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  1. By Ekalavya das Dear Maharajas and Prabhus, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. This message is also in an attached .doc file with active links and formating. Also linked is a poster to help you advertise the event in your community. We have more posters on our website. World Holy Name Festival 2010 is from September 17 - October 2, 2010. Please visit our website: www. worldholyname. com to download the latest posters, banners, stickers, and other goodies. You can also upload reports, blogs, photos, videos, etc yourself directly to the site. You can view the schedule online here: https://docs. google. com/Doc?docid=0AS6kJ9ks75AAZGdkemJrenNfMWhwdzdwOGMy&hl=e n There is a text version of the schedule at the bottom of this letter. The World Holy Names Committee proposes the following initiatives: 1. Japathon 2. Harinam Sankirtan 3. 12-hour Kirtans 4. Global Prayer 5. Reciting the Glories of the Holy Names 1. The Japathon starts on the auspicious Disappearance Day of Namacharya Srila Haridas Thakura (see Calendar) and continues for 10 days until the anniversary of the arrival of Srila Prabhupada, The Ambassador of The Holy Names, to the West. The Japathon is a chance for congregation members to join full-time devotees for japa. Haridas Thakura chanted more than 300,000 names of Krishna daily and was awarded the title Namacharya by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Last year during the Japathon, ISKCON Pune’s congregation chanted 70 million Holy Names daily. None of us can be Haridas Thakur, but, collectively, we can chant millions and billions of Holy Names. 2. Last year, we encouraged temples to participate in a 50-man Harinam to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s Sannyasa. Some temples organized Harinams on a daily basis, one temple organized a 500-man party, and some temples joined together for Harinam. This is a coordinated effort to push back maya and deliver the Holy Names into the hearts of every city. We suggest a 51-man Harinam for each Friday of the Japathon (see Calendar). 3. 12-hour Kirtans. We suggest inviting your congregation to the temple for a day of kirtan, from 10 AM to 10PM (local time). We have scheduled these “sankirtan yajnas” on each Saturday of the World Holy Names Week (a week which has now expanded to include two Ekadasis). We will post the schedules online as they become available. 4. Global Prayer - all the initiatives are meant to unite ISKCON and even non-ISKCON devotees in prayer. The more devotees that participate, the better. Instead of one temple doing a 12-hour sankirtan-yajna, we want to encourage *all* the temples to do a yajna (or going on Harinam) at the same time. With the different time zones, however, this becomes complex. This “Global Prayer”, however, will take place on the Disappearence Day of Srila Haridas Thakur, Tuesday, September 21st, at noon GMT and go for 10 minutes. We ask all devotees everywhere to stop what they are doing (even if they are sleeping) about 5 minutes before 12:00 PM GMT: wash your hands and mouth, then chant for 10 minutes. If you find this enlivening, feel free to continue throughout the remainder of World Holy Names Week. 5. Reciting the Glories of the Holy Names - we ask that devotees who are giving class during World Holy Names Week to speak about the glories of the Holy Names. Please visit our website to access some nice quotes about the glories of the Holy Names. www. worldholyname. com We welcome your comments and suggestions and look forward to joining with you for successful World Holy Name Festival 2010. Thank you very much. Your servant, on behalf of the World Holy Name Festival Committee, Ekalavya das www. worldholyname. com September 12 Srimati Sita Thakurani (Sri Advaita’s consort) Appearance September 13 September 14 Appearance of Sri Lalita September 15 Radhasthami September 16 September 17 Harinam September 18 Ekadasi 12-hour Kirtan (10 AM to 10 PM) September 19 Appearance of Jiva Goswami Appearance of Lord Vamanadeva September 20 Appearance Day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura September 21 Disappearance Day of Namacharya Srila Haridas Thakur 1. Begin Japathon 2. Global Prayer at 12 PM (noon) GMT September 22 Full Moon, Autumn begins 3rd month of Chaturmasya Japathon September 23 Japathon September 24 Japathon Harinam September 25 Japathon 12-hour Kirtan September 26 Japathon September 27 Japathon September 28 Japathon September 29 Japathon September 30 Srila Prabhupada’s Arrival to the West Japathon October 1 Harinam October 2 12-hour Kirtan October 3 Ekadasi
  2. I have been here on and off reading replies particularly by the administrator. It was illuminating. I would like to beg forgiveness from all whom I have knowingly or unknowingly been rude to or offensive. Please forgive me.
  3. http://www.govindas.com.au<WBR>/page/movie_times.html Is it run by ISKCON? Who's the GBC?
  4. http://www.indiadivine.org/audarya/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=53 test
  5. Jaya Jagannatha! Jaya to the most compassionate Srila Prabhupada!
  6. Rajasuya Das would be benefitted if his son is respected and adorned by the gullible neophyte bhaktas who fall for the externals very easily. Later his son will be made a president/zonal secretary/gbc etc. So it's extended sense gratification. It should also be noted that the bond between parents and children are more stronger in India. So father projecting the children or children projecting the father would be mutually beneficial. What power doesn't a temple president in India have these days, especially when they are each sitting on millions of dollars? I feel like throwing up over this self promotion.
  7. Radha Krishna Das mentioned in this message is the son of the composer of this message, Rajasuya Das - Temple President of ISKCON Ludhiana! Heights of self promotion! ------------Forwarded message ---------- ISKCON Ludhiana <ISKCON.Ludhiana@pamho.net> Thu, 16 Aug 2007 16:40 +0200 "INFORMATION IN REFERENCE TO H.G. RADHAKRISHNADAS PRABHU - PART # 3" "Free Forum (Announcements)" <Free.Forum@pamho.net> ATTN: The Temple Presidents & other authorities of ISKCON India, Hare Krishna! Please be recipient of my most submissively prostrated obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Sri Gaurangadeva accompanied by His divine entourage. This e-mail is composed in order to inform the various Honourable Temple Presidents & other related Governing Authorities of ISKCON Temples in India that His Grace Radhakrishnadas Prabhu, the duly initiated disciple of His Holiness Gopalakrishna Goswami Maharaja, who is an integrated part of ISKCON Ludhiana (Punjab), a very much reknowned preacher and a great scholar being fully conversed with the Bhaktivedanta Literature, the vedic scriptures, the literature of the previous acaryas esp. the Sad-goswamis of Vrindavan and having attained profound mastery in Sanskrit language, will be conducting a scholastic & empirically interactive weekly Katha Programme pervaded in its totality by the discretionary profound erudition on Srimad-Bhagavatam (Balaram-Katha) in Hindi at ISKCON Punjabi Bagh ( N.C.T. of New Delhi) upon being most cordially and courteously invited by His Holiness Gopalakrishna Goswami Maharaja (G.B.C. & B.B.T. Trustee) and His Grace Varahadas Prabhu - The Temple President of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh (New Delhi) as a pre-requisite adornment for the Sri-Vigraha Prana Pratistha Mahotsava (Deity Installation Ceremony) of Their Lordships Sri Krishna-Balarama, and Sri Gaura-Nitai. This programme will occur peculiarly at Sri Radhika-Raman Lecture Hall of ISKCON Punjabi Bagh Temple commencing from the 21st of August 2007 and lasting uptill the 27th August, 2007. On the 28th of August 2007, the Diety Installation Ceremony will occur. The exact period of the occurence of this event (Katha Programme) will be from 19:00 to 21:00 I.S.T. (Indian Standard Time). H.G. Radhakrishnadas Prabhu is fully conversent, well-versed, and fluent in the following laguages: 1)Sanksrit 2)English 3)Hindi 4)Bengali and 5)Gujarati. The personal e-mail address of H.G. Radhakrishnadas is: radhakrishna@pamho.net. H.G. Radhakrishnadas Prabhu, who is the youngest preacher in ISKCON India, is in an absolute neccessity of being the fortunate recipient of the gracious blessings and well-wishes of all the senior devotees of ISKCON India. Please shower your most heartily blessings on H.G. Radhakrishnadas Prabhu, so that His Grace, on behalf of ISKCON Ludhiana, can continue propagating the doctrine of Srila Prabhupada tinged with the legacy of Sad-goswamis and the gospel of suddha-krishna-bhakti as taught by Sri Caintanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Krishna that His Grace has begun since last three years traveling and wandering throughout the various ISKCON centres on the globe. In service of Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON, Rajsuyadas Temple President ISKCON Ludhiana Punjab, India
  8. "In this connection we may mention an incident that took place between two of our sannyāsīs while we were preaching the Hare Krsna maha-mantra in Hyderabad. One of them stated that "Hare Rama" refers to Sri Balarama, and the other protested that "Hare Rama" means Lord Rama. Ultimately the controversy came to me, and I gave the decision that if someone says that the "Rama" in "Hare Rama" is Lord Ramacandra and someone else says that the "Rama" in "Hare Rama" is Sri Balarama, both are correct because there is no difference between Sri Balarama and Lord Rama. Here in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta we find that Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvāmī has stated the same conclusion: yei yei rūpe jāne, sei tāhā kahe sakala sambhave kṛṣṇe, kichu mithyā nahe If someone calls Lord Rāmacandra by the vibration Hare Rāma, understanding it to mean "O Lord Rāmacandra!" he is quite right. Similarly, if one says that Hare Rāma means "O Śrī Balarāma!" he is also right. Those who are aware of the viṣṇu-tattva do not fight over all these details." - Srila Prabhupada, Cc. Adi 5.132, Purport
  9. Therefore it is to be understood that when Jaya and Vijaya descended to this material world, they came because there was something to be done for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Otherwise it is a fact that no one falls from Vaikuntha.' - SB 7.1.35 Purport 'The mature devotees, who have completely executed Krishna consciousness, are immediately transferred to the universe where Krishna is appearing. In that universe the devotees get their first opportunity to associate with Krishna personally and directly.' - Krishna Book, Chapter 28, [Releasing Nanda Maharaja from the clutches of Varuna (p. 186)] 'Sometimes it is asked how the living entity falls down from the spiritual world to the material world. Here is the answer. Unless one is elevated to the Vaikuntha planets, directly in touch with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he is prone to fall down, either from the impersonal Brahman realization or from an ecstatic trance of meditation.' - SB 3.25.29, Purport 'This ordinary living being is of two kinds -- nitya-baddha or nitya-mukta. One is eternally conditioned and the other eternally liberated. The eternally liberated living beings, are in the Vaikuntha jagat, the spiritual world, and they never fall into the material world.' - SB 5.11.12 Purport 'From Vedic scriptures it is understood that sometimes even Brahma and Indra fall down, but a devotee in the transcendental abode of the Lord never falls.' - SB 3.15.48 Purport 'The conclusion is that no one falls from the spiritual world, or Vaikuntha planet, for it is the eternal abode.' - SB 3.16.26 Purport
  10. Srimad Bhagavatam 10.5.25 naikatra priya-samvasah suhrdam citra-karmanam oghena vyuhyamananam plavanam srotaso yatha TRANSLATION Many planks and sticks, unable to stay together, are carried away by the force of a river's waves. Similarly, although we are intimately related with friends and family members, we are unable to stay together because of our varied past deeds and the waves of time. PURPORT Vasudeva was lamenting because he and Nanda Maharaja could not live together. Yet how could they live together? Vasudeva warns that all of us, even if intimately related, are carried away by the waves of time according to the results of past karma. http://vedabase.net/sb/10/5/25/en
  11. (ISKCON YOUTH FORUM - Pune - Spiritual Scientist) Once Socrates was seen by his friends spending a long time in a market. Knowing his frugal nature, they teased him, "Even you have started dreaming about shopping." Socrates soberly replied, "I was observing all the unnecessary things that people buy." We often think of necessity as a thing without which it is difficult, if not impossible, to live. In this sense, food, clothing, shelter are our necessities. But in a more positive holistic sense, a necessity is that which once satisfied makes us fully satisfied forever. Why do we always want more and more? Because it is our right and nature to have unlimited possessions by possessing the possessor of all possessions – God, Krishna. As the eternal spiritual children of God, our innermost need is the security and satisfaction that accompanies the devotional remembrance of our all-powerful all-loving Father. Just as the first need of a fish is water, the first need of our body is air, the first need of our own selves as souls is remembrance of God or more precisely, Krishna consciousness. Many people today feel that they have no time for God or spiritual enquiry. But what makes them so busy? It is their own self-created pursuit of the unnecessities of life, which they imagine to be necessities due to their spiritual unawareness. Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON, succinctly summarizes this tragic entrapment, "If our endeavor is not to enquire about the Absolute Truth, we will simply increase our endeavor to satisfy our artificial needs." Today's world of hi-tech glamorous advertising portrays luxuries as necessities. Consequently, shopping has become not just a fashion, but an obsession. Possessing new things gives some pleasure, but sadly the charm of newness fades soon. What remains thereafter is the burden of maintenance, which demands time, energy, care and money. People today have tea-set, sofa set, multimedia set – and they are always up-set. An exasperated shopping addict stated his predicament poignantly, "Everything I own owns me." Nevertheless possessiveness retains its almost irresistible fascination. If people have little, they want a lot. And if they have a lot, they want a lot more. But there is a better way to live. When we make God the wealth of our heart by chanting His holy names, then we become enlightened to use the wealth of the world to benefit ourselves and others. Let us therefore free ourselves from poverty of the heart and enrich ourselves with devotion and satisfaction. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
  12. Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:" /><o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while A lowly servant had so much joy. The King asked the servant, " Why are you so happy?" <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> The man replied, " Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don't need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies." <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the King's woes and the servant's story, the advisor said, " Your Majesty, I believe that the servant has not been made part of The 99 Club." <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> "The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?" the King inquired. <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> The advisor replied, " Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep." <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy... So many gold coins! <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, " What could've happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins! "<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted, he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection. <o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> From that day, the servant's life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his advisor's help, the advisor said, " Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club. "<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> He continued, " The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they're always yearning and striving for that extra 1 telling to themselves: "Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life ."<o:p></o:p> <o:p></o:p> We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we're given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a price for our growing needs and desires. That's what joining The 99 Club is all about." Prabhu, Are you already a part of the 99 Club .. ?
  13. You are right Gaea. Blanket criticism of the whole organization would mean offense to the sincere one's inside the same oraganization. Prabhupada had the vision for 10,000 years. May be the future will see more powerful people descend to preach and carry forward Srila Prabhupada's glorious movement. And when they do, all the misgivings of the present generation will be crushed to powder and washed off. I remember as Prabhupada himself said, "the third generation will fly on carpets". Let them fly on carpets and preach harinama and glorify Prabhupada.
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