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NRR Calendars are in stock in the gift shop and lobby for $6 while supplies last.
LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?
Govinda's Gifts has everything for your Krishna conscious lifestyle. NEW! We are full up with new items including:
Come on in and check it out. Open Sunday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, We can open for you by appointment. As always, thank you for supporting the Deity seva in New Raman Reti by shopping at Govinda's Gifts.
- Women's Clothing
- Children's Clothing
- Men's Clothing
- Lots of new Tulasi mala
- Bedspreads, shawls, deities and deity clothing
- Jewelry PLUS
- A new line of 100% organic or wildcrafter Fragrance Oils
Our Store hours are Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment by calling the Temple Office at 386-462-2017.
We would like to thank the devotees for kindly sponsoring the Sunday Feast throughout the year. Feast sponsorships are available for January and February 2018. This is a wonderful and auspicious way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, births, and departed loved ones, and get the blessings of Krishna and His devotees. Please call the Temple Office at 386-462-2017
if you are interested or click this link.
- January 7, 2018 - Pravin Patel
- January 14, 2018 - Srikanya Karumuri; Radhika Niranjan; Sanka Das; Dinanth Mahatme in memory of his wife, Mera;
Vedamata devi dasi sweet rice in honor of Narada Muni das' 70th birthday
- January 21, 2018 - Guruprasada devi dasi in memory of her mother
- January 28, 2018 - Dr Kalia and Donna Sadashivan in honor of their grandchildren - Mirabai and Zigmund;
Sripati das & Revati dasi in honor of their son's birthday Yash
Guest Accomodations at Temple
Now you can spend a weekend or longer experiencing the peaceful spiritual life of our Hare Krishna farm community. We currently have one guest house with three bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 people.
The charge for the guest house is $120 per night. Individual rooms may also be rented, depending on the number in your party. The master bedroom with attached bath is $65/night,
the single room is $45/night and the bunk room is $49/night.
Breakfast and lunch are served at the Temple at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm, which are available to you if you are here at those times.
Please note that check-in is between 3-8 pm and check/-out is by 11 am. For reservations please call 386-462-2017 or
E-mail: email@example.com to check availability.
The morning sweets from our Deities can now be sponsored for a donation of $51.00. This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or an event. Please contact the Temple office at 386-462-2017, or see Saksi Gopal das for more information. You can also sponsor online by clicking this link.
TUESDAY EVENING CLASS Interactive discussion every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room. Topic will be the
systematic study of Srila Prabhupada's Caitanya Caritamrita, focusing on his key points from each purports in each chapter.
Please come and hear the class live in the temple room, or online at www.alachuatemple.com. Facilitator: Prana Govinda das. If you cannot attend, text your questions/thoughts/comments throughout class to 352 222 9696 .
FRIDAY NIGHT BHAJANS every Friday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room.
Anyone living alone who would like a daily check in by phone. Bhaktin Julia will call you each morning between 8 am and 10 am, and see how you are, if you have any needs today or this week. She can refer you on if you do have particular needs.
Please call or E-mail the Temple office to get on the phone list: 386-462-2017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a link for a COMPLETE LIST OF CLASSES available in the community.
New Family Room/Nursery at the Temple This space is a heated and cooled space for parents to take care of their babies and young children while listening to the Temple program via radio. Current open hours are festival evening programs and Sunday feasts when the gift shop is open. Additionally, a coded lockbox with a key inside is now installed on the building so parents can access this space during the daily morning program and festival morning programs.
HEART TO HEART: To stay informed about the health and well being of our community members, please let us know if you or someone you know is dealing with serious illness, hospitalization, surgeries, or other problems. Please call the Temple office at 386-462-2017 weekdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. At all other times you can leave a message.
In case of a mental illness emergency, follow this protocol.
Congratulations to Anapayini
and Radhanatha das Jakupko on the birth of a baby daughter Sridevi Gabriella Jakupko. She was born at home, weighing 7 lbs. 10 oz.
the morning of December 21st (winter solstice). She joins her older brother, Srinath Jakkupko at home. All blessings to this family.
Learn about our Cow Protection Program at our Face Book Page or our Web Site.
Learn about our Retired Cow Program at Save the Cow website. Remember, you can't have cow protection without a retired cow program. That's what it's all about!
Editor-in-Chief: Mukhya devi dasi
Editor/Production/Reporter: Mantrini devi dasi
Deity Photos: Mantrini devi dasi
Article Submission deadline:
1:00 p.m.Friday weekly
Send Temple-related articles/photos to: email@example.com
(The editors reserve the right to exclude or edit all submissions.)
| From the President's Desk
Good Time to Catch the Tax Benefits
of Donating to ISKCON
2017 is now over. But there’s still time to make a tax deductible financial contribution to ISKCON Alachua for 2018. As our temple continues to grow and develop, we have many plans for the years ahead. Giving in charity is good for the soul and gives much benefit to the giver. As Srila Prabhupada writes in Krishna Book (chapter 81), “What a devotee actually offers to the Lord is not needed by the Lord. He is self-sufficient. If the devotee offers something to the Lord, it acts for his own interest because whatever a devotee offers to the Lord comes back in a quantity a million times greater than what was offered. One does not become a loser by giving to the Lord, but he becomes a gainer by millions of times.” Here are some suggestions of current projects for your consideration:
Build a new Restrooms Building...The Temple has been operating with one men’s and one women’s toilet since its construction, and it’s become a dire problem with our large congregation and even bigger Sunday and festivals crowds. We are ready to break ground on the new restrooms, our collections are still short (total project $71,000)
Total Needed: $40,000.
New Book Room Shed...We need more space for storing Srila Prabhupada's book for our growing book distribution.
Total Needed: $4,000.
Guest Cottages ... We need more facility for more souls to take shelter at New Raman Reti and get the advantages of our wonderful spiritual program and sublime atmosphere. We are just a few weeks away from Development Review approval for the first set of 13 guest cottages. Let’s make this happen in 2018. 1, 650 sq. ft., 2B/1B cottage with living room and eating area and front porch,
Total Needed: $60,000.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Team ISKCON Alachua Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF)
THIS Saturday, January 20, 2018
The MSF is a fun way to do book distribution that gets everyone involved. These festivals are based on the strategy that it’s best to have a lot of devotees
each doing a little bit. Vaisesika dasa Link to a MSF article.
9.30 AM - Welcome and Opening Statements in the Temple room.
Group Bhagavat Gita reading (one chapter)
10:00 AM - Review of "Distributing a Gita on its Own merit"
10:30 AM - Rallying Speech by a Veteran Book distributor
10:45 AM - Team formation and Departure for Sankirtan in Gainesville
2:30 PM - Lunch prasadam at the Temple pavilion.
Sharing of sankirtan realizations
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: You may register online here. You may also register at the Lobby Book Table on Tuesday (7:30- 9:30 AM.) or Sundays (5:00 -8:00 PM)
Each person attending must register separately. To make a donation towards the festival, click here.
Sri Vrindavana devi dasi reporting
Sri Advaita Acharya's Appearance Day
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, is the auspicious Appearance Day of Sri Advaita Acharya. Fasting until noon. Special morning class.
Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day
Monday, January 29, 2018
"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 on Monday, January 29, 2018
- 4:30 a.m. - Mangal Arati
- 7:20 a.m. - Guru Puja
- 8:00 a.m. - Deity Greeting - Bhajana by the Krishna Sharanam Students of Bhaktivedanta Academy
- 8:15 a.m. - Announcements
- 8:20 a.m. - Nityananda song by Audarya and Madhurya Bhavan students, Bhaktivedanta Academy
- 8:30 a.m. - Special Morning Class
- 9:30 a.m. - Abhisheka - all participate
- 12:00 noon - Raj Bhoga Arati
- 4:15 p.m. - Dhupa Arati
- 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Kirtan Procession around the Temple with Sri Sri Gaura Nitai
- 6:00 p.m. - Homa - Fire Yajna
- 6:30 p.m. - Sundara Arati
- 7:00 p.m. - Prasadam Feast
TO PREPARE WONDERFUL FEAST PRASADAM FOR THESE AUSPICIOUS DAYS WE NEED YOUR KIND DONATIONS. OUR COOKS ARE STANDING BY WAITING FOR THEIR ASSIGNMENTS. ALTAR DECORATIONS AND SPECIAL FLOWER GARLANDS CAN BE MADE IF YOU
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Maha Harinama Event, Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa
Please join in for a maha harinama event Saturday, January 27, 2018, leaving the Temple parking lot at 9:30 a.m. sharp. Be home about 4:00 PM. We will rent two vans to get us there as a group, sign up on the bulletin board, first come first serve. The harinam will be in one spot for the day, and we'll all take Ekadasi prasad together about 2:00 PM.
The GASPARILLA PIRATE FESTIVAL in Tampa attracts 200,000 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, Please let Krishna Kesava das know if you are coming. The more the merrier. PLEASE COME.
Krishna Kesava das reporting
Temple Volunteer Services
Listing Online and in Temple Room
Please check out our new feature the Volunteer Temple Services Board.
If you've ever wanted to do some temple seva but didn't know what was available to choose from, now you will.
All of our department heads will make updates with special projects, short and long term services you can jump into at your convenience.
For now you can choose from helping with Deity Seva, the Eco Farm, our Organic Gardens, and Radharani's Kitchen.
Keep checking for updates, or come over anytime when you can to strengthen your relationship with Krishna through service. Here is the Online Listing.
Eco Farm Seva! Cow Barn Cleanup and Fix the Fence Day
THIS Sunday, January 21, 2018.
10:00 AM a t the Eco Farm goshala.
Family fun at the Eco Farm helping the cow committee keep up with maintenance, everyone most welcome to dig in and help!
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
NEW! Free Bhaktivedanta Vedic Library
Stream or Download Srila Prabhupada's Audiobooks
The heart of the Bhaktivedanta Vedic Library is a comprehensive offering of
Srila Prabhupada's books and teachings presented in audio form,
available to be streamed or downloaded, free of charge. Some of the offerings to be found include:
o Video Previews of Krsna Book Stories in Srila Prabhupada’s own Words (meant to promote the books)
o How and Why to Offer Your Food - Prasadam Cooking Videos
o Videos - Teaching Prayers by Chanting Along with Srila Prabhupada
o Video Presentations on the Basics of Diety Worship in the Home
o Video Series of Topical Srila Prabhupada Lectures
Please use this wonderful resource in your home and in your preaching. LINK.
Mantrini devi dasi reporting
Thank You to the Allin Family
For Donating Palm Trees that Line Temple Entrance
Thank You to the Allin Family - Tosan Krsna das, Madhuryalila devi dasi, Gaura-Shakti Allin, Govinda Allin, Naveen Allin (and their spouses) for donating the palm trees that line the front entrance to the temple. This beautiful and long lasting landscape feature was donated by the family in memory of their dear Sunita devi dasi, wife, mother and friend to many. We appreciate their generosity and thoughtfulness.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Community Development Initiative
The CDI team would like to thank all those who attended the first Community Development Conference on December 3, 2017. Everyone seems to have been inspired by the focus on strengthening relationships within the community and identifying focus areas that could be improved upon.
We have resumed our weekly meetings in preparation for the next event.
During the conference we announced that Conference 2 would potentially be held on January 14, 2018, however, in order to strategize and organize the best way ahead; the team needs more time, and we expect we should have the next community conference ready within the next few months.
Please stay tuned for more information as we work our way forward.
For the Temple
A SECURITY TEAM IS FORMING: Harinamananda das is forming a Security Team for the Temple; he will oversee and train devotees interested in doing this service to help protect our community especially during our larges festivals and the Sunday program.
If you are interested in being part of this service or learning more about it, please contact Harinamananda prabhu at 786-897-2411 or by email