Saturday, January 24, 2015

Akshaya Patra Program Hyderabad

Srila Prabhupada programs emerging



Srila Prabhupada center, Italy:

Prabhupada Seva Via Fondaccio 26 Lama San Giustino Perugia. (North of Rome, Italy)

Also, devotees in Spain are starting an "ISKCON Bangalore Spain" program, which follows the idea of the Bangalore devotees, that we must worship Srila Prabhupada.

Already there are nice Srila Prabhupada centered programs in Montreal, Seattle, Vancouver, Sunnyvale, New York City, various places in Russia, as well as New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Brasil, Singapore, many sites connected to ISKCON Bangalore in India, and there are many other folks in other places. If anyone has a program for Srila Prabhupada and they want to have us advertise for you, please send the info to: angel108b@yahoo.com.

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PADA: Thanks ******* for sending this:

B: I'd like to find a bona fide program to serve Krishna.

TH: Then you should join ISKCON bangalore immediately. If you feel it is also bogus. you can leave anytime. Join and do service for some time. It's pure Prabhupada's camp nothing else. trust me. ULL NEVER REGRET IT. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.

JR: Thank u Srila Prabhupada for letting me get d association of Iskcon bangalore. this is d only place anywhere u r worshiped as the sole diksha guru. No worries, no sadness, no confusion for us going to blore temple. B prabhu! U must come and live here and see for urself, you will definitely feel satisfied that this is the place. IB has centres everywhere u can try there too.

SK: prabhu ji! Hari Bol! It shows your intense desire for Krishna Bhakti through mercy of Srila Prabhupada. You don't worry, be patient. I think you should leave it to Lord and Our Savior because they will guide you for sure. You are very sincere. May be I get some of your intensity to please Lord and Srila Prabhupada! Yasya prasada bhagavata prasada.. om ajnana timirandhasya jnananjana salakaya caksur unmilitam yena tasmai shri guruve namah. Krishna will give knowledge from within.

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PADA: Bangalore has made a nice temple here in the San Francisco area and its first class. You should find people who worship Srila Prabhupada wherever they are and stick with that program. And if you cannot go in person then go there in mind. ys pd

Srila Prabhupada's Worldwide Ratha Yatras





https://www.iskconbangalore.org/blog/understanding-ratha-yatra/

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Vasant Panchami

The first day of spring in India. On the fifth day of the waxing moon one should celebrate the coming of spring in Vrndavana by offering Krishna many types of leaves and flowers, and fresh shoots of sprouting grasses, that symbolize life and new growth.

Following in the footsteps of the Vraja-basis of Vrindavana, one should paint designs on Krishna's body and perform a special aratrika for Him, and if possible offer yellow flowers too. The vasanta raga should be played on this day. The Deities in the temples, especially in Vrindavana, should wear yellow or yellow-green dresses on this day.

In places like Vrindavan, Mayapur, Jagannath Puri and Udupi, many of the women folk dress in yellow also. As it is the first day of spring many fertility rites are performed at this time - for the family, for the women folk, for the crops, for the cows, etc. It's a very festive time.

Modi Attacks Female Foeticide

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modi-launches-Beti-Bachao-Beti-Padhao-campaign-says-female-foeticide-is-a-sign-of-mental-illness/articleshow/45985741.cms

[PADA: A big resultant problem of persons engaged in illicit sex is -- having "unwanted" babies. Srila Prabhupada says the increase of these unwanted babies is going to become a very prominent problem in Kali Yuga, and it already is a prominent problem. ys pd]

Caring for Tulasi Devi Plants

Lord Chaitanya Debates Sarvabhauma

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Eldercare Crisis For Vaishnavas

[PADA: Simply amazing, the GBC has millions of dollars for lawsuits but not a few paisa to care for the devotees. ys pd]

Dear 'Servant of the Servant of the Servant,'
It is that time again to literally beg from you, on all our folded hands and knees, for your recurring Hospice ***monthly*** Seva of $5, $8 or $13, on behalf of the ill and dying devotees in the Holy Dhama(s). frown emoticon Sadly, there does not exist enough resources 'available' to freely care for those that have surrendered their lives to preaching and are now there either terminally ill or dying, without care. 

There is no shortage of stories of devotees in need!! 

frown emoticon. Please feel free to contact Mother Kusha Dayna Fiorentino or Hospice nurse Mother Priya Sakhi, at our small satellite Infirmary Hospice Care facilities. Others in Vrndavan and Mayapur will also collaborate; there are 'just' not enough resources to care for those in need of Emergency Terminal Care — it's India.

"For one who is born death is certain."–BG 2:27 Sign up now for a ***monthly*** tiny donation at www.BuddhiYoga.net.

STATUS AND REQUEST

As you may know, devotees are generally poor and do not have funds saved up (especially in India) for Hospice Care or Emergency Care. During our first humble Fund Drive before the end of the year, we reached over half our goal from recurring monthly small donations to pay for monthly bills, for Medical Supplies and for facility essentials for our Vrndavan satellite Hospice Infirmary. 'Thank you,' to all those who have committed monthly from their hearts to this very needed Devotee Seva!. We also did receive a number of 'one-time' donations, and we 'Thank you also,' to all those who helped to get us launched.

However, while we are very appreciative, these beautiful and heartfelt 'One-time' donations are exactly that, 'One-time.' They were very needed and helpful to get us started. Yet, moving forward these do not pay the ongoing monthly bills of a 'free-of-charge' voluntary Infirmary Hospice Care facility.

Therefore, we need to again ***literally*** beg you, on our folded hands and knees, stretched out before you in full Dandavats, in your dust — all who have not yet pledged ***monthly***— to please help these hospice nurses and staff in the Holy Dhama(s) with a just few dollars each month—on a recurring basis.

Please?!? We currently have terminally ill devotees that are being cared for both in Vrndavan and Mayapur, with more coming all the time, and we have not yet met the monthly funds requirement for all the care that is needed. Please look deeply into your heart and reconcile with SuperSoul residing there, just how much you are able to help with any spare coins each month to help sustain this very needed and neglected Seva at the various locations.

These 'Servants of the Servant of the Servant' are now in need of *your* most personal service, a unique Seva which you might 'ever' be able render to a devotee(s) of Radha and Krsna who are in such dire personal need.

Please click www.BuddhiYoga.net to give ***monthly*** $3, $5, or $8 to be part of this growing need—a membership of good will and Vaishnava Seva. We are now also representing the Mayapur Dhama Vaisnava Care and Assistance Program, (with Mother Aditi Dasi and Munipatni Devi Dasi), as well as the 'The Bhaktivedanta Hospice' through Giriraja Swami and DrAvnish Panday, for 'case-by-case' fundraising help to individual Hospice patients or projects. The volunteer nurses and staff at both the Vrndavan and Mayapur satellite care facilities need 'your' help to continue.

All the funds that you donate ***monthly*** go directly to pay for medical supplies, to pay the ***monthly*** rent and keep the lights on, so that this humble devotee care infirmary and satellite Hospice service may be given freely. Our goal is to to make these two (Mayapur and Vrndavan) facilities sustainable through your small donations. There are no funds *at all* coming from the institutions—so far. We are fully dependent on you. Please pledge a very small ***monthly*** amount right now and please 'Copy' and 'Paste' this entire message-text when sharing this to all your friends.

Thank you,

Your aspiring servant Yadunandana Pada Dasa acbsp
P.S. We *are* actively seeking for ongoing ways to show you our gratitude, please give and stay tuned as a participating member.

Poison Tape Reviewed

[PADA: Many people thought we were "crazy" when we started saying Srila Prabhupada was complaining of being poisoned. Same group of our opponents also said we were crazy when we established: There was no guru appointment; The books are being changed; We should not go to the Gaudiya Matha etc.

Apparently, time is on our side and all these issues are gaining in credibility. ISKCON Truth is doing a great job getting this info out, which is why they are getting the same ill treatment we got from various GBC guru defenders. Some of the GBC friendly folks even started an "ISKCON Not-Truth" site to shut down the poison complaint and defend the GBC.

Too bad!

This info already IS out, and will get out more, because people need to know what actually happened in ISKCON, and what happened to Srila Prabhupada personally. Krishna Kanta and his IRM had to be jettisoned by most of us since they still argue that this poison conversation is not really a poison complaint. That is not the growing consensus, most accept that the poison complaint is valid. ys pd]  


Goa CM: God Makes Mistakes

Making Huge Mistakes?

http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/01/22/gods-mistake-goa-cm_n_6521464.html?utm_hp_ref=india

[PADA: The Chief Minister of Goa India is saying -- because some people are born disabled -- that is proof God is negligent and He is making mistakes. Nope! The disabled are getting born with their past karma. A disabled person who is born with no legs -- maybe chopped off someone else's legs in their last life, or maybe they chopped off the legs off of animals in a butcher shop, and now they have no legs.

A king who whips the blind beggars in front of his palace -- might take birth as a blind beggar himself -- and be whipped while begging in front of the same palace, ad infinitum. This Goa CM apparently does not understand the laws of karma. Its sometimes amazing to us how ignorant we find some of India's teachers, scholars, government leaders and even gurus, whom are so fallen away from Vedic knowledge.

PADA's karma was to say that God's successors are not conditioned souls, and to be beaten with shoes for saying that. We sometimes cannot change our destined suffering, so we just have to become Krishna conscious and surrender to the Lord. ys pd]

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HKC Jaipur vs Srila Prabhupada's Policies




PADA: Thanks prabhu for your inquiry, "Did Srila Prabhupada demand that his disciples only collect money from so-called --pure -- sources, as Hare Krishna Community Jaipur is now demanding from all the other world's Vaishnavas"?

In a word, no. I lived in India with Srila Prabhupada for nearly two years and we were making life members from all walks of life. Some of them owned Chicken Tikka shops, Beedi shops, Alcohol shops and so forth. We stayed for 10 days at an Alcohol Drinks Brewery in India, and the owners there had a little temple there where we performed kirtana.

We made life members from all sorts of industries, and Srila Prabhupada never told us to avoid this industrialist or that one, rather he was saying ALL the money in the universe belongs to Krishna -- and we should get it and use it, and we did.

I recall we went to one life member's "vegetable oil company," and we devotees were all laughing at the "vegetables" that were being squeezed for the oil, the "veggies" looked like limp, old and bad weeds. The owner joked back, "Oh yes, I would never cook with this oil myself." So, even he knew this was a scam. Of course India is full of such scams, so if we were to only collect money from the pure business people -- who would that be exactly?

Now HKC says that all the other devotees (except them) are bogus for getting money from these "harmful and bogus" industries and their workers, like meat, cigarettes, alcohol, chemical companies, designer seeds and what not, because these corporations are harming people, but we got money from all these sources all the time and Srila Prabhupada was always happy to see the reports of so much collection and donations. He never once said we cannot collect money from this industry or that, or workers from same, at least that I have seen?

And as far as the Western book distributors went, they got tons of money every day from who knows who: maybe MAFIA dons, prostitutes, beef eaters, slaughter house workers, abortion doctors -- you name it, and Srila Prabhupada never once said we should not take money from this group or that. Rather he was always happy to see reports of so much money coming in from all these places.

Now the HKC Jaipur is saying that the policy of Srila Prabhupada to get funds from all these sources is "bogus and hellish" because the source is not pure. Some of them even wrote to tell me anyone who gets money from such corrupt businesses is going to hell, ummm, that would mean the entire system of funding of ISKCON devised by Srila Prabhupada is wrong?

At the same time, how can we have a policy where we have to sell books to the general public, but first have to ask where they make their money, because we cannot take funds if their business is harmful? And then again, which business is not harmful these days? A devotee I know of said that even in the women's sari business they use petro-chemicals for the rayon and nylon cloth, and some of the dyes are made out of squashed insects. According to HKC Jaipur, we cannot even go into a sari shop to ask for donations, this is another harmful industry. Where are we going then?

So this seems to us that they are not going to be able to have a functioning society if they refuse donations from more than 90 percent of the population because all these folks are working in bad industries? The question is, where did Srila Prabhupada say we should not take donations from harmful industries and / or their workers? He never did.

This is an attack on Srila Prabhupada's program. Of course, the envious Gaudiya Matha God brothers also criticized Srila Prabhupada for getting donations from these big material society leaders, which HKC Jaipur is now de facto quoting from. Why is the HKC Jaipur citing the Gaudiya Matha God brothers criticism that Srila Prabhupada should not have been getting donations from "bad karma" industries?

And why doesn't HKC tell us what in their opinion are the good industries? And are they only collecting from the good industries themself? When they send their men out to collect money, do they say they cannot take money unless your source of revenue is pure, or do they take money from any customer?

In any case, none of this seems practical. We are not going to take money from bad karma industries, ok, how will the movement function? And that also has no connection to anything Srila Prabhupada ever said, that we can find anyway. Where did he say that? The only people who said we should not take money from bad karma industries are -- the envious Gaudiya Matha people. How did they become our leaders?      

It also seems HKC is putting on programs that are using hired cooks, asking for rs 5,000 donations for a feast, and getting donations from big important corporation people, just like everyone else is doing? Or are they just barking at others like the holier than thou GBC does? Apparently, HKC is selling properties -- to make money as well. Why are they working with these big corrupt business folks? And they are putting on a play, "PK bola," what is this?

Anyway, its not practical to stop taking funds from the corrupt corporate world, because the corrupt corporations basically own the world at the present time. We are going to need to work with them in some capacity. And if we look at the Gaudiya Matha folks who criticized Srila Prabhupada's policy of getting leaders of corporations giving help, their program floundered and could not grow because it was not practical.

In any case, we find no evidence Srila Prabhupada ever said we cannot take funds from so-called bad industries, or even abortion doctors, cigarette makers, alcohol companies or anything else, he simply never said we have to question the income of a donator before we can take their donation, and as such, he accepted donations from all kinds of sources. He did say we should not sell drugs ourselves, but he never said we should refuse money from people already in that business. Of course, there is bad karma connected to illicit taking of money from ANY source, since ALL money is not our property, it all belongs to Krishna. ys pd  

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HKC Jaipur!

FESTIVAL OF INDIA 2015

A Grand Cultural Celebration you would had never witnessed before

- Have a taste 56 dishes from 29 states

- Special Live stage drama - 'PK bola OH MY GOD !'

-Special Guest - The Olympic Champion, Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
- An eve full of Spiritual joy, dance, drama
- Mark the Date - 25 th of January 2015
- Venue - Central Lawn, Entertainment Paradise, Jawahar Circle,Jaipur
- For entry tickets contact:
+91-9785707628
+91-9887767377
Organised by - Hare Krishna Community, Jaipur
Co-organised by - SNG Group

[PADA: Attended by politicians and corporate leaders. Co-organized by a corporation, oh fer gersh sakes!]

Atheists And Arrogance

GBC Banning Policy Review

With all the good things you can do to spread sanatan dharma, the GBC of ISKCON Phoenix, Hari Vilas das, in the service of Srila Prabhupada, has banned more 21 devotees from the temple for over 1 year! Why would anyone do such a thing? 

False charges were levied against a 75 year old Indian devotee by the temple president Prema Dhatri after the man and a few others monitoring the temple accounts found out some discrepancies in the accounting. They brought it up to the lady who then made up charges against the 75 year old devotee, that he had taken some money from one Indian lady guest, money she said that was meant for the temple. It was later found out in court that the lady admitted owing the money to the Indian bhahmana and the charge against him was baseless,
Prema Dhatri (Pratibha Somaiya) then got a court restraining order against the Indian man, whose name is Dr, Misra. He appealed the case in a higher court and the charges against him were proven false and dropped. At least four times after the court found him innocent, Dr, Misra was harassed when trying to visit the Phoenix ISKCON temple to have darshan, by Prema Dhatri calling the police on him to have him removed. She claims that the NA GBC representative, Hari Vilas and the North American GBC Executive Committee composed of Nityananda das, Badri from San Diego (who is now wearing he cloth of a sannyasi), and Romapada Swami had banned him from entering the temple. 

All the supporters who went to court to defend the innocent Dr. Misra, all supporters of the temple way before Hari Vilas ever set foot on the temple sacred ground, have also been banned from visiting the temple, including their wives and children, atotal of 21 devotees. 

The backlash of the ridiculous and offensive behavior of Hari Vilas and the temple president Prema Dhatri has circulated throughout the large numbers of Indians in the community, who have boycotted the temple from visiting and numbers of guests are way way down because of it. The GBC EC of NA are unwilling to mend the wrong they are responsible for, including Hari Vilas, who at one time threatened to "break Dr. Misra's legs, if he tried to visit the temple again!
Someone may say, this sounds too outlandish a punishment for no offense or crime committed, and it has caused a civil war practically in the congregation. There is more to the story. The NA GBC EC charirman, Nityananda das and friends, called for a professional audit to done on the temple accounts and the personal accounts of the temple president, since the complaint against her was that it appeared there may have been some "money laundering" done mixing the temple funds and her funds.
Nityananda das would not reveal to myself or the congregation who was doing the investigation and audit. However, finally he claimed the audit was completed and the results were that there was found no discrepancies. He published this in a public email as did Badri, the GBC from San Diego. 

However, the devotee doing the audit was found out and it was discovered in talking to a devotee in charge of the new IDRO: ISKCON Dispute Resolution Office, Jagajivan prabhu, that the audit was stopped by Hari Vilas and was inconclusive, which was not what the NA GBC members were telling everyone. Why did they stop it the audit? Why are these Indian devotees still to this day, after more than a year of temple politics and proof that they committed no wrong, still not allowed in the temple they even helped to start? More importantly, WHY did members of the North American GBC Executive Committee LIE about the whole thing? Doesn't this sound insane, or highly suspicious, or both?
I have concluded that the whole event is insane, and that there is a coverup being executed by persons on the GBC who in fact perhaps shouldn't have that service, if they cannot be honest, fair, and proper representatives of Srila Prabhupada.
Now there are NA GBC and Temple Presidents meetings this week in Dallas. Will the temple presidents demand that the GBCs resolve this offense to these innocent people? Will the NA GBCs stand their ground, on no platform whatsoever except their deceit and arrogance? Guess we will find out by the end of the week.
Photos of the banned devotees are presented here, including one young Nepali devotee, Rupanuga das (Ram Prasad), who has been in ISKCON his whole life and is very well known.
There is more crooked "stuff" behind the story involving Romapoad Swami who set up an unethical and illegal takeover of the temple back in 2009, kicking out the GBC and putting in his own to be future dsiciple as the TP.
Why would he do that? To learn more, you can visit