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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.comBlogger1144125
Updated: 4 weeks 3 days ago

Honouring Srila Prabhupada - Monday, October 27

Sun, 2014-10-26 12:33
The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites one and all to join us for a reflective evening as we observe Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day on Monday, October 27th, from 6pm to 9pm. On this day, we reflect on the remarkable life of Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on the anniversary of his passing (known as the Disappearance Day).

ISKCON is now a worldwide movement and is comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants around the globe. This day will provide a great chance to meditate on what Srila Prabhupada means to us.

Please join us for the festivities that will start at 6:00pm with arati and will continue until approximately 9:00pm. Please join us as we glorify Srila Prabhupada on this very important day.

CPR Training with St. John's Ambulance - Nov 8, 2014

Sat, 2014-10-25 17:14
Learn to be a lifesaver!  On Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, the Hare Krishna Temple will be hosting St. John's Ambulance who will be conducting a CPR  a program that is suitable for anyone interested in learning or refreshing their knowledge of CPR.

Students will Learn:
-  how to activate Emergency Medical Services
-  provide assistance to an adult whose heart has stopped or who is choking
-  how to recognize signs and symptoms of a stroke

Additionally, this course will teach students on the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). CPR (Level A) certificates are issued upon successful completion.

To register for the course, please click here.  For course fees and information, contact: vcare@torontokrishna.com.  Please note, this course has a maximum capacity of 25 students so space is limited.

6 Hour Kirtan - Diwali and Govardhana Puja Special - Sunday, Oct 26

Thu, 2014-10-23 23:12
The Toronto Hare Krishna Centre would like to wish everyone a very happy Diwali!

As promised, this weekend is full of many activities to keep you spiritually charged throughout this
month of Kartik. Festivities will continue on Sunday, October 26th with 6 hour of non-stop kirtan!

The kirtan will kick off right at 12:00pm and end with a grand finale at 6:00pm right before our Special Diwali Sunday Feast!


Please come and join us as we celebrate this joyous weekend!
Schedule and details will be up shortly!

Diwali and Govardhana Puja Celebrations - All Weekend Long!

Wed, 2014-10-22 16:33
This next several days at Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre are incredibly busy with the festival season upon us! Festivities start off this Friday, October 24th with s HUGE Govardhana Puja and Diwali Celebration, starting at 6:00pm. 

Diwali is a grand festival celebrated across the world and stems back to ancient times when
inhabitants of Ayodhya celebrated the joyous return of Lord Ramachandra. Lord Rama was in exile, away from His kingdom, for many years. The joyful day on which He finally returned is observed as Diwali, or Dipavali (“dipa” means candles, and “vali” means numerous.)





Govardhana Puja is celebrated the day after and Diwali and on this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) would hold a harvest festival in honour of King Indra, the demigod who provided the rains essential for the harvest. One day, however, Lord Krishna wanted to teach Indra a lesson. He convinced the inhabitants of Vrindavan to honor Govardhana Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honour the cows and bulls who provided milk and ploughed the lands.

Outraged, Indra retaliated with terrifying thunderstorms. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, calmly lifted Govardhana Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhana Hill, providing a giant umbrella to shelter the inhabitants of Vrindavan from the torrential rain.

Schedule for Govardhana Puja - Oct. 24 (subject to change):6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati6:30pm to 6:50pm - Damodarastakam Prayers6:50pm to 7:00pm - Welcome and Announcements7:00pm to 7:30pm - Class on Govardhana Puja7:30pm to 8:00pm - Special Presentation8:00pm to 8:30pm - Arati8:30pm - Prasadam

Stay tuned about more details over the weekend!

Radha Kunda's Appearance - Tomorrow!

Tue, 2014-10-14 20:42
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!

Damodar Month Home Programs

Sun, 2014-10-12 11:47
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!!!

Gopinath's Delights is Back for Diwali!

Wed, 2014-10-08 00:15
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

Special TOVP Presentation - October 5, 2014

Wed, 2014-09-24 21:56
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

Wed, 2014-09-24 21:30
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!

Community Town Hall - Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sun, 2014-09-14 13:00
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

Initiations Committee Open House - September 21, 2014

Wed, 2014-09-10 23:37
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:
Resources:

Krishna's FunSkool Newsletter and New Session Starting Soon!

Sun, 2014-09-07 00:16
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

Radhastami Deity Darshan

Thu, 2014-09-04 23:58

September 2nd was Srimati Radharani's appearance day - Sri Radhastami. This day is extra special as it is also the 42nd installation anniversary of our presiding deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha. As always one of the highlights of the festivities was the amazing Darshans of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subadhra. See below our full album including darshans from Mangal Arati (4:30am) the opulent day outfit as well as the evening flower outfit!
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Seminar Sep 5th: Teachings of Lord Caitanya

Wed, 2014-09-03 18:35
To inaugurate, as well as to set the mood for the upcoming Maha-Mantra Week (5th-15th Sep), we have a fun and interactive seminar which will be led by His Grace Kala Prabhu. He is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and will throw his creative spin on how to best imbibe the Vedic teachings to lead a better quality life.

Here are the details-
Day: Friday, September 5
Timings: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: Free (Donations are welcome)

A sumptuous dinner will be served at the end. To help us plan better,  please register here.


Maha-Mantra Week! September 5th to 15th

Mon, 2014-09-01 01:50
When His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada stepped off the ship Jaladutta and arrived in Boston back in 1965, he bore just one desire in his heart: to share the impeccable glories of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra all over the world.
Within a span of just over a decade, he established hundreds of temples and inspired thousands. Today, he is celebrated in over 400 ISKCON centres for sharing the imports of the pristine Vedic knowledge!
This year from Sep 5th-15th, ISKCON centres all over the world will commemorate the arrival of Srila Prabhupada to the West; here in Toronto, we have 10 days of various activities lined up for you. Also known as the 'World Holy Name Week', the intention of this festival is to appreciate and share what Prabhupada has given us and spread the (Holy) word! We encourage you to make the most of this by participating in multitude of ways; please read on for details.
Featuring:
Srimad Bhagavatam Conference Calls 

Readings from the Bhagavatam in great association that is sure to inspire and intrigue you. Monday and Wednesday from 8:30pm - 9:00pmDial-in: 1-862-902-0260Conference code: 4504210
The 500 Distribution Challenge!
"Books are the basis". So help us bring them to others! We have at least a couple of sankirtan events in the pipes; how many can you come for? Just show up! Simple enough? Are you up for the challenge?
Special Events During the Week:
Inaugural Seminar: Teachings of Lord Caitanya
A presentation on the personality who actually gave us the Maha-mantra and traversed the planet only 5 centuries ago.Friday, Sep 5: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cabbage Town Sankirtan Festival

Opportunity # 1 for taking up 'The 500 Distribution Challenge'. It will be a fun-filled outing with lots of kirtan, great memories and prasadam!

Saturday, Sep 6: 12pm - 3pm


Special Edition Tuesday Sanga
This day marks the anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's accepting Sannayasa. Come in for a wonderful sanga to mark this event.Tuesday, Sep 9: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Srila Prabhupada Movie Night 
An inspirational Thursday with viewing from "Following Srila Prabhupada" with butter popcorn and juice!Thursday, Sept 11: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Downtown Street Harinama 
Sway to Kirtan with pomp down the streets of Yorkville.Friday, Sept 12: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
64 Rounds Day 
Immerse yourself into the sublime depths of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra in the association of others!Sunday, Sep 14: 4:30am onwards
It is going to be a busy 10, so will we see you all then? 

For further information, please feel free to contact-Hina: 647-989-1806 or 
email: toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com


Two of Our Toronto Devotees Caring for Cows

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:43
A few weeks ago, two of our young devotees from our Toronto community, Fil and Sukhayanti, moved to West Virginia where, close to New Vrindaban, there is a wonderful farm run by the International Society for Cow Protection (ISCOWP).  The main coordinator of the farm Balabhadra prabhu and he is currently training both Fil and Sukhayanti about farming and cow protection. Check out this inspiring video showing all the devotees in action as they greet some new calves to the farm!

Birthday Gifts for Srimati Radharani

Thu, 2014-08-28 10:28

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Tuesday, September 2nd for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm, stay tuned for more details. As an annual tradition, the highlight of the evening will be when we open gifts for Srimati Radharani that have been brought by the assembled devotees.
If you and your family feel inclined, you are welcome to bring a gift for Their Lordships. Some humble suggestions from the pujari and kitchen departments include:
Items for the Deities:
  •  handkerchiefs
  •  jewellery
  •  1 set of 14"-16" high  brown vases (colour to match with the Altar)
  •  medium size storage containers
  •  bindis
  •  soft towels for the Deities
  •  water filtration system (ask Brahma das for details)
  •  Deities' bedroom curtains (ask Brahma das for details)
Altar Cleaning Items:
  •  mop & bucket
  •  broom
  •  silver polish (twinkle brand preferred)
  •  brass/copper polish (twinkle brand preferred)
  •  wood polish
  •  laundry soap
  •  cleaning towels
  •  floor cleaner
Kitchen Items:
  •  small pots
  •  oven mitts
  •  kitchen towels
  •  medium size pots
  •  aprons
  •  electric hand blender
  •  electric hand whisk  
  •  electric spice grinder 
  •  professional salad spinner (5 gallon) 
  •  food storage containers 
A humble request is that all gift items be new as gifts will be placed on the altar and will be unwrapped and shown to the Deities during the program. We will have some gifts available for purchase on Sunday, August 30th as well as on Radhastami day. Of course donations of any kind are always warmly accepted! For festival sponsorship information contact Satyabhama devi dasi.



Janmastami Darshan 2014

Wed, 2014-08-20 00:47
August 17th, the Hare Krishna Temple celebrated the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!!!! As always one of the highlights of the festivities was the amazing Darshans of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subadhra. See below our full album including darshans from Mangal Arati (4:30am) the opulent day outfit as well as the Midnight flower outfit!

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**Updated Schedule** Birthday Bash! Sri Krishna Janmastami - Aug 16-17, 2014

Sun, 2014-08-17 07:30
From Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August 17th, the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!!!!

The programs on both Saturday and Sunday will both begin at 4:00pm and will be full of kirtan, bhajans, discourses and more! On Sunday, the highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight! The momentum builds as the abhisheka (bathing ceremony) is performed and the Temple is filled with wonderful rocking kirtan, at the stroke of midnight, the Deity doors will open and their Lordships Sr Sri
Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha will be revealed in a stunning flower outfit! It is truly a festival NOT to be missed!

On Sunday, August 17, free street parking will be available for festival attendees, located on Pears Avenue, a 2-3 minute walk from the temple. A schedule for the eventful day will be up shortly. Please stay tuned!

The schedules for both days are as follows:

Sunday, August 17, 2014
(subject to change):

3:00pm - 6:00pm: 3 Hours of Kirtan and Bhajans
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati
6:30pm - 6:40pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:40pm - 7:30pm: Class by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Drama by Funskool
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati
8:30pm - 8:45pm: Bhajan
8:45pm - 9:40pm: Conch Abhiseka
9:40pm - 10:00pm: Jewels of Bhagavad Gita
10:00pm - 10:30pm: SP Presentation 10:30pm - 11:00pm: Drama Presentation by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
11:00pm - 12:00am: Maha Abhisheka
12:00am - 12:30am: Midnight Arati
12:30am - 1:30am: Vegetarian Feast



ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book - Submit Your Offering!

Sun, 2014-08-17 07:00
ISKCON Toronto’s 2014 Congregational Vyasa Puja Book

Hare Krishna,

Please accept our humble obeisances.    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The appearance day of Srila Prabhupada is a very special occasion for all ISKCON devotees.    Srila Prabhupada appeared on Nandotsava – the day that Nanda Maharaja had a big festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Krsna (Sri Krsna Janmastami).   This year, Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja falls on Monday, August 18th and celebrations will be from 11am-3pm at ISKCON Toronto.

This day is known as Vyasa Puja because the spiritual master is a representative of Srila Vyasadeva who is the author of the Srimad Bhagavatam.    Vyasa Puja offerings are made by devotees who write and present personal messages to the spiritual master.   The Governing Body Commission (GBC) for ISKCON has stated that every devotee in ISKCON should write an offering to Srila Prabhupada on Vyasa Puja.  Therefore, as a new initiative at ISKCON Toronto, we would like to encourage all devotees in our community to write a personal letter, in the form of an offering to Srila Prabhupada for this year’s festival and, to further facilitate this process, we will be making a special ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book for 2014.   This book will be presented to Srila Prabhupada on the day of Vyasa Puja.   Following the program, the book will be on display for devotees to read all the offerings by devotees of our community.  Please note – doe to time constraints during the festival, we will not be able to have everyone read out their offerings during the main festivities.  However, devotees are welcome to privately do so before or after the festival.

In order to facilitate this whole process, pre-printed pages have been prepared and we are asking devotees to hand write offerings onto these specially-designed pages.   The maximum length of the offering is one page per person.   If you wish to type your offering, you can obtain a template here: http://tinyurl.com/SPofferings - typed offerings must be emailed by 8:00am on August 16th.  We will print out these offerings for you.   The hand-written offerings can be submitted in person at the temple, in the designated drop box, up until 11:00am on August 18th. Hand written offerings are encouraged.

We humbly encourage you to please take this opportunity to honour Srila Prabhupada with a personal offering!  Hare Krsna!

Your Servants,
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple


Guidelines for Your Written Offering:

  • Write your offering in the mood of a personal letter to Srila Prabhupada.  Write in a style as if you are addressing Srila Prabhupada directly (e.g. “Srila Prabhupada, it is by your mercy that I have come to Krsna consciousness.”)
  • The Vyasa Puja offering is meant for glorifying the spiritual master.    So offerings need to be made in that mood and not be used as a platform for airing one's grievances.  
  • You may wish to read the previous year’s Vyasa Puja offerings made to Srila Prabhupada by various senior devotees around ISKCON.    It may give you some ideas of how to express yourself.   These can be found here: http://prabhupada.krishna.com/homages
  • It is a courtesy to start your offering with Srila Prabhupada’s pranama mantras; we have already printed these onto the official pages.   A suggested opening is as follows: “Dear Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances.   All glories to you on this auspicious occasion of your Vyasa Puja.” 
  • The main content of the offering should glorify the role that Srila Prabhupada is playing in your life as well as express your indebtedness to him.   You may also include reports about your spiritual growth, how you are meeting challenges and how you are carrying out his orders.    
  • To end the offering it would be nice to show one’s appreciation and desire to please, by some nice phrase such as “Your Humble Servant” or something similar.
  • If you have any questions, concerns or challenges, feel free to write to us at SPofferings@torontokrishna.com 
  • Please note, the temple reserves the right to not publish an offering if it is deemed inappropriate.


Submission Requirements and Deadlines

  • Hand-written offerings must be submitted no later than 11:00am at ISKCON Toronto on Monday, August 18, 2014
  • Typed offerings must be emailed to SPofferings@torontokrishna.com no later than 8:00am on Saturday, August 16, 2014