Hare Krishna. July Update on the COVID-19 outbreak
Dear NA Leaders,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I write just to remind you, being encouraged to do so by other NA leaders, that it is imperative that we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect devotees from covid-19.
The recent, sad departure of HH Bhakti Charu Swami is a reminder that none of us is immune to nature's forces. And we know it's our duty to protect ourselves and other devotees so we can serve Krishna nicely and push on Srila Prabhupada's movement.
So, as you open up, or when you open up, please enforce the following (in your loving Krishna conscious ways).
1. All devotees and guests in the temples must wear masks. This should include children.
--this includes during kirtans. Even those leading kirtans should ideally continue to wear their masks.
2. All devotees and guests must observe social distancing.
3. Disinfectants should be available for all to use at the temple entrances.
4. Devotees should be encouraged to wash their hands regularly.
5. Best to not pay obeisances on the floor.
6. Prasada items like flowers, water and lamps should not be passed around.
7. Microphones (both the mic and the top of the stand where people handle it) and musical instruments must be disinfected regularly
8. Other things like doorknobs, public spaces like bathrooms, etc, must be cleaned and disinfected several times daily.
9. additional attention should be given to how prasadam is prepared and distributed.
10. Please follow all government guidelines.
Again the key message is masks, distance, and disinfect.
Thank you very much for keeping the Vaishnava community safe.
Kuladri dasaDear NA Leaders,
Appearance of Lord Sri Nityanada
Thursday Feb 25, 2021
The Covid virus is spreading rapidly. Please do your part to protect yourself, your family, and others by wearing a facemask when in public, wash your hands often, and do not go out of your home unnecessarily. 1% of the population has been infected. That means, for everyone 100 people you meet, one of them has the virus. You will never know who is that person.
We have had a couple of people arrive at the temple with high temperatures. There will be no exceptions if your temperature is high. You will not be allowed to enter the temple.
The management of the temple must manage the temple in such a way that the daily deity service (from 3:30a – 9:00p) continues without interruption. Therefore, our priority is to keep our pujaris healthy. Therefore, we are restricting access to the temple.
We will not be able to replace any pujari who falls ill. If that happens, the deities seva will be reduced. So, please do not be offended if we ask you not to come to the temple, ask you to stay within a certain area, or we don’t have festivals.
Our priority is to maintain the current deity seva. We humbly request, please forgive us if you are offended by our actions.
Also, if you are elderly, diabetic, or have other health issues, stay at home. Do not risk becoming sick because you haven’t had darshan in a long time. You can have daily darshan on www.mayapur.tv.
Your servants, ISKCON of Atlanta Management
Nityananda Prabhu appeared in the village of Ekachakra, in West Bengal, India, around 1474. In the Caitanya Caritamrita and other scriptures He is declared to be the avatar of Lord Balarama, the direct expansion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna.
Nityananda Prabhu, who is identical with Lord Balarama, the first expansion of Krishna, is considered to be the original guru for all of mankind. Thus, soon after their initial meeting, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu tried to honor Nityananda Prabhu with a Vyasa-puja worship ceremony befitting a great spiritual master.
However, Nityananda Prabhu protested and grabbed all of the worship articles from Mahaprabhu and worshiped Him instead. Nityananda Prabhu kept repeating, "Nimai Pandita [Mahaprabhu] is my Lord and master! Nimai Pandita is my Lord and master!" There was constant competition as to who would serve whom. Their transcendental love for one another is indescribable.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
We will open the temple for darshan beginning Friday, February 5th.
All the devotees have recovered from covid except for Gauranga prabhu who is still testing positive but has no symptoms. He is isolated in the guest house and does not enter the main temple building.
We will not have a person monitoring visitors. We will have hand sanitizer and mask on the table at the entrance on the porch. All visitors are expected to wear mask and keep six feet apart. Keep your interaction with the temple residents to the minimum. The more we social distance the less chance of spreading the virus.
The morning program is for temple residents only. No exceptions.
The daily darshan schedule is as follows:
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
4:00 mp – 7:30 pm
For your safety and others, please wear a mask when in public, if you feel sick, do not go out in public, talk to others, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
Temple open for darshan (viewing Deities) beginning Friday, February 5, 2021
Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada