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May 2006
Dhanurdhara Swami Should Step Down
by Batu Gopal das
Posted May 31, 2006

Dhanurdhara Swami misses an important point in his "An Open Letter To Sakuntala Devi Dasi" of May 27, 2006. He fails to address his current position of authority and power within ISKCON. In any decent organization, when a person of authority and responsibility commits a grievous mistake against the laws and codes of that organization, they resign or are removed from that position. They do not continue to occupy that position nor are they given another similar position. (Click here for the full article)



Step By Step...
by Niscala dasi
Posted May 31, 2006

That Dhanurdhara should beg forgiveness from his victims is a step in the right direction. More is needed though, as abusive people characteristically lack the ability to empathize with their victims. Without empathy, the ritualistic paying of obeisances and well rehearsed lines of remorse would in no measure be effective or sufficient to compensate the years of pain and trauma. For his own reform, he should meet with them personally so that they have an opportunity to convey what the experience of abuse was like from their side. (Click here for the full article)



Those Who Support Abusers Are Not Vaisnavas
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted May 30, 2006

Those people who condone abuse are uncompassionate and are not vaishnavas. Shakuntala dd wrote in open letter to Dhanurdhar, "You came up in a meeting last year where ISKCON leadership was promising us that you are no longer in good standing, but others said that you did your time, you tried to make amends with the past." In my opinion, those people who supported Dhanurdhar are not vaishnavas either. If such people are accepted as good devotees, then ISKCON can never fight child abuse. Such people need to be declared as non-vaishnava. (Click here for the full article)



Gurukula And Us
by Namacharya das
Posted May 30, 2006

I would like to say something about the Gurukul. Firstly I am sad to hear that Ananda has killed himself. I pay my respects to him and his family. For so many years I have been hearing about the terrible things the Gurukula has done to the Children of ISKCON. The abuse and negect. Its not that these things didn't happen. I think everyone is in agreement to that. However I think the Gurukulis should not live in the past and always blame others for their own problems and doings. After all we are responsible for what we do and even what is done to us. (Click here for the full article)



The Blame Game
by Karttika-vrata devi dasi
Posted May 29, 2006

This letter is a response to several articles written in regards to the death of Ananda Prabhu. This letter is not intended to be an attack against Dhanurdhara Swami or in support of him.

I am not a gurukuli. I was not born into the Hare Krsna movement. My parents did not send me away to school while they did service. I am honestly saying that I did not have this experience.

I did spend my childhood being abused. I was sexually abused for a short time and emotionally abused for pretty much my entire childhood. (Click here for the full article)



Movie Stirs Critical Debate
by Jadurani dasi
Posted May 29, 2006


Illustrations: DVD jacket from "The Universal Teacher".

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website: Click Here

Great personalities know how to foster spiritual eligibility in their disciples, and also in the hearts of people in general. They gently and tentatively introduce us and invite us to the spiritual realm, and then they entitle us to enter it. (Click here for the full article)



Allowing Leadership Role for Former Abuser Is Hypocritical
by Author's name withheld
Posted May 28, 2006

This is in response to GourHari's "Irresponsible Posting" article.

Although Gour Hari was close to victims and knows how a person looks like after abuse, I do not think he will ever really know how this pain feels and how it hunts one for life. It is one thing to witness pain and another to feel it. I didn't know Ananda myself, but there are probably other reasons that triggered his pain and helped him with the gun. Nevertheless, Ananda was a victim of abuse from ISKCON's leaders when he was a child. (Click here for the full article)



Dear Sriman Ananda Prabhu
by Padmapani das
Posted May 28, 2006


I never met you personally, but I remember seeing your photo in Back to Godhead magazine in the 70's. What a beautiful boy.

Srila Prabhupada said that the demigods would line up to take birth in this movement. When I saw your picture with the other Gurukula children I was in awe of you. My peers in the Hare Krishna movement joined in their teens in the 70's, but you and your friends were so much younger. So I always saw you as a saint. (Click here for the full article)



Supporting Shakuntala's Plea
by Jaya Kesava das
Posted May 27, 2006

It's sad to hear about another friend dying, losing faith, becoming negative towards the society or leaving due to the pain caused by another leader we are supposed to trust and look up to. We do want to respect our leaders, and we do want to push this movement forward. The only way to do so is if our leaders show that they have heard our cries by doing something about it. The preaching can wait; honestly, it can. Krishna is in charge, and will steer the ISKCON ship to smoother waters when the right time comes. (Click here for the full article)



Isolate the Abusers
by Tapati McDaniels
Posted May 26, 2006

I was very sorry to read about Ananda's suicide and his previous abuse by Dhanurdhara Swami. While I am no longer a devotee, I am saddened to see ISKCON continue to allow former abusers to enjoy power and prestige in the movement, and I certainly agree with those who point out that it cannot be taken seriously as a religious movement while doing so. For that matter, the Catholic Church has also become the focus of many jokes because of its similar policies towards abusive priests. (Click here for the full article)



Helsinki Ratha Yatra - An Update
by Madhavananda Das
Posted May 26, 2006

This is a notice for everyone who read the announcement on Finland's first Ratha-yatra in Helsinki. The initial announcement noted, "Everyone is invited to participate!" A recent development, however, should be brought to the attention of those planning to participate, especially those among them who may be making travel arrangements to attend the event.

I have just received a phone call from an old friend who had inquired whether those of us, who are not members of ISKCON, would also be welcome to participate. (Click here for the full article)



Where Is Dhanurdhara Swami's Letter?
by Vrindavan das
Posted May 25, 2006

Where is Dhanurdhara Swami's letter in reply to the posts on Chakra? Why aren't the other ISKCON abusers and molesters called to task? Somehow they get glorified and are made gurus by the other GBCs, who just don't seem to care.

What happened to para dukha dukhi and devotees having soft hearts? I don't see that in the ISKCON elite. Don't people understand why a lot of us gurukulis feel the hatred for this movement that we do? (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Needs To Cut All Ties With Abusers
by Baladev Barry
Posted May 25, 2006

Ananda McClure is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

To those who will say that the blame of this suicide cannot be entirely placed on those who abused him as a child: this blame cannot be entirely removed from his abusers either. I say this from the experience of being one of Ananda's classmates at the Hare Krishna temple in Vrindavan, India (1978-1980). (Click here for the full article)



Fire Yajna for Ananda
by Kishor Stein
Posted May 24, 2006


When: Saturday, 27 May 2006 at 10:30 am
Where: In front of the Los Angeles Temple

Note: This is the same weekend as the LA Prabhupada festival



Photo of Ananda
by Kishor Stein
Posted May 24, 2006


The image is the front cover of the card they gave for Ananda's funeral.



Support for 'Open Letter To Dhanurdhara Swami'
by Kishor Stein
Posted May 23, 2006

Shakuntala's letter tells a very tragic story. Ananda was one of our dear friends who gave us a lot of laughter but was still deeply affected by the pain he suffered from Dhanurdhara. In her letter she describes a time when Dhanurdhara came to Los Angeles to meet about his history of grievances with many children in Vrindavan. I personally told her this story, and I was standing there with Ananda as he wanted to walk upstairs to the BBT office and confront Dhanurdhara but did not because of his rage. (Click here for the full article)



Vegan Ethics
by Vasu Murti
Posted May 22, 2006

In his May 14 posting, bhakta Jason asks if becoming vegan will adversely affect his neophyte devotional life. I think the answer clearly must be a resounding "No!" I can speak from personal experience here. I have been in the association of devotees since 1982. During the 1980s, I read the first nine cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam. In 1988, I became an ISKCON Life Member, and have been following between at least three and all four of the regulative principles consistently since 1991. (Click here for the full article)



Ranganiketan To Perform ISKCON Benefit In San Jose, California On June 4, 2006
by Akruranatha Das
Posted May 22, 2006


ISKCON of Silicon Valley is proud to present "Journey to the Foothills of the Himalayas," an exciting and beautifully devotional dance and martial arts performance by the Ranganiketan Manipuri Cultural Arts Troupe.

Showtime is Sunday June 4, 2006, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. at Le Petit Trianon Theatre, located at 72 North Fifth Street in downtown San Jose, California. (Click here for the full article)



Need a Place In Alachua
by Jagad Bharata das (ACBSP)
Posted May 21, 2006

I'm planning staying for ten days in Alachua, so I need a place, small house, trailler, or even a room to rent. We are a couple, no kids, no pets, from Brazil, and we would like to stay close to the temple. We are going to stay there from June 26 to July 4, 2006. So if you have this place, or know somebody else who has this place, let me know. My phone number is: 1 850 200 2476. My nextel #:186*35*11781 My skype:juliocesar108



Massage And Medical Center Opens In Alachua
by Alachua Massage Center
Posted May 20, 2006


Ramachandra Gardner and Vish Nicoloff, both massage therapists and second generation devotees have opened a health center in Alachua Florida. Both therapists have backgrounds in healing including Japanese, Traditional Western, and Ayurvedic treatments and both maintain a yogic lifestyle. The center is currently interviewing for massage therapists, estheticians, and yoga teachers who are interested in being part of a growing health and medical center.

Please apply by sending resume to alachuamassagecenter@alltel.net or by calling us at (386) 418 - 3869



Comment On Visnu-priya's Article
by Atul Krsna
Posted May 19, 2006

I first met the devotees when I was six years old. My parents were very open-minded people and we started to get more and more interested in Krsna consciousness. I have learned a lot from my time in ISKCON. I have many nice memories and made a lot of friends. As I became older, I met many gurus. In 1996 I first met Srila Narayana Maharaja. He was giving class on the Ramayana. I have always loved the Ramayana but I have never heard it told with such feeling. I was totally surprised, but definitely attracted. I got initiated by Srila Narayana Maharaja later that year, so did my parents. (Click here for the full article)



Detroit Devotees - Please Come Home for Our 30th Reunion
by Ambarish das & Lekhasravanti devi dasi
Posted May 18, 2006


Thirty years ago, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada requested us to purchase the Fisher Mansion as the new home for Sri Sri Radha Kunjabihari and the Detroit Hare Krishna movement. The media loved the Ford-Reuther connection, and Srila Prabhupada gave Detroit His blessings. Prabhupada instructed us to make Devasadhan Mandir a showplace for Krishna consciousness. He was very proud of our temple, considering it one of ISKCON’s crown jewels. (Click here for the full article)



Freeway Logo Signs
by Caru Das
Posted May 17, 2006


Everywhere on the American Interstate Highways travelers pass Freeway Logo Signs for motels, restaurants, and gas stations. Some states have approved another category of Logo Signs, called "Attractions."

Now north and south bound motorists on Interstate 15 near Spanish Fork Utah will see these Logo Signs for "Krishna's Lotus Temple." (Click here for the full article)



Vacation In Alachua
by Malini devi dasi
Posted May 14, 2006

Spend 5 weeks in Alachua, 5 minutes from the temple and pay only your utilities (around $200). I'm leaving my home from June 12 to July 17 and I want someone who would like to stay in our home. You get a very pleasant 3 bedrooms, 2 baths house with fast internet connection in exchange for feeding our two cats (vegetarian food). For more info call 386 418 8840



Ratha Yatra Panama 2006
by Malla-Praharana Das Adhikari GPS
Posted May 13, 2006

FESTIVAL OF INDIA 2006
2nd Annual Festival of the Chariots
June 10Th 2006

Panama

On the behalf of ISKCON Panama we humbly request you to accept our invitation to kindly attend Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra as an honorable Special guest on Saturday, June 10 th 2006 to honor the ceremony.

That special time of the year has already come and we will soon celebrate, once again, the historical festival of Jagannath Ratha Yatra 2006. (Click here for the full article)



New Vrindavan Audio-video Site
by Nectar Flow
Posted May 12, 2006


We are now launching a new website starting this Nrismha Caturdasi in New Vrindavan that will feature mp3 podcasts and mp4 videocast of classes and other activities. Please visit this week as the Festival of Inspiration is happening and is featuring many elevated devotees.

www.nectarflow.com



Prabhupada Festival In Butler
by Bhakta Eli
Posted May 11, 2006

On Tuesday, May 16th devotees from around the world will celebrate the 2nd Annual Festival in Butler, Pennsylvania where AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada first resided during his famous journey to the west.

Sally and Gopal Agarwal are the featured guests along with His Holiness Radhanath Swami, His Holiness Varsana Swami, and His Holiness Chandrashekara Swami. (Click here for the full article)



Transcendence 2006 At the Ohio State University
by Yoga Circle at OSU
Posted May 10, 2006

Dates: May 17th and 18th (Wed & Thu)
Time: 10am to 9pm, both days
Venue: South Oval park, OSU campus
Website: Yoga Circle at OSU krishna.org.ohio-state.edu

The Ohio State University has over 45,000 students and another 20,000 staff and faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds. This sprawling campus is of historical significance for all American Vaisnavas. (Click here for the full article)



Finland´s First Ratha Yatra Festival In Helsinki May 27th 2006
by Astasakhi devi dasi
Posted May 8, 2006

Finland's First Ratha Yatra Festival in Helsinki May 27th 2006*ISKCON Helsinki arranges Finland's first Ratha Yatra festival in Helsinki May 27th 2006. Ratha Yatra is a part of World Village festival arranged in Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Rebuilding a Temple In West Virginia

by Mark Houser, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Posted May 7, 2006

MOUNDSVILLE, West Virginia — Thirty years after Hare Krishnas built a flamboyant shrine for their swami on a remote Appalachian ridge, the Palace of Gold is crumbling, and light from the chandeliers occasionally glistens in rainwater puddled on the marble floor. (Click here for the full article)



Invitation To the 15th Annual Prabhupada Memorial Festival - Los Angeles May 27 & 28th
by Rasa Kumar
Posted May 5, 2006


"It's that time again! If you've never made it out to the Prabhupada Festival, this is the year to re- unite with devotees in Los Angeles, for 2 days of sharing memories, ecstatic kirtans, sumptuous feasts, a mini-Rathayatra, Maha Harinam, entertainment, and much more...

The festival will be held at the Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakadish Temple (Click here for the full article)



Reply To the Article: a Disciple's Perspective On the Hinduization of ISKCON
by Suresh Das
Posted May 4, 2006

I have been reading the various articles written by several devotees complaining about the lack of book distribution in ISKCON today, and the Hinduization of ISKCON. I have been thinking for several weeks about these problems, and as although I am no longer an active devotee, (Click here for the full article)



Vrnda Devi Rests Up After Cancer Surgery
by Jagannnatha das
Posted May 3, 2006

Devotee author Vrnda Devi is recovering at her home in Tampa, Florida from mid-April cancer surgery. For over 35 years she has been a dedicated advocate for animal welfare, including the protection of cows and the advancement of ethical vegetarianism. She is also the author of several books, including Compassionate Cuisine.

(Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Tucson Seeks Camel for Padayatra
by ISKCON Tucson
Posted May 2, 2006


The temple and devotees in Tucson are joyously spreading Lord Caitanya's sankirtan movement all over Arizona, and the next step has been a goal in mind for several years. The plan is to have a padayatra traverse the cities of Arizona several times a year in a classic Conestoga wagon (seen in picture). This is an authentic wagon - not a replica - and it will certainly draw onlookers to hear the Holy Names. What we are searching for is a nicely bred camel to pull the wagon as we chant and dance alongside. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Broader Religion Classes Backed

by Melissa Maugeri, The Courier-Mail
Posted May 1, 2006

SMALLER religious groups have welcomed a proposal to change laws that would allow parents to decide who offers spiritual instruction to their children in schools.

The changes, to be enacted this year in Queensland state schools, came despite protests from Christian churches worried about marginalising religion in schools. (Click here for the full article)



  Krishna Heals the Tragic Cycle of Abuse
by Author Name Withheld
Posted May 31, 2006

When I was three years old my grandmother committed suicide. She went to the kitchen, put her head in the oven and turned on the gas. My older brother was physically and sexually abusive towards me. I still feel uncomfortable with him and worry if he is going to approach me sexually. I am now fifty-four years old.

I joined ISKCON in 1970 when I had just turned nineteen. Although I remained very active in the movement and held different positions in many temples such as temple president, sankirtana leader etc. (Click here for the full article)



The Role of Blame In Healing
by Bhakta Mark
Posted May 31, 2006

I have some experience with child abuse, having survived it myself, and worked with "at risk" and "disadvantaged" children in after school programs.

Healing is like a dance, and one that requires a partner.

Of course the primary necessity is the will of the wounded to heal, and to take responsibility for acting on remedies that are advised.

But in order to have any chance of success, there must be something else present. Especially in the case of a child, and more specifically emotional and sexual or violent physical abuse. (Click here for the full article)



Forgiveness Seminars May Help the Pain
by Indrani dasi
Posted May 30, 2006

Reading the posts after the passing of Ananda prabhu, I feel the deep pain in many of the writers. I sincerely offer my condolences to his family and friends.

Without brushing over the situation, I want to offer some words of comfort and support at this difficult time. I prayed for the best way to do that. Sitting at my computer I went to the www.btswami.com website. I clicked on the lectures of H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami. I downloaded and listened to the first of a workshop series on "Learning the Skill of Forgiving," which he gave at Mayapur in 2003. (Click here for the full article)



New Hope for Implementing Varnasrama Dharma
by Yudhisthira das
Posted May 30, 2006

My name is Yudhisthira das, and I was initiated at New Vrindaban in 1972. In the years since, I have tried to follow Srila Prabhupada's instructions for developing self-sufficient farm communities "... depending on Natures gifts and milk from the cow," with the view to become ..."independent of modern civilization, which may collapse at any moment."

Back at the turn of the century, [2000] my wife Vandevi and I purchased 22 acres from New Vrindaban, and embarked upon the task of transforming a densely forested hilltop into a self-sustaining homestead. [A work in progress.] (Click here for the full article)



Parents, Please Protect Your Children
by Mother Angela
Posted May 29, 2006

What a heart-felt pain. But, when are devotees going to wake up and realize that ISKCON also has many real demons. Demons also come to Krsna, even more because they want to destroy him. Who better to destroy than the children. The children have a chance to surrender because they are innocent in their child behavior. Children are in a position to learn and will learn from proper instructions based on love, caring, and adults attending to their needs. (Click here for the full article)



I Could Never Place My Trust And Faith In An Abuser
by Bhaktin Adriana
Posted May 29, 2006

As someone who has been in contact with ISKCON and its members for the past seventeen years, I feel I must write this small note in the spirit of support and well-wishing for them. I have had the good fortune to attend many Sunday feasts and hear several life changing lectures at ISKCON temples in my area for almost two decades now.

I have had many delightful and relishable exchanges with various ISKCON devotees and value their association to this day. (Click here for the full article)



No Tolerance for Child Abuse In ISKCON
by Batu Gopal das
Posted May 28, 2006

Reading Shakuntala's letter and its responses brought me to tears. I grew up in ISKCON and I want to raise my son, who is just 5 months old, in ISKCON. But at times like this, I question whether Prabhupada's ISKCON still exists. For the past few months I have been reading every book I could get my hands on about Srila Prabhupada to try to strengthen my connection to him. I read "A Transcendental Diary: Volume 1" by Hari Sauri prabhu a few weeks ago. One of the many passages that stuck in my mind was the following excerpt from the hardcover edition, 1995, pg. 557

"Kisori dasi arrived from Vrndavana today. (Click here for the full article)



Bhakti Tirtha Swami Samadhi Inauguration
by ISKCON Gita Nagari
Posted May 28, 2006


We would like to announce the upcoming inauguration festival of HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami's Puspa Samadhi. This event will take place on 18th June 2006 at ISKCON Gita Nagari. It commemorates almost one year since the disapperance of HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami.

Confirmed special guests include:

  • HH Radanatha Swami
  • HH Lokanatha Swami
  • HH Candramauli Swami
  • HG Malati Prabhu
  • HG Vyasaki Prabhu
  • HG Atmaram Prabhu

The schedule of events will be: (Click here for the full article)



An Open Letter To Sakuntala Devi Dasi
by Dhanurdhara Swami
Posted May 27, 2006

Madhusudani Radha forwarded me your open letter that was posted on Chakra. I wish you would have contacted me directly. I think the benefit of doing so will be apparent from my letter.

I deeply regret the mistakes I made and the harm they have caused. As you have correctly pointed out, these mistakes have contributed to great tragedy, including as you mentioned in matters in matters of faith. I also mourn the death of Ananda. It is terrible to see the loss of someone from our family of devotees, especially when that death is at his own hands. I do feel that I share responsibility in this tragedy.

I agree with you that my work in rectifying the past does not end with a CPO decision about my status in ISKCON. I thus beg you to help identify other students that I can reach out to and help.

I think, however, you are not aware of the efforts I have made to rectify the past. (Click here for the full article)



How Do We Judge?
by Shantasya dasi (ISKCON Belfast)
Posted May 26, 2006

[Editor's note: For more information, please see Click Here for an article by Tamohara prabhu, the Director of the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection and a link to their website]

In response to the latest articles about Dhanurdhara's child abuse accusations, I would like to know how we bring an accused person to justice in ISKCON and, if need be, into the hands of the law.

Do we have the required fair trial procedures by which a person's testimony can be taken in a non-judgmental manner and let him, if he so wishes, defend himself? Do we have a way by which aggrieved parties can file a complaint to an appointed body and be represented when official discussions on the matter are carried out? (Click here for the full article)



Open Letter To Dhanurdhara Swami
by Shakuntala devi dasi
Posted May 22, 2006

Editorial Note: The members of the Chakra editorial board were deeply saddened by Shakuntala's letter and extend their heartfelt condolences to Ananda's family and friends in their time of grief. We would also like to help facilitate any dialogue that can help turn this tragic event into an opportunity for healing. As Shakuntala noted, there may be other gurukula alumni "teetering on the same edge" as Ananda. Please send your thoughts about what it would take to make a difference in the lives of ISKCON abuse victims, to help them know that we care. We need to do all that we can as a community to reduce the pain that cause them to choose to end their young lives.

I regret to inform you that your former gurukula student, Ananda, just shot himself in the head last Thursday. Remember what you did to him so long ago…it may not be alive to you any more but I assure you it was still very much alive to him…At his funeral the people in his life who were not devotees mentioned repeatedly that much of his unhappiness and suffering in life was attributed to his upbringing. Over and over I heard this from strangers as I slunk further in my chair not wanting to be associated with "them", those people from his past…you. This was still very much alive in his life. (Click here for the full article)



Panihati Festival
by ISKCON New Panihati dham
Posted May 21, 2006


This year's festival will be held from Thursday, June 1st, through Sunday, June 4th. Thursday and Friday activities are centered around seminars by Jayapataka Swami and Locanatha Swami. Friday evening we will perform abhiseka of the main deities of Atlanta ISKCON, Sri Sri Gaura Nitia in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Incorporation of ISKCON on July 13, 1966. These are the deities that Srila Prabhupada had memorable pastimes in association with his disciples in 1975. He named the Atlanta temple "New Panihati dham", (Click here for the full article)



Bhakti Kala Night June 2, 2006
by Srikant Kasturi
Posted May 20, 2006

Event Summary:
Drama on Krishna Lila by Bhaktivedanta Players from UK
Ecstatic Kirtan by HH Bhakti Svarupa Damodar Swami
Sumptuous Vegetarian Feast

Location:
George Street Playhouse
9 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Date & Time:
Friday, Jun 2 2006 from 7 PM to 10 PM (Click here for the full article)



Galva's Position On 'illicit Sex' And Renunciation
by Amara dasa
Posted May 19, 2006

The following statements issued by the ISKCON Governing Body Commission regarding "illicit sex" nicely express the Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association's (GALVA's) exact same position:

The GBC Body wishes to clarify that according to Srila Prabhupada's teachings, sex life according to religious principles followed by Gaudiya Vaishnavas is for the propagation of children, not for any other purpose, and that the responsibility of the parents is then to make their offspring Krishna conscious. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Almvik Festival 2006 News
by ISKCON Almvik
Posted May 18, 2006

We would like to invite you all to this year's seminars and festival at New Caitanya Candrodaya Mandir, Iskcon Almvik, Stockholm, Sweden.

10-16 July 2006

Please come for seminars , kirtan , prasadam , sadhu-sanga , harinam , holiday & relaxation ...

Seminars:

(Click here for the full article)



An Appeal To All ISKCON Temple Shop Managers
by Syamacandra das
Posted May 17, 2006

Special Charity CD for Aiding ISKCON Projects in Germany and Austria

For over eight years now, the ISKCON German-Austrian yatra has been struggling with a severe financial crisis. The crisis was the consequence of the sudden and unexpected illness and subsequent resignation of the then GBC zonal secretary in 1998, who left the yatra with a debt of almost one million Euros. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Ryan Depue
by Irena Stanic
Posted May 14, 2006

I'm looking for a devotee named Ryan Depue. Anyone who knows where he could be please email...irenamaricic@msn.com



New York Ratha Yatra Festival - June 10-11, 2006
by NY ISKCON
Posted May 13, 2006


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 10-11, 2006

Sri Jagannath Ratha-Yatra Parade - June 10, 1006, starts at 12pm at the SE corner of Central Park 59th Street and Fifth Ave. The Parade will continue down Fifth Ave. for 50 blocks culminating at the Festival of India in Washington Square Park

Festival of India 12pm - 7pm
Washington Square Park (Click here for the full article)



Chandan Yatra Darshan
by Adi Kesava Das
Posted May 12, 2006


Hare Krishna

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Prabhupada!! All glories to Gaura Nitai, Krsna Balarama, Radhe Shyam Lalita & Vishaka


A Quote from Krishna Book :

"While Krsna and Balarama were enjoying life in Vrndavana in the midst of the cowherd boys and girls, the season gradually changed to summer. The summer season in India is not very much welcomed because of the excessive heat, but in Vrndavana everyone was pleased because summer there appeared just like spring. The inhabitants of Vrndavana were never disturbed by the scorching heat of the sun or the high summer temperatures." (Click here for the full article)



Sri Nrsimha Caturdasi - May 11, 2006
by NY ISKCON
Posted May 11, 2006

You are cordially invited to join us in the celebrations of the auspicious Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir on Thursday May 11, 2006 This festival celebrates the transcendental appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva as he appeared to protect his dear devotee Prahlada and vanquish the evil tyrant Hiranyakashipu. The festival will begin at 6:00pm with bhajans, and will continue till 9:00pm. (Click here for the full article)



NAIS Threatens US Padayatras & Cow Protection
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted May 10, 2006

I noted the recent article on Chakra regarding the plans by devotees in Tuscon to launch a Padayatra program ( Click Here ).

Devotees who know a little about the history of the Krsna consciousness movement, realize that the beginning of such Padayatra programs in ISKCON began in April 1976, when Srila Prabhupada encouraged Lokanatha Swami to begin a bullock cart preaching program. (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Books Inundate Gainesville, Fl At Weekend Warrior Table
by Caitanya dasi
Posted May 7, 2006


Alachua, Florida, April 27-30th, the second annual book distribution seminar was given by ISKCON's National Sankirtana Leader, Vaisesika Prabhu. This successful seminar was attended by many of the Alachua youth, as well as many old-timers. Everyone was eager to hear topics such as; Secrets for Enhancing Your Sadhana, Becoming a Goodwill Ambassador, and Gratitude-- The Most Powerful Force in the World.

(Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Chapter 11 Disbursement Update
by OLF/Joseph Fedorowsky
Posted May 5, 2006

This past week the U.S. Bankruptcy Court reset the pending motion to estimate claims to June 7, 2006. Upon approval of that motion the Trustee will then be authorized to begin the disbursement of compensation to the claimants. (Click here for the full article)



Teachers Wanted
by Laxmimoni dasi
Posted May 4, 2006

New Raman Reti School, located in the New Raman Reti community, ISKCON North America's largest and fastest growning devotee community, situated in Alachua Florida, is now accepting applications for next semester. We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced teachers K-5 who are excited about giving a Krishna Conscious education to young children. (Click here for the full article)



Employment Ad
by Nisha
Posted May 3, 2006

Need PT/FT Nanny/roommate. My daughter (7 yr old) comes from school at 4pm in Northern Virginia. She needs to be attended till 6/7pm. She is a very good devotee. I absolutely do not want to leave her in non-devotee after school care. Please help..

Phone: 208-866-2489
Email: nishaji@gmail.com

Regards,
Nisha
703-396-1403



Let Us Help Before It's Too Late
by Vrsabha das
Posted May 2, 2006

Please let's do something for our spiritual brothers and sisters in Kazakhstan before it's too late. My suggestion is to organise demonstrations in front of Kazakhstan embassies and consulates wherever they are. (Don't forget to register the event with the local Police). Here is the list of Kazakhstan embassies worldwide. (Click here for the full article)



Review of Sri Guru-parampara
by Babhru das
Posted May 1, 2006

In his introduction to Sri Guru-parampara, Swami B. V. Tripurari says the essay's purpose is "to examine the sensitive issue of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura's critique of prevalent practices in the [Gaudiya Vaishnava] sampradaya and his analysis of the modalities of raganuga sadhana." (Click here for the full article)



  Lodging Needed for NY Ratha Yatra
by Tamal Krsna dasa
Posted May 31, 2006

I am possibly looking for a place to stay in New York on Saturday June 10th after New York Ratha Yatra. I would like to go to Brooklyn Temple on Sunday. I am able to pay for prasadam and lodging. If anyone would like to discuss this further, please contact me at tkd108@verizon.net



The Rainbow Gathering 2006
by Elisha Drury
Posted May 31, 2006


The Rainbow Gathering, located in an isolated national forest, is an annual festival that attracts over 40,000 spiritual seekers. Since 1972, the ISKCON Krishna Camp has been flooding the gathering with prasadam, books, and Krishna kirtan.

A full video download of a movie we made is available on our website. You can order the DVD here.

(Click here for the full article)



SB and CC One Volumes Needed
by Radha Madhava
Posted May 30, 2006

I am searching the old SB and CC One Volume Edition with sanskrit and bengali verses. The ones with the thin biblepaper, where you need spex for convenient reading. The CC is brownish with golden coverprint, the SB is black. Whoever knows where i can purchase them or even better, whoever wants to sell his copy or exchange it with my CC or SB Set, please contact me. I am living as Brahmacary, need it for travelling, i do not use computer, have no vedabase.



The Weightiest Argument
by Dhira Govinda dasa
Posted May 30, 2006

"Leaving one or both 'initiated's will strongly imply that the use of the phrases 'direct disciple' and even 'accepted [as his disciple]' indicate formal initiation as we know it in ISKCON, which is far from the truth. .. This last was the weightiest argument, in my view, for changing the passage" [Letter excerpt from BBT representative regarding the change on Sri-Caitanya-caritamrta page 1].

"The revision is small and in itself, we believe, of no great consequence" [Jayadvaita Swami, regarding the revision on Sri-Caitanya-caritamrta, page 1]. (Click here for the full article)



Why Not Vegan?
by Robert Newman
Posted May 29, 2006

In response to Bhakta Jason's recent article "Vegan Ethics," the Vaisnava prohibition against eating meat, fish, and eggs is based primarily upon the quality of mercy or compassion. Vegans simply take that principle one logical step further than non-vegan vegetarians by refusing to support the abominable treatment of cows by the dairy industry, which is as bad as (or worse than) the meat industry in that regard. How could such an extension of compassion to cows in any way damage one's devotional life? Jason's question surprised me very much, and I would welcome further discussion.



Government School - a Further Concern
by Vsnurata das
Posted May 29, 2006

Further to the debate on whether it was right for Bhaktivedanta Manor to acquiesce to a newspaper's request to ethnically select children to represent the Manor's new Government-funded Hindu school ("Racism in ISKCON?"), the following additional concern can be raised: Would the Manor's initiative to launch a 'Hindu' school, which would have to teach the government syllabus, have been authorised by Srila Prabhupada at all? The following letter seems to answer this question: (Click here for the full article)



Countdown To Kulimela
by Chaitanya Mangala dasa
Posted May 28, 2006

With less than 3 weeks to go Kulimela's contagious energy continues to attract many talented and wonderful people from around the world ready to entertain and inspire you.

During the day time we have a full complement of confirmed professionals and successful business people who will be in attendance including doctors, psychologists, lawyers, MBA graduates, spiritual and community leaders, teachers, technology professionals, business owners, military personnel,etc. who will be leading a variety of seminars and conferences. (Click here for the full article)



Editorial Note
by Chakra Team
Posted May 28, 2006

Editorial note: Due to the volume of submissions received following the announcement of Ananda's suicide, it may take between 3-5 days before your letters are posted. Thank you for your patience and understanding.



Long-term Consequences of Child Abuse
by Tamohara das, Director, ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection
Posted May 28, 2006

I am sure that all devotees have been shaken and moved by the recent suicide of Ananda das. We at the Child Protection Office offer our deepest condolences and prayers to the friends and family of Ananda.

Recently, there have been a number of letters that have alleged that this tragedy is directly the result of his physical and emotional abuse during his time at the Vrndavana gurukula. Of course, no one can know all the reasons for this tragedy, as each individual has their own responses to stressful conditions, their own personality, temperament, and past karma, and their own set of resources and support. (Click here for the full article)



A Tragic Suicide And a Possible Redemption
by Zondre Watson (Kona, Hawaii)
Posted May 27, 2006

I was in Vrndavan at this same time as Ananda McClure in 1978-80 and I was also abused. All of the people who have spoken up so far are correct; you never walk away from these feelings. Even though I have finally pulled my life back together and I am preparing to finally graduate from college after all these years, there still isn't a day that goes by that we are not burdened by the baggage we carry.

Even the settlement is not coming close to repaying us. (Click here for the full article)



Sri Sri Krishna Balarama In New York City
by Queens, New York
Posted May 27, 2006

We the members of the Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mandir of Queens, New York are pleased to share the darshan of the largest Krishna Balarama Deities in North America with the community of devotees and well wishers. By their Own mercy, Their Lordships have manifested themselves and we feel obliged to accept Their blessings, and humbly extend it to everyone. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for a House In Alachua
by Aura Gross
Posted May 26, 2006

I am looking for a second home (I live in California) for my family, in Alachua. I have 3 children, and need at least 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. I prefer to be close to the Temple, clean, and a house that is in good condition. I am not interested in mobile homes, or in homes that are secluded or in wooded forests. Please send any listings to this E-mail address: sixroptical@hotmail.com



Irresponsible Posting
by Gour Hari das
Posted May 26, 2006

The open letter to Dhanurdhara Swami was most disturbing. I did not know Ananda but I am truly devastated and so sorry that this young man committed suicide. I pray that his family and friends will find relief from their pain and suffering.

I am the father of children that also were abused and know many other boys that experienced not only physical abuse but also emotional and even more horrible, sexual abuses. (Click here for the full article)



Jiva Jago! (A Humble Request)
by Chaitanya Mangala das
Posted May 25, 2006

To Dhanurdhara Swami: To increase the honor and integrity of ISKCON, I humbly request you to voluntarily renounce all honorific titles, disciples and public ministry and retire to a more reserved life of prayer and penitence. Dedicate yourself to repairing the damage in which you played a major role. Help to heal our wounded Society. I am wholeheartedly convinced that this course of action would be the best "preaching" you could do in this lifetime. I pray you find the courage and conviction to do the right thing.

To my fellow Gurukulis:

(Click here for the full article)



Article From Radhadesh
by Jatayu dasa
Posted May 25, 2006

ISKCON Convention 2006

Radhadesh has been known for many years as one of ISKCONS leading educational centers. Throughout the entire year you will find seminars and workshops on yoga, cooking and various other interesting subjects to stimulate the mind and intelligent. This year Radhadesh is proud to present its newest series of seminars given by some of ISKCONS foremost devotees. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Leaders Must Act Against Abusers
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted May 24, 2006

I am extremely shocked by the article "Open letter to Dhanurdhar Swami". I have written a few articles on child abuse which have been published in Chakra. I would like to bring them to the attention of readers again.

There are philosophical teachings in ISKCON which can make parents neglect their children. My previous article on Chakra ("Sound preaching includes caring for chidren") discusses it to some degree. Unless those philosophical misunderstandings are addressed, the children will continue to be neglected if not abused. (Click here for the full article)



Vegan Ethics
by Bhakta Ole
Posted May 24, 2006

I recently went on an vegan diet with zero dairy as part of a longer ayurvedic treatment. A few days ago, I happened to receive a newsletter from a well known holistic physician entitled "Perspectives on Dairy". It contains a lot of hard researched facts on modern milk and its consumption, which is useful for ethical and health considerations. This article is available to read at Click Here

(Click here for the full article)



Shakuntala Devi Dasi's Call To Integrity
by Dhirasanta das (Tasmania)
Posted May 23, 2006

As a survivor of child abuse from Christian priests, I am moved by Shakuntala devi dasi's call for a truly compassionate response in ISKCON to child abuse. The suffering of the gurukulis is personal. Their pain, their damage, their spiritual dysfunction, their inability to keep the 4 regulative principles is because they were robbed of the freedom to practice Krishna consciousness free of physical, psychological, sexual and spiritual abuse. Until perpetrators work out the horrendous karma that they have done to these children, the victims will not move on – and ultimately it will catch up with them. (Click here for the full article)



Vrndavana Website
by Dina Sharana das
Posted May 22, 2006

There's a new comprehensive website about Sri Vrndavana Dham. vrndavana.com

There's more material to add, yet the devotees should find a wealth of transcendental information. It was conceived by a number of devotees living in Vrndavana, Pundarika Vidyanidhi prabhu, Daiva-Sakti prabhu, Kurma-Rupa prabhu, Parvati prabhu, and others. Urmila prabhu's son Murari prabhu, lead the programming, and Caitanya prabhu in Alachua did much to gather pictures and post material. We thank all others not mentioned for their assistance.



Fifth Annual Himalayan Performing Arts Festival
by Caru Das
Posted May 22, 2006

What: 5 th Annual Himalayan Fest
Where: Krishna Temple, 8628 S Main St., Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
When: Saturday, June 3th at 6 pm
Contacts: Caru and Vai 798-3559/787-1510
carudas@utahkrishnas.com
www.utahkrishnas.com

The 5 th Annual Himalayan Performing Arts Festival will be held Saturday June 3rd. at the Krishna Temple one mile south of Spanish Fork on Main St. Performing artists will take the stage from 6 pm, and present a menu of folk dance, classical Indian dance, drama, music and songs. (Click here for the full article)



Deluxe Vrindavana Condo for Sale
by Chandrika dasi
Posted May 21, 2006

I purchased 2 condos at Ananda Krishna Van. I am selling number 324 one of the choice condos on one of the upper floors of the main building with easy access to the rooftop gardens and temple managed by Prabhupada disciples. The main building also houses the restaurant and planned additional restaurant and day spa. There will be a Yamanu Ghat and temple above in the courtyard, almost completed. (Click here for the full article)



Kusakratha's Translations
by Dina Sharana das and Radha-Carana das, Krishna Institute
Posted May 20, 2006

His Grace Kusakratha prabhu, who departed last October in Vrndavana, made it clear in his will that no books of his should be sold, rather they should be given away for free. This will is in the care of Danavir Swami, and possibly others as well.

Kusakratha prabhu translated over 110 different transcendental literatures under the name of "Krishna Institute". Let us honor this great Vaisnava's express direction. We want his blessings, not offense.



'Every Town and Village' - Front-Line Preaching in the UK
by Sanjeev Mistry
Posted May 19, 2006


The new "Every Town and Village" newsletter of the Hare Krishna Centre in Leicester has been released. Amongst others it covers topics such as "Food for Life" at the university, prasadam distribution in the City Centre, the launch of "Radio Indraprastha", Krishna consciousness at school, Krishna from door to door, Gaura Purnima 2006, Buddha and Krishna etc. The newsletter with its many photos is a colorful presentation of front-line preaching in the UK. It is available at: ( www.gauranga.org/files/etav_03.PDF). (Click here for the full article)



No Racism In ISKCON
by Radha Mohan das, ISKCON UK Communications Secretary
Posted May 18, 2006

The incident described in the article "Racism In ISKCON?" concerning the photographer from The Independent newspaper and the temple school is not a typical example of conduct at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

During the visit, the newspaper photographer was very sensitive and respectful. However, we were more concerned with the way one of our staff members had communicated with some children. (Click here for the full article)



Racism In ISKCON?
by Mahavidya das ACBSP
Posted May 17, 2006

I read with interest Suresh das' comments on the Hindufication of ISKCON. Does he still have the image of racism as being nasty folks with pointy hoods burning crosses on members of the oppressed slaves patch of dirt? Before he uses the race card he should know this particular mode of ignorance is not confined to any one particular race or group. Anyone who has travelled the world can very easily point out the various tribal natures within any group or sub group. (Click here for the full article)



Vegan Ethics
by Bhakta Jason
Posted May 14, 2006

Is it dangerous to become vegan? I ask this question because I recently made the decision to become vegan. I am concerned that this could damage what little devotional qualities that I have. Please dear devotees, share your realizations on this issue.



Sankirtana Is Our Life And Soul, But Where Is the Love?
by Dayananda dasa
Posted May 13, 2006

Without affection most of us are reluctant to take responsibility. As a young adult my attention to family duty awoke when my wife reminded me she was pregnant and I should find a job. My affection for her and our unborn child along with my fresh desire to be a responsible disciple of Prabhupada worked well, and I found a good job. (Click here for the full article)



Ways To Help In Kazakhstan
by Sundara nanda-gopala dasa
Posted May 12, 2006

This situation must end. We must all get involved and we must do it now.

Please consider doing any of the following:

(1) Contact your local branch of Amnesty International ( www.amnestyusa.org or www.amnesty.org ) and describe the situation to them. Ask what can be done (Click here for the full article)



BBT Directors Review Decision On 'initiated' In Caitanya-caritamrta
by Jayadvaita Swami
Posted May 11, 2006

The BBT directors have decided to undo a revision made in the most recent edition of Caitanya-caritamrta (published in 1996). The revision is small and in itself, we believe, of no great consequence. More than anything, however, this matter illustrates the care we take to make sure the texts we publish represent Srila Prabhupada's words reliably and faithfully. (Click here for the full article)



Seeking Accommodation In Dubai
by Hari Bhakta
Posted May 10, 2006

I am a devotee aspiring to take initiation from Jayapataka Swami, who is relocating to Dubai very soon. I would like to make a Humble request to devotees who are currently residing in Dubai to assist me with information regarding available accommodation where I may be able to stay for 1-2 years. I believe the association will help my spiritual sadhana while I am there. Please send e-mails to bhaktaseva@gmail.com. Thank you for your help.



Farewell To Hemanga Dasa
by Bhushaya dasa
Posted May 8, 2006

We have lost another disciple of Srila Prabhupada, Hemanga prabhu passed from us on April 03, 2006, after chronic health problems, in the Bronx, N.Y. Please forgive the late announcement, but I found out while on the road trucking, and have now just been able to post this. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Kazakhstan Update

by Sundara J.M. Brown
Posted May 7, 2006

By now, most of you have received earlier e-mails describing the situation in Kazakhstan's ISKCON community, Sri Vrindavana Dhama/Palace of the Soul. In brief, the local court has passed an illegal ordinance, enforcing the governments repossession and destruction of land legally purchased by ISKCON and privatised through government approved means. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Leicester Hosts Midlands Retreat for UK Devotees
by ISKCON Leicester, UK
Posted May 5, 2006


Photo 1. (Left to right) Jayadvaita Maharaj, Jayapataka Maharaj and Kadamba Kanana Maharaj.

April 22 and 23, 2006 saw ISKCON Leicester hosting well over 160 ISKCON devotees from all over the UK in its annual Midlands Retreat. The aim of the retreat is for ISKCON devotees to come together and enhance their Krishna consciousness in the company of different senior devotees. (Click here for the full article)



Unity In Perversity
by Urvashi Patel
Posted May 3, 2006

I recently read a report on Chakra about the GBC meetings in Mayapur ( Click Here ). What struck me most was Jayadvaita Swami's presentation entitled "Unity in Perversity", a report on schisms within religious movements and particularly within ISKCON. Maharaja stressed that we should deal with differences and schism through dialogue rather than in a negative and combative way. (Click here for the full article)



Hinduization of ISKCON
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted May 2, 2006

It appears that this article compares Iskcon in 1976 with current Iskcon. One measure used is book distribution. Another measure which can be used is how much members are advanced in bhakti. I am sure that the current spiritual state of Iskcon in US is much more better than what it was 30 years ago.

The state of Iskcon in 70s was spiritually unadvanced which caused resultant child and women abuses.



Your Local Temple Health Care And Hospice
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa
Posted May 1, 2006

Service to the devotees is *the* highest service.

Just an hour of your time each month can establish and maintain a health care and hospice program for the devotees of your local temple, to whom each of us are indebted for their services to the Lord and to this movement. (Click here for the full article)



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