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, October 14, 2014

Radha Kunda's Appearance - Tomorrow!

There are many places of pilgrimage for Krishna devotees, especially in India. Devotees visit them to become inspired in their spiritual lives. Devotees of Krishna observe the appearance of Radha Kunda, also known as Bahulashtami. This Wednesday, October 15, 2014 the Hare Krishna Centre will be celebrating this auspicious occasion beginning at 6:00pm and will include kirtan and a wonderful discourse.

Radha Kunda is a reservoir of water located in Vrindavan, India, where Krishna and Srimati Radharani had Their pastimes. It is mentioned in Sri Isopanishad and other Vedic texts as one of the most sacred places in the universe. Be sure to come out and be transported to this amazing place!

Further, this Sunday' festivities will be extra special as we will have a themed Sunday Feast, celebrating the appearance of Radha Kunda. Festivities will begin at 6:00pm, continue through to 9:00pm and will feature kirtan, class and wonderful prasadam!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Damodar Month Home Programs

Kartika-masa, also known as Damodar-masa, in accordance with Vaishnava calendars, is described in the scriptures as the best among months, for performing austerities for spiritual advancement. This year this auspicious month falls between October 8th and November 6th.

Lord Sri Krishna says, “Of all plants, the sacred Tulasi is most dear to Me, of all months, Kartika is most dear, of all places of pilgrimage, My beloved Dwarka is most dear, and of all days, Ekadasi is most dear.
(Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda 112.3)

During this auspicious month, people perform special activities to increase their spiritual practice. Some of these include - Chanting the Holy names of the Lord (Japa), Daily worship of Tulasi devi, Giving charity, Performing Austerities, Eating only Krishna Prasadam (sanctified food), practicing Brahmacharya (celibacy) and more. Worshipping Lord Damodara by offering ghee lamp as well as chanting of the Damodarastakam is also highly encouraged.

In the month of Kartika, one should worship Lord Damodara and recite the prayer known as Damodarashtakam, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Damodara. (Sri Hari Bhakti Vilasa 2.16.198)

Importance of Deep Dana:
Please hear the glories of offering a lamp/deepa during the month of Kartika, an offering that is very pleasing to Lord Krishna. O’ King of brahmanas, a person who offers a lamp in this way will not take birth again in this world.
(Text 100, Kartika-mahatmya, Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa)

Please join us in taking these glories out to all the souls drifting in the GTA region. Please help us in booking small Damodar programs in the homes of your friends & relatives. The format is very simple and it can be as short as one hour at each location. A group of devotees will visit homes (could be more than one/evening) perform Damodarashtakam, offer lamps and talk about the glories of this wonderful pass-time of the Lord. The host has to do nothing but just invite friends and family members and if desirous can just offer some fruit /juice to the invitees. If you are interested please fill out this form to book the programs, so please share this wonderful knowledge to all around you!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gopinath's Delights is Back for Diwali!

Diwali, also known as "festival of lights" (23rd of October), spiritually signifies the defeat of darkness / ignorance over light / knowledge. It is merely two weeks away and as is tradition, gifts (usually sweets) are exchanged amongst friends and family.

Gopinath's Delights has been serving you (on Diwali and Christmas) since 2011. We're now back- with more variety- and are pleased to inform you that we've started taking orders. For your convenience, we have four sizes: $5, $10, $15 and $20 sweet boxes. Each box comes with a free book*. Weekly sales have also been on for the past two Sundays and will go on for the next two weeksl; please check us out in the main hallway! 

These 100% natural, pure vegetarian and spiritually crafted sweets are prepared with care and offered to 
Sri Sri Radha Ksir-Chor Gopinath with love. Unoffered and sugar- / gluten- free sweets can also be prepared upon request. 

To place orders or if you have any queries, please contact Hina: (647)-989-1806   

*to be picked from pre-selected titles

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Special TOVP Presentation - October 5, 2014

In Sri Dham Mayapur, the largest temple in the world is presently being erected, the Sri Mayapur Chandrodaya Mandir – Temple of the Vedic Planetarium or “TOVP” for short.

Our Founder Acharya, Srila Prabhupada stated, “Now you all together make this Vedic Planetarium very nice, so that people will come and see. From the description in the Srimad Bhagavatam you prepare this Vedic Planetarium. My idea is to attract people of the whole world to Mayapur” Thus this project is a fulfillment of Srila Prabhupada’s wish and devotees from all over the world are coming together to help in the construction of what has been dubbed the “temple for the next millennium”.

Earlier this year, the TOVP Canada team was formed in order to have a coordinated effort to participate and collect funds for selected key elements of the TOVP project. Our initial collections from Canada will go towards the purchase of a “lightning arrester system” which will protect the temple and in particular the central dome from lightning strikes.

The inaugural event for TOVP Canada is a special visit of H.G. Radha Jivana Prabhu on the weekend of October 4th and 5th with a special discourse at ISKCON Toronto’s Sunday Feast on October 5th.

Radha Jivana Prabhu comes from a well established Vaishnava family in Rajasthan. He was educated in Doon School and graduated from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, after which he joined ISKCON in Shri Dham Mayapur in 1978. He served as the Vice President of Calcutta temple, director of BBT in Mayapur and a member of the administrative council in India.  After serving in Mayapur for 14 years he shifted to Alachua, Florida, a large devotee community in America. Over the last two decades he has become a successful businessman who also provides employment for numerous devotees.

Radha Jivana Prabhu is a dedicated disciple of H.H. Tamal Krishna Goswami and actively supports a preaching center in Guanzao China. He has been a major donor in the construction of ISKCON Dwaraka, Rajkot as well as projects in Mayapur. Currently he is active in building the beautiful Las Vegas ISKCON temple.

During the last decade, Radha Jivana Prabhu has been involved in the protection of Brajdham Vrindavan where he was actively engaged in fighting the mining of the sacred hills of Braj where Krishna’s past times took place. After a great deal of effort he succeeded by convincing the government to declare the hills of Braj as protected forest land. He also financed and organized residents of Braj to perform Harinam kirtan in their villages every morning and in this way was able to influence thousands of villagers in and around Braj to participate in Lord Chaitanya’s sankirtan movement.

For the last few years Radha Jivana Prabhu has headed a team of devotees to undertake the challenging service of persuading the government to clean the Yamuna River by organizing major public demonstrations throughout Braj. Last year he even marched to Delhi with fifty thousand people to highlight the plight of Yamuna River.

Most recently he has been asked by the GBC to take up the challenging work of raising $50 million in funds for the construction of the TOVP and is coming to present this “Once in a Millennium” opportunity to devotees in the Greater Toronto Area.

Devotee Participates as Contestant on Russian TV Show

Pierre Edel (Premamaya Vasudeva Das) a beautiful soul carrying French and Russian origins started his journey at the Russian 'The Voice' programme.  Having Lord Jagannath upfront and kanthimala on his neck, he started sharing his loving heart with hundreds of thousands of people.

Check out the video below!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Community Town Hall - Sunday, September 14, 2014

We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm 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, Sepetmber 14th - 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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Initiations Committee Open House - September 21, 2014

After having served in ISKCON for sometime, a stage comes in our Krishna conscious journey at which a devotee develops a desire to seek shelter of an ISKCON approved initiating guru to achieve formal initiation. This inspiration may come from various sources such as reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, serving devotees, devotee association and receiving encouragement from initiated devotees or initiating gurus. Also, more often than not, devotees need guidance and support from a more experienced devotee and a nurturing and caring environment as they endeavour to progress on the path of their devotional practices and try to maintain.

Here at ISKCON Toronto, an Initiations Committee consisting of Sita Thakurani devi dasi, Rupanuga das, Jagannath Misra das and Shyama Mohini devi dasi and has been put in place with the mandate to develop and manage a mentorship system. This system will facilitate and nurture interested devotees aspiring for first and second initiation. The information on initiation standards and procedures will be available here shortly (a dummy link with our documents). The Initiations Committee has also developed an initiations policy to help aspiring candidates prepare themselves better to seek initiation from an ISKCON guru. We hope you will find it informative and fair. 

Based on the above-mentioned information and your enthusiasm to continue to serve ISKCON, you are humbly invited to attend an information session on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at Govinda’s for further details on the Mentorship System including the process of seeking formal initiation at ISKCON Toronto. To help us plan better, please register and RSVP for this informative seminar by clicking here.

It is our sincere request that you attend this enlivening and informative session in our humble attempt to please Srila Prabhupada. For further information, please take a look at these following documents to get a better understanding of the process so far:

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Krishna's FunSkool Newsletter and New Session Starting Soon!

At Krishna's Funskool we've had a busy summer! Many fun activities, outdoor events, a 3-day kids camp,
dramas, workshops and parties too. Please check out our Summer Newsletter by clicking here for the highlights of these activities.

Please note that our new session for the Weekly Sunday Classes starts on Sunday, September 7th. We encourage you to pre-register your children so that we can prepare sufficient course material for all students.

Further, at ISKCON Toronto we are exploring various options for providing faith-based education to our community. Please take this 2-minute survey to give your opinion on setting up a Vedic faith-based pre-school/school for children in the GTA in the near future. We deeply value your time and input and consider it very crucial for the success of this project.

We thank you for your ongoing support and pray for your continued blessings as we start our new session and many other exciting projects.

Krishna FunSkool Team
Spiritual Values through Interactive Learning
416.844.2937