A Treasure Trove of Vaishnava Literature

By: Mayapur Communications for ISKCON News on July 20, 2018

A composition show at the Bhaktivedanta Research focus.

In South Kolkata, a fortune trove of Vaishnava writing can be found in ISKCON Mayapur’s Bhaktivedanta Research Center. This library is a diamond covered up in a peaceful Kolkata neighborhood, in which can be discovered duplicates of relatively every book composed by the past acharyasgoing back to Srila Rupa Gosvami, and numerous uncommon and no longer in production books, for example, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s aggregation of discourses on the Padma Purana and his critiques on the Bhagavad-gita. The library likewise contains outputs of numerous unique, written by hand compositions, and also a considerable lot of the first original copies themselves, for example, the main known duplicate of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s own journal, dating from 1904 – 1906. Hare Krishna Books

The Bhaktivedanta Research Center was set up to satisfy a few of Srila Prabhupada’s guidelines: In 1972, Srila Prabhupadainstructed that film records be made of the first compositions of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakuraso that these important original copies could be protected.

In 1976 in Bombay, Srila Prabhupada educated his sanctuary administrators to build a top of the line library with the majority of his own books, the books of the past acharyas, and every one of the Vedas. He said that researchers ought to have the capacity to come and concentrate our rationality profoundly and progress toward becoming enthusiasts. Krishna Store

.Furthermore, Srila Prabhupada gave numerous directions about the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium and how its introduction of Vedic cosmology as per the Srimad-Bhagavatam would counter the hypotheses of contemporary researchers. The thoughts that will be displayed in the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium will without a doubt be tested, and an exploration focus and library of Vedic cosmology is important to supplement and bolster the development of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium’s interplanetary crystal fixture.

In 2008, it was in view of this that Hari-sauri dasa, the organizer of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium’s cosmology group, and Pranava dasa, who was at the time doing his doctoral research, arranged the opening of a Vaishnavastudy focus. This harmonized with the chance to get an essential gathering of books, an accumulation which dated back to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s living arrangement in the Bagh Bazaar sanctuary in the 1930s. The gathering had been held by Sri SundaranandaVidyavinoda, a main Gaudiya Math part and previous secretary of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, since 1937. Radha Krishna Store

A building that had been given to ISKCON in Kolkata was assigned by ISKCON Mayapurto be utilized for this library, and assets were masterminded with the goal that the building could be redesigned and transformed into an appropriate present day library. In June of 2009, the Bhaktivedanta Research Center formally opened. Hare Krishna Store


Pampore Encounter: Day Later, Terrorists Hold Out In Government Building

A pledge with a social affair of fear mongers who are stowing without end inside an alliance relationship in Pampore, 15 km from Srinagar, has connected for well over a day. Effects and discharges are being heard once in a while from inside and around the building, used to offer fit expecting to vivacious Kashmiris.

An outfitted urge warrior was harmed in the vital satisfaction yesterday. The data being shared here is put off so as not to hazard the security powers doing engaging the mental oppressors.

Powers said the experience has related on in light of the way that the building offers an “opening like” security to the fear mongers. Clearly especially stacked in ammo and supplies, they have shown an imperativeness to hold out and draw out the operation.

There are no prisoners, sources said, in light of the way that classes have been suspended for over three months in view of the anguish in the express that started with the killing of 22-year-old mental oppressor Burhan Wani.

Source:- NDTV

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Launch of “Monks in Manhattan” the Novel

Jnanagamya Dasa (John J. Partin) is/was my oldest friend. He was an artist and writer of immense creativity, enthusiasm, and talent.Monks in Manhattan started out as a screenplay and went through a number of incarnations as such. In the final year or two before his departure, he turned the screenplay into an entertaining novel about a somewhat fanatical devotee who falls in love with an heiress.

This extraordinary novel is filled with humor, romance, and philosophy. Jnanagamya would not object (if he were still with us) to my saying that this book is bizarre, preachy, original, funny, and strange. It is, by turns, unusual, hysterical, wonderful, and highly entertaining.

Very few novels have been produced by contemporary members of the Hare Krishna devotee community, and certainly none with the ambition, scope, humor, and philosophical depth of this one. Only he would even consider writing what is essentially a Krishna conscious romantic comedy. It is being brought out as an e-novel.

This was the final effort by the eccentric and kind artist/designer/builder/writer before he passed away in Mayapura, India, on February 17, 2015. He is sorely missed by all who loved him and whose lives were touched by him.

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100,000 Wishes from China Offered to Vrindavan Wish Tree

Over 100,000 wishes gathered on Mandali Mendrilla’s sculpture dress “Mandala of Desires”, were offered to a genuine Wish Tree in Vrindavan, UP, India, on March 6th 2016.

An intimate gathering of enthusiasts met under the tree at Kaliya Ghat in Vrindavan, and offered over 100 000 desires gathered on the interactive sculpture dress called “Mandala of Desires” (Blue Lotus Wish Tree) that was on display at the China Art Museum in Shanghai, from December 2015 to February 21. 2016, as part of the exhibition called “Forms of Devotion”, organized by the Belgian MOSA museum and Teamwork from India, and curated by Sushma K. Bahl and Archana Sapra.

Mandala of Desires (Blue Lotus Wish Tree), an interactive art installation made by fashion designer Mandali Mendrilla, became one of the hits at the exhibition consisting of 430 works of art from the collection of the Belgian MOSA museum (Museum of Sacred Art). The exhibition was on display on the 10th floor of the China Art Museum in Shanghai and was frequented by 3,000 to 5,000 people daily.

Mandala of Desires is an interactive art piece creating beautiful life by visualization. The installation inspires visitors to imagine a beautiful world, write their vision down on a piece of paper or cloth, and hang it on the dress as they would on a branch of a live wish tree. That meditative practice of collective wishing is well known to traditions of the East and has been recently celebrated by Yoko Ono.

The pattern of the Mandala of Desires was constructed according to a traditional Indian mandala diagram known as Goloka Yantra and the Thousand Petalled Lotus (sahasra patra kamalam) described in the ancient hymn, Sri Brahma Samhita. Part of the Brahma Samhita hymns where painted on the dress in Devanagari script. Mandala’s (diagrams) and the Thousand Petalled Lotus are elements we both find in Indian and Chinese culture.

 Mandali Mendrilla offers wishes to the tree.

The Thousand Petalled Lotus petticoat construction was inspired by the work of Dutch sculptor Bert Van Loo, known for his layered glass sculptures displayed in the city of Amsterdam and galleries worldwide, especially in China.

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ISKCON 50 Meditations: March 15, 2016

Each of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples has chosen to love him.  It is a commitment that I will always honor, and I have sealed that commitment at my initiation.  We have a contract of love now.  Although my love for Srila Prabhupada may not yet be free of any material tinge, he is patient.  And Prabhupada himself has placed conditions of his love on his disciples.  He expects them to follow him.  Although he will still love a disobedient disciple, his love will not reach a disciple who rebels or disobeys his order, and who blasphemes guru and Krishna.  The relationship between guru and disciple is meant to be based on honor.

I have heard people say that this “condition” Prabhupada places on his love for us is not much different than the conditions some of our parents placed on us to win their love.  Many people have been hurt by parents who sold their love for high grades in school, or conformity to family rules, etc.  There was no chance for people who grew up in these families to develop themselves as individuals, or to feel self-worth despite their failings to meet their parents’ standards.  They grew up only with conditions and have no experience of real love.  Is Prabhupada’s love for us like that?  Is it a lesser kind of love because he places on it the condition of our obedience?

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ISKCON 50 Meditations: March 11, 2016

He would record every amount received; yet Prabhupada didn’t worry about the money at all.  When he moved from one place to another in 1966, he didn’t worry about the rent money, but simply depended on Krishna.  American hippies were accustomed to living as mendicants too, but their renunciation was more an act of irresponsibility, and therefore, simply another variety of materialism.  Prabhupada was purely renounced in Krishna’s service.

It is an amazing feature of Prabhupada’s surrender and dependence on Krishna that he came to the West completely alone with no material backing.  Because the Gaudiya Matha had become divided after his spiritual master left this world, there wasn’t enough solidarity among his godbrothers to fund him from his Guru Maharaj’s institution.  If someone pressed him about what religion he was representing, or about who sent him, he couldn’t claim anything other than a philosophical and spiritual connection with the Gaudiya Matha.

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