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Appreciation Ceremonies Honor Over 700 Years of Collective Service

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications New Vrindaban’s fifth Service Appreciation Ceremony, held on Sunday November 13th, began with some impressive statistics. The semi-annual ceremony, launched in November 2014, has so far honored 22 individuals for their unique contributions to the development of New Vrindaban. And it has recognized over 700 years of […]

Srila Prabhupada in New Vrindaban – 1969

Excerpted from an article written by Cintamani Dasi and previously published in the Brijabasi Spirit, October 1985. It was May 9th, 1969. Before coming to New Vrindaban, Srila Prabhupada visited the Columbus, Ohio center. By some inconceivable good fortune I met him and was initiated. After breaking open the storehouse of love of God in […]

New Vrindaban Recipes: Ice Cream and Sweet Rice Straight From Krishna’s Cows

By Madhava Smullen Few prasadam stories from New Vrindaban’s history are as legendary as those of the late Amburish Dasa’s sweet rice and Pitambar Dasi’s ice cream. Straight from the cow barn and prepared by the cowherd couple with deep love and devotion, they were much-craved treats in the austere lives of New Vrindaban’s early […]

Service in Separation: Honoring Srila Prabhupada on His Disappearance Day

By Madhava Smullen “It was devastating,” says Advaitacarya Das, bowing his head. Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day is coming up on November 15th in New Vrindaban. And Advaita, who has been a resident since the early 1970s, is recalling the day in 1977 when he and the other devotees at Prabhupada’s first farm community heard the […]

New Vrindaban Recipes: A Village Built on Oat Water and Rice

By: Madhava Smullen Over the years, New Vrindaban has been famous for a long list of mouthwatering prasadam dishes – Hladini’s cinnamon rolls; Radhanath Swami’s sandesh; Madri, Dharmakala and Kutila’s cheesecake; Dharmakala’s baked goods and milk sweets; Taru and Amburish’s sweet rice; Vani’s dokla and idli, and many more. But first, no story about New […]

An Eternal Relationship: Prabhupada’s Fourth Visit to New Vrindaban

Written by Madhava Smullen. Archival Research by Chaitanya Mangala. June 21st, 1976 was a normal day at the Pittsburgh International airport until a group of Krishna devotees from New Vrindaban, dressed in an odd combination of dhotis or saris with large rubber farm boots, appeared. Commuters stared open-mouthed as the fifty-strong crew exploded into a […]

New Vrindaban Members Appreciate Each Other in Moving Ceremony

By Madhava Smullen  March 15th saw the second installment of a new tradition for New Vrindaban – holding “service appreciation ceremonies” in honor of devotees who have contributed their valuable time and effort in the development of the community. During the first, at the ISKCON New Vrindaban and Eco-Vrindaban Board Meetings in November last year, […]

New Vrindaban and the Bhagavat Dharma Experience: Srila Prabhupada’s 1972 Visit

The Bhagavat Dharma Experience: Prabhupada’s Second Visit to New Vrindaban Written by Madhava Smullen. Archival Research by Chaitanya Mangala. New Vrindaban, August 31st, 1972 – Just as he had three years prior in 1969, Srila Prabhupada arrived at New Vrindaban in a black Lincoln Continental, winding down the country road towards the excited group of […]

Prabhupada’s Vision for New Vrindaban: Protected Dairy

“I am always thinking of your New Vrindaban. The milk which we are taking here is not at all comparable with New Vrindaban milk.” – Srila Prabhupada, 1969. Click here to read the rest of the letter at the Vanipedia website.

A Special Palace Renovation in New Vrindaban

Palace Renovation By Nityodita das Recently there was a flurry of pictures online of the Grand Opening of Srila Prabhupada’s Palace, 1979.  The memories evoked from those photos reminded me of the wonderful years spent rendering concrete service (pun intended) there and the community momentum that was built alongside its construction.  In 1980,  I, along with […]