Subuddhi das “Suicide By Cop” (?)

It appears that Subuddhi Prabhu did not actually commit suicide. He was shot by the police! Subuddhi had been living in his truck for many years on private property at the LA Temple. He received notice that he had a month to get current registration etc. even though he wasn’t even driving it. The city was demanding he pay huge fees for all the years it was unregistered.

Subuddhi became frustrated as he had no funds to comply. It came to within 24 hours of the time he was supposed to move or have his home towed away and he went over to the police station angry and complaining and he ended up shot to death![...] read more

ISKCON’s Upcoming Project in Bangalore

Dear Devotees of Lord Sri Krishna, Hare Krsna!By the mercy of Sri Guru & Gauranga, the Devotees of ISKCON Sri Jagannath mandir, Seshadripuram, Bangalore announces a Beautiful and Spiritually Enlivening ISKCON Temple Project  The first Sri Jagannath Mandir in Bangalore has successfully grown over a period of more than 12 years starting in a humble way in a rented building in 1st Cross, Sripuram and expanding the Congregation Base to over Two Thousand devotees into 2 more centers in Bangalore. His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja, the GBC for Bangalore has showered His Blessings for the Temple Project. This Temple Project is Estimated to cost around Rupees 15 Crores. The Temple Project will also feature a Govinda’s Restaurant and all facilities that are needed for devotees to lead a devotional life. A devotee community of around 55 Apartments known as “Sri Nilachala Nivasa” would be coming up to provide opportunities for devotees to live in next door. 

We are humbly approaching the community of devotees and all Well Wishers of ISKCON to support this Temple Project which will be constructed on 10000 sq. feet of land. There are different sevas enlisted and we intend to involve everyone,in at least contributing  one square foot for temple construction which is only for Rs 5555/- .[...] read more

The Avatar Buddha

‘How to Follow His Stream of Dharma to the Ocean of Nectar’ – Siddhartha Gautama was the blessed and beautiful prince of the Sakyas, a royal family descended from the Surya-vamsha (the Solar Dynasty of ancient Indian kings).  He had always been carefully sheltered from the distresses of life by his father, King Shuddhodana.

In Kapilavastu, his capital near the Himalayan foothills, the king built three palaces for his son, one specially designed to be comfortable in the cold season, another for the hot season, and the third for the monsoon.  These palaces towered in ornate splendor above beautiful gardens adorned with lotus-ponds.[...] read more

Srila Bhaktivinoda’s Grief

We are now sitting in our bhajana-kutira in Sri Purusottama-ksetra. Why have we abandoned the capital of scholarship, the crowded and busy Calcutta, to escape to this far-off place? Some time back, when we had just started the publication of Sajjana-tosani, our heart was enlivened with hope: the more an unadulterated Vaisnava-dharma is promoted throughout the world, the more benefit its people would get. We took up our work with such honest intentions. Many learned gosvamis and babajis started coming from all different parts of Bengal to offer help. One impersonalist, a renowned scholar, joined us and, captivated by the beauty of suddha-bhakti, started manifesting pure Vaisnava behavior. On hearing the charming instructions on Vaisnava-dharma even mundaners were enchanted by suddha-bhakti. Those fond of music and song who were previously averse to God now submerged themselves wholeheartedly in the waves of suddha Hari-kirtana, continuously rejoicing at their good fortune. In towns and villages, devotional societies were established one after another. The pure Vaisnava faith manifested its glories in the hearts of almost every person in Bengal, astounding and delighting all by its natural splendor and sweetness.

Seeing such changes, beyond our boldest expectations, in the life of Bengal, our enthusiasm in preaching suddha-bhakti increased day by day. Unfortunately, at this very point the times and course of events suddenly altered. All those false religions that had hidden themselves hither and thither from the powerful rays of Vaisnava-dharma, just as glowworms hide from the rays of the sun, suddenly started crawling out from their hiding places, taking on new forms. Mayavada, the religion of the demons that for the time being had sunk into the abyss of forgetfulness, emerged once again in people’s conversations and discussions, this time camouflaged by the words of smrti and having taken refuge on the boat of brahmana scholars’ logic.[...] read more

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur on Christianity

Thinking about the virtues and faults of this world, some moralistic monotheists concluded that this material world is not a place of unalloyed pleasures. Indeed, the sufferings outweigh the pleasures. They decided that the material world is a prison to punish the living entities. If there is punishment, then there must be a crime. If there were no crime, then why would there be any punishment? What crime did the living entities commit? 

Unable to properly answer this question, some men of small intelligence gave birth to a very wild idea. God created the first man and placed him in a pleasant garden with his wife. Then God forbade the man to taste the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Following the evil counsel of a wicked being, the first man and woman tasted the fruit of the tree of knowledge, thus disobeying God’s command. In this way they fell from that garden into the material world filled with sufferings. Because of their offense, all other living entities are offenders from the moment of their birth.[...] read more