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Gurupurnima Report | Pictures of Swami Chidanandaji | Padapuja Pictures

Guru Purnima, In the Divine Presence of
His Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj

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From time immemorial, India has been the land of gurus. From the Creator to today’s modern sages and saints, there has been an unbroken line of teachers who have taught the science of Brahmavidya, or knowledge of the Self. On the full moon in the month of July, it is customary to celebrate Guru Purnima and to pay homage to the founder or the acharya of a sampradaya, a spiritual tradition, in ashrams all over the world.

On Sunday 13 July 2003, at Sivananda Ashram Headquarters such a celebration took place in the presence of His Holiness Swami Chidanandaji Saraswati, President of the Divine Life Society, which was founded by His Holiness Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

The celebration started with early morning meditation and satsang. The General Secretary, Revered Swami Jivanmuktanandaji and other senior swamis led the morning meditation in the temporary pandal or big tent, and it was filled with divine vibrations. Following the meditation, Revered Swami Jivanmuktanandaji invited one of the vice-presidents, Swami Yogaswarupanandaji, and two other senior swamis to talk about the significance of Guru purnima.

Following the early morning satsang, ashramites and devotees assembled for the paduka puja, the worship of the holy sandals of the guru. The worship was beautifully accomplished in the presence of all.

In the afternoon, the high point of the programme was the expected visit of our most beloved Swami Chidanandaji. Since Sivaratri, Revered Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj had not visited the Ashram, so it was wonderful news when his presence was announced a few weeks ago. Visitors from all over the world requested to stay in the Ashram to be in Swamiji Maharaj’s Divine Presence. There were more than two thousand visitors who came together to have the darshan of Revered Swami Chidanandaji in the big pandal that afternoon.

The monsoon weather was quite clement until late in the afternoon when the sky suddenly opened, and heavy rains started pouring. While kirtans and bhajans were sung inside the pandal, thunder and heavy rain resounded outside.

In the pouring rain, Swamiji’s car drove to the entrance of the pandal. Slowly and carefully Swamiji Maharaj came out of the car. Although very frail physically and looking slimmer, Swamiji’s presence carried the same spiritual weight and strength as ever, with his entire being filled with 100% spiritual strength directing the movement of his body.

He slowly walked to his seat with the assistance of his attendants, and after performing arati to Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji’s picture, he took his seat. He sang beautiful songs, and then in Hindi gave a beautiful satsang to the thousands of devotees and ashramites assembled there. As he spoke, Swamiji looked stronger than he had looked in the last year or so. Swamiji said he would give darshan for fifteen minutes, but he would also receive darshan of those present as all are divine. But with his characteristic generosity, Swamiji Maharaj spoke for thirty minutes quenching the thirst of all who came from far and wide for his divine presence.

Although the discourse was mainly in Hindi, Swamiji also spoke in English. He spoke highly of Gurudev and told us episodes of Gurudev’s life. He also highly spoke of the bliss of the transcendental and explained that there is no need for anything petty. Liberation comes when we transcend all pettiness and live in that transcendental plane where all is supreme bliss. Every gesture of Swamiji was like a beautiful mudra filled with the power to transmit that power behind Swamiji’s words. There was a flow of grace, divine bliss and wisdom shared with all the disciples and devotees. It was an incessant flow of Guru kripa. No doubt the Guru is more than this mere body of flesh and bones. He is that supreme transcendental being, which is consciousness, knowledge and bliss absolute. Swamiji in his state of bliss spoke of Gurudev song, which wonderfully translates these transcendental truths:

‘Chidananda, Chidananda Hum Har Halme Almast Satchidananda Hum Nirbhaya Aur Nischinta Chidgananda Hum Kaivalya Kevala Kutashta Ananda Hum Nitya Shuddha Siddha Satchidananda Hum

Knowledge bliss, knowledge bliss, bliss Absolute Existence Absolute Knowledge Absolute Independent, unchanging, non-dual Atma Immortal Atma Advaita Atma Eternal, pure, perfect, knowledge, bliss Absolute

Report From Divine Life Society Headquarters

Gurupurnima Report | Pictures of Swami Chidanandaji | Padapuja Pictures


Last Updated: Sunday, 17-Oct-2004 08:45:30 EDT
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