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A Stunning Temple and Community is Manifesting in the Heart of Mexico
By Atma Tattva Das, ISKCON News Staff Writer   |  Dec 10, 2023
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The New Bhulavana Cueramaro Community on the stairs of their new temple.

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Cueramaro, Guanajuato, Mexico, a transformative vision is taking shape—a vision that not only embodies the spirit of devotion and community but also lays the foundation for a harmonious blend of spiritual and studious living. The New Bahulavana Community, located in Cueramaro, about 200 kilometers east of Guadalajara is on the cusp of completing its majestic ISKCON temple—a testament to the unwavering dedication and perseverance of its founder, Trilokanath Das, and the vibrant community that envelops this burgeoning spiritual oasis.

Cueramaro, translating to “Coat of the Swamps,” carries a rich history steeped in the pre-Columbian era when Guachichil people inhabited the region. Over time, it became dominated by the Purépecha, leaving an indelible mark on the municipality. In the present day, Cueramaro is undergoing a transformation, with the New Bahulavana Community standing as a beacon of spiritual rejuvenation in a world often swayed away from its roots.

The wellspring of the Bahulavana project traces back to the early experiences of Trilokanath Prabhu. Inspired by the joyous devotees he encountered during a festival in 1985, the seed of a dream was planted—to build a temple that radiates the same happiness and devotion. It wasn’t until 2000 that the project began to take shape when he, along with his wife Mohini Rupa Devi Dasi and son Arjuna Das, decided to embark on a journey to Guanajuato.

In ISKCON New’s interview with Nrsimha Kripa Das, director of BBT Mexico and Cueramaro community member, the vision of Bahulavana unfolded, “The vision was to provide a haven for devotees, especially those transitioning from the Brahmachari ashram to Grihastha,” Nrsimha Kripa shared. The farm, according to him, was envisioned as a place where families could continue their spiritual journey, adhering to Srila Prabhupada’s instructions on creating self-sufficient Krishna-conscious communities.

Reflecting on the challenges faced during the project’s infancy, Trilokanath shares a poignant moment. “When my family and I first arrived at the land, there was nowhere to stay. We brought a tent. That’s how it all began,” he recalled. Despite moments of doubt and the vast emptiness of the land, the words of their spiritual master echoed—patience and devotion were the keys to success. The journey, fraught with sacrifices, efforts, dedication, and perseverance, led to the realization of a dream 20 years in the making.

Bahulavana is not just a temple; it’s a community where families thrive independently. The transition from devotees completing Bhakti Sastri programs to establishing their own sources of income marked the beginning of a self-sufficient farming community. Trilokanath emphasizes the selection and participation of devotees as a natural process, evolving through shared experiences, activities, and a deep understanding of each other’s strengths and flaws.

The architectural design of the soon-to-be-completed temple reflects a fusion of tradition and spiritual aesthetics, taking the shape of the auspicious tilak mark that can be seen clearly from an aerial view. Drawing inspiration from Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and the seven purposes of ISKCON, the temple stands as a symbol of love, trust, and cooperation among its community members.

Looking ahead, Trilokanath envisions the community’s future echoing Srila Prabhupada’s words—a future rooted in love and trust, unwavering in its commitment to serving Guru and Krishna. Regular programs, cooperation projects, and a commitment to the seven purposes of ISKCON will continue to be the driving force behind Bahulavana’s evolution.

As Trilokanath Das reflects on the temple’s significance, he notes its role as a spiritual oasis in a world that seems to be moving away from God. The temple serves as an inviting atmosphere for those seeking to embark on their spiritual journey, fostering an environment of respect, love, and trust.

In short, the New Bahulavana Community in Cueramaro emerges not just as a temple construction project but as a transformative journey—a journey filled with unwavering devotion, communal spirit, and a commitment to sharing the essence of Krishna consciousness with the Mexican community. As the temple nears completion, it stands as a beacon of spirituality, inviting all to experience the joy and fulfillment that a life devoted to Krishna can bring.

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Additional photos of the grounds and temple can be seen below:

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