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May-June’ 08

The VOICE Messenger

Srila Prabhupada on College preaching NITK VOICE bids farewell to its pioneers Utkarsha in Mayapur Dham

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Shreshta Report – Arjun KR, KGP VOICE 4 Spiritual Tidings @ Metropolitan Bangalore 4

Srila Prabhupada on College preaching
In Columbus Ohio, Srila Prabupada met the famous counterculture poet – Alan Ginsberg, and he also gave a lecture at the Hitchcock hall, Ohio University. Students were dancing on their seats, dancing on their desks. Srila Prabhupada was so happy and wrote to Tamala Krishna Goswami, “Yesterday, at the Ohio State University we had a tremendous meeting, and nearly two thousand students were dancing, clapping and chanting along with us. So it is clear that the student community has a nice potential for accepting this philosophy.” He also wrote to Satsvarupa Das Goswami, “This chanting is our life and soul, so we must arrange our program now so that there will be as much chanting on the streets and at college engagements as possible. On May 12th, we had a very successful engagement at Ohio State University… So this policy should be continued as far as possible.”
>>> Ref. Lecture by HH Radhanath Swami; Letter to: Tamala Krsna on 13 May, 1969; Letter to: Ananda & Satsvarupa on 14 May, 1969

NITK VOICE bids farewell to its pioneers
TAPAS, the festival of glorification and stories of inspiration of passing out devotees was held at NIT Suratkal on 23 April 2008. Aditya, Venkatesh, Sudhir, Raghuvamsee, Anurag, Chandrashekar, Puran Singh, Ravi Kumar were the pioneering batch of NITK VOICE. This group of devotees was introduced to Krishna Consciousness by HG Gaur Sundar Pr and they together worked to solidify VOICE in quality and quantity. The festival began at 4 pm and went till 11pm. Each devotee poured their heartfelt gratitude for the inspiration the senior devotees provided during their stay in VOICE. Many first years were also present to participate in the festival. Gokul Prabhu spoke the following touching words, “Till now we were like children being taken care so meticulously by the senior devotees. But today we are feeling orphaned and we are feeling sad that in the coming year we won’t be getting their association, guidance which nourished us so much in our Krishna consciousness.” Aditya Prabhu gave wonderful advice based on his experience during stay in VOICE. He told the importanc e of collective spiritual life, chanting, hearing & reading, desiring our goal and prayers. He told how Lord Narayan was more pleased by the cooperation of Prachetas to inspire each other in their spiritual life than their individual austerities. The junior devotees specially prepared a glorification diary for each senior devotee where all of them wrote their memorable experiences and inspiration they derived from them. As a token of appreciation, the senior devotees donated one pair of dhoti kurta to each devotee, a printer to VOICE, and pen-drives to each brahmachari.

By – Harish, BTech 3rd year, NITK Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare |

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Utkarsha in Mayapur Dham
The word ‘Utkarsha’ or ‘Excellence’ aptly suits the Utkarsha camp held in Mayapur, West Bengal from 12th to 16th of May. 14 preachers from VOICE; 50 seniors, and 80 freshers from: 1. IIT Kharagpur, 2. NITJ – Jamshedpur, 3. IT BHU – Varanasi, 4. NITR – Rourkela, 5. NITK – Suratkal, 6. NITW – Warangal, 7. COEP – Pune, 8. and NITS – Surat! The international spiritual city of Mayapur, usually packed with white, black, and red devotees from all parts of the world, also sheltered these sincere God-seeking engineers. The first years forgot for a while their professional attire, note books and notebook computers. They moved around in dhoti-kurta with tilak on their foreheads and japabags around their right fingers. They woke up before sunrise to greet the deities of Chandrodaya mandir at 4:15 am and throughout the day they attended lectures, participated in GDs, debates, kirtans and presentations. In between they together honored specially prepared Prasadam. They were inspired by the enlightening lectures and understood the importance of practicing bhakti. HG Janamashtami Pr, the director of MIHE – Mayapur Institute of Higher Education spoke, “ preaching is the real paropakara – service to Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare |

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humanity. Srila Prabhupada at the age of 70 worked hard for spreading the mission of Krishna Consciousness all over the world and he wanted his disciples to work harder than him. While the juniors were engrossed in ‘Utkarsha’, the seniors were also engaged in hearing advanced topics of devotional service like service attitude; qualities of simplicity, humility, tolerance and sensecontrol; and Number magic in Bhagavat Gita. All of them relished the purifying bathe in the holy Ganges. The boys also visited Goshala – a cattle protection farm run by devotees and then interacted with the teachers and students of Gurukula. They were amazed to witness the life of the vedic students which they thought is limited to the ancient scriptures and not practical in today’s age. They also witnessed the boat festival in the lake near Prabhupada’s samadhi. Anant, a first-time visitor exclaimed, “I was delighted to see devotees everywhere. The beautiful greenery and Ganges river in the vicinity make Mayapur more beautiful. I want to come back every semester.” “HG Radheshyam Pr was pleased to find the most enthusiastic batch of devotees”, grinningly says Ashish Gupta who managed the hard work behind this great success. Photos: Sandesh, KGP. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare |

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yad yad äcarati çreñöhas tat tad evetaro janaù – Shreshta Report
Name : Arjun K Ramachandra Background : Sri Vaishnava family from Karnataka Special talents : violin playing, singing, mrdangam, management Inspiration : HH Radhanath swami, Sriguru charan prabhu (His counselor) Major services : frontline for IITKGP, Preacher for NIT-R and Bansal classes at Kota Rajasthan, arranging birthday celebrations, morning lectures, notice board, shayana arti, internal management, sadhana scores, etc. Interview : Q : Did you ever feel that the load of your services could affect your acads? Arjun : Never, In fact I can confidently say that VOICE training moulded me to become mature in grasping, studying, dealing with issues etc. In fact I could bag the 3rd rank in our department. Q : We also came to know that you received the prestigious KVPY scholarship worth 3 lakhs and are about to join IBM, Kolkata. Often we hear modern students speak that spiritual life kills ambitions. How does it go with VOICE? Does VOICE allow youths to flourish in their careers too while practicing spirituality? Arjun : Do you think Arjuna who heard Bhagavad gita was a mendicant? He was an ambitious world renowned warrior. At the end of Bhagavad gita, Lord Krishna did not tell him to give up his archery and become a mendicant; rather, Arjuna became jubilant to fight the battle of dharma. We always were encouraged by VOICE preachers to give equal weightage to studies and spirituality. There is no compromise. Q : What is your driving force, Mr.Arjun? Arjun : I am most inspired by Srila Prabhupada's unimaginable sacrifice and it is the driving force for me to take part in this glorious mission. Everyone us have been bestowed with wonderful qualities by the grace of Guru and Krishna. If we understand that we are completely unqualified and use these qualities to serve the mission of Srila Prabhupada in a humble mood, then Krishna will work wonders through us. Q : Thank you very much.

Spiritual Tidings @ Metropolitan Bangalore
The last week of April saw the get-together of the Bangalore devotees – 60 students from RVC VOICE, 12 corporates from Bhishma yoga, and 3 fresh gradutes from NITK, Suratkal. All of them assembled and heard few lectures in VOICE and the rest in ‘Omkar Hills”, a scenic spot in Bangalore. HG Chaitanya Charan Pr explained the different moods of the Lord with His devotee – Arjuna during His discourse of the Bhagavad-Gita. In another lecture, “Faults of fault finding”, he spoke on how detrimental the attitude of Fault finding is and with many practical examples stressed how they can be seen with positive attitude.

Editorial Board HG Radheshyam Das, M.Tech, IIT Mumbai & Director, VOICE HG Chaitanyacharan Das, B.E, COEP Pune. Rajshekhar V, M.Tech, IIT Kharagpur. Siddhartha, B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur. To share weekly special events, accomplishments, news, announcements and nectar kindly send email to sid.kgp@gmail.com (Cell-09932619423) Vedic Oasis for Inspiration Culture and Education (VOICE), 4-Tarapore Road, next to Dastur’s Boys School, Camp Pune-01
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