Author Archives for Vrindavana Das

Appreciation Ceremony Honors 1,000 Collective Years of Service


By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications The sixth New Vrindaban Service Appreciation Ceremony, held on Sunday March 26th during the ISKCON New Vrindaban and ECO-Vrindaban Spring 2017 weekend gathering, reached an impressive benchmark. Including Sunday’s event, the ceremony, launched by board members in November 2014, has now honored 25 of Srila Prabhupada’s ‘jewels’ […]

New Vrindaban Departments Show Continued Progress Leading up to NV50


By Madhava Smullen This Spring’s ISKCON New Vrindaban (INV) and ECO-Vrindaban (ECO-V) Board Meetings saw another inspiring round of Department Head Presentations on March 25th, as everyone gears up for a busy 2017 summer season and New Vrindaban’s 50th anniversary in 2018. Varsana Swami opened the session with an invocation reminding an audience of GBC, […]

Tejomaya Das: A Diamond From the Rough


By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications Tejomaya & Manonath in the Bahulaban gardens – New Vrindaban 1974 Tejomaya Das grew up in some of New York City’s roughest neighborhoods in the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. For him and his best friend, Manonatha Das, leaving them to forge a different life for themselves seemed […]

Kelly Carter: Alice in Krishnaland


By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications Kelly Carter, a science and social studies teacher at a middle school in Moundsville, never “joined” ISKCON. But she’s been a part of New Vrindaban longer than many devotees. Set to be honored at this spring’s Service Appreciation Ceremony, she has both love and a unique objectivity […]

Devotees Invited to Refresh and Renew at Reimagined Festival of Inspiration


By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications One of the first of the retreat-style festivals currently so popular in ISKCON, Festival of Inspiration, launched in New Vrindaban in 2000, has always offered something a little unique. Now, in its 17th year, with the tagline “Rethink. Refresh. Renew,” FOI is again taking a fresh approach, offering […]

Barn Ready, Rock Steady: Ananda Vidya and Lalita Gopi


By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications As residents and aficionados of ISKCON history know well, New Vrindaban winters are not exactly forgiving. And with the austerity, guests decrease, some residents go traveling, and the hustle and bustle of the summer season quietens down. Still, the show must go on, and core crews continue […]

Pujari Sanga Inspires North American Priests


  Pujari Sanga Inspires North American Priests By: Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News Malati Devi shares stories of Srila Prabhupada and Deity worship Pujaris from all over North America gathered in New Vrindaban, West Virginia in January to gain inspiration, support and training from two events organized by the ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry: the inaugural North American […]

New Vrindaban to Host 2017 ISKCON North America Farm Conference


New Vrindaban to Host 2017 ISKCON North America Farm Conference By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications Sunflowers grown in New Vrindaban gardens New Vrindaban is set to host the second annual ISKCON North America Farm Conference from October 13th to 15th this year. The GBC Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture, which organized conferences on […]

Introducing Dr. Vignesh Ramanathan


This is to introduce Dr. Vignesh Ramanathan who has very kindly agreed to visit New Vrindaban on a regular basis to take care of the residents’ health care needs. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and currently works at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV where he has been on their Hospitalist staff since 2011. […]

Department Reports in New Vrindaban Show Continued Progress Towards Prabhupada’s Vision


By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications Kicking off ECO-Vrindaban and ISKCON New Vrindaban’s end-of-year Joint Board Meetings, their Department Head Reports on Saturday November 12th were uplifting to members of the community who attended the open event. Showing steady progress towards Prabhupada’s vision, the reports also revealed that the past half a decade’s concerted […]