SING WITHOUT CEASING
June 8, 2013 Comments Off on SING WITHOUT CEASING
Akhanda kirtan is to sing the Lord’s name without a break. This is a very effective spiritual sadhana (practice). There is eradication of all evil vrttis (thoughts) during this period; the mind has neither time nor opportunity to think of sensual objects during this period. This is an easy way to capture the mind. During this period the mind is filled with satva (purity) and it is filled with supreme peace and joy.
There is no yajna (sacred rite) greater than akhanda kirtan. It is specially suited to this age. It costs you nothing. During akhanda kirtan the maha mantra should be sung. One person should repeat this mantra (formula) in a melodious, sweet voice and all the others should follow him in chorus. The sixteen words, “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare” constitute one mantra. Do not repeat or sing either “Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare” or “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare” twice.
For individual japa (repetition) and kirtan (chanting) the whole mantra should be repeated at a stretch. But during akhanda kirtan – to avoid too much strain and break – the first half of the mantra may be repeated by the person leading the group, followed by the chorus of the other half. Some people cannot sing even half the mantra without a break. They should train themselves to sing one half without a break in the middle. Especially those who lead the kirtan should take care of this point, otherwise it is not akhanda kirtan.
Open the doors of your heart. Let the lightning spark of love arise in your heart. Let love pierce you through and through. Let heart sing to heart. Let your soul mix with the supreme soul. Let the heart-lotus blossom and waft its sweet divine fragrance. Let the divine thrill strike the strings of your heart. Let the tears flow down your cheeks. Let the divine ecstasy fill your whole being.
Lord Hari is an ocean of mercy. He has boundless love for his devotees. He is the purifier of the sinful and the fallen.
Collect the dissipated rays of the mind. Become serene. Repeat God’s name. Your happiness will know no bounds, God will dwell in your heart.
May Lord Narayana take you to his bosom and bathe you in the sacred waters of divine love and transcendental bliss. – Swami Sivananda