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Holiday Wishes -

Rasaraja dasa - Mon, 13 Dec 2004 00:51:50 +0530
Dandavats. All glories to the Vaisnavas.

I wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday season. I hope that each of you get's some quality time with your families and the vaisnavas during this season.

My family and I leave for Vraja tomorrow evening. So please pray for our safe arrival and that Sri Radhika blesses us during our trip.

Aspiring to serve the Vaisnavas,
Rasaraja dasa
JD33 - Mon, 13 Dec 2004 00:57:50 +0530
Dear RasaRaj and Family - May your trip be wondefully fruitful in all sacred intentions and hopes! Wishing you love, joy, health, and Thakur Kripa in the Holy Dham 1,000 fold! biggrin.gif
JD33 - Mon, 13 Dec 2004 01:05:00 +0530
Happy Holidays to everyone! Kindness and divine love fill our hearts 1,000 fold all through into the near year! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
Tamal Baran das - Mon, 13 Dec 2004 04:31:27 +0530
Have a nice Channukah, Vaishnava Xmas and land safe, travel safe, everywhere you go my dear friend .All the best also to your wonderful family,
Tamal Baran Das, Rati Manjari Dasi and Krishna Caithanya Das

PS. If you have time...pray for me these days...i am starting tomorrow morning new job as a assistant branch manager in one og biggest U.K. travel agencies. I don't feel so comfortable...hahaha
Subal - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 03:53:46 +0530

This has been a good year for us. My wife, Geraldine is happy with her nursing job and my ministry is now in the black. Yet we are preparing for what will hopefully be the last big change we make. For over a year, we have considered various, mostly foreign, places to move to. However, living abroad with our limited finances does not seem feasible.

Therefore, we plan to move to the windward side of the Big Island of Hawaii. That’s as close as we can get to being in a foreign country while still being in the U.S., where we can work, own land and live permanently without a hassle. We are going there January 25-February 15 to look for a place to buy. We’ll put our home in Grand Rapids on the market.

We lost faith in the future here after the so-called election. We want to live as freely, simply and sustainably as possible. Geraldine can do nursing there, and I will re-establish my ministry. This move will not be easy , but we believe it is necessary considering the signs of the times.

We hope you are doing well and preparing for life as the current neo-con, fascist regime continues to decimate this once great nation and extend its reach globally. May God smile on you and give you peace, love and joy even in difficult times.

Love and blessings, Jai Radhe!
Subal & Geraldine

Satyabhama - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 18:35:17 +0530


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babu - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 19:41:35 +0530
Season's Greetings Everyone!

I have a lovely Email Greeting Card that Satyabhama, Alabhama, and Madhava can vouch for its enrearing sentiments for the Holidays so if anyone wants to recieve it, pm me your email address.

Peace in the New Day, Babu
Jagat - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 20:07:44 +0530
Isn't Ekadasi day after tomorrow?
Satyabhama - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 20:16:28 +0530
Yeah, but it's already time to start getting ready... this is a special ekadasi! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
Madanmohan das - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 21:50:55 +0530
I thought it was going to be Moksada Ekadasi. What's Vaikuntha Ekadasi?
Kamala - Mon, 20 Dec 2004 23:28:58 +0530
There is an interesting story in relation to Vaikuntha Ekadasi online at

Vaikunta Ekadasi (MOKSHDHAA) In Kerala, they call it as "Guruvayoor Ekadashi" It is believed that the Gates to heaven open on this day...There are two ekadasis each month, but this one in Marghazhi is considered special. This is what Padma Puranam says about this austerity. In Krita Yuga there was a demon called Muran who harassed both Devas and mortals. Unable to bear his tyranny, the Devas sought refuge in Shiva. He directed them to approach Vishnu. Consoling the Devas, Vishnu went out to battle with Muran. As, during the battle, Vishnu rested awhile in a cave in Badrikashrama, his shakti – female energy – assumed the form of a beautiful damsel, fought Muran, and slayed him. Vishnu, waking up, saw her, named her Ekadasi and issued the boon that people worshipping her would reach Vaikunta.

So, something to do with "girl power" perhaps? biggrin.gif
Tapati - Tue, 21 Dec 2004 08:13:53 +0530
What a beautiful story!

Happy Solstice/Ekadasi/Christ's Appearance/New Year's! Bright Blessings for the New Year!

With much love and appreciation for the warmth and friendship I've found here--

Kamala - Thu, 23 Dec 2004 03:27:14 +0530
You brought the sunshine, and hence the warmth, with you Tapati. Have a great holiday!
Mina - Fri, 24 Dec 2004 04:16:38 +0530
Christmas in Braj in 1982 was quite memorable. We went into town in Vrindavan and I was a little surprised to be greeted by everyone on the street with a resounding "Merry Christmas!" They were from all walks of life, Brajbasis, babajis, yogis, men, women, children, merchants, bankers, scholars, etc. Since then I have more respect for the holiday.