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Innovations in Vedic Living

Our building techniques improve and evolve with every ecovillage project.  Our traditional vedic mud-stoves (chulha) used for cooking and heating are available in 3 locations. Outdoor kitchen & solar shower facilities are under construction.  Crowded trees from our forest are milled for ecovillage building materials. Our weekly Dharma Discovery gives children deeper insights into the fundamental values upheld in the Vedic culture, namely the importance of cows, farming and natural building/crafts.  We are starting plants in our greenhouse while harvesting lettuce & spinach greens. Sunday GoFest @ Ahmisa Goshala creates a sattvic atmosphere to develop relationships with people who care about cows.   Saranagati Village continues to attract pilgrims to their temple, goshala and pristine mountain landscape.  Community & temple leaders are overwhelmed by the crowds, as they do…

13 Moons of Manifestation

Stewarding the forest, milling lumber, building infrastructure, farm planning and fire wood-based activities fill our winter days.  We are seeking people to join our efforts to build a Vedic Eco Village and manifest a self-reliant community with food sovereignty. This spring Dharma Discovery class resumes with building, cobbing, gardening and cooking harvested roots like carrots and potatoes.  Chulha stoves are fueled by cow dung & wood chopped by kids.    Contribute to Growth Eco Village Projects Work Roles Master plan & Maps     Jan 11 Rejuvenate and clean-up last year's manifestations Feb 9 Govinda fence building PlayStation enhancements Mar 10 signs + work on living roof, ladder & doors windows + take-out counter @ PlayStation  Apr 8 chulha upgrades @ PlayStation and Library May 7 spring planting + cob oven on barrel top @ PlayStation shelves for cooking and wood storage…

Dharma Discovery: Cow, Building & Farm Class

An opportunity to experience vedic living. Hands-on learning about cow care, ox cart & plowing, farms, forest, natural building, cob, arts, crafts & markets.  Our first apprenticeship focuses on Vaishya': cow and ox care, farming and trade in markets.  Vaishya knowledge is learned hands-on and not in class. We have made great progress cooking on a hybrid chulha-mass heater. We have been cooking locally grown veggies, demonstrating that self-sufficiency in cold climates can be obtained with innovation and hard work. The Vedas say that harvest, produce, and money should be used for self-realization. "So this Krsna consciousness movement is for spiritual enlightenment, not for how to get money, how to earn money. This is not Krsna consciousness" - Srila Prabhupada Activities & Experiences greenhouse maintenance & plant care brushing & feeding cows building with…

Bhakti Raghava Swami awarded Doctor of Philosophy for The Vaisnava Vedic Perspective of Sociology

By Krishna’s mercy and Srila Prabhpada’s mercy Bhakti Raghava Swami has successfully conducted the Viva Voce Seminar at Osmania University and has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the subject of Sociology.   The title of the thesis is VAISNAVA VEDIC SOCIOLOGY its Application in the 21st Century.  Dr. Ganesh, the Supervisor for the research requested a book based on the thesis. He further commented that such a subject matter dealing with Vaisnava philosophy is less known and therefore needs to be spread more. The Vaisnava Vedic Perspective of Sociology – Its Application in the Twenty-First Century is an honest attempt to highlight the serious dichotomy between the worldview of eastern philosophy and western philosophy on one side and the need and merit of resolving their major differences. Only with an in-depth understanding of both constructs will that be possible.…

Harvest and Natural Building Progress

Despite the very cold spring and a very hot summer, our harvest was fruitful, especially cherry, potatoes, carrots, cabbage and hempseeds.  Our small apple trees are starting to produce fruit.  Natural Building projects use our milled wood and cob made from earth, cow dung and clay from our lake.  This summer we launched the rocket mass heater for the library cabin. A cob bench around the exhaust pipe will be crafted next. We built a cob oven hut for baking bread, pizza and more.  The cob oven burns wood or dung and frees us from using propane We lay the foundation for a trade center and market, located in the heart of Saranagati Village, between the goshala and Govardhan Academy.  We used milled wood for the 10x10 foot structure.  Straw for cob came from goshala. Our farm apprenticeship continued with Govardhan Academy, teaching kids about farming, harvesting, seed collection, cow care…