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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!Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)http://www.blogger.com/profile/04593002396550453200noreply@blogger.comBlogger1480125
Updated: 12 weeks 1 day ago

Two Initiatives to Honour Lord Rama!

Tue, 2018-03-20 19:29
In honour of Lord Ramachandra's appearance on Sunday, Mar 25th, Toronto Sankirtan Team (TST) is delighted to extend two exciting initiatives for you and your friends and family, as we collectively get ready to celebrate this most auspicious festival!

DAILY Readings from the Ramayana via Conference call (Mar 12th to Apr 13th)

Monday, Mar 12th to Friday, Apr 13th
5:45 AM to 6:00 AM
FREE Conference Call Number: 1 866-259-3126 / PIN: 12349
If you do not have a copy of the Ramayana, here is a link: https://www.vedabase.com/en/rkd


32-rounds Japathon (Saturday, Mar 24th)

*1 round = 108 Hare Krishna Mantras on beads

Everyone is welcome to join this ‘Japathon’ – to chant 32 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra on beads – collectively (at the temple) or individually (at home) – and log your rounds (link below)! If, however, for some reason you cannot chant 32 rounds, we encourage you to do at least ONE extra round to participate in this Japathon!

We will be making a special offering of our collective Japathon rounds to Lord Rama at Rama Navami festival on Sunday March 25th.

Let’s all participate enthusiastically in this japathon by logging our rounds at the link below. Everyone matters, every bit counts!

Details:

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (ISKCON Toronto) / at your convenience (home)

Log your rounds by clicking here!

Rama Navami - March 25, 2018

Tue, 2018-03-20 19:15
On Sunday, March 25th, we will be celebrating Rama Navami, the appearance of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is an incarnation of Krishna who appeared in Ayodhya during the Treta Yuga as the son of King Dasaratha. During Lord Rama’s reign, all the citizens were happy, religious and their necessities of life were provided. He was a virtuous, charitable and dutiful King. He is particularly known for his victorious battle with the ten-headed demon Ravana, the evil King of Lanka thereby freeing his wife Sita from the demon’s captivity. Through his life, he exemplified heroism, morality and good governance. 
For the festivities, we will be having a special discourse, a presentation by our Sunday FunSkool kids and an arati ceremony for Lord Rama. Come join us next Sunday for a very special Sunday Feast starting at 6:00pm!
Schedule is as follows (subject to change):
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements6:35pm - 7:15pm: Special Class by Jagannatha Misra das7:15pm - 7:40pm: Drama by Sunday FunSkool Kids7:40pm - 8:00pm: Arati for Lord Rama8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast

6 Hour Kirtan - Saturday, March 3rd, 2018!

Tue, 2018-02-20 16:32
ISKCON Toronto will be hosting a 6 Hour Kirtan
on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 from 2:30pm to 8:30pm to celebrate the Appearance Day of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Please join us for a wonderful Kirtan and prasadam (vegetarian feast) to celebrate the glories of Lord Caitanya!

We will be chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra for 6 hours in a variety of melodies. It will be a wonderful opportunity for both music lovers and aspiring yogis to keep their senses engaged in the Holy Name of the Lord!




Siva Ratri Celebrations This Sunday!

Thu, 2018-02-15 11:50

This Sunday, February 18, 2018, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Siva Ratri.*

Siva Ratri literally translates as “the Night of Lord Siva.” Lord Siva is described as “the greatest Vaishnava (devotee of Lord Krishna)"; as such, this week's Sunday Feast will be dedicated to honouring Lord Siva.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati
6:30pm to 6:35pm - Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm to 7:15pm - Class by HG Rupanuga das
7:15pm to 7:30pm - Abhisheka (bathing ceremony) for Lord Siva
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Arati


*Please note that the actual day of Siva Ratri was on Wednesday, February 14, but the festival will be celebrated at the temple on Sunday, February 18.

Gaura Purnima - March 1st, 2018

Thu, 2018-02-15 11:44
Join us at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple on Thursday March 1st, as we celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the year, Gaura Purnima, the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. He appeared in the city of Navadvipa in Bengal in 1486. Throughout His life he practically demonstrated how to follow the teachings of Lord Krishna with love and devotion in the simplest way. He inaugurated the Golden Age amidst the age of Kali and established the chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna (Sankirtan) as the Yuga Dharma. He generously distributed His teachings to all the fallen people without any discrimination and rekindled their love for God. In this way, He personally exemplified how to be a pure devotee of Lord Krishna.

We will be celebrating the auspicious appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the evening at 6pm at the temple. The program will include a special Abhishek, beautiful Darshan, a wonderful presentation, sumptuous vegetarian feast, and much more! Come join us, there is no better way to start the month! 
Schedule:

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:10pm: Class
7:15pm - 8:00pm: Abhishek (Bathing Ceremony)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast

ISKCON News Features Toronto's Sankirtan Efforts!

Thu, 2018-02-15 11:37
Our very own Toronto Sankirtan Team (TST) has been featured in ISKCON News! This article highlights some of the challenges leading up the December Marathon and how the collective efforts of many devotees across the GTA helped SMASH all of the goals set out this year.

To read the full article, please click here!

Nityananda Trayodasi - Monday, January 29, 2018

Tue, 2018-01-23 21:50

On Monday, January 29, 2018 we will be celebrating Nityananda Trayodasi, the auspicious appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu. The name Nityananda means eternal happiness. Nityananda Prabhu appeared in the 15th century as the principle associate of Lord Caitanya, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Together they helped spread the chanting of the holy names of the Lord far and wide. Nityananda Prabhu is considered to be the most merciful incarnation of the Lord. He was extremely compassionate and often delivered even the most materially conditioned souls. He is always so absorbed in love and devotion. 
Come join us as we glorify and seek the blessings of the merciful Nityananda Prabhu. Festivities will begin at the temple on Monday January 29th at 6pm and will include a special darshan, a discourse about Nityananda Prabhu, a beautiful bhajan, and a vegetarian feast.

Schedule (Subject to change):

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Arati and Kirtan
6:30 PM - 6:35 PM: Welcome and Announcements
6:35PM - 7:15PM: Special Class on the Glories of Lord Nityananda
7:15PM - 8:00PM: Special Bhajan Presentation
8:00PM - 8:30PM: Arati and Kirtan
8:30PM - Onwards: Vegetarian Feast


Vedic Roots Montessori Academy is Growing - Enrol Now!

Tue, 2018-01-23 21:30

Vedic Roots Montessori Academy (VRMA) was born in 2015 with a vision to create responsible and conscious future leaders by building excellence through holistic development. We believe that a holistic education (addressing the mind, body and soul) can significantly contribute to a positive childhood experience, which research has shown, is linked to lifelong physical, mental and emotional
well-being.

Over the last three years, VRMA has grown into a successful preschool in Toronto that integrates the world-recognized Montessori curriculum with the timeless wisdom of the ancient Yoga texts (Vedas).

We are very happy to announce that VRMA is growing and it’s first fully-licensed facility is now open for increased enrolment on a first-come, first-serve basis!


Details about the new location:

Address:  42 Tuxedo Court, #Unit 1 (right off the highway 401 on Markham Road South)

Capacity:  32 students in two classrooms - Pre-schooler (2.5 – 6 years) and Toddlers (1-5 – 2.5 years) + waiting list

Timing:  9:00am to 3:30pm (with extended hours care available (7:30-9am, 3:30-6pm)

Holistic Curriculum: Montessori learning integrated with universal spiritual principles, values-based lessons for complete character development, fresh and organic wholesome Ayurvedic meals, yoga and meditation classes, French and Sanskrit classes, community participation, and more!

For full details on our unique program offerings, please visit www.vedicroots.ca

Please call us today to book a tour of our facility and help spread the word!

Contact Details:

416-916-7005
www.vedicroots.ca
Facebook @VedicRootsMontessori


Sankirtan Warrior Appreciation Night - January 28, 2018

Mon, 2018-01-22 12:20
Congratulations to Team Toronto for a very successful Marathon 2017. Together, "WE DID IT". By the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, and the blessings of our Sankirtan generals Vaisesika Prabhu and Bhaktimarga Swami, we smashed our goals! 

Not only did we exceed our goals locally, but Team Toronto ranked 4th in all of North America in its remittance to the BBT, the worldwide publisher of our spiritual books!
As is our annual tradition, we would like to invite you all to our annual Sankirtan Warrior Appreciation Night (SWAN) on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm - yes that's right its a SUNDAY! We will have the entire Sunday Feast dedicated to appreciating the Sankirtan Efforts of 2017.

Please join us for an inspiring evening of reflection, appreciation and celebration with the entire Team Toronto!
“Your report of book distribution is very encouraging. Please go on increasing more and more. Yes, you should become the topmost temple for distributing my books. This is a very good proposal. That is the only way to please me. Distribute my books profusely. That is real preaching.” Srila Prabhupada Letters October 23rd 1976

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic participation, support and blessings in 2017, and we look forward to expanding our family business together with you in 2018 and beyond.

Screening of "Hare Krishna" Film - January 22, 2018

Mon, 2018-01-15 16:37
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very excited to announce that the hit film "Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all" is having another screening in Toronto on Monday, January 22 at 7:00pm at the Cineplex Theatres at Yonge and Dundas.

TO BOOK TICKETS PLEASE CLICK HERE! 50 tickets must be booked before the screening is confirmed so please book as soon as possible!

The following is a synopsis about the film, from the official website:

1965: America is in turmoil. Unprecedented introspection and questioning of societal norms roil the country. Prabhupada, an unassuming 70-year-old Swami from India, arrives in New York City alone and without support or money. He carries only the ancient scriptures he has translated, and the firm faith in his teacher’s request: “offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world!”

Suddenly thrust into the raging counterculture movement, Prabhupada speaks of the world’s real need, which is not necessarily satisfied by political or social revolutions, but by a revolution of consciousness. This divergence from the status quo successfully captures the attention of a generation of youth seeking answers to life’s existential questions. From a tiny storefront on 26th 2nd Avenue, Prabhupada shares with them the idea that the way to find real happiness, love and freedom is to search within and connect to your true self. All this, the Swami says, begins by simply chanting a rhythmic, meditative 16-word mantra – Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

This universal message resonates with more and more people, including musician George Harrison whose hit song ‘My Sweet Lord’, features the Hare Krishna chant. From there, Prabhupada’s movement explodes, and his followers – now known as the Hare Krishnas – become infamous for chanting and dancing in the streets.

Not everyone is enamored by the enthusiastic, and at times overzealous, fervor of Prabhupada’s young followers. As more people join the movement, parents and community leaders begin to view it as a dangerous cult. Devotees are charged with brainwashing and are taken to court in a controversial case that threatens to undermine everything that Prabhupada has worked for...

Hare Krishna! is the true story of an unexpected, prolific, and controversial revolutionary. Using never-before-seen archival verite, Prabhupada’s own recorded words, and interviews with his early followers, the film takes the audience behind-the-scenes of a cultural movement born in the artistic and intellectual scene of New York’s Bowery, the hippie mecca of Haight Ashbury, and the Beatle mania of London, to meet the Swami who started it all.

The Peace Formula Retreat - Jan 11 - 14, 2018

Mon, 2018-01-08 23:10

Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple is excited to welcome back Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari to the Greater Toronto Area from Jan 11-14, 2018.  Traveling across the globe, Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari is a teacher, author of several books, and personal mentor and guide to tens of thousands in over 100 countries.  He explores and makes knowledge from the ancient Vedic scriptures relevant to us in modern times.

Together with his wife and teaching partner, Vishnupriya Devi Dasi, he brings the purity of an ancient tradition, makes it easily accessible and applicable, and lays out a clear process to escape the clutches of our difficult lives.

He shares deep spiritual insights and practices through his famous Ultimate Self Realization Course, a combination of email education, live classes over the Internet, and in-person live classes, seminars, workshops, all delivered lovingly as a service to humanity, without any barriers of fees or commercial exchanges. For an archive of his teachings, see www.sda-archives.com.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari joined the Hare Krishna movement and received initiation from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971. Since then, he has been serving his spiritual master's order sincerely and enthusiastically. He is an initiating spiritual master within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

The schedule is listed below as well as links to register for these amazing seminars:

Special Lessons - Mantra Meditation for Inner Peace
Daily from January 11 - January 14
4:30am - 7:00am
Register Here

Srimad Bhagavatam Classes
Daily from January 11 - January 14
7:30am - 9:00am
Register Here

Brampton Seminar: Peace Against all Odds
Friday, January 12
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Register Here

Scarborough Seminar: Peace in Adversity
Saturday, January 13
10:30am - 12:30pm
Register Here

Toronto Seminar: Peace Within Peace Without
Saturday January 13
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Register Here




Srila Prabhupada Festival - Jan 1, 2018

Sat, 2017-12-30 16:00

On New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1st, 2018, 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, a new drama presented by Bhaktimarga Swami and a sumptuous feast to help ring in the new year!  You won’t want to miss it!  There will be no better way to usher in the new year on an auspicious note!

Festival Schedule (Subject to Change):

6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 6:50pm - Guru Puja
6:50pm to 6:55pm - Welcome and Announcements
6:55pm to 7:00pm - Sankirtan News
7:00pm to 7:05pm - Temple Council News
7:05pm to 8:00pm - Drama: "Many Mothers Many Fathers"
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:30pm to 9:30pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

Ring in 2018 in Grand Fashion with Outdoor Kirtan!

Thu, 2017-12-28 16:00
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:
6:00pm - We will be celebrating our weekly Sunday Feast
8:00pm - Kirtan 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 Sunday Feast and association of devotees before we head out to City Hall.
  • Dress warmly - it may 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!

Season of Giving - Sastra Dana!

Thu, 2017-12-07 13:00
The world today is undergoing a major crisis; people are experiencing an all-time high level of stress, with insecurity and temporariness of life plaguing all walks of life. Spiritual books like Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam (the Bhagavat Purana) help alleviate these issues by bringing superior knowledge and happiness into people's lives.

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).

Thus, we are asking for your help with “Sastra Dana” or sharing of knowledge, by sponsoring Bhagavad-Gitas or 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. There is no minimum, and no maximum, the whole world is in dire need of this literature. Please note that your kind donations towards Sastra Dana will be tax deductible.

This year we have been successful in placing Bhagavad Gitas in over fifty prisons across Canada, over a hundred hotels and motels including the Park Inn by Radisson, Four Points by Sheraton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Courtyard by Marriott as well as replenishments for Hospitals. Yoga Centres and Libraries continue to be a focus.

The success of this program is further evident by the requests that we get from organizations asking for more books or replenishments. We began this Sastra Dana program just a few short years ago in Toronto and in these years, we have placed over 60,000 books thanks to your support and blessings.

To learn more about where we've placed these books please click here.

Please support the Sastra Dana Program wholeheartedly to bring these books to newer avenues.

"Festival of the Heart" - December 15-19, 2017

Thu, 2017-12-07 12:30
*** NOTE - Most events and programs will be broadcast live at www.mayapur.tv - stay tuned for more details! ***

Toronto's Hare Krishna community is very excited to once again be welcoming Vaisesika Dasa and Nirakula Devi Dasi to our community from Dec 15th to Dec 19th!  Their visit will be punctuated by a whirlwind five days of seminars, classes, and book distribution!  The official schedule is as follows:

Srimad Bhagavatam Classes
Friday Dec 15th to Tuesday Dec 19th
7:45am to 9:00am (Followed by Breakfast)

Sankirtan - Hitting the Streets with Spiritual Knowledge
Saturday, December 16th - 11am-2pm
All devotees are welcome to join Vaisesika Dasa as we collectively hit the streets with our beloved spiritual books with the goal of sharing our beautiful spiritual heritage with the public. Stay tuned for more information!

A Night of Kirtan with Vaisesika Dasa
Saturday, December 16th - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
You won't want to miss this opportunity to dive deeper into melodious kirtan with Vaisesika Dasa. We will explore some of the beautiful chants of our Vaisnava tradition and the mood will certainly be sweet. Join us for what will surely be a very special evening!

Sunday Feast with Vaisesika Dasa
Sunday, December 17th - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Our weekly Sunday extravaganza will include a special class by Vaisesika Dasa. Toss in some amazing kirtan and mouth-watering vegetarian feast and your Sunday should be booked!

Tuesday Sanga
Tuesday December 19th 6:30-8:30pm
A special edition of the weekly tuesday sanga, an interactive discussion with Vaisesika Dasa.