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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.

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.

hh dayananda

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.

b637d79f b820 490c a28b 32c158146514Date : 9th May 2017
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!