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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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 Repost from @prince_ea - what are you reading today? We have best-selling author @krishnadharmaauthor coming to Canterbury on Sunday, get yourselves over to Conquest House ( @houseconquest ) at 2pm for a rare chance to meet him! #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #literature #books #author #bestseller Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated the appearance of Sri Nityananda prabhu at UKC on Monday! We love turning a drab seminar room into an ecstatic temple environment every week, and even more than that, we love connecting with the AMAZING people who turn up to chant and dance and dive deeply into the mysteries of life! 💛 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #nityananda #university #ukc #universityofkent #kcsoc “His garments resemble a cluster of blue lotus flowers and His effulgence is said to surpass the grandeur of a rising moon at sunset. He has a deep melodious voice, constant singing the glories of Sri Krishna and carries a red stick with benedictions for the devotees, but feared by the demoniac. He has the carefree mood of a wild avadhuta, so absorbed is He in the love of Godhead, and no one knows what He will do next.” Come and celebrate the ecstatic appearance of the most magnanimous of all divine incarnations with us today in Keynes Seminar Room 14, University of Kent @ 6pm and dive into an unlimited ocean of nectar FOREVER. 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 #nityananda Feeling much gratitude today for the devotional life we have been given by such personalities as Sri Advaita Acharya 💛 “Advaita acharya felt sorry for the condition of the world because even after Lord Krishna’s appearance, no one had interest in devotional service to Krishna. This forgetfulness was so overwhelming that Advaita Prabhu was convinced that no one but Lord Krishna Himself could enlighten people about devotional service to the Supreme Lord. Therefore Advaita requested Lord Krishna to appear as Lord Caitanya. Offering tulasi leaves and Ganges water, He cried for the Lord’s appearance. The Lord, being satisfied by His pure devotees, descends to satisfy them. As such, being pleased by Advaita acharya, Lord Caitanya appeared.” – Introduction to Caitanya Caritamrta Adi Lila Chapter 3. 🙇🏽 #harekrishna #canterbury #kent #kirtan #mantra #meditation #igerskent #igerscanterbury #inspiration #music  #bhagavadgita #spirituality #spiritual #krishna #consciousness #yoga #love #family #friendship #philosophy #iskcon #prabhupada #gauranga #advaita #acharya #advaitaacarya

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  • Saturday Sankirtan February 24, 2018
  • Sunday Love Feast February 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
  • Bhagavad Gita Book Club March 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Conquest House Gallery, 17 Palace St, Canterbury CT1 2DZ, UK
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