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Varnasrama College Introductory Course
by Bharat Chandra das
Posted April 20, 2012

The prestigious Mayapur Institute (MI) at Sridham Mayapur will for the first time be running the 'Introductory Course' of Varnasrama College in collaboration with ISKCON Daiva Varnasrama Ministry (India).

This is directly in line with Srila Prabhupada's ardent desire and instruction to establish Varnasrama college courses everywhere wherever we have got our center.

"The varnasrama college has to be established immediately. Everywhere, wherever we have got our center, a varnasrama college should be established to train four divisions: one class, brahmana; one class, ksatriya; one class, vaisya; and one class, sudra. But everyone will be elevated to the spiritual platform by the spiritual activities which we have prescribed. ...So everywhere, in each center, this system should be introduced, and there must be practical application of the varnasrama. At the same time, this program of devotional service. Then it will go on very nicely."

- Srila Prabhupada, Morning Walk, Vrndavana 12 March 1974 (Click here for the full article)

Former Abusers May Serve Humbly, But Never Lecture
by Mrgaksi dasi
Posted April 19, 2012

I would like to thank and congratulate the GBC members for sending out letters from the Turley Law Offices to the second-generation devotees, extending their apologies and pledges of support to them in their continued struggle to engage in Krsna consciousness after having suffered abuse from unscrupulous persons under whose care they had been placed. Certainly their heartfelt remorse and desire to encourage our future generations to take shelter of the love of God given to us so graciously by Srila Prabhupada is inspiring.

We see that many young devotees are taking to the Sankirtan movement with their whole hearts and want to see the mission of Lord Caitanya manifest as predicted. The Hare Krishna movement cannot be stopped from without or from within. Our words and intentions are very important, even if our attempts are imperfect. Hopefully, with continued realizations of what it means to be Vaishnava, our ISKCON home will be the safe haven for the world that it is meant to be.

As well as appreciating the positive sentiments, (Click here for the full article)

Annual GBC Report to Sri Radha-Madhava and Sri Pancha-Tattva, Sridham Mayapur, February-March 2012
by GBC
Posted April 12, 2012

(Including 2012 resolutions)

This year the GBC and Strategic Planning Team inaugurated the first International Leadership Sanga(ILS)—an opportunity for ISKCON leaders from around the world to gather in Sridham Mayapur to attend presentations on the last several years of GBC strategic planning efforts, to participate is portions of the GBC’s Annual General Meeting, and to spend time with one another in devotional sanga. Over three-hundred devotees representing more than twenty countries and nearly every continent participated in this wonderful event that displayed just how far Lord Caitanya’s movement has spread and how much potential ISKCON has to further expand the chanting of the Holy Name throughout the world.

During the International Leadership Sanga, more than fifty talks and workshops were presented on a wide range of topics from the meaning of Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON’s Founder-Acarya, to elements of a well-developed ISKCON temple, to Srila Prabhupada’s instructions on Deity Worship, to developing monthly sankirtana festivals. (Click here for the full article)

Vrindavan Flat for Sale
by Arjun Hari das
Posted April 9, 2012

Three bedroom with attached bathrooms/ toilet, one big living room, modular kitchen, recently new construction building 5 minutes walk from Iskcon vrindavan very good security, sweet water, builder price 63 lac, our discount price 53lac all furnished with beds & wood work such as almirahas, having air condition in all rooms 2 rooms having big balcony. contact: Arjun Hari das ph no: (Click here for the full article)

Books of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
by Dulal Chandra dasa
Posted April 6, 2012

Book Sets

Original Letters Books (5 books), Perfect Condition - $500 minimum (or highest offer)

Srila Prabhupada Siksamrita Set (3 books), Perfect Condition - $108 or best offer

Collected Teachings Set (7 books), Perfect Condition - $199 or best offer

Collected Lectures on Bhagavad-gita Set (7 books), Perfect Condition - $199 or best offer

Collected Lectures on Srimad Bhagavatam Set (11 books), Perfect Condition - $269 or best offer

Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Complete Set (Click here for the full article)

  Land Partner Wanted
by Vandana Cronin
Posted April 20, 2012

Do you passionately yearn to live in a beautiful, quiet, bucolic place? Are you a mature but vigorous man (or exceptionally strong and skilled woman) age 42-62, who relishes outdoor life? Are you keenly interested in gardening, even exploring year-round food production à la Eliot Coleman? Would you like to protect a few oxen and be able to have a milk cow?

If you are interested in such a home-centered peaceful life, I am offering a wonderful living situation: a large old furnished farmhouse in which you'd have 95 percent privacy, plus a secluded hermitage cabin where you'd have total privacy, already fitted with a wood stove, propane cook stove, bed, desk, shelves, etc.

Do you have some income, assets, etc. to support yourself if your living costs were less than $1,500 per year, plus food and gas? Yes, you would pay only $120 per month (a flat rate that covers my expenses for farmhouse utility bills) and offer 10-12 hours of general maintenance per month, such as weed control for pastures in the summer, washing storm windows in the fall, and giving hay to oxen in the winter. Some chores we'd do together, some could be divided. The mental and physical challenges (Click here for the full article)

Book Elaborates Samskaras
by Manjumedha devi dasi
Posted April 19, 2012

Dear prabhus, I saw the following question from Rachel Espinosa on your website five years ago:

"I was reading in the Grihastha Manual that Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami considered ten samskaras to be most important. I have been trying to find them on the Internet, but I can´t seem to find, or recognise, the ten. Does anyone know what they are?"

An answer to this question is in the book Vedic Dharma and the Grihastha Ashrama, volume 1, by H.H. Gaur Govinda Swami Maharaja. The book is published by (Click here for the full article)

Bhakta Emir, the War Hero
by Mitravinda dasi
Posted April 11, 2012

Out of millions of dogs that take birth, only the rare dog is destined to become a military working dog, trained in the service of a human military. Out of thousands of military working dogs, even more rare is the highly trained canine that ends up rescued, taking shelter of Krsna’s devotees.

One such fortunate soul is Bhakta Emir. He may just be a dog, but he is credited with saving over a thousand human lives during his six-year career in the United States Air Force. Having survived four deployments to Iraq as a bomb-sniffing dog, he is a living, breathing animal that no technology can duplicate.

How is it that Bhakta Emir landed his retirement, honoring prasadam and hearing the Holy Name? Bhakta Emir needs votes from animal lovers everywhere in his new devotee community. He is the first war-dog devotee to ever be nominated in the Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the American Humane Association. Emir is a true here, not only because of his military duties but because he brings the mission of Lord Chaitanya into a culture that otherwise would never know.

This is how it all began. (Click here for the full article)

ISKCON Bangalore Peace Proposal
by Usha Gururaj
Posted April 9, 2012

An Oversight Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court of India, has urged ISKCON-Bangalore and ISKCON-Mumbai to find a peaceful settlement. Responding to this ISKCON-Bangalore has given a Peace Proposal. Attached are :

1. Proceedings of the Oversight Committee dated Feb 29, 2012.

2. ISKCON-Bangalore’s Peace Proposal dated Mar 14, 2012. (See Below)

3. Proceedings of the Oversight Committee dated Mar 14, 2012.



The dispute between ISKCON-Bangalore and ISKCON-Mumbai concerns:

I. Theological issue: Who is the Acharya of ISKCON who will give diksha (initiation) to all the devotees of ISKCON?

ISKCON-Bangalore’s Position: Srila Prabhupada shall remain the Acharya of ISKCON and continue to give diksha and guide all devotees in ISKCON to the abode of Lord Sri Krishna. (Click here for the full article)

Nanny Position Wanted
by Nanny Munchen
Posted April 6, 2012

I am a British female with several years of experience looking after children, including newborn babies (references available). I will move to Munich, Germany, in May and I shall be looking for a job there, full time or part time. I have accommodation in Munich, so I am looking for a live-out position. I am learning German and I can already understand some. I am happy to help with the housework and cook vegetarian food, Indian or Western. If you live in Munich and you are looking for a nanny or babysitter there, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail: (Click here for the full article)

  2nd Annual Festival of the Chariots and Ratha Yatra Parade Clearwater Beach, FL Saturday, April 28, 2012
Posted April 20, 2012

WHAT: An Indian multi-cultural parade and festival will be celebrated with entertainment for the whole family. There will be live music, singing, classical dance, books, bazaar, and lots of free delicious vegetarian food. The Ratha Yatra Parade is the oldest known parade in the world.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2012. There is a cultural program at the Pier 60 Pavilion from 1 PM to 5 PM. The Parade begins at 1 PM.at the Pier 60 Pavilion, and returns there at which time the free feast begins. The festival continues till 4 PM

WHERE: The Pier 60 Pavilion at 1 Causeway Blvd..on the beach, Clearwater Beach.

WHO: All are welcome. Free admission. Wholesome fun for the entire family.

SPECIAL: VERY VISUAL event with colorful traditional costumes and flower decorations. Photography is permitted.

If you’ve ever dreamt of visiting colorful, exotic India, we have a treat for you. Get a taste of India without leaving Florida on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The 2nd Annual Festival of the Chariots & Ratha Yatra Parade, an Indian multi-cultural extravaganza, will take place on the beach at the Pier 60 Pavilion on Clearwater Beach from 1 PM to 4 PM.

There will be lots of family-friendly activities and entertainment: live music and dance acts and classical Indian dance. But the big draw is the delicious vegetarian food. There will be a sumptuous feast served free of charge to all.

The procession route is about a mile long (Click here for the full article)

Fiji Islands April 5, 2012
by BK Goswami
Posted April 19, 2012

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 (Click here for the full article)

Care for Cows April 2012
by Kurma Rupa dasa
Posted April 12, 2012

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


In this edition of 32 pages (2.5 MB) we present reports on:

1. The arrival of a beautiful one-year-old dwarf cow.

2. A daring and heroic rescue of an abandoned bull calf.

3. The surprising transformation of a bull fighter.

4. The three-month attempt to save an injured bull calf.

5. The sixteen calves decorating our goshalla. (Click here for the full article)

Report On 2012 International Vaishnavi Retreat, Govardhana
by Gitanjali devi dasi, Delhi, India
Posted April 9, 2012

As a combined initiative of the GBC Vaisnavi Care Sub-Committee and the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE), the International Vaisnavi Retreat aims at promoting sadhu sanga among the devotee women of ISKCON. Committed to nurture the devotees’ service attitude and focus on hearing and chanting, the retreat is fast becoming an annual feature devotees across the world look forward to.

This year the retreat again took place in the lap of Govardhana Hill from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March. Eighty devotees from 15 different countries attended.

A resplendent altar, prepared by the early birds under the able guidance of Prasanta Devi, hosted Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohana, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, and Sri Sri Radha Giridhari. Above the altar, a colorful cloth painting of Srimati Radharani’s coronation inspired from Srila Jiva Goswami’s Sri Madhava Mahotsava blessed the retreat participants with the assurance of reaching their goal. (Click here for the full article)

Beautiful Deities of Gaura Nitai Available
by Yasoda Saci devi dasi
Posted April 6, 2012

These Deities are very special. I purchased them in Sri Vrindavan Dham during Kartik month, 2007.

We worship another istadeva, so hope that these Deities will go to a good home!

WE are asking $231 for the Deities. That is less than we paid originally in Sri Vrindavan for Deities. I will also send you 8 outfits (full outfit each with dhoti, chadar, and long sleeved shirt) and fitting jewelry. (everything in very good condition). We will include shipping cost with contential USA, within reason (or we'll let you know how much actual postage would cost to more far distant area).

Please email (Click here for the full article)

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