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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Vedic Roots Montessori Academy - Summer Camp Enrolment Begins!

Born in 2015, Vedic Roots Montessori Academy (VRMA) has grown into a fully-licensed preschool that integrates the world-recognized Montessori Curriculum with the timeless wisdom of Vedic Culture.

In 2018, VRMA has moved into its first fully licensed location in Scarborough, with a capacity to serve 32 children (ages 18m - 6 years). Enrollment is steadily increasing! VRMA aspires to eventually open multiple locations across the GTA, as well as explore expanding into grade school.

This summer, VRMA is hosting an exciting 7 weeks of SUMMER CAMPS: Jul 3 - Aug 17!
  • Open for all ages up to 12 years
  • Weekly themes include Sanskrit Slokas, Yoga, Gita, Cooking, Vedic Arts & Music and more
  • Early-bird, Sibling and Bulk discounts available!
REGISTER TODAY - limited spots left!

www.vedicroots.ca/summer-camps
info@vedicroots.ca

416-916-7005

Deity Worship Seminar - June 24, 2018

As devotees of Krishna, have you aspired to transform your home into a small temple for God? Have you ever desired to perform personal service to Deities? Are you not sure how to do so authentically? The Hare Krishna Temple is organizing an all-day seminar on Deity Worship with Bhakti Yoga Dasa.

This seminar will cover various topics, including how to:
  • pronounce mantras properly
  • perform achaman (water purification)
  • prepare bhoga (food) offerings
  • use paraphernalia for worship
  • apply tilak (sacred markings on the body)
  • performing arati


Seminar Details:

Date: June 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 am till 4:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: 243 Avenue Road - Govinda's 
Speaker: Bhakti Yoga Dasa

Our sacred texts reveal that God has an authorized representation in the Deity form, which is called arcā-vigraha. This arcā-vigraha is an incarnation of the Supreme Lord. Lord Krishna will accept service through that form. The Lord is omnipotent, all-powerful; therefore, by His incarnation as arcā-vigraha, He can accept the services of the devotee. Click Here to Register for the Seminar!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Bhakti Vriksa Training Course - June 2nd - 3rd, 2018

We are very pleased to share that HG Caitanya Avatar Prabhu will be facilitating a Bhakti Vrksa Training Program in Toronto on June 2nd and 3rd, 2018.

This very special 2 day intensive Bhakti-vriksa leader training course is for all devotees engaged or interested in the service of organizing Bhakti Vriksa Programs (spiritual gatherings), showcasing how to implement new programs in devotees' homes, and how to follow up and cultivate and much more with the perspective of creating leaders.

The Schedule for the Workshop is as follows:

June 2nd: 10 am to 5pm
June 3rd: 12 noon to 4pm

Please register by filling up this form.



Information about our Teacher, Caitanya Avatar Prabhu:

HG Caitanya Avartar prabhu joins ISKCON with experiences on many years of core-preaching and adminstration. He had joined ISKCON movement for more than 20 years. Prabhu is a founding members of the Preaching Team in the Middle East.

Under the guidance of his spiritual teacher, (HH Jayapataka Swami), with great enthusiasm he began working in the core-preaching service. As we know, that Team was a great success which producing a huge devotee community, and always in continuing the developing and the growing of the Organization. This module of preaching structure in other parts of the world has also been successfully copied and are successfully expanding.

Over the last 15 years, Chaitanya Avatar prabhu and his wife (Rasamayi mataji) actively fostering missionary leaders around the world. In this work, prabhu has been pioneering in using the modern technologies.

His innovative use of Network links to the devotional service for the Servant-leaders, directing the pioneering personal self-help guide, and link in contacting Krishna devotees all over the world reaching to all the different time zones, maintaining the cares and providing advice and guidance to the devotees.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sweet Rice Festival - Sunday, May 13, 2018

On Sunday May 13, 2018 we will be celebrating our Sweet Rice Festival! This festival will focus on the glories of our Deities, Radha Ksira-cora Gopinatha and Their special connection to sweet rice. On this occasion, our Deities are offered several different flavours of sweet rice in hand painted pots, painted by members of our community!




http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/features/09-13/cookery8.jpgIf you would like the chance to offer a pot of sweet rice personally to our Deities, come see us at our Sunday Feast this weekend and purchase a clay pot that you can decorate and bring back on Sunday, May 13 during the Sweet Rice Festival to be offered to the Deities on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@torontokrishna.com .

Special Presentation Tomorrow - Send in Your Questions!

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple welcomes Chaitanya Charan Dasa this weekend. Chaitanya Charan is a monk and spiritual author. He has done his Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune. He subsequently served as a software engineer in a prominent multinational software corporation.

Seeing the prevalent problems of stress, depression, addiction and overall misdirection – all caused by a lack of spirituality – he felt inspired to dedicate his life to the cause of sharing the spiritual wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita under the aegis of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna consciousness). He is a member of ISKCON’s leading intellectual body, the Shastric Advisory Council, and is the associate-editor of ISKCON’s global magazine, Back to Godhead. He is the author of the world’s only Gita-daily feature, wherein he writes daily a 300-word inspirational reflection on a verse from the Bhagavad- Gita. He has written over seventeen hundred Gita meditations that are posted on www.gitadaily.com and are read through daily feeds by thousands from all over the world.

He also answers questions by seekers on his site www.thespiritualscientist.com, where his over three thousand five hundred audio answers and several hundred articles are available.

Sunday's Presentation (6:30pm - 7:30pm) will focus on the theme of "Destiny: Do we make it or does it make us?". To facilitate an interactive session, we are collecting questions you may have about destiny. Please fill out the box below and we will try to get to all of these questions!


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