On Saturday, March 28, ISKCON’s Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture had a Zoom conference with its European representatives. Everything is online in these corona times, even farming!
The members shared reports among themselves. Considering the present crisis, everyone still seemed to be faring somewhat okay. For instance, at New Vraja Dhama, ISKCON’s farm community in Hungary, devotees have a stock of food for seven months plus land and cows constantly yielding more grains, vegetables and milk products. The rest of the world maight be doomed, but they will still be doing fine. Similar reports were there from New Mayapur in the Ukraine and other farm communities and individual devotees around in Europe including even the Copenhagen city temple having a steady supply of fresh produce from its urban farming garden.
Thus it was once again practically demonstrated that those who are practicing self-sufficiency either to the full extent or at least to some degree are definitely less vulnerable in times of upheavals. Unfortunately, most of ISKCON’s devotees are not connected with or themselves practicing any kind of self-sufficiency. Their situations are not much different from the vast majority of modern men who, just to cover their basic needs such as food and shelter, are dependent on a complex system of economics and forced to offer their labour whereever they can sell it.