Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
For the 1st time, we will be celebrating Krsna Janmastami on the same day at ISKCON Scarborough.
We invite you and your family to the auspicious Janmastami celebrations at ISKCON Scarborough coming Tuesday - August 15th, 2017 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 Wednesday August 16th, 2017. Devotees fast until noon on Wednesday.
We will be celebrating ISKCON Founder Acarya A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s appearance day during the grand Krsna Janmastami celebrations on Tuesday, August 15th.
Schedule for Tuesday- August 15th, 2017:
8 pm - 9 pm - Maha Abhishek on the Lordship
9 pm - 10 pm - Class on the appearance of Lord Krsna and Glorification of Srila Prabhupada
10 pm - 11.30 pm - Grand Purusha Sukta and Sri Sukta Homam
11.30 pm - 12 am - Special Kirtan as we countdown to midnight
12 am - 12.30 am - Special Janmastami Arti
12.30 am onwards - Grand Janmastami feast
Sri Krsna Janmastami
The auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Krshna is celebrated all over the world as Sri Krshna Janmastami. It is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krshna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Shravana. Krshna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appeared in Mathura as son of Vasudeva and Devaki.
In Bhagavad Gita 4.8, Lord Krsna teaches the reason for his descend:
vinasaya ca duskrtam
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
evaà yo vetti tattvataù
tyaktvä dehaà punar janma
naiti mäm 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
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, 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 for the grand celebrations coming Tuesday evening from 8 pm onwards at ISKCON Scarborough.
3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,