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Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day
This Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Sri Nityananda Prabhu's face is more beautiful and cooling than the autumnal moon. The effulgence coming out from His body is supremely beautiful. He always moves like a mad elephant, since He is always intoxicated with krishna-prema (love of God). He is always mad after krishna-prema. His body is completely pure spiritual energy. He always has a smiling face. His eyes are very fickle, moving to and fro. His lotus hand always holds a glowing staff. Yes, that is Sri Nityananda, who by the beating of that staff, destroys all our reactions of Kali-yuga. We should take shelter of Sri Nityananda and cry for the mercy of Sri Nityananda! He is the root of krishna-prema bhakti-kalpa-taru, the root of the tree of loving devotion unto Krishna. I do my bhajana of Lord Nityananda, the very root of the krishna-bhakti-vrksa."
Sri-Nityanandastaka by Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura

Nitai-pada-kamala, koti-chandra susitala
"The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are cooling like a million moons."

The following is the schedule for the day: (fasting until noon)

  • 4:30 a.m. - Mangal Arati
  • 7:20 a.m. - Guru Puja
  • 8:00 a.m. - Deity Greeting - New Outfit
  • 8:30 a.m. - Special Morning Class
  • 9:30 a.m. - Abhisheka - all participate
  • 12:00 noon - Raj Bhoga Arati
  • 4:15 p.m. - Arati and Maha Kirtan
  • 5:00 p.m. - Lecture on the glories of Lord Nityananda
  • 6:00 p.m. - Procession to Yajnasala and Homa
  • 6:30 p.m. - Sundara Arati
  • 7:00 p.m. - Prasadam Feast

To prepare wonderful feast prasadam for these auspicious days we need your contributions. Our cooks are standing by waiting for their assignments. Altar decorations and special flower garlands can be made if you donate now. Please click below to be part of the festival.

North American Temple President Meeting 2015

The annual Temple President meetings were just held in Dallas temple, Sri Radha Kalachandji dhama, the week of January 22, 2015. There were about 65 ISKCON leaders in attendance, as well as all of the North American GBCs. The devotees in Dallas did a marvelous hosting job and were everywhere at the service of their guests. The prasadam, three amazing meals a day, was outstanding. They gave us all a good lesson on serving the Vaisnavas. The conference was three and a half days, filled with inspiration. I hope this little summary will inspire you too.

ISKCON 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: The Joy of Devotion. Planning now for next year 2016 celebrations. Mission: engage the public to better understand, appreciate, and receive the many benefits and values of Krishna Consciousness, to give the public the joy of devotion. It will bring the community together to honor our Founder-Acharya.

  • It is a big milestone, many big companies have not made it thru 50 years.
  • ISKCON is accepted as a bona fide representation of Vedic values and spiritualties
  • Outreach skp and book distribution is increasing
  • ISKCON is stable and growing around the world
  • This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate this big milestone
  • Good prospects to bring in more devotees
  • Opportunity to focus on positive and help avoid mistakes of past
  • May be a chance to bring in devotees of Srila Prabhupada who are outside of the movement now
  • Promote legacy of Srila Prabhupada
  • Show our gratitude to Srila Prabhupada
  • We are here to stay and looking forward to next fifty years. MORE.

News From the Eco Teaching Farm
Bhaktivedanta Academy Students Help Plant Fruit Trees

The Bhaktivedanta Academy students from Shanti Day's class came out last week to help plant the first section of the fruit orchard. The students planted 15 trees including pear, persimmon, peach and plum, and learned some basic principles of dormant planting, where the plant's roots shoot downwards, and the tree is prevented from budding. In two years or so the students will see the fruit of their work, literally. Now that the fruit trees are in they need watering. This can be easily accomplished by drip irrigation lines, which can be put down and connected to our new water tower tank. BUT the solar well pump needs to be hooked up to the new well and the solar panels installed by an experienced person. This will run about $1000, please click here to contribute to bring water to Krishna's fruits and flowers.

Maha Harinama Event, Saturday, January 31, 2015
The Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa

Please join in for a maha harinama event Saturday, January 31, 2015, leaving the Temple parking lot at 9:30 a.m. sharp. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board which is on the men's side veranda. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa attracts 500,000 visitors, and we plan to have a harinama party chanting along the boardwalk as the crowd lines up to view the parade. It has been a wonderful event for spreading the holy names each year we have attended, and this year we'll chant from 12 noon to 2:30 pm. at the entrance by Howard Avenue. This is a great opportunity to spread the holy names around and distribute books and prasadam. Please come. We leave our parking lot by caravan at 9:30 a.m. Please consider bringing your car to take devotees or help to sponsor gas and parking. We may also need extra drivers for this event.

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.

Sponsorship Options

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.
Upcoming Courses with Laxmimoni Devi Dasi

Laxmimoni Devi Dasi will be teaching the ISKCON Disciple Course and Teacher Training 1&2 in the Bhakti Bhavan building located at the back of the temple property. For more information, and to register and pay online, click here.

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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