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We currently have His Holiness Janananda das Goswami with us this week and also returning next Thursday November 25th for the Maha-Harinama in the city in which Maharaja will lead the public chanting of the holy names through the city streets. He will also host other programs which are listed below, as well as morning classes on Srimad-Bhagavatam. Maharaja initiated a local devotee on Sunday morning and led kirtan and gave discourse during the Sunday program. Maharaja is a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada originally from the UK, and travels widely to spread the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya, and is well known for his enthusiasm for kirtans and humility in his often humourous discourses. Please come and take full advantage of his association during this visit.

We have special guest Vaiyasaki Prabhu coming soon and hosting the 24 Hour Kirtan on the weekend of December 4th and 5th. From 4pm on Saturday evening through the night and next day devotees will chant continuously, with Sri-Prahlada from 6pm and Vaiyasaki 7pm till late on the first evening. Many other kirtaneers will sing so please come for as long as you can – the schedule will be online soon. Vaiyasaki is a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada and a senior devotee from the USA, reknowned worldwide for his wonderful kirtans. The weekend promises to be a most enlivening experience with advanced devotees of Sri Krishna who will touch your hearts with their sweet chanting… don’t miss out!!

On Saturday December 11th we have a special program ‘The Market Place of the Holy Name’ with guest His Grace Deena Bandhu Prabhu. From 3pm until 9pm he will speak on the works of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s as described by Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda. This event is for all devotees who would like to learn more about practicing Krishna Consciousness and at the same time develop ability to help others. We would like to invite all existing leaders and members of Nama Hatta groups in Sydney as well as everyone who wishes to attend. Please invite your friends and reserve time in your own calendar for this extraordinary event. Deena Bandhu Prabhu is also a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada from the USA and lives in Sri Vrindavana Dhama where he knows extensively about the pastimes of Radha and Krishna in that transcendental abode.

We are currently in the last week of 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.

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. A special Harinama wil be held on Thursday November 25th with His Holiness Janananda das Goswami so don’t miss out!

Recently we celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s Disappearance Day with a special festival consisting of Arati, ‘Following Srila Prabhupada’ film show, kirtan, devotees remembrances of Srila Prabhupada, Gaura-arati and kirtan, candlelight arati to Srila Prabhupada and a special prasadam feast. We had many special guests on the evening including some of Prabhupada’s direct disciples, and the whole evening was endearing to Srila Prabhupada. Thanks to everyone who organised the program and all those who attended.

We also celebrated Diwali – the festival of the lamps, which commemorates Lord Rama’s return from exile in the forest, and 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. Sri-Prahlada sang beautiful kirtans and spoke at length of the pastimes of Govardhana Hill as devotees circumambulated the amazing hill made entirely from sweets! The weekends events were very enlivening and we thank everyone involved in the programs this year.

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

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.

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

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