A Taste of KIRTAN! Join Us!
March 12th 7:15-9pm
This will make me feel good? Really?
What Is Kirtan & Chanting?
“Kirtan is for all people. There are no experts, no beginners. The practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. Kirtan allows us to enter into a mystery world-a world where all the logic of our minds, and all of the conditioning are left aside. With Kirtan, we create a temple inside the altar of our hearts, a place of refuge, a place of love, and a place of just being.” -Jai Uttal
This is an instructional Call and Response session! No need to be shy, it isn’t about being a singer! Come observe or join in!
Kirtan us explored in the Sanskrit language. Sound, made up of vibrations, is energy. A Sanskrit Mantra is a mystical energy encased is a sound structure. To release the energy from the sound, we learn to repeat it at a certain rhythm. When you start repeating a Mantra, it creates a specific thought pattern. The energy literally manifests itself.” –
Swami Sivananda “In the olden days, it was easy to sit and meditate because there was nothing to distract you. Now, the moment you close your eyes, there will be ten garbage trucks around. When you walk around, you see so many distractions to feed your senses. Not only is the air polluted, but the entire atmosphere, even the thought forms are polluted—people think in terms of amassing wealth through duping, cheating and mugging. So, it’s very difficult not to get distracted. That is why the easiest practice for this day and age is to repeat the names of God. Chanting doesn’t require a quiet place or a particular kind of dress or a particular type of life. Bhakti Yoga is the easiest practice, because we begin with love. -Swami Satchidananda
So often, our minds are filled with our daily problems and concerns, and it is difficult to remember life’s Higher Purpose. Kirtan music provides a highly effective way to rise above the pettiness of everyday life and to unite our hearts and minds with the Divine.It is said that a person can achieve “Moksha”, liberation from the cycle of birth and death, by remembering God in the final moment of life. To do this, however, one must practice until the Divine
The repetitive nature of chanting causes us to breathe more deeply. Slowly, and more rhythmically. Chant is the breath made audible through sound. It is a vocal meditation. Sound is energy. Vibrations of vocal sounds resonate throughout the body. A clinical psychologist and music therapist, Mark Rider, has recent data showing that chanting reduces stress hormones and increases immune function. It releases muscle tension, reduces heart rate and blood pressure and increases mental clarity; brain waves are altered, evoking states of relaxation.” -Manjula Spears
“Kirtan” is the meditative chanting of ancient mantras enabling us to connect to the divine within.” – Timothy Das By repeating simple mantras over and over, faster and faster, the kirtan is an easy way for people to experience some freedom from the daily chatter of the mind. And while it is true that we can sing these chants in the solitude of our own home, there is nothing like the magic of chanting live with musicians and hundreds of participants-from kids to seniors-all adding their energy to the chant. People often say they feel “buzzed” for days following such a chanting experience. So what gives us that buzz? Something about the kirtan experience goes beyond the music itself, goes to a deeper experience of vibration. We all resonate at different frequencies, and these frequencies change according to what we are doing and thinking. So when we are all doing the same thing- chanting, breathing, and moving to the same rhythms-our vibrations begin to synchronize and the resulting experience is very powerful. The laws of vibration help us out here, because vibrations align themselves to stronger vibrations, so even if you’re having a truly rotten day, it may be difficult to hold onto those feelings during the chant experience. If you were only to sit in the room without participating, the idea is that you could still feel the shift. Something happens-the energy begins to activate the spirit that exists within us all. -Ragani