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Vamana the Bull Joins the Ashram

There is a small bull who has been coming to our temple for the last 2 years eating our garden plants. Every day for the last three months we have been feeding him cow food (ground wheat powder). He spends the entire day at our temple and then goes home in the night. Yesterday I found the owner and told her she should donate the bull to Krishna since the bull spends the whole day at the temple anyway. The owner was happy to give him to the temple. From yesterday (ekadashi) the bull has been given to Krishna and is staying with us at the temple. Now we are making a small goshala for him to stay in next to the temple. In the meantime he seems to enjoy sitting in the dhuni mandira next to the yajna kunda.

Food Distribution at School in Vijayaramapuram Village, Andhra Pradesh

Some pictures from food distribution at a school in Vijayaramapuram Village, which is located in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.


Food Distribution in Donkada Village, Andhra Pradesh

Some pictures from food distribution in Donkada Village, which is located in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.



Food Distribution in Pandirivalasa Village, Andhra Pradesh

Pandirivalasa village is a tribal (adivasi) hamlet located near the tourist hillstation of Anantagiri. This village is located very remotely near the mountains and forests, away from any town or modern facilities, the nearest small town being 20 kilometers away. The surrounding area is a beautiful and natural place, with lots of mountains, forests, waterfalls and so on. [Video Inside]

Food Distribution in Potnuru Village School, Andhra Pradesh

We would like to share some photos and video clips from some of the recent food distribution programs conducted by our Ashram in Andhra Pradresh. This set of photos is from Potnuru village, in Vishakapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. Potnuru is an ancient historical village in Padmanabham Mandalam. It is said that Sri Krishna Deva Raya, the emperor of the Vijayanagar kingdom, visited this place long ago and a memorial is there in the village to remind us of the royal visit. [Video Inside]

Update on Food Relief Programs in Andhra Pradesh

We would like to give you a small update on the food relief activities being run from our Ashram in Andhra Pradesh. We initially launched the food relief activities in Andhra Pradesh one and a half years ago, and since then we have been able to distribute spiritual food to over 150,000 people in the districts of Vizianagaram and Vishakapatnam. The devotees have been cooking and distributing food 15 to 20 days each month without fail, feeding 500 to 700 people each day. [Video Inside]

School Uniforms for Children in Vizianagaram

This month we were approached by Mr. Victor, the principal of Mandal Parishad Primary School in the rural village of Jonnavalasa, Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. He heard of our ashram's food distribution programs in Vizianagaram and requested us to do something for the children in his school. Already the children receive daily meals from the government, through the national mid-day meal program, so we asked in what way we could be of assistance. He replied that the children could use school uniforms, as their families cannot afford them. [Video Inside]

Food Relief launched in Andhra Pradesh

We are happy to inform you that the Bhaktivedanta Ashram has recently begun food distribution programs in Andhra Pradesh. Currently we are conducting the activities throughout Vizianagaram district based from our ashram located in Vizianagaram, in the North of Andhra Pradesh. In the initial stages we are planning to distribute food 15 times a month in various tribal villages within 100 kilometers of our ashram.

Distribution of School Supplies at Bhadrak Primary School

Enclosed are some recent photographs of a program for 300 children at Bhadrak Primary School. We have begun distribution of school supplies to poor students in rural areas who are unable to afford their own. We do not want children to feel discouraged from studying due to the expenses involved in purchasing basic things like notebooks, pens and school uniforms.

Food Relief for the Children of Ulanga

Below are a few recent photos of the food distribution program we are conducting in the village of Ulanga. Ulanga is a small village located around 5 km from our relief center in Randiya. Like Randiya, it is also an adivasi (tribal) village. We humbly request you to keep the children of Ulanga in your daily prayers.

Vamana the Bull Joins the Ashram

There is a small bull who has been coming to our temple for the last 2 years eating our garden plants. Every day for the last three months we have been feeding him cow food (ground wheat powder). He spends the entire day at our temple and then goes home in the night. Yesterday I found the owner and told her she should donate the bull to Krishna since the bull spends the whole day at the temple anyway. The owner was happy to give him to the temple. From yesterday (ekadashi) the bull has been given to Krishna and is staying with us at the temple. Now we are making a small goshala for him to stay in next to the temple. In the meantime he seems to enjoy sitting in the dhuni mandira next to the yajna kunda.

Food Distribution at School in Vijayaramapuram Village, Andhra Pradesh

Some pictures from food distribution at a school in Vijayaramapuram Village, which is located in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.


Food Distribution in Donkada Village, Andhra Pradesh

Some pictures from food distribution in Donkada Village, which is located in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.



Mahabharata: The Great War and World History

The topic of this issue is the Mahabharata war in relation to world history and culture. We will begin the topic with a question we received sometime back: "In the Mahabharata, the war seemed to have affected the whole world. We don’t find so many references to such of a huge event in other cultures. Why are there no references to a great world event?"

The Vedic Conception of Sound in Four Features

In the Vedantic traditions sound is considered one of the most important principles of existence, as it is both the source of matter and the key to become free from it. One who can thoroughly understand the four stages of sound as explained in the Vedic texts can utilize this science to become free from the bondage of matter.

The Ten Subjects of Srimad Bhagavatam

The Bhagavata Purana, commonly referred to as the Srimad  Bhagavatam, is considered the ripened fruit of all Vedic  knowledge. The Srimad Bhagavatam describes the various incarnations of Lord Hari, and in the process of these descriptions ten important subject matters are explained, namely sarga (the elemental creation), visarga (the secondary creation), sthanam (the planetary systems), poshanam (protection by the Lord), utayah (the creative impetus), manvantara (the periods of Manu), isha-anukatha (the science of God), nirodha (dissolution), mukti (liberation), and ashraya (the supreme shelter).

Peace, Happiness and the Perplexities of Life

Many times people have written to me about their difficulties and despondency in life. Usually they ask how they can attain peace and happiness. Nowadays peace is a very rare commodity in the world. Everyone is looking for it, whether one is an individual, or a nation.

Incarnation for the Modern Age

Sri Chaitanya is the Kali-yuga avatara, and He descended for the purpose of establishing the yuga dharma, which in this age is the chanting of Lord Krishna's names. He appeared in the guise of a devotee to perfectly show how the process of devotion should be followed and applied.

From Death to Immortality

In the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna explains this subject to Arjuna in great detail. Arjuna was faced with a situation where, in order to uphold dharma, he had to fight and kill people who were very dear to him, his own relatives and friends.

Siddhis, Riddhis and Mystical Experiences

It has become quite popular nowadays to speak about mystical experiences and "siddhis". Most yoga and meditation groups speak of them, along with other esoteric blabber such as the raising of kundalini, opening of chakras, and other things which no one has actually experienced.

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