What is Kirtan?

Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 500 years to India. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion) and has the power to open the heart. The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping and dancing. You will not be able to resist the urge to join in! In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy. (Sharing this beautiful/simple explanation from friends at www.gauravani.com)

 

Mantra Meanings

Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram Sita Ram Sita Ram

Translation: Sri: Resplendent, glorious, revered; Jai: Victory; Ram: Spirit/Lord as light, strength, and virtue (masculine); Sita: Spirit/Lord as light, strength, and virtue (feminine)
Meaning: May the Lord as Light and virtue that dwells in my heart be victorious over all (internal and external) obstacles and difficulty. May the positive and transforming vision of the Divine in my heart lead to the fulfillment of divine will.

Namah, Namo Shiva, Shivaya
Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya, Om Namah Shivaya

Meaning: “I bow to Shiva.” Siva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all. Siva is the name of your true identity- your Self. In this mantra the chanter (one who repeats the mantra) bows to Siva- his true Self.

Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murare Hey Natha Narayana Vasudeva

Meaning: All are names of Krisna (Divine being: this is personal, and can be God, Jesus, Angel, Divine Light, Love, Universe, Self whatever resonates with you!) I World Chant Medley

Om mani padme hum

Meaning: May the jewel in the lotus shine forth to unite us all Shalom, Salam, Shanti – Peace

Loka Samasta Suhkino Bhavantu

Meaning: May all beings including myself be happy and free

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