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  • The Eco Teaching Farm

    Akuti Devi Dasi reporting We have been busy at the Eco Teaching Farm the last few years putting the foundational components in place. The cobb entrance, goshala/barn, solar water pump, biogas digester, Vrinda Devi “temple shrine” built using cob and natural techniques, planned gardens and the log cabin are complete. Now comes the daily maintenance […]

  • Book Distribution Marathon Report, Dec. 2020

    by Sri Vrindavana Devi Dasi The 2020 Prabhupada Book marathon has been unique. The collective goal for ISKCON worldwide was to distribute 2 million Bhagavad-gitas. Team ISKCON Alachua (TIA) set a more modest local goal of distributing 1,080 Gitas during the month of December. Despite COVID restrictions, over 100 devotees and their families (see list) participated in […]

  • Vaccine Info & COVID Reference Materials

    Here are documents prepared by devotee doctors, Dr Bakshi and Dr Verma, explaining how the Pfizer vaccine works, that it is does not contain mercury and is suitable for vegetarians, and outlining best practices to keep our families and temples safe during this pandemic. Pfizer Vaccine Ingredients COVID-19 Reference for Temples

  • Book Distribution Marathon Report

    by Sri Vrindavana Devi Dasi The 2020 Prabhupada Book marathon has been unique. The collective goal for ISKCON worldwide was to distribute 2 million Bhagavad-gitas. Team ISKCON Alachua (TIA) set a more modest local goal of distributing 1,080 Gitas during the month of December. Despite COVID restrictions, over 100 devotees and their families (see list […]

  • Introducing Our End-of-Life (EOL) Care Team

    The recent loss of devotees in our NRR community has inspired a few of us to revive the End-of-Life (EOL) Care Team under the auspices of Vaishnavas CARE Alachua. It is a service that will be needed more and more as members of our community age and develop terminal illnesses. Our team’s goals are to provide […]

  • How to manage your virus risk

    by David Leonhardt, The New York Times This is a three-step guide to COVID-19 risk minimization. It’s based on a New York Times survey of 700 epidemiologists and experts. 1. There is one behavior you should try to eliminate, without exception: Spending time in a confined space (outside your household) where anyone is unmasked. Don’t […]

  • Career Coaching for Young Professionals

    This year has brought unique challenges in many areas of life, including in particular, economic challenges for students and new professionals. With a rapidly changing work ecosystem, it’s understandable to find ourselves stuck when preparing to make the next step professionally. “How do I best showcase my talents for a professional setting?” or “Why does […]

  • A Hare Krishna Christmas

    This year is an unusual year. One of its many unusual features is that Christmas and Gita Jayanta, the speaking of Bhagavad-Gita (The Song of God), are celebrated on the same day. This is a special opportunity to connect East and West. Click to read full article on Dandavats.com.

  • Pocket Meditations for the New Year…

    Pocket Meditations.As we settle into the rhythm of the New Year here are some pocket meditations to carry with us every day. These small reminders can bring quality to our lives and thus help us feel more alive. As the Joseph Campbell quote goes – “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of […]

  • Guidelines for Quarantining

    CDC ACCEPTED NON-TEST BASED STRATEGY 1) People with mild to moderate illness who are not severely immunocompromised: • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND• At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND • Symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) have improved 2) People […]

  • Christmas Day Debut of Hare Krishna Community Radio

    Christmas Day, December 25, 2020: 6 – 8 a.m., Morning Meditations, including a class by Srila Prabhupada on Christmas Day 1969. 8 – 9 a.m., Christ, Christianity and Peace on Earth, Srila Prabhupada speaks and devotees share on this topic. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., English Gita Jayanti, 18 Devotees read each chapter of Bhagavad-gita, […]

  • BIHS Hosted Cosmography Workshop

    In 1976 Srila Prabhupada instructed the founding members of the Bhaktivedanta Institute “to build a model of the universe that could later be built full size at the future Mayapur Temple and Planetarium complex.” To help broadly facilitate Srila Prabhupada’s directive, the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies (BIHS) based in Gainesville recently hosted its second […]

  • Hare Krishna the Movie Now on Amazon Prime

    Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video: HARE KRISHNA! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All Watch it, share it with friends and co-workers, glorify Srila Prabhupada on his disappearance day and beyond. The movie is free on Amazon for Prime members in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. We are working on […]

  • Dynamic GBC SPT Service Opportunities

    The GBC Strategic Planning Team (GBC SPT) is looking for devotees to join their team to help expand communications to the ISKCON world with inspiring, informative and useful content on websites, social media and email, and help develop an online learning community with courses on a wide range of devotional topics. Available Positions: Digital Content […]

  • Online Child Safety Recommendations

    Across the world, COVID has, for better or worse, changed the way we do many things in our lives. Countless children have attended school, Sunday school and even ‘camp’ online this year. More than ever before, children live online – making new friends, developing established relationships, learn, recreate, etc. With the added stressors COVID has […]

  • Women Welcome Transformation at Urban Devi Autumn Retreat

    Around forty-five women from Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, Chile, and across the U.S. and Canada attended the fourth annual Urban Devi Retreat on October 17th, entitled “Welcoming Transformation” and held virtually on Zoom. Co-hosted by Urban Devi and the Bhakti Center in New York City, the inspirational all-day event ran from 7:30am to 5:30pm EDT. It […]

  • Virtual Program Takes a Close Look at One Day in the Life of a Vaishnava

    Facing the challenges of the pandemic, ISKCON devotees have created an ever-increasing host of online sanga opportunities, which continually reveal new treasures. One particularly sweet offering, which has been running since late April but may still be undiscovered by some, is Bhakti Virtual’s “One Day in the Life of a Vaishnava,” or “Un Día En […]

  • Bhadra Purnima – Gift a Srimad-Bhagavatam

    On the most auspicious day of Bhadra Purnima, purchase a set of Srimad-Bhagavatams for yourself, for family members, for friends or co-workers, or sponsor one or more sets for our temple devotees to distribute.  While supplies last, get your sets for only $210 each, including shipping to anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. Click on […]

  • COVID-19 News

    Current as of August 1, 2020 The spread of COVID-19 continues to rise in Florida. If you have any of the following symptoms you should be tested for the virus: Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle or body aches Headache Loss of taste or smell Sore throat Congestion or […]

  • Janmastami Festival

    Come celebrate Sri Krishna Janmastami at the ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. We have planned an abbreviated, physically distanced festival this year. Everyone MUST be wearing a face mask on temple property. The temple will open at 11 am. Please plan your arrival after that time. All programs will be live […]

  • Things to do…

    Online Shastra Courses offered through various ISKCON educational institutions have been compiled in one convenient location, at the following website: http://www.iskconcourses.com/

  • North American Teams See Book Distribution Increase During COVID-19 Marathon

    “When the lockdown started, nobody thought we could distribute books, and everybody was worried about what would happen,” says Shyama Mohini Dasi, co-sankirtan leader at ISKCON Toronto, Canada. “But Vaisesika Prabhu encouraged us to think differently, and innovate.” Every year since 2007, devotees at Toronto, ISKCON Silicon Valley, and other temples – inspired by Global […]

  • Outer Change, Inner Steadiness

    Mukundanghri Das is an environmental engineer and urban sustainability consultant. He serves as a Trustee and Chief Operational Officer in the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Africa. He is an alumnus of Wits University Bhakti Yoga Society (BYS). His greatest joy is sharing his love for Bhagavatam with others through storytelling, theatre, and the fine arts. He […]

  • Homeschooling Webinar With Krsnanandini Dasi

    Krsnanandini dasi is a true warrior! Although she has recently gone into the stage of hospice care at home after a painful battle with cancer, her service spirit remains undaunted. She will be the guest presenter at yet another webinar – this time, sharing her homeschooling experience, which has never before been documented, for Vaishnava […]

  • Changes to Phase 2 of the Temple Reopening

    As the number of Coronavirus cases increase across our state and county, the temple is reducing its opening hours to close by 7:00 pm each evening, and will remain open for visitors only during arati times. We’ve reduced the number of marked yellow X spots in the temple room to 35 to provide more physical […]

  • Things to do

    Here are some ideas of things to do while practicing social distancing during the global pandemic: July 1-12, ISKCON Toronto will host a 12-day virtual Ratha-yatra and Festival of India, with cultural presentations, seminars, kirtans, kids’ activities, cooking demos and more. See the FestivalofIndiaTO Facebook page for details, and watch the live events on either […]

  • The End of Meat Is Here

    Photo Credits: World Finance Is any panic more primitive than the one prompted by the thought of empty grocery store shelves? Is any relief more primitive than the one provided by comfort food? Most everyone has been doing more cooking these days, more documenting of the cooking, and more thinking about food in general. The […]

  • Phased Reopening of the Alachua Temple

    During Phase 1a of the reopening of our temple, for the next few weeks starting May 14, 2020, we invite individuals and their immediate family members to sign up for a time slot to come for darshan and lead the kirtan during one of our arati ceremonies on a particular day. For now we will limit […]

  • ISKCON Communications message on the COVID-19 crisis

    ISKCON Communications The International Society for Krishna Consciousness Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Seeking Strength in Times of Crisis A Statement of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON Ministry of Communications Anuttama Dasa, Director May 2, 2020 As a Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition focused on uplifting human society out of suffering and […]