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October 2009
Gita Nagari News
by Ortrun Gates
Posted October 27, 2009

The newest edition of Damodara Rati and AaC News is now available. It has been a very busy and productive summer as you will learn on perusing the newsletter. Please click the link below.

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Mayapur Street Band Releases Harinam CD
by Ila devi dasi
Posted October 26, 2009

The first exhilarating "Heart and Soul" musical album by the Mayapur Harinam party is now out, led by the ever-popular Shastra das. A mix of punchy kirtans and irresistible dancing tunes, it is the first of its kind in ISKCON — a musical whirlwind and an ecstasy booster.

Taking his cue from the classic harinam masters of the past, and mixing in some lively African beats, this combination gets you on your feet immediately with its energy, catchy accordion bass lines and soul expressions of love for the Divine, our most beloved Sri Sri Radha Krishna. Adding a few electric tones here and there, this CD will take you on a musical and spiritual journey through the streets of Mayapur.

For a sample track, visit http://www.mayapurharinam.com. To order CDs, contact (Click here for the full article)

Srila Prabhupada Mural
by Avril Heffernan
Posted October 25, 2009

Thank you for assisting me by placing my announcement that I was looking for a picture of Srila Prabhupada as a youth.

I am painting a mural for the teenage boys at my work which depicts several prominent male figures who have made contributions to the world through work in their respective fields and their outreach to humanity, often in spite of overwhelming odds. Each section shows what the person looked like as a boy and then a man, with an added piece representing his contribution. The bottom reads, "Every boy is a great man in the making." I wanted very much to include Srila Prabhupada, as I feel his mere image will touch the hearts of these troubled kids and start them on a pathway back to Krishna. A wonderful devotee was able to provide me with a photo of Srila Prabhupada which I have incorporated into the mural. (Click here for the full article)

Value of Pastoral Training for Gurus
Submitted by Ekendra das (ISKCON News Service)
Posted October 22, 2009

Historically, a guru tends to be an autocrat within his own institution, but Srila Prabhupada's vision of thousands of gurus working cooperatively within a single institution is unique and bold.

In October, in the pleasant and historic holy city of Ujjain, India, where Sandipani Muni once taught Krishna and Balarama, two senior instructors led the fourth session of "Being a Guru in ISKCON: A Spiritual Leadership Seminar." It was hosted by ISKCON Ujjain, where the attendees relished wonderful kirtans, classes, prasada and Vaishnava hospitality in ISKCON's gorgeous and popular new temple.

Why should a guru need to attend a seminar on devotee care, spiritual health and allegiance to Srila Prabhupada, one may ask? Srila Prabhupada wanted hundreds and thousands of gurus to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. (Click here for the full article)

Healthy Reason
by Madhavendra Puri das, ISKCON Paris
Posted October 21, 2009

A poem in celebration of Srila Prabhupada's disappearance day, October 21, 2009.

Bhaktivinod's statement is still
true today that: "He reasons ill" —
the one who thinks that you have died.
If he has said it, then he lied.

To spread the Name, you tried indeed,
and in grand style you did succeed.
The Great Thakur had predicted,
ahead of time, all that you did.

Through the ether and through the air,
more than ever your "sound" is there.
Touching even the dull matter,
it penetrates both earth and fire.

Bhakti within, from Goloka,
untouched by dark Kali Yuga, (Click here for the full article)

Vrindavan Flat for Sale
by Priya Rodriguez
Posted October 19, 2009

I'm selling my studio flat, fully furnished, ready to move in and live. Very near Krsna Balaram Mandir.

Due to my leaving the Dham, I'm selling it very cheap. (Click here for the full article)

Veg Roommate Wanted
by Gaurav Kewlani
Posted October 15, 2009

We are looking for a male roommate for a second floor apartment on Westland Ave. in Boston starting 01 Nov 2009.

Apartment Details:

Large, front facing, 2 bed and living room. Includes heat and hot water. Modern kitchen with disposal, hardwood floors, modern bathroom with linen closet. All recently renovated. Rent will be $460 (plus $20 or so for electricity and internet).

Convenient location: Next to Mass Ave., Whole Foods, T stations, Northeastern University, Boston University, Harvard Medical School.

15 minutes walk to the temple. (Click here for the full article)

In the Blog World:
Mayapurkatha Blogspot

by Padmalochan Das & Vrindavan Lila Dasi
Posted October 12, 2009

Could you please post the following links somewhere on your site?

Click Here


Devotees may be interested in this discussion about the Temple of Vedic Planetarium.

Welcome to Jyotish Business Solutions
by Jyotish Business Solutions
Posted October 10, 2009


We are a consulting firm that puts your karma first! Have you wondered why even the best laid plans by the most qualified people don't always turn out to be a success? The reason for this can be found through Jyotish, Science of Divine Light. Maybe you have already heard of the Vedas, the Ancient Indian Scriptures. So, Jyotish means the eye, the eye through which we can see the Vedas. Jyotish is like the flash light shined through the darkness to be able to see the Vedas and begin to understand them.

So, what does all this have to do with your business or career path? Jyotish looks at the planets as energetic influences that affect the world around us. (Click here for the full article)

Damodar Astakam
by Shabda Hari Das
Posted October 7, 2009

Download the FREE Damodar Astakam here.

Available Positions at ISKCON Boston
by Daru Krishna das
Posted October 6, 2009

1. ISKCON Boston is looking for a Temple Brahmin Priest. We will offer room, board and a 25% commission on money brought into the temple by the performances of Samskars/Poojas to the devotee who fills this service position. Temple sponsored events would be excluded from commission payouts.

The primary responsibility of this position would be to develop and manage a Vedic Samskar/Pooja program. Other responsibilities would include, but not limited to.

1. Serve as the primary Samskar/Pooja priest for the community

2. Perform Deity pujari service

3. Educate the congregation about the process of Bhakti yoga

4. Conduct home programs

5. Do temple service as needed

6. Assist in cooking offerings for the Deities (Click here for the full article)

"How to Open and Maintain a Temple" Workshop
by Jagannatha Misra das
Posted October 5, 2009

Learn and Share the knowledge of the most cherised desire of Srila Prabhupada, to open a temple in every corner of the world. One at a time.

Old style. Free. No catch. Bring yourself as the payment. Your hands on service is our payment!

Mrdanga class
How to give class
Sankirtan book distribution
Bhakta Program
...and much more

Learn the techniques and art of opening and maintaing a temple actively practicing in a real temple development. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
ISKCON's Second Generation Celebrates Kuli MeLA 2009

Written by Madhava Smullen and originally posted at ISKCON News Weekly on September 19th, 2009
Posted October 4, 2009

Los Angeles, Friday July 31st, 2009 - Nestled in the Hollywood Hills is the John Anson Ford Amphitheater, Los Angeles' oldest performing arts venue. Tonight, it is nearly full with a glamorous audience of 950 people; some dressed in their very best suits or evening gowns, others in more exotic Bollywood attire.

Only a couple of hours ago, they walked down the red carpet in a brilliant hail of flash photography. Now, as they sit in the open air under the glittering stars, they watch performers deliver a first class show of entertainment and heart, each act introduced by local celebrities. On the stands above, a sprightly reporter conducts interviews for the show's DVD release.

Yet what seems, at first glance, to be a typical Hollywood awards show... is not. For from an altar on the stage, deities of Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra watch the proceedings. (Click here for the full article)

New Book On Cow Protection
by Bhakta Chris Evans
Posted October 2, 2009

Minister of Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Sri D. Sridhar Babu launched the book "To Kill Cow Means To End Human Civilization", written by Dr Sahadeva dasa, in Secunderabad today.

On the occasion, 4 vice-chancellors of Andhra Pradesh universities were present. Minister spoke on the need for more information and awareness on cow science of ancient India and congratulated Dr Dasa for his work in this field. State and national media covered the event.

Today we are treating other life forms just like inert objects, as if they are devoid of any feelings whatsoever. We are showing unprecedented cruelty and callousness towards the dumb creation of God with whom we share this planet. Cruelty has been industrialized, barbarism has been institutionalized. Today the mistreatment of animals is phenomenal, unprecedented in human history. The unspeakable treatment meted out to poor animals before they become our dinner will never go unpunished by the stringent laws of nature. (Click here for the full article)

Looking for Gaurbhavini Devi Dasi
by Ramananda Gauranga Das (Calcutta, India)
Posted October 1, 2009

I'm looking for my friend who is a very good and dear devotee of Lord Krishna. Her legal name is Goshiya from Poland and her initiated name is Gaurbhavini devi dasi. As per last information she moved to Puerto Rico with her husband. Since then I have no information about her. If any one have any information about her or if you, Gaurabhavini is reading this article, please mail me at sagar10ys@yahoo.com or rgd_jps@hotmail.com

  Govardhana Puja in Ludhiana
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted October 27, 2009

Govardhana Puja and Annakoot festival was celebrated in Sri Sri Jagannath Temple, run by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) with great devotion and dedication. A replica of Goverdhan 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 Krishna (AnnaKoot). There was grand Aarti of their Lordships. The edible Goverdhan was distributed amongst the congregation. (Click here for the full article)

Triumphant Homecoming Rathayatra
by Dvija-priya dasi
Posted October 26, 2009

Here in Florida we are blessed with the opportunity to experience Lord Jagannatha's Rathayatra in more cities than anywhere else in North America. It comes as no surprise, then, that the last in a line of ecstatic festivals turned out to be, by all accounts, unrivaled. For our Gainesville Rathayatra, held on Friday, October 16 as part of the University of Florida's Homecoming Parade, we took full advantage of a captive audience of tens of thousands lining University Avenue. Devotees loudly chanted, danced, waved and smiled their way past onlookers, giving everyone the chance to hear the Holy Name and to see Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra. (Click here for the full article)

Wanted: Vrindavan Flat
by Sumant
Posted October 25, 2009

Looking for a 1 or 2 BR flat in Vrindavan to rent starting mid-December 2009, with an annually renewable contract.

Please contact me with photos and other details at (Click here for the full article)

Almviks Gard Sweden - Service Opportunity
by Labangalatika dasi, Almviks Gard, Sweden, New Caitanya Candrodaya mandir
Posted October 22, 2009

Almviks Gard, New Caitanya Candrodaya mandir, is beautifully sitated in the peaceful countryside south of Stockholm, Sweden. Ours is a stable grhasta community originally established in 1980 as an ISKCON farming community. Since then we have developed into a village of grhastas, about 15 families, in the middle of which the temple where our Deities Sri Sri Pancha Tattva preside. The setting is simple and rural, a good place for simple living and high thinking.

At this time, we are able to offer the right devotee(s) the opportunity to serve as cook/pujari. Due to unexpected circumstances our temple crew, previously three devotees, has suddenly been reduced to one senior brahmacari.

Ideally there is service for five persons. Almviks Gard has asrama facilities for, and are welcoming both men and ladies. (Click here for the full article)

Annotated Scans for Bhagavad-Gita As It is Ch. 1
Submitted by Kaisori-devi dasi at bbtedit.com
Posted October 21, 2009

The annotated scans for chapter one of Bhagavad-gita As It Is should be posted online at www.BBTedit.com within the next few days. The scans show Jayadvaita Swami's personal copy of the first edition of the book, with the revisions made to the word-for-word meanings and the purports. (The translations were done separately.)

The included annotations give the reasons for most of the changes and most often tell what Srila Prabhupada's original manuscript said. Also included are images showing relevant portions of the manuscript itself.

Regardless of one's point of view, one is sure to find the scans informative.

The scans for the Preface and Introduction are already online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

Chronology of Srila Prabhupada's Departure
by Anantacarya das
Posted October 19, 2009

These are extracts from a diary I kept 32 years ago during the last five days of Srila Prabhupada's presence with us in Vrindavan, India.

Arriving at the Krishna-Balaram Mandir from California at about 9:30 a.m. on November 11, I enter Srila Prabhupada's room. Lying on his back in a large bed, he is being massaged gently. A kirtan is in progress. Prabhupada is incredibly thin; his hands and feet are swollen. His limbs are supported by pillows. Srila Prabhupada says he will go on parikram to Govardhan Hill. Devotees ask if he will ride in a minibus; his answer is "bullock cart".

Srila Prabhupada is so weak he can barely move his forearms or raise a hand as a signal. If he wants to move his leg, he asks someone to help him. It is startling to see him so emaciated, but there he is, in his transcendental body. In this unbelievably weakened condition he proposes to go 32 kilometres in a bullock cart, circumambulate the hill, stay overnight and return the next day! He remains our intrepid spiritual leader, not wanting his bodily condition to stop his Govardhan Puja. Worried, we start planning for the parikram. (Click here for the full article)

Tucson Holds Feed the World Day
by Sandamini dasi, President, ISKCON Tucson
Posted October 17, 2009

Originally inspired in 1999 by Food for Life Global, the Tucson Temple held its tenth consecutive Feed the World Day on September 28. We always have it on the last Monday of September to guarantee great weather for this outdoor event and so the date sticks in people's minds. People came to experience "nourishing, blessed food that is kind to the planet, honors all species and feeds the soul" and to help us promote a peaceful and hunger-free world.

We had 450 people attending this year to honor the seven-course vegan feast and to hear continuous chanting of the holy name from a stage in the courtyard. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Sri Mayapur Celebrates Thirty Years of Nama-Hatta Preaching
by Iksvaku das
Posted October 12, 2009

This year, ISKCON Sri Mayapur is commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of their congregational preaching, or Nama-hatta. The initiative constitutes a milestone in fulfilling the desires of Sri Caitanya and the previous acaryas.

It started in West Bengal when a group of western and Bengali devotees, followers of Srila Prabhupada, began to preach Krishna consciousness in the villages around Mayapur. Despite the lack of facilities, the results were surprising: in less than one year thirty Nama-hatta sangas were formed.

In 1980, during the first congregational convention or Nama-hatta Mela in Mayapur, one hundred and fifty representatives attended. In the following years the program grew exponentially to more than two thousand active groups; the current estimate is that 39,000 people are participating (Click here for the full article)

Damodarastakam at ISKCON Ludhiana
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted October 10, 2009

Deepdaan (Lamp Offering) celebration has begun today 4th Oct.2009 at Sri Sri Jagannath Temple, Ludhiana. Devotees offered Lamp to Lord Damodar with great devotions and affection. Lamp offering and recital of Damodarastakam will continue during whole month of Kartik in the evening after Gaura aarti. Today's Deepdaan was sponsored by HG Rakshanath Dasa. (Click here for the full article)

Tijuana Ratha Yatra and New Preaching Center
by Centro Cultural Hare Krishna Tijuana
Posted October 7, 2009

The Vaishnava community in Tijuana Mexico, celebrated their 6th Ratha Yatra September 20th, with the mercy of Guru and Gouranga and the Vaishnav community of Los Angeles and San Diego California and Tijuana Mexico. The parade and festival of India was a great success, 800 plates of prasadam were distributed, many SP books, bharatanatyan dance and many musicians performed at the stage, (Click here for the full article)

Spiritual Warrior Tele-Classes
by Andre Gray
Posted October 6, 2009

Listen to tele-classes based on the Spiritual Warrior books written by HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami Maharaja. Hosted by M. Indrani dd the tele-classes take place every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm EST.

Dail in number: (518) 825-1400 Access code: 87-36-85

For more information go to: www.GitaYoga.net

Vrindavan Flat for Sale
by Vasanti Patel
Posted October 5, 2009

1 BR, spacious corner flat, fully furnished, 10 minutes from ISKCON temple. For further details, please contact 07745 620 623/ 0208 909 3172. Price includes life time maintenance. 24 hours security, secured compound, 3 floors all together. Temple and garden in the centre. (Click here for the full article)

Help Victims of Typhoon Ondoy
by Radha Lila Devi Dasi (Temple Administrator & FFL Director)
Posted October 4, 2009

In the aftermath of one of the worst flooding in the northern Luzon that left more than 200 people dead and nearly 300,000 affected, now is the time to do our part in helping our fellows who have been badly affected by the Typhoon Ondoy and critically need all the help they can get.

The Food for Life Team of ISKCON SRI SRI RADHA-MADHAVA MANDIR has untiringly and painlessly continuing the mission of "FOOD FOR LIFE" by giving out Prasadam (Hot nutritious vegetarian sanctified food) to all people who were affected by the Typhoon since Saturday. (Click here for the full article)

New Book: Bhagavad-Gita in 3D, a Study Guide
by Madhava Priya devi dasi
Posted October 2, 2009

This year I have published a book called Bhagavad-Gita in 3-D, A Study Guide for the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is.

The title comes from the three levels of confidential knowledge given by Krishna and explained by Srila Prabhupada in the Gita. (No, it isn't a pop-up book, sorry...) Not only are there three levels of confidential knowledge, but if one understands the three levels, the message of the Gita stands out much more clearly, as if suddenly appearing in three dimensions.

This book is an attempt to share such an experience with devotees. There are three parts to this book. The first is a course complete with tests, on the five topics of the Gita, the yoga ladder, and the three levels of confidential knowledge. That part can't be read without a Gita in hand and is meant to be used by devotees giving class or leading Gita discussion groups. (Click here for the full article)

The Art of Prasad Distribution
by Parasuram das
Posted October 1, 2009

FFL Kingscross presents a 1 week residential seminar hands on training in London.

Topics covered:

Cooking for festivals
6,000 - 15,000 plates

Cooking for events
100 - 3,000 plates

Cooking for feasts
50 - 300 plates

Setting up a prasad distribution project

There is no charge for the course. (Click here for the full article)

  BTG Back Issues for Sale
by Elle Mitchell
Posted October 27, 2009

I would like to pass on these duplicate issues that I've acquired while collecting BTG magazines. There is cover wear and yellowing commensurate with age but all are clean, intact, and will make excellent reading copies. I am only selling these as a set and will not split out individual copies.

  • Vol. 14 (1979): 2/3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12
  • Vol. 18 (1983): 12
  • Vol. 19 (1984): 7
  • Vol. 20 (1985): 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
  • Vol. 21 (1986): 2-3, 6, 7, 8, 10
  • Vol. 24 (1989): 1-2, 4
  • 1991: Jan/Feb, May/Jun, Jul/Aug, Sep/Oct, Nov/Dec
  • 1992: May/Jun, Sep/Oct
  • 1993: Mar/Apr
  • 2006: Jul/Aug

(Click here for the full article)

Do We Transcend Varnashrama?
by Niscala dasi
Posted October 26, 2009

Interesting things have happened to me since presenting my book Varnashrama, the Eight-petalled Lotus. I entered a varnashrama discussion forum, a group of devotees obviously very keen on introducing varnashrama within our movement. However, only a portion of Srila Prabhupada's instructions on the matter was being presented — specifically the portion in which he stressed that even within a varnashrama structure, we are all Vaishnavas, and that we are only playing the part of sudras, vaisyas and so on to set a precedent for general society to follow. After all, since we are Vaishnavas, we are transcendental to varnashrama.

In another conversation, however, Srila Prabhupada offers a very different viewpoint, citing a Caitanya-Caritamrta verse: "It is the living entity's constitutional position to be an eternal servant of Krishna" (C.C., Madhya 20.108). Prabhupada declared (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
ISKCON Philippines Food for Life Feeds Typhoon Ondoy Victims

by Madhava Smullen, ISKCON News Weekly
Posted October 25, 2009

ISKCON's Food For Life program in the Philippines is assisting with relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy, which has left more than 300 people dead and nearly 400,000 affected.

The tropical storm, which hit the Northern Luzon region of the Philippines on Saturday September 26, caused some of the worst floods the country has ever seen.

ISKCON's Sri Sri Radha-Madhava Mandir in Makati City was not spared, with water levels reaching the pictures of Vaishnava gurus on Radha-Madhava's altar. (Click here for the full article)

Using a Thorn to Remove a Thorn
by Madhava Gosh
Posted October 22, 2009

In a recent article on Chakra.org someone writing under the pseudonym of "Tattva das" asked "New Vrindaban and Gas Drilling: High Thinking or Not?" My answer is that it could and should be.

First "Tattva das" attempts to compare gas drilling to the so-called "scamkirtan" that many sincere devotees naïvely worked at during the building stage of New Vrindaban. One key difference is that "scamkirtan" was organized as an illegal activity. Receiving signing bonuses and royalties from natural gas production is not illegal. While this differentiation may not be important to "Tattva das", to the rest of the world and many devotees it is. On this basis alone the two activities cannot be compared.

"Tattva das" seems to think that it is the drilling for gas that would make New Vrindaban an industrial area. If only it were that simple. The sad fact is that New Vrindaban is already an industrial area. What does Srila Prabhupada counterpose to the idea of an industrial area? (Click here for the full article)

The Passing of Vijay Das
by Kalindi dasi
Posted October 21, 2009

In Memoriam: Vijay das (May 1, 1952 - October 7, 2009)

Vijay das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, in Houston, Texas, from complications of diabetes.

Vijay prabhu joined ISKCON in India and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur in 1976. He was instrumental in enrolling many life members in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and all over India. He participated in morning walks with Srila Prabhupada in Mumbai, and served with many senior devotees, like H.H. Giriraja Maha raja, H.H. Bhakti Charu Swami, H.H. Lokanatha Maharaja and H.H. Hanumat Presaka Maharaja.

He travelled throughout India in travelling Sankirtan buses and had lunch with Srila Prabhupada on two occasions in recognition of his outstanding service. In 1982 he won a trip to the USA for recruiting the most life members. He went to Berkeley and served there as the temple treasurer for several years. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Obama's Diwali Message

submitted by Urmila devi dasi
Posted October 17, 2009

This youtube video shows President Obama's Diwali message, in which he mentions Lord Ramachandra.

Sanskrit Bhajans Memorization Made Easy - Word By Word Translation
by Acyuta Krishna das
Posted October 15, 2009

The Center for Bhakti Studies announces a course, "Sanskrit Bhajans Memorization Made Easy." Accompanied by sung MP3 files, the word-by-word translation of each of several bhajans is provided. Starting on December 1, the free course includes approximately 10 hours of instruction.

The site features analyses of several much-loved Vaishnava bhajans. Here is an example of a verse from Gauranga Balite Ha'be, by Srila Narottama das Thakur:

ara kabe nitai-cadera karuna haibe
samsara-vasana mora kabe tuccha ha'be

"ara = and; kabe = when; nitai = Nityananda prabhu; (Click here for the full article)

New Vrindaban and Gas Drilling: High Thinking or Not?
by Tattva Dasa
Posted October 12, 2009

In the early nineties as the scamkirtan dollars dried up and old leaders faded into the sunset there was a lot of talk that perhaps New Vrindaban's detour away from Prabhupada's instructions toward things like simple living, natural farming, and self sufficiency and toward mass collecting of funds to develop the place as a preaching mecca complete with a spiritual Disneyland might have been a major blunder.

Fueled by the mantra "the money is the honey," hundreds of sincere New Vrindaban devotees spent years not building homes, cultivating the land, and becoming proficient in matters of self sufficiency but instead prodding people at events and in parking lots across the country for donations with pleas for feeding people, caring for orphans, and supporting boys schools. (Click here for the full article)

Ecstatic Vaisnavi Retreat at New Vrindavan
by Amrita Gopala dasi
Posted October 10, 2009

The chairs are folded and stacked and the big hall under the lodge stands empty, but the spiritual buzz generated by the 150 ladies who gathered for the ninth annual Vaisnavi retreat still hangs sweetly in the autumn air in New Vrindaban. The retreat, "by women, for women" who are engaged in Krishna consciousness, is a unique way for American and Canadian devotees to hear, chant and learn in a supportive, enlivening atmosphere and has become a staple festival coordinated by Her Grace Malati devi dasi. This year's Vaisnavi retreat was held from October 2nd and culminated in a Love Feast on October 4th.

This retreat's special attraction was the large number of Srila Prabhupada's initiated disciples in attendance. In a seminar facilitated by Her Grace Mahamaya devi dasi, (Click here for the full article)

Young Devotee in Accident
by Chakra
Posted October 8, 2009

Chakra just learned that Caturatma Prabhu's daughter, Manjula, was involved in a serious car accident and is in the hospital.

We request devotees to kindly pray for this wonderful young Vaisnavi's welfare during this difficult time.

October at Gita Nagari
by Ortrun Gates
Posted October 7, 2009

We are delighted to invite you to two important Festivals in the month of October:

    Sunday 18th Oct is Govardhana Puja.
  • 1:30 pm - go puja - worship of the cows at the barn
  • 3:30 pm - kirtan and arati in Temple Room
  • 4:00 pm - class in Temple Room
  • 4:45 pm - worship of Govardhan Sweet Hill - arati, circumambulation and kirtan
  • 5:15 pm - Damodarastakam - offering of lamp to Lord Damodara with bhajan
  • 5:30 pm - Feast

    Wednesday 21 October is the Holy Disappearance Day of our Founder Acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada. Program:

(Click here for the full article)

Companion Needed for Devotee With MS
by Mahattama devi dasi
Posted October 6, 2009

Please take this opportunity to serve a SP disciple as a companion in her home. Baltimore temple only 20 mins. away, there is devotee association and a chance to perform deity worship too. She has been diagnosed with MS, but she is pretty self sufficient and independent until now, she needs help with cooking and driving to appointments. Room and board and an stipend for anyone interested in doing this service, please call Mahattama dd at 443-812-5808.

Accommodation Wanted
by Prafulla Acharya
Posted October 5, 2009

A devotee family (both initiated) moving to London needs one bed room or likewise flat near Bhaktivedanta Manor. Our two small children will join Gurukula in Manor in January 2010. Apartment in nearby areas like Watford, Radlett, Borehamwood, Hatch end etc. would be fine as well. We would be happy to receive all suggestions. Please contact: acharya@consultant.com

New Mayapur Apartments for Sale
by Dhriti Gauranga Das
Posted October 4, 2009

Situated in a prime location with wonderful rooftop views of the Ganga Iskcon and all Mayapur Dham.The Appartments are Opposite Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Birthplace Yogapith, 1 mile from ISKCON, Government Hospital 800 ft, from Main road 200 ft.

Available is:

Large apartment-1350 sqft

Small apartment-675 sqft

In apartment provide: 24 hours water, generator, security, parking in basement.

The information brochure is attached herewith, please download the attach files. (Click here for the full article)

Needed: Spiritual Life Mentors
by Maha Visnu Das
Posted October 2, 2009

I run a web-based service at www.GitaYoga.net, geared toward both devotees and non-devotees alike, and am looking for volunteers to serve as Spiritual Life Mentors. Gita Yoga's Spiritual Life Mentoring is conducted primarily by e-mail but may also be done phone or one-on-one.


To offer spiritual guidance and support to devotees

To offer inspiration and motivation to devotees

To provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way for devotees to express themselves

To assist devotees in solving their personal and spiritual problems

To help devotees develop a deeper relationship with Krishna (Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows October 2009
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted October 1, 2009

Our October 2009 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 23 pages (5 MB) we present reports on:

1. Surabhi Kunj: An ideal cow protection project in Australia where cows live in natural opulence.

2. The departure of Van Krsna, the first Neel Gai to reside at CFC; and the appearance of three others.

3. Yamuna, one of the most satisfied and friendly cows in Vrindavan. (Click here for the full article)

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