"Krishna, in fulfilling the pledge He had given to Mother Earth, rid the world of many wicked rulers and sought to establish the reign of Righteousness for the protection of the good. The Divine incarnates from age to age to protect the virtuous, punish the wicked and establish righteousness. Krishna is said to have destroyed many wicked persons. But this is not quite correct. It is their own wickedness which destroyed these evil persons. It may be asked: "Is it not Krishna who killed Kamsa?" Not at all. This is the text-book version. In truth, it was Kamsa's own heated bhrama (delusion) which killed him. He was always haunted by the fear of Krishna. His death was a result and a reaction of that fear. One's thoughts determine one’s destiny. Hence, people should cultivate good thoughts and eschew all bad feelings. God has no dislike for anyone. He envies no one. He has no ill-will towards anyone. Nor does He have favourites. The grace one gets is the result of one's own feelings." Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Jai Sai RamRohitbhai, Its been a long time since we have all been together for bhajans at Soar Valley and as you'll see below we're getting very close to welcoming everyone back for bhajans on a Sunday very soon! In the meantime we hope that you will continue to enjoy our online bhajans and programmes and this month we are celebrating the very special occasion of Krishna Janmashtami.
As always, please do contact us through the centre email at the bottom of this newsletter if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns and we will do our best to answer them.
Our Return to Soar Valley
I am sure you will be excited to hear that we will soon be able to return to Soar Valley College for our Sunday morning bhajans (devotional singing). The "Return to Soar Valley" team has been planning for our safe return for the last few months completing various risk assessments and thinking about how we can all come together once more as safely as possible. The team together with the centre coordinators will have had two practice sessions at Soar Valley testing the new systems and processes before we invite all devotees to attend. We are hoping to announce the date when you can start to attend Soar Valley very soon - so look out for more information!
Krishna Janmashtami Programme - Sunday 29th August
We will be celebrating the joyous festival of Krishna Janmashtami with a special online programme on Sunday 29th August at 9am.
Please join us for this online programme which will include a guest speaker from Iskcon Leicester, Swami's discourse and bhajans. There is also a special video which we're sure will bring back lots of memories about the joy of celebrating this festival.
"This day is being celebrated as the birthday of Krishna. Krishna was born in prison, a fact that teaches us that God has to incarnate or present himself in the dark and narrow prison-house of our hearts, so that we may derive light and earn freedom. Maya is the delusion that hides the truth of Being; it tends to identify one’s truth as the physical body with its appurtenances and prompts us to cater to the cravings of the body. Man, thus forgets the Divine and instead listens to the call of the animal in him, consequently falling from his high ideal. But when Krishna is born in the cellar of his mind, man is saved. Man must therefore become aware of God within the cavity of his heart." Sathya Sai Baba