Sunday, Feb 23 2020
AKHANDA BHAJANS (Nov 9 2002 - Nov 10
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 Swamis
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 Clubs 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 wasnt 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.
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.
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