“Nanda Maharaja was a farm man. He is agriculture and cows. The mercantile people, the vaisya community, they are recommended three things: krsi-go-raksya-vanijyam [Bg. 18.44]. Krsi means agriculture, and go-raksya means cow protection, and vanijyam means trade. So Nanda Maharaja belonged to the vaisya community. So he was well-to-do man, very rich man, and he had 900,000 cows. 900,000 cows he was protecting. Formerly, according to Vedic civilization, a man was considered to be rich man in proportion of his stock of grains and livestock, cows. That’s all. Dhanyena dhanavan. A man was considered to be rich man if he has sufficient quantity of grains in his possession. Similarly, if one has sufficient number of cows in his possession, he was considered rich man. Not that bank balance. There was no such bank, neither this paper money. They actually possessing the foodstuff and milk. And actually this is economic solution. If you have got sufficient milk, then you can make so many nice nutritious, full of vitamin values, preparations and grains. There is no question of economic starvation if you have got simply grains and cows.” — Govardhana-puja Lecture, New York, 1966.
Thursday, June 2 is Apara Ekadasi. Fasting from grains and beans (Break fast next day 5:00-9:39). Lord Sri Krsna said, "O King, this Ekadasi is so sublime and meritorious that even the greatest sins can be erased by its potency. O great king, the name of this unlimitedly meritorious Ekadasi is Apara Ekadasi. Whoever fasts on this holy day becomes famous all over the universe. Even such sins as killing a brahmana, a cow, or an embryo; blasphemy; or having sex with another man's wife are completely eradicated by observing Apara Ekadasi. In other words, Apara Ekadasi is an axe that cuts down the fully matured tree of sinful deeds, it is a forest fire that burns sins as if they were firewood, it is the sun blazing before one's dark misdeeds, and it is a lion stalking the meek deer of impiety. Therefore, O Yudhisthira, whoever truly fears his past and present sins must observe Apara Ekadasi. very strictly. One who does not observe this fast must be born again in the material world, like one bubble among millions in a huge body of water, or like a small ant among all other species." [Brahmanda Purana]
Sunday, June 5 is the regular New Talavan Sunday Feast Program beginning at 11:30 AM. See our website for directions.
A grand festival commemorating the 30th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's visit to New Orleans and New Talavan will take place on Thursday, July 28. The New Talavan section of the festival will take place on Friday, July 29 (Kamika
Ekadasi). The festival will re-enact Srila Prabhupada's pastimes while visiting in New Orleans and New Talavan in 1975. The theme of the festival is "Cooperate to Commemorate Srila Prabhupada." The New Orleans program will be as follows:
- Abhisheka of Srila Prabhupada murti
- Srila Prabhupada Katha by devotees who were present
- One of the world's truly great feasts
- French Quarter horse & buggy procession with kirtan
- Evening public block party or park party or rented hall
- Play: "Lord Caitanya and the Kazi"
- Next day caravan to New Talavan with Srila Prabhupada murtiNew Talavan Program on Sunday, July 31:
Everyone is cordially invited to attend, especially all devotees who have ever served in New Orleans or New Talavan ISKCON. Fundraising for the festival is starting already. The estimated budget of the New Talavan portion of the festival is $4,700.
- Maha-Abhisheka of New Orleans, New Talavan and Prabhupadanuga Srila Prabhupada murtis
- Bullock cart procession with murtis on route of Srila Prabhupada's walk. Recording of walk will be played at places where conversations took place.
- Best Ekadasi feast in the three worlds, including yucca bread
- Children's play: "Talavan & Dhenukasura"
- Srila Prabhupada Katha by devotees who were present
- Fireworks with recording of Srila Prabhupada kirtan
- Initiation of New Talavan Srila Prabhupada Walk Memorial project
Sunday Feast Sponsorship
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:
- Gokula-Ranjana Prabhu, $650 for sponsoring liming the pasture used by our largest herd.
- Candrabanu Prabhu, $200 for sponsoring liming the pasture used by our largest herd.Our sincere apologies if you have given a kind donation and we have inadvertently forgotten to thank you.
Bhakti-Vrksha NewsBhakti-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 siteand contact Dasanudas Prabhu or Mother Maharani at 601 347-1672.
Donations NeededNew 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!
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