Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gita Nagari Farm Without Heat?

[PADA: Yep, it can get to 20 below zero in January at Gita Nagari, and the community heater apparently is busted. Correct prabhu, the GBC has a spare $20,000,000 to spend on lawsuits, and their folks even said "we will sue you for the next 100 years," but they seem to be unable to fix their own heater at Gita Nagari? 

Yep, you got it, the only people who live like kings in the GBC's program are, the GBC and their lawyers! I grew up not far from there, you can get frostbite just putting your hand on a car door handle, you hand will stick on the handle, hey ... its freezing over there! ys pd]  



Heating needed at Gita Nagari

Dear Friends and Well-wishers.

While I was away in Mayapur last month, we had a setback: our wood boiler which provides the central heating for Sri Sri Radha Damodar and the devotees, caught on fire. We have not established the cause yet. Fortunately no-one was hurt in any way (the location and building is secured in that way to prevent injury and risk to other buildings). We are requesting anyone who would like to contribute to restoring our heating to please contact me on or Snana Yatra prabhu on theyatras@theyogafarm.comwith queries and any support that you would like to offer.
The cost of the boiler including installation is $12000.

You can send a check payable to ISKCON Gita Nagari, to 534 Gita Nagari Road, Port Royal, Pa, 17082 or alternatively use the link below:


Dear Prabhus! 

Some shocking news that I heard today about the situation in Gitanagari, which is a spiritual farm community so dear to so many people's hearts and from where so many folks get their ahimsa milk products (made with milk from protected cows):

The boiler that provides heat to the many residents of that farm community broke around Thanksgiving. The devotees there have been living without heat for the past four weeks. That's right. In the freezing Pennsylvania winters.

I asked the President of that farm Dhruva and his wife how much money they need to get it replaced, and they said around $12,000 including the labor for installing a new one, which they don't have. I asked why they didn't launch a fund raising campaign to raise this money, and they said they were shy to ask for money (they themselves are part of those who have been living without heat).

I don't know how you feel about no heat in cold weather, but I was in an absolute dither last winter when our gas supply got interrupted in Feb and we were without heat for four HOURS. I can't even imagine living without heat for four WEEKS, as they have been so far.

The solution is actually very simple - if everyone gave what they can (even if it is a little), Gitanagari would raise the required money quickly and get the heat going for the residents. I gave $1,500 to them today. We hear again and again from the bhakti scriptures that service to the devotees is even higher than service to the Lord Himself, and this is a great chance for us to practise that.

If you could share this update on your own FB wall and perhaps pick up the phone to talk to a few people who might be able to contribute, that would be super too.

I generally stay clear of fund raising campaigns, but anything to help devotees be safe, warm, fed and protected is a campaign worth starting - and funding.

Here is a link that provides more details and where you can donate: please specify "boiler replacement" when you donate. Thank you so much!…/heating-needed-at-gita-nagari.…

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