Sathya Sai Bhajans
Sathya Sai Bhajans
The Art of Bhajans
"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. Bhajan 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. Once that search is desired, the path is easy. One has only to be reminded that he is divine. Man has come for a great destiny, on a sacred mission, endowed with special skills and tendences to help him on; but, he fritters these precious gifts and crawls on earth from birth to death, worse than any animal. Exercises like Bhajan elevate the mind and exhort the individual to seek and find the source of eternal joy that lies within him.
Naturally, therefore, the spiritual vibrations produced by bhajans confer great joy both on those who sing them and on those who hear the songs. Bhajans remove all negative thoughts, soothe the nerves, purify the mind and fill the body and the heart with a sweet love. As one sings bhajans, the mind gets saturated with God-consciousness and a great ecstacy wells up from within. No mental or intellectual effort is called for, as there is no need to understand anything while uttering the holy names of God and singing His glory. On the other hand, the very singing and the atmosphere created by bhajans takes one beyond the realm of the body, mind and intellect and helps to establish communion with the self or the consciousness within. Therefore, singing bhajans becomes a beautiful, blissful experience.
"When asked if singing bhajans in English [or any other language] would spoil the sound vibrations: "No, the vibrations come from the heart!"
"Bhajan must spread good-will, love, ecstasy; it must cleanse the polluted atmosphere; it must invite all to share in the joy and peace. The Nagarsankirtan must be radiating devotion and love. The Ananda, I derive from Bhajan, I do not derive from anything else. That is the reason why I am emphasizing these points. Fill every moment with energy, enthusiasm and effort."
"God says, 'wherever My devotees sing, there I seat Myself'.
- Baba -