Chanting to your heart’s content

Kirtan is a group style of call-and-response chanting.  It is a very simple and powerful way to clear your mind and connect yourself to the universal energy.  If you have trouble meditating, you could try this as another technique to calm the “monkey mind”.  Being part of a group allows you to let go of your fear of singing (if you have one!) and just sit in the vibrations caused by all the voices.  The person leading the kirtan will normally choose a Sanskrit mantra to chant, such as Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (translation: May all living beings be happy and free and may the thoughts and actions of my own life contribute in some small way to the happiness and freedom for all).  A beautiful mantra on which to meditate during a kirtan.

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