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October 2004
Polarfleece Beadbags for Winter
by Samvit dasi
Posted October 28, 2004

Winter is almost here, but your outdoor japa walks do not have to end! I am now making polarfleece beadbags. They are fully enclosed with an attached finger glove and a ribbed jacket-style wrist cuff. I can make your beadbag in children's, ladies', or men's sizes and with a variety of beautful fleece prints as well as solid colors (including saffron). (Click here for the full article)

by Niscala d.d.
Posted October 26, 2004

In Jnananda's article "Articles on Sexuality- A call for Discretion" he wrote:

I recently read in the third Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam page 115 a commentary by Prabhupada stating, "the homosexual appetite of a man for another man is demoniac and is not for any sane male in the ordinary course of life."

(Click here for the full article)

Mundane marriage, gay marriage
by Gaurachandra dasi
Posted October 22, 2004

One would never guess my sister and I were both born from the same parents. My sister, younger than I, has all she desires in material life, but she lacks honor and integrity on all fronts. Materially have I practically nothing and feel the utmost duty, honor, and commitment towards spiritual life, as a devotee of Krsna. (Click here for the full article)

Foot Water
by Dhira Nitai das
Posted October 21, 2004

For the pleasure of Ashokamrita prabhu, all Vaishnavas and our guru-varga ("Drinking Guru's bath water"), I am submitting a few quotes from the sastras... (Click here for the full article)

New web forum begun
by Shiva das
Posted October 19, 2004

I have created a new web forum called Kirtan, for the Gaudiya Saraswata community.

The purpose of the forum is to clarify and discuss "controversial" philosophical aspects of our Gaudiya teachings coming to us through Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada and Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. (Click here for the full article)

Srila Prabhupada and gay devotees
by Amara das
Posted October 17, 2004

Over the past few years it has become commonplace for devotees to depict Srila Prabhupada as very hateful and condemning of gays. What a great disservice this has been to His Divine Grace! I suspect this is more a reflection of the mentality of such devotees themselves, and not that of Srila Prabhupada. As far as I have seen, Srila Prabhupada's exchanges with homosexual friends and disciples were always exceptionally loving and kind. Indeed, he was quite caring toward them and displayed a great deal of concern that they feel welcome and included in his Krsna consciousness movement. (Click here for the full article)

Krsna appears in the prisons
by Syama Priya d.d.
Posted October 16, 2004

Letter from inmate to ISKCON Prison Ministry:

Mother Shyama, I'd like to share something with you: Last night my neighbor and I stayed up till 4:00 in the morning talking about Krsna and the Bhagavad-Gita. His name is Jose. He was asking me many beautiful questions and I answered many of them... (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON educational centre opens in Malaysia
by Janananda das and Kalesa das
Posted October 14, 2004

On October 20th, 2004, the first of three buildings to be constructed on ISKCON's land in Penang, Malaysia will be opened. In 1971, during Srila Prabhupada's visit to Malaysia, he requested local supporters to help construct a temple. He showed a picture of a temple in Vrndavana and said, "I want a Temple like this." For thirty years there was little progress on the project. (Click here for the full article)

Meatout Mondays
by Nikunja
Posted October 13, 2004

Check out "Meatout Mondays" at FARM, an animal rights organization. There is a great story about Food for Life. http://meatoutmondays.org/09-13.htm

Hurricane Update from Alachua (New Raman Reti)
by Nikunjavasini dasi
Posted October 9, 2004

Florida has been hard hit by hurricanes this season. Charley hit from the west side and did so much damage down south. Ivan ravaged the Panhandle at Pensacola, but Frances hit from the east side and the Gainesville-Alachua areas were seriously affected on the weekend of September 4th. The storm lasted for four days. Alachua is about 80 miles inland so it had a chance to slow down a bit. The winds were 45-70 MPH. The rainfall was about 12-14". (Click here for the full article)

Aradhya Devi leaves this world
by Karnamrta das
Posted October 7, 2004

Seeing how all the devotees came together to help Aradhya and her family, even those who had some "issues" with them, I couldn't help question why we devotees can't seem to cooperate like this while we are living. At least we seem to come together when someone is dying--but why wait till then, as we are all slowly dying? I was often reflecting as I chanted and prayed in her presence, how insignificant are those things that devide us into camps and sometimes into warring (either hot or cold) factions. Perspectives seem very important till our bodies are dying. Then no ones asks us about or philosophy or stand on issues--they only want to help us remember Krsna. (Click here for the full article)

Health update on Jaya Govinda prabhu
Posted October 5, 2004

Chakra's Iraq correspondent, Jaya Govinda das, now in hospital in Washington State awaiting surgery, has been provisionally labelled as suffering from "Gulf War syndrome", while awaiting a more precise diagnosis from his doctors. "There seem to be a lot of people coming home with the same symptoms," he writes, "but the Army casts them all a blind eye." (Click here for the full article)

Names of Srimati Radharani
Compiled by Madhava Kanta das
Posted October 3, 2004

Sri Radha Radhika (Lord Krsna's greatest worshipper), Krsna-Vallabha (Lord Krsna's beloved), Krsna-Samyuta (Lord Krsna's constant companion), Vrndavanesvari (Queen of Vrndavana), Krsna-Priya (beloved of Lord Krsna), Madana-Mohini (more charming than Kamadeva) . . . . the nectarean list of Her names goes on and on. (Click here for the full article)

Vaisnava Personal Transformation Courses in New Zealand
by Prananatha das
Posted October 1, 2004

I would like to take this opportunity to announce to you all the opportunity to come to clean, green New Zealand to take part in one of Dhira Govinda Prabhu's powerful 9 day courses. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Kolkata connection

from the Statesman, Calcutta
Posted October 28, 2004

He was born and raised in an American family in Canada. But right from the age of 11, Shukavak Das was drawn to the Hindu philosophy and the magic of the East. He completed his PhD in South Asian Studies and a Masters in Sanskrit grammar from the University of Toronto in Canada. As luck would have it, his research took him to interior Bengal. Government archives, local libraries, home visits were all part of his journey, giving him an insight into life in this part of India. "I think I was destined to come here. All through my childhood, I nursed a liking for India, Hinduism and yoga. I used to go to libraries to learn more about the region," says Das. (Click here for the full article)

Seminars for sale: bhakti or business?
by Anantadeva das
Posted October 26, 2004

Since the samadhi of Srila Prabhupada, it has become a widening practice within ISKCON to charge fixed fees for courses on the Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, etc., and even mundane psychology, something unheard of in the manifest presence of Srila Prabhupada. One recent advertised course costs 10,000 rupees, exclusive of room and prasadam; another course, of four months' duration, is advertised as costing 1200 euros. (Click here for the full article)

The Heart of a Devotee
by Padmapani das
Posted October 24, 2004

In the Upadesamrta, Srila Rupa Goswami describes the six kinds of exchanges between devotees as priti-laksanam, or "symptoms of love," indicating the very substance of Vaisnava rapport. Of course, in the English language the word "love" is often interpreted to mean lust or exploitation, but that is not the Vaisnava understanding. The heart of a devotee is the residence of Lord Krsna (sadhunam hrdayam tv aham). The essence of his existence is Krsna. Therefore a devotee sees everything in relation to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He has no enemies; politics and diplomacy have no place in the person of a Vaisnava. His only motivation is to please Krsna, being always absorbed in His loving devotional service (bhajatam priti-purvakam). So when truly advanced Vaisnavas interact with one another, the atmosphere is surcharged with spiritual bliss (tusyanti ca ramanti ca). (Click here for the full article)

Sri Nityananda Prabhu and His Divine Mercy Manifestations
by Isvara das
Posted October 22, 2004

A table top book for seekers of Nectar

Sri Nityananda Prabhu and His Divine Mercy Manifestations, is a compilation of teachings of the eminent Vaisnava great masters, exclusively on the concept of guru and the disciple. No one attains deliverance from the bondage of material existence without the guidance of a guru. Sri Guru is the embodiment of the mercy of the Supreme Lord. Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the incarnation of Lord Balarama, appeared along with Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to bestowe upon the suffering conditioned souls what was never given before, the divine love of Krishna. Lord Nityananda is the original guru, the Divine Master. All knowledge of divinity descends from Him only. Out of His causeless mercy, He again manifested Himself unto the succession of individual gurus, who carried the same message and mercy of Godhead, to deliver the fallen souls from the ocean of nescience. (Click here for the full article)

Prithu Prabhu's resignation
submitted by Lilasuka das,
GBC Secretariat
Posted October 21, 2004

We are informing you that, as the below posted letter indicates, that HG Prithu Prabhu wishes to resign from his services, both as member of the Governing Body of ISKCON and as an initiating spiritual master. Therefore the GBC are making arrangements to help all those affected by his resignation and that we thank him for all his services and look forward to him continuing to serve in whatever capacity he can in the future. We also wish him the best regarding his health and welfare. (Click here for the full article)

Phoenix temple installs Nitai-Gaurahari deities
by Laxman Bhandari
Posted October 19, 2004

I would like to take this opportunity to thank H.H. Giriraj Maharaj, H.H. Guruprasad Maharaj, H.G Caitanya Bhagavan prabhu, H.G Ramapati das prabhu, H.G Krishna Svarup das prabhu, H.G Dasarath das prabhu, and all the other devotees who came and gave their blessings and inspiration to make the installation ceremony of Nitai-Gaurahari even better than had been expected in Phoenix, Arizona. (Click here for the full article)

Ratha yatra Report with pictures
by ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted October 17, 2004

Rath yatra parade was attended by thousands devotees all over the world. Inspite of continued rain the parade was proceeding ahead with chanting of hare Krishna maha mantras. The huge parade took nine hours to reach at its destination.On the way prashadam was distributed by the people of the city,. HH Gopal krsna Goswami Maharaj inaugurated the prade .HG Sakshi Gopal das , President Iskcon Kurukshetra and HG Rajsurya das ,General Manager, Iskcon Ludhiana leads the chariots. This year we had three chariots, one each for Lord Jagannath, Baldeva and Subhadra. (Click here for the full article)

Considerations of Gay Marriage
by Niscala d.d.
Posted October 16, 2004

Jyotirmaya Prabhu has suggested that the debate on the morality of gay marriage should be terminated as it is a case of the individual doing what they think is most beneficial for them as opposed to trying to get the approval of others. This gives rise to further considerations... (Click here for the full article)

Sri Caitanya-siksamrta Published
by Kesidamana das
Posted October 14, 2004

Dear Vaisnavas,

We are happy to announce the publication of Srila Sac-cid-ananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Sri Caitanya-siksamrta, translated by HH Bhanu Swami for the appreciation of the Vaisnava devotees. (Click here for the full article)

Bhaktivedanta Institute attempts to bridge scientific and religious views
by Murli Krsna das
Posted October 9, 2004

[Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami garlands His Holiness the Dalai Lama at an international conference on religion and science.]

The Bhaktivedanta Institute is organizing the Second International Congress on "Life and Its Origin -- Exploration from Science and Spiritual/Religious Traditions" in Rome from November 12 to 15, 2004. It is an interdisciplinary project and scholars from various fields of science and spiritual disciplines of the world are expected to participate in this Congress. (Click here for the full article)

Boarding schools "heartless"; child protection paramount
by Srinitamba dasi
Posted October 7, 2004

I question the meaning of supporting the system of gurukulas. I ask myself what reasonable explanations parents may possibly give themselves for sending their child across the world to a gurukula and themselves staying back in another country. Children don't need slokas and Bhagavad-Gita verses at the age of five -- they need love and protection by their parents. (Click here for the full article)

On Responsibility in Devotional Leadership
by Madhavananda das
Posted October 5, 2004

As much as we may hesitate to employ the term guru in referring to those not worshiped by troops of followers on a grand scale, whosoever teaches matters of bhakti is to be known as a guru. In this essay, we shall focus on the responsibility that is inherent in this guru-ness, regardless of its scale, looking at the inescapable factors we need to face in our quest for responsible and fruitful spiritual leadership. (Click here for the full article)

Where Are They Now?
by Amara das
Posted October 3, 2004

In 1974, Chris Vogel and Rich North, a gay couple from Winnipeg, Canada, made news around the world by getting married in a Unitarian Church. They were the first same-sex couple to marry publicly and bring a legal challenge to court. At this point in time, Canada did not yet have its current Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and a Manitoba court later that year declared their marriage invalid. (Click here for the full article)

Devotees celebrate Radhasthami
by Preeti dasi
Vrindavan, India
Posted October 1, 2004

We celebrated Radharani's birthday very, very enthusiastically, and also we prayed for all the devotees who were not present at that moment. On that day Srmati Radharani changed Her dress four times. Here are photographs from mangal artik and the 4:30 afternoon darsan, as well as a close-up of Her feet. (Click here for the full article)

Karma for Adultery
Author's name withheld upon request
Posted October 28, 2004

Many people around us commit adultery. What are the karmic consequences for adultery? Does one go to a hellish planet or what exactly happens? Furthermore, if one is in a relationship but not yet married, would cheating on that person be considered adultery?

Kartik Semester schedule
Posted October 26, 2004

In the service of Srila Prabhupada and all the Vaisnavas, VIHE and senior devotees from around the world are striving to provide all the devotees coming to Vrindavan with an opportunity to enhance their spiritual life and Vrindavan experience. Streams of nectar flow each Kartik and wonders are waiting to be allowed into your life. (Click here for the full article)

Kavi Datta (ACBSP) About to Pass Away
by Srila das
Posted October 24, 2004

Kavi Datta Prabhu, a dedicated book distributor and veteran of the Radha-Damodara Traveling Sankirtan Party (TSKP), has been suffering for many years from advanced kidney disease. After extended hospitlaization, complications from internal infection, heart arrest and consequent brain damage, his family decided yesterday to disconnect him from his life-support system. Doctors have informed us that Kavi is expected to pass away within the next few days, if not sooner. (Click here for the full article)

Land and mobile home for sale in Alachua
by Kishore Krsna das
Posted October 22, 2004

Sale by owner, 5 acres of land with a newly renovated Mobile home, 24 by 62, three bedroom, two bath, big dining room. It has central AC/Heat unit. It is 2.9 miles from ISKCON Alachua, worlds fastest growing vaishnav community. The temple is in quiet and good neighborhood. For more information please email me at Yogafru@aol.com.

Kishore Krsna Das

Can we stop talking about other's love life?
by Krsna Avatar
Posted October 21, 2004

I think that ISKCON devotees talk about other people's love life far more than any religion than I have observed. I don't understand it. What does it matter what others do privately? It is between the individuals and Krishna. I'd rather not hear about other's homosexual or heterosexual activities. Why are we so intrusive? Who cares? Are we that bored that this is what we need to talk about? When I read the scriptures, the love life of others is not mentioned much, and to the extent that it is, it is usually in the context of their children. Prabhupada said that sex should be used for procreation, but left it at that, not obsessing over his disciples' love life. I think it is time to leave this subject alone, and talk about more important issues, such as doing away with Ekadasi feasts during big festivals.

Krsna Avatar

House in Vrndavana for Sale!
by Baladeva das
Posted October 19, 2004

  • Owner finance, low down payment
  • 4 bedroom, 3 baths
  • Large covered balcony overlooking park
  • With a view of Srila Prabhupadas Samadhi
  • Traditional architecture 10 yrs old
  • Garden, kutir
  • 5 minute walk from KB Temple
(Click here for the full article)

Upcoming events for mass book distribution
by Vaisesika dasa (ACBSP)
Posted October 17, 2004

Eight years ago on Srila Prabhupadas centennial appearance, devotees all over the globe rallied to distribute more of Srila Prabhupadas books in one year than at any other time in history. (Click here for the full article)

Drinking Guru's bath water
by Ashokamrita das
Reposted October 16, 2004

Where exactly does it say in the Shastras that one should wash one's Guru's feet and drink that water ? I would like an educated answer but not a confused answer about caranamrita. Bath water from someone's feet and deities bathing water are two different things. I will appreciate enlightenment. Thanks.... Ashokamrita.

Stringent child protection protocols needed
by Devahotra das
Tasmania, Australia
Posted October 13, 2004

All over the world, religious and spiritual organisations are having to come to terms with the fact that they attract pedophiles who infiltrate schools, classes, ashrams and temples, churches and the like, to gain the trust of and responsibility over children. The gurukula children, who are now adults, have experienced significant trauma from sexual predators, as well as physical and psychological abuse from those who had no training in teaching and no appreciation of the parental love that is requisite in dealing with children. (Click here for the full article)

Kartika in Vrndavana
from The Armchair Pilgrim
Posted October 9, 2004

I don't know if you're like me or not. I've never been to Kartika in Vrndavana. Every year I read the Internet articles about Kartika in Vrndavana and I really want to go. But, for one reason or another, I can never make it. Instead, I go to VNN, VINA, Chakra, or Dipika and look for yet another story, some more nectar about Kartika. This year I really thought I'd make it, but, again, circumstances were such that I couldn't go. (Click here for the full article)

Advanced seminar experience
by Vrndavana dasi
Posted October 7, 2004

The Advanced Seminar Experience is the second step in realizing your personal power, and mastering the practical application of the skills from the Foundational Life Skills seminar. You will experience immense feelings of emotional release and freedom; and you will deeply explore your own personality. This is an intense six-day workshop, to be offered in Gainesville, Florida from Nov. 2 through Nov. 7, with outstanding and lasting results. If you have the desire, this seminar will help you learn to live life to its fullest. (Click here for the full article)

Don't debate it; just do it!
by Jyotirmaya das
Posted October 5, 2004

I don't understand why Amara prabhu keeps posting basically the same messages about how gay marriage should be accepted by society -- both Krishna conscious society and regular society. (Click here for the full article)

Memoirs of a Modern-Day Ksatriya - Part Seven
by Jaya Govinda das
Posted October 3, 2004

As a Christian, Chaplain L. was real big on charity. Service to God meant service to man, so I decided that that was the angle from which I would 'get' him. After all, the best way to preach to someone is through the medium of their own beliefs, for they have no arguments against them. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Hare Krishna Home to Monks, away from World

by Heather Bowser,
Daily Universe, BYU
Posted October 1, 2004

[Gyani Dasa is the youngest monk at the Hare Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork. He is experiencing the simple life of a monk there]

Gyani Dasa closed his eyes and touched his newly-shaved head to the frigid marble floor of the upper temple room. The dawning sunrays bathed him in gold as he rose to greet the statue of Lord Krishna at the front of the temple. (Click here for the full article)

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