Bhakti Marga at the Diwali Celebrations, Manchester 2016
The Bhakti Marga UK stand at Manchester’s 2016 Diwali celebrations was situated inside the architecturally impressive Town Hall, directly outside the auditorium where traditional Indian dance and music events were being held. Whilst the audience numbers at the start of the programme were low, as the afternoon progressed, they significantly increased. This gave Kapilesh and David plenty of opportunity to hand out flyers and talk to the visitors about Bhakti Marga and its founder Paramahamsa Vishwanda, who will be coming to the UK in January to give Darshans in London and Manchester.
Although Diwali is a traditional Hindu festival, there were plenty of cultural explorers from all kind of backgrounds, offering Bhakti Marga devotees a wide spectrum of people to talk to. The new banner with Guruji’s fathomless gaze on the white background was a real draw – it was noticed to attract people the most.
One frail elderly gentleman, who could only walk supported by his family members, passed by and was immediately drawn to Guruji’s face. He looked at his face intently, like if there was recognition and a historical connection. His family showed no signs of interest and didn’t stop at the stand, so the man could not speak with us. On the way back past the stand, he again looked at Guruji and you could tell from his expression that something had happened inwardly to him. When his family group stopped nearby, one of our devotees went up to the old man to hand in a flyer, and although no conversation occurred, his face was lit with an unspoken sense of gratitude.
Another man, who turned out to be one of the music performers, walked up to the stand and cast an eye over the books. David asked him if he would like to take something away, but the musician declined, as he already had a spiritual path (buddhism). Initially this man’s interest level was “guarded” and cautious, however, about 20 minutes later, the musician returned and they ended up having an extensive dialogue focused on Guruji and some of the Bhakti Marga teachings. His open enthusiasm was in marked contrast to the first chat. This is the magic of Guruji and there are no closed doors when it comes to unconditional love! Once He shines His beam of light into a person’s heart, it is only a matter of time until it ignites the dormant flame of love and awakens recognition of their connection with Him.