Twenty Four hours into its initiation, Akhanda Bhajan 2014 for Universal Peace came to a close at 1800 hrs with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan, in Prasanthi Nilayam today. Commenced at 1800 hrs on 08 11 2014- Saturday evening, the Bhajans continued nonstop for twenty-four hours with men and women in groups, leading by turns.
Embracing Bhagawan’s ‘endearing presence’ with a couple of bhajans in His mellifluous voice, the glittering Sai Kulwant Hall turned engulfed in the Divine vibrations emanating from the ‘Intonation For Universal Peace’ all through the 24 hours. The two concluding bhajans in Bhagawan’s voice were 'Hari Bhajana Binaa...' & 'Prema Muditha Manase Kaho...'.
At the end of the Bhajans and Mangala Arathi, customary Prasadam was distributed to the entire assemblage of devotees. Swarms of students spread themselves across the spacious Sai Kulwant Hall, ably assisted by the Sevadal volunteers, distributing blessed Prasadam, tamarind rice and sweet pudding, to the capacity assemblage at Sai Kulwant Hall.
Adhering to Bhagawan’s injunction to chant the Food Prayer before the meals, students burst in to “Brahmarpanam…” joined by the audience.
The Akhanda Bhajans had its origin way back in 1945, started in Bangalore by a group of eight families. Upon the culmination of the year-long Thursday bhajans, they had been conducting quite regularly from 1944, during the World War-II time, the group of eight families showed up to Bhagawan in Puttaparthi seeking blessings for conducting bhajans. The Divine Visionary that He is, Bhagawan blessed the group, praising the idea of bhajans singing and named it Akhanda Bhajan. He even promised the group that He would officiate the same. This grand spiritual exercise has been going on uninterrupted ever since and the years that passed had been fortunate to have the spirited physical presence of Bhagawan during the occasion.
The Global Akhanda Bhajan is undoubtedly one of the most powerful spiritually unifying forces at work, to bring all humanity together through loving faith in God, regardless of name or form.