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ISKCON Noida Temple Opening on 12th Feb 2014


ISKCON Noida -Sri Sri Radha Govind Dev


It is with great joy that we would like to invite you to the grand inauguration of the Sri Sri Radha Govind Dev temple and Bhaktivedanta Academy, as well as the installation of Sri Sri Radha Govind Dev, Sri Sri Jagannath, Baladeva, Subhadra and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, on the auspicious occasion of Nityananda Trayodashi, 12th Feburary 2014. The organising team will like to welcome you to be part of this spiritually promising, powerful and sacred event.


The date has been purposively finalised to coincide with the forthcoming GBC meetings and ILS which are scheduled to commence on 16 February 2014 at Sri Mayapur Dham. This arrangement allows for greater convenience for all our senior leaders, especially those travelling internationally to transit Delhi and reach Sri Mayapur Dham timely, for these meetings.


I humbly request you to kindly grace this spiritually colossal festival as yet another spectacular offering unto and for the pleasure of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada.


Please allow us to serve you in a mood of love and humility and make your presence with us a memorable one.


Looking forward for your confirmed participation at Noida temple opening festival,


With much appreciation!
Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,
Lokanath Swami.


FESTIVAL INFORMATION : 


OUR SERVICE TO YOU


I understand that you are extremely occupied in serving Srila Prabhupada's mission and completing finer details in attending this event may be inconvenient for you. To this effect we request you to forward us the contact details (telephone number/email and identity of your assistant) with whom we can directly liaise to facilitate a comfortable and memorable stay in Noida. In offering this service we will welcome feedback about special requirements that you may have with regard to prasadam, specific health concerns or accommodation preference.


ABOUT SRI SRI RADHA GOVIND DEV MANDIR, NOIDA


The uniqueness of this temple is its outstanding design which represents the three dhams. The first is the front façade of the temple which stunningly depicts the mural of the ancient Govind Dev Mandir in Vrindavan. The exquisite fresco is set in sandstone. The second is the Shikhar which exemplifies the Jagannath Temple in Puri and the majestic dome is a replica of Srila Peabhupada's Samadhi temple in Mayapur.


The heavy stone carved work around the temple is an exquisite illustration of Vedic traditional artwork. The temple hall and altar has been built with pure white Makrana Marble of the highest quality. An expansive auditorium is located in the basement section of the temple. The impressive Govinda restaurant is situated on the mezzanine floor. The ground level is dedicated to Samskar Bhavan and Prasadam distribution. On level one is the dazzling Sri Sri Radha Govind Dev Mandir. The teaching and learning aspect of this project is housed on level two - this includes the Bhaktivedanta Academy with ultra modern classrooms and impressive facilities, a Vedic Bhaktisiddhanta Library and a seminar hall. The top floor dome is designated for conferencing services.


ABOUT NOIDA


Noida temple is about -


20 minutes drive from ISKCON New Delhi Radha Parthasarthi temple,
approx. an hour from Delhi airport,
30 minutes from Delhi railways stations and
an hour and half from Vrindavan by new Yamuna expressway

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It is with great pleasure that we extend to you our heartfelt invitation to this year's Ratha Yatra Festival in Ludhiana (Punjab) on Sunday the 15th December,2013.


Keeping in line the tradition of celebrating colorful festivals, Lord Jagannath Rathyatra has become one of the prominent additions, since last decade. Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra Maharani give full mercy without any discrimination to all the devotees, residents and visitors.


This festival is celebrated by devotees pulling the cart of Lord Jaganath from Kurushetra back to Vrindavan. In the last decade this Rathyatra has attracted residents from all sectors of the community to join hands together in the worship of the Lord through wonderful Harinaam Sankirtan.


Details: Program Starts at Sri Durga Mata Mandir Near Jagraon Bridge and Gymkhana Ground at 1:00p.m, then to Fountain chowk, Rani Jhansi Road, Ghumar Mandi Chowk, Mai Nand Kaur Gurudwara, Aarti Chowk and finishing at Nav Durga Mandir Sarabha Nagar.


After the Rathayatra is complete there will be full Maha Prasadam at the Temple for all Sponsors, Committee Members, Devotees and Invited Guests.


Next day on 16th of December 2013(Monday) there will be HARE KRSNA UTSAV at Kothari Resort,Ferozepur Road,Ludhiana at 4:00PM.

  



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Dear devotees,

On the request of the GBC Outreach Committee, I am coordinating the production of a video on ISKCON outreach activities for 2013. This video will be shown at the upcoming 2014 ISKCON Leadership Sangha in Mayapur. Plus it will be made available to all ISKCON members and the public through online channels.


For this we request all devotees around the world to send us any video or photo material describing your outreach achievements, methods and especially any new innovative ideas which were used to reach out to the public by means of :


Book distribution, Kirtan events, Nagar sankirtan, Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, Padayatra, Rathayatra, Loft programs, Restaurants, India pilgrimage tourism, Inter-faith, Ayurveda, Yoga, Vegetarianism, Colleges, Schools, Youth Forums, Print media, Television


or anything you want to share with the ISKCON world.


Please send your materials to us as soon as possible through


outreachcontent@gmail.com


For this exciting video we have to rush a bit so we ask you to please post your videos/pictures/reports by 25th December. Please give us background information along with your material.


If you already published the video online, please send us the link. We may then ask for HD versions for which we will give you a special FTP site to upload to. Also, if your material is too large to send by email or some other method like Google Drive, Dropbox or Skydrive, please write and we’ll give you instructions for using our FTP site.


We look forward to hearing from you soon.

In the service of Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga, I beg to remain

Your aspiring servant

Pujya Visnupriya devi dasi

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The Jewel of a Celibate Monkey

Lecture on The Jewel of a Celibate Monkey by Shikshashtakam Prabhu on 18 June 2006

(His Grace Shikshashtakam Prabhu has served Indian Air Force for 7 years. During his tenure he was selected as a fighter pilot and also represented Indian Air Force in National Tennis Championship.

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Lecture on Bhagavat Tattva Vijnana Sunake Bhagavat Prapti by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami on 20 Oct 2013
(Srimad Bhagavatam - Canto 01)

(His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami appeared has since travelled widely throughout the subcontinent, lecturing in English, Hindi, and Bengali. His Holiness also travels to and preaches Krishna consciousness in other parts of the world. He continues to write books and magazine articles.)

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Duties and Rights

Lecture on Duties and Rights by HH Prahladananda Swami on 03 Dec 2013 at Dallas

(HH Prahladananda Swami was born in 1949, in Buffallo, New York. He studied at the University of Buffalo, where he received a full scholarship. In January 1969 he joined ISKCON and received both initiations that year from Srila Prabhupada.)

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Falling Down And Falling Away

Lecture on Falling Down And Falling Away by HG Chaitanya Charan Prabhu

(His Grace Caitanya Charan Prabhu is a monk and spiritual teacher in the time honored tradition of bhakti yoga. He is a editor of Back to Godhead, which is the official international magazine of the Hare Krishna movement.)

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If you have to sell books, do it by hook or by crook. The real preaching is selling books. You should know the tactic how to sell without irritating. (S.P.L. to Bali Marden 30th September 1972)


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ISKCON Durban wins Tourism Awards

A very great news for your grace: ISKCON Durban at South Africa (Sri Sri Radha Radhanath, The Temple of Understanding) wins the "TOURISM LANDMARK AWARD" by the Government of Tourism, South Africa, allbased on the Travelers reviews/ ratings on the World famous website www.tripadvisor.com

Please find attached the news coverage article for it. Also the link of the Temple's profile on tripadvisor.com is below:


  
ISKCON Durban wins Tourism Awards


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Hope this meets you with more good hopes from Tripadvisor helping the people to come in great numbers at our ISKCON temples. Srila Prabhupada wanted his Temples to be the great pilgrimage site and the most famous tourist spot (SPLilamrita. No Ref. now!)
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So that is the real preaching, selling books. Who can speak better than the books? (S.P.L. to Bali Marden 30th September 1972)


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Worldwide book distribution
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The Need of Compassion

Lecture on The Need of Compassion by HG Sri Prahlad Prabhu o 21 Jan 2013 at Auckland

(By melodious kirtan of His Grace Sri Prahlad Prabhu many souls are attracted to Krishna Conscious)

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How The Lord tests his devotees

Lecture on How The Lord tests his devotees by HG Chaitanya Charan Prabhu

(His Grace Caitanya Charan Prabhu is a monk and spiritual teacher in the time honored tradition of bhakti yoga. He is a editor of Back to Godhead, which is the official international magazine of the Hare Krishna movement.)

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Lecture on Chanting the holy name of krishna is real happiness by HH Bhakti Rasamrita Swami on 26 April 2011 at Sydney

(His Holiness Bhakti Rasamrita Swami completed his B.E. from M.S University Baroda, MBA from Bombay University & worked for some time in a multinational Bank.)

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Demigod Worshippers

Lecture on Demigod Worshippers by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami

(Originally from New Zealand, Bhakti Caitanya Swami joined the Hare Krishna movement in London, early in 1973. Almost a year before, as a philosophy student at Auckland University, he had first seen his future spiritual master walking across the campus with his followers. Srila Prabhupada initiated Bhakti Caitanya Swami later in 1973, giving him the name Raghubir Dasa. )

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Whatever progress we have made, it is simply to distributing these books. So go on, and do not divert your mind for a moment from this. (S.P.L. to Ramesvara dasa 11/10/74)


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A couple of years ago, Sister Jesmi, a nun who retired as professor in a women’s college in Kerala left the Catholic Church and wrote the book “Amen: Autobiography of a Nun” which exposed the life of Christian Priests and Nuns.


Recently father K P Shibu after serving as priest in Vincentian Congregation of the Catholic Church for 24 years quit the Church and wrote the revealing book ‘The Heart of a Priest’ (Oru Vaidikante Hrudayamitha) exposing the inner secrets of life in a monastery. In his book, he reveals that sexual perversion and lust for power and money are rampant among the clergy. The hunger for power and money makes them corrupt, cunning and cut throat.


The book claims that 60% of priests had illicit sexual relationships and instead of showering compassion and love, the messengers of God unhesitatingly take advantage of the poverty and helplessness of women, orphaned children and shamelessly abuse them.


He uncovered that all sorts of sexual perversion, including homosexuality and watching blue films, is taking place among the priests and nuns, who are supposed to be celibates. Most of the confessions made by priests and nuns relate to their sexual perversions. The book narrates incidents of priest students abusing children to gratify their pleasure. .


The open confessions made by former members of the clergy about priest-sainthood life have become heated topics for discussion among the different factions of the Catholic Church. Sri K P Shibu spoke at length to Pradeep Krishnan in an exclusive interview:


1.Why did you quit the church? What were the reasons?


I quit the Church due to the constant persecution and humiliation meted out to me. I was completely dissatisfied with functioning of the Church in matters of sex and handling of finance. I could see several priests/nuns freely engaging in sexual abuse, ridiculing the confidence given by the people. Since the priest and nuns are low paid, they easily become prey to malpractices and even indulge in sex trade. While they force celibacy on laity, they indulge in sexual perversion.


2.What are your views on religious conversions?


Religious conversions are made to assert the supremacy of one religion over the other. At the core, every religion is the same as they all propagate the message of God in its own way. There is no valid reason for converting people. Only after change of religion, one will realize that there is nothing special in other religion except the name of God and the mode of worship.


3.How do you view the so called Divine retreat centers such as Muringoor, Potta, etc, functioning in Kerala, which attract large crowds. What is really happening there? There are allegations of sexual harassment, mental torture and even murder.


The managers of such retreat centres, who are priests, aim at sexual gratification and accumulating wealth. The over emphasis of the concept of sin create guilt in the minds of devotees, compelling them to dance to the tune of priests and nuns. The Catholic Church is a pioneer in marketing the concept of sin. In order to make the Charismatic movement, which utterly failed, a profitable venture, the clever and cunning priests over emphasized the concept of sin. The information/details gathered during confessions are later used to blackmail the confessed. The innocent women who come seeking protection of God are sexually abused by priests and such criminal acts are hushed up with the help of local police. Any one who opposes them are mercilessly killed. But all these anti-social activities are suppressed with bureaucratic, political and religious influence of the Church.


4.We hear a lot of stories of sexual harassment committed by Christian priests of Europe and America (abusing children, women, gay activities, etc). Such stories in India are hushed up by the powerful clergy. What are your views?


It is a fact that in India also priests and nuns are engaged in illicit sexual acts. Gays and lesbians are common in many congregations. In fact, there are children of priests and nuns in orphanages run by the Church. In the West, the civil society takes up such abuses to courts, compelling the clergy to pay compensation to the victims. The pathetic situation is that in India the civil society and human right organizations are reluctant and fearful to take up the cases to courts. The so-called ‘saintly persons’ influence the victims not to take up these acts to courts and bully them to pardon and forgive.


5.It is often alleged that persons like you and Sr.Jesmy went out of the Church as you were not able to cope up with the rigid structure of the clergy. What are your views?


The structure of Catholic Church forced me to come out of it. In the name of religion, they were engaging in all sorts of misdeeds. No other sect, except the Catholics, insists on celibacy of its clergy. Sister Jesmy and I were victims of a corrupt system. The Catholic Church was against us because we exposed the corrupt system.


6.In Kerala, discussion among the Christians is taking place about the need for a Church Act. What are your views on the matter? Is it proper to allow the Bishops and priests absolute control over the Church property without any checks?


The Church Act has to be passed immediately. Otherwise the looting of money and property by the cunning clergy would continue unchecked. The government should take over all the aided educational institutions, which are run as minority institutions, so that the clergy could not make a business out of it. The idea of majority and minority are dividing the people belittling the concept of one nation. The clergy’s role should be limited to spiritual matters and temporal aspects to be left to the believers. The assets of the Church should be managed only by the people of the community and not by the priest and bishops. They should not be the owners of the institutions or the Church. At present the material wealth of the Church is managed and controlled by the Canon law, formed by Pope who is the head of the State of Vatican. This is against the Indian Constitution. How can citizens of this country be allowed to follow the laws of a foreign country?


7.Many Christian groups allege that there is Christian persecution in India, Particularly North India. In many incidents like Jhabua it was later proved that they were criminal incidents and not part of any hidden agenda! But still the church hierarchy continues their diatribe against Hindu organizations? Your views?


Conversion to Christianity makes no difference in a person except the change of name and mode of worship. The Christian clergy, in order to seek funds from abroad, make the false allegation that Hindu tribes are persecuting them. It is a fact that foreign agencies are contributing heavily to Mission dioceses in the name of evangelization and conversion.


8.Even while raising a hue and cry on some unfortunate isolated incidents occurred in North India, the clergy is totally silent on the killings and persecution of nuns and others taking place in different Christian monasteries in Kerala?


This clearly indicates that their hands are not pure. The missionary activities are now centered on making money to live a lavish life. At present the youth who join the Church are motivated not by the love of Jesus or His message, rather they are interested in having a cozy life


9.The priesthood, especially in Christianity has now changed into politicians, wielding absolute power and control the entire society. Can we ever hope for liberation of the laity from the clergy?


The Catholic Church runs educational institutions and other enterprises to wield power and to influence people. The clergy’s entry into politics too is aimed with this. Now the worth of the enterprises managed has become mind blogging. Majority of the Christians realize that the clergy is after money and power but they are helpless. Let us hope that the situation will change in course of time.


10.Do you think the church in India is facing a crisis of Identity? Is the church able to absorb the very ancient and yet perpetually modern spiritual heritage of India in its real sense?


The Church in India can never compete with the essence of Hinduism, which is a way of life. That was why the Christians even under the colonial rule could not march forward and convert the land. Relating with Hinduism, Christianity face an identity crisis. Christianity still doesn’t accept the fact that essence of all religions is the same. The caste system prevalent in Hinduism compelled many to change their religion. In course of time, Christians will definitely understand that the essence of all religions is the same and there is no need to covert one. It is welcome that some State Governments have passed anti-conversion laws to stop the exploitation of the poor, illiterate and the downtrodden.


11.The Church has now become a huge commercial enterprise, by running Industry, Hospitals, shopping complexes, schools etc. How much spiritually can we expect from these organizations?


It is true that the Church has become a huge commercial enterprise. The clergy is interested only in making money and profit. The so-called charitable institutions run by the Church neither file tax returns nor pay proper salary to its employees. Government should either take up the administration of these organizations or bring in effective legislation to curb the malpractices. All Indians should be considered only as citizens and not as Hindus, Muslims, Christians etc. and has to be treated equally.


12.The Church, particularly the Catholic Church is facing a crisis in Europe and USA and they target the third word countries for a rich harvest. Will this exclusive thrust given to proselytisation make divisions and conflicts in a tradition bound indigenous social setup?


The churches in Europe and USA are in a crisis due to declining number followers. Churches in these countries look forward to Eastern Countries and Africa hoping rich harvest. Money and material are pumped heavily to allure people. Such activities would definitely create tensions in society. It is a fact that the tribal people of India are targeted condemning their custom, practices and religion. While Hinduism has permitted them to retain their identity, Christianity has fully destroyed their roots. This creates tensions between Christians and indigenous people.


13.During the last 100 years, Christianity has been promoted in India by the successive colonial powers. Many Christian countries in the west provided unceasing flow of finance and personnel. The cost of the enterprise over the years is mind-boggling. Yet Christianity has failed to reap a rich harvest among the Hindu ‘heathens’ - Why?


Christianity utterly failed in India because of the greatness of Hinduism. Christians, even under the colonial rule could not march forward and convert people en-masse. Christianity in India is facing an identity crisis. Even though they tried to exploit the caste system to the maximum, they failed to reap a rich harvest among the Hindu heathens. Hindus should work for the eradication of caste system and bring equality, then Hinduism will shine forever and nobody will quit it, how big the offer is.

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The Life of Nelson Mandela


The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the world in mourning and paying tribute to the foremost human rights icon of current times. We offer our condolences to the Mandela family and to the entire South African nation.


In 1990 at the age of 72, after 27 years of being imprisoned by the apartheid government, he reached out to his oppressors and chartered a peaceful transformation to democracy in a country where the minority was gripped with fear for what the future might hold.  As a result of the forgiveness that he displayed and kindness that he extended, followers of the African National Congress (ANC) which he led, heeded his call for peace and reconciliation to prevail amongst all the people of South Africa.  From the impoverished townships to sport fields to religious communities to parliament, Madiba (as he affectionately became known) worked his own special Madiba magic across the nation.


ISKCON was privileged to have Mr. Mandela visit their temple in Chatsworth, South Africa, in 1992 and discuss the teachings of the ancient scripture, Bhagavad-Gita, over a meal at their Govinda’s restaurant.


Back To Godhead Krsnadasa Swami and Bhakti Tirtha Swami


During this visit Mr. Mandela with dignity but humility bowed before ISKCON Founder Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and then asked “How did he do it?”, meaning how did Srila Prabhupada spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. A discussion ensued about how Srila Prabhupada gave Krishna consciousness to all nationalities and types of people, without discrimination, and Mr. Mandela was deeply struck by this, and was very appreciative of Srila Prabhupada. He also very much appreciated the teachings of the Bhagavad-Gita which emphasises the equality of all living beings; as children of God we all deserve to share in God’s gifts and to be treated with respect and dignity.


After becoming the country’s first democratically elected President in 1994, President Mandela,  once again visited the Hare Krishna temple.  It was from this venue that he addressed the 10,000  strong Hindu community, as well as the nation, on the occasion of Diwali, the Festival of Lights and New Year.  Diwali celebrates the return of the famed Lord Rama from fourteen years of exile and his coronation as King of Ayodhya.  The community recognised the significant similarities between Lord Rama’s struggle and His ultimate victory and that of President Mandela.


President Mandela gave particular attention to respecting the multitude of different languages, cultures and spiritual beliefs that prevailed throughout what became known as a “rainbow nation.”


Indrayumna Swami and Nelson Mandela


And, the new Constitution ensured the rights of all South Africans to freedom of expression and religious freedom.


Based on this inspiration, in 1997, ISKCON’s Food For Life project planned and hosted the “Festival for the Children of the Rainbow Nation” with President Mandela as its Guest of Honour.  The event saw 50 000 school children with their teachers gather at Kings Park Soccer stadium. After delivering the key note address, President Mandela extended his stay at the event and spent more than five hours watching the various children’s performances.  He encouraged the children to excel in school, take advantage of the rights afforded to them, and instructed them to appreciate that the generations before them had fought for their freedom. The Mercury Newspaper reported that he stated this was “the happiest day” of his life.


Nelson Mandela in FFL Program


Mr. Mandela was much more than a champion of human rights, State President or Nobel Peace Prize recipient.  He touched the lives of every single South African and made them feel safe and genuinely cared for. He was indeed the father of the nation, in the true sense of the term, genuinely striving for a better future for all his people.  He was a leader, teacher and example for the whole world. He is, and will continue to be, a symbol of hope, faith and forbearance.


May the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna bless this great soul.


Released by the International Society for Krishna Consiousness (ISKCON)


Ministry of Communications
Champakalata Dasi, Durban South Africa  (Champakalata@pamho.net)
Nanda Kishor Das, Johannesburg, South Africa (info@iskconza.com)


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So I am very pleased with your activities. Now continue and increase. Everyone will want our books. We will always have customers. This is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy. (S.P.L. to Ghanasyama 20/11/75)

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Humans Four Defects

Lecture on Humans Four Defects by Vedavyasapriya Swami on Sept 2008 at ISKCON Melbourne

(Vedavyasapriya Swami worked as a research biochemist first in East Africa and then later when he migrated to USA. Within a week of arrival in the USA, he met the devotees, disciples of His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada)

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