My Dear Yasomatinandana Prabhu,
Please accept my blessings. I am in receipt of your letter dated 8/10/76 and have noted the contents carefully. You say the farm is only five miles from the city, so we will build our temple on that land. The farmers should be trained up to become devotees of Krishna. The same idea I have already given for Hyderabad farm. Invite the local farmers to participate in kirtan and prasadam distribution, engage them to work the land. They may keep whatever they require for their maintenance and the excess production may be traded or sold. But we are not going to develop a competitive farming enterprise for making money. The basic principle is to become independent of artificial city life, working in factories producing nut and bolts. Gandhi had this idea, the one defect was that there was no Krsna in the center. So the same idea of village organization, but keeping Krsna in the center should be introduced on our farm projects. — Letter to Yasomatinandana das, 14 October 1976
Tuesday, April 19 is Kamada Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans. (Break fast 05:28-09:49)Saturday, April 23 is the Appearance of Sri Vamsivadana Thakura and Sri Syamananda Prabhu. Sri Vamsivadana Thakura was one of the two sons of Raghunandana Pandit, mentioned as the 39th branch of the disciplic tree of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Syamananda Gosvami, a contemporary of the Six Gosvamis, constructed the famous Syamasundara temple in Vrndavana. He initiated many high-class brahmana disciples, although his family was not in the brahamana community.Saturday, April 23 is also Sri Balarama Rasayatra and Sri Krsna Vasanta Rasa. Sri Balarama, the brother of Sri Krsna in Vrndavana, also has many gopi friends. They specifically perform rasa-lila dancing in the springtime. These pastimes are described in Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.65. Sri Krsna's pastimes with the gopis in the springtime are described in Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila 17.276-295.Sunday, April 24 is the regular New Talavan Sunday Feast starting at 11:30. For directions please see our web site.
The following shows the combined Profit & Loss statement for the two corporations: ISKCON Mississippi, Inc. (which holds the land and manages the Deity program) and ISKCON of the Gulf Coast, Inc. (which manages all other activities of the ISKCON New Talavan Community).
Books & Shipping
Interest (land sale)
Once again we wish to extend our humble thanks to all the donors, devotees and friends who help us maintain our devotional service at New Talavan. Without your help, it would be hard to imagine how we would manage to keep up the many projects and aspects of devotional service that Srila prabhupada wanted us to perform. Anyone who contributes to this project can be sure to obtain the infallible blessings of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, who saw farm projects as a very important part of the international Hare Krsna movement.
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, Hattiesburg, Mobile, or any of the many smaller communities is invited to take advantage of this transcendental opportunity. Anyone interested in becoming a Bhakti-vrksha Group Leader-servant should contact us. This is a great opportunity to learn how to present Krsna consciousness effectively in a home setting. You will get all the inspiration, guidance and materials you need from New Talavan. For more information see our Bhakti-vrksha web site and contact Dasanudas Prabhu or Mother Maharani at 601 347-1672.
The New Talavan web site has a new high-tech addition in the form of an RSS news feed. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and is a convernient way for everyone to keep up with changes to the site. Yahoo offers RSS aggregation on their MyYahoo! service, and there are informative CNET articles on RSS basics here and here. My personal favorite RSS reader is the Sage extension for Mozilla Firefox. (What!? You're still using Internet Explorer?)
New Talavan needs your spare automobile! As an vital part of our expanding preaching program, we have an immediate need for 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. It's magic: 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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