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    “Life is a song – sing it”.
    Sing aloud the glory of God and charge the atmosphere with divine adoration . This is why I insist on group singing of the names of the Lord.  
    -Sri Ssthya Sai Baba
     
     
    Realize that there is nothing greater than bhajan. What bliss is there in bhajans! What a demonstration of oneness is it when a myriad throats join in uttering the name of God! The vibrations emanating from them make the heart vibrant. If you sing alone in your shrine, the vibrations return to you as a reaction. But in community singing, what you have is not a reaction but a wave of vibrations. They enter into the atmosphere and purify the polluted air. 
    Group singing teaches children to co-operate with each other and work together as a team. It helps to develop concentration and strengthens the memory. Especially if the tune is melodious and catchy, the song will continue to play through the mind long after the class is over, reinforcing the value that was taught. It also develops self – confidence. It helps the child overcome shyness and inhibitions. Many children, who hardly dare to open their mouth to answer the questions, forget themselves and sing loudly and joyfully as a group. To sing in a group there must be coordination of melody, words and rhythm which creates a sense of balance and harmony within the personality.
     
     
    Music plays an important role in experiencing harmony and rhythm. To maintain rhythm within, it is necessary that there is rhythm outside. The rhythm within will grant the feeling of Peace because Love as a feeling is Peace. When the breath is in rhythm, the action done will be in tune with the Voice within, which is Love and the resultant action pervaded by this Love will be righteous action. Songs sung with a devotional attitude to God is one of the easiest means of purifying the mind. It confers uninterrupted awareness of the unity behind life. It is a technique which helps free us from fear and anxiety. It develops self confidence in the child. Devotional singing has a curative effect on the body and mind.
     
    Imagine there is a tree. It is full of birds. They make a mess all over. How to get rid of these noisy ones? You should clap loudly. Similarly, in this tree of life, there are birds of desire. The heart therefore becomes dirty. In order to cleanse it, do devotional singing.