What Sri Sathya Sai Baba says about singing.

 

Singing to the Lord

The Lord told Narada that he can find Him installed wherever His Glory is sung by His devotees. Does it mean that He is installed in the thousands of places where bhajan is sung? No. The precondition is, ‘sung by devotees’. The devotees sing to please God, to acclaim His Majesty; they do not crave for exhibition, appreciation or fame, nor have they any envy or pride in their hearts.”


The present Age, often condemned as Kali Yuga, is in fact, the age in which one can attain liberation most easily. This is revealed in every scriptural text. The reason according to them is that one can be liberated now by the sadhana of nama sankirthan, singing the glory of the Lord, and listening to the Name being sung. Among the nine steps of devotion, listening to the Name being sung (Sarvanam) and Kirthanam (singing the Name) are mentioned as the best. Kirthanam is singing the Names which denote the glory of the Lord and Sankirthanam means ‘singing the Names continuously, aloud, without interruption and without hesitation’. Whereas Kirthan can be by one individual and can promote one’s own spiritual progress, Sankirtanam is by a group of people. It can help the process of liberation not only for the members of the group, but it will also be beneficial to those who listen and even to those beyond the circle of listeners; the whole world can benefit by the vibrations.”


“The wealth derived from singing God’s name, and meditation, is the influence of the higher energies in nature on one’s life. These not only cleanse the external body but also purify the inner tendencies .”

Singing bhajans

“God says, ‘Wherever My devotees sing, there I seat Myself.” “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. The malady is: it is being thrust out of recognition. Man has come for a great destiny, on a sacred mission, endowed with special skills and tendencies 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.”

“I do not need songs glorifying God which like gramophone records, reproduce songs and strings of Gods names without any feeling or yearning while singing. Hours of shouting do not count; a moment of concentrated prayer from the heart is enough, to melt and move God.” “Bhajan is to the mind what bhojan food) is to the body.”

When asked if singing bhajans in English would spoil the sound vibrations: “No, the vibrations come from the heart!”

“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. That is all that Bhajan can do. 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 drive 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, for the malady is, its being thrust out of recognition.”

“Your heart grows when you are hearing bhajans with a full mind. On the other hand, if you do not sing melodiously, then you will not be getting joy. Community singing must be developed if you want to give to all people the thrill and joy of singing of prayers.”


“People may say that when you go to Sai Baba, there is nothing but bhajan. Realize that there is nothing “Your heart grows when you are hearing bhajans with a full mind. On the other hand, if you do not sing melodiously, then you will not be getting joy. Community singing must be developed if you want to give to all people the thrill and joy of singing of prayers.”


“Bhajans are therefore supremely valuable. It has been said that in the Kali Age there is no greater spiritual practice than chanting the name of the Lord. Let one remember the name of Rama at the time of passing, whether he is a millionaire or a pauper, whether he is a scholar or an illiterate. Sing the name of the Lord and redeem your lives.”

“Without discipline, understanding, cooperation and unity, bhajan singing is a waste of time.”


Those who sing bhajans get what can be called a ‘double promotion’, for they derive joy and distribute joy.

“Bhajans should be sung with complete obliviousness of the body. Devotional fervour is more important than musical skill. The ladies who took part in the bhajans in the morning sang the bhajans whole-heartedly. Their hearts were full of sweetness. Hence sweet music flowed from their hearts.”

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