9 May 2015

Outdoor Kirtan at SSD Temple Grounds - 12th April 2015

In April, few hours before our weekly Kirtan practices, we randomly decided to take it outdoor and have a spontaneous session.

Below is the experience by Our Music Coordinator in Kenya - Bansi:

"It all started with reading the blog to just be updated with what's happening at SPN and a click to a posting "street Kirtan".

Whilst reading the article, I felt so amazed at the efforts put by the Kirtan group at SPN. At one point Chaturananda mentioned how they would just go and sing, without much focus on the number of people joining or how cold or extreme the weather was. What mattered was their love for Gurudev and spreading it everywhere through Kirtan. What mattered was the intention, and how he urged his brothers and sisters in the Bhakti Marga family to join this initiative.

As I was reading the thought came to do something like that here in Nairobi. I asked my husband how we could do something like this and he suggested we can go to temples as it does not need any permits. That suggestion was like hope in what I was wishing to have. Quickly the idea of having spontaneous Kirtan practices at SSD Temple came to mind.

I sent communication to all Kirtan members and the responses was very accommodating and positive. All were in for it. All members joined in and said "let's do this".

We didn't know how it will be, what will it take, who will come, what will people say, will we be allowed, etc. The only thought that came was Guruji is guiding us and all is going to be well, and His will.

All members met at my place, Nikhil helped us all to do the tilaks, we picked up the instruments and what ever we needed and headed to the Temple.

We even took our guitar system not knowing where we will plug it into, but hoped we will find some socket somewhere.

We reached SSD, and wanted to check for a space on the grounds where power was available for the amplifier of the guitar. Both Bejul and Nikhil decided to head to the office to seek permission and try our luck. And, they said it was okay :D :D :D

We all smiled - His Grace is beyond.

We selected a place at the far end of the ground, close to a power source but unfortunately it wsnt working.

Regardless, we all started settling down to sing, and all enjoyed the moment.

Public usually come to the ground to play sports,and for walks. One of the regular walker joined in and sang a bhajan - OM Namah Shivaya.

We then had an experience with another walker who had a Japa Mala in his hand. He bowed down to Gurudev and Babaji's photo, and took our group photograph.

Others looked at us as they were walking wondering probably? or enjoying?

When we finished, we all were so happy that we did something so random, and it turned out so beautiful!

As the Music Coordinator, I felt the group as a family, ready to task themselves to anything, leaving everything to the Masters Feet, supporting each other.

We are blessed - truly blessed.
My heartfelt gratitude to all who came and made this happen.

Jai Gurudev, Bansi"

Satguru Sri Swami Vishwananda Mahaprabhu ki Jai!
Mahavatar Kriya Babaji Ki Jai!

~ Always at HIS Lotus Feet ~
♥ Much Love ♥

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