Letter to Yasomatinandana — Vrindaban 28 November, 1976
Our mission is to protect our devotees from unnecessary heavy work to save time for advancing in Krsna consciousness. This is our mission. So there is no question of profit, but if easily there are surplus products, then we can think of trading. Otherwise we have no such intention. We want a temple, a gosala and agriculture. A community project, as in Europe and America.
ISKCON Vrindavan BLISS is dedicated to promote self-sufficiency locally as well as globally. We promotes already existing projects such as various farm communities all over the world and is developing new projects towards achieving self-sufficiency with three areas of interest:
1) NETWORKING – To create a common platform for the devotees to come together & share & learn different aspects of self sustainable vaisanava communities.
2) SERVICE – Service to local ISKCON Communities – By educating them about the importance of cow, cow products & cow based farming & encouraging them to go to land & live there peacefully by depending on Lord Krishna, Mother Nature & cow.
3) RESEARCH – Research on developing Self Sustainable vaisanava communities & establishing Varnashram College to provide opportunities to future self sustainable devotees to learn & practice various traditional occupational skills.
BLISS is conducting seminars on self sufficiency since 2015 every year named as BLISS Festival or Go Krishi Convention.
First BLISS festival was conducted on 28th & 29th March. 2015 by ISKCON BLISS Vrindavan. It was attended by H.H. Bhakti Raghava Swami Maharaja – Daiva Varnashrama Minister, H.H. Bhakti Visrambha Swami Maharaja, H.H. Bhakti Rasamrita Swami Maharaja, H.G. Sarvabhuama Prabhu, H.G. Bharat Chandra Prabhu.
5 days BLISS festival from 15th Nov. to 19th Nov 2015 during Kartik was conducted by ISKCON BLISS Vrindavan at ISKCON Goshala & Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Temple in Sri Vrindavan Dham.
More than 200 delegates including 15 Faculty members from different ISKCON rural projects in India & Abroad participated in the five days grand event.
H.G. Panch Gauda Prabhu( Temple president – ISKCON Vrindavan) gave the welcome speech. The Speakers were: H.H. Bhakti Raghava Swami Maharaja (GBC – Daiva Varnashrama Minister), H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja (Nandagram Farm in Baroda & Panchvati Farm in Salem), H.H. Bhakti Dhir Swami Maharaja, H.H. Bhakti Rasamrita Maharaja, H.G. Kalakanth Prabhu (GBC Minister for Agriculture & cows), H.G. Gauranga Prabhu (GEV – Wada), H.G. Sanat Kumar Prabhu (GEV – Wada), H.G. Savyasaci Prabhu (Panchvati Farm, Salem), H.G. Damodar Prabhu (Nandagram Farm, Baroda), H.G. Bharat Chandra Prabhu (Ex-Director IDVM India).
ISKCON BLISS Vrindavan organised a seminar “Jaago Kissan” based on cow based natural farming on 19th August 2016 in Krishna Balaram Temple, Vrindavan. BLISS 2 acre model plan was introduced to all the farmers who came from Braj villages.
Another “Jaago Kissan” was conducted by ISKCON BLISS Vrindavan at Ajhai Bhaktivedanta Eco Farm on 20th Jan. 2017. Two experts on cow based farming Shri Tanaji Nikam (Lakhpati Kheti) from Kaneri Math – Kolhapur and Shri Prakash Singh Raghuvanshiji (awarded title “Seedman” by President of India)from Varanasi.
ISKCON BLISS Vrindavan organised training workshop on cow based economy on 12th Oct. 2017 at ISKCON Goshala. Dr. S. K. Malik Chief Veterinary Officer from Mathura was the chief guest. He discussed about how to keep cows healthy. Dr. Mohit Joon (Gopathy) expert on cow based economy, gave training on various uses of cow dung & cow urine to make various by-products.Also Shri Lokesh Ji from Jatoi village – Braj trained the farmers on cow based farming.
ISKCON BLISS Vrindavan in collaboration with Nityananda Golok Dham Trust, CTE and NABARD, organised a “Gau Krishi Sammelan” from 30th Dec 2017 to 1st Jan 2018 at Vrindavan Research Institute. Shri Rajeev Gupta (Chairman Gau-seva Aayog- U.P.) was the chief guest. The speakers were: Shri Sarvesh Gupta ( NABARD), J. P. Singh (Former Director – ATMA), Bhani Ram Mangala (Chairman Gau Seva Aayog – Haryana), Dr. Naresh Sharma (Chairman Kamdhenu Pariyojna U.P.), Shri Jayprakash Singh (Seed Expert Varanasi), Shri Akash Chaurasiya (Multi Layer farming – Sagar – M.P.), Smt. Renu Gupta (Expert in human nutrition), B. A. Param Advaita Maharaja (Vrinda Kunj), Swami Krishna Nand Maharaj – (Chairman Gau-seva Mission, Punjab), Acharya Indresh Upadhyay, Shri Krishna Murari Shastri, Shri Rajvir Singh (Former President Dindayal Dham, Farah – Mathura).