyone invited to the President's home for a program in honor of the Svami. Photos of the Svami are pinned on the temple bulletin board and there is active recruiting done on his behalf. (Click here for the full article)



Gaura Purnima Songs
by Yamini devi dasi
Posted March 3, 2007


Songs & Lyrics in praise of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Happy Gaura Purnima! Catonsville, MD. Free downloads are on this Soundclick site Link: Click Here



Mrdanga Doctor Needed
by Enrique Lopetegui
Posted March 3, 2007

I have a clay mrdanga that needs to have both heads replaced. I'm looking for an expert who can do this for me. I have the heads. San Antonio/Austin/Houston area preferred. Please contact me at (210) 274-6916.



  Please Pray for Mukta Kesa
by Lokavarnotamma dasa
Posted March 31, 2007


My twin brother, Mukta Kesa dasa (pictured here with Candramauli Swami), is gravely ill, and in intensive care in a Pittsburg hospital. He was misdiagnosed for weeks, and then finally collapsed due to a cyst on his spinal column in his neck. He underwent emergency surgery, suffered a collapse in his breathing, and has been on life support for a week. When trying to remove his life support, he again had respiratory failure, and now is in guarded critical condition. Mukta Kesa dasa is known and dearly loved by so many devotees, and we ask for everyone's sincere prayers for his recovery. (Click here for the full article)



In the Blog World:
Monkeying Around in Vrindavana

by Ramesh Kallidai (Romapada Dasa)
Posted March 29, 2007

Click Here for the Blog

This story appeared in the Asian Voice UK in a weekly column called 'Screaming Hot Bhajiyas'. The Asian Voice is the largest circulating English weekly for Indians in Britain.

Two friends of mine Bhavesh and Rishi texted me from India, "Reached New Delhi. Good journey. Safe."

Three days later, I got another text message saying, "In Vrindavan now. Great temples."

Next day, I got another message, "Delicious carrot halwa at Loi Bazaar in Vrindavan. Wish you were here." (Click here for the full article)



The Passing of Samba Das
by Karuna Purna dasi
Posted March 28, 2007

On Saturday, March 24, 2007 Samba das passed away in London, England.

Samba had arrived from Sri Dhama Mayapura one week earlier. He was in very good spirits and making plans to spend more time in the holy Dhama. A couple of days after his arrival, Samba felt ill and was taken to hospital where he remained until he gloriously passed away. We would like to share this beautiful event with the assembly of devotees.

During the day of Saturday, devotees visited Samba who was apparently unconscious and breathing with the help of a ventilator. Around 6:00 p.m., four or five devotees joined others who were already visiting Samba. (Click here for the full article)



Reply to "Time to Get Real"
by Bhaktin Lynne Murray
Posted March 25, 2007

As I read the article, "Time To Get Real", my heart went out to the author. I can feel the tremendous frustration that he is feeling and I wish I could help.

I have only my own experiences and thoughts to offer.

I have been studying Krishna Consciousness via ISKCON and some of its devotees for about twenty years. I plan on taking initiation with Bhaktimarga Swami. Most of you know him as the Sannyasi who walks across Canada. I am from Ontario, Canada but am presently residing in British Columbia.

I have had many Gurus over the years who helped me to grow as a person. My first were probably my parents and some of my public school teachers. (Click here for the full article)



New Orleans Houseshare?
by Ananda dasi
Posted March 24, 2007

Moving to New Orleans Area: Initiated Family Looking to Houseshare in upscale part of city near temple, to Create a KC Team We got a job at Tulane University Cancer Center and are moving out from NYC. Looking to find a 4 BR house and to share rent and household responsibilities in the New Orleans area with another serious Vaisnava Family of two or three so that we can concentrate our remaining material and psychic energies on sadhana and sankirtan. We have a two year old little boy and our preaching work includes Yoga and Integrative Medicine. We are good with puja and cooking also. We will move this July, but will be visiting the area in late April or early May. Those interested can contact us at anandadasi1008@yahoo.com



Friends of the BBT Website Launched
by Pancharatna das
Posted March 21, 2007


Friends of the BBT launched a website today at www.friendsofthebbt.org, marking a new chapter in the development of service to The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. Through collaboration between BBT supporters and the BBT directors, Friends of the BBT has been established as a nonprofit association dedicated to expanding the community of service to Srila Prabhupada's BBT. We invite you to join us in building a dynamic worldwide community of Friends of the BBT through the many features of this site. On our new site you can learn more about us, our history and the projects we support. And we invite you to join us. Through our site you can become a contributing member, help sponsor projects, (Click here for the full article)



Transportation Help Needed
by Rishabhdeva das
Posted March 20, 2007

The Denver temple has two tables of teakwood - a table for Tulasi devi and another for Prabhupada's guru puja, made in India and lying now in Florida. The temple needs this urgently for its daily worsip and mornning program. We were wondering if there were some devotees travelling from Florida to Denver, who would be willing to bring these tables. These tables will fit in the back of a van.

This will be a great service to Sri Sri Radha Govinda and Srila Prabhupada, as the temple could save a good amount of laxmi in transportation costs if someobody helps out with this.

I request devotees who may be willing to help out to please contact me by mail or by telephone at 720-941-2690. I can give the exact size, weight and other details.



Looking for Gaurachandra And Gita
by Salagrama-sila dasi
Posted March 18, 2007

Last year I posted an ad requesting the whereabouts of Radhakunda Dasa Prabhu, a Srila Prabhupada disciple, who has resided in India for a few years now. Now I'm trying to find his son and daughter; Gauracandra dasa and Gita dasi (who are in their mid to late 20's now), because Radhakunda prabhu's mother is trying to get in contact with them.

It is very urgent. If anyone knows their whereabouts and/or their contact information, please contact me at shalagram@yahoo.com or Karen (a dear friend of Radhakunda prb. and his family) at karciv@hotmail.com ASAP.



Service Opportunities With Braj Foundation
by Ravi das
Posted March 14, 2007

Braj restoration project team in Vrindavan looking for experienced professionals.

The Braj Foundation is a recently formed NGO. Our remit is to restore Braj community, environment and heritage. (for further information please see our web site www.brajfoundation.org)

We research, survey and prepare detailed plans and proposals (in English) for submission to government departments, international aid organizations, companies and individuals for support and funding.

This is an opportunity to work with a team to serve the Holy Dham of Braj.

Service Description

(Click here for the full article)



Bhakti-Sastri Course in New Vrindavan
by Radha Sundari devi dasi
Posted March 13, 2007

For the very first time, a world-class Bhakti Sastri Course will be offered in Sri New Vrindaban Dhama, USA. From June 11 to July 20, 2007, an unrivaled team of instructors will join together to present a six week, in-depth study of Bhagavad-gita. The following summer (2008), six weeks will be dedicated to the study of Sri Isopanisad, Nectar of Devotion, and Nectar of Instruction.

This year, our revered instructors will be:

  • HH Bhakti Charu Swami
  • HH Jayadvaita Swami
  • HH Radhanath Swami (Special Guest Speaker)
  • HG Siddhi-lalasa devi dasi

(Click here for the full article)



2007 First Annual BBT Art Seminar
by Caitanya dasi
Posted March 12, 2007

***** FREE for the 15 most qualified applicants *****

TENTATIVE DATES: October 20, 2007 to November 10, 2007

What you will gain by attending:

  • Associate with senior artists trained in the standards taught by Prabhupada
  • Learn new techniques
  • Further imbibe the devotional mood of painting spiritual subjects
  • Learn Srila Prabhupada's instructions about painting
  • Experience learning from spiritual artists in a group setting
  • Learn procedures for completing your work gleaned from the BBT art department
  • Unique once in a lifetime opportunity to paint Krishna in Sri Vrndavana-dhama

Deadline for applications: April 30, 2007

(Click here for the full article)



Brijabasi Spirit Lives
by Madhava Ghosh dasa
Posted March 11, 2007

This is a call for contributors to the Brijabasi Spirit, New Vrindaban's community blog. Thousands of devotees have lived here over the years, and we want to hear from you.

The trials and tribulations of New Vrindaban have been well documented, both accurately and inaccurately, in books, the mainstream media, films, and devotee websites. However, partial truths are not the whole truth. Some people want to hear the other side of the story.

We acknowledge that the material energy operates everywhere, even in New Vrindavan, past and present, but this site is about the half full view of life. Keep it positive; (Click here for the full article)



On the Evil of Merging
by Niscala dasi
Posted March 10, 2007

The basis of the division of service in varnasrama is that which powers the individual - his/her psycho-physical make up. Thus it separates spiritual from material power, and productive from physical power. The latter separation is necessary for good business management, for it is obviously a waste of talent for an architect to be laying bricks, and an over-expectation for a brick-layer to be trying to design buildings.

What is not so clear (the resolution of which is more pertinent to us) is why the ksatriya and the brahmana class must separate. Surely a spiritually minded ksatriya could do both? (Click here for the full article)



Keeping Srila Prabhupada in the Center
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted March 9, 2007


Due to the unprecedented demand for the Guide to Self Realization DVD (over 4000 sold of the 5000 replicated since its debut a few weeks ago!), ITV is encouraged to replicate more. These DVD's have been purchased by both temples and individuals for distribution on the street, to congregations, and to friends/family. The popularity of the DVD certainly is related to the fact that it has 20 languages subtitled and voicedover in English, Russian, and Italian. ITV will order an amount depending on the orders received by it or its distributors (BLS, Krishna.com/, Art&Culture, Sraddhavan (Australia), Isvara (India), ITV Moscow (Bal Krishna), ITV Kyev (Visnu), etc. in the next 30 days. All orders will be guaranteed the following prices: (Click here for the full article)



Beautiful Embellished Krishna Art
by Lakshman & Radha
Posted March 7, 2007

Highly Embellished Original Canvas Silk Screens. Customs framed into a Popular Carved Lotus Wood Frame with Lotus Shelf for incense etc. Hangs on the wall like any framed art. Over 20 prints available

Click Here

If you need more info please let me know.



Urgent Appeal
by Dhanistha devi dasi, Kirtiraja dasa, Lalita Madhava devi dasi, Madhvacarya
Posted March 5, 2007


We are writing to make you aware of the unfortunate situation involving Baladeva dasa and his wife, Bhaktin Christina, that is unfolding here in the Greater Alachua community, and to appeal to all of you for your help.

Bala (Peruvian Baladeva Torres) is a Mayapura gurukuli. He did service for the Alachua Temple and, in addition, is known throughout North America for his many years of faithfully assisting Rtadhvaja Swami with the annual "summer trip" - taking dozens of devotee boys to Ratha-yatras all over the continent and helping with the service of setting up and breaking down of the Festival of India.

Recently, Bala's wife Christina, age 23, who, as of this writing is 6 1/2 months pregnant with a baby daughter, was diagnosed to be in the advanced stages (Stage 4) of cervical cancer, which has spread to her ovaries, bladder, kidneys and left lung. (Click here for the full article)



Sri Caitanya Avatar
by Samapriya dd (ACBSP)
Posted March 3, 2007


There was dance and song in Navadvipa

The jewel of the Brahmins Nimai Pandit.

Brought the Lord's name to all who could hear

Renewing their faith abandoning fear.

Like fire devouring the wood of a tree

The holy name rose giving Vaishnavas ecstacy.

As astute scholars with dust in the hearts

Saw their dry tree of knowledge break into parts.

You came to deliver the most fallen souls

Giving Your mercy for free.

All are entitled to pure KrsnaPrema (Click here for the full article)



Questions for the GBC
by Author's name withheld
Posted March 1, 2007

  1. Why are sanyasis allowed to remain sanyasis if they are accused of child abuse in any form? It's in the best interest of their spiritual lives and others that they remain humble devotees by not accepting any form of external position such as sanyasis. Pure Devotional service is beyond these designations. GBC needs to set an example of impartiality. Well wishers and friends of such accused devotees should not be allowed to participate in such decision making causing conflict of personal interest.

  2. Why are sanyasis like Satswarup Das allowed to remain a sanyasi after his association with a woman setting a wrong precedent for future sanyasis. Why cant he remain a humble brahmacari and carry on his spiritual life. Where is a standard policy from the GBC for such fall downs of sanyasis ? If there is, then it should be discussed through a debate. Consider Lord Caitanya and chota Hari Das pastime.

(Click here for the full article)



  Be a Part of History
by Siddhanta das (ACBSP)
Posted March 29, 2007


For the last 16 years we at Illumination Television have traveled to London, Melbourne, Sydney, Fiji, Mayapur, Vrndavana, Alachua, New York, San Francisco, San Diego, and New Vrndavana among other cities, to collect the oral histories that comprise the "Memories of Srila Prabhupada" series. Now we are asking you to come to us with your stories about His Divine Grace that we might not know of. If you or someone you know has at least one anecdote that you or he/she would like to share, please call or e-mail us at the info below so that we might arrange your memory to be recorded. We are wrapping up this series and would like to include as many pastimes that are out there yet to be told. As inspiration, we are including a few examples from our latest offering, "Memories-Part #47". (Click here for the full article)



Radha Kund Das Update
by Manjari dasi
Posted March 28, 2007

Radha Kund das has gone to spend his last days at Radha Kund. If anyone locates his son Gaurachandra (Wadlow), who is about 28 and lives in Denver, Colorado, please ask him to call his father's hospice nurse, Priya Sakhi dasi. Her mobile phone number is +91-9319 -851- 277.



Many Are Qualified to Initiate
by Gaursundar das (Denver, Colo.)
Posted March 25, 2007

ISKCON seems to operate within the realms of inequality. As a devotee since 1979, I find it disconcerting that the GBC is going against guru, shastra and sadhu concerning recognition as a leader in Srila Prabhupada's movement.

Who came up with the rule that you had to be voted into the sannyasa ashram? This is between the guru and his or her disciple. Such a rule is directly against shastra.

For the sincere disciples of Srila Prabhupada, I salute you, but why are only direct initiates of Srila Prabhupada allowed to initiate devotees into spiritual life? (Click here for the full article)



Appearance Day of Lord Sri Rama
by ISKCON New York
Posted March 24, 2007


Monday March 26, 2007
6:30pm - 9pm

We cordially invite you, your family and friends, to Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir to celebrate Sri Rama Navami: the Appearance Day of Lord Sri Ramachandra.

Starting @ 6:30pm, we will celebrate the pastimes of Lord Sri Rama, with Bhajans, Kirtans, Abhisheka ceremony of Lord Sri Rama, and a discussion on Lord Rama's pastimes, Drama performance (see below), followed by a prasadam feast.

NEW DRAMA

The Kidnapping of Sita

Monday March 26, 2007 8:00pm

Sunday April 1, 2007 7:00pm (Click here for the full article)



Service Opportunity
by Pancharatna das
Posted March 21, 2007

Friends of the BBT is looking for a full-time team member to research and write news articles for our new website (see press release below) at www.friendsofthebbt.org.

Everyday there are exciting developments in the world of transcendental book publishing and distribution and we need help to share this news with our community of friends, supporters and well-wishers.

We are inviting devotees with English writing experience interested in serving the BBT in this way to write to me with their personal details.

Through the generous contribution of a project sponsor we have a modest budget to provide a maintenance stipend to a qualified individual.

If you are interested, please write me today - Pancharatna@friendsofthebbt.org



BYU Hunger Banquet
by Caru das
Posted March 18, 2007

Last Saturday evening, about 15 devotees came to the Hunger Banquet at Brigham Young University for chanting and a drama. Ram Ranjana took this picture from the balcony of the Wilkinson Student Center while the act previous to ourselves was on stage.

We have participated, at their invitation, in the Hunger banquet for many years. This year the venue was moved from upstairs to the ground floor of the Student Center, a huge cavernous room. Attendance was up from previous years to about 700 students and teachers. (Click here for the full article)



Getting Real
by Bhakta Edwin
Posted March 14, 2007

This is being written externally as a reply to the article "Time to Get Real" by an anonymous author. Internally, however, it is not meant to try and convince the author - as I suspect due to his or her attitude that this is impossible - rather it is meant to help those whose faith might be damaged in reading the article. I will humbly try to mark each point made, and reply with my own understanding of such things, showing how I - a foolish, unintelligent, rank-and-file devotee - can keep his faith even amongst so-called leaks in the boat of ISKCON. May guru and Krishna bless me to write lucidly and straightforwardly on such an endeavor, as I have no influence myself and possess a tendency to be arrogant in my writings.

1. The Guru system is totally outdated and probably only worked well when life was simpler and people did not get proper care in general in life, so they could be taken care (Click here for the full article)



Deities Wanted
by Jaya Govardhana das
Posted March 13, 2007

Devotee prasadam business in Atlanta, GA is seeking small Pancha-Tattwa or Gaura-Nitai deities for our recently opened bakery. Please contact Jaya Govardhana das at 404-663-9165 or e-mail at jayago@cocomcast.net if you can help.



Full Length Hare Krishna Movies Free of Charge
by Bhakta Peter
Posted March 11, 2007

Devotees are welcomed to visit our site and download the following movies free of charge.

Available now:

  • Mother Ganga - A journey along the sacred Ganges River
  • Festival of India - A tour along the Baltic Sea Coast
  • Woodstock Festival
  • Harinam in Prague
  • Krishna in Ukraine - A Spiritual Revolution

Download them in High Quality DIVX format at: (Editor's Note: this link has been removed as it is no longer functional)



Krishna Bedtime Stories
by Ganga Varuni
Posted March 10, 2007


Before the Beginning, the first of a series of children's books from Dharma Design Publications, gently expresses the basics of Krishna consciousness in a style suitable for its young audience. In this book, the forest animals excitedly gather together to hear Father Parrot's relating of Lord Krishna's life in the spiritual world. Side story-lines lovingly teach values such as cooperation, obedience, respect and compassion. The first of its kind, Krishna Bedtime Stories establishes the basics of spiritual life in easily digestible terms. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for a Flat in Vrindavan
by Ramanuja das
Posted March 8, 2007

I am interested in renting a flat or apartment in Vrindavan for the month of Kartik, 2007. Please email at ramanuja.gkg@pamho.net



Request for Quotes
by Jvalamukhi dd and Bhaktin Olivia, New Hastinapur Temple, Potomac MD, USA
Posted March 7, 2007

In an attempt to serve the Vaisnavas, we are requesting all you learned Devotees to please send in quotes and stories from Srila Prabhupada's books, and all other bonafide Bhakti Sastras that pertain to the great importance of maintaining a humble service attitude and not criticizing others.

Our goal is to produce a small booklet dedicated to beautiful vaisnava relationships, and to show what the Acaryas have to say about the dangers of offences. We feel that this is at the heart of how Krsna Consciousness will spread and fear that this subject is often taken lightly. It is our attempt to bring it to the forefront of attention and please Krsna and Srila Prabhupada by remindng everyone of its importance. Thank you all so much for your contributions and time.

ps. All quotes can be sent to savebhakti@yahoo.com. Please also quote all your sources for either a quote or for a story.



March 2007 Care for Cows Posted
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted March 5, 2007

Our March 2007 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(Click Here).

This month we present:

  1. A brief report regarding Kala Krsna's slow but steady recovery.

  2. ISKCON's Minister of Cow Protection advice for CFC.

  3. A challenge for two Vets: Remove a fetal skeleton.

  4. A report on another Vrajabasi atrocity.

  5. Sambhu's struggle to live.

  6. And more...

(Click here for the full article)



ISKCON of Central New Jersey Gaura Purnima Celebrations
by ISKCON of CNJ
Posted March 3, 2007


You are cordially invited to join us at ISKCON of Central New Jersey to celebrate the upcoming Gaura Purnima Festival.

Morning Program
Venue: Old Bridge Property--538 Hwy34 Old Bridge Twp., NJ 07747-2183.
Beginning at 5:00 am: Mangla Arotik, Japa, Guru Puja, Tulasi Puja, Lecture, Bhajans/Kirtans

    Evening Program
    Venue: Marathi Vishwa Community Center (MVCC)
    143 State Route 35, Laurence Harbor, NJ 08879-2834
    Beginning at 3:00pm:
  • Ecstatic Bhajans
  • Abhishek
  • Two wonderful dramas depicting the pastimes of Srila Haridas Thakur and
  • Gauridas Pandit
  • Gaura Arotik
  • Gaura Lila Katha by *HH Chandrasekar Swami Maharaj*
  • Sumptuous Prasadam

Please contact Madhupati Das at 973-519-3374, Devakinandan Das at 917-626-1348, or Amritananda Das 732-777-2599 for more information.

Visit us at www.iskconnj.com
E-mail: harekrishna@iskconnj.com



Vaishnava Samskaras Booklet Available
by Krishnachandra das (Australia)
Posted March 1, 2007

It is very encouraging that Rachel Espinosa wished to know more about the purification rites of the living entity in the material world. These Samskaras are extremely important and were stressed by Srila Prabhupada in the Srimad Bhagavatam, etc.

Please see the Sri Ramanuja Matham website; these devotees have all the detailed information, are able to perform the rites and would be very happy to help you in this regard. They also have a 20- page booklet on Samskaras available for free download.



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