By Radhapriya Chawla
The pandemic is heavily affecting ISKCON devotee communities around the world as there is lack of resources and access to medical equipment and facilities especially for those in rural devotee communities such as Mayapur and Bangladesh. Over 7000 devotee families in Mayapur and Bangladesh are struggling to feed and take care of their families because of the situation. It is heart-wrenching to see these devotees suffering, leaving their bodies, having no access to any basic items.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur writes, “One should be merciful and not cause anxiety to any living entity. The heart should always be filled with compassion for others. Exhibiting mercy to all living entities is one of the limbs of devotional service.”
The GBC is holding a COVID Relief Event to raise awareness and unify devotees and temples as a demonstration of cooperation and love from Srila Prabhupada and our devotees in this affected region. This special event will be taking place on Saturday, June 5th from 5-8 pm EST. The program will be jam packed and involves many speakers including HH Radhanath Swami, HH Jayapataka Swami, HH Bhakti Purushottam Swami and many more. The event and will also feature kirtaniyas including Gaura Vani Das, and Amala Kirtan Das and more. In addition, a special Nrsimha Yagna will be performed live from New Vrindaban, West Virginia.
To support and participate in the event, the broadcast will be live on Kirtan T.O.’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/kirtantoronto) and the MayapurTV YouTube channel.
Please spread the word and participate!