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Our News July 24, 2016

 
LORD JAGANNATHA IMPROVES
As you may know, our dear Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva, and Lady Subhadra have been in seclusion for the last ten days. After the Snana Yatra festival, Their Lordships took ill and have been lovingly nursed back to health by Their dedicated servants, Kishori Mani and Kumari Gopi Prabhus.  They have begun eating whole foods and are showing signs of full recovery.  Please send your prayers and good wishes for their continued improvement.  Each night at 7:15pm the devotees are singing toThe Lords outside their window.  We cordially invite you to join in expressing our love in separation for them.
RATHA YATRA NEARS
This Saturday July 23rd we will celebrate one of our most joyous festivals when Lord Jagannathaboards His Rath Cart with His brother and sister as we pull Them back to Vrindavan!  Just as the Gopis and Gopas bring Krishna, Balaram, and Lady Subhadra back from Kurushetra, we will take our Lordsto the top of Goverdan Hill to let them view the cows and playgrounds of their youth.  We need your help and association to accomplish this great task of returning them Home.  
  • 11:00 am:  Prepare the cart for transport
  • 12:00 pm: Pull the cart from the Temple to Goverdan Hill
  • 2:00 pm: Return the Lords to the festival site at the back of the Yoga studio
  • 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Entertainment, feasting, shopping, and catching up with old friends
We will be parking everyone's cars across from Goverdan Hill in one of the cow pastures.  Please support our cow protection service by donating at least $2 to restore the pasture after the festival.  We will need to disc and reseed the pasture after you return home, so we thank you in advance for your support.  As you may know, the heat and drought have made grazing very difficult, and our Gopas work tirelessly to give all our cows fresh grass to enjoy.  Special thanks to Prahlad, Nandi, Keshi and Dhruva Prabhus for their amazing service to the cows.  Gita Nagari is committed to the protection and service of the cows!
The great sage Vasistha said, "The cow is the past and the future.  She nourishes the health of all living entities and she is the root of prosperity.  The piety that one achieves by feeding a cow is never destroyed."

(Please prepare for the heat. The weather report calls for temps in the mid 90's)
 
Upcoming Events
August 5th to 7th
We will host our friends from Healing Hands for a wellness retreat.  These wonderful well wishers of Gita Nagari travel from North Carolina to enjoy the peace and serenity of Gita Nagari. Their enthusiasm and positive outlook inspire us to continue to make The Farm available for such loving groups.  Their financial support allows us to improve the facilities and maintain our efforts to bring Srila Prabhupada's vision for Gita Nagari to fruition.
August 11th to 14th
Boy's retreat Flagship Camp
Nandisvara Prabhu and his dedicated staff are preparing for the last camp of 2016.  Pandu Prabhu, one of the parents of a camper from last session told me how much his son gained from the adventures he shared with the other Spiritual Warriors.  We are so very proud of our young men and their quest to bring their camp experiences to their daily lives.  Be sure to register your sons aged 8 to 15 for the time of their lives.
August 15th to 17th
1st North American Farm Conference
August 13 to 17
Jhulan Yatra Festival
If you haven't been to Gita Nagari to participate in the Swing Festival you just haven't lived!  Every morning we carry Sri Sri Radha Damodar to the forest to swing them to loud and joyous Kirtan.  The transcendental mood of serving Their Lordships is captivating and unforgettable.  Treat yourselves to this service in the association of devotees.
August 17
Lord Balaram's Appearance
fast 'til noon
Krishna's first expansion is Lord Balaram.  He is the original Spiritual Master, and the source of all the items we use to worship Lord Krishna.  He supports the entire material and spiritual worlds on His head as Ananta Sesa.  We can show a small portion of our gratitude on this day of celebration in the association of devotees.
August 25
Krsna Janmasthami
fast 'til midnight
Our Holiest day helps us to progress on the Spiritual Path.  When we gather to remember and worshipThe Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, we come closer to our goal of leaving the material world behind and returning to our eternal home at the feet of Sri Sri Radha Damodar.  Make Gita Nagari your home to celebrate this most auspicious festival.
August 26
Appearance of Srila Prabhupada
fast 'til noon
During the 50th anniversary celebrations of the founding of ISKCON, we will go deeper into thankfulness for the gifts that His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada has given us.  What an amazing personality He is.  Help us show Him our commitment to carrying the message of Krishna Consciousness to all we meet.
We wish to thank all of you who have visited us recently and donated to our efforts to make Gita Nagari all that Srila Prabhupada wanted it to be.

 
HAVE A WONDERFUL KRISHNA CONSCIOUS WEEK!!!
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