from His Holiness Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami, leader for the Hare Krishna devotees in Kazakhstan.
On November 8, 2007, the Supervisory Panel of the Almaty Provincial Court cancelled its decision on the transfer of 116-acre Krishna Society farm to Mr. E. Abdykalykov. The court ruled that the land be again returned to the Kazakhstan Government.
This is the second time the court has returned the property to the government of Kazakhstan.
November 5, 2007
On November 4, 2007, the practitioners of the Society for Krishna Consciousness were informed that they have one week to vacate their farm.
Newly posted online for downloading is an updated version of the BBT Style Sheet.
It offers the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust’s latest standards on such matters as spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and word choice.
This is a routine update. No shockers.
The BBT’s digital edition of the Monier-Williams Sanskrit Dictionary does work under Windows Vista, once you’ve replaced an old font file with a new one.
Without the fix, a few diacritical characters won’t show up. With the fix, all works fine.
Here’s the fix:
- Download this zip archive. (It’s small: 5 KB).
- Extract the file MWD.FON and put it in your Monier-Williams Dictionary folder, replacing the old version of the file.
Thank you to Ramakanta Dasa, who wrote the dictionary program, for providing the fix.
The 2007 Vyasa-puja book honoring His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is now available as a downloadable PDF file from Krishna.com. You can find it here.
My latest reading: “Greetings from Vṛndāvana” by Dhanurdhara Swami. This 206-page book, smartly designed, consists of entries from a journal Dhanurdhara Swami kept in 2000 through 2003 and shared with friends and followers.
The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust has just published a book I helped edit: Srila Sanatana Gosvami’s Sri Krishna-lila-stava, translated, with a brief commentary, by Gopiparanadhana Dasa. Srila Sanatana Gosvami (circa 1488–1558) was the seniormost of the six Gosvamis who expounded and elaborated the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Of Srila Sanatana’s four literary works, Sri Krishna-lila-stava is the shortest and simplest.
A July 25 article in the Washington Post gives a good update on the campaign by officials in Kazakhstan to demolish the homes and temple and seize the land of the local Hare Krishna community outside the city of Almaty. The article doesn’t tell the worst of it, but does quite a fair job.
The article is called “Local Property Dispute Grows Into International Issue for Kazakhstan.”
This article was published by F18News on 15 June 2007
By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service, http://www.forum18.org
Workers and police arrived this morning (15 June) at the village near Almaty where the embattled Hare Krishna commune is based to demolish twelve more Hare Krishna-owned homes. “The houses were literally crushed into dust. By ten o’clock it was all over,” Hare Krishna spokesperson Maksim Varfolomeyev – who witnessed the latest demolitions - told Forum 18 News Service. The temple, which the devotees have been ordered to destroy by today, has not been touched but the devotees fear it could be the next target.
This article published today by the Forum 18 News Service reports that local authorities in Kazakhstan have ordered the members of the Hare Krishna community near Almaty to destroy their temple and other buildings within the next ten days.
Commenting on a verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam (4.25.41), in which a young woman accepts the sexual advances of a king, Srila Prabhupada says, “A man is always famous for his aggression toward a beautiful woman, and such aggression is sometimes considered rape. Although rape is not legally allowed, it is a fact that a woman likes a man who is very expert at rape.” Understandably, this comment has raised questions. What is Srila Prabhupada saying? In 1999 a woman in the Hare Krishna community wrote me about this. Here is the reply I gave.
With the judgment passed by the Republic of Kazakhstan Supreme Court on May 8, 2007, the land of the Hare Krishna community in Almaty province may be confiscated in favor of the government at any moment.
International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights protests persecution of Hare Krishna devotees in KazakhstanSubmitted by jswami on May 18, 2007 - 6:14am
Responding to last week’s decision by the Kazakhstan Supreme Court that allows the the land of the Kazakh Hare Krishna community to be seized, a statement from the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights urges the Kazakhstan authorities to stop their discriminatory and unfair treatment of the Hare Krishna devotees. Human Rights Without Frontiers co-signed the statement.
A recent decision by Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court clears the way for the local government to drive the local Hare Krishna devotees from their land and seize it. The decision has been reported in a May 10 article from the Associated Press.
The article underreports the government’s abuses in the case. I’ll post an item on that shortly.
In the last couple of weeks I’ve lost three old friends and colleagues: Suhotra Dasa Tapovanacari, Puru Dasa, and Muktakesa Dasa. All three have now, as we say, left this world. (The prosaic world just usually says “died.”)