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.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Video: Piano Hare Krishna Melody by Bada Hari das

We came across this incredibly sweet and mellow video by Bada Hari das, capturing a moment as he chants an amazing Hare Krishna melody while playing the piano!  Here is the description he posted for the video on his YouTube channel:

While visiting my family's home in Monterey, [California] a couple of years ago, I got a chance to have some alone time with their old grand piano and some bhajans. I don't often get this chance and it's a nice meditation for me. This Mahamantra tune is a favorite I learned from Madhava Prabhu. The piano accompaniment is simple and spontaneous. My better half captured this, so here it is.

A Spontaneous Trip Down Memory Lane

With the unusually warm (but awesome) weather that we had in Toronto yesterday, Bhaktimarga Swami decided to head out for a spontaneous walk in the afternoon with his two visiting godbrothers: Drupada das and Garuda Vahan das - devotees who were two of the many early pioneers of our Toronto Hare Krishna community.

The walk was a "trip down memory lane" of sorts as the chosen route was through the trendy Yorkville neighbourhood.  While Yorkville is now known for being a swanky, upscale neighbourhood with expensive boutiques, restaurants and shops, it was a very different mood in the 1960s.

As explained by the three senior devotees on their walk, "Yorkville was the hippy enclave of Toronto and probably even the hippy capital of Canada in the 1960s!".  As each street was explored, Bhaktimarga Swami, Drupada das and Garuda Vahan das, would often pause at various buildings and talk about the incredible history of the neighbourhood and how devotees would often do sankirtan there!

The trip ended with a visit to one of the buildings just south of the temple, on Avenue Road, which used to house the Govinda's restaurant!  Drupada prabhu remarked, "You could get a full vegetarian thali for $2 or $3!".

Back at the temple, everyone was most appreciative of the short but certainly memorable walk down memory lane!  Check out pictures below (downloadable pictures available here):

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

View Our Monthly Newsletter - February 2016

We are happy to share our February edition of our monthly newsletter!  Special thanks to Thulasi Sathianathan , one of our active young devotees, for taking the lead on the monthly newsletter project.  Click the image below (or click here) to open the February 2016 newsletter.

Remember, you can receive our monthly newsletter right in your inbox by clicking here to sign up, or by using the sign up form on the right hand side of this page!  Hare Krsna!


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Nityananda's Appearance Day - Sat, Feb 20th

One of the sweetest festivals of the year Nityananda Trayodasi will fall on Saturday, February 20, 2016! A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to join us as we celebrate the advent (appearance) of Lord Nityananda.

Lord Nityananda (also known as Nityananda Prabhu, Nitai, Nityananda Balarama) appeared in the village of Ekachakra, in West Bengal, India, around 1474. In the Caitanya Caritamrita and other scriptures He is declared to be the avatar of Lord Balarama, the direct expansion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. He is honoured as Lord Chaitanya’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord.

It will be a special day of celebrations and for more details about this sweet festival and a schedule of events, keep an eye on our website.  There are also many sponsorship opportunities still available for the festival: garlands, flowers, aratis and festival feast.  To sponsor, please contact us!

Next Official Mridanga-Drum Course: Feb 26 to Mar 6

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is, once again, offering a workshop for students to become well-versed with the mridanga-drum, which is one of the most revered, enjoyed and vintage sounds of Hare Krishna culture.

The course will be offered between Feb 26th and March 6th. The beginner/intermediate session will happen on the weekend of the 26th, 27th and 28th of Febuary, while the expert sessions will happen on the 5th, 6th and 7th of March.

Personalized sessions (1-on-1) will also be available to students during the weekdays between February 29th and March 3rd for registered students of the course.

You can officially register for the seminar through the form below or by clicking here.

The official course poster also contains more information:





Thursday, January 28, 2016

Video: 2015 Sankirtan Highlights

Last Saturday, the temple hosted it's annual Sankirtan Warriors Appreciation Night (SWAN).  Billed as an evening dedicated to thanking all the amazing "warriors" in the community that helped to share so many spiritual books with the public as ambassadors of goodwill, the evening featured kirtan, talks and more.

One of the highlights of the evening was a video presented by the Toronto Sankirtan Team, showcasing highlights from the year!  Check it out below:

Video: "B-Boying" Hare Krishnas in Moscow!

We recently received a "Google News Alert" about an article on MensXP.com - a website targeted to the "modern Indian man".  The article, which can be seen by clicking here, highlights a unique video of devotees dancing at what we believe is the ISKCON Moscow temple (devotees are welcome to clarify by commenting) in kirtan and goes on to say:

While dancing during praying to god is pretty popular in India, especially during jagrans and in temples, what is not is b-boying! One such religious gathering at a Radha Krishna temple turned rather entertaining when some ISKCON monks took to b-boying during a bhajan recitation.  

If you have ever been to a Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, you’d know the atmosphere there brims with infectious energy and tempo, and people are encouraged to shed their inhibitions and surrender themselves to god. Dancing and swaying is quite common here but b-boying just takes it to another level. Well, dance has no religion. 

Watch them perform their killing breakdance moves to the music of bells and chants of Hare Rama Hare Krishna in this video! The B-Boying boys!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Video: Special Sunday Feast Fire Yajna

This past Sunday, we had a special "fire yajna" held during our Sunday Feast celebrations.  A fire yajna is a ceremonial ritual wherein ghee (clarified butter), grains and other items are offered into fire amidst the chanting of mantras.  It is a beautiful ritual that brings a level of auspiciousness and peacefulness to the atmosphere.

The program was led by Brahma Muhurta das who was visiting from New York City and was in town to teach some of our local devotees about the art of conducting fire yajnas.

The special Sunday Feast was video recorded.  Check it out below.