Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Vaisesika das & Nirakula devi dasi - May 20-24, 2016

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is thrilled to share the details of the much awaited visit of Vaisesika Prabhu and Nirakula Mataji, from Friday, May 20th to Tuesday, May 24th:

The schedule of events is as follows:
  • Friday, May 20 to Tuesday, May 24
    • Daily Srimad Bhagavatam Classes
    • 7:45am to 9:00am
  • Friday, May 20, 2016
    • Nrishma Chaturdasi Festival 
    • 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Sunday, May 22, 2016
    • Sweet Rice Festival (Sunday Feast)
    • 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Monday, May 23, 2016
    • 12:00pm to 3:00pm - Victoria Day Maha Harinama Sankirtan in downtown Toronto
    • 6:00pm to 8:30pm - Bhajan Night at Temple
Please come and take as much association as possible! Help spread the word. As always, all programs will be broadcast on Mayapur.tv (Toronto Channel). 

Seminar: Giving & Accepting Shelter - Devaki devi dasi

In spiritual culture giving and accepting shelter is the very basis to any meaningful relationship: we are always giving shelter to inferiors and accepting shelter from superiors. If this is not there, our relationships will be superficial.

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very excited to announce a special educational course with Devaki devi dasi, who will be making her first visit to Canada.

In this course students will discover the necessary qualities to be eager for shelter, and the qualities we have to develop in order to give shelter, and what blocks us the most from giving and accepting shelter. We will also receive insights how this principle of shelter forms the foundation to "Devotee Care".

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Seminar with Devaki Mataji.  Please Pre-Register by clicking here.

We are also happy to announce that Devaki Mataji is also conducting a Holy Name Retreat in Ottawa. You can find more information - http://www.theholynameretreat.net/

Giving and Accepting Shelter
Friday June 3rd to Monday June 6th
ISKCON Toronto

About H.G. Devaki Devi Dasi 
Devaki Devi Dasi was born in Germany in 1958 and, after a long search and journey, joined ISKCON in Sydney, Australia in 1985.  For the last sixteen years she has been regularly visiting Ukraine, Moldova, Sweden, Germany, Nepal, India and Bangladesh. She helped establish Bhakti Sangam Festivals in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sweden and is regularly conducting Holy Name Retreats in Ukraine, Moldova, Sweden, Germany, Bangladesh and Ekachakra. She was serving for several years as a member of the GBC Committee for Devotee Care and promotes spiritual care of every ISKCON devotee to the highest level of priority in our movement. In March 2014 she established the Institute for Spiritual Culture.


View Our Monthly Newsletter - May 2016

We are happy to share our May edition of our monthly newsletter!  Special thanks to Thulasi Sathianathan, one of our active young devotees, for taking the lead on the monthly newsletter project.  Click the image below (or click here) to open the May 2016 newsletter.

Remember, you can receive our monthly newsletter right in your inbox by clicking here to sign up, or by using the sign up form on the right hand side of this page!  Hare Krsna!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Video: Ratha-Yatra Launch Day Festivities

On Sunday, May 1, 2016, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple celebrated the Ratha-Yatra Launch Day, which kicked off the official countdown to our 44th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India).  The festival was captured on video by our stalwart Sathi Prabhu!  Check it out below:


Vedic Roots Montessori Academy

The Vedic Roots Montessori Academy (VRMA) is now open in Toronto!

Can you imagine a school where children are looked after academically, socially, cognitively, and spiritually? A school where the children learn reading, writing, arithmetic, and also wholesome Vedic values?

Opened in September of 2015, the Vedic Roots Montessori Academy aims to achieve this holistic vision. The Montessori method of education ensures that children develop the fullness of their individual human potential through independence, inner discipline, and discovery. The objective is to provide children with the structure, groundwork, knowledge and social skills to successfully move into the future. With the addition of a Vedic education, our students are sure to grow into healthy, happy, spiritually grounded adults. This spiritual soundness, in particular, can arm our children with the strength to resist peer pressure, and to cope with the stresses most students typically encounter.

The current program caters to toddlers aged 18 months to three years old.  Next year (September 2016), we will expand our programs to also include children who are 3-6 years of age.  Our hope is to continue to grow into a full functioning, multi-level Montessori school. If you are interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to contact us at:

Shyama Mohini Devi Dasi (Dr. Sonam Agarwal)
Director Vedic Roots Montessori Academy
admin@vedicroots.net
www.vedicroots.net


Lord Narasimha's App Day - May 20, 2016

On Friday May 20, 2016, ISKCON Toronto will celebrate Narasimha Caturdasi. Lord Narasimhadeva is one of Lord Krishna’s incarnations in the form of half-man and half-lion. Lord Narasimhadeva descended to protect his young devotee Sri Prahlada Maharaja from his torturous father, King Hiranyakashipu.

There many prayers to Lord Narasimha that invoke powerful mantras for protection, appealing to the Lord's half-lion incarnation and His weapons. These are for protection from such things as malevolent spirits and material desires, as well as increased devotion and a peaceful world.

We humbly invite you to join us to celebrate Nrsimha Caturdasi on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hare Krishna Temple!

Stay tuned for more information!


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Festival Report: Warming up for the Ratha Yatra !

Counting Down to Ratha-Yatra with Mantras, Fire and Offerings!
Festival Report by: Smruthi Venkateshan
Pictures by: Monisha Pillai (new temple website contributor) & Sahil Srivastava

As the city is springing into action with warmer weather arriving, the Toronto Hare Krishna Community also sprung into action by having its annual "Ratha-Yatra Launch Day" on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Launch Day is an annual celebration that is held every spring to help "launch" the countdown to our biggest festival of the year: Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India)!

The evening started out with arati ceremony for their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, who were stunning in their gorgeous light blue spring outfits. Then Bhaktimarga Swami gave an informative talk about the historical importance of performing fire sacrifices. He explained that this sacrifice (yajna), was being performed to launch off the Ratha-Yatra in the right mood.

After bringing all the devotees into a divine mood, the priests began the fire sacrifice. They incorporated an interactive power point presentation which they used to explain the importance of the mantras being recited. They started out by purifying the temple, reciting mantras for auspiciousness, then scarified various grain items, clarified butter (ghee) and wood into the fire. Soon, the temple was radiating with warmth, divinity and all auspiciousness.

All the assembled festival-goers experienced the divine and mystical powers of Lord Jagnnatha (Lord Krishna). This blissful evening, closed with an energetic kirtan and arati ceremony. Devotees left with hearts and tummies filled with devotion and a vegetarian feast.

Festival Pictures (downloadable pics here): 

Photo Gallery by QuickGallery.com

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mystical Picture from RY Launch Day!

On Sunday, May 1st, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple celebrated our Ratha-Yatra Launch Day.  The festival kicks off the official count-down to our biggest festival of the year: Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India).  A full Festival Report along with pictures are coming soon!  But here is a little "preview picture", captured by Lena Ausheva!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ratha-Yatra Launch Day - Sunday, May 1, 2016

With warmer weather finally here, the excitement surrounding the 44th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) is growing as each day passes!

Sunday, May 1, 2016 will mark the official launch of the countdown to this year's festival! The program will begin at 6:00pm and will continue to 9:00pm (extended program).

A special feature of the festival will be the chance for all devotees to observe a special fire yajna wherein auspicious mantras are recited and grains are offered into fire!

The festival schedule will be as follows (subject to change):
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 6:35pm - Announcements
6:35pm to 6:55pm - Welcome by Bhaktimarga Swami
6:55pm to 7:40pm - Fire Yajna Ceremony
7:40pm to 8:00pm - Ratha-Yatra 2016 Presentation
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:30pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

Toronto Interfaith Bus Tour - May 15, 2016

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is participating in the first official "Toronto Interfaith Sustainability Bus Tour" on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  The event is being organized by TakingITGlobal, Toronto Hub, Explore150, and Faith & the Common Good.  The tour kicks off with a visit to the Hare Krishna Temple.  There is still space on the tour.  For more information, click here.  Details from the official event page are as follows:

WHEN 
Sunday, May 15th, 11:00am - 6:00pm

WHERE 
A chartered, private bus will visit the following sites:
  • Hare Krishna Temple
  • Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum
  • St. Gabriel's Parish and Eco-Sabbath Program
  • Jaffari Islamic Community Centre
  • Shoresh Jewish Centre and Kavanah Garden
This innovative bus tour will explore how different faith groups in Toronto are working towards more sustainable and healthier communities — from eco-spiritual practices and local food systems to green architecture and waste management.  Together, we will increase our understanding and appreciation of different faiths and invigorate our capacity to work across traditional divides. Registered participants will receive optional pre-reading materials closer to the event — this is a wonderful event for the whole family, and anyone who is curious to learn more about Toronto's different religions and spaces.
We hope people will continue to take an interest, and we're confident you'll find the experience to be meaningful.

ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE AS SPACES ARE LIMITED.

The $20 registration fee covers the bus rental and insurance, and the cost of lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

This event is presented by the following partners: TakingITGlobal, the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community - Toronto Hub, Explore150, and Faith & the Common Good.