Full house at Sunday Krishna Sanga program!
Despite the pouring rain, 15
guests ventured to Krishna Farm this Sunday to
attend our Krishna Sanga program.
The Krishna Sanga program is
an opportunity for people to experience kirtan,
philosophical discourse and to meet and talk
with Krishna devotees. The Sunday program
is a traditional Hare Krishna
event, having started in the 1960's and
continuing until the present day.
Shortly after arriving in
America in the mid sixties to establish the Hare
Krishna Movement, Srila Prabhupada introduced
the Sunday Festival. He desired to give an
opportunity for anyone to come and experience
the culture of Krishna consciousness, through
chanting Hare Krishna, hearing the philosophy
and tasting the famous vegetarian Krishna food.
This same programme that
Srila Prabhupada introduced in the sixties is
continuing every Sunday evening at our Radha
Krishna temple in the Motueka Valley.
You don’t require any
preliminary experience in meditation, chanting,
yoga or vegetarianism to attend these programmes,
they are open for everyone.
The evening begins with the
traditional chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha
Mantra accompanied by musical instruments. This
creates a relaxing and spiritually surcharged
atmosphere that can be perceived by all.
Srila Prabhupada was a very
prolific author translating and commenting on
some sixty volumes of ancient India’s spiritual
texts such as the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad
Bhagavatam. These books can be found in all
major libraries and Universities throughout the
world. This is one of Srila Prabhupada’s
greatest contributions to the modern world and
it is these teachings that form the basis of the
Hare Krishna Movement.
As Srila Prabhupada writes:
“There is need of a clue as
to how humanity can become one in peace,
friendship and prosperity with a common cause.”
Srila Prabhupada’s teachings
fill this need, for it is a cultural
presentation for the respiritualization of the
entire human society.
Sunday evenings include some
of the teachings from this great literature
giving insights into the many facets of ancient
India’s deep and fascinating spiritual
knowledge, such as yoga, karma, reincarnation,
and the process of enlightenment for the modern
age. There is always time for questions and open
After the spiritual
discussions comes our famous 3 course vegetarian
banquette. Here in Motueka Valley we are
fortunate to have our experienced cooks from
Christchurch. Many of these devotees have been
cooking for Krishna Restaurants and cafes for
many years, therefore the Sunday evening meals
are guaranteed to be a taste sensation.
Srila Prabhupada taught that
pure spiritual practices and knowledge should be
given free of charge, not for making profit.
Therefore there is no charge for the Sunday
Feast, it is completely free!