Date(s) - Oct 2 (Sunday)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
We will celebrate Birthday of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya.
09:00 am :– 2nd Meditation
10:30 am :– Talk on Shri Lahiri Mahasaya
11:00 pm :– 1st Meditation
12:00 pm :– Lunch
We humbly seek your presence and participation.
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 Muktokeshi, wife of Gaur Mohan Lahiri. His mother died when He was a child. At the age of three or four, He was often seen sitting in meditation, with His body buried in the sand up to His neck. When He was five, the family’s ancestral home was lost in a flood, so the family moved to Varanasi, where He would spend most of His life. As a child, He studied Urdu and Hindi, gradually moving on to Bengali, Sanskrit, Persian, and English along with study of the Vedas. Reciting the Vedas, bathing in the Ganges, and worshiping were part of His daily routine.
In 1846, He was married to Srimati 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 of the English government took Him all over India. After the death of His father, He took on the role of supporting the entire family in Varanasi.
At the age of thirty-three, while walking one day in the Himalayan foothills near Ranikhet, he met his guru, Mahavatar Babaji. It was a divine reunion of two who had been together in many lives past; at an awakening touch of blessing, Lahiri Mahasaya became engulfed in a spiritual aura of divine realization that was never to leave him. Mahavatar Babaji initiated him in the science of 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 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 he was but a babe in arms 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.
Lahiri Mahasaya’s Quote
“Banat, Banat, Ban Jai!” (‘Making, making, some day made!’)