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Manor Newsletter online

Friday, February 7th, 2020

You can find the February 2020 edition of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s community Newsletter at the following link:

February 2020 web

You can download this PDF file and access higher resolution images. 

Articles:

Prime Minister Visits Temple ……………………….. 1

Prime Minister praises Bhaktivedanta Manor ….. 3

Coming Closer to Krishna ………………………… 4

Gita Jayanti in the Shri Krishna Haveli ………….. 5

MP makes oath using Bhagavad-gita. …………. 5

Initiation ……………………………………………….. 6

Holy Name Weekend ……………………………….. 6

A Christmas Carol with a kirtan ………………….. 6

Radha Krishna Deaf Association’s global reach 7

Mantra Crew scales US Dance Chart ………….. 7

Maha Mantra re-enters Abbey Road Studios ….. 7

Winter Book Marathon ……………………………… 9

Following up on book distribution contacts ……. 9

Smiling Souls ………………………………………… 10

Little Avanti launched …………………………….. 11

ISKCON Law holds first Global Conference … 11

The Manor School enters exciting phase ……… 12

Pandava Sena Mentorship Retreat 2020 ……… 13

Shree Krishna Haveli project update…………… 14

Omnom ………………………………………………. 16

 

Bhugola- the Earth globe
 
Please also find below the link to Radha Mohan das’ latest Youtube video, based on Vedic astronomy. He provide facts and quotes supporting the notion that the ancient Vedic sadhus knew that the Earth is a globe, predating the Greeks. He has connected this presentation with some of his other ones such as Astronomy of the Bhagavat Purana and Invisible Realms in the Vedic Universe).
 

 

 

Coming Closer to Krishna

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Coming Closer to Krishna – new Temple President launches this year’s theme

Visakha Dasi has now been warmly welcomed as the new Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor. 

She is well known in the international devotee community for the time she spent as Srila Prabhupada’s photographer and as an avid writer for Back to Godhead magazine. In more recent years she assisted her husband, Yadubara Das, in producing the award-winning film, Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All. Her book Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love: A Memoir, which depicts her time spent with Srila Prabhupada, has also received great reviews.

“The theme for the Temple community this year is Coming Closer to Krishna” she explained during the first meeting (Manor update) of the year attended by residents and staff members.

She asked those present what they felt they needed and expected from a Temple President. “What came out overwhelmingly was their need for unity in our large and diverse community,” Visakha Dasi explained. “They would like to see devotees of all ages, nationalities, races, genders, and backgrounds overlook these superficial differences and serve Krishna together. With this devotional mood we can all come closer to Krishna and enhance our community’s unity.

“I remember the first pandal [tent] program that Srila Prabhupada’s disciples organised in 1971. It was in Bombay, lasted 10 days, and was attended by 10,000 people each night and 20,000 on the weekends. On the final Sunday, an ISKCON devotee couple were married on stage – – one was from Australia and the other from Sweden. Srila Prabhupada remarked, “This is the real United Nations!” and in response 20,000 people cheered. It was incredible; the sound was tumultuous!” 

Live Broadcasts

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Hare Krishna,

We would like to thank Navadvip Chandra das, who for the last 15 years has run the broadcasting of darshan, classes and other special events from the temple. He has moved on from this service and will be focusing his time in studying and teaching.

We are very grateful to Ram Lakshman das who has come forward to carry on this wonderful facility as it has become integral to the daily routine of many devotees. In the interim as he learns the new technologies and puts new systems and a team together, he will be running a basic broadcast on weekends and hopefully very soon a daily broadcast can be put in place.

If you have the time and desire to help, then please contact him on broadcast@krishnatemple.com.

“Chasing Rhinos with the Swami” volume 2

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

In October 1970, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami arrived in India with twenty of his Western disciples to re-ignite the dying flames of Krishna consciousness in the land of its ancient origin. Srila Prabhupada and his young disciples were an immediate national sensation. In less than eighteen months, Prabhupada established ISKCON as a major spiritual force in India, laying the foundations for three huge temples and a dozen centers across the land.

In June 1971, Shyamasundar das became Prabhupada’s personal secretary and for the next two years traveled with him around the globe—the eye-witness to Prabhupada’s incredible achievements. Now, at last, here are Shyamasundar’s stories, with 180 photos, describing in well-researched and intimate detail this most exciting episode in Prabhupada’s amazing journey.

Words from the Author:

“You’ve waited a long time for Volume Two, but I wanted to make it perfect for you! After years of intense research, sorting through nearly 40,000 photos,Volume Two is finally ready!

My ardent prayer is that you will relish Prabhupada’s thrilling adventures as much as I have enjoyed chronicling them for you!”

 

New Year Day Darshan

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

Hare Krishna & Happy New Year,

Darshan will be available from 11:00am till 7:30pm.

Arati times
12.30-12.55pm – Raj Bhoga Arati
4.20-4.30pm – Dhupa Arati
7.00-7.25pm – Sandhya Arati

For those who have Satellite Navigation in their vehicles, please note that the postcode which directs you nearest to the entrance gate is: WD25 8HE

Do not use WD25 8EZ as this will lead you to a near-by village.

Download printable directions to the temple

Manor Newsletter online

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

The latest Bhaktivedanta Manor community Newsletter is now available at the link below:

(The PDF file is downloadable)

December 2019 web

Contents

Krishna Spectacular…………………………………………..1
Nine days of celebrations for the Lords of London……4
Dinner to celebrate 50 years of ISKCON UK……………6
Volume 3 of popular children’s CD released …………..8
Taking care of Krishna’s bees ……………………………..8
Remembering George Harrison……………………………8
Vedic Cosmology Conference in Florida…………………9
Another successful year for Bhakti Shastri Course…….9
Chasing Rhinos with the Swami – volume 2…………..10
Making a spiritual commitment ………………………….10
Parliament decorated by Manor team …………………11
Devotee nominated as a UN advisor……………………11
University students enjoy retreat………………………….12
DEVI National Launch………………………………………13
Watford Interfaith Walk ……………………………………14
Malaysian Civil Servants visit Manor…………………….14
Diwali prayers for Three Rivers District Council ……..14
Herts High Sheriff’s Civic Service ……………………….14
The Autumn Krishna festivals of sweets galore……….15
Mantras and meals in Margate ………………………….16
UK Hare Krishna Festivals …………………………………16
Crowd at Shaw Theatre enjoy evening of kirtan……..17
Glastonbury chariot ………………………………………..17
Shree Krishna Haveli project update……………………18

 

ISKCON UK

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

This year is a very special one, because it marks the 50th Anniversary of The International Society for Krishna Consciounsess (ISKCON) in the UK. In observance of this, there has already been a variety of special events.

Recently. devotees from across the England were eager to grab themselves a copy of Chasing Rhinos with the Swami volume 2, by Shyamasundar das. As one of the key pioneers for ISKCON in the UK, he was invited to Bhaktivedanta Manor, Glastonbury Town Hall, ISKCON Leicester, ISKCON Birmingham, East London, ISKCON-London and the Krishna Spectacular show in the Hammersmith Apollo to sign and distribute hundreds of copies for eager readers.

Chasing Rhinos with the Swami volume 2 recounts Shyamasunder’s memories of ISKCON’s initial impact and growth in India, supervised by Srila Prabhupada who was assisted by his early disciples from around the world. Volume 2 follows on from volume 1, which narrates Shyamasunder’s first encounter with Srila Prabhupada, the establishment of ISKCON in San Francisco, the very early days of ISKCON in London and his ongoing relationship George Harrison and John Lennon.

For more information: https://chasingrhinos.com/

On November 24th, the UK ISKCON devotees celebrated their 50th Anniversary in grandeaur at the famous Apollo Theater in downtown London. The show brought together performing arts from East and West, theatrical acrobatics, live music and sacred song, immersive mantra choir experience, award-winning dance and incredible 3D visuals.

It will be followed by a week of celebrations at ISKCON London temple (9/10 Soho Street), with kirtan, drama and remembrances of ISKCON UK pioneers Shyamasunder, Malati and Guru das. Please see below posters for more details:

Launch of Winter Book Marathon

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Every year, from the end of November till the end of December, devotees make a special effort to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books to interested public. 

As part of the launch of this year’s Winter Marathon, Mahatma prabhu will be giving classes in the Manor’s temple room on Sunday 17th November, at 7.45am and 5.30pm. 

If you would like to take part in this important service, in whatever capacity, please contact Divyanama prabhu:

divyanama@krishnatemple.com

Book launch by ISKCON UK pioneer Shyamasundar das

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

 

We are delighted to invite you to our mini Academic Conference at Bhaktivedanta Manor on Friday 15th November at 7.30pm. 
 
We will welcome Dr Dori Howard of Lecturer of Popular Music specialising in the history and social impact of The Beatles at Liverpool Hope University will be in conversation with HG Shyamasundar Prabhu, discussing the early days of the six pioneers in London and how they forged a relationship with the biggest band on the planet. The discussion will also look at the social impact of ISKCON today.
 
The event will conclude with a short talk by Shyamasundar Prabhu about his new book, Chasing Rhinos with the Swami 2 and a book signing.
Chasing Rhinos 2 focuses on the early stages of ISKCON in India.

 

ISKCON UK 50th Anniversary Dinner

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Bhaktivedanta Manor organised a special dinner at the Avanti House Secondary School, in honour of the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON’s establishment in the UK. The main invitees were disciples of Srila Prabhupada and other key senior devotees, and it was a great opportunity for the younger generations to serve, join in Srila Prabhupada Guru-Puja and listen to the memories of first generation of ISKCON devotees.


Speakers included Shyamasunder das, Gurudas, Malati dasi, Dhananjay das, former Manor President Akhandadhi das and Governing Body Commissioner (GBC) for ISKCON UK, Praghosa das.


The event was mainly organised by Kalakanti Radhika dasi, who, along with a dedicated team, worked tirelessly behind the scenes with the purpose of honouring their seniors.

Bala Gopal dasi oversaw the cooking of the three course dinner, Anuradha made a beautiful themed cake and the event was supported Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Senior Management.

“The event was a very uplifting and moving experience,” exclaimed Jyestha dasi, “A big thank you to everyone involved.” It definitely made an impact and it was greatly appreciated.” 

Thanks to Chris Caswell for his photography