Kirtan, by definition call-and-response singing of devotional songs or mantras, has a rich and multifaceted Indian devotional history and is practiced within various secular music and community venues.
Kirtan & Mindfulness Practice ~ Alys
Chanting (Kirtan) is a part of the path of Devotional Yoga. God or Guru is an endless ocean of love, truth and presence. First we may hear the distant roar of the crashing waves of the ocean and we're drawn to that sound.
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Krishna Das on Why We Chant
“The way I sing, I try to let the mantra do the work.
I simply pay attention to the prayer and repeat it with as much of my being as I can. I don’t try to manipulate emotions, I don’t try to manufacture any kind of feeling at all, it naturally arises. My understanding is that these mantras, these names, come from within us, they come from that place within that is deeper than the mind, deeper than thoughts, deeper than emotions. So, by turning our attention in that direction toward our soul, we move deeply into our true nature.” – Krishna Das
Narayani and Mat Baker are a husband and wife team, who share a love and a passion for devotional music, kirtan and the practice of Bhakti Yoga. They travel throughout the UK and Europe offering their music and voice workshops wherever they are invited. Narayani is known for her powerful devotional singing and for facilitating voice work that opens the heart and encourages our highest expression. Mat is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. He brings a gentle, transformational quality with his soulful voice and powerful percussion and Bouzouki (like a mandolin) playing. www.youtube.com/watch?