Loving and Divine Ones,

Let the choicest blessings of God and the masters be upon all of us. I send my best wishes and love while also seeking the grace and blessings of our beloved master Paramahamsa Shri Yoganandaji. We are going to celebrate his 125th birth anniversary beginning on 5 January 2017 and ending on 5 January 2018.

I offer homage to his beloved parents Bhagavati Charan and Gyanaprabha and all the masters of the Kriya Yoga lineage who showered their blessings on him, starting with Shri Babaji Maharaj and Shri Lahiri Mahashaya, and ending with his beloved jnana-gurudev Swami Shriyukteshwarji.

Throughout the world, many have started down a sincere spiritual path inspired by the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has been translated into many languages. When I was a college student reading this beautiful book, I slept with the book on my chest. A friend of mine commented, "Sleeping with a picture of the Mona Lisa." At first I was shocked, but I have accepted him as the Mona Lisa of my life. He is a polestar for countless seekers; he will guide for much time to come.

The question might arise, "What is the purpose of this celebration?"

My loving ones, the only purpose is to keep the teachings of a great master vibrant in our lives so we can follow in his footsteps. In the last New Year's message, his instruction to our beloved Gurudev Baba Hariharanandaji about changing the attitude of finding fault in others was mentioned. Let us all sincerely strive to see good in others and change our lives.

This year, let us focus on Yoganandaji's beautiful life and teachings, and his sacrifice and struggle to spread the timeless treasure of Kriya Yoga all over the world. He spent every moment doing good for others. He is a role model for all of us. He is not only our master, he is the perfect guide. Let us study his writings and focus more on intensifying our Kriya practice. Let us be kind and loving towards others. Let his universal outlook of honoring all faiths and all religions be a dynamic force guiding our thinking and work.

There are plans for celebrating this program globally, small and big. But we should plan to celebrate his 125th birthday in our hearts and minds. Let his selected teachings and motivational ideas inspire our daily lives throughout the year.

Let us breathe every breath remembering his love and sweetness. Let his love for God be the throbbing of our hearts. Let his blessings carry us on the path. Let us welcome all challenges and difficulties with love, and then overcome them with inner strength and patience.

Again, I bow to this great Master and send my love to all of you.

With Love,

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