A few days ago we were blessed enough to hold another kirtan even with our group of devotees living here in New Braj. The event took place at the Bhaktiyoga Shala in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. Those not familiar with the location would be pleased to know that they have hosted many other of our sanga members’ events, which includes kirtan and preaching with The Kirtaniyas, and the Gaudiya Girls book tour headed by Srimati Syamarani didi. The Bhaktiyoga Shala sports a non-sectarian sacred vibe, which is present and tangible in its décor and includes pictures of various saints, including our own Srila Gurudeva. We were so happy to have New Braj Kirtan now included amongst their various event repertoires, which also includes yoga, harmonium lessons, and other music events.
We also had the good fortune to be joined by our beloved godbrother Vijay Krsna prabhu of the Kirtaniyas. With his help, we were able to literally rock out in the name of the Lord, with the names of the Lord! There was a beautiful synchronicity between him, Thakura prabhu and Jahnava Didi, who were all on vocals, a description of which cannot be done justice; it must be experienced firsthand. Needless to say by the end of the kirtan everyone was enthusiastically singing and dancing, giving their full energy while calling out the names of Radhe! Govinda! Nitai! Gauranga! Even with the doors closed, the energy and sacred vibration was so powerful that many people also stopped on the street to look in and listen. It really brought to light the power that is inherent in preaching and chanting the holy names of the lord. In Srila Prabhupada’s purport to Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.24, he references Chaitanya Caritamrita saying “of all the sacrifices mentioned in the Vedic literatures, the performance of sankirtana yagna is the best. Even the performance of one hundred asvamedha sacrifices cannot compare to the sacrifice of sankirtana.” So we feel very fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity of sacrificing ourselves while doing kirtan with each other.
Coming off of the kirtan wave, guests then got to mingle and chat with the devotees there and also experience the brhad mrdanga; Srila Gurudeva’s books as well as artwork by Srimati Syamarani didi. Many people got to walk away with more than just a good memory. We’d like to especially thank Krsnamayi didi and Sivananda prabhu for setting up the book table, as well as hosting us in their home. You guys are amazing!!! We’d also like to thank them for promoting the event and bringing new people to be introduced to Mahaprabhu’s movement.
We’d like to extend a hand out to all those out there to join us in this great sacrifice of time, energy, and love. We hope that our endeavors are pleasing to Srila Gurudeva, as well as all of the Vaisnavas. Their blessings are what give us the strength and energy to move forward on our bhakti path. Please, join us for our next kirtan event, details of which will be posted on our New Braj Kirtan facebook page.
We look forward to seeing all of you soon, to share what we live for with others, who are seeking the next step in their spiritual awakening.
On behalf of New Braj Kirtan and New Braj Seva Team