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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.”

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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

KM13 Germany

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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Kulimela Australia: Live Webcast from the Bhajan Kutir!

The time for Kulimela Australia is finally here!

The latest report from Nitai Durr, one of the main organizers:

“The weather is perfect, no issues with floods, forecast is great and the schedule is JAM-PACKED with Entertainment, Activities, Sports, PRASADAM & KIRTAN!”

Festival Dates: Monday, January 3rd thru Sunday January 9th 2011.

If weather and internet connection permits, there will be daily LIVE webcasts from the Bhajan Kutir and evening entertainment throughout the course of the week long festival! CLICK HERE for a connection to the broadcast via Ustream.

Kirtan is scheduled to start 9 am and go to 7 pm, local time in Brisbane, Australia. This converts, for example, to 6 pm through 4 am EST USA. In London this will be 11 pm to 9 am. To convert the time difference to your location, CLICK HERE.

Stay tuned for more details and schedules.

Thanks to Sitapati prabhu and crew for working to make this happen.

January 3, 2011 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, 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

KulimeLA 2009: Bhajan Kutir – Listen & Download Digital Recordings

In anticipation of the upcoming Kulimela Australia festival, the KM09: Bhajan Kutir CDs – Volumes 1, 2 & 3 are now available for complimentary listening and downloading.

CLICK HERE to listen and download free MP3 digital copies. Add them to your playlist today!

This selection of heartfelt kirtans was recorded live in the KM09 Bhajan Kutir at the ISKCON New Dwarka Temple in Los Angeles CA, USA.

These volumes are lovingly presented by the following kirtaniyas:

Volume 1: Kishori Mohan, Sudevi Dasi, Gaura Mani, Ananta Vrindavan, Vijay Krsna, Rasika Dasi & more…

Volume 2: Kalindi Dasi, Arjuna Dasa, Abhay Dasa, Visvambhar Dasa (Mayapuris), Gaura Vani (As Kindred Spirits) & more…

Volume 3: Krishna Kishora (Mayapuris), Radhanath Swami, Bada Haridas, Aniruddha Dasa, Gopal Krishna Dasa & more…

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.”

Additional thanks and credits to: Vrindavan Favors as Bhajan Kutir organizer * Los Angeles ISKCON New Dwarka Community as gracious hosts * Szymon Potynski & Rasikananda Fitch for graphic designs * Jaya Balarama dasa as sound engineer * Rupa Schomaker for recording, editing and mastering the tracks * Kamal Vyas & Chaits Walker as producers.

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.

C + P 2009 Kuli Mela Association. All rights reserved.

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, 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

Countdown to Kulimela Australia

Countdown to Kulimela Australia

Originally posted by the ISKCON News Staff at the ISKCON News website on December 17th, 2010.

The local Australian Gurukulis are putting together a Kulimela event which will be a spiritual gathering of Gurukulis from all over the world focused on bringing everyone together, making connections and friends, inspiring and helping one another in including Krishna in their lives.

Kulimela Australia will be drug and alcohol free and will be packed with productive seminars focusing on Health and Medicine, Business and Management, Spiritual and Community Development, and Arts and Entertainment.

There will be discussions, bhajans, temple programs, japa walks, sports and various other activities. It will be held on New Govardhana and it has the support and backing of the temple management and many senior devotees and Srila Prabhupada disciples.

It is open to all devotees and Gurukulis from all over the world and will coincide with the New Govardhana Farm Festival, running from the 27th of December 2010 to the 9th of January 2011.

The first week of this will be an opportunity for the Aussies to show the guests a bit of their beautiful country and culture. There will be daily excursions to local attractions, beaches and national parks, bush walking, japa walking, bhajans, sports, prasadam and getting to know each other activities.

The second week will be broken up in to two parts: The first three days will be a Krishna culture healing music festival and the second four days will be the official Kulimela part of the festival with a full schedule of seminars, arts, spirituality and entertainment. There will be a number of local and international artists such as Gaura Vani and the Ghost Brothers.

For more information visit: http://www.kulimela.com.au/about.html

December 21, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, 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

Kulimela Australia: Countdown…

December 14, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, Gurukuli Reunion, Gurukuli Websites, Hare Krishna, ISKCON, ISKCON Youth, Kirtan, Krishna, Kuli, Kuli Mela, Kuli Mela Association, Kuli Mela Association - Alachua Chapter, Kulimela, Kulimela Australia, New Govardhan, Prabhupada, Vaishnava, Vaishnava Websites, Vaishnava Youth | Leave a comment

Festival of the Holy Name: Catch it Live! Day 1

Festival of the Holy Name

A message from Gaura Shakti, one of the organizers:

We have been doing kirtan for SIX nights…and we’re only getting started! The 24 hours of kirtan begins Friday at 9 AM (EST USA). Come early to hear the morning lecture on how to absorb yourself in chanting the Holy Name. Then, there will be an invocation ceremony before 9 AM. Bada Haridas Prabhu will begin the kirtan in the tent setup outside. Bring your friends, family, and, of course, yourself to immerse your soul in the vibration of the Maha-Mantra. Hare Krishna!

CLICK HERE to tune-in for the LIVE webcast.

Here’s the updated schedule:

FRIDAY, November 26th 2010:

8:30 AM – Invocation Ceremony

9:00 AM – Bada Haridas Dasa

10:00 AM – Acyutananda Dasa

10:30 AM – Gaura Sakti Dasa

11:00 AM – Bhakti-lata Dasi

11:30 AM – Anapayini Dasi

12:00 PM – Chakrini Dasi

1:00 PM – Sughosh Dasa

1:45 PM – Jagannath-kirtan Dasa

2:30 PM – Purusartha Dasa

3:00 PM – Madhava Dasa (Alachua)

3:30 PM – Sarvatma Dasa

4:30 PM – Karnamrita Dasi

5:15 PM – Chaytanya Nitai Dasi

6:00 PM – Radhika Dasi

7:00 PM – Madhava Dasa (Switzerland)

8:00 PM – The Mayapuris

SATURDAY, November 27th 2010:

9:00 AM – The Mayapuris

9:45 AM – Nagaraja Dasa

10:30 AM – Mahatma Dasa

11:00 AM – Lilananda Dasa

11:30 AM – Radhika-ramana Dasa

12:00 PM – Bhadra Dasa

12:30 PM – Ladies bhajan group (Rucira Dasi, Parijata Dasi, Vrindavanesvari Dasi, and others)

2:00 PM – Karnamrita Dasi

3:00 PM – Ananta Vrindavan Dasa

4:00 PM – Manu Dasa

5:00 PM – Chakrini Dasi

6:00 PM – Bada Haridas Dasa

7:00 PM – Madhava Dasa (Switzerland)

November 26, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, 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 Youth | Leave a comment

Festival of the Holy Name: Audio Recordings From Night 5

 

Festival of the Holy Name:

From Night 5, November 24th at the home of Govinda Romero in Alachua, Florida:

1. Link to an audio recording of Chakrini Devi leading Hari Haraya Namaha prayers.

2. Link to an audio recording of Visvambhar Sheth leading a Hare Krishna Maha Mantra kirtan.

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

Thanks to Govinda Cordua for posting the audio recordings.

November 25, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, 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: 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: Last Day For Deep Discounted Preregistrations…

G-day/Haribol!

It’s great to see a large amount of people taking advantage of our special – This makes for one very happy Coordinator! 

TONIGHT IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET ADULTS @ CHILD’S PRICE! ENDS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, NOVEMBER 14th, 2010 !!!! SO DONT MISS OUT!!!!

This means you can register for AU $64 per week. 

Pre-registration will then go to AU $108 (early-bird) until NOV 30th!

From DEC 1, Adult Pre-registration will go to $128, and if you wait until the date of the festival it will most likely be a higher rate again.

So get pre-registered and save!

Can’t wait to see you all there…

www.kulimela.com.au – go to “bookings” page.

Haribol,

Y.S. Nitai – Festival Coordinator

“Any questions – Just Ask! I look forward to serving you all.”


November 14, 2010 Posted by | Bhajan, Bhajan Kutir, Gurukula, Gurukula Alumni, Gurukuli, 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

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

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