Radhanath Swami – Kirtan and Harmony

Kirtan and Harmony

When we are chanting the holy names in congregation, if the leader of the kirtan sings one melody and everybody in the group decides to sing in whatever melody they like best, the resulting sound won’t be so melodious. Therefore, whether we like the melody or don’t like the melody, everybody surrenders to sing the same. So in this way, for a kirtan to sound beautiful and sweet it needs cooperation. Cooperation means the higher principle. We may have preference for a melody and preference for a speed or a style, but we all accept in unity to follow the leader. When is the kirtan harmonious? When there are so many people. It’s tumultuous sound, it’s a beautiful sound. We can’t hear just one voice during the chorus; yes, we hear one voice, but that one voice is actually the sound of everyone’s voice. That’s our offering to God. And why is it so pleasing to the Lord? Because we are all cooperating for higher purpose; we are all united for the pleasure of the centre or Krishna in spite of all our differences.

Some may have very melodious and sweet voices trained in classical singing; others may crock like frogs by material standards. Some may be children with high shrilled voices; others may be very old people with chocked up voices; and still others may be very young screaming out. There are men, women, old and young. There are people from different nationalities, different races, but the voice becomes one—the voice of our common unity for a higher purpose than ourselves. So God hears that, but he is also hearing each and every individual’s voice according to what they sound like.

We may be just moving our lips so that other people think that we are chanting, but God sees that we are not chanting. Not only does he see, but he hears. He hears what we sound like, our volume, our melody, and our rhythm. Simultaneously, God hears intention of every single person. What do we want? Why are we chanting? Are we chanting just because everybody else is chanting? Are we chanting because we want good grades in exams? Or are we chanting because we want unalloyed pure devotional service? God hears one voice of our unity while simultaneously he hears every single devotee’s voice. He is feeling, seeing, and hearing our desire, our intention, our motives. This is actually what is happening during congregational chanting. God is going to reciprocate and manifest himself to each and every individual, and collectively to everyone, and to the world, according to all of these different considerations and many more.

-Radhanath Swami

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  • deepak k

    nectar of realizations!!!

  • Raj

    Thanks for enlightening us, by informing us abt the great details behind KIRTAN..

  • Anagha Warade

    Nice Explanation!
    Thank you for sharing..

  • Jaydeep

    I never knew there is a big logic behind doing a simple Kirtan.. Maharaj’s perception of viewing things is out of this world… All Glories to Him

  • P J Singh

    Radhanath Swami has given a wonderful message here. He has shown how there can be unity among diversity. Everyone of us has a particular and unique relation with Lord Krishna, but when we co-operate among one another, Lord becomes very happy.

  • Sunny Hinduja

    Wonderful!!!

  • Guru

    Wonderful article !

  • Srinivasan

    Every word coming from maharaj’s mouth is inspiring.

  • Rasasekhara Dasa

    This article helped me to improve my understanding of Kirtan. Thank you Maharaj.

  • Aasheesh

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining that participating in Kirtan is an act of cooperation and unity

  • madhavi

    thank you maharaj!!

  • astounding analysis.

  • Shoba Ramachandran

    Thanks Maharaj for explaining the surrender in unity by an example that we all can relate to very well. It’s wonderful!

  • Sumithra

    Haribol

  • anand

    Haribol…great analysis. Thank you Maharaj for your wonderful realizations.

  • Meera Sharma

    Thank you Maharajah for instructing and guiding us for the real meaning of Kirtan.

  • Vraja manjari

    Very profound!

  • vidya karekar

    deep message

  • duruvan

    Hari Bol

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    I liked the point mentioned here “Cooperation means the higher principle. We may have preference for a melody and preference for a speed or a style, but we all accept in unity to follow the leader”

  • Sunil

    Very nicely explained by Maharaj the importance of co-operation and honesty to Krishna and Guru

  • Ravi Garg

    So many valuable lessons taught by Swamiji in this one act of performing Kirtan……….thanks

  • dr upadhyaya

    what an amazing perspective !!!

  • Pankaj Mehta

    Thank you Maharaj. You have very nicely related co-operation with the single melody in sankirtan.

  • Dr.Vivekanand Shanbhag

    Radhanath Swami’s understanding of cooperation in kirtan is simply enlightening and amazing!! How one can feel what Krishna wants , in each and every thing in life….!

  • chintamani p

    thank u for making a wonderful point.

  • Anup Shah

    Very nice explanation! Thankyou for posting!!

  • Ananta Baladev Das

    All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga…….

  • dryuvaraj@gmail.com

    There are people from different nationalities, different races, but the voice becomes one—the voice of our common unity for a higher purpose than ourselves

  • sajeev

    importance of co-operation…..thank u maharaj….

  • Girish

    Radhanath Swami has the art of analysing a simple thing like singing so deeply that its a x-ray of our consciousness.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Radhanath Swami has given a wonderful message here. He has shown how there can be unity among diversity. Everyone of us has a particular and unique relation with Lord Krishna, but when we co-operate among one another, Lord becomes very happy.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Thank you so much for enlightening us.

  • Shantanu Roy

    Maharaj has stressed intensely the importance of co-operation which can be achieved in this age by chanting the Holy Names to be folowed by everyone.

  • Sam Tripathi

    Thank you Maharaj for clearing my misconceptions and also explaining the difference between Resonance (Melody) and Interference (Noise) in Physics

  • saurabh

    Very important and deep lessons, we have to take the individual responsibility to purify our desires and intensions. Thank you very much radhanath Swami maharaj for these words of wisdom, by your devini association one day we can also desire for Pure unalloyed devotional service.

  • mona

    what an amazing explanation.-He is feeling, seeing, and hearing our desire, our intention, our motives.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    WOnderful, very nice explanation about congregational chanting. How to co-operate for higher purpose etc.

    So wonderful.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Sanjiv Chandnani

    Co-operation based on higher principles is the need of the hour in the world where personal ambitions are given priority over combined needs or social responsibilities.

  • deepak

    Simple wonderful !!!

  • Milind M Churi

    Radhanath Swamiji has elaboratly explained the meaning of co-operation among the devotess and among the masses.A very nice analogy of kirtan is given herein by Swamiji.Thank you very much.

  • Sunita Paleja

    very good point. thank u.

  • krishna chandra

    Stunning explanation of such an important part of a dvotee’s life! An eye-opener for me.

  • Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    very beautifully explained. In harmony with the teachings of previous acaryas lies the secret of success of spiritual life.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Go hears the intention of our acts. This statement has helped me immensely.

  • Swapnil

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining the importance of cooperation and congregational chanting. I will try to be more attentive and enthusiastic, next time I participate in kirtan. All glories to you.

  • rashmi

    Beautifuly said,MAHARAJ each and every word is very very inspiring.

  • Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj has made it amply clear that we will be fooling ourselves if we pretend to do only lip-service in the name of God. Unless we are sincere in our endeavour, our actions will not be pleasing to God.

  • Meghana vaidya

    God hears one voice of our unity while simultaneously he hears every single devotee’s voice. He is feeling, seeing, and hearing our desire, our intention, our motives.Thank you H.H. Radhanath swami.