1683 Main Street, East Hartford, CT
We welcome you to attend our bhakti-yoga program every Saturday from 12-2pm, no experience necessary! The program is free (donations welcome).
12:00 PM - Musical Meditation (Kirtan)
12:45 PM - Ice Breaking Session
12:55 PM - Talk on Spiritual Philosophy
1:20 PM - Vegetarian Lunch (Vegan friendly)
Bhakti-Yoga is a meditation process that facilitates one's development of spiritual consciousness. Bhakti means divine love and devotion; Yoga means to link oneself to the Supreme. Therefore, the purpose of bhakti-yoga is to link oneself to the Supreme through love and devotion.
A core practice of bhakti-yoga is 'kirtan,' which is a musical form of group meditation. During kirtan, holy names and mantras are rhythmically chanted in 'call and response' fashion, often accompanied by musical instruments. This allows us to actively engage ourselves in meditation on Krishna, the Divine, through transcendental sound.
A mantra is a syllable, word, or verse, which has a special potency and is meditated upon to invoke spiritual understanding and realization. In this age, the most powerful and highly recommended mantra for Self-realization is the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, the great mantra for deliverance:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This mantra is comprised of 3 names: Hare, Krishna, and Rama.
The idea for both japa (mantra meditation on beads) and kirtan meditation is to chant and hear the mantra, thus creating a link (yoga) between yourself and the spiritual world.
Bhakti-yoga offers the potential to spiritualize our daily activities by connecting them with love and devotion to our original source, Krishna. Even eating can be a karma-free, spiritual activity!
Join us every Saturday from Noon-2pm and experience a few of the primary aspects of bhakti-yoga: kirtan, philosophy, and karma-free food, and learn how to further apply bhakti-yoga in your daily life!