Nelson Hare Krishna Society



October 23, 2011 - Ngatimoti Fair

This local fair is a huge event, especially for this small rural community. Thousands of people came from all around the district to the tiny rural school grounds, and many of these people sampled the delicious wares of the Krishna Food caravan.

 The caravan was located across from the performance stage with seating and shade for customers. As it was a hot day, cool lassi was a hit, but as usual samosas were the favourite with the crowds.

This was an excellent opportunity to meet the locals and to establish our place in the area. We look forward to attending the fair again next year.

Our next Krishna Food event is the Nelson A&P show at the Richmond Show Grounds on November 19th and 20th.

October/November  2011 - Home Programs in the Motueka Valley

We have held 3 home programs for community members in the area in the last 6 weeks. This has been a great way to meet people in the area as people are often more inclined to go to a program at a friends house than to venture out to an unfamiliar location. Many of the home program guests have since come to our Sunday Festival.

The first of these programs was for Jenny's birthday party. Jenny has been regularly coming to the Sunday Festival and really loves kirtan and so wished to have it for her birthday. Many of the guests had never attended a kirtan, and although unfamiliar to them it was received very well. We served out an entire feast to all of her party guests after the kirtan, much to everyone's delight!

We have held two further programs in a very cool meditation yurt at the residence of Dorit and Gillad, two regular Sunday Festival guests. On both occasions Dorit has invited a myriad of people from around the Motueka Valley, most of whom are interested in spirituality and really appreciate the kirtan. The first program built up to an ecstatic crescendo, with nearly everyone jumping up and down and dancing blissfully. The evening of kirtan was followed by a light meal made from produce from their garden, chai tea and yummy sweets from Krishna Food.

If you are interested in hosting a home program, please contact us.

02/10/2011  Full house at Sunday Krishna Sanga program!

Despite the pouring rain, 15 guests ventured to Krishna Farm this Sunday to attend our Krishna Sanga program.

The Krishna Sanga program is an opportunity for people to experience kirtan, philosophical discourse and to meet and talk with Krishna devotees. The Sunday program is a traditional Hare Krishna event, having started in the 1960's and continuing until the present day.

Sunday Festival

Shortly after arriving in America in the mid sixties to establish the Hare Krishna Movement, Srila Prabhupada introduced the Sunday Festival. He desired to give an opportunity for anyone to come and experience the culture of Krishna consciousness, through chanting Hare Krishna, hearing the philosophy and tasting the famous vegetarian Krishna food.

This same programme that Srila Prabhupada introduced in the sixties is continuing every Sunday evening at our Radha Krishna temple in the Motueka Valley.

You don’t require any preliminary experience in meditation, chanting, yoga or vegetarianism to attend these programmes, they are open for everyone.

The evening begins with the traditional chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra accompanied by musical instruments. This creates a relaxing and spiritually surcharged atmosphere that can be perceived by all.

 Srila Prabhupada was a very prolific author translating and commenting on some sixty volumes of ancient India’s spiritual texts such as the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. These books can be found in all major libraries and Universities throughout the world. This is one of Srila Prabhupada’s greatest contributions to the modern world and it is these teachings that form the basis of the Hare Krishna Movement.

As Srila Prabhupada writes:

“There is need of a clue as to how humanity can become one in peace, friendship and prosperity with a common cause.”

Srila Prabhupada’s teachings fill this need, for it is a cultural presentation for the respiritualization of the entire human society.

Sunday evenings include some of the teachings from this great literature giving insights into the many facets of ancient India’s deep and fascinating spiritual knowledge, such as yoga, karma, reincarnation, and the process of enlightenment for the modern age. There is always time for questions and open discussion.

After the spiritual discussions comes our famous 3 course vegetarian banquette. Here in Motueka Valley we are fortunate to have our experienced cooks from Christchurch. Many of these devotees have been cooking for Krishna Restaurants and cafes for many years, therefore the Sunday evening meals are guaranteed to be a taste sensation.

Srila Prabhupada taught that pure spiritual practices and knowledge should be given free of charge, not for making profit. Therefore there is no charge for the Sunday Feast, it is completely free!

21/09/2011  Harinama Sankirtan in Nelson City

We kickstarted our weekly harinama program on the streets of Nelson today. The people of Nelson are generally very favorable toward the devotees and we get a lot of positive reactions when we go out on Harinama. We also plan to take the harinama party to other towns in the region like Richmond and Motueka.

15/09/2011  Let the Farming begin!

We are currently in the process of increasing our growing area to six hectares. This entire area was previously sheep farming land and so the soil has to be plowed, disked and refined in preparation for growing vegetables. This is a big job! Balarama and Caitanya lila are working hard at preparing for an ambitious amount of growing. See the Krishna Farm page for a list of our planned crops.



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