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What's Happening This Week

Urmila devi dasi will be visiting in our community April 16-21, 2015. She will be offering three seminars in the Temple room, Friday, Saturday, and Monday at 7:00 p.m. after arati. Click here for more information.

As part of our Eco Teaching Farm we are offering a short seminar on the basics of beekeeping, this Saturday, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. In this course, you will learn about the workings of honeybees and what it takes to be a small scale beekeeper. Click here for more information.

Professional Advanced Directive Assistance
Saturday, April 18, 2015

We are happy to host professionals in the field of making Advanced Directive on Saturday April 18, 2015, at the Alachua Learning Center. Anne Meiring of Shands Hospital and Jackie Hart of Haven Hospice will make a presentation to our community about creating our own Advanced Directives. Planning for our final chapter of life involves getting many material decisions made beforehand. Planning ahead or laying out a road map lets our transitioning from this mortal world move more smoothly while not leaving our loved ones in crisis or grappling with unknowable but important issues on their own. Getting our wishes made clear on paper will also give us peace of mind, so that we can focus more on our spiritual departure.

This event will kick off the Advanced Directives enrollment process and our Devotee Care group (Ashraya) will staff a table for 2-3 weeks at the Sunday feast, and then just once a month thereafter, until we get the majority of the community enrolled.

Tulasi Seva at New Raman Reti
Our Tulasi Devi Plantation Prepares for Warmer Weather

As Spring approaches, we are making plans for this year's outdoor greenhouse for our 500+ Tulasi plants. She needs more of an outdoor/indoor approach, and we would like to do that by building a 12' x 24' screened and roofed-in extension on the existing pole barn. We will need to create level flooring under this roof also to facilitate watering and cleanliness. There have been many improvements made to our winter service for Tulasi's indoor greenhouse, and we want to provide the same high standard of care in her outdoor residence. This will result in a more secure and safe environment for Tulasi devi to thrive in. The current plan is a good one and will give us maximum results for minimum investment. Please help with our Tulasi seva.

Click below to make a donation.

Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
Click here to watch a short documentary about the ToVP on ISKCON News.

Prison Ministry Update
April 2015

Madan Mohan das has seen a marked growth in the Krsna consciousness of a group of inmates in Raiford Prison near Starke, Florida in the last three years. Since the weekly preaching program was started there in 2012, himself, Saranga Thakur das and Krishna Kesava das have been cultivating a small group of prisoners with kirtan, Bhagavad Gita discussion, japa, and prasadam. "They are a captive audience," Madan Mohan prabhu reports. "Also, they are very motivated and therefore making rapid advancement, considering we only see them two hours a week. All are chanting and reading Srila Prabhupada's books daily. Some have inquired about initiation, seeing the need for it."

The program starts with a ten minute "warm up," where the prisoners have a chance to share and discuss any pressing issues. Then there is a short kirtan, where all are standing and some dancing and jumping very happily. Outside prisoners who are walking by sometimes look in and watch in wonder. Then Bhagavad Gita is read, guided by their questions. At the end prasadam is served in the form of energy bars, since there are heavy regulations about bringing anything in; every food item must be factory sealed. Everyone feels greatly enlivened by the end of the two hours. Each time the devotees enter the prison they must go through at least four check points with sliding bar doors, and then personal search points and metal detectors. It is a very serious and heavily regulated place, where the guards are often yelling at the inmates and no tolerance is displayed for any kind of nonsense.

Madan Mohan prabhu is happy to spread Krishna consciousness in this way, and hopes that Srila Prabhupada would be pleased. He feels right in his element preaching to these jivas who are so appreciative of every little thing that is done for them, and who are genuinely interested to hear. "They are so nice to us, and when I tell them that, they all say there is another side to them that is quite different. So at least for two hours every week they act like real saints. The seeds are planted and they are changing right before our eyes."

Go Raksha Dharma Cow Protection

The New Raman Reti Goshala’s primary concern is to glorify and protect the sacred cow whose presence is always supremely pleasing to Lord Krishna. Everything that the cow produces is for the benefit of mankind and yet this all-giving animal is ignored, abused and exploited in modern society. Through the experience of a functioning goshala, we will be able to educate people about the value of the gentle, magnanimous cow and the importance of oxen in farming.

Please support this great effort. We have raised 2/3 of the needed funds to build the Goshala, only $30K remaining and we can begin. Click here to support the program, or quickly donate below.

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The entrance walls to the Eco Teaching Farm are now complete. Hand made of cobb on a base of local rocks covered in tinted hempcrete and embellished with charming dancing cows, we pray that this lovely entrance way will usher in the new Goshala Barn for Krishna's milking cows.

Back to Godhead Magazine
Subscription Drive

Srila Prabhupada saw Back to Godhead magazine as the fulfillment of his request to "Study my books scrutinizingly and then give the purports in your own words." He was of course the first writer, printer, and distributor of Back to Godhead magazine, and encouraged his disciples to distribute it widely. In the early days of ISKCON, disciples went door to door with the magazine, and every harinama party had someone selling magazines to interested passersby. In those days Back to Godhead magazine was termed "the backbone of ISKCON." It was our first "book" for educating the general public on Krishna consciousness.

As times changed, sales have waned, and today there is a concentrated effort to invigorate distribution. The magazine is particularly geared for devotees and our large extended congregational members. You'll find interesting news from around the ISKCON world, relevant questions and answers, articles that delve into Vaishnava philosophy, and lots of gorgeous glossy photos.

Subscription Drive: Every temple in North America has been asked to commit to 30 new subscriptions a year for the next two years to give the magazine the financial base it requires to keep printing. If you don't currently subscribe, you can do so in our Temple Gift Shop, and at the book tent every Sunday. Single current issues are always for sale in the Gift Shop. As an offering to Srila Prabhupada for the 50th anniversary of ISKCON BTG hopes to show 10k subscriptions.
Guest Accomodations at Temple

We have a three- bedroom home that can accommodate up to six people comfortably. You can reserve just the master suite with attached bath ($60/night), one or both of the smaller rooms with shared bath ($40 per room/night) or the entire house ($100/night). There is a kitchen and living room, and breakfast and lunch served at the Temple is included. For reservations please call 386-462-2017 or E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability. More photos.

ISKCON Alachua Community Business Directory
Advertise Your Business/Service Today

COMING SOON, THE ISKCON ALACHUA COMMUNITY BUSINESS DIRECTORY: If you have a business or service you would like to let the devotee community know about, we would like to list your information in our new Business Directory. A simple one or two line item is free. Bold print with your information highlighted is $25. Business card sized ads, as well as a half page or full page ad are available. Click here to download a form. You may E-mail, fax or bring it over to the Temple Office.

Caring for Devotees

We are happy to announce our new website "Caring For Devotees," a part of our NRR Devotee CARE efforts. Click here to read more.


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