Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Om Namah Shivaya Chanting - Join Us

The Swine Flu crisis is a problem all over the world, but here in Pune India, it has truly become a crisis. Death is always tragic - more so when school children are involved. Each passing day brings more bad news of people infected and patients succumbing to the deadly flu. Schools, malls etc. are being closed down in large numbers. The city which is usually a hubbub of human activity is slowly taking on a small-town look-and-feel with people venturing out only when absolutely necessary. Parents are panicking since the papers are reporting that the only available medicine causes serious side-effects in younger children.

Enuf Bad News !

Some of us Art Of Living satsangees in Pune are organizing a 24-hour Om Namah Shivaya relay chanting to pray for the quick recovery of those directly affected by the flu, to strengthen our own minds and to pray to the Divine that this frightening crisis may pass quickly.

The response has been overwhelming. About a 100 folks from across the globe have each(or in groups) picked a 30 minute slot starting Thu Aug 13th 4:00 AM IST so that we can cover a 24 hour window ending Fri Aug 14th 4:00 AM IST.
  • You chant On Namah Shivaya at home or wherever you are. There is NO need to congregate at a specific location. In fact if you live in Pune, it is not recommended to get together in groups.
  • You can chant alone or with family/friends
  • Pick at least 1 30 minute slot / more. Please NOTE the timings are all IST. If outside India, please convert to your specific time zone before picking a time slot using or some such similar website.
The following time slots (IST = Indian Standard Time) are still available if you are interested in joining :
  • Fri Aug 14th 1:30 - 2:00 AM (taken)
  • Fri Aug 14th 3:00 - 3:30 AM
Of course if these timings do not work for you you may pick any 30 minute slot in the 24 hour window specified above.

I do realize this is awfully short notice ! Please leave a comment with your time slot if you are joining.

Jai Guru Dev,


  1. wonderful initiative...all the best for the same

  2. @abhishek : thanks ! it is well underway now....JGD