A devotee friend asked me recently about the rationale behind creating a strategic plan for a spiritual organization. He understood the need for strategic planning in the corporate world where you have to anticipate market changes and consumer interests, but he suspected its relevance to our confederation of devotees who, after all, are ultimately interested in transcendence. Doesn't it go against the spontaneous nature of performing devotional service and spoil the devotees' spirit a little if everything has to be so mapped out?
A number of the devotees in Alachua who worked closely with Sadaputa Prabhu, especially since he moved here in the early 1990s, have in cooperation with Sadaputa‚Äôs wife, collected and organized his papers so to make them available to future researchers. We are working under the auspices of the GBC BI Committee and have already sent an initial digital collection to Hari Sauri Prabhu and the Bhaktivedanta Research Center in Kolkata for use by the TOVP-Mayapura project
Apr 3 2011 Recharge Station
Traveling along the west coast of the US has been on my top priority of things to rekindle since I experienced traveling sankirtan to some extent back in Portland Oregon many years ago. We'd drive down to Los Angeles for Ratha Yatra and along the way distribute books, picnic, swim, and have wild car kirtans
Apr 1 2011 Krishna Kids In India‚Äôs IT Hub
Last year ISKCON Secunderabad started a namahatta center in Kukatpally area which is a part of the city‚Äôs IT neighborhood. The center has grown by leaps and bounds. A grand Ratha-yatra in the area was held within two months of the center's opening
Apr 1 2011 Sankirtan Magic in Washington, DC
Magic‚Ä¶ a word that has many contexts, meanings, and connotations. In America‚Äôs early childhood, it was used in the same line as darkness, evil, the Devil‚Äôs newfangled shiny red horn, the dark arcane arts that brought the practitioners to the stake. Over time, the meaning changed, but the core sense of mystery remained...until every storyteller found the treasure in the word and its essence was ground to Tartarus