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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Did you see us chanting in town today? This mantra meditation is so blissful that no material circumstances can get in its way, not even the good old English rain! Come and see what all the fuss is about at Conquest House tomorrow from 2pm #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #harinam #ecstasy #bliss #liberation #freedom #joy #enlightenment Yesterday’s kirtan was 🔥! #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #ecstasy #bliss #happiness #music #dance So much joy flowed from the deep & peaceful hearts of yesterday’s guests, Krishna Dharma & Chintamani Dhama. We’re still buzzing now and are feeling very blessed to have had the company of such saintly persons, as well as the 30+ people who joined us. They even asked if they could come back so we hope it won’t be the last we see of them! Hare Krishna! #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #krishnadharma #author #literature One more day to go! Can’t begin to explain how lucky we feel to have Krishna Dharma visiting us right here in Canterbury tomorrow! #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #mahabharata #ramayana Repost from @prince_ea - what are you reading today? We have best-selling author @krishnadharmaauthor coming to Canterbury on Sunday, get yourselves over to Conquest House ( @houseconquest ) at 2pm for a rare chance to meet him! #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #literature #books #author #bestseller Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated the appearance of Sri Nityananda prabhu at UKC on Monday! We love turning a drab seminar room into an ecstatic temple environment every week, and even more than that, we love connecting with the AMAZING people who turn up to chant and dance and dive deeply into the mysteries of life! 💛 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #nityananda #university #ukc #universityofkent #kcsoc “His garments resemble a cluster of blue lotus flowers and His effulgence is said to surpass the grandeur of a rising moon at sunset. He has a deep melodious voice, constant singing the glories of Sri Krishna and carries a red stick with benedictions for the devotees, but feared by the demoniac. He has the carefree mood of a wild avadhuta, so absorbed is He in the love of Godhead, and no one knows what He will do next.” Come and celebrate the ecstatic appearance of the most magnanimous of all divine incarnations with us today in Keynes Seminar Room 14, University of Kent @ 6pm and dive into an unlimited ocean of nectar FOREVER. Hare Krishna!  #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #nityananda Feeling much gratitude today for the devotional life we have been given by such personalities as Sri Advaita Acharya 💛 “Advaita acharya felt sorry for the condition of the world because even after Lord Krishna’s appearance, no one had interest in devotional service to Krishna. This forgetfulness was so overwhelming that Advaita Prabhu was convinced that no one but Lord Krishna Himself could enlighten people about devotional service to the Supreme Lord. Therefore Advaita requested Lord Krishna to appear as Lord Caitanya. Offering tulasi leaves and Ganges water, He cried for the Lord’s appearance. The Lord, being satisfied by His pure devotees, descends to satisfy them. As such, being pleased by Advaita acharya, Lord Caitanya appeared.” – Introduction to Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila Chapter 3. 🙇🏽 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #advaita #acharya #advaitaacarya

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday Sankirtan February 24, 2018
  • Sunday Love Feast February 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
  • Bhagavad Gita Book Club March 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
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