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May 2010
"Theft" of ISKCON Members?
by Niscala dasi
Posted May 31, 2010

There have been many devotee discussions lately on the issue of diksa -- whether one should become initiated by Srila Prabhupada (ritvik), by one of his disciples (ISKCON and its affiliates), or by a vaisnava guru outside of ISKCON (such as in the Gaudiya Matha). Most of those discussions have centred around what group one should belong to, but it seems to me that more important than determining that for others, when it is a matter of faith it is vital to determine how we should conduct ourselves within and among those groups.

Srila Prabhupada told us: "Your love for me will be shown by how you cooperate to push on this Krsna consciousness movement." The Krsna consciousness movement includes all the vaisnava groups. Among and within these groups, dealings should be based on love and acceptance. Whether in ISKCON or outside of it, if one’s dealings with other groups and those within one’s group are friendly and respectful -- if possible, even loving and trusting -- it assures us of Krsna’s mercy. (Click here for the full article)

Rath Yatra in Jacksonville Beach June 6
by Nartaka Gopala dasi
Posted May 30, 2010

6th Annual Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade Jacksonville Beach, Sunday, June 6, 2010



Bhadra das at 352 316-4560 or Bhadradas@gmail.com
Dharmaraja das at 352 538-0292

WHAT: An Indian multi-cultural festival will be celebrated with entertainment for the whole family. There will be live music, singing, classical dance, books, bazaar, and lots of free delicious vegetarian food. The Ratha Yatra Parade is the oldest known parade in the world.

WHEN: Sunday, June 6, 2010. Parade begins at 12:30 PM The festival continues till 4 PM

WHERE: Jacksonville Beach, on the beach, starting at 8th Avenue North., and ending at 5th Avenue South with a cultural program behind City Hall at the Sandshell.

WHO: All are welcome. Free admission. Wholesome fun for the entire family. (Click here for the full article)

Beautiful Villa for Sale
by Syamasundara das
Posted May 28, 2010

Beautiful Duplex House in a Devotee colony in South India with Resort- facilities for sale at reasonable price.

The famous Ancient Temple-Hill of Yadagirigutta Lakshmi-Nrisimha is situated within the vicinity and this Temple draws thousands of devotees every day and it is ever increasing.

The surrounding area is spread with lot of sprawling Holiday Resorts / Farm Houses, Educational institutions, Ashrams, Rice fields, Mango gardens, Natural Landscapes, Rock scapes, Lakes etc.....A pollution free environs indeed and an idyllic-rural setting away from hustle & bustle of city and tugged in mystic surroundings on sheer natural beauty of Flora & Fauna in abundance........

Please contact (Click here for the full article)

"The Eight Petals" for Purushottam Mas Released
by Vrndavanlila dd (Dr Vrinda Baxi)
Posted May 25, 2010

With the blessings of Sri Sri Guru and Gauranga, eighth issue of Varnasrama Newsletter: THE EIGHT PETALS for Purushottam Mas is available at:

Click Here

The present issue of the newsletter revolves around ‘Family System’.

The next issue is planned to focus on 'Food'. Everybody is welcome to give their suggestions, share important information or just voice out their opinion on the newsletter in the form of an article, mail, report etc. or even in the form of a prayer for a non-entity person like me who ambitiously aspires to serve Srila Prabhupada! (Click here for the full article)

Making ISKCON Temples Eco-Friendly
by Nirguna dasi
Posted May 23, 2010

His Holiness Bhakti Rasamrita Swami (previously H. G.Devamrita Das) spoke this past month at the ICC meetings (a Conference of ISKCON leader about the need for ISKCON temples and projects, in India, to consider implementing environment friendly standards.

Maharaj feels that Nature, as much as everything else, belongs to Krishna. As devotees, we should try in every way to counter or at least not add to the present environmental degradation.

Maharaj has surmised his ideas for ISKCON temples to adopt in the paper posted below.

Making ISKCON Temples Eco-Friendly

As a well-known and world-wide spiritual institution with a large member of followers, ISKCON is aware of its responsibility to the environment. In pursuance of this responsibility, we wish to formulate strategies for a step-by-step progression in the level of eco-friendliness of our Temples and other projects in India, leading to the setting up of practical standards of compliance. The culmination of course, will be “Green Temples”. Participation or suggestions from temples and projects outside India are most welcome.

In considering eco-friendliness, the following would need to be considered:

1. MATERIALS: (Click here for the full article)

Free for Book Distributors
by Aprakrita dasa
Posted May 21, 2010

Free for Book Distributors
"8 Cases of 800 On Chanting Hare Krishna Booklet"
Take one case now!
(Pay only for the shipping)

"On Chanting Hare Krishna" is a small 16 pages full-color booklet which gives a wonderful introduction to the Hare Krishna movement and it's Founder-Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It was originally published in black & white. Now for the first time it is available in FULL COLOR!
Weight : 37 lbs

Price: FREE (Pay only for the shipping) (Click here for the full article)

Saturday Night Hari Nama
by Food For All Kings ross
Posted May 20, 2010

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In this video, from Saturday night 8th May, Parivida Prabhu teaches the fine art of chanting Hare Krishna on the streets of London. For those who don't know Parivida Prabhu, hes a senior desciple of Srila Prabhupad whose main service is composing Krishna Concious dramas and musicals.

A random person walking the streets of London may have their destiny changed due to Srila Prabhupadas causeless mercy.

'Flying Monkey' Resturant Opened in Hereford, UK
by Pavan Kumar das
Posted May 19, 2010

The 'Flying Monkey' is the new vegetarian and vegan cafe located just near the heart of the the cathedral city centre in Hereford. Situated under the Philip Weeks Clinic, the new restuarant is run by Ram Nitai das (MVS). It offers vegetarian breakfasts, a large lunch menu, and evening events including talks on self development and spirirtuality. Bhajan groups will start on Sundays soon.

Contact information: (Click here for the full article)

Houseshare in Leeds, UK
by Abha
Posted May 18, 2010

Very nice room to rent in modern house, double glazed, with central heating, and use of gardens. Room fully furnished with wall to wall fitted wardrobes, laminate flooring & bed, and 32in flat screen TV, DVD player, broadband Internet connection, utility bills all included, and bedding supplied.

Use of designer kitchen, with washing machine. Bathroom with power shower & toilet + downstairs toilet. House always warm.

15 minutes walk from City Centre, 5 minutes from Leeds University.

Would be ideal for single person, to share house with landlady. Vegetarian preferred. Devotees welcome. (Click here for the full article)

Mysore Center Wants Preacher
by Sridhari Madhava Dasa
Posted May 17, 2010

By the mercy of guru and Gauranga, a preaching centre has been started in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, South India. Currently around 35 – 40 members attend Sunday programme. Mysore has many educational institutions and has tremendous potential for preaching. It has been started under the Naam Hatta Directorate for Karnataka.

The centre is interested in hosting a Kannada speaking devotee, who can develop, manage the centre including outdoor preaching, book distribution etc., on a regular basis.

Interested devotees are welcome to send their details to this mail address for further discussion.

Humbly in the service of guru and Gauranga

Care for Cows Newsletter May 2010
by Kurma Rupa dasa (ACBSP)
Posted May 11, 2010

The May 2010 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 20 pages (1.8 MB) we present reports on:

  1. A recent visit of 25 Chinese go sevaks from Hong Kong and Tai Wan.
  2. Another true story about cows protecting their servants.
  3. New admissions.
  4. More calves born.

Our dispute with PayPal India continues. They will only process payments for sale of goods or services and do not regard go seva as a service. I am sorry I was not able to answer inquiries from many of you as the interuption of payments has demanded immediate attention. (Click here for the full article)

Yoga and Meditation: Their Real Purpose and How to Get Started
by Stephen Knapp
Posted May 7, 2010

Yoga is a nonsectarian spiritual science that has been practiced and developed by the sages and rishis of India over thousands of years. The benefits of yoga are numerous. On the mental level it strengthens concentration, determination, and builds a stronger character that can more easily sustain various tensions in our lives for peace of mind. The assortment of asanas or postures also provide stronger health and keeps various diseases in check. They improve physical strength, endurance and flexibility. These are a few of the goals of yoga.

Its ultimate purpose, however, is to purify and raise our consciousness to a level in which we can directly perceive our real identity and the spiritual dimension. (Click here for the full article)

Perfect Pleats
by Ami Shah
Posted May 5, 2010

I am excited to introduce a new product I have created to help you put on a sari in minutes! It is called Perfect Pleats - Your Sari Solution. It takes the stress and uncertainty out of wearing a sari and gives you the confidence to drape a proper sari by yourself in minutes.

Please visit www.perfect-pleats.com for detailed videos on how to use Perfect Pleats and how to drape a sari in different styles, as well as ordering information.

House for Sale
by Karuna dd and Bankim dasa
Posted May 3, 2010

House for sale close to New Goloka Temple- Hillsborough, NC

1/2 mile from the Temple newgoloka.com/

Thriving devotee community

House has 3 bedrooms 2 bath built in 1992 1483 sq ft

Only $98,500

Please see Click Here for more photos and info (Click here for the full article)

Bhagavad-Gita at a Glance
by Isvara Dasa
Posted May 2, 2010

It is with great joy we announce the release of "Bhagavad-Gita At A Glance, a companion guide for Preachers, Teachers, Students". The Bhagavad-Gita At A Glance is a new literary effort by Narayani Devi Dasi. Narayani Dasi, a dear disciple of Srila Prabhupada, who had previously wrote and published the Srimad Bhagavatam At A Glance, complete with illustrations, had now completed her Bhaktivedanta series by presenting the "Bhagavad-gita At a Glance". Srimati Narayani Dasi is well known in ISKCON society as one of the eminent teachers of the Vrindavan Institute of Higher Education(VIHE) and the Mayapur Institute of Higher Education and Training (MIHET). She is one of the driving force behind the Bhaktivedanta education series. (Click here for the full article)

  Paypal India Refunds
by Kurma Rupa ACBSP
Posted May 31, 2010

PayPal India (which operates under PayPal Pte.Ltd. Singapore) will no longer process donations for charitable organizations. They will only process payments for sale of goods or services and they do not consider go seva a service. Consequently they will be refunding donations which you have sent Care for Cows over the last several months.

We have registered Care For Cows Inc. in USA and opened a new account with PayPal USA which will process donations for charitable organizations. Hence we request you to send whatever donations are refunded to you by PayPal Pte. Ltd. to our new PayPal USA account.

This can be done by clicking on the DONATE button on our Home Page (Click here for the full article)

Setting the Record Straight
by Swami B.V. Tripurari
Posted May 30, 2010

I was recently alerted to these posts by two members of Iskcon, an active preacher in the household asrama and a member of the renounced order.



The posts appeared on a popular Iskcon blog entitled Vaisnava Blog Feeds. These posts were a step above many of the things that Iskcon members have written and said about Srila Sridhara Maharaja in the past, in that they acknowledged Prabhupada’s respect and affection for Srila Sridhara Maharaja. The description of the final meeting of Srila Sridhara Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada was for the most part innocuous, although Hari Sauri’s penchant for assuming that he can read people’s minds and an annoying lapse in Vaisnava etiquette in his frequent references to Srila Sridhara Maharaja, a highly respected sannyasi and founder-acarya, as “Sridhara” did sully the description.

Unfortunately, the first post takes a sharp turn for the worse (Click here for the full article)

Home for Sale
by Vishaka Corbett
Posted May 28, 2010

Fully furnished home for sale. Sits on a beautiful 5 acre lot with the best view in all of Prabhupada village with in a 5 minute walk to the temple. Community has devotees that farm organic produce. We are asking $155,000. The house is in perfect condition as well as the small barn. The furniture is brand new with new dinning table and chairs and also a brand new front loader washer. House is heated by wood stove and electric heaters. There is a gas water heater and water is 100% pure well water.We had to move away couple years ago for job reasons and we are still paying mortgage on it so would like to sell it as soon as possible.

For more pictures and info please email me at (Click here for the full article)

Milk From Protected Cows for Radha Kalachandji
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted May 25, 2010

What can I say about the well-meaning attempts of devotees at the Dallas Temple to comfort the hearts of thousands of Gita-nagari devotees of Sri Sri (chota) Radha Kalachandji? They are no-doubt kind hearted, but our eternal home is Gita-nagari, no matter where in the world we may be. And that eternal home has sweet Radha Kalachandji on the altar, listening to the melodies of the robins and peacocks during the morning, and enjoying the refreshing breezes and the sounds of the big bull frogs at night.

That is a home where farmers come in with staw covered shirts to pay their thankful obeisances during the heat of the midday. And that is a home where the cows with softly tinkling bells are ever joyful, to provide milk for the Deities, day after day. When I lived at Gita-nagari, every ekadasi Lord Kalachandji had His beautiful body smeared with ghee made from butter from our protected cows, making Him impossibly more handsome. And every mangala artotik tray had burfi, sweet rice, kheer & rabri and butter balls, all from our protected cows. (Click here for the full article)

Restoration of Srila Prabhupada’s Palace
by NV Communications
Posted May 23, 2010

“The Festival of Inspiration inspires devotees to do amazing things!” said Nityodita dasa, President of New Vrindaban Community Board of Directors. “The Palace restoration project actually began when Ramesvara Prabhu attended the Festival of Inspiration in 2009.”

Ramesvara Prabhu went for darshan of Srila Prabhupada and took notice of the serious deterioration on the Palace exterior. He could see that although devotees have been working on the Palace one section at a time, there was no comprehensive restoration being done.

Ramesvara, who currently specializes as a building restoration project manager in Manhattan immediately approached Malati devi dasi, one of the GBCs for New Vrindaban. Malati and Nityodita then spoke with Ramesvara together, and asked him to make recommendations for a comprehensive restoration of the entire Palace. (Click here for the full article)

Bhagvat Katha Saptah in Phoenix
by Swarup ji
Posted May 21, 2010

Dr Prayag Narayan Misra: Phoenix, Arizona
May 9,2010

Ram Swarup Shastri (Krishna Swarup Das), initiated in 1992 in Mayapur, West Bengal and later second initiation in 1999 in Alachua, Florida - a disciple of Hrdayanand Goswami Maharaj- concluded a weeklong Srimad Bhagvad Katha in Hindi language in Phoenix, Arizona.

The purposes of conducting Bhagvat katha are to share love of Krishna, and remind the importance of accepting a bonafide teacher (guru) in disciplic succession and gloryfying the chanting of holy names.

In early childhood, Krishna Swaroop das developed the taste of Bhagvat Katha from his father Sri Teerth Swaroop Upadhyay in Nepal. He had early education in Assam, India and graduated from Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit University in New Delhi in 1989 with a degree Shastri in Sanskrit literature. (Click here for the full article)

Costa Del Sol Has New Temple
by Jagannatha Mishra das
Posted May 20, 2010

On Sunday, May 2 a homa ceremony at ISKCON's new preaching centre at Málaga, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, was officiated by Krishna Kripa das as main priest. There were about 50 guests, and Radha Priya dasi cooked many nice preparations for the pleasure of Si Sri Pancattava and the assembled devotees.

The event received coverage with photographs in El Faro de Ceuta, a local newspaper. For additional photos, please see our Facebook photo gallery. There is also a video on YouTube. Our website is at www.iskconmalaga.com. (Click here for the full article)

Vendors Wanted
by Ortrun Gates
Posted May 19, 2010

We are looking for a few vendors to be part of this year's special country Ratha Yatra in Gita Nagari, Port Royal, PA. to be held on July 31, 2010 starting at 10 am until 6 pm.

If you are a vendor and are interested, please contact (Click here for the full article)

Northwest Krishna Camp
by Govinda Gopal das
Posted May 18, 2010

Please join us at the Northwest Krishna Camp September 3rd – 6th in Washington State. This is the perfect follow up to your Krishna Janmastami and Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja celebrations. Last year's Krishna Camp was a huge success, and this year will be even better. This is a fun inspirational event for all ages. It is perfect for singles, couples, and families. Here are just some of the activities we have planned:

* Empathic Communication- Build meaningful connections (appropriate for new and past attendees)

* Past Life Regression – experience your past lives

* Bhagavad Gita discussions- in depth discussions of topics of the Gita

* Laugh Yoga – reduce stress and improve health

* Campfire Kirtans – open jam sessions, bring your instruments – saxophone, harmonica, trumpets, more

* Spiritual Dancing – fun style of dancing to spiritual music (Click here for the full article)

Help Needed in England
by ISKCON Prison Ministry
Posted May 17, 2010

Recently I have received a few letters from a couple women inmates from England. I am looking for a devotee(s) to correspond with them and send them Prabhupada’s books. Sending books from USA is not economically sound.

These ladies are from a Buddhist background but are interested in learning about Krsna consciousness. One of them writes, “Krsna consciousness could be the end of my search.”

As you all know, helping others on their journey back to Godhead is the greatest pleasure one can have; sharing one’s realizations deepens and establishes them firmly in our heart. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Please contact Bhakti-lata if you are interested to correspond with one or these ladies, (Click here for the full article)

A Festival of Red Flags
by Dhira Govinda dasa
Posted May 14, 2010

I write this as a response to various indications that constitute cause for concern about the protection of children and youth in ISKCON Mayapur. Primarily what I provide here is a report that I wrote and issued in April, 1999, entitled Report on the Bhaktivedanta Gurukula Village. More than eleven years later I present this report again because it seems that persons in key roles with respect to child protection are unaware, or in some instances perhaps acting as if unaware, of the content and substance therein.

On May 3rd, 2010, I received a letter from Mahavisnupriya prabhu. Dating back to the mid-1990s I served with Mahavisnupriya on ISKCON-related child protection cases, and my understanding is that she assists and supports Campakalata prabhu, the current director of the ISKCON Child Protection Office. Mahavisnupriya forwarded to me a letter from Campakalata, requesting information about the history of a series of child maltreatment cases in Mayapur, which she referred to as “…the 1991 adolescent cases in Mayapur….” Campakalata indicated that the head of the child protection team in Mayapur considered that what happened in “…the 1991 adolescent cases in Mayapur….” was “…merely a play – game and not a CPT issue”. (Click here for the full article)

Being Transsexual in ISKCON
by Kevin Bello
Posted May 11, 2010

This is a letter I wrote a few days ago to my local ISKCON temple:

Please accept my humble obeisances. My name is Kevin Bello. I am 21 years old. I love culture, religion, languages and philosophy, as well as general neatness. I have practiced Krishna consciousness, Gaudiya Vaishnava dharma for only 2 years, so I am still very neophyte. I belong to a glorious organisation called Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math under the lineage of His Divine Grace Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and Srila B.S. Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj (he wrote the Prabhupad pranams that all ISKCON devotees recite constantly), and am aspiring to have connection with the current successor of the Math, His Divine Grace Srila B.N. Acharyya Maharaj.

I also suffer from a condition known as Gender Identity Disorder, or GID.

Forgive me if I have made any mistakes or offenses in this endeavour of clarification; however, it is an issue that must be addressed in the Gaudiya Vaishnava community, and will needs be understood with proper guidance. (Click here for the full article)

BBT Photography Book
by Kaisori-devi dasi
Posted May 7, 2010

Thank you to all who submitted photos for the BBT's upcoming photography book. The response was quite incredible.

We will be in touch with all devotees who submitted photos over the next few months as we begin to go through your photos and conceptualize the actual contents of the book.

If you sent photos but did not hear from me, it may be that I didn't get your photos, so please write to me to inquire: kaisori@pamho.net.

Also, over the weekend, I received literally hundreds of photos. I got four unlabeled photos called simply

  • IMG_8466.JPG

(Click here for the full article)

Remembering Amekhala Devi Dasi
by Archananda das
Posted May 5, 2010

It came as a shock here in the foothills of Badger and Three Rivers, California to hear of our dear sisters departure from this world, I have known Amekhala from back in our home town of Manchester UK before we were devotees, when she was known as Anne. We would visit Bury Place and Bhaktivedanta Manor, where we lived for many years. She was a instant devotee, she always had a sunny disposition and was one of the kindest and most honest persons I have ever known. She was a wonderful mother, devotee and friend,always serving the Lord and his servants, a ready smile and a open equal kindness to all. It is hard to really describe her deep qualities except to say,...what you saw is what you got. She was a devotee from the very beginning and a true mentor to all young aspiring bhaktas. She will be missed but will always live in our hearts.

Indian Veg Restaurant Opened in Gainesville FL
by Raghunath das ( Mahesh Pandey from Uttranchal) and Bhavatarini dasi (Nalini Pandey)
Posted May 3, 2010

We are open seven days a week for take-out or eat-in. The menu is authentic Indian Gujarati and north Indian.

We have Dosa and mouth watering world famous Samosa. Serving prasadam in Gainesville since March 1991

Our address is (Click here for the full article)

Invitation to Festival of Inspiration
by New Vrindavan Communications
Posted May 2, 2010

New Vrindaban Community will host the tenth annual Festival of Inspiration on May 7 – 9. Over 1,000 people will travel to Marshall County for the three-day event. “Every year, I rent cabins at Grand Vue Park for the festival,” said Malati Dasi, GBC in New Vrindaban. “The local hotels and motels will also be hosting festival goers that weekend.”

Each morning, the festival begins with a plenary session that is open to everyone. “The plenary sessions feature some of the current leaders of the Hare Krishna movement. They have international reputations and are leaders in their fields,” said Malati.

Friday’s plenary session will include a clip from the series “Memories of Srila Prabhupada: A Modern Say Saint,” followed by a discussion by the producer and the individuals in the clip. (Click here for the full article)

  Vrindavan Accommodation Needed
by Ashish Gupta
Posted May 31, 2010

I am devotee based in Lucknow, India. I am relocating myself to Vrindavan, India with my family and want cheap rental accommodation of at least 3 bedrooms, 1 drawing room and kitchen. Anyone having information on this kindly contact me on my email: (Click here for the full article)

Amekhala, Departure of a Devotee
by Subhangi devi dasi
Posted May 30, 2010

I first met Amekhala when I was pregnant with my daughter Lila in 1990. I took a side trip to England to avoid Indian summer and meet my Jordy relatives. I was really struck by how nice the English matajis were. I think they were the nicest and closest knit family of devotees I had ever met. A few really stood out and touched my heart. Amekhala was one of them, even though I only spoke to her briefly on that occasion, I never forgot her. She was pushing her son Vrinny in a pusher. She was not only inwardly beautiful, but she was so beautiful to look at as well. Blond with flushed cheeks and a beautiful smile. Very innocent looking, english rose. She had the sweetest and most sincere disposition. You felt she really cared about you and was deeply interested in anything you had to say. Almost all of her conversations were focused on Srila Prabhupad, or ventured back to the subject of Srila Prabhupad and his teachings. She obviously loved him deeply. (Click here for the full article)

New E-Courses at Bhakti Studies
by Achyuta Krishna dasa
Posted May 28, 2010

Bhakti Studies is now enrolling for two new eCourses:

1. Gopi Gita

2. Virtual Jaganath Puri Dham Parikrama

Details to follow soon.

North American Leadership Conference
by New Vrindavan Communications
Posted May 25, 2010

This past weekend, 45 administrators from 40 Hare Krishna centers met in New Vrindaban for the semi-annual North America Leadership Conference for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). ISKCON was founded in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. As ISKCON’s first generation of leaders reaches retirement age, the organization is planning a smooth transfer to the next generation.

Ali Krishna devi dasi of Gainesville, Fla., is one of the new young faces in ISKCON leadership. The Buffalo native joined ISKCON in 2006 in New Vrindaban, and lived in the community for nearly one year. “I was 25 years old at the time, and I wasn’t satisfied with my life,” said Ali Krishna. “Although I had lived in agricultural communities before, I had never lived in a God-centered community. I later moved to New Vrindaban and spent nearly one year here.” (Click here for the full article)

Gita Nagari Ratha Yatra Poster
by Gita Nagari Farm in Port Royal, PA
Posted May 23, 2010

Here is the poster for this year's Ratha Yatra at Gita Nagari Farm in Port Royal, PA - More detailed information to follow later. ys, Ortrun


Japa Retreat in Italy
by Hari Kirtana Das
Posted May 21, 2010

I am happy to inform you about the upcoming Japa Retreat being held in Villa Vrindavana, this coming July. I am also excited because this will be the first Japa Retreat in Italy.

The Japa Retreat is a four day total immersion in your relationship with the holy name. It is a powerful way to make major improvements to your chanting and increase your taste for the holy name. The Japa Retreat is designed to take your chanting to a whole new level and thus strengthen and inspire your Krishna consciousness in new and profound ways.

Why a Japa Retreat?

The Japa Retreat was developed by His Holiness Sacinandana Swami to help devotees go deeper into their chanting--and thus deeper into their relationship with Krishna. Seeing how easy it is to take our chanting for granted, Maharaja saw the need to create an ideal environment for devotees to get the most out of their chanting, to overcome bad habits, and to begin to deeply relish the holy names in ways that would have a transforming effect on them. (Click here for the full article)

Prabhupada Festival - May 29th & 30th
by the Prabhupada Festival Team
Posted May 20, 2010

May 29th and 30th marks the 19th Annual Prabhupada Festival in Los Angeles, California.

Come Memorial Day weekend for wonderful devotee association, remembrances and transcendental pastimes of Srila Prabhupada, seminars, maha Hari-nama, Prabhupada Ratha-yatra, vaisnava marketplace, six sumptuous feasts, and ecstatic entertainment.

Be a part of this unique festival and join us in the glorification of our beloved spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Contribute online and visit www.PrabhupadaFestival.com for a full schedule of events and more information.

A Poem for Amekhala Prabhu
by Ananta Purusottama das
Posted May 19, 2010

The purest love in this world is from a mother
Something which cannot be done by any other
Since our birth they just selflessly serve
We can’t repay, only love we can preserve

Such a patient mother, her sons testified
Patiently waiting, always by their side
Correcting with love, never with fear
That is no doubt what made her so dear

Amekhala cared so much for others
Acting like one of our seven mothers
She loved to love, never one to hate
Another wonderful motherly trait

The devotee community was her mission
It seems that she had quite a big vision
Like Prabhupada, build a house for all to live
Trying to help us, always able to give

For me, I always liked to take her advice (Click here for the full article)

"Higher Taste" E-Zine Available
by Nandgopal Jivan das, ISKCON Delhi
Posted May 18, 2010

We hope our latest issue of The Higher Taste E-Zine, now available, finds you in high and Krishna-conscious spirit.

For the pleasure of our readers, we have come up with a web-portal of our own. You can find THT's latest issue, containing an article on the ill effects of the Industrial Revolution and the inadequate response of symbolic gestures like Earth Hour, or earlier issues on-line.

One correspondent writes: "I have been a subscriber of THT for the past few months now, and I wish to let you know that I am thoroughly enjoying all the articles that I have read.... Your recent move of coming up with the exclusive THT web page has indeed been a great pleasure and convenience to me. I regularly share these articles with my devotee friends and colleagues. Many thanks for your wonderful service in spreading the Holy Name."

The Higher Taste seeks to be free of politics. (Click here for the full article)

Teacher Training With Laxmimani Dasi
by VTE
Posted May 17, 2010

This intensive Teacher Training course #2 is for devotees wishing to organize and facilitate VTE courses, or who aspire to teach at corresponding levels of competence. It is highly recommended for devotees pursuing services within outreach, management and training & education. We focus on classroom delivery skills, particularly those suited to interactive and experiential approaches. We also reflect on the values and qualities required of an effective Krishna conscious teacher. During this second VTE course, students will:

  • Learn how to match teaching styles and methods to students' talents and preferred learning styles.
  • Practice key skills such as:
  • Developing strength, flexibility and dynamism in voice and body language
  • Leading a whole-class discussion
  • Setting up and running group-work
  • Making the most of experiential learning

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My Journey With Amekhala Devi
by Jamuna dasi (BCS)
Posted May 14, 2010

Amekhala prabhu in Rishikesh in 2005

How can one really express their short and special journey travelling with Amekhala prabhu during her final months on the planet, the last and most important journey of her lifetime, the final test?

What a privilege it has been for me to have offered a little service to you in your final months of this illusory life. The pain of losing you has penetrated many hearts. I can not tell you the ache I have in my heart from your departure, and the emptiness I feel, yet I know you are dancing with Krishna and that the Lord called you home.

I remember the first time I met you, after your chemotherapy began in the hospital. The pain was excruciating. I remember the painful look you had in your eyes, the suffering state you were in. You were dehydrated, had been so severely sick for days, the look in your eyes. So much pain. (Click here for the full article)

Festival of Inspiration Schedule
by Rita Gupta
Posted May 8, 2010

There is a change in the schedule for Festival of Inspiration: Radhanath Swami will be conducting a plenary session on Friday, May 7, from 4:15 -- 6:16pm. This plenary session will be held in the Main Conference Room under the Guest Lodge. In an e-mail sent on April 29, I stated that Radhanath Swami would be conducting a plenary session on Sunday morning. I apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause you.

Varsana Swami will be conducting Srimad-Bhagavatam class on Sunday, May 9, from 8:00 -- 9:30am. This class will be held in the main temple room.

Return of Chota Kalachandji
by Pandava vijaya dasa
Posted May 7, 2010

We In Dallas -where Chota Kalachandji was originally from- feel They have returned home. We know it must be very hard for the Gita Nagari devotes to be separated from Chota Kalachandji, so you will be glad to know that They were welcomed to Dallas in a grand manner including an abhiseka and a big ecstatic festival. They must have been happy because They reciprocated by giving us an ecstatic kirtan, prasadam and bhajans. They were placed back on the altar at the feet of Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji. You are welcome to see pictures of the them on our website-www.krishna.com/node/1067 so devotees need not be worried. Any devotees from Gita Nagari who miss them are welcome to come to Dallas and visit. The Dallas devotees appreciate the love and service that were given to Their lordships at Gita Nagari over the last 30 years. (Click here for the full article)

Free Book: "Beyond Birth and Death"
by Aprakrita Dasa
Posted May 5, 2010

Startling evidence of the soul's incredible journey after death. An increasing number of people believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation means leaving this body and accepting a new one, over and over again . But reincarnation does not have to remain an eternal reality. This powerful book will give you knowledge to help you break the cycle of reincarnation.

The very first step in self-realization is realizing one's identity as separate from the body. "I am not this body but am spirit soul" is an essential realization for anyone who wants to transcend death and enter into the spiritual world beyond. It is not simply a matter of saying "I am not this body," but of actually realizing it. This is not as simple as it may seem at first. (Click here for the full article)

Choosing an ISKCON Guru Seminar
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted May 3, 2010

Iskcon has developed its own methodologies of helping an aspiring disciple determine his/her personal guru within its society. No where is that process more developed than in Iskcon U.K., and a yearly seminar at Bhaktivedanta Manor is offered to students interested in finding an Iskcon guru for themselves. Veteran devotees Kripamoya, Sruti Dharma, and Sitaram das' guide a two hour seminar (2009) for a room full of inquisitive seekers. There is much "teacher/student" interaction, questions, etc. Though the presenters do not pretend to represent "official" Iskcon positions, the information offered is mostly standardized throughout the Iskcon "world." Informative, provocative, challenging guidance.

$10 (2 hr all region dvd) (Click here for the full article)

Heartbreak Dead Ahead
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted May 2, 2010

Hold on to your hearts, folks, because they are just about to get smashed to smithereens. I heard that Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji are leaving Gita-nagari. I'm sure you have all heard about an unreliable bumble bee who is the servant of an unreliable Master. Well, you are just about to get a taste of it.

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