As we do twice a year, the board members of ISKCON New Vrindaban and ECO-Vrindaban will meet face to face November 1st & 2nd, 2014.
In our ongoing efforts to improve communications, we are organizing a weekend of open presentations and discussions.
We humbly invite all New Vrindaban residents and well-wishers to participate.
Saturday, November 1st.
10:00 am to 1:30 pm: Department Head Presentations for 2014 (under the Lodge)
Getting the mercy while cleaning out New Vrindaban's Shyama Kunda, the devotees literally dug their hands into the mud, scooping it up and out of the kunda. They filled up buckets after bucket of mud, formed a bucket brigade and emptied first Lalita Kunda and then Shyama Kunda.
Varsana Maharaja had to come to the rescue with his back hoe at one crucial point to help scoop out some huge rocks.
Radha Kunda, the crest jewel of Govardhan, is now beautifully shining, and freshly lined.
New Vrindaban’s replica Radha Kunda up on the replica Govardhan Hill got a fresh lining at the end of this summer of 2014. It’s called “Rhino”, a type of cement which hardens into enamel, and is guaranteed for 30 years not to leak. This took two weeks, and lots of time and energy to shovel all the muck at the bottom. After seeing the beauty of Radha Kunda, and understanding that Lalita Kunda is also leaking, Gopisa Prabhu suggested that we also line Lalita Kunda and Shyama Kunda.
The late summer has brought us a bounty of vegetables and a mountain of work preparing for the fall. The teaching garden is filled with fall colors as the mums, calendula, daisies, and lilies have begun to bloom. As the summer flowers and vegetables have completed their season the beds containing annual flowers (one that do not grow back in the spring) are being cover cropped. In the photo above daikon radishes are growing around daises yet to bloom. Other cover crops in the teaching garden include vicia vilosa (winter legume), wheat, and rye.
There have been many renovations done in New Vrindaban over the last two years. Govinda's Restaurant received a complete overhaul, including a drop ceiling and ornate Rajasthani style furniture. The Welcome Center, once an old wooden cabin, was brought up to date with high tech insulation and new exterior/interior improvements. The men's and women's asramas were renovated with new lighting, walls, floors and furniture and the Palace Lodge rooms were greatly improved with similar treatment.