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The Yoga Research Foundation invites you to the Miami ashram of our beloved Guru, Sri Swami Jyotirmayananda, for a stimulating evening for the mind, body, and soul as we celebrate Krishna Janmashtami on Sunday, August 12th 2018. We welcome all to an evening of festivities including a wonderful vegetarian dinner, delightful kirtan, and the main course of the evening, the nourishing spiritual discourse served by Swamiji. Please join us for this special event as we celebrate the birth of one of the most beloved incarnations in the pantheon of the Self, Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

Adored by millions around the world, Bhagavan Krishna is considered a Purna Avatara or complete Divine manifestation. The “Enchanter of All Hearts,” he represents the fullness of Divine splendor arising from a perfected personality. His life has been elaborately depicted in the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, and the voluminous epic, the Mahabharata. The universal teachings of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita have also proceeded from this Divine manifestation.

The stories of Sri Krishna are filled with the expressions of Divine Love, spiritual wisdom, dynamic service of mankind, and the boundless power and glory of the Spirit. Every aspect of his life abounds with allegorical symbolism that holds profound insight for aspirants on the spiritual path. Here is a little peek into the pearls of wisdom that you can be sure to expect from Swamiji during this upcoming festivity on Sunday. The following is an excerpt taken from Swamiji’s book – The Glory of Lord Krishna – Mysticism of the Srimad Bhagavatam:

This portion of Srimad Bhagavatam that describes the rasa leela or dance of Krishna with the gopis is one of the most poetic portrayals of divine communion to be found in bhakti (devotional) literature. It is an attempt to express in words and images the highest bliss, bhuma, that a devotee experiences. This magnificent painting of a wondrous dance in the forest of Vrindavana is actually a painting of what occurs within the human heart in the state of divine communion.

Your chitta (heart or deep unconscious) becomes clear as the autumn sky. The mind, free of all selfish desires and impurities, shines like the full moon, radiating the beauty of the Self. A deep feeling of divine love surges like the Yamuna River. At that moment of perfection, the melody of eternity that vibrates from the flute of Krishna or the Divine Self within can be heard with total clarity. Then all your divine sentiments, represented by the gopis, flow to the Divine Self – the embodiment of love and bliss – in a thrilling dance of divine communion.

If you enjoyed this appetizer of the allegorical significance of Lord Krishna and the events in his life, then please join us for the main course on Sunday. We certainly look forward to seeing all in attendance. May the Divine Light of Lord Krishna radiate its Splendor upon all!

OM Tat Sat


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