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The Govardhan EcoVillage provides the perfect resting place for The People's Pilgrimage through India.back to listing
by Yeb Saño,
On our journey in India, as part of the Peoples Pilgrimage, we pay homage not only to sacred spaces, or communities affected by climate impacts; we likewise pay tribute to communities that are standing up and showing the way.
Nestled in the bosom of the Sahyadri mountains, just a little over 100 kilometers north of the bustling metropolis that is Mumbai, there lies an amazing refuge that puts the pilgrim in touch with both the sacred and the practical answers to the quagmire of ecological squalor and despoliation happening all around us.
In the face of the far-reaching, pervasive, and complex global ecological crises that we face, perhaps one of the most disabused questions we will hear is:
What concrete things can we do to make a difference?
Many of us grumble and gripe about the endless litany of the social, environmental, economic issues that affect us, and often the solutions that matter elude us.
The Govardhan EcoVillage is an enchanting place, almost mystical and mythical; being the idea of a place of solutions that actually work being largely inconceivable in this day and age where a web of complex environmental problems seem insurmountable.
A brainchild of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the GEV is over and above all a spiritual sanctuary, whether for the weary pilgrim, novice monk, or the guru. Centered around the homage to Krishna, it features a Vedic Cultural and Educational Center with a temple adorned by intricate stone carvings and a complex of temples and landmarks that are a miniature facsimile of the holy city of Vrindavan.
GEV is also a farm community and a remarkable showcase of the eco-solutions that can lead the world to a more sustainable future.
Espousing the philosophy of ‘simple living and high thinking’, this village run by Hare Krishna monks has become a highly sought-for getaway for the Mumbai urban dwellers and many other visitors. Govardhan EcoVillage is a non-profit endeavour founded by H.H. Radhanath Swami, a teacher of bhakti-yoga and student of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of the (ISKCON).
Sprawled in 90 acres of lush hills and forest, the community demonstrates the effective combination of traditional wisdom and modern methods that nurture the Earth, and offers the comforts of contemporary living. In fact, this model of living can truly be avant-garde as more and more people around the world embrace ecological lifestyles. Reflecting the Vedic way of life that manifests care for nature rather than abuse and exploitation, the ecovillage presents not just a place of retreat but also an experience of how the world can achieve transcendence of the issues that haunt our societies. In it we can see the integrated transformation that we can pursue.
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