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October 2011
Art for Sale
by Seva Priya dd
Posted October 29, 2011

My name is Seva Priya dd, I am a textile artist working with wool, needle and wet felting to produce Krsna Conscious art. I am located in the UK and I am very open to commissions. Please look at my Etsy shop to see my work. Thank you. Click Here

House for Sale
by Raquel Ellsworth
Posted October 24, 2011

Enjoy a Vrndavana-like atmosphere within a mile of New Raman Reti Dhama. Established palms, fruit trees and exotic shrubs, including ardenias, night blooming jasmine and pineapple guava. This is a site built home designed by devotees and includes a marble alter area and two double sinks in the kitchen. This property has room to roam on. The home sits on 4.45 acres in Alachua, FL. In addition to the 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths, there is extensive 6' fencing, a classic red barn, and the 3rd room is 18' x 19' and has an exterior entrance which could be used as an office or for a business you can run from home. Call Raquel Ellsworth (Click here for the full article)

Madhava’s Band Brings Krishna Rock to India’s Got Talent
by Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 14 Oct 2011, Reposted from news.iskcon.com
Posted October 21, 2011

The Band

This summer, when 35 million people tuned in to India’s Got Talent—which features Bollywood star judges and is hailed as Asia’s biggest talent show—they probably didn’t expect to see a group of devotees in dhotis and saris, chanting Hare Krishna.

But people warmed to ISKCON devotee rock band “Madhava’s” quickly, sending them all the way to the IGT finale, where they reached third place out of thousands of contestants.

For the band, it was both a humbling and educational experience, and a chance to deliver Krishna’s name to as many people as possible.

“Five out of the seven band members met while in engineering college in our home town of Chandigargh, Punjab,” (Click here for the full article)

Krishna Katha
by Praghosa dasa (ACBSP)
Posted October 21, 2011

I inform you that if you want to relish the pastimes of the Lord freely, you can listen to them on the prabhupadavani.org website.  The following stories are made available by Amal Bhakta prabhu: Caitanya-Caritamrta, Lord Caitanya conquers the Kazi, Lord Caitanya appears as Lord Krsna, The appearance of Lord Krsna, Appearance of Lord Jagannatha, Trials and Triumphs of Haridas Thakhura, Jagai and Madhai redeemedLet there be a temple (Prabhupada Lilamrta), A Second Chance (the story of Ajamila).  Do not miss this opportunity.

Hare Krishna T-Shirts On Sale
by Kishori Dasi
Posted October 19, 2011

Devotional T-shirts now on sale. Great shirts for temples, preaching centers, or for devotees to sell to earn extra money. Several different images available. Please contact me at (Click here for the full article)

Murari Kirtan Valley to Celebrate Govardhan Puja
by Gadi das
Posted October 18, 2011

Chanting, music, feasting — a Govardhana Puja festival — it's all about the cows!

On Sunday, October 30, Murari's Kirtan Village in Mulberry, Tennessee, will celebrate Govardhana Puja. The bhajana program begins at noon, followed by outdoor Go-Puja for the cows at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. there will be a reading of Lord Krishna's pastime of raising Govardhana Hill, followed by an Abhiseka (bathing ceremony) for Krishna and Balarama whilst circumambulating the Hill (kirtan). At 4:30 there will be arotik and kirtan, and at 5 p.m. a sumptuous feast will be served. Feel free to bring a vegetarian food preparation if you like.

The temple is at (Click here for the full article)

Mayapur Apartments
by Madan Gopal dasa
Posted October 18, 2011

"Mayapur apartments for rent/sale"
2 bedroom, kitchen/ bathroom Apartments available

Please contact Madan Gopal dasa (Click here for the full article)

4 Month Rental in Alachua
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa
Posted October 9, 2011

Available November 1st - March 1st (must commit to 4 months)

1/1 with living room, kitchen, dining area - all new appliances

3 minute drive to Alachua Temple

7 Quiet Acres & Deity Clean

$500 per month + Ultilities

for more information: (Click here for the full article)

Beautiful Blue Tilak Mrdanga for Sale
by Cynthia
Posted October 7, 2011

Only used a couple of times in a small temple program and used at home. New condition with a few tiny blemishes (it came to me that way). Only selling to pay the bills. Will ship in same box that the mrdanga was shipped to me in.

Purchased for $180.00. For sale for $120.00 - buyer also pays shipping charges. Contact me at (Click here for the full article)

  In the News:
GBC Fills Newly Created Leadership Positions: First Steps of ISKCON`S International Strategic Plans Put in Place

by Anuttama Das for ISKCON News on 22 Oct 2011
Posted October 29, 2011

Mumbai, India--ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC), during its international meetings this past week in Mumbai, selected personnel to fill four new and historically important positions as part of gradual unfolding of the GBC Strategic Development Plan.

Those positions include Executive Director; Divisional Director for Administration/Systems Development and Divisional Director of Devotee Care; Divisional Director for Divisional Director of Legal, Accounting, and Regulatory Compliance; and Divisional Director for Community Relations. In total there are nine Divisional Directors positions planned to serve under the GBC, each of whom will report to the new Executive Director.

The GBC Body has defined three primary directives: To follow Srila Prabhupada’s directions, to carry out its own resolutions, and to follow through on the GBC’s Strategic Plan for the development of ISKCON. (Click here for the full article)

Philadelphia Ratha Yatra Report to Srila Prabhupada
by Philadelphia Ratha Yatra Steering Committee
Posted October 24, 2011

“We're fortunate to have what is probably the most beautiful parade route and festival site on the east coast. The most enlivening feature of Ratha Yatra for me is the energetic, creative, and responsible participation of so many of our congregation members who fantastically organized everything from the fleet of children's Ratha Yatra carts in the parade to the various workshops on yoga, meditation, and kirtan at the festival sites. I'm especially pleased by the huge participation we had in producing what many festival-goers claimed to be the best Ratha Yatra feast they've ever tasted." – Ravindra Svarupa prabhu, TP

Communications report

To alert as many Philadelphians as possible to the Jagannatha Ratha Yatra Festival, the RY communications team took the campaign to the streets, having our best graphic designers created powerful images of Lord Jagannatha. (Click here for the full article)

Lamp Offering at ISKCON, Ludhiana
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted October 21, 2011

ISKCON Ludhiana celebrated arrival of auspicious Kartik month with ecstatic Kirtana, lamp offering to Lord Damodar, recitation of Damodarastakam prayer and discourses. Devotees offered lights to Their Lordship after Gaura Aarti. HG Rajsuya Das, Temple President, told Lamp offering will continue for whole month of Kartika and said that since this month is very dear to Krishna by performing austerities, or restraining ones sense gratification and performing activities to please the senses of the Lord, one becomes very dear to the Krishna. As Satya yuga is the best of yugas, as the vedas are the best of scriptures, as ganga is the best of rivers, so kartika is the best of months, the most dear to Krishna.

Please follow link below to see more pictures: (Click here for the full article)

Kartik Special
by Bhaktin Rama
Posted October 19, 2011

We are providing Deity and Devotee dresses and paraphernalia from New Delhi, India.

We make available apparel & accessories for all countries at very reasonable prices,with a guarantee of maintaining high quality standards.

This service is being offered to you by ISKCON devotees with professional experience in textile designing and merchandising.

Please visit our Product Portfolio Gallery, in Products page of website- www.krishnaramafabs.com

(Click here for the full article)

Christmas Season Help Wanted
by Krsna Das
Posted October 18, 2011

We are looking for devotees to work in different malls in Florida, USA; good pay and place to stay provided. If interested please email resume at (Click here for the full article)

Head Pujari Position
by Caitanya Das
Posted October 18, 2011

There is presently an urgent need at ISKCON Radha Madhava Mandir - Belfast - N.Ireland for a brahmana initiated pujari to take up the position of Head Pujari, due to the health situation of the present Head Pujari. We are also looking for pujari-helpers (some of them can also be without first initiation). Allowances paid weekly, living expenses and training provided. Preferably with a diploma from Mayapur Academy or with previous pujari experience. Preferably from an EU-country since in that case there are no legal difficulties, but all applications will be considered. We are looking for a long-term stay (1 year and more). Helper pujaris or pujari in training can apply for a short term stay. (Click here for the full article)

Fakir Mohan Prabhu Needs Assistant
by Krsna Chandra dasi
Posted October 13, 2011

The life of Fakir Mohan Prabhu is an extraordinary example of dedication and humility. Even as a child he always ran to the temple, so that in his young age his parents realized that he was made for devotional life, and they offered him to a temple. He comes from a high Brahmin family, and his Guru initiated him with the name "Fakir", the Muslim name for "sadhu". He is always laughing: "Yes, I am just a Fakir, an insignificant beggar."

He is a lifelong brahmacari. Although he studied Sanskrit, is a professor emeritus of Utkal University and published more than 35 books, he stayed a very simple, loving Vaishnava. He was never part of an institution or of a particular group or mission, but has so much love for every soul. Although he was very close to many intimate disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur and other famous Vaishnavas, he never initiated anyone. The songs of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur are deeply rooted in his heart, and he is gives such joyful Hari-katha that the hearts of the devotees will melt. He has suffered five heart-attacks but still travels, and his enthusiasm is never-ending. (Click here for the full article)

Apartment Wanted
by Yamuna das
Posted October 9, 2011

I am a male adult who needs to live in the US for about 4 to 6 months from December 01 2011. I hope to find a private apartment to rent with quiet neighbors. Preferably within an hour's walking distance to buying prasadam at least a few days a week. If anyone has any good suggestions, please send me a message at (Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows October 2011
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted October 7, 2011

The October 2011 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 20 pages (1.8 MB) we present reports on:

1. A recent visit paid to Care for Cows by Satish Kumar, President of Gau Raksha Dal Punjab.

2. The birth of three Neel Gai born to Draupadi and Radhika. They have been named Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra.

3. News around the goshalla to include the graduation of two bulls born here; Sura Dasi's sixth calf; Adi Deva's third birthday; and a pure-bred Gir bull gifted to us.. (Click here for the full article)

  Vidyabhusana Project
by Dr. Demian Martins
Posted October 29, 2011

The Vidyabhusana Project has been launched to collect, preserve and translate the works of Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana, to whom Srila Prabhupada dedicated his Bhagavad-gita As It Is. The intellectual genius of Sri Vidyabhusana is equal in all respects to that of Sri Jiva Gosvami, Sri Ramanuja Acarya, Sri Vedanta Desika or any of the greatest philosophers, and it is most unfortunate that even among vaisnava circles his works do not yet occupy the exalted position they deserve. He not only left an outstanding philosophical legacy, but also important works on grammar, poetics, literature, prosody and dramaturgy.

Almost 250 years have passed since Sri Vidyabhusana departed from this world, and only a few serious attempts have been made to preserve his works. In the first half of the last century, with great hardship Haridas das Babaji from Navadvip and Krishnadas Babaji from Radhakunda collected manuscripts from all over India and managed to publish a good number of them. (Click here for the full article)

Govardhana Puja Festival
by Murari Sevaka - Mulberry, TN
Posted October 24, 2011

Chanting - Music - Feast
A Govardhana Puja Festival

Presented By Murari Sevaka - Mulberry, TN

Click Here for .pdf Flyer (12.9 MB)

Mark Your Calendar:

Sunday October 30th Starting at Noon

Sumptuous Vegetarian Feast

Chanting, Music, Kirtan

Hearing Krishna's Pastimes (Click here for the full article)

The End of an Era at New Vrindaban’s Palace Rose Garden
by New Vrindaban Communications
Posted October 21, 2011

On September 28, New Vrindaban held a retirement party for Betty Hickey who, since 1985, has cultivated the Palace Rose Garden. The garden has over one hundred varieties of roses and over 850 rose plants, and attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors every year.

Besides cultivating roses, Betty has cultivated hundreds of devotees and visitors with her warm heart, gentle nature, and no-nonsense attitude. “I have made so many wonderful friendships over the years,” said Betty at her retirement party.

Betty was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and has lived in the local community her entire life. “My entire family – my parents, my brother Bob, everyone – was always friendly with the devotees in New Vrindaban,” (Click here for the full article)

Feed the World Day in Tucson
by Sandamani dasi
Posted October 19, 2011

The weather was cooling down, a faint fall aroma in the air. It was time for our 10th annual Feed the World Festival on Monday, October 4th. Filling the courtyard were health booths, holistic medicines, massage and an assortment of alternative practitioners. All set to the tune of continuous kirtan and prasad distribution.

Why the collaboration? All were united with the aim of bringing awareness to world hunger and the many subtle reasons behind it. Foremost is to adopt a plant-based diet and refocus on our spiritual nature. To bring about these two goals, Govinda’s of Tucson who is entering its 19th year of serving delicious prasadam to the community, puts on this yearly event.

“It’s the simple program Srila Prabhupada gave us,” said Bhakta Geno, the event coordinator, ”but with a new twist to attract a wider range of people and connect them with a global theme. (Click here for the full article)

Looking to Buy Srimad Bhagavatam
by Mukhya & Sri devi
Posted October 18, 2011

We are creating a Srila Prabhupada permanent display case inside the Alachua Temple, and would like to buy a full-size, dust-jacket, 18-volume set of Srimad Bhagavatam (full-size, dust jacket) as part of it. We are also willing to trade your set for a brand new set with the smaller-sized books, if you would prefer that. Please contact Alachua Temple office (Click here for the full article)

Moscow Temple Expropriated; Help and Prayers Needed
by Jaya Madhava das (Moscow)
Posted October 13, 2011

I would like to urgently request the worldwide community of devotees to pray for the Moscow ISKCON Temples and for its devotees. On Friday, September 30 the devotees were served with an official notice of eviction, and they will be required to vacate the property by November 30.

The land had originally been provided to the devotees by the Northern Administrative Zone of the Government of Moscow Region as a replacement home when the Bhagavaya Temple location had been destroyed by officials to build offices and apartments in 2004. Now the current location in Dinamo is also in serious jeopardy.

The Moscow ISKCON Temple is in very real danger of being closed down by the local Moscow Government officials, the legal owners of the property. This is a total shock to the Russian devotees, who had thought that the local government would have allowed them more time to prepare for building and relocating to their future purpose-built temple. The effect will be (Click here for the full article)

Beautiful Building Lot for Sale in Alachua Florida
by Lalita Sakhi dasi
Posted October 7, 2011

These days its less expensive to build a NEW house then to buy a fixer-upper! What to speak of the resale value! We're selling one of the last beautiful properties left in Alachua, Florida. It's a nice rectangular lot measuring 100 x 138 ft. (Total = 13,800 sq. ft. (1,280 sq. m.) or 1/3 acre; composed of two lots: one is 100 x 100 and the other is 100 x 38) vastu-suitable building lot facing east. Its all one lot though. At the end of a paved cul-de-sac (which is great for kids!) and also has sidewalks.The lot has seven large, beautiful trees and only forest views at the rear and side.

No site work will be needed; the lot is ready to build. There are mostly new homes built down the street. It's a very safe neighborhood, with some devotees living nearby too. Walking distance to Santa Fe High School, 4-1/2 miles (7.25 km) to ISKCON Raman Reti temple, and 1 mile (2.2 km) to downtown Alachua. (Click here for the full article)

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