Every year for a while now I've been blessed and fortunate to journey to Birmingham for their 24 hour kirtan.
This year, I felt some resistance to going, as I often do to on my solo retreats, but knew deep down it would be good for me and decided to go anyhow!
It didn't disappoint! I was blown away. I cannot fully explain what happens at these gatherings. Yes people meet, yes there is great kirtan, chanting, music and prasad (food!) but it is the invisible, the divine force, energy, healing and grace that occurs that can really purify, help and change things for the better.
Such beautiful singers.
I could feel Krishna clearly in the present moment. It was like watching mandalas of light flowing to the music in the space around me. It was present moment awareness in a simple, powerful and pure form. God's grace. Masculine and feminine energy integrated, whole and completely present.
You see, it's not easy to explain with words! But what I can share is that to have the time to sit and lsiten, to hear great music, great singing to be part of a group singing to the soul of the creator is something fantastic and it doesn't matter really what mantra/ religion/ spirituality/ shamaistic approach you take to experience this. Just giving ourselves over to feel, see and be One with this greater force however we do it is divine.
I once heard that for every step you take towards God/ the divine/ Jesus/ Krishna/ Great Mother... it/ they take 100 steps towards you :)
Madhava Naidoo and Sacinandana Swami amongst others held the space beautifully.
On Saturday night I was approached by a person who told me Krishna had sent them to give me healing. I went with it and accepted and am still feelign the gifts of this.
I arrived on Saturday at noon and left on Sunday at 8pm with a sleep during the night. The kirtaneers played for much longer than 24 hours, and what a job they did. One mantra, two days;
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
The invisible becoming visible. The light dancing everywhere! And I'm going to be honest when I say I'm forever changed. I know I love and lots of other people too love going on trips, a journey into the heart of bliss. As I've said before and will say again, this is the most powerful and beautiful way I've yet discovered to journey. I feel more on track and didn't realise I'd wondered a bit off track till I got back on track ~ this is life! Blessings on all who atteneded. Thank you so much. Haribol. You can try kritan at your local kirshna temple, there is one in Dublin and in London, just look on line. You can turn up and leave as you wish and there is no charge. To meditate upon the divine name is to connect and be one with the Divine. It's worth giving a go for sure! What an amazing freely available gift in this time of consumerism and material desires. And it's all okay, you can enjoy your home, job, wealth etc, it's just in my experience much more enjoyable when at the same time your centre is connecting to the most beautiful loving light that permeates the entire universe. Hare Krishna!