The phenomenal development of modern science, growth of the corporate sector and massive brain drain post opening of Indian Economy has resulted in more and more people migrating to urban areas to lead what they think is a better life. Although such migration is a global scenario, India, still being largely an agricultural economy, faced major crisis as most of India’s rural communities is disintegrating due to lack of manpower and other resources. This imbalance has led to various problems such as unemployment, poverty, development of slums in urban areas and lack of access to basic health, sanitation and nutrition.
In response to these alarming conditions, the world, at large, is feeling the need to again go back to nature and take comfort in rural development and empowerment. Back in 18th Century, during the era of Romantic Poets, the European intellectuals started to feel the need to live in harmony with nature.
However, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of ISKCON, had a deeper spiritual vision and purpose for living according to Nature’s Law. Exemplifying the principle of Simple Living, High Thinking, Srila Prabhupada said, “Krishna is the Farm Acarya. Baladeva is holding a plow, and Krishna is holding the calf.”
To fulfil the vision of Srila Prabhupada, devotees at ISKCON Pune have developed ISKCON Go-Farm at Velhe district to not only protect cows and practice organic farming but to also practice and preach living accordingly to scriptural guidelines. Devotees at the farm worship Sri Sri Radha Krishna and serve Them by taking care of Their natural gifts.
The project also attempts to serve a spiritual and historical retreat from the daily hassles and bustles of an urban lifestyle. Situated at the foothills of Rajgarh, the fort of the saintly Martha king, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, visitors can get first-hand experiences of living close to nature, historical site-seeing and also seeking deepest secrets of spirituality.