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, December 10, 2009

"Page-Turner" of a Weekend with Vaisesika das!

2:02:00 PM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) , , , , , , , , 4 comments

It was another spectacular weekend at Toronto's Hare Krishna temple as Vaisesika das once again visited our vibrant community to inspire devotees in the art of sharing Krsna consciousness! With non-stop activities and events, there was a noted level of excitement and buzz in the air as devotees immersed themselves in the mood of "sankirtan" (sharing our spiritual culture through book distribution).

Vaisesika das, a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, is a veteran book distributor who has inspired devotees all around the world in creating and sustaining book distribution. He has been the inspiration and guiding force behind Toronto's Monthly Sankirtan Festivals and other Sankirtan initiatives!

It all began with the in-class seminars that were well attended and were chalk-filled with wonderful gems of knowledge on the art of sharing our spiritual culture with friends, family and even complete strangers whom we meet! It was then time to hit the streets as bundled up devotees, led by Vaisesika das himself, headed out and distributed books to the public.

Sunday marked a "spiritual tsunami" as Vaisesika das highlighted the weekly Sunday Feast celebrations. After a very inspiring class, he had everyone bouncing off the walls with a kirtan that went well into the night!

With the theme of books for this month, along with the esteemed presence of Vaisesika prabhu, the temple set out an ambitious goal on Sunday: to distribute 300 books in one Sunday Feast! The highest number of books ever distributed on a Sunday was about 130. It came right down the wire, but after the wild kirtan ended at 9:30pm, it was announced that we had passed the 300-book mark! It was an incredible end to an uplifting weekend.

It was just a few short months ago that Vaisesika prabhu made his first visit to Toronto in many, many years. So it was with ear-to-ear smiles that we welcomed Vaisesika das back this past weekend! What better way to punctuate the December Book Marathon? With books flying off the shelves, devotees bouncing off the walls and smiles all around, it surely seems like this will be a December to remember!

View Highlights of Vaisesika das' Visit Below:


Anonymous said...

It was unforgettable weekend with HG Vaisesika das!!!:)
Thank you for the great pictures reminding of it!!

Keshav said...

It was indeed a special weekend!

Anonymous said...

how many devotees participated in outdoor book distribution ??

Keshav said...

There must have been between 20-30 devotees that participated! It was a grand success!