Sacred Chanting with Kirtan Saraswati
Meditation doesn’t come easy for many of us. That’s where Kirtan – an ancient participatory music experience – offers another method to quieting one’s mind. Without the “work” of mentally quieting the mind, Kirtan can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet and stillness.
Kirtan is a form of bhakti (“Bhak-tee”), the yoga of devotion; jnana (“gyah-nah”), the yoga of wisdom; and mantra, the yoga of sound. Mantras are words, phrases, and syllables that are repeated until they become integrated into the chanter’s consciousness. Practitioners of kirtan believe that this sacred, traditional practice allows them to access inner peace, calm, connection, and non-thinking.
All are welcome; no experience necessary.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
A healing mantra for body, mind, and spirit.
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Mrityor Muksiiya Maamritaat
Om Tree am bi kam Ya ja ma heh
Su gun dim push ti Var da nam
Ur vah ru kah mehva bandah nan
Mrit yor mukshi ya mam bri tat
Om Bhur Bhuvah Suvaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo yo Nah Prachodayat
We meditate on the Sun, the radiant source of life.
Let it inspire our thoughts and intentions.
“Kirtan is meditation and if you chant mantra quietly to yourself, even when you do asana, your asana practice will benefit greatly. In this current age of struggle, kirtan is said to be the supreme form of yoga.” -Shyamdas