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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Radhastami celebrations on Sunday - 16th Sep 2018

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


At ISKCON Scarborough, we will be celebrating Radhastami (appearance day of Srimati Radharani) on Sunday - 16th Sep 2018 starting at 10.30 am.

We warmly welcome you and your family to take part in the celebrations. Devotees will fast until noon and after the arati, there will be a grand feast.


Who is Srimati Radharani?

Lord Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is stated in the Svetasvatara Upanishad (6.8) "The Supreme Lord has multipotencies, which act so perfectly that all consciousness, strength, and activity are being directed solely by His will". The material world, where we are now living, is called bahir-anga-sakti, the external energy of Krsna. Lord Krsna explains in the Bhagavad-Gita (9.10): "Under My superintendence, the material energy is working". Apart from the material, external energy, there is another energy - the internal energy. By the internal energy, the spiritual world is being manifested. As the material world is manipulated under the external energy, the spiritual world is conducted by the internal potency. That internal potency, called the Hladini Sakti, is Srimati Radharani.


In CC Adi 1.5 it is said "The loving affairs of Sri Radha and Krishna are transcendental manifestations of the Lord's internal pleasure-giving potency. Although Radha and Krsna are one in Their identity, They separated Themselves eternally". Srimati Radharani, as the highest devotee of Lord Krsna, derives the greatest pleasure in serving Him. She is the origin of all the Gopis and of all the Goddesses of Fortune (Lakshmi Devi) who are engaged in the service of the Lord. She is the mainstay, the ideal and the ultimate refuge of all devotees embarking on the path of devotional service. Without first getting the mercy of Srimati Radharani it is impossible to even approach Lord Krsna.

The Hare Krsna maha-mantra is, in fact, a prayer to Srimati Radharani. The word 'Hare' is derived from 'Hara' which denotes the internal energy or Hladini Sakti of Krishna. This is none other than Srimati Radharani. When one is chanting the maha-mantra, one is saying: "O Krsna ! O Radha !! Please engage me in your devotional service". Krsna is difficult to approach directly, but He is bhakta-vatsala, always eager to please His devotees. Thus the mood of a devotee is to invoke the compassion of Srimati Radharani Who then recommends the devotee to Lord Krsna. Since Krsna is easily pleased by Srimati Radharani, He then readily accepts the devotee in His service.

Special Radhastami lecture by HG Keshvanand das
We will have a special guest -  HG Keshvanand das coming to ISKCON Scarborough on Sunday to deliver the Radhatami lecture

HG Keshvanand Prabhu is a disciple of His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja.  He has been in the movement right after he completed his MBBS degree in Medicine.  He preaches in India and abroad with a focus on Youth preaching.  He is in the process of setting up a Vedic college near Delhi.  He is the author of many books in English and Hindi like "Cheater and the cheated" and many others. 

We welcome you and your family to take part in the festivities coming Sunday at ISKCON Scarborough.



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

Email Address: 
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough - Special Krsna Janmastami celebrations - Coming Monday night - 10 pm to 1 am!

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

For the 2nd year in a row, we will be celebrating Krsna Janmastami on the same day at ISKCON Scarborough.

We invite you and your family to the auspicious Janmastami celebrations at ISKCON Scarborough coming Monday night- Sep 3rd from 10 pm onwards. Devotees fast until midnight on this auspicious day. We will have a grand feast at 12.30 am.

Srila Prabhupada’s (founder Acarya of ISKCON) appearance day falls on Tuesday- Sep 4th, 2018. Devotees fast until noon on Tuesday.

We will be celebrating ISKCON Founder Acarya A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s appearance day during the grand Krsna Janmastami celebrations on Monday night- Sep 3rd, 2018.


Schedule for Monday- Sep 3rd 2018:
10 pm - 11 pm - Maha Abhishek on the Lordship
11.00 pm - 12 am -  Special Kirtan as we countdown to midnight
12 am - 12.30 am - Special Janmastami Arti
12.30 am onward - Grand Janmastami feast

Sri Krsna Janmastami
The auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Krsna is celebrated all over the world as Sri Krsna Janmastami. It is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krsna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Shravana. Krsna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appeared in Mathura as the son of Vasudeva and Devaki.

In Bhagavad Gita 4.8, Lord Krsna teaches the reason to his descend:

paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya ca duskrtam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya
sambhavami yuge yuge

To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear millennium after millennium.


In Bhagavad Gita 4.9, Lord Krsna teaches us how to get out of this wheel of misery

janma karma ca me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so 'rjuna

One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.

The Appearance day of Srila Prabhupada 

In 1896, on the day following Janmastami, His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada was born in Calcutta, India. In the Vaishnava calendar, this day is also known as Nandotsava: the day that Nanda Maharaja, Krishna’s father, prepared a grand festival to celebrate the birth of his son.

As founder-acarya of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada plays a central role in the life of all ISKCON devotees. Everyone connected to ISKCON knows that without Srila Prabhupada’s courage and his unmotivated love and compassion to all the residents of the world, we would not have had the opportunity to intimately serve Lord Krishna.


We invite you, your family and your friends to join us for the grand celebrations coming Monday night from 10 pm onwards at ISKCON Scarborough.

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

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough - Appearance day celebrations of Lord Balarama

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


ISKCON Scarborough will be celebrating the Appearance day of Lord Balarama on Sunday 26th Aug 2018. The actual Balarama Jayanti falls on Saturday 25th Aug 2018.

Program starts at 10.30 am on Sunday. On Sunday, devotees will also prepare and offer 64 varieties of dishes to Lord Jagannath , Lord Baladeva(Lord Balarama) and Mother Subhadra as a wonderful way to welcome the Lordships back to ISKCON Scarborough after they were out of the temple after snana Yatra and taking part in the 6th Annual Jagannath Festival on Aug 18th 2018 at the Millikan park.

We welcome you, your family and friends to this auspicious event coming Sunday at ISKCON Scarborough

Who is Lord Balarama?

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is His second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna's transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the Adi-guru, the original spiritual master.

Descend of Lord Balarama

Whenever Krishna appears in the material world, He is accompanied by His associates and paraphernalia. Five thousand years ago when Krishna descended into the material world, He was first preceded by Baladeva.


When Baladeva appeared as the seventh child in the womb of Devaki, she could understand that this was a divine child and this made her all the more concerned about His safety. Even Kamsa could sense His potency and he became fearful, thinking he may have been tricked by the prophecy that he will be slain only by the eight child of Devaki. At this time Krishna instructed Yogamaya, His internal potency, to transfer the unborn child from the womb of Devaki to that of Rohini, one of the other wives of Vasudeva, who was hiding from Kamsa in the house of Nanda Maharaja in Gokul.

In this way Balarama was born in Gokul under the protection of Nanda Maharaja.

Garga Muni the venerable kulaguru (family priest) of the Yadu dynasty revealed “ This child, the son of Rohiṇī, will give all happiness to His relatives and friends by His transcendental qualities. Therefore He will be known as Rāma. And because He will manifest extraordinary bodily strength, He will also be known as Bala. Moreover, because He unites two families — Vasudeva's family and the family of Nanda Mahārāja — He will be known as Saṅkarṣaṇa”.


With best wishes from,

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

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Friday, August 17, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough's 6th Annual Jagannath Festival - Saturday -18th Aug 2018 at the Milliken Park, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

ISKCON Scarborough's 6th Annual Jagannath Festival is scheduled to take place tomorrow -  Saturday -18th Aug 2018 at the Milliken Park, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (McCowan & Steeles).

This grand event is free for everyone and includes a diverse assortment of multicultural activities for the entire family. The focus of this year is to make the stage programs newcomer friendly.

There will be several tents in the park where you can get your face painted beautifully, apply henna to your hands/palms and you will also find cookbooks, ancient Vedic texts and nice framed pictures.

The Merciful Supreme Lord of the Universe - Lord Jagannath and His brother Lord Baladeva and their sister Subhadra Devi will be coming out of the temple to the Park to give their unlimited blessings.

The highlight of the event is the distribution of free vegetarian feast/free water for everyone throughout the day starting at 11 am.

Several dignitaries including Dr Raymond Cho (MPP) and Mr  Logan Kanapathi have confirmed their participation in the event.

The parade starts inside the Milliken Park at 11 am and the VIP inauguration is scheduled to take place at 12 noon.

This year the stage programs will feature several world-class performers including singers from Australia, lion dance from China and magicians who regularly perform in Disney cruises.

We are very pleased that HH Bhaktimarga Swami (The walking monk), HG Suresvara das and several other Srila Prabhupada's disciples will be in attendance.

Haribhakti Dey (Anup Jalota said the following about Haribhakti Dey - " This boy has the causeless mercy of Mother Saraswati"), Dhiragrahi das, Radha Murati kirtan group and others will be presenting melodious kirtan & Bhajans that will be accompanied by beautiful instruments like the harmonium, mrdanga-drum, bass guitar and more.

There will also be wonderful Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance performances on the stage.


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

Email Address:

iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:

www.iskconscarborough.org

Sunday, August 12, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough's 6th Annual Jagannath Festival - Saturday -18th Aug 2018 at the Milliken Park, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada








Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!

ISKCON Scarborough's 6th Annual Jagannath Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday -18th Aug 2018 at the Milliken Park, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (McCowan & Steeles).

This grand event is free for everyone and includes a diverse assortment of multicultural activities for the entire family. The focus of this year is to make the stage programs newcomer friendly.

There will be several tents in the park where you can get your face painted beautifully, apply henna to your hands/palms and you will also find cookbooks, ancient Vedic texts and nice framed pictures.

The Merciful Supreme Lord of the Universe - Lord Jagannath and His brother Lord Baladeva and their sister Subhadra Devi will be coming out of the temple to the Park to give their unlimited blessings. 

The highlight of the event is the distribution of free vegetarian feast/free water for everyone throughout the day starting at 11 am.

Several dignitaries including Dr Raymond Cho (MPP) and Mr  Logan Kanapathi have confirmed their participation in the event.

The parade starts inside the Milliken Park at 11 am and the VIP inauguration is scheduled to take place at 12 noon.

This year the stage programs will feature several world-class performers including singers from Australia, lion dance from China and magicians who regularly perform in Disney cruises.

We are very pleased that HH Bhaktimarga Swami (The walking monk), HG Suresvara das and several other Srila Prabhupada's disciples will be in attendance.

Haribhakti Dey (Anup Jalota said the following about Haribhakti Dey - " This boy has the causeless mercy of Mother Saraswati"), Dhiragrahi das, Radha Murati kirtan group and others will be presenting melodious kirtan & Bhajans that will be accompanied by beautiful instruments like the harmonium, mrdanga-drum, bass guitar and more.

There will also be wonderful Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance performances on the stage.

We are grateful to ATN for their confirmation to broadcast the event.


Spreading the message about the event:

Devotees have been spreading the message about this upcoming event through the door to door Tamil, English & Chinese flyer distribution & affixing the flyers at various grocery/Department stores.

Advertisements are ongoing through 102.7 East FM and through Geethavaani radio stations.
There are also full-page advertisements in local Tamil newspapers - Thangadeepam, Udayan and Senthamarai.

The Highlight of all the advertisements is that  Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) buses that originate at the Markham area are plying every day with the Jagannath Festival information at the back of the buses.

There is also a Billboard in the major intersection of Markham and Finch area that carries the message about the upcoming Jagannath Festival.
We kindly request you to spread the message about this event so that everyone can come to Milliken Park on Aug 18th to partake the blessings of the Lordship.



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

Email Address:

iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website:

www.iskconscarborough.org
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