Sri Sri Dauji Gopala Arrive in Latin America

altarBy Harmonist Staff

vande ‘ham sri rama-krsnau
abhaya-carana sakhau
sukhadau paramanandau
sundarau subala-priyau

I worship Sri Sri Rama-Krishna, the two friends whose feet bestow fearlessness, who give happiness, who are full of the greatest bliss, who are beautiful, and who are dear to Subala.

Today under the auspices of Swami Tripurari, the residents of Madhuvan, Costa Rica established the deities of Sri Sri Dauji Gopala—their first appearance in Latin America. Madhuvan is 150 acre self-sustaining spiritual community located in the province of Guanacaste on the west coast of Costa Rica. The auspicious event is the culmination of two plus years of pioneering seva, taming the mountain jungle and harnessing its natural resources for divine service.

lowFog1000The project began when local farmer Don Emel Garcia of seventy-five years had all but lost his lifelong land holding to the local cattle association, who in the name of lending had every intention of acquiring Emel’s land for itself. When Emel could no longer afford the association’s thirty percent interest rates, he was blessed in the final hour by sadhu sanga, and devotees from around the world rallied to pay off his mortgage in return for half of his property, allowing him to keep the balance that he would otherwise have lost.

Today the residents of Madhuvan and Don Emel’s family are legendary in Belen De Nicoya and serve as an excellent example of community and spirituality. Juan Garcia, Emel’s oldest son, who was born on the same land fifty plus years ago, now serves as its resident caretaker, teaching the other devotees the local wisdom of the land while gradually learning from them the Vaishnava sadacara. In the words of Swami Tripurari, “Juan’s service attitude is an example for all of my students.” The two share a unique bond of love for one another and the land.

Gaura_and_ShyamThe installation of Dauji Gopala was prefaced by much hard work and dedication by all those involved. To date, the devotees at Madhuvan have established an on-site micro hydro electric generator, developed road systems and hiking and horseback trails, arranged the gravity flow water system to the land’s many building sites (for houses and cabins), cultivated vegetables, fruits, grains, and sugar, and maintained a cow-care/dairy production program. Still to come is the development of Madhuvan’s methane gas facility and various construction projects, including the final temple complex and a retreat center.

The property is naturally divided by the foot hills of the mountain on which it sits—the tallest in the area—into three divisions, where the retreat center, monastery, and residences are planned.
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