If you are reading this blog
24th of June, 2007 - 8:42
Yes — you — if you're reading this blog, please read this post and take one or two minutes of your time to send in a comment on the Journal. Important!
Remembering Sri Krishna Caitanya dasa Babaji Maharaja
23rd of June, 2007 - 20:20
The following is a touching excerpt from a text I am working on, Paratattva-sammukhya by Sri Kunjabihari dasa Babaji Maharaja. In the following dedication of the text, the author remembers his beloved siksa-guru, Sri Krishna Caitanya dasa Babaji Maharaja, of whom we have heard little. Despite the lack of biographical information, the depth of the author's feeling speaks volumes on the exalted nature of this mahatma.
Travel Tips to Rural India
23rd of June, 2007 - 15:55
Traveling to rural India is an experience in a great number of ways. To ensure sweet memories, it is a good idea to eliminate some aspects of the overwhelming experience by remembering a number of small but important travel tips.
Introduction to Bhagavad Gita
21st of June, 2007 - 17:39
Bhagavad Gita, ”The Song of God”, is one of the core religious texts of Hinduism. Its 700 verses cover a vast array of religious and philosophical themes in a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna at the battlefield of Kuruksetra.
A Tour of Vrindavan, the Sacred Land of Krishna's Pastimes
21st of June, 2007 - 4:25
Vrindavan, located in northern India a three-hour drive south of New Delhi, is one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in India, the land where Krishna spent his youth, hosting thousands of temples and sights of nature.
How to send a parcel from India
18th of June, 2007 - 19:00
This entry belongs to a series of how-to articles meant to make life easier for people new to all those wonderful Indian complications we would never anticipate. Today's theme is sending a parcel in mail from India to the West: how to pack it, how to ship it, and how to get through the experience alive and in good spirits.
Heat wave subsides
15th of June, 2007 - 10:02
Those of you who've been following up news or discussions at Vilasa Kunja know it's been a bit intense at this end of the world with the extreme heat we've been baked in. The mercury has been hanging at an average of 45 C (113 F), with AccuWeather's Real Feel estimates routinely past 50 and even 60 on some days! Since two days now — god thank! — it's been cooling down.
Dealing with indignations
10th of June, 2007 - 15:38
A recent detour to different corners of the cyberspace has yet again brought before my eyes things long absent from my horizon. The intense online debates between devotees. You know, those with friends and enemies, pharisees and heresies, yes, and the apostate and the witch too for a full cavalcade. My eyes and heart have grown since the days of my last encounters with the such, and a reflection or two are in place.

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How to send a parcel from India
Posted: 18th of June, 2007 - 19:00
This overview on sending a parcel to the West from an Indian post-office is based on today's experiences on an exhausting trip to Vrindavana, a part in a series of how-to articles meant to make life easier for people new to all those wonderful Indian complications a Western visitor would never anticipate. First of all, remember that things take their time. If you intend to get something mailed, reserve two hours for the process. If it takes less, then good for you — but wasting two hours for the task is not at all unheard of. I'll first cover the principles and then conclude with a juicy story.

Packing. Basically, you have two kinds of content. One is books only that may qualify for a separate, lower price, and the other is everything else. If books are shrink-wrapped or wrapped in bubble coated plastic and cartoon, or packed in an equivalent tight and sturdy way, they may be sent as they are. Everything else will have to be sewn tight inside a cotton cloth. Yes, you got it right — go and buy a piece of cotton and bring it to the tailor. Once it's neatly packed, you will need to get some sealing wax and paste some around the joints. They may or may not require this, and may or may not be able to do this in the post office, but your best bet is to get it done yourself in advance. That's the packing part...

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