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September 2010
Devotees Remember Hladini Prabhu
by New Vrindaban Communications
Posted September 30, 2010

Sunday, October 3, is the 20th anniversary of the day on which Hladini devi dasi was brutally gunned down by an extra-judicial firing squad in war-torn Liberia in western Africa. The death squad arrived at the Hare Krishna temple in the capital city of Monrovia in the early morning hours, and ordered the devotees to come out. Seven devotees, five men and two women, exited the temple and filed into the waiting jeep.

They were driven a short distance to the Sturton Bridge, where the devotees were forced out at gunpoint and herded onto the sand next to the river. The leader announced that only the men would be killed. Thus Hladini, a woman, knew the war criminals had not planned to kill her.

As the leader raised his weapon to fire the first execution volley, Hladini leapt forward and attacked him with her bare hands. She shouted: "How dare you kill the devotees of Krishna? Better you kill me than kill them!" Hladini was the first to be shot. (Click here for the full article)



22 Karat Solid Gold Narayana Murti
by Vrindavan das (Victor Epand)
Posted September 27, 2010


September 19, 2010 was Vyanjuli Maha Dvadasi here in New Delhi, India, and I took the opportunity to establish a new Khumba with 22 karat solid gold form of Narayana Murti inside. Joining me for the whole day were 2 Brahmans from Bhubaneswar, Orissa, one of whom was very fluent at chanting Sanskrit mantras and in performing the necessary rituals. First we performed abhiseka and purification of the murti outside of Khumba. A Sarvatobhadra Mandala was drawn using a bed of grains and colored powders. Offerings were made to the fire yajna along with mantras.

Later, the murti was placed inside a jeweled vessel and covered by a copper vessel filled with wheat, covered by a cloth, and tied with a flower garland (the Khumba). (Click here for the full article)



New Health Food Store in Bronson
by Cyavana Swami
Posted September 26, 2010

Recently opened in Bronson, Florida, "The Maker's Market" offers a full line of Holistic products at most reasonable prices to our Devotee community both locally and nationwide. The store is run by Bhaktin Tina Wright and her husband Greg, and offers more then you might expect. " We are here to help, we share our many life experiences and learning: from East Indian Ayurveda to our personal North American Native heritage through classes and consultations." Tina Wright is a qualified Holistic Practitioner and Doula.

Their shop is located on Hwy. 27 in Bronson, Florida just 35 minutes from Alachua and less than 10 miles from Camp Garuda. Stop by and check out a wide range of items including custom herbal teas, whole foods, local honey, bulk herbs, organic pet foods, stoneware, Nutraceuticals, vitamins, books, incense, candles, natural cleaning supplies and more.

Contact Tina or Greg at (Click here for the full article)



In the News:
Hare Krishnas Can be Barred From Soliciting at Lax

by City News Service
Posted September 24, 2010


A federal appeals court has ruled again that airport police can enforce a city ordinance barring the Hare Krishnas and other groups from soliciting immediate donations at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said Thursday.

In July, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a preliminary injunction which barred Los Angeles Airport Police from enforcing the ordinance prohibiting solicitation and receipt of funds in the terminals, parking areas, and adjacent sidewalks at the airport.

But the International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California filed papers requesting a re-hearing, and the court agreed to keep the injunction in place while that request was considered. (Click here for the full article)



Launch of ISKCON-Bangalore Website
by Usha Gururaj
Posted September 23, 2010

We are very happy to announce that ISKCON-Bangalore has launched its new website, www.iskconbangalore.org on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, the auspicious day of Sri Radhashtami.

Devotees can look forward for getting the latest updates on festivals and reports of other events. We shall also be launching the blog of all ISKCON-Bangalore Group of temples on the auspicious day of Vamana Dvadashi. We request devotees to send across articles, videos and any content for upload to (Click here for the full article)



Suicide of Citra Devi Dasi
by Murlidhar das
Posted September 22, 2010

I went to New Mayapura for the Kuli Mela with my daughter Namamrita and her children. I heard about the suicide of Citra Mataji and felt deep sadness and compassion. Can anyone imagine how much physical and mainly emotional pain she must have been suffering when she set herself alight or jumped into the fire? Can any one of you remember when you burnt yourself, how painful it was? She must been in a terrible, painful hell of isolation.

I personally know devotees in ashrams who deal with their emotional pain by taking antidepressants. I have my pains and turbulences and challenges in my life, but I decided to find people in my life who can listen to my pains with empathy and compassion and who don't come up with solutions of throwing quotes and slokas at me. I feel safe and can let go more and more of my self-inflicted wounds. (Click here for the full article)



Delhi-Raja Ride-Share Wanted
by Arci devi dasi
Posted September 20, 2010

I already have the car and driver booked and paid for. The car will be leaving the N Delhi sometime before noon on October 20. The cost is US$54.00 for the whole car which will be divided equally among the riders. So far it is just myself. Can take two more riders. If interested, please contact me, Arci devi dasi, via email (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Apartment for Sale
by Driti Gauranga Das
Posted September 18, 2010



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,from ISKCON 1mile(1,5km),Government Hospital 800 ft(240m),from Main road 200 ft(60m).

An information brochure is available.

For more information contact Dhriti Gauranga Das, (Click here for the full article)



Money Sweeter Than Honey
by HH Bhakti Raghava Swami
Posted September 14, 2010

Money is so dear that one conceives of money as being sweeter than honey. Therefore, who can give up the desire to accumulate money, especially in household life? Thieves, professional servants [soldiers] and merchants try to acquire money even by risking their very dear lives. [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.10]

"Money is sweeter than honey" is a common expression which has a special significance for most people living in the modern era of industrialization. The global politics of governance and diplomacy now place more emphasis on artificial, factory-based economic growth than on the traditional, natural, agriculture-based growth of a country, thus forcing people to live in such a way that they will not be able to subsist without receiving a paycheque at the end of the month. That is the propaganda being promoted, and, to a large extent, that is today's reality of life. A Press Trust of India article, "Need to Migrate Workers from Agriculture to Services for High Growth: RBI" (June 18, 2010), in no unclear terms give credence to this ongoing policy. (Click here for the full article)



House for Sale
by Narendra
Posted September 12, 2010

It’s set in a pristine location in Sarsuna, West Bengal, away from dirt and grime of the city. It’s a single storied building with one drawing room, one dining room, two toilets one store room, one kitchen and one covered veranda at ground and first floor each. 6 mts wide banerjee para road abuts the property at western side in the main thoroughfare and is approachable from western side of diamond harbor road (chowrasta more) which is 2 km away from the said property, 18 d bus stand is walk able distance from the property. Naba diganta hospital & sarsuna primary health centre are within 500 mts distance from the property and sarsuna high school is 1 kms away from the said property.



Morning Sankirtana in Ludhiana
by Bhakta Kaplish
Posted September 11, 2010


On the auspicious occasion on Sri Krsna Janmashtmi festival, seven days long Morning Street Sankirtana(Prabhat Pheri) has started from August 26th in the different locality of the city to invite everybody at their door step for coming Appearance day of Sri Krsna Janmashtmi Festival. On Sunday we had morning street sankirtan in Kitchlu Nagar and Udham Singh Nagar locality of the city in which there were about three hundred people joined sankirtan. People came out from their houses to welcome Lord Jagannath,Baladeva and Lady Subhadra with flowers and sweets. (Click here for the full article)



News From the Bhaktivedanta Archives
by The Bhaktivedanta Archives
Posted September 11, 2010

Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja, September 2, 2010

The Bhaktivedanta Archives would like to announce that it is now functioning as a “charity” model, focusing on conservation, preservation, and digitalization of all the collections housed at the Bhaktivedanta Archives. Our intention is to complete the digitization, provenance tagging, which in turn will assist in spreading Srila Prabhupada’s teachings (via audio, photos, books, and VedaBase) around the world, and helping to ensuring their perpetuation.

What does this mean to you? It means precious items - such as the upcoming VedaBase upgrade made easily available to all existing customers for no charge!

What does ‘conservation and preservation of all collections’ mean?

The Bhaktivedana Archives primary purpose is to collect, preserve, protect and allow dissemination of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings, (Click here for the full article)



The Darkness of Silence
by Niscala dasi
Posted September 10, 2010

Malati Prabhu, in her response to Krsnachandra prabhu, seems to have missed the essential point. The essential point of Krsnachandra’s article was not that the GBC banned Aindra’s book, indeed he says that he only “believes” it to be so…his essential point was that our society needs to be open and accepting of critics. Whether it be at a local level or global level of administration, our society should welcome truth, no matter how unpalatable it may be. It is after all, purported to be sadhu-sanga- a society of sadhus- “thoroughly truthful” souls.

In varnashrama, which Srila Prabhupada requested we introduce in ISKCON, the thoroughly truthful-known as the brahmanas- are in control of the managers and executive members of the society- the ksatriyas, who must always abide by their advice. Rather than silence the thoroughly truthful, ksatriyas are behooved to support them, honour them, listen to them, and follow all their instructions. In varnashrama society, (Click here for the full article)



Upcoming New Vrindavan Celebrations
by New Vrindavan Communications
Posted September 10, 2010

On Wednesday, September 1, millions of people around the world will observe the ancient Vedic festival called Krishna Janmastami. Technically, Janmastami marks the day on which Lord Krishna descended from the spiritual world to the planet earth 5,000 years ago. Commonly, however, Janmastami is known as the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth.

The ritual is to fast the entire day of Janmastami, followed by a midnight celebration with singing, dancing, and a free vegetarian feast commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna. “Last year, New Vrindaban had approximately 100 different preparations. The midnight feast is a great opportunity to try out a smorgasbord of eastern and western dishes, all of which are made with love,” said Malati Dasi, one of New Vrindaban’s GBCs. For those who may feel hunger pangs earlier in the day, Govinda’s Snack Bar and Restaurant will be open all day. (Click here for the full article)



Prabhupada Festival 2010 Montreal
by Samir Roy Choudhury
Posted September 6, 2010

We are pleased to announce that ISKCON Montreal will be celebrating PRABHUPADA FESTIVAL ( 42 nd. Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s festival to Montreal ) starting from September 3 ( Friday ) until September 6 ( Monday ) this year. Many senior disciples will glorify His Divine Grace. We cordially invite all the devotees around the world to come and participate in this wonderful event. On all four days there will be ecstatic kirtan, remeniscences of Srila Prabhupada, video presentations, sumptuous prasadam and much more. Please let us know in advance if you are coming and we will make some arrangements for your accommodations. Our chief speakers this year are HG Yadubara das and his wife Visakha devi dasi. For more informations call (Click here for the full article)



Scandinavia Rathayatra Tour 2010
by FFA Kingscross
Posted September 3, 2010


A team of sport girls from Mumbai happened to bump into the Rathayatra festival in Gotenburg.

Friday 2 July 2010. Arhus was to be the first Rathayatra of the tour. Being a low budget tour we had to get to our destination as cheaply as possible. So we crossed the English channel from Ramsgate to Ostend in Belgium and then commenced a two day drive through Holland and Germany then into Denmark. Our old merc van used to be Tribhuvanath prabhu's so you can imagine how old it is. The police in Germany had previously stopped us and told us the van belonged in a museum. Then 50km outside Arhus the unimaginable happened, we bloke down. It was 7pm, we fiddled with the van till 1am, took some rest, woke early and fiddled some more. Finally after a lot of tears, sweat and the occasional curse, the van moved. We were so elated. We arrived bang on time for an estatic Rathayatra. Lord Jaganath was making us call out in desperation.

HH Mahavishnu Swami heads up this tour. (Click here for the full article)



Home Health Care
by Balabhadra dasa
Posted September 3, 2010

My wife and I are professional home health care providers, who would like to be of service to devotees or their relatives/friends. Either one of us can come to where the services are needed . We are fully experienced in all areas of home health care, including transfers, pericare services, medication assistance and documentations, and more. CPR and FIRST AID certifications, as well as Certified Nursing Assistant (wife), plus certified in alternative treatments, like aromatherapy massage. We can be reached by email at (Click here for the full article)



  Our Srila Prabhupada Book Reprinted
by Nityananda das
Posted September 29, 2010


Recently the wonderful book entitled Our Srila Prabhupada: A Friend to All (Early Contemporaries Remember Him) was reprinted. Inside you will find a rare glimpse into the early years of the most important spiritual figure of modern times; a man who has transformed the spiritual landscape of the entire world. It is the result of the untiring efforts of Srimati Mulaprakriti dasi, who left this world in Vrindavana in 2004.

Here are recounted the priceless recollections of friends and well-wishers and the love and admiration of many vaishnavas who knew him before he left India to fulfill the desire of his guru to spread Krishna consciousness through the world. Mulaprakriti prabhu has also included the memories of those who had his divine association during the early years of ISKCON.

We hear firsthand about his relationships with them, and even see their photographs, putting a face to the names of many we have heard of and many we have not. Most of these associates are old or have already left this world, so we are fortunate that these unique interviews are available. Interviews are grouped in chapters: Calcutta From the 1920s, (Click here for the full article)



Gita Nagari Damodari Rati
by Ortrun Gates
Posted September 27, 2010

The September edition of the Damodara Rati and AaC news has been published. Please click on the link to view the newsletter:

homepage.mac.com/ortrung/Sep-ebook.pdf

Also, don't forget to check our website on a regular basis - it is updated weekly. You can also check in with us on Facebook: Gita Nagari Farm and Adopt a Cow. Why not become friends to both? We'd love to have you. This will get you instant information about happenings at the farm, as well as up to date pictures.



BT Swami Reflections
by Tamal Krsna das
Posted September 26, 2010

In the September issue:

“The Most Dangerous Elements” by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

“Understanding Selflessness” by His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami

“Developing Faith” by His Holiness Candramauli Swami

“Devotee Spotlight” His Grace Mahajana dasa

Click Here



New Books On Cow Protection
by Ortrun Gates
Posted September 23, 2010

Adopt aCow at Gita Nagari, Port Royal, Pennsylvania recently acquired books on Cow Protection. As far as we know this is the first time that anyone has written books such as these. Author Dr. Sahadeva dasa has penned three books that are germane to our cause of Cow Protection.

The following titles are available through our website (www.gitanagari.org/node/238) and you can purchase them securely through Paypal:

Cows Are Cool - Love 'Em! (When you see a cow standing in the pasture blandly chewing some dreary bit of grass and staring into the middle distance you'd never guess what lies beneath that placid exterior ... there's a lot going on behind those big brown eyes ...)

To Kill Cow - means to end human civilization (Click here for the full article)



Humility in Preaching
by Bhaktin Sara
Posted September 22, 2010

I sometimes get the impression in the Hare Krishna movement when we go out to preach, that some people think everyone we meet is sinful, destined for hellish life, and that by us being there sharing the holy name, we save them from so much misery.

I understand that the holy name is very powerful and that some people are suffering due to lack of spiritual knowledge. Nevertheless, do we have the right to judge others and assume that everyone besides Hare Krishna practitioners are destined for hellish life? There are many people from all religions and all walks of life devoted to God. Any form of devotion is beneficial for the soul. We learn in the Vedas that not everyone is in the mode of goodness, and not everyone will take right away to Krishna Consciousness, and in that case any form of sacrifice, worship, or devotion to God is beneficial for the soul. Krishna tells us in the Bhagavad-Gita that it is better to be a sincere street sweeper than a charlatan meditator, and in chapter twelve of the Bhagavad Gita we read about many different levels of practice one can do - following regulative principles, always thinking of Krishna, working for Krishna, or simply offering some charity. (Click here for the full article)



Please Pray and Chant for Narayana Maharaj
by Ananda das
Victoria, B.C.
Posted September 20, 2010


Krishna-bhaktas worldwide, regardless of affiliation, are saddened to hear of the deteriorating health of His Holiness Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaj, who has been diagnosed as suffering from inoperable (metastasized) stage-4 colorectal cancer. According to a posting by B.V. Madhava Swami & Brajanath das, a biopsy has shown that the tumours in his colon and small bowel are malignant and in an advanced stage, and doctors have concluded that it is too late for chemotherapy or radiation therapy to be of much use now.

Though he is advanced in years, being just five months shy of 90, Srila B.V. Narayana Maharaj has continued until very recently as an active Gaudiya Vaishnava leader -- writing, translating and publishing books; delivering numerous lectures; travelling widely; opening temples and preaching centres; and inspiring devotees worldwide with what is possible to achieve when one's heart is surrendered to Lord Krishna and to his or her Spiritual Master. (Click here for the full article)



Philadelphia Ratha Yatra & Festival of India 2010
by Ramacharan Dasa
Posted September 18, 2010


WEB: www.ParadeofChariots.COM
EMAIL: ParadeofChariots@GMAIL.COM

Date: September 25th, 2010 (11 AM - 7 PM)

Ratha Yatra Location: Love Park (at the intersection of 16th & Ben Franklin Parkway), Philadelphia PA

Festival of India Location:
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eakins Oval,
2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Festival Highlights:
FREE VEGAN & VEGETARIAN FEAST
Devotional Bhajans & Kirtan by HG Badahari Prabhu, HG Balabhadra Prabhu, HG Gauravani Prabhu and HG Visvambhar Prabhu
Yoga of Comedy HG Yadunatha Prabhu (Click here for the full article)



Bhakti Prema Prabhu Recordings Wanted
by Tattva Jnan Das
Posted September 14, 2010

I am searching for tape and video recordings of my dear friend Sriman Bhakti Prema Prabhu. Sriman Bhakti Prema passed away in Sri Vrindavan Dham on Monday the 29th of November 2004.

At the time of his departure, Sriman Bhakti Prema was only 36 years old. Raised in the UK in a pious Indian family, he came to India to take shelter of Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami. Bhakti Prema stayed in Bhubaneswar for several years and during that time he received a lot of merciful attention from Srila Gour Govinda Maharaja. After Maharaja's departure, Bhakti Prema received the mercy of Srila Bhakti Svarup Damodar Maharaja and took initiation from him. Since 1996, Bhakti Prema kept the ISKCON Gadeigiri temple in Orissa as his base. (Click here for the full article)



Jagannatha Dolls for Sale
by Linda Swapp
Posted September 12, 2010


These sweet Lord Jagannatha dolls are a pleasure for adults and children. They come in sets of 3 being Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra or individual Lord Jagannatha dolls. Standing 10 to 12 inches tall, hand crocheted with colorfast yarn and holding shape with fiberfill not only makes these dolls lovable and cuddly to hold and play with but also 100% machine wash and dry. Toss in washing machine toss in dryer they come out looking the same but clean after much play time with children. There are many colors to custom order from. Satisfaction guaranteed. Start Christmas shopping early. Shipping is included in price. PayPal is accepted. To order or inquire please contact (Click here for the full article)



Save Yourself
by Janmastami Dasa
Posted September 11, 2010


In 1966 Srila Prabhupada told his followers, "Always remember that this Krsna consciousness is a sort of declaration of war with this illusory material nature. So there is war. She will always try to get you to fall down. It is very strong, powerful. How you can save yourself?" This is an issue we all need to resolve, and here's an approach you may find helpful.

Whether you are riding a wave of success in your devotional service or you are overwhelmed with life's challenges, please seriously consider fortifying and empowering yourself, or maybe even just saving yourself from becoming a casualty in the war against maya, by attending the Mayapur Institute's Bhakti-sastri or Bhaktivaibhava Courses beginning November 10th.

These courses give full facility for strengthening one's spiritual life by studying Srila Prabhupada's books (Click here for the full article)



Cook Needed in Puerto Rico
by Nandini dasi
Posted September 11, 2010

I started Veggie Garden Café 8 years ago. We serve lunch specials every day Entrée, sabji, rice, beans, soups & organic salad. Also we have an a la carte menu. This is a comfortable KC café that seat 28 at a time. We are always very busy by the grace of Krishna. I want to open nights. Weds – Saturday. As such, I am looking for an experienced cook (with papers) who would love to live in paradise… beautiful Puerto Rico. Salary based on experience. Possible apartment available. Please send information to me: Nandini at (Click here for the full article)



Against All Odds
by Dvija Priya Dasi
Posted September 10, 2010


The forecast said, heavy thunderstorms as it had for the last three weeks or so, but that didn't stop the Rath cart team from getting an early start on their way to the festival site. Then without warning disaster struck. The truck began overheating and completely shut down. Dharmaraj called Dharmatma who has a similar truck and he was on his way in a few minutes to the rescue.

They finally arrived at the beach two and a half hours late so there was no time to waste. But then another calamity. The truck and Jagannath's cart sunk in the soft sand and wouldn't move. The Lord was testing their resolve. Within a few minutes they gathered 6-8 sunbathers who proceeded to push the cart free and on it's way to the starting point. (Click here for the full article)



Alachua Property for Sale
by Nitai Terhanian
Posted September 10, 2010


Well maintained manufactured home on a beautiful 5 acre parcel. Convenient to Alachua and Gainesville. Numerous scattered trees, vegetable garden and more. Great pasture. Newer roof with lifetime guarantee and newer AC unit. Also has a salt water pool. Lots more upgrades.

This is a perfect place for a devotee family who wants to live close to the temple community and have land to achieve some degree of self-sufficiency. (Click here for the full article)



24 Hour Sri Harinam in Honor of Aindra Prabhu
by Sarvajaya Gauranga Das
Posted September 6, 2010


On behalf of the 24 HOUR Harinam Festival in DC Committee

As the 12 Hour Akhanda Harinam was one of the major most successes in the ISKCON DC Metro yatra on the New Year's Eve (2009), the stronger and never extinguished desire to have a 24 Hour Harinam here at the Potomac ISKCON Temple got intensified by the senior Srila Prabhupada desciples, senior devotees of the area, 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation ISKCON devotees and Gurukulis, our very dear and precious Congregational members, visitors and Friends of Lord Krsna.

The glorious and untimely departure of one of the very best Kirtan leaders in the world, our beloved Sripada Aindra prabhu, made this need of having more and more Harinam chanting as an emergency call for all of us around the world, to take up the process of Krsna consciousness even more seriously as we practice it in our daily lives by constantly glorifying the Lord through His Holi Names collectively if not possible by individual efforts. (Click here for the full article)



Tragic Suicide at ISKCON New Mayapur
by Hrdaya Caitanya Das for ISKCON News on19 Aug 2010, reposted from: http://news.iskcon.com/node/3057
Posted September 3, 2010


In a profoundly sad development, the death of a devotee in ISKCON's New Mayapur community in France has been deemed a suicide. According to temple authorities, in the early morning hours of July 23 Citra devi Dasi, a devotee for more then twenty years, committed suicide by setting her body on fire. The following is a letter from Hrdaya Caitanya Das, the GBC secretary for France:

"We are profoundly saddened that in New Mayapur on Friday 23 July in the early morning hours (around 1:00 am) Citra mataji committed suicide by setting her body on fire.

Citra mataji joined ISKCON in Spain more than twenty years ago. For many years she has been serving Their Lordships at New Mayapur with great dedication and in a very devotional mood. Her life was very simple and centered around Krishna. She lived in a room in the castle and had no other aspirations than to serve the Lord with whatever means she had. (Click here for the full article)



Now Online: "Gita Changes" for Chapter Four
BBT press release
Posted September 3, 2010

“The changes” for chapter four of Bhagavad-Gita As It Is are now online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

You'll see:

  • Several purports where missing text has been restored. In the purport to Text 6, restored to the book are more than forty words left out when a typist skipped from one instance of “causeless mercy” to the next.
  • Spelling errors corrected, both for Sanskrit (texts 5, 11, and 12) and for English (text 10).
  • In the word meanings for text 31, a word meaning left out by Srila Prabhupada and replaced by the editor with a meaning that was totally wrong. Fixed for the second edition.

Also: (Click here for the full article)



  Distressed Devotees Need Empathy, Not Slokas
by Dusyanta das
Posted September 29, 2010

After reading Muralidhara prabhu's article concerning the suicide of Citra devi dasi, I wanted to contribute by supporting the sentiment. Our ISKCON that was created by Srila Prabhupada is based on the principle of a family. If we live in a situation in ISKCON where there is no counselling, support and help. then this is not a representation of ISKCON and of Srila Prabhupada.

As we all go through our lives and our commitment to Srila Prabhupada we encounter reversals on the way. They can come in a number of manifestations — physically, emotionally, mental trauma, philosophical pressure, and family ups and downs. When we experience these reversals, then as humans we need support, understanding and help to get through it to a more healthy place on the other side.

Certainly, quoting texts and throwing them at a distressed person won't help a thing. There has to be a period of rehabilitation where there are others who know how to deal with the pain in a professional way. (Click here for the full article)



Krishna is Within Everyone
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted September 27, 2010

Bhaktin Sara makes a very good point in her Chakra article "Humility in Preaching". She was evidently taught that the people who are not Hare Krishna bhaktas are at lower level.

I tried to share similar views in an earlier article "Spiritual solutions to ISKCON's problems".

We need to understand from an absolute perspective that everyone is part of Krishna and everyone is sat, cit and ananda; i.e., full of eternity, knowledge and bliss. It is illusion to see the self as a product of matter. When this illusion goes away, one will see everyone as manifestation of Krishna.

When a person sees people as superior or inferior, he deviates from the Absolute Truth, and such a person cannot come closer to Krishna. The Bhagavad-gita is full of slokas where Krishna describes that devotees see everyone as manifestations of Krishna. How can you look down upon others when you see them as a part of your beloved Krishna?

Unfortunately, some of the people who have preached to Sara prabhu have apparently seen themselves as a product of inert matter. (Click here for the full article)



New Mexico Temple
by Sukadeva das
Posted September 26, 2010

My name is Sukadeva das and I have been trying to become a humble servant of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami for the last 41 years. Prabhupada always wanted a full time temple, opened 7 days a week, in New Mexico. There have been temples in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, but there is no permanent full time temple at present.

By Srila Prabhupada's mercy, I am now preaching full time in Albuquerque, even though I am living in my car and a motel room. Hare Nama Sankirtan is performed regularly and books are being distributed also. I am giving classes at the University of New Mexico.

I have found a storefront on Nob Hill, which is adjacent to the University. The landlord is agreeable to give me a years lease provided that I can give him the required move in costs. I have been in Albuquerque for 4 months and have no regular income to acquire or support the temple. I am humble requesting and asking anyone who can give assistance for the $3,000 start up costs, (Click here for the full article)



New Vrindaban Hosts Ninth Annual Vaishnavi Retreat
by New Vrindaban
Posted September 23, 2010


On Saturday, October 2, Praladananda devi dasi, a new York-based film producer, will be presenting a seminar in New Vrindaban on film production for amateurs. Her presentation is entitled “How to Film: Making the Best Use of Your Time and Video Equipment.”

This seminar will cover a wide spectrum of topics such as how to frame or compose an image; looking at light and shadow; filming from different angles and perspectives; zooming in and out; and the art of interviewing. Praladananda will also discuss the use of sound. Students will be given time to practice what they are shown, and to bring their work back for review and discussion. Bring either a camcorder or zoom-and-shoot digital with video capacity.

Praladananda is currently producing a 60-minute documentary film on New Vrindaban’s Palace of Gold. “The Palace of Gold is an architectural wonder,” said Praladananda. (Click here for the full article)



Calling All Vaisnavis
by Malati devi
Posted September 22, 2010


Your Annual Retreat occurs Oct. 1,2, & 3 in New Vrindaban. There are quality presenters who will offer much guidance and inspiration towards your spiritual journey. You will find gentle satsang and friendship.both old and new. There will be topics of interest for all minds and hearts to engage in, wonderful prasad and fresh country air and it is cost effective! Check vaishnaviretreat.org. It is a simple information site or call (Click here for the full article)



Help Needed
by Prem Nidhi Das
Posted September 20, 2010

As some of you may know me and my situation that I was happily serving in ISKCON Vrindavana temple till 2007 Janmastami. Due to my health reasons I was unable to continue my service there from then as I was getting dizzy and felt much fatigue as my body became thin and had no stamina to continue my service any more so I officially resigned and came to Nepal and stayed in Kathmandu near ISKCON temple here.

As I returned I was in the hospital for 7 days and it took 6 months to get better. That finished all my saved amount of three lakh rupees that I received from different sources. After 9 months of being better I was heavily sick again hospitalized for two weeks. At this point we did not have any money to take care of the situation. Then we borrowed or my wife took debt loans to complete this course of treatment. This time it was very expensive as each dose of injection was Nepali Rs. 3000/- (Click here for the full article)



1 Volume Bhagavatam Wanted
by Bhakta Warren
Posted September 18, 2010

I would like to procure a 1 volume edition of Srimad Bhagavatam in English by Srila Praphupada.

Please e-mail me at (Click here for the full article)



Locals Flock to Tucson’s Krishna Fest 2010
by Sandamani devi dasi
Posted September 14, 2010


Elemental Artistry Fire Dancers mesmerize the crowds

It had taken half a day to set up the stage, seating, professional sound system and lighting. And now the booths were erected, banners hung and kids’ inflatable obstacle course in place. On the second stage, musicians were tuning up. The prasadam was beautifully displayed. The music began, and the gates were flung open. Hundreds poured in to this anticipated, well-advertised event. Fox news was there at the onset as the perfect evening began to unfold.

Marti Walker, a soulful singer/songwriter who debuted to the devotee community at the recent L.A. Rathayatra, greeted guests in the temple room with her powerful singing of sacred chants on keyboard with accompanying flute and drums. Out on the main stage a group of 15 Nepali refugees sang traditional Bhajans, while the ladies danced in unison. On the small stage in the courtyard where the Prasad was being served was Krishnamrita on guitar, singing songs in her native French and in Portuguese, as well as Vaishnav bhajans in English and other, original songs. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows, Sept 2010
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted September 12, 2010

The September 2010 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.

(careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0).

In this edition of 18 pages (1.8 MB) we present reports on:

1. Slaughterhouse Mrdangas. This is an issue that has been on my mind for some time I know there are those who would rather it remained unaddressed and may even take offense by it. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to speak out and let the chips fall where they may.

2. Another cow hit by a car but is on her way to a full recovery.

3. Vanamali's fourth calf. (Click here for the full article)



Padayatra Ki Jai
by FFA Kingscross
Posted September 11, 2010

Last week the Deities Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundra traveled out of Bhaktivedanta Manor on their Padayatra Chariot to benedict any random living entity who happen to be on their path. We were fortunate to have their association and the association of HH Mahavishnu Swami who danced his way everyday through the busy streets of London. We were staying at Hindu Temple, where we were greeted by the Temple leader.

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In Southall we arrived late 9pm the temple was closed but as soon as the pujaris heard kirtan they opened the doors and more then a dozen pujaris and managers spontaneously danced and chanted with us on the Southhall high street. Lord Caitanyas lila did not stop 500 years ago - its an eternal lila where we are all invited to take part.

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In Wembley we had the first ever Rathayatra festival (Click here for the full article)



Srila Prabhupada's Plan for New Vrindavan
by Madhava Gosh
Posted September 10, 2010

New Vrindaban is currently poised on the edge of a rejuvenation. Devotees are becoming enthused and there is a general agreement that a Master Plan is necessary.

New Vrindaban had a special place in Srila Prabhupada’s heart as it was the first farm community. He hoped it would become an example for many other farm communities to follow. Unfortunately along the way New Vrindaban, under the pressure of the macro society, slipped in a mood of consumerism, of being dependent on outside inputs.

Thus it seems to be appropriate to review some selected quotes of Srila Prabhupada to gain an understanding into what his ideas are, not only for New Vrindaban specifically but for all ISKCON farm communities.

“Krishna by His practical example taught us to give all protection to the cows and that should be the main business of New Vrindaban. (Click here for the full article)



Devotional Toys, Herbs and Art
by Paul and Leslie Howard
Posted September 10, 2010


Just in time for Janmastami, give a handmade baby-Krishna doll to help create a special place in your loved one's heart for the Lord. On Govinda's Peace Farm Etsy page you will find baby Krishna, along with herbal medicines, silk paintings of Lotus Feet, and more. We are a small family farm utilizing the gifts of Mother Earth to create peaceful, healthy items imbued with spiritual energy to nourish all who use them.



New Vaisnava Website
by Tulasi-Tosika d.d and Purusottam das
Posted September 6, 2010


We are glad to have the opportunity to serve you through our homepage. Kadamba.net is a dedicated vaisnava seva homepage with HD videos /lectures of gurus and seniors devotees. You can find very beautiful devotional pictures as well.

Please visit us at www.kadamba.net and let us know your opinion about it.



Dust of Vraj Music Release
by Dust of Vraj
Posted September 3, 2010

World mantra fusion band Dust of Vraj new Release "Time I Am" is available online to here or download at: dustofvraj.bandcamp.com/

All Your donations go to support world Harinama Sankirtan



Spiritual Solutions to ISKCON's Problems
by Gaurav Mittal
Posted September 3, 2010

When I came to know about the child abuse in ISKCON, I was shocked to find that the child abusers were in position of guru in ISKCON. Other gurus and leaders did not see anything wrong in them. Their followers worshiped them as exalted personality or pure devotee. The abuse by Dhanurdhar Swami were well known. I could not understand how such person like Dhanurdhar Swami could have position of guru in ISKCON.

During the early 2000s, Dhanurdhar Swami did some initiation ceremony at the house of the disciple of Prabhupada in New Jersey. I felt that this disciple was ignorant in letting a child abuser come to his house and initiate disciples. Some time ago, I came to find out that this person's son was severely abused by Dhanurdhar Swami. His son was extremely upset when he came to his house. He ignored his own son and let Dhanurdhar Swami come to his house. What can cause such person to be blind towards his own son? Devotee is compassionate. He feels the pain when he sees the pain of others. How can such devotee don't feel the pain of his own son? (Click here for the full article)



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