There are lots of things to love about the practice of kirtan. It's a chance to practice devotion, experience a meditative trance, or even explore your connection with the world and a higher power. For some people, one of the most alluring aspects of kirtan is the opportunity to connect your voice with the voices of others--to really experience being a part of a community.
This is exactly what Kirtan Central founder Daniel Tucker had in mind when he asked people from the kirtan community to submit videos of themselves singing the Krishna Das Classic "Ma Durga."
"As I pored over the videos, two things became evident: first, these people LOVE this song! Whether's it's love of Krishna Das, love of kirtan, love of Durga, love of singing, love of God... what's obvious is the love, joy, and tenderness captured in each video clip," wrote Tucker in a blog post. "And second: how deeply we crave to be part of something larger than ourselves! There was so much excitement to be part of the "choir," and I believe that's one of the places kirtan is healing us."
He accepted submissions from 108 people from around the world and the result is this awe inspiring video.
Do you practice kirtan as a way to connect with your community? What are other ways you connect?