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May 2008
New Vaisnavi Dasi Blog
by vaisnavadasi.blogspot.com
Posted May 31, 2008

Anonymous Dasis' blog is up and running at vaisnavadasi.blogspot.com/. If anyone is interested, there it is. The purpose of this blog is to discuss the position of women within our tradition and through the teachings of Srila Prabhupada. We look forward to many thoughtful contributions to the topic. There are so many things to say. Let's get going! Today we've posted GBC members' email addresses so that folks can write to them if they feel the need.

A Textbook Example of Misogyny
by Radhikacandra devi dasi
Posted May 30, 2008

I recently saw and read some of the Hare Krishna Diary website, sankirtandiary.blogspot.com and was very disturbed by what I read. The author was angrily criticizing so many things. What especially struck me was his blatant misogyny. He was angrily demanding that women should conform to old-fashioned ideas of being like a slave. What if I don't want to just cook and clean for some man, becoming his slave? What if I don't want to be used as a baby-producing machine by some man? This was repulsive to me.

It is very disturbing that there are still people like this in ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)

Neem Tree Seeds Wanted
by Tulsi Ma dasi
Posted May 25, 2008

I have been looking into growing Neem trees for the past three months. I bought some off the internet, but they didn't sprout a single leaf. If any devotee out there happens to have Neem tree seeds, please send me an e-mail as soon as possible at tulsimadasi@hotmail.com. (Click here for the full article)

Srila Prabhupada the Greatest Feminist
by Navanitacora das
Posted May 24, 2008

Never has there been a greater feminist in Vaishnava tradition than Srila Prabhupada, who turned the hierarchy of power upside-down by giving women brahmana initiation and allowing them to live in ashramas and temples side by side with men.

Only few have realized yet how revolutionary a message Srila Prabhupada's dealings conveyed: men and women may have different bodies, and man may have their strengths in the rational field, women in the emotional. But neither of them has any reason to be proud about it over the other because both qualities are only two sides of the same material coin. There is no difference between hierarchical order of spiritual ratio and spiritual emotio. (Click here for the full article)

House for Sale in Alachua
by Mangala Sakhi dd
Posted May 22, 2008

Looking for a quiet secluded place to live that's affordable and only 15 min from the temple? These 6 acres of land is surrounded by devotee neighbours with a 2 bedroom 1 bath mobile home '95 in good shape. Many pine trees on property, crape myrtles and sago palms. Living room and bedrooms has wood floors, vinyl in kitchen and bathroom. Electric central A/C and heater. Agricultural zoning, with space to grow your own veggies, or keeping animals. It's situated on a hill with great sunsets. All previous owners have been devotees. (Click here for the full article)

Exposing Cyber-Bullies
by James Wymer a.k.a "bhaktajames"
Posted May 21, 2008

Upon reading the Open Letter to Bhakti Vikasa Swami, I first wrote three letters to Caitanya dasa voicing my concern about his cyber-bullying of women. I received no reply. I then wrote to his Guru Maharaja, Bhakti Vikasa Swami, again voicing my concern. Once again I received no reply. Therefore, I am now voicing my concern to the society of devotees and to those who directly or indirectly support this behavior.

Do you think it is okay to abuse women with your cyber-words? Are you aware that cyber-bullying is a crime? (Click here for the full article)

Samadhi Now
by Parvati devi dasi
Posted May 20, 2008

By Krishna's grace, everything is going well with the Samadhi this year. Harshad Marathe from Bombay donated $200 for the Hindi captions, and Niranjana prabhu sent a print-out of them. I hope they will forgive me for being a little slow, but I got wrapped up in the VIHE 10th Canto. Now that festival is over, too, I'll put them all up.

Bhaktisiddhanta prabhu is making nice progress on the brass collages of Srila Prabhupada's accomplishments which will go in back of the altar where the huge paintings are now sitting. Meera Khurana, Samika Rsi das and Hamsa Priya dasi all gave huge donations for this. Samaka Rsi prabhu from Towaco, NJ, donated more than $5000. (Click here for the full article)

Looking Fo San Diego Roommates
by Giriraj Gopal dasa
Posted May 19, 2008

We have 2 rooms available in a spacious 5 bedroom 2 bathroom house in San Diego California.

The house is occupied by 3 devotees of Krishna and Tulsi Maharani.

It is a 5 minute drive away from the San Diego Temple Community.

  • Ocean View from Windows
  • 2 Story re-modeled house
  • Walk-in closets
  • Hardwood floors
  • Huge back yard
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Organic Garden
  • Lots of Kirtan and Sat Sanga!

(Click here for the full article)

Introducing Saranagati's New Teacher
by Karunamayi dd
Posted May 17, 2008

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the new teacher, having the honour of guiding the children of Saranagati Village, BC, Bhaktin Luiza.

As most do, Luiza came for a weekend visit to beautiful Saranagati and left her heart there as she embarked on her trip back to "the big city".

Bhaktin Luiza hails from the hearty land of Mazury, Poland where she grew up in the small village of Miodowko. At age 8, she moved to Germany with her family and then to various Canadian cities, settling in Vancouver at age 14. This is where she eventually received a BA majoring in English literature and Hispanic studies as well as a Bachelors of Education. (Click here for the full article)

Vaisnava Summer Camp in Serbia
by Madhva Muni dasa
Posted May 16, 2008

Let me share with you one part of Srila Prabhupadas letter:

"...I am very pleased to learn of our success in Yugoslavia. When there is a little hope of success in these countries, it encourages me 100 times more than in other places. If they take up this Krishna Consciousness, they'll take it very seriously..."
Vrindavan, october 1976. Srila Prabhupada

We would like to invite you to such a place, actually to Serbia. Everything is a 100 times more (good or bad). We are 100 years behind the rest of Europe, but we have 100 times less industry, we are earning 100 times less Euros per month, but we are gaining 100 times more unpredictability, trauma and excitement (remember the dictatorship, wars, revolutions...) and we will give you 100 more reasons to laugh and cry, to dance and serve, to make a friends and to come again. (Click here for the full article)

Resolution 311 is Needed
by Lalita Madhava d.d.
Posted May 14, 2008

This year's GBC Resolution 311 states, "Whereas some ISKCON devotees may have used...statements out of context as an excuse to offend, neglect and abuse women...."

Regarding "offending" and "abusing," please consider the misogynistic vitriol of the new "Hare Krishna Diary," www.sankirtandiary.blogspot.com, which purports to represent Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON and is one of the first five sites to prominently come up in a Google search (as of yesterday at least) in which the words "Prabhupada, women" are entered. I discovered it after receiving four distraught emails and a phone call from a bhaktin. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Inmate Sues for Prasadam

by Bhakta Mike
Posted May 13, 2008

In response to a law suit citing obstruction of religious practice, the Arizona attorney general has requested the Tucson Iskcon temple and Govinda's Natural Foods Restaurant to provide three meals a day for inmate Jeff Walls, a Hare Krishna devotee in Federal Prison. Walls told the state that eating the prison food violated his religious practice of only eating sanctified food prepared in a clean, meat free kitchen by a Brahman with spiritual consciousness. The attorney generals office is negotiating with temple president Sandamini devi to provide those meals. (Click here for the full article)

"As It Is" - With a Few Caveats
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted May 12, 2008

"He really means..." is perhaps a well-intentioned, but ultimately dangerous new effort to interpret Srila Prabhupada's vani by the GBC. Prabhupada's own words written in the Bhagavatam are not enough, it seems. Now, we, the conditioned souls - or, to be correct, an elite appointed few - will annotate and comment on their meaning in future editions of Prabhupada's books. There will be no editions without these "authorized" commentaries. Gosh, how did I or any other devotee, male or female, get past these declarations below without annotations? (Click here for the full article)

Friends of the BBT Newsletter - May 08
by Friends of the BBT
Posted May 12, 2008

Click here for rest of newsletter (link for the text is Click Here)

Monthly Sankirtana Festivals Turn Little into Lots
by Madhava Smullen

In Silicon Valley's Hare Krishna community, a new book distribution effort is turning into a juggernaut that could be the future of ISKCON's outreach. When the predominantly householder community decided in 2004 to find a new way to fit book distribution into their nine-to-five lives, they created a "Monthly Sankirtana Festival." Their motto? "Many people doing a little bit." (Click here for the full article)

Accident in the Vienna Temple
by Hariballabha dasi and Sulabha dasi
Posted May 10, 2008

Rohini devi dasi, a Prabhupada disciple, who has performed decades of dedicated service in the German yatra, primarily doing book distribution and Deity worship, has been hospitalized with third degree burns to 30% of her body. This happened when her sari caught fire on the altar in the temple in Vienna during arati.

She has received one skin transplant and is scheduled for at least one more and is expected to remain in the hospital for at least another 6 weeks. (Click here for the full article)

Gita Nagari Fire
by Kaulini dasi
Posted May 8, 2008

There was a fire that burned down the wood shed at Gita nagari on the day of the Festival of Jagannatha Misra. By Sri Sri Radha Damodara's Mercy no one was harmed. This building housed the wood stove that heated the Temple and ashram. We are fortunate that the weather is warming up, yet heat is definitely still needed for the Deities and Devotees. The temperatures fall into the 20's and 30's during the night and mornings. We will be having the boiler unit near the kitchen inspected with maintenance provided prior to using it as the back up temporary source of heat. (Click here for the full article)

Association in the NW US
by Balabhadra dasa & Lalita Nandini devi dasi
Posted May 8, 2008

My wife and I are looking to relocate and settle down some where in the NW US; preferrably Washington or Oregon, or even Northern California. We work as caregivers providing hospice services. In addition, my wife and I are professionally certified aromatherapists. We are wanting to live near a small community of devotees where they gather on some weekly basis, and other Vaishvava celebrations. We are not interested in any controversial situations, such as ritvik issues, or loyalties to some other camp. We are very much committed to Srila Prabupada and the movement that he gave us.

If you can help us with any information to this end please contact us at balanlalita@clearwire.net.

Festival of India Accommodation
by Amala Gaura dasa
Posted May 5, 2008

I have shared accomodation available during FOI at a camper. According to the volunteers there this a small camper, not a trailer. It doesn't have water hook up, but you'll be near a restroom were you can shower. You need to bring own bedding.

So the camper holds two. I'm looking for one other male devotee to share during the festival. Price is low, contact if interested.

Springtime At Murari
by Murali Priya Devi Dasi and Rama Vigraha Das
Posted May 4, 2008

The daffodils, irises, red buds, and dogwoods are flowering all over the hills with the tender green leaves from the other trees as a fresh back drop. The peacocks are dancing and singing and the ponds are bursting with water. Don't miss the show! It's time to take a break from the city and visit Murari. Experience all this yourself.

Just like spring brings new growth, Murari is also flowering with accomplishments in this short first quarter of the year. Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra have been wearing seven of the twelve new outfits that have been made for them this year, three of which were offered on Gaura Purnima by Mother Nina, her friend Pranahita Reddy, and Ramacaran Das. (Click here for the full article)

Elementary Teacher in Alauchua
by Tamohara das
Posted May 4, 2008

The New Raman Reti School (NRRS), a Krishna-centered elementary school, located in the Alachua, Florida devotee community, is seeking applicants for the position of an experienced elementary school teacher. The position will begin in August 2008, and serve approximately 14 students from 4th through 6th grades.

The school has been serving the devotee community in Alachua since 1990 and is presently serving the needs of 52 students in grades pre-K - 6th, making it one of ISKCON's largest elementary schools in North America. The school is committed to both a strong Krishna Conscious program, (Click here for the full article)

  Cleveland Ratha-Yatra
by Bhargavi devi dasi
Posted May 31, 2008

ISKCON Cleveland wishes to invite you to our annual Ratha-yatra celebration! This year's festival of the chariots will take place on Saturday, June 7 at Edgewater Park in Cleveland from 11am until 6pm. Come join us for bhajans, a vegetarian feast, and the chariot parade! As always, Ratha-yatra is free and open to the public! Please contact Dayal-Nitai dasa at 440-895-1005 or donfoose@hotmail.com for more information!

In the News:
NPR Shows a Day in a Devotee's Life

extract from an article by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, Morning Edition, National Public Radio
Posted May 30, 2008

There's not much traffic on First Avenue in lower Manhattan at 5:15 a.m., but in the building between a darkened tattoo shop and electronic store, a light shines bright from the second floor. Inside is the New York City headquarters of a Hare Krishna group. A visitor is greeted with a blast of sights and sounds: Thirteen men and one woman are twirling and dancing, playing cymbals and drums and chanting tunes. Hare Krishna monks are in orange or white robes. Civilians are in business suits or jeans. They all face an altar adorned with flowers and statues of the Supreme God, Krishna, and His female counterpart, Radha. (Click here for the full article)

Open Letter to the GBC
by Lalita Madhava devi dasi
Posted May 29, 2008

Paragraphs 5 and 6 state the following:

"In 1998, the North American GBC/Temple Presidents Executive Committee found it necessary to speak out against an email conference that claimed to be founded on Vaishnava teachings that was belittling and demeaning to women. It minimized the contributions of women, and failed to fully appreciate the role women play in our society, our families, and our temples.

Today, the International GBC Executive Committee is disturbed to learn that a blog site claiming affiliation with ISKCON, and using "Hare Krishna" in its name, has included sexist and misogynist statements. Such writings are not authorized, and they are against the principles of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and our Vaishnava culture." (Click here for the full article)

Understanding Gay Devotees
by Amara dasa
Posted May 25, 2008

I commend Anandamaya prabhu's statement in his upcoming book acknowledging homosexual people as living beings (jiva-atma) who can practice Krishna consciousness like everybody else. I also appreciate his viewpoint that non-celibate gays should be encouraged to "remain loyal to one partner." These are the proper applications of our philosophy I expect all thoughtful Vaishnavas to make.

I have a few suggestions regarding his yet-to-be-published book, however. First of all, the statement, "there is no sanction [for homosexuals] in any known religious system," isn't really accurate. (Click here for the full article)

Flammable Fabric Facts
by the Pasadena, California Fire Department
Posted May 24, 2008

All fabrics will burn, but some are more combustible than others. Untreated natural fibers such as cotton, linen and silk burn more readily than wool, which is more difficult to ignite and burns with a low flame velocity.

The weight and weave of the fabric will affect how easily the material will ignite and burn. Recommended fabrics are materials with a tight weave. Heavy, tight-weave fabrics will burn more slowly than loose-weave, light fabrics of the same material. The surface texture of the fabric also affects flammability. Fabrics with long, loose, fluffy pile or "brushed" nap will ignite more readily than fabrics with a hard, tight surface and, in some cases, will result in flames flashing across the fabric surface. (Click here for the full article)

Krishna Geeks
by Uddhava das
Posted May 23, 2008

I wish to announce a website project that i created for the benefit of other devotees. www.krishnageeks.com is all about new technology and how it can be used in Krishna's service, explained in an easy way for those who might not have the experience or time to delve into this.

When I was researching the options to buy a portable Sound system for our weekly harinam I wanted to share this knowlegde with others. So www.krishnageeks.com was born.

I hope devotees will benefit from the articles on the site and might even contribute through comments or creating new articles. Access is free. The website address is www.krishnageeks.com.

Open Letter to Caitanya Das (BVKS)
by Bhaktin Sraddha
Posted May 22, 2008

I just found your blog, via Chakra.org. I am not here to chastise you, but I (and I'm sure many, many others) wish to know what purpose you are serving by casting such harsh judgements. All I can see is someone trying to use the words of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada to serve your own agenda. This is not Krishna Consciousness. You should be trying to elevate yourself, and as a student of Vaishnavism, you should understand that we are not our bodies. Due to the nature of the material world, we take on a specific body, but underneath all the various coverings, we are all Spirit Souls. Not male, nor female... I consider myself quite a staunch feminist, (Click here for the full article)

Date of the Great Mahabharata War
by Kanva das
Posted May 21, 2008

Can anyone post a comment or a purport about these dates (from  Wikipedia):  Attempts to date the events using methods of archaeoastronomy have produced, depending on which passages are chosen and how they are interpreted, estimates ranging from the late 4th to the mid 2nd millennium B.C.[13] The late 4th millennium date has a precedent in the calculation of the Kaliyuga epoch, based on planetary conjunctions, by Aryabhata (6th century). His date of February 18th 3102 B.C. has become widespread in Indian tradition (Click here for the full article)

Delivery for the Vrindavan Webcam Needed
by Manu dasa
Posted May 20, 2008

WIth the help of several volunteers, Krishna.com is installing a live webcam at ISKCON Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan and needs the help of someone traveling to Vrindavan to deliver a small part that is required for the camera.

We will ship the part to you anywhere in the US or Canada and request you to personally hand-deliver it to our volunteer at ISKCON Vrindavan temple.

Please consider doing this much needed service to help launch the live webcast of Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundara, (Click here for the full article)

Nanny Needed
by Nisha Chopada
Posted May 19, 2008

Nanny Needed for 10 year old Vaisnavi.

Some house work, before and after school care.

Good pay plus Room + Board + Membership to local gym.

This job is more for Vaishnavi association less for hard work.

You can also distribute books in nearby university and outlet mall on weekends.

Build some good karma, so Krishna will send help when you have kids ;)

Contact 208-866-2489. hari.isagenix@gmail.com, Northern VA. (Must have US Work authorization).

Gay Vaishnavas Welcome CA Supreme Court Ruling
by Amara dasa
Posted May 17, 2008

Gay Vaishnavas and their supporters were pleased with Thursday's ruling from the California Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage. Until one has suffered discrimination under the law it is difficult to understand just how oppressive such legalized discrimination can be to the human psyche. With this unnecessary burden now lifted, it will be much easier for gay and lesbian Californians, including those who are Hare Krsna devotees, to establish the committed, monogamous relationships so important to personal, societal and religious development. (Click here for the full article)

Open Letter to Bhakti Vikasa Swami
by Lalita Madhava d.d.
Posted May 16, 2008

As you are undoubtedly aware, your disciple Caitanya dasa has been writing a blog entitled "Hare Krishna Diary" as a vehicle for propagating your "teachings." Throughout it, purporting to quote Srila Prabhupada, he pervasively vilifies women as "whores," "prostitutes" and "animals" and consistently vilifies them in abusive language in numerous additional ways. His statements are deeply disturbing and offensive. Even more disturbing is the fact that you are at the very least allowing, if not encouraging, him to do this, which reflects very poorly on you and casts you in an extremely unfavorable light. That you would impart such a distorted and dangerous version of "Krishna consciousness" to young, impressionable devotees in your care reveals a serious deficiency in your judgement and calls into question your qualification to act as an initiating guru on behalf of ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)

Position Vacant: Primary School Teacher (Grades 3 - 6)
by The Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula, (Hare Krishna School), Murwillumbah - Australia
Posted May 14, 2008

The Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula is an independent school offering educational programs for girls and boys from Kindergarten through to year 6. We offer students a high standard of academic education, combined with a focus on development of character, and a comprehensive immersion in the practices and philosophy of Krishna Consciousness. The school is located on the New Govardhana rural community, which is an 800 acre property with a pleasant, sub-tropical climate.

A position is available for an Australian full-time qualified primary teacher for a composite class of grades 3 to 6. (Click here for the full article)

Thoughts On 311
by Krsna Avatar das
Posted May 14, 2008

I would like to encourage the GBC on their plan to footnote the controversial comments regarding woman that are in the Bhagavatam and elsewhere. I also would concur with Amara prabhu's point that the footnoting should extend to the comments about minorities and other religions.

The main problem with these comments is that they are contradictory to the way Prabhupada treated his disciples. Early on, he sent female devotees to lecture in India. And he awarded sanyasa to people of different races, nationalities and sexual orientations. Consequently, It seems strange to me that these quotes exist when Prabhupada's actions showed that he clearly believed in equality. (Click here for the full article)

North American Temple President, GBC Meetings
by Caru das
Posted May 13, 2008

Last weekend May 2 Caru Das journeyed to the NA GBC/Temple President Meetings in New Vrndavan, West Virginia. He landed at the Pittsburgh airport Friday midnight, rented a car, dozed at a rest stop en route and arrived Saturday morning in time for a shower and the start of the meetings.

Romapada Swami gave a keynote talk entitled "Spiritual Economics; Relevance to the Bhagavatam". He and Devamrta Swami are apparently getting keen response to their preaching on Ecology. As one writer said, "Environmentalism is the new religion." The relevant files can be downloaded from his web site at www.romapadaswami.com/SE. (Click here for the full article)

Second BBT Art Seminar
by friendsofthebbt.org
Posted May 12, 2008

The BBT will be holding their second annual art seminar in Vrindavana, India, from October 7-28, 2008. At last year's seminar, taught by veteran ISKCON artists Dhriti Dasi and Ram Dasa Abhirama Dasa, eighteen international students learned practical techniques as well as the mood essential in producing devotional art.

This year, the course is once again free for the fifteen most-qualified applicants, who will learn BBT Art Department procedures, how to approach painting spiritual subjects, and of course, new techniques. (Click here for the full article)

Prasadam Cooking & Offering - Internet Classes (Includes Ekadasi Cooking & Using Solar Energy)
by Achyuta Krishna dasa
Posted May 10, 2008

"BhaktiStudies" welcomes you to free "Prasadam cooking & offering" classes over the internet. Learn at your pace and at your time. The course delivery method will be like the ongoing Sanskrit Level 1 course. For course details please visit www.bhaktistudies.com.

Tentatively the course contents are:

  1. About Prasadam
  2. Why eat Prasadam
  3. Why offer Prasadm
  4. How to Offer Prasadam
  5. Why no meat, fish, eggs, onion & garlic
  6. What to eat/not to eat on Ekadasi
  7. What to eat/not to eat during the Catur-masya
  8. Understanding traditional Indian spices
  9. Learn to cook traditional Indian dishes

(Click here for the full article)

KC and Free Will
by Rohini Priya dasi
Posted May 8, 2008

I am doing my Honours in philosophy. I will be doing my dissertation on Kant's Third Antinomy, the problem of Free Will. I would like to present a Vedic (Krsna Conscious) perspective on the problem of Free Will. If you have any information that can help: if you are aware of academic writings by devotees on the issue, or can refer me to persons, etc, I will be most grateful. Please email me on vediclaw@hotmail.com.

Nrsimhadeva Activity Book And Posters
by Urmila devi dasi
Posted May 5, 2008

Here are dozens of activities you can do with kids from age 2-18 about Lord Nrsimhadeva and Prahlad Maharaja. Some are general, and others are grouped by age. There are posters for quick reference. You can also print out the posters and give them to kids--let them choose what activities they would like to do!

Integrated Posters (<200kB .pdf)
Holy Places Posters (<200kB .pdf)
Holy Name Posters (<200kB .pdf)
Deity Worship Posters (<200kB .pdf)
Scripture Posters (<200kB .pdf)
Sadhu Sanga Posters (<200kB .pdf)
Nrsimha Activity Book (3MB .pdf)

We hope in the future to greatly improve and expand these festival-based activities, adding boxes of ready-to-use resources such as masks, photos, activity sheets, and so forth. Suggestions are most welcome. (Click here for the full article)

Pre-School Teacher Needed in Alachua
by Tamohara das
Posted May 4, 2008

The New Raman Reti School (NRRS), a Krishna-centered elementary school, located in the Alachua, Florida devotee community, is seeking applicants for the position of an experienced pre-school teacher. As part of the NRRS Elementary School, our thriving preschool has been very successful this year and will have 24 students and a staff of three. The position will begin in August 2008. This is a full time position where the candidate will be in charge of the pre-school program.

The school has been serving the devotee community in Alachua since 1990 and is presently serving the needs of 52 students in grades pre-K - 6th, (Click here for the full article)

  ISKCON Youth Need a New Bus
by Manu dasa
Posted May 31, 2008

In just a few short weeks we will begin traveling around North America with 50 youth who have come together from around the world, to travel to the Ratha-yatra festivals to help set up, perform kirtanas, dramas, dances, and help take down the festivals. Plus, the youth will be putting on 17 festivals at theaters and university auditoriums in cities along the way. Please pray for us and give us your blessings. We hope to see you at one of the festivals.

This will be our 14th year of the festival tour. (Click here for the full article)

International GBC Statement Reaffirming Vaishnava Respect for Women
by The GBC Executive Committee
Posted May 29, 2008

Today we live in a world that is full of war, strife, hatred and exploitation between people. It is a world based on a bodily conception of life that categorizes and then mistreats living beings on the basis of race, gender, national origin, religion, etc.

The Krishna consciousness movement teaches a higher guiding principle based upon the soul. We offer to the world a panacea: We can live together peacefully only when we respect each other as individual spiritual beings, part and parcel of God. All living beings are eternal, all are sacred, and all--in their essence--are equally dear to the Supreme Lord.

To effectively teach this principle, members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness need to be vigilant that it be properly understood and practiced within our own society and among our members. We must believe in the principle of loving, respecting, and caring for all beings as parts and parcels of Lord Krishna. (Click here for the full article)

Vaisnava Ecumenism in Germany
by Tribhanga das
Posted May 24, 2008

Meeting Vaishnavas from different communities, from May 9 to May 11 a breakthrough took place in Goloka Dhama, Germany: over 100 devotees of different gurus and maths from all over Germany and Switzerland came together for the first time in history. Dina Sharana dd, the GBC representative for Germany, also attended.

Right from the beginning the atmosphere was very cordial and nice. The open and honest gatherings with all the devotees were so exciting that even after hours no one wanted to leave, although breakfast prasadam was already waiting. One devotee after another in the big circle was invited to say something, whatever they felt in their hearts, about their experiences and realisations. Many spoke about their problems to follow all the regulative principles and about their former fears to be punished by God. (Click here for the full article)

Response to Amara
by Anandamaya das
Posted May 22, 2008

In response to Amara dasa's article, "Gay Vaishnavas Welcome CA Supreme Court Ruling," following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Vaishnava Viewpoint, copyright 2008 by Jeff Ratner, due to be released by August 1.

"Other issues may be commented on, also, from a Vaishnava viewpoint. The issue of homosexuality is certainly front and center on a regular basis. For Vaishnavas, one of our four prohibitions is no illicit sex, meaning no sex outside of marriage, and sex within marriage only for the purpose of procreation. This is done to minimize sensual entanglements in order to aid in maximizing spiritual attainment. (Click here for the full article)

Deity Dresses Wanted
by Preeeti dasi
Posted May 21, 2008

We have Gaura Nitai deities. We are in shortage of dresses for them. If somebody can stitch good dresses for them and some crowns, we would be very grateful. We are living in Germany at the moment. We would pay you for the expenses. They are very small Thakur jee. Around 15 cms. You can contact me at preeti.bvnm@gmail.com

Where is the GBC When We Need Them?
by Name Withheld
Posted May 20, 2008

Gender discrimination and hurtful comments have no place in a spiritual movement. Those who view spirit souls as their bodies and encourage mundane perceptions have no place initiating devotees. Bhakti Vikasa Swami has a history of displaying a lack of spiritual understanding and is hurting our movement. While we wish devotees well, his brand of leadership cannot continue.

The GBC is the ultimate ecclesiastical and managerial authority. (Click here for the full article)

Caution With Fire
by Abhay Caran Das
Posted May 19, 2008

On behalf of all Vaisnava missions here in North America, I would like to pray for a speedy recovery of Rohini Devi Dasi after this terrible accident.

Unfortunately this is not an isolated occurrence as it has happened on a number of occasions, and in once case a female disciple of Srila Prabhupada did in fact leave her body from such an accident.

In fact this happens with such frequency that the Vaisnavi.org (formerly vaisnavi.com) website has published a article warning of this danger since 2003. (Click here for the full article)

Prabhupada Relics for Sale
by Danistha devi dasi
Posted May 17, 2008

Contained in this article are photo samples of some Prabhupada relics I have for sale at this time. Practically the whole museum will now be sold excepting a few cherished treasures I want to keep with me for the rest of this journey home.

Any devotee individual, temple community, or ashram interested in securing themselves authentic Prabhupada relics from my museum such as a personal signed letter, kurta or other clothing, signed document, (Click here for the full article)

Letter to Bhakti Vikasa Swami Showed Courage
by Name Withheld, Gainesville, Florida
Posted May 17, 2008

I want to thank, honor and praise Lalita Madhava devi dasi for taking the time to expose the reprehensible actions and statements of Bhakti Vikasa Swami. Her compelling open letter to him put everything in proper perspective, and all her points and requests were well taken, well stated and well defended. To think or speak those atrocious statements is bad enough, but to use the Internet to publicize such backward and crazy ideas about women is incredibly vile and malicious. Lalita Madhava prabhu is quite correct that it is a great offense to Srila Prabhupada, Lord Caitanya, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and the entire parampara.

(Click here for the full article)

by Madhava Ghosh dasa
Posted May 16, 2008

The latest topic amongst those in ISKCON addicted to debating is the annotation of Prabhupada's books. For those of you not familiar with the specifics, I will not provide links because a.) I am too lazy to find and include them and b.) why disturb your mind about it when you were having a perfectly fine day without worrying about it already.

I stipulate I haven't read the GBC resolution and don't know their specific reasons for deciding to annotate Prabhupada's books. I am speaking only from my own perspective on the topic and neither approve nor disapprove of their method of arriving at their decision.

My first impression on reading some of the feedback is that I think that half the opposing commentators or more don't know what annotation is, ergo I include this definition: (Click here for the full article)

The Gita Room
by Rasa Rasika dasa
Posted May 14, 2008

Following the success of the Japa Room, a new and exciting online chatroom is launching this week for the service of all devotees. Every week a new Bhagavad Gita sloka will be discussed - please come along and take advantage of great devotee association

To register please visit gitaroom.50webs.com

Deity Outfits for Sale
by Maharha dasi
Posted May 14, 2008

Homemade silk deity outfits, rarely used , for 21" Radha Krishna deities, and 20" Radha Krishna deities. If interested please contact Maharha at : Maharha@earthlink.net.

Magical Mystery Tour
by Padmapani das
Posted May 13, 2008

I remember the first time I heard the words, "Hare Krishna." I had just purchased my first record album, entitled Magical Mystery Tour, by The Beatles. The lyrics to each song were printed on the inside sleeve or cover of the L.P. The following sentence appeared in the song, "I Am The Walrus," written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney:

"Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna.
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe."

I distinctly recall staring at the words "Hare Krishna" in my backyard that day. (Click here for the full article)

Dancers for Krishna
by Anapayini Dasi
Posted May 12, 2008

In the small North Central Florida town of Alachua, there is a well known, booming community of Vaishnavas called New Raman Reti. I am a very happy and content resident of this lively and beautiful congregation. I participate and give back to the community by directing an academy called "Bhakti Kalalayam" (Devotional Arts Refuge) which trains and engages young girls and boys in the sacred art of Bharatanatyam (South Indian Classical Dance). (Click here for the full article)

Salagram Paraphernalia
by Sanat Kumara Dasa
Posted May 10, 2008

If anyone knows a website or person who sells Sila Paraphernalia such as eyes, tilak, mouth (not cloths, crown, jewelries) like the once on this picture, please contact me at santanusaha@hotmail.com. (Click here for the full article)

Looking for Kusa Sthali
by Gaura-Vani devi dasi
Posted May 8, 2008

I am looking for a devotee called Kusa Sthali who worked in Soho St Temple in London. She was in the Kitchen with me, she is Polish but I think she moved to Sweden. If anyone knows her ask her to contact me please. Thanks.

My email is jean_paul@ntlworld.com.

Questions About GBC Resolution 311
by Amara dasa
Posted May 5, 2008

I read with interest the new GBC resolution (311) recommending that the BBT explain, in endnotes or appendices, statements about women that may be misunderstood in Srila Prabhupada's books. This seems like a good idea but I'm wondering how far it will be extended. The examples cited involve only a few "rape" quotes whereas it has been my experience that most women, educated professionals, college students, graduates, etc. are more often offended by the numerous "less intelligent" and "no independence" statements found in the BBT books. Will these types of statements also be addressed in the appendices? (Click here for the full article)

Nrsimha Caturdasi Festival
by Iskcon Murari Sevaka
Posted May 4, 2008

You are cordially invited to ISKCON Murari Sevaka Farm To Celebrate the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva

Nrsimha Caturdasi

Sunday May 18th 2008

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Nrsimhadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord, who possesses nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demon-like desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existance in this material world." -Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18


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