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I would like to submit an article/announcement.

I am an independent devotee, not affiliated with ISKCON, looking for like minded association in the Southern Connecticut area.

It would be wonderful to find devotees interested in gathering for kirtans and prasadam. We could also listen to Prabhupada's lectures and discuss.

Please contact me at (Click here for the full article)

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Please visit the links below to see the Daytona Beach 2012 Rathyatra and dance.

The Mayor is the gentleman with white hair & blue shirt. (Click here for the full article)

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We are looking for a nice house to buy in Alachua with the minimum of 3 bedrooms; can also be for rent in the meantime I am looing for the house to buy (the rented house or apartment could be 2 bedrooms only).

Please contact me at (Click here for the full article)

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We, the ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry, are proud to present to you our SECOND video clip of a series of programs which our ministry supports. (Click here for the full article)

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I wanted to share something. In the course of devotional life the chanting of the Holy Names and regular sadhana practices are the chief means of advancing all the way through. Nevertheless, we may occasionally take advantage of various helpful facilities provided by Krishna such as herb teas to help restful sleep, brahmi oil to soothe disturbed life airs, or a special diet to help bodily health, etc.

One thing Sri Krishna sent my way are flower essences which I have found tremendously helpful, specifically for facilitating relationships, which are the essence of all existence.

Some devotees may find flower essences helpful for a variety of emotional/relationship challenges within devotional life. “I am the healing herb” Sri Krishna tells us in His Bhagavad-Gita.

Check out “Desert Holly” for example! (Click here for the full article)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)

In the Blog World:
Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project Updates HEREDOC; $author=<< HEREDOC; start_post($title,$author,$date,"","/news2/blogJul04_12.html",$startlink); ?>

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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My wife & I would like to rent out a room in our home here in Boise. We are 5 minutes from the temple and 5 minutes from BSU (for those who are students) and the downtown area. We have nearly 1/4 acre of land with a spacious back yard, embellished with fruit trees, flower & vegetable garden, and a modest 12 foot X 30” swimming pool for beating the heat. Our home is spacious with over 1400 sq. ft. The bathroom is shared with one other tenant, and we all share the common areas: Kitchen & dining areas, living room (which is also our temple room), and awesome back yard.

The room is available for immediate occupancy. Rent and security deposit are $350 each, with a month to month contract. Rent includes all utilities and high speed internet. The tenant is responsible for keeping only private room neat and clean and for personal grocery expenses, (Click here for the full article)

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The Red Rock Rishis, a kirtan band who focus on singing the Maha Mantra accompanied with Indian mystical and New Age music, have recently released their second album entitled The Beginning Is Near. Although all of the songs of this new album are embodying the Hare Krishna mantra, according to the mood and theme of the musical composition, the titles and melodies of the songs vary greatly in both title and style. From Starship Mantra to Crying for Vraja, Stream of Nectar to the 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 lady vocalists, is a portrayal of Mother Sita 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. In the finale part, where enters the Hare Krishna mantra, one can just imagine Lord Ramachandra and the monkeys crossing the stone bridge over the ocean to come to Sita's rescue.

The following are some of the reviews that the Rishis' new album has received: (Click here for the full article)

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All devotees are invited to attend our first Vaishnava retreat here in the mystic hills of Sedona. The four day festival (August 23 - 26, Thurs. thru Sun.) will include lots of kirtan, Krishna and Prabhupada katha, fresh air and hiking the Red Rock trails, daily swimming in the natural and clear Oak Creek, off road tours, Hari Nam, and lots of delicious prasadam.

Sedona is a tourist destination for approximately 4 million people a year, arriving here from all over the world. More than half of them say they are coming here in hopes to have a spiritual experience (according to a Northern Arizona University poll). A visit to this majestic land of vortexes reveals what sparks such a tale. Also, with only 16,000 people living here in the area, it is an ideal place for meditation and devotional contemplation, abounding in nature’s beauty and red rock formations resembling ancient temples of India.

We have noticed that many devotee retreats held are quite expensive. This one will be free, with the exception that $25 per day will be charged per person for prasadam. (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Care for Cows Newsletter June/July 2012 HEREDOC; $author=<< HEREDOC; start_post($title,$author,$date,"","/news_2012/newsJul20_12.html",$startlink); ?>

The June/July 2012 issue of our Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience.


In this edition of 32 pages (2.7 MB) we present reports on:

1. The beginning of a cow protection program in Costa Rica.

2. A photo essay depicting the cow as mother.

3. A rendition of Srila Jiva Gosvami's Sri Gopala-virudavali Calling Out to Lord Gopala.

Thanks for your participation and support. I hope this finds you experiencing the happiness and inner satisfaction that accompanies cow protection. (Click here for the full article)

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We are inviting applications for a qualified doctor (minimum qualification MBBS) for the post of Resident Medical Officer at Food For Life Medical Center in Vrindavan, India. Attractive salary and accommodation will be provided. Doctors who are retired or wish to retire and offer their services in Vrindavan Dham are most welcome/preferred.

The hospital has been functioning for the last 4 years and has the following facilities:

Regular OPD

20 bedded IPD

Well equipped pathology laboratory

Pharmacy (Click here for the full article)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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


    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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Rohini Dasi has raised quite important question about the ethical dilemma which many of us will face. How does we want us to die? What is view of Vedic scriptures like Bhagavad-Gita regarding euthanasia or putting pets to sleep?

Bhagavad Gita is clear that you are not this body. Atma or self is eternal and it never dies even though body dies. Whatever one decides should be firmly based on this knowledge! See the self as observer (seer) and body as being observed (seen). Experiences at life's end should be used to go deeper within and experience one's true nature which transcends matter. From that knowledge, one should decide whatever seems right. Decisions might be different based on one's level of realization and faith. Goal should to maximize one's inner peace and equanimity and minimize the effect of external circumstance on one's self. Gita 2.15 states those who are not disturbed by happiness and distress and don't get affected by both are eligible for liberation. (Click here for the full article)

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A family of Peruvian devotees living in Lima has suffered a terrible loss. Subhadra Martinez-Vargas Espada, 26, was killed Sunday, July 15 in a house on Calle Cangallo in Barrios Altos. She was beaten to death, allegedly by Roger García Rivas, 39, himself a lapsed devotee with whom she had lived for the last two years. According to charges against him, he had beaten Subhadra prabhu with sticks, (Click here for the full article)

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A retired person is looking for seva opportunity inside the temple. Twice initiated and familiar with all department of temple. Do not expect any financial allowance from Temple. Please contact (Click here for the full article)

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I recently came across a document on the GHQ (www.harekrsna.org/gbc/black/ghq.htm) which was a conference by some of ISKCON’S leaders to stamp out the influence of women in ISKCON. In this conference, there is no mention whether this attempt to turn back the clock would be good for the preaching. There also appears to be no balance, just the perception of two sides at war.

Srila Prabhupada said so many things about women- one side takes his liberal views, and the other his conservative views. I take both. Women need protection, because in a rape case, the victim is almost always a woman. Unwanted pregnancies happen only in women. Generally the protection of children falls down to a woman- there are many more single mums than single dads. Due to naturally being more protective of children, and physically being weaker, they need protection. Women are generally more governed by emotions- this is completely necessary to nurture children. There has to be a strong sense of empathy- that this little person's happiness and distress is everything to me. Because human young remain dependent on protection for longer than any other animal, this is completely necessary, and is hard-wired into us. And it’s not a bad thing- it’s completely a good thing. Men are designed differently, because they are traditionally bread-winners, which meant figuring out how to win bread. In traditional hunter-and-gatherer societies, this required a lot of cerebral activity- remembering which areas were productive last year, which rocks were good for making tools, how they negotiated peace with this or that aggressive tribe, and so on.

But it has also been shown that the brain, more than any other organ of the body, is completely malleable (Click Here). It changes according to how it is used. To begin with, a woman's brain (Click here for the full article)

In the News:
Tamal Krishna Goswami’s PHD Thesis Unveiled in Dallas HEREDOC; $author=<< HEREDOC; start_post($title,$author,$date,"","/news2/newsJul18_12.html",$startlink); ?>

The book's cover

Tamal Krishna Goswami's family (from left to right: Liana - TKG's niece, Carl - his brother, Lore - his mother, Stella - his sister-in-law, Irene - his niece) at the moment the book was presented to Mother Lore.

Around 300 devotees gathered at Sri Sri Radha-Kalachandji temple in Dallas on Sunday, June 24th, to celebrate the book launch of A Living Theology of Krishna Bhakti, Tamal Krishna Goswami’s posthumously released PhD thesis, published by Oxford University Press in New York.

Subtitled “Essential Teachings of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,” the book presents the unique contributions of ISKCON’s founder in a “carefully conducted theological study” that can be seriously considered and appreciated by the academic world.

The book launch took place the day after Tamal Krishna Goswami’s Vyasa Puja, or birthday celebration, which was attended by many of his disciples. The book launch was hosted by a professor of religious studies, Garuda Dasa (Graham M. Schweig of Christopher Newport University). (Click here for the full article)

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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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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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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)

In the Blog World:
The Stories of Vrindavan HEREDOC; $author=<< HEREDOC; start_post($title,$author,$date,"","/news2/blogJul14_12.html",$startlink); ?>

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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Why to Worship Yashoda Nandan Krishna? HEREDOC; $author=<< HEREDOC; start_post($title,$author,$date,"","/news2/blogJul13_12.html",$startlink); ?>

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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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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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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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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