Date(s) - Sep 25 (Sunday)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
On this day we will pray and meditate in remembrance of Mahasamadhi Day of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya
09:00 am :– 2nd Kriya Meditation
10:30 am :– Talk on Swami Shri Lahiri Mahasaya
11:00 am :– 1st Kriya Meditation
12:00 pm :– Lunch (you are welcome to bring some food to share)
We humbly seek your presence and participation.
Lahiri Mahasaya was one of India’s foremost Spiritual Masters. His original family name was Shyama Lahiri. Mahasaya is an honorary Sanskrit prefix meaning “magnanimous one.” Up until the age of 33 Lahiri Mahasaya lived an ordinary worldly life. However circumstances took his job to the foothills of the Himalayas. It was here that he had a remarkable meeting with Mahavatar Babaji. Babaji was able to rekindle Lahiri Mahasaya’s spiritual realizations. Realizations he had attained in previous lifetimes. After experiencing the bliss of Samadhi in the Himalayan Mountains, His Guru Babaji, directed Lahiri Mahasaya to return to his worldly life and teach the ancient art of Kriya Yoga.
Durga Puja and the Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya By Paramahamsa Hariharananda
I am writing to all of you on this auspicious occasion of the mahasamadhi day of Lahiri Baba. This is also the navamyadi-kalpa celebration: the 9th dark moon day of the Durga puja. It is a very auspicious day. On this day people all over India are deeply absorbed in worshipping Mother Durga. Durga means “One who removes all the durgatis.” “Durgatis” means troubles, worries and anxieties.
So, starting on October 10th this year (the new moon day), people all over India strive to be new and divine. They don new clothes, which symbolize a new life. They adopt new habits in an effort to go from dishonesty to honesty, from darkness to light, from death to immortality, from impurity to purity, and from bad company to good company. October 10th is also a special day, called navaratri day, when everyone is after spirituality and worships Durga. The climate is gradually becoming cooler, which helps them to stay busy and focused. The 9th day of the celebration, called maha navami, October 19th this year, is also the birthday and expiration date of the great Avatar Shyama-charan Lahiri Mahasaya.
Lahiri Baba was a very special human being, a God in human form. He was a family man with a wife, children, and grandchildren. He learned Kriya Yoga from Babaji, which marked the beginning of a new era for spirituality on earth. Mahavatar Babaji Maharaj, the unknown kriya yogi, is still alive, but he can only be seen by people who are in deepest meditation. He is nowhere and he is everywhere, just like God. Babaji called his dearest disciple, Shyamacharan Lahiri Baba, to the Ranikhet Mountains. Lahiri Baba, who was then working in a British office in Calcutta, was suddenly and inexplicably transferred to Ranikhet. Afterwards, while walking in the mountains, Lahiri Baba heard a voice in the distance calling “Shyamacharan, Shyama-charan…” He proceeded towards the source of the sound and came face to face with the great Himalayan yogi.
Babaji asked him, “Do you recognize me?”
Lahiri had the feeling that he had seen him before, but could not recall when. Babaji then touched Lahiri’s head, and Lahiri Baba immediately remembered everything: “You are my former guru, and we used to live together in this cave.” Babaji then revealed, “It was I who had you transferred here. I will initiate you into Kriya Yoga, the simplest, quickest, best technique for this age. After five days you will return to Calcutta and spread the message of Kriya Yoga: work is worship, kri and ya.”
Lahiri Baba was highly realized and a model to all, householders and monks alike. Lahiri Baba taught Kriya Yoga to my guru Shriyukteshwarji, and I am teaching the same techniques to everyone. I have roamed all over the world to spread the message of the original kriya. Since 1974, I have traveled to many countries in Europe, North America, Asia, and South America. Kriya Yoga is the foundation of all religions and is very simple. Wisdom cannot be perceived by the five senses; it can only be realized by the atom. So offer your every breath to the crown of the head with love. If the Supreme Almighty does not pull the breath then you are a dead body. So, as He is giving you everything peace, bliss, and joy you should meditate to know God. And you should give Him extreme love and devotion. So meditate and be realized.
Lahiri Mahasaya entered mahasamadhi in Banaras, September 26, 1895.
Meditate unceasingly, that you quickly behold yourself as the Infinite Essence, free from every form of misery. Cease being a prisoner of the body; using the secret key of Kriya, learn to escape into Spirit.
– Lahiri Mahasaya (from Autobiography of a Yogi)