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Region 5 - New Years Day Bhajans

Devotional singing (bhajan) is one of the processes by which you can train the mind to expand into eternal values. Teach the mind to revel in the glory and majesty of God; wean it away from petty horizons of pleasure . Devotional singing induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is God, to taste the bliss that is the Self. It encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real Self.
Sathya Sai Baba (SSS VII, 497-498)

On 1st January, as in the past seventeen years, Gita Bhavan Mandir, Manchester vibrated with the sound of Sai Bhajans. This event is held at the request of the temple Trustees.

The atmosphere was conducive to the Bhajan singing, beautifully adorned idols of deities and Bhagwan Baba looked on benignly blessing the singers and worshippers. Bhajans of all faith sung with devotion and gusto rang through the building.

Regular worshippers of the temple and others of all ages, who came to pay their respects and receive blessings for the coming year, stood in reverence, listening to the bhajans. Outside, the cold and wet winters afternoon gave way to a warm and uplifting atmosphere inside.

Bhajans lasted over three hours. Aarati was offered to the deities and Bhagawan Baba by the Priest of the temple. Prasaad (fruits and sweets) was distributed to one and all.

Enjoying a wonderful day in the company of those who want to start the New Year with divine blessing and wishing Happy New Year to one another, the crowd dispersed with uplifting hearts.

Region 5 reporter