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Petition to the GBC (Zero Tolerance for Child Abuse in ISKCON)

Invitation to Nabadvip Parikrama 2007
by B. P. Padmanabha Swami, Swarup Ganj, Nadia, West Bengal
Posted November 30, 2006

Sri Krishna Chaitanya Sankirtan Yangan Samiti is planning a parikrama to all nine islands of Nabadvip during the four days just prior to the Gaur Purnima festival in 2007. Last year's parikrama saw over 2,000 people attending, and everyone is welcome to this event.

The parikrama walking tour begins February 27, 2007 and continues through March 2, culminating in the Gaura Purnima festival on March 3, 2007. Accommodations are in simple tents. We provide running water, twice-daily prasadam and lighting operated by generators, and have guards on duty at night. (Click here for the full article)

New Devotional Musical Offering From Jayadeva Prabhu And Gaurangi Prabhu
by Nanda Sunu das
Posted November 30, 2006

I would like to draw your attention to the latest musical offering by father and daughter team Jayadev and Gaurangi prabhus. Many of you may already be familiar with their beautiful dulcet musical style - their new CD is out on New World Music label (Website:- www.newworldmusic.com)

In the words of Jayadev prabhu himself:

"Just to let you know about a really nice development for our preaching programme. Gaurangi and I have managed to get our record label, New World Music, to release our very first up front CD of Krsna Consciousness. (Click here for the full article)

Tamal Krsna Goswami Murti Manifest
by Rasik das
Posted November 28, 2006

"He reasons ill who says that vaisnavas die
Whilst thou art living still in sound!
They die to live and in living try
To spread the Holy Name around!"

To honor the passing of this great vaisnava, as well as to offer solace to his devoted disciples, we are pleased to announce that the murti form of Tamal Krsna Goswami has finally manifest.

Being requested by some of his disciples, we have just finished producing this sculpture of remarkable likeness in expression and features. Some disciples have already received their murti and feel themselves once again reunited with their gurudeva. Photos can be emailed upon request.

Those interested in ordering a murti are invited to contact us at: rasiksekdas@yahoo.com

Spay And Neuter Your Pets?
by Kylie Dicks
Posted November 26, 2006

I've got a question which I hope someone out there can help with. I keep pet rabbits, both male and female, but don't want to breed them. In the past I used to get them neutered, but now that I'm practicing Krishna consciousness, I'm not sure whether this is acceptable for devotees.

I understand that according to sastra, humans shouldn't use any kind of birth control but rather control their senses. (Click here for the full article)

Prabhupada Museum Relics
by Dhanistha dasi
Posted November 25, 2006

The following Prabhupada museum relics are now available for bids:

  1. signed Prabhupada letters

  2. stainless steel prasadam bowl with initials etched on side

  3. first dolak drum often played by Prabhupada at Dr. Mishra's ashram, NY (1966)

  4. Prabhupada kurta (early 1970's well worn)

  5. handkerchief used in last days (1977)

contact: dhanistha108@yahoo.com

In the News:
ISKCON Protests Demolition of Lord Krishna Temple in Kazakhstan

by Karan Kapoor, dailyindia.com
Posted November 23, 2006

Ludhiana, Nov.22 (ANI): Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and the followers of Lord Krishna took to the streets in Ludhiana on Wednesday (November 22, 2006) to protest the alleged demolition of Lord Krishna's temple in Kazakhstan.

ISKCON members said they will submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana for onward transmission to President of India to direct the Indian Government to take some action in this case. (Click here for the full article)

Wanted: Krsna Book Trilogy
by Mithila das
Posted November 21, 2006

Does anyone have a set of the original Krsna Books vol. 1,2&3 with dust jackets, all in good condition that they wish to sell? If so, please let me know. I can be contacted at: mithila.pvs@pamho.net

Pirated Bamboonotes Videos
by Krishna Kumar das Mumbai, India
Posted November 20, 2006

I would like to caution devotees that pirated verisons of many of my Bamboonotes children CD's/DVD's are available in the market. Some shops in Vrindavan are selling them too. Even web sites like Matchless Gifts, www.matchless-gifts.com are selling pirated verions. Apart from many problems with quality of CD/DVD , the content may also not be complete.

Besides of course, this discourages the genuine producers of spiritual content and rewards those who want easy money. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Devotees Challenge New LAX Restrictions

by Doug Irving, Los Angeles Daily Breeze
Posted November 19, 2006

Travelers rushing through Los Angeles International Airport remain fair game for people collecting money for charity, two months after a judge's ruling cleared the way for sharp restrictions on that kind of soliciting.

With the holiday travel season fast approaching, though, airport police hope to begin enforcing new rules that would greatly limit how and where solicitors can approach travelers at LAX. But one group whose devotees have made an industry of airport soliciting -- the Hare Krishnas -- plans to seek an injunction to stop them. (Click here for the full article)

Krishna Karina
by Caru Das
Posted November 17, 2006

Click Here for the article in UtahKrishnas.com

We request everyone to pray for Krishna Karina, daughter of Dhiru and Nirmala Patel. She is in the hospital after having had walking pneumonia for a couple of months. The doctor missed the diagnosis earlier and the disease went much further than it should have.

There was a surgery to remove fiber from her lung three days ago that only had a ten per cent survival rate. She pulled through, and next day there was another surgery to remove more fluid from her lung. (Click here for the full article)

Tucson Devotees Chant in Day of the Dead Parade
by Bhaktin Tracy
Posted November 16, 2006

In a parade dedicated to worshiping ghosts and spirits, the merciful ray of bhakti shone brightly through the darkness. The Day of the Dead parade is one of the largest public gatherings in Tucson. It stems from the Mexican holiday in which ghosts and spirits are allowed this one day of the year to walk amongst the living. It is a time to celebrate loved ones who have passed on, and to realize that death is a part of life. For the devotees of the Hare Krishna Temple, however, participating in the parade was a wonderful opportunity to show the eternality of the soul and to spread the Holy Name to every eager ear. (Click here for the full article)

Sri Chaitanya Dandabhanga Leela Kunj Ashram
by Kiran Das, Sri Chaitanya Dandabhanga Leela Kunj ashram, Sri Jagannath Puri, Orissa, India
Posted November 15, 2006

(The most inconceivable and supreme eternal pastime site of Lord Chaitanya).

We are for the first time trying to make an attempt to fully broadcast the glories of this great (Param) Dham of Mahaprabhu to the entire world through our First website named www.dandabhanga.com.

The revelation of this supremely hidden eternal pastime site has marked the beginning of the most merciful age of Mahaprabhu (i.e.) the Age of Prema (Prema Yuga).

Its revelation has not only marked a beginning

(Click here for the full article)

For Sale - Full Set of Conversations With Prabhupada
by Calle Rehbinder
Posted November 13, 2006

For sale:

  1. One complete set of Conversations with Prabhupada
    (37 books, soft bound, 1st printing 1991)

  2. One complete set of Srila Prabhupada Siksamrita
    (3 vol., hardbound, 1st printing 1992)

All books in very good to "as new" condition!

Please give me an offer.

e-mail: calle@rehbinder.se
Telephone: +46-8-6494149
Cellphone: +46-8-707976333
(I live in Sweden)

Revive Preaching in the U.K.
by Nitai das
Posted November 12, 2006

Two recent articles posted on Dandavats, "Tory Leader to visit Hindu temple" and "20,000 to celebrate Diwali in a blaze of lights," highlight the urgent need for a revival of preaching. The United Kingdom, especially London, needs innovative methods in preaching to the masses.

I appreciate the effort of the present leadership, and their intentions are commendable. Many Hindus are taking to Krsna consciousness, and this is great. However, there is a misconception that politicians like Dave Cameron visiting Bhaktivedanta Manor or holding a Diwali festival with 20,000 Hindus attending is good publicity for Krishna consciousness. (Click here for the full article)

Temporary Vrndavan Hospice May Close
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa
Posted November 11, 2006

The Temporary Vrndavan Hospice service is looking for someone to monthly oversee the small account and monthly fund distribution. The entire operation is automated with full accountability on PayPal and the web and is very, very easy to learn. If no one takes over this service in eaqrly December, all the funds left in the account, and the accounting spreadsheets for 2005 and 2006, will be turned over to Vaishnavas Care, Inc. after December 31st, 2006, and the PayPal account associated with these collections will close for good on that date and no donations will be collected thereafter (all current subscriptions will cancel). The website: www.buddhiyoga.org is also up for grabs as shown there. (Click here for the full article)

Vrndavan Hospice & Infirmary Thanks You
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa
Posted November 9, 2006

News from Vrndavan:

"Lalita Devi is doing much better; she had a few complications but as of November 2nd she has begun to recover. She is very thankful to all our donors, and wants them to know that she keeps them all in her heart."-*Pria Sakhi dd*. On Behalf of Lalita Devi, we wish to thank those devotees who came through for her and her family, at their time of need. Last month by your grace, through a series of small donations, we collected approximately $1,500 dollars for her care. (Click here for the full article)

JALEBI Listeners Around the World
by MiraBai Devi Dasi
Posted November 8, 2006

The final count for October 2006 is in. Yes, last month the official JALEBI Music web site was honored by visitors from over 61 countries!

Our web statistics let us know where our listeners are located and this gives us an idea of where our type of music is popular.

Now that we know where our visitors are located now we would like to know ...who is visiting us! Please help us to get to know you by sending in your picture or a link to a picture, a short comment...and the title of your favorite JALEBI Music song. (Click here for the full article)

Diwali At Governor's Mansion
by Caru das, utahkrishnas.com
Posted November 7, 2006

Saturday evening Vaibhavi and I attended the second annual Diwali celebration and dinner (vegetarian) in the Governor's mansion. This year Dinesh was present with Kalpana, Governor Jon Huntsman and First Lady Mary Kaye (radiant in a sari), Congressman Chris Cannon, and Scott Anderson (CEO of Zion's Bank).

Others present were Lalit and Bobby Kumar, (Click here for the full article)

Ludhiana Ratha Yatra
by Rajsuya dasa, TP, ISKCON, Ludhiana
Posted November 6, 2006

11th Historic Bhagwan Jagannatha Ratha Yatra 2006 will be held in Ludhiana on 18th Nov. The parade will start at 2 PM from Durga Mata Mandir and will end at Nav Durga Mandir, Sarabha Nagar Ludhiana. On 19th Nov. there will be Hare Krsna Utsav at Maharaja Palace in the evening at 6 PM. We cordially invite you on this grand festival and we are sure you will come and join us in this festival of chariots. Please confirm your visit earlier so that your boarding and lodging can be arranged in advance. Bhagwan Jagannatha Rath Yatra Maha Mahotsav Ki jai! (Click here for the full article)

Free-hold Property for Sale in South India
by Syamasundara das
Posted November 5, 2006

Own a Farmhouse in South India and experience a whole new way of living at Hare Krishna Ashram Resort - a unique, fully integrated Rural & Spiritual Ambience, away from the hustle & bustle of city life. It is a Spiritual Village with activities of living which are centered around devotional service.

It is for the devotees who want to find shelter and create self-sustaining life style while inspiring others to live better lives. We maintain the balance between social mission and spiritual goals. (Click here for the full article)

Free Vastu Consultancy And Guidance
by Vidagdha Madhava das
Posted November 4, 2006

Vastu is a Holy Vedic science related to buildings, temples, furniture, plots etc. This science is based on material elements like earth, water, fire, earth etc. and 8 directions. Quantity of these elements in building depends on particular direction. For e.g. North east side of building represents water elements but if you put in that direction fire than in your home generally there will be fight amongst family members.

So building is like your body (actually it is an extension of your body). If your body is sick (elements are not in proportionate condition) you will not feel good, (Click here for the full article)

Kitchen Religion, Food Prep Wanted in Arizona
by Sandamini devi dasi
Posted November 3, 2006

Govinda's Natural Foods Buffet is entering its 15th year serving first class prasad to the fortunate souls of Tucson, Arizona. A new juice bar has been added and we are desiring to expand that facility to include sandwiches and raw foods. We are looking for a single devotee who is enthusiastic and experienced in some food prep and has a likable personality to interact with the guests and patrons. Must have good sadhana and desire to share KC with others. This service is 4 days a week with free time and other preaching activities the rest of the week. A private room with shared bath and devotee maintenance will be provided. (Click here for the full article)

NYC Sankirtan Festival Weekend - November 3-5
by New York ISKCON
Posted November 3, 2006

Last month, were you there? Lord Krishna inspired many devotees to come out and have a great time chanting. Plus, we distributed 1500 cookies and 250 books!

Please Don't miss the next Sankirtan Festival on November 3, 4, & 5.

Friday, November 3
6pm - 8pm: Maha Harinam 26 Second Avenue to Union Square Park

Saturday, November 4
9am: Mantras and Reading @ 26 Second Avenue (Click here for the full article)

Hall of Fame
by Caru Das
Posted November 1, 2006

Yesterday evening was most extraordinary. Vai and I traveled to the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake for Dinesh Patel's induction into the Utah Technology Council's Hall of Fame. He had reserved a couple of seats for us at a table with Yogi and Pragna, Satish Kumar (Ganesh Temple priest), Ramesh Acharya, Jayaraman and Rukmini, Rajan Patel, Ramesh Acharya, and Surya.

Driving around looking for a place to park, we realized this was a MAJOR event. (Click here for the full article)

  Beautiful House Available in Vrindavan for Devotee
by Girraj Agrawal
Posted November 30, 2006

A very beautiful independent house is available for sale or rent just near to ISKCON. The house is located in the devotee colony named Madhuvan colony. It is the corner house. The house has 3 rooms, attached kitchen, attached bathroom, and storage space. It have the lobbies. In the lobby, the trees of ashokas are there. You can even park the car in the lobbies. Security is there . All doors are covered through iron grill, through net.You can get water from the ground all the time. There is inverter (battery) fitting inside so you can get electricity 24 hours. This is near Madhuvan ashram (pink building). Only 5 minute distance through ISKCON. Please contact Girraj Agrawal for more information. anandakrishnavan@rediffmail.com (+91)9837127701 , (+91) 9837061068

God in Every Stone
by name withheld
Posted November 30, 2006

how could it come to this
religions all set in stone
set against one another
set in the face
of ongoing destruction

this absolute right
is wrong

how could it come to this
everyone declaring
only they hold god
within their palm
squeezing out all life
with a rigid handle
on an almighty law (Click here for the full article)

Kulimela - Future Events And Dvd Release
by Kapila Monet, Kulimela Organization Team
Posted November 28, 2006

(Kuli - family, community, or tribe; Mela - gathering)

Kulis commit themselves to a number of initiatives following the success of the first Kulimela event held in New Vrindavan this summer.

Kulis from around the world have all pledged their energy and time to press forward with future gatherings using the formula of Kulimela. This formula is expressed in the newly released, high quality, inspirational, Kulimela dvd.

Truly, Kulimela was different. It was a time where we embraced the inherent hope and empowerment of the youth born into this movement. (Click here for the full article)

In the Blog World:
Demolition of Hindu Houses Continues in Kazakhstan

by hindublog.blogspot.com
Posted November 26, 2006

The Kazakh government has demolished more than a dozen homes of Kazakh Hindus, who are members of ISKCON. Kazakh officials have claimed that the land was transferred against Kazakh law. ISKCON devotees claim that this is not true and that this is a case of religious discrimination. On 20 November at 6 am, orders were received for the devotees to demolish their homes or to have them demolished by the state at their expense. The next day, government demolitionists arrived.

By 23 November thirteen houses had been destroyed. (Click here for the full article)

Devotee IBD Group Now on Yahoo
by Malati Manjari dasi
Posted November 25, 2006

I wanted to announce that there is now a Yahoo group set up for devotees who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) like Crohn's and Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). These can be painful and debilitating diseases and we have a need for support both for our health and spiritual lives. You can join at health.groups.yahoo.com/group/HKIBD/. If you have an questions please feel free to e-mail me at malatimanjari@yahoo.com.

In the News:
Kazakhstan: State Bulldozes Hare Krishna Commune, Bids to Chair Osce

by Igor Rotar, Forum 18 News Service
Posted November 23, 2006

As Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev is in London seeking support for his bid to chair the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), state authorities began today (21 November) bulldozing the only Hare Krishna commune in the region, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. The costs of the demolition are being imposed by the authorities on the Hare Krishna devotees and OPON riot police have sealed off the commune. "At present a bulldozer is knocking down one house," Hare Krishna devotee Anastatsia told Forum 18 from the site as she watched the destruction, "while a further four are being knocked down by hand." (Click here for the full article)

Free Brochures for Your Preaching And Temple
by Sri Nandanandana dasa
Posted November 22, 2006

This is an invitation to see if you might be interested in using several free brochures that have been developed for helping explain various aspects of Vedic knowledge. These brochures are made to assist you in answering common questions about our philosophy. It has been seen that they help others get a better understanding of the concepts it contains. These are especially designed to be concise and give succinct explanations of complex topics, and to fit in the space of a brochure. (Click here for the full article)

The Dance
by Bhakta Wallace
Posted November 21, 2006

Some acquaintances of mine recently told me about how wonderful it was to go to what is known as the "Israeli folk dance" at the local synagogue where people of all ages get involved with this style of dancing. Since I was always shy and not really a dancer and also because I am not Jewish, I was reluctant to attend. They told me anyone could go. So I finally decided to take a peek one Sunday evening (after the local ISKCON temple program, ironically) to see what it was all about, just as a casual observer. (Click here for the full article)

Vegetarian Thanksgiving in Ojai, CA
by Mayesvara dasa
Posted November 20, 2006

Come join us for this wonderful evening that includes:

  1. Congregational Mantra Meditation
  2. A short study in Sanskrit
  3. A FREE Vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast and
  4. A Bona-fide Sat-sanga where we will discuss:

"Conversations With God?"

3rd Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006 7:30PM

American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship: Conversations With God. Those who are really paying attention will notice that the topic that was scheduled for discussion this month was: "Word Was God", but do the recent release of the film: Conversations With God we changed our venue to focus on the suggestion that someone can talk with God! 7:30pm 640-0405 Always Free! (Click here for the full article)

Beautiful Krishna, Radha, Nrisimhadeva And An Assortment of Dolls of Devotion
by Rukmini dasi
Posted November 17, 2006

I have just added the dolls that I have been making for the last several years to be sold on Natural Nirvana.com (www.naturalnirvana.com). A list of the dolls on Natural Nirvana can be found at this link: store.naturalnirvana.com/vegogodo.html Order directly from Rukmini by contacting her at: rukeezgoodeez@yahoo.com or (352)317-1908

We make these dolls for people of all ages - from new born babies to grandparents and everyone in between. Our goal is to connect you to Krishna and his associates in a personal way- by praying to, hugging, talking to ,caring for, crying with, and even taking shelter of these dolls. How much I wish I had a Krishna doll when I was growing up to share my feelings. I invite you all to experience how fulfilling it is to own our Dolls of Devotion. They include Radha and Krishna , both smiling and angry Nrisimhadevas, Jagannatha, and many more. (Click here for the full article)

Nectar of Instruction Seminar Planned in Croatia
by Vinata dasi
Posted November 16, 2006

We invite you to a study of Srila Rupa Goswami's 'The Nectar of Instruction' (Upadesamrta). This January, in the picturesque village of Zaboric on the Adriatic coast, H.H. Smita-Krishna Swami will facilitate a five-day winter seminar.

After a recent successful Japa retreat on the island of Brac, we decided to facilitate an interactive seminar. We have rented a house capable of accommodating about 35 devotees, with all necessary features for such a function, including heated floors. (Click here for the full article)

We Are Still Accepting Donations for Lalita Devi's Family
by Yadunandana Pada
Posted November 15, 2006

We recently received the following letter that we wanted to share with the devotee community:

I am extremely happy that you both helped me and my wife to go through this greatest hurdle in our life.

So far we have received from Priya Sakhi Mataji Indian Rs. 25,000/- and she has been very helpful in all respect. She even overworked and was sick herself but now she is ok and back on the noble act in helping the devotees. I have seen how sincerely she does her work. My wife mentioned that she got inspiration from her to go through this difficult period. (Click here for the full article)

Learn the Mrdanga the Easy Way!
by Jagannatha Mishra das
Posted November 13, 2006

At last an easy working method to learn the basic skills to perform a kirtan/ bhajan in the temple, and it is free! mrdanga.wordpress.com

Sri Sri Prahlad Nrisimhadeva Installed At ISKCON Manipur
by Sacirani dasi
Posted November 12, 2006

The grand installation of Sri Sri Prahlad Nrisimhadeva and Sri Sudarshan Chakra was held at the Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Manimandir, Imphal, Manipur, on the auspicious Kartika Purnima, November 5th, 2006, as desired by His Holiness Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja. The installation of Sri Sri Prahlad Nrisimhadeva was sponsored by one sincere disciple of Sripada Maharaja. Eight brahmanas from Chennai were invited to perform the ceremony. They came to Manipur bringing with them most of the ingredients and paraphernalia required. Among the eight brahmanas, the head priest, Sri Parthasarati, was the same head priest who installed Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra on Magha Purnima, January 18th 1984, 22 years ago. (Click here for the full article)

Call for Educational Materials for Children, Published or Manuscripts
by Urmila devi dasi
Posted November 11, 2006

Do you have or know about books or other educational materials for children, their parents, or teachers that teach Vedic philosophy or that give a scriptural point of view to academic subjects? Do you home-school and have written lessons for your own children? Our team of educators starting a curriculum project in London requests a copy of any and all such materials by December 1st if possible. We are interested in published matter in any media-books, audio tapes, CDs, computer programs, and more. (Click here for the full article)

India Trip Planning
by Bhakta Edwin
Posted November 9, 2006

I am currently planning for my mother and me a first time pilgrimage to India for Guara Purnima, and I would very much appreciate any advice seasoned travellers could give. Anything such as ways to get good airfares, lodging tips, how to get around, cautions to take, etc. would be very much appreciated. Please respond to narayana.das@gmail.com. [Chakra editor: If you cc chakraletters@gmail.com on your replies, we will post your travel tips on Chakra as well]

Ratha Yatra in Laguna Beach With His Holiness Radhanatha Maharaja
by Bhaktin Molly
Posted November 8, 2006

Please join us for our Annual Ratha Yatra festival in Laguna Beach on Sunday November 12th at 3:00. We will have His Holiness Radhanatha Maharaja as our very special guest. We will be leaving the temple at 3:00pm. Our Sunday feast program will follow at 5:00 with HH Radhanatha Maharaja as our guest speaker. (Click here for the full article)

Listen to the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is In 7 Languages
by Kamlesh Patel
Posted November 7, 2006

  • Gujarati
  • English
  • Sanskrit
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Arabic

At www.Gitamrta.org

New Issue of Sri Krishna Kathamrita Magazine
by Gopal Jiu Publications
Posted November 6, 2006

Gopal Jiu Publications is pleased to announce the release of issue #11 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita magazine, "The Glories of Srimad Bhagavatam".

As in previous issues of Sri Krishna Kathamrita, this issue contains research work, fresh translations, little known traditional artwork, and photos, including pictures of the original Bhagavatams of Ramananda Ray, Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur, and Lord Nityananda Prabhu.

Articles include:


(Click here for the full article)

Vraja Has Left Us: An Open Letter to His Adopter
by Chayadevi, ISKCON Cow Protection
Posted November 5, 2006

It was a pleasure to read your letters, your history, and realizations. We were so happy to have Vraja adopted by you. But, there is some very sad news to tell you.

Yes, Vraja is the same ox you saw at the Washington DC Rathayatra in 1992. He and his brother Gita led many Rathayatra parades across the country. The potency of their preaching was beyond the preaching most of us devotees are able to offer to Srila Prabhupada. Vraja was so extremely handsome and noble that he attracted so many people to him. (Click here for the full article)

Spiritual Happiness
by Janmastami das, SDG (Mayapur Education - IN)
Posted November 4, 2006

Are you sometimes finding it tough to be a devotee? Actually this is to be expected as Srila Prabhupada writes in a Fifth Canto purport, "...human beings should voluntarily accept suffering in the form of austerities and penances in order to attain the divine life."

Yes, I too feel the pinch from so much tapo divyam, but there is relief and a forum where these austerities we have been performing can be a great asset in crystallizing our devotional realizations. I am specifically referring to the Mayapur Institute for Higher Education and Training (MIHET)*. (Click here for the full article)

For Sale: House Near New Talavan
by Jon Kaufman
Posted November 3, 2006

New, custom built 3 bedroom 3 bath Acadiana style home on 3 acres, 2400 sq ft heated and cooled, large wrap around porch, stain glass, heart pine flooring, cypress interiors, custom kitchen w/granite countertops. Extensive and unique landscaped grounds, large live oaks. Adjoins New Talavan farm on all sides, panoramic views of fields and forest, walk to temple. $299,000. Serious inquiries only. 601-798-8245

Help Wanted in Boston Area
by Kishore Krsna Das
Posted November 3, 2006

Urgently looking for devotees to work in malls for Nov and december, full time or part time in Boston area. Earn up to $15 an hour, for more information call me at 352 226 2800 or email Yogafru@aol.com. Must know good spoken English, have decent hand writing and reliable transportation.

In the News:
Fight to Stop School Heats Up

by Sukhi Anand
Posted November 1, 2006

PROTESTS against the proposed site for a Hindu school stepped up a gear this week.

Residents living near the William Ellis playing fields off Camrose Avenue in Edgware, are unhappy that Harrow Council has agreed in principle to the development on the site.

Holding placards reading "Leave our green fields green" and "Save William Ellis playing field", some made their feelings clear as councillors arrived for a meeting of the full council on Thursday last week. continued... (Click here for the full article)

  In the News:
OSCE Criticises Kazakhstan Over Krishna Incident

by Reuters.com
Posted November 30, 2006

ALMATY (Reuters) - The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticised Kazakhstan on Monday for destroying part of a village housing Hare Krishna followers, calling the incident a form of religious intolerance.

The criticism comes at a time when the Central Asian nation is seeking to shore up Western support for its bid to become the first former Soviet state to take the helm of the OSCE in 2009.

Kazakhstan has accused followers of Hare Krishna, a form of Hinduism, of illegally acquiring land near the commercial capital Almaty. (Click here for the full article)

Don't Meddle With the Word of God
by Karana Krsna Das
Posted November 30, 2006

I am very sorry to hear about the news about the Govt of Kazakhstan knocking down the only Krsna buildings. Many times political organisations disturb the religious organisations and the outcome can be very severe for the political parties.

One such case is that when the Taliban knocked down the huge Buddha sculptures in Afganistan and in a year or two, the Taliban was out of power. In Nepal too, the previous government did not allow the registration of many religious organisations, and that government also soon lost power. In India during the Mughal period King Arunjeb also knocked down temples in Vrndawan, (Click here for the full article)

Some Home Truths About Birth Control
by Ananda das, Victoria, B.C.
Posted November 28, 2006

My wife and I have no pets, but in our back yard we have wild squirrels, rabbits, Steller's jays, robins and pileated woodpeckers. A few times a week a family of deer or a covey of quail will amble through. All of these creatures reproduce at will, but are also subject to predation by hawks, owls, ravens and eagles. Cougars and bears have been known occasionally to make their way into Victoria as well. The deer are sometimes killed by a fast car on the freeway, and smaller animals are consumed by predators. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON, Ludhiana Condemns Kazakhstan Govt
by Rajsuya dasa, General Manager, ISKCON, Ludhiana India
Posted November 26, 2006

Soon after getting the news of demolition of temple and houses of devotees in Kazakhstan and throwing out the devotees in the snowing weather, devotees of Iskcon, Ludhiana and other Hindu organizations started collecting in the temple and strongly condemned this inhuman and unconstitutional tragic incident. Then it was decided to take a peaceful protest march on the road and to give a memorandum to the local district administration so that our spiritual feelings should reach to Indian President and Prime minister and take up this issue with Kazakhstan government. Later all the print and nation- wide television media reached in the temple and interviewed us. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Events of November 21, 2006

by Ninel Fokina, president of the Almaty Helsinki Committee and Andrei Grishin, official member of the International Bureau of Human Rights and Law Observance, Forum 18 News
Posted November 25, 2006

Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami: This was seen and written by Ninel Fokina, president of the Almaty Helsinki Committee and Andrei Grishin, official member of the International Bureau of Human Rights and Law Observance.

On November 21, 2006 at 1 pm the information was received that according to the court decision to evict the members of religion organization Society for Krishna Consciousness from the occupied land near Sri Vrindavan Dham farm, and the demolition of 13 country houses will begin immediately. (Click here for the full article)

Jalebi Music News Flash
by MiraBai Devi Dasi
Posted November 23, 2006

Cows love JALEBI !!!

Now we know that we are doing something right! Why is that? Because the cows at Care For Cows in Vrindavana, just love --- JALEBI! To find out just how much please check out the very nice email sent to us by Kurma Rupa dasa reprinted on our official web site www.jalebimusic.com in our "PRESS" section under the "JALEBI FANtastic EMAILS" category, or click here www.jalebimusic.com/press-group-20.html !

Please take a good look at this picture that was taken during a photo and music jam session (Click here for the full article)

House for Sale In Vrindavana Adjacent to MVT
by Navadvipa
Posted November 22, 2006

The property is adjacent to the MVT, and has access through MVT, as well as it independent entry to the colony. We are selling it fully furnished & the property is in immaculate condition. We're asking 65 lakhs( it would cost over 1 crore to buy the land & build today) ONO: 3 bedroom house, all with attached bathrooms, 1 reception room, 1 living room, marble puja room, western-style kitchen, dining room, rooftop terrace, garden, and guardroom. Please contact Navadvipa at tel : 00911244048417, mobile: 00919811376108

In the News:
Imaging Technology Restores Damaged Madhva Text

by Susan Gawlowicz, Rochester Institute of Technology
Posted November 21, 2006

Scientists who worked on the Archimedes Palimpsest are using modern imaging technologies to digitally restore a 700-year-old Vaishnava palm-leaf manuscript. The project, led by P.R. Mukund and Roger L. Easton Jr., professors at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, will digitally preserve the original writings known as the Sarvamoola-granthas, attributed to the scholarly preceptor Sripada Madhvacharya (1238-1317). The collection of 36 works contains his Sanskrit commentaries on sacred scriptures and conveys an exposition of his philosophical system (popularly known as Dvaita Vedanta, to emphasize its departure from Sripada Sankaracharya's earlier system of Advaita Vedanta). (Click here for the full article)

Rukmini's Krishna Dolls
by Rukmini dasi
Posted November 20, 2006

Regarding the article posted November 17, 2006 by Rukmini dasi entitled "Beautiful Krishna, Radha, Nrisimhadeva And An Assortment of Dolls of Devotion", here are some pictures of the dolls. (Click here for the full article)

Request for Maha Mantra in Different Scripts
by Sacirani dasi
Posted November 19, 2006

We are trying to get the Maha Mantra written in all of the major scripts of the world so that they can be etched on the different windows in the Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Manimandir in Manipur, India.

If it is possible can you send us the Maha Mantra in your country's script? We need it as a 'jpeg' file as we will not have your respective script on our computer. Please send to: sacirani@yahoo.com

I am attaching a sample of how we need the Maha Mantra to be written in order for it to be etched on the windows properly.

Thank you in advance for your help.

"In every town and village, the chanting of My name will be heard."

The Passing of Yogamaya Dasi
by Hanuman das, Christchurch, New Zealand
Posted November 17, 2006

After six weeks of intense hearing, chanting and prayer with a group of 25 to 30 devotees, Her Grace Yogamaya devi dasi finally left our association.

On Saturday, Yogamaya prabhu woke just after midnight. As she was in some discomfort the devotees present began a soft kirtan. Yogamaya also joined in this kirtan and, although her shortness of breath made it very difficult for her to chant, she continued with determination. (Click here for the full article)

Rudrani Ammayi - in Memoriam
by Kewlmallu
Posted November 16, 2006

Rudrani prabhu in her beloved Tulsi garden (photo taken in 2001)

After a lifetime of pain and suffering, Rudrani Ammayi finally passed away on November 10, 2006. Born in 1953 as Rebecca Flynn, she originally hailed from Nova Scotia, Canada.

Two major things in her life are her faith and her struggle with her disabilities. Early in her life as a young woman, she was involved in a horrific car accident, which resulted in disabilities that plagued her and racked her body with pain for the rest of her life. In spite of that, she was always cheerful, brave and devout. She was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna, having accepted the Vaishnava faith brought to the west by Srila Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)

Remaining Books for Sale
by Dhanistha dasi
Posted November 15, 2006

The following is the short list of remaining books and tapes I have left for sale. I have never seen folks so hungry for the original old books.

  1. 930 uncut unpolished Prabhupada cassettes tapes of all available lectures, conversations, includes 32 lectures in Hindi, 32 Krsna book dictations, 16 bhajan tapes, all bound in 60 beautiful vinyl folders excellent condition like new = $500. (approx. 54 cents per tape)

(Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows in Vrindavan
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted November 13, 2006

Care for Cows in Vrindavan (India) maintains abandoned cows, bulls, retired oxen, and orphaned calves. We are international volunteers who offer our talents and resources to tend to the neglected cows living in Krishna's holy land. We provide stray cows hay, flour, fresh grass, medical attention and a place where they can recuperate from injuries. At present we host a herd of one hundred sixteen.

There are approximately three to four hundred abandoned cows in Vrindavan requiring accommodation. (Click here for the full article)

BHAKTI Prajnana Charitable Medical Services
by Achyuta Krishna Das, Vrindavan, UP, India
Posted November 12, 2006

We are trying to set up a small hospital in Vrindavan, UP. As part of our phased approach to the project we plan to start an OPD clinic sometime in 2007. To staff this OPD clinic we are looking for the following two paid positions:

  1. Qualified, experienced and registered doctor willing to work about 3 to 4 hours in the mornings and evenings
  2. A medical aid preferably w/ some experience but w/ willingness to learn and serve

If you are interested please email your resume to igvt.hbg@gmail.com with contact information and expected salary. Or if you know someone who may be interested please let us know his contact information.

Private Guards Rough Up Devotees in Pretoria
by Eshwar Soriakumar, ISKCON Pretoria, South Africa
Posted November 11, 2006

On the night of Saturday, November 4, 15 members of the Hare Krishna society in Pretoria were on a regular weekly street chanting and singing campaign in Pretoria when a confrontation occurred and they were badly assaulted.

On the regular route through Hatfield square we were accosted and physically assaulted while chanting amid 500 spectators in an open-air restaurant arena.

Security guards had insisted we leave; we attempted to comply while continuing to sing. After a few drunk locals began hurling vulgarities and absurdities at the devotees, the guards came right up to us and grabbed us forcefully. (Click here for the full article)

In the Blog World:
Vraja Goes to Permanent Pasture

by Madhava Gosh dasa
Posted November 9, 2006

Vraja was a long term resident of New Vrindaban. Read the story of his passing and remembrances of him at Life With The Land and the Cows. iscowp.blogspot.com/

"I don't think people realize just how gentle, considerate, and intelligent these huge beasts are. They need our protection and our love and in return, they will give their very life, their total dedication in service to us. Can anyone say that about a tractor? Does a tractor soften our hearts or teach us lessons of life? (Click here for the full article)

PT Entry-Level Secretary Position in Kula, Hawaii
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted November 8, 2006

A devotee-owned web marketing company named Krishna Design in Kula, Maui, Hawaii is looking for a PT Entry-Level Secretary. Position involves basic secretarial services. Students are welcome, no experience is necessary, and training will be provided. The pay rate is $12-$15/hr. If you are interested, please fax your resume to Vrindavan dasa at 808-442-1194.

Books And Tapes for Sale By Prabhupada Collector
by Dhanistha Devi Dasi
Posted November 7, 2006

For sale:

  1. one complete Prabhupada cassette tape lecture set (1800 tapes) In excellent condition displayed in 58 vinyl folders (includes Krsna book dictations, & early bhajans collection).

  2. 1 set of original Caitanya Caritamrtas (1970's 1st. editions)

  3. 1 original set Srimad Bhagavatams (1970's edition)

  4. 4 original editions of Bhagavad Gita As It Is (2 hard and 2 soft covers)

(Click here for the full article)

Vrndavan Hospice & Infirmary Thanks You
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa
Posted November 6, 2006

On Behalf of Lalita Devi, we wish to thank those devotees who came through for her and her family, at their time of need. Last month by your grace, through a series of small donations, we collected approximately $1,500 dollars for her care. Her Grace Priya Sakhi Prabhu, our resident caretaker in charge on premises at the MVT has tended to Lalita's care and is distributing the funds accordingly. We will post details of Lalita's condition upon hearing more. Thank you all for your kind donations, on behalf of the Hospice and Lalita's Family. (Click here for the full article)

November 'Care for Cows' Newsletter Posted
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted November 5, 2006

Our November Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(Click Here).

This month we present:

  1. Govardhan Puja and Gopastami Festival report

  2. An account of the recue of an abandoned dairy cow

  3. CFC Patient updates

  4. The third of a series of photo essays illustrating the habitual behavior of cows.

  5. And many more interesting tid bits.

(Click here for the full article)

Radha Govinda Kirtan is #1
Posted November 4, 2006

Good news! If you have not done so recently please go to www.betarecords.com to see BETA Records World Chart classifications.

But we are sure that you have already visited our BETA Record web page www.betarecords.com/jalebi to listen and vote MANY times, right?
Right! :-)

In fact thanks to all of you and by Krsna's mercy we have received so many hits (Click here for the full article)

Installation Ceremony At Imphal, Manipur
by Sacirani devi dasi
Posted November 3, 2006

ISKCON Manipur is proud to announce the installation ceremony of Sri Sri Prahlad Narasimhadeva at the Sri Sri Radha Krishnachnadra Manimandir in Imphal, Manipur, India. The ceremony will take place on November 5, 2006, Rasa Purnima.

All devotees are invited. Accommodations and prasadam will be provided free of charge.

If you are interested in coming to Manipur to celebrate the arrival of Lord Narasimhadeva and His exalted devotee Sri Prahlad, please contact Ajit Das at w_amarjit@hotmail.com

In the Blog World:
Belfast Damsels in USA

by rmadhava.blogspot.com
Posted November 3, 2006

Two young, intrepid Belfast devotees - Deva and Subhadra, (both born and brought up as Krishna devotees) have spent the past two summers touring America with a group of ISKCON youth. Deva tells the story here:

Since its humble beginnings as a two week summer trip in 1995, the Hare Krishna Youth Ministry Bus Tour has expanded into a ten week long adventure travelling across North America, Canada and Mexico, taking in nine rathayatras, thirty seven cities, thirty five US states and nine Canadian provinces. For the duration of the summer two yellow buses become home to fifty youth aged fifteen to twenty-five. (Click here for the full article)

Paintings for Sale
by Daya-vira das
Posted November 1, 2006

Help support preaching projects in North Carolina. Original oil painting by Jadurani dasi 24" x 30" nicely framed. Krishna rescues Nanda Maharaja. The price of this painting is $6, 850 or best offer. This painting is featured in the 10th canto volume 5 (plate seven)

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