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.

Monday, September 10, 2018

BIRTHDAY GIFTS FOR SRIMATI RADHARANI


The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Sunday, September 16th for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm, stay tuned for more details. As an annual tradition, the highlight of the evening will be when we open gifts for Srimati Radharani that have been brought by the assembled devotees.

If you and your family feel inclined, you are welcome to bring a gift for Their Lordships. Some humble suggestions from the pujari department include:

Items for the Deities:
  •  handkerchiefs
  •  jewelry
  •  medium size storage containers
  •  bindis
Altar Cleaning Items:
  • silver polish (cream/liquid)
  • brass/copper polish (cream/liquid)
  • wood polish
  • laundry soap
  • soft cleaning cloths
  • towels
  • eco-friendly cleaning products
A limited supply of jewelry will be available to purchase at the Temple on Sunday, September 16th; Gift certificates will also be available.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Janmastami Deity Darshan

Deity Darshan from yesterday's Sri Krishna Janmastami festival can be found HERE, pictures courtesy of ISKCON Toronto's Deity Department.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

6 Hour Kirtan - 2 Day Special!

We warmly invite everyone for a 2 days of non-stop 6 hour kirtan! This year we will celebrate Janmastami by chanting the Holy Name for 2 days, Sunday, September 2nd and Monday September 3rd! Both days will begin at 12:30pm - 6:30pm. We have invited a special guest - Amala kirtan prabhu from Brazil!


We will be chanting the Hare Krishna maha mantra for 6 hours in 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!



Janmastami 2018! All the Information You Need!

Just over a week after we celebrate the appearance day of Lord Balarama, we celebrate our biggest and grandest celebration at the temple, Krishna Janmastami, the appearance day of Lord Krishna. This year Janmastami falls on Monday, September 3rd. However, we will be celebrating Krishna Janmastami on Sunday, September 2nd and on September 3rd!

Krishna appeared over five thousand years ago in Mathura. His name means the all attractive one. He is transcendental, all-knowing and possesses all the qualities of all the avatars yet He remains as an ever-youthful cowherd boy. His beauty and sweetness know no bounds. Lord Krishna is the spiritual master and friend to all.

To set the mood for this most auspicious day we will have two 6 hour kirtans on Sunday and Monday starting at 12:30pm. The temple will be buzzing with activity on Janmastami day starting at 4:30am with Mangala arati. The main festivities will start at 6pm and go until midnight. The evening will be filled with kirtan, bhajans, discourses, dances and an abhishek (bathing ceremony). The highlight is of course the countdown to midnight. A special arati will be performed to their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha who will be dressed in an exquisite flower outfit!

We are pleased to announce that world-renowned kirtaneer Amala Kirtan prabhu will be attending our Janmastami celebrations. You can be sure to expect the temple room to be filled with lively energetic kirtan!

We have found some nearby overnight parking options for your convenience. These parking lots are about 10 minutes walking distance from the temple.

55 Avenue Road (Whole Foods/Underground)

251 Macpherson Ave

1010 Yonge Street

15 Price Street

The following is the schedule for the festival on Sunday, September 2nd(subject to change):

12:30pm - 6:30pm: 6 Hour Kirtan

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan

6:30pm - 6:45pm: Welcome and Announcements

6:45pm - 7:30pm: Class

7:30pm - 8:00pm: Prasadam

8:00pm - 8:45pm: Arati and Kirtan


The following is the schedule for the festival on Monday, September 3rd(subject to change):


12:30pm - 6:30pm: 6 Hour Kirtan

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan

6:30pm - 6:45pm: Welcome and Announcements

6:45pm - 7:30pm: Kids Presentation

7:30pm - 8:00pm: Class

8:00pm - 8:45pm: Arati and Kirtan

8:45pm - 9:00pm Special Announcements

9:00pm - 10:00pm: Donor Abhishek

10:00pm - 10:15pm: Presentation by Temple Council

10:15pm -11:00pm: Special Musical Presentation

11:00pm - 12:00am: Maha Abhishek

12:00am - 12:30am: Midnight Arati with Special Flower Darshan!

Please join us with your whole family on this very special occasion!

Friday, August 24, 2018

ISKCON Toronto’s 2018 Congregational Vyasa Puja Book


The appearance day (birthday) of Srila Prabhupada is a very special occasion for all Hare Krishna devotees.  Srila Prabhupada appeared on Nandotsava – the day that Nanda Maharaja had a big festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Krsna (Sri Krsna Janmastami).   This year, Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja falls on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and celebrations will be from 11am-3pm at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple.

This day is known as Vyasa Puja because the spiritual master is a representative of Srila Vyasadeva who is the author of the Srimad Bhagavatam, one of our most important scriptures.  Traditionally, Vyasa Puja "offerings" are made by devotees who write and present personal messages to the spiritual master.   The Governing Body Commission (GBC) for ISKCON has stated that every devotee in ISKCON should write an offering to Srila Prabhupada on Vyasa Puja.

We would like to encourage all devotees in our community to write a personal letter, in the form of an offering to Srila Prabhupada for this year’s festival and, to further facilitate this process, we will be making a special ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book for 2018.   This book will be presented to Srila Prabhupada on the day of Vyasa Puja.   Following the program, the book will be on display for devotees to read all the offerings by devotees of our community.  Please note – due to time constraints during the festival, we will not be able to have everyone read out their offerings during the main festivities.  However, devotees are welcome to privately do so before or after the festival.

In order to facilitate this whole process, pre-printed pages have been prepared and we are asking devotees to hand write offerings onto these specially-designed pages.   The maximum length of the offering is one page per person. PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ONLINE OFFERINGS THIS YEAR.

The hand-written offerings can be submitted in person at the temple, in the designated drop box, up until 11:00am on September 4th.

We humbly encourage you to please take this opportunity to honour Srila Prabhupada with a personal offering!  Hare Krsna!

Your Servants,
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple


Guidelines for Your Written Offering:

  • Write your offering in the mood of a personal letter to Srila Prabhupada.  Write in a style as if you are addressing Srila Prabhupada directly (e.g. “Srila Prabhupada, it is by your mercy that I have come to Krsna consciousness.”)
  • The Vyasa Puja offering is meant for glorifying the spiritual master.    So offerings need to be made in that mood and not be used as a platform for airing one's grievances.  
  • You may wish to read the previous year’s Vyasa Puja offerings made to Srila Prabhupada by various senior devotees around ISKCON.    It may give you some ideas of how to express yourself.   These can be found here: http://prabhupada.krishna.com/homages
  • It is a courtesy to start your offering with Srila Prabhupada’s pranama mantras; we have already printed these onto the official pages.   A suggested opening is as follows: “Dear Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances.   All glories to you on this auspicious occasion of your Vyasa Puja.” 
  • The main content of the offering should glorify the role that Srila Prabhupada is playing in your life as well as express your indebtedness to him.   You may also include reports about your spiritual growth, how you are meeting challenges and how you are carrying out his orders.    
  • To end the offering it would be nice to show one’s appreciation and desire to please, by some nice phrase such as “Your Humble Servant” or something similar.
  • Please note, the temple reserves the right to not publish an offering if it is deemed inappropriate.


Submission Requirements and Deadlines
Hand-written offerings must be submitted no later than 11:00am  at ISKCON Toronto on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Hare Krishna Couples' Retreat! **Registration Extended**

We would like to warmly invite all the associating, engaged, and married couples to the Hare Krishna Couples' Retreat which will be happening from 28 September - 30 September, 2018, just an hour outside of Toronto. The retreat is put on by the Grihastha Vision Team (GVT) for the first time in Canada!

The facilitators - Uttama and Partha prabhus, Krsnanandini and Tariq prabhus (http://vaisnavafamilyresources.org/grihastha-vision-team-members/) are highly expertise in strengthening, educating and enlivening family relationships.

Throughout the retreat you can learn how to better communicate, 'spiritualize' your relationship while balancing material demands, and get an escape from the city!

Address:
Simcoe County Rd 50,
Adjala-Tosorontio, ON L0N 1P0
(an hour away from Toronto)

Registration:
To sign up for this wonderful retreat please click here.

Fees:
$320 per couple
registration deadline: September 15, 2018
fee includes: accommodation, prasadam, classes
*overnight accommodation available
Fees can be paid by using the following options:

1.) Donate button on the sidebar. Please include "Couple Retreat" in the memo.  

2.) EMT transfer at donate@torontokrishna.com. Please use the password "couples2018" to ensure your payment is accepted. 


Welcoming Vaisesika Das & Nirakula Devi Dasi!

Toronto's Hare Krishna community is very excited to once again be welcoming Vaisesika Dasa and Nirakula Devi Dasi to our community from August 24th - 27th! Their visit will be punctuated by a whirlwind four days of festivals, classes, and book distribution! The official schedule is as follows:

Friday, August 24th to Monday, August 27th 
7:30-9:00 am
Srimad Bhagavatam Class daily

Saturday, August 25th 
1:00-5:00 pm
111th Monthly Sankirtan Festival at Old City hall

Saturday, August 25th
6:00 pm
Balaram Appearance day festival at ISKCON Toronto

Sunday, August 26th
4:30-5:45pm
Kids kirtan with Vaisesika Prabhu *please see poster below*

Sunday, August 26th
6pm onwards
Sunday Feast at ISKCON Toronto

*** As always, all temple events will be broadcast live!***







Sunday, August 19, 2018

Balarama Jayanti - August 25, 2018

On Saturday, August 25th we will be celebrating Balarama Jayanti, the auspicious appearance day of Lord Balarama. Lord Balarama appeared as the elder brother of Lord Krishna when He descended five thousand years ago. While Lord Krishna has a dark bluish cloud complexion, Lord Balarama’s complexion is like a white autumn cloud. He possesses boundless strength which is represented by the plough He carries. Lord Balarama is considered the adi-guru, the original spiritual master for everyone. No one can approach Lord Krishna without first getting the mercy of Lord Balarama.

This year we are grateful to have Vaisesika prabhu and Nirakula mataji join us for the festivities.

They will attend the Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) outing earlier during the day between 1pm and 5pm at Old City Hall (corner of Bay St and Queen St W). This is a wonderful opportunity to greet passersby with some chanting and dancing as well as to share transcendantal books with them on this special day.

Our visiting guests will also attend the evening celebrations at the temple starting at 6pm. Join us as we celebrate the auspicious appearance of Lord Balarama with kirtan, a special class given by Vaisesika prabhu, arati and sumptuous prasadam!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Krishna FunkSkool Summer Kids Camp - August 27 - 31, 2018

Krishna's FunSkool at Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple is very happy to announce the 11th annual Summer Kids Camp 2018 for kids aged 4-12!

Join us for 5 fun-filled days for a memorable experience of interactive spiritual learning. Each of the five days will have a unique theme from our rich Vedic Heritage. Activities will include arts, crafts, drama, yoga, music, cooking classes, outdoor activities and much more.

Sumptuous breakfast, lunch and snack prasadam will be provided.

Here are more details:

The camp will run for five days Monday, August 27th to Friday, August 31st, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hare Krishna temple, 243, Avenue Road, Toronto. You can register your child for one, more or all the 5 days.

Please register your child by filling up the form by clicking here.


Registration Fee: $30 per day or $125 for all five days


You can complete the payment for registration in the following ways:

1. In Person - On Sundays at the Front desk at ISKCON Toronto Hare Krishna temple between 6:15 - 8:30 p.m. Please give the name of your child, age and Gopinath Summer Kids Camp 2018 while making the donation.

2. Online using PayPal/interac/EMT via donate@torontokrishna.com - Please add the name of your child, age and Gopinath Summer Kids Camp 2018 in the description line.
3. By Cheque payable to ISKCON Toronto.
For more information please contact us at 416-830-6850 or email to kids@torontokrishna.com

Srila Prabhupada - Our Founder Acarya Seminar

For millennia the teachings and the rich culture of bhakti-yoga, or Krishna Consciousness, had been hidden within the borders of India. Today, millions around the globe express their gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for revealing the timeless wisdom of bhakti to the world.

Śrīla Prabhupāda did not simply carry the message of Lord Caitanya and Lord Krishna to us. While that in itself is a glorious task, Śrīla Prabhupāda, as the Founder-Ācārya, created the very foundation, function and vision of ISKCON as a global community aiming for the “respiritualization of the entire human society.” Śrīla Prabhupāda’s role, is ongoing. His presence is to be felt in the life of every ISKCON devotee today, and in the lives of devotees many centuries into the future. Understanding how Śrīla Prabhupāda is in the center of our lives and our society, and knowing how to keep him in that essential role, is the purpose of this course.

Please join in to participate in this series of Seminars - Founder Acarya, facilitated by HG Suresvara Dasa conveniently located all over the GTA to understand and celebrate the preeminent position of Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON as well as every follower's foundational relationship with him.

To RSVP and for more questions, please contact us at : education@torontokrishna.com


About the Speaker: 

Suresvara dasa Vanacari joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1970
and received 1 st and 2 nd initiations from Srila Prabhupada in 1971 &
1972. Over the years Suresvara’s service has centered around Prabhupada’s
books—studying them, distributing them, helping to produce them,
writing articles based on them, and now, teaching from them.
In 2011, while teaching at the Mayapur Institute for Higher Education, his
concern over the lack of connection many younger devotees were
feeling for our founder-acarya reached a tipping point, so that year he
began researching and presenting the seminar, “Srila Prabhupada, Our
Founder-Acarya.”
With the encouragement of the Mayapur Institute and the GBC
committee, “Srila Prabhupada’s Position,” Suresvara has been traveling
the ISKCON world with the founder-acarya series since 2011, helping
devotees deepen their relationship with, commitment to, and love for our
beloved founder-acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupada.