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This Saturday 6th November we are celebrating Diwali – the festival of the lamps, which commemorates Lord Rama’s return from exile in the forest, and the whole temple is lit by candlelight whilst kirtan is sung and other events are held in memory of the Supreme Lord’s transcendentally sweet pastimes. The program begins at 4pm and consists of bhajans, ‘Glories of Lord Rama’ presentation, arati & kirtan, Sita-Rama Pushpa Abhishek (flower petal bathing) and a prasadam feast.
The following day is Govardhana-Puja, which celebrates Krishna’s amazing pastime of lifting Govardhana Hill for 7 days to protect His devotees from the rains of the angry Indra. There will be a special Govardhana Puja Parikrama with Sri Prahlada which is the circumambulation of a replica hill made entirely of sweets, which are later distributed to all as Maha-prasadam or the great mercy of the Lord. This begins at 4:30pm and replaces the usual Sunday Program with an extra special celebration so please come and experience a slice of Krishna’s personal abode of Vrindavana right here in Sydney!
We are currently in The Month of Damodara, or Kartikka Masa, which runs until November 21st. This month is the most auspicious period in which Krishna displayed His sweet pastime of being bound with ropes by Mother Yasoda, and each evening the Damodarastakam prayers are sung which tell the whole story of transendental trickery which Krishna becomes endearing to everyone by performing like nodody else can. Each evening after 7 o’clock arati lamps are offered by all to Sri Sri Radha-Gopinatha, and in addition to the temple programs this year devotees are visitng peoples homes to bring the auspicious ceremony there so see the flyer below and website www.celebratekrishna.com to book your program.
On Wednesday November 10th we are celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day with a special festival from 4pm onwards, consisting of Arati, ‘Following Srila Prabhupada’ film show, kirtan, remembering Srila Prabhupada, Gaura-arati and kirtan, candlelight arati to Srila Prabhupada and a special prasadam feast. Prabhupada left the planet on November 14th 1977 after spreading Krishna consciousness worldwide in the previous 12 years, which was a miraculous task which on this day we remember and appreciate what he did for the world in this troubled age.
We are celebrating Radha Gopinatha’s 40th Anniversary next May 2011 and here’s your chance to be published in Radha Gopinatha’s Anniversary magazine! This magazine is going to be professionally published and will portray the history of Radha Gopinatha’s 40 years in Sydney. This landmark and inspirational publication will consist of articles by many authors, previously unpublished photographs of Radha Gopinatha andmuch more. Put your artistic hat on and take this exciting opportunity to glorify Sri Sri Radha Gopinath. It’s a once in 40-year chance to be presented in this historical presentation. In no more than 400 words, create a poem that glorifies our beautiful Deities and what They meant to you and how They inspire you to serve Them. There are two categories: adult category and child 5-14 years old category. Submit your poem to Krsnarupa Mataji at: Carol_d_costa@hotmail.com no later than 1st of December.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We recently had His Holiness Kadamba-Kanana Swami with us this month. During his stay he gave classes and kirtans at the temple, a program at Govindas Lotus Room, led the Maha-Harinama on Thursday evening in Sydney CBD, a home program near Hornsby on Friday evening, and held the ‘Sadhana’ retreat over last weekend in Turramurra. He also gave a discourse on Sunday evening in the temple which was especially inspiring. Maharaja then performed an initiation ceremony at Govinda Valley, concluding his visit to Sydney for this year. We thank Maharaja for his visit which was very enlivening and we hope he visits again in the near future. Thanks also to everyone who organised and attended the various programs. Please view some of the photos below.
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.
Below are listed all our donors for last month. Anyone wishing to contribute money can click the PayPal logo to donate online.
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