Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
Radhastami celebrations coming Friday 25th Sep 2015 starting at 6.45 pm.
Srimati Radharani is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna.
This year the appearance day anniversary was on 21st September 2015(Monday).
This special day is known as Radhashtami.
At ISKCON Scarborough, we will be celebrating Radhastami coming Friday 25th Sep 2015 starting at 6.45 pm.
Five thousand years ago, when Lord Krishna came to this planet to perform His pastimes, Srimati Radharani also appeared.
The following is adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Varshana Swami:
“On a half-moon night in the month of Bhadra, King Vrishabhanu came to the Jamuna to bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden aura, the golden aura of pure love. It was emanating from a lotus, which had a baby girl standing on its whorl. When the king returned to the palace with the baby, Queen Kirtida was delighted. She was also shocked that the girl was blind.
“Lord Krishna’s mother, Yashoda, heard that her best friend Kirtida had a baby, so she came to visit along with her husband and her son. Krishna crawled up to the cradle and pulled Himself up and looked in. At that moment, Srimati Radharani’s eyes fluttered and opened wide and blossomed like lotuses. It seems that she did not want to see anything of this world, only the form of Sri Krishna. Everyone was delighted.
“Srimati Radharani is the mother of the universe, the spiritual mother of all souls. And the concept of mother is the most sacred symbol—that of purity, selflessness, caring, sharing, nurturing, and love.
That is why our sacred mantra is the holy names. It is the holy names in the vocative. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
“‘Hare’ means ‘Radhe.’ It is a plaintive, desperate cry for the mother. ‘Radhe! Please wake us up from this nightmare of mortal life! Remind us of the father we have forgotten and take us home!’”
In the Krishna consciousness movement, devotees carefully worship Srimati Radharani as the bestower of devotional service to Krishna, by attentively chanting her name in the maha-mantra, by worshiping her deity form, and by following the instructions of the most merciful Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the combined form of Radha and Krishna.
“(Therefore) Radha is parama-devata, the supreme goddess, and She is worshipable for everyone. She is the protectress of all, and She is the mother of the entire universe.” — Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi 4.89
Lord Vamanadeva's appearance day celebrations on Sunday - 27th Sep 2015:
The appearance day falls on Friday but we at ISKCON Scarborough we will be celebrating the appearance day in a grand manner coming Sunday
Lord Vamanadeva is Lord Krishna's avatar (incarnation) as a dwarf brahmana during a period of intense conflict between the appointed directors of the universe (devas, or "demigods") and asuras ("demons"). The Srimad-Bhagavatam tells how the asuras had violently assumed control and sent the demigods into hiding. As a trick to return the demigods their administrative posts, Vamanadeva begged three paces of land in charity from the leader of the asuras, Bali Maharaja. When Bali granted His request, Lord Vamana assumed such a gigantic form that with two steps He covered the earth and then the entire universe. For the third step, Bali Maharaja was then pleased to receive the Lord's lotus foot on his head.
We welcome you and your family to ISKCON Scarborough coming Friday/Sunday to take part in the glorious celebrations.
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