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The SVA Newsletter for February 2–9, 2024

February 2–9, 2024
Greetings Sacred Vedic Arts Family and Friends,

Welcome to the SVA Newsletter! Here, we bring you the latest events and recap noteworthy happenings from the past week. We trust you’ve been enjoying our newsletters, and now, we want to hear from you! As SVA continues to evolve, we aim to stay dynamic and align with our community’s needs. Your feedback is invaluable in helping us serve you better. Please take a moment to reply to this newsletter and share your comments or suggestions about the newsletters. Thank you for your support, and happy reading!

Daily Happenings

If you’ve been a part of the SVA programs, you’ve likely experienced the upbeat kirtans and dance, tasted the delicious prasadam, and engaged in thought-provoking classes. However, we understand that not everyone has had the chance to witness the devotional service that unfolds in the early morning hours at the temple.

As dedicated temple devotees, our journey begins with the first light of day, as we immerse ourselves in thoughts and activities in service to Krishna. By 6 am, we gather in the temple to recite prayers that celebrate the glories of Krishna and His divine associates. Additionally, we perform puja to Tulsi Devi, the divine goddess and spiritual plant, offering our devotion through circumambulation.

A key highlight of our morning is the insightful lecture on the ancient text, Srimad Bhagavatam. During this time, devotees engage in various activities, such as stickering books for distribution, stringing beautiful flower garlands for the deities, and preparing food, sometimes big feasts and sometimes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, that will be distributed to the underserved.

Come, be a part of the spiritual journey that unfolds at SVA Temple every morning. Let the serenity and devotion of the Mangala Arati program guide you towards a deeper connection with Krishna.

FIU Outreach

We are thrilled to share the positive strides Haridas has made in cultivating relationships at FIU, spreading our bhakti cheer throughout the university halls. His remarkable expertise in connecting with influential figures within the school is truly commendable.
One noteworthy accomplishment is the recent success of our devotees at a book table event held on campus. Their efforts were met with great success, effectively reaching out to the students and sparking interest in our spiritual offerings. Additionally, we host weekly kirtans on the lawn outside the cafeteria building every Tuesday afternoon, creating a vibrant and uplifting atmosphere for all.

Beyond the joyous occasions, our presence at FIU extends to moments of solace and spiritual guidance. When the South Indian community faced a tragic loss of a student, our team, led by Vasanti, offered spiritual solace. Through recitations of verses from the Bhagavad Gita, Vasanti reminded everyone of the eternal nature of the soul, emphasizing that it can never truly perish.

We are immensely grateful for the continuous invitations and warm welcome we receive on the FIU campus, and we hope to see these relationships flourish. We hope to further deepen our connections with the university community, with the ultimate goal that they can practice Krishna Consciousness wherever they are–chanting, hearing, attending classes online, reading the books. By encouraging them on their spiritual journey, we hope to assist them in discovering their path and purpose in life.

We have a strong desire to do the same with other campuses in Miami and the surrounding areas.

Skylight Yoga Ashram Program

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our dear friend Sudarshan for inviting us to conduct a program at his charming and cozy ashram, Skylight Yoga Ashram, nestled in the heart of Miami Beach. As our devotees entered the ashram, warm smiles greeted them, accompanied by the melodious chanting of the Maha Mantra, marking Syamarani Didi’s initial steps into the space.

The intimate setting welcomed many beautiful and receptive souls eager to absorb the wisdom Syamarani Didi had to share from Srila Prabhupada’s translation and commentary of Sri Isopanisad. With her articulate delivery and authoritative knowledge of the sastra, Didi effortlessly navigated through the 18 verses, infusing her discourse with the bold humor characteristic of a New Yorker.

We feel a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity to bridge these two communities together. By facilitating this connection, our shared endeavor is to draw more individuals closer to the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, the cause of all causes, the Soul of all Souls, fostering a harmonious union between spiritual seekers and the sacred teachings imparted.

A Call for Action

As always, we invite our community to come dedicate some hours of their week towards service at the temple, to help with cooking, kitchen prep for temple programs and for feeding the underserved, distributing prasadam to the underserved, cleaning, organization, yard maintenance, flower garland making, pujari services, and especially chanting and dancing at street kirtans.

Please contact Vasanti (347-727-8692) or Champak (617-230-7437) to inquire about services.

Aspiring to Serve,

SVA Newsletter Team

 

SLOKA OF THE WEEK:

sukha-duḥkha-prado nānyaḥ
puruṣasyātma-vibhramaḥ
mitrodāsīna-ripavaḥ
saṁsāras tamasaḥ kṛtaḥ
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.59
“No other force besides his own mental confusion makes the soul experience happiness and distress. His perception of friends, neutral parties, and enemies, and the whole material life he builds around this perception are simply created out of ignorance.”