*Ashram **Be yourself ***Bhakti yoga ****Ceremony’s *****Chanting
*Ashram : The Kirtan Benefiet Festifal is a taste of ashram life. An ashram is traditional place of learning of spiritual disciplines. It is a place where one can spend time away from the usual distractions of daily life and focus on understanding one’s own experience and purpose in life. An ashram is a place of simplicity and regularity.
**Be yourself; During the weekend, there will be a few ceremonies that involve rituals that you may not be familiar with. Please try not to worry about ‘getting it right’ or feel obliged to copy what others are doing. All we ask is that you remain open in heart and mind.
***Bhakti yoga – The path of Love and devotion – Bhakti is like something we see in a powerful love relationship, when you care more about your beloved than you do about yourself. Your favorite food is brought to the table and main concern is that the other person gets enough of it, even if it means that you don’t: you’re fulfilled by her eating it. It’s what you experience when you are a parent, somebody says “you do so much for your child, aren’t you the sacrificing one!” But to you it doesn’t feel like sacrifice – it’s joy.
****Ceremony’s A traditional Vedic ritual involving offering of the lamp to deities or any object, as the divine is considered to be all present. One’s entire existence and all facets of material creation are symbolically offered to the divine via the aarti ceremony. In most aarti ceremonies (though there are variations), the flower represents the earth (solidity), the water and accompanying handkerchief correspond with the water element Crepresents a purified state of mind, and one’s “intelligence” is offered through the adherence to rules of timing and order of offerings.
*****Chanting Chanting is a simple practice that can help us bypass the mind and come into direct contact with the heart, it is the Indian tradition of ‘kirtan’ enables all participants to join together chanting simple ‘mantras’ (Sanskrit sound vibrations). Often, the kirtan leader will ‘call’ and then the participants will repeat their phrase by repeating in ‘response’. No previous singing experience is necessary, nor is the ability to be pitch perfect. The emphasis is on your participation and willingness to take part. We all begin slowly and the energy builds up into a joyful crescendo, which often inspires people to dance. Many people confuse chanting with religion. While the names of “Hindu Gods” are often used in kirtan, they can be thought of as an energy force or an internal quality contained within each person. For example, the mantra of “Shiva” relates to the aspects of transformation and non-attachment within us – when chanting Shiva’s name, we can awaken the dormant aspects within us.
Join us to create an uplifting experience, a heightened conscious state, a feeling of unity and Love.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PARTICIPATE AND EXPERIENCE THIS FOR YOURSELF!