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.
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
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