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Welcome to oldchakra.com. Basically, all of the articles from the old chakra.org website have been published on this site with a few exceptions, mostly the articles that said Srila Prabhupada or the Vedic scriptures are mistaken, although I have kept the answers to these articles.

Since the closing of the old chakra.org, I have continued to publish ISKCON news on www.dipika.org. I will not be posting any new articles on oldchakra.com, and I hope you can find what you need in the menu on the right. If you cannot, write to me at webmaster@oldchakra.com, and I will try to help.Below this note are a few of the articles from the last homepage of chakra.org.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Your servant,
Umapati Swami 

Govardhan Puja at New Vrindaban
From Madhava Gosh das

Posted November 18, 2002

Govardhan Puja at New Vrindaban

I went to the temple at New Vrindaban for Govardhan Puja and was so impressed by the display they put up that I wanted to share it with all the devotees.
Large photo inside

The Blue Jackal
Questions and Answers with 
Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

Posted November 18, 2002

The following article appeared in issue number 15 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita Bindu, the free fortnightly email magazine from ISKCON Gopal Jiu Publications.

Question: How can we have unalloyed devotion to our guru and also see the godbrother of our spiritual master as our spiritual master?

Gour Govinda Swami: We will offer the same respect to him as we pay to our spiritual master. But as Hanuman says, "Rama has occupied my heart":

sri-nathe janaki-nathe
cabhedah paramatmanih
tathapi mama sarvasvam
ramah kamala-locanah

Siksa or Diksa Sampradaya?
By Bhadra Govinda Dasa

Posted November 18, 2002

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Can we call our sampradaya a siksa sampradaya? My understanding is as follows.

Any sampradaya can be called simply sampradaya. There is no need to call ours exclusively a siksa sampradaya, as in certain quarters devotees are calling it.

The siksa sampradaya proponents just took the parampara list given in Bhagavad-gita as It Is and started explaining that ours is a siksa line, siksa parampara, etc.

Lord Nityananda
Lord Nityananda
Krsna Balarama Mandir

photo: Krsna Balarama Web Site

Sri Sri Krsna Balarama 
Photo Web Site
13 November 2002

Dear Vaisnava Community,

Vrindavan.Com and Vrindavan Food for Life, are pleased to announce that the darshan image gallery is in full swing. On festival days, just after darshan, sometimes twice a day, pictures of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Krsna-Balarama, and Sri Sri Radha-Shyamsundar are posted.

Education and the Vedic Woman
By Umapati Swami

"Kana, have you been eating mud again?" 
Mother Yasoda looks into Lord Krsna's mouth
Mother Yasoda
with Lord Krsna:

Was she uneducated?

painting © BBT

Judging from the angry, unprintable letters I have been receiving, it seems there is a misunderstanding about the education of women in Vedic times. Srila Prabhupada, people say, is teaching a conception of the Vedic society where women remain ignorant. It makes me wonder how many people actually read Srila Prabhupada’s books. It is true that Vedic women did not get degrees in business administration or sociology, but still, they were more educated than the most learned scholars in universities today.

What about Queen Kunti? Was she uneducated? People are still studying and poring over her words 5,000 years after they were spoken. And it is all in Srila Prabhupada’s books.

Offenses: Keep Them 
off the Home Page

By Ekendra Das

Dear Prabhus and Matajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

First of all thank you for maintaining the Chakra website, which gives so many devotees a chance to associate and express their perceptions and feelings on so many issues that we all must face.

My humble request is that perhaps there could be some adjustment in editorial policy. I've noticed over the years that, for me, CHAKRA can be, at best, the source of a lot of spiritual inspiration, or at its worst it can be quite discouraging. I don't think that it's broadly beneficial to individual devotees or for the greater society (which is just made up of a lot of individual devotees J ) to broadcast on the front page some of the conversation threads, especially when the conversation degenerates into bickering and/or criticism especially (however subtle it may be) of our Founder Acarya. This is a very dangerous situation, which requires an utmost sense of responsibility and alert stewardship.

Chakra Is Not an Open Forum
Umapati Swami Answers Ekendra das

Dear Ekendra Prabhu,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to your Gurudeva!

Thanks for your letter. I would like to answer some of the points:

Chakra is not an open forum and no longer publishes any articles stating or suggesting that Srila Prabhupada or the Vedic Scriptures are mistaken. 

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Vedic Arts Publications for Children
By Syamasundara das
13 November 2002

When I met Srila Prabhupada in early 1977 in Bombay, His Divine Grace instructed me to dedicate my artistic talents to make the children Krishna conscious through art.

We at Vedic Arts Publications are enthused and surely blessed by Srila Prabhupada for having already published more than 100 titles in most attractive presentations.

Meeting-Place Web Site
By Preeti Bhatia
13 November 2002

Hare Krishna, Prabhus and Matajis,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Looking at the need for a place for devotees to meet for marriage and other purposes, my husband and I have just started building up a site. It is in the very early phases, but still can prove a place for devotees to meet right away. The URL for the site is

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