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The link is fixed now and it is working. Here it is again: http://audio.iskcondesiretree.info/index.php?q=f&f=/06_-_More/10_-_Bhajans_and_Kirtans_-_Classical_and_Western/24hrs_Kirtan/2012 or you can use this abbreviated one: http://tinyurl.com/cr3lu88
» Posted By Administrator On Nov 8, 2012 @ 9:51 am
We have just received this letter:
A few devotees have written to me to ask if it’s correct that Bhakta Richard (aka Radha Madhava dasa) was initiated by Srila Prabhupada as stated in a recent article about him.
I just saw the article and was surprised that the article claims he was initiated around 1970. He is not in the Srila Prabhupada disciple database because he’s not initiated by Srila Prabhupada.
I myself knew him back in the 1970s and have seen him in Vrndavana in more recent years and he was always Bhakta Richard. His initiated name must be fairly recent.
Compiler, Srila Prabhupada Disciple Database
» Posted By Administrator On Nov 15, 2012 @ 7:55 am
Damodar Rati das: Audio from SadhuSanga retreat in Austin, TX 2012
» Posted By Administrator On Jul 12, 2012 @ 8:35 pm
Bhakti Vijnana Goswami, who was present at the trial commented: “The judges were well prepared and in their questions pointed out the weaknesses of the prosecutor’s appeal. The whole hearing took only one hour and it was clear that it will be in ISKCON`s favour. After just a few minutes the positive verdict upholding the decision of the lower court was announced. After the court, the media people gathered for the press conference, and the mood was very joyful. It was af if the media was selebrating the victory with ISKCON.”
» Posted By Administrator On Mar 21, 2012 @ 2:48 pm
An other wonderful aspect of this event was the number of vaishnavas that watched it live online through internet connection.
The peak of computers connected to Mayapur.tv’s live broadcasting from this year’s Mayapur’s Kirtan Mela event was over 1200! It is hard to know of course how many vaishnavas were watching behind each of these computers but surely they were more than 1200.
This is the record for the viewership of the Mayapur.tv site and most probably for all other iskcon websites for the maximum number of concurrent users on the site.
From the technical point of view the server performed well, and , to my knowledge, there was never any interruption or other bad functioning, which is worth of notice given the amount of traffic generated and the bandwidth used for such a big crowd!
Equally fantastic were the live broadcastings from the parikramas, during the festival, that brought the worldwide audience of vaishnavas drastically close to these enlivening events.
Here are some pics from the Mayapur.tv staff and equipment:
» Posted By Administrator On Mar 18, 2012 @ 9:50 am
It’s already there in youtube in one part:
or in two parts:
If you want to download it in low resolution:
In high quality:
» Posted By Administrator On Feb 15, 2012 @ 9:17 am
Update on Prema Bhakti’s situation:
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
First of all, I would like to thank all the devotees who have contributed towards Prema Bhakti Mataji’s health care. the response was really over whelming. The hospital bill is now all covered and I think we have enough Laksmi for her follow up care.
On Tuesday, her stitches will be removed on her head. We have two devotee doctors here in Mayapur, who will open her sterile dressing and take a look if they may be able to remove the stitches here in Mayapur. Having to go all the way back to Kolkata, is very difficult, because of her huge cast on her leg. However, since she had cosmetic surgery, taking out the stitches may be a challenge.
The knee fracture is very delicate. She has a cast on her right leg, all the way from her groin down to her toes. The doctor gave very strict advise not to put any pressure on the leg for one month, which is when she has to see the doctor again. So, now she is under the care of the Mayapur community. Sankalpa Mataji is letting Prema Bhakti Mataji and her son Balaram use one of her apartments for free, until she can walk again. after she recovers, this family does not want to move outside the ISKCON campus any more. it is extremely difficult for them to manage, living away from the community. What we are trying to do, find them an affordable apartment to move into after Mataji recovers.
It has been very hard on Balaram to deal with the situation his mother is in right now. He is only 17 years old and already having to deal with all these problems. The CPT Mayapur and the Gurukula school, will try to give him some support in this regard and council him.
Your humble servant, Hrimati dasi
» Posted By Administrator On Jul 24, 2011 @ 10:12 am
COW EMERGENCY update
After few days the situation remains critical, but fortunately many things have already been done.
Part of the area is now secured, especially by the help of the devotees of the Russian traveling Harinam group headed by Nimi Prabhu.
They are in Italy for Harinam program in the main Italian cities. They arrived in Villa Vrindavana just one day after the disaster but after seeing the dramatical situation they immediately volunteered their help.
We are very grateful to them and we’d like to thank them publicly for their exemplary vaisnava behavior!
You can find more up-to-date pictures below or on http://goo.gl/14P3i
Now they are preparing a cow shelter for the winter and we hope than in few days the cows could be transfered into it (now they are outside).
We are in hurry because the weather forecast is announcing more snow.
Thanks in advance for any help you’ll desire to offer and thanks to those who have already offered their help and freindliness.
Parabhakti das – Villa Vrindavana Temple Prasident
Devoti russi ed italiani che dopo aver messo in sicurezza l’area stanno iniziando a costruire un rifugio provvisorio per le mucche:
» Posted By Administrator On Dec 23, 2010 @ 12:43 pm
Bhakti Visrambha Madhava Swami: Although Purnacandra Maharaja body was wracked with Hepatitis C, he fell into an unconscious state, and so they shifted his body to a Hospital in Moscow and that hospital had him in a semi induced coma for weeks on a heart-lung machine, leaving literally him in the body only by that heart lung machines working.
He had been slightly responsive to movements, and (although I’m not so up on the events) -from what I gathered from my conversation with HH Niranjana swami over the phone-( according to what I understood-I may have some minute details wrong here)- when he was obviously not at all responsive to attempts to revive his body after weeks on the heart-lung machine- His disciples brought Radha kunda and Ganga jala and tulasi leaf for him, his eyes welled up with tears, the disciples took that to mean, “maybe he’ll come back- but evidentally, it was maharaja’s way of acknowledging that now it was indeed time for him to depart his body, thus he left his body at 22:25 Nov 4th evening in Moscow willingly submitting voluntarily to Krsna’s will- even though his heart lung machine was still operating.
Niranjana swami, will fly shortly to Moscow to comfort and instruct HH Purnacandra Gosvami’s disciples on the cremation of his body.
which HH Bhakti Vijnana Gosvami thinks will not be done until Monday at the earliest- given the Russian holiday in swing this weekend.
After Purnacandra Gosvamis disciples along with HH Bhakti Vijnana Gosvami come to Vrndavana (likely in the next week) with Purnacandra Gosvami’s ashes will bring them to the Iskcon Goshala. Wherein the KB temple authorities will place them in Samadhi in the goshala samadhi gardens, soon.
Purnachandra Maharaja had expressly mentioned that he wanted to have his samadhi in the KB goshala in his living will, so I will work with the temple authorities to execute that order of his.
My sannyasa guru HH Niranjana swami who is in Mumbai with HH Bhakti Vijnana Gosvami, will fly shortly to Moscow just called me @ 03:10 in the morning asking me for that file you had given me-I searched my HDD of my new macbookpro 17, and although I thought all the files from my old macbookpro
15 had been transfered, evidentally that important one (your file) has been lost.
in 1976 I was in Radha Damodara Traveling Sankirtana party on HH Gopijanavallabha’s bus, and Purnacandra Gosvami was at that time Bhakta Paul, and he was a pot washer and kitchen assistant of mine who had joined Gopijana Vallabha swami’s bus in New York..
the bus at that time-was parked at a camping ground in Cincinati Ohio, near a river- I remember my bus leader, HH Gopijana Vallabha swami admonishing me that Bhakta paul is washing the bus sunday feast pots with a flashlight in the river. “can’t you at least give him a pot of hot water to help him wash the pot sufficiently?” HH Gopijanavallabha swami said.. I remember the words ringing in my ears as if they were yesterday.
I remember a few years back sitting by the side of HH Purnacandra Gosvami when he and i gave initiation to aspirants in southern Ukraine festival.
I told Maharaja that when I did Vrndavana parikrama and some sadhu’s would address me: “Radheshyama!” to play with their intelligence-I’d purposely say jokingly “Ram-shyama”. (Addressing Balarama and Krsna together) Hearing this-the sadhu’s would repeat it, as it flows easily from the mouth being similar to “Radhe-syama” They’d reply “Ram-shyama- Ram-shyama!”
then question saying “Ram-shyama? konsa sampradaya? (in Hindi they are asking) “what school-group are you coming from”?.
In south Russia, when I awarded my disciple with the name “Syamarama” HH Purnacandra Gosvami laughed hearing this- and whispered in my ear, “konsa Sampradaya?”
» Posted By Administrator On Nov 5, 2010 @ 11:53 am
Rita Gupta: There is a change in the schedule for Festival of Inspiration.
Radhanath Swami will be conducting a plenary session on Friday, May 7, from 4:15 — 6:16pm. This plenary session will be held in the Main Conference Room under the Guest Lodge. In an e-mail sent on April 29, I stated that Radhanath Swami would be conducting a plenary session on Sunday morning. I apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause you.
Varsana Swami will be conducting Srimad-Bhagavatam class on Sunday, May 9, from 8:00 — 9:30am. This class will be held in the main temple room.
» Posted By Administrator On May 5, 2010 @ 5:27 am
Kala das ACBSP: PAMHO AGTSP
These are must see videos of the fantastic Holi festival which was organized by Caru Prabhu and his good wife this past weekend. I was there and it was amazing everyone(one estimate was 30,000 students) was chanting on and on for hours. What you don’t see is that inside the temple there was a second kirtan going on with another 200 students chanting and dancing for hours. I believe Caru and his good wife have earned entry to the spiritual world simply because of this one day’s festival. Thing is HG Caru Prabhu and HG Vaibhavi Mataji somehow put on several festivals a year but he has fewer full time devotees than almost any center in America. I take the dust from their feet. All glories to their amazing service to Srila Prabhupad. Oh, by the way if anyone is looking for a place to preach….. 3-10 groups of nice people come to ask questions and tour the temple every day. I was there and am a better devotee because of the inspiring Krishna Conscious experience.
Ys Kala das
» Posted By Administrator On Apr 1, 2010 @ 7:47 am
Yajna Murti das: Dear devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisences. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I just heard that Grahila Prabhu has left his material body. I would like to share with you one of his last pastimes as I was serving him the last days. Last week he asked me to write a letter on his behalf. The letter was addressed to a publisher of a book. Grahila Prabhu was complaining to the publisher because he had put his name on the front cover of the book and above Kushakrata’s prabhu name and besides that Grahila prabhu’s name was written in bigger letters than Kushakrata’s. He was asking the publisher to please correct it and put his name in the second page of the book.
Grahila Prabhu Ki Jaya!
Your servant, Yajna Murti das
» Posted By Administrator On Mar 22, 2010 @ 8:01 am
Within the last month, emails, especially hotmail e mails, it seems, have been hacked and used to spam the mailing list with a**** HELP!**** letter which describes the person as stuck in London due to robbery and asking for money to purchase a ticket to get back home.
My daughter Nitai and Mother Akuti have both been victims of this scam and in the case of Akuti, some devotee acutally sent money, via western Union, to London, following the direction of the scammer, and that money was picked up at the Western Union office in London by someone with false ID saying “akuti dasi”.
Hence that money was lost.
The scarry part is that it may be that these e mail addresses are being monitored BEFORE the scam actually takes place. In the case of both Nitai and Akuti the scam took place when they were away from home. In Nitai’s case she was in Alachua and so many of her family and friends knew immediately that is was a scam, as she was not in London and they knew it… Face book was buzzing with “where are you? are you ok? Should I send money?” Fortunately there was a post, almost immediately, that said, “don’t worry I’m fine and in Alachua” my e mail was hacked.
With Akuti it was not so easy as she is not nearly as busy on e mail and face book as my daughter AND she was visiting her mom which put her out of communication range. She couldn’t access her email and so couldn’t communicate with her e mail contacts! Unfortunately many devotees actually could not contact her, and someone actually sent, and lost, around 500 dollars!
Can there be some advertisement on Dandavats and PAMHO to beware of this scam? The scammers now have the e mail contacts of both these devotees and it seems that, especially those on easily accessable accounts, like hotmail, are in danger. Both Nitai and Akuti had simple passwords… so devotees might want to make their passwords more complicated, including using some symbols.
Your servant, Laxmimoni dasi
» Posted By Administrator On Feb 17, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
Hare Krishna! There are now pictures posted ( look above on the article ) from the album di bhaktin Valeriya
» Posted By Administrator On Jan 22, 2010 @ 7:50 pm
By Vaiyasaki Das ACBSP: Hare Krishna prabhus and matajis,
Thank you, Palaka and Gajahanta prabhus, for the wonderful glorification of HG Jayo Prabhu.
I think it is high time that we all begin to recognize devotees for their wonderful qualities while they are alive! Not just after they die. It seems that only after devotees die, do we finally give some recognition and glorification. And even that is not enough. We should be glorifying devotees while they are alive. And I don’t mean just the gurus or those who hold some position. Every Vaishnava is my prabhu, and I am his dasa.
Vaishnavas deserve to know that they are loved and appreciated. After all Sri Krishna states that He is suhridam sarva bhutanam, so why are we not the well-wishers of all His devotees, what to speak of all living entities? I don’t want to have a different opinion than the Lord.
The Gaudiya Math had a hard time accepting Srila Prabhupada as the next acharya in parampara because at the time of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur he was simply Abhaya Babu, not a sannyasi, nor temple leader, nor part of the Gaudiya Math management structure. He was the grhastha businessman, the congregational member. Yet Sri Krishna chose him to be the next acharya. So we never know how dear a Vaishnava may be to the Lord, nor whom He will empower.
Just imagine, if our society had glorified grhastha life from the beginning and encouraged large families with many children! How large and prosperous our society would be now. Instead of losing the majority of our youth (like Dwarakadish, whom SP really loved) we would have a tremendous preaching force based on every child having received a loving and functional childhood, and a proper education with a promising future.
I think we need to submit a resolution to the coming year’s GBC meeting in Mayapur. Therefore, I would like to propose that the GBC adopt a resolution akin to the following and make it ISKCON law. Does anyone else agree with this?
1. Every devotee is precious and must be glorified and treated as such (suhridam sarva bhutanam),
2. The amount of service that devotees do is like a mountain compared to the grain of sand of their shortcomings,
3. Any leader that finds fault with another Vaishnava (kuti nati) without due process (phalena pariciyate), regardless of whether true of false, should be censured.
4. Any leader who listens to gossip or rumors (gramya katha) and acts on it, should be censured,
5. Any sannyasi who preaches that female devotees are maya should be censured,
6. The grhastha ashram should be glorified as the most noble of all ashrams as stated in the Ramayana! This is the only ashram where people sacrifice their own lives and take responsibility to care for women and children who are generally helpless and innocent. Sannyasis never take these responsiblities.
7. Every grhastha should be encouraged to have many children, so the society can grow from within.
8. Every leader should see himself as dasa anudas, and every other Vaishnava he/she comes in contact with, should be treated as prabhu.
So this is just for starters off the top of my head. Will anyone support such a resolution? These are the actual teachings of Srila Prabhupada, aren’t they?
In grateful service, Vaiyasaki Das…
» Posted By Administrator On Dec 18, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
This comment was submitted by Jaya Madhava Das (acbsp): A few words of DEEP appreciation for- My Godbrother -Jayo Das In the late 70s I met JAYO das, as I was also helping the BI The Bhaktivedanta Institute as a helper ,artist and collector He had unlimited- ENERGY for book distribution and a very deep love and dedication to ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada—He was BIG and Loud and full of sincere positive energy for preaching and If you met him you would never forget him ! This Unsung HERO was at times ,even underappreciated by His Godbrothers even those who were in high positions and Jayo was often Misunderstood ! A true devotee -simple and sincere to the core- Jayo was Big in his HEART for serving the servants of Srila Prabhupada It brings to mind to me his behavior as innocent and sincere ! I am going to miss him and I am sure he will be with Srila Prabhupada and Lord KRSNA
ALL GLORIES to HG Jayo Das
ALL GLORIES TO HDG SRILA PRABHUPADA !!!
Your servant, Jaya Madhava Das (acbsp) Moscow Russia
» Posted By Administrator On Dec 14, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
Here’s something the British brahmacaries are trying out this Marathon. It’s a way of bringing in newly interested readers of Srila Prabhupada’s books to a new website: krishnawisdom, where they can click and get clips of answers to common questions; bits about the distributors; information on courses being held; and invites to local centres.
This Marathon bookmarks are being given away with the books. The bookmarks have the URL printed on them and everyone is being encouraged to look at both the book and the site too.
» Posted By Administrator On Dec 7, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
Note from Grahila das
My dear friends and well-wishers, I wanted to write a note to let you know the progress I am making and express my gratitude to you for your support. About a week after getting out of Hinduja Hospital, I began taking acupuncture and following a special diet by Yogescandra das in Mumbai for about a week. From that I made much improvement. Here in Mayapur I have been continuing with acupuncture from Laksmi-priya Mataji, continuing the special diet (including wheat grass juice), homeopathy, getting plenty of rest (I still need about ten hours rest a day), and using positive thinking. Again I am continuing to improve. My pulse is increasing, my power of concentration is coming back, and my balance is coming back. We are trying to add more things to the regimen. My weight is still not increasing-it went from about
82 kg down to 60 kg-but at least it is no longer decreasing. It looks likes things are looking in the positive direction, and we are trying to keep that mood.
We know the power of your prayers is working wonders. So many devotees are praying for me that I feel overwhelmed. I thank you all for that. The struggle is far from over so please continue to pray.
This letter would not be complete if I did not mention my wife, Guru-seva deva dasi (Sati dd). She has made a big sacrifice to take care of me during this whole ordeal, sacrificing her very being. I am personally indebted to her and pray that Krsna will bless her. The most disappointing thing for her was that she was so engaged that she did was not able to reply to emails, even to her best friends.
I would also like to mention my daughter who flew here from Los Angeles to be with me during this time and helped with cooking and other household chores, as well as give inspirational guidance.
We would like to thank all the devotees who have given donations. At this point it would be hard to mention them in separate emails. We would also like to extend special thanks to Hari Sauri Prabhu, like a kind father, who took up the burden of communicating the situation to the devotees and answering emails before we were able to do so.
» Posted By Administrator On Jan 1, 2010 @ 9:54 pm
Kavicandra Swami: HH Subhaga Swami was released from the hospital a few days after the surgery. Doctors do not see any complications. He has been told to rest in more or less isolation, not having guests. His disciples are taking good care of him. Latest report is the he is eating nicely and walking.
He does receive emails. He appreciates the well wishes of his god brothers and devotees in general.
Yours in service,
» Posted By Administrator On Dec 2, 2009 @ 8:20 am
Patita Pavana das: From reader Shriman Guru Gauranga das Prabhu: a photo from Woodstock 1969. This is Bhurijana das. The other Prabhu present among 450,000 people who attended was Shriman Vrindavana Chandra.
» Posted By Administrator On Aug 28, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
(Editor’s note: Please if you can translate into english the below please submit it as a comment )
Hare Krishna! Jaya Prabhupada!
Uma conhecida de uma amiga de minha esposa, Satya DD, relatou que certa vez cozinhou prasada (alimento santificado) para Michael Jackson, durante três noites seguidas, em Nova Iorque. Ela escreveu:
“Ele falou que tinha o Bhagavad-gita de Srila Prabhupada, então eu dei a ele um livro Krsna Art e ele gostou muitos das imagens. Ele foi muito meigo.”
» Posted By Administrator On Jul 12, 2009 @ 3:51 pm
Sanatana Goswami’s Samadhi restored:
» Posted By Administrator On Jul 19, 2009 @ 7:28 am
Mahaman Das ACBSP:Dear Maharajas Prabhus, Matajis,
Many of you might have heard that on 1st may 09 I was involved in a serious car accident. The intensity of the accident was so severe that the uncontrolled truck after hitting our car dragged it for 90 feet. Looking at the condition of the car after the accident, no one could have believed there could be any survivors. But Lord Krishna, of course has His own Infallible plans.
While the (devotee) driver received superficial injuries, I received chest bone fractures. Luckily, again by some Divine arrangement, we were rushed to a nearby well-managed hospital. I had to spend 16 days in the Intensive Care Unit of this hospital.
Unfortunately, my computer also chose to crash during the same period and I could not communicate with the devotees. Anyhow ,I take this opportunity to personally thank the worldwide community of Devotees for their concern , prayers and help in various ways during my most trying and difficult times. Again, while I am obliged to any and everyone, I particularly mention the following:
T SPG Lord Krishna
The Lord’s all powerful energy, Godess Durga
HDG Srila Prabhupada for revealing all spiritual truths
HH Gopal Krishna Maharaj for quickly taking stock of the situation and
helping me through the most difficult period in my life
HH Bhakti Charu Swami and devotees from Ujjain
Basugosh Prabhu, Nityananda Prabhu and other devotees from Baroda
Jasomatinandan Prabhu for his ever-comforting advice
Bhima Prabhu, Devakinandan Prabhu and Vrajahari Prabhu
HH Kavichandra Maharaj
HH Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Maharaj
HH Lokanath Swami
HH Subhag Maharaj
HH Bhakti Brajendra Nandan Swami
HH VedVyas Priya Swami
Devamrita Prabhu Vaisnava Prabhu
Srestha Prabhu, Jankinath Prabhu
HH Madhav Puri Maharaj
Dwarkadeesh Das from LA
Narsinghananda Prabhu ITV
Devotees from Bangladesh
Vishnu murti Das, Sura Das Varaha- riupa Mataji
SAmba Das VisakhapatnameSrivatsa Das
Vidrapriya Das, Rajasuya Das
Radha Keshava Das
Ekanath Das Ajit Das
I beg forgivweness if I have unintionally nissed anyone, but I sincerely thank all devotees for their vigorous prayers which I believe is why I am still with you
PS While we see this incident from the perspective of dangers of this material world, we can also see it as testimony of total lawlessness and hazardous situations on Indian roads.
» Posted By Administrator On Jun 2, 2009 @ 6:33 pm
Dear Titiksava Karunika Das prabhu,
we sent your request to bhakta Vince Lane who could answer your questions.
You can also contact the devotees of the Mayapur.tv by writing to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
» Posted By Administrator On Feb 22, 2009 @ 10:04 am
Pundarika Vidyanidhi dasa :
Today I saw a posting about 5 books being released. One of the book descriptions says one can learn why Govardhana Hill was cursed to sink every day. This is not very accurate, however, as Govardhana Hill is not subject to anyone’s curse.
This may be understood from the incident related with Saubhari Muni cursing Garuda. Srila Prabhupada writes in connection with Saubhari Muni cursing Garuda in the Krsna Book, Chapter 17: “It may be noted that Garuda is directly related to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is so powerful that he is never subject to anyone’s order or curse.”
Also in the Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi 17.64) it is stated: “Any faithful person who hears of this brahmana’s cursing Lord Caitanya is delivered from all brahminical curses.” Curse may have been there, but can Govardhana be subjected to anyone’s curse? This is not very reasonable.
There is, however, historical evidence that Govardhana Hill is sinking, but the actual reason is not due to anyone’s curse. Srila Sanatana Gosvami in his Brhad Bhagavatamrta (1.6.121 purport) directly states that Govardhana Hill is sinking into the earth out of separation from Lord Krsna. Therefore devotees are encouraged to relieve Govardhana of this separation by circumambulating Govardhana while chanting the holy names of Krsna.
Pundarika Vidyanidhi dasa
» Posted By Administrator On Oct 31, 2008 @ 8:06 am
Messages from Godbrothers of HH Jayapataka Swami
Posted below are messages from HH Jayapataka Maharaj’s godbrothers.(compiled by Suvarna Krsna Lila dd)
HH Radhanath Maharaj (25 October 2008):
“4000 devotees are going to pray in Vrindavan. And in Vrindavan to whichever holy place they go, they will be praying for Jayapataka Maharaj. And they are going to dedicate the whole yatra for HH Jayapataka Maharaj.”
Maharaj also mentioned that he is with all of us (all the disciples).Maharaj instructed the Chowpatty temple that the 24hrs kirtan praying for the recovery of HH Jayapataka Maharaj should continue.
HH Ramai Swami Maharaj
“I really do not know exactly what plans the Supreme Personality Sri Krsna and Srila Prabhupada have for HH Jayapataka Swami. As far as we are concerned, we hope that he recovers and stays with us and gives us his association. And helps push on the preaching all around the world as he has always done. My heart goes to him and my heart goes to all the disciples of Jayapataka Swami. And we are continually praying. I have asked, as a GBC chairman, that some GBCs stay here in Mumbai just to follow the developments as for as his health is concerned. So some are staying on extra, they have changed their timings and everything like that so that four, five or six GBCs will stay on like that. We are feeling positive by the indications given by the doctors there. Of course everything is in Krsna’s hands!! It could improve by His will and be happy.”
HH Sivaram Swami Maharaj
“Hare Krsna! Very often in medical history, there is a thing that doctors say are medically inexplicable, doesn’t make sense to medical science. And that’s because in the ultimate issue it is not the medical science that determines whether someone becomes healthy or unhealthy because they deal with a very immediate cause and effect but as devotees we know that beyond the immediate movement of organs the reaction to some kind of medication, medicine, treatment is the underlying spiritual energy upon which all matter functions. And that spiritual energy is directly under spiritual control, which then subsequently controls the material energy. And our faith in regards to the conditions of HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj is that in that way, he is in Krsna’s hands and Krsna is the controller. Whatever apparent medical indications areican be overridden by the underlying spiritual potency which directs everything. And spiritual potency to cure and direct the material energy can be invoked by the devotees’ desire. Therefore devotees pray. We pray for the wellbeing of Vaisnavas, we pray that Jayapataka Swami Maharaj may be cured. But we always pray in a certain mood.
Just like Srila Prabhupad taught us to prayi ‘My dear Lord Krsna if you so desire..’. Because we don’t want to voice any type of intention that would appear to be separate from Krsna’s desire. So if it is Krsna’s desire, then we request that ‘You please cure Jayapataka Maharaj’. And the quality of our faith that is parallel and in harmony with Krsna’s desire and quantity of our faith is that we know actually Krsna can do anything. Atheistic people, materialistic people may have a different vision but as Vaisnavas we know that if Krsna wants ‘mukam karoti vacalam, pangum langhayate girim..’, He can make lame people walk across mountains and make dumb people speak and bring any person of any type of sickness and He can make them completely healthy, against so called medical evidence and medical science because Krsna is the ultimate doctor! Krsna is the ultimate mystic and He is the ultimate controller!. So we should have faith in that and we should pray in that way and know that certainly Jayapataka Maharaj is not a victim of material energy but he is directly under Krsna’s hands. He is been in Krsna’s hands all this time and now he is also in Krsna’s hands. So we will pray to Krsna ‘so if you want to fulfill the desires of so many disciples, devotees and well wishers of His Divine Grace’. Hare Krsna.”
HG Badrinarayan prabhu
“Jayapataka Maharaj is one of the generals in Lord Caitanya’s army and it is very hard for me to accept that he does not have further duties and battles to win for Krsna. At our meeting yesterday, at the GBC meeting, repeatedly we thought ‘Jayapataka Maharaj would know the answer’. If Jayapataka Maharaj was here… as far as spirit of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, relationships with Gaudiya Math, how to develop Mayapur, Prabhupada’s instructions and vision for the future temple, he is an irreplaceable storehouse of practical experience and transcendental knowledge and an ocean of Prabhupada’s instructions. So just like Nrsimha brahmachari, his mind could not go beyond a certain point on the path I cannot picture going on without our Jayapataka Maharaj. Still Krsna has his plan. We don’t have that vision so we simply fold our hands and pray that whatever Krsna wants may it become manifest and we understand it. Hare Krsna.
HG Anuttama Prabhu
“I had the honor of visiting Jayapataka Maharaj in his hospital room, the day after he was taken to the hospital in the morning. And his color was very good. Obviously he was unconscious and in the hospital he was getting treatment of many different fluids, tubes and things like that. He was in the corner room of the intensive care with windows on both sides. I noticed that sunlight was coming in and sun is always an auspicious and helpful sign. And I spoke into Maharaja’s ear. I understand often times people in this situation, they can still hear and I told him how much the devotees around the world loved him and devotees around the world are praying for him and I told him that I am praying that Krsna restores his full strength and full health so that we can preach together and serve Prabhupada together for many more years. And I told him that we are very grateful for his very sweet nature and his loving compassion mood towards so many devotees all over the world. And I offer my obeisances to all the disciples of HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj and I pray that Krsna will give them strength in this difficult time and they offer their most sincere prayers to Lord Krsna. Srila Prabhupada, when he had serious health crisis he instructed his disciples to pray ‘My dear Lord Krsna, if you so desire, then please let our spiritual master stay for he has not finished his work’. So ultimately situations like this are in the hands of the Lord. But the signs are good. We are keeping our hope and prayers up and we are praying to Krsna understanding that Krsna has, in the recent years, Prabhupada has called back some of his senior most preachers to help him wherever his mission may be at this time. And that been very painful but we are hoping this time our prayers will be heard by the Lord and he may bless us and allow us to have more of Jayapataka Maharaja’s association in this world for few more years so we can relish his association in the service of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krsna. All my prayers and best wishes are to his disciples and well wishers around the world. May we get the strength in each other’s association and remember this and our appreciation for Maharaj for his love and service.
» Posted By Administrator On Oct 31, 2008 @ 1:29 pm
May Lord Krsna Protect Jayapataka Maharaja, who has been working so hare to spread
the mission of Lord Caitanya throughout the world tirelessly.He is so dear to all of
his desciples and dear godbrothers.I am praying to Lord Krsna to protect Jayapataka
Maharaja at times that is needed the most.We all love him very much and that we want
to see him recover quickly .Of course , he will from now on spend more time at one
place and take care of his health.Please , Lord Krsna protect and give Your
blessings to Your dear preacher.
I also request many of my friends and godbrothers to make similar prayers to Lord
Krsna from the core your hearts.
Your humble servant
» Posted By Administrator On Oct 31, 2008 @ 8:15 am
Vrindavan Lila Dasi:
Please accept my humble obeisancies.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
In this link here I am posting photo (large, printable) of H.H. Jayapataka Swami.
Devotees in Mayapur are praying for his condition to improve and have his association for some more time.
your servant, Vrindavan Lila Dasi
» Posted By Administrator On Oct 31, 2008 @ 8:12 am
Dear Sir / Madam
I did the Divya Desham safari 2007 to South India with Jayapataka swami , & had contact in Vrindavan & Puri .
I heard of Jayapataka swamis illness in Bombay. India .
I am sorry to hear this , and offer my prayers that Jayapataka swami regains normal health.
California . USA
» Posted By Administrator On Oct 31, 2008 @ 8:10 am
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FORUM 18 NEWS SERVICE, Oslo, Norway http://www.forum18.org/
The right to believe, to worship and witness The right to change one’s belief or religion The right to join together and express one’s belief
Friday 10 October 2008
KAZAKHSTAN: “ONLY THE PRESIDENT CAN STOP THE DEMOLITION”
By Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service < http://www.forum18.org
Kazakhstan’s only Hare Krishna temple – located at what remains of their commune near the country’s commercial capital Almaty – could be about to be demolished. Karasai Akimat (administration) has brought a case to seize the buildings on their farm – which include the temple – and demolish them. The case is due to be heard by Judge Taken Shakirov at Karasai District Court on 13 October, the judge’s secretary Aysara Uglanova confirmed to Forum 18 News Service on 10 October. “We are now almost at the final point,” Maksim Varfolomeev of the Hare Krishna community told Forum 18 from Almaty on 9 October. “They’ll prove that the buildings that still belong to us – including our temple – are illegal, they’ll seize them and demolish them. Then they’ll have the whole property.”
In a separate court case, Andrey Blok, a Baptist in Akmola Region, faces criminal trial for leading his unregistered congregation in the town of Esile. The trial had been due to begin at Esile Town Criminal Court on 9 October. However, Blok’s family told Forum 18 that the hearing was postponed until 14 October. Blok faces criminal charges under Article 362 part 1 of the Criminal Code, which punishes “malicious non-execution of a court judgment or court decision” with a fine, compulsory labour or up to four months’ imprisonment
The local authorities have long been determined to destroy the Sri Vrindavan Dham Hare Krishna commune. Amid an international outcry, the authorities bulldozed 26 of the original 66 homes owned by devotees in November 2006 and June 2007. The court also stripped the commune of ownership of the separate 47.7-hectare (118 acre) farm. Since then, officials have continued to disrupt worship at the site. In negotiations with the central government, the Hare Krishna community has been offered alternative sites, but all have been further from Almaty and unable to sustain any agriculture
Yedil Kaliev, the Karasai District’s Deputy Akim on Ideological Issues, denied to Forum 18 on 10 October that land offered to Hare Krishna next to a rubbish dump was unsuitable for farming. “It is a beautiful piece of land,” he claimed. The commune many times turned down offers of land to them in several places, Kaliev argued. “Why can’t they take the land we offer and build a real nice big temple there?” he asked.
Varfolomeev told Forum 18 that only 11 houses owned by individual commune members remain. After the house demolitions, some of the other owners sold their houses. The latest legal case concerns the former farmhouse – where the temple, community office and accommodation for several monks are located – as well as the barn and several smaller structures on the site. Varfolomeev stresses that the temple remains the valid registered legal address for the religious community, and fears that the community could be stripped of registration if the address is demolished. Kazkh officials often insist – wrongly – that unregistered religious activity is illegal.
Uglanova from Karasai District Court insisted to Forum 18 that the Hare Krishna commune did not own any buildings on the farm. “The case is about whether or not to demolish the buildings on the farm,” she said. Told that one of the buildings is the only Hare Krishna temple in Kazakhstan, Uglanova responded: “Now only the President of the country could stop the process of demolition. Let them write to the President,” she advised.
Kayrat Tulesov, the Deputy Chairman of the Justice Ministry’s Religious Affairs Committee, categorically refused to discuss the Hare Krishna buildings. “Send us a letter, and we will answer you,” he told Forum 18 on
10 October from the capital Astana, and hung up the phone.
Kaliev from the Karasai District Akimat insisted that the building the Hare Krishna community has been using as a temple is not a temple but a former agricultural facility. “They just added 12 square meters of additional room to the building,” he told Forum 18. Asked to whom the property belonged now, Kaliev said that the land was given to a children’s home, Boarding School number 1. The children’s home has not been able to use the land because the Hare Krishna commune has not moved out so far, he complained. The authorities suddenly began making this claim in late 2007
Varfolomeev of the Hare Krishna community rejected Kaliev’s argument, saying that the decision to rent the land to the children’s home was made more than a year ago. The commune is located on only one plot of land out of the total 47 hectares that used to belong to the commune, he said. “Two separate plots of land around 15 hectares each in very good condition for farming have been free for all this time,” Varfolomeev pointed out. “And no one has cultivated them ever since. If the children’s home is in such desperate need of the land, why are they not using the free plots of land?”
Kaliev could not explain to Forum 18 why, if the children’s home owns the land, they are not bringing the case instead of Karasai Akimat.
Varfolomeev insists that the whole legal case to seize their property has no basis. “We had proper ownership. But they’ve used the whole administrative machine and the courts against us.” He maintains that while the campaign against the commune had begun as a “land-grab”, it soon took on a religious colouring.
Referring to ongoing encouragement by the authorities of religious intolerance against minorities , Varfolomeev said that “the media campaign is designed to inspire the Kazakh nation to hate not just us but all religious minorities, what they call ‘non-traditional’ faiths.” He expressed concern that “this constant repetition gradually affects the thinking of ordinary people.”
Varfolomeev also complained of the authorities bussing people from outside the area in, to be filmed for Kazakh TV as “neighbours” demonstrating for the demolition of Hare Krishna devotee’s homes. “These people had no relation to the area. We have good relations with the neighbours in the village,” he noted.
New restrictions on freedom of thought, conscience and belief have passed the Majilis (the lower chamber of parliament) (see F18News 29 September
2008 < http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php? article_id=1194). However, it still remains totally unclear both what restrictions will be put to the Senate (the upper chamber) before being sent for signature by President Nursultan Nazarbaev, and also what timescale the government plans for these changes.
Unsubstantiated claims have been made by Kazakh officials that the registration process for communities has been made simpler. However, these claims – made to an Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
(OSCE) human rights conference, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
– have been contradicted both by the experience of local religious communities and officials directly responsible (END)
» Posted By Administrator On Oct 16, 2008 @ 9:32 am
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