ACT Region joined in the Global Akhanda Bhajans (24 hours of devotional singing) along with the rest of Australia from 6pm to 12am on 10 November 2018 and again from 6am to 6pm on 11 November 2018. The event was held at the Vedanta Hall of the Shiva Vishnu Mandir in Mawson. The Akhanda Bhajan program was scheduled to enable Sai followers from various faiths, age groups and the Sai centres in Canberra to contribute towards the devotional singing.
“Each year one of the events in the Sai Calendar that I look forward to is the Akhanda Bhajan. It signals the culmination of another year of life in the Divine Grace. One session that I always look forward to is the children’s devotional singing. Witnessing another year of their growth in devotional singing fills me with hope of the furtherance of Sathya Sai’ mission. The 2018 event had an added aspect, as the 11th of November coincided with the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, 11/11/1918, which marked the end of the World War 1 (WW1). It is widely understood that if the Allies did not win WW1 the world we live in would be a very different place. I pondered on whether collectively the world had learnt anything from the various wars. It with this backdrop, I resolved to stay and support the singers and prayed to our beloved Sathya Sai Baba to thank Him for the peace and love that we shared, and continue to share for that peace and love to be felt in the hearts of people all over the world.” – Reflection from ACT Sai devotee Giri Selvadurai
“You must pass your days in song. Let your whole life be a bhajan. Believe that God is everywhere at all times, and derive strength, comfort and joy by singing His Glory in His Presence. Let melody and harmony surge up from your hearts and let all take delight in the Love that you express through that song,” said Sai Baba in an exclusive Divine Discourse delivered on 14th Nov 1976 on the occasion of Global Akhanda Bhajan. This was indeed the essence of the program in the ACT Region with Sai followers singing from the heart to please their lord.