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 presentΒ 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 usΒ 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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Whatever our background, these days almost everybody experiences feelings of stress and anxiety on a near-daily basis, to the point that frequent distress has now become an accepted part of modern life! 😒 Ancient wisdom, however, says that beyond these temporary feelings of distress lies a boundless reservoir of joy which is our real nature. πŸ₯³ Enlightened souls tell us that a simple, regular practice of mantra meditation can not only relieve us of these problems at a stroke, but also fill our hearts with bliss on a daily basis! 🀩 Our dear friend Sandipani Prabhu has dedicated his life to this simple practice, and now spends his days travelling the globe deepening his understanding and sharing it with others. πŸš€ Fresh from trips to China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia (& Margate!), he will now be coming to Canterbury to teach the art of mantra meditation at a free event at the Umbrella Centre on St Peters Place today from 5pm. πŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ There will be guided, musical mantra meditation, Q&A and a delicious veggie feast for everyone - please come and don't forget to bring a friend! πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ°πŸ“Ώ . . . . . . . . #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #community #sangha #peace #bhakti
Very happy to announce a very special guest at this week’s Saturday Soul Fest! 🌾 . Dayananda Swami travels the world sharing realisations gathered from decades of sincere spiritual practice; every time he visits Canterbury, wonderful things happen in the hearts of those that meet him, so don’t miss out! πŸ’›πŸ˜ . Everyone is welcome to come and take advantage of the company of this great soul as he leads musical mantra meditation, shares his insights into spiritual life & holds an open Q&A session πŸ™πŸΌ . . . . . #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #community #sangha #peace #bhakti #swami #monk
Yesterday, nearly fifty devotees from across Kent met up for a special gathering.... it was so inspiring to spend time with such a big family of devotees, and it’s so inspiring to see how Krishna Consciousness is touching the lives of so many people across Kent! πŸ₯°πŸ¦œπŸšπŸ“ΏπŸŒ» . . . . #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #community #sangha #peace #bhakti
Ever wanted to know why kirtan feels so good? Zoom in to find out! πŸ‘€ 🎹πŸ₯πŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚️ . . . . . . . . . #harekrishna #canterbury #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 packed out the Umbrella Centre on Saturday! πŸ™ŒπŸ½ . We had an amazing evening & it was a real team effort. Feeling lots of gratitude to everyone who came, served, chanted and to everybody who helped cook a spectacular feast! πŸ₯°πŸ½ . . . . . . . #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #community
Massive thanks to our dear friend Adi Guru for coming and blessing us with his company on Saturday 🌻 . . . We’ve just had a look at put calendar and there are LOADS of amazing guests coming to Canterbury, practically every week for the next few months! 😁 It feels good to be part of such an amazing spiritual family πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜ . . . . . . . #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
Yesterday was SUCH a nice day to be out sharing spiritual knowledge!! πŸ“šπŸŒ» Did you see our book table on the high street? πŸ€” Thank you to those who came and took books, to those who gave us words of encouragement, and to everyone who gave us a smile and a wave... we were so happy to meet you all. 😍 Hope everyone is having a great bank holiday weekend! 😎 Hare Krishna! πŸ™πŸΌ . . . . . . #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga
We’re having a party this Saturday, and everyone is invited! πŸ™ŒπŸ½ . We’re celebrating the appearance of Sri Ramachandra - the embodiment of virtue and the personal manifestation of divine fame πŸ‘‘ . Come and celebrate with a special mixture of music, meditation, dance, food and philosophy! πŸ“ΏπŸ•ΊπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸŽΆπŸ§˜πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ° . . . . . . . . . . #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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