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Sunday, June 23, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - 9th Annual 64 round chanting day on Monday – July 1st, 2019 (Canada day)

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


We are pleased to announce that our 8th annual 64 round chanting day will take place coming Monday - 1st July 2019 from 8 am onward.

We will have our regular Tulasi arti, guru puja and main arti as usual on this Sunday.

Scrumptious breakfast and lunch prasadam will be served on this day.

Every year several devotees take part in chanting 64 rounds at ISKCON Scarborough that takes place on CANADA DAY or the weekend of Canada day.

It is difficult to complete 64 rounds by ourselves at home. However, when we are in the association of other devotees, we get inspired and motivated to chant the 64 rounds.



Further details about chanting the 64 rounds:

When we chant 64 rounds, we chant over 100,000 names of the Lord!

• 1 Hare Krsna Maha Mantra(HKMM) = 16 names of the Lord - consisting of 3 transcendental words of Hare, Rama and Krsna (“Hare” is the internal energy of the Lord which is non-different from the Lord, “Krsna” means all attractive and “Rama” means reservoir of all pleasure).

• 1 round in a japa mala =108 Hare Krsna Maha Mantra= 1728 names of the Lord (16 names of the Lord in 1 HKMM X 108 times in a japa mala)

• 16 rounds = 27,648 names of the Lord (16 names of the Lord in 1 HKMM X 108 times in a japa mala X 16 rounds)

• 64 rounds = 110,592 names of the Lord (16 names of the Lord in 1 HKMM X 108 times in a japa mala X 64 rounds)



Why chant 64 rounds of Hare Krsna Maha Mantra?

Caitanya Bhagavat (by Sri Vrindavan das Thakur)- Antya Khanda- chapter 9 verses 116 to 125:

“As the devotees invited the Lord (Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu) to take His meal in their houses, the Lord took the opportunity to teach them all this topic.

When invited to take a meal, the Lord smiled and said, “First you should become a laksesvara [The word laksesvara is a combination of laksha (“hundred thousand”) and isvara (“master”). In common usage, it would refer to someone who possessed a hundred thousand rupees.].

“I take meals only in the house of a laksesvara.” Hearing this, the brahmanas became worried.

The brahmanas offered prayers to the Lord, “O Gosaani, what to speak of a hundred thousand, none of us possess even a thousand.

“If You don’t accept meals from us, then let our entire household be burnt to ashes.”

The Lord replied, “Do you know who is a laksesvara? He is someone who daily chants a hundred thousand holy names.

“I call that a person a laksesvara. I take meals in only such a person’s house, not in the houses of others.”

Hearing this merciful statement of the Lord, the brahmanas gave up their anxiety and became joyful.

“O Lord, we will chant a hundred thousand names. Please therefore take Your meals in our houses. It is our good fortune that You are teaching us in this way.”

All the brahmanas then began to chant a hundred thousand names everyday so that they could offer food to Lord Caitanyacandra.


Importance of Chanting the Holy names of the Lord:

Srimad Bhagavatam: 6.3.31:

Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: My dear King, the chanting of the holy name of the Lord is able to uproot even the reactions of the greatest sins. Therefore, the chanting of the saṅkīrtana movement is the most auspicious activity in the entire universe. Please try to understand this so that others will take it seriously.


Caitanya Bhagavat Adi Khanda 16.94 – Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur

“Even if my body is cut into pieces and I give up my life, I will never give up chanting the Lord’s holy name.”


Srimad Bhagavatam 11.5.32/Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila 3.52/ Caitanya Caritamrta Madya Lila 6.103/ Caitanya Caritamrta Madya Lila 11.100/ Caitanya Caritamrta Madya Lila 20.342/ Caitanya Caritamrta Antya Lila 20.10

In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Krishna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krishna Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.


Padyavali- Srila Rupa Goswami:

O Supreme Personality of Godhead, when someone desires to chant Your holy name, sins tremble in fear, the glory of material illusion faints unconscious, Yamaraja’s scribe Citragupta becomes happy and gazes at the chanter’s toenails with awe and reverence, and Lord Brahma prepares madhu-parka to worship him. O Lord, what more can we say than this?


Srimad Bhagavatam 12.3.51:

My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krsna Hama-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom


Padyavali- Srila Rupa Goswami:

May Krsna's holy name, which is a reservoir of all transcendental happiness, the destruction of Kali-yuga’s sins, the most purifying of all purifying things, the saintly person’s food as he quickly traverses the path to the spiritual world, the pleasure-garden where the voices of the greatest saints, philosophers, and poets play, the life of the righteous, and the seed of the tree of religion, bring transcendental auspiciousness to you all.


We invite you, your family and friends to ISKCON Scarborough on 1st July (Monday) to take part in this auspicious event.



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

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Monday, May 13, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - Upcoming seminar by HG Chaitanya Charan das coming Saturday (18th May 2019)






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: " Ramayana wisdom on relationships - Beyond naivete and cynicism to trust"
Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Location: ISKCON Scarborough, 3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Prasadam: 12.15 pm – Sumptuous 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 May 18th, 2019 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 onwww.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:


scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

website:

www.iskconscarborough.org





Thursday, May 9, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - Mother's day celebrations - coming Sunday



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

On Sunday, a special Mother's day program will take place at ISKCON Scarborough. On this day, we would like to take the opportunity to honour and thank all the Mothers for their selfless, tireless and unconditional service they continue to render.


We warmly invite all the devotees with their friends and family members to ISKCON Scarborough on Sunday 12th May 2019 from10.30 am onward to thank the Mother’s for their love and support.

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


Email Address:
scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com
website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Re: ISKCON Scarborough - Rama Navami celebrations- coming Sunday- 14th April 2019

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

Sri Rama Navami is the auspicious appearance day of Lord Sri Ramachandra.


Sri Ramachandra appeared in the month of Chaitra (March – April), on the ninth day of the growing moon (Chaitra Masa, Shukla Paksha, Navami Tithi) and this day is celebrated as Sri Rama Navami every year.

This year Rama Navami falls on 13th April (Saturday). Devotees fast until sunset on Saturday.

We at ISKCON Scarborough will celebrate Rama Navami on 14th April 2019 (Sunday)

Sri Ramachandra appeared as the son of Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya, who hailed from the dynasty of Maharaja Ikshvaku (also known as Raghu vamsha). Dasharatha had three wives: Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra, but he had no children. On the advice of Maharishi Vashishtha, the king performed a Putra Kameshti Yajna. As a result, the three wives conceived sons. Kaushalya gave birth to Rama and Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata. Sumitra gave birth to the twins: Lakshmana and Shatrughna.


The life and activities of Sri Rama are explained in detail by the great sage Valmiki in the epic Ramayana. A summarized version of the Ramayana as narrated by Sukadeva Goswami to Parikshit Maharaja is included in the ninth canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana).


The schedule for Rama Navami celebrations on 14th April (Sunday):


10.15 am to 10.45 am - Tulasi & Guru Puja
10.45 am to 11.15 am - Abhisheka (bathing ceremony)
11.15 am to 12 noon - class on Lord Ramachandra
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 invite you to visit our temple on Sunday and take the blessings of the Supreme Lord.

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

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com


website:
www.iskconscarborough.org





Wednesday, March 27, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - Special class by HH Bhaktimarga Swami - coming Sunday- 31st Mar 2019



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

We are very pleased to inform you that HH Bhaktimarga Swami will be giving a special class coming Sunday at ISKCON Scarborough. The program starts at 10.30 am.

It is also Pamomocani Ekadasi coming Sunday.


About HH Bhaktimarga Swami:
Over forty years ago it was a youthful quest for the life that leads Chatham, Ontario born Bhaktimarga Swami, (formerly John Peter Vis), to adopt an Eastern order of monastic life that landed him in the Hare Krishna movement. Since that time, as a celibate monk, Swami has evolved as an instructor of bhakti-yoga and mantra meditation. His presentation on this subject of life, based on the popular Hindu text, “Bhagavad-gita” is lively, candid and informative.

With a background in fine arts, Swami also developed a passion for the performing arts. Even in the course of his duties as a monk, he expands his portfolio and manages to take an active role in theatrical productions from epics of ancient Indian origin. Casting, scripting, and directing morality theatre takes him annually to venues from North America to India and Africa.

Finally, Bhaktimarga Swami achieved a remarkable feat in 1996 when he went the way of a pilgrim and walked on foot cross country from west to east and then back for a return journey from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Vancouver Island in 2003, going full circle. He likes to share his unique experiences and fond memories on the road after trekking 16,000 kms. Swami is a consistent feature in “The Longest Road”, a recent National Film Board documentary detailing the history of the people who shaped or were shaped by the Trans Canada Highway, the world’s longest continuous maintained road.




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

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

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
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