Kartika-masa, also known as Damodar-masa, in accordance with Vaishnava calendars, is described in the scriptures as the best among months, for performing austerities for spiritual advancement.
Lord Sri Krishna says, “Of all plants, the sacred Tulasi is most dear to Me, of all months, Kartika is most dear, of all places of pilgrimage, My beloved Dwarka is most dear, and of all days, Ekadasi is most dear.
(Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda 112.3)
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.
In the original Vrindavan, where Lord Krsna and His brother, Balarama, used to herd the cows and calves out to the forests every day, it was always a cause for celebration whenever a new calf was born.
Well, in the same way, a new baby bull was born in New Vrindaban Sept. 9th, 2014 in the afternoon at 2 PM. and we joyfully celebrated that. The new calf's name is Balarama. He is the 7th bull calf born this year in the dhama. He and his mata are doing well at the comfortable Goshalla across the street from Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Chandra Mandir.
Thousands of people chanting, dancing and, of course, throwing colors - for peace, love and unity!
New Vrindaban’s third annualFestival of Colors brought out 5,000 participants to “color their lives and throw their worries to the wind!” This was the message that hit home with most all of the festival goers that day. Everyone had the time of their lives.