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Our News Sept 29, 2016

Down on the Farm

Cow update -  Damodara Rati dasi, one of our retired cows, is still at the vet hospital.  She is awaiting knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage.  However, a persistent fever has stalled her treatment. Please pray for her as she attempts to recover her health.  If anyone is inclined to donate for her Doctor bills, please email us via the website www.gitanagari.org
Prema Vilas and Lalita Prabhus -  hosted the 2nd annual gathering of the Bhaktivedanta Medical Association at Gita Nagari last weekend. 50 Doctors of all persuasions and their families came together to recharge their batteries and inspire each other to live a Krishna Conscious life while working very hard in the world to serve others. We were thrilled by their enthusiasm to chant the Holy Names late into the night by campfire. The atmosphere was charged by their sincere devotion to Krishna!  Krishna Kumara planned two outings with the children to keep them engaged in devotee association. Mother Yasoda, Mother Mayapur Lila, Sachi Priya, Priya Manjari, and several others helped us serve the guests very nicely.  We can't wait 'til next year.
Bhakta Ian -  leaves for Jamaica on Saturday.  He is part of our family, and we will miss him sorely. His subtle sense of humor and steady demeanor have kept us balanced for the last three months.  He retired from a long teaching career, and joins us most summers to help us complete construction projects and care for our guests.  He shared a very wise Jamaican proverb to remember him by: "Shortcuts lead to blood". 
Prahlad Prabhu -  is completing his service to the cows this Friday. As we have shared before, he has been instrumental in grazing rotation, milking, and overall care for our three herds.  Recently, when asked how he was doing, he shared that his heart was heavy. The new mother cows were holding back from giving milk in the milking barn to save their milk for their babies. He and Yasodev Prabhu were deeply touched by the motherly affection being expressed by the mommies. We will be very sad to seePrahlad, Gauri, Locana, and Syama leave Gita Nagari to return to South Africa. Their many contributions to our daily life will be dearly missed. Thank you Prabhus for all your loving gifts to Sri SriRadha Damodara. 
Mother Ortrun - will be handing over the newsletter duties to Kesi Mardan Prabhu after this week. She has been an amazing supporter of Gita Nagari for many years. She has spearheaded the "Adopt a Cow" program, done our bookkeeping, donated countless items to assist our progress, supplied the ghee for our customers, and in general, kept us motivated to improve our service to Sri Sri Radha Damodar. We will be hard pressed to carry on without her loving guidance and  support! Thank you Mother Ortrun for all your kindness and friendship.

 
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, November 12, 2016-Sunday, November 13, 2016 
Kartika Kirtan Program in Gita Nagari Dhama.
More details will be coming soon.
 
Upcoming Events

Dearest Friends! 
Please accept our respectful and humble obeisances.  All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. 

Welcome to our Annual Gita Nagari Family and Friends Gathering! 

This year we are honored to present His Grace Gauranga das and His Grace Govinda das as our keynote presenters sharing on a very relevant and significant theme: Principles of Community Development.  We look forward to receiving and serving all of you.   
The Retreat begins Friday evening and ends on Sunday with lunch. 
The cost is $150 per adult - this includes registration and on-site accommodation - children under 16 years of age are free.  Accommodation is allocated by the organizing team this time around and is on a first come first served basis.   
If you choose to stay off-site, registration is $108 per adult and children under 16 years of age are free.  If you choose to attend on Saturday, the daily rate is $75 per adult and if you choose to attend on Sunday, the daily rate is $50 per adult  and children under 16 years of age are free.  We will implement a "wrist band" registration system.  
Please complete both the Registration Form and make your payment via Paypal simultaneously.  We will only allocate attendees on our on-site accommodation if they have paid via paypal.

Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 - GN Family retreat w/ Gauranga and Govinda Prabhus 
* Sunday, October 9- Vyasa Puja for HH Devamrita Swami
*Saturday, October 15- Damodara Vrata – Kartika begins 
Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 - U of Maryland Bhakti Club

Sunday, October 30 - Goverdan Puja  

Please go to the following link to find more information on the upcoming events. 

 http://www.gitanagari.org/events/upcoming

My dear friend Kesi Mardana das left me a Skype message that sums up my aspirations in Spiritual life: Serving the Devotee  
Mad-bhakta-pūjābhyadhikā (Bhāg. 11.19.21).  

The Lord says, "Engaging in the service of My devotee is better than trying to engage in My devotional service." 

Have a wonderful Krishna Conscious Week!!!

 
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