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On Summer Tour with the Band
By Savyasaci das

What a whirlwind of a tour! After seeing the country our foreign devotees concluded that everywhere you go it was all the same-McDonalds and Wal-Marts here and there in every town and village. I do have to admit I appreciated the experience. I'm not sure if I could do it again, but just because I said that, I think you'll find me writing yet another installment of the Phish saga. I better watch what I say.

© CHAKRA 27-September-2000

Radhastami Offerings
By Vaisnavi devi dasi

Your article about Srimati Radharani's sunglasses reminded me of New Mayapura in 1985...

© CHAKRA 27-September-2000

E-zine for Young at Heart

CHAKRA (Toronto) - September 27, 2000: Youth members of the Toronto, Canada, ISKCON temple have put together an online newsletter called “Eternal Friend.” 

© CHAKRA 27-September-2000

Bhakta Burfi and the Lion
By Gaurangi dasi
(kwa-Zulu -Natal, South Africa)

Bhakta Burfi was very enthusiastic to distribute Prabhupada's books in deepest darkest Africa. While out on Sankirtana, he crossed paths with a full-grown lion. Backing away from the man-eating beast, he began to pray in earnest to Lord Nrisimhadeva. "Dearest Lord, king of all lions, you know the nature of this beast, please make him a devotee." 

© CHAKRA 20-September-2000

Bhakta Burfi Wins the Book Marathon
By Gaurangi dasi
(kwa-Zulu -Natal, South Africa)

Bhaka Burfi surprised everyone when he won the book marathon. He was not the most charming of devotees, nor was he very articulate. In fact, he had quite an embarrassing stutter when he had to speak with strangers. Confused, his far more qualified competitors wondered how he had done it! Thinking that he must have cheated in some way, they secretly followed him.

© CHAKRA 20-September-2000

Radharani Gets Sunglasses
By Adikurma das

CHAKRA (Toronto, Canada) - Say again?

No kidding. About 60 devotees and friends burst into laughter while unwrapping gifts for Srimati Radharani on Her appearance Day recently.

The reason? Someone donated a beautiful pair of sunglasses.

© CHAKRA 20-September-2000

14th Annual Vraja Mandal Parikrama 2000 - Schedule
By Lokanatha Swami

Registration and payment can be done on the day of departure. There is plenty of room for everyone so there is no need to book a space.

© CHAKRA 20-September-2000

Inauguration of Temple in Manipur, India
By Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami

CHAKRA (Manipur, India) - The Grand Inauguration of Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Manimandir, the centerpiece of University of Bhagavata Culture, is scheduled on the auspicious Kartika Purnima, Saturday, November 11, 2000.

© CHAKRA 20-September-2000

Better Chant Hare Krishna
By Bhakta Rowland

Birth, death, old age and disease are sobering facts of life, whether one is a devotee of Krishna, a Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, or whatever. Much of the ranting and raving (though not all) I've seen on the CHAKRA web site would be time better spent chanting Hare Krishna or reading Prabhupada's books.  

© CHAKRA 20-September-2000

Nimala Has Stolen My Day in Court: An Open Letter to Mr. Turley
By Raghunatha Anudasa

Most of you have heard about the lawsuit filed against ISKCON by the Turley Law firm. The following is a petition I'm circulating to send him. The reasons for this petition are given below in my letter to Turley. I will include your responses to him on this matter unless otherwise requested not to.

© 14-September-2000

Book Review: "Watering the Seed" by Giriraj Swami
By Sikhi Mahiti das

CHAKRA (Cape Town, South Africa) - One important recent development in ISKCON is that several senior disciples of Srila Prabhupada who had close association with him have begun the process of writing down their memories of him. His Holiness Giriraj Swami, who joined ISKCON in 1969 and served in the Juhu project as temple president under Srila Prabhupada's direct supervision, has recently released the first in a series of books about his experiences with Srila Prabhupada. "Watering the Seed" consists of anecdotes and articles from the pastimes and teachings of Srila Prabhupada. The book has been well received by devotees.

© CHAKRA 14-September-2000

Who Says Prabhupada Knew?
By Umapati Swami

In an article on VNN entitled "Did Srila Prabhupada Know?" Narayana Maharaja says that Srila Prabhupada knew all about the child abuse in the gurukulas but did nothing to stop it. This news, VNN tells us, "gives great happiness to all sincere followers of Srila Prabhupada." In the VNN article, Narayana Maharaja admits his own shortcomings. "Since we conditioned souls cannot understand our own spiritual nature," he says, "we surely cannot understand the sublime transcendental nature of the mahabhagavata devotee." If this is so, why does Narayana Maharaja try to interpret the actions of the mahabhagavata, whom he admits he cannot understand? And who, including VNN, will listen to someone who does not know?  

© CHAKRA 2-September-2000

Reply from Windle Turley, P.C.
By Windle Turley, P.C.

Dear Mr. Giuffre;

Although I do not respond to most of the e-mail sent to this office regarding the ISKCON lawsuit, I did want to reply to your long letter RE: " Nirmala Has Stolen My Day in Court".

© 14-September-2000

Premier of British Columbia, Canada, attends Vancouver Ratha Yatra

CHAKRA (Vancouver, Canada) - The honorable Premier of British Columbia was the special guest of honor at ISKCON Vancouver's 26th. annual Ratha Yatra festival.

© CHAKRA 14-September-2000

Vancouver Janmastami 2000

CHAKRA (Vancouver, Canada) - An estimated 7,000 guests attended this years Janmastami festival at ISKCON Vancouver. Some very prominent leaders of the government also joined in the celebration such as Ms. Sue Hammel, the multi-cultural minister of Canada. 

© CHAKRA 14-September-2000

Lima Rath Cart Wins Prize
By Ananta Krt das

CHAKRA (Lima, Peru) - On 23rd of July ISKCON Lima participated, for the first time, in a parade for Independence day, organized by a well known company here. At that event 90 different companies participated, each with their own float. Over one hundred thousand people attended the parade, and it was broadcast on television.  

PAMHO.NET Offline Unexpectedly from Friday 18:00 until Sunday
By Raktambara dasa

I'm hoping to reach you through CHAKRA with the following message.  

BBC World News: Krishnas Face Huge Abuse Claim

Former students of the Hare Krishna religious movement have filed a $400m claim against the organisation for alleged sexual and emotional abuse. They say children as young as three were abused at boarding schools in America and India in the 1970s and 1980s. The lawsuit alleges offences including rape, sexual abuse, physical torture and emotional terror. It says young girls were given as brides to older men who donated to the religious community. The current Hare Krishna leadership has carried out its own investigations and promised a compensation fund for any victims. Only one of its schools now takes boarders.

© BBC News 12-September-2000

Australian Response to Teagan's Letter
By Ajita das

The article you published from Bhaktin Teagan is extremely speculative and inaccurate, I don't take it as offensive rather extremely inaccurate and false. Without wanting to enter into details (I can if you want me to) I am informing you that I dealt with a matter mentioned my Bhaktin Teagan myself and her statements are inaccurate and false.  

Friends of Lord Krishna Performs at Gonesha Festival in South India
By Subuddhi Krishna das

The heavy clouds and intermittent showers did not hamper the enthusiasm of about 25 children who braved all odds and gave yet another memorable performance in front of a large gathering. After invoking the blessings of the Lord, the children mesmerized the crowd when each took turns leading the Jaya Radha-Madhava kirtana, reflecting the emphasis of the weekend school in developing leadership qualities.  

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