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Srila Prabhupada: The Founder-Acarya of ISKCON
An Important New Book Written by Ravindra Svarupa Das

Srila Prabhupada book

This work, Srila Prabhupada: The Founder- Acarya of ISKCON, authored by Ravindra Svarupa das, is officially endorsed by ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC). The GBC requests all devotees and friends of ISKCON to give deep and careful attention to this work. To do so will broaden our collective understanding of, and appreciation for, the position of Srila Prabhupada and his unique role in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Srila Prabhupada did not simply carry the message of Lord Caitanya and Lord Krishna to us. While that in itself is a glorious task, Srila Prabhupada, as our Founder- Acarya, created the very foundation, function and vision of ISKCON as a global community aiming for the "respiritualization of the entire human society." Srila Prabhupada’s role, as you will read, is ongoing. His presence is to be felt in the life of every ISKCON devotee today and in the lives of devotees many centuries into the future. Understanding how Srila Prabhupada is in the center of our lives and our society, and knowing how to keep him in that essential role, is the purpose of this text. As His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami writes in the Foreword, "This book is not meant for casual reading, but for implementation."

You may download this book as a PDF file.

New Barn Project Begun
Part of Eco Teaching Farm Project

Barn Project

Please go to our facebook page Save The Cow Build A Barn, like our page, share it with your friends, and follow the link to our indiegogo fundraising page and make a donation. Building a barn in the Eco Teaching Farm field directly behind the Bhaktivedana Academy is the first step in bringing milking cows to our temple. This will enable us to not only offer fresh pure milk from protected cows, who can live out their natural lives in a safe healthy environment, but it will allow us to teach others about the importance and extreme value of the cow. Our children will see first hand how simple living - agriculture and cow protection, combined with a spiritual program - is a viable lifestyle. We need your help to get started. Every $108 builds a square foot of the barn. You can track our progress towards the goal on the Big Barn Poster in the temple room. Please click here to make your donation.


WELL DRILLING: We need to drill a well that would serve the needs of the Eco Farm and the Guest Cottages. We have a sponsor for the solar well pump and for the windmill (this will be a hybrid system) for bringing up water. Drilling the well will run about $2,500. Bringing water for the cows and for our guests is a very auspicious service. Please consider donating below to help us accomplish our next step.


Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Book

Srila Prabhupada Vyasa-puja book - a collection of homages to Srila Prabhupada from devotees and temples all over the world is available in pdf format. 
Click here to get your Vyasa-Puja digital copy. 

Caring for Devotees
New Website Called "Caring for Devotees" As a Part of NRR Devotee CARE Efforts:
We are happy to announce our new website, called "Caring For Devotees" a part of our NRR Devotee CARE efforts, Click here to read more. 


Festival of Colors - Holi
Responses from our festival

Festival of Colors

Photo courtesy of DKreate Photography, at www.facebook.com/dkreate.photography, and website: dkreatephotography.com

Go to Festival of Colors Facebook and Gainesville Sun to see what everyone's saying about Saturday's Holi Festival of Colors.

Service Opportunity
Addition to Srila Prabhupada's Vyasasana


Akuti devi dasi and Indradyumna das, both expert craftsmen, have designed and will build a long awaited carved umbrella to go over Srila Prabhupada's Vyasasan, to replace the lovingly hand made but cockeyed cloth umbrella we now have. This structure will fit in as one with the existing carved Vyasasana, yet be removable for special festival decorations. It includes hand carving, a new marble base around the existing Vyasasana. This will give us a more grand structure that will last for generations to come. Akuti and Indradyumna prabhus are donating their time in service to His Divine Grace. The materials cost is $2,000. Click here to contribute.


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.

New Goshalla for NRR

Evening Program with His Holiness Devamrita Swami
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Devamrita Swami

We previously published the incorrect date of this program to be Wednesday, April 16. The correct date is Tuesday, April 15. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We are happy to welcome HH Devamrita Swami to New Raman Reti. Maharaja will only be in town a few days and we will share his association with the Krishna House. So don't miss his evening program Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm in the temple room.

Devamrita Swami's GBC responsibilities include overseeing preaching Krishna consciousness in Australia and New Zealand--where he spends five months of the year, as well as northwestern Russia, South Africa, Hawaii, and the Gita-nagari farm project in Pennsylvania. Beyond those areas of spiritual responsibility, he travels far and wide, especially in North America, Europe, and India.

An author published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, he has to date written Searching for Vedic India and Perfect Escape. Among his many services to his spiritual master His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, he focuses on arranging nontraditional settings for Western audiences to approach bhakti; challenging young Indian students and professionals to penetrate the veil of religious belief and religious myth; and advocating spiritually-based economics, sustainability, and environmentalism.

Ratha-Yatras for 2014
Book Distribution and Harinam Opportunities Coming Up


St. Augustine Ratha-yatra Festival -
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Tallahassee Ratha-yatra Festival -
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Clearwater Beach Ratha-yatra Festival -
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Daytona Beach Ratha-yatra Festival -
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Tampa Ratha-yatra Festival -
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Jacksonville Beach Ratha-yatra Festival
- Saturday, August 23, 2014

For up to date information on rathayatras, like us on Facebook and check out our website.

Bhaktivedanta Academy Now Enrolling

BANA Enrollment

Bhaktivedanta Academy is currently accepting admissions for the 2014-15 school year. Find out more information at their website.

ISKCON Alachua Community Business Directory
Advertise Your Business/Service Today

Business Directory

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.

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Temple Tour

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