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  1. Kurma dasa, AU: Blog Re-run: Non-dairy Sources of Calcium
  2. ISKCON News.com: 'God Gap' Impedes U.S. Foreign Policy, Task Force Says
  3. ISKCON News.com: Walmart's Journey to Sustainability
  4. ISKCON News.com: Belief in a Caring God Helps With Depression, Study Finds
  5. ISKCON News.com: Spanish Senate Approves New Abortion Law
  6. ISKCON News.com: Indian and Saudi Leaders Talk About Terrorism
  7. HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 364
  8. Sita-pati dasa, AU: Sita-pati analyzes examples of live debates
  9. Caitanya Mangala, CA, USA: KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Volume 1 CD now available on cdbaby, iTunes and Amazon!
  10. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Kadamba Kanana Swami
  11. Sita-pati dasa, AU: World famous in Mayapur
  12. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  19. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  20. Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: The Installation
  21. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 4 March 2010--How to Attain the Ultimate Samadhi--and--What is the Origin of Karma?
  22. Dandavats.com: What is Dharma?
  23. Dandavats.com: Bhagavat Satram @ Kochi, Kerala
  24. Dandavats.com: LORD JAGANNATH RATHAYATRA in Canberra on 20 MARCH 2010
  25. Dandavats.com: Upcoming Kuli Mela festival
  26. Dandavats.com: Six Verses on Surrender
  27. Dandavats.com: 24 Hour Kirtan in New Govardhana, Australia
  28. Dandavats.com: New Book Releases
  29. Mayapur Online: Three Logs of Wood
  30. Japa Group: Blessings From Vaisnavas
  31. Maddy Jean-claude Durr, New Govardhana, AU: Another Aussie Journey. Brisbane Leg 03: Maya No More in Nambour
  32. Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Energy From Osmosis
  33. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, March 1st, 2010
  34. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Sunday, February 28th, 2010
  35. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, February 27th, 2010
  36. Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Food For Life Global In The Washington Times
  37. H.H. Mukunda Goswami: Equal distribution of wealth, freedom for peace
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Kurma dasa, AU: Blog Re-run: Non-dairy Sources of Calcium

vegan logo:

Radhanuga from Hillsborough, NC, USA wrote:

"I'm having some problem finding a good non-dairy calcium source. My nails are starting to look whitish and soft".

My reply: There are lots of non-dairy sources of calcium...

Blackstrap molasses, Collard greens, Soy or ricemilk, Commercial soy yogurt, Turnip greens, Tofu, Tempeh, Kale, Okra, Bok choy, Mustard greens, Tahini, Almonds, Almond butter, Soy milk, etc

Sesame is brimming with calcium. In the form of tahini it is great. Combined with chickpeas in hummous, or on toast with honey...mmm...!!!

Here's LOTS of information about non-dairy calcium sources, go to:

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ISKCON News.com: 'God Gap' Impedes U.S. Foreign Policy, Task Force Says

By David Waters for Washington Post on 24 Feb 2010
Think tank believes American foreign policy is handicapped by a narrow, ill-informed and "uncompromising Western secularism."
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ISKCON News.com: Walmart's Journey to Sustainability

By Eric Wesoff for Greentech Media on 25 Feb 2010
The controversial retail giant sets a bold goal.
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ISKCON News.com: Belief in a Caring God Helps With Depression, Study Finds

Sciece Daily on 24 Feb 2010
The report from Chicago shows it's about more than just hope.
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ISKCON News.com: Spanish Senate Approves New Abortion Law

By Ciaran Giles for AP on 24 Feb 2010
The decision is the latest in a series of liberal reforms in the traditionally Catholic country.
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ISKCON News.com: Indian and Saudi Leaders Talk About Terrorism

By Nilanjana Bhowmick for All Headline News on 2 Mar 2010
The first such meeting in four years goes well beyond talk of oil.
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HH. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 364

4.06 A.M.

I woke up at 10 P.M. last night with a dream and a headache. I dreamt evil forces were against good forces. I was among the good forces, and we were trying to fight them off. Everyday I hear so much about the miseries of the material world. I was agitated hearing about the 700 people who died in the earthquake in Chile. And on the weather station they showed recent hurricanes in the US in which hundreds of people had their homes blown apart and many drowned in rivers and mud slides. Mud slides are taking place in Peru and dozens of people are dying. And on the fictional TV shows they show crimes of horrendous proportions. The material world is not a fit place for a gentleman or lady. It's full of suffering. I took medicine at ten o' clock and went back to sleep. I woke up at 2:30 and began my chanting. But after about eight rounds a slight twinge began in my right eye and distracted me. I have not been able to chant so well because of this. It doesn't enable me to chant freely and smoothly. Nevertheless I continue to chant rapidly in my mind and accumulate the numerical strength. If the sensation in my right eye increases it will further interrupt my chanting, and I will have to take medicine. I don't know what to do. I wish I could chant Hare Krishna in a peaceful state of mind without bodily pain or mental disruption. It is hard to go on when you're not in a fit state.

Trying to chant
in a pinched state
in a trouble world,
"darkness around, all
untrace, the only hope,
Your Divine Grace."
Helpless we are,
paying karma's tolls…
You wait for it to get
worse but hope it
won't. You keep repeating
the mantras as the
flood rivers rise.
Krishna has given us
His names for shelter,
but we have to transcend
our material condition
by praying out to Him
with a cool brain.
I can do it if I
just calm down
and don't make it worse
by anxious panic.

Prabhupada Smaranam

Here is Prabhupada, around 1971, taking a tour of the newly located facility of ISKCON Press near the Brooklyn temple on Henry Street. The printing manager wearing work clothes whom Prabhupada is talking to is named Advaita das. The press was located in an old warehouse and wasn't really state of the art. In his early years Prabhupada wanted a printing press, but it didn't turn out to be very practical. The devotees weren't expert, and they couldn't afford expensive equipment. But at this point Prabhupada was encouraging Advaita and his co-workers to print pamphlets and small books. Some of the books they printed had faulty bindings and fell apart. Within a couple of years from when this picture was taken Prabhupada moved the press to Los Angeles, formed the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and had the actual book printing done by professional printers, Dai Nippon in Japan. They produced The Nectar of Devotion, the Krishna book, and eventually Prabhupada was also using commercial printers in the USA. The BBT continued to do the preprinting work, editing, composing, layout and illustrations.

Advaita was enthusiastic for press work but not for personal sadhana. When Prabhupada learned that Advaita was not attending mangala-arati, he wrote him a letter to either attend or "close the press."

Prabhupada was very serious about getting his writings printed and distributed. When book distribution was going strong in the airports, the BBT once did a printing run of one hundred thousand copies of Bhagavad- gita As It Is, and it was delivered in several train containers on the railroad. His spiritual master had told him, "If you ever get money, print books," and Prabhupada followed that instruction "blindly" (to use his own word). Once the BBT fell far behind in keeping up with Prabhupada in his printing of Sri Caitanya-caritamrita and he asked them to print seventeen full volumes in two months. When the BBT manager Ramesvara Maharaja said that that rate of production was "impossible", Prabhupada replied that, "Impossible was a word in the foo’ls dictionary". Ramesvara submitted to Prabhupada and after an all-out marathon of book production the BBT produced seventeen books in two months. The printing and distributing of Prabhupada's books continues to be one of the highest priorities of the Krishna consciousness movement. "Books are the basis."

Krishna Never Leaves Vrndavana


Yesterday at the Winter Olympics
in Vancouver, Canada beat
the USA in ice hockey and
won the gold medal.
But it's
nothing to be upset about
because Krishna still killed
Vyomasura and thrust
His hot poker fist down
Aristasura's throat.

Here is what happened in
Mathura: Krishna killed Kamsa
and on the same day He installed
Ugrasena as king in a big
celebration. Then the Yadus
gathered around Krishna and treated
Him very nicely and tried to
convince Him that He was the
son of Vasudeva and Devaki and
that Nanda and Yasoda were
not His real parents and that
He should remain in Mathura.
Meanwhile, Nanda was encamped
in the garden outside of Mathura and
he was crying. Krishna and Balarama went to him and said
the Yadus are trying to convince us
that you are not our real
father, but we don't believe them.

A person likes to live
with people who love him best.
Nanda and Yasoda love
Krishna many times more than
Vasudeva and Devaki.
According to Srimad-Bhagavatam

Krishna stayed in Mathura.
But Visvanatha Cakravarti
explains in his commentary
that prema has two chambers.
One is when the
pastimes are performed and
one is where the unmanifest
are performed. In
Krishna and
Balarama did not return
to Vrndavana whereas in aprakata-lila They returned.
It is stated in the sastras,
vrndavanam parityajya
padam ekam na gacchati

"Krishna never sets a foot
outside of Vrndavana, not a
single footstep." In
He always
stays with those who
love Him the best.


So Krishna lived in Vrndavana, and
we live on earth. If we are lucky
we may hear of His pastimes and
aspire to go there. It is not
easy, but the lilas are pleasant
to hear and can overcome your
miseries and tedium.

Let’s open the book and keep
reading about Krishna and the
s and how they interacted.
They speak with different
meanings understandable only
to the pure heart.

Krishna seems to give the gopis
pain, but they only want Him
to be happy and He only wants
to bring them pleasure. Sometimes
even when they are directly with
Him they feel intense separation.
(This is called prema vaicittra)
Krishna thinks "if this gives
them so much loving madness, let
me leave Vrndavana, and they can
feel it even better." And the
think, yes let Him go and enjoy in the other
places. On one level it gives
them so much pain they'd
die except they don't want to
give Krishna distress at their
death. And He doesn't want to
die and cause them sorrow.
So He actually stays with
them in Vraja. And yet
they think He is gone away.
Who can understand these
dealings? Only the
themselves and
their pure followers.
We are advised to study
their mental states and
behavior and learn
the highest love in
all the worlds.
It must be done
with sobriety and in

Free write

In Jagannatha Puri, the face and body of Lord Jagannatha, the lord of the universe, is seen everywhere. He resides with Baladeva and Subhadra in the main mandir. There are other murtis in temples. His eyes are painted on police car windshields. Versions of His face are seen on motor rickshaws and manual rickshaws. His face is painted on houses with sometimes the word "welcome". His eyes and his smile are astonishing.

Peoples' eyes meet, and it is called eye contact. When you have eye contact with Jagannatha you are looking at God in a very unusual form. He is Krishna carved that way by a sculptor who was interrupted in his work. The king accepted the form of the Lord as He was. He was attracted to the big black pupils and the surrounding saucer-like whites of the eyes and to His simple smile. And to His form without full arms and to His colorful stripes. There is an alternative esoteric version that Krishna and Balarama and Subhadra took these contorted forms of ecstasy when They overheard Their confidential pastimes being described. I have a Prabhupada story about that esoteric version. In 1973 in Mayapur, Rukmini Dasi gave me a two page typed account of the confidential description of how it came to be that this ecstatic form of Jagannatha was manifest. She asked me to show it to Prabhupada and ask if it was accurate. I asked Prabhupada if it were true and he answered with one word, "Maybe." Then he said "we should simply worship Him." Because he answered "maybe" I personally don't tell the esoteric version of how Lord Jagannatha assumed His contorted forms. We can accept Him and worship Him with His big eyes and His simple smile and His flat head and His stumps of arms. The sculptor was interrupted in his work and refused to work more at it. The king accepted it as it was.

A very senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada said Ratha-yatras are out of style now and ISKCON should not hold them. He said they belonged to a different era and culture and they are not acceptable now. But I think Prabhupada wants the Ratha-yatras to continue. They may seem strange to people who see them as idolatry. But they are an established festival, and they feature harinama. Lord Caitanya celebrated them. ISKCON will continue to hold Ratha-yatras and the Lords will ride in the chariots down the streets of the cities. He will smile and His big eyes will shine like polished gems. Many people will not understand, but the devotees will gather and parade. It will continue.

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Sita-pati dasa, AU: Sita-pati analyzes examples of live debates

On the "featured in Mayapura" theme - Namahatta.org have put together an online compilation of analyses of debates that I did. It features an overview and analysis of five of my favorite debates - four of them involving Richard Dawkins, one with Bill O'Reilly.

You can check it out here: Sita-pati Analyzes Examples of Live Debates.

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Caitanya Mangala, CA, USA: KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Volume 1 CD now available on cdbaby, iTunes and Amazon!

KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Volume 1 CD is now available on cdbaby, iTunes and Amazon!

Heartfelt Kirtans lead by Kishori Mohan, Gaura Mani, Ananta Vrindavan, Vijay Krsna & Rasika Dasi. Click on the links above to hear previews of all the tracks and to purchase a copy today!

In ancient Sanskrit, Kirtan is the sacred, joyful, and spontaneous congregational singing and dancing for the glorification of the Divine. “Kuli” refers to a member of a “Community.” “Mela” means “Festive Gathering.” Combined, “Kuli Mela” tranforms into “A Celebration of Community.” These Kirtans were recorded live in the KulimeLA 2009 Bhajan Kutir at the New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles California.

The Kuli Mela Association is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving an international community by supporting and encouraging its members to come together as friends in service, association and empowerment. All proceeds from the sale of this album go directly to Kuli Mela Association and help facilitate future gatherings and recordings. Please support KMA by purchasing this album!

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Daily Class - H. H. Kadamba Kanana Swami - Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.13

SB 11.18.13: Having worshiped Me according to scriptural injunctions and having given all one's property to the sacrificial priest, one should place the fire sacrifice within oneself. Thus, with the mind completely detached, one should enter the sannyāsa order of life.

SB 11.18.13: Adorándome según las prescripciones de las Escrituras y dando todas las propiedades características al sacerdote sacrificador, uno debe poner el fuego del sacrificio dentro de uno mismo. Así, con la mente separada totalmente, uno debe acogerse a la orden de vida de sannyāsa.

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.13 - The sannyasa order is a nice niche for serving Krsna.


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Daily Class - Kadamba Kanana Swami

Daily Class - H. H. Kadamba Kanana Swami - Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.13

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.18.13 - The sannyasa order is a nice niche for serving Krsna.

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Sita-pati dasa, AU: World famous in Mayapur

Rhiannon (Carana Renu) tagged me a photo on facebook. I took a look at it, and was a pull-up banner outside a seminar in Mayapur, West Bengal, India called "Happy Families Happy Communities". I wondered why she had tagged me in it, until I looked at the image at the bottom:

I remember taking that photo - I'd just returned from a business trip to the United States a couple of years ago, and we were all happy to see each other again. We took that photo on the deck at Red Hill.

I published it on my blog under a Creative Commons license.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1966 March 3:
"Today Ekadasi observed. In the evening two visitors came. There were some topics on the meditation yoga. Dr. Mishra wanted my kirtan in his meetings. I am considering the proposal. The situation is adverse. Let me first of all see how they receive it in the Ananda."
1966 March 3

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1968 March 3: "I am pleased you have begun practicing for the Kirtana party. Yes, you can arrange for costumes and wig; one boy dressed as Lord Caitanya, another as Nityananda, as well as Gadadhara, Advaita with white beard and Srivasa with shaven head. Blowing of the conch shell and horns is very nice."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 March 3: "My mission of one God, one scripture, and one mantra, it is authoritative statement. In Life Magazine you will find there how nicely the American boys and girls are chanting the Holy Name. Now a very nice Sankirtana party can be organized to travel all over the world."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 March 3: "Ultimately you want to merge in the formless, or you want some material facilities, or you want to serve Krishna as His personal associate. Never mind, whatever you want, you worship one God, Krishna. The ultimate gain can be achieved as one desires."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1968 March 3: "The Indian transcendentalists who are very serious about spreading the message of Bhagavad-gita may join us and backed by the Sankirtana movement, it will be great success. And there is every possibility of oneness all over the world, without any communal differences."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1970 March 3: "Organization of the European centers and World Sankirtana Party - for these reasons I called you. You are all tested devotees, remain engaged in Krsna's service, then there will be no misunderstanding. See that the French and German BTGs are nicely done - that is my ambition."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1974 March 3: "We will present our program exactly in the line of Lord Caitanya, by kirtana, prasadam distribution and speaking from Bhagavad-gita. We cannot deviate even an inch in order to attract the followers of the ecology philosophy or any other materialistic, utopian movement."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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1974 March 3: "What is the use of knowing a number of influential leaders, since you yourself found them deficient? Our ideal will attract on its own merit, and we shall be glad to attract everyone who comes without compromising."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: The Installation

"So, the confirmed date for the installation of Sri Krishna Balaram is... May 30th!" Mukhya dasi, the temple president of Alachua, announces.


"This will be the most amazing installation ceremony North America has ever seen!"

I want to jump from the floor and do a jig. At
last. After seven years of dreaming and planning, and the more recent fundraising with sweat and blood, the temple of New Raman Reti dham has set a date to welcome Sri Krishna Balarama. Like our namesake of Raman Reti in Sri Vrindavan dham, the deities of Gaura Nitai, Radha Shyamasundar, and Krishna Balarama will finally all reside here.

And the news is greeted with scattered applause??!?

And I realize, with a laugh to myself, that this community has set over a dozen dates to install Krishna Balarama. We've been in doubt for the past seven years, so I empathize with the silence of disbelief. But something in Mukhya's tone tells me that this is it. This is

You see, the hitch has been that the only way Sri Krishna Balarama could be installed was if a new kitchen was built. A very
big, very expensive new kitchen. There was simply no way the current kitchen and pujari facilities could facilitate the growth of this community if we welcomed new deities. To cook festival feasts for two or three thousand in the current kitchen is pretty excruciating as it is.

Then Mukhya dasi took the reins of the management here about a year ago and the tide began to turn, the dream to become solid. She pushed for the fundraising drive, and I believe we were all still suspended in disbelief that it was actually happening.

But this community has raised nearly a third of a million dollars.

And so at last, over a month later after Mukhya's announcement, the kitchen is nearly finished and the reality is sinking in,
Sri Krishna Balaram are coming, and the anticipation and excitement is spreading like a deep, intense fire all over the world. People from every corner of the world will be flying, driving, and walking in to welcome Sri Krishna Balarama.

So at last, May 30th. Where will
you be?

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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Thursday 4 March 2010--How to Attain the Ultimate Samadhi--and--What is the Origin of Karma?

Being always ecstatic in Krishna consciousness boils down to one simple principle: Always remember and never forget Krishna. Of course, due to material conditioning this is easier said than done. But if we diligently endeavor to always follow this principle and sincerely beg for Lord Krishna's help, we will find that it becomes amazingly easy. When...

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Dandavats.com: What is Dharma?

By Bhakti Raghava Swami

Modern day occupations connected with factory, industry and all kinds of recently invented hard technologies, have deviated mankind from his more natural occupations connected with land, cows, nature, and God.

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Dandavats.com: Bhagavat Satram @ Kochi, Kerala

By Bhakti Vinoda Swami

On December 19th 2009, the twenty seventh annual "Bhagavata Satram" (gathering of devotees of the Bhagavat Mahapurana, also known as the Srimad Bhagavatam) the largest such gathering in South India, was held at Kochi, (also known as "Cochin"), Kerala.

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Dandavats.com: LORD JAGANNATH RATHAYATRA in Canberra on 20 MARCH 2010

Ranganath das: By the mercy of Lord Jagannatha, ISKCON Canberra temple will be celebrating Lord Jagannatha Rathayatra in Canberra on Saturday, 20th March starting at 10:30AM. This year, we will be blessed by the kind association of His Holiness Ramai Swami, and the outstation devotees who will be participating in this Maha-Harinam for the pleasure of the Lord.

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Dandavats.com: Upcoming Kuli Mela festival

Bhakta Michel: The Organizing Team for the New Mayapur Kulimela is happy to officially announce the date and place for this second european reunion after the successful gathering which took place in Radhadesh Belgium in 2008.

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Dandavats.com: Six Verses on Surrender

Pusta Krishna das: Written by and Spoken by His Divine Grace Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad to Pusta Krishna das in reciprocation for receiving a poem from him on the occasion of the 1971 Appearance Day Celebration in Bombay, India of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

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Dandavats.com: 24 Hour Kirtan in New Govardhana, Australia

Sita-pati das: Come to chant the Holy Names in at the 24 hour kirtan at New Govardhana, NSW, on the weekend of March 26-27, 2010. Special guests include Madhava and Sri Prahlada, and bhakti kirtaniyas from New Govardhana and around Australia.

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Dandavats.com: New Book Releases

Seva Priya (dd) JPS (Cong. Dev. Ministry, Mayapur - IN): Hot off the printing press and appearing in Sri Mayapur Dham this festival time are two new books.

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Mayapur Online: Three Logs of Wood

One of the main attractions of Gaura Purnima is the main stage cultural programs. We had a variety of drama and dance performances for this year Gaura Purnima festival, directed by HH Bhakti Marg Swami, Madhurya Kadamini's cloud of nectar theatre. There was a wonderful drama presented by students of Bhakti Vedanta National School on the appearance of Lord Jagannath. This is a confidential pastime, on how Krishna become ecstatic in separation of Srimati Radharani-'Radha Viraha Vidhura Krsna' form is Lord Jagannatha.

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Japa Group: Blessings From Vaisnavas

Hare Krsna my dear devotees, I hope your Festival of Gaura Purnima was great and you were able to remember how important is the advent of Lord Gauranga to this world and how lucky we are to have got the holy names of the Lord to chant. I was reading a very beautiful message on H.H. Sacinandana Swami 's site and I got this beautiful article from him, I hope you like it.

How to Obtain the Merciful Gift of Lord Gauranga
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu distributed the treasure of divine love primarily through the chanting of His Holy Names. It is said He garlanded the whole world with the Holy Names, strung on the thread of prema. That means anyone who wishes to be garlanded by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu must accept His gift of chanting the Holy Name with affection. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu will give this garland to almost anyone. The only exception is a person who wilfully commits offences against His devotees. In Caitanya Mahaprabhu's own words:

"I turn My face away from someone who offends My devotees."

"Let us today pray to become full of Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy and let us also turn our face away - away from vaisnava apraradha."

I liked very much the part that maharaj says that we were garlanded with the holy names and we must accept it with affection, means we should give great value to this chanting and avoid commiting the ten offenses, this is the only reason way we stop chanting, because we may have offended devotees or the holy names by being inattentive, so we must always be reminded that we have to have this humble state of mind to approach the vaisnavas, accept their blessings and always seek in them the good qualities they own, also we should pray every single day to Lord Gauranga in order to be free from these offenses so we can constantly chant the holy names and purify our hearts from false ego and the desire to be in control of the Lords properties.

I start by asking the vaisnavas that bless my life so I can always chant the holy names of the Lord and that I can serve them and understand through their precious preachings why I am here and how I can be free from material desires.
I thank all the humble vaisnavas that contribute to the preaching of the holy names of the Lord and pray so the Lord showers lots and lots of nice realisations to their lives bringing to them pure devotion and affection to chanting.

your servant,

Aruna devi
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Maddy Jean-claude Durr, New Govardhana, AU: Another Aussie Journey. Brisbane Leg 03: Maya No More in Nambour

Friday 5th, February 2010. We awoke for a traditional, Gujarati breakfast and then we were straight out the door. We were off north today, to a place called Nambour. It was a small time town with a big time hall, or so the word went. When we arrived in Nambour, it was indeed small time and the rain was not letting out. The streets were not so crowded and we were wondering what to do. Although we were all internally blissful, simply for the rasa, we acted a little reluctant externally. Finally, on the plea of Gaura Hari, Maharaja mustered the troopers for harinam. I started to speak in an American, military sergeant voice, ordering everyone into two straight lines. Maharaja must have missed the joke, because the next thing he said to me, suspecting the devotees to be a little uneasy, was "make them laugh Maddy".

The harinam began. Although it was my duty to make the others laugh, I couldn't help laugh at Gaura Hari's mrdanga. It was tuned far to high and it was making a humorous sound. Eventually the mrdanga regained an almost regular tone and we also jumped back into a regular sort of step. Although there was not much action on the streets, we were chanting and dancing simply for the bliss of it. The devotees lost control and transcendental ecstasy took way. We were leaping and crying out, and just generally having a really great time. I am not sure how much the few residents could relate but it brought smiles to everyone's faces. You couldn't help it, seeing that harinam, it just squeezed the joy out of even the driest individuals. At the end, Maharaja made Dina Dayal take a great big picture of the whole squad, parked on top of a street stage.

Back in the car, we were heading off to Kisori Mataji's house for lunch. She was a local devotee, staying with her husband and sister in law, Gauri, who came on our last tour in Poland. We had Lal Krsna, our yogi twin, a little worried. We convinced him that we were going back to Brisbane for lunch. "Oh no! Such a long drive?!" He exclaimed. He was relieved when we pulled up in the next town, at Kisori Mataji's house.

Maharaja had a plate the size of Pancatattva's (in Mayapur), in dimension, for lunch Prasadam. Some of us decided to speed digestion on the back trampoline. One neighbouring boy, Harrison, came around for Prasadam. Kisori informed us that he comes to all of their house programs. Maharaja gave him a huge maha garland as a gift. There is a bhakta on every street corner it seems, we just have to do some activities to attract them to Krsna.

We headed to the hall. The entrance hall smelled strongly of popcorn and junk food. Throughout the tour, the matajis had been receiving the upper hand in changing room arrangements. Today was the win for the boys; while the girls were squashed into one decent sized changing room, we had three changing rooms and a rock star's groupie couch. We also had two fold out ironing boards, a washing machine, a dryer and a fridge!? Although we compose a sense of equipoise in all situations, IT WAS GREAT TO FINALLY HAVE A NICE CHANGING ROOM! Within our large living space, was a wall decorated with picture frames of various performers, all autographed. These were the materially prestigious acts that had played on this stage before us.

The actual performing hall itself was spectacular. It was the biggest stage that we had been on in the yet and there were over seven hundred nicely placed seats. The troupe went straight into practicing Krsna Love, our famous Parliament of World Religions' act. I sat in the changing room, hearing the performances from the backstage audio monitoring system. HH Indradyumna Swami entered. He sat in the corner, eating some cookies ,which some well wishers had given him and calling other ISKCON swamis from around the world.

The show soon began. Some devotees came to visit Maharaja and he received them with a smile on his dial. Indradyumna Swami received more gifts from his many visiting friends, as they crowded at the door of the changing room. Nikunja Mataji, Venu Gopala Prabhu and young Jai Govinda Gurukuli also came to the door. They presented Maharaja with a massive garland, a whole bucket of sweet rice and other items. I took the chance to catch up with Jai Govinda, having gone to gurukula with him many years previously.

When the Maharaja left, the boys began to play. We danced like mad men, as we had once done last year, in a comical style, hiding in the midst of the changing rooms. When it was time for our part, we ran to our positions in usual style. The performance was a little crazy. We were so conditioned to small stages that the large stage proved some difficulty. It was meticulous endeavour to keep pursuit with Madhava, with such a long distance to cover in our otherwise small scene. In the end, it all came out quite well for the public.

The show continued with great dynamics. Maharaja gave a wonderful lecture, filling the audience with enlightening knowledge, and the audience was uproarious when Krsna Love hit the stage, clapping along with enthusiasm. We finished off and Maharaja told me "grab my stuff. Don't miss anything." I quickly assembled what looked like his belongings and we rushed out to the front so we could say goodbye. There was a sea of people. It took a few minutes just to move a couple meters. I found Maharaja at the book table. I was cluttered with Maharaja's maha items, as you will often see personal servants. It's an awkward but ecstatic state to be in. You have to be doubly careful because everything you are carrying is worshipable but at the same time you're overloaded like an Indian donkey so it's very easy to make mistakes.

I found a small assembly of local Vaisnavas and other guests. We had some nice, wholesome conversation about the show and life in general. The whole atmosphere was surcharged with excitement and enquiry. The book table was totally flooded and the crowd volume was at high decibel levels. Very slowly, the guests leaked out, until a few were left. People were still floating around when we had to close up and hit the road. We rummaged through the car park, to our allocated vehicles for the trip home. We were so surcharged with the energy of the ecstatic preaching event that we were virtually dancing in our seats, all the way to Brisbane. When we lay down to rest, we were still dancing in our minds.

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Energy From Osmosis

From our friend Madhava Ghosh's blog "View From A New Vrindaban Ridge"


The Norwegian company Statkraft opens the world's first facility for osmotic power generation. Statkraft says a full-scale commercial osmotic power plant could be ready by 2015.

Salt is good for you. When salt and fresh water mix, you can  generate clean energy. (Photo: Statkraft)

Salt is good for you. When salt and fresh water mix, you can generate clean energy. (Photo: Statkraft)

Osmotic power could contribute around 1,600 TWh on a global basis annually. Only in Norway osmotic power has the potential to cover 10 percent of the total power consumption.

Natural process

Osmotic power is based on the natural process of osmosis. In an osmotic power plant, seawater and fresh water are separated by a membrane. The seawater draws the fresh water through the membrane, thereby increasing the pressure on the seawater side. The increased pressure is used to produce power.

Supply of fresh and salt water

The Statkraft prototype plant is built at the paper pulp manufacturer SodraCell Tofte's plant at Hurum in Buskerud, Norway. The location will provide the osmotic plant with a good supply of fresh water and seawater, along with access to the established infrastructure.

Large investment

When Statkraft started the establishment of an osmotic power plant prototype, the company had invested more than NOK 100 million to develop a new, renewable energy technology. The research work was supported by The Research Council of Norway, the prototype is also being supported by the the public enterprise Enova SF. Enova SF is owned by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and its main mission is to contribute to environmentally sound and the rational use and production of energy.

The prototype is meant to provide Statkraft with a better understanding of the challenges involved in developing osmotic power technology. StatoilHydro says the prototype built at Tofte is a necessary platform for the further development of the technology.

1970s idea

The idea to generate power through osmosis originates from the 1970s. But back then the membranes were not sufficiently effective and the power prices were too low to enable anyone to profitably invest in such projects. Scientists at the research organisation SINTEF brought the idea to Statkraft in the 1990s.

Can be built out of sight

Around the world, rivers flow out into the sea in urban and industrial areas where it will be possible to construct osmotic power plants. A power plant the size of a football stadium could supply around 10,000 households with electricity. These power plants can be built underground, e.g. in the basement of an industrial building or under a park, minimising their visual impact. Statkraft points out that osmotic power plants give off no polluting discharges to the atmosphere or water, and that they do not affect the fauna or flora of rivers or the seafloor.

About Statkraft:

The Statkraft Group generates hydropower, wind power and district heating and constructs gas power plants in Norway and Germany. Statkraft is a major player on the European energy exchanges. In Norway the company supplies electricity and heat to around 600,000 customers through its shareholdings in other companies.

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Monday, March 1st, 2010

What We Once Were

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Revati gave me an offer which sounded nothing short of flattery.

"Stay here for six months and I'll guarantee that we will have 1,000 more students." I do not believe that "my style" as he put it and "charisma" is what really pulls in young men to the ashram. It's God's mercy and that's all. The offer, nevertheless, is an enticing one. Two deterrents are there. One is that I have plenty of responsibilities already at home station in Canada. Secondly I don't know if I could ever handle the weather here. It's hot and humid most of the time.

One thing that is critical about my stay in Tirupati is some direction came my way. I had seen a doctor today as I did yesterday. He's a master at Ayur-vedic medicine. He observed my legs and confirmed something about the left one by the knee region. "It's started degenerating. The cartilage is going."

I asked him frankly if I should do any more marathon walking in the future. His immediate response was, "No, Do 10 or even 8 KMs. maximum".

"Okay! That gives me something to think about. My doctor back home, Dr. Vikas Pandith, had said that my joints at the knees are giving way". So I've been taking capsules for that. Still it may be an inevitable factor that I reduce walking and be satisfied what has been accomplished thus far. "Oh! Krishna, please do confirm!"

Instead of serious walk on the street today I spent considerable time writing. I'm developing a play on the life of King Bharat and I'm looking to make use of animals here – deer, lion, tiger and wild boar. I expressed to Revati a wish to venture to the zoological park, a mere 10 minute drive from the temple. So he took me.

Knowing some of the animal care takers Revati got us to be escorted to the lion, tiger and leopard pens. Amongst them was the largest leopard in the world. Boy, did we get close!

In one scene of the play I wish to use a wild boar. Wild boars and deer were some of the wild life Jada Bharat in the play attempts to stave off from the paddy fields. Boars are quite gross. And to think you and I had probably been through this species in the past!

Anyway we accomplished some walking at this award winning Zoo and also were reminded of what we once were.

4 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Sunday, February 28th, 2010


Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

We had them up to the neck in flower petals. I had Krishna, the deity, that is. The temple in Tirupati is presided over by a deity of Krishna as Govinda. He is accompanied by Radha and eight other female gopis (cowherd girls). Revati had ordered two truck loads of flower petals of all sorts and kinds to shower upon these deities. Revati does everything in style and this party which commemorates the birth anniversary of Chaitanya is no exception.

Musicians came from the state of Kerala, eight of them on dolak drums, others on mangira symbols and two men on Nagesvaran horns completed the group which played in the temple and led a procession in this city of about 400,000 in the evening. From this procession I got my walking done.

What makes Tirupati so spiritual a place is told in ancient Puranas. Some Brahmin priests had a debate over which of the three gods that control the universes namely Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu is superior. The sage Brghu was appointed the adventurous one to travel about the cosmos and meet these illustrious personalities. After meeting each one Brghu concluded that Vishnu demonstrated the most humility. Vishnu did so by messaging, the feet of his great devotee. Lakshmi the wife of Vishnu, did not take kindly to this act of Brghu Muni who tested Vishnu's tolerance by kicking his chest. For this reason Vishnu chose to massage. Lakshmi felt she had to leave and perform austerity. She felt as if she shared in the apparent offence of Brghu.

From that point on Vishnu searched for her and ended up here in Tirupati taking up residence in a tall abandoned ant hill. He never did find her and for this he lamented. Vishnu is also known as Balaji.

3 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, February 27th, 2010

In the Pious Country

Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Revati Raman had successfully built a gorgeous temple plus a school for 300 students and a goshala, a place for keeping and protecting cows. It just so happens that a friend from America, Balabhadra, is spending a few days here as well. He heads up the cow protection organization called ISCOWP. In particular he trains bulls, ox, where he is stationed near Moundsville, West Virginia.

We were both impressed with the state of the goshala. It was clean and orderly. And one more attractive feature was the unique breed of cows that are indigenous to Andhra Pradesh. The Punganur breed is a small cow in stature, very white in colour and very passive. It is a deliberate effort on the part of Revati to preserve this pure breed. A Leopard snuck into the goshala one evening, obviously hungry but the care taker made enough noise that it scared him away.

For a 45 minutes drive we were brought to beyond the precinct of Tirupati on a pleasant and quiet road through tiny villages to reach a 50 acre plot of land. Mango orchards, cashew trees and tomato fields grace this addition to the very successful project of the Krishna Lotus Temple.

Under an imlee (tamarind) tree Revati, Balabhadra and I enjoyed a very relaxed conversation discussing the world, its people, ourselves and God over freshly cut chicoo fruit and sugar cane juice. Some students, mostly boys, from the 10th standard spotted us and were curious about us. They asked for a monk's blessing so they may pass their upcoming exams. This we did. We engaged them in chanting and dancing and after the enthusiastic session encouraged them to avoid urban living.

What was impressive here too was their natural sense of respect, clarity of thought and their innocence. Revati expressed that it is rather typical to find sincerity in these youth in the south. They are less contaminated particularly in the villages. He even said that few of his brahmacaris will seek marriage. Most will remain celibate for life. Let's see. We wish them well.

7 KM

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Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: Food For Life Global In The Washington Times

By Priyavrata das from Dandavats

WASHINGTON TIMES (Feb 18) Adam Heifer — As you can well imagine, the reconstruction and replenishing of Haiti is going to take a long time and a lot of effort. With not much infrastructure in many areas to begin with, Haiti is very dependent on outside help and resources.

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One group who has stepped up to the task and stands out in the area of food relief is Food for Life Global (FFLG)- the emergency coordination division and Headquarters for Food for Life, the world's largest vegan food relief organization. Food For Life started in 1974 when an acclaimed elderly Indian guru, Swami Prabhupada, implored to his Yoga students to never let anyone within a 10 mile range of his ashram go hungry.

Food for Life is now active in over 50 countries and serves over 1,500,000 healthy vegan meals a day. Due to their diligence in South Africa, they have gotten acclaim from Nelson Mandela and have been written up in the press all over the world. Though the organization is worldwide, the main headquarters is based here in Potomac, Maryland.

Food for Life is now working in Haiti in conjunction with larger organizations such as the Red Cross, Care, and they have partnered with the Indian military to provide a safe base to distribute vegan meals in Port-au-Prince. Food, supplies and transportation costs are high and Food for Life Global is really asking for help. International director Paul Turner states: "Your donations are still crucial at this stage of the development, and we sincerely thank all who have already come forward to support us- Please continue to give whatever you can and remember: Food For Life can serve more than 100 meals in a crisis like this for as little as $25, So your dollars will go a long way."

Food for Life Global in action

If you have been looking for a solid organization you can trust in the Haiti relief effort, then know your dollars will be well spent with Food for Life. You can go to the FFL Haiti Relief website to donate or go right to the Haiti donation page.

Food for Life doesn't limit their scope to just food relief. Other services include: Schooling, nutrition education, animal sanctuaries, orphanages, medical care and organic farming. Know that you are supporting a local organization which reaches the most needy worldwide. For more information or to inquire about volunteering, feel free to contact: contact@ffl.org or visit the volunteer page Please visit their website for more information http://www.ffl.org Adam is a Reiki Master, certified Health and Lifestyle counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, 20 year practicing bramana initiated Bhakti Yogi, Spiritual advisor, visionary, jock and veteran of the "hardcore punk scene" all rolled into one. Adam is the founder of Omkara World and produced the mind/body
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