On a beautiful night at the end of February, Vishwaguruji Swami Maheshwarananda Ji organized a bhajan evening in front of Om Ashram and Nandishwar.
Bhajan is a form of devotional music that has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. It is a genre of music that is dedicated to the praise and worship of God, and is usually accompanied by a harmonium, tabla and other traditional instruments. The word ‘bhajan’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘bhaj’, which means to worship or adore.
Bhajan is not just a form of entertainment but a way of life for millions of people in India. It is an expression of their faith, devotion, and love for the Divine. Bhajan is performed in various Indian languages such as Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, etc., and also in English, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and many others. The lyrics of bhajans are derived from the experiences of the composer and from the ancient scriptures and are aimed at invoking spiritual awakening in the listeners. Bhajans are a simple way to transfer knowledge and explain difficult philosophical terminology.
Bhajans have a rich history and have been a part of Indian culture since ancient times. The tradition of Bhajans is believed to have been started by medieval poet-saints such as Kabir, Tulsidas, Mirabai, and Surdas. These saint poets used bhajan as a tool to spread their message of love, peace, and devotion to God. The tradition of bhajans continued to evolve and spread throughout India, with various styles and forms emerging in different regions.
Bhajans are often performed in a group setting, with people gathering to sing and dance together. The energy and enthusiasm of the participants are contagious, and it creates a sense of community and belonging. Bhajan singing is not limited to any specific religion or community and is open to all. It is a unifying force that brings people of different backgrounds together.
One of the most significant aspects of bhajan singing is its ability to create a meditative state of mind. The lyrics of bhajans are often repetitive, and the music is soothing, calming the mind. It helps reduce stress and anxiety and promotes mental wellbeing. Bhajan singing is also believed to have healing properties and is sometimes used as a form of therapy.
Bhajans are not just a form of music but a way of life for millions of people in India and other places around the world. It is an expression of their faith, devotion, and love for the Divine, creates a sense of community, promotes well-being, and is a unifying force that brings people of different backgrounds together. Bhajan singing is a beautiful tradition that deserves to be preserved and passed down to future generations.
During the bhajans, we witnessed the construction of the decorative wall around Nandi Maharaj.
Next Day, on 1st March 2023, Vishwaguruji departed for Vienna, Europe.