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Twenty Four hours into its initiation, Akhanda Bhajan 2014 for Universal Peace came to a close at 1800 hrs. with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan here in Prasanthi Nilayam today. Commenced at 1800 hrs. on Saturday evening, the Bhajans continued nonstop for twenty-four hours with men and women leading by turns.


Embracing Bhagawan’s ‘endearing presence’ with a couple of bhajans in His mellifluous voice, the glittering Sai Kulwant Hall turned engulfed in the Divine vibrations emanating from the ‘Intonation For Universal Peace’ all through the 24 hours. The two concluding bhajans in Bhagawan’s voice were ‘Hari Bhajana Binaa…’and ‘Prema Muditha Manase Kaho…’.


At the end of the Bhajans and Mangala Arathi, customary Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage of devotees. Swarms of students spread themselves across the spacious Sai Kulwant Hall, ably assisted by the Sevadal volunteers, distributing blessed Prasadam, tamarind rice and sweet pudding.


Adhering to Bhagawan’s injunction to chant the Food Prayer before the meals, students burst in to “Brahmarpanam…” joined by the audience.


The Akhanda Bhajans had its origin way back in 1945, started in Bangalore by a group of eight families. Upon the culmination of the year-long Thursday bhajans, they had been conducting quite regularly from 1944, during the World War II time, the group of eight families showed up to Bhagawan in Puttaparthi seeking blessings for conducting bhajans. The Divine Visionary that He is, Bhagawan blessed the group, praising the idea of bhajan singing and named it Akhanda Bhajan. He even promised the group that He would officiate the same. This grand spiritual exercise has been going on uninterrupted ever since and the years that passed had been fortunate to have the spirited physical presence of Bhagawan during the occasion.


The Global Akhanda Bhajan is undoubtedly one of the most powerful spiritually unifying forces at work to bring all humanity together through loving faith in God, regardless of name or form.
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Global Akhanda Bhajan 2014 gets underway today. Akhanda Bhajan is a marathon spiritual exercise, a non-stop rendering of divine glories of God for twenty-four hours, initiated by Bhagawan and followed on a global scale promoting universal harmony and brotherhood.

Akhanda Bhajan involves constant contemplation on God in the morning, evening or even during the night time. It is constant contemplation on God during all the three states – the waking, dream and deep sleep. It is “Sarvada Sarvakaleshu Sarvathra Harichintanam, said Bhagawan long ago, explaining the significance of the marathon spiritually elevating saga.

Serving as a precursor to the birthday celebrations of Bhagawan, as a practice over the years, Akhanda Bhajans have been scheduled for the second Saturday and Sunday of the birthday month, November. It represents a unique attempt at making people in every part of the world conscious of their Divine essence and to experience the sense of oneness spiritually.

“Of all the Sai programmes for pro­moting harmony and unity among the peoples of the world nothing is so signi­ficant and far‑reaching as the observance of “Akhanda Bhajan “on a global scale, initiated by Bhagawan. It represents a unique attempt at making people in every part of the world conscious of their Divine essence and to experience the sense of oneness spiri­tually”, commented veteran Journalist of repute and Former Editor of Sanathana Sarathi, Late Sri V.K. Narasimhan writing on the event in the late eighties.

The Akhanda Bhajan, which is ob­served by Sathya Sai Centres in all coun­tries, from Tokyo in Japan to Vancouver in Canada, from Fiji in the Pacific to Trinidad in the Caribbean, has become over the years one of the most looked‑for events in the Prasanthi calendar.

A simple exercise started over a quarter century ago by a great devotee of Bhagawan, Dr. R.S. Padmanabhan at his Bangalore residence, enthused by His greater inner prompting, has become a global phenomenon, when devotees from the fraternity opt to sing bhajans for a marathon 24-hour, invoking Universal Peace.

…And Akhanda Bhajans of yester years used to have Bhagawan’s greater participation. Reminiscing the beauty and subtlety of the marathon Bhajan Saga, one of the old students of Bhagawan’s University, who has been blessed by Bhagawan to sing in His presence writes:

“Akhanda Bhajan was about to begin in a few minutes. Bhagawan entered the bhajan hall from the rear side and was slowly walking on the carpet towards the altar where He had to light the “Akhanda Jyothi” to mark the commencement of the Bhajans. As He reached the altar, He noticed a glittering artificial garland placed around the neck of the Hanuman Idol by the side of His chair. One could see a frown on His face as He went close to the Idol, bent over the lamp placed by its side, removed the garland and dropped the same saying ARTIFICIAL. We all know that every act of Bhagawan has an inner meaning. We felt that Bhagawan was indirectly teaching us to sing Bhajans from the Heart and not as an Art. He says, whatever we do should be “Heartificial” and not Artificial.”

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Global Akhanda Bhajan - a poetic expression

A simple exercise started over a quarter century ago by a great devotee of Bhagawan, Dr. R.S. Padmanabhan at his Bangalore residence, enthused by His greater inner prompting, has become a global phenomenon, when devotees from the fraternity opt to sing bhajans for a marathon 24-hour, invoking Universal Peace. Global Akhanda Bhajan 2010 commences this evening in this Valley of Peace in Prasanthi Nilayam at 1800 hrs., that set the stage for a girdle of Akhand Jyotis lighting around the world, following different time zones. With this grand exercise for world peace is in the offing, Ms. Jullie Chaudhary pens about the glory of the same. Read on....

                                

Hari Naam Gaate Chalo,
Sai Naam Gaate Chalo…
Tera Naam Ek Sahara…
Ek Prem Ki Dhara,   Priya Sai Tum Ho Jeevan Hamara...

Harer Nama Harer Nama Harer Namaiva Kevalam
Kalau  Nastyeva Nastyeva Nastyeva  Gatir Anyatha…
In this age of Kali, there is no alternative, for spiritual progress, other than the chanting of the holy name.  (Brihan Naradiya Puran)

The most easiest and sublime process is this,
Cleansing and granting absolute bliss,
So many a path, both difficult and true,
Jnana, Karma, Raja and Bhakti Yoga too,
Simplified is the path for you and me,
Just chant the name of the Lord in this age of Kali…

Bhajan is very necessary to melt the heart of God,
These precious words have been uttered by our Lord,
Constantly remember the name, never forget it,
For this path is noble and well lit,
True spiritual practice is this clearly,
If you practice it you will be blessed immensely…

We face problems as we lack in Naamasmaran,
From Bhagawan’s words this is what we learn,
Let each and every street,
Reverberate with the singing of divine glory,
Let the divine name fill each and every cell of your body,
Courage, strength and peace from this you will derive,
It will add meaning to a mundane life…

Do not be shy or afraid of anyone,
Sing out loud even if some make fun,
Make this the basis of your life,
Through smooth times and those of strife,
Much comfort, strength and solace you can derive,
It will help you reach, make you arrive,
Achieve a state of consciousness,
Untouched, oblivious and bereft of any kind of stress…

Sing out loud, let it resound,
With love for the Lord, let all hearts abound,
The scriptures recommend it,
To follow suit let us do our bit,
Bring together the palms,
And joyfully sing the psalms,
As did Narada and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu,
And many a Sikh guru,
Alwars, Andal, Mirabai and Tukaram,
Believed in the glory of the Naam,
Thyagraj, Tulsidas, Kanakadas, Surdas, Ravidas,
Naamdev, Jnaneshwar and Samarth Ramdas,
Folklores became the stories of the Puranas,
Expressive songs of mystical heights sang Kabira,
Soulful rhythms of many a Sufi star,
None can compete with the music of Hanuman,
The love and devotion with which he sang for Sri Ram…

Chant with complete absorption,
Derive the benefits of meditation,
A process Bhagawan does recommend,
Let it resonate through the environment,
Uplifting spirits, helping one ascend,
To be picked up by the breeze,
As it rustles through the leaves,
Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth,
A purification of tremendous worth…

As our Lord does say, 
When collectively people do sing and pray,
 ‘Akhanda Bhajan’ has its own goal,
The benefit of humanity as a whole,
Bhajans permeate the ether remaining there as sound waves,
Spreading the fragrance of the Lord’s grace,
Reverberating in the atmosphere,
Dissolving distress and fear,
Creating an ambience sacred and holy,
What bliss, what unity,
The name uttered by the tongue,
Is meditated upon by the mind while it is being sung,
And then, when it’s hailed by clapping of the hands,
Devotion and purification it does enhance,
Joy for those who sing as well as those that hear,
Vibrations of love that envelope and endear,
Music is beyond the mind effortless and free,
Chanting the name of the Lord brings divine ecstasy…

Nine families started - Akhanda Bhajan Mandali in 1944,
Fortunate indeed was this garden city of Bangalore
In 1946 Swami attended,
This 24 hours melodious bhajan flow,
In 1974, Swami blessed and did declare,
An event ever so special and rare,
The whole world should conduct bhajan on the same day,
At the same time, is what He did say,
And so, on a special Saturday in the month of November,
Before the day that puts all other days in to a blur,
The day the Lord did on Earth descend,
To help humanity ascend,
For a full twenty four hours bhajans do continue,
With the lighting of the Divine Jyoti, implying inner view,
The time sequence varies from country to country,
Lamps are lit accordingly,
By the time lamps are lit in the extreme West,
Bhajans have seen completion in the East,
A girdle of Akhand Jyotis lit around the globe,
Celebrating the advent of the Supreme,
Come with a dark halo of hair,
Clad in a flaming orange robe,
But as the name does suggest and the Lord says so too,
Akhand means continuos and this is our clue,
It should begin in childhood remaining nonstop enroute,
The Lord’s words none can refute…

So let us sing with feeling and fervor the Lord’s glory,
Let us sing for Universal peace and harmony,
Let us celebrate this unity,
Let us overcome and become free,
Beyond I, me and mine,
To Thine, Thine, Thine,
A simple eternal route shown by the Lord for me and you,
Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu…

                                        

 
 

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