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Spiritual Festivals

Spiritual festivals are devotional celebrations full of light, full of colours and full of joy. Participants share the joy of being part of a spiritual family.

Spiritual festivals are accompanied by beautiful chants and are celebrated with pujas, a devotional ritual or temple ceremony that conveys the deep essence of spirituality. Devotional rituals elevate the mind, soothe the nervous system and generate harmony. The chants bring much joy and have a very positive effect on physical and mental wellbeing.

The pujas are free of charge, although donations are welcome. Flowers and fruits are auspicious offerings when attending a puja.

 

Group meditation
Free of charge

Fridays at 7.30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays at 6pm

Meditation is a universal practice with origins dating thousands of years before the advent of today's civilization, surviving unchanged as it has passed from generation to generation.

Many people come to the practice of meditation because they feel unfulfilled and empty, with stress and inner restlessness playing a much larger part in their lives than they would like. They may be unsure of what meditation can do, but know it promises relief from the high intensity and fast pace of modern life. Meditation gives relief and much more. It teaches us that there is a power within each one of us, a peace and a wisdom which we can tap into once we know it is available. This power inspires, reinforces and gives strength to those who seek to grow in a positive direction.

The centre offers free group meditation on a drop-in basis, allowing everyone to benefit from the shared experience of practising meditation. There is 30 minutes of silent meditation, 30 minutes of mantra chanting and a 30 minutes talk on the philosophy of yoga. Meditation in a group is a profound experience. The communal practice of mantra chanting opens the heart and generates harmony and divine love. Open to all, prior experience with meditation is not necessary.

Group Meditation

Satsangs

 

14 July at 7.30pm
Mahasamadhi of Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda left his body on 14 July 1963 and attained the highest state of consciousness. We celebrate his divine life with a puja accompanied by mantra chanting.

Mahasamadhi of Swami Sivananda

14 August at 8pm
Krishna Jayanti

Krishna is an incarnation of divine love. He symbolises joy and shares his wisdom in the Bhagavad Gita, one of the main yogic scriptures. Krishna is a widely revered divinity, ever engaged in the art of perfect self-surrender.

Krishna Jayanti

25 August at 7.30pm
Ganesha Chaturthi

Ganesha is symbolised as the elephant headed god who represents strength and fortitude, wisdom and perfect control of the senses. Ganesha is invoked to remove obstacles from our path and bestow success in all our undertakings.

Ganesha Chaturthi

8 September at 7.30pm
Birthday of Swami Sivananda

A celebration with chanting and stories on the life of Swami Sivananda, a world-renowned sage and yogi and the inspiration behind the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.

Birthday of Swami Sivananda

21 30 September
Navaratri and Vijaya Dasami

During nine festive days, the Divine Mother is worshipped in the form of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The festival ends on the tenth day, which is the day of victory, Vijaya Dashami, when good triumphs over evil. "Worship of Devi or the Universal Mother gives not only prosperity, but liberation from all bondages. It leads to the attainment of the Self. She will remove all obstacles in the path and lead you safely to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss and make you absolutely free." - Swami Sivananda

Navaratri and Vijaya Dasami

19 October at 7pm
Deepavali

Deepavali denotes the triumph of light over darkness. "All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to the ray of the inner light of the Self. Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the supreme Deepavali, a festival which brings unity and instills charity in the hearts of people." - Swami Sivananda

Deepavali

9 November at 7pm
Mahasamadhi of Swami Vishnudevananda

Swami Vishnudevananda left his body on 9 November 1993 and attained the highest state of consciousness. Swamiji’s mahasamadhi is celebrated with a puja and stories commemorating his life and teachings.

Mahasamadhi of Swami Vishnudevananda

31 December
Birthday of Swami Vishnudevananda

While welcoming the New Year, we celebrate Swami Vishnudevananda’s birthday at midnight and share the joy of being part of his World Peace Mission.

Birthday of Swami Vishnudevananda
 
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