The calf has been born!!!

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 8:37 am

At 8:30 on Thursday evening, we noticed that Raga had not eaten her hay. By 8:45 p.m. we were pretty sure that she was in labor because she was restless. The two stages of labor can take 8 hours or more, so we prepared for a long night. By 9:00 p.m., however, she was laying down and in heavy labor. About ten minutes later, the calf’s lotus feet made their appearance, by the grace of Sri Sri Krsna-Balarama they were in the proper position, meaning that it was not a breach birth. Soon the calf’s head was visible, still in the sac. I was in a mild panic because you couldn’t tell whether the calf was alive. At approximately 9:30 the calf emerged in a big whoosh. It is a critical time in which the calf must start breathing immediately. Citta Hari cleared the nasal passages and tickled the calf’s nose as everyone held their breath waiting for the calf to take its first breath. After some intense seconds, the calf took its first breath and we stood in awe of Audarya’s beautiful first calf. It was overwhelmingly amazing, almost unreal.


After resting for about five minutes, Raga began intently licking the calf, and within 45 minutes the calf was taking its first steps to the cheers of everyone. It is important for the calf to start milking within an hour after birth, so we were concerned as that time drew near. We decided to help the calf find the teats, and after a few false starts, it successfully found a nipple and began sucking with vigor. We let out a round of “Jaya” and “Hari Bol,” secure now that everything would be OK.


We still didn’t know if the calf was a boy or girl, although we suspected from the fine hump that it was a boy. Sure enough, it was a bull calf. Guru Maharaja decided on the name Mohan, enchanting. We were all totally enchanted by the amazing little fellow. It was an incredible experience.


So everyone please welcome Audarya’s newest member, Mohan. He is stealing everyone’s heart already.


Picture 1: Mohan first emerges.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 8:38 am

First minutes outside the womb.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 8:39 am

First drink of milk.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 8:41 am



Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 8:42 am



Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 8:43 am

What a beautiful little guy!


Radhanama Dasa - December 10, 2004 8:50 am



So beautiful. WOW! :D:D:D

Mathura-natha Das - December 10, 2004 9:56 am

Haribol!!!! :D

Madangopal - December 10, 2004 2:15 pm

Wow, the absorption in go-seva is so sweet. Congratulations on your new bhakta. I hope one day I will get to feed him some grass and scratch his chin. Please offer some scratches on our behalf.


My kids are super excited to see the pictures, thanks for posting.

Shyam Gopal Das - December 10, 2004 2:52 pm

Great news!!! Thanks for the fast visual report!! Great!!!

Sridama Dasa - December 10, 2004 3:00 pm

GREAT news!! I can't wait to see him!!

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 3:17 pm

Here's a morning shot of the little guy.


Jagannatha - December 10, 2004 4:01 pm

Vrindaranya, thanks for posting the account and the photos. What a fortunate soul to be born as the first calf at Audarya! And he looks right at home in the photo from this morning. Hari bol!

Vamsidhari Dasa - December 10, 2004 4:13 pm




Nanda-tanuja Dasa - December 10, 2004 5:28 pm

What a great news! Congratulations!

NrsinghaDas - December 10, 2004 5:29 pm


Babhru Das - December 10, 2004 6:18 pm

Thank you for sharing this, Vrindaranya. He's so darned beautiful that I can't stand it.

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 7:44 pm

Sensing that he is getting a worldwide following, Mohan climbed on Mommyji for this shot.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 7:47 pm

With a heated underpad and sunshine above, Mohan thinks, "Life is good."


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 7:48 pm

Back shot.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 7:50 pm

Hanging with the brahmacaris.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 10, 2004 7:52 pm

Guru Maharaja presents Mohan to Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai.


Mohan - December 10, 2004 7:56 pm

congrats, my namesake looks adorable indeed :)

And Gurunistha will be there soon to take care of him?

Gaura-sakti Dasa - December 11, 2004 4:25 am

JAYA MOHAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Raga! :):D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Babhru Das - December 11, 2004 5:35 am
Back shot.

Ah, yes--the obligatory tushie shot! Parents seem unable to avoid this. (And we're all glad they can't.)

Bijaya Kumara Das - December 11, 2004 6:27 am
Sensing that he is getting a worldwide following, Mohan climbed on Mommyji for this shot.

wow what a wonderfull experience


vrndavani and ksiro are both impressed as well as i keep em coming

Radhanama Dasa - December 11, 2004 7:35 am

These are soo wonderful, please keep them coming. They do have me wanting very much to be there though...

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 11, 2004 7:22 pm

I would be happy to oblige.


What a cutie. Notice that he has a pink spot on his lips that makes him look like he is sticking out his tongue. :)


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 11, 2004 7:56 pm

Lotus hoof.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 11, 2004 8:10 pm

Since Babhru liked the last tush shot, here's another. (Doesn't take much encouragement to get me posting the baby pics...) :)


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 11, 2004 8:12 pm

Mohan at 1 1/2 days old.


Radhanama Dasa - December 11, 2004 8:33 pm

1.5 days old and already applying tilak WAY better than i ever could :):D:D

Guru-nistha Das - December 11, 2004 8:48 pm

That little guy looks so cool. Just few weeks and I´ll be able to meet him personally. Excited!!

Vamsidhari Dasa - December 12, 2004 12:56 am

wow he is so beautiful im speachless and yes he does seem to have tulsi leaf on his forhead so he is indeed especially special! i can't wait to see him.



Caitanya-daya Dd - December 12, 2004 1:28 am

he's so cute! thanx for the pictures.

Forrest - December 12, 2004 7:56 am

Thanks for posting all of the pics Vrindaranya. Mohan is such a cutie. And what an enchanting name... pun intended :)


It is wonderful to see the flood of affection coming from all of the devotees. Gives me a sense of what cow protection is all about.

Syamasundara - December 12, 2004 3:26 pm

Oh, he's so sweet, I like the pink lower lip.


Soon he'll be stepping everywhere leaving his hoof prints in the mud during this rainy season, and all the Audarya visitors will be reminded of the Bhagavatam and Sri Guru.

I remember when Dharma and Bhumi were two little fellows, the reminder was constant every day.


I am talking about this sloka that I could luckily retrieve on the internet:


samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam

mahat-padam punya-yaso murareh

bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam

padam padam yad vipadam na tesam




“For one who has accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Mukunda, or the giver of mukti, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf’s footprint. param padam, or the place where there are no material miseries, or Vaikuntha, is his goal, not the place where there is danger in every step of life.”



Syamasundara - December 12, 2004 3:36 pm

Hehe he's really adorable, I feel like exploding but I'm in a cyber cafe.


Just see, there was a whole page #2 of this forum that I had missed, and there was mention of the pink lip and the hoof!

Bhrigu - December 13, 2004 9:15 pm

How sweet Mohan is! Thank you so much for the pictures, Vrindaranya! Laura and I are overwhelmed with happiness.

Vamsidhari Dasa - December 14, 2004 12:58 am




Vrindaranya Dasi - December 15, 2004 1:08 am

It is incredible how Mohan runs around at such a young age. He has three activities: sleeping, drinking milk, and running/jumping around at top speed. Here he is fueling up.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 15, 2004 1:38 am

The moment we've been waiting seven years for: Guru Maharaja squeezes milk for Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai. :)


Jahnavidd - December 15, 2004 7:05 am

Haribol, wonderful news! Mohan is very beautiful. Congratulations!



Jahnavi, Australia

Eija - December 15, 2004 1:15 pm

that little baby absolutely stole my heart. i'll send my all my love to him!!

Bhrigu - December 15, 2004 8:13 pm

More pictures, please, Vrindaranya! Laura pesters me to log into Tattvaviveka all the time in hope of new pictures of Mohan. I am also curious about the milk Raga is giving. How much do you get? Is there enough for Gaura-Nitai and all of you, or do miniature Zebus give just a little bit of milk?

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 17, 2004 4:13 pm

We've been getting a couple of cups a day for Gaura-Nitai and the rest has gone to Mohan. Raga's yield is supposed to increase after a week or two. We think she produces about 8-16 cups (1 gal) a day. We're still working out our milking technique and schedule.


Yesterday Mohan was sparring a bit with Seva and even holding his own. He is so healthy.


Babhru Das - December 24, 2004 9:07 am

Any more Mohan (or as my daughter Lalasamayi calls him, Moo-han) updates befre you-all take off?

Syamasundara - December 24, 2004 11:19 am

Right, we're starving here... :unsure:

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 25, 2004 2:08 am

Mooji and big brother Kishore Lal.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 25, 2004 2:09 am

Mooji takes having fun seriously.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 25, 2004 2:11 am

Dharma wearing his winter snow coat.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 25, 2004 11:59 pm

Movie of Mohan jumping around.


Vrindaranya Dasi - December 26, 2004 12:01 am

Look at him go!


Radhanama Dasa - December 26, 2004 12:43 am


Forrest - December 26, 2004 11:43 am

wow! What an energetic lad he is!


I am looking forward to seeing him pretty soon :unsure:

Jananivasdas - December 27, 2004 9:08 pm


mohan rules!

guru-nistha is just sitting by me and is saying:"IM GONNA SEE MOHAN SOON!!!" :unsure:

hopefully mohan will teach some of those cool jumps to GN!!! :D

Vrindaranya Dasi - December 31, 2004 12:39 am

Today is Mohanji Lal's three-week birthday. There has been a lot of rain at Audarya, so he has been trapped in the barn. Because he can't run around, he spontaneously hops in the barn. When the rain stops for a bit, we let him outside and the fun begins. He runs back and forth, back and forth, and sometimes all the way around the temple and back at break-neck speeds. Sometimes he jumps and kicks his little hind hooves in the air. It is hilarious.

Vrindaranya Dasi - January 2, 2005 2:56 pm

The rain continues...


Vrindaranya Dasi - January 2, 2005 2:57 pm

barn daze


Vrindaranya Dasi - January 2, 2005 2:58 pm

Munching with Mommaji