Monday, December 17, 2007

Non-grain Flours

Over the last few months I've received quite a few letters about non-grain flours, and specifically what to cook on grain-free fasting days. This topic has come up before, and I know I have a posting for it somewhere in my archives. But there's no harm in re-presenting.

Here's my list of non-grain flours, some you may not have encountered.

Amaranth flour: Milled from the seeds of the amaranth plant, this flour boasts a higher percentage of protein than most other grains, and has more fibre than wheat and rice. It is also higher in the amino acid lysine, which some food scientists believe makes it a more complete protein than flour made from other grains. Amaranth flour can be used in cookies, crackers, baking mixes, and cereals.

Arrowroot flour: The rootstalks of a tropical plant are the source of this flour, often used as a thickener for sauces and desserts; the finely powdered arrowroot turns completely clear when dissolved (giving gloss to sauces), and adds no starchy flavor. Because of its easy digestibility, it is also an used as an ingredient in cookies intended for infants and young children. I use it as a grain-free substitute to corn flour (cornstarch for all US readers).

Buckwheat flour: A common ingredient in pancake mixes, buckwheat flour is also used to make Japanese soba noodles. It is available in light, medium, and dark varieties (the dark flour boasts the strongest flavor), depending on the kind of buckwheat it is milled from. You can make your own buckwheat flour by processing whole white buckwheat groats in a blender or food processor.

Chestnut flour: This tan flour is made from chestnuts, the meaty, lowfat nuts that are often served as a vegetable. The flour is a little sweet and is traditionally used in Italian holiday desserts. Italian shops sell it.

Potato flour (potato starch): Steamed potatoes are dried and then ground to a powder to make this gluten-free flour, which is commonly used in baked goods for Jewish Passover (when wheat flour may not be used).

Quinoa flour: Higher in fat than wheat flour, quinoa flour makes baked goods more moist. You can make your own quinoa flour by processing whole quinoa in a blender; stop before the flour is too fine - it should be slightly coarse, like cornmeal.

Tapioca flour: Milled from the dried starch of the cassava root, this flour thickens when heated with water and is often used to give body to puddings, fruit pie fillings, and soups. It can also be used in baking.

Water-chestnut flour (water-chestnut powder): This Asian ingredient is a fine, powdery starch that is used to thicken sauces (it can be substituted for cornstarch) and to coat foods before frying to give them a delicate, crisp coating.

I am sure this is not a complete list. I also encountered flatbreads made from banana flour whilst in India. If anyone has any more to add to this list, let me know.

What did ISKCON ever do for us?

From time to time I'm confronted with this question by devotees who've been hurt with their experience in ISKCON. I'm not minimising the need for growth and maturity - not at all. Because the individuals involved are not perfect and still subject to the influence of the modes of material nature some unsavory stuff happens as do all of the seeming injustices in the material world. Still I think its healthy to be grateful for the good things that have come our way and give credit where its due. The victim mentality is a dead end.

Yet there are some devotees who refuse to admit that ISKCON has ever helped them in their lives and tend to only focus on the negative issues. Whenever I end up in a conversation with such a person I think of this clip from a film (paid for in part by George Harrison) - enjoy!



Monday, December 10, 2007

Padam Padam Yad Vipadam Na Tesam

The material world is full of danger (padam padam yad vipadam)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

University of Bhagavata Culture

GRAND OPENING: November 21, 2007

The University of Bhagavata Culture (UBC) in Imphal, Manipur, India, is a center for learning about the deeper meaning of life and the universe. The concept of this university is woven around the transcendental teachings of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and TSrimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) the ripened fruit of the tree of Vedic literatures.

This Bhagavata Purana is as brilliant as the sun, and it has arisen just after the departure of Lord Krsna to His own abode, accompanied by religion, knowledge, etc. Persons who have lost their vision due to the dense darkness of ignorance in the age of Kali shall get light from this Purana

(Srimad Bhagavatam 1:3:43).

The University of Bhagavata Culture is the first of its kind in the world. Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Manimandir is the centerpiece of the University complex. Guided by the vision of Srila Prabhupada, the UBC will serve as a catalyst for presenting Bhagavata Culture globally in the 21st century and beyond for the welfare of humanity.

The Sanskrit word ‘Bhagavata’ means ‘pertaining to Bhagavan, the Supreme Lord’. This comes from the root word ‘bhaga’, which means ‘opulence’. The Supreme Being who possesses all opulence in full is known as ‘bhagavan’ and Bhagavata Culture is the art of dovetailing all human endeavors in the service of the Lord. This is a universal and entirely non-sectarian conception as explained in the Srimad Bhagavatam (SB 1:5:22), and is described concisely by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in his writings.

Bhagavata Culture further teaches that whatever talent, ability or skill we may possess can be used in the glorification of the Supreme Lord. For example, a mathematician can sing the glories of the Lord with his mathematical talent. Similarly a poet can sing the glories of the Lord through his choicest poetical expression, and religionists of various traditions can sing the glories of the Lord with their own religious experiences. This is the import of ‘yaduttamaslokagunanuvarnanam’, and this is the real purpose of the University of Bhagavata Culture.

The main focus of the University will be on the cultivation of moral and spiritual values through applied spiritual science and technology as realized by the Bhagavata sages. Some of the departments of the University will be:
1- College of Bhagavata Science and Philosophy
2- Bhaktivedanta Institute of Science and Religion
3- College of Vedanta and Science
4- College of Sankirtana
5- School of Inter-religious Studies
6- Acintya Bhedabheda Tattva Niketan (Caitanya School of Vaisnava Vedanta Philosophy)
7- Ranganiketan School of Performing Arts
8- Bhagavata School of Drama
9- Chitragada Women's College of Vocational Training
10- School of Vaisnava Theology
11- School of Theo-Biology & Bio-Medical Ethics
12- Babhruvahana School of Martial Arts and Vedic Administration
13- School of Languages (Sanskrit, etc.)
14- Dhanvantri School of Medicine (Ayurvedic, Naturopathy & Yogic Science Systems of Alternative Healthcare)
15- School of Bhagavata Arts and Crafts (Sculptures, murtis, instruments, etc.)
16- School of Vedic Mantra Recitation
17- Varnasrama College (College of Brahmacari / Grhastha, etc.)
18- Veda Vyasa Library

Monday, October 22, 2007

Govardhan Puja / Dipwali

Govardhana Puja is the celebration of Krishna’s pastime of lifting Govardhana Hill. As Srila Prabhupada relates in the Krishna book (chapters 24 and 25), Krishna dissuaded his father, Nanda Maharaja, from performing ritualistic sacrifice to the demigod Indra, and encouraged the residents of Vrindavana to worship Govardhana Hill.

All the cowherd men of Vrindavana had arranged to worship King Indra. Because Vrindavana is a village of vaisyas (farmers and dairymen), and especially dependent on the rain to grow crops and feed the cows, the cowherd men felt obliged to offer Lord Indra some worship in order to ensure regular supply of rain.

However, Krishna persuaded His Father, Nanda Maharaja, to abandon the worship of Lord Indra and to use the preparations he had already made to worship the cows, the brahmanas (priests) and Govardhana Hill. He instructed His father to prepare delicious foodstuffs from the grains and ghee collected for Lord Indra’s yajna. Krishna ordered that this feast be offered to Govardhana Hill with Vedic mantras chanted by qualified brahmanas. He instructed that the cows be decorated and fed to their satisfaction. Then keeping the cows before them, the inhabitants of Vrindavana were to circumambulate Govardhana Hill.

When all these activities had been carefully performed, Krishna expanded Himself into a gigantic, transcendental form and declared to the inhabitants of Vrindavan that He was Himself Govardhana Hill, and accepted all the offerings made during the ceremony.

Being proud of his position as King of the Demigods, Lord Indra took great offense at his sacrifice being cancelled, and attempted to chastise Krishna and the inhabitants of Vrindavan by calling the samvartaka clouds (used to inundate the world at the end of each cycle of yugas) and instructing them to totally destroy the residents, the cows and the village of Vrindavana.

Lord Krishna offered protection to the cowherd men and women by lifting Govardhana Hill so they could shelter underneath from Indra’s wrath. Krishna exhibited His supreme mystic power by holding the mountain aloft for seven days with the little finger of his left hand.

Devotees celebrate this remarkable pastime by observing the festival called Govardhana Puja.


Ratha Yatra in Soweto

by Kadamba Kanana Swami

Soweto with its 2 million people, is the heart of South Africa, the stage of oppression for Black South Africa. Where in 1976 african high schoolkids protested against education in Afrikaans instead of their own language, a protest which was crushed by the local police firing bullets in to the crowd. That day Soweto had enough and the revolution began. Soweto today is going through face-lift, it has the second biggest shopping mall on the African sub continent, and it will host the 2010 Soccer Worldcup finale in Orlando Stadium. Still there are plenty of people living in tin sheds in extreme poverty. ISKCON has had a small temple there since 1995, run by Mahaprabhu, a dedicated Sowetan disciple of Giriraja Swami, who maintains a regular Food for Life program. On October 13 & 14 a historical event took place, Lord Jagannatha’s Ratha Yatra festival came to town. Amongst the crowds were several busses of African students from all over the country and also many schoolkids joined in as well as devotees from all over South Africia and many more local people.

Andrew Whitlock, a reporter wrote the following;“Soweto residents were treated to a new experience at the weekend when the first ever Rathayatra (chariot festival) was held in the township. The colourful festival has been held in India for thousands of years and has also been held in most major cities worldwide. Hundreds of Hare Krsna devotees from around the country, descended on Soweto to follow the three-metre high chariot through the busy streets, and were joined by excited residents, many of them young children. The first Rathayatra was held in the West some forty years ago after the International Society for Krsna Consciousness (Iskcon) founder, Srila Prabhupada, brought Krsna Consciousness to America. "We are very happy that this event is taking place in Soweto for the first time" said Dobsonville resident Lehopo Lechaba. "You are promoting God and that is great after all the crime and violence we have had here. I really like what I am hearing today," he said.

After a short journey through the streets the chariot, carrying five of Iskcon's leading spiritual masters arrived at Mofolo Park, where guests were treated to a free lunch and an afternoon of singing and dancing.”

It was quite a happening on the open air stage in Mofolo Park. Besides powerful kirtanas by various sannyasis, and the famous plays of Bhakti Marga Swami, there was also ample opportunity for local talent to perform on the stage with lots of Hip Hop, traditional Zulu dances and more Local TV celebrities came and the band Dhira from Europe was a big hit. It was very nice that everyone got an opportunity to actively take part in the festival and make it their own. Our guess is that Ratha Yatra has come to Soweto to stay!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Bhaktivedanta College Lays Cornerstone For New Building

On October fourteenth, a warm and sunny day, devotees at Bhaktivedanta College and Radhadesh (Belgium) celebrated a cornerstone-laying ceremony at the construction site of the College’s first residential building. Guiding them in this auspicious and elaborate ceremony was Sadya Sresta Dasa, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada’s from Spain, who was the head pujari at Radhadesh in the early 1980s.

He turned the site into a sacrificial arena by arranging sectors on the ground according to the rules of Vastu, which are meant to please Lord Vishnu and the demigods. The devotees and guests were touched by his expertise, deep devotion, and the colorful scene he created.

Representing ISKCON’s Ministry of Educational Development was Laksmimoni Dasi, who is also the first Dean of Students at the College. She said, “Srila Prabhupada often commented that because universities do not teach the science of the soul, they offer an education that is equivalent to so many zeroes. But by placing Krishna, the One, in front of all the ‘zeroes’ they will have a huge number and perfect the educational process. Bhaktivedanta College aspires to create students who understand that One and will teach others.”

Hridaya Caitanya Dasa, the temple president of Radhadesh and Co-GBC for the Benelux, said, “This ceremony is a humble beginning. Krishna willing, it can expand to a whole Vaishnava campus, a great resource for establishing Krishna-conscious teachings in universities worldwide. We all like quick investments, such as filling up the tank with petrol so that we can continue driving. But investment in education is a long-term one, and we need to have faith that this investment will fructify in devotees becoming committed to giving their lives to Krishna and Srila Prabhupada’s mission.”

The College Principal, Yadunandana Dasa, said that by educating devotees the College is carrying out its most important task: preserving Srila Prabhupada’s legacy. He said that the building confirms that Bhaktivedanta College is in Radhadesh to stay. He thanked those whose contributions were essential: Bhaktivedanta Library Services, headed by Visnu Murti Dasa, for donating the land; Sham and Saroj Idnani for providing initial funding for construction; the College trustee and administrative director, Jaya Krsna Dasa, for organizing plans and permissions, and backing up the project with personal resources; and the Radhadesh community and management for offering ongoing support.

Bhaktivedanta College needs three buildings to host its envisioned education for the next decade. The residential building will accommodate thirty-three students, teachers and staff members. A school building with classrooms, a library, and offices will be the next project.

Bhaktivedanta College started operating in September 2002, and six students received the first Bachelor of Theology degrees (in partnership with the University of Wales Lampeter) in June 2007 with high grades. The sixth academic year (2007-08) started with fourteen enthusiastic, devoted students from New Zealand, India, Iran, Russia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, and Canada.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

24-Hour Kirtan - New Vrindavan

Recently, some of the best kirtan singers in North America came together in New Vrindavan, West Virginia, for a 24-hour kirtan to glorify the holy names of Krishna. Here are the streaming audio live recordings of this historic event.

(Acyuta Gopi Dasi sings at the 24-hour kirtan)


Caitanya Ananda prabhus interview

Caitanya Ananda faced the challenge of his life last December. Doctors concluded that he has an incurable cancer, melanoma. Nothing could prevent the disease from being spread, neither the best western or ayurvedic remedies nor the natural herbs. This interview has been done in June on a train from Mumbai to Mathura. Caitanya Ananda prabhu was already then in the terminal treatment.

I got my first Prabhupada’s book in 1994 in London, explains Caitanya Ananda prabhu on an express train through Gujarat. One friend of mine had heard about Hare Krishna mantra and he wanted to prove that this mantra did not work. We went to sing maha-mantra on the campus area of the University of Technology. Some years passed after that, and in 1999, I made a new year promise to follow the principles of bhakti yoga. I noticed that this process works really well.
I was convinced that we are not our bodies. I had many interesting discussions about these themes in my workplace. Anyway, I wanted to do more. I wanted to improve Krishna movement, and to spread Krishna consciousness. I felt that somebody was listening to me all the time. This Person was following what I was saying and wanting. One day, on a lunch hour, I met Janardan on the parking spot of Otaniemi. I wanted to buy all the books he had. He had only two sorts of books. I promised to pick up more books from the temple in the evening. I bought all books available. I also bought the Tulasi japa beads. I started to visit in the temple, give donations, and chant maha-mantra 16 rounds per day. With other members of the congregation, we also started to do Food For Life. We did it for couple of times. We went to the rock festivals where we distributed prasadam. I moved to the ashram.

When you compare what you expected, and what you received in terms of Krishna consciousness, is there some equivalence?

In the beginning, Krishna consciousness was a path for higher realization for me. I was convinced that this is the right path. At those times, it was important for me to debate these issues in my mind, and to understand them theoretically. A great surprise for me was the close interaction with God. This interaction was developed through the active devotional service. It was clearly manifested, that Krishna really is our most close and intimate friend.
The railway journey proceeds nicely. Mother Nartaki, one of the senior students of Srila Prabhupada, prepares evening meal for us. She offers prasadam with motherly warmth and care.

The main thing really is the personal interaction with Krishna, continues Caitanya Ananda while eating warm carrot soup. Environment is answering also our questions and doubts, he explains. It was an impressive experience about Krishna’s interaction, when the whole board of doctors walked to my treatment room (Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mumbai). From the wet snowy market of Seinäjoki to this specific moment – all closer to Krishna. The Krishna conscious years of Caitanya Ananda prabhu can be crystallized in these sentences.

Among many other well-wishers, mother Laksmimoni also sent you a letter. Here is part of her message: “You got many people inspired about Krishna consciousness. You also inspired them to practice Krishna consciousness. And now your example is inspiring many people.” You have wanted to take Krishna consciousness as it is, I continue. Has it been difficult for you to take it on that way – with skin and coat?
Through training, it became clear to me, that there is a Higher Person behind everything. This Person also has a sense of humor, Caitanya Ananda tells smilingly. There were many different paths to choose, when I first time approached Krishna consciousness. I doubted all new and cheap paths. They were just full of empty promises. I did not trust them. Now I can see that many people, who were following those other paths, are not that active anymore. I started to write with Suhotra Maharaja, instead, and got the answers for my questions.

I repeat what Mother Nartaki said: “If the farewell parties are like the ones (in Bhaktivedanta Hospital), what kind of arriving parties there will be (in the spiritual world)!”
Your disease came as a full surprise for you at the end of the last year. I inquire.

The face expressions of the doctors were informative, when I first times visited in the Finnish hospital, Caitanya Ananda continues. The illness was serious, and this would mean changes in life. Western doctors were regrettable cautious to tell the truth. I understood, anyway, that everything was arranged by Krishna.

I have felt like being part of some movie. It has become clear to me that God is guiding everything. The final result will always be good. Even though, I have gone through some painful moments with this disease, the final result will be beautiful. We just need to have trust.

Krishna manifests Himself through bhaktas or devotees. Some neophyte devotees may seem to have only downing properties of Him. However, Krishna (and His mercy) can act also through the neophytes. Bhaktas really manifest Krishna’s caring and cherishing attributes. It really is an impressive feeling. That feeling can be experienced without any tragic setbacks. One just need to have a right attitude towards devotees, explains Caitanya Ananda prabhu about his main realizations of the last months.

In the West, we easily count everything in terms of profit, not as persons. Anyway, devotees have the same kind of potential as Krishna has. The attitude towards devotees should be honest and frank, according to the Vaishnava Etiquette.

What about Finnish sankirtana. How it can manage without your presence?
Well, Sankirtana movement is guided directly from the spiritual world. It is not even dependent on the physical presence of the devotees. Many great persons, like Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, have left sankirtana movement. As I told, I feel like being part of some movie. Superficially, it may seem that a good person has a bad end, but actually, everything goes really well. Krishna is not unthankful for the sacrifices that we have done. The final result will be perfectly fine.

What would you like to say for the beginners?
I have noticed two main pitfalls in the attitudes of the new generations. Phlegmaticism and apathy. The fire to reach other conditioned souls is often missing. We may get good results, and then think that we have a right to demand this and that. We may think that we do not need to work hard anymore. If one falls to those pitfalls, it is difficult to get up anymore. The guidance of others is taken capriciously.

The most important thing is to cultivate a proper attitude right from the beginning. We are not working for bolstering our ego. We are working for Krishna, as His instruments and servants. When Suhotra Maharaja was sick some years ago, we were doing a guru marathon. We were tired of travelling and staying up late at night. Despite this, for example, in Kankaanpää people just took without asking. It was not question of our instant well-being. Krishna was interacting to that attitude.

What has been the most difficult for you in terms of practicing Krishna consciousness?
Working hard, but not taking any results for oneself. Working with our own mistakes and weaknesses. Dirt from the heart needs to be purified with hard work. We are imperfect, which is against modern psychology. When we are consciously purifying ourselves, it gives a lot of energy to do sankirtana.

I still want to ask the last message for the Finnish yatra?
Thank you very much for the great support I have received from devotees – the temple personnel and the congregation. It has been nice to see how much compassion devotees have felt. It is important to develop stable understanding of Krishna consciousness. Without that, it is not possible to face all the challenges.

Caitanya Ananda prabhu left the material world in Vrindavana August 7, 2007 and thus returned back to Godhead according to all the authorities.

Tattvavada Das



Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Invitation to Manipur

On behalf on His Holiness Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami, we would like to cordially invite you to the Grand Inauguration of the Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Manimandir, the center piece of the University of Bhagavata Culture in Imphal, Manipur (India) for a six day celebration.

The festival will be held from November 20th to 25th, at ISKCON Manipur Campus.
It was Srila Prabhupada's direct instruction and desire to see a temple manifest in Manipur to preserve and revitalize the Bhagavata culture in this part of the world. In His divine purport, Srila Prabhupada mentioned:
"The Krishna consciousness movement, therefore, can be well spread in the state of Manipur by the cooperative efforts of the Krishna conscious devotees." (SB 9.22.32)

Manipur is a state located in North-East India. Flights to Imphal, Manipur are available from Delhi or Kolkata.

We pray that you may be able to grace this auspicious occasion with your presence.

Hare Krishna!

Yours in the service of Sri Guru and Gauranga, Ajit das, temple president, ISKCON Manipur & All the members of the Festival Organizing Committee

RSVP: Ajit das


Phone: 09436027881

Note: Any devotees who are not Indian nationals require a visa for the State of Manipur. We will arrange for the visa directly from Manipur. Please contact us for the information required to obtain the visa.


Thursday, October 4, 2007

Newcastle RATHA-YATRA 2007

SUNDAY 7th October 2007

Everyone is invited to participate in the Ratha Yatra in Newcastle this Sunday. Due to a last minute decision in holding the event, we would appreciate as many helpers as possible. Contact Ananda-moya for details on 0412 474 295.

The festival is part of the annual Mattara cultural festival held in Newcastle each year,in which ISKCON has won the first prize twice in previous years for the best entry.There has been an absence of Ratha-Yatra in the parade for a couple of years so weare pleased to be part of the event again for the great benefit of the people of the city.

Parade start time: 11amStarting point: Lee Wharf Rd, Newcastle CBD (see map below for route details). Don't miss this opportunity to personally pull Lord Jaganatha and rapidly progress in your spiritual life!

Bring your family and friends along. All are welcome! Free Admission!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Chariot Festival - Vancouver

Chariot Festival
Sunday Aug 12th
1:00 PM - Dusk

Two Stages of Live Entertainment Featuring
Classical Dance
Much More

20 Large Tents featuring
Puppet Theatre
Face Painting
Mendi Hand Tattoos
Games & Activities
Yoga & Meditation
Vegi-Cooking Demos
Balloon Artists
Much Much More

Free Feasting
For everyone

Chariot Parade

(Ratha-yatra) will Start at 11:30 A.M.
Sunday Aug 12th

The Parade will begin from under the Granville St Bridge & go along Beach Ave.
to Festival site at 2nd Beach

Friday, August 3, 2007

Prabhupada Class : False Brahmanas, We Dont Care for Them

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.20
New York City 1973

Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.20 New York City 1973

tatha paramahamsanam

muninam amalatmanam


katham pasyema hi striyah


You Yourself descend to propagate the transcendental science of devotional service unto the hearts of the advanced transcendentalists and mental speculators, who are purified by being able to discriminate between matter and spirit. How, then, can we women know You perfectly?


Even the greatest philosophical speculators cannot have access to the region of the Lord. It is said in the Upanisads that the Supreme Truth, the Absolute Personality of Godhead, is beyond the range of the thinking power of the greatest philosopher. He is unknowable by great learning or by the greatest brain. He is knowable only by one who has His mercy. Others may go on thinking about Him for years together, yet He is unknowable. This very fact is corroborated by the Queen, who is playing the part of an innocent woman. Women in general are unable to speculate like philosophers, but they are blessed by the Lord because they believe at once in the superiority and almightiness of the Lord, and thus they offer obeisances without reservation. The Lord is so kind that He does not show special favor only to one who is a great philosopher. He knows the sincerity of purpose. For this reason only, women generally assemble in great number in any sort of religious function. In every country and in every sect of religion it appears that the women are more interested than the men. This simplicity of acceptance of the Lord's authority is more effective than showy insincere religious fervor.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Sachimata's Vegetarian Recipes

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

By the potency of the books of Srila Prabhupada, the Hare Krishna movement is gradually spreading. Most devotees desire to marry, making it imperative that potential marriageable devotee partners be found so that the instruction of Mahaprabhu: asat-sanga-tyaga, ei vaishnava-acara - A Vaishnava should avoid non-devotee association is adhered to. is a humble attempt to develop a medium to find a compatable devotee life partner so that Krishna consciousness thrives in favorable family ambience.
Please check out and forward to devotees you know A Matrimonial site for ISKCON devotees.

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We wish you all good fortune!
Your Servant
Damodar Nityananda Dasa

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Me a Dome

g.............BEFORE................... ........AFTER

Now that the domes, arches & columns are finished for our temple here, Vaibhavi and I are thinking of giving the manufacturers the nod to continue making them for us, and our putting them up for sale to anyone who would like to incorporate them into their own temple design. Krishna Temple of Utah is the designer and owner of the molds, and can make them available to temples under our proprietorship. Domes are of one type of material and the arches and columns are another.


Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Sunshine of His Mercy

Diary of a Traveling Preacher
Volume 8 - Chapter 5

I preached in the United States through the first week in June. Then I went to stay with Giriraja Swami in California to rest and prepare myself for the summer festivals in Poland. Every day I chanted and read and also exercised. After months of intense traveling around the world, I had to put myself in shape for the 48 rigorous festivals ahead.

During my exercise routines I would meditate on the upcoming tour, visualizing the ISKCON Manipur dance troupe we had invited from India performing on our stage. I also envisioned our new theater production, complete with two animals that fight with Krsna and Balarama: a seven-foot gorilla named Dvivida and a ten-foot elephant named Kuvalayapida. I could almost see our guests' faces light up with amazement.

But one day I received a call from Nandini dasi, and I realized...

Friday, July 27, 2007

Food Relief Started in Ugalpur (Orissa)

Dear friends and devotees,

Jaya Sita Rama. Please accept my humble pranams.

Another village has been added to our food relief program in Orissa. The village of Ugalpur is located around 6 kilometers outside of Bhadrak.
Here are a few photos of the children from this village and the recent food distribution. We have also included a three minute video clip at the following link:

Yours in service,
Jahnava Nitai Das,
Bhaktivedanta Ashram &
Bhaktivedanta International Charities

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Cows With Guns - Animation

A Heroic Tribute to Cows Who Have been Forgotten

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Why Eating Meat is Bad For You

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Online Puja

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Hidden History of the Human Race Pt.1

Author and researcher Michael Cremo discussed the evidence for "extreme human antiquity." Texts in ancient Sanskrit described previous civilizations that had high technology and he said he's found similar material across a number of ancient cultures. Cremo suggested a number of civilizations, far predating ones from the last 10,000 years, have come and gone, wiped out by various earth changes. According to different wisdom traditions, humanity goes through cycles such as Bronze and Iron Ages or what is called yugas by the Hindu. Evidence in the form of human fossils and artifacts, such as found in sedimentary layers dating back millions of years, contradicts the current theory of human origins. Yet Cremo has found most mainstream scientists are closed minded to his data, and seek to protect their power and the status quo. A few have been more receptive, and he has presented his work at prestigious venues such as the Royal Institution in London. He also touched on his notion of human devolution-- that people have devolved from a state of higher consciousness into a baser, more material reality.

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Radha Gopinath


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"Human Civilization -- Where"

San Francisco, July 17, 1975


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Ratha Yatra in Sri Jagannatha Puri - Part 1 - 5

Today is the glorious observance of Lord Jagannatha's Ratha Yatra in Puri.

An amazing video of the annual Ratha Yatra in Puri Dham, with footage of building the chariots, pahandi (carrying deities out of the temple), Golden Dress (Suna Vesha), Elephant Dress, etc. The video narration is in Hindi, but the footage is still wonderful and worth watching for those who don't understand Hindi.

Festival des Chariots! Hare Krishna in Montreal - 2007

Alexandra from Russia is promoting Hare Krishna Festival (Ratha Yatra )

About Ratha Yatra:
Ratha Yatra festival comes in the rainy season, during the months of June and July. This is a special event in the eastern part of India, particularly in Puri, in the state of Orissa. It is held in honor of Lord Jagannath, which literally means the Lord of the Universe. Jagannath is a form of Krishna.
The name of Puri comes from the word Janagannathpuri which means the home of the Lord of the Universe, Jagannath. There is a big temple of Jagannath in Puri. It is one of the four major traditional centers of pilgrimage in India. The temple of Lord Jagannath enshrines wooden images of Lord Krishna, his brother Balaram or Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. The massive temple was built nearly eight centuries ago. The images stand in a row. The fair-colored Balaram, stands on extreme left. Dark-colored Krishna or Jagannath is on the extreme right and the yellow-colored sister Subhadra is in the center. These deities represent a close knit family which is ideal for all Hindus. Hindus make pilgrimages to Jagannath temple all the year round but it is considered to be very special if the pilgrimage is made during Ratha Yatra.
On the auspicious day of Ratha Yatra, a festival is held in Puri. The festival attracts thousands of pilgrims from all parts of India. The most impressive part of the festival is the chariot procession. Three richly decorated chariots, resembling temple structures,are drawn through the streets of Puri. In each chariot is seated each of the three deities - Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra. New chariots are built every year. New images, however are carved every twelve years. The images are carved from the trunk of a neem tree which is common in India. The neem tree is a hard wood tree and has great medicinal value. On the day of Ratha Yatra, Hindu children in the eastern part of India, take out on the streets small chariots with the images of Jagannath and others, which symbolize the big festival of Puri. During the festival, thousands of devotees from all over India go to Puri with an earnest desire to touch the rope of the chariot. They consider this a pious deed and risk their lives in that huge crowd. The huge procession accompanying the chariots provide loud music, playing of drums, tambourine and tumultuous activities. Children line up the street through which the chariot passes and add to the mass chorus. Temporary stalls of food, toys, Ferris wheels and other attractions are available.
The deities are unusual. They are unfinished. Hands are short and their lower parts are incomplete. The legend associated with the unusual appearance of the deities may interest you.
Orissa was formerly known as Utkal. Long long ago there was a king, called Indradyumna who ruled over Utkal. He had a long cherished desire to build a temple but debated in his mind about the deity. One day he dreamt that there is a blue-colored Krishna, called Neelmadhab located in a cave of Nilachal Hill. Much of India at that time was covered with forests. No one knew for sure the location of Nilachal Hill. King Indradyumna sent his messengers to all directions until one of his trusted young men Vidyapati found the cave and saw the image of Neelmadhab. The king acquired the image and became too proud for his achievement. The lack of humility in the devotee made the deity disappear.
The king repented and prayed constantly. God took pity on Indradyumna and he heard a voice in dream. The voice asked the king to search for a wooden trunk on the shore which he can carve to make the idol. After a massive search, the trunk was found between the rocks which was then brought ashore for carving. But no one could make a scratch. The wood was as hard as granite.One day a craftsman arrived from nowhere and told the king that he is willing to give a try. The king tried to explain what he wants and how the image of Neelmadhab should look. But the craftsman put two conditions before the king. Firstly, he will not take any dictation on how the image should look and secondly he should be allowed to work in a closed room for fifteen days without being disturbed. The king agreed. The craftsman was none else but Lord Vishwakarma, the God of craftsmanship.
After ten days, the queen was impatient. She tried to hear if anything was going on inside the closed room. The old man did not eat for ten days and there was no sound coming from within. She repeatedly coaxed the king to open the door, the king ultimately yielded. When they entered, the craftsman had already disappeared and the images were incomplete. The king was puzzled if the unfinished images should be enshrined. Finally he did install the incomplete images and worshipped them everyday.The temple proudly stood for many years until during the course of time the land gradually subsided under the sea along with the temple and a beach was formed over it. For several generations, no one knew about the temple until it was accidentally discovered by the then ruling king, Gala Madhav. He ordered for an excavation and the temple once again came into existence. This is what you see today in Puri, the temple of Jagannath.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Srila Prabhupada 02

July 14, 1968

Montreal, Quebec

My Dear Hayagriva,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your two letters dated July 6 and 8, 1968, respectively, along with one letter from Kirtanananda Swami.

My first request to you is that as you are getting a job again, in the Ohio State University, you must accept it without hesitation. In the Bhagavad-gita you have read that one should fully utilize one's talent for the service of the Lord. Arjuna was a military man and he utilized his talent fully for executing the purpose of Lord Sri Krishna. So, by the Grace of Krishna, you have got some educational talent, and wherever there is opportunity to get some money, you must accept it, but spend the money for Krishna.

As you are projecting to develop New Vrindaban, you will require money and I would advise you to purchase land there instead of taking on lease. If you want to take on lease, then it must be on long period, say 99 years; but first hand lease is better, that is from the government. I do not understand what is the position of Mr. Rose there, but I shall advise you not to make any big plans on the land of others. There is a Bengali proverb that if one is a poor man, he can go to some friends' house and accept food and then come back, but one should never accept residence in other's house. That is very inconvenient.

Of course, for a Sannyasi like us, we can live anywhere and everywhere, rather we shoud not have our own place. But for the New Vrindaban project, I would advise you to purchase land as much as you can because it appears that the atmosphere and situation is very nice there. Another thing, I shall not advise you to purchase horses for conveyance. It will be a botheration for you, because now you have not got sufficient assistance. If you keep horses you have to take care for them and for a little convenience of transportation, you have to take so much botheration to keep the horse fit. I am so pleased to learn that you have got a Deity Room and you are performing jointly Kirtana, assisted by a newcomer, Harold Olmstead. He may be called Hrsikesa, there is no objection, but generally a Holy Name after Lord Krishna is offered to a devotee after his initiation. Anyway, you can call him Hrsikesa, and the same name will be continued after his initiation also.

In the meantime, let him be trained up in our line of activities to observe the rules and regulations and chant Hare Krishna jointly with you. In your letter of the 8th instant you write to say, "but it would be difficult to spread the Mahamantra to the inhabitants here." Our principal aim is to preach the importance of chanting the Holy Names of God. And if there is no such opportunity then the place will be specifically meant for persons who want to retire from activities. To retire from activities is not very good idea for the conditioned soul. I have got very good experience, not only in our country but also in your country, that this tendency of retiring from activities pushes one down to the platform of laziness, and gradually to the ideas of the hippies. One should always remain active in Krishna's service, otherwise the strong maya will catch him and engage him in her service.

Our constitutional position being rendering service, we cannot stop activity. So the New Vrindaban may not be turned into a place of retirement, but some sort of activities must go on there. If there is good prospective land, we should produce some grains, flours, and fruits, and keep cows, so that the inmates may have sufficient work and facility for advancing in Krishna Consciousness. In India actually the Vrindaban has now become a place of the unemployed, and beggars. Kirtanananda has already seen it; and so there is always a tendency of such degradation if there is no sufficient work for service of Krishna. Another suggestion is that if you can attract some retired men to live there peacefully and at the same time, make oneself advanced in Krishna Consciousness, that will be very nice. But I am afraid that retired men from this country cannot give up their old habits, generally, intoxication, keeping a dog, smoking, etc., and it will be difficult for them to give up such habits even they are invited to live with us in Vrindaban. Regarding Easy Journey to Other Planets: You can inquire from Mukunda das if he is going to print it or not. If not, then you can do it because you have now some money and spend for its publication. And regarding editorial work, I shall send you some manuscripts very soon.

Regarding visa: I am not prohibited like that, that I cannot enter USA, but the permanent visa ws denied only on some technical ground. There is no impediment about my bona fides. But they have raised an objection because I submitted my application just after a fortnight of my arrival, and they say that I entered USA not as a bona fide non-immigrant. But I submitted my application, after consulting the Indian Embassy, as well as the American Embassy in Calcutta, but I see a different decision at the end. It is very difficult to take the words of government servants straightly.

Canakya Pandit has advised not to trust a politician and a woman, so practically I consulted all these politicians and they have given a different decision. I do not know what is their intention, but for the time being I have not gotten the visa. My present visa for Canada is up to the end of August. Actually it is up to the third of September, but if I like to stay here, I can extend it, it is not difficult. But I am intending to go to London, and it may be in the meantime I may go to Vancouver. I am very much anxious about your health. Is it due to the place that you are having hay fever? It sometimes so happens that moist places causes such disturbances. Are there many mosquitoes? The best thing I can suggest that you try to keep your bowels cleared, and take more fruits and milk. That will keep you healthy.

I hope you will soon feel better,

Your ever well-wisher,

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


Concert in Support of the Hare Krishna Devotees

His Holiness Bhakti Bringha Govinda Swami Maharaja host a wonderful benefit concert in support of the Hare Krishna devotees that are being persecuted in Kazakhstan.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Srila Prabhupada - 01

Montreal, Quebec

My Dear Subala das, Please accept my blessings.

I am in due receipt of your letter of July 11, 1968, and it appears that things are not very happy there, in spite of Umapati's presence. How is it that you do not get any work? Umapati knows some technical work. Is there only work in the resturants, and there is no other work? Another boy, Christopher Fynn, may be going there very soon. And this letter covered is addressed to him. He is, so far I learned from Janardana, he is educated boy, and try to live together very peacefully in Krishna Consciousness.

The business of Krishna Conscious persons is to enjoy by mutual association on the basis of understanding Krishna from Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. So when you become three together, you should utilize your time by discussions on Krishna, and chanting Hare Krishna. Even you do not get some job, Krishna will not put you into difficulty. But try to get some job, and work for the improvement of the temple. And whenever there is opportunity, try to chant in public parks, and collect some money from the gathering, and surely Krishna will help you in spreading this sublime gospel of Krishna Consciousness.

By the by, I require yo to find out the duplicate copies of Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2nd Canto, and a few chapters of the 3rd Canto, which are lying in my closet room, and send to me immediately. I want to prepare it for printing in Japan just after the printing of TLC is finished. I have decided it now definitely that all my printing works now shall be done in Japan. In America it is too expensive, and in India it is too much botheration. Therefore in future if there is money sufficient I wish to print each volume of my book, 5000 copies. Now, very soon we shall get 5000 copies of TLC and we have to organize the sales propaganda. If there is sale, then there is no scarcity of matter for printing. Mukunda has written that he is acquainted with some man for selling Back to Godheads, and you can just contact him to know further about it. I am sending you today the balance book sheets of TLC to Brahmananda.

Hope you are well.

Your ever well-wisher,

While fixing this letter I have received your second letter also. I understand that you are purchasing a printing machine. When you have the machine some body must join you to work anybody you like and I shall arrange for that. If it is possible to print Srimad-Bhagavatam you can immediately begin it and I shall pay for the paper, binding etc. We want to print them immediately. If you can actually print our books in your ISKCON Press then a great problem will be solved. And if not any more I shall work with you provided you can give me the visa to stay.

Please let me know how far you are ahead in this proposal.

Your ever well-wisher, A. C. B.


Reflections on Sacred Teachings Vol. 5

By Bhaktitirtha Swami (Swami Krishnapada)

Volume Five: Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's Sixty-four Principles for Community.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura founded his Gaudiya Matha on sixty-four principles that outline a perfect and complete foundation for a spiritual society. In this book Bhaktitirtha Swami reflects on these principles in order to explore how they can be used for form a happy, healthy, and prosperous spiritual society.
Although not widely recognized in ISKCON in their original form, Bhaktisiddhanta's sixty-four principles are a key to the success of any Vaishnava community. These principles often focus on quality relationships among the devotees of the Lord and the process of devotional service.
Bhaktitirtha Swami elaborates these principles so that Vaishnavas can establish the type of communities envisioned by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta and Srila Prabhupada, communities that focus on the spiritual wellbeing of its members rather than just their physical wellbeing.

Bangkok Ratha Yatra Festival 2007'

Date: Sunday, July 15, 2007 12:00 Noon
Duration: 9 Hours


ISKCON Bangkok (Thailand) is holding the 5th Annual Ratha-yatra festival on the 15th of July, and they cordially request your presence during the celebrations.
Route: Lumphini Park - Wireless Road - Salasin - Rachadamri Road - Silom - Charoen Krung - Yowarat - Chakrawat Road - Phaurat - Piphet Road - Sithong - Bamrunmrong - Dev Mandir(Hindu Samaj)
Ratha Start : July 15, 2007 12:00 Noon (Sharp) and ends at Dev Mandir at 4:30 pm
5:00 pm - Kirtan
6:00 pm - Gita Alochona and Prabachan by H.H Jaypataka Swami, H.H. Kabichandra Swami and H.H. Narsimha Swami
7:00 pm - Tulsi Arati
7:15 pm - Goura Arati
7:30 pm - Cultural Programe
8:30 pm - Prasadam (Dinner)
Contact Info:
H.H.B.V.V.Narasimha Swami 0897810623 Suraj Prabhu
0877148500 Brijesh Prabhu

'Black Lotus' Celebrates Life of African-American Guru

How do you describe a journey that starts in a Cleveland ghetto, takes a turn into Princeton University, immerses itself in spiritual India, and then crisscrosses between urban Washington D.C. and the villages of West Africa? Readers of ISKCON scholar Satyaraja Dasa's .

Black Lotus: the Spiritual Journey of an Urban Mystic (Hari-Nama Press, 2007) – released on Wednesday, February 28th with a book-signing at New York City’s East West Books – will soon find out.

Rosen spent two years tracking the profound journey that would lead a young black civil rights leader and Princeton graduate named John Favors to study under A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the worldwide Hare Krishna movement. Black Lotus chronicles the extraordinary experiences that transformed Favors into Bhakti Tirtha Swami, the world’s first African-American Vaishnava guru.

Black Lotus uses Bhakti Tirtha Swami's unique background as a lens through which to appreciate his accomplishments; he conveyed the teachings of the 5,000-year-old Bhagavad Gita and Gaudiya Vaishnava theology using the framework of modern psychology and principle-centered leadership. The result was a dynamic and non-sectarian approach to spirituality that broke barriers and defied categorization.

Intertwining readable prose, historical context, and insightful personal interviews, Black Lotus sheds light on Bhakti Tirtha Swami's search for meaning. Along the way, Bhakti Tirtha Maharaj imbibed lessons from a host of inspiring role models. In one memorable passage, the book recounts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s impressions after meeting Maharaj (then a teenage John Favors). “That young man is really headed somewhere,” King is quoted as predicting. “He’s at least ten years ahead of his time. He spoke like a true leader.”

The 400-page biography includes a 16-page full color picture section, a timeline of significant dates, and a comprehensive index. The engaging book details Swami’s rise from a child born into poverty, describing how he overcame obstacles like racial segregation and speech impediments, to become an outstanding student and a young leader in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. His achievements earned him a full scholarship to Princeton University, where he was among a handful of African-American students at the prestigious school. At Princeton, Maharaj excelled and began to delve into the subjects that he would dedicate the rest of his life to: race relations, international justice, parapsychology, spirituality, and yoga. It was at this time that he decided to embrace the worship of Krishna, soon became a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, and quickly rose to become a prominent preacher in ISKCON.

While working hard to convey the truths of his chosen faith, Bhakti Tirtha Swami maintained close ties with the African-American community in which he was raised. He also traveled internationally, meeting and sharing his spiritual perspective on contemporary issues with world leaders and scholars, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nelson Mandela. In 1990, Bhakti Tirtha Swami was coronated as a high chief in Warri, Nigeria in recognition of his outstanding work in Africa. He strived to use his “dual identity” to build bridges and inspire others to transcend differences of race, religion, and gender.

In August 2004, Maharaj was diagnosed with melanoma cancer. In the months that followed he continued to teach, drawing upon his condition to address the fears, struggles, and pains associated with facing death. Strikingly, he even wrote the foreword to Black Lotus himself, expressing his desire that “it will help me to live on and on for many generations as a servant of humanity. I want nothing more than this opportunity.”

Less than one month after penning those words, on June 27, 2005, Bhakti Tirtha Swami passed away, surrounded by friends and followers and the chanting of Lord Krishna’s holy names.

Black Lotus was intentionally released during Black History Month. Satyaraja Prabhu views the book as a celebration of the African American community by highlighting the life of a black American who overcame great adversity to benefit the lives of millions.
“Black Lotus is a tribute to one who rose above all boundaries and limitations,” he said, “and inspired others to do the same.”

Satyaraja Dasa (Steven J. Rosen) is the author of over twenty books on Vaishnava-related subjects and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, a peer-refereed academic journal. Academic publishing house Greenwood Press recently released his reference book on Hinduism as part of their Introduction to the Major World Religions series, and its parent company Praeger released his Essential Hinduism.

Monday, July 9, 2007

500 Pictures Of Bhakti Tirtha Swami Puspa Samadhi Ceremony

Bhakti Tirtha Swami - Minister of Love - Gita Nagari 2007
To honor the memory of Sripada Bhakti Tirtha Swami, there are disciples building a memorial monument (Samadhi - in Sanskrit) in our spiritual community, Gita Nagari Farm in central Pennsylvania. Samadhi literally means reaching a state of singular focus (meditate). To understand that the monument serves as an inspiration to those who see it to think about or meditate on the life and devotional service of Sripada Bhakti Tirtha Swami.
The Samadhi in Gita Nagari is a memorial monument that will allow a visitor to singular focus on Sripada Bhakti Tirtha Swami who worked, strived, struggled, suffered, hoped, cried and endured for all of us.
A physical structure will be a source of permanent inspiration for everyone, especially since Gita Nagari was dear to his heart and was where he spent his final days at Gita nagari. This was one of his last desires in the service of HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
We have 500 pictures in special offering for Srila Prabhupada, Bhakti Tirtha Swami and Disciples, your servants:
Chaitanya Lila das a. & Sachimata devi dasi

- To Amplify Slide Show - With 500 Slide Show
- Only Pictures - 500 Pictures:
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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Bhakti Tirtha Swami Puspa Samadhi Ceremony

Please join us on Saturday, July 7, 2007 in observance ofthe disappearance day of His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami. This year, we will be honoring the installation of Maharaja's puspa samadhi in Gita Nagari. The program begins at 11:00 AM.

For more information, contact:

.Vrajalila devi dasi at 301.871.2577.

Rathayatra Organizing Committee - ISKCON Toronto

On July 14-15th, 2007, ISKCON Toronto will be celebrating our 35th Annual Ratha-Yatra: Festival of Chariots. Toronto's Ratha-Yatra has the unique distinction of being accredited by Madhuha das, the organizer of the traveling Festival of India tour, as having the largest Ratha-Yatra in North America, drawing over 35,000 people! The festival kicks off with a parade on the Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and makes its way down Yonge Street, carving it's way right through the heart of downtown Toronto. Following the parade Lord Jagannath, Lady Subhadra and Lord Balaram travel to the Centre Island in Lake Ontario in a pleasant ferry ride, staying there overnight with festivities continuing on the Sunday.

This year's festivities will be highlighted with the theme of "International ISKCON", showcasing Prabhupada's impact on the world along with the positive role that ISKCON plays in different parts of the globe. A special presentation will be "Prabhupada: World Memories" where we will have many Prabhupada disciples sharing stories of Srila Prabhupada from his preaching around the world. Already confirmed to attend are HH Jayadvaita Maharaj, HH Candramauli Maharaj, HH Bhaktimarg Maharaj, HG Malati Prabhu, HG Dravida Prabhu, HG Yadubar Prabhu, HG Vishakha Prabhu & HG Krishna Nandini Prabhu.

Toronto's Ratha-Yatra will host the Youth Ministry's bus tour. Festival site will have two stages packed with exciting plays, dances , rocking kirtans, rock bands and lots of drumming sessions!!! There will be sumptuous Prasadam available to be relished by the pleasant lake side.
At ISKCON Toronto's Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinath temple, the Ratha-Yatra Organizing Committee and the congregation members are working hard to make this festival more unique in every way.

For any questions or comments please send us an email by visiting our website:

Contact details of the temple:
243 Avenue Road
Toronto, ONM
5R 2J6
(416) 616-5136


Charles River, Boston - Cambridge, MA


Jagannatha Snana-yatra in mayapur, Parts 1, 2 and 3

This is video from Jagannatha Snana Yatra festival, when Lord Jagannatha with His brother Baladeva and sister Subhadra are bathed in celebration of appearance this wonderful form, after this JBS are going to take bed-rest for 2 weeks before Ratha Yatra - festival of chariots, when devotees pool Them back to Vrindavan.

People came from surrounding vilagers to bathe the Lord.

Jagannatha Snana-yatra in Mayapur, Part 1 Pa

Jagannatha Snana-yatra in Mayapur, part 2 - soap bath

Jagannatha snana-yatra in Mayapur, part 3

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Pujari Work Wanted

by Hare Krsna das
I am a pujari of Lord Jagannath. I have 20 years' experience of Deity worship. I have worked in Juhu Mumbai, Sri Radha Partha-sarathi Mandir and Hyderabad Temple as well as in many other temples of ISKCON. Presently i am in New York and staying with a godbrother. I am looking for Deity worship service in any U.S. temple, under the following conditions.

They will provide me a room, boarding, food, medical expenses and salary of at least $ 700 per month.

They will provide me a return air ticket to India once every six months.

If you are interested kindly contact me at my this e-mail:

Srimad Bhagavatam in the Home Brings All Good Fortune, Happiness, and Freedom


Sri Jagannath Snana Yatra Mahotsav Ki Jai!

Hope this meets you in best of your health.

It is Utsav time at Mayapur!

We had a wonderful Panihati festival remembering Lord Nityananda Prabhu’s mercy on Raghunath das Thakur and distributed Cida-dahi to more than 20,000 pilgrims.

Snana Yatra Mahotsav of Sri Jagannath, Sri Baladev and Sri Subhadra devi at Rajapur, Simantadvipa , devotees were ectastic continuously bathing the divine form of the Lord.

Hati vesha darshan of the Lord Jagannatha is a sight to behold. Traditionally it is accepted that the Lord bestows all benedictions and blessings upon those fortunate enough to be there to see Them there in Their Elephant masks.

Take a moment to have these important darshans and receive the blessings of the Lord.
Some more photos are added at Don’t miss to catch the glimpse of Ratha-yatra on 16th. (Photos at on 17th)

If you need any assistance in Mayapur feel free to write to me.
Your humble servant
Gopijan ballab das

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for daily deity darshan and festival updates.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Animal Rights Conference 2007

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Friday, June 22, 2007

The Krishna Community Needs Your Support!

Sri Vrindavana Dham is a unique project, not only for Kazakhstan, but for the entire former Soviet Union. It is located on a lake shore 25 km away from the commercial capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty city. Sadly, because of religious persecution, this Krishna community may be driven away from their property and homes at any moment.

we need your help to relocate dozens of devotees and their temple, plus thirty beautiful cows and their barn. Please take a moment to choose one of the following options to donate:
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