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,
Srila Jiva Goswami ~ January 15, 2021 Disappearance Day
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
Jiva Goswami (1513–1598) was the nephew of Rupa Goswami and Sanatana Goswami.
He received initiation from Rupa Goswami and became the acharya (spiritual master) after Rupa and Sanatana. Jiva Goswami was a Sanskrit scholar par excellence.
Some contemporary Sanskritists call him the greatest philosopher and scholar who ever lived. The youngest among the six Goswami followers of Lord Chaitanya, Jiva Goswami was also the most prolific writer. He wrote some twenty-five books, including the Sat-sandarbha, Gopala-champu, and Hari-namamrita-vyakaranam.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to the devotees!
Due to the increased spread of the coronavirus during this pandemic, we will close the temple from Wednesday, December 23rd until January 31, 2021.
We have a few members in our congregations who have been infected with covid -19 and it is spreading rapidly in Atlanta. Out of concern for the health of our congregation, the ashram devotees, and the people of Atlanta, we will not allow anyone to enter the temple room.
From what we have understood about those who have caught the virus, they got it from people they know (relatives, friends, etc) not from strangers. In the company of those we share our lives with, we let down our guard and that is when we get sick.
So, we do not want the temple to be a place where the virus is spread.
Many devotees come for darshan and do not follow our guidelines. They offer obeisances on the floor, they stay longer than we have requested, and they enter the pujari area. Therefore, we have taken this extreme step of closing the temple until January 31st.
We will evaluate the situation at that time and decide if the temple should remain closed.
Here is the latest announcement from the City of Atlanta
“Metro Atlanta, and all of Georgia, remain under a Public Health State of Emergency through Jan. 8, 2020. Residents are encouraged to remain home, but if they go out in public they should wear masks. Georgia has done more than 5 million COVID-19 tests. There have been 518,902 cases and there is currently a 9.7% positive rate. The rolling 7-day average of new cases is 5,006. The rolling 7-day average is 13.8% positive.”
10% of the population has or had covid -19. For every 10 people you meet, one of them has covid. Please wear a mask if you go out into the public, don’t visit other homes or have home parties, and wash and sanitizer your hands frequently.
Temple Closed December 23rd Until Jan 2021
Temple Closed December 23rd Until Jan 2
Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada