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JUST IN FROM INDIA:
STOP IN NOW FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING.
There are loads of gift items in every price range for all the men and women and children on your shopping list. Even for your relatives! Call 386-462-2017. Come on in and check it out. Open Sunday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. If you would like to get into our store during off hours, please call or text Rasalila devi dasi, and she will be happy to take you in. 352-222-1011. As always, thank you for supporting the Deity seva in New Raman Reti by shopping at Govinda's Gifts.
- Big selection of tulasi mala and neckbeads, many from the world famous Radha Kund carvers
- Ladies anarkalis is all sizes, from XXS through XL
- Girls dresses all sizes
- Lots of new skirts
- 100% pure and organic fragrance oils for Deity worship
- Artwork and Murtis galore
- Bedspreads, Chaddars (men and women),
- Lots of new gorgeous saris from all over India
We would like to thank the devotees for kindly sponsoring the Sunday Feast throughout the year. Feast sponsorships are available for December 2018 and January 2019. This is a wonderful and auspicious way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, births, and departed loved ones, and get the blessings of Krishna and His devotees. Please call the Temple Office at 386-462-2017
if you are interested or click this link.
- December 2, 2018, - Disciples of Radhanatha Swami in honor of his Appearance day
- December 9, 2018, - Dr. Anand and Shalini Kesari
- December 16, 2018, - Latha & Saravanan Pollachi: in honor of Malavika Sokkhar's birthday
Guest Accomodations at Temple
Now you can spend a weekend or longer experiencing the peaceful spiritual life of our Hare Krishna farm community. We currently have one guest house with three bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 people. The guest house has WIFI. The charge for the guest house is $125 per night. Individual rooms may also be rented, depending on the number in your party. The master bedroom with attached bath is $65/night,
the single room is $45/night and the bunk room is $49/night.
These two rooms use a shared bath in the haallway. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Temple at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm, which are available to you if you are here at those times.
Please note that check-in is between 3-8 pm and check/-out is by 11 am. For reservations please call 386-462-2017 or
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
The morning sweets from our Deities can now be sponsored for a donation of $51.00. This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or an event. Please contact the Temple office at 386-462-2017, or see Saksi Gopal das for more information. You can also sponsor online by clicking this link.
Personal One-on-one Yoga Classes
Bhakta Tony has returned to the NRR community, and is offering personalized yoga classes geared to one’s individual needs.
Tony understands the effects of aging on the body and knows how to help keep his students mobile and pain free. Contact him directly at 585-200-4227 or at email@example.com.
TUESDAY EVENING CLASS Interactive discussion every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room. Topic will be the
systematic study of Srila Prabhupada's Caitanya Caritamrita, focusing on his key points from each purports in each chapter.
Please come and hear the class live in the temple room, or online at www.alachuatemple.com. Facilitator: Prana Govinda das. If you cannot attend, text your questions/thoughts/comments throughout class to 352 222 9696 .
FRIDAY NIGHT BHAJANS every Friday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room.
New Family Room/Nursery at the Temple This space is a heated and cooled space for parents to take care of their babies and young children while listening to the Temple program via radio. Current open hours are festival evening programs and Sunday feasts when the gift shop is open. Additionally, a coded lockbox with a key inside is now installed on the building so parents can access this space during the daily morning program and festival morning programs.
In case of a mental health
emergency, follow this protocol. Also, click here for mental health resources in the Gainesville area.
CONGRATULATIONS to Rupacandra das who has passed his Ph.D. exam in Religion at the University of Florida with a successful thesis defense: "Cultural Fusion in a Religious Dance Drama: Sociopolitical Origins of the Manipuri Raslilas". He's spent the last 6 years working on his Ph.D., one of the years was spent in Manipur. While working on his Ph.D. he was simultaneously teaching courses at UF. He did it all as an offering to his spiritual master, His Holiness Bhakti Swarup Damodar Maharaja, who specifically requested him to get a Ph.D.
When he met Dr. Vasudha Narayan (UF) in Singapore and then was accepted into the program at UF, he actually had no idea there were any devotees in the area, and was amazed to see Krishna's arrangement when he discovered that not only was there two vibrant communities of devotees, but that the Krishna House was just 2 blocks from UF's religion department. He has lived as part of the Krishna House community along with his wife Tulasirani devi dasi whom he met at Krishna House.
Learn about our Cow Protection Program at our Face Book Page or our Web Site.
Learn about our Retired Cow Program at Save the Cow website. Remember, you can't have cow protection without a retired cow program. That's what it's all about!
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Gita Jayanti Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Celebrate the Advent of the Bhagavad-gita
Gita Jayanti is Tuesday, December 18, 2018. This year we will gear up for Gita Jayanti, by meeting in devotee's homes to read and discuss selected chapters.
There will be a total of nine programs over two weeks with different speakers. The remaining schedule is as follows (Date, Venue, Time, Speaker, BG Chapter):
12/11, Krishna Bhakta das & Kirtan devi dasi, 5:00 pm, Sama Priya devi dasi, Chapters 9 & 10
12/13, Divyanga das & Govinda Mohini devi dasi, 5:00 pm, Divyanga das, Chapters 11 & 12
* 12/15, Vegavati devi dasi, 5:00 pm, Dhruva Maharaj das. Chapters 13 & 14,
* 12/16, Vaikuntha das & Jahnavi devi dasi, 12:00 Noon, Nagaraja das, Chapters 15 & 16
12/17, Bhakta David & Anuradha devi dasi, 5:00 pm, Pran Govinda das, Chapters 17 & 18
Note: The evening programs will begin with prasadam served from 5:00 to 5:45 PM. We will begin chanting the verses promptly at 6 PM. The Sunday, December 16th program begins at noon and prasadam will be served at 2:00 PM.
Please RSVP by signing up on the sign up sheet on the temple bulletin board or FILL OUT THIS FORM ONLINE. For further details on location of venues, etc., please contact Ekadasi Vrata devi dasi at email@example.com
We will then observe the final auspicious day which commemorates the advent of the Bhagavad-gita by following the tradition and chant all 700 verses of the Gita in the Temple room beginning at 4:00 PM. We will finish just in time for the Arati at 6:30 PM. It is a powerful meditation to do this little yajna on this day,
so please plan to join in.
Sponsor a Case of Gitas ($101) and pass them out to friends and coworkers, have readings in your home, or leave them for us to put into libraries throughout Florida. Pick them up at the Temple, or we can deliver them to you.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF)
THIS Saturday, December 15, 2018
December is here. For sankirtan devotees it means Srila Prabhupada Book distribution marathon. Team ISKCON Alachua (TIA) has set a goal of distributing 5,000 books this month.
Our next Monthly Sankirtan festival (MSF) will be on Saturday, December 15th. We will be going door-to-door and store-to-store in Gainesville.
As always, you can buy BBT books (at cost) for distributing yourself or sponsor them for distribution via the different projects happening at New Raman Reti. Please stop by the lobby- every Tuesday and Sunday.
Or text Sri Vrndavana devi dasi 352-283-3886 to set up an appointment.
Sri Vrindavana devi dasi reporting
Guest Visitor His Holiness Prahladananda Swami
Sunday - Tuesday, December 16 - 18, 2018
His Holiness Prahladananda Swami will be giving the Sunday Feast lecture December 16, 2018, and the morning Srimad Bhagavatam class on Monday, December 17, 2018 at the Temple.
Mantrini devi dasi reporting
Monday, Christmas Eve Harinama: Join us for our annual Christmas Eve
harinama in front of Oaks Mall on Newberry Road and NW 60th Street. We'll leave from the Temple at 10:30 meeting at the Hobby Lobby location at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
We'll bring the Santa hats, you bring the good cheer! The more the merrier. LINK.
Ring in the New Year at New Raman Reti!
Monday, December 31, 2018, Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Let go of the old and attract prosperity and auspiciousness for the New Year. On Monday, December 31, 2018, 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.
Bring Lord Krishna a New Year’s gift! Suggestions are:
New Year's Eve harinama downtown Gainesville, 8:00 -10:00 PM, please join in!
- Drying Towels (kitchen type)
- White Cotton Garland Thread (crochet type)
- Small Scissors
- Blue Tack
- Pearl Headed Pins
- Door mats for outside
- Cotton Balls
- Rose Water
- Powdered cloves
- Powdered nutmeg
Temple Bookkeeper Needed
Temple is Hiring
The Temple is hiring a full charge bookkeeper.
If this is something your are interested in or know someone who would like to work with a great team in a relaxed atmosphere on interesting projects, and serve Krishna to boot, please contact Mukhya devi dasi at firstname.lastname@example.org
PART TIME BOOKKEEPER for NON PROFIT
28 hr/week, flexible hours.
Functioning accounting system is in-place.
Friendly, informal work environment.
Organized, positive person will do best.
Hourly compensation; negotiable.
Must have current experience with
Production of Financial Statements
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
For Temple Festivls and Outdoor Events
We are in need of upgrading the loudspeakers we currently use for
festivals and outdoor events throughout the year at the temple. The
new speakers will have better clarity and the potential to go 50%
louder than the ones we have used in the past, which will help us for
larger outdoor events. We also won't need to rent speakers anymore for
larger events such as Janmastami, Holi Festival of Colors or the
Festival of the Holy Name.
We're partnering with our local Alachua
ISKCON Youth Ministry who will use these speakers for outdoor kirtan
festivals on their mission trips. The youth ministry will pay half,
and we'll pay half. We are working with a church sound provider who is
giving us a generous 25% off retail price for our good cause. Please
contribute towards the $1,900 still needed to upgrade our festival
sound system loudspeakers.
Mannorama das reporting
Holiday Cookie & Fudge Boxes
Temple Now Offering
This year the Bhaktivedanta Academy is taking a break from their annual holiday prasadam boxes. So, the Temple will take it on to keep everyone happy and full of Holiday cheer.
We will offer one box of mixed Russian Tea Cakes and Christmas Spice cookies, and another box of Chocolate Fudge and Peppermint Chocolate Fudge,
$12 per box.
You can e-mail email@example.com to leave an order and then we will invoice you. We will have boxes ready for pick up Sunday, December 9 and Sunday, December 16. 2018.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Eco Farm's First Field Trip by Outside School
Expressions Learning Academy First Graders
The first grade class of the Expressions Learning Academy was our first customers for an Eco Teaching Farm field trip. The fifteen first graders arrived bright and early and Mother Akuti began by helping them all on to the truck filled with hay bales for a bouncy hay ride over to the farm. She stopped briefly to talk to the students about how sugar cane syrup is produced right here on the farm.
They went on to the barn where Ramananda Raya lined up the students who wanted to feed the little bulls Rama and Nitai, and they all watched as Ramananda milked Mother Padma. For many of them this was a first! Next off to the garden where they learned about the process of planting. There were different stations, so they rotated between sifting soil, planting kale and lettuce seeds, and planting baby lettuce.
From there, they walked to the outside kitchen to join in the process of making chapatis and everyone enjoyed fresh hot chapatis right off the griddle. They also learned how bio gas from fermented food is used to cook with.
Finally, the best part! Mother Akuti mixed together cow dung, straw, and dirt. She proceeded to wet it down and then stomp, dance, and jump on it. Initially, when some of the students heard that cow dung was part of the mixture...they decided it wasn't for them. However it proved to be too irresistible. Off with the socks, and they all lined up..once, twice, three times to help to get the cobb ready. Everybody laughed to watch the fun. They slapped together big patties for the beginning
of a cobb bench.
Finally everyone gathered in the Vrinda temple to join in a song with accompanying musical instruments.
When the teacher and parents announced it was time to go there was an audible "awwww" from the students. Mother Akuti's first field trip was a tremendous success. The teacher and parents agreed they had never experienced a field trip with so many hands-on activities and planned to share this trip with their colleagues.
We predict this field trip will be the first of many. An incredible way to introduce the beauty of simple living, high thinking. Thanks to Mother Akuti and her helpers, Nataka Chandrika devi dasi, Sukhada devi dasi, Erin, Ramanada Raya, and Jaya Nitai das.
Sukhada devi dasi reporting
"Greeter" Service at Temple
Greeting Guests at the Sunday Feast
In an effort to make our temple more 'user friendly' for guests that come on Sunday, we would like to have an assigned Greeter set up along the walk way leading up to the Temple.
Many people come for their first time and just don't know where to go or even what our program is for the day. Think how nice it would be for you if you were to go somewhere for the first time and were met by a friendly face who could tell you the lay of the land.
While this is a service that is commonly covered in most churches, it isn't something we have done successfully for quite a while. It's a great way to help newcomers feel comfortable and welcomed. You'd only have to say hello and point the way.
If this is something you would like to do even once every two months, please let me know so I can fill a schedule. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 386-462-2017.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting