Some years ago one leader told me an interesting story that highlights this point. One of his senior managers/preachers in his area of responsibility was having some difficulty and had had a recent fall down. This leader, in consultation with a few senior god brothers, decided a course of action and rectification with the explicit aim of strengthening this devotees spiritual life and hopefully have him return to his regular duties as soon as it was clear that he had fully recovered from his difficulties.
Oct 29 2006 WSN September 2006 - World Sankirtan Newsletter
For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada the attached file contains the following results for the month of September: World Totals, Monthly Congregation and Weekend Warriors, Monthly Top Temples and Individuals, Monthly Continents, Monthly Top Ten Countries, Monthly Top Ten Temples Worldwide, Monthly Top Ten Temples by Size, Monthly Top Ten Temples by Continent and much more...
Like others, I wish that I had done more for you while you were here--and had more of your association. But knowing that you are with Srila Prabhupada, and that we have been left here to serve you both, gives solace.
Oct 29 2006 Constant Practice and Detachment
Dear Vaisnavas around the world, I offer my humble obeisances to all of you. I hope and pray that those of you who are married or planning to marry will be determined to keep your vows and that you will experience ever-increasing realizations in Krsna consciousness as you help each other along on your paths back to Godhead.
Here you can see a video of Govardhan abhishek and building the hill of rice. Apologies for sending it late - due to some engagements that we have to attend these days, we hope to catch up with postings by the end of next week.
Oct 27 2006 Paintings For Sale
Help support preaching projects in North Carolina. Original oil painting by Jadurani dasi 24" x 30" nicely framed. Krishna rescues Nanda Maharaja. The price of this painting is $6,850.00 or best offer.
Oct 27 2006 Urgent Help wanted in Boston Area
Urgently looking for devotees to work in malls in Boston area part time or full time, Nov and december. Must speak fluent English, have decent handwriting and a reliable source or Transportation
Oct 27 2006 Doer mentality?
When acting according to scriptural direction, under the guidance of the Lord's representatives, and for the purpose of pleasing the Lord - you will begin to see that such actions are uplifting, liberating and beneficial for all, while you are simply being an instrument, personal qualifications/disqualifications notwithstanding.
Oct 27 2006 Who am I? Nobody!
Krishna has used me as his instrument, 1) to help Andrew, 2) to give me a sharp lesson in understanding that no matter how much we feel useless, every devotee has a part to play and 3) That devotee association is vitally important to spiritual development. Who am I? I am really proud to admit that I am a devotee of Lord Krishna.
This chanting is very scientific. Prabhupada used to say it is very scientific. Scientific means we are doing it, practicing it. Srila Prabhupada says if we chant 16 rounds. Srila Prabhupada says all the Hare Krishna people are the best scientists.
Oct 27 2006 Disappearance of Srila Prabhupada
You fortunate persons around the world, Just hear the words of Srila Prabhupada! His vibrations have the power to deliver you from all fears. Just take, just try!
Every year we write an offering both for the appearance and disappearance of Srila Prabhupada. This year I thought to do it with a video. If you want to watch it, click at the link
The I-Foundation, in cooperation with Bhaktivedanta Manor in London, is seeking qualified writers, researchers, and artists to create and compile Vedic-based educational materials for children ages 3-7 that will meet the requirements of the UK National Curriculum. The service will start in December 2006 and continue until April 2008.
Oct 25 2006 Vraja Mandala Govardhan Puja
Every year for 20 years the Vraja Mandala Parikrama has celebrated GOVARDHAN PUJA at Varsana. The festival is always very sweet. The devotees bulid a beautiful duplicate of GOVARDHAN HILL and a sublime cow dung murti of GIRIRAJ KRSNA.
Oct 25 2006 Govardhan Puja, Go Puja 2006
I would like to share with other devotees photos from Govardhan Puja and Go Puja in Czech Republic, farm Krishna's court. It was the biggest and the best Go Puja we had so far!
Oct 25 2006 Srila Prabhupada, Raman Reti and his letters
Today is such a sad day to remember as Srila Prabhupada disappeared from our external vision, one of the things that mitigates separation from Srila Prabhupada is reading his letters. I recall in Vrindavan every day devotees put a letter on Srila Prabhupadas desk, and devotees after mongal artik would come to Srila Prabhupadas house and pay obaisences and chant there, it is such beautiful rooms.
Oct 25 2006 Serving Prabhupada Together
You can see how Srila Prabhupada pulled all these diverse personalities from diverse backgrounds with diverse understandings of Krsna consciousness and threw us all together in the same room--I had not slept with twenty men in a room for many years, not since I'd become a devotee--and united us in one goal: to spread Krsna consciousness. That was it. We were there for that.
Oct 23 2006 Vraj Mandal Parikrama gallery
Dear Prabhus. Under the direction of H.H Lokanath Swami I am uploading a regular text and gallery page for the VMP from our Pandharpur website. Please would it be possible to let your visitors know about this link. Thankyou. Hare Krishna
I would like to thank all of the devotees who kindly wrote to Caitanya Rupini while she was in prison. I have been told that those letters meant a great deal to her. I will forward any correspondence I receive directly from her about your letters upon receipt.
Oct 23 2006 “TWO” SHORT TO ROPE THE UNIVERSE
Science "conquered" space â and realized how little it knew about space. To the uninformed, space missions proved human greatness. To the well informed, they showed human smallness. Space research reveals that there are more stars in the universe than all the grains of sand on all the beaches of earth, and our sun is just one of these cosmic grains.
Oct 23 2006 Hare Krishnas, all grown up
The movement, said Vineet Chander, an ISKCON spokesman, has grown up. Like the devotees themselves. Now, Chander said, the children of the original devotees are raising their own children in âKrishna consciousness.â Theyâre integrating their beliefs, he says, with daily life.
Oct 23 2006 The Hazards of Synthetic Sindoor
Sindoor can cause local irritation and skin toxicity, says N. M. Khanna, an ex-Central Drug Research Institute scientist. The nature of sindoor or kumkum can change with exposure to the environment over time and this can result in blisters, itching, rashes, pigmentation and, at times, serious dermatological disorders.
Oct 21 2006 Niranjana Swami on book distribution
I was recently inspired. It was the 2nd day of our GBC meetings this year. I was completely absorbed the whole day, which for me is not something very easy. I am not so inclined to meetings, but on this 2nd day of our GBC meetings, there was only one subject, and that was book distribution.
Oct 21 2006 âLove Thy Neighborâ â Hare Krishna-style
With a live band in the background, Mohini Chacon, 16, dances in front of the templeâs shrine to Krishna. âMy main goal,â she said, âis to meet new people. What we follow is what we believe in, and I never want to be anything else.â
A man of God is in town to challenge Darwin. Researcher Michael A. Cremo, like many of Darwinâs critics, doesnât believe that man descended from monkeys. But unlike most of them, he turns Darwinian theory on its head, using the Vedas, believe him or not. âWe havenât evolved from monkeys. We have devolved from pure consciousness,â he says.
Sometimes impersonalists chant the holy name of Krishna. Sometimes people who are too much aspiring for material enjoyment approach the holy name. But Krishna doesnât properly reveal himself to people who donât have the proper devotion. So we must be very sincere. It is so simple.
I wanted to express my convictions today, not based upon my position as an âauthorityâ, but from a personal and open-hearted viewpoint of someone who has had 27 years of experience in ISKCON. If you see any validity to these years of experience, then maybe when I open my heart to you, it may influence you, in some small way, to understand why I feel that this counselor system is important.
Oct 20 2006 Please give us your association…
We would like to humbly submit an invitation to everyone to attend the grandeur Govardhan-puja festival in Sri New Govardhan Dham, San Diego, California on Sunday October 22nd. We are also pleased to announce that His Holiness Radhanath Swami as well as His Holiness Giriraj Swami will be at our Govardhan-puja celebration.
Oct 20 2006 Caring for People After Sankirtan
Now I have 170 names, and every year I go to visit at least 50 of them. Every year the month of January is dedicated to follow-up. After the Christmas marathon I relax for one week and then I start to prepare follow-up, making the phone calls to the busiest ones. Then I start to prepare all the sweets. My wife is helping me with that.
Oct 20 2006 The Hare Krishna Mahamantra
All glory to the ecstatic waves of devotion produced by the ocean of Krishna prema. All glory to the Sri Krishna Sankirtan movement started by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His followers.
Oct 20 2006 Fasting on Ekadasi not Dasami
With great concern I have been informed that some temples do not follow the calculated times of fasting in their time zone and this may well cause many persons to fast on dasami instead of ekadasi, some devotees follow the Mayapure calendar still, but this may be many hours ahead like here in US and cause one to start fasting on Dasami.
Most devotional and enlivening Diwali celebration in America! Featuring: Mountain of Food. Drama and Cultural programs. Ecstatic kitran and free sumtuous feast.
Oct 19 2006 Vraja Mandala Parikrama
After a very nice GBC meeting in Italy I finally made it to Vrndavana to join the VRAJA MANDALA PARIKRAMA. The first morning we were delayed by a car accident on the way to Govardhana parikrama. I was not hurt but HH Lokanatha Swami was injured and I went with him to the the hospital. He was bandaged and sent home and I was able to join the parikrama party at Govinda Kund.
Oct 19 2006 Child Protection - Moving Forward
This conference is designed to provide Child Protection Team members, devotee parents, educators, and temple managers with tools and resources to take back to your communities. You will have the opportunity to network with other devotees interested in creating safer temples and communities. Our presenters are from the ISKCON Child Protection Office or from professionals in the field.
Oct 19 2006 Loft Preaching Article
There is a growing sense of unease about the effectiveness of our current preaching paradigms in Western cities. The rising number of ads calling for pujaris, cooks, and preachers to reinforce existing ISKCON temples is a visible indicator that recruitment from the general public has slowed down drastically.
Oct 18 2006 Grains
The whole point of our movement is to try to maintain and increase our consciousness of Krishna, and simultaneously avoid anything that may decrease it. His consciousness of Krishna is by far the most precious asset of a devotee, and he / she should be constantly vigilant not to loose it.
Theyâre vultures, and their civilization is vulture-eater. The animal-eaters, theyâre like jackals, vultures, dogs. Theyâre similar to these animals, the animal-eaters. It is not human food. Here is human food. Here is civilized food, human food. Let them learn it. Uncivilized, rudes, vultures, raksasas, and theyâre leaders!
Oct 18 2006 Tory leader to visit Hindu temple
The event at the Bhaktivedanta Manor ISKCON Temple, in Aldenham, has been organised by the Hindu Forum of Britain and forms part of a series of community outreach dinners with leaders from different political parties.
Oct 18 2006 Opening for an English tutor in Radhadesh
We offer: A spiritually conducive atmosphere at the Radhadesh community, a motivating team, and enlivening association with visiting teachers, students, staff members, and local devotees. Accommodation, prasadam and a monthly allowance. Prerogative to follow selected courses.
Oct 17 2006 The glories of Sri Giriraja
The hill named Govardhan is the king of the kings of mountains. It was born from Lord Hariâs own chest. It has come here by the power of Pulastya Muni. By seeing it one becomes free from having to take birth again in this world.
Oct 17 2006 An appeal for flowers for Mayapur!
Dear Vaishnavas, as you are all aware of the massive floods in Sridham Mayapur.All of the roses gardens are destroyed by the floods.we desperatly require lots of ROSES. If you are coming to Mayapur please offer flowers to the Lord Madhava.
Oct 17 2006 “Oh, you are afraid?”
At the end of one of lectures Srila Prabhupada asked for questions. One middle-aged man - apparently a Christian - stood up and said, "I am afraid there is no religiosity present here whatsoever!" Srila Prabhupada responded immediately, with a look of genuine concern, "Oh, you are afraid?"
Still, after the disappearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, a black period was there. Who fulfilled Mahaprabhuâs prediction? Bhaktivinode Thakur started. Because India was blindly following the West, he thought that the books and teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu should be presented in Englishâ and that this science should be taught in the Western world.
This official attitude fuels social intolerance of religious freedom. Kamaliddin Saidov, a Khorezm resident and Krishna devotee, was imprisoned with his wife by his father for fifteen days in a separate room. His father demanded that he renounce his faith and forced Saidov and his wife to eat meat and drink vodka (Krishna devotees do not eat meat or drink alcohol). When they would not deny their beliefs, Saidov's father expelled them from the house after seizing all their documents.
Oct 17 2006 20,000 to celebrate Diwali in a blaze of Lights
20,000 people will come together at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple near Watford to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on Sunday 22nd October. Highlights of the festival include colourful dances, plays from ancient Indian history, free vegetarian meals for everyone, bullock cart rides, lectures and devotional singing.
It is said in the Vedic scriptures that the Holy Dhama of Sri Ksetra or Jagannatha Puri is eternally manifest in this holy place and that all the benefits one can attain by visiting Jagannatha Puri may be achieved visiting the Sri Jagannatha Mandir in Sri Navadvipa Dhama. One of these many benefits is the opportunity to partake of Lord Jagannathaâs famous Maha-prasad.
Oct 16 2006 Attachment to Krishna Forms Character
I have noticed within myself a tendency to oscillate between intense self-abnegation to almost complete languor in regards to monitoring my attachment to material sense pleasure. I never noticed this until I started to write this paper so I think that perhaps I am being shown an area I need to improve in based on the impetus of this essay.
Is âpastoral careâ a relevant topic in ISKCON today? Srila Prabhupadaâs disciple Haridas Prabhu will soon give an introductory seminar at Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh that explores the dimensions of pastoral care that relate to the spiritual, psychological, emotional and social areas of life.