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Appeals for Protection in Bangladesh

Sunday, October 17th, 2021

ISKCON Appeals for Protection of Minorities in Bangladesh

Attacks on Hindu Temples and Communities Must Be Stopped

On 13th October, 2021, radical extremists began strategic, coordinated attacks on Hindu minorities in Bangladesh. The attacks continued until October 15th with innumerable homes, shops, puja pandals, and temples being looted, burned, and destroyed. Around 10 fatalities have been reported while many more people have sustained injuries or been hospitalized.

ISKCON Sri Sri Radha Krishna, Gaura Nityananda Temple in Choumoni was subject to these attacks, and two devotees, Pranta Chandra das and Jatan Chandra Saha, were murdered. Another devotee, Nimai Chandra das, remains hospitalized in a critical condition. All residential devotees were physically attacked and have sustained injuries.

The attack on the ISKCON temple took place in broad daylight. The Ratha of Lord Jagannath, deities of Srila Prabhupada, spiritual books, vehicles, and other temple property/ paraphernalia were burned, destroyed, and looted. Four other Hindu temples  along with many other houses, shops, and institutions of Hindu minorities were also destroyed.

This is not the first time in Bangladesh when Hindu minorities were brutally attacked or murdered. The Bangladeshi government did not take visible steps to stop further destruction. The ISKCON Choumoni temple devotees had also pleaded with local police to provide protection, but these requests were ignored.

Seeing this gross neglect of duty from the authorities, approximately 500 radical extremists continued their attacks the following day.

The culprits behind these attacks have openly declared their actions on social media, repeatedly carrying out such atrocities again and again. Therefore, the Bangladeshi government should take immediate steps to set severe punishment and completely discourage extremists from performing such atrocities.

For more details:

https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-official-report-on-bangladesh-attacks,8044/

ISKCON protest vigils around the world:

https://iskconnews.org/global-kirtan-protest-for-bangladesh-recap,8055/

On Saturday 23rd October 2021, devotees and supporters staged a peaceful protest vigil outside of the Bangladeshi Embassy in London

How you can help

Offer special prayers to the worshipable lords in your home or the temple to please protect devotees in Bangladesh.

Donate for ISKCON Bangladesh

You can show your support for ISKCON Bangladesh in this time of need by donating financially. All funds will be forwarded to ISKCON Bangladesh.

Donate to ISKCON Bangladesh

Please know these attacks are not representative of a general conflict between faithful Muslims and Hindus. ISKCON Bangladesh leaders tell us that many Muslim leaders in Bangladesh have spoken out strongly in support of the Hindu minority. The culprits behind these attacks are extremists who misinterpret Islam to persecute and torture minority faiths in Bangladesh.

Because of the sensitivity of this situation, we strongly recommend that ISKCON devotees carefully avoid spreading inaccurate news. Any public statements or social media posts should be carefully considered and responded to with respect.

All queries and suggestions regarding the ISKCON Bangladesh Campaign should be directed towards info@krishnatemple.com

 

Contact your local MP

You may contact your local MP, urging them to contact the Foreign Secretary who in turn should approach the High Commissioner at the Bangladeshi embassy in London. We ask the Bangladeshi government to protect its religious minorities. Please note below some guidelines:

Who is my MP?

You can check this using this link

https://www.mysociety.org/wehelpyou/who-is-your-mp/?gclid=CjwKCAjwn8SLBhAyEiwAHNTJbfFwZRp-sCZJr2PggYNVXa5Mc4c4x0z6sQkZGnVN6VaixcExHWi1axoCgEkQAvD_BwE

Where do I post it?

[……….]MP,

Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA

How long should I wait until I follow this up?

One week, you can follow up your letter with the following

Further to my letter dated […….. ] which I attach,  I look forward to hearing from you and whether you have made contact with the Foreign Secretary on this urgent mater.

Thank you.

Can I amend this letter (included below)?

Yes.

This is only a template that you can edit. it will be more effective if you make it personal.

MPs are more likely to act if they receive an original letter sent by one committed, passionate constituent which is far more powerful than a pile of identical letters or postcards. Mass email actions and template letters have less impact because the MP knows that they only take a few seconds to complete and are not necessarily representative of the priorities of their constituents. The fact that you have taken the time to craft a personalised and well-informed letter demonstrates to the MP that there are people in their constituency that care deeply about an issue. In turn, your opinions are likely to be taken more seriously as a result.

It is important to be polite and not too emotional. You must not be threatening or rude.

How can I personalise it?

  • Recall the time you may have met him/her
  • A recent article you read about your MP
  • Visiting the Temple
  • How long you have been their constituent
  • This is the first time you have ever written to the MP and how this issue means so much.
  • Don’t forger to include your contact details so they can reply to you.

Handwritten or email?

We would suggest typing or hand-writing the letter.

 Every MP is different. Some are happy to correspond with constituents via email whereas others give a preference to written letters.

What to do afterwards?

 Pressing ‘send’ or putting your letter in the post is not the end of your action!

  1. Congratulate yourself. You have taken an important action to help ISKCON and its devotees in Bangladesh.
  2. Follow up with your MP. If you haven’t had an acknowledgement of your letter after a week, give your MP’s office a ring to check they have received your letter or send a chaser letter as above.
  3. Share your reply. When you receive a response from your MP, tell Radha Mohan das: radha.mohan@krishnatemple.com 
  4. Even it is seems that the response you received individually wasn’t great, don’t be down heartened. It is the strength of the RESULTS network that drives change, and by writing that letter you have directly inputted into that collective effort.

 

Sample letter to your MP:

Dear Mr/MrsMs [                      ] MP

I write to you as my Member of parliament to bring to your attention the shocking  series of violent events directed against the Hindu minority in Bangladesh.

Between 13th and 17th October, multiple temples, homes, shops and individuals were attacked across several districts of the country. More than eight innocent members of the Hindu minority were killed for no reason other than their religious affiliation. Temples and private properties were burned, vandalised, and destroyed.

I am a congregation member of Bhaktivedanta Manor ISKCON Temple in Watford one of the largest Hindu temples outside India. It is with heavy hearts we pray for the souls of two priests, Pranta Chandra das, and Jatan Chandra Saha, who were murdered during these attacks at an ISKCON temple in Bangladesh. We are holding prayers for Nimai Chandra das, a monk, who remains hospitalized in a critical condition.

I would humbly ask you to contact the foreign secretary to make him aware of this situation and the plight of minority Hindus in Bangladesh. I would ask that he obtain assurances from High Commissioner of Bangladesh that the Bangladeshi government will take swift action to bring an end to the violence against minorities that has undermined the peace and well-being of Bangladeshi society and to take tangible steps to ensure the long-term safety and well-being of all minority Bangladeshi citizens. That includes to:

  1. Bring to justice the perpetrators of these recent crimes against Hindus.
  2. Take swift action to bring an end to the violence against minorities that has undermined the peace and well-being of Bangladeshi society and to take tangible steps to ensure the long-term safety and well-being of all minorities including Hindus, Christians, and Buddhists.

I will be involved in a protest outside the Bangladeshi Embassy on Saturday to highlight this ongoing situation then marching to Parliament. We shall be demanding that the perpetrators of violence be held accountable, and the safety of all Bangladeshi minorities be ensured.

I ask that you please act on this at your earliest as the violence against Hindus continues. I also wanted to thank you personally for the way you have always represented your constituents so effectively over the many years.

Yours sincerely,

 

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).
 

 

 

UK Premier: “The Joy of Devotion”

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

joy-of-devotion-poster

There will be a UK Premiere screening of “The Joy of Devotion” documentary on the evening of Thursday 5th January, from 6pm, at the Camden Centre in London. The film was produced in honour of ISKCON’s 50th Anniversary.

 Organisers are honoured to confirm that HH Sivaram Swami will be the guest of honour, together with various other Prabhupada disciples.

This event is a collaboration between ISKCON-London and Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am Saturday 24th December at:

www.iskcon.london/iskcon50/joyofdevotion

Only £10 (includes snacks and gifts)

Book now to avoid disappointment!

 

Fifty Years of Service & Joy

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

In 1965, a 69 year-old spiritual teacher from India arrives in the West and settles among the hippies of New York’s Lower East Side. From a tiny storefront, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami starts a revolution of consciousness influencing tens of thousands in the US and worldwide. But what happens to his spiritual movement , the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), after their charismatic leader’s passing? Will it survive? Will it change? Can an ancient Eastern religious tradition be relevant in the modern 21st century?

A documentary by Karuna Productions. (www.karunaproductions.com)
Executive producers: Anuttama Dasa, Bhakti Charu Swami, Pancaratna Das
Producer/writer/director: Krisztina Danka, Ph.D.
Principal photography: Filip Cargonja, Maxim Varfolomeyev, Krishna Sanchez, Hladini Zakheim, Zac Lowett
Sound: Olga Avramenko, Stike Kristic, Kuva Zakheim, Brendan Van Don
Editing: Szabolcs Guth

Fulfilling Prabhupada’s wish

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

 

40th logo

On Tuesday the 13th of August 2013 a seemingly rather unspectacular but most noteworthy event took place at Bhaktivedanta Manor.

The signing of an affiliation and Licence agreement between the original
ISKCON charity of 1969 and the new ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor charity.
This brings us one step closer, after many years of painstaking preparation,
for ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor to become an independent separate charity.

signing

This is significant is that Srila Prabhupada instructed that all legal entities outside of India should be registered separately wherever possible. There were different reasons for this, one reason being that local devotees would become familiar and competent in all the necessary requirements of running an incorporated charity. Another reason was to not have all our centres legally connected in case one of them ran into difficulty and other centres might then be negatively effected.

For one reason or another and without going into the details  the UK yatra did not have the chance to fulfill this instruction of Srila Prabhupada, hence all UK centres were part of the one legal entity. Some years ago the UK yatra decided to rectify this and  it proved to be quite a long and involved journey.

However last Tuesday the second of the ISKCON UK centres,  Bhaktivedanta
Manor, (Soho Street was the first) took one of the final steps to
becoming a separate charity. In due course of time all the other 10 or so
current ISKCON UK centres will do the same.

ISKCON Redbridge celebrates

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The ISKCON Redbridge centre, which is located in east London, opened with the aim of bringing together local devotees and to give others the opportunity to learn about and practice the process of Krsna consciousness. Now it is much than a venue – it serves as the focal point of the local devotee community.

Celebrations last month started with a harinam in Ilford town centre led by Kripamoya das, who plays an advisory role for the community. The programme included a Servant of the Servant awards ceremony, which followed the theme of the Olympics with gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded. Four graduates from the Bhakti Sastri course were awarded certificates for passing the course that was at the centre as well.

Vishal Merai, chairman of the community’s leadership committee, commented “Our anniversary event allowed us to celebrate our progress to date and show our gratitude to the many people that have helped make ISKCON Redbridge a success over the last 12 months. Going forward, we will look to continue to endeavour to achieve our aim of developing ISKCON Redbridge into a community of care that empowers those that show an interest in the movement and to continually experiment so that we can remain vibrant in the ways in which we present Vedic teachings and culture in the context of modern, British society.”

ISKCON Redbridge runs various weekly activities that include a Sunday Feast class, Krishna Club for children, Bhakti Vriksha sessions, hatha yoga as well as  Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit and harmonium classes. The community has celebrated several festivals over the last 12 months, such as Govardhan Puja, Gaura Purinma and Janmastami. The Janmastami festival attracted 170 people and the programme consisted of a talk, Krishna bhajans and a harmonium performance.

The ISKCON Redbridge community will be supported by Avanti Court Primary School, one of the latest I-Foundation schools, which is due to open its doors in September 2012 and will have almost 900 children attending when it runs at full capacity.

 

Krishna Eco Farm opens in Scotland

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Lesmahagow, a quiet village founded by monks in the 12th Century is now home to monks of a different order. In 1987 ISKCON devotees moved into a humble property in Lesmahagow not all that far from Glasgow. With the motto ‘simple living, high thinking’, they began to develop an ambitious program and turned the site into a state-of-the-art Eco
Farm.

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow MP, Michael McCann, opened the Farm’ this week. Michael was guest of honour at the event, which was also attended by Margaret Morton and Susan Haughey, Deputy Lord
Lieutenants of Lanarkshire, local councillors Alec McInnes and George Greenshields and many local and national guests.

Environmentalists along with devotees from Bhaktivedanta Manor and Hindus community representatives also attended the event and saw demonstrations of various sustainable technologies including Solar Thermal Panels, Air source Heat Pumps, Wind Turbines, and Biomass Energy Centre.  The site also includes a walled garden where the monks
grow vegetables and fruits, as well as greenhouses for cultivating ceremonial flowers and a play garden for children.

The site has received a loan of £100,000 for the two turbines, funded by Energy Saving Trust Scotland, and a Scottish Government Community and Renewable Energy Scheme grant of nearly £87,000. The eco developments provide around 40% of the small community’s energy requirements.

Scots born, head of the centre Prabhupada Prana das said “In our temple we try to live simply and in harmony with nature. The technology can be used to reduce your carbon footprint, and that’s part of our philosophy. We are committed to helping people find peace, through meditation and taking care of the earth—and it’s all here at the Eco Farm”.

“It has been a rewarding day, “ added Prabhupada Prana about the official opening ceremony, “We had traditional Indian dance and cuisine blended with Scots bagpipes and banter. The level of interest in our environmental technologies and the presence of the various dignitaries has been inspiring.”

“I was extremely proud to be the guest of honour at the opening of the Krishna Eco-Farm,” said Michael McCann MP.  “The devotees live in the Lesmahagow community in the heart of my constituency in peace and harmony not only with nature but with the local community.

“The work that they have done on this Eco-Farm has many lessons for us not least of which is that with proper planning, renewable energy sources can make a valuable contribution to our communities.

“Most importantly, as a member of the International Development Select Committee the Krishna Eco-Farm project demonstrates how local communities in the developing world could benefit from this type of project.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. It certainly won’t be my last because after the trials and tribulations of my work in the House of Commons and the constituency office visiting the Eco-Farm and meeting the wonderful people there was a great opportunity to stop, take a breath and enjoy an alternative style of life,” Michael concluded.