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Gambling in ISKCON is not allowed ,not even a bingo hall in ISKCON Brooklyn....

Dandavat pranams
Jaya Sri Guru and Gauranga, Gandarvika Giridhari
Jaya Srila Prabhupada
I have to time to time remind that GBC about the Bingo hall in Brooklyn being and eyesore.

"I am also the gambling of cheats, and of the  splendid I am the splendor. I am victory, I am adventure, and I am the strength  of the strong.
Purport: There are many kinds of cheaters all  over the universe. Of all cheating processes, gambling stands supreme and  therefore represents Krsna. As the Supreme, Krsna can be more deceitful than any  mere man. If Krsna chooses to deceive a person, no one can surpass Him in His  deceit. His greatness is not simply one-sided--it is all-sided."
Bhagavad-gita 10:36
"...Gambling of all description, even speculative  business enterprise, is considered to be degrading, and when gambling is  encouraged in the state, there is a complete disappearance of truthfulness."
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1:17:38
Here in Maryland there is a vote in the upcoming election to vote to legalize gambling as it will bring tax revenue to schools.
So they will tax 7 percent that will go for schools, have education to create future gamblers?Or parents that will gamble and loose everything and not be abel to care for their kids
"Four kinds of sinful activities--associating  with woman for illicit sex, eating meat, intoxication and gambling--are allowed  for the ksatriyas. For political reasons, sometimes they have to take to these  sinful activities. Ksatriyas do not refrain from gambling. One vivid example is  the Pandavas. When the Pandavas were challenged by the opposite party,  Duryodhana, to gamble and risk their kingdom, they could not refrain, and by  that gambling they lost their kingdom, and their wife was insulted. Similarly,  the ksatriyas cannot refrain from fighting if challenged by the opposite party.  Therefore Prthu Maharaja, taking consideration of all these facts, inquired  whether there is any auspicious path. Grhastha life is inauspicious because  grhastha means consciousness for sense gratification, and as soon as there is  sense gratification, one's position is always full of dangers. This material  world is said to be padam padam yad vipadam na tesam, dangerous in every  step (Bhag. 10.14.58)."
Srimad-Bhagavatam 4:22:13 Purport
Wether to legalize Gay  marriage and legalize gambling is up in the next election...I am voting no to both....
I am also opposed to the Bingo hall in ISKCON Brooklyn.It brakes Prabhupadas rules of no gambling, but Ramabhadra wants to make money by hook and by crook.
Srila Prabhupada made it very clear, BINGO IS MAYA:
Prabhupada: So there will be no scarcity of acarya, and people will understand Krsna consciousness very easily. So make that organization. Don’t be falsely puffed up. Follow the acarya instruction and try to make yourself perfect, mature. Then it will be very easy to fight out maya. Yes. Acaryas, they declare war against maya’s activities, that maya instructing that “here is wine, here is cigarette, here is tha”t, in your country these advertisements are very prominent, holding both ways, wine advertisement, cigarette advertisement, naked woman advertisements, and sometimes gambling also, advertisement. What is that? Congo?
Devotees: Bingo.
Prabhupada: Bingo. (laughter) Yes. So this is maya. And our declaration of war with maya no intoxication, no meat-eating, no bingo (laughter) these are our declaration of war. So we have to fight in that way because nobody can understand Krsna without being free from all sinful activities. These are sinful activities
Lord Balarama killed Rukmi when cheating in chess but never played bingo.
May Lord Balarama protect ISKCON from illegal gambling such as take place at ISKCON Brooklyn.
GBC rule of 1996 is:
functions listed above (1.A-E), provided that the public understand clearly that the function is not being sponsored or conducted by ISKCON. However, no function on ISKCON property shall include any activity contrary to the four regulative principles. The GBC recommends that temples provide outside groups rental contracts clearly stipulating the above restrictions.
vaisnava das anu das
Paramananda das

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Comment by Paramananda das on October 27, 2012 at 10:27am

Krsna Book 61:

Śrī Balarāma's losing the game was an opportunity for the King of Kaliṅga to criticize Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma. Thus the King of Kaliṅga was talking jokingly while purposefully showing his teeth to Balarāma. Because Balarāma was the loser in the game, He was a little intolerant of the sarcastic joking words and became somewhat agitated. Rukmī again challenged Balarāma and made a bet of a hundred thousand , but fortunately this time Balarāma won. Nonetheless, out of cunningness Rukmī claimed that Balarāma was the loser and that he himself had won. Because of this lie, Balarāmajī became most angry with Rukmī. His agitation was so sudden and great that it appeared like a tidal wave in the ocean on a full-moon day. Balarāma's eyes are naturally reddish, and when He became agitated and angry His eyes became more reddish. This time He challenged and made a bet of a hundred million coins.

Again Balarāma was the winner according to the , but Rukmī again cunningly claimed that he had won. Rukmī appealed to the princes present, and he especially mentioned the name of the King of Kaliṅga. During the dispute there was a voice from the sky, and it announced that for all honest purposes Balarāma was the actual winner of this game, that He was being abused, and that the statement of Rukmī that he had won was absolutely false.

In spite of this divine voice, Rukmī insisted that Balarāma had lost, and by his persistence it appeared that he had death upon his head. Falsely puffed up by the ill advice of his friend, he did not give much importance to the oracle, and he began to criticize Balarāmajī. He said, "My dear Balarāmajī, You two brothers, cowherd boys only, may be very expert in tending cows, but how can You be expert in playing chess or shooting arrows on the battlefield? These arts are well known only to the princely order." Hearing this kind of pinching talk by Rukmī and hearing the loud laughter of all the other princes present there, Lord Balarāma became as agitated as burning cinders. He immediately took His club in His hand and, without further talk, struck Rukmī on the head. From that one blow, Rukmī fell down immediately and was dead and gone. Thus Rukmī was killed by Balarāma on that auspicious occasion of Aniruddha's marriage. These things are not very uncommon in kṣatriya society.

The King of Kaliṅga, afraid that he would be the next one attacked, fled from the scene. Before he could escape even a few steps, however, Balarāmajī immediately captured him, and because the King had always shown his while criticizing Balarāma and Kṛṣṇa, Balarāma broke all the King's teeth with His club. The other princes supporting the King of Kaliṅga and Rukmī were also captured, and Balarāma beat them with His club, breaking their legs and hands. They did not try to retaliate but thought it wise to run away from the bloody scene.

During this strife between Balarāma and Rukmī, Lord Kṛṣṇa did not utter a word, for He knew that if He supported Balarāma, Rukmiṇī would be unhappy, and if He said that the killing of Rukmī was unjust, then Balarāma would be unhappy. Therefore, Lord Kṛṣṇa was silent on the death of His brother-in-law Rukmī on the occasion of His grandson's marriage. He did not disturb His affectionate relationship with either Balarāma or Rukmiṇī. After this, the bride and bridegroom were ceremoniously seated on the chariot, and they started for Dvārakā, accompanied by the bridegroom's party. The bridegroom's party was always protected by Lord Kṛṣṇa, the killer of the Madhu demon. Thus they left Rukmī’s kingdom, Bhojakaṭa, and happily started for Dvārakā.


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