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rsz krishna balarama

We are inviting everyone on Monday 7th August 2017 at 18.00 for the appearance day of Lord Balaram. Please come and join us and let’s make the birthday of Lord Balaram memorable.

rsz krishna balaramaLord Balaram’s appearance day 

The program will start at 18.00 at the Temple with Kirtan, Gaura Arati, a talk about the past times of Lord Balarama and followed by Prasadam at the end. 

Schedules are as follows:
18.00 – 18.30 : Kirtan
18.30 – 19.00 : Gaura Arati
19.00 – 20.00 : Talk
20.00 – 20.30 : Kirtan
20.30 : Prasadam

Who is Lord Balaram?
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is His second body. Whenever Krishna appears in the material world, He is accompanied by His associates and paraphernalia.

Lord Balaram was born in Gokul under the protection of Nanda Maharaja. He always wears blue garments and a garland of forest flowers. His beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from musk, and His broad chest is ornamented with a garland of gunja. Balarama’s voice is very grave and His arms are very long, touching His thighs. Known as the elder brother of Lord Krishna, Lord Balaram is worshipped by devotees.  He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.

The splendor of Lord Balarama’s transcendental form eclipses many millions of glistening rising moons, and the slightest scent of His boundless strength is sufficient to destroy many armies of demons. Although He knows the supernatural power of His younger brother, Krishna, still, out of love for Him, He never leaves Krishna alone in the forest even for a moment. Balarama is Sri Krishna’s dearest friend and is a great reservoir of the nectar mellows of many kinds of transcendental pastimes.

We look forward to see everyone on this special occasion on Monday. If you would like to sponsor flowers for the festival and bring prasadam for Lord Balaram’s, do let us know in advance by emailing dublin@krishna.ie. Visit our facebook page for more information and upto date schedules.

As It Is – Faith & Knowledge blog for the month of July, written By John McDonnell

Faith & Knowledge

Faith is not an uncommon thing. Every day we put our faith in someone or something – the bus driver who takes us to work, eating food in a restaurant, and people respect the traffic lights. All these and more we put our faith in to some degree.

We also put greater faith in people we know, such as our family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, mostly due to the fact that we have a deeper relationship with them. We have, for the most part, built a relationship with them over time and have come to know what they are capable of. We trust them, usually.

Let’s look at what definition of faith means:

Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

This is an interesting definition.  For many of us that faith may not be there in God.  Can any of us genuinely say that we have complete trust in God, even in His existence?  And if not God then who do we have faith in?  Many atheistic people have no faith in God.  So why do we find it difficult to put our faith in God?  To have faith in God is a big step for most of us.  To even accept that he exists is demanding.  Why?  Most of us have not developed a relationship with Him.  We have little knowledge about Him, experience of Him, and we are not sure if He even exists at all.  In fact many people claim that He does not exist and have no genuine desire to find out.  So how can we put our faith in someone who we are not sure even exists?

In order to have faith in someone or something we first require some knowledge about it. The person whom you completely trust is most likely someone very close to, a personal friend or family member whom you know well. Similarly we need to first acquire knowledge about God in order to develop some faith. This knowledge comes to us through books such as ‘The Holy Bible’ and ‘Bhagavad-gītā’. Then we take the knowledge we have learnt and put it into practice. From that a result will come. If the result is in accordance with what is being told to us in the book then our faith develops, even slightly. In the Bhagavad-gītā (15.15) Krishna says:

I am seated in everyone’s heart and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness. By all the Vedas I am to be known; indeed I am the compiler of Vedanta, and I am the knower of the Vedas.

Here we see the word knowledge in this verse. Krishna is stating that all knowledge, including that about Him is coming from Him. Who else would know more about God than Himself? And through the Vedas (which means knowledge), the authorised scriptures, He is to be known. So hearing and reading about God are very important steps in knowing God.
Other ways of developing faith in God are through association with like-minded people, following a bona-fide practice, and direct experience. If you have ever wanted to get to know a person then you would have had to follow one or all of these things. We have to do the same if we want to develop our faith in God.

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We have the humble presence of Dayananda Maharaj in Dublin on 24th & 25th June. Come and join us for some marvellous talks and some ecstasy Kirtan.

We look forward to welcoming HH Dayananda Maharaj and all devotees and friends on the 24th & 25th June 2017 to Dublin. Please come and join us!

hh dayanandaProgram Schedule:
Monday 25th June at 18.30 – Talk
Tuesday 26th June at 18.30 – Kirtan 

Venue : Dublin Krishna Temple, Abbey Street Dublin.

HH Dayananda Maharaj joined Iskcon in at the age of 31yrs in 1983. He Served in Manchester from 1986 to 2002 (services were door to door book distribution and various temple services). From 2002 to 2015 he has been based at Bhaktivedanta Manor and from 2005 travelling and preaching in United Kingdom, and Russia including neighbouring countries.

Maharaj took Sannyasa initiation from HH Radhanath Swami in 2011 on the auspicious appearance day of Sri Ramanujacarya to become the 100th sannyasi in ISKCON. 

His Holiness Dayananda Swami is currently giving invaluable help in spreading the Krishna consciousness movement in Eastern Europe and when he visits the UK, he travels to give classes and distribute books in namahatta areas all over the country. Previously he was Brahmachari Leader at Bhaktivedanta Manor and also served in ISKCON Manchester. He is also a dedicated book distributor, experienced in both street and door-to-door book distribution.

We look forward to see you all devotees on the day. Follow us on facebook for more updates on the event.Hare Krishna! 

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Nrsimha Chaturdasi is the divine appearance day of Nrsimhadeva, Lord Krishna’s man-lion incarnation, who removes all obstacles on the path of devotional service out of His great compassion.

We will be celebrating Nrsimha Chaturdashi On Tuesday 9th May in the Dublin Temple. Please come along on this special day and participate in the Kirtan, Class, Arati and enjoy the sumptous Prasadam at the end.

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Venue : Dublin Krishna Temple, Abbey Street Dublin.

Program Schedule

Kirtan: 18.00 – 19.00
Class & Video : 19.00 – 20.00
Arati: 20.00 – 20.30
Feast: 20.30

*Fasting til dusk

Lord Vishnu had taken the half man – half lion incarnation many millennia before, in order to kill the demon king Hiranyakashipu, who was abusing and try to murder his own devotee son, Prahlad, simply because Prahlad worshipped Lord Vishnu as the Supreme. Hiranyakashipu who wanted everyone to worship him was greatly disappointed by hearing his own son chanting the names of Maha Vishnu. All the efforts of Hiranyakashipu in changing the mind of Prahlad were in vain. At last he got angry with his son and decided to kill him. But each time Hiranyakashipu tries to kill Prahlad Lord Vishnu’s magical hands were there to protect him. The angry and arrogant Hiranyakashipu eventually cursed Prahlad and inquired, “Where do you obtain the power to defy my supremacy?”
“The source of my strength is Lord Vishnu,” replied the fearless Prahlad. “He is the source of everyone’s strength, including yours.”

Hiranyakashipu furious decided to challenge Prahlad, “O most unfortunate Prahlad, you have always described an all-pervading supreme controller beyond me. If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar? If he does not appear from this pillar, then today your head will be severed with my sword.”

With these words, Hiranyakashipu struck his fist at the pillar, from which emanated a sound that seemed to crack the covering of the universe. To prove true the statement of His devotee Prahlad, the Supreme Lord appeared from the pillar in a form never seen before, a form neither man nor lion, the form of Sri Nrsimhadeva. The furious Nrsimha then grabbed Hiranyakasipu, pulled him to his lap and tore open his body with his claws to kill the asura. After killing the demon, Lord Nrsimha was furious and was pacified only when his devotee Prahlad touched his feet.

Read a full detailed story By Aja Govinda Dasa on Dandavats.

We look forward to see you all devotees on the day. Follow us on facebook for more updates on the event.Hare Krishna! 

 

As It Is blog for the month of May, written By John McDonnell

Belief and Truth

From an early age we are conditioned to believe so many things. These beliefs come to us from many places and can have a lasting impact upon us and how we see the world. We are influenced by our parents, friends, teachers, television, and even our own minds what to believe and accept about this world. But, are these beliefs actual truths? 

First let’s look at what the definition of a belief is:
An acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.

Here we see that to believe means to accept something without proof. The problem with this is that we can easily believe in something which is not true at all. For example, many people who come from a Christian tradition, and even those who don’t, may have believed in the existence of Santa Claus at an early age. We accepted this false belief on the authority of our parents, albeit to make Christmas more exciting for us. Later at some point in time we found out the truth, Santa Claus does not actually exist. He is a fantasy of sorts.

If we were to analyse many of our beliefs we may discover the same, that they are false perceptions or concoctions about people and the world around us. A person with anorexia believes themselves to be overweight or fat, when in actuality they are severely underweight.
There is often a difference between what we believe to be true and what is actually true. Having beliefs is not a bad thing, however if they are not based on actual truths then who knows where that might lead us.

Let’s look at the definition of truth:
The quality or state of being true

Here we see that truth is something different entirely to belief.
So how can we know whether something is true or not? We know by knowledge and experience. I used the example of Santa Claus earlier. As children we had the belief that he existed. But later as we got older, knowledge and experience about him and how things actually worked, we came to know that Santa Claus was a figment of someone’s imagination.
Let’s apply this to our beliefs about God. You may believe that God exists or you may not, or you may be unsure about the whole thing. Now ask yourself what are these beliefs based on? Is there any truth to the beliefs that you hold, or have they been influenced by someone else? If you really think about it, most of us have been influenced by one or more people – or we have concocted something of our own. But what is the truth? Does God exist?
We need to put aside our beliefs for a moment and come to the conclusion that we don’t know whether God exists or not. And since we don’t know, is it possible to find out whether He does or doesn’t? It’s not a case that whatever is true for you then He exists or doesn’t. There has to be tangible proof that he exists or not, which will certainly enhance our mere beliefs about Him. In the Bhagavad-gītā (7.7) Krishna says the following:

O conqueror of wealth [Arjuna], there is no Truth superior to Me.  Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.

Here Krishna is explaining that He is the ultimate truth, and that everything is resting upon Him alone.  If we want to know the truth about the existence of God, then we have to look outside our normal everyday world view on the matter, and seek knowledge about Him, which in turn will help one to develop faith in Him.  Krishna also offers a process by which we may test His claim.  In the Bhagavad-gītā (7.1) Krishna says:

Now hear, O son of Prtha [Arjuna], how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt.

Gaura Purnima

We are happy to announce the festival schedule for Gaura Purnima on Sunday 12th March at the Dublin Temple.

Gaura PurnimaCome along to celebrate Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Caitanya Mahaprabhu in our temple. On this day, which is a full-moon day, everyone fasts till moonrise, and people visit the temple to see the Deities of the Lord. Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in West Bengal in India in the late fifteen century. He introduced sankirtan, widespread congregational chanting of the Supreme Person’s names, as the most effective means by which anyone can achieve spiritual perfection. 

Date : 12th March 2017
Venue : Dublin Krishna Temple, Abbey Street Dublin.

Program Schedule: 
15.00 – 15.30
: Kirtan
15.30 – 16.30 : Abhishek
16.30 – 18.30 : Talk by Kurma Prabhu and Praghosa Prabhu
18.30
: Prasadam

*Fasting til moonrise

Everyone is encouraged to bring offerings or a gift to celebrate the appearance day of Caitanya Mahaprabhu and receive eternal blessings of the Lord. Also, if you would like to contribute toward the festival or help us in any way you can, please email us at dublin@krishna.ie

We look forward to see you all devotees to celebrate the appearance day of Caitanya Mahaprabhu who is Lord Krishna himself in the role of his own devotee who appeared on earth in 1486. Follow us on facebook for more updates on the event.Hare Krishna! 

rsz krishna balarama

We have 3 big festivals this august, starting on thursday 18th August at 18.30 with the appearance day of Lord Balarama.

rsz krishna balaramaLord Balaram’s appearance day 

The auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Balaram is celebrated all over the world on Thursday 18th August 2016.

The program will start at 18.30 at the Temple and will consist of a talk about Lord Balarama and kirtan followed by some Prasadam. 

Known as the elder brother of Lord Krishna, Lord Balaram is worshipped by devotees. Lord Balarama is the second body of Lord Krishna,the fountainhead of all incarnations. They are both one and the same identity but differ only in one form which is Lord Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Lord Krishna and He assists in Lord Krishna’s transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.

Lord Balarama exemplifies the service attitude to Lord Krishna. Whether it is the creation of the material worlds, maintaining the spiritual world or as His personal paraphernalia, Lord Balaram’s mission is to render service to Lord Krishna.

We look forward to see everyone on this special occasion on Thursday. 

janmastami

Our most awaited and transcendental event of the year, Sri Krishna Janmashtami Festival is on Thursday 25th August at 17.30 and Srila Prabhupada appearance day is on Friday 26th August at 17.30. Come and Join us to celebrate the birth of lord krishna 

janmastamiSri Krishna Janmashtami

The auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over the world as Sri Krishna Janmashtami. 

At the temple in Dublin we will start the program on Thursday 25th August 2016 at 17.30 and will end at midnight. We have a lot of surprises plan to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna. The program will consist of Abhishek, Kirtan, Bhajans, Video Presentations, Quizzes, talks and many more activities, then we will have the arati at midnight followed by a feast. 

The Program schedule is as follows: 
17.30 : Kirtana and reading
18.30 : Evening Arotika
19.00 : Reading
19.30 : Dance and recitation for kids
20.00 : Abhiseka (followed by reading and Kirtana)
22.00 : Krsna Quiz, Chirades and spontaneous Drama
23.30 : Talk by Praghosa prabhu
Midnight : Arotika
00.30 : Feast

As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the Lord says that“His appearance, birth, and activities, are all transcendental, and one who understands them factually becomes immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world.”– Chapter 3: Birth of Lord Krishna,Krishna Book by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Lord Krishna Himself says in Bhagavad gita, Chapter 4 text 8 describes the reason of His appearance as follows:

paritranay sadhunam
vinsaya ca duskrtam
darma-samsthapanrthaya
sambhavami yuge yuge

To deliver the pious and annihilate the miscreants, as well also restablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear millennium after millennium.

Prior to Janmastami on the Monday 22nd August at 17.30, we will start by doing a maha clean up of the Temple Room. Volunteers are welcome to help us to make the event successful in any way you can,from help with temple decorations, prasadam cooking, serving on the day and also by spreading the word to friend and families.

Srila Praphupada appearance day

Srila PrabhupadaWe will also be celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day on Friday 26th August. The program will consist of Kirtan, Video Presentations, Classes, a sumptuous vegetarian feast and many more activities. We will also be giving offerings to Srila Prabhupada, which is a great opportunity for devotees to offer their letter of appreciation to Srila Prabhupada.

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

 
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Our most awaited Ratha Yatra Ireland festival is on Saturday 30th July. There is unlimited benefit just by attending lord Jagannath Rathayatra. So we humbly request everyone to please come and participate in this festival and get the blessings of most merciful supreme lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra.

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The Schedule for the festival is as follows:

up to 11.00 – Gathering at take-off point in Merrion Square
11:00 – Opening ceremony with Lord Mayor and religious/cultural representatives
12:00 – Parade leaves from Merrion Square
14:00 – Festival begins at St. Stephen’s Green bandstand
17:00 – approximate ending time

The festival will consists of Melodious Bhajans, Kirtan, Drama, Dance, Philosophical talks, Prasadam and much more.

For Rathayatra to be a successful event, it has always relied on the power of volunteer efforts. We are looking for enthusiastic, safety conscious volunteers to be Ambassadors for this event and who are willing to give some of their valuable time and to help us on the day.

Volunteering Opportunities:

Friday, 29th July

  • Loading all the event items into van on Friday evening
  • To help making string garlands for the deities and cart decoration

Saturday – 30th July

  • Helping with the cart setup and decoration in morning
  • Eight tents setup in St.Stephen Green Park at 7AM
  • Greeting, coordinating and helping the public during the festival
  • Crowd control during the parade procession down from Merrion Square to St.Stephen Green park.
  • To help with the prasadam serve out.
  • Post-festival clean up and take-down the tents at park
  • Ensuring the safety of the general public at all the time during the event

We need a lot of volunteers to help us organise, any amount of time you can spare to assist with this will make a significant difference. If any devotee is interested in volunteering, please contact us through email: info@rathayatra.ie, this way we can keep a count & be in touch with all happenings.

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

BBB Swami

Friends and Devotees, here is another great way to start this summer in Dublin, we are having the Namamrta Program coming up in June at the Dublin Krishna Temple with Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami.

BBB Swami

BCEC NAMAMRTA PROGRAM schedules are as follows: 

Venue: ISKCON Dublin, 83 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin
Dates and Timings:
– Wednesday, 22nd June- 6.30pm to 9pm
– Thursday, 23rd June – 6.30pm to 9pm
– Friday, 24th June – 6.30pm to 9pm
– Saturday, 25th June – 6am to 2pm (+64 rounds of Japa day)
– Sunday, 26th June – 9am to 2pm

Facilitator: Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami

Come and experience:
1. Inter-dependent sadhu-sanga
2. Power-point slides discussion sessions from Srila Prabhupada’s Books
3. Natural inspirations for improved sadhana
4. Practical exercises for internal spiritual committments
5. +Sixty-four rounds of Japa day
6. Kirtanas
7. Sumptuous Prasadam!

Dress Code: Devotional Attire

“COME AND EXPERIENCE SPIRITUAL ECTASY”

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