All ISKCON medical professionals in North America are cordially invited to the inaugural retreat being held in Gita Nagari from September 25th (Friday) to September 27th (Sunday).
This retreat is a forum for all physician devotees and those within the medical field to gather and experience enlivening fellowship. We will be deeply honored by your presence.
The retreat is open to all premed students, medical students, students in other medical disciplines, interns, residents, and fellows as well.
The program will feature inspiring talks by HH Romapada Swami and HG Anuttama Prabhu, as well as group discussions facilitated by HG Vraj Vihari Prabhu.
We will have ecstatic kirtans, wonderful prasadam and plenty of time to associate with one another and experience the beauty of Gita Nagari dhama and its cows.
A full range of activities for children is planned.
Registration Fees for the Retreat:
$175 per adult all inclusive staying at the gita nagari dham
$125 per adult per room tariff if staying in the hotel
Free for person below 16 years
More information and register: http://iskconnamp.org/
According to Dr. Ashik Raval ..."Thanks to our wonderful sponsors & volunteer
On June 26-28 2015, we will celebrate 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada coming to the West and the 10th anniversary of the Disappearance of Srila Bhakti Tirtha Swami. The program will include workshops and lectures, remembrances from disciples and well-wishers, kirtana, entertainment and much more.
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PLEASE NOTE: There are NO MORE accommodations at Gita Nagari. General registration is now closed. Camping registration and single day registration options are still open. Festival participants MUST register and choose the off-site registration ticket if staying off site. There are 2 local motels that are about 15-20 min away from the temple. The links are below.
Campers: $51.00 per person
Off-Site Registration: $51.00 per person
1 Day Registration: $25.00 per person
Children 12 and under: No fee
If you are unable to attend the festival but would still like to donate towards its cost, please click on one of the links below. Contributions of any amount from disciples and well-wishers are greatly appreciated.
We humbly ask that disciples of H.H. Bhakti Tirtha Swami that are not attending kindly please donate a minimum of $150.00 as an offering to Maharaja as a heartfelt service to help cover the festival costs whether you plan on attending or not. Thank you.
ISKCON of Port Royal Inc.
534 Gita Nagari Rd
Port Royal PA 17082
20 acres of farm land plowed for this year's planting season.
Spring is here and not a moment to waste as we get started on setting the plan into action. Dhruva prabhu took care of plowing and spreading of our own cows' manure. Soon he will be busy making rows and laying down the massive irrigation. The 20 acre plot will be divided into 5 sections namely, legumes, grain, perennials, annual vegetables and flowers.
Seedlings have magically popped out from the dirt and are looking vibrant green and healthy in the greenhouse thanks to Mother Jhulan Yatra's care and attention. So far, her strategy has been to strictly follow the lunar planting dates.
The Penn State service team back again with a busload full of students
Lauren, the Penn State service in action leader, sure kept her promise to bring more students in the spring. Altogether, we had 29 enthusiastic students who sacrificed their day off from school to come and serve. Most of them had no clue as to what they had in store.
Just like the last time, Snana Yatra Prabhu started the students off with a fun and dynamic ice breaker. The students were split up into three teams and sent off on a scavenger hunt which allowed them to take a nice tour of the farm. The winning team got to find their unique prize on the treasure filled shelves of our gift shop and then there came the call........ Let the service begin!
We had one team continue the work in our Youth Leadership Center. They did a tremendous job stapling the straw board to the ceiling, installing more lights and moving and organizing some accumulated clutter.
Another team, led by Sati dd, completely cleaned out the forest area around the temple of branches and fallen trees. They also helped clean the beautiful winding stream in the forest.
The last team, comprised mainly of able bodied young men, worked cooperatively clearing scrap metal from around our old boiler house. It was an adventure for them to lift and carry a gigantic pipe 20 steps away.
Many of our community members came to participate in the services which brought even more enthusiasm and flavor to all the participants. Hari Cakra Prabhu and Family helped Dhruva Prabhu and Mother Parijata cooked an incredibly sumptuous feast comprised of seemingly endless preparations.
The feasting time gave us an opportunity to get to know the students. Among them were a group of 20 Malasyan Muslims. They loved sharing their values with us and getting to know a little about ours. The leader of their group expressed that he felt very relaxed in this environment as there was no pressure to have to dress according to what clothing trends society pushes us to follow . He said "you guys don't worry about that and you are able to serve peacefully." He desires to bring a group of 50 to come back for more service!
Again we were so thankful for their participation and especially thankful to the leader of this program, Lauren who has made such an endeavor to open the students to a whole other world. Sadly, this was her last trip as she will be graduating this year. We wish her all the best!