Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Hare Krishna! Today is Ekadasi. Coming up this Thursday is Lord Nityananda's auspicious appearance day celebration (fasting till noon). With limited space in the temple room (30), devotees are requested to watch the program online, on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. See detailed festival schedule below. The GBC SPT have launched a series of live events celebrating Śrī Caitanya-Caritāmṛta, with upcoming online seminars this week by Sutapa Dasa, Sitala Devi Dasi, Krishna Kshetra Swami, among others. Tune in to a new Nectar Talks live episode featuring an interview with Gaura Shakti Dasa, on Striking the Bhakti / Career Balance, and Growing up in ISKCON. Many helpful hands will make light work of the Gundica Marjana MAHA CLEANUP (Spring cleaning) of our temple and grounds; come one, come all! For details, please read on...
On Thursday, February 25, 2021, we'll celebrate the appearance day of the most merciful Lord Nityananda. We are encouraging everyone to participate in the morning program from home, including Guru Puja and Darshan Arati, by watching our YouTube live channel (https://www.youtube.com/alachuatemple). There is not much room in the temple and you may have to stand outside. The best view of the deities is from our online broadcast camera. Here is the schedule for the day:
Fasting until noon.
4:30 a.m. Mangal Arati - There is only room for 30 devotees in the temple room. If you come and the room is full, please stand outside on the veranda and social distance from others.
7:20 a.m. Guru Puja - There is only room for 30 devotees in the temple room. If you come and the room is full, please stand outside on the veranda and social distance from others.
8:00 a.m. Deity Greeting - There is only room for 30 devotees in the temple room . If you come and the room is full, please line up at the men's side door and walk through to the opposite door, pausing briefly in front of each altar.
8:30 a.m. Special Morning Class with Prana Govinda Dasa.
9:30 a.m. BANA students sing songs for Lord Nityananda through our Youtube live channel.
9:45 a.m. Abhisheka - Only temple pujaris bathing the deities. Please take part in the abhisheka via live stream on our YouTube channel.
4:15 p.m. Kirtan begins, darshan opens. Feast prasad available from 4:30 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. served from the tent in the parking lot, in pre-packaged to-go boxes, on your way out of the property.
6:30 p.m. Kirtan for Sundara Arati - There is only room for 30 devotees in the temple room. If you come and the room is full, please line up at the men's side door and walk through to the opposite door, pausing briefly in front of each altar.
7:00 p.m. Temple Closes
Please click on the button below to donate for the Feast and Festival and get the special mercy of the most merciful Sri Nityandanda Prabhu!
A Poem by Samapriya Devi Dasi
O Nitāi lover of the fallen,
merciful to all You see,
cast Your glance in this direction,
I beg You hear my earnest plea.
Without You Lord the world is vacant,
You are the source of eternity.
Adi-guru I bow down before You,
please Lord accept my humility.
Awed by Your presence I can only say,
for Your mercy I can only pray.
Indeed the source of all You survey,
tam sri-nityananda-ramam prapadye.
No one has more patience than You,
accepting a stone that Madhai threw.
Freeing his soul cleansed from within,
and by Your grace forgiving his sin.
O my Lord we all reside
at Your feet with so much pride.
You’re in our hearts though deep inside,
and by Your will we must abide.
One day a sadhu came to Your home,
touring the dhamas and walking alone.
Your father said, “Welcome! What can I do?”
The sadhu said, “There is one thing I ask from you.
Give me your son your pride and joy,
the world has been waiting for this divine boy.”
Like King Dasaratha, father of Rama,
Hadai Gosai could not remain calm.
Without his dear son how could he live?
For the sake of the world his heart he must give.
You’re not of this place; You choose to descend,
to fix the ways of unscrupulous men.
Shelter of all and dear-most friend,
with the dust of Your feet the world can transcend.
And then You were drawn to the Lord of Your heart,
Your divine brother of whom You are part.
When Your eyes meet the heavens applauded,
with eloquent words and hymns You were lauded.
The name of Hari was heard all around,
releasing the souls of all who were bound.
You are the Lord to be worshiped by all.
Down at Your feet prostrated I fall,
begging for mercy and tolerance, too,
for each of my wrongs that might offend You.
And just as a father would treat his dear son,
or friend or beloved, please forgive what I’ve done.
O Nitai lover of the fallen
merciful to all You see,
cast Your eyes in this direction,
Your loving glance will set us free.
GBC SPT 5-Week Online Festival:
Celebrating Śrī Caitanya-Caritāmṛta
As part of our efforts to serve devotees worldwide, the GBC Strategic Planning Team (SPT) is extending an invitation to every ISKCON devotee to participate in a 5-week online festival “Celebrating Śrī Caitanya-Caritāmṛta.”
The GBC SPT wish to stimulate great enthusiasm for Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami’s masterpiece, Śrī Caitanya-Caritāmṛta, and Srila Prabhupada’s wonderful commentary on the same. Towards that goal, they have organized 35 days of virtual association with many of ISKCON's most experienced and engaging speakers.
The series will be broadcast on the GBC SPT Facebook page, YouTube Channel and Mayapur TV between 18th of February to the 29th of March.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/gbcspt
Youtube - GBC SPT
Mayapur TV - https://www.mayapur.tv/
This Week's Schedule of Events
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. EST
Insights in to the origin of Śrī Caitanya-Caritāmṛta and its author, Krsnadas Kaviraja Goswami, with Hari Parshad Das.
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m. EST
The Historical Impact of Śrī Caitanya-Caritāmṛta, with HH Krishna Ksetra Swami.
Thursday, Feb. 25, 8:00 a.m. EST
Resources For Reading Śrī Caitanya-Caritāmṛta, studying, overview, with Sutapa Das.
10:00 a.m. EST
Appearance of Lord Nityananda as chronicled in Śrī Caitanya-Caritāmṛta, with HH Bhakti Purusottama Swami.
Friday, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m. EST
Reflection of Lord Chaitanya's mood in His devotees, with
Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:00 a.m. EST
First Gaura Purnima festival in Kheturi – What does it teach us? With Sitala Devi Dasi.
6:30 p.m. EST
Birthplace of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura & Sri Caitanya Math – Vrindavan in Mayapur, with Chandan Yatra Das.
Beginning from Sri Advaita Acarya’s Appearance and concluding with the Jagannath Misra Festival, the 5-week portrayal is centered on the following topics with an overarching theme of focusing on Srila Prabhupada’s Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta:
Historical Context - Understanding the context for the appearance of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta and its central role in the establishment and growth of the Gaudiya sampradaya.
Srila Prabhupada - Hearing about Srila Prabhupada's extraordinary efforts to bring the Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta to people everywhere.
Roots - Examining how today's Hare Krishna Movement is rooted in the teachings and practices found in Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Theology - Diving deep into the core elements of our philosophy as expounded in the Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Relationships - Deepening our understanding of Vaishnava relationships as portrayed by the devotees of Sri Chaitanya.
Gauranga's Inner mood and mission - Discussions amongst senior devotees about the inner purpose of Sri Gauranga Lila as revealed in the Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Approaching Sri Sri Radha Krishna through Śrī Caitanya - Exploring the path to the Divine Couple through the grace of Śrī Caitanya.
Tirtha yatra - In the mood of visiting the dhama when you can't physically go to the dhama, fire up your phone or computer and join a 10-day tour following Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s itinerary around India.
Gaura lila - special weekly series with highly esteemed speakers known for their mesmerizing Gaura lila narrations.
Not the least, to deepen your love for this foundational shastra, the GBC SPT team will provide support by sharing resources for reading and studying Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Many senior Vaishnavas will participate, including Jayapataka Swami, Giriraja Swami, Radhanath Swami, Kadamba Kanana Swami, Jayadvaita Swami, Krsna Ksetra Swami, Candramauli Swami, Devamrta Swami, Bhakti Purushottama Swami, Vaisesika Das, Lokanath Swami, Malati Devi, Visakha Devi, Narayani Devi, Jagattarini Devi, Nitaisevini Devi, Tapan Misra Das, Amarendra Das, Hari Parshad Das, Gauranga Das and many more. Their profound realizations will enlighten viewers and listeners during this 5-week celebration.
Nityananda Trayodasi, Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day festival is coming up, on Thursday, Feburary 25. Please take advantage of this opportunity to get the mercy and help sponsor the festival. Find out more information and a detailed schedule of events in the article below.
Gundica Marjana MAHA CLEANUP on Saturday, March 20. Mark your calendars. Come one and all, clean your temple, clean your heart, please Lord Chaitanya!! Starting at 9:00 am sharp, choose between the temple room, the pujari room, or the kitchen. The more the merrier. Many hands make light work. A great time guaranteed!
The temple is open only during arati times. We are closed from 1:00 pm until 4:15 pm to everyone unless you are doing specific service, and after that, only open for darshan. Anyone coming over to hang out or just walk around will be asked to leave the property.
During the cold winter mornings, the temple room doors will close after Tulasi Puja (so the pujaris can do their services without freezing), and re-open for Greeting of the Deities. There will not be any indoor japa chanting until the weather warms up.
Here are CDC guidelines for international travel that must be followed by anyone wanting to come to the temple from an international flight: click here.
From the President
The coronavirus continues to spread. Please don't neglect your healthcare during the pandemic. Here are some basic things we can do daily to keep our immune and respiratory systems strong as well as ayurvedic advice to build immunity and treat coronavirus.
- Daily Steam Inhalation
- Drinking herbal spice tea
- Exercise daily, including pranayama breathing
- Zinc 25 mg daily
- Vitamin D 2000 iu daily
Ayurvedic Advice on COVID | Ayurveda and COVID Stages | Neti Pot
Nectar Talks Episode 5:
Striking the Bhakti / Career Balance and Growing up in ISKCON, with Gaura Shakti Dasa
On Monday, March 1, 7:00-8:00 p.m., watch Nectar Talks live from Alachua, Florida, as hosts Amrita Keli Dasi and Namamrita Dasa interview Gaura Shakti Dasa. Find out about his life, and realizations on entrepreneurship, soul-searching, service and kirtan. Along with his wife, Krishna Dhama Dasi, this husband, father, and professional has helped enliven our community for many years through his dedicated service to projects such as the Festival of the Holy Name and the Village of Vrindavana. Hear about his experiences of growing up in ISKCON, and how he manages to strike a balance between his career as a dentist and keeping his Bhakti alive.
Zoom ID: 670 694 2056
YouTube: Nectar Talks Live & ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple
Facebook: Nectar Tals Live & ISKCON Alachua
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New Podcast! A Meditation on Advaita Acarya with Madhumati, Mahendrani and Ananta Rasa Prabhus
In honor of Advaita Acharya’s upcoming appearance day, three dear friends offer this transcendental exchange: Madhumati, Ananta Rasa, and Mahendrani Prabhus first read the story of Advaita Acharya and Sita Devi meeting Lord Chaitanya, and then offer a reflection on the text. A beautiful sharing for Sri Advaita Acharya’s upcoming appearance, in the mood of the reading groups that are currently inspiring so many devotees.
New! Nectar Talks Episode 4: How to have fun while gettin’ it done in Bhakti: A window into Akuti Dasi.
Akuti Dasi is a one-of-a-kind devotee, dedicated to the arts of craftsmanship, sustainability, teaching and outreach. She's excited by fresh endeavors in Bhakti and wishes to deeply encourage the youth (and anyone else) to enjoy the heck out of serving Krishna and the world. Listen in as we dive into her adventurous past, current projects, and her future dreams
New! Inspiration! Gratitude
A reflection on Gratitude by Syamala Kishori, followed by a yoga meditation on gratitude from Syamala Dasi, a mindfulness counselor, as first published on Rukmini Devi’s Urban Devi webpage.
Srila Prabhupada sings Amar Jivana and speaks on Humility. You’ll also hear from Rukmini Devi, as well as famous quotes and the story of Sudama Brahmana.
Tune in 6 am to 10 pm everyday!
Weary eyed? Tired of having to go from one site to the next for your transcendental sound? Nectar droplets of song and reflection are continually falling from New Raman Reti’s brand new radio platform, Hare Krishna Community Radio at krishna108.airtime,pro. Tune in this week for Morning Meditations, Wisdom of the Sages, Parikrama Pastimes, The Late Morning Program, Inspiration, Brihad Bhagavatamrita, English Bhagavad-gita, Nectar Talks, Madhumati’s newest offering, surprise specials, a whole lot of music and so much more! Broadcasting to you, from the New Raman Reti community in Alachua, Florida, 6 am to 10 pm daily.
Karuna Care Education presents:
The Impact of Loss and Grief on Spiritual Growth
A seminar by Rambhoru Dasi, M.Div, MA, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator.
Option 1: Fridays (Feb 26 to Mar 26) 6:30-8:30 p.m. EST
Option 2: Saturdays (Feb 27 to Mar 27) 7:30-9:30 a.m. EST
Tuition: $100. Last day to enroll and pay tuition: Feb 19. For more information and registration, click here.
Here are two documents prepared by devotee doctors who work with COVID patients. One document explains how the Pfizer vaccine works and lists its ingredients, showing it doesn't contain mercury and is suitable for vegetarians. The other summarizes, with helpful infographics, best practices to keep our families and temples safe during this pandemic. Take a look at both documents here.
Understanding COVID Vaccines
The following article has been written and researched by the GBC SPT's inhouse team of medical experts. The article is a concise overview of what vaccines are, the history of vaccination, specific information about the Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine and also addresses some of the concerns and misunderstandings there may be around it. We trust that you will find this article informative.
Excerpt from the Table of Contents:
- History and evolution of vaccines
- COVID-19 and its vaccine
- About COVID-19
- Understanding the principle underlying COVID-19 mRNA vaccine
- FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine
- Safety concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccine
Debunking several myths and rumors about the vaccine
Click here to read the article.
How and Where to Get Your COVID Vaccine?
If you are 65 or older and would like to take the COVID 19 vaccine, you can talk to your personal GP doctor and get information. If you are with UF Health you can make an appointment by going online to mychart.shands.org; if you are with a doctor who is connected to North Florida Regional Hospital, you can also call Prabir for info on getting your shot. If your doctor is not in this county, you can click on this link at the Dept. of Health website, to fill out the vaccine waiting list form, and you will be contacted when an appointment becomes available.
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Upcoming Online Events
Broadcast on ISKCON Alachua's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Zoom login information, when applicable, will be shared on our ISKCON Alachua Devotees Facebook group. All times are in ET (Eastern Time).
Daily Srimad-Bhagavatam Class by various speakers from the temple room, 8:00 - 8:45 AM. See Class Schedule posted below.
Every Thursday, 5:00-6:00 pm, Bhagavad-Gita reading and discussion with H.H. Bhaktimarga Swami.
You'll find recordings of previous live video events at our ISKCON Alachua Temple YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/alachuatemple.
Weekly Resilience Drop-In Group: Feeling overwhelmed by challenges, problems, or adversities in your life? The Resilience group is a place that enables you to work through challenges and get back to life stronger and wiser. Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. via Zoom, facilitated by Rambhoru Dasi ACBSP, a certified Professional Chaplain and Crisis Counselor. Participation is confidential. For Zoom login info, message Rambhoru via WhatsApp: 703-727-5659.
Online Bhakti Shastri Course
Join an online Bhakti Shastri course taught by Mayapur Institute, starting May 29, 2021, from 7 PM IST / 8:30 AM ET
Visit www.mayapurinstitute.org to register.
Books: Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Sri Isopanishad, Nectar of Instruction & Nectar of Devotion
Class Duration: 2 Hours per Session
Class Schedule: Every Saturday & Sundays (2 Classes per Week)
Total Number of Classes: 70 Sessions
Course Duration: 10 Months
Location: Zoom or any other video-conferencing application
About the Course:
This course comprises an in-depth study of Bhagavad-Gītā, Śrī Īśopanisad, Nectar of Devotion, and Nectar of Instruction. It has been designed for devotees who have been seriously practicing Kṛṣṇa Consciousness for at least a year and have basic sastric knowledge and understanding.
A preliminary self-study guide is available once you have registered, to prepare ahead of each lesson.
- Chanting 16 rounds of Japa daily and following the four regulative principles.
- You must be recommended by an ISKCON authority who knows you well, certifying that you have been engaged favorably in the preaching mission of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for at least the previous 12 months.
- The Bhakti Sastri course requires students to have read Bhagavad Gita, Nectar of Devotion, Nectar of Instruction, Ishopanishad, and Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita before commencing the course. We can accept your registration on your assurance that you will have read these books at least once before coming for the course. This is required because the course is interactive and conducted as discussions and other group activities based on the books. So you must have read these books to be able to participate and fully benefit from the course.
- 18 years or above in age.
- Course fee of USD $171 (INR 12,501), non-refundable.
Please contact us if you have further questions.
Phone: +91 94746 65658
Email: [email protected]
Summary of Pandemic Protocols
In recent months we have been seeing escalating numbers of COVID virus spread. It is the responsibility of every devotee to know the risks, to wear a mask and social distance even within your home if you are getting together with other families. Here are our guidelines for testing and quarantining, if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive, or if you yourself or someone in your household tests positive.
The different types of testing are explained here with a simple chart. "Rapid antigen tests are more likely to miss an active coronavirus infection compared to molecular (NAAT or RT-PCR) also known as "lab" tests. Your health care provider may order a molecular test if your antigen test shows a negative result but you have symptoms of COVID-19."
Dr. Nila Madhava Dasa of Baltimore yatra recommends everyone keep in their home Zinc and Vitamin D and a pulse oximeter. If you become symptomatic with the COVID virus, take 24 mg Zinc and 10000 IU of Vitamin D right away. If your oxygen saturation is less than 95, you should go to the hospital.
It is really important that all positive cases or symptomatic persons notify anyone they have been in contact with so that they can also get their tests done. Even if you are young and your symptoms are not severe, someone in your family or someone you contact may not be so lucky, and no one wants to be responsible for making others sick.
Alachua temple is one of a handful of temples in North America that remain open with scheduled programs, and devotees from other areas want to come here now. We have restrictions in place for out-of-town visitors, so we request that you refer your friends to call the temple office to understand the protocol for visiting our temple. Please remind people you see at the temple that we require mask-wearing here at all times, especially in the temple room while chanting. People who will not wear a mask are asked to watch our programs through our Youtube live channel.
Procedures to Visit the Temple
Click here to read the details about the various darshan times, restrictions and protocols we are currently observing at the temple, including a video demonstrating the modified Sunday darshan. Here's a brief summary:
Throughout the week, the temple is open only during scheduled arati times, with a maximum capacity of 35 persons standing or sitting on physically distanced X marks. First come, first served. Everyone must wear a face mask in the temple room at all times and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between non-family members. Wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer before entering the temple room. Don't touch surfaces. Pay your respects (obeisances) while standing, and avoid bowing down on the floor at this time. Click here to read the Basic Rules for visiting the temple.
On Sundays we have a walk-through darshan from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, where you can come and pay your respects to Their Lordships, receive darshan, and pick up a prasad to-go box on your way out at the exit gate. Please don't socialize and linger on the property. Govinda's Gifts is open from 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM on Sundays, and at other times by appointment. Click here to read the detailed Sunday Darshan Protocol.
The temple closes at 7:00 PM each evening.
If you're feeling sick, stay home and get tested for COVID-19. (Click here for resources on getting tested in English and in Spanish.) If you're feeling sick, or if you've recently returned from international travel, airports, large metropolitan areas or any place with a high concentration of virus spread, please stay away from the temple for 10 days as a precaution. Our guards will ask you questions to this effect at the entrance gate. Thank you for your cooperation.
Temple Lunch: If you would like to get temple lunch prasad, come to the front entrance at 12:30 pm and our guard will place the prasad to-go meal box into your car. Donations accepted.
Class Schedule & Vaishnava Calendar
Week of February 23, 2021
TUE 23 - Sesa Dasa, SB 1.11.36
Ekadasi, fast for Lord Varaha
WED 24 - Akuti Devi Dasi, SB 1.11.37
App. of Lord Varaha
THU 25 - Prana Govinda Dasa, special class
Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day
FRI 26 - Chaturatma Dasa, SB 1.11.38
App. of Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura
SAT 27 - Puskara Dasa, CC Madhya Lila
SUN 28 - Nanda Devi Dasi, SF Lecture
MON 1 - Madhumati Devi Dasi, SB 1.11.39
TUE 2 - Sesa Dasa, SB 1.12.1
WED 3 - Vegavati Devi Dasi, SB 1.12.2
App. of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Disapp. of Sri Purusottama Dasa Thakura
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, where you will also find video recordings of previous classes; listen to audio recordings in our lecture archive.
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Dedicated to our ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
ISKCON Alachua Temple
17306 NW 112th Boulevard
Alachua, FL 32615
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
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