Kirtan
Dedication: Srila Prabhupada

Meditation with Music Kirtan in Ireland                                           





 

About Me

I attended my first kirtan in 1993, a month before my 18th birthday. I wandered in off the street in Dublin to a shop selling incense, Eastern trinkets and books. Picking up a leaflet there for some weekday evening event, I came back after a few days. Sitting down cross-legged oTim McEvittn floor cushions with a dozen others, a robed man came in and led the chant. The almost delicate clash of the cymbals in the chant was soul awakening, as was the exotic music and rhythm. I was deeply affected.

As the talk was all about philosophy, and the kirtan was a spiritual experience, it took me 7 or 8 visits before it dawned on me that this place was a 'Hare Krishna' centre, as to equate what I was experiencing with a supposed sectarian group (possibly controversial!) didn't seem to make sense in my mind. Anyhow, after a few months I left my parents, brother and sister in Castleknock, Dublin to join the temple. Within a year I was a monk based at Inish Rath Island on Upper Lough Erne.

 

I arose at 4.00am for 8 years to attend the early morning programme in the temple, which consists of meditation, kirtan music and philosophy. My Mother was of course a little worried about my lifestyle choice, but she Tim McEvittvisited and stayed overnight several times on the island herself, attending the temple service in the early morning. Between this and talking with head monk Tribuvanatha Prabhu, she was relieved that I was with decent folk.

 

Now I live in County Fermanagh on the banks of L. Erne, and I organise spiritual retreats: see www.LakeisleRetreats.com

 

image: Tim McEvitt, in 1996 as a Krishna monk

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Testimonial

"...I had bought the (kirtan) album Prabhupada did in New York, and John and I listened to it. I remember we sang it for days, John and I, with ukulele banjos, sailing through the Greek islands... like six hours we sang because we couldn't stop once we got going. As soon as we stopped it was like the lights went out. It went to a point where our jaws were aching, singing the mantra over and over...We felt exalted; it was a very happy time for us"

John Lennon and George Harrison
of the Beatles

(from a 1982 interview with George)