I circulated the following around the New Vrindaban community and was, unfortunately, not surprised by this response from someone who makes sure to always keep himself in what he brands as a “leadership” position.

“1) to turn the whole NV complex over to the dream of BalaKrsna/
Prabhupada is not realistic”

Okay, Prabhupada’s ” dream” (though he himself termed it a vision) is not realistic, in the view of one of our “esteemed” leaders. You can see what we are up against.

by Bala Krsna das

A field trip

I would like to take you on a journey, and am asking you to please fasten your seat belts. We are going to time-travel a few years into the future, to a small village, to take a little tour.

As we arrive in the village we are struck by its serenity and cleanliness, and the vitality of its residents, including the children, the women, the elders, and the cows. Oxen pull carts, cows graze within the village, and other oxen pull farm implements in the nearby small fields. We discover that the village is inhabited almost entirely by devotees of Krsna. As we make inquiries we learn that this village was started by disciples of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and that there are even a few of those pioneers still living in the village.

In the centre of the village is a temple, and we are invited to go there first to see Radha and Krsna. After seeing the Deities in the temple, we are offered mahaprasad sweets made of milk from cows that live in the community. Continuing our tour, we are taken next to the community school, where we see happy children in the playground.

A little further down the road we are shown an anaerobic composting digester that transforms biomass, including human and animal manure, into high grade compost, methane, and CO2. The compost, we learn, is used to enhance the soil in the fields and gardens, and the methane is used for heating and cooking. The CO2 is harnessed to enhance growth in the adjacent greenhouses. Everything in the village gets recycled, including especially the biomass left from harvested fields, which is seen as a great asset.

We observe solar panels on the rooftops of most buildings. Our guide then shows us the micro-hydro turbines that are hooked into nearby streams.

Near the border of the village is a parking lot with several buses, cars, and small trucks. Two of the buses, we learn, have brought visitors to this now-famous self-sufficient village. Another bus belongs to the village and is used by the community for going to local towns for sankirtana, and for going to Rathayatra festivals in the big cities. Sometimes the bus is used by the village school for taking students on field trips. We also learn that the families in the village cooperatively own several cars and trucks to be used for their occasional trips outside the village. Using the hemp grown by farmers in the village, they are able to produce all the fuel needed to drive these vehicles.

This ends our short tour, and we prepare to return to the present. Hopefully we will return again to find out more about the history and dynamics of this wonderful place, but at least for now we have been able to observe some highlights. One of the deepest impressions we take with us is the presence and importance of cows in the village and how much they are obviously loved by all the villagers.

Back to the present

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(Part of it was too small to read when I saw it so I had to go under View and Zoom in a few times to read it, maybe it will be fixed by the time you read it.)

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