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Govindas Restaurant will be closed for renovation from 15th January to 12th February.

After 10,000’s of healthy nourishing meals served to our Govinda’s patrons and thousands of free plates (Prasadam) distributed at our Sunday Feast, our old kitchen badly needs an upgrade

When : We intend to do this straight after the Christmas break, this year.

What is required ?

The basement kitchen needs :

1. Fire resistant Grade 1 wall cladding

2. Completely sealed kitchen work area to deliver highest level of hygiene.

3. Fire resistant sealed floor

4. Removal of antiquated and defunct air extractors, to be replaced by current environmental health standard air extraction

(This will mean devotees can work and serve in a proper environment)

5. Removal and disposal of substandard kitchen equipment

6. Purchase of new kitchen equipment

7. Bringing storage areas to standard required by Environmental Health Office

To do all of this we need your immediate help.

Because the Kitchen is a working one and provides finance and support for the Temple, the time the kitchen is not in use is a major concern.

Please help with this appeal and share the link far and wide.

We will be celebrating Sri Nityananda Trayodashi in Dublin on Sunday 17th February. Please come along and take part in our festival

Sri Nityananda Trayodashi is the auspicious appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna appeared in Navadvipa as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to establish the Sankirtana Movement (the Yuga Dharma for this age of quarrel and hypocrisy). To help the Supreme Lord in His mission, Lord Balarama appeared as Nityananda Prabhu. He assisted Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by spreading the holy name of the Lord throughout Bengal.

Read more about The Glories Of Lord Nityānanda Balarāma from the Chaitanya Charitamrita (Adi-lila, Chapter 5).

Our Dublin Festival celebration details are as follows: 
Date: Sunday 17th February 2018
Time: 14:00 

Fasting is on Saturday 16th February until noon.

Stay tuned with our event details here to know of our final schedule

Contact us if you would like to do service for the festival to obtain the Mercy of Lord Nityananda.  Usually on the day, the Deities are offered a feast of 56 items (chappan bhog).

Bhagavad Gita

In February, our Dublin community will be welcoming HG Partha das and HG Uttama devi dasi.  They will be facilitating a wonderful seminar on “Community Relations and Attracting the Mercy Of Lord Nityananda”.

Schedule as follows:

Date: Friday 15th February
– Part 1 : 18.30 to 20.30

Date: Saturday 16th February
– Part 2 : 10.00 to 12.00
– Part 3 : 14.00 – 16.00

Initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1973, husband and wife Partha and Uttama have an incredible amount of experience and wisdom between them. They’ve been happily married for forty-five years, have premarital education training certified by Prepare and Enrich, and have offered that education with the Grihasta Vision Team – a group of professional devotee counselors – for the past decade. In their native Canada, they also provide a mandated five-session premarital education course for all couples getting married at ISKCON temples.

Both of these stalwart devotees are part of the Grihastha Vision Team (GVT), whose goal is to support, strengthen, educate and enliven the individuals, couples and families (grihasthas) who are or will be involved with the grihastha ashram (family life).

Please email dublin@krishna.ie for reservations.

Bhagavad Gita

We are very happy to announce that we will be starting our Vaisnavi Sanga in Dublin Temple. All welcome!

Sanga is a Sanskrit word that means “assembly”, “association”, and “community”. Join us once a month for an afternoon consisting of activities such as meditation, reading and discussing philosophy, singing and dancing, eating together, making new friends, and much more! We gather together to support each other in spiritual practice, develop faith, open our hearts and learn from each other.

Our first Sanga will be on Saturday 2nd February from 2pm to 4pm. Come along for an afternoon to learn some crafts together, some kirtan and have some talks over some nice prasadam and tea.

Bhagavad Gita

We were very happy to accept the kind invitation of the new Ambassador of India to Ireland to meet with him at the embassy in Dublin this January.

It was a most rewarding meeting, not least to learn of Ambassador Sandeep Kumar’s strong support and indeed deep appreciation of ISKCON.

He offered us an open door and encouraged us to approach him whenever we needed any help or support and he also requested us permission for him to invite us to any events that are being hosted or sponsored by the embassy.

In closing he glorified ISKCON’s contribution to the world in the form of promoting vedic culture, raising awareness of the importance of spiritual practices and most of all our leading role in advancing pure vegetarian cuisine.

We hope Sandeep is not transferred anytime soon so we can look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship!

Bhagavad Gita

Gita Jayanti is the auspicious day of the advent of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. This is the day on which Lord Krishna imparted the essence of Vedic knowledge to Arjuna over 5000 years ago and enlightened him about the ultimate goal of life.

Come along on Tuesday at 3pm and Sunday at 8pm and let us recite the 700 verses of the Bhagavad Gita together in 4 hours in Dublin!!
Schedule as follows:

Tuesday
3pm to 7pm:
Bhagavad Gita Recitation

Sunday
8am to 12pm: Bhagavad Gita Recitation
12pm to 2pm: Harinam and Book Distribution
3pm: Talk By Praghosa Prabhu

Gita Jayanti offers the opportunity to celebrate the appearance of Bhagavad Gita and to distribute this gem to many others. On this auspicious occasion, many well-wishers sponsor copies of the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. We invite everyone to sponsor Bhagavad Gitas and also to distribute them to your friends, family and colleagues.

Please avail this opportunity to distribute Vedic knowledge to the people at large at discounted prices. We have special discount at the temple with a Large Bhagavad Gita for €5 only! The time is now! Please join us in reciting and distributing this supreme knowledge. No other charity can surpass the gift of a Bhagavad-Gita As It Is.

We look forward to see you all devotees to celebrate the appearance day of Srimad Bhagavad-gita. Follow us on facebook for more updates on the event.Hare Krishna! 

kartik

On behalf of ISKCON Dublin Krishna Temple, we are pleased to invite you to be a part of our daily program during the month of Kartik. In addition we will be having special programs during the whole month, please come along.

The month Kartik starts on the 6th of October 2017 and runs for four weeks till 3rd of November 2017. During this time pilgrims come from far and wide to offer a candle to Mother Yasoda and Lord Krishna.

Here in Dublin we will be organising a daily program starting at 18.30 consisting of Arati, lamp offerings and singing the Damodarastakam prayers.

If anyone would like to lead Damodarastakam any of the day. Please click on the link here to add your name.

See the list of events for the full month below:

Sun Oct 8th – 6 am until 2 pm
Kartik Special – 64 Rounds Japa

Sunday Oct 8th – 3 pm until 6pm
Sunday Feast with Tulasi Priya Prabhu

Sunday Oct 15th – 3 pm until 6pm
Sunday Feast with Duryodhana Guru Prabhu

Friday Oct 20th – 6 pm
Govardhan Puja

Sunday Oct 22nd
Sunday Feast in Dublin With Dina Dayal Prabhu
Bus Trip to Inis Rath to celebrate Govardhan Puja

Sunday Oct 29th – 3pm to 9pm
Sunday Feast with Kurma Prabhu

We look forward to seeing you all at the temple.

janmastami

This year we are celebrating Radhashtami, the appearance day of Srimati Radharani, on Tuesday Aug 29, 2017 at 18.00. Join us in celebrating, trying to understand and meditating on the significance of this extraordinary day.

Radhastami

The auspicious day of the appearance of Srimati Radharani is celebrated all over the world as Radhastami. The Schedule for dublin is as follows:

18.00 – 18.30 : Kirtan
18.30 – 19.00 : Arati
19.00 – 20.00 : Talks/Videos
20.00 – 20.30 : Kirtan
20.30 : Prasadam

Radha-Krishna are the male and female aspects of God known as the divine couple. Radha embodies the totality of love for Krishna. Thus She is known as the personification of Bhakti, or loving devotion to God. The sum of Krishna’s energies is Radha, His eternal consort. Like the sun and sunshine, Krishna and Radha are one.

“Radharani is a tenderhearted feminine counterpart of the supreme whole, resembling the perfectional stage of the worldly feminine nature. Therefore, the mercy of Radharani is available very readily to the sincere devotees, and once She recommends such a devotee to Lord Krishna, the Lord at once accepts the devotee’s admittance into His association.” — Srila Prabhupada, Bhagavatam 2.3.23.

Please come along everyone to celebrate the appearance day of Srimati Radharani in Dublin. Also, if you would like to bring any offering for Radharani, please do.

janmastami

Our most awaited and transcendental event of the year, Sri Krishna Janmastami is on Tuesday 15th August. We are once again inviting everybody to celebrate the appearance day of Lord Krishna with an evening full of surprise.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

The auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over the world as Sri Krishna Janmashtami. The Schedule for dublin is as follows:

18.00 – 18.30 : Kirtan
18.30 – 19.00 : Arati
19.00 – 20.15 : Lecture/Quiz
20.15 – 21.00 : Bhajan & Classical Dance
21.00 – 22.00 : Abhishek
22.00 – 22.30 : Kirtan
22.30 – 23.00 : Krishna Video
23.00 – 23.45 : Dramatic Reading from Krishna book
23.45 – 00.00 : Bhoga Offering
00:00 : Arati
00:30 : Ekadashi Feast

Prior to Janmastami, we will be doing a Maha Clean up at the temple,we are inviting everyone to come along to help us. Also, If anyone would like to do some service on the day of the festival like vegetable cutting, sponsor the Abhishek and flowers, or prepare sweets for Lord Krishna, please let us know by emailing dublin@krishna.ie or on facebook.

We will also be offering 108 sweets/savouries to Krishna on the day. See bhoga list here, if you would like to prepare any of them, just let write your name next to the preparation.

Most importantly, please come along on the day to celebrate the appearance day of Lord Krishna with us as the temple. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita in Chapter 4, Text 9, One who can understand the truth of the appearance of the Personality of Godhead is already liberated from material bondage, and therefore he returns to the kingdom of God immediately after quitting this present material body.

janma karma ca me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so ‘rjuna

Translation
One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.

Srila Praphupada appearance day

Srila PrabhupadaWe will also be celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day on Wednesday 16th August. The program schedule is as follows:

15.00 : Videos
17.00 : Kirtan
18.00 : Arati
18.30 : Pushpanjali
18.45 : Prayer of offerings
19.30 : Talk
20.30 : Prasadam

Please keep in touch with our facebook page for more information about the event and for more information please email us at dublin@krishna.ie

The Watchmaker blog for the month of August, written By John McDonnell

The Watchmaker

A watch is a beautiful thing. Take any watch. It has to be designed in such a way that it has to be both attractive and functional. All of the intricate little pieces of the watch have to be assembled together perfectly for it to work correctly. One or more people had to sit down and design it, produce it, and assemble it with great care and attention. Such craftsmanship is a wonderful thing and takes intelligence to do so.

Watches come in many different varieties, forms, colours, sizes and prices. But they all perform pretty much the same function – they keep time.
Take a look at your watch. Can you tell who designed or created it simply by looking at it? Not the brand name, but the person who designed it. Most likely you don’t know unless their name happens to be on it.

If you were to give that watch to a more qualified person and have them analyse the watch to see what it is made of – the different elements, atoms etc, would it be possible to discover who the person is that created it? Most likely not, as that information is not stored in the make-up of the watch. It is located someplace else. Logic would dictate that there is a watch-maker. Simply because we do not see the watch-maker does not mean that there isn’t one. Watches certainly don’t self-manifest perfectly on people’s wrists.

The truth about who created the watch can be discovered. One would have to contact the proper sources at the company who branded the watch. It may even take a little persuading and many phone calls, as they may not want to reveal such information. But if you were to persevere long enough then you could discover the name.

If we analyse a watch we can see that it has two common components with a universe – energy and time. Like the watch, the universe is very intricately designed with many tiny moving parts, all of which move and combine together to make up a gigantic space. Governed by laws and time, planets revolve around suns, elements combine to create so many different forms, and the entire cosmos moves along perfectly.

Given that the watch has a designer/creator that we can’t see or observe, similarly the cosmos has a designer/creator that we can’t see or observe either. But it is possible to discover who the watchmaker is by following the proper channels, not simply by analysing the watch but by contacting the right people. Similarly we can discover who the universal creator is by following the proper channels and contacting the right people. Not simply by our belief or concoctions will this happen. There needs to be action.

How great and intelligent must one be to design and create a universe, what to speak of a watch. He must be vastly more superior to us, with greater power, intelligence and responsibility. And what must we be prepared to do to find out who He is. How much effort and time would it take to discover who the watchmaker is? Now compare that with an entire universe, and perhaps even multiverses.

A notable scientist of the 20th century once created a working model of the solar system. He invited many of his friends and fellow scientists to his home one day. He showed them his model of the solar system. They were very impressed by it. One of them asked him who had made it. His reply was that no one had. They found that to be quite strange, and so they asked him again who made it. He again replied that no one had. Then he noted to them that they found it difficult to accept that no one had created a replica of the solar system, yet they were quite happy to accept that no one had created the real thing.

Unfortunately, many of us are willing to do the same.