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Bhaktivedanta Archives Releases Original Audio for 1977

by Bhaktivedanta Archives
Posted July 18, 2012

On the auspicious day of Guru (Vyasa) Purnima (July 3rd) the Bhaktivedanta Archives Releases Original Audio of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada for 1977 along with a VedaBase® 2012.1 update.

In our continued commitment to make all the recorded material of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada available, the Bhaktivedanta Archives is presenting the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® 2012.1 update and original audio for 1977 (387 files, 237 hours).

The new Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® 2012.1 update has a new layout. The current 3000+ transcriptions have been arranged chronologically and are sub-divided by year. The 1977 transcriptions have been reverified against the original audio and will be released simultaneously with the VedaBase® update 2012.1. Also, 250+ new transcriptions have been added under the Heading, “Fidelity Check Pending”. These files still need to be checked for accuracy but have been included to show the completed transcriptions from all the audio on file in the Archives. These 250+ files will eventually be folded into the main body of the NFO (VedaBase® database) once the fidelity-checking is completed. In previous updates, and in this 2012.1 update, (Click here for the full article)



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Doing the Swami Step in Mathura

by Parsada dasi (Vrindavan)
Posted July 17, 2012


Here are a few pictures of our Sunday program held on July 1 at Prachin Janambhumi in Mathura. Rajasuya das gave a lecture on Prahlada Maharaj, we had a communal round of japa chanting, and we distributed prasadam. An incredible Sunday. (Click here for the full article)



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Perceiving World As Miserable is Not Bhakti

by Gaurav Mittal
Posted July 16, 2012

Recently I met a devotee who was visiting from Southern California. We started talking about the beautiful weather there. The devotee commented that all those people who are enjoying the beautiful beaches and weather are going to get old and die.

My immediate response was that those people are ātma (spirit soul) and that the ātma does not die and does not get old, but because of our faulty vision (illusion) we see people dying and getting old.

The devotee responded that Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita: (13.9) janma-mṛtyu-jarā-vyādhi-duḥkha-doṣānu-darśanam ("perceiving the fault of the distresses of birth, death, old age and disease").

I have met many devotees who have quite a pessimistic and hopeless attitude towards the world. They feel anxiety and sadness in this world, and they blame the world as the cause of their suffering. They want to get out of the world and go to some Utopian place which is without any misery. (Click here for the full article)



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GBC Seeks Strategic Planner

by Kaisori dasi
Posted July 14, 2012

Strategic planning is a vital part of any organization wanting to effectively reach its long-term objectives. Every world-class organization therefore employs a strategic planner to guide it past obstacles and inefficiencies and help it achieve its overall mission and goals. Large or small, organizations employ these professionals to provide themselves with valuable strategies for current and future growth.

In February, leaders from around the world attended the first ISKCON Leadership Sanga. It became clear that devotees in position of leadership have a significant interest in strategic planning and are looking for support in their planning work.

To create this support, the GBC's Strategic Planning Team (SPT) is seeking a Divisional Director of Strategic Planning. If this position interests you, and you have the required qualifications, please send an e-mail introducing yourself, along with your résumé in an attached RTF or PDF file, to (Click here for the full article)



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Sponsorship Need for Abhimanyu’s Education

by Dhanyaguranga das
Posted July 13, 2012


Abhimanyu born and live in Sri Dham Mayapur, age 14 study in Cambridge board at Sri Mayapur International School in grade 9th his first language is Bengali. I am his father looking for a sponsor.

My family and I, are Mayapur devotee, disciple of Jayapataka Swami. My wife and I did service in the temple for many years. Now I am doing service for the devotee who needs help in construction department. From there I get little salary which I maintain my family.

Abhimanyu goes to Sri Mayapur International School which is affiliated with Cambridge board. Therefore school fees are very expensive for me that I can’t support his education fees. It is inside the ISKCON campus, which has all, activates well as devotional musical, sastra too.

He likes to study in this school. Abhimanyu had (Click here for the full article)



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Timeless Stories of Gomata

by Bharat Chandra das
Posted July 12, 2012


Have you ever wondered why and how Laxmidevi resides in cow dung? Why cows are considered most significant of all animals? How come cows have varied horns? How were cows created? How cows got their position in Goloka?...

Yes, all these are narrated in our scriptures and each story makes a wonderful read! Would you like to read them all in one place? Then read this article further...

"To make the mind austere is to detach it from sense gratification. It should be so trained that it can be always thinking of doing good for others. The best training for the mind is gravity in thought. One should not deviate from Krsna consciousness and must always avoid sense gratification. To purify one's nature is to become Krsna conscious. Satisfaction of the mind can be obtained only by taking the mind away from thoughts of sense enjoyment. The more we think of sense enjoyment, the more the mind becomes dissatisfied. In the present age we unnecessarily engage the mind in so many different ways for sense gratification, and so there is no possibility of the mind's becoming satisfied. (Click here for the full article)



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Looking for Temple Seva

by Van Gagda
Posted July 12, 2012

A retired person is looking for seva opportunity inside the temple.

1 Following Krishna consciousness from home since 1981. First initiation in 1987.

2 Familiar with all services in the temple, but not an expert of any department.

3 Originally from India, lived in USA and Canada over forty years.

4 do not expect any financial allowance from temple.

Please reply (Click here for the full article)



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Open Letter to the GBC Regarding the Assault of a Devotee By Ravindra Svarupa Dasa

by Mahapurusha dasa
Posted July 10, 2012

Note from Chakra staff: Chakra respectfully invites Ravindra Svarupa prabhu to respond to these allegations.

With deep regret and after much deliberation, I must sadly report the viscious attack of a female devotee by Ravindra Svarupa dasa. The incident occured over a month ago and I was personally informed of the attack by the victim. Several other congregants were also informed of the attack by the victim. He has also "bragged" about the incident to several others, which is, in itself, deeply disturbing and suggests severe moral and ethical degredation. The devotee was assaulted in the pujari room as she was about to perform deity service.

The devotee was running late for the offering and Ravindra Svarupa dasa verbally attacked her, screaming at her she was a terrible and offensive devotee and then violently kicked her in her buttocks. The victim has been obviously terrified. I and several other senior devotees have been working to help her. But after lengthy discussions and soul searching, we feel that the only way to address the issue is to make it public.

We are demanding the immediate resignation of Ravindra Svarupa dasa from all positions of authority within ISKCON (Click here for the full article)



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In the Blog World:
Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project Updates

by Dr. Demian Martins
Posted July 4, 2012


The first phase of the Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project was highly successful and digital copies of nearly 90 editions of Srila Vidyabhusana’s books were acquired, including some important manuscripts. Their front pages can be seen here: www.vidyabhusanaproject.blogspot.com

For several months, I travelled around Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha, visiting many relevant places. The main acquisition was soft copies of two manuscripts so far unknown to the world: “Tattva-dipika” and “Brahma-sutra-karika-bhasya”. This last work is a concise commentary on the Vedanta-sutra written by Srila Vidyabhusana at the request of King Jai Singh. Important contacts were also made, among which is Sri Avadesh Acharya, the Mahanta of the Galta temple, the place where Srila Vidyabhusana wrote the Govinda-bhasya, and where they still have a manuscript library. Another great contact was Ram Kripalu Sharma, who owns the largest manuscript collection in the world with around 125 thousand titles, most still unclassified. (Click here for the full article)



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Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project Updates

by Dr. Demian Martins
Posted June 30, 2012


The first phase of the Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project was highly successful and digital copies of nearly 90 editions of Srila Vidyabhusana’s books were acquired, including as some important manuscripts. Their front pages can be seen here: www.vidyabhusanaproject.blogspot.com

For several months, I travelled around Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha, visiting many relevant places. The main acquisition was soft copies of two manuscripts so far unknown to the world: “Tattva-dipika” and “Brahma-sutra-karika-bhasya”. This last work is a concise commentary on the Vedanta-sutra written by Srila Vidyabhusana at the request of King Jai Singh. Important contacts were also made, among which is Sri Avadesh Acharya, the Mahanta of the Galta temple, the place where Srila Vidyabhusana wrote the Govinda-bhasya, and where they still have a manuscript library. Another great contact was Ram Kripalu Sharma who owns the largest manuscript collection in the world with around 125 thousand titles, most still unclassified. He enthusiastically promised to put at our disposal any of Srila Vidyabhusana’s work he might locate there. Also among the supporters of the project is Sri Krishna Gopalananda Goswami, the head pujari of the Sri Sri Radha-Syamasundara Temple the home of Srila Vidyabhusana in Vrndavana. He belongs to the Syamananda-parivara, the same as Srila Vidyabhusana, and has taken the initiative of mobilizing the members of his line to locate the lost manuscripts. (Click here for the full article)



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Pouring Ghee Into Ashes: Bodily Discrimination in ISKCON

by Niscala dasi
Posted June 19, 2012

The Bhagavad-gita advises, or warns us: "Whatever leaders do, the common men follow, and whatever exemplary acts they perform, all the world pursues." Srila Prabhupada stressed the converse when he warned of "the blind, leading the blind, who all fall into a ditch."

Lord Kapiladeva in the Third Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam teaches us that if we discriminate at all on bodily differences, then all our strict worship of the Deity in the temple is as useless as pouring ghee into ashes. He is Krsna, so He is saying: "I will not accept your worship."

For the above reasons, it is alarming when we see our leaders deviating into bodily identification, for that disease can spread like wildfire in our ranks, extinguishing spiritual knowledge, realization, compassion and truth. When that happens, according to Lord Kapiladeva, we might as well forget about Deity worship; it will never bear fruit.

We don't want to be falsely alarmed, however. (Click here for the full article)



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Serbian Summer Festival at Frushka Goranga Camp

by Madhva Muni das and Nityananda-kari dasi
Posted June 16, 2012


We warmly invite you to the beautiful forest on the mountain Fruska Gora ( gorangacamp.com ). With a decade-long tradition and a service-oriented attitude, we are trying to give you an unforgettable devotional and friendly experience. To see some promotional photos and videos available.

This year Goranga Camp will be from 6th till 15th of July 2012. Guests include H.H. Sacinandana Maharaja, H.H. Jayapataka Maharaja H.H. Prahladananda Maharaja, H.H. Bir Krishna Maharaja, H.H. Kadamba Kanana Maharaja and H.H. Bhaktivaibhava Maharaja, as well as Krsna Ksetra prabhu. The whole camp will be in the mood of sweet Sri Vrindavana Dham. You can read more about it in the letter of Sacinandana Maharaja bellow.

Besides different seminars and classes, we will have a rich cultural program. That means: 12-hour kirtan, forest Ratha Yatra, nama yajna, initiations, theatre performances, forest walks… (Click here for the full article)



 
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Exchange Visits Sought

by Ananta das
Posted July 17, 2012

We are a devotional family of 3 looking for a accommodations and some devotional time together with people living in Southern Europe. We will be traveling through Italy, France and Spain this July- August and would love to meet and spend some time with easy going and inspiring association. We will have car and open to visiting other countries and communities.

We are disciples of HH Radhanath Swami since 2001 in good standing, love kirtan, music, painting and being with children.

We are living in San Francisco, California and would like to invite those interested in exchange visit next year.

Please contact us at: (Click here for the full article)



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Book Describes Indic Science and Culture

by Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa)
Posted July 17, 2012


A few years ago I did an extensive lecture tour at over 70 different institutions, mostly colleges and universities of India, with a few corporations as well, mostly in the western part of India. In some of these places we had to show no sign of devotional clothing, nor present any kind of spiritual topics, but we could give what they called "cultural" presentations on the ancient Vedic tradition of India. Most universities like culture, even if they do not like anything spiritual or religious. Some places were more strict than others, where any accompanying devotees had to wait out in the car so they would not be seen.

I gave a PowerPoint presentation called "Rediscovering the Glory of India." This was all about the scientific advancements that came from the ancient Vedic culture, along with knowledge about Harappa and Mohenjodaro and the Indus or Sarasvati civilizations, (Click here for the full article)



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Ethical Dilemmas of Suffering at Life’s End

by Rohini dasi
Posted July 16, 2012

Is there a devotee who is researching or specialising in ethical dilemmas such as euthanasia? We know that we should not kill, but is it really so black-and-white when a devotee is in extreme pain?

What about pets? Sometimes accidents take place and the animal cannot function anymore. Do we keep them alive under every circumstance?

In the case of humans, it seems unbearably cruel to allow someone to continue living if they have third-degree burns on over 90 percent of their body. Is it really an absolute rule in Krsna consciousness that there should be no hastening of death under any circumstances? (Click here for the full article)



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Available for Ashram Service

by Kirit Goradia
Posted July 14, 2012

My wife Sudha 61, and I (Kirit T Goradia 63), presently residing at Mumbai, would like to settle in Vrindavan for next 10 years till our health permits and carry on Krishna seva while earning our livelihood. Sudha is a housewife and has run the house for last 40 years since we married. Our son Uday 35 yrs is in the US with his family, Sweta 33 and son Ravi 6 and Uma 4, working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sudha is a staunch follower and devotee of Lord Krishna and looking forward to opportunities to serve poor, small girls, serve cows and looking forward to learn spiritual adhyatmic lessons from learned people.

We look forward to working with ashram staying there and serving devotees to best of our abilities. We are bania kapol caste gujarati and staunch vege

We can meet you at Vrindavan in July (Click here for the full article)



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Response From Ravindra Svarupa Dasa

submitted by Lavanga Manjari devi dasi, response by Ravindra Svarupa dasa
Posted July 13, 2012

I present you all with a letter written by HG Ravindra Svarupa dasa to his well wishers and disciples concerning the allegations made against him by Mahapurusha dasa.


I’ve been told that many of you have been asking for a response from me concerning the allegations made by my erstwhile disciple Mahapurusa dasa. They are exaggerated beyond all recognition.

Here is my own recollection of what happened.

It took place one evening last April. I had gone to the temple room to chant some rounds in front of the Deities. Eight o’clock came — the regular time for the altar doors to be closed for the Deities to be put in their night clothes. Five or so more minutes went by, and still no pujari showed up to close the doors. I checked and found out that Gandharvika had that duty that night. Giri-govardhana and other pujaris had been complaining to me frequently that Gandharvika was often late for her Deity services, and negligent in other ways. Not only was it repeated seva-aparadha, but also it made their own service difficult. (Click here for the full article)



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Warehouse Manager Position Available

by Vaikunthadeva das
Posted July 12, 2012

Established non-profit organization with 26 year track record is looking for a stable, well organized, utterly reliable, as well as flexible individual to supervise a t-shirt distribution warehouse operation in located 10 minutes from the temple in San Diego, California. This is a full-time position. Proceeds go to support Vaishnava programs. You must have good communication skills, be impeccably honest, be 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. Full training provided, though the ideal candidate will have some organizational experience. Please call (Click here for the full article)



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Artist Wanted

by Bhakta Himanshu
Posted July 10, 2012

Looking for a talented devotee artist to paint the cover for a DVD documentary on Aindra Prabhu. In your reply please include samples of your own work and a contact phone number. You will be compensated for this and I am hoping to complete the project by 07-20-12 (20th of July).

Please contact (Click here for the full article)



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Service Opportunity (Voluntary)

by Radhakanta das
Posted July 4, 2012

Project - Serving young devotees and aspiring devotees - an exciting new preaching opportunity in NW London, UK. Benefits include accommodation, ample prasadam, basic needs, lots of love and care! Senior devotees’ association. 2 vacancies have been created for this service. This is a voluntary post. For more information contact: (click below)

Hostel Coordinator - Service Description

Cooking.

    Training will be provided if required.
    There will be a set menu for the whole week.
    Recipes will be provided.
    To lead a team of kitchen helpers cut vegetables etc.
    To have prasadam ready on time.
    To implement the Hostel’s policy on cleanliness and kitchen hygiene.
    To create a devotional environment for kitchen service.

Offering Bhoga & Serving Prasadam. (Click here for the full article)



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Bhaktivedanta Academy Job Announcement

by Visvambhara das, Bhaktivedanta Academy
Posted June 30, 2012

The Bhaktivedanta Academy is seeking applicants for the position of After School Program Coordinator.

The Bhaktivedanta Academy is a Krishna-centered educational institution located in Alachua, Florida. We serve Pre-K thru 6th grade students via a spiritually based Montessori educational model, which focuses on the development of the whole child. We are seeking teachers who have a genuine love for working with children, who like working with a team, and who are committed to devotional life.

Under the direction of the Head of School, the After School Program Coordinator is responsible for the staffing and on-going operations of after care and studio programs conducted weekdays from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Bhaktivedanta Academy. This is an hourly part-time position that will begin in August.

Qualifications:

(Click here for the full article)



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Two Positions Open at ISKCON of DC

by Abhay das
Posted June 17, 2012

We are accepting applications for two positions available in the thriving devotee community and home of Radha Madan Mohan, Sita Ram and Gaura Nitai at Potomac, Maryland.

Facilities Manager

Applicant should be enthusiastic Sadhaka and team player. Responsibilities include facilities maintenance, organization and repair, festival set up and breakdown, general cleaning and waste management.

A generous living allowance, room and board and time off are provided to the qualified applicant.

Kitchen Assistant

Applicant should be enthusiastic Sadhaka and team player. (Click here for the full article)



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Mumbai Temple Offers Spacious Reading Room and Deposit Library

by Premanjana das
Posted June 16, 2012


Srila Prabhupada was always eager to see Vaishnava literature published.

The Bhaktivedanta Library in Mumbai is a unique subject that inspired me to write. I have been to many ISKCON temples, along with many holy places all over India; but at ISKCON Mumbai (Shri Radha Rasa Bihari Ji) I discovered a unique and special library that has an extensive collection of books by various authors from all over the world.

The Bhaktivedanta library is a veritable treasure house of knowledge. What makes me write this article was a small advertisement pamphlet of The Bhaktivedanta Library which I got from the take-away box of the library.

This library invites the public to read wonderful books in an air-conditioned comfort zone free of charge (except for the small amount to be paid if you borrow a book from the library's lend-for-money facility to take out and read at home). The library also has a take-away box, allowing visitors to take away photos, pictures, CDs and pamphlets free of cost. (Click here for the full article)



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Jagannatha Tours Florida Beach

by Sridevi dasi
Posted June 14, 2012


Alachua Temple's Jagannatha Swami, the Lord of the Universe, along with his brother Baladeva and sister Subhadra Devi, graced the residents of Jacksonville Beach, Florida with their seventh annual Ratha Yatra parade on Saturday, May 19. Well over 1,500 people were in attendance.

Many beachgoers danced, received booklets and prasadam, and then joined the celebration at the Festival of India site. About 600 plates of prasadam were distributed.

After Lord Jagannatha's parade through town and then the beach, everyone enjoyed a stage presentation of kirtan and dance. (Click here for the full article)



 
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House for Sale in Alachua

by Devaki
Posted July 17, 2012

Mls # 334001 Alachua Florida $127,000.....was lowered for quick sale

3 bdrm 2 bath carport mostly fenced

Nice kitchen with big pantry.

Large lot with greenhouse

Wood and tile floors.

A large addition was added which is perfect as temple room or family area. Also there is a large utility room with lots of storage..and house comes with $2500 water softener filter unit and outside storage shed

Close to temple, shopping, (Click here for the full article)



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New Vrindaban Rathayatra Coming Soon

by Malati devi
Posted July 17, 2012

Go the Blissful Country Mile with Lord Jagannath in New Vrindaban on Saturday July 21, 2012 at 11 am (by the brown plastic log house on the road before reaching the Palace), New Vrindaban Community, Moundsville, West Virginia.

Vendors, Mendhi artists and face painters are all welcome (no fee). Devotees welcomed; call ahead for accommodation. Happy souls are invited to increase the bliss by pulling Lord Jagannath's Ratha Cart.

Enjoy sweet sanga, a fantastic picnic-style vegetarian feast and heart-melting kirtans. We'll have a clown doing balloon art, a bouncy house, a children's pool and sprinkler for the kids. Lord Jagannath rides on the Swan Boat. Harinam Sankirtan to the ghat and fireworks.

Devotees from New York City, New Jersey, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Philadelphia and Florida, among others, will be here. Don't miss out.

For information, please visit (Click here for the full article)



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RRR Band CD Has Varied Settings of Krishna Chant

by Nistha Bhakti devi
Posted July 16, 2012


The Red Rock Rishis, a kirtan band focused on singing the Maha Mantra, accompanied with Indian mystical and New Age music, have recently released their second album, The Beginning is Near. Although all of the songs of this new album embody the Hare Krishna mantra, according to the mood and theme of the musical composition the melodies of the songs vary considerably in style. From "Starship Mantra" to "Crying for Vraja", "Stream of Nectar" to "Cowboy Chant", the listener receives both a meditative, uplifting spiritual experience and a wonderful musical journey.

One song, "Sri Ram's March Into Lanka", beautifully sung by two woman vocalists, is a portrayal of Sita Devi sitting under the ashoka tree and praying for her beloved Ram to come save her from the demon Ravana. This song is a three-piece composition. (Click here for the full article)



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In the Blog World:
The Stories of Vrindavan

by Aniruddha, aniruddhasowale.blogspot.com
Posted July 14, 2012


Just back from Vrindavan…what a feeling! It’s a very cool and calm feeling that I am carrying within in my heart ever since I came back. Vrindvan is a spiritual wine you would love to drink again and again. It has completely intoxicated me, I feel so satisfied, happy, cheerful, sacred and ecstatic inside. While I was there I didn’t know what I am going to get out of this tour, I was visiting temples, doing Parikrama’s, chanting and praying everyday but I did not have this feeling there which I am having right now.

Yamuna Devi:

Of the all the evenings of my life, the best evening I ever had was the one I spent on Keshighat. It is such a great feeling to be at this place. Watching Yamuna Devi is like watching god, you don’t understand what is happening with you when you look at Yamuna devi - the pap-nashini (Washer of all sins).

You feel like watching Yamuna Devi for a long long time and you remember all the leela’s that Krishna performed near this most pious river. The sister of the god of death (Click here for the full article)



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In the Blog World:
Why to Worship Yashoda Nandan Krishna?

by Aniruddha, aniruddhasowale.blogspot.com
Posted July 13, 2012


Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, wisdom and religiousness — these are the natural qualities by which the brāhmaṇas work. (BG 18.42) Those who do not have these nine qualities can not be called as Brahmins; in fact those who get Brahmin diksha should have these qualities otherwise the whole diksha process turns out to be total waste of time.

According to 17th chapter, the conditioned souls who do not perform austerities of mind, body and speech can not be called as humans. They are animals. Krishna describes the qualities of “Demons and the Divines” in the chapter 16 and clears the fact that those with demoniac qualities do not perform any of the three austerities in 17th chapter.

Animal Kingdom

The conditioned souls under Rajo and Tamo Guna become entitle to enter in hellish planets. Those who have unnecessary pride, arrogance, anger, ignorance and harshness are thrown into material pool. As Krishna says in Geeta, these people take the shelter of insatiable lust and are always busy in gratifying their senses. In 7th canto of Shrimat Bhagwatam Prahlad maharaj praises lord Narsinh and says” I am worried about those idiots who are running after sense gratification, name, fame and money”. (Click here for the full article)



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The Nectar of Instruction Ecourse

by BhaktiLife.org
Posted July 12, 2012


We'd like to invite everyone to our next eCourse on The Nectar of Instruction, from July 9 - August 5, 2012.

The Nectar of Instruction is a guidebook specifically written for devotees, for those desiring to live according to the teachings of Lord Caitanya.

Anyone following the way of life taught by Lord Caitanya must learn practical steps to further develop in Krsna consciousness: What are these steps? And what are the obstacles? How should we treat others who are also devotees? What procedures should one follow on a daily basis to help one advance spiritually, to actually taste love for the Lord beyond mere sentiment? Where should one live, and what should one do or not do?

Answers to these questions are the practical teachings in The Nectar of Instruction, and we invite you to learn these next steps in your spiritual evolution, and dive deeper into the science of Krsna consciousness. (Click here for the full article)



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Festive First Encounters; On Experiencing Lord Jagannath’s Festival for the First Time

by Andrew Elliot Apong
Posted July 10, 2012


In early July 2008, I emerged from a hike through a densely wooded patch of a Toronto city park to see a poster taped to a street corner lamppost. The poster’s image consisted mainly of a face that I had learned about in an undergraduate course just a few weeks prior. The face belonged to Lord Jagannath—an incarnation of Lord Krishna, God, represented in His transcendental form. I was with two friends, and I excitedly shared this tidbit of info with them whilst directing their attention to the poster. The poster itself promoted a summer event that was to take place within the month—the annual Festival of India. “I’m going to that festival,” I told my friends.

The Festival of India/Ratha-yatra was to be an integral piece of what has become my ongoing ardour for Vedic culture. Coming from what I deemed a very general Canadian background, I always supposed my attitude towards life was typically North American. I felt I didn’t have or experience much in terms of culture. My upbringing was a rather plain vanilla.

Yet that summer’s Festival of India became the prelude to the deluge of flavours that would soon wash over my life. My friends were all either busy or didn’t know enough about the Festival of India to be interested in attending, so I arrived at the event alone. (Click here for the full article)



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Issues for Non-Asram Devotees

by Name withheld at the request of author
Posted July 4, 2012

I travel and preach across ex-Yugoslavian countries. On my missionary travels I meet several devotees (both male and female) who want to live in a temple. For various reasons, these devotees do not fit into any of regional temples. Please do not think that there is something wrong about the devotees under discussion. On contrary - they are very enthusiastic, loyal to Srila Prabhupada, diligent, mentally sane, etc. I'd rather say that there is something 'wrong' with the temples. For example, the situation is in particular difficult for female devotees who wish to join a temple, as there are only two temples (Zagreb and Ljubljana) that offer ashrama for ladies. But, for some reasons (a long story) – neither temple is suitable for female devotees (Click here for the full article)



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In the News:
New Child Protection Policies Approved By ISKCON Authorities

by Anuradha dasi for ISKCON News
Posted June 30, 2012


“ISKCON recognizes that children, for their full and harmonious development, need to be raised in an atmosphere of love, support, guidance and understanding."

The Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has approved an updated version of ISKCON’s “Child Protection Policy and Operational Guidelines.” The Guidelines set standards for child protection within ISKCON, mandate how the ISKCON’s Central Office of Child Protection (CPO) and local Child Protection Teams should function, while clarifying how ISKCON leaders and members should respond to any allegations of abuse.

The Child Protection Guidelines open with a two-page statement declaring the “paramount” importance of child protection within ISKCON:

“The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is committed to the well being of all individuals involved with ISKCON, especially children and other more vulnerable participants." (Click here for the full article)



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Mayapur Apartment Needed

by Shankaranand Das
Posted June 17, 2012

We need a 2 bedroom apartment in Mayapur for 3 to 5 months, preferably close to or within the temple campus . We prefer the apartment to be furnished or at least have cooking facilities (cooking range etc.), water heater in bathroom and a refrigerator. Please contact us at (Click here for the full article)



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New Inmate Artwork On the Ipm Website

by Bhakti-lata dasi
Posted June 16, 2012


Sanatan and Rupa Goswamis surrender to Lord Chaitanya.

For a long time I have wanted to share some beautiful Krsna conscious artwork the inmates have made. Recently, Sanjay Goel prabhu has generously donated a wireless printer-scanner so I can scan the inmates' artwork. Then, our neighbor and friend, Mahakrti prabhu, very kindly came to the IPM office and installed a program to convert PDF files into JPEG. Thanks to these devotees' help, I am happy to announce that there's new artwork on the IPM website ( www.iskconprisonministry.org ) and that more will gradually be uploaded. Please take a few minutes to see these never-before-seen windows to the spiritual world.

At this moment, there is a golden opportunity to sponsor the mailing of 50 Back to Godhead magazines every month, which comes to $100 a month. Fifty BTGs are already being sponsored monthly by a generous devotee who wishes to remain anonymous, and you can make a huge difference in sponsoring the other 50. (Click here for the full article)



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