By ISKCON-London Communications
A six-hour marathon for peace was hosted in London on Sunday 31st July 2016 by the Hare Krishna movement, in response to the recent senseless killings and mindless atrocities of innocent people across the world.
Five hundred people participated in the Chant for Peace event aboard a boat on the River Thames. The event featured six hours of melodious chanting of the famous Hare Krishna mantra (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare). Guest singers including the Grammy nominated kirtan artist Jahnavi Harrison led the soulful chant.
The chanting of a mantra is a form of meditation and can help to heal both the heart and mind, providing solace in difficult times. The Hare Krishna mantra itself is a calling to God and a prayer for peace.
Temple President of the ISKCON centre in London, Jai Nitai dasa, shares his views: “The news of the recent atrocities happening across the globe have shaken our world. The Chant for Peace was a way for us all to come together and show that we stand united against hate, and offer prayers for those who have lost their lives.”
This year marks 50 years of the Hare Krishna movement in the West launched as International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), although its founding philosophy is traced back to ancient Indian scriptures written some 5,000 years ago.
The founder of the movement, Swami Prabhupada made the journey from India to the USA to share the ancient teachings of the Vedas. The movement quickly gained immense popularity in the 60s, attracting the inspired attention of famous figures such as George Harrison of the Beatle fame and the poet Allen Ginsberg.
Globally there are now over five hundred ISKCON temples. Swami Prabhupada’s teachings and texts have been translated into 85 languages and are studied in schools and universities worldwide.
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