Simple Living Saves Lives

by HG Kripamoya prabhu
Srila Prabhupada consistently stressed how important it is to
understand the gifts of nature and of God’s plan for humans – who
would think that cow-dung is an important part of it all?
Today I learned of how a small amount of traditional guidance saved
the lives of many children in Africa. It was a fascinating story told
to me by a visiting old friend and I thought I’d share it with you.
Vidura das, an Irish devotee of Krishna, lived in Kisumu, Kenya for
many years. He and his African wife Esther set up a large-scale food
distribution programme for needy people. And in northern Kenya there
were plenty of needy people. What concerned him most was that there
were many children who died young. “We discovered that the very area
where we were living had the highest infant mortality rate in the
world,” he explained.
To distribute food as a religious act, and yet to watch parents grieve
over their dead children was an intolerable situation for a
compassionate devotee like Vidura, so he started to ask questions
around the area. Dirty drinking water was the obvious culprit, but
when he enquired of the mothers why they did not boil the water they
replied that they did not have the money to buy charcoal, the commonly
used fuel.
Remembering that the guru of the Hare Krishna movement had always
praised the cow for providing, amongst many other gifts, the
sustainable fuel of dung, he explained to the women that Indians have
for centuries mixed dung with straw and dried it to create an
everlasting supply of good quality fuel. But the local Africans needed
to be encouraged to refrain from slaughtering their cows if they were
going to create a sustainable fuel source. They also had to overcome
the prejudice – given to their tribe decades ago by Christian
missionaries – that dung was dirty and never to be touched.
After some period of encouragement, mainly to women who already
trusted him as ‘Father Vidura,’ some families complied followed by
many more. “Eventually health workers were coming up from Nairobi to
see why children in our area were living longer than children
throughout Kenya,” Vidura said. The project was an overwhelming
success, and received endorsement by the tribal patriarchs, who, as
children, remembered their mothers talking of cow-dung as fuel in
their village but who had switched to the more expensive wood after
the missionaries had persuaded them to change. It was only a small
change to revert back to a more traditional fuel – and dung has to be
the cheapest and most abundant thing in the world – but it made a
world of difference.
Vidura went on to introduce the spinning wheel and the loom, and is
now in dialogue with President Musoveni of Uganda to introduce hemp as
a major crop for the villagers who live around Lake Victoria.
#Prahladananda Swami – 22/7/07

Ayurvedic Seminar – Dallas 2007

HH Prahladananda Swami’s Ayurvedic Seminar

June 11–12, 2007

Presented by His Holiness Prahladananda Swami

Minister for Health

International Society for Krishna Consciousness

Dallas, Texas USA

This workshop will explore Ayurveda, an ancient form of natural medicine coming from India. Participants will gain a basic understanding of Ayurvedic principles and how to develop a personal routine which will promote health, vitality, and peace of mind.

Monday, June 11

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Introduction to Mantra Meditation

Determining Your Dosha (Body Type)

Overview of Ayurvedic Principles

Tuesday, June 12

7:00 –9:00 PM

Mantra Meditation Practice

Ayurvedic Principles Continued

How to Develop a Personal Routine

His Holiness Prahladananda Swami began his training in Ayurveda in 1987 in India under Dr. Liladhar Gupta

and Dr. Sri Krishna Caitanya. In addition to giving instruction on Ayurveda, Jyotish astrology, and Iyengar

yoga His Holiness’ true ardor lies with sharing the wisdom of Vedic literature such as the Bhagavad-gita and

Srimad Bhagavatam. Over the past fifteen years his travels have brought him around the globe, where he has

had the opportunity to teach classes on Vedic health and science to audiences in Australia, New Zealand,

Hong Kong, Russia, Belgium, Spain, and Peru (to name just a few locations).

The course fee includes course materials and refreshments from Kalachandji’s, Dallas’ award winning vegetarian

restaurant. For participants who complete registration by May 30 the cost is 40 dollars and will be 50

dollars thereafter. For more details, and to register please contact Nityananda Ram das, Tel: (214) 669-3369.


GBC Meetings in Mayapur

GBC meetings in Mayapur

Srila Prabhupada murti in GBC conference room, on the roof of Conch bld, ISKCON Mayapur

   Kavichandra Swami is offering obeisancies to Srila Prabhupada in GBC conference room, ISKCON, Mayapur.

in photo above:  Annutama Prabhu with Bhakti Vigyana Swami

in photo above:  at the end of meeting session in GBC room

in photo above:  GBC "Open Door Day", 13-02-07

in photo above:  one of the meetings just finished

in photo above:  Jayapataka Swami, GBC room

in photo above:  Jayapataka Swami and Malati Mataji in GBC meeting

in photo above:  Radhanatha Swami in GBC meeting

in photo above:  Radhanatha Swami and Gopal Krishna Goswami in GBC meetings

in photo above:  Radhanatha Swami during GBC meeting

in photos above and below:  Gopal Bhatta Prabhu, facilitator of GBC meetings

in photo above: Paramgati Swami (left) and Lokanatha Swami (right)

in photo above:  Guruprasad Swami (left) and Ramai Swami(right)

in photos above and below: Sivarama Swami (middle), Radhanatha swami (sitting) and Praghosha Prabhu (in white)

in 2 photos above : Banu swami – the next GBC chaiman for the year 2007;
Radhanatha Swami (left) and Guruprasad swami (right)

in photos above and below:  in GBC secretariat office

in photos above and below:  Bhakti Vigyana Swami (Russian GBC)

in photos above and below:  Prabhavishnu swami, with Prahladananda Swami

in photo above: Praghosa Prabhu

in photo above: GBC secretaries – Lilasukha Prabhu (in safron) and Dina dayal Prabhu (sitting)

in photos above and below:  Laxmimoni Matajiin GBC secretariat office

in the next 4 photos below:  GBC meetings ended with Deity report