Essays Essays III
(Could be sung before collective
or after The Reminder)
Let us move together, let us sing together.
Let us come
to know our minds together.
share, like Sages of the past,
people together may enjoy the universe,
SAMANII VA AKUTI
hearts be inseparable.
SAMANAMASTU VO MANO
Our mind is
as one mind,
As we, to
truly know one another, become One.
AND DANCING (KIRTAN)
most religions, especially the mystical side of them, we find
spiritual music, chanting, and dancing. <2>Even in the
Testament in the
Bible, the verse below shows that this tradition existed:
shalt meet a company of
prophets coming down from the high place with a
psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them;
and they shall prophesy:
Dervishes are well-known for how they dance, go into a trance, and
sometimes prophesy. Also in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions we can
find spiritual chanting and dancing. <4>In Sanskrit this is
in the beginning of
Christianity this tradition was practiced. But as it became
intellectualized, this aspect was less emphasized and eventually
we can see that this practice has been in all great religions of the
world. The reason for this is because there are many spiritual
benefits in kirtan.
chanting, special words (mantras),
playing instruments, and dancing, all three aspects of human life,
physical, mental, and spiritual, will be engaged in a rhythmic
<8>So they all become in tune and a balance between them is
rhythmic movement also increases the coordinative ability of the
person, because a greater coordination between the
mind and body will be
achieved when a person is practicing the kirtan. He should
chant, dance, and play the instrument at the same time, so he has to
improve his coordination.
spiritual chanting and dancing brings the mind into the present and
<11>That is the secret of controlling the
mind. The mind that
wanders into the past or worries about the future never can realize
the self and joy of
living: "Be still and know that
God..." (Psalm 46:10).
<12>So kirtan helps the mind become still and know the Lord.
we know, the whole manifested universe is nothing but vibration.
When spiritual music is used with some
mantras and ideation toward
and higher thoughts, this stimulates the higher
chakras and brings the
higher thoughts and
energy to the person.
the vibrational reason, music stimulates the glands and spiritual
music helps in creating a balance between the glands, so therefore
brings a healthier body and emotional response.
because it takes the consciousness to higher levels, it loosens the
it is hard for intellectuals to give in, indeed it is very good for
them, because they can forget themselves to be rational and lose
themselves into the higher plane which is devotional.
<17>Indeed kirtan is the base to awaken devotional feelings in man. That is why
those who practice this exercise receive a blissful feeling from it.
<18>They rise from being on a rational plane to a devotional one
where the joy and happiness cannot be realized by the state of man.
It is indescribable.
also is an exercise and loosens up the muscles and joints in the
body. Therefore the body becomes prepared to sit in
<20>After kirtan, a person is physically, mentally,
emotionally, and spiritually more prepared to sit for
when kirtan is done by a group, it brings a unified vibration to all
involved. Even though each person might have come from
different backgrounds with different vibrations, by doing kirtan
together they come into the same rhythm of vibration, feeling one,
and becoming one.
there is much merit in kirtan, but many people shy away from it
because the ego dies fast
and many do not want their
it can be seen in the verse which was quoted above from the Bible,
only a few high spiritual people ("Prophets")
were following this practice. <24>Also few people in those
religions who practice chanting and dancing are fully dedicated to kirtan.
we can conclude that although this kind of practice is recommended,
not very many people truly appreciate it. <26>That is because
to let the ego go and
create high devotion for
is very frightening for some, and also sometimes is not necessary in
<27>We need people in other levels of consciousness also. The
least one can do is to be tolerant.