A plea from the devotees who go out chanting Hare Krishna every day in Union Square in New York City
NYC Harinam needs a small apartment in Manhattan to continue its service.
Below is a letter of inspiration from Rama Raya das, who founded the NYC Harinam Ashram. Please read and consider donating to this wonderful project.
We hope to see you soon in NYC! Also check out our press release and official GoFundMe campaign.
This is Rama Raya, humble servant of Srila Prabhupada’s sankirtan mission. For five years without fail, through hurricanes and snowstorms, we have kept daily harinam going in New York. I am honored to serve the sincere devotees, both men and women, who have joined me to spread the glories of the holy name.
Our biggest problem is housing the devotees who want to join us. Presently, I have men cramped into an apartment on the lower east side. For the next year we desperately need to expand. You can’t imagine how helpful it would be if we could just get one more small apartment for the next year.
But New York City is expensive, and the security deposit and broker fees are a lot. Ananda Sankirtan Das, a qualified accountant having passed the CPA exam, works in the city. He could live in his own small apartment himself, but he lives humbly in our ashram and contributes a substantial part of his own salary to help us. He also manages our finances.
This is his projection. He has calculated that if we can raise at least $20,000, we can afford to expand, and that expansion would include our projections of our steadily increasing book distribution through the year to help pay our rent.
We are building many wonderful temples in ISKCON that give shelter to so many souls. We can fill those temples with many good devotees if you just help us a little to support NYC Harinam, our own temple of the holy name.
So I am humbly begging all our friends of the Sankirtan movement to please help us push on the public chanting of the holy name and help us in any way you can. Please join and support our Sankirtan mission!
Humbly in the service of the Vaisnavas,
Rama Raya and the NYC Ashram.
PS. Please check out our website. If you could also contribute monthly, we can do so much more. nycharinam.org
My godsister Parvati Dasi, who looks after Srila Prabhuapda’s samadhi in Vrindaban, has sent me this letter. She writes for a worthy cause.
Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. This is an appeal for your help for Prabhupada’s Vrndavana Samadhi Project.
This year, somehow the donation level has fallen below normal. For the first time in 17 years, I had to break a small Fixed Deposit to put in the working account. More than that, we must re-seal the dome after 25 monsoons, to ensure no leaking or concomitant structural damage. Removing the grouting on all the dome tiles from top to bottom to maintain the waterproofing, then applying the clear silicon coating so the moisture cannot come through the marble, will cost at least Rs. 5 laks or $7500.
This year, we found 3 leaks in the dome, which we sealed up immediately. It is urgent we begin the work without delay to protect the whole dome. Best would be if there were some forthcoming donations. But at this point, the work cannot wait.
Prabhupada’s Samadhi needs extra funding on an ordinary basis, but this work is the first order. I need help to cover at least our present crisis now. Therefore I am requesting your help to find donors for this Samadhi work. Though it is an urgent situation, I prefer not to dip into the Samadhi Maintenance Fund if I don’t have to.
Thank you for your kind consideration.
Parvati devi dasi
PS: Depending on where you are, this is where you send donations:
Bank – Andhra bank, Vrindavan.
Acc Name: ISKCON Samadhi Mandir
Acc No. 1885 101000 30840
IFS Code: ANDB0001885
MICR Code: 281011102
Swift Code: ANDBINBBAGR
Checks or Online donations in Foreign Currency:
ISKCON Foreign A/c # 9100100-1456-52389
SWIFT code no. AXISINBB086
IFSC code # UTIB0000794 Axis Bank Vrndavan
The award-winning book Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the meaning of life is now available as a high-quality ebook at the Kindle Store, on Google Play, and on iBooks.
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The 2016 Srila Prabhupada Tributes book – “the open Vyasa-puja book” – is now available as a pdf file from www.sptributes.com. Physical books have already been mailed.
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The scans for this chapter are the latest in a series that shows all the revisions done for the transliterations, word meanings, and purports of the second edition. Nearly every revision also has a note explaining why it was done, along with an image from the BBT’s oldest manuscripts, allowing you to verify the history for yourself.
Jayadvaita Swami did his revisions for the second edition on a physical copy of the first edition. The scans show that copy. (Revisions to the translations aren’t shown, because he edited them separately, not in the book itself.) Each chapter forms one downloadable pdf file.
The scans for this chapter give you much to see.
You’ll see the extensive first paragraph to 9.26 (patram puspam phalam toyam). This paragraph appeared in the 1968 abridged edition, and devotees often relished and quoted it, especially its memorable line “Who is such a fool that he does not want to be Krsna conscious by this simple method?” In the 1972 edition this paragraph was left out. In the 1983 edition it has been restored.
You’ll see twenty-six of Srila Prabhupada’s Sanskrit quotations recovered (seven in the purport to text 2 alone).
You’ll see several places where the 1972 edition includes Srila Prabhupada’s explanation for a Sanskrit word but leaves out the word he is explaining — and the second edition restores the missing word. (For example: avasam in the purport to text 8, udasinavat in text 9, and vyapasritya in text 32.)
You’ll find out about new translations the original editor pasted into the manuscript over Srila Prabhupada’s (and see examples).
You’ll also see the thirteen verses for which the original word-for-word meanings were done by a BBT Sanskrit editor, not by Srila Prabhupada himself.
Apart from images for specific changes, the scans for this chapter include thirteen complete sample pages from the original manuscripts, including four pages showing those BBT-supplied word-for-word meanings.
Whether you’re for “the changes,” against them, or neutral, here’s another opportunity to see what the changes actually are.
For devotees who have been critical of the second edition but are thoughtful and open-minded, the scans for this chapter provide ample food for thought.