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November 2003
Becoming free from sex -- it can be done
by Garuda das
Posted November 30, 2003

I would like to share a practical way to help any sincere person become free from sex desire. I have been developing and sharing, with great success, this method for over 17 years. All you have to do is really want to; the rest is easy. This method is full of grace as well as mental strengthening from any starting point. (Click here for the entire article)



Vaisnava Life Skills and Personal Transformation Seminars in North Carolina
by Mukunda das
Posted November 28, 2003

The well known Vaisnava Life Skills and Personal Transformation courses will be taught in North Carolina, near Greensboro, January 16th to 24th, 2004. The Foundational course (Jan. 16-18) teaches techniques to help participants make appropriate behavioral changes through more effective communication. In this course students will acquire listening tools as a basis for modules including interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, commitment, teamwork and assertiveness. This is a concentrated, powerful communication training, leading to self-actualization and satisfying relationships. This self-understanding will improve communication at work, with family, and in all interactions. (Click here for the entire article)



ISKCON Chapter 11 Update - November 2003
by Gupta das (Joseph Fedorowsky)
Posted November 26, 2003

Since August 15, 2003, the cutoff date for filing a claim in the Chapter 11 cases, the focus has been on claims processing, debtor asset assessment, formulation of a Reorganization Plan and insurance litigation. (Click here for the entire article)



Festival of The Gita
by Caru das
Posted November 23, 2003

Gita Jayanti, Festival of the Bhagavad Gita
India's greatest Book of Knowledge
Saturday December 6, 6 pm
Krishna Temple
8628 S. State St., Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
798-3559/787-1510
carudas@earthlink.net
http://www.iskcon.net/utah

(Click here for the entire article)



At a concert, a bhakta's Gita changed my life
by Jason Pearson
Posted November 21, 2003

It is fascinating to hear how people first came into contact with the devotees, how they first met their guru maharaja, or how a certain aspect of the philosophy transformed their lives.

Often times, a person's first encounter is with a devotee who is distributing books on the street. This is most fortunate because it's likely that that person will go home with a copy of Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. (Click here for the entire article)



How Bhagavad-gita Came into My Life
Posted November 18, 2003

In Bhagavad-gita 10.35, Krsna states "Of months I am Margasirsa (Nov-Dec)." Not only is this time of year appreciated as the harvest season, but also some traditions recognize the November-December season as a time auspicious for religious and philosophical thought and discussion. Thus the season is auspicious in many ways. (Click here for the entire article)



Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami's Backyard Exile
by Maharani dasi
Posted November 16, 2003

In response to Sri Prahlada prabhu's recent defense of Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami's contested involvement in the Mayapura gurukula, I would like to present a brief example from sastra... (Click here for the entire article)



Child protection must be paramount
by Visnupriya dasi
Posted November 14, 2003

In Sri Prahlad's reply regarding Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami's involvement in the Bhaktivedanta Academy, he failed to grasp the basic fundamentals of the issues at hand. We all now have a better understanding of the administrative structure of the Academy, as well as an overall guideline of who was involved in the decision to give the okay of BVPS being involved, employed or an active well-wisher at the school. However, Sri Prahlad, and I am sure many others, fail to take into account the basic principle of child protection. (Click here for the entire article)



Coming to Krsna by Prabhupada's mercy
by Carsani dasi
Posted November 12, 2003

Since the recent Vyasapuja celebration, I have been meditating on how His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has, even in his physical absence, transformed my life inconceivably. In Back to Godhead, one regular feature I found inspiring was the series of occasional "Coming to Krsna" articles. Some time ago, in my community, we held a gathering on this theme. It was deeply moving to hear of each individual's struggles and search for spiritual life -- how, through the mercy of Srila Prabhupada's books, the holy name and his followers, each began to take up devotional service. (Click here for the entire article)



Learn the lessons of the failure to protect children
by Devahotra das
Posted November 10, 2003

The negligent or morally culpable "authorities" who tolerated the physical mistreatment of children, the sodomising of boys by "teachers" whose moral and educational qualifications to take care of children was nil should have no place in the lives of children, in any school or temple. From homosexual pedophile ex gurus to brahmacaris unable to control their rage in dealing with their own frustrated sexuality, the damage done to children in ISKCON in India, Australia, the United States and elsewhere has been massive. (Click here for the entire article)



Other Purposes of Marriage
by Amara das
Posted November 9, 2003

While I certainly agree that procreation and child-rearing are very important reasons for the institution of marriage (See The Purpose of Marriage, by Arjunanatha das), I do not believe that they are the only purposes served. Marriage is a crucial means of sense control for those who cannot practice complete celibacy, and it also engages the underlying human need for intimate relations and companionship. (Click here for the entire article)



Looking for a devotee with writing skills
by Premanjana das
Posted November 6, 2003

We are looking for a male devotee volunteer who can assist H.H. Lokanath Maharaja with his book writing project in India.

The following is expected from the candidate:

  • writing skills
  • communicative skills
  • compilation and pre-editing experience in English
  • Ideally English should be mother language
  • get on well with a computer
  • conversant with vaisnava-etiquette

(Click here for the entire article)



Bhaktivedanta Academy head defends BVPS gurukula involvement
by Sri Prahlad das
Posted November 5, 2003

As the administrative head of the Bhaktivedanta Academy in Mayapura, I am obliged to respond to an article entitled "BVPS at Mayapura Gurukula?" posted on Chakra on October 19, 2003.

Maharani dasi, the article's author, quotes part of the ISKCON Office of Child Protection's year 2000 ruling on Bhaktividya Purna Maharaja and then questions why Maharaja is now again involved with a gurukula three years later. As a complete reading of the CPO decision answers this question, I am posting the relevant sections for the author and her readers... (Click here for the entire article)



Divisive debates wrongly make pawns of gurukulis
by Caru das
Posted November 2, 2003

I promised myself for years that I would leave this part of my life behind. However after reading post after post on various discussion boards, I can't help but reveal my heart. Some devotees may find this topic "unpleasant"; however, this is a story of my life and how many individuals routinely say things that simply make it impossible to let the past be the past. (Click here for the entire article)



Cleansing the heart began with cleansing the temple
by Pitambara das
Posted November 30, 2003

Reading about the myriad ways Sri Krsna brings different souls to His service motivated me to share my experiences of discovering Krsna consciousness. I hope you will find it interesting. (Click here for the entire article)



Senior Citizen's Tour
by Caru das
Posted November 28, 2003

The West Jordan Seniors Citizens Center, having heard good reports from other senior's groups who have visited our temple, came with 57 people on a bus for tour and lunch. They arrived at 10:45 am. We had cooked all morning long. I made fancy rice with peanuts, raisins and mixed vegetables, some spicy spaghetti with olives and chunks of TVP and matar paneer, the very popular Indian dish with peas and curds. For the first time I tried soaking the fried curd in warm whey, turmeric and salt, before putting it with the peas. This soaking gave it a juicy soft, consistency. Sydhartha had made Gouranga potatoes the evening before. We had Vaibhvai's cheesecake and a berry pie, her peanut butter fudge, and she also made a preparation with bean, and TVP. There were fresh watermelon and honey dew slices, nachos, potato sticks, chapattis, papadams, and drinks with fresh strawberries and orange juice. (Click here for the entire article)



Vaisnava catechism published in English translation
by Isvara das
Posted November 27, 2003

It is a great pleasure to announce the release of the second and third volume of Sri Bhaktivinoda Vani Vaibhava, "the divine opulence of the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura." It has been quite a privilege to finally release the English edition of this wonderful book that covers all the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. (Click here for the entire article)



The Gita helped me think more deeply
by Subhadra-mayi dasi
Posted November 26, 2003

The Bhagavad-gita only came very recently into my life, even though I had lived in temples for almost ten years. Being outside the institution the last three years has led me finally to the Gita. It's the Gita's teachings that has made me move out of the institution in the first place. (Click here for the entire article)



Malati demands specifics of "coverup" accusation
by Malati dasi
North American GBC Member
Posted November 23, 2003

After Shiva das wrote, "the authority of the GBC has to be used" to enforce a policy of "zero tolerance" towards people who might endanger children, Bhakta Joseph Merlino wrote, "Herein lies the problem. The authority of the GBC is being used . . . used to protect the abusers, and to cover up their crimes against Srila Prabhupada's children."

Could the writer please state in clear terms who and what is being covered up? Thank you.



The Meatrix
by Jaya Tirtha Charan das
Posted November 21, 2003

The Meatrix - this you have to see - take the red pill - it's all around you:

http://www.bancruelfarms.org/meatrix/

Allow the Meatrix to download fully before attempting to observe.............



Sankirtana Festival
by Navanitacora das
Posted November 18, 2003

Dear Devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances,
All glories to Srila Prahupada!

We would like to invite all the Sankirtan Devotees for the sankirtana festival after the marathon to the Nrsimha Farm in Germany. The festival will be from the 31st of December to the 2nd of January. Please let us know if you can come and with how many devotees. (Click here for the full article)



Reply to Shiva dasa
by Bhakta Joseph Merlino
Posted November 16, 2003

Shiva Prabhu, you stated in your posting of November 6, 2003:

"...clearly the authority of the GBC has to be used."

Herein lies the problem. The authority of the GBC is being used...used to protect the abusers, and to cover up their crimes against Srila Prabhupda's children. (Click here for the entire article)



The Poison of Exclusivism
by Bhaktisiddhartha das
Posted November 14, 2003

Neophyte devotees too readily misconceive that only certain people are, or can become, Krsna-conscious, and reject the association of devotees and groups meeting (or failing to meet) arbitrary criteria. Elitism, prejudice, unwarranted criticism, blasphemy of devotees, sectarianism, power politics and other ills in devotional society are symptoms of exclusivist contamination and distortion of Vedic philosophy. (Click here for the entire article)



Maharashtra Yatra 2003
by Premanjana das
Posted November 12, 2003

STAYING IN INDIA AFTER KARTTIKA?

Why not join H.H. Lokanath Swami and many other devotees for the 7th annual ISKCON Maharashtra Preaching/Pilgrimage Yatra. (Click here for the entire article)



Gopashtami in Mayapur
by Padmalochan das
Posted November 10, 2003

Here are some photos from Gopashtami celebration in Mayapur. There was a special darshan of Srimati Radharani's Lotus Feet; after that devotees went to serve the cows by cleaning the Goshala, washing the cows and feeding them. And, of course, senior devotees were talking about the importance of cows for our spiritual progress and describing childhood pastimes of Krishna with His cows. After the program devotees had prasad -- kichari and rasagulas. (Click here for the entire article)



British PM lights Diwali lamp
by Ramesh Kallidai
Posted November 9, 2003

Please find a report and pics of Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister lighting a Diwali lamp in the House of Commons while listening to the chant of the mahamantra.

The enclosed picture shows (from left to right) Keith Vaz who is MP for Leicester East, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Ramesh Kallidai (Romapada Dasa) who is the General Secretary for the Hindu Centre for Communications

Regards,
Ramesh Kallidai

Picture Credit: The Hindustan Times

(Click here for the entire article)



Gurukula Needs Zero Tolerance for Abusers
by Shiva das
Posted November 6, 2003

I just read Maharani dasi prabhu's article concerning the gurukula in Mayapura. This is not a situation that can be left alone; clearly the authority of the GBC has to be used.

Who is in charge of the gurukulas in the GBC? If that person is unaware of the situation, he needs to become acquainted with the facts. If he was well aware of the situation and let this situation exist, that person needs to be removed from his position immediately. (Click here for the entire article)



Delivery of transcendent knowledge is key to initiation process
by Dhira Govinda das
Posted November 5, 2003

ABSTRACT: Dhira Govinda das responds to the GBC's Sastric Advisory Council criticism of his booklet Srila Prabhupada: The Prominent Link, contending that transcendent knowledge is a primary, not secondary, characteristic of initiation, that the GBC may not be able objectively to analyse guru-tattva, that the GBC unnecessarily refers to previous Gaudiya acaryas when Prabhupada's direct meaning is clear, that Prabhupada is not merely a "previous acarya" but fully present in his recorded instructions and his murti forms, and that Vaishnava guidance from many exalted siksa-gurus and a particular diksa-guru should supplement, not supplant, an initiate's relationship with Srila Prabhupada.

(Click here for the entire article)



What's inside the Nov/Dec issue of Back to Godhead Magazine
by Nagaraja das
Posted November 4, 2003

In our cover story in this issue, Braja Sevaki Devi Dasi, a new contributor to Back to Godhead, writes of the joy of living in ISKCON's community in Mayapur, West Bengal, just down the road from the birthplace of Lord Caitanya. Because Lord Krishna appeared in this age as Lord Caitanya, Mayapur is the most important holy place for our time. Persons with pure vision see that Mayapur is identical to the spiritual world, and their compassion moves them to invite everyone there for spiritual nourishment. (Click here for the entire article)



2004 FFL Calendar
by Deenanath das
Posted November 1, 2003

Available now is the Food for Life Vrindavan/Krishna Balarama Mandir 2004 Calendar. (Click here for the entire article)



Wanted: Brahmacari Pujaris
by Vaishnava Resource
Posted November 30, 2003

Soon it will be: Temple Presidents Wanted

Vaisnava Resource(tm) is a new service offering free discreet connections between ISKCON temples and ISKCON devotees for Seva positions available in North America. In the future as we grow other countries will be represented. Currently several openings are available for pujaris in temples across the United States. There are no Visa sponsorships at this time. Please send your resume in text-only format (in the body of the email) to VaisnavaResource@aol.com. This is an email service only. (Click here for the full article)



Chaturatma das
by Visvarupa das
Posted November 28, 2003

Dear Devotees,
Hare Krishna!
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

We were two handicapped brothers always sitting on wheelchairs staying at Ahmedabad. We both are disciples of His Holiness Gopal Krsna Goswami Maharaja. My elder brother Chaturatma Prabhu has left this world on 17th on 11:15pm. Recently he was in Vrindavana for Kartika Festival. He got sick due to heavy cough there and later he was hospitalized at Delhi. Then he was brought to Ahmedabad and further hospitalized. However, on 17th, Monday, he felt difficulty in breathing at home and finally he left the world just after having Darshan of Bhagavad-gita and after having smeared his body with the dust of Vraja.

Your servant,
Visvarupa das (Visvarupa.GKG@pamho.net)



Mayapura Deities need beads, indeed
by Latika dasi
Posted November 26, 2003

We are in the middle of a marathon, trying to make all new jewellery for the big Panca-tattva Deities who will be installed on February 23, 2004. (Click here for the full article)



Coming to Vrindavan?
by Deena Bandhu das
Posted November 23, 2003

We are pleased to announce that we have a group of 15 devotees who are dedicated to serving the Vaishnavas who come to Vrindavan. We start right from picking you up at the airport. A devotee will meet you at the airport with mahaprasad garlands, mahaprasad, and a bottle of water and have a taxi for you that may cost from Rs.1150 for Ambassador car (5 people) or Rs.1500 for a Tata Sumo Van (10 people) plus Rs.100 or so for parking the car while we wait for you. (Click here for the full article)



Bhakti-sastri at Radhadesh
by Bhaktivedanta College
Posted November 21, 2003

BHAKTIVEDANTA COLLEGE
Vaishnava Theological Seminary
BLS asbl. Petite Somme 2, B-6940 Durbuy, Belgium
Tel: +32 86323280, Fax: +32 86322029, e-mail: college@pamho.net
Website: http://www.bhaktivedantacollege.com

The Vaisnava Training and Education (VTE) Bhakti-sastri Course

Dates: February 23 through June 18, 2004

(Click here for the full article)



Mayapur festival accomodation
by Bhakti Purusottama Swami
Posted November 16, 2003

MAYAPUR FESTIVAL 2004 ACCOMODATION, SPONSORSHIP AND MINIMARKET

Dear Devotees,

In Mayapur all rooms with attached baths are full, but we still have accomodations available for devotees who want to share dorms with others.

Please write to Sidhartha Das MGHB@pamho.net to book your accomodation.

(Click here for the full article)



New Music and Lectures On Chantandbehappy.com!!!
by Anadi Krsna das
Posted November 14, 2003

For the pleasure of the Vaishnavas, we announce that many new music files are being posted to the "Hare Krishna Real Audio" section of the Chant and Be Happy Website (http://www.chantandbehappy.com). Please visit this Website and experience the wonderful new material. Go to chantandbehappy.com, click on Hare Krishna RealAudio, then click on "What's New" or "Bhajans". (Click here for the full article)



Devotees in Scotland
by Rama Kesava dasa
Posted November 10, 2003

I am a disciple of Swami B.V. Tripurari and currently live and work in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK). I am looking to meet up with other Gaudiya Vaisnavas in and around my area for association and friendship. Though I sometimes visit Sri Gour Govinda Gaudiya Matha in Birmingham, due to working shifts, I am looking to meet devotees closer to home.

Your servant,
Rama Kesava dasa
rama.kesava@virgin.net



Bhakti Vaibhava Deadline extended
by VIHE
Posted November 9, 2003

*** VIHE Bhakti Vaibhava course ***

Study of the first six Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam

Dates: November 24 to March 30 (1&2 Cantos)

Dear Devotees, this is to inform you, that the registration deadline has been extended till November 20.

Thank you,
Your servants at VIHE

http://vihe.org



Padayatra America Ki Jaya!
by Satyavati d.d.
Posted November 6, 2003

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Today I drove all over hell's half acre looking for the Padayatris. I drove from Elizabethtown (North Carolina) to Clinton and then, after talking to Ramcandra prabhu in New Jersey, I decided to go back through their itinerary. So I ended up in Snow Hill. Finally I figured I wasn't going to find them today, and came home. Nobody I asked had seen them, not even the police I spoke to had heard about or seen them, so my question now is.. where ARE the Padayatris? (Click here for the full article)



A Day of Kartika in Delhi
by Hemant Agrawal
Posted November 5, 2003

Delhi, the capital of India, is one of the most populated cities in the world. At Agrasena Bhavan, situated in Ashok Vihar (one of the modern localities of Delhi), one can see a group of devotees waking early and reciting prayers and singing devotional songs until late at night. (Click here for the full article)



Vrndavana: Taxi & Accommodation Arrangements
by Brhat-mrdanga das
Posted November 4, 2003

Now that the Kartik festival is over and the Kartik month will soon come to an end, please note for future arrangements:

Help for Taxi arrangements from Delhi airport to Vrndavana: contact Rajiv Prabhu on email address: sarvabhauma@pamho.net

Help for accommodation arrangements in Vrndavana: contact Ganapati Prabhu on email address: ganapati.GKG@pamho.net OR MVT@pamho.net



Cooking adventures in the classroom
by Caru das
Posted November 4, 2003


[Caru das explains vegetarian cooking to Utah students.]

Mountain View High School (Orem, Utah) is one of seven in the Utah Valley. Rod Jackman teaches at all these high schools simultaneously through a closed-circuit video feed. Kids in other classrooms throughout the valley see everything on several video monitors, and have their own microphones so they can ask questions from any site. (Click here for the entire article)



Early Edition Prabhupada Books
by Dhanistha d.d.
Posted November 2, 2003

The following is a list of original early edition books by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada available through Stonefort Ashram... (Click here for the full article)



Study Bhakti Vaibhava in Vrindavan
by VIHE
Posted November 2, 2003

Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Founder Acarya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

VIHE is happy to invite you to Vrindavan to study Srimad-Bhagavatam in the holy dhama in the association of other devotees. (Click here for the entire article)



Eco farm website
by Gaura das
Posted November 1, 2003

Our web-site is now up and running. Please let people know about this, as I see it as part of a wider ISKCON Varnasrama project. (Click here for the full article)



Opportunities for Vaishnava Counsellors and Marriage Mentors
by Krsna-nandini d.d.
Posted November 1, 2003

Opportunities for Vaishnava Counsellors and Marriage Mentors
Deadline: November 30, 2003

In the last few months a group of devotees has come together to work on a Grhasta Vision for North America. We devotees are professionals working in the areas of counseling, teaching and community development. We are working in liaison with the North American Spiritual Strategic Planning Committee. (Click here for the entire article)



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