Janmashtami celebration with Sri Sri at bangalore ashram

Janamashtami – Celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna: Janamashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Ashtami is significant as it indicates a perfect balance between the seen and the unseen aspects of reality; the visible material world and the invisible spiritual realm. Krishna teaches us devotion with skill. To celebrate Janamashtami is to imbibe extremely opposite yet compatible qualities and manifest them in your own life. Hence the most authentic way of celebrating Janamashtami is knowing that you have to play a dual role — of being a responsible human being on the planet and at the same time to realize that you are above all events, the untouched Brahman.

Special AMC with Gurudev for Gujarat State With Shakti Kriya: (Reporting 27th August, 2013)

Course Date: 28th August-1st September 2013

Departure: 2nd September 2013

Eligibility for Shakti Kriya - Two Advance (Part-2) Courses

Program Highlights: (28th August 2013)

Janamashtami Special Satsang: 6:30 pm onwards

Welcome address by Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: 6:50 pm

Maha Aarti: 7:00 pm

RasLila (Garba): 7:05 pm

Raslila Performance by devotees from Gujarat: RasLila comes from Sanskrit words “rasa” and “lila”, with rasa meaning "juice" or "nectar", and lila meaning "act".  It is often freely rendered as "the dance of love". In the Bhagavata Purana it is stated that whoever faithfully hears or describes the Raslila attains Krishna's pure loving devotion.

Dahi Handi Celebrations: 7:15 pm

Lord Krishna is known to be fond of butter and butter-milk, and the stories of Krishna's childhood and youth talk about his numerous mischievous pranks as Makhan Chor (butter thief). The “Dahi Handi” or “Matki – Phod” event celebrates the notorious and adventurous side of Shri Krishna.

Followed by Talk and Mediation led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Program Highlights: (29th August 2013)

Annakoot: Annakoot is celebrated in observance of the episode in Sri Krishna's childhood, in which He gave protection to the cowherd clan of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra and also humbled Lord Indra in that process. The natives of Vrundavan and cattle jubilantly surrounded Sri Krishna. They were awed by his superhuman accomplishment and celebrated Sri Krishna's feat with a sumptuous feast. Thus began the tradition of Annakoot.

Departure: 2nd September 2013

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