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Region 3 - Multi-Faith Akhanda Bhajans in Milton Keynes

For the last decade Milton Keynes has been the focal point in unifying the message of peace amongst all faith groups. On the 9th and 10th of November 2013 MK, Luton and Foster Hill Sai Centres worked harmoniously in hosting the 10th annual interfaith Akhanda Bhajans. This year there were more than 400 visitors throughout the event.

“Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, let the glory of God be sung in all languages, in a variety of tunes and that should be the ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognize them as valid as far as they do not extinguish the flame of Unity” -Baba

The event started at 6:00 pm on Saturday the 9th of November. There were 22 groups that participated, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Hindu are to name a few. The Jain, Muslim and Jewish faith groups joined us for the first time this year. Each energized with love and the feeling of unity. The purpose of Akhanda Bhajan is to help bring world peace by creating strong positive energy through music and singing. It is a truly unique opportunity that a gathering of faiths come together for one purpose. The event went live throughout the world via Ustream, which allowed people from Australia, South Africa and India to enjoy the peaceful singing throughout the day.

The youth from Milton Keynes, Luton and Foster Hill have created many interactive exhibitions over the past 10 years. Topics ranging from The Life of Sathya Sai Baba, Spirituality Though Music, Ways to Achieve Inner Peace are to name a few. This year the exhibition focused on the Sathya Sai Education wing as well as a glance into the Meaning of Peace. Everyone was given the opportunity to share their thoughts on what peace meant to them on a ‘Peace wall’.

The event would not be possible without the dedicated volunteers that worked tirelessly prior to, during and after the Akhanda Bhajans. Our devoted Seva, Spiritual and Youth wings served and kept the night vibrations very strong and powerful.

The Mayor of Milton Keynes and Mr Ian Stewart (Member of Parliament) attended and praised the organization. The Mayor said “events such as these play an important role in encouraging multiculturalism. It enhances everybody’s culture and brings religions together”. Mr Ian Stewart said, “Akhanda Bhajans is a very important and powerful event for diverse communities and helps in building this place together.”

With Swami’s blessings the event was very successful and everyone is looking forward to Akhanda Bhajans 2014.

Nikita Maharaj, Milton Keynes Youth Coordinator, Region 3