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.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari - Jan 12-15, 2017

Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple is excited to welcome back Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari to the Greater Toronto Area from Jan 11-16, 2017.  Traveling across the globe, Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari is a teacher, author of several books, and personal mentor and guide to tens of thousands in over 100 countries.  He explores and makes knowledge from the ancient Vedic scriptures relevant to us in modern times.

Together with his wife and teaching partner, Vishnupriya Devi Dasi, he brings the purity of an ancient tradition, makes it easily accessible and applicable, and lays out a clear process to escape the clutches of our difficult lives.

He shares deep spiritual insights and practices through his famous Ultimate Self Realization Course, a combination of email education, live classes over the Internet, and in-person live classes, seminars, workshops, all delivered lovingly as a service to humanity, without any barriers of fees or commercial exchanges. For an archive of his teachings, see www.sda-archives.com.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari joined the Hare Krishna movement and received initiation from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971. Since then, he has been serving his spiritual master's order sincerely and enthusiastically. He is an initiating spiritual master within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Official Program Schedule:

  • Friday Jan 13, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    ISKCON Brampton - The Six Loving Exchanges [Register]
  • Saturday Jan 14, 2017 - 8:30am - 1:30pm
    ISKCON Scarborough - Karma, Destiny, Free Will, and Reincarnation [Register]
  • Saturday Jan 14, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    ISKCON Toronto - The Holy Name of God - Krishna, Allah, Jehovah, Buddha, Govinda [Register]
  • Sunday Jan 15, 2017 - 7:30am - 11:00am
    ISKCON Brampton - Initiation Ceremony (All Welcome to Attend)
  • Sunday Jan 15, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    ISKCON Brampton, Sunday Feast Class
  • Sunday Jan 15, 2017 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    ISKCON Toronto, Sunday Feast Class

Everyone is warmly welcome to attend all of these exciting programs!

Video: Prabhupada Festival

On Sunday, January 1, 2017, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple hosted our annual Srila Prabhupada Festival.  It was a special evening that was filled with kirtan, drama, prasadam and more!  One of our dear congregation members, Sathi Prabhu, captured some video from that crowded evening!  Check it out below!

Video: Marc Ellis Joins the Hare Krishnas

Marc Ellis is a New Zealand businessman and television presenter, and former rugby league and rugby union player. During the 1995 Rugby World Cup he scored six tries in the game against Japan, which is the record for the most tries by an individual in a Rugby World Cup match.

A few years ago, as part of a television show, Ellis joined the Hare Krishnas for a few days.  He spent those few days at the Hare Krishna Temple in Riverhead, Auckland, New Zealand.

While the video has some "interesting" moments, by and large Ellis gives a very positive review of the Hare Krishna way of life.  Check it out!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Special Fire Yajna this Sunday, January 8, 2017

As Hare Krishnas, ceremonies are a big part of our spiritual practice.  Almost all major times of life are marked by some time of ceremony.  From the time a child takes it's first grains, to the time of initiation, and even when someone is about to pass from this world, auspicious ceremonies can often be performed and mantras are regularly chanted.

This upcoming weekend, the Toronto Hare Krishna temple is welcoming Brahma Muhurta das from New York, USA.  Brahma Muhurta das is specially trained in teaching qualified devotees how to perform fire yajnas (pronounced "YUG-yuh").

A fire yajna is a ceremonial ritual wherein ghee (clarified butter), grains and other items are offered into fire amidst the chanting of mantras.  It is a beautiful ritual that brings a level of auspiciousness and peacefulness to the atmosphere.

This Sunday, January 8, 2017, we will be hosting a special Sunday Feast at the Toronto Hare Krishna temple.  Brahma Muhurta das will be leading a special fire yajna which will be performed during the normal class time (6:45pm to 7:30pm) and everyone in attendance will get a chance to observe.  The purpose of this yajna will be to seek blessings from Lord Krishna for the temple and the community of devotees as we embark on the year 2017.

A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to come to the temple this upcoming Sunday evening!

Community Town Hall - Jan 8, 2017

UPDATE - The Town Hall will NOT be broadcast live online in an effort to promote better in-person attendance.

The Temple Council is very excited to announce that we will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Govinda’s Dining Hall.  This Town Hall will present an opportunity for our vibrant Hare Krishna community to come forward and engage in a productive, two-way dialogue about our Hare Krishna temple and community at large.

The Town Hall will begin with a small presentation from the ISKCON Toronto Temple Council, highlighting the successes, challenges and financial developments over the last several months.  After this, we will open up the dialogue to our entire community to share their thoughts, dreams, concerns and suggestions about how we can continue to grow our temple and community.

Please accept this as a warm invitation for you to come and attend our Town Hall.  We continue to host these Town Halls every three months in an attempt to increase the communication between the temple management and our dear congregation.

If you are unable to make it to the Town Hall, but would like to share some ideas, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to fill out our form by clicking here or email us at templecouncil@torontokrishna.com.  You can also visit the Temple Council's website at templecouncil.torontokrishna.com.

We hope to see you on Sunday, January 8, 2017 - please feel free to pass along this warm invitation to your devotee friends!  Hare Krishna!

Sincerely,
The ISKCON Toronto Temple Council
templecouncil@torontokrishna.com
www.torontokrishna.com

Festival Report: Srila Prabhupada Festival

What a Way to Kick Off the New Year!
Festival Report by: Smruthi Venkateshan

New Year's Day kicked off with a bang at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple, with grand celebrations for His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada who is the founder of the ISKCON movement.

The night started out with a melodious kirtan and arati ceremony for their Lordships Sri Sri Radha-Ksira-Chora Gopinatha. After the arati, everyone gathered around Srila Prabhupada and offered their thanks to him, by placing flowers on his lotus feet.

In the mood of giving thanks, devotees presented Srila Prabhupada a letter that the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau wrote to ISKCON Toronto in celebration of our movement's 50th anniversary. Devotees attempted to persuade Prime Minister Trudeau to join them for the Ratha Yatra this year, by sending a photo with the letter and all the devotees who were gathered.

Following the special photo session, kids from 4 to 13 years, gave a small recital of verses from the Gita as a special offering to Srila Prabhupada. Continuing the celebrations, Toronto showcased its unique connection to Remuna a holy place in India and explained the origins of Sri Sri Radha-Ksira-Chora Gopinatha in the form of a play, expertly directed by Bhaktimarga Swami. After a ecstatic kirtan, and arati, devotees celebrated the night away with a wonderful vegetarian feast!

Welcoming Brahma Muhurta das to Toronto this Weekend

Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be welcoming Brahma Muhurta das to our community this weekend!  He will be conducting a "Yajna Training Seminar" (by invitation only) to help train local devotees in performing yajnas.  "Yajnas" are fire sacrifices wherein grains and other items are offered into fire amidst the chanting of mantras.

At the age of 14 Brahma Muhurta das first read the Sanskrit philosophical text Bhagavad-gita. Inspired by its teachings, he devoted himself to more fully understanding classical Indian philosophical and religious culture. At 17 he received initiation from Bhakti Tirtha Swami and a few months later received second initiation. While a brahmachari (celibate monk), he served as the Head Pujari (Priest) in the Gita-Nagari temple and the personal servant of his guru. He later received his BFA from Tufts University and and MFA from the University of Florida, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship to India to support his work on art and India Ritual.

Brahma Muhurta das’ endeavor to study classical  Indian rituals has lead him to seek the tutelage of various teachers. He began his Sanskrit studies under Professor Michael Witzel of Harvard University. He developed curriculum on rituals at the Sri Rupanuga Vidyapitham, Mayapur, West Bengal and studied under Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami. He later continued to study temple rituals and the pancaratrika agamas under Gaura Keshava Prabhu of Sri Rangam and Maui, and did research under the guidance of Sri Ramana Bhattar of Sri Rangam.

In Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s final days, he requested Brahma Muhurta das to return to his home in the US and perform his last rites where Brahma Muhurta was given the instruction and blessing to dedicate his life to studying and teaching ritual. In addition to his art and academic career where he has taught at RISD and Boston College, and in accordance with this, Brahma Muhurta das has been officiating weddings and myriad other Hindu rituals, including the opening of temples, for nearly 20 years, in the Americas, Europe, and India.

Acharya Film Theatrical Release


In 1965, a lone holy man sets out across the ocean from India to america carrying nothing but a timeless message and a vision of a world united. In a time of war and disillusionment, he inspires a generation of youth, and against all odds forms an unstoppable spiritual revolution.




Thursday, December 29, 2016

Srila Prabhupada Festival - Jan 1, 2017


On New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1st, 2017, Toronto's Hare Krishna temple will be hosting our annual Srila Prabhupada Festival!  Promising to be a great way to start the new year, the festival is usually one of the biggest of the year.

The festival will feature plenty of kirtan, wonderful classes, dynamic presentations and a sumptuous feast to help ring in the new year!  The highlight of the festival will be another spectacular drama, presented by Bhaktimarga Swami.  You won’t want to miss it!  There will be no better way to usher in the new year on an auspicious note!

Festival Schedule (Subject to Change):
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 6:45pm - Guru Puja
6:45pm to 6:50pm - Sankirtan Announcement
6:50pm to 6:55pm - Presentation by Krsna FunSkool
6:55pm to 7:00pm - Video Presentation
7:00pm to 7:05pm - Special Photo Session
7:05pm to 8:00pm - Drama: "Mr. Puri"
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:30pm to 9:30pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

4-Hour Kirtan - Jan 1st - 2pm to 6pm

Sing and dance your way to 2017 with a very special 4-Hour kirtan being held on January 1, 2017!  The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will be hosting a 4-Hour Kirtan on Sunday, January 1, 2017 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

What better way to start the new year than singing the famous Hare Krsna mantra and dancing in ecstasy for 4 straight hours along with other spiritualists? Don't forget to invite your friends and family to join the 4-Hour Kirtan with us!  We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you there.

Please stay tuned for the kirtan schedule which will have a great lineup of our talented local kirtaneers!