Shankari the Cow’s Recovery


Shankari showing off her fancy red cast that Dr. Andy put on for her.

Shankari showing off her fancy red cast that Dr. Andy put on for her.

When we last reported on Shankari, she had just broken her leg & had been shipped up to OSU Vet Hospital to have metal plates/screws & a cast put on her leg.

Shankari sporting her blue, weight-bearing cast. Eagerly looking at the photographer for another handful of fresh cut grass.

Shankari sporting her blue, weight-bearing cast. Eagerly looking at the photographer for another handful of fresh cut grass.

In June, doctor’s came out & x-rayed her again & decided the red cast could be taken off & a weight-bearing blue cast could be put on next. After having the blue cast on for about a month, the local vet came out, gave another x-ray & decided she was ready to be cast free.

 

Shankari munching on some comfrey plants

Shankari munching on some comfrey plants

In August,  Shankari was given a little patch of pasture that she can munch on, though she’s still was not ready for much mobility. Radhanath Prabhu has been regularly bringing her comfrey plants to aid with her healing & monitoring her mobility to determine when she will be allowed to hang out in the small pasture at the Big Barn.

Shankari eating some hay. You can see her healed right leg which is larger than the left due to bone calcifying around the hardware.

Shankari eating some hay. You can see her healed right leg which is larger than the left due to bone calcifying around the hardware.

As of September, Shankari has been given the freedom to roam in the small pasture in front of the big barn. Radhanath Prabhu reported that she is doing well & that she will now run towards you if you happen to bring some jaggery when you come & see her. It seems Shankari’s injury has made her all that much sweeter. She loves to have company especially if they bring food (please consult with the cowherds prior to feeding her anything).

Shankari licking her nose after a refreshing drink of water.

Shankari licking her nose after a refreshing drink of water.

Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes, prayers, good vibes, donation & whatever else to aid in Shankari’s recovery. Without the support of the community it would not have been possible for Shankari to have such an amazing recover. Go-Mata Ki Jaya!

Radhastami at New Vrindaban’s Govardhan Hill


Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha at Govardhan Hill in NV

Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha at Govardhan Hill in NV

Varsana M gives Class

Varsana M gives Class

Vaisnava Family (expecting another member)  enjoys Radhastami Feast.

Vaisnava Family (expecting another member)
enjoys Radhastami Feast.

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The Cleaning of New Vrindaban’s Sacred Kundas


Cleaning the Kundas in New Vrindaban Dhama

by Sukhavaha dasi,  Madri dasi & Lilasuka dasi

Radha Kunda, the crest jewel of Govardhan, is now beautifully shining, and freshly lined.

New Vrindaban’s replica Radha Kunda up on the replica of Govardhan Hill got a fresh lining at the end of  this summer of 2014. It’s called “Rhino”, a type of cement which hardens into enamel, and is guaranteed for 30 years not to leak. This took two weeks, and lots of time and energy to shovel all the muck at the bottom. After seeing the beauty of Radha Kunda, and understanding that Lalita Kunda is also leaking, Gopisa Prabhu suggested that we also line Lalita Kunda and Shyama Kunda.

Before, awaiting renewal.

Radha Kunda, “before”, awaiting renewal.

During the lining of Radha Kunda

During the lining of Radha Kunda

Renewed Radha Kunda

Renewed Radha Kunda

Sukhavaha dasi relates the story:

“We had the rare opportunity of immersing ourselves (literally) in the sacred mud of those kundas, thus  receiving  some very special mercy.  There was only two days to clean out the other two kundas. Tilak  das and I worked along with some help from Lalita Gopi  dasi, Ananda Vidya das, Madri dasi and Gaura Shakti, and some extra help from Venkatta das, TK das, Navin das, Daivata das and Bhaktin Autumn as we all  proceeded to clean out Shyama Kunda, which was going to be really simple, because it was only 3 and ½ feet deep, according to Varsana Maharaj. No big deal. “We will have this done in no time”, we thought. Well, see the story in pictures below.”

Lalita, how fortunate we are- now we are receiving Lord Shyama's mercy.

1 Lalita, how fortunate we are- now we are receiving Lord Shyama’s mercy.

Good thing we got more “Man” power.

2 Good thing we got more “Man” power.

The more  . . . the merrier.

3 The more . . . the merrier.

We need a bucket brigade.

4 We need a bucket brigade.

Keep those buckets moving.

5 Keep those buckets moving.

6 The Sacred Mud from Shyama Kunda.

6 The Sacred Mud from Shyama Kunda.

7 There’s a lot of rocks down here.

7 There’s a lot of rocks down here.

8 How did all this mud get in here anyway?

8 How did all this mud get in here anyway?

9 We need Varsana Maharaj’s help.

9 We need Varsana Maharaj’s help.

10 Maharaj comes to the rescue.

10 Maharaj comes to the rescue.

11 Maharaj, I thought you said this kunda was only 3 and ½ feet deep.

11 Maharaj, I thought you said this kunda was only 3 and ½ feet deep.

12 There’s a big rock right down there. And a heavy tarp.

12 There’s a big rock right down there. And a heavy tarp.

13 Maharaj gets the rock out.

13 Maharaj gets the rock out.

14 Venkatta holds the tarp on the bucket.

14 Venkatta holds the tarp on the bucket.

15 . Maharaj, that was the best ride I ever had.

15 . Maharaj, that was the best ride I ever had.

16 How could this much mud fall in here? Is it frog stool?

16 How could this much mud fall in here? Is it frog stool?

17 How deep is this, Maharaj?

17 How deep is this, Maharaj?

18 It's seven feet deep. Keep digging....

18 It’s seven feet deep. Keep digging….

19 Maharaj, I need to see the bottom. Is there really a bottom to this??

19 Maharaj, I need to see the bottom. Is there really a bottom to this??

20 Yes . . . . it’s in there. Keep going. This is a practice in going deeper.

20 Yes . . . . it’s in there. Keep going. This is a practice in going deeper.

22 So, Maharaj, where DID all this mud come from?

22 So, Maharaj, where DID all this mud come from?

23 Did no-one realize that maybe I put it there for a good reason - to protect the deer or humans from drowning in such a deep Kunda?

23 Did no-one realize that maybe I put it there for a good reason – to protect the deer or humans from drowning in such a deep Kunda?

 

24 There’s the bottom, finally!

24 There’s the bottom, finally

25 Sukhavaha, we’re done. Come out now. Stop scrubbing.

25 Sukhavaha, we’re done. Come out now. Stop scrubbing.

26 Shyama Kunda, Ki Jaya. A job well done!

26 Shyama Kunda, Ki Jaya. A job well done!

26 So, TK, how was your experience of the “Brijabasi spirit”?

26 So, TK, how was your experience of the “Brijabasi spirit”?

27 This is what we are here for: the service of beautifying the Dhamas and purifying our hearts.

27 This is what we are here for: the service of beautifying the Dhamas and purifying our hearts.

THE END

 

 

 

Srila Prabhupada Expresses Eagerness to Visit His Newly Proposed Palace in New Vrindaban – July 1973


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Srila Prabhupada Tours His Palace, June 1976.

“I shall go to New Vrindaban as soon as your Palace is finished. Jaya!”

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

Renovations at Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold in New Vrindaban


External Renovations at Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold

By Gopisa das & Lilasuka dasi

There have been many renovations done in New Vrindaban over the last two years.  Govinda’s Restaurant received a complete overhaul, including a drop ceiling and ornate Rajasthani style furniture. The Welcome Center, once an old wooden cabin, was brought up to date with high tech insulation and new exterior/interior improvements. The men’s and women’s asramas were renovated with new lighting, walls, floors and furniture and the Palace Lodge rooms were greatly improved with similar treatment.

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Drainage on the 2nd Level of Palace.

This year, Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold is receiving some much-needed repairs. Renovations have begun with all new storm drainage pipes on the exterior second level. This is the first phase of an extensive design plan to handle all rain/snow water from roof to ground level and a necessity for protecting the soon to be installed new granite steps.

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Drainage Work.

The work is part of a new push to fully renovate and improve Srila Prabhupada’s Palace with major visual improvements planned for completion by 2016 as an offering to Srila Prabhupada on the 50th anniversary celebrating the formation of his beloved ISKCON.

Stay tuned- more to come.

Prabhupada's Palace of Gold New Vrindaban Rose Garden

Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 09/25/14


New Vrindaban Throw Back Thursday

This week’s challenge: Who are the two people and what are they doing?

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 Brijabasi Spirit website.

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Greetings from the New Vrindaban Gardens: Harvest & Changing Seasons


New Vrindaban Teaching Garden Flowers Fall 2014

Early September in the Teaching Garden

The late summer has brought us a bounty of vegetables and a mountain of work preparing for the fall.  The teaching garden is filled with fall colors as the mums, calendula, daisies, and lilies have begun to bloom.  As the summer flowers and vegetables have completed their season the beds containing annual flowers (one that do not grow back in the spring) are being cover cropped. In the photo above daikon radishes are growing around daises yet to bloom. Other cover crops in the teaching garden include vicia vilosa (winter legume), wheat, and rye.

New Vrindaban teaching garden fall 2014

Colors of fall at New Vrindaban

In the Garden of Seven Gates it has been all about harvesting, building, and planting.  Yes, I said planting; this time of year it is difficult to keep up the same early summer pace in the garden. Weeds start to win the epic battle with the garden, some plants start to struggle, and just keeping up with the harvest in a daunting task all its own.  However, to really get the most of your garden don’t miss out on the often forgotten benefits of fall planting.  In early August we seeded cabbage, spinach, lettuce, radishes, and beets which all love the fall weather and are fairly quick to harvest (none more than 60 days). At the end of August we seeded for our winter greens high tunnel with many of the same crops and added kale. The buckwheat field is now filled with an infinity of beautiful radish greens. In the terraces where vegetables like tomatoes and sweet potatoes were growing it is now cover cropped for the fall and will return early in the spring.  For weeks we had beautiful fields of giant sunflowers, the seeds are now drying to be shared with the community. Their former home is now a field of rye.

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Sunflowers in the back field of the Garden of Seven Gates

With more green beans to come, squash harvest, greens, and amaranth we still have a lot of picking to do. The test plot of giant golden amaranth has proven not only to be sustainable (no irrigation, no fertilizer, no pesticides), beautiful (most plants are over 9 feet tall filled with seeds) it produced an incredible bumper crop of amazing gluten free complete grains.  Which will be harvested after the first frost.

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Amaranth in the Garden of Seven Gates

Another exciting harvest this year was sweet potatoes. This is a crop I suggest for everyone that can create some form of raised bed in their garden. When planted under the right conditions a single plant slip yields 8-10 lbs of sweet potatoes. We had enough to set up a “grown on site” sweet potato fry booth at the Festival of Colors.  We had a wonderful response and were very excited to share our harvest with people from many different communities.

As the New Vrindaban gardens transition to fall I will leave you with a quote from Rose G. Kingsley….. “In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November.” The Autumn Garden 1905

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Sweet Potatoes from the Garden of Seven Gates

 

TALES FROM THE GARDEN: Brijabasi Spirit newsletter – April 29th, 1974


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Madhava Gosh at a New Vrindaban Village Self-Sufficiency Meeting, 2014.

Below is an article transcribed from the second (ever) Brijabasi Spirit newsletter, published April 29th, 1974.The author is “Bhakta Mark,” who is none other than New Vrindaban’s very own Madhava Gosh prabhu.
This article was published in April, 1974 and Gosh was formally initiated by Srila Prabhupada at Bahulaban just a few short months later in July, 1974.
Here’s proof positive he really has been a garden and cow activist in New Vrindaban for over 40 years.
The next time you see him please take the time to thank him for his years of dedicated service.
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TALES FROM THE GARDEN
- Bhakta Mark (aka Madhava Gosh)
New Vrindaban will come another step closer to self-sufficiency this summer due to a large increase in the amount of space and time devoted to gardening. Although more increase will be needed to bring us to the point of meeting the year-round demands of the devotee prasadam program, enough will be produced and stored to enable us to offer the Deities a vegetable preparation year round.The temple gardens have expanded to 1 1/2 acres this year. Progress in these gardens shall be reported in Brijabasi Spirit weekly. Many householders have also enlarged their gardens. What is most encouraging is the number of grihastas that have taken up gardening for the first time. The best gardens are usually small plots where each plant entity can be given more intensive care.The temple gardens were plowed and disked by horsepower this spring. Planting began with asparagus seed and rhubarb roots. These are perennials that won’t be ready for another 3 and 2 years respectively, but one established, are the first to produce in the spring before most vegetables can even be planted.Next planted were peas, followed by beets, carrots, and radishes. These root crops were planted between where the rows of tomatoes, peppers, and fall cabbage will be transplanted later. By the time the late maturing plants grow enough to need the room these early crops will have already been harvested. Fall root crops such as turnips and rutabagas will be planted where the spring peas were and should benefit from the nitrogen that peas, a legume, fix in the soil.

Krishna has amply provided us with sufficient wild greens such as mustard, dandelion, burdock, and chickweed so only a small amount of lettuce and spinach for the Deities has been planted. Swiss chard, which last year proved to be a big yielder for the space required, has been planted & should be a regular companion of the abundant wild greens.

The peas and radishes are now both up and growing vigorously after this past week’s welcome and needed rain. Radishes should be ready in 4 to 6 weeks depending on the weather.

This past week’s activities included planting more beets, carrots, and radishes as well as 150 feet of kohlrabi.

The main project was preparing for the transplanting of the cabbage family: cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Holes were dug in a grid pattern with rows 36″ apart and 18″ from hole center to hole center for cabbage and broccoli, 20″ for cauliflower (making marks 6 inches apart on a shovel or other tool handle serves as a handy guide for spacing). These holes were big enough so that a part forkful of rotted manure or compost could be put in and after the hole was filled in again it would be about 2″ below the level of where the plant’s roots will be after transplanting. Each hole center was then marked with a twig.

This year the cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower plants were ordered from a professional nursery in Georgia and should be arriving by UPS any day now. Anyone who wants some and have not yet placed an order should contact Adi Patit immediately.

Anyone having any helpful suggestions is encouraged to share them through this column. Also, questions regarding gardening will be welcomed and answered to the best of our poor fund of knowledge (with maybe a quick peek in Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening or hopefully the advice of some local longtime gardener to fill our gaps).

All glories to the Sri Krishna Sankirtan!

ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes 08/31/2014


ECO-Vrindaban New Vrindaban Logo

ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes 08/31/2014

Mission Statement: 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.

Participating Members of the ECOV Board of Directors: Anuttama (partial attendance), Bhima, Chaitanya Mangala, Navin Shyam and Ranaka.

Recording secretary: Jordanna Rock-Garden

1. Follow up on Bahulaban Barn/Ox Program Project

Currently the rubble from the site is being cleaned up and Vyasasana will serve as the project manager for Bahulaban barn renovations. This is an ongoing project that will require monthly reporting.

2. Follow Up on ECOV Documentary

In June, ECOV allocated $600 to Sabrina Jones, a college student majoring in cinematography at West Liberty University, to help her purchase a camera. In exchange, she agreed to shoot some footage of the garden for an ECOV film project being overseen by Kripamaya. She reported to Kripamaya that she is not able to complete the project and will return the funds.

3.  Proposal to designate Sankirtan Prabhu as New Vrindaban Folklorist

Chaitanya Mangala has proposed that ISKCON New Vrindaban (and ECO-Vrindaban) needs to develop an overall story that brings together key elements of the past – told in a cohesive way – that is relevant to our present and will help guide us towards a future we want manifest.

Sankirtan has expressed an interest in filling this position and others have recommended him for this role. He is a professional storyteller and has trained many people, including the students of the gurukula, devotee adults, non-devotee adults, and students in schools outside NV in storytelling and the importance of story both on a personal level and a community level. He also has a website or blog with a lot of NV’s history through stories.

Navin Shyam will speak with Sankirtan about this.

4. ECOV logo, brochure & posters

WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to update its logo to better reflect its connection with ISKCON New Vrindaban, the New Vrindaban Community in general, its name change and the recent refinement of its mission statement.

RESOLVED: The Board authorizes up to $500 for Raghu Consbruck to design a new logo and other related graphics.

Srila Prabhupada Highlights the “Main Business” of New Vrindaban – June 1968


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Srila Prabhupada visits young calves at the Bahulaban barn, June 1976.

“Krishna by His practical example taught us to give all protection to the cows and that should be the main business of New Vrindaban.”

Click here to read the rest of the letter.

Thanks to Vanipedia for the source material.

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New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 09/18/14


New Vrindaban ISKCON Throwback Thursday

This week’s challenge: Who are the two main people and what are they doing?

Extra credit: Can you name the other five people?

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.

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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.”

Click here to read the rest of the letter.

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.

 

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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 New Vrindaban Gopal's Garden School

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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