Kirtan With Jivan

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Jivan has been practicing and leading kirtans for over 40 years.
He was initiated into the Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami in 1972.
According to this tradition, kirtan is always free.
Serious practitioners of Vaishnava Vedanta san-kirtan
even avoid listening to professional kirtan singers.
This is because when a person is initiated he is given the Names of God.
The Names of God are non-different than God Himself--
and God is in everyone's heart and cannot be bought or sold.
If anyone tries to use the Names of God for his own personal fame or fortune,
then he loses the gift he has been given and the sounds he sings
are only the semblance of the Name--they are only material sounds.
The free transmission of the Names of God is the essence of
the practice of Bhakti Yoga, of devotional service
Jivan and Jolanda kirtan
Jivan and Jolanda singing kirtan
at Silent Ridge, location of
The Yoga Platform
In his first Siksastaka prayer, Lord Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu states:

All glories to the congregational chanting and singing
of God's names, which cleanses the heart of all the dust
accumulated for years together and extinguishes the fire
of conditional life, of repeated birth and death.
This congregational chanting of the names of God is
the prime benediction for humanity at large because it
spreads the rays of he benediction moon. It is the life
of all transcendental knowledge. It increases  the ocean of
 transcendental bliss and enables us to fully taste the nectar
for which we are always anxious.

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