Kurma is recognized as a village that still practices ancient Vedic Varnashrama practices. This village is like a vertical mirror to the ancient Indian rural people’s practices and Gurukul’s way of life. Kurma village seems like a 200 year old Indian rural life style, traditions, practices, food habits, clothing, professions, all these combined in one place. This village was established in July 2018 by Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and his disciples. In Kurma village, which started with few people… now there are 56 people living including 12 families, 16 gurukula students and six brahmachars. As the Indian Varnashrama system fell into the groove under the rule of the British, the people of Kurma village are determined to turn the world towards Sanatana Dharma and in that direction, the people of Kurma village are determined to carry out campaigns and services. Programs are being organized.
In the past, our grandfathers and great-grandfathers lived happily in harmony with nature. Indian culture tells us how man lives in harmony with nature. Kurma village stands as a proof of such a life. Prakriti Siddha is an ideal for everyone. All the people in Kurma village were born and brought up in rich families. Those who have studied higher and worked in companies with salaries in lakhs. But bored with the mechanical life, he leaves everything behind and lives in the Kurma village with his family to get immersed in nature. They say that living in a mud house or a Puri hut is much happier than the happiness that comes from cars and bungalows. Leaving their families, many people from different states of the country but also from other countries are coming to Kurma village to serve God.
Simple living and high thinking is the specialty of Kurma villagers. Proving that essential materials such as wool and cloth can be obtained from nature, these are obtained only through natural cultivation. This year all the villagers together harvested 198 sacks of grain. Sufficient vegetables are also being grown. From planting the seed to harvesting, they are not really dependent on others. They grow their own favorite vegetables with chemical-free farming. Animal husbandry is also done. Waffle rice is eaten cooked. They are weavers for their clothes, masons and laborers for building houses. Houses are built with a mixture of sand, lime, jaggery, mimuna, karakkaya, and fenugreek mixed in a ganuga and then boiled. No cement or iron is used in the construction. Villagers wash clothes with saffron juice. Electricity is not actually used. There are no lights and fans in the houses.
Education in Kurma village is under Varnashram system. Students are fluent in Telugu, Sanskrit, English and Hindi. In this ashram, the daily routine starts at 4:30 AM with aarti to the deity. After morning bhajan and reception of prasad, they go about their daily work. Villagers become involved in agriculture, house construction and dharma propagation. Evening spiritual programs are conducted. In addition to free education, students are taught all sciences, Vedic Shastra-based education system, discipline of self-restraint, good conduct, study of science as well as agriculture, handicrafts, and service to parents and Guru.
Knowing about Kurma village, many people from other areas come here and are shocked to see the practices followed by the people. They are also teaching them to their children. Every day hundreds of people visit the village of Kurma, which is mixed with ancient rural atmosphere and spiritual thought. Kurma villagers say that if there is electricity, facilities will increase along with it, and for that money will be needed, because of which life will become mechanical and people will also become mechanical. It is no exaggeration that if the whole world is living high with modern lifestyle, Kurma villagers are standing as an example for everyone with their natural life.
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