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Parsippany Bhakti Vriksha Retreat

4th of July weekend was a life-changing experience for 45 devotees from the Parsippany

Bhakti Vriksha group who visited New Vrindaban on a spiritual retreat. The group, led by Madan Gopal Das and his wife Manasi Ganga Devi Dasi, consisted of about 15 families who had been attending weekly meetings for just 1-2 years. Eager to learn more about Krishna consciousness and to boost their spiritual growth, they enthusiastically embarked on a three-day pilgrimage. Key to the retreat’s success was the extensive advance preparation. By booking their rooms months in advance, they were able to secure accommodation for everyone despite the busy holiday weekend. They were also able to work with New Vrindaban managers like Anuradha Dasi to come up with a program of activities that was perfectly tailored to the needs of the group. Months before their departure date, the Bhakti Vriksha meetings were focused on preparing their consciousness for entering the holy land of New Vrindaban, understanding that it is non-different from Vrindavan in India where Lord Krishna appeared. Madan Gopal Das designed a mini course on how to develop the right frame of mind for appreciating the holy dhama. This included a group reading of Srimad Bhagavatam chapter 38 – Akrura’s Arrival in Vrindavan- along with a PowerPoint presentation to emphasize the important take-home points from the reading. At each Friday