What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is a practice of traditional Indian Devotional Chanting- an enjoyable and simple way to achieve a blissful state of yogic peace and purification. Kirtan, means, “to praise what is exalted,” for to create Divine Relationship. Sanskrit literature tells us that divinity represents Supreme Truth, light and sound, and when sacred sound is coupled with soulful intent, it creates a
- divine emotional condition,
- an insightful state of being called Bhava. Bhava, the
- enlightened devotional mood, not only allows us the ability to taste
- the refined spiritual essence but also
- creates in the practitioner humility and dharma fortitude.
The effects of chanting, or even effortless listening, can be felt immediately. When we engage in kirtan with bhava, the Bliss Being who resides at the core of the mantra is awakened.
When a group of people sing together each mind that usually vibrates within its own independence transforms into a unified field of consciousness. This sense of belongingness is a core human value.
How Kirtan Chants Can Help Heal
Because the ancient Sanskrit lyrics are not familiar to many of us Westerners, these words take us away from the mind’s constant chatter. The powerful healing and transformational energies of these ancient 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.
How Kirtan Chants 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. And that something is you. There is no greater experience than the experience of one’s Self. And that vibration is always within you, that vibration is you. That’s the beauty of any chant experience-with little or no effort we can experience and enjoy the vibrations of peace, energy, healing and inspiration that are always within us.
Breast Cancer Yoga & Kirtan
Breast Cancer Yoga’s long time friends and kirtan duo Benji and Heather Wertheimer also known as Shantala are feature in our Gentle Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery DVD. Take a moment and watch the featured video below.
“Sri is an intoxicating mix of Eastern and Western… a sense of playfulness, devotion and authenticity shines through in each track.”
-Yoga Journal, August 2008
Benjy and Heather Wertheimer lead kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide as the duo Shantala, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. The weaving of Benjy’s Indian classical singing and instrumentation with Heather’s soaring vocals is freshly original and profoundly moving. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.
For more about Benjy Wertheimer, visit www.benjymusic.com