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Kirtan: Ancient Medicine for Modern Man

By Hansadutta das

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Foreword

What do football games, rock concerts, political rallies, boxing matches and revival meetings all have in common? The mass glorification of a person or persons engaged in extraordinary feats--a very exciting, even electrifying experience which can give incredible pleasure to large groups of people. This phenomenon is known as Kirtan.

To glorify, reciprocate and communicate with a "super person" is very natural and pleasurable for everyone. But when the politician is scandalised, the football player is injured or the rock star overdoses, the pleasure-giving relationship is broken. Immediately the search for a new, higher relationship begins. This search for unending pleasure in a permanent relationship is going on throughout the creation, manifesting in endless varieties of would-be heroes and their would-be followers. This fundamental desire of the human being can never be satisfied on the material plane where old age, disease, death and dishonour destroy all such temporary relationships.

Glorification of God alone can bring the highest happiness in an unending relationship. Throughout history, singers, dancers, artists, monks, priests and yogis have glorified God with enthusiasm and great satisfaction by chanting His holy name.

In every religious tradition we are encouraged to praise God's names--

From the rising of the sun unto its setting, the Lord's name is to be praised.--Psalms 113:3
Glorify the name of your Lord, the most high.--Koran 87.2
All who sincerely call upon My name will come to Me after death, and I will take them to Paradise.--Vows of Amida Buddha 18
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.--Acts 2:21
Chant the holy name, chant the holy name, chant the holy name of the Lord. In this age of quarrel there is no other way, no other way, no other way to attain spiritual enlightenment.--Brihan-Naradiya Purana

Kirtan, glorification of God through His names, is not a sectarian religious pratice. It is the natural fulfilment of every person's desire to sing, praise, cheer and chant the glories of a superior person's extraordinary activities. It brings happiness, peace and harmony to all persons who thus find their common object of adoration--God.

Presently, we are travelling world-wide and introducing world-wide Kirtan. Now people experience the Kirtan of a football game, a baseball game or a concert--the congregation of many people shouting, cheering and singing. These mundane Kirtans are only for the body or mind. Because they are material, their pleasure is only temporary. The same principle of these materialistic Kirtans exists in Krishna Kirtan; only its effect is spiritual and everlasting. When the devotees are performing Krishna Kirtan, and everyone is enthusiastically chanting Hare Krishna, it has great potency for invoking the Lord. This is the Sankirtan movement of Lord Chaitanya.



  • Foreword
  • Shikshastaka of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1--God's Name
  • Chapter 2--The Spirit of Kirtan
  • Chapter 3--Performing Kirtan
  • About Hansadutta das
  • Supporting References from Vedic Scriptures
  • Glossary

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