Friday 25th February - 'Japa Workshop'
'Of the great sages I am Bhrgu; of vibrations I am the transcendental Om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himālayas.'
(Bhagavad Gita 10:25)
Tonight we will have a 'Japa Workshop' as part of our 'Hare Krishna Fridays' evening programme.
'When a mantra or hymn is chanted softly and slowly, that is called japa. The same mantra, when chanted loudly, is called kīrtana. For example, the mahā-mantra (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare) when uttered very softly only for one's own hearing is called japa. The same mantra, when chanted loudly for being heard by all others, is called kīrtana. The mahā-mantra can be used for japa and kīrtana also. When japa is practiced it is for the personal benefit of the chanter, but when kīrtana is performed it is for the benefit of all others who may hear.
In the Padma Purana there is a statement: "For any person who is chanting the holy name either softly or loudly, the paths to liberation and even heavenly happiness are at once open." '
(SP-Nectar of Devotion 9)
Along side this will be the usual joyous musical mantra chanting (Kirtan) & Veggie/Vegan sanctified feast (Prasadam).
Starts at the usual time of 19.30 at the Phoenix Community Centre.
Click HERE for further details.
Haribol! See you there!