Welcome to ISKCON Scarborough - the home of Sri Sri Radha Gopi Vallabha

Sri Sri Radha Gopi Vallabha Ki Jai!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Advent of Bhagavad-Gita and Vaikunta Ekadasi celebrations(whole night program) on Sunday 23rd December 2012‏

Hare Krishna!

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

We have 2 very auspicious events happening on the same day coming Sunday 23rd December 2012
- Advent of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita(Gita Jayanti)
- Mokshada Ekadasi/Vaikunta Ekadasi/ Bheeshma Ekadasi

Advent of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita(Gita Jayanti)

It was on this day over 5000 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 particular cult, 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 the Lord Krsna

Mokshada Ekadasi/Vaikunta Ekadasi/ Bheeshma Ekadasi

According to Vishnu Purana, fasting on Vaikunta Ekadashi is equivalent to fasting on the remaining 23 Ekadashis of the year.

The significance of Vaikunta Ekadasi can be traced back to the Padma Purana. The Purana indicates that Lord Vishnu took the form of ‘Ekadasi’ – female energy – to kill demon Muran on this day

Impressed by ‘Ekadasi,’ Lord Vishnu told her that whoever worships him on this day will reach Vaikunta. It is widely believed that the gates of Vaikuntha is open on the Vaikunta Ekadasi day. It is one of the most auspicious days in Lord Vishnu Temples in South India. It was on this day that ‘Amrit’ (nectar) emerged out of the ocean during the churning of the ocean and was distributed to the demigods.

This day is considered very auspicious and it is believed that those who die on this day are freed from the rounds of birth and death as they directly reach Vaikunta, the abode of Lord Vishnu. It is for this reason that the Great King Bheeshma waited long on his bed of arrows, to leave his last breath. Hence it is also called Bheeshma Ekadasi.

Program on Sunday December 23rd 2012:

7pm to 7.40pm- Glories of Bhagavad-Gita - class by HG Dhiranitai das

7.40pm to 8pm - Devotional songs glorifying Lord Krsna by Bhaktin Abhirami Balu

8pm - 8.30pm- Arti

8.30pm to 8.45pm- 1 round group chanting of Hare Krsna Maha Mantra

8.45 to 9.15pm- Free Sumptuous Ekadasi prasadam

9.15pm to 12 am- Reading of the 700 sanskrit verses of Bhagavad-Gita

12 am to 12.30am- Arti

12.30am to 1.30am- Kirtan

1.30am to 3.30am- Spiritual videos(Vrindavan Parikrama,Darshan of deities from several Vrindavan temples etc)

3.30am to 4am-Kirtan

4am to 5am- Spiritual videos continued

5am to 6am-Mangal Arti/Kirtan

6am to 7am- Group chanting of Hare Krsna Maha Mantra

7am to 7.49am - Arti/Tulasi Arti/ Gutu Puja & Kirtan

7.49am- Grand breakfast prasadam

Please note that this special Sunday evening program is in addition to the regular Sunday morning program porgram that will take place from 10.30 am to 1pm

On the auspicious occasion , we welcome you , your family and friends to join us at ISKCON Scarborough to recite all the 700 sanskrit Bhagavad-Gita verses and to observe the Vaikunta Ekadasi on Sunday - 23rd December 2012 and to partake the blessing of Sri Sri Radha Gopi Vallabha

With best wishes from,

ISKCON Scarborough

3500 McNicoll Avenue, Unit #3,



Phone: 647-955-0415

Email Address:




No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails