Sunday, November 13th, 2011
A glittering Sai Kulwant Hall embraced Beloved Bhagawan’s ‘endearing presence’ with a couple of bhajans in His mellifluous voice echoing the holy precincts marking the 24 hour non-stop bhajan sadhana, Akhanda Bhajan, this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam. The two bhajans in Bhagawan’s voice were “Hari Bhajan Binaa Sukha Shanthi Nahi…” and “Prema Muditha Manase Kaho Rama Rama Ram…” that summed up the purport of bhajan singing, that should be done with a mind and heart immersed in love for God.
Earlier, students who spearheaded the entire exercise with devotion and discipline ended their stint ten minutes to the scheduled hour, at 1750, with the customary final bhajan, ”Subramaniam Subramaniam…”, that had been in practice during earlier years in Prasanthi,
It was time for Prasadam. Swarms of students spread themselves across the spacious Sai Kulwant, ably assisted by sevadal volunteers, distributing blessed Prasadam, tamarind rice and sweet pudding, to the entire assemblage. Strictly adhering to Bhagawan’s injunction to chant the Food Prayer, students soon burst in to “Brahmarpanam…” joined by the entire audience.
The entire exericise aimed at promoting world peace and harmony was a thrilling experience reliving the golden past with Beloved Bhagawan, where He would bless the occasion with His towering physical presence, guiding at each and every step, blessing Prasanthi and the entire world with His all conquering love.
The Akhanda Bhajan 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.
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