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November 2002
Open for Admission: Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School, Vrindavan
by Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi
Posted November 29, 2002


The Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School in Vrindavan is now accepting applications for the 2003-2004 school year which begins April 2nd. We are a residential school (with a day-school option) for boys and young men 6 to 17 years old. We are affiliated with the ICSE (Indian Council of Secondary Education). Students take the ICSE and UK Cambridge Checkpoint exams.
Students also participate in morning and evening spiritual programs as well as a variety of sports and co-curricular activities in the afternoon. Admissions testing for new applicants will be from Jan 17th to 19th in Vrindavan. Testing for International students unable to come to Vrindavan at that time will be arranged on an individual basis.
Please contact the school secretary (BGIS@pamho.net) or the Principal (ananda.vrindavana@pamho.net) for more information.
Applications are available at:
http://www.bgis.org/Files/application%20form.doc



Sankirtana Made Simple
by Mitravinda Dasi
Posted November 28


Preaching is so blissful! Check this out folks....for those who are wondering what to do to please Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in his sankirtana mission ..."If only there was time, if only I had some knowledge, if only I was a nice devotee..." nah. Don't need any of that. This is sankirtana for dummies.(Click here for the full article)



Govardhana Puja in New Vrindavan
Submitted by Madhava Gosh
Posted November 26, 2002


Here is a picture taken by Jaya Murari das of the diorama in the New Vrindaban temple room that was constructed for Govardhan puja.



New Age Lullaby
Forwarded by Madhava Gosh
Posted November 26, 2002


Hush little baby don't you squall
Momma's gonna buy you a crystal ball

And if you still can't see beyond
Momma's gonna buy you a magic wand...(Click here for the full joke)



A Vaisnavi in the mosque
by Mitravinda Dasi
Posted November 25, 2002


Yesterday I attended the mosque for the first time, the experiences were dynamic and wonderful, still trying to absorb the realizations. The mosque was Indian/Pakistani (here in the USA)

What I noticed most was that after I removed my shoes in the foyer there were no more men around me. The ladies were escorted to a separate room where they were joyful, friendly, and very enthusiastic to participate in worship. The women had a special room where they could worship with no inhibitions. A little 8 year old girl was allowed the microphone with the same respect as the middle aged woman.(Click here for the full article)



Welcome to Jagannatha's Chakra!

Dear Readers,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

As you may have noticed, Chakra has been down for a few days. The reason was that Umapati Swami and I could not agree on how to manage the site and thus decided to go our separate ways. Since the domain was registered in my name, he started another website: dipika.org on our old server, and I have retained Chakra, but moved it to a different server. Many of Chakra's old files have been deleted, but I still have the majority of the articles on my computer and will upload some of them to the archives eventually. If you are missing any old favorites, please write and let us know. We'll try to locate and post it if we can. Other, new articles will be added as soon as we write them or receive them from you.

As you can see, Chakra has a new look. We wanted to have a logo and mission statement that better reflected our goals for the site. So rather than being "CHampions of KRsna's Army", we are now "Jagannatha's Chakra", praying that the wonderful, smiling Lord of the Universe will always remain visible to us. Much will remain the same. There will still be lots of news about festivals, temple openings, pilgrimages, book distribution, and other devotee and community events. We'd also like to publicize your personal news; births, marriages and obituaries. Other topics will include reports from seminars, discussions of social issues, child rearing and education, cooking, art, poetry, advertisements, appreciations, jokes, and any articles reflecting thoughts or events that you find spiritually inspiring. We would like for these discussions to be inclusive, non-judgmental and compassionate, and for all of us to treat each other with respect. Letters that insult or belittle will not be published. Neither will we publish articles that serve to promote any living guru over others. Guru preference is intensely personal and texts that claim superiority or that put down gurus inevitably lead to hurt feelings.

We will not edit the content of submissions, but your articles may be edited for grammar and spelling. Just remember that we are all busy and our days are spent working and with our families, so please use spell checkers and re-read your submissions before sending them in.

Thank you and hope you enjoy Jagannatha's Chakra.

Your servant,
Madhusudani dasi



A Krsna Conscious Lightbulb
by Subhadra Mayi devi dasi
Posted November 24 2002


This morning a lightbulb went on in my head. For years I've been in a knot with myself on what devotional service and surrender mean to me. I spent eight years living in temples and performing service, but it was only for maybe a year and a half that I felt useful and derived satisfaction from what I was doing. I know that every service is seen by Krishna equally. And that He especially looks at one's attitude -- that's the one thing which truly matters to Him. But I'm not at the stage that I don't consider my own feelings while performing devotional service. Somehow or other I can't see myself being satisfied with the idea that simply by serving Krishna everyone and everything else is served too, because Krishna is the root of everything anyway. I know that I should strive to achieve that platform, because it would be unmotivated and unconditional devotional service. I always wished that I could be happy and strive for that while living inside the temple...(Click here for the full article)
Ekadasi Cake
by Sucharya devi dasi
Posted November 25, 2002


Note from Madhusudani: Here is a cake for the upcoming ekadasi that is sure to fit right in with the holiday spirit.

(Note: please make sure that you use a baking powder or other leavening agent that does not contain flour)
· 3 cups whole milk powdered milk
· 2 cups shredded coconut (the fine kind is nice, as found in Indian stores)
· 1 cup granulated white sugar or Florida Crystals
· (less sugar can be used, as it is a very sweet cake)
· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
· 1 t. ground allspice
· 1 t. cardomon powder (optional)
· 1 t. baking powder
· 1/2 cup melted butter
· 3/4 cup water (more or less)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients to make a thick batter. Pour into well buttered baking dish and bake for 25 minutes, until cake is golden brown. This cake tends to really bubble up when cooking and may spill over the edge, so put it in a very deep dish. The cake is pretty sweet without icing, although you could use less sugar in the batter and try an orange or lemon glaze after baking it, as usually everyone likes cake with icing.



The Hidden Glory Of India
by Steven Rosen
Posted November 28, 2002


The Hidden Glory of India. By Steven Rosen. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 2002. 192 pages. Threadsewn softbound, full color. ISBN 0-89213-351-1

Reviewed by Graham M. Schweig, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religion, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Christopher Newport University, Virginia, USA

The Hidden Glory of India is a feast for the eyes. This mini-coffee table book presents an overview of the Vaishnava religious tradition, part of the Hindu or Indic complex of religions. Specifically, this volume focuses on the Vaishnavism of Chaitanya, whose sect arose in Bengal and spread throughout northern India in the sixteenth century -- eventually reaching almost all countries beginning in the 1960s due to the work of the late A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who established the Hare Krishna movement.(Click here for the full article)



Maharaja Virata’s Example
by Amara dasa
Posted November 26, 2002


An ancient Vedic king demonstrates how to respect everyone, regardless of gender.


Over five thousand years ago, during the time of Lord Krsna, there was a great king named Maharaja Virata who ruled over the Matsya province in India. This king played an important role in the epic tale of the “Mahabharata” and also happened to be the maternal grandfather of Maharaja Pariksit. While the five Pandavas were hiding incognito during their last year of exile, Maharaja Virata unknowingly but graciously offered them shelter within his kingdom. Later on, during the great battle of Kuruksetra, he would side with both Lord Krishna and the Pandavas in their fight against the Kauravas.(Click here for the full article)



Calling All Devotees
by Radha Dasi
Posted November 25, 2002


Do you have an inspiring story to share? A realization to convey? Wisdom gained through life experience? Maybe even a supernatural experience to reveal?

You are invited to contact Radha McAlpine with any and all first hand knowledge. Please pass on this message so that others may know of this as well.

Please feel free to contact me in any of the following ways- Toll Free: 1-888-899-3923 - By Mail: 501 E. 13th Ave #15 Anchorage, AK. 99501 or By e-mail: radhad@hotmail.com Your input is greatly appreciated!

Please visit the website for this project located at www.geocities.com/loveisinneed/index.html Please stop by and leave your input.

Bolo Hari - Radha dasi



Lord Nrsimhadeva's Lasagna
by Maharani dasi
Posted November 25, 2002


This lasagna is very simple to make, and Lord Nrsimhadeva likes it -- not to mention the rest of my family!(Click here for the full article)


Unity in Diversity
by Padmapani Dasa
Posted November 24, 2002



On July 29, 1971, Srila Prabhupada was interviewed on television at the University of Gainesville in Florida (which His Divine Grace described as "a remote corner of the world, thousands of miles from the birthplace of Lord Caitanya"). At one point, Srila Prabhupada was asked the following question:

Interviewer: "How would I recognize a true follower of the Krsna consciousness movement by his behavior? What would his traits be? What would his outward expressions be?"

Srila Prabhupada: "He'd be a very perfect gentleman, that's all. You could not find any fault in him."

What's particularly striking about his reply is that Srila Prabhupada never mentioned any external symptoms such as dress, title, social position, or even what religious or spiritual practices one followed. His evidence was the result -- or fruit -- of spiritual advancement. As he often said, "You can judge a thing by its result."...(Click here for the full article)



Reflections on Sacred Teachings
by Bhakti Tirtha Swami
Posted November 29 2002


Hari Nama Press, the publisher of books written by HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami, has come out with a new series called “Reflections on Sacred Teachings.” The books are roughly 250 to 300 pages each, and are commentaries on the Siksastakam, Madhurya Kadambini, Sri Isopanisad and Harinama Cintamani. The books will be coming out in this order, approximately one every two months. The Siksastakam will be available next week, December 1st.(Click here for the full article)



Adjusting with Time and Circumstance to Chakra
by Madhava Gosh
Posted November 28, 2002


After the switchover, Chakra was loading really slow for me with the old bookmark. I set a new bookmark, then went to Start, Settings, Control Panel, Internet Options. There I hit Clear History and then deleted the Temporary Internet files. The second time after that when I came to Chakra, it loaded up very quickly.



Sponsors for children's Krishna Conscious educational books needed
by Syamasundara das
Posted November 26, 2002


VEDIC ARTS, a Publishing House of Children's Books based on the teachings of Srila Prabhupada, has already produced lot of books and lot more to be published & distributed......we need sponsors who would like to contribute for a good cause to educate the children all over the world.......(Click here for the full article)



Jagannatha's Chakra
by Suresvara Dasa
Posted November 26, 2002


Hare Krishna, Madhusudani Radha Mataji--Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Congratulations on Chakra's metamorphosis. I have always felt that the acronym "CHAKRA" stunted ISKCON's growth because it kept Prabhupada's Society stuck in a military metaphor. While he was orchestrating the "Hare Krishna Explosion," His Divine Grace made free use of that metaphor because it was appropiate for what he was doing at the time. Temples were "bases" from which his sankirtana "soldiers" dropped "bombs" into the laps of the conditioned souls. With ever-increasing sensitivity, temples should continue to do that, of course, but in the broader context of Prabhupada's daivi-varnasrma mission, they have an expanded obligation to educate and inspire their congregations. If "books are the basis," may we never forget of what: of ministering to an increasingly desparate and terrorized world, starting with our own congregations. "Sarve sukhino bhavantu," as Prabhupada the varnasrama visionary would say, "Let everyone become happy."

Many thanks to you and Umapati Swami for maintaining CHAKRA, the old caterpillar, for as long as you did. May Jagannatha's Chakra fly like a butterfly to Krishna's lotus feet.

Hope you are well. Hare Krishna! Yours in service, Suresvara dasa.



Welcome to Your Real, Happy Self
by Kaunteya Dasa
Posted November 25, 2002




I had the fortune to be part of the group that took the course "Vaisnava Counseling and Life Skills - Level Two: Self-Transformation," presented for the first time in ISKCON on 2-6 November 2002, in Radhadesh, Belgium.

I had already taken three times the first level course, (I am actually getting trained to present it myself) and I truly appreciate it. The tools for fruiftul interaction and personal exploration are extremely valuable and relevant to any progressive human being, what to speak to preaching Vaisnavas. Having said that, the second level course had a much deeper impact on me, an impact difficult to fathom or quantify.(Click here for the full article)



Pujari needed in New Remuna Dham
Adi-kurma das
Posted November 24 2002


This is an open invitation to North American devotees.Please join us in serving Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksir-cora Gopinatha at New Remuna Dham in Toronto. In Toronto we have three sets of deities.Wonderful Sri-Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Lady Subhadra and the prisiding deity Si Sri Radha Ksir-cora Gopinatha. We want to welcome pujaris to Toronto so that we can give our head pujari and his wife sometime during the day to look after their necessities.We welcome second initiated devotees in good standing from North America only. We are open to negotiations to qualified candidates. Any devotee willing to accept the service may send an e-mail to Pam.Mcfarlane@uhn.on.ca or Brahma@eol.ca New Remuna Dham is a beautiful temple in the heart of Toronto and devotees have been serving the community over 25 years. Srila Prabhupada chose the massive stone structured church building to be the center of Hare Krishna Movement in Toronto. One of the finest Rathayatra in North America is held here every year.For photos check www.iskcon.ca



A Golden Opportunity
by Isvara Dasa
Posted November 23 2002


Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It has been very exciting for us and many devotees worldwide since we offered VCD of ITV archive footages of Srila Prabhupada for less money. The kartika price offer of 3100 Indian rupees or US$65.00, for the entire collection of Srila Prabhupada's ITV videos has been quite unbelievable for devotees that many are still having a hard time beleiving it. Of course the good news is many devotees have taken advantage of this great offer and are now in possession of Srila Prabhupada's entire video footages, thus giving themselves a lifetime association with the greatest devotee of Krishna of our time. Even the piraters of ITV and the Archive products have been totally taken offguard by this gesture. The fact is we want to spread the teachings and glories of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Many devotees have been commenting on the rejuvenation they are experiencing just by watching these VCD's...(Click here for the full article)



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