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May 2005
4th Annual Himalayan fest
by Caru das
Posted May 31, 2005

What: 4 th Annual Himalayan Fest
Where: Krishna Temple, 8628 S Main St., Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
When: Saturday, June 4th at 6 pm
Contacts: Caru and Vai 798-3559/787-1510
carudas@utahkrishnas.com
www.utahkrishnas.com

(Click here for the full article)



Spiritual Warrior VI
submitted by Citi-sakti d.d.
Posted May 30, 2005

Harinama Press is delighted to announce that H. H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami's latest book Spiritual Warrior VI -- Beyond fanaticism, terrorism and war: Discover the peace solution, has just come off the press. The book costs $14.95 soft bound. Please send your orders to both of the following persons: Murari Gupta Dasa egmurari@aol.com and Agnideva Dasa devacor@aol.com... (Click here for the full article)



Accommodation for NY rathayatra
by Chhaya
Posted May 30, 2005

We are glad to invite devotees to our one bedroom flat for NY Rathayatra we are just 20 min from the starting point.

We will charge little donation of 30$/person/day including breakfast(sleeping on mattress on floor.We also have a House were devotees can stay. (Click here for the full article)



A Formal Apology from ISKCON GBC is in Order
by Nikunjavasini dasi
Posted May 29, 2005

Now that the litigation has finally been settled with the recent court approval of ISKCON's Chapter 11, can we hear (and see in print) a sincere apology from the Leaders of ISKCON to the former students and their parents? And it would be especially helpful to hear it from those who were in charge of ISKCON back in the 70's and 80's. As the public relations spokesperson Annutama prabhu's apology is helpful, but a formal and public apology is imperative from the Leaders of ISKCON in order for those who have been seriously harmed to heal from their experiences. (Click here for the full article)



Manor Devotee remembers Tsunami Victims at St Paul's
submitted by Hindu Forum of Britain
Posted May 27, 2005

12 May 2005: The Hindu Forum of Britain was the only Hindu organisation invited to give a reading at the national service led by the Queen, on 11 May 2005 , at St Paul's Cathedral to remember the many thousands who perished in the Boxing Day Tsunami disaster. (Click here for the full article)



Sankirtana Party Shines in Palo Alto
Posted May 26, 2005

I received an invitation last week from Vaisesika prabhu about a Sankirtan party on Friday night in Palo Alto, right down the street from Stanford University. It was quite a spectacle, nearly 30 devotees showed up from San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Berlingame. A large amount of young people joined in the dancing and chanting as we managed to sing and dance for nearly two and a half hours. Satyadeva Prabhu and Vaisesika Prabhu led very nice melodies accompanied by a harmonium and other various instruments. A lot of books when out. Amogalila prabhu and at least three other devotees were passing out "KRSNA Reservoir of Pleasure", a very ecstatic Sankitana party would be putting it lightly. I'd say when others start to join in the singing and dancing; it becomes very special and potent. Hare Krishna! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!!!

(Click here for the full article - 9 photos)



Lingering on the Gallows
by Madhava Gosh
Posted May 25, 2005

Guiltless, by all measure
except empiric decree,
he stands where the sandbag
finished its chore.

-a poem. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for photos
by Krpanidhi das
Posted May 24, 2005

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

I am looking for photos of Omkara Prabhu's dressing in Vrndavan Dhama. Does anyone have photos of this? It would be greatly appreciated. Scanned and e-mailed over would be perfect.

Please contact me at: bluelove108@hotmail.com

Your aspiring servant,
Kripanidhi dasa



Prabhupada chanting box
by Krsna das
Posted May 23, 2005

$3.00 or $30!

Recently I was introduced the 24 hour Prabhupada chanting box someone had brought from India. And guess what ? its only 120 rupees in India which is about $3.00, the price likely to go down as they start mass producing it. Hare Krsna !

Krsna Das



Book distribution Seminar in NYC:
"Creative, Painless New Methods of Book Distribution."

by Vaisesika das
Posted May 22, 2005

Please join us for two a two-day book distribution seminar at ISKCON's Brooklyn temple. For accommodations during the seminar please contact Ramabhadra dasa (temple president) at: Ramabhadra@aol.com or call 718 855-6714. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Faith helped 17-year-old through BSU

by Bill Roberts
The Idaho Statesman
Posted May 21, 2005

Ayush Goyal entered Boise State University in 1999 at age 11. On Saturday, he graduated with top honors, at age 17, with a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering.

He graduated summa cum laude and was singled out for praise by Boise State University President Robert Kustra at Saturday's ceremony, who asked the thousands of students and parents at Taco Bell Arena to recognize Goya's accomplishments. Ayush stood and bowed amid thunderous applause. But his feat is no big deal to Ayush.

(Click here for the full article)



Official response to "Violent Abuse Continues at New Vrindavana"
by Malati dasi,
GBC New Vrindaban
Posted May 18, 2005

I am writing in response to the anonymous letter posted on Chakra, May 13, 2005, "Violent Abuse Continues at New Vrindavana." The letter raises serious concerns for all devotees and members of ISKCON. Too many children suffered abuse in the past and we must all be diligent to guard our communities against abuse today. (Click here for the full article)



To drink or not to drink: that's the question
by Durdhara das
Posted May 17, 2005

Please do not forget that many people can not digest milk and they will become sick if they drink cow milk, no matter what "vedic" scriptures say. I myself give up milk drinking completely,after 13 years of offering to Krishna and feel better than before, physically and mentally. For me that is sufficient enough.Vedic scriputures can not be transmittet 1:1 from india 2000 years ago to nowadays.Time, place and circumstances are very different. One should accept what is favourable and reject what is unfavourable, this is also a vedic truth. (Click here for the full article)



Note regarding "Violent abuse continues at New Vrindavan"
by Chakra Editors
Posted May 16, 2005

Note from the Chakra editors: We have been contacted by the New Vrindavan management who have provided facts that suggest that the story below is not completely correct. New Vrindavan is in the process of providing a statement for posting as soon as possible, but are under legal restrictions at this time.



24 hour a day Prabhupada Chanting Box
by Sravanananda das
Posted May 16, 2005

The 24 Hour a Day Srila Prabhupada Chanting Box!

Finally a small desktop size speaker that will play Srila Prabhupada chanting Hare Krishna Kirtan or flip a switch for those morning hours and Srila Prabhupada eternally chanting Japa. There are no moving parts therefore nothing to wear out. The electricity usage is insignifigant and you can also plug in headphones. (Click here for the full article)



Bhakti Tirtha Swami Medical Assistance Fund
by Citi-sakti d.d.
Posted May 15, 2005

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada

In his final letter to the Vaisnava community, H. H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami mentioned that all the remaining laksmi from what had been donated to him for his medical expenses would be put into a fund to provide grants of $1000 to $3000 to devotees requiring financial assistance with their health care. (Click here for the full article)



They have something of value to offer
by Tapati dasi
Posted May 14, 2005

I very much appreciate His Holiness Hrdayananda Maharaja's comments about gay monogamy. I would like to comment from my own experience. (Click here for the full article)



Quantity defeats Quality in Overtime!
by Raghavendu das
Posted May 13, 2005

This is in response to Suk Shah's article, Prabhupada won't cry; he will smile!.

(Click here for the full article)



New Book Release
by Indrani d.d.
Posted May 12, 2005

C.Bhag.

Vrajraj Press is happy to announce the release of the seventh (and final) volume of their English translation of Sri Caitanya-bhagavata. This edition of Sri Caitanya-bhagavata includes verse transliteration, verse translation, and translation of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura's chapter summaries and purports. The previously released first five volumes cover the complete Adi-khanda, Madhya-khanda, and first half of the Antya-khanda, while the newly released volume covers the Antya-khanda, Chapters Five through Ten. The topics covered in this volume include the pastimes of Nityananda Prabhu, the glories of Nityananda Prabhu, pastimes in Sri Gadadhara's garden, Mahaprabhu's water sports in Narendra-sarovara, the glories of Advaita Prabhu, and the glories of Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi. Sri Caitanya-bhagavata, the authorized biography of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, was written by Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura, who is accepted by Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas as the incarnation of Vyasadeva in Lord Caitanya's pastimes. Sri Caitanya-bhagavata is glorified by Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, Chapter Eight, wherein Srila Prabhupada comments on one verse, "...it is a great aid for the common man to read Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura's Caitanya-bhagavata, for thus he can actually understand devotional service, Krsna, Lord Caitanya and Nityananda." (Click here for the full article)



Our Srila Prabhupada - A Friend To All
by Mulaprakrti devi dasi
Posted May 11, 2005

Our Srila Prabhupada - A Friend to All - Early Contemporaries Remember HimOur Srila Prabhupada

Compiled by Mulaprakrti devi dasi

Introduction

It has taken well over eight years to collect this array of memories of my spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. I first became interested in the subject of Srila Prabhupada and his relationships with his early friends over twenty years ago, when several of them spontaneously recalled such beautiful memories that I felt my enthusiasm to know Srila Prabhupada increase. Over the years, on frequent travels throughout India, and especially while residing in Vrndavan near Srila Prabhupada's rooms at Radha Damodara Mandira, I came across many Vaisnavas who had known Srila Prabhupada before he left for the West. I questioned them and informally noted their accounts. A pattern emerged. Almost every story I heard from these elderly sadhus, friends, admirers and family members left me feeling more appreciative of Srila Prabhupada's unique position. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON European Convention Radhadesh 2005
submitted by Kancana-vali d.d.
Posted May 10, 2005

ISKCON CONVENTION EUROPE SEMINARS, 2005
Radhadesh Tue 5 - Sat 9 July

The convention takes place each year in Radhadesh, the Hare Krishna temple in the Belgian Ardennes. This is a good place for the seminars because of the nice facilities for delegates as well as the pleasant and peaceful surroundings. We are also organising special kirtanas and other programs in the evenings after each seminar day...

(Click here for the full article)



Tribute to Momji
by Padmapani das
Posted May 9, 2005

Rita McNaughton -- also known as Momji -- is a devotee of Krsna and a faithful follower of Srila Prabhupada. She also happens to be my mother. At present, she is very ill and therefore I've decided to write a few words in honor of a great soul. (Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada won't cry; he will smile!
by Suk Shah
Woodbury, Minnesota (USA)
Posted May 8, 2005

This is in response to HG Syamasundar prabhu's article, "Why Make Prabhupada Cry?" (posted April 29, 2005).

(Click here for the full article)



Premeditated tree murder in Vrndavan
by Deena Bandhu das
Posted May 7, 2005

All the devotees in Vrindavan are furious. One of their oldest and dearest friends in Vrindavan -- a gigantic, ancient neem tree standing next to Sadhana Kunj -- has been mercilessly butchered by Dr. Samik Rishi Prabhu. Everyone is coming, claiming he outright lied in February, saying he would never cut down this tree -- maybe just cut a few branches which stood in the way of making a guesthouse. I also had advised him not to cut this tree, but to build around it and let it shade the courtyard. (Click here for the full article)



Gurukula alumni begrudgingly vote for reorganization plan
by Krsna Avatara das
Posted May 6, 2005

The article entitled "Gurukulis overwhelmingly approve ISKCON Chapter 11 reorganization plan" is inaccurate and misleading for several reasons... (Click here for the full article)



Request of cassette tapes of Srila Prabhupada's last days
by Radhanatha das
Posted May 5, 2005

ATTENTION!
Radha-Damodara traveling party sold cassette tapes of Srila Prabhupada's last days. Did you buy a copy? From 1978 to 1980. Would like a copy. (Click here for the full article)



India: National Seminar on "Brutal Destruction of Heritage Hills in Braj - the need to protect them"
by Raghav Mittal
Posted May 4, 2005

It is a matter of great pain and concern that the divine leela-sthalis of Sri Radha Krishna are being blasted out by using dynamite. This destruction is happening in the BJP ruled state of Rajasthan in the Kaman tehsil of Bharatpur district. The Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje has rejected all pleas and requests of saints and Brajwasis. All this has led to the generation of tremendous unrest and resentment amongst the Brajwasis and millions of Krishna devotees all over the world. (Click here for the full article)



Recognizing Gay Marriage
by Amara dasa
Posted May 3, 2005

I was very saddened to read Bhakta Pat's recent posting on Chakra. Discrimination and prejudice in the name of religion comes in many forms, but the method always seems to be the same: dehumanizing a class of people in order to deny them certain rights. (Click here for the full article)



"Srila Vyasadeva's Story":
a new one-man play

by bhakta Wallace Dorian
Posted May 2, 2005

Written and performed by Bhakta Wallace Dorian. Never before seen in ISKCON. Now taking future bookings. Will premiere August 2005. Running time 75 minutes. Play will be released as a DVD in Spring 2006 Please visit: www.playsthething.homestead.com/vyasa.html



Milk: A Divine Gift
A reply to Durdhara das

by Ananda das
Posted May 1, 2005

Durdhara das is definitly right when he is suggesting that devotees should not consume milk excessively since it is not recommended by our previous acaryas to do so. Indeed excessive consuption of milk products increases the mode of passion and thus makes the mind restless and lusty as Durdhara das has already stated. On the other hand we should not forget about the benefits of milk and derived products. (Click here for the full article)



North American Rainbow Gathering 2005
by Bhakta Eli Drury
Posted May 31, 2005

krishnacamp.com





New Vrindaban Community Celebrates Fourth Annual Festival of Inspiration
by Vyenkata Bhatta das
Posted May 31, 2005

Offering everyone free calls to wish their mothers a happy Mother's Day is not the typical way of concluding a Hare Krishna festival. Then again, the organisers of the Festival of Inspiration -- a powerhouse of seminars, dramatic performances, chanting, and dancing, and sumptuous feasts -- aim to make this festival anything but typical. (Click here for the full article)



One day of 100% adherence
by Sridhar Raman
Posted May 30, 2005

Misguided people say that one should accept only those parts of the scriptures that appeal to their rational minds. They also say that scriptures should be understood according to specific social and cultural contexts. But I say this it is heresy of the highest order. I am very happy that Ananta Purusottama Das chose to address this nonsensical view in his enlightening post. In fact, his posting inspired me to attempt adhering fully to vedic codes for one day, or as I call it "one day of 100% adherence". This post is an account of my delightful experiences of adhering fully to Vedic codes for this one without any deviations, and without any consideration of the so-called "social" and "cultural" factors. (Click here for the full article)



New York Ratha Yatra Festival - June 11-12, 2005
by ISKCON New York
Posted May 29, 2005

Hare Krishna! Jaya Jagannatha! Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

New York ISKCON cordially invites all devotees and friends for the ecstatic annual Ratha-Yatra and Festival of India in New York City on June 11-12, 2005. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Hare dhama Prabhu
by Bimbadhara das
Posted May 29, 2005

I am trying to get in touch with Hare Dhama Prabhu. He is a first class Prabhupada disciple. Last I heard, he was the husband of Tarkika devi dasi and lived in Hemet California.

Bimbadhara das



L.A. Prabhupada Festival for U.S. Memorial Day weekend
by Devala das and Gadadhara das
Posted May 27, 2005

This year marks the fourteenth annual Prabhupada Festival. The festival is held on Memorial Day weekend, May 28th and 29th, at the Hare Krishna Temple in Los Angeles, California. It is for the purpose of glorifying His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. (Click here for the full article)



Stay at Jagannatha Puri during Ratha-yatra
by Rohit das
Posted May 26, 2005

Dear Prabhujis and Matajis I have got accomadation for 4 adult devotees and 2 children at two resorts at Jagannath Puri.The resorts are RCI affiliated and of international standrads.The resort names are Toshali Sands(pic attached) and The Pearl Beach Club.The accomadation is for a 1 Bed Room Apartment.All rooms are air conditioned and having a partial kitchen.There are other amenities like steam,sauna,health club etc.Both the resorts are very close to the Jagannath Temple.The accomadation charges are Rs.15,000 for one week.It includes a guest certificate in your name and you can directly check in at the resort.The Rs. 15,000 is a concessional rate for only devotees as the normal charges are very high.The resort is available during,before and after the Rath Yatra.Please book your rooms early as there are very few rooms remaining. (Click here for the full article)



Final Chapter 11 Plan Approval
submitted by Gupta das
Posted May 25, 2005

Los Angeles, CA -- The United States Bankruptcy Court of the Central District of California today confirmed a Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan submitted by six Hare Krishna temples and affiliates. The Plan provides 9.5 million dollars in compensation to claimants--primarily former students who were subjected to various forms of abuse or mistreatment while in the society's religious schools--while also protecting Krishna temples and religious communities from potential closure. Today's California Plan confirmation follows closely on the heels of a parallel ISKCON Reorganization Plan which was approved last week by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wheeling, West Virginia . (Click here for the full article)



Looking for devotee association in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
by Jagadananda das
Posted May 24, 2005

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

I am looking for devotee association in Las Cruces, NM, New Mexico state university.

Anyone out there?? Please contact me, Jagadananda das at jagat_j@hotmail.com

Thankyou

Your servant
Jagadananda dasa



New Hare Krishna in the Movies
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted May 23, 2005

Dear Prabhus,
PAMHO AGTSP

WHAT MOVIES HAVE DEVOTEES APPEARED IN SINCE 1990?

ITV is planning to update its original Hare Krishna in the Movies video which was released in 1990. We request that if you know of any films which had scenes with devotees or mention of Hare Krishna, please let us know the names of the movies. If you can't remember, whatever details, i.e. stars or plot, please describe. Thanks. Hare Krishna.

Your servant,

Nrsimhananda dasa
itv@charter.net



"Krishna Calling" arati DVD released
by Isvara das
Posted May 22, 2005

We are pleased to announce the release of a new 90-minute arati DVD video.

Come along with us to the temple Arati. The scene is the ISKCON Juhu temple, one of the temples most beloved to Srila Prabhupada. We bring to you recorded aratis, starting from the early morning program (Mangal Arati) to the late evening program (Sayana Arati). Witness actual video footage of the devotional day, including enthusiastic kirtans -- a great way to appreciate the Deity Arati if you live far away from a temple, or are just too busy to attend the temple programs. (Click here for the full article)



Bhagavatam inconceivable but true
by Ananta Purusottama das
Posted May 21, 2005

I am not entirely sure what the gist of Subhadra Mayi prabhu's article is ("Are we in darkness", Nov. 1, 2004), but as far as her example of the story of Rahu, I can offer my own realisation on such seemingly far-out events. (Click here for the full article)



Please pray for Krsna Priya
by Govinda dasi
Posted May 19, 2005

Dear vaisnavas,

Krishna Priyaji, sweet soul and talented artist of the New Goloka community in North Carolina, is presently in India undergoing treatment for a serious illness. Local devotees are very touched to hear that such beloved friend might leave us prematurely. My daughter Danistha was Krsna Priya's student for a while and received nothing but affection from her. She is a very special soul and I pray that she will make a dramatic recover and stay with us in good health. May Krsna always give us the company of His devotees.



Church for sale in Jacksonville, Florida, USA
by Kisore Krsna das
Posted May 18, 2005

Beautiful church for sale in jacksonville florida, a great opportunity to open a new temple for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya. Price is $575,000 negotiable. I am interested in running this future temple if any devotee out there is interested in helping buy this property. For further communication or any interests please email me at Kisore@aol.com. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Kishore Krsna Das



Regarding "Gurus who abused must be removed"
by Scott Collingwood
Posted May 17, 2005

In reply to Nimai Pandita das' very insightful & caring comments, the individual responsibilty of each devotee of the Lord is to somehow gain the intelligence to respect all Vaisnavas appropriately according to their position. This very unfortunately hasn't been among isKcon's strong points in the past, with GBC men & Gurus blaspheming (apparently for political reasons) such saints as Srila BR Sridhar Maharaja, Srila Gour Govinda Swami and currently Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja. This kind of 'indiscrimination' is characteristic of kanistha-adhikari, but has passed as being 'devotional' somehow, and has been institutionalised to some degree. (Click here for the full article)



Nadiya Godrume
by Bhajan-A-Day
Posted May 16, 2005

 

Click on the text to play the Bhajan:

 

Nadiya Godrume

 

Bhajan-A-Way Keeps Maya Away





From Oblivion to Bliss: Another "Thank You" for H. H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami
by Gopal das
Posted May 15, 2005

About a year ago, my wife and I were living in Iowa. I was working full-time with little time or motivation for spiritual practice. We had moved there two years prior in an attempt to start a preaching center (which would have been the only one in the state). However, due to a lack of devotee association and a loss of confidence, our enthusiasm gradually waned and doubts about the whole endeavor arose. This was fed partly by pre-existing doubts about our initiating guru who had been suspended from initiating within ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)



Radio Krishna
by Caru das
Posted May 14, 2005

As well as broadcasting on 1480 am in the Utah Valley for 15 years, the last six months KHQN has simulcast over the internet from the web site www.utahkrishnas.com. Some quotes are below from listeners all over the country. (Click here for the full article)



Popular 'EasySong Harmonium Course' now Available in E-Book Format
by Sanjeev Mistry
Posted May 13, 2005

The Hare Krishna Centre in Leicester, UK, has for the first time released its popular 'EasySong Harmonium Course' in E-Book format. The Harmonium Course with its build in audio features is unique and stands unrivalled on the entire Internet. The course was developed with the busy devotee in mind who wants to find a quick and easy way to play bhajans at the temple or at home without having to undergo long periods of training and study. It grew out of 20 years of teaching experience with children and adults alike. Besides being a fast avenue to playing Vaishnava songs it is also a rare collection of Hare Krishna tunes. For more information and to order please visit the Centre's store front at:

www.gauranga.org/shop.htm.



Bhakti Camp held at ISKCON Secunderabad
by Rajaram Das
Posted May 12, 2005

ISKCON Secunderabad has held its Bhakti Yoga summer camp for the fifteenth consecutive year. About 200 children participated. Students from 6 and 16 years old were given training in Bhagavad-gita using our study course and lessons on varnashrama-dharma, supplemented by japa meditation, kirtans, sloka recitation and painting. (Click here for the full article)



Ram Naumi Festival
by ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted May 11, 2005

The Appearance day of Lord Ram Chandra (Ram Naumi) was celebrated in the temple on 18th April, 05 with great enthusiasm. More than seven hundred people attended the festival. HG Rajsuya dasa, delivered lecture on the various Leela's of Lord Ram Chandra. Bhajan, kirtan was recited by the devotees. There was also Abhiskek of Their Lordship by the devotees. Chappan Bhogas was offered to the deity of Lord Ram Chandra.HH Vedavyasapriya Swami also delivered lecture on this occasion. (Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada's New Altar
by ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted May 10, 2005

Hare Krsna,
Pamho! All glories to Srila Prabhupada,

Dear Maharaj's/Prabhu's/Mataji's,

Prabhupada's new alter is intalled in temple recently. Please see the picture attached.

your servant,
Rajsurya dasa



Final letter from B.T. Swami:
“All we really have is each other”

by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
Posted May 9, 2005

(May 8, 2005) This is the final letter that I will be sending out. Our movement is like a young adult. There are many things that everyone experiences -- individuals as well as institutions -- that are part of the maturation process. As we grow, we also have to deal with growth pains. Often, after these growth pains, we experience the greatest benefits from our struggles, just like a mother who is pregnant and who is bringing forth children. Each time before she gives birth she has to deal with almost unbearable challenges.So we as an institution have experienced so many birth pains and challenges especially each time there is opportunity for major acceleration. Sometimes some of these tests institutionally and individually have heavily bewildered us, seriously wounded us and, unfortunately, sometimes temporarily destroyed us. But we all know that there cannot be serious growth and advancement without austerity.Prabhupada explains in the Bhagavatam that an easy life and Krishna consciousness go ill together. (Click here for the full article)



Mexico to hold third Rathayatra: May 14-15
by Prema Caru das
Posted May 8, 2005

The Mexico City Ratha Yatra committee is very happy and honored to invite you all to the third annual Ratha Yatra in the biggest city of the world. (Click here for the full article)



Trying to find Bhuvana Mohini prabhu
by Sangita Priya d.d.
Posted May 7, 2005

I am trying to find an Australian devotee, Bhuvana Mohini prabhu, formerly initiated by Harikesa. Last I heard she was residing in or around Murwillumbah, originally from Perth .She is married with 3 sons, Premarnava, Gaurananda & Namacarya. If anyone can help, I would love to contact her.Thankyou

Yours
Sangita Priya dd (England)
lucythomson@fastmail.fm



A change of heart
by Mrs. Aarti Agarwal
Posted May 6, 2005

I am a resident of Singapore. My husband has been following the Vaishnava movement for the past two years. When I married him, It was very hard for me to follow Krishna consciousness. I was running away from it. (Click here for the full article)



A thank you to Bhakti Tirtha Swami
by Jyotiganesvara das
Posted May 5, 2005

I left the movement many years ago. While Krishna and Shrila Phabupada never left me I, in my own way, left them. I am one on the "burned out" former followers that simply felt there was no more light at the end of the ISKCON tunnel after Shrila Phabubada left. I am sure my story is one of many. (Click here for the full article)



Harinam in every corner of Sydney Vol. 5 is out now!
by Murli Krsna das
Posted May 4, 2005

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. By the mercy of Sri Guru & Garuanga, Srila Prabhupada,and kind help of the servents of Srila Prabhupada Harinam in every corner of Sydney Vol. 5 on DVD is out now. Please visit the following link for more details. Please forward to all your friends... (Click here for the full article)



Gurukulis Overwhelmingly Approve ISKCON Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan
by Gupta das
Posted May 3, 2005

As of April 29, 2005, the cutoff date for voting on the Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan, an in-house tally of votes indicates full acceptance of the Plan by over 99% of all Class 4, Class 5 and Class 5A tort claimants. (Click here for the full article)



Art gallery updated!
May 2, 2005

The Chakra Art gallery has been updated to include a new piece by David Raum. (Click here to view the gallery)



Deity Installation and Opening of Hare Krishna Centre in Leicester
by Sanjeev Mistry
Posted May 1, 2005

On March 13th the Hare Krishna Centre for Vedic Studies opened its doors to the people of Leicester. At the grand opening ceremony invited devotees and guests from throughout the UK witnessed the installation of Their most beautiful Lordships Sri Sri Nitai Saci-Sundar by His Holiness Bhakti Ballabh Puri Goswami. (Click here for the full article)



The First Annual Lord Balarama Raft-A-Yatra
by Visakha dasi
Posted May 31, 2005

Join us for a four-day campout in the country culminating in Lord Balarama's moonlight floating Harinam Festival when a flotilla of devotees will serenade Lord Balarama and His younger brother Lord Krishna as They drift through the moonlit waters of Lake Saranagati in beautiful British Columbia. (Click here for the full article)



The Subject of Justified Concern...
by Niscala dasi
Posted May 30, 2005

Malati Prabhu seems very concerned about the "inaccuracies" in the report on child abuse in New Vrindavan. What those inaccuracies are, it seems neither the author nor the rest of us mothers deserve to know. They are not explained, just warned about. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Hare Krishna abuse cases settled for $9.5mn

Posted May 29, 2005

A United States bankruptcy court has approved a plan for the Hare Krishna organisation to pay $ 9.5 million in damages to former students of the spiritual movement's boarding schools, who had alleged sexual, physical and emotional abuse during the 1970s and 80s. (Click here for the full article)



Wrong photo posted
by Chakra Editors
Posted May 27, 2005

Editors' note: We would like to draw our readers' attention to the fact that the photo previously posted together with the article about Krsnapriya prabhu's illness showed the wrong Krsnapriya. The female devotee in that photo, according to two of our readers, is in good health. Chakra's editorial board was unaware that the New Goloka community had two female members named Krsnapriya. Since one of our editors knew that the Krsnapriya in the photo had been sick previously, we assumed that she had again become ill and that the prayer request was on her behalf. We sincerely regret any unnecessary distress this mistake might have caused.



Motor Home for Sale
by ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted May 26, 2005

A zero defect and in excellent running condition Motor Home (Rambler) model 1989 Aluma Lite, properly maintained and single hand driven by Iskcon devotee is on sale in Las Angeles. Kitchen, wash room, bedroom, living room is provided with enuff space. The length of the motor is 30 feet.It is also noise free, well interior decorated, complete documentation, Generator and Air conditioned fitted and having a very good tiers condition. (Click here for the full article)



Urgent request: New Vrindaban Looks to Borrow or Buy 40 or 50 Gal. Pots
by Malati dasi
Posted May 25, 2005

This is an urgent request!
Two heavy brass lines 40 or 50 gallon pots (typically made in India or Pakistan) are need for July 4th weekend by New Vrindaban, purchase or borrow. Please contact Malati dasi: Malatidevi@aol.com or call 304-845-9591.



House for sale in New Vrindavan
by Ekavali and Vrndavana
Posted May 24, 2005

EKAVALI & VRINDABAN PRABHUS HAVE PUT THEIR HOUSE UP FOR SALE HERE AT NEW VRINDABAN. DESCRIPTIONS ARE BELOW...

(Click here for the full article)



Spending time with our children is bhakti
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted May 23, 2005

It is not surprising that violent abuse continues in ISKCON. Many people follow weird cults. Are followers of cults responsible for following them? I think they are. They should be intelligent enough not to follow them. Similarly, we should accept our foolishness of following foolish people. Therefore, author should accept her own foolish of leaving her children and following Kirtanananda. (Click here for the full article)



Federal Court Approves ISKCON Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan
by Gupta das
Posted May 22, 2005

Today, May 16, 2005, Judge L. Edward Friend II of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in West Virginia enthusiastically approved the ISKCON Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan. After Sandford L. Frey, lead bankruptcy counsel for ISKCON, made a formal presentation of the Plan and its benefits, Judge Friend then favorably commented on the Plan. (Click here for the full article)



New York Ratha-yatra is Dealt a Full House
by ISKCON New York
Posted May 21, 2005

Due to circumstances beyond our control there isn't accommodation in the Brooklyn temple for any more visiting devotees during this year's Ratha-yatra festival weekend (June 10-12 2005). (Click here for the full article)



Response to "Why Make Prabhupada Cry?"
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted May 19, 2005

"Why make Prabhupada cry?" is a article which represents views of many Iskcon devotees. I have heard similar statements from many so called devotees whom I now consider misguided. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Benedict XVI Continues Tradition of Papal Concern for Animals

submitted by Amala Gaura das
Posted May 18, 2005

Just hours after Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was named Pope Benedict XVI, PETA offered congratulations and urged His Holiness to include animals in the Catholic Church's areas of concern. (Click here for the full article)



Flat for sale in Vridavan
by Rajsurya das
Posted May 17, 2005

Hare Krsna,
Pamho! All glories to Srila Prabhupada,

Dear devotees,

I want to sell Two rooms set with attached bath room kitchen and balcony. Two mins walking distance from Banke bihar temple. Must sell soon.

Contact:
Rajsuya das
Cell # +91-93169-70600
or by email: rajsurya.gkg@pamho.net



Freeware Vaisnava Calendar Desktop Program Downloads
by Caitanya Candra das
Posted May 16, 2005

Announcing a free e-service for the pleasure of the Lords devotees: - Vaisnava Calendar Desktop Reminder Freeware -

Overview the weeks/months ahead and be reminded about upcoming Vaisnava Calendar events from your computer desktop as soon as you turn it on.

(Click here for the full article)



Bhagavad-Gita Summer Camp in Chicago - August 2005
by Jagadananda das
Posted May 15, 2005

The devotees in the chicago congregation want to invite young children and their parents to come to Chicago and take part in a 2-week Bhagavad-Gita summer camp, from August 1st to Aug 5th and August 8th to 12th. In the past devotees from as far out as Buffalo, Long Island have come, so please come, let not the distance deprive us of your association. Devotees in the congregation can provide adequate accomodation arrangements. (Click here for the full article)



The Leicester Newsletter is Out
by Sanjeev Mistry
Posted May 14, 2005

The Hare Krishna Centre in Leicester, UK, has released its new newsletter. The May issue of this well known and widely published newsletter features the installation of Sri Sri Nitai Saci-Sundar, this year's Gaura Purnima festivities, a report on 'Food for Life' prasadam distribution and an update on the 'Bhagavatam for Schools' programme. The newsletter got a new face and makes interesting reading. To view or download it click here.



Violent abuse continues at New Vrindavan
Author's name withheld on request
Posted May 13, 2005

I just came back from the Festival of Inspiration in New Vrindavan. I go there almost every year with my husband, because we grew up in Krishna consciousness there. The festival this year was great, until I was informed by some of my friends about something reminiscent of former days that happened recently. (Click here for the full article)



Srimad Bhagwtam katha
by ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted May 12, 2005

Srimad Bhagwtam katha is being organized from 30th May, 2005 to 5th June,2005. There will be katha in the morning and evening of two hours duration each daily. Preparations are in full swing to make this festival a great success. HG Sakshi Gopal Das from Iskcon,Kurukshetra and myself will lecture from the Holy Book Srimad Bhagwat and Gita. More crowed is expected this year as compare to previous year. There will be Morning Nagra sankirtan in different localities of the city to let the people know about this festival. Everybody is cordially invited and get blessing of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna.

Yours servant,
Rajsuya dasa,
GM, Iskcon,
Ludhiana (India)

For more info.visit: www.iskconludhiana.com



Reply to "Did Srila Prabhupada Really Say That to Upendra?"
by Amara das
Posted May 11, 2005

Regarding Akruranatha prabhu's article, Did Srila Prabhupada Really Say That to Upendra?, the quote was related to me directly by a very close friend and godbrother of mine, Adi-karta das. There is no doubt in my mind that the quote is accurate because I know Adi-karta very well and he is a thoroughly honest devotee. He would never lie about things Upendra or Srila Prabhupada said. (Click here for the full article)



Did Srila Prabhupada Really Say That to Upendra?
by Akruranatha das
Posted May 10, 2005

In the article "Recognizing Gay Marriage," Amara dasa states that Srila Prabhupada told Upendra dasa, "Then just find a nice boy, stay with him and practice Krishna consciousness." It is not my intention to weigh in on the gay marriage debate. I only write out of concern for accuracy regarding what Srila Prabhupada actually said. (Click here for the full article)



Do All the Good You Can
by Radha McAlpine
Posted May 9, 2005

In order to help yourself, your spiritual life, and society in general, read on my friends..... For every fast you observe, take the money you would have spent to purchase food, and donate it - with donations preferably going to an organization that does food distribution and food drives. (Click here for the full article)



Gurus who abused must be removed
by Nimai Pandita das
Posted May 8, 2005

Krsna Avatara das has a good point here ("Gurukula alumni begrundgingly vote for reorganization plan", May 6). Why are people who committed child abuse, such as Dhanurdhara Swami and Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami, gurus in ISKCON ? (Click here for the full article)



Respect, practicality and properly hearing the Guru
by Bhakta Tim
Posted May 7, 2005

I would like to respond to Bhakta Pat prabhu's letter on Hridayananda Maharaja's article regarding homosexuality within the devotee community. Before we make our opinion known to the devotee community, it is important we understand what our opinion is in response to, or at least handle our responses with due respect to other devotees, what to speak of a Maharaja who is an elevated Vaisnava devotee of Lord Krishna as well as an extremely sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)



Nrsimhadeva Installation in Tucson on 24th April 2005
by Prayag Misra
Posted May 6, 2005

Please enjoy these wonderful NrSimhDev Deity Installation photos in Tucson, Arizona on Monday April 25, 2005.

Please click on the link below:- pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/
radhamadhavahari/album?.dir=/ 2688&.src=ph

(Click here for the full article)



Respectful Gays & Lesbians deserve the process of K.C.
by Garuda das
Posted May 5, 2005

Devotees who are philosphically harsh at first impression towards gays and lesbians are turning souls away from the only door where they can receive the topmost boon of the Lord's mercy. (Click here for the full article)



Response to the article "The Hindufication of ISKCON"
by Urvashi Patel
Posted May 4, 2005

In response to the article of Ragaputra das, "The Hindufication of ISKCON", posted March 31, 2005 and the article of Nimai Nitai dasa, "Hinduization of ISKCON", posted April 13, 2005 I would like to add the following observation. (Click here for the full article)



Where is purity if we turn fanatics?
by Anil Kumar
Posted May 3, 2005

It's an unfortunate trend that in a fit of "anti-non-devotee" zeal we ignore certain basic facts. Should we avoid sugar? They use calcium phosphate from cow-bones to refine raw sugar. Should we also avoid soaps,tooth-paste and many other article made by non-devotees?

(Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Krishna certainly changed my life

from the Belfast Telegraph
Posted May 2, 2005

Tim McEvitt (30), from Dublin, lived in the temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness on Inish Rath, Co Fermanagh, for 12 years. Yesterday, he returned there to marry Carmel Elena Padilla Quiel (29), from Panama. The couple, who now live in nearby Derrylin, tell Judith Cole about their beliefs. (Click here for the full article)



Temple in need of a Pujari
submitted by Ramacandra das
Posted May 1, 2005

Hare Krsna.

Iskcon of New Jersey - Towaco is in need of a Pujari devotee for at least 2 months (May - July).

Please keep in mind that the devotee must have a proper work permit and references from a Temple President or senior Vaishnavas will be required.

(Click here for the full article)



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