Although kirtan is rooted in India’s devotional religions and involves chanting the names of God, Krishna Das says the practice requires no allegiance to any deity or set of beliefs, and he is dismayed that many associate the chant Hare Krishna with people who begged on the streets and danced in airports in the 1970s.
Read the next paragraph for a mild eye opener. We thought we were promoting the chanting of Hare Krishna. It is interesting to see the reactions we actually got! This is not to discredit the efforts of those who preached in this way. Just a reality check of what transpired.