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Our News May 26, 2016

CHANTING HARE KRISHNA  
 
The single most amazing gift His Divine Grace Srila A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada brought to us is the chanting of Krishna's Holy Names.  With this one action we are able to return home, back to Godhead.  As we count our blessings and feel gratitude for this boon from Srila Prabhupada, we can remember the scientific nature of this mainstay of Bhakti Yoga.  In the Srimad Bhagavatam 6.3.31 "Sukadeva Swami continued:  ' My dear King, the chanting of the Holy Name of the Lord is able to uproot the reactions of the greatest sins.  Therefore, the chanting of the sankirtan movement is the most auspicious activity in the entire universe.  Please try to understand this so that others will take it seriously.' "   The Mukunda-Mala-Stotra, Sutra 31 says, "O tongue, please constantly chant the mantra composed of Sri Krishna's names.  This is the only manta for destroying all enemies, the mantra worshiped by every word of the Upanisads, the mantra that uproots samsara, the mantra that drives away all the darkness of ignorance, the mantra for obtaining all opulence, the mantra for curing those bitten by the poisonous snake of worldly distress, and the mantra for making one's birth in this world successful." 
Let us resolve to take this opportunity very seriously and chant Krishna's Names with out offense.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Prahlad and Gauri arrive with Locana and Shyam - After many months of planning and preparing, four new devotees arrived in Gita Nagari from South Africa.  Our temple presidents,Dhruva and Parijata Prabhus met Prahlad and Gauri in Mayapur, India at the end of last year.  His Holiness Devamrita Swami had requested that Prahlad move to Gita Nagari to assist the devotees who are living in the temple.  Along with their two dynamic children, Locana and Shyam, the family returned to South Africa to tie up their affairs and move to the US.  We are very grateful and happy to receive them into our core team.  Prahlad will be training to work with our cow seva team, and help us make Gita Nagari an example of first class cow protection for the world to follow. 
If you know Gita Nagari, you will understand that we are surrounded by dairy farms.  Most continue to exploit their cows and when the cows are no longer productive, they simply sell them for slaughter to make a profit.  This cycle continues to keep dairy products artificially low cost and abominable.
Please join us in welcoming Prahlad and his family into our family of Krishna Conscious devotees.  We will include a more complete bio of the newest members of our community next week.
 
Upcoming Events
 
Gita Nagari supplies Sadhu Sanga retreat with all dairy products - Dhruva Maharaja das left early this morning to deliver hundreds of pounds of milk, cheese, curd, yogurt, and love from the residents of Gita Nagari. What a glorious achievement to bring ahimsa dairy products to so many devotees.  We are in awe of the wonderful cows of our farm and the generous gifts they share.  A new world of love and peace will come if we can learn to live a simple life in the mode of goodness as the cows teach us on a daily basis.  Please join us for a day, a week, or an extended stay to experience the joy of farm life with Radha Damodar at the center.
Romapada Swami Retreat - His Holiness Romapada Swami will bring his extraordinary way of teaching Krishna Consciousness to Gita Nagari starting this Friday, May 27th through Monday, May 30th.  We are very thrilled to host Maharaja and his dedicated disciples.  They bring an attitude of service and surrender that inspires us each time they come to Gita Nagari.  
June Service Retreats - We will host service retreats each weekend in June.  From Friday evening to Sunday evening, we will engage our supporters in projects to help us become the leaders of sustainable, happy living on the farm.  Please contact Kesi Mardana Prabhu with registration requests This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
Boys Youth Retreat - June 10, 11, and 12 - Nandisvara Prabhu will teach our young men how to thrive in a world of constant change and challenge by building greater connection with spiritual principles.  Our boys will learn to understand and cooperate with nature.  They will grow together to form bonds with each other and Krishna that can guide them to happy and healthy lives.  You may contact Nandisvara Prabhu for registration and questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Friday Yoga at the Farm - Mother Jhulana yatra continues to build her class of dedicated students on Friday at the farm.  The class begins at 6 pm and concludes at 7:30 pm.  She accepts all levels of students and emphasizes slow deep asanas to regenerate and renew everyone. Suggested donation is $5.
Friday Night Kirtan - Every Friday at 7:45 pm, we meet to share kirtan with the devotees.  You will be very satisfied with the enlivening presentations that the devotees bring to spread the joy of Harinam Sankirtan.
Grateful Thoughts - We had a joyous festival last Friday to glorify Lord Narasimhadeva, our eternal protector.  Mother Vraja Lila led a glorious class with many great stories and rememberences of the Lord. Our talented youth gave a rousing kirtan,  Mother Yasoda and her wonderful family cooked a feast and supplied flowers for beautiful decorations prepared by Mother Jhulana yatra.  Ekavira Prabhuprepared nectarean juices for all.  Mother Jambavati presented an awesome cake for the Lord's pleasure.  Mother Yasoda Mayi helped with the feast even though she could not attend the festival due to work commitments.  A new outfit was offered to Sri Sri Radha Damodar by the amazing efforts of our anonymous friends in Washington DC.
Srila Prabhupada instructed us to be happy with a simple life of service and Bhakti yoga.  Please come visit us at The Village where the song of God is sung.
 
Have a wonderful Krishna Conscious week!!!
 
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