Getting the New Vrindaban Experience

This past weekend, two intrepid reporters from Ohio University’s student-run indepedent newspaper The Post, Rob (the photographer) and Eric (the reporter), visited the Dham in order to meet devotees and do research for their thesis paper on the inner workings of an intentional community (they are also visiting a Mennonite community, an all-woman community, and a long-standing commune outside of Athens, Ohio).

Sri-Sri Radha-Vrindaban Chandra graciously arranged a very complete and positive experience for our visiting friends, as they got to witness the inner workings of deity seva, a tour of the Palace of Gold, and they heard all about the radical community-based organic farming spearheaded by HG Tapahpunja Prabhu and his Small Farm Training Center.

We shared songs and lessons with HG Devananda Pandit Prabhu, and great maha-prasad all weekend. Best of all was a Sunday morning trip to the ISCOWP barn and a very enlightening get-together with HG Balabadha Prabhu, who passed along all the wisdom he knows about the deep merits of cow protection.

Rob and Eric both remarked numerous times that the devotees here gave them the best experience they’ve had in their various visits to the different communities on their list. Below is some pics of their visit to the ISCOWP barn.



Rob has a loving exchange with Balarama


Rudra aka “The Vicious Beast”, only if you’re a groundhog


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The cows are beautiful…