GOPINATH BHAVAN LADIES ASHRAM in VRNDAVANA
Situated at one of the worldâ€™s most transcendent locations â€“ at the banks of the holy Yamuna River as our front yard, and next to both Imli-tala and Shringar-vat (which all provide the scene for Radha and Krsna's confidential pastimes) â€“ is Gopinath Bhavan, the temple of Sri Sri Radha-Gopinath and Sriman Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Here in Gopinath Bhavan, by the express desire of our Srila Gurudeva, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, and by the shower of his mercy, the Gopinath Bhavan Ladies Ashram was established in November 2008.The ashram facility was kindly arranged by Sripad Gopinath prabhu and Tungavidya dasi, who, under Srila Gurudevaâ€™s order and guidance, took charge of the entire manifestation of the Gopinath Bhavan Complex.
The ashram presents its members unique opportunities to learn and share the philosophy, culture and lifestyle of devotion in an ideal spiritual atmosphere. The ashram provides a full dayâ€™s program of devotional activities, including regular classes, aratis, bhajanas, kirtanas, prasada seva, and various ways to offer services. One of the distinguishing features of the ashram is its wide variety of devotional training. For example, it provides assistance in learning Hindi, Bengali, playing mrdanga, making jewelry for Deities, Deity worship, cooking, book distribution, and learning and speaking the Vedic philosophy.
The devotees sees sharing and building Vaisnava-relationships as one of the main aspects in the individual development of the ashramâ€™s members. Within the ashram live senior devotees ready to offer their guidance to the aspiring spiritual seekers. The members take part in the activities of the ashram in various levels, depending on their own life situation and personal needs/requirements.
A major opulence of the ashram is that its members serve not only the spiritual needs of the residents of Vrndavana and India, but the world as well. Many of its members are stalwart servants of Srila Gurudevaâ€™s GVP, Gaudiya Vedanta Publications. They translate, edit, proofread, design, decorate with paintings, do the legal work, publish, and archive his books in English, Hindi, Spanish, Russian, and French. The sangaâ€™s Harikatha team also resides in Gopinath Bhavan, from where, through the internet, Srila Gurudevaâ€™s lectures and movies enter the homes of tens of thousands of people throughout the world, every few days. Also, here at Gopinath Bhavan, thousands of audio cassette tapes of Srila Gurudevaâ€™s lectures, given over the last 15 years, are being digitalized and uploaded to www.purebhakti.tv for international transcendental education.
The members of the Gopinath Bhavan Ladies Ashram also distribute English and Hindi books throughout Vrndavana and Delhi and other cities in India. On occasion, they also provide opportunities for free book distribution in Indiaâ€™s various cities. They perform nagar sankirtana, and preach at school and colleges, wherein they engage entire assemblies of thousands of students in chanting and dancing, and in hearing the Krsna conscious philosophy.
Another unique feature of this ashram is that it not only includes the women directly living in the building of Gopinath Bhavan, but also ladies in neighboring houses. Some of the ladies living outside Gopinath Bhavan are leaders in the various above-mentioned Thakurji-seva, publication, book distribution, and preaching programs.
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