Meditation made easy
Kirtan is mantra meditation as song. Mantra or spiritual sound is invested with the potency to awaken our true nature and nurture spiritual emotion. The Sanskrit word man means mind, while tra means to free or to protect. Mantra meditation relieves our mind of fear and anxiety, and opens the heart to reveal our spiritual nature of eternity and bliss.
The practice of kirtan involves singing sacred mantras to the accompaniment of musical instruments. Generally, the mantras are sung in a repetitive call-and-response style, where the leader sings a mantra and the audience chants in response. Thus, kirtan includes the audience in the performance.
Kirtan is a culture where people can share meditation in a joint spiritual experience. This practice of repetitive prayer is present in varied forms within most spiritual traditions in the world, although the yoga tradition of India generally gives more emphasis to it as a specific discipline. Often kirtan begins with all the participants sitting meditatively, but ends with joyous dancing as kirtan awakens the natural joy of the soul.
Kirtan doesn’t require any musical abilities on our side. The most important part of us which needs to be present in the practice is our heart.