When the Vaisnavas assemble and chant kirtan for the pleasure of Krishna, then the atmosphere becomes magical, the spiritual world manifests, and Krsna is present. As different birds fly at different heights in the sky, different devotees are on different levels of realization. Some may feel the presence of the Lord and others may actually see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates while chanting and dancing in kirtan. When Narottama dasa Thakura performed his kirtan festival at Kethuri after Sri Caitanya Mahprabhu had disappeared from this world, the devotees present could see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates chanting and dancing in the greatest ecstasy. They themselves were then swept up in waves of transcendental love. When Vaisnavas gather for kirtan, it is not only a festival of temporary inspiration but an eternal benediction of lasting benefit. When Vaisnavas gather for kirtan, it is an event not to miss!
(H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami)
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