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By Indradyumna Swami
We, the members of the Festival of India in Poland, would like to express our extreme sorrow and lamentation over your untimely departure from this world. We know that the Lord has a plan for all His devotees, but nonetheless we are finding it most difficult to accept that you are no longer here
By the members of the GBC Executive Committee
It is with deeply sad hearts that we have come to know about the sudden passing of His Grace Aindra Prabhu. There is possibly no devotee in the entire world of ISKCON who has not heard one of Aindra Prabhu's kirtans, either live or from a recording, and has been left wondering whether this celestial singing was coming from this earth or from another world.
Parasuram das: This is a video clip taken from the Hare Krishna Tent at the Glastonbury festival 2010. Yeah the Leprechaun is Parasurama Das :-)
By Atul Krishna Dasa
Overwhelming crowds of people poured into the streets of Dhaka to participate in ISKCON's Ratha Yatra festivle here last Tuesday. Police, and other city officials, estimated that around 50 thousands people joined Lord Jagannatha's procession through the center of Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital city
By Brajasundari Hausner
I am in fourth grade at the Bhaktivedanta Academy in Alachua, which is like my second home. Growing up in a big community with lots of devotees and going to a Krishna conscious school make me feel very fortunate because not many devote children have this rare opportunity
By Ananda Tirtha Das
Alas, for reasons unknown to us, his worshipable Lord chose to take Aindra Prabhu in sudden and apparently unfortunate circumstances. His absence is reverberating throughout ISKCON in ways few, if any, others could have affected
By Yadavendra Das
I met an Indian lady from South India of all places, who gave her name as Tanya. I replied to her:" But that's not an Indian name!" Then she said:" My full name is Cai-tanya" Then I asked her whether she knew Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. She replied "No"
By Rita Gupta
I read where the Hare Krishna chant means service to God. So, I made up my own chant: Use me, O God. Use me, O God. O God, O God. Use me, use me. Dear Lord, guide me. Dear Lord, guide me. Guide me, guide me. Dear Lord, dear Lord
By ISKCON News Staff
Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in a hurry and those who stayed behind faced a shortage of drinking water and food without any electricity.
New Vrindaban To Host Artists’ Seminar: “Painting Krishna Art”br />
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New Vrindaban Communications: From September 13 – 22, renowned BBT artists Dhriti devi dasi and Ramadasa Abhirama dasa will conduct an intensive painting seminar in New Vrindaban Community, focusing on Krishna art. The husband and wife team have 35 years of experience painting Krishna art in the US, Europe and India. They will teach the unique style of combining classical western Renaissance techniques and Eastern proportion guidelines from the ancient Vedic scriptures from India. The Vedas are the oldest scriptures known to man, and they include sections on many fine and applied arts, including art, music, dance and architecture.
“This blend of East and West is unprecedented,” said Dhriti. “The impact is beyond our wildest imagination. When we travel to India, we see our work all over the country because the Indians are fascinated with the western techniques. In the west, we are turning Krishna art into a collectors’ item due to its mystical quality.”
The seminar will be from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily. Lodging and vegetarian meals will be available. During the morning, students will focus on figure drawing. In the afternoon, students will work on an individual painting of Lord Krishna, including both figure and landscape techniques. Individual paintings will progress from a thumbnail sketch, to development drawing, to tonal drawing, to color sketch, to studies, and to photographing models for references for the paintings. “This is a classic Western technique that produces paintings that have a sense of ‘realism.’ This is what the Indian public loves about our art,” explained Dhriti.
After teaching in New Vrindaban, the couple will travel to Vrindaban, India, where they will conduct a three-week seminar in painting Krishna art for the fourth year in a row. Dhriti noted, “In India, our students will be traveling from all across the world. Therefore, the seminars are very intense. In New Vrindaban, the atmosphere will be lighter.”
Dhriti devi dasi graduated from the School of Art and Design in New York and studied figurative painting and drawing extensively at the Art Students League of New York. For the next eleven years she worked as an illustrator and art teacher with the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in Los Angeles and Florence, Italy. She furthered her studies at the Academy of Art in Sienna. Originally trained in classical art, Dhriti began exhibiting her work in Paris, Italy and England. Her work has been seen in American Art Review, Southwest Art, Architectural Digest, California Homes, San Diego Magazine, and Aspen Catalogue.
Ramadasa Abhirama dasa graduated with a degree in Fine Art from California State University at Fullerton. He then began illustration work for the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in Los Angeles for five years and Florence, Italy for six years. Ramadasa studied techniques such as fresco and tempra at the Academy of Art in Sienna and the Florence Academy of Art, and he studied Vedic art in Mahaballipuram, India. Over the next twelve years, Ramadasa painted over three hundred oils. Many of those paintings still hang chateaus and villas in France, Italy, England, South Africa, and India.
New Vrindaban Community is located south of Moundsville – Wheeling, off Route 250. For more information about the “Painting Krishna Art” seminar, contact (304) 845-9591 or newvrindaban.com.
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“Water Took Everything”: Hungarian Devotees Help in Flooded Areas
By ISKCON News Staff
Submited by bh. Tibor (Swiderski Tibor)
Since the beginning of June unusual flooding caused major problems in Northeastern Hungary. Due to constant rain, several swollen streams turned agricultural fields, village streets, courtyards, parks, playgrounds into rivers, lakes and seas. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in a hurry and those who stayed behind faced a shortage of drinking water and food without any electricity.
Apart from the government several non-governmental organizations came to rescue.
Since 8 June members of the Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness distributed a thousand plates of free food in the flooded area. Cooperating with the local disaster recovery group they searched the most affected village in the area where people did not have any supply at the time. In Felsozsolca, a village of 7000 inhabitants, 1800 of 2200 homes got destroyed. „People were devastated, saying that the flooding did more damage to their village than World War II.” – concludes Gandharvika Prema Dasi, coordinator of the Hungarian Food For Life Foundation. Water took their vegetables, grain harvest, animals, furniture, other belongings and 180 houses collapsed. They lost almost everything. Cars could not move on the streets covered with water which became more and more infected by time in the summer heat. There was no drinking water, no gas, no electricity, therefore no connection with the outside world.
„We wanted to help” – she continues. “Each day we started to cook at 2.30 am in our temple in Budapest, then transported food to the flooded areas by trucks. We distributed hot meals to mainly private houses, but also to temporary shelters, some of which were covered by water up to one’s chest and therefore approachable only by boat. We had a big truck that could move in the water and driving from street to street we carried food, water, and disinfectants to people. Civil defense, firemen, soldiers and civilians worked hard together. Even after 7 days we found houses where people have not gotten any help since floods had begun.”
Árvízi ételosztás.mpgSubido por purnatattva el 23/06/2010 Ételosztás az árvíz sújtotta területen, Észak-Magyarországon, 2010 tavaszán. Napi 1000 adag ételt osztottak szét a Krisna-hívők Felsőzsolcán, a leginkább elszigetelt kis faluban. Ezt mutatja be ez a rövid kisfilm.
„People are in need of mental support” – said the local psychologist. „We are especially grateful to the Hare Krishnas to come because they can give hope, faith, spiritual strength to survive these unfortunate times. They are symbols of hope.”
“Our hot meals were real help for the flood victims.” – Bhakta Emil says. He also took part in the organization’s food relief program in Haiti after the earthquakes. „People had no opportunity to cook so they got life-saving support at times of disaster. By the way only devotees know how much spiritual benefit they gained from taking food that was offered to God. People loved devotees, they were excitedly waiting for them. They were so grateful that they wanted to share their few belongings with them left after the floods in return: some drink or some cleaning supplies. It was all they had.”
The special effort of thirty devotees taking part in the project was greatly appreciated by the Hungarian government as well.
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