The term Bhakti is used in a variety of ways.
- Most simply, bhakti refers to the common religious devotion that is held in the heart of a devoted person of any spiritual faith.
- Bhakti can also refer to a practice of yoga (Bhakti-yoga), a spiritual discipline meant to bring one to a state of pure love of God.
- More specifically, the term Bhakti can refer to the devotional interpretation of Vedanta. Vedanta is the most popular of India’s six classical schools of philosophy and the primary influence in Hinduism.
- Bhakti also is used to refer to a trend within the history of Indian spirituality – the Bhakti Movement.
- Finally, the word Bhakti refers to the perfected state of consciousness – exclusive and continuous love of God, the natural condition of the soul; eternal, enlightened bliss.
Enlightenment?! Pure love?!
We are so in. And even better, we all have the opportunity to practice Bhakti Yoga all weekend at Hot or Not Yoga in Manahawkin, NJ – THIS WEEKEND – March 9th and 10th.
Hot or Not is offering a very special Bhakti program, put together by their Illuminate Teacher Training – and they’ve opened it up to the public (which means all of us!).
Here is the plan
8:30-9:30am Asana Practice Live Kirtan Teachings
9-10:30am Sacred Studies Satsang
6:30-8pm Kirtan Party!
10:30-12pm History of Mantra & Kirtan
Visvambhar “Vish” is the lead singer of the internationally acclaimed group The Mayapuris, a headlining kirtan group that has rocked stages from India to Florida, Australia to South Africa.
Vish has spent his life leading kirtans in the ISKCON (Vaisnava) tradition. He is a multi-instrumentalist, he has performed at countless studio gatherings, music festivals, and well-known spiritual venues like Bhaktifest, Omega Institute, Wanderlust, Beloved Festival, Floyd Festival, and many others. In addition to being a master percussionist, Vish also plays many instruments—harmonium, bamboo flute, guitar, sitar, and bass.
Vish is an in-demand sideman as well and has toured with kirtan pioneer Jai Uttal and The Hanumen. Vish has not only mastered his art but has a rare capacity to invoke the ‘rasa‘ or the essence of the transcendental energies that define the kirtan path.
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