The Birth of Kirtan: The Life and Teachings of Chaitanya is the
biography of a mystic saint who pioneered devotional yoga (Bhakti) in
sixteenth-century India and started the practice of sacred chanting
(kirtan) that has now spread around the world.
practice has become a global movement over the last five hundred years,
little is generally known about this spiritual reformer, as the two
principal texts recounting his life were written in Bengali in the
sixteenth century. I
n The Birth of Kirtan, Bhakti scholar and teacher
Ranchor Prime adapts these two narratives into a moving and emotionally
charged English-language biography for a modern audience.
retelling is complemented by full-color reproductions of
never-before-published nineteenth-century paintings of Chaitanya’s life.