When we think about meditation, we often think about something only a rare few souls can do. They go off in the mountains somewhere, sit on a rock and completely empty their minds. Then they become enlightened and relieved from all the suffering in the world.
Everyone meditates; to meditate simply means to focus one’s mind upon something. We do it consciously and unconsciously as well. In the urban jungle of the modern day cities our meditations are often dominated by propaganda for sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. What is the result of such meditation? Disease, dependance and frustration. How to solve this problem? We have to spiritually arm ourselves, by making a conscious decision about what your meditation will be on.
So what should we meditate upon?
The ancient yoga texts of India explain that the real goal of life is to become self-realized. To understand who you really are. They prescribe as the only viable method in this era of hypocrisy and instability, the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.
Mantra meditation is a spiritual and religious practice that has a place in practically all religious traditions, although the method of practice may differ. The Vaishnava tradition recommends the chanting the names of God to be a particularly effective method of spiritual awakening, simultaneously opening us to an incredibly empowering experience. When one is factually on the plane of spiritual understanding, surpassing the stages of sense, mind and intelligence, one is situated on the transcendental plane.
This chanting of Hare Krishna,or the “great mantra for deliverance.” Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is directly enacted from the spiritual platform, surpassing all lower status of consciousness, namely sensual, mental, and intellectual.
Can anyone join?
There is no need of understanding the language of the mantra, nor is there any need of mental speculation, nor any intellectual adjustment for chanting this maha-mantra. It springs automatically from the spiritual platform, and as such, anyone can take part in this transcendental sound vibration without any previous qualification and dance in ecstasy. We have seen it practically. Even a child can take part in the chanting.
Come and free yourself from the conditioning that society at large forces upon all of us and gain an understanding about the true nature of reality.
EXPERIENCE MANTRA MEDIATION @ ISKCON South London
Temple Every Wednesday Starts at 8.00pm –> Finishes at 9.30pm.
No need to book in advance Free Entry and comes with a full vegetarian meal