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The Cymbals Toll For The Gods’ Names

Article and Photos By Pinar Istek

Hemingway addressed the fatuity of war in his book For Whom The Bell Tolls, a title quoted from a sermon of John Donne, an English poet, writer and priest from 16th century. The bells tolled not for one, but for all. We, humans, are all interconnected as he emphasized.


On Wednesday night, February 23, 2011, the cymbals (small bells) tolled for peace calling Gods’ names.
Darkness of Playa Guiones was slightly illuminated with the flames ascending from the candles that surrounded the guests at The Village. As the flames were dancing to the kirtans sung by the Kirtaniyas of the night and the guests, intensity of the energy, that embraced the space, increased. Kirtan is a call and response chanting of God’s names and Kirtaniyas is the kirtan performer.

At the end, rhythm became the only word to describe what was happening before a camera, a rhythm that was nurtured from chanting, sound of harmonium, mridanga (drum), and cymbals, back and forth body movements, voices, sound of swinging water and leaves with the wind.

Kirtan Fest, organized by Jacob Karpio, started with a mantra, a type of prayer and followed by a pranayama, a yoga breathing exercise. The word, pranayama, also means extension of the life force.
Mukunda Vibe (Australia), Ramesh Das (Costa Rica-Argentina) and Chaitanya-Nitay (USA) were the kirtankars of the night. While Mukunda Vibe and Ramesh Das brought a fast tune, Chaitanya-Nitay closed the night with her softer chanting.

The chanting enriched and united the souls. A vegetarian Indian food that was prepared and served with devotion and love was the seasoning of this special gathering.

 

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