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There are 8.4 million speices in universe

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जलजा नव लक्षाणी
स्थावरा लक्ष-ववसंती
कृमयो रुद्र सांख्यकाह
पक्षीनाम दश लक्षाणी
विवमसाल लक्षाणी पशुवः
चतुर लक्षाणी मानुष:

Acquatic –  9 lakhs,
Plant and trees – 20 lakhs,
Insect – 11 lakhs,
bird – 10 lakhs,
beast – 30 lakhs,
human – 4 lakhs

These are located in all over the universe in fourteen planetary system, whose name are
– Satyalok, Maharlok, Tapalok, Janalok, Svarlok, Bhuvarlok, burloka, Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talatala, Mahatala, Rasatala, Patala.

Birth takes place through
1. Embryo e.g human,
2. Egg e.g hen
3. Perspiration e.g bedbugs
4. Seeds e.g Plants and trees

A perfect man

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A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind’s demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world.

First one must control his speaking power. Every one of us has the power of speech; as soon as we get an opportunity we begin to speak. If we do not speak about Kṛṣṇa consciousness, we speak about all sorts of nonsense. A toad in a field speaks by croaking, and similarly everyone who has a tongue wants to speak, even if all he has to say is nonsense. The croaking of the toad, however, simply invites the snake: “Please come here and eat me.” Nevertheless, although it is inviting death, the toad goes on croaking. The talking of materialistic men and impersonalist Māyāvādī philosophers may be compared to the croaking of frogs. They are always speaking nonsense and thus inviting death to catch them. Controlling speech, however, does not mean self-imposed silence (the external process of mauna), as Māyāvādī philosophers think. Silence may appear helpful for some time, but ultimately it proves a failure. The meaning of controlled speech conveyed by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī advocates the positive process of kṛṣṇa-kathā, engaging the speaking process in glorifying the Supreme Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. The tongue can thus glorify the name, form, qualities and pastimes of the Lord. The preacher of kṛṣṇa-kathā is always beyond the clutches of death. This is the significance of controlling the urge to speak.

 

ISKCON 5oth Anniversary Celebration

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A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on the corner of New York’s 2nd Avenue shortly after he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1966.

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ISKCON is gearing up for its 50th anniversary, with plans for celebratory events all over the world throughout 2016.

It all began, of course, in 1965, when A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was 69 years old.

Leaving his home in Vrindavana, India, he travelled to New York city aboard a cargo steamship to introduce “India’s message of peace and goodwill” to the Western world.

After surviving two heart-attacks, he arrived in the US with just seven dollars and a case of books to his name. The early days were a struggle, but his deep faith and his spiritual message resonated with some young people, who came forward to become his students.

On July 11, 1966, Srila Prabhupada officially registered his International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York. At the time, he had one small storefront on New York’s Lower East-Side, and a handful of students.

Today, there are nearly four hundred ISKCON centers all over the world, and thousands of ISKCON devotees.

ISKCON is behind some prestigious educational institutions, such as Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium. ISKCON charities such as Food for Life and ISKCON Food Relief Foundation have fed millions of needy and starving people all over the world.

Many highly influential people are now ISKCON devotees, and ISKCON itself is well-respected by governments of some countries. In the UK, for instance, ISKCON devotees have addressed Parliament and been invited to perform the puja at No. 10 Downing Street’s official Diwali event.

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Janmashtami Cultural Programs

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Avail this wonderful opportunity on occasion of Janmastami 2014!
Stay away from fasting exhaustion!
Stay fully absorbed in feasting on lord’s nama, rupa, guna, lila
Through the cultural extravaganza…!

Janmastami Cultural program 2014
Day – 17th August 2014, Sunday
Time – 6.30 pm to 11.30 pm
Venue – 1st floor prasadam hall, ISKCON, NVCC, Pune

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Disappearance of Srila Gauridas Pandit

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Gauridas Pandit was a great devotee of Lord Chaitanya that lived in Ambika Kalna near Navadvipa in West Bengal. Gauridas Pandit was Subal in Krishna-lila. From Puri, Gauridas had settled in Ambika Kalna.

Tradition reveals that Sri Sri Gaur-Nitai Themselves came to Ambika Kalna to pose for the deities that are to this day housed in the little temple. Pilgrims may also see Bhagavad-gita on palm-leaf there—verses that are said to have been written by Mahaprabhu’s own hand; the oar with which Mahaprabhu rowed to Kalna is still enshrined in that temple; and the tamarind tree still stands, under which Gauridas and Mahaprabhu are said to have discussed Vaishnava philosophy.

The Deities of Gaur-Nitai  are made from pure neem wood, and, as it is said, bear an uncanny resemblance to Mahaprabhu and Nityananda. Once, while worshipping the Deities at Ambika Kalna, Gauridas observed the energetic kirtan that was raging around him. As the pujari [presiding priest], he could not participate but had to instead serve the Deities by offering the aratik ceremony of standard items with a steady hand. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prbhu were in the kirtan, and when it reached its climax, the Gaur-Nitai murtis on the altar, which were identical to Them, jumped off and joined the ecstatic singing and dancing.

There were now two Gaur-Nitai in the kirtan! Gauridas jumped in after Them, chasing Them with a stick. They became so afraid that one set of Gaur-Nitai (or according to some sources only Gauranga Mahaprabhu) leaped into Hridayananda’s heart; the other set sprang back onto the altar. From this point on, Hridayananda came to be known as Hridoy Chaitanya, for Mahaprabhu had frantically danced into his heart [“hridoy”].

Disappearance of Srila Rupa Gosvami

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Srila Rupa Gosvami was the leader of the six Gosvamis, who were the direct disciples of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. When he first met Lord Chaitanya, Srila Rupa Gosvami was engaged as the finance minister of  Nawab Hussain Shah ,the  ruler of Bengal . He renounced his aristocratic position to serve the mission of Lord Chaitanya. Through him , Lord Chaitanya taught the world about the process to attain  Krishna in Vrindavan.

Srila Rupa Gosvami has written many books & plays especially Bhakti-rasamrtasindhu, VidagdhaMadhav ,LalitaMadhava , Upadesamrta etc. Lord Chaitanya appreciated his poetry very much. By Lord’s mercy, he could understand the internal devotional mood of Lord. Mahaprabhu compared his handwriting to a string of pearls and requested all His associates to bless Rupa Gosvami.

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The Deity of Govindaji revealed Himself to Rupa Gosvami. This deity was originally worshiped by Krishna’s own grandson, Vajranabha. Later on Raja Man Singh of Amber built a very beautiful sandstone temple for Govinda Deva.

In Vrindavan-lila, Srila RupaGosvami is known as Rupa-Manjari , the foremost assistant of Lalita sakhi.

JHULAN YATRA Celebrations

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From 7th to 10thAugust , ISKCON Pune will be celebrating Jhulan Yatra, Lord Krishna’s swing festival. During the festival, small Deities in the temple enjoy swinging on ornate swings.The small Utsav-vighraha Deities are taken from the altar and placed on an elaborately decorated swing in the temple room. After receiving the traditional arati worship, the Deities are gently pushed on Their swing. Everyone pushes the swing several times as the assembled devotees do melodious kirtans. The atmosphere of this festival is especially sweet as everyone has the chance to intimately serve Radha and Krishna.

This is a wonderful ceremonial function of Lord Krishna’s pastimes that reflects practically how we are to render service to the Lord for His pleasure.At the time of the Jhulan Yatra festival it is Monsoon in India and the air is thick, heavy and humid with the heat and the rains. This festival is meant to invoke loving servitude of the devotees for the Lord. Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme enjoyer and doesn’t have to work hard like us in this world. Everything He does is pleasurable, and He organizes many situation in which He can incorporate us, His separated parts and parcels into His loving service which is our natural condition in the spiritual realm.

JhulanY atra has been inspired from the swing pastimes of Krishna and his consort Srimati Radharani in the idyllic pastoral groves of Vrindavan, where the divine lovers along with their cowherd friends and gopis took part in joyful swinging in the cool monsoon season.

Everyone is invited to get blessed by swinging the Lord from 6 to 8 pm.

Krishna’s talent search

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- Competitions on occasion of Balarama Jayanti

ISKCON Pune is organizing various competitions on the occasion of Balarama
Jayanti, sunday 10th august at 10.30 to 12.30 at NVCC above Prasadam hall.

Attached herewith is the soft copy of the poster displaying the various
categories namely
1. Shloka recitation
2. Collage making
3. Poem writing
4. Essay writing
5. Handwriting
6. Extempo or Just a minute
7. Sketching/painting

The main theme of the event is
“Krsna’s Six Opulences”

These completions are open to all-congregation and others. There are two age brackets for purpose of judging:
Age group under 15 and
Age group above 15

There is no pre-registration needed and anybody can walk in to participate at the venue.
There will be an entry fee of Rs10/- per entry.

Papers, pen and pencil will be provided. Any other materials such as
paints, colour pens etc for painting/sketching should be brought by the
participants if they wish to use these.

The detailed topics area as follows
1.Shloka recitation- 10.30 to 12.30
Participants can come prepared with any verse of their choice from any
scriptures (Srila Prabhupada’s books) or any verses from Vaishnava Songs (to be recited not sung), but these shlokas should be describing or
related to any of the six opulences of The Lord Krsna. Participants will
be judged for accuracy, pronunciation and relevance of the verse to the
topic.

2. Collage making- pre-prepared and submitted anytime between 10.30-12.30 at the venue. The topic is again- The six opulences of Krsna. The size is to be A4 paper size. The entries will be judged as per beauty, relevance of depiction and skill. More than one entry is allowed. Participants to write their name on the entry.

3. Poem writing-  pre-prepared and submitted anytime between 10.30-12.30 at the venue. The topic is again- The six opulences of Krsna. The restriction for the poem entries is 32 lines and handwritten on an A4 paper.Poems could be in English, Hindi or Marathi and has to be a personal attempt not previously published. The entries will be judged based on originality, composition and accuracy of language and its relevance to the topic given. More than one entry is allowed. Participant to write their name on the sheet submitted.

4. Essay writing- a specific topic from amongst the Six opulences of Lord
Krsna, will be given on the spot to the participants. the competition.

GYST REPORT

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We are the Gita Youth Society for Transformation (GYST), AProgram aimed at saving the youth from self-destructive habits by enlightening them with the knowledge of Vedic Wisdom through cultural programs, seminars and like-minded association.It’s a Monthly Youth Festival for the Age group 15-30 both for boys and girls.

Modern youths are suffering from tremendous pressure and stress to perform in an intensely competitive and demanding environment. They are indulging in self-destructive habits like drug addiction, suicides, illicit connections, violence, etc. Our society aims to show them an enlightened path that will empower them to achieve their ambitions and lead healthy happy lives.We have transformed lives of thousands of youths all over India including major technical institutes like IIT Kharagpur, IIT Chennai, NIT Warangal, NIT Suratkal, NIT Rourkela and many more.

This year, we have inaugurated our activities in February 2014, with an attractive cultural and seminar presentation. The program is organised at ISKCON’s New Vedic Cultural Centre that was inaugurated last year by the honourable President, Sri Pranab Mukherjee. These festivals attract thousands of youngsters from all over Pune. Our protocol for Events goes with Short Film, Cultural Dance,  Drama, Seminar, Dinner Feast and also Kirtan singing-dancing session that contains a wonderful mix of traditional musical instruments like mrdangas and cymbals, blended with modern electronic synthesizers, guitars, Drum pads and Zambay.

Some of the topics covered till date are True Love Story, Colors of India, Vote for India, Rolling of Dice, We face a crowd close to 1200 youth every month, every month it’s a new crowd, We are also conducting in Colleges & Successful Mantra Rock Show Performance in Malls. The GYST team has formed a BAND name “The Hare Krishna Chanters”. In the recent months we have also started Regular Ramayan Katha on Sunday evenings with a crowd of 50 people. We are expecting minimum 500 people to attend in the near future. This is for all age group.

For more details mail us at info@gyst.in or visit: www.gyst.in or sms us @ 8552811526

This whole event is under the direction of HG Radheysham das. HG Keshavanand das is playing a lead role as chairman and Bhakta Manjunath as a coordinator assisting in GYST service.