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3355 Richmond Road
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|Evening Kirtan||as above||Fri, May 9, 8:00pm||$20 in advance
$25 at the door
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|Chanting Workshop||as above||Sat, May 10, 1:00pm||$40||as above|
|Atma Center Kirtan||2319 Lee Road
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19537 Lake Rd
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WHAT IS KIRTAN?
by Frank Barnett
Kirtan is a call-and-response singing of mantras. It is an exchange of energy between people. Simply put, a leader chants the Sanskrit mantras line by line and the group sings them back. The energy builds, and the tempo naturally increases.
Is it Yoga?
Kirtan is a yoga practice. It is used in these three overlapping paths:
Bhakti Yoga, often called the yoga of devotion, Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound vibrations and their effects, and Mantra Yoga. Mantra literally means "the force which liberates the mind".
Managing the Emotions
Swami Niranjan Saraswati has taught that Bhakti Yoga is a science of managing the emotions. Kirtan singing is a profound way of releasing and purifying one's emotional energy field.
What Makes a "Good" Kirtan?
Rhythm is important in Kirtan, but a good singing voice is not necessary! Kirtan singing should come from the heart, and should never feel contrived. It is not a performance! Like all other yoga practices, Kirtan is meant to bring body and mind into balance. Immersing ourselves into joyous singing lifts the spirits and releases tensions.
What Do the Mantras Mean?
Although the Sanskrit mantras are poems of praise to Gods and Goddesses, remember that Kirtan is not a religious practice. In Yoga philosophy, these dieties represent various aspects of consciousness. And, for the religiously inclined, there is no conflict, because since God is all, God is also consciousness!
Another aspect of Sanskrit mantras is their pure vibrational quality and the positive influence that these sounds have on the body-mind. So, it is not necessary to know the meaning of the words, only to enjoy and experience the uplifting effect of the vibrations.
Here are some great Kirtan links:
Benjy & Heather Wertheimer
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