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Dharma and Ecology

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

 

The introduction of Positivism in science and technology has led to the extensive spread of the paradigm of industrial agriculture. This modality of agriculture currently represents 30 percent of the world’s food supply, and accounts for 75 percent of the ecological damage done to the planet , and is therefore , one of the main polluting anthropic actions.

As a response, many alternative organic trends emerged since 1920 in search of balance. Agro-ecology has unfolded as a paradigm that includes traditional knowledge, a holistic interaction with animals and it also includes man as an important transforming agent. In other emerging trends the bovines are considered responsible for the important aspects in the environmental crisis, like global warming and deforestation.

However, milk is an essential ingredient in the practice and rituals of Bhakti Yoga. The Vedas propose that the proper attitude towards cows and bulls is the basis for an advanced civilization. They are the representatives of Dharma.

This poses a challenge for Vaishnava practitioners: to show a functional system for producing milk from protected cows and the benefits of such milk for the upliftment of consciousness. At the same time, the production of cruelty free milk is inserted in a whole system design where the sustainable production of grains, fruits, vegetables and forestry are integrated in a balanced agro-system.

There is a great demand for the Vaishnavas to generate produce from ethical farming, and milk from protected cows. A deep understanding of how dharma impacts on ecological practices may reveal a missing link for environmentalism and the mainstream thought processes on ecology and sustainability.

In this seminar we will explore the relevance of bhakti yogis adopting and contributing to a lifestyle of abundant living in full consciousness.

Letting the cows out

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Go-Mochanotsava

After a long winter stay inside the barns, the cows and oxen will be released into the pastures on 21st April. We all look forward very much to this day every year. We call this day, ‘Go Mocana Utsava ‘– the festival of the letting out of the cows! And its a festival! Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda will be gracing us with their presence, coming all the way from their altar just to see their favourite cows and enjoy the spectacle of seeing them leaping with joy and stretching themselves after their long winter months inside the barns.

When: Sunday 21st April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

Gomocanotsava schedule : Sunday 8th-April

9.45 – Radha Gokulananda Vihara Yatra [Deities procession starting from temple room]
10.00 – Swagata seva [Welcoming deities to Goshala]
10.05 – Panchanna seva [Bhoga offerings made with Goshala milk]
10.10 – Aarati seva [Aarati offering]
10.20 – Pravacan [Class]
10.30 – Gomocana [Letting the cows out]
11.15 – Prasada seva [Refreshments]
 
Please partcipate and get the bessings of SriSri Radha Gokulananada and the Go mata.
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cows being let out

Letting out of the Cows

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

Go-Mochanotsava

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 22nd April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

Gomocanotsava schedule : Sunday 8th-April

9.45 – Radha Gokulananda Vihara Yatra [Deities procession starting from temple room]
10.10 – Swagata seva [Welcoming deities to Goshala]
10.15 – Navanaivedya seva [9 Bhoga offerings made with Goshala milk]
10.20 – Aarati seva [Aarati offering]
10.30 – Pravacan [Class]
10.45 – Gomocana [Letting the cows out]
11.15 – Prasada seva [Refreshments]
cows let out

cows being let out

 

 

Letting out of the Cows!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Go-Mocanotsavah

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 2nd April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

Gomocanotsava schedule : Sunday 2nd-April

9.45 – Radha Gokulananda Vihara Yatra [Deities procession starting from temple room]
10.10 – Swagata seva [Welcoming deities to Goshala]
10.15 – Navanaivedya seva [9 Bhoga offerings made with Goshala milk]
10.20 – Aarati seva [Aarati offering]
10.30 – Pravacan [Class]
10.45 – Gomocana [Letting the cows out]
11.15 – Prasada seva [Refreshments]
cows let out

cows being let out

 

 

Letting out of the Cows!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Go-Mocanotsavah

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 10th April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)
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Letting out of the Cows!

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 26th April at 10am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

 
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Down on the Farm

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Bhaktivedanta Manor’s New Gokula farm is a very active place that has a wide variety of activities, especially during the summer months.  Not only is it a place of very high ethical food production but it also hosts volunteers and others interested in aspects of animal welfare, sustainability and food production. Nearly 24 hours a day there is something going on at the farm!

Wwoof/Workaway/Helpex volunteers

There are three global organisations that link persons wanting to volunteer, and hosts looking for volunteers. WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities On Organic Farms) is the largest and provides the most volunteers.

They are the hands and legs of the working vegetable production. They weed the crops, harvest, plant, clean, help in the kitchen, help with the cows and work with the oxen.

Woofers

Work Experience for Future vets

Over the past few years the farm been approached by students who are aiming  to become veterinarians . They come for about a week and help with milking, working with oxen, nursing sick cows, milling grains, cleaning, shop keeping and sometimes even rope making. They have a very diverse experience and express great satisfaction when they leave.

Community Pay-Back helpers

The Manor hosts local people who have to pay back a number of hours to society as part of a magistrate’s penalty. They play a very important role in our horticultural department with spreading fertilizers, helping with manual tasks, festival clear up, hedge maintenance, tree work and weeding. Often they are helping two days a week, but when requested they will bring teams to help on many days as during the festival periods. They often express how much they have benefitted from their experience.

Horticulture

At the west of the Manor’s property lie 8 acres of production land for vegetables and fruits. These lands are cultivated as naturally as possible with no pesticides or  herbicides. The land is ploughed using our strong oxen and Amish ploughs. Fields are fertilized with manor cowmanure and spread with teams of volunteers. Many types of herbs, vegetables and fruits are grown, harvested and used in the manor’s kitchens. Some surpluses are sold for the pleasure of our visitors.

hay fields

Hay-making

During June to August it  is a common sight to see teams of oxen moving to and from some of our fields in the surrounding countryside. Cars pull over as the oxen lumber past pulling their loads, with yokes creaking under the pressure of the load. The oxen walk nonchalantly by with their carts stacked high with hay. Some neighbours have expressed appreciation as to how the oxen act as traffic calming measures! The hay hauled by our teams have been cut on leased land ,  and is then dried using ox pulled hay turners, and rowed in readiness  for a local farmer to bale it.  The oxen then stand ready as their wagons are loaded up and then return back to the Manor to deliver their contribution.

hay bails with ox

Letting out of the Cows!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 23rd March at 10am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

 

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Letting out of the Cows!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 14th April at 10am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

 

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The cows’ favourite day!

Monday, March 26th, 2012

10am  April 8th (Easter Sunday)

The devotees who work on New Gokul farm would like to invite you to the cows’ favourite day of the year—the day when they are let out onto the lush green grass after a winter inside the barns. It is a great time to see the cows and bulls at their most energetic. They race around, have mock-fights, take running leaps into the air and generally go a bit crazy. It is a sight you will never forget!

The joy comes partly because they wil again graze freely the juicy and fresh grass as well as because they are no longer confined in their winter shelter.

This year the date is April 8th, Easter Sunday. The programme will start at 10am, where Sri-Sri-Radha-Krishna in their Deity forms will be taken to the farm. It is one of the few times a year Their Lordships can be seen outside the temple room. You will have to come on the day to see what other festivities we have in store…

Check out the video of last year’s “letting the cows out” here.