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, December 19, 2014

Magnificent Mayapur - An Enchanting Video

An incredible video that is a "must watch" for anyone that has been to the holy land of Mayapur in West Bengal, India.  In fact, if you've never been, this incredible video will transport you instantaneously! The description from the creators of the video is as follows:

As the rising moon dispels darkness, spreading its soothing rays in all directions, so too did the Golden Avatar Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appear in this world to bestow infinite light, hope, and love. Day by day, the worldwide bhakti revolution He ignited accelerates, as the background noise of doubt and fear is drowned by the vibration of sacred mantra. Entrance Into Eternity is a multi-part film series tracing this sankirtan movement back to its divine source, the epicenter of devotional ecstasy, the kirtan capital of the universe, Sridham Mayapur.

In Mayapur, the sweet melody of kirtan is never far, and hearts are awakened to the sacred flow of mercy. Men and women, boys and girls, from all corners of the world, pierce through divides of caste and color to harmonize their voices and deeds in service to the Supreme.

Some say Sri Caitanya was crazy. Some say he's gone. Others who know better still dance in His earthshaking kirtan, bathing in His limitless love and grace.

Dedicated to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Children's Christmas Party - Dec 20th

To celebrate the end of another exciting year, the Krishna FunSkool Team is organizing a very special Christmas Party. This event is open for all children (up to the age of 12 years) of our community. You do not have to be a registered student of Krishna FunSkool to attend. It promises to be a fun-filled evening with kirtan, games, prasadam and presents!

Children's Christmas Party
Dec 20th 4:00-6:00pm
We request you to register your children by emailing us at kids@torontokrishna.com before Dec 15th.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Book Marathon 2014 - Join the Effort!

At the Hare Krishna Centre, the month of December is a busy one, as we celebrate our annual Srila Prabhupada Marathon - a collective effort by Hare Krishna temples around the world to share the knowledge of ‘Bhagavad-Gita’ and other spiritual books with public in a grand way. To-date, over five hundred million pieces of Vedic literature have been distributed around the world by ISKCON.  There are many ways for you to get involved!

The Gift of Knowledge - "Sastra Dana"
In the Bhagavad-Gita, Sri Krishna states, “For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.” (BG 18.68 & 69)

Taking this instruction to heart, your Toronto Hare Krishna Centre has been distributing tens of thousands of these spiritual books, including a whopping 50,000 last year, and hopes for another 50,000 in 2014. Many of these books are placed in hospitals, hotels, community centres, immigration centres, waiting rooms and other publicly accessible spaces through the generous donations of our community.

Thus, we are asking for your help with “Sastra Dana” or sharing of knowledge, by sponsoring Bhagavad-Gitas or even other Vedic texts. For example, sponsoring 108 hard-bound Bhagavad-Gitas is $1,080, 108 soft-bound Gitas is only $540, and 108 other smaller Vedic books is $216. You can give as much as your heart desires.

Srimad Bhagavatam and Caitanya Caritamrta Full Sets on Sale!
December is typically a time to give and receive gifts and there is no better time to give your family a set of Srimad Bhagavatam or what is called the ripened fruit of all Vedic literature. The complete Srimad Bhagavatam set contains 12 cantos in a beautiful 18 volume hardbound set.

We brought in a large shipment, and in order to share this gift, it is being offered at a discounted price of $299, or around only $16 a book! This is the last few weeks that it will be offered at $299 (or $29 per month on a payment plan!), before the price likely increases to better reflect the actual cost and shipping. Please reserve your copy now before we are sold out! The Srimad Bhagavatam sets are also available in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, and many other languages.

If you already have the Srimad Bhagavatam, we don’t want to leave you out! We are making the entire 9 volume Caitanya Caritamrta available for $129, or just around $14 per book!

Please reserve your set and make Srila Prabhupada’s desire come through that every respectable person should have a full set at home. Please drop by the “Bring Auspiciousness Home” table at Sunday Feast, contact toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com or call 1-888-412-7088 to reserve your set from the limited inventory.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Seminar: Practical Krishna Consciousness Living

HG Vaisesika Prabhu and HG Nirakula Mataji are in town and we have several events lined up to keep you busy this weekend, starting with a seminar on Practical Krishna Conscious Living - Down-to-earth Tips for Personal and Spiritual Growth this Friday, December 12, 2014.

Here is a little description for this seminar: 

The practice of bhakti yoga encourages a lifestyle based on the application of yoga philosophy as described in the Bhagavad Gita. Please join us for this interactive seminar to learn practical tips and tools to enhance your personal life and spiritual practices.

Seminar Details:

Practical Krishna Conscious Living - Down-to-earth Tips for Personal and Spiritual Growth
Interactive Seminar by Vaisesika Dasa

Friday, December 12, 2014
6:30-8:30pm
Free seminar (donations welcome)

Please join us for what will be a fun-filled evening!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gita Jayanti - Advent of the Bhagavad Gita on December 2, 2014

Over five thousand years ago, Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna, discussing the fundamental principles of life. The Gita lucidly explains the nature of consciousness, the self and the universe. It contains both the essence of India's spiritual wisdom and the answers to questions that have been posed by philosophers for centuries.

Today, that same Bhagavad-gita has been translated to numerous languages and is read by millions of people around the world, revered in academic circles, and studied by spiritualists of all backgrounds.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 marks Gita Jayanti, the day when Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna. We will be celebrating this occasion by reading the entire Gita in Sanskrit and English, separately. The reading will begin at 6:00pm and will take approximately two-three hours, which will be followed by a vegetarian feast.

Please join us on this most auspicious occasion with your whole family!

Festival Schedule (subject to change):

6:00pm: Sanskrit reading will commence in the temple room, English reading will begin in Srila Prabhupada's Quarters
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
8:30pm: Vegetarian Feast will be served




Vaisesika Prabhu and Nirakula Mataji Coming Back to Town!

H.G. Vaisesika Prabhu and Nirakula Mataji arrive next week and below is their detailed schedule. Please try your best to come to as many programs as you can. Also please help spread the word!

Friday, Dec 12th to Monday Dec 15th
7:30 am - 9:00 am - Srimad Bhagavatam Classes
Grow by Giving: Book Distribution is High Sadhana

Friday Dec 12th - 6:30-8:30pm 
Seminar:- Practical Krishna Conscious Living - Down-to-earth Tips for Personal and Spiritual Growth

Saturday Dec 13th  
11:00 am - 2:30 pm - Sankirtan Outing
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - THE Bhajan Night and Pizza Party!

Sunday Dec 14th
6:30 pm - Sunday Feast at ISKCON Toronto

All programs will be broadcast live on mayapur.tv (Toronto channel). Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or if you would like to help in any way.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CPR Training with St. John's Ambulance - Nov 8, 2014

Learn to be a lifesaver!  On Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, the Hare Krishna Temple will be hosting St. John's Ambulance who will be conducting a CPR  a program that is suitable for anyone interested in learning or refreshing their knowledge of CPR.

Students will Learn:
-  how to activate Emergency Medical Services
-  provide assistance to an adult whose heart has stopped or who is choking
-  how to recognize signs and symptoms of a stroke

Additionally, this course will teach students on the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). CPR (Level A) certificates are issued upon successful completion.

To register for the course, please click here.  For course fees and information, contact: vcare@torontokrishna.com.  Please note, this course has a maximum capacity of 25 students so space is limited.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Honouring Srila Prabhupada - Monday, October 27

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites one and all to join us for a reflective evening as we observe Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day on Monday, October 27th, from 6pm to 9pm. On this day, we reflect on the remarkable life of Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on the anniversary of his passing (known as the Disappearance Day).

ISKCON is now a worldwide movement and is comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants around the globe. This day will provide a great chance to meditate on what Srila Prabhupada means to us.

Please join us for the festivities that will start at 6:00pm with arati and will continue until approximately 9:00pm. Please join us as we glorify Srila Prabhupada on this very important day.