Many participants simply enjoy the spiritual benefits of hearing and chanting sacred music in a serene & spiritual environment… though in its full expression, kirtan in the heart of the devotee is a cry out to be reunited with the Supreme:
This singing is the process for clearing the dust accumulated on the heart. Our relationship with God is eternal. It cannot be broken. But due to the contact of māyā we are trying to forget Him. But if we chant this holy name of God, Hare Kṛṣṇa, then māyā will not act, and we shall very quickly understand what is our relationship with God. That is the process.A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Arrival Address — London, September 11, 1969
For two hours every Tuesday and Thursday evening, plus a special weekend Kirtan hour on Friday night, devotees play accompaniment on Indian musical instruments — mrdanga, kartals and harmonium — to kirtanis singing improvised renditions of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra (see page bottom) with other members antiphonally chanting in response.
From the beginning to the end of the kirtan, the chanting will often increase in intensity, to the point where many attendees are unable to keep from dancing. This is in fact a natural expression of the spirit soul's true nature — to be sublimely happy — after the bonds of the material world have become disengaged.
Sometimes there is a short break in the middle when one of our local pandits illuminates some aspect of the maha-mantra which may help in our private chanting & spiritual progress. There is no formal structure to the event, so attendees are free to come & go as they wish.
Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursdays 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fridays 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Free (donations into box welcome)