His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of ISKCON, had a deeper spiritual vision and purpose for living according to Nature’s Law. Exemplifying the principle of Simple Living, High Thinking, Srila Prabhupada said, “Krishna is the Farm Acarya. Baladeva is holding a plow, and Krishna is holding the calf.”
To fulfil the vision of Srila Prabhupada, devotees at ISKCON Pune have developed ISKCON Go-Farm at Velhe district to not only protect cows and practice organic farming but to also practice and preach living accordingly to scriptural guidelines. Devotees at the farm worship Sri Sri Radha Krishna and serve Them by taking care of Their natural gifts.
The project also attempts to serve a spiritual and historical retreat from the daily hassles and bustles of an urban lifestyle. Situated at the foothills of Rajgarh, the fort of the saintly Martha king, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, visitors can get first-hand experiences of living close to nature, historical site-seeing and also seeking deepest secrets of spirituality.
Srila Prabhupada (founder-acharya of ISKCON) always emphasized the need for ‘simple living, high thinking’ so that the human society can live a simple life without the painful complexities of the present day and devote their time and energy in serving Lord Krishna thereby leading a happy and peaceful life. This adage entails the development of self-sustained farming communities.
Many wonder why the Vedic and Vaishnava cultures especially stress protection of the cow. The philosophical reason is simple: The cow is considered one of our mothers, as she gives us her milk and thus nutures our health and well being. Just as no civilized person would injure or kill their mother, the Vedas teach that to take milk from the cow and then kill her is the same as killing one’s mother. Similarly, the bull is considered like the father because the bull traditionally helps in the tilling of the fields, and thus is to be respected.
In ISKCON farms, no cow, bull or calf is slaughtered. We look at innovative ways to work with the bull and engage their God-given strength in the service of others, under humane and loving conditions. Regardless of milk production, cows and bulls also produce dung and urine which is valuable as fertilizer, compost, some medicines, cleaning products and biogas fuel. In the ISKCON farms they are sheltered in barns (goshala), wherein they are fed with healthy stapple and are taken care of.
We believe protecting cows is a most important component of protecting the earth. According to the ancient Vedic texts the cow is the representative of Mother Earth. And, when the cow and the bull are mistreated, Mother Earth withdraws her bounty.
Farmer Family Adoption.
Rural Children Value Education.
Waste Water Treatment.