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Welcome to the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple's website where you can find the latest exciting news and events at Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre!Keshavhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04593002396550453200noreply@blogger.comBlogger1165125
Updated: 2 weeks 2 days ago

March Break Gopinath's Kids Camp! March 19-21

Sun, 2015-02-08 19:00
The Gopinath's Kids Camp has been a one-day annual summer event since 2006. This year, Krishna'sFunskool is very happy to announce their second March-Break kids camp! This year, the camp will be held from Thursday, March 19 - Saturday, March 21.We promise three full days of interactive spiritual learning, yummy prasadam meals and lots of fun. See attached poster for details. 
To register your children, please click here.
We hope your children can join us for 3 fun-filled days!

**UPDATED: Extended Program** Nityananda Trayodasi - Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Wed, 2015-01-28 18:30
One of the sweetest festivals of the year Nityananda Trayodasi (appearance day) will fall on Sunday, February 1st! A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to join us as we celebrate the advent (appearance) of Lord Nityananda.
Lord Nityananda (also known as Nityananda Prabhu, Nitai, Nityananda Balarama) appeared hundreds of years ago as Lord Chaitanya’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Balarama.
This festival is a special one for ISKCON Toronto and often features very sweet, intimate and spiritually-soaked festivities! This year, we will begin with a 6 Hour Kirtan, starting at 12pm. Come join us as we celebrate Lord Nityananda through non-stop melodious kirtan, which will lead us straight to our Sunday Feast program that will feature a class as well as wonderful treat from our Sunday FunSkool!
Please join us!
Schedule (subject to change):12:00pm - 6:00pm: 6 Hour Kirtan (schedule and details will be up shortly)6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements6:35pm - 7:20pm: Class7:20pm - 7:45pm: Presentation by Sunday FunSkool
7:45pm - 8:30pm: Kirtan and Arati at 8:00pm8:30pm: Vegetarian Feast


Join Us for the First Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) of 2015!

Tue, 2015-01-27 01:10
This coming Saturday, January 31st is the 1st Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) of 2015!
It's an auspicious time of the year, decorated with many festivals. The theme for our first MSF - The Mercy of Lord Nityananda - coincides with this Sunday's festival of Nityananda Trayodasi.

Sankirtan is a Sanskrit term which means the congregational chanting and sharing of the names and glories of Krishna, which is the recommended process for spiritual success. In the Hare Krishna tradition, sankirtan is associated with sharing our spiritual culture with the public via the timeless books, translated by Srila Prabhupada.

We encourage you to come and join us for this very sweet festival, where we will share the mercy of Lord Nityananda by knocking on doors and give people an opportunity to share in our spiritual tradition!

We encourage everyone to come for the morning program that begins at 4:30am and as a treat, there will be a special themed Srimad Bhagavatam Class with a super amazing breakfast!

Schedule:
9:30 am - 10:30 am: Setting the mood and Training
10:30 am - 4: 30 pm: Door to Door Sankirtan
5:00 pm - Vegetarian Feast at the temple


For more information and to RSVP please contact us at toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com . We hope to see you this weekend!

Seminar: Nectar of Instruction - Feb 8, 2015

Sun, 2015-01-25 18:00
On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Hare Krishna Temple will be hosting a one-day seminar on the Nectar of Instruction.

Across five centuries comes this incredible guidebook of essential spiritual teachings. How to choose a guru, how to practice yoga, even where to live — you'll find it all in Nectar of Instruction, originally written in Sanskrit by Rupa Goswami, the greatest spiritual genius of medieval India.  Translated and illuminated by Srila Prabhupada, the Nectar of Instruction is the key to enlightenment for all seekers on the path of spiritual perfection.

From 10am to 3pm, everyone is invited to come to the to Hare Krishna Temple for a special course which will unpack the wisdom from the Nectar of Instruction.  Lunch prasadam will be served, hence the request for participants to register - so that we can plan for lunch.  The course will be facilitated by Uttamananda Krsna das, our resident scholar and brahmacari!  His recent travels took him to India wherein he completed his Bhakti Sastri degree from the Vrndavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE),

The course is free of cost but donations are accepted!  If you would like to attend this course, please complete the course registration form below:

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Blast from the Past - Ratha-Yatra 2004!

Sat, 2015-01-24 23:23
A quick YouTube search yielded some jewel-like videos - clips from Ratha-Yatra 2004.  These 10 year old videos show elements of the two-day festival over the course of the weekend.  With the entire community coming together to put on the festival, this video has plenty of fun little treats!



Join Us for the 3rd Anniversary of Tuesday Sanga!

Fri, 2015-01-23 20:15
On Tuesday, January 27th we will be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Tuesday Sanga and HH Bhaktimarga Swami will also be joining us for this special gathering.

Since January of 2012, your ISKCON Toronto Temple has been hosting "sangas" which consist of an evening gathering which includes reading, chanting, interactive discussions as well as a feast. Sanga is nice weekday retreat that offers more intimate association than the hustle & bustle of our weekly Sunday Feast and a great we to reinvigorate your week.

Please join us this Tuesday for our special 3rd Anniversary celebrations and, of course, you are welcome to join us for any Tuesday!  We hope to see you soon!

Highlights from Sankirtan 2014

Thu, 2015-01-22 00:41
The year 2014 is already in our collective rear view mirror but that shouldn't stop us from taking a moment to appreciate all the amazing things that took place throughout the year!  The sankirtan spirit flowed throughout the year as a whole team of devotees dedicated themselves to sharing Srila Prabhupada's books with the public at large.  Here is a sweet video which captures some of the highlights of the year!

Reliving Nuit Blanche Kirtan

Wed, 2015-01-21 22:49
Several months ago, the City of Toronto hosted it's annual Nuit Blanche festival wherein entire swaths of the downtown core were transformed into giant art exhibits.  With the public encouraged to walk around and take in the sights and sounds all night long, the devotees from our Hare Krishna community took to the streets (in the middle of the night) and shared kirtan!  Here are the results:


Community Town Hall - Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wed, 2015-01-21 22:40
We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, February 22, 2015 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, February 22nd - 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

Survey - Govardhana Farms: Farming by Devotees for Devotees

Wed, 2015-01-14 12:47
Fil and Sukhayanti devi dasi, two of our very own congregational members from our Toronto Hare Krishna community have just returned from a six month training period at the ISCOWP farm in West Virginia, USA.

They are very excited to start their own farming project here in Ontario so that, one day, they may be able to provide both the temples and the devotees with fresh and naturally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, grains and milk products. But most importantly they are determined to establish a farm based on the principles that were laid down by Srila Prabhupada for society at large.

In the near future they would like to use their farm as a place where not only vegetables, other foods and flowers are grown but also as a place where the cows will be protected and loved and in which the bull will be trained to work the land.

Both Fil and Sukhayanti devi dasi are working hard on building up their project and need some help from all of you. Below you will find a short survey, by filling it out you will be helping them determine the demand for the different kinds of naturally grown vegetables as well as possible interest in supporting a cow protection program. Your responses and feedback will help them plan for this farm project!  Please feel free to fill out the survey, all responses are welcomed.  Hare Krishna!

(Photos Taken at ISCOWP Farm and are used with their permission)


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Seminar - Bhagavad Gita: Practical Applications in Your Own Life

Sat, 2015-01-10 13:00
REGISTER FOR THE COURSE BY CLICKING HERE!

Are you a student? Or maybe you work for a living? Bringing up children? Caring for elderly parents? Do you see yourself as rich, poor, lonely, worried, concerned about where the world is headed? Or just struggling always? Was our life meant to be a struggle like this? Will it ever end? Is there any hope?

The Bhagavad Gita is a sublime conversation between Krishna and Arjuna from over 5000 years ago. But, the reader of the Gita may say, "I am not Arjuna, and times have changed, so we need a new philosophy, a new outlook, a new approach to life. What does the Bhagavad Gita have to do with all this? And even if the ideas were relevant, is there any practical application? Or is it all theoretical and philosophical, leaving us our daily struggle after momentary diversion with the Bhagavad Gita?"

Discover the timeless principles of the Bhagavad Gita that are sure to make your own life sublime. Join us at ISKCON Toronto on Saturday January 10th 2015, and tap into the wisdom of Sri Krishna, the source of supreme power and energy.

Come with your questions, take away direct, simple, practical applicable ideas and tips to make your life a success.  The schedule will be as follows (subject to change):

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Session One, talk and Q&A
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM - Short Break
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM - Session two, talk and Q&A
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Arati Kirtan
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Dinner Prasadam served

Registration: Free to attend, donations gratefully welcomed.

About the Speaker:
In 1971, His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari received initiation from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. For over 43 years, he has made it his life's mission to share the teachings of Krsna consciousness with everyone all over the world. Even though now in his late sixties, he still feels as enthusiastic as a 16-year old boy, as happy and blissful as the first day he came across the Hare Krishnas.

His Ultimate Self Realization Course is translated into multiple languages (join at www.backtohome.com) has over 18,000 subscribers from over 100 countries, has initiated disciples within ISKCON all over the world. He is also the inspiration behind the Bhagavata Online Academy, an online spiritual education program with over 300 students enrolled for lifelong learning. He has authored two books, "Truth Works: Questions and Answers for Reviving Your Divine Existence" (now available around the world) and "Uttama Bhakti". He is personally available for your questions at sda@backtohome.com.

Two-Day Mridanga Course - Jan 17-18, 2015 -REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thu, 2015-01-01 12:14
UPDATE - REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED - COURSE IS FULL!

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very excited to announce that we will be hosting a special two-day mridanga course for anyone and everyone - all ages and mridanga playing levels welcome!  The course will be taking place on January 17-18, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm on each day.

The course will be taught by Devala Prabhu, a young, second-generation Hare Krishna youth from Alachua Florida who is a masterful mridanga player.  He will be facilitating the two-day course at the temple and everyone is invited.

Course Details:
UPDATE - REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED - COURSE IS FULL!
Dates - Saturday, January 17th to Sunday, January 18, 2015
Timings - 10:00am to 5:00pm (both days)
Fee - $70 for both days (lunch included)
Registration - Registration is mandatory and payment must be made before the course date (registration form at the bottom of this post)
Other Notes - please let us know if you will be bringing your own drum or if you need one
Contact - please see poster below for contact information


Ring in the New Year in Grand Fashion with Outdoor Kirtan!

Mon, 2014-12-29 11:58
There are numerous busy times of year for the Hare Krishna Temple here in Toronto when activities and events come in abundance and the temple is buzzing with excitement. The end of the year is certainly one of those times and is always a fun time for everyone as Toronto's Hare Krishnas are known for closing the calendar in style and ushering in the new year on a transcendent note! The following is your guide to spending New Years Eve with Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple!

As we do every year, devotees gather at the temple on New Year's Eve and then head over to City Hall to join the tens of thousands of revelers, ushering in the new year. However, we come armed with our drums, karatalas (cymbals) and voices as well!

Here's all that you need to know about this evening:
8:00pm - Kirtan will begin at the temple.10:00pm - The kirtan will really pickup by this time!10:30pm (approx) - Bundle up and off to Rosedale station.11:30pm - We will start chanting in front of Old City Hall (NE corner of Bay & Queen)12:00am - the kirtan will reach it's peak as fireworks set the sky ablaze!1:30am (approx) - We'll get back on the subway and make our way back to the temple for hot ginger tea and snacks!

Some tips to keep in mind for this evening:
  • Come early to the temple - enjoy the kirtan and association of devotees before we head out to City Hall.
  • Dress warmly - it will be chilly, so dress in layers!
  • Don't worry about weather - whether it be snow, rain, hail or sleet, we will usher in the new year with kirtan!
  • Bring your voices - don't forget to chant with all of your hearts!
To get a glimpse into what it's like to party with us, "Hare Krishna Style" on New Year's Eve, check out this video footage from our 2008-09 New Year's Eve kirtan!  We really hope to see you there!

Celebrate the New Year With Us! Srila Prabhupada Festival - Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sun, 2014-12-28 17:29
On New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1st, 2015, Toronto's Hare Krishna temple will be hosting our annual Srila Prabhupada Festival!  Promising to be a great way to start the new year, the festival is usually one of the biggest of the year.

The festival will feature plenty of kirtan, wonderful classes and as a special treat, a dramatic presentation presented by HH Bhaktimarga Swami to ring in the new year! 

Schedule (subject to change):

6:00pm - 6:25pm: Kirtan
6:25pm - 6:30pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:30pm - 7:00pm: Guru Puja
7:00pm - 7:05pm: Srila Prabhupada Marathon Finale!
7:05pm - 7:20pm: Class by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
7:20pm - 7:30pm: Presentation by Sunday FunSkool
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Class and Poetic Presentation by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Kirtan
8:30pm - onwards: Free Vegetarian Feast!

Happy Holidays From Your Toronto Hare Krishna Temple!

Thu, 2014-12-25 09:18

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays!  During this time of gift-giving and warmth, we hope everyone is having a Krsna conscious holiday season!

Magnificent Mayapur - An Enchanting Video

Fri, 2014-12-19 16:25
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.

Children's Christmas Party - Dec 20th

Mon, 2014-12-15 15:15
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.

Book Marathon 2014 - Join the Effort!

Sun, 2014-12-14 14:42
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.

Seminar: Practical Krishna Consciousness Living

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:29
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!

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

Tue, 2014-12-02 15:17
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