Shabda Hari Dasa, a Krishna devotee working in the Persian Gulf, is professionally employed making ringtones for mobile phones. In his off hours he also makes ringtones to remind one of Krishna.
He has sent me some, and I’m posting them here. He says they should work for most phones. You can transfer them to your phone, he says, by data cable, bluetooth, or infrared.
Now here are the tones:
An attempt to demolish 5 more Hindu houses
On January 18, 2007, the Karasai District Court issued decisions for the evacuation and demolition of 5 homes of members of the Krishna Society in Kazakhstan. The court did not inform the defendants of the case, did not provide them with the claims or relevant documents, and did not invite them to attend the court hearing.
March 19, 2007
Religious Organization Society for Krishna Consciousness
PROPOSED SOLUTION TO THE KAZAKH KRISHNA CRISIS
The Kazakhstan Government has confiscated 116 acres of land from the Religious Organization Society for Krishna Consciousness. As a proposed solution to the conflict, the government has offered 5 acres of land in an arid area and has declared this to be a happy ending to the conflict.
The conflict between the executive authorities of the Karasai district, Almaty province, and the Hare Krishna community has been going on for three years.
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A few days ago I learned of the death on February 8 of Ian Stevenson, M.D., the world’s leading researcher of cases in which children appear to remember a previous life.
Dr. Stevenson, for many years Carlson Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, was the founder and director of the university’s Division of Personality Studies (now known as the Division of Perceptual Studies).
His more than forty years of research, analysis, and publication raised increasingly difficult problems for those who assume that consciousness cannot possibly survive bodily death.
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.
Bless this house, O Lord, we pray.
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless our humble vestibule,
Bless the TV, bless the pool.
Bless our silly little notions.
Bless our week’s supply of Trojans.
Bless, oh bless the internet.
Bless our liquor cabinet.
Bless our kitchen, for it features
Places where we roast Thy creatures,
Bake them, broil them, nuke them, fry them.
Blessed Lord, please sanctify them
While we’re scarfing down their wings,
livers, legs, and other things—
Breasts and tongues and blood galore,
Bless them, Lord, forevermore.
Every year I make my personal finances public. Attached is an accounting of my finances for 2006.
United States of America
PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 109th CONGRESS, 2nd SESSION
Washington, Thursday, December 7, 2006 No. 134
House of Representatives
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY BULLDOZED IN KAZAKHSTAN
HON. CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH OF NEW JERSEY
Today I express my deep concern about the destruction of thirteen homes in a Hare Krishna commune outside of Almaty, Kazakhstan. It is a saddening development considering that Kazakhstan is a participating State in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and has been vigorously pursuing a bid to chair the OSCE in 2009. I am greatly troubled by the actions taken against this peaceful religious community, which is reminiscent of the “bad old days.”
Two days ago, the United States Embassy in Kazakhstan issued the statement below:
US Embassy Statement Concerning Demolition of Homes in Hare Krishna Commune
The U.S. Embassy is concerned that Karasai district authorities are continuing their aggressive campaign against the Hare Krishna commune outside of Almaty. On November 21, Karasai district authorities demolished several homes at the commune. Homeowners were left in the cold, and many of their possessions were destroyed. The remaining residents were left without electricity and heat.
The embassy has several concerns regarding the legal basis for the actions against the Hare Krishna community. Regardless of the merits of the underlying case, the forceful eviction of homeowners in freezing temperatures and the destruction of their possessions contradicted principles of due process and fairness. It is particularly disturbing that the authorities took such action before the special commission charged with finding an equitable solution to the situation had issued its recommendations.
Here’s a neat word for you: kakistocracy.
It means “government by the worst persons.” The word, which dates back to the 1820s, derives from the Greek word kakistos (worst). The Oxford English Dictionary offers a quotation from James Russell Lowell: “Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a Kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?”
Long ago, Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.1.40) told of the rogues who would take hold of the governments of the world in Kali-yuga, the present Age of Quarrel:
The State-sponsored bulldozing of the Hare Krishna community in Kazakhstan three days ago has been reported by Forum 18, the Oslo-based human-rights organization.
A video of the attack is available on Google Video.
Things have gone from bad to worse for the human rights of the Hare Krishna devotees in Kazakhstan. Yesterday I received this letter from B.B. Govinda Swami, their spiritual leader.
On November 20, 2006 at 6 AM an unidentified person delivered a stack of orders from the Executors of the Karasai District Court. The orders stated that the owners of cottages must destroy their homes or they will be destroyed by the government at the expense of the owners.
24 hours later 3 busses full of riot police, 2 ambulances, 2 empty lorries, and executors of Karasai district arrived at the Hindus’ farm to destroy their homes and personal temples.
This past week in Vrindaban, one of my godbrothers reminded me of this verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.5.42):
sva-pada-mulam bhajatah priyasya
tyaktanya-bhavasya harih paresah
vikarma yac cotpatitam kathancid
dhunoti sarvam hrdi sannivistah
“One who has given up everything and taken full shelter at the lotus feet of Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is very dear to the Lord. Therefore, if such a surrendered soul accidentally commits some sinful acts, the Lord, who is seated within everyone’s heart, at once takes away the reaction to such sins.”