How “International Vaishnava Monastery in Europe” or Project “Sustainable and Long-Lasting International Vaishnava Monastery and Farm Community” Vision Project.
This Project Vision in doc format is here. Here is latest “Vaishnava Monastery Project in Europe” – Vision Project. Last update of this Vision Project: 12 Aug 2013.
You are welcome to express their visions, needs, desires, concerns, suggestions etc in connection with this Project vision.
1 Now is the time to launch International Vaishnava Monastery in Europe – Short introduction #0 of whole project
2 Sages Hermitage or Vaishnava Monastery as shelter for God seekers – Short introduction #1 of project Need
3 Short introduction #2 of Vaishnava Monastery project Need
In connection with CC and Narada muni and Mrigari story:
- The hunter continued, “My dear sir, please tell me how I can be relieved from the reactions of my sinful life. Now I fully surrender unto you and fall down at your lotus feet. Please deliver me from sinful reactions.”
- Nārada Muni assured the hunter, “If you listen to my instructions, I shall find the way you can be liberated.” … “Leave your home and go to the river. There you should construct a small cottage, and in front of the cottage you should grow a tulasī plant on a raised platform. After planting the tulasī tree before your house, you should daily circumambulate that tulasī plant, serve her by giving her water and other things, and continuously chant the Hare Krishna mahā-mantra.” ~ Sri Caitanya-Caritamrita Madhya-Lila 24.254-255 and 260 — 261
As we see in this hunter Mrigari story, from time immemorial, in human society is the group of people, who need Sincerely and Seriously Deepen their Spiritual Practises by being away from their previous surrounding, community, culture, country etc in order to rise beyond and transcend their previous destructive conductions, habits, character believes etc in specialised environed. When we can provide to these people special environment for their Sincerely and Seriously Spiritual Practises, then they can rise beyond their previous destructive conditions and behaviour. After their personal experiences of going beyond and transcending “destructive self” and accruing steadiness in “new self” as servants of Krishna, they can give back to society, specially to those, who still existing in destructive environment where they was, so needful helping hands, couching, guidelines etc by personal example rather than preaching.
In order to create and maintain such kind of special environment – “Sustainable and Long-Lasting Vaishnava Monastery and Community” according to principles given by Srila Prabhupada and explained by Radhanath Swami seminar “Serving Vaishnavas” given in Moscow at 2, 3, 4 Dec 1997, we right now gathering possible Monastery inhabitants and partners needs, concerns, desires etc.
4 Vaishnava Monastery Mission and Values.
4.1 Mission statement:
Each Vaishnava Monastery guest is moved, touch and inspired by experiencing that each Community Member Advancing Spiritually in a Sustainable and Noticeable ways.
4.2 Community values and principles
Difference between Values and Principles? The main difference between values and principles are the manner in which they are carried out. Values are the concepts that drive our choices. Principles are the manner in which you carry out your values.
4.2.1 Core values and principles: Truthfulness, Cleanliness, Mercy and Austerity.
Freedom from gambling cultivates truthfulness.
Freedom from intoxicants cultivates cleanliness.
Freedom from meat eating cultivates mercy.
Freedom form illicit sex cultivates austerity.
4.2.2 Secondary value:
4.3 The Culture of the Conduct.
4.3.1 Taking care of Details
“Many people who come to Sri Sri Radha Gopinath temple and stay for some days, the comment they give is not about the classes which are quite fantastic, not about the kirtans which are very fantastic, not about the architecture, and carved stone and the marbles which are very nice, nor about the Prasad which is excellent but most people are really moved by cleanliness. They say everything is so clean, because it’s just so different than most of what they see in India, especially temples. Why does cleanliness move them so much? It’s not just the hygiene, but to keep something clean takes tremendous amount of care, a tremendous amount of attention to detail and that awakens their Bhakti, because it’s done for Krishna’s pleasure.” ~ RNS 12
“Culture of love It’s the little things that parents do that very much influence the children. The mother goes out to work and just put the kid in front of a TV or buys them some games to play with and go. But the child needs some love, the child needs care. If you want to imbibe appreciation for Krishna in children, we have to give the children these little things. Kaliyuga generation is a generation of short cuts. But the problem is these short ways, they really do cut us and they really cut others too, cut us off from our conscience, our own hearts, our own loved ones. Culture of care, culture of devotion is a culture in action.” ~ RNS 12
5 Offered services for General public
5.1 Cultivate relationship with Neighbours.
“Making friends with Neighbours. If we try to do something for ourselves and have quality life, we need to share that quality life with others. Then however much we grow and develop and how many ever people start coming, people are going to like us because they don’t feel that we are something different from them. Same situation at New Vrindavan, every neighbour at New Vrindavan was our enemy for years and years and it kept on growing. I was on the hill, I was not involved so much but the attitude was ‘they are karmis and we are devotees.’ After everything started collapsing, devotees realized that they were not so much greater than them, although they have been given something very great. So we started reaching out to them and now every neighbour is our friend and supports us. That is human nature.” ~ RNS 12
5.2 Food for life.
Under the direct guidelines of “Food for Life Global”.
“When you go into the villages just giving people some food, just giving people some money isn’t really helping them. Because what makes people’s life fulfilled if they feel they have worth, they feel that they have value. Teach them how to do things themselves. Teach them how to work and produce and really feel that they have value. And they will be grateful. Just don’t give people stuff they won’t really be grateful for. But give them a sense that you value them and they will be grateful. If somebody values you for what you say and what you do, that’s a much higher form of gratitude than if somebody just gives you a few chapattis.” ~ RNS 12
5.3 Student Outreach program in Colleges, Universities, Institutes etc.
5.4 Mentorship or Counsellor System.
Mentorship or Counsellor System – for Students and General public.
5.5 Educational trips
Gaur Hari Prabhu: Maharaj! Many colleges in India have field trips to places where the students can be educated about organic farming and natural way of living. Recently when I was in New Vrindavana, Tapopunja prabhu, your beloved god brother had a demonstration plot where he would get students from vicinity and almost half a day workshop on how to plant, and make people get really interested in these things. They may not be directly interested in Krishna Consciousness. So given the widespread interest even in India, will it be a good idea to have small dedicated piece of land here just for demonstration and education?
HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj: “Yes definitely, educating people in agriculture will be one of the prominent features of the project. It’s amazing how many people want to learn that. In the colleges of America, environmentalism, ecology and natural living are prominent in people’s mind. Tapopunja prabhu, my very dear god brother has really developed a fantastic vision of how to promote it to the college students in America and they come. Sometimes they stay with him for days and he gives them the theory eloquently from a thoroughly Krishna conscious perspective and then he had all of them for days on their knees planting vegetables and pulling weeds. Because they have such a philosophical basis to what they are doing, they really feel that by planting these squash, they are changing the world. It’s thrilling because it’s so practical, so logical and so deeply philosophical. It’s Bhagavad Gita in action.” ~ RNS 12
5.5.1 Taking care of Children
“Taking care of children, their education and protection against abuse takes a lot of focus. We have to have a very strong focus to make sure there is no child abuse. Child protection can’t be taken for granted. There can be no nice system, unless we put priority and attention into it. A Gurukul needs lot of attention, for their emotional and spiritual protection. We need a team of people who are really working out of their way, it could be people from Bombay too who are just overseeing. And th deity worship. But as we develop there will be dozens of various types of services that will require capable people. Hopefully we will have it all available while you are still young. But other people who are either young or enthusiastic to come or elder want to settle in, live their lives here it will be the spiritual world. It’s a beautiful atmosphere, beautiful devotees, wonderful preaching opportunities, and many many varieties of devotional service. en we have our men there who are executing.” ~ RNS 12
5.6 Retreat centre
“Many yoga groups from the west would love to come to Yoga retreats here. And if its really comfortable and really aesthetic and they really see wonderful cow protection and learn the value of protecting cows; as they are doing the Yoga they see the oxen ploughing the fields, they see how we are really trying to get alternative energies, and they eat all natural foods that are grown there, a few people like that can bring about a tremendous amount of attention in the whole world and whole nation. That’s what Srila Prabhupada wanted from the very beginning. That’s what he wanted at New Vrindavan, at New Talavan, but it didn’t happen, just didn’t happen. As far as selfsufficiency is concerned, that’s not really our priority now and may take a lot of time. Prabhupada really wanted that too, but we could just create the retreat center balanced with a very eco-friendly model; that is very doable. But an eco friendly growing system, eco friendly way of building things would be extremely impressive. What we want to do here is make a very comfortable facility and give good experience for people to live in from any part of the world, at the same time in a very natural and eco friendly way.“~ RNS 12
“Please know that when we say that people are going to come for all over the world, it is not that there will be groups of buses coming with hundreds of people a day. But instead it will be groups of like 20 – 30 people coming in a week. It’s not going to upset the villagers. It’s not going to be a tourist attraction. It is going to be serious people like various students and environmentalist people who will be looking for spiritual retreats. Its something I have been seeing, not only our temple but ISKCON as a movement we are included.” ~ RNS 12
“If we just get retreats now, it will give another dimension of outreach to people who are not been reached yet.”~ RNS 12
“That’s how anybody joins spiritual movement these days. They are attracted by a retreat where they go for seven days because people really want to get away. Now in our temple, we bring our congregation, college students, western people to the temple, and they like the kirtan and hear a class and then they don’t know what to do. But here we can have a fantastic retreat, we can’t do it at the temple because there is no space. At the retreat centre we can have retreats where there are really nice seminars, kirtans, Ayurveda and Yoga. We can get really sensitive people who could influence much of the world favorably towards our movement or become devotees. We can get a lot of people from foreign countries. A lot of friends can become Krishna Conscious on a certain level if we have retreats for them. But now you preach to them at their homes, you tell them to come to the temple, they attend the arati and then they go home. But actually we can capture them for a week or three days. It’s actually the most successful way of reaching out to the people, both in India and the west.”~ RNS 12
“As soon as the place becomes a tourist centre it’s no longer a retreat centre for Yoga or spirituality. We want to keep that place like this. Popular all over the world but the only people there are the people who are allowed to be there. No body can be coming in their cars, we will become a motor shop. We want people to come from all over the world not as a tourist but only serious people coming for serious spiritual upliftment. Also our congregation, not that people will be driving every day, they will be making prior reservation and coming at a certain time under the management of the retreat centre. ”~ RNS 12
5.6.1 The Experiential learning and Transformation of hearts.
“We want to create a community based on these principles where there is honour and respect for each other in a broader spectrum because every living being and every non-living being here is part of our community and ultimately there is a global community, there is a universal community. That’s from the philosophical perspective. From an ecological perspective we have to learn to respect what is being given by the Earth and not exploit. Exploitation creates greed and it creates a dangerous imbalance in our environment but a caring service attitude towards the environment actually creates real prosperity, longevity and hope. So from every level material and spiritual these are things, these are principles that are sacred and we want to enrich our own consciousness through this awareness and through this practice and we also want a type of retreat centre where people could come and actually understand how to live in harmony with nature and how to live in harmony with God, not just theoretical but they see it, they hear it, they smell it, they taste it, they feel it because it’s for real.” ~ RNS 12
5.6.2 Ashram… not Business!
“To fulfil our purpose, there has to be a careful balance – that’s a challenge. The idea of a retreat centre and people coming to ecovillage is that there should not only be a sight of an ecovillage but also a feeling and a spirit of ecovillage. With oxen ploughing field on one side and on the other side offering 5 star professional treatments is a total contradiction. Merging it is to be done very nicely. Is the purpose money or transforming hearts? We are not even strained financially; the funds haven’t been given to make a business but to create an environment.” ~ RNS 12
“Retreat is for our congregation, college students and yoga groups from the west, who basically are not the people who will be affording costly rates. The retreat center is like a yatra, is a service., not a business. Even if we break even, with not so much loss, but just break even, that’s enough. We should have more of a feel of an ashram – not a hotel. An ashram has a common dining hall, even in Hrishikesh etc, people like to sit in a common hall. Paying individually for food is not an ashram. For the feel of an ashram and for our congregation, meals should be included in the tariffs. There may be exceptions for corporate retreats, as far as everybody else we want to keep it personal, giving a spiritual ashram experience. People are not coming here for a vacation, fat for a spiritual experiences.” ~ RNS 12
“Giving people Cultural Experience We want to be seen not as running a business/retreat, but as charitable people spreading divine message. We don’t want to take from them but we want to feel that they are a part of our community. We need to define the mission statement. We need to check if our mood is going to be affordable. People coming here should not be discriminated; it defeats the purpose of community living. In one sense, we have a community there growing food, taking care of cows. We are inviting people there to be a part of that community, not a commercial resort. People want not just a visual, but cultural experience, values like not being concerned about money etc. When the people in the west travel, they stay in hotels, what I feel is we may find major revenue in breaking even. We don’t want to lose a lot of money, but we want to give people the experience. Even having Mid Day Meal there is an experience. Today the most popular guesthouse in ISKCON is here in Chowpatty. Gauranga Priya Prabhu and Nitai Prasad Prabhu are changing people’s hearts. Taj and Oberoi (topmost hotels in India) don’t change.” ~ RNS 12
“We must run the place not so much as a profitable enterprise, but as a heart changing village experience, very loving experience with very loving devotees – the combination that really conger hearts.” ~ RNS 12
“East meet west – cleanliness and organization of the west with the simplicity of east. It really has to feel non-commercial.” ~ RNS 12
“Train people in the right vision. Less cost for labour. Training in the vision of the standard of cleanliness. Disney land is spotlessly clean everywhere. If you drop anywhere anything – within 15 seconds it would be picked up. Cleanliness is godliness – needs effective management.” ~ RNS 12
“Important thing is “Taking care of people” – train and form a good team at GEV. Whether we charge or not is to be experimented – some research to be done – the atmosphere and the loving relationships of the devotees is actually the point.” ~ RNS 12
“Srila Prabhupada’s idea is based on simple living and high thinking. Alternative energy, farming, cow protection – Sanat kumar Prabhu did well. One of the primary reasons to make it really a retreat is to bring people from different parts of the world and India. Purpose is to give that experience. That’s what Srila Prabhupada wanted these farm communities for. We need to bring people to experience this, for people to come.” ~ RNS 12 “When people come to ashram, they expect something different from restaurant – they don’t get to do that outside. Eating in a community hall with so many people. This is a holy place.” ~ RNS 12
5.7 Environmentalism – platform to serve sociality in large.
Among the open-minded college students in the west, environmentalism is the number one subject. They are really interested in it because the world is being plundered. What is human being doing to the world? The rivers are so poisonous today that someone dropped some fire and instead of putting off, the river caught fire. So in the current scenario every one is going to be the biggest issue amongst the thoughtful people. How can it not be? The way the society is going now, the earth is incapable of supporting. Anybody who is thoughtful today, thinks that the way the society is going, the earth is going to be unsustainable.” ~ RNS 12
“We have to change the consciousness of the human population if we want to survive. Even people in western countries can see that and that’s why it’s an issue. Not because it is fashionable, but they see that it’s the ultimate necessity of the planet. It’s a platform to preach on practically… We should do it. We have the people, we have the energy, we have the money, all that we need is to have the focus. That’s all we need – FOCUS.” ~ RNS 12
5.7.1 Vegan Movement in the west
“One of the biggest movements in America and Europe is Vegan (means vegetarian). They will drink milk and eat cheese if it’s from a cow that is protected now and throughout their lives. But they think it to be ugly, sinful and immoral to find milk from a company that is going to later on slaughter the cows and the bulls. The companies slaughter the bulls because they do not giving milk. They either slaughter the cows or it’s not fully humane in the way they care for the cows. In most cases it’s not. They keep them in very clustered places and give them hormones. They inject them with things that spoil their health for the sake of getting more milk. When they are sick, instead of taking care of them they simply give them horrible injections just so that they keep giving milk.” ~ RNS 12
6 Offered services for Vaishnava community or Devotee Care
“Devotee care is itself a huge responsibility. Looking after their material needs, looking after the quality of their lives, making sure that their families are properly taken care of, is going to be much more intensive here. If we want a nice community then the whole counselor system concept plus all that physical, emotional and all other type of support must be there. It’s a very immense responsibility and we can do it, we have the people to do it, we have to allocate people and as we are putting more energy in this place, obviously more capable people, more qualified people will come there.” ~ RNS 12
6.1 Bhaktivedanta Academy for Culture and Education (BACE).
Study of following programs as Bhakti shastri, Bhakti Vaibhava, Behaviour training, Stress Management, Anger Management, Meditation etc course, Family relationships, Effective Study etc
6.2 Mentorship or Counsellor System.
Mentorship or Counsellor System – For Monks, Nuns and Vaishnava Family people (Grihasthas).
6.3 Retreat centre for Vaishnavas.
“The retreat centre is important because we are simply the servants of the congregation and it’s our responsibility to provide for them a shelter outside the city that is purely Krishna Conscious. And since they are people of the city it should have the feel of ancient traditional India, but it should have the comforts in which they can be happy. It doesn’t have to be opulent but it should be comfortable enough so that they could be happy. Also we would start cow protection and alternative styles of energy, whether it be cow dung and cow urine, gases or other alternatives that are there; creating full electricity to power places through windmills, no need of coal or oil or gas or anything, it serves simpler.“ ~ RNS 12
6.4 Care for Elderly Vaishnavas.
Krishna Naam Prabhu question: Jananivas Prabhu explained that Srila Prabhupada in his purport, was talking about how farm community or village is basically a place which is in the mode of goodness. The whole purpose of our practice in Krishna Consciousness is to gradually elevate the whole consciousness to come from the lower modes to the higher modes and particularly as we are becoming older we need to be more and more situated in the mode of goodness as much as possible. So from that point of view particularly for those who are staying in the cities, a place like Govardhan Eco Village or Mayapur or anywhere we have a farm community would be an ideal place where a person who is becoming old, aged should settle down. But at the same time there is also a need for such a person to be properly engaged. So my question was that would Govardhan Eco Village facilitate movement of the devotees from the city to GEV so that they could spend the rest of their life in the mode of goodness as much as possible? So could we also think on those lines of creating facilities over here?
HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj answer: (You are still quite young Krishnanama prabhu!) That is one of the objectives of developing this property. We will be having guests, students, tourists, as we are having various dynamic seminars, lectures, kirtans, health retreats and cottage industries. So as this project actually becomes a community and a pilgrimage center, it will provide more and more valuable services for people to render. … As we develop there will be dozens of various types of services that will require capable people. Hopefully we will have it all available while you are still young. But other people who are either young or enthusiastic to come or elder want to settle in, live their lives here it will be the spiritual world. It’s a beautiful atmosphere, beautiful devotees, wonderful preaching opportunities, and many many varieties of devotional service.” ~ RNS 12
7 Project Development communities and benefit communities:
Project benefits communities ISKCON and general public: Primarily ISKCON all Europe Continent communities; Secondary ISKCON India, ISKCON world and all people worldwide in general.
8 Vision of territory planning:
As we already receive offer of 121 Acres land in Europe (Latvia) for Vaishnava Monastery project, now we can envision, what kind communities can dwell and practice on this offered land.
We see that on this land in future can be marks of different kind of connected territories:
8.1 International Vaishnava Monastery for monk.
Territory for male monks (bramacharies, vanaprasthas, sanyasies) with English language as main official language:
This territory is closed for unauthorised visitors and general public, particularly for female visitors. This territory can hold separate areas or/and hermitage with care of specific physical and spiritual need of particular people group as:
- Trainee or Novice Monks (students) – less that certain years in training;
- Young Monks (bramacharies) – age group approximately 20 to 40 years old;
- Middle age Monks (bramacharies) –age group approximately 40+ years old;
- Middle age Monks (Sanyasies) –age group approximately 50+ years old;
- Old Monks (bramacharies, sanyasies) – age group approximately 60+ years old;
- Active Retrained Persons (vanaprasthas) – age group approximately 60+ years old;
- Seclusions small meditation dwellings (Bajan cutir) – small, simple hermitage app. 2×2 metre in secluded place like forest, which can be used by different people at different times;
- Weak Retrained Persons (vanaprasthas), who need special physical and mental care and facilities, like old people houses as nursing home – age group approximately 60+ years old;
- Male Hospice – male people, who desire to live there body in Spiritual Environment only in male devotee association.
8.2 International Vaishnava Farm Community.
Territory for respectful relationships between both gender and not free-mixing are, with English primary and Russian, Latvian as secondary official language here. Generally for the family people.
Here can be three types of family communities:
8.2.1 Traditional Vedic joint family community
Community where all male and female (including children from 5+ years) 99% of time serve, pray, work, stay, play, take rest, sleep at night etc with others respective gender members from same community, without free mixing between genders.
Respective Male and Female in sacred marriage meet really and that public area. Respective marriage couple meet privately in intimate setting just for procreation of children and after sacred children procreation ceremony and Blessings from community Elders.
This family people lifestyle can suite these families, who committed to celibate family life.
This type of Traditional Vedic joint family need most of minimum personal money and minimum personal expenses as all is shared between community members. Family Highway back home, back to Godhead, as they nearly life as monks and nuns and dedicate maximum time for Spiritual Practices and Direct Devotional Services as Smaranam-Kirtanam-Vishnoh.
8.2.2 Modernize half nuclear-joint family community
Family have their own separate living area (room, flat or house) for all family mix gender members. Children 5+ years may live in this family area or in children school (gurukula). No kitchen and big temple hall as all community members pray, eat, serve to God and Stay Together.
This type family community is more expensive compare to “Traditional Vedic joint family community” and family members pushed by their desire for independent senses enjoyment work more hear for material facilities and respectively getting less time for Spiritual Practices and Direct Devotional Services as Smaranam-Kirtanam-Vishnoh.
8.2.3 Modernize nuclear family community
Family have their own separate living area (room, flat or house) with kitchen etc for all family mix gender members. Children 5+ years may live in this family area or in children school (gurukula). This is like modern nuclear family, where family depending on their own mood sometime joint community for communal prayers, eating, service etc and others time do their own independent things.
This type family community is even more expensive compare to “Traditional Vedic joint family community” and “Modernize half nuclear-joint family community” and family members pushed by their desire for independent senses enjoyment work more hearer that all other for material facilities and respectively getting lesser time for Spiritual Practices and Direct Devotional Services as Smaranam-Kirtanam-Vishnoh.
8.3 Small children school (gurukula).
8.4 Sunday-school for value education.
8.5 International Retreat Centre.
Territory for mix gender, which during the running retreats is closed for unauthorised visitors and general public.
8.6 Local countryside Bhaktivedanta Hospital.
Follow example and guidelines of Bhaktivedanta Hospital (Mumbai, India).
8.7 Vrindavan replica as public meditative park-garden.
“We are also going to be developing replicas of the 12 forests of Vrindavan. There will be walkways, auspicious trees, dioramas where people can actually come and feel Vrindavan. Devotees can walk into the forests and come to Gokul Mahavan. There will be dioramas of some of the principle lilas that took place in Gokul Mahavan and each one will have a forest garden area with sitting places and caves like structures to do your bhajan. If you mediate on that place sincerely, that place literally becomes Gokul Mahavan. It is no more a replica, it is that place. It is really Mahavan, the way it was when Krishna was there 5000 years ago. And there will be Govardhan with the parikrama of the different places of Govinda Kunda, Radha Kunda, Shyama Kunda etc. where we could go on a pilgrimage and discuss the beautiful pastimes that took place there. There will be Barsana where we will visit Srimati Radharani’s home, there will be Nandagram where we will visit Krishna and Balarama’s home. A place where we could actually get away from the passionate ugrakarma lifestyle of Mumbai and Pune and be in Vrindavan. Live in natural homes, walk through the forests. Just as Bhaktivedanta hospital is a hospital to heal the body, mind and soul, this will be a place of pilgrimage to heal the body, mind and soul. ” ~ RNS 12
8.8 Mix gender Hospice.
8.9 Agricultures Farming.
“Agriculture, cow protection and alternative energy utilization. It will be one of the most effective influential ways of transforming people’s hearts – our own existent devotees as well as new people.” ~ RNS 12
“You can buy food in the market and it’s a lot easier then growing food on a farm. Growing food in the farm, if it doesn’t rain, so much trouble and water restoration is a big challenge and dealing with the insects, big challenge, dealing with the boars and the ground hogs and the deers eating it, farming is really a challenge. If we have money why not just go to the stores, let somebody else do all this stuff. But there is something very deeply special about eating prasad that was sowed, grown, harvested, cooked, offered to Krishna and served to you in the purest possible devotional way, something very meaningful, we can actually savor that prasad. We are not only eating the thing but we are meditating on the energy of that food and just by having that consciousness is so uplifting and purifying and brings us so much closer to God. But our tendency is we just want to do things cheap and quick, isn’t it? That’s the way city life in the 21st century in kali yuga, it’s the way it programs us. We have so much to do, let’s just do cheap and quick.” ~ RNS 12
“When I was a young boy my mother made an entire feast for the family for seven evenings a week. She spent at least four hours every day cooking dinner and she had no help, she did all the cleaning and shopping single handedly but still she cooked every night. She could have just brought us to the fast food place or just ordered it and brought it home. In certain ways it may have tasted the same. But why did she work so hard? It’s the matter of love, it’s the matter of quality life. … The feeling, the emotion of that extra work to show love is going to be substituted for something that’s cheap, efficient and quick.” ~ RNS 12
8.10 Cow Protection.
“I think someone should also go to Hungary because they have a really good Goshala. What I believe is different people ha ve different experiences, revelations of doing something better for the cows. A lot has to do with how you layout the Goshala. So I think it’s very important to build our Goshala as soon as possible, but I think we should get a really full and comprehensive understanding of many Goshalas before we put our first brick. Because we want to do it right. Because once it’s done, it’s done. We should really go to some of the good Goshalas in India, and also in the west. People are full of praise in Hungary, Sivaram Maharaj, we should definitely look at it. Bhaktivedanta Manor just spent a fortune doing the Goshala. We don’t have to spend so much but at least we can see some of the features.” ~ RNS 12
“Cow protection is not about not killing them but making them happy. Protecting your child is not just about not killing them, its about making them happy and what makes everybody happy, whether you are a cow or a child or a old man or a young woman, you are happy when you are loved. We feel loved when we are cared for. And little things, its little gesture that actually transmit that intention and that’s really what bhakti is about.” ~ RNS 12
“What difference does it make? Srila Prabhupada put tremendous amount of emphasis on cow protection. Now someone may ask that if we are protecting a 100 cows there are still tens and millions slaughtered all over the world. What are we really doing? But we are doing something very tremendous. We are living by our ideals, we are doing our part and we are living in harmony with Krishna’s wish. And beyond that, it is an example. If we can show people that we really care, people are going to take our message very seriously.”~RNS 12
“In the colleges I go to, most of the people that come for the programs are like that. Vegan movement is growing all over America, Europe and Australia. It is based on Ahimsa, selfless compassion. Now there are young people who are idealistic. So we have to have a Goshala and cow protection program that really shows them that we love our cows, bulls and whatever animals we have, we will protect them for the rest of their lives.” ~ RNS 12
8.11 Territory for Household and Technical needs.
Territory for Household and Technical needs – like auto garage, workshop for repair, etc.
8.12 Outside territories and activities in connection with Vaishnava Monastery.
Outside of this monastery land in connection with this Vaishnava Monastery Community in closer or later future there can be:
- Vaishnava Crematory – at least 1-2 km distance from Monastery land. Will be manifested in close future as one of priorities, as for Vaishnavas in Europe is the scarcity of proper last right ceremonies (samskara) according to Bonafide Vaishnava culture and etiquette.
- International Vaishnava Monastery for nun and Farm Community - at least 10 km distance form Monastery land and lead by Vaishnava Family people community (Grihasta). We already got offer by enthusiastic Vaishnava family at 11 Jun 2013 to take leadership of this project point and create, develop and maintain such Vaishnava Monastery for nun on their 19 Acres (8 hectares) land in Latvia, Europe – app. 150 km from Vaishnava Monastery for monks.
8.13 Stages of a land use planning implementation.
We are planning this Project implementation stage by stage. In 1st stage, there is planning to start only with male community. When this male community will grow stable, strong, and self-sufficient, then male community can be shift to other close area on same land only for male members. And then go to project 2nd stage: Points from 8.2 till 8.11.
Points from 8.2 till 8.11 are not physically connected with this land and can be started, when ever will be potential leaders and recourses to do so.
9 Planning for achieving the project mission (Already known Project practical steps)
9.1 Project Preliminary Meeting and tasks:
9.1.1 Move in and Launch outreach and Satsanga program in countryside house.
Sri Sri Radha Gopinath with assistance of BVG Janaka das move in and start regular Deity Worship, Prayers, Chantings, monk religious daily routine (sadhana including regular morning program) as in regular Vaishnava Monastery (ashram). Responsible BVG Janaka das), date will be clarified.
9.1.2 Develop and Discuses 2st Project vision.
Planed till 1 May 2014 (resp. Janaka das):
Project partners in cooperation all volunteers, who likes to take part, develop second 1st level vision according to needs, desires, concerns etc of development and benefit communities.
9.1.3 Create and develop project ground provisions
Next step is to create and develop project ground provisions – practical level documents, grounded rules and job descriptions according to the places, times and conditions, which includes needed parts for healthy ISKCON community creation, development and maintenance, for example:
- Mission, aim, value, hierarchy of principles, structure of community etc;
- Community day schedule or agenda, expected group and individual activities;
- Sadhana, training, learning, working, recreation etc times boundaries;
- Novice monk, monk, short time guest, long time guest, volunteer etc rule and behavior (job) descriptions and practices who people will be accepted and ask to leave community;
- Monastery services to Euro Continent including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus etc ISKCON communities, all Western and World ISKCON communities and public in general.
Project team including everyone, who likes to take part to develop “project ground provisions” according to needs, desires, concerns etc of development and benefit communities.
In this step simultaneously authorized persons can search out for needed project additional team members and partners and negotiate roles, responsibilities and practical dailny cooperation expressions.
9.1.4 Recruit 1st 3-4 monks team, how will move there and assist and serve Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Deities in launched preaching centre.
3-4 others monks move in and continuing regular Deity Worship, Prayers, Chantings, monk religious daily routine (sadhana including regular morning program) as in regular Vaishnava Monastery (ashram). Responsible BVG Janaka das), date will be clarified.
Resp BVG Janaka das, date depends on previous decision.
9.1.5 Gradually converting hose to Monastery for app 20 monks’ harmonic serving and staying conduction there.
In Work Meditation period monks and guests in cooperation gradually converting (reconstructed) hose to Monastery to harmonise 15-20 monks serving and staying conduction there. – Date and responsible person depends on previous decision.
9.1.6 Guest reception – set up needful arrangements and starting receives interested Monastery Guest.
There is a group of people, who looking forwards to cam to monastery for day, two, some weeks of even months. In West we have group of spiritual practitioners, who are moving from one Spiritual Place to another to find place, where his hart receive Spiritual Experiences. As soon we become open to such guests accommodation, words about such International Vaishnava Monastery gradually and firm will spared all around the globe and gradually we will receive more and more genuine Self and God seekers, who are ready to take up Vaishnava Spiritual Practises and Lifestyle for Self Discovery.
9.1.7 Preparations for and then launch first college 1st level outreach program only for male students (15-25 year old – potential monks).
After sustainably settle down in new Monastery, monk can preparations for and then start first college 1st level outreach program only for male students (15-25 year old – potential monks) in nearby countryside farmer college, as there students more in mode of goodness and use to live in countryside environment. – Date and responsible person depends on previous decision.
9.1.8 Set up first BACE in same nearby countryside Farmer College
Set up first Bhaktivedanta Academy for Culture and Education (BACE) in same nearby countryside Farmer College, where monks can hold regular 2nd follow level up programs where interested students can live and study in Spiritually and Materially Health environment. – Date and responsible person depends on previous decision.
9.1.9 Will unfold later …
Date and responsible person depends on previous decision.
9.2 Existing building convert (reconstruct) for Monastery:
By words of Atis Prabhu, at present on offered land exist two main buildings:
(1) one 6 rooms simple countryside house (wood heating in house; in house possible cook food on open flame, gas and electricity) is in quite good condition, because right now someone lives inside. Then with small adjustments and minor investments house can be converted (reconstructed) to Monastery (ashram) for app 20 monks (bramacharies), who can stay and serve in house thought whole year.
(2) One stone building there (before cow shed), which in future also can be converted to monks living and serving area by walls thermo insulated, constructing heating and separated room inside the building. Then in same area can serve and stay app up to 80 monks through year.
10 Needed services (job description)
10.1 Separate Spiritual and Material leadership.
Following in footsteps of SSRG, in Monastery planned to have separate Spiritual leadership [CSV – Council of Spiritual Vision] (all question connected directly with Spiritual activities and regular daily monk religious duties), Finances and Quality Audit (Finances and Quality management, set up budget boundaries from COM according to CSV guidelines) and Material leadership [COM - Council of Management] (legal matters, finances, material recourses etc).
10.2 Job description
Needed services (job description) and persons how can offer these services, recourses…
10.3 Simple food, closing, medicine for firs 8-10 monks.
Initially Atis is ready provide simple food, closing, medicine for 3 monks from 1 till 3 years or till monastery have self-sufficient recourses for it.
We are looking forwards for some offers by someone who can provide simple food, closing, medicine for 8-10 monks from 1 till 3 years or till monastery have self-sufficient recourses for it.
RNS – His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj
BVG – His Holiness Bhakti Vijnana Goswami Maharaj
BACE – “Bhaktivdanta Academy for Culture and Education” in Chowpatty. The preliminarily program to cuvalificate for VTA.
VTA – One year “Vaishnava Training Academy” program for working persons in Chowpatty. Preliminarily program to cuvalificate for BT.
BT – One year “Bramacharie Training” Group in Chowpatty.
12 Abbreviations used in the text
RNS 12 – His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj book “Transforming Hearts – The Eco-Friendly way” or “Simple Living Height Thinking” from 2012, Govardhan Eco Village, India. Download or/and read in PDF format (5Mb) here.
RNS 97 – His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj seminar “Serving Vaishnavas” given in Moscow at 2nd, 3rd and 4th Dec 1997. Same seminar translated in Russian language.
13 Project Vision was shared with…
And kindly requested to share needs, desires, concerns, corrections etc was made with Atis Pr (7 Jun 2013 at 8pm); HG Hrishikesh Pr (8 Jun 2013); put regularly and openly in www.OurMonastery.wordpress.com webpage.
14 In conclusion
14.1 An offering of compassion.
“Today we are inaugurating this vision, this plan, this prayer, on behalf of our Gurudev who wanted it so dearly.” ~ RNS 12
“This potentially could be one of the greatest offerings of our society for the health of our own devotees, devotees all over the world, and the people in general. It is a small step, towards a sublime destination.” ~ RNS 12.
“We may need more land, but that will not be a problem. If there is a desire without ulterior motives, Krishna provides, Krishna empowers and it will be a success. The most important thing is that we cannot compromise our sacred values. We have to be what we are trying to teach. We have to be what we are striving to offer to the world. It should be done very purely. This is my very sincere and humble proposal to all of you. Let us work together to make this dream of Srila Prabhupada a divine reality.” ~ RNS 12
14.2 Expressing Gratitude
“By Srila Prabhupada, Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda’s causeless mercy we have such a potential to expand and increase this wonderful project that Prabhupada really wanted without taking anything away from what we are already doing. This is such a blessing that we should be so grateful that we have a chance to do this and we should show our gratitude by doing it. All the counselors should be thinking what we have, let us utilize it to expand Mahaprabhu’s movement in ways that Prabhupada smiles and showers his blessings. But we cannot compromise any of the projects that we are already working with, that’s essential.” ~ RNS 12
14.3 United Effort
“What would make it beautiful is that it is a united effort. It’s not one person’s project or two or three people’s project. We want it to be our family’s project. We have quite a large family, which begins with the counselors. We should be so happy. If we put so much effort and if we get in return a bowlful of rice we should be ecstatic.” ~ RNS 12
This project vision was complicated on basis of His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj vision expressed in Moscow at 1997 and Govardhan Eco Village at 2010-2013 and some practical vision implementation addictions on particular land added by project team members.
On behalf of project all partners Your humble servants BVG Janaka dasa das
Vaishnava monk, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath temple-monastery, Mumbai, India.
15.1 The Seven Purposes of ISKCON
15.2 The Four Regulative Principles of Freedom.
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