The New Talavan (Tal · ah · vahn) farm community was begun as a project in June of 1974. This was done at the suggestion of His Divine Grace, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness.). It is a registered as Non-Profit Organisation under section 501 (c) 3 since 1980 with Tax ID 64-0879824.
Talavan is one of the twelve forests around Vrndavana, a city in India where Krishna incarnated 5,000 years ago. Krishna and His cowherd friends would go there and play, rest, eat and watch their cows as they grazed.
At first it was just a few devotees from the New Orleans temple who came out and slowly began planting gardens. They worked as time permitted and then returned to the New Orleans. The first cow was purchased from a stockyard and the devotees named her Kunti. She gave the farm its first fresh milk as well as its first calf, named Subhadra. Later more cows were purchased. The devotees also continued to develop more land over the next 10 years. Eventually we reached a total of 1300 acres. This makes New Talavan the second largest Hare Krishna farm community.
New Talavan was chosen as a name by the founder of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada while he was visiting the Honolulu temple on May 4th, 1976.
The fresh milk produced from our cows are primarily used to make offerings to our presiding deities Radha Radha Kantha. The whole farm community is directed to promote Ahimsa and Vedic dharma and in no way comparable to commercial farms where cows are raised to end up in slaughterhouses.
As you understand this is an idealistic attempt purely sustained by well-wishers and dharma adhikaris like your kind self. Any support from your end is piety from vedic standards that is carried forward to your next life.
What do we do?
Welcome to ISKCON New Talavan outreach department. We are here to educate and propagate the values of cow protection for sustainable living espousing the values of simple living and high thinking and a life centred in self-realization. We have four major focus areas.
1.Promoting Vedic Thinking. (GITA SAMSKARA). This includes free Gita distribution and online classes.
2.Promoting Vedic Dharma. (GO SEVA). This includes adopt a cow program and general cow protection schemes.
3.Food for Life. (ANNA DHANA). This includes temple activities like serving free sanctified food to all visitors on Sunday.
3.Vedic Living (VARNASHRAMA). This includes education on an agriculture and cow based Lifestyle and concepts of simple living and hight thinking espoused in Vedas
GITA SAMSKARA : Promoting inquiry into the topics of Bhagavad Gita.
We humbly attempt to bridge the deep chasm between our spiritual and material self.
To this end, this site offers the following services:
1. Articles on Vedic Theology and relevance to present day human thinking and science.
Any Questions on how to join the discussions. Send us an email form below or Text (601)385-5450.
New Mandir Seva:
Benefits of helping build a temple for the Lord
“On building a temple of Sri Madhav one an attain the eternal Vaikunthaloka” — Vamana Purana
“Having acquired wealth and built a temple with a small portion of it, a person acquires piety and gains favors from Hari.” — Agni Purana
In the Srimad Bhagavatam we find the following verses: “By installing the Deity of the Lord, one becomes king of the entire earth, by building a temple for the Lord, one becomes ruler of the three worlds, by worshiping and serving the deity, one goes to the planet of Lord Brahma, and by performing all three of these activities one achieves a transcendental form like My own. But one who simply engages in devotional service with no consideration of fruitive results attains Me. Thus whoever worships Me according to the process I have described will ultimately attain pure devotional service unto Me.”
“Whoever constructs or helps to construct a temple will protect eight generations of father, grandfathers and forefathers from falling into Hell” – Vamana Purana.
SO ITS TIME TO ACT. YOU HAVE THE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF TEMPLE OF UNITY, FOR THEIR LORDSHIPS SHREE SHREE RADHA RADHAKANTHA AT NEW TALAVANA.
GO SEVA: Cow Protection
“Those noble souls who protect cows, certainly deserve human birth in next life.”
-Atharva Veda 19.48.5
“Krshi go-raksha vanijyam vaishya karma svabhavajam” Protecting cows is a birth duty of civilized men. – Bhagavad Gita 18.44
I worship it and I shall defend its worship against the whole world.- Mahatma Gandhi
We appreciate your supporting this cow welfare project that is rooted in spiritual ethics and therefore takes care of the cows, the bulls, the calves (no slaughter EVER!, no separation of mother & babies, no caging, no force-feeding, no production enhancing injections, no GMO feed, Cow Retirement Sanctuary for the non-productive herd and no artificial breeding techniques). Also the pasture lands with no fertilisers being used to feed cows and deities Sri Radha Radhakantha.
Frequently asked Questions.
How much is it for Cow adoption? $1008 per new calf or non-sponsored cow. $108 per month for 1 year if its spread out in any way.
. How much to maintain a cow for one full year? It takes at least $216 per cow on average per year.
Needed information for office paper work? Leagal Name, Legal Address, Age, Sex (of sponsor), Desired name of cow for adoption.
Method of payment? See below for details.
Do you have a Cow/Calf readily available for Adoption? Yes, White and brown female calf (on the left).
Hare Krishna! Thank you
Ways to donate to New Talavana
For any questions or other methods of payment use email form below or Text (601)385-5450.
Details to note
We accept checks. Pay to (ISKCON New Talavan ) and mail it to Narasimha Das, 31492 Anner Road Carriere MS 39426. Please do mention the purpose of donation.
Why you can make a difference We currently have 52 cows, which we take care of with the utmost love and respect throughout their natural lifetime. The farm is run entirely by volunteers, who exchange food and shelter for the upkeep of the farm. We also have a farming project in which we grow organic fruits, vegetables and flowers for preparing food for the deities and distributing as prasadham to all guests. So in this way we are totally a nonprofit religious charitable institution sustained by contributions.Even though we love every second of it, it is not cheap. It takes about $80,000 a year to keep up with all of the costs. We also need to build new infrastructure for visitors and guests, which will cost about $250,000. We also celebrate and share our cow culture with everyone during the annual cow festival. There is a fundraising effort as well. Every penny we make from our annual Cow Festival goes straight towards New Tavalana’s Cow Protection program and running the temple education food relief initiatives. We invite you to enjoy our cow festival. Please inform us in advance to make appropriate arrangements.We also have an Adopt-A-Cow Program. You can adopt a cow and we perform puja for your well-being on the day of your choice. You may also help with our Vedic education for everyone initiative. You are also welcome to participate and learn from it.Any form of a donation goes a long way in promoting this Vedic concept in the western world. All donations are tax-exempt and a receipt will be sent over email or through the representative as desired. For more information on the Adopt-A-Cow Program or general donations email us. Your Sincerely Yogindra Vandana Das CHANT HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE AND BE HAPPY
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