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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Radhastami celebrations on Sunday - 16th Sep 2018

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

At ISKCON Scarborough, we will be celebrating Radhastami (appearance day of Srimati Radharani) on Sunday - 16th Sep 2018 starting at 10.30 am.

We warmly welcome you and your family to take part in the celebrations. Devotees will fast until noon and after the arati, there will be a grand feast.

Who is Srimati Radharani?

Lord Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is stated in the Svetasvatara Upanishad (6.8) "The Supreme Lord has multipotencies, which act so perfectly that all consciousness, strength, and activity are being directed solely by His will". The material world, where we are now living, is called bahir-anga-sakti, the external energy of Krsna. Lord Krsna explains in the Bhagavad-Gita (9.10): "Under My superintendence, the material energy is working". Apart from the material, external energy, there is another energy - the internal energy. By the internal energy, the spiritual world is being manifested. As the material world is manipulated under the external energy, the spiritual world is conducted by the internal potency. That internal potency, called the Hladini Sakti, is Srimati Radharani.

In CC Adi 1.5 it is said "The loving affairs of Sri Radha and Krishna are transcendental manifestations of the Lord's internal pleasure-giving potency. Although Radha and Krsna are one in Their identity, They separated Themselves eternally". Srimati Radharani, as the highest devotee of Lord Krsna, derives the greatest pleasure in serving Him. She is the origin of all the Gopis and of all the Goddesses of Fortune (Lakshmi Devi) who are engaged in the service of the Lord. She is the mainstay, the ideal and the ultimate refuge of all devotees embarking on the path of devotional service. Without first getting the mercy of Srimati Radharani it is impossible to even approach Lord Krsna.

The Hare Krsna maha-mantra is, in fact, a prayer to Srimati Radharani. The word 'Hare' is derived from 'Hara' which denotes the internal energy or Hladini Sakti of Krishna. This is none other than Srimati Radharani. When one is chanting the maha-mantra, one is saying: "O Krsna ! O Radha !! Please engage me in your devotional service". Krsna is difficult to approach directly, but He is bhakta-vatsala, always eager to please His devotees. Thus the mood of a devotee is to invoke the compassion of Srimati Radharani Who then recommends the devotee to Lord Krsna. Since Krsna is easily pleased by Srimati Radharani, He then readily accepts the devotee in His service.

Special Radhastami lecture by HG Keshvanand das
We will have a special guest -  HG Keshvanand das coming to ISKCON Scarborough on Sunday to deliver the Radhatami lecture

HG Keshvanand Prabhu is a disciple of His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaja.  He has been in the movement right after he completed his MBBS degree in Medicine.  He preaches in India and abroad with a focus on Youth preaching.  He is in the process of setting up a Vedic college near Delhi.  He is the author of many books in English and Hindi like "Cheater and the cheated" and many others. 

We welcome you and your family to take part in the festivities coming Sunday at ISKCON Scarborough.

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