In most simple terms, Keertan signifies the act of reciting/singing of Shabads taken from Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The article published in the Rehatnama issued by SGPC states:

Kirtan (Devotional Hymn Singing by a Group or an individual)
Article VI

Kirtan means singing and scriptural compositions in traditional musical measures.
In the congregation, kirtan only of Gurbani (Guru Granth’s or Guru Gobind Singh’s hymns) and, for its elaboration, of the compositions of Bhai Gurdas and Bhai Nand Lal, may be performed.
It is improper, while singing hymns to rhythmic folk tunes or to traditional musical measures, or in team singing, to induct into them improvised and extraneous refrains. Only a line from the hymn should be a refrain.

Guru Angad Dev Ji empasized the importance of Keertan in one's life in the following words: " Har keertan sune, Har keertan gaave. Tis jan dookh, nikat na aave."

Thus Keertan becomes a medium or path which would eventually lead you to meet God.

Unfortunately, for many of us keertan is just another form of music. People play cassettes of keertan at their homes while doing something else. When keertan is being played at home or Gurudwara, it will be of no use to you unless you try to listen to it and understand it. PLEASE do not regard keertan as only music and do not have the approach which many are following today...'I like listening to keertan and at times I listen to, but I dont understand it'. Keertan is not magic, it can help you only if you understand it and FOLLOW what it teaches you.


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