Srila Prabhupada Shares How He is Always “Thinking of” and “Anxious to See” New Vrindaban – November 1968

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Srila Prabhupada with his followers at the original New Vrindaban farmhouse, 1969.

Srila Prabhupada Shares How He is Always “Thinking of” and “Anxious to See” New Vrindaban – November 1968.

From a series of letters written by Srila Prabhupada outlining his vision for New Vrindaban.

Thanks to Vanipedia for the source material.


November 18, 1968

My Dear Kirtanananda,

Please accept my blessings. I thank you very much for your short note along with Hayagriva’s letter. I am so glad to receive your note because I was a little restless for not receiving your letters since a few days. I have written already to Hayagriva about New Vrndaban how I am thinking of this place. And let us jointly endeavor for fulfilling this purpose. Yes, this climate of California, especially Los Angeles is very nice. I am always anxious to go and see the Govardhan hills in New Vrindaban and I hope Krishna will fulfill my desire as soon as possible.

I hope this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

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Here’s the info we have:

Who (from left to right):

Hrishikesh, Yadunandana, Ranadhir, Kirtanananda, Pradyumna, Taruni, Nara-Narayana, Arundhati, Purusottama, Srila Prabhupada & Madhu Mangala.

What: Srila Prabhupada & his followers sitting under a persimmon tree, where he often sat, chanted his rounds and gave talks.

Here’s a brief description of the scene written by Hayagriva prabhu from his book, The Hare Krishna Explosion:

“In the afternoon, Prabhupada calls a general convocation. We all gather around the persimmon tree, and Prabhupada quickly starts the meeting.

‘Here at New Vrindaban, only Krishna is master,’ he says. “In the material world, everyone is trying hard to be master, but here it is different. Here we all acknowledge that Krishna is master; therefore we have called this land New Vrindaban.'”

When: May/June, 1969.

Where: Outside the original New Vrindaban farmhouse, New Vrindaban, West Virginia.

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