Date(s) - Jan 17 (Sunday)
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
We will observe Mahasamadhi Day of Shri Sanyal Mahasaya in meditation, prayer, and, peace invocations.
09:00 am :– 2nd Kriya Meditation
10:30 am :– Remembering teachings of Sanyal Mahasaya followed by talk : Law of Karma (part 1 of 2) by Brahmachari Priyananda visiting from Miami
11:00 am :– 1st Kriya Meditation
12:00 pm :– Lunch (you are welcome to bring some food to share)
Shri Sanyal Mahashaya was born to Kailash Chandra and Bhubaneshwari Devi on January 20, 1877 in the village of Sadhanpara. He was the youngest disciple to ever receive initiation from Shri Lahari Mahashaya. The exemplary life was not an easy one rather it was chiseled out of difficulties and challenges at every turn. He often said, “One who really loves God intensely has to pass through great difficulties. Remembering this, the seeker should remain courageous.”
(Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda talks about his guru Sanyal Mahashaya)
He (Sanyal Mahasaya) ) lived with his children and wife in Gurudham, a small but beautiful ashram in Puri. His lifestyle was beautiful, and although he was a householder he was inwardly completely detached. Although he was not such a well-known yogi, his achievement was great in the practice of meditation and his spiritual wisdom was deep. He wrote many books on the scriptures, three volumes on the Bhagavad Gita, and many books in Bengali. Still he was humble to the ground. I never saw ego in him. He was so open-minded.
Once he ran away from home and went to Varanasi to be a monk. His wife came to me and told me that he had gone but she did not know where. I knew that Sanyal Mahashaya always wanted to be a monk, so I thought surely he must have gone to Varanasi. With my inner intuition, I said, “My mother, do not be unhappy. Let us go by train to Varanasi and maybe we will find him there.” We went to Varanasi to a particular ashram he had referred to while speaking with me. I found him sitting with many other seekers waiting to be initiated into monastic life. The head of the ashram was speaking about monasticism. I went and bowed to my guru, Sanyal Mahashaya, and then went to bow to the head of the monastery. He asked what I needed. At that time I was a brahmachari, and I said, “The man to whom I bowed is my guruji. The woman who has come with me is his wife.” I pointed to Sanyal Mahashaya’s wife. I said, “He is the disciple of Lahiri Mahashaya, a great yogi of Varanasi. Are you going to initiate him into monk’s life?” He looked at Sanyal Mahashaya and asked if he was a disciple of Lahiri Mahashaya. He replied, “Yes.” The head monk said, “You go. I will never initiate you as a monk.” Sanyal Mahashaya returned with us and said, “This was my chance, but it did not materialize. Maybe God wants me to live as a householder my whole life.” He was so beautiful, humble, and loving. He had so much love and practical guidance, and he taught me what real detachment is. I bow to him unlimited times.