Last updated: November 13, 2009 (5 years ago)
Listing created on: October 4, 2009

New Talavana

(Carriere, Mississippi, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1974
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.newtalavana.org
  • Contact Name: Yogindra Vandana das Adhikari
  • Phone: 601 749-9460
  • Address:
    31492 Anner Rd
    Carriere, Mississippi, 39426
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    We are open daily for day-long visitors. If you would like to stay for longer than a few hours you must write us or call ahead. The best time for visitors is on Sunday mornings for our famous Sunday Feast. We have a big musical kirtan, class and then a vegetarian feast. Please come by and say hello.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Krsna Conscious Farm Community

Community Description:

Our community, New Talavana, is a Hare Krishna ISKCON farm community located in rural N.W. Jackson County, Carriere, Mississippi. Our community was established in 1974. We are a dynamic spiritual community based on ancient Vedic traditions and Bhakti Yoga, or Devotion to God. We are located on 1,200 acres of beautiful rolling green pastures and forests. Our population of around 30 people is joined by around 50 friends and neighbors regularly for events, temple services, vegetarian feasts, and fun.
Our community’s spiritual life revolves around our beautiful temple and beloved Deities. We engage in daily early-morning Bhakti Yoga practices including singing, chanting, dancing, and readings from sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
Our community lifestyle revolves around Bhakti Yoga, or devotion to the Supreme Lord. This involves daily spiritual practices, chanting, reading of sacred texts, farm labor and living a fairly strict but mellow life. Our spirituality is bona fide and ancient going back over 5,000 years to ancient Vedic India. Our spirituality is very complex and profound and gives us much peace and joy and a deep sense of satisfaction. Our temple services can be very lively, full of sacred music and chanting, exotic drumming, ecstatic dance, and lots of play.
We live a very engaged life here. Work is diverse and includes cooking, cleaning, organic food growing, working with cows, land maintenance, small business management, building, office work, and outreach such as preaching and book distribution. Our facilites are simple but adaquete. Our housing for members is in need of development but we do have spaces available.
We are also an agricultural community engaged in cow protection, dairy production, and organic vegetable, fruit and nut production. We are self-sufficent for dairy and produce our own yogurt, milk sweets, and whey. We have right now around 1/2 acre in organic vegetable production, with plans for greatly expanding. We are also in the early stages of developing an ISKCON ecovillage community which will be striving for self-sufficiency and a more wholistic existence.
We are currently looking for new members and supporters. We have many single folks and also families here and would gladly welcome more. We are especially looking for young people interested in organic farming and ecovillage development. Please contact us and fill out our application if you are interested.

Population

  • Adult Members: 30
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Bhakti Yoga

    Hare Krsna (Krsna Consciousness)

    We have a community Sunday-school program and hope to re-open our former private community school eventually

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Democracy (majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We have a Temple President who decides most major decisions.

    We have also a board of members who assist in management

    Temple president focuses on major issues

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 1200 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 16

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Temple assists with member needs and provides housing and food

    Temple will not pay pre-existing debts of new members.

    We have scheduled labor as part of our spiritual practices

    If a member has an outside job, a certain amount of income is required by the temple

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Around 10-20%

    Strictly vegetarian, mostly Indian style

    No eggs/meat/fish

    Strictly banned

    Strictly banned

Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).

Keywords

hare krishna krsna, ISKCON, spiritual, commune, Indian, Vedic, Bhakti, yoga, organic, agricultural,

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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