My dear father, Lord Krsna said, Actually one cannot be happy without executing his proper prescribed duty. One who does not, therefore, properly discharge his prescribed duties is compared to an unchaste wife. The proper prescribed duty of the brahmanas is the study of the Vedas; the proper duty of the royal order, the ksatriyas, is engagement in protecting the citizens; the proper duty of the vaisya community is agriculture, trade and protection of the cows; and the proper duty of the sudras is service to the higher classes, namely the brahmanas, ksatriyas and vaisyas. We belong to the vaisya community, and our proper duty is to farm, to trade with the agricultural produce, to protect cows or to take to banking.
Krsna identified Himself with the vaisya community because Nanda Maharaja was protecting many cows and Krsna was taking care of them. He enumerated four kinds of business engagements for the vaisya community, namely agriculture, trade, protection of cows and banking. Although the vaisyas can take to any of these occupations, the men of Vrndavana were engaged primarily in the protection of cows. Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Ch. 24.
Wednesday, May 4 is Varuthini Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans. Break fast next day 05:14-09:43.Saturday, May 7 is the Appearance of Sri Gadadhara Pandit, one of the members of the Panca-tattva, or divine quintuple incarnation of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Gadadhara represents the incarnate mood of Srimati Radharani. No one can describe the characteristics and ecstatic love of Gadadhara Pandit. Therefore another name for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Gadadhara-prananatha, the life and soul of Gadadhara Pandit. No one can say how merciful the Lord is to Gadadhara Pandit, but people know the Lord as Gadaira-Gauranga, the Lord Gauranga of Gadadhara Pandit. [Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila 7.163-4]Sunday, May 8 is the New Talavan Sunday Feast, beginning at 11:30 AM. For directions, call 601 749-9460 or visit our web site.Tuesday, May 10 is Aksaya Trtiya, the beginning of Candana-Yatra, a 21-day festival held throughout India in the summer season. During Candana-yatra devotees anoint the Deities of the Lord daily with cooling sandalwood paste (continues until June 1).
You may sponsor a feast in honor of a birthday, anniversary, in loving memory of a deceased relative, etc.
- To reserve your feast, please contact Yogindra das at 601 749-9460.
- The total cost of a Sunday Feast at New Talavan is $251 including cups, spoons, plates, gas, spices, vegetables, ghee, etc.
- You can also get a co-sponsor, so that each sponsor may pay only half of the total cost.
- Sunday Feast sponsorships will be announced here in New Talavan Times.
The results of our recent fundraising appeal are as follows:
Ranadhir & Kadamba
M. Lal Goel
Paul Parsad, MD
We are deeply grateful to our generous donors. It is not too late to give for this appeal! Go to our Adopt-a-Cow website to make a convenient online donation.
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 joining a group or 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.
Many thanks and blessings to Savitha Sundar of New Orleans for her kind donation of a 1988 Buick. This will greatly help our Bhakti-vrksha preaching program in the Mississippi Gulf area!New Talavan needs your spare automobile! As an vital part of our expanding preaching program, we have an immediate need for two more 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!Also, if anyone would like to donate a digital video camera, we want to make videos of interviews with devotees about Srila Prabhupada's visit to New Talavan, and many other applications. Contact us right away at 601 749-9460.
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