Kirtan

 

"If you want to find the secrets of the universe,
think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." 
― Nikola Tesla

Life is funny. When I was younger, I saw images of bald men in orange robes singing "Hare Krishna" and thought, "Huh!?" From where I came from in rural Wisconsin, chanting was considered very out there! Sometimes they would close their eyes, move, dance. It was unlike anything I ever saw.

And what did I do last night? Went to kirtan. I find myself making more time to go to kirtan, even traveling an hour or so to participate in one. What is it about kirtan? Kirtan is a devotional chanting, typically done in call and response. It changes you, the process of creating the time to sit and be with other intentional beings. The energy in the room is powerful, elevating everyone. I leave a different person from when I began. I sing from the heart, from the truest part of myself. I offer up my words, my breath. I inhale, I exhale. I take in the Divine, I exhale fear and worry. 

When I sit on the cushion and sing kirtan, there is a pulse, an energy that moves through me. And I understand now why I need this, this opening to a purer vibration. It changes me, leaving behind what I no longer need, and using my voice to honor and celebrate the frequency of the Divine. 

 

keep-calm-and-sing-kirtan.png