Kirtan (sanskrit for “repeat”),is call-and-response chanting, in praise of the glory of the Divine, from India’s devotional traditions. It involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of musical instruments.
Yogananda was an early proponent of kirtan in the west, chantingHey Hari Sundara, “Oh God Beautiful”, with 3,000 people at Carnegie Hall in 1923. Kirtan is currently growing in popularity in the West.
The word Dhvani (from the root ‘dhvan’) means “sound”, “tune”, “resonance”. And that’s the name of a musical group from Atlanta who are helping to popularize Kirtan. Dhvani “fuses ancient mantras with a fresh, funky, soul-full musical experience.” They invite you to immerse yourself in the music, to chant along with them “
as a means of finding our way back to the core of our Being, to our Heart, to our connection with the Divine and with each other. Kirtan is non-denominational, requires no experience, and is open to everyone!”
Today we have an audio excerpt from their new CD. You can listen to the beautiful voice of their lead singer, Jocelyn Rose, chanting Om Mane Padme Hum (loosely translated as “Om and Consciousness to the Divine Jewel Within”), and you can chant along with her allowing your consciousness to connect with your own lotus Heart.
[Note: Ah, how I wish I was tech savvy enough to fully understand how to post an audio here in a way that you could just click a ‘Play Button’ and the music would be there. But alas, I’ve spent days trying to figure this out and have only semi-succeeded. So here’s what you do – it’s only slightly more complex, really!
(1)Click HERE. You’ll get to a “Download” page with a site called “divshare.com”.
(2)Click their ‘Download’ button.
(3) Then click ‘Open’ (or ‘Save’, up to you), and in about 60 seconds you’ll be listening to Jocelyn’s glorious voice, and you can start chantingOm Mane Padme Hum along with her.]
Jocelyn Rose – vocals, harmonium, band manager
Joe Palese – guitar
Colin Agnew – percussion
Matt Stallard – bass
Jocelyn began her musical journey at a young age in rural Massachusetts. She, as well as her twin sister, Amy, were known as the town’s singing duo. Jocelyn continued her musical studies after high school by earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College and her Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from Georgia State University. Years of disciplined vocal study led her to discovering Yoga and its many spiritual, mental and physical benefits
TODAY’S PRIZE CONTEST!
Dhvani is offering a Free Copy of their CD to today’s lucky winner.
Today’s Prize Giveaway has the same rules as the other giveaways:
1.To enter to win, simply COMMENT ON THIS BLOG, leaving an email address so we can contact you if you win. All names of commenters go into the ‘hat’.
2.The giveaway period runs for ONE WEEK from posting. The winner will then be chosen by random drawing and contacted.
3. Only one entry per giveaway. (But you can enter as many different Daily Giveaway Contests as you want!)
If you don’t win this one, be sure to order a copy of DHVANI.
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