New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 10/23/14

New Vrindaban School Gurukula Sudar Ruci 1984

This week’s challenge: Who are the two devotees, what are they doing and when was this photo taken?

What to do: Post your guesses on the “who, what, when, where & why” in the comment section at the Brijabasi Spirit website.

Follow Up

Here’s the info we have:Who (from let to right): Ruci & Sudarshan.

What: An academic teacher instructing her student.
Ruci said she had 21 boys in her class and there were about ten classes at the school. It was well organized, and even had a principal – Sukavak Das. She well remembers the walks to the school. Very austere in the winter. But sometimes the bus would bring them back up.

Lilasuka recalled: “As far as I can tell, this was from the times when we were teaching down at the Nandagram school building in Wilson Valley. My exact timeline for all my years teaching school is kind of fuzzy but I will never forget walking all the kids down from the temple to Nandagram all winter long, every day, rain, snow, or shine, hoping they wouldn’t slide over the humongous cliff along the ridge. Ruci would walk at the front of the lineup and I’d walk behind (or vice versa) and we’d all make it down there very invigorated!”

Viduttama (Sudar’s mother) commented: “Ruci, Lilasuka and Meghamala are the most compassionate, loving teachers. I can’t forget Mankumari either! They all get thumbs up from me.”
When: Circa 1984.
Where: Nandagram School, New Vrindaban, West Virginia.

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