In ancient times words and music were used to attain an altered state of mind. Mantra is something you feel from deep inside, from the depths of consciousness to the surface of your mind. It represents the link between the individual and the Divine.
Kirtans are songs of the heart, digging into the deepest core of the heart. By singing kirtans, the person will touch the Divine and the Divine Presence will touch the person. The singer surrenders to the Universe and experiences oneness, becoming one with the whole.
Kirtans are mostly sung in groups with or without musical instruments. Singing kirtans means to sing God’s name with devotion, love and faith. Such a song has an effect on the physical and subtle bodies. Chanting mantras and singing kirtans is also known as Bhakti-Yoga.