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Readings from Nava Vraja Mahima: Chapter 40 Parikrama


Acyuta prabhu, one of the editors of Nava Vraja Mahima, reads from Chapter 40 were Sivarama Swami speaks about his earlier visits to the land that was to become New Vraja Dhama.


Introduction to Nava Vraja Mahima



Sivarama Swami’s talk at Birmingham temple on his writing of Nava Vraja Mahima and the Vraja Vasis.

Excerpt: “It was Srila Prabhupada’s desire that one of the ways in which we have to take responsibility for giving Krsna Consciousness to others and glorifying Krsna is to write books. So I’ve been trying to do that for the last almost 15 years, and this particular book relates to the establishment of Vrndavana in Hungary - it’s called New Varja Dhama – some of you have been there and visited, if not then please try to do so sometime.

We tired to model it on a smaller version of Bhauma Vrndavana, which is Vrndavna in India. And not only in terms of having a temple, but also  the different pastime places, or at least the major pastime places,  also being established in terms of small memorials or hills, gardens, kunds, and a Goverdhana Hill, Nandagram, and Varsana, these things are all there on a smaller scale than what you see in India.

The idea being that it helps fix the reality of the fact that wherever Krsna is, that’s a holy place. And it’s a holy place whihc is a tangible reality and a holy place which has all of Krsna’s pastime places. And so the book’s then about not only how originally and historically it was established,  getting on for 15-16 years ago, but actually how one can also do parikrama there in the same way that  one does  parikrama in Vrndavana.”

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Simple Living, High Thinking. Srila Prabhupada's Desire

From part one of Sivarama Swami's talk in South London. 

Excerpt: "I'll just give a short introduction, then perhaps speak from the book itself. In Hungary in 1996 we installed Deities of Radha Syamasundara in a newly constructed temple on what we have at present - about 650 acres of land.

In Krsna Valley, but now it's spread to the next valley over, so maybe in the future it will be Krsna valleys. The idea was to fulfil Srila Prabhupada's desire, which was to actually establish a self-sufficient farming community based on his principles of simple living and high thinking.

The high thinking part is very easy. Thinking is usually easy, high or low; but simple living, that's very difficult. Especially for those who are used to living under these conditions, by these conditions I mean living in cities. So I hope the example isn't relevant to any of you, but it's like being a drug addict. Drug  addicts have great difficulty giving up drugs, especially when they're on heavy drugs, so our post modern  materialistic society is a very heavy drug and it's extremely difficult to give it up."

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