Kiirtan is the singing of a mantra aloud while ideating
on the Supreme Being. It inculcates the feeling of bliss and prepares
the mind for meditation, because in performing it all the motor
and sensory organs are engaged and directed towards the Supreme.
It can be done anywhere, any time, but the best time is just before
The mantra used for kiirtan is:
Baba Nam Kevalam
Baba means "my most beloved One", Nam
means "name of" or "to identify with", and Kevalam
means "only". So the meaning of the mantra is "My
most Beloved is the only One." The ideation is: "Everywhere
I look, in everything I hear, feel, see, taste and smell, I perceive
that one Supreme Consciousness which pervades all things."
Kiirtan has many benefits. It purifies the mind and prepares it
for meditation, accelerating the speed of movement toward the Supreme.
Because of the mental clarity achieved, one easily finds solutions
to problems while performing it, as well as relief from physical
and psychic ailments.