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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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
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Throwback to last week’s program with Saksi Gopal das, discussing the seven “divine mothers”... can’t wait to explore more nectar from the Vedas again tomorrow! #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
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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

Upcoming Events

  • Bhagavad Gita Book Club July 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
  • Saturday Sankirtan July 21, 2018
  • Sunday Love Feast July 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
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