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Haribol!

After having such a fantastic day of celebrating the appearance of Lord Sri Balarama, we would like to share with you a few highlights from beautiful decorations on the alter lovingly put together by the devotees to fired up harinams in the bustling streets of the City centre in Dublin. What a joyful day to remember Sri Lord Balarama, who is the elder and beloved brother of Lord Sri Krsna and who is the giver of devotional service.

Dublin Krishna Temple

Ecstatic Harinam led by Ananta Nitai Dasa with the devotees on Balaram's Appearance Day

Posted by Dublin Krishna Temple on Monday, August 3, 2020

Hare Krishna! Dear Devotees, please accept my humble obeisances. We would like to introduce to you a very special project.

Govinda’s Eco Community is a unique project dedicated to the teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who desired that people become more self-sufficient, live simply off the land, and raise protected cows.

People are becoming increasingly frustrated with materialistic life and many are suffering from the pressures that mass consumerism inflicts on their minds and bodies.

Together we can combine our knowledge, experience and talents in order to achieve a common goal, which is; 

To introduce a sustainable lifestyle with the principles of cow protection, permaculture and eco housing and a community centre as the heart of the project, in accordance with Srila Prabhupada’s formula “Simple living and high thinking.”

Why support Govinda’s Eco Community?

  • This will be the first Eco Community in the Republic of Ireland which will be a learning centre for Universities, Schools, and communities.
  • There will be a community hall to facilitate seminars in spiritual wisdom, cow protection and permaculture as well as public gatherings and festivals.
  • To set an example of a sustainable and traditional farming lifestyle.
  • To implement an exemplary and modern cow care protection facility with acres of pasture land for them to roam in. 
  • To create environmentally friendly food sources, by employing practices such as crop rotation and companion planting, composting, organic fertilisers, and other ecological methods. 
  • To immerse oneself in nature, with peaceful gardens and the community grounds. 
  • To construct low carbon footprint housing with locally sourced materials.
  • To encourage people to explore ancient wisdom of bygone eras thus leading to a life of spiritual harmony and physical well-being.
  • To awaken the spirit of compassion, gratitude and peaceful cooperation among all living beings.

Feeling inspired?
Donate to our cause here: https://gogetfunding.com/govindas-first-eco-community-in-the-republic-of-ireland/

By Lalita-Krishna Dasi

Lord Balaram. What to say about such a wonderful and attractive personality? His dazzling complexion more white and cooling than crystal, autumn clouds, cascades, full moons and white lotuses; his sparkling eyes full of laughter; his honey-sweet smile; his vibrant blue garments that bring out his fairness so beautifully; his curling dark hair; his broad, powerful chest; his playful, spontaneous gait…

He is Krishna’s beloved elder brother and best friend. Together they roam the forests and hills of Vrindavan, herding the cows, playing games, and sharing jokes with their friends in their eternal spiritual abode, which lies far beyond this realm.

Before his appearance in this world, Krishna declared that Balaram would be “the source of all spiritual power, or bala, by which one can attain the highest bliss of life, which is called ramaṇa.” Thus, we pray to Balaram for the spiritual strength to keep us going on our paths, and the spiritual happiness that gives us the determination to stick to it no matter the distractions of this world.

Balaram is always there to help us. He is always ready to give us courage and hope, ever willing to offer the protection of his strong arms and merciful glance.

There is even a story that a disciple once came to Srila Prabhupada – this was in Vrindavan, back in the early days. He was having a lot of headaches and problems that he just couldn’t figure out how to solve. “What should I do, Srila Prabhupada?” he asked. Prabhupada gave him a disarmingly simple answer. “Go to the temple, go before Balaram, and tell Him all your problems. Ask Him for help.” The devotee did as he was told, he went before the altar of Krishna Balaram and he explained everything, all the difficulties he was facing – he didn’t hold anything back. “My dear Balaram, now I have presented before you all of my troubles. Kindly take charge of them. I surrender unto you,” he prayed. And lo and behold, in the coming days, all his problems vanished one by one.

Srila Prabhupada writes in the second chapter of the Krishna Book, “the spiritual master is the representative of Balarāma, the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who supplies spiritual strength. In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta it is confirmed that the spiritual master is the manifestation of the mercy of Kṛṣṇa.” So Balarama is naturally full of compassion and very much willing to help us.

He even carries a plough, that symbolises his ability to till our rock-hard, barren hearts, so that they become soft and fertile for the creeper of devotion to grow.

We often hear of him killing demons – Dhenukasura, Pralambasura, Dvivida… these
represent anarthas, or unwanted qualities in our hearts, such as lust, greed and anger. Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur writes in his Caitanya Siksamrita, “If a devotee cries out humbly and sincerely to Lord Sri Krsna to remove these demoniac qualities which are represented by the demons killed by Lord Krsna, then Sri Krsna Himself will remove those evils. But the devotees
must personally work to drive out the anarthas represented by the demons killed by Lord Balarama. This is a mystery of Vraja-bhajana. The aspirant must personally remove these strong impediments with his best care and efforts and by obtaining the mercy of Krsna. If the devotee’s humility- becomes very deep and intense, Krsna will be merciful. In that case, the feeling of Lord Baladeva will arise in his mind and quickly destroy these demoniac qualities. Then one will gradually improve his cultivation of bhajana.”

To sum up, Lord Balarama is the abode of spiritual bliss, strength, mercy, and guidance, and he is even described as the beauty incarnation of the Lord. What’s not to love?

By Pragosa Prabhu Dearest Maharaja, So, so much wishing I was paying my obeisances to you in person, then giving you a big hug and then discussing the glories of Srila Prabhupada with you. There was no way anyone in your sweet company could fail to be immediately immersed in the transcendental pastimes of His […]

Hare Krishna,

Welcome back to Dublin Krishna Temple, home of Sri Panca Tattva.

We hope you will appreciate the steps we have taken to safeguard your health and that of our residents, in line with government guidance.
We encourage anyone with underlying health issues or over 70 years of age, not to attend at this time for your own personal well being.

Our Temple will be open for darshan from 12 until 7.30 daily

Our Saturday Harinam program is on 3pm – 5pm just outside the temple.

What to expect on arrival

  1. Please sanitise your hands in the hallway before entering and leaving the Temple
  2. We recommend that everyone wears a face mask throughout their visit
  3. While in the Temple, Maintain social distancing of 2 metres
  4. Wear socks. We will not allow bare feet in the Temple
  5. Do not pay your dandavats/obeisances to Their Lordships, rather, fold your hands in
    respect to Them
  6. Avoid touching any items not belonging to you and carry your own belongings with you at all times
  7. Avoid touching any surfaces
  8. Please do not bring any bhoga offerings
  9. There will be no access to toilets

Covid 19 Checklist
If you answer YES to any of the questions, please stay at home
If you answer NO to all the questions, you can visit the temple
Today or in the last 14 days

  1. Have you tested positive for Covid 19 ? YES/NO
  2. Do you have/have you had a fever (greater than 37.8 degrees Celsius) YES/NO
  3. Do you have /have you had any of the following new symptoms : cough, sore throat, loss of
    smell or taste, aches and pains, flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea? YES/NO
  4. Has anyone in your household or your contacts had/currently have the following new
    symptoms : fever, cough, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, aches and pains, flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea ? YES/NO
    We look forward to welcoming you within these safety measures.

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) WARNING
(March 12, 2020)

Risk Level

The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland is still low to moderate, according to the HSE. The approach taken by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) with respect to Coronavirus will be measured and proportionate to the risks identified. Regard shall be had to the most recent and up-to-date medical advice available, including updates provided by the HSE. We are regularly monitoring risks and potential impact this may have on worshippers or visitors to our temples.

Travel

Places at higher risk of coronavirus are: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel, Thailand, Vietnam.

Returning travellers must stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if they have travelled to Ireland from:

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern italy, or special care zones in South Korea, since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms.
  • Other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild) 
  • Other parts of northern italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or  shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild) 

In a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999 to find out what to do next.

NOTE: ISKCON Temples are public places of worship, if you are a returning traveller from the above-mentioned countries or has been in contact with a confirmed case and are experiencing any of the symptoms, even mild, or have been asked to self-isolate, please do not visit the Temple under any circumstance.

Whilst at an event
Do

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Further Guidance

Please keep updated via the following links:

HSE https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

HPSC website which is updated at 1pm daily: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/

Department of Health website: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/

WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Govindas Restaurant will be closed for renovation from 15th January to 12th February.

After 10,000’s of healthy nourishing meals served to our Govinda’s patrons and thousands of free plates (Prasadam) distributed at our Sunday Feast, our old kitchen badly needs an upgrade

When : We intend to do this straight after the Christmas break, this year.

What is required ?

The basement kitchen needs :

1. Fire resistant Grade 1 wall cladding

2. Completely sealed kitchen work area to deliver highest level of hygiene.

3. Fire resistant sealed floor

4. Removal of antiquated and defunct air extractors, to be replaced by current environmental health standard air extraction

(This will mean devotees can work and serve in a proper environment)

5. Removal and disposal of substandard kitchen equipment

6. Purchase of new kitchen equipment

7. Bringing storage areas to standard required by Environmental Health Office

To do all of this we need your immediate help.

Because the Kitchen is a working one and provides finance and support for the Temple, the time the kitchen is not in use is a major concern.

Please help with this appeal and share the link far and wide.

We will be celebrating Sri Nityananda Trayodashi in Dublin on Sunday 17th February. Please come along and take part in our festival

Sri Nityananda Trayodashi is the auspicious appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna appeared in Navadvipa as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to establish the Sankirtana Movement (the Yuga Dharma for this age of quarrel and hypocrisy). To help the Supreme Lord in His mission, Lord Balarama appeared as Nityananda Prabhu. He assisted Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by spreading the holy name of the Lord throughout Bengal.

Read more about The Glories Of Lord Nityānanda Balarāma from the Chaitanya Charitamrita (Adi-lila, Chapter 5).

Our Dublin Festival celebration details are as follows: 
Date: Sunday 17th February 2018
Time: 14:00 

Fasting is on Saturday 16th February until noon.

Stay tuned with our event details here to know of our final schedule

Contact us if you would like to do service for the festival to obtain the Mercy of Lord Nityananda.  Usually on the day, the Deities are offered a feast of 56 items (chappan bhog).

Bhagavad Gita

In February, our Dublin community will be welcoming HG Partha das and HG Uttama devi dasi.  They will be facilitating a wonderful seminar on “Community Relations and Attracting the Mercy Of Lord Nityananda”.

Schedule as follows:

Date: Friday 15th February
– Part 1 : 18.30 to 20.30

Date: Saturday 16th February
– Part 2 : 10.00 to 12.00
– Part 3 : 14.00 – 16.00

Initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1973, husband and wife Partha and Uttama have an incredible amount of experience and wisdom between them. They’ve been happily married for forty-five years, have premarital education training certified by Prepare and Enrich, and have offered that education with the Grihasta Vision Team – a group of professional devotee counselors – for the past decade. In their native Canada, they also provide a mandated five-session premarital education course for all couples getting married at ISKCON temples.

Both of these stalwart devotees are part of the Grihastha Vision Team (GVT), whose goal is to support, strengthen, educate and enliven the individuals, couples and families (grihasthas) who are or will be involved with the grihastha ashram (family life).

Please email dublin@krishna.ie for reservations.