Save the date! In observance of the appearance of Srimati Radharani, the embodiment of Bhakti and feminine energy of the Divine, The Bhakti Center will host the Pearl Festival on September 21st from 6:30 – 10pm.
In the Gaudiya Vaishnava Bhakti tradition Srimati Radharani is seen as the source of the other goddesses. Just as Lord Krishna is Deva-deva, the source of all other manifestations and incarnations of God, Radharani is the source of all expansions of the energies of God – the shaktis, or other goddesses. Thus, Vishnu, Rama, even Shiva are all expansions of the one Supreme Being, Krishna, and similarly Lakshmi, Sita, and Durga are all expansions of this Supreme Feminine form of God, Radharani.
This festival will bring together a community to share their time and talents creating a beautiful celebration. The festival for the appearance of Radharani has been observed in a similar fashion for centuries. With sweet music, meaningful discussion, delicious feasts, and devotion infused decoration and worship, festivals of this kind stir the depths of the heart and engage all the senses in a most pleasing practice of devotional yoga.
Special guest speaker, Radhanath Swami will speak on a lila (pastime) involving Krishna, Radharani and pearls that is humorous, touching and instructive in the practice of Bhakti Yoga.
A special feature of this festival is that all guests will receive the opportunity to write a prayer on a paper pearl and offer it, along with a real pearl, to Radharani. All the pearls will be collected, strung into a necklace and offered to Radharani the next day, her birthday (Radhastami).
There will also be a special gallery for mehndi, strings of Jasmine flowers for decorating the hair of all the ladies and girls present, and gopi-dots (face painting).
An exceptional vegetarian feast will be served beginning at 9:30pm in the cafe. Other snack items will be sold in the cafe earlier in the evening.
Please come to experience true Bhakti culture and bring some friends! For complete information and a schedule of events click here.
Kaustubha Das is the Co-Program Director at The Bhakti Center and the editor of BhaktiCollective.com. He teaches bhakti and yoga philosophy which he has practiced for over twenty-five years in the Chaitanya Vaishnava tradition.