“You say we must have a goshala trust; that is our real purpose: krsi-goraksya-vanijyam vaisya karma svabhava-jam [Bg. 18.44]. Where there is agriculture there must be cows. That is our mission: cow protection and agriculture and if there is excess, trade. This is a no-profit scheme. For the agriculture we want to produce our own food, and we want to keep cows for our own milk. The whole idea is that we are ISKCON, a community to be independent from outside help. This farm project is especially for the devotees to grow their own food. Cotton also, to make their own clothes. And keeping cows for milk and fatty products. Our mission is to protect our devotees from unnecessary heavy work to save time for advancing in Krsna consciousness. This is our mission. So there is no question of profit, but if easily there are surplus products, then we can think of trading. Otherwise we have no such intention. We want a temple, a goshala and agriculture. A community project as in Europe and America.” — Letter to Yasomatinandana 76-11-28.
Thursday, May 19 is Mohini Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans (Break fast 05:04-09:40).Saturday, May 21 is the Disappearance Day of Sri Jayananda Prabhu. Sri Jayananda das Brahmacari was the first Western Vaisnava saint. He joined the Krishna consciousness movement in 1967, just in its beginning, and left the planet a few months before Srila Prabhupada. Jayananda Prabhu built the first carts for Srila Prabhupada's Rathayatra festivals, the first ever in the West. Accepted by Srila Prabhupada as a pure devotee, he donated $5,000 given to him by his parents for cancer treatment to Srila Prabhupada to print the first edition of Nectar of Devotion. In his last days of his life, he used the money given to him for his treatment to support the Rathayatra in Los Angeles. Perhaps the most defining characteristic of Jayananda was that he never criticized anyone. Even if a devotee did something that warranted criticism, he would usually not say anything, or else make the mistake appear as something perfectly natural. He never spoke harsh words or chastised anybody. Jayananda had complete faith in Srila Prabhupada. He perfected his devotion by making the instructions of Srila Prabhupada the very core of his life. He was realized that real association was through following the instructions of the spiritual master. Unlike most of the other devotees, Jayananda was content to work in the background, carrying out his guru's instructions. He exemplified the superiority of association by vani (instructions) over vapu (personal association). Srila Prabhupada would invariably call of Jayananda when he was in the temple. Jayananda would resist saying, "No, I cannot go. I am too dirty. I am too fallen." Such were the transcendental exchanges between the spiritual master and his dear disciple. Jayananda passed away in May 1977. We offer our most humble obeisances to Sri Srimad Jayananda Prabhu, the exemplary teacher of devotional service in Krishna consciousness.Sunday, May 22 is Nrsimha Caturdasi: the Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimhadeva (Fasting till dusk). "To prove that the statement of His servant Prahlada Maharaja was substantial—in other words, to prove that the Supreme Lord is present everywhere, even within the pillar of an assembly hall—the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, exhibited a wonderful form never before seen. The form was neither that of a man nor that of a lion. Thus the Lord appeared in His wonderful form in the assembly hall. While Hiranyakasipu looked all around to find the source of the sound, that wonderful form of the Lord, which could not be ascertained to be either a man or a lion, emerged from the pillar. In amazement, Hiranyakasipu wondered, “What is this creature that is half-man and half-lion?” Hiranyakasipu studied the form of the Lord, trying to decide who the form of Nrsimhadeva standing before him was. The Lord’s form was extremely fearsome because of His angry eyes, which resembled molten gold; His shining mane, which expanded the dimensions of His fearful face; His deadly teeth; and His razor-sharp tongue, which moved about like a dueling sword. His ears were erect and motionless, and His nostrils and gaping mouth appeared like caves of a mountain. His jaws parted fearfully, and His entire body touched the sky. His neck was very short and thick, His chest broad, His waist thin, and the hairs on His body as white as the rays of the moon. His arms, which resembled flanks of soldiers, spread in all directions as He killed the demons, rogues and atheists with His conchshell, disc, club, lotus and other natural weapons." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.17-22] For a nice full-size picture (suitable for framing on your altar) of the beautiful Lord Nrsimhadeva Deity at ISKCON Mayapur, click here.Monday , May 23 is the Appearance Day of Sri Madhavendra Puri. "Before the appearance of Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, there appeared His devotees like Sri Madhavendra Puri, [His param-guru or Grand-spiritual master]" [Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 3.95]. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu narrated the story of Madhavendra Puri, as He had heard it from His spiritual master, Isvara Puri. The narration is as follows: "One night while in Govardhana, Madhavendra Puri dreamed that the Gopal Deity was within the forest. The next morning he invited his neighborhood friends to accompany him to excavate the Deity from the jungle. He then established the Deity of Sri Gopal ji on top of Govardhana Hill with great pomp. Gopal was worshiped, and the Annakuta festival was observed. This festival was known everywhere, and many people from the neighboring villages came to join. One night the Gopal Deity again appeared to Madhavendra Puri in a dream and asked him to go to Jagannatha Puri to collect some sandalwood pulp and smear it on the body of the Deity. Having received this order, Madhavendra Puri immediately started for Orissa. Traveling through Bengal, he reached Remuna village and there received a pot of condensed milk (ksira) offered to the Deity of Gopinathaji. This pot of condensed milk was stolen by Gopinatha and delivered to Madhavendra Puri. Since then, the Gopinatha Deity has been known as Ksira-cora Gopinatha, the Deity who stole the pot of condensed milk. After reaching Jagannatha Puri, Madhavendra Puri received permission from the King to take out one maund of sandalwood and twenty tolas of camphor. Aided by two men, he brought these things to Remuna. Again he saw in a dream that Gopal at Govardhana Hill desired that very sandalwood to be turned into pulp mixed with camphor and smeared over the body of Gopinathaji. Understanding that that would satisfy the Gopal Deity at Govardhana, Madhavendra Puri executed the order and returned to Jagannatha Puri." [Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 4 Chapter Summary]Monday , May 23 is also the Appearance Day of Sri Srinivasa Acarya. Srinivasa Acarya is one of the most important personalities in the religious history of Bengal, perhaps the most important Vaisnava teacher in the generation immediately following Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is chiefly remembered as the illustrious disciple of Gopal Bhatta Gosvami and Jiva Gosvami. His achievements include delivering the writings of the Gosvamis from Vrndavana to Bengal, converting King Birhambir to Vaisnavism, and originating the Manohar Shoy style of kirtan. At Kheturi, Bengal, he co-organized the first Gaura-Purnima Festival (celebrating the anniversary of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance in this world), which Narottama, Syamananda, and thousands of other Vaisnavas attended. He is the author of the famous Sri-Sri Sad-gosvamy-astaka prayers to to the Six Gosvamis.
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 thank the following generous donors for their contributions:
- Melody Sauceda, $301 for Adopt-a-Cow
- DHARMA Foundation, $40 for Adopt-a-Cow
- Jonelle Deblanc, $25 for books
- Prabhu Kothapalli, $11 for prasadam
- Madhavadas Prabhu, $27 for prasadamOur sincere apologies if you have given a kind donation and we have inadvertently forgotten to thank you.
As spring turns gradually to summer, work is proceeding apace in our three-acre vegetable garden. The photo shows Bhakta Kyle working on the garden with some New Talavan community children. As you can see, the plants are growing rapidly, and the garden is already supplying greens to the Deities' kitchen. We recently transplanted many seedlings from our hothouse. So far we have planted:
• 15 rows of corn
• 48 red & green bell pepper plants
• 9 rows of okra
• 30 hot chili plants
• 4 rows of watermelon
• 3 rows of potatoes
• 1 row of butternut squash
• 2 rows of honeydew melon
• 2 rows of zucchini squash
• 2 rows of peas
• 2 rows of eggplant
• 3 rows of cucumbers
• 78 tomato plants
• 1 row of cantaloupe
For some time, the New Talavan community has needed nice guest accommodations. Both visiting devotees and members of our expanding congregation would benefit from having a comfortable guest facility. The Guesthouse Project is chaired by Mother Maharani, who envisions a 10-room building with courtyard and other amenities. She estimates the total budget for the two-year project at around $300,000. The photo at right shows devotees discussing the location and vastu alignment of the proposed guesthouse (l. to r.: Dasanudas Vanacari, Yogindra Vandana, Bhakta Kyle, Mother Kalindi and Prahlada-Nrsimha). The photo below shows Dasanudas and Yogindra examining the platte drawing of New Talavan building sites.We know many of our congregation members have experience managing hotels and other guest facilities. We would appreciate your input and suggestions for our guesthouse. Please feel free to contact Mother Maharani (601 347-1672) or Dasanudas Prabhu with your thoughtful suggestions and experienced ideas. The next item on the project agenda is to purchase computer software for detailed site planning, construction design and estimation. This will save $5-10,000 over hiring an architect to do the planning and working drawings.
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 they will be shipped to your home. Please visit our bookstore at www.newtalavana.org/store.New titles just added include the one-volume editions of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The new edition of Krsna Book is especially impressive, with a handsome, gold-trimmed dust jacket and 77 all-new illustrations by Devaki dasi. The new Caitanya-caritamrta fills a need for devotees who want the convenience of a one-volume edition of this profound devotional classic. At 1600 pages, it's not exactly lightweight, but it is printed on thin but durable 'Bible paper' that makes it a pleasure to read. All the color plates from the original 16-volume set are included.
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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