What Is Bhakti Yoga?

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Bhakti yoga (also known as Krishna Consciousness) has been variously called cosmic or expanded consciousness. In part, it is the moment to moment awareness that man is a segment of the creation which is the external Song of God; that this creation emanates from, is sustained by and rests in “the One without a second”, or “Krishna”.

It is also partly the constant awareness of the Divine dwelling in all things – in the insects and the animals, in the earth, in buildings, cars, machinery and in men, women, children and in the sun, moon and boundless universe.

It is the state of unrivalled happiness of being in union with the Divine in all fields of activities – be they work or play, youth or old age, cooking, singing, socialising or studying.

Bhakti yoga reveals to us that the creation is not chaos, as this desperate and atheistical age would teach us, but it is an expression of order and plan: that, as the planets orbit in orderly procession about the sun and the sun moves in perfect motion within the galaxy which in turn follows its path down the open road of space, so too, man, by God’s grace and willing co-operation, makes his way back home, back to Godhead.

This Godhead has been called innumerable names throughout history – in the West: the Lord, The Christ, Jehovah, the Father, God, the Light, the Divine. In the East: the Buddha, the Tao, Brahman, Rama & Krishna to name but a few.

In the Sanskrit epic Bhagavad Gita (song of God) the Absolute Truth appears in the perfect form of Lord Krishna and gives direction to His friend Arjuna, a soldier about to engage in battle, on how man can attain salvation, disentangle himself from “samsara” (the endless wheel of suffering, old age, disease and death) and unite with Krishna, who is the embodiment of Eternity, Knowledge and Bliss.

More valuable than we are able to imagine, this human life is intended to be directed towards this end – spiritual realisation and union with God – otherwise it is wasted in the futile rat race, chasing material gain which can at best give only momentary and imperfect pleasure.

Krishna’s message is for those of us caught in the illusion of matter: “The Lord lives in the heart of every creature. He turns them around and around upon the wheel of His Maya (illusion). Take refuge utterly in Him. By His grace you will find supreme peace, and the state which is beyond all changes.”

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 πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ“šπŸ˜πŸ™πŸ½πŸ˜ #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! 
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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 πŸŽ‰πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ₯πŸŽΆπŸ—£πŸ‘‚πŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸŒΈπŸŽΉπŸ“šπŸ“ΏπŸ•ΊπŸΌ #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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