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September 2008
First Ratha Yatra in Shippensburg, Pa
by Ortrun Gates
Posted September 29, 2008

The first ever Ratha Yatra was held on September 27th in Shippensburg, PA at the home of Hemagaura and Ortrun Gates. Local friends and devotees gathered to pull the cart around our own Govardhan Hill in the side yard. For those in attendance who did not know the origins of the festival, Pariksit Prabhu gave an explanation how the deities manifested, to the delight of everyone present. Sadly M. Kaulini dasi was unable to attend because of her health.

After many days of sunshine, it started to rain on Friday and we were concerned about our festival. We decided to go ahead rain or shine and, just in case, purchased many rain coats from the local Dollar Store. (Click here for the full article)

6th Annual Vaishnavi Retreat
by Malati devi dasi
Posted September 27, 2008

Oct. 10, 11, 12, 2008

For Women, By Women
New Vrindaban, WV

(present version may be subject to change) (Click here for the full article)

All Green Resort for Sale
by Syamasundara das
Posted September 25, 2008

ASHRAM and HOLIDAY-RESORT READILY AVAILABLE FOR SALE: 4.5 acres of fertile land near Hyderabad, South India, well developed by the devotees as Holiday Resort/Ashram with 400 mango tress and many other fruit trees fully yielding for the last 3 years, a well furnished Modern Guesthouse, Restaurant, Swimming pool, Small Temple, Meditation hall, Lawn, Play ground, Plant Nursery, Bird house, Avenue Plants, Street Lights, Sweet drinking water, Security room, Compound with Big Gate, Workers quarters etc. fully integrated Rural & Spiritual Ambience, away from hustle & bustle of city life. The land is closer to the famous/ancient Temple-Hill of Sri Sri Lakshmi-Nrisihma Swami. (Click here for the full article)

Sundararupa Prabhu Has Left His Body
by Chakra.org
Posted September 24, 2008

Chakra has just been informed that Sundararupa prabhu, a founding member of Villa Vrindavan in Italy, left his body last Saturday (Sept 20), after being on life support. We will post more news as soon as we receive it, but wanted to post this initial brief announcement, so that the community of Vaisnavas could express their thoughts, prayers and condolences to Sundarupa prabhu's wife Sudharma Prabhu and his children.

New Tanpura And Harmonium for Sale
by Nisha
Posted September 23, 2008

Nice new Tanpura and Harmonium for Sale. See photo.

Please contact 208-866-2489 or nishaji@gmail.com with reasonable offer.

Now Available: Kirtaniya Sada Hari
by Devadeva Mirel
Posted September 22, 2008

Kirtaniya Sada Hari, the debut cd by the fabulous Rasika dasi, has just been released and is available to purchase for only $10.

Rasika dasi lives in Alachua yet sings with the heart and soul of a Bengali kirtaniya. Accompanying her on the recording of Kirtaniya Sada Hari is Badahari, Visvambhara, Bali, Kish, Jagannatha Kirtan, and many other amazing young Vaisnvava musicians. This cd is a must have for any devotee moved by the traditional instrumentation and arrangement of classical bhajan.

Visit rasikadasi.com to hear samples from the cd and to place your order.

In the News:
Europe's First State-Funded Hindu School

by Riazat Butt
Posted September 20, 2008

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE: Europe's first state-funded school for Hindus, which receives its spiritual guidance from the Hare Krishna movement, opened in London amid continued concern about the divisive nature of faith schools.

Krishna-Avanti primary school, in the north-west borough of Harrow, home to about a quarter of the UK's Hindu population, is welcoming 30 children to its temporary base at Little Stanmore primary school. The school will gradually increase in size until 2014, when it will have filled places for 236 pupils, including a nursery.

However, pupils will have to wait until next September to enjoy their new GBP10m building, which will have a meditation garden, an amphitheatre for outside teaching and eco-friendly innovations such as a grass roof. (Click here for the full article)

Requesting Financial Assistance
by Tamohara dasa
Posted September 19, 2008

My name is Tamohara dasa, M.S, Aud.(C), disciple of Srila Prabhupada since 1972. Older age and recent physical disability prevent me from doing my professional work as audiologist any longer. I have very little in the realm of savings, no family, no support group, yet wish, Krsna willing, to go to India to preach and eventually pass away in the Holy Dhama, thus insuring my progression back to Godhead. (Click here for the full article)

Virtual Sri Brajamandala Parikrama
by Achyuta Krishna dasa
Posted September 17, 2008

Cannot go to this year's Sri BrajaMandala Parikrama?

Want to learn more about different places visited before the actual Parikrama starts?

Join us for a Virtual BrajaMandala Parikrama at: Click Here. Books available here: Click Here

Email: igvt.hbg@gmail.com

Homes for Sale in Dallas
by Ruciranana dasi
Posted September 15, 2008

We have two lovely homes for sale in the Dallas community. They are both in ideal locations within walking distance to the temple. For more information, please contact Ruciranana dasi at ruciranana@yahoo.com.

Atma Yoga Teacher Training
by Wesley S. Camp
Posted September 14, 2008

Evening and weekend 8-week program, October 3 - November 22. Certified by the Yoga Alliance at a 200 hour school, Atma Yoga teaches presentation skills, anatomy, yoga psychology and much more. Become a powerful teacher and enhance your personal yoga practice. Visit www.atmayoga.net for more information. Program will be held in Los Angeles at 9701 Venice Blvd. (across the street from New Dwarka). Haribol! (404) 273-7538

Ludhiana Ratha Yatra
by ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted September 11, 2008

With the mercy of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra and with special blessings of Srila Prabhupada and His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami maharaj, we feel great pleasure to announce the date of the historic Lord Jagannath Ratha Yatra (Festival of Chariot) in Ludhiana. This year Ludhiana Ratha Yatra will be held on 15th November 2008 (Saturday). Next day on 16th November, 2008 there will be Hare Krsna Mahotsav. (Click here for the full article)

18 Volume S.B. Set for Sale
by Eric Swanger
Posted September 6, 2008

I've got a real nice 18 volume Srimad Bhagavatam set for sale. All twelve cantos are here and all of them have dust jackets. Each volume has the previous owner's name written in the inside cover, but other than that, they're pretty fine.

Shipping is going to be $40ish, but I'll base it upon where you live (US shipping only, ok?). The box weighs around 50lbs and will ship via UPS from the 17837 zip code.

$200 (and shipping) and this is yours! (Click here for the full article)

Domain Names for Sale
by Krishna Kirtan das
Posted September 5, 2008

The domains HAREKRISHNA.NET and HAREKRSNA.NET are for sale. These domains have been used for a long time as part of a project called The Hare Krishna Network. The domain also comes with an existing social network of devotees with about 750 members, and growing. The Social Network itself is Ning based, so it's very easy to maintain. No programming necessary. You can broadcast messages to members, manage members, manage banners, and much more. (www.harekrishna.net)

The domains themselves are valuable, if you wish to continue the project, expand it, or create something else new entirely. (Click here for the full article)

Live Streaming Nectar
by Antony Brennan
Posted September 2, 2008

The Internet is an enabling technology. It enables us to receive emails from all over the world; it enables us to read articles posted on Danadavats.com. We are also able to watch videos of a Japa workshop by Mahatma dasa. We can download the video and play it later on an mp4 player, a device that lets us listen to music, display images and play video. The Internet allows us to log in to the 'Gita Room,' a virtual on line classroom where we can join others on line in a class about the Bhagavad Gita.

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when I saw the notice that His Holiness Hridayanda Goswami would be giving a morning class at Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha Mandir in Sydney, (Australia) (Click here for the full article)

Please Pray for Sidavidya
by Murari Gupta das
Posted September 1, 2008

Today as I left the hospital where Sidavidya das is currently staying, it is quite evident that our dear brother is preparing to leave his body. He is chanting, preaching, and anxious to be available to lead the kirtan for the Lord. When the nurse asked him if he recognized me, he said that is Murari Gupta, and right behind him is the Lord Visnu. He is constantly chanting " vande guroh sri-caranaravindam" over and over, Srila Prabhupada is there conforting him. Please pray for our dear Sidavidya.

  New Bhagavad-Gita Recording
by Kamlesh Patel, Gitamrta.org
Posted September 29, 2008

This is to announce that there is a new Bhagavad-Gita Recording at Gitamrta.org

Listen to the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is in Sanskrit with Hindi translations.

All 700 verses, with one click. Free of charge.

Also listen in 5 other languages.

Devotee Leads California Lecture Series
by Ramkrishna Swami
Posted September 27, 2008

Radhakrishna das Brahmachari, a disciple of H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami, is currently conducting a series of English-language preaching programs in California. He has recently spoken on Bhagavad-gita verses at the Laguna Beach ISKCON temple (Sunday, Sept. 14) and the Los Angeles ISKCON temple (Sunday, Sept. 21) and on Sri Caitanya-caritamrta at a house program at the home of Jashbhai Patel in Yorba Linda (Tuesday, Sept. 23).

Upcoming programs are planned for the Los Angeles ISKCON temple hall on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. on the Nectar of Devotion; on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 a.m. on a Srimad Bhagavatam verse; and continuing Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., again on the Nectar of Devotion. (Click here for the full article)

Live-In Nanny Needed for 10 Year Little Vaishnavi
by Nisha
Posted September 25, 2008

Very easy going job. This is more for security and devotee association than job. Good pay. It is located in Northern Virginia. Nearest temple is Potomac, MD. Need to have your own work authorization.

Start date: November 11, 2008 - Gaur Purnima.

Contact Nisha, 208-866-2489. nishaji@gmail.com

World Holy Name Week
by ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted September 24, 2008

World Holy Name Week (September 13th-21st) was celebrated by ISKCON, Ludhiana with great devotion and dedication. In the temple devotees took turns to chant Hare Krishna Maha-mantra from morning till evening daily from Sep 13 thru 20th.

On the concluding day, it being Sunday, we had Harinaam Nagar Sankirtan early morning at 6.00 am, which passed through thickly populated area of Ludhiana and approx. 500 people participated. His Grace Vidurpriya dasa, Co- Temple President, emphasized the need of chanting holy name in this age of Kali. (Click here for the full article)

Rathayatra Returns to Niles, MI
by Prema Bhakti das and Tapati dasi
Posted September 23, 2008

Niles, Michigan is staging their annual Rathayatra on Saturday, Sept. 27 at noon (Eastern time zone).

The staging area for Lord Jagannatha's chariot will be in the vicinity of 2nd Street and Howard Street in downtown Niles. Apple Festival Parade organizers have not yet assigned an exact location, but Niles is a small town, and Lord Jagannatha's Rathayatra Chariot is not difficult to find.

Local devotees say that this is "a very, very blissful event, all possible by the mercy of Lord Jagannatha and Srila Prabhupada, and, of course, all the nice devotees who have been attending for the last seven years." (Click here for the full article)

First Northern Virginia Ratha Yatra
Posted September 22, 2008


First Northern Virginia Ratha Yatra was hosted on 13th September, 2008 within Centreville Day Parade by ISKCON DC. On auspicious day of Ganesh Chathurthi and Haridas Thakur's disappearance day, hundreds of people witnessed chanting of Hare Krishna. Lord Chaitanya (Lord Krishna's incarnation) has predicted that His name will be chanted in every town and corner of the world. Due to Srila Prabhupada's hardship, this prediction is certainly manifesting every day in different corner of the world. It was a great day, with clear skies. Weather was the most perfect. Previous day, a huge thunderstorm was predicted and there were good chances of parade being cancelled. Centreville parade organizer Cheryl mentioned that weather must have been cleared, because Hare Krishnas would be joining this year! Last year's parade was cancelled due to bad weather. (Click here for the full article)

With Thanks to Mr. May...
by Niscala dasi
Posted September 20, 2008

As a kid I used to enjoy joining up dots and creating pictures. Today I am doing the same thing with our philosophy and still getting much enjoyment. The dots are intriguing points of gaudiya vaisnava philosophy, such as the only truly free thing we can do is to surrender to the will of God. This point and others, such as that we are inconceivably one with and different from God, can be found dotted throughout various literatures on the subject of the absolute truth and of its manifestations of divine love as we experience it at ground zero.

It is a truly wonderful experience to break out of the sectarian stranglehold of reading only "our" books and discover that God can speak through anyone, and His voice is always sweet both to the mind and the heart. (Click here for the full article)

Mrdangas for Sale
by Atma-nivedana dasa
Posted September 19, 2008

  1. Brand new classical style clay mrdanga of best quality and ideal for bhajans, for sale only for pick up in New York City. -- Make your best offer please.
  2. Used fiberglass mrdanga with heads typical of clay mrdanga, also for sale only for pick up in New York City. -- Make your best offer please. Thank you.

If seriously interested please write to Atma-nivedana dasa @ timbrown108@gmail.com

Chakra Submissions
by Chakra staff
Posted September 18, 2008

Please note that we are no longer using the various chakra.org email addresses for submissions of news, ads, announcements or feedback. Instead, please send all submissions and correspondence to chakraletters@gmail.com.

Prison Preaching, ISKCON Ludhiana
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted September 15, 2008

Devotees of ISKCON, Ludhiana visited Central Jail in city on Saturday September 13th, in boy's jail aging between 18-25 years for preaching. Prisoners took part in the Kirtan very interestingly by dancing with mahamantra. They also listen the lecture on Srimad Bhagwat Gita very carefully.

It was observed that the behaviors of the prisoners changed dramatically because of our earlier Prison Preaching Programs. (Click here for the full article)

Discounted Vedabase 2003.1
by Aprakrita dasa
Posted September 14, 2008

Take advantage of this very generous offer right now.

In March 2008, we informed you that we received a substantial cash donation and that we wanted to share a part of this donation to help devotees from around the world to obtain the Full Bhaktivedanta VedaBase at a very reasonable price. It's possible to offer it again, over the next two weeks, until the end of September, 2008.

The regular price is $395.-.

We decided to offer you the incredible low price of $99.95, inclusive free shipping anywhere in the world. (Click here for the full article)

Association in Chennai?
by Damodara Priya dasi
Posted September 13, 2008

I have a friend, who is living in Chennai at the moment with her 2 year old son and husband and is looking for association.

The temple is 2 hrs drive, so she cannot go regularly and there is no association (specially English or Hindi speaking) nearby.

She lives in AnnaNagar. Please mail me if there are some devotees or Nama Hatta in nearby area. We are open, and association from ISKCON or Gaudiya Maths are equally welcome.

Please contact me at damodarp.dasi@gmail.com.

by Manu dasa
Posted September 10, 2008

Manu and Jaya Radhe of ISKCON Youth Ministry are now accepting applications from youth and young adults for the Krishna Culture Festival Tour through Mexico, December 19, 2008 - January 4, 2009. Meet up with the tour in Alachua, Florida, or in Houston, Texas, and come on a two and a half week journey to immerse yourself in chanting, dancing, feasting and spreading the Holy Name across towns, cities, jungles and beaches of Mexico. Lots of adventures along the way. See photos and videos of our previous Mexico tours at our website links below.

Please help us spread the word. If you or anyone you know is interested, email bustour2008@krishna.com or visit our website:


(Click here for the full article)

Position As Cook Wanted
by Vitalnatha dasa
Posted September 5, 2008

I'm looking for a permanent service or job with devotees as a cook. I have several years experience as a cook in the restaurants "Gopinath Garden "(Radhadesh), "Dinner Club" in Antwerpen and temple cook.

If you are interested or need more information, please contact me by e-mail or by phone.

Your servant Vitalnatha dasa



In the News:
New Hare Krishna Temple Opens in Seattle

by Janet I. Tu for The Seattle Times (USA) on 23 Aug 2008
Posted September 2, 2008

Image: Jim Bates Once based in a run-down three-bedroom house, the Seattle area's Hare Krishnas now gather at their spacious new Vedic Cultural Center in Sammamish. The colorful $4.5 million temple, with marble floors, has 12,200 square feet.

The giant pink wedding cake of a building stands in bold contrast to nearby houses painted polite Northwest shades of beige and taupe.

Naresh Bhatt beams as he gives a tour of this new temple in Sammamish. He chose the colors. Happy, blissful colors, he says.

Inside, as the service begins, Bhatt joins his wife, two daughters and many others - most of Indian descent - who chant exuberantly: "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare." (Click here for the full article)

Bhakta Program At Bhaktivedanta Manor
by Nila Madhava das
Posted September 1, 2008

Come and experience this residential course in the beautiful countryside setting of Bhaktivedanta Manor. The course is a combination of theoretical study and practical application. Experience the spirituality of the temple morning program, study Srila Prabhupada's books and his life, the history of ISKCON, book distribution, university and home visit programs, street procession Harinam, farming and milking cows, cooking and deity services, prasadam distribution, learn to play Indian musical instruments, meet other students, temple devotees and make new friends. (Click here for the full article)

  Sundarupa Prabhu is Remembered By ISKCON Italy
by Madhavipriya dasi
Posted September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 20, at 2 AM, Italian time, Sundararupa Prabhu, God brother and dear friend of our Guru Maharaj, with whom he had shared long years of spiritual service for the development of the Villa Vrindavana Project and the Italian ISKCON, has unfortunately left his body.

For the past two years, Sundararupa Prabhu has been actively cooperating with Centro Studi Bhaktivedanta (CSB) for the recognition and diffusion of this project in the USA and he has reached significant successes. (Click here for the full article)

Home for Sale in Sandy Ridge, North Carolina
by Balarama Das
Posted September 25, 2008

This home is situated right in beautiful and peaceful Prabhupada Village, Sandy Ridge, NC in the country. It's a quaint 1 bedroom home with an upstairs office which can be used as an additional bedroom. It includes a small room connected to the bedroom which is being used as another bedroom, pantry/storage area, one bathroom, living room, kitchen and dining room. Beautiful and well kept yard surrounds the home with flowers, shrubs and fruiting blueberries bushes, etc. For more info please contact Vasal Das or Sasikala Dasi at 336-871-9249. (Asking $115,000) (Click here for the full article)

by Mrgaksi dasi
Posted September 24, 2008

Am I eternally fallen,
or eternally liberated?
Am I this flesh and blood and senses?
Or am I spirit instead?

Do I have voice in my existence,
or is life determined by fate?
Can I do anything to change this
roller coaster ride of love and hate?

Each day I awake to a new world.
But my neighbor knows nothing of mine.
Our perceptions to us are the true world.
We'll be friends or enemies in time.

Must I act according to this body,
or choose to completely rise above.?
Is survival only for the fittest?
Or can I lift my sister with love? (Click here for the full article)

Bengali to English Translator
by Gauranga Ashram
Posted September 23, 2008

Wanted a devotee/scholar translator who can translate a book from Bengali to English, written by my Gurudev on Raganuga Bhakti sadhna. The book is around 130 pages.

For more information pls see: www.srigaurangashram.in Please reply to gaurangashram@gmail.com with details of similar work done and charges.

Sadapuda Prabhu Has Left His Body
by Chakra.org
Posted September 22, 2008

Chakra has just learned that Sadaputa Prabhu (ACBSP), aka Richard Thompson, PhD, mathematician and founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, drowned yesterday while taking his daily swim in his backyard pool. We will update with more details as they are submitted, but wanted to make sure the community of Vaisnavas learned of this sad event, so that they can offer their thoughts, prayers and support to Sadaputa Prabhu's family during this difficult time.

Mayapur Accommodation Wanted
by Sri Balarama das
Posted September 20, 2008

Young serious devotee couple is looking for accommodation in Sridham Mayapur from November 15th till February 28th, preferably in Grihastha area. Please contact: sribalarama@gmail.com

House for Sale in Alachua
by Braja dasa
Posted September 19, 2008

Tidy 4/2 on 5 private acres in Alachua. Price: $139000. Minutes from the temple and withc an easy ride to Alachua, I-75 and Gainesville, this quiet property is not only peaceful but convenient. The 1800+ square foot manufactured home, built in 1998, is perfectly located in the midst of a wonderful forest enclosure, ensuring complete privacy. The master suite includes an attached den, suitable for an office, TV room or extra bedroom. Besides the large master bedroom, there are two regular sized bedrooms and one that is larger. (Click here for the full article)

House for Sale in North Carolina
by Ekanatha dasa
Posted September 18, 2008

House and Life Style for sale in Prabhupada Village, North Carolina. Please see:


for photos and details.

Srimad Bhagavatam 18 Volume Set
by Eric Swanger
Posted September 15, 2008

I've got a real nice 18 volume Srimad Bhagavatam set for sale. All twelve cantos are here and all of them have dust jackets. Each volume has the previous owner's name written in the inside cover, but other than that, they're pretty fine.

Shipping is going to be $40ish, but I'll base it upon where you live (US shipping only, ok?). The box weighs around 50lbs and will ship via UPS from the 17837 zip code.

$200 (and shipping) and this is yours! (Click here for the full article)

by Ashokamrita
Posted September 14, 2008

Can someone please update us about the welfare of their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Nila Madhava and devotees in Houston after hurricane Ike.

More About Miso
by Vrindavan dasa
Posted September 6, 2008

As a follow-up to my letter "A Helpful Tip for Vaisnavas About Japanese Miso Broth", here are a few new points which I have discovered about miso broth for Vaisnavas:

I have now learned that a very important and very interesting point about dry miso, is that its high salt concentration prevents any alcohol production in that dry, highly concentrated state. The terminology for this phenomenon is "salt denatured of alcohol". So this means, that regardless of whether you keep your dry miso in the fridge or on a shelf, even for months at a time, it will never have any alcohol content because it is automatically denatured by salt in this form.

In fact, this is especially true of the longer fermented misos (1, 2, 3 years or longer). In general, the greater the length of time that a miso is left to ferment, (Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows September Newsletter
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted September 5, 2008

Our September 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:

  1. How the unseasonal three-month monsoon affected us and what we did about it.

  2. A report on an accident at Davanala Kund.

  3. CFC is starting to make house calls in Sundrakh and Raman Puri.

  4. A report on three new arrivals.

  5. And more...

(Click here for the full article)

September 2008 Membership Newsletter
by Utah Valley's Krishna Temple
Posted September 2, 2008

Festival of India
Saturday September 13th, Programs from 4 pm.

Menu of Events:

4:00 pm: Nam Hatta Band, talented musicians and vocalists from Utah, Colorado, & California.

5:00 pm: Radhika Narasinghani, student of Sudha Vasudevan, from Boise, Idaho.

5:15 pm: Shatakshi Goyal portrays in dance the story of Markandeya Rishi, as told in the Indian epic, Mahabharat. (Click here for the full article)

Advertising Space Available
by Achyuta Krishna dasa
Posted September 1, 2008

Take your brand, company, products and services Global by advertising at www.bhaktistudies.ning.com.

A few facts about the website traffic between Apr 2008 and Aug 2008 (last 5 months) are, that we reach:

90+ countries, 6 continents
1000+ cities worldwide
36,000 page views, approx 6000 unique visits
Avg approx 5 pages per visitor per visit (your advt displays on all pages)
Avg approx 5 mins per visitor per visit

(Click here for the full article)

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