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ISKCON Puerto Rico Safe Amidst Hurricane Fiona


Image: Ananda Loka Das with plantains after Hurricane Fiona

 

Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico onerous on September nineteenth and plenty of Puerto Ricans are nonetheless recovering from the destruction. As reported by NPR The category 1 storm devastated most of Puerto Rico’s plantain crops– a staple meals.

Puerto Rico has been severely impacted by Fiona, leaving many properties uninhabitable, communities below water and bridges and roads ruined. Early information factors to a tough street forward as locals work to get better.

ISKCON News was fast to achieve out to the devotees of Puerto Rico to see what their fast wants had been, and to everybody’s shock, it was reported merely; ‘All is nicely’.


ISKCON News spoke to Arisudana Das, the temple president, who reported to us no main harm to the temple, all devotees are secure, and there have been no casualties. When Hurricane Maria handed by Puerto Rico in 2017 it was a Category 5, in order that they had been ready for Fiona’s impression. In truth, the temple didn’t even obtain water harm. There nonetheless isn’t any electrical energy, however as Arisudana Das reported, “We are ready for this type of state of affairs”.

 

Arisudana Dasa cleansing up after Hurricane Fiona

 

 

Kind Prayers Exchanged

HG Kalakanta Prabhu ACBSP despatched prayers to the devotees and Puerto Rico and HG Ananda Loka Das shared their trade with ISKCON News.

 

Kalakanta Das: “…May Krishna bless and shield you. What else can I say? Devotees are so great.”

Ananda Loka Das: “Hare Krishna Kalakanta Prabhu, Please settle for my humble Obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I’m so very joyful to obtain your reply, blessings to all of the devotees right here in Puerto Rico and options on the category l was requested to provide after the hurricane on the Sunday feast lecture, you haven’t any thought how a lot it means to me, Thank you! Yes, I’m in settlement with you that devotees are great “And superb.” And if l might l’d wish to elaborate in your level. Arisudana Prabhu requested me to provide class and l was reluctant due to the service l’m making an attempt to do caring for There Lordships and Ladyship as the one full-time pujari, I simply didn’t wish to communicate.(egocentric on my half).

At one level he stated to me, ” some individuals suppose l don’t do something right here”. At the restaurant in San Juan over an hour away from the temple and his home, he’s the lone cook dinner, manager accountant, and pot washer, you get the Idea. He does have a pleasant devotee that helps. He additionally has a Wednesday evening Gita pizza program, he does single-handedly. His spouse a beautiful devotee is a nurse and works the graveyard shift on the hospital in San Juan, so he must be residence to take care of his two daughters and l suppose a younger baby at evening. Still, he involves the temple each evening to deliver bhoga and spend a couple of minutes with every devotee, He’s extraordinarily private caring, a bit of laid again, loving, affected person, type, and far more. Then there’s the duty of TP and administration, you might be nicely conversant in what that entails, solely right here in Puerto Rico it’s like serving in India or a third-world nation, he cooks for the Sunday feast each Sunday, and lectures, he’s has been by two hurricanes that l know of, and he’s been doing this for years. He stated okay I’ll go and put together for sophistication, “Some individuals suppose l don’t do something round right here”.My reply was l do know, l canceled my touring plans to serve at three temples after I was requested to serve right here as a result of there could be no pujari. By this time he was sitting in his automobile, he jumped threw himself to the bottom and provided his obeisances, l was so moved……nearly to tears, l additionally received down and l apologized and stated l will give the Sunday feast lecture Prabhu. So thanks to your assist on this matter.

Your servant,
Ananda loka das vanacharya”

 

Minimal storm harm outdoors ISKCON Puerto Rico

 

Continued Prayers for All Victims of Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona might not have affected our ISKCON facilities, however the ache and devastation left behind in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic is huge. May all of us pray for the protection and welfare of this planet and all its inhabitants. May Krishna proceed to guard the devotees in order that we might serve our communities with reduction in such tragedies.

 

 

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