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Happy Govardhana Puja 2017

Govardhana Puja

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Happy Janmastami 2017

All glories to Krishna, the son of Mother Yasoda, the cowherd boy Gopal, Govinda who gives pleasure to the cows! All glories to the conqueror of Cupid, Lord Hari, who takes away all inauspiciousness, who is unlimited, and the awarder of liberation!

(Gitavali, Sri Krishner Vimsottara-Sata-Nam, Song 6, Verse 1 Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Trans. Dasaratha-suta dasa. Nectar Books, 2002.)

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Happy Balarama Purnima!

Shri Balarama at New Raman Reti, ISKCON of Alachua

(Photo: Krishna Katha Dasi)

May Lord Haladhara bless us all with increasing desire and strength to serve Lord Govinda and His beloved cows. Happy Balaram Appearance Day!

(Prayer: ISKCON GBC Ministry of Cow Protection and Agriculture)

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Nrisimha departs after a long life on the farm

Nrisimha (shown here in his younger days) recently passed away at the age of 21

Nrisimha was born on the farm in 1996 right before Lord Nrisimhadeva’s appearance day. He was the son of our Holstein Yamuna, the result of a secret visit from the neighbor’s bull. We had no idea that Yamuna was pregnant until she started showing signs and our vet confirmed it.

Nrisimha was always a force to be reckoned with in the pasture and showed this even when he was small. When he finished nursing he would clamp his mouth on one of his mother’s teats and back up stretching it until she kicked him. She nursed him a lot longer than we thought she would. If fact we thought she would never wean him but finally one day she had had enough. Needless to say he was very upset so we put him in with our elderly bull Dharma. They instantly bonded and Nrisimha would playfully bounce around Dharma and beat him on the neck with his head. Dharma would stand stoically for Nrisimha’s playful poundings like a doting grandfather.

As long as there were bigger cows in the pasture Nrisimha wasn’t too bad but when he became the biggest and strongest he was a quite the bully to the other cows and people. He stabbed me in the leg one time when I was trying to put a halter on him and he would swing his head at visitors who were trying to feed him. He didn’t have many cow friends but that didn’t seem to bother him as long as he got what he wanted.

When Nrisimha was about two years old he developed this lump under his jaw. The vet was called but the prognosis wasn’t good. It was cancer. He gave Nrisimha a couple of shots and we gave him some homeopathic medicines but Nrisimha started growing thin and we thought we would lose him then. But slowly he started to get stronger and the lump dried up. It went into remission for 18 years until a few months ago when it came back with a vengeance.

He left this world a few days after Lord Nrisimhadeva’s appearance day this year at the age of 21. That would be equivalent to 105 years for a human. He lived a good, long life of doing whatever he wanted. It was the only way he would have it.

Thanks go out to Nrisimha’s sponsors who provided support for his lifetime care: Mahavira and Jaya Gauri Roberts, Madhava and Guruseva Barsaleau, Kirtan Rasa  Mausert and Family, and Premendra Shivhare .

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Holy Cow Alachua

Adopt a Holy Herd

Introducing Holy Cow Alachua, Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama’s goshala, at New Raman Reti’s Eco Teaching Farm (ISKCON of Alachua in North Central Florida).

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Holy Cow Alachua’s mission is to practice and promote sustainable cow protection by showing the practical value of providing lifetime care and service for a small herd of milking cows and working oxen and to educate the surrounding community members of all ages through school collaboration and workshops.

Please sponsor the herd by making a monthly donation.

Your support helps pay for a year’s supply of hay, feed grain, and dietary minerals, hoof trimming and veterinary care, pasture fertilizer and grass seed, fence maintenance and repair, tractor fuel and maintenance, office and outreach supplies, and cowherd maintenance.

Sign up for automatic recurring payments at one of three levels of support:

Pandava Sahadeva – ($31.00/month = $372.00 annually)

$31.00 per month

Maharaja Nanda – ($51.00/month = $612.00 annually)

$51.00 per month

Gopal Krishna –  ($108.00/month = $1296.00 annually)

$108.00 per month

Currently, you can help care for Surabhi, Padma, and Puja. 

Surabhi

Padma

Puja

To make a single donation online:

-OR-

Send checks or money orders to:

ISKCON Save the Cow

P.O. Box 93

Alachua, FL 32616

All contributions are tax deductible (in the USA).

ISKCON Save the Cow’s Federal Tax ID#: 59-2710464

Questions? Email us!

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Happy Gaura Purnima 2017

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

“In My last birth I was born in the family of cowherd men, and I gave protection to the calves and cows. Because of such pious activities, I have now become the son of a brahmana.”

PURPORT
The words of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the greatest authority, herein clearly indicate that one becomes pious simply by keeping cows and protecting them. . . .  Heeding this instruction by the Lord, people should serve cows and calves and in return get ample quantities of milk. There is no loss in serving the cows and calves, but modern human society has become so degraded that instead of giving protection to the cows and serving them, people are killing them. How can they expect peace and prosperity in human society while committing such sinful activities? It is impossible.

—Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 7.111

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Krishna and Balarama return home with Their cows

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