Ecstatic Chant Weekend
So you know I love kirtan, rt? This weekend was non-stop kirtan ecstatic chanting at Omega. All of the biggest and most devoted bhakti yogis were here singing the name of God and praising the power of love; Jai Uttal, Shyamdas, Guara Vani and As Kindred Spirits (my favorite!), and David Newman and his beautiful wife Mira. These people really love LOVE and they really love to express it through their music. Kirtan is call and response chanting that’s all about devotion to God. And it gets really high energy… they don’t call it ecstatic for nothing! People are jumping, and dancing, and singing and shaking around like crazy. It creates the most incredible, positive environment. You can let loose, let go and you don’t have to worry about being judged. It’s like dancing at an insane night club, except your singing the name of God and no one’s drunk (from alcohol).
I’m not sure about anywhere else, but in New York there are so many kirtans happening all over the city. Guara Vani and As Kindred Spirits are going to be at Eddy Stern‘s temple in SoHo every other Tuesday and there’s kirtan at Jivamukti every Wednesday evening. Don’t be scared, Bhaktis are super friendly!! Start with the music, get Krishna Das‘ “Namah Shivaya” and you might fall in love, too.