Festivals

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Saints, sages and self-realised souls who come to the material world to enlighten the suffering living beings tell us that in higher realms of consciousness – the spiritual world – “every word is a song and every step is a dance.” So in spiritual life we say that every moment is a celebration and every day is a festival!

According to Vedic wisdom, this material world is merely a pale reflection of its spiritual counterpart: the people, objects and activities that we see here in the material world are present elsewhere in their original, spiritual forms. So, elevating our consciousness doesn’t mean seeking out a white light or a cloud in the sky, it means learning how to live in the spiritual world, the place where we, as spiritual beings, truly belong.

Everybody is looking for fun. Pubs, cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls, clubs: they are all designed to satisfy that craving. However, material fun is flimsy, fleeting and limited; no sooner do you capture it than you are left unsatisfied & anxious to find more. Spiritual fun is altogether different. Timeless wisdom explains that we are not this temporary material body which causes suffering, but a spirit soul which is by nature sat-cit-ananda – eternal, full of knowledge and always blissful.

So, if being blissful is part of our nature, then it’s only natural that we are constantly searching out happiness – our only problem is that we look for it in the wrong places. So how do we re-awaken that eternal bliss?

The answer which has been given since time immemorial is to engage ourselves in activities which serve the Supreme Person, the spiritual source of everything: activities that remind us that we are not this material body but are in fact parts and parcels of the Supreme whole, little sparks of the cosmic Creator. When we are in balance with the will of the divine and the plan of this material plane then we can follow the path paved out back to the spiritual realm, back to our true home.

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Tribhuvanath prabhu, founder of the UK Hare Krishna Festival Team

On the Vedic calendar there are many sacred days which are observed as festivals. These festivals are a space to reawaken our dormant relationship with the Divine. We sing, we dance and we eat – just like they do in the spiritual world. The activities appear to be externally no different from any other celebration. However the intention is different: it is not about the gratification of our material senses which further entangles us in the complexities of materialistic life, but a selfless and ecstatic act of worship and an offering of love to the Supreme.

We could sit and write to you all day about the innumerable glories of festival celebrations, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating… so we invite YOU to come along and take part in a festival with us right here in Canterbury and experience the bliss for yourself!

25th February 2018 – Gaura Purnima Festival with special guest Sundar Nitai das @ Conquest House, 17 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DZ. 2pm-5pm

28th February 2018Culture of Consciousness Festival @ University of Kent, 7pm-10pm

 

Part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness: Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Today is perhaps the most wonderful day of the year.... Gaura Purnima! 🌝 • It marks the day when Gauranga Mahaprabhu appeared on this planet to teach the world how to chant, dance and feast in divine bliss 😍 • The material world is sometimes compared to a raging forest fire 🔥: despite not knowing how it started, everyone is suffering the burning effects of materialistic life. • But because of Lord Gauranga’s unparalleled compassion, people all across the world are feeling the cooling effect of the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare. 🙌🏽🎶💛 • We’ll be celebrating this amazing day at the Canterbury Umbrella Centre this Saturday from 5pm so come and join in the fun!!! 😁 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
Hare Krishna! Big thanks to everyone who braved the wind & rain tonight to hear Nabhi Nandan’s talk on the ABCD of spiritual life! 🧘🏻‍♂️ For those that missed it, he talked about the importance of: Association - keeping the company of those who are firmly on the spiritual path 🥰 Books - regularly reading the divine nectar of Bhagavad Gita As It Is & Srimad Bhagavatam 📚 Chanting - Keeping spiritually charged and connected by regularly chanting the Hare Krishna mantra 📿🎶 Diet - eating foods which are lovingly cooked & offered to Krishna and which are conducive to spiritual development 🍰😋 Funnily enough, these four fundamental things are exactly what we do every Saturday at the Umbrella Centre, so we can’t wait to be back next week to do it all again! 🙌🏽 . . . . . . . #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
What a great find on a walk through town today! Feeling very lucky to live in such a wonderful place 🙏🏼 Here’s the poem in full for those that want to read it ⤵️☺️ • “Dissolution” by Clifford Lyles • Far over patchwork lands surge waves of men silting up the plains of history. Each army breaks on ramparts. War, again gives way to toil and hissing industry. For inky claims to vast estates, no reprieve: and lost in thorns lie vast acanthus leaves, while kings filch stones to clad their crowning glories. Their builders too will die: their bones worm casts mired in the ooze of time; their names unknown. The tock-tock of mason’s mallets contrasts with regal pomp transmuted into stone. Yet what have I built as I humbly scan through once-young eyes my exploits as a man? • • • • • #harekrishna #canterbury #poetry #art #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate the blissful appearance of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura last week! We’re feeling a bit poorly this week so no Saturday program today... but we’ll be back on the 9th March! #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
Ecstatic kirtans at our pop-up temple of the heart last night! 💛 So grateful to be able to do this every week with such beautiful people!! #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
Thank you to all the sweet souls who took the time to speak with us at the Whitstable Yoga Festival today... hope you like the books you took home with you!! We had by far the most blissful day we can remember!!! And the kirtan at the Horsebridge afterwards was AMAZING 🥁🎶💃🕺🏻🙌🏽 #whitstable #yogafestival #sankirtan #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
We are still beaming from last week’s visit of Nabhi Nandan prabhu from South London! 😀 Come and soak up the sweet mood he left behind as we chant, dance & discuss the “law of attraction” from 2pm today at Conquest House! The usual sumptuous feast will be served afterwards so make sure to bring an empty stomach too 😉😋 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
This award winning film is coming soon to Odeon Canterbury!! 📚✅👍🏽🙏🏽📽 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #cinema #excited #hollywood
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