Kirtan—What's in it for you?
Kirtan is Sanskrit for “glorifying, chanting, describing the glories of the Lord”— either in the form of prayers (vandanam) or by simply speaking or singing God’s names.
God has many names (in many different languages), so kirtan may sound different from country to country. But the essence is always the same: anyone who connects with God through sound gets the greatest spiritual benefit:
"My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom."(Bhagavatam 12.2.51)
Harinama sankirtan, or "complete chanting of the names of Hari" is the popular call-and-response style of group kirtan, which often includes musical instruments and dancing.
We highly recommend kirtan—it's good for you, and for everyone else. Probably the best thing you could do with your time. But what's Krishna's opinion?
"Always chanting My glories . . .such great souls perpetually worship me with devotion."
"In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Krishna."
As you listen to some of our latest collections of kirtans, you may find yourself singing along.
Good for you.