Gita Jayanti – Advent of Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita

This Tuesday, December 2nd marks the supremely auspicious occasion of ‘Gita Jayanti’, the day Lord Sri Krishna spoke the sacred Bhagavad Gita, the ‘Song of God’.

Krishna first spoke this timeless knowledge to the Sun God millions of years ago, but when that knowledge became lost, He again spoke it to Arjuna 5000 years ago on the battlefield of Kuruksetra.

It is said that wherever there is Krishna and Arjuna, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power and morality. Therefore, whenever and wherever the Bhagavad Gita is recited, all-auspiciousness is manifest.

To celebrate this special occasion, on Tuesday 2nd we will recite the full Bhagavad Gita in it’s entirety, this will take about 3 hours! We will start at 5pm and finish at approximately 8pm, we will take a break halfway through and then we will finish with Prasad! (NB if you cannot come for the whole thing, please come for however much you can!)

Please come along and make everything auspicious!

– Caitanya Vallabha das

8 Hour Kirtan – November 2014

8 Hour Kirtan November 2014
We cordially invite you for the upcoming festival that is the 8 hour kirtan, 29 November 2014 Saturday
Kindly find attached herein the poster for this event to pass around or as visual confirmation of the same.
We look forward to being with you and anyone you might bring, chanting, dancing and feasting.
Hare Krishna!

8 Hour Kirtan October 2014

8 Hour Kirtan October 2014

We cordially invite you to the next 8 Hour Kirtan event taking place on the 4th of October.

The program will start at 12 noon and go on till 8pm. Sumptuous lunch will be served during the program followed by light dinner prasadam.

“We should always remember the danger of Maya’s [material illusion’s] influence and endeavor to save ourselves from her great power. We must therefore always merge in the transcendental mellow of kirtana-rasa [the sweet taste of chanting the holy name], for kirtana-rasa is the safest situation within this material world.”
(Srila Prabhupada in Foreword of Songs of the Vaishnava Acaryas)

So, come to celebrate …the transcendental bliss of Kirtan-rasa by chanting, dancing and feasting to glorify Their Lordships Sri Sri Panca Tattva and our dear Srila Prabhupada!

Seminar by HG Suresvara Prabhu

Suresvara Prabhu

We invite you to a 3 day seminar conducted by His Grace Suresvara Prabhu, here at ISKCON Newcastle. It will be presented in 3 sessions, the times and dates of which are as follows:

20th September 2014 [Saturday] ; 6 PM – 8PM
21st September 2014 [Sunday] ; 10AM – Noon
22nd September 2014 [Monday] ; 6PM – 8PM

Suresvara Prabhu joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1970 and received 1st and 2nd initiations from Srila Prabhupada in 1971 & 1972.

In 2011, while teaching at the Mayapur Institute for Higher Education, his concern over the lack of connection many younger devotees were feeling for our founder-acarya reached a tipping point, so that year he began researching and presenting the seminar, “Srila Prabhupada, Our Founder-Acarya.”

With the encouragement of the Mayapur Institute and the GBC committee, “Srila Prabhupada’s Position,” Suresvara Prabhu has been traveling the ISKCON world with the founder-acarya seminar helping devotees deepen their relationship with, commitment to, and love for our beloved founder-acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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In this invite you can find attached a seminar overview [kindly forgive the font incompatibility] and Suresvara Prabhu’s picture.
To further encourage everyone, here are a few appreciations of the seminar by other devotees —

“Suresvara Prabhu’s seminar on the essential, profound and pivotal relevance of the founder-acarya to every ISKCON devotee’s life deeply entered the heads and hearts of all who attended. I recommend that ISKCON audiences somehow try to schedule all ten sessions, rather than just a quick synopsis.” (HH Devamrita Swami, January 2014)

“In October 2011 we at the Bhaktivedanta College were fortunate to experience Suresvara Prabhu’s founder-acarya seminar, which is dynamic, informative, and enormously relevant for all ISKCON devotees. I highly recommend this presentation to anyone interested in understanding more about Srila Prabhupada’s preeminent position in ISKCON.”

(HG Dinadayal dasa, Director of Online Learning, Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh) February 2012

“This inspiring presentation is a good start that takes us in the right direction–to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, his personality, his mission and us.”

(HH Candramauli Swami) February 2012

Radhastami 2014

Radhastami – Appearance of Srimati Radharani

2nd September 2014 Tuesday from 6pm at ISKCON Newcastle

Radhastami

Radhastami is the appearance anniversary of Srimati Radharani. She is Krishna’s greatest devotee, the feminine aspect of the Absolute Truth, and Krishna’s spiritual energy personified.

The highest truth has both male and female aspects. Like the sun and the sunshine, each gives meaning to the other. The male and female aspects of the Supreme Being appear together as Vishnu and Laksmi, Rama and Sita, and Krishna and Radharani.

Special Guest Speaker:

His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Swami

Bhakti Caitanya Swami was born on August 14th 1951 in Auckland New Zealand. His first contact with Krishna consciousness was while at university in Auckland where on the university grounds he saw devotees throwing flowers at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada while Srila Prabhupada was walking. In 1972 Bhakti Caitanya Swami left New Zealand to make an extensive world tour and met ISKCON devotees in London and later joined Srila Prabhupada’s International Society for Krishna Consciousness. After taking initiation from Srila Prabhupada, he became involved in public relations and book publications for the Bhaktivedanta Manor (ISKCON’s British Headquarters). In 1980 he went to South Africa to oversee ISKCON’s activities as Temple President at Cato Ridge and to help with the overseeing of the construction of the Sri Sri Radha-Radhanatha Temple project.

 

Read more about Radhastami from a lecture by Srila Prabhupada

Janmashtami 2014

Janmashtami  Festival at ISKCON Newcastle

17th August 2014 Sunday from 3pm till Midnight

Krishna

Janmastami, Lord Krishna’s birthday is a big day for those of us who want to make advancement in spiritual thought and deepen our relationship with Krishna.

The birth of Lord Krishna is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. Krishna, a Sanksrit name for God which means ‘the all-attractive one’, appeared on earth over 5,000 years ago in Vrindavan, India. Janmastami is a day to celebrate His presence in our lives, to be grateful for our relationship with Him, and to join in the festivals to love and honour Him.

Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance Day

Vyasa Puja

18th August 2014 Monday

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) is widely regarded as the foremost Vedic scholar, translator, and teacher of the modern era. He is especially respected as the world’s most prominent contemporary authority on bhakti-yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Person, Krishna, as taught by the ancient Vedic writings of India. He is also the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada, as he’s known to his followers, translated and commented on over eighty volumes of the Vedas’ most important sacred bhakti texts, including the Bhagavad-gita—a concise handbook for understanding the purpose and goal of human life—and the multi-volume Srimad-Bhagavatam—an epic biography of Krishna, Krishna’s avatars, and His many devotees throughout the history of the universe.