ASCENDING THROUGH MEDITATIVE ART
ASCENDING THROUGH MEDITATIVE ART (ATMA)
LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Facilitated by: Dina Bandhu das
Ascending Through Meditative Art (ATMA) is a gathering for artists, musicians, writers, and others who seek to cultivate spiritual growth and self-discovery through their creative endeavors. Each program will include musical meditation (kirtan), sonic invocation, and discussion of different spiritual topics found within Vedic teachings that will offer inspiration for new work.
These works in progress can then be shared with the group during future sessions, allowing for valuable feedback, collaboration, community, and deeper exploration of the subjects at hand. In engaging with transcendental knowledge through the creative process, our art becomes a meditation, a catalyst for realization, and a sincere expression of the spiritual self, or atma.
All are warmly invited to share their unique vision and gifts!
Classes are free and open to everyone. Start any time. No RSVP necessary.
Date: Monday, August 26
Topic: Prakṛti / Nature
In Bhagavad-gita, Krishna explains his eight material energies. As we navigate this material world, we are constantly interacting with different combinations and manifestations of these energies. Krishna further states that his superior energy comprises the living entities. In the verses that follow, he poetically shares examples of how he permeates all by both his inferior and superior energies (apara prakrti and para prakrti, respectively).
How do we perceive divine beauty in this world? When does it shine forth, and when is it obscured? How are we inspired or dismayed by what we experience around us day to day? Srila Prabhupada explains that as jivas (living entities), we are tatastha-shakti, situated on the 'margin' between material and spiritual energies. From this position we interact with matter, and often identify ourselves with it, while at the deepest level, we are spirit, and therefore seek out spiritual realization and connection.