Whew, after a few hours of mucking around I’ve just managed to fix up my web server and get the Ratha-yatra pictures on line. The deity shots aren’t the best either. The colour balance was out. I mucked up the white balance settings. You’ll get the general idea though. That line contains just over 200 devotees in all.
Don’t be too quick to react to the circumstances that we are being put into by our past activities and desires, think of what Lord Krishna wants us to do following in the footprints of previous authorities. We have to pray for Lord Krishna to give us intelligence, otherwise, Maya is always with us waiting for a chance to bewilder us. Maya is also advertising to “Come and enjoy,” that is why Lord Krishna is very please with the efforts of His devotees who tell others, “Come and serve Lord Krishna.”
All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
Please accept my humble obeisances. Sorry for the delay in replying.
Hospital is going quite well. The details are as follows,
There are total 66 beds. On an average 40 patients get admitted per day or about 150 to 200 per month.
There are total 160 staff members and around 45 doctors. Pharmacy, Pathology,
X-ray and Sonography all the departments are running nicely. Recently we have
re-opened ICU and NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Kidney dialysis
department is shortly going to reopen.
We have started a Community Health Center, which will enable the
underprivileged people to get checkup and treatment in a very nominal rate.
Under the community health services we have also started out reach programmes.
Under this programme we send our team of doctors, nurses and other staff to
different villages and conduct checkups to select patients. Later the selected
patients are brought to the hospital for treatment. Recently 22 patients were
selected for free cataract surgery in Bhaktivedanta Hospital from a nearby
village called Wada.
Last month two Eye checkup camps were conducted for the autorikshaw drivers.
Our team of Bhaktivedanta hospital also went for Tsunami relief work.
In February 2005 we conducted free Cataract camp for Brijwasis at Barsana. The
report of which have already been sent to you.
At present no Prabhupada’s disciple admitted. Many times devotees from Mumbai
congregation and Brahmacharis from temple come for treatment.
Last month one U.S devotee called H.G.Revatinandan Prabhu (disciple of
H.H.Bhakticharu Maharaj) passed away in the hospital. By the help of Mira road
congregation and hospital devotees we performed all the last rites as per the
There is good news that the government has given us permission to
open a Nursing School this year. Our main idea is to teach the nurses how to
care of body, mind and SOUL. We are also planning to introduce the subject of
SPIRITUAL CARE officially in their 3 years curriculum. Small report attached.
Good News from Bhaktivedanta Hospital
We are very happy to announce that Bhaktivedanta Hospital is starting a School
of Nursing approved and recognized by the Maharashtra Nursing Council. This
School will provide a Diploma Course of 3½ years duration in General Nursing &
Midwifery. The School will start from 1st August 2005 and 20 students
will be admitted in the School per year. The Prospectus with Application
Form will be available on payment of Rs.250/- (non-refundable), in the
Hospital Administration Office from 30th May 2005 during office hours.
The last date for submitting the Application Form is 25th June
Both male and female candidates between the age group of 17 and 35 years can
Minimum Educational Qualifications
12th Std. or its equivalent in the faculties of Science, Commerce and Arts,
with minimum 50% aggregate marks. 12th Science candidates will be preferred.
Students should be medically fit and should have good knowledge of English; as
the medium of education will be English.
Devotees from the congregation of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir and its Centres
in Maharashtra are invited to apply for this Course. The candidates should be
a regular congregation member or a known deserving relative of a congregation
member. The Centre In-charge or the bonafide Counsellor for the Centre should
provide a recommendation letter along with the application.
Kindly note that male candidates should be specifically encouraged as we have
brahmacharis, sanyasis and Gurus of ISKCON getting regularly admitted in the
Hospital needing male Nurses for their services.
Annual fee of Rs.55,000/- will be charged for the 3 consecutive years. The
fees are inclusive of charges for education, examinations, stationery, uniform,
lodging and boarding in the Hospital and all other miscellaneous fees. Loans
will be made available from Yamuna Kinara Credit Organisation for deserving and
recommended candidates. Special, deserving cases should not be discouraged
only on grounds of financial unaffordability.
In the course of 3½ years, all the candidates will be provided with Prasadam
List of Certificates to the attached with the Application Form
1. Proof of birth – School Leaving Certificate or Birth Certificate
2. Domicile Certificate from Executive Magistrate
3. Mark Sheet of SSC / SSC Attempt Certificate from School Principal
4. Mark Sheet of 12th / Attempt Certificate from College Principal
5. Certificate of medical fitness from a Registered Medical Practitioner
Our School of Nursing will have a special subject called “SPIRITUAL CARE AND
SPIRITUAL NURSING”. Additionally, the education of nursing will be provided in
the pure, sanctified Krishna conscious environment of Bhaktivedanta Hospital.
The candidates will be residing in the Hospital campus compulsorily and will
receive only Krishna Prasadam. All the rules and regulations of Krishna
conscious living will be applicable for all the candidates.
Any queries regarding this are welcome on telephone or e-mail.
Mrs. Sunita Kulkarni (Director – Nursing)
Mobile : 09820378450
Dr. V. G. Shanbhag (Director – Department of Spiritual Care)
Mobile : 09324242601
Residence : 022-30977720
Office : 022-39525938
Happy Rama Navami
After leaving Hong Kong in February I traveled to Mayapur for the annual GBC Body meetings. Since I am the Sannyasa Minister I spend part of the meetings with the GBC Sannyasa Standing Committee reviewing sannyasa candidates. There are about 15 sannyasa candidates on the waiting list and candidate from Nigeria, Africa, Parikshit dasa, was approved to take sannyasa this year. The meetings that last for ten days are rather intense as I usually have many extra meetings beside the ones that are during the normal scheduled times.
After the GBC meetings I traveled with Virabahu Prabhu and Dhruva dasa from Australia to Jagannatha Puri where we bathed in the sea and took treatment from Madhusudana Roy’s assistances who are expert in acupressure and massage. From there Dhruva and myself traveled to Ahmedabad where there is a large ISKCON temple with beautiful Sri Sri Radha Krsna Deities as well as Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Sri Sita Rama Laksmana and Hanuman and a large Gopal Deity.
A devotee Rajasuya Prabhu accompanied Dhruva and myself to visit in Rajasthan a Sufi mystic who extracts kidney and gallbladder stones as well as cancers from peoples bodies. He is a very pious man who has several goshalas where he is protecting cows. He has been friends of the devotees for many year. Dhruva and myself witnessed his mystic cures which seemed genuine.
A couple of days later we went to Vrindavan and along with Nikunjavasini devi dasi a Srila Prabhupada disciple from Radhadesh in Belgium visited Radha Kunda and had prasadam at the Govardhan Palace which is managed by Kesava Bharati Maharaja.
I have been in Radhadesh since the end of March and have each week once or twice distributed books in Dutch or French speaking areas of the Benelux. The college is going on well here with about 12 students. Three times a week I have been teaching from 15 to 25 students yoga in the BKS Iyengar style of teaching.
I will be in Radhadesh until the 27 of April when I travel to Poland to attend a conference on
yoga in Wroclaw as well as the devotees annual festival. I will be in Poland until the 21of
May when I return to Radhadesh. My Vyasa Puja will be celebrated in Radhadesh on the 25
of May. On the 29 of May I travel with Lilasuka Prabhu, a disciple of HH Bhakti Caru
Maharaja to Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Bosnia until the 16 of June.
From 17 of June to the 20 of June I will teach a course for the Bhaktivedanta College on the
2 Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Afterwards I should be going to Spain for about 10 days
and then back to Radhadesh. From Radhadesh I probably be traveling to Finland, Estonia,
Moscow, Perm and then to the UK. I will return to Radhadesh for Janmastami and their 25
anniversary of Radhadesh.