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.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Help Needed - Sri Krishna Janmastami!

From Friday, September 4th to Saturday, September 5th, the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!

With any big festival, it requires the help of many to help out to ensure it is a wonderful festival for all. If you have an hour to spare or even the whole day, please sign up to volunteer your time and efforts on this very auspicious weekend.

To sign up, please fill out the form below with your availability and we will get back to you!

Thank you!

Birthday Bash! Sri Krishna Janmastami - September 4-5, 2015

From Friday, September 4th to Saturday, September 5th, the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!

Festivities will be filled with kirtan, bhajans, discourses and more! On Saturday, the highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight! The momentum builds as the abhisheka (bathing ceremony) is performed and the Temple is filled with wonderful rocking kirtan, at the stroke of midnight, the Deity doors will open and their Lordships Sr Sri
Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha will be revealed in a stunning flower outfit! It is truly a festival NOT to be missed!

On Saturday, September 5th, free street parking will be available for festival attendees, located on Pears Avenue, a 2-3 minute walk from the temple. A schedule for the eventful day will be up shortly. Please stay tuned!

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Maha Abhishek: $451 - There is also a rare opportunity to personally bathe Sri Sri Radha Krishna with auspicious liquids (water from seven holy rivers as well as panchamrita - a mixture of ghee, yogurt, milk, honey and sugar). Sponsors will get to take home their decorative Kalasha (pot) and puja thali (worship plate).
  • Feast Sponsorship: Gold $1500 Silver $1000 Bronze $750
  • Festival Flowers: Gold: $1500 Silver $1000
  • Festival Deity Garlands: $750
  • Deity Dress: $1500 each altar; all thee altars: $4500
  • Platinum Festival Sponsorship: $10008 (complete festival)

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact donate@torontokrishna.com

The schedules for both days will be posted soon!


Saturday, August 29, 2015

ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book - Submit Your Offering!

ISKCON Toronto’s 2015 Congregational Vyasa Puja Book

Hare Krishna,

Please accept our humble obeisances.    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The appearance day of Srila Prabhupada is a very special occasion for all ISKCON devotees.    Srila Prabhupada appeared on Nandotsava – the day that Nanda Maharaja had a big festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Krsna (Sri Krsna Janmastami).   This year, Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja falls on Sunday, September 6th, 2015 and celebrations will be from 11am-3pm at ISKCON Toronto and will continue through to the Sunday Feast (6pm to 9pm).

This day is known as Vyasa Puja because the spiritual master is a representative of Srila Vyasadeva who is the author of the Srimad Bhagavatam.    Vyasa Puja offerings are made by devotees who write and present personal messages to the spiritual master.   The Governing Body Commission (GBC) for ISKCON has stated that every devotee in ISKCON should write an offering to Srila Prabhupada on Vyasa Puja.

We would like to encourage all devotees in our community to write a personal letter, in the form of an offering to Srila Prabhupada for this year’s festival and, to further facilitate this process, we will be making a special ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book for 2015.   This book will be presented to Srila Prabhupada on the day of Vyasa Puja.   Following the program, the book will be on display for devotees to read all the offerings by devotees of our community.  Please note – doe to time constraints during the festival, we will not be able to have everyone read out their offerings during the main festivities.  However, devotees are welcome to privately do so before or after the festival.

In order to facilitate this whole process, pre-printed pages have been prepared and we are asking devotees to hand write offerings onto these specially-designed pages.   The maximum length of the offering is one page per person.   If you wish to type your offering, you can use our Vyasa Puja online form at: http://tinyurl.com/SPOfferings2015 (form is also embedded below) - typed offerings must be emailed by 8:00am on September 6th.  We will print out these offerings for you.

The hand-written offerings can be submitted in person at the temple, in the designated drop box, up until 11:00am on September 6th. Hand written offerings are encouraged.

We humbly encourage you to please take this opportunity to honour Srila Prabhupada with a personal offering!  Hare Krsna!

Your Servants,
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple


Guidelines for Your Written Offering:
  • Write your offering in the mood of a personal letter to Srila Prabhupada.  Write in a style as if you are addressing Srila Prabhupada directly (e.g. “Srila Prabhupada, it is by your mercy that I have come to Krsna consciousness.”)
  • The Vyasa Puja offering is meant for glorifying the spiritual master.    So offerings need to be made in that mood and not be used as a platform for airing one's grievances.  
  • You may wish to read the previous year’s Vyasa Puja offerings made to Srila Prabhupada by various senior devotees around ISKCON.    It may give you some ideas of how to express yourself.   These can be found here: http://prabhupada.krishna.com/homages
  • It is a courtesy to start your offering with Srila Prabhupada’s pranama mantras; we have already printed these onto the official pages.   A suggested opening is as follows: “Dear Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances.   All glories to you on this auspicious occasion of your Vyasa Puja.” 
  • The main content of the offering should glorify the role that Srila Prabhupada is playing in your life as well as express your indebtedness to him.   You may also include reports about your spiritual growth, how you are meeting challenges and how you are carrying out his orders.    
  • To end the offering it would be nice to show one’s appreciation and desire to please, by some nice phrase such as “Your Humble Servant” or something similar.
  • If you have any questions, concerns or challenges, feel free to write to us at SPofferings@torontokrishna.com 
  • Please note, the temple reserves the right to not publish an offering if it is deemed inappropriate.


Submission Requirements and Deadlines
  • Hand-written offerings must be submitted no later than 11:00am at ISKCON Toronto on Sunday, September 6, 2015
  • Typed offerings must be submitted via http://tinyurl.com/SPOfferings2015  (form is also embedded below) no later than 8:00am on Sunday, September 6, 2015


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Balarama's Appearance Day - This Saturday!

Please come celebrate the appearance day of Lord Balarama (Balarama Jayanti) on Saturday, August 29, 2015! Lord Balarama is the older brother of Lord Krishna and symbolizes spiritual strength.

The festival will kick off with a special Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) by taking our spiritual books and sharing with others on the streets of Toronto! Our enthusiastic team will leave at 1:00pm from the temple. Please join us for what will be a bright sankirtan outing!

The main festival at the temple will begin at 6:00pm with kirtan and arati and will be followed by an enlivening discourse given by our special guest, HG Narayani devi dasi. Then, we will continue with our annual tradition by having our Sixth Annual Balarama Bake Off  with a little twist this year. Stay tuned for this very sweet tradition!

Everyone during the festival will also be able to take part in the Jhulan Yatra Festival. A specially decorated swing will be arranged by the devotees for Sri Sri Radha and Krishna to sit and and accept the flower offerings from the devotees. Please join the festival and get a rare chance to personally swing their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna.

And remember, Balarama's Appearance day only begins the countdown to the BIGGEST Birthday Bash of the year as we celebrate Sri Krishna Janmastami on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Please mark your calendars and join us in creating a spiritually charged Krishna Conscious long-weekend. More information about what to expect will be coming your way soon!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Kitchen Help Needed for Upcoming Food Fair - Sep 9th to 13th

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is participating in a very large festival where we expect to serve 1000+ plates of prasadam (spiritualized, delicious vegetarian meals) for three days, nonstop.

The festival is the annual Veg Food Fest, taking place at Harbourfront Centre from September 11-13, 2015.  This weekend will be very busy in the temple kitchen!

Over the years these shows and expos have been very successful and thousands of people of varying backgrounds come to visit our “Govinda’s” booth to taste sumptuous vegetarian delights!

However, all of this success comes only with team work and hard work.  Over the years, many volunteers have participated in this event in numerous ways. These massive shows require a lot of team work in the kitchen, doing intense but fun loving service. If you are interested in being one of the many volunteers and curious to know more about being part of this wonderful outreach program, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you very soon!

You can also feel free to contact Kanaad Prabhu at (647) 299-9903 or by emailing him.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Glimpse into our Annual Summer Kids Camp!

This year from August 4 - 7, 2015, we held our annual Summer Kids Camp! Lots of games and activities kept all the children engaged and squealing throughout the week. Please check out the slideshow below!

The Krishna FunSkool (Sunday evening weekly classes conducted at the temple) has a new session starting on Sunday, September 13 for children 4-12 years. For more information and registration, please contact kids@torontokrishna.com.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Register Now for ISKCON Disciples Course - August 1 - August 4

Please mark your dates for the second ISKCON Disciples Course in Toronto from Saturday, August 1st - Tuesday, August 4th. This course has been developed by the GBC (Governing Body Commission) and shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first OR second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami 2015. We encourage all devotees to try their best to attend and also request your help in spreading the word for the course.

This course will cover several important aspects, including:

- The importance of accepting initiation in disciplic succcession
- Srila Prabhupada's special position
- How to select a spiritual master
- Relationships in a multi-guru environment
- Parallel lines of authority and much more...

The course will be facilitated by HG Laxmimoni devi dasi, who is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. She has been involved in ISKCON educational projects since 1974. Now, she is a member of the GBC Ministry of Educational Development and a GBC Deputy.

We kindly ask anyone who is interested in attending to please fill out a preliminary registration form by clicking here.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Krishna FunSkool Summer Kids Camp: August 4 - August 7

We had a wonderful Festival of India this month but the summer fun isn't over yet - join us for the
annual Summer Kids Camp, which is happening this year from August 4-7th (Tuesday - Friday every day).

You can register for any number of days! As always we have lots of fun activities planned out with sumptuous prasadam (vegetarian meansl) for all the children.

The registration is $25 per day or $75 for all 4 days. You can pre-register your child by emailing us at kids@torontokrishna.com or by clicking here for the registration form.

Details:

Dates: Tuesday August 4 - Friday, August 7

Timings: 9:00am - 5:00pm every day

Fees: $25 for each day; $75 for all four days

To register, click here!