Date(s) - Sep 26 (Saturday)
Birthday Celebration of Shri Lahiri Mahashaya
Lahiri Mahasaya was born on September 30, 1828, in the village of Ghurni in Bengal, India and was born into a Brahmin family. He was the youngest son of Gaur Mohan Lahiri and Muktokeshi Lahiri. His mother passed away when he was a child. At the age of three or four, he was often seen sitting in meditation. When he was five, the family’s ancestral home was lost in a flood and the family moved to Varanasi, where he would spend most of his life.
In 1846, Lahiri Baba got married to Kashi Moni Devi. They had two sons, Tincouri and Ducouri, and three daughters, Harimati, Harikamini and Harimohini. His work as an accountant in the Military Engineering Department under the British government made him travel all over India. After the death of his father, Lahiri Baba looked after the entire family in Varanasi.
At the age of thirty-three, one day while walking in the Himalayan foothills near Ranikhet, Lahiri Baba met his Guru Mahavatar Babaji. It was a divine reunion of the two who had been together in many past lives. With an awakening touch from the Guru, Lahiri Mahasaya became engulfed in a spiritual aura of divine realization that was never to leave him. Mahavatar Babaji initiated him into Kriya Yoga and instructed him to bestow the sacred technique on all sincere seekers. Lahiri Mahasaya returned to his home in Banaras to fulfill this mission.
Paramahansa Yogananda wrote in the Autobiography of a Yogi: “As the fragrance of flowers cannot be suppressed, so Lahiri Mahasaya, quietly living as an ideal householder, could not hide his innate glory. Devotee-bees from every part of India began to seek the divine nectar of the liberated master….The harmoniously balanced life of the great householder-guru became the inspiration of thousands of men and women.”
Paramahansa Yogananda’s parents were disciples of Lahiri Mahasaya, and when Yoganandaji was a child, his mother carried him to the home of her Guru. Blessing the infant, Lahiri Mahasaya said, “Little mother, thy son will be a yogi. As a spiritual engine, he will carry many souls to God’s kingdom.” Lahiri Mahasaya entered mahasamadhi in Banaras, September 26, 1895. Fifty years later, in America, his prediction was fulfilled when an increasing interest in yoga in the West inspired Paramahansa Yogananda to write Autobiography of a Yogi, which contains a beautiful account of Lahiri Mahasaya’s life.
09:00 am :: Second Kriya
10:45 am :: Life and Teachings of the Master
11:15 am :: Meditation
12:30 pm :: Lunch