Japa Retreat 2008 in Sungai Gabai, Malaysia

BY HEMALAN NAMBIAR

japa1SUNGAI GABAI, MALAYSIA – The Vedic Oasis for Inspiration Culture and Education (VOICE) organized its first Japa Retreat on the 6th and 7th December, coordinated by Bhakta Navin Raja. The event saw participation of 14 prabhus and 2 senior devotees, HG Rasika Murari prabhu and HG Madhumaya Krishna prabhu. Continue reading

272 steps to Batu Caves

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI
pict0001KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – A trip to the famous Batu Caves was arranged for the year end for the children from Gokul Garden and Gopal’s Fun School from ISKCON KL and ISKCON KLANG on Christmas Day. They had loads of fun and the trip was really memorable.

Batu Caves is a 400 million limestone hill with beautiful stalactities and stalagmites is natures wonder. The massif and its caves shelter a variety of flora and fauna – some are so rare that they are only found here.

A 113 year old main temple dedicated to Lord Subramaniar (also known as Lord Karttikeya or Lord Muruga) is lodged in a cave known as the Temple Cave, 400 feet above ground level.  One has to climb a 272 step stairway to reach the temple. Close to a million people converge here on the eve of Thaipusam. Thaipusam falls on the full-moon day of the Tamil month of  Thai. The day also marks the day on which Lord Siva danced with His consort Uma and the day where Lord Muruga received his divine spear, Vel,  from His mother, Uma. Continue reading

Lord Jagannath reciprocates

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI

KLANG, MALAYSIA – In Malaysia, the festival deities Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhatra travel throughout the country to give their blessings and mercy to the people at large. There are over 20 Ratha Yatras in Malaysia and the grandiosity and pomposity increases every year. We are also very lucky to get many sanyasis who visit our country during this period. Their presence enhances the festival mood and their purity fills our hearts. Continue reading

Ratha Yatra – Penang Island

Source: Iskcon.com.my

bs.jpgPENANG, MALAYSIA – You can be sure to be immersed in kirtan and dance during the Ratha Yatra in Penang Island. This festival was celebrated this year on 13 December. The chariot procession started at 5.30pm from the Dato Keramat Sivan Temple with crowd of devotees only enough to pull the chariots of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Subhadra Devi and Gaura Nitai. But within one hour the crowd swelled to about one thousand and when the chariots reached little India at about 8pm the crowd had jammed the streets. At Little India some tourists and onlookers joined the festival, singing and dancing with the devotees. Continue reading

HH Jayapataka Swami leaves hospital

BY RATNAVALLI DD

jps_1The day we had all waited for has arrived! Guru Maharaja leaving the Hindhuja hospital after 2months of his admission.

Braja Hari prabhu and Rajasuya prabhu went to the hospital to bring Guru Maharaja. Bhadra Balarama prabhu and Vaikunthapati prabhu were already in the hospital for the night shift. Ekanath Gaura prabhu, Acintya Nitai prabhu, Maha Varaha prabhu and Isvara Puri prabhu went in the morning to assist in this process. Continue reading

Annual Ratha Yatra in Klang

jaganat2BY JEYANTHY PILLAI

KLANG, MALAYSIA – It’s once again time for the annual Ratha Yatra in Klang. There are close to 20 Ratha Yatras in Malaysia yearly and among them, the Klang Ratha Yatra draws one of the largest crowd in Malaysia. The number of well-wishers in this town where “Little India” is found increases yearly and as a show of support they always present many gifts for the Lord of the Universe, Sri Jagannatha during this procession. In fact, the entire cost of the Ratha Yatra is sponsored by them. This year we are also blessed to get four sanyasis, HH Prabhavishnu Swami (Co-GBC for Iskcon Malaysia), HH Bhanu Swami, HH Bhakti Vrjendranandana Swami and HH Janananda Gosvami to accompany the chariot. Continue reading

All the Book Distributors Will Go Back to Godhead

Source:  http://friendsofthebbt.org/newsletter/Dec08.html

BY MADHAVA SMULLEN

bookdistributionIt may surprise you to learn that with over 464 million copies sold since 1965, Srila Prabhupada’s books have reached more souls than those of bestselling author Stephen King, who began his career at roughly the same time. To date, they’ve even sold more copies than the record-breakingly successful Harry Potter series—an amazing achievement for books on a spiritual philosophy relatively new to the western world. How? This Christmas, remember that the Prabhupada Marathon, held every December, has been a major contributing factor.

On December 22, 1972, devotees in Los Angeles noticed that stores in the area were staying open until midnight, and still attracting fervent Christmas shoppers intent on spending their money. Why not give them spiritual gifts? Devotees began to distribute books and magazines with healthy competition, vying for prizes the leaders had set for them. Continue reading

Thousands forced to evacuate

Source: Malaysiakini.com Dec 6, 08 6:35pm

About 3,000 and 5,000 residents living around the vicinity of Bukit Antarabangsa, Selangor have been ordered to evacuate following a massive landslide which killed four people.

musa hassanAccording to Bernama, Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan said the residents have been told to leave their homes as reports showed that earth movement continued to take place.

However, the police chief – who visited the scene – said there are people who are refusing to do so. Continue reading

Landslide tragedy: 4 killed, one missing

Source: Malaysiakini.com Dec 6, 08 8:41am

A massive landslide at 4 this morning buried 14 bungalows in Taman Bukit Mewah and Taman Bukit Utama in Bukit Antarabangsa, Selangor. Four bodies have been recovered with one person still  feared buried as at 8.30pm.

ulu kelang bukit tinggi landslide 061208 01Three of the four who perished have been identified as veterinarian Dr N Yogeswary, 40, accountant Ng Yee Ping and Saiful Khas, 20. An Indonesian woman was pulled out of the rubble at around 7.30pm. Her identity has not been confirmed.Those who were reported missing earlier have contacted the police, according to Selangor Chief Police Officer Khalid Abu Bakar.

The remains and some 15 others who were injured have been rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Continue reading

Srila Prabhupada Book Marathon – December 1st to 31st

BY JANANANDA GOSVAMI

Srila Prabhupada said …

I am very encouraged by the report of how nicely our books are being distributed. This is our main business all over the world. If you give full attention to this, there will never be any shortage of funds.”

“Preaching means book distribution.”

“Whenever I get report of my book selling I feel strength….You should know that in this work your have Krishna’s blessings.”

“If he buys one book his life may be turned, that is the best preaching work.

“Krsna must see that I am giving service to Krsna. That’s all. That is wanted. Not that you have to judge that you have approached so many men; nobody became Krsna conscious. That doesn’t matter. But you have gone there. You have endeavored your sincere effort. That is recognized by Krsna. That is the order of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna’-upadesa: [Cc. Madhya 7.128]

“Whomever you meet, you give him, you inform him the instruction of Krsna.” Caitanya Mahaprabhu never said that “You see that he has actually become Krsna conscious.” Never says. You simply say and go and say. That is your business.”

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