This is a thorough review of the most successful of our farms, at least in Europe. It was originally written by a friend of Hare Krishnas and the original is here. I used Google translate and deleted an introduction about his personal matters. What is left is awesome and there are plenty of pictures to illustrate the story. In fact, it’s inserting all these pictures into a post that took most of my time and I just can’t find the strength to go over the translation. I hope Google Translate did a solid job here, it’s usually pretty good with Russian.
I found the community’s website and address on the Internet and found out that its leader Sivarama Swami was awarded the Order of the Honorary Golden Cross for his outstanding contribution to the development of charity and spirituality in the Republic of Hungary – the second most important award in this country.
Although in Hungary this place is known to everyone as the “Krishna Valley”, those who live in the community call it “New Vrindavan”. Vrindavan is the birthplace of Krishna, in India it is a three-hour drive south of Delhi. It may be considered a coincidence, it may not, but the Hungarian Vrindavan is a three-hour drive south of Budapest. There are four railway stations in Budapest. And the southern station from which I started is called Delhi (!)…
The difference in trains leaving from Indian and Hungarian Delhi is, of course, significant. In India, as many people as can be packed in electric trains. If the cars were rubber there, then when they departed they would probably look like balls.
In Hungary, electric trains from Delhi, of course, are much freer. ?? What I liked about them was caring for mothers with children: in order not to keep the baby on his knees, if he wants to look out the window (and what else to do on the way?) There, next to the adult, there is a child seat next to the window.
New Vrindavan (“Krishna Valley”) is located twenty kilometers from the famous Lake Balaton, along which I traveled by train for about an hour. During this time I christened it to myself “Hungarian Baikal”: its length is 79 kilometers, its width is up to 11.5 kilometers. A sign leads from the nearest village to the Sri Krishna Valley
Two stone-white elephants and a lively friendly guard greet visitors at the entrance
Right behind the entrance is a completely different world, the world of reality-fairy tales. Since the “Krishna Valley” was created as a projection of Vrindavan, the red arbors here mark the places corresponding to the special, most significant places of Sri Krishna’s games in Vrindavan.
The ecological community of Hungarian Vaishnavas (those who worship Krishna and Vishnu are so correctly called) is located on the territory of 200 hectares. The river that flows through this valley is also called the Yamuna. Just like in India, the place for bathing here is made in the form of steps. Women and men here, in this place bathe on different days.
Instead of peacocks, pheasants fly here and run safely. Some forest animals also sometimes walk here. In wide meadows cows and bulls graze here.
Many visitors, leaving a car at the entrance, seeing a very beautiful yellow building on a hill, take it for a temple. When they come closer, it turns out that this is a school where children receive state diplomas. Since there are only forty students, boys and girls study together, only physical education classes for boys and girls are held separately. They do yoga, learn martial arts.
Seeing in the distance another large beautiful building, tourists come up to it and think that this is probably the Krishna temple. But it turns out that this is a barn, gosh. The cowshed here is a five-star hotel for cows. This is the best barn in Europe. Or maybe the best on this planet.
According to ancient Sanskrit treatises, three types of animals, if they die by their death, receive the human body in the next life: a cow, a tiger, a monkey. Therefore, cows here are treated with the same care as people.
There is a statement in the Bible, in the Old Testament, that killing a bull commits the same sin as killing a person. And in the same Bible there is a statement that retribution will come in the same measure as a person performed it: “an eye for an eye, blood for blood.”
The Vedas explain almost the same thing: the one who kills an animal unnecessarily will become this animal in the next life, and this animal will become a man and kill him in order to return the pain to the rapist, they will change places in the next life:
Or, for killing animals, for killing their defenseless cubs, a man who eats meat or his children is just as cynical, will be brutally killed in a war in this life – if a person does not listen to the Vedas or the Bible. It is in this connection that M. Gandhi, L.N. Tolstoy, Albert Einstein argued that the wars on Earth will not end until now, while people continue to eat meat, recalling that in a civilized society – in the Vedic ancient tradition, the killing of animals was condemned as same as killing people. And the king was obliged to protect the life of animals as well as the lives of people, considering them full citizens of his state.
Now many pseudo-spiritual idle talkers only talk about harmony, about universal love, while continuing to eat corpses of innocent and defenseless creatures. Those who have drunk us with their milk are called the nurse, the second mother. It was in this connection that the Slavs called the “Nursing Mother”, “Mother” the cows! Anyone who kills and eats his mother cow, who gave him milk, can hardly call himself human. More precisely, by Man. A cow is the personification of love, kindness to people and dedication.
With almost every meal, people consume cow products: cheese, milk, yogurt, cream, butter, sour cream, feta cheese, yogurt, airan, yogurt, buttermilk, fermented baked milk, cottage cheese … Without cows, there would not even be so much-loved ice cream of all kinds, milk chocolate, most of the sweets, whipped cream, cakes … In Russia they always knew that a house, if it has a cash cow, will never be poor. A house with a cow will always be in abundance. Man is not obligated to any creature on the planet like a cow.
Love awakens only in a grateful heart. And therefore, in the most ancient, undistorted scriptures – in the Vedas it is recommended to awaken the love for others, for the world, for the universe, to become grateful to the cow that gives us all this. God Himself, Krishna (Roof-Kolyada) is always depicted as the patron saint of cows – so that people appreciate the creature that He created to care for people! This large picture of the shepherd Krishna playing the pipes for them, for the pleasure of the cows, is located right in their barn:
The meaning, perfection of human life is to please God. Knowing that God loves when he treats all creatures created by him with care and tenderness, here everyone sees as part of their relationship with God, relationships with each other, including the attitude towards cows. Each of the forty cows and bulls located here has its own name, and each cow or bull has someone who has taken a personal special responsibility to take care of them.
Some of those who live in cities, theorists – “pacifist vegans” believe that taking milk from a cow means taking milk from a calf. But in reality, if a cow is milked daily, it “breaks up” and gives much more milk than the calf needs. Moreover, if the calf is constantly fed with milk alone, he will become ill. Therefore, at a certain stage, it must be transferred to another type of food. Even just looking at these calves, you understand that this is not a theory.
In addition, it must be borne in mind that cows are LIVING, sentient beings. And when they feel that they are loved, that they are cared for, they give milk, even more out of a reciprocal love for the people who care for them. There are cows that give milk without calves continuously for 5-6-7 years. But this is probably not to be expected from cows who know that they will be killed. Cows are kept here even if they don’t give milk – because they make biogas and compost from their manure.
The American Agricultural University not so long ago published a conclusion that it is economically feasible to keep bulls and cows even without milk simply because they provide the most valuable fertilizer on this planet – their humus. Humus, cow manure is able to completely restore the microflora and fertility of the most waste, completely depleted soils – in seven years, if seven years every six months, spread manure on these soils and then plow them finely.
And bulls are hard workers, laborers, bodybuilders from God. They like to feel muscle joy from physical exertion. Those who use bulls for work know this. Just as a horse in a stall begins to hurt, so a bull begins to feel sad without work.
One experienced farmer in Lithuania told me that a horse is not designed to be plowed: its legs, unlike a bull, do not rest on the ground so as to pull heavy loads. He said: “A horse is like a swallow, created to run! But the bull was created on the contrary – in order to transport, to pull weights, to plow – his legs rest against the ground so as to forcefully push. And he feels from it like a weightlifter, joy! ”Here the bulls are full members of the community, they work here with everyone and justify their“ bread ”:) Here they sow, plow and reap.
One of the seven goals of the International Society for Krishna Awareness ( International, Society for Krishna Consciousness ), recorded in its Charter, is to create a self-sufficient ecological farming communities. The founder of this movement, Srila Prabhupada , instructed his followers to show their governments how to build the state’s economy: each state, as opposed to the intentions of the greedy globalization-demons, should be autonomous and independent of others, and to ensure this fully yourself with everything necessary for life.
In order to avoid economic crises organized by international bankers, during which they cheaply buy up and take over the economies of different countries, Srila Prabhupada recommended restoring the gold standard: money should be silver or gold, not paper: “this will act as a straitjacket on the banking system shirt on violent obsessed ”- there will be no artificially created crises if villains cannot print and call money ordinary wrappers, not provided with absolutely nothing.
One hundred years ago, the Russian ruble was the hardest and most valuable currency of the planet. The growth of the Russian economy was 20% per year – because there were no economic vampires and parasites. The paper money system is designed so that people now work as slaves for fraudsters in the banking sector. One, to get something – you need to work. For others, in order to take from them everything that they have earned, you just need to turn on the printing press: inflation-crisis-acquisition of printed money of what others have created with honest honesty. As Henry Ford said, “If people knew the truth about the nature of money, they would have made a revolution before tomorrow morning!” …
Of the countries of the former USSR, only Belarus can be fully autonomous in terms of food products today. Belarusians not only supply themselves with all the necessary food products, but also feed half of Russia with their dairy products. I am familiar with the directors of the dairy factories of the Krasnodar Territory, the ит Zhytnitsa ’of Russia, and therefore I know that the dairy industry is already half destroyed, and the dairy plants of Russia for the most part do not produce butter, but only pack butter in their packages, which they buy from the cars Belarus. In the case of Doomsday, if all foreign economic relations suddenly break off, Belarus will survive without any problems: little will change there, because its economy relies on an excellently developed agricultural complex. There are no ones destroyed, as in Russia, collective farms, state farms. All collective farms, state farms flourish there; every piece of land in Belarus is cultivated. While the agrarian complex of Russia, which at the beginning of the 20th century completely provided itself with all foodstuffs and fed half of Europe, is now almost completely destroyed.
Today, Russia buys grain abroad, although before the October Revolution organized by the hangers-on by international bankers, it provided 80% of Europe’s grain needs. Now Russia rests only on the “needle” of oil and gas. The cost of hydrocarbons on the international market is artificially high – everyone knows that. And in order to kill the economy, now based only on gas and oil, of the once self-sufficient, agrarian great country, the Americans just need to lower oil prices once again to the real ones – as Reagan did before the collapse of the USSR. The Americans then persuaded the Arab sheikhs to lower oil prices in order to “fill up” the Soviets in exchange for weapons.
Now the Americans will soon be able to lower the price of oil themselves – for this they are now torn to the same in oil Syria – the next step after the conquest of Iraqi oil. If they subjugate the main oil market, they will be able to lower oil prices by their own power, then Russia will fall so that it cannot rise. Chinese tanks will then reach the Urals, the Turkish army will take the south, – Russia will be divided as planned by the butchers of international politics (description in this article) Putin’s adviser Oleg Matveychev gave the way out of the upcoming crisis in the Green Revolution program, but they don’t give this project course deputies of the State. Thoughts, most of which lobby the interests of not our country, but of other third forces.
Half of the deputies of the State. The Duma of the Russian Federation and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are Jews. Democracy is wonderful, of course, but if half of the seats in the Israeli Knesset, the US Senate or the English Parliament were occupied by Russians living in these countries, the same ardent peddlers around the world of their demo (n) country would have sharply opposed this, declaring that Russians intervene in their politics, economics in their own interests. But when they do it in Russia, in Ukraine, then this is normal. The demo (n) democracy in politics is a one-way valve, aimed only at the economic and legislative suppression and enslavement of others.
In a few years, Russia can again become an agrarian superpower, because the real value is ALWAYS grain and food, which was mentioned many times by the founder of the International Society for Awareness of Krishna (a society for understanding the laws established by God, the laws of Nature)
As an economic scheme, Srila Prabhupada recommended that the governments of the countries take the tax system of Vedic India as a basis, in which there was only one type of tax: each gave the state 25% of the profit or of the products it produced, the food it grew. When taxes are not very large, people do not shy away from paying them, and as a result, the state only wins. In the Indian scriptures there is a whole section of “artha-sastra” – economic recommendations for rulers that lead to harmonious prosperity of society at all levels – as opposed to the generally accepted demonic legal Roman system, when one person can truthfully or false take over unlimited material resources, while not bearing any responsibility to society.
Following the Vedic principles, the inhabitants of the Krishna Valley in Hungary COMPLETELY ENSURE THEIR NEEDS and live autonomously, completely independently of the world around them. If tomorrow the “end of the world”, the “economic armageddon” suddenly happens, there will be no change in their happy measured life. In addition to the fact that they are provided with dairy products, they grow: rye, wheat, oats, buckwheat, millet. They themselves press sunflower, linseed, pumpkin oil, including grape seed oil, from the products they grow. They grow beans, lentils, several types of beans, and even grow Indian mung dal …
30-40 kinds of vegetables and 20 kinds of fruits are grown here, including apricot and mulberry. Of the fruit trees, there are only citrus fruits (the temperature in winter drops to -20 C here). Members of this community are able to produce their own clothes and shoes from the flax they grow here. They are completely independent of the energy sources of the outside world – electricity, gas. But at the same time, with all this, they are collecting a large crop of environmentally friendly and genetically perfect products (which 99,999 inhabitants of our planet can no longer afford) cultivating and collecting them with a competent ecologically perfect approach.
Using the experience of their ancestors, a scientific approach and international experience in growing agricultural crops in an ecological way, over 20 years of practice, members of this eco-community have developed ways to get the maximum yield at the lowest cost. Just like our grandmothers and grandfathers, they do not use chemistry not only to grow their organic products, but also to combat their pests.
Mutual compatibility and symbiosis of various plants for their highly productive growth and mutual protection against parasites are carefully taken into account here. Simply put – there are insects, aphids, parasites that love only certain plants and can not stand the presence of others. Although these plants, in addition, mutually enrich the soil with substances necessary for another, energy, and trace elements. And if you take this into account, if certain plants are planted with beds just next to each other, it’s just that you can increase their productivity in an ecological way without the additional cost of controlling parasites. This largely echoes the principle of Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture .
In this community, recommendations have been developed for gardeners and gardeners – what to plant with what to increase the mutual yield of plants and so that there are fewer problems with all kinds of pests and weeds. To generally reduce costs and watering – I would recommend combining this with the system of “Smart Garden” N.I. Kurdyumov.
In this diagram there is a drawing of what to plant from the calculation of a 5 by 5 meter plot. An important touch – around this site there should be a 50-centimeter hedge from, as I understand it, lavender.
According to this principle of combination, symbiosis of plants, all vegetables and different types of plants are grown here.
In order to popularize the experience of growing agricultural products in an ecological way, scientific conferences are held here annually with the participation of employees of the State Agrarian University of Hungary, environmental scientists from other countries.
Deputy organizer of environmental conferences and seminars – George (George) Kirs.
If you are a citizen of the European Union, he will tell you how to come to the conference (including food, accommodation) at the expense of funds allocated in each country of the European Union for the development of green projects, training in environmental technologies.
George can inform you about the following environmental seminars, eco-conferences. His personal e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; website: http://www.okovolgy.hu tel / fax: +36 85 540 002; mob: +36 30 825 31 34
I was very interested in what this community looks like, how their houses look. It turned out to be very modern. This is what this eco-village looks like now, after twenty years of selfless exploits of digging in the mud:
Motivated by curiosity, I knocked on one house and asked the owners to show me how the house looks from the inside. The welcoming host and hostess are called Goloka Party and Anuragi.
As we see, the inside is very beautiful and modern. In addition to the few exceptions created by the general council of the community: no one in this community has televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners, or washing machines. Chemistry, washing powders, synthetic detergents are prohibited here, so as not to pollute Nature with them. Soap, shampoos, aromatic oils – only their own. The only exceptions are incense and aromatic oils, which are also brought from India to worship the Deities.
The kitchen was very cozy. Here they cook on their own biogas, which is obtained by fermenting cow manure – it is enough to cover the basic needs of the entire community. But in addition, every house has a very practical wood stove: in winter, it also warms the house. In Europe, especially in Germany, neat, clean and very comfortable wood-burning stoves are very popular in private homes. Many very well-known firms produce them very soundly from high-quality cast iron. In these ovens there is also an oven for baking good homemade bread.
Toilet, bathroom turned out to be very modern.
Sewerage – general, water from the well is supplied thanks to solar panels. All waste that can rot – is sent to a compost pit. Those that can burn become fuel.
The same principle was recently applied all over the world in villages; it has now been preserved in Austrian villages: all waste is disposed of on your personal site. What burns is in the hearth, what rots – in compost. Glass – surrenders to a glass receiver, metal – to scrap metal. Plastic bags, bottles are prohibited.
The house is heated by two fireplaces, which are enough to be heated once: due to the fact that it is built of porous clay bricks, or rather clay blocks, the house keeps cool in summer and keeps heat like a thermos in winter: you can understand the thermal conductivity of such blocks very low.
In summer, the water is heated by solar water heating panels. Solar panels that generate electricity are almost eternal – the warranty period is 25-50 years. They generate electricity even in weak, diffused sunlight.
In order not to use batteries that are short-lived, electricity is mainly used here only in the office, during the day. It is enough for work of stationary computers, printers, faxes. But for the most part, community members do not use electricity here at all. Until today, firewood has been bought here, but from next year the community will provide itself with firewood from its own forest, instead of cutting down trees, constantly planting new ones.
Due to the weak natural slope of the landscape, sewage drains from the community’s buildings flow into the water bodies that clean them, in two of which a reed has been planted to filter water from sewage; and in the third, it is purified to the state of pure drinking water, once launched there by bacteria that purify the water once, which multiply and continuously reproduce themselves by themselves.
It is for Nature to be able to clean everything, in this community they do not use products of the chemical industry (why is it needed at all?) Clean water goes back to Nature.
In Russia, we know little about this, but in the West a whole industry of ecological purification of water to the state of spring with the help of natural natural bacteria is developed. In 2000, I lived for six months in an environmental center near Copenhagen, designed for 60 people. The water in this center was also heated by a roof of solar panels and panels, but there were washing machines – with the difference that they could only use washing powders produced by this company specializing in the construction of environmentally closed (like space) centers.
There did not grow reeds – different types of bacteria in closed underground containers cleaned all drains to the cleanest state. Although it was chemically absolutely pure, it was “morally not very”, they watered the garden with it, and took new water from the well. The sludge processed by bacteria fell out and became an excellent compost – ecological fertilizer.
In Russia, there are also companies that sell bacteria that neutralize the smell of a rustic Russian toilet and process its contents to a state of odorless fertilizers, but so far few know about them: no one is promoting green technologies in Russia.
The ecological community impressed me. It immediately became clear how much good can be done if you don’t drink, smoke, watch TV … If you do not violate the laws of Nature established by God, you can live long, harmoniously and happily, be mentally and physically strong, and if you work together, you can not only provide yourself with everything you need, but in your free time turn the surrounding space into a blooming garden.
The members of the community receive inspiration for inspired harmonious cooperation from joint spiritual practice. Economically, they thrive, because their main goal is not economic, but spiritual development through improving relations with each other. The center and meaning of their life is God, whom they perceive as the One Whole, and themselves as His integral parts.
The goal of their life is the joint satisfaction of God, just as different parts of the body work together to satisfy the whole body. A healthy cell leaves as much energy of nutrients entering it as is necessary to maintain its vital functions; it transfers the rest to other cells, without accumulation in the form of fat deposits, without the unhealthy tendencies of the cancer cell to “drag everything to itself”. Here they are trying to apply the main principle of Krishna Consciousness: simple life and elevated thinking. They don’t care about the future in terms of savings.
Community members live in the present, knowing that a good future is shaped by proper actions in the present. And the main enemy of man, progress is internal egoism and the laziness flowing from it. He who thinks not about himself, but about others, is driven by love, and love with laziness, intension are not compatible. This is the secret to the prosperity of this community. Everyone here thinks not of himself, but of the satisfaction of God, serving others as his parts. This is the essence of Krishna Consciousness: to feel like a Part of the Supreme Personality, and to consider the interests of others as their interests, understanding that they are all the same – parts of the One Whole, God, part of the One Supreme Person. It also means that you don’t need to indulge egoists, realizing that egoism is a condition of a sick cancer cell.
It is not necessary to nourish the cancer cells, you need to help them improve, change their attitude towards others, towards the world, directing their consciousness not to strive to drag everything to themselves, but to strive to give everything to the One, to God and to cooperate for His satisfaction, for the satisfaction of the One with all its particles. This, in essence, is the essence of all religions. Just different saints explained this each in their own words.
God permeates everything that exists with his consciousness, and in order to develop personal relationships with those who have not yet revealed their spiritual vision, according to the Vedic ancient treatises, he can accept worship through the Divine, made exactly with the description of His appearance, which is given in ancient Sanskrit treatises . The same worship of God through his image is practiced in every religion that accepts God as an omnipresent person.
Christians worship Jesus, worshiping his crucifixion; worship the Virgin Mary, worshiping her statue.
Muslims worship Allah, the Most High, worshiping in Mecca the stone of Hajar al-aswad, which, according to legend, was once in Paradise. Hindus also worship the all-pervading God, realizing that since He is all-pervading, then he is present in the same way as a person in his sculpted image.
Joint worship of God in his personal image is the center of all the activities of this community. Everything that is done here is done only for His satisfaction; all ministry He accepts through the deities established in the temple. In Krishna Valley, the day begins “with the first roosters” who cry for the first time before sunrise. Roosters and chickens are not kept here, because Vaisnavas do not consume even eggs as ethical vegetarians.
Nevertheless, even without roosters, they rise before sunrise and go together to their temple, which basically does NOT use electricity to illuminate. Before sunrise, the entire temple is lit only by the living light of oil lamps.
In terms of natural lighting, the temple complex here is made really very practical. A glass ridge-dome passes through the entire structure, located, like the entire building, in accordance with the movement of the sun, so that even the first sun’s rays immediately illuminate the entire building from the inside.
“He who lays down early and wakes up early, God gives health, wealth and wisdom to him!”, “Morning in the evening is wiser!” – they always said in Russia. This is caused by the rhythms of the Cosmos. And the early morning hours are especially beneficial for spiritual practice.
Here, the whole day is built in accordance with these cosmic rhythms. Up to seven hours – the time when the most susceptible subconscious; this is the time for meditation, prayers, and turning to God. From seven to ten is the period of maximum activity of the brain intelligence.
The first worship of the Almighty in the temple begins at four fifteen in the morning (the standard of classical Vedic temples), the second – at seven fifteen. Between services, Vaisnavas first worship God in their minds – meditate, and then repeat the names of God on their beads, which are kept in special bags so that they do not touch the floor and unclean things.
The second service begins with the worship of Srila Prabhupada as the one who discovered the philosophy of the Vedas to the Western world, translating into the English language many Indian sacred texts previously unknown to Europeans. It is thanks to him that the concepts of “karma”, “reincarnation” have now become well-known, few people knew about Vedic philosophy in the West before him.
As a sign of respect, each community member offers Srila Prabhupada’s sculpture flowers that he puts on silver sandals and bows – women in a belt, men – in full growth.
After the first service, the priests wash the Deities of Radha and Krishna, dress them from night to day clothes, decorate them with fresh flowers and, opening the curtain of the altar in the second service, bring them a mirror so that they can see how they are dressed today. After that, very beautiful songs are sung for their pleasure.
Eastern philosophy claims that God, the One, is eternally manifested in the form of the original male and female principles, in the form of Radha and Krishna. Taoists depict the principle of unity of masculine and feminine principles permeating the entire universe in the form of the Yin-Yang symbol.
See the white dot in the black stream, and the black dot in the white? Since God is not just “the Holy Spirit” or energy, it is a person, all His energies are also personalities, the esoteric meaning of the love of this Taoist symbol is that Radharani is always in the heart of Sri Krishna, and Krishna is always in Her heart. .!
The movement of energies in the Taoist symbol means that love is always dynamic. The one in whose heart love lives is not lazy, not static: he is always dynamic, he is ecstatic! ??
Looking at these Hungarian deities of Radha and Krishna, I could not help but get the impression that these are the same deities of Radha and Krishna that I saw during my trip to India. You can watch this blog and compare.
It seems that the very same Radha and Krishna are present simultaneously in both Indian and Hungarian Vrindavan. The morning program includes a lecture during which guests and members of the community read and discuss the texts of ancient scriptures, sharing each with their internal understanding that spiritual relationships come down to love and trust, and the meaning of life is to serve God in love, to each other.
After the lecture, members of the community eat breakfast together, after which everyone goes to do their ministry. Some meet here again at lunch time, but many prefer to have dinner at home with their children in order to maintain a warm atmosphere in the family.
Environmental friendliness in detail here is also manifested in the fact that disposable plates for guests are made of pressed paper, even disposable spoons are wooden. Not to mention the fact that you experience very unusual sensations, knowing that everything that this food is made from, with the exception of salt, is grown here, with your own hands.
In the temple, everyone walks in socks or in slippers, shoes, weapons ?? leaving vehicles outside.
Here’s what the temple complex looks like from the outside:
It is made as ergonomically as possible – so that the sun’s rays penetrate into it, illuminating the altar and all the interior without electricity.
In winter, when it gets dark early and before sunrise, the following lamps illuminate the temple:The altar is heated in winter by four fireplaces standing in the corners. In addition, marble floor heating.
To spend a minimum of energy and energy on its heating, the altar room and all the premises of the temple are surrounded by a glass gallery, which, being an air cushion, retains heat and freely transmits the sun’s rays, which heat the air and the temple in it. The walls of the gallery are decorated with great love paintings depicting stories from the scriptures.
In the Krishna Valley you can walk without a clock: every hour a bell sounds floating over the valley telling what time it is. At nine in the morning, the bell ringer beats nine times, ten at ten, etc. In between – one hit (half past ten). All work ends at half past five.
What I liked here is that many members of the community sing very beautifully and play different musical instruments. The very first evening I got to a spontaneous (as I was later told) improvised concert from a hand organ (harmonium), a drum and two guitars. “Love is in the little things.” Every little thing here is made in artistic taste, with love.
As I already wrote, refrigerators are not used here. Instead, they have traditional village cellars. Such a cellar is also used as a glacier for the summer: in winter it is covered with blocks of ice, which are sprinkled with a large layer of sawdust. Due to the fact that it is underground and covered with a layer of sawdust, ice in such a glacier can last all summer. In the glaciers you can store milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, because the temperature in it is at the very bottom, plus four to five degrees. And about the same temperature in it in the winter, even during frosts, which allows you to store vegetables, fruits, twists in it until spring.
Recently, they made a large new three-chamber stone cellar. This is probably the best cellar warehouse I’ve ever seen. It has three departments: for storing vegetables and fruits made according to homemade recipes for canned food until spring.
Soon these warehouses will be filled to capacity with products until a new crop. Community members podstichali that 200 hectares of land can provide all the necessary 500 people without bothering Nature. As you can see, the cook is very funny here (and by the way, he sings very beautifully!). This is important: because the consciousness, mood of the cook is transmitted to those who eat what he cooked.
Dishes prepared with love, in good high spirits, lead to prosperity.
The second law of dialectics says that quality inevitably turns into quantity. Gradually, this ecological settlement became a place of pilgrimage for tourists. Especially during bad weather, many tourists who came to Lake Balaton, so as not to waste time in vain, come here to see this community. But many tourists come here just as purposefully. This bus came here from Germany.
Many of the community members are former monks. (In the Vedic tradition, every man must marry through monasticism and marry chastity before marrying). They used to walk the streets and offer people books about Krsna.
Now, when they apply the knowledge of these books in practice, people themselves come to them to learn more about Krishna’s philosophy, being naturally attracted to the knowledge applied in practice more than the unfounded theory.
For tourists there is a shop where they can buy hand-made soap, body care products.
The community members admitted to me that they supplied the solar panels only for the operation of their restaurant and for the office, which became necessary for the coordination of arriving groups of tourists, for organizing eco-conferences and festivals. Every summer, a festival is held on the territory of the community for several days for those who are interested in a healthy lifestyle, to which 6-7 thousand people come. For a year, the community is visited by 20-35 thousand tourists.
For those who want to come here for a few days to immerse themselves in the atmosphere prevailing here, the communities created two small hotels with 8 rooms each. The cost of living is 20 and 40 euros per room. In addition to them, in the nearby village there are several guest houses, in one of which I stayed. Three-room house with hot water, a modern bathroom and a kitchen – 15 euros per day. Simple but cozy and very pretty:
While traveling in Europe, I learned what I had resisted for so long: washing clothes in the sink. Since childhood, I used to wash clothes in basins, at worst – in buckets. In Europe, it is customary to wash things in the sink, plugging it like a bathroom with a stopper. Over time, it seemed to me even a little practical. But still, at home, I prefer to wash things in a basin.
If you want to relax here, you can contact Koda Nitai Prabhu in advance; in the community he is responsible for receiving and accommodating guests. If necessary, he will arrange transport for you or tell you how to get to the community faster, more convenient. His e-mail: Koda Nitai das <firstname.lastname@example.org> He was my guide on the farm, here he is online looking for the most convenient return ticket for me.
Performing, like many members of the community, the duties of a priest in the temple, he sometimes wakes up at 2:30 in the morning, however, he is always very cheerful, cheerful, and cheerful.
I didn’t want to leave here, honestly! Like many who come here, I received great spiritual and aesthetic pleasure from the atmosphere of this spiritual community and the beauty that they created here.
It even got accustomed to bamboo. In the river, the fish knows that no one will be here, so when you swim in the river, schools of fish swim fearlessly nearby, and some even curiously stick out of the water to look at people.
Saying “Goodbye!” To the elephants meeting and escorting tourists, I was soon again in Budapest. The feeling was as if he had fallen from a bright spiritual world into a colorless material one. Even the weather was completely different. In the Krishna Valley it was sunny, here it was cloudy.
An interesting point: Budapest was once two cities: Buda and Pest, located on opposite sides of the Danube River. Then they grew and merged into one city. But the Budapest people still divide it into Pest and Buda. Here I stand in the photo in Buda, and behind me, on the other side of the Danube, is the parliament building in Pest.
Upon returning home, I often return in my thoughts to that new Vrindavan, to the atmosphere created by the members of this community.
Krishna Consciousness guru Srila Prabhupada wanted such a spiritual atmosphere to reign on our planet. I join him!