Experience the beauty of devotional singing and jubilant kirtan with Atmarama Dasa. Through inspiring satsang performances and midday workshops, you will be invited to open your heart and soul. Atmarama performs sacred bhajans and Sanskrit chants with transcendent devotion and inspiring spiritual purpose. His unique combination of flamenco guitar and Indian ragas creates an atmosphere of profound spiritual vibration and ecstatic bhakti bliss.
Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change)
What you’ll learn:
What is kirtan?
What is kirtan? Kirtan is derived from the Sanskrit root meaning to call, recite, praise, or glorify. Put simply, it is the act of praising and glorifying some form of divinity. Kirtan involves joyous chanting often performed in a community environment with the accompaniment of instruments such as the harmonium, tabla, and cymbals.
The resurgence of kirtan in the 20th century in the East coincided with a renewed zeal or focus being placed on Bhakti yoga, the yoga of self-surrender and devotion. Swami Sivananda, one of India’s modern sages, did much to reignite the fire of kirtan in India by going from town to town and vigorously leading the entire town’s population into chants that lasted days. Since the mid-20th century, kirtan and the chanting of mantras has found its way to the West. Many find the chanting of mantras appealing because it doesn’t require intense focus and is often done in a collective environment that is supportive and uplifting.
What are the benefits of kirtan?
Chanting mantra has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, dependencies and many mental ailments. The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation recommends the chant Saa Taa Naa Maa for improving memory, developing greater attention, concentration, and focus, and bettering the mood. Other research studies also showcase the benefit of chanting for chronic pain conditions.
The practice of kirtan or chanting mantra regularly has been shown to bring our bodies back into balance, promoting holistic wellbeing: mental, intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Chanting helps us regulate our sleep, energy input and output, and, thanks to the stimulation of the vagus nerve, the “rest and digest” response of our bodies which is also responsible for regulating breathing, heart rate, muscles, digestion, circulation, and even the vocal cords. Simply put, chanting helps slow down the heart rate, lower blood pressure, relax different muscles and produce slow, regular, and deep respiration.
Atmarama Dasa is a devotional singer and composer of sacred music. Since 1985 he has been residing in Vrindavan, India, the holy birthplace of Lord Krishna. His unique style and sincere desire to share his spiritual understanding creates an atmosphere of profound spiritual vibration. Through his ecstatic kirtan everyone can relish the mood of transcendental joy and bliss. His CDs include On the way to Krishna, Radha Govinda, and many others.
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