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Murari Sevaka Monthly Newsletter
5 3 2 M U R A R I 9 L N 3 1 M U L B E R R 7 5 9 - 6 8 8 8 Y T N 3 7 3 5 9
Q u a r t e r l y b u d g e t
October 2007 Income Bank Deposit $2690.12 Checks $1990.12 Cash $700.00 Total income: $2690.12 Expenses $2267.54 Balance $422.58 November 2007 Income Bank Deposits $2702.58 Checks and cash $2280.00 Previous balance $422.58 Total income $2702.58 Expenses $2454.90 Balance $247.68 December 2007 Income Checks $1143.00 Cash $25.00 Previous balance $247.68 Total income $1415.68 Expenses $1457.63 Balance $-41.95 Note: income and expenses for December is are estimate.
F e s t i v a l Y e a r i n r e v i e w M u r a r i 2 0 0 7 ! ! ! !
Dear devotees, it's such a joy to look back one year and see how Murari has come alive. Yes, we have a long way to see Srila Prabhupada's vision for his farm come true, but we are getting closer . In the year 2007 six major festivals were established for the pleasure of Sri Sri Nitai Gauracandra. Beginning with the biggest one, Sri Gaurapurnima, where everyone without any consideration had the opportunity to bath the large Deity of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the most merciful of Lord Krishna's incarnations. In this way, we are establishing a perpetual tradition that we hope you, your children, grandchildren and long generations to come will benefit from. Our second festival was Sri Narasimha Chaturdasi, highlighted by a big homa or fire sacrifice in honor of Lord Nrsimha. Along with the chanting of powerful mantras a Sri Nrsimha Gayatri mantra, and matras to Ugra Narsimha. And ajuti offerings of 1. charu (thick sweet rice) 2. dry fruits 3. nuts 4. samagri (spices roots and other dry ingredients) and 5. ghee (clarified butter). With special guests his holiness Hanumat P swami, Rrtadwaja Maharaja, and Sriman Padmanaba, the head priest of Huntsville's Jaganatha’s temple. If you are fond of homas, mark this one in your calendar. Our third festival was Chandan Yatra on a hot day of summer. Here we covered the large and chota deities of Nitai Gaurachandra with sandalwood paste to cool them down. For the first time in Murari, the small festival deities were taken out in procession to the pond, Ganga Kunda, followed by the large murti of Srila Prabhupada. All of you who came will remember the unexpected shower of white flowers that fell from the trees as the abhiseka took place. Our special guests were a bus-load of hare krishna youth, who led the lively kirtans. The fourth festival on July 15 the initiation ceremony of two of our members, Dr. Vishnu caran Das and Revati DD. His holiness Radha Govinda Maharaja presided over the initiation ceremony. his brother Radha Raman was also present. In the year 2008 we hope to hold the first Murari Rathayatra on this same day. Get involved now! Our fifth festival was Sri Krishna Janmastami celebrated in grand style with an abhiseka, homa or fire yagya and yulan yatra. We duplicated the festival once again at the house of Atul Yadhava in Oxford, Mississippi. We also attended the celebration at Nitai Gaurasundar and Matsya's house in Murfreesboro. And we concluded the festivals for 2007 with Sri Govardhana Puja. Our sweetest festival with a replica of Govardhana hill on the altar, and another hill made by all the devotees who brought sweet preparations. Sri Govardhana Sila was honored with a milk abhiseka and hundreds of sweet offerings. The program concluded with the offering of lamps to Sri Damonara during the auspicious month of Kartika. All these festivals had a multi course prasadam feast enjoyed by everyone.
Murari sevaka farm established in 1976 by the founder 5 3 2 M U R A R I L N M U L B E R R Y T N 3 7 3 5 9 acarya HDG, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, 9 3 1 - 7 5 9 - 6 8 8 8
532 Murari Ln. Mulberry, TN 37359 Please send donations to: P.O. Box 108 Lynchburg, TN 37352 Phone: 931-759-6888 E-mail: Murari_sevaka@iskconmurari.com
who naming the presiding deities, Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra. The current temple president Gayatri Das and Yoga Rupini DD are working together to develop the vision of a Holistic Spa Retreat Center. The future development to include vedic and interfaith cultural dialoguing and discussions designed to create harmony and health.
Simple living, high thinking.
O t h e r n o t a b l e i t e m s f r o m m u r a r i i n 0 7
First prize in the Memphis Indian fair for the best booth, with an attendance of 8000 people. New devotee families coming from Huntsville, AL , Nashville, TN, Oxford, MS, Atlanta, GA, and from the towns surrounding Murari Sevaka. A new website and newsletter established by Rob and Christie Vogel.. A continuous flow of guests visiting the farm with a record of 13 guests in one day on November 30 (a record for the cold season). A membership program, which has given murari financial stability, with more than 20 monthly donors. Murari has also recieved many donations, like a speaker system from Jagendra Patel. A farm truck from Gayatri Das. A new computer from Rama Caran. A rose garden from Balavanta Das and Yoga Rupini. A greenhouse from Balavanta Das. Six new deity outfits, sponsored by Satyabama DD, Damayanti DD, Gandharvika DD, Dharmaraja Das, Mrnalini Dixit, and Yogarupini DD. Gayatri Das funded a new underground electric and water supply line to the cabins and Sikhi prabhu provided the labor. Gayendra Patel also paid for the fixing of the interior of two of the cabins. We end the year with a donation of $25,000 from John and Christina to fix the bathrooms, and enclose the new building. But more of these in the next issue.
S u p p o r t e r s o f m u r a r i i n 0 7
We want to thank the following devotees who supported Murari Sevaka throughout the year and we encourage all of you to follow their example, this coming year, 2008. Balavanta Das Ogle Gayatri Das Yogarupini DD Nitaig. Das and Matsya DD Singh Rama Caran Das Kiran and Darshana Desai Visnu caran das and Revati DD Vijaya Visnu Das and Lalita DD Rajendra Das and kalpana DD Gadhahar Das and Syama Kisori DD Gameshyan and Rani Heda Jyoti Chandida Mani Girish and Anuradha Bhika Kurt Mussert John and Christina Rob and Christie Sharda and Nina Dixit Atul Yadav Aboli Sikhi Terri The Devoties from Jaganath Temple in Huntsville Devoties from Oxford Miss.
W o r k g o i n g o n a t m u r a r i
For the next three months there will be a sound of power tools all around Murari. There are various projects that will start in the coming days and weeks. Most notably, thanks to John and Christina, we will be enclosing the temple building which has been needed for a long time. Another thing that has been needed for long time is the renovation of the bathrooms to be completed. That too is in the works for the coming weeks. There are also two cabins being renovated thanks to Balavanta das. These three things are in major need to be finished and I have set a hard target date for (start your prayers now) before the next festival in March. There are also some much needed repairs around the temple that will also be completed by then. They are attainable goals but we could use any help you can give. If you are good with tools, have electrical experience, can finish drywall, paint or just have a strong back, please call the temple or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
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The website project is growing immensely. Now the webmaster, Robert, has an assistant, Christina, to help with the everyday running of the website. We have many new and exciting things planed for the website and things that are already in place. We have a forums page not unlike other out there. With it we can communicate together while not at Murari. We are also working on getting news feeds from other website so that we can make it easier to find out what is going on in the world. 2007 was the start of the site and the future looks even better.