Final Reminder: Global Akhanda Bhajans, Saturday Nov 9th – Sunday 10th, 2019 at PS 115 – Directions/BusRoutes/Pick up Rides

Final Reminder: Global Akhanda Bhajans, Saturday Nov 9th – Sunday 10th, 2019 at PS 115 – Directions/BusRoutes/Pick up Rides

Sairam Dear All,
Hope all is well with Swami’s grace!
The NYC Metro Sai Centers GAB 2019 is this weekend and with Swami’s grace and guidance, the planning has been completed with the support and cooperation of all the NYC Sai Centers as we set to embark on the spiritual experience of non-stop 24 hours bhajans.
Based on feedback, these are some checklist reminders to ensure that you and your family have an memorable and vibrant experience during the Global Akhanda Bhajans.
1. Request all Sai Devotees / Families to plan ahead of time so you can get to the venue on time and lead your bhajan during the assigned slot.
2. All Devotees who wish to sing during open slots would have to sign up at the Bhajan Hall and will be based on First Come First Slot Sign up.
3. Please ensure that your center allotted time slot on Sunday is followed and as well as ensure that all of your center members / singers to be present at the Bhajan Hall 1/2 hr before.
4. If you have signed up for Food items, please ensure that those items are delivered on time.
5. If you / your friends / family end up eating together in the cafeteria, please ensure that the table and surrounding area is clean both on top of the table and as well on the floor below. No littering of any food/ left overs will be highly appreciated. If you find some littering on the floor or on table, please either reach out to any of the volunteers for further help or you can yourself help by cleaning with an napkin or so. Remember “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness”.
6. Usage of bathroom is available for 24 hrs and so as the cleanliness. When you are done, ensure that you dry clean toilet seating cover / lid with a toilet paper. Ensure that no toilet or hand towel paper are littered on the ground but put into the garbage bins as applicable. Thank you.
7. Ensure that Shoes are left in an orderly fashion and at appropriate designated location as marked. No shoes are allowed inside the auditorium bhajans.
8. Ensure that your child or children do not play or hang around the hallway unless needed. All SSE children have play practices scheduled.
9. Parking is on the street and ensure that you do not park your cars so that you take up for two cars spaces.
10. Weather wise it’s going to be a bit chilly so please wear warm clothing appropriately.
11. Please plan on to bring your own water bottle to minimize plastic bottles usage. We will provide regular water cups but plan on to reuse those as much as possible. Also some devotees are planning to bring their own cutlery. If you want to clean please ensure that cutlery is cleared with napkin first into garbage and then you can clean up with some water rinsing in bathroom or so. Please be extra careful to ensure that neither floor nor sink is left wet. thank you.
Hoping that we all follow and have a blissful and vibrant GAB 2019.
Some action items:
1. All lead singers of the assigned slots are expected to be present by 5:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday by 2:30 PM.
2. SSE children to be present by 6:45 PM on Saturday and 9:30 AM on Sunday for non-Flushing SSE and 10 AM for Flushing SSE.
3. All volunteers please see Br. Ragu Raman for Devotional Hall Setup / others and Sis. Manorama Saxena for Cafeteria Setup.

Please review and follow these guidelines for all Bhajan Singers (taken from our Beloved Swami):

a) Devotional Singing (or Bhajans) has to be a thrilling experience which must leave participants full of love, joy, enthusiasm and elevated in spirit.
b) Pay attention to the meaning, the voice, the melody, the beat/rhythm, and the key/pitch of the songs.
c) Do not monopolize the time in Devotional Singing by singing a song for a long duration.
d) A Devotional Song should be sung in two speeds only, slow and fast. First speed each line twice and Second speed each line once and last line twice.If the particular Devotional Song is composed with a climax, then a third, faster speed may be implied on the climax.
e) There should be no gaps between songs. Be prepared ahead of time and sing immediately after the previous song ends.
f) Solo introductions (or Aalap) or ending Aalap to Devotional Songs are to be strictly avoided as they cause a break in the buildup of energy.
g) Practice your song at least 3-4 times on the day of the program.
h) Songs should be sung with feeling, devotion and proper understanding of each word. Make an effort to know the meaning of each word.
i) All singers need to provide maximum chorus when other Singers are rendering their bhajan. It helps every singer and motivates them.
j) Without your cooperation none of the above can be implemented or followed. WE need your support on the above. We lead singers will be the first ones to follow and there by set up an example to one and all.

Can’t wait to see you all. Have a safe week.

Sai Kishore.






6 PM

November 10th

6 PM
As part of the birthday celebrations of Bhagawan Baba, on the second Saturday-Sunday in November, Bhajans (devotional singing) are conducted continuously for 24 hours at all Sathya Sai Centres on a global level praying for peace, harmony and bliss to all mankind.
Swami says “Today we are having the Akhanda Bhajan. This is being done not for the sake of one individual, one nation or one community. It is for the welfare of humanity as a whole. The bhajans that are sung permeate the ether in the form of sound waves and fill the entire atmosphere. Thereby, the whole environment is purified. Breathing in this purified atmosphere, our hearts get purified. Reciting the Lord’s name is a process of give and take. Singing the Lord’s name should become an exercise in mutual sharing of joy and holiness. It should be remembered that the sounds we produce reverberate in the atmosphere. They remain permanently in the ether as waves and outlast the individual uttering the sounds.”

Please plan to provide at least 3 bhajans by completing the below SURVEY. The purpose of this request is to ensure that there are no overlapping bhajans and as well as to give you enough time for practicing.
Thank you for your continued support for this year as well. Please plan to provide your participation as volunteer by completing the below SURVEY. Also those who would like to volunteer for Food support please go to FOOD SIGN UP Sheet below.

Please kindly click on the survey and complete it. This will help us to plan more efficiently. Please kindly take time to fill in this survey for each of your family members.

Please kindly go over the spreadsheet by clicking the spreadsheet image and let us know what you would like to volunteer for? Thank You.

Hall Availability : Nov 9th, Saturday  1:00 PM onward and volunteers needed for Saturday set up (Center Presidents / Service Coordinators to reach out to attending members)

Altar Setup : Victoria / Hugo – to set up the Altar backdrop + Swami’s picture

Flowers Setup: Betty and Manjula – to help floral arrangement and garlands

Sound / Projection Setup: Sai K to lead this

Videography Setup: Mallik to lead this

Cafeteria + Sanitation : Set up and cleaning / maintenance / replenishment (Need Centers to take up responsibility for each clean up slot)
Note: Special and Strict instructions received from School Management to keep the area clean & leave the school clean .

Please see below slots assigned for each center (Note: If your center cannot participate please let your membership who ever is present can support us).

Hall Cleanup Availability : Nov 10th, Sunday  7:00 PM onward and volunteers needed for Sunday Clean up (Center Presidents / Service Coordinators to reach out to attending members)

Altar Cleanup : Victoria / Hugo – to set up the Altar backdrop + Swami’s picture

Flowers Cleanup: Betty and Manjula – to help floral arrangement and garlands
VENUE: PS-115 80-51 262nd Street Floral Park NY 11001
(Entrance to School Auditorium where bhajans are conducted is on 262nd street.)

BUS ROUTES (Q43 & Q46) AND DIRECTIONS TO GAB Venue are provided above.

Devotees traveling by SUBWAY PUBLIC TRANSPORT can be picked up and dropped off at the UNION TURNPIKE- KEW GARDENS STATION which is accessible by both E and F trains

Please note the pick up and drop off timings and reach out to Br Ragu at 917-570-4013 if you need a ride or please reply to this email.
Saturday Pick up at Union Turnpike station – 5 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM
Saturday Drop off to Union Turnpike station- 9 PM, 10 PM and 11 PM
Sunday morning: Pick up times at Union Turnpike – 8 AM-10 AM, 10 AM – 12 Noon, 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday evening drop off at Union Turnpike station – 6:30 PM

For the convenience of devotees who wish to rest for a few hours overnight, refresh and return back to the Bhajan venue,  members who reside close by to PS 115 have offered their homes. Please contact Br. Raguraman at 917-570-4013  if you wish to avail of this opportunity.

We are planning to provide opportunity to provide car pooling option for some of the devotees who live in Manhattan. If you would need car pooling option, please reach out to Manhattan Office Bearers so we can plan out the logistics.

Also if there are other devotees from other centers require car pooling please reach out to your respective office bearers. Once we have received requests, we will work out some plan and keep you all informed. Sai Ram.
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