Spiritual Wing Activities in Delhi
Swami says “There is no greater means of God-realization in the Kali Yuga than chanting the names of the Lord. Regard community singing as a sacred devotional exercise. Samyak-keerthanam Sankeerthanam (Congregational singing of bhajans is the best of bhajans). There is a big difference between Keerthanam and Sankeerthanam. Keerthanam is an individual affair. It is singing by an individual for the fulfillment of his prayers. Sankeerthanam aims at the well being of the whole universe. That is the primary aim of Bhajans”
Bhajans are conducted across different parts of Delhi, in order to provide participants opportunities to engage in congregational singing of the Lord’s name. Sai Bhajans are simple both in tune and in meaning, and have the innate power to provide peace and spiritual energy to participants. Also, Sai Bhajans have a multifaith fervor and appeal, in line with Swami’s principle of “Unity of Religions”.
Bhajan activities are conducted in accordance with Swami’s guidelines. The duration of these activities is typically 1 hour. Bhajans are conducted across all Districts and Samithies in Delhi. In addition, a weekly Bhajan is held on Sundays at the Sathya Sai International Center, Lodhi Road. Special Bhajans to commemorate festival occasions of all religions are also held at this International Center. In order to help devotees render Bhajans better more effectively, Bhajan training activities are conducted across different parts of Delhi.
Swami says “Nagar Sankirtan is a great Sadhana. It is mass spiritual awakening. Gather in the early hours before dawn and proceed slowly along the streets singing bhajans glorifying God. Carry the name of God to every door, awake the sleeping with it, purify the atmosphere of the streets rendered unclean by angry shouts of hate or greed, faction or fights. Let the day dawn for you and others with the thought of the Almighty, the Compassionate, the Omnipresent All-knowing God. What greater service can you do to yourself and to others. This will give you health and happiness.”
In line with Swami’s teachings, Nagar Sankirtan activities are held across all Districts and Samithis in Delhi. Devotees assemble early in the morning (around 5:30 am) and spread the Divine name in the neighborhood by singing Bhajans on the streets. The duration of Nagar Sankirtan is typically one hour; the activity commences with chanting of Omkar and Suprabhatam.
Swami says “What is a study circle? It is not just reading books. Study circle means taking a point and each person discussing what is the meaning of the point to them. Each person gives their point of view, and finally values are derived from this. If there is just reading, there is doubt. But if each one gives his view, doubts will be answered. The study circle looks at different facets. It is like a diamond with its different facets, but there is one facet that is flat, the top facet, and from this all can be viewed. To discover the top facet is the task of the study circle. This does not mean only just reading and discussing and taking information into the head, but also putting into practice what is learnt.”
Study circle activities help devotees progress further through the exchange of knowledge and experiences with other devotees. Like all other spiritual activities, study circles are held at all Districts and Samithis in Delhi. In addition, study circles are also held once a month at the Sathya Sai International Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on fourth Sunday of every month.
Swami says “Meditation (dhyana) induces God to come down to you and inspires you to raise yourselves to Him; it tends to make you come together, not place one in a lower level and the other on a higher. There are the three stages: concentration, contemplation, and meditation. Gearing all the senses into action is concentration. Right from dawn to dusk, whatever activities we perform, they are done with concentration. There is a border between concentration, which is below senses, and meditation, which is beyond senses. This border is known as contemplation. When contemplation deepens, it moves naturally into meditation. Meditation is entirely above the senses; it transcends the senses”
All spiritual activities (Bhajan, Nagar Sankirtan) include a few minutes for meditation. Also, as per the organization’s code of conduct for its members and particpants, meditation should form an integral part of daily activities. Meditation can take various forms such as Japa (Meditation on the Lord’s name) and Jyoti Meditation (Meditation on the Light).