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Hallowed Be Thy Halloween? November 2, 2009

Posted by AR in Uncategorized.
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Jaya Hari das, former Krishna Lunch chef and Krishna House resident, dressed as Lord Rama

Every Halloween, it is a tradition at Krishna House that we head downtown for Harinama Sankirtan and chant Hare Krishna.  This year we did a group costume theme based on the great Indian epic, Ramayana.  Former Krishna Lunch chef, Jaya Hari das (pictured above), was our manifested hero, Lord Rama.  Together, with an army of monkeys and demons, we took to the streets and didn’t stop chanting until hours later.  What appears as play is actually the essence of our philosophy!

Harinam Sankirtan is a Sanskrit term meaning glorification of Lord Krishna by two or more people.  There are many ways this can be done.  By the congregational chanting of Krishna’s names, we purify ourselves from other distractions that draw us away from doing so.  How does it work?  Well, you see, it’s so darn fun that people tend to get addicted to it and then it manifests into what we call the ‘higher taste’- the highest utilization of our senses accomplished only by cultivating spiritual desires.  The ‘higher taste’ comes when Krishna is pleased.  And just as when the root of the tree is watered, all parts of the tree become satisfied, similarly, when we glorify and please God, everyone benefits.

Please join us at Krishna House, as we continue expand the kirtan in Gainesville and discover the essential role it has to play in our spiritual lives.  No previous experience is necessary!

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