Kirtan, what is it and why should look forward to practicing it?

kirtan_group_scottlandshantiIn the Hindu society, there are many ancient practices which are applied in the modern settings for holistic healing and also an alternative medicine. Kirtan is also one of such practices and for your information; the practice is very popular and is practiced by many people throughout the world. In Sanskrit, Kirtan is a word which can loosely translate as the “practice of reciting, narrating, describing or telling an idea about a story.” In a religious context, Kirtan is applied for the intentions of gaining some form healing. An individual performing Kirtan is referred to as a kirtankar, and the performance of this religious tune is usually accompanied by the use of popular musical instruments such as the veena, tabla, flute and the harmonium. The melodies from these songs and the accompanying storytelling aspect of Kirtan do evoke positive emotions from the participants, and this is seen as what brings out the healing aspect.

From the melodies, it is possible to create a holistic healing channel which gives way to the negative emotional feelings to escape the person performing the Kirtan. Consequently, all that is left is a mind free from thoughts which would otherwise lead to negative emotions, and that is how the healing devotion of Kirtan arrives. Many persons who tried this rite have found it to be very interesting. Reason being is that is possible to accompany the storytelling aspect with some acting which can cover mythical, religious on social causes. The meaning here is that Kirtan can be applied to many issues that affect many people in the society and lead to awareness among the people performing the rite. The recitations of storytelling concept in Kirtan can follow a dialogue-style as seen in dramas, and with this, Kirtan is an exceptional religious ritual since it eliminates chances of being bored as it is with many other meditation rituals.

In many societies all over the world, music forms an integral part of people’s day to day living. Consequently, a new wave of debate has been emerging whether it can be right to classify the many hymns from different communities from various parts of the world as forms of Kirtan. Perhaps it would be difficult to give a precise response to these kinds of questions. However, one thing for sure is that Kirtan is distinct from other religious hymns given it is performed in a unique way and has an ancient root which makes it further different. Describing Kirtan in a special way is that its performers do direct the hymn glorifications to Krishna, a Hindu deity, for the intentions of having positive energy flowing onto the Kirtan performers, removing life path obstacles and reinforcing the center being of human life.

Benefiting from the holistic healing power of the Kirtan recitations require total devotion. Participants are required to be present both in the mind as well as with their physical presence. Through this kind of mental immersion, the Kirtan songs and recitations will take their actions and transform and individual’s mind, energy and spirit in a healing manner. Anybody may participate in this form of meditation as Kirtan always aims at bringing people together for the common good of achieving wellness. Men and women of any age can take part in the energy-filled recitations, and some change is always guaranteed provided enough devotion is there. From this, we can learn that Kirtan chants are recommended for persons who may be having a difficult time going through some things in their lives. Still, it is okay for anyone to participate in Kirtan chants as the final objective is always to elevate an individual’s wellbeing.

It has been over 500 years since Kirtan made its way out of India to other parts of the world. Its universal application means that many cultures all over the world are embracing the meditation strings of Kirtan have proven successful in bring people together and glorifying them with positive energy. In Judaism culture, Kirtan too has found its way, and its many elements can be felt in the Hebrew language. Many prayer chants in Hebrew do take Kirtan forms of recitations, and the outcome is that people find it more captivating to connect with their inner soul. The same also applies when making religious musical chants in Judaism. Strings of music, clapping and the devotional dancing as seen in the Kirtan performers is evident in any Hebrew religious activity. Kirtan in Hebrew is seen as a glorified way to welcome people to sing and recognize the presence in a powerful way which in the end ensures that anybody present gets to be positively transformed.

Getting healed from any meditation rite requires extensive immersion. Kirtan is no exception. However, the good aspect about is that it is fun to participate in Kirtan chants, and recitations and one thing for sure are that a person will feel transformed. It is also very simple to practice. Any movements involved are not in any mystic, and in case you don’t get the chants right, mumbling is still allowed and is very okay. Other meditation rites are limiting in that they can limit your participation. Kirtan is different. You can get your friends or family and participate in performing the rite as much as you would wish. If you want a meditation form that can calm your mind in an energetic way, then you should better opt to Kirtan citations as they are magical in their holistic healing.

Many people all over the world are inquiring and embracing Kirtan. The urge to join it is just irresistible and the reason for this is that it delivers on its promised holistic healing. The sounds from the chants, musical strings, clapping, dancing, and the many activities involved invoke a mysterious feeling that brings different people together and makes them forget about the bad things that may be happening in their lives. If you are planning to free your life from all the distractions and personally feel better, that is possible provided you follow the magical musical strings of the Kirtan recitations.

Now, what happens when you mix Hebrew and Judaism with Kirtan, you get something like the “Kirtan Rabbi“, as shown in this video below: