The Festival of Colors, also known as Holi, is an event that has been celebrated in India for thousands of years, and is now becoming popular in many places across the United States. The festival is based on a pastime between Lord Krishna and his intimate associates, and it is also known to celebrate the beginning of spring. On April, 4th the Festival of Colors will take place at New Raman Reti (Hare Krishna Temple) in Alachua, FL. The festival will run from 3pm-7pm and will feature color throwing, live music, and vegetarian food. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the location of the event. Tickets are $10 (includes entry and 1 bag of color) and can be purchased at http://www.festivalofcolorsfla.com/index.html
Kirtan is an active musical meditation that gives peace, brings happiness, and elevates ones consciousness to a higher level. The Krishna House is hosting an 8 hour kirtan on March, 14th from 9:00am-5:00pm. We will be serving a free lunch and dinner to all the guests. So, please come out and join us for a few minutes or for the whole day.Krishna House is located one block west of Krispy Kreme at 214 NW 14th Street.
Kayla Mueller was a human rights activist, humanitarian aid worker, and a very dear friend of the devotees of Krishna. Kayla volunteered for more than six months at Food for Life Vrindavan in India, giving English classes to the local children. She was taken captive in August 2013 in Aleppo, Syria by ISIS, and was killed in an airstrike on Febuary 6, 2015. In a letter to her family, Kayla writes, "I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else…. + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall. I have been shown darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I am grateful. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it.""As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A self-realized person is not bewildered by such a change." (Bhagavad Gita 2.13)
Ever wonder what happens to all the leftover food after Krishna Lunch? Naomi, a Krishna House resident, drops them off at St. Francis House and The Salvation Army. "I usually take around 4 buckets of leftovers in my car daily," says Naomi. On average, 25,000 plates of Krishna Lunch are distributed to the homeless each year!
Looking for the best place to volunteer? Want to eat Krishna Lunch for free? Come serve Krishna Lunch with us at the Plaza of the Americas! Volunteering at Krishna Lunch is a great way to meet new people and earn a few community service hours. Krishna Lunch has been providing healthy vegetarian meals to students on campus for over 40 years, and owes a lot of it's success to so many amazing people that come out and volunteer. It does not matter whether you have 3 hours or 30 minutes between classes, we have a service for you. In exchange for your time, we promise to give you all the Krishna Lunch you can eat for FREE!
For more information about volunteering click the link below