The Divine is omnipresent and is in everyone and in every object. Realising this oneness, all actions should be done as an act of dedication to the Divine. Imagine the bliss that can be experienced in such a state of mind! It is essential to celebrate the festival in this sacred spirit. It is not enough to do this for only ten days during the Navaratri festival. It should become the rule all through one’s life, till the time one draws one’s life-breath.(Divine Discourse, Oct 14, 1994)
The Navratri festival in Brisbane is an event of unity where all Centres come together to sing the Divine Name. This has been the practice for more than a decade, however the bhajans are usually held in people’s homes. This year due to Covid restrictions, the Navarathri bhajans were celebrated at Sai Centre venues of Carina and Woolloongabba Sai Centres. It is indeed a time that the Sai members of Brisbane cherish and eagerly look forward to each year.
Brisbane has been fortunate to have relatively minor Covid restrictions compared to other cities around Australia. With a Covid safe plan in place (social distancing, sanitization and regular cleaning) and pre-registrations for contact tracing requirements and to ensure venue capacities were not exceeded, we were able to get Centre members to come together to sing bhajans for each of the 10 nights of Navarathri and Dasara. The Navarathri bhajans took place from the 17th to 26th of October between 5:00 to 6:00 pm on weekends and 7:45 to 8:45 pm on weekdays.
Approximately 50 people attended each session and participated enthusiastically in the bhajans adding a powerful energy to the evening.The energy and positivity that emanated from the Bhajans was mesmerising, and the presence of Swami was so tangible. In these uncertain times, it was such a blessing to come together, sing the Name of the Lord during this auspicious period and spread loving and positive vibrations to our communities, the nation and the world.