Gitanagari Yoga Farm Looking for Volunteers|
by Anil Kumar
Posted October 12, 2012
Gitanagari Yoga Farm is a 350-acre ISKCON Farm community in Port Royal, Pennsylvania (USA) and we are in desperate need for strong and healthy volunteers who could assist us with 'fall cleanup' and making the Dham beautiful. FREE boarding and lodging will be provided. We shall also have lively Kirtans, bonfires, bake out etc in spirit of Autumn and the season of festivities of Dussehra and Dipavali.
Please come and get blessings of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Damodar.
Need of volunteers hours:
Outdoors: About 500 volunteer hrs
Kitchen: About 100 volunteer hrs
Painting the indoor: About 200 volunteer hrs
Special skills welcome!
Campus.firstname.lastname@example.org (Anil Kumar)
Issues for Non-Asram Devotees
by Name withheld at the request of author
Posted July 4, 2012
I travel and preach across ex-Yugoslavian countries. On my missionary
travels I meet several devotees (both male and female) who want to
live in a temple. For various reasons, these devotees do not fit into
any of regional temples. Please do not think that there is something
wrong about the devotees under discussion. On contrary - they are very
enthusiastic, loyal to Srila Prabhupada, diligent, mentally sane, etc.
I'd rather say that there is something 'wrong' with the temples. For
example, the situation is in particular difficult for female devotees
who wish to join a temple, as there are only two temples (Zagreb and
Ljubljana) that offer ashrama for ladies. But, for some reasons (a
long story) – neither temple is suitable for female devotees I know.
For example, one of them is a single parent with a three years old
son. She is eager to dedicate her energy and time for Srila
Prabhupada's mission, but none of the regional temples has facilities
for a young mother with a child. In addition, all of eight devotees I
am talking about, have inadequate financial situation to afford
traveling far from their homes. Thus, we have the situation that there
are some sincere devotees ready for full missionary activities (unused
man/women power). Yet, on the other side we (in ISKCON) have many
temples craving for some 'fresh blood' – sincere, dedicated devotees.
If you happen to be an authority of such a temple, that can offer
devotee training, service, living facilities, basic needs and
traveling costs for a devotee (or devotees) from Bosnia, Croatia,
Serbia and Macedonia – please write to Chakra, if you have ideas, so
we could work out something. Note: none of the mentioned devotees is
Dear Vaisnavas and Vaisnavis,
Please accept our obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
It’s not often that we get an opportunity to do deeply satisfying service for a devotee who directly sacrificed his own body for the sankirtana movement. In the past few weeks, we have raised the funds—thank you!—for medical treatment for his most pressing difficulties. Please join us in donating to provide a very literal shelter for him and his family—a simple home that will allow them the peace for sadhana and preaching.
You are probably already familiar with Sarvabhavana dasa, one of the heroes of the book “Salted Bread.” For the so-called “crime” of distributing books in the former Soviet bloc, he was imprisoned and repeatedly beaten severely. The results? KGB agents knocked out several teeth, and there was permanent damage to the ones he kept, both due to being beaten and the poor diet in Soviet prisons and labor camps. A prison guard deprived him of most of the sight in one eye, and, by jumping on his back, gave him disability and pain that never went away. He was put in psychiatric hospitals and administered drugs to disturb his mind and harm his body. But he remained firm, like stone or iron. He never gave the KGB information on who was printing Prabhupada’s books in the USSR, where the press was hidden, where the books were stored, or what other persons were heading the spread of Prabhupada’s teachings. He refused to sign papers denouncing the movement of Krishna consciousness that could be used to arrest other devotees. For his non-cooperation, he was imprisoned and tortured for years. He followed all the devotional principles in prisons full of rats and rat-like men, in cold Siberian labor camps where his fingers grew numb while in forced sewing for the Soviet armies. Chanting 16 rounds a day at the price of beatings when his chanting was heard, preaching to the criminals there, and tolerating hell for the sake of Mahaprabhu’s mission.
Since being released from prison, he has done much preaching and befriended many devotees. He kept pushing his damaged body in service, with some kind devotees helping him here and there along the way. He wrote a book about his experiences that has inspired thousands. And now we have an opportunity to offer him some service in return, as the combination of aging and the abuse he suffered from the KGB have left him destitute.
Kindly donate to help us purchase a simple, two-bedroom house in Armenia for him and his family that he can use until the end of his life. At his passing, either the house or the money from its sale will go to the Garuda Foundation for the use of other devotees with similar needs. In this way, our care for Sarvabhavana dasa will be the start of care for others. Houses in Armenia are relatively inexpensive. The cost will be US$30,000-40,000. As of Februrary 23, we have received about 1/4 of that amount from many devotees, including some ISKCON leaders. Kalidosa-pranasana dasa will find and purchase the house to give to Saravabhavana dasa.
We need to receive donations by March if possible—the need is great, and Kalidosa-pranasana has a small window of time when he can be away from his own family to arrange for the purchase of a house in Armenia. See the bottom of this letter for the ways you can donate.
We hope this meets you in good health and blissful Krishna consciousness.
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Sponsorship Need for Abhimanyu’s Education|
by Dhanyaguranga das
Posted July 13, 2012
Abhimanyu born and live in Sri Dham Mayapur, age 14 study in Cambridge board at Sri Mayapur International School in grade 9th his first language is Bengali. I am his father looking for a sponsor.
My family and I, are Mayapur devotee, disciple of Jayapataka Swami. My wife and I did service in the temple for many years. Now I am doing service for the devotee who needs help in construction department. From there I get little salary which I maintain my family.
Abhimanyu goes to Sri Mayapur International School which is affiliated with Cambridge board. Therefore school fees are very expensive for me that I can’t support his education fees. It is inside the ISKCON campus, which has all, activates well as devotional musical, sastra too.
He likes to study in this school. Abhimanyu had sponsor for last 5 years now it’s finished. To complete his high school and high secondary school need for more years sponsorship.
My requests to all of you please give your blessing upon us and support Abhimanyu.
My contact number 9046247898/9002221412 email- email@example.com
A major disaster has just hit the Fiji Islands, in the South Pacific. Torrential rains lasting over a week have caused the worst flooding in the history of the nation. Major rivers have overflooded their banks burying towns along with the their business and residential districts.
Many people were trapped on their rooftops and had to be rescused by helicopters or boats. People lost their lives in the unexpecteded calamity that occured while they were still sleeping in their beds.
Over 25,000 people lost their homes, Approximately 100,000 are without adequate food, water, or clothing. Over 5,000 businesses have lost everything; their stock, their stores, their furniture and will be without any income. The infrastructure (roads,electricity, water supply) is in shambles. Crops are completely damaged. Food is hard to come by and when it is available it is too expensive for most people to afford.
Hare Krishna Food for Life, the world's largest Vegetarian relief organization has mobilized their resources to feed, and clothe tens of thousands of people. So far over
15,000 people are being fed by the volunteers of this organization. Many people are stepping forward to provide foodstuffs for Food for Life to cook hot meals for the homeless, and clothes to replace the clothes that were destroyed by the floods.
Food for Life can help more people, but their need more resources in the form of foodstuffs, clothes, bedding, medical supplie school supplies, or money.
If you are interested in helping the situation by volunteering or providing any of these necessities contact: Dr. Rajesh Maharaj (Food for Life Fiji Coordinator) at:
Maharajr@connect.com.fj Telephone +679 (country code) 9926349. Or International Food Life Coordinator BK Goswami at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently moving and re-situating a budding Flagstaff, Arizona preaching center. There are swarms of enthusiastic, fired up young people here! We are in great need of a nice quality harmonium (or two), used is fine but looking for good working at the least or in need of only little repair. BINA harmoniums, big plus. Any amount of mrdungas (clay or fiberglass) and karatals/whompers/gongs that we can beg of you would go to the highest service of spreading this great Sankirtana movement!!! Please consider sending whatever you can or if you like a donation to help us buy some new instruments. If shipping is an issue we can reimburse you for that cost. All instruments or donations can be shipped to:
Bhakta Alex Buigas
Please contact bk Alex with further questions at (928) 525-4331
Thank you! Hare Krishna, Haribooooool!