Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Two Initiatives to Honour Lord Rama!

In honour of Lord Ramachandra's appearance on Sunday, Mar 25th, Toronto Sankirtan Team (TST) is delighted to extend two exciting initiatives for you and your friends and family, as we collectively get ready to celebrate this most auspicious festival!

DAILY Readings from the Ramayana via Conference call (Mar 12th to Apr 13th)

Monday, Mar 12th to Friday, Apr 13th
5:45 AM to 6:00 AM

FREE Conference Call Number: 1 866-259-3126 / PIN: 12349

If you do not have a copy of the Ramayana, here is a link: https://www.vedabase.com/en/rkd


32-rounds Japathon (Saturday, Mar 24th)

*1 round = 108 Hare Krishna Mantras on beads

Everyone is welcome to join this ‘Japathon’ – to chant 32 rounds of Hare Krishna Mahamantra on beads – collectively (at the temple) or individually (at home) – and log your rounds (link below)! If, however, for some reason you cannot chant 32 rounds, we encourage you to do at least ONE extra round to participate in this Japathon!

We will be making a special offering of our collective Japathon rounds to Lord Rama at Rama Navami festival on Sunday March 25th.

Let’s all participate enthusiastically in this japathon by logging our rounds at the link below. Everyone matters, every bit counts!

Details:

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (ISKCON Toronto) / at your convenience (home)

Log your rounds by clicking here!

Rama Navami - March 25, 2018

On Sunday, March 25th, we will be celebrating Rama Navami, the appearance of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is an incarnation of Krishna who appeared in Ayodhya during the Treta Yuga as the son of King Dasaratha. During Lord Rama’s reign, all the citizens were happy, religious and their necessities of life were provided. He was a virtuous, charitable and dutiful King. He is particularly known for his victorious battle with the ten-headed demon Ravana, the evil King of Lanka thereby freeing his wife Sita from the demon’s captivity. Through his life, he exemplified heroism, morality and good governance. 

For the festivities, we will be having a special discourse, a presentation by our Sunday FunSkool kids and an arati ceremony for Lord Rama. Come join us next Sunday for a very special Sunday Feast starting at 6:00pm!

Schedule is as follows (subject to change):

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:15pm: Special Class by Jagannatha Misra das
7:15pm - 7:40pm: Drama by Sunday FunSkool Kids
7:40pm - 8:00pm: Arati for Lord Rama
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

6 Hour Kirtan - Saturday, March 3rd, 2018!

ISKCON Toronto will be hosting a 6 Hour Kirtan
on Saturday March 3rd, 2018 from 2:30pm to 8:30pm to celebrate the Appearance Day of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Please join us for a wonderful Kirtan and prasadam (vegetarian feast) to celebrate the glories of Lord Caitanya!

We will be chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra for 6 hours in a variety of melodies. It will be a wonderful opportunity for both music lovers and aspiring yogis to keep their senses engaged in the Holy Name of the Lord!




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Siva Ratri Celebrations This Sunday!


This Sunday, February 18, 2018, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Siva Ratri.*

Siva Ratri literally translates as “the Night of Lord Siva.” Lord Siva is described as “the greatest Vaishnava (devotee of Lord Krishna)"; as such, this week's Sunday Feast will be dedicated to honouring Lord Siva.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati
6:30pm to 6:35pm - Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm to 7:15pm - Class by HG Rupanuga das
7:15pm to 7:30pm - Abhisheka (bathing ceremony) for Lord Siva
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Arati


*Please note that the actual day of Siva Ratri was on Wednesday, February 14, but the festival will be celebrated at the temple on Sunday, February 18.

Gaura Purnima - March 1st, 2018

Join us at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple on Thursday March 1st, as we celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the year, Gaura Purnima, the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu!

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. He appeared in the city of Navadvipa in Bengal in 1486. Throughout His life he practically demonstrated how to follow the teachings of Lord Krishna with love and devotion in the simplest way. He inaugurated the Golden Age amidst the age of Kali and established the chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna (Sankirtan) as the Yuga Dharma. He generously distributed His teachings to all the fallen people without any discrimination and rekindled their love for God. In this way, He personally exemplified how to be a pure devotee of Lord Krishna.

We will be celebrating the auspicious appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the evening at 6pm at the temple. The program will include a special Abhishek, beautiful Darshan, a wonderful presentation, sumptuous vegetarian feast, and much more! Come join us, there is no better way to start the month! 

Schedule:

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:10pm: Class
7:15pm - 8:00pm: Abhishek (Bathing Ceremony)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast

ISKCON News Features Toronto's Sankirtan Efforts!

Our very own Toronto Sankirtan Team (TST) has been featured in ISKCON News! This article highlights some of the challenges leading up the December Marathon and how the collective efforts of many devotees across the GTA helped SMASH all of the goals set out this year.

To read the full article, please click here!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Nityananda Trayodasi - Monday, January 29, 2018


On Monday, January 29, 2018 we will be celebrating Nityananda Trayodasi, the auspicious appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu. The name Nityananda means eternal happiness. Nityananda Prabhu appeared in the 15th century as the principle associate of Lord Caitanya, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Together they helped spread the chanting of the holy names of the Lord far and wide. Nityananda Prabhu is considered to be the most merciful incarnation of the Lord. 
He was extremely compassionate and often delivered even the most materially conditioned souls. He is always so absorbed in love and devotion. 

Come join us as we glorify and seek the blessings of the merciful Nityananda Prabhu. Festivities will begin at the temple on Monday January 29th at 6pm and will include a special darshan, a discourse about Nityananda Prabhu, a beautiful bhajan, and a vegetarian feast.

Schedule (Subject to change):

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Arati and Kirtan
6:30 PM - 6:35 PM: Welcome and Announcements
6:35PM - 7:15PM: Special Class on the Glories of Lord Nityananda
7:15PM - 8:00PM: Special Bhajan Presentation
8:00PM - 8:30PM: Arati and Kirtan
8:30PM - Onwards: Vegetarian Feast


Vedic Roots Montessori Academy is Growing - Enrol Now!


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well-being.

Over the last three years, VRMA has grown into a successful preschool in Toronto that integrates the world-recognized Montessori curriculum with the timeless wisdom of the ancient Yoga texts (Vedas).

We are very happy to announce that VRMA is growing and it’s first fully-licensed facility is now open for increased enrolment on a first-come, first-serve basis!


Details about the new location:

Address:  42 Tuxedo Court, #Unit 1 (right off the highway 401 on Markham Road South)

Capacity:  32 students in two classrooms - Pre-schooler (2.5 – 6 years) and Toddlers (1-5 – 2.5 years) + waiting list

Timing:  9:00am to 3:30pm (with extended hours care available (7:30-9am, 3:30-6pm)

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For full details on our unique program offerings, please visit www.vedicroots.ca

Please call us today to book a tour of our facility and help spread the word!

Contact Details:

416-916-7005
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Sankirtan Warrior Appreciation Night - January 28, 2018

Congratulations to Team Toronto for a very successful Marathon 2017. Together, "WE DID IT". By the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, and the blessings of our Sankirtan generals Vaisesika Prabhu and Bhaktimarga Swami, we smashed our goals! 

Not only did we exceed our goals locally, but Team Toronto ranked 4th in all of North America in its remittance to the BBT, the worldwide publisher of our spiritual books!

As is our annual tradition, we would like to invite you all to our annual Sankirtan Warrior Appreciation Night (SWAN) on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm - yes that's right its a SUNDAY! We will have the entire Sunday Feast dedicated to appreciating the Sankirtan Efforts of 2017.

Please join us for an inspiring evening of reflection, appreciation and celebration with the entire Team Toronto!

“Your report of book distribution is very encouraging. Please go on increasing more and more. Yes, you should become the topmost temple for distributing my books. This is a very good proposal. That is the only way to please me. Distribute my books profusely. That is real preaching.” Srila Prabhupada Letters October 23rd 1976

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic participation, support and blessings in 2017, and we look forward to expanding our family business together with you in 2018 and beyond.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Screening of "Hare Krishna" Film - January 22, 2018

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very excited to announce that the hit film "Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all" is having another screening in Toronto on Monday, January 22 at 7:00pm at the Cineplex Theatres at Yonge and Dundas.

TO BOOK TICKETS PLEASE CLICK HERE! 50 tickets must be booked before the screening is confirmed so please book as soon as possible!

The following is a synopsis about the film, from the official website:

1965: America is in turmoil. Unprecedented introspection and questioning of societal norms roil the country. Prabhupada, an unassuming 70-year-old Swami from India, arrives in New York City alone and without support or money. He carries only the ancient scriptures he has translated, and the firm faith in his teacher’s request: “offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world!”

Suddenly thrust into the raging counterculture movement, Prabhupada speaks of the world’s real need, which is not necessarily satisfied by political or social revolutions, but by a revolution of consciousness. This divergence from the status quo successfully captures the attention of a generation of youth seeking answers to life’s existential questions. From a tiny storefront on 26th 2nd Avenue, Prabhupada shares with them the idea that the way to find real happiness, love and freedom is to search within and connect to your true self. All this, the Swami says, begins by simply chanting a rhythmic, meditative 16-word mantra – Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

This universal message resonates with more and more people, including musician George Harrison whose hit song ‘My Sweet Lord’, features the Hare Krishna chant. From there, Prabhupada’s movement explodes, and his followers – now known as the Hare Krishnas – become infamous for chanting and dancing in the streets.

Not everyone is enamored by the enthusiastic, and at times overzealous, fervor of Prabhupada’s young followers. As more people join the movement, parents and community leaders begin to view it as a dangerous cult. Devotees are charged with brainwashing and are taken to court in a controversial case that threatens to undermine everything that Prabhupada has worked for...

Hare Krishna! is the true story of an unexpected, prolific, and controversial revolutionary. Using never-before-seen archival verite, Prabhupada’s own recorded words, and interviews with his early followers, the film takes the audience behind-the-scenes of a cultural movement born in the artistic and intellectual scene of New York’s Bowery, the hippie mecca of Haight Ashbury, and the Beatle mania of London, to meet the Swami who started it all.