I have been volunteering at FFLV for a week and half now. I can just say that everyday is like the first day. The children steal your heart with their positivism towards life and with their huge smiles. Teachers, employees and all the staff members are so gentle and willing to help that I cannot ask for anything more. I am supposed to help here, but with all this kindness they are helping me.
I taught to children in Italy, my native country, but my heart never got so full of emotions like in here. It is incredible what people who do not have much can do and FFLV is a really great example of that. There is such an atmosphere here, such an incredible energy that has been moving this school in the right way for 25 years now.
There are things that needs to be improved of course. That is why we people need to help them in that. They are doing a great job, they are making the difference for these children who probably would have not had the chance to go to school. Now it is our turn to help. We all together can give a better future to those children. We all together can give them the opportunity to try to realize their dreams. We all together can really do something.
They do not have choice, we have. We just need to choose the right one.
Make your choice, help FFLV.
Francesca Candosin, Italy
Kurma Rupa Prabhu Ki Jai!
It was in 1997 when I was sharing a house with Kurma Rupa Prabhu in Vrindavan. Bihari lal, a brajbasi, donated a young male cow to Kurma. The bull was named Padmalochana and he started living in that house with us. I remember Kurma used to personally cook for him every day. That marked the beginning of Care for Cows. For the following 18 years Kurma Rupa prabhu fully dedicated his life to the service of sick and injured cows. Initially He personally tended to their needs, day and night. He worked tirelessly for years and today Care for cows has 220 cows in the FFLV land and 200 more across the Yamuna. He never cared or desired for anything in return from the cows, He just wanted to serve.
He used to say, “Cows are always loyal, they are not dual. They are just grateful…always. If you establish a connection with them, you will surely establish a connection with the Dham”.
When Kurma recently fell sick, he wanted to spend his last few days amidst the cows, so we moved him from a comfortable AC flat to a small room facing the Goshala. He left remembering them and he was happy that he had done what he could. He was satisfied that there is a dedicated team of people carrying on his legacy. He left in the best of months (Purushottam mas), and best of days (Padmini Ekadashi), surrounded by harinaam and devotees, at 8:45 am when Gopal leaves for cow herding in Goloka. This time Gopal took Kurma with him.
What more can I say?, what a way to live!, what a way to die!
He is now in his real home, the eternal Vrindavan, where he now runs freely in the pastures of Goloka Vrindavan, with His Gopal and laughing heartily with His cowherd boyfriends, blissfully tending 900000 cows of Nanda Maharaj.
Kurma Rupa Prabhu ki jai!
Go Mata ki jai!
Rupa Raghunath Das
Recently,the Society for Dental and Oral Care (an indian NGO active since 1999 in six states such as Rajasthan, Maharastra, Madhya Pradesh, U.P., Uttaranchal and in Chandigarh, Punjab) in collaboration with Dabur India(the toothpaste company) sent one of their representatives to our Sandipani Muni School, Doctor Amit Gupta from a dental college in Jaipur, Rajasthan, to run an awareness and hygiene programme aimed at educating students in the importance of dental and oral hygiene.
Doctor Gupta gave practical demonstrations on how to brush one’s teeth properly, he gave examples of different types of oral diseases and the causes of them, at the end of the programme each student was given a tub of Dabur Red toothpaste.
Do you like music?, do you like to help those in need? here is a chance for you to do both. Bhakti without Borders is an ecstatic album that is due for release on the 12th May 2015 and the proceeds from this album will go towards the education of girls at FFLV!! So everytime you buy this album, the proceeds will go directly towards educating the girls of Vrindavan. Just by listening to some beautiful music, you can actually help change a girl’s life. Can it get better than that?
This incredible album has been recorded by 12 world famous kirtaneers who came together to make this happen. This album was recorded purely for the purpose of charity. Here is a link if you wish to listen to the music clips of this enchanting album: https://soundcloud.com/kirtan-shakti/sets/bhakti-without-borders-preview
If you are a music lover, this album is a must have because it blends in music and voices from around the world. 12 great singers from 5 different countries, all to help the girls of Vrindavan get an education.
Such an album has never been made before!
When asked: What makes Bhakti Without Borders different?
Madi the executive producer of the album replied: “The charity is the sole purpose for making this album. It was crowd-funded up front so any profits that come in go straight to charity.”
When he was further asked why he chose FFLV, He answered: “I chose FFLV because so many of the modern Kirtan traditions hail from Vrindavan. That, and the fact that I am a longtime friend of the director, Rupa Raghunath. Having someone I trust handling the funds was crucial, if I was going to ask other people’s help.”
Here is a link to the full interview of Madi Das: http://baldyogi.com/bhakti-without-borders-deborah-charnes/
Watch the promo video of Bhakti without borders here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hLwHerf30k&feature=youtu.be
Click here http://kirtan-shakti.com/ to pre-order the album today!
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