Why Sing Kirtan?

 February 13, 2009
Posted by Kitzie

I was reading the liner notes from “Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga” by Krishna Das, and I was struck by how eloquently Krishna Das describes why he sings kirtan.  I’d like to share it with you all:

. . . I don’t know how it all happened, but I just kept on singing—giving it my best shot—trying to enter more deeply into the “Presence” every time I sit down to sing, and trying to share the love and the space with anyone who is interested.  I am so grateful to all the folks who come to chant with me because I feel that you are all there to help me find my way back “in”, just as I am there to sing with you.  We are all singing to our Self and we help each other by joining together with the common desire to enter more deeply in the heart; to turn toward the One that lives inside of us in whom we live.  No matter what is happening outside, we can repeat the Name, we can sing the Name.”

That describes my experience pretty well.  During kirtan I feel at One with the others who are singing with me, and with the souls who made the recording.  We are all helping each other to remember who we are, to find our way back “in” to the One within us all.

Ahh, can’t wait until Sunday’s satsang.  Namaste.

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