The appearance day (birthday) of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is coming up this Thursday – March 5. Caitanya (1486-1534) inaugurated the Sankirtana Movement just over 500 years ago. Sankirtana is the public chanting of sacred mantras.  At that time,  the district of Navadvip in West Bengal was ruled by the Muslim governor – Chand Kazi – who had received complaints from both Muslims and Hindus alike about this sankirtana activity. The Kazi outlawed the chanting and imposed sever penalties on anyone who did not abide by the restriction. As a protest, and  hundreds of years before Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr,  Caitanya organized the first massive, civil disobedience in recorded history. 

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New Vrindaban ISKCON Bahulaban Barn Cows

Amburish, Sarva Saksi, Cirantana & Ganendra hand milking cows in the Bahulaban barn, New Vrindaban – 1975.

“I am always thinking of your New Vrindaban. The milk which we are taking here is not at all comparable with New Vrindaban milk.” – Srila Prabhupada, 1969.

Click here to read the rest of the letter at the Vanipedia website.

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Dear Brijabasis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

As we do twice a year, the board members of ISKCON New Vrindaban and ECO-Vrindaban are organizing a weekend of open presentations, discussions and tours.

We humbly invite all New Vrindaban residents and well-wishers to participate.

Weekend schedule:

Saturday, March 14th.

9:45 am to 1:30 pm: Department Head Presentations for 2015 (under the Lodge)

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: Lunch Prasadam (at Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s Temple)

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Community Dialog (under the Lodge)

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm: Srila Prabhupada Sangam (at his Palace)

Sunday, March 15th.

10:00 am to 1:00 pm: New Vrindaban Parikram Tour (various locations around the Community)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Sunday Program & Feast (at Radha Vrindaban Chandra’s Temple)

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Community Service Appreciations (under the Lodge)

We would be honored if you join us throughout the weekend and look forward to seeing you then.

Hare Krishna!

Your servant,

Jaya Krsna das

ISKCON New Vrindaban Community President

Everyone is invited to GAURA PURNIMA FESTIVAL in New Vrindaban.

Thursday March 5, 2015

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5:00 AM                 MANGAL  ARATI
5:30 AM                 NRSIMHA PRAYERS
5:45 AM                 TULASI PRAYERS
6:00 AM                 JAPA
7:30 AM                 GURU PUJA
8:00 AM                 GREETING THE DEITIES
8:20 AM                 SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM CLASS

11:00 AM              GOVARDHAN PARIKRAMA ( weather permitting)
1:00 PM                ARATI
1:30 PM                CLASS
2:15 PM                *Lunch  Prasadam (for those  who are not fasting)*

2:30 PM                GAURANGA BHAJANS
4:00 PM                Special Presentation by Sankirtan das:How & Why the Hare Krsna Mantra Came West

5:00 PM                ABHISHEKA ON THE ALTAR
7:00 PM                ARATI
7:40 PM                MAHA KIRTAN
8:00 PM                PRASADAM FEAST

Your preparations for the Lord are welcome.  Please bring them by 5:45 PM.     Thank you!

New Vrindaban Prabhupada Bhagavat Dharma Discourses 1972 ISKCON

Srila Prabhupada delivering his Bhagavatam Dharma discourse at Bahulaban in New Vrindaban, 1972.

“To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.” Srila Prabhupada, Seven Purposes of ISKCON, 1966.

Click here to read the other purposes at the website.

The Bhagavad-gita is considered by many sages and scholars to be the essence of all Vedic knowledge. It was spoken five thousand years ago by Lord Krishna to the warrior, prince Arjuna.  This  discourse is one of the most profound philosophical literatures in the canon of the world’s religious texts. It takes place  right before a monumental battle.  The whole story is very dramatic and is contained in the epic Mahabharata,  the classic of ancient India. The Mahabharata is eight times longer than the Iliad and Odyssey combined.  It tells about the rulers of those times and, in doing so, describes the qualities of genuine leadership and the importance of understanding Dharma.

Krishna had appeared  on the earth at the request of  Bhumi – Mother Earth – as well as the demi-gods,  in order to save the earth from the demoniac kings who sought to plunder this world.  Krishna had originality taught the principles of Dharma to the sun-god Vivasvan, millions upon millions of years earlier.  Now he had descended to the earth to re-establish those principles in the midst of turmoil.

Bhagavad gita means “The Song of God.”  Therein, Krishna describes to Arjuna  the various paths of yoga, and also the very goal of yoga. He describes karma yoga, jnana yoga, astanga yoga, and bhakti yoga. He describes the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion, ignorance) and their effect upon the living entities. He describes the divine and demoniac natures. Krishna describes the process of renunciation and transcendence. In the Gita, Krishna reveals that He is none other than the Supreme Godhead Himself.     

In one sense Arjuna is the proverbial everyman.  Krishna is offering this teaching to him as well as to all of us.  But why does Krishna specifically offer the teaching to Arjuna?  Because Arjuna is “not envious” and “seeks to be a friend to all living beings.”  In our lives, we also have to strive for this. In that way, we can turn jnana (knowledge)  into vijnana (realized knowledge).

In the end, Krishna tells  Arjuna – “I have given you this confidential knowledge, now reflect on it, and do what you think is best.”   Krishna goes on to expllain that anyone who studies and reflects upon this sacred text of Bhagavad Gita  worships God by the use of their intelligence.

Sankirtana Das (ACBSP) is a sacred storyteller, workshop leader and author of the  award-winning  Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest.  See  -

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