is it like to participate in Kirtan?
Kirtan chanting is
a tool, like meditation or yoga, that helps us enter a meditative space and
open our hearts. Anyone who enjoys the wonderful opening, cleansing vibration
of chanting Om at the beginning and end of many yoga practices might
a little further.
So why does chanting feel so good? Chanting Om or any mantra tunes us
into the frequency of that mantra, and since the sound of Om is the seed
of the universe, when we chant Om we raise our own frequency to that
of the universe
itself. We tap into the infinite creative force of all things.
about this ... if you’ve
been listening to gossip, the news, people complaining about the British weather,
or focusing on your“to do” list
all day, when you sit on your mat at the beginning of yoga class and
chant Om it’s as if you’ve “changed the channel” of
your frequency from all that “chatter” to calm and centered within
a matter of moments.
During a kirtan chanting event, a kirtan “wallah” or leader
chants and the attendees respond. The word “kirtan” means “to
it also means “divine song”. So with kirtan we are repeating
songs of the divine that provide.
These divine songs or chants are sometimes in English but more often
in the vibrational languages of Sanskrit and Gurmukhi. Vibrational
super important because by reciting them we unlock the state of consciousness
the sage or yogi was feeling when that chant was born and the subtle
connections that are present in each letter and syllable of the Sanskrit
alphabet. Each chant or mantra is like a pathway that leads us to a state
of consciousness that
can help us deal with change or navigate difficult situations in our lives.
Here’s an example: Ganesh is the elephant headed diety who represents
the ability to overcomes obstacles. So by chanting to Ganesh at the
beginning of a kirtan
we are unlocking
the energy within us to clear any obstacles that might inhibit our
experience during the kirtan.
If you’ve never chanted at a kirtan event, or even if you have,
take a moment to think about what it might feel like to be in that
notice what comes up for you.
Now imagine chanting to Ganesh at the beginning of a kirtan, and
knowing that others in the room might feel the same challenges as
projecting your voice out so it supports and blends with those around
sessions are particularly accessible for a western audience as she creates
her own devotional songs, blending traditional sanskrit mantras with
english words that reflect
the meanings and energy of the mantras.
Through repeating the mantra and vibrating together you begin to
feel connected to the others in the room and you find the confidence
the obstacles you feel at the kirtan. You might also find
this energy expanding
into other areas of your life.
In essence, kirtan introduces us to another way to mediate as a
group and connect to the higher collective consciousness. We find
over and over plus we become one with the sound and the vibration
and enter a meditative space together that opens our hearts.
There are many other benefits of chanting so why not join to experience
them for yourself?
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