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  • Putting the Rose Back in the Rosary

    In each of the world’s major religions, people use their tactile sense to engage in prayer — they use a tangible device, often beads, sometimes referred to as a rosary,

  • Yoga and Peace

    by Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) As a teenager coming of age in the 1960s, I was preoccupied with spirituality. I had become disinterested in the mainstream religion of my

  • The Unheard World of Sound

    Human beings are physically unable to perceive certain portions of the known vibratory spectrum. While extremely sensitive to sound waves of about 1,000 to 4,000 cycles per second (cps), man

  • My Very First Kirtan

    For countless ages, seekers have journeyed to the Ganges, or to similar holy places, to absorb themselves in sacred mantras, hymns that have been passed down for generations. These same

  • Kirtana Yoga and the Maha-mantra

    The Maha-mantra The Hare Krishna maha-mantra—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—is known as the greatest (maha) of all mantras because

  • Kirtan in the World Religions

    Kirtan is the call-and-response form of chanting that characterizes the Hare Krishna movement. It is the fundamental religion of the age – the soul crying out for God as a

  • Sacred Sound

    Kirtana (pronounced keer-ton-uh) is a Sanskrit word that means “praise” or “glory.” The more common Hindi pronunciation is “keer-ton,” dropping the final “a.” Simply understood, it is a form of