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Demand for Agorbothis Up in U.S.

This article, "Demand for Agorbothis Up in U.S.," was published in The Hindu, July 4, 1973, in Chennai, India.

NEW DELHI, July 3. 

The "Hare Rama, Hare Krishna" flock is saying it with increasing fragrance. 

With the Krishna Consciousness Movement becoming popular, the demand for agarbathis has gone up in the United States, West Europe, Australia and New Zealand, says an official release. 

India exported agarbathis worth about Rs, 1.49 crores during 1972-73, against Rs. 1.27 crores in 1970-71. 

The export target for 1973-74 has been fixed at Rs. 2.1 crores. -UNI. 

Reference: The Hindu, New Delhi, India, 1973-07-04

Value of 'Krishna Consciousness'

This article, "Value of 'Krishna Consciousness'," was published in The Hindu, March 25, 1973, in Chennai, India.

HYDERABAD, March 24. 

Sri Bhakti Vedanta Prabhupada, founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, to-day laid the foundation-stone here for a multi-storeyed building to house the institutions of the Soviely, including Radha-Krishna temple. 

The building will be constructed on land donated by Mr. G. Pulla Reddy, on the Station Road near Abids Circle.

Swami Prabhupada, addressing the gathering in English and Hindi, said Krishna consciousness would help people to attain salvation. 

The Swamiji performed 'puja' to the marble idols of Radha and Krishna which would be installed in the temple. 

He initiated four of his disciples into the movement, one of whom, a Parsi from Bombay, took 'sanyas'. -FOC.

Reference: The Hindu, Hyderabad, India, 1973-03-25

ISKCON to Build Temple in Hyderabad

This article, "ISKCON to Build Temple in Hyderabad," was published in The Hindu, March 23, 1973, in Chennai, India.

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT 

HYDERABAD. 

Hyderabad city will shortly have a temple for Sri Krishna and His consort Radha, under the auspices of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). 

This temple would be built on a valuable land donated by Mr. G. Pulla Reddy, sweatmeats merchant in the heart of the city, opposite the Brindavan hotel, on Station Road, near Abids Circle. The Society plans to build a multi-storeyed building which will house a large school for training children in the progressive values of happy, healthy and spiritual life. The main feature of the proposed building would be a beautiful temple and kirtan hall. 

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which is popularly known as Hare Krishna movement came to Hyderabad a few months back when Sri Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada, the head of the movement camped here and several devotional meetings and kirtan sabhas were held. A number of local people have become members of the Society, some of them its life members. 

The ISKCON has been carrying on its activities throughout the world, and the Society has 102 temples in over 31 lands. 

In connection with the establishment of Sri Radhakrishna temple, there would be a two day festival at Hyderabad on March 23 and 24. Sri Prabhupada, who is now in Australia will arrive here on March 23 to begin the two-day festival. On March 24, at 9 a.m. there will be a Yagna, and the marble idols of Radha and Krishna will be installed. On the same day at 10:30 a.m. the Swamiji will lay the foundation for the new building project of the Society here. 

The Society has made Hyderabad as one of its permanent centres and at present there are ten devotees belonging to various countries who are carrying out their mission to spread Krishna Consciousness. 

The five main purposes of the ISKCON are: (1) To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large; (2) to propagate Krishna consciousness as revealed in Bhagavad Gita; (3) to bring members of the Society together and nearer to Krishna; (4) to teach and encourage the Sankirtana movement; and (5) to erect for the members and for society at large a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to Krishna. 

Reference: ISKCON to Build Temple in Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, 1973-03-23

Radha Krishna Temple Planned in Moscow

This article, "Radha Krishna Temple Planned in Moscow," was published in The Hindu, August 11, 1972, in Chennai, India.

HYDERABAD, Aug. 9. 

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness wants to build a 'Radha Krishna' temple in Moscow. 

Steps in the direction may be initiated by the Society's founder, Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada, when he visits the Soviet capital shortly for delivering discourses at the university. 

A spokesman for the Society said here today that they were trying to contact many world leaders and make them take to Krishna consciousness which could lead to world peace. 

Five members of the 'Hare Krishna' movement are here on a three-week visit. They are Subal Das Swami, Yadavacharya Das Brahmachari and Tamal Krishna Goswami (all of the U.S.). Meenakatan Das Adhikari of Toronto, Canada, and Subal Das Swami, a Chinese who joined the Krishna Consciousness Society as a student in Hong Kong. They met the State Governor, Mr. Khandubhai Desal yesterday. 

The Society, whose headquarters is Los Angeles, has built 'Radha Krishna' temples in some 105 countries, it was stated. -FOC. 

Reference: The Hindu, Hyderabad, India, 1972-08-11

Propagation of Sri Krishna Cult

This article, "Propagation of Sri Krishna Cult," was published in The Hindu, August 10, 1972, in Chennai, India.

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER 

BANGALORE, Aug. 9. 

Four members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness are in Bangalore to explain the activities of the "Hare Krishna Hare Rama movement" to the citizens. 

The four are 26 year old Yasodanandan Swami from Marseilles, France, Gurukripa (22) from USA, Vivakar (20) from Tronto, Canada, and Vyala (26) from San Francisco, U.S.A. 

They are the followers of Swami Prabhupada of Calcutta who heads the 6,000 strong Society which has 105 centres throughout the world. 

Reference: The Hindu, Unknown Location, India, 1972-08-10

Universal Remedy for All Ills

This article, "Universal Remedy for All Ills," was published in The Hindu, February 18, 1972, in Chennai, India.

MADRAS. Feb. 18. 

The distinct feature of a human being, in contrast to the beasts, is his inherent capacity to understand, think of and meditate on God, take steps to get himself identified with the Supreme Being, by adopting the processes described in scriptural literature and get himself spiritually elevated. In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna has shown the way for one to get freed from worldly bondage by "Prapatti", under which a devotee offers unconditional surrender before Sri Krishna realising that He is the factual enioyer of all worldly activities. On his part, he rigidly follows the codes of good conduct. 

Years aso, Chaitanya culled out from the Shastras that in this age of Kali (characterised by quarrels and indiscipline) when mental distraction was high and almost none was serious about spiritual perfection, the "Great Chant of Deliverance" (Hare Krishna) alone was the most effective means of reaching God. lt is a standard and recognised mode of worship and ecstatic repetition of God's name will cleanse the heart, make one feel that he is the child of God and make him get over the feelings of caste, etc. 

Sri Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, the leader of the Society for Krishna Consciousness, told a press gathering on Wednesday that the movement, which was not something new, only urged the people to take to the service of Sri Krishna. The task was not simple but the Lord Himself had said that none was dearer to Him than the one who undertook with confidence to preach His message. The Krishna Mantram was a universal remedy for all ills. Everyone was originally a Krishna conscious entity, but due to association with worldly influenees, he had become "adulterated." Disciples of the Krishna cult were held together by mutual agreement to accept the principles of devotional service as the goal of life. 

Reference: The Hindu, Madras, India, 1972-02-18

No Special Qualification to Approach God

This article, "No Special Qualification to Approach God," was published in The Hindu, February 17, 1972, in Chennai, India.

MADRAS, Feb. 17. 

Religion broadly means the dictates laid down by the Supreme Being to be faithfully followed by us. These established laws have been suitably incorporated in Vedic literature, which in turn has been brilliantly expounded by God's numerous messengers and chosen representatives who had undergone sacrifices to go in search of God and Eternal Truth. Hence it is up to us to adhere to these spiritual traditions. There is no need for anyone to manufacture a new brand of religion. It will suffice to tread in the footsteps of these great spiritual leaders who had prescribed the moral tenets. 

One of the steps to reach God is the glorification of Sri Krishna's name. This devotional chant, though simple, brings the best results and provides us mental solace, rids the hearts of all impurities, makes our lives sublime and enables us to approach God. No doubt the Vedas are authoritative, but they have to be properly interpreted to clear apparent contradictions. Hence Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita has made it plain that one who seeks refuge in Him with devotion will be assured of unfailing protection. 

His Grace Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada in a discourse on Tuesday at the Adyar Cultural Association said development of Krishna consciousness was not a blind faith. It taught us how to love God. Chanting Sri Krishna's names did not require any special qualification and this recipe had been prescribed in the Brihad Naradiya Puranam.

Reference: The Hindu, Madras, India, 1972-02-17

Krishna Cult Society Centre

This article, "Krishna Cult Society Centre," was published in The Hindu, February 17, 1972, in Chennai, India.

MADRAS, Feb. 16. 

Efforts are being made to set up a centre of the International Society for Krishna-Consciousness (ISKCON) in Madras. Discussions were held today by the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, Sri Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada with leading citizens. The centre which may be the sixth in India will include a Radhakrishna temple. 

The leader-Acharya talking to pressmen today said that the response for the movement was very encouraging with the United States having the largest number of followers. Since he embarked on the task of spreading Krishna's message in 1968, 75 branches had been established all over the world, the maintenance of which cost Rs. seven to eight lakhs monthly.

Reference: The Hindu, Madras, India, 1972-02-17

Attainment of Divine Bliss By Nama Sankirtan

This article, "Attainment of Divine Bliss By Nama Sankirtan," was published in The Hindu, February 16, 1972, in Chennai, India.

MADRAS, Feb. 16. 

What prevents mortals from realising God easily is Maya (illusion), under whose influence people start pursuing vain pleasures. Every creation of God in its original form is pure, but even as placid water turns turbid when it flows on a muddy surface, one gets confused when pressurised by material wants. Chaitanya had shown the way to reach the Kingdom of God by "Hari Nama Sankirtanam", the process of incessant chanting of God's name with sincerity and devotion. One must understand that Sri Krishna is the sole proprietor of the entire universe and that we can come to possess and enjoy only what He chooses to allot to us, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and we are His children. When we completely dedicate ourselves to Sri Krishna and offer our surrender, He assumes the responsibility of protecting us as He had declared unequivocally in the famous verse "Sarvadharman parithyajya." We should also have complete faith in the injunctions contained in Vedic literature. 

His Grace Sri Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in a discourse in Mylapore on Tuesday, explained how "Sankirtanam" (congregational chanting) has been prescribed as one of the nine modes of reaching God. Sri Krishna is our real friend and saviour. Perfection of human life cannot come through mere economic development or industrial advancement but only through spiritual purification. By singing Sri Krishna's glory one can experience ecstatic divine bliss and absorption in God-consciousness.

Reference: The Hindu, Madras, India, 1972-02-16

Essentials of Bhakti Yoga

This article, "Essentials of Bhakti Yoga," was published in The Hindu, February 15, 1972, in Chennai, India.

MADRAS, Feb. 15. 

Absolute detachment is alien to human nature and, as such, any advice to man against any kind of attachment is not practicable. So, he is only asked to divert gradually the craving he has developed for material objects towards Sri Krishna, the love for Whom is lying dormant in him. Bhakti Yoga essentially means becoming saturated with devotion for the Lord, so that one cannot live even a single moment without thinking of Him. Hence it is mainly a question of one's mental attitude rather than of scholarship. If a person incessantly utters the name of Sri Krishna, which is, in fact, not different from Him, his mind becomes closely associated with Him. 

His Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in his discourse at the Rajeswari Kalyana Mandapam, Mylapore, on Sunday, said there are no rigid rules or regulations for chanting the Hare Krishna mantra; nor does it require formal education. While uttering the name of Sri Krishna, one should focus the mind on the bewitching form of the Lord, His auspicious attributes, His delightful sport and His role as the Gitacharya. Lord Chaitanya, during his visit to a temple in South India found a man scanning the pages of the Bhagavad Gita without seeming to read the verses. On enquiry, the saint found that the person was illiterate and yet he was turning the pages of the Gita, at the instance of his master, because, as he did so he had a vision of Sri Krishna expounding spiritual knowledge to Arjuna on the Kurukshetra battle-field. Thereupon Chaitanya embraced him, in all admiration for his devotion. Sincerity, faith and guidance of a spiritual master are necessary for God-realisation.

Reference: The Hindu, Madras, India, 1972-02-15