Tuesday, December 1, 2020

ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Weekly Temple Newsletter

Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundara, and Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama

Hare Krishna! Tune in for a Nectar Talks live interview with Sesa Dasa and Madhumati Devi Dasi on Wednesday. Sponsor a case of books and help Team ISKCON Alachua (TIA) distribute 1080 Bhagavad-gitas this month. Have some fun with the family by joining the World Gita Day art contest. Help us troubleshoot why some of your friends are not receiving this newsletter. And get a sneak preview of how we plan to usher in the New Year safely. For details, please read on...

Thank You To Our Helpers

Thank you to the devotees who attended the temple room doors every day for the whole month of Kartika: Madhumati DD, Shyamamandali DD and Sri Ram Govinda Dasa, along with their teams They made our "Pandemic System" work flawlessly, keeping everyone happy all the while. They were perfect hosts and keepers of the rules, so that all the devotees could enjoy a truly wonderful Kartika experience.

Gita Jayanti is Friday, December 25th this year. We will hold our annual reading of all verses of Srimad Bhagavad Gita via Zoom, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Please log in and join us, it will be a very enlivening experience, and help send the auspicious sound vibrations all around the world.

New Year's Eve midnight arati will be cancelled. However, you can come for arati throughout the day. The temple room will close after the 6:30 p.m. arati. At 7:00 p.m. we will hold a fire yajna outside and everyone can come, chairs will be socially distanced. Let's bring in 2021 with prayers and hope for a great year ahead.

Mukhya Devi Dasi

It takes everyone who loves our temple to cooperate with our protocols and help enforce them, for us to keep our doors open. Thank you to everyone complying, for serving, and for contributing to keep ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna temple thriving even in the midst of a pandemic.


Wednesday, December 2: Nectar Talks, Episode 2

Live Interview with Sesa Dasa & Madhumati Devi Dasi

Nectar Talks Episode 2: Interview with Sesa and Madhumati

Welcome back to “Nectar Talks”, New Raman Reti’s very own live talk show. Hopefully, you had a chance to view our introductory Episode 1. In this upcoming live episode, we introduce you to our first mini series: New Raman Reti Couples. Amrita-Keli and Namamrita will interview our dearly loved Madhumati Devi Dasi and Sesa Dasa. Hear from this dynamic duo, and get to know them more personally live on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. EST. Tune in on ISKCON Alachua's Facebook page, YouTube channel, or, if you'd like to participate in the Q&A at the end of the show, log on to the Zoom meeting via ID 670 694 2056.


Gita Jayanti - Distribute Bhagavad-Gitas

Gita Jayanti will be celebrated on December 25, 2020, commemorating the day Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita. ISKCON is aiming to inundate the world with the treasure house of Bhagavad-gita via a "Live To Give" campaign. The collective goal is to distribute two million Bhagavad-gitas worldwide, see the campaign video.

Team ISKCON Alachua's goal is to distribute 1,080 Gitas this December. Please purchase or sponsor Bhagavad-gitas! Sponsored Gitas will be distributed on your behalf in motels, hospitals, neighborhood gift-giving, on Harinama, etc.

A fire yajña will be conducted at Kurukshetra (India) on Gita Jayanti and special prayers will be chanted for sponsors of a case of Gitas. Here at the Alachua temple we will hold a New Year's Eve fire yajña and the names of all the Gita marathon participants will be read out that evening to invoke auspiciousness for them and their families. In addition, a special gift from Jagannatha Puri has been arranged for those who buy or sponsor a case of Gitas.

1 case of hardbound Bhagavad-gitas (16 copies) - $101

1 case of softbound Bhagavad-gitas (24 copies) - $72

Other language Gitas are also available (Spanish, Hindi, Telugu, Gujarati, Arabic, etc.) We can also ship the case(s) for you; extra shipping may accrue. The temple lobby book room is open every Sunday from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. to serve you. Or, visit the temple website to pay for your case(s). Please write details in the payment memo during the checkout on how you would like your books to be distributed, or how you would like to pick them up:


For more information, please contact srivrndavanadd@gmail.com or nandini.kishori@gmail.com.


Art Contest for World Gita Day


It's time to get your creative hat on! Get out your brushes, pens and cameras for the Empowered by Gita Global Contest, part of the World Gita Day. Age categories from 3 to adults. Winners and runner-ups will get an exclusive BBT swag bag, plus get their work featured on the World Gita Day Global event website. Get creating right away as the deadline is on December 17th. Click here for submission details.

Art Contest

Prabhupada Disciples Book

If you are a disciple of Srila Prabhupada living in our New Raman Reti community and would like to be included in the commemorative book we are compiling, please contact Sri Devi Dasi - sridevi@alachuatemple.com.


Writers Wanted

We are looking for anyone who likes to write, to submit articles for our newsletter about topics of interest such as What's Happening on the Eco Farm, The Temple Gardens, Who's Who at New Raman Reti (devotee profiles), Who's New at New Raman Reti, etc. Contact mukhyadd@alachuatemple.com if you are interested. 


Now streaming on Amazon Prime Video:

HARE KRISHNA! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All

Watch it, share it with friends and co-workers, glorify Srila Prabhupada on his disappearance day and beyond. The movie is free on Amazon for Prime members in the US, UK, Germany and Japan. We are working on opening up other countries where Amazon operates. Together, let's make a push to glorify Srila Prabhupada! 

Hoping you are well and safe! 

Your servants,

Yadubara Dasa 

Visakha Dasi


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New Ceiling Fans Needed

old ceiling fans at ISKCON Alachua temple

It's time to replace the fans and light fixtures in our temple room. They are over 20 years old and, at this point, many of them aren't working anymore. You could say they have done their duty. It will cost about $3000 to replace and install ten new ceiling fans, and you can take part in helping us get this done. Click below to give a donation towards this much needed improvement.


Online Sanga Events

Broadcast on ISKCON Alachua's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Zoom login information, when applicable, will be shared on our ISKCON Alachua Devotees Facebook group. All times are in ET (Eastern Time).

Daily Srimad-Bhagavatam Class by various speakers from the temple room, 8:00 - 8:45 AM. See Class Schedule posted below.

Every Thursday, 5:00-6:00 pm, Bhagavad-Gita reading and discussion with H.H. Bhaktimarga Swami.

You'll find recordings of previous live video events at our ISKCON Alachua Temple YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/alachuatemple.

For recordings from the recent Festival of the Holy Name, check here:

FoHN Facebook | FoHN YouTube


The ISKCON GBC Strategic Planning Team will be hosting the following inspirational online events this week:

Dec 1, 9:30 a.m. EST, Prabhupada Marathon Mahatmya, the nectar of book distribution, with Navina Nirada Dasa.

Dec 6, 10:00 a.m. EST, Frontline with COVID-19, with Krishnadasa Kaviraja Dasa, one of the unsung heroes who has put his own life on the line to help others during this pandemic.

For details and live broadcasts, see their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gbcspt/


Weekly Resilience Drop-In Group: Feeling overwhelmed by challenges, problems, or adversities in your life? The Resilience group is a place that enables you to work through challenges and get back to life stronger and wiser. Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. via Zoom, facilitated by Rambhoru Dasi ACBSP, a certified Professional Chaplain and Crisis Counselor. Participation is confidential. For Zoom login info, message Rambhoru via WhatsApp: 703-727-5659.


Alachua County Housing CARES CRF Application

Alachua County has received additional COVID-19 relief funds for individuals that have had a direct impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This impact includes but not limited to reduced hours, been laid off, and or tested positive for COVID-19 and are having difficulties in paying their household expenses.


Alachua County Housing CARES CRF (Coronavirus Relief Funds) application is for residents that live outside the city limits of Gainesville, but within Alachua County. This application is COVID-19 relief assistance for rent, mortgage, and utilities only.


The core criteria to apply is:


• Must be a primary resident of the unincorporated Alachua County. (Residents that live within the city limits of Gainesville are not eligible.) This includes all additional municipalities within Alachua County

• Must be 18 years of age

• Cannot utilize funds to duplicate funding received from State Housing Initiative Partnership Funds (SHIP)

• Had a direct impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic


Below is the application link to apply for the Alachua County Housing CARES CRFs. The application deadline is December 15 or once all funds have been exhausted.


Application Link:




Summary of Pandemic Protocols

In recent months we have been seeing escalating numbers of COVID virus spread. It is the responsibility of every devotee to know the risks, to wear a mask and social distance even within your home if you are getting together with other families. Here are our guidelines for testing and quarantining, if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive, or if you yourself or someone in your household tests positive.

The different types of testing are explained here with a simple chart. "Rapid antigen tests are more likely to miss an active coronavirus infection compared to molecular (NAAT or RT-PCR) also known as "lab" tests. Your health care provider may order a molecular test if your antigen test shows a negative result but you have symptoms of COVID-19."

Dr. Nila Madhava Dasa of Baltimore yatra recommends everyone keep in their home Zinc and Vitamin D and a pulse oximeter. If you become symptomatic with the COVID virus, take 24 mg Zinc and 10000 IU of Vitamin D right away. If your oxygen saturation is less than 95, you should go to the hospital.

It is really important that all positive cases or symptomatic persons notify anyone they have been in contact with so that they can also get their tests done. Even if you are young and your symptoms are not severe, someone in your family or someone you contact may not be so lucky, and no one wants to be responsible for making others sick.

Alachua temple is one of a handful of temples in North America that remain open with scheduled programs, and devotees from other areas want to come here now. We have restrictions in place for out-of-town visitors, so we request that you refer your friends to call the temple office to understand the protocol for visiting our temple. Please remind people you see at the temple that we require mask-wearing here at all times, especially in the temple room while chanting. People who will not wear a mask are asked to watch our programs through our Youtube live channel.


Procedures to Visit the Temple

Click here to read the details about the various darshan times, restrictions and protocols we are currently observing at the temple, including a video demonstrating the modified Sunday darshan. Here's a brief summary:

Throughout the week, the temple is open only during scheduled arati times, with a maximum capacity of 35 persons standing or sitting on physically distanced X marks. First come, first served. Everyone must wear a face mask in the temple room at all times and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between non-family members. Wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitizer before entering the temple room. Don't touch surfaces. Pay your respects (obeisances) while standing, and avoid bowing down on the floor at this time. Click here to read the Basic Rules for visiting the temple.

On Sundays we have a walk-through darshan from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, where you can come and pay your respects to Their Lordships, receive darshan, and pick up a prasad to-go box on your way out at the exit gate. Please don't socialize and linger on the property. Govinda's Gifts is open from 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM on Sundays, and at other times by appointment. Click here to read the detailed Sunday Darshan Protocol.

On festival days, additional restrictions apply to avoid overcrowding. Usually, the temple remains locked during the day, while aratis and other worship ceremonies are performed only by the pujaris (priests) and a handful of designated kirtan singers, broadcast live on our YouTube and Facebook Live channels. On such days, to safely manage the crowds, we generally only open the temple for walk-through darshan in the late afternoon, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, similar to Sunday darshan times. Check the temple newsletter for details about upcoming festivals.

The temple closes at 7:00 PM each evening.

If you're feeling sick, stay home and get tested for COVID-19. (Click here for resources on getting tested in English and in Spanish.) If you're feeling sick, or if you've recently returned from international travel, airports, large metropolitan areas or any place with a high concentration of virus spread, please stay away from the temple for 14 days as a precaution. Our guards will ask you questions to this effect at the entrance gate. Thank you for your cooperation.

Temple Lunch: If you would like to get temple lunch prasad, come to the front entrance at 12:30 pm and our guard will place the prasad to-go meal box into your car. Donations accepted.

ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, with fountain

Class Schedule & Vaishnava Calendar

Week of December 1, 2020

TUE 1 - Chaturatma Dasa, SB 1.9.48

WED 2 - Krishna Swarup Dasa, SB 1.9.49

THU 3 - Sesa Dasa, SB 1.10.1

FRI 4 - Narayani Devi Dasi, SB 1.10.2

SAT 5 - Puskara Dasa, CC Mad. 18.115-116

SUN 6 - Ghanashyam Dasa, SF Lecture

MON 7 - Sridevi Dasi, SB 1.10.3

TUE 8 - Adikarta Dasa, SB 1.10.4

Morning class times are 8:00 a.m. EST unless otherwise noted. The Sunday Feast lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. Tune in live to our ISKCON Alachua Facebook page or YouTube channel, where you will also find video recordings of previous classes. You'll also find past Alachua temple classes (audio) in our lecture archive.


Departments and Features

Govinda’s Gifts (open Sundays 4:00-6:30 PM)

Morning Sweets Sponsorship

Newsletter Online

Temple Volunteer Services

NRR Community Radio

Website Links:

Child Protection Team Info

Vaishnava Calendar

Temple Prayer Circle

Temple Website

Other Websites & Resources

Bhaktivedanta Academy (BANA)

Child Protection Office

Grihastha Vision Team


Krishna Lunch


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Cow Protection

Vaishnava Calendar Reminder Service

Hare Krishna Social Services:

For information or needs inquiries, email hkssalachua@gmail.com or call Radha Selvester 9 am - 9 pm 352 727 8211. Night time calls for serious emergencies only.


Newsletter Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Mukhya Devi Dasi

Production Assistance: Manorama Dasa

Article submission deadline: 1:00 p.m. Fridays

Send articles and photos to contact@alachuatemple.com. The editors reserve the right to exclude or edit submissions.

Dedicated to our ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada 

ISKCON Alachua Temple

17306 NW 112th Boulevard 

Alachua, FL 32615


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