“Burn Ravana! Burn Lust!”

This past weekend was chock-full! We here at the New Vrindaban Community celebrated Ramacandra Vijayotsava (“The Burning of Ravana”) in our usual harvest style, as a 15-foot high wooden sculpture of Ravana was expertly cut, painted, and assembled by the hands of HG Rupanuga Prabhu, all with the intention of shooting a flaming arrow into Ravana’s heart and into the lust in our own heart.

We also hosted a contingent of students from Ohio University and the Global Leadership Center, run by our good friend Dr. Greg Emery, who annually brings students to do a project with devotees from the Dham.

This year, they were focusing on “The Conversion Experience”, or why people of all shapes, sizes, and colors decide to become devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

They came this weekend to get hands-on with real life in the Dham, receiving warm welcomes, expert tours, mouth-watering prasad, dance lessons, and even new saris for the ladies.

The students, in conjunction with the various devotees they are working with, will submit final papers, with the best ones appearing via the Pluralism Project from Harvard University sometime this winter.

Here are the photographic highlights


HG Caitanya Prabhu reveals the Dham to the kids from Ohio U.


All it takes is two legs and a little gusto to get the ecstacy


Two drunkards…..

…get a lesson in real enjoyment from Caitanya Prabhu…

…and feel real bliss as everyone relishes yet another spontaneous drama from the Brijabasi Players, led by HG Yugal Kishore Prabhu


HG Janaka Mahajana Prabhu with Hanuman


Ready, aim…….




Ravana Burns!


Hanuman, Lord Ramacandra, and Lakshman look grave after their victory


Cosmo also is grave

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