Saturday, September 18th
We are excited to host monthly Kirtan again with Dana and Ken. Kirtan is a meditational and devotional chanting experience. Traditionally, a Kirtan leader will sing through the chant, or a line in the chant, and then the participants/audience will sing the chant back to the leader. Anyone can join, all voices are encouraged and welcomed!
Our kirtans are a time of chanting, poetry readings and sharing the light in the form of “arti – a ceremony of lights” by a community of like-minded people. Most of the chants are in an ancient language, Sanskrit. The intention of Sanskrit mantra chanting (kirtan)
is to merge the chant leaders and participants, firstly chanting or singing together, which then becomes silence. From a linguistic perspective, Sanskrit is the mother tongue of many modern languages. The mantras are primarily recitations of names given to the divine in the Hindi tradition. But perhaps the true understanding of the mantras can be found in the sense of unity, well-being and timelessness that they elicit. The mantras quiet the mind, and the music frees the heart.
By donation, with proceeds going to South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA)’s scholarship fund to help bring yoga to marginalized communities. You may register for free and bring a small cash donation to the event.