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, April 28, 2016

Hare Krishna Culture Growing in Cuba!

5:02:00 PM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

For the last several months, one of our dear Canadian brahmacaris (renunciate monks) has been in Cuba helping to share our wonderful Hare Krishna culture! Below is a (slightly edited) report given by Hayagriva das along with some amazing pictures:

Our Cuban journey is now finished. We were very privileged to be able to share Krishna Consciousness in Cuba.   A few things we really appreciated about the Cubans is that they are very warm people, they are kindhearted and have quite a natural service attitude. 

We were able to do harinama (outdoor chanting and dancing) regularly, we organized around 40 programs, six retreats and distributed over 100 of Srila Prabhupada's books.

One story: we were chanting in the "Plaza Central" in La Habana when one young girl (who had autism) came to us and started to dance ecstatically, smiling, with our Harinama Party. Her mother (in tears) came to us afterwards and shared that she never saw her daughter so happy in a very long time. Usually, her daughter is very introverted and neutral. Definitely, her soul was awakened by the irresistibly  sweet sound of the kirtan!

We really hope that you can one day visit the Cuban devotees. After all, we are the International Society for Krishna Consciousness!

Your servant
Hayagriva dasa
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2 comments:

Latha said...

Namaste, is there an active ISKON temple/ community in Havana that I can visit? Thank you.

Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) said...

Hare Krishna Latha. HH Bhaktimarga Swami visits Cuba once a year. It would be a good idea to connect with him to find out some local contacts in Cuba. You can contact him through his website: http://www.thewalkingmonk.net/