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  1. New Vrindavan, USA: Narasimha Chaturdasi 2010
  2. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Aniruddha Prabhu
  3. Kurma dasa, AU: The Kurma Top Ten
  4. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  5. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  6. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  10. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  11. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
  12. Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Vedic culture: perfect, for happy life
  13. Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: Dance on the Edge of Life
  14. Kurma dasa, AU: Meaty World
  15. ISKCON Fear and Loathing in Heaven?
  16. ISKCON You Are What You Grow
  17. Japa Group: Guru Maharaj visit to hyderabad
  18. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: '434' from The Yellow Submarine
  19. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Jet-age Mahabhagavata' from The Yellow Submarine
  20. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'The Songs of Hare Krishna Man (take three)' from The Yellow Submarine
  21. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Ambiguous Characters' from The Yellow Submarine
  22. Sita-pati dasa, AU: Moving Virtual House again...
  23. ISKCON Saturday Night Krishna Fever in London
  24. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Planting, Transplanting, Weeding and Visiting
  25. ISKCON 'The Eight Petals' for Purushottam Mas Released
  26. ISKCON Vendors/Entertainers Needed for Gita Nagari Ratha Yatra
  27. Nityananda Chandra Das, Dallas TX: TEXAS FAITH 27: Should gambling be expanded to cover state shortfall?
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  29. H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Śrī Śikṣaṣtakam Seminar
  30. H.H. Sivarama Swami: The dangers of offensively chanting Krsna’s holy name
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  32. Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: School Lunches Called A National Security Threat
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  34. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Prahladananda Maharaja Vyasa Puja Celebrations
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New Vrindavan, USA: Narasimha Chaturdasi 2010

New Vrindaban artist's rendition of Sri Nrisimhadeva

On May 26th 2010 we will be celebrating Nrisimha Chaturdasi. This day is the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva who is Lord Krishna's incarnation as half man, half lion. When the evil king Hiranyakashipu found that his son Prahlad was continuously praying to Krishna and coaxing his schoolmates to become devotees of the Lord, he was furious. He began to terrorize and torture his young son, until finally Krishna, in the form of Nrsimhadeva, burst from a pillar in Hiranyakashipu's palace and slew the evil king to protect His devotee. Vaishnavas the world over pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva for protection, particularly in dangerous circumstances.

During Nrisimha Chaturdasi devotees and temples all over the world celebrate the apprearance and the pastimes of Lord Nrisimhadeva.Download WallpaperClick on the photo to see larger version, right click and save to your desktop. Haribol !

On the auspicious occasion of Nrsimha-caturdasi, we pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva that just as He saved Prahlada from the demon Hiranyakasipu, He will appear in our hearts and save us from the demon like desires for fruitive activity in this world–and from the desire to escape the world by merging into the existence of God, by becoming one with God. He should free us from every desire or tendency other than to serve and please Krsna, which we can best accomplish, especially in this age, by chanting His holy names: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Watch this space for the schedule of Nrisimha Chaturdasi celebration in New Vrindaban.
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Aniruddha Prabhu

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.20.24 - By endeavoring to absorb our mind in Krsna everyday, attraction for Him will increase. It is just like putting 1 cent in the account each day will amount to $100 one day.

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Kurma dasa, AU: The Kurma Top Ten

Top Ten:

Yesterday I had a talk with Steve, my UK-based blog facilitator. "Mr Stats" directed me to a listing I didn't even know existed, my 'most-read blogs'. The list speaks to me of many things, especially 'product placement'. Some on the list, though, are quite a surprise.

Here's a link to the top ten. Enjoy!

1. Parrots on the Bottlebrush, Duck Under The Table... 27,983 readers 2. The Traveler & The Nut Tree... 24,964 readers 3. An Evening with The Veronicas... 23,831 readers 4. Milky Talk... 23,527 readers 5. Attention all Qualling, Onion-eyed Puttocks...23,466 readers 6. Cooking with Kurma in Iran... 21,876 readers 7. A Week in Puri, Part One...17,564 readers 8. Carrot Cake... 16,852 readers 9. Charles vs McDonald's... 14,577 readers 10. The Glories of Bananas, 14,446 readers

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 May 13: "It is not wise to pick up quarrel with a crocodile while living in the jurisdiction of the water. Therefore we may agree to his desire so in future if required we may increase the term of lease. But as we are increasing in size ourselves, it may be better to find out a suitable place that will facilitate our work."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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1970 May 13: "So I am simply interested in the book distribution and when there is question of printing books certainly I shall pay as I have been doing. What I want is that I may not tax my brain in the management of many departments."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1970 May 13: "One of their important disciples tried his best to induce one English devotee, Krsnaprema, to become a disciple, but Krsnaprema never agreed. On the contrary Krsnaprema influenced him and he left their ashram and is now chanting Hare Krsna at Poona. So you can judge yourself what is my estimation of Aurobindo."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1970 May 13: "There is a sort of conspiracy. The money is there, the sanction is there, the land is there, yet if it does not take place, I shall understand it that this is not the desire of Srila Prabhupada. I have advised my previous son, Sri M.M. De, to purchase the land in his name for the time being."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1972 May 13: "The plan is very nice, that will be the grandest temple in Vrindaban so you execute it perfectly. It may be a little costly, but you must construct something wonderful. Otherwise, it will be a discredit to you American boys."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1972 may 13: "Open a branch there, there are so many poor children. Spiritual food and education, that is proper. Simply supplying food is nonsense. Spiritual education means to inject in their ears our philosophy without any discrimination of Hindu or Muslim or anything."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1974 May 13: "How to acquire the quality of patience? In our preaching we will meet with many tribulations and we must tolerate, that is patience. Now you are recuperating from an operation, so spend this extra time reading all my books, chanting as many rounds as possible, and go on doing my tapes."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974

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1973 May 13: "Bimalananda Tarkatirtha, the great ayurvedic physician felt my pulse and said there is something very wrong. But I left the next day to the Western countries and everywhere the climate is not at all suitable. He wants that I should come back to India immediately. So I am coming back, and I will stay at Mayapur."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

Email to a friendRelated Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Vedic culture: perfect, for happy life

Vedic culture is perfect for human society, perfect culture. You have to adopt it. Then you become happy. The whole human society becomes happy, never mind where it is. It is a science, how to live just like human beings, not like cats and dogs. That is Vedic culture. Everyone is happy. Still, those who are following Vedic principles, they are more happy than others.

>From a conversation with Srila Prabhupada, 21 September 1973.

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Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: Dance on the Edge of Life

(© all photos by Adideva das)

My story begins several months ago, when Malati devi asked me to organize the entertainment for the Festival of Inspiration. With caution (and naivete), I agreed.

At last, in the culmination of months of work, I traveled up to New Vrindavan for the final showdown.

Saturday morning dawned very cold and very, very windy. So windy, in fact, that the gigantic rented tent was on the verge of blowing to the sky and a crew of men dismantled it mid-morning.

There went the prasadam and entertainment facility.

A crew of us regrouped in Malati's office and mapped out Plan B - we decided to move the entertainment to the templeroom.

Little did I know that we'd get to Plan-freakin'-Z by the end of the night.

A little while later, I was absorbed in bhajans in the templeroom when every single light flickered off and died. Pujaris brought out hurricane lamps to light the altars, and seminars made do with lamps and flashlights. The entire temple complex had not a drop of electricity.

We would have to run the entire evening program off of a generator.

A very dinky generator.

I began to feel anxious. Two hours before showtime, the hired sound people told us that we couldn't plug in our mics and speakers to their sound board. The generator could surge and blow the whole, expensive thing.

Translation: "Go find your own sound system."

A half an hour later, because of some 'family emergency', the light and sound people vanished without a goodbye. I never saw them again.

A cold sweat began to form on my brow. Mic channels? Wireless and cordless mics? Sound boards? Generators? Surges?

Oh God, help me!

Ha! And God helped me! He sent Govinda Ghosh and Krishna Balaram, two talented gurukulis. They smattered together a sound system of several sound boards, CD players, and wireless and handheld mics, all connected to our one power source - the generator.

By the time the first act began, we were running an hour late... but we had full light and full sound.

Performance after performance we danced on the edge, playing everything by ear in the dark. At one point, I moved out from behind our side wing curtain and looked out onto a sea of people. A SEA. People stood up two or three deep on all edges of the templeroom. The crowd roared and watched spellbound every moment.

At the conclusion of the final act, a wave of relief and triumph crashed over me. My friend Jvala and I hugged each other. "We DID it!" I cried. "And we did it with bliss."

"Girl, you just got a degree in Crisis Management," she laughed.

At 2am, I finally laid my head to my pillow in the women's asram on the third floor of the temple. I wondered to myself: "Bhakti, would you do this again? No, seriously?"

Suddenly, I heard shrieks of glee from down the hall. I blearily opened my eyes. And there - from the hallway, a bright stripe of light shone through the bottom of the door.

I closed my eyes and grinned. 

I would live it all over again, every single insane moment. 

Life is nothing if not an adventure, a risk, a dance on the edge of life for Krishna.



The beautiful Gopal Nathaji deity in New Vrindavan - the King of crisis management.
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Kurma dasa, AU: Meaty World

Last night our neighbours went crazy in a bloodlust of flesh-consumption. No, it wasn't a cannibalistic murder scene, at least not according to common law; it was a barbecue.

Here in Australia we are constantly bombarded with images of roasted pig-parts and de-capitated chickens, all glossed-up and covered in sauce, honey-glazed, stuffed, basted, and always surrounded with carefree consumers, numbed to the reality that they are aiding and abetting a crime of monstrous proportions.

Climate-change proponents are still wondering how to lessen the burden on our fragile planet. Perhaps they should ponder these horrific American statistics. Unsustainable? You better believe it!


Eight Meaty Facts About Animal Food

WHERE'S THE GRAIN? The 7 billion livestock animals in the United States consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the entire American population.

HERBIVORES ON THE HOOF. Each year an estimated 41 million tons of plant protein is fed to U.S. livestock to produce an estimated 7 million tons of animal protein for human consumption. About 26 million tons of the livestock feed comes from grains and 15 million tons from forage crops. For every kilogram of high-quality animal protein produced, livestock are fed nearly 6kg of plant protein.

FOSSIL FUEL TO FOOD FUEL. On average, animal protein production in the U.S. requires 28 kilocalories (kcal) for every kcal of protein produced for human consumption. Beef and lamb are the most costly, in terms of fossil fuel energy input to protein output at 54:1 and 50:1, respectively. Turkey and chicken meat production are the most efficient (13:1 and 4:1, respectively). Grain production, on average, requires 3.3 kcal of fossil fuel for every kcal of protein produced. The U.S. now imports about 54 percent of its oil; by the year 2015, that import figure is expected to rise to 100 percent.

THIRSTY PRODUCTION SYSTEMS. U.S. agriculture accounts for 87 percent of all the fresh water consumed each year. Livestock directly use only 1.3 percent of that water. But when the water required for forage and grain production is included, livestock's water usage rises dramatically. Every kilogram of beef produced takes 100,000 liters of water. Some 900 liters of water go into producing a kilogram of wheat. Potatoes are even less "thirsty," at 500 liters per kilogram.

HOME ON THE RANGE. More than 302 million hectares of land are devoted to producing feed for the U.S. livestock population — about 272 million hectares in pasture and about 30 million hectares for cultivated feed grains.

DISAPPEARING SOIL. About 90 percent of U.S. cropland is losing soil — to wind and water erosion — at 13 times above the sustainable rate. Soil loss is most severe in some of the richest farming areas; Iowa loses topsoil at 30 times the rate of soil formation. Iowa has lost one-half its topsoil in only 150 years of farming — soil that took thousands of years to form.

PLENTY OF PROTEIN: Nearly 7 million tons (metric) of animal protein is produced annually in the U.S. — enough to supply every American man, woman and child with 75 grams of animal protein a day. With the addition of 34 grams of available plant protein, a total of 109 grams of protein is available per capita. The RDA (recommended daily allowance) per adult per day is 56 grams of protein for a mixed diet.

OUT TO PASTURE. If all the U.S. grain now fed to livestock were exported and if cattlemen switched to grass-fed production systems, less beef would be available and animal protein in the average American diet would drop from 75 grams to 29 grams per day. That, plus current levels of plant-protein consumption, would still yield more than the RDA for protein.

From "Livestock Production: Energy Inputs and the Environment" By David Pimentel

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ISKCON Fear and Loathing in Heaven?

By Satyam Kaswala for ISKCON News on 11 May 2010
To portray God as an angry punisher and the source of all fear, rather than as a loving protector who yearns to deliver us, seems criminally counterproductive.
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ISKCON You Are What You Grow

By Michael Pollan for The New York Times on 22 Apr 2010
How is it that today the people with the least amount of money to spend on food are the ones most likely to be overweight?
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Japa Group: Guru Maharaj visit to hyderabad

Ujjain update 13th May, 2010

Guru Maharaj left for Hyderabad on 7th evening and reached Hyderabad around 9.30pm. The flight took almost three and a half hours as it had a stopover at Nagpur.

Guru Maharaj set foot on this city after nearly ten years and praised the new international airport which had come up recently. On way to the temple he recalled his last stay in the city when he came to shoot certain episodes of the Abhay Charan serial.

The next morning Guru Maharaj led mangal arati and gave the Srimad Bhagavatam class. The temple was jam packed with devotee eager to have darshan and hear from him.

The deities Sri Sri Radha MadanMohan, Gour Nitai and Lord Jaganath Balaram and Subhadra were exquisitely decorated and most captivating. The devotees in the temple prepared a lavish spread of South Indian delicacies which Guru Maharaj very much appreciated. Later lunch was even more elaborate at the home of our God sister Her Grace Mohinipriya matagi. The entire Gujrati family was a true example of matchless hospitality plus their mouth watering Gujrati dishes.

In the evening Guru Maharaj addressed a class wherein he spoke on his memories of Srila Prabhupada. He mentioned how he had first met his Guru in a dream and the wonderful episodes of his service to Srila Prabhupada when he was present on this planet. The auditorium was packed with devotees and the program culminated in kirtan and dance by all present. Guru Maharaj praised the devotees for having grown in such large numbers in the last decade and said he would return again and again to the city.

The following morning after class Guru Maharaj relished another South Indian breakfast at the temple and then left for Tirupati where he went to visit the new ISKCON temple which has come up in the recent past.

A few pictures taken on way and during the stay in Hyderabad are attached at .

Mukunda das
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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: '434' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

4:11 A.M.

I didn't wake up until Baladeva came into the room at 3:37. Both of us forgot to set our alarms, and so I've gotten up very late. I feel wide awake and well rested. I've only chanted 4 rounds, so I have not much to report although the 4 rounds were good. I'll have to chant my rounds after breakfast.

Waking up late you
have nothing to report
except the 4 alert
rounds. I'll have to
say them later and hope
they won't be rushed.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'Jet-age Mahabhagavata' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

Prabhupada Smaranam

Prabhupada is wearing a soft scarf and saffron cadar because it is January in Honolulu, and the morning is a bit chilly. He peacefully chants his japa. He is seventy-nine years old, but he is not ill. He is a jet-age parivrajakacarya, or jet-age mahabhagavata. He has recently flown from Los Angeles, and he is on his way soon to India via eastern stops at Tokyo and Hong Kong. He travels to see his disciples and check the progress of the centers. He keeps things alive in the Hare Krishna movement. But wherever he goes he takes a morning walk. The walk in Hawaii is particularly pleasant with soft breezes and a park and beach to stroll through. Not many devotees walk with him, and he prefers to chant his private japa. It is dawn and he has already been up for hours, working on his Srimad-Bhagavatam translation and purports. He's about to receive news of a crisis in leadership in his Los Angeles temple. Devotees will travel from there to see him and get direction. He told his secretary that dealing with the management gives him a headache, but if he did not deal with it, it would give him another kind of headache. While in Hawaii he received a letter from a GBC man in India who said he was resigning because the sannyasis were bullying him. Prabhupada wrote back that there was no question of resigning. He cannot simply travel and lecture and write his books. He has to constantly manage his institution, deal with leaders falling down and others threatening resignation. He has to hold it together by his personal presence and his strong preaching to his disciples to keep their responsibilities. Yet every morning he takes his peaceful walk.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 'The Songs of Hare Krishna Man (take three)' from The Yellow Submarine SDGonline Daily updates

In Songs I switch around and
get serious and have fun. I
say I write in the shed day and
night and want it to be accepted.
I mentioned "Oh, here it comes,
this is it," and I was out to lunch
from nine to three dazzled and nervous—
"Blamed no one/and said "This is
my business: lay down and be
satisfied if you do/just one
little thing."

I have to go to the hospital today
for a desaturation study, a
pulmonary function test. I
don't know exactly what it is,
but it is related to the heart
and breathing. Then a day after
tomorrow, to the cardiologist.
Everything seems to be okay, they are
just checking on the old man.

I prodded myself to preach,
"They want to hear, give a
Bhagavad-gita class and show
your stuff." If he's repeating
that's not a fault. Hear the
ecstasy in his voice, the desire
to change people from asura
to sura. Believe it
and join with Krishna
Jaya Prabhupada—
preach and care for them.

You wrote your poem
without music. It's
not necessary but adds
a dimension, a feeling
of memories
when you used
to be a jazz head. Now
you can write with or
without it, hearing the
chords in your head
and wondering if it's
bad for you in terms
of your last hours
of life. Do you want
to die remembering
Bill Evans?

I said I can burn
material activities in the
fire of devotional service,
burning up the memories.
"You who listen to me,
you help me to get out.
I thank you."

You want to hear me
berate karmis, dharmis,
yogis, bhogis and rogies
and tell you, "The bhaktas
are best" which I believe.
But I mixed up the siddhanta
with stories from my pre–
Krishna conscious life, and
then I'll return like the
sheep, leave them alone
and they'll come home,
wagging their tails behind
them—"I'd like to keep
going like a jukebox of
top hits Krishna conscious
oldies and new ones served
up by their servant."

I was angry that they
missed the boat of
Krishna consciousness when
they could have made it.
Gather in who listens.
A little anger is okay too,
slay 'em. Down with
the number one debauch
who is telling us the so-called
truth he dug up is nada, nirvana.
I ascribe to more than that.

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Free write

Are these two boys just playing or are they real terrorists or assassins? Who would have taken their photograph? They could be poised by a highway waiting for the car of a gang leader who they are going to gun down. Or they could be just dressed up and posed for fun with a toy gun. Is it a TV or movie set?

You can't be certain. It is like a picture of a sadhu wearing an outrageous wooden "garland" with an apparently dyed golden beard. Is he a genuine holy man teaching and exemplifying the Absolute Truth, or is he some kind of eccentric sham? You can't be certain by the picture. A fool is not exposed until he speaks. The persons dressed as gunmen will be revealed only when they act.

These are extremely ambiguous characters. But everyone is somewhat ambiguous. The picture of a responsible looking political candidate doesn't reveal his actual worth. Time may prove he is a cheater or a very weak leader or a fascist dictator. You can't tell a man by his dress. Speech and actions will tell us what the person is actually like.

Even a single picture of Srila Prabhupada does not tell us everything about him. But if you give an impartial hearing to his words, you will be convinced that he is a bona fide representative of Krishna and Vedic truth. And if you watch his actions you will conclude he is motivated to spread Krishna consciousness to others, wherever he may be.

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Sita-pati dasa, AU: Moving Virtual House again...

I'm migrating my server data again - this time to the cloud.

I haven't followed stats on my site for years now, and didn't realise how popular,, and had become.

For the past week the sites have been doing the equivalent of crashing on a mate's couch. Only these guys are so hungry, that they've eaten him out of house and home.

During Maha Kirtan 1 in Canberra Dave sms'd me to tell me that the server was pulling a solid gig an hour streaming the kirtan to listeners. What's a GB in bandwidth terms? Well, the hosting plan the machine is on is 50GB a month. We've put through 60GB in five days.

I've found another server in the States to host the kirtan stream on. It's a Godaddy Virtual Private Server with 2,000GB per month bandwidth. That should be enough. That is going to cost US$100 per month. We'll see how the speed for streaming is with them. They tell me the machine will be available in 72 hours, so Kirtan Australia Internet Radio is down until then.

I'm trying to move as much as possible into the cloud. It makes it easier when I have to move things, and it lets other people take care of the hassle of configuration and administration. I'm getting a bit old for that kind of stuff now. It was useful when I was learning it, but I'd rather focus higher up the stack these days.

I'm hosting my email domain ( in Google's cloud. They give me 25 GB of storage and handle my domain MX and smtp for US$50 a year.

The other significant, as in 12GB per day traffic, piece, are the mp3s on and

These I am moving into Amazon's cloud. The files themselves will live in Amazon S3, and they will be delivered via Cloudfront, Amazon's content distribution network. I upload the mp3s to S3 and they are stored in Singapore. This has a cost for storage, bandwidth, and requests. I then publish the files via a Cloudfront url. When a browser requests a file, Cloudfront will serve it from the nearest server, rather than from Singapore. So this should lead to optimal download speeds all over the world. There is another cost for this, based on bandwidth and requests. The costs for both are quite nominal, although I have yet to see what it looks like with the scale of traffic I'm putting through.

I will be putting a paypal button on the three main sites and publishing a report each month on income and expenses. If you think you are getting some value from,, and, feel free to show your appreciation with some cold, hard, digital cash. :-D

It's 1.28am and i have to wake the Deities here in a couple of hours. I've been up all night working on this script, which moves mp3s from my local server to Amazon's cloud.
It's kind of time critical, since the cost of keeping the sites up right now is being measured in dollars per hour, rather than dollars per month.

The script I've written will find all the mp3s under the directory it is run in, upload them to S3 with public visibility, move them out of the local directory to a backup directory so no-one can download them from the server any more, and generate Apache redirects to put into the apache config so that the mp3 download urls stay the same, but requests are now served from the cloud.

To run it you need a linux / unix machine (I'm running it on an Ubuntu server) with s3cmd, a linux command line utility for S3, installed.

The script is not extensively tested - I've run it once successfully.

 #!/bin/bash  SAVEIFS=$IFS IFS=$(echo -en "\n\b")  # this script will find all mp3s in the directory it is run in and below. I run it in the webcontent root directory # it will produce a redirects.txt file and logfile.txt file in the directory it is run. redirects.txt has the Apache config that you can cut and paste for the redirects. Logfile has some information about what files were moved around # these files need to be manually scrubbed between each run at the moment. It would be good if the script rotated existing ones or created one with the time of launch as part of the filename # also it should fail if it cannot create the redirects.txt file # the script is not very safe, there is no transactional isolation - files could be moved to the backup directory without making it to S3 first, for example. Use at your own risk, and feel free to let me know of any improvements  for i in $( find . -name \*.mp3 ); do  filename=$i escapedshortname=`echo $filename | cut -c3- | sed 's/\([, ]\)/\\\&/g'` escapedname=`echo $i | sed 's/\([, ]\)/\\\&/g'` shortname=`echo $i | cut -c3-` directory=`dirname $i` shortdirectory=`echo $directory | cut -c2-`  # you need to configure s3cmd before running this script; and obviously you need to set up an Amazon S3 account s3bucketname=YOUR_S3_BUCKET_NAME  # backupdir is where the script will move the local copies of your mp3s. No trailing space backupdir=PATH_TO_BACKUP_DIR  # This sets up the redirect for Cloudfront. You can figure it out for S3 by using s3cmd to push some files up and see the format of the url it returns cloudfrontcname=YOUR_CLOUDFRONT_CNAME  # Move the mp3 to Amazon S3 echo s3cmd put $escapedshortname s3://$s3bucketname/$escapedshortname s3cmd put --acl-public $shortname s3://$s3bucketname/$shortname  # Create an Apache Redirect echo Redirect \"/files/$shortname\" \"http://$cloudfrontcname/$shortname\" >> redirects.txt  # Move the local file to a back up directory  # Create the correct backup directory under $backupdir if it doesn't already exist  if [ ! -d $backupdir/"$directory" ]; then mkdir -p ./../oldfiles$shortdirectory echo Create Directory ./../oldfiles$shortdirectory >> logfile.txt fi  mv $shortname $backupdir$shortdirectory/ echo Moved $escapedshortname to $backupdir$shortdirectory/ >> logfile.txt  #Uncomment the line below for debugging - this will allow you to run the process one file at a time and see what is happening #read -n 1 -p "Press any key to continue..."  done IFS=$SAVEIFS 
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ISKCON Saturday Night Krishna Fever in London

Parivida Dasa teaches the fine art of chanting Hare Krishna on the streets of London, Saturday night 8th May. He is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupad whose main service is composing Krishna Conscious dramas and musicals.

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Planting, Transplanting, Weeding and Visiting

My earlier planting of green beans a couple of weeks ago hasn’t come up yet so I replanted some more. I also planted carrots, which I had poor germination in the first planting, lima beans, sweet corn (which says it has an organic coating to stop seed rot in cold soils),  nasturtiums  (beautiful and edible flower),  calendula (blooms until well after frost), parsnips and more radishes.

I transplanted tomatoes and had enough hot caps made from milk jugs and some larger water containers to cover about 2/3s of them. Planted 39 of them. I also planted out 24, about half , of the Mexican Mint marigolds we started. It is supposed to be the most fragrant marigold, ergo best for insect deterrence, and is used as a substitute for tarragon in cooking.

I received in the mail 2 Maypop passion flowers, hardy to this zone, 6, from Oregon. They planned to ship them late.  They were in the box for over a week and need to acclimatize for a few days before planting.

Weeding has been ongoing and more could have been done. We are into a rainy spell now so I will probably do a bunch of mulching in the berry patch to stay busy and try to stay timely.

I will get some currants, blackberries, as well as some chokeberries and possibly a few blueberries from last year’s planting. Next year will be a lot more.

I spent a lot of time visiting with old friends and new at the Festival of Inspiration, as well as my own family — 4 of 5 kids showed up and 2 of 3 granddaughters. So all the energy I have had available has been used usefully.

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ISKCON 'The Eight Petals' for Purushottam Mas Released

By Vrndavanlila Devi (Dr. Vrinda Baxi) on 13 May 2010
The eighth issue of the Varnasrama Newsletter, THE EIGHT PETALS, for Purushottam Mas is now available at:
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ISKCON Vendors/Entertainers Needed for Gita Nagari Ratha Yatra

By Ortrun Gates on 13 May 2010
The special "country" Ratha Yatra will be held on July 31, 2010 from 10 am until 6 pm.
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Nityananda Chandra Das, Dallas TX: TEXAS FAITH 27: Should gambling be expanded to cover state shortfall?

Dallas Morning News,

Each week we will post a question to a panel of about two dozen clergy, laity and theologians, all of whom are based in Texas or are from Texas. They will chime in with their responses to the question of the week. And you, readers, will be able to respond to their answers through the comment box.

Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, recently described expanding gambling in Texas as the "elephant in the room" that no one wants to talk about as a way to deal with a momentous looming state budget shortfall. He called for a bi-partisan ad hoc committee to study "any and all" gambling proposals - no doubt including casinos and slot machines - before the next legislative session.

If Texas is looking at cutting spending on education, health care, and other vital services, is it wrong to turn to more gambling as a way of minimizing the damage?

That's the question we posed this week to Texas Faith panelist.   Here's how they responded:

 NITYANANDA CHANDRA DAS, minister of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Dallas

Gambling, being based on untruthfulness, cheating, and open thievery, has no place in a government guided by spiritually enlightened leadership. How is gambling thievery? Gambling is a type of open theft - trying to get something for nothing. One should work honestly and accept what comes as God's mercy. One who understands the Law of Karma, that your reap what you sow, works honestly within this world knowing that one will get what they actually deserve. By dishonest work one may accrue more, however one becomes karmically obliged and produces karmic debts. Such a person gaining money by cheating will be then forced to lose his money by cheating, either in this life or the next.

A society is like a body, with working class the legs. The mercantile business class is the stomach for distribution of energies and supplies. The administrative class is the arms to provide protection and law. The intellectual class is the head to provide guidance. Currently society does not go by the direction from the intellectual class but rather from the stomach class. A body without a head will not survive; similarly a society without intelligence cannot prosper. What is intelligence? Intelligence is the ability to distinguish between the body from the soul. Those with this intelligence, who can comprehend the needs of the soul, not just the needs of the body, understand that the real damage to society is dishonesty, mercilessness, and lack of God consciousness.

Fuel does not put out a fire; rather, it only increases it. Similarly gambling only increases greed, which in turn increases the problems of the world. In retrospect, devotional service, serving God with pure love and devotion, is like a great cooling rainstorm. Such a rainstorm is the only effective means of putting out the forest fire of excessive material desires.

Hare Krishna :)
Your humble servant,
Nityananda Chandra Das
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Getting ready for tonight's Kirtan in Denton @DentonUUF 7pm 4:55 PM May 1st Antaḥ kṛṣṇa refers to one who is always thinking of Kṛṣṇa…Rādhārāṇī is the leader in thinking of Kṛṣṇa-CC Adi 3.81 purp 8:23 PM Apr 30th

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            The pastime of Dvarakadisa « & the story of the sweeper and fate, very nice story. 2:59 PM Apr 30th

              Hare Krishna. I'm sending out this text with dragon dictation to twitter Hare Krishna Hare Krishna 12:08 PM Apr 30th

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                                  H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: Śrī Śikṣaṣtakam Seminar

                                  The Following lectures were given by H.H. Bhakti Caru Swami onnbsp; Śrī Śikṣaṣtakamnbsp; on March 10th #38; 11th , 2010 at ISKCON Brisbane.

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                                  H.H. Sivarama Swami: The dangers of offensively chanting Krsna’s holy name

                                  and how to avoid and rectify such a vile, atheistic habit for which Sri Radha remains far from us.

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                                  By Citraka dasa

                                  Jubin Free SMS tool uses Way2sms services to send the SMS. This tool provides an interface which allows you to send unlimited SMS without going to their website. Just start this application and start sending SMS.

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                                  Yoga of Ecology, Bhakta Chris, USA: School Lunches Called A National Security Threat

                                  From our friend Madhava Ghosh

                                  Associated Press Writer

                                  WASHINGTON – School lunches have been called many things, but a group of retired military officers is giving them a new label: national security threat.

                                  That's not a reference to the mystery meat served up in the cafeteria line either. The retired officers are saying that school lunches have helped make the nation's young people so fat that fewer of them can meet the military's physical fitness standards, and recruitment is in jeopardy.

                                  A new report being released Tuesday says more than 9 million young adults, or 27 percent of all Americans ages 17 to 24, are too overweight to join the military. Now, the officers are advocating for passage of a wide-ranging nutrition bill that aims to make the nation's school lunches healthier.

                                  The officers' group, Mission: Readiness, was appearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

                                  The military group acknowledges that other things keep young adults out of the armed services, such as a criminal record or the lack of a high school diploma. But weight problems that have worsened over the past 15 years are now the leading medical reason that recruits are rejected.

                                  Although all branches of the military now meet or exceed recruitment goals, retired Navy Rear Adm. James Barnett Jr., a member of the officers group, says the obesity trend could affect that.

                                  "When over a quarter of young adults are too fat to fight, we need to take notice," Barnett said. He noted that national security in the year 2030 is "absolutely dependent" on reversing child obesity rates.

                                  Recruitment isn't the only problem posed by obesity. According to the report, the government spends tens of millions of dollars every year to train replacements for service members discharged because of weight problems.

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                                  H.H. Sivarama Swami

                                  I do not understand in order to believe, but I believe in order that I might understand.

                                  - Saint Augustine

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                                  ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Prahladananda Maharaja Vyasa Puja Celebrations

                                  The disciples and well wishers of Prahladananda Maharaja will celebrate his Vyasa Puja at 11am on Wednesday May 26th.

                                  If you would like to join us, please meet in Srila Prabhupada's room.

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