New Talavan Times
BY: ISKCON New Talavan Community
Jul 27, USA (SUN)
Weekly Bulletin of the ISKCON New Talavan Community
"Protecting the Heart of Vedic Dharma"
Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Temple President: His Grace Yogindra Vandana das Adhikari
Editor: His Grace Dasanudas Vanacari
31492 Anner Rd. • Carriere MS 39426 • 601 749-9460
Please always chant the mahamantra:
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Srila Prabhupada's Vision
Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission is that paropakara, benefit of the human society. All living entities within this material world, they are in ignorance, all 8,400,000 different forms of life. So all living entities, they are ajnah: they have forgotten what is the value of life. So in the human form of life, where there is chance of getting the real light, if they spoil in this way like cats and dogs, the whole world, what is the position of the world? Very precarious condition. So paropakara. Therefore those who have got enlightenment, they should try to raise these rascals who are in ignorance. That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission. Caitanya Mahaprabhu therefore says, bharata-bhumite manusya janma haila jara: “Anyone who has taken birth in Bharata-varsa, India, as human being, not cats and dogs,” janma sarthaka kari, “first of all make your life successful,” then paropakara, “then distribute the knowledge.” This is Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission. How? Why He is stressing on Indian? Now, because it is in India you will find these sastras, the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam and many others, not in other places. The four Vedas; then the explanation of the Vedas, Upanisad; summarization of the Vedas, Vedanta-sutra; then historically explanation, Puranas; then actual history, Mahabharata, Ramayana-so these things are available in India. And one should take advantage of this sastra and make his life successful and then preach all over the world.
- Class on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.49, August 1, 1975, New Talavan.
Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31 is the New Orleans/New Talavan Srila Prabhupada 30th Anniversary Festival. A wonderful celebration of Srila Prabhupada's visit to New Orleans and New Talavan temples in 1975. Everyone is invited to participate. For details see our web site. To publicize the Festival and create a unique souvenir, Dasanudas Prabhu assembled a graphic with 30 famous portraits of Srila Prabhupada shown at right. This graphic will be printed on a souvenir T-shirt. Also, prints of Srila Prabhupada's famous picture while cooking at New Talavan will be available. To download a larger version of Thirty Faces of Srila Prabhupada, click here.
Sunday, July 31 is also Kamika Ekadasi-fasting from grains and beans (Break fast next day 05:20-09:51). “Observing Kamika Ekadasi bestows the same merit as donating a milk-cow and her auspicious calf, along with their feed. On this all auspicious day, whosoever worships Lord Sri Sridhara-deva, Visnu, is glorified by all the devas, Gandharvas, Pannagas, and Nagas. Those who are afraid of their past sins and completely immersed in sinful materialistic life should at least observe this best of Ekadasis according to their ability and thus attain liberation. This Ekadasi is the purest of all days and the most powerful for removing sins of the native. O Narada, Lord Shri Hari Himself once said about this Ekadasi, “One who fasts on Kamika Ekadasi attains much more merit than one who studies all the spiritual literatures.” Anyone who fasts on this particular day and remains awake throughout the night will never experience the anger of Yamaraja, the king of death personified. It has been seen that whoever observes Kamika Ekadasi will not have to suffer future births, and in the past too, many bhakti-yogis who fasted on this day went to the spiritual world. One should therefore follow in their auspicious footsteps and strictly observe a fast on this most auspicious of Ekadasis. [For the rest of this story from the Bhavisya-uttara Purana, click here.]
Sunday, July 31 is also the New Talavan Sunday Feast, beginning at 11:30 AM. For directions, call 601 749-9460 or visit our web site.
A new arrival has come to Mother Tulsi Maharani, one of our dear cows: a new calf, as yet unnamed. The bull calf was born on July 20. Mother and boy are doing fine. Here's a picture of the happy mother and child.
How to put New Talavan in Your Will
After providing for their families and loved ones, congregational members may want to put New Talavan in their wills, thus helping to assure the long-term viability of Srila Prabhupada's uniquely wonderful Krsna-conscious spiritual community. In the USA, bequests are free from estate tax and can substantially reduce the amount of your assets claimed by the government. You can give needed support to New Talavan by simply including the following statement in your will: "I give, devise, and bequeath to ISKCON of Mississippi, Inc., 31492 Anner Rd., Carriere MS 39426, [insert the amount to be given here] to be used to support the New Talavan Community and its related activities, including preaching, cow protection, construction etc." A bequest can be a specific cash amount, a piece of real estate or other property, a percentage of an estate, or all or part of the residue of an estate. You can also name New Talavan as a contingency beneficiary in the event someone named in your will is no longer living. It is recommended that a lawyer help in drafting or amending a will.
Many thanks and blessings to Mother Shanti for her kind donation of a 1995 Toyota Tercel DX. This will greatly help our preaching in the Mississippi Gulf area!
New Talavan needs your spare automobile! As an vital part of our expanding preaching program, we have an immediate need for one more vehicle for making contacts, home visits and attending Bhakti-vrksha meetings in our large preaching area. We cover Mississippi, western Florida and southern Alabama from New Talavan, and Louisiana and Arkansas from New Orleans. We provide tax-exemption receipts up to the Blue Book or resale value of the vehicle. It's magic: turn that old clunker rusting in the garage into a nice tax-refund check!
Also, if anyone would like to donate a digital video camera, we want to make videos of interviews with devotees about Srila Prabhupada's visit to New Talavan, and many other applications. Contact us right away at 601 749-9460.
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