Archive for July, 2012


Ecstatic Summer Camp Review

This was the first of what will be another annual event at Krishna Island, and what an event it was!

A wonderful week of hearing, chanting, dancing, Prasadam, and more…

Warm thanks to our esteemed guest speakers, who kindly graced us with their presence:

  • HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI VIKASA SWAMI
  • HIS HOLINESS DANAVIR GOSWAMI
  • HIS GRACE MANIDHARA PRABHU

Some of the topics covered included:

  • how to follow Srila Prabhupada strictly
  • how to engage in the missionary activities of saving the whole world by distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books
  • taking care of those who read them and become devotees

This was without a doubt one of the best events at Krishna Island since we opened doors 26 years ago. (more…)

Janmastami

Dear devotees of Lord Krishna and all well wishers and friends!

The day of the appearance of the Lord Sri Krishna is coming. We are going to have a three day festival with H.H. Janananda Swami, so be ready to engage in lots of kirtan and the holy name katha. We will go out as well, to distribute the transcendental sound vibration to everyone… Pls join us in this most sublime event!
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

THE PASTIME OF THE APPEARANCE OF LORD KRISHNA

The Advent of Lord Krsna

Once the world was overburdened by the unnecessary defense force of different kings, who were actually demons but were posing themselves as the royal order. At that time, the whole world became perturbed, and the predominating deity of this earth, known as Bhumi, went to see Lord Brahma to tell of her calamities due to the demoniac kings. Bhumi assumed the shape of a cow and presented herself before Lord Brahma with tears in her eyes. She was bereaved and was weeping just to invoke the lord’s compassion. (more…)

The appearance day of Lord Balarama! Please come!!!

Hare Krishna

Dear devotees, spiritual seekers, friends and guests!

This Thursday we are going to celebrate the appearance day of Lord Balarama, and winning His favor and mercy is essential on the path of spiritual enlightenment. Without Him there is no way to make spiritual progress! We will start wtih kirtan and hear His glories as well! We will also drink Balarama’s Varuni and swing Radha Govinda, this is the last day to do it! PLs don’t hesitate to come and join us in this most uplifting spiritual event! Hare Krishna!

Who is Lord Balarama?

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The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is His second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master. (more…)

Sri Sri Radha Govinda’s appearance day 22.07.12

SRI SRI RADHA GOVINDA’S APPEARANCE DAY

22.07.2012

  • Ø 12.30 ARATI KIRTAN + GIFTS OFFERING
  • Ø 13.00 CLASS
  • Ø 14.00 ABHISEKAM
  • Ø 15.15 DRAMA
  • Ø 15.35 PRASADAM FEAST
  • Ø 17.00 KIRTAN

It is a tradition that everyone should bring a gift for Sri Sri Radha Govinda on visiting Them but especially on the day of Their divine appearance. We have a wish list that you could follow or else you may think of something you want to offer. But most important thing is to offer ourselves at Their Lotus Feet and chant Their Names;

 

HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA

KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE

HARE RAMA HARE RAMA

RAMA RAMA HARE HARE

 

  • Laxmi ( money ) 
  • Electric kettle
  • Strong hangers
  • Digital wall clock
  • Oasis for fresh flowers
  • Spice ( coffee ) grinder
  • Velcro – white, 1 inch, sew on
  • Blender / liquidiser
  • Gift voucher for Argos
  • Step stool
  • Cover for ironing board
  • 5mt extension lead
  • Tin opener
  • Dried fruit, nuts, ghee, butter, milk powder
  • http://www.directive21.com/product-category/berkey-water-filter-systems/

Servants of Sri Sri Radha Govinda

Our Temple’s Devotional Team:
1. Gopala Acarya dasa- Temple President
2. Madhava Krsna dasa- Sankirtan Leader/ Treasurer
3. Aravinda dasa- Book distributor
4. Mahamantra dasi – Headpujari/cook/ outfit maker/ art
5. Isvara Krsna dasa- Pujari/cook
6. Jahnava devi dasi – Guesthouse care, Srila Prabhupada care
7. Bh. Jatayu (Tommy)-Temple commander and ferry or boat service
8. Bh. Dhruva (Arek)- Cleaning and Tulasi care
9. Bh. Mahavisnu (Maximus)- book distributor
10. Bh. Mantra (Martines)- Secretary and Garden care
11. Bh. Conor – book distributor
12. Medhavi Nimai das – visitors guide and English teacher
Non residential devotees active in temple services of Sri Sri Radha Govinda:
1. Prahlada das- Cow protection and gardening
2. Ananda Maya dasi- flower decorations
3. Bh. Derek- website care/ community representative on the temple council
4. Nanda Grama Mahidhara dasi- Deity worship/ Art/ garden
5. Nagnajiti dasi- garlands
6. Damodari dasi-garlands
7. Bhn. Katharine- Sunday school, child protection office
8. Bhn Dayananda- garden care, Sunday shop, cleaning
9. Sri Rupa dasa- BBT care, NC member
10. Bh. Fergel- Art
11. Haridas Thakura das- CPO member, Sunday feast +various services
12. Bhagavata dasi- devotee care + harinam sankirtan + NC member
13. Bhn. Shelina – patron care, Sunday class organiser
14. Bh. Kevin – fund raising
15. Gopagana dasa and Karunesvari dasi- prasadam distribution + patron
16. Bh. Przemek – car maintenance
17. Prahlada Bhakta das and Lila Sakti dasi- various projects support
18. Jaggannatha Suta dasa- poster designer
19. H.H. Dayananda Swami –spiritual guidance + fund raising towards debts
20. Bhn.Katherine – festival team + art
21. Bhn. Niamh- festival team + pujari helper services
22. Lavanga Latika dasi- ghee wicks+ pujari helper services

*if you are active in some way but we have missed you on this list, pls forgive us and just let us know, and we will update the information

Thank you for the summer camp!

THANK YOU very much!
We would like to express our gratitude to all wonderful devotees who made the “Hare Krishna summer camp” an ecstatic experience and we really feel it was great to be together just focused on hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord in association of all of you and our special senior vaisnavas who showered so much mercy of Lord Chaitanya. It may not be possible to mention the contribution of all particular devotees but we thank you all for the combined effort and below we would like to especially thank:
• H.H.Bhakti Vikasa Swami, H.H.Danavir Goswami, H.G. Manidhara Prabhu for all the mercy they gave us
• Mahamantra dasi and Nanda Grama Mahidhara devi dasi for dressing the Deities so beautifully
• H.G.Prhlada Bhakta and Lila Sakti dasi for sponsoring the ferry repair
• Isvara Krsna Prabhu for cooking so wonderfully for the Lord
• Anandamaya dasi and Prahlada Maharaja dasa for flower decorations that made it all even more beautiful
• Sesanaga das and Kalyani for sponsoring the tickets
• Haridasa Thakura dasa and Murlipriya dasi for sponsoring the tickets and driving the guests to the airport and cooking the feast
• Gopagana dasa for driving the guests from the airport
• Sri Rupa dasa and Satya dasi for sponsoring the tickets and driving the guests to the airport and cleaning the room for Maharaja
• Bh. Jatayu for serving so hard on the ferry as well as overseeing different services
• All temple devotees for all services and care
• Jahnava devi dasi for organising the rooms and taking care of all the guests
• Madhava Krsna dasa and Aravinda dasa for serving our beloved maharajas so nicely
• Children for being so nice and quiet during classes
• Mayesvara for cleaning and kitchen help
• Jaya gauranga dasa for the bread and help
• Bh.Derek for video recording and other services (and 100%attendance!!!)
• Bh. Dyana and Nagnajiti dasi for helping with garlands
• Bh. Mantra for taking care of cleaning
• Bh. Mona for cleaning and garlands
• Tulsinath dasa for serving prasadam
• All kirtan leaders
• Bh.Dhruva (Arek) for serving always nicely
• Medhavi Prabhu for taking care of our various visitors
• All the devotees who came and spent time on the island giving us chance to be blessed by their sweet association

Your insignificant servant; Gopala Acarya dasa

Forbidden foods

 

 

Common Forbidden Foods

These include meat, fish, eggs, onions, mushrooms, garlic, masur-dal (red lentils), burned rice, white eggplant, hemp (marijuana), citron, saps from trees (if not boiled first), buffalo and goat milk products, and milk with salt in it. Also, one should not offer canned or frozen foods to the deity, and it is best to avoid offering foods containing unhealthy substances such as yeast and white sugar.

Srila Prabhupada comments:

“Frozen means nasty. I never take frozen…. All rotten, rather the same vegetable, as we have got in India practice, we dry it and keep it. That is tasteful.”

“So far the cucumber pickles: As far as possible we should not offer to the deity things which are prepared by nondevotees. We can accept from them raw fruits, grains, or similar raw things. So far cooking and preparing, that should be strictly limited to the initiated devotees. And aside from this, vinegar is not good; it is tamasic, in the darkness, nasty food.”

“Concerning the use of sour cream in the temple, it should be stopped immediately. Nothing should be offered to the Deities which is purchased in the stores. Things produced by the karmis should not be offered to Radha-Krishna. Icecream, if you can prepare, is O.K., but not otherwise.”

“Unpolished rice which looks like brown can be used… We do not mind polished or unpolished, but doubly-boiled [siddha rice] mustn’t be used. Doubly-boiled rice is considered impure. Sunbaked rice (atapa) is all right.”

“Soya beans and lentils are unofferable.”

“Regarding purchasing things in the market, these items are considered as purified when we pay the price for them. That is the general instruction. But when we know something is adulterated, we should avoid it. But unknowingly if something is purchased, that is not our fault. Things which are suspicious, however, should be avoided.”

“No, it is not very good to use yeast in preparing prasadam.”

“Since it is offensive to offer anything to Krsna that He will not accept, one should be extremely cautious not to offer (or eat) anything questionable.”

schedule for hare krishna summer camp

“Hare Krishna summer camp 2012”

  • Ø HIS HOLINESS BHAKTI VIKASA SWAMI
  • Ø HIS HOLINESS DANAVIR GOSWAMI
  • Ø HIS GRACE MANIDHARA PRABHU

DAY  1  Friday

SPEAKER TIME CLASS KIRTAN PRASADAM
H.H.Bhakti Vikasa Swami 8.00-10.00 To be a follower… Mangala arati 4.30 10.00-11.00
H.G.Manidhara Prabhu 11.00-14.00 Book distribution… Guru puja 7.10 14.15-15.00
H.G.Manidhara Prabhu 15.15-18.30 Book distribution… Gaura arati 6.30
H.H.Bhakti Vikasa Swami 19.15-20.30 To be a follower…

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