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Kirtan with Jeremy Anacker

Devotional Chanting from India

*Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7pm.

Chanting Kirtan is a devotional practice that helps to open the heart, uplift the mind and the overall energy field. Participating in group Kirtan is a very friendly and easy way to experience emotional healing and resonant states of peace. The mantras are mystical universal sounds that clear, energize and balance the chakras and the overall aura.

Jeremy Anacker is a Professional Spiritual Channel who has a voice that resonates very well with the harmonium, a standard traditional instrument that is utilized in group Kirtan experiences. He is also a Reiki Master Practitoner Teacher, an Aura Seer and Intuitive Coach for Affinity Transformations.

Bring your readiness to let go and find peace along with a folded blanket or meditation cushion. If you prefer to sit in a chair there will be plenty available.

Devotional Kirtan by Diane Doughman:

Kirtan chanting is a call and response form of devotional song that has long been used in Hinduism. Its simplicity is that there is no need for song books or musical script. It can be just a leader and the other participants, but often simple musical instruments like the harmonium, small cymbals, rattles or drums add to the experience. In Hindu Kirtan, the chants are in praise of a variety of deities and/or avatars. However, Western participants may not be familiar with Hindu philosophy. Hinduism is known as a henotheistic religion. Like in Monotheism, they believe that there is only One Supreme Creator. But they also believe that the One Supreme Godhead can manifest in many forms. So, Hinduism has many manifest deities that are worshipped. It also has a number of Avatars who were divine figures incarnated as humans, similar to Jesus or Buddha. Basically, Henotheism means one God, many forms.

If a person was raised in a Judaic, Christian or Islamic tradition they were likely taught that worshipping idols (i.e. – statues of gods) was wrong. While it is true that most modern religions have a One God concept, it is important to realize that Hinduism is a very ancient religious tradition that came into being before humans had invented writing. Our newer religions rely on written scripture to convey their concepts about divinity. But, a religion developed before there was writing had to convey its beliefs through images and artistic representation. And that is exactly what the various deities of Hinduism did. Each deity depicted various attributes, qualities and powers of the Supreme Godhead. Their stories were passed down orally from one generation to the next as a way to teach beliefs.

If you understand this, then Kirtan becomes an act of praise to that which is the One Supreme Creator of All things. Furthermore, Sanskrit, which is the spiritual language of Hinduism, uses the power of sound to uplift, bless and manifest intentions. The very sound of the chanting, even if one doesn’t understand the meaning, will still have energetic effects that bless the participants. The same is true for the playing of sacred instruments like singing bowls, gongs, bells, tuned chimes, drums, etc. The vibrations of such instruments can open up spiritual portals, open and clear Chakra power centers in the human body and can aid humans in finding connection with the vibrations of the divine realms. Sound is often used to help induce psychic states.