We hope that you, your family and friends are well and are keeping in good spirits at this challenging time.
We have some exciting news…. from Monday 17th of May the temple will open!
The Temple is able to welcome up to 10 guests at a time. We humbly request you to call the temple on 02 4998 1800 to book before you come so that we can control the number of guests visiting. Thank you.
Devotees at the farm have been busy during the lock down period with a range of services including fencing, gardening and even collecting honey from our beehives.
Last week we celebrated Sri Narasimhadeva Jayanti. A short video of festival was made by Cit Rupa and is attached below.
Take care and best Regards,
We look forward to seeing you soon,
The Team at New Gokula Farm
What has been happening at the Farm?
We are pleased to announce that Dr Kathy Cornack from Holistic Vets Newcastle has adopted our herd as their Holistic Vet and is providing her services for free. Dr Kathy loves cows and is passionate about natural health for animals and also about supporting the human-animal bond. At the moment she is assisting us with natural treatments to assist the older cows who have arthritis and has already provided us with invaluable knowledge and support. We feel very blessed to have the support of such an experienced, knowledgeable and kind person. You can find out more about her here . Thank you Kathy!
We would also like to acknowledge and thank all of our cow sponsors and supporters throughout the very long drought. At its worst, it cost $350 a day to feed the herd with hay and we wouldn’t have been able to do this without your help. Whilst the drought has lifted and the pastures are green, the long drought has deteriorated the soil and unfortunately the grass growth isn’t as lush as we’d hope for. We will need to provide them with hay soon until the soil recovers, but we enter winter in a much better position this year. The cows have enjoyed having fresh grass, are much happier and have put on weight.
Mayuri is a special soul and has been very friendly since the beginning. She was purchased as a calf from a beef farmer on a neighbouring property, and maybe she knew just how lucky she was. Humble and tolerant, she will stand back and defer to any cow with horns. She is popular amongst the herd and is good friends with Nayana, Rajeshwari and Annapurna who groom each other. As she is so friendly and chilled out, she will also allow humans to touch and hug her, and as a result of this beautiful nature there have been many go pujas with her. At 11 years of age, she is an eternal child and can be very playful. Each morning she runs excitedly to the dairy to be milked, even though it may only be 3 metres away!
We are now publishing photos and profiles on each of our cows on our Facebook page. If you would like to see these, be sure to like our page.
New Produce Gardens
Elijah working in the garden
Jared and Elijah have been working on a section of the garden using the permaculture principles of sheet mulching, raised beds and companion planting. They are growing broccoli, cabbage and sugar snap peas.
Jared working in the Garden Sheet mulching system
Wayne on the Tractor
The devotees are creating a 1 acre night paddock for the cows with professional fencing and gates.This will ensure the cows are safe at night.
Ashcan, Kunja and Manipati working hard on the fence construction
Volunteer Opportunity !!
Weeds have over-run New Gokula’s precious pasture!
In particular the culprit is FIREWEED.
If you would like to drop by with some friends for a couple hours hand weeding, it would be a great way to get some blessings from mother cow by saving some of the winter pasture .
We are also seeking help of an experienced painter to put the external coat of paint on our guest house building if you happen to have that skill.
Contact Kaliya Krishna das on 0488 178 293
New Gokula’s Beehives
Stuart and Kaliya collecting honey
New Gokula has two beehives from which Stuart and Kaliya have recently extracted around 25 Litres of honey. The honey will be offered to Krishna then some will be sold at the farm to visitors.
Sri Narasimha Jayanti
Lord Narasimhadeva deity at New Gokula Farm
On the 6th of May we celebrated Sri Narasimha Jayanti. Sri Narasimha Jayanti is the appearance day of Lord Narasimha, the half-lion half-man incarnation of Supreme Lord Krishna, who appeared to protect Prahlada from his demoniac father Hiranyakashipu.
Cit Rupa’s video of Narasimhadeva Jayanti
If you have been to the temple in the last couple of years, you would have probably seen Wayne, he is always engaged in some type of service! Wayne has had a long history with the Hare Krishna’s, he first met the devotees in Newcastle back in 2002. At the time there was a temple in Mayfeild, Newcastle. He got to know the devotees and the next year he started service at the Hare Krishna Cafe in Wolf street. He also started going to the Newcastle University to serve food at the Veggie Club. Wayne was involved in renovations to the Mayfield temple and the Hare Krishna Cafe.
The Veggie club continued to grow from 2-4 days a week and from 2007-2011 Wayne was the Assistant Manager at the Govinda’s cafe (formerly the Hare Krishna Cafe). In 2014 Wayne started renovating The Bhakti Tree in Newcastle and also started his service at the farm. His service at the farm is very varied from maintenance to recycling, sanitation to farm machinery. Wayne is also the Men’s representative and during the lock down he has been looking after the needs of all of the devotees on the farm. He says his favourite service is to serve the devotees on the farm in any way which will help them. Thankyou Wayne!
The Bhakti Tree
The Bhakti Tree is now open 6 days per week, Tuesday to Sunday for Lunch 11:30am to 2pm and Dinner 6pm to 8pm ; with the South Indian dishes available on both Saturday and Sunday. From Friday 15th May, The Bhakti Tree will be allowed to have up to 10 people sitting in the restaurant, enjoying
a meal. This is the first stage of easing restrictions and The Bhakti Tree team is looking forward to inviting people back into the restaurant to enjoy a meal and hope that we
can continue to grow as the weeks pass. If you are in Newcastle, attend The Bhakti Tree @ 410 Maitland Road, Mayfield and for
further information, contact Brett Saunders
on, 0448 908 612 and/or view
our website @ –thebhaktitree.org.au
The Art of Happiness
The Art of Happiness is the amazing YouTube channel of Janaki and Eshaan who produce Krishna Conscious videos which are fun for the whole family. Press here
to go to their You Tube page or watch their video below.
Devotees Prana Dasa and Candrakoti Devi Dasa have decided to offer their online Bhakti Club curriculum course at a reduced rate of AUD$2 to all children. The Bhakti Club access has now been extended until the 24th of May. To access the course, select the “Purchase” button and enter the coupon- BHAKTI- at
the checkout. If you have more than one child, please perform separate transactions. Use this specific link to enrol and for more information about the course
From 18 April through 3 May 2020, during the global coronavirus pandemic, more than 400 singers along with participants in over 150 countries joined together online for 360 hours (15 days) of nonstop live Maha-Mantra Kirtan. This is a brief summary of the event. The full videos are available here
Online Bhagavad Gita Classes
Abhay and Jayanti have left the farm and returned to New Zealand to continue their service to Krishna. Abhay Prabhu is giving Bhagavad Gita classes via Skype every Thursday at 3pm. For more information please call Bhakti Mala on 0456 972 323
Shaymananda Prabhu is running two Bhagavad Gita Classes via zoom. On Saturdays at 4pm the class is run in Hindi and on Sunday at 4pm the class is in English. For further information please contact Shyamananda on 0431 027 069