The Sathya Sai International Organisation of Australia & PNG will join the rest of the worldwide ‘Sai organisation’ in 24 hours of continuous devotional singing. This annual event is called the Akhanda Bhajan. It takes place at local time from 6.00 pm, Saturday, 12 November through to 6.00 pm, Sunday, 13 November 2016.
Various venues are available. All who wish to participate are most welcome.
Singing this intense yearning for God and enjoying the experience of adoring Him helps to purify the atmosphere. Today, man is forced to breathe the air polluted by sounds that denote violence, hatred, cruelty, and wickedness. Therefore, he is fast losing the high attainments that are in store for him. The vibrations resulting from singing the glory of God can cleanse the atmosphere and render it pure, calm, and ennobling. It is with this high purpose in view that this program of global singing aloud the glory of God (samkirtan) was designed.
– Sathya Sai Baba, Discourse Nov 1976
The Akhanda Bhajan, or ‘Continuous Devotional Singing to God,’ has been performed for several decades. The songs are dedicated to God and identifies Him in all the different names He is called upon throughout the world. As the commencement and finish of the singing is at local time, it becomes a wave of spiritual vibrations that travels around the world. We believe these events have very positive influences on the world and draw us closer to our spiritual centre, God.
Centres and Groups of the SSIO normally have arrangements made for their members’ participation. However, usually individuals may come and participate for as long as they wish at times that suit them. All are very welcome, even to just come and listen.
The different areas of Australia are catered for with a number of venues. The main cities usually have rosters were groups of singers operate in relays. Details of many of the regional events are contained in the flyers available for download. Smaller areas may also have events, often for less than the full 24 hours. A link is also available for contact information for the various States and Territories.
Event: Akhanda Bhajan; 24 hours of continuous devotional singing.
When: 6.00 pm, Saturday, 12 November until 6.00 pm, Sunday, 13 November 2016.
Flyers are available for a number of these regions and may be downloaded as needed. For regions not having a flyer, details of any events may be obtained through the contents in this link.
You must probe into the real significance of the singing of the name of God (samkirtan) in which you are engaged. Kirtan is “singing aloud the glory of God”. Samkirtan is the process of singing that originates in the heart, not from the lips or tongue. It is the expression of the joyous thrill that wells up from the heart when the glory of God is remembered. It is the spontaneous manifestation of inner ecstasy. No attention is paid to the blame or praise that others may give. It does not seek the admiration or appreciation of the listeners. It is sung for one’s own joy, one’s own satisfaction, one’s own delight. Only kirtan of this supreme type deserves the name samkirtan.
– Sathya Sai Baba, Discourse Nov. 1976