Temple Krishna Sri Sri Rhada Manohara de Montréal

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J’ai visité le temple Krishna ISKCON Montréal sur la rue Pie-IX. Pendant ma visite, des fidèles priaient et chantaient des chants religieux que j’ai trouvés très beaux.

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The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also known as the Hare Krishna movement, is a worldwide association of Krishna devotees who follow a sectarian form of traditional Vaisnavism. Founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (pictured below) in 1966, the movement gained widespread popularity first in North America and eventually across the globe.

…The temple is a four-level, basement included, red brick building. There are dormatories in the basement, a kitchen on the ground level; just above ground level is the worship space; and on the top floor, in two separate areas, are offices and the eating area. The building is owned by ISKCON, and is partially subsidized, though much of the funding comes from member donations and work done by the Brahmacharis who live in the building.

Local chapter was founded in 1968 in a small building on Parc Avenue, but by 1975 the congregation, most likely with the help of ISKCON bought what used to be a United Church and converted it to the present-day temple on Pie-IX.

The hierarchy from the top of the organization down to the temple is very precise. At the top was Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada; after he passed away, however, he gave instructions that there was to be no single governing head to the organization, but that it was to be run by a Governing Body Commission (GBC). The GBC meets annually in Mayapur, India, to discuss the official policies of ISKCON and to manage any problems or successes that the organization is facing. Each country has one representative who attends the meeting, and that representative can change, but is generally someone who has been with the organization for a long time, many having begun their training as a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada himself. At the time of this report, the representative for Canada was Bhakti Marga Swami, a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada. Under the national representative is a Secretary for each country. The Secretary (secretary) for Canada at the time of this report was Giri Dhara Swami from Japan, also a direct disciple of Swami Prabhupada. The position of secretary is renewed on an annual basis. Below the national Secretary, the hierarchy divides itself among the temples, the Gurus, the temple presidents, and the Sankirtan Leaders (priests).

2 Responses to Temple Krishna Sri Sri Rhada Manohara de Montréal

  1. Peter says:

    Hare Krsna!
    There is another temple in Montreal called Sri Sri Radha Damodara. They are representing the original movement as founded by Prabhupada. Actually theres ample evidence that in 1977 Prabhupada /Bhaktivedanta Swami/ has been poisoned by group of his closest disciples, who also blocked his last letter in which Prabhupada states that he will be the last guru and that 11 of his disciples are supposed to simply perform the initation ceremony on Prabhupadas behalf. Of course after Prabhupada left these people started claiming to be full fledged gurus although Prabhupada never appointed them. To justify their false guruship they have brought new editions of Prabhupadas books with thousands and thousands changed passeges which completely alter the meanings in Prabhupadas books. Therefore currently the ISKCON institution does not represent the original movement. The temple Sri Sri Radha Damodara is preserving the original books of Prabhupada for the whole world and worship Prabhupada solely as per his instruction outside of the corupted organization. Just wanted to share valueable info. You can read more on their website. I visited them many times and they are really struggling to get the message through.

    peter

  2. Gaura Das says:

    Thank you very much for creating this page about Srila Prabhupada’s Sri Sri Radha Manohara Temple which his dedicated disciples established as you mentioned, originally in 1968 and then the present location at 1626 Blvd. Pie IX in 1975

    This is the standard ideology of those who call themselves the Ritvicks and of course it is thoroughly wrong according to all Vedic scripture. I would like to respond to some of Peter’s malicious and misleading comments…..

    Srila Prabhupada was fond of quoting a Bengali proverb ” What is it that a goat will not eat or that a madman will not speak ?” meaning that a foolish person can say any damn thing, but it should not be taken seriously by a sane person.

    Peter has said :

    “There is another temple in Montreal called Sri Sri Radha Damodara. They are representing the original movement as founded by Prabhupada. ”

    Srila Prabhupada requested all of his loyal disciples to serve in humble cooperation with his GBC. Since those at the Sri Sri Radha Damodara Temple in the north section of Montreal reject wholesale the GBC, how can they be said to be ” representing the original movement” ? This is false propaganda. The Radha Manohara Temple on Blvd. Pie IX continues to be the place of worship of Srila Prabhupada’s peaceful and cooperative followers

    “Actually theres ample evidence that in 1977 Prabhupada /Bhaktivedanta Swami/ has been poisoned by group of his closest disciples, who also blocked his last letter in which Prabhupada states that he will be the last guru and that 11 of his disciples are supposed to simply perform the initation ceremony on Prabhupadas behalf. ”

    This is more false propaganda. There is no proof that Srila Prabhupada was poisoned. If there was , those who did the poisoning would be behind bars. Those who believe this have been poisoned. by resentment and anger. Srila Prabhupada never taught that he would be the last guru but expected all of his disciples to rise to this challenge. Siksa ( instructing ) guru is to be respected as much as diksa ( initiating ) guru

    “Of course after Prabhupada left these people started claiming to be full fledged gurus although Prabhupada never appointed them.”

    There was some worship going on that was beyond the capacity of those who were receiving it. Many who are now hard-core Ritvicks were also responsible for pushing up “these people” to a status beyond what they could maintain. Those who are not very psychologically balanced are caught in the blame and shame game, never taking responsibility for what they help to create. Srila Prabhupada made his desire clear for his disciples to be initiating gurus :

    “”I want that all my spiritual sons and daughters will inherit this title of Bhaktivedanta, so that the family transcendental diploma will continue through the generations. Those possessing the title of Bhaktivedanta will be allowed to initiate disciples.” (SP Letter to Hamsadutta 3rd Dec 1975)

    “To justify their false guruship they have brought new editions of Prabhupadas books with thousands and thousands changed passeges which completely alter the meanings in Prabhupadas books.”

    For an education on how the editing has helped to restore Prabhupada’s books to their original condition , please see :

    http://bbtedit.com/

    Having said this I have seen a few changes take place that I dont think should have been changed, but for the most part , a great service has been done going back to the original manuscripts

    Give one example of how the meaning has been changed . More false propaganda. The Ritvicks went to court, something Prabhupada NEVER wanted his disciples to do ( like the Gaudiya Matha did ) , and hijacked the rights of Srila Prabhupada’s BBT to print his books independently of him. Prabhupada’s system was to give a percentage of book sales profits to help build projects like his Temple of Vedic Planetarium. The Ritvick publishers who fought in the courts to get the independent rights to publish BBT books, do not follow Prabhupada’s system of contributing funds to build ISKCON projects. As a matter of fact, because they have exempted themselves from giving a percentage of book sales profits to the BBT, they try to undermine and undercut the BBT by selling books cheaper. They use the book editing as a n excuse to justify their disruptive behaviour

    “Therefore currently the ISKCON institution does not represent the original movement. ”

    Bhakta Peter has appointed himself as the new Spokesman for the Hare Krishna Movement.

    “The temple Sri Sri Radha Damodara is preserving the original books of Prabhupada for the whole world and worship Prabhupada solely as per his instruction outside of the corupted organization.”

    These are fanatical and blasphemous words to denigrate Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON Movement because of a few disgruntled ritvick devotees. As if no corruption exists amongst the Ritvicks ? I agree that some of the leaders in ISKCON did not deal with their godbrothers and sisters in a way to keep them within ISKCON, but to concoct a new philosophy called Ritvick to rationalize their abandonment of mainstream ISKCON does not make things better. Many other Prabhupada disciples got treated less than kindly and they still continue to serve through thick and thin within ISKCON. Please continue to attend the Sunday Feast at the Hare Krishna Temple located at 1626 Blvd. Pie IX which is held at 5:30 PM or phone 514 – 321 – 1301

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