Kirtan is a very powerful form of meditation. Kirtan is the hearing and chanting of transcendental sound vibrations, or Mantras, generally accompanied by musical instruments. If you find it hard to meditate -come to Kritan. One of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world, the Kirtan chanting 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.
By repeating simple mantras over and over, faster and faster, the Kirtan is an easy way for people to experience the inner silence of meditation. And while it is true that we can sing these chants in the privacy of our own home, you get a different feeling when you turn on to magic of chanting live with musicians and thousands of individuals -from children to seniors-all joining their energy to the chant. Most People have stated that they feel "buzzed" for days following such a chanting experience.
Activate the Divine Spirit
What is the "buzz" of Kirtan? The Kirtan experience is not just about the music itself. Yes we all feel the experience of musical vibration. When we are listening to music we resonate at different frequencies, and these frequencies change according to what we are listening too. 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.
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.
Typically, the songs can last for 20-30 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. The powerful healing and transformational energies of these chants can help to reconnect us to the Ever-Present and Eternal Being that lies within us all. All the mantras, melodies, and instruments of kirtan are designed to lead us toward this meditative state.