Temporary Vrindavan Hospice Update


    While Priya Sakhi devi dasi has been assisting many devotees in the Vrindavan area for some time with various medical needs, she recently assisted in the passing on of a Vraj resident – a first for her at the Temporary Vrindavan Hospice. The devotee, Vani Seva devi dasi, had been residing in Vrindavan for about 6 or 7 years and had just returned home a few days prior from a trip abroad when she suffered a massive heart attack. Doctors at the local hospital confirmed the heart attack and encouraged her to rest and sleep, but she stayed awake instead and prepared to leave her body. A tape of Srila Prabhupada chanting japa was playing while Priya Sakhi dasi and others talked to her about Srimati Radharani. After about 5 hours, she opened her eyes and mouth wide, not in fear, but as though surprised. Priya Sakhi dasi placed tulasi and Nrsimhadeva oil from Mayapur on her, and she exhaled her last breath as Sri Radha’s name was being chanted loudly. She was later cremated and a feast was held in her honor, sponsored by another local devotee.
Though Krishna Kumari dd, who helped prepare for the cremation, advised Priya Sakhi dasi to rest for two days afterwards, it is the season for fevers, infections, and the flu, and our dedicated Priya Sakhi dasi continued on with her service of tending to the needs of devotees in Vrindavan. May Krishna bless her for her dedicated service as He has certainly blessed Vani Seva, who left her body so peacefully in His holy land on His beloved Srimati Radharani’s Appearance Day.
#Prahladananda Swami – 14/9/06;

Operation Successful

Dear devotees,

Please accept my obeisances.  All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

According to Mahadevi dasi, by Lord Krishna’s mercy and His devotee’s prayers, the operation that Parvati devi dasi underwent was successful.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada,

Prahladananda Swami

#Prahladananda Swami – 4/5/06

Mobile Phone Study

Mobile phone tumour risk: new study

April 3, 2006 – 11:39AM


The use of mobile phones over a long period of time can raise the risk of brain tumours, according to a Swedish study, contradicting the conclusions of other researchers.

Last year, the Dutch Health Council, in an overview of research from around the world, found no evidence that radiation from mobile phones and TV towers was harmful.

A four-year British survey in January also showed no link between regular, long-term use of cell phones and the most common type of tumour.

But at the Swedish National Institute for Working Life looked at mobile phone use of 2200 cancer patients and an equal number of healthy control cases.

Of the cancer patients, aged between 20 and 80, 905 had a malignant brain tumour and about a tenth of them were also heavy users of mobile phones.

"Of these 905 cases, 85 were so-called high users of mobile phones, that is they began early to use mobile and/or wireless telephones and used them a lot," said the authors of the study in a statement issued by the Institute on Friday.

Published in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, the study defines heavy use as 2000 plus hours, which "corresponds to 10 years’ use in the work place for one hour per day."

Early use was defined as having begun to use a mobile phone before the age of 20.

There was also shown to be a marked increase in the risk of tumour on the side of the head where the telephone was generally used, said the study, which took into account factors such as smoking habits, working history and exposure to other agents.

Kjell Mild, who led the study, said the figures meant that heavy users of mobile phones had a 240 percent increased risk of a malignant tumour on the side of the head the phone is used.

"The way to get the risk down is to use handsfree," he told Reuters.

He said his study was the biggest yet to look at long-term users of the wireless phone, which has been around in Sweden in a portable form since 1984, longer than in many other countries.


#Prahladananda Swami – 9/4/06