What is Bhajan
Also referred to as kirtanam or sankirtan, kirtan is one of the devotional practices on the Bhakti path. A song leader sings a short, simple melody with a short mantra, or a few Divine Names, and a group of people repeats them. This call-and-response requires that the lyrics, melody, and rhythm are simple. Usually the chanting is done using instruments like harmonium, tablas, mridanga and hand cymbals. It is one of the easiest ways to calm the mind. It creates sangha (fellowship with others), and harnesses the united devotion of a group, uplifting everyone. A kirtan may assume the character of a bhajan and vice versa.
A bhajan is a Hindu devotional and lyrical song expressing love for the Divine. It is usually performed by a soloist, allowing freedom of expression. It pervades India’s rich legacy of devotion, wisdom, and mysticism from saints like Meerabai, Tulsidas, Kabir, and Surdas among many others.
What happens when we sing Bhajans
To realise God, you have to go beyond all the limitations of the mind. It is said that in this time, the easiest way to reach the Divine is to chant the Divine Names. By chanting the Lord’s Name, what is hidden deep within your heart will surface. You lose your identity, your ego, your pride, and you become wholly divine. You will start rising in God consciousness and divine qualities will manifest. The Name of the Lord can free one from the cycle of birth and death, and gives peace to the world. Everyone around is cleansed and transformed. There is no difference between the name of God and God. So when you chant His name, He is next to you.
When you do this, be sincere; do it with love. Do it with an attitude of surrender and enthusiasm. Let the Lord’s name resonate and vibrate in each part of your body. Only He exists and His vibration creates everything.
Chant the Name of God and purify your heart!
Celebrate Kartik Night with us in Southall, London
When: Saturday 27 October from 5pm to 12pm (doors open at 4pm)
Where: SSPC Southall, Drill Hall, Featherstone Road, Southall, UB2 5AQ
Visit Shree Peetha Nilaya
So you love the picture at the top and wonder where it is from? This was from the rocking kirtan that took place at the opening of the Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir, which is based at Bhakti Marga International’s headquarters – the Shree Peetha Nilaya Ashram near Frankfurt, Germany.
If you are interested in going there in person and wish to travel with others from the UK, then let us know here and we’ll get back to you.