“B” is for Bhakti-Yoga and Kirtan

“B” is for Bhakti-Yoga and Kirtan

This is a recurring feature that will profile a different club for every letter of the alphabet. 

Instead of focusing on stretching different muscles within the body, the recently founded Bhakti-Yoga and Kirtan club focuses on stretching the development of the soul.

“Throughout our lives we are very hard pressed to find organizations that discuss the needs of the soul and how to fulfill them. We are here to fulfill this need,” said Ian Walsh, junior and founder of the club.

He addressed the issue of the lack of spirituality in campus organizations, and how the material needs of the body are often emphasized, leaving the soul overlooked.

“We must first understand that we are the soul and not these material bodies… Taking care of ourselves as spirit souls is important because the soul is ‘sat,’ eternal, and the body is ‘asat,’ temporary,” Walsh said.

Distinguishing eternal and temporary relationships helps students understand the importance of taking care of and healing the soul.

“Happiness in regards to the body is temporary, while the happiness of the soul is eternal,” Walsh said.  “Taking care of the body without taking care of the soul is like polishing the cage without feeding the bird inside.”

Because eternal relationships don’t end, it is important for students to acknowledge them and work to figure out who they are. Each club meeting consists of 20 minutes of chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra (or Kirtan) followed by reading and discussion of “Bhagavad Gita As It Is.” “The Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is a transcendental sound vibration which reminds us of our eternal identities as individual souls and our eternal relationship with the Supreme Person, Krishna,” Walsh said.

The Bhakti-Yoga and Kirtan Club’s upcoming meetings will take place in the Brink Room from  2:00-3:15 p.m. on March 12 and 19.

Check out the other editions in this series:

A is for ASBSU

Patricia Bowen
Patricia Bowen is a creative writing student extraordinaire at Boise State University. Her unpaid internship experience is immense and includes a summer internship with Semilla Nueva, and a semester internship with abstract artist Robin Richardson. Currently Patricia works as Assistant Cultural Editor for the Arbiter. While she continues into her sophomore year of college she plans to play more ukulele, give herself more bad haircuts, and cook a slur of vegan recipes.