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Our News July 28, 2016

RATHA YATRA ROCKS!
On Saturday, July 23d, 400 devotees gathered at Gita Nagari to celebrate the 40th Ratha Yatra at the farm.  We had a wonderful day serving Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva, and Lady Subhadra and Their Devotees.  Many travelled from far distances to worship Their Lordships with joyous kirtan, dancing, and feasting. They came from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and all parts of Pennsylvania.  We were honored to host HH Jayadvaita Swami, HH Bhakti Vinoda Swami, and HH Radha Raman Swami.  Our entertainment included bhajans with Anusha and Anirudda Prabhusand their friends.  Anusha brought her violin Guru and a fellow student, Sweta, to join in a lovely violin concert. Krsna Prasad das shared bhajans, and Amritha wowed us with an amazing dance performance.  Ajamila Prabhu emceed the program and did a masterful job.  The children of all ages joined together to toss water balloons, have a three legged race, and contest a water carrying relay.  Our log sawing contest was a huge success with the winners sawing through  their log in close to one minute.  What teamwork!
Of course, Lord Jagannatha and His Brother and Sister were the stars of the day as they came out of seclusion to give each of us an opportunity to pull His Cart up Govardhan Hill back to Vrindavan.  Even temperatures close to 100 degrees could not deter the Devotees from lovingly serenading the Lords.  Our food court served curd steaks made with Gita Nagari milk, fresh baked bread, French fries, samosas, brownies, pastries by Jambhavati Prabhu, sodas, and lots of love.  The Main Feast, lovingly prepared by our Anand Vilas, Madan Mohan and Shyam Govind Prabhus was gratefully honored by the devotees.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of you who contributed to this heart warming event.  Please make plans to join us next year.
 
Upcoming Events
  • Health and Wellness Retreat - August 5,6, and 7
  • Spiritual Warriors Boy's Camp - August 11 to 14
    The last camp of the year will feature a continuation of the friendships and relationships the boys developed last session.  The sacred bond created with the Land, Cows, and Deities will be strengthened in the association of  devotees.  Nandisvara Prabhu and his many assistants will share the secrets of successful living with a spiritual focus.  You must experience Guru Puja with 15 wildly enthusiastic young men amping up the Temple Room with their energy.  The Gita Nagari residents can't wait to see the boys again.
  • Jhulan Yatra Festival - August 13 to 17
    Come swing Sri Sri Radha Damodar with us early in the morning.  There is nothing more enlivening than watching the devotees worship Their Lordships in their natural forest home.  Please don't miss it.
  • North American Farm Conference - August 15 to 17
    Dearest friends, Hare Krishna!
    We are very excited to announce that this year, the first-ever ISKCON North America Farm Conference will be held at Gita Nagari! The ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture has sponsored an intercontinental series of events in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON.
    Well-known projects from around the globe such as Villa Vrndavan in Italy, Goura Vrndavan in Brazil, and Govardhan Eco-Village in India have been selected as venues in their respective zones and we are happy to serve as the venue for North America.
    We warmly invite you to attend this four day event which is sure to be enlivening, educational, and a positive step forward in growing relationships between farm communities and urban outreach centers. In the spirit of cooperation this conference will bring together both city dwellers and their farming counterparts while shedding light on the interdependence of all our efforts. Inspired by the Ministry for Cow Protection & Agriculture and for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada we ask you to please attend this conference and share the word with others!
  • Lord Balaram's Appearance - Wednesday, August 17
    fast 'til noon
  • Krishna Janmasthami - Thursday, August 25th
    fast 'til midnight
  • Srila Prabhupada's Appearance Day - Friday, August 26th
    fast 'til noon
 
Gita Nagari Spelt is harvested - We are grateful to share that a good harvest of spelt came off the fields last week - we have organic spelt that will be turned into flour at a local mill.  The stalks that are left behind and baled and make great bedding when spread for our cows to rest on during the winter months.  Here is a Farmer friend helping us combine the spelt.
Have a Wonderful Krishna Conscious Week!!!
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