Swamiji’s programs, the hour of meditation is followed by an hour of bhajans.
The root word “bhajana” in Sanskrit means worship or prayer. Bhajans are a
combination of song, prayer, and consciousness raising. They are songs of
worship to God.
Is the energy created
during bhajans the same as that which rises in meditation?
energies are the same. You will have good meditation.”
Explain about bhajans. Why
do we have to sing them so fast?
“It is like
driving a car. You have to go through different gears to accelerate. If the
energy is to rise, you have to go through steps. You have three steps: one
slow, one medium fast, and then faster. That is how the energy increases. It
is just like a car going through first, second, and third gears. You should
play at the different speeds, slow, fast, then very fast. As the tempo
increases and the pitch goes up, so does the energy increase.”
should suit the harmonium [a small Indian organ with metal reeds],
or tablas [a type of Indian
drum], or other instruments. The instruments and the singing should be
in time together. When you are singing slowly, the tablas, the harmonium,
the cymbals and everything should be slow. When you are singing medium fast,
then all the instruments should be played medium fast. Then all together
should go faster and faster. If you go faster and if the pitch of the bhajan
goes higher, the energy level will be higher.”
During the bhajans, does
Swamiji create all this energy and we just tap into it with the music?
“Yes, but you
should not let the energy get down. You have to sustain the level. Swamiji
has not yet started giving bhava samadhi in America because of this. If
Swamiji starts giving bhava it will be really good.”
should be good once Swamiji starts giving bhava. If something goes wrong
with the bhajans then the energy will be lost. You must play together and
have control. It is a matter of intelligence
[buddhi]. It does not matter how much you practice if you
do not use your proper mind at that time. One must maintain control and
remain in balance.”
Is there a reason why we
do bhajans after meditation?
“If you sing
bhajans after meditation you will have lots of bliss. Some people will
continue to meditate even after the one hour meditation period. Some do not
like to meditate first but prefer to meditate during the bhajans. They will
be waiting for that particular time.”
Some people want to play
“You can easily
translate Sanskrit songs into English and they will be nice. You will have
to do it nicely. Swamiji will come to you in an astral body and will make
Is it better to translate
the Sanskrit into English or use an English song?
a person knows both languages and translates the Sanskrit songs into
English, automatically the person will get it and they will be nice. If you
have a good knowledge of music then it does not matter to Swamiji what
language you sing. You should keep the music good.”
individuals in the bhajan group sing and play only according to their
individual will and wish then the bhajans will get spoiled and people will
lose interest. However, if you play well, with energy and with increasing
pitch and tempo, then Swamiji can show you what astral bodies are and what
bhava samadhi is.”