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November 2011
Gurukula Tolerates Child Mistreatment But Fires Whistleblower
by Vrajabhumi dasi
Posted November 28, 2011

part 1 of 2

I have served as teacher in ISKCON gurukulas for almost 20 years. From 1991 to 2001, I taught at the Bhaktivedanta Manor School in England with Moksha-lakshmi dasi and Jagaddhatri dasi.

Between 2001 and 2008, I served as a residential ashram teacher at the Vrindavana Gurukula. In the spring of 2011, on recommendation of Ananda Vrindavana dasi, the former Vrindavana Gurukula principal, I resumed my teaching service in Vrindavana. I served in the capacity of ashram manager for the smaller children. As part of my duties, I regularly checked the ashram to ensure that the children were clean and safe and that the teachers were taking proper care of them. I also served as a substitute ashram teacher three days a week.

Before starting, I will give a brief introduction of the key individuals involved in the management of the Vrindavana Gurukula and in the incident I wish to report herewith. (Click here for the full article)



Feature Film Votes
by Sri
Posted November 27, 2011

A couple of devotees have submitted a movie proposal to "makemymovie.co.nz" contest with some interesting Vedic themes in an otherwise commercial storyline. They need to drum up some social media support which count as votes! Nov 11th being the last day.

So dear devotees, well wishers and friends, kindly click on this link and press the "Like" button there, which is then counted as a vote!

Click Here



Harihar Bhavan Condo Apartments
by Rukmininath das
Posted November 25, 2011

If you're interested in living in a safe building near ISKCON Mayapur, I have Harihar Bhavan condominium apartments for sale from 900,000 Rupees (12,750 Euros or $17,200 US) and up. The opportunity is also available to live in the apartment for three months a year and to put the unit up for rent for the balance of each year.

The building, conveniently close to the temple, restaurant and gardens. Is ony a five-minute walk from the ISKCON Namahatta Gate, opposite the Mayapur Polyclinic and by the crossroad at Shiva Dova. Please contact me at (Click here for the full article)



Third Edition of Teachings of Lord Caitanya
by Kaisori dasi, BBT
Posted November 23, 2011

The BBT is considering printing a third edition of Teachings of Lord Caitanya and we'd like to hear your thoughts.

A Brief History

Two editions of Teachings of Lord Caitanya were published during Srila Prabhupada's lifetime. Both received his approval. For the first edition, published in 1969, Satsvarupa Maharaja was the transcriber and first editor, Rayarama Dasa the final editor.

Hayagriva Prabhu felt the first edition of the TLC was rough, so in 1974, with Srila Prabhupada's approval, he worked on a second edition. He extensively revised the TLC in consultation with Nitai Dasa and others in the BBT's Sanskrit department. Diacritics were added along with a selection of verses from the Caitanya-caritamrta, the TLC's sourcebook. References were added for quoted verses, and Sanskrit and Bengali spellings brought up to the academic standard Srila Prabhupada wanted for his books. In addition, Hayagriva Prabhu lowercased many words that had been capitalized following an archaic standard Srila Prabhupada had discarded in 1969 in a conversation with his Back to Godhead editors. (Click here for the full article)



Wanted: Ox Teamster – New Vrindaban USA
by Madhava Gosh das
Posted November 19, 2011

• Experience with cows preferred but not necessary (training provided by International Society for Cow Protection ISCOWP)

• Familiar with and practicing Vaisnava behavior and principles.

• Motivated, Competent, Mature, Balanced, Self-Starter

Duties Include:

• Working with Oxen

• Transporting milk from barn to temple kitchen (serve as substitute milker)

• Hauling

• Forestry (logging, firewood, fence posts — working with chainsaw)

• Field Work (hauling, plowing, harvesting, etc.)

• Interacting with pilgrims and interns

• Teaching about Oxen

• Basic animal husbandry (Click here for the full article)



Dare to Doubt - It Will Inflame Your Faith
by Niscala Dasi
Posted November 12, 2011

For those who already believe in God, the question of doubt in His existence may seem irrelevant, even a burden. If one believes he has already passed the test of faith, then why go backwards?

Such an attitude cannot be real faith that is the foundation of devotion, for it is devoid of two essential religious principles- humility and the quest for truth. The opposite of humility is pride, a fact we may all agree upon, but what may be contended is- the opposite of truth is assumption. How it is so, is as follows...

The opposite or antonym of “truth” is not “falsity” as is commonly interpreted, for “falsity” implies having knowledge that something is false. Falsity is a better antonym for inanimate objects, like currency. When we speak of someone being false, a pretender, again we are looking at an object- that person. Subjectively, however, from the pretender’s point of view, he is simply assuming that he is something he is not- (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows November
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted November 10, 2011

The November 2011 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 26 pages (2.6 MB) we present reports on:

1. The celebration of Sri Govardhana Puja at our Kiki Nagla facility.

2. A rescue attempt of an injured cow and her calf.

3. Recent developments at our Belvan facility.

4. The appearance of Krsna and Balarama--two male calves born on the same day. (Click here for the full article)



  Lacking CPO Monitor, Vrndavan Gurukula May be Covering Up New Allegations
by Sanaka Rsi das
Posted November 28, 2011

part 2 of 2 continued from part 1...

On the 7th of November I reported to the Child Protection Office the incident mentioned in this letter (below). I am now very concerned by the lack of professionalism, transparency and care for the welfare of the children shown by the CPO in handling this case.

I am alarmed to see how the mentality that regards the interests of the establishment above all else, even the adequate protection of our children, is still very much alive, both amongst the management of the Vrindavana Gurukula and with the CPO authorities.

Bringing this matter to the attention of the devotee public is the only valid alternative I see for the protection of the children in the Vrindavana Gurukula. I apologize for the inconvenience and distress this will cause to some.


Letter to Champakalata dasi, Child Protection Office (CPO)

(Click here for the full article)



Krishna in Foreign Countries
by Kasya das
Posted November 27, 2011

There is always great need to spread devotion to Lord Sri Krsna outside of India, because there is a great scarcity of it in the West.

Do you want to be part of it? Do you want to help it? This is the opportunity for you. You can help grow Krishna bhakti in the heart of Europe, in Czech Republic. Whether your gift is big or small, then all the blessing of Sri Sri Radha Krsna, and Srila Prabhupada be with you. Please see these links for more information:

krishnaineurope.weebly.com/

harekrsnatemple.x10.mx/index.html



Festival of the Holy Name 2011
by Govinda das
Posted November 25, 2011


We're very happy to announce the upcoming Festival of the Holy Name 2011!

Join us for two days of kirtan on November 25 and 26, 2011 at ISKCON New Raman Reti in Alachua, Florida. If you have a taste for kirtan, please come and immerse yourself in the transcendental sound vibration of the holy name of Krishna.

Singers and event schedule will be announced closer to the event. We will be live streaming the festival on www.alachuakirtan.com and www.krishna.com.

For more information, (Click here for the full article)



Internet Preaching -- the New Frontier
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa & Samapriya dasi
Posted November 23, 2011


When someone sits down at their computer they are a captive audience, paying attention, interested in what is on the screen. Whether reading emails, studying, doing research or being entertained, one is focused. The internet is the new frontier for learning and studying Krsna consciousness. One feels safe, in his or her own space, and not intimidated or embarrassed by foreign concepts or culture -- and all of Srila Prabhupada's books are at one's finger tips.

BhaktiLife's newest eCourse -- Introduction to Spiritual Wisdom from India -- is a wonderful introductory course teaching the basics of Krsna consciousness.

This is an extremely efficient method of following-up with people who purchased a book, attended a festival or a feast, are family or friends of devotees, or have somehow showed interest in Krsna consciousness. Send them the link to our eCourse.

This two week eCourse -- Nov. 28 - Dec. 11 (Click here for the full article)



Service Opportunity at New Jagannath Puri Temple, Berkeley Northern California
by Haribasara Das
Posted November 19, 2011

Our temple is located only a few blocks from the University of California at Berkeley. The neighborhood is very nice and peaceful. Prasadam is first class. We have the first Jagannath deities in the movement. The temple is very beautiful with a faithful following. There is so much potential for preaching here. We just need the right minded devotees to help us develop this temple into a wonderful ISKCON center.

We are looking for Pujaris, Cooks, Sankirtan Book Distribution devotees and in general devotees that are willing to accept a challenge in order to please Shrila Prabhupada and the whole disciplic succession.

We serve the Bay Area, which includes Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Fremont, Pittsburg, El Cerrito, Richmond, Vallejo and do extensive Prasadam Distribution.

Facilities are available for the right candidates. (Click here for the full article)



Residential Introductory Program for Females
by Bhaktivedanta Manor, London
Posted November 12, 2011


Residential Introductory Program

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, London for female participants

6th January to 1st April 2012

Learn simple living, high thinking, experience the spirituality of the temple morning program, learn to play Indian musical instruments, meet other students, temple devotees and make new friends and so much more.

Classes and workshops will be held 4 days a week with accompanying general temple services i.e. cleaning, support in the kitchen and assisting a number of festivals.

And on other days acquire new or improve upon your existing skills and experience in the following areas; book distribution, university and home visit programs, street procession (Harinam), food distribution, farming and milking cows, cooking and deity services etc. (Click here for the full article)



Almost Heaven...
by Rahul Mehta for the New York Times
Posted November 10, 2011

IT was the Taj Mahal of Appalachia, “Heaven on Earth” in “Almost Heaven West Virginia,” a sprawling, opulent affair with lush gardens, a beautiful temple, a Palace of Gold, accommodations for hundreds of devotees, statues of Radha and Krishna, and even, at one point, an elephant.

New Vrindaban — named after a holy town in India — was the largest Hare Krishna commune in America, and was opened to the public in 1979. It was led by Swami Bhaktipada, one of the movement’s earliest and most controversial American disciples, who died Monday. And it was less than two hours from the West Virginia town where I grew up.

Editor's note: for the rest of this article, please visit: Click Here

(Click here for the full article)



Gita Helps Inmate Find New Hope
by Bhakti-lata dasi
Posted November 3, 2011


This artwork ("Rupa and Sanatan surrender to Lord Caitanya") is from inmate Bhakta Brian.

The year is coming to a close, but the activities of ISKCON Prison Ministry are not slowing down in the least. As always, inmate letters keep pouring in, some from newcomers to Krsna consciousness, asking for help and guidance; others from regulars, or even veteran of devotional service, seeking continued support and association. Each letter is precious and represent one of Krsna's children, fallen to a very miserable material condition and somehow, answering Lord Caitanya's call.

Below is an extraordinary letter from inmate Bhakta Dan, about how he came to Krsna consciousness. I hope you will be as inspired as I am to read it. (Click here for the full article)



  Invitation to Murari's "Super 1st Sat. Festival"
by ISKCON Murari Sevaka
Posted November 28, 2011


Every first Saturday of each month, Murari's Kirtan Valley will be hosting a beautiful feast complete with chanting, dancing and offering gifts to the beloved deities.

Enjoy many aspects of Krishna at our beautiful cow-protected farm.

Our first Saturday will be Dec. 3th begining at 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Bring a favorite preparation to offer.

Please visit our website for complete details, directions and to RVSP. www.murarisevaka.com

Krishna would love to see you and so would we! (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Chandras
by Radha Kanta Das
Posted November 27, 2011

With much delight I am happy to inform you of our new Mayapur kirtan group called "Mayapur Chandra's". The group, headed by Naru Gopal Prabhu, has 6 other main members all expertly trained in kirtan and other devotional fields either in the Mayapur Gurukula, the MA, or MI.

While our main focus will be holding grand kirtan programs (done in traditional Mayapur style), Mayapur Chandra's is really about bringing the Mayapur experience to centers and temples around the world. By sharing the talents of local Mayapur devotees (especially our second generation youth) with devotees worldwide, we hope to spread the traditional Gaudiya Vaisnava culture.

Therefore along with kirtan festivals, when Mayapur Chandra's visit a specific center, they will also be able to provide courses/ seminars, and perform samskaras/ homas should the center request them. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON E-Books Available Now
by Madhavi Kirti devi dasi, Congregational Development Ministry Coordinator, Sri Mayapur Dham
Posted November 25, 2011

From the Congregational Development Ministry, we thank you for your continuous support.

We are very happy to inform you that we have e-Books available on our website at www.iskconcongregation.com/ebooks. The following titles are on hand : Sri Godruma Kalpatavi, Free to Preach, The Nectar of Congregational Preaching and Super Sunday.

We would appreciate if you could share this information with other devotees in your Yatra.

Please to contact us for any questions or suggestions you may have.



Crows, Swans and Preaching
by Satyahit das
Posted November 23, 2011

"Become yourselves Krishna conscious and spread Krishna consciousness". This is a quote from the introduction of H.H. Mukunda Swami's book, Miracle on Second Avenue. The introduction to this book is written by Shyamasundara prabhu, and he says that Srila Prabhupada was always saying this to them in the early days of Krishna consciousness in America. "Become yourself" is an interesting way to say that in this way we should all spread Krishna consciousness. It is like saying that whoever you are, whatever you are, take up Krishna consciousness and spread it to the best of your abilities.

I have just recently watched and listened to the one-hour-and-27-minute Vimeo video (found on Dandavats.com; enter "ps" if prompted for a password), showing Radhanath Swami speaking in the House of Commons in London, England. It seemed that a third of the members in the audience are of Indian descent — ironic if you remember that previously India was ruled by Britain.

Radhanath Swami begins his talk by closing his eyes and reciting four prayers in Sanskrit: (Click here for the full article)



Short Term Rental in Alachua
by Ananda devi dasi
Posted November 19, 2011

Hoping to visit Alachua from Dec 19 through Dec 27, with my 7 year old son. We would like to get to know the community and also, especially, the children before we buy a house somewhere. If you have have space in your house and kids around that age or if you know of a good spot to stay, please let us know. (Click here for the full article)



Tucson’s ‘Feast for the Beast’
by Bhakta Geno
Posted November 12, 2011


Each fall the Zoological Society of Tucson hosts its major fund-raiser and invites one hundred of the best restaurants in the city to give out samples of their cuisine. The event supports the Zoo and the award-winning work they do with the animals.

Govinda's of Tucson was the only restaurant not serving animals as food,as a way of raising money for the animals. We decided to use this opportunity to inform and educate people on the Krishna Conscious philosophy along with the distribution of delicious samples of mango halavah, papadams and spicy sesame chutney.

People who came and enjoyed the Prasad, given out at the zoo event, were invited to attend a lecture at the upcoming Sunday Feast. (Click here for the full article)



Pillars of Sustainability
by Lalitanatha dasa
Posted November 10, 2011


From October 9th to 16th, sponsored by the European Union, the ISKCON associated Eco Valley Foundation of Hungary held a one weeks seminar called Pillars of Sustainability, at New Vraja Dhama, the Hare Krishna farm community in the South-Western part of the country. New Vraja Dhama, situated in a beautiful rural Hungarian setting and home to 130 devotees plus 40 cows and oxen, thus hosted for one week around 25 attendants, all devotees, from 14 European countries.

Inspired by the apparent slowdown, that ISKCON farm communities and varnasrama-projects have witnessed over the last decade, the organizers invited devotees from around Europe interested in the development of Vaisnava principles and varnasrama-principles with the hope of infusing more life into this most important mission of Srila Prabhupada’s. (Click here for the full article)



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