One of the best moments at Dharma Mittra training was Kirtan with Krishna Das. If you do Bikram you might not have heard of or done Kirtan before, so this is a little bit about it, from Krisha Das’s website. Chanting (Kirtan) is a part of Devotional Yoga.
The following is an excerpt from ‘Pilgrim of the Heart’ audio series by Krishna Das:
The words of these chants are called the divine names and they come from a place that’s deeper than our hearts and our thoughts, deeper than the mind. And so as we sing them they turn us towards ourselves, into ourselves. They bring us in, and as we offer ourselves into the experience, the experience changes us. These chants have no meaning other than the experience that we have by doing them. They come from the Hindu tradition, but it’s not about being a Hindu, or believing anything in advance. It’s just about doing it, and experiencing. Nothing to join, you just sit down and sing.”
Satsang is where people gather together to remember, to turn within and find their own inner path to the One. When we gather together to sing like this we are helping each other find our own paths. We all must travel this path by ourselves because each of us is our own path. All these paths wander on in their own way, but in truth we are all travelling together and until the last of us arrives we will all keep travelling. So let’s sing!