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Fundraisers for widows and children of Vrindavan
This event is a fundraiser for Sadhu Seva Trust. This is a charity supporting the Sadhus, widows and children of Vrindavan, India.
A sadhu or swami, also spelt saddhu is a religious leader or ascetic or holy person. They are sometimes designated by the term swami or master which refers especially to an ascetic who has been initiated into a specific religious order, such as the Ramakrishna Mission.
The evening will be one of chants and it will begin at 6.00 pm with chai and a light dinner. Kirtan will then commence at 6.30 pm.
The event is for everyone - those who are new to this practice as well as those who are experienced. Kirtan is an easy and enjoyable practice to be involved in. You can share with others and it will leave you feeling clear and relaxed.
It will be held on Sunday 14th April 2019 from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm at the Kindred Studios, 3 Harris Street, Yarraville.
About Kirtan I have seen Kirtan described as "calming chants for a crazy world" however, Kirtan is a very different kind of music to that which we know. It is based on ancient chants and has the ability to make the mind quiet if it is taken seriously. Everyone experiences Kirtan differently and it doesn't have to be a religious experience. It could perhaps be described as a type of sing-along.
Usually, people sit on the floor for Kirtan although chairs are available. There are performers and the audience though there is little difference between the two. The person who is leading sings the mantra and the audience sings it back. A single chant can go on for up to forty minutes. When the music stops you can experience a very quiet mind. Kirtan is non-denominational - being the universal language of spirit, the "song of the soul."
At this event, there will be a variety of lead Kirtanists in the traditional call and response format, so everyone can participate. The intention of the event is to enjoy this practice of Bhakti Yoga together. Amongst the Kirtanists there will be special guests:
And more yet to be confirmed
The practice of Bhakti Yoga which encompasses Kirtan is thousands of years old. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with one's self, with others and with the inner and outer worlds around and within us. This, in turn, will harmonise us in the process.
For people to gather and sing together is a very natural thing and until recent times was a regular social interaction of close groups of people.
Come along and bring your friends and a comfortable cushion to sit on. Organisers are asking for a donation of $20. All funds collected on the evening will go towards feeding the Sadhu's, widows and children of Vrindavan.