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Celebrate India an Amazing Night @ The Mantra Room

I had been looking forward to this night since before Christmas. I love everything India. And I’m already addicted to Kirtan at the Mantra Room. Kirtan has transformed my life, and given me access to the spirituality that I had been searching for, for so many years.

I arrived just before 6pm. As I walked towards the front door I was greeted by saried youngsters, obviously enjoying the excuse to dress in silks and bling, bangles sparkling, eyes’ outlined in all the colours of the rainbow. They handed me a cup of spicy masala chai tea. What a nice welcoming way to start the night. I stepped through the door and could see that The Mantra Room had been transformed. Flowers hung along the front windows and over the door. In front of me, on a dome topped pedestal, a statue of a garlanded youth playing a flute seemed to sway with the music. The kurta clad Ishvara painted my forehead with a traditional mark called Tilak, explaining that the clay he was using was from a holy Indian site, Vrindavan.

To enter the main hall I passed through another entrance, a gazebo like affair, swathed in sheer softly draped fabric and hung with flowers. Once in the hall I could see purple flags strung back and forth above the party. The Mantra Room is usually decorated with beautiful Indian art, but today there was a larger picture than usual, of Krishna sporting a cheeky smile, and set up on long table to make a type of central altar.

Many people were dressed Indian style, men in kurtas (Indian tunics) and even turbaned, looking right royal, some of them, and women in peasant skirts, or saris. Most people had scarves as per the suggestion in the advertising. Lots of effort, and fun too, I think, had gone into getting into the mood for the night. And yes, me too, I had fun looking the part, and was blinging with the best of them.

To one side of the room there was a huge projector screen showing films of India. As always, there were screens at the front that showed the Mantras as they changed, so we could all chant along.

The kirtan had already started with one of my favourite mantras “Gopala Govinda Rama Madana Mohana,” and the music had an appropriately Indian flavour. At this point in the night it was a lilting and soothing melody—a nice way to ease into the night. There were already lots of people there and more were continually arriving, bringing their scarves with them. I’m obviously not the only one with a fascination for India.

As the tunes changed, so did the kirtan leaders and the Mantras. Then were a couple of talks on how to practice kirtan, its benefits and also a bit about its history. More Indian inspired chanting followed and by this time it was becoming more upbeat. A stately Indian matron with hair piled high and a graceful dancing style enticed us to join her, and gradually we did. The tempo increased, and the clapping. At some point Bollywood dancing began and most of room joined in, waving their scarves and following the dance moves. (Now I know why we had to bring a scarf). You could see by their smiling faces that they were having a fun time. I sure was.

As the kirtan continued, people drifted out into the carport to feast on delicious Indian food. Everyone sat on cushions, in lines, in front of laden Thali plates which rested on fresh green banana leaves. We ate and chatted, while desserts and lassi were brought round to us. It was an amazing feast. There were so many people by this stage that the rest of the meals had to be served inside. Everyone got fed and considering how many people there were, these guys must have been cooking all day.

They say at The Australian School of Meditation & Yoga that they take the holistic approach, mind, body and soul, and I sure felt satisfied in all three departments. I would have to say it was one of the best nights I have experienced and fortunately these nights are going to be held on a regular basis, so I’m definitely there.

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