We are an active hindu vaishnava ashram community of lifelong members and volunteers from all around the world. We believe that having a diverse group of people of different ages and backgrounds creates an inspirational environment where individual talents and experience can come together in a spirit of service and cooperation. Thus, our saying “unity in diversity” offers everyone a chance to contribute in a meaningful way, and you are most welcome to participate in any of our projects.
The Vrinda Kunja Ashram is a place of coordination for many different projects mainly based on the Vedic principles of seva (service) dana (charity), tapa (austerities) and yagna (sacrificial ritual). As an authentic Hindu ashram in the Vaishnava tradition, all of our activities are spiritual in nature, meaning everything is considered devotional service. In welcoming volunteers who may likely have had no exposure to Vaishnavism or Hindu spirituality in general, we are respectful of your own personal beliefs and spiritual practices. With open minds and hearts we encourage you to join us in our spiritual activities. Below you will find a list and short description of the daily activities of the ashram.
Daily Schedule in Vrinda Kunja Ashram
- 5:00 am Mangala aarti (morning worship and meditation)
- 6:00 am Japa Mantra (meditative mantra chanting)
- 7:00 am Vaishnava Philosophy (lesson from Srimad Bhagavatam, Vedic scripture)
- 8:00 am Darshan Aarti (deity greeeting, worship ceremony)
- 8:30 am Prasadam (Breakfast)
- 9:30 am Seva (devotional service in different areas of action)
- 12:00 pm Bhoga Aarti (food offering to deities)
- 13:00 pm Prasadam (Lunch)
- 15:00 pm Seva (spiritual service in different areas of action)
- 18:30 pm Sandhya aarti (evening deity greeting, worship and meditation)
- 19:00 pm Vaishnava Philosophy (lesson from Bhagavad Gita or other Vedic scripture)
- 20:00 pm Sayana Aarti (deity worship before evening repose)
- 20:30 pm Prasadaam (Dinner)
Vaishnava Philosophy Lesson
In order to deepen our understanding of ourselves, the material world we live in as well as the spiritual existence we aspire towards, we rely on the teachings of Vaishnava Hindu philosophy. The great jewels of Vedic knowledge such as the world-renowned Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam provide endless opportunities to delve deeply into spiritual subjects for answers to life’s greatest mysteries. By regularly attending classes on these sacred Vedic scriptures one becomes inspired to perform devotional service, which brings joy and meaning to life. You will learn the basics of Hindu philosophy, such as karma and reincarnation, the Vedas, sacred places, lives of different famous sadhus and other interesting and useful topics. You can find different articles on Vedic philosophy as well as information about our activities on Imlitala Blog.
Morning lecture in Vrinda Kunja Ashram
The morning lecture is usually based on a particular teaching from Vaishnava literature. It is followed by an open discussion, giving everyone an opportunity to ask questions, make comments and offer realizations about the morning lecture. During this session, participants will gain valuable insights into a wide range of topics for cultivating spiritual awareness in the context of current society.
Inbound Tours, Spiritual Tours
We are fortunate to be able to offer students and friends of the Inbound Yoga School an amazing chance to encounter the special sacred sites of traditional Vedic culture. Are you interested in visiting spiritual India? Then, please go to our Inbound Tours blog to get all the information about this unique spiritual and cultural opportunity.
Protecting the Holy Places – Dham Seva
Our service to the holy places is mainly based on protecting and cleaning the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, the river itself and parts of the city of Vrindavan, collecting and recycling garbage, as well as restoring some of the important ancient temples. We make special efforts to create awareness about all these initiatives in the local people. For more information, please visit Helping Hands for Vrindavan.
Volunteering in Vrindavan
Volunteers come from all over the world to gain experience doing spiritual service in a sacred place. The main purpose of this program is to afford you the opportunity of spending precious time (a few days, weeks or months) in Vrindavan for the spiritual and culture experience of living in a holy place, and to engage you in some valuable service to the local community. You can find more information here at Volunteering in India – Vrindavan.
Vrinda Kunja Ashram – Guest House
Visitors and volunteers receive clean, modest, reasonably-priced accomodations befitting an ashram in the Vrinda Kunja guest house for their stay in Vrindavan. Three vegetarian meals a day are provided.
Organic Garden in Vrindavan
One of our volunteer projects in India is our organic garden at the Jagannath Mandir, a temple located next to Vrinda Kunja. We invite our volunteers, devotees and visitors to participate in this beautiful project, so they can have the hands-on experience of connecting with Mother Earth to cultivate healthful, organic produce for the ashram’s kitchen. A big part of the ashram tradition involves offering food to the deities before serving it to the inhabitants and guests. We aspire to use the highest quality, purest ingredients in food preparations for the deities, so what better way to express our gratitude to Mother Earth and our love to Lord Krishna than growing our own organic food!
Ashram Life – “Simple living, high thinking…”
We are very grateful to receive the special mercy of residing and serving in this most sacred place of India, Vrindavan Dham, which is considered a traditional cultural and spiritual site of Hindu philosophy and religion. Millions of people from India and around the world make pilgrimage to this holy place every year, so we are very fortunate to maintain this ashram in the heart of such a sacred city. Although the lifestyle in the ashram is very simple or even somewhat austere by western standards, the consciousness of the devotees is quite elevated due to daily exposure to sacred scriptures and constant engagement in devotional service. We encourage visitors and volunteers to immerse themselves in this devotional environment to gain a genuine ashram experience.
Throughout the year, we publish news about the major spiritual and cultural events, celebrations and festivals at Vrinda Kunja Ashram in Vrindavan. Find out more about ashram life in English or Spanish on our Vrinda Kunja Ashram Blog.