Toronto Kirtan Community

Toronto Kirtan Community
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~ Connecting & Creating Community for Kirtan Lovers in Toronto and Beyond ~

ALL known kirtans are posted below on this website's Kirtan Calendar, on the left side above the list of links.

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Kirtan opens the heart and stills the mind. It is the yoga practice of ecstatic chanting. Through repeating the Divine Names in Sanskrit, the mind is cleared of worry, doubt, fear and all limiting concepts. The joy of peace and infinite love is given to the practitioner, and transmitted through the world by chanting. This is the practice of bhakti yoga or the yoga of devotion. - contributed by Pat Sandford

“Music that is saturated with soul force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts.” — Paramahansa Yogananda

“Kirtan is for all people. There are no experts, no beginners. The practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. Kirtan allows us to enter into a mystery world—a world where all the logic of our minds, all the condition and learning are left outside. And in this mystery, we create a temple inside of our hearts, a place of refuge, a place of love, a place of just being.” —Jai Uttal

"Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It's an opening of the heart and letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it's a way of being present in the moment." -- Krishna Das

"You start doing chanting as technique. You start to sing ‘Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram.’ You start thinking it means, Honorable Ram, Hail Ram, Hail Hail Ram. Then after an hour you stop thinking about all of that and you are just singing it. You are realizing the aesthetic of the music and how beautiful it is. Then after a while it starts to go deeper until your heart is just singing, it’s singing from inside you. Then there’s a point where true bhakti starts- where dualism ends and you become like the chant. You are in a space where it’s not emotional anymore. It’s moved into the deeper, intuitive quality of love. Touching that love leaves you with trust in the method and trust in where the method takes you—trust in the Beloved and trust in how you get there." –Ram Dass

"If we know anything about a path at all, it's only because of the Great ones that have gone before us. Out of their love and kindness, they have left some footprints for us to follow. So, in the same way that they wish for us, we wish that all beings everywhere, including ourselves, be safe, be happy, have good health, and enough to eat. And may we all live at ease of heart with whatever comes to us in life."
- Kirtan closing prayer by Krishna Das

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sun Feb 5th Hare Krishna Temple Kirtan

Nityananda Appearance Day Celebrations

- Sunday, February 5, 2012!

Toronto's Hare Krishna community will be celebrating the advent (appearance) of Lord Nityananda on Sunday, February 5th, 2012! A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to join us as we celebrate this wonderful festival.

Lord Nityananda (also known as Nityananda Prabhu or Nityananda Rama) appeared as Lord Chaitanya’s principal associate for spreading the beautiful and rich movement of bhakti-yoga - devotion to Krishna. He especially spread the chanting of the names of Lord Krishna throughout Bengal. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Balarama, Lord Krishna's brother and best servant.

The festival has traditionally been a very sweet experience for
our community and will also feature a special kirtan experience
(Nama-Yajna) from 4pm to 6pm, before the festival.

The festival schedule is as follows (subject to change):

4:00pm to 6:00pm - Special Nama-Yajna - Two Hour Kirtan
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 6:40pm - Welcome & Announcements
6:40pm to 8:00pm - Special Presentation
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:30pm - Free Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

Toronto Hare Krishna Temple
(ISKCON Toronto)
243 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON
M5R 2J6
(416) 922-5415
cost: free (donation to temple is voluntary)

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