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Editorial Policy

Dear readers of VINA

With my sincere respects and reverence to all our respected spiritual masters and divine messengers such as the Alwars, the four sampradaya acaryas, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Vallabhacarya, the six Goswamis of Vrindavan and all other Bhaktas who have enhanced the horizon of divine love over the history of this current age, I greet you with my humble obeisance and want to explain the policy of VINA.

We appreciate all activities done throughout the globe to further the strength of Dharmic behaviour in the world.

We appreciate much more, those efforts made in this world to teach the highest principles of divine love to humanity.

We present information about such activities whenever we hear of these contributions from different sources. For example, we may report on the progress in the advancement of the vegetarian movement, even though this is just one chapter of the Dharmic lifestyle Vaisnavas promote for spiritual life.

On the other hand we are not responsible for the content of any link or page referenced by the missions or activists, which may be reached through the articles on VINA. Similarly, for the articles, the respective authors hold the sole responsibility.

We follow an editorial policy of not wanting to criticize, what to speak of offending any Vaisnava or Vaisnava mission. We may publish some philosophical exchanges in the constructive and respectful mood, but any harsh or minimizing attitude of one against another is not endorsed or accepted by VINA.

Personal misgivings, if there are any, can be submitted to the WVA Conflict Resolution Committee, which then presents such requests to senior Vaisnavas who try to help the conflicting people to find a solution within the "Guru, Sastra and Sadhu" support as has been the tradition of Vaisnavas Sadhus.

VINA is here to help us all to communicate effectively which will help us in our service to the Guru and Sanatan Dharma. VINA also wishes to ignite in the hearts of Hindus, the fire to rediscover the importance and value of their ancient and unparalleled tradition, which today is being admired and practiced by people from all over the world.

VINA wants to further the goals of the Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha - World Vaisnava Association, by providing information about the activities of all those who are friends of humanity, lovers of the truth, and servants of the non-sectarian spirit of all embracing divine love.

VINA cannot guarantee that all those who participate or are reported about do represent such high spiritual values as given by the saints and devotional scholars of the Vaisnava tradition. Rather we try to see the valiant efforts made anywhere, and enable effective communication in this way between those who are really concerned about the integrity and the way the general public views the efforts of the Vaisnava sampradayas.

VINA does not promote any one institution as more important than the others. VINA does not promote any specific spiritual master. VINA does not create a group of temples or a new mission. Rather VINA stands in humble support and service to all Vaisnavas and their missions as much as possible without minimizing any other genuine effort.

The amount of information and publicity any mission can post on VINA depends on the generosity of the respective mission to share some news and nectar from their respective activities and teachings. VINA webmaster reserves the right to publish or to edit the submitted contents if they deem it necessary. Also the VINA webmaster will maintain a certain balance in the space supplied to different missions so that VINA can always stand as the voice of the joint efforts for the common goal of benefitting humanity. We seek forgiveness if an any point we cannot serve you to your expectations and always look forward to your constructive ideas on how to improve our service. Also if inadvertently anything appears on VINA which you take objection to, please excuse our mistake and bring it to our awareness.

In today's world where some of the missions do not have exemplary relationships with each other, it may sometimes happen that such distances get noticed. That is not VINA's purpose but neither can VINA change the reality and thus it is a firm policy to always remain in the positive area of reporting.

Thank you for your understanding

Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti
VVRS-WVA Internet Committee

Ratha Yatra In Vrindavan

The 3rd Ratha Yatra of Murari Guptas Sri Jagannath was performed with enthusiasm in Chaitanya Baitag, the resting place of Mahaprabhu.

Ratha Yatra In Costa Rica

Devotees in Costa Rica have introduced a new style of cart for Jagannath which even can be taken inside shopping malls and similar places.

Guidelines For Submitting News

The Vaishnava Internet News Agency exists to be a conduit of Vaishnava-related news items and articles to the global community of devotees. In order to effectively provide this service, we need your assistance.

This site was founded for the explicit purpose of providing a respectable forum for the presentation of Vaishnava news. We have consistently refused to publish articles or information whose sole purpose is to lay bare the faults of others. (even if well-deserved). Whereas we recognize that problems within any institution should be addressed and not swept under the carpet, we do not feel that a public medium such as a news page is the proper place to do this. It is our feeling that the positive contributions of devotees around the world far outweigh intrapersonal and intraorganizational feuds and differences.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati is often quoted as stating that there is unlimited news from the spiritual world and we can publish a newspaper every minute, what to speak of every day, and never run out of anything to say. Nonetheless, we need your assistance. We here at VINA are limited, and our global contacts are also limited.

VINA was started by a handful of persons who are all disciples (either diksha or siksha) of Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa. This short list includes four persons: Dharmaraj das and Anandamaya das brahmacaris, who took diksha from Jagad Guru, and Purandar das and Tusta Krishna das, who took diksha from Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. The WVA Internet Committee under the coordination of Pancha tattva das from the Vrinda mission has taken the responsibility to manage VINA today.

However, VINA was explicitly established to provide news and information about all legitimate Vaishnava institutions and preachers.If you want your spiritual master and your organization to be represented on this site, it is your duty to submit news and articles about the same, as the VINA staff does about our own spiritual masters. Quite simply, if this site is to succeed, it’s up to you to make it happen. If you have any news about local, national or global events; if you have any interesting preaching anecdotes; if you have excerpts from lectures or papers by senior Vaishnavas, please send them to us and we will do our best to publish them promptly.

We reserve the right to publish extracts of the material sent to us. VINA may not share all the opinions exposed in the different articles.

We would be very happy if many members of different missions and in different parts of the world assume the service of a VINA correspondent by sending us information on a regular base.


The Editorial Staff

WVA Representative Meets Slovenian President

Our president, Dr. Janez Drnovsek, one of the last presidents of former Yugoslavia and former prime minister of Slovenia, started to seriously move in the spiritual direction and he also revealed it publicly.

Grenade Attack at Iskcon Temple in Manipur

A Krishna temple was the victim of a bomb blast on Wednesday, August 16th. Unknown assailants threw a hand grenade into a crowd of people sitting under a large tent outside of the Iskcon temple.

Deity Installation & WVA Meeting Berlin 2006

On 22. of July, 2006 Sri Sri Radha Govinda made their appearance in Berlin. Devotees from different parts of the world came to attend the installation ceremony which was organized by Vrinda.

Transplants and Transfusions

Transcendental knowledge cannot cure disease because it does not have the power to stop karma that is already manifesting (prarabdha-karma). Scripture says that only bhakti has this power.

The Power of Dharma

This book has been especially written for those who want an easy reference and introduction to the Vedic philosophy and tradition. It provides many insights into the timeless wisdom of Vedic spirituality.

Iskcon’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

This year, 2006, marks the 40th anniversary of the Incorporation of ISKCON. To celebrate, ISKCON of New York, Brooklyn and ISKCON 26 2nd Ave are combining forces to put together a terrific celebration.