Author Archives for Vrindavana Das

New Vrindaban Kids’ Camp Makes Spirituality Fun


By Madhava Smullen “We never thought a spiritual event could be so much fun – we would love to come again!” wrote one family after attending the Children’s Summer Camp in New Vrindaban last year. “Wonderful event – we can’t wait till next year,” wrote another. “Our son says he will miss New Vrindaban very […]

Srila Prabhupada and His Palace


By Madhava Smullen  for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications Archival Research by Chaitanya Mangala Das It’s a crisp, frosty November day in the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, bare trees silhouetted against a clear blue sky. On one hilltop, an unusually royal building stands out, sunlight glinting off its gold-filigreed domes and spires. Participants of ISKCON […]

Community Dialog Covers Village Association, Rover Pipeline, and NV50


By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications On the afternoon of March 25th—after hearing inspiring news from ISKCON New Vrindaban and ECO-Vrindaban’s various department heads—Board members and Village Association members settled in for a lively community dialog on some important topics. Village Association Foundational Document The first was the presentation of a foundational document […]

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 […]