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Hong Kong: 
Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai in 
a Temple of Mirrors

Hong Kong, ISKCON's Temple of Mirrors

More photos inside

Srila Gour Govinda Swami, 
the Pride of ISKCON

By Nruhari dasa

Srila Gour Govinda Swami, the Pride of ISKCON

A Brief Life Sketch of Srila Gour Govinda Swami

Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja made his appearance as Braja Bandhu Manik in a Vaisnava family on 2nd September 1929. He appeared in the village of Jagannathapur, not far from Jagannath Puri Dham, in Orissa, India, but as his mother was descended from the Giri family of the village Gadeigiri, Braja Bandhu spent his childhood there. His grandfather was a paramahamsa whose only business was to chant Hare Krishna and cry before the local Deity of Krishna known as Gopal Jiu. He taught Braja Bandhu how to chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra by counting on his fingers. In the company of his uncles, Braja Bandhu would travel from village to village chanting Hare Krishna and singing the songs of Narottam Das Thakur.

From the age of six, Braja Bandhu worshiped the Deity of Gopal by making garlands, and sometimes, under the light of a candle, by singing hymns for Him from palm-leaf manuscripts. He would never take any food that was not offered to Gopal.

News from Puerto Rico
By Nandini devi dasi

News from Puerto Rico

Hare Krishna! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

My name is Nandini devi dasi, and I want you to know that much is happening here in New Govardhan Hill, in the beautiful mountains here in Puerto Rico.

About three years ago, Vakreshavara Pandit prabhu returned to his eternal service to his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, serving once again in the Puerto Rico yatra. Upon his return, the temple property was in shambles. Overgrown, the land had been unkept for years. The temple itself had also been neglected, and the devotees here, though very sincere, could barely maintain the deities.

Lovisha: What Sort of 
Devotees Are We?

By Niscala devi dasi

Reading CHAKRA recently, I wondered if it was a website for devotees, which of course implies humanity, or something else. A devotee writes in with news of the shocking death of his niece, but rather than reach out with condolences, sympathy, and support, several readers instead lodged complaints about him, for giving them a description which was "gruesome" "disturbing" and "sensational" All this indicates total narcissism, or absorption in oneself, in how this person is making me feel, rather than concern for the personal challenge and torment that another soul must be experiencing.

BTG Collection for Sale
By Apurva dasa

Dear Vaisnavas,

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

I have an almost complete collection of Back to Godhead magazines dating back to 1970 — over 150 with binders. I am willing to let them go for $350 or best offer. Anyone interested please contact me at (336) 373 8809 or (336) 379 7935.

Your servant,
Apurva dasa

Lovisha: Harinam is the Answer
By Satyahit das

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Chaitanya's Sankirtan Movement.

Reading about Lovisha certainly did trigger some horror, etc., and as we know, this horror upon animals goes on as a normal daily affair meant for sale in the supermarkets. So therefore, we can understand that this brutality will be reflected in human society due to the laws of karma.

Please Pray for Somaka Prabhu
From Lilavilasini dd

Dear Devotees,

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

Unfortunately, yet another of Srila Prabhupada disciples has returned to His Divine Grace. His Grace Somaka Prabhu has passed away after having cancer for some months. All devotees are asked to please pray for him.

Your humble servant,
Lilavilasini dd

Mother Hladini 
Memories: Correction

From Malati-manjari dasi

Dear Prabhus,

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

I want to thank whoever has put my request for memories about Hladini Mataji on your web site. However, I used an expression that is not really befitting to the situation, and I beg you to change that if possible. Instead of saying she was executed in Liberia it would be better to say she was murdered, as one devotee pointed out that to "execute" means to put to death especially by carrying out a lawful sentence. And that, of course, doesn't hold true for this great saint who was shot by a rebel leader.

Moldova Needs Help
By Tapasya dasa

Dear Devotees,

I am writing this letter to ask the help of our worldwide community. I recently visited the Republic of Moldova, and the impression of that visit has affected me deeply. The country is suffering from extreme financial duress. The community of devotees are struggling to keep their small preaching effort alive. They have suffered much loss recently, including the loss of their temple building. With the approval of Niranjana Maharaja (current GBC) I have built a webpage to help generate emergency funds for this yatra: www.harekrishnamoldova.com

Clarifications on My 
Article About Lovisha

By Sri Nandanandana dasa

First of all I’m glad for the devotees that wrote in to Chakra, and sent emails to me, or those I talked with on the phone who appreciated my article, called "Why I’m Determined to Spread Spiritual Knowledge." And I’m also sorry that some felt it was too graphic. But the first thing I want to do is ask Rahul what he was talking about when he says in his first letter: "The statement that because of this incident I want to preach more and that this incident is worse than the US attacks is completely Absurd." And then in your second letter you continue with: "To consider that the Americans had suffered less than the girl mentioned would not be correct."

You bet it wouldn’t be correct, which is why I want to know where you are getting this. Where in my article did I say that?

Book and Web Site on 
Vegetarian Restaurants

By Jada Bharata Dasa

Spiritual Guides has produced a new up-to-date, extremely detailed book called USA Vegetarian Restaurants and Natural Food Stores that lists vegetarian restaurants and natural food store all over America. It is an up-to-date 668 pages guide with over 2,500 detailed listings by city and state. It especially emphasizes are the various Govinda’s and devotee restaurants around the country.

TV and Children
By Bhaktin Alex MacKenzie

Dear Devotees,

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

I am writing a paper for distribution to my local devotee community on the effects of television viewing on children, especially those under five years. I have collected a large amount of scientific research about the effects of television on children's intellectual and social development, but I would also like to include some perspectives on how it impacts spiritual development.

You could help by letting me know, confidentially, what you think about this issue:

Somaka Maharaja Leaves Body

Somaka Maharaja

Dear devotees,

With a saddened heart, we announce the passing away of Somaka Maharaja. He was affected by an incurable disease, and in the evening of the 18th of this month, his body ceased to function.

He was Italian born and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1972. He faithfully served in ISKCON almost his entire life. He was a sannyasi and an initiating guru. He relinquished his position a few years ago and retired.

He was loved and respected by everyone. The Italian devotees especially mourn the great soul who gave them so much.

Writings about him are published on the Italian web site www.isvara.it

Hare Krishna!

Looking for Friends
From Vrndavanalila dasi

Dear Prabhus

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

My name is Vrndavanalila dasi, and my Guru-Maharaja recently left ISKCON. I use to be able to chant 16 rounds a day but am no longer able to do so. I would like to hear from devotees who have also lost their Guru-Maharaja and find out how they keep chanting 16 rounds a day.

Thank you.

Please send e-mail to violahow24@hotmail.com 

2003 Mayapur Gaura 
Purnima Festival

from Bhakti Purusottama Swami

2003 Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival

Dear Devotees,

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

With great pleasure we invite you to the 2003 Mayapur Gaura Purnima Festival.

Srila Prabhupada said Mayapur was his place of worship, and thus it is a house of worship for his followers. Therefore, during this year's festival, there will be longer and more kirtans by which we will worship the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In fact, the kirtana hall in the temple is being expanded so more devotees can participate in the temple programs.

We will be providing free prasadam and free accomodations in the guest house dormitories (prior booking required) to all devotees so they will feel very welcome in their house of worship.

Western Union Service 
in Sri Mayapur

From Bhadra Balaram das

ISKCON Mayapur
ISKCON Mayapur

Dear devotees,

Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I am glad to inform you that by the grace of Lord Krishna, now we have started Western Union (WU) money transfer service from Sridham Mayapur itself. Now you can pick up your Western Union money transfer from our ISKCON Mayapur office, Mayapur Travel Seva. This service is offered absolutely free.

Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s 
Three-Week Preaching Tour 
of Eastern Europe

By Jishnu Das

(This list captures the spirit of Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s preaching in whatever part of the world His Holiness visits these days.)

1. He was a presenter at a conference in Odessa, Ukraine, in the auditorium of the old KGB headquarters, for scientists who are interested in metaphysics as a way to address the problems in society. The scientists were from different countries in CIS. His books were also featured.

2. Gave a seminar at the Moscow Academy of Business on "Leadership for a new era."


Needed: Memories 
of Mother Hladini

From Malati-manjari dasi

Dear Devotees,

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

I am assisting Yamuna Prabhu (SDG) in writing a biography about Mother Hladini, the Prabhupada disciple who had served Lord Jagannath for many years in New Vrindavan and who was murdered in Liberia in 1990. We have already compiled many interviews, but surely there are many more devotees out there who had her association and are willing to share their valuable memories.

Please contact me directly. Thank you very much.

Your servant,
Malati-manjari dasi

Festival in the Philippines
From Jurgen Jansen

Festival in the Philippines

Hare Krishna.

Every year around the beginning of August, devotees from all over the Philippines come together for a weekend festival of hearing, chanting, and associating. The event also coincides with the Vyasa Puja celebration of His Holiness Giridhari Swami.

Damodara Festival at 

Throughout this month, devotees commemorate the pastime of naughty Lord Krishna's being bound with ropes by Mother Yasoda. Devotees offer lamps daily and sing the Damodarastakam prayers.

Here at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, we invite all of you to visit the temple to celebrate this most intimate of festivals, where we worship the childhood pastimes of Lord Sri Damodara (Krishna).

The Offering of Lamps to Lord Damodara will take place at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir as follows:

Daily at 8:00am, Wednesdays at 7:00pm, Sundays at 6:00pm

Service Opportunity 
for Children’s Books

From Syamasundara das

Dear Friends and Vaishnavas,

Hare Krsna. Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We need serious people to associate with a 'program of 10,000 years' and help a well-established publishing house of Children's Krishna Conscious Books (based on the Teachings of Srila Prabhupada) to Promote India's Ancient Wisdom.

Krsna-Balarama Web Site
From Madhusudan das

Dear Vaisnava Community,

Vrindavan.Com and Vrindavan Food for Life, are pleased to announce 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.

These pictures are organized first according to year and then by festival day. We pray that everyone will find some inspiration from them. We welcome suggestions to improve this service.

Life at the Dead Sea
By Kavicandra Swami

Whenever I come to Israel, a group of us goes to the Dead Sea. It is an opportunity for revival of the material body as well as a retreat for more hearing and chanting.

As we were about to leave on the first day, I took one last walk on the beach. Passing the lifeguard stand, I saw a girl who normally was not there. She saw that I was chanting japa and called out, "Are you Hare Krsna?"

"Yes," I said. Are you a Hare Krsna?" which is my usual reply.

"Sort of," she said.

Like most young Israelis, she had gone to India. She said she had been determined not to get into any spiritual things, but it just caught her. She stayed at Pushkar, which has become practically an Israeli community.

Lovisha: The Language 
Could Be More Refined

By Rahul Siotia

Hare Krishna,

To consider that the Americans had suffered less than the girl mentioned would not be correct. Who knows many of the people in the towers might have suffered greatly in trying to rescue their lives. I think we should not undermine certain incidents. I had just mentioned that the language could be more refined. In fact I have received much mail saying that the content might disturb the African devotees and other people in general very much.

Lovisha: Needlessly Graphic
By S. HariKrishna

Dear Chakra,

I am in full agreement with the position of Sri Rahul Siotia regarding the needlessly graphic descriptions in Sri Nandanandana dasa's news article dated 10th October 2002.

I understand the writer's rationale for attempting to bring us face to face with the stark ugliness of this material world. I have no ill feelings towards Sri Nandanandana dasa or his work, for which I have the highest respect.

Nevertheless, I think it is important that a certain culture be observed on forums such as these, which are dedicated to Vaishnavas and Vedic culture. 

Srila Prabhupada’s Lectures through E-Mail
From Pragosh das

Dear devotees,

Dandavat pranams. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Subscribers at www.PrabhupadaVani.org  are about to receive Srila Prabhupada's Srimad-Bhagavatam lectures through email (transcription and Real Audio link). The deliveries will start soon. To this date, approximately 300 lectures on Bhagavad-gita have been delivered. Anyone interested in this service is welcome.

Thank you.

Pragosh das

Web Site for Devotee Women
By Nitya Devi Dasi

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

After some thought and numerous requests to set up a bulletin board system for ladies in Krsna consciousness, my husband (Murari Dasa) and I announce the completion of our brainchild. The forum is called "As Devi Sees It" and the purpose is to bring Vaisnavis together to share advice and otherwise associate in this wonderful virtual satsanga environment. These forums are password protected and fairly moderated (although not by ISKCON or any other institution). For more information or to sign up, please contact me.

Your servant,
Nitya Devi Dasi

Why the Name "Chakra"?
By Bhakta Jack

Dear nice Devotees,

First, let me say I appreciate the news, views of all the devotees that come into my house (via computer). There are so many different types of devotees and all with something to give.

But — oh yes, there's a but — why oh why didst thou in all your web wisdom call the site Chakra? Didst thou not know that Sri Visnu has two objects for His devotees— flower and conch— and two objects for chastisement, one a club and the other a chakra?

Samples of Srila Prabhupada’s  Hair Needed
by Yudhisthir das

Dear Prabhus, Maharajas, and others:
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

For several years now the definitive proof that Srila Prabhupada was not poisoned has been within easy reach but has not yet been taken advantage of. A simple but highly reliable scientific testing method that has been in use for decades can ascertain whether a hair sample contains any toxic elements or not. This method is widely used by law enforcement and is legally valid evidence.

Books have been written on the subject of Srila Prabhupada's ostensible poisoning, debating details, coincidences, and speculations, but a few tests of His Divine Grace's 1977 hair will settle the matter once and for all. Bas! No more debate or doubts.

Vaisnavas C.A.R.E., Inc., Newsletter
August, 2002

ISKCON Philadelphia Hosts Hospice Seminar

On August 10, 2002, Sangita devi dasi, RN, Certified Hospice Educator, led a seminar/workshop entitled, "Hospice Care for the Departing Vaisnava" at the ISKCON Philadelphia temple. Eighteen devotees participated from Pennsylvania, California, and Idaho as well as England. Guest speakers included, Sachi Pattinson, MA, Crisis Therapist, and Shradhdha Patel, RN, BSN Supervisor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Brahmachari and the Chaste Wife
Adapted from the Nrsimha Purana

The following story from the Nrsimha Purana appeared in issue number 11 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita Bindu, the free fortnightly email magazine from ISKCON Gopal Jiu Publications. It illustrates the negative effects of pride as well as the power of a chaste lady.

Special Power

There was once a righteous brahmana named Kasyapa. He had mastered all of the scriptures and was expert in explaining them. Disinclined to performing another's duty, he was daily absorbed in the worship of Lord Narasimha and was always engaged in performing yajna. Every morning and evening he would offer oblations into the sacred fire and he would always show proper hospitality to the brahmanas and guests at his residence.

His wife was named Savitri. She was a high-minded lady, was honored for her virtue, and led a spotless life in service to her husband. Due to her chastity and devotion she was endowed with the power of knowing things beyond the range of the senses.

Diary of a Traveling Preacher
Volume 4, Chapter 24

By Indradyumna Swami

September 22 – October 16, 2002

While in Kazakhstan, I corresponded with several devotees about visiting Nepal before going to Vrindavan, India, for my annual retreat. We made plans to trek to the Kali Gandaki River in the Himalayas during October to search for sacred salagram silas. The great Vaisnava saint, Gopala Bhatta Goswami, walked to the Kali Gandaki 500 years ago, after receiving an order from Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to look for salagram silas. I had made the three-week journey from Kathmandu myself, and found it invigorating and the exotic nature of Nepal fascinating.

We had already purchased our tickets to Kathmandu when I read an announcement from the American government warning its citizens of the risk of traveling in Nepal. The notice said that while Maoist insurgents are losing support for their guerrilla war against the Nepalese authorities, the situation remains dangerous for Americans.

Personal Transformation & 
Life Skills Workshop 
in New York City

By Bhaktin Miriam

Personal Transformation & Life Skills Workshop

This past spring, during the Memorial Day Weekend, a wonderful course took place here in New York City's Brooklyn Temple. It was appropriately titled "Personal Transformation/Life Skills Workshop" and was given by Dhira Govinda prabhu with the assistance of Malini dasi and Kaunteya prabhu. Kaunteya prabhu came all the way from India to help with the course.

Twenty people signed up and attended the workshop. It had a mixture of devotees and non-devotees from all walks of life. Professionals, non-professionals, a full time devotee, housewives, friends of devotees, young and old, etc.

From Subhadra-mayi devi dasi

I'd like to thank all the devotees who so kindly send me help in regards to my letter. I am so grateful. Especially since I am a stranger to all these wonderful devotees and still they helped me out. There is no way I can sufficiently express my gratitude but I can only pray to achieve this quality also: to help those in need, whoever they are.

I hope that one day I will be able to do something like that for others too. This help has meant so much to me. Thank you again.

Your aspiring servant,
Subhadra-mayi dd

[See "Help in Exchange for Work" Chakra 29 July 2002]

San Francisco Ratha Yatra 2002
—The Best in Years

By Bhakta Jerry

Tears of joy and chills of amazement overcame me as I stood in the midst of the Festival of India in Golden Gate Park. How could a festival of such ecstatic grandeur be the result of one individual? This festival is proof that His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is indeed Jagad Guru, as he single-handedly created a spiritual family of epic proportions. No matter what Vaisnava group one is following these days, we were all celebrating together at San Francisco Ratha Yatra only because of Srila Prabhupada's unlimited mercy on the world.

"The Changes" Web Site

from Jayadvaita Swami

The "changes" and the original manuscripts side by side.

You'll find more than 70 interesting, instructive, and controversial differences between the first and second editions of Bhagavad-gita As It Is —shown side by side with the version found in the original manuscripts — at this address:


Lovisha: Disturbed by the Response
By Vyenkata Bhatta Dasa

Hare Krishna,

Thank you very much for publishing Sri Nandanandana Prabhu’s moving and heartfelt article regarding the heinous murder of Lovisha and Sri Nandanandana Prabhu’s subsequent realizations about the necessity of disseminating spiritual knowledge. I found the article to be well written, appropriate, and — albeit in a stark and sobering way — inspiring.

I forwarded the story along to a non-devotee friend who was also incredibly moved and impressed with the level of compassion and intelligence present in the article. She is only beginning to learn about ISKCON, and she shared her appreciation at how genuine, caring, and "real" the devotee-writer seemed to be.

So I was understandably dismayed to read a virulently negative response from CHAKRA reader Rahul Siotia.

Looking for a Husband
From Mahasakti dasi

Hare Krsna,

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

I am a 35+ female devotee of Krsna living near the Burnaby temple, and I am writing to ask if you would kindly help me find a good devotee husband.

I am a single mother of a very charming little two-year-old son whose name is Shyam. He says "Haribol" every day and loves to participate in kirtans and Harinams too. His father has not been in his life since before he was born, and I am looking for a good devotee husband who loves children so that my son can have a good father (and grow up to be a devotee).

Rathayatra in Guadalajara, Mexico
By Bhakta Jaime 

Lord Jagannatha
Lord Jagannatha (not the 
Guadalajara Deity)

Dear Prabhus and Matajis,

All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

The Ratha-Yatra Organizing Committee gladly invites you all to the 26th Festival of the Giant Cars in the city of Guadalajara.

The festival will begin on November 2 with a parade starting at 12:00 along the traditional route through downtown Guadalajara, followed by cultural events in University Square, located in the heart of the city. 

On Sunday November 3, the cultural events will continue, including devotional music, traditional Indian dance, devotional theater, and exhibitions of photographs, culinary specialties, and arts and crafts. There will also be transcendental distribution of prasada (Food For Life).

Niles Rathayatra Inaugurated
By Prema Bhakti dasa and Tapati devi dasi

Niles Rathayatra Inaugurated

By the strong desire of Srila Prabhupada and the predecessor acaryas, along with the blessings and good wishes of gurus and Vaisnavas, the Rathayatra festival was inaugurated in Niles, Michigan, on Saturday, September 28, 2002.

Taking part in the yearly Apple Festival parade, Lord Jagannatha, the master of the Universe, along with His powerful brother Balabhadra, and between Them, Their beautiful sister Subhadra, seated on Their chariot, blessed the fortunate residents of Niles with Their merciful glances, to the resounding vibration of the Holy Names.

Looking for a Husband
From Shalini

Dear Devotees,

Hare Krsna. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prapbhupada.

I am 28+ years old, Indian (Delhi). I have been practicing Krishna Consciousness for the past two years in various capacities, as per the circumstances. I am now trying to be regular with chanting 16 rounds and have been following the four regulative principles for almost two years.

Available for Service
From Madhavi

Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Radha Krishnachandra.

This mail is from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. Please accept it.

I am a deep devotee of Lord Sri Krishna. To me, He is everything. I have left everything that is material for Him. I don’t have even one percent interest in this material world. Thus, I have decided in favor of renunciation.

Sir, I am sending this mail with lots of hope. Now I am not able to lead a material life. I want to spend all my time and energy for the sake of my Lord. I have had this consciousness from my childhood. I have read many of Prabhupada's writings.

Looking for Thakur Haridas dasa
From Bhakta Ed Quesada

Please accept my most humble obeisances.

Could you please help me look for a certain Thakur Haridas, formerly known as Tota Gopinath. His karmi name is Tom Kennedy. He showed me the way to Krishna consciousness, and Krishna in my heart is telling me to get in touch with him after 19 years. Otherwise I would not be thinking about him so much nowadays.

Thank you very much in advance.

Hare Krishna!

Bhakta Ed Quesada

Looking for Vishwa Devi Dasi
By Archana Sharma

Dear Prabhuji/ Mataji,

Hare Krishna! All Glories to Srila Prabhupad!

I am Miss Archana Sharma from Bombay, daughter of Srinivas Acharya das (chief editor, ISKCON Juhu, Bombay). I have been searching for the address of a mataji who used to serve ISKCON Juhu Mandir in the sewing room for the Deities, Shri Shri Radha Rasabihari.

The name of the mataji is Vishwa devi dasi.

Chennai: Funds Needed
By Goura Krishna das

ISKCON Chennai needs one million dollars to complete the temple structure. We seek generous contributions from devotees around the world. We are just a few devotees, and it is our humble appeal to Chakra’s readers. Contributions can be sent in favor of ISKCON Chennai.

Your servant,
Goura Krishna das 

SAT, Oct 19 Maha Harinam

@ Times Square with Vakreshvar Pandit, Laksmi Nrsingha and Shastivar prabhus

Three of the BIGGEST kirtaneers in ISKCON are converging in NYC on SAT Oct 19 - Vakreswar Pandit, Laksmi Nrsingha, and Shastivar prabhus. The occasion is another of our famous, late evening Times Square Maha Harinams.

Everyone is invited to attend the program. There will be a program that day, come rain or shine (bhajans/kirtans inside the temple if it rains). 

Check out updates to this and other events on 2nd Ave's website:

Gaura-Nitai: A Nectar 
Shower over Kansas City

By Bhakta Eero,
Rupanuga Vedic College

Gaura-Nitai: A Nectar Shower over Kansas City
Photos inside

At the recent Janmastami celebration a month and a half ago, Rupanuga Vedic College was blessed by the stunning presence of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai in Their arca vigraha [Deity] forms (see photo). A finely crafted, marble altar was assembled by the students and congregation in preparation for the installation, and the temple room underwent a dramatic transformation (see photo). All welcomed the Deities amid the Janmastami festivities with the ceremonial fire sacrifice followed by bathing. Later during the midnight arati, They were unveiled on Their new altar.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai!

Subotica Rathayatra: 
First Urban Rathayatra 
in Yugoslavia

by Damodara Prema das
Subotica Rathayatra

The first urban ISKCON Rathayatra in Yugoslavia was held in Subotica on 28 September 2002. The Rathayatra festival was attended by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja and around thirty devotees from Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Italy, and Hungary and had been organized with pioneering efforts by Ivesvara das and devotees from Serbia. The festivities started at 1:00 p.m. The chariot with Their Lordships Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subhadra started from the city hall and proceeded to the main pedestrian zone in the city center, moving around the big fountain.

Pilgrimage to Ahobilam

Lord Nrsimhadeva

Journey to the jungles of south-central India where Lord Nrsimhadeva appeared to protect His devotee Prahlad and liberate Hiranyakashipu. Part of the pillar from which the Lord appeared still towers over the rugged terrain of a vast wildlife reserve where tigers and bears roam freely throughout the nava (nine) holy shrines. Over a generation ago, H.H. Indradyumna Swami explored this uninhabited region and wrote an article for Back to Godhead magazine about his amazing experiences. Now, a young Nrsimha bhakta who is one of the second generation of devotees, takes you on an intimate tour of all of the temples and additional places of interest in the region. 

Lovisha: Why Publish This?
By Rahul Siotia

The message posted by Stephen Knapp on Chakra regarding the rape and murder of a girl is highly objectionable. In a spiritual forum like Chakra, such brutal stories should not be published. The moderator should edit the story or ask the sender to do so. Sensational stories such as these can disturb the devotee community.

Lovisha: Let’s Try Our Best
Name Withheld

Dear Devotees,

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

Although it was hard for me to read of Lovisha’s fate, I found Sri Nandanandana dasa’s article, “Determined to Spread Knowledge” very inspiring. Srila Prabhupada was so compassionate and merciful to have given us the gift of Krsna consciousness but we must accept this gift by taking responsibility for it. We must do everything possible to center our lives around Krsna and to share Krsna consciousness with others. We must all take it as our personal mission and pray to Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai to help us make this world a more-loving place or at least a less-hating place. 

Festival of Lights in Utah
From Caru dasa

The Krishna Temple at 8628 S State St in Spanish Fork invites everyone to come celebrate Deewali on Sat. Nov 2 from 6 pm: classical and folk dancing, live music, drama, ceremony of lights, huge vegetarian feast, and offering of respects to a live cow.

The Indian New Year is traditionally heralded with the Festival of Lights (Deepa means "lights"). Households put lamps in every window, and temples brightly illuminate altars to bring in the best for the upcoming year. Also, the date of the festival coincides with the return of the avatar of God, Sri Rama, to His ancestral kingdom after an exile of 14 years and many adventures. All the citizens welcomed Rama’s return home by brightening up the entire city of Ayodhya and setting off fireworks.

Third Bi-Annual Japa Beach Retreat
By Ananda Goldstein

We invite you to our third bi-annual Japa Retreat at the beach in Northern North Carolina, USA. Fri-Sun November 1 - 3.

A weekend for the Rejuvenation of mind, body and Krishna Consciousness.

A mental break from day to day burdens in order to fix the mind on the holy names.

The Nitai Pada Kamala Boat
By Pritivardhana Das, 
Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapura

Nitai Pada Kamala:
Nitai Pada Kamala:
Lord Nityananda's 
Lotus Feet

"The boat party must continue preaching" — Srila Prabhupada, letter 7 December 1976

An Appeal for Financial Support to Revive the Nitai Pada Kamala Boat Preaching in Mayapura

Brief History

In the 1970s the Nitai Pada Kamala made many trips out of Mayapura to villages along the Ganges bank. Some voyages went as far as the islands in the Bay of Bengal. On several occasions Srila Prabhupada personally traveled on the boat.

Over 15 years ago, the craft was stolen and the program abruptly came to a close. After a long court battle, the boat was finally recovered in a pitiable condition and has since been lying near the Ganges in disrepair.

Israel: A Coming Together
By Kavicandra Swami

Israel: A Coming Together

After reading the awesome accounts of Indradyumna Swami’s preaching, I am quite embarrassed to tell about my little tours. But drops of water fill the jar, and I do believe that Krsna appreciates our efforts, no matter how puny they may be. It is always blissful to be able to meet non-devotees and tell them something about Krsna and give them books. I am quite late with this account but here are some memories of my last visit with the Druze. This was all arranged by Vibhisana prabhu, a long time Israeli devotee who now concentrates his preaching with the Druze.

A Reason Why I Am 
Determined to Spread 
Spiritual Knowledge

By Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa)

When you see the people of the world who are troubled or confused by the violence, the political upheavals, the poverty, or the lack of unity on this planet, it's natural to want to do something about it. And for me, that something is to try and spread deep spiritual knowledge, especially the universal truths which are provided by the Vedic culture. But this need for doing something has never come home to sit with me as much as it has recently with an incident that took place in South Africa. It has disturbed as well as motivated me even more than the violence that brought down the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a year ago.

Yadunatha Das Leaves Body
By Anana Moya dasa

Hare Krsna,

Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and to Srila Gurudeva.

This is to inform you that His Grace Yadunatha Das (age 63 yrs), a dedicated disciple of Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami left this world at 5:38pm on Sunday, 22nd September, 2002, at Monash Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Radha-Krsna Temple Album
From Ed Kemp

Enjoy your web site quite a lot. Do you happen to know of a site with the lyrics to the "Temple Album"? I have looked around but haven't had any luck. Thank you.

Ed Kemp
San Diego, CA.

From Hare Krishna das

Dear prabhus:

Pranam, Prabhupada ki jay.

I am looking information about what Prabhupada said on fumigating the temple kitchens against insects.

Your servant,
Hare Krishna das

Human Spontaneous Combustion
From Brian

I am studying human spontaneous combustion (HSC). Can anyone help me on where in Srila Prabhupada's books there is any reference to this phenomenon? Or perhaps His lectures etc? Is it attributable to the soul within or a karmic reaction or both?

Many thanks.

Hare Krishna.


Asking about Maureen
From Puddles

Dear Devotees,

I am writing to ask for any useful information on Maureen, who has cancer, and is supposed to be still in a coma from falling down some stairs, and her situation had gone from "bad to worse." She was at Sydney temple, I think. If anyone has any information could you please send it to this address : 



[See "Please Pray for Maureen" Chakra June 23, 2002]

Looking for a Wife
By Krsna das

Dear Prabhus,

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

My name is Krsna dasa. I have been practicing for 12 years and am now living on a private farm community of devotees in the USA. I would like to change ashrams and find a Vaisnava wife. 

Association Needed
From Harish Matabonu

I am a neophyte congregation devotee from Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple, and I am working in India as an AOL technician. However, I am trying to preach to Americans who come for help with AOL software.

I have been successful in making an older woman into a devotee. She is 54 years old and lives in a small village in Montana. She is chanting and wants to meet a devotee, and we both have tried a lot to have her meet someone, but in vain.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Video Sale

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Video Sale
From Siddhanta dasa 

In honor of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and the observance of the 25th year of his departure, Illumination Television is offering a 50% discount on all "Memory" and "Festival" videos. All "Memory" tapes through the end of the year are now only $10/ea. and the "Festival" videos are only $7.50/ea.

Sugar and Cows
By Danavir Goswami

Vrndavana cows
Vrndavana cows
photo: Radha Caran das (TKG)

Recently in Kansas City, the Rupanuga Vedic College (RVC) has shifted its purchase of white sugar to beet sugar. It was quite simple. We contacted our local supplier and indicated we wanted exclusively beet sugar. The two major types of refined sugar produced in the United States are cane sugar and beet sugar. Most cane sugar uses a filtering agent made from cow bones whereas beet sugar does not.

Chile Rathayatra
From Vyasadeva dasa

Vyasadeva dasa (JPS)
Vyasadeva dasa (JPS)

Dear Chakra Website:

My name is Vyasadeva (JPS), and I would like to inform you of the Ratha Yatra Festival to be celebrated on the 18th, 19th, and 20th of October in Santiago de Chile, South America.

Your servant,

Churn the Ocean of Prabhupada's Pastimes
By Deena Bandhu dasa

This year Kartik marks 25 Years of Service in Separation from Srila Prabhupada. On behalf of all the devotees of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir, we wish to invite all the followers of Srila Prabhupada to come and churn the nectar ocean of the transcendental pastimes of His Divine Grace. We have three days set aside for churning out the sweet nectar of Prabhupada memories, Nov. 6, 7, and 8th. There are no festival fees and prasadam is free for all.

Actually festivities will begin from the 4th, which is Diwali. Because we will be celebrating Govardhan Puja in the temple the next day, we will be going on Govardhan Parikrama the 4th morning right after Mangal Aroti. In the evening, as well as most evenings during the festival, there will be dramas and other cultural events.

Illumination Television Web Site
By Nityananda Ram das

Ilumination TV Web Site

Illumination Television, the producer of the A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami "Memories" video series has launched an extensive web site at www.HareKrishna.tv. Over the past decade Siddhanta Das, the owner of Illumination Television has produced 35 Memories videos featuring over 100 disciples of Srila Prabhupada providing memories of their association with their guru.

The web site features the largest collection of senior A.C. Bhaktivedanta disciple photographs ever assembled along with their quotes in pop up windows from the Memory video. In addition to streaming video taken from the Memories videos, the site has dozens of other Illumination Television productions from the Bhaktivedanta Video Library Series such as the newly released George Harrison Tribute.

Looking for Service
By Gopal das

All glories to Srila Prabhupad. Please accept my humble obeisances. Hare Krsna.

I am 51 years of age. I met His Divine Grace on March 21, 22, and 23, 1973, in Hyderabad, India, when Tamal Krsna Maharaj was in charge of the temple. Because of various family reasons, I could not join.

Right now I am serving in the temple as a housekeeping contractor in Bangalore. I have a manpower staff of nearly 150, working and taking care of the cleaning of the temple and other deparments. My children are studying.

As there is problem of this ritvik etc, I am prepared to work in any temple doing service for books, selling, enrolling members, etc, taking care of guest houses if any in the temples, all free. I do not want any payment but a place to stay and render service.

Vrindavan and Chandigarh Web Sites
By Vishal Gupta

All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupad. Please accept my humble obeisances.

My name is Vishal and I am from Jammu, associated with ISKCON for the last three years. I have done the web sites of the Vrindavan temple and Sri Sri Radha Madhav temple (Chandigarh).

Montreal Needs Devotees
By Vaidyarata dasa

My Dandavats Pranams.

I am writing on behalf of the temple administration of ISKCON Montreal. We are in urgent need of pujaris and devotees in good standing. Therefore, could you please post our page 

We thought that you might facilitate us by this simple favor.

Thank you very much.

Your servants
Devotees from Montreal,
Vaidyarata dasa

Flat in Mayapur Dham
By Koladwipdas

A Step From Chandrodaya Mandir

Fully furnished flat available only for devotees at $3600 per flat (Room+ Kitchen+ Lobby+ Bathroom). Please contact me at my e-mail:
koladwipdas@mail.com  or phone me: 03472 45442

Hare Krsna.

Your servant,

Vraj Mandal Parikrama 2002 Fees and Info
From Radharaman das

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

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

ISKCON's 16th Annual Vraj Mandal Parikrama 2002 will start on October 21st from Vrndavan and will end on November 19th. We invite you to come and celebrate Kartik and walk with us in the land of Krsna. We will serve you to the best of our capabilities under the circumstances.

Official Message from the GBC Executive Committee Regarding Vipramukhya Dasa

Dear devotees,

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

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the departure of Vipramukhya prabhu from his services as guru and sannyasa.

He has been a dedicated servant of Srila Prabhupada's movement over the last 29 years: a kind and considerate person, an attractive preacher, and always jovial and fun to be with.

In recent years he took on the great burden of being the temple president of Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of Srila Prabhupada's flagship temples.

Crooked Disciples
Told by Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami

Gour Govinda Swami
Gour Govinda Swami

The following article appeared in issue number 10 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita Bindu, the free fortnightly email magazine from ISKCON Gopal Jiu Publications.

Once a guru went to the house of one of his disciples. The disciple prepared nice food, and after the guru had eaten, the disciple wanted to show his guru-bhakti. In Ayurveda the haritaki fruit is recommended for good digestion, so the disciple came with haritaki for his guru. The guru said, "All right. Remove the unnecessary things and give me the necessary part."

That disciple was a speculator, a crooked person. He thought, "Oh, the outer portion of the haritaki is unnecessary and the inner portion is necessary." So he threw away the outer skin and gave the inner portion, the hard seed, to the guru. But with haritaki the outer skin is necessary and the inner portion is thrown away. That disciple did the opposite because he was a speculator— bharavahi, saragrahi nahin— he always accepted the unnecessary things that are not the essence.

Brahmotsavam in Germany
From Amara Prabhu Das, Yasodarani Devi Dasi, Bhaktin Beate

Dear devotees, dear friends of Lord Narasimhadeva,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Sri Sri Prahlad Laxmi Narasimhadeva.

We want to heartfully invite you to this year’s 20th Brahmotsava festival (installation festival) of Sri Sri Prahlad Narasimahdeva at Nava Jiyada Nrsimha Ksetra, Germany, October 11 - 13. Come join us and take the most merciful darshan of Lord Narasimhadeva and enjoy the wonderful seminars given by Srila Sacinandana Swami Maharaja and Srila Krsna Ksetra Prabhu.

Prabhavishnu Swami in Chicago
By Lavanga Manjari dd

For the first time in 17 years, on October 18 through 22, the Chicago temple, New Seva Kunja, will host Srila Prabhavishnu Swami. Maharaj will have two Nama-hatta programs and a few lectures and darshans. We would like to extend our warm welcome to all his disciples and wellwishers as well as their families from any part of the United States or Canada. The temple can accommodate about 5-10 devotees.

ISKCON Vraja Mandala Parikrama 2002
By Bhadra Das

The 16th Annual ISKCON Vraja Mandala Parikrama will start on Oct. 21st, from Vrindavan. Devotees will be walking through the twelve forests of Vraja Dham, where Lord Krsna's pastimes are going on eternally. Srila Prabhupada has told us to read his books and relish Lord Krsna's pastimes by reading his Krsna book. Here on Parikrama, you can read, hear, and meditate on these pastimes while being physically present within the forests where His Lilas are going on.

More than 400 devotees, with leading senior Vaisnavas and Sannyasis, are expected to join this year. Seminars and classes will be arranged through the duration of the Parikrama. Please come and experience the spiritually sublime atmosphere and relish Krsna Katha in the forests of Vraja, maintained by Vrnda Devi Herself.

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