CHILDREN PREACHING BLOSSOMS IN
School, the weekly school for children conducted by ISKCON, is spreading rapidly in
various parts of Pune. Dedicated to providing a strong spiritual and ethical foundation
for the children of today so that they become exemplary future citizens of the world, the
program consists of an enlivening and enlightening blend of stories, songs, quizzes,
drawing and painting, shloka recitation and much more.
Presently BPS has branches in various
parts of Pune as given below.
Sacred Heart Town, Wanawadi, Pune 411 040.
- Flat no. 4, Block A, Abhyudhay
Park, 8 Baner Road, Pune 411 007.
Tel : 5657969
- D-4, Shatataraka, Aundh
Rd, Khadki, Pune-3, Next to Ganapati Temple.
- 19 Sitai Park, D.P Road,
Aundh, Aundh, Pune 7.
- ISKCON Temple 4,Tarapore
Road Pune Camp Pune-1
- 41, Vinit Co-operating Hsg
Society, Nr Karve Statue, Kothrud, Pune-29.
R. S Sharma
Those interested to know more about
BPS may please contact Bhakta Vishram Gokhale (BPS Co-ordinator) / Madan Mohini Mataji/
Bhakta Ajay Mani at ISKCON, Pune firstname.lastname@example.org
YOGA RETREAT CAMP IN MARATHI
A new chapter commenced in the
history of ISKCON Youth Forum (I.Y.F.) with the organization of yoga retreat camp for the
first time in Marathi. Many youths from Nigdi, Chakan and other places enthusiastically
participated in the camp held from 6th to 8th October. Bh. Chadrahas Pujari, Vrajanand das
and Advaita Acarya das gave their first Marathi lectures in this camp. Shankar Pandit das
co-ordinated this camp.The yoga retreat camp, a novel preaching method, started about 3
years ago by IYF, Pune, gives the participants an unforgettable first taste of the
ecstasies of Krishna consciousness. A very fruitful and popular program conducted till now
only in English, the avenues for getting a systematic and scientific understanding of our
glorious Vedic heritage have now opened to even the vernacular seekers. Those interested
in further details can please contact Shankar Pandit Das on 841 855 or visit ISKCON Youth
Forum at 4, Tarapore Road, Next to Dastur Boys School, Camp, Pune-1.
THE SCIENCE OF THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH
- A unique compilation based on the
Vedic scriptures, which clearly establishes their unambiguous conclusion: Lord Shri
Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
- A systematic and scientific
presentation, oriented especially for those with a scientific bent of mind
- A blend of everyday examples,
thought-provoking anecdotes, incisive logic and scriptural quotations
Compiled by :
Grace Radheshyam Das (M. Tech IIT),
President, ISKCON, Pune,
Director, ISKCON Youth Forum.
H. H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj visits Pune
|The Pune devotees had the immeasurable
fortune of getting the divine association of H. H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj on the 30th
and 31st Aug, 2000. After bhagavatam class Maharaj proceeded
to to Bharati Vidyapith Bhaktivedanta Student Library (BSL) and there came the
real nectar. Maharaj explained, "How Krishna Consciousness movement is being taken
seriously throughout the whole world by all the people who matter." The united nation
is going to have a international symposium, sometime later in this year. At that time they
wanted one secular representative who would represent all the religions of the world. So
they approach Oxford University which considered to be topmost theology to recommend one
such representative. So all the Oxford University Department heads meet and they decided
that if there is any one religion, which can represent all the religions of the world, it
is Hinduism. And among all the movements, which are Hindu, the only movement, which is
most authentic in its practice and preaching, is the Hare Krishna Movement.
|So a devotee Shamaik Rushi
Prabhu who is also the head of the Department of the Vedic offered Vaishnava
Studies at the Oxford university will be representing all the world religions at
that International Symposium. And also those who are involved in sense gratification are
also very much fearfull of the Hare Krishna Movement. When communism was existing in
Soviet Union, the communist government made a list the things, which are the greatest
threat to the communism.
||And among top three
were American Music, American dress and the Hare Krishna Movement. Actually Prabhupada
came to know this, he considered it to be great complement that second greatest power in
the world considered the preaching of the 75 year old man to be so dangerous. So Maharaj
further explained that this knowledge of Bhagavad-gita is the most powerful weapon in the
entire creation because one who posses this knowledge cannot be exploited, manipulated or
controlled by the higher powers of Maya.He then went on to say, " How Pune is known
internationally as the high center for learning " and He urged all the students to
take up this knowledge very seriously.
was very happy with the concept of the BSL and he concluded by declaring that the
Institute for Vaishnava Studies Pune is inaugurated today. After that he went
to the Simhagadh BSL where he gave a brief talk explaining how no character is required
for acting according to animalistic impulses. After that he proceeded to Nigadi where they
were celebrating Janmashtami. Maharaj began with ecstatic kirtan of "Govind Jaya Jaya
Gopal Jaya Jaya". And then went on to vividly describe the appearance of Lord Krishna
in this material world. During the class he gave a nice example of how trying to get
happiness through sense gratification is like trying to catch mist with our hands. And he
said, "Life after life we are engaged in this futile endeavor of catching the mist
with our hands". He also explained vividly Nanda Maharajs ecstasy when a
brahmani came to inform him of the birth of Lord Krishna. He became so overwhelmed with
ecstasy that seeing his ecstasy, his brother, Upanand gave all the cows whom they were
milking and the cows which were to be milked, in charity to the brahmani. Nanda
Maharajs eyes were so full of tears that while he was going back, he was repeatedly
stumbling and falling down. But somehow, he was guided by yogamaya, to place of
Krishnas birth. At that time baby Krishna was covered by a curtain and when Nanda
Maharaj arrived, Rohini redropped that curtain and then he saw the beautiful form of Lord
Krishna. Maharaj concluded this point by ecstatic kirtan of "Nanda ke ananad bhayo,
jay kanhaiya lal ki" Maharaj then proceeded from there to Bombay.
Inter-Collegiate Debate Organised
By IYF Pune
Youth Forum, in co-operation with the reputed software training institute, Software
Solutions Integrated (SSI), organized intra-college debates in the leading
colleges in Pune such as MIT, AISSMS, AIT, B.J. Medical, D.Y.Patil, PICT, BVP, VIT, COET
and Wadia, in which several hundreds of students participated. During the final round held
at the ISKCON center in Pune Camp on the evening of the 23rd of September,
Saturday, the winners of the intra-collegiate debates, 60 of the most intellectual
students from these
|colleges, spoke on the topic, "Has industrialization made man
into a machine?". The winners of the inter-collegiate competition were: