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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough- Gaura Purnima celebrations- Sunday Mar 24th 2019



Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

Gaura Purnima - the auspicious appearance day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu will be celebrated in a grand manner on Sunday- Mar 24th 2019 at ISKCON Scarborough.

The actual appearance day falls on Wednesday - March 20th 2019 - On this auspicious day, all devotees fast until moon rise.


Gaura Purnima means "golden full moon" signifying that:
1) Lord Caitanya was “born” during a full moon, and
2) The Lord blesses everyone with the soothing, moon-like rays of His sublime teachings.


Who is Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu:
Lord Caitanya is Lord Krsna Himself appearing in the role of His own devotee.
He accepted the mood and golden complexion of Srimati Radharani, His consort and greatest worshiper.

Radha and Krsna became one to reveal the divine love of Goloka Vrindavan to the world.

Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's most important biographers, such as Shri Vrindavan das Thakur (Caitanya Bhagavat), Shri Murari Gupta (Caitanya Charita Mahakavya), Shri Locana das Thakura (Caitanya Mangal) & Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj (Caitanya Caritamrta) confirm this.

If we are to understand Shri Krishna, we must do so through Lord Caitanya. First the giver, then the gift.

Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu was the most merciful and munificent incarnation of the Lord, whose mercy surpassed the bounds of mundane discrimination in the matter of caste, colour and creed.

CC Adi 14.1:

“Things that are very difficult to do become easy to execute if one somehow or other simply remembers Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. But if one does not remember Him, even easy things become very difficult. To this Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, I offer my respectful obeisances”.

The schedule for Gaura Purnima celebrations on 24th Mar (Sun)
10.15 am to 10.45 am - Tulasi & Guru Puja
10.45 am to 11 am - Abhisheka (bathing ceremony) will be performed on Sri Gaura Nitai
11 am to 12 noon - class on Mahaprabhu
12 noon to 12.30 pm - Arti
12.30 pm to 12.45 pm - Group chanting of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra
12.45 pm – Prasadam

We welcome you, your family and friends to take part in the wonderful celebration on Sunday 24th Mar 2019.


ISKCON Scarborough
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,
Scarborough,Ontario,
Canada,M1V4C7

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com
website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sri Nityananda Prabhu's Appearance Day Celebrations - Sunday- 17th Feb 2019

Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

The appearance day of Sri Nithyananda Prabhu will be celebrated at ISKCON Scarborough coming Sunday - 17th February 2019.


Sri Nityananda Prabhu, whose name literally means, “eternally blissful”, appeared around 1474 AD in the village of Ekachakra, near Mayapur, West Bengal.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta- Adi 5.156
sri-caitanya - sei krsna, nityananda - rama
nityananda purna kare caitanyera kama

TRANSLATION
Lord Caitanya is the same Lord Krsna, and Lord Nityananda is Lord Balarama. Lord Nityananda fulfils all of Lord Caitanya's desires.


In the same way that Lord Balaram is considered the original spiritual master, so is Sri Nityananda.

Lord Caitanya is the most merciful incarnation of Lord Krsna, but Sri Nityananda, however, is even more merciful and compassionate than Lord Caitanya according to our Acaryas.

No service is too small to go unnoticed by Sri Nityananda, and no sinner too bad not to qualify for his benedictions. Sri Nityananda gives the mercy to understand and approach Lord Caitanya, who in turn gives the mercy to approach Srimati Radharani, who blesses us with love of Krsna. So the worship of Sri Nityananda is most important to Gaudiya Vaishnavas seeking the mercy of Radha-Krsna.


Please come to celebrate with us Sri Nityananda Prabhu's appearance day at ISKCON Scarborough coming Sunday

Program on Feb 17th 2019 - Sunday:

10.15 am to 10.30 am - Tulasi puja
10.30 am to 10.45 am - Guru Puja
10.45 am to 11 am -  Grand Abhishek on the Gaura Nitai deities
11 am to 12 noon - Class on the pastimes of Lord Nityananda
12 noon to 12.30 pm - Arti
12.30 pm to 12.45 pm - 1 round of chanting Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
1 pm - Free Vegetarian feast(Prasadam)

With best wishes from,

ISKCON Scarborough
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,
Scarborough, Ontario,
Canada, M1V4C7

Email Address:

iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:

www.iskconscarborough.org

Thursday, January 10, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - "Perfecting Balance" - Seminar by HG Sankarshan das Adhikari prabhu and HG Vishnupriya DD - Saturday 12th Jan 2019- from 9.30 am

Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!



The Centre of Gravity of an object is defined as that spot where the entire object acts, if you balance at that spot, the objects stay balanced. The idea is that if we balance on our own true centres, we will be balanced also, in all respects.

Most of us feel out-of-balance in one way or another. If we focus on our job, our family could get neglected. Focusing on the children could mean neglecting the spouse. If we focus on our family, our community could get neglected. If we focus on service to humanity, we could end up neglecting our own health. A strong focus on our own health might end up making us callous to others. Even if just focusing on ourselves, focusing on the physical could end up neglecting the emotional and mental aspects... It seems hopeless! Is there a solution? What is the solution? How to find and focus on our true centre? HELP!

Enter 2 souls who have mastered the essence of balance.

Join us at ISKCON Scarborough to learn from two advanced specialists of balance... His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari, and Her Grace Vishnupriya Devi Dasi have been focused on finding and focusing on our true Centre for over 5 decades each.

They travel around the world, visiting more than 40 destinations each year, tirelessly speaking, writing, guiding, and practically helping souls all over the world in being fully and practically centred.

Come hear from them! Ask them your questions! Get clear, concise, and practically applicable answers!


Jan 12 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Perfecting Balance - ISKCON Scarborough (3500 McNicoll Ave Unit 3, Toronto, Ontario M1V 4C7, Canada) - Breakfast and lunch will be served


Sankarshan Das Adhikari: Initiated by Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971, Sankarshan Prabhu has been tirelessly working in Srila Prabhupada's movement for nearly 50 years. He serves as an initiating spiritual master, or Diksha Guru, within ISKCON, with disciples all over the world with an unceasing travel schedule that covers more than 50 destinations each year. He is well known for the Ultimate Self Realization Course, which has over 31,000 subscribers from over 100 countries, featuring a daily thought for the day, the video for the day, Q&A based on Srila Prabhupada's instructions, a weekly Bhagavad Gita lesson, thousands of online lectures and a lively online community of students. To join, please head to www.joincourse.com.

Vishnupriya Devi Dasi: Having led a very pious life right from her childhood, she was initiated by Tamal Krishna Goswami in the seventies shortly after Srila Prabhupada's departure. She has been serving ISKCON tirelessly for over 40 years now. She travels with Sankarshan Prabhu assisting him and intently serves self-manifested deities of Sri Sri Radha Damodar in each place in a true spirit of "yukta vairagya". She helps devotees around the world practically apply the principles of Krishna consciousness in their lives in an endearing and honest manner. She is referred to affectionately as "Gurumataji" by many around the world. She is well known for her Bhagavad Gita readings and concise answers even to difficult questions.

Both Sankarshan Prabhu & Vishnupriya Mataji, at the time of their wedding, decided not to enter into family life, but instead, help push forward Srila Prabhupada's movement as Grihasthas, and later Vanaprasthas. Despite their advanced age, they dedicate over 18 hours of their day in service of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. Please make the best of their personal presence at ISKCON Scarborough.

Their entire GTA schedule is as follows

  • Jan 9-11 4:30 AM - 9:30 AM Meditation & Bhagavatam in North York (contact for details)
  • Jan 9 - 11 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Diving into the Gita in North York (contact for details)
  • Jan 12 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Perfecting Balance - ISKCON Scarborough (3500 McNicoll Ave Unit 3, Toronto, Ontario M1V 4C7, Canada)
  • Jan 12 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Perfecting Relationships, leveraging conflict to grow closer - ISKCON Brampton (173 Advance Boulevard, Unit#41 Brampton, ON, L6T 4J4)
  • Jan 13 12 Noon - 1 PM Knowing our Common Objective - ISKCON Brampton (173 Advance Boulevard, Unit#41 Brampton, ON, L6T 4J4)
  • Jan 13 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Krishna, our True Center - ISKCON Toronto (243 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2J6, Canada)


HG Sriman Sankarshan das Adhikari prabhu has conducted 7 fascinating seminars at ISKCON Scarborough in the past which had changed many devotee’s lives:

  • Nectar of Devotion - 2012 
  • Present day Paramahamsa - 2013 
  • Stop worrying- start living - 2014 
  • Bhagavad Gita is for everyone - 2015 
  • Progress in Krsnsa consciousness - 2016 
  • Karma, Destiny, Free will and reincarnation - 2017
  • Peace in adversity - 2018


ISKCON Scarborough
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,
Scarborough,Ontario,
Canada,M1V4C7

Email Address: 

iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:

www.iskconscarborough.org

Friday, December 28, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough - Initiation ceremony by HH Bhaktimarga Swami coming Sunday - 30th Dec 2018

Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

We are happy to inform you that an initiation ceremony will be conducted at ISKCON Scarborough, under the patronage of H.H.Bhaktimarga Swami, the spiritual master of ISKCON, who is a disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder acharya of ISKCON.

We are inviting you and your family members personally to ISKCON Scarborough to be part of this wonderful occasion.

ISKCON Scarborough
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,
Scarborough, Ontario,
Canada, M1V4C7

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com
website:
www.iskconscarborough.org


Friday, December 14, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough - Gita Jayanti – The appearance day celebration of Srimad Bhagavad Gita - Tuesday - December 18th 2018



Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!


We have two very auspicious events happening on the same day coming Tuesday- Dec 18th 2018.

- Advent of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita (Gita Jayanti)
- Moksada Ekadasi

One of the Vrata(vow) undertaken during Ekadasi is to read the Holy Scriptures.
What can be more glorious on this Moksada Ekadasi than reading Bhagavad Gita on the very day that marks the 5155th appearance day anniversary?

We at ISKCON Scarborough will be celebrating Gita Jayanti in a grand manner on by reading all the 700 English verses starting at 6.30 PM sharp!

The advent of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita(Gita Jayanti)
It was on this day 5155 years ago, that Sanjaya narrated to King Dhritarashtra the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra at the place now known as Jyotisha tirtha, and thus made the glorious teachings of the Lord available to the people of the world, for all time.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita shows a way to rise above the world of duality and the pairs of opposites and to acquire eternal bliss and immortality. It is a gospel of action. It teaches the rigid performance of one's duty in society, and a life of active struggle, keeping the inner being untouched by outer surroundings and renouncing the fruits of actions as offerings unto the Lord.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita is a source of power and wisdom. It strengthens us when you are weak, and inspires us when you feel dejected and feeble. It teaches us how to resist unrighteousness and follow the path of virtue and righteousness.

The teachings of the Gita are broad, sublime and universal. They do not belong to any sect, creed, age, place or country. They are meant for all. They are within the reach of all. The Gita has a message for the solace, peace, freedom, salvation and perfection of all human beings.
Anyone who gifts a Bhagavad-Gita to a deserving person on this day is bestowed profuse blessings by Lord Krsna

There will be a grand Ekadasi feast served after the whole recitation.

On the auspicious occasion, we welcome you, your family and friends to join us at ISKCON Scarborough to recite the entire Gita verses and to partake the unlimited blessing of Sri Sri Radha Gopi Vallabha

ISKCON Scarborough
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,
Scarborough, Ontario,
Canada, M1V4C7

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com
website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Monday, October 29, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough - upcoming seminar by HG Chaitanya Charan prabhu on 3rd Nov 2018


Hare Krsna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

We are extremely happy to inform you that HG Chaitanya Charan das will be conducting a seminar at ISKCON Scarborough coming Saturday.

Seminar details:
Facilitator: HG Chaitanya Charan das
Topic: Practical applications of Bhagavad Gita
Date: Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2018
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Location: ISKCON Scarborough, 3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Prasadam: 12.15 pm – Sumptuous Ekadasi prasadam will be served
Admission: free

Additional chairs will be rented on that day for devotees to comfortably sit and take part in the seminar.
If devotees feel inspired to donate towards the expenses for that day, please do so and tax receipts will be given.
We humbly welcome you, your family & friends to ISKCON Scarborough on 3rd Nov to immensely benefit from this enlivening seminar.

About HG Chaitanya Charan das:
Chaitanya Charan is a monk and spiritual author.
He has done his Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune. He subsequently served as a software engineer in a prominent multinational software corporation. He also secured 2350 out of 2400 in GRE, gaining the top rank in Maharashtra.
Seeing the prevalent problems of stress, depression, addiction, and overall misdirection – all caused by a lack of spirituality – he felt inspired to dedicate his life to the cause of sharing the spiritual wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita under the aegis of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna consciousness).

He is a member of ISKCON’s leading intellectual body, the Shastric Advisory Council, and is the associate-editor of ISKCON’s global magazine, Back to Godhead.

He is the author of the world’s only Gita-daily feature, wherein he writes daily a 300-word inspirational reflection on a verse from the Bhagavad- Gita. Till now he has written over seventeen hundred Gita meditations that are posted on www.gitadaily.com and are read through daily feeds by thousands from all over the world.

He also answers questions by seekers on his site www.thespiritualscientist.com, where his over three thousand five hundred audio answers and several hundred articles are available.
He travels all over the world from Australia to America, giving talks on spiritual subjects in temples, universities, and companies.

His articles have been published in many national newspapers including Indian Express, Economic Times and Times of India in the Speaking Tree column.
His writings in English have been translated into several foreign languages including German, Chinese and Romanian and several Indian languages including Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Hindi, and Marathi.

HG Chaitanya Charan das is the author of several books including the following:
ENERGY – Your Sutra for Positive Thinking
Science and Spirituality; The Spiritual Scientist series, volumes 1
Science and Spirituality; The Spiritual Scientist series, volumes 2
Recession – Adversity or Opportunity?
Why do we need a temple?
Frequently Unanswered Questions
Idol Worship or Ideal Worship?
The Gita for Daily Enrichment
Oh My God! Re-answering the Questions
My Little Bhakti Companion
Timeless Insights on Today’s Issues
10 Leadership Sutras from Bhagavad-gita
GK for PK!
Prabhupada: The moments that made the movement
The Eye to see the I: 121 reflections on Bhagavad-gita
Belong: 121 reflections on Bhagavad-gita

ISKCON Scarborough
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,
Scarborough, Ontario,
Canada, M1V4C7
Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com
Website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Friday, October 26, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough - The Holy Month of Damodara has started!

Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

The holy month of Karttika(Damodara) started yesterday - 25th Oct 2018 (Thursday) and ends on 22nd Nov 2018(Thursday).

According to Bhagavad Gita 10.35:
Lord Krsna instructs Arjuna “Of months I am Margasirsa [November-December]”

Srila Rupa Goswami, in his Sri Utkalika-vallari, proclaims Radharani as Kartik-devi, the goddess of Kartik.

First is Radha, then Krishna. Therefore, we say "Radha-Krishna", "Radha-Shyam" or "Sita-Rama".
Krishna's Sakti always comes first and is always glorified as the dearest to Krishna.
We approach Krishna through Radha, who also represents the greatest devotee of Krishna.
In the Adi-Purana it is said: "My dear Partha [Arjuna], one who claims to be my devotee is not so. Only a person who claims to be the devotee of my devotee is actually my devotee."
So during this month, we can more easily obtain the favour of Smt Radharani.

If Smt Radharani recommends us to Krishna, we can be sure he will take notice.

Srila Prabhupada- Sept 18,1969, London: Radharani is Hari-Priya, very dear to Krishna. So if we approach Krishna through the mercy of Radharani, then it becomes very easy. If Radharani recommends that, "This devotee is very nice," then Krishna immediately accepts, however foolish I may be. Because Radharani recommends it, Krishna accepts. Therefore, in Vrndavana, you'll find all the devotees chanting Radharani's name more than Krishna's. Wherever you'll go, you'll find the devotees are addressing one another, "Jaya Radhe." They are glorifying Radharani. They're more interested in worshipping Her. This is because however fallen I may be, if somehow or other I can please Radharani, then it is very easy for me to understand Krishna.


Whatever one does for Krishna–at any time, at any place, under any circumstance–is to one’s eternal benefit:

According to Bhagavad Gita 2.40: 

In this endeavour, there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.

Such is the benefit of devotional service in general.

Sale of the year:

However, during the month of Damodar, or Karttika rewards for service to Krishna are greater than at any other time of year.

Glories of offering a lamp in Kartika

In the Skanda Purana, Lord Brahma and Sage Narada, converse that "the month of Kartika is very dear to Lord Krsna".

• When one offers a lamp during the month of Karttika, his sins of many thousands and millions of births perish in half an eye blink.

• Even if there are no mantras, no pious deeds, and no purity, everything becomes perfect when a person offers a lamp during the month of Kartika.

• A person who during the month of Karttika offers a lamp to Lord Keshava has already performed all yajnas (sacrifice for the pleasure of the Lord) and bathing in all the Holy rivers.

• The ancestors say "when someone in our family pleases Lord Keshava by offering Him a lamp during the month of Karttika, then by the mercy of the Lord who holds the Sudarshan-Chakra in His hand, we will all attain liberation.

• To one who either at home or in a temple offers a lamp during the month of Kartika, Lord Vasudeva gives a great result.

• No sins exist anywhere in the three worlds that will not be purified by offering a lamp to Lord Keshava during Karttika.

• A person who offers a lamp to Lord Damodara during Karttika attains the eternal spiritual world where there is no suffering.


As quoted in the Sri Hari Bhakti Vilasa, "In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recites the prayer known as Damodarastaka, which has been spoken by Sage Satyavratra and which attracts Lord Damodara. (Sri Hari Bhakti Vilasa 2.16.198)"

Observing the Kartika Vrata or Urja vrata as it also called, is glorified in the Vedic scriptures. 

1. Japa – Chanting the holy names of Krishna 2. Worship of Krishna by offering ghee lamps, flowers, incense, Bhoga, etc. 3. Worship of Tulasi devi 4. Give in charity 5. Perform austerities 6. Read the scriptures 7. Associate with the devotees


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