“Just like in the Bhagavad-gita it is said that krsi-go-raksya-vanijyam [Bg. 18.44]. Those who are interested in producing means of living, or foodstuff, in the society—the mercantile, the agriculturist—they should give protection to the cows. That is very essential, that milk is so important thing. Now, in your Western country, we have introduced such ideas in West Virginia. We have started one community project where we are keeping cows also. The cows are giving more milk than in other farm. They are so jubilant. Even up to eighty pounds milk, they are giving, because they know that 'These people will not kill me.' They know it. They are very happy. We don’t kill their calves. In other farms, as soon as the calf is there, in front of the mother they are killed. You see? So if these things go on without any brain, without any intelligence, you may make hundreds of organizations, but the society will never be happy. This is our verdict.” — Govardhana-puja Lecture, 661104GP.NY.
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).Tuesday, May 17 is the Appearance of Srimati Sita Devi (consort of Lord Sri Rama). "From Hrasvaroma came a son named Siradhvaja [also called Janaka]. When Siradhvaja was plowing a field, from the front of his plow [sira] appeared a daughter named Sitadevi, who later became the wife of Lord Ramacandra. Thus he was known as Siradhvaja." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.13.18]Tuesday, May 17 is also the Appearance of Srimati Jahnava Devi, consort of Lord Nityananda. "Jahnava-mata is also within the list of Lord Nityananda’s followers. She is described in the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (66) as Ananga-manjari of Vrndavana. All the devotees who are followers of Jahnava-mata are counted within the list of Sri Nityananda Prabhu’s devotees." [Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 11.21 Purport]Tuesday, May 17 is also the Disappearance of Sri Madhu Pandit. "This famous devotee lived near Khadadaha, in the village known as Sanibona-grama, about two miles east of the Khadadaha station, and constructed the temple of Gopinathaji in Vrndavana." [Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 12.88 Purport]Thursday, May 19 is Mohini Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans (Break fast 05:04-09:40).
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.
We wish to congratulate the following devotee students, their teachers and their parents:
- Sriman Talavan das Prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, will graduate with honors from PRCC on Tuesday, May 17 at 10 AM.
- Srimati Jhulan Yatra recently graduated from Walkaih High School as Valedictorian, and received a scholarship to PRC.
- Sriman Surariha recently graduated from Walkaih High School as Salutatorian, and was elected Student of the Year for his class.
- Srimati Suratini was elected Student of the Year for her Elementary school class."Yes, that [education] is the government’s duty, that the citizens may not degrade. That is government’s duty. Now, just like a father thinks, “Now, these children have come under my protection. I must see they get proper education and make advancement of life.” It is the father’s duty." — Srila Prabhupada [morning walk, 731213mw.la]
New Orleans temple devotees Kamal Mukha Krsna das Prabhu and Mother Bhadra Bharati dd gave birth to triplets a few weeks ago: Gaura Chand, Kanu Priya and Hrdaya Chaitanya. Mother and all three children are doing fine, and the community will celebrate with a dinner party at New Orleans ISKCON temple on Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM. Guests are requested to RSVP to (504) 481-5015.
The New Talavan website has a new addition: an online bookstore where you can purchase books by Srila Prabhupada and other ISKCON authors. The bookstore stocks the most popular titles, including Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, the Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta and many others. You can purchase books conveniently with a credit card, and the merchandise will be shipped to your home. Our selection will be growing over time, so please visit the store now and then to see the updates. The bookstore is at www.newtalavana.org/store.
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.
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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