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May 2012
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īśāvāsyam idaṁ sarvaṁ
yat kiñca jagatyāṁ jagat
tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā
mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam

"Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one must not accept other things, knowing well to Whom they belong."

Within this planet Earth, there are so many living entities, all struggling hard for existence. They have forgotten that while the supreme Isvara, or general manager, has organized enough resources for everyone to live on, in these unfortunate times there is so much local mismanagement that one-third of the food produced in the West ends up in rubbish dumps, polluting the environment whilst many go hungry. (Click here for the full article)

Many devotee parents are finding that traditional schools do not offer a spiritually nourishing environment for their children, and an increasing number are choosing to homeschool. This guide will help you instill in your children strong Krishna conscious values while giving them a solid academic education.

Learn how to

  • Help your children develop character and devotion
  • Create a curriculum based on Srimad-Bhagavatam
  • Make life your children's classroom
  • Start a homeschooling co-op in your community
  • Navigate the college admissions process

“Our most important responsibility is to inspire stable families and empower our children with good character, effective skills, and happiness in loving Krishna. Aruddha Devi Dasi has dedicated her life to bringing this matchless gift to our children. I am overjoyed to see this priceless book being made available.” (H.H. Radhanatha Swami)

338 pages

Flexibound binding

9 Euros + shipping (special savings when you buy 10 or more)

Available immediately at (Click here for the full article)

We are looking for a devotee to share a 1BHK (one bedroom hall kitchen) apartment in Chennai in Ayanavaram. Those who are software professionals will be given preference. I am currently serving Bhaktivedanta Institute (www.biom.in and www.binstitute.org). I am often travelling for preaching and book fairs, and when in Chennai doing the transcription of my guru maharaj's lectures. The apartment is fully furnished, is on the second floor, and in Ayanavaram near about walking distance from the Perambur ISKCON centre. Those interested may kindly contact Dr. Madan Manohara Dasa at (Click here for the full article)

Nice view over Madan Mohan Mandir & Yamuna river.

New three-room apartment in Purana Kalide area. The area is approx. 100m2 + balcony 16m2. Two bathrooms. The apartment is equipped with AC, fans, inverter. The height is 3m up to ceiling, large bright rooms, aluminum windows. Floor - sandstone.

Nearby there is a 1-bedroom apartment, 32m2 + balcony area of ​​14m2 (along the perimeter of the apartment). The apartment is equipped with AC, fan, inverter.

To get full information please call this phone number (Click here for the full article)

Free accommodation is available for any devotee (single or couple) who wants to stay in Vrindavan permanently and in return he/she can take care of our Guesthouse “PRABHUPADA ASHRAM”. Please contact Syamasundara das on (Click here for the full article)

The committee of the Hare Krishna Society of Queens is looking for a qualified brahman to assist with daily deity worship and other services. Room and meals will be provided. Other details will be discussed with applicable candidates. For more information contact (Click here for the full article)

Dr. Jill Bormann’s research on chanting the “Hare Rama” mantra as a therapeutic tool is increasingly attracting the attention of health professionals and media sources (e.g., Click Here). In the 1990s, as part of my doctoral thesis, Dr. Neil Abell and I conducted quantitative studies on the effects of the Maha Mantra on mental health indicators, such as life satisfaction, stress and depression. My dissertation is entitled Effects of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra on Stress, Depression, and the Three Gunas. Dr. Bormann contacted me several years ago because, amongst research on mantras, she was particularly impressed with the Maha Mantra studies published by Wolf and Abell. She referenced our writings in her work, and actually during a phone conversation with me she expressed that she would like to replicate the Maha Mantra studies. Parts of my dissertation and some articles on the Maha Mantra studies that have been published in scholarly social science journals are available at www.yedaveda.net. Below is an article I published in a magazine for the general public a few years ago, that relates to the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra and cites Dr. Bormann. (Click here for the full article)


ISKCON's congregational development ministry invites devotees to attend the first annual Bhakti Vṛkṣa leaders convention to be held August 18 and 19 in Sri Mayapur Dham, India. The convention will focus on learning from the past, identifying and overcoming obstacles, and projecting and planning into the future.

We have blocked 700 rooms in Mayapur for this event; be quick to book yours. You may contact us to make reservations or to ask questions at this e-mail address : (Click here for the full article)

I am going to Vrindavan with my niece and her baby Hari this November and looking for a suitable apartment/flat to rent for 10 days. The apartment/flat should have one large bedroom (with one double bed and single bed) or two bedrooms,an attached kitchen, toilet and all the facilities. Ideally near ISKCON temple. Please contact me via email: (Click here for the full article)

On April 29th, ISKCON Philadelphia participated in the Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation, a walking dialogue between Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Wiccans and others. The walk is an opportunity to promote religious tolerance while acknowledging areas of difference. The walk typically stops at three different houses of worship, with various activities and presentations happening at each.

This year, the Philadelphia temple was invited to participate. About 30 devotees took part in the walk and then we had the opportunity to have kirtan as one of the final presentations. Although the kirtan was short due to time restrictions, the audience was enthusiastically chanting and they were starting to dance when it was time to stop. (Click here for the full article)

We purchased our Deities in 1999 in Vrndavan. They are very beautiful and our Radha Krishna deities are unique. Due to family relocation we are looking for a nice home for them. We have Radha Krishna & Gaura Nitai Deities.

Deities: Radha Krishna

Height: 15/16 inches

Paraphernalia: Four outfits, (dhoti, chuddar, skirt, dupatta (veil) and tops), jewellery, sandal powder and flute. Also comes with small Prabhupada murti and small atotika tray.

Price: AU$ 340 (postage in Australia included)

Deities: Gaura Nitai

Height: 7 inches plus (2 inch white base)

Paraphernalia: (Click here for the full article)

In an effort to better serve our worldwide audience, the BBT is improving its presence on the World Wide Web. BBT.info is in need of an overhaul to increase search engine optimization, provide more comprehensive information to all visitors, and attract attention to the vast catalog of teachings by our Founder-Acarya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by educators, librarians, and new seekers.

If you are well-versed in Drupal design and implementation and would like to help the BBT in this way, please send me an email (Click here for the full article)

Several prominent Buddhist groups in Thailand (some of them strict vegetarians) invited Dr Sahadeva dasa for a series of countrywide programs and visit to their communities. They hosted a series of TV shows with him. His talks covered a wide range of topics –from Lord Buddha and promulgation of Buddhism to fate of modern civilization, ancient solutions to modern problems, absolute morality and ethics, comparative theology etc.

Some of these Buddhist groups are politically very influential and strict vegetarians. They have created exemplary self-sufficient communities, producing their own food and leading a chemical and plastic free life. One of the communities lives in boat houses, grows its food on barges and even have a floating supermarket selling the community wares. There were few mantra concerts, both in private homes and in public places.

Thailand is a tropical paradise and culture is very similar to that of India. Centuries ago, Buddhism went there and the country became officially Buddhist. Thai Monarchy still wields power and everything there appears to be colourful, exotic and full of life. Religion plays an active role in people’s lives and in the morning, groups of monks can be seen wandering everywhere, begging alms. Sanskrit words are very common and there is this huge (Click here for the full article)

I have revised this recipe on April 29, 2012. The important point is not to shake the yogurt water at start, but only at finish.


Recently a learned devotee wrote to me with an unusual perspective, one that goes very much against tradition, though imbued with the concepts of the sastra. He argued that the worship of the bodies (photographs and statues) of saintly people is an emotional reaction due to our identifying the body with the self and that it is not helpful to spiritual realization, but reinforces the bodily concept, and makes us prone to fear of death.

I welcomed this viewpoint, firstly because Srila Prabhupada advised us to view the philosophy from all angles, and secondly because I believe that tradition is not always supported by good reason; it may just as easily spring up from group emotions or even from misconception. However, I could not agree with him, due to other implications of the philosophy.

This article has two parts; his viewpoint and mine. To keep the article to a readable length, I have included only his first realizations on the matter and my last ones. Readers are welcome to add their own viewpoints afterwards, after digesting both in due course, and to give a fresh perspective. (Click here for the full article)

Devotees gather about Lord Balarama, Lady Subhadra and Lord Jagannath at the St. Augustine Rathayatra parade. (Photo by Sheldon Gardner)

Devotees will stage their fourth annual Daytona Beach (Florida) Rathayatra parade on Saturday, May 26. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 903 Atlantic Avenue, and goes to Sun Splash Park, 601 S. Atlantic Avenue, for a free feast and cultural program that lasts till 3 p.m. Daytona Beach mayor, His Worship Glenn Ritchey, will inaugurate the parade and officiate at this festival, which draws about a thousand participants each year.

There will be lots of family-friendly activities and live music entertainment at Sun Splash Park, including the famous Mayapuris dance and music troupe, classical Indian dance and a table with books on Indic spirituality. The big draw this year is the Festival of India, along with delicious vegetarian food. There will be a sumptuous feast served free of charge to all. All are welcome; free admission.

The procession route is about a mile long and can be easily walked by all age groups. The parade will move in a leisurely fashion, stopping here and there along the route, giving way to song and dance. (Click here for the full article)

The following attachment Binder1jpts.pdf contains on article on the auspicious Madhusudana Month which is the favourite month of Lord Visnu. H.H Jayapataka Swami was speaking about this holy month and encouraging devotees to take advantage of it so we made a short article in order to make others aware of the glories of this month. (Click here for the full article)

Hare Krishna School in Auckland has a position vacant from the second of July 2012 for a qualified and motivated devotee educator. The position will come with some aspect of school management which will be appropriately rewarded.

Our school is a Primary/intermediate school catering for students up to 12 years of age. It is situated 20 kms North West of Auckland within 3 minutes walk from the ISKCON Radha Giridhari temple. Salary is set by the New Zealand Teachers Collective Agreement and is available on line through the Ministry of Education website.

Many traveling devotees confirm that our school is one of the very best schools in our movement. It is a Government funded school with a mandate from the Government to ensure that our philosophy and culture is prominently presented in our curriculum and the ethos of the school. We currently have 90 students with a capacity of 150. (Click here for the full article)

We are in need of a devotee to design the front cover of a DVD case for a documentary producer/edited and about Hari Naam Sankirtana.

Remuneration will be discussed based upon experience.

I will provide ideas and sketches to facilitate the creative process. We are looking for something very sweet and unique.

Please contact (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Hawaii is pleased to announce the schedule for it's 40th Installation Festival of Sri Panca-tattva in Honolulu, Hawaii. These were the first Panca-tattva Deities established in the Western World and They were personally installed by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Please come join us for any or all of the following celebrations:

Friday May 4th, 2012
Nrsimha Caturdasi (fasting til dusk)
4:30-5:15 am Mangal aratik & tulsi puja
6:30 am Bhagavatam class with HH Bhakticaru Swami
8:00 am Deity Greeting, guru puja & kirtan
11-1pm prasadam distribution at Homeless shelter (location tentative)
5pm – 6pm Bhajans
6pm – 6:30pm Reading of Pastimes & Abhishek of Nrsimhadeva
6:30pm – 7pm (Abhishek of Nrsimhadeva continues) Gaura Aratik Kirtan
7:10 pm – 7:30pm Prahlad-Nrsmha Drama
7:40 Feast (Click here for the full article)

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