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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


Saturday, September 22, 2018

ISKCON Scarborough - HG Rohinipriya das prabhu will be coming to the temple tomorrow!‏

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

We are pleased to inform you that HG Rohinipriya das prabhu will be at ISKCON Scarborough tomorrow (23rd Sep 2018) to give a special class.

The program starts at 10.30 am.

Biodata of HG Rohinipriya das prabhu: 

HG Rohini Priya Das prabhu graduated as a doctor of Medicine from Mumbai university but decided to dedicate his life in the service of Lord Krishna.

For the last 25 years, he has not only been practising Krishna Consciousness but has been actively distributing the message of Bhagavad Gita to thousands of Engineering, Medical students and other professionals all over India.

He also travels widely to USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal and Canada and delivers various classes/ seminars on Krsna Consciousness.

We welcome you, your family and friends to ISKCON Scarborough tomorrow

ISKCON Scarborough

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


Email Address: 
iskconscarborough@hotmail.com

website: 
www.iskconscarborough.org

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
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