"Kirtan is for all people. There are no experts, no beginners. The practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. Kirtan allows us to enter into a mystery world-a world where all the logic of our minds, all the condition and learning are left outside. And in this mystery, we create a temple inside of our hearts, a place of refuge, a place of love, a place of just being." Jai Uttal
What is a kirtan? It is often defined as the yoga of devotion. Singing is the heart of kirtan, and no one cares what you sound like. It has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. The leader sings a mantra and the audience sings it back. Kirtan has its roots in India and many chants are in Sanskrit but some are in English. The chants are magical and carry you within.
Last night I had the opportunity to see Krishna Das in Garrison, NY. I've seen this amazing man before and I know I will see him again. His devotion takes me to a special place within myself and being in a room filled with hundreds of voices of devotion is inspiring and spectacular. Thank you Krishna Das and so many other kirtan singers I have seen in the past and will be a part of my future.