jueves, 4 de marzo de 2010

10 RULES FOR KIRTAN ( Very important!!! Specially for Mrdanga Players and Singers)

10 RULES FOR KIRTAN

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1) The most important thing in the Kirtan is the HARE KRSNA MAHA MANTRA.
In our temple, strictly Hare Krishna chanting should be given more importance. There is no harm in this mantra you have heard, but it is not very important. There are many such common songs composed by common devotees out of sentiment. But our principle is to stick to the authorities, and always remember that Hare Krishna is the prime authorized mantra. letter to Malati, 28 January, 1969
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
2) Kirtan should be sang for the pleasure of the Lord.
“Our main point is service to Krishna, not to please an audience”. –letter to Tamal Krsna Goswami, 30 Oct 69
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
3) Srila Prabhupada taught “Kirtanam and smaraman”, hearing and chanting method. When the kirtan leader chants the audience should be able to hear him. And when they chant, the kirtan leader should be able to hear them.
“My special instruction to you all is that you practice sankirtan very rhythmically and in a responsive way. That means one should chant first and others should follow”- letter to Syamasundar 15/07/68
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
4) The tune should be a simply tune. It should be a tune that can be easily followed by everyone. No complicated tunes and definitely no Hollywood or bollywood tunes.
“So I try to chant in such a way that I know that everybody can join in. I don't tend to sing unfamiliar tunes. I sing familiar tunes that I think the devotees will know, just so they can become absorbed”- Krpamoya Dasa
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
5) The kirtan leader should be followed and he should be setting the pace of the kirtan. It is not that he follows the instrument players. The instruments should be played according to the tune sang.. Sometimes the kirtan leader is in New York City and the mrdanga player is Mayapur while the karatalas players are in Vrndavan.
“Prabhupada was present during a kirtana performed by his disciples in the Brooklyn temple. The mrdanga player had been practicing to learn complicated beats, and he was demonstrating his rapid and intricate abilities in the kirtana. But Prabhupada stopped the music and said to the drummer that he should follow the leader. Then he started the kirtana again, but it happened again and again Prabhupada stopped the kirtana and asked the drummer to follow the leader.” –Prabhupada Nectar 1.22
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
6) The leader of the kirtan should not imitate other kirtan leaders. We can follow in the footsteps of great kirtan leaders but do not imitate. Remember that there can only be one Lokanth Swami, One Viayasaki Prabhu and Only one Kadamba Kanana Swami, etc. So be yourself. Follow in the footsteps but do not imitate.
.” If thou art Indian, thou shalt try to sound like a professional bhajan singer.
If thou art not Indian, thou shalt try to sound like an Indian devotee imitating one”.-HH Jayadwaita Swami
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
7) The singer should sing melodiously and should not SCREAM. The whole point of a sound system is to amplify the voice, so there is no need to scream into the microphone. Also screaming and making other noise should not be allowed in kirtans. The only thing that should be heard is the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra.Srila Prabhupada we shold add any thing to Holy name.
I had heard him say and heard that he also said, sometimes stopping kirtan, and saying "No screaming and shouting" So kirtan is not, clanging and banging, screaming and shouting. Kirtan is sweet and melodious.
--Tejiyas Dasa, 12 Nov 02
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
8) The instruments should not be louder than the kirtan leader. The mrdanga should be played with the wrist and not with the fist. One should play the drum not bang the drum. Similarly the karatala and whoppers should be played softly and sweetly like a lady’s ankle bells. . Not cause harm to the ear. We don’t want to dance into the silent world of the deaf.
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
9) The instruments should be played very rhythmically and melodiously.
“If Kirtananada can play the harmonium melodiously along with the chanting it will be nice. If somebody can play the tambora, that will be still more nice. But they should be rhythmically played.- letter to Hayagriva and Pradyumma” 3/05/69
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
10) The kirtan leader and those playing the instrument are not musicians. Their business is to divert the impure mind to the lotus feet of the Lord and create a desire in the heart to serve and love Krsna.
“ We shall not divert our attention too much to adjustment of musical sounds. People should not misunderstood that we are a band of musical artists. They must know that we are devotees of Krishna. Our devotional practice and purity shall be so strong that wherever we chant there will be immediately an impression in the audience for devotion to Krishna”. –letter to Tamal Krsna, 30 Oct 69
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare/ hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

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