Welcome to ISKCON Sydney’s e-newsletter

Welcome to ISKCON Sydney’s e-newsletter.

Below is a summary of events – please click here to read the whole newsletter.

This weekend we have His Holiness Bhakti-vidya Purna Swami with us In Sydney from June 5th – 16th. During Maharaja’s visit he will hold programs including Philosophy and Culture of Mahabharata from 7:30pm- 9pm on Sunday, 5th of June till Friday, 10th of June, and then 14-16 of June. The Vedic Leadership Seminar Part II will be on Saturday, 11th of June 10-12:30pm & 7:30pm-9pm and Sunday, 12th of June 10-12:30pm & 7:30pm-9pm, the Earth Healing Kirtan and Havan is on the 13th of June at 10am with Havan & Talk by Bhaktividya Purna Swam, 12pm Kirtan by Sri Prahlada and 1:30pm Lunch ($10). This program is by donation for Mayapur Gurukul-school in Mayapur/India run by Bhaktividya Purna Swami. Also Srimad Bhagavatam Lectures are given June: 7th , 9th, 15th, 16th. All programs held at the Temple, 180 Falcon Street, North Sydney – Inquiries: 0404 187 390. Please come and hear from an experienced speaker and practitioner of Vedic culture. Full schedule below.

On Sunday 3rd July 2011, from 10:00am we are celebrating Liverpool Ratha-yatra: Festival of the Chariot from Bigge Park through Liverpool CBD. This is an Open Free invitation to everyone to come and participate in the Ratha Yatra Festival. Festival of Chariot, is one of the oldest street parades in India and is also a becoming popular in other parts of the world since 1967. It has been celebrated in a grand manner showcasing the best of Indian culture – with festival tents, entertainment stages, free-snacks booths, and a variety of cultural displays and exhibits, Dance, Drama, Music, colourful festivities and other fun filled programs. This year’s festival includes a street parade and a cultural show. More details below.

On the weekend of May 21st and 22nd we had a huge celebration of the most auspicious occassion of Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha’s 40th Anniversary. There were many special guests who were around at the time Srila Prabhupada personally spread Krishna consciousness and taught how to serve Their beautiful Lordships, including over 100 initiated disciples of Srila Prabhupada who told unforgettable stories of Radha Gopinatha, Srila Prabhupada and the pioneering days of Krishna Consciousness in Australia. The festival spanned over 2 days – the Saturday 21 May program included a Srila Prabhupada Maha Guru-puja, special darshan of Radha Gopinatha plus kirtan by Madhudvisa Prabhu, Maha Harinama Sankirtana with Sri-Prahlada, and an evening festival in temple with special bhajans & presentations, recollections, kirtans and a slideshow by Kurma and many disciples speaking from their personal recollections. A special souvenir magazine was printed for the event with many never seen before photos and rare stories of Radha Gopinatha’s arrival and pastimes in Sydney and distributed freely to all present. The Sunday 22 May program began with a Sydney Harbour Picnic Cruise with kirtans on the boat by Sri-Prahlada, Gitanjali and songs by Yasomati-nandana Prabhu, wonderfully inspiring speeches by many of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples, and a sumptuous vegetarian feast. In the evening a special 40th Anniversary Sunday Feast was held which included bhajans & kirtans, a nice slideshow and video presentation by Caru dasa, and Maha-abhisekha of Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha accompanied by more kirtan by Sri-Prahlada. Many, many thanks to everyone involved in organising the festival and in particular Kurma Prabhu and Krishnarupa Mataji, Garuda and team in the kitchen preparing wonderful prasadam feasts, and everyone who contributed in any way to make this huge and important event a resounding success! See just some of the hundreds of photos below.

Last weekend there was a weekend retreat at Govinda Valley with His Holiness Devamrita Swami entitled “Bhakti & Money: Sweeter than Honey?”. Many thanks to the organisers of this event and to the people who participated to hear from a very dynamic and experienced speaker.

We also recently had His Grace Hari-Sauri das with us giving seminars entitled ‘Srila Prabhupada: The Living Bhagavatam’about his experiences with His Divine Grace, and also his project The Bhaktivedanta Archives which helps preserve the legacy of the Vaishnava tradition. Thanks to those who came to hear from him and his personal experiences with Prabhupada.

Recently we celebrated Nrsimha Caturdasi – the divine appearance day of Lord Nrsimhawho is half-man and half-lion. The program began at 5pm with kirtan, followed by class by Sri-Prahlada. The Gaura-arati at 7pm was accompanied by kirtan by Tribuvaneshwara and a special Nrsimhadeva dance by Prakash Subramaniam during the Nrsimha Pranamas sung by Bacchu. Then there was the Nrsimha Pushpa Abhisheka (flower petal bathing) with more kirtan by Sri Prahlada Prabhu, followed by a sumptuous feast. Many thanks to everyone who organised and attended the program this year, there were hundredsof guests in attendance despite the cold Monday evening, and the atmosphere of the temple was very uplifting on this auspicious occassion. Please see below for some nice photos…

Again the Sunday School program in the temple has begun and runs during school term time every fortnight. Please see the details below how to register with organiser Vilasa-manjari and teach your children how to love Krishna and enjoy the fun filled activities each session. Also during the program from 5:00pm Viraja-Krishna will be giving a series of discourses ‘The Science of Self Realisation’ for the adults.

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.

Thank you for your support.

Hope to see you all soon!

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