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Calling All Preachers!

Saturday, 19 January 2008 / Published in Appeals / 6,082 views

By Lalita Madhava devi dasi

Mature, liberal-minded Vaishnavas are needed to help open (or contribute funds toward opening) a center in gorgeous, progressive and highly-intellectual Brattleboro, Vermont. Brattleboro is a beautiful and amazing town on the Connecticut River in southern Vermont just north of the Massachusetts border. Down-to-earth yet ultra-sophisticated, it has a huge alternative community of vegetarians, spiritualists and natural healers who practice, of all places, at the local hospital! Just to give an idea of how ready for and receptive to Krishna consciousness this town is, one of the featured events on January 2008’s “First Friday Gallery Walk” downtown was a presentation of vintage 1920’s and 1930’s Krishna Calendar Art by a gallery specializing in Indian art and antiques! Spectacularly beautiful throughout all the four seasons (and especially so in autumn), even the winters here in southern Vermont are mystical and enchanting, with the dazzling, sparkling snow!

We have abundant energy and enthusiasm for preaching, harinama (our family is practically a kirtana party unto ourselves!), book distribution and prasadam distribution, but feel that we really need Vaishnava association and help in starting up a grass-roots preaching program. Senior devotees who have now reached retirement age and are looking for a project, young couples, single people with missionary zeal and little overhead, ecstatic kirtaniyas – please visit us in wonderful Brattleboro (Brattleboro is centrally located equidistant from all of the New England airports – Boston, Manchester NH, Hartford/Springfield CT, and Albany NY) and give this town serious consideration as an incredible place to serve Srila Prabhupada by spreading the Holy Names in every town and village! Begging your help in Lord Caitanya’s mission, we remain

Your servants,

Lalita Madhava d. d. Krishna-darshan d. d. Radha-ramana dasa

Home: 802.579.1222 Cell: 352.871.6902 Email: Brattleboro.Yatra@gmail.com

Informational Links:

http://www.brattleboroareaguide.com/picture.html

http://www.motherearthnews.com…..rmont.aspx

9 comments

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    Jivananda dasa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hare Krishna

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    This sounds wonderful and quite attractive. I have a few questions:

    What is the population of the metropolitan area?

    Are there any colleges close by and what is their student population.

    Please define “liberal-minded” Vaisnavas.

    Your servant,
    Jivananda dasa Vnancari ACBSP

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    Babhru ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jivananda prabhu, looking at the map, I see Bennington fairly nearby. That’s the home of Bennington College, a well-known and prestigious liberal-arts college. I don’t know where Middlebury College is, where Burke Rochford teaches, but it can’t be too far. And I see that this is sort of a tri-state area, where Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts meet, so there must be several other schools within driving distance. This looks as though it could be a fun place to preach.

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    Lalita Madhava d.d. ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Jivananda Prabhu,

    Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Thank you for your inquiry. Below is a link to the Chamber of Commerce which answers all of your questions and more. We have two famous colleges here, the alternative and creative Marlboro College and the School For International Training.

    http://www.brattleborochamber.org

    And by “liberal-minded” I simply mean devotees who are gracious, tolerant, accepting, inclusive and able to see the good in and the strengths of others and fan whatever spark is there…..devotees who, though they may be extremely strict in their own sadhana, are not fanatical and not judgemental.

    Your servant,
    Lalita Madhava

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    Lalita Madhava d.d. ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Babhru Prabhu, thanks for the encouragement.

    Bennington is 40 miles from here straight out Rte. 9. Dartmouth is 67 miles. And Middlebury is 113 miles. But we have two great colleges right here in Brattleboro. And, as it turns out, there is a fired up devotee here attending the prestigious School for International Training. She will be providing more information on the colleges shortly.

    Thanks!
    LM

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    Lalita Madhava d.d. ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sorry, but I think I might need to wear a T-shirt that says “Duh!” on the front.

    In responding to Jivananda Prabhu, I only mentioned the famous colleges in Vermont and Ivy League Dartmouth in NH. I completely neglected to mention the many wonderful schools just 30-45 minutes south of here in Western MA. They are truly too numerous to count, but include ultra-prestigious Smith, Williams and Mt. Holyoke, along with UMass Amherst, AIC, Hampshire, Berkshire CC, Greenfield CC and Springfield. And those are just a few. Boston is, of course, known as the “Athens of America,” and the tradition of excellence expands into Western MA and the surrounding New England states. Very academic, very cultural and very progressive. Students in this area are truly the cream of the crop. Thus, if we want to cultivate the cream of the crop for Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtana Movement, we should open centers in this intellectually-rich area.

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    siddhantadas ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Mother Lalita Madhava,

    I am overwhelmled with joy to hear that you are opening a preaching center in Brattleboro, Vt. It was in this charming southern Vermont town located auspiciously at the confluence of the Connecticut and West Rivers, that I took birth in this body. Undoubltedy the subtle yet palpable intellectual and spiritual energy of this town, which attracted the famous writer Rudyard Kipling to settle here for many years, had a profound influence on me and ultimately opened my mind to the quest for spiritual growth.
    Ever since I can remember, from the early sixties, this place has been inhabitated by very progressive thinkers and alternative lifestylers, hippies and various members of the counter-culture. This makes it an ideal place for preaching Krishna consciousness. In Brattleboro, anything goes. So be yourself and rest assured that the community will embrace you and your faith with open arms.
    I encourage anyone looking for an opportunity to practice devotional service and preach in a truly vibrant small town atmosphere to consider moving here to join your efforts.
    I look forward to visiting you soon.

    I offer my blessings for enthusiastic preaching and service for the mission of Lord Chaitanya and Srila Prabhupad!

    Hare Krishna!

    Siddhanta das

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    Pandu das ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Considering recent news from Brattleboro, “liberal-minded” could also be a practical matter of fitting in with the locals:

    “Brattleboro to vote on arresting Bush, Cheney”
    Here’s the article: http://tinyurl.com/3bv5fz

    Hare Krishna.

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    Lalita Madhava d.d. ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Pandu Prabhu, it’s funny that you should mention this! Just this morning Krishna and I were talking (um, that would be my daughter Krishna, not Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead!) about how, just after we posted our announcement, Brattleboro hit the national news. I was remarking that even though we are not big followers of what’s going on in the news, many devotees are these days, and I wondered if anyone would take note of these events!

    Yes, Brattleboro is a very colorful town!

    Below is another article from today’s paper. They’re talking about possibly having to call in the FBI because of some of the threats that have been received. Yikes! We need preachers more than ever!

    http://www.reformer.com/headlines/ci_8106646

    Your servant,
    Lalita Madhava

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    Akruranatha ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It is a very good definition of “liberal minded” given by Lalita Madhava. Brahmanas and devotees are by nature very “liberal” in terms of willing to go out of their way to help others and not cause anyone harm.

    Liberal Vaisnavas will tolerate all kinds of distress in order to carry on the sankirtan. They will be patient with those who need patience, they will be friendly with other devotees, and they will avoid the envious persons who would only be disturbed and cause offense if preached to.

    The opposite of “liberal” in this sense is “krpana”, or miserly. A miserly person tries to enjoy whatever knowledge and happiness he has achieved by pious works. He does not engage everything in Krishna’s service. (“krpanah phala hetavah”, B.G. 2.49)

    [We should not get sidetracked by the uses of words like “liberal” and “conservative” in contemporary political discourse. While rooted in philosophical ideas, the meanings of those words change as the contemporary issues change. It is interesting to note, however, that when a newspaper article once described Srila Prabhupada as “conservative” (probably probibiting illicit sex and intoxication seemed conservative to the author), Prabhupada did not like it.]

    A devotee and I were recently discussing the meaning of the “trnad api sahisnuna” verse. How can we be humble and offer all respects to others if they will mislead us? Suppose someone wants to take me to a sports bar to watch the Super Bowl amidst the beer and buffalo wings. Does being humble and respectful to that person mean I have to go? “Your wish is my command?” Of course not. That would be bad for them and for us.

    Being respectful to all entails being able to see how the soul and Supersoul are situated in the body of each living being, as described in B.G. 13.27-35. Only then can we truly act equally for everyone’s welfare. Only then can our love and compassion transcend extended selfishness and exclutivity.

    “When a sensible man ceases to see different identities, which are due to different material bodies, he attains to the Brahman conception. Thus he sees that beings are expanded everywhere.” (B.G. 13.31)

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