ABOVE: A video excerpt from the Maha Kirtan night held in honor of the 40th Anniversary reunion of the Toronto Krishna Temple, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, 31 August, 2012.
Kirtan is Sanskrit for “chant” or “glorify”—mainly, to glorify God and chant His names. God has many names—in many languages—which are all spiritual. “Spiritual” means God and His names are the same, so saying “Krishna” means Krishna is present.
In God’s presence, anxieties subside, we feel like the spiritual beings we really are, and we feel happy. Find out for yourself: kirtan follows a “call-and-response” format. The kirtan leader chants—in most cases the Hare Krishna mantra—
“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”
and everyone else responds.
Sound can change the world. Especially when that sound comes from out of this world.