Ranchi, March 7, 2022: Seventy years ago, on this very day in the year 1952, Paramahansa Yoganandaji entered mahasamadhi, a great yogi’s final conscious exit from the body in a state of oneness with Spirit.
Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) commemorated this event on Monday, March 7, with special online programmes joined in by over 4,000 people from their homes.
Senior YSS sannyasis, Swami Vasudevananda Giri and Swami Lalitananda Giri, led special meditations in Hindi, and in English on the YSS Online Dhyana Kendra on this occasion. The sessions included prayers, inspirational reading, devotional chanting, and periods of silent meditation, and concluded with the practice of Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s healing technique.
Widely regarded as the father of Yoga in the West, Yoganandaji introduced millions of Westerners to India’s timeless science of the soul through his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, and his many other writings. In his satsanga, Swami Vasudevanandaji focused on the great Guru’s love for India. He said, “Our Guru’s last words on earth were of God and India when he quoted from his poem, My India: ‘Where Ganges, woods, Himalayan caves, and men dream God–I am hallowed; my body touched that sod.’”
Paramahansaji knew beforehand that he was going to leave his body soon. Swami Lalitanandaji shared the reminiscences of Sri Daya Mataji (a very close disciple of Yoganandaji who later became the third president of YSS) wherein she mentions this incident. Not long before his earthly exit, Paramahansaji while talking to Daya Mataji had said that he would be “leaving his body soon.” When a shocked Daya Mataji asked him: “Master, what will we do without you?”, the great Guru’s response to her was: “Remember this: When I am gone, only love can take my place. Be absorbed night and day in the love of God, and give that love to all.”
“‘For lack of such love, the world has become full of miseries,’ Sri Daya Mataji wrote,” said Swami Lalitanandaji, encouraging the participants in the online programme to renew their resolve to offer their love and devotion to God and Guru in their daily meditations.
The Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda are available through the printed Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship (YSS/SRF) Lessons. The two organizations founded by Yoganandaji include over 800 ashrams, kendras and mandalis across India and the world.
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