“We do not condemn modern civilization, but we don’t like to get it at the cost of God Consciousness; that is suicide.”
Letter to Rupanuga das, 18 December, 1974
The New Talavan (Tal · ah · vahn) farm community began in June of 1974 at the suggestion of His Divine Grace, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness.) Srila Prabhupada choose the name ” New Talavan” while visiting the Honolulu temple in May, 1976. Talavan is one of the twelve forests around Vrndavana, a city in India where Krishna came, 5,000 years ago. Krishna and His cowherd friends would go to the Talavan forest and play, rest, eat and watch their cows as they grazed.
A few devotees from the New Orleans temple came out and slowly began planting gardens. They worked as time permitted and then returned to the New Orleans temple at night; a round trip of about 130 miles.