DEVOTION WING Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sai Baba emphasizes the path of devotion (bhakti). The following quote by Sathya Sai Baba defines devotion and its importance in our lives.
"We can describe devotion as the promotion of a sacred mind in a selfless manner, in the thought of God. The path of devotion will take along your mind, body and action toward God. As the river flows into the ocean, the river of your life should flow into the ocean of God.
Human nature should have this as the sacred objective. Truly, having attained human birth, if we are unable to take ourselves toward God, it is useless attaining this birth. Devotional singing (bhajan) must become an unbroken stream of bliss on your tongues and in your hearts; it must confer on you the uninterrupted awareness of soham, of the unity of I and He."
The main activity offered in the Sai Organisation that fosters devotion and thus peace in the spiritual participant is devotional singing. This is a spiritual practice or discipline of the highest order - it purifies the heart, develops awareness of God, promotes good conduct while fostering devotion and faith
Devotional activities include study circle, devotional singing, prayer, and meditation, as well as observing spiritual festivals. Schedules for devotional activities vary from Center to Center. For a schedule of devotional activities for the East Brunswick center, please refer to the Study Circle page. You are welcome to participate in any of the devotional programs.
Devotional Singing (Bhajans) are held every Thursday evening between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Ved Mandir in East Brunswick. [link: Directions to Ved Mandir]
Every one is welcome to attend these devotional singing sessions. To be part of these sessions, we expect a certain code of conduct from all visitors / devotees. Please click on the link below to open up a document containing certain expected protocols.
Format of Bhajans held every Thursday and Sunday
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The bhajan format implemented for the bhajan sessions is in line with the traditional standard format adopted by most of the Sai centers.
On Thursdays, the bhajans will start at 8 pm and conclude with Subramanium bhajan at 8:45 pm followed by the closing prayers and Aarti as shown below:
On Sundays the bhajans will start at 3:55 pm and with Subramanium at 4:35 pm followed by the closing prayers and Aarti as shown below:
(01) 3 Aums
(03) Subramanium after about 45 minutes of bhajans
(04) “Om tat sat Sri Narayana tu …” (prayer)
(05) 3 Gayatri Mantras followed by Om Shantih Shantih Shantih.
(06) 3 Sai Gayatri followed by Om Shantih Shantih Shantih.
(07) 1 minute silent meditation
(08) “Asato ma sadagamaya …” prayer:
Asato Ma Sadgamaya,
Tamaso Ma Jyotir-Gamaya
Mrityor-Ma Amritam Gamaya.
Om Shantih Shantih Shantih.
(09) Aarti offering to our beloved Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Aarti
(10) “Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavantu !” (3 times) prayer
(11) Jai Jai Kar (the same or similar format to):
“Jai Bolo Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Babaji Ki, Jai”;
“Jai Bolo Bhagawan Sri Shirdi Sai Babaji Ki, Jai”;
“Jai Bolo Sai Mataji Ki, Jai”.
(12) Thought For The Day
(14) “Paramam pavitra Baba vibhuti …” prayer:
Paramam Pavithram Baba Vibhuthim Paramam Vichitram Leela Vibhuthim Paramartha Ishtartha Moksha Pradhanam Baba Vibhuthim Idam Asrayami.
(15) “Sacred ash miraculous …” prayer:
Sacred Ash, Miraculous, Baba’s Creation Flowing From His Blessed Hand, Holy Creation Granting Us The Greatest Wealth, God’s Divine Protection Beloved Baba, Grant Us Liberation.
(16) Om, Om, Om !
(17) Vibhuti distribution
(18) Clean up
(19) Gracefully exit the bhajan hall carrying the Divine vibrations all the way to home.
If you would like to lead a Bhajan at Thursday or Sunday Bhajans, please send an email to the devotion coordinator at email@example.com
Additional resources pertaining to Bhajans/Devotional singing can be found on the Resources page.