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Region 3 - Foster Hill Sai Centre Bedford Laksharchan

"Sarvada Sarva Kaleshu Sarvatra Hari Chintanam" - everywhere, at all times, under all circumstances contemplate on God.

There is nothing sweeter than the name of God. It is the cure for all diseases in the world and to chant his name is the easiest path to reach the Lord.

A Laksharchana is a very unique and powerful sadhana of chanting the divine name. Concerning the word’s actual meaning : ARCHANA means “chanting and glorifying the Divine name”. LAK means 100,000. Therefore, LAKSHARCHANA is the name and practice of repeating in a group, the name of the Lord in the form of a Mantra.

The original founder of the Laksharchana, Dr Ghadia was a long standing devotee of Swami. He travelled all over the world and shared his experiences and teachings of Swami. One day during an interview he asked Baba for a mantra which devotees could recite for their spiritual practice and in His honour. Baba replied that all mantras were fine and that he had no real preference. However, Dr. Gadhia insisted on having a mantra given by Swami. Finally Swami gave in and told him that the devotees could recite: OM SRI SATHYA SAI KRISHNAYA NAMAH. This is how the Laksharchana’s began with this Mantra. When it is said with high energy, in unison and with devotion by all present, the effects are really powerful.

In 2005 Swami approached Mr Vadgama and asked him to continue the work of Dr Ghadia. Hesitant at first Mr Vadgama politely declined due to his elderly age and weak voice however, Swami reassured him that he would chant the mantra for him and went on to materialise pink vibhuti for him. Since then Mr Vadgama has performed Laksharchanas all over the world, and on Saturday 17th August 2013, Mr Vadgama kindly conducted the Laksharchana programme in Bedford.

The programme began with Vedam chanting and bhajans, followed by a short introduction of the significance of Laksharchana. Approximately 130 people attended hence 7 mala’s were performed. These were interspersed with soulful bhajans and a narration of Mr Vadgama’s experiences with Swami.

On the day we were also fortunate to have Mr Arun Kumar Panda, a long standing devotee of Swami, as our guest speaker. He touched on the importance of seva, his work on the Sri Sathya Sai Water project in Orissa, and his intimate experiences with Swami.

Finally, Swami blessed us with his presence as specs of vibhuti appeared on his photograph during the programme.

"You may undertake any number of spiritual practices, but never forget God’s name even for a moment. Chant the name of God day in and day out. That alone will protect you at all times. You can achieve anything through prayer."
- Baba

By Foster hill Bedford Youth