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March 2011
2nd Report From the GBC Strategic Planning Meeting
by Kaisori dasi
Posted March 28, 2011

If you missed part one of this series, you can find it here: (www.dandavats.com/?p=9337). In the previous section I described the Succession Committee and its progress. Here I would like to acquaint you with the work of the Education Committee.

A number of the GBC's Strategic Planning Committees have broad international mandates. The mandate of the Outreach Committee, for example, covers all aspects of preaching - from how to encourage book distribution to congregational preaching to how to effectively present Krishna consciousness in university settings to all other aspects of outreach.

Similarly, education in ISKCON is a very broad mandate. ISKCON is primarily an educational institution. In his incorporation papers for ISKCON, dated July 11, 1966, Srila Prabhupada listed ISKCON's seven purposes, five of which directly refer to the propagation of knowledge. (The other two provide support for that education.) (Click here for the full article)



The Higher Taste E-Zine
by THT Magazine Committee
Posted March 25, 2011

We are pleased to release our next issue..3rd Issue of Volume 5th.

Please read our latest issue, Top of the Pyramid, on our website: www.tht.co.in



New Book Release
by Isvara Dasa
Posted March 21, 2011


It’s with great pleasure that we announce the release of Sri Krishna Vijaya, a unique Vaisnava scripture depicting the pastimes of the Supreme Lord Krishna, as He appeared on earth more than five thousand years ago.

The book was written originally in Bengali language more than five hundred years ago, and was so much loved by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu expressed His appreciation of the book as follows:

guṇarāja-khāṅna kaila śrī-kṛṣṇa-vijaya tāhāṅ eka-vākya tāṅra āche premamaya

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu then said, “Guṇarāja Khān of Kulīna-grāma compiled a book named Śrī Krishna Vijaya, in which there is a sentence revealing the author’s ecstatic love of Krishna.” (Click here for the full article)



Harivamsa Prabhu’s Departure
by Titiksu das and Damodara Krishna das
Posted March 18, 2011


Harivamsa prabhu serving as cart guide at Rathayatra.

With sadness we received the news of the passing of Harivamsa das on Wednesday, March 9. He was a very dedicated devotee of Sri Sri Radha-Gokulananda at Bhaktivedanta Manor in the United Kingdom for many years. We will leave it to his close friends and mentors at the Manor to describe the glories of that service. But what many devotees may not be aware of is that he also performed significant service to our London Lord Jagannatha.

For the first time in 2001, we were able to hold the Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannatha in a large marquee at Bhaktivedanta Manor. With more than 1,200 devotees bathing Their Lordships, a queueing system had to be implemented. Harivamsa prabhu enthusiastically came forward to help organise and assemble the barriers and assist the devotees in the queue. He also organised donation boxes and took care of all the donations. After the festival he would help clear up and clean until late in the evening. He continued this service until 2008 when Snana Yatra returned to the London Temple at Soho Street.

In 2004 we were fortunate in being able to offer Their Lordships three chariots for the first time (Click here for the full article)



Landscaping Position Open
by Malati devi dasi
Posted March 17, 2011

Where: New Vrindaban, West Virginia USA

When: April through Sept-Oct. (this could be a six month position, or longer, depending upon the person)

Must be knowledgeable and conversant with horticulture. Would be responsible for up-keep, beautification & maintenance of grounds, which include lakes, walk ways, lawns, gardens, etc. References required.

Contact: (Click here for the full article)



Memories Part 51
by Siddhanta das
Posted March 15, 2011

The Memories of Srila Prabhupada continue with the new release of Part 51 which includes anecdotes by Bhakti Vikasa Swami, Laxmimoni devi dasi, Caturatma das, Urmila devi dasi and Laksmi Nrsimhadev das.

This one hour 41 min. dvd contains never before heard stories about Srila Prabhupada and the instructions contained within. We guarantee instant inspiration. Please watch the youtube video to get a glimpse of what can be found on this new offering from Illumination Television.

To order contact Siddhanta das at: (Click here for the full article)



Warehouse Manager Position Available
by Vaikunthadeva das
Posted March 10, 2011

Established non-profit organization with 25 year track record is looking for a stable, well organized, utterly reliable, as well as flexible individual to supervise a t-shirt distribution warehouse operation in located 10 minutes from the temple in San Diego, California. This is a full-time position. Proceeds go to support Vaishnava programs. You must have good communication skills, be impeccably honest, be able to lift at least 40 lbs., and be an excellent driver. Duties include driving and dispatching vendors, maintaining facilities and equipment, and receiving and tracking inventory. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full training provided, though the ideal candidate will have some organizational experience. Please call (Click here for the full article)



Balaji Traders
by srihari
Posted March 7, 2011


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Mombasa to Open Grand New Temple
by Govinda Prema das
Posted March 6, 2011


Devotees and well-wishers worldwide are invited to the grand opening of ISKCON's new temple on Beach Road in Mombasa, Kenya. The festivities begin on Saturday, April 9 and continue through Wednesday, April 13. Throughout the festival days there will be mahaprasadam served daily in the afternoons and evenings for everyone.

The new temple, situated on a two-acre plot in the Nyali area of Mombasa, across from the local golf club, has three altars with Deities of Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadhisa; Sri Sri Sita, Rama and Lakshman; and Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai. A dome-shaped hall can accommodate 400 devotees, and an adjoining open terrace will boost the capacity to 1,000 during popular functions.

The complex also includes a guest-house, Govinda’s Restaurant, library, community hall, auditorium, food hall, a sweet stall and several kitchens. Facilities include a landscaped garden with a fountain and play area for children. (Click here for the full article)



Indian Mobile Phone for Sale
by Nisha dasi
Posted March 5, 2011

Cell phone that works in India – Comes with $35 credit on it. It has a great Airtel plan! Only 2.5 cents a minute and incoming calls are free! You can give friends and family your India phone number before you leave the US and use it when you arrive in India. Unused credit expires in December 2010. Asking price $45+Shipping. Contact – (Click here for the full article)



Gaura Purnima at Murari Sevaka
by ISKCON Murari Sevaka
Posted March 4, 2011

You are invited to celebrate Gaura Purnima at Murari Sevaka


We will be celebrating on Sunday March 20, 2011 Gaura Purnima is the annual celebration of the appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. “Gaura” refers to Caitanya Mahaprahu’s golden complexion and “Purnima” refers to the full-moon night on which He appeared. On this special day, Krishna personally appeared over 500 years ago in the year 1486 AD in Sridhama Mayapur, West Bengal, India. He was known as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as His own devotee. He came to this world to spread love of God through the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord.

Sri Caitanya’s teachings cover three main topics:

1. Knowledge of the soul’s relationship with Krishna ,

2. The method of awakening that relationship, and

3. The awakened state of that relationship (pure love of God.) (Click here for the full article)



Classical Temple Painter Seeks Employment
by M. Jayakumar
Posted March 3, 2011


I am seeking employment as a technical artist or temple painter. I have 20 years' experience of gopuram pangha varna work on a contract basis.

I know all types of temple painting styles including one-colour, enamel and water-base painting, one-colour shadow designing, double- and triple-colour schemes, pangha varnam underbase, sirpha agama sastram and application of auto colours (with 12-year guarantee) and technical colours, etc. Not only do I have experience in temple colour work and in all type of art drawings, but I can also do technical drawings of the 108 types of kamalam, roof design, flowers, mandapam like the Madurai Temple with each side adorned with tiger, elephant, trisula and lingam designs, etc.

Please give me a chance to demonstrate my skills. If you want any more details, I will gladly e-mail samples of temple photos and drawings. (Click here for the full article)



Business for Sale
by Laksmi Nrsimha das
Posted March 3, 2011

A devotee owned, operated and established business is currently up for sale. Even in these tough economic times, this venture has produced a six figure profit in a pleasurable, devotee friendly, honest way.

You can take charge of the business and work it yourself or continue it as a passive source of income with a well trained staff of four. Located in the beautiful coastal area of NC, 2 hours east of Raleigh the business includes a leased 3000 sq. ' art gallery equipped with a custom frame shop and a full stock of inventory.

If interested, pictures are available. All the details will be discussed with those that are seriously interested in taking over this turn key operation.

For specifics, please contact (Click here for the full article)



The Case of "Normal" Evil
by Niscala dasi
Posted March 2, 2011

Part one of this series examined faith and paranormal evil. This part of the series examines a greater and more common challenge to faith- the existence of evil itself- outside of paranormal activity. This is a complex subject which cannot be broached in a short essay, hence this essay is a little longer than the last one…

For both devotees and non-devotees the greatest challenge to faith has always been the existence of evil. If God is all-good and all-powerful, then why does He allow evil in the world? Armed with the philosophy of the gita, we have an answer for that- past life karma, yet we also know that Krsna steps in at different times to protect His devotees from evil, whether or not their past life karma justifies it. The real deal-breaker for many people is the circumstance where a devotee is praying for deliverance and nothing happens, and he is tortured in a helpless condition by demons. Such happened in the case of the Jews at the hands of the Nazis, and such also happened with many of the gurukulis, at the hands of their teachers. One only has to empathize even slightly with them, to have one’s faith challenged to the core. How could you believe or love a God to whom you prayed, and He did nothing? (Click here for the full article)



Bhaktivedanta Vedabase Announcement
by The Archives Staff
Posted March 2, 2011


Available on February 16th, 2011
(Lord Nityananda’s Appearance Day)
The Bhaktivedanta VedaBase 2011.1 update

[FREE for All Folio-VedaBase Users]

This update, the first since version 2003.1, will be known as the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase 2011.1.

This is an update to the contents, not an upgrade to the software. You can download this free update on the Internet, from one of these links: [Download Links] (378Mb zipped). Installation instructions are provided in the download.

What’s New?

Added in 2011.1

· New Letters,
245 New Prabhupada Letters
31 New Prabhupada Secretary Letters (Click here for the full article)



  12 Hour Kirtan Festival
by ISKCON New Tallavan
Posted March 28, 2011


Come join us for 12 hours of Harinam Sankirtan in New Tallavan, Mississippi April 9th and 10th (Click here for the full article)



Hare Krishna From Japan
by Jagadvira das
Posted March 25, 2011

With all this negative news about the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan we have decided to head south to Okinawa Island.

We are just asking if any devotees can help us with some small contribution for our travel expenses - even $5 or $10 would be a great help as we are without sufficient funds.

More importantly your continued prayers are always greatly appreciated (Click here for the full article)



Looking for a Job With Devotees?
by Krishna Culture
Posted March 25, 2011

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

Job description:

1) Pack orders for wholesale and retail customers.

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

3) Handle shipping and accounting records on computer.

4) Keep shipping supplies in stock.

5) Keep the warehouse organized. (Click here for the full article)



Shaligram Shila
by Sanat Kumara Dasa
Posted March 25, 2011

If any of you have Shaligram Shila (Saligram Sila) that you can no longer serve and would like to make an arrangement for the worship of the Lord, then with your trust, I will be happy to accept the Lord (Silas) and serve Him to the best of my ability. If you have any question, please contact me at (Click here for the full article)



Govinda's Buffet Looking for a Cook
by Sandamini dasi
Posted March 25, 2011


Our dedicated cooks of 9 years are going to visit Mayapur for two months at the end of May with their two children. We are in need of an experienced cook to come to Tucson for approximately 10 weeks and cover their service. It can be a single person, a couple or family with a small child. Can use two people or only one energetic person for the service. Govinda's is going into its 19th year in Tucson and has the reputation of being one of the best Govinda's in the world.

Criteria includes, good sadhanna, being friendly and having a preaching spirit. Has to have knowledge and experience of international cuisine, including Indian, Italian and healthy cooking. Also references where devotees had served previously. Only devotees residing in US or Canada are practical candidates.

We have a three room apartment on the temple grounds, laundry, play ground for the kids, delicious meals in restaurant, swimming pool, use of car/computer and salary depending on the experience and duties performed, to be discussed on an individual basis. (Click here for the full article)



Your Experiences With Lord Krishna
by Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp)
Posted March 22, 2011

I am presently putting a book together about the many experiences that people have had with Deities. I have much of the traditional information regarding temples across India, but I also know that there are many devotees throughout the world who have had, or continue to have, or who know about additional stories of personal experiences of reciprocation with Lord Krishna or any of his many Deity forms.

Such experiences with Krishna can include dreams of the Lord in which he said something or gave you an important sign, personal guidance that affected your life, or personal prayers that were answered. It can also include ways that he showed himself to you, ways your life has changed because of his intervention, or experiences you had with his Deity form.

If you or anyone you know have had any personal experiences or reciprocation with Lord Krishna and would like to share them with others, please write down the details and send it to Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp) at (Click here for the full article)



Florida Ratha Yatras
by Nartaka Gopala dasi
Posted March 21, 2011

Please join us in Florida for one of our many ratha yatras this year.

St Augustine
Saturday, March 27, 2011

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Tallahassee
Saturday, April 2, 2011

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Daytona Beach
Monday, May 30, 2011

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Jacksonville Beach (Click here for the full article)



Gita Nagari Website Update
by Ortrun Gates
Posted March 18, 2011

The Gita Nagari Farm Website has been updated. Please visit us at: www.gitanagari.org and peruse all the pages. We would especially like to mention that this year we are organizing a three-day mini camp for children aged 9 to 13 at the farm. The camp is scheduled to run from June 17th to 19th this year. Not too many spaces are available. If you are interested to let your children experience life on the farm, please get in touch with Parijata at (Click here for the full article)



Books for Sale
by Deva das
Posted March 17, 2011

I Sold the Bhagavad Gita and Records that I had and am now selling some other things. I've found a place to stay but still am out of work so I beg your mercy.

For sale I have Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati's Sri Caitanya Candramrta translated by Kusakratha Das

The 26 qualities of a devotee by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami.

Srila Prabhupada On ISLAM

The Hidden Treasure Of Al Quran. A muslim Vaisnava scholars reflections on the Quran

Lennon 69-A rare small book (Click here for the full article)



Living the Adventure at Gita Nagari
by Ortrun Gates
Posted March 15, 2011

Do you ever miss the gold old days when the “new” Americans were filled with that Pioneer Spirit? Look no further – we have pioneer opportunities for you! Iskcon Gita Nagari Farm in Port Royal, PA is looking for a few rugged individuals who are willing to take a chance.

What we are looking for: Gardeners, Cowherd boys/girls, Pujaris, Cooks and all around “Jacks of all Trades”.

What we can offer: Association with Sri Sri Radha Damodara, clean air, room and board, along with long hours, a hot summer and wonderful farm festivals along the way.

If you are someone who is not afraid of getting his/her hands dirty (Click here for the full article)



Vrindavan Internet Connection Wanted
by Sophie Gy
Posted March 10, 2011

I am a British female, visited Vrindavan several times in the past, and planning to visit again in April / May. I will need to use the internet regularly while there (for work reasons). If you live there and have fast and reliable internet connection, I would be happy to pay a fee to be able to use it. If you also have a room I could rent while I am there, that would be great too, but not essential. Please contact me at (Click here for the full article)



Prayers,mantras and Gayatris: a Collection for Insights, Protection, Spiritual Growth, and Many Other Blessings
by Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp)
Posted March 7, 2011


Using mantras or prayers can help us do many things, depending on our intention. First of all, it is an ancient method that has been used successfully to raise our consciousness, our attitude, aim of life, and outlook, and prepare ourselves for perceiving higher states of being.

The Sanskrit mantras within this volume offer such things as the knowledge and insights for spiritual progress, including higher perceptions and understandings of the Absolute or God, as well as the sound vibrations for awakening our higher awareness, invoking the positive energies to help us overcome obstacles and oppositions, or to assist in healing our minds and bodies from disease or negativity. (Click here for the full article)



Employment Opportunity
by Jaya Govardhana das
Posted March 6, 2011

"Pure Bliss Organics, a devotee owned prasadam company is seeking at least two full time employees. One is for sales, the other, production. We are poised for strong growth in 2011 and beyond and are looking for energetic and enthusiastic team players for these ground floor positions.

The sales position is inside working mainly on the phone establishing and maintaining accounts with healthy retailers. It also allows for contribution in developing and implementing our marketing strategy. Compensation is hourly + commission and has a first year potential of $40K.

We are also looking for someone to work in production making our granola, energy bars, and gourmet nuts. starting pay is around $350 wk with a potential to grow quickly for someone interested in production management. (Click here for the full article)



The Holy Name
by Parasuram das
Posted March 5, 2011

The poor, bewildered, living entities in Kaliyuga can be benedicted by hearing and chanting the Holy Names of Lord Krishna. H.G. Parividha Prabhu, H.G. Govinda Prabhu, and H.G. Gaurahari Prabhu teach the Mahamantra on the cold streets of London. vimeo.com/20238818



Warehouse Manager Position
by Vaikunthadeva das
Posted March 4, 2011

Established non-profit organization with 25 year track record is looking for a stable, well organized, utterly reliable, and flexible individual to supervise a t-shirt distribution warehouse operation in San Diego. Proceeds go to support Vaishnava programs. You must have good communication skills, be impeccably honest, be able to lift at least 40 lbs., and be an excellent driver. Duties include driving and dispatching vendors, maintaining facilities and equipment, and receiving and tracking inventory. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full training provided, though the ideal candidate will have some experience. Please call (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Organic Grocery Opens
by Dhruva das and Kalindi dasi
Posted March 3, 2011


We stock a variety of 100% Organic dhals and rice, all types of flours and spices, also a large selectiion of imported gourmet products such as organic, handmade cheese. We also carry a range of organic body care products, including shampoos, soaps and lotions.

Located opposite main gate of Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi, our hours are: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Tel. 91-9593493731.

We are pleased to be of service to all the residents and visitors of Sri Mayapur Dham. For information please contact Dhruva das at (Click here for the full article)



Cervical Cancer Claims Bhadra Priya Prabhu
by Nirmala dasi
Posted March 3, 2011


Bhadra Priya dasi joined ISKCON in 1972 in Montreal, Canada. Shortly thereafter she moved to the temple in Toronto, where she was initiated by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in 1973. She did many different types of service including nama-sankirtan and book distribution. One special service that she was known for was cooking milk sweets for Radha Ksira Cora Gopinath for up to ten hours each day. She was really absorbed in this service and was especially happy when she was able to create a different type of sweet for the Lord's pleasure.

She travelled to India with Laxmimoni and spent several months there. She helped Laxmimoni make a vyasasana for Srila Prabhupada in New Delhi. She took many photographs of Srila Prabhupada, and one day he stopped and asked her about her camera.

She also met Yamuna devi at this time and was engaged in washing Yamuna's cooking pots in the Yamuna river with sand and frayed ropes. (Click here for the full article)



GBC Strategic Planning Meeting to be Held in Mayapur, February 20-24
by Kaisori dasi
Posted March 2, 2011

The GBC's Annual General Meeting in Mayapur will begin this year with several days devoted to strategic planning. Perhaps you read an overview of the November GBC strategic planning meeting in a report written by Madhava Smullen (see Click Here _mumbai_meetings).

Strategic planning has been on the minds of GBC members for some years now. What was clear then is even clearer today: there is unlimited work to be done to nurture ISKCON toward a future that serves Srila Prabhupada's vision for a vibrant, spiritually dynamic movement.

In the face of so much obvious need, the GBC is working on the most essential building blocks - among them:

o establishing Srila Prabhupada's preeminent position (Click here for the full article)



Chakra.Org Restored
by chakra.org
Posted March 2, 2011

Chakra.org has recovered from the malicious software threat by moving to a more secure server. We are now safe. Thank you for your patience.



  Items for Sale
by Ortrun Gates
Posted March 30, 2011

Leaving for Mayapur in May & we are trying to raise funds for the trip.

The Harmonium is a 9 scale with coupler. It comes with it's own carry case. The make is "SINGH". They normally sell for just over $1000. I am looking for offers around $700. The closest offer will be accepted.

The other item is a large painting of Radha & Krsna (called the Divine Couple or Radha Kunjabihari). Devotees are welcome to make offers on this painting. The size is similar to the one in the temple room here at Gita Nagari.

Please view the items here: gallery.me.com/ortrung#100797

Please contact: Vrsabhanu Das (Click here for the full article)



Gaura Purnima in Ludhiana
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted March 28, 2011


Sri Gaura Purnima festival, an appearance day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu was celebrated by ISKCON, Ludhiana in open ground beautifully decorated with lights and flowers near the temple. A large number of people including political, religious enthusiastically participated in the festival. Deities Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baldeva and Subhadra and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai look very beautiful in their colorful dress.

Harinama sankirtan was recited by devotees of ISKCON, Kurukshetra and from local temple. (Click here for the full article)



St. Patricks Day Parade London
by Maha Mantra / Parasuram
Posted March 25, 2011

St. Patrick's day
passersby were heard to say
the Harrys float was easily
the best - they've so much energy!

They wildly danced, sang Haribol
without the need of alcohol
they're drunk on chanting Krishna's names
sober but happy all the same!

We all dressed in leprechaun style
We'd do anything to see Jaganath smile
Then chanted the Holy names with all we had
It pleased St. Patrick and Srila Prabhupad

vimeo.com/21194041



Iscowp's Balabhadra Has Medical Emergency
by Chayadevi (Irene M. Dove), ISCOWP Co-Managing Director
Posted March 22, 2011

We received an e-mail from Balabhadra Friday that he could not feel his hands and arms. We found out he had no mobility of his legs either. He was in the Ukraine countryside and it has been difficult getting information.

Due to the help of Sivarama Swami, Niranjana Swami and Gaura Sakti, leader of New Vraja Dham farm and Hungary, we were able to make contact with Balabhadra and he was eventually able to receive proper medical attention. We now know that it is not a stroke, or heart attack but something with his back. After his MRI in Kiev on March 21 we hope to know more. I am going to Kiev to bring him back on Thursday (March 24), and then we will see what can be done.

I will not be responding to e-mail till the end of the week. (Click here for the full article)



Biggest Earthquake in Japan Combined Krsna's Servants
by Naganatana das
Posted March 21, 2011

We Japanese have been facing the most difficult period caused by the biggest earthquake in Japanese history. As rescue works move ahead, the state of disaster has been revealed gradually. Those engaged in helping refugees, including doctors and government representatives from domestic and abroad, are stunned by the unbelievable sight of devastation. Devotees in Japan are safe though some experienced the strong shake and took shelter in Tokyo temple. Besides, certain areas are being polluted by the radioactivity caused by nuclear plants damaged by the same earthquake.

Certainly, as Sri Krsna states in Bhagavad-gita, this world is the place of trouble and misery, duhkarayan, but it is our duty, as servants of Lord Krsna, to show compassion and pray for those suffering people so that they receive benediction from Him that they have been searching for millions of year in the brahmandas. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Lock of Hair
by Swami Mahadevananda
Posted March 18, 2011

I have an original lock of Srila Prabhupada's hair which I received many years ago. I want to offer it as a gift in return for making a dakshina donation to a 501-c3 non profit organization (may be qualified for tax exemption according to your state law). The funds are intended to support a temple. The minimum amount of donation which would qualify for this gift is $60,000.

The lock of hair is secured in a unique hand made Tibetan locket and the hair can be seen through the locket's glass window. If you or someone you know are interested please contact me at (Click here for the full article)



Community Improvement Survey
by Niscala dasi
Posted March 17, 2011

I was recently offered to take part in an anonymous survey for improving our local ISKCON community. I had some ideas about that, which I am posting here for discussion, as I think the problems our local community is having, are not unique. It is also a universal discussion, in that I am not aiming to provide a solution to any specific problem, or to problems in general, but to change our approach to how we deal with problems. As it is said: "problems do not go away by ignoring them", and I might add: "...or even by chanting Hare Krsna" for there are some problems, most of them, actually, that Lord Krsna wants us to face, and solve as a service to Him. Even in Krsna's pastimes, He wanted Arjuna to do the fighting- not for ambition, but for Him alone.

The Survey

1. What are the strengths of the local community?

The location, the size- both of land and number of devotees, and the respect, in general, given to Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)



Rooms for Rent at the Shakti House of Miami
by Sudevi Sundari
Posted March 15, 2011

We are young spiritual and creative professionals in our 30's, sometimes quiet and sometimes social.

* Home of Bhakti Yogis
* Child/Family friendly home
* Vegetarian Ayurvedic Diet
* Conscious Living

The home is in the private community of Imperial Lake, 5 minutes from Dolphin Mall, FIU South & Doral area

* There are 2 bedrooms available in a 4/2 house
* The rooms are available now and you would share a bathroom (Click here for the full article)



"I Can See the Purifying Effect of the Maha-Mantra"
by ISKCON Prison Ministry
Posted March 10, 2011

Sharing Krsna consciousness with the inmates is always enlivening, but, as in like any other preaching, it is even more ecstatic when the recipient is particularly receptive and appreciative. Bhakta Richard is such an ideal candidate and he is reaping the benefit of his sincere practice of bhakti-yoga. Please take the time to enter his world and you will see how Prabhupada and Krsna are reciprocating with his desire to please and serve Them.

1-18-11 Dear Bhakti-lata,

Hope all is going well for you. I’m still here in segregation but I’m safe and that’s what’s important. [My present] cellie is a very negative person but at least he’s not a bully. Practicing KC has gotten me to a point that I don’t even hate those bullies back, ya know? A mosquito got in my cell the other day and I wouldn’t kill it (my cellie did though). I don’t even want to hurt my enemies so I know Krsna has effected profound changes to my spirit. As you can probably tell, I’ve been regularly chanting again. It makes such a difference to my well-being that I have to wonder why I’ve neglected it. I say the Panca-tattva mantra as you instructed and I find that enhances the rounds. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows Newsletter March 2011
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted March 7, 2011

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

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 26 pages (2.5 MB) we present reports on:

1. The Sri Madan Gopal Goshalla and how Care for Cows is assisting them.

2. Plans and details regarding the new cow shed for Kiki Nagla.

3. A list of needs abandoned cows require and proposed solutions Care for Cows is offering.

4. The two calves born this month. (Click here for the full article)



Madhava Aussie Tour
by Madhava
Posted March 6, 2011


Based in Switzerland, Madhava travels extensively throughout every continent with his wife Radhika and his band Gaura Prema, enlivening audiences with the power of devotional kirtan. He fuses his Mauritian roots with the influences of India to produce a unique style of kirtan, but one in which the main ingredient is the heartfelt bhakti.

Madhava and his wife Radhika are back this year to spread “Heart and Soul” to these shores through their kirtans that are as deep as they are ecstatic. The dates of their extensive tour are listed below:

Melbourne, 8pm Saturday March 5th:

Yoga in Daily Life

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Bhaktivedanta Manor Looks to the Future
by Radha Mohan Das
Posted March 5, 2011

Bhaktivedanta Manor Review (.pdf)

Over the past year Bhaktivedanta Manor has conducted a Review of all of its activities by speaking to a breadth of devotees across its key community groups – the review, headed up independently has been a project that has unfolded into a wide ranging review of the practices at the temple and feelings of devotees who visit, work and serve around the temple.

The Review has taken close to 5000 hours of interviews, discussions and workshops and the attached PDF document is the culmination of that work. It also begins the process of putting in place changes as well as further building on the consultation process through istagoshtis. This is a bold step for Bhaktivedanta Manor, and the Review has brought up both uncomfortable and pleasing points allowing managers and those involved in the Manor to take this to the next step. (Click here for the full article)



Delivery to Mayapur Needed
by Mayesvara dasa
Posted March 4, 2011

If anyone knows somebody who will be going to Mayapur from LA and is willing to deliver a box the size of a Jagannatha Clock to a devotee there... then have them contact me. I will bribe them to make a delivery to someone that I want to get some Jagannatha Enterprises products to.



Priceless Records for Sale
by Deva das
Posted March 3, 2011

I am selling about 15 Vinyl records that are devotional. They are rare and priceless.

1.Anthology Vol.1 Give Me Wings-Music For The New Age. Featuring Radha Krishna Temple with John Fahey

2.Take Me Back-Michael Cassidy

3.Nature's Secret-Michael Cassidy

4.Beyond Illusion-Michael Cassidy

5.Golden Avatar-A Change Of Heart-Michael Cassidy

6.Street Singer-David Lannan

7.In Transit-Atma

8.Krishna-Mystery

9.Still Life-Jiva

10.Open The Doors To Your Heart-The J.O.B. Orquestra

11.George Harrison-Living In The Material World (Click here for the full article)



Vintage Gita for Quick Sale
by Deron Gille
Posted March 3, 2011

I have an original Bhagavad-gita As It Is from 1968 for sale. It is the exact copy Mukunda and Janaki took with them when they went to London in ’68. It even has their signatures in it. It's in good condition.

I'm selling it for a hundred dollars, unless someone can afford more, and unless I can sell them separately, I'm going to throw in the vinyl records I previously had for sale. The records are all of Mangalananda or Michael Cassidy's records and a few other odds and ends — really cool records and priceless devotional items.

I just went through a bad breakup, so I had to move across country, and I am currently living in my truck in freezing temperatures in Minnesota. I start a new job tomorrow, and I need gas and food money and other things until I get my first paycheque. If anyone is interested, I'd really appreciate it. It's an emergency. Please contact me at (Click here for the full article)



Miami Ratha Yatra
by ISKCON Miami
Posted March 2, 2011


Media Release: Miami Ratha Yatra (.pdf 1MB)

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In the News:
ISKCON Temple Heavily Damaged in Christchurch Quake

by Ananda das, Photos reposted from Brihadmrdanga.com
Posted March 2, 2011


Photo by Radha John shows exterior damage to temple.

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck just south of Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22, followed by at least 20 aftershocks. Many buildings have been destroyed, and the deaths of 72 people have been confirmed, with hundreds of injuries and hundreds more still missing.

ISKCON's temple in Christchurch was heavily damaged by the quake and will likely have to be demolished. A chimney fell on the outside of the building. Inside, an altar toppled over and the temple's beautiful Gaura-Nitai Deities, worshipped for 25 years, were broken, as Karunika prabhu told her guru H.H. Indradyumna Maharaj. Thus far there have been no reports of injuries or deaths among New Zealand devotees, according to temple president Ramanuja das.

Prananatha das, a New Zealand devotee who operates a business in the city, is now accepting donations to aid in the temple reconstruction. Until the devotees are able to establish a more formal channel, donations may be sent to (Click here for the full article)



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