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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

ISKCON Scarborough - Special program coming Sunday

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

We are honoured to invite you and your family to ISKCON Scarborough coming Sunday (9th Feb) to celebrate 2 wonderful events - Appearance day celebrations of Lord Varahadev and Lord Nityananda Prabhu.

Varaha Dvadasi:
Dvadasi is the twelfth day of the waning or waxing moon.
Varahadev is Krishna's boar incarnation. He assumed the form of a boar to lift the drowning planet Earth from the Garbhodaka Ocean with His tusks. The demon Hiryanyaksha had thrown the planet Earth into this ocean, but the Lord killed the demon and saved the Earth.
The actual Appearance day anniversary of Lord Varahadev (Varaha Dvadasi) falls on Thursday- 6th Feb 2020 and the fasting will be observed one day before on Wednesday - 5th Feb 2020 during Bhaimi Ekadasi.

Nityananda Trayodasi:
Trayodasi is the thirteenth day of the waning or waxing moon.
Lord Nityananda Prabhu, whose name literally means, “eternally blissful”, appeared around 1474 AD in the village of Ekachakra, near Mayapur, West Bengal.
He is the eternal companion of Lord Caitanya and both are worshipped together as Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram. In the same way that Lord Balaram is considered the original spiritual master, so is Lord Nityananda.
Lord Caitanya is the most merciful incarnation of Lord Krishna, but Lord Nityananda, however, is even more merciful and compassionate than Lord Caitanya.
No service is too small to go unnoticed by Lord Nityananda, and no sinner too bad not to qualify for his benedictions. Lord 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 Krishna. So, the worship of Lord Nityananda is most important to Gaudiya Vaishnavas seeking the mercy of Radha-Krishna.
The actual Appearance day anniversary of Lord Nityananda Prabhu falls on Friday- 7th Feb 2020. Fasting is until noon on this day.

Program on Sunday – 9th Feb 2020
10.15 am to 10.40 am - Tulasi puja & Guru Puja
10.40 am to 11.00 am - Grand Abhishek performed on Gaura Nitai deities
11.00 am to 12 noon - class
12 noon to 12.30 pm - Arti
12.45 pm to 1 pm - 1 round chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra
1 pm - Free Vegetarian feast (Prasadam)


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

Thursday, January 23, 2020

ISKCON Scarborough - Srimad Bhagavatam Katha- Interactive presentation- Lord Krsna Rescues His Teacher's Son - 25th Jan 2020- 4 pm to 6 pm



Hare Krsna
Please accept our humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Our 31st month - interactive, multimedia SB katha will be held at ISKCON Scarborough from 4 pm to 6 pm. Admission is free and prasadam will be served.

You will also get printed notes to take home with you for your future reference of the pastime.

All are welcome and there are no pre-requisites.

Topic: Lord Krsna Rescues His Teacher's Son
Date: 25th Jan 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 4 pm to 6 pm
Summary of the pastime: This chapter describes how Lord Krsna and Lord Balaram travelled to the ocean at Prabhäsa where Lord Krsna killed the conch demon Pancajana, took the Pancajanya conch shell and then travelled to the planet of Yamaraja, the lord of death to retrieve the son of their Spiritual master Sandipani Muni.

SB 2.2.37: Those who drink through aural reception, fully filled with the nectarean message of Lord Krsna, the beloved of the devotees, purify the polluted aim of life known as material enjoyment and thus go back to Godhead, to the lotus feet of Him [the Personality of Godhead].


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

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

ISKCON Scarborough - Srimad Bhagavatam Katha- Interactive presentation- Wonderful pastimes of the Pracetas - 28th Dec 2019 4 pm to 6 pm

Hare Krsna 
Please accept our humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Prabhupada

Our 30th-month interactive, multimedia SB katha will be held at ISKCON Scarborough from 4 pm to 6 pm. Admission is free and prasadam will be served.
You will also get printed notes to take home with you for your future reference of the pastimes.
All are welcome and there are no pre-requisites.

Topic: The wonderful pastimes of the Pracetas

Date: 28th Dec 2019 (Saturday)

Time: 4 pm to 6 pm

Summary (SB 4.24, SB 4.25, SB 4.30, SB 4.31 and SB 6.4): The 10 Pracetas are taught the Rudra Gita (Taught by Lord Siva that glorifies Lord Krsna), the Pracetas chant these mantras and see the 8 arm Lord face to face and get married to the girl that the Lord wanted them to marry and beget Daksa (original Daksa from 4th canto is born again). The Pracetas in between try to burn the trees of the world to ashes and later get wonderful instructions from Narada muni and return back to the Spiritual world.

SB 7.1.4/5: The great sage Sukdeva Goswami said: My dear King, you have put before me an excellent question. Discourses concerning the activities of the Lord, in which the glories of His devotees are also found, are extremely pleasing to devotees. Such wonderful topics always counteract the miseries of the materialistic way of life. Therefore great sages like Narada always speak upon Srimad Bhagavatam because it gives one the facility to hear and chant about the wonderful activities of the Lord. Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Vyasadeva and then begin describing topics concerning the activities of Lord Hari.

Benediction from SB for hearing this pastime: SB 4.31.31: O King, those who hear these topics about kings who are completely surrendered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead obtain without difficulty a long life, wealth, good reputation, good fortune and, ultimately, the opportunity to return home, back to Godhead.



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

website:www.iskconscarborough.org

email:
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com
scarboroughiskcon@gmail.com

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
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