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September 2009
Daily Prescription for Kartika
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa
Posted September 30, 2009


From Padma Purana, quoted by Sanatana Gosvami in Hari-bhakti Vilasa: "Kartika Vrata is a special time to worship Radha Damodara, and especially to get the mercy of Srimati Radharani since it is Her month. She is very easily pleased during this month if one worships Her along with Her beloved Damodara."

Sadhusanga.com recorded Chapters 29-33 of Srimad Bhagavatam Tenth Canto describing The Rasa Dance from both Krsna Book and Sarartha Darsini, a commentary on each verse by Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura.

The entire reading lasts 10 hours, so if one listens to 20 minutes each day, he not only absorbs his mind in Radha-Krsna's divine lilas each day during the month of Kartika, but will complete the entire reading on the 30th day. (Click here for the full article)



LA Devotee in Urgent Need of Housing
by Bhaktin Sara
Posted September 28, 2009

A devotee in Los Angeles is struggling right now and could use some assistance. Her husband passed away two years ago, soon after which she had an accident involving both her legs, leaving her unable to walk. Currently she can only walk short distances using her walker.

She has been evicted from her apartment and has to be out by the last day in September. She currently has very little money and little physical mobility due to her current situation with injured legs. She has applied for various government programs for financial help and should be getting enough money to get her own apartment by the beginning of next year. Until then, she cannot afford an apartment, and has no place yet to go as of September 30th.

Any help that can be offered would be great including but not limited to: (Click here for the full article)



An Athlete Reminds Us: Gender Not Always Black and White
by Amara Das Wilhelm
Posted September 27, 2009

When South African track star Caster Semenya was recently identified as intersex by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), much of the world was shocked to discover that not everyone is 100 percent male or female. News anchors scrambled to define terms such as "intersex" and "hermaphrodite," while doctors were forced to explain how modern science determines sex to begin with. There were outcries over Semenya's right to privacy and the so-called shame of her being globally pronounced anything less than purely male or female.

All this commotion would likely surprise those of the world's ancient cultures, including the Vedic, who demonstrably possessed a more rational understanding of sex and the gray area existing between male and female. (Click here for the full article)



Pujaris Offering His Inmediate Service
by Hanumatpresaka Swami
Posted September 26, 2009


Our disciples Saci Mata and Caitanya-lila das have been in the Temple in San Jose, California for about two years now. It is a small temple and now with a baby they are looking for some place larger. They have been doing regular alter service there maintaining their standard of cleanliness and punctuality. Please contact us for specific details.

Your humble servant,
Hanumatpresaka Swami

jayarama108-vip@yahoo.com

+++++

Pujaris email contact:

chaits108@hotmail.com

Chaitanya Lila das a - Sachimata devi dasi & baby Gaurangui



Srila Prabhupada DVD Library Blowout Sale
by Nrsimhananda das
Posted September 25, 2009


ITV has a limited number of V.1 Srila Prabhupada DVD Library (23 single layer dvd's playable in all countries) remaining in stock. The original retail cost was $99. We are now offering them for $10 more than the cost of manufacture - only $35 to you. That's about $1.50 per dvd all packaged in a professional, easy-to-store molded plastic box with color cover. This offer is first-come, first serve. We can ship to most big cities in the world for $11. Languages available include 100% Spanish, Swedish, Czech, Estonian, Croation, Malay, Lithuanian, 86%Chinese, , 63% Finiish, 63% German, 51%Turkish, 37% Indonesian, 30% Bulgarian, 18% French, 17% Thai, 15% Italian, 15% Hungarian, 7% Danish. These also make great congregational gifts. www.itvproductions.net or email me directly: nrsimhananda@gmail.com

(Click here for the full article)



Manila Temple Needs Preachers
by Keyur Trivedi
Posted September 19, 2009

ISKCON's Sri Sri Radha-Madhava Mandir in Manila, Philippines would like to reach out to devotees who could serve in the Manila Temple for a minimum of two years. We are in need of preachers who are well versed in the Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita and who can give lectures in English and Hindi.

If you are willing to serve please contact Radhalila devi dasi, Temple Administrator. More details can be given as needed via email.



Penguin Books Launches Children's Ramayana
by Sudarshan das
Posted September 18, 2009


Hanuman (Damodar das) and Advaita Candra das launch Where's Hanuman? in Kolkata.

At a packed house in Starmark, the biggest bookstore of Kolkata (Calcutta), Penguin Books has launched Advaita Candra das's brainchild Where's Hanuman? — a picture adventure book that gives children a captivating and fun way to begin learning the treasured story of Hanuman and the Ramayana.

Describing the book to a fascinated audience of kids and their parents, Advaita Candra told them: "Within the 32 pages of this beautifully illustrated book, you will journey into the midst of the most exciting scenes of the great classic Ramayana.

(Click here for the full article)



Learning Bhagavad-Gita Online
by Dhruva Maharaja dasa, Krishna.com
Posted September 13, 2009

Have you ever wanted to brush up on your knowledge of Bhagavad-gita? Study and discuss its topics point by point as you go through the book in the association of like-minded devotees? Do you know someone else who might also want to take part in something like this; family member, co-worker, friend to learn Bhagavad-gita?

We've created the perfect opportunity for this with an online correspondence course at Krishna.com, and it doesn't matter if you've been reading Bhagavad-gita for forty years or forty days to get involved.

The course takes place in a Virtual Classroom, (Click here for the full article)



House for Rent
by Pandava das
Posted September 12, 2009


House for rent across from Dallas Temple at 5426 Parry ave Dallas 75223 near Gurukula. It has 3 bedrooms, one bath, 1500 sq ft, central air, wood floors, big yard. The house is surrounded by devotees and reduced to about $700m maybe less. Please call Radha vinode/Pandava pandava@sbcglobal.net 214-762-9999 for a devotee discount



House for Rent in Vrindavan
by Madana-mohana dasa
Posted September 11, 2009

The house can be rented from 1 year minimum till 5 years maximum. The cost would be 1.5 lacs per year (150'000 rupies). This does not include the electricity bill and maintainance. Minimum payment should be made for 6 months. If someone commits for years we give them rebate of 5,000 rupees.

The house is situated in the peaceful and nice Madhuvan Colony, near the Krishna-Balaram temple. The location is quiet and safe. It is far enough from the main road so that the traffic cannot be heard. It is only some 5 minutes walking distance from the Krishna Balarama temple. When you go along the parikrama path you have to turn left at the Krishna Balarama tree and go a few more meters. Many nice Indian and western devotees are living in this area. The house has a nice veranda where one can read, chant or do other activities with a view to the small garden of the house. (Click here for the full article)



Varnasram Newsletter Started
by Vrndavanlila dasi (Dr Vrinda Baxi)
Posted September 7, 2009


In his last days' message to the devotees, Srila Prabhupada put emphasis on the importance of Varnasrama and mercifully left that 50 percent of the job of his spiritual mission for his empowered disciples, giving them an opportunity to thus serve the Lord and gain proximity with Him. They in turn, carrying on the tradition of munificence, have passed it on us, while guiding us by example.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada condemned the social setup based on industrialism, materialism and a perverted value system. He called for a spiritual overhaul of society and also began the process by teaching the world the profound principles of love and submission to God — Krishna consciousness.

Spiritual growth is everybody's right; Krishna consciousness is not just for the elite but for everybody. (Click here for the full article)



B.T. Swami Reflections
by Tamal Krishna das
Posted September 6, 2009

Please see the link below for the August 2009 issue of B.T. Swami Reflections.

Click Here

IN THIS ISSUE:

"A Soft Heart" by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

"An Attitude of Gratitude" by His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami

"Enlightenment by the Grace of Vidura" by His Grace Karnamrita dasa

"Devotee Spotlight" His Grace Akrura dasa (Click here for the full article)



Special Opportunity From Mayapur
by Naru Gopal das, SMVS Vice Chairman
Posted September 5, 2009

Sri Mayapur Vikash Sangha (SMVS), is a project started by ISKCON Mayapur, which helps provide education, healthcare, and means of livelihood to the local dham vasis. Registered as an official NGO in West Bengal, this organization has been running for more than 10 years, receiving grants from funding agencies worldwide (including the United Nations).

The spiritual benefit that one receives from serving the devotees of the Lord has no limits. Lord Krsna Himself states in the Bhagavatam "mad bhakta puja abyadhika", which Srila Prabhupada translates as, "take it for granted, that if you worship My devotee, that is more than my devotional service". It was also the desire of our movement's spiritual grandfather, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, that the local dham vasis receive such care and help. He himself donated land specifically for opening schools and hospitals. The current Bhaktivinod Institute, a primary and secondary school outside the ISKCON campus, was built on that land. (Click here for the full article)



Clearing Up a Misunderstanding
by Hridayananda das Goswami
Posted September 3, 2009

A recent article in Chakra, [August 26, 2009 The Other Side of the Phoenix Temple History (the article has been deleted) by Harivilasa dasa] contained the following description of Radha Prana Prabhu:

the self-appointed director and vice-president...He submitted documents that made himself a director and temple vice-president (officer) of the Phoenix temple.

Briefly, during my tenure as Phoenix GBC, Radha Prana Prabhu and his good wife were exemplary and valuable devotees. They did much responsible service and faithfully served Srila Prabhupada's mission . I personally appointed him as vice-president, and he consistently acted, in difficult times, for the good of Srila Prabhupada's mission.



Janmastami Poem On YouTube
by Subuddhi Krishna das
Posted September 2, 2009

An 11-year-old girl, Amrita Geddam of Waukesha, Wisconsin, has written a beautiful poem ("Birth of the Destroyer of Darkness") told from the viewpoint of Krishna's father Vasudeva, on Krishna Janmastami. I have made a small video featuring this poem accompanied by images of Lord Krishna. The poem is uploaded on YouTube I invite all devotees to enjoy it. Here area few lines of the poem:

His skin was dark blue, a colour of the night sky,
yet softer than the softest of clouds.
His calming brown eyes glittered,
not because of the moonlight,
but because of His own divine grace.



Fighting On Srila Prabhupada's Side
by Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON-Bangalore
Posted September 1, 2009

An address by Madhu Pandit Dasa on the occasion of Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja on August 15th, 2009 (slightly edited for clarity)


Vysay Puja day is a great opportunity to share with all of Your Divine Grace's followers, admirers and disciples the glories of the inconceivable mercy that pours down from the spiritual master.

Srila Prabhupada, the very fact that I am surviving to serve Your Divine Grace in spite of continuous determined efforts by people in the garb of devotees to break our devotional service is nothing but your personal protection and mercy. You have said that preaching success bring enemies who create obstacles.

So as soon as you become successful, there will be many enemies. That is natural. That is the sign of success. (Room conversation with Srila Prabhupada, Nov 3rd, 1973, New Delhi)

You have also said that preaching success brings envy. Especially among close ones. You have cited the case of your own godbrothers. Looks like this is a rule of this world. (Click here for the full article)



  In the News:
Harinama Recognized As Tucson's Best

by Sandamini devi
Posted September 30, 2009


Photo: A small group of Tucson devotees chanting on 4th Avenue in Tucson, Arizona

In Tucson, as with many towns across the country, there is a "best of the city" publication put out each year informing its citizens of the best place to eat, take a day trip or go for adventure. Over the past 18 years Govinda's has won numerous awards centred around the delicious and popular prasadan restaurant, but we were surprised when this year's Best of Tucson results were published this week.

In the "Best City Excursion with the Kids" category it was noted that a walk down trendy 4th Avenue, complete with entertainment provided by the Hare Krishnas, was the best clean fun the city had to offer. (Click here for the full article)



New Varnashrama Book
by Niscala Devi Dasi
Posted September 28, 2009


NEW VARNASHRAMA BOOK REVIEWED AND ENDORSED BY HRIDAYANANDA GOSWAMI

"Varnashrama, the Eight Petalled Lotus" is not exactly a push for varnashrama in ISKCON. It is actually based on my great fear that we might, at some point in time, introduce varnashrama in ISKCON, but do it by simply labelling people. Such depersonalization of ISKCON and blanket categorization of individuals is the very antithesis of varnashrama under the same name and dress. The introduction of varnashrama must serve its purpose or it may become a useless shadow of the real thing, a substitution without light.

This book is the vision of varnashrama given by Srila Prabhupada in his instructions and his books. (Click here for the full article)



For Sale: House Near Alachua Temple
by Braja or Padi
Posted September 27, 2009


Minutes from the temple, with an easy ride to Alachua, I-75 and Gainesville, this quiet 5-acre 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. Most of the flooring is recently installed wood laminate. The well and pump are new. Asking price: $108,000.

Outside, a large fenced vegetable garden and orchard are connected to a sprinkler system. A koi pond, (Click here for the full article)



Devotee Shop and Apartment Available
by Jalakara das
Posted September 26, 2009

We have an 800sq ft shop located at 14521 Main Street ALachua, available for rent at $800 per month from December 1st.

The historic circa 1888 brick building is in great condition and has been used for computer repair since 1997. There is also another shop of the same size which may be available next spring.

There is a large grassed back area, and a large sidewalk area where outdoor chairs and tables can be set out. Commercial zoning. Not suitable for full restaurant without modification.

Will also consider joint venture.

We also have a beautiful 3b/2b 1560 sq ft townhouse available a few miles away, in the Turkey Creek golf course development. (Click here for the full article)



Historic Daytona Beach Rathayatra
by Dvijapriya dasi
Posted September 25, 2009


The first-ever Daytona Beach Rathayatra festival was celebrated on September 12, and in spite of ever-threatening rain, the parade turned out to be a blissful and well-attended affair. The festival was very nicely organized by Bhadra and Balavanta prabhus in conjunction with the Hindu Society of Daytona Beach, and was a huge success.

Jarati dasi once again skillfully prepared a sumptuous and delicious feast with help from her daughter and several volunteers at the Hindu cultural center. The cooking had to be done outside on large gas stoves, as the building had no cooking facilities. Nonetheless, many people were happily cutting and helping Jarati prabhu to prepare (it reminded us of the old New Vrindavan "pits" days!) The center's directors also served out a simple meal of chipped rice and sweets to help sustain the devotees until the big feast after the parade. (Click here for the full article)



Govardhana Puja Festival
by Murari Sevaka Farm- Iskcon Mandir
Posted September 23, 2009


Come Celebrate
Govardhana Puja Festival
(Annakuta Mahotsava)
At
Murari Sevaka Farm- Iskcon Mandir
Sunday October 18th, 2009
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Schedule

    3:00pm bhajans
    4:00pm Aratic
    4:30pm Damodara
    5:00pm Milk Abhiseka
        Circumambulation of Govardhana Hill 5:30pm Lecture
    6:00pm Prasadam

Everyone is invited to perform abhiseka (Click here for the full article)



ISKCON India Rewards Literary Quiz Winners
by Parsada devi dasi
Posted September 18, 2009


Manjulali Manjari Biswas (15, Sri Mayapur Dham), is one of six winners of the All-India Bhaktivedanta Swami Literary Quiz

A Vrindavan judging panel has announced six winners of the All-India Bhaktivedanta Swami Literary Quiz. The September 15 quiz, organized by ISKCON Vrindavan, ISKCON Pune and the Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School, was the first of its kind amongst ISKCON children in India.

The competition was open to children between 10 and 15 years old. The winners of the competition are Manjulali Manjari Biswas (15, Sri Mayapur Dham); Divya Kala (14, ISKCON Delhi); Aakriti Gupta (13, ISKCON Chandigarh); Devansh Pushkarna (12, ISKCON Ghaziabad); Goura Chand Das (11, ISKCON Ujjain); and Tusti Panchasara (10, ISKCON Chowpatty/Meera Road). During Kartik the winners will receive a baby calf from the Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshalla, (Click here for the full article)



Hridayananda Maharaja Lectures
by Savyasaci Das
Posted September 13, 2009

The Hridayananda Multimedia Ministry is moving to an all download format where Maharaja's lectures will be available as free downloads beginning Sept 20. Until then, we are offering 50% off of our remaining stock of MP3 CD's. Please go to www.acharyadeva.com/en/ministry/ to order now! Contact Savyasaci Das smcgreg@gmail.com with any questions.



Mongolian Temple Project Seeks Donations
by A.C. Bhaktivaibhava Swami
Posted September 12, 2009


As you might know, there is a growing congregation of devotees, working hard to create facilities for practicing Krishna consciousness in Mongolia. After devotees translated and printed thirteen titles of Srila Prabhupada's books, including Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Krishna: the Supreme Personality of Godhead and opened the first Govinda's restaurant, the government has granted permission to register our society in Mongolia.

The condition is that this can only be done if we build a temple first -- on one hand a pleasant request, (Click here for the full article)



Mayapuris Promote World Kirtan Party
by Anangamanjari dasi
Posted September 11, 2009


Srila Prabhupada's desire for a travelling world kirtan party is now in action. Known as The Mayapuris, this kirtan group has become popular in the yoga and new age circles. They distinguish themselves as followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who embedded the root of Hari Nam Kirtan within the sacred dust of Sridham Mayapur.

Wearing Vaisnava dress, adorned with tilak, and armed with their mrdungas, harmonium, flutes and kartals, The Mayapuris have been spreading the Holy Names at various yoga studios, festivals and other large gatherings around the world. Thousands of people have been raising their arms and voices while dancing to The Mayapuris' heart-throbbing beats. (Click here for the full article)



Devotee Puerto Rico Soccer Champion
by Dvijapriya dasi
Posted September 8, 2009


Devala das playing for Bayamon F.C. won the Puerto Rico Soccer League championship vs Athletico San Juan in a hard fought game played in San Juan. Devala began his professional career signing with Bayamon in May of this year.

Bayamon won 1-0 giving Devala another of his many shutouts.

In the tradition of the Brazilian soccer greats Devala took off his jersey off at the game"s end to glorify Lord Krisna. (Click here for the full article)



Phoenix Temple Needs Mediation
by Kishore Krsna das
Posted September 7, 2009

I have followed very closely the articles written by Dasarath prabhu ("Romapada Swami Discovered Behind GBC "Change up" in Phoenix" [article deleted] and "Open Letter to Hari Vilas"), Hari Vilas prabhu ("The Other Side of the Phoenix Temple Issue" [article deleted]) and H.H. Hrdayananda Maharaj ("Clearing up a Misunderstanding"). In the interest of pleasing Srila Prabhupada and serving his mission, the resident deities and Vaishnavas, as well as to prevent Vaishnava offenses, I am wondering why the North American GBC is not bringing all these Vaishnavas together and bringing a win-win resolution to this ongoing management problem at the Phoenix temple.

Perhaps it is already happening, but from articles of Dasarath das and Hari Vilas das it seems there is an ongoing conflict which should be given immediate and urgent attention to take the temple to another level. (Click here for the full article)



Foundation Stone Ceremony of Radha Krishna Cultural Center & Temple, Jaipur, Rajasthan
by Usha devi dasi
Posted September 6, 2009


The construction of Radha Krishna Cultural Center and Temple in Jaipur, Rajasthan has now been initiated by the devotees from ISKCON Bangalore. The shilanyas (foundation stone laying) was performed by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Sri Ashok Gehlot, in the presence of Smt Bina Kak, Minister for Tourism, Government of Rajasthan.

Madhu Pandit Dasa, President, ISKCON-Bangalore, received the Chief Minister, Sri Ashok Gehlot, and took him on a tour of the Akshaya Patra kitchen facility, which is next to the site where the Radha Krishna Cultural Center and Temple is proposed to come up. (Click here for the full article)



Bhima With His Saviours at the Ranch
by Cidanandas
Posted September 5, 2009


We are pleased to announce that Bhima,the ox,after an appeal on your website,was successfully saved from his terrible destiny-slaughter-after having served his master for 10 yrs.

Thanks to donors,who responded rapidly,we managed to buy him back,and engage him in the service of the Lord,pulling a decorated cart for pada-yatra.He is now very popular when seen in the streets,as he is the only ox on the island to do such service.

When devotees respond to a dangerous situation of a sacred animal,it is same as offering 1000 cows in donation to brahmanas. (Click here for the full article)



Lok Media Website Launched
by Deepak
Posted September 3, 2009

A much awaited website, which will plunder the store house of holy names in the form of sweet, nectarine melodies of H.H. Lokanath Swami, has been launched on the most auspicious day of Radhastami, which also marks the 25th anniversary of Padayatra.

Lokmediaonline.com is now the official website of Lok Media, previously Lokanath Swami's tape ministry. With the launch of this website, Lok Media is also going global. Lok Media was established around a half decade ago,but was conducting its operation mainly within the boundaries of India.

Lokmediaonline.com is also an online storehouse, where devotees can easily order H.H. Lokanath Swami's CD's, DVD's and books (Click here for the full article)



Signs Should Help Preach Bhagavad-Gita
by Kamlesh Patel
Posted September 2, 2009


The ISKCON temple in Vallabh Vidyanagar (Gujarat, India) is boldly decorated with some verses from the Bhagavad-gita As It Is in both Gujarati and English. This is the first temple I have visited where a visitor will actually walk away from the temple likely knowing a verse or two from the Bhagavad-gita.

Some temple managers or presidents may believe that the more land and buildings the temple property contains, the more successful the temple is. Of course, this is nonsense. As Srila Prabhupada stated, the purpose of temples is to give spiritual knowledge, not to serve as a show of concrete, cement and stones. There are many opulent temples, but if after visiting a temple a visitor does not change his or her consciousness for the better, then what is the benefit of going to temples?

Only learning the teachings from the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita can change a person's consciousness for the better. (Click here for the full article)



Quantum Leap to Understanding
by G. S. Senan (Singapore)
Posted September 1, 2009

Responding to a letter I sent seven years ago to H.G. Adipurusa das, president of the ISKCON temple in Telok Intan, Malaysia, my friend Senthil das wrote to suggest that even advanced devotees might not be able to understand the Radha-bhava mood of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

Most of us, even devotees or so-called advanced devotees within the Hare Krishna movement, are only pretending, with grave consequences, to be devotees. Quoting shastra and acharyas, Srila Gaura Govinda Maharaj has warned us: “If you even think you are a devotee, you are definitely not.” It is my belief that all of ISKCON's problems result from the false belief that we are devotees or advanced devotees.

To avoid Mahaprabhu's vipralambha mood being disturbed unintentionally by people of innocent ignorance and sentimental feelings, we require total faith in the fully realized words of our gurudevas, of Srila Prabhupada and and of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur. (Click here for the full article)



  The Love Formula
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted September 28, 2009

When we talk about love, some preachers in ISKCON have held a narrow-minded view, reserving their love for.Srila Prabhupada only, for Prabhupada and their guru or for other Hare Krishna devotees only. The truth is that Krishna is in everyone and that love to Krishna expresses itself in love towards all.

I hope this text, translated from a Hindi discourse by Ramsukhdas Swami, may help to broaden the minds of some devotees.

"How do we attain and increase love? I will share with you what I have heard from saints. If you desire God's love, then love all beings. Let it be such that no being is in the least bit hurt because of you. Let all be at peace; let all attain salvation. Let all be benefited; (Click here for the full article)



Alachua Mobile Home for Sale
by Mahattama Rahla
Posted September 27, 2009

A two bedroom/bath mobile home for sale in Alachua area, 7 miles from temple, large porch, two carports, built 1995, $19,000 OBO, stays or goes, your choice. If interested, please call Mahattama Rahla at 443-812-5808.



Vaisnavi Retreat Update
by Malati Devi dasi
Posted September 26, 2009

Dear Mothers, Grand-Mothers and Care Takers: Vaishnavi Retreat is pleased to announce there will be Guided Children's Activities concurrent with all sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The children must be minimally self sufficient (no babies) and able to follow instructions. These sessions will be facilitated by Kirti devi dasi and Cakori Radha devi dasi, who are both very expert and loving. A small donation towards costs and materials is requested. Retreat dates: Oct. 2, 3, 4th, 2009. New Vrindaban.

For further information: Call 304-845-9591
Write: Servingkrishna@aol.com
Check our simple site: VAISHNAVIRETREAT.ORG



House for Sale at Radhakund
by Madhavi dasi
Posted September 25, 2009


I am selling the house in Vraj, at Radhakund, inside of Giriraj Govardhan Parikrama. In the most sacred place for Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

The property is located in the Vaishnava Colony, where you will find a peaceful atmosphere, surrounded with many trees, birds, peacocks, etc.. The ideal place for doing nice worship for and meditation on the Divine Couple -Radha-Krsna.

It is within five minutes walking distance to the beautiful and sacred Radhakund and Syamakund. To Govardhana you walk within 30 minutes. The distance to Vrndavana is 22 km.

The house is 9 years old. It has 2 bedrooms with 2 attached bathrooms, 2 kitchens, a temple room, a living room, a store room. (Click here for the full article)



House for Rent in Alachua, Florida
by Mangala dasi
Posted September 19, 2009


Three- bedroom, two-bathroom mobile home with nice garden for rent. Central air conditioner/heater, washer and dryer, 5 minutes from 441, I-75 exit and Santa Fe high school. About 10-15 minutes from temple. Nice and peaceful countryside. Available from Oct 1, 2009. For more info contact Mangala Sakhi at lebeau108@yahoo.se.



Remembering Sadaputa (Richard L. Thompson)
by Carana Renu dasi, Adventures in Spacetime and Beyond, Submitted by Richard Wyndham
Posted September 18, 2009


Tomorrow marks one year since the passing of His Grace Sadaputa Prabhu. To honor this occasion I have decided to share some of my memories of him.

About 10 years ago, after finishing my master's degree in astrophysics, I took a gap-year and travelled. While backpacking around the world that year, I discovered Prabhupada's books and I soon began to associate with devotees. The devotees would usually, upon discovering my scientific background, tell me about Sadaputa Prabhu, and guide me to his books. This happened practically everywhere I went. "What do you do?" the devotee would ask. "Oh, I am a scientist" I would reply. The next line, usually spoken very enthusiastically, always went something like "Did you know we have this great scientist in ISKCON called Sadaputa dasa, Richard L. Thompson? (Click here for the full article)



Preaching in ISKCON of Orlando
by Kishore Krsna Das
Posted September 13, 2009


18 students from UCF came for the first cooking class held at ISKCON of Orlando. Students participated in the cooking seminar, learned how to make kofta balls, chapati, curry and rice. There was lot of enthusiasm as they cheered each other with high fives of "Go vegetarian". After the class they took a nice feast of traditional ISKCON prasadam of Blue berry halwa, koftas, chapatis, cauliflower subji with sour cream, mango lassi, samosas..... Almost 10 of them stayed for a lively kirtan dancing the swami step followed by lively philosophical discussion with Trivikram Maharaj. Many of them promised to return to another class next Thursday evening at ISKCON Orlando. (Click here for the full article)



Mahabharata Set of VHS Tapes
by Bhakta Robert
Posted September 11, 2009

We have a set of 10(Vol. 1-10) in Original cases, of the famous Mahabharata Indian TV series from the 1980's in Hindi. They are VHS format and will play in any USA made VCR. Our kids only watched them a few times and have outgrown these; so someone with small children (and adults) will put these to good use and learn some important vedic history (including Bhagavad Gita). Original cost was over $200 & the tapes are in good condition ; we are asking only $75 for the set, plus $12 to ship in the USA (a little more cost to East Coast). Please reply to nrg16108@yahoo.com.



Looking for Service at An ISKCON Farm in India
by Radha Vinod das
Posted September 7, 2009

My wife and I are seriously interested in serving at an ISKCON farm project in India. We don't need any maintainance, just a room with an attached bath and kitchen. I have been serving in ISKCON temples for 29 years. We would also be interested in purchasing a property close to an established ISKCON farm project. My wife is an economist with a masters degree in accounting. Her family has knowledge of bee keeping and organic gardening. If you feel we could be of help to your project, kindly contact me as soon as possible.

My e-mail is rvdas21@hotmail.com and my mobile no. is 09748169219



Beautiful Deity Dresses for Sale
by C Johnson
Posted September 6, 2009


All dresses in this ad are brand new and never used. I am not certain of the fabric in any of the dresses but it is possibly silk. All the dresses are very beautiful and the camera can not pick up the total beauty of the outfits. I am selling these dresses because they are too large for the deities I serve.

Prices do not include shipping. Paypal is preferred payment method but can accept money orders. Please contact me at kumudavana@aol.com. Thank you.

This pink set of Radha Krishna outfits were made by a pujari at the Vrndavana temple. The set includes two blouses, dhoti, chaddar, skirt and dupatta. Also included are two beautiful crowns. The length of the dhoti is 7" from waist to hem and the length of the skirt is 9" from waist to hem. (Click here for the full article)



Open Letter to Hari Vilas
by Dasarath das
Posted September 5, 2009

I am surprised that an Iskcon GBC would submit statements about me over the internet, most of which are baseless and some even defamatory in content. The onus is on you to credibly prove your statements and all of their accusations about me contained in your article posted on "Chakra", August 26th, 2009. Your proofs of information should not include your personal beliefs or innuendos. If indeed you cannot supply the proof to all your claims, I would believe that you owe me a public apology.

To be fair, honest, and accountable, where did the persons whose emails you included as "factual evidence", get their information? Where is the concrete evidence and irrefutable proof to all their claims? I also would like you to disclose to me the names of these persons whose emails you included in your article, "The other Side of The Phoenix Temple History". All this is in support and continuance of your own promoted theme, "just to set the record straight in Phoenix".

Before we begin, I must also say that I cannot recollect in Iskcon history, an "Iskcon GBC official" writing to the world on such a widely read internet website, another vaishnava's supposed fall downs, mistakes, faults, intention of his actions, service or disservice. (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Meeting With the President of India

by Vrajendra Nandan Das
Posted September 2, 2009


A meeting of H. H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj was arranged by me with Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India, on the 20th August 2009 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. A copy of Darshan Book was presented to Smt. Patil by H. H. Gopal Krishna Maharaj on the occasion. Maharaj gave his blessings to Smt. Patil with a garland and Maha Prasad of Sri Sri Radha Partrhasarathi. The President told Maharaj that she had visited ISKCON Temple at Juhu, Mumbai some time back and had darshan of Sri Sri Radha Rasbihari. (Click here for the full article)



Celebrating Radhasthami
by Bhakta Kaplish, ISKCON Ludhiana
Posted September 1, 2009


Radha Ashtmi festival was celebrated at ISKCON, Ludhiana with great devotions and enthusiasm .The festival started with very melodious kirtan recited by temple devotees. During recitation of kirtan there was Abhishek by devotees of the temple. Devotees were on fasting till noon and some kept Nirjla (not even water) fasting. . Local resident bring Chhapan Bhoga to offer to Srimati Radharani. On this auspicious occasion HG Rajsuya das, Temple President, in his lecture said that Srimati Radharani is the Supreme Goddess. (Click here for the full article)



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