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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! 

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.

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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

krishna summer festival

The Hare Krishna Summer Festival Tour is on! Kirtan? Bhajan? Drama? Not only for 1 day but 4 days and 4 different locations. The Summer Festival tour will be taking place in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway during the month of July and August. Don’t miss out and save the date on your calendar. 

Summer Festival Tours 2015 is On!

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Great news to all devotees and friends! This year ISKCON Ireland is happy to invite you for the summer festival tour which will be taking place in not one but four different locations in Ireland.

The events will be consisting of Bhajans, Dance, Drama, Philosophical talk, Kirtan, Sumptuous Prasadam (light vegetarian snack) and much more…. 


The Schedules and venue of the events are as follows: 

DUBLINButton factory, Curved Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2
July 16, 2015    19.00 – 22.00    

CORKCork School Of Music, Union Quay Cork
July 23, 2015    18.00 – 21.00  

GALWAYBlack Box Theatre, Dyke Rd, Galway
July 30, 2015    19.00 – 22.00    

BELFASTSPACE ONE, Queen’s Students’ Union, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NF, Northern Ireland
August 6, 2015 19.30 – 21.30

**All Admission Free**

“Come and Join us during these spiritually enhancing events and mark the blissful moments of your life!”

We look forward to see you all devotees during the summer festival. Please click & share our facebook event for up to date news. Hare Krishna! 

 
HH Bhakti Rasamrita Swami

HH Bhakti Rasamrita Swami is visiting Dublin on the 4th & 5th July 2015. Save the date on your calendar and come and join us for some marvellous talks,seminars and some ecstasy Kirtan. 

HH Bhakti Rasamrita SwamiWe look forward to welcoming HH Bhakti Rasamrita Swami and all devotees and friends on the 4th & 5th July 2015 to Dublin. Please come and join us for some programmes.

The schedules are as follows: 

  • Saturday 4th at 18.00 – House programme in Adamstown, Lucan
  • Sunday 5th July at 10.30 – Seminar in Dublin Krishna Temple until 13.00
  • Sunday 5th July at 15.00 Our Usual Sunday Feast until 18.00.

His Holiness Bhakti Rasamrita Swami completed his B.E. from M.S University Baroda, MBA from Bombay University & worked for some time in a multinational Bank. Inspired by the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder acharya of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), he decided to dedicate his life for propagating the message of Bhagavad Gita and joined International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). He was initiated by the spiritual name His Grace Devamrita Dasa. Since then he has served in many important projects and has preached the message of Bhagavad gita very widely, especially to the student community. He served as temple president in Mumbai, Belgaum and Vrindavan- which is the spiritual hub of world wide ISKCON temples. He has been preaching in many prestigious educational institutions all over India. Commemorating the hundredth birth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada in the year 1996, he travelled widely and conducted National level theistic debate competitions in various colleges and Universities across India and Nepal, covering 250 cities and over 5000 colleges. During this period, He inspired many people in different parts of India, to practice and preach the message of Bhagavad gita.

In the month of March, 2010, honoring his dedication and devotion, He was awarded the order of Sannyasa (Renunciation) in ISKCON, with the title His Holiness Bhakti Rasamrita Swami. In his more than 30 years of dedicated devotional life in ISKCON, he has rendered several important services, preached in many countries of America, Europe and USSR, and continues to do so. Presently he is temple president of ISKCON Belgaum centre, where He is inspiring thousands of people to seriously practice the sublime teachings of the Bhagavad-gita, and is overseeing the development of a “self- sufficient vedic eco village” (Gokul Dham) in 450 acres of land near Belgaum.

If you have more questions please email us at dublin@krishna.ie or visit our facebook page Dublin Krishna Temple for up to date news about the event.

Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Gaura Purnima is one among the most auspicious day in the Vedic’s calendar. In Mayapur it is the biggest festival throughout the whole year. Gaura Purnima is the celebration of the appearance day of Lord Caitanya.

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