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Flower Palace in Nandagram

BY DEENA BANDHU

My dear Prabhujis, Please accept my humble obeisances _/\ò_. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Not many people know about it, but every year on Ganga Dashera and Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi there are Phul Bangalas (Flower Palaces) and Kavi Sanmelans (Poetry Recitals) in Varsana and Nandagram respectively. Mostly just the local people come and a few outsiders, but it is a truely wonderful ecstatic experience.

For the last month or so, I’ve been staying at Vrinda Kunda since this is supposed to be the hottest time of the year and no one comes for Parikrama so I can work on development there for the pleasure of the Vaishnavas. Every morning the Kokilas begin their beautiful songs at 3:30 AM as my alarm clock. In the distance the peacocks also begin to cry. (more…)

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June 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

Images from Mayapur

May 19, 2008 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

ISKCON Sannyasi’s Blissful dance

May 18, 2008 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

Indian ISKCON leaders appear thrilled by the opportunities offered by Sraddha-kutir and Damodar programs.

April 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (MON) – About eighty ISKCON leaders from all over India—including GBCs, regional secretaries, temple presidents, and other administrators and preachers—converged on Mayapur for the Indian Continental Committee meetings of April 19–20. These meetings offer leaders the chance to discuss and share on relevant topics and breakthroughs.

The Congregational Development Ministry introduced two initiatives, which are becoming its focus for this year. The first is the Sraddha-kutir campaign: the recognition of singles, couples, or families that successfully obtain a certain standard of spirituality in their home. The program aims at building a better, deeper relationship between the temple and its community members by acknowledging the latter’s efforts in purifying their life and living environment. HH Jayapataka Maharaja showed a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the purposes of the initiative, the means for putting it into practice, and the benefits that temples and communities would accrue by implementing it.

The second part of the presentation focused on the Damodara Program—the engaging of as many people as possible in offering a lamp to Lord Damodara during the Damodara month. This was pioneered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2001, with humble results (five hundred persons offered lamps). Yet by developing their approach, in 2007 the organizers of the program reached their milestone result of seventy thousand people offering a lamp to Lord Krishna! (more…)

April 22, 2008 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

GBC final days overview

BY ANANDA TIRTHA DAS

Mar 1, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL – On March 1st, the seventh day of the meetings, the morning presentations focused on the Youth Fund and Mayapur Temple of Vedic Planetarium, while the afternoon session consisted of a presentation by Bhaktivedanta Institute (Kolkata) and straw voting on proposals.

Ramabhadra Prabhu presented a detailed update of the current status of the Youth Fund effort. So far, four installments, totaling $3,950,000, has been disbursed to about seven hundred youth around the world. Some unsolicited letters of appreciation were shared with the Body, the common theme being gratitude for the help and renewed faith in ISKCON.

A further $5,550,000 is due to be disbursed in several installments up to 2011, making the total amount payable $9,500,000. There was sustained applause for major contributors to the fund such as Bhakti Charu Swami ($1,000,000) and an anonymous contribution of $500,000 arranged by Radhanath Swami. Los Angeles temple, which contributed well above its quota, also drew special mention. (more…)

March 24, 2008 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

GBC Breaks Meetings for Day of Retreat

BY ANANDA TIRTHA DAS

Mar 2, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL – A mock debate between GBC members on the topic of “Unity in Diversity Across the Continents” ended in intriguing circumstances during the annual GBC Retreat day on March 2. The debate was one of various activities on a day devoted to kirtana and krsna-katha in novel forms in the tranquil setting of the Jagannath Mandir.

The day began with the GBCs, Deputies, and Ministers honouring breakfast prasadam at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Mandir, following which they gathered in front of Srila Prabhupada for an invigorating kirtana by Lokanath Swami and re-taking of the Oath of Allegiance to Srila Prabhupada. The GBC then traveled to the Jagannath Mandir, an ancient temple of Lord Jagannath in a quiet village setting, where Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra were gorgeously decorated replete with golden arms. (more…)

March 6, 2008 at 12:44 am Leave a comment

Overview of Days 4-6 of the GBC Meetings

BY ANANDA TIRTHA DAS

Feb 27 – 29, MAYAPUR, WEST BENGAL (WED – FRI) – Tension was in the air as GBC member Praghosa Das traded insults and criticisms with ISKCON Resolve Director and meeting facilitator Braja Bihari Das during a presentation by Praghosa. As the debate got uglier and began to resemble a “Daksa-yajna”, worried attendees looked to the Chairman to pacify the situation. Some considered leaving. Some were considering removing the two antagonists before the situation got out of control. The good will that had permeated the meetings thus far was being threatened. . . . (more…)

March 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm Leave a comment

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