Just received two Finalist Medals for my book Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest  from the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  They had notified me last month about an award.  When two medals recently showed up in the mail I thought they had made a mistake. Looking at their letter again I realized I received the Finalist Award in two different categories – Spiritual & Religious Non-Fiction.

Also, I recently posted the first part of a talk I gave at the Wheeling library back in February about the book.  See my site http://mahabharata-project.com  The other two parts are on YouTube.

My intent in writing the book was three fold: 1) to deliver the story as good literature 2) to give it a cinematic slant, as potentially the basis for a film 3) to keep it at a length that could easily be studied in high school and  college classrooms.” Beside the Finalist Awards, the book has received acclaim from scholars across the country and is being used in a couple of courses.

Now the goal is to surpass William Buck's impersonal Mahabharata as the go to book in the academic community. You can help by simply using Google to access my Mahabharata site above.  That will boost the book's visibility. Thanks so very much. 

New Vrindaban ISKCON Prabhupada 1969

Srila Prabhupada with a few of his followers outside the original New Vrindaban farmhouse, 1969.

Srila Prabhupada Shares Insights During His First Visit to New Vrindaban – May 1969.

From a series of letters written by Srila Prabhupada outlining his vision for New Vrindaban.

Thanks to Vanipedia for the source material.


May 25, 1969

My Dear Ananda,

Please accept my blessings. I have learned from Mandali Bhadra and Vrndavanesvari that you have been disturbed in your center by some rascal boys, and now you are living with Mandali Bhadra. So what is your program? Would you like to close the Vancouver center, or are you finding out some better place? I have received one letter from Rupanuga in Buffalo that two boys are going to Toronto to open a center there. Would you like to go there for the time being, or will you try for another place to keep yourself in Vancouver?

At present I am living in New Vrindaban. It is a very nice place, but there is no facility of modern amenities. It is completely aloof from city life, and we have to adopt so many things. In comparison to city life it is very inconvenient. But still the atmosphere here is very pleasant. As of yet I have still received no answer from Annapurna.

I am awaiting your reply to the above points. I hope this will meet you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


Parade begins at 11:00 am on McCrearys Ridge Road
One Mile before the Palace of Gold.

New Vrindaban Throwback Thursday

New Vrindaban’s Transcendental Throwback Thursday – 07/17/14.

Each week we highlight an earlier era of ISKCON New Vrindaban.

This week’s challenge: There are at least nine recognizable faces in this photo. How many can you identify?

Extra credit: What are they doing and when were they doing it?

What to do: Post your guesses on the “who, what, when, where & why” in the comment section at the New Vrindaban Facebook Page.

Technical stuff: We share a photo Thursday and confirm known details Sunday. Let’s keep it light and have a bit of fun!

Special request: If you have a photo showing New Vrindaban devotees in action, share it with us and we’ll use it in a future posting.

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