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September 2011
Vrindavan, the Playground of God
by Isvara das
Posted September 29, 2011


Its with great happiness that we announce the release of our newest publication, Vrindavan, the Playground of God.

After a long wait, we have finally released the deluxe coffee table book, “Vrindavana, the Playground of God.” This coffee-table book is a visual-rich guide to the holiest place of pilgrimage for the worshippers of Lord Krishna, Sri Vrindavana Dhama.

When Lord Krishna comes to this world, He performs wonderful pastimes to attract living entities to come back to Him in the spiritual world. He appears in many forms, all of them fully transcendental to this material world, and in those forms He exhibits wonderful qualities which are displayed in the course of His activities and interactions with His devotees.

The main place of these pastimes is Sri Vrindavana Dhama, an area of about 168 square miles or 438 square kilometers in north-central India. There Krishna appeared about five thousand years ago and performed pastimes in many places throughout the length and breadth of the entire region. (Click here for the full article)



Homeschooling Books for Sale
by Nandini devi dasi
Posted September 27, 2011

Few great Homeschooling books for sale. Paid $60. Make a reasonable offer+shipping. I really want these good books to get in good devotees hands, rather than just giving them away. If I can verify you can not afford these books, then just pay $5 for shipping.

These Books are -

Fundamentals of Homeschooling - Ann Lahrson-Fisher

The ultimate book of home schooling ideas (500+ ideas) - Linda Dobson

Mathematics for 5th grade (Govt of india) - This is better than Saxon series. (Equivalent to 6th and 7th grade Maths in USA).

English text books from 5th, 6th and 7th grade - (Govt of India) - good resource if you like vedic way of training kids. Lot of homework assignments.

Contact (Click here for the full article)



Vaisnavi Retreat Schedule
by Malati devi dasi
Posted September 22, 2011

The completed schedule, with presenter's names and times, is now posted on www.Vaishnaviretreat.org. The titles of each presentation will be added as soon as each one of our presenter's gets back to me with their information. The menu plan will also be posted shortly. In addition to the particular items mentioned, breakfast will include each day incredible granola, (Click here for the full article)



New E-Book: "India & Beyond: Plane Reading for Part-Time Babajis"
by Braja Sorensen
Posted September 18, 2011


Light reading for yogis, bhaktas, babajis, and wanna-be's while traveling to India---and beyond. From the beginnings of my own personal spiritual path in a dusty outback town in Australia, "India & Beyond" starts at childhood and goes from cow protection to Jesus in Denmark, through to ganja smoking holy men, cult religion, spiritual equality, and old age, each chapter an often comic journey through the challenge that is India. It records some victories and even delivers some questions, and all of it viewed from front row seats in the Eastern Philosophy grandstand. You game?

Available here on Amazon.com

(Click here for the full article)



Departed Vaisnavi
by ISKCON devotees of Queens
Posted September 17, 2011


We regret to inform the Vaisnava community of the passing of a special devotee. Her Grace Vaisnavi Devi Dasi (Koosumwatie Seeredat) left her body on the night of Sunday, September 11, 2011, at the age of 67. Mother Vaisnavi was an initiated disciple of HH Romapada Swami and a sincere servant of Srila Prabhupada. She was a pioneer of the Queens Yatra, starting the first home program with H.G. Sunanda Dasa in the area. Mother Vaisnavi was well-known and very well-loved in the New York Vaisnava community. She is survived by five daughters and one son.

The ISKCON devotees of Queens, New York express their deepest condolences to Mother Vaisnavi's family. We pray that Sri Sri Hari Haladhari will give them strength in this difficult time, while carrying Mother Vaisnavi swiftly and safely on her final journey back home, back to Godhead. (Click here for the full article)



Short Term Rental in Alachua (Kartik)
by Nisha dasi
Posted September 12, 2011

A beautiful home in Alachua on 5 acres and 8 minutes to temple is available for short term rental in Kartik. It is available from 25th Sept - 10th November.

Spend time in holy dham. Kartik is such a special time in Alachua. The community is just like Mayapur.

It is a 3 bed 2 bath home. Located in safe and quiet neighborhood. It is surrounded by 10 devotee families. For serious inquiries contact - (Click here for the full article)



Alachua House for Sale
by Susan Dasa
Posted September 10, 2011

We are Prabhupada disciples and have lived in this house for nearly 10 years. My last child is off to college next year so we are gearing up to make a few changes in our life. This is a very nice house (over 1700 square feet) 3 bdrm (large shower area and separate chinese tub in master bedroom), 2 bath, front room, good size kitchen, family room (we use as temple room), a large utility room with built in cabinets and lots of storage area (washer and dryer in there too). Nice hardwood and tile floors. Bedrooms are carpeted. Outside there is a tool shed and a green house, and carport. It is close to the temple and walking distance to library, shopping, and post office. Right across they have a little water park play area for young children, skate park, basketball courts, baseball, soccer, and most everything. (Click here for the full article)



Travelling Book Distribution Opportunity
by Prahlada-Nrsimha das
Posted September 6, 2011


This is an open invitation to all devotees to have the most transcendentally wonderful time of your life by taking part in Prabhupada's book distribution mission on travelling sankirtana.

Our dearmost Srila Prabhupada worked hard to produce his books, and wanted his followers to distribute them. As he says in his commentary to Srimad Bhagavatam, 3.21.31: "A person in Krishna consciousness, a devotee of the Lord, is always compassionate. He is not satisfied that only he himself is a devotee, but he tries to distribute the knowledge of devotional service to everyone. There are many devotees of the Lord who faced many risks in distributing the devotional service of the Lord to people in general. That should be done."

There is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to take up this wonderful service of book distribution for a short or a long time. Krishna has provided a very nice custom-outfitted sankirtana camper van from which to distribute books. (Click here for the full article)



Chippiwada Temple Entrusted to ISKCON
by (name withheld)
Posted September 1, 2011

Trustees of the Sri Radha Krishna Mandir in Chippiwada (New Delhi) have handed over management of the historic temple to ISKCON.

This is a temple which has a long prior connection with the Krishna consciousness movement but which had previously been independently managed. It is where Srila Prabhupada stayed for a long time, most particularly when he had to be in New Delhi to arrange for printing of the first canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam or to publish and distribute his Back to Godhead magazine before he finally departed for the west with the goal of spreading Krishna consciousness worldwide. Also, the Radha-Krishna Deities of the Chippiwada temple are among the few which Srila Prabhupad himself personally worshiped for a long time.

During his presence among us, Srila Prabhupada had tried to buy the temple, but the trustees at the time were not interested. By his mercy and by the mercy of Sri Krishna, early this year the current Sri Radha Krishna Mandir trustees began discussions with H.H. Gopal Krishna Maharaj, (Click here for the full article)



  How to Finance Solar Projects
by Chris Walker for GEETA, Inc.
Posted September 29, 2011

There was recently an article on Chakra about the benefits using of solar energy. Although they pay out over the long term, the upfront money can be a bar for those who lack the funds to buy a system outright. Here are some alternatives as to how to acquire a system:

Five Options for a Nonprofit to Fund a PV System

Introduction:

The purpose of this document is to share information on several options for a non-profit to fund the installation of a Photovoltaic system on their property.

Before we review the alternatives, let’s take a few minutes to understand the basics of a typical solar system as well as definitions related to funding opportunities.

Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems convert sunlight directly into electricity. A residential PV power system enables an owner to generate some or all of their daily electrical energy demand on their own roof, (Click here for the full article)



New Temple Makes Utah "Krishna Country"
by Madhava Smullen, Reposted from ISKCON News
Posted September 27, 2011


Krishna Culture youth group performs Bharat Natyam dance.

On a recent Friday evening, motorists in Salt Lake City, Utah, pulled over to take photos, while pedestrians stopped in their tracks, staring as a llama wandered sedately down 33rd South, one of the busiest streets in the city. The surreal scene even made its way onto Fox News that night.

In rural Spanish Fork, one hour's drive away, the sight of a llama would have been common, as they are one of the many attractions at the area's Hare Krishna temple. The temple, a stunning feat of Rajasthani-style architecture, has grown more and more popular since its construction in 2001, and draws thousands of guests for its many festivals, including the phenomenally successful Festival of Colors, and yes, Llama Fest.

So naturally any llama-spotting in the area would indicate that the Hare Krishnas weren't too far away. But where could a llama have come from in the middle of Salt Lake City? (Click here for the full article)



Apartment Needed in Mayapur This Winter
by Sarasvati Gopi dd
Posted September 22, 2011

We are a devotee family with three children from Sweden, looking for an apartment to rent in Mayapur area, inside or outside. From middle of November until March (probably before Gaura Purnima). We need at least 2 bedrooms and kitchen. We are responsible and clean family.

Please respond to (Click here for the full article)



Philadelphia Ratha Yatra & Festival of India 2011
by ISKCON Philadelphia
Posted September 18, 2011


A Multicultural Family Festival
FREE VEGAN & VEGETARIAN FEAST
WEB: www.ParadeofChariots.com

Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2011 (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 & Live Kirtans by HG Badahari Prabhu, HG Amala Kirtan Prabu & team.
  • Yoga of Comedy by HG Yadunatha Prabhu
  • Drama by Nila Madhava & team
  • Indian Classical Group Dance by Viji Rao and team.
  • Chenda (Kerala Cultural Mrdanga) demonstration.
  • Indian Classical Odissi Dance

(Click here for the full article)



Remembering Gopiparanadhana Das
by Dravida das, Reposted from Dandavats.com
Posted September 17, 2011


I was shocked to learn this morning that my old friend and colleague Gopiparanadhana prabhu had left his body suddenly at Govardhana. Just a few days ago I sent him a chapter of his Laghu-bhagavatamrta translation I had been reviewing — and now he's gone. What a loss for our society and the world! He was a pure and vastly learned Vaisnava who impressed everyone with his firm faith in and loyalty to Srila Prabhupada and his movement, his genuine humility, his warm and open personality, and his deep realization of the intricacies of bhakti. (Click here for the full article)



Warehouse Supervisor Position
by Vaikunthadeva das
Posted September 15, 2011

Established non-profit organization with 25 year track record is looking for a stable, well organized, utterly reliable, flexible individual to supervise a t-shirt distribution warehouse operation located 10 minutes from the temple in San Diego, California. This is a full-time position. Proceeds go to support a variety of Vaishnava programs. You must have good communication skills, be impeccably honest, able to lift at least 40 lbs., and be an excellent driver. Duties include driving and dispatching vendors, maintaining facilities and equipment, and receiving and tracking inventory. Salary is commensurate with experience and commitment. Full training provided, though the ideal candidate will have some management experience. Please call (Click here for the full article)



Of Pride, God and Asteroids
by Niscala dasi
Posted September 10, 2011

I recently came across a comment on the internet: “I’m an atheist, and proud of it”. I have heard of such statements before, relating to pride in what one believes, not just in atheism. I wonder what there is to be “proud of” in a belief, and is anything really worth being proud of?

If anything, pride is justified when it is related to reducing suffering in the world. But there is truth in the secular aphorism “pride goes before a fall” and if one becomes proud- of even good action- then it can lead to a sense of superiority, which can lead to a patronizing “better-than-thou” attitude towards those whom one is helping.

On the other hand, taking some pride in what one does, can lead to more enthusiastic endeavor. How this happens is that pride, as we all know, is related to ego, which is our sense of identity. When one finds it, one finds oneself- with knowing self, comes knowing one’s purpose- just as knowing what a toaster is, implies knowing its purpose. (Click here for the full article)



Nectar of Instruction Ecourse
by Dhruva Maharaja das
Posted September 6, 2011


Samapriya dasi and I, both Srila Prabhupada disciples, began teaching Internet eCourses three years ago with Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Last year we added a Sri Isopanisad eCourse, and now we are teaching Upadesamrta, The Nectar of Instruction from September 12 through October 10, 2011, thus providing a step-by-step procedure for learning the philosophy of Krsna consciousness.

Lord Caitanya advented 500 years ago to bestow upon mankind the most elevated sentiments of love of God, called prema-bhakti, and He empowered Srila Rupa Gosvami to write instruction books on how to develop this flavor of love, following in the footsteps of the residents of Vrindavana.

Now devotees can study and learn sastra from their own computer, during a time convenient for them (you don't need to be present at any particular time), in the association of other devotees from all over the world. (Click here for the full article)



Montreal to Hold Prabhupada Festival
by Samir Roy Choudhury
Posted September 1, 2011


In 1968 His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada visited Montreal for several months, helping to lay the groundwork for the preaching of Krishna consciousness in Canada.

ISKCON Montreal will be celebrating the 43rd anniversary of this historic visit from September 2 through September 5 (Labour Day weekend). We have arranged on Saturday, Sept. 3, a three-hour boat cruise on the St. Lawrence River. There will be chanting, dancing with ecstatic kirtan and Prabhupada reminiscences from many senior Prabhupada disciples, including our chief guest, the renowned artist Puskar das.

On Sunday, Sept. 4, the devotees will have a maha Harinam visiting 3720 Avenue du Parc (Montreal’s first temple location, a one-time bowling alley which the devotees had converted) and the quarter where Srila Prabhupada stayed for three months. In the afternoon the temple will be celebrating Sri Radhashtami mahotsava.

On Monday, Sept. 5, the devotees will conclude the festival by having an outdoor kirtan, (Click here for the full article)



  Prison Inmates Express Gratitude
by Bhakti-lata dasi
Posted September 29, 2011

Sometimes devotees ask me if the inmates are grateful for the support IPM provides to them. You can find this answer loud and clear, in the quotes below:

"Hare Krsna. Once again I am humbled by your gift. My appreciation is seated deep within. I really am at a loss for words. Every day the Lord blesses me in so many ways. I devour all reading material. If I'm not at my job, which unfortunately doesn't allow any reading material while there, I am at my bunk, immersed in all these Vedic wisdom I am so fortunate to have.

"I offer anyone who shows interest a book to read, and I've had several chances to share with others. I've, by Krsna's mercy, learned so much; I know there is so much yet to be revealed, but I am at peace knowing these prayers to Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. Chanting and reading and studying, God will keep advancing the spirit while freeing me from the grasp of material ignorance and passion.

"I will forever remember and be thankful for the copy of Bhagavad-gita you sent me in County Jail; it has started a wheel in motion that, to me, is priceless and my most valued treasure. May you and your endeavors be blessed. May ISKCON and IPM be blessed. (Click here for the full article)



Apartment for Rent in Alachua
by Anuradha devi dasi
Posted September 27, 2011

We have a great little energy efficient downstairs apartment for rent from February 1st. It’s 1000 sq ft, two bedroom, one bathroom, with a screened-in porch off the master bedroom. Wood and tile floors. Kitchen has fridge, range and microwave. Washer and dryer, free satellite TV and free wireless internet. Free well water, sewer and garbage collection – you only pay electricity. Electricity ranges from $75 to $140 per month, depending on season.

Rent is $750 per month, and there is a $750 security deposit. Lease is flexible.

Constructed in 2007, only devotees have lived here. It is situated on seven acres surrounded by lovely old oak trees with hanging Spanish moss. All neighbors are devotees. Very quiet and safe, healthy for kids. Upstairs tenant is a very quiet devotee lady. (Click here for the full article)



2011 Vyasa Puja-Remembering Srila Prabhupada
by Siddhanta Das
Posted September 22, 2011

It is with pleasure that I can present this latest collection of memories on this auspicious day of Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja. We hope you derive some inspiration in these remembrances of His Divine Grace. (Click here for the full article)



Mayapur Rental Wanted
by Atmavan dasa
Posted September 18, 2011

My and I family would like to rent an apartment/house in Mayapur dham for this coming winter, approx nov - feb. we have three small children so at least two rooms would be preferred, and as close as possible to iskcon. Please let us know of any possibilities. (Click here for the full article)



Vaishnavi Retreat Announcement
by New Vrindaban Dham, West Virginia
Posted September 17, 2011

The Vaishnavi Retreat is just around the corner, only a couple of weeks away! We have exciting, innovative presenters this year so we look forward to all of you, far and near, joining together for our annual get together in New Vrindaban where we meet old friends and make new ones as we explore the sacred path back to Godhead from many angles of vision and experience. Fri.Sept.30th, Sat & Sun, Oct 1st & 2nd are the dates to circle on your calendar. There will be healthy vegetarian prasad prepared by our creative chef, daily yoga sessions,mantra meditation, shastric sessions led by advanced women who have practiced Bhakti Yoga 40 years or more, the Saturday night Campfire Bhajan Circle, and the extraordinarily intimate loving experience of being with Srila Prabhupada in his Palace on Sunday morning, learning and sharing inner secrets on the Path of Self Realization, Krishna Consciousness.

Lose yourself in the serene setting of New Vrindaban wearing its new found autumn dress, fresh crisp air, sweeping starlit nights, organic gardens, surrounded by peacocks, deer, swans and other charming creatures. (Click here for the full article)



Sriksetra Parikrama 2011
by Bhakti Purusottama Swami
Posted September 12, 2011

We are happy to invite devotees from around the world to perform the most auspicious Sri Kshetra Parikrama. This year the parikrama day falls on 15th November. On this day, devotees will circumambulate the entire Sri Kshetradhama, a distance of around 19 Km. This parikrama has been performed since the time Vidyapati visited Sri Kshetra. ISKCON has been organizing this parikrama for the last six years, on the specific day prescribed for parikrama as per the scriptures. Last year we had eight thousand devotees participating in this parikrama. This year we are expecting many international devotees and there will be a separate parikrama group for English speaking devotees.

Highlights of this festival:

Chanting, dancing, taking Prasad, circumambulating Puridham , bathing in the ocean, and much more, all in the association of more than eight thousands of devotees.

Hearing from expert devotees like HH.Bhakti Gourava Narayan Swami , HH. Gouranga Prema Swami, HG. Ananga Mohan Das and many more speakers, who know every detail of the pastimes of Puri. HH Lokanath Swami will be there as usual to lead us in Sankirtan. Last but not least we will have the association of HH. Jayapataka Swami. (Click here for the full article)



Care for Cows News September 2011
by Kurma Rupa das
Posted September 10, 2011

The September 2011 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 20 pages (1.5 MB) we present reports on:

1. A developing goshalla on the Delhi-Agra Highway in Chaumuha headed by Vaisnava Caran Dasa and Yudhisthira Gaur who plan to advance cow protection in Vraja Mandala.

2. How statements in the Bhagavad-Gita are manifesting in this day and age regarding unbenificial and horrible works.

3. A health ordeal tolerated by our seven-year-old Gambhira upon giving birth to her second calf. (Click here for the full article)



Forgiveness?
by Madhava Gosh das
Posted September 6, 2011

To be clear, the following is a joke (adapted from its Christian roots) meant for entertainment purposes only. The names are random, not meant to represent anyone who may actually be called by these names.

This is a story about old Rama das and old Tulasi das, two members of an ISKCON forum, who were always at odds with each other. They were constantly at each other's throat on issues concerning ISKCON. When one of them said "yea," you could be assured that the other would say "nay."

So, one day old Rama das dies and arrives at the court of Yamaraja. He notices how Yamaraja asks everyone a question before they proceed. When it was his turn, Yamaraja said: "Hi, Rama das, to see if you qualify for Vaikuntha, I need to ask you to spell Krishna for me."

"That's easy," says Rama das, and goes: "K-r-i-s-h-n-a."

Yamaraja said: "Great; you're in, (Click here for the full article)



Looking for a Women's Ashrama in ISKCON
by Vrsabha das
Posted September 1, 2011

I am wondering is there any ISKCON temple exclusively for ladies, a kind of Vaishnava nunnery. I am inquiring this on behalf of my godsister who likes monastic life style. If there is such an ashrama in ISKCON, please contact me at (Click here for the full article)



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