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Srila Prabhupada’s Vision For New Vrindaban (in his own words)

Srila Prabhupada’s Vision For New Vrindaban:

Compiled by Chaitanya Mangala Dasa

1. Cow Protection.

2. Sustainable Agriculture.

3. Simple Village Life.

4. A Place of Pilgrimage in the West.

5. A Place of Higher Learning.

6. Above All, a Place for People to Develop Their Love for Krishna.

1. Cow Protection:

“Krishna by His practical example taught us to give all protection to the cows and that should be the main business of New Vrindaban.” Letter to Hayagriva — 14 June, 1968

“Therefore the special feature of New Vrindaban will be cow protection, and by doing so, we shall not be loser.” Letter to Hayagriva — 14 June, 1968

“Therefore, my special request is that you should try to maintain as many cows as possible in your New Vrindaban.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 24 June, 1969

“The cow is so wonderful and valuable in society. But you should also use the bulls by engaging them in tilling the ground. People may call this the primitive way but it is very practical for engaging the bulls – have them work in cart loading, transporting, etc…” Letter to Kirtanananda — 7 January, 1974

“If you give the right protection to the cows, then they will give so much milk, that the ground of New Vrndaban will be muddy with milk.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 31 May, 1975

2. Sustainable Agriculture:

“The whole idea of New Vrindaban is that men who are living there should produce their own food, of which milk is the principal thing.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 31 July, 1969

“So these duties are there in New Vrindaban, and we shall have to live there self independently, simply by raising cows, grains, fruits, and flowers.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 12 January, 1969

“Agriculture and protecting cows, this is the main business of the residents of Vrindavan, and above all simply loving Krsna.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 27 July, 1973

3. Simple Village Life:

“Yukta Vairagya, means that we should simply accept the bare necessities of our material part of life, and try to save time for spiritual advancement. This should be the motto of New Vrindaban.” Letter to Hayagriva — 14 June, 1968

“It may be an ideal village where the residents will have plain living and high thinking.” Letter to Hayagriva — 14 June, 1968

“New Vrindaban does not require to be modernized because Krishna’s Vrindaban is transcendental village.” Letter to Hayagriva — 14 June, 1968

“Go on acquiring the surrounding lands and in this way we will establish a local self-governing village and show all the world a practical example of spiritual life as Krishna Himself exhibited in Vrindaban.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 27 July, 1973

4. A Place of Pilgrimage in the West:

“I understand the spot is very beautiful, and the hills may be renamed as New Govardhana. And if there are lakes, they can be renamed as Syamakunda and Radhakunda.”  Letter to Hayagriva — 14 June, 1968

“New Vrindaban should be taken up very seriously because actually I want to develop a replica of Old Vrindaban. I have got ambition to construct there 7 temples as follows: 1. Radha Madan Mohan, 2. Radha Govinda, 3. Radha Gopinatha, 4. Radha Damodara, 5. Radha Raman, 6. Radha Gokulananda, 7. Radha Syamasundara.” Letter to Hayagriva — 18 November, 1968

“So you have now taken charge of the sunrise of New Vrindaban. Our program is there for constructing seven temples.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 12 January, 1969

“Now I am hopeful that our New Vrindaban will be an exact replica of Vrindaban in India.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 18 February, 1970

“Therefore, I may once more request you to try your best to construct New Vrindaban an exact duplicate of Vrindaban, and that will give me the highest pleasure.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 18 February, 1970

5. A Place of Higher Learning:

“One Rupanuga Vidyapitha—that is a school for educating brahmanas and Vaisnavas.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 12 January, 1969

“You remark that in New Vrindaban the capacity is lacking for taking care of the children. If you can organize a higher level school of theology under your care, I shall very much appreciate it.” Letter to Rupanuga — 24 July, 1969

“Another important thing is our theistic school in New Vrindaban.” Letter to Hayagriva — 9 March, 1970

“Regarding using New Vrindaban land for building for the older Gurukula boys it is a very good idea.” Letter to Bali-mardana — 13 April, 1974

6. Above All, a Place for People to Develop Their Love for Krishna: 

“Agriculture and protecting cows, this is the main business of the residents of Vrindavan, and above all simply loving Krsna. Letter to Kirtanananda — 27 July, 1973

“The cows, the trees, the cowherd men and gopis, their chief engagement was loving Krsna, and in New Vrindaban we want to create this atmosphere and thereby show the whole world how practical and sublime our movement is.” Letter to Kirtanananda — 27 July, 1973


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May 23, 2011 Posted by | As It Is, Education, Hare Krishna, India, ISKCON, Krishna, New Vrindaban, Philosophy, Prabhupada, Uncategorized, Vaishnava | Leave a comment

The Brahmana & The Prostitute

The Brahmana and the Prostitute

Once, in a peaceful village, there lived a scholarly brahmana (priest). Opposite his home, there lived a prostitute.

As a daily observance, the brahmana would sit in his doorway and recite the Gita. Meanwhile, across the street, the prostitute would tend to her business.

As the years passed, the brahmana grew ever more disturbed by the prostitute. “Just see how lowly she is.” he would think to himself and continue with his recitation.

It so happened that both the brahmana and the prostitute died at the same time. To the brahmana’s surprise, the Vishnuduttas (the Lord of Heaven’s messengers) came to deliver the prostitute while the Yamadutas (the Lord of Death’s messengers) came for him. “What is this?” he protested. “There must be some mistake!”

Both the Yamaduttas and the Visnuduttas replied, “My dear brahmana, there is no mistake. While you were busy meditating on the lowly activities of the prostitute, she listened to you recite the Gita and prayed that she could one day elevate herself to your position. In this way the prostitute achieved liberation while you only degraded yourself.”

August 11, 2007 Posted by | As It Is, Hare Krishna, India, Philosophy | Leave a comment

On Matters of Faith ….

Humourous Rabbi     Sikha

A Hare Krishna Monk and a Jewish Rabbi were sitting next to each other on an airplane.

After a while, the Monk turned to the Rabbi and asked, “Is it a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?”

The Rabbi responded, “Yes, that is one of our beliefs.”

The Monk then asked, “Have you ever eaten pork?”

To which the Rabbi replied,”Yes, on one occasion I did succumb to temptation and tasted a ham sandwich.”

The Monk nodded in understanding and went on with his reading.

A while later, the Rabbi spoke up and asked the Monk, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you remain celibate?”

The Monk replied, “Yes,  it is one of the four regulative principles we follow.”

The Rabbi then asked him, “Have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?

The Monk replied, “Yes, Rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith.”

The Rabbi nodded understandingly and remained silent, thinking for a few minutes.

Finally, the Rabbi said, “Sure beats the hell out of a ham sandwich, doesn’t it?”

September 22, 2006 Posted by | Hare Krishna, Humor, Philosophy | 2 Comments

Pathways To Bliss

Pathways to Bliss Joseph Campbell    

“When people get excited about the Orient and begin putting on turbans and saris, what they’ve gotten caught in is the folk aspect of the wisdom that they need.  You’ve got to find the wisdom, not the clothing of it. Through those trappings, the myths of other cultures, you can come to a wisdom that you’ve then got to translate into your own.” Joseph Campbell, from the introduction to Pathways to Bliss.

“Krishna Consciousness is not an artificial imposition on the mind….When one is factually on the plane of spiritual understanding, surpassing the stages of sense, mind and intelligence, one is situated on the transcendental plane. Srila Prabhupada, from the introduction to On Chanting Hare Krishna.

September 17, 2006 Posted by | Hare Krishna, India, ISKCON, Philosophy, Prabhupada | Leave a comment

Gold From a Filthy Place

Al Swearengen

Lately I’ve been watching an HBO series called “Deadwood,” a fictionalized account of an actual gold mining camp set in the Dakota Territories in the 1870’s.  Once I got past the seemingly ever present use of foul language I discovered some of the tightest dialog I’ve ever heard on a television show.  Many of the best quotes come from Al Swearengen, the series’ villain and local saloon owner. In a concise, crass and humorous way the Swearengen character repeatedly delivers many deep philosophical points, as seen from a lowlife’s point of view. 

Below is a quote from Swearengen, followed by a quote from Srila Prabhupada:

“Pain or damage don’t end the world, or despair, or f***in’ beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man — and give some back.” Al Swearengen – Deadwood.

“….Every living entity in this world is struggling very hard to maintain himself and survive. This is called the hard struggle for existence….In spite of all our efforts, we remain bound up by the ropes of the material modes of nature….In material life, one is always in a blazing fire of fear, since no one knows what will happen next….All our hopes and plans for happiness and security in this world are ended by death….” Prabhupada – The Laws of Nature: An Infallible Justice.

 I know they don’t match perfectly, but as descriptions of an individual’s struggle in this world they do come pretty darn close….

September 15, 2006 Posted by | Hare Krishna, Humor, Philosophy, Prabhupada | Leave a comment

   

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