“This is the next aspect of Krsna consciousness which I wish to push forward. If I am able to travel again, then I shall visit the farms and make them perfect. On these farms we can demonstrate the full Varnasrama system. If these farms become successful then the whole world will be enveloped by Krsna consciousness.
“From your letter I can understand how nice this farm is. I am very happy to see fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, grains, the devotees taking sumptuous prasadam and chanting Hare Krsna. This is the actual meaning of human life. It is a very good farm, from your letter I can understand. Whatever you build, get the building materials locally. If you can manufacture tiles locally, then your house problem is solved. Build up bamboo frame, and on it place tiles. In any event get everything locally. I wish to make a farm tour and then I shall surely visit your farm.”— from Varnasrama-dharma
Tuesday, March 22 is the Disappearance Day of Sri Madhavendra Puri, a great disciple of Madhvacarya who was the spiritual master of Advaita Acharya, Paramananda Puri and Isvara Puri, the guru of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu. Sri Madhavendra Puri discovered the beautiful Gopal Deity hidden on Govardhana Hill in Vrndavan, and installed Him in with great festivity. His extreme development of the mood of separation from Krsna was his greatest contribution to the science of devotional service. Friday, March 25 is Gaura-Purnima, the Appearance Day of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Along with Janmastami, this is our most important Vaisnava Festival. One should fast until moonrise on this day, and then attend the temple services with one's entire family. There will be a grand celebration at the Temple beginning at 6:00 PM with Abhisheka, followed by arati and kirtan, a short class and a wonderful evening feast. (See article below) Saturday, March 26 is the Festival of Jagannath Mishra. "When Nilambara Cakravarti, Sacimata and Jagannatha Misra understood from the marks on the Lord’s lotus feet that child Nimai was not an ordinary child but an incarnation of Narayan, they decided that on that very same day, which was very auspicious, they should observe a festival for His name-giving ceremony. Giving a child a particular name is among the purificatory processes known as dasa-vidha-samskara, and on the day of such a ceremony one should observe a festival by worshiping Narayan and distributing prasadam, chiefly among the brahmanas." — Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, 14.18 Sunday, March 27 is the regular Sunday Feast, beginning at 11:30 AM. Saturday, April 2 is the Appearance Day of Sri Srivasa Pandit, the most important devotee of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, considered an incarnation of the Lord's marginal energy. During Lord Caitanya's Navadvipa pastimes, He held congregational chanting daily at the house of Srivasa Pandit. His exemplary devotional service to Lord Caitanya is glowingly praised in Sri Caitanya-Bhagavat and other scriptures. Sunday, April 3 is the regular Sunday Feast, beginning at 11:30 AM.
We reached and exceeded our goal to collect $1800 needed for the Gaura-Purnima Deity outfits. We already sent the funds to the Mayapur Deity-wallah and the outfits are being picked up and flown to the USA. Any excess donations will be used to enhance the Gaura-Purnima Festival. We are extremely thankful to the following generous and spiritual-minded donors:
· Ashokamrita das Prabhu
· Chaitanya Bhatt
· Dvija Hari Prabhu
· Devala Prabhu
· Mother Taraka
· Mother Mohanasini
· Bhaktin Suratini
· Todd & Darlene Brown
· Mother Jayapatni Gopi
· Mother Kalavati
· Parampara Prabhu
· Talavan Prabhu
· Mother Laksmi
· Aravind Kumbakonam
· Vrkodara Prabhu
There will be a special Donor Appreciation Ceremony at the Gaura-Purnima festival!
We are seeking volunteers is various locations to host or lead Bhakti-vrksha Groups. These small, informal regular classes on devotional service are a very powerful method of spreading Krsna consciousness. Anyone from the Gulf Coast area, greater New Orleans area, Jackson, Mobile, or any of the many smaller communities is invited to take advantage of this transcendental opportunity. You will get all the inspiration, guidance and materials you need from our farm center. For more information see our Bhakti-vrksha web site and contact Dasanudas Prabhu or Mother Maharani at 601 347-1672.
Since the last column, we improved the three garden sections with a healthy application of powdered limestone, which improves soil alkalinity. Garden vegetables like a balanced soil pH, and soils in the south are known for being on the acidic side.Narayan Prabhu came with the tractor and disked the first two garden sections, turning under green weeds and winter crops, making the soil arable for summer planting. Jana and Jnana then planted a few pounds of sweet corn, and transplanted tomato and eggplant starter sets.
The potatoes are just starting to peek through the surface, along with beets and carrots. Zucchini and yellow squash appeared this week in the starter trays in the green house. There are no shortage of weeds also making their appearance in our fields, but by Krsna's grace we have been provided with several finely sharpened garden hoes with which to do battle with such volunteer triflers. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Coincidentally with our Gaura-Purnima celebration, we are also sending out our Spring Adopt-a-Cow appeal. New Talavan is home to over 150 of Lord Krsna's cows, and we need your kind support to care for them properly. Pastures require fertilization and lime, equipment repairs are due, fences need mending and of course there are the annual Spring veterinary checkups. This year is also the first time you can choose to make a convenient online donation with your credit card on our web site. Please look for the Adopt-a-Cow appeal in your mailbox, kindly make a generous donation and get the blessings of caring for Krsna's cows!
The International Society for Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON) is founded strictly on the teachings and philosophy of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Lord Caitanya appeared to propagate Harinam Sankirtan, the specific religious dharma for the age of Kali-yuga. No other spiritual practice is as effective as chanting the Holy Names of the Lord, for in this fallen age of useless quarrel, it is not possible to perform properly the other methods of self-realization given in the Vedas.
Therefore the advent of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the most gracious mercy of the Supreme Lord upon the fallen, suffering living entities of the Kali-yuga. Please join us for the annual celebration of this most blessed event.
Please plan to arrive early, as space will be limited and the parking and temple will be very full. The program will be:
- 6:00 PM Maha-Abhisheka
- 6:30 PM Offering of Gifts and 108 Bhoga Preparations
- 7:00 PM Arati and Kirtan
- 7:30 PM Special Community Announcements
- 7:45 PM Class: The Appearance of Lord Caitanya
- 8:20 PM Ecstatic Maha-Prasadam Feast
Don't forget to bring a sattvik dish or other gift to offer to the Lord! We want to offer at least 108 different delicious food preparations to Their Lordships. If you need recipe or gift ideas, let us know. If you need directions to the farm, call us or see our directions page.Schedule your visit to New Talavan today!
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