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October 2003
ITV releases new Prabhupad DVD library
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted October 30, 2003

A new set of 23 Prabhupada DVDs is now available. Authored from the original recordings at ITV studios, they will play on any DVD player or computer equipped with a DVD drive. They are in NTSC format but will also play on PAL DVD players. There is no region code, so they will play anywhere in the world. (Click here for the entire article)



Ten heads better than one?
by Romapada das
Posted October 29, 2003


[Lord Rama chastising Ravana]

For reproducing sheer adventure, high drama and incredible special effects, the devotees at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple in Watford leave everyone else in Britain far behind. (Click here for the entire article)



World premiere of full-length film "Chant and Be Happy"
by Hari-dhama das
Posted October 28, 2003

Filmmaker Philippe Auliac, one of France's foremost film directors, recently produced his latest documentary film "Chant and Be Happy". Narrated by Ms. Laurence Geslin, a documentary maker trained in visual arts and the history of art, the film was edited by Julien Doublet and Celine Esteve. (Click here for the entire article)



Halloween Harinam in Austin, Texas
by Sudama das
Posted October 27, 2003

If you are in or near Texas and would like to join us for an outrageous, ecstatic Halloween Harinama in Austin please send an email to sudama@harekrishnatemple.com. The Harinam will be on Friday, October 31st from 7-10 pm. (Click here for the entire article)



Happy Diwali and best wishes for the New Year from your friends at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies

http://www.ochs.org.uk





Govardhana puja darsana at at Krsna-Balarama Mandira, Vrndavana
by Deenanath das
Posted October 26, 2003

Please see http://www.vrindavan.com/darshan/Govardhan-Puja,-26th-October,-2003

Ys.,
Deenanath das



Invitation to Opening of ISKCON Dwarka & Rajkot
by Devakinandana Das
Posted October 23, 2003

WIth the blessings and mercy of Srila Prabhupada, and on behalf of His Holiness Mahavishnu Gosvami Maharaj, we extend a warm and personal invitation to all devotees to please and grace the wonderful opening of ISKCON temples in the Holy Dham of Dwaraka and the city town of Rajkot during the period of 6-9 December 2003. (Click here for the entire article)



Meat May be Bad For You
by Madhava Gosh das
Posted October 22, 2003

I recently came across the following article, website link provided. While it is preliminary, it does appear to be supportive of the notion it is best to avoid red meats (4 regs ki jaya). This article is based on a published paper which can be found at www.pnas.org, the website of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Search on Neu5Gc. (Click here for the entire article)



Festival of Lights reminder
by Caru das
Posted October 21, 2003

A reminder that the Festival of Lights (Diwali) will be celebrated this coming Sat. Oct. 25, from 6 pm at the Krishna Temple, 8628 S. Main St., Spanish Fork.

The program includes a multi media drama (Dracula Gets A Gita), Indian classical (Bharat Natyam) and folk (Garba) dancing, a Vedic Fire sacrifice (Agni Hotra), a service giving respect to a live cow (Go-Puja), and a vegetarian food extravaganza. (Click here for the entire article)



God Bless America
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted October 20, 2003

I'm writing this as the polls close in the California recall election. Government will pass from the hands of one hapless and inept politician into the hands of a self-admiring actor who has essentially no knowledge of government. Basically, out of the frying pan, into the fire -- a disaster for the State of California. (Click here for the entire article)



Columbus ashram welcomes devotee women
by Garuda das
Posted October 19, 2003

"Columbus Krishna House", an ashram for women in Columbus, Ohio, invites women -- whether new to devotional service, partially trained or experienced -- to develop their Krishna consciousness while serving Their Lordships Sri- Sri Radha-Natabara in the company of other women devotees. Guided by longtime devotee Malati dasi, the project envisions learning by doing, with the goal of training women for leadership roles in ISKCON. (Click here for the entire article)



Women Gurus in ISKCON
by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted October 18, 2003

A recent VNN article announcing the prospective approval of Her Grace Urmila dasi as a diksa guru in ISKCON has stirred up criticism, including an article entitled Female Diksa Guruship.

(Click here for the entire article)



Vedanga Dasa to Undergo Surgery
by Premavatar Das
Posted October 15, 2003

I have just learned that Srila Prabhupadas only disciple in Norway, Sripad Vedanga Prabhu, will undergo a heart bypass operation this Wednesday in a hospital just outside our capital, Oslo. (Click here for the entire article)



Reminder: Teacher Training Course One at Radhadesh
by Alakananda Dasi,
Bhaktivedanta College
Posted October 14, 2003

We are happy to announce VTE Teacher Training Course One, facilitated by HG Rasamandala Prabhu. It will take place at Radhadesh in Belgium. For more information, please read the text that follows. (Click here for the entire article)



Vaishnavi retreat underway at New Vrindavan
by Malati dasi
Posted October 13, 2003

Today we celebrated the opening day of the Vaishnavi Retreat in New Vrindavan.

The entire Radha-Vrindavanchandra Mandir was filled with beautiful, graceful Vaishnavi daughters and granddaughters of Srila Prabhupada. Today and for the next two days, the entire morning program is being offered to His Divine Grace by his loving woman servants. Today, his daughter Rukmini dasi, gave Srimad Bhagavatam class on Bhag. 5.24.29, invoking striking memories of his personal, caring attention to his disciples during his physical presence. (Click here for the entire article)



Krishna's PalTalk...
by Bhaktavatsala das
Posted October 11, 2003

This is to introduce, and invite, everyone to "PalTalk" @ http://www.paltalk.com - a place where online devotees can meet. I was invited there by a devotee recently, and had some nice Krishna conscious exchanges. Devotees already have "rooms" there. You can create rooms ("private" or public), invite friends, etc. Nice field for preaching and attracting people to the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. Jai! Haribol!

Your servant, in Krishna consciousness,
Bhaktavatsala das (NZ)



Damodarastaka Prayers
submitted by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted October 9, 2003

SRI DAMODARASTAKA

(found in the Padma Purana of Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa, spoken by Satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Narada Muni and Saunaka Rsi.)

"In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recite the prayer known as Damodarastaka, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara." (Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa 2.16.198)

(1)
namamisvaram sac-cid-ananda-rupam
lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam
yasoda-bhiyolukhalad dhavamanam
paramrstam atyantato drutya gopya

(1) To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who [due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of mother Yasoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed

...


Click here to download the prayers as a PDF file with diacritics.

(Click here for the entire article)



Pastimes of Lord Damodara
submitted by Hare Krsna dasi
Posted October 8, 2003


[Sri Sri Radha-Damodara take an ox-cart ride to tour Their fields and enliven Their devotees.]

A visitor's song:
"I don't say here it's overdone, but where I come from
the Deity is more worshiped in awe.
Here They go out on Damodara sports,
cavorting down the factory lift,
or crashing through the tall cornfields
without a thought that it's strange or rough!
I get the feeling He loves to play,
and somehow He's conveyed that to His servants.
who provide such times -- and that's special. (Click here for the entire article)



Bengali Tutor Wanted
by Tripurari das
Posted October 7, 2003

I am looking for a tutor who is proficient in both Bengali and English grammar and who has competent, experienced teaching skills to teach me Bengali in Mayapur Dham from January 2004 to June 2004, 4-5 days a week, 3-4 hours a day. The tutor need not be a devotee and I will be able to offer a good wage according to Indian standards. If anyone knows of anyone who might be qualified and interested or knows someone who might know someone or can suggest some strategy for finding such a tutor, I would very much appreciate hearing from you. Please contact me at travischilcott@hotmail.com

Thank you,
Tripurari dasa (HDG)



Festival of Lights
by Caru das
Posted October 5, 2003

Festival of Lights
Saturday, October 25, 2003. 6 pm
Sri Sri Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork, Utah

Indian Festival of Lights & Thanksgiving (Two Festivals Rolled Into One)
Krishna Temple, 8628 S Main,
Spanish Fork, Utah 798-3559/787-1510
http://www.iskcon.net/utah

(Click here for the entire article)



Temple commander needed in Malaga
by Hema Gauri dasi
Posted October 4, 2003

Dear Devotees,

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

Are you looking for a new horizon to practise your preaching skills?
Are you looking for somewhere nice, warm and sunny throughout the year? (Click here for the entire article)



Padayatra America Report
by Padayatra Office
Posted October 2, 2003

August 16 - 22, 2003 (from the diary of a Padayatri)
http://www.padayatraamerica.com

During this week we have been meeting with many locals, after these weeks of being in Louisa county Virginia we can see how potent is the presence of Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundar and Prabhupada's padayatra preaching program. (Click here for the full article)



No Vraja-bhakti in Bhagavad-gita? -- A response to Danavir Goswami
by Babhru das
Posted October 30, 2003

In Battlefield Fancy, Danavir Goswami asserts that Swami B.V. Tripurari's commentary, Bhagavad-gita: Its Feeling and Philosophy should be avoided because it has eight flaws: Gita Opportunism, Impertinent Over-Stepping, Sahajiya, Tenth Canto Opportunism, Infidelity, Misinterpretation, Rasabhasa, and Mayavada. His main point is that it is wrong to describe Bhagavad-gita in terms of Vraja-bhakti. In this response, I will address some preliminary objections, establish the precedent for drawing Vraja-bhakti from certain verses of the Bhagavad-gita, document quotations from Srila Prabhupada that explain Vraja-bhakti in terms of Gita verses, address Tripurari Maharaja's mood in writing his Gita commentary and the propriety of writing another commentary on Bhagavad-gita, and give a brief refutation of each of Danavir Goswami's eight main points. (Click here for the entire article)



He gave us everything
by Swami B.V. Tripurari
Posted October 28, 2003

I would like to speak to you from my heart about my realization of Srila Prabhupada, especially that which I learned over the last eighteen years that I have been serving him outside of the formal boundaries of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. (Click here for the entire article)



Vaisnava foundational life skills and personal transformation course
by Malini dasi
Posted October 27, 2003

A Vaisnava foundational life skills and personal transformation course will be taught in Gainesville, Florida, November 1-2, 2003. The course 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. (Click here for the entire article)



Multiple Vaisnava commentaries deepen understanding of Bhagavad-gita
by Bhakta Ivar
Posted October 26, 2003

Editor's Note:

Recently, Danavir Goswami wrote an article, "Battlefield Fancy", posted on www.dipika.org, which reviewed a book written by Tripurari Swami. That reviwew was not submitted to Chakra, and would not have been published in any case, as it did not meet our editorial guidelines. The reviewer did not mention the name of the book or its author, and Umapati Swami, the editor of the Dipika site, writes, "I did not know the book was written by Tripurari Maharaja."

Umapati Maharaja contends that Danavir Maharaja properly concealed the name of the author from him, and from his readers, "because he was only interested in defeating a philosophical point of view that he fears may be creeping into ISKCON." Umapati Maharaja has offered devotees an opportunity to rebut Danavir Maharaja's analysis, though carefully delineating the terms of acceptable replies. Here is one such response from a Dutch devotee, also sent to Chakra...

(Click here for the entire article)



Ox power is appropriate technology for Vrindavan school
by Giriseva das
Posted October 23, 2003

Vrindavan Food for Life, under the guidance of Rupa Raghunath das, has opened the Sandipani Muni School for underprivileged Vrajavasi children. They have just inaugurated their new facility, which will host 500 students. One of the special features of this school is that they have a bull-powered school bus to transport 50 children to and from school daily.



Mayapura Gurukula child protection is a must
by Devahotra das
Posted October 22, 2003

Any devotee who says that the Office of Child Protection are a bunch of "do-gooders" is an apologist for child abusers and is unfit to hold office in ISKCON having anything to do with children. Despite potentially crippling lawsuits that the movement in the United States is facing, despite all the evidence of physical and psychological abuse of children entrusted to ISKCON by parents, it seems that lessons still need to be learnt again. (Click here for the entire article)



Radhastami DVD Available!
from Audarya Bookstore
Posted October 21, 2003

Radhastami DVD Through the pen of Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami, Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, says radhikara prema—guru, ami—sisya nata, “Radha’s love is my guru—I am its dancing disciple.” (Click here for the entire article)



Vedalearn News
by Jagannatha Mishra das
General Coordinator
Posted October 20, 2003

Here at Vedalearn, we have a few projects going on at this time:

  • Correspondence Bhakta Program in collaboration with ISKCON Prison Ministry
    (working on the logistics now).
  • Launch of the Vedalearn site (Vaisnava Primer online).
  • VEDA CHAT - "Live" Voice Chat room where we are holding spiritual programs every day, with chanting, reading and discussions, also once a week, special Interfaith meetings with members of other philosophies eager to share readings and prayers, details here: http://www.vedalearn.com/vedachat.htm

(Click here for the entire article)



BVPS at Mayapur Gurukula?
by Maharani dasi
Posted October 19, 2003

On September 20, 2000, ISKCON's Office of Child Protection ruled as follows:

"During the 1980s, through 1991, many children suffered physical, sexual, and psychological child abuse in the Mayapura gurukula while Bhakti Vidya Purna Maharaja was in the position of principal of the school. Bhakti Vidya Purna Maharaja has expressed to the ICOCP that he takes responsibility for the child abuse that occurred while he was principal of the school.

(Click here for the entire article)



Female guru is a good thing
by Shiva
Posted October 15, 2003

Funny, that article, written by a female (Sita devi dasi in VNN), giving us her guru-ness, denouncing any female who gives diksa. . . . Go figure. (Click here for the entire article)



Alcoholics Anonymous
Letter to Krishna Krpa prabhu

by Jyotirmaya das
Posted October 14, 2003

I am an alcoholic and attend regular meetings. Let me tell you that the people there are much better than the one's that I associated with in bars. Like everywhere else, some of the people I met in AA became close friends and others are my "brothers and sisters" in sobriety and God consciousness. Sometimes a friend or two of mine in AA will come with me to the temple restaurant, offer obeisances to the Deities, and stay to listen to the lecture. When a man is faced with the decision to accept a Higher Power into his life or live a desperate suffering life of drinking, most times he chooses the Higher Power. (Click here for the entire article)



Sri Govardhan Puja in New York
by ISKCON New York
Posted October 13, 2003

You are cordially invited to celebrate the festivals of Diwali and Govardhana Puja on at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir.

Saturday October 25, 2003
5:30 - 9:00pm

(Click here for the entire article)



Sharad Purnim Darshan at Krishna Balarama Mandir
by Deenanath das
Posted October 12, 2003

Please go to:

http://www.vrindavan.com/darshan/album17

to see the Krsna Balarama Mandir Deities wearing special white outfits on Sharad-purnim, the first day of Karttik.



Actors wanted for Gaura Purnima Festival, Mayapur
by Parividha das
Posted October 11, 2003

His Holiness Bhakti Purusottama Swami has requested me to stage some of my productions during the Gaura Purnima Festival. I will try to stage as many of my musicals, comedies and dramas as is possible. But in order to accomplish that I need devotees (male & female), who are interested to participate in my productions. (Click here for the entire article)



The Month of Kartika - 10/9 - 11/8 2003
by ISKCON New York
Posted October 9, 2003

** The Month of Kartika: Damodara Festival @ Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir **
Thursday October 9 thru Saturday November 8, 2003

Dear Devotees and Friends,

Throughout this special month, devotees commemorate the pastime of naughty Lord Krishna's being bound with ropes by mother Yasoda. Devotees offer lamps daily and sing the Damodarastakam prayers. It is also the final month of Caturmasya, and many saintly persons perform different austerties to increase their hearing and chanting of Lord Krishna's names and activites, while minimizing bodily needs. Furthermore, this month is also festival month, as many special days related to the pastimes of Lord Krishna in Vrindavan occur. (Click here for the entire article)



BBT International Editorial/Marketing Meeting
by Govinda das
Posted October 8, 2003

The BBT will have its annual editorial and marketing meeting in Vrindavan on October 23 - 25.

We would like to invite you all to share with us your ideas, suggestions, and complaints. All your input is very much appreciated.

Please reply to me privately.

On behalf of BBT International
Your servant
Govinda dasa
Govinda@bbt.se



Atma Yoga Teacher Training
by Atmananda Das
Posted October 7, 2003

200+ Hours of Certified Instruction
10 weeks evenings and weekends
$1,500*
*limited scholarships available (Click here for the entire article)



An example is better than a precept
by Garuda das
Posted October 6, 2003

Summer 2003 marked my 12th summer of travelling and preaching at the North American national Rainbow Gathering, with up to 35,000 people coming together to celebrate life and pray for peace. (Click here for the entire article)



Importance of Serving Parents
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted October 6, 2003

Dear Chakra Editor,

In Iskcon, it is widely believed that Krishna does not want us to serve our parents. I have not even heard Iskcon devotees emphasizing on serving parents. I am enclosing a article from Ramayana about importance of serving parents and obeying their instructions. (Click here for the entire article)



New Arrivals of Children's Books
by Syamasundara das
Posted October 5, 2003

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,
pamho. agtsp.

This is another mile stone that we have crossed by adding another 3 new titles to our children's K.C. books. as you know vedic arts has already produced nearly 75 titles in last few years. (Click here for the entire article)



Sri Radhastami 2003 @ New York City
by ISKCON, New York
Posted October 2, 2003

News Reports from Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir - New York City (http://www.radhagovinda.net/news)

** Sri Radhastami - The Apperance Day of Srimati Radharani. **

The sweetest festival by far, this year's Radhastami Celebration at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir was a day to remember. Starting with the auspicious Mangal Arati ceremony, Sri Sri Radha Govinda's Temple was alive with excitement as the devotees gathered to greet Srimati Radharani on her Transcendental Birthday. The deities wore one of their new Night dresses, custom made in Vrindavan, India. (Click here for the entire article)



Diwali photos from Spanish Fork
by Caru das
Posted October 30, 2003

If you'd like to see the photos of the recent Festival of Lights (Diwali) at the Krishna temple in Utah, they are posted at the following address. Go to "Photos"

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KrishnaKulture/

Please note that you need to get a yahoo id and password at the site in order to get access to the hotos. It's free and should only take a few seconds.

Our next event Dec. 6, Sat, 6 pm, Gita Jayanti



New Krishna conscious website
by Sahadeva das
Posted October 29, 2003

ISKCON Secunderabad devotees have launched a new music website called 'Music for Krishna' on the auspicious occasion of Srila Prabhupada's disappearance. The first album on the site is "A Transcendental Journey to America", containing two songs Srila Prabhupada wrote on the Jaladuta ship, on his way to America. The album is available for free download for a limited period.



Alcoholics Anonymous Led Me to Krsna
by Haridas dasa
Posted October 28, 2003

I was struggling in AA when my first teacher Bimbasya dasa gave me Krsna. I owe big time. This is the main reason I'm posting this article. The recovery stats in AA are one in 44, yet this is the best program known around the world. There is only one that is better and it is not largly recognized. And that is Krsna Consciousness as outlined by Shila Prabhupada. In the twelve step recovery programs it recognized that one who 'gets the program' is generally one who gets the 'God' connection or one who totally surrenders'. I personally never surrendered to anything in my life, [before AA], and therefore I couldn't really surrender to a door knob or any kind of higher power until I new more about this entity I was surrendering to. I thank Bimbasya and Prabhupada every day for giving me the little bit of Krsna that I have. (Click here for the full article)



Niles, Michigan Ratha-yatra 2003
by Bob Roberts
Posted October 27, 2003

Four years ago, Prema Bhakti das and his wife Tapati dasi entered the Annual Niles Apple Festival Parade as a two-person Ratha Yatra, chanting the Lord's Holy Names. Last year, four others joined them. (Click here for the full article)



Vrindavan Kartik Festival Program : 26th to 28th October 2003
by Deenabandhu das
Posted October 26, 2003

Sunday 26th October Govardhana Puja.
7:30 a.m - Procession to Goshala
8:00 a.m - Govardhana Puja Lecture in Goshala
9:00 a.m - Go-puja in Goshala
9:30 a.m - Breakfast in Goshala
10:30 a.m. - Giriraja Govardhana Abhisheka in the Temple
12:00 noon - Parikrama of Prasadam Giriraja Govardhana in the Temple Courtyard.
2:00 p.m. - Prasadam Feast at Fogala Ashram
4:30 p.m. - Srila Prabhupada Nectar and Memories in the Temple Courtyard
7:45 p.m. - The Touchstone with a Difference (Drama in English ), produced and directed by Jaya Krishna Das (Bhaktivedanta Players: U.K), at Krishna Balarama Land

(Click here for the full article)



Devotees invited to fulfill Srila Prabhupada's desire
by Sarvajna Krishna das
Posted October 22, 2003

Dear Devotees,

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

Hare Krishna!!

Srila Prabhupada instructed us to build a gorgious temple in Chennai,South India. Devotees at Chennai, under the leadership of Bhanu Maharaj, are trying hard to build the temple on 6.5 acres of recently aquired land near the golden beach in Chennai. (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON Lenasia website
by ISKCON Lenasia
Posted October 21, 2003

Please see http://www.iskconlenasia.org.za/ for the ISKCON Lenasia website.



Guest House for rent
by Syamasundara das
Posted October 20, 2003

For Rent / Long Lease in Vrndavana

A Beautiful Guest House (Prabhupada Kutir), 2 bedrooms with self- contained kitchen, bathroom, spacious veranda, lots of open space, nice gardens, and safety compound wall. Sweet water, a 7 minute walk from ISKCON-Krishna Balaram Temple on Delhi Road (opposite Nandanvan, Ramanreti), Quiet & serene, away from noise, dust & crowded streets. (phone facility option) (Click here for the full article)



Rathayatra in Delhi - 29th October 2003
by Mahamantra das
Posted October 19, 2003

Dear Maharajas/Prabhus

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

We are pleased to inform you that our Annual Rathayatra of Their Lordships Jagannath, Baldev and Subhadra devi will be celebrated on Wednesday, the 29th October, 2003. The Rathayatra will start from Subhash Maidan (opp. Red Fort) at 1 P.M. and will proceed via Daryaganj, Delhi Gate, Asaf Ali Road, Ajmere Gate, Sraddhanand Marg, Khari Baoli, Fatehpuri , Chandni Chowk and will terminate at Subhash Maidan around 7 P.M. (Click here for the full article)



Animals that talk
by Bhakta Wallace
Posted October 18, 2003

When Lord Caitanya passed through the forest known as Jharikhanda, the tigers, elephants, snakes, deer, and all other animals joined Him in chanting Hare Krsa. . . . Of course, it is not possible for ordinary men to induce animals to chant, but if Caitanya Mahaprabhu could inspire animals to chant, at least we can encourage human beings to adopt Caitanya-caritamrta

(Click here for the full article)



Chakra-Ads Online site ready for devote listings
by Jitakrodha Das
Posted October 14, 2003

Chakra-Ads.Com has been online now since August of this year. We have a good viewing audience and over 60 members to have signed up to date. We now need content for our site for everyone to view. We offer at no charge, devotee business listings, job and resume postings as well as classified items for sell. If you have a business, are looking for workers or employment or have items to sell please consider using the site for your promotion. (Click here for the full article)



Alcoholics Anonymous & KC Are Compatible
by Name Withheld
Posted October 13, 2003

A response to "Alcoholics Anonymous" by Krsna-krpa das

Absolutely yes, the principles of Krishna Consciousness and Alcoholics Anonymous are completely compatible! There are many devotees are who are also members of 12 step programs. I have been a member since 1984, these days however, I have been more inclined towards Al-anon (family members of alcoholics) since I have a family member who is still struggling. The principles remain the same. (Click here for the full article)



New Dvaraka Establishes Vaisnava Hatha-Yoga Center
by Atmananda das
Posted October 11, 2003

Atma Yoga represents a new way to promote the Krsna consciousness movement. Seeing the need to take advantage of the ever-expanding hatha yoga movement for spreading Krsna consciousness, Atmananda Dasa of New Dvaraka has developed a highly appealing Vaisnava hatha yoga system. Atma Yoga is externally similar to many of the commercial yoga systems but is fueled by bhakti shakti. The first full Atma Yoga Center was opened in Los Angeles, across from the New Dvaraka Temple, in January of this year. It has been a success, bringing new Krsna consciousness aspirants to the community. Additionally, two teacher training sessions have already been completed, and the new teachers are already teaching at the center. The hope is to see Atma Yoga Centers and teachers spring up all over the world, in association with established ISKCON centers. Teacher training courses are scheduled for various locations around the United States, Europe, and India during this year and the next. (Please visit http://www.yogamandir.com/teacher_training.html)

(Click here for the full article)



Guadalajara Ratha-yatra 2003
by ISKCON New Nilacala, Mexico
Posted October 9, 2003

27th. Iskcon Ratha-Yatra Guadalajara 2003.

International society for Krishna's conciousness.
Iskcon Guadalajara, Mexico. New Nilacala Mandhira.
Founder Acarya His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

(Click here for the full article)



Alcoholics Anonymous
by Krsna-krpa das
Posted October 8, 2003

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

I am answering a question that was sent to Back to Godhead by an aspiring devotee who has had a problem with alcohol and drugs for years. He goes to Alcoholics Anonymous which he experiences is very beneficial for staying sober, but from the Krishna conscious point of view, some of the people he meets there are very bad association. He feels, however, that if he leaves Alcoholics Anonymous, he will get back into alcohol and drugs as has happened to him before. I am wondering if there is a Krishna conscious version of Alcoholics Anonymous anywhere or if any other devotees have had a similar problem and found a solution to it that I could pass on to him, or if there is someone who can empathize with his problem would like to correspond with him to give him encouragement.

Thank you for your consideration.

your servant,
Krishna-kripa das



Mayapur.info Update
by Kalavati d.d
Posted October 7, 2003

Dear Prabhus,

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

Please inform devotees that http://Mayapur.info is now up after an electrical fire grounded our site for five days. (Click here for the full article)



Looking for Purujit Dasa
by Mani Manjari d.d.
Posted October 6, 2003

I am looking for Purujit Prabhu, a german devotee who is a Prabhupada disciple. Him and his wife and 2 daughters lived in Los Angeles for awhile and then moved to Seattle, Washington. I heard his family had relocated in South America. If anyone knows where he is, please give him this message and please forward my email. I am trying to help a friend of mine get a hold of him. It will be of great service and peace of mind if I am able to find out his whereabouts. Please email me at mani_manjari108@hotmail.com

your servant,
Mani Manjari devi dasi



Krishna Vision
by Nitya-trpta d.d.
Posted October 5, 2003

Dandavats!
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

We finally have our web page up. We will be adding much more and refining it as well.

http://www.krsnavision.com/

Your Servant,
Nitya-trpta devi dasi



Informed Giving and Istagosthi
by Kanva das
Posted October 4, 2003

"Trust and informed giving" is a very well written article, but I can't wait until you folks stress Istagoshi on your informative website. I am an older devotee who truly believe in Istagoshi, not only debates and verbal discussions, but with actual devotee voting rights on all new ideas and even on all appropriations. After all, devotees are the ones who collect the laxmi and do the work so why can't the learn to intellegently vote and have the same majority ruling system within any temple? We already have Srila Prabhupada books and if he didn't want Istagoshis then he wouldn't have repeatedly mentioned them throughout his books as well as in his letters.



Devotees needed at Manor
by Bhagadatta das
Posted October 4, 2003

Dear Prabhus,

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

The Bhaktivedanta Manor temple needs 2-3 devotees between 20 and 35 - male or female - who are willing to come and perform devotional service in one of the most important and well established ISKCON projects. (Click here for the entire article)



Help during Vrndavana Kartik Festival
by Saciputra das
Posted October 2, 2003

Dear Devotees,

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

If any devotees visitig to india during Kartik Festival at Vrindavan have any kind of problem with ticketing, conveyance, extra luggage etc. can contact me in New Delhi Iskcon temple. I can make arrangements for everything. (Click here for the full article)



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