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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

March MSF - Breaking Language Barriers



We would like to present a summary report of our last Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF). This article has been written by one of our younger members of the community, Krishna Rajesh. We will be featuring more of these reports so you can follow along with all of the exciting developments and learn how to get involved!

On Saturday, March 31st 2018, Toronto Sankirtan Team (TST) celebrated its 106th consecutive Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) – a monthly outing on the last Saturday of each month, where devotees take with them the beautiful message of Krishna Consciousness to the public in the form of Srila Prabhupada’s books, Krishna Prasad and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra! Started in June 2009, MSFs are now organized across the GTA by TST regional teams: TST East, TST Brampton, TST West, TST Etobicoke, TST Markham, and TST Central.
Fig 1: Jennifer (left) and Zara (right) from China get Srila Prabhupada’s mercy. The mother, Jennifer, borrowed money from her daughter Zara to get the books so she received the blessings of 3 books!

The March MSF was a lot of fun as 6 teams went out for door-to-door Sankirtan spending 3-5 hours knocking doors, and sharing transcendental knowledge and smiles to those who opened their doors! With the introduction of Language Cards, the TST Warriors distributed Srila Prabhupad’s books in cumulative effort to people of various ethnicities, gender, and age.

From devotees as young as pre-schoolers, to seasoned warriors, everyone got together and united under one goal: the goal of distributing Srila Prabhupad’s books. TST West knocked approximately 110 apartments, visited one grocery store, and distributed 84 transcendental literatures, collected lots of Bhoga and Laxmi.

TST Central visited two apartment buildings, knocked almost 270 doors and distributed 87 transcendental books, collected $90 of Laxmi and Bhoga.

TST Brampton distributed 28 books. And TST Etobicoke knocked almost 75 doors and distributed 15 transcendental books for Bhoga and Laxmi. In total, there were 24 devotees involved. Jai Srila Prabhupad! It couldn’t have been done without the blessings of the Vaishnavas, and the hard work and dedication of all the devotees who participated at the front and back end.

Fig 2: Mahabhagavat Prabhu’s (right) new Spanish speaking friend (left) who was touched by Srila Prabhupada’s book and “paid” in whatever best he could find in his house—water bottles.

Ways in which YOU can get involved:

1. Join last Saturday of every month for Monthly Sankirtan Festivals

2. Join every weekend in May-Sept for Summer Sankirtan Festivals

3. Help promote Bhagvad Gita through the Sastra Dana program

4. Place Smart-Box in your community stores, restaurants, and more

5. Read Srimad Bhagavatam together over the phone

Contact us at toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com / 416-400-7001


April MSF is on Saturday, April 28th. Will you join us?
Everyone matters, Every bit counts!

Nrsimha Caturdasi - Saturday, April 28, 2018

Saturday, April 28 we will be celebrating Nrsimha Caturdasi, the appearance day of Nrsimhadeva, the half-man half-lion incarnation of Lord Krishna. 

Nrsimhadeva appeared to protect a saintly five-year-old boy Prahlada, the son of Hiranyakasipu, a demoniac king. Hiranyakasipu constantly tortured Prahlada for worshipping his worst enemy, Lord Krishna. He despised the Lord and obtained several benedictions from Brahma in order to make himself as close to being immortal as possible. Nevertheless, Hiranyakasipu was killed without breaking any of these benedictions by Narsimhadeva who appeared from a pillar in the demon’s palace. As He had stated in the Bhagavad Gita, He appeared when there was a need for Him to protect His devotees and annihilate the demons. 

Let us pray for the protection of Nrsimhadeva to help annihilate all obstacles in our spiritual path. Join us for the festivities Saturday evening starting at 4pm!
  • 4:00pm to 6:00pm: Special Kirtan by HH Niranjana Swami
  • 6:00pm to 6:30pm: Arati and Nrsimha Pranam
  • 6:30pm to 6:35pm: Welcome & Announcements
  • 6:35pm to 7:30pm: Discourse on Lord Nrsimhadeva
  • 7:30pm to 8:00pm: Abhiskeka (bathing ceremony)
  • 8:00pm to 8:30pm: Arati
  • 8:30pm: Prasadam (vegetarian feast)

Special Guests this Weekend!

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is excited to welcome both Niranjana Swami and Madhavananda Dasa to our community from Thursday April 26, 2018 to Monday, April 30, 2018. They both visited last year and enamoured our entire community with their kirtans, in-depth classes and overall association!

This visit, there are many programs to be a part of across the GTA so please do not miss out!

Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, April 27th: 
Evening Class by Madhavananda Prabhu 

Saturday, April 28th:
Kirtan Program with Niranjana Swami 
ISKCON Toronto
4pm - 6pm

Sunday, April 29th:
Morning Sunday Feast Class by Madhavananda Prabhu

Evening Sunday Feast Class by Niranjana Swami
ISKCON Toronto
6:30pm - 7:15pm

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Two Initiatives to Honour Lord Rama!

In honour of Lord Ramachandra's appearance on Sunday, Mar 25th, Toronto Sankirtan Team (TST) is delighted to extend two exciting initiatives for you and your friends and family, as we collectively get ready to celebrate this most auspicious festival!

DAILY Readings from the Ramayana via Conference call (Mar 12th to Apr 13th)

Monday, Mar 12th to Friday, Apr 13th
5:45 AM to 6:00 AM

FREE Conference Call Number: 1 866-259-3126 / PIN: 12349

If you do not have a copy of the Ramayana, here is a link: https://www.vedabase.com/en/rkd


32-rounds Japathon (Saturday, Mar 24th)

*1 round = 108 Hare Krishna Mantras on beads

Everyone is welcome to join this ‘Japathon’ – to chant 32 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra on beads – collectively (at the temple) or individually (at home) – and log your rounds (link below)! If, however, for some reason you cannot chant 32 rounds, we encourage you to do at least ONE extra round to participate in this Japathon!

We will be making a special offering of our collective Japathon rounds to Lord Rama at Rama Navami festival on Sunday March 25th.

Let’s all participate enthusiastically in this japathon by logging our rounds at the link below. Everyone matters, every bit counts!

Details:

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (ISKCON Toronto) / at your convenience (home)

Log your rounds by clicking here!

Rama Navami - March 25, 2018

On Sunday, March 25th, we will be celebrating Rama Navami, the appearance of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is an incarnation of Krishna who appeared in Ayodhya during the Treta Yuga as the son of King Dasaratha. During Lord Rama’s reign, all the citizens were happy, religious and their necessities of life were provided. He was a virtuous, charitable and dutiful King. He is particularly known for his victorious battle with the ten-headed demon Ravana, the evil King of Lanka thereby freeing his wife Sita from the demon’s captivity. Through his life, he exemplified heroism, morality and good governance. 

For the festivities, we will be having a special discourse, a presentation by our Sunday FunSkool kids and an arati ceremony for Lord Rama. Come join us next Sunday for a very special Sunday Feast starting at 6:00pm!

Schedule is as follows (subject to change):

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:15pm: Special Class by Jagannatha Misra das
7:15pm - 7:40pm: Drama by Sunday FunSkool Kids
7:40pm - 8:00pm: Arati for Lord Rama
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

6 Hour Kirtan - Saturday, March 3rd, 2018!

ISKCON Toronto will be hosting a 6 Hour Kirtan
on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 from 2:30pm to 8:30pm to celebrate the Appearance Day of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Please join us for a wonderful Kirtan and prasadam (vegetarian feast) to celebrate the glories of Lord Caitanya!

We will be chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra for 6 hours in a variety of melodies. It will be a wonderful opportunity for both music lovers and aspiring yogis to keep their senses engaged in the Holy Name of the Lord!




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Siva Ratri Celebrations This Sunday!


This Sunday, February 18, 2018, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Siva Ratri.*

Siva Ratri literally translates as “the Night of Lord Siva.” Lord Siva is described as “the greatest Vaishnava (devotee of Lord Krishna)"; as such, this week's Sunday Feast will be dedicated to honouring Lord Siva.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati
6:30pm to 6:35pm - Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm to 7:15pm - Class by HG Rupanuga das
7:15pm to 7:30pm - Abhisheka (bathing ceremony) for Lord Siva
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Arati


*Please note that the actual day of Siva Ratri was on Wednesday, February 14, but the festival will be celebrated at the temple on Sunday, February 18.

Gaura Purnima - March 1st, 2018

Join us at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple on Thursday March 1st, as we celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the year, Gaura Purnima, the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. He appeared in the city of Navadvipa in Bengal in 1486. Throughout His life he practically demonstrated how to follow the teachings of Lord Krishna with love and devotion in the simplest way. He inaugurated the Golden Age amidst the age of Kali and established the chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna (Sankirtan) as the Yuga Dharma. He generously distributed His teachings to all the fallen people without any discrimination and rekindled their love for God. In this way, He personally exemplified how to be a pure devotee of Lord Krishna.

We will be celebrating the auspicious appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the evening at 6pm at the temple. The program will include a special Abhishek, beautiful Darshan, a wonderful presentation, sumptuous vegetarian feast, and much more! Come join us, there is no better way to start the month! 

Schedule:

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:10pm: Class
7:15pm - 8:00pm: Abhishek (Bathing Ceremony)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast

ISKCON News Features Toronto's Sankirtan Efforts!

Our very own Toronto Sankirtan Team (TST) has been featured in ISKCON News! This article highlights some of the challenges leading up the December Marathon and how the collective efforts of many devotees across the GTA helped SMASH all of the goals set out this year.

To read the full article, please click here!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Nityananda Trayodasi - Monday, January 29, 2018


On Monday, January 29, 2018 we will be celebrating Nityananda Trayodasi, the auspicious appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu. The name Nityananda means eternal happiness. Nityananda Prabhu appeared in the 15th century as the principle associate of Lord Caitanya, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Together they helped spread the chanting of the holy names of the Lord far and wide. Nityananda Prabhu is considered to be the most merciful incarnation of the Lord. 
He was extremely compassionate and often delivered even the most materially conditioned souls. He is always so absorbed in love and devotion. 

Come join us as we glorify and seek the blessings of the merciful Nityananda Prabhu. Festivities will begin at the temple on Monday January 29th at 6pm and will include a special darshan, a discourse about Nityananda Prabhu, a beautiful bhajan, and a vegetarian feast.

Schedule (Subject to change):

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Arati and Kirtan
6:30 PM - 6:35 PM: Welcome and Announcements
6:35PM - 7:15PM: Special Class on the Glories of Lord Nityananda
7:15PM - 8:00PM: Special Bhajan Presentation
8:00PM - 8:30PM: Arati and Kirtan
8:30PM - Onwards: Vegetarian Feast