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Clearing Life's Webs and Weeds….

The Kuli Mela Bug Spreads

Below is an article written by  and posted at the ISKCON News Weekly website on August 23rd, 2008.

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August 23, 2008 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, Kulimela, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

2008 Los Angeles Gurukuli Reunion

   

 

Below is a review written by Kamal Vyas (above, left) about the 2008 Los Angeles Gurukuli Reunion, held on August 1st & 2nd, 2008. 

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August 18, 2008 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, Kulimela, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

In Memoriam – Jahnavi Jennifer Haggard

Below is a eulogy to Jahnavi Haggard written by Anuttama dasa, ISKCON Governing Body Commissioner Minister of Communication, and posted at the Dandavats Website on August 11th, 2008.

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August 12, 2008 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, Kulimela, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

Former Leader of Children of Krishna (CKI) Passes Away

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a eulogy to Jahnavi Haggard written by Anuttama dasa, former Chair Person for Children of Krishna, Inc., and posted at the Dandavats Website on August 11th, 2008.

 

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August 12, 2008 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, Kulimela, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

Departure of Jahnavi Haggard

Below is a eulogy to Jahnavi Haggard written by B. Radha Govinda dasi and posted at the Sampradaya Sun Website on August 11th, 2008.

 

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August 12, 2008 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

ISKCON’s Gurukula Experiment

 Srila Prabhupada with Children in Dallas

Below is a letter written by Srila Prabhupada to Satsvarupa Maharaja in 1973 wherein Prabhupada wrote the now well known statement that the children in Gurukula “are the future hope of our Society.” This was the source of the name for “Project Future Hope,” which was inaugurated in 1992 by a few GBC members, concerned individuals and the organizers of Gurukula Alumni, Inc. It was a program designed to match members of the first generation with members of the second generation for the purposes of training and employment. With little, or no, real funding and support it was a sincere, but short lived effort.

Another key phrase in the letter is where Srila Prabhupada wrote, “I am concerned that the Gurukula experiment should come out nicely.” As Prabhupada indicated, and history has shown, the gurukulas were an attempt at applying certain ideals and no one knew if they would be a success or failure. Unfortunately, for the most part, the gurukulas of ’70s and ’80s ended up being the latter. While it would be incomplete and disingenuous to describe the ashrams as totally bad, lots of negative things did happen and those experiences are still affecting and impacting people today. The bottom line is that there is still much unresolved in regards to the “Gurukula Experiment” and that dealing with the after effects will be a life-long effort for all involved.

Anyhow, lately I have been intentionally using the term “ISKCON’s Gurukula Experiment” in correspondence and conversation and a few people have asked where and how I came up with that saying. So, for the record, Srila Prabhupada’s letter (below) is the inspiration and source of the term. I find it an accurate and appropriate description for ISKCON’s Gurukulas, at least those of the ’70s and ’80s.

 

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August 8, 2008 Posted by | Education, Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, Prabhupada, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

European “Kulis” Unite at Belgium’s Radhadesh Castle

 

Below is an article written by  and posted at the ISKCON News Weekly website on August 2nd, 2008.

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August 7, 2008 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, Kuli Mela, Kulimela, New Vrindaban, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

   

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