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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 2 July 2010--Change the Picture of Krishna--and--Sun-god and Moon-god Are Superstitions?
  2. ISKCON Emotional Graduation Ceremony at Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh
  3. ISKCON Temple Profile: Johannesburg, South Africa
  4. San Francisco Ratha Yatra 2010
  5. Palace of Gold in Graffiti (WV newspaper)
  6. Bhakti Vikasa Swami: mankind today
  7. Bhakti Vikasa Swami: Answers to SBV queries
  8. Stonehenge Summer Solstice
  9. Japa Group: Japa Poem
  10. ISKCON Natural Resources: The End is Nigh
  11. ISKCON ISKCON`s Celebration In The "Fruit Garden of Pakistan"
  12. Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - New Year's Eve 2010 - Mukunda Datta das - Bhaja Hure Mana - 21/22
  13. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 484
  14. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Arriving at Vrndavana
  15. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Morning Reflections
  16. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Ecstatic Outdoor Kirtana
  17. ISKCON ISKCON Celebrates Annual Ratha-Yatra festival In Guayana, South America
  18. New Vrndavan, USA: Best WV Daytrips
  19. ISKCON Unique Indian Art Gallery Opens in Ardennes, Belgium
  20. European Brahmacari Convention 2010
  21. WSN May 2010 - World Sankirtan Newsletter
  22. Jaya Kesava Das, USA: GUTS
  23. Mayapur Online: Sri Vakreshvara Pandit appearance
  24. H.H. Sivarama Swami: An introduction to the interesting topic of euthanasia raised by Adi-gopi dd.
  25. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Every step is a dance
  26. Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: ashashvatam
  27. Mayapur Online: The passing away of a special soul
  28. H.H. Sivarama Swami
  29. Gouranga TV: KuliMela 2008 – Radhadesh – Madhava – Bhajan
  30. H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: USA Retreat 2010
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 2 July 2010--Change the Picture of Krishna--and--Sun-god and Moon-god Are Superstitions?

One of our readers wrote me recently suggesting that we regularly change the above picture of Krishna for the sake of variety. Of course we understand that variety is the mother of enjoyment, and thus we regularly change the picture which comes below this column. But in another vein we should not think that the seeing the same picture of Krishna every...

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ISKCON Emotional Graduation Ceremony at Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh

By Kancana-valli dasi on 1 Jul 2010

On June 16 in Radhadesh the graduation ceremony was held for seven students from Bhaktivedanta College. Radhadesh's temple president, Hrdaya Caitanya Dasa, summed up the feelings of everyone present when he said, "We are very happy to see students graduating today. But we also feel sad since some of them are leaving - they have become part of the community."

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ISKCON Temple Profile: Johannesburg, South Africa

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 1 Jul 2010

With Durban's Temple of Understanding drawing attention for many years as the biggest ISKCON temple in South Africa, Johannesburg has historically been somewhat neglected and has followed a difficult path of development.

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Gadadhara das: You are invited to San Francisco's 44th Annual Ratha Yatra Festival! WHO: ISKCON Berkeley WHAT: San Francisco's Ratha Yatra Festival WHERE: Golden Gate Park, Sharon Meadows WHEN: Sunday August 8th 2010, 11AM-5PM

Email to a friendRelated Palace of Gold in Graffiti (WV newspaper)

Mike Sizemore: A handful of miles outside of Wheeling sits Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, a massive, exquisitely ornamented Krishna Consciousness compound. You really have to visit this place (or at least go to to get just how boggling its opulence is

Email to a friendRelated Bhakti Vikasa Swami: mankind today

In the Kali-yuga the population is just a royal edition of the animals. They have nothing to do with spiritual knowledge or godly religious life. They are so blind that they cannot see anything beyond the jurisdiction of the subtle mind, intelligence or ego, but they are very much proud of their advancement in knowledge, science and material prosperity. They can risk their lives to become a dog or hog just after leaving the present body, for they have completely lost sight of the ultimate aim of life.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 1.3.43

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> > 1.      Poem of HDG Bhakti Siddhanth Maharaj should have 100 Verses but > > it has only 78?  (SBV Vol. 3) > > So, the question is why does the composition > 'Prakrta-rasa-sata-dusini' or 'A Hundred Refutations of Mundane > Mellows' have only 78 verses.

Why not? 100 refutations can be made in 78 verses.

Email to a friendRelated Stonehenge Summer Solstice

Parasuram das: This year the Stonehenge summer solstice festival fell on the same day as London Rathayatra, 20th June. So after an ecstatic Rathayatra the pots and pans started to rattle again, this time for prasad distribution to the masses of people who stay up all night in order to cheer in the sunrise at Stonehenge.

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Japa Group: Japa Poem

Chanting in the
neighborhood of Stavavali,
I move very quickly
through the mantras and
my eyes are wide open.
I'm attentive as I silently
pass the names through
my mind and finger the
beads. The dull pain in
my head does not prevent
me from decent japa
on this morn. Quickly
I move through twelve rounds
and thank the Lord for
His mercy

From Bhajan Kutir #481
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ISKCON Natural Resources: The End is Nigh

By Richard Heinberg for on 1 Jun 2010

Following the failure of the latest efforts to plug the gushing leak from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and amid warnings that oil could continue to flow for another two months or more, perhaps it's a good time to step back a moment mentally and look at the bigger picture—the context of our human history of resource extraction—to see how current events reveal deeper trends that will have even greater and longer-lasting significance.

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ISKCON ISKCON`s Celebration In The "Fruit Garden of Pakistan"

By Sandeep Kumar Maheshwary on 1 Jul 2010

Quetta is the largest city and the provincial capital of the Balochistan Province of Pakistan. 1,680 meters (5,500 feet) above the sea level, the "Fruit Garden of Pakistan" has a healthy climate, with a diversity of plants and animal wildlife. Between 17-19 of June, more than four hundred ISKCON devotees from all over Pakistan and India gathered here to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the installation of Sri Sri Radha Radha Nath Bhagwan.

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Bhajan - New Year's Eve 2010 - Mukunda Datta das - Bhaja Hure Mana - 21/22

Mukunda Datta das singing the bhajan "Bhaja Hure Mana" during the New Year's Eve 12hr bhajan.

Dallas, TX

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 484 SDGonline Daily updates

4:20 A.M.

I'm writing from Sastra's bedroom in his house in Delaware. Last night I got to bed late and didn't wake up until Yadunandana Maharaja woke me at 3:30. So I have only chanted four rounds. I chanted them in peace. Chanting japa brings a mood of peace to the mind and quells all your anxieties when you do it nicely. These first rounds this morning were chanted without any pain in the head and were chanted rapidly. I was rushing a bit to get them done to make up for lost time, which is not so desirable. Nevertheless, I distinctly heard the syllables and concentrated my mind on hearing. While at Sastra's house, I browsed through recent editions of Back to Godhead magazine. In one there was a letter by a reader which mentioned japa.   He wrote, "I would like to compliment BTG for the January/February edition, which was one of the best I have ever read. As far as I am concerned, japa is the anchor of bhakti-yoga. The article 'Creating a Culture of Pure Chanting' was much appreciated." I agree with this statement that "japa is the anchor of bhakti-yoga," and it certainly is so for myself. I like to write something about japa every day and offer it as a help to my journal readers. Since there is not always time to say so much on a daily basis, I would like to recommend my latest book Japa Transformations. It is published now and is being distributed, and you can order one by writing to (with your name and full address).

The book contains many statements of strivings for improved japa and actual attainment of better states. I was able to write some realizations of good achievements in japa. Japa Transformations also contains reflections on Radha and Krishna, who are the goal of our chanting.

It is good to chant
japa in the same place
every day, at the same
time, and early morning
is the best time for spiritual
practices. You rise, and before
engaging in any worldly
or passionate endeavors, you
calmly sit alone or with
friends, and utter the holy names.
This morning I'm hearing in a
peaceful place, begging to Nama
Prabhu to allow me to taste
the nectar, begging to place
my attention in the syllables
of the names, with faith
that this is nondifferent
than direct association with
the Divine Couple, Radha and

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Arriving at Vrndavana SDGonline Daily updates

Prabhupada Smaranam

Srila Prabhupada is arriving at Vrndavana during the early stages of construction of the Krishna-Balarama Mandira.  Dhananjaya Prabhu is still the temple president, Gopala Krishna Prabhu is still a grhastha and Harikesa Maharaja is still Prabhupada's secretary, before Prabhupada sent him to develop Northern Europe. Prabhupada's disciples eagerly crowd behind him, hoping to get some darsana time with their spiritual master. Prabhupada's residential rooms were the first part of the temple completed, and so he used to visit and encourage the devotees and patiently oversee as the money came in from his world sankirtana parties, and as the laborers gradually chipped away at the marble and worked with cement toward building the kirtana hall, altars and domes.

Prabhupada's grand plan was to complete three magnificent temples in India during his lifetime, in Vrndavana, Mayapur and Bombay.  In a Srimad-Bhagavatam purport, he describes how Krishna fulfills the desires of His devotees. Speaking indirectly of himself, he wrote that once there was a barren field in Raman-reti, Vrndavana, but a devotee desired, "Let there be a temple," and a beautiful temple was built. Prabhupada did not live long enough to see the opening of the Bombay temple, but it was well underway (he insisted on moving into his residential suite even before it was completed), and he had the full satisfaction of participating in the opening of the Krishna Balarama Mandira on Rama Navami in 1975. At the Gaura Purnima festival in Mayapur in 1975, he announced in a lecture in the large first temple building (the vast plans for Mayapur are still developing) that the prediction of Bhaktivinoda Thakura had come true, and Europeans and Americans had joined with their Bengali godbrothers to chant Hare Krishna and Jaya Sacinandana.

Prabhupada pushed for the construction of the grand temples in India so that his worldwide disciples could come to India and gain inspiration by residing in the dhamas. And he also wanted to revitalize Krishna consciousness in India by making palatial buildings that would attract the masses and the elite of India and divert them from their feverish materialism and lack of pure worship and education. His disciples and granddisciples are continuing his legacy of maintaining and developing temples in India and establishing ISKCON as a major force of cultural and religious influence in the country.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Morning Reflections SDGonline Daily updates

Nanda Maharaja, the king of
Gokula is always absorbed
in thoughts of his son.
Yasoda-devi, the Queen of Vraja,
is prepared to give her life many
millions of times just to protect
Krishna from even a single
drop of perspiration. Although
He knows the supernatural power
of His younger brother, Krishna,
Balarama, out of love, never
leaves Him alone in the forest
even for a moment.
In the very cool and pleasant
shade of the trees, the
young Divine Couple enjoy
transcendental pastimes.
All the persons and places
of Vraja are glorified in
Raghunatha dasa Goswami's

They are too rich and pure
for me to hear for hours
at a time, but I taste
a little according to my
capacity and feel
transcendental bliss.

Now I have slept overnight
for the last time in
the Yellow Submarine.
I 've taken my last
shower, and this is my
last poem. We will
transfer to Sastra's house
for a few days.
I am nervous.
I hope Vishnu-aradhanam
gets proper directions how
to drive to Stuyvesant Falls
and that the holiday traffic
is not too jammed.

I hope I'll be able to continue
writing and reading for a while.
I know I have to leave this
body, but I want some more
time before I go. It's up to
Krishna how long I'll live, so
I should stay close to Him
and praise Him in the time
I have. Abide by His
decisions and try your best
to follow His orders and
the instructions of your
spiritual master.

Life has been poignant
and satisfying although there
have some hard bumps
on the road. I am thankful
to Krishna and beg forgiveness
for what I have done wrong.
So many songs He's allowed
me, I hope they bring a
devotee cheer and sustenance.
I meant well and always
remember that he lifted
me out of hellish emptiness
and placed me in a life
that's full of brace.
All glories to my Swami
and the summer of '66,
and the summer of 2010.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Ecstatic Outdoor Kirtana SDGonline Daily updates

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Here are three young people joining in ecstatic outdoor kirtana. It appears to be a rural setting at a Ratha-yatra site. It reminds me of the first outdoor chanting of Hare Krishna in America, which was instigated by Srila Prabhupada and his followers in 1966 in Tompkins Square Park on the Lower East Side. Prabhupada took his group of about a dozen devotees on consecutive Sundays and chanted for three hours in the afternoon.  He played constantly on a one-headed bongo drum, sitting down on an old Oriental rug and loudly leading the singing. This was before his stroke, which he suffered in 1967, and he was still very strong and healthy, not showing much sign of old age. We were all new devotees and a bit shy to chant in public, but under his shelter we danced and chanted before a gathering crowd of people.

In the years that followed, Prabhupada induced many hundreds of people to follow the Ratha-yatra carts at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and they all chanted for hours in procession. Since then many temples have opened, and devotees go out into the streets of many cities and hold harinama sankirtana. Sometimes onlookers just stare and people walk by and try to ignore the chanters. There have been occasions when police have stopped the kirtanas and declared it to be a disturbance of the peace. But it is always wonderful when onlookers join the singing and give up their inhibitions and feel the bliss of the holy names.

With the popularity of yoga and Eastern meditation in the West, people are becoming more inclined to experiment with chanting the holy names. The people in this picture appear to be tasting the nectar for which we are always anxious.

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ISKCON ISKCON Celebrates Annual Ratha-Yatra festival In Guayana, South America

By Parvati Persaud-Edwards for The Guayana Chronicle on 27 Jun 2010

The Guayana chapter of ISKCON held its annual Ratha-Yatra festival in Georgetown on the 27th of June, with a Lord Jagannath parade through city streets, which culminated at the Merriman's Mall with a cultural event.

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New Vrndavan, USA: Best WV Daytrips

By Mike Sizemore
POSTED: June 30, 2010

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ISKCON Unique Indian Art Gallery Opens in Ardennes, Belgium

By Kancana-valli dasi for ISKCON News on 1 Jul 2010

On 2 June, 2010, a ceremony was held to celebrate the official opening of the Museum of Sacred Art in Radhadesh, Belgium. The opening itself is part of wider celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of Radhadesh. The museum has a permanent collection of nearly 250 pieces — paintings, sculptures, puppets, and sacred objects, and is planning to also organize temporary exhibitions.

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By Sutapa Dasa

Think of the Hare Krishna movement, and one of the first images that comes to mind is a group of bright-faced young men with freshly shaven heads, swaying in saffron robes to the sounds of drums and hand cymbals. It's hard to forget. In the late 1960s and '70s, inspired by the dedication and devotion of Srila Prabhupada, thousands of young men dedicated themselves to the brahmacari asrama, a monastic life of selfless service

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By Vijaya das

When distributing in Vancouver recently, I approached a man with his teenage son and his eleven-year-old daughter. As I was showing him the Bhagavad-gita he said to me, "Jehovah's Witness?"

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Jaya Kesava Das, USA: GUTS

Another day in my internal little world.

Today I contemplate the phrase "being convinced that Krsna is there"
Really, that's quite embarrassing for a spirit soul. I mean have we really dug that deep into illusion to now have to ask ourselves does God exist? And then write big big books and articles on it? Especially when you write a book that tells people, go find the answers for yourself, don't listen to anyone but your inner instinct or inner child. Then the first class "idiom", so as not to use the other word, tells you, well this book I read said that you shouldn't listen to anyone and you should go find things out yourself.... contradiction bells ring for me.
You get the picture, don't listen to any one, but listen to me- its called blind leading the blind and you know they're gonna fall into a ditch.

Knowledge comes through an authoritative system, and when applied according to the instructions and culture that system provides, I guarantee you a result; or at least a glimpse of one. Still don't get it, ok- a doctor learns medicine from another doctor, not a lawyer, a mice learns to flee cats and other creatures by watching its parents flee cats and other creatures. So in this world, every species of life learns to carry on a culture by learning from higher authorities. Except God realization- that you have to do yourself, by reading my self help book for only $24.99 wherein I tell you not to listen to me; but too late, you can't get your full money back, so join the cheater race by selling that book to a used book store or at a yard sale.
If a person has a fever, how does he know the pill he just took worked? Well, he followed the label that said take two with water, and after sometime he feels a normal temperature. Or if he's over zealous, and wants to get well immediately,  he takes six or ten,which then puts him in another state known as high.
Ok, back to does God exist or not.....
Well, there's a book written by some guy these Hares claim to be an incarnation of God, it has instrucitons on how to understand God, and stay on the platform so that even when you're having the worse or hair days, you're not moved from the truth. Which means the truth must be something you're experiencing, not something you're fantasizing about. Yes bad hair days can be quite draining emotionally and you fell like Rumpelstiltskin instead of prince charming. But you know there's always a comb, a brush or a buzzer somewhere to fix it.
So am I convinced that Krsna is there?
Wouldn't you like to know. Come traveling and giving out this knowledge and see some incidences. Then we'll compare notes.
(thats as far as I got in my mental class today :) )
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Mayapur Online: Sri Vakreshvara Pandit appearance

In another few days, we will be celebrating Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannatha. Caitanya Caritamrta explains in detail how Lord Caitanya appointed groups with singers and dancers to perform Kirtan during Ratha Yatra. One of the dancers was Vakreshvara Pandit. Today is his auspicious appearance day. Vakreshvara Pandit’s worshippable deity is Sri Sri Radha-Kanta, whom he worshipped in Kasi Misra’s house, which was also the residence of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (Gambhira). These Deities are still being worshipped there to this day.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: An introduction to the interesting topic of euthanasia raised by Adi-gopi dd.

And where does Krsna Consciousness stand on the topic.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Every step is a dance


As from the 10th July, Urban Yoga will be hosting dancing classes: Indian Classical Odissi Dance.
They will be held on Saturdays from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm on the 3rd level of the Crossways Restaurant, 123 Swanston Walk. Anyone from 5 years old and above is welcome and the fee is only $12 per class.

For further information you can contact the instructor, Nilakshi Barah on 0430 045 898 or Sammohini DD, Urban Yoga Manager, on 0468 643 448.

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: ashashvatam

The past few months, or in fact close to a year, I have not been regularly updating my blogs. My apologies. Although not sure if anyone is regularly visiting my blog, my apologies to all for not keeping updates.

I have been lately experiencing what Krishna says in the Gita "duhkalayam asashvatam". We know things are temporary in this world but when it happnes to us in our lives, it reveals our inner insecurities, weaknesses and degree of attachment to Krishna. I am going through such a phase of temporariness which has uprooted many fundamental assumptions of my life. It has been difficult on a personal level for me to experience this. It has revealed to me my strong attachments to material life. This revelation has given me the resolve to become more attached to Krishna in a more personal manner. For this, I thank the Lord.

I hope as time passes (time is the only healer and that time is none other than Krishna Himself), I know I can get out of this so called distress and become stronger in Krishna Consciousness. I just have to take the next step and put full faith in Krishna. Time has come for me to move on!

If there are regular readers for this blog, please bear with me as I am passing through a rather difficult phase in life.

Hare Krishna.

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Mayapur Online: The passing away of a special soul

I would like to share with you the auspicious passing of HG Biharini devi dasi. In the early hours of Saturday 8th May 2010, during the auspiscious month of Purushottam, Biharini devi dasi peacefully left her body at her home close by to Jagannath Mandir, Rajpur, Sridham Mayapur. Biharini Mataji was a disciple of His Holiness Jayapataka Maharaj, wife of HG Krishna Dayal das, and mother of five sons.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

O Misers!The beggars who request you saying “Please give” really teach you
that this is the result of not giving. Do not become like them.

- Suta Gosvami (Garuda Purana)

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Gouranga TV: KuliMela 2008 – Radhadesh – Madhava – Bhajan

KuliMela 2008 – Radhadesh – Madhava – Bhajan

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H.H. Bhakticharu Swami: USA Retreat 2010

These are the first recordings of the USA retreat 2010 which is being held in Vraj, Pennsylvania. Kindly provided by Candrasekhara Acharya Prabhu.

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