Fire ceremony and kirtan at YSSF

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.

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About Ra

Software Engineer (worked in corporations to healthcare start-ups), Geek, Musician, Artist, Fellow Human - living in the covergence space of healthcare, software, interaction design, the quantified self and genetics, music and spirituality
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