“As the world is fighting for oil now, in the future there could be wars due to shortage of water. This farm community is a humble attempt to show people how to live peacefully by optimally using water and avoiding wastage of God’s sacred and precious energy.” Radhanath Swami’s visionary words came at a time when the United Nations has declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming.  Through this initiative, the UN aims to encourage sustainable development of agricultural systems, communal units and indigenous groups, thereby effectively combating world poverty and hunger.

On July 22nd and 23rd, 2013, Radhanath Swami addressed the leaders of the Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) on developing a vision for the future. GEV is a farm initiative of Radhanath Swami that addresses the need for sustainable rural development.

Along with the opening of a new temple to Hanuman, Radhanath Swami’s two-day trip to this lush green community on the northern outskirts of Mumbai focused on a visionary plan for developing a Vrindavan Forest at the GEV. Spread over ten acres, Vrindavan Forest will contain replicas of the twelve forests of the original Vraj Mandal, as well as replicas of Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandagaon, Barsana, Govardhan, the river Yamuna (around 450 feet long and 30 feet wide) and the different ghats. Dioramas depicting Krishna’s pastimes and miniature replicas of the seven major temples of Vrindavan will add to the beauty of the landscape.

P.V.K Rameshwar, the famous Landscapist designing the Forest, candidly admitted, “This project will test my 28 years of experience in this field.”

Radhanath Swami explained in his brief address that the thoughtful people of the world now understand that the world is sustainable only if we individually and collectively accept an eco-friendly lifestyle. He also revealed how the industrialization of the world is unsustainable without the foundation of a strong agriculturally-based society that is centered on noble and divine principles. “When people come here from all over the world, they will see a God-centered life in a way that’s not simply a theoretical philosophy, but rather the most practical, and the most needed philosophy,” concluded Radhanath Swami.

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