On Saturday night we hired a hall at the local surf side town of Torquay, and held a Hare Krishna festival there. Around 22 of the local people turned up to learn the art of mantra meditation, hear a spiritual discourse and enjoy a delicious feast of spiritual food offered to Lord Krishna. Many of the guests encouraged us to hold another festival soon.
This week at Hare Krishna Valley the boys have been busy developing a worm farm to assist in our composting, and they also built a strawberry patch using some old guttering we found around the farm.
On Saturday we met up with the Melbourne Hare Krishna devotees in Torquay to chant on the streets and promote our public event which we will be holding next weekend.
This week at Hare Krishna Valley we have had the Powercor workers at the farm trenching in electric power lines so that the over head lines on the property can be taken down. This will allow for a lesser fire risk during the summer months.
Last week we travelled to Melbourne to welcome the Victorian State Premier Denis Napthine, to the Hare Krishna Temple. He looked at our proposal for a new kitchen and generally commented that he enjoyed the ambiance of the Temple.
This week at Hare Krishna Valley we began to harvest some of the Ayurvedic herbs we have been growing in our hot house over winter. The first herb we picked is brahmi, which is extremely nourishing for the brain.
Over the weekend we held a women’s retreat with our friend Gitanjali, who is a famous musician and singer in the new age scene in Australia. She led the women through a number of workshops aimed at opening their heart and throat cakras and developing their spirituality.
This week we impregnated two of our cows in order to increase our herd at the rate of two members a year, which is sustainable with the current manpower we have at Hare Krishna Valley.
Manigriva was busy making fire piles and burning off in preparation for summer.
Although it is the middle of winter, and spring is still more than a month away, some of our vines are blossoming and producing beautiful types of flowers.
My pet echidna who lives around my ashram tried to burrow and hide himself when he saw me come outside with the camera.
We have been sowing oats on our six acres as green manure to enrich the quality of the soil for the future expansion of our market garden.
As the weather has been wet we have been focusing on indoor jobs, such as patching up broken tiles in several of the ashrams.
Our young bull, Giridhari, has been put on a rope for the first time to train him to be led around in the hope that in the future he will be able to plough the earth.
The cows have been hiding in the barn to avoid the severe weather, and we are planning on building them a large cow shed in the next few months.
The weather has been amazing this winter, and Hare Krishna Valley has been exceptionally beautiful in the mornings, as seen in this photograph.
On Saturday it was my brother’s birthday, so we went and played paint ball with our friends from the farm.
The Sunday feast was well attended once again, as it is growing in popularity.