While at the Festival of Inspiration I spend most of my time talking to devotees. So many interesting people. Simply standing in a line for prasadam I struck up a conversation with a guy and turns out he works at a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the St Louis area that has 125 shares.
We had a nice conversation about that project and how it worked as well as other topics about gardening. While discussing tomato varieties, he was recommending Sungold, a cherry tomato, which I am trying for the first time this year as it turns out. He predicted I would be quite pleased with it.
I also met an artist who was selling his work. Turns out he and another family just bought a farm in Kentucky. If you are interested in getting in on supporting or being part of a new project on the ground floor, here is your chance. From their website (which includes a blog):
The Bhagavat Commune is a project started by a group of Vaisnavas who wish to implement Vedic culture into their lives and undergo a simpler life focused on spiritual growth without having to maintain various material activities in order to be able to support themselves.
As the years slip by, we slowly realize that while “doing the needful” we are missing out on what is truly important. Maintaining family and loved ones is certainly necessary, but there are so many activities that we can engage in which will serve that purpose as well as contribute more directly to our spiritual advancement.
At the Bhagavat Commune, devotees will grow their own food, build their own houses, and provide goods and services to the Vaisnava community around the world in order to produce the necessary income for any other necessities and expenses. Aspects of this project include, but are not limited to, an institute for Sastric study, a Vaisnava retreat, a self-sufficient community, and production and distribution of multi-media devotional arts.
Most importantly, the devotees who live at the commune will center their lives around Krsna and create a more peaceful and satvic environment conducive to spiritual growth. In such an environment, not only will the residents make rapid spiritual advancement, but the visitors will also get a more accurate taste of what our ISKCON society has to offer.
Srila Prabhupada wanted his followers to adhere to the philosophy of simple living and high thinking. He also wanted his followers to scrutinize his books and present our philosophy and culture to the general public. In 1972 Srila Prabhupada instructed his disciples to “boil the milk”, which means that the quality of ISKCON members is more important than the quantity of ISKCON members. If we have a lot of people who follow a little of the philosophy, we are sending the wrong impression and not giving an accurate representation of this important mission.
There are a several communities around the world who are dedicated to live up to these instructions, and this is our humble attempt to do the same.
Please check out the different phases of this project by clicking the links at the top of this page to check out our progress blog, and if you would like to contribute to this project in any way, please let us know how you would like to help, or how we can help you.