Kirtan

Sanskrit Chants led by vocalist Marje Wagner

An ancient language of the Hindus, Sanskrit has been chanted for centuries as a devotional practice.  Known as mantras, Sanskrit prayers are intoned or sung; a group chant is known as a kirtan.

The vowels of Sanskrit are attuned to the seven chakras, or energy centers along the spine.  Thus, chanting Sanskrit mantras will effect great changes in our energy.  A few minutes of chanting can calm us, can energize us,  and can also produce a state of bliss.

The mantras are basically prayers of devotion, usually to a Hindu deity.  Each deity is associated with a different aspect of human affairs. For example, Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, Lakshmi is the Goddess of Abundance and Saraswati is the Goddess of Wisdom and Creativity.  Each of these are different energies that together comprise the one Godhead.  We may evoke different energies and create new outcomes by selecting specific chants.

In a Kirtan workshop, we will come together and chant.  This is a powerful experience than can create an altered state among participants. Marje will lead in a call-and-response format.  There is usually a drummer or percussionist to bring the energy even higher.  If requested, Marje will tell stories associated with the deities to illuminate understanding of the chants.

Many traditions utilize chanting as a means of attaining a closer connection to the Divine and thus we may also sing chants from the Hebrew, Yoruba or Native American traditions.

The length of the program is 50 to 90 minutes. This can be flexible.

Group size is 20 to 100.