Faith unites us all
It is our innate belief in the higher spiritual power that helps us face the tough situations in life. Faith is the common thread that runs across all religions.india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 19:56 IST
In Delhithere is an ashram called 'Ram Sharanam' established by Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj about five decades ago. The custom there is to hold a two-hour session of bhajans every Sunday morning, which is very popular with affiliates of the ashram.
Indeed, since a long time now, it is normal to see thousands of people register their presence for the Sunday bhajan session. Another custom at this ashram is that, before the bhajans begin, all the assembled people sing a composition of descriptive shlokas called AmritVaani (a spiritual term for sacred sounds or words with spiritual values and messages).
This session usually lasts for about 35 minutes. The verses of this Amrit Vaani explain in very simple and joyous terms, the miraculous properties of Lord Ram’s name. It is a type of verse found in many faiths that enumerates the phalashruti (benefits that accrue to mankind from chanting a sacred name). Since most of the visitors are regulars they have memorised the Amrit Vaani.
However, for others, there are small books available to enable them to join in with the others. Last Sunday was my first visit to the ashram and one single experience made me bow before the spirit of that place. Indeed, before the spirit of our country, because, unchronicled by the large, angry world of news and politics I discovered another reality of spiritual unity and mutual respect amongst our people, a private side of India.
Since I did not know the AmritVaani I was reading it out from the book. Suddenly I saw in my vicinity, somebody was reading something out of an Urdu book with the same rhythm. I asked him what he was reading and he replied that it was the Urdu version of Amrit Vaani. It catered to those who were not able to read Hindi. And, incidentally the man was a Muslim. I thought, I may or may not be granted a darshan of Lord Ram in person during my life- time but on Sunday, I certainly saw his shadow.
First Published: Feb 17, 2006 19:56 IST