Bhajan are loving songs & musical stories about divine personalities, particularly Lord Krishna. The word bhajan literally means worship in Sanskrit, though most often used for music in which devotees express their love for the Supreme and desire for self-realisation:
Indian: So then I go in bhajan, wash out everything; I feel myself that there is only soul, no body. And then you see a man who sings or who are present, you see, they are also not their body. Simply soul.
Prabhupāda: Yes, forget all material… Yes.A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Lecture on BG 2.1 -- Ahmedabad, December 7, 1972
Our bhajan class brings the study of bhajan in the Vaishnava tradition into our Temple environment, with the following subjects of study:
- singing with correct pronounciation & intonation, with explanation of true word meanings in Sanskrit and Bengali
- ślokas & stories of Krishna pastimes, possibly with dance & dramatic interpretations
- instrumental music for kirtan: harmonium, scales (raga) & articulation
As with all philosophy classes, the bhajan class will be free of charge and open to the public. No prior musical or philosophical background is necessary and new students are welcome to join at any time. Please send enquires by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE (2013-11-19): This class is currently suspended until further notice, for personal reasons. The instructor hopes to resume the class when possible.
Sundays 6:00pm - 7:15pm, free (donations into box welcome)