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  1. Kirtan Australia.com: 24 Hour Kirtan in NSW: Oct 2-3
  2. Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: Happy Janmastami!
  3. Book Distribution News: Happy Janmastami!
  4. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Sunday, August 29th, 2010
  5. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, August 28th, 2010
  6. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, August 27th, 2010
  7. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Svarupa-Sakti Mataji
  8. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Thursday, August 26th, 2010
  9. H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
  10. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Bhakta Prabhu
  11. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Gangesvara Prabhu
  12. ISKCON New York, USA: Sri Krishna Janmastami Videos
  13. ISKCON New York, USA: Sri Krishna Janmastami 2010 @ Radha Govinda Mandir!
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  15. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: pre-Janmastami meditation; real purpose of Lord Krsna's appearance
  16. H.H. Sivarama Swami: A 2 Part, parikrama on a rainy, windy day from Naradavana to Kamyavana narrated by Madhupati dasa (Part 1)
  17. Japa Group: He Is Always In Krishna's Company
  18. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: TRIED DEVOTEE
  19. Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Point in space called Takashi
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Kirtan Australia.com: 24 Hour Kirtan in NSW: Oct 2-3

24 hour kirtan

On October 2 -3, 2010, the final day of World Holy Name Festival, coinciding with a global 108 Hour Kirtan in memory of His Grace Aindra Prabhu, New Gokula Farm in the Hunter Valley will be hosting a 24 Hour Maha-mantra Kirtan Festival. New Gokula is located approximately 2 hours drive from Sydney and 1 hour from Newcastle in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Car-pooling and a van/minibus will be available to ferry guests from Sydney and Newcastle to the farm and back. To view the map visit www.newgokula.com.

The program kicks off at 6 pm on Saturday, October 2nd and runs through til 7 pm on Sunday, October 3rd (extra hour due to daylight saving change). The festival will host kirtaniyas and guests from around Australia. Various modes of accommodation are available on the farm or nearby.

Participating guests are humbly requested to give a small donation of $25 for the weekend. This will cover all meals and accommodation (if you wish to stay in one of the farm’s facilities). However, we would like to make it very clear that the goal of holding a Kirtan festival is to enable anyone and everyone to chant the Holy Names of the Lord constantly without any barriers and therefore no one will be turned away if they are unable to contribute the suggested donation.

We look forward to seeing you here for an amazing 24 hours of non-stop chanting of the Maha-Mantra. For further information on the festival or to book your accommodation and travel connections, or to volunteer for a slot on the roster, email Krishnapada (krishnapada@hotmail.com) or Nimai (nimai2@hotmail.com)

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Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: Happy Janmastami!

Hari bol Prabhus,

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

I usually don't go out on Janmastami but I decided to this time because there is no better way to please Krsna "na ca tasman manusyesu." He says, "There is no one more dear to me than he that distributes my message of Bhagavad Gita." So what better birthday present is there than to do what is most pleasing to Him. Of course it is so nice to cook for Krsna and bring presents to Him and to speak amongst the devotees about His pastimes. But to go out and remind the fallen souls about their relationship with Krsna is Krsna's soft spot, he is soo pleased by this.

All glories to out most glorious Lord Sri Krsna!

your servant, Vijaya das

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Book Distribution News: Happy Janmastami!

Hari bol Prabhus,

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

I usually don't go out on Janmastami but I decided to this time because there is no better way to please Krsna "na ca tasman manusyesu." He says, "There is no one more dear to me than he that distributes my message of Bhagavad Gita." So what better birthday present is there than to do what is most pleasing to Him. Of course it is so nice to cook for Krsna and bring presents to Him and to speak amongst the devotees about His pastimes. But to go out and remind the fallen souls about their relationship with Krsna is Krsna's soft spot, he is soo pleased by this.

All glories to out most glorious Lord Sri Krsna!

your servant, Vijaya das

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Sunday, August 29th, 2010

On the Road to Victory

London, Ontario





I explored the bike trail in Russell. The trail was a former railroad line. It has been common in Canada to witness the dissolution of the train. In Prince Edward Island, there exists not a single train and whatever was a rail route has now vanished and given way to walkers, runners and cyclists. It's a pity in someway. The public has this nostalgia for trains, myself included.

Sing Lung Wong, an associate from Toronto, Kacsper Waclawski and I hit that great trail until it disappeared to become mean forest and wet grass, so we detoured down along a farmer's regional road with Holsteins grazing and corn plants swaying by light breezes to our sides. This was a real treat for city boy Sing and busy Kacsper who teaches music in town.

After the walk was over hours chewed up our time in traffic in a stretch from far south eastern Ontario to the far reaches of the west in a city of London. Our destination was Aeolian Hall, a super acoustically-savvy building and once a town hall for east London. There our troupe of Nitai Priya and the tow Penn boys, Gaura and Nitai, staged, "Lonely People". The performance was great but attendance poor. Promotion is something we have to learn which we will.

I guess the experience is that it's tough to juggle monastic administration responsibilities with the showman obligations. In any event, I'm not a quitter and the intention is to delegate promotional duties to others. It will be done!

Churchill said something about success coming after a trail of failures. This can't be more truthful. Victory is only known after a series of defeat.

10 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Riverfest Break a Leg

Russell, Ontario

This town, at a border of Francophone and Anglophone communities, hosted Riverfest. At the base of the bank of Castor River and the heart of this town our cast of the tragic comedy "Lonely People" performed well just after a live Celtic music group. The Maritime group just finished "What Can You Do With a Drunken Sailor?" and it was our turn to "break a leg" with a small town audience.

Well, who can identify with that topic of loneliness? Everyone can. As opposed to a "leela" play or something to do with Vishnu and his avatars (something traditional), we chose this contemporary piece to perform as more relative, more relevant.

We were the last act on this outdoor stage. The people appreciated. The Master of Ceremonies, Stewart, got to talking with me after. He directs plays. He was technical director of "Grease" staged in the local arena recently.

People love to be entertained and our objective with my little drama troupe, "Swami Productions" is to produce entertainment that lifts the spirit. In fact, I just revealed our mission statement right there. You might call it "enter-lightenment". Our obligation to the audience is to encourage the spiritual component.

Prior to our arrival, a choir group also sang and a yoga teacher presented demonstrations to pull up consciousness to some greater height. Our message with "Lonely People" is to look within, recognize the paramatma, supersoul in the heart and take good dictation.

I had little time to walk today. The drive to Russell and the play ate up well-spent time. I did manage to cover a whopping…

3 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Friday, August 27th, 2010

Trying To Get Out

Toronto, Ontario

In my travels I have seen many birds. They can be very hyper. They panic. For instance when you blaze a trail in a wetland area you watch these guys in flight and how they can come after you. Aggressive might not even be the word to describe their fear and fury. You might be near their nesting area where they have young ones. Overall, depending on the species, some are very territorial.

One day, while walking the back road at the rural farm community, Saranagati, in B.C. where you will find it not particularly wet, but a very dry region, I came upon a female quail. It was my guess it was a she. When she saw me I startled her. She reacted with an incredible dance; rustling feathers indeed. This, I learned later, was an attempt to distract me away from her little ones.

Today a meadowlark flew into our temple. It came in through an open door. Birds don't understand glass, it seems. It flew towards a tree but butt its beak again and again with the windowpane. Poor soul was desperately trying to get out. Did it ever become fearful as I and god brother, Haridas, attempted to shoo her towards freedom via another open door. Others had tried and failed, but we succeeded and the feathered creature saw to his moksha (liberation).

Bats have done the same thing. They, somehow or other, get inside this sacred place and then work tediously, like hell, to get out.

I contemplated on how we become like these frightened creatures in flight. As tiny souls we move into a cage by chance and get ourselves trapped. There are moments when we panic and want out and when we try different outlets we come to terms with that illusion (the window). After beating our own brows, we may finally understand, "I'm getting nowhere. I need help."

It usually takes time, patience and often a concerned helper to get us out of the mess we have created before reaching height or chance of freedom.

This evening I and other monks were invited to a beautiful dinner in a penthouse suite with a great view from the balcony. This is where birds fly, land and carry on. They are unaware that a tiny spark of life has flown inside of them, trapped itself in a cage, the body. It's trying to get out.

16 KM

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Svarupa-Sakti Mataji

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.44-48 - Control the mind with devotional service

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Laughter And The Card

Toronto, Ontario

I left the temple sadhana (spiritual workout) early in order to trek to Services Ontario to renew my medical health card. I passed by a picture frame shop. Charlie Chaplin's picture caught my eye. The caption read, "A day without laughter is a day wasted'. Next to him was a picture of Einstein. His quote read, "science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

I reached outside the government services office an hour before opening. The line – up had begun. I was number 2. I checked my pocket for my requirements, three pieces of I.D. –birth certificate, social insurance number, and passport. On the phone the day before the health card personnel, Crystal, asked for proof of my residence by way of another piece of I.D. She was surprised I didn't posses more identification than this.

No cards? Well, I'm a monk.

Drivers' license? Well, I let mine expire years ago when I discovered the great wonder of walking. Crystal settled for a letter from our institution to verify my home address. SO I read the letter of verification. It read that I was a long standing member…….

How true! I stood in that line so long before official doors opened. It gave me a laugh.

My day was not wasted.

And as far as Einstein's words are concerned, our guru, Srila Prabhupada used to say, "Religion without philosophy is sentiment or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation." That's a statement that goes rather deep.

In any event I was happy to have a renewed health card. In walking back to the temple/ashram when I contemplated on a remark made by an American couple the night before. I had my runners on, a gift from someone in Trinidad when the fellow said, "Excuse me! I was just curious about your robes and then I saw your sneakers. Shouldn't they be sandals or something like that?"

"Well, I do long distance walking. Try three times across Canada?"

"Shut Up!" he said which is really a kind way of expressing disbelief.

We made friends. We had a good laugh. Our day wasn't wasted in the least. Laughter is better that a health card.

7 KM

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H.H. Bhaktimarg Swami: Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Today, It's Krishna and Buddha

Toronto, Ontario

A young oriental newspaper boy tossed his paper in the air to land on a homeowners concrete steps. He retreated back to his delivery car when we greeted each other. Then his question came. "Are you a Buddhist? "

"I am Krishna, Hare Krishna!"

"You are Christian?", was his doubtful inquiry.

I went on to clarify.

In the ravine two hours later on foot again I had taken with me a monk from Assam who looks like Buddha. Referring to the naturalness of the place I remarked that it is better than Vrndavan, the green rural place of Krishna's upbringing. While there we noticed only men jogging. It gave us a feeling that's it's men's day which is a change. Usually women run and men cycle. Not today.

Significant too today was the anniversary day of Srila Prabhupada , our guru's walking up the planked ramp to embark on the Jaladuta oceanliner to come to America. It was 45 years Ago that this milestone manifested.

On a third jaunt I stopped in at the chain store, "Running Room/ Walking Room", to check out the latest shoes. Somewhat disappointed I let the clerk know they didn't carry good shoes in monk's. But while I did try on the best colours co-ordinated shoes available a young female customer again came with the question posed in the early morning.

"Arre you Buddhist?" she asked innocently as she was trying on shoes.

"I have a good friend who looks like Buddha", but I am a follower of Krishna", I said.

She wanted to know about my conversion to Krishna and so a decent conversation ensued. I just couldn't go deep being in a sterile foot cultured store. But I'm always, always encouraged after having uttered the divine name "Krishna!" That sound vibration is special and it falls on people's ears as some kind of blessing.

10 KM

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Bhakta Prabhu

Class given on Sunday 29-08-2010
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.33-40 - Understanding the cause of suffering.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Gangesvara Prabhu

Class given on Saturday 28-08-2010
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.31 - Bhakti is above all varna and asrama.

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ISKCON New York, USA: Sri Krishna Janmastami Videos

To help enthuse all of the devotees, Here are some videos of last year’s Janmastami festival taken by our Temple President, Ramabhadra Prabhu:


Mangala Arati @ Radha Govinda Mandir


500 Gardenia Flower Dress


2009 Midnight Darshan


Golden Kalash Maha Abhisheka

For more videos and pictures of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, their temple and activities, visit:  www.radhagovinda108.com


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ISKCON New York, USA: Sri Krishna Janmastami 2010 @ Radha Govinda Mandir!

Dear Devotees and Friends!

Hare Krishna! Please accept our greetings from Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir!

Wednesday September 1, 2010 is a very special and auspicious day in the year. It is the day of the divine appearance of Lord Sri Krishna! On this day the practicing Vaishnavas observe fast till 12 midnight.

At Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, this festival will be celebrated starting at 4:30 AM with Mangala Arati. At 7:30 AM Sri Sri Radha Govinda appear in a stunning new dress, handcrafted in Sri Vrindavana Dhama,and embellished with the finest fresh flowers – roses, jasmine, gardenia, orchids and more! The morning program will be followed by a special Srimad Bhagavatam recitation discussing the topics of Lord Krishna’s appearance. The darshans of Their Lordships will be open for the whole day until 3:30pm.

At 7:00pm Sri Sri Radha Govindadeva will appear in an awe inspiring and stunning flower dress, designed and created by the NY temple devotees and made of the finest flowers imported from different parts of the world. This year’s dress will feature more than 500 Select Gardenia flowers (one of the largest and most fragrant flowers in the world) imported from California.

This year the evening schedule is as follows:

6:00pm – Bhajans and Kirtans

7:00pm – Sandhya Arati & Kirtan Sri Sri Radha Govindadeva Darshan in Dress of 500+ Fresh & Fragrant Gardenia Flowers

7:00pm – Jhulan Yatra Swing Festival of Sri Sri Radha Krishna

8:30pm – Expert Dramatic Krishna Lila Dance Troupe

9:15pm – Vaikuntha Players Drama troupe performs: “Krishna Slays Kamsa”

10:15pm – Patron Donor Kalash Puja Sri Sri Radha Krishna Maha-Abhisek

11:30pm – Auction of Sri Sri Radha Govindadeva Collectibles

12:00 Midnight: Sri Krishna Janmastami Arati

Sri Sri Radha Govindadeva Appear in another Stunning New Dress

12:30am: Janmastami Radha Govindadeva Prasadam Feast

All evening long, prasad will be available, with a special anukalpa

(ekadasi-style) feast served at 12:30am.

*** IMPORTANT NOTICE: ***

On weekdays, street parking is free at all meters after 7:00pm. We humbly

request all devotees who plan to visit the temple with their vehicle to plan enough time to find legal parking on the streets. We request that devotees try to refrain from double parking on any street. The NYC Police Dept are very quick to arrive at the scene and will tow your car away if they choose to, or you will be set with a $150 ticket.

For those who cannot find street parking, the temple recommends devotees to park at a valet parking lot on the ground floor of a new condominium complex adjacent to the NYC Department of Labor building located at the Southeast corner of Bond and Schermerhorn Streets. For a nominal fee,you will be able to park your car till 1:00am.

If you choose to visit the temple via Public transportation, Please plan your trip to allow for sufficient time for the return journey.

*** UPCOMING FESTIVALS ***

Thursday Sept 2, 2010

Srila Prabhupada?s Vyasa-Puja celebration

11am – 3pm

and then continues from 7pm – 9pm

Please join us for special festivities to celebrate the Most-Blessed Vyasa-puja clebration and appearance day of ISKCON Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Wednesday September 15, 2010

Sri Radhastami

Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani

6-9pm

We humbly invite you to take part all of these festivals by rendering devotional service (prasadam, flower garlands, cleaning, kirtans, readings) to the Lord.There are many service opportunities available, please contact the temple for more information. If you would like to sponsor any part of these upcoming festivals, please contact the temple at the phone # listed below.

Your servants,

NY ISKCON

(718) 875-6127; (718) 855-6714

www . radhagovinda108 . com


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Kurma dasa, AU: Ellen DeGeneres on Being Vegan

Ellen:

She makes some very good points.

Check out the interview...

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: pre-Janmastami meditation; real purpose of Lord Krsna's appearance

During the period of Lord Krsna's appearance, the killing of asuras or nonbelievers such as Kamsa and Jarasandha was done by Visnu, who was within the person of Sri Krsna. Such apparent killing by Lord Sri Krsna took place as a matter of course and was an incidental activity for Him. But the real purpose of Lord Krsna's appearance was to stage a dramatic performance of His transcendental pastimes at Vrajabhumi, thus exhibiting the highest limit of transcendental mellow in the exchanges of reciprocal love between the living entity and the Supreme Lord. These reciprocal exchanges of mellows are called raga-bhakti, or devotional service to the Lord in transcendental rapture. Lord Sri Krsna wants to make known to all the conditioned souls that He is more attracted by raga-bhakti than vidhi-bhakti, or devotional service under scheduled regulations. It is said in the Vedas (Taittiriya Up. 2.7), raso vai sah: the Absolute Truth is the reservoir for all kinds of reciprocal exchanges of loving sentiments. He is also causelessly merciful, and He wants to bestow upon us this privilege of raga-bhakti.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Adi 4.15–16

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: A 2 Part, parikrama on a rainy, windy day from Naradavana to Kamyavana narrated by Madhupati dasa (Part 1)

En: http://www.sivaramaswami.com/en/podpress_trac/web/12148/0/20100830_NVD_SRS_A_2_Part_parikrama_on_a_rainy_windy_day_from_Naradavana_to_Kamyavana_narrated_by_Madhupati_dasa_1.mp3

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Japa Group: He Is Always In Krishna's Company


Since the Lord is absolute there is no difference between His name and His actual form. In the material world there is a difference between form and name. The mango fruit is different from name of the mango. One cannot taste the mango fruit simply by chanting, mango, mango, mango." But the devotee who knows that there is no difference between the name and the form of the Lord chants Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, and realizes that he is always in Krishna's company.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.2.36
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: TRIED DEVOTEE

Lord Krsna said to King Yudhisthira, "My devotee is not deterred by any adverse conditions of life; he always remains firm and steady. Therefore I give Myself to him, and I favor him so that he can achieve the highest success of life."

The mercy bestowed upon the tried devotee by the Supreme Personality is described as brahma, which indicates that the greatness of that mercy can be compared only to the all-pervasive greatness of Brahman.

Brahma means unlimitedly great and unlimitedly expanding.

That mercy is also described as paramam, for it has no comparison within this material world, and it is also called suksmam, very fine.

Not only is the Lord's mercy upon the tried devotee great and unlimitedly expansive, but it is of the finest quality of transcendental love between the devotee and the Lord.

Such mercy is further described as cin-matram, completely spiritual.

The use of the word matram indicates absolute spirituality, with no tinge of material qualities.

That mercy is also called sat (eternal) and anantakam (unlimited).

Since the devotee of the Lord is awarded such unlimited spiritual benefit, why should he worship the demigods?

A devotee of Krsna does not worship Lord Siva or Brahma or any other, subordinate demigod. He completely devotes himself to the transcendental loving service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Krsna Book 88: The Deliverance of Lord Siva

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: Point in space called Takashi

"As I sat on the doorway of my house, I became aware of a sudden blinding flash. Soon, everything around me turned dark. I crouched on the floor unaware of what would happen next. I could see things falling all around me. After what seemed like a long time to me, I got up and saw destruction everywhere. My house was reduced to rubble. Bloody-faced, I looked around and searched for my mother, but could not find her anywhere.

I was rescued by a neighbor, who promised to search for my mother once calm returned. We accompanied a group, which fled to escape the engulfing flames. I caught a glimpse of a lady, who was stuck amid the destruction. She was helpless and unable to move anything but her head. Her face has haunted me since.

As they fled, droplets of black rain fell. My neighbor used a cloth to protect me, but was drenched. She died two months later succumbing to the burns caused by the rain.

Soon the group got to a safer place. I found my friend, whom I had last seen in my hometown. His clothes appeared to be in tatters. I never expected what I saw next. Shreds of skin began to peel off from my friend's body. I lost him after three days.

I, later, learnt from my sister that my mother was found at a river bank close to home. Unable to recover from her severe injuries, she died on August 15, 1945, nine days after the bombing
"

- Takashi Teramoto

This is no narrative from a movie plot but real life experience of a survivor from the Hiroshima nuclear bombing of Aug 6 1945. The truth is indeed bitter. The pain of seeing loved ones die and the pain of the body is excruciating. So much misery!

What are we so proud about – our modern technology or our advanced civilization? What has technology achieved? It has managed to successfully murder people in mass numbers in such short periods. The official death toll for Hiroshima bombing is 140,000 people. Things only have gotten worse since then. In the past 65 years, hatred towards one another and wars have only increased.

As a global civilization, what have we accomplished? Is all the technological advancement worth it for Takashi? Perhaps his family members and rest of the 140,000 would still been alive if not for modern technology and culture.

The story of Takashi unfortunately has become all too common these days that we have cultivated thick skin for such experiences. After all, the hard struggle for existence has to go on with our without Takashi. Takashi is simply a distant memory of the past. Unfortunately, no one really cares about a point in space called Takashi. This is the modern world we live in, our modern culture and civilization we are so very proud of?

The bare truth is we are all Takashis' – a point in space that this modern world can care less about. We will also soon be a distant memory of the past. What do we learn from such heart wrenching stories? - that this material world is no place for a "gentleman".

Lord Sri Krishna has promised an alternate reality for us. A reality filled with freedom, joy and eternal happiness. Krishna promises a blissful reality provided we constantly glorify His Names. Is that too difficult?

By constantly chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, we no longer have to suffer the pangs of this exploitative modern culture like the experience of Takashi.

There is still some hope – please chant Hare Krishna!

Hare Krishna

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 57

www.sdgonline.org. SDGonline Daily updates

3:21 A.M.

Namamrta by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

The sankirtana movement of chanting the holy name is the most auspicious activity in the universe:

 

"[Sukadeva to King Pariksit] Sukadeva Gosvami continued: My dear king; the chanting of the holy name of the Lord is able to uproot even the reactions of the greatest sins. Therefore the chanting of the sankirtana movement is the most auspicious activity in the entire universe. Please try to understand this so that others will take it seriously." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.3.31)

The chanting of the holy names spreads all good fortune:

 

"[Aditi to Lord Vishnu] The goddess Aditi said: Oh master and enjoyer of all sacrificial ceremonies, oh infallible and most famous person, whose name, when chanted, spreads all good fortune, oh original Supreme Personality of Godhead, supreme controller, shelter of all holy places, You are the shelter of all pore suffering living entities and You have appeared to diminish their suffering. Please be kind to us and spread our good fortune.

The chanting of the holy name of the Lord—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—is pleasing to the ear and it expands good fortune to the audience who hears it chanted. (Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.17.8)

Chanting Hare Krishna is auspicious. It creates good fortune to those who hear it and to the whole population when it is chanted by devotees. It may be difficult to understand this great power of the holy name but devotees believe in it and faithfully chant Hare Krishna for their own good and for the good of the world. It is better than other welfare and philanthropic movements for the amelioration of suffering people. The reason is it pleases Krishna, and Krishna reciprocates by bringing about good conditions in the world. At the time of king Yudhisthira the whole world was auspicious, and there was not too little or too much rainfall, the crops were growing nicely, the cows were protected, the government was in good order and there was no criminality. This is the nature of an auspicious world, and it takes place when chanting of Hare Krishna goes on. It is possible even in the age of Kali. Prabhupada used to say if only ten percent of the population chanted Hare Krishna it would bring about great good for the world. People are anxious to bring about improved conditions in the world, but they do not know this great open secret. The members of the Krishna consciousness movement should try to make others take it seriously by spreading the chanting.

This morning I woke at one o'clock and began my chanting. It was a bit of a grind, but I chanted persistently and kept track of the numerical count conscientiously. I did not slur the mantras but kept attention to each syllable. I was able to finish my sixteen rounds before Baladeva came up at 3:30. According to today's verse from Namamrta I'm doing good for the world just by my solitary chanting. I pray for the betterment of the world and ask Krishna to give His blessings to the suffering conditions. If I chant nicely it will be like a pebble thrown into the center of a pond. It will form concentric circles, and it will spread out.

Chanting Hare Krishna
is auspicious for the world.
We should chant with
attention and devotion.
Lord Caitanya has promised
the benediction of the
chanting will go forth.
The chanting pleases Him,
and when He's pleased
there can be reduction
of suffering and people
learning the purpose of
life, acting in the
right direction to
bring about bliss.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Prabhupada Smaranam

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One Hundred Prabhupada Poems #14

I want these to be poems truly for him.
Does that mean you hoist up some flag
with his picture on it?
Yeah, why not? If you have it in your heart.
When I see a boy worshiping his ISKCON guru
I become jealous and arrogant
and wrong.
I'm prone to be a twerpy wise guy,
but he washes me clean of it in a moment.
That's his power; he brings us together.

The young men treat me with respect only because
they heard I was his sisya from a long time ago.
Their bosses didn't tell them different.
Were it otherwise, I'd be cast into the street,
where Bob Dylan is coming to town,
chased by a cold cat…police eyes on me…
Going down to the river shivering and even thinking
whether my old mother would give me shelter
in New Jersey.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Poem from Under Dark Stars

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1.
The old poems are
also new and fresh
and don't need additions
but you're trying it
as an exercise to get
a longer poem and explain
the older one in clear
terms from your present
perspective.

2.
Here is one about seeing Krishna:
"That was most incomprehensible.
That was Krishna but you can't
see Him like birds on the roof.

He denounced his earlier work.
We talked. It seemed alright because
we are in the same KC clubhouse
and come to the same conclusion.

Krishna streaked through the dark like
lightning. Ugrasena may see but
Yudhisthira may not. Bali may but
Prahlada must see. Uddhava will definitely see
because he is the closest and
Yadavas are closer then Pandavas,
and so are the Gaudiya gurus,
but I wonder if there
is some fellow or girl
who is not rated in the usual
dynastic way but is very, very
dear to Krishna, she can even talk to Him or
even see Him to worship. Can't
breathe without thinking of
the Lord? Of course that's possible.
I'm not saying it's me.
I can break through the line,
but I've only got a few rounds of japa
and things blow into them.
My father taught me wrongly and,
I never overcame it.”

3.
The great mahabhagavatas pray
for the direct
vision of His form.
The absolute is a person
with arms, legs,
the most attractive beauty
in all the worlds.
But He does not reveal
Himself to the ordinary folks
or even to most bhaktas.

In this age we are satisfied
to chant His holy names.
The sound vibration is the
same as the form, in
fact it is even more
merciful. It is more
accessible, and if you
chant without offenses
you will also see the form.

In the poem I speculate if
a lowly devotee, one not
on the level of Uddhava
or Radharani, could see
the Lord. Sometimes humble,
tiny devotees say they have
seen His darsana in a dream.
We are doubtful.

A sincere devotee with
eyes smeared with devotion
can see the Lord in His
arca-vigraha. Any exquisite black and white
marble forms nicely
dressed and placed upon
an altar, a faithful
devotee sees not a
statue but the forms
of Radha and Krishna.

It's even stated in the
sastra that if you see
the arca as an ordinary
statue you are a resident
of hell.

Devotees who see His form
in truth have bodily transformations,
their eyes cry tears,
and they chant and dance
without control. His
form is more beautiful than Kamadeva,
His eyes are like lotuses,
He stands in a threefold bending form that enchants
the gopis.

They say we should not try
to see Krishna but act in
such a way that Krishna will
see us. Some communication
must be there. We pray
to Jagannatha: "Oh Lord
of the universe, kindly be
visible to me."

4.
So seeing Krishna is a great
topic for devotional service,
and all devotees
yearn for the day when
they will attain His darsana.

I'm just saying maybe
He lets a devotee see Him when He
decides and that's all
there is to it. He decides
who's worthy, and the
sincere Vaisnava is
satisfied to serve in
separation without
seeing the Lord but
always being unrequited
saying "Krishna where are
You now? Are You on
Govardhana Hill? Are You
at Radha-kunda?" The Six
Gosvamis were like that,
and Prabhupada says we
should also serve
in separation.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Katha

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Free Write

I blindly turn again to a volume and page of Srimad-Bhagavatam. I got third Canto, chapter 21, verse 8. The Supreme Lord is talking to Kardama Muni. Kardama Muni desired a wife and he turned to the Supreme Lord to fulfill his desires. As a result he was awarded the best possible wife, the daughter of the emperor Svayambhuva Manu. His wife would be Devahuti, and after conceiving a child through her, Kardama would go to the forest and attain the lotus feet of Krishna. Prabhupada writes, "Thus it is said if we pray to the Lord in every transaction of our material existence, everything will be done very nicely and just suitable to our heart's desires. In other words, in all circumstances we must take complete shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and depend completely on His decision… The fulfillment of desires should be entrusted to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is the best solution." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.21.28, purport) How do we do this? Honestly pray to Him, that He do with us as He desires. Don't press for your own demands. Obey His representative, the spiritual master. Entrust things to Providence. Kardama Muni worshipped the Lord in devotional service and the Lord arranged that the emperor should bring him his qualified daughter Devahuti. Man proposes, God disposes. Go on performing your devotional service and Krishna will take care of you. This doesn't mean that we shall be passive and not act on our own initiative. But we should act under Krishna's direction. Once Arjuna agreed to fight for Krishna, he still had many strategic decisions he had to make with his own military powers, but he was now carrying out the will of Krishna. When we surrender to Krishna we are still free to use our creative intelligence to make a nice offering. But we should accept the results Krishna awards us. I hope I have made myself clear, according to my realization. But I don't think I am as patient and surrendered as Kardama Muni. Thus I cannot always wait for the result, and thus I don't always get the best results beyond my aspirations.

The story of Lord Caitanya defeating the digvijaya-pandit, as told in Caitanya Bhagavat is very sweet and charming. After making the pandit speechless, the Lord told him to go home and prepare to talk tomorrow. The pandit was very embarrassed in his heart and thought he must have offended the goddess Sarasvati. He chanted his mantras and went to sleep. In a dream goddess Sarasvati appeared and spoke to him. She told him the brahmana who had debated him was actually Lord Narayana, the master of all the universes. She told him if he disclosed this to anyone his life would be shortened, but he should go to Lord Caitanya and surrender to Him. In the morning the digvijaya-pandit goes to Lord Caitanya and speaks wonderful prayers of praise and humility. The pandit says "By my great good fortune I came to Navadvipa and saw You. I am drowning in the ocean of repeated birth and death… Please place Your merciful glance upon me." The Lord tells him to give up his pride and life as a debating logician and just engage "engage your mind and body in worshipping Krishna." Lord Caitanya then embraced the brahmana who lost all his pride and became as humble as a blade of grass. Vrndavana dasa Thakura concludes "Anyone who hears Lord Caitanya's very charming pastimes of tasting the nectar of learning will become the Lord's servant.” While hearing Baladeva reading this section to me at lunchtime I became peaceful and happy. He was prepared to read the next section but I asked him to stop and let me relish what I had just heard.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Kesava Bharati Maharaja’s Holy Name seminar

Part 1. English/Hungarian.

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Atheists

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ISKCON Toronto, Canada: Sri Krishna Janmastami!!!!

On Wednesday, September 1st, Hare Krishna Temple (243 Avenue Road - click here for a map) will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day, Sri Krishna Janmastami!!!!

The evening program will be full of kirtan, bhajans, discourses and more! The highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight! The momentum builds as the abhisheka (bathing ceremony) is performed and the Temple is filled with wonderful rocking kirtan, at the stroke of midnight, the Deity doors will open and their Lordships Sr Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha will be revealed in a stunning flower outfit!

Please note, prasadam (vegetarian feast) will be served in the dining hall from 7:00 pm onwards. The full feast will be served after midnight.
Special parking rates have been arranged for festival attendees. The parking lot is located on Pears Avenue, a 2-3 minute walk from the temple. Click
here for a detailed view. Parking is $3.00 from 5:00pm - 2:00am.

The Schedule of the evening is as follows (subject to change):
6:00 pm - Arati
6:30-6:40 pm – Welcome & announcements
6:40-7:20 pm – Class by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
7:20-7: 25 pm – Japa session
7:25-7:45 pm – Bhajan
7:45-8:00 pm – Children's program
8:00 – 8:30 pm – Arati
8:30-9:10 pm – Class by Vishaka devi dasi
9:10 to 9:40 pm – Kalash Abhisheka
9:40 to 10:00 pm - Reading from Krsna Book
10:00 – 11:00 pm – Special Pesentation
11:00 – 11:20 pm – Drama
11:20 – 12:00 am - Abhisheka
Midnight - Arati: Flower Outfit Darshan
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Nava Vraja Mandala Parikrama Day 2

Visiting Naradavana, Javat, Kadamba kandhi and Kamyavana.

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Ananda Subramanian, Iowa, USA: True Love

Some people think love is some pleasure sexual pleasure or some family security or an emotion or sentiment that comes and goes but real love is a feeling of complete sacrifice and surrender to the beloved and factually there is only one personality that can completely reciprocate and fulfill all our desires in total sacrifice and surrender and that is Bhagavan that is Krishna.


H.H.Radhanath Swami
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Nava Vraja Mandala Parikrama Day 1

Today we visited Tri-veni-tirtha, Mukta-kunda, Bahulavana, Andhera-ghat and Man-sarovara.

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Maddy Jean-claude Durr, New Govardhana, AU: A Journey Across to Poland: [P29] The White Nectar (Balarama's Appearance Day)

Tuesday 24th, August 2010.

We all awoke for the program.  I had Balarama in my mind.  There were different ways to chant the Maha Mantra; one can meditate on different personalities whilst chanting the different names.  Today I was going to pray to Balarama every time I chanted "Rama".  The curtains flew open and there was a little set of Krsna and Balarama sitting on the alter.  Urmila Mataji had joined us for the last few days of tour and she led the morning kirtana.  I began to chant the Maha Mantra very blissfully, thinking of that white skinned cowherd boy.

HH Indradyumna Swami gave a lovely class.  I couldn't help but laugh and smile the whole way through.  He told excerpts from all my favourite Balarama pastimes.  He talked about the different demons Balarama killed, speaking about how they represented different character faults that a devotee has to be careful about.  He also spoke about the dealings of the brothers, Krsna and Balarama, who sometimes disagreed.  Although they were both the Personality of Godhead, they still managed to disagree, exhibiting their inconceivable potencies.  He did not fail to mention Lord Balarama's other incarnations of Laksmana and Lord Nityananda; and how he is responsible for holding up all the unlimited universes, and how he incarnated as all of Krsna's paraphernalia .  It seemed that the class was everything I wanted to hear, a great lake of spiritual sense gratification, drunk through the ears.

Maharaja handed the Vyasasanana over to Urmila Mataji, who gave a class on the ten offences to the holy name.  I relished the class, as she opened up our simple daily recital into a network of potent points.  She quoted Srila Prabhupada and Bhaktivinoda Thakura on virtually every point.  The class had me feeling a little more appreciative of the gift of the holy name, giving a new found understanding.

Following the lectures was a big initiation ceremony.  I found a good place to take photos, snapping away as the devotees received their initiation beads.  The ceremony was filled with tears and laughter, as Maharaja gave out names and beads.  Vanamali was the priest for the yajna and he sounded very authentic, chanting the many mantras and facilitating the sacrificial fire.  We finished it all off with a massive kirtana, devotees dancing their hearts out.

The kirtana gave way for the massive feast.  Prep after prep kept coming (including the samosas that I helped with); Rajesvari outdid herself yet again.  To top off the whole celebration, the Varuni drink came out.  We drank until we could drink no more.  I felt a little bit intoxicated for a good while afterwards.  After a good lie down session, I decided to go harass all our friends in the penthouse (where Cid and Vana were staying).  I staggered up the stairs, speaking in tongues and tried to have everyone outside for a Frisbee game on a full stomach.  No one complied (and why would they?) so I desisted my drunken attempts to pursued them, returning to my room in disappointment.

I packed my things and then started chanting in the corridor with Radheya.  HH Indradyumna Swami was packing also and taking darsanas.  He called Radheya in for one final mercy session, and then Radheya and I sat together, attempting to relish the holy name.  Maharaja came out, handing me a bag of fruit and Radheya a nice, new woollen chadar.  I put the bag of fruit in my room, for tomorrow.  I came back out and there was an orange shirt on my chair, featuring Lord Caitanya and the words "Just Dance" (made in Mayapur).  "This is for you" said Radheya, "Maharaja just brought it out for you.  Indradyumna Swami came out again, complimenting our new clothes in a joking mood.  This was the last time I saw of Indradyumna Swami before we left the tour.  It was a sad sensation but heart warming.

I was up with the boys.  I still wasn't sure where I was going the next day.  I was trying to meet up with Govinda Dev for Polish Rathayatra.  He was supposed to come to our celebration of Balarama's appearance day but there was no bus.  Now I was tossing between two options: finding a way to the Polish Rathayatra or trying to weasel my way back into a seat for Berlin.  If neither option happened then I would be catching a train, by myself and navigating my way to Berlin alone.  All I could do was take shelter of Balarama and save it all for the morning.  We curled up in our sleeping bags and tried our best to sleep one last night in the school.  Tomorrow was the day we all left our base, on our own separate journeys.

 

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Australian News: All Glories to Sri Krishna Janmashtami: How to celebrate

Poster from the fabulous ISKCON DESIRE TREE

Let me ask you what you are planning to do to do this year in celebration of Janmashtami, the appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna. I encourage you to make a plan so you don't miss out on the great benefit of participating in this auspicious occasion.

Many of us will be at the temple, where there are usually many activities available for devotees, well wishers and visitors. There will be dramas, talks, and videos and other performances at temples all over the world. There will certainly be Kirtan and dancing before the Lord and at the right time, after midnight, there will be Krishna Prasadam.

Many take the opportunity to visit the temple on the occasion of Janmashtami, and there is usually lots of people to talk to. There will be old friends to catch up with and new friends who have come to find out what’s going on and to get to know something about Krishna and Krishna consciousness

For some people there is no temple nearby and for others the association of devotees is not directly close at hand. For those in this kind of position it is even more useful to have plan. Even though you may not be at a temple, even though you might not be around other devotees, you can benefit from the reciprocation Krishna makes to those who offer love and devotional service to Him on His appearance day.

If you don’t have access to a temple here are some of the things you can think about doing:

Chant the holy names of the Lord, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/ Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Leading up to and during the day of Janmashtami you can chant these names of the Lord. If you already chant rounds on japa beads you can make an effort to chant extra rounds. If you have no beads you can chant anyway. Chanting is a perfect gift to offer Krishna on his appearance day.

Offer your humble obeisance to the Lord. Offering your obeisance by prostrating your body before a deity or a picture of the Lord or even just by thinking of him, is a simple but powerful way to enter into a relationship with the Supreme. You can glorify his name, his pastimes and his position as the Supreme Personality of Godhead whilst you do this. You can also pray for his mercy in bringing you to his lotus feet and for guidance on the pat of Krishna consciousness.

Fasting. The Vedic literature and the teachers from the disciplic succession encourage us to fast during the day leading up to the appearance of Lord Krishna. Fasting can happen on many levels. Some of us are strong enough to be able to fast completely, not taking any food, during the day until midnight when the feast begins. The feelings that you have when your body starts to become hungry are a good indicator that this is an important occasion and in this way you will be reminded of the celebration throughout the day.

Some may need to drink water or fruit juice through out the day as their digestion does not fast happily. Others such as children on older people need to have a light meal to keep up their energy during the festival. Whatever level at which you are able to fast will be pleasing to Krishna.

Cooking and offering food. You can prepare food and offer it to Lord Krishna to celebrate his appearance day. Food offered to Krishna becomes Prasadam, or the mercy of the Lord. To eat Prasadam provides you with spiritual benefit. If you share Prasadam with other they obtain spiritual benefit also. Remember Krishna only likes to eat vegetarian food.

You will find some recipes here

You can plan to read about Krishna during Janmashtami. Reading is a great way to fucus the mind in the Lord. You may already own some books, such as the Krishna: The Supreme personality of Godhead. If you don’t have a book already you can buy one at a local temple or online. If you can’t afford to buy a book you will find many of Srila Prabhupada’s books available to read online for free.

Buy some books here

Read online here

Using the Internet you can also take Darsan of Lord Krishna. There are many websites who post beautiful photos of the Lord and his expansions in His deity form. Here at Krishna.com you can watch live streaming video from temples around the world. There are some sites which allow you to watch videos that have been uploaded to the internet.

You will also find audio files to download and play as part of your Janmasthami celebration. There are talks and lectures by devotees and Gurus from all over the world. You can listen to listen to music online or download it to your computer. There are thousands of kirtans and bhajans being uploaded to the Internet everyday. You can listen to the radio here at Krishna.com. To accompany the music you can clap, sing along and dance for the pleasure of Lord Krishna.

download audio lectures and kirtan
Watch video here

To get yourself started visit the Krishna.com 'home page.' www.krishna.com

You can share your experiences with us here in our forum at Krshna.com http://connect.krishna.com/forum/56

Hare Krishna

Antony Brennan

Happy Birthday Lord Krishna from Brihadmrdanga.com

All Glories to the Electronically Assembled Devotees.

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The Loft, Auckland, NZ: Sound Festival - 12th September

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

Not a single person in the West became Krsna conscious before the Krsna consciousness movement was founded. But when the same Bhagavad-gita was presented as it is through the disciplic succession, the effect of spiritual realization was immediately manifested.

- Srila Prabhupada

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Janmastami Program

Here is our program for Sri Krishna Janmastami on Thursday.

JanmastamiProgram2.jpg 1. Temple Room
There will be kirtana all day beginning at 9.30am
4.30am – 4.55am: Mangala Arati
7.00am – 7.10am: Deity Greeting
7.10am – 7.30am: Guru Puja
7.30am – 9.00am: Class
12.30pm – 1.00pm: Raj Bhoga Arati
4.00pm – 4.15pm: Dhoop Arati
7.00pm – 7.30pm: Sandhya Arati
9.00pm – 9.30pm: Sayana Arati
9.30pm – Midnight: Kirtana
                                                Midnight – 1.00am: Midnight Arati

2. Darshana Times – Temple Darshana is available all day long, except for
4.30pm – 7.00pm: Closed for deity dressing
10.00pm – Midnight: Closed for deity dressing

3. Offerings to Sri Sri Radha Krishna – Front Lawn
11.00am – 11.00pm: Arati to Sri Sri Radha Krishna by donors

4. Sri Sri Radha Govinda Abhisheka – Theatre
7.45pm – 9.30pm: Abhisheka

5. Prasadam Distribution Tent – Rear Yard
10.00am – 6.00pm: Maha prasadam distribution
11.00am – 10.00pm: Guest prasadam distribution
11.00am – Midnight: Maha prasadam sales
Midnight – 1.30am: Feast

6. Gokul Chaat and Snacks – Side Garden
3.00pm – 11.00pm: Indian snacks

7. Courtyard
8.30am – 5.00pm: Krishna Book Reading
10.30pm – 11.45pm: Yajna – Fire Sacrifice

8. Vedic Cultural Program – Prasadam Hall
All guests are to be seated strictly by 7.00pm for 7.15 pm start.
7.15 – 7.30pm: Welcome
7.30 – 8.15pm: Drama - The birth of Lord Krishna and Dance by the Sri Prahlad School.
8.15 – 8.30pm: Bhajans by Krishna
8:30 – 8.40pm: Odissi dance. Dance on Lord Krishna, by Nilashaki Bora.
8.40 – 9.00pm: Bharatnatyam dance. Lord Krishna dances with his Radha. A dance by Sindhu.
9.00 – 9.15pm: Kuchipudi dance. Dancing on Krishna. A dance by Revathi.
9:15 – 9.35pm: Radha dances to Radha Nachegi melodies, while Krishna plays his flute. By the MNDC school and Shreya, Sruthi, Meenu, Radha, Teju and Somya.
9:35 – 9.40pm: The Glories of Radharani. In this Dance Krishna says that Radha is the ultimate among all the gopis. By the MNDC school.
9:40 – 10.00pm: Appreciation of the artists.
10.00 – 10.15pm: Bharatnatyam dance. Lord Krishna, the king of beauty, nature and happiness, charms one and all. A dance by Sindhu.
10:15pm – 11.00pm: The Krishna Lila Bhajan Band
11:00: Close

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Australian News: Christian Street Preachers Silenced by court ruling: Adelaide

A group of Christians has been banned from preaching in Adelaide’s main shopping precinct.

The South Australian Supreme Court has backed an application from Adelaide City Council to ban the preachers from Rundle Mall in the city.

The council cites complaints from shoppers and retailers.

The religious group has denied claims its members are too noisy and make racist or sexually-offensive remarks.

It has accused the council of breaching constitutional rights by impeding political free speech.

The council wants a temporary ban made permanent, arguing the men do not have permits so are in breach of council by-laws.

Justice Timothy Anderson imposed an interim injunction while the parties prepare more detailed arguments.

Source: ABC News (Australia)

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