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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