Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
We at ISKCON Scarborough will be celebrating Sri Krsna Janmastami and Srila Prabhupada's appearance day on Friday August 30th and Saturday August 31st 2013 respectively.
Schedule for Friday - Sri Krsna Janmastami celebrations:
6.45 pm- Grand abhishek on the deities of Radha Krsna followed by Tulasi Arti
7.15 pm- Krsna Lila discourse
8.15 pm- Arti
8.45 pm- 1 round of group chanting of Maha Mantra
9 pm- grand free vegetarian feast
Schedule for Saturday -Srila Prabhupada's appearance day celebrations:
6.30 pm- Puspanjali, written offering by devotees to Srila Prabhupada, Guru puja
7 pm- Discourse on the pastimes of Srila Prabhupada
8 pm- Arti
8.30 pm- 1 round of Maha Mantra chanted together
8.45 pm- grand free vegetarian feast
Sri Krsna Janmastami
The auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over the world as Sri Krishna Janmastami. It is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Shraavan. Krishna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appeared in Mathura as son of Vasudeva and Devaki.
"As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the Lord says that His appearance, birth, and activities, are all transcendental, and one who understands them factually becomes immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. " -Chapter 3: Birth of Lord Krishna, Krishna Book by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Lord Krishna Himself in Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4 text 8 describes the reason of His appearance as follows:
" To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium."
Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-puja
Vyasa-puja means "worship of Vyasa," Vyasa being the compiler of the Vedic scriptures and thus the original spiritual master.
Devotees honour Srila Prabhupada - our Param Guru on the spiritual master's appearance day (a respectful term for "birthday") because he authentically transmits the teachings of Vyasa.
Although ISKCON has many spiritual masters, or acaryas, Srila Prabhupada, the founder-Acharya, holds a permanent position of special esteem. So just as when he was physically present (1965 through 1977), each year devotees gather on his appearance day to praise him and recall his glories.
We invite you, your family and your friends to join us in these wonderful celebrations on Friday and Saturday.
With best wishes from,
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,