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The ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry serves all of ISKCON but in particular those members who have taken to the sacred order of renunciation; sannyasa.

In this site you can find a list of ISKCON Sannyasis, what the qualifications and responsibilities of a sannyasi are and how to become one.

The ISKCON Sannyasa Minister is Prahladananda Swami.

This site is being hosted by ISKCON Melbourne.

Sannyasa Waiting List

Sannyasa Waiting List – GBC AGM 2014

That the following are the candidates for 2014 along with their respective waiting periods

RESOLVED:
Akincana dasa 3 years
Ambarish (GKG) dasa 2 years
Ananda Caitanya dasa 1 year
Ananda Vardhana dasa 3 years
Asit Krsna dasa 3 years
Badrinarayan dasa this year
Bhaktipada dasa 4 years
Carudesna dasa (BTS) 1 year
Dayavan dasa 2 years
Deva Deva dasa 4 years
Dhirasanta dasa 1 year
Ganga Narayan dasa 1 year
Gaura Krishna dasa 1 year
Halayudha dasa 2 years
Hari Vilas dasa 2 years
Krishna Ksetra dasa this year
Lilasuka dasa 1 year
Mahadyuti dasa 3 years
Mahat Tattva dasa 2 years
Mahaprabhu dasa 3 years
Nabadvip Dvija Gouranga dasa 2 years
Raghava Pandit dasa 2 years
Rupa Raghunatha dasa 2 years
Sankirtan dasa 1 year
Uttamasloka dasa 2 years
Vedavyasa dasa this year
Vivasvan dasa this year
Vishvavasu dasa 3 years
Yamunacarya dasa 1 year

Sannyasa Waiting List – GBC AGM 2013

RESOLVED:
That the following are the candidates for 2013 along with their respective waiting periods
Ambarish (GKG) dasa 3 years
Ananda Caitanya dasa 2 years
Ananda Vardhana dasa 4 years
Akincana dasa 4 years
Asit Krsna dasa 4 years
Badrinarayan dasa 1 year
Carudesna dasa (BTS) 2 years
Dayavan dasa 3 years
Dhirasanta dasa 2 years
Gadadhara Priya dasa this year
Ganga Narayan dasa 2 years
Gaura Krishna dasa 2 years
Halayudha dasa 3 years
Hari Vilas dasa 3 years
Janardana dasa this year
Krishna Balarama dasa 3 years
Lilasuka dasa 2 years
Mahadyuti dasa 3 years
Mahat Tattva dasa 3 years
Murali Krishna dasa this year
Nabadvip Dvija Gouranga dasa 2 years
Pradhupada dasa this year
Raghava Pandit dasa 2 years
Rupa Raghunatha dasa 3 years
Sankirtan dasa 2 years
Uttamasloka dasa 2 years
Vaishnava dasa this year
Vedavyasa dasa 1 year
Vivasvan dasa 1 year
Yamunacarya dasa 2 years



Posted by Lilasuka Dasa on 9/3/12; 6:17:13 PM from the dept.

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Sannyasa Waiting List 2012

RESOLVED:
That the following are the candidates for sannyasa for 2012 along with their respective waiting periods:
Ambarish Das 4 years
Badrinarayana Das 2 years
Carudesna Das BTS 3 years
Dayavan Das         4 years
Dhirasanta Das 3 years
Gadadhara Priya Das 1 year
Ganga Narayan Das 3 years
Gaura Krishna Das 3 years
Halayudha Das 4 years
Janardana Das 1 year
Krishna Balarama Das         4 years
Lilasuka Das         3 years
Mahadyuti Das 3 years
Mahat Tattva Das         4 years
Markandeya Rsi Das 1 year
Murali Krishna Das 1 year
Nabadvip Dvija Gouranga D. 3 years
Nitai Prasad Das this year
Prabhupada Das 1 year
Raghava Pandit Das 3 years
Uttamasloka Das 3 years
Vedavyasa Das 2 years
Vaisnava Das         1 year
Vivasvan Das         2 years


Posted by Lilasuka Dasa on 27/2/12; 1:51:59 AM from the dept.

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Sannyasa Initiations in 2011

There are three ISKCON devotees who have received sannyasa in 2011:

Dayananda Swami (U.K.) - Abhay das

Bhakti Ananta Krishna Goswami (Russia) - Acala das

Bhaktivedanta Sadhu Swami (Russia) - Carudesna das


Posted by Lilasuka Dasa on 16/2/12; 11:42:41 PM from the dept.

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Four New ISKCON Sannyasis

There are four ISKCON devotees who have taken sannaysa this year:

Siddharta dasa is now Siddharta Swami  (from India)
Makhanlal dasa is now Bhakti Madhurya Govinda Swami (from India)
Nitai Caitanya dasa is now Nitai Caitanya Goswami (from Russia)
Devamrita dasa is now Bhakti Rasamrita Swami (India)

    We wish them all success in their new services as ISKCON sannyasis.

Posted by Prahladananda Swami on 7/7/10; 10:22:41 AM from the dept.

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Another New ISKCON Sannyasi

    In a very auspicious ceremony in the courtyard of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram
Mandir His Holiness Gopala Krishna Goswami awarded Sannyas to His Holiness
Prabhodananda Sarasvati Swami in the presence of VedaVyas Priya Maharaja,
Radharamana Maharaja, Janananda Goswami, and Damodar Maharaja.

In service of Srimati Vrinda Devi,
Deena Bandhu dasa

Posted by Prahladananda Swami on 14/4/08; 11:39:29 PM from the dept.

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Two New Sannyasis

            I am pleased to announce that there are two new ISKCON sannyasis.  Purnachandra dasa is now Purnachandra Goswami and Jagat Guru dasa is now Bhakti Narasimha Swami.

In the service of Srila Prabhupada,
Prahladananda Swami

Posted by Prahladananda Swami on 10/4/08; 10:30:38 PM from the dept.

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Sannyasa Reports

Some devotees have inquired about my removing a report from the website.  This sannyasi has told me that his report was intended only for the GBC Body.  I do not publish on this website reports from sannyasis that include information like a sannyasi's  preaching in sensitive areas in the world  which might put him or others into danger or a report from a sannyasi that he intends to be read only by the GBC Body.

Posted by Prahladananda Swami on 7/8/07; 1:58:25 AM from the dept.

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Sannyasa Reports 2006-2007

Sannyasa Reports 2006

Atmanivedana Swami.

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

After Gaura Purnima 2006, I left for Ahmedabad to complete the second BI minibus. On the 4th of April I left for England. As usual, I preached in the U.K. On May 19th I left for the USA’s West Coast (LA). I spent one month in LA with His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami, preaching with his Ranganiketan group. I returned to the U.K. on 19th June and stayed in London. This year we had the misfortune to lose our beloved spiritual master on the 2nd October. I came to Radha-Kunda on 3rd Oct to attend the Samadhi of His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami. A week later I come back to the U.K. On 11th Nov I came to New Delhi. I stayed at the New Delhi Temple for 12 days. Then I went to the Kolkata BI offices for 3 days. I took a train to Jagannath Puri to celebrate the Vyasa Puja of His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami on 26th Dec, 2006.

Due to the departure of His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami, some of us had take on some of his duties — such as organizing the All-India Students’ Conference on Science and Spirituality, held on the 9th & 10th of December. Then I came to Vrindaban to see to some pending work in connection with the Samadhi of His Holiness. As I write this report, on Dec 16th, I can only tell you what my plan is till Gaura Purnima 2007. I plan to leave for Manipur on Dec 20th, but I am not certain how long I will stay there. Then I plan to go to Bali to see how my godbrothers and -sisters are coping after the loss of their spiritual master. Then I will return to India and visit Mumbai. I will leave for the U.K. on 1 April 2007, if all goes well. After that I will review my situation on what steps to take next.

 
Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006–07

In 2006 I maintained our two regular nama-hatta centers and established a regular Food for Life program to feed the needy in many places in Lagos, Nigeria.

If Krsna bestows His mercy, in 2007 I will expand the distribution of Krsna's prasadam to more people in Lagos and regularize our harinama-sankirtana in West Africa.

In June, July, and August I will preach in East Africa, where I hope to start Bhakti-vrksa and nama-hatta centers in Kenya, a self-sufficiency farm and school in Uganda, and college preaching in Tanzania.

In September I will be in South Africa, and in November I will go to Mauritius to start a school where children will be inculcated with fine character and thus become ideal leaders.

Many devotees in ISKCON know so much, do so much, preach so much, and work so much but still lead empty lives in the Society and are not blissful. Therefore, there is a serious need for the leaders to create hope for all devotees.

 
Bhakti Purusottama Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006–07

Last year I visited various temples in my zone.

In the summer I preached in the USA and UK for about one and a half months.

I spent most of my time in Mayapur and Bengal to look after Mayapur management and preaching activities in Bengal.

Preaching is improving. The managers in the various temples under my care are very cooperative. They are trying their best to follow my proposals to increase preaching.

This year ISKCON Puri started the Sri Kshetra Parikrama. 2,500 devotees attended this parikrama.

The Gauhati and Nowgaon ratha-yatras were grand successes.

We helped publish the Korean Bhagavad-Gita.

Preaching to the youth in Bangladesh has improved a lot. Hundreds of youths have joined the ISKCON Youth Forum.

Mayapur management is going on smoothly. Nothing much has been achieved in regards to the construction of the big temples. We face various problems.

I will reduce my travel in 2007 and concentrate on writing some books for children. I have published a book called "Sri Jagannath" describing many pastimes of Lord Jagannath.


Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006–07

During 2006, as in previous years, I spent most of my time in India and also traveled around the world in two months with a Star Alliance ticket. Much time went in researching, writing, and editing for my upcoming book on Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, which should be published in the first part of 2007.

A realization: We're all going to pass on soon, so while we're still here let's serve to our best capacity the mission of Srila Prabhupada in this world.


Bhanu Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006–07

Performed regular duties as co-GBC of South India and Japan.

Visited Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia.

Translated and published the Bhaktirasamrta-sindhu.

Reprinted Baladeva's and Visvanatha's commentaries on the Gita. 

Ongoing translation:

Four commentaries on Sri Isopanisad.

Jiva Goswami's commentary on Brahma Samhita. 

Baladeva's commentary on Sri Laghu-bhagavatamrta.

Visvanatha's commentary on Srimad-Bhagavatam, Cantos 1 and 2.



Bir Krsna Goswami

Sannyasa Report for 2006

January 1-11  New Goloka
January 12-14  Dallas for NAGBC and TP meetings
January 14-21  New Goloka
January 22-February  4th annual meeting for Europe GBC zone (Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia)
February 5-9  Vrindavan
February 9-11  Ujjain for temple opening
February 12-15  Vrindavan
February 16-26  Mayapur for GBC and other meetings
February 27-March 28  Australia, Fiji (GBC zone), and New Zealand
March 29-April 26  New Goloka
April 27-May 7  New Orleans/New Talavan preaching programs
May 8-16  New Goloka
May 17-19  Alachua for NA leadership meetings
May 20-24  New Goloka
May 24-June 26  Australia, Fiji (GBC zone), and New Zealand
June 26-July 1  New Goloka
July 2  New Vrindavan preaching program
July 3-23  Europe preaching (Scandinavia, and Yugoslavia GBC zone)
July 24-August 8  New Goloka
August 9-14  Seattle and Vancouver Ratha-yatra
August 15-18  New Goloka
August 19  Prabhupada Village
August 20-October 4  New Goloka
October 5-9  Euro GBC meeting and International GBC meeting
October 10-12  New Goloka
October 12-November 13  Australia, Fiji (GBC work), and New Zealand
November 13-18  New Goloka
November 19-23  New Orleans/New Talavan
November 24-December 25  New Goloka for Christmas Marathon
December 25-end of year  Sarajevo and Serbia (GBC zone)

Candramauli Swami.

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

Following the similar format for previous years, I will list the different
places I went in order of Continent.

INDIA                           US                      EUROPE
AnantaPur                       Chicago                 London
Mumbai(Chowpatty)        Boise                   Poland
Pune                            Denver                  Croatia - Zagreb
                                                                  Split
                                                                  Murtur
Pandarpur                       Boulder                 Bosnia - Sarjevo
Banglore                        Columbus                Wales  - Swansea
                                                                 Cardiff
Arawade                         New Vrindaban           France - New Mayapur
Sangli                          Gita Nagari             England - Leicester
Kolaphur                        Boston                  Italy - Piza
                                                                    Florence
                                                                    Milano
                                                                   Prabhupadesh
Kavalapur           Washington DC - IFAST   Slovenia - Ljubjlana
                                 Potamac                         Belgaum                        
            Hartford                   Hungary - Farm
                                                                     Budpest
Sridam Mayapur                  Cleveland
Ujjain                          Shrewsbery Mass.
Jagannath Puri                  St. Louis
Calcutta                        Harrisburg, PA
Bhubaneswara                      Canada - Ottawa

I spent about 2.5 months in Chicago; it continues to be my base. My
observation of preaching in America is that our temples seem to be stuck
in the mood of maintenance rather than preaching. There is hardly any
emphasis on educating and training the devotees. A lot of the emphasis is on
Deity worship and preaching to the Indian population.  Bhakti Vriksha
programs seem to be developing nicely in many areas, but the majority of them
are Indian. I think that we are failing to reach the Western population.

In addition, I have been doing a lot of correspondence with prisoners. IPM is
increasing nicely. I have done 5 programs inside prisons this year. Books
are going out regularly, and many new people are coming to take up Krsna
consciousness.

My projection for 2007 is that I will visit many of the same places
and spend additional time in Croatia, Slovenia, Boise (Idaho), Boston, and
possibly the Denver/Boulder area. I will continue to make my base Chicago and
continue to develop IPM and the Sannyasa Ministry in America. By some unseen
good fortune, many year ago I came across a compilation of all of Srila
Prabhupada's written statements on the Sannyasa order of life. My idea is to
bring that out in book form.


Candrasekhara Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

2006: As in previous years, I spent this year almost completely within the New York City area. Almost the entire year was spent there doing home programs and book distribution. In May I attended the NV Festival of Inspiration.

I continued with the Long Island Bhakti-Vrksa programs until late November. Also I tried to do book tables in the Hicksville, Long Island, area to meet congregational members.

The Stoneybrook College preaching program was going well until Vaikunthanatha Prabhu left the US to repatriate to Singapore to complete his Ph.D. Those students that were following him were not so good at meeting their commitments to run a student organization. Maybe we will try to revive that project in 2007. But Stoneybrook is a two- or three-hour commute drive from Brooklyn.

I usually give morning Srimad-Bhagavatam class here at the Radha-Govinda Mandir 4 or 5 days a week. I give the Wednesday program most Wednesdays when there is no traveling luminary being hosted here. When Prabhupada Dasa is here, he takes some of the class load.

2007: More of the same. I am really trying to figure out how to push forward in Long Island when it is an hour-and-a-half commute each way. The Long Island is not nearly as densely populated as Manhattan. Am toying with the idea of trying some kind of free or low-cost prasadam outreach program at the colleges closer in — like Nassau Community College, Hofstra, and Adelphi. Being in Brooklyn is not very practical for LI preaching, but there is not much alternative yet.

To make payments on my vehicle, I will continue to do book distribution in Richmond Hill and to participate in the home programs that go on almost every weekend. This car pay-off is coming along very slowly.

The Long Island Temple case has recently seen many promising signs, but it is too early for any real expectations for victory.

As has been my program for the last two years, I turn down (respectfully) most offers to travel here and there, far and wide. It is just not very practical from a financial perspective, and for the LI case too, it is better if I am mostly close by.

Another point is that my health seems to go though difficult phases. Nothing life-threatening or anything, but things that need immediate attention. While at the Festival of Inspiration in New Vrindavan last year, I developed an intense fungal infection in the groin area. Because I was not where I have a medical plan, it got way out of hand. Upon arriving back in NYC, I was able to deal with the problem straight away. These kinds of experiences make me hesitant to travel. But I am learning to cope with these types of long-term health nuisances.
 
Danavir Goswami

Sannyasa Report for 2006–07

1. Highlights of 2006:

       Rupanuga Vedic College's main building, in Kansas City, was paid off.

       RVC began work toward accreditation.

       I spent the entire year in India, mostly Bangalore, researching Vedic
cosmology. I also traveled in India to many cities and towns.

       I’m expecting to publish several books, a DVD, and a poster on cosmology
in early 2007 as result of the cosmology research.

       I began a program to reduce sleep.


2. Plans for 2007:

       I plan to continue developing the Rupanuga Vedic College (a men's Vedic
seminary) in Kansas City, working toward accreditation.

       I will resume writing a commentary on the Garga Samhita (a 40-volume project)

       I plan to visit and preach in Guyana; Europe -- the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Macedonia, Finland, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia; USA -- Chicago,
Los Angeles, Boise, Omaha, Nashville, Denver, Boulder, Miami, and other
places; India; and possibly other places.

       I plan to attend entire Mayapur-Vrndavana Festival, where I will conduct
seminars on the Bhakta Program, Vedic cosmology, Brain Gain, the Garga
Samhita, Vedic college education and training, and Bright Side
Self-Improvement Seminars.

Gauranga Prem Swami,

Sannyasa Report for 2006

1st January to 16th January -- Pandal Program was conducted in the districts of Jalpaiguri, Uttar Dinajpur, Malda, Nadia.

17th & 18th January -- stayed in Mayapur.

19th January -- House program in Barasat.

20th January to 24th January -- in Mayapur

25th January to 5th  February -- programs in different places, viz., Jessore, Dacca, Chittagong, Kumilla, Narayanganj, and North Bangladesh.

6th February -- came back to Kolkata to catch a train to Ujjain.

8th to 11th February -- in Ujjain for Deity installation.

11th February -- took train to Kolkata and reached Mayapur on 13th February.

13th February to 2nd March -- preparing for Navadvipa Mandal Parikrama

3rd to 8th March -- Navadvipa Mandal Parikrama.

9th to 18th March -- Namahatta Mela, Mayapur Gaura Purnima festival in Mayapur

19th March to 5th April -- With His Grace Jananivas Prabhu and 65 Mayapur Sankirtan devotees performed Gaura Mandal parikrama and visited 46 Sripats.

6th to 12th April -- Mayapur for Vyasa-puja for Guru Maharaj.

13th April to 4th May -- Mini Pandal Program in Uttar & Dakshina Dinaspur, Malda, Murshidabad, and Siligiri

5th to 14th May -- Nrsimha Chaturdashi and initiation ceremony in Mayapur.

15th May to 7th June -- Mini Pandal Program in Malda, Kanai Natashala, Bihar, Uttar Dinaspur, Jalpaiguri, and Kujbihar.

9th June to 13th July -- Mayapur due to rainy reason.

14th to 20th July -- Took 60 congregational devotees to Puri.

21st July to 31st July -- Mayapur

1st August to 4th August -- Ekachakragram acted in a telefilm as the sannyasi taking Nitai away from Ekachakragram.

5th & 6th August -- yearly Jhulan Yatra Utsav and Pandal Program in Behrampur

7th to 24th August -- in Mayapur for initiation ceremony and Radhastami; then
took 45 devotees to Puridham and other holy places in Orissa.

25th August -- Gopiballavpur.

26th August -- Remuna, Panchalingeshwar, and stayed in ISKCON Badrak.

27th August -- Bhubaneswar.

28th August -- Nila Madhava & Sakshi Gopal.
 
29th August -- Alalanath & Jagannath Puri.

30th August to 7th September -- Mayapur

8th to 10th September -- Namahatta Training camp in Pratirajpur in N Dinaspur

11th September to 1st October -- Mayapur

2nd to 20th October -- North Indian Tour with 60 congregational devotees. All holy places in north, including Vrindavan Dham.

21st October to 5th November -- Mayapur

6th November to 10th November -- Sri Kshetra Parikrama in Puri.

11th November to 31st December -- Big Pandal Program with 50 Namahatta devotees in the districts of Hoogly, Bardaman, Bakuda, Purulia, Medinipur, Howrah, 24 Parganas and Nadia.

 
Guru Prasad Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

I am afraid that 2006 was fraught with health issues that diminished my traveling somewhat. My travel, with the exception of going to South India for 10 days in Jan 2006 and Vrndavana in March, was exclusively in my zone, and less than before.

Rather than trying to recount the exact dates and places, as some have done, I can say that I visited Mexico, mostly Guadalajara (twice) and Mexico City (three times). They were short visits because those cities are at a high elevation and have dry climates, conditions that that aggravate my skin problem. I visited Trinidad three times, Venezuela twice, Colombia once, Costa Rica twice, and Panama twice.

As far as my realizations, I feel the compelling need to intensify my study of sastra. While I read every day, I feel the need to do read more, and especially in the association of devotees with the same inclination. Sometimes I don't find that opportunity in my zone. On the other hand, more than ever the zone demands my personal presence, owing to the lack of leaders.

I can't think of much more to say. I pray that my health, which at this point is much better, will allow me to do more in 2007.

 
Hridayananda das Goswami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

In 2006 I divided my time between GBC duties in the Southeast USA and finishing a book I am giving to an editor at the beginning of January.

In Atlanta we had the great fortune of acquiring several excellent full-time preachers: Nirguna Prabhu, Anumanta Prabhu, and Anumanta’s wife Anandini. Veda Sara Prabhu continues to render invaluable service as temple president. I also became GBC of Phoenix and spent one week there, in addition to other GBC work in Tennessee. I also became GBC of Gainesville, Florida, and will spend at least a week there after the Mayapur trip.

I am just finishing a novel, which is my attempt to serve Prabhupada by presenting Kåñëa consciousness in a way that people in general will be able to understand. I pray for the blessings of all the Vaishnavas in this service. During a three-month writing retreat, Rtadhvaja Swami has rendered invaluable assistance by helping with the GBC work.

In 2007 I will continue my GBC work and, once this novel is done, again take up the Mahabharata, which I hope to present as a three-part historical novel, for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and the Vaishnavas.

My main realizations this year are that life is very short and I need to seriously become Kåñëa consciousness, so that I can hopefully avoid the accelerated intense purification that comes through great suffering at the end of life; and of course that the real mission of our life is to spread Srila Prabhupada's mission.

Kadamba Kanana Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

In general 2006 was a good year, with plenty of preaching. I have stayed in contact with a lot people, my health has been ok, and lately I have been investing good energy in hearing and chanting.

In general my approach is not to merely travel and preach at random from country to country but rather to concentrate on developing ongoing relationships with people who I visit a number of times a year. With this goal, a regular pattern of travel to various geographical locations has evolved. Whereas in the past, with my involvement in management in Vrndavana and Mayapur, my service has been very project-oriented, I am now focusing my energy more on supporting people.

SOUTH AFRICA 

I have continued to spend substantial time in South Africa since 1995. As in previous years, in 2006 I made three visits there, spending a total of 2 1/2 months. South Africa is one of the most developed yatras in the world. When the first Western devotees started preaching in "Apartheid South Africa," they were supported by the South African Indian community. Gradually, with successes and some failures, Krsna consciousness is spreading to the local African people as well. I am taking special interest in supporting African devotees.

In January 2006, for the second year in succession, I held a five-day retreat with 125 people in the Drakensberg mountains.

I returned in April during the Durban Ratha-yatra, after which I visited additional temples.

Then in Sept/Oct I made a one-month tour across the country.

Now I have reached Capetown, where we are about to celebrate the first Ratha-yatra.

EUROPE 

In 2006 I spent about six months in Europe. As in previous years, I visited devotees in the Czech Republic; Slovakia; New Vraja Mandala, Spain; Sweden; Finland; Radhadesh; Germany; Holland; and Leicester. I am planning to return to these areas in 2007.

The Czech Republic

I started writing this report from Prague, where I came for a weekend to enthuse the devotees during the December book distribution marathon. Actually they enthused me, because there is a real marathon spirit here. We had a special program in a rented hall with a long, long enthusiastic kirtan. I have a natural affinity with the people here. It makes sense for me to combine preaching in the Czech Republic and Germany, because the German Nrsimha farm is so close to the Czech border that during festivals on Nrsimha Caturdasi and the New Year it is a common meeting ground for the Czech and the German devotees. So I try to be there every year at these times.

Germany

Over the last few years I have regularly visited Germany, and I am planning to be part of the yatra on a regular basis. I started using Germany as a hub for different international flights, so automatically I visited often. My German is improving. I attended many nice programs throughout the year — Sunday and Saturday feasts, home programs, Ratha-yatras, a cultural town festival in East Germany, the maha-harinama in Heidelberg, Janmastami in Abenteuer with Sacinandana Maharaja, and 2 X Govardhana Puja in Berlin and Leipzip. Next weekend I will be in Cologne, and I am scheduled to visit the New Year sankirtana festival on the Nrsimha Farm at the end of the year. I am very fortunate to have a good friendship with Sacinandana Maharaja, which is a valuable thing for me personally and can also benefit our cooperation in Germany in the future.

Spain

New Vraja Mandala, the farm in Spain, is carrying on. By the will of providence five years ago I became the managerial authority for the project when the entire GBC body became involved in a decision to sell or not to sell. There are still some challenges remaining. One of them is that I have to become a better leader, a saintly person, full of humility, kindness and love . . . it's a slow process.

Although the economy of the farm is still from hand to mouth, on a positive note quite a number of families with young children have settled on the farm, and gradually more and more facilities for their residence are being created . It appears that we are making progress.

INDIA 

Vrndavana

Vrndavana is the place of my spiritual birth. It is where I grew up in Krsna consciousness, in the holy dhama. It is my good fortune that I am still allowed to do some service for Krsna and Balarama on the Vrndavana Executive Board. Radhanatha Maharaja once mentioned that perhaps my service in Vrndavana was the most important of all engagements. I keep that in mind.

Mayapur

Every year in Mayapur I teach for one month in the MIHET. This is a spiritually a wonderful time. I think the MIHET is doing valuable groundwork for the future development of the Mayapur University, which will help to create a brahminical culture.  

AUSTRALIA   

My next visit will be for three weeks in January/February 2007. Somehow or other, this is the place in the world where my health is at its best. I also hope my presence will make some contribution to the yatra.

 
Partha Sarathi Dasa Goswami

Sannyasa Report for 2006–07

February 2006 to June 2006 — preached in South Africa, traveling to a dozen different towns.

Mid-June to August — traveled to six cities in Ukraine.

August to November — again preached in South Africa, traveling to six cities.

December — stayed at the ISKCON facility at Govardhana Hill, Vrndavan.

January 2007 — underwent treatment at Ayurvedic clinic and preached in Udupi and Mangalore.

What I have accomplished:

1. Printed three books (Reprinted "Journal of a Struggling Sadhaka, Volume 5 and "Notebook of Prayers." Printed one new book: "Bhakti, Affair of the Heart.")

2. Reduced my chanting (because of bad health) to six hours a day.

3. Once every week e-mailed my diary "Journal of a Struggling Sadhaka" to 300 devotees.

Realization: I think the leaders of our society should spend more time studying and, in particular, chanting.

 
Prahladananda Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

In 2006, as usual I traveled extensively, spending time in Europe, visiting Spain, the UK, Belgium, Holland, Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Italy, and Macedonia. I also visited the Ukraine and Russia.

As usual, I visited the USA twice and did some book distribution and seminars on yoga and Ayurveda, along with my regular preaching. For seminars on Ayurveda at the University of Portland I received two grants. The temples I visited in the USA included New York, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, and Las Vegas.

I also visited, as usual, Peru, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, and the temples in Australia and New Zealand.

My health is usually good, although as time goes on my material body seems to need more attention. Yoga, walks, massage, proper diet and daily Krsna conscious sadhana are very good for bodily maintenance.

I spent more time on my two GBC Ministries — Health and Welfare and Sannyasa Services. There seems to always be something to do for these ministries.

 
Purushatraya Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

In 2006, as usual I continued developing my preaching in Brazil and Portugal. In Brazil I visited practically all the ISKCON projects at least once. I also visited several preaching centers and nama-hattas. I spent a good amount of my time with my farm-community project, Gaura Vrndavana, in which I'm the spiritual leader.

The project is growing nicely. We had good improvement this year, especially in the cow protection program. We are milking some cows and making ghee, and the oxen are plowing the fields and pulling carts. We are also training the calves. I personally very enthusiastically support this program.

In 2006 we also started a campaign to construct a temple on the farm. Till now we have been using a temporary temple, without installed Deities. Our dream is to have a simple but nice temple with beautiful Deities. This will be one of my main projects for the next few years. Although it won't be an expensive construction, the lakshmi will take some time to collect. We started this campaign with zero lakshmi, and our collection work looks like the work of ants, little by little. If some generous soul can help us with some substantial donation, this will be very much welcomed.

Some highlights of my preaching in 2006:

1. Many programs in yoga centers in Brazil and Portugal

2. Lectures, which were very much appreciated, at an important yoga retreat, with some of the best Brazilian yoga teachers

3. A quite big International Festival of Peace, in which I was one of the main speakers

4. Two presentations at the Latin American Vegetarian Congress

5. Several presentations of our sustainable community in universities in Brazil and Portugal

6. A well-received program at the Hindu temple in Lisbon

7. Some Ratha-yatras

8. I've also been occupied in writing devotional articles and organizing my website (www.pswami.com <http://www.pswami.com/> ), and I've given several initiations in Brazil and Portugal.

9. I also visited yatras in Miami, Alachua, New York, and Spain.

In 2007 I will try to do the same or better as our contribution to Srila Prabhupada's mission.

Sacinandana Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006–07

The year 2006 was very busy, spent mostly in the following ways:

Congregational preaching in Germany; visiting the temples and encouraging the devotees in Germany; collecting funds to pay off the huge debt (ongoing); helping the Veda Akademie, which has finally opened a very active branch in Berlin; giving japa retreats; conducting several summer camps in Switzerland, the Balkans, etc. It also seems that a door is opening for me in America. Because I have never preached there, I have a quite fresh approach. I feel like a blackboard with no letters written on it.

You have asked about realizations and how I would like to spend 2007. I am very encouraged by the developments in Germany and want to help with the congregational preaching. I somehow feel that a strong congregation will give us devotees, Laksmi, and support in many areas. I also wish to help the Veda Akademie and the preaching in America. We have plans for a nice japa retreat for eighty people in New York.

At the beginning of 2007 we will conduct a public program in Zagreb for eight hundred people.

I very much require the mercy of the devotees. I am always a grass-roots preacher because I am not good for anything else. That service requires a lot of endeavor, creativity, etc. May the Vaisnavas kindly bless me that I can continue and expand.

 
Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami

Sannyasa Report for 2006–07

At the beginning of 2006 I had to stay in Philo, California, because I had many dental appointments. I was undergoing treatment for complete replacement of all of my teeth in surgery and replacement of new dentures. This required traveling from my home to two different dentists three hours away. We had to go see them sometimes twice a week. What with surgery and healing and casting of new teeth, etc., it took months, and I was not able to travel or even eat properly.

Nevertheless, I spent the winter writing and performing my sadhana. My migraine condition has come under control with preventative allopathic medicine, so headaches are now infrequent.

With the dental work completed in the spring and with my health strong enough, I ventured to do some traveling. I attended the New Vrndavan Festival of Inspiration. Indeed, it was a great inspiration for me. I was very well received there by all the devotees in a very heartwarming way. In addition to two long question-and-answer sessions, which I held in the temple room, I gave very short talks — one during a session honoring Bhakti-tirtha Swami and one on another occasion. I had private talks with Bhakti-caru Swami, Radhanatha Swami, and Hrdayananda Goswami. I also attended a seminar held by Hrdayananda Goswami.

Some weeks later I attended the New York City Ratha-yatra. I attended the whole Ratha-yatra Festival, starting with the parade beginning at Columbus Circle. After the parade I spent the whole afternoon with the crowds at Washington Square, Park talking to people constantly until 7:00 pm, when the park closed.

The day after Ratha-yatra I gave a lecture at 26 Second Avenue, where I reminisced about Srila Prabhupada when he spent the summer and fall there in 1966. I spent a couple more days in New York City, meeting with Gunagrahi Maharaja and Jayadvaita Maharaja, visiting Dayananda Prabhu's house, and seeing a play by his wife Nandi-mukhi. I also visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Manhattan.

After my Manhattan stay we drove to Gita-Nagari, where we stayed for several days and I gave several talks. For the benefit of Bhakti-tirtha Swami's disciples I gave a lecture on his excellent qualities, drawing from my own book “Prabhupada Meditations” and dovetailing it to the qualities of Bhakti-tirtha Swami. The next morning I gave a Srimad-Bhagavatam class and again dovetailed it to the disciples of Bhakti-tirtha Swami and how they are now responsible for carrying on his work. That afternoon was the ground-breaking for Bhakti-tirtha Swami's puspa-samadhi, which was attended by many ISKCON dignitaries. I gave a lecture, as did my godbrothers Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu, Jayadvaita Swami, Malati Prabhu, and many others. During this time away from California I also visited my doctor and disciple Nitai-Gaurasundara in Tennessee, where I gave the Friday night lecture at a program he has every week in his home. I also gave a lecture at the home of a householder couple, Acarya and Sudevi, who live near Gita-nagari. I also visited another householder family on our way from Gita-Nagari. Fortunately, my health held up during this program of traveling and preaching, which for me was the most strenuous program I had done in several years.

I returned to California and rested for a while, but soon I received a guest, Jayadvaita Swami, who stayed for a week. On July 4th, a couple of days after he left, I left Philo again and visited Giriraja Swami at his home, staying for a week. I then went back to my home, but shortly thereafter traveled again to visit with Saci-suta in upstate New York. At that time I also visited with Kirtana-rasa in Saratoga, New York. Then I visited with my disciple Sastra Dasa in Rehoboth, Delaware. I also attended the Philadelphia Ratha-yatra and then went on to Washington, D.C., to attend a five-day japa retreat facilitated by Sacinandana Maharaja.

After this I left the United States and flew to Mexico, which is to become my new home. I arrived in Leon Airport and traveled to a place called The Hacienda, where about twenty devotees have gathered to form a project. This is where I am now living. We are establishing a health-care project there and a home for Gita-Nagari Press. We intend to turn it into a place for people to visit and serve in Krsna consciousness. I recently held my Vyasa-puja there on December 1st, and thirty devotees visited. The Vyasa-puja was held on a kind of emergency-preparation basis, but the people who came enjoyed it.

The project in Mexico is still a bit like a construction site, but every day it gets more and more like a finished project. In the future we hope we can invite distinguished guests also. Part of the program is to make it a place for godbrothers to come when they are feeling sick; they will be taken care of by caretakers, as I am being taken care of. We are going to build a guesthouse for VIPs to come and rest. We have not completely developed these ideas of how we want to use this place, but it is all part of a vision and part of an ethos that we are developing. This year I have also begun a weekly “radio show,” where by conference call I speak to my disciples for one hour on varied topics of Krsna consciousness.

That is my report for 2006.

For 2007 I have on the top of my list visiting Trinidad in February to celebrate their 25th anniversary of the installation of their Deities, Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha. In the spring I intend to repeat my visit to the US northeast and go to many of the same places. But now I have a home base in Mexico, and so I will be coming back here. I hope my health keeps up so I can do all these things as planned.


Swami BVV Narasimha

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

In 2006 gave seminars in Mayapur prior to the Gaura Purnima festival and also gave classes to the Bhakti-vaibhava students for a few weeks.

I visited Damodar desh for a short time and also entered Far Eastern Russia to visit two centers there.

I held our fifth annual ratha-yatra festival in Bangkok.

I toured the temples of the Malaysian yatra and also visited Singapore.

I spent more time in 2006 in Taiwan — one and a half months — and hope that the yatra can become more established.

I traveled for three months in Kasadesha.

Proposed plan for 2007

I hope to continue traveling in my zone and encouraging the devotees. I also hope to visit the Far Eastern Russian yatra again.

In addition, I have been invited to attend the Czech padayatra. The organizers have proposed that if I visit there they would be willing to arrange for some of their book distributors to visit places where I preach, such as Taiwan and Thailand, and help us distribute books.
Sannyasa Report 2006
Part 2

Bhakti Raghava Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

My Sannyasa Report is divided into three main sections, as follows:

A. Preaching and Projects during 2006

B. Plans for 2007

C. Perceptions and Realizations

A. Preaching and Projects during 2006

In 2006 I traveled and preached mostly in Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Cambodia), with a side trip to Australia in April for about two weeks and two visits to Canada, once in May/June for one month and the other in September for another month.

INDIA

After an absence of 13 years, by Krishna's mercy and by the hard work of some dedicated devotees, I was able to again enter India. I spent in total about three months on two separate trips. My first tour was in July/August, when I visited the Chowpatty and Juhu temples in Mumbai, as well as centers in Mangalore, Sahyadri Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra in the district of Udupi (a new varnasrama project), Udupi, Belgaum, New Gokula Dham near Belgaum, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, the Hyderabad farm, Calcutta, Sri Dham Mayapur, Delhi, and Sri Vrindavan Dham. In November/December my tour was less extensive, as I stayed mostly in South India for some health treatment at the Sahyadri Yoga Institute and Nature Cure Home, close to Hebri. I also visited temples in Udupi, Mangalore, and Secunderabad.

Sahyadri Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra (Udupi District, South India)

This is a varnasrama project headed by congregational members who have formed a trust for that purpose under the name GLOVESCO. Technically not under ISKCON, the project follows all the rules and regulations of the ISKCON society and aims at promoting varnasrama-dharma through training and education. Details of their activities and of GLOVESCO can be found respectively at www.sahyadriksetra.org and www.varnasrama.org.

INDONESIA

The various preaching centers and projects with which I am involved in Indonesia are stable. I continue to concentrate on these varnasrama-based projects, such as Gita Nagari Baru (GNB), on the island of Sumatra (the project now has a devotee population of close to 100, comprising some 30 families), Ganga Sagara Baru (GSB), on the island of Kalimantan (with three families and a population of 8 residents), Gaura Hari in Bali (with 8 families and a population of 22 residents), Manohara project on the island of Irian Jaya (with two families and a few brahmacharis). Within these varnasrama projects devotees serve and protect some 22 cows. In addition to such rural development, we continue to maintain two educational hostels, one on the island of Java in Yogyakarta (Asrama Narayana Smrti), and the other on the island of Sumatra in Bandar Lampung (Asrama Prahlada and Kunti Devi), where we have a total of some 30 full-time students receiving education and training in Krishna consciousness.
 DOCTORAL STUDIES ON VARNASRAMA

My plans for the doctoral studies have changed somewhat, in that I have shifted my base from USM in Penang to Osmania University in Hyderabad. My topic of research remains the same, varnasrama education, but the field of research for the proposed study will be in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA

I visited Cambodia on four occasions this year in connection with a newly established NGO called the Bhaktivedanta Eco Village Society (Cambodia). A new website, www.krishnacambodia.com, gives some basic information about the goals of the NGO. My main interest has to do with pursuing my doctoral research on varnasrama in connection with the well-known temple of Angkor Wat and the Khmer civilization.

B. Plans for 2007

I will mainly concentrate on doing my research work on varnasrama education, spending the major portion of my time in Cambodia while visiting some of the neighboring countries, such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, with at least two brief visits to India. The goal of this endeavor is to become more familiar with the principles and foundational concepts of varnasrama-dharma, with an immediate plan to transplant such concepts in practical ways by helping establish models of rural communities as well as models of ideal traditional education institutions, such as gurukula and varnasrama colleges.

I plan to bring out a small booklet in the middle of the year which will be entitled VARNASRAMA EDUCATION. Krishna willing, I hope to continue developing this important aspect of Srila Prabhupada's preaching mission.

C. Perceptions and Realizations

I feel positive and enlivened with the preaching activities in which I am involved, namely varnasrama development. Srila Prabhupada has given us all unlimited scope to help him introduce Krishna consciousness by spreading far and wide the sankirtan mission of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This mission has four waves or movements, which Srila Prabhupada has outlined at the beginning of his ESSAY ON GITA NAGARI, which appeared in the Back to Godhead magazine published in May, 1956.

Srila Prabhupada has introduced all these four movements within his ISKCON society and promoted the development of each one of them during his physical presence with us. These four movements, or waves, correspond with the ones which Gandhi followed during his old age, all based on the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita. This is referred to in Part I, Concept of Gita Nagari. After giving a "vivid picture of the demoniac-principled leaders in the text of the Bhagavad-gita in the Sixteenth Chapter," Srila Prabhupada writes:

"Leaving aside all his other activities in the political field, the four following principles which he adopted sincerely in his mature old age are in essence derived from the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita for practical application in the matter of social and spiritual upliftment of the present order of things." (Essay on Gita Nagari, Part I)

The first wave was introducing the holy name through public chanting and book distribution, brhat-mrdanga (Randhun Kirtana Meeting or Sankirtan Movement). The second wave was opening temples and installing Deities of the Lord (Temple Entry Movement), so all people, irrespective of caste or creed, could worship the Lord. The third wave was training and educating people in general on the science of devotional service (Scientific Preaching [Bhaktivedanta Institute], College Preaching, New Bhakta Programs, Congregational Development [Nama Hatta], and Educational Institutes such as VIHE, MIHET, Bhaktivedanta College, etc., thus qualifying individuals to become duly initiated devotees connected in Guru Parampara and knowledgeable in the science of Bhakti and Vedanta (Harijan Movement). The fourth wave was introducing the practical concept of a classless society for both the social and spiritual upliftment of society, varnasrama-dharma (Farm communities, Village Organization, Krishi Movement).

Somehow this fourth wave has not been taken up sufficiently within our Society, although some sincere efforts are being made at different places. With the blessings of the Vaisnavas, I hope to assist in this fourth movement of Srila Prabhupada's mission.

 Bhakti Sharan Shanta Goswami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

In 2006 I tried to serve Srila  Prabhupada by organizing and maintaining the work of  our Namahatta Preaching Center and organizing the translation and distribution of Lithuanian books. I helped seven brahmacaris preach by guiding them in distributing the books, establishing new Namahattas, establishing and maintaining a preaching center, putting on local programs, maintaining Internet programs, and cultivating people who responded to this preaching (about 40 persons).

I organized three book distribution marathons, in which three traveling parties and about 50 devotees from Namahattas distributed books throughout the Lithuania. There were 35,450 books distributed (totaling 24,400 book points.)

I regularly visited Namahattas in six main towns and took part in harinamas.

I also attended all the Baltic festivals held in Lithuania: the winter festival, the summer festival, Padayatra - Rathayatras in four towns, etc.

I assisted in the activities of The Charity and Sponsorship Fund Vaisnava Monastery. We are constructing for this project a  700-square-meter building with 24 rooms. Recently the second floor walls and half the roof were completed. We are continuing to collect donations from devotees, public organizations, and others so we can finish the construction.

In 2007 I plan to further sustain and develop these programs because my spiritual master, Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaj, approves it.

Main problems:

It is essential to increase the rate of translation and publishing of new books, because we are running out of books now (from 14 titles there are only 5 left). Also, it is necessary to solve the distribution problem, or else new books will be much more expensive. We need to increase the number of Namahattas, where traveling sankirtan devotees could stay. The laksmi must be collected to decrease the price of books and also to incorporate new people into the mission of Srila Prabhupada and give them Krishna consciousness.

Whatever spare time I have plan to dedicate to improving my chanting, self-education, and elevating my inner life.

Giriraja Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

My main service in 2006 was writing and compiling articles based on talks. These are now sufficient for four large volumes: (1) holy days related to Krsna and His pastimes and incarnations, (2) holy days related to Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates, (3) holy days related to our recent predecessor acaryas, focusing on Srila Prabhupada, and (4) other occasions, such as initiations, Deity installations, weddings, birth ceremonies, funerals, etc.

Also, I traveled and preached in a limited area, mainly California, Arizona, and Texas. And I produced a DVD version of "Prabhupada: A Lifetime in Preparation" -- a beautiful film produced in Mumbai for Srila Prabhupada's Centennial -- that is very moving and inspiring for devotees.

The hospice I have been promoting in Vrndavana is progressing. The construction has begun and is scheduled to be completed in late 2007. The two main doctors and two main administrators will be coming to learn at the San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, which has the largest educational program of any hospice in the world, from April to June or July. And Mother Sangita, our godsister, will be traveling to India in February to give instruction related to nursing, volunteering, and other aspects of hospice care.

In the meantime, I have built a faculty for godbrothers to spend time here, and throughout the year many came and gave me their mercy. In 2006 in particular, some who had health issues came to rest and recuperate here-- Indradyumna Swami for five weeks, Niranjana Swami for three weeks, and Radhanath Swami for eight weeks (he left a little early for treatment in England). I feel that if I am unable to travel and preach as they are, at least I can try to help them -- and thus serve the cause.

In 2007, God willing, I will be able to travel to England and India -- Mumbai, Vrndavana, and Mayapur.

 
Hanumatpresaka Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

SUMMARY

In 2006 I chanted 25 rounds daily, followed the four principles, attended Mangala-arati and Bhagavatam class, did Sankirtana, Sankirtana, Sankirtana, and attended the evening program. Srila Prabhupada Ki Jaya!

Sankirtan usually means our travels and preaching: North and South America, India, and little bit of Europe. We did the Vraja-mandala-parikrama for the umpteenth time and got unlimited benefit. In South America: Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina -- we lectured, consulted, and worked, with a focus on the second Bharatiya-sanskriti, Festival of Classical India Culture. This included the ambassador of India, national education, agriculture and science and technology universities, ladies fashion show, and more. I was fighting tuberculosis the whole week of the festival in Peru.

In Europe I traveled in Spain for two weeks and did the second accredited seminar at Radhadesa, Bhaktivedanta College, on the “Nectar of Devotion.” That was about it.

After the parikrama in Kartika, my consciousness really changed. From now on, I guess I will be traveling less as a regular duty and more for specific projects. My biggest problem is too much peanut butter and strawberry jam.

I finally have a web page I can maintain from the road: www.JayaRama.US. Therein is our news and links. Our address is in the newsletter. Please engage us in your service.

DETAILS

Vraja-mandala-praikrama - Oooof! What an experience. Out of 450 devotees, the only American white guys were myself and Trikalajna. We brought a few other devotees from other countries. It is tough for Westerners. As Trikala commented, unless you can fix your mind on the one desire to just be in Vrndavana, you can’t do this -- one month of walking 15 kilometers a day, stool and urine often at your doorstep, sleeping on the ground, but also shuddering in ecstasy at the powdery dust of Vraja. Namacharya, our disciple from Croatia, gave the same report: For his needs the prasadam arrangement was a catastrophe, the management seemed to have lost control of the arrangements for so many devotees, but also there is no other way to get such a wonderful, wonderful experience.

Everyone asks us: How was the parikrama? What seems most prominent is that devotees are not well informed how tough it can be, especially for women and Westerners. For Westerners to access the parikrama, it seems almost an absolute necessity to have a few Western cooks. One day there was pasta (cooked Indian style). Some of the Westerners ate with great delight, and then spent the night under the beautiful stars of Vraja vomiting and evacuating. Ooof!

Our principal observation is that it seems that the parikrama should be strictly organized into Sangas of say 6 to 12 devotees. One or two leaders of each Sanga should have done the parikrama before, and then the i-n-t-e-n-s-e pressures of administration and participation can be properly communicated.

Some Western Cooks and Sangas.

Whatever happens, it sure seems that it’s the Vraja-mandala-parikrama, and it’s under the direct control of Srimati Radharani and the Gopis. God help us to expand it more and more.

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ISKCON Temple to Temple -- Seems that everywhere devotees are moving ahead, everywhere.

Some specific items:

1) Several temples are worshiping Australian whelps on the altar as Laksmi conches. I mentioned this to Krsna-ksetra Prabhu, and he agreed. Seems we should send them back to Australia, no?? Who knows what is the benediction of worshiping whelps?

2) When I hear the word “Vaisnavi,” my mind shakes, “Ahhh!” It seems like a big mistake. To designate Vaisnavas as male, female, Sudra, Westerner seems to place a bodily concept of life on the Vaisnava.

3) Some places we have suggested, “Why don’t some of the ladies lead Tulasi-arati kirtana”. Seems nice.

4) Two different devotees told me that their gurus told them that its O.K. for grhasthas to fornicate for fun once a month or so and even go on the altar. Seems very wrong to me, and I try to explain it as such, but honestly I have had experiences that incline me to think that there are devotees more advanced than me in this Society who have different lines to Prabhupada. (?)

5) In the Letter on Management, Srila Prabhupada formed the GBC from all grhasthas. He described their management duties and then said that we have also given the sannyasa order to some of our disciples and they also have their duties. In his last will and testament Srila Prabhupada named the GBC Commission as the “ultimate managing authority” for the entire International Society for Krishna Consciousness. So from beginning to end it seems that Srila Prabhupada was emphasizing the GBC as an administratively focused agency. To institutionalize the brahminical side and get the sannyasis out on the road, why not get the Bhaktivedanta title functioning (as well as anything functions in Kali-yuga); then there could be a College of Bhaktivedantas who could be men, women, children, sannyasis, grhasthas, but recognized as siksa-gurus. (That way ladies wouldn’t have to take the burden of initiating). GBC appointments would have to be approved by a 2/3 majority of their membership, and with a vote of no confidence a GBC Secretary could be removed.

6) Our general feeling is that Matajis should probably not take the position of diksa gurus in ISKCON. Diksa-guru, the way we understand it, should be a formal, rather high-profile position, something like the formalities of the sannyasa ashrama or the priest who marries people. Everyone can, must, become a goswami, but only brahminical men take the formalities of sannyasa ashrama. Of course, it might be nice if ladies were giving mantra to other ladies. Also, if a lady is a Diksa-guru, or Bhaktivedanta, as we have suggested, then her “protector” should be well known, publicly. E.g., “Bhaktivedantin Srimati Radha Devi Dasi is under the protection of her grown-up son, so any sannyasi who wants to consult with her can send correspondences to her son first.”

Personal Details -- About seven years ago I was in the library reading the Bhagavatam and read that a devotee can do this and that, and this and that, and he can write poetry and articles.

Immediately my tortured mind jumped: “Ah! Ha! Now I have an excuse to stop traveling and preaching!” But just as quickly as I thought that, I heard Srila Prabhupada’s voice in my mind saying, “Yes, yes, we will get to that, but now you just travel and preach.”

Oooof!

Well, this year I finished the parikrama again, in the Economy Class section, not too much in the VIP section, and as I was leaving for the last day’s walk from Raval to Mathura, my mind was in its usual panic: “The parikrama is over. What do I do now?” Then I felt all my attachment for the parikrama going: Physically it’s not natural for you to continue this way. Canakya Pandita says, “Dress your age.” Lord Caitanya did the 12-forest parikrama only one time. You can do like Him: camp some place in Vraja and walk every day to some nice place of meditation and back -- maybe Akrura-ghata to Imlitala.

Now I have come to the “that.” Now its time to write poetry and articles, just travel for specific results, not as the duty of a circuit preacher -- Seattle, Vancouver, Houston, Mexico, Peru, Radha-desa, India, Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Denver, San Francisco, Miami. Seems that now I must spend more time writing, producing substantial media.

I are making that change (whether we like it or not). What should I write, produce? So far the web-page has been very practical, satisfying. I am like 25% sudra and 75% brahmana, so I work well alone, wash my own clothes. Do my own web-pages. Also, Powerpoint shows have done well so far. Sankirtana, and then see how they react.

Institutions -- Esoterically, I have been running the Anjana Suta Academy since 1979, and exoterically the NIOS (North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies), a nonprofit educational corporation, since 2004. NIOS has the contract for the Festival in Peru with San Marcos University. I am focusing on getting my personal trip together as a devotee, sannyasi, head of the Anjana Suta Academy, and from that perspective it looks like there will be external results for NIOS. NIOS is interested in the Radhadesa-type educational programs.

I am based in Tennessee, so my GBC Secretary is Hridayananda dasa Goswami. In 2007 I hope to get Rupert Snell’s Teach Yourself Hindi translated and implemented in Peru. Hindi is a natural gateway to Spanish, and of course it is wonderful for preaching and traveling in India.

Sannyasa -- As a Western sannyasi I have had the standard that I don’t talk with ladies in secluded places. A secluded place is anyplace where there can be talks on illicit sex and nobody will hear. When I see Western sannyasis talking in a corner of the temple room with Matajis or driving alone with ladies for hours, I become worried. I was worried when I saw Jagadisha Maharaja doing that, but felt too junior to say anything.

O.K. I guess that is enough. Basically I want to be of any help I can; otherwise, why stay in this unpleasant place? Just chant Hare Krsna and hold your breath for three minutes and the “Devotee Retires Timely,” no?

Thank you. Again, I have been maintaining my newsletter, the Hanuman Express Dispatch, since May 1979. It comes out every two weeks, and now it’s available at the web-page and by subscription.

Gurukula -- Oh, yes, one more thing. Besides the university programs in Peru, I have really been struggling along with the gurukula, CBI (Colegio Bhaktivedanta International) in Peru. Some very good things are coming out of that, and I hope to share all of them through the Anjana Suta Academy and NIOS as the co-operation of many fine devotees allow!

Again, thank you. We realize our stoopidity to some degree, but that’s our unfortunate condition, so we hope that Guru and Vaisnava will make this green mango useful.

Param Gati Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

In accordance to the strategy laid out by the “Renouveau du Yatra Français Team” and approved by the GBC Body in Mayapur in 2006, I concentrated most of my time and effort on achieving our goals in France. We're working arduously to find a property for Sri Sri Radha-Paris-Isvara and a space as close as possible to downtown Paris for the restaurant.

I also performed duties related to the position of temple president for the Paris Mandir, and I still have this responsibility. In addition to my heavy responsibilities in France, I tried my best to fulfill my duties in other countries I oversee, namely, Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, and Portugal.

The most important realization I’ve had during 2006, which I still feel, is the strength of unity. When devotees work together toward a common goal, guided by the spirit of love, trust, cooperation, and mutual help, even the most difficult tasks can be accomplished, and France will portray an excellent example to ISKCON worldwide if we manage to achieve all the established goals.

And Srila Prabhupada will be very satisfied.

 
Prabhavisnu Swami

Sannyasa Report for 2006-07

As usual, I spent 2006 mainly traveling to the 75+ temples where I am one of the GBCs, as well to many other temples in Russia and other countries where I have disciples. There were some serious conflicts among devotees in some places, which created more stress for me than usual, but most of these matters seem to have settled down now. I participated in festivals in Mayapur, South Russia, Ukraine, West and East Siberia, Malaysia, New Govardhan, and Sydney, as well as a traveling festival in New Zealand, where I was fortunate to meet many wonderful Vaisnavas and engage in chanting Hare Krsna with them. Most of my time is spent leading kirtans, chanting japa, giving classes, answering e-mails, giving advice to devotees, and discussing management issues with leaders.

Hare Krsna kirtan is my favorite activity.


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Sannyasa Reports 2005

Sannyasa Reports for the years 2005-2006

Bhakti Caitanya Swami

2005 was a very busy year for me. After the GBC meetings in Mayapur I

returned to South Africa and preached there till the end of April. We had a

wonderful Rathayatra in Durban, plus many other preaching events, like a

nice tent campaign in a town near Durban.

At the beginning of May I went to Russia and traveled in Siberia. Then in

the middle of June I went to the Baltic states, Lithuania, Lativa and

Estonia. I did preaching programmes every day in those places, including a

wonderful Padayatra festival for a week in Lithuania.

I continued preaching in East Europe until early July, when I returned to

South Africa for a second Rathayatra in Durban, and then shortly afterwards

I returned to Lithunia and Russia for regional festivals in two places.

Then I returned to South Africa for Janmastami and an amazing Radhastami

festival. We took the little Radha Krishna Deities from the altar in the Sri

Sri Radha Radhanatha temple and took them for a boat ride in the newly

repaired temple moat. It was magnificent.

Then I returned to Russia for the Anapa festival, and went back to South

Africa for the festival for the 30th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's visit

to the country. It coincided with the 20th anniversary of the opening of the

Radha Radhanatha temple in Durban, and we had wonderful programmes in

different places.

Then at the end of October I went to Sri Vrindavana Dhama and filmed

Nandagram for a DVD which I will be publishing soon.

I returned via Mauritius and spent a week preaching there, doing a seminar

on "Lessons from the Pastimes of Lord Caitanya". This was attended daily by

250 devotees, and was a wonderful success.

Then I returned to South Africa for the marathon. Finally over the new year

weekend (December 30-January 1) we opened a new temple in Phoenix on the

northern side of Durban. In this way 2005 came to a close for me.

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Bhakti Charu Swami

Last year I was mostly involved in building a temple in Ujjain in the

central part of India. This is the place where Krsna and Balaram came to

study in Sandipani Muni's ashram. This is also one of the four places in

Inida where "Kumbha Mela" takes place.

Since I was extremely busy with this project I could not travel much last

year. I made only two short trips to the States and Europe and one to South

Africa.

I started the construction of the temple in Ujjain in April last year. By

Krishna's mercy the temple in Ujjain is almost complete and the inauguration

will be on 10th February, on the day of Sri Nityananda Trayodasi.

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Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami

In 2005 I was able to complete the temple building which has been lingering for years. I also established the Bhagavatam class, which is held every Saturday in members’ houses, and Bhagavad-gita class, which is held on Fridays. In the future I hope to expand these classes to all the areas in our zone.

In 2006 we will start a charity home, where underprivileged citizens and devotees' children will be trained in material and spiritual knowledge. Some well-to-do Indian devotees have requested us to open a charity home, and they will give us the facilities. We will train poor people who cannot afford an education.

Preaching gives satisfaction.

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Bhakti Purusottama Swami

In 2005 I mainly focused on preaching in my zones in India. I visited the USA once for about a week to attend an SMPDC meeting. I visited the UK, Holland, and the Czech Republic, each for a few days. During February and September I visited South Korea. Now I am concentrating more on preaching in Bangladesh.

In 2006 I plan to spend some time writing books if Krishna wants. I am interested in preaching more to youths.

Bhakti Sharan Shanta Gosvami

I am responsible for supervising the Namahatta Preaching Centers in ________. This center consists of two brahmacaris, two grihasthas, one mataji traveling sankirtan party, and two brahmacari preachers. Six devotees from the Ukraine and Belarus also help in book distribution, especially during Srila Prabhupada’s sankirtan marathon.

Namahatta Preaching Center activities

I regularly visit nama-hattas in eight main cities of Lithuania. Besides, I visited temples and nama-hattas in Riga (Latvia), Tallinn, Sillamae, and Tartu (Estonia).

In 2005 our Nama-hatta Preaching Center brahmacaris preached in Latvia. There they started three nama-hattas in Riga, two in Daugpilis, and 22 sitting harinams in Riga. Also, they distributed books in Riga and tried to distribute books in Tallinn.

We bought more then 35 thousand books from the Kaunas and Vilnius temples:

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The amount of distributed books this year is three times bigger then in the previous year.

Here are the activities of the two brahmacari preachers who do not belong to the traveling sankirtan party:

10 programs in schools, universities, cultural centers; 5 lectures in Vilnius Pedagogical University; 23 lectures in Vedic Cultural Center; Establishment of Sunday School (gurukula) for congregational devotee children; counseling new people who start practicing Krishna consciousness after the lectures and seminars; 15 preaching programs in Nama-hattas; preaching through the internet.

 

The Nama-hatta Preaching Center supervises two public institutions called the Public Institution Namahatta and the Charity and Sponsorship Fund Vaishnava Monastery.

Activities of the Public Institution Namahatta, in cooperation with the Nama-hatta Preaching Center:

Harinams in 25 major cities of Lithuania. 19 cultural programs in children’s homes, schools, universities, yoga clubs, etc. 2 of these programs were broadcast on local television.

Charity and Sponsorship Fund Vaishnava Monastery

The major leader of this project is Bhakti Chaitanya Swami. This institution was officially registered. Construction project of the monastery was officially confirmed. Also, permission for construction of this monastery (24 rooms, 700 m2) was received.

Sponsorship

Nine devotees businessmen and public institutions are sponsoring us. They donated US$11,600 for the book distribution program (to cut down the BBT price by 20-40%). Also, they donated two cars for traveling sankirtan parties and $11,300 for building the monastery. Besides, they helped with building materials and architectural engineering. We will try to get more sponsorship during the winter. In spring we plan to brick in the shell of the building with decorative bricks and start to build the third floor. The foundation was laid.

Main prospects

We consider book distribution the basic form of our preaching. All the other programs are developing automatically. Our preaching and cultural programs will be more oriented toward youth in schools and universities. We will try to develop preaching through the Internet and television.

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Bhakti Raghava Swami

A. Preaching and Projects during the Year 2005

B. Plans for Up-Coming Year 2006

C. Perceptions and Realizations

D. Conclusion

 

A. PREACHING AND PROJECTS DURING THE YEAR 2005

I wrote my last Annual Sannyasa Report from Dallas on January 26th, 2005. Since leaving Dallas, I visited the temples in Seattle and Vancouver before leaving Canada in the middle of February, 2005. I stopped over in Tokyo for a few days and then proceeded to Malaysia for a week or so, holding programs in Kuala Lumpur,  Kulim, Ipoh, Penang, and a few other places. In early March I visited Nepal to meet some of my disciples I had not met for a number of years. After spending two weeks in Katmandu, I returned to Malaysia. By late March I traveled to Indonesia and attended the Gaura Purnima Festival there, after which I traveled to different islands to oversee some of our projects. Things seem to be progressing well in Indonesia. I again returned to Penang in the third week of May and have more or less stayed in Malaysia since that time, except for a one-month visit to Indonesia, again, in the month of August to attend Janmastami celebrations in Puncak and travel to Bali and other centers. In July of 2005 I was formally accepted as a candidate for a Ph.D. program in education at the local university here in Penang. I am staying in a newly-started preaching center, the Bhaktivedanta Student Center, where some of the local devotees serve prasadam on campus twice a month to a few hundred students, hold a regular Thursday and Friday evening yoga class for  some 60 Japanese students, and also host a weekly Saturday evening program for the general devotees.

In September of 2005, some of my disciples from a few countries joined together to acquire a piece of land in South India and started a varnasrama project, which they have named Sahyadri Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra. They have registered the project under a separate Trust called the Global Varnasrama Educational Social and Cultural Organization (GLOVESCO) which will be working very closely with ISKCON.

The aim of the project is to promote varnasrama ideals and to become an educational and training center for those who have a particular interest in varnasrama-dharma development. The Trustees of GLOVESCO will soon be printing a brochure about the project to inform all concerned. Since South India is already famous for its various medical services and natural health treatments, our devotees have set up a Sahyadri Yoga Institute and Nature Cure Center as part of the project, which is located some 30 KM from Manipal and Udupi. Qualified devotee yoga teachers are presently staying there and have begun to offer Yoga Therapy and other forms of nature-cure treatment (our first "patient" is actually His Holiness Radha Raman Maharaja, who is there at the time of writing this report and he can tell you all about both the place and the treatment). Since the project is new, I am giving here the website from which more information can be had once the site is more developed: www.sahyadriksetra.org

I also will continue to help promote varnasrama preaching through my main website, www.varnasrama.org, which is soon to take on a new, improved look.

B. Plans for up-coming year

I will be based in Penang for the next couple of years, or up until the time my present studies come to an end. Later this month, and possibly during the coming year as well, I plan to give some seminars on applied varnasrama. Beginning next month, I should start traveling as part of my study fieldwork, during which time I expect to again visit Indonesia and possibly a few other countries. These studies will be my main focus this year, as well as continuing to keep contact with my disciples, mainly via e-mail.

C. Perceptions and Realization

Well, this year I am turning 60, and that in itself, brings its own realizations; something, I am sure, more and more of us are experiencing (or already have experienced). Srila Prabhupada nicely explains in his purports to the Srimad-Bhagavatam: "For an intelligent person, the appearance of old age is an impetus to spiritual life." (SB 4.27.27) And again: "A devotee's old age or disease in the present life is but an impetus to such guaranteed eternal life." (SB 2.3.17)

I am happy in my sannyasa asrama. I keep a regular sadhana and remain optimistic about the future of Krishna consciousness, both my own personally and that of our ISKCON society.

I must confess that I continue to sense a lack of involvement, support, and general understanding in the area of varnasrama-dharma development. I believe our leaders need to give this more attention. To the extent that we can realize the importance of village life (and all of what that implies) on this planet, to that extent we will begin to understand the necessity of varnasrama. As strange as it may sound, it is becoming increasingly clear in my mind that living an agrarian lifestyle is the social norm that the vast majority of people (including our devotees not actively involved in city preaching) should adopt; indeed, it is one which should have never been abandoned.

In addition to varnasrama, and more so in relation to it, I would also like to see more attention given to assisting preaching activities in two important countries, China and Japan. I have heard that Srila Prabhupada said that although the Chinese will be the last ones to come, they will make the best devotees. I would like to see us make that happen in the near future.

D. Conclusion

I pray for the continued mercy of the Vaisnavas so that I may carry on with whatever little service I am able to render.  I take this opportunity to ask forgiveness for any offenses I have committed against those who may read this report. Every year we are losing more and more servants, who are being called back by the law of destiny. My only wish is that Lord Krishna allow me to remain as actively involved in preaching as I can till the very end, whenever that may be.

I wish to thank all of you who are serving Srila Prabhupada's mission so valiantly. Without the presence of our sannyasis and other active preachers, this material world would indeed be a piteous and sorrowful place.

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Bhakti Vikasa Swami

As in most years, I spent most of 2005 in India and also visited the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, some countries in Europe, and the US. I spent considerable time writing, including hundreds of e-mails. For the first time I spent all of Karttika in Mayapur, doing some extra seva and sadhana.

Many devotees ask about my upcoming book on Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Research is almost finished. I am now going over the manuscript, giving it a detailed look-over, whenever I get time, which I try to make whenever I can. After that come final editing, proofreading, and layout, followed by indexing, which will take at least two months more. It seems as if it should be printed in 2006.

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Bhaktisiddhanta Swami

 

In 2005 I focused my service in Sri Dhama Mayapur as a resident sannyasi with visits to Kolkata, Sila Guri, Nepal, and Bangladesh. I have, apart from temple programs, been spending time with student and congregational preaching in Kolkata and Nepal. In Mayapur one of my unofficial services has been to unite Eastern and Western locals, to bring the devotees closer together as we try to build a city. The Mayapur Festival, Navadvipa Mandal Parikrama, and Ganga Safari (last year in Northern India), started the new year, and after the above-mentioned travels the year concluded with some time in Vrindaban during Kartika.

I now spend three months on visits to the West. I go to Australia twice yearly and the US for the LA Ratha-yatra. Nowadays my street book distribution is mostly in Melbourne and Perth.

The last three years I have been based in India, which is a complete contrast to my earlier Western preaching arena in New Zealand and Australia. I do feel that I am now in a better position to imbibe the Vaisnava culture, especially by spending time in the dhamas.

2006 will be a repeat of the above. I look forward to the unlimited opportunities of going deeper into my service and attempting to become more instrumental in inspiring others.

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Bhanu Swami

2005:

Traveling:

two trips to Australia, totaling 7 weeks

two trips to Japan, totaling 2 weeks

trips to Malaysia, totaling 3 weeks

trip to Vladivostok, 1 week

Translation:

translation of text and commentaries on the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu

translation of Bhavana-sara-samgraha

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Bhir Krishna Goswami

January 1-14 Fiji (GBC zone)

January 14-17 Auckland, NZ

January 17-20 Sydney, Aus.

January 21-24 Dallas NA meeting

January 25-30 New Goloka

February 1-11 Yugoslavia

February 11 Copenhagen

February 12 Tallinn

Fevbruary 13-17 Helsinki

February 18 New Goloka

February 23-March 8 GBC meeting Mayapura

March 8 Tirupati

March 12 Vrindavan

March 23 New Goloka

March 31 -April 3 SSPT meeting LA

April 4-9 New Goloka

April 9-14 Portland

April 16-May 6 Fiji

May 6-12 Sydney and Auckland

May 12-16 Portland

May 16-27 New Goloka

May 28-30 Los Angeles-SMPDC

May 31-June10 New Goloka

May 25-26 TKG Vyasa Puja Dallas

July 6 Sweden

July 8 Estonia

July 9 Helsinki

July 16-24 Croatian camp seminars

July 25 Slovenia

July 28 New Goloka

August 20-22 Vancouver Rathayatra

September 1-30 New Orleans, New Talavan and taking care of Hurricane relief

October 6-26 Fiji

Oct 26-Nov 1 Sydney, Auckland

Nov 2-4 SMPDC meeting Mayapur

November 5 Vrindavan

November 18 Auckland

November 22 New Goloka

November 29-Dec 4 Abentheur for Euro GBC meeting regarding Germany-France

December 4-26 New Goloka Christmas Marathon

December 25 New Orleans

December 28 New Goloka

December 30 Scandinavian preaching

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BVV Narasimha Swami

In 2005 I visited China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and some countries in the Middle East. In Bangkok we had a successful third Ratha-yatra, with about a thousand people taking part. I also participated in a Janmastami program in Taipei that got good press coverage. I spent three months touring China and visited nearly every place where we have devotees. I taught a seminar at Mayapur before Gaura Purnima and also taught Sri Isopanisad as part of a Bhakti-sastri course, as well as part of the First Canto in a Bhakti-vaibhava course. I also distributed books in Bangkok.

My plan for 2006 is similar to 2005.

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Candramauli Swami

2006:

I visited the following places in the USA:

Minneapolis; Chicago; Denver; Santa Rosa; San Jose; Gita Nagari; Columbus, Ohio; New Vrindavan; Hartford, Connecticut; Boston; New York; Towaco, New Jersey; Atlanta; Cleveland; Washington, D.C.; Boulder, Colorado; Detroit; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Berkeley; Edison, New Jersey

I visited the following places in Europe:

Bhaktivedanta Manor, England; Soho Street, London, England; Leicester, England; Florence, Italy; Milano, Italy; Prabhupadadesh, Italy; Villa Vrindavan, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Turin, Italy; Roma; Italy; Catania, Sicily, Italy; Woodstock, Poland; Heidelberg, Germany; Zagreb, Croatia; Zurich, Switzerland; Ljubljana, Slovenia

I visited the following places in northern India:

Chowpatty, Bombay; Salapur; Pandarapur; Aravade; Kolapur; Chincali; Belgaum; Pune; Vrindavan; Mayapur

I visited the following places in southern India:

Tirupati; Kanchipuram; Sri Rangam; Rameshwaram; Madurai; Kanya Kumari; Trivendrum

I visited the following place in Canada:

Toronto

In the U.S. I visited Boston, Chicago, and Gita Nagari most frequently, and in Europe I visited London most frequently.

Projection for 2006:

In the USA I plan to concentrate on Chicago, Boston, Denver, Boulder, and Gita Nagari, and in Europe on Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy.

I will continue to travel to other places, but not as much as in 2005.

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Candrasekhara Swami

2005: This year I spent almost completely within the New York City Area. To conserve money and time, I have stationed myself here. Romapada Swami is still working with many other members of the GBC on the project to liberate the Long Island temple from the Ritviks. This has now mostly become a legal project; I cannot legally reside there. We are trying to keep the home fires burning and at least a small congregation waiting in the wings until we can once again regain control. The difficulty is that Long Island is far from Brooklyn. Mostly my Long Island projects are limited to twice monthly Bhakta-Vrksa Meetings and twice monthly Sunday Programs at Lilananda’s home in Mineola. We had out first program at Stony Brook University two weeks ago, and this looks promising for 2006. A young Indian student from Singapore managed to start an on-campus club. He is a disciple of Bhakti-Svarupa-Damodara Swami.

I have been giving the Bhagavatam class almost every morning here in the Radha-Govinda Mandir, except when some ISKCON traveling preacher is here. Usually I also give the Wednesday night Bhagavad-gita class. I speak on Sundays at either Brooklyn, Lilananda’s in Mineola, or Sunanda’s in Richmond Hill. Throughout 2005 I also did many programs on Saturdays in New Jersey, Staten Island, Queens, and New Rochelle.

My weekdays were spent doing book distribution in Richmond Hill, Queens, and sometimes Manhattan. I like New York because there are many preaching opportunities. Between book distribution and weekend programs, I am slowly dissolving my car debt.

I left NYC only three times the whole year (not counting trips to New Jersey). I attended the New Vrindavan Festival of Inspiration, the Toronto Ratha-yatra, and a commemoration for Bhakti-tirtha Swami in Detroit.

2006: I will likely remain in NYC for at least another year, after which my car debt should be small enough to make travel practical. By an odd twist of fate, I bought the car so that I could travel within the US for preaching, and now it is the very reason I am not traveling. But hopefully that will soon end. My aspiration was to basically help with the preaching in the US, and a vehicle is essential for that. I still consider myself based in New Vrindavan, and once I reach a reasonable point in the debt balance, I will spend much more time there again. The general plan for Long Island is that if and when we regain management of that location, I will help with the transition back to ISKCON. My prayers are for a swift resolution, but we will see how Krsna unfolds things.

In 2006 I plan to again attend both the New Vrindavan Festival of Inspiration and the Toronto Ratha-yatra, and 2006 will probably be a repeat of last year in terms of weekend programs and book distribution.

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Danavir Goswami

Highlights of 2005

Rupanuga Vedic College in Kansas City accepted 35 students, administered curriculum for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and awarded bhakti-sastri titles and Associates Degrees in Vaisnava Philosophy.

I developed the Druze-Krsna Cultural Center in Osafia, Israel.

I increased my travel in the USA.

I inaugurated extensive home-program preaching at RVC.

I wrote and published three new books.

I toured and preached in France, Ireland, Guyana, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia, Illinois, Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, California, and India.

Plans for 2006

To continue developing the Rupanuga Vedic College (a men’s Vedic seminary) in Kansas City. Facilities now can accommodate 60 students and staff.

To continue developing the Druze-Krsna Cultural Center in Osafia, Israel.

In addition, I plan to visit and preach in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boise, Omaha, Nashville, Denver, Boulder, Miami, and other parts of America, along with Guyana, ten countries in Europe, India, and possibly other places.

I plan to attend the entire Mayapur-Vrndavana Festival, where I will conduct Bright Side Self-Improvement Seminars and seminars on the Bhakta Program, Vedic cosmology, and Vedic College education and training.

I plan to further several writing projects.

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Dhanvantari Swami

For several years I have not been sending my annual report. Forgive me for this negligence.

I am headquartered in Campina Grande, an academic city, in the countryside of the state of Paraíba in Brazil's Northeast.

In addition to traveling and preaching, I’ve been developing an education project for adult people based on the Bhakti Sastri syllabus. The organization is in the style of brahmacaris and brahmacarinis ashrama and the students stay for a year in an exclusive dedication period. After that, they submit to the international exam of Board Of Examinations and return to their original yatras. Some of them resume their studies, others engage in preaching projects. We have already graduated more than 60 students within five years.

In this same city where I am headquartered, I lead the organization of an urban condominium of devotees and the construction of a temple for future Radha Krishna installation.

I have been developing a preaching addressed to the University public – students and teachers – and in the first semester of 2005 I formally taught the subject matter Hinduism, in a Science of Religion course at a post-graduation level at the Federal University of Paraíba.

The main activity in this city this year was the hosting of Drutakarma Prabhu in his academic preaching, which fitted perfectly well in the project that we have already been developing.

I traveled to several cities such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Fortaleza, Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba and Salvador presenting courses and seminars, in addition to traditional lectures of Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

To complete my activities in 2005 I took an excursion with the graduating students of the Seminary to various cities of our country like Recife, where we attended Hridayananda Goswami´s preaching, Rio de Janeiro, where we took part in Ratha Yatra, Vraja Bhumi Community and New Gokula Community, where we concluded the school year by presenting seminars and round table discussions about Bhakti Sastri themes.

Then, I returned to Rio de Janeiro, where I joined the Gurukula Iskcon Rio research group.

Next year, besides continuing the Education projects and academic preaching, I intend to take an excursion to India and to spend Kartika's Month in Vrindavana.

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Gauranga Prem Swami

1st January to 9th February

Pandal Program was conducted in the districts of Midnapur, Howrah, 24 Pgs. (South & North), in the state of West Bengal and 10 days in the district of Balasor, state of Orissa. In each place there was a two-day program consisting of Nagar Sankirtan, Sandhya Arati Kirtan, and Bhajans, Bhagavad-Gita and Bhagavatam Classes, and finally devotional drama.

10th February to 13th February

Sridham Mayapur

14th February to 20th February

Took 45 devotees for Gaura Mandal Darshan and visited 22 Sripats.

21st February to 13March

Preparing for Navadvip Mandal Parikrama in Mayapur.

14th March to 20th March

Navadvip Mandal Parikrama

21st March to 26th March

Gaura Purnima Festival and Namahatta Mela.

22nd March to 8th April

Took 45 devotees for Gaura Mandal Darshan and visited about 46 Sripats.

9th April to 21st April

Mayapur

22nd April 28th April

Puri and other holy places in Orissa with 35 devotees.

29th April to 1st May

Siliguri Temple

2nd May to 6th May

Mini Pandal Program in Uttar Dinaspur

7th May

Siliguri

8th May to 23rd May

Mini Pandal Program in Jalpaiguri and Koochbihar

24th May to 26th May

Siliguri Temple

27th May to 2nd June

Mini Pandal Program in North and South Dinaspur.

3rd June to 4th June

Maypur

5th June to 11th June

Puri and other holy places in Orissa with 30 devotees.

12th June to 13th July

Mayapur

14th July

Habibpur Ratha yatra

15th July to 26th July

Mayapur

27th July to 31st July

Took 10 devotees from Kolkata in three Tata Sumos for Gaura Mandal Darshan and visited about 10 Sripats.

1st August to 14th August

Mayapur

15th August to 17th August

Jhulan Yatra in Behrampur

18th August to 12th September

Mayapur due to Rainy Season, Initiation Ceremony and Radhastami Festival.

13th September to 19th September

Took 45 devotees to Puridham and other holy places in Orissa.

20th September to 13th October

Mayapur

14th October to 19th October

Took 45 devotees to Puridham and other holy places in Orissa.

19th October to 21st October

Mayapur

22nd October to 10th November

Visited holy places in North India with 35 Devotees by Namahatta Bus

11th November 15th November

Mayapur

16th November & 17th November

Chatra, 24 pgs. (North) temple opening, Pandal Program and Namahatta Sammelan

18th November

Jhirat Namahatta Hare Krishna Sammelan Program

19th November to 24th November

Mayapur

25th November to 31st December

Pandal Program in Maladha, Darjiling, Koochbihar, Jalapaiguri, North Dinaspur and South Dinaspur districts in North Bengal and 10 days in Assam.

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Guru Prasad Swami

2005

From the beginning to 2005 until June I did some routine traveling to my zone, mostly for emergency issues, since my eye problem was still acute. Now it is better, though not completely cured, and it has not improved much in the last six months. I am trying some alternative treatments as I discover them.

I attended the Mexico City Ratha-yatra in May, the Trinidad Ratha-yatra in August, the Tijuana Ratha-yatra in September, and the Guadalajara Ratha-yatra in November.

I have a small asrama in South Texas where I am trying to spend a little more time between tours to increase study and try to stabilize my nervous system, which doctors tell me is not in such good shape. I will continue to do so this year, as well as trying to write some.

I am trying to do some preaching out of our little asrama in Texas, but nothing significant has developed yet.

I visited Mexico briefly two times in mid-year, and for almost one month in Oct-Nov. I visited El Salvador only once this year, for five days, Costa Rica thrice, combining some official legal matters with preaching. I visited Arizona only twice this year, Colombia only once, Venezuela twice, and Trinidad three times. I am on my way to St. Lucia, where we will dedicate the house of one nice devotee, and he will try to receive nice persons there in the future for cultivation. We are doing some preaching in Martinique, but I will not visit till next year, although some of the devotees will come to visit me in St. Lucia.

That is about it. My principal realization is the same; that sannyasis should gradually, or immediately, if possible, retire from management and preach and be sadhus, increasing the faith of the devotees and adding a visible icon of purity, which is badly needed in many parts of ISKCON.

2006

I hope to start writing some articles for my own purification.

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Hridayananda das Goswami

2005

The first part of the year I was in San Luis Obispo, CA, developing our preaching center there. It is now going on without my constant presence. Later in the year I went to Atlanta three times, Brazil for three weeks, and also Tennessee twice for about a total of two weeks. I am also going to Mexico at the end of the year. I've been working on my writing and counseling devotees all over the world and also advising various ISKCON projects.

2006

In the coming year I will do more of the same.

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Jayadvaita Swami

"What have you accomplished in 2005?"

Not much. An increment over last year: more teaching at the MIHE.

"What so you hope to accomplish in the future?"

A little more.

Looking to hand over many duties to younger men.

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Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami

2005 was more of the same for me.

I spent 5 months in Govardhana in 2005, six months in the United States, between Dallas, Houston, and the West Coast (mainly with Vaisesika Prabhu, helping him develop plans for reviving book distribution in North America and his San Jose temple, ISKCON Silicon Valley). I also briefly visited Sacramento, where my son has settled down and a devotee named Nityananda Ram lives, and Southern California, mainly with Giriraja Swami, where I attended the LA Ratha-yatra.

My main services have been editing for Sivarama Maharaja and Gopiparanadhana Prabhu, although this year working on Sivarama Maharaja's new book has dominated my time more than in previous years. I have been able to keep up the editing while traveling and preaching.

Maharaja's new book is ambitious. It will be a comprehensive overview of the process of devotional service, from the very beginnings of the awakening of mixed faith all the way to meeting Krsna face to face. It's an attempt to bring together all the threads in Srila Prabhupada's books and the books and commentaries of our previous acaryas into one train of thought and to ISKCONize it in the sense that the points made are with examples of how they apply to the ISKCON way of life and basic programs Srila Prabhupada gave us. I think it will be timely, or maybe even overdue. I've been working on this book almost constantly since March 2005.

I have two more major books on my plate: the Tattva-sandarbha, with commentary by Gopiparanadhana Prabhu, and the next book from Sivarama Maharaja, Tavakathamrtam, the introduction of which turned out to be the book I mentioned in the above paragraph. That book, Suddha-bhakti-cintamani, will serve as an introduction to the whole Krsna in Vrndavana Series.

I still maintain my advisory capacity to the Special Projects Division of the BBT and participated in the meetings in Vrndavana during Kartika as usual. I also organized the conference to get the devotees and the threads together for the BBT Bhakti-ratnakara project, translated by Sarvabhavana Prabhu and edited by Kaisori Dasi.

I've been asked to read the Brhad-bhagavatamrta for an audio book being produced by the NEBBT. I've just started and will do it this year in Dallas, where a couple of devotees have built a small but professionally equipped recording studio. That will probably mean more time in Dallas, which, by the way, is developing nicely.

A couple of the new Western devotees I mentioned in my last report have actually joined and are here in Dallas. Bhakta Bill has his PhD in biopsychology and was research scientist for Baylor Medical School. He came to India and spent more than a month with me in Govardhana. Now his life is dedicated to spreading Krsna consciousness. Another new devotee I met in Houston has settled down in Dallas and is the understudy of Mother Jayanti, who has been the headmistress of the gurukula here for many years. There have been no incidents or problems in this Gurukula since she took over, and Bhaktin Sarah and she get along well. Sarah is completing her education while she helps with the school. She came with a boyfriend who went to New York and spent time with Yajna Purusa. Now they have married and are settled in Dallas. An older devotee, Jivananda Prabhu, our godbrother, has come back to full-time devotional service here in Dallas. He will be traveling back to Hungary and India with me and then returning to Dallas to help set up the men's ashrama.

Also, three young people joined the other day here in Dallas after getting a book in El Paso in a discarded-books library bin. They read the book together for a year and then decided to come find out more. They joined immediately, and the two boys are shaved up already. I had a long talk with them, and they are very nice kids, clean. Their parents know they're here, and so on. I believe this highlights the fact that things are just the same as always, despite the degradation of America since we joined. So the revival of the spiritual programs Srila Prabhupada gave us is essential, I think, to the North American yatra. Many older devotees think that times have changed and now we can no longer do things as we did before. But I'm finding that many people are even more receptive than we were, so why can't they join like we did? But the Indianization of the temples, the loss of faith in authority in general, and the resultant tendency for the older devotees to be disgruntled and "move on" to self-improvement systems, and so on, is very strong in our temples in NA now. So this is a major project for me this next year. To make Dallas a model that proves the points I just made and hopefully in the future spread this revival to other temples in NA. Without the model, it will be seen as just another theory.

Vaisesika is coming in mid Feb and will reestablish a full-time book distribution party here, and together we will try to develop things here.

In Houston work is going on to complete the major temple complex, which will include a restaurant and professional-grade gift shop. The problem is that the young Westerners I made devotees there and tried to encourage to stay and become the nucleus of a Western community thrust couldn't stay there because there was no facility for them to join as full-time devotees.

That's about it.

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Krishna Das Swami

 

Period : January 05 - December 05

Places Visited: UK, Bharat, Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Hungary

REPORT: I visited all the above countries, as in previous years.

I was at our Krishna-Balaram Mandir for Gaura-Purnima, where I sponsored all the dresses for our Deities on the altar. I performed the abhishek ceremony and was pleased with the warm welcome all the devotees gave me there.

Once again I was inspired by my visit to the Hungarian yatra. Sivarama Swami asked me to speak to the devotees there at the farm about stable marriages. I did this in my usual traditional way, as I have been trained up in the Vedic culture. I was moved by the love shown by the devotees, who listened to me for five days. I hope, if my health will allow, I can revisit Hungary.

My stay in UK preaching-wise was better than before. I visited the Manor twice, including Janmashtami day. I also spoke about my initial years at the Manor, and this I spoke in Srila Prabhupada's room. I was pleased that it had a positive effect on the devotees there, who hadn't seen me at the Manor in the recent years.

I initiated 13 new disciples in the UK and performed 1 second initiation. I was pleased with the progress Coventry devotees are making. I also initiated devotees in Mauritius, South Africa, and Botswana.

As in previous years, I did Bhagavad-Gita Maha-Yajnas and attended the opening of the Phoenix temple in South Africa, where I was a guest speaker, alongside Puri Maharaj, Dinabandhu Prabhu, and Hari Sauri Prabhu. The function was hosted by Bhakti-Chaitanya Maharaj.

MY HEALTH :

My health is progressively worsening, and the periods of tiredness are increasing. One of my knees is giving me greater pain, which is hindering my mobility. I have had a steroid injection to alleviate this, but its effect wears off after only a few months. I don't want too many of these injections; therefore I have to tolerate the pain. However, this has further affected my traveling and preaching.

I thank Lord Krishna that I am able to do what I'm doing, and I pray to the Lord that this continues to please Srila Prabhupada. Due to my failing health, my disciples accompany me overseas and on all other journeys, long or short, thus incurring extra expense.

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B.G.Narayan Swami

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Month

Date

Place

Commnents

January

2

ISKCON, Cuttack

Sunday Program. 70 in attendance.

January

4-10

Bhubaneswar

Public Program. 7days Bhagavat Katha. 200 in attendance Daily. Prasad and Book Distribution.25 people took Japa beads for chanting.

January

11-13

Bhubaneswar

House Programs.Preaching to devotees & Guests. 5persons took up chanting.

January

15-18

Berhampur

House programs

January

22-23

Rourkela

Public Program.Preaching to life members & family. 300 in attendance.

February

2-8

Bhuban, Dhenkanal

7days Bhagavat Katha & college preaching program. 100 in attendance. Book & prasada Distribution daily.

February

9

Sukinda, Jajpur

Public Program, 600 in attendance daily. Book & Prasad Distribution.Rs.1500 worth of books sold in 2hours.

February

10-18

Bhubaneswar

7days Bhagavat Katha. 400 in attendance daily. Prasad Distribution daily.

March

31-7 April

Bangalore

3days Seminar on Meeting with Krishna' in ISKCON Jagannath temple.200 in attendance daily & few house programs.

April

9-19

Mira Road, Mumbai

7days Bhagavat katha. 2000 in attendance daily. Books & Prasad Distribution daily. S.B.Class & Sunday class in temple.

April

20-29

Juhu, Mumbai

S.B.Class in temple & House Programs.One day journey to Udupi & Sun day Class in ISKCON Udupi.

April

30-1 May

Secundarabad

S.B.Class & Youth Forum Class in temple. School Program in hyderabad farm.

May

2-5

Bhubanesvar

S.B.Class in temple.

May

6-10

Puri

S.B.Class in ISKCON temple.

May

12-18

Bhubanesvar

7days Bhagavat Katha in ISKCON temple.100 in attendance daily.

May

24-31

Berhampur

7days Bhagavat Katha at Gita Bhavan.300 in attendance daily. Prasada Distribution & Books Distribution daily.

June

6-12

Bhubanvesvar

7days Bhagavat Katha at Sahid Nagar.300 in attendance Daily. Prasad Distribution daily.

June

18-24

Cuttack

7days Bhagavat Katha.300 in attendance daily. Daily Prasad & Books distribution.

July

6-11

Mira Road, Mumbai

Ratha yatra & Pandal Program for 2days with 1000 in attendance daily. Speaking on Lord Jagannath's pastimes.

August

13-14

Kanpur

Program with I.I.T. students. 30 in attendance. Harinam with students & Lecture in Kanpur Centre.

August

26-31

Mangalore

Janmastami & Srila Prabhupada Appearance Celebration.Pandal Program for 2days with 2000 in attendance daily. House Programs.

September

1-2

Karwar, Karnataka

Pandal Program for 2days. 2000 in attendance daily.

September

17-18

Jhansi, UP

S.B.Class in ISKCON temple & Harinam in the city.

October

2-5

Juhu, Mumbai

S.B.Class in temple & I.T.V shooting Program.

December

2

Jaipur

Weekly Congregation preaching Program.

December

25-31

Belpal, Kendrapara

7days Bhagavat Katha.Prasad & Book Distribution.Last year 1000 people attended the program daily & 20 young boys became devotees & took up chanting in this place.

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My future strategy is to go around the same places every year and cultivate the same people to bring them to Krishna Consciousness & at the same time visit new places, maintain the existing devotees by Hari Katha,distribute books and prasad through preaching programs.Hare Krishna.

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Nava Yogendra Swami

ISKCON UDHAMPUR TEMPLE OPENING.

The hard efforts of His Holiness Nava Yogendra Swami fructified on the 19th of August 2005 with the opening of a magnificent Sri Sri Gaur Radha Krishna Temple at Udhampur, commemorating the 109th birth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada. The governor of Jammu and Kashmir presided as the chief guest of the inauguration ceremony. With its unique architecture and extraordinary design, the temple stands as the glory of Kashmir. In spite of insurgency and terrorism, His Holiness continued to preach in Jammu and Kashmir undauntedly, putting much effort from his side for the completion of this project within 8 years. The temple complex has a guesthouse, Goshala, community hall, and, above all, beautiful Deities of Gauranga Mahaprabhu, Radha Krishna, Narasimhadeva, Prahlad Maharaj, and Ramdarbar. Being a source of spiritual inspiration for the whole of Jammu and Kashmir, the temple is attracting even the Muslim community. Right from the conception up till completion, it was only due to His Holiness's expert planning that the place got transformed into such a wonderful ISKCON centre.

PREACHING TO MILITARY PERSONS AT INDO PAK BORDER

In Amritsar Maharaj visited Wagha (Indo Pak Border) four times and regularly preached to the military personnel there. With his effort, some of them have included Hare Krishna chanting in their strict schedule. Maharaja also distributed prasadam on the border.

RATHAYATRA AT ISKCON AMRITSAR AND PREACHING AMONG THE SIKHS

Under the able guidance of Maharaja, ISKCON devotees in Amritsar organized and celebrated Jagannath Ratha-yatra for the second time. Around two to three lakh people attended the Ratha-yatra. There was massive prasadam distribution throughout the yatra. The unique feature of the yatra was that many Sikhs also joined in the celebration. Some forty-odd Sikhs came over from the nearby village of Chinjhoti. Maharaja visits and preaches in this place regularly, and lots of Sikhs are getting inspired to take up Krishna consciousness. In the future there is a possibility that they might open nama-hatta centers at their places.

PREACHING TO EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN

While Maharaja was in Los Angeles carrying the message of Srila Prabhupada by spreading Krishna consciousness, or the universal principles of God realization, he was informed about the devastating earthquake on 8th October 2005, which took the lives of thousands in India and Pakistan. While preparing to leave for India, His Holiness informed his disciples in various parts of India to pull the right information from various authentic resources and start collecting relief materials to ensure that the most needy in India and Pakistan would be helped quickly. The information about the emergency was gathered from soldiers working in the affected area, local government officials, and newscasts by CNN and BBC.

The Iskcon Relief Yatra started on the 17th of October from Udhampur to Wri. Maharaj went to Kamal, Rot, Bandi, and other devastated cities. He distributed two truckloads of blankets, mineral water, bread, rice, and many other necessities to the earthquake-affected Muslim people.

Maharaja continued this relief work for four days. People were extremely happy with the way the ISKCON Relief operation took place.

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Prabhavisnu Swami

I spent most of 2005 visiting temples in my GBC zone, which comprises about 70 centers, most of which I visited at least once, and two or three times for many bigger ones. In addition, I visited many other temples in the CIS, where I have disciples, plus some centers in other countries. ISKCON's activities are going on steadily in almost all these places, and managerial crises or serious conflicts among devotees have been rare. Thus I have been able to concentrate mainly on leading kirtans, giving lectures, giving personal advice to devotees, and having discussions with the managers in various temples. I feel peaceful doing this kind of activity, and am glad not be involved too much in conflicts among devotees, as this creates stress. Inevitably, there are problems in a few places, but if I need to spend just a small percentage of my time dealing with problems, I can cope. I participated in big festivals in Mayapur, Ukraine, South Russia, West Siberia, and Australia (New Govardhan and Otford near Sydney). In many ways these festivals are the highlights of the year for me, since it is great honor and pleasure to get the association of so many wonderful devotees, including godbrothers. I relished chanting Hare Krsna wherever I went.

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Prahladananda Swami

In 2005 I continued to travel to the same temples I have visited in previous years. The main places I travel to once or twice a year are: Europe, the USA, Peru, Russia, Australia/New Zealand, Hong Kong, and India.

Besides giving classes and counseling devotees, I have also given seminars on astrology, yoga, and Ayurveda in various temples around the world. Especially in Europe (Russia, Poland, Belgium) I taught yoga, and also in the USA, Australia, and Peru. In addition, in many countries I distribute Srila Prabhupada's books in airports, on the streets, and at shopping centers. This year I did the Srila Prabhupada marathon in the airport in Los Angeles.

Besides my regular correspondence, I published the 11th Health and Welfare Ministry magazine -- "Hope This Meets You in Good Health" -- and wrote an article for the Deity Worship Ministry's magazine.

I plan to increase the seminars I give this year on yoga, Ayurveda, and astrology and more or less do the same service as I did last year in terms of traveling and preaching.

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Rasananda Swami

I started 2005 with an "Introduction to Vaishnavism" course (Bhakta Program) at the New Gokula farm, where we graduated five newcomers to Krsna consciousness. From March on we moved to Pindamonhanga town, on the outskirts of New Gokula. At the request of many residents in the town, we moved there to cultivate the big local congregation. I gave Bhagavad-gita courses and many other courses. Periodically I would travel to some nama-hatta program that I am cultivating. From November on I started a Brazilian tour, visiting several places. Please visit our webpage to see the tour pictures. http://www.goldenavatara.com.br. My preaching plan for 2006 is to tour temples in Brazil and preach.

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Sacinandana Swami

Accomplishments for 2005

It is very difficult for me to say that I have accomplished something. It is more correct for me to say that by Srila Prabhupada's mercy I was used as an instrument. These were my services:

Many, many festivals in many continents, sometimes overlapping. We were instrumental in building up Goloka Dhama and making it financially and manpower-wise stable. (We pray that this will remain so.)

Many, many preaching programs in Germany and Croatia.

One new nama-hatta center in Germany.

Helping to develop the fantastic preaching of the Veda Academy. By Krsna's mercy several people became attracted to Krsna consciousness.

Future

I can see that our preaching doesn't attract as many devotees to active service in Srila Prabhupada's movement as it did in the past. I feel we must look for newer ways to reach a larger audience (see Srila Prabhupada's strategic planning effort in America). I personally wish to work more with the Veda Academy, which has achieved good successes in a) caring for the devotees by giving them a stable future, b) reaching out to many new people. Of course, I wish to preach about the things sannyasis preach about — pure Krsna consciousness. Simultaneously I will continue to look after some German projects, especially Goloka Dhama. I will also visit the countries we are helping to develop, namely Croatia, Bosnia, ad Serbia, and also some other newly developing preaching projects in Muslim countries.

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Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

In 2005 I still suffered from post-traumatic stress anxiety disorder. It is also known as anticipatory anxiety leading to migraines, but now my health is much improved, with a lower frequency of migraines and a lower frequency of having to take preventative medicine and painkillers. However, I am still too frail to travel and meet with many people, either in happy association or confrontational meetings.

But during the year I ventured out of my safety zone as an experiment and traveled and preached. In April I went from Northern California, where I live in health-care status, to Washington, D.C. There I met with some devotees for talks and then visited Bhakti-tirtha Maharaja. I became close with BTM in his final months and exchanged phone calls with him weekly. After my visit with him in April, I  traveled to upstate New York, where some devotees live in an area called Stuyvesant Falls. I stayed with them for several week and gave some talks. Then I traveled to Houston, where  I was invited to take part in a very big festival held in the city. ISKCON was invited to take part in this festival, which 150,000 people attended and which is held every year in the city’s parks. Every year the festival has a different theme. This year the theme was India. I took part as a reading author. (Kalakantha Prabhu also came and read.) I read on two different occasions, and hundreds of people heard me, and I distributed many books and signed many books also and talked to hundreds of people individually. I also gave lectures in the temple.

I managed to do everything I planned on the tour, but when I returned to Northern California I had a relapse of bad health. For several weeks I had increases in headaches and suffered from fatigue. It really proved to me that I was not ready for so much traveling and preaching. My realization is that there is more than one way to serve Srila Prabhupada, even for a sannyasi.

I have continued writing and just published a book, "Sanatorium," a novel. I have about five other books finished that we would like to publish.

I continue to exchange letters with my disciples and godbrothers and -sisters.

I regularly read Srila Prabhupada's books and other Vaisnava books (I am currently reading Sarartha-darsini, the Tenth Canto commentaries of Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura). I am always concerned about my japa and trying to improve it. The basics of chanting and hearing will be my priority for the next year also.

During the year I did have visitors. I associated with Jayadvaita Swami, Giriraja Swami, Hridaya Caitanya Prabhu, Yadunandana Dasa, Suresvara Prabhu, Tripurari Maharaja, Siddhanta Prabhu, and some of my disciples from Guyana and other places.

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Vedavyasapriya Swami

The year 2005 saw me engage in some very hectic preaching, since I was relieved from administrative services. For the first four months of the year I traveled extensively in Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi (twice) and took off for Nepal for a few days’ preaching. I initiated seven candidates from my previous administrative zone. In the month of May, with a godbrother from New York I took to the Himalayas for a dhama-yatra. Then in the month of June I purchased a round-the-world-ticket and traveled to the UK, the USA, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, back to Australia, and finally to India on November 1st for Kartik. I initiated two students in the USA, nineteen in Fiji, two in Australia, and two in India. Besides this, for the last six years I have been participating in MIHE and VIHE by both giving courses and taking them.

In 2006 I am planning to spend six months in India preaching and six months in the abovementioned countries.


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