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October 2008
Chaitanya Lila's Health
by Yamuna dd
Posted October 31, 2008

Chaitanya Lila dd (Cynthia Guzman), who has been living in Alachua for the last 20 years, is currently under treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando for breast cancer and has suffered quite a lot for the last six months. She was diagnosed about two and a half years ago, and her plan is now to remain in Orlando with her family and go through various treatment options. (Click here for the full article)

New Website for JPS Health Updates
by Madhusudani Radha devi dasi
Posted October 30, 2008

Please visit jpshealth.jpscare.com/index.html for regular updates on the health of Jayapataka Maharaja.

From the site: The updates are compiled by Simhesvara Das and Ratnavali Devi Dasi who are both in Bombay. The information is provided by the doctors in the Intensive Care Unit at Hinduja Hospital, who are providing updates to Madhavananda Prabhu, the overseeing doctor from Bhaktivedanta Hospital. These same updates are being sent out by the JPS Information Office. The information about Maharaja's health is updated three times daily, or as new information is received.

Prabhupada Super Saturday
by Rasanath Dasa
Posted October 29, 2008

Please, plan to come and join us on November 1 at New Panihati in Atlanta, GA!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Atlanta New Panihati Temple 4:00 PM

Twin Auspicious Occurrences!

Tenth Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada Super Saturday

Thirty-first Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance

For the last decade, devotees of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada have faithfully come together on the first Saturday of each month to honor Srila Prabhupada by hearing directly his transcendental teachings, by chanting, worshiping, and honoring Prasadam together as Srila Prabhupada instructed. (Click here for the full article)

Veggie Patty Recipe
by Niscala dasi
Posted October 27, 2008

This has only really really healthy stuff in it and it is absolutely delish. It has calcium from the sesame seeds; anti-cancer stuff from the cabbage; protein, iron and so on from the beans and lentils. It is pretty much a balanced meal, and very quick to make, and you can freeze the patties and they will last for ages. None of the ingredients are expensive either.

  • 2 cups of dried lentils, soaked for 6 hours or more (this is optional, you can just use kidney beans but they will be a little too soft, you can also vary the amount of this or any other ingredient)

(Click here for the full article)

Dusshera At Gita-Nagari
by Acarya dasa
Posted October 25, 2008

True Story: My wife answered the phone at Gita-nagari last week and one Indian man was speaking very excitedly about the notice posted at his place of employment. He said, "Is it true that you are burning Ravana?" My wife replied yes and started telling him about the whole festival. He interrupted and said that he was very offended. He was from South India and explained that in his community, Ravana was god and thought that we were very offensive to burn his worshippable deity. After a few more angry words and empty threats, he hung up. (Click here for the full article)

HH Jayapataka Maharaja in Critical Condition.. Please Pray‏...
by Radha Priya DD, Fayetteville, NC
Posted October 23, 2008

I wonder if you have heard the news. At 3:30 this morning, in Mumbai, HHJayapataka Maharaja collapsed and was rushed to Hinduja Hospital,unconcious.He has remained unconciousness. A team of doctors have been working on him non-stop, fighting for his life. He is not breathing much on his own and amachine is helping him to breathe. They have done numerous tests and, with ascan, they have determined that he has had a massive heart attack. At the same time, there is bleeding in the brain which they cannot stop. (Click here for the full article)

Bhagavatam Set for Sale
by Radhikamohandas
Posted October 18, 2008

I want to sell the Srimad Bhagwatam Samll set commentry by Sril A.C.Bhakrivedant Swami Sril Prabhupad. $90 for pick up. I had used only the few volumes rest are still as it is. Condition is totally new. I am moving. It is located in VA/MD/DC area.

Please let me know on 571-294-0405 or email me on radhikamohandas.rgs@gmail.com

Fall Vrindavan Parikrama Planned
by Syamarani dasi
Posted October 17, 2008

Three Gaudiya Math temples are cooperating to support a 2008 pilgrimage to the principal holy places of Vrindavan. The event, known as Sri Vraja-mandala Parikrama, is once again organized and guided by Srila B.V. Narayana Maharaja.

For more than half a century, His Holiness Narayana Maharaja has conducted this annual parikrama, facilitating and nourishing pilgrims from all parts of India and elsewhere with hari-katha.

This year's festival runs from 14 October to 13 November. There will be kirtanas, lectures on Sri Damodarastakam, Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and other bhakti literatures, as well as darsanas of the famous pastime places in Vraja-mandala. (Click here for the full article)

Govardhana-Puja at ISKCON LA Temple
by ISKCON LA temple
Posted October 16, 2008

LOS ANGELES: Govardhana-puja (also called Annakuta, the ceremony of offering grains) is widely celebrated in Krishna temples all over India. It is especially celebrated in Vrndavana, Mathura, close to Govardhana Hill.On Sunday, October 26, devotees will participate in this happy and beautiful Govardhana worship at the Los Angeles Hare Krishna Temple.

Govardhana Hill is recreated for worship and celebration in honor of the anniversary of the day when Govardhana was lifted on the fingertip of Lord Sri Krishna. Guests will circumambulate the hill of grains which will be the resting place of a Govardhana-sila and a large murti of Sri Krishna. The festival begins with a short lecture at 4 pm. At 4:30 there will be arati and kirtan. At 5 pm circumambulation of Govardhana Hill begins along with the distribution of prasada. (Click here for the full article)

With Thanks to Mr. May... (Part Two)
by Niscala dasi
Posted October 15, 2008

This essay is in gratitude to Gerald May, whose book "Will and Spirit" delineates pitfalls to all who seek on the spiritual path. Reaching across the sectarian divisions between us, he arrives at the core of spirituality, our common experience of God and our hunger for His unconditional love.


On the testimony of scripture and saint, sadhu and sastra, May proposes that all love is sourced in God and is expressed, however deficiently, through human channels. Therefore, we cannot deny the value of interpersonal relationships, even while at the same time we realize their limitation, specifically the inability to satisfy our deepest craving for unconditional love. (Click here for the full article)

Web Design Help Needed
by Garuda dasa (jr, from florida)
Posted October 14, 2008

I am needing help putting together a simple web-page. I've been a tireless preacher for ISKCON for 20 years and am in need of a professional web-page builder. The page will be very simple and straight forward. I can email you the schematic written in simple terms, easy to understand. It's a no-frills site.

Most of my preaching has been at the the American Rainbow Gatherings and I have a simple plan to expand that preaching into cyberspace. Please read some of the articles on Chakra under my name and let me know if you can help a "woodsy" servant of the devotees with this for free. (Click here for the full article)

Friends of the BBT Newsletter, Sept - Oct 08
by Friends of the BBT
Posted October 12, 2008

Click Here For the Friends of the BBT Newsletter, Sept - Oct 08

Re-Opening the Windows to the Spiritual World
by Madhava Smullen

In a few years, the windows to the spiritual world could be closed forever. Unless something is done now.

That's what veteran BBT artist Dhriti Dasi realized when she saw several of her original paintings lying neglected in temples or private homes around the world. "It's an awful feeling, after Srila Prabhupada, the BBT and I put in so many years of work and so much money to produce them," she says.

Dhriti began meeting with temple presidents and other leaders to try to draw attention to the situation. She finally struck gold last year when she spoke to North European BBT trustee Brahma Muhurta Dasa at her BBT art seminar in Vrindavana, India. An art lover himself, Brahma Muhurta decided it was time to make a difference. (Click here for the full article)

Salted Bread Distributors
by Sarvabhavana das
Posted October 10, 2008

I am looking for devotees in different countries who are either taking care of the temple stores or other voice will be interested to distribute my book Salted Bread in their countries.

Book is about beginning of our movement in former USSR and about persecution and torture of early devotees. (Click here for the full article)

Studio Apartments in Radha Kunda
by Manjari dasi
Posted October 8, 2008

Newly built studio apartments (rooms with attached bathroom and kitchen from 300 to 400 square feet) are available on a life-lease basis for devotees in this ISKCON related building. Salient features are:

  • Just one minutes walk to Radha Kunda.

  • Very close to bhajana kutira of Srivasa Thakura Mahasaya.

  • Wonderful panoramic views of Radha Kunda's surrounding area.

  • With balcony facility.

(Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows Newsletter October 2008
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted October 2, 2008

Our October 2008 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 24 pages (2 MB) we present reports on:

  1. His Holiness Mahanidhi Swami's inspiring example of Go Seva.

  2. How David and Lila Manjari celebrated the birthday of their pet cow Kundalini.

  3. CFC's acceptance of an auspicious gift offered by the famous Babas of Radha Thila, Raman Reti.

(Click here for the full article)

  Jayapataka Swami Health Update
by Ratnavali devi dasi
Posted October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 6.00 pm:

Guru Maharaja had to be put on sedatives yesterday evening because when he is conscious he asks the doctors to remove the tubes as it is uncomfortable for him. The doctor's plan was to start removing the ventilator today.

Today early in the morning Guru Maharaja came to awakeness from his sleeping state. He asked again for clicker to chant mentally and chanted few mantras on it after that he became tired and slept for a while. Since his condition was stable the doctors put the ventilation off without removing the tubes to check how Guru Maharaja was responding. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Andhra Governor Confers Doctorate

by Bhakta Chris
Posted October 29, 2008

Sahdevadasa of ISKCON Secunderabad, on October 23rd, received his doctorate in Krishna consciousness from Sri N.D.Tiwari, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, India.

In a convocation, held at Rajbhavan Hyderabad, the assembled media and academic community watched a saffron robed hare krishna walk in with gown and hood to receive his doctorate. The Governor greeted with 'hare krishna' and a broad smile and spoke in praise of Hare Krishna movement for few minutes. (Click here for the full article)

House for Rent
by Gopiparanadhana devi dasi
Posted October 27, 2008

We have a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhouse for rent. We are planning to move out in Mid November onto another piece of land we have bought so we are looking for someone to take over our lease, which ends in January. It is a nice 2 story townhouse about 3 min to temple and 2 min to downtown Alachua.

Please feel free to call or e-mail us if you are interested at 386-462-5965 (e-mail gopi108@windstream.net)

ISKCON Juhu host GBC Strategic Meetings in Mumbai
by Parijata devi dasi, ISKCON Communications
Posted October 25, 2008

ISKCON Juhu shall host the GBC Meetings dedicated to Strategic Planning from 15 - 23 October at Hare Krishna Land, Mumbai.

ISKCON's GBC (Governing Body Commission) and was founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada since 1970 to manage the movement with the aim to help its members to factually become conscious of Krishna and love for Him. The GBC meeting is held annually in Mayapur during the Gaura Purnima festival.

The meetings in Mumbai are specifically dedicated to Strategic Planning, in other words, planning for the future direction and management of ISKCON, beyond the life span of any person or group of persons. (Click here for the full article)

GBC Update On HH Jayapataka Swami
by the GBC (originally posted on dandavats.com)
Posted October 23, 2008

Update on the Condition of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami

The ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC), which is currently meeting for five days at ISKCON's Juhu Beach Temple in Mumbai, was shocked this morning at the news that His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, our dear god-brother and GBC colleague, was rushed to the hospital at approximately 4 AM Mumbai time.

Aniruddha dasa, GBC Deputy, has sent three reports about Maharaja's condition. We would like to update ISKCON devotees worldwide about Maharaja and beg for your prayers on his behalf. We ask devotees around the world to pray to Lord Krishna and Lord Nrsimhadeva for Jayapataka Swami's protection. (Click here for the full article)

The Mayapur Nagar Sankirtana Party Visits Ekacakra And Katwa
by Gaurnam Das
Posted October 21, 2008

On the 2nd of October, forty-three devotees left from ISKCON Mayapur to tour Ekacakra and Katwa, two important places of the Lord's transcendental pastimes in West Bengal. The tour was arranged by the Mayapur Nagar Sankirtana Department in conjunction with the devotees from there. It was aimed to please the Lord with congregational chanting, to learn more about the Lord's pastimes by hearing related katha, and to share the bliss of Krishna Consciousness with all the people we met on the road. (Click here for the full article)

Upcoming SF Bay Area Events
by Radhakrishna das
Posted October 18, 2008

This is to announce that Radhakrishna das will be conducting following preaching programmes in Northern California Area (U.S.A.).

  1. Date: Friday, October 17th 2008 A.D.

    Venue: San Francisco ISKCON Congregational Programme at H.G. Shukadevadas Adhikari Prabhu's Residence (Ex-T.P. of ISKCON Baroda) in San Francisco, California (U.S.A.)

    Type of programme: Specially Organized Evening House Programme

    Mode of programme: Private

(Click here for the full article)

Govardhana-Puja At Gita Nagari
by Gita Nagari farm community
Posted October 16, 2008

On Saturday, October 25th, the Gita Nagari farm community in Port Royal, Pennsylvania will celebrate Govardhana-puja from 1:30pm to 6pm. Please see the detailed schedule with times below.

  • 1:30-3:00pm Worship of the Cows (go-puja)
  • 3:00-4:00pm Class
  • 4:00-4:15pm Arati and Damodarastakam
  • 4:15-5:00pm Worship of Govardhana Hill
  • 5:00pm Feast

Is the Sky Really Falling?
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted October 15, 2008

Financial markets in a free-fall. Chaos on Wall St. International markets in a tailspin. European bailout. More banks to fail. Sound alarming? (News flash: it's suppose to; that's how the media sells information better.) Sorry you didn't send donations to Gita Nagari, get your own cow, or relocate to Mayapur? The SP varnamasrama quotes are coming fast and furious in various discussion forums; the imperative for life based on agriculture is palpable in the Vaisnava chat rooms. Meanwhile, do you see anything has changed? Trains are still rolling, and the laptop still charges up from a wire to the wall. Am I missing something here? (Click here for the full article)

Orissa Home Schooling
by Gunacuda dasi
Posted October 12, 2008

I live in Bhubaneswar and am home schooling my son and another devotee boy. I am a qualified primary school teacher from UK and would like to find out if there are any other devotees living in Orissa who are home schooling their children.

If anyone is interested to meet up in order to share tips/resources/do projects with the children etc please contact me. My email is gunacuda@yahoo.com.

Indian Bhagavad Gitas
by Nisha
Posted October 10, 2008

Bhagavad Gita available in Indian regional languages (Hindi, Marathi, Gujrathi, Telugu) for $10 + shipping.

For more information, please contact Nisha, 208-866-2489. nishaji@gmail.com

New Raman Reti School Newsletter
by New Raman Reti School
Posted October 8, 2008

The latest issue of the New Raman Reti School newsletter is now online. Click Here to view it.

The New Raman Reti School, a Krishna-centered educational institution located in Alachua, Florida, currently serves 50 Pre-K thru 6th grade students, making it the largest devotional school in North America.

Help Urgently Needed At Gita Nagari
by Ortrun Gates
Posted October 4, 2008

Dhruva maharaja das has recently sent out an urgent appeal to everyone to help with various chores at Gita Nagari. Please click the link below for the full listing. Click Here

#2 on the list = Mahacleanup of the kitchen and storage room. We have two dates scheduled for this. On Saturday, October 4th (I know this is short notice, but I thought some of you could make it) and Saturday, October 18th. I am attaching a link for photos so that you can see the extend to which the kitchen and storage room need help. gallery.me.com/ortrung#100239

(Click here for the full article)

  Govardhan Puja in Ludhiana
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted October 30, 2008

Govardhan puja was celebrated in temple with great devotions and dedications. A replica of Govardhan Hill was created and was circumambulated by the devotees thus remembering the Goverdhan pastime of Lord Krishna. A feast of over 108 items was offered to Lord Krishna (AnnaKoot). There was grand Aarti of their Lordship. The edible Govardhan was distributed amongst the congregation. His Grace Vidurpriya das delivered lecture on the Govardhan Leela. (Click here for the full article)

Global Kirtan Event
by Chaitanya Mangala
Posted October 29, 2008

(Click here for the full article)

Jayapataka Swami Health Update
by Ratnavali dd
Posted October 27, 2008

(26 Oct - 9.30 p.m. report)

There is a gradual improvement of Maharaja's consciousness but he is not yet out of danger. Jayapataka Maharaja is able to recognize some people and understand some commands but he is not totally conscious. He still feels drowzy.

Dr. Hegde came at 9.15 pm and said that neurologically Maharaja is improving. BP and Sugar level is under control. The platelets count is 79,000 now and it is gradually increasing which is a good sign.

As per Bhanu Maharaja the next couple of days is not auspicious (Click here for the full article)

Jayapataka Swami-Updates
by Madhusudani Radha devi dasi
Posted October 25, 2008

Please visit

for the latest updates on Jayapataka Maharaja's condition.

Here is the latest one:

By Ratnavali dd on Fri, 2008-10-24 18:29.

Just now a neuro surgeon doctor by name Mishra had checked Guru Maharaja's body and he has given a positive statement saying Guru Maharaja is slightly improving, he is responding better to some commands. If further haemorrage didn't take place or if there is no infection then there is a hope of him coming into good shape. (Click here for the full article)

Jayapataka Maharaja Update
by HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami, (originally posted on Dandavats.com)
Posted October 23, 2008

We request worldwide devotees to pray to Sri Nrsimhadeva for our dear Guru Maharaja, HH Jayapataka Swami, to come out of his critical health situation. Maharaja is in Mumbai attending GBC meetings. On 23rd early morning, he was found in the bed unconscious around 3.30 a.m.Devotees rushed him to the Hinduja hospital, thinking that Maharaja may had a heart attack. He was admitted in ICU. But later doctors diagnosed that it is brain hemorrhage. We request all the devotees to pray and chant for his quick recovery. (Click here for the full article)

KC Microsoft Office Course for Kids
by Achyuta Krishna dasa
Posted October 20, 2008

BhaktiStudies is glad to announce it's Level 2 course in Microsoft Office per details below:

Course Contents: Microsoft Office (MS PowerPoint, MS Word and MS Excel). All course contents are KC centered.

Recommended Age Group: 8 yrs +. Parent/Adult guidance will be needed at times.

Delivery Method: Pre-recorded step by step classes in English on internet

What you need: A computer with MS Office installed and internet connection (Click here for the full article)

Brooklyn Burning Man Event
by Nitai das
Posted October 17, 2008

On October 25th at the Floyd Bennett Airfield, devotees from around the country will be setting up a Krishna Camp at the New York Burning Man Decompression Festival. Inspirational Kirtans, Ratha Yatra, and Innovative Devotional Art will be featured at this years event. Plenty of prasadam will also fill the creative atmosphere.

For More Info visit: nycdecompression.org/

If interested in participating please contact us www.krishnacamp.com

The Power of the Dharma, An Introduction to Hinduism And Vedic Culture
by Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp)
Posted October 15, 2008

This has been especially written for those who want an easy reference and introduction to the Vedic Hindu philosophy and tradition. This provides a concise overview and quick guide of the major principles found within Vedic culture, and answers the most common questions people have about Vedic customs and its Dharmic teachings. It also offers a good grasp of the essential values and ideology of the Vedic path while keeping it simple to understand. It provides many insights into the depth and value of the timeless wisdom of Vedic spirituality and reveals why the Dharmic path has survived for thousands of years. Not only is it as good introductory book for beginners, but it is also a review of what every Hindu should know. (Click here for the full article)

Bhaktivedanta Mission School Students Burn Ravana
by Parijata devi dasi
Posted October 14, 2008

On the occasion of Dusshera, the students and teachers of Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School, Mumbai, burned an effigy of Ravana.

Dusshera, also known as Vijayadashami, is a celebration to mark the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the ten-headed king of Lanka, who had abducted Rama's wife, Sita. It also symbolizes the triumph of Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura.

The festive mood gripped the students of Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School, located on Hare Krishna Land at ISKCON Juhu, as they prepared to burn a seven feet effigy of Ravana. The rancorous looking effigy made from eco-friendly materials was the handiwork of the Schools Art & Craft teacher Ms Bhairavi prepared with assistance from other teachers and students. (Click here for the full article)

Service Opportunity Needed
by Vamsi Krishna das
Posted October 10, 2008

I am looking for an opportunity to work with devotees anywhere. We are recently married couple initiated devotees . We are unable to work with out side companies & people, so we decided to work under devotees association. please help us. I am from south india, i got diksha 4 years back, Iam in ISKCON from last 8 years. Iam graduate in commerce.In the temple (Click here for the full article)

The Sankirtan Mission Needs Your Help
by Damodara Das & Ananta Govinda Das
Posted October 9, 2008

Spanning 3 CD's and 40 hours of narration, thousands of copies of Sri Caitanya Bhagavata have been distributed since 2001. Following the successful production of the narration of Sri Caitanya Bhagavata, by the request of many Vaisnavas we have ventured into production of the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita. This new production includes 35 hours of narration on 3 CD's and includes an original background soundtrack from well-known devotional artists.

We aim to offer the complete project by the Maha-Abhisheka in Mayapur 2008.

    Our goal is to:
  • Include an extensive CD-booklet describing the special mercy of Lord Caitanya and the significance of His Lila's.

(Click here for the full article)

Govardhana Puja Festival
by ISKCON-Murari Sevaka
Posted October 8, 2008

Come Celebrate
Govardhana Puja Festival
(Annakuta Mahotsava)
ISKCON-Murari Sevaka
Saturday October 25th, 2008
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Everyone is invited to perform abhiseka to Sri GovardhanaShila, to circumambulate a Govardhana Hill made of sweets, and to offer candles to Sri Damodara for Kartika vrata. (Click here for the full article)

Vishnupriya Devi Dasi
by Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Posted October 5, 2008

On Friday 3 October 2008 in Copenhagen, Denmark my wife, Vishnupriya devi dasi, was leading the mangala arati kirtan. Half way through the kirtan it was alarming that she had to sit down to finish the kirtan. After the kirtan she laid down on the floor and we brought her cushions to comfort her. She was experiencing extreme dizziness and requested to be taken to a doctor immediately. We called for an ambulance which arrived shortly and took her to a nearby hospital. After some time they scanned her brain and discovered that her brain was bleeding. Because there was no space in Copenhagen's neurosurgery center they rushed her by ambulance with siren blazing 140 kilometers to Odense, Denmark. (Click here for the full article)

Tucson Celebrates Feed the World Day
by Sandamini dasi
Posted October 1, 2008

Tucson Hare Krishna devotees celebrated the 6th annual Feed the World Day at the Caitanya Cultural Center and Hare Krishna temple with 350 people attending. Devotees displayed Srila Prabhupada's books at the September 29 event, as well as a large banner featuring plans for eventual construction of a Tucson Vedic temple.

Many community groups also participated, including the Tucson Community Food Bank, Solar Power, Peace Fellowship and practitioners of reiki and massage, all of whom offered information and services free or for a nominal donation. (Click here for the full article)

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