Kiirtan is the singing of a special mantra aloud while ideating on Infinite Consciousness or Love. It creates the feeling of bliss and prepares the mind and body for meditation, because in performing it all the motor and sensory organs are engaged and directed towards the Infinite. It can be done anywhere, any time, but the best time is just before meditation.
The sanskrit mantra used for kiirtan is:
Bábá means “my closest or dearest One,” Nám means “name”, "essence" or “to identify with”, and Kevalam means “only”. So the meaning of the mantra is “That entity which is nearest and dearest is the only One.” The ideation is: “Everywhere I look, in everything I hear, feel, see, taste and smell, I perceive that one Loving Consciousness which pervades all things.”
Kiirtan has many benefits. It purifies the mind and prepares it for meditation, accelerating the speed of movement toward the Infinite. Because of the mental clarity achieved, one easily finds solutions to problems while performing it, as well as relief from physical and psychic ailments.
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