FAQs

1.  What is Kirtan?

Answer: Kirtan is a spiritual practice, it’s a form of meditation. Meditation is a state of mind where your thoughts become quiet, your mind becomes peaceful. The principle is that you cannot think when you are singing. Singing kirtan brings your mind easily to an inner silence, it is a shortcut to the meditative state.

2.  Do I have to know how to sing?

Answer:  No, you don’t need to know how to sing!  Anyone can join in and participate in Kirtan.  This is a spiritual practice and the quality of your voice has no bearing on the peace, joy and uplifting you will feel.  Join us and you’ll see!  

3.  What if I don’t know the words?

Answer:  Don’t worry if you don’t know the words.  You will catch on quickly.  Shubal often reviews the words first, and you will be able to follow his responder.  We also have worksheets available. After a few times, you will know the words by heart!  And if not, hum along and you will still benefit from the practice.  

4.  I don’t really understand what this is – is it a performance?

Answer:  Kirtan is not a performance.  Kirtan is a spiritual practice, it’s a form of meditation. Meditation is a state of mind where your thoughts become quiet, your mind becomes peaceful. The principle is that you cannot think when you are singing. Singing kirtan brings your mind easily to an inner silence, it is a shortcut to the meditative state.

5.  What if I cannot afford to come?

Answer:  No one will be turned away for not having enough money.  Shubal embraces the practice of Dakshina.  This is a sanskrit word that means offering, or gift.  Your donation supports the Shubalananda Kirtan band in traveling to their next location.  Your donation is a gift to the next community that receives the spiritual practice of Kirtan.  

6.  I want to hire Shubal for an event, what should I do?  

Answer:  Thank you for considering hiring Shubal for your next educational, yoga, tantra, or spiritual event.  Simple call Shubal on the phone to discuss:  978-544-3416 or email him at Shubalananda@gmail.com