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Second Generation Drift From Hare Krishna Movement

Second Generation Drift From Hare Krishna Movement Many In The U.S.-born Second Generation Are Leaving The Cloistered Life For More Mainstream Pursuits.

By Kristin Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Posted: January 16, 1995

Gabe and Rupa Deadwyler, brothers born and raised in the Hare Krishna movement, recall their first unsteady steps outside the tightly prescribed lifestyle demanded by their faith.

Rupa, now 17, endured the taunts of his elementary school mates, who couldn’t understand a child who had never experienced television and did not know the words to “Jingle Bells.”

As a teenager, Gabe, now 24, hid his background from classmates and co- workers, retreating to the company of other Krishna children with whom he experienced a series of firsts – first cigarette, first beer, first “high.”

“A lot of people assumed that by us growing up in it, it would be such a great thing because we were exposed to it so young, and we would stay in it forever,” said Gabe, a Navy ensign whose parents live in Mount Airy. “But among the kids I know, a lot of them aren’t doing the temple thing.”

For the first time, the 29-year-old United States-based Hare Krishna movement is facing a dilemma confronted by many religions – how to keep its youngest members from losing faith.

It is likely to be one of the most sobering challenges of the movement’s short history in this country, a problem that is particularly acute because the Hare Krishna movement remains very much outside the mainstream of U.S. culture and religious beliefs.

“For all very marginal groups, it becomes very difficult when kids realize that there is a society out there and if they remain in the group, they remain outside of the society,” said Stephen N. Dunning, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hare Krishna is a monotheistic branch of the Hindu religion that was brought to the United States from India in 1965 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Devotees believe that Krishna is God and seek to purify their bodies and minds to allow a spiritual relationship with God.

In the mid-1970s, there were between 5,000 and 10,000 devotees who lived a monastic life in U.S. and Canadian temples. Followers became known for their shaved heads, saffron-colored robes, drum- and cymbal-backed chanting on street corners, and solicitation in airports. Currently, there are about 50,000 devotees.

Most are congregational members who live and work outside the temple. They are less visible than in the past, choosing to forgo religious robes and shaved scalps. Many are immigrants from India.

The movement directs adherents to not eat meat; to avoid gambling and using intoxicants, including alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and caffeine; to engage in sex only within the confines of marriage, and then only on the day of the month when a woman is most fertile.

Strict devotees chant their mantras 1,728 times daily or 16 times on each of 108 japa beads, which are similar to rosary beads.

“As long as it’s expected that the stricter lifestyle is the only standard, it will be hard for the movement to keep a majority of its young people,” said Chaitanya Mangala dasa, former editor of a publication aimed at second-generation devotees.

There are approximately 500 to 1,000 second-generation Hare Krishnas ranging in age from 16 to 30 in the United States and Canada, Chaitanya said.

Most are in college, getting jobs, starting new families, and minimally involved in temple life.

Gabe and Rupa Deadwyler describe their participation as marginal.

Neither has taken the vows of the Hare Krishna movement, as their father, Ravindra Svarupa dasa, and mother, Saudamani, did 24 years ago as a young married couple living in Germantown. Yet both young men say that many of the faith’s teachings are deeply ingrained.

“I don’t think I believe that chanting ‘Hare Krishna,’ shaving your head and moving into a Krishna temple is the best and only way, but I also know that I’m not an average American. I’m definitely in the counterculture,” said Gabe, whose Sanskrit name is Yudhisthira, meaning “steady in battle.”

Gabe and Rupa’s parents, whose given names are William H. and Constance Jean Deadwyler, live in the Mount Airy temple that is the Philadelphia headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Ravindra, who joined the movement while studying for his Ph.D. in religion at Temple, is a member of the group’s international Governing Body Commission, and supervises temples in the east/central zone of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The couple are strict devotees who wear traditional Krishna garb. Their sons are indistinguishable from most of their non-Krishna peers, right down to the holes in their jeans and socks.

“Like any parent, the idea is to raise a child, teach them slowly to be more and more independent, and that involves making their own choices,” said Saudamani. “When they are in our buildings, they have to follow the rules of ISKCON, but they are free citizens.”

Rupa, a student at Saul High School for Agricultural Science in Roxborough, lives in the temple with his parents. Gabe is stationed in Mayport, Fla.

His decision to join the armed forces was more practical than anything else – he wanted to get an ROTC scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. Besides, he had seen the movie Top Gun and wanted to fly jets. The fact that his grandfather was an Army colonel probably had something to do with his choice, but Gabe isn’t sure how much.

“It’s very difficult to say you’re joining the Navy,” Gabe said. “I know some kids who started doing stuff that wasn’t necessarily part of being a devotee and their parents flipped out, and their relationship just fell apart. My parents haven’t done anything like that.”

As for following Krishna tenets, Gabe says that although he is vegetarian, in general, he “doesn’t follow the rules or go to temple,” but adds that he is on a spiritual quest.

Both Gabe and Rupa attended gurukulas, Hare Krishna boarding schools.

Typically, Krishna children are sent to same sex-schools at age 5, and live there most of their adolescent and teen years, said Burke Rochford, a sociology professor at Middlebury College, and author of Hare Krishna in America. Students have little contact with their parents during their years at the gurukulas.

During the 1980s, when many of the second-generation Krishnas were attending school, the movement went through its darkest times in the United States. It was plagued by internal political disputes, a dogged anti-cult movement, scandals and allegations of abuse that focused on the schools themselves. The result was a short-term loss of faith for some and a more lingering disillusionment for others.

“We had a lot of problems that were the product of immaturity of people who joined the movement,” said Ravindra, who helped to lead a reform movement that took over the Governing Body Commission in the late 1980s.

Neither of the Deadwyler brothers says he is disillusioned. They describe their boarding-school experience as a lesson in austerity – students lived in bare rooms with little more than a clothes trunk and a straw floor mat for sleeping in summer and a quilt for winters.

Students rose at 3:30 a.m. for a program of chanting, meditation and lecture, followed by breakfast, chores, academic and religion classes, and vocational training.

“It gave me a real foundation,” Gabe said. “A simple life is the best life. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need Nintendo to be happy.”

Gabe attended the school until he was 16.

Rupa left earlier, having grown tired of the rigor and constant fighting with his schoolmates. He rejoined his parents and began his secular school life in the third grade.

The transition from gurukula to life outside the faith was made with varying degrees of success, second-generation members say.

Gabe and Rupa’s adjustment was marked by periods of being ostracized, or feeling the need to hide their background. At 24, Gabe has never had a steady girlfriend. He isn’t sure if it is his upbringing or “dumb luck.”

But once introduced to pop culture, neither could get enough. Gabe says he overdosed on television and Madonna. A friend of Rupa’s gave him his first television, and his first movie, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, scared him to death.

The brothers are uncertain about their spiritual future. They value the Krishna consciousness with which they were raised, but neither is sure where they will end up.

Scholars, second-generation Krishnas and the movement’s leaders say the challenge is to provide alternatives and programs for young people.

“If you ban offer jobs and culture within the movement, they won’t want to go somewhere else. And right now, the choices are limited,” Ravindra said.

But many see hope in the evolution of the Krishna movement. Economic difficulties have forced followers out of the temple and into the workforce. The movement is based less on a communal, monastic temple life and more on a congregational one, where devotees live and work in a secular world and come to temple to worship. That could be, Chaitanya says, more attractive to young people.

“If there is a religion I choose, this will be it,” Rupa said. “I think it’s superior to others out there. But I don’t know if I’ll follow it the same way my mom and dad do.”

May 31, 2013 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Krishna, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Youth | , , , , | Leave a comment

Second Generation to Share and Inspire at German Kulimela

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Second Generation to Share and Inspire at German Kulimela

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 3 May 2013

Between 300 and 500 gurukulis—members of ISKCON’s second generation—are expected to gather at this year’s Kuli Mela in Germany from August 7th to 11th.

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Festival of the Holy Name: Audio Recordings From Nights 3 & 4

Festival of the Holy Name!

From Night 3, November 22nd:

Link to an audio recording of Radhika dasi leading kirtan at Radha Govinda Mandir, Alachua, Florida.

From Night 4, November 23rd.

Link to an audio recording of Madhava dasa leading kirtan outside the homes of Govinda Syer and Tosan Krishna prabhus in Alachua, Florida.

Thanks to Govinda Cordua for posting the recordings.


November 24, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kuli Mela Association - Alachua Chapter, Kulimela, New Raman Reti, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

Festival of the Holy Name: First Evening Audio Recordings


Festival of the Holy Name

From Night 1, Saturday November 20th:

Link to an audio recording of Anapayani dasi leading Damodarastakam prayers.

Link to an extended audio recording of Madhava dasa leading a Hare Krishna Maha Mantra kirtan.

Upcoming Night 2, Sunday November 21st:

For night 2, the last day of Kartik, please join the live kirtan webcast, from the ISKCON Alachua Temple Room, starting at 4:15 pm and again at 6:00 pm EST on Krishna.com.

November 21, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kuli Mela Association - Alachua Chapter, Kulimela, New Raman Reti, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

Festival of the Holy Name: 24 Hours Is Not Enough!

Festival of the Holy Name: 24 hours of kirtan is not enough! Dedicated Kirtaniyas are coming from all over the world and we won’t have the capacity to feature them in only 24 hours. But don’t despair! We have other evenings of kirtan planned with kirtan leaders such as Bada Haridas, Madhava dasa, Chakrini devi, Karnamrita dasi, the Mayapuris, and many more…

Below are some scheduling details:

Saturday, Nov. 20th: Kartik celebration and Bhajans at Ragunath and Yamuna’s house (possible bonfire). 

Sunday, Nov. 21st: Last day of Kartik with Bhajans at the Alachua Temple.

Monday, Nov. 22nd: Bhajans at Nalinikantha and Ratnesvari’s house (Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir).

Tuesday, Nov. 23rd: Bhajans at Toshan Krishna’s and Govinda Syer’s properties, with a bonfire.

Wednesday, Nov. 24th: Gurukuli Bhajans at Govinda Romero’s house (previously the Girl’s Ashram).

Thursday, Nov. 25th: Bhajans at the Temple for Thanksgiving (possible, not confirmed).

Then of course the actual Festival of the Holy Name event with 24 hours of kirtan on Friday and Saturday, November 26th & 27th!

For night 2, please join the live Kirtan webcast starting at 4:15 pm and 6:00 pm EST on Sunday, November 21st, the last day of Kartik! There will be a live chat accompanying the webcast on Krishna.com: http://www.krishna.com/alachua

November 21, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela Association, Kuli Mela Association - Alachua Chapter, New Raman Reti, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

Kulimela Australia: Limited Time Registration Discount

I’m going to keep this short and sweet!

It’s time to get excited as we are only 7 WEEKS AWAY from Kulimela Australia!

The dates are from the 27th of December 2010 through the 9th of January 2011, with the 4 day Kulimela part running from Thursday the 6th of January to Sunday the 9th.

You have only until Nov 14th to register yourself at the discounted “Child’s” booking rate.

This means AU $64 per week, which is almost half off the regular adult registration fee (AU $108).

We are on track to set the standard of these events with world class Kirtan leaders and the ideal location. Plus, of course, Seminars, Workshops, Japa Walks, Kuli Association, Sports Activities, Arts,  Fashion, Music, Performances & Amazing Prasadam!

For all you internationals, there has never been a better time to come to Australia. Please, come for Kulimela!

Please RSVP now to let us know you’re coming and pay your registration at www.kulimela.com.au.

Your Friend & Servant,

Nitai – Festival Coordinator

“Any questions – Just ask! I look forward to meeting you all!”

November 10, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Kulimela Australia, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | 2 Comments

KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Volume 3 CD now available at Krishna.com!

KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Volume 3 CD is now available from the Kuli Mela Outlet @ Krishna.com!

Heartfelt Kirtans with Krishna Kishor & Visvambhar (Mayapuris), Radhanath Swami, Bada Haridas, Aniruddha das, Gopal Krishna and more…

These Kirtans were recorded live in the KulimeLA 2009 Bhajan Kutir at the ISKCON New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles California.

CLICK HERE to hear previews of the tracks and to check out the growing Kuli Mela video and audio selections…

In ancient Sanskrit, “Kirtan” is the sacred, joyful, and spontaneous congregational singing and dancing for the glorification of God. A “Bhajan Kutir” is a special place dedicated to Kirtans. “Kuli” refers to a member of a “Community” and “Mela” means “Festive Gathering.” Combined, “Kuli Mela” tranforms into “A Celebration of Community.”

The Kuli Mela Association is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving an international community by supporting and encouraging its members to come together in service, association and empowerment, with a strong emphasis on spirituality. All proceeds from the sale of this album go to Kuli Mela Association and help facilitate future gatherings and recordings. Please support us by purchasing this album!

November 7, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

Kulimela Australia!

October 19, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Kulimela Australia, New Govardhan, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

Countdown to Kulimela Australia 2010/11

Fellow Kulis, Vaishnava youth, devotees of Krsna, and associates,

Kulimela France has come and gone and by all reports it was an excellent gathering so congratulations to the entire team who organised and pulled off that event and made it what it was, and to all of the people who attended and participated in it.

It is now time to start looking forward to the Australian Mela at the end of this year/start of next year. It is not too early to start planning ahead for your journey down under and now would be a great time to book flights as there are a number of very cheap flights available ($1000 return from LA as an example) so it would be wise to book early to save your dollars to give you more spending money for when you’re over here.

Just a reminder that the Kulimela week will be from the 3rd to the 9th of Jan 2011 while the week before that (27th of Dec to 2nd of Jan) will be packed with tours and adventures and give everyone a chance to get to know each other while exploring this beautiful country. There will be day trips to the pristine beaches, a trip to the national parks, local wildlife adventures, bushwalking, sightseeing and a number of other activities to keep you entertained while the international Kulis get over their jet lag and acclimatise to our wonderful summer.

We would like to encourage people to come in that first week as it will be a great way to begin to get to know each other and an easy way for you to see some of the local attractions. A full schedule for both weeks will be announced shortly but so far our plans for the first week are:

Monday the 27th of December – Registration, relaxation

Tuesday the 28th of December – A day trip to beautiful Byron Bay with options for surfing lessons, snorkelling or scuba diving

Wednesday the 29th of December – A trip to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you will get an opportunity to get up close and personal with Australia’s unique wildlife, followed by a trip to the nearby rock pools for a refreshing swim.

Thursday the 30th of December – Climb nearby Mt Warning – an extinct volcano with spiritual significance to the local Aboriginal people.

Friday the 31st of December – A trip up to the sunny Gold Coast with opportunities to check out many of the pristine beaches, Surfers Paradise, and the nearby theme parks followed by bhajans on the beach through till midnight to bring in the new year in an auspicious manner.

We have many exciting plans and special guests already for the Mela week, including; HG Dina Bhandu Prabhu, HG Sruti Kirti Prabhu, hopefully Radhannath Swami, cooking with Kurma workshops, valuable and relatable seminars, and a long list of quality entertainment and music with names such as: Gauravani, Sri Prahlad, The Ghost Brothers and Azitiz already confirmed as attending with many more local and international acts yet to be confirmed.

We would like to welcome people to start getting in early and expressing their interest to attend so that we can start to formulate a rough guide of numbers. If you have any special need or requirements or would like to arrange a particular level of accommodation, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can point you in the right direction. I have a list of local motels, hotels, hostels and caravan parks so if you would like to book accommodation at one of those places I suggest you get in early and let me know so I can pass the information on to you, or it’s all on the Kulimela Australia Facebook group page.

We still require a number of volunteers to head up different areas and we need representatives from all parts of the globe to help us promote this event. So if you would like to get involved in any way please let us know and we will be sure to put your talents to good use. Whether you would like to conduct a seminar or workshop, perform on stage, participate in the fashion show, put your art on display, sell your products, help man the registration booth, help out with decorating, sing some bhajans in the kutir, or help cook or distribute prasadam, any and all offers will be much appreciated and will contribute towards the overall success of this Mela.

This event is for us and by us so it is important for its success that we all get involved and help out where we can. It is about bringing us all together so even if you can not attend yourself it is a worthy cause so I would still encourage you to get involved in some way – even if it is just volunteering to put up a poster at your local temple.

We have a website in the final stages of production that should be up and running in the next week or two so once that is going we will upload all of the info to that and begin processing registrations. At this stage we are anticipating the festival fee to be AU$108 for the full week for the early birds with that price rising slightly as we get closer to the dates. So prepare to get in early and register as soon as possible.

We will send out a message once the website is running and once we figure out accommodation costs. The majority of the accommodation will be camping – in either small one or two man tents or bigger capacity 10 man ones, so if you require a higher level of accommodation, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can try and help you out.

I think that’s enough info for one day, and hope that you have read it all up to here.

Stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks as we finalise more of the details and please let us know of your attendance plans as soon as possible so that we can provide all of the facilities required for the number of people attending.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns.

Your servants,

the Kulimela Australia organisation team.

Advaita Chandra Das
advaitamyler@hotmail.com

For additional information and regular updates, please visit:

Kulimela Australia Facebook Page

Kuli Mela Association Facebook Page

September 5, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Kulimela Australia, New Govardhan, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | 3 Comments

KulimeLA 2009: The DVD – Now Available at Krishna.com!

KulimeLA 2009: The DVD is now available from the Kuli Mela Outlet @ Krishna.com!

CLICK HERE to watch a preview of the video and to check out the growing Kuli Mela video and audio selections…

In the ancient Sanskrit language, Kuli refers to a member of a community. Mela means a festive gathering. Combined, “Kuli Mela” transforms into “A Celebration of Community.”

The year 2009 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Gurukuli Reunion, an annual gathering of second-generation Hare Krishnas, known informally as Gurukulis, or Kulis.

Throughout this five-day festival, over one thousand Vaishnavas from around the world came together in an amazing cultural experience – called KulimeLA – to share, reflect, and appreciate what the Gurukulis have accomplished over the past 20 years.

This film offers a look at the events of the entire festival, including the highlights from the performances at the Ford Theater, The Rose of Vidarbha play, Art Show, Fashion Show, Seminars, Workshops, Bhajan Kutir and LA Ratha Yatra.

The Kuli Mela Association is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving an international community by supporting and encouraging its members to come together as friends in service, association and empowerment with an emphasis on spirituality.

August 14, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

21st Annual LA Gurukuli Reunion Schedule

July 30, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Gurukula, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Jagadish, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

21st Annual Los Angeles International Gurukuli Reunion

Following last year’s amazing breakthrough event: KulimeLA 2009 – 20th Anniversary of the Los Angeles International Gurukuli Reunion, we are proud to start a new tradition with our gatherings. Please join us on Saturday July 31st, the day before the Festival of the Chariots, to enjoy an afternoon of reconnecting with friends and enjoying the only 360° view of all metropolitan Los Angeles!

This year, the reunion will be held at a new park called Blair Hills Park, with a back trail entrance into a hilltop area with a spectacular view known as the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Entrance located off Jefferson Blvd. several blocks east of the original Culver Park on Duquesne Ave.

We will have an informal gathering, picnic, sports, activities for children, Bhajans, and Prasadam. Lunch will be provided at approximately 1:00 pm. The annual reunion photo will be at 3:00 pm at the Scenic Overlook, after which time all are invited for Harinam in Santa Monica at the Promenade after 5:00 pm; followed by an informal gathering at Dockweiler beach in Playa Del Rey for a bonfire, if there is sufficient interest.

Of course, Lord Jagannath is at the heart of our gatherings, so the following day is the 34th Annual Festival of the Chariots (Ratha Yatra) which will be held on Sunday, August 1st at Santa Monica and Venice Beaches.

All are welcome. The Reunion is free. Limited-edition reunion t-shirts will be given to anyone who volunteers a little of their time to help.

T-shirt designed by Mahanta prabhu and Rasikananda dasa.

Kuli Reunion organizers: Kamal Vyas, Sridevi Fournier, Ram Prasad & Shakuntala Zakheim.

This event is sponsored by the Kulimela Association, a 501(c) Non-profit organization dedicated to serving an international community by supporting and encouraging its members to come together as friends in service, association and empowerment with a focus on spirituality.

Please visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kulimela

July 28, 2010 Posted by | Gurukula, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

A Little Encouragement Goes a Long Way…

A Little Encouragement Goes a Long Way…

By Chaitanya Mangala dasa

In his article titled, “Mini Skirts… Skirting the Issue,” Kapila, one of the lead organizers of the Kuli Mela Association, eloquently and succinctly elaborates on the moods, mindsets and intentions behind the events. He also offers more details about the Gala Evening at the Ford Theater from KulimeLA 2009. Recently we released the Ford Theater video on the Internet and it seems an elaboration is needed to explain some of the deeper contexts of the Melas, and the 2009 Gala Evening in particular. There’s a lot of history contained in that video and it might be a challenge for some to understand and appreciate it without more information.

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July 28, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Gurukula, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

KulimeLA 2009: The Rose of Vidarbha – Krishna Kidnaps Rukmini

Click here to watch the video of “The Rose of Vidarbha – Krishna Kidnaps Rukmini.”

Rupa is graciously hosting all the Kuli Mela videos on his website.

Intrigue, heartache, deception, romance, humor, and triumph mark Krishna’s epic quest to marry His beautiful queen Rukmini and become King of Dwarka.

This artfully woven performance, which combines music, theater, and dance, was brought to life by a troupe of talented local Gurukulis on the steps of the ISKCON New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles, California.

This drama was recorded August 1, 2009, in front of 1,100 enthusiastic audience members and was a crowning jewel of KulimeLA 2009.

Click here to visit the Kuli Mela Outlet @ Krishna.com and to view the growing selection of Kuli Mela DVDs and CDs.

In the ancient Sanskrit language, Kuli refers to a member of a community. Mela means a festive gathering. Combined “Kuli Mela” transforms into “A Celebration of Community.”

The Kuli Mela Association is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving an international community by supporting and encouraging its members to come together as friends in service, association and empowerment.

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Gurukula, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Related Topics @ Other Sites, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kulimela, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

ISKCON’s 2nd Generation Go Green at French Kuli Mela

 

The chateau of New Mayapur in France

 

ISKCON’s 2nd Generation Go Green at French Kuli Mela

An article written by Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News and originally posted on July 9th, 2010.

This August, 350 “Kulis,” or members of ISKCON’s second generation, from France, England, Italy, Spain, Germany and Belgium will converge on the rural community of New Mayapur two hours south of Paris, France.

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