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!

Sunday 18th June: group trip for the free London Ratha Yatra festival – contact Mantra on 07800 743829 for details on discounted group travel and where to meet

Sunday 6th August: 2pm – 5pm at West Track Studios, Roper Yard (off Roper Road), CT2 7ER – celebration of the appearance day of Lord Balarama, with special guest Mukunda Kishore das from Closet Krishna in Rochester

Sunday 13th August: 2pm – 5pm at West Track Studios, Roper Yard (off Roper Road), CT2 7ER – celebration of Janmastami (the appearance day of Lord Krishna), with special guest Adi Guru das

Sunday 27th August: 2pm – 5pm at West Track Studios, Roper Yard (off Roper Road), CT2 7ER – celebration of Radhastami (the appearance day of Srimati Radharani, with special guest Mikey Jay – http://www.mikeyjay108.org

Wednesday 4th October: 7pm – 9pm at Westgate Hall, Canterbury CT1 2BT  – an evening of spiritual culture with the famous UK Hare Krishna Festival Team.

Sunday 15th October: 2pm – 5pm at Conquest House, 17 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DZ – celebration of Diwali (celebration of the pastimes of Lord Rama), with special guest Govinda das

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

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Our last KCSoc program of the year is TONIGHT! Join us at 6pm in Keynes building for mantra meditation, film, philosophy and FOOD before we return in January in a bigger, better space with some very special guests 🙌🏽📚😝🙏🏽😍 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #ukc #kcsoc Did you manage to get one of our transcendental books on the UKC campus this week? Don’t worry if not, we had so much fun hanging out at the book table that we want to come and do it all again!! So we’ll be outside essentials on Monday 12th December to send you all home with a few transcendental Christmas presents! 
#harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #kcsoc #ukc Last week’s feast! Vegetable rice, dal, chickpea sabji, potato wedges, chocolate brownies, peanut brittle, mango lassi, apple pie & custard, puris, tomato chutney, cheesy vegetable pie AND sweet rice!! What we will we have this week?? Come to Conquest House at 2pm to find out!! 😜🍽🤤 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #prasadam #foodphotography #mercy What a blessing to be spending time in a place which makes spiritual practice feel so easy!

#harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #sadhana #retreat #japa #spain #holiday We can’t think of a time when we’ve seen a more breathtaking altar than this! Feeling lots of inspiration as to how make our Sunday Love Feast even more wonderful when we get back from Spain! 
#harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti #altar #deities #spain #holiday Hare Krishna! 
Today is Govardhan Puja, the day when devotees celebrate the pastime whereby Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan from a storm sent by Lord Indra. We are currently away on a retreat to celebrate this festival at a devotee farm community in sunny Spain... expect more pictures soon of our transcendental trip!! #harekrishna #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti Such a great afternoon today with Govinda das leading kirtan and sharing his insights into spiritual life... loving our new venue too! #lucky #friendship #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga A quick glimpse of our recent Friday night program. What a beautiful venue!! Although we’re sad to be leaving the wonderful West Track Studios behind, we are very lucky to also be holding our weekly Sunday Love Feast here every week starting from today, so please pop along to Conquest House on Palace Street for the usual mix of music, meditation, dance, food & philosophy every Sunday from 2pm 🎉🙌🏼🥁🎶🗣👂🏽💃🌸🎹📚📿🕺🏼 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #philosophy #food #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #chanting #dharma #happy #happiness #awakening #oneness #bhakti

Upcoming Events

  • Bhagavad Gita Book Club December 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
  • Saturday Sankirtan December 16, 2017
  • Sunday Love Feast December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
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