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Looking for a Flat in MVT
by Vraja devi dasi
Posted October 31, 2006

I'm looking for a flat in the MVT. Please contact me at KBVraj@aol.com as soon as possible if you have a 2 bedroom flat there and would like to sell it.

In the News:
Story On Diwali Feast in Tucson Weekly

submitted by Dasarath dasa, by Tucson Weely
Posted October 29, 2006

The nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and people all over America are gearing up for Halloween and Thanksgiving. But in India, they have a different holiday to add some cheer to these darker days: It's called Diwali.

"Diwali means 'festival of lights or lamps,'" explains Sandamini, co-owner of the Hare Krishna-run restaurant Govinda's Natural Foods. "(The holiday) is celebrated all over India with great pomp and excitement. ... All the houses are lit up with lights, candles and ghee lamps, along with lots of sweets and fireworks." (Click here for the full article)

The Passing of Bhakta Seva
by Bala Tattva das (New Vrindavana)
Posted October 28, 2006

I'm still in shock over Bhakta Seva's passing. It seems to be a constant initial response to the death of someone close that you can't believe you will never see them again. It seems impossible you won't come around a corner and there they will be, as they have been for so many years. It's as if it takes awhile after the fact for the space they physically and subtly filled to revert to empty: and then that brings its own ache. (Click here for the full article)

Jaya Srila Prabhupada
by Rasikananda dasa
Posted October 27, 2006

Thank you Srila Prabhupada for giving us all the unfathomable gift of your grace and mercy, the sum-total of our existence.

"My dear Narada
worthy son of Lord Brahma
traveling on
your Vina's song
You are like the sun
like the brightly shining sun
which rotates to
benefit all beings

Dearest Prabhupada
no one can do as you have done
fallen souls are saved
given the holy name (Click here for the full article)

Memories of Bhakti Svarupa Damodar Swami
by Anuttama Das (acbsp 1971, Non-GBC, Husband of Rama Tulasi)
Posted October 25, 2006

Maharaja has suddenly left us without any time for us to say good bye. We are all crying and are feeling bereft without him. When saints are with us we must associate with them and we must serve them. Although a number of godbrothers went to Manipur with Maharaja after Gaura Purnima, the rest of the year he was alone.

I traveled to many places in the world with Maharaja. Over the last 15 years that I spent with Maharaja there were several special comments that he made to me that I wanted to share: (Click here for the full article)

Govardhan Puja At ISKCON Ludhiana
by ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted October 25, 2006

Govardhan Puja was celebrated in Sri Sri Jagannath Temple, Ludhiana with great enthusiasm and devotions . A large number of congregation attended this festival and offered chapan Bhoga to Giriraja Maharaj. Devotees circumambulated a Govardhana Hill of sweets and took rounds (Parikarma). (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Govardhana Hill, Mysore Style

by Deccan Herald
Posted October 24, 2006

A miniature Govardhana hill of size 15 feet by 12 feet made with various kinds of food items including rice preparations, sweets and savories, during the Govardhana Puja festival at ISKCON Sri Krishna Balarama Temple at Jayanagar in Mysore on Sunday. DH photo

Article in Deccanherald.com

In the Blog World:
Welcome to Notes From New Goloka

by karunadd.blogspot.com
Posted October 23, 2006

Image: Vrndavan & Lakshmi in front of Sandy Ridge Festival of India

Welcome to notes from New Goloka.

I'm hoping to get this off the ground and post more October news soon. Today I'm taking the kids to the State Fair. Kundalata will come with us. We've never been before so looking forward to it and kids are really excited.

October 8 we went to Festival of India at Prabhupada Village. Although the weather was a bit chilly starting out the kids had fun. There were a few dances- this very young girl Krishnaya she is only 7 performed a Bharat Natyam solo with such precision. She is a beautiful devoted young girl that appears to be from a heavenly planet. (Click here for the full article)

Please Give Us Your Association
by Tota-gopinath das
Posted October 21, 2006

We would like to humbly submit an invitation to all devotees to attend the grandeur Govardhan-puja festival in Sri New Govardhan Dham, San Diego, California on Sunday October 22nd. We are also pleased to announce that His Holiness Radhanath Swami as well as His Holiness Giriraj Swami will be at our Govardhan-puja celebration.

The schedule: (Click here for the full article)

Dispossessed From the Sanctuary
by Krsna Das and Satchitananda Das, Interfaith League of Devotees
Posted October 20, 2006

Srila Prabhupada would sometimes quote a Bengali proverb regarding the story of the mouse and the snake: "The mouse very laboriously digs a hole in the ground wherein he will live, then along comes one snake that proceeds to eat the mouse and live very comfortably in his hole".

We members of the Interfaith League of Devotees at 25 1st Ave. (directly behind 26 2nd Ave.) in New York City have worked hard for at least 12 years building our six-storey 'hole' -- familiar to many as the Sanctuary Restaurant. (Click here for the full article)

Sri Govardhana Puja in Laguna Beach
by Bhaktin Molly
Posted October 19, 2006

What: Govardhana Puja
When: October 22, 2006 5:00pm
Where: ISKCON Laguna Beach, 285 Legion Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, (949) 494-7029

Please join us for Govardhana Puja in Laguna Beach. The women of the community are constructing miniature temples and kunds out of clay to be placed on our replica of Govardhana Hill. Also, different areas of importance will be mapped out on our replica hill made out of halava. There will also be Bhajans, a Virtual Parikarama of Govardhana Hill, Ecstatic Kirtan, and Maha Prasadam for all! Hare Krishna.

Sri Govardhan Puja Festival in NY
by ISKCON New York
Posted October 17, 2006

You are cordially invited to celebrate the festivals of Deepavali and Govardhan Puja at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, on Sunday October 22, 2006 6pm - 9pm.

Festival Highlights

Bhajans and Kirtans, Annakuta Mahotsava, Hari-Katha, Arati, and an amazing Prasadam Feast

If you would like to contribute towards the prasad or flowers for this festival, please contact the Temple Office @ (718) 875-6127

For the Annakuta celebration, we cordially invite you and your family members to cook pure vegetarian foodstuffs which you can bring and offer to the deities. For more information on that, please contact Shobamayi Devi Dasi @ 718-897-2267 (Click here for the full article)

Jalebi KC Ringtones
by MiraBai Devi Dasi
Posted October 16, 2006

Incredible but true. JALEBI Music Ringtones! That's right! Now you can get your favorite JALEBI Music songs as ringtones for your mobile cell phone!

Do not miss this opportunity to turn your mobile/cell phone into a Krsna conscious ally! From now on every time your phone rings, it will remind you of Sri Krsna and His pure devotees! Fantastic!

Get your JALEBI Music Ringtones now at www.betarecords.com/jalebi

Ringtones available now: (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Lord Jagannatha's Transcendental Smile in Ojai Valley News

by William Roberts
Posted October 15, 2006

In the Wednesday October 4th, 2006 issue of the Ojai Valley News, the big beaming smile of Lord Jagannatha appeared on the back page in full color! This was accomplished by taking advantage of the Halloween season and a 120 lb pumpkin that was grown in the computer controlled 700 Sq. Ft. Raised Bed Vegetable Garden at the American Vedic Association. After growing the behemoth gourd, Adhoksaja Devi Dasi decided to paint it with the beaming smile of Lord Jagannatha instead of the more common haunting expressions like the seasonal Jack-O-Lanterns. (Click here for the full article)

The Beginning of Kartik
by The Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti
Posted October 13, 2006

Oct. 7, 2006, is the first day of the Kartika Vraja Mandala Parikrama, and it will continue to Nov. 7. As every year, a beautiful pandal was built in Gopinatha Bhavan in Vrndavana, and Srila Narayana Maharaja gave his first discourse there today.

He told his international audience that this month is Srimati Radharani's month, and he explained in brief the importance of the month. He said that many of our important acaryas have appeared or disappeared in this month, and that many of Sri Krsna's important pastimes occurred in this month. He said that everyone should give up their comforts such as having air conditioning and an attached bathroom during this month, because they have come here to perform austerities. (Click here for the full article)

Looking for Motor Home to Facilitate Srila Prabhupada's Book Distribution
by Banabhatta dasa
Posted October 12, 2006

I am looking for facility to help my distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books. A motor home would be ideal. If you have a motor home you are not using and would be interested in Donating/renting/selling, please call me. I am a disciple of Srila Prabhupada trying to increase my service and humbly serve the mission of our Guru Maharaja. My email is : wmayshark@yahoo.com and my phone number is: 310-425-6259. I am interested in working out whatever arrangement would be mutually favorable. (Click here for the full article)

One More Round: Increasing Our Attachment to the Holy Name
by Hector Rosario, PhD
Posted October 10, 2006

As followers of Srila Prabhupada we all know his prescription to chant a minimum daily quota of 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra. This is the minimum standard that he set for his followers and which all ISKCON devotees accept. This standard is actually based on the traditional Gaudiya Vaisnava minimum standard set by Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Of course, that standard is 100,000 names of Krishna daily, roughly equivalent to 64 rounds of Hare Krishna japa, according to Bhaktivinoda Thakura and other acaryas. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, echoing Lord Caitanya, considered those who could not adhere to this minimum standard to be fallen. (Click here for the full article)

A Special Musical Gift for Kartik
by Bhakta Kevin
Posted October 8, 2006

Musicforkrishna.com offers free download of Damodarastakam prayers, recorded by devotee professionals. This offer is valid only for the month of kartick, as a humble service to devotee community.

During the month of kartick daily recital of Damodarastakam prayers and offering of lamp to Lord Damodara is enjoined in the scriptures and this service is routinely performed in all ISKCON centres. This particular edition of Damodarastakam follows the traditional raga specifications and it is presented in a very pleasant style.

To download the sample version Click Here

To download the full version musicforkrishna.com/damodarastakam.mp3

Diwali Invitation
by utahkrishnas.com
Posted October 6, 2006

Please come and celebrate the festival of light at Spanish Fork, Utah Saturday October 21, 2006.

Click Here for the article.

Departure of Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami
by Hari Sauri das
Posted October 5, 2006

It is with great regret and lamentation that we announce the sudden departure of Sripad Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami at approximately 12:15 AM Kolkata time, October 2nd, 2006, in Kolkata India. Sripad Maharaja, as he was affectionately known by his followers, was sixty-nine years old.

Sripad Maharaja was staying in the Bhaktivedanta Institute flat in Kolkata with four assistants, Brajendra Kumar, Brajapati, Brihaspati and Gunam Canda Singh. He had been receiving treatment for the injury he sustained in the grenade attack at Janmastami in ISKCON's Manipur temple. (Click here for the full article)

Tribute to Golokvasi Bhakti Swarup Damodar [ Dr T D Singh ]
by Dr Prayag Narayan das Misra- Director Communications, ISKCON Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Posted October 4, 2006

New Delhi, October 2, 2006.

News broke during the Mangal Arati on Monday morning that His Holiness Bhakti Swarup Damodar Maharaj left his body in early morning hours in a hospital in Kolkata. His body was flown to New Delhi same day, enroute Vrindavan where "Samadhi" was planned in Radha Kunda.[ more news to be followed]

Tributes were paid to him in a condolence meeting at Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Dham, ISKCON New Delhi (Click here for the full article)

Bhakti Svarup Damodar Swami Leaves His Body
by Chakra.org
Posted October 2, 2006

Chakra has just learned that H.H. Bhakti Svarup Damodar Swami left his body shortly after midnight on Oct 2 Indian time after experiencing a massive heart attack. More information will follow as soon as we receive it.

  In the News:
Turkmenistan: Hare Krishna Prisoner of Conscience Freed With Restrictions

submitted by Richard Wyndham, by Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service
Posted October 31, 2006

Hare Krishna devotee Cheper Annaniyazova - who has served one year of a seven year jail term - has been allowed to return to her home as part of the annual prisoner amnesty, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. She was jailed on three charges, two of which related to leaving Turkmenistan illegally. The third charge has never been made public, and sources within Turkmenistan think she was jailed for her religious beliefs. Others who did the same thing as her have not been punished, she has stated. Cheper Annaniyazova, who has the religious name Caitanya Rupini, has to report daily to the police, and it appears unlikely that she will be allowed to travel abroad for at least four years. (Click here for the full article)

Property for Sale in Arkansas
by Jagat Karta das
Posted October 29, 2006

I am writing to let the devotee community know about 7 acres that are for sale next door to our homestead here in the Arkansas Ozarks. The acreage is mostly wooded, but has plenty of cleared land for a garden and orchard. There are two buildings; one is a house that requires finishing inside and the other is a storage building/workshop. There is a well, but no septic system. This property has just recently been listed for sale through a local realtor and the list price is $59,900. The land adjoins the south shore of Bull Shoals Lake which is very clean and quiet. For more information I can be reached at 870-436-3795 or by email at jagatkarta@yahoo.com.

Tulasi Devi - Answer to Bhaktin Angela
by Sangita devi dasi
Posted October 28, 2006

I want to say to bhaktin Angela that S. Prabhupada said: don't give too much water to Tulasi, and not cut her with sissor because it's an offence. Take manjari with two fingers.

One time when many plants of Tulasi were growing too much and devotees could not enter in the temple without touching Tulasi, Prabhupada said: Don't cut Tulasi, it's an offence, but you can tie her.

Curriculum Project Team in London Looking for Experienced Educational Professionals
by Urmila devi dasi
Posted October 27, 2006

The I-Foundation, in cooperation with Bhaktivedanta Manor in London, is seeking qualified writers, researchers, and artists to create and compile Vedic-based educational materials for children ages 3-7 that will meet the requirements of the UK National Curriculum. The service will start in December 2006 and continue until April 2008.

This is your chance to work with a team of inspired educational professionals to serve the vision of a first-rate educational system for the next generation in accordance with the philosophy upon which ISKCON is based. (Click here for the full article)

Child Protection - Moving Forward
by Lilasukha dasi
Posted October 25, 2006

The North American Child Protection Conference, November 10-12, being held in Hillsborough, N.C. is open to any and all persons who have an interest in creating safer devotee communities. It is a gathering to network, increase communication and understanding, learn, share, get and give support, develop accountability ... In essence it is to strengthen devotee communities in North America. There will be professionals speaking on varieties of topics from how to handle a disclosure, screen volunteers, setting up child protection teams, education - why it is important for both adults and children and the list goes on. (Click here for the full article)

Caitanya Rupini Released
by Hari-kirtana dasa
Posted October 24, 2006

It gives me great pleasure to inform the community of devotees that Her Grace Caitanya Rupini devi dasi (Cheper Annaniyazova) has been released from prison in Turkmenistan after serving just under a year of her seven year sentence for illegally crossing the border and other unspecified charges. Her release comes as part of an annual amnesty that is offered by the President of Turkmenistan in conjunction with the observance of Ramadan. (Click here for the full article)

Lord Ram Returns! Happy Diwali
by Rasikananda dasa
Posted October 23, 2006

Dear Devotees, today is the most auspicious occasion of the return of Lord Ramachandra along with Sita to Ayodhya!

Kindly accept these small gifts to light the lamp of your heart with the flame of devotion, which burns away all impure elements and dispells all darkness, allowing us to see the beauty of the Supreme Lord, Sri Ramachandra.

Click the link below to hear a wonderful narration about the Integrity of Lord Ramachandra, given by His Holiness Radhanath Swami on this beautiful occassion of Diwali.

Click Here

(Click here for the full article)

New Song for Govardhana Puja
by Michael Cassidy
Posted October 21, 2006

Yamini devi dasi of Average Soul just released a new song, "Krishna! Krishna!" It's based on the Surabhi cow's prayers at the conclusion of Govardhana Lila. Get the lyrics and hear the entire song at this link:

Click Here

In the News:
20,000 to Celebrate Diwali in a Blaze of Lights

by Radha-Mohan dasa
Posted October 20, 2006

\ 20,000 people will come together at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple near Watford to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on Sunday 22nd October. Highlights of the festival include colourful dances, plays from ancient Indian history, free vegetarian meals for everyone, bullock cart rides, lectures and devotional singing. The day will culminate in one of the most spectacular Diwali firework displays in the London area.

Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple attracts the largest Indian congregation in the country during important festivals like Janmashtami and Diwali. (Click here for the full article)

Passing of Gaudiya Vaisnava Elder
by Hemant Agrawal
Posted October 19, 2006

Srimad Bhakti Smaran Trivikram Maharaj, a godbrother of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami, disappeared at 5:30 a.m, Oct. 16, 2006 in Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Kolkata (Calcutta). His transcendental body was taken for Samadhi in Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Mayapur. His Holiness was 97 years old.

Please Don't Put Tulasi Outside
by Bhaktin Angela
Posted October 17, 2006

Taking care of Tulsi Plant is a very responsible duty. Tulsi is a person, a pure devotee of the Lord. She should not be put outside spring, summer, fall or winter. Not anytime. When raising Tulsi from a baby plant, find a nice warm very sunny area to place her. She must be in the sun everyday, all day until the sun sets. You must water her everyday because she needs water daily. Tulsi will start growing very fast and will spread. As she spreads she will grow manjaries. When the manjaries are dryed out and turning brown, clip them off with a pair of sissors between the two small leaves at the bottom of the manjary. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON UTSAV at Visakhapatnam
by Panchratna (das) GKG (Brahmapur, Orissa - IN)
Posted October 16, 2006

I have just come back from attending the ISKCON UTSAV Program at Visakhapatnam and want to share with you all the grand sucess of the Program. It was Colourful Cultural Program at our ISKCON Land in Visakhapatnam which is beautifully situated on the banks of the Ocean.

The three day utsav festival attracted huge crowd from all over the city and neighbouring Districts,On all three days the crowd was enthralled by Professional singers singing beautifully Vaishnav Bhajans along with Hare Krishna Kirtan and thousands participated and chanted along with them apart from our devotees singing in the same way. (Click here for the full article)

Transformative Communication And Self Empowerment Seminar
by Marie Glasheen
Posted October 15, 2006

David B. Wolf, author of articles such as Authentic Living: Essence of Vedic Teachings (May/June, 2006) and Living our Vision through Clear Intention and Consciousness (Sept./October, 2006), will conduct a Satvatove Institute (www.satvatove.org) Foundational Seminar from November 10-12 at the Days Inn at 1901 SW 13th Street in Gainesville, Florida. David developed the Vedic Personality Inventory and is a leading researcher and scholar on mantra meditation and other Vedic sciences. He founded the Satvatove Institute and conducts spiritually-based personal development, communication and leadership seminars worldwide. (Click here for the full article)

Live in Maine? Don't Spend the Holiday Alone!
by Maharani dasi
Posted October 13, 2006

If you live in Midcoast Maine and are looking forward to spending another Govardhana-puja without association, look again! The Brunswick-area's tiny but enthusiastic devotee community will be celebrating Govardhana-puja on Sunday, October 22nd with our families and friends. If singing Sri Damodarastakam, hearing Krsna-katha, and honoring a sumptuous prasadam feast (including the celebrated Govardhana Hill made from sweets!) sounds good to you, please e-mail Maharani dasi at maharani_gndb@yahoo.com for more information.

Mrdanga Needed
by Bhaktin Carol
Posted October 12, 2006

We're beginning to get calls for chanting programs here in our mountain community, and are eager to serve. Does anyone have a used, or unused, mrdanga they could part with or know someone else who might? If so, please contact us at holynamesmission@tds.net. Thanks for any advice or help.

Sri Sri Damodarastakam At Ludhiana
by Rajsuya Dasa, ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted October 10, 2006

Deepdaan (Lamp offering) is being celebrated in the temple Since the first day of Kartik month and will be continued during the entire month. Devotees offer Lamp to Lord Damodara with great devotion and affection daily in the evening. (Click here for the full article)

In the Blog World:
Boat Festival - a Huge Preaching Success

by Tattva Vit Das, Sri Krishna Mandir News
Posted October 8, 2006

The advertisement has done it for us again! From the very beginning of the day, people began to call up the temple for further details about the festival. The Strait Times has the largest readership in Singapore. Atleast half a million people would have seen our advertisement. Just by once chanting the maha-mantra which was featured in the advertisement, their lives became successful.

Many tens of newcomers turned up for the festival. The swan boat arrived at the venue at about 6pm. (Click here for the full article)

Sublet Available in Berkeley, Ca
by Lila Smarana dasi
Posted October 6, 2006

I have an apartment which will be available for rental from December to next May in the San Francisco Bay Area (Berkeley). Naturally the apartment is outfitted for devotional needs from an altar to all stainless-steel kitchen utensils, bed, sofa/futon, High-Speed DSL and Wireless internet, wooden (cleanable!) floors situated near a Rose garden with plenty of sunlight and serenity. The rent for devotees is $975/month plus gas and phone (if you want it). The utilities (water, garbage and electricity) are all paid for and there is ample street parking on our cul-de-sac (no traffic except the local residents). If you're interested or know someone who is, please email me at ls@cis.pamho.net.

World Animal Protection Day
by Krishna Candra das
Posted October 5, 2006

We are organizing a very big event on October 4, for world animal protection day. The Swiss devotees rented the biggest place in the middle of the City of Zürich and will be presenting to the public all the animals that an average Swiss citizen eats in his or her life. All the newspapers and television will bring it as news. You are all invited to participate or to arrange a similar event in your place.

Wednesday the 4th of October 2006

11.00am - 19.00pm

Zürich, Bürkliplatz

(Click here for the full article)

Two Types of Brahman Realization
by Niscala dasi
Posted October 4, 2006

We know that realization of God in His Bhagavan feature is the highest realization, as it includes realization of His other features, Paramatma and Brahman. And we are given the logical proof- that as God is everything, He must be form and personality as well; but that since God is all-spiritual, His personality and form must necessarily be spiritual. And in the science of objects in this world, such as the study of electricity, it is the beginning student who knows it as an impersonal energy, but a master who knows the workings of the electrician behind it and how he directs it in certain ways according to his design. (Click here for the full article)

The Disappearance of Srimati Gauridasi, Yamunangi Dasi And Sri Hari Dasa
by Hari-sauri dasa
Posted October 2, 2006

With great regret the Mayapur management wishes to inform the community of devotees about the disappearance of Srimati Gauri dasi, the granddaughter of Srila Prabhupada, her three years old daughter Yamunangi, and her brother-in-law, Sriman Sri Hari dasa.

Gauri dasi leaves behind her husband, Sriman Sujitendriya dasa, a Mayapur gurukula graduate who has lived in the ISKCON Mayapur community his whole life, and her youngest daughter, Bhagirathi aged ten months.

These three devotees were tragically drowned in a boating accident in Sri Mayapur dhama at sometime in the early afternoon on Wednesday 27 September, 2006. (Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows Newsletter
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted October 2, 2006

Our October Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience (Click Here).

This month we present:

  1. How people unknowingly kill cows slowly
  2. A special darshan of Maharani
  3. CFC Patient updates
  4. The second of a series of photo essays capturing the habitual behavior of cows.
  5. An account of the rescue of a distressed cow in Vrindavan
  6. A family in Govardhana rescue a calf from abuse
  7. CFC's Blue Cow population increases

(Click here for the full article)

  Prabhupada Books for Sale
by Jagdish Bansal
Posted October 31, 2006

I have many books for sale, inclding Srimad Bhagavatam sets, Chaitanya Charitamrta, Nectar of Devotion and many more that I don't need. They are unused and in good condition. Please call Jagdish at +1-504-366-2135.

New Secretjeevas.com Website
by V. P. Josh Dorta
Posted October 29, 2006

SecretJeevas Productions is pleased to announce the release of the website www.secretjeevas.com. From the producers of the album Vishnujana Swami Vintage Recordings, this website hosts all their productions: music, art, publishing, multimedia and more.

In the music department, you will find unique bhajans,kirtans, acoustic melodies and eclectic songs. Beautiful oil paintings are found in the art department, along with artworks in other mediums. There are many pictures devotees will enjoy, including a special digital image of Srila Prabhupada playing the harmonium. The website also has downloadable audio/video and Flash presentations, including a video of Bhakti Tirtha Swami giving a special interfaith presentation on global peace. (Click here for the full article)

Temple Room Layout
by Bhakta Tom
Posted October 28, 2006

[Editorial note: Please send your replies to chakra, so that all readers can benefit]

A few weeks ago I wrote requesting help picking colors for a temple room I am attempting to build. Many thanks to those who wrote to me with helpful suggestions.

Now I have another question: On which wall should my altar be placed? East, West, North, or South? I have small beautiful Lord Jagganath Deities and pictures of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Oh Krishna, purify my mind by giving knowledge of how to perform worship of you through your pure devotee.

Jiva Gosvami's Bhakti Sandarbha
by Satya Narayana Dasa
Posted October 27, 2006

Jiva Gosvami is the author of the Six Sandarbhas, the primary theological texts of the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage. The study of these texts, which establish the philosophical basis of the tradition and outline in meticulous detail all aspects of the path of bhakti, has always been considered indispensable for scholars of the Gaudiya tradition. The Bhakti Sandarbha, parts I, II and III of which are now available in print, is the fifth and most voluminous of the six Sandarbhas. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
A Peace Bridge Across NH 150

submitted by Richard Wyndham, by Akoijam Sunita, Kangla Online
Posted October 25, 2006

IMPHAL, Oct 19: Even though the SPF government has been missing datelines on the BT Road flyover time and again, the devotees and disciples of the late Swami Damodar of ISKCON are planning to build a Peace Bridge across NH 150, connecting the two complexes of ISKCON, by November 2007.

"This was one of the last wishes of his holiness Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Swami Sripada. He personally told me about this on 1st October. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Palm Beach Post On Hare Krishnas, All Grown Up

submitted by Richard Wyndham, authored by Rachel Sauer, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted October 24, 2006

A universe of stories, beautiful stories about God on earth, scary stories of the demons he defeated, stories with a lesson. So many stories, and no more room for the parts that no longer are true. Click Here

No more room for the exploits of robed chanters in airports.

No more room for comparisons to Moonies.

No more room for a '60s sensibility that Eastern religions are so much cooler than other religions. (Click here for the full article)

Diwali Festival
by Giriraja Swami
Posted October 23, 2006

based on a Lecture by Giriraj Swami
October 25, 2003 Houston, Texas

We wish you all a happy Diwali. Diwali marks the end of the year, and by the year's end we want to pay our debts, rectify our relationships, and prepare for the next year--and try to do better in the next year.

The Vedic literatures inform us that in the present age, Kali-yuga, the recommended process for self-realization, or God realization, is the chanting of the holy names of the Lord. Of course, we know that Lord Krsna appeared about five thousand years ago and spoke the Bhagavad-gita. At the end of the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna instructed: (Click here for the full article)

Our Prayers for the Peace of the Immortal Soul Dr T. D. Singh
by Prof P.B.Sharma, Principal, Delhi College of Engineering Founder Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal
Posted October 20, 2006

It was a matter of high privilege and honor to our students and faculty of Delhi College of Engineering to be blessed by His Holiness Bhakti Swarup Sri Damodar Acharya ji Maharaj( Dr T.D.Singh Ji ) whose immense wisdom and divine blessings has been always showered upon us at DCE on a number of occasions during the visit of His Holiness to our Institution.

Swami Ji embodied a perfect synthesis of Science and Spirituality- so vital to create a humane, just and peace loving society in which the people work with and work for the divine, manifest the divinity within during their work life and return to Godhead after living a life full of divine bliss in service of the Lord. (Click here for the full article)

Vrndavan Hospice Patient Needs Your Help ASAP
by Yadunandana Pada Dasa and Sita-Rama d.d.
Posted October 19, 2006

A dear Vaishnava family here in Vrndavan Dhama is currently in need of assistance from the greater Vaishnava community. Lalita Devi is known as a sweet devotee who has the wonderful service of making flower garlands, raising two children, and caring for her husband and household. Some may know her as the wife of Premanidhi Dasa, who takes on the service of being in charge of visa matters for those who take shelter of the Dhama. These wonderful devotees share important services while living quite austerely. Consequently, they do not have much Laxmi, especially when it comes to unexpected expenses... (Click here for the full article)

Interviewing Abuse Survivors
by Bhakta Re'em
Posted October 17, 2006

My name is Re'em Stern, and I am a student of Theology in Radhadesh, Belgium. For a course on contemporary social issues in ISKCON I would be interested to interview survivors of physical child abuse on how they cope with their past within ISKCON. Statistics show that child abuse rates increase yearly worldwide, and so it is possible that various ISKCON members are suffering the pain of abuse that occurred outside the movement. Regardless of where the abuse occurred, either within or outside the movement, I would appreciate your cooperation in sharing how you deal with it in your daily lives and in the attempt to always remember Krishna. You can write to: bh.reem@gmail.com. I will not share any information you provide without your agreement.

Video Archive Website for H H Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami
by Prananatha das (BSDS) New Zealand
Posted October 16, 2006

With the sad and unexpected departure of HH Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja I wish to make a humble plea to devotees, well wishers or anyone who has video footage or audio recordings of him, so that an archive, similar to that of HDG Srila Prabhupada, may be set up.

For information on how to submit your footage please go to:


In the News:
British Chancellor Praises Hindu Contribution at HFB Diwali Event at House of Commons

by Sanjay Mistry, Hindu Forum of Britain
Posted October 15, 2006

The attached picture shows from left to right: Keith Vaz MP, Chancellor Gordon Brown and Ramesh Kallidai (Romapada Dasa)

12 October 2006 - The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown MP lit a lamp to commence the annual Diwali reception organised by the Hindu Forum of Britain, the largest umbrella body for British Hindus, and hosted by Parliamentarians from different Parties at the House of Commons on 11 October. In his opening remarks he praised the significant contribution made by the Hindu community to Britain through business and professions. (Click here for the full article)

'Entering Rasa Lila' - The Glorious Departure of Srila Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami
by Sripada Maharaja’s servants attending Him in Calcutta
Posted October 13, 2006

Vijaya Dasami, 2006

Srila Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja, beloved spiritual son of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, disappeared from this mortal world during the Ratrilila period of Lord Sri Krishna’s Astakaliya lila on Vijaya Dasami, which according to this year’s Panchangam, is the most auspicious day of this calendar year, 2006. Sripada Maharaja’s disappearance took place in Calcutta, the holy appearance place (Janmasthan) of his divine master Srila Prabhupada. Calcutta is also the holy site from which His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur chose to disappear. Due to Sripada Maharaja’s deep and intense love for his divine master Srila Prabhupada, he not only chose Calcutta as his place of work but also as his place of disappearance. (Click here for the full article)

Original ISKCON Oil Paintings for Sale
by Subhadra devi dasi (S. Flanders)
Posted October 12, 2006

"these paintings are windows to the Spiritual Sky."
--HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami


My name is Subhadra devi dasi and I was initiated by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami in 1973 and I worked with the artists in LA and with FATE studios when they were created. My son, Madan Mohan Radhe was in the gurukula in LA and three rivers and I attended art classes at college of the sequoias in vaisalia for three years. I also have a BA in art from michigan state and I have teachers certification.

Due to failing eyes and financial misfortunes, I am now selling these paintings by auction. (Click here for the full article)

In the Blog World:
Season of Mists And Mellow Pilgrimage

by The Royal Scribe, rmadhava.blogspot.com
Posted October 10, 2006

In the West, the season of autumn inspires poetry, with it's delicate morning mists and dew-spangled spiders-webs; golden sunshine and the smell of bonfires and autumn leaves. In Celtic lore, this was a time of year when the veil between this world and the other was supposed to be thinner than normal, culminating in the festival of Samhain or Halloween.

For Vaishnavas, the charms of autumn are enhanced by the season of Karttika, the lunar month which falls across October and November. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Damodar Swami Placed in Samadhi at Radhakunda

by The Imphal Free Press, KanglaOnline.com
Posted October 8, 2006

Vrindavan, Oct 4: Bhaktivedanta Institute`s International director, Damodara Swami Sripad Maharaj also known as Dr. Thoudam Damodar Singh was placed in samadhi at ISKCON`s Gopal Deva Mandir Complex in Radhakunda with love and great reverence at about 1 pm .

Damodara Swami left this material world at about 12:15 am on 2nd Oct. at Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata , said Prasad Das who is leading one of the Garuda Buses spreading Science and spirituality to Colleges and Universities Nationwide. (Click here for the full article)

Meditations On Bhakti Svarüpa Dämodara Swami
by Krishnabhishek dasa
Posted October 6, 2006

Although I have met you several times up until March 2006, I have never written any letter to you. I hope and pray that you will accept this posthumous offering at your lotus feet.

An e-mail from my dear godbrother in Calcutta, Shyamaramana das, brought the untimely and unexpected news of your passing away. For a long moment I cast away all the work that I was doing and meditated on the lesson that you were teaching me: we have to be Krishna conscious every moment. It might be my turn next. Who knows? You are an acharya in your glorious passing as much as you were while you walked this planet. (Click here for the full article)

PT Entry-Level Secretary Wanted in Kula, Hawaii
by Vrindavan dasa, owner (Victor Epand)
Posted October 5, 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 web marketing and secretarial services. This is an entry-level position, students OK, and training will be provided. It is a good opportunity to gain experience in web marketing. High Pay $10-$15/hr with Flexible Hours. Fax Resume to Vrindavan dasa, 808-442-1194, or email V@KrishnaDesign.com with any questions.

Vaiashnavi Retreat Schedule
by Malati devi dasi
Posted October 4, 2006

Welcome to Vaishnavi Retreat 2006

The retreat schedule is now posted on Vaishnaviretreat.com.

The Fourth Annual Vaishnavi Retreat in New Vrindaban takes place on Oct. 6t, 7th, and 8 th 2006 (Columbus Day Weekend) this year. It is a spiritually exciting event set in the Appalachian foothills during the delightful early fall season....the climate is lovely and the scenery is spectacular. The association is fantastic and the seminars and workshops inspire ladies of all ages.

Times of India Features Goura Prema Dasi
by Mahadevi dasi (Vrndavana, India)
Posted October 2, 2006

Last year, Goura Prema dasi was seriously injured by a hit-and-run car in Delhi, saving her sister's life but suffering a crushed ankle, foot and leg. As a lifelong dancer, it was a tragedy for her. It happened the day after her successful audition with the prestigious Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in Delhi and one day before her first Katthak classes. She endured two operations. For two months, she had to remain in bed taking pain-killers. For seven months thereafter, she went back to her school for daily physiotherapy, scaling three flights of stairs to her room in the school dormitory, dragging her cast and crutches. (Click here for the full article)

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