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Meditation doesn’t always come easily and that’s where kirtan – an ancient participatory music experience – offers another method. Kirtan can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness. One of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world, the kirtan call-and-response chanting genre comes to us from India. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the kirtan calls upon sacred energies which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the center of our being.
People often say they feel “buzzed” for days following such a chanting experience.
Absorb the Vibrations, Ignite the Spirits
So what gives us that buzz? 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. 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.
If you were only to sit in the room without participating, you would still experience the shift. Something happens-the energy begins to activate the spirit that exists within us all.
It’s the Heart, not the Art!
Although the kirtan involves music, the underlying art of kirtan chanting is not actually about musical ability or training-it is about the heart. Everyone can participate, regardless of age or cultural background.
The purpose of this music is to get us out of our heads and into our hearts. The songs can last for 10, 20, or 30 minutes each with a few moments of silence in between each song so you can soak it all up. The longer songs allow for deeper experience of the effects, and with the simple, repetitive lyrics (it’s a chant, after all!) we really don’t have to think much about the words.
Quiet Your Mind, Feel Your Self!
Kirtan helps the mind become quiet, and when the mind quiets, we can begin to perceive the mystical things, the sacred experiences, that are around us always. In the silence between the songs, when the song stops, you can feel something. That something is you and your connection to the greater whole. That vibration is always within you, that vibration is you. That’s the beauty of chant experience – we can experience and enjoy the vibrations of peace, energy, healing and inspiration that are always within us.