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 Facebook or on the ISKCON Toronto Youtube channel.
July 5, 10:00 AM EST: Overcoming Mental health Challenges in Spiritual Life, wth Citi-Shakti Devi Dasi, a disciple of H.H Bhakti Tirtha Swami based in London, UK. She serves as a preacher, mentor & sangha leader. In her endeavours to make Krishna consciousness available to as many as possible, she reaches a broad variety of people including celebrities, politicians, healthcare professionals and students. Link: https://www.facebook.com/gbcspt
July 12, 1:00 PM EST, Prabhupada disciple and senior Grihastha Vision Team member, Mother Krishnanandini will share her lifetime of experiences raising a family of 10 children in Krishna consciousness. To be broadcast via live video stream on ISKCON Alachua’s Facebook page and Youtube channel. Relevant questions and comments will be relayed.
Online Shastra Courses offered through various ISKCON educational institutions have been compiled in one convenient location, at the following website: http://www.iskconcourses.com/
The GBC Strategic Planning Team hosts weekly online talks, discussions, webinars on a variety of topics, featuring senior devotees and experts from around the ISKCON world. Check their Facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/gbcspt/events/
Participate in the above live events, and watch videos of past events, at the main GBC SPT Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gbcspt/
The Sanga Initiative (TSI) will be offering a 3-day online retreat for youth and young adults with the theme, Seeking Eternal Shelter, July 17-19, 2020, including seminars, sangas, and enlightening discussions with various guest speakers. Explore how to seek the eternal shelter (at home, of course) of our acharyas and their teachings. Register here…
Srimad-Bhagavatam: A Comprehensive Guide for Young Readers, a series of study guide books with curriculum by Aruddha Devi Dasi to help parents teach their children the Srimad-Bhagavatam in engaging, interactive ways, great for engaging home-bound children in devotional activities during school closures. For more information, see this article on ISKCON News.
Tune in to ISKCON Towaco, New Jersey, for evening inspirational lectures by VIP guest speakers from around the world, Mondays through Saturdays, 8:00 PM eastern, and Sundays at 6:00 PM. Here’s their Facebook page with schedule of upcoming speakers, and Zoom link info.
KC Parenting Resources: watch videos and read informative articles with helpful tips on how to parent toddlers to teenagers in Krishna consciousness, provided by Gopi Gita Devi Dasi, regional secretary of the ISKCON Ministry of Education and vice principal at TKG academy in Dallas, Texas.
Listen to the Sankirtan On! podcast which aims to inspire listeners by sharing best practices, experiences and realizations of book distributors from around the world. In addition to hosting interviews, the team also publishes inspiring sankirtan stories. Devotees can send their stories as a voice recording either via email or WhatsApp. Tune-in via: plinkhq.com/i/1492754670 or https://soundcloud.com/user-651084305/ep06-interview-with-hg-radheshyam-das | Share your sankirtan stories: Send audio recordings of your interactions to firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp at https://wa.me/16477679669.
Keep your mental health. Watch this video by Prabhupada disciple Rambhoru Devi Dasi, director at Karuna Care Education, offering practical suggestions for dealing with stress, anxiety or loneliness. How to live in the moment and not catastrophize. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=918201008620377
Listen to the Hare Krishna Community Radio Show, hosted by Sudharma Devi Dasi, bringing you devotional songs and meditations to enrich your heart and soul. Stream episodes from your laptop or mobile device at https://alachuatemple.com/radio/
The Bhaktivedanta Players have made their entire collection of theatrical play soundtracks (KC stories with narration and actor’s voices) available for free listening during the pandemic. Hours upon hours of devotional Krishna conscious entertainment for the entire family. Click here to have a listen…
ISKCON Ministry of Education is offering resources to inspire and establish online reading groups. You can join an existing reading group, or host your own: https://iskconeducation.org/books-are-the-basis/
Take ISKCON Communication’s 30-day Digital Preacher Challenge course and learn how to use various online tools and platforms to spread Krishna consciousness in every town and village with an Internet connection.
Listen to Dhruva Maharaja Das’s readings of Gaudiya Vaishnava acharya’s books, delivered via podcasts at https://anchor.fm/dhruva-maharaja-dasa
Watch our ISKCON Alachua daily morning program and classes live, along with videos of previous classes, at our temple YouTube channel (remember to subscribe): youtube.com/alachuatemple
Listen to a treasure trove of past classes and lectures in our ISKCON Alachua temple lecture archives.
Janaki & Eshaan’s The Art of Happiness, a YouTube channel for Krishna Kids.
“Singing with your Children to Krishna” videos posted by Nila Madhava D.D., who grew up in ISKCON’s gurukulas: https://www.facebook.com/nila.raisz
Watch Srila Prabhupada’s biography, the “Abhay Charan” series
Got an idea for activities to add to this collection? Let us know.