ISKCON Sydney – the newsletter…. Dare to read it.

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Hare Krishna!
Welcome to ISKCON Sydney’s e-newsletter.

Next Saturday and Sunday October 2nd & 3rd there is a special 24 Hour Kirtan at New Gokula Farm for World Holy Name Day in memory of His Grace Aindra Prabhu who passed away in Vrindavana, India, a few weeks ago. Beginning at 6pm on Saturday the kirtan will go continuously until 6pm on Sunday. Anyone wishing to take part can contact Nimai at the email address below or visit www.newgokula.com for more info. The farm has also recently acquired 10 more cows which are safe from the hands of slaughterers, and people can support the farm by sponsoring cows or purchasing milk curd which is available at the table in the North Sydney temple foyer each Sunday evening during the program.

From 2-5 October we will have Special Guest His Grace Devaki Nandana Prabhu from Singapore visiting Sydney. Devaki is renowned for his lively soul touching kirtans and enlivening and realised discourses. You are personally invited to attend the Krishna Conscious Programs that Devaki Nandana Prabhuji will be presiding over – please see the full schedule below.

We will have His Holiness Kadamba-Kanana Swami with us next month from October 12th to 22nd, including a special retreat program on the 16th and 17th in North Turramurra, NSW, entitled ‘Sadhana’ about the art of chanting and tasting the holy names of the Lord. Details below of the retreat so please book and get in early as there are limited spaces. More details of Maharaja’s programs will be given soon…

Harinama Sankirtana in the city centre has started again. Each Thursday evening from 7pm devotees are going out to distribute the Holy Names of the Maha-mantra to thousands of people in the city streets accompanied by music and dancing. This is the Yuga-dharma or process of self realisation for this age, and is an unforgettable experience. The meeting place is opposite the cinemas on George Street – anyone wishing to join in please see details below and help spread peace and love in this quarrelsome and dark industrial age.

In November there is a special festival in Fiji for the Sigatoka Temple Opening. Sydney devotee Bhaja-Govinda Prabhu has helped organise the event which runs from 19-27 November and has special guests HH Vedvyasa-Priya Goswami, HH Jananada Goswami, HH Bir-Krishna Goswami and HH Ramai Swami leading wonderful kirtans and giving discourses. There is also a bus and boat tour with Harinama Sankirtana, prasadam and much more. More details coming soon of this special event so mark the dates in your calendars if you would like a transcendental trip to Fiji soon…

Last Sunday September 12th there was a Palanquin Ratha-Yatra in Wollongong. The palanquin was carried with Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra as part of the annual Spring into Corrimal parade there. Thousands of people lined the streets so the mercy of the Lord’s darshan and the chanting of the Maha-mantra was experienced by all. Many thanks to Ananda-moya and the other organisers of the event and everyone who assisted and took part in the festival. Anyone with photos of the event please get in touch so we can share with everyone.

On Wednesday 15th September we celebrated the divine appearance of Srimati Radharani, known as Radhastami. The festival is a very special one for Gaudiya Vaishnavas as the glorification of the feminine divine who is the personification of Sri Krishna’s internal pleasure potency and His eternal consort and topmost devotee. The festival began at 6pm with a discourse by Sri-Prahlada Prabhu and then arati and kirtan led by Tribuvaneshwara Prabhu, followed by Abhiseka Deity bathing of the small Deities of Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha accompanied by a wonderful kirtan by Sri-Prahlada. Then a transcendental feast was be served to all outside. Many thanks to everyone who worked hard to make the festival a great success again this year, and thank you to everyone who came to experience the joyous occasion of Radharani’s most auspicious appearance.

On Friday 17th September we celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s Arrival in the USA as well as the Vyasa-Puja of His Holiness Bhakti-Charu Swami. Prabhupada set sail from Calcutta in India in July 1965 and arrived in Boston and New York after a gruelling journey suffering two heart attacks. Bhakti-Charu Swami is a close disciple of Prabhupada whose desire on his appearance day each year is to firstly glorify his spiritual master. The program in the temple included arati and kirtan, many devotees reading offerings to Prabhupada, a video of Bhakti-Charu Swami talking about Prabhupada’s unique position as Founder-Acharya of ISKCON, Pushpanjali and Guru-puja, and finally a sumptuous prasadam feast. Many thanks to Rajashekar and Bharat-shresta Prabhu’s and everyone else who helped organise the event in glorification of two great personalities.

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month a ‘Krishna Evening’ hall program is held in Westmead. This consists of a discussion on Bhagavad-gita, arati & kirtan, children’s program and prasadam. The program is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Please join us at Westmead Progress Hall at 43 Hassall Street for an enlightening program every fortnight – more details of programs around Sydney in the regular programs section below.

Term 3 of the temple Sunday School classes commenced on Sunday 1st August and continue fortnightly until the next school holidays. Please register your child by emailing Vilasa Manjari dasi: vilas@pacific.net.au

As usual the Sunday Program runs each week from 4.30pm with arati and kirtans, prasadam available from 5.30pm and discourse at 6.15pm.

Thank you for your support. Hope to see you all soon!

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