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March 2008
Prabhupada Items On Ebay
by Piyush
Posted March 31, 2008

I'm selling a few interesting things on EBay that are related to Srila Prabhupada. They are available through digital delivery. Please visit me at Ebay, where my ID is PRABHUPADAZONE. All items are available at good rates.

New Audio Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita Website
by Dwarakadisa dasa UK
Posted March 30, 2008

Back in the mid 1990's Bhagavat-Asraya prabhu (ACBSP) recorded a charming abridged audio rendition of "Prabhupada, your ever well-wisher" by H.H.Satsvarupa Dasa.

It was never widely distributed and remained in my studio archive until I edited it into 8 parts for inclusion on my weekly radio programme "Nectar of Devotion" which airs each Sunday morning on NuSound Radio 92fm in London. We had such a good response from listeners that it was decided to add "The Audio Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita" to the Nectar of Devotion website archive page.

In doing so I felt it might be nice to create a very simple, seperate website for the Lilamrita.

The result is www.lilamrita.page.tl

(Click here for the full article)

Teacher Wanted At New Raman Reti, Florida
by Tamohara das
Posted March 29, 2008

The New Raman Reti School (NRRS), a Krishna-centered elementary school, located in the Alachua, Florida devotee community, is seeking applicants for the position of an experienced elementary school teacher. The position will begin in August 2008.

The school has been serving the devotee community in Alachua since 1990 and is presently serving the needs of 52 students in grades pre-K - 6th, making it one of ISKCON's largest elementary schools in North America. The school is committed to both a strong Krishna Conscious program, as well as academic excellence. We are seeking teachers who have a genuine love for working with children, who like working with a team, and who have strong sadhana. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Mayapur On Gaura Purnima
by Chakra Editors
Posted March 29, 2008

Front Gate at ISKCON Mayapur on Gaura Purnima Evening

Home for Sale
by Ekanatha dasa
Posted March 28, 2008

Affordable Country Home in North Carolina Devotee Community. Beautiful location in the foot hills of the Appalachian Mountains. 1756 Square feet on 1 acre land, with marble flooring, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large living room--ideal for gatherings. Huge attic, ready for 2 large room/office expansions and large kitchen with lots of counter & cupboard space. Established devotee community with temple morning program. Home to Festival of India and the Bhaktivedanta Archives. Short walk from and to temple. For more information see: www.prabhupada.com/home/.

Learned Vaishnava Departs in Vrindavan
by Sri Yogesh Goswami
Posted March 27, 2008

In the early morning hours during this year's Vasant Panchami festival (February 11, 2008), my father Sriman Madhva-Gaudeshvar- acharya Bimal Chandra Goswami left his body in a hospital in Vrindavan, India.

During a condolence meeting on the grounds of Sri Sri Radha Raman Temple in Sri Dham Vrindaban, many devotees and well-wishers paid tributes with all dignity. Golokavasi-acharya Sri Bimal Chandra Goswamiji was surely called back to Goloka by Shri Radha Raman Lal to serve Krishna over there. He had a leading soldier of bhakti, preaching to academicians, political leaders and intelligentsia. (Click here for the full article)

Tulasi Devi Seeds Wanted
by Deva Das
Posted March 25, 2008

My fellow devotees and I are interested in growing a Tulasi plants in Toronto, Canada. We have tried ordering them online, but we soon realized that the majority of the Tulasis online were actually Thai Basil. If there is anyone, who has a couple legitimate Tulasi seeds that they can spare, please contact me @ Luxshan_A@hotmail.com.

Lord Krishna's Land Rocks to Festival Beat
by Brij Khandelwal, Abridged from Indo-Asian News Service
Posted March 23, 2008

Vrindavan, March 20—The influx of pilgrims to Vrindavan to enjoy Braj ki Holi (festival of colours) in Lord Krishna's land has added sparkle to celebrations which began a week ago in Barsana, Nandgaon, Govardhan, Vrindavan and Mathura, with folk songs, music and dance soirées. The festival falls on Saturday, but in Braj, Holi starts from ekadashi..

Krishna and Radha devotees from all over can be seen lost in trance, with splashes of colours, sitting or relaxing on the holy sands of Braj. People are flocking to Barsana to see Lath Mar Holi, a traditional festivity where Lord Krishna's consort Radha spent her childhood in Barsana. (Click here for the full article)

Happy Gaura Purnima
by The Chakra Team
Posted March 19, 2008

Click Here for the Gaura Purnima schedule at Sri Mayapur Dham.

Alachua Home for Sale
by Kishore Krsna das
Posted March 16, 2008

5 private acres with a nice mobile home in excellent livable condition for sale in Alachua Florida. Only 3 miles from New Raman Reti Temple, makes an ideal home for devotees desiring to live in Alachua. This is also an investment property, the house is rented right now. Price for 5 acres and home is $135,000. For more information please email me at Yogafru@aol.com.

New Website Launch
by Ministry of Educational Development
Posted March 15, 2008

Please visit iskconeducation.org - the official website of ISKCON's Ministry of Educational Development (MED).

We would like to express our gratitude to all of you who helped us create this website by contributing your valuable materials, time and resources.

It is our goal to continue to improve and increase this facility. All persons interested in education, for both adults and children, should be able to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities, wisdom and assets that ISKCON educators around the word have to offer.

We request all of you to please post whatever educational materials, insights, links, advice and even questions you have. (Click here for the full article)

Milk Production And Cruelty to Cattle
by Sridhar Raman
Posted March 11, 2008

There has been some discussion about vegan versus vegetarian diets and which is superior — morally, spiritually and health-wise. Here are some points that might be useful to consider.

Most large-scale modern farms treat their animals cruelly. Cows are injected with massive doses of antibiotics and growth hormones, and they are crammed into very small spaces. A lot of them get crippled because their legs can't hold their unnatural weight due to the growth hormones, and many become diseased because of their living conditions. These are very stressful conditions, and stress is known to produce toxins within the body. (Click here for the full article)

Vrindavan Parcel Pick Up
by Bhakta Sanjay Kumar
Posted March 9, 2008

Offer to devotees touring Vrindavan who reside in the eastern U.S.A. and are returning to the states by May to bring back parcels of mine containing personal items such as books and clothing. Collect $25 for each 5 kilos or 11 pounds of weight you can carry. Contact s.kumar108@yahoo.com for details and please provide a reference from your local U.S. temple.

Festival of Holi, March 29th
by Caru das
Posted March 7, 2008

Spanish Fork Utah would like to extend a cordial invitation to all devotees from North America to visit the weekend of Holi celebrations, March 29. We offer shelter, service, lots of prasadam and the opportunity to participate in a massive kirtan.

Last year 3,000 college students chanted and danced for hours. Many out of state students who board at Brigham Young University (30,000 students, 7 miles away) and Utah Valley University (28,000 students, 8 miles away) said it was the most fun they have ever had in Utah. (Click here for the full article)

Manage Donors And Donations Online
by Navin Markandeya das
Posted March 6, 2008

Would you be interested in having a Simple and easy-to-use donation- and receipt-management system? Frugal Baba is a secure (SSL-based) hosted web application, compatible both with standards-based browsers such as Firefox and with Microsoft's Internet Explorer. All you need is an Internet connection and a computer with a web browser to access it.

The program features easy accessibility; multi-level user access with administration screens; donor management and life member contact information, for creating labels and flyers; management of donations; and on-line reports with downloadable periodic spreadsheet reports, enabling management of receipts and finances. (Click here for the full article)

Friends of the BBT Newsletter - March 08
by Friends of the BBT
Posted March 5, 2008

Click Here for the newsletter

Spotlight: The Making of Srila Prabhupada
by Madhava Smullen

After the visual tour-de-force of deity meditation that was Darsana, it made sense to the Mediterranean BBT that their next book should be about the person who gave us darsana: Srila Prabhupada.

When the BBT trustees responded, "Why do we need another book of Prabhupada pictures?" photographer Nitya-tripta Dasi set out to show them by searching through every photo of Prabhupada available. This book had to be like nothing that had been done before. It would be a deep, personal meditation, boasting a unique selection that would keep the viewer feeling fresh on every page.

"I had to select 193 photos out of about 90,000," says Nitya-tripta matter-of-factly. (Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows March 2008
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted March 3, 2008

Our March 2008 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 22 pages (2MB) we present:

  1. An account of the care and departure of Anuradha.

  2. An excerpt from the Mahabharata regarding how Laksmi Devi came to reside in cow dung.

  3. New admissions.

  4. Patient updates.

  5. And more...

(Click here for the full article)

1 BR for Rent in Dallas
by Nitai Lila dasi
Posted March 1, 2008

One bedroom apartment (furnished), right next to the Dallas temple, available for rent from mid May till mid August this year. Affordable! If you are interested please call +1 (214) 828-1998

  A Winding Path to Straight-Edge Life
by Sukhada das
Posted March 31, 2008

About 12 years ago my friend Brian and I were staying up late, smoking pot and flipping though channels. As we scrolled though various channels we caught sight of what looked to be a punk-rock concert. Kids were stage diving, and a bald-headed singer on stage was singing. We thought we had stumbled across something pretty awesome, and the scene quickly changed. Now we were watching George Harrison sing a song we had never heard before. Still accepting this as "cool" for a show on public access in the middle of the night, the channel stayed on.

Shortly after Mr. Harrison's feature was over, we were bombarded with a bunch of shaved heads, kartals and people in orange outfits. (Click here for the full article)

Mayapur-Ganga-Sagara Jal Yatra
by Ila devi dasi
Posted March 30, 2008

After successful completion of a "Jal Yatra" (Water Pilgrimage) from Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh to Mayapur in West Bengal - a full 1800 kilometres on the sacred rivers Yamuna and Ganga - the team of devotees are now attempting to complete the journey all the way down to the sea.

On the morning of Tuesday, 25 March, the team leader, Parasuram Prabhu, guided the re-assembly of the "Jaladuta" (a wooden raft on inflatable balloons with one sail, approximately 3m x 6m long). Pieces of the raft had been left in Mayapur last year September, after the first journey. (Click here for the full article)

Vanipedia 0.1 Launched
by Visnu Murti Dasa
Posted March 29, 2008

We are happy to announce that at 7.15 this morning, European time, on the auspicious day of Lord Caitanya's appearance day, Sri Gaura Purnima, version 0.1 of www.vanipedia.org was successfully launched.

The Vanipedia team draws great inspiration and strength (to succeed in the long voyage we have undertaken) from the single-minded faith and conviction that giving Srila Prabhupada this wonderful platform to preach, teach, and train could very well become the most uniting principle that all of his followers could ever hope to experience. (Click here for the full article)

Grand New Temple Opens in Navadvip
by Jadurani dasi
Posted March 28, 2008

Some 15,000 devotees and guests from around the world came last week to the newly built Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Math temple in Navadvipa, India and participated in a one-week parikram (circumambulation of the sacred town). The parikram continued from March 15 through March 22.

Earlier, on March 14, the Deities of Sri Sri Radha-Vinoda-bihari, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Laksmi-Varaha and Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami were moved from a temporary small mandir and installed on the main altar in the new temple. (Click here for the full article)

Balaram Mridanga for Sale
by Ganga Varuni
Posted March 27, 2008

Here is your chance to own a Balaram mridanga! I'm selling a barely used Balaram Mridanga. It usually retails at $300 (check Krishna.com krishna.com/ for prices), and it takes around 6 months to deliver because they have make it after you place the order. If you really wanted one, here is your chance to have one for ONLY $108 (+ shipping). And you get it delivered to you right away.

The drum is in mint condition. Looks like new. No scratches and it sounds great too.

Call 352.359.3542 for more info.

Land in Vrindavan for Sale
by Syamasundara das
Posted March 24, 2008

For immediate Sale: Ideally located beautiful land (450 sq.yards) in devotees' 'Devaloka Colony' with a small house called "Prabhupada-Kutir". Boundary walls on all sides and a big gate. Water and electricity, close to Delhi Main Road, free from dust-pollution & traffic jams, 5 minutes walk from ISKCON-Krishna-Balaram Temple in Vrindavan. Opp: Nandanavan, right next to Multi-crore temple project of Kripalu Maharaj (the 7th wonder of the world in making). (Click here for the full article)

Laxmi Priya
by Sarva
Posted March 19, 2008

Just wanted to share with you this good news. Attached you will find our new family members photos in Mayapur. Her name is Laxmi Priya and she is 9 only. Very playful and friendly baby girl. She kindly agreed to come and stay with devotees in Mayapur and serve Radha Madhava. Hope you will like her too. (Click here for the full article)

Janakinath Has Left Us
by Varnadi das
Posted March 18, 2008

It is with sadness in my heart that I am informing the worldwide vaishnava community that Janakinath (Joseph Streb), a disciple of Srila Prabhupada living in Alachua, has left his body last Saturday in a hospital in Orlando from complications of liver disease.

His passing came suddenly and I want to ask all of you to kindly extend your prayers and blessings to this humble soul, as well as to his surviving spouse, Vrindavan dd.

Since this only happened recently, details about Janakinath's life and passing are to follow at a later time.

Alternatives for Vegans
by Niscala dasi
Posted March 16, 2008

I used to think it was very hard to go vegan, as I was particularly addicted to creamy tastes and especially ice cream, as well as curd, etc. Then I discovered what a humble banana could do when it was blended with soy milk, as well as how much better tasting than milk are some of the soy milks you can get. I must confess I got totally addicted to soy milk and started drinking massive quantities of it, which caused me some health problems, so don't go that route! Rice milk is much safer if you happen to be a huge milk-alternative consumer, like me. I don't think you could overdose on it at all, as it is just rice and water and vegetable oil, basically. Soy milk is the one for taste though. (Click here for the full article)

Invitation to Goura Purnima From Murari Sevaka Farm
by Murari Sevaka Farm
Posted March 15, 2008

The festival will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2008. We are expecting hundreds of guests and devotees. The highlight of the festival is a tradition established last year, the maha abhishek of our large deity of Lord Caitanya, Sri Gouracandra, a unique opportunity where everyone is welcome to bathe Him. There will also be a fire yagna, bhajans by Vani, a lecture about Lord Caitanya by Balavanta Prabhu, maha, arotik, and kirtana led by Gayatri das. We'll serve a free multi-course prasadam feast sponsored by Yoga Rupini Devi Dasa, Bhabendra Putatunda, and Kirtida. (Click here for the full article)

Beautiful Home in Badger, Ca
by Swati dasi
Posted March 9, 2008

Hare Krsna, here's a beautiful house that has been with the devotees for many years It is near the Badger guru kul/school in the mountains and is available for rent by devotees.

Lovingly remodeled ranch style home on five acres. 19 miles from the 198 in Lemon Cove. If you'd like to live in a gorgeous quiet rural spot, big enough for you and your animals, close to the small country school, if needed, and far enough away from the advertising zone to hear yourself think, this is the spot. (Click here for the full article)

Three Questions
by Devala das (Toronto)
Posted March 7, 2008

The left arm of my Baladev deity is loose by about a sixteenth of an inch. Should I try to paste it with carpenter glue and fill it, or should I return it to Vrindavan and get another from the vendor? Please advise.

Also could any Sanskrit editor out there translate the 10 verses of Sri Dasavatara-stotra for me please? Number 4--Narahari--as you know is already given in the Vaisnava Song Book, so I need only 10. Please state the vibhakti of each word.

Finally, why is it that we don't celebrate the appearance day of Lord Buddha if He is Krishna? I certainly don't know everything.

Children's Harinam Team in Mayapur
by Ila devi dasi
Posted March 6, 2008

Now that the Mayapur Nagar Sankirtan Department ("Nagar Sankirtan" is better known as "Harinam" in the west) has been in existence for a year, the need for engaging the youth more, even from a very young age, has resulted in the formation of the Junior Harinam Team - for children below 10!

On Saturday 1 March the young kirtaneers had their first Harinam in public around Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi and the Grhastha area. A flat rikshaw was used to seat the leaders and mrdanga players (drums can be really heavy to carry) whilst the others followed, carrying colourful flags. Turns were made to give everyone who wanted a chance to lead the chanting, and parents were pleased to hear how sweet the voices of their children are. (Click here for the full article)

"Memories" Videos for Sale
by Rohini dasi
Posted March 5, 2008

I'm selling a set of Srila Prabhupada "Memories" VHS Cassette tape videos, Volumes 1-33 and 35-42. They are in great condition, only slightly used. Whole set only, $160 or best offer plus shipping. Interested parties can reach me at rohinidd@hotmail.com.

Home Multimedia Setup
by Pratyatosa das
Posted March 3, 2008

For the sake of my own Krishna consciousness, I've set up a home transcendental TV station. I have three TVs. The big color TV in the living room/bedroom came with the apartment. I got a 5-inch black and white set for the kitchen/storage room on clearance several years ago for $20. The third one is a 12-inch black and white set that I picked it up at a thrift store last week for only $8. It works great; I have that one in the bathroom.

What's the program source? (Click here for the full article)

  Alternative ISKCON Bylaws
by Dharini dasi (ACBSP, Attorney) Portland, Oregon
Posted March 31, 2008

As a loyal ISKCON devotee, I've expressed a grave concern that the GBC-sponsored bylaws expose individual temples to lawsuits elsewhere in ISKCON and recommended that temples consult with local attorneys. Recently, the said bylaws were submitted to an attorney who has been practicing in the area of non-profit corporations for over 30 years. I joined a conference call to hear his assessment. He explained that the by-laws dangerously expose the temple to getting needlessly dragged into other ISKCON lawsuits. (Click here for the full article)

Janakinatha Das
by Varnadi das
Posted March 30, 2008

Janakinatha was born and raised Rochester, NY, as Joseph Streb. In 1973, at age 19, he joined ISKCON at the Coconut Grove temple in Miami, FL. In the following two years he received first and second initiation from A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

After some time with the Radha-Damodar traveling sankirtan party, Janakinatha took the opportunity to expand Srila Prabhupada's teachings in Africa. There, he met H.H. Navayogendra Swami, with whom he preached extensively throughout both Africa and India.

Janakinatha returned to the US in 1980 and took up service in Chicago. (Click here for the full article)

Devotional Items for Sale On Ebay
by Bhaktin Molly
Posted March 29, 2008

Due to financial reasons, I am selling off some devotional items on EBay. This includes books, Complete Prabhupada DVD collection, clothing (gopi skirts and sari's) and puja items. I will be posting them up over the next few days. Please check them out and bid if you would like to buy!

My EBAY ID is : hbsk8mom

Thank you in advance and hope everyone had an ecstatic Gaura Purnima celebration wherever you spent it.

76 Unpublished Srila Prabhupada Letters
by Madhava Ghosh das
Posted March 28, 2008

Samba, Hayagriva's eldest son, has found previously unpublished letters from Srila Prabhupada in his father's effects that Hayagriva had stored at his mother's house before leaving his body. As his grandmother approached the end of her life, Samba retrieved the boxes and has had them for five years.

He is currently cataloging the contents of the boxes. The collection of letters that Hayagriva had are from Srila Prabhupada to himself and his wife Shyama, as well as some to Kirtanananda and a few others. Most of them are already in the VedaBase, but many weren't. (Click here for the full article)

Finding Haribolananda
by Isvara das
Posted March 28, 2008

Could any one help me with a contact address for an English Prabhupada disciple called Haribolanda das? Last time I had contact with him was in 1994, when he was living near Eugene, Oregon USA. If you have information, please contact me at : idl1000@hotmail.com

Official Response to Malati Devi Dasi
by Mathura das & Kirtanananda Swami
Posted March 25, 2008

Please consider this letter in response to Malati devi dasi's post "Kirtanananda Status" dated 16 March, 2008. Kirtanananda Swami does not in any manner represent himself or disciples as members of ISKCON. Kirtanananda Swami does not seek out, canvas for or recruit disciples from the before mentioned organization. He has not been invited to rejoin ISKCON and does not wish to be in a situation where he is not welcome.

If devotees within ISKCON seek, invite or select to have association with Maharaja, this is strictly on their own desire and resource. (Click here for the full article)

Happy Gaura Purnima
by Sarvabhavana das & family
Posted March 21, 2008

Dear Friend we wish you all a very happy Gaura Purnima. May lord Caitanyas causeless mercy will always be up on you and your family. May you all be blessed by the most merciful Avatar of this Kali Yuga And let us chant three times with great ecstasy His Holy names very loudly GAURANGA, GAURANGA, GAURANGA...

The Women of Mahabharata
by Bhakta Wallace Dorian
Posted March 19, 2008

The Vedic Entertainment Group is proud to announce that casting is complete (The role of Lord Krsna soon to be cast) in the upcoming High-Definition film, "The Women of Mahabharata." Although the cast members are not Hare Krishna devotees, yet, we're also excited about the fact that Janaki Devi dasi (who is a devotee) will play the role of Draupadi and we're all excited about working together.

Originally a stage play, after many re-writes, shooting will begin late May/June in and around the Los Angeles area and be distributed worldwide. (Click here for the full article)

Assistant Pujari Needed in Mayapur
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted March 18, 2008

I am looking for an assistant pujari for the Gaura Nitai deities at my apartment in Mayapur. You will be provided with a 1 bedroom apartment, private kitchen and bathroom, on the floor above mine, in addition to Rs2000 per month allowance. You must be second initiated in ISKCON, and willing to live in Mayapur. Your required duties will be:

  • Minimum 1 hour per day of assistance to the full time pujari. This means whatever the full time pujari requests, such as preparing or cleaning the arotik tray, cooking or preparing an offering, etc.
  • Playing kirtan or singing bhajans during your choice of arotiks, such as the evening Gaura arotik at 8pm.
  • Peforming complete arotik in replace of the full time pujari, in case he is unavailable to do it. Your Rs2000 per month allowance

(Click here for the full article)

Kirtanananda Status
by Malati Devi dasi
Posted March 16, 2008

There seems to be confusion about the status of Kirtanananda das in ISKCON these days. Please refer to the following.

In 1996 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996, before Kirtanananda's retrial was completed, he pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering (mail fraud). He was sentenced to 20 years in prison but was released on June 16, 2004. [18] Click Here.

On September 10, 2000, the ISKCON Child Protection Office concluded a 17-month investigation and determined that Kirtanananda had molested two boys. (Click here for the full article)

Gaura Purnima 2008
by ISKCON New Vrindavan
Posted March 15, 2008

Gaura Purnima 2008

MARCH 21st -MARCH 22nd
Friday 21st of March
Gaura Purnima: Appearance Day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (Fasting till Moonrise)
Morning Class on Caitnaya Caritamrta (evening part) 7:00 PM
Kirtan and Gaura Nitai Abhisekam (Special Abhiseka for children)

(Click here for the full article)

Jalebi Music Tops World Pop Charts
by Contributed
Posted March 11, 2008

Jalebi music bills itself as "happy blend of East and West" with a message of peace, love and harmony. Beyond their musical harmonies and talents, one of the ways they have increased their popularity is through word of mouth from happy fans. In today's music-download scene, that popularity is also measured by websites which host their music. Fans who particularly enjoy their music can listen to samples and sometimes to entire tracks.

Jalebi Music has grown in popularity and has stayed near the top of world music charts for over two years. (Click here for the full article)

Virtual Mayapur Festival
by Gopijan ballab dasa
Posted March 9, 2008

With pleasure we announce the launch of the "Virtual Mayapur festival" on www.mayapur.com.

With the hoisting of the flag the devotees gathered in Mayapur pronounced their sankalpa for the sankirtan yajna of Sri Mayapur International Festival.

Now with the help of a dedicated photo and video team, we will bring you the Mayapur Festival online. (Click here for the full article)

My House is Still for Sale
by Devadeva dasi
Posted March 7, 2008

We all know Gita Nagari isn't anything like it was in its 1980's heyday (pun intended). Yes, the farm is scarcely populated, the fields fallow. Sure, there is no devotee school. The winters are long and daunting. And of course, it is located in the middle of nowhere, far from people and employment.

So, want to buy my house?

I have to say, it is a good one. Approx. 3,000 sq. ft. on 2 lush acres. Loaded with character (it is 180 years old) yet full of our ambitious renovations, which include newly refinished wood floors on the first floor, fresh no v.o.c. paint throughout the house, (Click here for the full article)

Vegans and Non-Vegans Okay
by Krsna Avatar das
Posted March 6, 2008

I've been following the milk controversy, and would like to give my input. Are vegans morally superior? No, they are not; they choose a different dietary program. I like milk; I drink organic milk and consume a balanced amount of dairy products.

Prabhupada seemed to be okay with milk, despite the fact that it is infused with vitamin D. Krishna apparently likes milk too. Think of how much milk is used around the world cooking Him mangal arotik sweets. I understand the passion and the necessity for cow protection, but people should choose whatever diet benefits them.

Bhakti Begets Bhakti
by Srila das
Posted March 5, 2008

As stated in my previous article, bhakti is revealed truth:

yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah prakasante mahatmanah

"Only unto those great souls who have implicit faith in both the Lord and the spiritual master are all the imports of Vedic knowledge automatically revealed." [Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.23]

'Revelation' implies that bhakti is both confidential and concomitantly empirical. 'Confidential' conveys the idea of entrusting something secret by one agent (guru and Krsna) to someone else (the bhakta or devotee). 'Empirical' here means that, because yoga is a process of realization, theoretical principles must be verified by personal experience in order to be known as truth subjectively (jnana-vijnana-samanvitam, SB 2.9.31). (Click here for the full article)

Reply to "Natural Bhakti"
by Prabhupad Das Karapurnam
Posted March 3, 2008

The following outline, in point form, is intended to bring attention to the concept of "Allometry" and "Allometric Scaling". This is a life science term that can be effectively applied to the development of Chaitanya Vaishnav Spiritual Associations or Communities. Allometry [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allometry] is the study of the differential growth rates of the parts of a living organism's body. The society of Chaitanya Vaishnavs, in the line of Shrila Bhaktivinode Thakur, has a specific internal structure and external shape that is determined by the body of his mission instructions and standard Gaudiya Vaishnav Siddhanta. As a community grows, its different parts become manifest and grow at different times and different rates. This is similar to the fructification and sequential growth of a seed from a sprout to a fully blossoming tree, replete with flowers and fruit. At each stage of growth, certain features are more prominent than at other stages. For a Vaishnav Community to develop properly, three essential ingredients must be present. (Click here for the full article)

Alachua Home for Rent
by Ganga Varuni
Posted March 1, 2008

Beautiful, spacious mobile home for rent in quiet Alachua countryside. Just 7 miles from the temple. Very clean and well maintained. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (master with huge tub), large living room, lots of light, big yard, shed, very good water filter system, nice neighborhood, paved road, 1200 sq feet. Very quiet and private road!

15 minutes from North Gainesville, 20 minutes to High Springs. (Click here for the full article)

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