Thursday, February 4, 2016

Our News Feb 04, 2014

Blizzard of 2016
  • The twins drinking with such gusto - Grandpa Clover is in the background
  • Our Mamas are cosy and warmly bedded
  • Thank you to Krpamoya "Nung" for coming out to assist Nandi into the early hours of the morning in the kitchen and joyfully too!
  • From 3 feet of snow and below freezing temps to warm high 40’s!  All the residents here remain grateful.  There is much maintenance and much planning, this time of the year.
  • We are maintaining the Temple Worship and Program; our Cows; and Land.
  • Planning – where do we begin?  In a nutshell: 
  • The feed rotational crops are planned – especially the sequence of planting; and seed is being sourced.  
  • We are planning and executing on “Seva Weekends at the Farm” for the Summer Months with out City Communities.  
  • New outfits for Sri Sri Radha Damodara are being planned and stitched.  Their altar is in need of minor repairs so that is being attended to. 
  • The Kitchen upgrade is 95%, just needing to install the extractor fans, except that that in itself is a huge project with special ducting, installation, etc.  
  • We are doing a simple upgrade to our Temple Hall Basement – the Gift Shop is fully functional and we are planning on optimizing the rest of the space.  
  • Other “Pre-Retreat Season” upgrades include deciding on the future of our historic semi-circle in front of the Temple Annex / Asrama Building and improving the Children’s Playground.  
  • Cheese-making equipment just arrived – now to make the time to make some delicious ahimsa cheese for all of you!
  • Emmett who has been with us for the past months embarks on another phase in his spiritual adventures – we thank him for his association and service and wish him all of the best – here is in in the snow in summer gear!  He has been keeping our Deities and devotees warm by loading the boiler especially throughout the night, in addition to many other services.
  • And on a lighter note: Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow.  Interpreting Phil's behavior, the Groundhog Club emcee proclaimed, "There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!"  Excuse us simple farm folk, but weather is a BIG deal on a farm and we eagerly wait Spring!  Of course, the “Krishna Factor” governs our lives!
From left: Everyone has to eat regardless of snow - Our cows' nutritious lunch; Shyam and Nandini grow a fuzzy winter coat; Yamuna and Sakhi - our cute little Heifers - in the snow; Emmett - thank you and goodbye!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Memorial Weekend Retreat With HH Romapada Swami

 
This year's memorial day retreat is a very special one as the topic is "The Petals of ISKCON's Lotus", an event honoring ISKCON's 50th anniversary.
This event will be graced by HH Romapada Swami, HG Ravindra Svarupa Das, HG Vaisesika Das, HG Tamohara Das, HG Krsnandini Dasi and HG Vraja Lila Dasi. 
The retreat will begin at 5 PM on Friday May 27th, 2016 and will end by 3 PM on Monday May 30th, 2016.
There will be an ecstatic kirtans lead by distinguished kirtaneers such as HG Acyuta Gopi Dasi and HG Ananta Govinda Das. Also we have exciting line-up of children's activities, to fully engage 5-12 year old in farm-based Krishna Conscious fun and play.
Please email Satya-sara das at reachsarva@hotmail.com and let us know if you will be able to make it to this year's Gita Nagari Retreat. Please provide name(s) and age(s) of persons attending the retreat. We request you to please inform and invite your friends. The registration fee for the retreat is $80 per person over 12 years of age ($30/day if attending part of the retreat) and $30 per child between the ages of 5-12 years.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our News Jan 28, 2016


No Pictures of this Year's Snow yet
Here are a couple from 2010
Three feet of snow!!!  Our primary services therefore have been snow plowing and clearing and salting, so we can have access to feed the cows and re-bed them, and to continue other services for our Deities, guests and devotees.  The cows have a beautiful thick coat of fur/hair now and this helps keep them extra warm.  We have been trying for a while to purchase a good “brushing machine” for them – like this (Please click here) - 
- check out page 4 for the Technical Data and cost to get an idea J.  Please email Dhruva@theyogafarm.com to contribute to this – the cows will be in ecstasy and your reward will be eternal bliss J!
We also have brush heads mounted in the milking barn for them currently so they get a good scratch when they come in for milking.  However, they are pretty worn down now so you can also contribute here - we need 26 brushes 2 feet long (as we have 26 stalls) – we usually get these (click here)  - please email Dhruva or order them and have them shipped to ISKCON Gita Nagari, 534 Gita Nagari Road, Port Royal, PA, 17082 – Thank you in advance.
You are Invited!
Hot off the press from the organizers of the Memorial Weekend Retreat: come spend the long weekend with these wonderful souls: 
Hare Krishna !
   Sri Gita Nagari Dham ki Jai! The appreciation and gratitude expressed by each and every person attending the Gita Nagari retreats is an indication of how eagerly we all look forward to this event each year. Our gratitude goes out to His Holiness Romapada Swami, who very compassionately extends the mercy of Sri Sri Radha-Damodara to one and all by conducting the retreats in the peaceful, serene setting of the holy dhama of Gita Nagari. HH Romapada Swami's enthusiasm to always serve his beloved Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada, and his sincere desire to see his dear Godbrother, HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami's inimitable radiant smile, indicate his love, dedication, and commitment to them.

   This year's memorial day retreat is a very special one as the topic is "The Petals of ISKCON's Lotus", an event honoring ISKCON's 50th anniversary. This event will be graced by HH Romapada Swami, HG Ravindra Svarupa Das, HG Vaisesika Das, HG Tamohara Das, HG Krsnandini Dasi and HG Vraja Lila Dasi. The retreat will begin at 5 PM on Friday May 27th, 2016 and will end by 3 PM on Monday May 30th, 2016. We will be sending out a detailed event schedule as we get closer to the retreat.There will be an ecstatic kirtans lead by distinguished kirtaneers such as HG Acyuta Gopi Dasi and HG Ananta Govinda Das. Also we have exciting line-up of children's activities, to fully engage 5-12 year old in farm-based Krishna Conscious fun and play.
   Please click on the Evite invitation emailed to you and let us know if you will be able to make it to this year's Gita Nagari Retreat. Please provide name(s) and age(s) of persons attending the retreat. Alternatively, you can email Satya-sara das at reachsarva@hotmail.com. We request you to please inform and invite your friends. The registration fee for the retreat is $80 per person over 12 years of age ($30/day if attending part of the retreat) and $30 per child between the ages of 5-12 years.
   Thank you for your time and consideration.
   On behalf of the Gita Nagari Organizing Team,
Rati das

Monday, January 25, 2016

Our News Jan 25, 2016

Snow - Last Tuesday we had our first real snowfall – less than an inch and this week we are gearing up for a snow storm!  We got the snow plow truck going and would like to invest in a salt spreader for our paved lane – please support here if you can – it costs $980.  You can email Dhruva@theyogafarm.com with your desire and contribution.  It gets pretty icy and slippery here so all the residents especially the cows and our guests will greatly appreciate your generosity and contribution in this regard.
North American Temple President’s Forum -Parijata dd attended the North American Temple President’s Forum on behalf of Gita Nagari in Houston this past week.  She returned with favorable reports and shared the highlights at our Community Meeting last Sunday.  The Community Meeting was especially enlivening this past weekend – thank you to everyone who contributed.  The minutes will be out shortly.
Kitchen - The big move back into our fabulously remodeled kitchen is in progress as we write this (Wed evening 10:45pm – Nandi and Krpamoya are setting up the kitchen).  Will post pics in the next newsletter.  A Huge Thank You to everyone who contributed in various ways, and of course to Nandisvara das for leading the Project and doing much of the work/service himself.
Welcome Back! - Special Welcome Back to The Yatras (Snana Yatra Prabhu and Mother Jhulan Yatra) who returned from a recharge in India.  Krishna Kumar is also back after a very successful book marathon and already plugged in, while recovering!  Nandisvara das leaves to New Zealand for a well deserved break and will return  – all the residents, including the cows and oxen who are very fond of him, will miss his association and service.
Home Program - Pariksit Prabhu, Mother Anasuya, Vrnda devi and Vishaka devi hosted our community at their home where everyone had an opportunity to re-connect on a deeper level around a very effectively facilitated gathering.  Devotees shared freely and made commitments – sure ways to advance in devotional service!  Thank you Prabhus for this significant service!
Tulasi devi - Another significant offering is the very healthy care of Tulasi – she is vibrant, fully “leafed”, rich green and reciprocating with Her servant very wonderfully.  Pariksit Prabhu takes exceptional care of Tualsi devi and ever since he has been doing this service, she has not just survived every winter but continues to flourish!  He has plans to renovate her home – her special warm greenhouse.  The floors need replacement and the walls painted.  Please do support this special service – you can email parijata@theyogafarm.com with any contributions you would like to offer.
All services and offerings are significant so please connect with us on how you would like to be involved – we have so much planned for 2016 – much more service than volunteers!  Email parijata@theyogafarm.com regarding this.
Food Distribution - Fresh Express Food Distribution continues steadily by the dedicated efforts of Mothers Yasoda, Jambavati and Mayapuralila – we are well situated in our new venue – thanks to the Mifflin Borough Council.


Boiler - As the temperatures dip really low, all of us at Gita Nagari want to extend our sincere gratitude to Yasoda-dulal Prabhu and all the sponsors he rallied to purchase a new boiler for the farm, last year.  By your generosity, Sri Sri Radha Damodara, the devotees, all guests who stop by or stay over, are very warm.  The residents especially are able to serve in a focused way, free of bodily concerns regarding the cold and are in good health.  Your gift of heat to us is very precious and deeply appreciated.  Thank you, from our hearts.
Our Wood Boiler keeping us warm; Brrr! Icicles!; Hooking up the Snow Plow; Sati - our blissful and talented garland maker; Krishna Kumar (KK) back in action - he looks cute in his apron :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HH Radhanath Swami Retreat on-farm accommodation bookings open tomorrow!

Dearest Devotees

Hare Krsna!

Please accept our humble obeisances.  All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We will be starting our accommodation process for the upcoming Gita Nagari Annual retreat with H.H.Radhanath Swami  on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM EST. If you wish to stay on the farm,  please book your  accommodation here at the retreat registration website http://krishnaconnections.com/.

As our system is little restrictive, please read the mail carefully
  1. Before you decide to book the room, please CHECK ROOM TYPE to see number of devotees a room can accommodate.
  2. If you would like to share with other families, kindly arrange that among yourselves and allocate the person who will book and make payment. The room/s will be reserved in the name of that person and we will record that as "......das and Party". All rates are per ROOM for 2 nights and the booking is set up for the maximum rate for each room.
  3. In our Yoga Studio Level 2, Rooms 1 and 3 are 10 sleepers. Please book that for the maximum rate and then arrange among family and friends to fill up the beds. We are not able to take individual bookings for this.
  4. We have floor space (lovely organic bamboo floors:)) in our Yoga Studio Level 1 for men only.


 Once our on-farm accommodation is booked, kindly contact the surrounding Motels, Bed & Breakfasts, Campgrounds, etc (google Mifflintown, PA). Within a 20 mile radius, we have:
Econolodge - Mifflintown–717 436 5981
Budget Inn - Mifflintown – 717 436 2127
Super 8 – Burnham – 717 242 8888
Quality Inn – Burnham – 717 248 4961
Best Western – Milroy – 717 667 9595
Rose House Bed & Breakfast –Mifflintown - ph: Nancy Zimmerman on 717 436 6605 - http://www.rosehousebandb.com/rooms.html  - 11 miles from Gita Nagari
Buttonwood Campground - you can book a Cabin with them - https://buttonwoodcamp.com/campsites_cabins.htm - 9 miles from Gita Nagari
We eagerly await your arrival.
Your servants,
The Gita Nagari Retreat Planning Team
For all other queries : Brajavilasini devi dasi - varadabhat85@gmail.com

Monday, March 30, 2015

ANNUAL GITA NAGARI FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHERING WITH HIS HOLINESS RADHANATH SWAMI MAHARAJ

Dearest Devotees

Hare Krsna!

Please accept our humble obeisances.  All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Please consider this as our personal invitation to the GITA NAGARI ANNUAL FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHERING with His Holiness RADHANATH SWAMI MAHARAJ. We hope you will  join again this May and make it a memorable gathering.

Over the years, this retreat gets sweeter, with a weekend full of enlivening lectures, soulful kirtans and saintly association, accompanied by delicious meals and fun-filled activities for kids.  This year, we are honored to welcome His Holiness Giriraj Swami Maharaj as our special guest.

The retreat begins on Friday May 29 at 12:30 PM with an ekadasi lunch and ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday with lunch. We have an early bird discounted fee of $112 (per adult) for the retreat till April 21st. After that, the price will be increased to $122 per adult.

As our system is little restrictive, you will have to follow a two-step registration and payment process. Please follow these guidelines.
1.    Go to the payments page - make a payment via Paypal. Note down your paypal ID
2.    Submit the registration form online at  http://krishnaconnections.com/
 (please Remember to include your PAYPAL ID)

Registration is mandatory for all attendees. Reserve your spot today.
     
If you have any questions, please check our FAQs Section first and if it’s still not answered, please email us.
 So please register early so you can take advantage of the early bird discounts.

Please note: Accommodation Bookings and "Kids Camp" Registration is separate to the main event registration - we will release the link for this shortly.

We eagerly await your arrival.
Your servants,
The Gita Nagari Retreat Planning Team
For all other queries
Brajavilasini devi dasi - varadabhat85@gmail.com


Monday, December 29, 2014

BOILER GOAL REACHED! Thank You, Friends!

From Yasoda-dulal Prabhu: A BIG thank you and my sincere pranams to all who donated and shared these status updates: Gitanagari has the amount needed to get a new boiler and put it in, so that the residents can have heat!!! (This includes amounts pledged but not yet received by Gitanagari, I am told, so please do send those amounts in, else they could be short!) 

And from all of us here in Gita Nagari: A HUGE and HEARTFELT THANK YOU to all our friends and well-wishers for your generous contributions towards our central heating. Will post list of donors and an update in our weekly newsletter which comes out every Thursday. The residents here in Gita Nagari are very grateful and touched by your love and concern and by your active support. Thank you, dearest friends, and special Thank You to Yasoda-dulal Das Prabhu for leading this Project!