Kirtan is the devotional practice of call-and-response chanting which originated in India as part of the Bhakti yoga (devotional path) tradition in Hinduism. Devotees gather to chant different mantras and names of God and work themselves into a blissful meditative state. Satsang is a Sanskrit word meaning “holy company”. It refers to a community of spiritual aspirants who gather to worship, pray, and chant together. As part of the Adult Religious Education program, we will be organizing a monthly kirtan satsang for people to come and learn about this beautiful devotional practice (and sing their hearts out!). Our workshop will take place in the Olympia Room on the 3rd floor of the church. We'll be listening and singing along with chants from not just Hinduism, but many different faith traditions. Attendance is free. Attendees are invited to bring a meditation cushion or pillow to sit on if inclined, chairs will also be provided. Come and immerse yourself in sacred sound!
As famous kirtan artist Krishna Das writes, “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!”