The Essence of Srila Prabhupada’s New Vrindaban Vision in One Sublime Sentence – January 1973


New Vrindaban Prabhupada, Radha Damodara Janmastami Vyasa Puja 1972

Srila Prabhupada seated to the left of Their Lordships Radha Damodara & Jagannath, Baladeva & Subhadra during the New Vrindaban Janmastami & Vyasa Puja celebrations – September 1972.

“You are actually learning in New Vrindaban the self-sufficient mode of living, simple living, high thinking, that is our policy, and as long as Krsna remains in the center of all these activities, then you are actually in Vrindavan.”

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Thanks to Vanipedia for the source material.

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 09/11/14


New Vrindaban Bahulaban Prabhupada Bhagavat Dharma 1972

This week’s challenge: Where is the sacred spot described on this rock?

What to do: Post your guesses on the “who, what, when, where & why” in the comment section at the New Vrindaban Facebook Page.

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More News from New Vrindaban’s Home School Co-op, Gopal’s Garden


Gopal’s Garden Home School Co-op End-of-the-Year Party

By Lilasuka dasi

“Why did Krsna ask, ‘Which Brahma?’”

This question came from a puzzled Lord Brahma, played by nine year old Josh Fintel, during the dramatic reading of Sankirtan das’s play Which Brahma? at the end of the year school party for Gopal’s Garden June 11, 2014.

 

The students reciting Bhagavad Gita

The students reciting Bhagavad Gita

The students at Gopal’s Garden Home School Co-op ended another school year with some very fine presentations. The recited their five favorite Bhagavad Gita verses by heart; then they each read their favorite story out of many stories that they themselves had written throughout the school year, and finally, they performed the dramatic reading Which Brahma?.

Their audience, made up of parents, teachers and interested residents of NV, were delighted at the entertainment, and impressed at the level of education of the kids.

Veteran teacher, Ruci dasi, acknowledged each and every one of her students for his or her individual strengths and interests.

Ruci dasi, tutor at Gopal's Garden

Ruci dasi, tutor at Gopal’s Garden

“If you have any questions about killer whales, just ask Josh – he did a lot of research and is expert in the subject! He’ll be ten years old in a few weeks.”

“The nine year old twins, Ram and Shyam, are both such willing and eager helpers. This party wouldn’t have come together if they hadn’t come down early to clean and vacuum in here.”

“Brinda, who is now 11 years old, is a poet. She’s an artist and a writer. She’s amazingly talented, as are all the kids!”

“Seven year old Jacob could hardly speak English when he first came to the school, and now he’s got an amazing grasp of both reading AND writing in English. He’s curious about everything around him and Jacob loves to learn.

“Jacob’s older sister, 12 year old Shemaella, is a thoughtful and caring girl who is also a creative artist. She brings a lot of sensitivity to her art and writing.”

We took the opportunity to interview Brinda, who is going to 7th grade next year.

“This school has a very good environment. It’s spiritual, plus the work is more individualized than in public school. We have a one on one relationship with the teacher, which is great. I mean, it’s not that everyone has to do the same lesson, that’s easy for some and very hard for others. The level of the lessons are just perfect for you.

Like, last year I had a spelling program, and if you don’t finish it in one year it’s ok, you just finish it next year. Or, if you can finish it before the year is up, that’s ok too. You go at your own pace. My older sister Visakha, who used to go to this school, was saying that this kind of teaching is good for all students, no matter what level you’re at. She says that she learned more when she was here than when she spent this last year in public school.”

Brnda doesn’t feel she’s missing anything by not going to public school.

Srila Prabhupada Outlines the Essence of His New Vrindaban Vision in Two Sublime Sentences – July 1973


Prabhupada New Vrindaban 1976

Srila Prabhupada on a morning walk with his disciples in New Vrindaban, June 1976.

“Agriculture and protecting the cow, this is the main business of the residents of Vrindavan, and above all simply loving Krishna. The cows, the trees, the cowherd men and Gopis, their chief engagement was loving Krishna, and in New Vrindaban we want to create this atmosphere and thereby show the whole world how practical and sublime our movement is.”

Click here to read the rest of the letter at the Vanipedia website.

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 09/04/14


New Vrindaban Bhaktiniddhi Bahulaban

This week’s challenge: Who’s the cook?

Extra credit: Where – and when – was this photo taken?

What to do: Post your guesses on the “who, what, when, where & why” in the comment section at the New Vrindaban Facebook Page.

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New Vrindaban Looking for ECOV General Manager


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WANTED: MANAGER TO HELP FURTHER DEVELOP SRILA PRABHUPADA’S VISION FOR NEW VRINDABAN

Title: General Manager

Employer: ECO-Vrindaban, a non-profit organization responsible for approximately 700 acres in the New Vrindaban community. ECO-Vrindaban promotes a simple, sustainable lifestyle centered on the care and protection of cows, local food production and the loving service of Lord Krishna, as envisioned by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON New Vrindaban.

Duties:

• Oversee current ECOV projects (e.g. cow care, food production, etc.) and their managers.

• Develop proposals for and oversee implementation of future projects (e.g. eco-village)

• Prepare annual operations budget for board approval

• Prepare projects and operations reports for presentation at quarterly board meetings

Requirements:

All potential candidates must be:

• Excited to develop Srila Prabhupada’s vision for self-sufficient farm communities

• Prepared to work closely with the President of ISKCON New Vrindaban

• Willing to relocate to New Vrindaban

The ideal candidate will have:

• Management or leadership experience, particularly with a non-profit

• A history of commitment to eco-friendly living

• A regular practice of individual chanting and participation in temple programs

Compensation: This will be a full-time, salaried position subject to a multi-year contract.

Contact: Navin Shyam Das
navin108@gmail.com

http://www.ecov.com/

 

Srila Prabhupada Describes the New Vrindaban Janmastami Festival as “Gorgeous” – September 1972


New Vrindaban Prabhupada Bhagavat Dharma ISKCON 1972

Srila Prabhupada sits atop Govindaji Hill during his Bhagavat Dharma Discourse in New Vrindaban – September 1972.

“Here in New Vrindaban, the Janmastami Festival continually from September 1 is going on very gorgeously. There are more than 500 guests and they are listening to Bhagavat Discourses with rapt attention, chanting and dancing.”

Click here to read the rest of the letter.

Thanks to Vanipedia for the source material.

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/28/14


New Vrindaban Prabhupada

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/28/14.

Each week we highlight an earlier era of ISKCON New Vrindaban.

This week’s challenge: In addition to Srila Prabhupada, there are at least seventeen recognizable faces in this photo. How many can you identify?

Extra credit: What’s the cow’s name and do you know the special relationship between Srila Prabhupada and the cow?

Extra, extra credit: When and where was this photo taken?

What to do: Post your guesses on the “who, what, when, where & why” in the comment section at the New Vrindaban Facebook Page.

Technical stuff: We share a photo Thursday and confirm known details Sunday. Let’s keep it light and have a bit of fun!

Special request: If you have a photo showing New Vrindaban devotees in action, share it with us and we’ll use it in a future posting.

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Srila Prabhupada Identifies a Possible 8th Temple for His Grand Vision of New Vrindaban – November 1975


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Srila Prabhupada seated outdoors on his Vyasasana at Madhuban, June 1976.

“According to our program we will have to construct seven temples, Govindaji, Gopinatha, Madana-Mohana, Syamasundara, Damodara, Gokulananda and Radha-Ramana. And later on if possible, Rangunatha also.”

– Excerpt from a letter Srila Prabhupada wrote, November 1975.

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Click here to read the rest of the letter.

Thanks to Vanipedia for the source material.

Lord Balaram Appearance @ New Vrindavan.


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Lord Balarama was incarnations of Lord Krishna glorified in the Vedic Puranas and Itihasas. Krishna is the spiritually manifest Supreme Person, whose internal spiritual energy is the all-pervading Brahman. He is glorified as Narayana, Vasudeva, Mahavishnu, Hari, Vishnu, and many other names. Shiva and Brahma are said to be His qualitative expansions. He is the Supreme Lord, the Lord of all universes. Everything emanates from Him and dissolves back in Him. He is the cause of creation, maintenance, and dissolution of everything and every living entity.

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Vyasa Puja in New Vrindaban – A Picture Story


Prabhupada Vyasa Puja New Vrindaban Kitchen Kirtan 2014

Cooking Prabhupada’s Feast Accompanied by a Kirtan and Parade through kitchen

Prabhupada Vyasa Puja New Vrindaban Kitchen Kirtan Advaita 2014

Kitchen Maestro Advaita at work

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Srila Prabhupada gets a special cake offering.

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The devotees are about to offer Puspanjali-flowers to Srila Prabhupada.

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Devotees read or speak their sincere Vyasa Puja offerings.

Prabhupada Vyasa Puja New Vrindaban Kitchen Advaita Madri 2014

Cooks par excellence.

New Vrindaban’s 44th Janmastami Festival- A Mood of Teamwork


Team Work – Janmastami 2014

by Lilasuka dasi

The days leading up to a Janmastami festival are often exciting and energy-charged. This year, some specific pre-Janmastami preparations held a special fascination for many.

Doing service together in co-operation with other devotees and friends towards a common goal is truly the key to surcharging both the atmosphere and our own souls with spiritual bliss. That was the scene on the days before Janmastami 2014. As people worked together, the air was surcharged with inspiration and creativity for the Lord.

Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014 Goshalla

Some cows at the Goshalla listening to Krsna Book on Janmastami afternoon.

Several days before Janmastami, Vijaya Radha dasi personally approached every devotee woman who lived within a four mile radius of the temple, asking them, “Prabhu, please come to the prasadam room on Saturday morning at 9:30 AM. We’re going to make decorations out of greens and flowers so that Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s altar looks like Vrindavan forest for Janmastami! We can do it! But we need your help.”

And they did it! Picture a scene in the beautiful gopi, Vrindadevi’s grove in the original Vrindavan forest. She dreams of preparing a gorgeous seat for her dearest Lords, Radha and Krsna, in the middle of the woods where they can feel very comfortable speaking and eating and joking and dancing in Each Other’s company. Vrindadevi and her friends gather all sorts of forest greens and wild flowers, and spend the day laughing and making colorful flower arrangements for the pleasure of Their Lordships. Following this mood, the younger and older women of New Vrindaban came together, along with many Janmastami visitors and guests?man and woman alike?using the best flowers and greens that Kali Yuga could provide. Collectively, they created beautiful flower arrangements and long, festive garlands to decorate the altars of the Lord for Janmastami. Surely, Krsna and Srila Prabhupada were especially pleased by this co-operative endeavor.

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Matajis team together to create flower arrangements for Radha Vrindaban Chandra.

One long-time resident of New Vrindaban commented, “This is so uniting. We used to get together like this, years ago, for festivals, where many devotees used to join to work on a single project. I feel a real sense of community.”

Another devotee declared, “All of us working together?I don’t mind waking up early for this!”

A couple from Virginia visiting New Vrindaban for their first time exclaimed, “This is fantastic. We’ve found our peace.”

Vijaya Radha, organizer of flower team, and a hard worker pujari, Mangalacarana. Radha Vrindavan Chandra Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

Vijaya Radha, organizer of flower team, and a hard worker pujari, Mangalacarana.

All weekend long, there were engaging activities and teamwork in so many areas. The kitchen devotees worked very hard, culminating in serving out 300 plates of vegetarian prasad on Saturday night, and another 500 plates for lunch on Sunday. There was a fire yajna, cow puja, a swan boat festival, Bharata Natyam dance, a drama towards midnight Sunday, and even some Hare Krsna rap singing! The Lodge was super busy with many satisfied visitors; tours at the Palace went on all weekend, and the restaurant was open through everything, serving extra hungry visitors.

One of the highlights of the weekend was Sunday morning, Janmastami day, as everyone was getting ready to greet the Deities in Their new Janmastami outfit. The excitement was building. The crowd of residents and visitors were gathered before the altar, eager to see Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra. As the kirtan built up, and the altar curtains finally opened, everyone had joyful darshan of the Deities in Their charming New Vrindavan forest scene, amidst the shouting of “Jaya Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra ki jaya!!”

Radha Vrindavan Chandra Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

Radha Vrindavan Chandra in New Vrindaban forest

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/21/14


New Vrindaban Caitanya

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/21/14.

As a variation on a theme, the past few weeks we’ve  focused on the same era.

This week’s challenge: In addition to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, there are four devotees in the photo. At least two are recognizable. Can you identify them?

What to do: Post your guesses on the “who, what, when, where & why” in the comment section at the Brijabasi Spirit Website.

Technical stuff: We share a photo Thursday and confirm known details Sunday. Let’s keep it light and have a bit of fun!

Special request: If you have a photo showing New Vrindaban devotees in action, share it with us and we’ll use it in a future posting.

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Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja @ New vrindaban


Prabhupada Vyasa Puja New Vrindaban 2014s On September 1, 1896, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada made his appearance in this world in Calcutta, Bengal. Born on the day immediately after Krsna Janmastami, he was given the name Abhay Carana by his Vaisnava father, Gour Mohan De, and his mother Rajani. Gour Mohan’s principle desire for his son’s spiritual future was for him to become a pure devotee of Lord Sri Krsna, the ultimate goal of Vaisnavism. Please click here for more photos

New Vrindaban’s Janmastami and Prabhupada Appearance Day Delights


Here is a picture story of New Vrindaban’s 44th Janmastami and Prabhupada’s Appearance Day festivals.

Hare Krsna!

Krsna Book Reading Janmastami Cows New Vrindaban 2014

Krsna Book Reading on Janmastami Day for the Cows

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The cows listen while munching hay.

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Radha Vrindavan Chandra in New Vrindaban forest

Jagannatha Baladeva Subhadra Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

Lord Jagannatha’s altar on Janmastami

Gopal Nathji Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

Gopal Nathji on Janmastami

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Srila Prabhupada gets a large size cake offering on his appearance day.

 

Kitchen Kirtan Bliss Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

Kitchen Kirtan Bliss  as vegetarian feast is prepared.

Kitchen Kirtan Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

The kirtan moved into the kitchen on Prabhupada’s Appearance Day.

Sri Krishna janmashtami @ New Vrindaban


New Vrindaban Krishna Janmastami

Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the appearance anniversary of Krishna, the Supreme Person. He’s not “born” like we are—He comes and goes as He likes—but He appears here to please His devotees, rid the earth of evildoers, and give the rest of us something worthwhile to talk about.
His pastime of janma, birth, occurred on the ashtami, eighth day of the waning moon in the lunar month of Hrishikesh. Janmashtami is one of the world’s biggest spiritual festivals, and is observed by followers of many faiths. For Krishna devotees, Janmashtami is a day of non-stop chanting, cooking, worship of Krishna in His Deity form, and fasting until midnight, when a grand feast is served.Janmashtami Schedule :

Saturday Aug 16th 2014
5:00 am Mangala Arati
5:45 am Japa session-Introduction class
7:00 am Milking the cows (at the Goshala)
7:30 am Sringar Darshan
7:40 am Guru Puja
8:00 am Srimad Bhagavatam Class by Gaurnatraj Das
10:00 am Govardhana Parikrama
12:30 pm Rajbhoga Arati Kirtan by Parampara pr
1:00 pm Bhagavad-Gita class Parampara pr
1:30 pm Lunch Prasadam
4:30 pm Sudarshana Maha Yajna
5:30 pm Sankalpa For Kalash Donors
6:00 pm Go-Puja in the Cow Barn
6:30 pm Janmastami Katha by Sankirtan prabhu
7:00 pm Gaura Arati and Narasimha Arati Parampara Pr
7:45 pm Introduction to Kalash Abishek
8:00 pm Kalash Abishek
10:30 pm Swan Boat festival

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Sunday Aug 17th 2014
5:00 am Mangala Arati
5:45 am Japa session-Introduction class
7:00 am Milking the cows (at the Goshala)
7:30 am Sringar Darshan
7:40 am Guru Puja
8:00 am Srimad Bhagavatam Class
10:00 am Govardhana Parikrama
1:00 pm Rajbhoga Arati Kirtan
1:30 pm Bhagavad-Gita class By Parampara pr
2:00 pm Lunch
4:30 pm Sudarshana Maha Yajna
5:30 pm Sankalpa For Kalash Donors
6:00 pm Go-Puja in the Cow Barn
6:30 pm Janmastami Katha by Sankirtan prabhu
7:00 pm Gaura Arati and Narasimha Arati Parampara Pr
7:45 pm Introduction to Kalash Abishek
8:00 pm Kalash Abishek
10:45 pm Hare Krishna Rap by Michael and Trevor
11:10 pm Skit
11:25 pm Sankirtan prabhu – Janmastami Katha
11:55 pm Kirtan starts
12:00 pm Midnight Kirtan by Parampara pr
12:30 pm Prasadam for all

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Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance Day – August 18, 2014 – Fasting till noon

10:30 Bhajan
11:00 am Offerings by Prabhupada disciples and other devotees
12:00 pm Bhoga offering to Srila Prabhupada
12:10 pm Puspanjali
12:20 pm Artika to Srila Prabhupada Followed by Artika on the main altar and kirtan
1:30 pm Feast

Srila Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold :

5:30 pm Bhajan
6:00 pm Offerings by devotees
7:00 pm Artika
7:30 pm Bhajan
8:00 pm Light prasadam

 

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