(Srila Prabhupada and devotees chanting in London, 1969)
"So we are not training our students any way about musical science, that 'We have to chant in this way or that way; we have to dance in this way or that way.' Without any musical knowledge, without any poetic understanding, even a child can take part in it, and he become immediately absorbed in ecstasy. Why? This is because we are chanting the glories of the Lord.
So it does not require any artificial musical knowledge or dancing knowledge. Out of your own ecstasy, you will dance, you'll chant. You don't require to study. Just like our playing of mṛdaṅga. Nobody has gone to an expert mṛdaṅga player to learn it. Whatever I play, I sing, I never studied under some expert teacher. But by practice, chanting, it may be melodious, it may be very nice or not; that doesn't matter. We are not concerned about that, whether it is appealing to the people or not. It will appeal; there is no doubt about it. But we don't require to divert our attention on these things. Simply because there is glorification of the Lord, it will be palatable."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, New Vrindaban, June 10, 1969)
THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
Out of Your Own Ecstasy, You Will Dance