Music unites people in a way that no other form of communication can. The rhythms & emotions cross all racial, ethnic, religious, & political lines & I wholeheartedly celebrate that!
“One Love” gets it. This 4-person band uses kirtans to repeatedly chant names for the Divine that cross all faiths. The night I attended their performance, I soon learned it wasn’t a “performance” at all. The band & audience members joined to chant various names for Source, including Espiritu de Dios, Allah, Krishna, Sita, Ram, Red Tara, Ganesha, Kali, & Sarasvati. One Love believes that “each repetition of the Name is a sip of that sweet nectar that is the Divine Presence. The interesting paradox is that through chanting the Names, we deepen into the experience of the Nameless.”
Before joining their global ecstatic chant last weekend, I did a little research to find out “kirtan” is call & response chanting. It is a Sanskrit word meaning communicate, celebrate, & praise. These hymns or mantras are accompanied by a variety of instruments from guitars to drums & flutes. I found it sublime.
My personal favorite was a chant inspired by a Navajo prayer…
Beauty before me
Beauty behind me
Beauty beneath me
Beauty above me
Beauty beside me
And all around me
Beauty encircles me with love.
I loved being in the company of like-minded individuals who value the interconnectedness of all things & respect spiritual traditions from cultures around the world. For a couple of magical hours that night, we deepened our connection to the Divine & one another. It was a profoundly beautiful & unifying experience.
Please check out One Love’s website… http://onelovechant.com