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LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?
Govinda's Gifts has everything for your Krishna conscious lifestyle. NEW! We are full up with new items including:
Come on in and check it out. Open Sunday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, We can open for you by appointment. As always, thank you for supporting the Deity seva in New Raman Reti by shopping at Govinda's Gifts.
- Women's Clothing
- Children's Clothing
- Men's Clothing
- Lots of new Tulasi mala
- Bedspreads, shawls, deities and deity clothing
- Jewelry PLUS
- A new line of 100% organic or wildcrafter Fragrance Oils
Our Store hours are Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment by calling the Temple Office at 386-462-2017.
We would like to thank the devotees for kindly sponsoring the Sunday Feast throughout the year. Feast sponsorships are available for December, 2017, no more are available for November. 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.
- November 12, 2017- Ravi & Savita Gaur in loving memory of his brother, Anil Gaur
- November 19, 2017- Dr Lal & Shakuntala Garg
- November 26, 2017-Sukriti: thanksgiving to his Grandma Malatibala;
Kesava Swarupa in honor of his new baby son, Aniruddh
- December 3, 2017- Dr Anand & Shalini Kesari in honor of her birthday
- December 10, 2017- Disciples of HH Radhanatha Swami in honor of his Appearance Day
- December 17, 2017- Sunil Inchal in honor of his daughter's birthday
- December 24, 2017- Indrasis Chakroborti & Aishwarya Krishna Iyer blessings for family's future
- December 31 2017- OPEN FOR SPONSORSHIP
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 charge for the guest house is $120 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.
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: email@example.com 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.
DEITY REMNANT SALE On Sunday, November 25, 2017, the Radharani Club will have a special sale of Deity Remnants at the Sunday Feast. This will include retired day and night outfits from all the Deities, both big and small.
Other items such as cloth backdrops, a hand painted and carved arch and 3 stained glass and ceramic framed art pieces that were used behind Lord Nrsmghadev, will also be available.
Be sure to stop by on Sunday as there will be many items that can be used to enhance your home worship or perhaps sent to another temple or congregational center that you support. All proceeds will go to the Radharani Club for the continuing improvement of service to Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara.
SECURITY TEAM FORMING Harinamananda das is forming a Security Team for the Temple; he will oversee and train devotees interested in doing this service to help protect our community especially during our larges festivals and the Sunday program.
If you are interested in being part of this service or learning more about it, please contact Harinamananda prabhu at 786-897-2411 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Anyone living alone who would like a daily check in by phone. Bhaktin Julia will call you each morning between 8 am and 10 am, and see how you are, if you have any needs today or this week. She can refer you on if you do have particular needs.
Please call or E-mail the Temple office to get on the phone list: 386-462-2017 or email@example.com.
Here is a link for a COMPLETE LIST OF CLASSES available in the community.
New Family Room/Nursery at the Temple (previously the old gift shop) is now open. 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.
HEART TO HEART: To stay informed about the health and well being of our community members, please let us know if you or someone you know is dealing with serious illness, hospitalization, surgeries, or other problems. Please call the Temple office at 386-462-2017 weekdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. At all other times you can leave a message.
In case of a mental illness emergency, follow this protocol.
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!
Editor-in-Chief: Mukhya devi dasi
Editor/Production/Reporter: Mantrini devi dasi
Deity Photos: Mantrini devi dasi
Article Submission deadline:
1:00 p.m.Friday weekly
Send Temple-related articles/photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(The editors reserve the right to exclude or edit all submissions.)
Thanksgiving Feast at the Temple
THIS Thursday, November 23, 2017
Volunteer one hour to help make this event happen and get a free meal ticket...Call the Temple office 386-462-2017 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
There will be a Thanksgiving Feast at the Temple. It will be served at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 23, 2017. The following menu will be provided:
- Roasted Fall Vegetables
- Roasted Herbed Potatoes
- Cheesy Baked Ziti
- Tossed Salad and Krishna Lunch Dressing
- Upma Stuffing and Gravy
- Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
- Red Zinger Fruit Punch
Adults: $6.00 and children under 10 years: $3.00. Want to organize volleyball? Soccer? Cricket? Go for it!
The Band is Back!!
Everyone's favorite rock stars, The Blind Uncle Band is back together for one more performance.
After lunch stay around for the show at 2:00 PM.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Festival of the Holy Name Seva Opportunities
Friday & Saturday, November 24 & 25, 2017
The Festival of the Holy Name team is very excited to offer the Seva experience this year. One of the main aspects will be the addition of an outdoor kitchen where we will be preparing and serving prasadam from 11:00 AM until 9 PM every day.
In previous years, the evening programs started on Saturday night of the week prior to the Festival. This year, we will kick off on Sunday morning, November 19, 2017, with decorating the tent and setting up. This will be followed by the first evening program of Kirtan in the Temple after the Sunday feast.
Stay tuned for more details regarding this program which will be shared on our Facebook event page:
We invite you to participate with us and experience the bliss of Seva and make this festival experience even more beneficial and enjoyable by our whole community.
Choose from one of many opportunities in the form below to let us know how you would like to participate.
FORM. Looking forward to serving with you,
Festival of the Holy Name team.
Jai Sri Krishna das reporting
Drama: Dhrtarastra Quits Home
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Sunday Feast
Sankirtan Seminar Friday - Sunday, December 1-3, 2017
With Vaisesika Das
Click here for larger poster.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:If you plan to attend, please register online at this link. You my also register at the Lobby Book Table on Tuesday (7:30- 9:00 AM.) Each person attending must register separately. The seminar is FREE, however donations are welcome to cover prasadam and other expenses.
To make a donation towards the seminar, click here.
Sri Vrindavana devi dasi reporting
Community Development Conference
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Registration for New Raman Reti’s first Community Development Conference is now open!
Along with the recently completed Community Survey, the objective of this conference is to create a platform that will allow the community’s voice to be heard, deepen our relationships, and build a shared vision for New Raman Reti going into the future.
This exciting event will take place at the Alachua Woman's Club, Sunday, December 3. 2017, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm with childcare available and followed by sumptuous lunch Prasadam.
The overall Vision of the Community Development Initiative (CDI) is a loving and well connected family of Krishna devotees, spiritual aspirants, and friends fulfilling Srila Prabhupada’s Mission. Both senior and second generation devotee speakers will facilitate the conference with presentations on New Raman Reti’s history and the survey results. They'll also invite further feedback from the audience on how to enrich our already amazing NRR Community.
You won’t want to miss this important community event.
Registration is required.To register and for more details, please visit NRRCommunity.com
CDI Team reporting
CALL for NRR Temple Board Candidates
There are Two Vacancies on the NRR Board to be Filled
During the December, 2017, NRR Board elections,
there will be two vacancies on the NRR Management Board to be filled.
To be eligible to run, all candidates must chant 16 rounds daily, follow the four regulative principles,
and be residents of Alachua County.
Prison Outreach Preaching from ISKCON Alachua
Following in the footsteps of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, who was challenged by a local government authority to preach Bhagavad Gita to the inmates of Tihar prision in Delhi in 1962 and turn them into ideal characters, Madan Mohan das, ACBSP and Saranga Thakur das, ACBSP have been carrying on a lively program at the Raiford State prison. The program was pioneered by Krsna Kesava das, Kaliyaphani das and Akuti devi dasi, five years ago, and has carried on continuously.
Saranga Thakura prabhu describes the program as follows. We go through three sliding doors (vertical bars) and two locked gates to enter the reception area. When we get to the classroom building, we have to ask the guard in the
control room to announce the “Hare Krishna Class” so all the different
areas get notified. There are often new guards there and it can take a few times
before they pronounce the Holy Names properly. The guard then
announces to all the guards in all the cell blocks that the Hare
Krishna Class is starting. These guards then broadcast it over their PA
systems to all the inmates.
Hundreds of inmates walking by in lines see us chanting and dancing through the windows of our classroom. The class is very interactive. Everyone shares the reading of the verses and purports in the Bhagavad-gita, and they can ask questions or share realizations at any time. This format developed naturally. It’s
really engaging, keeping us on our toes, balancing speaking with listening. We come with a basic plan for the class, but we want to follow what Krishna arranges. We try to deliver Krishna consciousness in a manner that is personal and respecting of their dignity, which is a rare thing in their environment.
One of our student writes: “My entire experience with Krishna consciousness has
been as an incarcerated person. We are most fortunate to be blessed with Krishna’s mercy, Prabhupada’s love and the world of devotees that Prabhupada sent to us.” MORE.
Saranga Thakur das reporting
Every year we distribute the mercy of the Holy Name to all the spectators who attend the Football Games in Gainesville, Florida. We usually meet at the Krishna House and park our cars and in a group, walk to Gate 7 at the Stadium, a ten minute walk. All Gainesville games meet at Krishna House. All other TBA. Please join us.
Krishna Kesava das reporting
- Saturday, November 25, 2017 - Time 10:00 AM - Noon, Gainesville
"Trashformations" Student Recycled Art Competition Winners
Congratulations to Students from BANA and ALA!
Congratulations to the winners of the 19th Annual "Trashformations" Student Art Competition held by the Florida Museum of Natural History! Each project had to be made principally out of recycled items. This was a county wide event in which students from both Bhaktivedanta Academy (BANA) and Alachua Learning Academy (ALA) won prizes. First prize in Middle School division as well as the Directors Choice award was given to Karuna Leslie and Champakalata Camacho (BANA). Second Prize in Middle School division was given the 3 students from ALA supervised by art teacher Nilacala Kreitzer. And Third Prize in Middle School division was given to Arora Vrindavan and Kalyani Mwanyalo (BANA). The BANA students were supervised by BANA art teacher Nandapriya Sikdar.
Mantrini devi dasi reporting