Kirtana - an essential subject
Kīrtana means sometimes chanting with music, and sometimes speaking. Whenever we glorify the Lord, that is called kīrtana. Even if one does not understand the meaning of the words and still goes on chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, he will become pious.
The reading of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is also kīrtana. Book distribution is brihat kirtana. It is literally kirtana in the sense that the books are spoken and therefore anyone who reads a book is hearing. Book distribution is more important than street chanting. First comes hearing, then chanting. Without hearing, nobody can chant.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Kirtana category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 13 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|Due to the forceful vibration of kīrtana, the entire world began trembling. When everyone chanted the holy name, they made a tumultuous sound. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Anyta-līlā 10.64)|
|The mahā-mantra can be used for japa and kīrtana also. When japa is practiced it is for the personal benefit of the chanter, but when kīrtana is performed it is for the benefit of all others who may hear. (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 9)|
|Through the popularizing of hari-kīrtana, or the saṅkīrtana movement, the brahminical culture and kṣatriya government will automatically come back, and people will be extremely happy. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.2.11)|
|The conclusion is that whenever a kīrtana of pure devotees takes place, the Lord is immediately present. By chanting the holy names of the Lord, we associate with the Lord personally. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 1.126)|
Kirtana - explore more within this category.
Vanipedia has now over 903 introductory articles compiled from Srila Prabhupada's books under the series titled Essential Subjects. All these articles can be seen in the Table of Content on the right side of this article and also here in this Umbrella Category. Browse through them to relish the breadth and depth of Srila Prabhupada's teachings - There is a subject for everyone.