Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Temple Newsletter

Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundara, and Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama

Hare Krishna! Today, Tuesday, is the appearance day of Sri Gadadhara Pandita. On Wednesday, Ghanashyam Dasa will give a presentation on Compassionate Communication. We share information and the schedule for the upcoming Nrisimha Chaturdasi festival (May 25). The Nectar Talks team interview Sanka Dasa about his lifetime of kitchen service. New podcasts from Hare Krishna Community Radio include the Story of Aghasura, Radio Rama, and Prayers for Love and Peace. And Janaki Dasi will teach a course on The Right Use of Power. For details on the above and more, please read on.

Nrsimhadeva's Appearance Day

Lord Nrisimhadeva's Appearance Day

Please join us on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 to celebrate Nrisimha Chaturdasi, the glorious appearance day of Lord Nrisimhadeva. The day's events will be broadcast live on our ISKCON Alachua Facebook page and YouTube channel. Due to pandemic safety measures, we request you to keep your visit brief; if you're feeling sick, stay home. Face masks required. Please do not congregate in groups, do not eat prasad on the temple property (we'll distribute pre-packaged to-go boxes in the parking lot on your way out), and maintain social distancing of at least six feet between anyone who is not part of your immediate family or social safe bubble. Temple room access for bhajans first come, first served, on the designated X marks. Walk-through darshan of the Deities 7:20 - 8:00 a.m., and 4:15 - 6:30 p.m., following the marked pathway.


7:20 a.m. darshan: new Deity outfits

8:00 am Special morning class by Nanda Devi Dasi

9:30 a.m. Internet live broadcast abhisheka bathing of Lord Nrisimhadeva, accompanied by the chanting of the Nrisimha Kavaca prayers. Please join in the chanting from home: click here to download the prayers

4:15 p.m. Bhajans in the temple room

5:00 p.m. Sudarshan Nrisimha Homa (fire yajña) outside, including chanting of mantras for protection, health and purification.

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Prasad to-go will be served in pre-packaged boxes in the parking lot, on your way out. 

Click on the button below to donate towards the Nrisimha Chaturdasi festival.

Sanka Dasa

Nectar Talks Episode 8: Sanka Dasa

Join us for Nectar Talks Episode 8 as Amrita-Keli Dasi and Namamrita Das host Sanka Dasa on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7-8 pm EDT.

Get ready to hear some of Sanka Prabhu’s wild stories in Krishna consciousness! He’s been cooking for Yogeshvara Krishna for many, many years and is ready to pass the torch. How is he going to do that? Learn about his views on family, how he's dealing with his terminal diagnosis, and more.

In an effort to increase the frequency of our episodes, this is the first of a pre-recorded series which will alternate with live ones. We encourage you to still post your comments, questions, and appreciations as usual. Tune in on:


Zoom ID: 670 694 2056

YouTube: Nectar Talks & ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple

Facebook: Nectar Talks Live & ISKCON Alachua

You can also hear us on Apple Podcast & Spotify


New Podcasts from HK Community Radio

Rangavati tells the story of the Aghasura Demon, enchanting reading from the pages of Bala Books.

Radio Rama - Two unearthed jewels from the early days of our movement, Radio Rama was a syndicated radio show produced by Madhu Pandit Dasa (ACBSP Vancouver) in the early 1970’s, that aired on several stations across the country; fun to hear. 

Nectar Talks Episode 7 with Krishna House’s Nanda Nandana Dasi - Amrita-Keli Dasi and Namamrita Dasa interview the manager of Krishna Lunch at UF, Gainesville, about how she found Krishna in the hardcore scene, her passion for Krishna Lunch, and her adventurous journey through decades of outreach.

And finally, for two weeks only: Prayers for Love and Peace - Devotes come together to chant, pray and raise funds for those afflicted by COVID in India. 

Tune in to New Raman Reti’s own radio station, Hare Krishna Community Radio. Nectar, all day, everyday, from 6am - 10pm EDT.



Vrinda, Marisha, Radhe, Shruti

Alachua Community Youth Graduates

Vrinda Shah, daughter of Prema Manjari Devi Dasi and Dharmaraj Dasa, has graduated from the UF Dental School and is now a doctor of dental medicine. She will join a dental practice in Melbourne. Marisha Innis, daughter of Varacita Devi Dasi and the late Cetanarahita Dasa, graduated UF College of Engineering with an environmental engineering degree and will soon begin work for an engineering firm in Orlando. And Radhe McCreedy, daughter of Govinda Mohini Devi Dasi and Divyanga Dasa, received her associate degree (AA). Shruti Police, daughter of Vijay and Anitha Police, graduated from University of Richmond, VA with honors; she majored in PPEL (Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Law) with a minor in health care studies. We are very proud of their accomplishments and wish them all the best as they move forward in their careers. Please give them your blessings that they may always keep Lord Krishna in the center of their lives.

Janaki - Right Use of Power workshop

The Right Use of Power - Course

Janaki Dasi (Ellen Pallme, LQP, MSW, LCSW, LCAS) will facilitate a course on the dynamic, inspiring, and relational approach to the ethical use of power. Four Saturdays, from June 12 - July 10, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. EDT. Click here for enrollment and tuition information. Sponsored by Karuna Care, www.karunacare.iskcon.org. Here is a short informational YouTube video about the course.

Ghanashyam Dasa

Presentation on Compassionate Communication

Communication is a basic human need. Our words can have deep lasting impressions on people. We can encourage or cut with our razor sharp words. Compassion in the three modes of nature and spiritual compassion will be discussed. Srila Prabhupada’s compassion spurred a worldwide movement. Is compassionate communication a by-product of Krsna Consciousness? Tune in to find out and pick up some tools and tips for communicating compassionately!

Please join Ghanashyam Das, Professional Chaplain on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 7-8:15 pm EDT for a presentation with Q&A on Compassionate Communication. 

This presentation is organized by the Alachua EOL Team. Join us live on:

Zoom ID: 670 694 2056

YouTube: ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple

Facebook: ISKCON Alachua

Alachua End-of-Life Team

Meet the Alachua End-of-Life Team

ISKCON Alachua has formed an End-of-Life Team to serve the needs of our community as devotees approach the final stage of their lives. The EOL Team is a group of trained volunteers to assist you or your loved one in navigating the transition to end-of-life. We also provide care and support for family members.

Chaturatma Dasa:  Longtime resident of the Alachua community. A master in the Lives of the Acharyas. He is a purohit (priest). His interests lie in performing last rites.

Ghanasyam Dasa: Joined the Alachua community in the last couple of years. He is a professional Chaplain and is actively pursuing a career in that area. His interests lie in spiritual care, grief and bereavement support. 

Jaya Chaitanya Dasa: A relatively recent addition to the Alachua community. He is a professional CNA and works in that area. His interests lie in hands-on care of devotees and grief support. 

Madhava Dasa: Longtime resident of the Alachua community. He is closely involved with Krishna House. He works in risk management at UF. His interests lie in intentional spiritual mood setting including kirtan, reading, and programs. 

Madhuryalila Dasi: Longtime resident of the Alachua community. She is a professional Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in cancer. She holds the National Hospice and Palliative certification. Her interests lie in helping patients/family understand their diagnosis, pain management, grief and bereavement support.

Mulaka Dasi: Longtime resident of the Alachua community. She is a counsellor and teacher. Her interests lie in overall support of the patient and family.

Radha Krishna Dasa:  Longtime resident of the Alachua community. He performs temple pujari service. His interests lie in hands-on care of devotees at the EOL and last rites. 

Shyamala Kishori Dasi: Longtime resident of the Alachua and Gainesville community. She has a masters in women’s studies and certificate in gerontology from UF. She volunteers at Haven Hospice. Her interests lie in offering spiritual, musical and emotional support. 


If you or your loved one live in the greater Alachua-Gainesville area, have a terminal illness, and need support, please call or email us. You may also connect with us through any of our members.

EOL Hotline: 352-462-9884 or [email protected]

All team members hold “The Art of Caring for Vaishnavas” certificate.

Pankajanghri Prabhu

Remembering Pankajanghri Prabhu

HG Pankajanghri Prabhu, ISKCON's most beloved Nrsimhadeva pujari, has departed from this world in Sri Dham Mayapur.

Having joined ISKCON in the footsteps of his twin brother, HG Jananivasa Prabhu, in 1973, the two brothers dedicated their lives to serving the Lordships of ISKCON's International Headquarters in Lord Caitanya's divine abode of Sri Mayapur.

Pankajanghri Prabhu served not only the Lord, but devotees worldwide, who would turn to him in their time of need, begging him to offer their hearts' prayers at Lord Nrsimhadeva's feet. Every devotee who has visited Mayapur Dham will hold fondly the image of Pankajanghri Prabhu standing on Nrsimhadeva's altar, offering prayers and puja on behalf of the devotees, and in turn, offering the Lord's mahaprasadam to the devotees.

Not many of us, however, were aware that in the background, Pankajanghri Prabhu was also managing the pujari department for many years, ensuring that the service to Their Lordships continues efficiently while expanding and deepening exponentially. We are all indebted to Pankajanghri Prabhu for the great inspiration we derive from the beautiful darshans and festivals that can be experienced only in Sri Dham Mayapur.

Pankajanghri Prabhu also graced the devotees with weekly classes on Srimad-Bhagavatam and Caitanya-caritamrita. He was a founding board member and inspiration for Mayapur Academy, an international school for brahminical training, where he taught the proper mood and method of deity worship to hundreds of students as instructed by Srila Prabhupada.

Along with fifty years of steadfast service as a pujari, manager, speaker, and educator, Pankanjanghri Prabhu was also a dear brother, uncle, and friend to both the Mayapur community and ISKCON worldwide. Today is a heartbreaking day especially for the generations of Mayapurvasis who grew up in the affectionate shelter of such a loving and playful uncle.

It is rare indeed to find a personality with the combination of such dedication, humility, joviality, and kindness. As Srila Prabhupada himself said in 1976, “The two brothers Pankajanghri and Jananivasa – there is no comparison."

We join the worldwide family of Vaisnavas, especially HG Jananivasa Prabhu and the Mayapur community, in grieving the loss of a beloved godbrother and friend while simultaneously feeling gratitude for the mercy of Sri Nrsimhadeva, who kindly brought His dear servant home to Sri Dham Mayapur for a glorious departure befitting a dedicated devotee like Pankajanghri Prabhu.

Hare Krishna,

Your servants,

Bhakti Caitanya Swami

Bhanu Swami

Revati Raman Dasa

GBC Executive Committee

Mayapur Bangladesh relief appeal - photo of SP

ISKCON Mayapur & Bangladesh Covid Relief Appeal

Today our society faces an urgent crisis. As most of you know, the Covid-19 pandemic is now sweeping India and our devotee communities and their neighbors have not escaped the scourge. Lack of medical supplies, medical care, oxygen, and even basic food are causing great suffering. The financial collapse in some sectors is intensifying the crisis. 

The ISKCON Governing Body Commission held an emergency meeting on Friday, April 30, to assess what ISKCON can do to help. We know there are many governments and agencies responding to the crisis, but we need to do our part, especially to help our fellow Vaishnavas and those they serve. 

First and foremost, we need your prayers for all those struck by this crisis. But, also practical steps must be taken. In dialogue with the ISKCON leaders in the region, the GBC determined that the greatest need at this time is for Mayapur and Bangladesh. Therefore, the GBC has launched the “ISKCON Mayapur/Bangladesh Covid Relief Appeal,” to provide medical supplies, food/prasada and other support. 

We urgently need to raise $ 800,000 for Mayapur and Bangladesh, and we ask for your help.  

Below you will find additional details of the crisis, an outline of the assistance plan, and where to send your donation. We urge you to donate today. This is an emergency and time is of the essence. Please give generously. And, please share this message with your networks of devotees and friends.

We thank you in advance for your support of our fellow Vaishnavas, and for assisting their ongoing relief efforts in Mayapur and Bangladesh.

On behalf of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission,

Your servant,

Anuttama dasa

ISKCON Minister of Communications

Mayapur Executive Board (MEB) Chair

The 2nd wave of COVID has hit Mayapur & Bangladesh Yatras Even Harder!

Shri Dham Mayapur, a vibrant community of 7000 devotees and 65,000 Dham Vasis is dealing with both loss of lives and livelihoods. And in Bangladesh, thousands of devotee families need urgent food relief assistance. We can't save lives without you!

Medical Aid Required - $500,000 USD

Oxygen Plant, Subsidized Tests, Additional Medical Staff, Medicine Sponsorship, Diet Sponsorship, Exclusive COVID Care Center.

Prasadam Aid - $300,000 USD

1.5 million Prasadam plates to be served. Only 20 cents per plate to sponsor. Your 1 dollar can feed 5 persons! ($200,000 for Mayapur, and $100,000 for Bangladesh)

Consolidated Aid Requirement: $800,000 USD

Medical Aid for Mayapur Region: $500,000

Prasadam Aid for Mayapur Region: $200,000

Prasadam Aid for Bangladesh: $100,000

Please make your contribution NOW!

For Mayapur: 

Contribute via PayPal by using the ID:

[email protected]

And avail tax benefits under section 501(c)(3). Please mention Covid2help in the remarks section while making the payment.

To contribute via Payment Gateway (Razorpay), visit:


For Bangladesh:

Contribute via PayPal by using: 

[email protected]

And avail tax benefits under section 501(c)(3). Please mention Covid2help in the remarks section while making the payment.


Please connect with us at Mayapur Seva Office (MSO)

[email protected]

Contact number: +91-8884-848-248


Radharani Club Bake Sale

The Radharani Club raises laxmi throughout the year to cover the costs of Deity outfits, jewelry, and decorations. Bake sales bring in about half the needed funds. As part of the Covid-19 precautions being observed at the temple, the Radharani Club had its first pre-order bake sale on Gaura Purnima and we thank everyone who participated to help make it a complete success!

The next bake sale is scheduled for Lord Nrsmhadeva’s Appearance Day on Tuesday, May 25. The Radharani Club will open its pre-order website by May 11. Right now, we need volunteers to commit to making items to be sold including baked goods, sweets, savories, casseroles, vegan or gluten-free items, etc. Since there is no eating allowed while visiting the temple due to the mask-mandate, all items will need to be packaged for purchasers to take home.  

The Radharani Club asks all potential bakers and cooks to please contact [email protected] or call Nataka at 386 462 5247 prior to May 4.  


Protocols for Out-of-State Visitors

If you are coming from out of state and are vaccinated you may come to the temple without quarantining and should self monitor for Covid symptoms. If you are not vaccinated, you should test negative before travel and, when arriving in Florida, quarantine 3-5 days and then test negative, before coming to the temple.


CDC Travel Guidelines

Domestic Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

Before you travel:

Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

While you are traveling:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

International Travel Recommendations for Unvaccinated People

While you are traveling:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

Before you arrive in the United States:

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.

After you travel:

  • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
  • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
  • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

For the current CDC Travel Guidelines, click here.


Help Wanted: Cooks

We need brahmin initiated devotees to cook deity offerings: you pick the day and the offering, and tell Nitai Priya when you can come. A weekly commitment is awesome, or every other week, see what you can do. We have some of the best home cooks in the US right here in our community, so come out of your kitchen and into Radharani's kitchen, and feel the bliss ! 😁

Want to learn quantity cooking from one of the best? Let us know when you can come on a Sunday between 10 am and 1 pm, and we will hook you up. It will be one of the highlights of your life, guaranteed!


Request a Prayer

As devotees progress on their path towards becoming more Krishna conscious, sometimes obstacles arise in the form of physical or mental distress. We have re-launched our Prayer Circle of senior devotees who are willing to pray to Their Lordships for you or a loved one to help you overcome such obstacles. To submit a request, and for more information, see the Prayer Circle page on our website.


Vaccines Now for Anyone 16+

CVS, Walgreens and Publix are now giving COVID vaccines. You can go online and fill out the form. It's easy and, as of recently, in Alachua county, anyone age 16 or older can get one.

CVS: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walgreens: (click here)

Publix: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida


WhatsApp Broadcast List

The temple has started a WhatsApp "broadcast list" similar to a phone tree. If you are a member of our Alachua / Gainesville / North Florida ISKCON temple community and would like to receive important temple announcements in a timely manner, on your cell phone via WhatsApp text messages, please follow these steps:

1) Install WhatsApp on your cell phone (if you haven't already.)

2) Add the temple's WhatsApp number 352-922-0252 to your phone's Contacts, naming the contact "ISKCON Alachua WhatsApp" or similar.

3) Open WhatsApp, find the temple contact you just created, and text us (from within WhatsApp) a message with your full name, location (nearest town or city) and a request to be added. Example: "My full name is (devotee name / legal name) ______. I live in (town / city) _____. Please add me to the temple WhatsApp broadcast list."

We intend to use this list sparingly, only to send important messages when needed, from time to time; for instance, coordinating temple services, changes in schedules, important reminders relevant to our Alachua community of devotees. Only the admin can send messages to the list, avoiding the back-and-forth messaging between people.


Listen to Past Lectures

There's a treasure trove of nectarean audio recordings awaiting you in our Alachua Temple Live lecture archive. Sometimes people ask us where they can find our recent Srimad=Bhagavatam, Chaitanya-Charitamrita and Sunday Feast lecture recordings. Here's a reminder of where they're stored: from our Alachuatemple.com website menu, click on Live and then Lectures/Podcast. Or go directly to and bookmark https://alachuatemplelive.blogspot.com/. The archive is updated once a week.


Thank You to Our Donors and Volunteers!

Thank you to all those who have been serving, and contributing, to keep our ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna temple open and thriving, even in the midst of this pandemic


Links to Recent Articles

Want to re-read an article you saw posted in a recent temple newsletter? Here's a list of links to them.


Online Events

The ISKCON Alachua Temple broadcasts daily live scripture classes at 8:00 a.m. on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, with audio recordings here.

On Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 pm, Bhagavad-Gita reading and discussion with H.H. Bhaktimarga Swami.

Online Bhakti-Sastri Course (starts May 29)


COVID Resources


Trouble Receiving This Newsletter?

Here are some helpful hints if you, or a friend or family member are having trouble receiving this newsletter.


Procedures to Visit the Temple

The wearing of face masks and social distancing between non-family members is required on temple property at all times. If you are feeling sick, stay home. No loitering. We are open only during scheduled arati times, daily at 4:30-5:00 a.m., 7:15-8:45 a.m., 12:00-12:30 p.m., 4:15-4:45 p.m., 6:30-7:00 p.m., and on Sundays, 4:15-6:30 p.m. Maximum occupancy of 30 spaces marked on the temple room floor for people to stand or sit, socially distanced, first-come, first-served. Walk-through darshan at busy times including 7:15-7:45 a.m. daily, and 4:15-6:30 p.m. Sundays. The temple closes by 7:00 p.m. each day, except Sundays, 9:00 p.m. Watch our live broadcast on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. For details about darshan times and additional pandemic restrictions, click here. And here's information on what to do if you're returning from out-of-state domestic travel, or from international travel.

ISKCON Alachua Temple building

Class Schedule & Vaishnava Calendar

Week of May 11, 2021

TUE 11 - Rama Govinda Dasa, SB 1.13.19

Appearance of Sri Gadadhara Pandita

WED 12 - Akuti Devi Dasi, SB 1.13.20

THU 13 - Nanda Devi Dasi, SB 1.13.21

FRI 14 - Tamohara Dasa, SB 1.13.22

SAT 15 - Puskara Dasa, CC Madhya 19.103-108

SUN 16 - Srila Prabhupada morning class (recording) | Chaturatma Dasa, Sunday Feast lecture

MON 17 - Sridevi Dasi, SB 1.13.23

TUE 18 - Soma Dasa, SB 1.13.24

Morning class times are 8:00 a.m. EST unless otherwise noted. The Sunday Feast lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. Tune in live to our ISKCON Alachua Facebook page or YouTube channel; listen to audio recordings in our lecture archive.


Departments and Links

Govinda's Gifts (open Sundays 4:00 - 6;30 p.m.)

Hare Krishna Social Services:

Email: [email protected]

Call: Radha Selvester 9 am - 9 pm 352 727 8211

Night time calls for serious emergencies only.


Newsletter Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Mukhya Devi Dasi

Production Assistance: Manorama Dasa

Article submission deadline: 1:00 p.m. Fridays

Send articles and photos to [email protected]

The editors reserve the right to exclude or edit submissions.

Dedicated to our ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada 


Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

... and be happy



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