Monday, May 18, 2015

History: When Jayapataka Swami Evaded Arrest

Many of you dont know that Jayapataka Swami was supposted to get arrested in the year 2010 however he escaped india. Read below for the exclusive reports on Jayapataka Swami & Other ISKON Members

Calcutta, 10 august 2000

Indian Telegraph: The case of the Iskcon monk's suicide took a dramatic turn on Wednesday with the court ordering the police to arrest 8 monks of the order. One of them, the chief of Iskcon's Mayapur centre, is said to be absconding. Suresh das, 54, lodged in Presidency Jail after being charged with the rape of a woman, hanged himself in his separate cell last Thursday.
In his diary, he blamed his death on eight Iskcon monks who, he alleged, had hatched a "conspiracy" to ruin him. The damning entries in the diary prompted the jail authorities to lodge a complaint with the police. Subsequently cases of "abatement to suicide" and "conspiracy" were registered with the Hastings police station against the eight monks, seven of them based in Mayapur and one at Albert Road.
Hastings police station officer-in-charge Jayanta Das said : "The court has directed us to arrest the eight monks. We are now looking for them, but we have come to know that the head of the Mayapur office of Iskcon has already left the country." City police officials confirmed that their counterparts in Nadia had been asked to keep a watch on the 'wanted monks'. Documents pertaining to a dispute between the Mayapur and Calcutta offices of the order are also being examined, as the power struggle is said to have led to Das' death. Das belonging to an anti- Mayapur lobby was, apparently protesting the"illegal activities" of some of the monks the police said. Investigators are also trying to ascertain whether Das had been involved in the rape of a young woman at Iskcon's Gurusaday Road office. "We are waiting for the sample test report of the semen found on the clothes of the woman who was reportedly raped by Das," said an officer.
Meanwhile, Sattick Das vice-president of Iskcon, has alleged that the detective department of the city police has been "influenced by a powerful lobby close to the Mayapur ofice" to take over the case. "The case was originally being handled by the local police station. The detective department suddenly appeared on the scene and took charge of the investigations, after being influenced by the by a powerful lobby", Das said.

The acting chief metropolitan magistrate K.P. Dutta on Monday ordered the police to take necessary steps against eight persons attached to ISKCON, so that they cannot leave India. The eight are:
1. Jayapataka Swami,
2. Satadhanya Das,
3. Dayaram Das,
4. Bhadracharan Das,
5. Birchandra Das,
6. Krishnalata Das,
7. Basanti Das
8. Subrabhrata Das.

The jailor of Presidency Jail lodged an FIR with Hastings Police Station on August 3 against the above persons after the death of an ISKCON activist, under trial prisoner Sureshwar Das.
In the FIR it was alleged that these persons abetted Sureshwar in committing suicide inside the Presidency Jail. Sureshwar was arrested by police on rape charge. The vice president of Iskcon has filed a petition praying for proper action.

Full Report:

Jayapataka Swami (JPS) is on the run from the Indian legal system. We have even produced evidence where JPS has admitted this fact. As reported, JPS is fleeing since he has been charged with abetting the suicide of Suresvara Das, a devotee against whom the JPS camp filed false rape charges. Now, however, in a sensational development solicitors acting for the family of the deceased have decided to take international action to bring this fugitive to justice. The solicitors have put together a package of material which will allow the immigration authorities of all countries to take the appropriate action. The package consists of a cover letter which sets out all the material enclosed. This cover letter, and a solicitor's letter which is the first item in the package, are reproduced below:

Dear Sirs, 

The enclosed materials give evidence pertaining to an Indian Citizen who we believe will make attempts to enter your country sometime in the future. He is currently on the run following the Indian Police having filed a case against him for abatement to suicide. This is a serious crime which carries a prison term of 7 years in our country. His name is Jayapataka Swami. Though he is one of 8 similarly charged, he is the only one who has fled the country. The enclosed materials are as follows:
1) A letter from ourselves, who are acting on behalf of the deceased, wherein we have set out the events relating to this matter. 
2) A copy of the Police Case which has been filed against this individual by the Calcutta Police, Hastings Branch. 
3) A copy of the court order that prevents him from leaving India. 

Unfortunately he had the presence of mind to abscond around the time the case was filed, and before the court order was procured. The court order was hand-written by the Judge, which is still quite common in the Calcutta High Court. The Court seal is clearly visible. A typed version has also been provided. We have also included a copy of relevant newspaper articles which state the same. 

4) A copy of his latest passport. 
5) A copy of his previous passport and his current US Green Card. 

(Jaya Pataka Swami aka John Gordon Erdman are the two passport names of the false Mayapur guru.)
We urge that you may enter this information on your airport computer systems, as we are unable to specify in advance exactly when he may seek to enter your country, as he is continually moving from country to country. He particularly uses countries as transit ports as he moves from one side of the globe to the other. We hope this information will be of interest to you, and that you will be minded to not facilitate this person's current evasion of the due process of Justice. 

If necessary you may contact me via mail, fax or phone at the following:
Thanking you in advance,
Yours faithfully,
Sandersons & Morgans (Acting on Behalf of the Family of the Deceased)
By partner C R Addy 
Advocates & Solicitors,
Royal Insurance Building
5,Netaji Subhas Road,
Calcutta 700001
FAX 91-33-248-2648
TEL.248-2644[4 Lines]

The following is a copy of item No. 1 
of the package as stated in cover letter above: 

Dear Sir,
This is to inform you that a criminal case has been started 
against eight accused persons. They are as follows :-
1. Jayapataka Swami
2. Satadhanya Dasa
3. Dayaram Dasa
4. Bhadra Charu Dasa
5. Birchandra Dasa
6. Krishna Lata Dasi
7. Basanti Devi Dasi
8. Subhabrata Dasa
The case being started on 03.08.2000 by the Hastings Police Station being Hastings Police Station case no. 293/2000 corresponding to the G.R. Case No. 2588/2000 under section 120B/306 of the Indian Penal Code in criminal conspiracy with each other in abetting in commission of suicide of Sureswara Dasa.
As the above named persons may avoid due process of law and fly away from India, and accordingly, on 07.08.2000 the Learned Chief Metropolitan Magistrate passed an order directing the Investigating Officer of the Hastings Police Station to take effective steps against the above accused persons and also to prevent them from leaving India. We understand that of the above eight accused persons only Jayapataka Swami has left the country after the case was started. A copy of the said order is enclosed.
Thanking you.
Yours faithfully,
Sandersons & Morgans 
By partner C.R. Addy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Akshaya Patra Provides Emergency Meals & Builds Kitchen For Nepal Earthquake Survivors

STONEHAM, MA: At the request of the Prime Minister of India, Akshaya Patra is participating in India’s efforts to provide emergency aid to neighboring Nepal, which suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25. Akshaya Patra, with the support of the TATA Foundation, is building a field kitchen facility in Nepal to sustain emergency meal distribution efforts.
On April 29, Akshaya Patra prepared 100,000 meals of pooris, chana, makhana, pickles, biscuits, and cakes for survivors of the earthquake.   In addition, Akshaya Patra has sent 220 lbs of shakkar pari, 882 lbs of roasted chickpeas, and 220 lbs of individually packed units of jaggery, 4409 lbs of puffed rice.
The meals were prepared in Akshaya Patra’s mechanized kitchen facility in Jaipur, Rajasthan, and shipped in Akshaya Patra’s meal distribution vehicles to Delhi.  The meals were then air-lifted from Delhi to the relief site in Nepal.  With the support of the TATA Foundation, Akshaya Patra will begin building a field kitchen to continue to provide meals to survivors of the earthquake. The proposed kitchen will be able to produce 10,000 meals in each preparation cycle with a total daily capacity of 100,000 meals.
Akshaya Patra’s Jaipur kitchen is one of 22 mechanized kitchen facilities that provide daily school meals to more than 1.4 million children in government schools across India.  Akshaya Patra’s founders used their own knowledge of engineering to design immense mechanized kitchen facilities capable of preparing meals for 100,000 children or more every day.  Akshaya Patra’s custom chapatti machines can bake 60,000 chapattis per hour and easy-tilt cauldrons can produce 1,200 liters of rice or sambar in just two hours.
These technological innovations optimize quality and minimize cost, time and labor to ensure that the meals prepared are safe, fresh, and nutritious. All of Akshaya Patra’s kitchens meet the highest standards of safety and efficiency, and ten of Akshaya Patra’s kitchens have already been certified as FSMS ISO 22000:2005 compliant, which means they meet the standards of the International Food Safety Management System (FSMS).  The International Organization for Standardization established the ISO 22000 certification to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain.
Akshaya Patra has provided aid relief after natural disasters.  In 2012, Akshaya Patra prepared 50,000 meals for survivors of floods in the Bhatta Basti, Shastri Nagar, and Jahawar Nagar areas of Rajasthan.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Founder-Acarya Position Destroys ISKCON GBC Myths

ISKCON IRM : Back To Prabhupada, Issue 45, Autumn 2014

HH Bhakti Charu Swami ("BCS") has presented a number of myths commonly used by ISKCON's leaders against the IRM:
"And that is the difference we are having with some other group in ISKCON, I mean a group which kind of splintered away from ISKCON. They are saying that Prabhupada is going to be the diksa guru. No one is qualified to give diksa. I mean we have problem with that concept because there is no such precedence, there is no such scriptural evidence, it never happened in the past, it's not mentioned in the scriptures that after one's disappearance one will continue to give diksa. It doesn't happen that way and Srila Prabhupada didn't himself say anything about that."
(BCS Seminar, 7/4/14, "Srila Prabhupada's Position in ISKCON")

These myths can be analysed in light of the GBC having now unwittingly accepted that Srila Prabhupada's position as Founder-Acarya also means that he is ?ISKCON's diksa guru (as proven by the IRM's "Founder-Acarya" book sent along with BTP 43).
Srila Prabhupada never said
MYTH: Srila Prabhupada did not explicitly say that he would give diksa after his departure.
Founder-Acarya Answer:
It was established by Srila Prabhupada from the very beginning of ISKCON in 1966 that he would be its Founder-Acarya. And he stated that he would always occupy this position in ISKCON, which meant even after he departed. Thus, through establishing himself as the only Acarya of ISKCON, he did explicitly state that he would be ISKCON's Acarya and diksa guru even after he departed. Seen in this light, the July 9th, 1977 directive setting up a rtvik initiation system merely becomes the practical arrangement that would ensure that his position as the Acarya of ISKCON (Founder-Acarya) continued to be fulfilled.

Scripture never says
MYTH: Scripture does not state that the diksa guru can initiate after he departs.
Founder-Acarya Answer: Having established in the previous point that Srila Prabhupada did establish himself as ISKCON's diksa guru, this myth can easily be answered through applying the principle of guru, sadhu and sastra. This principle states that the teaching of the guru will always follow scripture (sastra):
"Sadhu, sastra. And guru? Guru means who follows the sastra and sadhu. So there are three, the same."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, 30/11/76)

Thus, we know that Srila Prabhupada establishing himself as the Acarya, and therefore diksa guru, of ISKCON, is already in line with scripture.
No precedence
MYTH: The lack of a historical precedent for an action means that it is not bona fide.
Founder-Acarya Answer: We already know that an Acarya sets precedents, otherwise there never could be any precedents that one could compare subsequent actions against, and therefore, this objection is self-defeating. Thus, this objection is not applicable to the Acarya, Srila Prabhupada. And, we have already established that as the Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada did establish himself as ISKCON's diksa guru. In addition, BCS himself explains that it was this same false objection of "no precedence" that caused the Gaudiya Matha to deviate from following the orders of their Acarya, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura:
"And in order to hold the institution together we need the head of the institution who will stand against the onslaught of time or who will remain over a period of time even after his disappearance. And to hold it together there is a need of concept of collective management. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura quite clearly indicated that to his disciples but unfortunately they could not understand that because there was no such precedence in the past."
(BCS Seminar, 7/4/14, "Srila Prabhupada's Position in ISKCON")

And, ironically, ISKCON leaders today are making exactly the same mistake -- rejecting the orders of their Acarya, Srila Prabhupada, due to the same false "no precedence" objection.
Other gurus
MYTH: Due to Srila Prabhupada's special position as Founder-Acarya, other Acaryas, or diksa gurus, can also exist in ISKCON.
Founder-Acarya Answer: The website of ISKCON Mumbai, one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world, states this myth as follows:
"Although the International Society for Krishna Consciousness has many spiritual masters, or acaryas, Srila Prabhupada, its founder-Acharya, holds a permanent position of special esteem".
But it has been established that Srila Prabhupada alone is the Acarya of ISKCON (Founder-Acarya = Founder and Acarya) and that no one can ever take his position:
"It is declared that His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness). He is the supreme authority in all matters of the society. His position cannot be occupied by anyone else, and his name and title must appear on all documents, letterheads, publications, and buildings of the Society. [...] Approved: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Founder-Acharya".
(Topmost Urgency, Amendments to registration documents, 22/7/74, emphasis added)

And, since Acarya in the context of the "Founder-Acarya" title means diksa guru, it is not possible for ISKCON to ever have any diksa gurus (Acaryas) other than Srila Prabhupada.

Not qualified

MYTH: Having no successor diksa gurus means claiming that no one can ever be qualified to be a diksa guru in ISKCON.
Founder-Acarya Answer: The IRM has never claimed this. Rather we state that all qualified devotees can serve as perfect siksa gurus under the Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada. See the article on page 3 for more information.


Simply accepting Srila Prabhupada's position as ISKCON's Founder-Acarya, and what that actually means, alone defeats all objections against his remaining as ISKCON's diksa guru.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Srila Prabhupada's Guru Order

ISKCON IRM: Back To Prabhupada, Issue 45, Autumn 2014

Srila Prabhupada has repeatedly asked all his disciples to "become guru". The GBC, not surprisingly, has taken this order to refer to diksa guru, thus allowing them to fulfil their desires to declare themselves diksa guru successors to Srila Prabhupada, with most of the GBC members occupying such a position in ISKCON. In a room conversation on 30/5/76, Srila Prabhu-pada specifically explains what the order for everyone in ISKCON to "become guru" actually means. All quotes in the shaded boxes are taken from this morning walk, with all underlining added.
Become guru
Srila Prabhupada begins by explaining that he wants all his disciples to become guru, and that he is training everyone to take up such a role even after he departs:
"But after all, every one of you should become guru. [...] I am training you all to become guru in the future. Now the Krsna consciousness movement, the properties and everything, I will not take with me. They will remain where they are."
Lord Caitanya's order
Srila Prabhupada explains however, that to become guru requires that one is first ordered to do so, otherwise becoming guru will be artificial:
"Guru is accepted by etiquette, not by artificial attempt. Amara ajnaya guru hana [Cc. Madhya 7.128]: "Follow My order and become guru." Not that you become guru. amara ajnaya guru hana tara' ei desa yare dekha, tare kaha 'krsna'-upadesa" [Cc. Madhya 7.128] Hmm? You have to follow the parampara system, order. That is guru. Not that I declare myself as guru. No. That is not guru. [...] The Caitanya-caritamrta statement, amara: one can become guru by the superior order."
And to establish the point that one must actually be ordered by one's superior in order to become guru, Srila Prabhupada repeats Lord Caitanya's order to "become guru" in the Caitanya-caritamrta.
Thus, in summary, Srila Prabhupada has so far spoken of wanting all his disciples to become guru, even after he departs, but makes it clear, by quoting Lord Caitanya's order to "become guru", that they should first be ordered to do so.
The question that then rem-ains, is what type of guru does Srila Prabhupada actually order his disciples to become? As the conversation proceeds, Srila Prabhupada is directly asked this question, and Srila Prabhupada gives a direct answer, as the next section will show.
Only siksa guru order
Gopala Krsna: "Srila Prabhupada, I am just trying to clarify -- I don't want to offend anyone -- but no disciple of yours should call himself diksa-guru or siksa-guru. Am I right?"
Prabhupada: "Well, everyone is engaged to become siksa-guru, but one should become perfect. The attempt is -- what is called? -- probationer. When probationer period is finished, then he is naturally, automatically, bona fide guru. Not in the probationer period. That is immature attempt. That will failure. Amara ajnaya [Cc. Madhya 7.128], Caitanya Mahaprabhu said: "By My order." So all my disciples are expected to become siksa-guru on my order, not by his own order. That is meaning I am giving sannyasa, I am sending you to different places, so this means that you have to carry out the order of the guru very strictly; then you become mature. Otherwise it will be artificial attempt, and that kind of guru will not help."
Having heard Srila Prabhupada's warning that no one should attempt to become guru without first being ordered to do so, Gopal Krishna concludes that no disciple should ever become either siksa or diksa guru, and seeks confirmation from Srila Prabhupada for this conclusion. Srila Prabhupada clarifies in response only that all his disciples are authorised to act as siksa guru. He then again quotes Lord Caitanya's instruction that one must first be ordered to become guru, and states that this means that all his disciples are ordered to become siksa guru, due to having received an order to do so from Srila Prabhupada.
This explanation from Srila Prabhupada means that:

1) Srila Prabhupada has applied Lord Caitanya's instruction that one should become guru on the basis of an order, by ordering his disciples to become siksa guru.
2) If Srila Prabhupada had wanted his disciples to act as diksa gurus, he would also have needed to give such an order. But Srila Prabhupada never gave such a corresponding diksa guru order.
Qualified siksa gurus
In the quotation provided in the last section, Srila Prabhupada also explains that all those who are acting as siksa gurus are doing so in the "probationer period", and he wants that they finish this siksa guru probationer period by becoming perfect bona fide siksa gurus. Indeed, he states that even the sannyasis, who are supposed to be the most advanced members of the Society, are similarly meant to "mature" from this probationer siksa guru period, and become perfect siksa gurus.
This defeats the common false argument used against the IRM that keeping Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON's diksa guru means that he did not create, or could not create, any qualified gurus. For the reality is that Srila Prabhupada simply wanted such perfect bona fide gurus to continue acting as siksa gurus under ISKCON's diksa guru, Srila Prabhupada. For, as we have just seen, Srila Prabhupada only ordered siksa gurus, not diksa gurus. 


Srila Prabhupada has given various orders, wherein he mentions:
1) Lord Caitanya's order to "become guru" from Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 7:128, when ordering his disciples to become guru. 2) That his disciples should in the future go on to become bona fide gurus. 3) That he wants all his disciples to become qualified to take up the role of guru.
The GBC has falsely been relying on claiming that such orders refer to diksa gurus as the authority for their diksa guru successor program. For example, in their paper, Prabhupada's Order, they quote dozens of such orders as supposed evidence that Srila Prabhupada ordered diksa guru successors. Indeed, as we detailed in BTP 27 and BTP 39, the BBT has even changed a purport for Lord Caitanya's order to "become guru" in the Caitanya-caritamrta, in the hope that it can still be put forward as supposed evidence for an order to become diksa guru.
However, all such orders are herein directly clarified by Srila Prabhupada to only be orders for all his disciples to become siksa gurus, and therefore, the GBC's successor guru hoax program is defeated.

Monday, April 27, 2015

ISKCON Katmandu Distributes Food to the Earthquake Victims

ISKCON News: On April 25th, a massive earthquake hit Nepal, which is now reported to have killed some 2,500 people in Katmandu and the surrounding areas.
The quake also triggered avalanches on Mount Everest, killing at least 17 people there.
Meanwhile a powerful aftershock was felt on Sunday in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, and more avalanches were reported near Everest.
Many residents of the capital, Kathmandu, who lost their homes as a result of the tremor spent a second night outside on Sunday. They are afraid to return to their homes - especially after strong aftershocks hit the region on Sunday. 
Vast tent cities have sprung up for those displaced by the earthquake.
The ISKCON devotee community has also been affected, with many devotees injured and having their houses lost. Some of their relatives got buried under the collapsed buildings and died.
ISKCON Katmandu is trying its best to help devotees and people in need by providing shelter, medical help and organizing free food (prasadam) distribution – which is proving especially challenging. Patri Das, ISKCON’s Regional Secretary reports: “the only international airport in Kathmandu has its runway cracked, we now have no connection with the outside world. Broken roads, landslides and demolished houses make it difficult to move around, and basic things including communication, or getting electricity are difficult.”
Since commercial flights are not operating in Katmandu, ISKCON Kolkata is trying to find out a way to work with the government to send food materials, utensils and funds through Air India cargo flights, says Bhakti Purusottam Swami.

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ISKCON Nepal Affected by the Massive Earthquake

Sunday, April 26, 2015

ISKCON Nepal Affected by the Massive Earthquake

ISKCON News: A massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude struck central Nepal on Saturday, April 25, affecting Kathmandu and he city of Pokhara. The tremors could also be felt in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. 
According to international new agencies hundreds of people had been killed across Nepal. Rescuers are digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu trying to reach survivors. A number of historic buildings have been destroyed.
Patri das, ISKCON's regional secretary in Nepal reported that the temple in Kathmandu is basically OK, but there are severe cracks in a number of buildings on ISKCON property.
The Deities have been moved outside from the main temple.
No devotees were injured at the temple complex, but there is a concern that since many houses in the area collapsed, it is impossible to determine at this point if all ISKCON devotees are safe.
ISKCON Kathmandu is asking devotees and well-wishers worldwide to please pray for the safely and lives of ISKCON members and all the people living in and around the affected area. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Seven less know facts about Akshaya Tritiya

ISKCON Bangalore: What is the significance of Akshaya Tritiya? Apart from the rush to purchase gold there are many other reasons why this day is very significant. Some of the commonly known aspects are listed below. However, we also give you a list of 7 least known facts. 

Significance of Akshaya Tritiya 

Significance of Akshaya Tritiya
(1) Lord Parashurama appeared on this day (2) Ganges descended to Earth on this day (3) This day marks the beginning of Treta-yuga (4) Sudama visited Krishna at Dwaraka (5) Pandavas received Akshaya Patra from Sun God (6) Vyasadeva started composing Mahabharata on this day (7) Adi Sankaracharya composed Kanakadhara Stotram on this day (8) Kubera received his wealth and position as custodian of wealth and (9) It is said that Goddess Annapoorna Devi appeared on this day.

1. Simhachalam 

Simhachalam (Andhra Pradesh) is the abode of Lord Narasimha. The Deity of Lord Narasimha is always covered with sandal paste. On the day of Akshaya Tritiya (which occurs 11 days before Narasimha Jayanti – the appearance day of Lord Narasimha), the sandal paste is removed and abhishekam is performed. This is the only day the devotees will get to see the form of the Lord. On the same evening, the Deity is again covered with sandal paste. 

2. Jagannath Puri 

Jagannath Puri
Every year the Ratha Yatra festival is celebrated at Jagannath Puri. The three chariots of Jagannath (Nandhighosha), Baladeva (Taladhvaja) and Subhadra (Darpadalana) are newly constructed every year with the wood of specific trees. The construction of the charitos for Ratha Yatra begins on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.

3. Remuna (Kshira-chora Gopinatha) 

Remuna (Kshira-chora Gopinatha)
In the temple of Kshira-chora Gopinatha (Remuna, Orissa) the Deities of Madana-mohana, Govinda and Gopinatha are smeared with sandalwood pulp on this auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. This tradition is being followed from the time of Sri Madhavendra Puri, one of the acharyas in the Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradayas, who travelled from Vrindavana to Jagannath Puri on the order of Gopala Deity to collect sandalwood and camphor. On the way back, the Deity of Gopala ordered Madhavendra Puri to grind the sandalwood with camphor and apply it to Gopinatha Deity because the Deity of Gopala and Gopinatha are non-different. This Deity of Gopinatha stole a sweet rice pot for his dear devotee Madhavendra Puri and hence the name Kshira-chora Gopinatha.

4. Badrinath 

In Badrinath, the temples of Gangotri and Yamunotri are closed during winter. On the day of Akshaya Tritiya the shrines re-open for the pilgrims. 

5. Kumbakonam 

Kumbakonam, the temple-city, celebrates Garuda-vahana Seva for Vishnu Deities (Perumal) from 12 different temples: Chakrapani, Sarangapani, Varadaraja, Valvil Raman etc. Garuda, also known as Vainateya (the son of Vinata) is the bird-carrier of Lord Vishnu. He is the king of the birds (khagendra). In the Vedic literature it is stated that the two wings of Garuda are two divisions of the Sama Veda known (brhat and rathantara). The vibration generated by the flapping of his wings form the basis of Sama Veda mantras. Visit Kumbakonam on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya to have darshan of Dvadasha Garuda Seva. 

6. Guru Pushya 

Guru Pushya
There is a mad-rush for purchasing gold on Akshaya Tritiya. People believe that if we purchase gold on this auspicious day it will never diminish. But did you know that scriptures recommend Guru Pushya (Pushya Nakshatra falls on Thursday) as the auspicious day for purchase of gold. In 2015, the Guru Pushya yoga is formed only on July 16 and August 13.

7. Srila Prabhupada Incorporated The Leage of Devotees 

Srila Prabhupada Incorporated The Leage of Devotees
Did you know? Srila Prabhupada is the founder-acharya of ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Before starting ISKCON Srila Prabhupada incorporated a society in India, called The League of Devotees, at Jhansi on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya (16th May) in the year 1953.

Friday, April 17, 2015

High Court drops contempt proceedings against Iskcon Bangalore

Deccan Herald: The High Court on Thursday dropped contempt proceedings against members of Iskcon (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Bangalore and advocates, which it initiated for an attempt to malign Justice K L Manjunath, a judge of the High Court.

A division bench comprising Justices N Kumar and Indrakala dropped the contempt petition against Jai Chaitanya Dasa, secretary, Iskcon; Madhu Pandit Dasa, president, Iskcon; senior counsel S K V Chalapathi; counsels V H Ron, Ramesh Babu and S A Maruthi Prasad, saying that there was no scandalous attack on the judiciary in the matter.

“In the entire episode, the court is not involved. No scandalous attack is made on any judge or the judiciary in discharging their judicial functions. It’s purely a private matter between the learned judge, who was a devotee of the private temple, its faction and advocates representing the faction. The Contempt of Court Act 1971 was not enacted by parliament to deal with the situation arising out of circumstances displayed before us,” the bench observed in its over 230-page order.

Pointing out to the entire episode, which led to the contempt proceedings, the bench said the learned judge could not have taken note of the private communications relating to an appeal pending before him, as such things are forbidden.

“The two letters by the judge’s erstwhile senior counsel and his erstwhile junior colleague show they wanted to implicate their brother lawyers appearing in the case without any justification, which only speaks of professional jealousy. The learned judge could not see through this and was unnecessarily caught in the web. The erstwhile colleagues of the judge have not measured up to the standards of professional conduct and etiquette expected of them and it was improper on their part to have addressed those two letters. The learned judge also could not have taken note of these private communications relating to an appeal pending before him, as such private communications are forbidden,” the bench observed.

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