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Monday, December 2, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - Gita Jayanti – The appearance day celebration of Srimad Bhagavad Gita - Saturday- December 7th 2019

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 Saturday- Dec 7th 2019.
- 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 5156th appearance day anniversary?

We at ISKCON Scarborough will be celebrating Gita Jayanti in a grand manner 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 5156 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
scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com


website: www.iskconscarborough.org

Friday, October 11, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough- The Holy month of Karttika (Damodar) starts on Monday!

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


Srimati Radharani is the personification of the holy month of Karttika, which precedes Lord Krishna’s month, Margasirsa

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

The holy month of Kartik(Karttika) begins on Oct 14th(Monday) and ends of Nov 12th (Tuesday).

Gaudiya Vaishnavas consider Smt Radharani to be the presiding Deity for the month of Karttika, which, significantly, is also called Damodara. 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 shakti 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 Prabhupda- 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. Practice brahmacharya (celibacy) 4. Worship of Tulasi devi 5. Give in charity 6. Perform austerities 7. Read scriptures 8. Associate with the devotees


2019 Kartik month events:
October:
Oct 14th Mon- Damodar month begins
Oct 18th Fri - Disappearance day of Sri Narottam Das Thakura
Oct 21st Mon - Appearance of Radha Kund- Bahulastami
Oct 22nd Tues - Appearance of Sri Virabhadra
Oct 24th Thus - RAMA EKADASI
Oct 27th Sun – Diwali (Damodar Lila took place on this day)
Oct 28th Mon - Govardhan Puja/Appearance of Sri Rasikananda
Oct 29th Tues - Disappearance day of Sri Vasudeva Ghosh
Oct 30th Thus - Disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada (fast until noon)

November:
Nov 4th Mon - Gopastami/Disappearance day of Sri Srinivasa Acarya/ Sri Gadhadara das Goswami/ Sri Dhananjaya pandita
Nov 7th Thus - UTTHANA EKADASI/Disappearance of Gaura Kishora das Babaji (fast until noon)
Nov 10th Sun – Disappearance of Sri Bhugarbha Goswami and Sri Kasiswara Pandit
Nov 12th Tues – Tulasi Saligram Vivaha/Appearance of Sri Nimabrkacarya- Last day of Damodar month


We warmly welcome you and your family to ISKCON Scarborough on Sundays (10.30 am) to offer ghee lamp to Lord Damodar during the month of Damodar


ISKCON Scarborough

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

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com
scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Monday, September 2, 2019

Radhastami celebrations on Sunday - 8th Sep 2019

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 - 8th Sep 2019 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 - 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.


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
scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

website:

www.iskconscarborough.org

Monday, August 26, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - The Shakti Show TV coverage by Bangladeshi TV - NRB TV

ISKCON Scarborough (Canada) organized the "Shakti Show" at the Bangladesh Canada Hindu Cultural Society, Toronto, Ontario, Canada recently.
HH Bhaktimarga Swami, HG Dravida das, HG Gaura das and others took part in this wonderful outreach program.


Here is the TV coverage from the Bangladeshi TV- NRB TV

Friday, August 23, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - Special Krsna Janmastami celebrations - Class by HG Chaitanya Charan das tonight!



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


HG Chaitanya Charan das prabhu will be delivering a special Janmastami class at ISKCON Scarborough from 9 pm to 10 pm tonight

We invite you, your family and your friends to join us for the grand celebrations coming Friday night from 8 pm onwards at ISKCON Scarborough.



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



Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com
scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - Special Krsna Janmastami celebrations - Coming Friday night - 8 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 3rd year in a row, we will be celebrating Krsna Janmastami on the same day at ISKCON Scarborough ie: Friday- 23rd Aug 2019.

We invite you and your family to the auspicious Janmastami celebrations at ISKCON Scarborough coming Friday night- Aug 23rd from 8 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 Saturday- Aug 24th, 2019. Devotees fast until noon on Saturday.


Schedule for Friday- 23rd Aug 2019

8.00 pm - 830 pm: Tulsi arti and Guru Puja
8.30 pm - 900 pm: Arti
9.00 pm -10.00 pm: Class on Janmastami
10.00 pm -10.30 pm: Dance program
10.30 pm -11.00 pm: Maha Abhishek on the Lordship
11.00 pm -12.00 am: Kirtan and Swing Festival
12.00 am: Special midnight 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 Friday night from 8 pm onwards at ISKCON Scarborough.

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

Email Address:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com
scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Sunday, August 11, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough's 7th Annual Jagannath Festival - Saturday -17th Aug 2019 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 7th Annual Jagannath Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday -17th Aug 2019 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 attendees can get their face painted beautifully, apply henna to their hands/palms and there will also be several cookbooks & ancient Vedic texts.

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 Cynthia Lai (City councillor) have confirmed their participation in the event.


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

This year the stage programs will feature several world-class performers including a singer from Australia, lion dance from China and International award-winning magician Mike.D

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

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

There will be wide media coverage during the entire 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 & Bangladeshi newspapers.

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 17th to partake the blessings of the Lordship.

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


Email Address:
scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

website:
www.iskconscarborough.org

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Hare Krishna!
Please accept our humble obeisances!

All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!



As part of ISKCON Scarborough’s continuing efforts to take the mission of Srila Prabhupada and the chanting of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra to other temples and communities, we will be hosting our 2nd annual Shakti show on Friday - 12th July 2019 at Bangladesh Canada Hindu Mandir, 16 Dohme Ave in Scarborough.

Similar outreach events (Bhajan Sandhya) were hosted by ISKCON Scarborough at the Satya Sai Baba temple in Scarborough as well as at the Bangladesh Canada Hindu Mandir in Scarborough in the past where there were over 1200 people collectively in attendance.



For the 2nd time, ISKCON will be collaborating with a major Bangladeshi temple to jointly spread the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
A very special multinational group of talented devotees will be coming together to put up a grand show. This will be led by His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami (www.thewalkingmonk.net)
There will be dance,  music, kirtan, drama etc - unforgettable Spiritual entertainment for the entire family.


 Here are the additional details of this event:

What: “The Shakti Show” - a memorable evening of kirtan, dance, and much more

When: Friday - July 12th, 2019 - 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Where: At the Bangladesh Canada Hindu Cultural Society- 16 Dohme Ave, East York, Ontario, Canada, M4B 1Y9

Seating capacity of the hall: 600 to 650

Artists: Talented multinational artists from different parts of the world- Led by HH Bhaktimarga Swami

Food (prasadam): Free food/water will be distributed after the event at the venue

Parking: Ample free parking is available outside the venue

Tickets: Please contact Amal Tagore at 647-338-2216 or send an email to scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

Cost of the tickets: Free


We warmly welcome you, your family, your congregation and friends to this fun-filled spiritual event on Friday - July 12th 2019.


Attachment: Event flyer and sample ticket

  

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

Email Address: 


scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

website: 

www.iskconscarborough.org  
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