Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaj tours the western world '96
He is a disciple of Srila Bhakti Prajnan Kesava Maharaj and leading member of the Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti. He was often invited to the West, even by his friend and World Acarya Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj, known to his disciples as Srila Prabhupada. Now finally he is touring and blessing the world with his Krishna Katha. He visited Holland, England and many places in the US. Many devotees both from the Indian community as well as western Vaisnavas were enlivened by his association. He also visited Eugene, Oregon, where he met with the WVA Vice President Srila B.V. Tripurari Maharaj in the principal Center of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society.
Gaudya Vedanta Magazine - a pleasant surprise for the english reader
The Gaudya Vaisnava Society is publishing a very beautiful magazine four times a year called Gaudiya Vedanta. It dedicates every issue to different special topics. The last issue dealt with the holy places and the next issue will deal with rituals. We can only recommend this magazine as one of the best english Vaisnava Siddhanta publication.
Florida Vedic College joins WVA
The Florida Vedic College under the leadership of its principal Sripad Mahabuddhi das A. has joined the WVA. This Vaisnava University is acredited in America and offers many courses, and graduation programs. Now Vaisnavas from all over the world can benefit and through the Internet access courses at this Vaisnava University.
"It was about time to establish a common ground for Devotees and scholars to unify and establish the great treasure of the Vedic teachings," said Srila B.G. Narasingha Maharaj, one of the founding members of the WVA.
The The Florida Vedic College will promote scholarships for all Vaisnavas to be able to participate in its graduation programs.
The college plans to extend the work to German and Spanish language courses. Also there are plans to hold specific seminars in different locations of the world. Updates will be posted here in this news section.
Old Restored Temple Gets Deities Donated
The deities of Sri Sri Gouranga Radha Vraja Mohan were donated to the Vrinda Kunja in Vrindavan. Originally installed in Santipura 200 years ago, the city where Advaita Acarya lived, these deities were taken to Vrindavan by a Brahmin, who worshipped them for the last 40 years. Desirous to enter the renounced order of life, the Brahmin was searching for someone to take over the worship of his deities. When he heard that members of Vrinda from the western countries had restored one of Vrindavan's old temples next to Gopesvara Mahadeva, he was very charmed. He visited and recognized that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Giriraj Maharaj were the only deities present in the Vrinda Kunja Mandir. Then he offered the deities to Sripad B.V. Paramahamsa Maharaj, the Colombian Sannyasy who is leading the Vrinda Kunja Ashram. Happily the mercy was celebrated with a parade through Vrindavan, accompanied by many devotees as their Lordships were moving from their old temple into the new location.
How great was the happiness of all the devotees to see the deities who had personally chosen to came and give their mercy to them.
Note: The original deities of the temple had been moved to Tripura by the kings family. Vrinda Kunja was constructed by a follower of Srila Narottama das Thakur, the queen of Manipur. After Indian independents, former kings lost their kingdoms, and many could not maintain their temple properties. Thus Vrinda Kunja was abandoned for 20 Years until the Vrindavan Institute for Vaisnava Culture and Studies obtained the location and renovated it.