Message from Paramahamsa Prajnanananda — Shri Gurudev's Birthday 2018
Loving and Divine Soul,
Let the choicest blessings of God and the masters be upon all of you. I take this opportunity to pray for you as we celebrate the 111th birth anniversary of our beloved Gurudev, Paramahamsa Baba Hariharanandaji. I pray to all the masters of our lineage to bless each one of us and the entire creation on this occasion.
Shri Gurudev said that our lives are a celebration, as is every day and every moment. We should be filled with love, joy, kindness, and compassion in order to celebrate. We need not require external preparation of flowers and fruits, but we need the inner preparation of changing our minds and hearts. Ordinarily, the mind is a trickster that frequently creates negative and dirty thoughts that make our lives miserable. We must transform our minds and our thought patterns.
When we celebrate this day, let us invoke the masters, and especially Shri Gurudev, in our hearts. Let us offer the flowers of love and sweetness and the fruits of goodness to him. Let us be one with him in deep meditation, which is the real observance of the day. Every breath should be saturated with love and service. Every thought should be inspiring and invigorating. The guru-preceptor is not far from us; he is always in our hearts, which we often forget.
The Guru Gita (334) expounds the glory of the company of the guru-preceptor:
shrigurum paramanandam vande hyanandavigraham
yasya sannidhi matrena chidanandayate namah
I bow to the guru-preceptor who is the supreme bliss and personification of joy; in his presence alone, the mind assumes the form of pure consciousness and bliss.
The sacred texts describe the beauty of the guru-preceptor's presence; let us celebrate this day with intense sadhana. Let us remember him and his presence. Let us feel his love during every breath. Let us offer every thought, word, and action to him. Let us not waste this divine opportunity. Time is precious. Let us not waste a single moment. Let our lives be filled with divine consciousness and pure love. Let this birthday celebration open a new chapter in our lives with more intense meditation, self-study, and selfless service. Let us feel his sweetness and love. Let us try to be his worthy children with real change.
I bow to Shri Gurudev and pray for all of us. I bow to all of you with love and humility.