Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Previous kirtans

Here are some kirtans and talks that we recorded this autumn. The first bit is Claire's welcome and introduction to our November kirtan. Then we follow on with an invocation. We do this to create an auspicious and sacred space for ourselves. This one was by Abhiseka.

The October kirtan fell under the month of Kartik, which bears some similarities with the Christian Lent or Islamic Ramadan. Gopal therefore chanted 4 verses of the Damodarashtakam (try pronouncing that!), which is chanted during this month, followed on by the Hare Krishna mantra. You'll notice that the chant has a different beat from the others.

A few other chants during October, November were:

Rembert chanting the Hare Krishna mantra:

hare krishna hare krishna
krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama
rama rama hare hare

Meru with the Govinda Jaya Jaya mantra:

govinda jaya jaya gopala jaya jaya
radha-ramana-hari govinda jaya jaya
govinda govinda govinda govinda
gopala gopala gopala gopala

Radhe Radhe Govinda by Gopal:

radhe-radhe-govinda – govinda radhe

Abhishek chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.

We usually have short talks between kirtans to help us deepen our skills and understanding of chanting, and in this recording Shaunaka speaks on how it helps us understand ourselves.

Let us know what you think of them. And of course, enjoy!

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