What we're about
Welcome to Santa Barbara Mantra Lounge Kirtan!
We are a diverse group, young and old, yearning to escape the frenzy and nourish our body, mind and soul by gathering together for a relaxed and uplifting evening of chanting and vegan fare. This meetup is open to ALL, whether you are a kirtan enthusiast or just a curious seeker. Kirtan is for ANYONE, regardless of background, belief or quality of voice. You are free to come sing, dance or simply sit in silence. So pull up a chair, sit on the floor or jump to your feet and dance.. Get comfy and tune in.
KIRTAN is mantra meditation as song. The Sanskrit word 'man' means mind, and 'tra' means to free. Mantra meditation calms the mind and frees it of the ramblings, fear and anxiety and furthermore, opens your heart to reveal your spiritual nature. The process of kirtan is an effortless and joyful method of meditation which involves singing sacred mantras to the accompaniment of musical instruments. Kirtan is not a performance, but rather a collective group of call and response chanting to rhythmic melodies which blurs the boundaries between the kirtan leaders and the audience.