(Shifting the New Vrindaban (ISKCON?) paradigm from the Kirtanananda consumerism  based paradigm to Srila Prabhupada’s  vision of dependence on the land and the cows.)

Letter to Hayagriva 14 June 1968 (Montreal):

But if you want to develop New Vrindaban, I can spare you for that purpose, and it may be that we can live there together. For the time being, if you actually want to develop such ideal asrama, we must have sufficient land, and all other things will gradually grow. For raising crops from the land, how many men will be required–that we must estimate and for herding the cows and feeding them…

I hope that this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Vrindaban
6 April, 1976
76-04-06
Los Angeles

My dear Puru das,

Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated February 7, 1976 addressed to Hrdayananda Maharaja. Concerning the use of sour cream in the temple, it should be stopped immediately. Nothing should be offered to the Deities which is purchased in the stores. Things produced by the karmis should not be offered to Radha-Krishna. Ice cream, if you can prepare, is o.k., but not otherwise…

I hope that this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

Room Conversation With French Commander — August 3, 1976, New Mayapur (French farm)

Prabhupada: Yes. Anyway, just inquire. These are our garden flowers?
Jayatirtha: Oh, very nice.
Prabhupada: This is also?
Bhagavan: Yes.
Prabhupada: Yes. Anything grown in the garden, that is hundred times valuable than it is purchased from the market.

“Certainly our life is full of real problems, some of them perhaps without solution. It would be an impertinence to suggest that all of our problems are fabricated. And yet we are so obsessed with the idea that we are supposed to possess “answers” and “solutions” for everything that we evade the difficult problems, which are all too real, by raising other less real problems to which we think we have the answer.”

Merton, Thomas. Contemplation in a World of Action. (Notre Dame, Indiana: Notre
Dame Press, 1998) 48

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