As with all temples around the world during the COVID-19 Pandemic, ISKCON Hungary’s properties in Budapest and Krishna Valley have been locked down, and devotees are staying at home. Krishna Valley is nearly self-sufficient in some foods, such as grains, flour, fruits, vegetables and honey, and devotees are working hard in the fields to increase their food production during this time and reduce trips to the store.
Meanwhile, all community programs, counselor systems, and morning programs have been moved online, as have outreach programs for the public. Popular preacher Lilasuka Das, for instance, is doing live videos on how to mentally survive such challenging times; while Bhaktipada Das is filming videos to show the public what everyday life is like in Krishna Valley during the crisis. All videos and live events are broadcast on Krishna Valley’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/krisnavolgy.
There is, however, one public service the devotees are continuing in person – and that’s Food For Life.
“We see that because of the Coronavirus, more and more people are losing their jobs, and running out of money,” says ISKCON Hungary spokesperson Gandharvika Prema Dasi. “And they have no support. So the number of people in need has been growing.”