The original Harinama Sankirtan Party

The original Harinama Sankirtan Party

The “golden avatara” of this age of Kali Yuga, Lord Chaitanya, spoke these words:  “Glory to the Sri Krishna sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. This sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.”

Devotees at New Vrindaban have begun to go out regularly to both Pittsburgh, PA and Wheeling, WV to give the opportunity to the people in general of hearing the sublime sound of the Lord’s Holy Name:

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare              Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Everyone is invited to join.  Meet at the temple at 10:00 A.M. Wednesdays and Fridays, or meet them at Schenley Park, Oakland, Pittsburgh.  Call 304 843 1600 ext 106 for information.

And please  mark your 2015 calendar for Sat. Sept. 12 –  New Vrindaban and Ohio Valley’s 4th Annual Festival of Colors!

The main Pittsburgh newspaper tells the story:


(Rebecca Droke/Post Gazette)

  Olliva Pasoazl, a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, dances in Oakland on Friday with members of the Hare Krishna movement  from Moundsville, W.Va.

The Hare Krishnas come every Wednesday and Friday to  Forbes Avenue and Schenley Drive to

 “spread the consciousness of God so that we can all be happy,” said Autumn Radii Dasi, right.

Harinama near Schenley Park, the university district, Oakland, Pittsburgh.

Harinama near Schenley Park, the university district, Oakland, Pittsburgh.

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ECO-Vrindaban New Vrindaban Logo

ECO-Vrindaban Board Meeting Minutes 09/28/2014

Mission Statement: ECO-Vrindaban promotes a simple, sustainable lifestyle centered on the care and protection of cows, local food production and the loving service of Lord Krishna, as envisioned by Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of ISKCON New Vrindaban.

Participating Members of the ECO-V Board of Directors: Bhima, Chaitanya Mangala, Navin Shyam and Ranaka.

Advisors: Jaya Krsna

Recording secretary: Jordanna Rock-Garden

1. Bahulaban Barn Dedication

The board agreed that the renovated building be rededicated in honor of Madhava Gosh and Vidya, for the more than 40 years of service they’ve performed for the cows and gardens in New Vrindaban. It will be renamed the “Madhava Gosh-ala” with a small dedication ceremony. A plaque will be displayed on the barn and another will be presented to Madhava Gosh and Vidya.

2. ECO-V logo update

Chaitanya Mangala shared some of the proposed logo designs with the board. The board members agreed that they like certain aspects of the new logos, but decided that they also like the modern look of the current logo. They would like a new design that integrates a modern aesthetic with traditional images that represent cows, gardens, Krishna and Prabhupada.

3. Bahulaban Barn Renovation

Ranaka reported that the project is progressing well. One side of the barn has been removed and cleared away and now the crew is working on another side.

4. INV Bahulaban Utility Building Roof & Window Repair

Vyasasana will seek a quote from an Amish crew. If he cannot get a timely response, he will pursue other options.

5. ISKCON New Vrindaban (INV) Palace Fence

This project has been completed.

6. INV Temple and Lodge Foundation Garden Beds

This project has been completed.

7. INV “Reduce/Reuse” – Water Filling Stations

The new fill station will be installed over the Winter or in the Spring. INV will combine it with the external lodge bathroom renovations.

8. Gopal’s Garden School Grant 2014-2015

Next meeting, the board will vote on the grant. Also, the board would like to know when the next newsletter is coming out.

9. INV/ECO-V Garden of 7 Gates (G7G) 3 High Tunnel Greenhouses Grant

These are currently being built.

10. INV/ECO-V G7G 2 Pole Barn Grant

Currently, the design is being developed. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring.

11. INV/ECO-V G7G 200 sq ft Prototype Housing

Ranaka & Jaya Krsna report that Tom is finishing up the project. The Board is prepared to pay for any materials he needs out of the existing allocation.

12. Ox Program Grant

Jaya Krsna proposed sending Daivata to an ox training seminar in Michigan. He will look into the details and speak to Daivata about this prospect. The board agreed to cover the costs of this program using some of the already approved allocation.

13. INV Bulk Grain Purchasing

A purchase has been made by INV. ECO-V will lend funds to INV for the order and INV will reimburse ECO-V on a quarterly basis over a year.

14. Cow Trailer

A trailer was purchased for $4,500.

15. Onsite Meeting

Will be held on November 1 and 2.

Prabhupada New Vrindaban 1976

Srila Prabhupada walks with his disciples in New Vrindaban, June, 1976.

Srila Prabhupada: “Yes. Anything grown in the garden, that is hundred times [more] valuable than [if] it is purchased from the market.”

Click here to read and/or listen to the rest of the conversation at the Vanipedia website.

Diwali is upon us. India’s Festival of Lights and the traditional new year. There are a number of stories associated with this festival. Several weeks before, Hindus celebrate a holiday from Ramayana commemorating the slaying of the demon king Ravana (who resided in Lanka) along with the defeat of hoards of fierce Rakshasas (man-eating warriors) who pledged their allegiance to him.

After defeating the demons, Rama, Sita and Laksmana, and accompanied by the monkey prince Hanuman, finally returned to Ayodhya after their years-long exile. They made their journey in an air-ship adorned with flowers. The city of Ayodhya spread across the plains of northern India for almost a hundred miles. The citizens, in anticipation of Rama’s return, illuminated the city with lights everywhere. And in the early morning hours, as the ship approached, Rama and Sita marveled at the countless lights which blanketed the earth beneath them. The lights of the candles & torches and the lights of the illuminated souls. 

Gita 5: 24 "One whose happiness is within, who is active within, who rejoices within and is illumined within, is actually the perfect mystic. He is liberated in the Supreme, and ultimately he attains the Supreme."

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