Govardhan-Puja, Go-Puja in Kajang, Malaysia

Govardhana Puja is the festival celebrating Sri Krsna’s pastime of lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the residents of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra’s storm.

In Krishna Book, Srila Prabhupada relates the story of how the village cowherds and local vaisyas arranged to worship King Indra, hoping for boons of rain and good crops to feed the cows. Krishna’s father, Nanda Maharaja, was arranging a yajna to the demigod, but Krishna encouraged him instead to make many opulent preparations from ghee and grains for offering to the cows, the brahmanas and to Govardhana Hill. The residents of Vrindavan did just that, circumambulating Govardhana Hill worshipfully. Krishna then expanded Himself into the giant form of Govardhan and accepted their offerings. Continue reading

HH Janananda Gosvami – Health Update


Dear Devotees
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I would just like to inform you my health is rapidly improving and in a few days I should be off medication. I was suffering from a Urinary Tract infection causing fever and many other side effects. At the same time an element of exhaustion, digestive problems and flu all at the same time. At present I am in Vrndavana for the Kartika month and plan to take it a little easier in terms of physical exertion this time.

I very much thank the many of you who sent their well wishing letters for my health and anyone who kindly put me in their prayers. It is surely due to your prayers that I have made such a speedy recovery.
Please forgive me if I cannot respond to each individual letter in this regards. In the following letter from Srila Prabhupada the stark reality of disease is revealed: Continue reading

Serving Our Gurus: An Interview with Anuttama Dasa

This article is originally from ISKCON News and used here under a Creative Commons Agreement.”

Recently Anuttama Dasa, Director – ISKCON Communications and member of GBC’s Guru Services Committee facilitated a four-day seminar on ‘Being a Guru in ISKCON’ at ISKCON Juhu, Mumbai prior to the GBC Strategic Planning Meetings. This seminar was being presented for the second time. The pilot seminar was launched in Ujjain last February.

The seminar explored various aspects of spiritual leadership in ISKCON including role and identity of guru, guru’s relationship with ISKCON, guru-disciple relationships, cooperation with ISKCON and peer support, amongst many others. Parijata devi dasi from the ISKCON Communications office at Mumbai spoke with Anuttama Das to understand the role and purpose of such a seminar in ISKCON. Here are excerpts from the interview: Continue reading

GlaxoSmithKline’s elthrombopag a “major scientific advance”

Posted on 19/06/2006 in Pharmaceutical Company Product News

GlaxoSmithKline has revealed the latest results for eltrombopag, a drug which “significantly improves” blood platelet counts.

Elthrombopag was used on patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) – a condition that reduces the platelet counts in the blood with no discernable cause, making bleeding more difficult to halt, causing nose bleeds, spontaneous bruising and blotchiness of the skin.

In new phase II trials presented at the annual meeting of the European Haematology Association in Amsterdam, patients receiving 50mg and 75mg of elthrombopag reached the primary endpoint of having a blood platelet count of more than 50,000 per millilitre in 70 per cent and 81 per cent of patients respectively. In comparison, 11 per cent of patients using the placebo met their targets.

Adrian Newland, lead study investigator and professor of haematology at Queen Mary, University of London, commented: “Results demonstrating the beneficial effect of an oral therapy such as eltrombopag, which may potentially work by stimulating the production of platelets, is very exciting and a major scientific advance.” Continue reading

Local remedy to increase platelet counts


platelets. This slide has been stained with MayGrunwald Giemsa, and observed with a 100x objective in oil immersion.

Human blood smear: platelets. This slide has been stained with MayGrunwald Giemsa, and observed with a 100x objective in oil immersion.


A platelet count is a diagnostic test that determines the number of platelets in the patient’s blood. Platelets, which are also called thrombocytes, are small disk-shaped blood cells produced in the bone marrow and involved in the process of blood clotting. There are normally between 150,000-450,000 platelets in each microliter of blood. Low platelet counts or abnormally shaped platelets are associated with bleeding disorders. High platelet counts sometimes indicate disorders of the bone marrow. Continue reading

HH Jayapataka Swami – Srila Prabhupada’s Victory Flag


Now we have another major crisis with HH Jayapataka Swami in hospital in Mumbai with a severe stroke caused by brain aneurysm. His condition is very critical, and the doctors have admitted that there is not much they can do, and the main thing now is our prayers for Maharaja’s well being.

At this moment I can’t describe my feelings. The apprehension of the loss of this very dear friend is not something I want to contemplate right now. And despite his current crisis, as Ravindra Svarupa prabhu just put to me, Maharaja has more prana than anyone he has ever met. He is a fighter and he has tremendous strength of constitution. Continue reading

Iskcon Centers worldwide embark on prayers for HH Jayapataka Swami


Iskcon Juhu, Mumbai - October 2008

KUALA LUMPUR – Devotees of Klang Valley gathered at Iskcon KL’s Sri Jagannatha Mandir temple last evening to pray for the recovery of HH Jayapataka Swami’s health. Devotees here chanted the Lord Nrsimha prayers which protects the devotees. A 24-hour kirtan is also continously going on in the temple. The temple president, HG Uttama Caitanya das said that, “We will continue the kirtan for 72-hours if need be, for the speedy recover of HH Jayapataka Maharaj. Devotees are also encouraged to chant extra rounds for Maharaj.” Continue reading