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Sunday, August 21, 2016

ISKCON Scarborough - Special Krsna Janmastami and Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day celebrations - Coming Friday!

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

We invite you and your family to the auspicious Janmastami & Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day celebrations at ISKCON Scarborough coming Friday (26th August2016) at 6.45 pm.
Please note the actual Janmastami falls on Thursday 25th August 2016 and devotees fast until midnight.

Srila Prabhupada’s (founder Acarya of ISKCON) appearance day falls on Friday - 26th August 2016 and devotees fast until noon.

Schedule for Friday 26th August 2016
6.45 pm - Tulasi Arti
7 pm -  Special class
8 pm - Arti
8.45 pm - 1 round of group chanting of Maha Mantra

Grand feast will be served at 9 pm.

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:

paritranaya sadhunam
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 (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 for the grand celebrations coming Friday at 6.45 pm at ISKCON Scarborough.

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