The word kirtan is made up of two roots: ki and ratana.
Ki means “key” and ratana means “jewels”.
Therefore, kirtan symbolizes the key to the jewels within.
“Through kirtan you can reach the highest pinnacle of spiritual experience. Neither by Yoga, nor by any other means but by kirtan alone, you can have the vision of Divine, you can have the vision of your Self...” Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Kirtan is not just a song. It is a technique of Nada Yoga, the yoga of sound and is characterized by the simplicity of both its melody and the lyrics. The melody is based on minimalist and repetitive musical paths. The lyrics are a potent combination of Sanskrit mantras. They are the legacy of the Great Teachers who, thousands of years ago, transcended the boundaries of the mind and senses, and became self-realized. Repetition of the mantras creates a series of acoustic vibrations which relax the body and mind. In this way, the higher mental and psychic powers,currently dormant in each of us, are released. Whether we comprehend the literal meaning of the mantras or not, they still have the same transformative and liberating effect on us.
© 2013 Gauri Sankalpananda