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Saturday, Sep 26 2020  

AKHANDA BHAJANS (Nov 9 2002 - Nov 10 2002)


Staying up for more than 30 hours is certainly no easy task. I knew it was going to be a long day when we met on Saturday morning before the Akhanda Bhajans later that day. We were going to help out in the setting up of Swami’s altar and doing the final preparations for the main event.

At about 5 in the evening that same day, after having helped out in the decorating of the Khalsa Club Hall, I was already exhausted. I had doubts about being able to stay there throughout the night doing seva.

But somehow, I was still on my two feet, standing at the Club’s entrance doing seva the next day. It was a big achievement, considering how much I love to sleep, and I was pretty convinced that Swami had a part to play in it. Of course, I wasn’t the only one who was there the whole night, but having almost given up the previous day made it even better.

Swami has often stressed on self-control and patience, and I tried my best to heed His advice that night. I think all the sevadals that night did just that, and it worked like a miracle.

Throughout the night, as the bhajans were being sung, it looked like there was no feeling of tiredness among all of us. All of the sevadals were very lively and it always looked as if we had just started.

This 30-hour journey had definitely been an experience to remember for a long time. It might have been a tough test of endurance, but its rewards were very sweet. I had never felt that way before until then. Serving the Lord all night long for such a period not only gave me more strength, but taught me a great deal on patience and control of the mind.

I hope to be doing the same thing, if not more, for the Lord at the Akhanda Bhajans this year. Just listening to His name being sung over and over again while serving Him was a treat, and I hope I will learn more lessons this time round.

Jai Sai Ram

Bro Ashish
Young Adult


 

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