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Saturday, March 28, 2020

ISKCON Scarborough - Online multimedia class - Narayana kavacha Shield - Sunday 29th Mar 2020 - 11 am to 12 noon

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

We will have an online Sunday feast class tomorrow on 29th Mar 2020 from 11 am to 12 noon.

Please note that this is a virtual class where you can take part from the comfort of your home.

Topic: Narayana Kavacha shield

Date: 29th Mar 2020 (Sunday)

Time: 11 am to 12 noon

Link to join the class from your desktop or laptop: 
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9150790510
If you click the above link from your desktop or laptop, you will be able to join directly
If you click this link from your cell phone or IPAD etc, you will have to download the Zoom application (less than a minute to download)


Summary of the Narayana Kavacha Shield: SB 6.8: Narayana Kavacha -  literally means the armour of Lord Narayana. An armour protects one from all kinds of evil- above, below, within and without, all possible situations, times and circumstances and from our enemies and their weapons seen and unseen. 

Benediction: 
SB 6.8.37: This prayer, Narayana Kavacha, constitutes subtle knowledge transcendentally connected with Narayana. One who employs this prayer is never disturbed or put in danger by the government, by plunderers, by evil demons or by any type of disease.


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

Special message from ISKCON Krishna Funskool team

From: ISKCON Toronto Kids <kids@torontokrishna.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:47 PM
Subject: Special initiative from Krishna Funskool: Helping children stay spiritually connected
To:
Hare Krishna Dear Parents,
Greetings from Krishna Funskool.


We have been missing all of the students from Krishna Funskool. We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe at home. We would like to re-engage with the children as soon as possible to keep them spiritually connected during this time of unexpected closures.

As Ramanavami approaches, we would like the kids to learn the Nama Ramayana by sri Laksmanacharya, which is composed of 108 names of Lord Rama, describing his various qualities and pastimes from the 7 Khandas of the Ramayana. We are hoping to begin this tomorrow, Friday March 27, 2020, in the hopes of completing it on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lord Rama on April 2, 2020. We would like to connect with the children everyday through 30-minute Zoom calls from tomorrow.



Learn the Nama Ramayana
Starting date: Friday, March 27th, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm



Please RSVP to let us know if your child will be participating in the zoom online Nama Ramayana learning session from tomorrow. We will send you the lyrics and the zoom online session link.


Additionally, we would like to go through the various resources listed and encourage the children to complete some age and/or ability appropriate activity on a daily basis, some of which will be selected to be posted on the ISKCON Toronto blog page.


The theme for the week of March 30th to April 4th, 2020 is the Ramayana.


Suggestions include:


1. Colouring

2. Drawing

3. Creating dioramas using modeling clay and recyclables

4. Create Ramayana themed crafts; For eg: make and decorate your own bow and arrow

5. Audio recording bhajans, Sanskrit verses from the Ramayana

6. Sharing recipes that they have prepared for offering to the Lord

7. Writing poems

8. Writing Small Biographies about the different personalities from the Ramayana describing their roles, relationship and relevant pastimes related to Lord Rama


Resources: Google: Ramayana colouring pages, iskcondesiretree.com, kksongs.org, Krishna.com, etc.


Parents can send a picture of their child's work everyday to kids@torontokrishna.com to reach us by 9:00 pm everyday. Selected entries will be posted on iskcontoronto.blogspot.com. from Monday, March 30th onwards.


We hope that you will encourage your children to participate in this endeavour and we hope to stay connected on a regular basis with other activities going forward.

A resource 'Spirituality at Home: Coping with Kids During Uncertain Times' is attached herewith for your reference.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions/suggestions.

In your service,

Geetha Sarma

For Krishna Funskool team
ISKCON Toronto
416.830.6850

Krishna's FunSkool - Spiritual Values through Interactive Learning
Every Sunday 5:00-6:15 pm ISKCON Toronto

Thursday, March 26, 2020

ISKCON Scarborough - Online Srimad Bhagavatam Katha- Rantideva- The personification of Generosity and kindness - Saturday 28th Mar 2020 4 pm to 6 pm

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


Our 33rd month - interactive, multimedia online Srimad Bhagavatam Katha will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm coming Saturday.
Please note that this is a virtual class where you can take part from the comfort of your home.

Topic: Rantideva - The personification of Generosity and kindness

Date: 28th Mar 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 4 pm to 6 pm

Link to join the class from your desktop or laptop: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9150790510
If you click the above link from your desktop or laptop, you will be able to join directly
If you click this link from your cell phone or IPAD etc, you will have to download the Zoom application (less than a minute to download)


Summary of the pastime: SB 9.21: King Rantideva and his family fasted for a very long time. When they were finally ready to break the fast they were interrupted in succession by uninvited guests. In spite of his severe thirst and hunger, the king fulfilled the requests of the guests respectfully and without any hesitation. Resultantly, the king was at the verge of his death due to his generosity and kindness but these were the stringent tests by various Demigods that he passed with flying colours.

Benediction for hearing the pastime: All those who followed the principles of King Rantideva were totally favoured by his mercy and became pure devotees, attached to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana. Thus they all became the best of yogis.

The life of Rantideva is a practical demonstration of the following verse:
Bhagavad-gita 5.18:

vidya-vinaya-sampanne
brahmane gavi hastini
suni caiva sva-pake ca
panditah sama-darsinah

The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020

ISKCON Scarborough - Temporary cancellation of Sunday feast programs due to COVID-19

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

In response to the pandemic status of the COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus), we regret to notify you that starting this Sunday (March 22nd, 2020) the Sunday feast program will be discontinued temporarily until further notice.

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

ISKCON Scarborough - Gaura Purnima celebrations - March 15th 2020 (Sunday)


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 15th, 2020 at ISKCON Scarborough.

The actual appearance day falls on Monday - March 9th, 2020 - On this auspicious day, all devotees fast until moonrise.

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 a 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 15th 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 - a 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 15th Mar 2020.

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

ISKCON Scarborough - Srimad Bhagavatam Katha- Multimedia presentation- Lord Krishna retrieves Devaki's sons - Feb 22nd 2020 (Saturday)



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


Our 32nd 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 /quiz to take home with you for your future reference of the pastime.
All are welcome and there are no pre-requisites.


Topic: Lord Krishna retrieves Devaki's sons

Date: 22nd Feb 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 4 pm to 6 pm


Summary of the pastime:
Devaki praised Krishna and Balarama, reminding Them how They had retrieved the dead son of Their spiritual master. She said, "Please fulfill my desire in the same way. Please bring back my sons who were killed by Kamsa so I may see them once again."The Lords received the boys from Bali and returned them to Devaki.


Benediction for hearing the pastime:
Sri Suta Gosvami said: This pastime enacted by Lord Murari, whose fame is eternal, totally destroys the sins of the universe and serves as the transcendental ornament for His devotees' ears. Anyone who carefully hears or narrates this pastime, as recounted by the venerable son of Vyasa, will be able to fix his mind in meditation on the Supreme Lord and attain to the all-auspicious kingdom of God.


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

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

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