Went to the weekly (Thu. evening) fire ceremony and chanting and kirtan (devotional singing) at the Yoga Society of San Francisco (YSSF at 25th and Folsom). Got a little jarred by the westernized pronounciation of Sanskrit words. Also, parts of what was going on seemed a little irrelevant for some reason…maybe because I am an atheist but highly spiritual and more inclined towards exploring non-duality.
It was an interesting experience which took me back to my childhood days. It reminded me of my grandmom playing the harmonium and all the prayers and rituals I participated in and I’m so glad I was able to experience all that while growing up. My grandmom was part of a “bhajani mandal” (a bhajan is a devotional song and a mandal is a group) and they used to have the weekly sessions in different people’s homes. Now that I think of it, it was a great combination of socialization and spirituality and a nice way for people to spend time together, stay connected and practice their faith.
All in all a very peaceful experience that left me relaxed. I recommend it.