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.

flower arrangements Radha Vrindavan Chandra Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

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

Krishna Janmastami Cows New Vrindaban 2014

The cows listen while munching hay.

Radha Vrindavan Chandra Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

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

Srila Prabhupada Krishna Janmastami New Vrindaban 2014

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

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

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


Srila Prabhupada Describes the New Vrindaban Atmosphere as “Exactly like Vrindavan” – June 1969

New Vrindaban Prabhupada 1976

Srila Prabhupada takes darshan of Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Nath at the original New Vrindaban farmhouse, June 1976.

“Here in New Vrindaban the atmosphere is exactly like Vrindavan. They are performing the routine activities from 4 am. in the morning till 10 pm. at night. The aratiks are going on several times daily as you have seen in Vrindavan.”

Click here to read the rest of the letter.

Thanks to Vanipedia for the source material.

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

New Vrindaban Swan Lake Chatra 1983

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

Similar to last week, since the people in the photo are not easily recognizable we’ll ask a broader question.

This week’s challenge: How many devotees can you name who were part of the New Vrindaban construction crew around the time of this photo?

Extra credit: When and where was this photo taken? (hint: same as last week!)

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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Greetings From the New Vrindaban Gardens 8-14


Teaching garden entrance New Vrindaban ECO-Vrindaban

Beautiful new entrance to the teaching garden.

As we have entered into August the weather has been anything but typical.  The abundant rain has allowed us to use almost no irrigation. But the lack of sunshine, cold temperatures, and constantly wet plants has caused  devastation to our crop of tomatoes. Late blight has struck nearly all of the 600 tomato plants in the Garden of Seven Gates.  Next year we will move the crop, use all new supports, and increase the potassium in the early season.   For more information about late blight check out this link.   On a very positive note we have been doing tons of flowers and vegetable harvesting. We are currently picking: tomatoes, peppers, swiss chard, kale, green beans, basil, mint, beets, radishes, cucumbers, dill, watermelons, lettuce, bittermelon, raspberries, and much more.  Within the next few weeks we will be harvesting squash, sweet potatoes, soy beans, amaranth, sunflower seeds, and pole beans. Flowers have been thriving and we have a beautiful abundance and great variety.  Each day flowers are picked for the deities and for the Pushpa Abhishek festival we were able to pick 154 gallons of marigolds.

New Vrindaban fruit

First two ripe golden watermelons.

The rain has been great for germinating new seedlings.  This week we started  fall seedlings: cabbage, beets, kale, spinach, kohlrabi, and peas.  We are also starting to plant cover crops.  One of the fields that has been resting to increase soil fertility first had a crop of buckwheat and has now been planted with daikon radishes.  With 1 acre we will have unlimited greens and radishes and what we don’t use will be used as a ground breaking compost.

Garden of seven gates seeding New Vrindaban ECO-Vrindaban

Seeding cover crops

New Vrindaban Garden ECO-Vrindaban

Daikon Radish field

The most exciting improvement in the Garden of Seven Gates has been the reconstruction of two former greenhouses.  We are building a hot house (heated green house) for both our spring and fall seedlings.  We are also building two high tunnel greenhouses one for year round greens and the other for season extending flowers. The three greenhouses are located within the gates of the Garden of Seven Gates.  As we enter into the late summer we will continue to plant and harvest while plans for next years gardens are already being drawn out. Happy Harvesting!

New Vrindaban Teaching Garden ECO-Vrindaban

Marigolds in the Teaching Garden

New Facilities for the Cows

New Vrindaban Dharma, Bull Cow ECO-Vrindaban ISKCON

New Vrindaban dhambasi, Dharma, the Bull

Last month,  New Vrindaban cowherd: Ray built an outdoor facility for resident bull, Dharma. The previous facility proved to not be strong enough to contain Dharma as he had a history of break outs which have led to the impending welcoming of at least 5 new calves in the months to come. With the new outdoor facility Dharma will be able to sunbathe as often as he likes as opposed to being confined to his pen inside the big barn.

New Vrindaban ECO-Vrindaban Dharma's Bullpen

Dharma’s New Bullpen

Currently an addition is being added to the milking barn in order to provide a roomier loafing area for the milking cows & a nicer feeding isle set up. Vyasanana Prabhu (one of New Vrindaban’s expert carpenters) and Rafael (now known as Radhanatha Prabhu) as his assistant, have been diligently working on this project. The extension on the barn will allow the yard to stay drier (from the snow/rain) & provide the cows with an outdoor resting area that is separate from where they eat. These improvements will hopefully facilitate the cows staying as clean as possible in anticipation of the pilgrims braving the frigid winter weather to get their darshan.

New Vrindaban ECO-Vrindaban Temple Cow Barn

back side of the barn, shows loafing area in the calves pen

New Vrindaban ECO-Vrindaban Temple Cow Barn

new roof over the expanded feed isle.

New Vrindaban ECO-Vrindaban Temple Cow Barn

Front view of the improved feed isle / roof on the milking barn

Come by any day of the week at milking time (7am or 6pm) to see the updated facilities, as well as, Caitanya Bhagavat & crew’s freshly painted red fence surrounding the milking cows pasturing grounds.

ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes – 07/20/2014

ECO-Vrindaban New Vrindaban

ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes – 07/20/2014

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: Chaitanya Mangala, Madhava Gosh, Krpamaya, Navin Shyam, Anuttama, Bhima and Ranaka.

Advisors present: Jaya Krsna

Recording Secretary: Jordanna Rock-Garden

1. Follow Up on a Rammed Earth Housing Request

The ECOV board decided to require a formal proposal from the devotee interested in building a house in New Vrindaban in order to make a more informed decision.

It was discussed in the meeting that Madhava Gosh and Krpamaya would meet with the devotee and show him the prototype earth sheltered house at the G7G, then report back to the Board any information they obtain. Navin Shyam will then follow up with him with additional questions.

2. Bahulaban Barn/Ox Project

WHEREAS: The ECOV Board wishes to support cow protection and ox training initiatives in the New Vrindaban community.

RESOLVED: The Board authorizes funding up to $60,000 (including the $10K already allocated) for the deconstruction/reconstruction of the Bahulaban barn.

The condition on this resolution is that before the work begins on this project, a more detailed budget and plan should be presented to the Board.

3. Housing for New ECOV General Manager/ECOV Investment in New Housing

ECOV now has committees for both of these items. These committees will work on recommendations for ECOV General Manager housing as well as ways to increase available housing in New Vrindaban.

4. ECOV Brickyard Building Restoration

Ranaka reports that the old cement mixer has been pulled out and they are in the process of removing the other equipment. Next report should be in six months.

5. INV Bahulaban Utility Building Roof & Window Repair

ECOV asked for an update on repairs to the Utility Building at Bahulaban. Jaya Krsna reports that INV will soon have funds that can be used to secure the Utility Building. The next report should be in about two months

6. Prabhupada’s Palace Renovation Update

Jaya Krsna prabhu shared news that Gopisa is the new Palace Restoration Project Manager.

7. INV “Reduce/Reuse” – Water Filling Stations

There are plans to install an outdoor water filling station near the playground, next to the lodge.

8. INV “Reduce/Reuse” – Signs

The committee working on this project needs to write literature on reducing waste, using water filling stations and the availability of water bottles for purchase. Currently, more efforts need to be made toward sales of water bottles. This project requires a manager.

New Vrindaban’s Ongoing Community Dialogs Show Increased Interest

A Progressive Community Dialogue

On Wed. July 30, 2014 Jaya Krsna Prabhu invited all the residents of the New Vrindaban Community to come together for a dialog.

He opened the evening by asking the devotees for their concerns, input or feedback on topics of their choice.

A discussion ensued on the topic of the need to reduce waste at the temple, and to recycle materials. Sukhavaha dasi and Bhakta Michael agreed to build a sub-committee to come up with proposals.

New Vrindaban Community Dialog under the Lodge Aug. 2014

Community Dialog under the Lodge Aug. 2014

Then, Jaya Krsna presented Srila Prabhupada’s five-fold vision for New Vrindaban, including cow protection, self-sufficiency, a holy place of pilgrimage, spiritual education, and above all developing our love for Krsna.

Jaya Krsna concluded that New Vrindaban is currently in phase number four of the six phases of the transformation of a spiritual community. He feels that the painful transition phase is over; the current phase is the process of stabilization.

Different community members arriving since the last Community Dialog were officially introduced to everyone present. We very gratefully welcome Lakshmana Isvara das (Lakshman Poddar’s initiated name), Brihat Kirtan das, Mangala Carana dasi, Vrindavanesvari dasi, Daivata das (one of the very early Brijbasis), Premarani dasi, Rajesvari dasi, Pundarika Vidyanidhi das, his wife Janaki dasi, and their daughter Harina. We are glad to have Bhakta Trevor back from Denver, as well as two new bhaktas: Bhakta Michael and Bhakta Andre.

Six additional devotees have been helping out for the summer, doing a lot of nice service, namely Bhaktin Autumn, Bhaktin Rose, Madhava Kanti dasi, Madhavanta das, Premarani dasi and Sri Nama das.

Jaya Krsna has observed that many of our annual festivals have become even deeper this year than ever before, such as the Snana Yatra, Ratha Yatra and Puspha Abhishek, to name a few. New Vrindaban’s number of visitors is increasing year over year. He has also noticed that the cooperation amongst the devotees is increasing, as people are making more endeavors to work out their differences. The department heads are moving in the direction of solving challenges more on their own, supported by the devotee relations dept.

New Vrindaban Jaya Krsna Community Dialog

Jaya Krsna das speaks at Community Dialog

He went on to share some of New Vrindaban’s many successes. The monthly Palace sangams have been going on steadily. There is an official new department for devotee relations. And, interestingly, since the arrival of our new temple commander, it seems as though Krsna has reciprocated by sending some new bhaktas.

Overall, Jaya Krsna feels that the challenges this year have been minor, compared to some previous years.

To give an overview, we can start with reporting one very nice improvement at the Palace. The beautiful and unique Palace Rose Garden is entering an exciting new phase.   Great progress is already being made on its way to going “green” and sustainable.

Meanwhile, down at the temple area, fresh, organic vegetables have been delivered regularly throughout the summer to Krsna’s kitchen from our organic gardens. Fresh home-grown flowers can be seen in all the Deities’ garlands and vases as well.

The devotees who attended a recent workshop at the Lodge, on healthy diet have become encouraged by the move to decrease the use of sugar and oil in the devotee kitchen, and to increase the overall use of healthy produce.

ISKCON NV is about to acquire the land at Govardhan from Varsana Maharaj, with the aim of supporting its ongoing development, under the inspiration of Maharaj.

Renovations and improvements are taking place all around town. There is the elephant’s new facelift, the temple guest wing renovations, the upgrading of cabin two, and an extension on the small cow barn. You have probably also noticed all sorts of new signage around the community to help guide the guests. You may have also detected the quantities of mint sprouting up around the temple and lodge buildings.

In response to the requests of many residents, there are various new projects in the works. There will be an ox barn at Bahulaban, sponsored by ECOV. The basketball court down by the apartments will be fixed. Renovations on the swan boat house have already begun. There will be one or two apts. reserved as assisted living quarters for future hospice patients, to be overseen by Yasoda dasi.

The many projects to be financed by the Uttica lease bonus were presented during the meeting.

Jaya Krsna then spoke about some of the preaching in ISKCON from which New Vrindaban can take inspiration. He explained that throughout ISKCON, some of the Western preaching is being adjusted to appeal to the current new age scene. This is, of course, in line with Krsna consciousness and Srila Prabhupada’s vision. He is referring to such topics as expanding to deal with animal rights, not just cow protection; and focusing on the ECO movement, which considers four main necessities for success: water, energy, food and waste.

Jaya Krsna reminded everyone of a deep understanding offered in a workshop recently given in NV by Gauranga Prasad das from Mumbai. He warned us of the three “cancers” to be avoided in relationships in Kali Yuga.

They are:

  • Comparing
  • Blaming &
  • Criticizing.

In the mood of avoiding these three “cancers”, Jaya Krsna is urging devotees who have any concerns, input or feedback to consider several options. They may feel free to approach the New Vrindaban Advocacy Sanga, which is not a management group, but rather a group of concerned residents available as potential advocates for any other residents. Its members are Caitanya Bhagavat dasa, Gaura Shakti dasa, Jesse, Lilasuka dasi, Lokadrsti dasi, Nityodita dasa, Pritha dasi, and Vyasasan dasa. Sukhavaha in the devotee relations department is also available, as is Jaya Krsna himself.

On the subject of gas drilling, Jaya Krsna informed the community members that Chesapeake is planning to drill at Bilvaban (dump field) in December 2014. Fossil informed the community informally that they do not plan to drill on our land due to the many limitations of the Uttica contract.

Some devotees who attended the community dialogue gave some feedback.

One devotee commented that New Vrindaban is “not just another Hare Krsna farm”. They wanted people to remember that in addition to a farm’s duties of protecting cows and practicing self-sufficiency, Srila Prabhupada made it clear that he very much wanted the NV devotees to keep NV a holy place of pilgrimage.

Sankirtan expressed his concerns about the imminent coal mine shaft that the coal company intends to put up on the Rose property right behind the temple

One devotee visiting from another temple asked for a copy of the overview of this community dialog. She exclaimed, “We never have such nice gatherings like this at our temple, so I’d like them to see what you are doing here at NV, to encourage them to also have such conversations.”




New calf born @ New Vrindavan Goshalla

New Vrindaban ECO-Vrindaban Cow Protection Newborn Calf

On 5th August @ 5:00 pm a bundle of joy was delivered to mother Sita at New Vrindavan Goshalla. The new bull calf has named Ishan.

Please click here for more photos

Srila Prabhupada’s “Only Prayer” is that New Vrindaban will be “More and More Successful” – November 1975


Prabhupada Palace of Gold New Vrindaban

The Palace is to Srila Prabhupada what a precious setting is to a diamond.

Srila Prabhupada’s “Only Prayer” is that New Vrindaban will be “More and More Successful” – November 1975.

An excerpt from a letter written by Srila Prabhupada outlining his vision for New Vrindaban.


I am always praying to Krsna that the New Vrindaban attempt will be more and more successful and ideal for your country. That is my only prayer. I am glad to note that Indians are coming and that you are constructing a large kirtan and prasadam hall and also guest rooms. Yes, so you should do it and it will actually be a New Vrindaban in America. 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. These guests rooms, it is very good you are constructing because they were needed.

I am glad also that you have a new gosala. Let other farms see what is our behavior for the cows and how we derive benefit from them and that will be the living example to persons who are using cow flesh rather than cow milk.

Regarding the palace, when will you expect to finish it so I may go there?”


Click here to read the rest of the letter.

Thanks to Vanipedia for the source material.


New Vrindaban Celebrates Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day Aug. 10, 2014

Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day Festival

Everyone is invited to celebrate the auspicious Lord Balarama Appearance Day Festival on Sunday Aug. 10, 2014


4:30 PM          Bhajans
5:00 PM          Abhisheka
6:00 PM          Class
7:00 PM          Artika and Kirtan
7:45 PM          Feast


baby balarama

Balarama is a name of the Supreme Person, Who appears as Krishna’s brother. He is also in the category of God,   Krishna Himself is the origin of all other Personalities of Godhead.  Lord Balarama is the first expansion of Lord Krsna.

During Krishna’s childhood pastimes, Balarama also appears and plays like a human being with Krishna in the village of Vrindavan.

Whereas Krsna  always appears with a darkish complexion, like a bluish monsoon cloud, Balarama is always fair skinned.

Bhagavad Gita  states that when the earth was overburdened by demonic rulers who had amassed large military forces armed with deadly weapons to wage war for personal gain, Lord Brahma, the chief of the demigods in this universe, approached the shore of the ocean of milk. There, accompanied by Lord Siva and other celestial beings, he worshiped Lord Visnu, the supreme God of all gods. In response, Lord Visnu gave him instructions, which Lord Brahma in turn conveyed to the demigods. He told them that the Lord would soon appear on earth to diminish the burden of the world and that the demigods, to assist Him, should take birth in the Yadu dynasty. Lord Brahma further stated that Lord Balarama, who is also known as Sankarsana, would precede the Lord and serve Him in every respect:

sahasra-vadanah svarat
agrato bhavita devo
hareh priya-cikirsaya

“The foremost manifestation of Krsna is Sankarsana, who is known as Ananta.
He is the origin of all incarnations within this material world. Previous to
the appearance of Lord Krsna, this original Sankarsana will appear as
Baladeva, just to please the Supreme Lord Krsna in His transcendental
pastimes.” (SB 10.1.24)

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/07/14

New Vrindaban Throwback Thursday

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 08/07/14.

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

Though there are at least half a dozen people in this photo, none are easily recognizable. Still, it chronicles a dynamic time in the history and evolution of New Vrindaban.

This week’s challenge: The “where” will be obvious to many. Can you identify “when” this was taken?

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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New Vrindaban Daily darsan @ August 2, 2014.

New Vrindaban Radha Vrindaban Chandra ISKCON

The forms of Radha’s maidservants are wonderful bubbles from the particles of foam from the effulgent spiritual ocean of sweet transcendental love that flows from the beauty of Radha’s lotus feet. These young girls are filled with all artistic skill, and their wonderfully beautiful limbs are decorated with splendid garments and ornaments. O friend, please become the follower and servant of these maidservants of Sri Radha.

[Source : Nectarean Glories of Sri Vrindavana-dhama by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura, Sataka-2, Text-86, Translation.]

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