1. Kirtan: A New Healing Tool for Veterans? — When you picture a kirtan enthusiast in your mind’s eye, do you think of a retired American sniper who did three tours in Iraq? What about a former female sergeant who’s struggling with lung injuries, rage, and post-traumatic stress? Some veterans are discovering that kirtan—a call-and-response form of mantra chanting that originated in India—is helping them cope with conditions such as PTSD and re-entry into civilian life. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6543

  2. Boat Festival 2014 at Kalachandji’s Hare Krishna Temple in Dallas (Album 53 photos) — To keep ourselves externally clean we should bathe three times daily, and for internal cleanliness we must cleanse the heart by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. (Srimad Bhagavatam, 9.8.22 Purport). Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6542

  3. State Premier and Other Politicians Visit Melbourne ISKCON Temple — By Bhakti devi dasi
    In the week leading up to Janmastami 2014 and over its 2 day festivities, several politicians, from both local and state level, visited ISKCON’s Melbourne Mahaprabhu Mandir, Australia. The reason for these visits was to present our kitchen facilities in their need for upgrading and expansion, for which architectural plans have been approved and an application for a $750,000 government grant has been submitted.
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  4. Robin Williams chants “Hare Krishna” (1 min video) — “There may be discrepancies in pronouncing the mantras and observing the regulative principles, and, moreover, there may be discrepancies in regard to time, place, person and paraphernalia. But when your Lordship’s holy name is chanted, everything becomes faultless.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, 8.23.16) Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6541

  5. Plans afoot to revive Krishna ‘kunds’ of Mathura, Vrindavan — ‘Kunds’ or ‘sarovars’ (water bodies), integral to the fables of Lord Krishna, are all set to get a facelift. Plans are afoot to renovate and beautify as many as 50 ‘kunds’ associated with mythological stories in Mathura and Vrindavan. The renovation will cost Rs 9.15 crore. Work is in progress at 10 such water bodies in the first phase of the project being carried out by the UP tourism department. According to officials, work is in varying phases of completion ranging from 30% to 80% at Pootna kund, Kamal kund, Shyam Talai, Sudharshan kund, Ter Kadamb and Lalit kund. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6540

  6. Jayadvaita Swami going to war against maya :-)

  7. Radhashtami: Huge preparations in Barsana including an anti-bomb squad! — Preparations for Radhashtami in Barsana are almost complete. On Wednesday, the DM inspected the situation in and around the Shriji temple. She gave a list of duties to responsible officers. She also gave the order to the new SSP, Manjil Saini, to post a bomb squad in the town for the festival. In the Collectorate conference room on Wednesday, DM B. Chandrakala met with the district officers responsible for Radha’s birthday festival in her home town. Insisting that all arrangements should be complete by Wednesday, and took them to Barsana to make sure that everything was in place. The Barsana municipal chairman and executive officer were given orders to assist the officers. In particular the EO was told to see to sanitation and to see that permission be given for feasts and food distribution only after those responsible have signed contracts guaranteeing that they clean up after themselves. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6539

  8. Vrindavana: Keshi Ghat, Cheer Ghat, Bihar Ghat, Jagannath Ghat, Shringar Bat and Kalidaha Ghat: waterless! — Because there has been so little rain this year, the Yamuna’s water levels did not increase to the extent that they usually do in the rainy season. A few days ago water that was released from the barrages north of Delhi, which was very good for the Yamuna boatmen who had plenty of tourists going for rides on the river. There were even kirtans and other religious observances conducted on the boats. But in the last two weeks, the Yamuna water levels have dropped off completely, so that they do not even come up close to Keshi Ghat. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6538

  9. Free Audiobook for Radhastami!
    To honor Srimati Radharani’s divine appearance day, Sadhusanga.com is offering a free audiobook download of Gopal Bhatta Gosvami’s Sri Krsna-premamrta. This book includes four delightful pastimes: 1) Stealing the Gopis Clothes, 2) Carrying the Load, 3) Crossing the Yamuna River, and 4) Collecting Taxes.
    Read it here: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=12911

  10. Cairns North Queensland, Australia, Rathayatra — This year, after many years, the devotees from Cairns, headed by Adi Kesava Das and Syamarupa Devi Dasi, arranged to have a Rathayatra in the Spring Festival Parade. The parade started at a central park and then went along the famous Cairns Esplanade where it ended near the pier at the far side of town. Other floats were in the parade but Lord Jagannatha’s Rathayatra cart was by far the best. Cairns Rathayatra Ki Jaya! Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6537

  11. World Holy Name Week: New Posters, Banners, and Hashtags! — We are starting a Hashtags Campaign! Please include the Hashtag below in as many of your social network posts as possible. #WorldHolyNameWeek Please anyone and everyone from GBCs to ABCs, use the following Hashtags in your posts on all social media like Facebook, twitter, etc. Here is an explanation about hashtags courtesy of Bhaktin Shruti: To use a hashtag all you have to do is make a post (it can be any kind of post, such as text, pictures, videos, links, etc.) on any social media website that supports hashtags and then include the appropriate hashtag(s). Usually people put a hashtag at the end of a post when possible. For example, if I post a photo of myself at a japathon, I could include the caption “At the japathon today. So excited! #WorldHolyNameWeek”when I post the photo. A hashtag campaign is simply a campaign to get as many people as possible to use a particular hashtags, with the hope that a particular hashtag will become popular and will catch a lot of attention, thus promoting the brand name or event or whatever it is that the marketers want to promote. It’s a very commonly used strategy nowadays, in the age of social media. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6536

  12. H.H. Bhakti Purusottama Swami Dazzles Detroit with Three Day Srimati Radharani Katha (audio) — H.H. Bhakti Purusottama Swami visited Detroit for three glorious days and flooded the congregation with very sweet narrations of many pastimes of Srimati Radharani in anticipation of Radhastami. His visits to Detroit are always memorable but this visit will stand out as one of the best. The three classes brought everyone to a greater appreciation of Srimati Radharani and fueled the congregation with great enthusiasm to celebrate Radhastami in the best way. Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6535

  13. Gita Nagari Farm, Port Royal, PA in the News — By Melissa Erdman
    The United States Department of Agriculture has listed ISKCON’s Gita- nagari Farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania as one of the most important success stories of preservation and sustainability in 2013.
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  14. Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir Kartika Festival 2014
    Deena Bandhu dasa: Kartika is glorified in the Puranas as very special for making spiritual advancement and the best place to be in Kartika is Sri Braja Dham. In fact this month is known as Damodar, since in the middle of this month, the Lord performed His very enchanting Damodar Lila. Kartika month also represents Radharani, and devotees perform special austerities to gain Her favor.
    With great happiness in our hearts, we invite everyone to join in the auspicious Kartika Festival in Vrindavan. We have organized a wonderful variety of parikramas to the Holy Places of Krishna’s pastimes in Braja for all of you. Almost daily, we will be going by bus leaving in the morning and returning in time for lunch around 3 PM, unless otherwise noted. Sometimes we will also join up with Lokanatha Swami’s Braja Mandala Parikrama and enjoy the association of the many devotees who will be wandering around Braja on foot. Tickets will be available from the newly renovated Welcome Center next to the temple, and all of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples and accompanied family members are free!
    Read it here: http://www.dandavats.com/?p=12909

  15. Hare Krishna Festival at Aya, Altayskiy Kray, Russia (Album 202 photos) — By chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, we gradually develop our eternal relationship with the Supreme Person and thus attain the perfection called svarupa-siddhi. We should take advantage of this benediction and go back home, back to Godhead. (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.3.37 Purport ) Read more › http://m.dandavats.com/?p=6534