After 28 years of experimenting with meditation and music, Swami Chaitanya Bharti, one-time close associate of Osho, launches Oorja Music. Its first project is to revitalize kirtan, a branch of Indian devotional music, as a technique for self-transformation
Interview with Swami Chaitanya BhartiWhy did you choose kirtan as your first project?
Kirtan is one of the most revered ancient techniques of self-purification and spiritual growth. It uses man's instinctive love for rhythm to lead him into a state of tranquility. So it is the most effective technique for the contemporary man.
What is the difference between traditional kirtan and your Oorja kirtan?
Oorja kirtan is more evolved, energetic, and effective. We have used classical instruments, and put a great deal of conscious thought into each aspect of the music. For example, instead of using only Hindu mantras we have used sacred words and phrases from diverse religions.
Music for meditation implies soft music while kirtan is more energetic. How does Oorja kirtan help in meditation?
Oorja kirtan is designed to generate total participation from the listeners and lead them into a state of heightened energy. Participating in Oorja kirtan is like taking a deep inner bath and coming out refreshed. I say it with conviction because these compositions have been tested in my meditation camps.
Oorja albums also feature instrumentals. What is that?
Together, the Oorja kirtan and Oorja instrumental create a complete meditation technique. Each instrumental has been crafted to shower the listener with sublime feelings of bliss, gratitude, joy, playfulness and celebration. The music is gentle and nourishing, very much like a musical massage for the body, mind and soul.
Is it only for meditators?
It is for anyone who wants to connect with the spiritual energy within. When played at home, it becomes an enjoyable meditation for the entire family. The energy of this music charges the atmosphere of the home with positive vibrations, promoting a sense of love and harmony. When used for easy listening at work, it enhances efficiency. In nursing homes and hospitals, it helps patients recover faster by unlocking the natural healing energies.
This is only the beginning. Oorja is already discussing projects with noted musicians and vocalists. Live concerts of Oorja music are being planned, as when thousands dance together the meditation is a thousand times more powerful.
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