Group mantra chanting and its more musical form, kirtan, are a daily part of Ashram life. As Swami Nishchalananda says: "The act of creating sound or music and becoming absorbed in its vibrations has a profound and beneficial effect on the mind and emotions as well as on the body. Tensions and anxieties are soothed away, one can feel the joy welling up from within and there can be an awakening of Awareness..."
In addition to being a regular part of the Ashram rhythm, and an enjoyable part of all our residential retreats, we now host online Kirtans via Zoom to share this beautiful practice live from the Ashram to wherever you are in the world.
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"In Kirtan, we sit together for a period of time and chant mantras. Tensions and worries evaporate almost in the time it takes to chant the first few lines. This is one of the most enjoyable and transformative ways of using mantras.
The lead singer begins the chant which the rest of the group repeats in the same rhythm. A mantra usually continues for about five minutes.
Anyone who has been to the Ashram will know the potency of chanting mantras in a group and the joy that it brings. The whole atmosphere is charged with positive vibrant energy.
It is imposible to describe Kirtan. It has to be experienced for oneself. It is very transformative and probably the best introduction to mantra and Mantra Yoga."
- From Mantra Yoga and Ashram Chants, by Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati