As we are studying the power of the voice this month, I thought it appropriate to explore some kirtan music this month.
Kiirtan is the singing of a mantra aloud while ideating on the Supreme Being. It inculcates the feeling of bliss and prepares the mind for meditation, because in performing it all the motor and sensory organs are engaged and directed towards the Supreme. It can be done anywhere, any time, but the best time is just before meditation.
Chanting the mantra out loud before meditation is called “kiirtan.” It is extremely beneficial and makes meditation much easier. Its a sort of a halfway step. The mind stays focused only on the mantra, but all the senses are not focused inwardly–we are still singing and listening. It helps slow breathing (through singing), helps fix the mantra in the mind, and on a subtler level, raises the vibration in the room.
Great music for sonic meditation, conscious and ecstatic dance. Allow the music to move you, allow yourself to feel the divine within. If you feel moved to chant along, you can supercharge the benefits of this healing music.