Kirtan a 'Hindu' practise? Well, what is a Hindu? The term has only been in use for less than a
thousand years and began more as a geographical term rather than referring to a religious system. The invading Arabs referred to the peoples
beyond the Sindhu river as being Hindus. The spiritual texts of ancient India themselves refer
to the concept of Sanatana Dharma. This term refers to the eternal constitutional position or
duty of the spiritual being.
essential point is that kirtan is a non-sectarian practise and it does not matter what
faith group, or none, one associates oneself with, or is born into.
It is common to designate people according to groups so we can put them 'into a box': he's a
Nigerian, an aborigine, she's a traveller, they're Jews, he's a Hare Krishna. Sometimes there may be a motivation that in conversation with others we can group ourselves into a
'better' group or designation (I'm Irish, I'm from Dublin, I'm from Castleknock!). In this way the
world will realise that I'm rich, happy, aristocratic, and above these lower persons. In Vedic philosophy,
this is all seen as coming from ahankara, or false ego. Subtly (very subtly) Vedic philosophy sees these
thought processes or ideas as a desire for the finite living being to usurp the position of the Supreme Being.
But we can never do so!
In conclusion, kirtan should never be viewed as a sectarian