NAGPUR: It is said that devotion to the Almighty helps reach great heights. This seems to become literally true in the case of Pratiksha Sorte, a Nagpur girl who flew all the way to New Zealand to join a group attempting to make a Guinness Record by singing kirtans. If the record is made, she and her group will win a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Sorte is a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and that is where she came across like-minded people who believed in spirituality. Her siblings who live in New Zealand along with others are part of Krishna Rocks, a band which performs kitans and devotional songs.
â€œIt should be remembered taking the name of the Almighty or singing prayers is not a boring thing to do. Singing and dancing to the tunes of devotional songs can be fun and enjoyable too,â€ Sorte said.
While continuously presenting devotional songs, the group wondered why not to try setting a Guinness record for singing kirtans.
â€œThis would take the name of Lord Krishna to many more people. And knowing that I was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna they invited me to be part of it too. I also gave an online audition for taking part in that,â€ she said.
She was the only girl who travelled all the way to Auckland, New Zealand to be part of the group. â€œThe rest, though of Indian origin, have been living there for a long time and have even acquired citizenship.
The attempt at the record was made on February 9 and the group sang for about 32 hours and six minutes. There were total 22 participants in the group, but only 20 could finally be part of the Guinness attempt which was sent.
For Sorte, kirtans are a way to attain inner peace. â€œLike our stomach needs food to satisfy our hunger, our soul needs spirituality to get ultimate peace. And kirtans help you connect to your spiritual self,â€ she said.
Source :Times of India (Mar 9, 2013)
Priya Radha Devi Dasi (Pratiksha Sorte) is an Initiated Disciple of H.H.Lokanath Swami