The Conch - The Community Newsletter for ISKCON New Govardhana

MAR 2019

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Cover: Photography and Lord Balarama dressed by Premavati devi dasi

Vaishnava Care for Sanaka Dasa

By Ambika devi dasi

After meeting Kurma dasa in Greece, Sanaka dasa, suffering from terminal cancer, decided to come to New Govardhana in November 2018 to leave his body surrounded by devotees.

After undergoing several serious operations, by Krishna’s arrangement Sanaka is now beginning to recover and is cancer free. He is hoping to serve the bullocks soon.

The Vaishnava Care group has looked after Sanaka throughout his gruelling experience, including taking him to many appointments, visiting him in his cabin and in hospital, arranging his various requirements and encouraging him in his spiritual life.

Many thanks to all who have taken part in this rewarding service to one of Srila Prabhupada’s dear disciples.

Sanaka dasa was once the Temple President of Melbourne temple in the early 1970s. He is now recovering his health at New Govardhana.

Sanaka dasa was once the Temple President of Melbourne temple in the early 1970s. He is now recovering his health at New Govardhana.

Srila Prabhupada Uvaca

On the horizon, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared as the son of Sri Sacidevi and Jagannatha Misra.

After hearing of the birth of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, learned scholars and brahmanas, bringing many gifts, came to see the newborn baby.

Nilambara Cakravarti, who was a great astrologer, immediately prepared a horoscope, and by astrological calculation he saw that the child was a great personality.

This chapter describes the symptoms of this great personality.

Sri Caitanya-caritamṛta, Adi-lila, Chapter Thirteen | The Advent of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu | Introduction

Please join us each Ekadasi for Srimad-Bhagavatam class given by ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

These classes will feature subtitles.

Darshan arati 7:00am
Class 7.30am

Ladies Kirtana Sunday Feast

By Krishnarupa devi dasi
Photos: Parvati devi dasi

New Govardhana recently hosted a wonderful Sunday Feast kirtana led by some of the temple’s leading female kirtaneers, such as Ambika dasi, Sita dasi, Premanjali dasi, Karunamayi dasi and Radhe Maharani from the Gold Coast Bhakti Centre.

We look forward to the next one in the near future.

Child Safety Training

By Karunika devi dasi

As part of ISKCON’s ongoing commitment to child protection, and as recommended by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian, all management, staff and permanent volunteers in our organisation need to undertake Child Safety Training.

ISKCON’s National Child Protection Officer, Atulya devi dasi, will facilitate the Child Safety Training session. The training is intended to assist all staff and volunteers to be able to identify potential child abuse and its symptoms, promote child safety, prevent child abuse and enable our organisation to properly respond to suspected child abuse.

Please note that the training session is not suitable for children, so kindly make alternative child minding arrangements.

Child protection is everybody’s concern, so please make sure you attend.

ISKCON National Child Protection

Friday 29th March @ 5pm
Saturday 30th March @ 9:30am


Gurukula front school room

Krishna Kids

Register you child for the Krishna Kids Area at the Sacred Sound Kirtan Retreat, 19-22 April 2019.

Visit for more information.

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(from Vaishnava calendar

2 Sat Ekadasi – Fasting for Vijaya Ekadasi
3 Sun Dvadasi – Break fast 05:45 – 10:00am
(Daylight saving not considered)
7 Thu Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji – Disappearance day
17 Sun Ekadasi – Fasting for Amalaki vrata Ekadasi
18 Mon Dvadasi – Break fast 06:36 – 10:01am
(Daylight saving not considered)
21 Thu Gaura Purnima – Appearance day of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu (Fasting till moonrise)
28 Thu Sri Srivasa Pandita – Appearance day

Harinama Sankirtana ki jaya!

Weekly at various locations

Contact Garuda dasa for details
0423 170 267

Sunday Mornings

Northern NSW & Gold Coast
Visnujana dasa 0498 141 021

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