A Brāhmaṇa's concern
Śrīla Prabhupāda: No, they are not brāhmaṇas. Those who give education in exchange for money—they are not brāhmaṇas. For instance, we are lecturing, educating people. We don't say, "Give us a salary." We simply ask them, "Please come." That is why we are cooking food and holding so many free festivals. "We'll give you food. We'll give you a comfortable seat. Please come and hear about self-realization and God consciousness." We are not asking money—"First of all pay the fee; then you can come and learn Bhagavad-gītā." We never say that. But these so-called teachers who first of all bargain for a salary—"What salary will you give me?"—that is a dog's concern. That is not a brāhmaṇa's concern. A brāhmaṇa will never ask about a salary. A brāhmaṇa is eager to see that people are educated. "Take free education and be educated; be a human being"—this is a brāhmaṇa's concern: You see? I came here not to ask for any money but to give instruction. - Journey of self-discovery
The position of Brahmanas/Brahminical institutions
Some points from the Purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 7.11.14:
- Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura explains: Brāhmaṇas have six occupational duties, of which three are compulsory—namely, studying the Vedas, worshiping the Deity and giving charity. By teaching, by inducing others to worship the Deity, and by accepting gifts, the brāhmaṇas receive the necessities of life.
- This is also confirmed in the Manu-saṁhitā:
ṣaṇṇāṁ tu karmaṇām asya trīṇi karmāṇi jīvikā
yajanādhyāpane caiva viśuddhāc ca pratigrahaḥ
“Of the six occupational duties of the brāhmaṇas, three are compulsory—namely, worship of the Deity, study of the Vedas and the giving of charity. In exchange, a brāhmaṇa should receive charity, and this should be his means of livelihood.”
- Charity should be given to those who are pure.
- Sponsor a course
- Sponsor course material
- Maintenance and upgradation
- New Equipment
If the sender is a citizen of country other than India (Including Dual Citizen) –
“Intl Scty for Krishna Consciousness”:
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Vrajavasi Sadhu Seva
A devotee care initiative of ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya
We are heartily pleased to announce our new mission of supporting the residents of Vraja in a wholesome way thereby facilitating them to perform their daily devotional practices without the anxiety of going hungry, suffering for the lack of sufficient clothing or medicinal facilities.
We, at the ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya, Govardhan, are introducing a devotee care initiative “Vrajvasi seva”. We will be registering the needy sadhus and residents in Govardhan and Radha Kund areas as beneficiaries of the program. All the registered beneficiaries will be provided with:
- Grocery kit for a month (rice, wheat flour, pulses, oil and spices).
- Free set of clothing-twice an year (Dhoti,kurta/saree , blanket, socks, shoes).
- Free medical consultation and medicines(any time)- we are setting up a clinic for this.
It’s a joy to be able to bring this service to the community, and we hope that this only increases. This is a huge undertaking for us and we are hoping to do even more service in the coming year.
With your help, ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya will be able to reach out to the residents of Vraja bhoomi and thus receive their blessings. If you’d like to contribute or help out in another way, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or give us a call at +91 9528006565. Every donation put in makes a difference and takes us one step closer to our mission of devotee care.
Annadaan Seva (Free Monthly Grocery)
₹3,000.00 – ₹33,000.00
Free Grocery kit for a month (Wheat flour, Rice, Pulses, Oil, Spices, etc.)
1 Vrajavasi – ₹ 3,000
2 Vrajavasis – ₹ 6,000
5 Vrajavasis – ₹ 15,000
11 Vrajavasis – ₹ 33,000
Vastradaan Seva (Full set of Clothing)
₹1,100.00 – ₹12,100.00
Free set of clothing (Dhoti, Kurtha, Blanket, Socks, Shoes)
1 Vrajavasi – ₹ 1,100
2 Vrajavasis – ₹ 2,200
5 Vrajavasis – ₹ 5,500
11 Vrajavasis – ₹ 12,100
Dhanvantari Seva (Free Medical Services)
₹1,000.00 – ₹10,000.00
Free Medical services
10 Vrajavasis – ₹ 1,000
20 Vrajavasis – ₹ 2,000
50 Vrajavasis – ₹ 5,000
100 Vrajavasis – ₹ 10,000
Grand Annakuta Festival at Govardhan
Here are some opportunities to serve Govardhan and His devotees:
₹1,000.00 – ₹100,000.00
10 plates – ₹ 1,000/-
50 plates – ₹ 5,000/-
100 plates – ₹ 10,000/-
500 plates – ₹ 50,000/-
1000 plates – ₹ 1,00,000/-
₹5,000.00 – ₹108,000.00
Juice – ₹ 5,000/-
Fruits – ₹ 11,000/-
Rice – ₹ 15,000/-
Nuts – ₹ 21,000/-
Halwa – ₹ 25,000/-
Sweets – ₹ 31,000/-
Whole Annakuta – ₹ 1,08,000/-
Food for Life for Vrajvasis
₹1,000.00 – ₹50,000.00
The conclusion is that if one can feed a brāhmaṇa or Vaiṣṇava, it is better than performing hundreds of thousands of sacrifices. In this age, therefore, it is recommended that harernāma — chanting the holy name of God — and pleasing the Vaiṣṇava are the only means to elevate oneself to spiritual life. ŚB 3.16.8
ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya supports the lives of mendicants, sadhus, village & other needy people residing at the foot of Sri Giriraj Goardhan, by feeding them a sumptuous & nutritious prasad on a daily basis. Your generous contribution can help us reach out more & more Brajvasis every day.
Friends of Cows
₹2,500.00 – ₹25,000.00
The Vedic literature enjoins us to satisfy the needs of the cows daily (with food, shelter, and so on) before we satisfy our own needs.
All the demigods reside in the body of a cow. This explains why the body of a cow is divine and holy. The Garuda Purana says that anyone who has even once worshiped Mother Cow will be saved after death from the great suffering of hell (Naraka).
Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, gave more importance to the worship of the cows than to the worship of the king of the demigods, Indra. Therefore in India even today many millions of pious Vedic followers worship Mother Cow at least once a year on the Govardhana Puja day.
Anyor Annakuta Seva: 56 Bhoga and Arati to Sri Giriraj Govardhan
Here is a wonderful opportunity to serve Sri Giriraj Govardhan Directly. You can offer “56 Bhoga and Arti” with our help. We will prepare 56 Bhogas and offer it on your behalf to Sri Giriraja. Also, a special Aarti will be done in your name.
𝐎𝐧 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 like Festivals, Wedding Anniversary, Birthdays and Death Anniversary.
Mahaprasadam and special Gift will be delivered at your door step.
Meals for Students
₹1,000.00 – ₹20,000.00
ISKCON BhagavataMahavidyalaya is a Brahmanical entity, which is engaged in providing Vedic education free of cost. We are facilitating the devotees to study Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, Six Sandarbhas of Jiva Goswami, Six Philosophies, Commentaries of the previous Acharyas, Sanskrit training with free residential facilities and prasadam. Your involvement enables us to preserve and propagate the wisdom of Srimad Bhagavatam. Kindly support our initiatives by your generous contributions.
₹4,000.00 – ₹20,700.00
“Whoever gets a book is benefited. If he reads the book he is benefitted still more, or if he gives the book to someone else for reading, both he and the other person are benefitted.” -Srila Prabhupada’s Letter to the German Devotees on May 6, 1977.
When Srila Prabhupada started this ISKCON movement, he started educating people & thereby empowering them with the knowledge of the scriptures. Srila Prabhupada’s books contained all this knowledge which is acting like the oil on which the ISKCON machine is running. Srila Prabhupada often said “books are the basis of our Movement. Without our books, our preaching will have no effect.” By donating books one can become the messenger of the Lord.
We envisioned making a library in ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya which will not only be having books all the books written by Srila Prabhupada but by all the acharyas of Brahma Madhava Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya. Your generous contribution will enable us to do this service for the pleasure of the devotees.
“ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya is a Brahmanical entity. We wish to work on the traditional Vedic education and value system. We depend on our well-wishers to run this project as we are providing Vedic education free of cost. Anyone who contributes the project will be doing a great service by helping devotees to develop a taste for the nine-fold process of devotional service starting with hearing and chanting. Such devotees will become qualified in conveying the message of Srimad Bhagavatam all over the world. We are providing residency courses teaching Sanskrit, Six Sandarbhas of Jiva Goswami, Six Philosophies, Srimad Bhagavatam, Commentaries of the previous Acharyas, etc.”
Nityam Bhagavata Sevaya
From: ₹500.00 / month for 24 months
Nitya Seva for the initiatives of ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya:-
- Srila Vyasdeva Sevak – INR 2,000 per month
- Srila Sukadeva Goswami Sevak – INR 1,000 per month
- Srila Suta Goswami Sevak – INR 500 per month
Food for Life for Brajvasis
From: ₹500.00 / month for 24 months
Nitya Prasad Seva for Brajvasis:-
- Surabhi Kund Sevak – INR 500 per month
- Govinda Kund Sevak – INR 1,000 per month
- Kusum Sarovar Sevak – INR 2,000 per month
- Radha Kund Sevak – INR 5,000 per month
Friends of Cows
From: ₹500.00 / month for 24 months
Nitya Gomata Seva:-
- Surabhi Sevak – INR 2,000 per month
- Padmagandha Sevak – INR 1,000 per month
- Kaamdhenu Sevak – INR 500 per month