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Ahimsa festivals are the coming together and co-creating of YOU the community and some of the best yoga teachers, healers, yogi rappers, yogis, musicians, rappers and spoken word artists locally and internationally.

FAQ's

What does ahimsa mean ?

Some say if you master Ahimsa there is no further spiritual work to be done.

Ahimsa means non-harmfulness (harmlessness), to not wish harm to any living creature — not even to any lifeless object.

This doesn’t mean to not harm or kill, which can sometimes be inevitable, such as when one eats meat or even plants, or accidentally steps on bugs. Ahimsa is about the intent, rather than the action itself. It is an attitude of universal benevolence.(1)

Ahimsa is the first of the Yamas {things one should do}. Patanjali says that once ahimsa is mastered, even wild animals and ferocious criminals will become tame and harmless in our presence.

Ahimsa, rightly understood, is the ultimate weapon; it turns one’s enemy into a friend, thereby banishing the possibility of further conflict. In the practice of yoga, it is important to understand that the same life flows in the veins of all creatures.

What Patanjali referred to, essentially, was the attitude of the mind, rather than the literal acts of the body. It is one’s attitude that can either lead him toward liberation, or hold him in greater bondage. An attitude of harmlessness (and its corollary, a feeling of universal benevolence) is what is meant by ahimsa. It is not possible in any case kill anyone: The soul is immortal. What is possible, however, by wishing harm to another living being, is develop a consciousness of death, which causes harm to the perpetrator.

The principle of ahimsa must be understood in subtle ways, not only in gross. To harm anyone in the slightest way, even by disrespect, will harm the person doing the action as well as the one receiving it. The perfect practice of ahimsa, then, is very rare. For though not many people would actually kill their fellows, it is common to find people slashing at one another with angry words, or with contemptuous glances

What is Yoga ?

Yoga means ‘union’ or ‘connection’. In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ is used to signify any form of connection. Yoga is both a state of connection and a body of techniques that allow us to connect to anything.

Conscious connection to something allows us to feel and experience that thing, person, or experience. The experience of connection is a state of yoga, a joyful and blissful, fulfilling experience.

Awareness is the secret of yoga.

WHY ALCOHOL FREE ?

One i stopped drinking i was able to see how prominent it is in our society and it is in  our culture. Our mission is to offer an alternative way to party,connect, link and build that isn’t fuelled by alcohol. Instead we have an elixir bar a bar of natural elixirs non alcoholic that get you high and happy and feel alive. I believe its a lack of option in our society that encourages a night out to be only fuelled by alcohol, with this new wave of alternative partying, it gives people a chance to feel what its like to get just as high off our own supply, of vital force, prana, chi, natural herbs and love.

Why Hip Hop and Yoga ?

Hip hop and Yoga are from the same roots as yogis understand the elements of the universe that make up our body and the universe, these elements are also the components of hip hop. EARTH  WATER  FIRE AIR AND EITHER OR SPACE. DANCIN or BREAK DANCIN. EMCEEIN. GRAFFITIN. MIXIN

We can also begin or remember to see that hip hop expression aligns perfectly and can be understood by the qualities in each of the chakras.

So Ahimsa Festival is simply an accumulation and expression of the energies from each of the  chakras or energy centres in the body ..

First chakra – Mūlādhāra Chakra

Mūla = Root, Origin, Essence

Ādhāra = Basis, Foundation

Just as the womb of the mother creates the basic requirement for the growth of the embryo, the Mūlādhāra Chakra forms the basis and the starting point for our spiritual development. It is the foundation from which we climb the ladder of the Chakras; the root from which we receive the nourishment for our spiritual development. For this reason, and because it lies at the lowest point of the spinal column below the Coccyx, it also bears the name “Root Chakra”.

Second Chakra – Svadhishthāna Chakra

Svā = Self

Adhishthāna = seat, residence

The Svādhishthāna Chakra lies about three centimetres above the Mūlādhāra Chakra between the coccyx and the sacrum. It marks the second stage of human evolvement. In earlier periods of evolvement the seat of the Kundalinī Shakti was located in this Chakra, but in Kali Yuga , our present age, spiritual energy has sunk down into the Mūlādhāra Chakra – into unconsciousness – because of the rampant materialism and egoistic behaviour of humans.

The colour of the Svādhishthāna Chakra is ORANGE, the colour of fire. This colour symbolises purification, activity, joy, hope and self-confidence, and shows that the energy of the Svādhishthāna Chakra has become active.

Third Chakra – Manipūra Chakra

Mani = pearl, jewel Pūra = place, city

After we have passed through the levels of unconscious and subconscious – the Mūlādhāra Chakra and the Svādishthāna Chakra – our consciousness reaches the third level, the Manipūra Chakra. With the realisation of the Manipūra Chakra the aspirant has reached an important stage on the spiritual path. For once the consciousness has unfolded in the Manipūra Chakra there is a greater likelihood that – under the guidance of a Realised Master – one can attain the goal of Supreme Consciousness in this lifetime. At the Manipūra Chakra more than of half the journey towards realisation has already been completed.

Fourth Chakra – Anāhata Chakra

Anāhata Nāda = unlimited, infinite sound

The Anāhata Chakra is one of the most beautiful and richest Chakras, and invites us to dwell longer in its inexhaustible treasures of delightful feelings and experiences. It is located in the region of the heart, in the centre of the chest, and this is why it is also known as the Heart Centre. And it is not without reason that the heart is regarded as the symbol of love, for the Anāhata Chakra is the seat of love.

Just as love is infinite, so also is the Anāhata Chakra. And the extent of the radiance of the Anāhata Chakra depends upon the depths of our relationships. When our heart opens to divine love, our love becomes infinite. We find numerous sayings in general use about the boundless nature of the Anāhata Chakra: “To have a big heart”, “a heart as deep as the ocean” and “to have a place in the heart for everyone”.

Saying “I love you and always think about you” with the intellect only are merely empty words. To really send loving feelings to someone we must open the Heart Chakra and allow love and light to radiate from our inner Self.The heart chakra Anahata the creative energy of expressing our creativity in a unstruck way of unconditional love expression of art through movement, drawing, writing beyond competition beyond likes and dislikes beyond being good or bad at something free will.

Fifth Chakra – Vishuddhi Chakra

Visha = impurity, poison Shuddhi = purification

The Vishuddhi Chakra is located in the vicinity of the Larynx – and is therefore also known as the Throat Chakra. It is a centre of physical and spiritual purification. A story from the Purānas clearly illustrates the immense purificatory power of the Vishuddhi Chakra:

Sixth Chakra – Āgyā Chakra

Āgyā = Command, Knowledge, Wisdom

In the Āgyā Chakra the development of our wisdom and humanity is completed and we reach the bridge to Divine Consciousness. It is located at the upper end of the spinal column, at the point of transition from the spine to the brain. Its radiation is, however, primarily perceptible in the centre of the forehead between the eyebrows. Therefore, it is also known as the “Eyebrow Centre” or “Third Eye”.

Seventh Chakra – Sahasrāra Chakra

Sahasrāra = thousand, infinite

The Sahasrāra Chakra is located on the crown of the head beneath the Fontanelle, which is easily visible in a new-born child. It is also known as the Thousand-petalled Lotus, Brahmrandhra (door to Brahma) and Source of Light (because a supernatural light as bright as the sun radiates from it).

No other light approaches the brilliance of the sun.

WHY HIP HOP AND WHERE DID HIP HOP STEM FROM ?

By Krs One

Hip hop is not just a culture it is a new civilisation, it is the first thing people do when they come into existence …

Break Dancin B Boyin

Emceein beatboxing

Deejay

Graffin

Mixin or Scratchin

Breaking is dance, the earliest form of communication anywhere, is dance. Move according to nature move according to the fish, the lions the trees. This is what early civilisations did..

Any time a group of people come together for the same thing its called culture.

Hip hop is not a culture though it is a civilisation.

First thing humans do is dance second thing humans do is utter also known as Emceein or beatboxin..

This is before language before organised language ‘ah’ ‘da’ ‘yo’ that. Sociologist only know rap which is the commercial version of hip hop. There knowledges small not ours.

M.C spelt Emceein we purposely drop the G off these words not for slang but because we are talking about the elements.

The reason we spell it like that is because these are expressions of our elements. Now most people see hip hop as just some black kids dancing but thats their prejudice.. We call our expression the elements…

How about “gang signs’ well these can also be called Mudras, Mudras were and are a powerful way of communicating in silence. Sign language was the first language before human beings could speak.

Graffiti art nowadays we call  graffiti but anywhere you go in the world graffiti art is the oldest art in the world. 32,000 years ago there was graffiti on the walls of hands or of silhouettes of THE ancient civilisations bodies.

What is graffiti,? my self expression in art. Guess how they made the art? Berry juice in the mouth they blew it {like a spray can}on the wall. They didn’t pick up a pen and write this stuff …..nooooo they put juice in their mouths and would spit it. This is known science its science all over the world, the earliest writing in the world is graffiti. Its called graffiti by archaeologist, anthropologists. We have been indoctrinated to write with a pen at a desk with paper, no human will naturally go and do this.. Little kids will turn to a rock, a wall to write on.

The first thing they are going to write is their name {a tag}.

It doesn’t matter what sociologist think we have higher knowledge.

Now the last thing Deejayin, cuttin, scratchin, mixin. What the human does to the technology is deejayin. Now look at these qualities of early humans

1. Dancin

2. Utterin or emceein

3. Graffiti art

4. Cutting mixing scratching, now scratching will give you fire, cutting through the trees or your food for the night up. Mixing the blend these that aren’t suppose to blend.. This is early human psychology to take this and make it match with this. How do you do that? its called higher intelligence.

Now hip hop history is not written down because people think hip hop is rap music, rap is a music genre hip hop is a civilisation. But where rap comes from what causes you to rap is called hip hop.

That is a behaviour thats not just music. The ancient way to be that this society this society that kills people that invades nations will never let you know this truth about yourself. This is not just black americans this is world wide all people on the planet are hip hop.

All of them every last one, some know it and some don’t know it, thats the only difference.

Hip Hop is beyond culture its the first civilisation on earth…Come now to legal whats a culture? a culture is any time a group of people declare themselves as a culture.

Now forget the scientist for get the sociologist forget everything how can someone outside of you what you are or are not… thats so racist so ignorant so prejudice and this is what hip hop is being confronted with.

Im telling you I’m hip hop and all your suppose to do is go “AH HA” What opinion do you have, if I’m going to say I’m hip hop your going to say I’m not????

Its exactly the same as a greek woman going “I’m Greek’ and you going “no your not”…

Imagine you said “im a doctor, I’m a lawyer I’m a chef” and someone said “no your not’ what right do they have, the only right for someone to say your not what you say you are is if your not being it.

“I am hip hop its you that has to prove I’m not not me i am hip hop”….

Now lets talk Legal in 1991 we took hip hop to the united nations and declared it a culture, our event is well documented we went to the U.N the U.N accepted us they declared hip hop is a world culture. We went to the U.N to accept that hip hop is a world culture i was there, we signed something called the hip hop declaration of peace which the U.N now has.. .

If these sociologist don’t have enough education that is there problem but hip hop is a global culture.

SYMBOLISM OF A BEAT- OF SOUND…..

There is a  story of Yogananda waking everybody up at his ashram in LA beating a drum… and he “said you have to learn to love the the drum.. it awakens the kundalini at the base of the spine”

Hip hop has a prominent beat that can be expressed as the beat of the heart the beat of a drum the beat of the earth …..

So hip hop or any music that combines the beat…. as an emphasis is connecting us with our hearts the unstuck sound of a drum.

‘Indigenous cultures support the belief that the universe was brought into existence through sound. The Australian Aborigines believe in “Songlines,” meaning the “Way of the Law,” which sang the world, and everything in it, into existence. Native American traditions speak of the “Song of the Creator” that created life and sustains the universe. The Book of the Hopi (Native American spirituality), the first revelation of the Hopi’s historical and religious world-view of life, contains a beautiful story of creation. In this “genesis” account, the Song of Creation is the essential Force that brings to life the first humans.’

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TESTIMONIALS

“Ahimsa was unlike anything I’ve ever attended or experienced before! It was like the perfect event for me with all the things I’m most passionate about; music, hip hop, consciousness, spiritual practise, breath and community. It felt like coming home to my people and celebrating together in an uplifting way, being fully present with each other while still getting turnt!! ”

–  Alphamamma

Alphamamma

“Ahimsa Festival was the first time I experienced Health and Wellness, Yoga, Meditation, Sound Healing, Hip Hop and so much more under one Roof! These are the type of vibrations that definitely bring healing to the world! I vote Ahimsa WORLD WIDE! Definitely a very powerful experience for me and I look forward to more VIBES ! ”

– Jon Robinson (science of life )

thejohnrobinsonproject.com

@whoisjr (Instagram + Twitter)

Beatvizion Music / Water the Plants

Jon Robinson

“When we first started talking about Ahimsa festival it was like a dream come true for me, to be able to merge all these amazing facets of anticonformism, yoga, Eastern spirituality, holistic health and activist hip-hop counterculture and redefine what a festival is really meant to be… Being blessed enough to be a creative part of Ahimsa and Newkind Festival with so many legendary artists, activists, yogis and revolutionaries I have always looked up to was beyond description truly… This is without a doubt one of the greatest, most sustainable, aware and uplifting festivals on this planet…”

Kalki of www.Revolt-Motion.com, Sadhu Militia, Ahimsa Hip-Hop, Mutant Akademy, Empty Handed Warriors, Plague Monks, Warrior Type Wizards, Atlantis Army & 11 Hooks Crew

Kalki

“The Spiritual mission of Ahimsa festival is basically the exact same mission I have in my life. I see life as a Spiritual Path, and my music is a part of my Spiritual Path. I use music / chanting/rhyming / mantras / affirmations  as a part of my daily Spiritual practices. Any  music I give  to the world, I try to do so  only with the intent of something positive, Spiritual and Healing and in alignment with the ancient tradition of Spiritual elevation through music. Music is sound energy. And I believe all energy is essentially manifested from the original One   Divine Energy. So that means that music of a certain kind of vibration and good intent has Spiritual Divine energy in it. I am searching for that in my music. Ahimsa festival is bringing people together in the  Spirit of Love, Healing, Yoga and the Spiritual Quest. I need Healing too so I cannot wait to go to the Ahimsa gathering. And I am very thankful for the chance to present my music and message  at this amazing event.”

– Crazy Monk Mysic Disciple

Crazy monk mystic disciple Steve Olsen

“Ahimsa fest is unlike any event I’ve attended. It weaves together highly valuable yoga, healing and self improvement practices with exceptional music primarily rooted in the hip hop tradition. The sadhus and sages of various regions quite often would communicate their most profound messages in rhyme and rap form. The Bhagavad Gita can be read as a rap, along with many other scriptures that have syllables that end on a rhyme. And of course the drum beat has been here since the formation of the Heart.  High quality People who embody this spontaneous spirit of the siddhas, smiling from their soul and celebrating life force gather together to share in this festivity. To be in the presence of each other’s high vibrations while utilizing the various tools being offered during classes gives us a real chance to experience ourselves in a field of Buddhas, Shivas and Shaktis. To party, dance and stay Lit together in spirit is transcendent fun. Ahimsa seems to balance soft and gentle with hardcore and sharp. Every artist or presenter I experienced last Ahimsa was excellent and authentic. I am thrilled To be able to offer my gifts here again and allow my self to be gifted by the event and experience.”

– Illuminati Congo – Jahn Hooks

Illuminati Congo - Jahn Hooks

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