Quotes collected from various discourses of Sathya Sai Baba where he spoke about the significance and importance of Group Devotional singing.

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 Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 8/Ch. 24, July 08, 1968.

The purpose of this type of loud, congregational prayers is different from the silent individual prayers. It is a joint, concerted and mutually helpful effort of spiritual practice to overcome the six internal foes of man - Lust, Anger, Greed, Attachment, Conceit and Hatred. These nocturnal birds infest the tree of life and foul the heart where they build their nests. When we sing aloud the Glory of God, the heart is illumined and they cannot bear the light. Besides, the voice that rises from many throats frightens them and they fly away.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 13/Ch. 08, Apr. 01, 1975.

Group Devotional singing (bhajans) is the process of singing that originates in the heart, not from the lips or the tongue. It is the expression of the joyous thrill that wells up from the heart when the Glory of God is remembered. It is the spontaneous manifestation of inner ecstasy. No attention is paid to the blame or praise that others may give. It does not seek the admiration or the appreciation of the listeners.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 13/Ch. 24, Nov. 14, 1976.

Group Devotional singing (bhajan) is one of the processes by which you can train the mind to expand into eternal values. Teach the mind to revel in the glory and majesty of God; wean it away from petty horizons of pleasure . . . Group Devotional singing induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is God, to taste the bliss that is the Self. It encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real Self.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11/Ch. 14, Feb. 24, 1971.

Group Devotional singing (bhajan) is a spiritual practice for all who share in it.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11/Ch. 37, Jan. 15, 1972.

People say that when you go to Sai Baba, there is nothing but group devotional singing (bhajan). Realize that there is nothing greater than bhajan. What bliss is there in bhajans! What a demonstration of oneness is it when a myriad throat 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 group devotional singing, what you have is not a reaction but a wave of vibrations. They enter into the atmosphere and purify the polluted air. The atmosphere today is polluted by bad thoughts and feelings. When you sing the glory of God, the bad germs in the air are destroyed and the air gets purified by a treatment of antibiotics, as it were.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 27/Ch. 29, Oct. 23, 1994.

When all the participants in group devotional singing (bhajan) sing in unison, what sacred vibrations are produced and what Divine energies are released! When these vibrations fill the world, what changes cannot they bring about! When one sings alone, the heart is merged in the song. But when many sing together, it acquires a Divine power.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 24/Ch. 04, Feb. 13, 1991.

Those who sing devotional songs get what can be called ‘double promotion,’ for they derive Joy and distribute joy!

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 13/Ch. 26, Dec. 04, 1976.

Some people do question the propriety of calling God by means of such a multiplicity of names. But each Name is indicative only of one aspect of Divinity. It denotes a single part of the Supreme Personality. The eye, the nose, the mouth, the hand or the finger may be denoted by distinct words, but they all belong to the same individual. So, too, one must remember that every Name is but a facet, a part, a ray, of the Supreme. The spiritual discipline consists in recognizing and becoming aware of the One that supports and sustains the many.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 13/Ch. 24, Nov. 14, 1976.

The procession to the cremation ground starts immediately on birth and the beating of the heart is the drum beat for the march towards that place. Some take a longer route, some reach quickly, but all are on the way. Therefore, group devotional singing (bhajan) has to start in the childhood and has to continue. It must be the constant companion of man, his solace and strength. Do not postpone it to old age, for it is essential food for the mind.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 01/Ch. 21, July. 10, 1959. 

Group Devotional singing (bhajan) must become an unbroken stream of bliss on your tongues and in your hearts; it must confer on you the uninterrupted awareness of ‘I am That’ (Soham), of the unity of I and He.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 12/Ch. 28, Feb. 21, 1974.

Desire and anger are ... two enemies. Group Devotional singing ... is a good disciplinary process by which these two can be kept away.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 13/Ch. 26, Dec. 04, 1976.

There is a tree on which thousands of birds are resting. Their droppings on the ground below the tree make it unusable. How to drive the birds away? When you shout "Raama, Krishna, Govindha" and clap your hands the birds will fly away. Our life is a tree on which have gathered a big flock of birds in the form of desires. The desires pollute the heart. To get rid of desires you have to perform group devotional signing (bhajans).

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 29/Ch. 10, Apr. 12, 1996.

For in this busy age of fear and anxiety, the remembrance of God and the repetition of His name is the one means of liberation that is accessible to all.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 13/Ch. 26, Dec. 04, 1976.

Let your whole life be a spiritual song. Believe that God is everywhere at all times, and derive strength, comfort and joy by singing His Glory in His Presence. Let melody and harmony surge up from your hearts and let all take delight in the Love that you express through that song.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 13/Ch. 24, Nov. 14, 1976.

Group Devotional singing must spread good-will, love, ecstasy; it must cleanse the polluted atmosphere; it must invite all to share in the joy and peace. The congregational singing of bhajans (nagarsankirtan) must be radiating devotion and love. The bliss I derive from bhajan I do not derive from anything else. That is the reason I am emphasizing these points. Fill every moment with energy, enthusiasm, and effort.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11/Ch. 29, July. 23, 1971.

The Scriptures lay down group devotional singing, remembering God’s Name and devotional music as the spiritual practices of this Age. Group devotional singing is the process of singing your prayers to God, praising His glory and compassion, and pleading that He may fill you with His Grace. Dr. Hislop has as a result of many years of research, declared that prayer has a highly curative effect on the body and mind of man. That is the result of constant Bhajan and recital of the Name.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 11/Ch. 37, Jan. 15, 1972.

There is special merit in singing the Lord's name with due regard for melody and rhythm. The Lord is a lover of music. Moreover, when singing is done with fervor, it helps to drive out all bad thoughts from the mind.

Sri Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 30/Ch. 10, Apr. 11, 1997.