Date(s) - Aug 28 (Sunday)
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
We will celebrate Birthday of Lord Krishna on this day. Everyone is welcome.
10:00 am :– Vishnu Sahasranama Archana (Chanting of 1000 names of Lord)
11:30 am :– Guided Meditation
12:30 pm :– Lunch
What is Sahasranama Archana (1000 names ) : This is a special ceremony to chant 1000 aspects of divine. It is an unique event to remember divinity through chanting and offering. All are welcome to join and also to observe. We will have chanting and offerring of rice and flower.
Kriyavans and non-kriyavans are welcome to participate.
Sri Krishna was born in a prison in the custody of Kamsa. Vasudev, His father immediately thought of his friend Nand and decided to hand over his child to him to save Krishna from the clutch of Kamsa. Krishna grew up in Gokul and finally killed his uncle, King Kanma. The actual celebration of Janmashtami takes place during the midnight as Sri Krishna is believed to be born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and violence of his uncle.
What is Janmashtami?
‘Janma’ means birth and ‘Ashtami’ Means the Eighth.
The Hindu festival Krishna Janmashtami or simply Janmashtami is a celebration of the Hindu god Krishna’s birthday. The festival happens annually on the eight day of the Krishna Paksha or dark fortnight during the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. Krishna is considered the eighth avatar or incarnation of Vishnu. Krishna’s birthplace in Mathura and also Vrindavan celebrate this occasion with great pomp and show. Raslilas or religious plays are performed to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha.
Lord Krishna’s birth has a more spiritual point of view. Devaki (Lord Krishna’s mother) represents the physical body, while Vasudeva (Lord Krishna’s father) represents the Prana (the vital life-force). So when the Prana flows through the body, then Ananda (bliss, represented by Lord Krishna) is born. But at that time, the ego (represented by Kamsa, Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle and an evil King) wants to destroy the bliss. Where there is joy, there cannot be ego. A person who is full of joy will never behave wrongly with anyone. One who troubles others is actually suffering himself, and is hurt or wounded in some way. Such people give misery and suffering to others around them. So knowledge, happiness and love are the greatest enemies of the ego. Lord Krishna is the symbol of love and joy. And what does Lord Krishna represent? He is the symbol of happiness, joy and being natural. He is the very source of bliss.
“The power of God is with you at all times; through the activities of mind, senses, breathing, and emotions; and is constantly doing all the work using you as a mere instrument.” Bhagavad Gita.
vasudeva sutaṁ devaṁ kaṁsa cāṇūramardanam |
devakī paramānandaṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vande jagadgurum || 1 ||
I offer my obeisance’s to Lord Kṛiṣhṇa, the beloved son of Vasudeva, who killed the great demons Kamsa and Caṇura, who is the source of great joy to Mother Devaki; and who is indeed a world teacher and spiritual master of the universe.