Bhakti yoga is a natural path for those who are dominantly seeking emotional fulfillment, and desire to convert worldly emotions into Divine devotion. The devotee visualizes the Lord sitting or standing before him/her. He/she pours out her heart’s love, adoration, and shares his/her deepest thoughts and concerns with the Lord until a continuous flow of awareness moves between devotee and his/her beloved Lord. This continuous flow of love brings about a a close relationship with God and culminates in Divine Union in which the worshiper and that which is worshiped become One.
"Kirtan is singing of God's name, with feeling. Such singing has a benign effect on both the physical and subtle bodies. It is an excellent method of soothing the nerves and directing the emotions to a positive goal. Kirtan melts the heart, fills the mind with purity and generates harmony and divine love. The chanting of Sanskrit kirtan, even when mechanically done, produces certain effects. When done with devotion, and awareness of the meaning, its benefits are immeasureable." - Swami Sivananda
Vedic Mantras and Rituals
Friday, February 9 – Sunday, February 11, 2018
A "Mantra" is mystical spiritual energy encased in a sound structure. At its simplest, the word Om serves as a mantra.
Swami Vashistananda, Shakti Rising
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
6:00 pm–6:00 am
Celebrate this auspicious festival, the Great Night of Lord Siva, with a series of four pujas. Devotees perform sincere worship of Siva, the Lord of cosmic transformation and dance.
Ancient Stories of Grace and Divine Kirtan:
Wednesday, February 14 – Friday, February 16, 2018
Hari Katha is a form of story-telling focused on the lives of saints and/or stories from Hindu epic scriptures.
Yantra Drawing and Painting
7:00 PM Friday, March 9 –
3:00 PM Sunday, March 11, 2018
"There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres." – Pythagoras Discover the geometry of transcendental consciousness. Enjoy a day of active meditation: drawing and then painting yantras.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
A widely acknowledged classical musician of the north Indian genre, Partha Bose has an uncanny ability to communicate with listeners world-wide through his sitar. Partha Bose has an evolving style that blends tradition with imagination.