New Talavan Times Masthead
Weekly Bulletin of the ISKCON New Talavan Community
"Protecting the Heart of Vedic Dharma"
Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Temple President: His Grace Yogindra Vandana das Adhikari
31492 Anner Rd. • Carriere MS 39426 • 601 749-9460 
www.newtalavana.org 
Please always chant the mahamantra:
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare | Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
 

Srila Prabhupada's Vision
“These uneducated cowherd women, without any town life, they are Krsna’s best friends. Unsophisticated, no education, but love intense—that is perfect. That attracted Krsna more. Krsna is so much attached to Vrndavana that He goes nowhere. Why is that? They are not educated girls, up-to-date fashion; they're crude. But as soon as there was blowing of the flute, immediately they began to run towards Krsna. One was taking care of children, another was engaged in boiling milk, and one was even lying down with her husband. Still, immediately... Very crude, unsophisticated, but intense love for Krsna—that is Vrndavana. We want to introduce that this farm project means intense love for Krsna. And other things—very simple: little milk, little food grain, little vegetable, that’s all. And that is very nice. If you get fresh vegetable, fresh milk, and food grain, what do you want more? And from milk you can prepare so many nice preparations, unlimited number, all very palatable, sweet. This civilization we want to introduce, not rascal so-called civilization and become implicated in this cycle of birth and death.— Room conversation, Bhuvaneswara, 1/31/77

Vaisnava Festivals
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.
 
Monday, April 4 is Papamocani Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans. (Break fast 5:45-9:57)
 
Tuesday, April 4 is the Disappvinda Ghosh Sri Govinda Ghosh, an eternal associate of Lord Caitanya, was known for his sweet kirtans at the annual Jagannatha Puri Ratha-yatra Festival. Lord Caitanya would at once begin to dance whenever Govinda Ghosh would sing.
 
Friday & Saturday, April 9-10 His Holiness Indradyumna Swami visits New Talavan. Please see program details below.

Gaura-Purnima Festival Report
Over 120 guests and devotees attended the 2005 Gaura-Purnima Festival on Friday evening, March 25. The festival began with a Maha-Abhishek in which all the guests had the opportunity to bathe the Deity form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Accompanied by ecstatic kirtan, they poured Ganges water, sugar water, milk, yogurt, rosewater and many other pure and precious substances over the Deity. Finally the Deity was covered in sacred tilak (pure Ganges clay), cleaned and polished prior to being dressed in a new outfit.
 
This issue's masthead above shows the beautiful candlelit altar panorama that greeted the eager worshipers when the curtain opened to reveal Their Lordships dressed in Their new Gaura-Purnima outfits. The beautiful Gaura-arati kirtan song led by His Grace Gaura-Krsna das Prabhu had all the devotees dancing and jumping ecstatically together in the temple room.
 
After arati, the devotees relished opening Lord Gauracandra's birthday presents. Many gorgeous presentations of costume jewelry, crystal lotuses, incense, fine metalware and silk cloths brought from India were offered to the Lord by the assembled devotees. Then the donors for the Gaura-Purnima Deity outfits were given special appreciations, including a gift of decoration prasadam. New Talavan temple president, His Grace Yogindra-Vandana das Adhikari, offered a beautiful appreciation for the devotional service of the devotees.
 
The New Talavan Gurukula students performed a play about young Lord Caitanya's taking the opffering of a brahmana guest at His parents' home. The young students then recited 13 slokas from the Brahma-samhita from memory. Finally a short class on the appearance of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was presented by New Talavan Congregational Services Minister, His Grace Dasanudas Prabhu.

Bhakti-Vrksha News
Vrnda Group Meetings for Bhakti-vrksha Group Leader-servants will be held on Saturday mornings from 9-11 AM at New Talavan, and on Sunday afternoons from 3-5 PM at New Orleans Temple. All those interested in becoming a Bhakti-vrksha Group Leader-servant should attend. This is a great opportunity to learn how to present Krsna consciousness effectively in a home setting.
 
Bhakti-vrksha Groups are small, informal regular classes on the science of devotional service. 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.

Indradyumna Swami to Visit New Talavan
His Holiness Indradyumna Swami will bless New Talavan with his visit April 9 and 10. Indradyumna Swami is a world-renowned devotee preacher who manifests brilliant Krsna consciousness and sings the Holy Names so sweeears his kirtan will melt!  The culmination of his yearly preaching efforts is pushing on the Polish Festival Tour that shares Vaisnava culture amongst the people of Poland. For four months per year, the Tour stages over 60 festivals that are attended by hundreds of thousands of people each spring and summer. This is a great opportunity to meet His Holiness Indradyumna Swami. His schedule is as follows:
 
Saturday April 9 7:30 AM Srimad-Bhagavatam class at New Talavan
Saturday April 9 6:00 PM Bhagavad-gita class at New Orleans Temple
Sunday April 10 12:45 PM Sunday Feast class at New Talavan
Sunday April 10 6:15 PM Sunday Feast class at New Orleans Temple
Monday April 11 7:15 AM Srimad-Bhagavatam class at New Orleans Temple

Vehicle Donations Needed
New Talavan needs your spare automobile! As an vital part of our expanding preaching program, we need three vehicles for making contacts, home visits and attending Bhakti-vrksha meetings in our large preaching area. We cover Mississippi, western Florida and southern Alabama from New Talavan, and Louisiana and Arkansas from New Orleans. We provide tax-exemption receipts up to the Blue Book or resale value of the vehicle. Turn that old clunker rusting in the garage into a nice tax-refund check! Contact us right away at 601 749-9460.

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