December begins our small offering to the sankirtan movement, as we try to increase the emphasis and support of the distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books. There are so many ways to take part: go out to a book table or door-to-door, give a book to a friend or colleague or family member, sponsor books to be distributed by others, or just drive the book distributors around and serve them. The sankirtan movement is the prime benediction for all humanity, taking part in any way is purifying and enlivening and a sure step forward on your path back to Krishna.
- Pick up a gift-wrapped Bhagavad Gita and give it to family, friends and co-workers
- Sponsor a case of Bhagavad Gitas for the Temple to distribute throughout the year
- Buy a full set of Srimad Bhagavatam and Chaitanya Caritamrita for you and your family, to pass down for generations to come
- Go door-to-door with Kaliyaphani das - Contact Sri Vrndavan devi dasi at 386-418-0227 or Kaliyaphni prabhu directly for more information.
"Be assured that there is no more direct way to preach than to distribute Krsna conscious books. Whoever gets a book is benefited. If he reads the book he is benefited still more, or if he gives the book to someone else for reading, both he and the other person is benefited. Even if one does not read the book but simply holds it and sees it, he is benefited. If he simply gives small donation towards the work of Krsna consciousness he is benefited. And anyone who distributes these transcendental literatures, he is also benefited. Therefore sankirtana is the prime benediction for the age." (letter to German disciples, May 1977)
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Let go of the old and attract prosperity and auspiciousness for the New Year. On Wednesday, December 31, 2014, beginning at the 6:30 p.m. arati, and continuing to a maha arati at midnight, enjoy an evening of Krishna bhajans led by our talented and enthusiastic musicians. The evening will include an auspicious fire yajna at 8:00 p.m. Write down your New Year's resolutions, an offering from your heart, to Sri Sri Radha- Syamasundara, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, and Sri Sri Krishna Balarama and offer them on the altar. All resolutions will be presented to Their Lordships throughout the night. Light prasadam will be available starting at 9:00 p.m. Then at midnight take part in the Maha Kirtan. Invoke auspiciousness through the power of the Holy Name.
Go Raksha Dharma Cow Protection
The New Raman Reti Goshala’s primary concern is to glorify and protect the sacred cow whose presence is always supremely pleasing to Lord Krishna. Everything that the cow produces is for the benefit of mankind and yet this all-giving animal is ignored, abused and exploited in modern society. Through the experience of a functioning goshala, we will be able to educate people about the value of the gentle, magnanimous cow and the importance of oxen in farming.
Please support this great effort. We have raised 2/3 of the needed funds to build the Goshala, only $30K remaining and we can begin. Click here to support the program, or quickly donate below.
The entrance walls to the Eco Teaching Farm are now complete. Hand made of cobb on a base of local rocks covered in tinted hempcrete and embellished with charming dancing cows, we pray that this lovely entrance way will usher in the new Goshala Barn for Krishna's milking cows.
Back to Godhead Magazine
Srila Prabhupada saw Back to Godhead magazine as the fulfillment of his request to "Study my books scrutinizingly and then give the purports in your own words." He was of course the first writer, printer, and distributor of Back to Godhead magazine, and encouraged his disciples to distribute it widely. In the early days of ISKCON, disciples went door to door with the magazine, and every harinama party had someone selling magazines to interested passersby. In those days Back to Godhead magazine was termed "the backbone of ISKCON." It was our first "book" for educating the general public on Krishna consciousness.
As times changed, sales have waned, and today there is a concentrated effort to invigorate distribution. The magazine is particularly geared for devotees and our large extended congregational members. You'll find interesting news from around the ISKCON world, relevant questions and answers, articles that delve into Vaishnava philosophy, and lots of gorgeous glossy photos.
Subscription Drive: Every temple in North America has been asked to commit to 30 new subscriptions a year for the next two years to give the magazine the financial base it requires to keep printing. If you don't currently subscribe, you can do so in our Temple Gift Shop, and at the book tent every Sunday. Single current issues are always for sale in the Gift Shop. As an offering to Srila Prabhupada for the 50th anniversary of ISKCON BTG hopes to show 10k subscriptions.