Let your hair down with the Hare Krishnas

YOU may have see them dancing in the street from time to time, but now people have the chance learn more about Hare Krishnas.

The annual Hare Krishna Festival UK summer tour culminates this year with a show on Thursday, October 27, incorporating drama, dance, music, philosophy and more.

The Nitai Dance Company will perform their blend of traditional and contemporary dance, and traditional Indian mantra music will sound chants dating back thousands of years.

The Bhaktivedanta Players will also provide entertainment. Audience members will also be able to discuss issues such as karma and reincarnation. Entry is free.


New Magazine of the WVA (Kartik 2005 Issue)

(From the Editorial)

Change is happening in this world so fast, that what is new today is already old tomorrow. One may argue that it has always been like this in the material realm, but if one sees how fast a country like India has changed over the last few years, one wonders how long this can continue. In a city like Bangalore air conditioned shopping malls are being pumped out of the ground as if they want to catch up with Singapore overnight. More then ever there seems to be a necessity for moderation and sanity in a world heading towards disaster.

This issue of the WVA features a number of articles of projects that seek to propagate Vedic knowledge and culture in the modern world we live in. We can only hope that more individuals will take responsibility in taking up environmentally sane lifestyles. Ecological awareness is closely related to spiritual awareness. In fact, the one presupposes the other.


Vegan cooking class spreads Hare Krishna ideals

Three young men step out of an old diesel Mercedes Benz run by fast food kitchen grease and greet Ohio University students who are eager to help cook a vegan feast prepared every Tuesday.


Welcome to the Heart of Hinduism

Heart of Hinduism is an educational resource that explains the Hindu traditions in clear terms. It is produced by practitioners of the tradition and is meant for all who wish to broaden their knowledge of Hindu traditions. The main content is listed to the right. The site also contains a comprehensive index, glossary, and more about the team and ethos behind this site.


Sri Vyasa-Puja of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

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Gokul Magazine Kartik 2005

Human beings have been in the grip of miseries for eons-ever since they fell from their original state, entered the realm of time and mind, and lost awareness of the self and the Supreme. Since then, they have been trying to lord it over this material world.

Suffering is inevitable as long as one identifies with the mind and body, i.e., as long as one is unconscious, spiritually speaking. Suffering is not only due to external agents. Our inner feelings of resentment, hatred, anger, depression, jealousy, and so on are all forms of suffering. And every pleasure contains within itself the seed of pain: each an inseparable opposite, which will manifest in time. Many people also know from their own experience how easily and quickly an intimate relationship can turn from a source of pleasure into a source of pain. Seen from a higher perspective, both the negative and positive polarities are two sides of the same coin; they are both part of the underlying pain that is inseparable from the mind identified with the egoistic state of consciousness.


Sedona Center of Vedic Culture Home Page

India's timeless spiritual culture (referred to in ancient times as the "Vedic Culture"), has an allure that has beckoned millions over countless centuries to its rich heritage of spiritual tradition. It is no exaggeration to state that when one contemplates the past and present world cultures, whose civilizations have imbibed the greatest heights of spirituality, India stands as "the crown jewel".

The proposed Sedona Center of Vedic Culture will be a synergistic and spiritual enhancement to the already noted chakra of the unique landscape we know as... Sedona!


NPR/National Geographic’s "Radio Expeditions" Visits Heaven On Earth - The Ancient Indian City Where Krishna Followers Believed He Lived

In Three-Part Series Airing On "Morning Edition" October 31-November 2

Alex Chadwick Explores Vrindavan, India, and Its Role on Hindus’ Beliefs in the Afterlife

Washington, D.C. -- Is there really heaven on earth? For the latest NPR/National Geographic "Radio Expeditions" series, "Geography of Heaven," Alex Chadwick explores Vrindavan, India, an ancient town south of Delhi that is regarded by devotees of the Hindu god Krishna as the most sacred place on earth.

"Radio Expeditions: Geography of Heaven - Vrindavan" will air on Morning Edition October 31, November 1 and November 2.


Hindu Monkey God Stars in India Animation

While Bollywood stars often achieve a mythical status in film-crazy India, the star of India's first animated feature film is a genuine deity drawn from the Hindu pantheon.

Over the years India's burgeoning animation and special effects industry has cut its teeth working for foreign production houses — drawn to South Asia by lower costs — but "Hanuman" is the industry's first full-length, homegrown animated movie.

In promos being aired on Indian TV, Hanuman, wearing an orange loincloth, gold armlets and anklets, wields a mace as he battles fire-breathing dragons and ferocious demons in the 90-minute film.


American hailed a hero at event

An American who was deported from South Africa as an 18-year-old some 30 years ago, was hailed as a hero when he returned to attend the anniversary celebrations of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness at the Shri Radha Radhanath Temple of Understanding in Chatsworth yesterday.

Bhakti Caitanya Swami, commissioner of the Governing Council of the Society in South Africa, recalled how Kshudy das - who was white, then 18 years old and the first devotee in South Africa - was summoned to the then dreaded John Vorster Square in Johannesburg.

"The security forces told him that they objected that he was mixing with Indian people.

"Kshudy das told the officers that we are all eternal spiritual beings and that the bodies we have are mere vehicles which we discard in another life," said Bhakti Caitanya Swami.


Hare Krishna wedding ceremony attracts hundreds

Dousing the fire with purified butter, a priest chanted in Sanskrit as the oils fueled the celestial flame.

The fluid motion of the priest's arms implored the lord to watch over this most popular ceremony of the Hare Krishna religion - a wedding.

Friends and family, as well as devoted Krishna lunch patrons and two religion classes, helped celebrate the wedding of Andy Hunter and Meryl Strauss on Friday on the Plaza of the Americas.


ISKCON celebrates Navaratri, Dussehra

Thousands of devotees congregated on Sunday at Bhaktivedanta Hare Krishna temple in Watford to observe Dussehra and witness the burning of a colourful thirty-foot tall effigy of the ten-headed demon Ravana.

Costumed artistes dressed as Lord Rama and his warriors shot fire arrows at the effigy to accompaniment of tumultuous music to make sure that the entire effigy, which was filled with fireworks exploded in flames.


Sacred Space: Religious groups flock to National Mall

Anuttama Dasa, a spokesman for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, joins fellow Hare Krishnas on the Mall each Fourth of July, when they offer passersby free vegetarian food and displays on reincarnation.

"In an environment like that, when we are really uplifting those finer sentiments of the human spirit, it brings us to that mode of goodness," he said. "It's open. It's grassy. It's kind of a pure environment that in a sense is a steppingstone toward God, toward the divine."


WVA Meeting Vrindavan Kartik '05

We kindly request the respective secretaries and representatives of the member missions to attend the managerial meeting of the WVA on 10. November, 2005.

The Official Meeting of WVA will be held in Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math on 12. of November, 2005 on the occasion of the Vyasa-puja of Srila B.D. Madhava Goswami Maharaja.

Managerial Meeting of the WVA:

Date: 10. of November, 2005
Time: 10.30 A.M.
Place: Vinod Vani Gaudiya Math
near old Madan Mohan Mandir, Vrindavan

-Review of the current state of the WVA
-Review of the different committees
-Discussion of new proposals

Who can attend:
Acaryas, Sannyasis, Secretaries of member missions and senior Gaudiya Vaishnavas with interest to further the goal of the WVA.

Official Meeting of the WVA:

Date: 12. of November, 2005
Time: 10.30 A.M.
Place: Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math
Mathura Road, Vrindavan

Schedule to be announced shortly

All Vaishnavas are invited to attend the meeting


Srila Prabhupada In Britain - Were You There?

A new illustrated book telling the story of Srila Prabhupada's time in Britain is to be published by the BBT in 2007. I have the honour to write this book and I am gathering devotees' memories. I invite any devotee who was present during any of His Divine Grace's visits to Britain, and who would like to share their recollections, to send me their cherished memories.


Shri Krishna Janamashtami Celebration In Accra, Ghana

For the first time in the history of ISKCON/Ghana and with Srila Prabhupad and several ISKCON Guru's full blessings, Janamasthmi was celebrated here last month in Accra, capital of Ghana in West Africa. A group of professional expatriates from Bharat Varsha pooled their expertise and resources for organizing this festival on the appearance day of Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupad. About 300-350 people, mostly people from Bharat Varsha, joined us in this celebrations that was organized at a rented Government hall.


Transcendental Videos wanted for Public Broadcast

by Mayesvara dasa. I am happy to report that for the last three weeks the citizens of Ojai Ca, have been treated to a full hour of transcendental video’s. In an agreement with the local Public Access Cable Television station, Adelphia Channel 10, local Vaishnava’s operating under the name “American Vedic Association,” (AVA) have been awarded one hour per week to broadcast ISKCON Television (ITV) shows such as Healthy Wealthy & Wise; Nandulal; Fate (The Bhagavad Gita Museam); The Golden Avatara; Vrindaban, The Land of Krishna; Only He Could Lead Them and numerous outtakes of Srila Prabhupada teaching Gaudia Vaishnava philosophy.

We thank Sriman Nrsimhananda Prabhu from ITV for granted the permission necessary which allows us to air his productions to the general public. Los Angeles playwright Sriman Anadi Dasa has been kind enough to provide the necessary technical assistance required to splice the available video material into the one hour formats that includes thematic music, Bhagavada Gita Slokas, and numerous other Graphic enhancements that makes the “Vedic Hour” show a very professional look & feel presentation.


The Falsity of the Aryan Invasion Theory Recognized

One of the most controversial ideas about Hindu history is the Aryan invasion theory.

This theory, originally devised by F. Max Muller in 1848, traces the history of Hinduism to the invasion of India's indigenous people by lighter skinned Aryans around 1500 BCE.

The theory was reinforced by other research over the next 120 years, and became the accepted history of Hinduism, not only in the West but in India.

There is now ample evidence to show that Muller, and those who followed him, were wrong.


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A Warm Invitation for a unique journey across the land of Krishna - Sri Radha Rani Braj Yatra

Starting October 15th, this 41 day journey across the Braj region is an experience of its own. It explores and traverses some of the most exotic and wonderful places of Braj which remain generally unknown to other Yatras.

With round the clock harinaam sankeertan on classical tunes, the Yatra is a real blend of spiritual festivity and adventure.

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Performing Devotional Service in Karttika

“One of the most important of these ceremonial functions is called Urja-vrata. Urja-vrata is observed in the month of Karttika (October-November); especially in Vrndavana, there is a specific program for temple worship of the Lord in His Damodara form. “Damodara” refers to Krsna’s being bound with rope by His mother, Yasoda. It is said that just as Lord Damodara is very dear to His devotees, so the month known as Damodara or Karttika is also very dear to them.


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Mayapur Katha Magazine

Sri Mayapur Publishers is pleased to announce the return of the popular Mayapur Journal after a hiatus of almost three years.

Published by Gaura-lila das for ten years, the Journal now returns quarterly in full color, delivered to your door. Capturing the beauty of Mayapur through poetry, writing, and art, the Journal embodies many elements of the Vaisnava culture with which Srila Prabhupada said we could "conquer the world."

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Jagannath yatra enlivens city streets

BHAGWAN Jagannath Shobha Yatra was taken out in city with great pomp and show with thousands of ISKCON devotees who gathered to pay homage to Lord Jagannath.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda flagged off this rally by using brooms. Two brooms were used for this which were made out of pure gold and silver with precious stones including diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pukhraj, panna, etc. ‘‘Thirty precious stones have been used in each broom,’’ said president of Bhagwan Jagannath Shobha Yatra Committee, Rajeev Duggal.

This year, the yatra was dedicated to Lord Jagannath and warrior Arjun in whose honour, Geeta Gyan Jyoti Sar Kurukshetra Shri Krishna Arjun Mandir is being built at Kurukshetra. The frame of the rath was made at Kurukshetra but decorated colourfully in Ludhiana itself.


New Issue Of Sri Krishna Kathamrita Magazine

Gopal Jiu Publications is pleased to announce that issue #10 of Sri Krishna Kathamrita magazine, "Putana -- False Gurus, Institutions, and the Holy Name", will be available in Vrindavan for the month of Kartika.


Faith - Holy time for area Hindus

"Hinduism has unity in diversity - we may celebrate differently from one another, but all the gods and ideas are the same"

November with Diwali, the biggest holiday of all. It marks the triumphant return of Rama and his wife to mainland India, where they established a golden age of civilization, said Sonia Chopra, a media volunteer at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or Hare Krishna, temple in Potomac.

"Rama returned to India in the evening, so people welcomed him with lamps - that's why Diwali is called the 'festival of light,' " said Chopra. "It is light vanquishing the darkness."


Britain to fund first Hindu school

Britain has announced that it would provide 9.8 million pounds for setting up of the first state-funded Hindu school in the country.

The school, to be set up in indian-dominated Harrow in northwest London by 2010, will be run by the I-Foundation, a religious partner of the International Society of Krishna Conciousness (Hare Krishna) movement.


Guess the Hindi song that tops world music chart

London: Hare Ram, Hare Krishna's opening track Dum maro dum, is one of the best-known songs in the world, according to David Harrington, leader of the Kronos Quartet and who is "up there with Stravinsky" as an orchestrator and as good as Schubert as a writer of melodies.

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Varsana is Historical National Monument of Colombia

The Colombian Government has recognized the Yoga Monastery within the "Ecological Gardens of Varsana", which is situated near Bogota, as a 'Historical National Monument' or 'Heritage'.

This special honor was given to the "Heart of the Vrinda Mission", where Srila Bhakti Bhimala Harijan Swami and Srila Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Swami first founded the Vrinda Mission under the divine protection of Sri Sri Gouranga Radha Vrajesvara. Primarily the excellent devotional and social services offered by the devotees to visitors and society at large was the reason for this recognition.

The Yoga Monastery is placed in a beautiful, natural environment. The monks living there are inviting you to visit the Historical National Monument of Colombia and find out about the philosophy of Vaisnavism and universal love, where you will find the connection with your true self and the creator. A healthy way of life and the Meditation Park is a perfect place to face the challenges of everyday life and regain natural physical and mental strength.

Varsana is a center of the Vaisnava Academy. Here you will find a great variety of courses for beginners and advanced students on subjects such as the arts, yoga, astrology, vegetarian cooking, ayurveda, ecology, vastu shastra and more.

We invite you to visit the "Ecological Gardens of Varsana" to explore the variety and values of Vaisnavaculture and programms.


Bali Terror Bombings

Hare Krishna members sing during an interfaith prayer at the site where bomb attacks happened at Jimbaran beach in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005. The attacks at crowded restaurants on Saturday night killed at least 22 people and wounded more than 100. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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Lord Krishna`s Dwarka was not in Jamnagar but in Junagadh: Isro

Giving a totally new twist to the location of Lord Krishna’s birthplace Dwarka, satellite pictures taken by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) have indicated that Dwarka did not exist in Jamnagar as the historians believe but in Junagadh district of Gujarat.

A senior scientist with space application centre of Isro, P S Thakker, who has worked on this project, said “What is interesting is that the findings of Isro corroborates the geographical location in the Vedas and other ancient scriptures, but it does contradict claims of modern historians, who claim Dwarka was in the present-day Jamnagar district in Gujarat.”


Students find ways to eat without breaking the bank

In a city where some college students spend $25 to $60 on trendy food like sushi on any given night, other students look for a more frugal way to fill their growling bellies.

Other students, like Prasoon Diwakar, a 26-year-old graduate student from Allahabad, India, do lunch with the Hare Krishna's, where students have a vegetarian feast while surrounded by nature, in exchange for a $3 donation.

"I used to go two to three times a week," Diwakar said. "Now I try to go at least once a week when they have the halwa," he said, referring to the "mushy fruit dessert" that many students said they crave.

Diwakar said he budgets his money each week by eating the Hare Krishna lunch and at the Reitz Union.


Ludhiana Ratha Yatra LIVE on Zee TV

Keeping in mind the desire of the people who cannot join the parade, there will be LIVE TELECAST of Ludhiana Ratha Yatra on worldwide tv channel Zeetv(Jagran).

The telecast will start at 4 PM (IST) and will continue uptill the end of the parade. So tune up your tv sets and have glimple of Lord Jagannath, Baldeva and Subhadra.

The date is 15th Oct. 2005 Yours servant, Rajsuya dasa

Vraj Mandal Parikrama 2005

Since 1986, the Vraja Mandala Parikrama has been a major highlight in Sri Vrindavan Dhama. This one-month tour offers a special opportunity to visit many holy tirthas of Vraja. Accompanied by expert guides, devotees walk along the same route taken by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu when He visited Sri Vrindavan Dhama. They achieve full experience of twelve forests of Vraja.


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