What's the Best Place in the Universe?

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in the land of Bharata-varsa, specifically in Bengal, in the district of Nadia, where Navadvipa is situated.

It is therefore to be concluded, as stated by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, that within this universe, this earth is the best planet, and on this planet the land of Bharata-varsa is the best; in the land of Bharatavarsa, Bengal is still better, in Bengal the district of Nadia is still better, and in Nadia the best place is Navadvipa because Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared there to inaugurate the performance of the sacrifice of chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra.

- Purport SB 5.19.24

Last Call for 'Festival for the Eyes' Submissions

On the ISKCON News site we've set a goal to compile a multimedia presentation of 108 photos of Gaura-Nitai deities worshiped in the homes of ISKCON members around the world.

If you'd like to give our current readership a view of your home deities, then dress them gorgeously, get the lighting just right and snap us a digital photo. (Try to avoid using a flash please.)

When you submit your entry you'll need to include the following details:

- What's your name? (Please make sure you spell this exactly how you'd like it to be presented.)

- Where do you live? (Include the name of the city and country.)

Send just one photo as an attachment to: editor@iskconnews.com Please try to keep the size of the file under 1 Megabyte. The best image resolution for our purposes is 800px by 600px.

Alternatively you could upload to a photo hosting site such as www.flickr.com and send us a link.

Time is of the essence so please send your photo in today.

Government of India has an Online Grievance Forum

Government of India has an online Grievance forum at

http://darpg-grievance.nic.in/

The government wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like Passport Office, Electricity board, BSNL/MTNL, Railways etc etc.

I know many people will say that these things don't work in India, but this actually works as one of our colleague in CSC found. The guy I'm talking about lives in Faridabad. Couple of months back, the Faridabad Municipal Corporation laid new roads in his area and the residents were very happy about it. But 2 weeks later, BSNL dug up the newly laid roads to install new cables which annoyed all the residents including this guy. But it was only this guy! Who used the above listed grievance forum to highlight his concern. And to his surprise, BSNL and Municipal Corporation of Faridabad was served a show cause notice and the guy received a copy of the notice in one week.

Government has asked the MC and BSNL about the goof up as it's clear that both the government departments were not in sync at all.

So use this grievance forum and educate others who don't know about this facility. You can go to website. This way we can at least raise our concerns instead of just talking about the ' System' in India.

Louis Theroux's Encounter with a Guru

This guy Louis Theroux from the BBC does these cheeky documentaries. In this one he goes to Mayapur and meets Jayapataka Swami. He manges to have some fun without being completely offensive:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vp_NbI8Gdio

(They've disabled embedding so you'll have to follow the link above.)

Government Warning! Do Not Swallow Bubble Gum!

Giridhari Gopala: MS Subbulakshmi

M.S. Subbulakshmi gave the world such beautiful devotional music. I happened to come across these two videos of her singing the same bhajan. One is from her early days in film and another is towards the end of her life.

And several years later ..... watch her facial expressions and hand gestures. I don't think anyone could fake that. She loves Krishna.

'Skyroots' Theme for Drupal 6.0

Today I ported over a theme from the CSS Zen Garden site for the latest version of Drupal 6. I can't upgrade this site just yet because there are a few modules that I'm waiting on to catch up to 6.

Since I'm ok with the current theme on Gopala's site - I'll probably make this new one available on the Themes section of the Drupal site. Its about time I contributed something to the Drupal community besides feature requests.

Download this theme for Drupal 6.x here

Name: Skyroots (original name from the CSS Zen skin from which it took birth)
Type: 2-Column, Fixed width, just CSS (no tables)

 

All Hail Our Lizard Overlords

This has got to be the most interesting comment anyone has ever left on my blog.

Look here.

Narottama Dasa Thakura: Thunder Cracks Within Our Hearts

The prayers of Narottama Dasa Thakura, this sound is above the material platform. It is directly from the spiritual platform. And there is no need of understanding the language.

It is just like a thunderburst. Everyone can hear the sound of thunder--there is no misunderstanding. Similarly, these songs are above the material platform, and they crack like thunder within your heart. There is so much depth of meaning in Narottama dasa Thakura's prayers.

- Srila Prabhupada

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